Defying Gravity Book Discussion
Oct
29
to Nov 19

Defying Gravity Book Discussion

A FOUR-WEEK COMPANION STUDY BASED ON OUR CURRENT WORSHIP SERIES “DEFYING GRAVITY.” 

EACH LESSON USES THE SAME SCRIPTURES AND THEMES AS THE PREVIOUS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP SERVICE AND MEETS AT BERRY MONDAYS FROM 8-9PM AS FOLLOWS: October 29, November 5, 12 and 19

All meetings will be held in the Adult Sunday School Room. led by Mark and Evan

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Farmer's Market Art Outreach
Oct
18
4:00 PM16:00

Farmer's Market Art Outreach

Have you noticed the awesome Berry art tote bags throughout Lincoln Square? Would you like to help fellow Lincoln Square Farmer’s Market goers make fun art totes and enjoy all of the delicious vendors? Contact Pastor April to sign up for one of the three shifts during our final tabling at the Lincoln Square Farmer’s Market!

The shifts are 3:30-5:30pm, 5-7pm and 7-8:30pm

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Vigil in Giddings Plaza
Oct
6
5:00 PM17:00

Vigil in Giddings Plaza

Berry UMC will be joining with several other Lincoln Square churches in a vigil at Giddings Plaza. This will be held at 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 6.

The vigil will be a place for healing, for lament, for cries of justice, for whatever expressions the Spirit summons in the wake of the verdict in the Laquan McDonald trial.

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Season of Creation series
Sep
21
4:00 PM16:00

Season of Creation series

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
There is much to celebrate as we move into the fall at Berry. Next Sunday we will greet the fall with a hymnsing service followed by the blessing of the animals on the lawn. There will be treats for all creatures in attendance.

As we conclude our Season of Creation sermon series September 30, we will have a few more sessions led by our lay servants, Joy and Mark so please join the conversation as you are able. I have enjoyed reflecting on creation using the psalms to guide through this series considering practices that provide structure for living into what we value and care about.

The past two years we have seen growth in attendance of 8% in 2017 and 18% in 2018! This is after Berry experienced  a 9% decrease in attendance overall for 2016, a year with leadership transitions. Your spirit of hospitality and generosity is a blessing to many. 
At the close of August the Finance Team is pleased to report that our pledged giving is currently 104%. What a blessing to be part of a community of generosity! If you have not pledged this year, it is not too late. Please go onto our website and click on the top button, "Pledge Now." 
One other thing to note, our Charge Conference is fast approaching (on October 9 at 7pm) and I believe one of the greatest blessings of being a United Methodist congregation is that our structure is a partnership of laity and clergy. Members of the church vote to determine every large decision of the church. If you are a regular attender who has not become a member and would like to, please contact me to learn more. We want your voice to be heard and counted! 
Peace,
Pastor April 

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Season of Creation
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Season of Creation

We are excited to offer a group study opportunity to the community. The study is called Season of Creation. This will be held in 5 sessions (independent of each other so if you can't attend all 5 No Worries!) While you could order a hard copy, we are encouraging folks to use the electronic version (PDF) that we can send.

Our sessions will be on Thursday evenings at 7pm 9/13, 9/20. 9/27 and 10/4 and on Sunday after church on 9/30. The Thursday sessions will be at Roots so you can grab dinner or a beverage as we discuss. Each session is one hour.

 Mark Syverson and Joy Thorbjornsen-Coates will be facilitating the classes so send them a message with any questions!

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Global Citizenship
Jun
20
to Jul 25

Global Citizenship

Combining service, experiential learning, faith formation, and fun, this summer program will expand your family’s understanding of the environment, interfaith relationships, race, food accessibility, and serving our neighbors.

Dates: June 20, 27 and July 11, 18, 25

Times: 9 am - 4 pm  (Drop-off/Pick-up at your local participating church: Irving Park UMC, Elston Ave UMC, Eden UCC or Berry UMC)

Price: $10-15 per day depending on event (if you need financial help, just talk to your pastor!)

You are allowed to participate in one or ALL of the events, when registering just be sure to let us know which days you want to experience!

Want to Register or Volunteer? https://berryumc.org/registration-forms/

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Berry Summer Book Club
Jun
14
to Sep 10

Berry Summer Book Club

Join one discussion or all four as we gather each month at the Book Cellar at 7pm for an hour to talk about the following books: 

June 4- Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology by Pamela Lightsey 

July 9-   Bipolar Faith: A Black Journey with Depression and Faith by Monica Coleman

August 6-   Outside the Lines by Mehee Kim-Kort (this comes out July 1)

September 10- Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis by Stephan Bauman, Matthew Soerens and Dr. Issam Smeir

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Brunch Church
Jun
10
10:30 AM10:30

Brunch Church

At Brunch Church, worship takes place at tables around a delicious meal. Communion is made as we share food and ourselves by exploring scripture, singing, and praying together. There are meaningful ways for people of all ages to engage.

