November 11, 2018

So they committed themselves to the word

of God and resolved

to proceed.

- William Bradford


Worship with us this Sunday!
ONE Worship Service at 10 am
Celebration luncheon after service in Fellowship Hall
THERE IS ONLY ONE WORSHIP SERVICE THIS SUNDAY.  Please remind your friends! We'll gather as one church family at 10 am in the Sanctuary for a blended service.  We'll enjoy music lead by our praise band and our choir.   Pastor Clark's message All In will focus on Mark 12: 38-44, and how, like Jesus, we can help with God’s joyous work of lifting up the lowly, scattering the proud, and turning the world upside down.

This Sunday, November 11 is also Veterans Day, originally “Armistice Day.”  On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (i.e., November 11, 1918, exactly 100 years ago this Sunday!), the truce was declared that ended World War I, then known as “The Great War” and “the war to end all wars.” We use the day to pay tribute to the veterans in our church family and our community, and to pray for peace.  We'll recognize our veterans at the begining of service.  (All Veterans are asked to gather in the Parlor at 9:45 am.)  After service, ALL are invited to luncheon in Fellowship Hall.

Sunday's Scriptures:  Hebrews 9: 24-28  and Mark 12: 38-44
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here!
Did you miss a sermon?  We have an archive! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)

There will be no Education Hour This Week.

Sunday Morning Classes for All Ages return on November 18!

Pumpkin Pies and Spice Cakes for UMW Missions
Help the United Methodist Women help others -
and let them help with your holiday desserts.
This sale is ore-order only.
Last day to order is THIS SUNDAY November 11.  Pickup November 18.
CHURCH YARD FALL CLEAN UP day is Saturday, November 17 at 8:30 am.  Grab your rake and gloves and come help prepare the church grounds for winter!  Many hands make light work!  If the weather does not cooperate, we'll gather at the same time on Saturday, December 1. Thank you for helping!
Rahab Christmas
Rahab Ministries reached out to us with this request: "We are in need of women sized fuzzy socks (usually found at the dollar store) to pass out for Christmas to our various ministries. We also need gel pens and small bottles of lotion (the women prefer Bath and Body Works)." Want to help?  Bring your donations to the crate on the piano in the Parlor by this Sunday!

SPEND YOUR LUNCH HOUR with Church Staff at Lunch Bunch this Tuesday (11/13) at noon.  We’re cooking up some Thanksgiving  favorites. ALL are welcome and it’s FREE if you RSVP! Simply reply to this e-mail, or sign up on Sunday in the lobby.
Sensory Inclusion - From Isolation to Community
KultureCity has an app to help those with PTSD, autism, early onset dementia, stroke and others. As a certified sensory inclusive location, our church is included.  Download the free app here! (You'll see some familiar faces in our social story!) If you'd like to become sensory inclusion certified, all it takes is a brief online class.  Reply to this message for the link!
FLAT ROCK HOMES provides care for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is  a covenant related ministry of the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Our youth groups have committed to buy Christmas Gifts for ALL of the residents in one of Flat Rock’s homes!  They will be delivering these gifts on November 21.  Flat Rock also has a wish list of needed items and we would love to help fill some of those needs, too.  Can we send the kids to Flat Rock will a carload of necessities?  If you’d like to help, bring your donations to the display in the lobby by November 20.
Volunteers Needed on November 25! Pearl Road United Methodist Church provides a free hot meal to those in need . We work in conjunction with other churches 3 or 4 times a year to help provide that meal. Want to help? Sunday, November 25 is our next date.  Reply to this e-mail for more information, or sign up on Sunday in the lobby!
New changing tables have been installed
Great news, moms and dads! New changing tables have been installed in both the women and men's restrooms on the second floor (the same floor as the Sanctuary.)  Look for them inside the large stalls in each restroom. 
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The December issue of the Good Word newsletter will publish soon, and the deadline for submissions is next Thursday, November 15.  Please submit your articles to Melanie by 12 o'clock noon. 
Not a subscriber?  Reply to this e-mail and let us know how you'd like to receive a copy - by mail, e-mail or both!
ADVERTISE IN THE GUIDEBOOK DIRECTORY. Our annual Guidebook will be direct-mailed to each family in December—at no cost to our church. Publication is subsidized by local businesses who advertise. If you own or manage a business and would like to learn about advertising in our book, please call the office!
YOGA IN THE CHAPEL Thursday evenings 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm through December 13 (no class on Thanksgiving). This class is open to ALL levels - from never-beens to seasoned yogis. Experience a blend of yang (heat/effort) and yin (cool/surrender) appropriately adjusted for each individual. Cost for the class is $40 for the eight week session.  Drop in rate is $7. Hope to see you there!  RSVP to our Facebook Event Page for updates.
Mid-Week Bible Study with Pastor Clark
Wednesdays at 7 pm in The Parlor
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.
Drop in anytime!
Let's make some music!
Join 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 
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We’re collecting hearty non-perishable foods for our brothers and sisters at Brookside Food Center -  things like canned stews, chili, chicken, and tuna.  Want to help? Bring your donations to the first floor collection bin.
Color Your Advent with Mandalas, Candles and Prayer. 
Slow down, simplify, and add a burst of color to your Advent this year. Experience contemplative time with friends in this  journey through Advent, using the book Mandalas, Candles and Prayer: A Simply Centered Advent by Sharon Seyfarth Garner. We have one group meeting on Monday mornings from 7:30 am - 8:30 am (Dec. 3,10 and 17).  Is there another time that works better for you?  We would like to offer this class at different times, based on interest! Reply to this message and let us know!
 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.

An invitation into the heart of Christmas: An Online Retreat

It's not about adding one more thing to your holiday schedule. It is about helping you find spaces for reflection that draw you deep into this season that shimmers with mystery and possibility.This four-week retreat offers a space of elegant simplicity that you can enter into from anywhere you are. Intertwining reflection, art, music, and community, the retreat provides a distinctive opportunity to travel through Advent and Christmas in contemplation and conversation with others along the way.

Rev. Kathy Dickriede is organizing a group to qualify for group pricing.  She has five people signed up for the retreat.  With three more, the group will qualify for the reduced per person price of $60 (typically $90).  Please reply to this message if you're interested in learning more! 

Thursday, November 8—Paper Recycling

9:30 Asbury Bremeth, Parlor

5:00 Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio Informational Mtg, FH

6:15 Bell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

6:30 Yoga in the Chapel

7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Saturday, November 10

9:00 Charge Conference, Aldersgate UMC

Sunday, November 11—Veterans Sunday

10:00 One Worship Service at 10 o’clock!

11:00 Luncheon celebrating veterans

6:00 MS Youth Group/HS Homework Zone, 4th Floor

7:00 HS Youth Group/MS Homework Zone, 4th Floor

Today is the last day for UMW Holiday Pie & Cake Orders!

Tuesday, November 13

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

12:00 Second Tuesday Lunch Bunch, FH

Wednesday, November 14

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

7:00 (p.m.) Pastor’s Midweek Bible Study, Parlor

Thursday, November 15

6:15 Bell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

6:30 Yoga in the Chapel    

7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Friday, November 16—UMW Delivery to Brookside Food Center

Saturday, November 17

8:00 Fall Yard Clean Up

8:30 UMW in the Kitchen

Sunday, November 18

8:45 Worship with Live Band

10:00 Classes for All Ages

11:15 Worship with Traditional Hymns and Choir

6:00 MS Youth Group/HS Homework Zone, 4th Floor

7:00 HS Youth Group/MS Homework Zone, 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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