September 13, 2018

I understand a fury
in your words,
but not your words.

- William Shakespeare

Worship with us this Sunday!
8:45 Worship with Live Band
11:15 Worship with Traditional Hymns
10:00 Classes for All Ages (Sunday School)
This Sunday we return to our "regular" worship times and Sunday School returns! We hope you'll make plans to join us for two special services.

At both services, we will hear Pastor Clark's powerful message The Power of Words. We will celebrate a blessing of drivers' licenses and little ones will have the opportunity to enjoy our children's church program, Sprouts.

8:45 am Worship.  Our praise team will lead the music for this service. (Hear a playlist here!)

11:15 Worship will feature traditional hymns, an anthem by our Chancel Choir, and special music by Isaac Becker-Howell and his sister, Christiana.  We will celebrate the baptism of Guinevere Iseult Pace, daughter of Kaitlin and Mark Pace, Jr.

Between Services, stop into the Parlor for coffee (hosted by the Staff Parish Relations Committee this month) and/or try a Sunday School class!  There's something for all ages (see the two options for adults listed in this e-mail.)
Sunday's Scriptures:  Isaiah 50:4-9 and James 3:1-12
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here!
Did you miss last Sunday's Message?  Hear it here! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
Join us as we celebrate a milestone - becoming a driver. In our Drivers License blessing, we will ask God to be with our kids in this new stage of independence, helping them make wise choices as they drive and choose which cars they get into. We will also lift up prayers for parents and guardians as they learn to give their kids more independence.   May we all be good teachers and examples of patient, safe driving!
Help End Hunger by 2030
Our Youth Groups will be traveling to Wadsworth Ohio in November to join other youth from our district to pack meals for hungry people around the world.  In just four years, East Ohio Youth have packed 250,000 meals for people in need -- and they'd like to do more. You can help.  Learn how here...
Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Needed! This is the last time we'll ask. If you want to help work on the Habitat for Humanity House, we still need ONE MORE VOLUNTEER  on Saturday, September 15 from 8 am until 3 pm.  We're also looking for a photographer.  If you'd like to help, simply respond to this e-mail! Learn more about Apostles Build here.
Get Connected!  A Message from the ReConnect Committee.
We are gathering teams of people to touch base with one another as our first phase of the Re-CONNECT Team. In the month of September, families, friends and new friends will get on a TEAM "roster" to TOUCH BASE with one another.You will fill out a TEAM CARD and give it to one of the TEAM MANAGERS. Be sure to get your family RALLY TOWEL made by Claire Hayes!! (While supplies last!)  MANAGERS will copy your roster and return the cards to the members on each team. Keep this card to TOUCH BASE with members on your team. If someone is missing, give them a call! Feel free to add others to your Roster that are not in worship. YOUR connection with one another will help our team ReConnect with others! - Team Managers, Ann Rittman, Kathy Stein, Jen Speith, and Nancy Manaska
At the 11:15 service Sunday, we’ll hear Christiana Howell sing.  On Sunday afternoon you are invited to a recital by Christiana and her brother, our accompanist, Isaac Becker Howell. They will perform pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Fauré, Copland, Rachmaninoff, Rutter, and Fred Rogers (of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood).  Admission is free, but free-will donations will be accepted to help Christiana as she raises funds to study choral conducting at Selwyn College in Cambridge, England!
Youth Group Returns - SUNDAYS - Starting 9/16
Feel more prepared for the week ahead and take some time away from the stress of school to grow your relationship with God and one another at Sunday Youth Group. We'll have time set aside for study in a quiet, comfortable space with free WIFI, snacks and drinks. Paired with time with your friends at youth group, you'll be off to a great start for the week ahead!

  • Middle School Youth Group 6 - 7 pm. (Study 7 - 8 pm)
  • High School Youth Group 7 - 8 (Study 6 - 7 pm)
Come learn firsthand about Liberia following the Ebola crisis and the United Methodist Church’s partnership with Liberia’s Ganta Mission Station as Mary Zigbuo Randall Mantor and her husband, Patrick, visit us for a conversation about Liberia.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from our sister and brother from across the sea!

Sunday Morning Classes for All Ages begin September 16

The Sunday morning education hour (at 10 o’clock) is an opportunity to explore your faith and to meet and get to know a smaller group of your church family. Visitors are always welcome in every class!  A new series of classes for children, youth and adults begins Sunday. This fall, we have two options for adults during the education hour. (See below.)  Reply to this e-mail to sign up, sign up in the lobby on Sunday, or just show up!

