Eylau United Methodist Church

NEWSLETTER (October 2014)



Bring a friend and your favorite dish to our

3rd Sunday Fellowship Meal!


Our Purpose:

Love God - Love Others - Serve God in the World



Wesley Sundays!


In John Wesley's style of a weekly "Class Meeting," Wesley Wednesdays will be expanding to Sundays, beginning September 28 @ 9:45 AM.  This NEW small group will begin with a pastor led devotional, followed by an opportunity to talk about what's going on in each of our lives, and how God fits into the picture.  The class should be a very good segue into our traditional worship service @ 11 AM.  And, of course, the small group will go by the name of Wesley Sundays.

Everyone, especially those not already plugged into a current Sunday School class, are invited to join with us in a time of spiritual renewal.  If you are already in a current Adult Sunday School class, praise God!  We only ask that your group pray for the new group.  Please pray that Wesley Sundays will become a viable conduit, which God can and will use to enrich and grow His church.




Bishop Janice R. Huie will be visiting the North District

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 

Ore City First United Methodist Church, 201 S Cypress, Ore City, 75683  903.968-3833

• Bishop Huie will meet at 5 PM with the Clergy of the District

• Then Bishop Huie will meet at 7 PM with the Laity of the District

The Texas Annual Conference 4 year focus of Investing in the Young and Growing Vibrant Congregations have served as the themes of the last two sets of visits from Bishop Huie, setting the stage for the 2014 focus on Training Transformational Lay and Clergy Leaders. 

The Bishop will be talking about four qualities of leadership: courageous leading, faith talking, compassion sharing and bridge building.  Attendees will also hear stories/videos focusing on leaders from our annual conference who emulate these qualities.

These visits are held to empower the local congregation, so we always encourage attendees to share their experiences with their individual churches.

We also encourage the local congregations to extend a special invitation to young leaders and members to attend this interactive forum.

All are welcome!


Computer Lessons!

Call the church office to schedule a computer lesson with the pastor.  If you don't know how to turn on a computer, not to worry, we will begin there. 


We will explore special features of the Church Webpage, like: the Calendar, the Directory and e-Newsletter sign-up!


Give us a call today to set up your appointment!


October Birthdays

4 - Lana Akin

8 - Lynn Payne

9 - Shedera Combs

18 - Nettie Evelyn Williamson

26 - Lindsey Allison Koenig

31 - Tony Jones


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 What's a Christian to do with Halloween?

These days, children associate Halloween with trick-or-treating and candy.  But centuries ago, Christians named the night before All Hallows’ Day (All Saints’ Day) “All Hallows’ Eve.”  As the faithful prepared to remember people who were entrusted to resurrection life, they adopted various traditions to poke fun at death.

Around the world, Christians observe Halloween differently: In Poland, kids pray aloud while walking through forests to remember those who have died.  In Spain, tolling church bells remind people to remember the saints.  In Finland, so many people light candles in cemeteries that the observance is called “seas of light.”

Although some Christians steer clear of Halloween, others use it as an evangelism opportunity and provide entertainment alternatives such as harvest parties.

No matter your views, you can remind children that though it’s fun to pretend, we can always be ourselves with God.  Whatever our features and flaws, we need not and cannot hide from God behind masks.  God made us in His holy image and loves us as His holy — hallowed! — children.


Making Disciples


You are invited to do THREE THINGS a week:   


1) Come to a worship service to fall more in love with God and His Word.

2) Go to a small group to love others in community.  

3) Serve in a ministry to impact others.


Love God, love others, serve God in the world.

(Simple Church, Eric Geiger)


Check out the new facebook page for Eylau UMC!


What is Charge Conference?

The United Methodist Church is a connectional system.  No local church exists independently, but all are linked and connected in a system of mutual support and accountability through district, annual conference, jurisdictional conference, and general conference.  According to the laws of the United Methodist Church as set forth in The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church (2012), at the local church level, the charge conference is the basic unit in the connectional system.

