June 15, 2017

I believe that man
will not merely endure:
he shall prevail.

- William Faulkner


Make Time for Worship This Sunday
Join us for Worship on the Lawn at 8:30 am or
Worship in the Sanctuary at 10:00 am

Summer Worship Schedule

Sundays at 8:30 am: June 4 through September 3

Worship On the Lawn

This casual, come-as-you-are service includes all the important elements of worship in a beautiful, outdoor setting. Grab a lawn chair or blanket, join us on the front lawn of the church, and feed your spirit on Sunday mornings this summer! 

*In case of rain, we meet in the Sanctuary. 

Worship in the Sanctuary

Not an early riser?  There’s a second service at 10:00 in the Sanctuary!

Sunday's Scripture Readings: Romans 5:1-11 and  Matthew 9:35 - 10:8
Sunday's Message:  A Test of EnduranceRev. Clark Stein
Music:  Our Worship Band will lead us in song at 10 o'clock worship.  Click here to listen to Sunday's play list on YouTube!
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here! 

See you in the parking lot at 7:30 am on Sunday? The t-shirts are ready, the tools are packed, and our youth and adult volunteers are ready to depart for Milton, Pennsylvania for a week of life changing service.  Let’s send them off with prayer and celebration!  If you can make it, please come help show our team how much we love and support them!
2017 East Ohio Annual Conference
The 2017 session of Annual Conference concluded this morning.  The new quadrennial theme is Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called, Committed, Connected. Read re-caps and see video of the week here.  And check out photos from Youth Annual Conference on our Youth Instagram page here!
Announcement from Staff Parish Relations 
At the May 23rd Staff Parish Committee meeting, Pastor Clark’s request for a sabbatical from June 26 through July 23 was approved.  He will use this time to rest and refresh his spirit. During his absence, very talented members of our congregation will lead worship. 

  • July 2: Joy Parker (One service at 10 am)
  • July 9: Michael Jaszczak, Certified Lay Servant 
  • July 16: John Brachna, Certified Lay Servant
  • July 23: Rev. Kathy Dickriede 

We look forward to seeing you in church and welcoming

Pastor Clark's return on July 24.

Save the Date for a Fond Farewell 
Our Director of Outreach, Joy Parker, has resigned her position.  Join us on Sunday, July 2 as we celebrate Joy’s ten years of ministry with our church family.  Joy will deliver the message that morning and we will have one worship service at 10 am.  We will also commission our United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Team, which will depart for Liberia the following week.  A farewell reception will follow the service with finger sandwiches and cake.  Hope to see you there!
Love Offering.  Over the next several weeks, we will be collecting a love offering for Joy in support of the Liberian Initiative for Technology in Education (The LITE Project), a project inspired by Joy's first trip to Liberia. Other members of our church family have also been involved in this wonderful project which will make a real difference in the lives of students in Liberia.  If you would like to contribute, please mark your gift "love offering."  Checks made payable to BUMC.

When Joy travels to Liberia with our Volunteers in Mission team next month, she and Michael Lee will stay on to install a computer lab at W. P. L. Brumskine United Methodist School in Grand Bassa County.  Read more about the LITE Project here...
Summer Cereal Round Up. You all are amazing! We beat our goal of 50 boxes of cereal for this month's Brookside Food Center Drive by ten boxes! Summer can be tough for families in Cleveland who rely on the public school system or other programs to help feed their children.  Thank you for helping feed the need!  Our next focus is dish and laundry detergent. 
The Music Scholarship Benefit Golf Outing is this Saturday!  Plan to arrive at Briarwood Golf Club by 11:30 am for a noon shotgun start.  Thank you for your support of this fun and family-friendly event that enables our Music/Worship Scholarship for graduating seniors!
Pre-School Bible Story Hour, Monday, June 19 at 10 am in the Chapel. Pre-schoolers are invited to come, with their caregiver, to hear the awesome story of Noah’s Ark.  We will celebrate God’s love for us and promise to care for us.  We’ll hear stories, sing songs, and make some fun rainbow crafts.  As always, everyone is welcome. Hope you’ll join us
VBS Decorating Days. Join us on Thursday, June 22 and/or Thursday, July 6 to help create some super-decorations as we transform Brecksville UMC into a super-city fit for our superheroes. Hero Central VBS begins on July 17 from 9 am - noon.  We could still use some help throughout the week. Call the church office to sign up!  Can't help that week? Consider joining us anytime between noon and 7:00 pm on one of these two decorating days. Contact Jenny Gee for answers to  any questions: 440-526-8938 x 230 or education@brecksvilleumc.com.
Summer Choir, June 25. 
Singers of all ages and abilities are invited to gather in the Sanctuary at 9:15 to learn a simple piece to share during the offertory time at the 10:00 worship service. Let’s make a joyful noise.  Hope you’ll join us!
Home Days is Just Around the Corner!
Grandma’s Cherry Pies sell out every summer at Brecksville Home Days.  Print out an order form here, or pick one up from the table by the office on Sunday.  Forms are also available in the June issue of The Good Word magazine.  Booth workers needed! Sign up Sunday in the lobby or contact Gretchen Mates:  440-526-6481.
Commissioning Liberia/Reach Out Teams
On Sunday, July 2, we will commission two mission teams to be sent out from our church into the world! Several youth will be joining Dana & Jamie Schwendeman at Lakeside for Camp Reachout. This camp, sponsored by the East Ohio UMC, takes place at Lakeside and sends students and leaders out into the community to be in service during the week. We are also sending a team of 9 individuals to Liberia for 2 weeks at Camphor Mission, in Grand Bassa County. The team will teach an enhanced Vacation Bible School program that includes Scripture, stories, English and writing, Science and Mathematics activities. BOTH of these wonderful teams will be commissioned during our 10:00 worship service on July 2.
ReachOut Camp 2017, July 9-15. Celebrate God's presence in your life! ReachOut is for students starting 8th grade in the fall, through students graduating this spring. Our week together at Lakeside is centered around an off-site mission and small group faith study, along with amazing worship, fellowship and fun! Dana and Jamie are on staff and would love to bring some students along, contact Dana (youth@brecksvilleumc.com) to sign up today!
Summer Run Series.  Let's get moving!  Noel (Fenton) Zickefoose leads FREE training groups Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm and  Saturday mornings at 8:30 am. Meet at Station Road trailhead (Brecksville Train Station parking lot.) Learn more...
Register Now for Hero Central Vacation Bible School!
July 17 - 21
Soar with us at Hero Central Vacation Bible School! It's filling up fast!  This superhero adventure includes music that makes you want to get up and dance, interactive Bible fun, super science, cool crafts, delicious snacks, great games and more. Together we will explore how we can 'power-up' and discover our strength in God!  Learn more and register...

