August 9, 2018

dear my lord,
keeps honor bright.


Worship with us this Sunday!
8:30 Worship on the Lawn
10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary
Worship on the Lawn at 8:30 am.  Join us in the beautiful worship space of the church's front lawn as we welcome guest musicians and hear Pastor Clark's message of hope and grace. (Pastor Clark will be leading the singing this Sunday!) Come as you are. Sit on one of our benches or folding chairs, or bring a camp chair or blanket for the lawn. 
Worship in the Sanctuary at 10 am.  Join your brothers and sisters in the air conditioned sanctuary at 10 am for Pastor Clark's uplifting message and music from our praise band.
Child care is available all morning in our crib and toddler room!
Sunday School resumes September 16.
Sunday's Message: A Candle In The Wind
Sunday's Scriptures: John 6:35, 41-51 and Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here!
Sunday's Music:  Click here for a playlist of songs for the 10 o'clock service.
Did you miss last Sunday's Message?  Hear it here! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
Crosby Lane is a Nashville-based, husband-wife duo who have traveled the country sharing the message of God’s love and acceptance through Delta Folk-inspired original songs as well as fresh arrangements of favorite hymns and the stories behind the songs and the writers.  On Sunday, August 19 they’ll join us in worship at 10 am and for a potluck luncheon at 11 am in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. The concert is free.  A love offering will be collected for the band.  Learn more about the band at

