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Published Thursday, May 17, 2018
  St. Mark's United Methodist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
is an inclusive community bringing Christ-like love, healing and hope to all. We embrace the United Methodist ideal of Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors by welcoming those of all races, cultures, faith traditions, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT ASP
THIS SUNDAY, MAY 20
APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP) CAR WASH 
Please support ASP as St. Mark's volunteers prepare to travel to Appalachia this summer and serve others through home reconstruction and repair. Building supplies and travel expenses are part of the costs that ASP folks need to fund. Cars are washed at St. Mark's by ASP volunteers while you are in church. Bring your keys to the ASP registration table in Garton Hall before worship this Sunday, May 20. Your donations to support ASP make homes warmer, safer, and drier for families in need are very much appreciated.

RSVP BY FRIDAY, MAY 25 TO SUPPORT ASP
"DINE & GIVE" DINNER AT FARM BLOOMINGTON ON TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 6:00PM
Make your reservations by May 25 for a community fundraising dinner to support ASP at Farm Bloomington! Enjoy salad, pasta or meatloaf, and cobbler dessert for $20.
Email reservations to events@farm-bloomington.com
Contact James Thomas or the church office with questions. See Information Flyer Here
This Week at St. Mark's UMC
SUNDAY, MAY 20TH
PENTECOST SUNDAY
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BREAKFAST 
9:00am (Garton Hall) 
Thank you to St. Mark's Operation Friendship for preparing breakfast. Donations are appreciated
to support our youth in this
international exchange program.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL 
9:15am Nomads (Room 10) 
9:15am Pilgrims (Room 12)
9:30am  Bible Banter (Room 11)
 
INFANT & TODDLER NURSERY CARE 
Infant through Three-year-old
9:30am-11:30am (Rooms 24 & 25)
 
CELEBRATION! FOR ALL AGES
CHILDREN, FAMILY & FRIENDS 
9:30am in Garton Hall
 
CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30-11:30am
Preschool: Room 27
Kindergarten - 1st Grade: Room 28
2nd - 3rd Grade: Room 4
4th - 5th Grade: Room 9
6th - 12th Grade: Room 3
   
SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICES
10:30am
Reverend Jimmy Moore, preaching  
Scripture
Ezekial 37:1-14
Sermon Title
"Pentecostal Hope in Impossible Places"
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UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S
May 2018
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Upcoming @ St. Mark's is published each month as an information resource and guide to the activities and events within and around the St. Mark's church community. Copies are distributed at the beginning of each month along with the Sunday worship bulletin. Additional copies are available at the Welcome Center Desk, at the main entrances to the building, or by contacting the church office. Please submit articles for June publication by Wednesday, May 16th.
ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN OUTDOOR CLASSROOMS PROJECT PHASES II & III
WAYS TO HELP MEET OUR $3000 GOAL!
  1. BUY A T-SHIRT FOR $5 - We have red and blue school T's available, sizes 3 & 4 only. Buy a shirt for $5 and help us grow our outdoor classrooms.
  2. BUY A LEAF - Through the end of our school year, buy a leaf to add to our beautiful board and help grow our outdoor classrooms! Our suggested price is $5 per leaf but any amount is welcome.
CLICK BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION
ON PHASE II & PHASE III OF OUTDOOR CLASSROOM FUND RAISING
THIS SUNDAY, MAY 20, 10:30AM
SANCTUARY WORSHIP
The ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus once said, "I know how those in exile feed on dreams of hope." Perhaps you have sensed in your own life that you were cut off from your own sources of strength and connection, and you felt forcibly removed from your own life. Or could it be that you know of those who through no decision of your own or through a decision born of necessity are actual immigrants, and are kept going by the power of hope? If so, you can more easily grasp the power of Ezekiel's story of being called to tell lifeless bones in a dry valley to come alive. Ezekiel ministered at a time when the ancient people of God were in exile in Babylon, and he told the story of being called to call forth life from a "valley of dry bones." The story tells us that the beings in this valley came alive and were filled with the breath (Spirit) of life. On this Pentecost Sunday at St. Mark's, we'll look at this story which invites hope in the midst of a hopeless situation. Join us for worship, as the sermon is titled "Pentecostal Hope in Impossible Places", arising from Ezekiel 37: 1-14. The children's moment will be led by Aaron Comforty, and the fourth and fifth grade Sunday School Classes. Joseph Madary and Lisa Kurz will offer a duet. We hope to see you this Sunday for worship.
NEWS FROM THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH- AN UPDATE AND CONVERSATION
The United Methodist Council of Bishops recently met in Chicago. In 2016, a Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church. From the work of the Commission, the Bishops' proposed a plan for a Way Forward which is detailed in this linked article  http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/bishops-propose-plan-for-way-forward
 
