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Published Thursday, October 18, 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.
This Week at St. Mark's UMC
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
TWENTY-SECOND 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
Mark 10:35-45
SERMON TITLE
"Promise and Possibility:
Gotta Serve Somebody,
or...Was Bob Dylan Correct?"

 CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30am-11:30am
Preschool-Kindergarten: Room 22
1st & 2nd Grade: Romm 19
3rd & 4th Grade: Room 4
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.
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UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S
OCTOBER 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 the month along with the Sunday worship bulletin or by contacting the church office.
We will publish Upcoming@St. Mark's for November on Sunday, November 4.
THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 10:30AM
SANCTUARY WORSHIP
I remember when I was a kid playing a game with friends that we called "King of the Hill." It could be a rugged experience. Many of you will remember that the goal of the game was to use physical force against others to stay atop the hill or mound of dirt. Many of us carried the scars and bruises to show that injuries occurred with some frequency, and these days, children are understandably discouraged from the game. But in human life, we still see many examples of domination thinking, in which we live as though only one person may 'win', and that occurs at the expense of all others. 
 
Jesus proposed a different way of engaging the world. He said that while many "lord it over" others, that it was not to be that way in the community of faith. Instead, "...whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be servant of all." And when we serve, we gain strength from committing ourselves to a greater good and to seeking the well being of others. 
 
We'll talk about this on Sunday. The sermon is titled "Promise and Possibility: Gotta Serve Somebody...or Was Bob Dylan Correct?", arising from Mark 10:35-45. The Chancel Choir, led by Gerry Sousa and accompanied by Pam Freeman, will also lead worship. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday. 
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 5:00PM
GUESTS MEET AT ST. MARK'S
GUESS WHO IS COMING TO DINNER
An evening of fellowship and good food is anticipated. The Church Life team has matched Guests and Hosts who have signed up for Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner. At 5:00pm on Sunday, October 21, all guests are reminded to come to Garton Hall where they will receive their hosts' names and driving directions. If all goes well, by 6:00pm everyone will wind up in the right place and will enjoy food, conversation, and fellowship.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 9:00AM-12:30 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, BEFORE AND AFTER WORSHIP
RED BIRD MISSION CRAFT SALE AT ST. MARK'S
On the first weekend of November, St. Mark's will host the Red Bird Mission Craft Sale in Garton Hall. Red Bird Mission buys crafts from artisans in their area and sells these items at their craft fairs around the country. Red Bird Mission Crafts exists only to stimulate the area economy near Beverly, Kentucky, where many live below the poverty level.

For decades, members of St. Mark's have supported Red Bird Mission ( www.rbmission.org ) through trips to help with home repair, through donations of goods, and hosting this
craft fair many times. The handmade crafts are quality textiles, jewelry, baskets, wooden toys, pottery, and Christmas ornaments (see a sample of crafts at ww.crafts.rbmission.org ). We will be inviting the Bloomington community to this worthy and appealing sale.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED-SIGN UP TO HELP
Volunteers are needed to help set up and tear down the fair, and to help with sales during the fair. Six set up volunteers are needed on Friday, November 2, 4:00-6:00pm, and six to reload the van on Sunday, November 4, noon-12:30 pm. During the fair, three volunteers in two shifts (six each shift) are needed to help at the register and assist with customers.
A sign-up sheet is posted in Garton Hall. You may also visit the Sign Up Genius link at
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050845AFAF28A20-redbird , or you may contact the church office to volunteer.

SUPPORT THE TRANSPORT OF THE CRAFT FAIR
To support the transport of the craft fair from Kentucky to St. Mark's, we accepted monetary donations during breakfast last Sunday, October 7, and we will be holding a snack sale during the fair. Signups to provide baked goods are also posted in Garton Hall and at the Signup Genius link above.
Operation Friendship Greenery

Support St. Mark's Operation Friendship (OF), an international travel opportunity for youth, by purchasing Christmas greenery during the month of October. Place your order in Garton Hall at the OF display.

Contact Jane Dunatchik at janewd@att.net
for more information.