Help spread the word about this concert!  There are lots of ways to do it!
Share a copy of the flyer you'll find in your bulletin on Sunday.
If you're on Facebook, RSVP to and share our event.
If you're on Twitter, Retweet our Tweet!
Pick up a poster at church and post it on a community bulletin board.
Share Crosby Lane's YouTube Channel
Call a friend and ask them to join you. Or jot them a note and drop it in the mail!
Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Needed!
If you'd like to help work on our house, we have one more date Saturday, September 15 from 8 am until 3 pm and still need six volunteers, someone to provide lunch and a photographer.  If you'd like to help, sign up on Sunday, or simply respond to this e-mail! Learn more about Apostles Build here.
OhioGuidestone is excited to partner with Brecksville United Methodist Women to provide back-to-school supplies for children and young adults who use their services! Many of their clients live at or below the poverty level and cannot afford to spare the income to purchase school supplies. You can help provide these necessary items and help alleviate the stresses of back-to-school shopping. The Brecksville United Methodist Women will deliver our donations. Thank you for your help!  Today through this Sunday, August 12, we will be collecting school supplies in the first floor coat room. Click here for a list of needed items.
Dare to Dream: Youth Ministry.
We need you! Bring your creativity, calendars, and 'can do' attitude to the Youth Room on August 15 at 7pm for a youth ministry brain storm session, adult volunteer training, and general discussion of the future of youth ministry at Brecksville United Methodist Church. We are looking for your fresh ideas and help to make our ministry grow. This session is open to all ages and families! RSVP to Dana at by August 12.
Sunday, August 19 - after second service, around 11:30.
It's a potluck picnic in Fellowship Hall!  Bring a dish to share and come be in community together. Crosby Lane will be joining us, too!  If you'd like to help with set up or clean up, please reply to this message.Need some potluck recipe inspiration?  Check out our Pinterest Board.
Did you celebrate National Sisters Day last Sunday?  By blood or bond, sisters are an incredible gift!  Speaking of sisters, be sure to come to church next Sunday, August 19 when Brent Hite from Summit County Children Services will be in our lobby between services to tell us about the dramatic need for foster families.  Over 900 children in Summit County alone are waiting for homes.  You don't have to be perfect to be a foster parent! Learn more at the Summit County Children Services website.
Summer Reading Series Book Discussion
Why Jesus? by William H. Willimon
August 26 at 4pm
Publisher's Weekly calls this book "accessible wisdom from a seasoned theologian."  Want to add a little of that to your summer reading?  Pick up the book and come discuss the mysterious preacher from Nazareth who continues to invite men and women to claim the true meaning of their lives by giving themselves away in service to God and others. Sunday, August 26 at 4pm. RSVP to Jenny Gee for details:
Food Bank Volunteers Needed September 8
Volunteers are crucial to the operations of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.  Come spend a Saturday morning with friends from church, helping sort and pack food for our hungry neighbors in need.  Reply to this e-mail to RSVP.  You must  register online with the Food Bank, too. 
Point Fest, Saturday September 15. We're headed to Cedar Point for a day of fun and music!  The Point Fest concert this year features Toby Mac, For King & Country, David Crowder and more.  If we have a group of 15 or more, tickets are only $48. ($90 if we have a smaller group.) To ensure the group ticket pricing, be sure to reply to this e-mail, talk to Dana, or sign up in the lobby before August 17.  Learn more about Point Fest here!
Adult Youth Ministry Advocates Wanted!
Are you an adult in our congregation who would be willing to help a youth in the case of an emergency? We are looking for phone numbers from our church family to give to our young people to let them know that wherever, whenever, no matter what, they have an adult who is willing to pick them up and help them out of any sticky situation. If you'd be willing to be a resource like this for a youth, email the church office ( before September 3.  Watch for information about the blessing of drivers' licenses on Sept. 16.
WE ARE CALLED TO WORSHIP GOD WITH FULL HEARTS.  Every week, a team of people: pastor, musicians, liturgists, ushers, tech team, and communion stewards, have a direct hand in leading people into a worship experience with the creator of the universe.  Do you want to be a part of that?  Talk with Pastor Clark, sign up in the lobby or call the church office to let us know how you’d like to get involved and what you would like to learn! 440-526-8938 or
We Have T-Shirts!   Help celebrate our bike ministry in style - wear a BUMC Bike Ministry t-shirt! They'll be on sale Sunday morning, and are also available to purchase during office hours (Monday - Thursday 8:30 - 4:30.  Fridays 8:30 until 12:30 pm).  Shirts are $20, and any additional dollars you might be willing to donate will be put toward fixing more bikes for those in need.
For families living in poverty, dental health is not critical to survival and often falls to the bottom of the list of priorities – if it makes it to the list at all.  Let’s help fill this need by focusing this month’s collection for Brookside Food Center on dental hygiene. If you’re moved to help, bring your donations of toothpaste, tooth brushes and floss to the first floor collection bin by Thursday, Aug. 16.  Thank you!
The bins were emptied this morning, so there's lots of room in them right now for your old newspapers, magazines, and (broken down) cardboard. THANK YOU for supporting hunger ministry by recycling at Brecksville United Methodist Church!

Thursday, August 9Paper Recycling Day.  Gee & Gee Mowing.

Sunday, August 12  - Bring your back-to-school donations!

8:30  Worship on the Lawn

10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary

Monday, August 13

7:00 Education Board Meeting, 301

Tuesday, August 14

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

12:00 Lunch Bunch, Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, August 15—Parking lot closed for resealing

7:00   Dare To Dream: Youth Edition, Youth Room

Thursday, August 16—Parking lot closed for resealing

12:00 Good Word Deadline. Submit your news to Melanie!

7:00 Men’s Ensemble Rehearsal

Sunday, August 19 -  Backpack Blessing.  Summit County Children's Services here.

8:30 Worship on the Lawn

10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary with Crosby Lane

11:00 Community Potluck in Fellowship Hall

1:00 Crosby Lane In Concert, Sanctuary

Our Welcoming Statement
Brecksville United Methodist Church is called to the ministry of reconciliation. We embrace diversity as a gift. We celebrate our human family’s diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, faith history, economic status, marital status, physical and mental ability, and education. We affirm that all people are created in the image of God and as beloved children of God, all are worthy of God’s love and grace. We welcome the full inclusion of all people in the life and ministries of Brecksville United Methodist Church as we journey toward reconciliation through Christ.
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