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Published Thursday, November 8, 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.
SPECIAL EVENTS THIS SUNDAY
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY
AFTER PENTECOST
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BREAKFAST AND MORE
9:00am-10:15am (Garton Hall) 
Sharing breakfast together, live music, activity tables for children, and more.
Thank you to those
who will be preparing breakfast!
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
10:15am-11:30am (Rooms 24 & 25)
Contact the church
if 9:30am childcare is needed.
 
SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE
10:30am
Reverend Jimmy Moore
SCRIPTURE
Ruth 1:1-22
SERMON TITLE
"Brokenhearted Laments
and
A Trustworthy God"

 CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30am-11:30am
Room Changes for 1st-2nd and 3rd-4th Grade Classes.
Preschool-Kindergarten: Room 22
1st & 2nd Grade: Room 4
3rd & 4th Grade: Room 9
5th & 6th Grade: Room 3
7th-12th Grade: Youth Room 1
*While classes are organized by age/grade level, families are welcome to choose a class that is a good fit for their child.
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 the month along with the Sunday worship bulletin or by contacting the church office. Please submit information and articles for December Upcoming@St. Mark's by Wednesday, November 21. Thank you.

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NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 10:30AM
SANCTUARY WORSHIP
CHILDREN AND YOUTH PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP LEADERSHIP
Children and Youth are welcome to be part of worship leadership any Sunday. They are especially invited, this month, on Sunday, November 18. Children and youth are invited to serve by greeting/handing out bulletins, lighting candles (acolyte), drawing a picture for the bulletin cover, reading scripture, leading a prayer, sharing a musical or artistic talent, helping the ushers, etc. Please contact Mary Beth Morgan if your child(ren)/youth would like to participate in worship leadership, and which role(s) are of interest. Thank you!
THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 10:30AM
SANCTUARY WORSHIP
There's a cartoon in which a bearded man is sitting at a window, and the sign over the window reads, "Noah's Ark Complaints Department". Standing at a window is an irate anteater, who exclaims, "You only brought two ants?!!!" The endless amount of "complaint" cartoons is witness to the twin facts that we know things go wrong in our world, and that we're not always sure where to take our discontent. We also know that there is often a lack of empathy for the discontented one. We hear: "Get over it." But what if the ache is a serious illness, a critical loss, a betrayal, an act of violence of injustice. Where do we go then? There's a word for that in the spiritual life: that word is lament.
 
Walter Brueggemann defines lament as the language of suffering. In the Bible, the book of Ruth contains such a lament. Naomi, the mother-in-law of Ruth, had left Bethlehem during a famine and went to the country of Moab with her husband and two sons. While there, both her husband and her two sons died. She is heartbroken, and says to Ruth, " Call me no longer Naomi, call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt bitterly with me." Naomi is in grief, and is trying to find her way back to God...to determine if God is indeed trustworthy. She is on the pathway to lament. This is not faithlessness...lament is a way to express disappointment, and to find what faith means when loss has happened.
 
We'll talk about this in worship this Sunday. The sermon is titled "Brokenhearted Lament and a Trustworthy God" and arises from Ruth 2:1-22. The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Gerry Sousa and accompanied by Pam Freeman, will sing. We hope to see you this week.

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP NOVEMBER 15.
CALL OUT FOR TRIP TO MISSION GUATEMALA
INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 9:30AM, ST. MARK'S LIBRARY
Are you interested in participating in a trip to Mission Guatemala during Spring Break of 2019 (approximately, March 9-18)? St. Mark's sponsored a trip two years ago, and now a team from First United Methodist Church in Bloomington is going, and we have been asked if we want to participate with them.
 
The deadline for committing to go on the trip is November 15. There is an informational meeting on Sunday, November the 11, at 9:30am in the St. Mark's library. For more information, including costs and scholarship opportunities, contact Jimmy Moore at jimmymoore@smumc.church , or call the church office.
 
SECOND SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH
NOVEMBER 11, 6:00PM
PARENTS OF YOUTH NIGHT AT TURKAUZ CAFE, 301 E 3RD STREET
Enjoy some food & conversation with other folks raising teens. If you have questions, or would like to be on a contact list for future gatherings, contact Dawn Walters at dquillen@indiana.edu or the church office. All parents of youth (and grandparents & other loving adults caring for pre-teens and teenagers) are welcome!

