January 11, 2018

If you would
know anything
teach it to others.
- Tryon Edwards

Join us for worship this Sunday!
8:45 Contemporary Service
10:00 Classes for All Ages
11:15 Traditional Service
The weather forecast for Sunday is cold and sunny.  So, bundle up and come to church! We'll be starting an exciting new adult study, called Go Tell it On the Mountain, during the 10 o'clock education hour and Sunday school classes for all ages resume.
Sunday's Message:  Come and See
Sunday's Scriptures:  1 Samuel 3:1-10 and John 1:43-51
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
A new all church study for adults begins this Sunday in Fellowship Hall! 
We are people who love to hear a good story. How are you at telling a story? Can you tell the story of your faith? Of your encounters with God in your day to day living? Who are the key players in your faith development story? Does any of it matter all that much? Join us for this engaging, interactive time of looking introspectively our own faith journey. This class will be "team taught" by Kendal Lancaster, Jamie Schwendeman, Kathy Dickeride, Chuck & Becky Gezze and Alan Schuefler.

Week 1: Who are the faith players in your life?
Pursuing a life of faith with another person is like having a buddy to help motivate and inspire you at the gym.  Have you thought about the ‘faith friends’ in your life?  How can you get better at seeing the same the potential in others that God sees?
This Sunday is Human Relations Day, one of six special Sundays of United Methodist Giving.  Your generous gift supports the Community Developers Program and community advocacy through United Methodist Voluntary Services, related to the General Board of Global Ministries, and at-risk teens through the Youth Offender Rehabilitation program, General Board of Church and Society.  Learn more:  www.umcgiving.org/giveHRD
Fabric Drive for Flat Rock!  The bad news is that because of the predicted snow storm this weekend, the Flat Rock overnight trip has been postponed.  The good news?  We have more time for our Fleece Fabric Drive!  Do you have 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! 

The church needs YOUR ideas!

When thinking of our mission work, what have you enjoyed supporting over the years? Hands-on mission work? Needs near or afar? How are missions and outreach related?  How can we better be the hands and feet of Jesus?  If you attend here regularly or rarely, we need to hear from you!  If you've been a member for years, or if you are new to the community, we need your ideas.  Plan to join us for one of the small group sessions on January 22 and 24. Our discussions will be led by Rev. Dave Martin, a retired Methodist pastor and consultant, who served at Rocky River United Methodist Church. Our goal is to have 10—12 people participate in each group.

Please sign-up for a session that best fits your schedule. Available times include 1:30, 3:00, 6:30 and 8:00 on January 22 and 24.

In observance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, church offices will be closed on Monday, January 15!

Recycling Bonus Week! All paper collected this week will earn extra cash for our hunger ministry! Our bins were just emptied this morning, so take advantage of today's mild temperatures and come add your paper.  We recycle anything made of paper, even notebooks.  Please breakdown your cardboard boxes so more paper will fit in the bins!
Youth Service Project Trip Informational Meeting // 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!
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!
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. 
SUNDAY IS THE LAST DAY to bring in your Acme Fresh Market receipts (dated through December 31)!  Our United Methodist Women will be tallying them up for the Acme Community Cash Back Program.  Your receipts help earn money for UMW Missions!

Thursday, January 11

9:30 Asbury Bremeth Circle, Parlor

6:15 Bell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room (Third Floor)

8:30 Men’s Ensemble, Choir Room

Friday, January 12

Youth Overnight at Flat Rock Homes

Sunday, January 14—Communion Sunday

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Classes for all ages.

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

6:00 High School Dinner at Cozumel

Monday, January 15—Offices closed in recognition of

the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Tuesday, January 16

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

10:00 Stitch’n’Time Knitting Group, Parlor

5:00 Middle School Youth Group, Youth Room

7:30 Trustees, Parlor

Wednesday, January 17

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

7:00 Pastor’s Bible Study, Parlor

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

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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