July 6, 2017


Join us for Worship This Sunday
Join us on the Lawn at 8:30 or in the Sanctuary at 10:00 am

"One great reason why the rich, in general, have so little sympathy for the poor, is, because they so seldom visit them. Hence it is, that, according to the common observation, one part of the world does not know what the other suffers." John Wesley, founder of Methodism.

Join us this Sunday as guest speaker, Michael Jaszczak examines how we let words and labels influence how we interact with others and asks "Can They See You in Me?"

Sunday's Scripture Readings:  James 2:12-13 and Matthew 25:31-46
This Sunday's Worship Music:  Click here to listen to Sunday's play list on YouTube.
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here! 
Did you miss last Sunday's Message?  Hear it here! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
Sunday’s speaker is Michael Jaszczak.  Michael has been a member of Brecksville UMC for 16 years,  has served on many committees in the church, and is active in the music program. He is an artist and has been an art teacher for 27 years at Parma High school. He also serves as the president of the Parma Senior High Alumni Association. Michael has been a Lay Speaker and a Certified Lay Servant for the last 11 years.
VBS Decorating Day TODAY Thursday, July 6.   Want to help create some super-decorations as we transform Brecksville UMC into a super-city fit for our superheroes? Hero Central VBS begins on July 17 from 9 am - noon.  We could still use some help throughout the week. Call the church office to sign up!  Can't help that week? Consider joining us anytime between noon and 7:00 pm today. Contact Jenny Gee for answers to  any questions: 440-526-8938 x 230 or education@brecksvilleumc.com.

WE NEED YOUR GARBAGE!  Click here for a list of items we would like to recycle for you, along with a few other items we need!
Announcement from Staff Parish Relations 
At the May 23rd Staff Parish Committee meeting, Pastor Clark’s request for a sabbatical from June 26 through July 23 was approved.  He will use this time to rest and refresh his spirit. During his absence, very talented members of our congregation will lead worship. 

  • July 9: Michael Jaszczak, Certified Lay Servant 
  • July 16: John Brachna, Certified Lay Servant
  • July 23: Rev. Kathy Dickriede 

We look forward to seeing you in church and welcoming

Pastor Clark's return on July 24.

Lunch Bunch, Tuesday, July 11 at Noon
We're having a cook out and you're invited!  The staff is making lunch, and want you to join them.  It's free if you RSVP!  Sign up on Sunday or simply reply to this message.  See you there?
Pop Up Worship, Wednesday, July 12. Want to do something different on Wednesday evenings this summer? Our band will help lead a relaxed worship service at different locations each week alongside teams staying at Nehemiah Mission. Yesterday's service was held in Parma.  Call the office or watch our social media posts for next week’s location!
Are you playing July BUMC Bingo?
Cards are included in the July issue of The Good Word, online, and on the table by the church office.  Complete 5 in a row and bring your card to the office for a sweet treat!  Here are some items you can check off this week:
  • Attend the 10 o'clock Worship Service on Sunday
  • Attend Lunch Bunch on Tuesday, July 11
  • Give a stranger a compliment!
Mower Needed!
The Trustees Committee has a vacancy on the mowing team.  Would you be able to be part of a two person team to mow the church grounds approximately once every 5 weeks?  Call Scott Campbell at 440-823-1092.  THANK YOU!
ReachOut Camp 2017 is right around the corner, July 9-15! Celebrate God's presence in your life! ReachOut is for students starting 8th grade in the fall, through students graduating this spring. Our week together at Lakeside is centered around an off-site mission and small group faith study, along with amazing worship, fellowship and fun! Dana and Jamie are on staff and would love to bring some students along, contact Dana (youth@brecksvilleumc.com) to sign up today!
Detergent Drive. Our focus for this month’s  collection for Brookside Food Center is detergent—both dish and laundry.  These items cannot be purchased with SNAP benefits and are among the most needed items at the Center. Let’s help our brothers and sisters in Cleveland stay clean and healthy. If you're moved to help, bring your donations to the first floor donation bin by Thursday, July 20!
Summer Run Series.  Let's get moving!  Noel (Fenton) Zickefoose leads FREE training groups Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm and  Saturday mornings at 8:30 am. Meet at Station Road trailhead (Brecksville Train Station parking lot.) Learn more...
It's almost time for Hero Central Vacation Bible School!
July 17 - 21
Soar with us at Hero Central Vacation Bible School! It's filling up fast!  This superhero adventure includes music that makes you want to get up and dance, interactive Bible fun, super science, cool crafts, delicious snacks, great games and more. Together we will explore how we can 'power-up' and discover our strength in God!  Learn more and register...

Monday 07/17/2017 through Friday 07/21/2017, 9 am - 12 pm each day.  For kids in Pre-school through Fifth Grade.  Childcare available for little ones under 3 if you volunteer!

Stick to the Script: 5 days of acting out our faith in new and sticky ways

July 17-21, 2017

Ahhh, summer! A time of no homework, fun with friends, new adventures… and getting sticky?Join us for Middle School VBS this year and you’ll get what we mean! For five days we will be playing messy games, getting to know each other better and exploring different ways we can make a difference. Learn more...
Recycle Paper. Fight Hunger!   The numbers are in.  In April we recycled 5,993 pounds of paper at Brecksville UMC, earning $93 for our hunger ministry.  That's terrific, but believe it or not, it's about 1,000 pounds less than we recycled in March.  Can we do better? Tell your friends! "If it's paper, bring it to the bin!"
Save the Date for Pictorial Directory Time!
This summer, we're compiling a new pictorial directory.  Sign up for a complimentary Professional Portrait Session to receive a free 8 x 10 portrait and a printed directory.  We're partnering with Lifetouch photography whose professional photographers create memories to last a lifetime.  Families are welcome to bring meaningful items, like instruments, sports equipment and even pets!  Portrait packages will be available for purchase, and we have  20% discount.  Bring a donation for Brookside Food Center and receive an additional 5% off!  This is an open photography session.  Family and friends are welcome to sign up and will also receive a free 8 x 10 photograph!  Sign up early to ensure your spot!
August 8 - 11, 2 pm to 9 pm
August 12, 10 am to 5pm

Thursday, July 6

Paper Recycling Day (early pick up)

Spencer and ? Mowing  

Saturday, July 8

Liberia Volunteers in Mission Team Departs

8:30 Summer Run Group, Station Road Trailhead

Sunday, July 9

Camp Reach Out Begins

8:30 Worship on the Lawn

10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary

Tuesday, July 11

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

10:00 Mom’s Club International of North Royalton, Parlor

12:00 Second Tuesday Lunch Bunch, FH

6:00 Summer Run Group, Station Road Bridge

Wednesday, July 12

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

7:00 pm Pop Up Worship (location TBD)

Saturday, July 15 - No events scheduled. Church building closed.

8:30 Summer Run Group, Station Road Bridge

Sunday, July 16

8:30 Worship on the Lawn

10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary

Upcoming Events

Vacation Bible School, July 17—21

Pictorial Directory Photos August 8—12

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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