September 27, 2018

Where ever I am,
I am what is
- Mark Strand

Worship with us this Sunday!
8:45 Worship with Live Band
11:15 Worship with Traditional Hymns
10:00 Classes for All Ages (Sunday School)

It's a Chalk Talk Sunday! Pastor Clark will take us on a deep dive of the scripture with his talk Salt and Peace with a focus on Mark 9:38-50. 
8:45 Worship: The Praise Band will enliven our worship with music.  Here's the playlist. 
11:15 Worship: A more traditional service featuring traditional hymns and choir.  This week, the choir will be accompanied by Issac on cello and Malik on piano.  Here are some songs we will be singing together. 
10 o'clock Education Hour:  There's something for all ages. See adult class descriptions below!  Stop by the Parlor for coffee hosted by the Staff Parish Relations Committee.
Sunday's Scriptures:  James 5:13-20 and Mark 9: 38 -50
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here!
Did you miss last Sunday's Message?  Hear it here! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
THIS SUNDAY!  The United Methodist Women are having a  bake sale between services to benefit RAHAB and their need for Bibles for the women they serve. Calling all bakers!  Your donations are needed.  Please bring them pre-packaged to the kitchen on Saturday between noon and 3 pm. Items will be welcomed on Sunday morning also. Items that sell well are brownies & cookies (6 per package), quick breads, smaller pies and cakes, and cupcakes. Your support is appreciated. If you’d like more information, please email Lynn Hobzek at

Memorial Service for Jim Houston Sunday
On Sunday, we will celebrate the life of long time member, Jim Houston. Calling hours will be held at Ferfolia Funeral Home in Sagamore Hills from 2 pm until 5 pm, with a memorial service at 5 pm, Rev. Stein officiating. 
Our love and prayers are with Donna and family. 

Going to the Football Game Friday Night?
Stop by and visit our Youth Ministry Team!  We're hosting a lollipop pull game, will be handing out tattoos and stickers, and having a lot of fun.  It's Homecoming, so if you're an alumni, come cheer the Bees as they take on the Twinsburg Tigers!
The October Good Word is published!
Do you subscribe to our monthly newsletter?  It's full of good stuff.  This month, we're talking about becoming a sensory inclusive church, yoga in the Chapel, socks for house elves, dressing up in costumes, free lunch and a whole lot more.  Sounds interesting, doesn't it?  Click here to read it!
WOW! Look what you did!  Dana put out the call for funds to help youth in our conference package meals for Rise Against Hunger, meals which will feed hungry people around the world.  You blew past our goal of $500 - and nearly doubled it!  Together, we're donating enough money to provide an additional 3448 meals for hungry people. Amen! THANK YOU!!!  Learn more here...
Church Council Meeting.  Participate more fully in the life of the church by taking part in the Church Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 2. All are welcome.  In advance of the meeting, printed copies of the Committee Report will be available on the table outside of the church office on Sunday and on our church website today!
Feel more prepared for the week ahead and take some time away from the stress of school to grow your relationship with God and one another at Sunday Youth Group. We'll have time set aside for study in a quiet, comfortable space with free WIFI, snacks and drinks. Paired with time with your friends at youth group, you'll be off to a great start for the week ahead!
  • Middle School Youth Group 6 - 7 pm. (Study 7 - 8 pm)
  • High School Youth Group 7 - 8 (Study 6 - 7 pm)

Sunday Morning Classes for All Ages

The Sunday morning education hour (at 10 o’clock) is an opportunity to explore your faith and to meet and get to know a smaller group of your church family. Visitors are always welcome in every class! Every Sunday features classes for children, youth and adults. This fall, we have two options for adults during the education hour. (See below.) 

Book Study: The Great Spiritual Migration

by Brian McClaren.  September 16- November 4

If you have ever felt like you were on the outside looking in at a church, or if you have ever struggled to make sense of your faith, this book is for you.  Join Jenny and your faithful friends to read, discuss and share in this eight week study.  Books are available on the counter in the Parlor. Buy one to keep for $15 or borrow and return one at the end of the study.

