Rev. Chris Winkler
Rev. Matthew Johnson
Rev. Wendy A. Witt
First UMC, West Dundee
Pastor Bonnie Bevers
Director of Youth Ministries
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Barrington United Methodist Church
98 Algonquin Road, Barrington, IL 60010
Chapel Worship, Sundays at 8:00 a.m.
You are invited to be a part of this welcoming, caring community that worships
God in an intimate setting. Essential elements of this service include: a time of
gathering, liturgy, hymns, sermon and a sending forth into the world to live our faith.
Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month.
Classic Worship, Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
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.
Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month.
Crossroads Worship, Sundays at 11:00 a.m.
There is a place for you in this casual, compelling worship service. The relaxed
atmosphere invites us to interpret scripture in today’s context with challenging
questions, a variety of musical genres and an open, interactive format. Communion is
Comunidad Cristiana | Christian Community Worship, Sundays at 4:00 p.m.
1647 Ravine Lane, Carpentersville, IL 60110
You, and your neighbors, are invited to join this emerging worship. A welcoming,
caring community shares worship and a delicious meal on Sunday evenings.
Experience Hispanic-style worship offered bilingually with a mix of traditional and
contemporary worship elements. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of
First UMC of West Dundee
318 W. Main Street, West Dundee, IL 60118
Love the Lord your God with all your
heart, soul, mind and strength...
Rev. Chris Winkler
Whenever somebody asks me to describe or define the mission, vision
or values of Barrington United Methodist Church, I talk about our
“three-legged stool” of Vibrant Worship, Vital Faith and Serving God
and Our Neighbors. Those three pillars are based on our understanding that
the three things most people want from a church is worship that engages them;
to grow their faith through study and fellowship; and to reach out to others
through care, service, charity and justice ministries.
I am proud to say that our Mission Committee is one of the most vital and active
ministries of our church. Whenever a need arises the people of this church step
forward to help. We have many people who donate money, goods, and service
and as a result, we have received numerous awards from the Northern Illinois
Conference and from our partner agencies for being the church that gives the
most money, or supplies, or support toward mission and outreach. Barrington
United Methodist has been a leader in this area for each of the six years that I
have been the senior pastor.
One of the growing edges for us is the area of “hands-on” service. One of my
pastoral mentors used to say, “Show me a church where the majority of its
members are engaged in ministries where they roll up their sleeves and get their
hands dirty serving others, and I will show you a church without any money
problems.” After twenty plus years in the parish ministry, I am convinced that
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Classic Worship, Sundays at 10:00 a.m.
All are invited to experience this multi-generational blended worship service,
which incorporates traditional worship elements like hymns and liturgy with
more contemporary elements like thematic altar displays, video and occasional
contemporary music selections. There is a children’s message weekly, scripture
lessons and sermon. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month.
Middle School mission trip to Kansas City
Adult Mission Trip to Puerto Rico
Love the Lord your God continued
my friend was absolutely right and that such a church will not only
be a church with healthy giving, it will be a church who’s leadership
knows their priorities and who’s membership believes in the vision
and values of the church.
Each summer we send middle school students, high school students
and adult mission teams out to work bringing relief, restoration
and hope to impoverished areas or to areas affected by natural
disasters. We also have a number of people who work to support
our Congregational Garden, which grows multiple tons of produce
to feed the hungry through area food pantries. Additionally, we
regularly have intergenerational groups who serve through agencies
like Feed My Starving Children and PADS (Public Action to Deliver
Shelter). But we do not come close to engaging a majority of
membership in these ministries. Indeed, a relatively small number of
our people do the majority of this work.
These are difficult times for the United Methodist Church. The
global church is embroiled in a very messy and public dispute
over human sexuality and about how we interpret scripture and
understand the nature of God. I am confident that Barrington UMC
will weather the current storm and that we will emerge as a church
that is even more focused and articulate about our mission, vision
and values. I want to encourage each of you to find a place to rollup
your sleeves and get your hands dirty serving God and serving
our neighbors. I believe that if you do this, the distractions will be
diminished and the important things will come into focus and—in
my experience—you will enjoy some of the most gratifying days of
When the lawyer asked Jesus what the most important
commandment was, Jesus didn’t say anything about scripture or
doctrine or dogma. He said the most important commandment
was to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and
strength and to love your neighbor as yourself. When we reach out
in service, we demonstrate in the most tangible of ways our love
for God and our love for our neighbors. If you are looking for an
opportunity to serve, please contact Sharon Orr, our Director of
Mission and Multi-Site Ministries or one of our pastors. May God
bless you and watch over you as you go to serve.
