Fall Street Fair

Sunday, September 7

  • 11:45 Lunch in Fellowship Hall
  • 12:15 Explore the Fair
  • 12:45 Dessert Auction

Celebrate and experience Barrington UMC’s fall programing, ministry, and mission at our Fall Street Fair. In her book Christianity for the Rest of Us, Diana Butler Bass says, “Christianity is not a map religion. Christianity is a religion of the streets, of signposts on the ground, of people walking along the way.” Imagine those streets taking us on a journey that leads us toward God. The streets on the journey help us to connect, grow and reach to life. Experience the community of people walking together, connecting with God and with one another!

September 7 is a BIG day at BUMC!

Kids, bring your backpacks for a special “Blessing of the Backpacks” service at 10:30. Plan to stay after the service to kick off fall with us at our “Street Fair” (also known as Rally Day). There will be food and fun for all ages to enjoy! Kids, come get your face painted & play games with us!

Informal and Engaging Worship Starts Saturday, September 13 at 5:00 p.m.

Crossroads is an intimate and informal worship service featuring a variety of familiar music – from songs you hear on the radio to contemporary Christian, gospel and bluegrass and even the occasional hymn. The worship service presents and interprets Scripture with intellectually challenging, thought-provoking theology and seeks to engage and connect our faith with our everyday lives.

Crossroads will meet every second Saturday at 5:00 p.m. A fellowship opportunity will follow every service with an optional meal out at Rosati’s on Route 25 in Carpentersville.

Crossroads Worship logo

Barrington UMC Supports The Troops

Donations Needed. On September 7 and 14,the Mission Ministry Group of BUMC will be collecting treats and funds to send 200 packages to U.S. Army troops in the 2nd Engineer Brigade of Joint Task Force Trailblazer in Afghanistan.

2nd Engineering Brigade with kids

The treats and funds may be dropped off at the church during the week or on Sundays. Checks should be made payable to the Barrington United Methodist Church with a “For the Troops” notation on the check.

Shipping costs (which are substantial), perishability and handling over long distances define what can be sent. If you wish to give items a list below is provided:

  • Planters Smoked Peanuts, 6 ounce composite cans
  • Trident Spearmint Sugar Free Gum, 18 sticks per individual pack
  • Deviled Ham Spread, 4.35 ounce cans
  • Dole Pineapple Chunks, 8 ounce cans
  • M & M Peanut Chocolate Candies, 3.27 ounce plastic bags
  • Armor Vienna Sausage, 4.75 ounce cans
  • Spam, 7 ounce cans
  • Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, 2 ounce ‘milk’ carton
  • Nabisco Nutter Butter Bites, 3.5 ounce plastic can
  • Bridgford Pepperoni Snack Bites, 4 ounce plastic bag
  • Sunrise Butterscotch Discs, 10 ounce plastic bag (pieces to fill empty nooks)

Part of the mission of Task Force Trailblazer is training Afghan Engineer units, drilling wells to provide drinking water and removing Taliban mines. In this atmosphere, small packages from home provide a reminder that we are grateful for their service and wish them a safe return.

This project will involve approximately $5,000 for food items and mailing cost. Once the material and funds are available, members of the congregation and any other interested volunteers will be asked to assist in packing the boxes for the Troops. Please contact the Church Office at 847-836-5540 or George Gill with any questions.

Join Us this Fall for Disciple Bible Study!

Explore the Old and New Testaments, and engage in discussion, questioning and deeper exploration with fellow travelers on the spiritual journey. Led by Pastor Chris and Pastor Mi-Sook, this is a 34 week class that will meet each Wednesday evening from 7:00-9:00 p.m. beginning September 24 and ending in late May (with breaks at Christmas and Easter). Cost for each participant is $35, which will cover all session materials. Register today on the sign-up sheet outside the sanctuary, or contact John Watson.

Christianity for the Rest of Us

Starting in September, church-wide small groups and worship services will discuss the ideas presented in the book Christianity for the Rest of Us by Diana Butler Ross.

  • Small-groups will meet for 6 weekly (~ 1 hour) sessions beginning the week of September 14.
  • Books will be distributed during the first small-group session.
  • Sermons during both services will deal with issues raised in the book. Small-groups will discuss the previous sermon.

Everyone is encouraged to join in the small-group discussions. This will be a wonderful opportunity to develop stronger relationships within the congregation while sharing our thoughts on how we can build stronger faith, and serve each other and the community in Christian Love.

We will be setting up small-groups meeting at the church and in homes out in the many neighborhoods we serve, and at times that best serve the needs of the congregation. If you would be willing to open your home to 6 weekly meetings, or lead a small group at the church, your home, or the home of a local host, please let us know.

If you have questions please contact John Watson or any member of the Adult Faith Development Committee.

Annual Barrington UMC Golf Outing

The date has changed for the Annual Golf Outing. It will be held Sunday, September 14, with a 1:00 p.m. starting tee time. Play will once again be at Bonnie Dundee Golf Course on Route 25 and Dundee Road. Since we use the “BUMC Best Ball Format”, players of all levels can contribute. The organizers will select teams and each year a great time has been had by all. Cost will still be $30.00 per person and this includes 9 holes of play, a cart, and pop and chips. Prizes will be awarded. Sign up as soon as possible (must be by September 7 after church services). Any questions, call Louis Schairer or Faith Rotan.

Confirmation Orientation Session

Parents of 7th or 8th grade students, there will be a parent orientation session for confirmation on Sunday, September 14, after the 10:30 a.m. worship service. This 2-year program during the school year prepares 7th-8th grade students for full membership in the church. This course teaches the basic beliefs of the faith, theology, and the responsibilities which come with a Profession of Faith and Church membership. A special service of worship in June is designated to celebrate this rite of passage into mature faith and full membership for all 8th graders who complete the course. The class meets one Saturday a month in addition with overnight retreats, and lock-ins. Please contact Pastor Christal for more information.

Are You a Newcomer Interested in Finding out More about BUMC?

Or 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 the upcoming 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 September 20 from 5-8:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 28 from 9:15- 10:15 a.m.

For more information or to sign up, please email Gayle Richard or phone 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.

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.

Native American Acts of Repentance

In response to the call to the larger Church to be in community with native peoples around the globe, our Northern Illinois Annual Conference will begin a process of change and growth called “Acts of Repentance.” The goals for this process are for individuals and congregations to listen, learn, repent, and act. On September 20 at Community UMC, 20 N. Center St., Naperville, we’ll begin the process by learning where Native Americans have been and continue to be present, including the challenges many Native Americans face each day. More information is available.

Rummage Sale 2014

The 81st Annual Rummage Sale is coming, October 3 and 4. Start saving those treasures, you’ll be able to drop them off starting September 28. Money raised from the sale goes to United Methodist Women and many different mission projects, many of them local: Meals on Wheels, FISH Food Pantry, WINGS, and Home of the Sparrow to mention a few. Also, think about the times you would like to help—not only is it a great service project, but it’s fun fellowship as well. Any questions, or to arrange possible pick-up of items before the sale, contact Mary Mellon. To volunteer your time, contact Mary Williams or Sandy Starnes, or fill out the volunteer form.

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.

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.

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.