Klezmer Concert 11/4/2018 at 4:00 pm

Brecksville UCC will host the Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4 AT 4:00 PM. Formed in 1988, Yiddishe Cup is one of the top Klezmer Bands in America. Klezmer music is a hybrid of Eastern European Jewish folk music, American swing, Yiddish theater tunes and Israeli horas. Yiddishe Cup — also known as Funk A Deli — has broadened its musical palette to include rock ‘n’ roll, Motown, and R&B. A free-will offering will be received, and a light reception will follow the program. Plan on joining us on Nov. 4 for some toe-tapping ethnic music. Bring a friend, and your dancing shoes!

For more information: Click here for flyer

Seasonal Choir

It’s not too late to join seasonal choir as we prepare for this year’s Christmas Cantata, scheduled for December 16. Rehearsals run weekly on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:00. If you enjoy singing in a group setting, but cannot commit to regular choir, seasonal choir provides an excellent opportunity for choral singing, fellowship, and spiritual preparation for the Feast of the Nativity. Listening CDs are provided to make the learning process easier. If you have any questions, contact Dave Debick.

Next Tea Time for Peace

is this Wednesday, Oct. 17th at the Islamic Center of Cleveland, 6055 W. 130th Street, Parma. Registration begins at 6:30 pm, with the program starting at 7:15. You can RSVP to Isam Zaiem, 216-337-7928 or isamz@sbcglobal.net

Tea Time for Peace – September 12

On September 12th, the Southern Hills Interfaith Association and CAIR [Council on America-Islamic Relations] Ohio will be hosting an event called Teatime for Peace. This will be an opportunity to deepen the understanding and relationship between our Muslim neighbors and ourselves, through guided conversations over tea and treats.

Teatime for Peace is an initiative that grew out of the desire to counterbalance the  political rhetoric of divisiveness and fear directed against American Muslims. The idea is to break through misinformed stereotypes by building bridges, focusing on our similarities, and celebrating our delightful differences! With approximately 70% of Americans not knowing anyone who is Muslim, or having little accurate information about Islam, it can be easy to listen to the voices of negativity, prejudice and fear. This gathering offers an excellent opportunity for people of diverse communities to get to know one another, and to recognize and celebrate our shared humanity and common aspirations.

The topics of our table conversations will include sharing our family history in the U.S., ways in which our faith traditions inspire us to improve our community, and things we can do to promote mutual respect and understanding. Ideally, we will all get to know someone from a different background or faith tradition, which may lead to further conversations and contact.

This event will be held at Brecksville United Church of Christ, 23 Public Sq. in Brecksville [Rt. 82, east of Central School].

Registration/Sign-in begins at 6:30 pm, with the program starting at 7:00.

All are welcome to our August Discussion Series – “TED Talks for Our Time”

On three Monday evenings in August, we will show three TED Talks, each serving as a springboard for some timely discussions. The speakers and topics are:

  • August 6 – Jonathan Haidt – Can a Divided America Heal?
  • August 13 – Verna Myers – How to Overcome our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them!
  • August 20 – Karen Armstrong – My Wish: The Charter for Compassion

These events will begin at 7:00 PM in Pilgrim Hall. In addition to viewing the approximately 20 minute-long video, we will also share some light refreshments and some lively conversations. Each evening and topic can “stand alone” – so feel free to attend any or all of them.

Please invite a friend to join you! All are welcome!


Church Picnic – August 5


WHEN: The Annual Church Picnic is on August 5 at noon.
*Please get your name on the signup sheet or call Kathy Smith at:
*There will be swimming fishing and games.
*We are bringing back the pie baking contest with wonderful prizes.
*Mark your calendar for this date and we will see you at the picnic!
Please don’t forget to bring a side dish to share at the church picnic and also a lawn chair.  There will be  lots of seating but not for the 90 people we are expecting.

BUCC participates in 2018 CLE Pride Festival

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, several members of our congregation marched in the parade that kicked off the event, reminding all present that they are welcome here at BUCC. [Click on the title of this post to see pictures]. We were joined by many community groups and other UCC congregations to celebrate inclusiveness and acceptance of everyone, regardless of gender or orientation.

CLE Pride Pic 2

CLE Pride Pic 1

One of our members felt that “we’re marching in support of those who’ve felt excluded from church and religion in general.”

Support Edna House by eating at Melt

Also, on May 1, 2, & 3rd, you can support Edna House by eating at Melt Bar & Grilled (so good!) and presenting the flyer you can download and print this flyer.

Mothers’ Day Collection for Edna House

Sunday, May 13th is our annual Mother’s Day collection!

This year we will be collecting donations to benefit Edna House (as we did last year) to help women who are in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. We will collect funds as well as items:

  • Clean, gently worn clothing, professional attire, shoes, pocketbooks, briefcases, backpacks, scarves, accessories, and jewelry for Spring and Summer wear, new socks and new packaged underwear—please place in garbage bags (no boxes and no hangers needed!).
  • Notebooks, pencils, highlighters, pens, paints, canvases, brushes, Big Books and 12 x 12 Books, and journals (no paperback novels!)
  • Unopened toiletries that do not contain alcohol!
  • Cleaning products such as Murphy’s Oil Soap, floor cleaner, bathroom cleaner, bleach, sponges, spray bottles, mops, and large black garbage bags
  • Canned food, condiments, and nonperishable snacks, coffee, creamer and sugar
  • Paper towels, toilet paper, personal hygiene products
  • Gift Cards, Bus Passes, Postage Stamps!
  • Flash drives, resume and copier paper and envelopes for Job Development
  • Light bulbs and extension cords
  • Prayers are ALWAYS welcome!

Find out more about Edna House at ednahouse.org

Yard Cleanup – Saturday 5/5

Please Join us this Saturday, May 5 for our Annual Spring Yard Clean-up!  We will be meeting at 9 am in the Church Parking Lot.
*In case of rain our alternate day will be the following Saturday May, 12 at 9 am*