August 23, 2018

Be bloody, bold,
and resolute…

- Shakespeare

Worship with us this Sunday!
8:30 Worship on the Lawn
10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary
Summer worship schedule this Sunday and next.

September 9 - One worship service at 10 am.
Block Party on the Square at 11:30.
September 16 - Fall Schedule (and Sunday School) Returns
This Sunday and next Sunday are our last two opportunities to worship on the lawn this summer.  We are so blessed to have the opportunity to gather together on the front lawn on an early Sunday morning and worship God together.  We hope you'll join us this Sunday!

If 8:30 is a little too early for your taste, join us at 10 am in the air conditioned Sanctuary for lively worship lead by our praise team.  This Sunday's music includes a hymn from the United Methodist Hymnal.

At both services it's a Chalk Talk Sunday.  Pastor Clark is rolling out the whiteboard and taking a deeper dive into the history and context of this week's scriptures. What will we learn? Come find out!

Nursery care is available in the Crib & Toddler Room all morning long.

There's something for everyone at Brecksville United Methodist Church.  See you Sunday!
Sunday's Message: Standing Firm
Sunday's Scriptures: Psalm 84 and Ephesians 6:10-20
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.)
The church office will close at noon today! (Thurs. 8/23) 
Melanie and Leslie will be attending a class at the North Coast District 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
This Sunday (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:
Hospitality Team Meets Saturday at 10 am in the Parlor
How can we ensure that everyone always feels welcome and loved at Brecksville United Methodist Church?  Inspired by the book Becoming a Welcoming Church by Thom S. Rainer, a team is forming to discuss ideas, next steps and training. Want to join them? Can’t make it, but have ideas to share? E-mail
Car Wash Saturday, 10 am until 2 pm
The Brecksville Broadview Heights Swim Team is having a car wash in the church parking lot on Saturday from 10 am until 2 pm.  Does your car need cleaning? Come by and support the Bees!
The September Good Word is published!
As a reader of this newsletter, you get early delivery of the electronic edition!  Click this link to read about the Fall Block Party, a new addition to your staff, new Sunday School classes, news from the United Methodist Women, and more.
Not a subscriber? E-mail Melanie to get a copy delivered to your e-mail box every month! 
Paper copies are available at church!
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. 
All Youth Dinner, September 9, 5 pm - 7 pm
On the menu: Back to school lunches (sandwiches, fruit, veggies, chips).  Come for a fun night of food, fellowship, and helping others! This year we will be partaking in a quick-time service project as a part of our All Youth Dinners. Our project for September: Bring peanut butter and jelly for Brookside! 
Reply to this e-mail to RSVP!
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.  We still need five 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.
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)
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!
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!

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

Tuesday, August 28

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

7:00 Finance, 201

7:00 Missions Committee, Parlor

Thursday, August 30—Paper Recycling Pick Up

Mowing Team: Auble & Spencer

Friday, August 31

9:30 UMW Board Meeting, Parlor

5:00 Wedding Rehearsal, Sanctuary

Saturday, September 1—Mickey/Waggner Wedding

Sunday, September 2 Final Summer Worship Schedule of the Season

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.
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