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									                                                 Eureka Christian Church
                           The Christian Visitor
    “To be faithful to God, related to Christ and one another, and ministers to our world.”
                                                                                                       January 14, 2009
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
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Graymoor Ecumenical Institute in the US. This year’s theme is “That They May Become One in God’s Hand”-Ezek. 37:15-28.
    As Christians, and specifically as members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we hold on to the “polar star”
of Christian unity. It is one of our movement’s founding principles. Through the years, many Disciples have championed
the call of unity. Our denomination continues to be a major force in the movement for Christian unity. Why? Because we
believe in it. It’s part of who we are. When we are truly in touch with what it means to be Christians, we draw ourselves in
to alignment with Jesus’ prayer for unity (John 17:20-26) in which he prays that his followers will be united as one “so
that the world might believe.” Being a Christian is not about doing something just for your own self, it’s about sharing
your belief so that everyone in the whole oikos (Household of God) can also share in that belief. The kingdom of God is
for everyone, yet each of us has a part in making it so.
    Recently Disciples have adopted a new identity statement, “A movement for wholeness in a broken world.” It has
profound meaning on all levels. How can you be an agent of healing in our fragmented community? Pray about it, and
then go do what God would have you do.

A Hearty Thank You from Your Staff!
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     ~Fred, Carolyn, Angie, Randy, Betty, Nichole, Connie, & Erin

Dear ECC Congregation:
T hank you for the Christmas gift. Your generosity is most appreciated. Blessings to all in the new year!    ~Randy Crump

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                                                                                            Luther said

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                                                                          twice while I was in Eureka Hospital for rehab. I
hope to get back to church as soon as I feel safe out on the winter roads and sidewalks. ~Marty Winemiller

T   hanks to the Eureka Christian Church for the beautiful poinsettia. It was greatly appreciated. ~Edith Dickey

T   hank you so much for remembering me with the beautiful poinsettia plant. ~Jeannette Lewman

T   hank you for the beautiful poinsettia. I appreciate your thoughtfulness. It will brighten the Holidays. ~Dorothy Westphal

L  ong after our Christmas decorations have been put away, we will continue to enjoy the beautiful poinsettia. Thank you,
   everyone, and to Ginny for braving the cold, ice and snow to make the much appreciated delivery. Blessings to all in
the new year. ~Dick and Annette Dickinson

I   would like to thank our church family for the poinsettia Ginny brought to me during the Christmas season. The flower
    brightens our dining room, and reminds me of the joy we share in the gift of Christ. ~In Christian love, Margie Beck
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Happy New Year!
A   ll of us are usually enthralled by the new, but then, after a few weeks or months, the newness wears off and our inter-
    est in the new wanes. You know what I mean. You buy a new car. There is the smell of new. The inside and outside
are clean and the finish shines like the sun. The gadgets on the dashboard and panel are intriguing. And, when you think
about the new car, you say to yourself, I’m going to keep it looking like new. I’ll wash and wax it. I’ll vacuum the inside on
a regular basis. If I eat in the car, I’ll see to it that all the trash is discarded so as to keep the floors clean and the seats
  But then, the days and weeks pass. You stop by Wendy’s and get two of those ninety-nine cent burgers and a choco-
late milk shake. After eating you wipe your mouth with a napkin and throw it on the passenger-side floor saying to your-
self, “I’ll throw it out later.” You finish your milkshake and leave it in the cup holder. A few days pass, the litter is still in
the car, but that is not concerning you all that much. You are more focused on making it to an appointment on time. Driv-
ing faster than you should, you hit a mud hole and splatter mud up the side of the car and onto the hood and part of the
windshield. Again, you say to yourself, I’ll have to get the car washed when I get a chance. A few days pass, the litter is
still there, the splattered mud has dried on the car, and now you’re looking for a parking place at Wal-Mart. Finding it and
getting a little shopping done, you return to your car, get in, and putting it in reverse, you back into a grocery cart. You
get out discover that it has left a very noticeable scratch on the back fender. Frustrated and shrugging your shoulders,
you resign to accepting the first scratch, saying to yourself, “It’s not too bad. Maybe I can rub it out with some scratch
remover…but you never do. The car is becoming used, old, and not all that enthralling. It is no longer the new car. It has
become “the car” and very little time is spent spiffing it up.
  We have a new year or a new beginning before us. Janus, after whom January is named, is looking backwards and
forwards. It is my prayer that in 2009 we will take hold of all that is good from our past, combine it with dreams and
visions for the future, and give God permission to create something new. After all, God is promising to make all things
new if we will receive the gifts and graces that God is so graciously willing to give. And, this newness has the potential to
constantly change our lives. Much, much more than a new smell, a shining bumper, and satellite radio, this life in the
Spirit creates continued happiness, kindness, thankfulness, humility, authenticity, gentleness and those virtues that really
make a difference in our lives and the lives of others. It is as if the new keeps regenerating itself for the sake of good-
ness, righteousness, and justice.
  Therefore, let this new year be the opportunity of moving to a new level in your relationship with God. Needless to say,
you have to figure out ways whereby you can experience God anew. It may begin with reading scripture, practicing
prayer, and serving your neighbor. Whatever the course, I am confident if you continually seek after God, a new life will
come forth, and even if you have to face some valleys, this new life will never give way to loss of intrigue but will bloom
into beautiful flowers year around.
  God love you, and thank you for all of the prayers, greetings, and lovely gifts sent our way at Christmas. We are
blessed to be a part of Eureka Christian Church. - Fred

