Early Morning Singers Wanted

Are you an early morning person? Do you enjoy singing and leading others to praise the Lord with music? We’re looking for a soloist or small ensemble to lead in our 8:00 a.m. Chapel worship service. This person or team would work with the accompanist to lead the congregational singing and perhaps provide special music on occasion. If you are interested, please contact our Director of Music, Karen Maxwell, or call the church office.

Summer Music Ministry Opportunities

The school year is winding down, which means that Chancel Choir and Exaltation Handbells will be taking a break during June and July. This gives our Director of Music, Karen Maxwell, an opportunity to schedule a variety of vocal and instrumental solos and small ensembles for both the 8:00 and 9:30 services during the summer. If you would be interested in ministering in music in one of our services, please contact Karen. It also gives Karen a chance to offer one or two week opportunities for children or adults to try out playing the handchimes and handbells. Watch for upcoming announcements about Handbell Bootcamp.

Crossroads Worship, Saturday, June 13, 5:00 p.m.

Crossroads is an intimate and informal worship experience that incorporates a variety of musical expressions. 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.

Enhancing Our Sunday Schedule

We believe that we can move forward into God’s future and respond to our strategic plan by enhancing our Sunday schedule to make worship, faith development, fellowship and outreach available to more people. Many of you participated in focus groups that provided important information and direction as we constructed this new schedule. You were clear that we needed an additional worship opportunity on Sunday morning if we were to grow. You expressed your hopes for more, deeper and more accessible faith development for you and our children and youth. You wanted more opportunities to simply be present with one another, to talk and share faith and life together. All of these are built into our new program with great intentionality and planning.

The highlights of this Sunday Morning plan for fall 2015:

  • Chapel Worship at 8:00 a.m.
  • Traditional Worship at 9:30 a.m.
  • Crossroads-style Worship at 11:00 a.m.
  • Faith Development for all ages during the 9:30 and 11:00 hours
  • Continuous fellowship opportunities throughout the morning

Sundaes on Sunday, June 7

Fellowship Ministry Group will be hosting a “make your own Sundae” event after the 10:30 worship service on Sunday June 7. Please plan to attend and join in the fun.

Share the Good News about Graduation!

Please send the names of your children or grandchildren who will be graduating from high school or College this year so your church family can celebrate with you. Send your name, the name of your student, and the name of his or her school to Christine Streed.

Save the Date! BUMC Church Photo Directory

Photography dates for a new BUMC Church directory will be on August 5-8 and August 20-23. Photography appointment sign ups will begin in June.

Celebrating 175 years at the July 4 Parade

This year we are celebrating 175 years as a church community and what better way to start our celebration then to walk in the 4th of July Parade!

There are a variety of ways to help. The time commitment is very flexible. You can help build, walk, or a combination of both. Also, no dates or times are locked in stone. We will get more details about the needs and plans closer to the end of spring.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Join the Official Committee! Help design and plan the float
  • Provide a truck, trailer, and driver for the truck
  • Host float building at your home ( July 2 and 3) Flexible times
  • Provide a barn for float building and storage until the parade
  • Assist with float decorating on July 2 and/or July 3
  • Walk in the Parade
  • Bring a cooler full of ice to go on the float on parade day
  • Donate bottles of water for the Float riders and walkers
  • Carry the Noah’s Ark Banner in the Float

Questions? Contact Susan Brown at 847-844-3738.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School will be June 15-19, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. We are traveling to Nazareth! (Children must be 4 before September 1st 2015.)

Registration forms are available online, above the Family table in the lobby, and also outside Missy’s office. We would love for your kiddos to spend the week learning with us through worshipful songs and motions, Bible related crafts, snacks, drama and games about when Jesus was a child. All details are on the forms.

Any questions email Missy or call 847-836-5540 ext. 106.

Attention All Women and Men!

It takes approximately 25 adult volunteers to run VBS every year and we have fun together—it’s a great way to get to know many church members whom you may never get to chat with. No one has ever walked away from VBS without taking special memories with them. We have many opportunities available for all levels of helping. Maybe one of these is a perfect fit for you! You can choose to help part-time at just a few hours for the week, or if you’re willing and able, choose to spend the entire week with us. It’s completely up to you!

