January 10, 2019

Dust as we are,
the immortal
spirit grows...

- Wordsworth

Worship with us this Sunday!
 Services at 8:45 and 11:15 am
Classes for all ages at 10 am
A new sermon series begins this Sunday!  Pastor Clark's reminding us not to sweat the small stuff and focusing on the big stuff.  This week's big stuff is Baptism, with a passage from Luke about John the Baptist and Jesus. 

As always, music with enhance both worship services, with the 8:45 service lead by our worship band, with contemporary songs and the 11:15 service featuring traditional hymns

A new Adult Education class begins during the 10 o'clock hour, lead by Pastor Clark (read about it below) and we'll have a "make your own prayer bead" workshop in the Chapel all month.
Sunday's ScripturesIsaiah 43: 1-7 and Luke 3:15 - 22
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here!
Did you miss a sermon?  We have an archive! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
About Baptism. Are you interested in becoming baptized or in learning about baptism for your child? This one-time class will answer questions about this important step in faith. Date and time will be determined by participants' availability.  To learn more, contact 440-526-8938 or office@brecksvilleumc.com.

More Baptism Resources
A Special Session of General Conference has been called to receive and act upon a report from the Commission on a Way Forward and recommendations of the Council of Bishops.  The session will take place in St. Louis, Missouri February 23 - 26.
Read a non-biased summary of the three recommendations at this link or in the insert in your bulletin this Sunday.  (The complete 93 page report is available at this link.)
Pastor Clark will speak about the Special Session during the Ministry Moment on Sunday, January 20.  
Youth Service Project Informational Meeting
This Sunday, January 13!
Thinking about being a part of this summer’s mission trip?  We call it YSP (Youth Service Project) and we would love for you to come along! Join us for a basic information meeting right after second service (around 12:30). Students and adults are welcome—to attend the meeting AND to come on the trip!
That the World May Know. 
A Sunday morning study with Pastor Clark, begins this Sunday, January 13 at 10 am.  Embark on a journey to what is modern day Turkey as we examine the Bible’s timeless call to impact our culture. In study and discussion we learn how to walk as Jesus walked. Room 301.
PRAYING WITH PRAYER BEADS. On Sunday, the Chapel will be set up with “make your own prayer beads” stations.  Learn how to use prayer beads to enhance your prayer life, and create your own set.   Instructions, materials and tools provided, along with prayer and devotional books to help enhance your prayer life in 2019. Questions or ideas?  Reach out to Jenny  440-526-8938 ext. 230.
We're Getting Ready for Children's Worship Sunday!
We don't look at our kids as the 'church of the future'.  They know they're the church of 'right now'!"  On Sunday, February 3 our Sunday School kids will lead all of us in a beautiful time of worship. 
Kids, be sure to attend Sunday School at 10 am to learn how you can share your gifts and graces and help others see God through your eyes!  And if you like to sing, Malik and Isaac will be teaching us a new song or two!  Be a part of it, and bring your friends!
What are Advanced Directives?  Tuesday, January 15 at 7 pm. All adults admitted to any hospital will be asked if they have Advance Directives.  Will you be ready? Our neighbors at Brecksville United Church of Christ invite you to learn about Living Wills, Health Care Power of Attorney, Guardianship and Organ Donation.  Presented by a retired hospital social working (Mark Lehman) as a service to the community.  Brecksville UCC is located across the square from our church, next to Central School. Parking in back!  (And save the date for Understanding Care After a Hospital Admission on January 29.)
You're Invited to Michelle's Home Dedication, January 19
Join Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity and other Apostles Build partner churches as we welcome Habitat home buyer Michelle and her family into their completed home. See photos of the home before and after here!
Become Sensory Certified! (You can do it!)
If your New Year Resolution is to learn something new, consider completing Sensory Awareness Certification!  It's entirely web based, entirely free, and can be completed in a half hour or less.  It can even be broken into 10 minute chunks! AND, you get a certificate at the end. The best part? You'll better understand how some of your brothers and sisters experience the world.  Go to THIS LINK and select Brecksville United Methodist Church as your venue.  Thank you! Want to know more about the sensory inclusion initiative at Brecksville United Methodist Church? Read this article from Brecksville Magazine.  
Year End Giving Statements
Year end giving statements will be mailed to your home address by January 19.  (Do you need to update your address?) The outside of the envelope will be marked “Important Tax Documents Enclosed.” Don’t miss it!

