February 9, 2017

All I care about is
life, struggle, intensity.

- Emile Zola

Boy Scout Sunday
Join us this Sunday at 8:45 or 11:15 am.

Sunday's Scripture Readings: Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and Matthew 5:21-37
Sunday's Message   Amping it Up!

At 8:45 (our Contemporary Worship Service) songs of Worship include Friend of God; Lord, Reign in Me; Blessed Be Your Name; Shout to the North; and Beautiful One. Click here for a playlist! Our  Worship Band will share the song Indescribable during the offertory.

At 11:15 (our Traditional Worship Service) we celebrate with hymns Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast, Spirit Song, and Standing on the Promises.  Organist J. Curt Brown will share Eternal Spirit of the Living Christ arr. by Healey Willan, Lord Jesus Christ from the Taize Community and Prelude in A Minor by J.S. Bach.  Our Chancel Choir will perform Morning Glory, Starlit Sky by Gesanbuch, Lees and Wilkes. 

And there will be food and fellowship!  Boy Scout Troop 175 invites you to enjoy a Pancake Breakfast  between services in Fellowship Hall in celebration of Boy Scout Sunday!  There is no cost for the breakfast, but donations will be accepted. 

Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here!
Open Table Worship & Communion


Sunday, February 12 at 5 pm

Peninsula United Methodist Church

(1575 Main Street, Peninsula, Ohio)

4 - 5 pm RMN Leadership Planning Meeting

All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

5 pm Open Table Worship Service and Communion

A worship service lovingly created to honor full inclusion of all of God’s children in our church. Join us for an inspirational message.

Enjoy nourishment and fellowship following the Open Table service.  

Child Care is provided from 4 to 6 pm!

Community Art Night: Express Yourself!
TOMORROW - Friday, February 10 - The Parlor 7-10 pm 
It’s a night of fun and creative expression for the youth in our community.  Come share a piece of art work, spoken word creation, or favorite song.  Enjoy karaoke, a hot chocolate bar, craft table and more! The event is free, but donations will be accepted.  Questions? Contact Adrienne Leska: music@brecksvilleumc.com or 440-526-8938 ext. 231.
February Lunch Bunch
Comfort Foods to Warm the Heart
You’re invited to join us for a special Lunch Bunch on Valentine’s Day, February 14 at noon in Fellowship Hall.  Our menu of staff favorite comfort foods for Valentine's Day! Come share a meal and time together.  Everyone is welcome.  FREE if you RSVP! Reply to this message or call 440-526-8938.
Brookside Food Center Delivery is February 17
When you come to church this Sunday, consider bringing a donation for Brookside Food Center. Our United Methodist Women will be traveling downtown next Friday to help our brothers and sisters in need in Cleveland.  This month's focus is soup, but personal hygiene items, household cleaners, and paper products are also in need.  For a list of much needed items, click here! Bring your donations to the bin in the coat room (on the first floor) by Thursday, February 16.  Together, we CAN fight hunger!
Save the Date for Music with a Mission, March 10
Our YSP (Youth Service Project) team is headed to Milton, PA this summer - with your support of our annual fundraiser Music with a Mission!   Save the date for a night of good food, a great show and a fun silent auction. Donations Needed:  Your handmade, store-bought, or company donations needed.  Have a special skill or talent?  Donate your time!  Offer to custom knit a hat, paint a wall, or walk a dog.  Need basket ideas? Movie night basket, relaxation/spa night, date night, kids day out are just a few of the themes that can inspire you!  Email Dana at youth@brecksvilleumc.com or bring your items to the office during regular hours before March 3!  Interested in performing? Contact Adrienne!  music@brecksvilleumc.com
SIGN UP for a new Mid-Week Bible Study!
Join Pastor Clark and friends on Wednesdays starting February 22 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.)
Sunday Education Hour at 10 o'clock this Sunday
For Ages 3 through High School...
Sunday mornings offer options for learning, service and friendship. Our focus is on stories of the Bible and the development of Christian faith. Caring and trained teachers, excellent curriculum, and enrichment activities offer kids and youth the opportunity to learn, grow, and participate in the life of the community.
Adult Option #1:  Ancestors in room 301
Pastor Clark takes us back to basics as we explore characters from the Old Testament.  Meet the most unpolished, unlikely and unexpected personalities chosen by God to do amazing things.
Adult Option #2: Social Principles  in The Chapel
Taking an active stand in society is nothing new for followers of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.  How do we live out our belief that God’s love for the world is an active and engaged love? Join Kendall Lancaster for a look at United Methodist social principals and what they call us to do. 
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!
Financial Peace University begins this Sunday and will meet on Sundays at 6 pm through April 9.  Curious? Preview the course online at www.daveramsey.com/fpu.  This class is open to our community—please help spread the word!  Sign up on Sunday on the clipboard in the Parlor, sign up at the website just listed,  or contact the Church Office to register 440.526.8938.
Addiction and Recovery
Heroin and opiate addiction is a serious problem in Cuyahoga County and throughout Ohio. Our church takes addiction seriously and are working to provide education and support to our families and our community. There are resources available on our website.  If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call the ADAMHS Board Hotline at 216-623-6888 or visit www.greaterthanheroin.com.
Thank you for recycling!   Want to recycle shredded paper?  Bring it to the bin in plastic bags! River Valley is able to separate those bags from the paper.   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!

Thursday, February 9  - Paper Recycling Pick Up Day

9:30 Asbury Bremeth, Parlor

6:15 Bell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Chancel Choir, Choir Room

8:30 Women’s Ensemble, Choir Room

Friday, February 10

7:00 Open Mic Night, Parlor

Sunday, February 12 - Boy Scout Sunday

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Education Hour and Pancake Breakfast

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

6:00 High School Dinner at Cozumel

6:00 Financial Peace University, Parlor

Tuesday, February 14 - Happy Valentine’s Day!

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

12:00 Lunch Bunch Comfort Foods, FH

4:15 Children’s Ensemble, Choir Room

5:30 Middle School Youth Group, Youth Room

Wednesday, February 15                

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

4:00 Youth Ensemble, Choir Room

6:30 Worship Band Rehearsal, Sanctuary

Thursday, February 16 - March Good Word Deadline

6:15 Bell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Chancel Choir, Choir Room

8:30 Men’s Ensemble Rehearsal, Choir Room

Friday, February 17—Food Delivery to Brookside

Saturday, February 18—Confirmation Retreat

Sunday, February 19

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Education Hour

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

6:00 Financial Peace University, Parlor

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.