September 21, 2017

“A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.”

- Samuel Johnson

Join us for worship this Sunday!
8:45 Contemporary
11:15 Traditional
Classes for all ages at 10 am
In the parable of the workers in the vineyard, some workers who labored so long for what they were paid, bitterly resented the fact that others got the same for working only a short, short time. To the employer they said, “You have made them equal to us.” They saw this as unfair. Yet, people are equally people and God showers grace pretty equally on all.

Won’t you join us in worship as we explore the notion that, “The Lord Provides”? The question really becomes whether we like how the Lord does it or not.

Hope to see you in worship! - Pastor Clark

Sunday's Message:  Rooted in Tradition: The Lord Provides
Sunday's Scriptures: Exodus 16:2-15 and Matthew 21: 1-16
This Sunday's Worship Music:  Click here to listen to a play list for the 8:45 Contemporary service 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.)
Third Grade Bible Sunday
Studying scripture is one of the most important ways we learn about God. This Sunday our third graders will receive their own personal Bibles as a statement of their growing faith development.  These Bibles come to them as a gift from you, the congregation.  It is just one more way that we are able to stand behind the words we spoke at their baptism, the promise to help them along on their faith journey.  It is our prayer that this gift will be a starting point for a deeper relationship with Jesus.
Third graders will receive their Bibles at the 8:45 service this year, and we will join as a congregation to congratulate them on this special day and, of course, eat cake!  Sunday school will still be held at 10:00. 

Our Story, God’s Story. 

THIS SUNDAY, September 24 at 7 pm

What and where is God calling Brecksville United Methodist Church to do and be? How has God uniquely gifted and graced us to be in ministry with Brecksville and our surrounding community “for such a time as this?”

Join us Sunday evening, September 24 at 7 pm. Rev. Dr. Heather Lear from the UMC’s Discipleship Ministries in Nashville, TN, will lead us in a time of discovering how our stories as individuals and as church are poised to address our community’s current story. All are welcome!

In preparation for the 24th, please spend time in prayer and listening for where God may already be working in our midst. As you talk with friends, neighbors, and co-workers, what are some of the struggles facing those outside our walls? What might be the places where Brecksville can partner with God to address hurt and provide hope?

Pastor Clark asks that we also consider these questions:
  • How have we been blessed by Brecksville UMC’s mission and outreach program in the past?
  • How were decisions made about which mission concerns we would support as a congregation?
  • How can we better “own” our outreach and mission programming as a congregation?

We welcome everyone to attend this Sunday regardless if you are on a committee or just interested in the conversation!  Registration is not required, but will help in our planning.
Click Here to Register!
Second Service Liturgists Needed!
October 8, November 26 and December 17 at 11:15. 
A liturgist leads congregational prayers, reads the scripture, and helps out in other ways to make the service run smoothly.  No previous experience is necessary, simply a heart to worship and praise God on Sunday mornings.  Want to try it?  Reach out to Pastor Clark!  ( or 440-526-8938) or simply reply to this message!

At Brecksville United Methodist Church we are committed to our Sunday morning education hour and how it helps develop a community of believers. 

Classes for Adults  Drop in anytime.

  • Ancestors of the New Testament.  Join Pastor Clark in room 301 as we look at our spiritual ancestors. You will be amazed to learn that they are a lot like you! Hear the stories of these men and women called by God to do amazing things, and see how they fit into the larger narrative of our faith story.
  • Digging into our Methodist Roots. As we make our way forward as faithful followers of Jesus, we would do well to revisit our roots.  Join Jenny Gee in the Chapel to explore the founder of Methodism, John Wesley’s, three simple rules for living the Christian life and five means of grace.

For the young ones: Our children, from birth through eighth grade, learn alongside loving, faithful adult teachers.  Together, we all become familiar with the stories and teachings of the Bible.  These gifted and talented adults encourage learning in a creative, supportive and age-appropriate environment, nurturing children’s growth in faith.  During the 10 o’clock education hour, kids join with children of similar ages.

