April 5, 2018

The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.

- John Wesley

Worship with us this Sunday!
8:45 Worship Service - with live band
10 Classes for Kids (no adult class this week)
11:15 Worship Service - with traditional hymns
Easter isn’t just a single day in the Christian Year. It’s a season of 50 days, starting with celebration of the resurrection of Jesus celebrated on Easter 1, and concluding with the celebration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost (the 50th day!). Come worship with us this Sunday, as we celebrate the second Sunday of Easter.
Sunday's Scriptures: Acts 4:32-35 and John 20:19-31
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here!
Sunday's Music:  Click here for a playlist of songs for the services.
Did you miss last Sunday's Message?  Hear it here! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
Next Sunday, April 15 is Native American Ministries Sunday, one of 6 special Sundays of the United Methodist Church. All month, we will have prayer stations set up in the Chapel. This week, we focus on the Six Nations Thanksgiving Address and Greetings to the Natural World. As good stewards of the earth, we recognize the beauty of our natural world and give God all thanks and praise. Stop in the Chapel any time this month for self-guided  prayer.
Easter Offering raises $1,809 so far!
The Missions Committee has designated this year's Easter Offering to Soles4Souls, an organization providing new and used shoes to people in need in the US and abroad.  Megan Louttit is also leading a church Shoe Drive for the cause.  Bring your new and gently used shoes of any kind to church April 8 through May 6.  Tell your friends!  Learn more...
District United Methodist Women Meeting to be held here this Saturday, April 7
Bishop Tracy Smith Malone is the featured speaker at the North Coast District Spring Meeting, Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9 am - noon here at Brecksville UMC. Cost is $7.00 for continental breakfast and materials. Interested in helping? Contact Ruth Herman!
Hanging Baskets for Mother's Day Support YSP
We’re doing things a little differently for the 2018 Youth Service Project spring fundraiser. Kollman’s Greenhouse will handpick and design beautiful hanging baskets just for us!  They will artistically design combination baskets, specifically for sun or shade, with their healthy, locally grown plants.
Pre-order your plants to pick up on Saturday, May 12. Additional baskets will be available for purchase on Mother’s Day, May 13.  Prefer to pick out your own plants? We will have vouchers for Kollman's for sale on Mother’s Day!  Order forms in this Sunday's bulletin, or download here.
Red Geraniums for Pentecost Sunday (May 20)
Let’s fill the Sanctuary with red flowers as a symbol of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost/Confirmation Sunday, May 20.  You can take your plant home after the service, or donate it to be planted in the church yard as a summer-long reminder of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  You can designate your plant in honor of memory of a loved one in the bulletin, too. Plants are $5 each.  Order form in Sunday's bulletin, or download here!
We're Bringing Yoga Back
We are working with some local yoga instructors to bring yoga classes to our Chapel.  Are you interested?  We'd love to hear from you!  What time of day would work best for you?  What type of yoga interests you? Beginner? Advanced? Reply to this e-mail with your answers and ideas!
Canned Fruit for Brookside
Imagine if everyone brought one can of fruit every Sunday until our next delivery to Brookside Food Pantry on April 20th.  We would have at least 1,000 cans of fruits to help feed hungry families in Cleveland.  If you're moved to help, bring your donation to the collection bin on the first floor by April 19.
Registration is open for Vacation Bible School!
Area kids are invited to come experience the ride of a lifetime with God at Rolling River Rampage Vacation Bible School. 
Save the dates:  Monday, July 9 - Friday, July13.  Learn more and register here:  https://rrr.cokesburyvbs.com/brecksvilleumc.com
The bins were emptied this morning, so there's lots of room in them right now for your old newspapers, magazines, and (broken down) cardboard. THANK YOU for supporting hunger ministry by recycling at Brecksville United Methodist Church!

Thursday, April 5—Paper Recycling Pick Up Day

9:30 United Methodist Women Meet, Parlor

7:30 Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room (4th floor)

Friday, April 6

9:30 Mom’s Club International, Parlor

Saturday, April 7

9:30 North Coast District UMW Meeting, FH

Sunday, April 8

8:45 Worship with live band

10:00 Coffee and Classes (no classes for adults this week)

11:15 Worship with traditional hymns

5:00 All Youth Dinner Cook Out, Fellowship Hall

Monday, April 9

6 Cardio kickboxing and strength training, FH

Tuesday, April 10

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

11—11 Dine at Creekside for UMW Missions

5:00 Middle School Youth Grp, Youth Room

Wednesday, April 11

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

Thursday, April 12  - Paper Recycling Pick Up

9:30 Asbury Bremeth Circle, Parlor

6:15 Handbell Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

8:30 Men’s Ensemble Rehearsal, Choir Room

Sunday, April 15  - Native American Ministries Sunday

8:45 Worship Service with live band

10:00 Coffee & Classes for All Ages

11:15 Worship Service with traditional hymns

4:00 Brecksville Community Chorus Concert

7:00 High School Youth Group, Youth Room

See more at www.brecksvilleumc.com

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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