June 14, 2018
The seed of God is in us.
Given an intelligent
and hardworking farmer,
it will thrive and grow
up into God, whose seed
it is; and accordingly its
fruits will be God-nature.
Pear seeds grow into
pear trees, nut seeds
into nut trees, and
God seeds into God.
- Meister Eckhart

Worship with us this Sunday!
8:30 Worship on the Lawn. 10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary.
Add some spirit to your weekend - start your Sunday with worship!  Join us on the lawn at 8:30 am for Worship on the Lawn, our casual, come-as-you-are service which includes all the important elements of worship under the shade of the trees.  We have folding chairs, but if you prefer, bring a camp chair or spread a blanket on the ground. Kids are always welcome, and nursery care is available during the service, too.

If you prefer to sleep in, join us at 10 am for worship in the air conditioned comfort of the Sanctuary.  The praise band will lead our singing, and are mixing in some familiar favorite old songs with some more contemporary ones. (Click the link below to hear Sunday's selections!) Our children's church program, Sprouts, takes place after the Children's Moment of this service.  Nursery care is available during the service, as well.

The Men's Ensemble will lift their voices in song at both services, too! Hope to see you all on Sunday morning!

Enjoy this thought provoking poem, based on Sunday's scripture: Mark 4: 26-34
"On the Parables of the Mustard Seed" a beautiful poem by Denise Levertov

It's also Father's Day! Do you know that the holiday has Methodist roots?  (Read about them here.)  

Sunday's Message:  Do I Have To?
Sunday's Scriptures: 1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:3 and Mark 4: 26 - 34
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.)
All Church Meeting Recap. We're thankful for everyone who attended the All Church Meeting last Thursday.  If you weren't able to make it, please take a moment to review the documents below and prayerfully consider how you may be a part of the exciting projects we're undertaking.  Watch this space (and your bulletin) for news of upcoming events! 
Yoga in The Chapel Thursday evenings 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
This class is open to ALL levels  - from never-beens to seasoned yogis.  We practice a blend of yang (heat/effort) and yin (cool/surrender) appropriately adjusted for each individual.   8-week session runs from June 7- July 26.   Cost for the class is $40 for the eight week session — or $7 per class - with 80% going back to the church! Drop ins welcome! Hope to see you tonight!  Join our Facebook Event group for updates.  Click here!
Join Jenny Gee and friends as we discuss The Great Spiritual Migration by Brian McClaren on Friday, June 15 at 7 pm on the church lawn!  Need a copy?  There are several available to borrow in the church lobby.  McClaren argues that the Christian story, from Genesis until now, is fundamentally about people on the move—outgrowing old, broken religious systems and embracing new, more redemptive ways of life and that it's time to move again.  Even if you haven't finished (or started) the book, you are welcome to join the discussion!  Questions? Reach out to Jenny: education@brecksvilleumc.com
We Have T-Shirts!   Help celebrate our bike ministry in style - wear a BUMC Bike Ministry t-shirt! They'll be on sale Sunday morning, and are also available to purchase during office hours (Monday - Thursday 8:30 - 4:30.  Fridays 8:30 until 12:30 pm).  Shirts are $20, and any additional dollars you might be willing to donate will be put toward fixing more bikes for those in need.
GARDEN LUNCHEON Saturday, June 23 at noon.  Lori Rusterholtz and Beverly Gooding invite the women of the church to their home for a luncheon to enjoy the blooms of their lovely garden.  Please RSVP to Ruth Herman 216-780-1828.
Grandma needs your help! Grandma’s Pie Booth is a major fundraiser for the United Methodist Women’s mission fund and a beloved Brecksville community tradition. People make it possible! Can you spare an hour (or two or three) to help in the Home Days Booth or in the kitchen?  Home Days is June 29, 30 and July 1.  Call Ruth Herman to learn how you can be a part of it! 216-780-1828. Or sign up on Sunday in the church lobby.  (Want to reserve your pies and cobblers? The order form is in the June Good Word available here!)
The word liturgy comes from the Greek meaning “work of the people”.   Are you feeling the call to become more involved in worship and the work of the people? As a liturgist, you will lead the Call to Worship, and read the first scripture, the offertory invitation and the offertory prayer.  These readings are prepared for you by Pastor Clark and 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. Liturgists needed at the 10 o'clock service on June 24, July 8, July 22, August 12, August 19, and August 26. 
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. Volunteer on your own, make it a family affair or ask a friend to join you.  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 leslie@brecksvilleumc.com.
Reply to this e-mail to reserve your $8 tickets for our outing to Canal Park Stadium in Akron to see the Rubber Ducks take on the Richmond Flying Squirrels.  We've reserved a big section of seats, so bring your friends and family! Everyone's welcome! Hope you'll join us!
Time is running out to register for Rolling River Rampage!  Registration closes on July 2 or when we fill the remaining open spots (and there aren't many) which ever comes first!  Tell your friends about this wonderful week of faith filled fun.  Click the image above to register. Want to know more about what happens each day at Rolling River Rampage?   Click this link to read all about it!
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.
When summer arrives, school breakfast ends and many of our neighbors go hungry.  We can help fix this.  Bring a box of cereal to the Brookside Food Center bin (on the first floor of the church) by June 14. 
Thank you!!
An invitation from Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church
You are invited to attend "Art Connections 2018", an art exhibit that we've created to highlight the talents and gifts God has given us, and encourage appreciation of those gifts. Many different forms of art will be displayed, and nothing is for sale. The event is Saturday afternoon, June 23rd, from 4:00 to 7:00pm. Come, enjoy the art, the fellowship, refreshments, and live music as you stroll through the exhibit at Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 9201 Brecksville Rd, Brecksville.
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!

Thursday, June 14  - Paper Recycling Pick Up Day, early

6:30 Yoga, Chapel            

Lundholm & Herzing Mowing

Friday, June 15

7:00 Summer Reading Series, Parlor

Saturday, June 16

12:00 Music Scholarship Golf Outing & Dinner

Sunday, June 17—Father’s Day.  YSP Team Departs!  

8:30 Worship on the Lawn

10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary

Monday, June 18

6:30 Kickboxing, Parking Lot/Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, June 19              

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

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

7:30 Trustees, Parlor

Wednesday, June 20

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

Thursday, June 21                     Paper Recycling Pick Up

12:30      Good Word newsletter deadline - send your news to Melanie!

6:30 Yoga, Chapel

Auble & Spencer Mowing

Sunday, June 17

8:30 Worship on the Lawn

10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary

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.
If you see some good news to share, send it to Melanie office@brecksvilleumc.com