I look forward to meeting you...
Rev. Wendy A. Witt
“In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone
—HYMN OF PROMISE © 1986 Hope Publishing Company
380 South Main Place, Carol Stream, IL 60188 (800-323-1049)
Used by permission.
My Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
As I write this, I have just wrapped up my time as the Associate Pastor at First
UMC at The Chicago Temple. Sunday was my final service, and it was followed
by what they called “A Fond Farewell to Rev. Witt.” It was an amazing day of
celebrating our shared ministry over the past eight years. I was very humbled
and touched by the comments shared by the speakers. It is an amazing thing to
hear about the ways we have touched the lives of those
around us. Many times, we have no idea the impact we
are having on people when we are simply seeking to
do what we are called to do and to show up when and
where we are needed.
Two themes were repeated throughout the testimonies.
One focused on my work for justice and inclusion for
all people but especially for the vulnerable and the
marginalized in society and in the United Methodist
Church. This passion for social justice has been one of
the defining marks of my ministry since I was 13 years
old (you will hear more about this soon). The other set of comments focused
on my pastoral care and presence, especially in times of illness, death, or going
through a particularly difficult and dark time in their lives. These two prongs of
ministry ~ the prophetic and the pastoral ~ are high priorities in the way I shape
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Middle School mission trip to Kansas City
I look forward to meeting you continued
my ministry. And, interestingly, they are also two elements that are absolutely
necessary if we are to live into the vision statement of the United Methodist
Church “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
Puerto Rico 2019
ADULT MISSION TRIP
I anticipate that by the time you read this, I will be settling into the parsonage,
learning to navigate my way around West Dundee and the surrounding areas, and
in the midst of getting to know all of you and launching our shared ministry.
As I come, I am deeply grateful for all the work that has been done on the
parsonage. It is truly beautiful and welcoming inside and out. I am also grateful
for all those who have already welcomed me to First UMC West Dundee and
Barrington. I am already benefiting from your warmth and generous spirit.
Over the next couple of months, I will be concentrating on getting to know you
individually and as a congregation. I want to hear about your stories, your hopes
and dreams, and any challenges that are being faced. I want to meet with you
individually as much as possible and to attend most if not all of the classes, small
groups, and meetings that are being held over the summer.
I also want to encourage you to reach out to me if there is something you want
to discuss with me, if you would like a pastoral visit, or just want to spend some
time getting to know me. My cell phone number is (312) 898-6804. My email is
email@example.com. I am also on facebook and post on a fairly regular basis.
I look forward to meeting you, being in ministry with you, reaching out to our
community in love, welcoming all those who come, and seeking to share God’s
radical grace and transformative love with one another and with all those
Your Sister and Partner in Ministry
Adult Mission Trip to Puerto Rico
From June 6 to June 13, nine adults from Barrington
and First UMC lived and worked in Puerto Rico. Not
the Puerto Rico you see in the news, the part around
the capital, San Juan—the part that is fully rebuilt and
functioning. Instead, our team stayed in a work camp in
Patilla and worked in Yabucoa, a town only 34 kilometers,
but a 45-minute drive away from camp. This work camp is
located over the mountains on the south side of the island
where Hurricane Maria first came ashore. This is where
the most damage was done. Where the least recovery has
occurred. Where people lived without electricity for five
months and where the waste from destroyed homes is still
sitting on the street two years later. Puerto Rico is a US
Territory whose residents are citizens of the United States.
You can visit with only your driver’s license, just like driving
to Iowa or Indiana. In Yabucoa, our team rewired homes,
sealed roofs, pressure washed mold and repainted. They
also enjoyed spectacular views, spectacular food (thanks to
the local United Methodist Women) and amazing fellowship.
Please enjoy a few of the pictures from this trip.
