November 22, 2017

Every time I prayed,
I would think of you and
give thanks.


Join us for worship this Sunday!
Join us this Sunday as certified lay servant, John Brachna, shares his message "Say what? Say thanks!”  Our contemporary service is at 8:45 and our traditional service is at 11:15.  Join us for coffee and classes for all ages during the 10 o'clock hour.

Sunday's Message:   "Say what? Say Thanks!"
Sunday's Scriptures: Ephesians 1:15-23 and Matthew 25:31-46
This Sunday's Worship Music:  Click here to listen to a play list of songs for the 8:45 service..
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here! 
Did you miss last Sunday's Message?  Hear it here! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
Sunday’s speaker is John Brachna. A member of Brecksville UMC for almost 10 years, John has been a trained local church lay servant for 1 year, and a certified lay servant for 7 years. For 3 years, he served on the district's Lay Servant Committee where he taught two lay servant classes. As a certified lay servant, John has the opportunity to present the message at any UMC in our district. He leads the non-denominational religious service about four times annually at Chippewa Place, the independent living community designed for seniors. He last delivered the sermon at Brecksville UMC in July 2012. John and his lovely bride Carole, 12-year-old daughter Anastasia and 11-year-old son Zachary live in Sagamore Hills.
Sunday is United Methodist Student Day
Churchwide special Sundays bring churches together.  Gifts to the United Methodist Student Day Sunday help deserving United Methodist students continue their education and faith journeys as they strive to make a difference in the world and discern what God has called them to do.  Learn more...
Hanging of the Greens: This Sunday, November 26
Let us prepare God’s house for the light which will come into the world! Join us after second service (around 12:15) as we  hang garland, decorate trees, set up the nativity and more.  It's a fun and festive way to kick off the season. Plus, pizza! Hope you'll stick around after church to help out and enjoy a time of fellowship!
Brecksville Christmas Parade Reception, This Sunday, November 26 .  The parade steps off at 4 pm for the destination of Brecksville Square, where the city’s Christmas tree will be lit.  After the festivities, our community gathers in Fellowship Hall for hot cocoa and cookies! See you there!
Youth Ministry Week of Gratitude, November 20 - 26
Our busy lives can feel like a never-ending wheel of doing, scheduling, and going. Taking time for gratitude is one way we slow down and enjoy the wonderful people that God has placed in our lives. This year we encourage our students and families to say "thank you" to those people. For one week we will take a break from meeting (no youth group this week) and practice intentional gratitude. Through daily challenges and devotionals, participants will be asked to write notes of gratitude to those who have shaped their lives. The 2017 Week of Gratitude will be completely on social media so be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! (Click the blue links to visit!)

The December Issue of The Good Word is Here!
Friends, the December issue of our newsletter, The Good Word is published.  Leslie is taking it to the post office today.  If you subscribe by mail, look for it in your mailbox in the coming days.  If you'd like to read it now, simply click this link! 
We have a lot to look forward to in December. We hope you'll read all about it!  Have news to share?  The deadline for the January issue is Thursday, December 21.  Thank you!
Jesus, Bombs, and Ice Cream: An Advent Study for High School Students led by High School Students
“Let there be peace on earth and let it begin…” with ice cream? When we read the headlines or watch the news it is obvious that our world does not know peace. There are two choices, ignore it or face it. This study aims to help us face our unsettling world and seek ways to understand and make a difference. Students, we challenge you to join our Sunday School class and open up discussion about war, peace, and what Jesus says about both. This study was co-written by the “Ben” of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and what he has to say may just surprise you. Hope to see you at 10am in the Youth Room!
Pastor's Advent Study Begins December 3
Delivering the gift of hope at Christmas. God sent Christ at Christmas. And Christ sends us. Won’t you make plans to join our Adult Sunday School journey through Advent as we consider how, why, and where we are sent? Study begins December 3, in Room #301 during the 10 o'clock Sunday School Hour. Pick up a book this Sunday in the Parlor, and come prepared to be “sent”!  Books are $10. Scholarships available!
Poinsettias For Hunger:  Orders due December 3
Remembering family and friends with a church poinsettia is a beloved Christmas tradition of Brecksville United Methodist Church.  By dedicating a poinsettia, you help beautify the sanctuary for worship and help feed the hungry!  This is our third year of ordering large pots of flowers and only enough small plants to deliver to the home bound.  All money raised above what’s needed to purchase flowers will be given to the Brookside Food Center in Cleveland to help our hungry neighbors have a happier, healthier Christmas and New Year.  Last year, we raised over $500!  Click here to download an order form.