Also, last week, it was announced that two proposed amendments to the United Methodist Church Constitution related to gender equality fell short of the required support from annual conference voters. A statement was released which begins, "The Council of Bishops notes with dismay that two amendments to the Constitution of The United Methodist Church regarding gender equality did not pass. While we are not completely clear concerning the motivation that caused them to miss the two-thirds required majority by slim margins, we want to be clear that we are unequivocal in our commitment to the equality of women and their full inclusion in our Church."  Please click on this link for a more detailed article and the full statement from the Council of Bishops and a Pastoral Letter from the Women Bishops.  http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/church-ratifies-3-constitutional-amendments

For updates on these two news items and others, click on this link http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/united-methodist-news



Get to know one another; 
wear a name tag, please. 
SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND ADULTS
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL 
PILGRIMS
9:15am-10:15am in Room 12
NOMADS
9:15am-10:15am in Room 10
BIBLE BANTER
9:30am-10:15am in Room 11

NURSERY CARE
9:30am-11:30am
Infant through 3-year-olds 
(Rooms 24 & 25)

CELEBRATION!
CHILDREN, FAMILY & FRIENDS FOR ALL AGES
9:30am in Garton Hall

CHILDREN & YOUTH
SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30-11:30am
Preschool Room 27
Kindergarten-1st Gr Rm 28
2nd-3rd Grade Room 9
4th-5th Grade Room 4
6th-12th Grade Room 3
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QUESTIONS ABOUT
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES?

QUESTIONS ABOUT
YOUTH MINISTRIES?
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EACH SUNDAY
SIGN IN & NAME TAGS FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL & CHILDCARE
Children attending childcare or Sunday School must be signed in and have a name tag from the table in Garton Hall. Please sign in before worship.
EACH SUNDAY, 9:30AM
CELEBRATION!
CHILDREN, FRIENDS & FAMILY OF ALL AGES
CELEBRATION! takes place in Garton Hall, near the piano. People of all ages are invited to reflect on the theme for the day and to take part in the hands-on experiences available at the tables near the piano. Also, on Sundays when he's available, Aaron Comforty will close out our community in song as we end in a communal "Great Amen" before heading to the Sanctuary for worship.

TEACH WITH CHILDREN'S FAITH DEVELOPMENT CLASSES
Spend one Sunday a month with a group of inquisitive children encountering Bible stories through science experiments, art, mission activities, games, or by making yummy treats! Engage the world through the eyes of a pre-teen learning to navigate relationships and deepening faith as they experience the Bible stories in a more mature way (they also make crafts and love to cook and play games!). With either group, you'll join an excellent team of teachers and get to know some of our church's awesome children and families. A curriculum is provided, along with a brief orientation to volunteering in Faith Development at St. Mark's. For more information, please contact Mary Beth Morgan.

SUNDAY SCHOOL REGISTRATION RENEWAL
If you have not yet registered your child for Sunday School, please do so today. Forms are available at the Sunday School table in Garton Hall. This form is an annual requirement for each child (multiple children can be entered on one form).
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
BIBLE BANTER
The Bible Banter class meets in Room 11 each Sunday from 9:30-10:15am. The Scripture text for the morning's sermon is used as a discussion-starter.
We look at the passage in its larger context, and we sometimes explore a bit of Bible-writing history. We offer some thoughts on what the morning's sermon might look like, based on the Scripture the pastor has selected. We leave time to discuss implications of the Scripture for our own lives, and we often even delve into topics far afield of the morning's original topic. You are invited to bring some breakfast from Garton Hall into Room 11 and join the conversation.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
NOMADS
The Nomads class is a generally progressive group which meets each Sunday at 9:15am in Room 10 for fellowship and discussion of selected readings on issues related to faith, spirituality, or social justice. Nomads will discuss AMERICA'S ORIGINAL SIN by Jim Wallis on the topic of racism. All are welcome with no preparation required.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
PILGRIMS
Sunday, May 20th
Lecture #6: The Jewish Diaspora and the Golden Rule
In this lecture on Jesus and His Jewish Influences , Dr Magness examines the ancient Jewish Diaspora communities in Assyria, Babylonia, Persia and Egypt through literary words such as the books of Tobit and Ester. She concludes with a discussion of the Golden Rule, a version of which occurs in Tobit, whose meaning was the subject of debate among Jews in the time of Jesus. Come join us in room 12 for the presentation and resulting discussion.
St. Mark's UMC
Vacation Bible School 2018
"DIG IT! Caring for Creation"
June 4-7, 9:30am-12:00 noon
Complete Liability form here
Come ready to get messy! We are going to dig up stories of God's love and the beauty of Creation while exploring themes of environmental stewardship. We will plant native flowers in Prairie Pockets on the grounds at St. Mark's - good for the earth, the bees and Monarch butterflies, and good for the spirits of all who share our space! Each day, children will explore these themes through story, song, art, and play. Kids in 4th-6th grades will have their own special activities. All activities will be age-appropriate and fun! The week will culminate in a special VBS worship service Sunday morning, June 10th, at 10:30am.
Youth are welcome to volunteer as leaders. Adult volunteers are needed to provide this program free of charge for all children. Participant registration and volunteer forms are available outside Children's Ministries office in Garton Hall. You may also register online at https://goo.gl/forms/u5V3fQ21aKg8KxzF2 If you have not completed a liability form this year, please complete the form at https://goo.gl/forms/ylFA9PCRPW2wZv7k1 For more information, contact Sarah Gettie McNeill or call 812-332-5788.
SMALL GROUPS, EDUCATION, AND FELLOWSHIP
MEETS EACH WEDNESDAY, 1:00PM, ROOM 10
ST. MARK'S QUILTERS & CRAFTERS
Bring your quilting or crafts to Room 10 and spend time with others who enjoy these activities. Quilters & Crafters meets each Wednesday. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.

