March 2, 2017

“Something deeply hidden had to
be behind things.”
- Einstein

The First Sunday in Lent
Join us in the Sanctuary at 8:45 or 11:15 am.
EXPOSED: A Hiding Place

During the season of Lent, God calls us to renew ourselves and our life’s purpose. 
This Sunday, come gather with others who are searching for meaning.
Put away the pressure of the world that ask us to perform, to take up masks,
to put on brave fronts. Silence the voices that ask you to be perfect.
This is a community of compassion and welcoming.

Sunday's Scripture Readings:  Psalm 32 and Matthew 4:1-11
Sunday's Message:  Exposed: A Hiding Place

At 8:45 (our Contemporary Worship Service) songs of Worship include Everlasting God; In Christ Alone; Word of God, Speak; Communion, and Open the Eyes of My Heart. Click here for a playlist!

At 11:15 (our Traditional Worship Service) we celebrate with hymns Only Trust Him; God Is So Good; Here is Bread, Here is Wine; and Eternal Father, Strong to Save. Organist J. Curt Brown will share Andante Religioso by Franz Liszt and Prelude in C Minor by J.S. Bach.  Our Women's Ensemble will sing Lord Jesus Christ from the Taize Community.

Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here!
Lenten Sermon Series and Adult Study Beings Sunday
During the 10 o'clock Education Hour

We all have a public persona… the “self” that everyone sees.

But what are the insecurities that keep us from using our gifts and graces?  What are the fears that hold us back?

The Psalmist says of God,

“You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

What would happen if you truly felt God was your hiding place?  How might you be freed to live your life “out of hiding”?

