Eylau United Methodist Church

NEWSLETTER (January 2017)

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Our Purpose:

Love God - Love Others - Serve God in the World

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CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

December 24 @ 5 PM

 

Celebrating the birth of the
Christ Child with Scripture, Songs and Holy Communion.

 

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Our Year in Ministry

by Shedera Combs, Co-Lay Leader

 

Eylau United Methodist Church (EUMC) is a church of generous and caring Christians whom God has blessed throughout many decades.  EUMC is seeking the future plans God has for our small but mighty church, and I believe our members are opening their eyes and hearts in such ways that we will thrive and be a vital part of God’s desire for our community.  In the past year, while we have continued with the traditional church worship service and Sunday school, EUMC has branched out in new and exciting ways.

 

Our PurposeLove God - Love Others - Serve God in the World.  Rev. Behrens encourages us to do three things a week in order to fulfill our purpose:  (1) Come to worship to fall more in love with God and His Word; (2) Participate in a small group to learn how to better love others in the community; and (3) Serve in a ministry to impact others outside the walls of the church.

 

Studying the Word:  In addition to her Bible-based weekly sermons, Rev. Behrens led two Bible study series which were attended not only by members of EUMC but many from other churches or those looking for a church.  These studies were (1) A New Heaven and New Earth:  The Book of Revelation Revisited and (2) Heaven.  Our Children’s Ministries held an eight week Vacation Bible School this summer titled “Journeys with Jesus.”  It was a special time filled with lessons, skits, puppet shows, cooking, games and much more!

 

Worship:  In addition to the traditional worship services, other worship opportunities throughout the year included:  Pack the Pews Sunday happened every fifth Sunday – it began with Sunday School and was followed by worship.  We also had 5th Sunday Singing and a Noisy Offering (loose change) worship services four times a year.  Other special services included: A special Back-to-School service where teachers, students and their backpacks and supplies were blessed; An Ash Wednesday service, a special Palm Sunday service, a Maundy Thursday service, an Easter Sunrise Worship, as well as, an Easter traditional worship service.  One of our favorite services was “Barefoot Sunday” where the congregation was invited to go barefoot to remember that not all people have shoes to wear and also included an opportunity to bring shoes for the needy.

 

Outreach:  What a great year for outreach ministries at EUMC.  Here are some highlights:

·         In October of 2015, EUMC collected and donated food for the Salvation Army. 

·         A dinner theater and silent auction was held in November.  This has become somewhat of an annual event which is not only a great fellowship and outreach opportunity, but also aids the finances of EUMC. 

·         Also in November, church members donated to a Thanksgiving Basket which was given to a family in need.

·         Another outreach ministry was our Nursing Home Singing on the fourth Sunday of each month.

·         The Agape Group was committed to praying for the Church and making Agape Crosses weekly, to be given as gifts in various Outreach and Evangelistic settings, including a gift bag for first time Sunday morning visitors. 

·         The Easter Egg Hunt was another successful fellowship and outreach opportunity. 

·         EUMC’s biggest endeavor was the opening of a Food Pantry.  After much prayer and preparation, the Pantry was opened on Tuesday, April 12.  The Pantry is open twice a month on Thursdays.  We work with Harvest Regional Food Bank where we have been able to dip into their time-tested expertise and benefit from their food resources.  While continually faced with challenges in operating the Panty, the dedicated workers continue to serve our community in this special way.  We served over 210 families in 2016.

 

Fellowship: Many Christ-filled fellowship opportunities with laughter, spiritual devotion, prayer, and most the times food, were had throughout the year.  They have included: fellowship meals, men’s and church-wide breakfasts, Community Thanksgiving Service, a Christmas celebration and with a visit from Santa, Muffins for Moms, Donuts for Dad, an ice cream social, just to name a few.

 

Eylau United Methodist Women:  What a vital role these ladies play at EUMC.  They always have something in the works.  UMW put together 16 school kits which may have been some children’s only educational resources. The UMW offered "The Twelve Days of Christmas" gift bags to special folks who are not able to attend worship and other church activities, in hopes that their hearts will be touched by Christ during the Advent/Christmas season. EUMC again participated in the Christmas Child Boxes (assembling over 70 boxes) and the UMW covered the cost of $7 per box.  The UMW also encouraged members to fill and donate their thank banks in order to aid in  The World Thank Offering which is one of the five channels of Mission Giving through United Methodist Women that makes a difference, every day, in the lives of women, children and youth around the world.

 

Staying Informed:  Our monthly newsletter, which is prepared by Rev. Behrens and volunteers, can be found on the church website and is either emailed or mailed to members.  Rev. Behrens does a great job of keeping the website up to date which is an informative tool to both the members or our church and the community.  Information about EUMC, including sermon videos, church calendar, membership directory, committee lists, worship and ministry opportunities, etc., can all be found on the church website.  What a wonderful way to reach beyond the walls of the church building!

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The members of Eylau United Methodist Church (EUMC) are seeking the plans God has for our church in the upcoming year.  We will continue with a traditional church worship service, but strive to incorporate other services and activities to encourage Sunday morning worship attendance.  Our 2017 attendance goal of 55 is approximately a 15% increase over the attendance of 2016.  We have set our goal high realizing that even a slight increase in attendance will be a victory for our Lord.