Our youth gather under the leadership and guidance of our awesome youth director, Dana Schwendeman, who helps the kids see the relevance of the stories in scripture within their own life.  Kids also will take a look at some of the tough situations they find themselves in and explore how a person of faith can respond.  In addition to Sunday mornings, High School Youth group meets Sunday evenings, and Middle School Youth group meets on Tuesday afternoons.
Ukulele Worship.  What’s better than playing the ukulele?  Playing the ukulele with friends and learning great worship tunes!  Bring your uke and jam with us in the Youth Room (on the 4th floor.) We'll meet every Sunday from 6:40—7 pm (before High School Youth Group). We'll learn a few songs and sing and strum together. Won't you join us?
Don't want to register on line? Call: 440-526-8938 before 12:30 pm on FRIDAY!
Everyone who signs up gets a free 8x10 portrait and a copy of the directory! Bring a donation for the Brookside bin and you will receive an additional 5% off any photos you purchase. Pick up a pricing brochure for more info. Family and friends are welcome to sign up and will also receive a free 8 x 10 photograph!
Camera Drone Wanted!
The Trustees Committee needs to get a good look at the cross and cross attachment at the top of the bell tower, and they're hoping that someone in our church family has access to a camera drone.  Do you?  Please reply to this e-mail or reach out to Bob Lundholm, 216-533-9794 or
Paper Products for Brookside Food Center
Do you know that SNAP assistance cannot be used for paper towels, napkins, toilet paper and the like? Let's help provide our brothers and sisters in need with these necessities! Our paper product drive ends on Thursday, Oct. 16. Donations will be delivered on October 17. (If you can, please wrap toilet paper and paper towels individually.)
Pastor’s Wednesday Evening Bible Study
7:00 pm in The Parlor
Join Pastor Clark and friends as we explore the Gospel of Luke.  Luke was an educated and cultured man, the first real historian to write about Jesus. He places Jesus at the heart of the first-century Jewish and Roman worlds into which the Christian gospel exploded. We know that what Jesus said, what he did and what happened to him has changed the course of history.  Pick up your book in the office or this Sunday!   Pastor Clark asks that we read the first two chapters so we can begin our discussion on Wednesday.
What does it mean to be a member of the Methodist Church?
Come find out during New Member Classes October 15 and October 22

If you are interested, or want to know more, please contact Pastor Clark by e-mail or phone phone 440-526-8938.
New members will be received during worship on October 29.
We exist in the embrace of God who weeps with us, comforts us, stands with us in the midst of our suffering, feels the emptiness of our silence and holds us in the palm of God's own hand. We stand together in prayer for the people of Mexico in the aftermath of this week's earthquake.
Brecksville UMC Night Out: Saturday, October 28
The Fellowship Committee is organizing an October night out! We have reserved a block of tickets for "A Cold Reading of Sleepy Hollow" by the Lantern Theater. Join Pastor Clark and Kathy and friends for cider, cocoa, baked goods, songs, poems and A Cold, Creepy Reading of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving’s inspired and scary sketch of early American history. Tickets are limited! Sign up in The Parlor on Sunday!
Paper Recycling at Brecksville UMC.   Do you know that paper recycled from our bins earns money for our hunger ministry?  That's right!  For every ton of paper we recycle, we earn cash to help feed our hungry neighbors.  Tell your friends! Remember,  "If it's paper, bring it to the bin!"
Do you shop at Acme Fresh Market?  Save your receipts!  Our United Methodist Women are participating in the Acme Community Cash Back Program.  Save your register tapes dated August 10 through December 30 and bring them in the labeled box in the coat room and help earn money for UMW Missions!

Thursday, September 21—Paper Recycling Bonus Week

12:00 Good Word Deadline

Saturday, September 23

9:00 Brecksville Theater On the Square Rehearsals, FH and Mural Room

Sunday, September 24

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Classes for All Ages

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

2:00 Waltz Lessons, FH

7:00 An Evening with Heather Lear, FH

Monday, September 25

2:00 Lifetouch Photography, Parlor

Tuesday, September 26

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

5:00 Middle School Youth Group, Youth Room

7:00 Finance, 201

Wednesday, September 27

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

4:15 Children’s Choir, Choir Room

7:00 Pastor’s Mid-Week Bible Study, Parlor

Thursday, September 28—Paper Recycling Day

6:30 Handbell Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Friday, September 29

9:30 UMW Board Meeting, Parlor

5:00 Wedding Rehearsal, Sanctuary

Saturday, September 30

2:00 Church Wedding

3:00 HS Trip to the Progressive Field

Sunday, October 1 —World Communion Sunday

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Classes for All Ages

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

5:00 All Youth Dinner, FH

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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