Monday 07/17/2017 through Friday 07/21/2017, 9 am - 12 pm each day.  For kids in Pre-school through Fifth Grade.  Childcare available for little ones under 3 if you volunteer!

Stick to the Script: 5 days of acting out our faith in new and sticky ways

July 17-21, 2017

Ahhh, summer! A time of no homework, fun with friends, new adventures… and getting sticky?Join us for Middle School VBS this year and you’ll get what we mean! For five days we will be playing messy games, getting to know each other better and exploring different ways we can make a difference. Learn more...
Recycle Paper. Fight Hunger!    In March, we recycled 6,930 pounds of paper at Brecksville United Methodist Church.  What does that mean?  We earned $103.95 for our hunger ministry.  We saved the equivalent of 58.91 trees, 24,255 gallons of water, and 14,206 kilowatts of electricity.  What's more, we freed up 11.43 cubic yards of landfill space.  Way to go! Remember, if it's paper, bring it to the bin!
Save the Date for Pictorial Directory Time!
This summer, we're compiling a new pictorial directory.  Sign up for a complimentary Professional Portrait Session to receive a free 8 x 10 portrait and a printed directory.  We're partnering with Lifetouch photography whose professional photographers create memories to last a lifetime.  Families are welcome to bring meaningful items, like instruments, sports equipment and even pets!  Portrait packages will be available for purchase, and we have  20% discount.  Bring a donation for Brookside Food Center and receive an additional 5% off!  This is an open photography session.  Family and friends are welcome to sign up and will also receive a free 8 x 10 photograph!  Sign up early to ensure your spot!
August 8 - 11, 2 pm to 9 pm
August 12, 10 am to 5pm

Thursday, June 15 - Paper recycling pick up day.

12:00 Good Word deadline

Friday, June 16

Cereal Drive donations delivered to Brookside

Saturday, June 17

8:30 Summer Run Group, Station Road Bridge

10:30 Helen Abelt Celebration of Life, Sanctuary & FH

12:00 Music Scholarship Golf Outing, Briarwood

Sunday, June 18  Happy Father's Day

7:30 YSP Send off!  Meet in the church parking lot to send the team off with prayer!

8:30 Worship on the Lawn

10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary

Monday, June 19

10:00 Pre-School Bible Story Hour, Chapel

Tuesday, June 20              

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

10:00 Stitch’n’Time Knitting Group, Parlor

6:00 Summer Run Group, Station Road Trailhead

7:00 Music Board, Choir Room

7:30 Trustees, Parlor

Wednesday, June 21

6:30 Dawnbreakers Breakfast, FH

Thursday, June 22  Paper Recycling Pick Up Day

Bloch & Campbell Mowing

12 pm - 7 pm VBS Decorating Day - - Come help anytime!

Saturday, June 24

8:30 Summer Run Group, Station Road Trailhead

9:00 Door Painting Party

9:30 Cleveland PRIDE Parade (Meet at Independence UMC)

Sunday, June 18  YSP Team Returns

8:30 Worship on the Lawn

10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary

Upcoming Events

Brecksville Home Days, June 30—July 2

Liberia Mission Team Departs, July 8

Vacation Bible School, July 17—21

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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