September 28, 2017

It is a riddle

wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.

- Winston Churchill


Join us for worship this Sunday!
8:45 Contemporary
11:15 Traditional
Classes for all ages at 10 am
Jesus made some enemies by speaking the truth to people in power. These people were also in a position to cause him great harm. Sometimes he asked the tricky questions, and the answers allowed them to see the truth without experiencing too much embarrassment. Sometimes, the truth just plain stings. So, won’t you join us for worship as we look at how Jesus would occasionally “riddle me this”?

Sunday's Message:  Rooted in Scripture: Riddle Me This
Sunday's Scriptures: Exodus 17:1-7 and Matthew 21:23-32
This Sunday's Worship Music:  Click here to listen to a play list for the 8:45 Contemporary service on YouTube.
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here! 
Did you miss last Sunday's Message?  Hear it here! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)

Open Table Worship Service Sunday at 5 pm

RMN planning session at 4

Brecksville Reservation, Harriet Keeler Pavilion

As we enjoy the beautiful fall weather, come gather with us  for fellowship and communion. District Superintendent Steve Bailey will bring us a message, and William Jones is leading the music.  We'll follow the service with fall refreshments... think cider, apple donuts, and s'mores.

You'll leave with a full heart and a full stomach, Jesus-style!


At Brecksville United Methodist Church we are committed to our Sunday morning education hour and how it helps develop a community of believers. 

Classes for Adults  Drop in anytime.

  • Ancestors of the New Testament.  Join Pastor Clark in room 301 as we look at our spiritual ancestors. You will be amazed to learn that they are a lot like you! Hear the stories of these men and women called by God to do amazing things, and see how they fit into the larger narrative of our faith story.
  • Digging into our Methodist Roots. As we make our way forward as faithful followers of Jesus, we would do well to revisit our roots.  Join Jenny Gee in the Chapel to explore the founder of Methodism, John Wesley’s, three simple rules for living the Christian life and five means of grace.

For the young ones: Our children, from birth through eighth grade, learn alongside loving, faithful adult teachers.  Together, we all become familiar with the stories and teachings of the Bible.  These gifted and talented adults encourage learning in a creative, supportive and age-appropriate environment, nurturing children’s growth in faith.  During the 10 o’clock education hour, kids join with children of similar ages.

Our youth gather under the leadership and guidance of our awesome youth director, Dana Schwendeman, who helps the kids see the relevance of the stories in scripture within their own life.  Kids also will take a look at some of the tough situations they find themselves in and explore how a person of faith can respond.  In addition to Sunday mornings, High School Youth group meets Sunday evenings, and Middle School Youth group meets on Tuesday afternoons.
New Photo Gallery
Don Krolikowski brought his camera to Third Grade Bible Sunday, and added the pictures as a photo gallery on our church website.  Were you there?  Did you take pictures, too?  We'd love to see them!
Bread on Bridge (Avenue) Tuesdays is a weekly evening gathering from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  All are invited to drop in to share in conversation, scripture, prayer, and song in a café setting.  Enjoy fresh baked bread, soup, coffee and desserts.  There is no cost, just a free will offering.  Come alone, bring a friend, bring a group. You may even see some Brecksville UMC musicians there!  Bread on Bridge Tuesdays is about sharing and caring in a multi-cultural community.   Nehemiah Mission, 65515 Bridge Avenue, Cleveland.
Evening Circle Baby Shower, Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 pm in Fellowship Hall.   Womankind is a local organization providing free prenatal care to women in need.  Let’s help these mothers with diapers, wipes, forever stamps, 0—24 month baby clothes, maternity clothes, gift cards and more.  No need to wrap your gift. Come enjoy cupcakes, games and community.  Questions? Call Lynn Hobzek 440-526-6037.
United Methodist Women Meeting, Thursday, October 5.   Our featured presenter will be Bob Titus, of OPEN M, an organization building bridges out of poverty by fostering health, wellness and nutrition of the body; education of the mind; and hope, joy, and spiritual growth of the soul.  Continental breakfast and fellowship at 9:30, program at 10.  Everyone is welcome.  Plan to join us for an enjoyable morning!

Greater Cleveland Church Women United invites all church members to attend Church Women's Day on Friday, October 6 at the South Euclid CCC (4216 Bluestone Road, South Euclid.) Registration begins at 9:30 am. This year’s theme is THE HEART, with a presentation by a nurse practitioner from Cleveland Clinic's Cardiovascular Center at 10:00 am. Lunch to follow. Be sure to bring your Bible!!  Cost $12. Please contact Nancy at 440--838-4341 TODAY if you are interested in attending.

College Student Care Packages will be sent by Evening Circle in November, and addresses are needed!  Please give your college student’s name and address to the church office before November 1.  Packages will be mailed in early to mid-November to arrive before Thanksgiving break.  


BEE a Volunteer at the Football Game Friday, October 13. Our church is a scoreboard sponsor for the Brecksville vs. North Royalton Game.  Come help tell our community that our church is a place to BEE-long!  See Dana or e-mail

Participate in Church Yard Clean Up Day Saturday, November 18. The trustees have done a lot of work on the church yard this year.  Help them prepare for winter!

