June 8, 2017

Rome has spoken;
the case is closed.

- Saint Augustine


Make Time for Worship This Sunday
Join us for Worship on the Lawn at 8:30 am or
Worship in the Sanctuary at 10:00 am

Summer Worship Schedule

Sundays at 8:30 am: June 4 through September 3

Worship On the Lawn

This casual, come-as-you-are service includes all the important elements of worship in a beautiful, outdoor setting. Grab a lawn chair or blanket, join us on the front lawn of the church, and feed your spirit on Sunday mornings this summer! 

*In case of rain, we meet in the Sanctuary. 

Worship in the Sanctuary

Not an early riser?  There’s a second service at 10:00 in the Sanctuary!

Sunday's Scripture Readings: Psalm 8 and Matthew 28:16 - 20
Sunday's Message:  AuthorityRev. Clark Stein

Music:  Our Worship Band will lead us in song at 10 o'clock worship.  Click here to listen to Sunday's play list on YouTube!
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here! 
Peace with Justice Sunday
On Peace with Justice Sunday, one of six special Sundays of the United Methodist Church, we give so that all God’s children have adequate access to homes, jobs, food, clean water, health care, education and more. Please join this time honored tradition and help us change the world.
2017 East Ohio Annual Conference
The June 12-15 session of Annual Conference will return to Lakeside Chautauqua with a new quadrennial theme, Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called, Committed, Connected. Watch a live stream of activities here, starting Monday at 1:30 pm.
You don't have to be an Annual Conference delegate to attend these events on Wednesday, June 14!
  • 5K Run/1 Mile Walk at 7 am benefiting the 3C’s Missions Partners of East Ohio Conference.
  • The Methodist Federation for Social ​Action (MFSA) luncheon begins at noon.  Suggested donation  $10. Keynote speaker, Bishop Sally Dyck of the Northern Illinois Annual Conference, will speak about working for God’s justice in the world.
  • The Joyful Parade will take place at approximately 5 pm. Meet at Hoover Auditorium as we  sing and make a joyful noise to God!
  • Open Table Worship and Communion Service in the Banquet Tent next to Hotel Lakeside, 5:30 pm. Join us for Bishop Sally Dyck’s message "Jesus and the Love of God.” Following the service, enjoy pizza and fellowship.

Come spend the day, and enjoy the fellowship and Christian Love!

Announcement from Staff Parish Relations 
At the May 23rd Staff Parish Committee meeting, Pastor Clark’s request for a sabbatical from June 26 through July 23 was approved.  He will use this time to rest and refresh his spirit. During his absence, very talented members of our congregation will lead worship. 

  • July 2: Joy Parker (One service at 10 am)
  • July 9: Michael Jaszczak, Certified Lay Servant 
  • July 16: John Brachna, Certified Lay Servant
  • July 23: Rev. Kathy Dickriede 

We look forward to seeing you in church and welcoming

Pastor Clark's return on July 24.

Save the Date for a Fond Farewell 
Our Director of Outreach, Joy Parker, has resigned her position.  Join us on Sunday, July 2 as we celebrate Joy’s ten years of ministry with our church family.  Joy will deliver the message that morning and we will have one worship service at 10 am.  We will also commission our United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Team, which will depart for Liberia the following week.  A farewell reception will follow the service with finger sandwiches and cake.  Hope to see you there!
Summer Cereal Round Up. We're a little over halfway to our goal of 50 boxes of cereal collected by June 15 (next Thursday!)  We're focusing on cereal this month because summer can be tough for families in Cleveland who rely on the public school system or other programs to help feed their children.  If you're moved to help, bring your donation to the collection bin in the first floor coat room.  Thank you!
The deadline for the July issue of The Good Word is next Thursday, June 15 at noon.  Send your articles to Melanie!
Pre-School Bible Story Hour, Monday, June 19 at 10 am in the Chapel. Pre-schoolers are invited to come, with their caregiver, to hear the awesome story of Noah’s Ark.  We will celebrate God’s love for us and promise to care for us.  We’ll hear stories, sing songs, and make some fun rainbow crafts.  As always, everyone is welcome. Hope you’ll join us
Summer Choir, June 25. 
Singers of all ages and abilities are invited to gather in the Sanctuary at 9:15 to learn a simple piece to share during the offertory time at the 10:00 worship service. Let’s make a joyful noise.  Hope you’ll join us!
Home Days is Just Around the Corner!
Grandma’s Cherry Pies sell out every summer at Brecksville Home Days.  Print out an order form here, or pick one up from the table by the office on Sunday.  Forms are also available in the June issue of The Good Word magazine.  Booth workers needed! Sign up Sunday in the lobby or contact Gretchen Mates:  440-526-6481.
ReachOut Camp 2017, July 9-15. Celebrate God's presence in your life! ReachOut is for students starting 8th grade in the fall, through students graduating this spring. Our week together at Lakeside is centered around an off-site mission and small group faith study, along with amazing worship, fellowship and fun! Dana and Jamie are on staff and would love to bring some students along, contact Dana (youth@brecksvilleumc.com) to sign up today!
Summer Run Series.  Let's get moving!  Noel (Fenton) Zickefoose leads FREE training groups Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm and  Saturday mornings at 8:30 am. Meet at Station Road trailhead (Brecksville Train Station parking lot.) Learn more...
Register Now for Hero Central Vacation Bible School!
July 17 - 21
Soar with us at Hero Central Vacation Bible School! It's filling up fast!  This superhero adventure includes music that makes you want to get up and dance, interactive Bible fun, super science, cool crafts, delicious snacks, great games and more. Together we will explore how we can 'power-up' and discover our strength in God!  Learn more and register...