Book Study: The Great Spiritual Migration

by Brian McClaren.  September 16- November 4

If you have ever felt like you were on the outside looking in at a church, or if you have ever struggled to make sense of your faith, this book is for you.  Join Jenny and your faithful friends to read, discuss and share in this eight week study.  Books are available on the counter in the Parlor. Buy one to keep for $15 or borrow and return one at the end of the study.

Theology and the Arts With Pastor Clark

Christians are made in the image of God the Creator, destined to create music, poetry, fiction, dance and other works of art. Please consider joining in our discussion as we examine how much our theology informs the arts of our popular culture. Please join with Pastor Clark and friends in room 301 during our Sunday School hour for a thought provoking study.
Stitch’n’Time MEETS TUESDAY, Sept. 18 at 10 am.   Knitters and crocheters of all abilities are invited to the Parlor as we work on projects including prayer shawls, lap blankets, hats, mittens, and baby blankets. We have plenty of yarn to work with, thanks to generous donations! All are welcome! Contact Sandy Crist 440.526.1494 for info.
Let's make some music!
Join our new Music Director, Malik Khalfani, on Thursday evenings for Bell Choir or (and?) Chancel Choir.  No experience is necessary and friends are welcome. Let's learn together! Questions? E-mail 
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!
Third Grade Bible Sunday, September 23
Join us at the 8:45 worship service as we present third graders with their very own Bibles.  We’ll also celebrate with cake in Fellowship Hall at 10 am! If your child or grandchild is in third grade and would like to receive his or her Bible, contact Jenny Gee today at or 440.526.8938 x 230.
Mid-Week Bible Study with Pastor Clark
Begins Wednesday, September 26 at 7 pm.
Join Pastor Clark and friends as we explore the book of Acts. Books are $10. If you can’t afford a book right now, our Corinthian Fund will cover the cost. Reply to this e-mail to sign up , or sign up in the Lobby on Sunday.
September 30. Help the UMW purchase Bibles for the residents of Rahab House, a home for victims of human trafficking. Bake for and/or shop the bake sale before and after services!  Questions? Call Lynn Hobzek at 440-526-6037 or email
HEADING OFF TO COLLEGE?  Send your campus address to the church office for some notes and treats from home in your mailbox! The United Methodist Women’s Evening Circle even sends out finals survival kits at the end of term.  E-mail Melanie at or call 440-526-8938.
 Bring your old newspapers, magazines, and (broken down) cardboard to church. THANK YOU for supporting hunger ministry by recycling at Brecksville United Methodist Church! This year to date, we've recycled over 37,223 pounds of paper!
Would you like to help share the word of God in worship?  Pastor Clark  provides the liturgy and you give it voice!  We will send you a copy early in the week so you will have time to review what you’ll be reading.  Sign up in the lobby, see Pastor Clark, or reply to this message for details.
Haiti Mission Trip, March 4-11Deadline to register is October! Represent Brecksville UMC on this UMVIM Team.  Visit primary schools, participate in  fun hands-on activities with the students, enjoy a recreational day at the beach or historic sites, worship at Cap Haitian UMC on Sunday. To learn more, contact Tom Sperl at

Thursday, September 13—Paper recycling pick up day.

9:30          Asbury Bremeth Women’s Study, Parlor

6:15 Bell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:00 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Saturday, September 15—Youth Group at Point Fest, Cedar Point!

8:30 Apostles Build

Sunday, September 16—Worship Times Change. Drivers’ License Blessings.

8:45 Worship Service with Live Band

10:00 Classes for all ages

11:15 Worship Service with Hymns and Baptism

3:00 Becker-Howell Recital, Sanctuary

6:00 Middle School Youth Group (HS Study Time), 4th Floor

6:30 Liberia: A Conversation, Sanctuary & Parlor

7:00 High School Youth Group (MS Study Time), 4th Floor

Monday, September 17

6:00 BBH Community Chorus Rehearsal, Sanctuary

Tuesday, September 18

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

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

7:30 Trustees, 201

Wednesday, September 19

6:30 Dawnbreakers Breakfast, FH

Thursday, September 20—Paper Recycling Pick Up Day

7:30          Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Friday, September 21—International Peace Day

Donations Delivered to Brookside

5:00 Wedding Rehearsal

Saturday, September 22 

1 pm Church Wedding

Sunday, September 23

8:45 Worship Service with Live Band & 3rd Grade Bibles

10:00 Classes for all ages

11:15 Worship Service with Hymns and Baptism

6:00 Middle School Youth Grp (HS Study Time), 4th Floor

7:00 High School Youth Group (MS Study Time), 4th Floor

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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