  • Help to decorate and set-up for the week 6/12-6/14 (6/14 after the 9:30 a.m. service ends)
  • Lead kids in groups with teenagers as your assistants
  • Lead your very own craft station in the “marketplace”
  • Games Leader
  • Games Assistant
  • Assist in the kitchen with cutting and serving fruits & veggies

Can’t help during the week of? We could definitely use your help with tear down and clean-up duties on Friday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. Any help you can lend would be greatly appreciated!

Adult Mission Opportunities

The Missions Ministry Group has been working to bring BUMC members opportunities to go out in the community and help. Epworth UMC is a small church in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago that is doing powerful work in their community, and BUMC is in partnership with them to renovate and rehabilitate spaces for their men’s homeless shelter, children’s activities and other programing. Join us as we lend a hand to make a difference!

Please contact Scott Downing with questions or dates you want to volunteer.

Upcoming dates at Epworth United Methodist Church: June 27, August 1, September 19, and October 10. This mission project involves work on the church building (painting and cleaning) at Epworth United Methodist Church 5253 N. Kenmore Ave. Chicago, IL 60640.

Church Workday, June 13, 8:00 a.m. to Noon

The Trustees of Barrington UMC will hold a church workday. Please plan to join us as we spread mulch, pull weeds, and complete a number of other spring projects at the church. If you have questions call, Ron Schneider.

Foods Resource Bank

If you haven’t sent your donation in to the church yet, please do so as soon as possible. The conditions in Africa are grave concerning food and your Missions Ministry Group would like to plant more acres of corn if possible this year.

Join Us as We Begin Planting the Congregational Garden!

Over the next few weeks, volunteers will be planting 2100 tomato plants, 100 tomatillo plants, plus various types of peppers that have been raised from seed in a greenhouse. Squash seeds will be planted in the ground as well. Your heart, hands and green thumb will make a difference!

Lou Schairer, a retired high school horticulture teacher, has been involved in the planning, planting, and harvest in the garden over the past six years. “It’s a big science experiment. We are always learning and trying something different.”

The benefit is in the food provided to those in need. Just think, the average cost of a pound of vegetables is $2. If one butternut squash is 3 lbs., we can save a struggling family a significant amount of money by providing our harvest to local food banks. Another word of wisdom from Lou on the garden, “It’s a great place for people to really get down on their knees.”

To be a part of planting please contact the church office at 847- 836-5540.

Lawn Mower Needed

The Garden Committee is looking for a used lawn mower to keep the grass cut around the garden. Any make or model will work, as long as it runs. Please contact Jim Stein or Jim Finn if you can help.

Heart Pillow Project

Hundreds of heart-shaped fleece pillows have been delivered to Good Shepherd Hospital over the past several years to breast cancer patients who have had mastectomies. We will be gathering on Tuesday, May 26, to tie and stuff more pillows. Come and join us anytime between 9:30 -11:30 a.m. in the dining room if you would like to be a part of this project. Ability to tie a knot is the only experience necessary!

Feed My Starving Children

Please contact Linda McGill from the Missions Ministry Group to reserve your place on the team to pack meals for starving children. We will meet at the Libertyville location, Saturday, May 30, 2015, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The next opportunity to pack meals is in Schaumburg, Saturday, July 18, 2015, 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

Sunday, May 31, Confirmation Sunday

Students will be confirmed as a part of the 10:30 a.m worship service.

Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

Sunday, May 31, 9:15-10:15 a.m. Fellowship Hall

All Sunday School teachers of children Pre K – 6th grader, please join us with your families for our Annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfast. (If you cannot make it, please let Missy know by May 24.)

Can You Provide a Ride to Church?

Would you be willing to provide a ride to church Sunday mornings for a person in your area who does not have transportation? The Membership Ministries team wants to provide this ministry when the church receives a call from someone looking for a ride. Please contact Liz Penick or call the church office at 847-836-5540 if this is a way in which you would like to serve. Please indicate whether you attend the 8:00 a.m. or the 10:30 a.m. service.

