Easter 2018 – Alleluia!

Please join us for worship this Sunday, the most glorious day in the church calendar.

  • 7:00 AM Sunrise Service at the Highland Cemetery in Brecksville.
  • 10:00 AM Easter Celebration in our sanctuary.

Alleluia! Jesus Christ is risen!

Violin & Piano Concert – 4:00 PM April 29

Please join us to hear:

  • Kyung Ah Oh, violin
  • Christine Hill, piano

Sunday, April 29, 2018 At 4:00 PM

Program will include works by Beethoven,
Ysaÿe, Grieg, and Wieniawski.

Free-will offering will be taken. A reception with light snacks will follow.
Brecksville UCC is located at the intersection of Routes 82 & 21,
23 Public Square, Brecksville, Ohio
(Due to construction on 82, please enter from Arlington Road, 1 block south of 82 on 21.)

For further information, call 440-526-4364.

Lenten Study 2018 – How on Earth Can We be Spiritual?

That’s a question we will be discussion for five Tuesday evenings in Lent, from 7:00-8:15 pm in Pilgrim Hall. For this series, we will look at the “Beatitudes” which are found in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew, and in Jesus’ “Sermon on the Plain” in Luke. In addition to comparing both Gospel accounts, we will utilize some intriguing insights from a set of daily devotional readings by Franciscan priest Richard Rohr. Plus, we will share the issues, questions, thoughts and ideas that each of you bring to the table!

The topics for the evenings will be:

  • Feb. 20 – Blessed are the poor [in spirit]
  • Feb. 27 – Blessed are those who mourn,.
  • March 6 – Blessed are the pure in heart
  • March 13 – Blessed are the peacemakers
  • March 20 – Blessed are those who are persecuted

ReclaimLove Watch Party at BUCC

Sunday February 11 at 7 PM – 9 PM
We will be watching Valarie Kaur’s TED talk on Revolutionary Love and follow with an engaging discussion.

In a time of deep polarization and escalating hate, Revolutionary Love is the call of our times. Every Valentine’s Day, the word “love” is captured by Hallmark cards, sidelined as personal and romantic — too fickle and sentimental to be a political force.
Love is more than a feeling, it is sweet labor. When we love even in times of crisis, we can transform relationships, our country, and our future. Love becomes revolutionary.
Across the country, people concerned with the state of our communities and our country have mounted a powerful resistance against hate and the dangerous policies and rhetoric of this administration. This year, we will need to maintain a strong defense against actions that threaten the very pillars of our democracy. But resistance alone is not enough: We will burn out, or worse, we will start to mirror the vitriol we are resisting, especially as we enter the 2018 midterms.
So this year, let’s come together to #ReclaimLove!

Refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring snacks to share as well. ALL are welcome!

Mardi Gras Service – 10 AM February 11

A great way to celebrate the last Sunday before Lent begins! The New Orleans-style band will feature Eric Seddon on clarinet; Pastor Dave Shackle, trumpet; Steve Ostrow, trombone; Mark Mazak, tuba; and Steve Kraus, banjo. Service is followed by gala potluck downstairs in Pilgrim Hall. Come join us for the festivities!

SEASONAL CHOIR

will begin preparing music for Holy Week on Thursday night, February 15 from 7:00-8:00. Rehearsals run weekly over the course of Lent. A wonderful opportunity for music, fellowship, and spiritual preparation for Holy Week, which is scheduled for March 25-April 1 this year. Listening CDs provided to help make the learning process easier. High school students are welcome to participate.

2017 Advent Book

Each year, members of our congregation share thoughts and memories of the holidays, together with prayers inspired by the daily readings of the season.

It covers the period from the First Sunday of Advent through Epiphany.

Hard copies are available at the office, or you can download your own copy:  ADVENT-BOOK-2017

Brecksville UCC Choir Seeking New Singers

  • If you enjoy singing in a group setting;
  • If you’re looking for fellowship and spiritual growth;
  • If you can match pitches (or sing “Happy Birthday” in tune);
  • If you appreciate a diversity of musical styles;
  • If you’re looking for an affirming, positive, welcoming bunch of people to sing with…
Then please consider singing with the BUCC choir! We rehearse on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00, although currently our seasonal choir is practicing from 7:00-8:00 in preparation for the annual Christmas cantata; then regular choir rehearses from 8:00-9:00. You are invited to practice with us during either – or both – of these hour-long rehearsals. Church services are on Sunday mornings at 10:00; the choir meets at 9:00 to warm up and practice the anthem a few times before service begins. If you are interested in sharing your musical gifts with an upbeat, inclusive choir and congregation, come check us out some Thursday evening. You’ll be glad you did! For more information, feel free to call Dave Debick at 440-526-4364 or email.

SHOWING HOSPITALITY TO STRANGERS

SHOWING HOSPITALITY TO STRANGERS is a Divine imperative in both the Old and the New Testaments. One important and rewarding way that several of our BUCC members are doing this, is through their volunteer work at Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers’ Academy. Assisting these students who are newly arrived in our country not only helps them academically, it also acclimates them to their new culture and lets them know that they are welcomed and affirmed by good hearted people! If you would like to learn more about volunteering, please talk with Pastor Dave [440-526-4364].

Need your Photo Release Forms

COMMUNICATIONS AND OUTREACH MINISTRY is making continual updates) to our website. One of the suggestions that we are looking forward to implement is to populate the current pictures (especially on the home page) with pictures/photos from our own church family. In order to do that, we are requesting that you review the Social Media Policy and Release Form. We want to be sensitive to people’s privacy but also celebrate all the wonderful happenings that occur every week at our church. Please go to our Communication and Outreach Ministry page to complete the social media photo/video release form. Copies also are in the office. Thanks for your cooperation. If you should have any questions, call Jim Duffy @ 216.644.2784 or JMorganDuffy@gmail.com