Theology and the Arts With Pastor Clark

Christians are made in the image of God the Creator, destined to create music, poetry, fiction, dance and other works of art. Please consider joining in our discussion as we examine how much our theology informs the arts of our popular culture. Please join with Pastor Clark and friends in room 301 during our Sunday School hour for a thought provoking study.
Our bike parking pad has been installed. Six very sharp bike racks are available for use by our church members and our community!  Promised funding for a bike fix-it stand has fallen through, so we’re making a plea for help today.  Can we raise the $1,000+ needed to provide an unprecedented level of welcome and hospitality for cyclists?  If you’re moved to help, please make check payable BUMC, with “fix it stand” in the memo line.
Let's make some music!
Join Music Director, Malik Khalfani, on Thursday evenings for Bell Choir or (and?) Chancel Choir.  No experience is necessary and friends are welcome. Let's learn together! Questions? E-mail 
YOUTH DINNER SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 at 5 pm.  It’s Halloween in the Great Hall where good food, good friends, and good deeds are in full swing. Dress in your most wizardly attire, or come as a muggle!  As any Harry Potter fan knows, Dobby the house elf loves socks. Bring a few pairs of brand new tube or thermal socks to warm the feet of those in need for a collection for the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless initiative, SocksPlus. Let’s make Dobby a very happy elf!  Don’t miss this evening of great fun! RSVP before Oct 3:  
IS THERE SUCH THING A "TOO MANY PIANOS"? YES! The Trustees are in the process of narrowing our inventory of pianos.  Do you know that we have eleven pianos in the building?  Pianos need to be regularly tuned and climate controlled.  To be able to better care for the pianos that we use and need, we are looking for a new home for this beautiful 1947 Kimball Console Piano.  It has a mahogany case and was recently appraised at $1000.  We were told that it would be an excellent piano for a student.  To help fund repair of other pianos, we are asking $500 or best offer.  In the week that it's been posted for sale, we have received no offers.  This piano is currently located in the Chapel (and will be replaced by a better piano already in our inventory.)  If you know someone who may be interested, please share this information with them. Reply to this e-mail if you'd like more information yourself - or if you have any questions. Thank you!
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps families make ends meet by stretching their grocery budgets. Sometimes called "food stamps," those few SNAP dollars every week make all the difference in the world when it comes to putting nutritious meals on the table. But SNAP can only be used to purchase food.  Other necessities, like paper towels, napkins and tissues are not part of this program.  We can help fill this need by providing these items for our brothers and sisters through Brookside Food Center in Cleveland.  If you’re moved to help, bring your donations to the first floor collection bin by Thursday, October 18.  Thank you!
Mid-Week Bible Study with Pastor Clark
Wednesdays at 7 pm
Join Pastor Clark and friends as we explore the book of Acts. Books are $10. If you can’t afford a book right now, our Corinthian Fund will cover the cost. Reply to this e-mail to sign up , or sign up in the Lobby on Sunday.
Support Bike Ministry - Buy a T-shirt
Do you have your bike ministry t-shirt yet?  Help tell people that we've been giving spokes to folks since 2015 - and help buy bike parts for bike repairs.  Shirts are $20.  We have S, M, L, and XL shirts.  They're in the lobby alcove.  Sample shirts are hung so you can see the sizes. Pick up a rolled shirt in your size to take home.  Thank you! Reply to this e-mail if you'd like us to set one aside for you!
 Bring your old newspapers, magazines, and (broken down) cardboard to church. THANK YOU for supporting hunger ministry by recycling at Brecksville United Methodist Church! This year to date, we've recycled over 37,223 pounds of paper!
Would you like to help share the word of God in worship?  Pastor Clark  provides the liturgy and you give it voice!  We will send you a copy early in the week so you will have time to review what you’ll be reading.  Sign up in the lobby, see Pastor Clark, or reply to this message for details.
YOGA IN THE CHAPEL. Thursday evenings 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm.  October 18—December 13 (no class on Thanksgiving)
This class is open to ALL levels - from never-beens to seasoned yogis. Experience a blend of yang (heat/effort) and yin (cool/surrender) appropriately adjusted for each individual.
Cost for the class is $40 for the eight week session. Can’t make the whole series? Drop in rate is $7. Hope to see you there!
On All Saints Sunday, November 4, we give thanks for all those who have gone before us in the faith. During both worship services, the names of the saints of the church who have died since November 2017 will be read. Our church bell will toll in each person’s honor. If you have lost a loved one in the last year, please provide their name to Leslie in the church office before Tuesday, October 30. 440-526-8938 or

Thursday, September 27

6:15 Bell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:00 We Connect Team Meeting “Who’s Missing”, 201

7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Friday, September 28

9:30 UMW Board Meeting, Parlor

Saturday, September 29

10:00 Welcoming Ministry Meeting, 201

12-3 Bake Sale Drop Off, Kitchen

12:30 Hahn/Petrovic Wedding, Sanctuary

6:00 Ecumenical Chapel Service at Chippewa Place

Sunday, September 30  - Bakin’ for Bibles between services!

8:45 Worship Service with Live Band

10:00 Classes for all ages

11:15  Worship Service with Hymns

2—5  Jim Houston’s Calling Hours, Ferfolia Funeral Home

5:00 Jim Houston’s Memorial Service, Ferfolia, Northfield

6:00 Middle School Youth Grp (HS Study Time), 4th Floor

7:00 High School Youth Group (MS Study Time), 4th Floor

Monday, October 1

7:00 Staff Parish Relations Committee, 201

Tuesday, October 2

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

7:00 Church Council Meeting, Parlor

Wednesday, October 3

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

7:00 (p.m.) Bible Study with Pastor Clark, Parlor

Thursday, October 4—Paper Recycling Pick Up Day

9:30 UMW Meeting: Alzheimers & Dementia, Parlor

6:15 Bell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Sunday, October 7—World Communion Sunday

8:45 Worship Service with Live Band

10:00 Classes for all ages

11:15 Worship Service with Hymns

3:00 Puerto Rico Mission Trip Info Meeting, 301

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.
Someone once remarked to Pastor Clark that there's just not enough good news in the news these days.  Well, we've got a remedy for that: an occasional feature rounding up some good news headlines.  If you've read all the way to the end of this newsletter, a smile is your reward.  (Be on the look out for good news headlines and send them along to Melanie!)