April 19, 2018

If you want to

understand others,

look into your

own heart.

- Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller


Worship with us this Sunday!
8:45 Worship Service - with live band
10 Coffee and Classes for all ages
11:15 Worship Service - with traditional hymns
An important verse in the Bible, one from which all the others flow in one way or another, is Genesis 1:31: “God saw everything that God had made, and indeed, it was very good.”  Join us this Sunday as we celebrate the Festival of God's Creation, a day the United Methodist church sets aside to celebrate God's gracious work in creating the earth and all living things.  Pastor Clark's message, Sheep and other sheep, will have us thinking about this week’s lectionary readings - which includes John’s story of Jesus as the good shepherd.  
A prayer for today:
Maker, Lover, and Keeper of all good things, for the ways in which you sustain us,
day in and day out, hear our thanks.  Amen.
Sunday's Message: Sheep and other sheep.
Sunday's Scriptures: Psalm 23 and John 10:11-18
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here!
Sunday's Music:  Click here for a playlist of songs for the services.
Did you miss last Sunday's Message?  Hear it here! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
Stop into the Chapel this month for self guided prayer stations. The stations have been designed to emphasize our call to be good stewards of the earth, to recognize the beauty of our natural world and to give God all thanks and praise. Stop in anytime through April 30 for self-guided  prayer.
SATURDAY! Church Yard Clean Up Day
Look past the snow and you'll see that the flowers and trees are about to blossom! That means it's time for the spring grounds clean-up at the church this Saturday, April 21 at 8 am. Bring leaf rakes, garden rakes, hoes, shovels, pruners, gloves, etc. if you have them.  Many hands make light work, as we plant Easter flowers, clean the beds, weed and tidy up.  As always, the Trustees Committee appreciates everyone's help to get our grounds ready for warmer weather!  THANK YOU!
Speaking of Church Grounds...
Our summer mowing team will be forming soon, and we're looking for some servant hearts to dedicate about one day per month to cut the grass here at the church.  Melanie reports that she's been at the church through 8 summers and we haven't had much turnover on the mowing team.  Is it your turn to help?  Reply to this e-mail to learn more!
Easter Offering raises $2,389 so far!
The Missions Committee has designated this year's Easter Offering to Soles4Souls, an organization providing new and used shoes to people in need in the US and abroad.  Megan Louttit is also leading a church Shoe Drive for the cause.  Bring your new and gently used shoes of any kind to church April 8 through May 6.  Tell your friends!  Learn more...
Road Trip to Pittsburgh with Jenny Gee for
A Day with Brian McLaren

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary presents a day with Brian McLaren, author, speaker, activist, and public theologian.  A passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good.  McLaren is author of one of our summer reading books, “The Great Spiritual Migration.”  Learn more...

Meet at the church at 7:30.  Reserve your spot by replying to this e-mail before April 22.
Draft of revised Social Principles released
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — United Methodists are being asked to weigh in on a draft revision of the denomination’s Social Principles, released April 12 after years of listening and writing sessions. Kathy L. Gilbert has the story.
Donations made to Kristin (Raybuck) Bisco’s Cardio Kickboxing & Strength Class in Fellowship Hall at 6 pm on Monday April 23 will benefit our Youth Service Project. 
All donations made for this class will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the family! 
No registration needed, just show up, get moving, and know you're helping YSP serve! 
Disturbing the Peace
Our friends at Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church are hosting two screenings of the award-winning documentary, “Disturbing the Peace” on Monday, April 23rd at 7pm and Tuesday, April 24th at 1:30pm. Both screenings will be followed with Q & A with the film’s producers. The film is about people born into conflict, sworn to be enemies, who challenged their fate. Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church is at 9201 Brecksville Road in Brecksville. No reservations are necessary and there is no admission charge. Spread the word!  Learn more about the movie and watch the trailer here...
TIME IS RUNNING OUT  to apply for the 2018 Music & Worship Scholarship! High School seniors should apply by April 27.  Please e-mail Adrienne Leska for details: music@brecksvilleumc.com.

