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.

Do You Have Hidden Talents?

We are looking for an adult or older teen to lead a Family Fun Night here at church. It would be a one-time event on a Friday or Saturday (day or evening) for approximately 2 hours; including a meal or snacks. If you have talents that you would love to share with others; such as cooking, painting, sketching, knitting, or some other amazing skill you may have, please call Missy today to set a date and time!

Teacher Training October 26

Are you a Sunday School or Children’s Church teacher or assistant? Or have you ever wanted to be but you were too intimidated? Well, this training session is the perfect place to learn the skills to lead or assist! On Sunday, October 26, from 4:00-6:30 p.m., we will have a Professional Curriculum Trainer from Group Publishing here at BUMC sharing her tips and secrets with us and giving us the skills it takes to be comfortable in a classroom. Dinner will be served and there will be nursery care for all children ages 0-12 years. Please RSVP with your head count to Missy by October 19.

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.

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 Circle 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.

The November Meeting will be a joint meeting with Salem United Methodist Women on November 20 at Barrington UMC at 11:30 a.m. It will be our annual Harvest Potluck luncheon. Amy Wahl, daughter of Steve and Sylvia Mountsier, will be speaking to us about the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Watch for more information to follow.

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)

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.