Pictured from left to right: Dennis Rossow, David Snyder,
Luis Vega, Meagan Hunt, Kaitlyn Ochenrider, Tara Niven,
Terry Niven, Pete Wesley and Rob Ochenrider
Carpentersville Community Meal
For over a year, we have been serving delicious and nutritious meals to anyone who
joins us at Trinity Center on the third Saturday of the month. These free meals offer a
chance for folks in and around Carpentersville to enjoy a protein-rich meal, to socialize in
a comfortable atmosphere and to know that we are present and interested in their community.
Community Meals are an effort of the multi-site partnership and the missions teams of
Barrington UMC and First UMC West Dundee. Those who work together have enjoyed
fellowship while serving and making a difference in our community. Those who shop and
cook know that their efforts are appreciated at Trinity Center OR at PADS in Elgin where our
leftovers go to feed homeless clients receiving support and counseling. Those who serve and
help clean up see the smiling faces and enjoy the wonderful energy of a very social room. We
welcome all–we share with all–we invite everyone to come back!
We have received incredible support from the local business community, especially from
Masi’s Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria who provides one or two side dishes each month. We also
celebrate the Illinois Pork Producers whose organization has supported our efforts for two
years in a row. In addition to ongoing support from the Barrington UMC missions team, we
have also received financial support from members of First UMC and Barrington UMC, and from
the UMW of West Dundee. To see the entire list of our financial supporters, please check the list
at CarpentersvilleCommunityMeal.com. Better still, for $350, you can become a Community Meal
Sponsor yourself! Donations small and large are welcome, including donations of your time in
service or to socialize on the third Saturday of every month. There is a place at the table for you,
come out and eat with us this month!
Saturday, July 20 beginning at 4:30 p.m. | It’s picnic time!
We will be serving hot dogs and picnic foods.
Saturday, August 17 beginning at 4:30 p.m. | Come enjoy an easy night out!
Community Meal is Going Greener
This month, we will begin using compostable
cups to serve drinks instead of Styrofoam.
We also begin washing our silverware instead
of using plastic. These efforts together will
significantly reduce our waste stream.
¡Tenemos un lugar para ti!
We have a place for you!
Mentoring at Lakewood Elementary School
Schools out, it’s summertime! Why talk about
mentoring now? Because this is a great time
for new mentors to learn about mentoring and to
prepare to start in September.
Lakewood School in Carpentersville shares a
driveway with our building, Trinity Center. 90% of the 579
students qualify for free or reduced lunch. According to
recent state tests, 15% are proficient in reading and 22% are
proficient in math. According to our mentors’ experiences,
100% of them are wonderful kids doing their best.
What do mentors do? We eat lunch with our kids once a
week. We listen, we play games, we read books, we are a
reliable presence in their lives. We care. With the help of our prayer partners,we keep the students,
teachers and families in our prayers. Mentors receive online training and in-person counseling. They are
fingerprinted and receive a background check.
To explore becoming a mentor, contact Sharon Orr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ChildServ Back to School Backpack Drive
During the 2018 school supply drive,
Barrington UMC and First UMC each
contributed 100 backpacks toward the 700
backpacks ChildServ seeks to distribute every year.
In addition to these 200 backpacks, many, many
boxes of additional supplies were provided by our caring congregations.
Early donations have given us a great start again this year, but your help is still needed. Please give
generously in August!
ChildServ is a UMC agency serving at-risk children in the greater Chicago area including Elgin. They
support families through early childhood and kindergarten readiness programs. They support foster
children and foster parents. There is an adoption program and three residential group homes. Of note,
for the last two years, every group home resident of age to graduate high school did graduate on time.
The Emerge program for homeless young adults ages 18 to 24 provides transitional housing and case
management to help young people achieve self-sufficiency. All of these programs make a significant
difference in the lives of children, youth and families.
Mark your calendar for the 37th Annual Barrington Area CROP
Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 13. The Walk will begin at St.
Anne Catholic Community, 120 Ela St., Barrington. Registration
begins at 12:30 p.m. and the Walk will begin at 1:00. This year
marks the 50th anniversary of CROP Hunger Walks!
For half a century, CROP Hunger Walks have ensured that more people worldwide have access to nutritious,
sustainable food sources. And, 25% of the funds raised stay in the Barrington area.
Last year, 15 walkers from BUMC raised $5,378; the total for the Walk was just over $31,300! Plan on being part
of this mission to help end hunger in our community and around the world.
