United Methodist Church of Libertyville

United Methodist Church of Libertyville
United Methodist Church of Libertyville
Volume 2013, Issue 9
May 1, 2013
A Wonderful Dream – A Powerful Vision for Building Community
Celebrating the Outreach Dream Initiative/Interfaith Task Force Proposal
Inside this issue:
Joys & Concerns
Christian Education
Stephen Ministry
On April 13, the Outreach Task Force completed its work with a presentation to the
Administrative Board that was approved unanimously. Out of the dream process
engaged in by the entire congregation last year, the task force developed the dream to
“Encourage and implement interfaith activities for all ages with other denominations and
faiths (i.e., Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, etc.). Listed below is the proposal.
The Proposal
From a procedural perspective, we recommend that the Outreach Task Force continue
under a new name as the Interfaith Task Force to accomplish and implement the
following recommendations by December 2013:
1. Create UMCL Awareness through Education
Service Opportunities 6
Second Mile Giving
Youth 411
Rummage Sale
A Stephen Ministry
2. Spark Community Awareness and Involvement
UMCL Awareness through Education—Course on Major Religious Traditions
1. Create four blocks of course education dealing with the major religious
traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism. Each block would consist
of two to three sessions and contain information concerning:
a. History
b. Cultural Significance
c. Spiritual Foundations
d. Similarity/contrast with other traditions with emphasis on protestant
e. Present Influence
2. Course could be offered on a Wednesday and Sunday evening based on
3. During each block we will sponsor a dinner session to reflect cultural traditions
and to engage a guest speaker.
429 Brainerd Avenue
Libertyville, IL 60048
Phone: 847-362-2112
Fax: 847-362-8146
Web site:
4. Timeframe – First block will be offered in June and based on interest continued
throughout the summer or moved to September or October.
5. Woody Bedell will present or host the block series at UMCL.
6. Resources – primary need would be space and use of kitchen. Do not
anticipate the need for any financial resources.
7. Additional educational initiatives would be the responsibility of the group or a
similar group identified by the Spiritual Growth Task Force to create and
implement courses for UMCL.
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A Wonderful Dream – A Powerful Vision for Building Community
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Community Awareness and Involvement—Interfaith Community Committee
1. The Task Force will identify religious leaders from different faiths to form
an interfaith community committee to generate awareness and
understanding throughout Lake County of the importance of the different
faiths in this age of globalization. We anticipate that we will contact
Advocate Condell to discuss potential opportunity for joint involvement
2. UMCL would be represented on the committee but not in charge
3. The Interfaith Community Committee sparked by UMCL Interfaith Task
Force will develop the programs that will be presented to the community.
4. Resources may include the need for space at UMCL.
5. The Task Force’s mission will be completed after the initiation of the first
Interfaith Community meeting. We anticipate this to be no later than the
end of December of 2013.
We celebrate the congregation’s desire to be a force for good in the larger
community. Our congregation can be a leader in a positive interfaith dialogue with
other great faith traditions. Jesus’ commandment that we “love one another”
most certainly would encourage this process.
We especially thank the Outreach Task Force Members:
Woody Bedell, Chairperson; Sara Aumuller, George Aynillian, June McCoy,
Chris Isaiah, Cathy O’Brien, and Stalin Parmar
Rejoicing in Hope,
— Pastor Steve and Pastor Jamie
Church Staff & Email Addresses
PASTORS: Rev. Dr. Stephen C. Williams
Rev. Dr. Jamie Hanna Williams
Youth Pastor: Ben Hallett
Children/Family Ministries: DeeAnn Clausen
Junior High Ministry: Lindsey Junk
Business/Operations Manager: Ruth Ross
New Member/Ministries Coordinator: Joyce Bedell
Director of Adult Choir & Contemporary Service: Jeff Brown
Children’s Choir Director: Blair Brockman
Director of Music: Jim Grace
Please use the main church email address for
Karla Bolkema or Valerie Baker, secretaries
Church Website—www.umcl.org
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Volume 2013, Issue 9
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Announcements, Joys & Concerns
Giving Abundantly, Generosity Overflowing
We invite YOU to join the cause!