                                                                                                  January Birthdays
Get Green This Year!
                                                                                              Brian Krogmeier         1
D   on’t forget that the church is collecting inkjet cartridges for recycle. We are now also
    collecting other items. Add your items to the recycling bin outside the church office.
    Eureka Christian Church is conducting a recycling fundraiser. There’s nothing to
                                                                                              Jeff Gum
                                                                                              Juanita Genre
buy. We are simply asking you to protect the environment by donating your used cell           Marty Winemiller        13
phones, inkjet cartridges, laptop / notebook computers, iPods, digital cameras, and           Terry Crawford          14
digital video cameras. Your used item(s) may be tax deductible and will be recycled in        Bryce Johnson           14
accordance with EPA regulations or refurbished and sold. 100% of the proceeds will            Glenn Riddell           15
help raise money for computer expenses at the Church.                                         Owen West               18
    We have been collecting printer ink/toner cartridges for the last three years. You
                                                                                              Priscilla Mall          19
have been very faithful to bring in your empty cartridges. We will no longer be taking
laser toner cartridges, however. Please continue to bring the inkjet cartridges as well as
                                                                                              Cheryl Beck             23
our added items: cell phones, laptop/notebook computers, iPods, digital cameras, and          Kevin Kalmer            24
digital video cameras.                                                                        Carolyn Kroll           26
    According to Ecophones, an estimated 130 million cellular phones will be discarded        Mike Johnson            28
annually in the U.S. alone in 2008. Cell phones contain eight toxic substances which          Lorna Smith             28
pose a serious environmental and health risk if discarded improperly. Laptop computers
generate close to 4,000 times its weight in waste. It takes about 600 pounds of fossil fuels and chemicals to create the
chips for ONE personal computer. All of these toxins have been associated with cancer and a range of reproductive,
neurological and developmental disorders when they leach into soil and groundwater from landfills or from incinerators.
    We want to dispose of these items properly. Please help us do this and we will also get money from each item we
recycle. ~Thank you for your cooperation.
“To be faithful to God, related to Christ and one another, and ministers to our world.”                          Page 3

Godly Play
I t’s the season between Epiphany and Lent, one of the great green growing times. For these six weeks we’ll be experi-
  encing the Parables of Jesus (Good Shepherd, Sower, Good Samaritan, Mustard Seed, etc.). Remember, Godly Play
children begin in the sanctuary at 10:30 and leave together with the session teachers. Parents should meet their children
in the Education building, just down from the Nursery after worship.

Sunday School Update
O  ur Pre-School Class (ages 3 – 5) have new curriculum. If your kids are fans of Veggie Tales, then they’ll love our new
   veggie series! Come on down and learn more about God with your friends Bob the tomato and Larry the cucumber.
Barb Baner and Mercy Davison lead this class.
   The 1st – 4th Grade Class continues with Deanna Kalmer. The class recently welcomed Lorna Smith as co-teacher!
New materials in the room include a pair of finger labyrinths.
   The Middle School Class also added a finger labyrinth, and other engaging activities. Jennifer Gholson and Meredith
Gholson are the teachers.
   The High School Class continues to meet with Rev. Carolyn and Kyrstin Anderson. Topics vary from week to week.

Illinois Valley Cluster News
T    he Illinois Valley Cluster announces several upcoming events. Please add them to your calendar and plan to attend!
   Talent Show and Pot-Luck Dinner on January 25th at 4:30 p.m. at Sunnyland CC. Register a 5 minute (max time)
act by calling Rev. Dwight Winnett at 309-369-5015.
Bring a dish to share and your own table service.
Lenten Worship Series
Beginning Ash Wednesday each church in our cluster
will host one of the series’ services. Each church will
take turns providing a location, readers and meal; music;
desserts; and a preacher. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m.
and worship will be at 6 p.m. More information will be
available soon.

Youth Calendar
•     Regular meeting- Sunday January 18th 4 – 6 p.m.

•     Cluster Talent Show- Sunday January 25th at Sun-
      nyland. We’ll meet at ECC and go to Sunnyland
      together for dinner at 5:30 and the Talent Show at
      6:30 p.m. Plan to be back after 7:30. Got a talent to
      perform- let Rev. Carolyn know!