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT: Mental Health & The Breakfast Club. Sunday, April 29 at 6:30. In this classic 80’s movie, 5 high school students from 5 different social cliques spend a Saturday together in detention. What can we learn from their experience? Please RSVP by April 25 for more info: youth@brecksvilleumc.com  Because of adult themes, a permission slip will be required for all students under 18.
Hanging Baskets for Mother's Day Support YSP
We’re doing things a little differently for the 2018 Youth Service Project spring fundraiser. Kollman’s Greenhouse will handpick and design beautiful hanging baskets just for us!  They will artistically design combination baskets, specifically for sun or shade, with their healthy, locally grown plants.
Pre-order your plants to pick up on Saturday, May 12. Additional baskets will be available for purchase on Mother’s Day, May 13.  Prefer to pick out your own plants? We will have vouchers for Kollman's for sale on Mother’s Day!  Order forms in this Sunday's bulletin, or download here.
Red Geraniums for Pentecost Sunday (May 20)
Let’s fill the Sanctuary with red flowers as a symbol of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost/Confirmation Sunday, May 20.  You can take your plant home after the service, or donate it to be planted in the church yard as a summer-long reminder of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  You can designate your plant in honor of memory of a loved one in the bulletin, too. Plants are $5 each.  Order form in Sunday's bulletin, or download here!
Volunteers are needed to help make our awesome week of Vacation Bible School a reality.  We are expecting 100 children participate again this year. What a wonderful sight it is to see them all up and dancing and praising God!  Want to help make it happen?  If you can help a little or a lot, we need you! Some of the ways you can lend a hand:
  • You can help decorate
  • Help with crafts
  • Help with snacks
  • Help shepherd the kids during VBS
  • Teach during VBS

Interested in learning more?

Contact Jenny Gee: 440-526-8938 ext 230

or education@brecksvilleumc.com

We're Bringing Yoga Back
We are working with some local yoga instructors to bring yoga classes to our Chapel.  Are you interested?  We'd love to hear from you!  What time of day would work best for you?  What type of yoga interests you? Beginner? Advanced? Reply to this e-mail with your answers and ideas!
Feminine Hygiene Drive for Brookside
Nobody should miss work or school because they can't afford feminine hygiene products.  Imagine being in a position where you had to choose between sanitary products and food.  We can help.  Bring your donation of pads, tampons or panty liners to the collection bin on the first floor to be delivered to Brookside Center on May 18.
UMW Meeting, Thursday, May 3
Come hear about the Community of St. Bridget, a lay led community served by Roman Catholic women priests. The morning starts at 9:30 am with a continental breakfast, followed by a presentation from Mary E. Collingwood at 10 am. Everyone is welcome!
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, April 19  - Paper Recycling Bonus Week!

Church Staff Habitat for Humanity Day

6:15 Handbell Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

8:30 Men’s Ensemble Rehearsal, Choir Room

Friday, April 20—Brookside Delivery Day

Saturday, April 21

9:00 Church Leadership Meeting, Parlor

9:00 Spring District Meeting, Westlake UMC

Sunday, April 22  - Festival of God’s Creation

8:45 Worship Service with live band

10:00 Coffee & Classes for All Ages

11:15 Worship Service with traditional hymns

6:30 Ukulele Worship, Youth Room

7:00 High School Youth Group, Youth Room

Monday, April 23

6:00 Kick it for YSP! Cardio Kickboxing, FH

7:00 Staff Parish Relations Committee, 201

Tuesday, April 24

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

5:00 Middle School Youth Group, Youth Room (406)

7:00 Finance, 201

7:00 Missions and Outreach Committee, Parlor

Wednesday, April 25—World Malaria Day

6:30 (a.m.) Dawnbreaker’s Breakfast, FH

Thursday, April 26 - Paper Recycling Pick Up Day

6:15 Bell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room (304)

8:30 Men’s Ensemble Rehearsal, Choir Room (304)

Friday, April 27

9:30 UMW Board Meeting, Parlor

5:00 Music Scholarship Deadline

Saturday, April 28

9:00 District Trustees Meeting, Church/Saviour

9:30 UVIM Leader Training, 201

10—2 Drug Take Back Day, Horticulture Building

Sunday, April 29—5th Sunday of Easter

8:45 Worship Service with live band

10:00 Coffee & Classes for All Ages

11:15 Worship Service with traditional hymns

6:30 Let's Talk About It: The Breakfast Club

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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