CARPENTERSVILLE COMMUNITY MEAL continues on the third Saturday, September 19 with our new drive through format. Reserve up to 6 meals in advance at and pick them up between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the parking lot at Trinity Center, 1647 Ravine Lane, Carpentersville. 


NOISY OFFERINGS  go to support the FISH Food Pantry in Carpentersville and PADS of Elgin.  Please drop off or mail in any donations.  Thank you for your continued support of missions during this time.

PORCH DROP OFF is available for donations to PADS and the Spirit Lake Shoebox ministry.  Please leave items at Marcia’s or the Snyder’s.  There are shoeboxes to be wrapped, contact Marcia if you would like to help. 

Local Mission Partner Updates:

FISH Food Pantry has let us know that there are some items currently unavailable through the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  Their current needs include:

Pancake mix

White rice


Canned pasta (spaghetti, ravioli, etc.)

Macaroni & cheese

Canned veggies (corn & green beans)

Diapers sizes 4, 5 & 6 and baby wipes

Donations can be delivered to FISH at the side door between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday or Friday OR left in the box under the Portico at BUMC anytime. Contact Marcia for assistance.


PADS of Elgin is staying open 24/7 during this time period.  First UMC continues to provide bag lunches on the First Sunday of every month. Please contact Marcia to help with this effort.

PADS has adjusted it’s requests for assistance to reflect the current situation, please view it here: 

Mask Making Continues Apace

Our multisite mask making team has made over 3,000 masks for Northwest Community Hospital, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Advocate Sherman Hospital, Kids Above All, BUILD, and many friends, neighbors, and mission partners. Even if you don’t sew, you can help!

If you have fabric to donate, are willing to cut fabric to make kits, or would like a kit (or kits) to make masks, please contact Sydney Whitley at We can use front porches for pick up or delivery. Social distancing and good hygiene are observed!

Masks should be made of tightly woven cotton. A printable pattern is linked below. A 4-minute quick sew video and a longer video with detailed instructions for making your own pattern and pinning each step are also linked.  We are happy to provide kits that include fabric and elastic for 25 masks.

We know that some of you are already providing masks through other programs, for which we thank you!  Every effort to support medical staff, first responders, and essential workers is vital. We encourage everyone to participate in a safe way.

Quick Sew Instructions
Pattern and Pinning Instructions