March 9, 2017

My secrets cry aloud.

- Theodore Roethke

The Second Sunday in Lent
Join us in the Sanctuary at 8:45 or 11:15 am.
EXPOSED: Life & Death

Are you really thriving, or are you just surviving? Join us in worship this Sunday to sing, to pray, to listen and to be changed.  On this, the second Sunday in Lent, we will consider what is means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.  Won't you join us?

Sunday's Scripture Readings: Psalm 121 and  John 3:1-17
Sunday's Message:  Exposed: Life & Death

At 8:45 (our Contemporary Worship Service) songs of Worship include We Want to See Jesus Lifted High, Your Name, Enough, Amazed and Hallelujah (Your Love is Amazing.)  Click here to hear a playlist of these songs!

At 11:15 (our Traditional Worship Service) we celebrate with hymns We Believe in One True God, Lord, I Want to Be a Christian, and Be Thou My Vision.

Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here!
An Invitation to Worship
Joy Parker, our Director of Outreach, will be sharing the message this Sunday, and invites you to join us in worship. 
This video is a special invitation to you - and a great way to invite a friend to Brecksville United Methodist Church!
Special Music From Erie Waters
We are delighted to welcome Erie Waters, The Greater Cleveland Flute Society Flute Choir, as special musical guests during both services this Sunday.  Click here to hear them!
Lenten All Church Adult Study
During the 10 o'clock Education Hour in room 301

EXPOSED: Life & Death.

We are masters at “managing” our lives. We juggle work, school, travel, sports, family, and social commitments.

But what does it mean to live the abundant live that God promises us when we follow Jesus?

Are you just surviving? Or are you truly thriving?

The author of John says,

“We [followers of Jesus] speak of what we know
and testify to what we have seen;
yet you do not receive our testimony.”

Are we aware of how God is at work in our lives and in the world around us?

Or are so preoccupied with our own agenda that we are still in the dark?

What would it take for you to be “born again” into a new way of living?

See you Sunday!

This Sunday is Girl Scout Sunday!
On March 12, we will  join places of worship across the United States in recognition of Girl Scout Sunday.  The day commemorates the founding of the Girl Scouts, over 100 years ago!  To celebrate, and our troop (Girl Scout Troop 70573) is treating their church family to waffles!  Join them during the 10 o'clock hour in Fellowship  Hall for a fresh made breakfast. All are welcome!
Music with a Mission is TOMORROW!
Come enjoy a night of good food, a great show and a fun silent auction.  A few tickets are still available ($15 each or $50 for a family.)  Call the office now to reserve your seat! This year's menu: salad, cheese ravioli, homemade meatballs & sauce, mixed vegetables, bread & butter, sherbet and a cookie! Your support of Music with a Mission helps send our YSP (Youth Service Project) team to Milton, PA this summer - to help folks in need with essential home repair.
New This Year! The Music with a Mission Silent Auction has begun online! Visit the album on our Facebook Page where you will find pictures of auction donations and you can place a bid.  Online bidding closes at noon on Friday, March 10 when all online bids will be taken downstairs to Fellowship Hall where the bidding will continue in person.  Winners need not be present to win!  (See complete official rules here.)

