Turn Hunger into Hope with Your Own Two Hands
Berry has reserved 25 spots to volunteer at Feed My Starving Children at their Schaumburg location from 6-7:30pm. Sign up during fellowship or email Pastor April firstname.lastname@example.org. We will leave together from the church for our shift beginning at 6pm.
Feed My Starving Children offers volunteers a one-of-a-kind experience. You’ll hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to our incredible partners working hard to reach the neediest children around the world.
Through volunteering at FMSC, you’ll get the chance to impact hundreds of kids in just two hours per packing shift. You’ll experience what it’s like to make a tangible difference today. For more specific information on the nonprofit, visit fmsc.org
Contact Karen Syverson for more information.
Las Posadas is a festival of acceptance, asking who will receive this family, this child? Traditionally a nine evening celebration from December 16-24, Berry will host one evening on Thursday to gather, travel and reflect on the experience of migration. We are grateful to Gloria Feliciano Feltman who wrote and will lead our service liturgy. We will begin at the Giddings Entrance of the sanctuary at 7pm.
Right after our Leftovers Brunch Church, we will begin greening the church. Our sermon series is Calm and Bright with focus on stars and light. It will be fun to get creative and enjoy each other’s company. Please reach out to the office or directly to Pastor April if you are interested in donating items. We will have plenty of decorations already here at the church.
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
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
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.
"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!
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.
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/
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
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!
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!
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.
Are you interested in volunteering with our children and youth? Would you like to help with our Christian Education or our summer programming? We would love to help you with figuring out to execute our safe sanctuary policies and make our programming accessible to our families at Berry!
We have received a grant to create spaces that are more accessible to all learners and provides opportunities for us to engage in sensory rich educational opportunities. Come and help us set-up to create a space that is welcoming to all!