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

That The World May Know. A Class for Adults.

Sunday Mornings at 10 am. Embark on a journey to what is modern day Turkey with Pastor Clark and some of his friends as we examine the Bible’s timeless call to impact our culture. Our travels will take us to Aphrodisias as we look at the passion of Elijah, Antioch Pisidia as we study Paul’s journey to Rome, Lystra and the story of an unlikely disciple, and Cappadocia as we contemplate why it is that Christians suffer. Come and join us for a fulfilling hour of study and discussion as we figure out more of how to walk as Jesus walked. Room 301 during Sunday School hour. We will have a place for you!

New Year - New Things

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. - Isaiah 43:19

Are you ready for things to change? Are you prepared for a new beginning? Are you ready for God to do a new thing in your life?

As we enter into a new year, I am reminded that often times in order for us to be able to truly embrace something brand spanking new, we need to be able to let go of the old. Many folks keep a really tight grip on the past. Many things have happened to each of us that have caused us pain or guilt or regret. Nothing good can come out of keeping alive a past that is dead. We all know, however, that we have a tendency to keep a tight hold on these things. Perhaps at the beginning of a brand new year we just consciously need to let go of some things.

For once again, God is intervening for us. “I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Over the course of the fall of Jerusalem and the period of exile, the people of Israel needed to change. They were challenged to return to Israel, and even then, the remnant went back not too happy about the prospect. But, in part, we are together as a church today because they did. This is a part of our shared story.

Brecksville UMC, God is doing some new things in the new year, with us and among us. Do you not yet perceive it? There is a built in danger in the church, in all institutions, really, to get into a rut to the point where we no longer hear voices of those outside of our own community, and then, we no longer ask what is good for the whole community. Sometimes, as people of faith, we need calm, comfort, and consistency. Sometimes we need to change. Sometimes we need to move beyond the questions of what do I need and like? And then be willing to ask, what is good for the whole church?

I admit that I probably don’t know your own particular desert place. Perhaps the place in your life that feels as though God has finished working and moved on. I don’t always know your places of questioning. But I do know God’s promise and hold on tight to it in my own heart: “Behold, I am doing a new thing.” And even when we might have a difficult time seeing it or feeling it, I affirm that God is not done!

Praise the Lord! Bring on the New Year! Happy 2019!

Blessings,

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!