The Barrington Area CROP Walk

Thank you for supporting the 32nd Annual Barrington Area Crop Hunger Walk! On October 19, Over 218 people, including 22 from BUMC, enjoyed a beautiful fall afternoon by walking for hungry people here in Barrington and around the world. Many thanks to them, their sponsors, and to those who provided snacks. Now it’s time for sponsors to pay their walkers and walkers to collect from sponsors and turn in their envelopes and money. Please return your envelopes to Linda Osikowicz on Sundays or to the church office during the week. All transactions should be completed by November 7! You can also make donations to the Barrington UMC team at the CROP web site.

Noah’s Ark Scholastic Book Fair

We will have our Scholastic Book Fair the week of October 20-27. Books will be available for purchase on Sunday, October 26.

Dinners Together for 2015

A great opportunity to get acquainted with others.

Groups of 8 couples get together 4 times a year for dinner and fellowship. Signs up for Dinners Together today at the Fellowship table. If you have any questions e-mail Carol Henrickson or Pat Mitchell.

Drawing Closer to God: A Spiritual Formation Experience

Keynote speaker: Bishop Sally Dyck

Saturday, November 1, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Registration, 8:30 a.m.)

Cost: $20

Grace United Methodist Church, 300 Gartner Road, Naperville

Come hear our bishop share her vision and her practices of spiritual formation. Hear her echo the call of James, to draw closer to God. In A Faithful Heart, Bishop Dyck has written on the use of prayer beads and other prayer practices. Sign up for two of the following: Labyrinth, Contemplative Photography, Praying the Scriptures, or Prayer Beads. Flyers are available in the lobby. Register on line.

Lend a Hand on Sunday Mornings!

We are in need of teacher assistants during the 9:15 or 10:30 class times. You don’t need to prepare a lesson; you just have to lend the teacher a hand with the kiddos. Call Missy to sign-up for a Sunday!

Sunday Morning and Weeknight Small Groups

In November, a 5 week “pre-Advent” video series by Mike Slaughter entitled “A Different Kind of Christmas” begins. All Sunday morning groups will combine in the Chapel starting November 2 for the video introduction, and then divide into small groups for deeper discussions. The weekday evening groups will continue. If you are not yet involved in a small-group but interested in joining a group, please contact John Watson.

All Saints Sunday, November 2

On Sunday, November 2, BUMC will observe All Saints Sunday. As a part of this service,“Saints” who have died this past year (10/30/13 thru 10/29/14) will be named. If you have a saint you would like included in the “naming”, please provide the information to the church office (847-836-5540) by 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 29. If you have a portrait photo of your saint to be named, please provide the photo to Chris Streed. Good quality digital photos can be e-mailed to and printed photos can be brought into the office to be scanned. Thank you!

Annual Chili/Dessert Cook Off

Back by popular demand! The Chili and Dessert Cook Off, November 2, 11:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Sign up to bring your favorite Chili or Dessert. Prizes awarded for the top 3.

Even if you are not a cook, come and join the fun. Sign up for the Chili and Dessert Cook Off today at the Fellowship table in the Lobby.

United Methodist Women Meetings

Grace Circle will meet on Thursday, November 6, at 11:30 a.m. Bring a sack lunch as we share fellowship and a program
of thanks. Faith Circle, will not be meeting in November, but members are invited to join Grace Circle if they wish. All are invited to join in any circle or general meeting; please drop in, we would love to welcome you!

On November 20, United Methodist Women will have our Annual Harvest Potluck luncheon with Salem United Methodist Women. Our program will be “Solving Hunger by 2020”, presented by Amy Wahl from the Northern Illinois Food Bank, daughter of Steve and Sylvia Mountsier. We will be meeting in the Dining Room at 11:30 a.m. for the luncheon followed by the program. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass; beverages and breads will be provided. All are invited! Childcare is provided upon request, please contact Linda Osikowicz.

Are You a Newcomer Interested in Finding out More about BUMC?

