Join Us as We Care for the Congregational Garden!

The harvest has begun! Broccoli and zucchini are ready to be picked. The garden is growing vigorously, but the weeds are also thriving and need to be pulled. Please volunteer a few hours to pull weeds in the Congregational Garden this week as the weather permits.

The vegetables grown in the garden provide healthy food to our local food banks and can save struggling families significant amounts of money.

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

BUMC Church Photo Directory

Photo session appointments are now being scheduled for a new BUMC Photo Directory!

Everyone (regardless of membership status) is invited to have their photo taken and included – if you consider BUMC to be your church family we would like to include you in the directory. You can schedule your appointment online or by signing up in person on Sunday mornings.

For every photo session booked, Lifetouch will make a donation to local food pantries to feed four people!

Book online and you will receive a $10 coupon toward photo package purchases (no purchase commitment required).

Every family unit who has a photo taken by Lifetouch will receive a free directory in the fall.

Crossroads Worship, Saturday, August 8, 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.

Fall Worship Schedule Starts August 23

Sunday Mornings

8:00 a.m. Chapel Worship

Welcoming, caring community

You are invited to join this welcoming, caring community that worships God in an intimate setting. Essential elements of this service include: a time of gathering, liturgy, hymns, a sermon, Communion, and a sending forth into the world to live our faith.

9:30 a.m. Classic Worship

Formal worship experience

Please join us in the soaring, light-filled Sanctuary for this more formal worship experience. Essential elements of this service include: a mix of traditional and current hymns, liturgy, organ and choir, sermon, and a time for children every Sunday. Com- munion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month.

11:00 a.m. Crossroads Worship

New traditions of praise and worship

There is a place for you in this unique contemporary service where you will experience new traditions of praise and worship. Essential elements of this service include: diverse musical styles led by our worship team, ancient traditions and rituals reinterpreted, and a sermon that invites both reflection and action. Communion is celebrated regularly.

Second Saturdays

5:00 p.m. Crossroads on Saturday

Intimate, informal worship

Pick Up a Note for a Loved One

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!

Meet Our New District Superintendent

Save the date for the Installation Service of Rev. Darneather Murph-Heath as the Elgin District Superintendent on August 16 at 3:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights, 1903 E. Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Annual Golf Outing

Save the afternoon of Sunday, September 13 at Bonnie Dundee Golf Course for the annual golf outing.

BUMC Three-Day Fall Women’s Retreat

Join the ladies of the church for a Garden Getaway: Where Women Walk with God at Delavan Lake Resort, Delavan, Wisconsin
Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27

Enjoy, Bible Study, time alone with God and Fellowship, in a lovely Resort on beautiful Lake Delavan Wisconsin.

Cost: $200 for a double room, $180 for a triple or $270 for a single room. A $50 deposit will hold your spot. Contact Elaine Anderson with questions. Sign up starts Sunday, June 7.

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.

Coming Sunday, August 23 for Youth

11:00 a.m. Merge (6th- 8th grade)

Moving Closer, Moving Forward

It’s for students who want to grow their relationship with God through serving with others in JAM ( Jesus And Me). “Merge” is a place to grow, learn and have fun together. We believe every single 6th-8th grade student can be a leader in huge ways. Come see where faith and fun merge!

Essential Elements of Merge include:

  • Preparation for mentoring and leadership roles at JAM
  • Learning together through bible study and conversation
  • Serving together at JAM and in other ways at BUMC and in the community

12:00 p.m. Intersection (9th-12th grade)

Finding Your Way in Faith and Life

Our weekly Sunday “Intersection” features a diverse mix of meaningful activities for youth. We spend time every Sunday 12:00-2:00 p.m. sharing lunch and learning how to share ourselves through our gifts and stories.

Essential Elements of Intersection include:

  • Friends, fun and food!
  • Exploring faith in God together
  • Figuring out life in a sacred, safe place

Coming Sunday, August 23 for Children

9:45 a.m. JAM “Jesus and Me”

Connecting kids to God and one another through bible stories, games, and music

At JAM, kids ages 3 years through 5th grade will grow in their faith while learning about the Kingdom of God through Bible stories, worship-style music and motions, games and crafts. (Snacks are provided.)

JAM is led by our Jr. and Sr. High Students with the support of adult leaders. This gives our 6th-12th grade students the op- portunity to mentor younger kids as they become leaders while strengthening their own faith.

JAM takes place during the 9:30 a.m. Classic Service after the kids enjoy the Pastors Children’s Message and ends at 10:45 a.m.

Essential Elements of JAM include:

  • An hour long large group worship setting with songs and movement for all ages.
  • Age level small group time for stories, games and crafts
  • Mentoring, leadership and faith formation opportunity for kids and Jr. & Sr. High Students to connect in a worship environment.

11:00 a.m. Pathfinders

Walking our paths together, building our relationship with God

Children (age 3 through 5th grade) are invited to join in age level small groups with caring teachers to grow deeper in faith so we can live our lives as Christ’s followers.

Essential Elements of Pathfinders include:

  • Every week, intentional connections are made between our faith development education classes and our BUMC worship services.
  • Our Feasting on the Word Curriculum utilizes a common bible passage for all learners, making it easy for families to learn and live out their faith together.
  • Children will have time to gather together, share their thinking, and learn about God through activities, music, and bible stories.

10:45-11:00 a.m. Cherubs — 1st & 3rd Sundays

For children ages 3 through grade 2. Rehearsals are in the Creation Station 10:45-11:00 a.m. 1st and 3rd Sundays. Children learn age-appropriate songs as they learn to worship through singing. Holly Bowling, Director

10:45-11:15 a.m. Kids Ring N’ Sing — 2nd & 4th Sundays

This group is for children in grades 3-5. It meets on 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month from 10:45-11:15 a.m. in the Creation Station. Children have the opportunity to play many classroom instruments, handchimes and ethnic instruments as well as sing and use sign language in age-appropriate worship music. Holly Bowling, Director

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 9:30 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.

Annual Rummage Sale, October 2 and 3

If you do take some time for organizing this summer, don’t forget the Rummage Sale is just three months away! For information, contact Mary Mellon to see how you might use your passion to be part of this historic service project that has made it possible for us to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to very grateful organizations.

Also, there will be one big difference this year. We will not be accepting furniture: no upholstered pieces, kitchen/dining tables, headboards, large shelving units, dressers, etc. The cost of a tent, the difficulty in finding a truck to pick up pieces, and the lack of “muscle” to move heavy furniture has led to this decision. Small items, like decorative chairs and accent tables may be accepted. They should be small enough to fit in a car’s trunk and light enough to be lifted by one or two wimpy folks.

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: 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.

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!

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.

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 for complete product listing.

Remembering the Church

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