Are you a newcomer interested in finding out more about Barrington UMC?

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 on April 26 and May 3 for a special two-session class all about Barrington UMC! 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, April 26, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, from 9:15-10:15 a.m. For more information or to sign up, please contact Gayle Richard or call 847-836-5540.

Adult Mission Opportunity, May 2

On May 2, from 8:00 a.m. to about 2:00 p.m., we will be teaming with Epworth church members to work on the following physical plant issues at Epworth United Methodist Church:

  • painting projects – a hallway and a small parlor.
  • plaster projects – the plaster is a multi-step project. Someone can fill cracks and help provide a smooth surface that when dries would get an additional layer of smoother plaster before being sanded and painted.
  • Some offices need to have files and small desks carried to new offices (and some things to the dumpster).
  • We may also remove a couple of pews from the sanctuary to start setting up the new sound booth.

A willingness to work is the biggest skill needed, so please consider helping. Children are welcome to come and help with their parents.

“Strengthening Family Relationships” Guest Speaker on May 3 at 9:15 a.m.

On May 3, for Celebrating the Christian Home Month, the Faith Development Team is bringing the therapist Joan Guest from Samaritan Interfaith Center to give us a presentation on “Strengthening Family Relationships.” Please come and engage in meaningful conversations with Joan as she shares her expertise and helps us to build healthier Christian homes.

About the Speaker Joan Guest holds a Masters of Social Work from George Williams College at Aurora University and her Bachelor’s Degree from Gordon College in Massachusetts. She holds a certificate in geriatrics from the University of Illinois and has long experience working with older adults. She loves helping individuals, couples, and families deepen their faith and use their spiritual resources to conquer depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem and other challenges.

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!

Crossroads Worship Saturday, May 9, 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.

Trinity UMC Mother/Daughter Luncheon

May 9, 1:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church

The theme for the Mother/Daughter luncheon is “Once Upon an Apron.” Wear your favorite apron and bring your family’s favorite dish to share (bring the recipe on a card to share). After lunch, we’ll get a lesson on decorating cakes and you can decorate your own cupcake. Please RSVP to Kim Simms.

Just Geraniums Sale

Our United Methodist Women are pleased to offer gorgeous geraniums from Hager’s Country Market at our Mother’s Day sale on Sunday, May 10, at Barrington UMC! Each 4.5” potted plant will sell for $5 and you’ll have four different colors to choose from: light pink, salmon, bright red and bright violet. Persons wanting to order six (6) or more flowers may reserve them in advance by calling Norma Jung- Stein, and can pick them up on Saturday, May 9 at her house. You will be given directions to her house when you call. Be sure to take advantage of our sale to honor your mother in a loving way or to beautify your home for spring!

Children’s Sunday School Ends May 17

On May 17, Sunday School for children PreK-6th grade will meet for the last time until August 23. (There will be Children’s Church all summer long!) Contact Missy Konopka with questions.

Northern Illinois Conference United Methodist Women Spring Retreat

Saturday, May 23 at Barrington United Methodist Church, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple, and that God’s spirit dwells in you?” This is the theme for the Conference Retreat. Speakers will address taking care of ourselves: healthy body and mind, diet and exercise. Cost is $20 and includes morning coffee/light breakfast and lunch. Registration forms are on the bulletin board in the lobby. Questions? Contact Linda Osikowicz.

Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool and Kindergarten Summer Camp

Summer camp will be held for three weeks, May 26 – June 12, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., for children 3 years of age through the end of Kindergarten. You can sign them up for one, two, or all three weeks. Each week will be a different theme related to our wonderful outdoor classroom. The first week is all about Roots (underground), the second week is Shoots (all about on the ground) and the last week is Canopies (up in the air). We love to learn in nature! Applications for summer camp are available by contacting Susan Brown, Preschool Director.

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.

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.

  • Upcoming dates at Epworth United Methodist Church: June 27, 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
  • 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.

Mission u: Learning Together for the Transformation of the World

Mission u is an opportunity to study current issues impacting society. It is open to everyone: men, women, children and youth. The topics this year are: Created for Happiness: Understanding Your Life in God, Latin America: People and Faith, and The Church and People with Disabilities. Mission u will happen on two weekends.

  • Mission u One Day Event: Oak Lawn United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 11
  • Mission u Weekend Event: Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, July 16-19

Look for registration forms on the bulletin board in the lobby. Questions? Contact Linda Osikowicz or Norma Jung-Stein.

Save the Date! BUMC Church Photo Directory

Photography dates for a new BUMC Church directory will be on August 5-8 and August 20-23. Photography appointment sign ups will begin in June.

Pick Up a Note for Someone You Care About

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!

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.