May 3, 2018


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
It's Communion Sunday.  As United Methodists practice, we practice open communion, meaning all at worship are invited to partake. The church proclaims that the table of Holy Communion is Christ’s table. The table is open to anyone who seeks to respond to Christ’s love and seeks to lead a new life of peace and love. 

We will also celebrate a Baptism at the 8:45 Service.  Join us as we celebrate the baptism of Landon Glenn. Do you have questions about baptism? Read this:  A United Methodist Understanding of Baptism

During the 10 o'clock hour: It's week two of a three week series for adults and high school students in room 301.  We're calling it "Got Questions?"  It picks up where Pastor Clark's study of the book "Ask: Faith Questions in a Skeptical Age" left off.  What questions do you have?   Let's dive into them together. 
Sunday's Message: Fruit That Lasts
Sunday's Scriptures: Psalm 98 and John 15: 9 - 17
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.)
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 hanging baskets? 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!
All Youth Dinner, Sunday, May 6 at 6:30 pm
Let's break bread together!  We're thankful for the Piorkowski family who are hosting dinner for our youth, grades six through twelve.  Bring your friends for food, fun, and socializing.  How much food do we need?  Let us know you're coming! or 440-526-8938 ext. 237
Lunch Bunch, Tuesday May 8 at Noon, Fellowship Hall
Come spend your lunch hour with the church staff!  We're preparing a buffet of your favorite Mexican foods this month.  Lunch Bunch is an opportunity for us all to be in community together in a casual setting.  Will we see you there this month?  It's free if you RSVP!  Simply reply to this message!
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


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.
Save the Date!  Sunday, June 10 Church Picnic
Let's get the summer started with a fun family picnic! Well gather in the church yard after services, around 11:30 am. The fellowship committee will prepare hot dogs and drinks.   If you'd like, bring a side dish to share!  (Last name A-M brings sides, N-Z brings desserts.)  Help us get a count.  RSVP with the number of folks attending from your family. Reply to this e-mail!
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, May 3 - Paper Recycling Pick Up Day

9:30 UMW “Community of St. Bridget”, Parlor

9:00 Northcoast District Finance Training, Christ UMC

6:15 Handbell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

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

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

Sunday, May 6—Communion Sunday.

8:45 Worship Service with live band

10:00 Coffee & Classes for All Ages

11:15 Worship Service with traditional hymns

5:00 All Youth Dinner, FH

Tuesday, May 8

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

12:00 Second Tuesday Lunch Bunch, FH

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

7:00 Gifts & Memorials, 201

7:00 Music & Worship Board, Choir Room

Wednesday, May 9

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

Thursday, May 10—Paper recycling Pick Up

9:30 Asbury Bremeth Circle, Parlor

6:15 Last Handbell Rehearsal of the Season

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

8:30 Men’s Ensemble Rehearsal, Choir room

Sunday, May 13—UMW Sunday/Mother’s Day.

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 (406)

7:00 High School Youth Group, Youth Room

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.
The Good News is that the Good News will return next week, when Melanie returns from vacation.  In the meantime, share your own good news!  And, if you see some good news to share, send it to Melanie