March All Youth Dinner, Sunday March 5
Middle school and high school students will gather in the Fellowship Hall for our monthly all youth dinner on March 5th at 5pm. We will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a menu of delicious Irish food, courtesy of the Eberhardt family. How lucky are we?? What are you waiting for?  RSVP to Dana by March 1st!  (Why not do it right now? Just reply to this e-mail!)
Craft Beer and Conversation: Refugees and Immigration
Local organizers have planned a casual, constructive, community conversation on Sunday, March 5 at 4 pm at the Bourbon Street Barrel Room in Tremont.  Joy Parker says, "I'm really excited about this opportunity to engage in conversation on these important issues with brothers and sisters in the wider community. Would you like to join me? I have 5 spots available!" RSVP to
THIRTY Bikes Delivered in February!
In February, we were able to deliver another 30 bikes to three child and community services organizations: Bellfaire JCB in Shaker Hts; OhioGuidestone in Berea; and Westside Community House in Cleveland,  as well as a few to local neighbors. This has been an amazing season!  We owe a very special debt of gratitude to Jinho Lee and Wally Kudlaty for all the extra work they did to get the remaining bikes "ride ready." Our Bike Ministry is taking a very brief hiatus (we need a clear  stage for Music with a Mission!) To continue this ministry, we need more hands to help fix bikes. As a mechanic, you set your own schedule and can work at home or in Fellowship Hall. Please talk to Jenny Gee, Wally or Jinho if you are interested - - and please share this message with others who might be!
Social Justice Lenten Study. During the season of Lent a group of 10th—12th graders will meet Wednesdays at 5 pm to discuss current events and social justice through timely articles and cinema. As Christ-followers, how do we respond to injustices in the world? If you are a student looking for space to explore this question and more, sign up in the Parlor on Sunday or simply respond to this message. Study begins on March 8 and is free, but students must sign up to attend!  Want to share the event with a friend?  Click here!
Tickets are going fast for Music with a Mission, March 10!
Our YSP (Youth Service Project) team is headed to Milton, PA this summer - with your support of our annual fundraiser Music with a Mission!   Come enjoy a night of good food, a great show and a fun silent auction.  Tickets will be on sale this Sunday.  $15 each or purchase a family ticket for $50.  This year's menu: salad, cheese ravioli, homemade meatballs & sauce, mixed vegetables, bread & butter, sherbet and a cookie!
Donations Needed:  Your handmade, store-bought, or company donations needed.  Have a special skill or talent?  Donate your time!  Offer to custom knit a hat, paint a wall, or walk a dog.  Need basket ideas? Movie night basket, relaxation/spa night, date night, kids day out are just a few of the themes that can inspire you! Maybe you know a local business who would like to donate?  Email Dana at or bring your items to the office during regular hours before March 3! 
Interested in performing? Contact Adrienne!
New This Year! The Music with a Mission Silent Auction will begin online! Visit our Facebook Page at noon on Tuesday, March 7 where you will find an album of all raffle donations and place your bid.  Online bidding closes at noon on Friday, March 10 when all online bids will be taken downstairs to Fellowship Hall where the bidding will continue in person.  Winners need not be present to win!  See complete official rules here.
Animate: Bible Study Returns March 8
Join Pastor Clark and friends on Wednesdays (returning March 15) for a seven week Bible study, Animate:Bible.  On the 15th, we'll look at HISTORY: Parchment to Pixel with Phylis Tickle.  Does the way that we access the Bible change the way we read and interpret teh Bible? In each session, we will watch a video featuring a leading voice from the Christian faith, spend time on personal reflection and journaling, and share ideas with the group. Reply to this e-mail to reserve your copy of the Animate Bible Journal!  The cost of the journal is $15 (scholarships are available.)
March 12 is Girl Scout Sunday!
On March 12, we will  join places of worship across the United States in recognition of Girl Scout Sunday.  The day commemorates the founding of the Girl Scouts, over 100 years ago! To celebrate, and our troop is treating their church family to waffles!  Join them during the 10 o'clock hour in Fellowship  Hall for a fresh made breakfast. All are welcome!
Swimming Lessons for Mission
Allie Kenney is offering private swim lessons at the Brecksville Recreation Center (for $10 per lesson) to raise money to cover the costs of her trip to Liberia with our Volunteer in Mission team this summer.  Interested?  Call the church office to learn more, or simply reply to this e-mail!
Soap for Hope.  The needs of our brothers and sisters served by Brookside Food Center are many.  This month, we’re focusing our collection on bar soap, body wash and household cleaners.  Food donations welcome, too! Moved to help? Bring donations to the bin in the coatroom by Thursday, March 16.
Thank you for recycling!   If you're recycling paper at Brecksville UMC, you helped us earn over $900 for our hunger ministry in 2016. That's spectacular.  Give yourself a pat on the back!  Remember, if it's paper, don't throw it out  - - bring it to the bin! Tell your friends that recycling at Brecksville UMC earns money to fight hunger!  Thank you for recycling!
Our United Methodist Women collect pop tops for Ronald McDonald House Cleveland. Aluminum pull tabs from any container (soda pop, soup, pet food, etc.) are recycled to earn money for a fund which helps support the families that stay at RMH by providing meals and items for families, assistance in emergencies, and giving families special moments – like small gifts for children if they have a birthday while at the House. Want to help? Bring your pull tabs to the collection bin in the first floor coat room!
Thursday, March 2

9:30 UMW Meeting, Parlor

6:00 Music w/ Mission Small Grp Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Friday, March 3

9:30 CWU World Day of Prayer, Berea UMC

Saturday, March 4—Nothing Scheduled. Church is closed.

Sunday, March 5—First Sunday in Lent, Communion Sunday

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Education Hour

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

3:00 Youth Board

4:00 Refugee & Immigration Conversation

5:00 All Youth Dinner, FH

6:00 Financial Peace University, Parlor

6:00 High School Youth Group, Youth Room

Monday, March 6

5:30 YSP Cardio Kickboxing & Strength Training, FH

Tuesday, March 7

10:00 Staff Meeting

4:15 Children’s Ensemble, Choir Room

5:30 Middle School Youth Group, Youth Room

7:00 Fellowship Committee, Parlor

Wednesday, March 8

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

7:00 Animate: Bible Study, Parlor

Thursday, March 9—Paper Recycling Pick up

9:30 Asbury Bremeth, Parlor

6:00 Music with a Mission Rehearsal, FH

Friday, March 10

6:00 Music with a Mission, FH

Saturday, March 11

2:00 Ohio Guidestone Visit

Saturday, March 12 - Daylight Savings Time Begins

                    Second Sunday in Lent:  Life & Death

8:45 Contemporary Worship Service

10:00 Education Hour.  Waffles in Fellowship Hall!

11:15 Traditional Worship Service

6:00 Financial Peace University, Parlor

6:00 High School Youth Group, Youth Room

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.