December 21, 2017

The only thing to fear
is fear itself.

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Join us for worship this Sunday!
8:45 Contemporary Service
10 Classes for All Ages
11:15 Traditional Service
This Sunday morning, we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent and light the candle of LOVE. Join us at 8:45 or 11:15 for worship, and at 10 o'clock for the education hour. 

Christmas Eve services are at 5 pm, 8 pm and 10 pm.  The 5 o'clock family service is geared especially for children to better understand the true meaning of Christmas and features a live nativity.  Traditional candlelight services follow at 8 and 10 pm.

Expect all of the pews to be filled at the 5 o'clock service.  Come early!  If you prefer the calm quiet of Christmas Eve, consider the 8 or 10 o'clock services.  All three services  include the traditional singing of "Silent Night" as we share the light of Christ throughout the Sanctuary. 
Sunday's Message:  Interruptions…and fear         
Sunday's Scriptures: Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 and Luke 1:26-38
This Sunday's Worship Music:  Click here to listen to a play list of songs for the 8:45 service.
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here! 
Did you miss last Sunday's Message?  Hear it here! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
Pastor's Advent Study
Delivering the gift of hope at Christmas. God sent Christ at Christmas. And Christ sends us. Won’t you make plans to join our Adult Sunday School journey through Advent as we consider how, why, and where we are sent? We all have a Christmas story.  What's yours?  Join Pastor Clark in Room 301 during the 10 o'clock Sunday School Hour this Sunday!
Sunday School Christmas Party
Kids from pre-school through 7th Grade are invited to the Chapel this Sunday during the 10 o'clock Education Hour for movies and a Christmas Party!  Hope to see you there!
TONIGHT! Thursday, December 21 at 7:30 pm
A Baroque Christmas
Rev. Barbara Bartholomew, our Pastor of Visitation, is the interim pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Wadsworth.  This evening, they're hosting a special concert featuring music from the 17th and 18th centuries for organ, orchestra and choir.  The church is located at 146 High Street in Wadsworth.  Directions here!
Are you participating in the Advent Photo-a-Day Challenge with Rethink Church?  Today's word is JOY.  Post your pictures on social media with #RethinkChurch, or send them to the church office and we'll post them for you. 
Spread Christmas delivering a Poinsettia!  Take a plant to people who were unable to attend Christmas Eve services or deliver a poinsettia to those working on Christmas Eve (the fire department, the police station, etc.) after the 10 o’clock service.  Deliveries to the home bound can be made December 25, 26 or 27.  Want to help? Reply to this message or call the church office:  440-528-8938.
Christmas Offering. Gifts marked “Christmas Offering” will help fund the 2018 Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity Apostles Build.  Together with other area churches, we will help renovate a home for a partner family.  With our financial gifts, our labor, our prayers, and our energy we can change a family’s life, help transform an area neighborhood, and help change the world! Want to get involved?  Reply to this e-mail!  
Help Fill the Food Tree for Brookside!   The most needed items are coffee, tea, cooking oil, canned fruit, breakfast cereals, spaghetti and spaghetti sauces, jelly, canned tuna, stew, sugar, salad dressings, mayonnaise, pickles and olives, canned chili, chicken and dumplings. There is also a great need for non-food items such as toilet paper, hand soap, napkins, bath soap, laundry soap, dish soap, paper towels, toothpaste, and household cleaners. Thank you for helping our brothers and sisters in need in Cleveland!
Hat & Mitten Tree
Our collection of hats, mittens, gloves scarves and socks for  the Northeast Ohio Coalition for  the Homeless is growing.  Claudia brought a bunch of her beautiful knit creations, and Hildegard's lovingly knitted hats are back again this year.   The students of Hilton Elementary are joining their hat and mitten tree with ours this year! Isn't that great?
Hang your donations on the tree (you don't have to make them yourself!) and they will be delivered to those in need this winter.  Want to go further?  Blankets are a big need, especially outdoor blankets with plastic on one side.
The Hat and Mitten tree is located on the main floor of the church, in the Narthex (the area just outside of the church sanctuary.)  Thank you for helping!
Year End Giving.  To ensure your tax deductible donations are credited to your 2017 giving, gifts must be received in the church office by December 31. That’s a Sunday this year!  Year end giving statements will be mailed to your home address by January 19.  Your giving history can be accessed anytime through our secure giving portal:
Remember to RECYCLE all of your holiday paper this Christmas! Wrapping paper, packaging, boxes, holiday catalogs and cards can all be recycled.  If it's made of paper, don't throw it away.  Bring it to the bin, and we'll earn money for our hunger ministry!
Do you shop at Acme Fresh Market?  Save your receipts!  Our United Methodist Women are participating in the Acme Community Cash Back Program.  Save your register tapes dated August 10 through December 30 and bring them in the labeled box in the coat room and help earn money for UMW Missions!

Christmas Eve Services: Sunday, December 24

5 pm Family Service

8 & 10 pm Candlelight Services

December 24 is also the fourth Sunday of Advent

Services at 8:45 and 11:15 am. 

Classes for all ages at 10 am.

Thursday, December 21—Paper Recycling

6:15 Bell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

Sunday, December 24—Fourth Sunday in Advent

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Coffee and Classes for All Ages

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

5:00 Family Christmas Eve Service

8:00 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

10:00 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Monday, December 25— Merry Christmas! Church offices closed

Tuesday, December 26—Church offices closed today.

Wednesday, December 27

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

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

Thursday, December 28—Paper Recycling Pick Up Day

Sunday, December 31

10:00  Christmas Carol Sunday—One Service today!

Upcoming Events

January 1—New Year’s Day. Church Offices Closed

January 7—Pancake Breakfast at 10 am

January 9—Lunch Bunch. Church Council Meeting

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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