Soap for Hope.  The needs of our brothers and sisters served by Brookside Food Center are many.  This month, we’re focusing our collection on bar soap, body wash and household cleaners.  Food donations welcome, too! Moved to help? The bin in the coatroom will be taken to Brookside next week, so make sure your gift is there by Thursday, March 16.
Animate: Bible Study Returns March 22
Join Pastor Clark and friends on Wednesdays (returning March 15) for a seven week Bible study, Animate:Bible. In each session, we will watch a video featuring a leading voice from the Christian faith, spend time on personal reflection and journaling, and share ideas with the group. Reply to this e-mail to reserve your copy of the Animate Bible Journal!  The cost of the journal is $15 (scholarships are available.)
Bible Story Hour
Jesus loves the little children and little children love to hear all about it!! Join us on Monday, March 20 at 10:00 a.m. to share a story, make a craft and have some other wonderful fun. Open to toddlers and preschoolers and their caregiver. Follow the signs to the chapel on the second floor.
Swimming Lessons for Mission
Allie Kenney is offering private swim lessons at the Brecksville Recreation Center (for $10 per lesson) to raise money to cover the costs of her trip to Liberia with our Volunteer in Mission team this summer.  Interested?  Call the church office to learn more, or simply reply to this e-mail!
Soup for Africa, Sunday, March 26. Join us for a FREE soup lunch following Sunday school or 11:15 worship. For a suggested donation of $10, you can decorate a placement that will travel to Liberia this summer with our intergenerational team of volunteers. During our two weeks of VBS and summer school, a child will have the opportunity to use your placemat each day and know that an individual or family at Brecksville United Methodist Church is praying for them!  Soup will be served from 11:15 am until 1:00 pm. Join us following Sunday school or 11:15 worship as your schedule permits. Thank you for partnership with us in transforming young lives in Liberia!
Open Table Worship & Communion ALL ARE WELCOME!
Sunday, Mar 26, 2017, at 5 pm North Olmsted United Methodist Church,4600 Dover Center Rd,North Olmsted, OH 44070.See for directions

4-5 p.m. RMN Leadership Planning Meeting. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! 5 p.m. Open Table  Worship Service and Communion  North Olmsted United Methodist Church and East Ohio Reconciling Methodists invite you to an Open Table Worship and Communion Service lovingly created to honor full inclusion of all of God’s children in our church. Join us for an inspirational message from Rev. Mark Steiger.

Enjoy nourishment and fellowship following the Open Table service.

Child Care is provided from 4 to 6 p.m.!

Donations may be made at Open Table or mailed to:

East Ohio RMN, c/o Bill Watts, Treasurer, 3727 Sweitzer St. NW, Uniontown, OH 44685

Thank you for recycling!   This week, we received a check for $145 for our Hunger Fund, because you recycled 7,930 pounds of paper!  Give yourself a pat on the back!  Remember, if it's paper, don't throw it out  - - bring it to the bin! Tell your friends that recycling at Brecksville UMC earns money to fight hunger!  Thank you for recycling!
Our United Methodist Women collect pop tops for Ronald McDonald House Cleveland. Aluminum pull tabs from any container (soda pop, soup, pet food, etc.) are recycled to earn money for a fund which helps support the families that stay at RMH by providing meals and items for families, assistance in emergencies, and giving families special moments – like small gifts for children if they have a birthday while at the House. Want to help? Bring your pull tabs to the collection bin in the first floor coat room!
Thursday, March 9—Paper Recycling Pick up

9:30 Asbury Bremeth, Parlor

6:00 Music with a Mission Rehearsal, FH

Friday, March 10

6:00 Music with a Mission, FH

Saturday, March 11

2:00 Ohio Guidestone Visit

Saturday, March 12 - Daylight Savings Time Begins

                    Second Sunday in Lent:  Life & Death

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Education Hour.  Waffles in Fellowship Hall!

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

6:00 Financial Peace University, Parlor

6:00 High School Youth Group, Youth Room

Monday, March 13

5:30 Cardio Kickboxing and Strength Training, FH

Tuesday, March 14

10:00  Staff Meeting, 201

12:00  Spectacular Baked Potato Bar!, FH

5:30  Middle School Youth Group, Youth Room

Wednesday, March 15

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

Thursday, March 16—Paper Recycling Pick Up

12:30 Good Word Deadline

No Choir Rehearsals Tonight

Friday, March 17—Donations delivered to Brookside

Saturday, March 18

8:00 Leadership Academy, Berea UMC

Saturday, March 19—Third Sunday in Lent:  No Secrets

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Education Hour. 

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

6:00 Financial Peace University, Parlor

6:00 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.