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Published Thursday, April 19, 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.
"Where the Heart Is" 2018 Stewardship & Capital Giving   
SATURDAY, APRIL 21ST, 6:00PM
ALL-FAMILIES GAME NIGHT AT ST MARK'S
On Saturday, April 21st, we will hold an All-Church, All-Families (of all configurations) Game Night, 6-8pm. This will be a great opportunity to connect with some of the other folks in the church. It will be potluck style, so plan to bring your favorite dish or two. We will fellowship together over a meal and then play a variety of games (bring your family's favorite to share!). There are plans in the works to have video games, too, for those who prefer a more digital gaming experience. This is for ages 0-120, so mark your calendars now! Sign up here to bring something to share:
This Week at St. Mark's UMC
SUNDAY, APRIL 22ND
FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
CREATION CARE SUNDAY
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BREAKFAST 
9:00am (Garton Hall) 
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
9:30am-11:30am (Rooms 24 & 25)
 
CELEBRATION !
CHILDREN, FAMILY & FRIENDS 
OF ALL AGES! 
9:30am in Garton Hall
 
CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30-11:30am
Preschool in Room 27
Kindergarten-1st Grade in Room 28
2nd - 3rd Grade in Room 4
4th-5th Grade in Room 9
6th-12th Grade in Room 3
   
SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICES
10:30am
Reverend Jimmy Moore, preaching  
Scripture
Psalm 19:1-6 & Roman 8:18-25
Sermon Title
"Creation Glories and Creation Groans:
A Sermon for Creation Care Sunday"
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UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S
April 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 May publication by Wednesday, April 18th.
Get to know one another; 
wear a name tag, please. 
ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN OUTDOOR CLASSROOMS PROJECT PHASES II & III
5 WAYS TO HELP MEET OUR $3000 GOAL!
  1. CREW CAR WASH - We raised $46 - a big thanks to all who participated and to Abby Brass for organizing the fundraiser!
  2. 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.
  3. CHANGE CHALLENGE - Which class will earn the most points? In Garton Hall this Sunday and ongoing through April 23rd. Pennies and bills add points, silver coins subtract points. It ALL adds up to grow our outdoor classroom fund. 
  4. CHIPOTLE DINE & DONATE - The Chipotle at College Mall is hosting a dine & donate for us on Tuesday April 24th from 4pm to 8pm. Just make sure to let the cashier know you are there for St. Mark's BEFORE paying. :)
  5. 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
SUNDAY, APRIL 22ND, 10:30AM, SANCTUARY WORSHIP
CREATION CARE SUNDAY: EARTH DAY
Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day. In accord with guidance from the United Methodist Church, and in resonance with other Christian communities and many of our friends of other faith traditions, we will examine our commitment to what United Methodist Bishops call “environmental holiness”. The sermon for the Sunday service is titled “Creation Glories and Creation Groans: A Sermon for Creation Care Sunday”, arising from Romans 8: 18-25, and Psalm 19:1-6.
 
On that day, we’ll reflect on what Matthew Sleeth calls the “creative and compelling call for Christians to embrace sustainable living out of love for God, neighbor, and all of creation”. During the service, we’ll interview Jeff White, IU professor and the Director of the Integrated Program in the Environment at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Jeff has had a long standing interest in rapidly warming arctic environments, and the impact those changes may have for the whole of the earth. We hope to see you that day.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22ND, AFTER WORSHIP, ROOM 8
CREATION CARE CALL-OUT MEETING
Following worship on April 22, Creation Care Sunday, purchase a bowl of soup from the Operation Friendship Lunch team, and then join us in Room 8 if you are interested in learning more about our Creation Care Initiatives. There will also be an information table in Garton Hall before and after worship. We would love to have you join us in Room 8 at approximately 11:30 following worship.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22ND, AFTER WORSHIP IN GARTON HALL
OPERATION FRIENDSHIP SOUP LUNCH
Support Operation Friendship and enjoy a bowl of soup after Worship or place a pre-order and take lunch home with you. Choose from a variety of delicious soups, grilled cheese sandwich, and baked goods. All eat-in orders include a roll and drink. To order lunch to take home with you, print an order form here or pick up an order form at the Garton Hall Welcome Desk. Please give your completed order form to the Operation Friendship Bake Sale table. Pick up your order on Sunday, April 22nd after worship.

