Christianity for the Rest of Us

Spaces are still available for the upcoming Christianity for the Rest of Us study! Join us as we explore the ways that we walk the journey of faith individually and as a community. Small groups meet on Sunday mornings in the Parlor, Office Conference Room and Room 111.

To register or for more information, e-mail John Watson.

Rummage Sale 2014

The 81st Annual Rummage Sale is coming, October 3 and 4. Start saving those treasures, you’ll be able to drop them off starting September 28. Money raised from the sale goes to United Methodist Women and many different mission projects, many of them local: Meals on Wheels, FISH Food Pantry, WINGS, and Home of the Sparrow to mention a few. Also, think about the times you would like to help—not only is it a great service project, but it’s fun fellowship as well. Any questions, or to arrange possible pick-up of items before the sale, contact Mary Mellon. To volunteer your time, contact Mary Williams or Sandy Starnes, or fill out the volunteer form.

Drop Off Donated Items

  • Sunday, September 28, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Monday and Tuesday, September 29-30, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 1, 9:00 a.m. – noon


  • Sale preparation: September 27- October 2
  • Sale help: October 3 – 4
  • Sale clean-up: October 4- 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Shop: Friday, October 3, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 4, 9:00 a.m.-noon

Troop Mission Project Success

With the mailing of 231 treat packs on September 15, the Treats for the Troops Mission Project exceeded the objective of sending 200 gift packs to the 2nd Army Engineer Brigade in Afghanistan.

The contributions objective for food and funds of $5,000 was also exceeded! In addition to food, more than $6,818 was received from a long list of contributors. This will permit another 100+ treat packs to be sent out next week!

Most importantly, to pack these treats more than a dozen youth and about 30 adults directly participated in this Mission outreach program. See the October issue of The Banner to read an e-mail that has already been received from Afghanistan thanking BUMC for this enthusiastic support of our troops.

Music Programs Fall 2014

Contact Karen Maxwell, Director of Music about any of the following music programs.

  • Chancel Choir—Teens and Adults are invited to sing in Chancel Choir which sings nearly every Sunday September-May in the 10:30 a.m. service. Karen Maxwell is the Director and rehearsal is in the Music Room Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
  • Exaltation Handbells begin their rehearsals on Tuesday, September 23 in the Bell Room 7:30-8:30 p.m. Teens and Adults are invited to ring in this group which typically plays once a month in the 10:30 a.m. service. Being able to read music is important. If we have enough interested ringers, we will consider starting a second group so we would offer two levels of ringing. We are hosting the Area 8 handbell workshop of the Handbell Musicians of America on November 15 where we will rehearse all day and then offer an informal concert in the Fellowship Hall at the end of the day. Karen Maxwell is the Director.
  • Cherub Choir is offered for Pre-school through 1st grade children September-May during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The children leave after the Children’s Sermon for Cherub rehearsal and then go to Children’s Church. Stephanie Preucil, Sydney Whitley, and Holly Bowling are the Directors.
  • Kids Ring ‘n’ Sing is a new music activity being offered to 2nd-6th graders immediately after the 10:30 a.m. worship service in the Music Room while parents are having coffee and visiting. Opportunities to play handchimes, handbells, Orff instruments as well as singing will be given. Karen Maxwell and Holly Bowling are the Directors. Please sign up on the Music bulletin board in the Foyer and you will be contacted about a start date.

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!

Worldwide Communion Sunday, October 5

Four local congregations, Trinity UMC, El Mesias UMC, Bethel New Faith Community, and Barrington UMC, will join together in the Sanctuary of Barrington United Methodist Church for worship and holy communion at 10:30 a.m. We will worship together in many languages and enjoy a potluck meal after the service. Please wear ethnic clothing from your family’s native land and bring a hot or cold dish to pass for the potluck. Contact Carol Henrikson or Pat Mitchell with questions about the potluck.

Informal and Engaging Worship Saturday, October 11 at 5:00 p.m.

Crossroads is an intimate and informal worship service featuring a variety of familiar music – from songs you hear on the radio to contemporary Christian, gospel and bluegrass and even the occasional hymn. The worship service presents and interprets Scripture with intellectually challenging, thought-provoking theology and seeks to engage and connect our faith with our everyday lives.

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)

Children’s Sabbath, October 12

On October 12th we will celebrate Children’s Sabbath with a special service. This service will include our Third Grade Bible Presentation. A special letter with a reminder will be coming soon. If you have a Third grade student please contact Missy Konopka at: 847-836-5540 ASAP so we can be sure to include your child for this wonderful occasion.

Let’s Go Bowling!

When: Sunday, October 12. Gather at 12:30 p.m. Bowling is from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Where: The Brunswick Zone, 1611 S. Randall Rd., Algonquin

Cost: $12.50 per person; this includes 90 minutes of bowling, shoe rental, 2 pieces of pizza, soda and a cookie!

All BUMC and Noah’s Ark friends are invited to come bowl with us! Please RSVP ASAP so we can reserve your spot! We had over 30 people bowl last time-let’s break that record! All ages are welcome: PreK-Adult! Sign up in the lobby or RSVP to Missy Konopka, Children’s Ministries Coordinator.

Harvest Festival to Celebrate Foods Resource Bank Project

The 2014 Ottawa-Barrington FRB Growing Project Harvest Celebration will be held Saturday, October 18 at the Gary Dau Farm, N42nd Road, Sheridan IL. Lots of activities for young and old. Come out to the country for a combine ride, some pulled pork sandwiches and a pie auction!

The Barrington Area CROP Walk

The Barrington Area CROP Hunger Walk fights hunger one step at a time. This year the Walk will be on Sunday, October 19, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 401 E. Main St., Barrington at 1:00. Recruitment for the Walk begins on Sunday, September 14. There are many ways for you to be involved: be a walker, be a sponsor, be a volunteer the day of the Walk, promote the Walk in our church, provide healthy snacks for walkers, and pray for hungry people and those involved with fighting hunger throughout the world. Last year our church had 30 walkers and raised over $8,000. For more information, contact Linda Osikowicz.

The Annual Celebration of the Northern Illinois Conference United Methodist Women

The Annual Celebration of the Northern Illinois Conference United Methodist Women will be held at Barrington UMC on Saturday, October 25. Guest speaker will be Jay Godfrey, speaking on human trafficking. Jay is a Seminar Designer for United Methodist Women Seminar Program on National and International Affairs, an educational program of United Methodist Women at the Church Center for the United Nations. The meeting begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and concludes about 3:00 p.m.; cost is $18, which includes morning coffee and lunch. We are expecting over 150 guests, so we welcome any volunteers to help serve a meal, be a greeter, etc., that day as well as come to learn more about this important issue. Child care is provided. Questions? Able to help this day? Please contact Linda Osikowicz. Registration is due Friday, October 17; registration forms are on the bulletin board in the lobby.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.