View a full page flyer here .
SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE-APPLY ASAP
OCTOBER 25-27, ST. LUKE'S UMC, INDIANAPOLIS
BREAKING BARRIERS HIV/AIDS CONFERENCE
Bishop Julius Trimble and the Indiana Conference of United Methodists is hosting the Breaking Barriers HIV/AIDS ministry conference at St. Luke's UMC in Indianapolis on October 25-27. The goal of this event is to help create an AIDS-free world through saving lives, reducing stigma and increasing awareness. The gathering is open to anyone with an interest in reaching out to the HIV/AIDS community with a message of love.
 
Dynamic speakers, immersive pre-conference mission experiences, diverse workshop presentations, and powerful worship services will offer attendees an opportunity to learn, share, and connect. Participants can expect to return home feeling equipped to strengthen HIV/AIDS ministry initiatives in their communities. Speakers include Ambassador Dr. Deborah Birx, AIDS activist Hydeia Broadbent, Bishop Tracy Smith Malone, Bishop Julius C. Trimble and many more.
HOW TO HELP THOSE IN NEED FOLLOWING THE RECENT NATURAL DISASTERS
The impact of recent hurricanes and other disasters, both nationally and
internationally, has been devastating. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is responding to the destruction and overwhelming needs from Hurricanes Florence and Michael and Typhoon Manghkut in the Philippines. Pray for those who are in great need, as well as the early response teams, including countless volunteers.
 
It will take a long and sustained effort for all of these areas to fully recover. The most immediate way we can help is through financial assistance. If you can donate, checks can be made out to "St. Mark's" and put in the offering plate or sent to the church office. Please write "Disaster Relief-U.S." on your check’s memo line for your assistance to aid U.S. states and territories, OR write "Disaster Relief-International." 100% of all money donated will go directly to the children, women and men most in need. To get continuing updates of the work of UMCOR, and ways to give online, go to www.umcor.org .
CALL OUT FOR TRIP TO MISSION GUATEMALA
Are you interested in participating in a trip to Mission Guatemala during Spring Break of 2019? (Approximately, March 9-18) Our church sponsored a trip two years ago, and now a team from First United Methodist in Bloomington is going. The deadline for committing to go on the trip is November 15. For more information, including costs and scholarship opportunities, contact Jimmy Moore or call the church office.
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
Preschool-Kindergarten:
Rm 22
1st & 2nd Grade: Rm 19
3rd & 4th Grade: Rm 4
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.

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!

QUESTIONS ABOUT
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES?

QUESTIONS ABOUT
YOUTH MINISTRIES?

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
BREAKFAST AND MORE
9:00-10:15am Garton Hall
Sharing Breakfast Together, Live Music, Activity Tables for Children, and More. Thank you to those who will be providing breakfast!

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 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, 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 9:15am 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 OF BIBLICAL ISRAEL Prof. William R. Cook, Ph.D., State University of New York at Geneseo
" The Cave Churches of Cappadocia" Lecture #4

Cappadocia, in central Turkey, has been important in the beginnings of Christianity. St Paul evangelized there and several of the fathers of the church were from Cappadocia.

The area is studded with geological formations called fairy chimneys which are spires which thus erode making odd shapes. 
Within these fairy chimneys, many structures were carved out of the stone, including churches and monasteries. Hundreds of these churches are still being discovered in Cappadocia; some are quite small and plain while others are large and elaborate with beautiful paintings.
  
The churches are not just rough-hewn but finished stone, giving the impression that the structure has been built by human hand, rather than what is essentially a cave that has been hollowed out of rock.

