August 16, 2018

I shall never believe
that God plays dice
with the world.

–Albert Einstein

Worship with us this Sunday!
8:30 Worship on the Lawn
10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary
11:30 Community Potluck
1:00 Crosby Lane in Concert
Our scripture readings this Sunday are about miracles.  Come hear Pastor Clark's message "Believe It" on the lawn at 8:30 am or in our air conditioned sanctuary at 10 am.  It's a really special Sunday.  We'll be blessing backpacks, learning about the need for foster families, enjoying special music, and celebrating with a community potluck!

Michael Jaszczak will be leading the singing at 8:30, accompanied by Adam Smith on the guitar. Crosby Lane will be joining our praise band at the 10 o'clock service.  Join us at 11:30 for a community potluck and at 1 pm for a concert from Crosby Lane.  Hope to see you there!  Bring your friends!

Here's a nice poem that may put a little bounce in your step today. 
Miracles by Walt Whitman.
Sunday's Message: Believe It
Sunday's Scriptures: 2 Kings 4:42-44 and John 6:1-21
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.)
As we begin a new school year...
We encourage all students, teachers, parents and anyone who carries a bag to bring their backpacks, literal or figurative, to church this Sunday to be blessed for the new school year.  We'll even give you a button to remind you of the blessing the whole year long!
Summit County Children Services
Brent Hite from Summit County Children Services will be in our lobby between services to tell us about the dramatic need for foster families in our area.  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.
SUNDAY - 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.
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!
Time is running out to register for Point Fest!
Our Youth Group is heading to Cedar Point for a day of fun and music.  This year's line up includes Toby Mac, For King & Country and Crowder! We're teaming up with the youth of Macedonia UMC for this trip.  If you or your friends want to come along, you must RSVP to Dana by Friday!

It's Stitch'n'Time!

Do you like to knit or crochet?  Come to the Parlor on Tuesday at 10 am and be in community with other folks who share your interest.  If you’d like to make a prayer shawl for our caring ministry, or something for our Christmas Hat & Mitten Tree, we have loads and loads of yarn you can use, thanks to a generous recent donation. Everyone’s welcome.  Bring a friend!
On Thursday, August 23
the church office will close at noon. 
Melanie and Leslie will be attending a class at the North Coast District of the United Methodist Church offices in Independence.  Our regular office hours are Monday through Thursday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm and Friday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.
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 a copy of the book in the Lobby 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. 
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.
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.
United Methodists Stand For Justice T-Shirts
Wear your United Methodist commitment to justice on your sleeve! These t-shirts are 65% recycled cotton and 35% recycled plastic, and were produced in a union shop in the United States. The front says "Living Faith. Seeking Justice. Pursuing Peace." and the back says "United Methodists Stand for Justice" with a list of positions the Church has taken through the Social Principles and Book of Resolutions. To save on shipping costs, we're placing a group order. T-shirts are just $10. Reply to this message with the size and quantity you'd like, or sign up for yours on the clipboard in the lobby on Sunday.  Sizes available are adult S, M, L, XL, and XXL.  See the shirts here!
Our dental hygiene donations will be delivered to Brookside Food Center tomorrow.  Thank you for donating!  Now, our attention turns to peanut butter and jelly.  That's what kids put in their bellies!  If you’re moved to help, bring your donations to the first floor collection bin by Thursday, Sept. 20.  Thank you!
The parking lot has been re-sealed and striped, and our bins will soon be back in their regular location.  Bring your old newspapers, magazines, and (broken down) cardboard to church. THANK YOU for supporting hunger ministry by recycling at Brecksville United Methodist Church!

Thursday, August 16—Parking lot closed for resealing until noon.

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

Monday, August 20—First Day of School, Brecksville/Broadview Hts.

Tuesday, August 21

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

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

7:30 Trustees, Parlor

Thursday, August 23—Paper Recycling Pick Up Day

Church office closes at noon for training

Saturday, August 25 - BBH Swim Team Car Wash Here 10 am —2 pm

10:00 Welcoming Ministry Meeting, Parlor

Sunday, August 26

8:30 Worship on the Lawn

10:00 Worship in the 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.