Christmas Cards for the Cleveland VA
We're well on our way toward our goal of delivering a Christmas card with a brief, caring,  encouraging handwritten note to every patient at the Louis B. Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center this Christmas!  There are 586 beds in the hospital, and we're collecting cards through December 3.   Can you help?  Pick up a box of cards and take them to work, to school, to a dinner party, or your book club. Ask your friends to sign a card.  The Fellowship Committee has cards in the lobby, too.  Bring your finished cards back to church.  It’s a beautiful way to share God’s love, to say thanks,  and to celebrate the reason for the season!  Not sure what to write? The Sunday bulletin from Veterans Day has some ideas to get you started!
Morning Advent Study at 7:30 am in the Parlor
Rev. Kathy Dickriede and friends invite you to join them for five weeks of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace this Advent.  Rekindle your anticipation of Christ's birth with comforting conversation about . “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.
This Monday, we're talking about Hope!   This five week study ends December 18. Books are available in the Parlor this Sunday.  Books are $11.50.  As always, this study is open to all.  Bring a friend!

Calling all Angels, Shepherds and People of Wisdom.  A wonderful tradition of our Family Christmas Eve worship service (held at 5 pm on December 24) is the retelling of Christ’s birth story with real live people playing the parts.  Would you, your family or your child like to be part of the experience this year? Please call Jenny Gee at 440.526.8938 ext. 230 or email her at for details.
Church Yard Clean Up Day has been moved to Saturday, December 2. The trustees have done a lot of work on the church yard this year.  Help them prepare for winter!  We'll start at 8:30 and work until we're finished.  Bring your gloves and rakes, if you have them!
Brookside Food Center Food Tree
Next week, we will erect our Christmas Food Tree for Brookside Food Center.  Can you help us fill it with non-perishable foods, personal hygiene items, and cleaning products for our neighbors in need?
Mid-Week Advent Worship Service, Wednesday, 12/6
Pause and reflect on the meaning of the season during this quiet, meditative service which will lift your spirit and refresh your soul.  Gather here in the Sanctuary at 7:30 pm.  All are invited to a simple pre-service meal of soup and bread in Fellowship Hall at 6:00 pm.  All are welcome, all the time!
Community Chorus Christmas Concert, December 10
Enjoy the season's music with the Brecksville Broadview Hts. Community and Youth Choruses on Sunday December 10th.  Under the direction of Joy Parker, musical selections will include a wide assortment of  traditional carols and contemporary holiday songs.  Two performances are scheduled at Brecksville United Methodist Church at 3:00 and 7:00 o'clock with a reception following both.  Admission is free and donations will be collected to support both choruses.  For up to the minute details, visit this event's Facebook Page.
BUMC Night Out!

A Cold, Cold Reading of Charles Dickens’
A Christmas Carol

Saturday, December 16 at 6 pm.  Tickets are $12 for adults.

Children 12 and under are $8.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was first published on December 17, 1843. Forty-nine days later, it received its first stage adaptations, three of them to be exact, in London. Since then the popular novel has received scores then hundreds and now thousands of readings and productions, yearly. But rarely is it presented in the brisk night air of winter…in a barn. The Lantern Theatre presents A Cold, Cold Reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Now in its sixth year, it has become a cherished Christmas and family tradition. Beginning at 6 pm on the night of December 16, 2017, six brave actors and a piano accompanist will take the stage in Gleeson’s barn to read Mr. Dickens’ masterwork. The reading will be accompanied by hot cocoa, cider and baked goods and will be followed by Christmas Carols sung by all. ​Dress warmly. It’s a barn.


Reply to this message to reserve your seat!

See Kathy Stein or any member of the Fellowship Committee for more information.

Paper Recycling at Brecksville UMC.   Bring your unwanted paper to the green bins in the main church parking lot (off of Route 21 - across from Starbucks.) If it's made of paper, we can recycle it. Newspaper, books, magazines, notebooks, wrapping paper, junk mail - you name it. If it's paper, bring it to the bin!  We ask two things. If it's cardboard, please flatten it. If it's small paper (coupons or shredded paper) please put it in a paper or plastic bag.
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!

Wednesday, November 22

                         No Bible Study this week

Thursday, November 23 & Friday, November 24

Happy Thanksgiving! Church Offices Closed.

Sunday, November 26

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Coffee and Classes for All Ages

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

12:15 Hanging of the Greens (with PIZZA!)

4:00 Brecksville Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

Reception in Fellowship Hall After the Parade!

Monday, November 27

7:30 (a.m.) Advent Devotional Study, Parlor

Tuesday, November 28

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

5:00 Middle School Youth Group, Youth Room

7:00 Finance, 201

Wednesday, November 29

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

7:00 Pastor’s Bible Study, Parlor

Thursday, November 30  - Paper Recycling Pick Up

6:15 Handbells Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

8:30 Men’s Ensemble, Choir Room

Friday, December 1

9:30 UMW Board Meeting, 302 (Mural Room)

Saturday, December 2

8:00 Greater Cleveland Food Bank

8:30 Church Yard Clean Up Day

10:00 Lupus Foundation Gingerbread Social, FH

Sunday, December 3—First Sunday in Advent. Communion.

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Coffee and Classes for All Ages

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

5:00 All Youth Dinner, FH

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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