Eylau United Methodist Church

NEWSLETTER (November 2014)

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Our Purpose:

Love God - Love Others - Serve God in the World

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Give Thanks!

You are invited to the annual Community Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 25 at 7:00 p.m. (details upcoming).  The service is sponsored by the Liberty-Eylau Ministerial Association.  All are welcome.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! —Psalm 100:4

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It is time to get your Christmas Child boxes ready!  The Shoe box ministry requires that $7 be included with each box.  The United Methodist Women of Eyalu UMC will pay for each box.  We just ask that everyone share the joy of filling a shoebox for a child, which may be the only Christmas present that any have ever received.

* Please return them on or before Thursday, November 6.  Thanks!

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The Directory is now on the Church Webpage!

 

You may be asking: What is so amazing about this new-fangled, computerized kind of directory? 

• Well, first of all, it is a helpful (getting to know you) tool for new members of the congregation, as well as, your new pastor. 

• It is also safe and secure, in that it is password protected. 

• Only those included in the directory will be able to open the directory. 

• And for those without computer access, a printed version is available upon request. 

Have you seen the New Church Directory? 

If not, just give us a call and we will be pleased to walk you through the simple computer viewing process and/or provide a print version for you.

And here is more exciting news!  We now have the ability to receive and add/update your photo, at your convenience, from your home computer.  It is very easy to do. 

If you have computer access and wish to participate, simply use the following link to send the photo you would like to be included in the Eylau United Methodist Church Pictorial Directory: MY PHOTO

Otherwise, mail or bring your favorite photo to the church for scanning with instructions on how to best return the original to you.

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Our hope, at Eylau UMC, is that outreach will be intricately woven into the life of everyone in our church community, as we seek to serve God and respectfully respond to the needs of those Jesus referred to as “the least of these” (Matthew 25:35-46). 

From mentoring children after school, to volunteering at Randy Sam's Outreach shelter, to helping local hospitals provide health kits for patients newly diagnosed as diabetic, to prison ministry, and more, our commitment is to "Serve God in the World."  Our intention is to make outreach an integral part of life in our church community.  As Jesus told us, by carrying His love and compassion beyond the boundaries of the church to feed the hungry, care for the sick, clothe and shelter the poor and visit prisoners, it is as if we are showing that kindness to Him.

In searching for an outreach ministry as a church or as an individual, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the staggering needs in the world, as well as, the many opportunities available for Christians who want to address those needs.  Thus the "Top Ministry Opportunities" table is born.  An Opportunity Table will be set up in the Old Fellowship Hall, where all can see current ministry opportunity suggestions (with information on how to get involved).  All are invited to prayerfully seek a clear spiritual focus for community outreach ministries. 

Your ongoing participation in identifying new "Hands-On" outreach opportunities is necessary, welcomed and encouraged!

Also Needed - Someone who has the gifts and talents to create the Ministry Opportunities Table.  Please consider filling this fun new position and then talk with the pastor about your ideas!

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7 - Aleesha Wooten

7 - Richard Glenn (RT) Turner

10 - Lula Rhyne

12 - Delma Kidd

12 - Gracie Carr

16 - Elaine Patterson

18 - Robert (Bobby) Kidd

30 - Dura (Dude) Purifoy

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Thank you for your efforts to use the church's resources wisely!

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Do THREE THINGS

a week:   

 

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

2) Participate in a small group to learn how to better 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)

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We Gather Together to ask the Lord's Blessings

The Scriptures call each Christian to a deeper awareness of the wonders of God’s blessings, challenging us to use our unique gifts and abilities so that others may be blessed, as well.  Here’s a delightful story that helped me to think more clearly about even the smallest of gifts, and the difference they can make when used creatively and responsibly for God.  Maybe you have heard it:

Early one morning while taking a seaside vacation, Jake was walking along the beach when he saw a perplexing sight.  A lone DANCER, silhouetted in the sunrise moved rhythmically ahead of him at the wave’s edge.  Jake, puzzled by the intense bending and swaying, quickened his pace to get a better look.  As he came nearer, he saw that with each sweep downward something was being picked up and thrown back into the ocean. 

Finally, consumed with curiosity, he matched his pace with that of the DANCER’S and then walked along side him, as if to invite conversation.  The DANCER continued his ritual without acknowledging Jake’s presence.  The need to know overcame Jake and he asked, ‘What are you doing?’

‘I’m throwing starfish into the ocean,’ the DANCER replied with a flash of a smile.  ‘Why are you doing that?’ Jake persisted.  ‘The sun is coming up and the tide is going out and they will die here on the beach if I don’t,’ the DANCER answered.  ‘But, there are millions of starfish on this beach alone, and there are millions of other beaches.  You are wasting your time; you can’t possibly make a difference,’ Jake protested.

