Tackle Hunger

Exactly 25 years ago, the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single youth group: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat.” Since that day, more than $100 million has been raised for local charities across the country through Souper Bowl of Caring. It has become a powerful movement that is transforming the time around Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving.

Through this mission, young people learn what it’s like to make a positive difference in the world – as they collect food, raise money and volunteer to work in charities that provide shelter to the homeless, food to the hungry and compassion to those in need.

Be part of this movement that is sharing God’s love with those in need. Please give generously on Super Bowl Sunday. All donations (cans and financial contributions) will be donated to a local food pantry in Elgin. Cans can be dropped off throughout the week in an area that will be designated. All funds can be dropped off in the office, attention to Pastor Christal.

Monday Morning Mom’s Group, 9:15-11:15 a.m.

Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World
by Melissa Spoelstra

In the Book of Jeremiah, we find God calling out to His people with a message of hope — a message that intentional living is possible even in an unstable world. But how do we do this? Where do we start? Jeremiah offers women hope for living in an uncertain world by learning to navigate the challenges and circumstances of their lives. This six-week study examines God’s words of instruction to His wayward people through the prophet Jeremiah, and provides women six guidelines for intentional living to overcome fear, worry, and doubt as they surrender their wills to God’s and put their hope in Him alone.

This class is open to any mom interested in spending time with other moms in an atmosphere of encouragement – all are welcome! Childcare will be provided for infants, toddlers and kindergartners not in school that morning. Contact Jody Horton.

Mom’s Group Evening Bible Study

Are you a mom interested in studying the Bible with other moms, but can’t attend on Monday mornings? If you would like to participate in an evening study, please contact Jody Horton or Janel Sullivan. Thank you!

Intercept Human Trafficking

At noon on Friday, January 30, United Methodist Women will again hold a silent vigil in Daley Plaza to promote awareness of the crime of human trafficking. We will meet at the Chicago Temple just before noon, be in the plaza for an hour, and then share in a short worship service at the Temple. The vigil is held near the date of the Super Bowl, as big sporting and entertainment events can intensify the space in which such crimes occur. The Super Bowl ranks second only to Thanksgiving as the day on which Americans consume the most food, and some of those who are trafficked will be serving food in restaurants or at catered parties related to the Super Bowl. Others will clean hotel rooms, wash dishes, tidy nail salons, deliver dry cleaning or wash windows. Some will be trafficked as sex workers for “escort” services or in men-only clubs. If you are interested, please contact Linda Osikowicz (who will be going via the train). If you are not able to attend, you can also help by being in prayer during that time.

2015 Elgin District Training Event: Celebrating Cultural Diversity

Saturday, January 31, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Our Savior’s United Methodist Church

Seven different workshops will be offered including training for leaders serving the church through Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee, Childserv, Lay leader/ Lay member, Disaster Response Planning, Finance, or Spiritual Formation.

Please register by January 27 to Barbara Pufundt.

February United Methodist Women Circle Meeting

The first circle meetings of 2015 will be Thursday, February 5. We will meet in the Dining Room at 11:30 a.m., sharing lunch (bring your own) together. Our programs will begin at 12:15 p.m. (for those of you who would just like to come for the program). Grace Circle will be looking at the Charter for Racial Justice, a document created and adopted in 1978 by Women’s Division, in 1980 by the whole denomination. Contact Linda Osikowicz for more information.

Annual Red & White Party

Saturday, February 7, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Mark Saturday, February 7, on your calendar! That’s the date of our annual Red & White Party. We will taste red and white beverages, soda, and cheese. The cost will be $8 per person or $15 per couple to cover expenses. Prizes will be awarded to the top two winners.

Jim and Barbara Finn’s home
658 Bradford Lane, West Dundee

Sign up at the Fellowship table to bring an appetizer or dessert. Sign up starts January 4. Don’t miss the fun!

Interested in Finding out More about BUMC?

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, February 8, from 5-8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 15, from 9:15-10:15 a.m.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Gayle Richard at 847-836-5540.

Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool Annual Dinner and Dance Auction

You are cordially invited to our Adventures in Wonderland Valentine’s Dance and Auction, February 7, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The price is $30 for the family. We will have pizza, a DJ, crafts, and lots of fun items to auction off. The event will take place in the Fellowship Hall. Contact Susan Brown.

Flowers for the Altar

A gift of flowers for the altar is a wonderful way to add to our worship experience together. Many dates are available in January, February and March. Please consider a gift of flowers for a birthday, anniversary, or other special event. Your event will appear in the bulletin so we can celebrate that with you. Please see the flower chart in the lobby for available dates. You will be contacted by Paula Gordon to choose your arrangement, cost, etc.

Feed My Starving Children

On Saturday, February 14, Elgin District United Methodist Women will be having an Ubuntu Day of Service at Feed My Starving Children, Libertyville. We will meet at UMC of Libertyville at 11:30 a.m. for a light lunch and proceed to FMSC to work from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Registration forms are available on the bulletin board in the lobby and are due February 7. Turn your Valentine’s Day into a day of showing God’s love for the least and the lost. (Ubuntu is a Zulu word and concept that captures the concept “I am human because you are human.”)

Laptop Computers Needed

Do you have a laptop PC that you are no longer using? Jim Finn and the Missions ministry group will take your donated computer for reuse in ministry in Guatemala. Please contact Jim with questions about what computers he can use.

Crossroads Worship

Saturday, February 14, 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)

Upcoming Singing Opportunities for Women

Ladies who enjoy singing are invited to be part of a Ladies-Only-Choir which will sing on Sunday, February 22, at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. A smaller Ladies-Only-Ensemble will sing at the 8:00 a.m. worship service in the Chapel. If you are not presently in choir, please contact Karen Maxwell to let her know of your interest in singing at one or both services and whether you are a soprano or alto. She will get you the music (an Introit and an Anthem), a practice CD, and information on a single put-it-altogether rehearsal. Karen can be reached at 847-836-5540 x134 or kraymax@yahoo.com, or in person before or after any of our services.

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.

One Day Women’s Retreat

Save the Date! April 18, 2015, Stonegate Conference Center Hoffman Estates, IL.

Details to follow!

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.

Wesleyan Theology Study

Starts January 4, 9:15 a.m. in the Dining Room

Rev. Eugene Winkler will offer a 4 week Wesleyan Theology Study in the month of January that will Focus on Our Beliefs and Actions.

“What do the people called Methodist believe?” is a frequent question asked of us. In a congregation which embraces so many different religious traditions and seeks at the same time to become clearer about our theology and our work in God’s world, we seek to rely on what is known as the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, i.e., Scripture, tradition, reason and experience.

You are invited to explore your faith and your calling as a disciple of Jesus Christ during the four Sundays of January. Gene Winkler will lead us through four weeks of exploration. We will discuss not only the “Quadrilateral,” but also the primacy of grace, a theology of the Sacraments, our historic commitment to social justice and mission, and the primacy of Covenant.

The format will be open and inclusive. Gene will bring knowledge and experience of six decades of ministry. You will be both challenged and embraced as you move forward in your pilgrimage of faith.

Drop In Chapel

9:15 a.m. in the Chapel, Starts January 11

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

From the book cover: Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates who are specialists in the areas of old manuscripts, textual criticism, and biblical studies.

Strobel challenges them with questions like How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event?

Strobel’s tough, point-blank questions make this bestselling book read like a captivating, fast-paced novel. But it’s not fiction. It’s a riveting quest for the truth about history’s most compelling figure.

What will your verdict be in the The Case for Christ? If you have any questions, please contact John Watson.

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.

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 boxtops4education.com for complete product listing.

Remembering the Church

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