The date for the Annual Charge Conference is set by the district superintendent, who is the presiding officer. The primary purpose of the charge conference is to review and evaluate the total mission and ministry of the church, receive reports, and adopt goals recommended by the Church Council. Charge conference provides an opportunity to review the ministry of the church over the past year and determine the direction of the church in the coming year, including the election of church leaders and the adoption of the pastors’ salary.

This year, our District Superintendent, Bill Taylor, has decided that Eylau UMC’s charge conference will be held as part of a cluster with other churches in the Texarkana area. Even so, it will still provide the opportunity to focus on the mission and ministry of Eylau UMC.


Charge Conference will be held at Hardy Memorial UMC, 

Sunday, October 12 at 3:00 p.m.


Please make plans now to attend and learn where we are and where we hope to go next year as the Body of Christ in this place and in this time. Hope to see you there.

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Paula

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What modern expression comes from the practice, described in Leviticus, of a priest confessing Israel’s sins over the head of an animal and sending it (and the sins with it) into the desert? 

A. hogwash
B. from the horse’s mouth
C. monkey business
D. scapegoat

Answer: D (See Leviticus 16:10, 21, NIV.)


Quite Hour

Speak, Lord, in the stillness, while I wait on Thee;
hushed my heart to listen, in expectancy.
Speak, O blessed Master, in this quiet hour,
let me see Thy face, Lord, feel Thy touch of power.

For the words Thou speakest, “They are life” indeed;
living Bread from heaven, Now my spirit feed!
All to Thee is yielded, I am not my own;
blissful, glad surrender, I am Thine alone.

Fill me with the knowledge, of Thy glorious will;
all Thine own good pleasure, in my life fulfill.
Like a watered garden, full of fragrance rare,
ling’ring in Thy presence, let my life appear.

—Emily M. Crawford


Children's Corner

Adults aren’t the only ones who benefit from counting their blessings. Research shows that thankful kids get better grades, experience less depression and jealousy, and maintain a more positive outlook on life.

Experts emphasize that parents must model gratitude, especially in today’s consumer-driven culture. But professor Robert Emmons notes that being thankful usually comes pretty easily for children. “Kids have a natural affinity to gratitude,” he says. “They often teach parents as much or more about gratitude than the other way around.”


Sunday Morning Liturgists

You may have noticed that we now have lay readers (liturgists) during Sunday Morning worship!  We hope that not only the congregation will be blessed, but also, those who serve in this way.

Liturgist for October

5 - Shedera Combs

12 - Max Harris

19 - Joe Breed

26 - Jewel Sullivan

* We still need more alternate liturgists!





This central furnishing in a Christian worship space is usually fairly large, with a solid front that may be decorated with symbols or words.  The flat surface, often covered with a cloth, is where the Communion elements are prepared and placed, reminding us of Jesus' sacrifice as the Lamb of God.  In some churches, the altar looks more like a table, with open legwork.  We remember that Jesus invites us into fellowship with God now and to the heavenly banquet for eternity.  We place offerings on the altar to symbolize our sacrificial response to God's redeeming love.




• Gathering Time - 9:15 AM

• Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 AM

• Wesley Sundays/A Modern day Class Meeting - 9:45 AM

• Worship - 11:00 AM


• Prayer Team @ 10 AM (Check Calendar)


• Computer Class @ 11 AM (By Appointment)


• Wesley Wednesdays/A Modern day Class Meeting @ 11 AM (Check Calendar)

• Choir Practice @ 6 PM


• Computer Class @ 11 AM (By Appointment)


Special dates

• Worship Committee Meeting, October 1

• Church Council Meeting, October 5

• Charge Conference, October 12

• Columbus Day, (Office Closed) October 13

• Bishop's Visit, October 15

• 3rd Sunday Meal, October 19

• United Methodist Women, October 20