(BIBLE 101 CLASS ON APRIL 15TH & 22ND)
SUNDAY, APRIL 29TH, 10:30AM WORSHIP
BIBLE PRESENTATION FOR UPPER ELEMENTARY CHILDREN AND YOUTH
 All 4th & 5th graders, and those in 6th grade and up who haven’t yet received a Bible, are invited to so on Sunday, April 29th, in Worship. Mary Beth Morgan will continue Bible 101 classes for Bible recipients and their parent(s) or other important adult(s) in their lives on Sunday, April 22nd at 9:30am in Room 8. Attendance in Bible 101 is not required, but you may participate even if you did not attend on April 15th. Please contact Mary Beth Morgan, or the church office, if your child(ren) or youth plan to receive a Bible this year, and the way in which they wish their names to appear in the Bible. Also, let me know if your child/youth would like to receive a Bible, but will be unable to be present on April 29th. Families’ schedules vary, and one Sunday rarely works for everyone. Those are details we can easily work out.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29 IS SANCTUARY SUNDAY!
NO REGULAR SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN OR YOUTH ON APRIL 29.
April 29th falls on the 5th Sunday of the month when we invite all children and youth to experience the full worship service.
Children and Youth Sunday School classes will not meet on April 29th. Children’s activity packets and picture books are available in the back of the sanctuary near the comfortable rocking chairs. Infant and toddler care continues from 9:30am
– 11:30am in rooms 24 and 25. For families who wish the
option, childcare will be available in Room 27 for children in preschool through 3rd grade following the Children’s Moment in the sanctuary worship service.

OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE:
DONATE NEW TOILETRY ITEMS AND CLEANING SUPPLIES TO THRIVING CONNECTIONS.
Thriving Connections meets each Thursday at St. Mark's and "provides support by making the personal and community connections that are important for successful life change." Please leave your donations in the labeled box in Garton Hall. Below is a list of requested items.
Thank you!

Toilet Paper,
Soap (bars or bottles)—hand, face, or body, Shampoo and/or Conditioner,
Tooth Brushes/Tooth paste,
Small first aid items—band aids, antibacterial cream, etc.,
Deodorant, Sponges/loofahs, Combs, Razors, Shaving Cream,
Miscellaneous beauty products—hair gel, hairspray, etc.,
Body Lotion, Body Powder,
Feminine Hygiene products,
Laundry Soap, Fabric Softener/Dryer Sheets, Cleaning Supplies—Pine Sol, Comet, Windex, Bleach,
Dish Soap, Trash bags,
Scrubbers/sponges,
Foil/Saran Wrap/Parchment Paper
Sunday School
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

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

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

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

QUESTIONS ABOUT
YOUTH MINISTRIES?
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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).
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.
 
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. 


Adult Sunday School, 9:30am
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, 9:15am
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 chapter 5 of America's Original Sin by Jim Wallis on the topic of racism. All are welcome with no preparation required.

Adult Sunday School, 9:15am
Pilgrims
Sunday, April 15th-begin new series Jesus and His Jewish Influences Lecture #1: "Sacred Mountains and Law Giving in Judaism"
In this initial lecture on Jesus and His Jewish Influences, Dr Magness sets the ground work for illustrating how the Gospel accounts fit within the context of early Judaism, i.e. Judaism in the time of Jesus, and how the Gospels inform us about Jesus’s life and ministry. To understand ancient Judaism, it is important to remember that the Jews were embedded in a world that was populated by peoples who worshiped many different gods. However, the Jewish God was conceived as the chief deity, the most High God of the people of Israel.

All are welcome at any point in the lecture series. Come join us in room 12 for the presentation and resulting discussion.
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
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. 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
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.   
 
MONDAY, APRIL 23RD, 7:00-8:00PM, ROOM 10
ADULT EDUCATION PLANNING MEETING
Everyone is invited to bring their ideas to this planning meeting for Adult Ed activities at St. Mark's. Adult Education is more than Sunday School classes; it includes field trips, films, arts, retreats, and all sorts of educational experiences.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 5:00PM–9:00PM, CHIPOTLE
CHIPOTLE FUNDRAISER FOR ST. MARK’S NURSERY SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support St. Mark’s Nursery School and Kindergarten. Come in to the Chipotle at the Mall (2894 East 3rd Street in Bloomington)
on Tuesday, April 24th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Good for dine-in or carry-out!
Just tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause before you pay to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to St. Mark’s Nursery School.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24TH, 6:30PM, NICK’S ENGLISH HUT
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 in the
Hump Room at Nick’s downtown (423 E. Kirkwood Ave.), have a beverage and snacks, and reflect on an interesting theological piece written by William Sloane Coffin. This sermon is actually a eulogy written for his son, Alex, delivered ten days after his death in an automobile accident. 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 link to the sermon may be found here:

TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 12:00PM
BUDDIES OF ST. FRANCIS: TOUR OF PETS ALIVE
St. Mark’s pet lovers are invited to join our small group, Buddies of St. Francis, for an
informational tour of Bloomington’s low cost spay/neuter clinic. Please leave pets at home
for this humans-only tour. Plan to meet at Pets Alive (2444 S Walnut St) for this tour.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 5:30PM, GARTON HALL
EXTRA YEARS OF ZEST (XYZ) DINNER & PROGRAM
REV. SARAH GETTIE MCNEILL: “MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY AND CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES”
All are cordially invited to the April 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 and the program will begin at 6:20pm. The presenter will be Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill, St. Mark’s Director of Children’s Ministries. She will speak about her spiritual journey and ministry to children. Sarah Gettie will also share plans for this summer’s Vacation Bible School, entitled “Dig It! Caring for God’s Creation,” the vision for which we
thank Myriam Wood.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 1:30PM–3:00PM, ROOM 24
DAYTIME PARENTS GROUP
The Daytime Parents of Young Children Group meets on the 2nd & 4th Friday of the month in Room 24 to support one another through the intense joys and challenges of raising young humans. Invite friends who are parenting. There is minimal homework, and it’s never required. Currently, we are reading the very brief chapters in T he Parent’s Tao Te Ching: A New Interpretation by William Martin, and reflecting on the spiritual wisdom of both this text and Christian scriptures as it relates to parenting. Bring the kids! There are toys to entertain them while parents discuss.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2:00PM
BUDDIES OF ST FRANCIS: HIKE AT MCCORMICK’S CREEK STATE PARK
St. Mark’s pet lovers are invited to join our small group, Buddies of St. Francis, for a fun
two-hour woods walk with our dogs in McCormick’s Creek state park. Bring leashed pets on this hike, and meet the group at the Wolf Cave parking lot in McCormick’s Creek State Park.
ST. MARK’S UMW APRIL MEETINGS: ALL WOMEN ARE INVITED!
All the women of St. Mark’s, whether members, regular attenders, or visitors, are invited to participate in St. Mark’s UMW. The UMW of United Methodist Church provides total support for 109 missions focused on women and children around the world.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN’S GROUPS YOU MIGHT LIKE TO JOIN
FOOD FOR THOUGHT BOOK DISCUSSION of Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz.
Copies of books are available. Attend either group.
Friday, April 20th, 1:00pm         St. Mark’s Library
Tuesday, April 24th, 7:00pm      Bell Trace
UMW SOUTHWEST DISTRICT SPRING GATHERING, “REJOICE ALWAYS”
SATURDAY, APRIL 21ST
The UMW spring gathering will be at Methodist Temple in Evansville with Mitch Gieselman, Southwest District Superintendent speaking. Further information and signup on the UMW bulletin board in Garton Hall.
UMW CIRCLE MEETINGS IN MAY ARE AS FOLLOWS:
MORNING CIRCLE          Tuesday, May 15th, 9:30am         Room 8
SUSANNA WESLEY CIRCLE Tuesday, May 15th, 1:30pm         Room 8
CHARLENE MARTIN CIRCLE Wednesday, May 16th, 7:00pm      Bell Trace
Questions? Email UMW President Linda Crawford at carlelinda@sbcglobal.net , or call the church office.
St. Mark's UMC
Vacation Bible School 2018
"DIG IT! Caring for Creation"
June 4-7, 9:30am-12:00 noon
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 be planting native flowers in Prairie Pockets on the grounds at St. Mark’s – good for the earth, the bees and Monarch butterflies, as well as 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. Register online at https://goo.gl/forms/u5V3fQ21aKg8KxzF2 . For more information, contact Sarah Gettie McNeill or call her at 812-332-5788.
St. Mark's Staff Email
Rev. Jimmy Moore, Pastor

Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill, Director of Children's Ministries

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

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

Dennis Morgan, Head Custodian

Sierra Roussos, Director of St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten director@smnurseryschool.org
R ev. Mary Beth Morgan, Pastor

Gerry Sousa,
Director of Music Ministries

Natalie LeBeau, Finance Director

Coordinator of Childcare
Contact Sarah Gettie McNeill

Claire Schaffer, Administrative Assistant

Amy Weger, Office Manager of 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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