 

Worship services and activities for 2017 which we hope will boost attendance include:

 

1.    A better focus on advertising services and activities (Newspaper, Church Sign, RV Park, Newsletter, Radio, Food Pantry)

2.    Pack the Pew Sundays – Sunday School, 5th Sunday Singing Worship service, Noisy Offering (loose change collected by the youth)

3.    A New Adult Sunday School Class (Beginning in February)

4.    Easter Sunrise Service @ 7 AM & Breakfast (Bring your favorite dish), Easter Cantata @ 11 AM (April 16)

5.    Bible Study on Islam and Christianity with Snacks - Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus (begins the 1st Sunday after Easter – April 23)

6.    Special Sunday service and Meal remembering our Veterans within the congregation and the community (Memorial Sunday – May 28)

7.    Barefoot Sunday service – Inviting community youth – Worshippers are invited to go barefoot to remember that not all people have shoes.  Also includes an opportunity to bring shoes for the needy (July)

8.    Vacation Bible School – to be decided (July/August)

9.    Back-to-School (Blessing of the Backpacks) – blessing for students, teachers and school administrators (August)

10. Blessing of the Animals – for worshippers and their pets; includes bringing needed supplies for the local animal shelter (October)

11. A special worship service on All Saints Sunday inviting church members and the community to come and honor loved ones who have gone on to be with the Lord (November 5)

12. Candlelight Christmas Eve service (December 24)

13. Other Special services during the year – Ash Wednesday (March 1), Palm Sunday (April 9), Maundy Thursday (April 13), Mother’s Day (May 14) and Father’s Day (June 18)

 

Invite, invite, invite! inactive church members, neighbors, friends, family members, and those we meet in the community

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January

Birthdays

 

06 Cyndi Petty

10 Joe Breed

18 Dawson Wooten

30 Olivia O'Farrell

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View the current sermon HERE!

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District Training

Saturday, Feb 11, 2017
First UMC in Marshall

 

  9:30 - Registration
10:00 - Worship with Phil Chamberlin preaching
11:00 - Workshop #1
12:00 - Lunch
  1:00 - Workshop #2

 

• Growing the Small Church (50 or less in worship)

• Single Board Model for Local Church

• Connecting Church in Community

• Local Community as Mission Field and Strategies to Reach Them

• Human Trafficking

• Early Response Team (2 sessions)

• Using Technology in Worship

• Using Social Media to Grow Your Church

• GriefShare

• Adult VBS (2 sessions)

• Children's Ministry for Churches of Any Size (2 sessions)

• Youth Ministry for Churches of Any Size (2 sessions)

• Consecration Sunday Stewardship Model

• Year-Round Stewardship Model

• Lakeview Church Camp New Model (2 sessions)

• Financial Peace University as a Ministry of Your Church (2 sessions) 

• Electronic Giving for the Local Church (2 sessions)

• Staff-Parish Relations Committee (2 sessions)

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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. 

The next meeting will be February 20, 2017 @ 6:30 PM.  All women are cordially invited to join in the mission.

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Church Leaders for 2017

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As Christmas gives way to Epiphany and 2016 to 2017, I place my life in your hands once more, dear Lord. Lead and guide me. Amen.

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Next Fellowship meal will be February 19!

See you there. 

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Liturgists for January

 

01 - Laverne Ogden

08 - Linda Breed

15 - Carol Stoner

22 - Bill Adams

29 - Elizabeth Allison

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

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Newsletter Preparation

 

Newsletter Volunteer Day is Wednesday, January 18 @ 5:30 PM 

 

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Committees

 

To see the 2017 Committee list,  visit this link and click "COMMITTEES"

 

2017 COMMITTEES

 

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Opportunities

 

SUNDAYS:

• Gathering Time - 9:15 AM

• Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 AM

• Worship - 11:00 AM

MONDAYS:

• The Agape Group @ 10 AM

WEDNESDAYS:

• Choir Practice @ 6 PM

 

Special dates

 

Candlelight Service, December 24, 2016

Christmas Day, December 25, 2016

Nursing Home Singing, December 25, 2016

Office Closed, December 26- 30, 2016

New Year's Day, January 1, 2017

Trustee Meeting, January 3, 2017

Finance Meeting, January 4, 2017

Epiphany, January 6, 2017

• Un-decorate the Church, January 7, 2017

Church Council, January 8, 2017

Report Day, January 9, 2017

Family Ministries, January 11, 2017

Worship Committee, January 11, 2017

Food Pantry, January 12, 2017

Martin Luther King Day, January 16, 2017

Education Meeting, January 17, 2017

Newsletter Volunteer Day, January 18, 2017

Outreach & Evangelism, January 18, 2017

SPRC Meeting, January 19, 2017

Nursing Home Singing, January 22, 2017

Pastor on Vacation, January 23-29 2017

Food Pantry, January 26, 2017

Meeting with the Bishop, January 28, 2017

Pack the Pew Sunday, January 29, 2017

5th Sunday Singing, January 29, 2017

Noisy Offering, January 29, 2017

District Training (Marshall), February 11, 2017

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