November 30, 2017

“A hope beyond the shadow of a dream.” –John Keats


Join us for worship this Sunday!
8:45 Contemporary Service
10 Classes for All Ages
11:15 Traditional Service
The Season of Advent Begins
The season of Advent, which comes comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit," begins this Sunday and continues for four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. 

On this first Sunday in Advent we will light one purple candle. This is the candle of hope. Advent is a time of waiting and of hoping. We wait for the day when we celebrate again the birth of Jesus.
Sunday's Message:   "The thrill of hope."
Sunday's Scriptures: Mark 13:24-37 and Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
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.)
Pastor's Advent Study Begins this Sunday
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. Books are available in the Parlor.  Prepare to be “sent”!  Books are $10. Scholarships available!
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.  (The staff is preparing five different kinds of soup and homemade bread.)
Hope you'll join us.  All are welcome, all the time!
Are you looking for resources to help make the Advent season an intentional time?  By taking a few minutes a day to pause, remember and reflect, the days leading up to Christmas morning can be filled with the hope of Christ.  Here are a few ideas to get you started... 
Poinsettias For Hunger:  Orders due Sunday!
Remember family and friends with a church poinsettia, 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. Click here to download an order form.
Spread Christmas delivering a Poinsettia!  Take a plant to people who were unable to attend Christmas Eve services or deliver a poinsettia to those working on Christmas Eve (the fire department, the police station, etc.) after the 10 o’clock service.  Deliveries to the home bound can be made December 25, 26 or 27.  Want to help? Reply to this message or call the church office:  440-528-8938.
Christmas Cards for the Cleveland VA
With your help, we will hit 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 SUNDAY.   Can you help?  Bring your signed cards to church this Sunday. 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!
Celebrate the season!
It's the MOST wonderful time of the year! It's time to celebrate with some festive Christmas gathering for our youth ministries.
High schoolers, we will be ICE SKATING and hanging out in Crocker Park on Dec 17 from 4-7pm.
Middle Schoolers, we will be meeting at the Kwiatkowski home for a fun and festive evening on Dec 15 from 6-8pm.
RSVP to both events before Dec 10!
Simply reply to this e-mail or e-mail Dana at
Morning Advent Study at 7:30 am in the Parlor
It’s not too late to join Rev. Kathy Dickriede and friends for a look at the Advent Devotional Dinner by Candlelight. This week we’re talking about Love (Peace & Joy ahead!) A few copies of the devotional are still available in the Parlor.  The cost is $11.50.  Pick one up on Sunday and join the conversation on Monday!
Hope to see you there.
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
Our Christmas Food Tree for Brookside Food Center is located in the lobby, right at the top of the main staircase.  Can you help us fill it with non-perishable foods, personal hygiene items, and cleaning products for our neighbors in need?  We'll be collecting through the whole month of December, with the next delivery to the center being Friday, December 15.
Hat & Mitten Tree
Some trees are filled with ornaments and lights.  This tree is filled with love. This year, we're collecting for the Northeast Ohio Coalition for  the Homeless.  Hang your hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and socks (particularly tube and thermal socks) on the tree, and they will be delivered to those in need this winter.  Want to go further?  Blankets are a big need, especially outdoor blankets with plastic on one side.
The Hat and Mitten tree is located on the main floor of the church, in the Narthex (the area just outside of the church sanctuary.)
Thank you for helping!
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.
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!

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

Monday, December 4

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

Tuesday, December 5

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

7:00 Music & Worship Board

Wednesday, December 6

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

6:00 Advent Soup Supper, FH

7:30  Advent Worship Service

Thursday, December 7

11:30 UMW Christmas Potluck Luncheon, FH

6:15 Handbell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

8:30 Men’s Ensemble, Choir Room

Sunday, December 10—Second Sunday in Advent

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Coffee and Classes for All Ages

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

3:00 Community Chorus Christmas Concert, Sanctuary

7:00 High School Youth Group, Youth Room

7:00 Community Chorus Christmas Concert, 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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