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, 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, 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, 12:30PM AT BELL TRACE
CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE MEN'S GROUP
During October, the men's discussion group known as Conversations on Life, will be 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 12:30 pm each Friday in the private dining room in the basement of the Main Building of Bell Trace. Visitors are always welcomed.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 7AM
UNITED METHODIST MOUNTAIN MISSION PICK UP
The truck from Mountain Mission will pick up your donated items here at St. Mark's. Please bring donations to Room 14/Storage Room any time beginning now through Sunday, October 21. The Urgent Needs List from Mountain Mission includes winter clothes such as men's and children's coats, boots, gloves, long sleeved shirts, sweaters, jackets, etc. New socks and underwear are always desperately needed for men, women, and children. Additionally, Mountain Mission requests good pots and pans as well as men's shoes. See the newsletter and Urgent Needs List posted in Garton Hall.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 6:30PM-8:30PM, GRATZI RESTAURANT
PUB THEOLOGY
Pub Theology provides a place to relax with food and beverage, and a fun group of thinking disciples to talk a little theology. We will reflect on a Krista Tippett interview with Yale Theologian Miroslav Volf titled "Religion and Violence." Volf, a Croatian born son of a Pentecostal pastor, has become one of the most notable theologians of our time. The interview may be found at https://onbeing.org/programs/miroslav-volf-religion-and-violence/ , or you may email Jimmy Moore or the church office at to request a copy of the article, either emailed or printed. Please also contact the church office to let us know you will be coming. We look forward to seeing you at Pub Theology.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 5:30PM
EXTRA YEARS OF ZEST (XYZ) DINNER & PROGRAM
TERRY CLAPACS PRESENTS THE STORY OF IU BLOOMINGTON: AMERICA'S LEGACY CAMPUS
All are cordially invited to a shared dinner (bring a dish to share and your table service) in Garton Hall at 5:30 followed by an illustrated talk by Terry Clapacs, Vice-President Emeritus, on his new book, INDIANA UNIVERSITY BLOOMINGTON: AMERICA’S LEGACY CAMPUS. During his long tenure as chief administrative officer and head of facilities planning and development, Terry supervised the building of over two-thirds of what is now Indiana University, working diligently to preserve the natural beauty of the campus for which IU is nationally recognized. Terry's book tells the story of that campus-a tale not only of Indiana University's buildings, architecture, and growth, but of the talented, dedicated people who brought the buildings to life. Come to this informative program.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 6:00PM-8:00PM
GAME NIGHT FOR UPPER ELEMENTARY AT ST. MARK'S
Calling all 3rd-6th graders! Join us on Friday, October 26 from 6:00pm-8:00pm for pizza, games and snacks! Friends are welcome to attend as long as we have a current liability form on file. Have your parent/guardian drop you off in Garton Hall at 6:00 and then they can come back to pick you up at 8:00. Any parents/guardians who would like to stay for the fun are more than welcome to join us!

We will supply the pizza, and we ask that you bring either a two-liter drink or snack to share. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions or food allergies. We will have a selection of games available, but you are encouraged to bring a favorite from home if you like. To RSVP or for any questions, please contact Alayna Gray at stmarksdcm@gmail.com or 812-332-5788.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 3:00-6:00 PM
ST MARK'S YOUTH AT FOWLER PUMPKIN PATCH
Pumpkins, hayrides, corn mazes, a petting zoo, and more at Fowler Pumpkin Patch (located at 4932 N Greene County Line Rd Bloomington, Indiana)! All youth grades 7-12 are invited to come out and enjoy all that the pumpkin patch has to offer on Saturday, October 27th from 3:00 PM-6:00 PM. Friends are welcome, but must have a liability form on file with SMUMC. Please RSVP to Rodney Long ( rodneylong@smumc.church ), Director of Youth Ministries. 

FUNDRAISING EVENTS IN SUPPORT OF ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN
NOW SEEKING DONATIONS FOR THE ANNUAL TIME, TALENT, AND TREASURE AUCTION
We know how talented our St. Mark's community is. Let's put it to good use for Nursery School! Donations of your TIME (babysitting, meal preparation), TALENT (music lessons, baked goods) and TREASURES (tickets, vacation homes) will be auctioned to raise money for the school's scholarship and playground fund. The auction will run November 1st through November 16th. Please submit donations by October 26th. Email details and pictures of your donation to Susan Walker at susangreiwe@yahoo.com or bring a paper copy to the office.

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.
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 Leader  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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