Help Serve Dinner at Pearl Road UMC on Sunday, November 19.  We'll be working with volunteers from the Brecksville United Church of Christ to serve our hungry neighbors in Parma. BUMC is responsible for the salad and dessert, and for providing ten volunteers to help serve the meal.  Reply to this message to volunteer or sign up in the Parlor on Sunday. Doug & Gail Huth can answer questions, too!

Volunteer at Greater Cleveland Food Bank with our team on Saturday, December 2.  Spend a morning packing food donations for those in need in greater Cleveland.  Reply to this message or sign up on Sunday in the Parlor.

Join a Committee! We’re beginning the process of filling committees for 2018.  Are you feeling a call to share your gifts?  E-mail Pastor Clark:

Serve as a Liturgist second service October 29, November 26 or December 17.  This is a special way to get involved in the worship service. Pastor Clark will provide the liturgy, and will even help with pronunciations!  Reply to this message to volunteer, or sign up in the Parlor on Sunday.

Add your name to the list of people willing to be on call to bake, serve, set up or clean up for funeral receptions here at the church.  This is an important ministry of caring.  Reply to this message or sign up in the Parlor on Sunday.
Camera Drone Wanted!
The Trustees Committee needs to get a good look at the cross and cross attachment at the top of the bell tower, and they're hoping that someone in our church family has access to a camera drone.  Do you?  Please reply to this e-mail or reach out to Bob Lundholm, 216-533-9794 or
Paper Products for Brookside Food Center
Do you know that SNAP assistance cannot be used for paper towels, napkins, toilet paper and the like? Let's help provide our brothers and sisters in need with these necessities! Our paper product drive ends on Thursday, Oct. 16. Donations will be delivered on October 17. (If you can, please wrap toilet paper and paper towels individually.)
Pastor’s Wednesday Evening Bible Study
7:00 pm in The Parlor
Join Pastor Clark and friends as we explore the Gospel of Luke.  Luke was an educated and cultured man, the first real historian to write about Jesus. He places Jesus at the heart of the first-century Jewish and Roman worlds into which the Christian gospel exploded. We know that what Jesus said, what he did and what happened to him has changed the course of history.  Pick up your book in the office or this Sunday!   Pastor Clark asks that we read the first two chapters so we can begin our discussion on Wednesday.
What does it mean to be a member of the Methodist Church?
Come find out during New Member Classes October 15 and October 22

If you are interested, or want to know more, please contact Pastor Clark by e-mail or phone phone 440-526-8938.
New members will be received during worship on October 29.
Brecksville UMC Night Out: Saturday, October 28
The Fellowship Committee is organizing an October night out! We have reserved a block of tickets for "A Cold Reading of Sleepy Hollow" by the Lantern Theater. Join Pastor Clark and Kathy and friends for cider, cocoa, baked goods, songs, poems and A Cold, Creepy Reading of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving’s inspired and scary sketch of early American history. Tickets are limited! Sign up in The Parlor on Sunday!
There are two types of people in this world…
Those who can’t wait for the holidays to get here, and those who get anxious at the thought.  If the words “Christmas Is Coming!” fill you with alarm, a new early morning study may be right up your alley.  Join Rev. Kathy Dickriede and friends for five weeks of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace this Advent and rekindle your anticipation of Christ's birth with comforting conversation.
Five week study begins Monday, November 20 at 7:30 am in the Parlor,and will meet each Monday through December 18. 
We’ll be discussing “Dinner by Candlelight” by local author Kevin Schaner who shares from her heart a collection of deeply engaging essays that provide not only food for thought during the pre-Christmas season, but also inspiration and hope for the future.
We will be ordering books November 10.  Reply to this e-mail to reserve a copy, or sign up in the Parlor on Sunday! 

"Dinner by Candlelight will encourage you to continue your Advent traditions while considering new ways to prepare for His birth. A beautiful thought-provoking read."
Debbie Vest Retired Director of South Central Jurisdiction
Volunteers In Mission United Methodist Church
Paper Recycling at Brecksville UMC.   Do you know that paper recycled from our bins earns money for our hunger ministry?  That's right!  For every ton of paper we recycle, we earn cash to help feed our hungry neighbors.  Tell your friends! Remember,  "If it's paper, bring it to the bin!"
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!

Thursday, September 28—Paper Recycling Day

6:30 Handbell Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Friday, September 29

9:30 UMW Board Meeting, Parlor

5:00 Wedding Rehearsal, Sanctuary

Saturday, September 30

2:00 Church Wedding

3:00 HS Trip to the Progressive Field

Sunday, October 1 —World Communion Sunday

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Classes for All Ages

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

5:00 All Youth Dinner, FH

Tuesday, October 3

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

5:00 Middle School Youth Group, Youth Room

Wednesday, October 4

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

4:15 Children’s Choir, Choir Room

7:00 Pastor’s Bible Study, Parlor

Thursday, October 5—Paper Recycling Day

9:30 UMW, Parlor.  Open M Presentation

6:15 Handbell Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Chancel Choir, Choir Room

8:30 Men’s Ensemble, Choir Room

Saturday, October 7

10:30 UMW Potluck, FH

Sunday, October 8

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Classes for All Ages. Coffee in the Parlor!

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

7:00 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.
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