March 29, 2018

"All finite things reveal infinitude."

 - Theodore Roethke
Join us for this quiet and reflective time of worship.  The word "tenebrae" comes from the Latin meaning "darkness." This ancient Good Friday service makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus' burial. This increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus' death and of hopelessness in the world without God. The service concludes in darkness and with the book being slammed shut, symbolizing the closing of Jesus' tomb. We then leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ's death and await the coming Resurrection on Easter morning.  It's a powerful experience. Come share it.

Celebrate Easter this Sunday!
6:45 Sunrise Service on the Square
8:45 Contemporary Service
11:15 Traditional Service
You have three opportunities to worship this Easter Sunday.  Our sunrise service has a new location - the gazebo on Brecksville Square.  The weather is predicted to be cold, so bundle up! Bring a lawn chair, or grab a folding chair from the church lawn.  (In the case of rain, we'll meet in the Sanctuary, and watch the sunrise through the windows.)
We'll be singing "Hallelujah!" together in celebration of our risen lord at 8:45 and 11:15 in the church sanctuary.  Easter music will include the Chancel Choir, Men's Ensemble and guest musicians from the Brecksville Broadview Heights String Quartet.  No Sunday School classes are scheduled.
It's Communion Sunday
Those who receive communion at Brecksville United Methodist Church have the option of receiving Gluten Free communion wafers, baked using a special recipe that avoids all food allergens. (See list of ingredients below.)  Gluten free communion wafers are making it possible for more of God's faithful to fully participate in Communion. Praise the Lord!
Ingredients in the wafers: Filtered Water, Sweet Rice Flour, Potato Flour, Organic Palm Fruit Oil, Potato Starch, Methylcellulose, Sunflower Lecithin
Sunday's Scriptures: Isaiah 25: 6 -9 and Mark 16: 1-8
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.)
Easter Offering: $1 = One pair of shoes!
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...
Prayer Labyrinth for Lent
The Prayer Labyrinth is open today in The Chapel and will remain open through Holy Week for self-guided prayer and meditation. Stop in anytime! 

Need some help getting started?  Pick up a guide in the Parlor, or check out this Methodist Church's suggestions on their website. 

Curious what it's like to walk the Labyrinth? 
Watch this video to take a virtual walk.
An Easter Message from Bishop Tracy Malone (click the image above!)
District United Methodist Women Meeting to be held here 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!
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.
Let’s Dare to Dream! Time is running out to share your ideas. We're collecting your dreams for our church— no matter how big or small. A new mission? A different type of worship service? A new use for space? An idea to raise money for missions? Ways to reach out into our community and the world?  Something else?  If you had a magic button to press, what would YOU dream up? Share your answers HERE, write them down and drop them in the box in the Parlor by Sunday, April 1 or simply reply to this e-mail. 
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:
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, March 29—Labyrinth Open 8:30 am until 9 pm

Paper Recycling Pick Up Day

6:15 Handbell Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room (3rd Floor)

8:30 Men’s Ensemble Rehearsal, Choir Room

Friday, March 30—Labyrinth Open 8:30 am until 9 pm

9:30  UMW Board Meeting, Parlor

7:30 Tenebrae Worship Service, Sanctuary

Sunday, April 1 — Easter Sunday

6:45 Sunrise Service on Brecksville Square

8:45 Worship Service with live band

11:15 Worship Service with traditional hymns

Monday, April 2 - Easter Monday
Church Offices closed in observance of Easter.

Tuesday, April 3
10 am Staff Meeting, 201

Wednesday, April 4

6:00 (a.m.) Dawnbreakers Breakfast, FH

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 for All Ages

11:15 Worship with traditional hymns

5:00 All Youth Dinner in Fellowship Hall

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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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