from noon to 4pm, following Pastor Allan’s first service with us! The cookout will take place at Nora’s house (9256 Highland Drive), rain or shine. In case of heavy rain or lightning, we will move the party to Pilgrim Hall. Activities will include swimming and fishing (bring your own pole). The theme for the cooking contest will be “Dessert in a Muffin Tin”. If you are not taking part in the cooking contest, please bring a side dish, preferably in a disposable container. Burgers and hot dogs will be provided. Please sign up so we can get an accurate count (either sign up at church, or contact Matt Wolbert or Tia Began). Hope to see you there!
Matt Wolbert:
Tia Began:

Paper Recycling

We have inherited the paper recycling bin from Central School. Please bring your paper and cardboard to the bin in the rear of the parking lot. Flattening any cardboard boxes to make more room is essential.

Vacation Bible School 8/5-9 2019

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Brecksville UCC is partnering with the Independence United Methodist Church to offer Vacation Bible School this year: August 5th through the 9th at the Independence United Methodist Church 6615 Brecksville Road, Independence.

Click here for the flyer with details


Congregation in Transition

With Pastor Dave Shackle retiring after 15 years, our Congregational Council has discerned that we should call Reverend Allan Lane as our new Interim Pastor. He will serve our flock for the next 6 to 24 months as we conduct an extensive search for a permanent “settled”Pastor.

Reverend Lane will begin on August 15.

Until then we have arranged a series of guest preachers for our Sunday worship services:

  • 7/7 – Leroy Ford
  • 7/14 – Nayiri Karjian
  • 7/21 – Rob Grow
  • 7/28 – Andy Lang
  • 8/4 – Dave Debick (Music Service)
  • 8/11 – Mary Collingwood

Reverend John King from the Richfield United Church of Christ has graciously agreed to address any pastoral care needs until our Interim Pastor arrives. Mary Collingwood from the Community of St. Bridget will also be available after August 5. Please contact our office at 440-526-4364 to request this support.

Pastor Dave Shackle is retiring

After 15 years, our beloved Pastor Dave is retiring. We have planned two main events to celebrate:

  • A Retirement Party – Saturday, June 22
  • A Farewell Reception – after his final service on Sunday June 30.

See more information below:

It’s All About Dave – Retirement Party

Break out your flip flops, straw hats and sunglasses for PD’s Beach Retirement Party on June 22, 2019. Festivities will begin at 4:00 PM in Pilgrim Hall. There will be food and beverages, music and an opportunity to express your appreciation to Dave for all the years he has been sharing his talents with us Food and beverages will be served at 5:00PM…there will be children friendly foods Please RSVP your acceptance to Jeanette by June 18th either by phone or email or 440-526-4364 *PLEASE RSVP EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT ATTENDING – THANK YOU* Babysitting will be available if needed. A Freewill collection will also be available

Farewell Gathering and Reception

On Sunday, June 30 following services we will be hosting a light reception for Pastor Dave. It will be an opportunity to share thoughts on your journey over the last 15 years.
A presentation acknowledging his time with us as a Congregation will be followed by a light reception. There will be a sign-up sheet to provide items for the reception similar to what we serve for our Music Receptions.

Two Practical Learning Sessions


When an adult is admitted to a hospital they will be asked if they have Advance Directives. We will review the four components of Advance Directives- The Living Will, Health Care Power of Attorney, Organ Donation and Guardian Designation. Let’s get the care that you desire for yourself!

The presentation will be on Wednesday, May 1 from 7p-8p in Pilgrim Hall.

 Discharge Planning Options after a hospital stay

Hospitals are pressured by insurance companies to shorten how long patients stay inside the hospital. We will review the numerous options for care after the hospital stay – from Home Health Care to Skilled Nursing Home care. It is important to know the options and what insurance will cover and not cover. This is good information for adult children caring for parents and for spouses caring for one another. Let’s be proactive!

The presentation will be on Wednesday, May 15 from 7p-8p in Pilgrim Hall.

FREE CONCERT – Bristol Quartet – Sunday May 5

On Sunday May 5 at 4:00 PM, Brecksville UCC will host a free concert featuring Bristol Quartet from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. The ensemble will perform works by Beethoven and others. A free-will offering will be received, and a light reception will follow the concert. Plan to join us on May 5 for an outstanding program of chamber music.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION DINNER SERIES – Immigration 101 – April 30, 2019

On Tuesday, April 30th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm Christian Education and OCWM (Our Church’s Wider Mission) welcome you and our neighbors to join us for a FREE community dinner and a presentation by Camille R. Gill, Associate Director of Immigration Legal Services in the Migration and Refugee Services department of Catholic Charities. She will present “Immigration 101: Defining Terms and Discussing Current Issues.” All are welcome! Childcare will be provided on-site. This topic has been scheduled to coincide with the continuation of our Lenten Project to support refugee families in Cleveland.


Click to See Flyer

On Saturday, May 11th, 2019 from 10:00am – 3:00pm, BUCC is hosting our spring LAST-MINUTE MART in Pilgrim Hall, just in time for Mother’s Day! This event is very special because our Christian Education Ministry is joining forces with OCWM and the Communications & Outreach Ministry to raise funds for this year’s Lenten Project to support refugee families in Cleveland. Our students will be selling handmade craft items to raise funds for these families. We are excited to welcome crafters, bakers, and vendors of all kinds (both parishioners and other community members) to join us! You may request a full 8’ table for $25, or half table/card table (~4’) for $15.
Please submit your request for a table to Heidi Spangler at We are also requesting that each vendor to supply one item to donate to our raffle. Concessions will be available!


All table, concession profits and raffle proceeds will go to support our Lenten Project. If you have any questions, please contact Kate Klonowski at or 216-534-3498.

PASSOVER BRUNCH – Sunday April 7.

On Sunday, April 7, Christian Education is sponsoring an exciting educational opportunity that will begin during worship and extend into brunch at 12:00 noon for the community! We will welcome Lisa Kollins, the Director of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University, to share the Jewish tradition of Passover with us and enjoy a deliciously diverse brunch after coffee hour that is friendly for all ages and diets! We will discuss some ancient and new ideas for how we remember past injustices and work to prevent future ones. Please invite your friends and families for this unique experience!