Have you been attending worship services here for a few weeks, months (or even years) and are ready to take the next steps toward becoming more involved or exploring what it means to be a member? If so, join us for an Inquirers Class! Pastor Chris and Pastor Mi-Sook will lead an informal, conversational-style class covering the history and theology of the United Methodist Church, the vision and mission of Barrington UMC, and ways to take the next steps on your spiritual journey in and through our missions and ministries.

The class meets for two consecutive weeks, Sunday November 2 from 5-8 p.m. and Sunday, November 9 from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Gayle Richard, or call 847-836-5540.

Crossroads Worship Saturday, November 8, 5:00 p.m.

Crossroads is an intimate and informal worship experience that incorporates a variety of musical expressions-songs you might hear on Friday night at a club to those you’d expect to hear on Sunday morning: from contemporary Christian, to hymns, to country or Gospel. Through scripture, study and conversation, we seek to connect our faith with the way we live every day. This worship service is for everyone, from those who are just beginning their journey of faith to those who have been pilgrims for some time.

Crossroads meets every second Saturday at 5:00 p.m. A fellowship opportunity follows every service with an optional meal out at Rosati’s on Route 25 in Carpentersville. (117 N. Kennedy Drive)

Operation Christmas Child

A Christmas tree in the Narthex in August??!! Children’s Ministries is collecting for our hands-on mission, Operation Christmas Child here at Barrington United Methodist Church. Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, using gift-filled shoeboxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world.

On the tree you will find 2 different types of gift tags; there are gift tags with items needed and there are gift tags with shipping costs needed. If you would like to donate but do not like to shop, please help us with the shipping costs of our mission. It costs $7.00 per box for shipping. If you could please choose a gift tag off the tree, bring back the items requested and drop them in our collection box that would be wonderful.

This year we are asking that you pre-wrap the shoeboxes; if you are unable to wrap them, no worries, we can do it for you! We are asking for adult-size boxes only. Our collection deadline is: Sunday, November 9. The children will pack the shoeboxes full of your generous donations on Sunday, November 16 during Sunday school and Children’s Church.

Equal Exchange Coffee Sales

Not only do they taste great, Equal Exchange coffees and teas help us to feed hungry families in the Barrington Area. The proceeds from monthly coffee, tea, and chocolate sales help to buy supplies for the Congregational garden and all the vegetables grown in the garden are donated to local food pantries.

Shawl Ministry

A group of dedicated knitters and crocheters meet in the church parlor at 1:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. While we work creating prayer shawls to be given to those in need of comfort, we share our own needs as well as our joys. If you are interested in joining this group, stop in at our next meeting, November 11, and get acquainted. We are happy to give knitting lessons! For more information, or if you know of someone who would benefit from one of our shawls, please call the church office or Carol Svoboda.

10,000 Villages Sale

Please support, talented artisans from developing countries who receive the proceeds from the crafts and wares which will be sold on November 23 in the Rotunda after the 8.00 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. services. Last year we sold $3,093 of goods, enough products to support a family in a developing country for a year. Start your Christmas shopping early with unusual gifts from around the world!

Give Christmas Gifts for Children in Need

For many years it has been a tradition for our members to sign up and buy presents for needy children served through Child-Serv and this year is no exception. Names will be available on November 23 and November 30 for you to take and buy gifts, which will need to be brought back to church on or before December 7. Just imagine the happy faces of these children when they open their presents, for some it may be the only ones they receive for Christmas.

Help Young Adults Emerging from Foster Care

One of the Mission groups’ goals is to support an upcoming program by ChildServ to open transitional Living for Emerging Young Adults, in the Elgin district, who are at an age to leave Foster Care and go out on their own, sometimes with nothing. Jewel Food stores are having a promotion at present, where they give stamps to customers for every $10 in goods purchased. If you are not collecting them for yourself, please collect stamps and bring them to Church so we can turn them in for new pots and pans for these young adults. Contact Barbara Bond if you have any questions.

