January 3, 2019

Happy is the man who could search out the causes of things.
-  Virgil

Worship with us this Sunday!
 Services at 8:45 and 11:15 am
Pancake Breakfast at 10 am
Epiphany marks the end of the Christmas season and our scripture readings tell of the Magi who traveled with gifts for the king of kings. Both services will include communion and Pastor Clark's message "Searching..."
We have two worship services this Sunday.  The 8:45 Service will be lead by our Worship Band  (Click here for a playlist of songs!)  and the 11:15 Service will feature traditional hymns. 
During the Education Hour we celebrate with pancakes in Fellowship Hall.  All are welcome as we recognize the wonderful folks who volunteer their time and talents during the church year.   See you there!
Sunday's Scriptures:  Isaiah 60: 1-9 and Matthew 2: 1-12
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here!
Did you miss a sermon?  We have an archive! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)

Look Twice: An Epiphany Meditation by Rev. Elizabeth Meyer Boulton
Tasty, tasty pancakes!
Everyone's invited to come enjoy a delicious breakfast together in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, January 6 at 10 am.  Jenny and George Gee have made this an annual tradition as a way to say "thank you" to all of our church volunteers.  Hope you'll plan to be there!
Youth Ministry New Year Planning Session.
Join us January 6 at 6 pm  in the Youth Room (406) as we  map out what is ahead for 2019, think of creative ideas for growing our programming, and have a lot of fun. Everyone's welcome and we'd love to hear your ideas and dreams for our youth ministry.  Hope to see you there!

Join Us for Lunch! Tuesday, January 8 at noon
January is National  Slow Cooking Month!  At this month’s Lunch Bunch, we’ll be sharing some of our slow cooker favorites.  Join us at noon in Fellowship Hall.  FREE IF YOU RSVP! Let us know that you're coming by replying to this e-mail today!
January edition of our Newsletter: The Good Word
the print edition of our monthly newsletter went to the post office today, so watch your mailboxes in the coming days for your copy.  Prefer to read it online?  Click this link!

Do you know that there's a vast archive of past issues on our website?  Click this link to see it!  
Christmas Eve Family Service Video
Videos from the 5 o'clock Christmas Eve Family service have been posted to our You Tube Channel. 
Did you take photos or video at any of the Christmas Eve services?  We would love to see them! E-mail the office.
That the World May Know. 
A Sunday morning study with Pastor Clark, begins January 13 at 10 am. 
Embark on a journey to what is modern day Turkey as we examine the Bible’s timeless call to impact our culture. In study and discussion we learn how to walk as Jesus walked. Room 301.

You're Invited to Michelle's Home Dedication, January 19
Join Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity and other Apostles Build partner churches as we welcome Habitat home buyer Michelle and her family into their completed home. See photos of the home before and after here!
Year End Giving Statements
Year end giving statements will be mailed to your home address by January 19.  (Do you need to update your address?) The outside of the envelope will be marked “Important Tax Documents Enclosed.” Don’t miss it!

Can’t wait for the mail?  You can quickly print your own statement anytime from our secure online portal.  It’s easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Log in to www.onrealm.org/BrecksvilleMethodist.  Your e-mail address is your login.  Your password is known only to you.  If you can’t remember it, follow the instructions to re-set. 

2.  Click Giving on the main menu.

3. You can view your past giving, see scheduled giving or even schedule a recurring gift.  Click the print icon to print a copy. 

In January 2019, a quick print “2018 Giving Statement” button will appear on the right side of the page.

Need help?  Call Leslie or Melanie, 440-526-8938
Monday to Thursday 8:30—4:30 or Friday 8:30—12:30
Getting Ahead In a Just-Gettin’-By World
Brecksville UMC is one of four churches in our district participating in a new poverty fighting partnership between suburban and urban churches.  We will be providing support to participants in a 16 week workshop designed to give people the tools and resources they need to move out of poverty.  Help is needed in the preparation and service of dinner and with child care (as needed) on January 29, February 26, March 26 and April 23. Sign up today in the lobby or learn more by calling the church office.  440-526-8938. Here's a flyer about the program.
Last Call For Hat & Mitten Tree Donations!
Some students from our Youth Groups brainstormed some ideas about organizations who would be good partners for our hat and mitten tree donations.  A few calls were made and we learned that the non-profit Positive Education Program (or P.E.P.) had a need.   Your hats, mittens, gloves and scarves will be donated to students in need! The organization will be picking up the items sometime after January 7.  If you're moved to help, please bring donations to church this Sunday!
 Bring your old newspapers, magazines, and (broken down) cardboard to church. THANK YOU for supporting hunger ministry by recycling at Brecksville United Methodist Church! This year to date, we've recycled over 37,223 pounds of paper!
2019 Offering Envelopes have arrived!
Have you picked yours up?  They're on the bench outside of the church office.  If you didn't already order a set, but would like one, simply reply to this e-mail and we'll have them ready for you on Sunday.
Thu Jan 3   Paper Recycling Pick Up                

9 – 11am Sanctuary Cleaning

11am – 12pm  AA Women, 301

3:30 – 4:30pm Organ Rehearsal - Brown, Sanctuary

5 – 6pm  Men's Small Group, Parlor

6:15 – 7:30pm Bell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 – 9pm   Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Fri Jan 4       

9:30 – 11:15am  Mom's Club of North Royalton, Parlor & Crib and Toddler Room

11am – 1pm  AA Women, 301

8 – 9:30pm  AA, 301

Sat Jan 5   Nothing Scheduled in the Church Building


Sun Jan 6  Communion Sunday      

8:45 – 9:45am    Worship - With Live Band

10 – 11am  Volunteer Appreciation Pancake Breakfast, FH

11:15am – 12:15pm  Worship - With Traditional Hymns

6 – 7pm  High School Homework Time, Quiet Room

6 – 7pm  Middle School Youth Group, Youth Room

7 – 8:30pm NA, Courage To Change, 301

7 – 8pm  High School Youth Group, Youth Room

7 – 8pm  Middle School Homework Time, Quiet Room

7:30 – 9pm  Troop 175 Boy Scout Leaders, 403

Tuesday, January 8

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

12:00 Second Tuesday Lunch Bunch, FH

7:00 Missions Meeting, Parlor

7:00 Re-Connect Team, 201

Wednesday, January 9

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

Thursday, January 10         

9:30 Asbury Bremeth Circle, Parlor

6:15 Bell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:30 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Friday, January 11

9:30 UMW Budget Meeting, Parlor

Saturday, January 12

9:00 Welcome Committee Meeting, Parlor

Sunday, January 13

8:45 Worship with Live Band

10:00 Classes for All Ages

11:15 Worship with Traditional Hymns

6:00 Middle School Youth Group/HS Homework Zone

7:00 High School Youth Group/MS Homework Zone

For up-to-the-minute information, visit the calendar on our website


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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