February 23, 2017

“- nothing startles me beyond the moment.”

- Keats


Start Your Sunday with Worship
Join us in the Sanctuary at 8:45 or 11:15 am.

"Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds."  Pastor Clark is taking it One Day at a Time this Sunday.  Come hear his message!

Sunday's Scripture Readings:  Isaiah 49:8-16a and Matthew 6:24-34
Sunday's Message:  One Day at a Time

At 8:45 (our Contemporary Worship Service) songs of Worship include It Is You, Made to Worship, Holy Is The Lord, I Could Sing of Your Love Forever and Mighty to Save.

Sprouts our children's church program is an option for little ones.  Children begin the morning in worship with their parents, and then are dismissed to Sprouts after the Children's Moment.  Kids get a taste of the music and mystery of worship, and then a message more tailored to their understanding.  Try it!  No pre-registration required.

At 11:15 (our Traditional Worship Service) we celebrate with hymns Amazing Grace, Have Thine Own Way Lord, and O Come and Dwell in Me.  We'll hear Chanson (A Sacred Song) performed by the Bell Choir.

The Chancel Choir will perform Praise His Holy Name at both services.

Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here!
Funeral Services for Marjorie Novak, Friday
Long time member, Marjorie Novak (pictured here with her daughter, Judy) died on Monday.  Did you know that Marjorie was grandmother of seven, great-grandmother of 14 and great-great-grandmother of two?  Calling hours are today from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 pm and her funeral service is tomorrow, (Friday, February 24) at 11 am, both at Nosek-McCreery Funeral Home. Details here.
This reflective service invites you to humble yourself and be honest about areas in which you have fallen short in the past year. The imposition of ashes--having the sign of the cross gently placed on your hand or forehead--is a powerful and important practice, and it prepares you to walk with Jesus all the way to the cross and into new life. You are warmly invited to participate in this time-honored and meaningful tradition!

Do you need a ride to this service?  Would you be willing to drive someone?

Please reply to this e-mail or sign up in the Parlor on Sunday!

YSP (Youth Service Project) Planning Meeting Sunday
Are you excited for a summer of service? Come to our first informational meeting about our trip to Milton, Pennsylvania. We will meet in room 301 this Sunday after the 11:15 service. Come hear all about the trip, ask questions, and gear up for an awesome adventure this summer! 
Lenten Sermon Series and Adult Study Beings March 5
EXPOSED.  Self-discovery.  Personal growth.  Risk taking. Following Jesus. Are you ready to tear away pretense and get honest about what hold you back from following God's call on your life?   Series starts Sunday, March 5. 
March All Youth Dinner, Sunday March 5
Middle school and high school students will gather in the Fellowship Hall for our monthly all youth dinner on March 5th at 5pm. We will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a menu of delicious Irish food, courtesy of the Eberhardt family. How lucky are we?? What are you waiting for?  RSVP to Dana by March 1st!  (Why not do it right now? Just reply to this e-mail!)
Craft Beer and Conversation: Refugees and Immigration
Local organizers have planned a casual, constructive, community conversation on Sunday, March 5 at 4 pm at the Bourbon Street Barrel Room in Tremont.  Joy Parker says, "I'm really excited about this opportunity to engage in conversation on these important issues with brothers and sisters in the wider community. Would you like to join me? I have 5 spots available!" RSVP to outreach@brecksvilleumc.com.

Social Justice Lenten Study. During the season of Lent a group of 10th—12th graders will meet Wednesdays at 5 pm to discuss current events and social justice through timely articles and cinema. As Christ-followers, how do we respond to injustices in the world? If you are a student looking for space to explore this question and more, sign up in the Parlor on Sunday or simply respond to this message. Study begins on March 8 and is free, but students must sign up to attend!  Want to share the event with a friend?  Click here!

