September 6, 2018

The swiftest traveler is he that goes afoot.

- Thoreau

Worship with us this Sunday!

in the Sanctuary

It's Fall Kick of Sunday!  Let's gather together as a church family to welcome the start of a new programming year.  Join us for worship at 10 am in the Sanctuary.  What time is that?  10 am!  Hear Pastor Clark's message, Packed and Ready to Go.  After the service we'll enjoy a community meal together, enjoy some great music and have some fun.
Nursery care is available during the service. 
You can be a part of our annual church family photo after the worship service.

Read on for all of the details!  

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September 16 - Fall Schedule (and Sunday School) Returns
8:45 Worship with Live Band
10:00 Education Hour
11:15 Worship with Traditional Hymns
Sunday's Message: Packed and Ready to Go
Sunday's Scriptures: Psalm 125 and Mark 7: 24- 37
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here!
Sunday's Music:  Click here for a playlist of songs for the 10 o'clock service.
Did you miss last Sunday's Message?  Hear it here! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
Potluck on the Square
Did the Fellowship Committee say they’d be providing “sloppy joes”? Yes, they did!  Bring a side dish or dessert to share! Have a fun lawn game to play? Bring it along! Right now, the forecast is predicting the rain will hold off for the morning.
Ride the Rocket Car!
The Euclid Beach Rocket Car will be offering free tours around Brecksville during the picnic from 11:30 until 1 pm.  It's a blast! Bring a jacket - - the wind feels cool as you zip through the town!
Compost It! We believe the resources we consume are of value not because they are useful to us, but because God created them. One small thing we're doing to care for God's creation is to use fully compostable plates, napkins, cups, forks, knives and spoons for our picnic this Sunday.  We're partnering with Full Cycle Organics of Cleveland to turn these items - along with any leftover food scraps -  into nutrient rich compost! Look for the black and yellow bin this Sunday!

Free Kona Ice!
The Brecksville Kona Ice Truck will be here during the picnic, offering FREE Kona Ice treats. No matter the weather, we'll enjoy a little bit of the tropics at the party!
The City Lite Trio Returns
For the second year in a row, we'll enjoy the musical stylings of the City Lite Trio, performing from the gazebo.  Bring your friends and enjoy hits from the 70's through today!
All Youth Dinner, this Sunday 9/9, 5 pm - 7 pm
On the menu: Back to school lunches (sandwiches, fruit, veggies, chips).  Come for a fun night of food, fellowship, and helping others! This year we will be partaking in a quick-time service project as a part of our All Youth Dinners. Our project for September: Bring peanut butter and jelly for Brookside! 
Reply to this e-mail to RSVP!
Help End Hunger by 2030
Our Youth Groups will be traveling to Wadsworth Ohio in November to join other youth from our district to pack meals for hungry people around the world.  In just four years, East Ohio Youth have packed 250,000 meals for people in need -- and they'd like to do more. You can help.  Learn how here...
Lunch Bunch, Tuesday, September 11.  BAKED POTATO BAR is the theme for this month’s Lunch Bunch.  Spend your lunch hour with the church staff in Fellowship Hall!  This Tuesday, Sept. 11 at noon.  Free if you RSVP!  Reply to this e-mail or sign up in the lobby on Sunday.
Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Needed!
If you'd like to help work on our house, we have one more date: Saturday, September 15 from 8 am until 3 pm.  We still need ONE volunteer, someone to provide lunch and a photographer.  If you'd like to help, sign up on Sunday, or simply respond to this e-mail! Learn more about Apostles Build here.
Youth Group Returns - SUNDAYS - Starting 9/16
Feel more prepared for the week ahead and take some time away from the stress of school to grow your relationship with God and one another at Sunday Youth Group. We'll have time set aside for study in a quiet, comfortable space with free WIFI, snacks and drinks. Paired with time with your friends at youth group, you'll be off to a great start for the week ahead!

  • Middle School Youth Group 6 - 7 pm. (Study 7 - 8 pm)
  • High School Youth Group 7 - 8 (Study 6 - 7 pm)

Sunday Morning Classes for All Ages begin September 16

The Sunday morning education hour (at 10 o’clock) is an opportunity to explore your faith and to meet and get to know a smaller group of your church family. Visitors are always welcome in every class!  A new series of classes for children, youth and adults begins on September 16. This fall, we have two options for adults during the education hour. (See below.)  Reply to this e-mail to sign up, or sign up in the lobby on Sunday.