This is a unique opportunity to invite someone new, maybe even your neighbor, into a whole new church experience as we gather around the table for worship. All are welcome!

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Share Some Love and Clean House!
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Share Some Love and Clean House!

To create a more hospitable space at Berry UMC for our African Community UMC neighbors, our building sharers, and our future building users- it's time to clean house! 

Our teams will be doing and we would love for you to join up to: polish the pews, clear out the worship storage, clean out the hot room, organize the Wesley Storage Space, and find awesome historical artifacts to keep! Lunch will be provided! 

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Brunch Church
May
13
10:30 AM10:30

Brunch Church

At Brunch Church, worship takes place at tables around a delicious meal. Communion is made as we share food and ourselves by exploring scripture, singing, and praying together. There are meaningful ways for people of all ages to engage. All are welcome!

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The Space Within
May
12
9:30 AM09:30

The Space Within

  • Holy Covenant United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This event is an opportunity for United Methodists to understand what is currently being discussed within our denomination about Sexual Orientation. Speakers will include the Rev. Meredith Hoxie Schol, PhD. presenting on United Methodist Polity as it relates to our global connection, and David Nuckols, a representative of the Commission on a Way Forward. The event is free.  Please register at Brown Paper Tickets.
See our Facebook page for more details.

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Game Night!
May
5
5:30 PM17:30

Game Night!

It's Game Night! Join in the fun by bringing a snack, a game or simply show up and enjoy. Last month we had pizza, brownies and game fun playing Goin' Fishin', Family Feud, Exploding Kittens, Sorry!, Rummy among other wonderful games. 

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CTA Circuit Riders Sermon Series
Apr
8
to May 20

CTA Circuit Riders Sermon Series

Starting April 8 worship service till Pentecost May 20 service, UCRP will have guest pastors from surrounding United Methodist Churches preaching on “What does it mean to be United Methodist?” Our schedule of preachers at Berry will come from United Church of Rogers Park, Irving Park UMC, Grace Church of Logan Square, Holy Covenant, Epworth UMC Elston Av and Berry UMC.

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Easter Egg Hunt
Apr
1
10:00 AM10:00

Easter Egg Hunt

Join us before Easter Sunday worship for an Egg Hunt! Each year we invite the children who participate in the hunt to decide where our special collection will go. This year we are considering Heifer International, Chappell Elementary Garden Project or The Free Little Pantry. Join us!

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Good Friday Service
Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

Good Friday Service

The service will be centered around the stations of the cross. There will be opportunities to engage physically with the stations, to be in silent prayer,  and to be surrounded by contemplative music. Join together with other pilgrims as we end Holy Week with Jesus and each other.

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Glitter Ash Wednesday Service
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Glitter Ash Wednesday Service

Ashes remind us of our mortality, pain, and need to turn to God. Glitter reminds us that there is always hope, and that all people our included in God's hope--particularly our LGBTQ+ friends and others excluded by religious structures. Join us for an Ash Wednesday service that is both ancient and new, as we begin the journey of Lent together. 

Glitter Ashes on the Go will be distributed at the Western Brown Line at 8am and noon. 

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Brunch Church: Mardi Gras Edition
Feb
11
10:30 AM10:30

Brunch Church: Mardi Gras Edition

  • 4754 N. Leavitt St, Chicago, IL 60625 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a special Brunch Church--Mardi Gras style! There will be plenty of pancakes, jelly filled doughnuts, sausages, and other treats as come together in celebration before the start of the Lent season. 

At Brunch Church, worship takes place at tables around a delicious meal. Communion is made as we share food and ourselves by exploring scripture, singing, and praying together. There are meaningful ways for people of all ages to engage. All are welcome!

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Jan
15
12:00 PM12:00

MLK Day Faith in Action Assembly & Governor's Candidate Form.

Join us as we join congregations across Chicago-land for Community Renewal Society's  annual Martin Luther King Day Faith in Action Assembly & Governor's Candidates Forum. There will be activities for kids (toddlers and up) to engage in social justice focused games and songs. Registration begins at 8 am, and event starts at 8:30

Our own Pastor April will be speaking at the event!

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Brunch Church
Jan
14
10:30 AM10:30

Brunch Church

At Brunch Church, worship takes place at tables around a delicious meal. Communion is made as we share food and ourselves by exploring scripture, singing, and praying together. There is room for all at the table!

 

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