In a continuous flow of motion, the young man threw another starfish into the waves, winked, and said, ‘Made a difference to that one!’  Jake was stunned.  He pondered that thought for several days and then finally understood that which the young man already knew.  Unlike Jake, who had chosen to be an observer in God’s universe, the DANCER had chosen to participate. (Author unknown)

Sometimes we are tempted to think like Jake, doing nothing at all because what we have to offer doesn’t appear to be that significant.  That’s a “common” response.  But we are not “common” or “ordinary” people; we are God’s people, indwelled by His Spirit and empowered by His love and His grace.  There are so many ways that you can choose to participate in God’s kingdom work, here at Eylau UMC.  There are so many possibilities of service in the church that can make a profound difference in the life of another. 

What if you chose to spend 15 minutes a week calling on a missing member in worship or 15 minutes a day to pray for our community?  What if you decide to use your gifts ministering to youth?  What if you resolve to increase your gifts to the Lord or volunteer to serve in a new and exciting way? 

The truth is, you can serve the Lord in many ways, some as simple as turning off the lights and locking up after worship.  Even if you are unable to leave your home, you may still be of service to the Lord by serving on a phone committee, sending notes or praying for others.  Remember the starfish?  We can’t do everything, but when we choose to be a participant in God’s work, and as the Lord enables us, multiplying our efforts, we can each do something that will make an astonishing difference in the world around us.   Don't ever forget that you are blessed to be a blessing.

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Paula

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Road to A Generous Heart 2015

A key part of Eylau UMC’s faithfulness in 2015 are individual and family Faith Commitments.  When God’s people were challenged with the vision of rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, the Bible says the walls were posted by family groups and that each family had their own responsibility or work to complete (Nehemiah 4).  This is still true today.  In order for Eylau UMC to achieve her purpose to "Love God, Love Others and Serve God in the World" we must fund the 2015 operating and outreach budget.  Our current annual budget of $104,074.56 will increase to $104,590.56 (an increase of $516.00 in 2015).  If we have the vision to attract and retain new members through increased community outreach and the making of disciples of Jesus Christ, God will bless us with the financial resources we need to continue His work in the church, community, and world.  We commit together by faith to trust God to do what only He can do.  We want you to pray over every aspect of God’s vision for Eylau UMC. 

Specifically, the commitments required to fulfilling our vision are: 

1) Make the commitment do one or more of the following: Read the Bible daily, Read through the Bible once during the year, Develop a personal discipline of daily prayer, Read through the New Testament, pray daily for Eylau UMC’s mission, membership & staff.  No other commitment is more important for you and the church in achieving a generous and content heart.

2) Make the commitment to serve in one of Eylau’s internal ministries, committees, or teams to ensure we deliver a ministry that is pleasing to God and helps us better accomplish our mission.

3) Make the commitment to serve in at least two "Outreach Opportunities" to share the gifts and talents God has given you.

4) Make the commitment to help Eylau fully fund its operating budget for 2015 by giving generously and sacrificially of your financial resources which God has generously given to you by growing one step forward toward the goal of giving a full tithe.

5) Make the commitment to be more deliberate in your faith in 2015 by becoming a member of Eylau United Methodist Church.

 

Generosity Sunday - A great opportunity for spiritual growth!

Faith Commitment Cards will be placed on the Altar of the Sanctuary during Morning Worship on: Sunday, November 9, 2014.

* Please feel free to visit with the pastor concerning your personal faith commitment, for suggestions on reading the Bible, Prayer, or serving in various ways at Eylau UMC.

 

MY FAITH COMMITTMENT CARD

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UNITED METHODIST WOMEN CHRISTMAS PARTY!

All women of the Church are invited to celebrate Christmas with the United Methodist Women with a Christmas party and dinner at the home of Carol Stoner, on Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

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3rd SUNDAY MEAL

Bring a friend and your favorite dish to our

3rd Sunday Fellowship Meal! 

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Liturgist for November

 

2 - Bill Adams

9 - Max Harris

16 - Joe Breed

23 - Jewel Sullivan

30 - Elizabeth Allison

 

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

 

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Opportunities

SUNDAYS:

• 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

MONDAYS:

• Prayer Team @ 10 AM (Check Calendar)

TUESDAYS:

• Computer Class @ 11 AM (By Appointment)

WEDNESDAYS:

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

• Choir Practice @ 6 PM

THURSDAYS:

• Computer Class @ 11 AM (By Appointment)

 

Special dates

• All Saints’ Sunday, November 2, 2014

• Daylight-Saving Time ends, November 2, 2014

• Generosity Sunday, November 9, 2014

• Church Council Meeting, November 9, 2014

• Veterans Day (Office Closed), November 11, 2014

• Third Sunday Meal, November 16, 2014

• UM Women Sunday, November 23, 2014

• Community Thanksgiving Worship, November 25, 2014

• Thanksgiving (Office Closed), November 27, 2014

• First Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014

• Noisy Offering, November 30, 2014 

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