At this year’s Annual Conference from June 5-8, the Bishop has
asked each church to bring a special offering to benefit
Harvest 2020, an effort to start new churches and ministries
in the Northern Illinois Conference. Our church will be
receiving a special offering on Pentecost Sunday, May 19,
for this purpose. We invite you to prayerfully consider
what you might give and bring your offering on that day.
Thank you for your support!
Welcome Valerie Baker — We are delighted to announce the addition of Valerie Baker to the staff as our
Communications Secretary. Valerie brings a wealth of experience as an administrative assistant, secretary,
graphic arts worker and web site designer. As we move into the 21st century as a church, we are delighted to
have an experienced worker with her wonderful skill-set to help us advance the ministry and mission of the
United Methodist Church of Libertyville. Valerie shares: I was born & raised in small town in Pennsylvania and
moved to Illinois in 1987. I have two children, Kenny & Nicholas. Kenny is living at home working on his
second degree. I have been married to my husband, Byron, for 7 wonderful years. I enjoy making candles and
soaps in my "spare" time. I look forward to the weekend for family time and my new journey here at UMCL.
Welcome aboard, Valerie. God’s blessings on all your ministry here!
Thank You Lindsey! With the completion of our search for a Communications Secretary, we offer a warm and
heartfelt thank you to Lindsey Junk. Lindsey is first and foremost our Assistant Youth Pastor whom the kids
here adore. She has also been filling in quite capably as the assistant secretary since last November. She has
kept us all in good humor and her love for our church is evident to all. She will begin an internship soon while
continuing her work as Youth Pastor and then in August it is off to medical school in Indiana.
Thanks, Lindsey, for helping out in so many wondrous ways!
Please hold in prayer all those in our church family who are ill, hospitalized or recovering at home.
Also please pray for our pastors and committees as they work to discern and shape our future in ministry.
If there are specific prayer requests you would like circulated through our prayer chain, please contact the
church office ([email protected]), Mickey Donahue ([email protected]),
Karen Kuhlman ([email protected]) or Kathy Locke ([email protected]).
Spring Handbell Concert — Beth McFarland and the Heritage Bell Choir would like to invite you and your
friends to come and hear the Random Ringers Handbell Ensemble on Sunday, May 5th at 4:00 PM for their
Spring concert here at UMCL.
Special Coffee Hour — Come to say “Good-Bye” to Ruth Brockman during a special coffee hour on Sunday,
May 19th, 9:30-10:30 AM, in Fellowship Hall, hosted by Ruth’s Bridge Club. Ruth has been a member of the
UMCL since April, 1967, and will be moving to Huntsville, Alabama later this month to be near her son.
Please plan to attend this special farewell event to share your good wishes with Ruth!
Happy Anniversary! Bob and Pat Davis, who many of you know as previous long term members of the church,
are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year on June 23rd. If you would like to send them your
congratulations and well wishes, please send to: Bob and Pat Davis, 3204 Ridge Park Drive, Urbana, IL 61802
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Christian Education
During this time of transition, we are in much need of many helping hands for our
children’s programs. Please feel free to sign up in the rear of the Sanctuary to teach
or assist with our May and Summer Sunday School. You can also help out with this
summer’s Vacation Bible School Program.
Thank you
—The Children’s Ministry Committee
May 13, 10:00—11:30 AM
May 8 & 22
5:30—7:00 PM
Don’t let Spring Showers
keep you home!
Parents and their babies/toddlers
are invited to visit and play
in the church nursery on the
2nd and 4th Monday of each
month, 10:00—11:30 AM.
No meeting May 27th due to the
Questions? Contact
[email protected]
Everyone is invited to join in
packing meals at the
All 3rd, 4th, & 5th Graders
Feed My Starving Children
are invited to experience fun,
location in Libertyville on
food, fellowship and Bible study for
our last two meetings of the season.
