June 29, 2017

Ite, inflammate omnia.

Go, set the world on fire.

– St. Ignatius of Loyola

One Worship Service This Sunday
Join us in the Sanctuary at 10:00 am
as we say good bye to Joy Parker

Seven years ago to the day this Sunday, Joy Parker delivered her first sermon here at Brecksville United Methodist Church.  This Sunday, she'll deliver her last as our Director of Outreach and Development.  The service will include beautiful music, Joy's message In This Together, communion, and the commissioning of two mission teams.  You won't want to miss this very special service!

Sunday's Scripture Readings: Romans 6:12-23 and Matthew 10:40-42
This Sunday's Worship is Full of Music:  Click here to listen to Sunday's play list on YouTube.
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here! 
Farewell Reception After the Service
Join us after the service on Sunday as we celebrate Joy’s ten years of ministry with our church family with a reception in Fellowship Hall.  The Staff Parish Relations Committee and the Music & Worship Board have planned a menu featuring two beautiful cakes, finger sandwiches, pasta salads and more.  Let's surround Joy with love as she moves on to new ministries.
Love Offering.  We are collecting a love offering for Joy in support of the Liberian Initiative for Technology in Education (The LITE Project), a project inspired by Joy's first trip to Liberia. Other members of our church family have also been involved in this wonderful project which will make a real difference in the lives of students in Liberia.  If you would like to contribute, please mark your gift "love offering."  Checks made payable to BUMC.

When Joy travels to Liberia with our Volunteers in Mission team, she and Michael Lee will stay on to install a computer lab at W. P. L. Brumskine United Methodist School in Grand Bassa County.  Read more about the LITE Project here...
Commissioning Liberia/Reach Out Teams
Also on Sunday, we will commission two mission teams to be sent out from our church into the world! Several youth will be joining Dana & Jamie Schwendeman at Lakeside for Camp Reachout. This camp, sponsored by the East Ohio UMC, takes place at Lakeside and sends students and leaders out into the community to be in service during the week. We are also sending a team of 9 individuals to Liberia for 2 weeks at Camphor Mission, in Grand Bassa County. The team will teach an enhanced Vacation Bible School program that includes Scripture, stories, English and writing, Science and Mathematics activities. BOTH of these wonderful teams will be commissioned during our 10:00 worship service on July 2.
Special Meeting
There will be a Special Church Council Meeting at 9 AM this Sunday to be held in the Parlor. Despite their very best efforts to stay within the previously authorized Planned Expense Fund (PEF) amount for 2017, the Trustees need to seek additional approval for expenditures from the PEF. These regard safety, damage repair and damage prevention issues. Additional detail and explanations will be sent by Kristi Eberhardt in the next two days so you can be fully prepared for a meaningful discussion.
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 2: Joy Parker (One service at 10 am)
  • 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.

I'm Suffering From Changes
Change is a constant, but what do you do when change is uncomfortable?  This devotion from Rev. Mandy Sloan McDow talks about traveling west and all of the ways we can hold close to The Way while traveling down the many paths along it.  Read it here.
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
  • Write a note to a far away friend and drop it in the mail
  • Share a photo on social media #BUMC&Me
Pop Up Worship – Want to do something different on Wednesday evenings this summer? Our band will be participating in worship around the city of Cleveland alongside teams staying at Nehemiah Mission. Beginning on Wednesday, July 5, worship will take place at a different location each week around 6 pm. The July 5 Pop Up Worship will be in Cleveland OR  Parma.  Call the church office to find out!  440-526-8938.  Watch the Blast and your Bulletin for details and locations for each week’s worship service.
VBS Decorating Day 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 on one of these two decorating days. Contact Jenny Gee for answers to  any questions: 440-526-8938 x 230 or education@brecksvilleumc.com.
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!
Lunch Bunch, Tuesday, July 11 at Noon
We haven't decided what we're making yet, but it will be something summer, so we're calling it "Summer Suprise!" The staff is making lunch, and it's free if you RSVP!  Sign up on Sunday or simply reply to this message.  See you there?
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...
Register Now 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

Sunday, July 2

9:00 Special Church Council Meeting, Parlor

10:00 One Worship Service Today, Joy Parker Preaching

11:00 Farewell Reception for Joy on the church lawn (FH if raining)

3:00 Brecksville Home Days Opens

Tuesday, July 4 - Independence Day! Church Offices Closed.

Wednesday, July 5

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

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

Upcoming Events

Lunch Bunch July 11

Camp Reach Out July 9—15

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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