Volunteering at Greater Chicago Food Depository
Sep
23
1:00pm 1:00pm

Volunteering at Greater Chicago Food Depository

Berry Church is sending up to 20 volunteers for an afternoon project at the Chicago Food Depository, located at 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago. Volunteers should plan to carpool from Berry, leaving at 12pm.

Please contact Judy Alspach at judy4917@gmail.com or 773-541-1281 no later than Monday, September 18, if you are planning to join us. You must also register online with the Depository before volunteering: https://volunteers.chicagosfoodbank.org/index.php?section=indGpRegistrations&action=profile_conditional&fwID=12677

What we will be doing:

The Greater Chicago Food Depository regularly needs volunteers to help with repacking donated food and other products. The repack session is a great introduction to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the work we do here, and the need that we see in Cook County. A lot of the food we receive at our warehouse comes in bulk quantities and volunteers are scheduled to help us break it down into more manageable sizes. In a repack session you might be sorting produce, looking over a shipment of bread, or repacking bulk dry goods (cereal, pasta, rice) into smaller quantities. Together, we can properly and efficiently distribute quality food to participating food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Cook County.

Volunteer Services can be reached for questions at volunteerservices@gcfd.org or  773-247-3663.

Additional info:

Volunteers must be able to stand for up to 90 minutes while doing some light lifting and bending. Some seated positions are available depending on project.  Lockers with locks are available on site, but please note that we are a tobacco-free and weapons-free campus.

Punctuality: Plan on arriving at least ten minutes before the start of the session, so we can begin punctually.  Once production is underway in the warehouse, we are not able to add late comers to the projects.

Dress Code: Long pants, covered shoulders, and enclosed shoes are required to work in the warehouse.

Jewelry: Some projects will require all jewelry to be removed. No visible facial piercing jewelry, other than in the ears, is allowed.

Minimum age: Volunteers must be 14 years old.  Volunteers 14 or 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.

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Vacation Bible School
Aug
28
to Aug 30

Vacation Bible School

Registration has begun!  Fill out the registration form below for each child and submit by August 13th.

WHEN: August 28th, 29th & 30th
6 pm - 8:30 pm

Save the dates for this year's Vacation Bible School!  We will be going on awesome adventures alongside Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God. VBS Hero Central uses epic music, spectacular science, crafty crafts, heroic recreation, and fantastic Bible stories to help kids discover their strength in God!   VBS is open to kids ages 5-12.  Contact Jessie Cummins with questions about the program. 

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Berry Fundraiser Theater Show “STUCK”
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8
8:00pm 8:00pm

Berry Fundraiser Theater Show “STUCK”

STUCK is a short play exploring a relationship between a mother and daughter who meet every day in a basement.  While there, they go through a series of damaging rituals that keep their relationship intact.  But what happens when one of them decides they want out? 

All proceeds will go to Berry.  $10 suggested donation at the door.  Tickets can be purchased in advance here.


Written any Directed by Susan Myburgh
Actors: Amy Johnson and Carol Crosby
Musicians: Dan Caffrey and McKenzie Gerber

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Exploring Berry Class
Jun
11
11:45am11:45am

Exploring Berry Class

Are you interested in learning more about the Berry community?  Do you have questions about the United Methodist Church?  This will be a time to gather together, learn, and share about our experiences.  Lunch will be provided.  This class will be facilitated by Mark Syverson.  Contact Pastor April with questions (april@berryumc.org). 

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Bishop's Appeal Received: United Methodist Global AIDS Fund
Jun
4
4:00pm 4:00pm

Bishop's Appeal Received: United Methodist Global AIDS Fund

Bishop Sally Dyck has designated the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund as this year's Bishop's Appeal recipient at Annual Conference.  Each church's offering will be received at the conference meeting on Sunday, June 4th. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 36.7 million people are infected with HIV. Nearly half of those who are infected are women. The UMGAF assists 287 projects in 44 countries. The goals of the UMGAF are: the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV; the prevention of HIV in young people and high-risk populations; increased access to HIV counseling, testing, and treatment services; stigma reduction and psychosocial support to people living with HIV. 

If you would like to support this ministry, please include UMGAF’s Advance Special number #982345 on your contributions.  

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Exploring Berry Class
Jun
4
11:45am11:45am

Exploring Berry Class

Are you interested in learning more about the Berry community?  Do you have questions about the United Methodist Church?  This will be a time to gather together, learn, and share about our experiences.  Lunch will be provided.   This class will be facilitated by Mark Syverson.  Contact Pastor April with questions (april@berryumc.org). 

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Glitter + Fire All-Ages Pentecost Service
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4
10:30am10:30am

Glitter + Fire All-Ages Pentecost Service

This special Pentecost service will feature anointing with oil and glitter. On Pentecost, in an amazing pyrotechnic display, the Holy Spirit disrupted conventional notions about what division is. We use glitter to symbolize the Spirit’s transgressive movement on Pentecost. We use glitter to symbolize the Spirit encouraging us to stand together against forces of fear and division.   All ages welcome!

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Volunteers Needed: Kids in The Square
May
20
10:00am10:00am

Volunteers Needed: Kids in The Square

Throughout the day, local businesses have special kid-focused events in their stores and in Giddings Plaza.  Activities range from story time, teddy bear picnics, face painting, family yoga, a magician, dance performances, button-making and so much more.  Berry will have a booth with free story books and activities for kids.  If you can volunteer at any point during the day, please contact Children's Minister Michelle King

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