Wednesday, June 26th,
We will have a party on the 22nd
5:45-7:30 PM.
welcoming our current 2nd Graders
This is a great event for all (most)
to the group and saying
ages. Anyone can volunteer, age 5
“Goodbye” to our out-going
to 105! Sign up in the church office
5th Graders. Come and be apart
or on our website at
of this awesome group of kids!
Mark your calendars for VBS
July 15—19!
Children, pre-school age to 5th grade, come and experience a great week of
KINGDOM ROCK! Where Kids Stand Strong for God!
Registration is online (www.umcl.org)!
Registration forms are also available in the church office.
Attention: Graduates and Parents of Graduates!
We would like to recognize you in the bulletin and/or in person on Sunday, June 9
for your big accomplishment… graduating! Please call or email the church office if
you would like your name printed and/or will be in one of the services (8:30, 10:00
or 11:15 AM) on Sunday, June 9. If you are graduating from college, please also tell
us where you are graduating from and the degree obtained. We would love to
share this accomplishment with you. Please call or email your response by Tuesday,
May 28. Congratulations again! — Ben
Stephen Ministry Minute
A burden, even a small one, when carried alone and in isolation can destroy us,
but a burden when carried as part of God’s burden can lead us to new life.
This is the great mystery of our faith.
If you would like to talk with a Stephen Minister,
please contact Pastor Steve or Pastor Jamie.
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Fellowship and Nurture
Prime Time will meet on Monday, May 13th at Noon
for lunch at the Townee Square Restaurant
in downtown Libertyville.
The cost for lunch will still be $5 and we will order
from the regular menu. You can park at the church
and walk to Townee Square if it's a nice day.
Or you could get a group together and carpool from
the church parking lot to the restaurant.
Please RSVP to the church office
to reserve your spot by Friday, May 10.
We look forward to seeing you at Townee Square!
Brad and Jennifer Johnson will host a
belated “Cinco de Mayo” celebration on
Friday, May 10 at 6:30 PM.
Feel free to bring an appetizer or dessert.
Tacos, chips and margaritas
will be provided.
RSVP to [email protected]
We’ll meet at the Johnson’s
1033 Garfield Avenue, Libertyville.
Hope you will join us!
United Methodist Women
May 21st @ 9:30 AM
Priscilla Circle will meet in Fellowship Hall on
Tuesday, May 21, at 9:30 AM.
We will have a presentation from
Pam Weiss & Sharon Kaczmarek began their work
to share the enjoyment and education
that come from reading.
They now supply ten different shelters,
including Allendale of Lake Villa,
with books for children ages 5-18.
Please join us!
Wednesday Evening
May 15th
Ruth Circle will meet at the home of Sue Hamilton
(350 West Austin, Libertyville, 847-362-7972)
for dessert to be served at 7:00 PM.
At 7:30 PM a program will be presented
by church member, Mary Sue Welch.
Mary Sue serves on the board of a relatively new
but already very successful organization called
Waukegan to College (W2C)
which helps families that are committed
to creating brighter futures for their children.
Come join us as we all learn more about this group
and the successes they have already achieved.
Marcy-Newberry Needs UPC Codes!!
Please save “proof of purchases” (UPC codes) from Campbell’s products as well as
from Pepperidge Farms, Swanson and Franco American brands. Lids are required from
Campbell’s Ready to Serve soups, Prego Sauces and V8 bottled varieties. Marcy
Newberry has benefited greatly from the efforts of
everyone who faithfully contributes to this project.
Please bring your “proof of purchases” to the box in
Fellowship Hall.
Thank you to Mary Fran Zeedyk for organizing these!
More information is available under:
Church Relations (Campbell Soup Project) at:
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Service Opportunities
It is almost impossible to thank everyone who supports our PADS ministry. Besides
many people from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Libertyville Covenant Church, Islamic
Foundation North, and the Mennonite Church, there are so many people from our
church. This list is not complete but the following people have gone above and beyond
this season: Mary Hill, Janet Grigsby, Ben Hallett and the youth, Jim Lang, Mike Presutti, Jack Kraemer,
Nick Deka, Sue and Bob Hamilton, Kevin Garren, Kathryn Eber, James Hill, Mike and Pam Fennewald,
Connie Shaffer, George Aynilian, Jack Brahmer, Jack Hansen, Amy Sharer, Mary Jo Swift, Bob and Janine
Glass, Bill and Erin Russell, Bill Osborne, Ed Walters, Keith Kemp, Bruce Jaffe, Greg and Kathy Powell, Nicki
and Kiara Schuh, and the Alesna Family. Also many thanks to all who made lunches or donated items or
money. Thanks to your support, we are able to help make a difference in the world!
