January 18, 2018

I fear I am not in my perfect mind.

- William Shakespeare

Join us for worship this Sunday!
8:45 Contemporary Service
10:00 Classes for All Ages
11:15 Traditional Service
Sisters and brothers,
let us lift our hearts in faith
to the one who hears all prayers
and holds close all those in need.

Join us in worship this Sunday as we lift our hearts in prayer, lift our voices in song,
hear the word of God, and live in community with one another!
Sunday's Message:  I've Changed My Mind, Rev. Clark Stein
Sunday's Scriptures: Mark 1:14-20 and Jonah 3: 1-10
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here! 
Sunday's Music:  Click here for a playlist of songs for the 8:45 service.
Did you miss last Sunday's Message?  Hear it here! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
Go Tell it on the Mountain
Sundays at 10 am // Jan 14—Feb 11

Who is God to you?

What is your image of God?

As Christ followers we should be in the business of bridging chasms.  It is important to develop friendships with “those who are lovely. With those who are unlovely.  With the successful and the struggling.  With the outgoing and the recluse.  With the accepted and the outcast.  With those who are just like us and with those who are far different.” How can you best share your image of God with others?  Join us on Sunday at 10 am in Room 301 as we discuss these questions and more.  Can’t make it this week?  Join us next week!

The church needs YOUR ideas!

Next week, we have the opportunity to gather together to share ideas about our church.  What are our greatest strengths?  What are our greatest needs? What ministries can we grow?  What should we change?
Sign up for a focus group session with Rev. Dave Martin, a consultant with United Methodist Ministries.  Our goal is to have 10—12 people participate in each group.  We need YOUR presence in these groups!
Sign up on Sunday in the Parlor or reply to this e-mail with your name and the meeting you’d like to attend.

Monday, January 22 or Wednesday, January 24
1:30, 6:30 or 8:00
Fabric Drive for Flat Rock!  Do you have fleece fabric just hanging around your house? Flat Rock Homes would love to take any fleece that you have off of your hands! They can use any size at least 1 foot by 1 foot square. Their Aktion Club & Adult Advantages folks make toys & blankets for the Huron County Humane Society with the fabric. Our Youth will be collecting fleece until their trip is rescheduled.  Bring your donations to the green bin in the Parlor! 
We set a recycling record!  We just got our recycling totals for the month of November - and we blew past our previous record by recycling a whopping 10,780 pounds of paper.  That's astounding! This tops our previous record of 8,720 pounds back in December 2016.  Your recycling earned $166 for our hunger ministry in November alone.  THANK YOU!!!
Youth Service Project Trip Informational Meeting // This Sunday, Jan. 21 at 12 pm // Room 301.  This summer, we’ll travel to Pittsburgh to join with teens and adults from all over the country to not only impact a community in need, but make a real connection with Jesus. Get ready to make new friends and put your faith in action!  Come to this meeting to learn more!
All About Baptism
Sunday, February 18 at 12:30 pm / / The Parlor
Interested in learning about baptism for your child or yourself?  Reply to this e-mail to register.  To learn more call Jenny Gee at 440-526-8938 ext. 230. 
Empty Bowls Tickets on Sale Now
Want to enjoy a meal with your community and support our local food banks? Buy a ticket to the 2018 Empty Bowls Dinner.  The event takes place Tuesday, February 6 from 5 - 7:30 pm at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center.  Kathy Sopka will have tickets available during the 10 o'clock coffee hour this Sunday in Fellowship Hall.  This event is likely to sell out!  Don't wait too long to get your tickets!

Thursday, January 18  - Paper Recycling Pick Up, Bonus Week!

12:30 Good Word Deadline

6:15 Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Sunday, January 21—Third Sunday After Epiphany

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Classes for all ages.

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

12:00 Youth Service Project Trip Info Meeting, 301

7:00 High School Youth Group, Youth Room

Monday, January 22

1:30, 6:30 and 8 pm Focus Group Meeting, Parlor

Tuesday, January 23

10:00 Staff Small Group Meeting, Parlor

11:00 Staff Meeting, 201

5:00 Middle School Youth Group, Youth Room

7:00 Finance, 201

Wednesday, January 24

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

7:00 Pastor’s Bible Study, Parlor

Thursday, January 25

6:15 Handbell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Friday, January 26

9:30 UMW Board Meeting, Parlor

Sunday, January 27—Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Classes for all ages.

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

7:00 Let’s Talk About It: Addiction, 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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