August 24, 2017

Roads were made
for journeys,
not destinations.

- Confucious

Join us for Worship This Sunday
Join us on the Lawn at 8:30 or in the Sanctuary at 10:00 am
8:30 Worship on the Lawn
This Sunday is our next to last worship on the lawn of 2017!  Pastor Clark's message will be "Send Them Away."  Scripture readings are Matthew 16:13-20 and Exodus 1:8 - 2:10.  Music will be lead by Craig Kotnik on guitar, and Adrienne Leska on vocals.
10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary - YSP Sunday
This summer, a group of youth and adult volunteers traveled to Milton, Pennsylvania for a week of life changing service.  We call it YSP - Youth Service Project.  The YSP team will lead our service and will focus on Psalm 23 and Romans 12:1-8.
Blessing of the Backpacks
Students and teachers bring your backpacks, literal or figurative, to church this Sunday (both services) as we fill them with well wishes for the start of the new school year.
This Sunday's Worship Music:  Click here to listen to a play list for the 10 o'clock 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.)
Middle School Pool Party. Students entering grades 6-8, come  hang out poolside at The Eberhardt's THIS SUNDAY, August 27 from 4 to 7pm! Dinner will be provided.  Join us for the fun. RSVP to Dana at right now, if you can!  Thank you!
Summer Choir, September 3
Our last summer choir of the summer will be Labor Day weekend, September 3.  Singers will gather in the Sanctuary at 9:15 to learn a simple piece and share it during offering time at the 10:00 worship service. This choir is open to singers of ALL ages and ability levels! It is also a great chance for families to sing together. Join us!
PB&J Drive.  
Our focus for the Brookside Food Center collection this month is Peanut Butter and Jelly.  Let’s help hungry kids of Cleveland as the school year begins.  Want to help?  Bring donations to the first floor collection bin by September 14.
Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Saturday, September 9.  Come spend a Saturday morning with your church family helping our hungry neighbors.  Sign up in the lobby for more information!  Pictured above is most of the team who volunteered back in June.  Want to help this time?  Sign up on Sunday or by replying to this e-mail and register online.
One Sunday evening each month during the school year, our youth program hosts a dinner for all middle and high school youth. It’s a time for kids to build relationships with one another, develop a sense of Christian community, and have fun!  We need you to help make it happen! How?  Become a dinner sponsor!  Come serve a simple meal and enjoy it with the kids.  You don’t have to cook—you can bring pizza or take out! Want to learn more? Contact our Youth Director, Dana, at 440-526-8938 ext. 237 or or sign up on the clipboard in the Lobby. 
Fall Retreat  - Register by September 18!
Interested in a quiet, remote, prayerful weekend with your maker?  Reserve your spot on our trip to the Abbey of Genesee!  Dates are Oct. 27 - 29. Get the details HERE.
Pastor’s Midweek Bible Study
Begins Wednesday, September 20 at 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.   Cost of the book is $10.  But, if you can’t afford a book right now, our Corinthian Fund will cover the cost.  Sign up on Sunday or by replying to this e-mail!

September High School Main Event. 

Hey students entering grades 9-12, PLAY BALL! Come with us September 30th from 3-11pm to a Cleveland Indians baseball game! There will be a program before the game that includes a Q&A with some players, you’ll get to join the "Parade on the Field", as well as a few surprises! Tickets are $25. It’s Fan Appreciation Night, Dollar Dog Night, AND there will be fireworks after the game. WOW! So much fun in one night! Come with us! Tickets will go FAST. Get more details and sign up (before September 10) by e-mailing Dana at
Lay Servant Training is coming!
Registration is open now for the Fall session for both Basic and Advanced courses on Friday, October 6th from 6 to 8:30 p.m. AND Saturday, October 7th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Rockport UMC. Follow the link below for more details and to register!
Summer Running Group Continues!  Our summer running group is having so much fun that they’re going to keep running as the weather permits.  The group is very friendly to all fitness levels and paces. If you want to come and walk, that's awesome! If you want to come and do 1-2 miles, also awesome. If you want to come and do 6 miles, that'll work too!  Don't hesitate to join at any time, and please don't hesitate to bring a friend; no one is too slow, we promise!  Tuesday evenings at 6 pm and/or Saturday mornings at 8:30 am at the Station Road trailhead.Learn more...
Last Chance for Photo Directory Pictures
Did you miss our pictorial directory photography last week?  You have another chance! SEPTEMBER 25 (if it fills up, the 26th, too.)  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. (Donation bags on the table by the office.) 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!
Everyone's welcome!  Invite your friends and family.
They'll get a free 8 x 10!
Don't want to register on line? Call: 440-526-8938.
Recycle Paper. Fight Hunger!   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, August 24  Paper Recycling Pick Up Day

Gee & Gee Mowing

Friday, August 25

9:30 UMW Board Meeting, Parlor

Saturday, August 26

8:30 Summer Run Group, Station Road Trailhead

Sunday, August 27—Blessing of the Back Packs

8:30 Worship on the Lawn

10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary

4:00 Middle School Pool Party

Monday, August 28

7:00 Staff Parish Relations Committee, 201

Tuesday, August 29

10:30 Karen Theilman Funeral Service

1:00 Staff Meeting, 201

6:00 Summer Road Group, Station Road Trailhead

Wednesday, August 30

6:30 Dawnbreakers Breakfast, Panera Bread

Thursday, August 31  - Paper Recycling Day

Bloch & Campbell Mowing

Sunday, September 3—Communion Sunday

Final Summer Worship of 2017

8:30 Worship on the Lawn

10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary

Upcoming Events
Fall Kick Off/Grandparents' Day/Potluck.  One worship service at 10 am!
September 10

Worship Schedule Changes September 17
8:45 Contemporary Worship
10:00 Classes for All Ages
11:15 Traditional Worship

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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