Church Women United of the Barrington Area

Church Women United of the Barrington Area

Church Women United of the Barrington Area hosted its final celebration on November 4, 2011. After 55 years, this local unit has disbanded. The day was bittersweet: sad as we celebrated together for the last time, but joyous as we remembered the accomplishments and friendships of this unit.

See below for a history of this unit and ways to carry on the spirit and actions of peace of Church Women United.

In Retrospect

The years were filled with joys of service
And fellowships made strong by loving contacts
through Church Women United.
What breadth of vision,
    What dedicated lives,
            What depth of commitment
Urged these pioneers of ecumenism to venture
forth in manifold tasks!  Today new challenges
call us.  God grant us courage, renewed vision,
 power that this decade will usher in His love.

by Viola M. Stowell, President NY State 1960-1964

 

 

 

We invite you to join us for “UP”:  (United in Prayer) at Good Shepherd Hospital Chapel, 4th Friday of the month, 11:00 a.m.

(followed by lunch in cafeteria, for those who would like to stay)


Staying in touch!

CROP WALKS in Barrington and Cary

Fellowship of the Least Coin - http://www.flc.net.ph/

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) Prisoner and Family Ministries - http://lssi.org/Service/PrisonerAndFamilyMinistryOverview.aspx

Storycatchers Theatre - http://www.storycatcherstheatre.org/

Generations of Hope - http://www.generationsofhope.org/

CWU of Northwest Cook County – Barb Olson, bjolson@prodigy.net or Nancy Duel, 847-259-3793

CWU Greater Chicago – Edna Holloway, renepeace@sbcglobal.net, 773-445-2787, 10056 S. Peoria St, Chicago, Il. 60643

Renew “Hour of Prayer” (now called “UP”:  United in Prayer) –

                        Good Shepherd Hospital Chapel, 4th Friday of the month, 11:00 a.m. (followed by lunch in cafeteria, for those who would like to stay)

World Day of Prayer - http://www.worlddayofprayer.net

 

 


 

BRIEF HISTORY OF BARRINGTON AREA CHURCH WOMEN UNITED

1956
United Church Women organized 
1957
First World Day of Prayer at St. Paul United Church of Christ
1959
United Council of Church Women organized 


Sent nylons to Japan


Held monthly parties at the Nike Base


Had Vacation Bible School for migrant workers 


Sponsored UNICEF at Halloween


Had blanket collection for Algerian refugees
1960
Sponsored refugees’ milk fund 


Began collection kits, blankets and sweaters for Church World Service
1961
200 attended May Fellowship Day


Started a Mission Study Group
1967
Name changed from United Church Women to Church Women United 
1968
$983.93 collected for UNICEF


Had a rummage sale for migrant workers


Helped 36 migrant families
1970
Had a Christmas party for 45 migrant families


Helped start newspaper and glass recycling


Began emergency food closet
 
Recommended low/moderate income housing in Barrington 
1972
Collected $1215 for UNICEF


Began a chaplaincy program
1974
Collected $1907.32 for UNICEF


Began Christian Action Ministry


Helped start Meals On Wheels


Participated in Salvation Army Christmas distribution 
1980's
Participated in refugee resettlement


Active in Nuclear Freeze Campaign


Participated in the National Peace Ribbon project


Began a weekly "Hour of Prayer" at the new Good Shepherd Hospital


Participated in CWUI state fundraising project for the chapel at Dwight Correctional Center 


Began delivering holiday gifts of food and essentials to low-income senior citizens


Produced a list of social service resources 
1990's
Barrington Giving Day sponsored by CWU and Salvation Army under the leadership of Jeanette Muench and Mary Anderson


Named Blanche Frey Valiant Woman 


Named Jeanette Muench and Mary Anderson Valiant Women in May 1999


Participated in CWUI state project – Generations of Hope


Included Generations of Hope and Lutheran Prison Ministry in annual budget


Began collecting toiletries, tote bags, underwear, greeting cards for women in prison
2000
Named Evelyn Pritchett Valiant Woman
2001
10 members attended CWU Assembly in Milwaukee


Named Corina Robles manager of CWU Barrington Food Pantry


CWU Barrington Social Ministries began school kits project
2002
Had first interfaith program with representatives from the Islam and Jewish faiths.
2003
Named Betty Reed Valiant Woman
2004
Named Faith Semla Valiant Woman
2005
CWU Barrington Social Ministries closed food pantry; spent $10,000 for school kits
2006
Named Bonnie Floor, Valiant Woman


Celebrated our unit’s 50th anniversary at May Friendship Day
2007
Named Joan O’Halloran Valiant Woman


Began supporting and attending Music Theater Workshop (renamed Storycatchers Theatre) at the Illinois Youth Center in Warrenville
2008
Began volunteering for the Storybook Project at Dixon Correctional Center
2009
Named Rozann Shackleton, Valiant Woman


Held an ecumenical women’s retreat at Techny Towers in Northbrook
2010
Named Arbutus Swanson, Valiant Woman


Traveled to Rockford and studied volunteer needs in LSSI Prisoner & Family Ministries (PFM) program


Began volunteering at Beyer public elementary school in Rockford for LSSI PFM
2011
Named Candee Nustra and Linda Osikowicz, Valiant Women




Prepared by Mary E. Anderson, October 12, 1990
Updated by Betty Reed, January 2003
Updated by Mary E. Anderson, May 15, 2007, July 7, 2011




Presidents of Church Women United of the Barrington Area
1956-58
Catherine Anderson Barrington Methodist Church
1959
Dena Weiss Fox River Grove Methodist Church


(resigned December 1959)
1960-61
Kay Sweeney Barrington Methodist Church
1962-63
Rose Brintlinger St. Paul United Church of Christ
1964-66
Evelyn Ritzenthaler Salem Episcopal United Brethren Church
1969-70
Marie Bruno St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
1971-74
Jayne Minick Presbyterian Church of Barrington
1975-77
Lois Seedorf St. Paul United Church of Christ
1978-81
Ella May Bruhl Fox River Grove Methodist Church
1982-84
Liz Chase St. Barnabas Lutheran Church
1985-87
Linda Hussissian Community Church of Barrington
1988
Ella May Bruhl Fox River Grove Methodist Church


(filled one-year unexpired term)
1989-90
Evelyn Pritchett Island Lake Community Congregational Church – UCC
1991-92
Marion Nyman Community Church of Barrington
1993-95
Mary E. Anderson Lutheran Church of the Atonement
1995-97
Rozann Shackleton St. Paul United Church of Christ
1997-99
Jeanette Muench Barrington United Methodist Church
1999-02
Betty Reed Barrington United Methodist Church
2002-05
Bonnie Floor Cary United Methodist Church
2005-07
Mindy Fransen Hogan St. Anne Catholic Community 
2007-09
Kelley Kepes Faith Community United Church of Christ
2009-11
Candee Nustra Federated Church of Wauconda