Welcome to Brecksville United Methodist Church

Have you heard about Brecksville United Methodist Church?  We are a medium-sized congregation right on the square in downtown Brecksville.  We are all about sharing lives of faithfulness, mutual support, spiritual growth, and service to the community.

Our doors are open to everyone. Whatever your gender, age, race, background, vocation, orientation or belief system, we invite you to come and experience God’s grace with us!

If you’re not active in a local place of worship, come and spend some time with us!

Peace and Blessings, Pastor Clark

To Start a Fire...

“I’ve come to start a fire on this earth—how I wish it were blazing right now! I’ve come to change everything, turn everything rightside up—how I long for it to be finished! Do you think I came to smooth things over and make everything nice? Not so…..   Read Luke 12: 51-53

We have witnessed much change over the past month. A new President and administration and congress, a New Year, the end of one tax year (which is necessarily the beginning of another), and many more starts and finishes.

Now, as February begins, perhaps it is time to take a deep breath, to settle in for the long winter grip, which will eventually loosen with Easter and the return of flowers and Spring. But just for now, it would be nice to be left alone, given time to process all of this change, and to sort out, in the dog days of winter, just what all of the implications are for each and every one of us.

As we become insulated a bit from the world around us, hoping for peace and quiet, some steadying influence, we may be tempted to shuffle that same attitude into our faith. Looking for ways to slide differing attitudes and beliefs into the same box, not willing or even able to deal with how our culture reflects our faith.

However, as we look at the society that now surrounds us, let us not hibernate, choosing to become active in the spring, and miss opportunities that present themselves to us now to raise our voice, and continue to speak for peace and justice, equality, and concern for others beyond ourselves. It is in the times of beginnings that new voices should be raised hoping for change from the onset. Change that can begin to impact others now.

I don’t know where you all are on various issues, but I do know that things concern you. Please take these beginning times seriously enough to raise your voice, and be heard. Dr. Oppenheimer, the atomic scientist, once said, “The best way to send an idea is to wrap it up in a person.” It is the story of our faith. It is what we are called to do. May God give us all courage to give voice to our faith, in hopes that the world just might change, and we would live to see more of God’s Kingdom realized in our lifetimes.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Clark

About Pastor Stein

Pastor Stein is a graduate of Kent State University with a BA in Telecommunications. In 1992 he was ordained Deacon from Methodist Theological School in Ohio and then as Elder two years later. He comes to Brecksville United Methodist Church from Hope Ridge United Methodist Church, serving in the same capacity since 2003. Previous appointments include Granger, Aurora, and Boardman United Methodist churches.

In service to the Conference, Pastor Clark has been Chair of the Editorial Board, served on the Board of Communications, the Leadership Committee for Communications, the Akron District and Western Reserve District Committees on Ministry, and has been Chair of the Board of Trustees for the East Ohio Conference Peace with Justice Project.

Pastor Clark is married, has four children, and loves to spend time with his family as well as being in the company of other people. His passions include music, movies, sports and fishing, or a good fish story!