Also, if you or someone you know needs a ride, either on a regular or occasional basis, please call the church office.

Pick Up a Note for Someone You Care About

Are you looking for a helpful note for yourself, a loved one, or a friend? BUMC Membership Ministries is offering Care Notes which give information on topics such as grief, pain, anger, being a single parent, as well as several other topics. The Care Notes are in a wall display near the Parlor and Kitchenette. Browse through them and take one if you like. We hope you will find these notes helpful!

The Well – a gathering place

In the Bible, wells represented life, prosperity and abundance. The well was more than just a place to draw water. It was the place where people went both to be refreshed and to socialize. It was a place to renew old acquaintances and make new friendships —you could be sure that everybody went to the well at one time or another. It is no wonder that biblical characters from Abraham to Isaac, Jacob to Moses, Jesus to the Samaritan woman had a story to tell beside a well. The well was the center of community life.

Our new gathering space, appropriately named The Well, is located adjacent to the front door, right off the main lobby. This new space provides a place for anyone to spend time at the church in a casual atmosphere. It is for everyone who needs a place to rest or wants to have a small informal, impromptu conversation. Please wander in on a Sunday morning or anytime the church is open to relax and enjoy a hot beverage!

Mission u: Learning Together for the Transformation of the World

Mission u is an opportunity to study current issues impacting society. It is open to everyone: men, women, children and youth. The topics this year are: Created for Happiness: Understanding Your Life in God, Latin America: People and Faith, and The Church and People with Disabilities. Mission u will happen on two weekends.

  • Mission u One Day Event: Oak Lawn United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 11
  • Mission u Weekend Event: Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, July 16-19

Look for registration forms on the bulletin board in the lobby. Questions? Contact Linda Osikowicz or Norma Jung-Stein.

Gift Baskets for Families with New Babies

New babies are such a delightful addition to our BUMC family! Membership Ministries and the Mom’s Group want to be sure to welcome all new babies with a home-delivered dinner for your family and a small basket of special items. If you are a member or attend BUMC, please give us a chance to help you celebrate your new addition! We ask that you notify Pastor Mi-Sook Yoo at 847-836-5540 x 103. Someone will then contact you about a date and time to deliver the meal and basket.

Prison Ministry: Help for Returning Citizens

In interviews with individuals in prison on what would help them the most upon release, one of the major requests is for personal care products. We don’t think about it, but when someone is released from prison they usually don’t have shampoo, soap, razor and shaving cream etc. Personal care products must be purchased. If the “Returning Citizen” has little or no money and is not employed, it is difficult to obtain these items. The missions committee is asking the congregation’s assistance through donations of items for Personal Care Kits. These Kits contain essential needs that will help start these individuals in their new life. Listed below are the contents of both the male and female kit. We ask your assistance by providing a kit or any of the items listed below. Please find the container in the lobby marked “Prison Ministry” for your donations. For further information contact Bill Bible or Keith Leoni.

Personal Care Kits


  • shaving blades
  • shaving cream
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrush
  • deodorant
  • shampoo
  • wash cloth
  • talcum powder


  • shaving blades
  • shaving cream
  • feminine pads (one small/one large)
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrush
  • deodorant
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • wash cloth
  • talcum powder (baby powder)

FISH Food Pantry Donations Needed

FISH food pantry in Carpentersville serves 50 families a day and has an urgent need for the following items:
shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants (for men and women), and shaving razors.
These donated items can be placed in the bin marked for FISH Food Pantry in the lobby. The families who receive your donated items are very grateful for 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.

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.

Care Ministry: Home Delivered Meals

Do you know someone who has gone through a circumstance (surgery, sickness, death in the family, etc.) that leaves them in need of a home cooked meal? This may include you! If someone you know is in need and agreeable to have a meal brought to them by a member, please notify Carol Svoboda or call the church office at 847-836-5540.

If you would like to be put on a list of persons willing to provide a meal for someone in need, please call Carol Svoboda or the church office.

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 boxtops4education.com for complete product listing.

Remembering the Church

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