December 28, 2017

Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

–Lennon and McCartney

Join us for worship this Sunday!
10:00 One Worship Service
Make time for worship on the last day of the year!  We will all gather together for ONE SERVICE at 10 o'clock, sing carols, and hear Pastor Clark's meditation The Rest of the Story.  Won't you join us?  Read more about it in Sunday's announcements below!
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here! 
Did you miss last Sunday's Message?  Hear it here! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
Consider prepaying your 2018 Pledge
The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) legislation raises the standard deduction for income taxes beginning in 2018. The Tax Policy Center estimates that the number of taxpayers who will itemize their deductions in 2018 (and thereby get tax savings from charitable gifts) will fall from some 45 million under current law to just 15 million under the new legislation.
  • If you currently itemize, and are financially able to do so, consider giving some or all of next year's gifts to the church before the end of this year.
  • You can claim your 2018 gifts on your 2017 taxes (due April of 2018) and give the church a boost! To qualify, the gift must be made by the end of 2017.
  • You can make a gift electronically here.  Choose "Pre-Pay Pledge" as the fund.
If you have questions, reach out to your tax professional to see if this is an opportunity that might be beneficial to you.  - Brecksville UMC Finance Committee
Year End Giving.  To ensure your tax deductible donations are credited to your 2017 giving, gifts must be received in the church office by December 31. That’s this Sunday! The church office is open until 4:30 today (Thursday)  Year end giving statements will be mailed to your home address by January 19.  Your giving history can be accessed anytime through our secure giving portal:
Volunteer Appreciation Pancake Breakfast 
Sunday, January 7 at 10 am / / Fellowship Hall
When you get your new calendar, be sure to mark “Pancake Breakfast at Church!” in big letters.  The breakfast is lovingly prepared by church staff (and their spouses).  Let’s celebrate our volunteers who serve our church and our community!
We are thrilled to announce that our Christmas Offering collected over $7,000 for the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity Apostles Build 2018! The concept of the Apostles Build is simple one — area churches come together to fully rehab a Habitat for Humanity house. Each church provides a portion of the prayer power, a portion of the funds and a portion of the labor to build a house in partnership with a local family. Learn more about Habitat for Humanity, Greater Cleveland on their Facebook Page.
Spend your lunch hour with us and the Lunch Bunch!
Tuesday, January 9 at 12 pm // Fellowship Hall
Will we have a breakfast for lunch?  Or a menu filled with healthy dishes for the new year?  The voting is neck and neck.  Help us decide!  Reply to this e-mail with your choice!
Will you join us for lunch?  It's free and ALL are welcome! Reply to this e-mail to RSVP or sign up on Sunday in the Parlor.
Go Tell it on the Mountain
Sundays at 10 am // Jan 14—Feb 11
A new all church study for adults.  We are people who love to hear a good story. How are you at telling a story? Can you tell the story of your faith? Of your encounters with God in your day to day living? Who are the key players in your faith development story? Does any of it matter all that much? Join us for this engaging, interactive time of looking introspectively our own faith journey. Drop in anytime!
Help Fill the Food Tree for Brookside!   The most needed items are coffee, tea, cooking oil, canned fruit, breakfast cereals, spaghetti and spaghetti sauces, jelly, canned tuna, stew, sugar, salad dressings, mayonnaise, pickles and olives, canned chili, chicken and dumplings. There is also a great need for non-food items such as toilet paper, hand soap, napkins, bath soap, laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, toothpaste, and household cleaners. Thank you for helping our brothers and sisters in need in Cleveland!
Hat & Mitten Tree
Our collection of hats, mittens, gloves scarves and socks for  the Northeast Ohio Coalition for  the Homeless is growing.  Claudia brought a bunch of her beautiful knit creations, and Hildegard's lovingly knitted hats are back again this year.   The students of Hilton Elementary are joining their hat and mitten tree with ours this year! Isn't that great?
Hang your donations on the tree (you don't have to make them yourself!) and they will be delivered to those in need this winter.  Want to go further?  Blankets are a big need, especially outdoor blankets with plastic on one side.
The Hat and Mitten tree is located on the main floor of the church, in the Narthex (the area just outside of the church sanctuary.)  Thank you for helping!
Please be patient with our recycling bins! They're overflowing with wrapping paper, packaging, boxes, holiday catalogs and cards.  Thank you for saving all items made of paper for recycling and for helping to earn money for our hunger ministry!  Bins are typically emptied on Thursdays, but our pick up days may shift with the holidays.
All About Baptism
Sunday, February 18 at 12:30 pm / / The Parlor
Interested in learning about baptism for your child or yourself?  Reply to this e-mail to register.  To learn more call Jenny Gee at 440-526-8938 ext. 230. 
Do you shop at Acme Fresh Market?  Save your receipts!  Our United Methodist Women are participating in the Acme Community Cash Back Program.  Save your register tapes dated August 10 through December 30 and bring them in the labeled box in the coat room and help earn money for UMW Missions!

Thursday, December 28—Paper Recycling Pick Up Day

Sunday, December 31

10:00  Christmas Carol Sunday—One Service today!

Monday, January 1— Happy New Year! Church Office Closed

Tuesday, January 2

10:00 Staff meeting, 201

Wednesday, January 3

6:30 (a.m.) Dawnbreakers Breakfast, FH

6:30 Evening Circle Cookie Baking, Kitchen

7:00 Pastor’s Wednesday Bible Study, Parlor

Thursday, January 4  - Paper Recycling Pick Up

6:15 Handbell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary        

7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

8:30 Men’s Ensemble Rehearsal, Choir Room

Sunday, January 7—Liberia Sunday

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Pancake Breakfast in Fellowship Hall

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

12:30 Music & Worship Board, Parlor

5:00 All Youth Dinner, Fellowship Hall

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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