NOVEMBER 11-NOVEMBER 25
POINSETTIA ORDERS FOR ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS
Ordering will begin on Sunday, November 11 for poinsettias to decorate the Sanctuary and Garton Hall during Advent and Christmas. Provide red or white poinsettia in honor, in memory, or in celebration of loved ones. Look for an insert in the worship bulletin on November 11 or print order form here . Orders will be taken through Sunday, November 25. The cost for each poinsettia plant is $10. Please call the church office with any questions or to place an order.
NOVEMBER 1 through NOVEMBER 16
3T AUCTIONS: TIME, TALENT & TREASURE
BENEFITS ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN
The 3T Auction will raise funds for the St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten Scholarship & Playground Funds. Donations of TIME (babysitting, meal preparation), TALENT (music lessons, baked foods), and TREASURES (tickets, vacation homes) will be auctioned to raise money for the school's scholarship and playground fund. The auction will run November 1-16 as an online auction. The 3T Auction website address is https://www.32auctions.com/StMarks3T2018 . For more information, look for displays in Garton Hall & the Nursery School/Kindergarten hallways.
THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER IN GARTON HALL
SHALOM COMMUNITY CENTER DONATIONS
Shalom daytime shelter is a crucial support for the local homeless population, especially now that the weather is getting cold. United Methodist Women (UMW), the group to which all St. Mark's women belong, invites all of St. Mark's to donate needed winter wear. Please bring your donations to the Shalom collection box in Garton Hall. Men's items are needed three times as much as women's.
  • Rain and snow boots, used or new
  • White crew socks (no dress socks); size 8-10 men's, 4-10 women's
  • White underwear briefs, men's and women's
  • Thermal long underwear
  • Winter coats
  • Warming packets for pockets or shoes
PROMISE & POSSIBILITY
2019 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN

We are in the midst of our annual Stewardship Campaign, and this year's theme is "Promise and Possibility". Many of you have already made your pledge for 2019, and we want to let you know how very grateful we are for your commitment, and your support of the ministries of St. Mark's United Methodist Church.

If you have not yet pledged,
you may submit your pledge online at
A confirmation email will be sent to you when you complete the process.
If you prefer to go the paper route, get a pledge card at the Welcome Desk in Garton Hall. You may complete your pledge card and drop it in the offering plate on Sundays, or bring/mail it to the church office. Your pledge information remains confidential in the finance office and can be revised at any time. Thank you for your prayerful and financial support of St. Mark's.
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
10:15am-11:30am
Infant through 3-year-olds 
(Rooms 24 & 25)
Contact the church if 9:30am care is needed.

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30am-11:30am
Room Changes for 1st-2nd and 3rd-4th Grade Classes.
Preschool-Kindergarten:
Rm 22
1st & 2nd Grade: Rm 4
3rd & 4th Grade: Rm 9
5th & 6th Grade: Rm 3
7th-12th Grade: Youth Rm 1
*While classes are organized by age/grade level, families are welcome to choose a class that is a good for for their child.

QUESTIONS ABOUT
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES?

QUESTIONS ABOUT
YOUTH MINISTRIES?

BEGINNING THIS SUNDAY
SOME CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL ROOMS HAVE CHANGED
To accommodate the children's class, classrooms for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th grades have changed as follows:
1st & 2nd Grade: Rm 4
3rd & 4th Grade: Rm 9
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.

SUNDAY SCHOOL 2018-19 FAMILY INFORMATION FORM
At the start of each new school year, we ask families to complete the Family Information form. Paper forms are available at the Sunday School table in Garton Hall. This form should be completed each year for each child (multiple children can be entered on one form).

SEE GOD THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD THIS FALL
BE A PART OF CHILDREN'S OR YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
Are you curious about helping with Sunday School as a teacher (in a lead or assistant role), substitute or with preparation during the week? Teachers are only asked to be in a class once a month. Contact Alayna Gray for more information!