“Hanging of the Greens” Decorating Party

Many helpers are needed to prepare our church for the Christmas season! We need unpackers, fluffers, sorters, installers, climbers, lighters, ornament hangers and opinion offer-ers!

So… Come and enjoy our Hanging of the Greens Decorating Event on Sunday, November 30 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Please plan to join the party and share the work. With lots of help, it will not take long and will make the season joyful. Thanks in advance for your tremendous help in this critical element of our Advent experience!


3:00 – 5:15 p.m. Decorating the church

4:00 p.m. All children are invited to create ornaments for our special Chrismon Tree with Missy Konopka and Susan Brown while singing songs with Holly Bowling

5:15 p.m. All children and adults gather in the Rotunda to hang Chrismon creations on the tree. We will sing Christmas Carols then have a brief service of blessing of the Chrismon Tree.

Light appetizers and goodies will be served throughout the afternoon. Nursery care will be available for infants and toddlers.

The Chrismon Tree

Unlike the Christmas tree with Hallmark Ornaments and family heirlooms and personal traditions, the Chrismon Tree has become a focal point for worship during the Advent/Christmas Season. “Christ’s Monogram” (hence, ChrisMon) is the theme for all the white and gold ornaments on the tree that we will have in the Rotunda. Each of the ornaments is a symbol such as a crown or a cross, that represents something of the person of Jesus, reminding us—amidst all that our culture stresses about Christmas—that indeed “Jesus is the reason for the season.”

Online Giving Available

If you like the convenience of giving electronically, see the bottom of any page on the web site. Clicking the “Online Giving” button under the church logo will take you to a page secured by Vanco Services. We have trusted Vanco to process our automatic withdrawals from checking accounts for several years. You can choose giving from your bank account, credit or debit card. You can also specify a one-time gift or recurring gifts. Contact Lynne Richardson at 847-836-5540 ext. 104 if you have questions on setting up online giving. Thank you for supporting the missions and ministries of Barrington United Methodist Church. Every gift of time, talent, and treasure is gratefully received. Together we can connect, grow and reach in Christ’s name.

If you choose to give electronically, you can still participate in the offering time during worship by placing the white, laminated giving card in the offering plate. The card simply states that you give online.

FISH Food Pantry Donations Needed

Want an opportunity to help a family in need of food? Bring non-perishable food items and toiletries to church any Sunday, and BUMC volunteers will take your donation to the FISH Food Pantry in Carpentersville twice a month. Checks are also welcome! The pantry serves an average of 425 families a month, who benefit from the food and monetary donations.

Prayer Ministry

Are you interested in participating in prayer ministry for a few months, a year? It involves receiving prayer requests on line and promising to pray the request for 30 days. All requests are kept confidential. Join us by emailing Julia Hooper.

Need a Prayer?

Did you know that a group of pray-ers are devoted to praying for any of your prayer requests? You can write your request and drop the card in the large white Prayer Request Box on the table across from the name tags. You can also e-mail Julia Hooper. This prayer ministry prays your request for 30 days. All requests are kept confidential unless directed otherwise.

Box Tops Help Noah’s Ark

You can help earn cash for Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool. Just look for “Box Tops for Education” on products you already use. Each top is worth 10 cents or more. It’s easy!!

Cut them out and put them in the marked tubs at

  • Entrance to Noah’s Ark Preschool
  • BUMC Welcome Table
  • BUMC Office Counter

Among those products are:

  • Betty Crocker mixes and other products
  • Gold Medal Flour
  • Nestle Juices
  • General Mills Cereals and other GM Products
  • Ziploc Baggies and other Ziploc Products
  • Hefty Disposable Tableware
  • Green Giant Frozen Products
  • Pillsbury Refrigerated Products
  • Variety of Baby Products and Personal Care Products

Visit for complete product listing.

Remembering the Church

Please consider remembering the church in your estate planning. Thank you.