Sunday Mornings in Advent, 9:00-10:00 a.m., Pastor Chris Winkler will lead a class in the Dining Room to help us prepare for Christmas.
Christmas Gifts for Needy Children
For many years it has been a tradition for our members to sign up and buy presents for needy children—this year is no exception. Names will be available on November 24 and December 1 for you to take, then buy gifts, and bring the gifts back to church on or before December 8.
Just imagine the happy faces of these children when they open their presents, for some it may be the only ones they receive. Contact Barbara Bond.
Equal Exchange Coffee Sales
Not only do they taste great, Equal Exchange coffees and teas make great holiday gifts. Whether you need a hostess gift, stocking stuffer, or an ideal gift for a gift exchange, the Equal Exchange Fair Trade products offered each month at BUMC can help complete your holiday shopping. And now through the end of the year, you’ll receive a free gift bag with each purchase of coffee or tea you make at our monthly sale! We’ve added extra sale dates for the holidays, so be sure to stop by the coffee sale table on December 15, and 22. And remember, your purchases help support next year’s bounty from the BUMC Community Garden!
UMCOR Illinois Tornado Relief
Relief efforts in the communities affected by the tornados will be funded from the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s US Disaster Response Advance #901670. One hundred percent of gifts designated for USDR Tornadoes 2013 will support the response in Illinois and other areas where the tornadoes hit.
December Faith Circle Gathering
Faith Circle will meet at the Garlands for lunch on Thursday, December 5 at 11:30 a.m. RSVP to Betty Reed by Monday, December 2. Cost of lunch will be $15.
Youth Group Activities for December
December 1- 3:00 p.m. We will participate in the all-church Advent activities.
December 8- 5:00 p.m. Me and my tile: come create your very own tile, to display in the youth room. John Adams and Elizabeth Harley will lead. Dinner provided.
December 15- 3:00 p.m. Christmas at the Zoo. The youth will travel to the Brookfield Zoo to see the light festival. Parents, please consider helping by being a driver. A permission slip will need to be signed by parents for each teen attending.
December 22-5:00 p.m. Christmas party
Chancel Choir to Offer Cantata on December 8
Although billions of people know who, when, where and what took place, the vast majority of them still miss the meaning of Christmas. The real story of Christmas is …why He came. -Mike Speck
Join us in the 10:30 a.m. worship service on December 8 as our Chancel Choir, accompanied by an 18 piece orchestra, present a full length cantata, Down from His Glory: The Love Story of Christmas by Mike Speck. The 8:00 a.m. worship service on December 8 will be prayer, meditation, and communion.
Special Advent Missions Concert!
Join us on Sunday, December 8, at 3:00 p.m. for a special Advent concert by the Chicago Piano Duo. This concert features the keyboard artistry of Dr. William Phemister and Dr. Brian Lee, both Julliard trained pianists. They will be performing Advent and Christmas musical selections, including carols, hymns and sacred music celebrating Jesus’ birth. Invite your friends and neighbors to this family-friendly concert, with all proceeds benefiting the BUMC Missions ministry. There will be light refreshments and fellowship after the concert.
Contact Randy Lawrence.
Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Days
The last 2 volunteer days in 2013 will be Saturdays, December 7 and 14. The roof is on, the interior framing is 80% complete and the shed has walls at the home at 222 Sioux in Carpentersville. Please join us as you’re able. We start at 8:30 a.m. and end by 3:00 p.m. Call Bob Vickery for more details.
Yay, We Reached Our Goal!!
Children’s Ministries is very grateful for everyone who helped to make our fall mission a success. With your help, we were able to reach our goal of filling 50 shoeboxes! Thank you to everyone who had a part in this mission whether you brought shoeboxes, dropped off extra wrapping paper, helped sort and count, made donations for shipping and gifts or if you helped on the day of packing. We are so appreciative and cannot thank you enough! There will be 50 children around the world blessed by your generosity!
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.