Save the Date for Music with a Mission, March 10
Our YSP (Youth Service Project) team is headed to Milton, PA this summer - with your support of our annual fundraiser Music with a Mission!   Save the date for a night of good food, a great show and a fun silent auction.  Tickets will be on sale this Sunday.  $15 each or purchase a family ticket for $50.
Donations Needed:  Your handmade, store-bought, or company donations needed.  Have a special skill or talent?  Donate your time!  Offer to custom knit a hat, paint a wall, or walk a dog.  Need basket ideas? Movie night basket, relaxation/spa night, date night, kids day out are just a few of the themes that can inspire you! Maybe you know a local business who would like to donate?  Email Dana at youth@brecksvilleumc.com or bring your items to the office during regular hours before March 3! 
Interested in performing? Contact Adrienne!  music@brecksvilleumc.com
New This Year! The Music with a Mission Silent Auction will begin online! Visit our Facebook Page at noon on Tuesday, March 7 where you will find an album of all raffle donations and place your bid.  Online bidding closes at noon on Friday, March 10 when all online bids will be taken downstairs to Fellowship Hall where the bidding will continue in person.  Winners need not be present to win!  See complete official rules here.
Animate: Bible Study Begins Returns March 15
Join Pastor Clark and friends on Wednesdays (returning March 15) for a seven week Bible study, Animate:Bible.  On the 15th, we'll look at HISTORY: Parchment to Pixel with Phylis Tickle.  Does the way that we access the Bible change the way we read and interpret teh Bible?
In each session, we will watch a video featuring a leading voice from the Christian faith, spend time on personal reflection and journaling, and share ideas with the group. Reply to this e-mail to reserve your copy of the Animate Bible Journal!  The cost of the journal is $15 (scholarships are available.)
Chuck Knows Ash Wednesday
Ever seen a little smudge mark on someone's forehead as they walk out of church? That's a sign of the cross and it means it's Ash Wednesday during Lent. Chuck tells you about this important worship service in the Ash Wednesday episode of Chuck Knows Church.  Make plans now to attend our Ash Wednesday Worship Service at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, March 1. 
Got rhythm? You can ring bells!  Come join the fun and fellowship of music making through handbells! Rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 6:15 pm.  No experience needed - AND you get to experience a space in the Sanctuary a lot of people have never seen! Want to learn more? Simply reply to this e-mail or contact Adrienne: 440-526-8938 ext. 231 or by email: music@brecksvilleumc.com
Swimming Lessons for Mission
Allie Kenney is offering private swim lessons at the Brecksville Recreation Center (for $10 per lesson) to raise money to cover the costs of her trip to Liberia with our Volunteer in Mission team this summer.  Interested?  Call the church office to learn more, or simply reply to this e-mail!
Sunday Education Hour at 10 o'clock this Sunday
For Ages 3 through High School...
Sunday mornings offer options for learning, service and friendship. Our focus is on stories of the Bible and the development of Christian faith. Caring and trained teachers, excellent curriculum, and enrichment activities offer kids and youth the opportunity to learn, grow, and participate in the life of the community.
Adult Option #1:  Ancestors in room 301
Pastor Clark takes us back to basics as we explore characters from the Old Testament.  Meet the most unpolished, unlikely and unexpected personalities chosen by God to do amazing things.
Adult Option #2: Social Principles  in The Chapel
Taking an active stand in society is nothing new for followers of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.  How do we live out our belief that God’s love for the world is an active and engaged love? Join Kendall Lancaster for a look at United Methodist social principals and what they call us to do. 
Addiction and Recovery
Heroin and opiate addiction is a serious problem in Cuyahoga County and throughout Ohio. Our church takes addiction seriously and are working to provide education and support to our families and our community. There are resources available on our website.  If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call the ADAMHS Board Hotline at 216-623-6888 or visit www.greaterthanheroin.com.
Thank you for recycling!   If you're recycling paper at Brecksville UMC, you helped us earn over $900 for our hunger ministry in 2016. That's spectacular.  Give yourself a pat on the back!  Remember, if it's paper, don't throw it out  - - bring it to the bin! Tell your friends that recycling at Brecksville UMC earns money to fight hunger!  Thank you for recycling!
Our United Methodist Women collect pop tops for Ronald McDonald House Cleveland. Aluminum pull tabs from any container (soda pop, soup, pet food, etc.) are recycled to earn money for a fund which helps support the families that stay at RMH by providing meals and items for families, assistance in emergencies, and giving families special moments – like small gifts for children if they have a birthday while at the House. Want to help? Bring your pull tabs to the collection bin in the first floor coat room!
Thursday, February 23

2 - 4 pm Visitation for Marjorie Novak at Nosek-McCreery Funeral Home

6 - 8 pm Visitation for Marjorie Novak at Nosek-McCreery Funeral Home

6:15 Bell Choir, Sanctuary

7:30 Chancel Choir, Choir Room

8:30 Women’s Ensemble, Choir Room

Friday, February 24

9:30 UMW Board Meeting, Parlor

11:00 Funeral Service for Marjorie Novak at Nosek-McCreery Funeral Home

Saturday, February 25—GCFS Flute Festival Meets Here

Sunday, February 26

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Education Hour

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

12:15 YSP Meeting, 301

6:00 Financial Peace University, Parlor

6:00 High School Youth Group, Youth Room

Tuesday, February 28—Shrove Tuesday

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

12:00 SPRC Staff Luncheon, Parlor

4:15  Children’s Ensemble, Choir Room

5:30  Middle School Youth Group, Youth Room

7:00 Finance, 201

Wednesday, March 1— Ash Wednesday. Lent Begins.

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

9:00 Soup Production, Kitchen

6:30 Evening Circle, FH and Kitchen

7:30 Ash Wednesday Worship Service, Sanctuary

Thursday, March 2

9:30 UMW Meeting, Parlor

6:00 Music w/ Mission Small Grp Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Friday, March 3

9:30 CWU World Day of Prayer, Berea UMC

Saturday, March 4—Nothing Scheduled. Church is closed.

Sunday, March 5—First Sunday in Lent, Communion Sunday

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Education Hour

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

3:00 Youth Board

4:00 Refugee & Immigration Conversation

5:00 All Youth Dinner, FH

6:00 Financial Peace University, Parlor

6:00 High School Youth Group, Youth Room

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.