For more information, contact Linda Osikowicz, (847) 540-5634 or email@example.com
plastic pencil box
glitter glue sticks/pen
scissors (rounded tip)
scissors (regular tip)
#2 pencils with erasers
pens (black, red, blue)
single hole punch
water color paints
loose leaf paper
(wide and college ruled)
Growing in Faith!
The Congregational Garden has progressed! The fields are plowed, the irrigation
is laid, the seedlings are in the ground, and we are growing a wonderful crop of
tomato cages! A huge thank you to everyone who has helped so far, it has taken
a lot of teamwork and many hands to move so quickly. Given the short season this year,
everyone’s commitment is much appreciated. During July and August, even more hands will
be needed to keep the weeds down so the seedlings can fruit and produce. To participate,
come out on sunny weekday mornings around 8:30 a.m. and receive instruction from one
of our experienced gardeners. They can let you know which fields and which tasks are the
priority for the day. All help is appreciated –see you here!
Growth through Gardening | Our middle school mission
trip may be over, but our gardening can continue right here at
church! Children and youth ages 10 and up are invited to care
for the BUMC congregational garden on Thursday mornings
starting July 11th! We will meet by the garden at 9:00 a.m..
Each week we will go over the tasks to be done, and talk
about how we are supporting missions in our community.
Please be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen, bring a hat,
and water bottle! Garden gloves and Popsicles will be
provided. Younger siblings are able to attend, but must
be accompanied by an adult . We will not garden in the
event of inclement weather! Contact Tammy McKay at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or
to inquire about weather cancellations on Thursdays!
The member care teams of Barrington UMC and First UMC are meeting, working and learning
together! We have many opportunities for volunteers. We are especially looking for additional
volunteers from First Dundee to support Reverend Witt.
• Providing periodic meals to those going through difficult times or health issues. We keep a list
of people who can provide meals but can use more help.
• Visiting members who are homebound or in care facilities is a special gift. If you can offer a
few hours, a month, we have a supportive training program for visitation.
• The transportation ministry needs drivers to take members to appointments or to church.
• Member Care offers worship at The Garlands at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday each month.
Gifts of music, worship leadership and, especially, presence are important to those who
worship with us.
If you are interested in helping with any aspect of member care, please contact Elaine Anderson (847)
921-5356 or Linda Snyder (217) 414 –3162.
New BUMC Members
Tim, Leanne, Jessica and Kyle Johnson
Randy Ulery Allen Face Craig Smith
Adult Faith Development
Movies As Prayers
Adult Faith Development Study led by Rev. Fred Eisenhut in Room 111 at 11:00 a.m.
Back by popular demand! This summer series, based on the book Movies Are Prayers by
Josh Larsen, is a continuation of the series Rev. Fred began last summer.
“Movies are our way of telling God what we think about this world and our place in it. . . .
Movies can be many things: escapist experiences, historical artifacts, business ventures, and
artistic expressions, to name a few. I’d like to suggest that they can also be prayers.” —Josh Larsen
This summer, we will consider the following movies:
July 28 | Babette’s Feast
August 18 | Up
Haven’t seen these movies or need a refresher?
The Fellowship Committee and Children’s Ministries are hosting pizza dinners, activities
for non-adults and viewings of the movies each month prior to their respective Sunday
Dinners begin at 5:00 p.m. followed by activities and the movie viewing.
For more information or to say you can come, contact Elizabeth Schule,
July 27 | Babette’s Feast [G] (1 hr 43 min)
August 17 | Up [PG] (1 hr 36 min)
Ratatouille will be shown for the childre
“Up is breathtaking in
its imaginative detail
and astonishing in its
Streams of Living Water
During July and August, we are exploring the evangelical and contemplative streams.
Jesus gave us a complete picture of God, and demonstrated how we can experience
vitality and fullness in our life with God (Col. 2:9, Jn. 10:10).
Christian churches, despite divisions and differences, have upheld the core
characteristics of Christ’s life through what we now call traditions. Taken together,
these traditions help us envision a balanced spiritual life. They serve as a guide to
help us take on the life of Jesus—to become like Jesus ourselves—and as a result to
be transformed from the inside out.
