March 22, 2018

Let him who has won it bear the palm.

–John Jortin


Join us for worship this Sunday!
8:45 Contemporary Service
10:00 Classes for All Ages
11:15 Traditional Service


Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

 - Mark 11: 9

On Palm Sunday, come participate in our traditional Palm Sunday processional with palms in hand! Come for this unique Sunday on which we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry and also begin to mourn Jesus’ passion.
Sunday's Scriptures: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29  and Mark 11:1-11
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here! 
Sunday's Music:  Click here for a playlist of songs for the services.
Did you miss last Sunday's Message?  Hear it here! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)

Lenten Adult Sunday School Experience:

Ask: Faith Questions in a Skeptical Age

Sunday at 10 am in Room 301

We hope you'll join us for this thoughtful study addressing the hard questions that all of us face when considering faith, religion, and the church. This week's question - Are marriage, sex and family life religious issues?
You do not need the book to join in the conversation, but copies of the book are still available. Drop in and join Pastor Clark and friends this Sunday!
Palm Sunday Bake Sale Returns!  The Palm Sunday Bake Sale raises funds for the United Methodist Women’s mission fund.  Want to help support programs for women and children?  Consider donating a baked good!  Drop off in the church kitchen on Saturday, March 24 between noon and 2:30 pm. The bake sale will take place before and after services this Sunday, March 25!
Join us for this quiet and reflective time of worship.  The word "tenebrae" comes from the Latin meaning "darkness." This ancient Good Friday service makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus' burial. This increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus' death and of hopelessness in the world without God. The service concludes in darkness and with the book being slammed shut, symbolizing the closing of Jesus' tomb. We then leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ's death and await the coming Resurrection on Easter morning.  It's a powerful experience. Come share it.
Prayer Labyrinth for Lent
The Prayer Labyrinth is open today in The Chapel and will remain open through Holy Week for self-guided prayer and meditation. Stop in anytime! 

Need some help getting started?  Pick up a guide in the Parlor, or check out this Methodist Church's suggestions on their website. 

Curious what it's like to walk the Labyrinth? 
Watch this video to take a virtual walk.
Attention High School Students:  We are doing the HIGHLY REQUESTED Escape Room event March 23 at 5:30 pm! Join your friends in a race against the clock to solve riddles, complete puzzles, and test your teamwork. Friends are always welcome, just let Dana know how many to expect. We will be eating dinner together at the Southpark Mall Food Court, then completing the escape room. Click here to  RSVP to this event before March 18 to let Dana know you are coming! 
Let's Talk About it: Social Media

In what ways do I use Social Media?

What's the difference between my online and offline self?

How can I make good online decisions?

When does social media help and when does it hurt?

Why is privacy important?

How can I become a good digital citizen?

What resources are there for students and parents?


What do YOU think? These are the types of questions we'll be discussing at our March Let’s Talk About It: Safe Social Media.  We look forward to discussing cyber-bullying, protecting student info online, and safe peer interactions. While we often hear discussion of the negatives of social media use, our discussion will at the positive side of this networking tool, too. Please join us as we engage in this important conversation!  We would love to know how many people to expect so please email Dana with your RSVP and any questions you may have before March 23.
Canned Fruit for Brookside
Imagine if everyone brought one can of fruit every Sunday until our next delivery to Brookside Food Pantry on April 20th.  We would have at least 1,000 cans of fruits to help feed hungry families in Cleveland.  If you're moved to help, bring your donation to the collection bin on the first floor by April 19.
Let’s Dare to Dream! Over the next few weeks, we invite you to share your dreams for our church— no matter how big or small. A new mission? A different type of worship service? A new use for space? An idea to raise money for missions? Ways to reach out into our community and the world?  Something else?  If you had a magic button to press, what would YOU dream up? Share your answers HERE, write them down and drop them in the box in the Parlor on Sunday, or simply reply to this e-mail.
Registration is open for Vacation Bible School!
Area kids are invited to come experience the ride of a lifetime with God at Rolling River Rampage Vacation Bible School. 
Save the dates:  Monday, July 9 - Friday, July13.  Learn more and register here:
The bins were emptied this morning, so there's lots of room in them right now for your old newspapers, magazines, and (broken down) cardboard. THANK YOU for supporting hunger ministry by recycling at Brecksville United Methodist Church!

Thursday, March 22—Labyrinth Open 8:30 am until 9 pm

Paper Recycling Pick Up Day

6:15 Handbell Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room (3rd Floor)

8:30 Men’s Ensemble Rehearsal, Choir Room

Friday, March 23—Labyrinth Open 8:30 am until 9 pm

Saturday, March 24

Noon until 2:30 pm - Drop off baked goods for the Palm Sunday bake sale in the church kitchen!

Sunday, March 25 —Palm Sunday.

Labyrinth Open 8:30 am until 9 pm

8:45 Worship Service with live band

10:00 Classes for all ages.

11:15 Worship Service with traditional hymns

6:30 Ukulele Worship, Youth Room

7:00 High School Youth Group, Youth Room

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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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