Eylau United Methodist Church

NEWSLETTER (Feburary 2017)

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Our Purpose:

Love God - Love Others - Serve God in the World

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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 March)

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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A New Class!

 

Begins the First Sunday in March 2017

We will be studying

“The Book of Acts”

YOU are cordially invited!

Facilitated by Shauna

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February

Birthdays

 

10 Bill Avance

14 Charolotte McGarr

19 Ann Black

19 Don Petty

21 Brenda Lee

27 Freida Bettes

27 Top Marrow

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View the current sermon HERE!

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District Training

Saturday, Feb 11, 2017
First UMC in Marshall

 

(Pick up your information flyer @ the church)

Every year our district gathers to learn and grow from one another’s experiences and to work together to equip the saints for the work of the church. Our District Leadership Team has compiled an exciting & diverse set of workshops that we hope will enrich our ministries throughout the north district and continue to build up the body of Christ.

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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Valentine Meal

 

February 19 @ Noon

 

Bring your favorite Soup and Cornbread dish to share.

 

See you there!

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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 United Methodist Women will hold an Officer Training, January 28, at Winterfield UMC in Longview.  The training begins at 10 am (Registration at 9:30) and Lunch will be served.  I encourage all the ladies to attend. 

 

Also the Local Unit of UMW will meet the 3rd Monday in February at 6:30 pm.  We invite all women of the Church to attend and find out what UMW is all about. 

 

Thanks,  

Carol

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Saturday, February 25 @ 9:30 AM

 

We will need ALL hands on deck!

Please come and help us brighten up the Church with a little outside Maintenance and inside Cleaning. 

 

There will be something for everyone.

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March 1, is not just another Wednesday.  It is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent.  It is written in the scriptures that Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness.  During that time, he asked himself what it meant to be Jesus.  During the forty days of Lent, Christians are encouraged to ask themselves what it means to be who they are.  A regular part of the Ash Wednesday worship service is the “Invitation To The Observance Of Lenten Discipleship.”  For those of you who wish to understand the season a little better, I extend the invitation.  I hope you will take some time to reflect upon this very important calling:

 

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

the early Christians observed with great devotion

      the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection,

and it became the custom of the Church that before the Easter celebration

      there should be a forty-day season of spiritual preparation.

During this season converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism.

It was also a time when persons who had committed serious sins

      and had separated themselves from the community of faith

            were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness,

      and restored to participation in the life of the Church.

In this way the whole congregation was reminded

      of the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the need we all have to renew our faith.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church,

      to observe a holy Lent:

      by self-examination and repentance;

      by prayer, fasting, and self-denial;

     and by reading and meditation on God's Holy Word.

 

Grace & Peace

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Islam & Christianity

(Sundays – 5 PM)

 

Journey with a former Muslim as he shares the evidence that led him from Islam to Christianity.

Register On-line: http://eylauumc.org

• What do Muslims believe about Christianity and Jesus.

• What do Muslims believe about prophets, the Christian Bible and the Quran?

• How do the messages of Christianity and Islam differ?

 In “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus,” we will discuss these and many other interesting questions.

 Join us for an 8 week study

Beginning April 23, 2017

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THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE...

 

Michelangelo didn't say, "I don't do ceilings."

A German monk, named Martin Luther didn't say, "I don't do doors."

An Oxford don named John Wesley didn't say, "I don't do fields."

Moses didn't say, "I don't do Pharaohs."

Noah didn't say, "I don't do arks with animals."

Ruth didn't say, "I don't do mothers-in-law."

Mary didn't say, "I don't do virgin births."

Mary Magdalene didn't say, "I don't do feet."

And Jesus didn't say, "I don't do crosses!"

~ Anonymous

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Next Fellowship meal will be February 19!

See you there. 

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Liturgists for February

 

05 - Linda Breed

12 - Laverne Ogden

19 - Carol Stoner

26 - Bill Adams

*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, February 15 @ 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

 

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

Education Meeting, February 7, 2017

District Training (Marshall), February 11, 2017

Church Council, February 12, 2017

Valentines Day, February 14, 2017

Newsletter Volunteer Day, February 17, 2017

Valentine Meal, February 19, 2017

United Methodist Women, February 20, 2017

Food Pantry, February 23, 2017

Work Day @ the Church, February 25, 2017

Nursing Home Singing, February 26, 2017

Ash Wednesday Service, March 1, 2017

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