MEETS EACH THURSDAY, 11:30AM, ROOM 11
MAY 24 IS LAST MEETING FOR SUMMER; WILL RESTART ON AUGUST 16
WOMEN OF WONDER AND FAITH
A group of faithful, journeying women meeting weekly to read and discuss books on various topics of faith. We are reading CALLED TO COMMUNITY: THE LIFE JESUS WANTS FOR HIS PEOPLE edited by Charles E. Moore. Join the group at any time as they move along the faith journey, collectively and individually, as well as build valuable friendships to support each other through life's many challenges and joys. Contact the facilitator, Maria Schmidt marschmi@indiana.edu , with questions and to let her know you are coming .
 
MEETS EACH FRIDAY, 12:30PM AT BELL TRACE
CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE MEN'S GROUP
Conversations on Life men's group meets on Fridays to share in conversation about topics of interest often based on literature selected by the group. The group meets in the private dining room, at the basement level on the west side of the main building of Bell Trace. Visitors are always welcome.    
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 5:30-7:30PM AT KARST FARM PARK
PICNIC WITH ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN
Celebrate another great school year at the annual St. Mark's Nursery School and Kindergarten Picnic! Bring your own family's dinner (no nut products, please), place-settings, blankets, and toys. We'll bring the drinks and dessert!

TUESDAY, MAY 22, 6:30PM, TRAILHEAD PIZZERIA
PUB THEOLOGY
Need a place to relax with food and beverage, and talk a little theology? Try Pub Theology, a welcoming small group experience hosted by St. Mark's. This month, we will meet at Trailhead Pizzeria (4303 S. State Rd. 446), have a beverage and snacks, and reflect
on a sermon by Nadia Bolz Weber "Lord, Save Me: a Sermon on Christianity and White Supremacy". Plan to come at 6:30pm to order your food and drink, and we'll start discussion at 7:00pm. To indicate your intention to attend, and receive the reading, contact
Jimmy at jimmymoore@smumc.church, or contact the church office. The sermon text can found at this link: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nadiabolzweber/2017/08/lord-save-sermon-christianity-whitesupremacy/

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 5:30PM, GARTON HALL
EXTRA YEARS OF ZEST (XYZ) DINNER AND PROGRAM
ROGER HANGARTER, DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR & CHANCELLOR'S PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY
All are cordially invited to the May XYZ dinner and program. If you would like to have supper at XYZ, please bring a dish to share and your own table service. Supper will begin at 5:30pm. Roger Hangarter, Distinguished Professor & Chancellor's Professor of Biology, will speak on "The Un-Still Life of Plants" beginning about 6:20pm.  Professor Hangarter has collected extraordinary photos of plants over the years that show their miraculous abilities to move "before our very eyes!" That is, if we only have eyes to see and time to wait! Camera improvements make this possible, but no one will find this presentation boring--even those totally uninterested in plant life.

MONDAY, MAY 28, MEMORIAL DAY
ST. MARK'S BUILDING WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY
The building will reopen on Tuesday, May 29th for the regular church office hours.
St. Mark's Staff Email
Rev. Jimmy Moore, Pastor

Director of Children's Ministries,
contact Mary Beth Morgan

Rodney Long, Director of Youth Ministries rodneylong@smumc.church

Aaron Comforty, Children & Youth Music Leader  aaroncomforty@smumc.church

Natalie LeBeau, Finance Director

Dennis Morgan, Head Custodian

Claire Schaffer, Administrative Assistant
R ev. Mary Beth Morgan, Pastor

Gerry Sousa, Director of Music Ministries

Sierra Roussos, Director, St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten director@smnurseryschool.org

Robin Cole, Asst. Director, St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten

Amy Weger, Office Manager, St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten
100 N. State Road 46 Bypass, Bloomington, IN 47408
Phone: 812-332-5788    Fax: 812-333-5544
100 N. State Road 46 Bypass, Bloomington, IN 47408
School Office Phone: 812-333-4007
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