Sundays, July 21 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 111
August 4 and 11 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 111
led by Wendy Mospan
led by Elizabeth Penick
Word-Centered Life: Living the life-giving message Prayer-Filled Life: Our heart’s
The Evangelical Tradition encompasses much steady attention on God
more than simply converting people. The
The Contemplative Tradition continually draws
evangel—the “good news”—is God’s great
us into love for God, reminding us that the
message to humanity: that all can be redeemed Christian life is less like a rule book and more
and restored to its intended design. This is the like falling in love. It stresses the value of silence,
message embodied in Jesus himself, rooted in the solitude, and prayer as ways we engage with
word of God, and ultimately expressed through God’s presence, whether we take a silent walk
the lives of those who follow Christ. It is a living in the early morning, ride the bus to work,
tale of grace spoken in and through word and wash dishes while the kids nap, or even take
a nap ourselves. As Teresa of Avila described,
“This faith stream addresses the crying need contemplation is “an intimate sharing between
for people to see the good news lived and hear friends,” in the time or manner that works best
the good news proclaimed.” —Richard Foster for you and God.
The Hindu Faith presented by Jerry Leitner
Sunday, September 8 at 11:00 a.m. in Room 111
The Barrington UMC Fellowship Team has invited Jerry Leitner to
give a presentation on the Hindu faith. Jerry’s presentation paves
the way for a guided tour of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
(located in Bartlett on Route 59) on Saturday, October 12.
“Babette’s feast will leave you with so much to talk about,
from religious beliefs to eating habits around the world...”
Jerrol Leitner holds an M.A. in Theology and an M.A. in English. He
is retired from 40 years of high school teaching. Currently, Jerry is
a lecturer at the College of Lake County and Harper College. He is a
frequent speaker on spirituality, world religions, and literary topics.
United Methodist Women of Barrington Church
United Methodist Women is on “summer break.” Watch for meeting times in the fall. But, in the
meantime, check out the Reading Program, the national website, and start thinking about the
Summer is a wonderful time to read! Check out the UMW library in the parlor or a smaller
selection in The Well. Just write your name on the card you will find inside the book and leave
the card in the basket or envelope. Enjoy the book and return it as soon as you are finished. The
UMW Reading Program invites you to read a book from five categories; pamphlets with book
selections are in the library or go to: www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/members-leaders/
United Methodist Women of First UMC, West Dundee
Fall Kickoff meeting, Sunday, September 8 at 11:30 a.m.
We celebrate another successful rhubarb pie making
this spring! Around 13 folks gathered to chop, mix and
roll out crusts to create around thirty pies. The funds
raised go to support UMW Mission commitments to
the Elgin Conference.
Our fall kick off meeting and program will be
September 8 at 11:30 a.m. in the board room.
All women and girls are welcome to attend.
Some examples of the books on the 2019 Reading Program list are:
Education for Mission: Make a Difference-Following Your Passion and Finding Your Place to Serve
Leadership Development: Eleanor—A Spiritual Biography by Harold Ivan Smith
Nurturing for Community: The Same Sky: A Novel by Amanda Eyre Ward
Social Action: Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
by Martin Luther King, Jr. (his final manuscript)
Spiritual Growth: The Soulmaking Room by Dee Dee Risher
Children’s books are also on the list:
Weird: A Story About Bullying in Schools by Erin Frankel
All Around Us by Xelena Gonzàlez
Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami
What’s Your Story? Seeing Your Life Through God’s Eyes:
How Joseph’s Story Can Help You Tell Yours
by Erin Sarah Heath
Northern Illinois Conference UMW Opportunities | We invite men and women to
consider these educational and enriching opportunities! Scholarships will be available from Elgin
District UMW; registration forms are on the bulletin board in the BUMC Lobby. For more information,
please contact Linda Osikowicz, (847) 540-5634 or Norma Jung-Stein, (847) 516-3936.
Mission u One Day Event
South Suburban Korean United Methodist Church, Flossmoor, IL Saturday, July 27,
There’s still time to attend Mission u! Registration for the One Day Event is through July 20. Mission u is an
opportunity to study current issues impacting society. It is open to everyone: men, women, children and youth.
The teachers for all classes go through rigorous training and bring a day of fun, hands-on activities in a small
group session. Classes for adults are: Practicing Resurrection: The Gospel of Mark and Radical Discipleship,
Women United for Change: 150 Years in Mission, and What About Our Money? A Faith Response.
