Ash Wednesday, March 5
Holy Week 2014, April 13-17
Good Friday, April 18
Easter Sunday, April 20
Ash Wednesday, March 5
Holy Week 2014, April 13-17
Good Friday, April 18
Easter Sunday, April 20
Ash Wednesday emphasizes a dual encounter: we confront our own mortality and confess our sin before God within the community of faith. This service focuses on these themes of sin and death in the light of God’s redeeming love in Jesus Christ. The use of ashes as a sign of mortality and repentance has a long history in Jewish and Christian worship. The receiving of ashes is an experiential way of participating in the call to repentance and reconciliation.
Grace Circle will meet Thursday, March 6, at 10:00 a.m. in the Dining Room. We will have a Lenten devotion. We may be tying a few heart pillows as well. All are invited to join us! For more information, contact Janeen Hamack.
Faith Circle will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, at Lake Barrington Woods. Carolyn Schneider will be our hostess. For more information, contact Betty Reed.
Each week our Greeters, Portico Greeters, Welcome Table Volunteers, Welcome Team and Ambassadors are instrumental in making newcomers feel at home and welcome in our building and in our church. If you are currently a part of one of these teams or if you are interested in joining this important ministry, please join us on Saturday, March 8 from 9-11:30 a.m. in the Dining Room for a special“Welcoming Workshop.” This time together will help all of us understand the ways we communicate a message of “Welcome Home” to our members, visitors and newcomers through words and actions. Please contact Gayle Richard at 847-836-5540, ext. 107 for more information or to register to attend.
Copies of Disciplines from Upper Room Books are available in the church office. Disciplines includes passages from writers with various backgrounds, locales, and Christian traditions who guide you through your daily scripture reading. The cost is $10.
Rev. Christal Bell is a proud second-generation ordained elder in the A.M.E. denomination following in the footsteps of her loving parents and mentors, Rev. Larry J. Bell and Rev. DaNita M. Ward Bell. In her adolescence, Pastor Christal grew up for the majority of her years in Peoria, Illinois where she graduated from Richwoods High School. She advanced on to further her education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). Pastor Christal was active in the WSIU newsroom while studying at SIUC. With aspirations of becoming a prime time reporter, Pastor Christal was awarded an internship position with NBC Studios: Entertainment and Publicity Department; in Burbank, California. It was during this time in her undergraduate studies where she experienced the Call of God for her to become His prime time reporter; she graciously obeyed. She went on to finish her Bachelor of Arts in Radio/Television from SIUC. Upon graduation she entered seminary at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where she earned her Master of Divinity.
Christal is currently pursing doctoral studies in Mental Health Counseling at Walden University. Her dream is to open her own Christian based counseling practice for children/adolescents and their families. Her life scripture is “I can do all things, through Christ that strengthens me.”
What does it mean for a modern person to believe? How do we not only cope with suffering and evil in the world but fashion a viable faith in the midst of life’s ambiguities and uncertainties?
Gene Winkler will lead this year’s Adult Lenten Study every Sunday during Lent, beginning on March 9 and continuing through April 13. Our resource will be a new book by Christian Wiman, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer. Seven years ago Wiman, well-known poet and the editor of Poetry magazine, wrote a now-famous essay about having faith in the face of death. My Bright Abyss, composed in the difficult years since and completed in the wake of a bone marrow transplant, is a moving meditation on what a viable contemporary faith— responsive not only to modern thought and science but also to religious tradition—might look like.
How do we answer this “burn of being”? What might it mean for our lives—and for our deaths—if we acknowledge the “insistent, persistent ghost” that some of us call God?
A supplemental text will be Thomas G. Long’s What Shall We Say?: God, Evil and Suffering. Both of these books deal poignantly and forthrightly with our beliefs, hopes and God’s grace. Wiman’s book may be purchased through the church office.
On March 16, we will be celebrating St. Pats day with a potluck brunch/fund raiser in Fellowship Hall immediately after the second service. We invite all to bring a favorite brunch casserole, side dish or dessert to share and pass in fellowship. All proceeds from free will donations will go to the Youth Ministry to support their upcoming mission trip. Please plan to join us.
Our Church and Society and Missions Committees are supporting a benefit for The Urban CPE Consortium. We are seeking raffle donations; food, hotel, services, crafts items, etc. Urban CPE trains Chaplains and Pastors to minister to vulnerable urban populations. They partner with Chicago agencies addressing poverty, violence, abuse, addiction, homelessness and grief. Seminaries include: Garrett Evangelical, University of Chicago, Loyola, and others. Donations may be delivered to the church office by March 16 or contact MaeLynn McCrory. Raffle, event tickets or donations may be made online.
Noah’s Ark Christian Preschool and Kindergarten is now accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year. Contact preschool director, Sue Busse at 847-844-3738. Visit the preschool web site for information and a registration form.
We are excited to be adding a new Pre-kindergarten enrichment program. Our Beyond Fours class will be taught by the same teachers all year and will focus on strengthening kindergarten readiness skills by reinforcing curriculum introduced in the morning 4’s class. This class is open to four year-olds who will be entering kindergarten in 2015.
“Make It Happen” is the theme for the faith-filled, spirit-lifting gathering of thousands of women of every ethnicity, background and region at the United Methodist Women’s Assembly to be held April 25-27, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. The biblical foundation for the 2014 Assembly is Mark 6:30-44, the feeding of the 5,000—a miracle most fitting for a “Make It Happen!” Assembly. Inspired by Jesus who fed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish, United Methodist Women members face seemingly unbeatable challenges to answer God’s call to serve and advocate for those deemed “the least”—Christ’s kin. Check the website for further information.
At the 2014 Assembly, we will celebrate, share sisterhood and remind one another how faith, hope and love in action turn the impossible into life-affirming realities everyday. In more than 75 workshops, women will help one another reach new heights in spiritual growth; develop leadership skills; cultivate new ways to strengthen the mission outreach of our circles and local, district, conference and jurisdiction groups; and learn more about environmental sustainability and best practices for incorporating these principles into our daily lives when we return home. Contact Norma Jung-Stein or Linda Osikowicz (they are both going and can answer any questions).
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.
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.
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!!
Visit boxtops4education.com for complete product listing.
The latest Adult Ministry opportunities are listed on the Adult Ministries page.
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.
Please consider remembering the church in your estate planning. Thank you.