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, a bit of Bible-writing history, and some thoughts on the morning's sermon, based on the Scripture the pastor has selected. We leave time to discuss implications of the Scripture for our own lives and 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
During October the Nomads discussion group will be reading THE FAITHS OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS by David L. Holmes, a professor of American history. The book considers religious groups in the American colonies and discusses forms of Deism and the influence it had on the founding generation. The Nomads gather in Room 10 for coffee, breakfast, and announcements at 9:15 on Sunday mornings. Book discussions begin by 9:30. Visitors are always welcomed to join the group for one or all of the sessions.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
PILGRIMS
THE WORLD'S GREATEST CHURCHES Prof. William R. Cook, Ph.D., State University of New York at Geneseo
" The Churches of Armenia " Lecture #7

Armenia, a nation that bordered the Roman Empire, accepted Christianity in the year 301, making it the first political entity to adopt Christianity. Among the notable qualities of the art of Armenia churches are its extraordinary detail and its decorative patterns. Prof Cook explores the simplicity and delicacy of their architecture including a different type of dome that may have been modeled on the tents used by Armenian nomads and shepherds.

In modern times, the Armenians continue to build on their multi-century tradition of Christianity. Pope John Paul II came to Yerevan to participate in the dedication of a new cathedral, one that has modern qualities yet unmistakably includes something of Armenia's 1,700-year tradition of worshiping the Christian God, Christ and Holy Spirit.

All are welcome at any point in the lecture series. Join us Room 12 at 9:15am for the presentation and resulting discussion.
SMALL GROUPS, EDUCATION, AND FELLOWSHIP
MEETS EACH WEDNESDAY, (will not meet Wednesday, November 21) , 1:00PM IN 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, (will not meet Thursday, November 22), 11:30AM IN ROOM 11
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 THE MEANING OF MARY MAGDALENE: DISCOVERING THE WOMAN AT THE HEART OF CHRISTIANITY by Cynthia Bourgeault. Please join us as we move along our 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, (will not meet Friday, November. 23), 1:00PM, ROOM 15 AT ST. MARK'S
CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE MEN'S GROUP
The men's discussion group known as Conversations on Life, is reading and discussing the two middle sections of MERE CHRISTIANITY by C.S. Lewis. The general topics of the 17 short chapters in those sections are: "What Christians Believe" and "Christian Behavior". The group meets at 1:00pm each Friday and has moved back to room 15 at St. Mark's UMC. Visitors are always welcomed.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 & DECEMBER 7
FIRST & THIRD FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH, 9:00AM, ROOM 4
ST. MARK'S DAYTIME PARENTS GROUP
The Daytime Parents Group had their first meeting on Friday, November 2. You are encouraged to join other parents and children for conversation to support one another through the intense joys and challenges of raising young humans. Bring the kids! There are toys to entertain them while parents converse. Invite friends, and if it is your first time, contact Abby Brass or Whitney Sullivan for more information. No meeting on Friday before Christmas, December 21.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9, 5PM TO 7PM, AT ST. MARK'S IN GARTON HALL
BIG MOUTH-BIG SPOON: SOUP COOK-OFF
BENEFITS ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN
Enjoy award-winning soups! Chefs have prepared their tastiest pots of soup for you and to compete for the title of "Top Soup Chef". Eat and vote for your favorite soup! Bread, drinks, and dessert will also be provided. Warm your bellies with yummy soup and help us raise funds for our outdoor education fund.
Advance tickets: $5 per adult, $3 per child, or $20 per household.
Tickets at the door: $7 per adult, $5 per child.
 
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 10:30AM, COLUMBUS ASBURY UMC
A CALL TO PRAYER & CONVERSATION GATHERING WITH BISHOP TRIMBLE
Bishop Julius C. Trimble has invited everyone (lay and clergy) to take part in district conversations, to be held in each district around Indiana, around A Way Forward. This will be an opportunity for Indiana United Methodists to congregate with their neighbors to pray, reflect, share in open and healthy dialogue around the work of the Commission on A Way Forward, the Special Session of the General Conference in 2019, and further conversations needed to help The Church move forward in its strive for inclusivity, as well as open-hearted and open-minded conversations, around the topic of human sexuality.
The November 10 conversation is at a location in the Southeast District (St. Mark's district). However, anyone can attend any of the conversations across Indiana. 
Follow this link ( http://www.inumc.org/conversations ) for more dates/locations, further information and a video message from Bishop Trimble.

TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT ST MARK'S PEOPLE IN THE ARTS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 7:30PM, IU AUDITORIUM
JOIN A GROUP FROM ST. MARK'S AT POTPOURRI OF THE ARTS!
Plan to join a group from St. Mark's, for a great evening, at the 25th annual Potpourri of the Arts. This event bring together three ensembles: the African American Dance Company, the African American Choral Ensemble, and the IU Soul Revue (which includes our Youth Director, Rodney Long)! We have purchased a set of group tickets for $10 each. Please contact Mary Beth Morgan, or the church office, for tickets. Scholarships are available by contacting Mary Beth.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 7:30PM, ST MARK'S SANCTUARY
BLOOMINGTON CHAMBER SINGERS PERFORM MUSIC FROM THE SISTINE CHAPEL
Bloomington Chamber Singers opens their 49th season with an evening of a cappella music in the pure, ethereal style of the High Renaissance. MUSIC FROM THE SISTINE CHAPEL presents works composed for the late sixteenth century Papal Court. Gerry Sousa, St. Mark's Director of Music Ministries, conducts the Bloomington Chamber Singers. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit chambersingers.info .

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 7:00PM, ROOM 8
LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEETING
The St. Mark's Leadership Council will meet on Monday, November 12 in Room 8. All are welcome to attend. While only Leadership Council members can vote on motions that are presented, everyone is encouraged to attend and participate in discussion and planning for the ministries of the church.
 
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 (8AM-1PM) & THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29 (9AM-1PM), ST. MARK'S KITCHEN
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN COOKIE SHOPPE LET'S BAKE!
Here's how to be part of this wonderful event scheduled for December 1st and 2nd, when beautiful tables of cookies and candy will be available for purchase at the United Methodist Women's Cookie Shoppe in room 8, off Garton Hall. This only happens because women, men, and teens bake cookies or make candy weeks before and the day before the Cookie Shoppe. Bake at home and freeze or join the merriment Tuesday, November 13th, 8:00am-1:00pm at the church kitchen, and add frosting and decorations to the sugar cookies on Thursday, November 29, 9:00am-1:00pm. Bakers and candy makers do NOT have to be members of UMW to contribute to this project. Set-up will be Friday, November 30, 9:00am-1:00 pm, and all cookies and candy MUST be delivered on Friday, December 1 by 10:00am. Funds UMW receives from the annual Cookie Shoppe support women's and children's global and local missions.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 5:30PM
BUDDIES OF ST. FRANCIS
Buddies of St. Francis is a small group experience for those who love animals and believe that our spirituality is enhanced by their presence in the world and in our lives. This humans-only gathering will be a time to share stories, reflect, and consider opportunities for advocacy. Join us in Room 15. Contact Jimmy Moore for more information.
 
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 6:30PM
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Prayer Shawl Ministry now meets once a month, on the second Tuesday at 6:30pm. We invite those who knit or crochet to help provide prayer shawls for those experiencing grief, change, and life joys. We also make baptism blankets and special projects.
 
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 7:00PM, ROOM 8
CHURCH HISTORY & THEOLOGY SERIES
Ever wonder about how the Christian faith has expressed itself throughout the Church’s many contexts and time periods? Join us for tour third session on this topic. This session will be led by Benjamin Fullick-Quint on the topic "Early Christian Sects" on Tuesday November 13. Benjamin describes this session as follows:
 
When many people think about the early Church, we tend to view it as one of unity where all Christians agreed on what Jesus's message meant and how to follow it. However, the early Church had many radically different viewpoints competing against one another to decide what it meant to be a follower of Jesus. In this session, we will talk about these early groups of Christians and how their disagreements with one another shaped Christianity, as well as how the questions they were asking are still some of the fundamental questions the Church is struggling with today.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 5:30PM
MEAL SHARE FOOD REPACK
Each month, St. Mark's volunteers go to Hoosier Hills Food Bank to repack donated food for agencies that provide food for families. For more information, contact Glenda Murray at glmurray@indiana.edu .
St. Mark's Staff Email
Rev. Jimmy Moore, Pastor

Alayna Gray
Interim Coordinator of Children's Ministries, stmarksdcm@gmail.com

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

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

Dennis Morgan, Head Custodian

Claire Schaffer, Administrative Assistant
Rev. Mary Beth Morgan, Pastor

Gerry Sousa, Director of Music Ministries

Natalie LeBeau, Finance Director

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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