Summer Worship Schedule

June 22 – August 31

  • 8:00 a.m. in the Chapel
  • 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Garden Fund Update

The United Methodist Men Garden Ministry has set a goal to deliver 25,000 pounds of vegetables to the food pantries this summer. One way to increase the number and quality of the tomatoes was to purchase tomato cages for the nearly 2,000 tomato plants in the garden. On Sunday, July 13, 2014, members of the congregation contributed $2,572.17 toward the purchase of these garden supplies. This is over one half of our goal of $4,000 needed to cover their cost. You may make checks payable to BUMC with “Garden Fund” in the memo space and place your contribution in the collection plates during the upcoming Sundays. Thank you for your generosity toward this mission project that helps more than 2000 families in our area.

Learn the Mission of ChildServ

At the Mission Committee’s meeting on Tuesday July 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. we will have Mr. James C. Jones, President & CEO of ChildServ as a guest speaker; also Kim Coffing, Director of Advocacy and Church Relations. We invite members of our church to attend to gain an insight into the many programs that ChildServ operate and to welcome James and Kim. Our church has for many years supported this organization with our gifts.

Do You Have a Hidden (or Not So Hidden) Talent to Share?

We are planning a Street Fair to welcome all to our fall schedule on September 7 and would love to have some buskers. Not sure what a busker is? It’s a street performer! So, if you mime, juggle, do acrobatics, magic tricks, clowning, music performance, puppeteering, ventriloquism, etc., please contact Elizabeth Laverd with your talent by July 25. We would love to have you be a part of the day’s celebration.

A Sabbath for Teachers, A Time to Worship Together

As a way of expressing our value of children, families, and our dedicated teachers on Sunday mornings, we have decided to try something new this summer. We will be inviting children to remain in worship with their families. This provides two opportunities: children get to experience the full spectrum of a worship service and our dedicated teachers receive a Sabbath to enjoy worship with their families. We will be enhancing the materials in the children’s worship bags to help them stay engaged and nursery care will continue to be offered for infants and toddlers during worship times. We look forward to the return of children’s church in the fall! Please contact Missy Konopka, Coordinator of Children’s Ministry with questions at 847-836-5540 ext. 106.

Church Office Remodeling

Construction to remodel the church office continues. The office is open during construction, but you are encouraged to schedule appointments with the church staff. Some staff members will work from home and will be available via e-mail. Thank you for your understanding!

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.

Seeking Volunteers to Teach Children

We are looking for fun, men and women to help share God’s word with our BUMC children this fall. Have special hidden talents? We would love for you to share them with us! All teachers receive our Safe Sanctuary background check and training. We are also offering a new teacher training this summer! Look for training dates to come soon. Please help fill some slots on our Teacher sign-up board in the Narthex. Questions? Call Missy Konopka, Children’s Ministries Coordinator at: 847-836-5540 ext. 106.

H-E-L-P—Do You Have a Car to Donate?

Uziel Hernandez, the new pastor of our “sister Church”, Bethel United Methodist Church in Carpentersville, desperately needs a car. He will be commuting to Bethel and two other United Methodist churches he is serving. If you or anyone you know has a serviceable car you are willing to donate, contact the church office at 847-836-5540.

Feed My Starving Children

Did you know 10.9 million kids under the age of 5 die each year in developing countries? Malnutrition and hunger related diseases cause 60% of these deaths. That’s 18,000 children who die each day from hunger. How do we get food where it’s needed most? And how can food assistance help people build stronger communities? Feed My Starving Children has a hunger solution that answers both of these questions. Sign up to join other BUMC members to hand pack nutritional meals.

  • Libertyville: Saturday, June 14, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Schaumburg: Saturday, August 2, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Stop by the sign up table in the Narthex. Opportunities are limited to 20 attendees each session.

Save The Date—Jazz Concert August 16

The Missions Commission, in cooperation with St. Anne’s Community, is pleased to sponsor a Jazz Concert here at BUMC on Saturday, August 16 at 7:30 p.m. benefiting Family Service of the Barrington Area. Featured will be Father John Moulder, widely acclaimed in the Chicagoland area as a jazz guitarist/vocalist, accompanied by Ken Hall.

Barrington Back to School Giving Day

Be a part of the Back to School Clothing Event, Saturday, August 9. Back to school Giving Day is a community partnership with Barrington Giving Day, St. Matthew Church, and other interested churches and organizations in the Barrington Area. The goal is to provide needy children in District 220 with a new outfit for school in a friendly caring atmosphere. You can be a volunteer sorting clothes, you can donate new or gently used children’s clothing, or you can make cash donations. For more information: go to or contact St. Matthew Church at 847-382-7002.

Women’s Retreat

Ladies, our women’s Lake Delaven retreat will be held the weekend of September 26-28, 2014. This year’s theme will be Café Chocolat. At your Café Chocolat, each session focuses on a different miracle Jesus performed in his time on earth. Using chocolate as a metaphor for God’s grace, women will learn about goodness in a whole new way. Registration begins Sunday, April 27. Registration packets will be available in the Narthex. Look for the representative from the women’s retreat team.

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. For more information, contact Linda Osikowicz.

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.

Prison Ministry: Help for Returning Citizens

The BUMC Missions Committee is sponsoring Nicasa Family Services and the Lutheran Social Services of Illinois in their efforts to assist individuals (“Returning Citizens”) recently released from prison. Nicasa is located in North Chicago and assists these individuals by conducting programs that aid their reentry into society. They are in need of male mentors to guide men and male youths in assimilating into society. The Lutheran Social Services of Illinois sponsors a Prisoner and Family Ministry that lends assistance in literary skills, education, life skills, transportation and initial medical assistance to released prisoners. Both of these organizations are working to decrease recidivism in released prisoners by assisting them in developing self values and self esteem.

In interviews with individuals in prison on what would help them the most upon release, one of the major requests was for personal care products. We don’t think about it, but when you are released from prison you usually don’t have shampoo, soap, razor and shaving cream etc. They 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. A container will be placed in the Narthex for your donations. For further information contact Bill Bible or Keith Leoni.

Male Personal Care Kits

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

Female Personal Care Kits

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

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.

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.

Remembering the Church

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