August 10, 2017

Art is unthinkable
without risk and
spiritual self-sacrifice.


Join us for Worship This Sunday
Join us on the Lawn at 8:30 or in the Sanctuary at 10:00 am

Not to alarm you, but do you realize that there are only 4 more Sundays of Summer Worship?  Make the most of the warmer weather, and spend your Sunday morning with us - on the front lawn at 8:30 or in the Sanctuary at 10 am for Pastor Clark's message "Into the Waves"

Sunday's Scripture ReadingsRomans 10:5-15 and Matthew 14:22-33
This Sunday's Worship Music:  Click here to listen to Sunday's play list on YouTube.
Sunday's Announcements:  Read them here! 
Did you miss last Sunday's Message?  Hear it here! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
Time's Running Out!  Pictorial Directory Photography ends Saturday!
Have you scheduled your appointment?  Everyone who signs up gets a free 8x10 portrait and a copy of the directory! Bring a donation for the Brookside bin and you will receive an additional 5% off any photos you purchase. (Donation bags on the table by the office.) Pick up a pricing brochure for more info. Family and friends are welcome to sign up and will also receive a free 8 x 10 photograph! 
As of 10:30 Thursday morning, these appointment times remain:

8:40 pm

Everyone's welcome!  Invite your friends and family. They'll get a free 8 x 10!
Don't want to register on line?  Call: 440-526-8938. 
The schedule is posted on the window of the church office. 
You can sign up there, too!
Photography hosts still needed!   
Tonight, 7 pm - 9 pm
Friday, 2 - 3:30, 5 - 7, or 7 - 9 pm
Can you spare some to help with our church photo directory?  You’ll direct folks as they arrive, check their address and phone number for the directory, and complete the photography paperwork. Reply to this message or call the office (440-526-8938) or sign up!
Lunch Bunch is August 15 at Noon
Come to Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, August 15 for a staff prepared lunch.  We're keeping things cool this month with a selection of Spectacular Salads! It's FREE if you RSVP! Sign up on Sunday, or simply reply to this e-mail!
Church Council Meeting Tuesday, August 15 at 7 pm.  Share more fully in the life of this church family by taking part in our next Church Council meeting.  Committee Reports have been compiled.  Pick up a printed copy from the table by the church office, or download it at

Sunday, August 27 11:00 am in the Parlor.  

Interested in learning about baptism?  This one-time class will answer questions about this important step in faith for you or your child.  To register: 440-526-8938 or  Care for children will be available during the class! 

What do Methodists Believe about Baptism?

Blessing of the Backpacks
Students and teachers bring your backpacks, literal or figurative, to church on  Sunday, August 27 as we fill them with well wishes for the start of the new school year.
Slow Down. You’re Moving Too Fast!
Perhaps there’s no area of the road where common courtesy is more important than in parking lots. With the road construction on Route 82, we are seeing an increase in traffic through the church parking lot.  Please be cautious and aware when  walking—and please help spread the word with your friends and neighbors that our parking lot is busy and will soon be full of families when pre-school resumes in September!
Smile Drive
Our Brookside Center Collection for Dental Hygiene ends a week from today.  Let’s send our United Methodist Women volunteers to the center on Friday with a car full of toothpaste, toothbrushes and dental floss!  These are all items our brothers and sisters in greater Cleveland need for their health, but many cannot afford.  Want to help?  Bring donations to the first floor collection bin.
THANK YOU for your amazing response to our household goods drive for Rising Hope,  a new recovery housing program in Cleveland for 80 opioid addicts seeking to heal from their addiction. Rising Hope provides a safe, sober residence that supports sobriety, helps prevent relapse and overdose, and offers time to work on healing one’s life.  Your donations are being collected in the first floor coat room through August 17. The Hobzeks will deliver them to East Cleveland on Friday. 
You’re Invited to Bob Tschannen’s Birthday Celebration!  Join Mr. Tschannen and his family on Wednesday, August 23 from 2—3:30 pm in Laurel Lake’s main lobby to celebrate his 95th birthday with cake, punch, and coffee.  No gifts please.  Laurel Lake is located at 200 Laurel Lake Drive in Hudson.


September High School Main Event. 

Hey students entering grades 9-12, PLAY BALL! Come with us September 30th from 3-11pm to a Cleveland Indians baseball game! There will be a program before the game that includes a Q&A with some players, you’ll get to join the "Parade on the Field", as well as a few surprises! Tickets are $25. It’s Fan Appreciation Night, Dollar Dog Night, AND there will be fireworks after the game. WOW! So much fun in one night! Come with us! Tickets will go FAST. Get more details and sign up (before September 10) by e-mailing Dana at
One Sunday evening each month during the school year, our youth program hosts a dinner for all middle and high school youth. It’s a time for kids to build relationships with one another, develop a sense of Christian community, and have fun!  We need you to help make it happen! How?  Become a dinner sponsor!  Come serve a simple meal and enjoy it with the kids.  You don’t have to cook—you can bring pizza or take out! Want to learn more? Contact our Youth Director, Dana, at 440-526-8938 ext. 237 or or sign up on the clipboard in the Lobby. 
Middle School Pool Party. Students entering grades 6-8, come  hang out poolside at The Eberhardt's August 27 from 4 to 7pm! Dinner will be provided.  Join us for the fun. RSVP to Dana at before August 23!
Summer Run Series.  Let's get moving!  Noel (Fenton) Zickefoose leads FREE training groups Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm and  Saturday mornings at 8:30 am. Meet at Station Road trailhead (Brecksville Train Station parking lot.) Learn more...
Recycle Paper. Fight Hunger!   Do you know that paper recycled from our bins earns money for our hunger ministry?  That's right!  For every ton of paper we recycle, we earn cash to help feed our hungry neighbors.  Tell your friends! Remember,  "If it's paper, bring it to the bin!"

Thursday, August 10 Paper Recycling Pick Up Day

2—9:00 Pictorial Directory Photography, Parlor

7:00 Men’s Ensemble Rehearsal

Auble & Spencer Mowing

Friday, August 11

2—9:00 Pictorial Directory Photography, Parlor

Saturday, August 12

10—5 Pictorial Directory Photography, Parlor

Sunday, August 13

8:30 Worship on the Lawn

10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary

Tuesday, August 15

10:00 Staff Meeting, 201

12:00 Lunch Bunch, Fellowship Hall

7:00 Church Council Meeting, Parlor

8:00 Trustees, 201

Wednesday, August 16

Last day to drop off Rising Hope donations!

6:30        Dawnbreakers at Panera Bread

Thursday, August 17  Paper Recycling Pick Up Day

7:30        Teacher Training Hospitality, BBH High School

12:00 Good Word Deadline

Friday, August 18

10:00 Mom’s Club International New Moms Meet & Greet, Parlor

Saturday, August 19  Church building closed.

8:30 Summer Run Group, Station Road Trailhead

Sunday, August 20

8:30 Worship on the Lawn

10:00 Worship in the Sanctuary with Baptism

11:00 Fall Kick Off Planning Meeting, Parlor

Upcoming Events
August 21 - First Day of School, Brecksville Broadview Heights
August 22 - Finance Committee Meeting
August 25 - UMW Board Meeting
August 27 - Blessing of the Backpacks.  Baptism Class.
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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