Get to Know St. Barnabas, part of the ELCAABOUT US
GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS.
Generosity. Respect. Empathy. Encouragement. Creativity. These are just some of the values important to the people at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church. These are the values through which we see the world around us and the values we try to live out.
How do we do that? “Together building community through worship, service, education, and fellowship.” We live out our values and we live out being a Christian on Sundays when we gather together to worship, care for each other, deepen our faith, and support each other. Then we take that into the world and live it the rest of the days of the week.
Our vision is to welcome all to God’s love because we believe that love changes us and changes the world, makes us better people, and makes the world a better place to live. We know we’ll fail at this, which is why we need each other for support and accountability. It’s also why we need God’s forgiveness and grace.
St. Barnabas is a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a denomination started in 1988 when several Lutheran denominations came together to pool their resources. Lutherans love grace, God’s unearned, undeserved, and unconditional love. When Martin Luther discovered what grace was all about some 500 years ago, it changed his life and encouraged him to change the church. That’s just how powerful God’s love is. You can find out more about the ELCA here: https://www.elca.org/About.
St. Barnabas Lutheran Church is named after one of the earliest Christians. Barnabas first appears in the Bible toward the end of Acts chapter 4. He was so moved by the story of Jesus’ life, he sold what he owned and gave it to the church. Then he and Paul and other new Christians traveled hundreds of miles around the Mediterranean spreading the good news about the new life we receive in Christ. Barnabas’ name means “son of encouragement,” and being encouraging is something we strive to live into at church and in the world.
We are an Illinois congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Northern Illinois Synod.
MEET THE ST. BARNABAS TEAM!
Pastor Sarah Wilson
Director of Marketing & Communications
2022-23 Council Members
Mark Gates, President
Steve Jaenicke, Vice President
Sally Skalany, Secretary
Grace Kubas, Caring Team
Brenda Kolak, Christian Education Team
Adeline Zimmer, Witness Team
Danielle Proebsting, Fellowship Team
Jeff Skelley, Finance Team
Scott Hamann, Property Team
Janet Dorn, Stewardship Team
Karen McKune, Worship & Music Team
Seth Neifing, Youth Team
Our Roots in Cary
St. Barnabas started in 1964 on Main Street in Cary. We have since moved to our current location and added on since then. We house St. Barnabas Christian Preschool and Cary-Grove Food Pantry, and several community groups use our building, including AA, scouting troops, and an exercise class. Education, service, and community have long been important to who St. Barnabas is in Cary.
Join us each Sunday, in-person or online, as we gather in church to sing, pray, come together as a community and listen to God’s word.
All are Welcome!