May 18, 2017

But desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.

-Laurence Sterne

Worship This Sunday
Join us in the Sanctuary at 10:00 am.
We Celebrate Confirmation Sunday and the Sixth Sunday of Easter.

Join us for one worship service this Sunday at 10 am in the Sanctuary
Confirmation Sunday is a celebration.  Our eighth grade students will reaffirm their commitment to God and the Church, the same commitment that was made at their baptism. At the same time, the parents of the confirmands and the congregation commit to nurturing these young people and raising them up to serve God in love. It's truly something to celebrate, and we hope you will be a part of this special Sunday.

Sunday's Scripture Readings: John 14:15-21 and Acts 17:22-31
Sunday's Message:  Hide & Seek

Music: Organist J. Curt Brown will perform the prelude and postlude. The Worship Band will lead our songs of worship including Meet With Me, Song of Hope, Unchanging, God Knows My Name and Lifesong.  (Listen to Sunday's playlist on YouTube!) We will also enjoy special music from Ben Czarnota!

Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here! 
One Service This Sunday at 10 am!
"We're gonna have cake! We're gonna have a celebration!"
Click this link to watch a video invitation from Youth Director, Dana Schwendeman.  Share it with a friend!
Cake & Punch Reception at 11 am!
Join us in Fellowship Hall after worship as we celebrate our confirmands with cake, punch, coffee and fellowship.  All are welcome. Hope to see you there!
THE LORD'S PRAYER.  It's the most common prayer spoken in church each Sunday. But where does it come from? And what does it mean?  It's something our confirmands have studied this year. In fact, they've written a version of The Lord's Prayer which they will share with us on Sunday.  Learn more about The Lord's Prayer in this episode of Chuck Knows Church.
American Guild of Organists Recital, Sunday at 4:30 pm
Enjoy the splendor and majesty of our Casavant pipe organ as members of the American Guild of Organists present their annual recital. Join us at 4:30 pm in the Sanctuary. This concert is free and open to the public, and a light reception will follow.
Change the World Day, Saturday, May 20
Looking for an opportunity to Change the World? Volunteer with our team at Nehemiah Mission THIS Saturday, May 20, Change the World Day - and earn tickets to a Cleveland Indians Game!  We will devote a day to cleaning up the “hidden” neighborhoods of Cleveland. The mission is working with city officials and community representatives to identify streets, neighborhoods, and abandoned and occupied properties that are in need of landscaping, trash removal, graffiti removal, overgrowth trimming and general clean up.  Your work earns tickets to a Cleveland Indians game! Sign up at this link, work for at least 4 hours, then record your time online and you will get two tickets to an Indians game!  Learn more...
Summer Run Series.  Ready to get moving? 
Noel (Fenton) Zickefoose will lead FREE training groups Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm and  Saturday mornings at 8:30 am. Meet at Station Road trailhead (Brecksville Train Station parking lot.) Learn more...
Calling All Graduates!
Are you graduating this year?  We want to celebrate your accomplishment on Graduation Sunday, June 4. 
To be featured in the bulletin, please complete a short online survey by May 30: Click here to take the survey!
"Take me out to the ball park!"  Friday, June 2. 
We’ve reserved a block of seats for our church family at Canal Park as the Akron Rubber Ducks take on the Reading Fightin’ Phils.  Game time is 7:05 pm and it is a fireworks night.  Tickets are only $8!  Sign up today in the Parlor, or simply respond to this e-mail to reserve yours! 
Engage: Faith. Family. Friendship. Fun! June 3
In June, ENGAGE will focus on human dignity. We will come together to talk about our value as children of God and our responsibility to communicate that value to our brothers and sisters of every race, orientation, status or background. As part of our worship, we will pack human dignity (toiletry) kits for individuals affected by poverty or natural disaster. We will also design materials to accompany our summer Liberia team to Africa! Help us ENGAGE the community by inviting friends and family for fun activities, worship and a tasty, healthy meal on Saturday, June 3, at 4:00pm.  RSVP on our Facebook Event page for updates!
Church Women United Spring Tour of Churches, June 12. 
7:45 am pick up at the Islamic Center, W. 130th Street, Parma.  Lunch at Hartville Kitchen.  Tickets are $30 (does not include lunch.) 
  • Respond to this e-mail or contact Nancy Knowlton at 440-838-4341 to RSVP!
ReachOut Camp 2017, July 9-15. Are you a student interested in missions, growing community, and having fun on the shores of Lake Erie this summer?  ReachOut is for you! No matter where you are in your faith journey, you are sure to encounter God’s love in a new way. Dana and Jamie are on staff and would love to bring some students along, contact Dana ( to sign up today!
Greater Cleveland Food Bank
How many seniors were eligible for food assistance in Cuyahoga County in 2014?  An astonishing 68,000.  Volunteers are crucial to the work of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, and we can help fill that need.  Join our team of workers on Saturday, June 10.  Click here for details about our work day here. To register, visit this link and use this case sensitive code: tVQaBe.
Summer Cereal Round Up.
The summer months are tough ones for some families in Cleveland who rely on the public school system or other programs to help feed their children. To help combat this problem, our focus for the Brookside Food Center collection turns to cereal.  Can we collect 50 boxes by June 15? If you're moved to help, bring your donation to the collection bin in the first floor coat room.  Thank you! (And thank you all for your generous donations to the feminine hygiene drive!)
Recycle Paper. Fight Hunger!    In March, we recycled 6,930 pounds of paper at Brecksville United Methodist Church.  What does that mean?  We earned $103.95 for our hunger ministry.  We saved the equivalent of 58.91 trees, 24,255 gallons of water, and 14,206 kilowatts of electricity.  What's more, we freed up 11.43 cubic yards of landfill space.  Way to go! Remember, if it's paper, bring it to the bin!

Thursday, May 18—Good Word Deadline. Paper Recycling Day.

9:00 Pie Production, Kitchen

5:45 Confirmation Rehearsal and Reception, Parlor

7:00 Church & Society, 201

Saturday, May 20

8:00 Change the World Day at Nehemiah Mission

Sunday, May 21 Confirmation Sunday

10:00 One Worship Service!

11:00 Confirmation Reception, FH

11:30 YSP Meeting, Parlor

4:30 American Guild of Organists Recital, Sanctuary

Monday, May 22  Pantry painting in the kitchen all week.

Tuesday, May 23

10:00 Staff Meeting

6:00 Summer Run Group, Station Road Trailhead

7:00 Finance, 201

7:00 Gifts & Memorials, Parlor

Wednesday, May 24

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

Thursday, May 25 Paper Recycling Pick Up Day

Herzing & Lundholm Mowing

Friday, May 26

9:30 UMW Board Meeting, Parlor

Saturday, May 27  No events scheduled in the building.

8:30 Summer Run Group, Station Road Trailhead

Sunday, May 28

10:00 One Worship Service!

Monday, May 29 Memorial Day. Church offices closed.

10:00 Brecksville Memorial Day Parade

Vacation Bible School, July 17 - 21. Soar with us at Hero Central Vacation Bible School! This superhero adventure includes music that makes you want to get up and dance, interactive Bible fun, super science, cool crafts, delicious snacks, great games and more. Together we will explore how we can 'power-up' and discover our strength in God!

Monday 07/17/2017 through Friday 07/21/2017, 9 am - 12 pm each day.  For kids in Pre-school through Fifth Grade.  Childcare available for little ones under 3 if you volunteer! Register here!
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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