December 27, 2018


Christmas Carol Sunday!
 ONE Worship Service at 10:00 am
No Sunday School This Week
Join us this Sunday at 10 am as we gather together in one service of worship for Christmas Carol Sunday! Pastor Clark is traveling so Jenny Gee will lead us in worship and song.  It's a special service -- hope to see you there!
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here!
Did you miss a sermon?  We have an archive! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
Merry Christmas!
697 people worshiped here on Christmas Eve! We hope that you found peace, hope, love and peace here, and that you'll continue to be a part of this community of faith all year long.
"May the light and the fire from these candles burn away everything that is preventing the God of hope and peace and joy and love from being born among us… Brothers and sisters, be not afraid, even now - even now – the light of Christ is overwhelming the world!"
Gretchen Knapp's Calling Hours
A member of this church family since 2012, Gretchen Knapp passed away on Sunday, surrounded by her family.  Calling hours will be held at Busch Funeral Home in Parma on Saturday from 2 until 4 pm.  Pastor Barbara Bartholomew will lead the family in a private prayer service before calling hours.  Please keep Gretchen's family in your prayers.
Poinsettias for Hunger
Your poinsettia dedications raised $500 for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank!  Thank you for helping to feed our neighbors in need, for bringing cheer to our shut ins, and for helping beautify the Sanctuary.  See the dedication list here.
Walk The Labyrinth
In need of an escape from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season? Visit the Labyrinth in Fellowship Hall today through December 28 for a return to center.  Your walk is self guided.  The building opens at 8:30 (M - F) and will be open this Saturday from 10 am until 7:30.
Friendly Year End Giving Reminder
To be credited to your 2018 giving, gifts must be received in the church office by December 31. 

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  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
Tasty, tasty pancakes!
Everyone's invited to come enjoy a delicious breakfast together in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, January 6 at 10 am.  Jenny and George Gee have made this an annual tradition as a way to say "thank you" to all of our church volunteers.  Hope you'll plan to be there!
Youth Ministry New Year Planning Session.
Join us January 6 at 6 pm  in the Youth Room (406) as we  map out what is ahead for 2019, think of creative ideas for growing our programming, and have a lot of fun. Everyone's welcome and we'd love to hear your ideas and dreams for our youth ministry.  Hope to see you there!

Fill the Christmas Food Tree!
We’re collecting non-perishable foods, personal hygiene items and household cleaning supplies for our brothers and sisters in need.  Our Food Tree is located in the church lobby this year (on the second floor.)The most needed items include: Canned Fruit, Soup, Cereal, Canned Meats (like tuna and chicken), Peanut Butter and Jelly, Personal Hygiene Items, Household Cleaners, Laundry and Dish Soap, and Paper Towels. Please hold the cranberry sauce, green beans, and corn. Thank you!
 Bring your old newspapers, magazines, and (broken down) cardboard to church. THANK YOU for supporting hunger ministry by recycling at Brecksville United Methodist Church! This year to date, we've recycled over 37,223 pounds of paper!
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.

Thursday, December 27

8:30 Church offices open until 4:30 pm

Friday, December 28

8:30 Church offices open until 12:30 pm

Saturday, December 29

2 - 4   Calling hours for Gretchen Knapp, Busch Funeral Home, Parma

Sunday, December 30

10:00 Christmas Carol Sunday.  One Worship Service!

Mon Dec 31   New Year's Eve                  

8:30 – 12:30   Church Office Hours   

8:30 – 10am   Al-Anon Pre-Meeting, 201

10 – 11:30am Al Anon, Parlor

11am – 1am  Brecksville Squares NYE, FH


Tue Jan 1   Happy New Year! Church Offices Closed

Wed Jan 2                          

6:30 – 7:30am  No Dawnbreakers today.

3 – 9pm   Clark Piano Studio, 206

5:30 – 8:45pm    AA Meeting, Brecksville Wednesdays, 301

5:30 – 6:30pm    Girl Scout Troop 70341, 201

7 – 8pm  Brecksville Wednesday PM Al-Anon, 302

Thu Jan 3   Paper Recycling Pick Up                

9 – 11am Sanctuary Cleaning

11am – 12pm  AA Women, 301

3:30 – 4:30pm Organ Rehearsal - Brown, Sanctuary

5 – 6pm  Men's Small Group, Parlor

6:15 – 7:30pm Bell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 – 9pm   Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Fri Jan 4       

9:30 – 11:15am  Mom's Club of North Royalton, Parlor & Crib and Toddler Room

11am – 1pm  AA Women, 301

8 – 9:30pm  AA, 301

Sat Jan 5   Nothing Scheduled in the Church Building


Sun Jan 6  Communion Sunday      

8:45 – 9:45am    Worship - With Live Band

10 – 11am  Volunteer Appreciation Pancake Breakfast, FH

11:15am – 12:15pm  Worship - With Traditional Hymns

6 – 7pm  High School Homework Time, Quiet Room

6 – 7pm  Middle School Youth Group, Youth Room

7 – 8:30pm NA, Courage To Change, 301

7 – 8pm  High School Youth Group, Youth Room

7 – 8pm  Middle School Homework Time, Quiet Room

7:30 – 9pm  Troop 175 Boy Scout Leaders, 403

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.
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