The children’s study (ages 5–11) will be: Marked: A Mission Journey with Jesus in the Gospel of Mark. The youth
study (ages 12-17) is also a study of the Gospel of Mark, Who Do You Say That I Am? (Youth 18 and over attend
the adult class.) Cost for the One Day event is $50 per adult, $15 for one child with a maximum of $45 for all the
children in a family.
The Barrington UMW would like to thank you for your generous contributions to United Methodist
Women Thank Offering on UMW Sunday, April 28. We will be forwarding $1,085 to UMW to support their
mission and ministry to women, children, and youth.
First UMC, West Dundee prepares the parsonage
for Pastor Wendy Witt
The trustees of First Church Dundee have spent several months renovating
the parsonage for our new Pastor, Rev. Wendy Witt. Only minor repairs had
been done to the building since it’s purchase by the church in 2004. With
the house vacant for eight months, it seemed like the ideal time to undertake more
Central air-conditioning was added to make it more comfortable during the hot
summer months. Carpets were replaced in all of the upstairs bedrooms. Those
rooms had been repainted two years ago, so only the closets needed painting after
the air installation.
A new vanity and sink were installed in the upstairs bathroom, while the downstairs
powder room received a complete overhaul. New flooring replaced the old rotted floor,
a new streamlined vanity and sink were installed as well as new cabinetry and lighting.
The result is a more modern and updated look.
On the main floor, all of the rooms were painted and the blinds were replaced. The
kitchen flooring was replaced with new vinyl and a new microwave was installed over
the stove. The breezeway floor was also stained and new lighting brightens the stairs
to the basement.
All of this would not have been possible without the great crew of laborers, who saved
the church many thousands of dollars by donating all of their time and energy doing
these projects. Our crew chiefs, Bob Johnson and Steve Granholm, spent many hours
lining up projects and doing many of the more
difficult jobs themselves. Steve and Bob installed
the new flooring and, with the help of Al Clemente
and Mark McNeill, replaced the powder room
floor entirely. Tom and Sherry Miller did all of the
painting and installed the new blinds. Sherry also
shopped for all of the decorative materials. Karen
Combs was our scrubber. She can make anything
sparkle and scrubbed the kitchen and bathrooms
until they shined. Julie Johnson worked on the
landscaping and gardening so that the church has
a parsonage we can all be proud of.
A special thanks to all that donated time or
materials to complete this project. Paint, blinds
and the microwave were all donated by church
members. An Open House was held after church
on June 9 so that all could see what had been
The Fellowship Team would like you to join them on Wednesday evenings in July and the first part of
August for Barrington’s Summer Concert Series held at Citizen’s Park, 511 N Lake Zurich Rd, Barrington, IL
60010. The concerts start at 7:00 p.m. but come at 6:00 p.m. or so, enjoy some picnic Fellowship time. Bring
a dish to pass or just your own supper and enjoy the evening. We will try and reserve a picnic table, but feel
free to bring your own chairs. The dates and performers are listed below.
July 24: Ethan Bell Band July 31: Rosie & The Rivets August 7: SM6
Ethan Bell Band
Rosie & The Rivets
Welcome Pastor Bonnie!
We welcome Pastor Bonnie Bevers, the new multisite
Director of Youth Ministries!
Bonnie has been the Director of Student Ministries at Bandera
United Methodist Church since August of 2015. Before coming
to Barrington UMC and First UMC, Bonnie worked with youth
programs at United Methodist Churches in Austin, Texas and
Charleston, West Virginia. Prior to youth ministry, Bonnie worked
for the West Virginia Division of Justice, where she worked with,
trained, and supervised Law Enforcement officers. She also has experience working with
abused children, having worked with the Children’s Advocacy Centers in both Texas
and West Virginia. Bonnie received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McMurry
University in Abilene, TX, and holds a double Master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal
Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington. Bonnie received her Certification in
Youth Ministry from Perkins Theological Seminary and will begin working toward her
Master of Divinity degree this Fall at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. In her free
time, Bonnie enjoys reading, music, and sports. She also has a passion for traveling. While
in college she studied at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland, and has had a love of
exploring and experiencing new cultures ever since.