Monday 07/17/2017 through Friday 07/21/2017, 9 am - 12 pm each day.  For kids in Pre-school through Fifth Grade.  Childcare available for little ones under 3 if you volunteer!

Stick to the Script: 5 days of acting out our faith in new and sticky ways

July 17-21, 2017

Ahhh, summer! A time of no homework, fun with friends, new adventures… and getting sticky?Join us for Middle School VBS this year and you’ll get what we mean! For five days we will be playing messy games, getting to know each other better and exploring different ways we can make a difference. Learn more...
Recycle Paper. Fight Hunger!    In March, we recycled 6,930 pounds of paper at Brecksville United Methodist Church.  What does that mean?  We earned $103.95 for our hunger ministry.  We saved the equivalent of 58.91 trees, 24,255 gallons of water, and 14,206 kilowatts of electricity.  What's more, we freed up 11.43 cubic yards of landfill space.  Way to go! Remember, if it's paper, bring it to the bin!
Save the Date for Pictorial Directory Time!
This summer, we're compiling a new pictorial directory.  Sign up for a complimentary Professional Portrait Session and you will receive one free 8 x 10 portrait and a printed directory.  This year, we're partnering with Lifetouch photography whose professional photographers create memories to last a lifetime.  Families are welcome to bring meaningful items, like instruments, sports equipment and even pets!  Portrait packages will be available for purchase. Our church family has a 20% discount.  Bring a donation for Brookside Food Center, and receive an additional 5% off.  This is an open photography session.  Family and friends are welcome to sign up and will also receive a free 8 x 10 photograph!  Sign up early to ensure your spot!
August 8 - 11, 2 pm to 9 pm
August 12, 10 am to 5pm

Thursday, June 8—Paper Recycling Pick Up Day

Brown & Sendrey Mowing

7:00 Men’s Ensemble Rehearsal, Choir Room

Friday, June 9—Youth Annual Conference Begins

8:00 Habitat for Humanity Spruce Up Day

Saturday, June 10

8:30 Summer Run Group, Station Road Bridge

Sunday, June 11  - Peace with Justice Sunday

8:30 Worship on the Lawn

10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary

2017 East Ohio Annual Conference June 12—15

Monday, June 12

7:30  Brecksville Broadview Hts. Community Chorus & Band Concert,

                Broadview Community Center

Tuesday, June 13

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

6:00 Summer Run Group, Station Road Bridge

Wednesday, June 14

7:00 Bishop’s 3C’s 5k Run/1 Mile Walk, Lakeside

12:00 MFSA Lunch, Lakeside

5:00 Joyful Parade, Lakeside

5:30 Open Table Worship Service, Lakeside

Thursday, June 15 - Paper recycling pick up day.

12:00 Good Word deadline

Friday, June 16

Cereal Drive donations delivered to Brookside

Saturday, June 17

8:30 Summer Run Group, Station Road Bridge

10:30 Helen Abelt Celebration of Life, Sanctuary & FH

12:00 Music Scholarship Golf Outing, Briarwood

Sunday, June 18  

8:30 Worship on the Lawn

10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary

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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