Book Study: The Great Spiritual Migration

by Brian McClaren.  September 16- November 4

If you have ever felt like you were on the outside looking in at a church, or if you have ever struggled to make sense of your faith, this book is for you.  Join Jenny and your faithful friends to read, discuss and share in this eight week study.  Books are available on the counter in the Parlor. Buy one to keep for $15 or borrow and return one at the end of the study.

Theology and the Arts With Pastor Clark

Christians are made in the image of God the Creator, destined to create music, poetry, fiction, dance and other works of art. Please consider joining in our discussion as we examine how much our theology informs the arts of our popular culture. Please join with Pastor Clark and friends in room 301 during our Sunday School hour for a thought provoking study.
United Methodists Stand For Justice T-Shirts
Wear your United Methodist commitment to justice on your sleeve! These t-shirts are 65% recycled cotton and 35% recycled plastic, and were produced in a union shop in the United States. The front says "Living Faith. Seeking Justice. Pursuing Peace." and the back says "United Methodists Stand for Justice" with a list of positions the Church has taken through the Social Principles and Book of Resolutions. To save on shipping costs, we're placing a group order. T-shirts are just $10. Reply to this message with the size and quantity you'd like, or sign up for yours on the clipboard in the lobby on Sunday.  Sizes available are adult S, M, L, XL, and XXL.  See the shirts here!
Haiti Mission Trip, March 4-11Deadline to register is October! Represent Brecksville UMC on this UMVIM Team.  Visit primary schools, participate in  fun hands-on activities with the students, enjoy a recreational day at the beach or historic sites, worship at Cap Haitian UMC on Sunday. To learn more, contact Tom Sperl at
Our dental hygiene donations will be delivered to Brookside Food Center tomorrow.  Thank you for donating!  Now, our attention turns to peanut butter and jelly.  That's what kids put in their bellies!  If you’re moved to help, bring your donations to the first floor collection bin by Thursday, Sept. 20.  Thank you!
Mid-Week Bible Study with Pastor Clark
Begins Wednesday, September 26 at 7 pm.
Join Pastor Clark and friends as we explore the book of Acts. Books are $10. If you can’t afford a book right now, our Corinthian Fund will cover the cost. Reply to this e-mail to sign up , or sign up in the Lobby on Sunday.
September 30. Help the UMW purchase Bibles for the residents of Rahab House, a home for victims of human trafficking. Bake for and/or shop the bake sale before and after services!  Questions? Call Lynn Hobzek at 440-526-6037 or email
HEADING OFF TO COLLEGE?  Send your campus address to the church office for some notes and treats from home in your mailbox! The United Methodist Women’s Evening Circle even sends out finals survival kits at the end of term.  E-mail Melanie at or call 440-526-8938.
 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!

Thursday, September 6

Paper recycling picked up in the morning

Mowing team: Brown & Sendry

Friday, September 7

9:30 Mom’s Club of North Royalton, Parlor

Saturday, September 8

8:00 Greater Cleveland Food Bank Volunteers

Sunday, September 9—Fall Kick Off Sunday!

10:00 ONE Worship Service

11:30 Block party on the square

Monday, September 10

6:00 BBH Community Chorus Rehearsal, Sanctuary

Tuesday, September 11

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

11:00 Lunch Bunch—Baked Potato Bar!, FH

7:00  Fellowship Committee, 201

Wednesday, September 12

6:30 (am) Dawnbreakers Breakfast, FH

Thursday, September 13—Paper recycling pick up day.

9:30          Asbury Bremeth Women’s Study, Parlor

6:15 Bell Choir Rehearsal, Sanctuary

7:00 Chancel Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room

Saturday, September 15—Youth Group at Point Fest, Cedar Point!

8:30 Apostles Build

Sunday, September 16—Worship Times Change. Drivers’ License Blessings.

8:45 Worship Service with Live Band

10:00 Classes for all ages

11:15 Worship Service with Hymns and Baptism

3:00 Becker-Howell Recital, Sanctuary

6:00 Middle School Youth Group (HS Study Time), 4th Floor

6:30 Liberia: A Conversation, Sanctuary & Parlor

7:00 High School Youth Group (MS Study Time), 4th Floor

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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