Can’t wait for the mail?  You can quickly print your own statement anytime from our secure online portal.  It’s easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Log in to www.onrealm.org/BrecksvilleMethodist.  Your e-mail address is your login.  Your password is known only to you.  If you can’t remember it, follow the instructions to re-set. 

2.  Click Giving on the main menu.

3. You can view your past giving, see scheduled giving or even schedule a recurring gift.  Click the print icon to print a copy. 

In January 2019, a quick print “2018 Giving Statement” button will appear on the right side of the page.

Need help?  Call Leslie or Melanie, 440-526-8938
Monday to Thursday 8:30—4:30 or Friday 8:30—12:30
Getting Ahead In a Just-Gettin’-By World
Brecksville UMC is one of four churches in our district participating in a new poverty fighting partnership between suburban and urban churches.  We will be providing support to participants in a 16 week workshop designed to give people the tools and resources they need to move out of poverty.  Help is needed in the preparation and service of dinner and with child care (as needed) on January 29, February 26, March 26 and April 23. Sign up today in the lobby or learn more by calling the church office.  440-526-8938. Here's a flyer about the program.
 When our bins are emptied one week from today, we will earn an extra $5 per ton for the paper we recycle.  So, bring your old magazines, newspapers, notebooks, books - anything paper- to the bin!
2019 Offering Envelopes have arrived!
Have you picked yours up?  They're on the bench outside of the church office.  If you didn't already order a set, but would like one, simply reply to this e-mail and we'll have them ready for you on Sunday.
Think Summer!
It’s time to think about how your children are spending their summer vacation! Camping can satisfy what children need! At camp, they experience faith, responsibility, and cooperation as part of a caring community; and they experience self-esteem as children of God. In a world where it is hard to be a kid, AND it is hard to be a parent, let East Ohio Camps be your partner in faith and in the development of your child. With hundreds of events to choose from, one will be right for you and your child. Sports! Drama! Water activities! Horses! Great places! Great experiences! All with trained, caring staff. Contact your local church, call the East Ohio Conference Camping office at (330) 499-3972 ext. 108, or visit us online at www.EOCSummercamps.org.
Brecksville UMC to Host Science Camp
Classroom Antics reached out to us in the fall about renting  church classrooms for a week of camp this summer.  We will be hosting them the week of June 17 to 21. Tell your friends!
An invitation from Classroom Antics:  Join us for a weeklong full or half-day camp in LEGO Robotics, Minecraft Coding, Computer Programming, Video Game Design, Video Production or Stop-Motion Animation. Camps are for kids ages 7-13. Learn more at  www.classroomantics.com.

Thursday, January 10         

9:30 Asbury Bremeth Circle, Parlor

6:15 Bell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Friday, January 11

9:30 UMW Budget Meeting, Parlor

Saturday, January 12

9:00 Welcome Committee Meeting, Parlor

Sunday, January 13

8:45 Worship with Live Band

10:00 Classes for All Ages

11:15 Worship with Traditional Hymns

12:30 YSP Information Meeting

6:00 Middle School Youth Group/HS Homework Zone

7:00 High School Youth Group/MS Homework Zone

Tuesday, January 15

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

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

7:30 Trustees, Parlor

Wednesday, January 16

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

Thursday, January 17—Paper Recycling Pick Up Day  - Bonus Week!

12:30 Good Word Deadline, February Issue

6:15 Bell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Saturday, January 19

11:00 Apostles Build Home Dedication, 3478 W. 97th St.

Sunday, January 20—Human Relations Day.

8:45 Worship with Live Band

10:00 Classes for All Ages

11:15 Worship with Traditional Hymns

6:00 All Youth Movie Night

For up-to-the-minute information, visit the calendar on our website


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.
There's good news in the world, if you just know where to look.  Here are three stories we found this week:

Are you a "good news" spotter? 
Send your good news headlines to Melanie and we may share them here!

Thanks for reading! Be kind to each other - and to yourself!