Service and Missions

      MLK, Jr. Service Day

      January 21, 2019

Participants: Community event.  Everyone welcome!!
Organized at Northbrook United Methodist Church
1190 Western Ave., Northbrook, IL  60062

 REGISTRATION BEGINS:  Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019
There are three ways to register:

Go on line to NUMC’s Web site:
Call the church:  847-272-2442
Email Sharon Noha:
or the NUMC


Registration/Coffee 7:45 AM

Interfaith Worship Service at NUMC  8-8:30 AM
Projects at NUMC 8:30-10:30 AM
Offsite Projects-Most will leave from NUMC following the service.
Free Will Offering to cover the cost of food and supplies for projects.

PROJECTS:  Chicagoland area:

Bernie’s Book Bank: facilitates the collection, processing and redistribution of new and gently
used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers
and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.
Group: Group size up to 45. Children at least 6 years of old can participate with an adult.
Activity: Sorting for quality/ grade level, applying stickers, bagging, and filling bins for schools.
It’s very team-oriented and lots of fun.  You’ll be standing for the most part.  (Individuals that
would like to sit can usually apply stickers.)  Participants can register ahead of time and complete
the volunteer waiver.   Under
14 need to be with an adult.
(1 adult for every 4 volunteers.)
Timing:  4-5:30 PM.  Arrive by 3:50 PM.
Location:  917 N. Shore Drive  Lake Bluff, IL  60044.  224-603-2265
Site Leader: TBD

Here’s the link….   

The Boulevard:  Provides a healing environment and resources to help ill and injured homeless
adults restore their health, rebuild their lives and regain self-sufficiency.
Group:  Max group size of 8.  Only 5 in the kitchen at one time.  Need to be at least 14.
Activity:  Cook and serve lunch to the 65 residents; fellowship and playing bingo for prizes.

Timing:  leave NUMC at 8:30 AM arriving about 9:10 AM and work and visit until about 1 PM,
back to church by 2 PM.
Location:  3456 W. Franklin Blvd., Chicago, IL.  60624.  773-533-6013.
Site Leader: TBD


Wings Warehouse
Group:  Up to 40  -Children 10-13 need to be with an adult.

Activity:  Sorting clothing
Timing:  9 AM to 5 PM (or as many hours as work for you)
Location:  1265 Oakton Street, Elk Grove Village
Site Coordinator:  TBD

Feed My Starving Children:  Provides meals for malnourished children in third world countries.
Group:  Up to 40; registered under Northbrook United Methodist Church.
Activity:  Packing meals.  Fast-paced, family-friendly…lots of fun; team-oriented.
Minimum age of 5.  (See student to adult ratio for guidelines).
No jewelry.  Individuals with specific related food allergies may not be able to work.
Timing: 9:30-11:30 AM. Plan to arrive by 9:20 AM  to get checked in.
Location:  1072 National Parkway, Schaumburg; 847-519-9614
Site Leader: TBD

Bookfriends: CLOSED –FILLED by Messiah ELC
Provides books for secondary school aged children in their classrooms and libraries in Africa.

Group:  Max. 8.
Activity:  Sorting, labeling, repairing, packing and counting books.  Age 8 and older with an adult.
The warehouse can be chilly so wear warm shoes and layered clothes.   Bring your own drink and lunch.
Timing:   9:30-2 PM.
Location:  1000 N. Rand Road, #206, Wauconda.  847-726-8776
Site Leader: Tom

TIMING for all on-site projects:  8:30 AM to 10:30 AM.  There should be time for participants
to rotate to other projects if they choose to.

7 Stations:  all family-friendly with a parent

 Dog Treats:  Providing healthy treats for dogs at Orphans of the Storm.
Activity:  Making dough for dog biscuits, rolling it out, cutting it with cookie cutters and baking

Lots of fun for all ages. (Like making roll-out cookies!)
Group:  Up to 25.
Activity Coordinator: TBD

Military Bracelets:  Making survival bracelets for the military from paracord.
Activity:  weaving cording to make a bracelet.  Most appropriate for ages 9 and older.
Group:  Up to 10.
Activity Coordinator: TBD

Placemats for Meals-on Wheels:  Decorating placemats to for our local elderly to brighten their meals.
Activity:  Color and decorate paper placemats.
Group:  Up to 20.
Activity Coordinator: TBD

Project Linus:  Providing “security” through hand-made blankets for critically ill children.
Activity:  Cutting fleece and tying knots to make blankets.  Appropriate for school age children
as long as they can tie knots. Participants please bring a pair of sharp scissors.
Group:  Up to 20.

Activity Coordinator:  TBD

Baskets for Mary Lou’s Place:  Fill gift baskets and write cards for residents at Mary Lou’s Place,
a battered women’s shelter in Evanston.
Activity Coordinator: TBD

Community Art Creation
With the guidance of a local artist, Nicole Farley, we’ll all have a chance to participate in a creating

an indoor banner that will rotate to our participating churches for display.  All ages welcome.
Just need to be able to color!              

(A local Cub Scout Troop will be making lunches for The Night Ministry.
They are providing all the volunteers and the funding for this project.
Jen Reese is coordinating this activity


The Boulevard:  NEW items for homeless adult men and women for Bingo Prizes:  gloves/hats,
sweatshirts, warm socks, toiletries.
WINGS:  Clothes donations.
Bernie’s Book Bank & Bookfriends:  Books.
The Night Ministry:  Toiletries



We—Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors and the entire Justice for Our Neighbors network—are extremely dismayed by President Trump’s cruel decision to revoke Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, on behalf of the entire Trump Administration, announced yesterday morning that he will end DACA by March 5th, 2018, essentially giving Congress six months to take action on DACA and pass legislation.

This decision will not only affect the 800,000 young people currently with DACA status, but many more DACA-eligible people whose applications filed after today will not be considered.

DACA recipients are not only our clients, but our board members, staff, partners, friends, and family. Our future is intertwined with theirs, our country and lives enriched by their many contributions. We stand in full solidarity with immigrants and our allies and will lift our voices unequivocally in opposition to this decision and in full support of the Dream Act of 2017.

In the meantime, our attorneys will identify any other avenues of relief for clients with DACA and help these individuals to apply for immigration benefits. We will stand together and fight for justice!

Here is what you can do now:

Call your Representatives.

Tell Congress to enact the Dream Act of 2017 and protect immigrant youth. Use this call-in script and information provided by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition.

Support the work of NIJFON.

We have 112 DACA clients whom we will help renew their work permits, if they are eligible and pursue other avenues of relief where possible. Please donate

NUMC Missions

Each of us is called by God to be God’s hands and feet out in our communities sharing love with our neighbors, especially those in need. At Northbrook UMC we strive to find ways to glorify God through our service with others.

We have much to celebrate as we reflect on our active missions ministry at NUMC. Several of our members serve regularly at Feed My Starving Children, Hilda’s Place Soup Kitchen, Connections for the Homeless clothing closet, Interfaith House, Inspiration Cafe, and Bernie’s Book Bank. Several others tutor, serve on non-profit boards and participate in civic organizations like Rotary. We at Northbrook UMC enjoy using our gifts and passions to serve others.

The focus for our Missions Program at NUMC is to be hands-on and engage as much as possible directly with the people were are supporting.  We also combine with our North Shore Missions Cluster Group made up of 3 other United Methodist Churches to be able to do larger scope projects such as our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day.

If you have a missions project or idea you’d like to share, feel free to contact our Missions Chairpersons, Sharon Noha and Colleen Yudell.