May 10, 2018

There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.
- Thornton Wilder

Worship with us this Sunday!
8:45 Worship Service - with live band
10 Coffee and Classes for all ages
11:15 Worship Service - with traditional hymns
Join us this Sunday as we celebrate United Methodist Women and Mother's Day.  It's the last Sunday of our "regular" worship schedule.  Be sure to mark your calendars for ONE SERVICE at 10 o'clock on May 20 and 27 and for the return of the summer worship schedule on June 3. 

During the 10 o'clock hour: It's the final week of our series for adults and high school students in room 301 "Got Questions?"  We're discussing our unanswered questions about faith.  What questions do you have?   Let's dive into them together. 
Sunday's Message: Love and the search for meaning.
Sunday's Scriptures: Psalm 1 and John 17: 6 - 19
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here!
Sunday's Music:  Click here for a playlist of songs for the services.
Did you miss last Sunday's Message?  Hear it here! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
Pentecost Sunday (May 20)
We are going to fill the Sanctuary with red flowers as a symbol of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost/Confirmation Sunday, May 20!  Of the 135 plants ordered, 82 have been designated for planting in the church yard as a summer-long reminder of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Trustees will be planting the flowers at 4 pm on Sunday, May 20.  Come help!  If you have a garden trowel, bring it along.
Wear red (or orange or yellow) for Pentecost
As we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit next Sunday, let's fill the sanctuary with colors signifying the “tongues of flame” that appeared among the disciples at Pentecost, 50 days after the Passover. 
Be the rainbow after the storm! Help create 10 cleaning kits for UMCOR disaster relief.  Stop into the Parlor on Sunday and pick an item or two to add to your shopping list.  Return your items by June 3. We'll take the kits to a collection site at Annual Conference and they will be sent to disaster victims this summer!  Interested in making one whole kit?  Here's the instructions!
Thursday, May 17 at 7 pm, Room 301  Developing a welcoming ministry, increasing passion for missions & ministry, and reconnecting with our church family are three areas of focus we’ll be discussing.  Come to the meeting and join in God’s mission of reaching the world with the love of Jesus!
We Love a Parade! Will you ride your bike or walk along with us in The Brecksville Memorial Parade on Monday, May 28?  It’s a great opportunity to tell the community about our bike ministry!  We’ll gather at 9 am—with our helmets on.  We’ve ordered t-shirts to help us tell the story.  Contact Jenny Gee for updates, details, and with your shirt size! 440-526-8938 or

CELEBRATING OUR GRADUATES/ Sunday, June 3.  Are you graduating from high school, college, graduate or professional school ? Celebrate your accomplishment with your church family! To be featured in the bulletin, please send a short (200 words or less) bio to by Sunday, May 27.

The word liturgy comes from the Greek meaning “work of the people”.   Are you feeling the call to become more involved in worship? Serving as a liturgist involves leading the Call to Worship, reading the first scripture,  the offertory invitation and the offertory prayer.  These readings are prepared for you by Pastor Clark and will be sent to you early in the week before you serve.  Everyone is encouraged to participate! If you have concerns about pronunciations, Pastor Clark is happy to help. Summer worship times begin June 3.  The first service is at 8:30 am on the church lawn.  The second service is at 10 am in the Sanctuary.  Reply to this message with the date and worship service time you'd like to serve, or sign up in the Parlor on Sunday!
Summer Ushers Needed!
Bring your big smile and cheerful welcome and help usher during our summer worship services (8:30 and 10 am.)  Summer is a great time to try something new, and we'll show you the ropes. You can volunteer on your own, make it a family affair or ask a friend to join you.  Give it a try! It’s fun meeting and greeting everyone!  Sign up at church on Sunday or talk with Leslie Miller.  Call  440-526-8938 or e-mail
GREATER CLEVELAND FOOD BANK.  Saturday, June 9.  Spend the morning with others from our church family as we lend a hand to help feed our hungry neighbors with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.  It's a lot of fun for a great cause.  Sign up in the Parlor AND online. 
We’re having a picnic!
Join us on the church lawn Sunday, June 10 at 11:30.  We’re providing hot dogs and refreshments. Bring a side (last name A—M) or dessert (last name N- Z) to share. Sign up in the parlor or RSVP (with the number attending) by replying to this message.
Volunteers are needed to help make our awesome week of Vacation Bible School a reality.  We are expecting 100 children participate again this year (and already have 72 registered!) What a wonderful sight it is to see them all up and dancing and praising God!  Want to help make it happen?  If you can help a little or a lot, we need you! Some of the ways you can lend a hand:
  • You can help decorate
  • Help with crafts
  • Help with snacks
  • Help shepherd the kids during VBS
  • Teach during VBS

Interested in learning more?

Contact Jenny Gee: 440-526-8938 ext 230


Volunteer with our church and Habitat for Humanity!
We have three more opportunities to help make the house at 3478 West 97th Street a home for Michelle and her family.  Want to help?  We need hands on workers, folks to provide lunch, and photographers.
  • Saturday, July 28 from 8 am until 3 pm
  • Saturday, August 4 - Spruce Up Day! Work in the neighborhood!
  • Saturday, September 15 from 8 am until 3 pm.
If you'd like to help, sign up on Sunday, or simply respond to this e-mail! Learn more about Apostles Build here.
We're Bringing Yoga Back
We are working with some local yoga instructors to bring yoga classes to our Chapel.  Are you interested?  We'd love to hear from you!  What time of day would work best for you?  What type of yoga interests you? Beginner? Advanced? Reply to this e-mail with your answers and ideas!
Feminine Hygiene Drive for Brookside
Nobody should miss work or school because they can't afford feminine hygiene products.  Imagine being in a position where you had to choose between sanitary products and food.  We can help.  Bring your donation of pads, tampons or panty liners to the collection bin on the first floor to be delivered to Brookside Center on May 18.
The bins were emptied this morning, so there's lots of room in them right now for your old newspapers, magazines, and (broken down) cardboard. THANK YOU for supporting hunger ministry by recycling at Brecksville United Methodist Church!

Sunday, May 13—UMW Sunday/Mother’s Day

8:45 Worship Service with live band

10:00 Coffee & Classes for All Ages

10:00 YSP Mother’s Day Hanging Basket Sale, FH

11:15 Worship Service with traditional hymns

Tuesday, May 15

10:00      Staff Meeting, 201

10:00      Stitch’n’Time Knitting Group, Parlor

5:00         Middle School Youth Group, Youth Room (406)

7:30 Trustees, Parlor

Wednesday, May 16

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

8:00 UMW Pie Factory, Kitchen

Thurs, May 17 - Paper Recycling Day. Auble/Spencer Mowing

8:30 UMW Pie Production, Kitchen

9:00 District Administrative Assistant Training, Parlor

7:00 Church Council Meeting, 301

7:30 Final Choir Rehearsal of the Season, Choir Room

8:30 Men’s Ensemble, Choir Room (307)

Sunday, May 20—Pentecost/Confirmation Sunday

10:00 One Worship Service

11:00 Confirmation Reception

6:30 Ukulele Worship, Youth Room (406)

7:00 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.
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