April 27th was the last night for
providing shelter to the homeless in
Fellowship Hall for this season.
From May 1 until Sept 30,
the homeless are truly homeless.
You may know that Condell washes
sheets and pillow cases for PADS each
week, but we need to wash the blankets!
Volunteers are needed to take 2-3
blankets home and wash them,
returning them to church in late summer.
Blankets will be out in Fellowship Hall
for anyone to take home to wash.
Thanks in advance!!
Our season for providing shelter
for the homeless is over,
but we can still provide lunches
during the summer.
We are signed up to provide
40 lunches on the second Tuesday
of each month (May—September).
These can be provided by a group,
a couple of families, a class, etc.
Please contact Cathy O’Brien
(847-367-8062) for more information
or to sign up for a date.
Thank you!
The Helping Hands Warehouse contains several wheel chairs, a hospital bed, a bath
seat, and several walkers. We would be happy to lend them or give them to anyone
needing them. Contact Jeris Boyce for more information at 847-295-0409.
Second Mile Giving
SECOND MILE GIVING FOR May will support—
1) Mother/Child Survival, an UMCOR project working to reduce infant and maternal
mortality. Helping improve prenatal care is part of the vital work of our global
humanitarian relief agency.
2) Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary (GETS) began in 1853 as a result of a
bequest from Eliza Garrett to establish a biblical institute for Methodist preachers.
Over 400 students are enrolled each year and several of our own Christian leaders
have attended. As they celebrate 160 years of theological education, they look to
the future where all will know the love of Christ.
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TAKE NOTE--MEMOS & BULLETIN PUBLISHING POLICY—It is the policy for the MEMOS and Sunday bulletins to publish items
related only to the United Methodist Church of Libertyville or the specific activities, programs, and missions it sponsors. Any
items submitted to the MEMOS or Sunday bulletins will be subject to editing as available space may require. Likewise, the
timing of publishing articles is an editorial decision. Deadlines for MEMOS and Sunday Bulletin articles are: for the next MEMOS,
Sunday, May 12; for Sunday Bulletins, the Wednesday before by 10:00 AM. Helping hands are always appreciated to help
assemble MEMOS; we’ll next meet at 9:00 AM, Wednesday, May 15, in Room 101!!
May 5
May 6
May 7
May 8
May 9
May 10
May 11
8:30 AM—Worship Service
8:30 AM—Children’s Worship
9:30 AM—Coffee Time
9:30 AM—Cherub Choir
10:00 AM—Worship Service
10:00 AM— Sunday School
10:00 AM—New Member
11:15 AM—Contemporary
12:30 PM—Rummage Sale
6:30 PM—Collision
7:00 PM—Cub Scout Comm.
9 AM—8 PM
9 AM—8 PM
9 AM—8 PM
Price & Sort
9 AM—2 PM
9 AM—7 PM
7:00 PM—Disciple 4
7:00 PM—Troop #72
7:00 PM—20’s Group
12:00 & 7:30 PM–
Living Free / AA
1:00 PM—Women’s
Spiritual Growth
1:30 PM—Disciple 3
7:00 PM—Lake Cty.
Green Congregations
7:00 PM—TNT
9:00 AM—Staff Mtg.
