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? Donít 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.

Church Ride Share

Sometimes itís hard to get to church.  Maybe your carís in the shop, youíre not comfortable driving, or you just donít 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!

Back to School Back Pack Drive

We don't yet know what school will look like in the new year, but we do know that there are kids in need of back packs.  Whether school is in the classroom or the living room - we want to equip students for learning.  With your help, we can!

Our Missions and Outreach Committee is working with two agencies to fill this need.

  • The first agency is The Emergency Assistance Center for the Nordonia Hills and Twinsburg communities.† We have committed to providing them 50 backpacks for teenage girls and 20 for teenage boys.† The backpacks must be new, styled for older youth and be able to last the school year - so think sturdy.

  • The second agency will be the Corner 65 Project of Nehemiah Missions.† Our challenge there will be 150 backpacks and school supplies.† A detailed list of what type of backpacks Ė age appropriate for each child, etc. will be available soon (in next week's Thursday e-news, on our website, and our social media platforms.)† We will be providing the details as we receive them.

Three Ways to Help
  1. Buy a back pack and drop it off at church (details below.)

  2. Order a back pack through Amazon Smile and have it delivered to the church.Click here for our Amazon Wish List

  3. Make a monetary donation to the cause

We have a short turnaround for the 70 Emergency Assistance Center backpacks - we need them by August 2.  Can we do it? 
  • Please drop these off at church by August 2.

  • There will be a bin/box inside the main church entrance off of the parking lot.

  • The door is unlocked from 9 AM - Noon Monday through Friday.

  • If you need a different drop off time, please contact the office to make other arrangements.

Letís try to meet these requests and come through for the children who are experiencing all sorts of difficult situations for a variety of reasons, including COVID-19.††

Thank you for your generosity!!

Written by Mary Kotnik.
Missions and Outreach Committee