    W    hite 3-ring notebook with 2008-09 Seasons of
         the Spirit adult Sunday School curriculum
    material left in Fireside Lounge. If anyone has seen
    this notebook or mistakenly picked it up out of the
    Fireside Lounge please contact the church office or
    return it to the office. This material is needed for the
    adult class that meets on Sunday mornings.
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Serving Schedule
                             January 18                                January 25                                 February 1

                  First Light          Traditional           First Light         Traditional            First Light           Traditional
Scriptures    1 Samuel 3:1-20, Psalm 139:1-6,13-18, Jonah 3:1-5,10, Psalm 62:5-12, 1              Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Psalm 111,
              1 Corinthians 6:12-20, John 1:43-51   Corinthians 7:29-31, Mark 1:14-20             1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28

Elder(s)      Vicky Woolridge    C.Kroll, K.Smith,       Mary Margaret T.Klaus, Scott W.,         Jim Hinrichsen        Deb S., Jim S.,
                                 D.Swigart               Klaus         M.Colburn                                        Vicky W.
Special       Hospital: K.Kalmer & V.Woolridge           Hospital: K.Kalmer & V.Woolridge         Hospital: Ginny McCoy & Tori Gum
Duties                                                                                            Maple Lawn: V.Woolridge & L.Siscoe
Ushers        Susan Argo         A.Argo & C.Hartter      J.Kozik           M. & A. Miller         Mitch Davis           B.Baner & K.Coulter

Set-up        J.Hemmenway        M.Gholson & J.Wilkins   T.Gum             K.Lauderback &         Deanna Kalmer         L.Hartter &
                                                                           C.Robinson                                   J.Kinder

Acolytes      N/A                Catherine Argo          N/A               ?                      N/A                   ?
Donuts        M.&C. Davis        N/A                     R. Teegarden      N/A                    M.Walter              N/A
Elements      N/A                Meredith Gholson        N/A               Dan & Amy Harrod       N/A                   ?

Liturgist     N/A                Pat Dorisse             N/A               Sharon Hanner          N/A                   April Stewart
Music         Kathy & Rich       Steve Sieger            Rich              Steve Sieger           Kathy & Rich          Vicki Heitzman
Nursery       ?                                          ?                                        ?
Counters      Joan Herron and Meredith Gholson           Roger Baker and Carolyn Kroll            Barb Baner and Steve Colburn

Calendar of Events                                                                      Temporary Signs
Wednesday, January 14
9:00a.m. - Knit Together @ Mika’s
5:15p.m. - Chancel Choir Rehearsal
                                          Wednesday, January 21
                                          9:00a.m. - Knit Together @ Mika’s
                                                                                        M   ark Miller has been working on signage
                                                                                            for the church. You may have noticed
                                                                                        the placement of some temporary signs
7:00p.m. - Cabinet                        2:30p.m. - Rev. Fred-Chapel at M.L.
                                                                                        throughout the church. Please let Mark
Friday, January 16                        5:15p.m. - Chancel Choir Rehearsal
6:00p.m. - Wedding Rehearsal              7:00p.m. - General Board Meeting
                                                                                        know what you think. Call or email him at
Saturday, January 17                      Thursday, January 22                          573-881-0095,
4:00p.m. - Pelz Wedding                   6:15p.m. - Membership Committee Mtg.
Sunday, January 18
8:15a.m. - First Light Praise & Worship
                                          Sunday, January 25
                                          8:15a.m. - First Light Praise & Worship
                                                                                        Dear ECC,
9:30a.m. - Sunday School/Small Group      9:30a.m. - Sunday School/Small Group
10:30a.m. - Traditional Worship
4-6p.m. - Youth Groups
                                          10:30a.m. - Traditional Worship
                                          4-6p.m. - Youth Groups                        T  hank you for your generous “Love Offer-
                                                                                           ing” that provided robes, sweaters,
                                                                                        blouses, shirts, colognes, P.J.’s and socks
6:30p.m. - Elders Meeting                 6:30p.m. - Elders Meeting
Monday, January 19                        Monday, January 26                            for several residents at Maple Lawn Health
Offices Closed                            9:30a.m. - Burgess Crown                      Center. May God bless you with peace,
7:00p.m. - Fireside Lounge Reserved       Wednesday, January 28                         comfort, and a happy heart in 2009. Your
Tuesday, January 20                       9:00a.m. - Knit Together @ Mika’s             prayers are greatly appreciated.
6:30p.m. - Fireside Lounge Reserved       5:15p.m. - Chancel Choir Rehearsal               ~Blessings, Karlita Sloter, A.D.
7:00p.m. - Worship Committee Mtg.
7:00p.m. - Laity @ Annette Sherman’s
                                                                                               **The next deadline for Visitor
GMP To Preach at National Prayer Service                                                        articles is Jan. 23 @ 8 a.m.**

T  he Presidential Inaugural Committee announced today that General Minister and President Dr. Sharon E. Watkins of
   the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has been selected to give the sermon at the National Prayer Service on
Wednesday, January 21st. The National Prayer Service will be held at the National Cathedral at the conclusion of Inau-
gural activities and will celebrate America's diversity of faith. Reverend Dr. Sharon Watkins will be the first woman to
deliver the sermon at this traditional Inaugural event. To read more, visit

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