9:45 AM—Lectio
1:00 PM—Women’s
Bible Study
5:30 PM—All-Stars
9:00 AM—Faith Circle
(off site)
12:00 PM—Living
Free / AA
7:30 PM—Adult
7:30 PM—Disciple 1
May 13
May 14
May 15
May 16
May 12
8:30 AM—Worship Service
8:30 AM—Children’s Worship
9:30 AM—Coffee Time
9:30 AM—Cherub Choir
10:00 AM—Worship Service
10:00 AM— Sunday School
11:15 AM—Contemporary
10:00 AM—Toddler
Play Group
12:00 PM—Prime Time
(off site)
2:00 PM—BookTalkers
7:00 PM—Outreach
7:00 PM—Disciple 4
7:00 PM—Troop #72
7:00 PM—20’s Group
12:00 & 7:30 PM–
Living Free / AA
1:00 PM—Women’s
Spiritual Growth
1:30 PM—Disciple 3
7:00 PM—Stephen
7:00 PM—Faithful
7:00 PM—TNT
9:00 AM—Staff Mtg.
9:45 AM—Lectio
1:00 PM—Women’s
Bible Study
7:00 PM—Ruth Circle
(Off site)
7:30 PM—Board of
6:00 PM—Young Life
6:30 PM—Young
Couples (off site)
8:30 AM—Praise
May 17
May 18
8:30 AM—Praise
9:00 AM—UMW Elgin
District Team Meeting
10:00 AM—New
Member Coffee
11:30 AM—Faith
12:00 PM—Living
Free / AA
7:30 PM—Disciple 1
7:30 PM—Adult
8:30 AM—Traditional Worship & Children’s Worship Time (3 yrs-K)
10:00 AM — Traditional Worship
11:15 AM — Contemporary Worship
10:00 AM –Classes for all ages
May 4, 8:30 AM
Our next Administrative Board
meeting is scheduled
for Saturday, May 4 at 8:30 AM
in Fellowship Hall.
All members are welcome to attend!
Nursery Care All worship services for ages 0—2 years.
If you would like to donate altar flowers
(May 26 and June 9, 23 and all of July are available dates)
or serve as a Sunday worship greeter,
please sign up on our website (www.umcl.org)
or call the church office at 847-362-2112.
Thank you for enriching worship in these ways!
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Youth 411
May 2013
SYNERGY ~ Middle School Student Group
COLLISION ~ Senior High Group
July 15-19
Sunday, May 5 ~ FROLF
Help with VBS
TNT—something for Tuesdays @ 7:00 PM
July 25-28
St. Louis Mission Trip
May 7, 14, 21, 28 @ Ben’s
Visit us at:
UMCL Student Ministries
MEMOS is a bi-weekly publication of the
United Methodist Church of Libertyville
429 Brainerd Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048-2198
Jamie Hanna Williams; Stephen C. Williams
Worship Services: 8:30, 10:00 & 11:15 a.m.
Office Hours: 8:30—3:30 p.m. weekdays
Phone: (847) 362-2112
Fax: (847) 362-8146
E-mail: [email protected]
Return Service Requested
9:00 AM—7:00 PM
9:00 AM—12 Noon
Please join us to help with the Rummage Sale!
From Monday, May 6 through Wednesday, May 8, donations of clothing, linens, books,
audio & videotapes, DVDs, CDs, craft items, small electronics, toys and infant
equipment will be accepted in Fellowship Hall. Large items, furniture,
sports equipment, tools etc. will be accepted in the garage.
Please, no computer equipment, TVs or encyclopedias!
Sunday afternoon, May 5 at 12:30 pm
Men, women and children, please join us as we
transform our church into a stellar rummage sale
destination! Come to help for as long as you can!
Drop-Off & Sort:
Monday-Wednesday, May 6-8, 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Price & Sort Only:
Thursday, May 9, 9:00 AM-2:00 pm
As all the items in Fellowship Hall are $1 each,
most of the pricing is in the garage.
Sale Hours:
Friday, May 10, 9:00 am-7:00 pm
Saturday, May 11, 9:00 am—Noon
Saturday, May 11 at 11:30 am.
Help is particularly needed for Friday morning and Saturday afternoon.
You may also help by donating food for the workers.
A Volunteer sign-up poster is in the Foyer.
Questions? Please call Judy Awe (847-680-8913), Janet Hartkopf (847-526-8416),
Beth March (847-367-5175), or Barb Plohr (847-367-5556)