Put Your Good Intentions to Work!

When we join the United Methodist Church, we vow to support it with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.  But sometimes, our good intentions get lost in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of life.  As a church, how are we doing with our promises?  Can you help fill in the blanks?  Here are some ways that you could be of service to others:  serve as an usher, become a church closer, teach or assist with a Sunday School Class or volunteer for the mowing team.  Contact the church office to volunteer! 440-526-8938 or office@brecksvilleumc.com

Box Tops

UMW continues to collect Box Tops for Education!  Clip and save the symbol from participating products and bring them to the bin in the first floor coat room.  These labels are sent to Henderson Settlement Mission in Frakes, KY and the proceeds are used to support their work.

Food Drive for Brookside

Brookside Food Center disperses meals to local families in need. The success of their program depends on the kindness and generosity of people like you!

On the third Friday of each month, our United Methodist Women deliver our donations to Brookside.  Please help us fill the bin in the coat room with food like:

Canned fruits
Canned vegetables
Apple sauce
Dried Fruit
Peanut Butter
Pasta and pasta sauce
Canned soups
Tuna and other canned fish
Other healthy non-perishable foods!

Paper products, such as napkins and paper towels, are also greatly appreciated. 

Your contributions make a world of difference to families in need.

Where to donate

Spring cleaning? Don’t send your unwanted items to the dump! These organizations all offer FREE PICK UP! 

Clothing, household, toys,
books, etc.

City Mission (donatestuff.com)
Clothing, household items

Cleveland Furniture Bank
216-459-2265 x 101
Furniture, household items

Gathering Place Warehouse
216-595-9546 (will pack up, too)
Furniture, household, antiques, china, crystal, silverware, art, rugs, lamps, mirrors, costume jewelry

Habitat for Humanity
Furniture, appliances, building materials, household.

Salvation Army, 800-728-7825
Furniture, clothing, household

Have an old bike you've outgrown or no longer use? 
Donate it to Brecksville UMC's Bike Ministry!

Background Checks

"The education and spiritual formation of children, youth and adults is why the church exists. We're here to make and mature disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world." said Gary Jones, Director Spiritual Formation, East Ohio Conference United Methodist Church. "If we're not teaching, if we're not keeping those people we're charged to teach safe, there's really not a reason for us to be here."

At Brecksville UMC, we conduct background checks on all volunteers who work with children. Parents want to know that their children are safe in the care of others. Background checks protect children, protect volunteers, and protect the assets of the church!

Read our church's child protection policy    here.

If you are interested in working with children, please contact Jenny Gee, Director of Christian Education, to learn more about background checks.

Alex's Lemonade Stand

With your help, we hope to host an Alex’s Lemonade Stand at church every Sunday this summer, June 2 through September 1  - to raise money to fund research that brings better treatments and cures to children with cancer.   Can we reach our goal of $2000?

Sign up for a Sunday, make some lemonade, man the booth and collect donations.  We’ll provide the cups, ice and pastries and your efforts will give hope to children with cancer!  Sign up for a Sunday in the church Lobby—or call the office!

Cleaning Kits for UMCOR

UMCOR Cleaning Kits enable those affected by floods, hurricanes and tornadoes to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up. Shop for as many items as you are moved to give, and return them to the Parlor by June 2!  The Gees will deliver our kits to the Midwest Distribution Center’s collection site at Annual Conference.

Our goal is at least 10 kits.  There are shopping cards in The Parlor, along with lists for a complete kit (estimated value $75) 

You can also download a shopping list at brecksvilleumc.com/admoffice/pdfs/CleaningKit2018.pdf

Volunteer for VBS

Accept the mission to serve at VBS! It’s an opportunity to give your time, talents, gifts and energy to provide a solid biblical foundation for faith development for the children and families of our church and our community.  It’s out of this world—and beyond!
There are plenty of ways to help make this program a reality!  We need teachers,  crew leaders, and decorators. All you need is a love for children and a desire to help them know Jesus better!  Contact Jenny Gee on Sunday morning, by calling 440-526-8938 ext. 230 or emailing education@brecksvilleumc.com.

Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by God’s power at work within us!
- Ephesians 3:20

Church Ride Share

Sometimes it’s hard to get to church.  Maybe your car’s in the shop, you’re not comfortable driving, or you just don’t want to go to church alone.  Sign up for BUMC Rideshare! If you need a ride or can give a ride sign up in the lobby!

Drivers, we have some super cool car magnets to help identify you as a person who's offering rides.  Pick one up in the office!

Pull Tab Collection

Thank you to everyone who brought in pull tabs for the Nordonia Schools' Knights Caring for Knights! The money raised was used to send bags of food home with kids who might not otherwise have food to eat over the weekend.

Zach's hallway at Nordonia Middle School won the competition, and that is largely due to BUMC folks who brought in lots of tabs! He intends to continue collecting the pull tabs over the summer to get a head start for next year, so if you could please continue to bring them in, that would be great.

Bike Ministry at Brecksville Home Days

Get your bike in tip-top shape and learn some of the basics of bike repair as Old Station Cycle teams up with our bike ministry for a community “how to” session during Brecksville Home Days.  Join us on the lawn Friday 6/28 (6 - 8pm), Saturday 6/29 (12 - 8), and Sunday 6/30 (4 - 8 pm).  Our bike ministry accepts used bikes and refurbishes them to get them out to those in need.  To date we have placed well over 400 bikes!  With more repair help, we could do even more!  Do you have any questions or great ideas?  Contact Jenny Gee at (440) 526-8938.