Sunday Morning and Weeknight Small Groups

In November, a 5 week “pre-Advent” video series by Mike Slaughter entitled “A Different Kind of Christmas” begins. All Sunday morning groups will combine in the Chapel starting November 2 for the video introduction, and then divide into small groups for deeper discussions. The weekday evening groups will continue. If you are not yet involved in a small-group but interested in joining a group, please contact John Watson.

Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool Poinsettia Sale

Our Annual Poinsettia sale to benefit the programs of our preschool will be November 16 and 23. This is a great time to get beautiful Christmas flowers to help celebrate the season. Contact: Susan Brown at 847-844-3738.

United Methodist Women Luncheon

On November 20, United Methodist Women will have our Annual Harvest Potluck luncheon with Salem United Methodist Women. Our program will be “Solving Hunger by 2020”, presented by Amy Wahl from the Northern Illinois Food Bank, daughter of Steve and Sylvia Mountsier. Northern Illinois Food Bank, in partnership with over 800 feeding agencies in our 13 county service area, is striving to end hunger in Northern Illinois by 2020 by providing 75 million meals to our hungry neighbors. We will be meeting in the Dining Room at 11:30 a.m. for the luncheon followed by the program. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass; beverages and breads will be provided. All are invited! Childcare is provided upon request, please contact Linda Osikowicz by November 17.

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!

Coming Soon, to The Banner: Did You Know…

As United Methodists, we are inspired by the words of the founder Methodism, John Wesley,“Do all the good you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can”.

To share how Wesley envisioned bringing these words to action, in future issues of the Barrington UMC newsletter, The Banner, we will be refreshing our knowledge on what Wesley preached, how the United Methodist church at large lives up to those concepts, and how the BUMC provides the real-world linkage of those principles to our communities.

The short piece will be entitled “Did You Know…” and each month will reinforce key concepts about Social Principles in Action. In this way, we all will be able to know how our founder, church, social principles, and people directly impact our community. We hope you find these columns enlightening and beneficial in reinforcing what it means to be a member of BUMC and also inspires you to become more involved in our many efforts.

—The Church and Society Ministry Group

“Hanging of the Greens” Decorating Party

Many helpers are needed to prepare our church for the Christmas season! We need unpackers, fluffers, sorters, installers, climbers, lighters, ornament hangers and opinion offer-ers!

So… Come and enjoy our Hanging of the Greens Decorating Event on Sunday, November 30 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Please plan to join the party and share the work. With lots of help, it will not take long and will make the season joyful. Thanks in advance for your tremendous help in this critical element of our Advent experience!


3:00 – 5:15 p.m. Decorating the church

4:00 p.m. All children are invited to create ornaments for our special Chrismon Tree with Missy Konopka and Susan Brown while singing songs with Holly Bowling

5:15 p.m. All children and adults gather in the Rotunda to hang Chrismon creations on the tree. We will sing Christmas Carols then have a brief service of blessing of the Chrismon Tree.

Light appetizers and goodies will be served throughout the afternoon. Nursery care will be available for infants and toddlers.

The Chrismon Tree

Unlike the Christmas tree with Hallmark Ornaments and family heirlooms and personal traditions, the Chrismon Tree has become a focal point for worship during the Advent/Christmas Season. “Christ’s Monogram” (hence, ChrisMon) is the theme for all the white and gold ornaments on the tree that we will have in the Rotunda. Each of the ornaments is a symbol such as a crown or a cross, that represents something of the person of Jesus, reminding us—amidst all that our culture stresses about Christmas—that indeed “Jesus is the reason for the season.”

Feel Like Baking Some Cookies?

Fellowship Team is looking for people to bake cookies for the “Hanging of the Greens” Decorating Party. The party will be on Sunday, November 30. If you can bake a dozen or two, sign up today at the Fellowship table near the bulletin boards. Bring the cookies to the Fellowship table when you come to church Sunday morning November 30. Questions? E-mail: Carol Henrikson.

Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool Silent Auction Fund Raiser

Noah’s Ark has an annual silent auction to raise funds for the preschool. We are looking for donations for our silent auction. If you or someone you know is able to donate a service, gift card or items please let us know. We do have a donation letter and tax documentation. We truly appreciate the church and all of your support. Contact Susan Brown.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Crossroads Worship

Saturday, December 13, 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)

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.


  • shaving blades
  • shaving cream
  • bar soap
  • tooth paste
  • tooth brush
  • deodorant
  • shampoo
  • wash cloth
  • talcum powder


  • shaving blades
  • shaving cream
  • bar soap
  • feminine pads (one small/one large)
  • tooth paste
  • tooth brush
  • deodorant
  • shampoo and conditioner
  • wash cloth
  • talcum powder (baby powder)

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.

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.

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.

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.