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

Time Marches On

“Lord, let me know my end, and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a few hand-breadths, and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight. Surely everyone stands as a mere breath.”  Psalm 39:4-5

This passage from Psalms, as well as the events in my life the last couple of months, reminds me in a strong way that time marches on and things change. When things change for us, we often find some time to reflect on what that means and how best to move forward. As we get ready to take another run at business around here, I have learned some things anew…

I have become a creature of habit. This comes as no surprise to my family. They live with me, understand my patterns, and have adjusted to them as I have tried to adjust to theirs. Even the way that we greet one another as we walk into a room is familiar and strangely comforting. I like a newspaper in my hands every morning, and I drink coffee as I read it. I am excited about the Indians, again, and even hopeful about the Browns (it is August). Many other examples could be cited, but I liked to think I was a bit more unpredictable than I really am. It is OK though. God is good all the time. Things are different now. Time marches on.

I have been saddened by deaths this past year. I have lost friends, and have become a bit more acquainted with my own mortality. It really is what the Psalmist was getting at, I think. Time moves. We move through it, aware of the changes going on in us and around us. We care for others as best we can. Hopefully, we welcome new ones as we say goodbye to others. God is good all the time. Things are different now. Time marches ever on.

I am grateful for the ministry we share. As we begin our September together, I feel even more aware that these changes I have noted in my life, also have counterpoints in yours. Some of the changes we share in common, others are just yours or mine alone. Yet, somehow, when we gather back together, the spirit moves among us, and the spirit moves through us, and…God is good. Things are different now. Time marches on.

Keep your head up,   

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!