Crossroads Worship: Saturday, July 11, 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

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).

Partner Churches Barbecue and Potluck

Please join us for an opportunity for fellowship with our partner churches: El Mesias UMC, Bethel NFC, and Trinity UMC.

Date: Saturday, July 18
Time: 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: Trinity UMC Field and Gazebo
1647 Ravine Lane
Carpentersville, IL 60110

There is plenty of parking available in the church lot and at Lakewood Elementary School.

Contact: Sharon Orr

Greeters Needed for the United Methodist Women National Seminar

We have a wonderful opportunity to meet and share radical hospitality with our sisters from across the nation. The United Methodist National Seminar is being held at UIC July 29-August 2 and Northern Illinois Conference members are going to be the hostesses.

Many volunteers are needed to greet, escort, welcome and register members of United Methodist Women coming to Chicago to attend the National Seminar. More volunteers are needed to assist staff with programs, site visits, public action and a cultural night out for attendees. If you are someone who is familiar with the airports, public transportation in Chicago, or the campus, you would be a much appreciated volunteer! And if you answer “no” to the statement above, but would like to learn, this is a perfect opportunity! All volunteers are welcome, even if you have not been involved with United Methodist Women. We want to show the “radical hospitality” of the Northern Illinois Conference!

For more information on the many types of volunteer positions available or if you have questions or wish to volunteer, please contact Betty Erickson. If you can volunteer, please let me know when you can volunteer. Thank you!

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
  • The Church and People with Disabilities.

Mission u will be held on two weekends. The teachers for all classes go through rigorous training and bring a day of fun, hands-on activities in a small group session.

Mission u One Day Event

Oak Lawn United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 11

Life and Faith in Latin America is the children’s (ages 7-11) study. The lessons and activities will allow children to gain a deeper awareness and understanding of Latin America and its people.

The youth study (ages 12-15), Latin American: Places, Culture, and Faith, provides a wealth of information on Latin American life, customs, culture, young people, geography and liturgical practices that will help United Methodist youth increase their understanding of what life is like for Latin American youth. (Youth 16 and over attend the adult class.)

Mission u Weekend Event

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, July 16-19

The days include a time of study, worship, small group sessions, and reflection. The event begins Thursday evening with dinner and goes through Sunday lunch. Attendees will attend the spiritual growth study, Created for Happiness: Understanding Your Life in God and one of two other studies: Latin America: People and Faith or The Church and People with Disabilities.

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

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.

Join Us as We Plant the Congregational Garden!

Over the past two weeks, volunteers have planted some of the 2100 tomato plants, 100 tomatillo plants, plus various types of peppers that have been raised from seed in a greenhouse. The planting continues! Squash seeds need to be planted in the ground as well. Your heart, hands and green thumb will make a difference!

The benefit is in the food provided to those in need. Just think, the average cost of a pound of vegetables is $2. If one butternut squash is 3 lbs., we can save a struggling family a significant amount of money by providing our harvest to local food banks.

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

Feed My Starving Children

Please contact Linda McGill from the Missions Ministry Group to reserve your place on the team to pack meals for starving children. The next opportunity to pack meals is in Schaumburg, Saturday, July 18, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Get directions.

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.

Celebrating 175 years at the July 4 Parade

This year we are celebrating 175 years as a church community and what better way to start our celebration then to walk in the 4th of July Parade!

There are a variety of ways to help. The time commitment is very flexible. You can help build, walk, or a combination of both.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Assist with float decorating on July 2 and/or July 3
  • Walk in the Parade and help pass out information
  • Bring a cooler full of ice to go on the float on parade day
  • Donate bottles of water for the Float riders and walkers
  • Carry the Noah’s Ark Banner in the Float

A sign up sheet will be available at the fellowship table in the lobby. Questions? Contact Susan Brown at 847-844-3738.

Summer Children’s Church Help Needed!

We began summer Children’s Church June 14 during the 9:30 a.m. service. We would love for you to lead the kids in fun Veggie Tales stories, crafts and a movie. The lessons need NO planning and everything will always be ready and waiting for you. We need an adult to lead and you must be at least 12 years old to assist. This is a great opportunity for you to get to know our kiddos here at BUMC! Contact Missy Konopka at 847-836- 5540 ext. 106.

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!

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.

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!

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


  • 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.