Eylau United Methodist Church

NEWSLETTER (July 2016)


Our Purpose:

Love God - Love Others - Serve God in the World


Outreach & Evangelism Committee Report

by Shedera Combs, Chair

First of all, let me say I have never been more excited to serve on a committee!  The Outreach & Evangelism Committee has members who are equally excited to seek God’s direction and take action to see what CAN and WILL be accomplished.  The committee meets monthly, not only for project updates but to also make sure we are continuing to move forward.  I would like to remind everyone that while this committee may plan and organize projects and events, the opportunities are open to any member who feels led to serve in these ways.


At the initial meeting in January, there was some serious brainstorming of opportunities for the committee to take on – some big, some small.   So as not to take on too much at once, the committee elected to focus on one bigger project and a few smaller projects.  These include: the food pantry, visitor gifts, member outreach, Easter mail outs, flyers for our neighboring RV park and reminders of the opportunity to sing and fellowship at a local nursing home.  A couple of projects yet to come include: a hospitality team and a beans and cornbread community meal.


Since the food pantry is the biggest project, I will give you a few more details about it.  In all honesty, I had no idea what a food pantry was, who it would serve, how it would work, etc.  Thankfully, this committee is well-equipped with members who have the necessary knowledge and willingness to work on this endeavor.  I would like to thank the members who are not on this committee that have helped get this off the ground.  After much front-end work just to get the project underway, then came the time to get the word out to the community.  This seemed to be the committee’s biggest challenge, partly due to an initial issue with the schools, but we have been informed by several school faculty members this is a definite need in our community.   The committee members have tirelessly continued to network and spread the word.  We had over 800 notes go home from the Pre-K and elementary campuses, have had a sign donated by Cigainero Enterprises and are in contact with both Harvest Texarkana and other food pantries in our area.  The food pantry is open the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 11 am to 2 pm.  We served two households in the month of May.  While this may not seem like much, just to know our church helped make a difference for those families is so uplifting and encouraging.  And then – on June 9 our dedicated workers served 15 households.  Yes, 15!  I would ask not only for your continued support of this endeavor, but for your continued prayers that we will reach those in need and be afforded opportunities to be witnesses! 


Our goal is not only to reach out to non-members but also to look for ways to encourage growth within the church.  If you have a suggestion for an outreach or evangelism opportunity, please let us know.   This is a EUMC committee and we want to all work together.  May we do these things with God's direction and for His glory!




"Journeys with Jesus"

Begins July 10, 2016

8 Sessions

The Eylau UMC Children's Ministries is planning an exciting time for Vacation Bible School this summer.  For eight weeks, the children will enjoy a special time filled with lessons, skits, puppet shows, cooking, games and much more!

Of course, we know that there is no way to carry this entire program out in one hour, so this is our plan.

We will begin Sunday mornings at our regular time (9:45 AM).  Later, prior to the Worship Service (around 10:45 AM), instructors and children will come into the sanctuary.  We will stay through the announcements, possibly one song and a special prayer time with Pastor Paula.  We may also use this special time to let the congregation know what we have planned for that day and/or a review of the previous week.

We will keep the regular schedule for our acolytes.  They will continue to light candles before the worship service and then return to the sanctuary at the close of the service.

Please be in prayer for our children's Summer VBS Ministry.  If you have a child, grandchild, niece or nephew or know of a neighbor who you think might benefit from this special time, please let us know.  The more the merrier!


Visitor Gift Bags


We need your help in making Agape Crosses! 


Mondays @ 10 AM


Classroom across from the Pastors' Study.





On Sunday, July 24, the congregation will be invited to go barefoot during the Sunday morning service, to remember that not all people have shoes to wear.

- We will go without shoes so as to experience, for a short time, what it is like to have no shoes to wear.

- And, the congregation will also be encouraged to bring a new (or gently used) pair of shoes to give away.

Why will we this?  Because people in our community need shoes.  What are we going to do with all those shoes?  Well, we will pack them up and deliver them to Randy Sams’ Ourtreach Shelter in Texarkana, Texas!

Our hope is that, not only, will those who participate in the offering will be blessed, but that those who receive the shoes will be blessed, as well.