REGISTRATION OPENS IN AUGUST
Summer Bible Study Opportunities for Youth
Women’s Fall Retreat
Friday, September 20—Sunday, September 22
We are making plans for our annual Fall Weekend Retreat at the
Delvan Lake Resort in Delvan, Wisconsin.
All women are invited to be whisked away on a virtual travel-themed adventure where you’ll
enjoy digging into God’s world, uplifting worship, a time for Christian service, and wonderful
relationship-building activities inviting them to participate and experience God’s story.
Single: $270 Double: $200 Triple: $180
High School Students
Tuesdays, 6:00–7:30 p.m., rotating
coffee shop locations across the
Come learn more about yourself,
how we relate to one another and
to God through the personality
test, the Enneagram, as we coffee
shop hop throughout the multisite.
For more information, contact Susan
Students grade 1 through 4
Wednesdays, 6:00–7:30 p.m.,
First UMC of West Dundee
Come celebrate the friendships
we have with each other and
For more information,
contact Tammy McKay,
Students grade 5 through 8
Wednesdays, 6:00–7:30 p.m.,
First UMC of West Dundee
Continuing from last summer’s
bible study, Bible 1.0, we will be
growing in our understanding
of scripture and biblical stories
through conversation and games!
For more information,
contact Susan Brown,
Registration begins Sunday, August 11. A $50 deposit will hold your spot.
All fees due Sunday, September 8.
When life is good...GOD IS GOOD!
Thank you to all the volunteers for your help and dedication.
Without your time, donations, and decorations, this week
could not have happened. Thank you!
Mission Trip to Kansas
What an amazing middle school mission trip to Kansas City! It was a whirlwind of service,
friendship, learning, and growing! We have all made it home safe, sleepy, and stronger. A huge
thank you to all that supported our youth in any way for this trip! There are not enough words
to share how you have blessed this journey, and this youth team! But we will have a ton of
stories (and epic photos) at our dinner this fall!
We built some garden
beds and had a little
water fun with a local
Growing in Faith!
Sunday Morning Opportunities for Children
Children ages 3 and up are invited to be a part of our Sunday morning programs that boost
discovery and invite kids into relationship with Jesus and with each other. Growing in faith
takes time; we welcome all children to join us each week for faith, learning and fun!
JAM – Jesus and Me (9:45 a.m.) and (11:00 a.m.) at Barrington UMC
All summer, following the Children’s message at 9:30 a.m. and at 11:00 a.m. during
Crossroads Worship, children 3 years through grade 5 will enjoy outdoor games and
activities. Children should wear their play clothes and be ready for adventure!
Nursery care is available for infants and toddlers ages 0–3 from 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Sunday School at First UMC West Dundee
Children 3 years through grade 5 are invited to grow in their faith while learning about
the Kingdom of God through Bible stories, games and activities during the 10:00 a.m.
worship service following the Children’s message.
Nursery care is available for infants and toddlers ages 0–3 from 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Noah's Ark Christian Academy
Registration for the 2019–2020 school year is well under way!
If you are interested in learning more about the school or would like
a tour, please feel free to call, stop by or contact Susan Brown,
Director of Noah’s Ark Christian Academy at email@example.com.
Noah’s Ark Parent Association Play Date
Come catch up with old friends
and make new friends!
August 20, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
South Barrington Conservancy Park
8 Bridges Dr, South Barrington, IL 60010
98 Algonquin Road
Barrington, IL 60010-6145
PERMIT NO. 27
First UMC West Dundee
318 W. Main Street, West Dundee, IL 60118
Picnic at Trinity Center!
Saturday, August 24, 12:00–2:00 p.m. at 1647 Ravine Lane, Carpentersville
The fellowship team at First UMC, Barrington Family Ministries,
Comunidad Cristiana and others are combining forces to host an
end-of-summer, back-to-school get together! Members and friends of
Barrington and First UMC are invited to a picnic at Trinity Center
beginning at noon on Saturday, August 24.
Hot dogs and baked beans will be provided, please bring a dish to pass.
Bake some brownies to enter the third annual brownie bake-off!
Enjoy your meal inside the Fellowship Hall or bring lawn chairs to sit outside
while the youth and young at heart play games and celebrate.
Can you help set-up or clean up? Contact Julie Johnson to let her know at