Justice and Healing: An Ecumenical Response

March 28, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Fellowship Hall

God calls us as Christians to journey on a path that leads to a “beloved community.” What is the Christian’s role in facilitating this?

Join our presenters as they lead a dialogue on justice and healing for our nation. They will share their perspectives on the Church’s responsibility to create the “beloved community,” their personal experiences, what our individual and collective Christian responsibilities are in understanding the issues, speaking out about injustices and acting in ways that demonstrate commitment to Christian ideals.

Keynote speaker: Jim Winkler, President, National Council of Churches

Panel Moderator: MaeLynn McCrory, Chaplain, member, BUMC Church and Society

Panel Participants:

  • Bishop Sally Dyck, Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Rev. Chris Winkler, Barrington United Methodist Church
  • Rosalyn Wesley, chair of Church and Society group of BUMC
  • Rev. Zina Jacque, Community Church of Barrington
  • Rev. Dr. Nathaniel L. Edmond, Second Baptist Church, Elgin
  • Rev. Wendy Witt, First United Methodist Church, Chicago Temple

No advance registration required.

“Working toward the beloved community”

Sunday Mornings During Lent

In the Gospel of John, Jesus gives us the “I Am” sayings, meaningful metaphors such as “I am the bread of life” and “I am the light of the world,” to reveal his mission and purpose. The study book offers a weekly reading based on biblical study and personal reflections written by Pastor Rob Fuquay. Each short DVD segment was filmed in the Holy Land and takes us on location to where the “I Am” sayings of Jesus actually were spoken. Join us Sunday mornings in Lent for this insightful study series as we learn more about the God we can know and as we seek to answer Jesus’ question to us, “Who do you say I am?”

  • February 22: Introduction to the “I Am” Sayings of Jesus: Knowing God
  • March 1: “I Am the Bread of Life”: Knowing God’s Satisfaction
  • March 8: “I Am the Light of the World”: Knowing God’s Guidance
  • March 15: “I Am the Good Shepherd”: Knowing God’s Care
  • March 22: “I Am the True Vine”: Knowing God’s Power
  • March 29: “I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”: Knowing God’s Way
  • April 12: “I Am the Resurrection and the Life”: Knowing God’s Possibilities

Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, March 29
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Fellowship Hall

Join us throughout the morning for a delicious Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the BUMC United Methodist Men. All proceeds from free-will contributions support “Meals for Millions,” which provides food to families in need throughout the country and the world and equips them with resources to build futures of health, hope and dignity.

One Day Women’s Retreat, April 18

8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Walking with the Lord and Following in His Steps

Stonegate Conference Center, Hoffman Estates, IL

Please join us for a day of spiritual fun, fellowship, and relaxation. The total cost for the day is $50 per person which includes breakfast and lunch buffets along with other surprises. The registration is due Sunday, March 29. Sign up today at the Fellowship table in the lobby.

Walk With Jesus Churchwide Event March 29

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Please plan to join us for an exciting new Easter Event here at BUMC. We will all enjoy the UMM Annual Pancake Breakfast together immediately following the 10:30 a.m. worship service and then begin our “walk”. Experience the events of Holy Week and Jesus’ last days with his disciples in this moving, multi-sensory family event. Journey through four stations as you: sit down for the Last Supper; pray in the garden of Gethsemane; discover the sacrifice of Good Friday; and celebrate the Easter resurrection. Designed specifically for families to experience this adventure together, this event will help you discover the events leading up to Easter in a powerful, but age appropriate way.

For more information or to register, contact Missy Konopka at 847-836-5540 ext. 106.

Chancel Choir Cantata, Palm Sunday

Rehearsals for the Palm Sunday cantata The Passion and the Promise will be at the following times. Please get your music from Karen Maxwell if you are just coming to sing for the cantata and are not in regular Chancel Choir rehearsals.

  • Thursday, March 26, 8:00-9:00 p.m. in Sanctuary
  • Saturday, March 28, 1:00-3:00 p.m. in Sanctuary
  • Sunday, March 29, 9:30 a.m. in Sanctuary for the 10:30 service

Holy Week Worship

Palm Sunday Worship at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.

At 10:30 a.m. only — The Passion and The Promise: BUMC Chancel Choir Cantata (The biblical story through music.)

This day that marks the beginning of Holy Week starts with the joy of a parade and ends with the passion of the cross. Telling the biblical story through words and music, this powerful worship service leads us along the path that the disciples took with Jesus.

Holy Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

This last night that Jesus spends with his disciples begins around the table and leads to his arrest, betrayal and denial.

Good Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Service of Darkness (Tenebrae)

Through scripture and song we experience the last hours of our Lord’s life.

Easter Sunday, 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m.

Please Help with Children’s Church

We are looking for volunteers for Children’s Church on Easter Sunday. To give our regular teachers a break, we are looking for helpers to be with the children during the 9:30 a.m. worship service and the 11:00 a.m. worship service during Children’s Church time. All the children PreK-2nd will be combined in the Dining Room for crafts and a movie. We need 2 helpers for each classtime. If you can help please contact Missy as soon as possible at 847-836-5540 ext. 106.

Be an Usher on Easter Sunday

Ushering is a great way to welcome members and visitors into worship on Easter Sunday. Offering a warm welcome is a wonderful way to serve others. On Easter there are three opportunities to usher: 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Please contact Steve Black in person on a Sunday morning if you are willing and able to usher on Easter Sunday.

Crossroads Worship – Saturday, April 11, 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.

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!

Adult Mission Opportunities

The Missions Ministry Group has been working to bring BUMC members opportunities to go out in the community and help. Below are the current local opportunities.

  • Epworth Homeless Shelter – meal serving, set up, clean up and fellowship with the guests. March 29May 2, June 27, August 1, September 19, and October 10. Epworth United Methodist Church 5253 N. Kenmore Ave. Chicago, IL 60640
  • Rockford – Saturday, May 16, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Indoor painting prep and painting at the new facilities for Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (recycling and environmental steward organization).

Please contact Scott Downing with questions or dates you want to volunteer. As additional opportunities become available, we will post them.

United Methodist Women Day of Spiritual Renewal, Saturday, April 18

“How Is It with Your Soul?”

Come for a Day of Spiritual Renewal at Calvary United Methodist Church, Villa Park. We will begin the day at 8:30 and conclude at 2:30. The program will be presented by Rev. Young-Mee Park, DeKalb District Superintendent. Registration forms will be on the bulletin board in the lobby; cost is $15 (includes continental breakfast and lunch) and RSVP’s are due on April 6. Questions? Contact Linda Osikowicz. Hosted by Elgin District United Methodist Women, open to all.

Save the Dates for 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.) It takes a village to host VBS, so please consider volunteering some of your time to help us out. It’s a great way to be a true servant. Any questions call or email Missy at 847-836-5540 ext. 106.

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!

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

Male

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

Female

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

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.

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.

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.

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 boxtops4education.com for complete product listing.

Remembering the Church

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