July Birthdays


03 Margie Martin

08 Mary Thrapp

11 Eric Carr

14 Brandy Williams

16 Melba Phillips

29 Rena Jo Adams





View the current sermon HERE!


July has 5 Sundays!


So, we will be having a special Church-Wide breakfast that day.  The men will be cooking a delicious breakfast for us.  You won't want to miss out on great fellowship, food and spiritual nourishment. 


We hope to see you and your friends there on July 31 @ 8:30 AM. 



Summer Bible Study Continues!

Wednesday @ 7 PM in the Fellowship Hall

“The sense that we will live forever somewhere has shaped every civilization in human history…  Anthropological evidence suggests that every culture has a God-given, innate sense of the eternal – that this world is not all there is.”  Do you think this statement is significant or revealing?  In what way?

The psalmist wrote: “I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.  Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.”  How are these verses important as we consider the subject of Heaven?

These are just a few questions we will be examining.  Come and join in the discussion.  We look forward to seeing you at the next session.



Eylau United Methodist Women

 The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose Purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. 

Our Unit of UMW has adopted a staff member of Lakeview Methodist Conference Center for the summer. 

Steven McCullough is working for the first time at Lakeview and his job is a dish washer.  The young men that field this roll at Lakeview do an awesome job.  We are asked to support his with cards, short notes, Bible verses, comics or send an occasional package with baked goods, candy, snacks, books, or even a gift card from the Sonic.  All correspondence can be address to :

Steven McCullough, Staff member,     

 Lakeview Methodist Conference Center,

400 Private Rd. 6036,

 Palestine, TX 75801

The Annual Mission U will be July 21-23 at Lakeview.  If anyone is interested in going, please see Carol Stoner for an application.  The studies this year will be Claiming God's Good Gift and Climate Justice.  Also Latin America: People & Faith.  Registration needs to be in by July 1. 

The next meeting will be on Monday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the church.  All women are encouraged to attend. We will be discussing upcoming plans.  We encourage everyone to continue to contribute to their Thank Banks, and we will have the collection of them the Sunday before Thanksgiving. 

Peace & blessings to all,

Carol Stoner



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     At the Center    of It All


Psalm 118:8, the verse that falls in the middle of the Protestant Bible, reads, “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans” (NIV).

The center of God’s Word reminds us to make God the center of our lives! No other person or possession can fulfill or save us. Only God is a safe, certain refuge, and we grow closer to him by grounding ourselves in his Word and his will.


Next Fellowship meal will be August 21!


Pork sandwiches and Chips, YUM!

See you there. 


Liturgists for July


  3 - Don Petty

10 - Laverne Ogden

17 - Carol Stoner

24 - Bill Adams

31 Elizabeth Allison


*Please let the pastor know if you would like your name added to the Alternate liturgist list.


Newsletter Preparation


Newsletter Volunteer Day is Wednesday, July 20 @ 5:30 PM 





To see the 2016 Committee list,  visit this link and click "LEADERSHIP"








• Gathering Time - 9:15 AM

• Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 AM

• Worship - 11:00 AM


• The Agape Group @ 10 AM


• Computer Class @ 11 AM (By Appointment)


• Choir Practice @ 6 PM


• Computer Class @ 11 AM (By Appointment)



Special dates


• Nursing Home Singing, June 26, 2016

• Independence Day, July 4, 2016

• Heaven Bible Study, July 6, 2016

Vacation Bible School, July 10, 2016

• Church Council, July 10, 2016

• Finance Meeting, July 12, 2016

• Heaven Bible StudyJuly 13, 2016

• Family Ministry, July 14, 2016

• Vacation Bible School, July 17, 2016

• Parsonage Committee, July 19, 2016

• Newsletter Volunteer Day, July 20, 2016

Heaven Bible StudyJuly 20, 2016

Barefoot Sunday, July 24, 2016

Vacation Bible School, July 24, 2016

Nursing Home Singing, July 24, 2016

Pastor on Vacation, July 25 - 31, 2016

Church-Wide Breakfast, July 31, 2016

5th Sunday Singing, July 31, 2016

Noisy Offering, July 31, 2016

Vacation Bible School, July 31, 2016