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Published Thursday, August 16, 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.
Next Sunday, August 26, 11:30am-2:00pm
St. Mark's Community Picnic
Everyone is welcome! Fun for all ages! Bring friends and neighbors!
If you can help with setup/cleanup, food, or activities; please sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/8050845AFAF28A20-stmarks4 , on the board in Garton Hall, or call the church office.
This Week at St. Mark's UMC
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
THIRTEENTH 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 providing 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 SERVICES
10:30am
Reverend Jimmy Moore, preaching  
SCRIPTURE
Psalm 34
SERMON TITLE
"Midnight Specials and Gospel Trains: Finding Hope in the Stations of Life"

 CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30am-11:30am
PLEASE NOTE FALL CLASS GROUPINGS* AND ROOM CHANGES
Preschool & Kindergarten: Rm 22
1st & 2nd Grade: Room 19
3rd & 4th Grade: Room 4
5th & 6th Grade: Room 3
7th-12th Grade: Room 1
*While classes are organized by age/grade level, families are welcome to choose a class which is a good fit for their child.
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UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S
AUGUST 2018 This Sunday
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 are now finalizing the layout for the September Upcoming, so please submit any content for publication ASAP.
THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 10:30AM
SANCTUARY WORSHIP
When was the last time that you saw something, or heard something, and said to yourself, "That gives me hope."? The case for despair is constantly being made all around us, and frankly, it can be a compelling case. And yet there are those figures of history, and there are those persons who we have had the privilege of knowing in real time, who so profoundly model hope that they puncture the veil of darkness and expose us to the light that is still shining. It was Desmond Tutu who said, "Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." We’ll address this in the worship service on Sunday, as the sermon is titled "Midnight Specials and Gospel Trains: Finding Hope in the Stations of Life," arising from Psalm 34. The sermon will note, through the image of trains, from actual trips through experiences on the "Underground Railroad" that hope arises in the most surprising of places, in moments of profound doubt and struggle. Let's come together on Sunday, and draw hope from each other. The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Gerry Sousa, will lead us musically. And we will commission our recent class of Stephen Ministers, who are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. We hope to see you this Sunday!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 11:45AM
(AFTER WORSHIP)
YOUTH LUNCH AT BUCCETO'S!
LUNCH IS ON US!
On Sunday, August 19, all youth in grades 7-12 are invited to lunch at Bucceto's Pizza next to St. Mark's for a back-to-school lunch. We will meet in Garton Hall after the worship service and walk over to Bucceto's. Friends are welcome! We are looking forward to great
food and hearing all about the new school year. E-mail Rodney, Director of Youth Ministries with any questions.
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.

QUESTIONS ABOUT
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES?

QUESTIONS ABOUT
YOUTH MINISTRIES?

PLEASE NOTE FALL CLASS GROUPINGS* AND ROOM CHANGES
CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:15-11:30am
Preschool & Kindergarten: Rm 22
1st & 2nd Grade: Room 19
3rd & 4th Grade: Room 4
5th & 6th Grade: Room 3 7th-12th Grade: Room 1
*While classes are organized by age/grade level, families are welcome to choose a class which is a good fit for their child.

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
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, 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 reading and discussing Robin R. Meyers' thought-provoking book, SAVING JESUS FROM THE CHURCH - HOW TO STOP WORSHIPING CHRIST & START FOLLOWING JESUS.  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
Sunday, August 19, Lecture #19 "Anarch in Judea"
Herod Agrippa I, grandson of Herod the Great, ruled the reunited kingdom of his grandfather until his death in 44 A.D. At this point the Roman emperor Claudius made the kingdom part of the Roman province of Syria and placed it under the administration of low-ranking governors, called procurators. 
In this lecture, Prof. Magness discusses these procurators and examines the increasingly anarchic conditions leading up to the outbreak of the First Jewish Revolt. It was against the background of these events that James the Just, brother of Jesus, was executed.

All are welcome at any point in the lecture series. Come join us for the presentation and the 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 FRIDAY, 12:30PM AT BELL TRACE
CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE MEN'S GROUP
Conversations on Life men's group meets each Friday 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, AUGUST 17, 9:15AM
GOLF OUTING
The St. Mark's golfers will be taking on the challenge of the hilly Otis Park Golf Course, just east of Bedford. We are planning to get three tee times starting around 9:15am, when Otis opens them for reservations (two weeks ahead of time). Some of our group may meet for breakfast in Bloomington. Then we will all carpool from the parking lot at Lucky's Supermarket at 8:15am. More details will be released by email several days before the outing. Let Lenne Vanzant at lennev@bluemarble.net or 812-824-7093 or Charlie Matson at matsonhoosier@yahoo.com or 812-331-0413 know if you are interested in taking part.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18. 9:30AM-11:30PM
GREEN THUMBS AND HELPING HANDS:
WORKING TOGETHER TO CARE FOR OUR CHURCH GROUNDS
Do you have a gift or a love for tending the earth? Did you know that much of the landscaping work on the church property is done by volunteers who, by contributing their time and talents, save the church valuable resources that can be directed toward other initiatives? No experience is necessary! So consider participating with the Helping
Hands team that will be caring for the beauty of the church grounds. The Nursery School/Kindergarten ministry will have a team there, as we all work together. (Rumor has it, that there will be donuts.) For more details, contact the church office.

MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 6:30PM, NICK'S ENGLISH HUT
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. On Monday, August 20, we will reflect on a piece of writing by a number of theologians including Tony Campolo, Richard Rohr, and Will Willimon. The piece is titled “Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith In a Time of Crisis. For more information about Pub Theology, or for copies of the reading, contact Jimmy Moore.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 5:30PM, GARTON HALL
EXTRA YEARS OF ZEST (XYZ) DINNER & PROGRAM
"BUTTERFLIES: A GIFT OF WONDER" WITH PATTY SMITH
Patty Smith, a member of St. Mark's, will share her pictorial journey through many years of wonder and awe for butterflies. Though she has no Lepidoptera degree or membership in a butterfly society, Patty will share her passion for these floating, skipping, or zigzagging marvels with you by incorporating her love of gardens, wildlife, and photography. The program will take place at 6:20pm following a shared dinner that will begin at 5:30pm. Please bring a dish to share and your table service for the dinner.

PLAN TO JOIN US & SIGN UP TO HELP!
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2018, 11:30AM - 2:00PM
ST. MARK'S COMMUNITY PICNIC
There will be food, friends, games, and music for all ages! We will have a Picnic lunch in Garton Hall and on the front porch, live music, activities for children and youth, face
painting, a rousing Wiffle Ball game for all ages, Balloons by Aaron Messer(!), Aaron Comforty-"One Man Band", Golf with Charlie Matson, plus much, much more. Mark your calendars, and invite your friends and neighbors!
Please sign up to help bring food, to be a part of set-up/clean-up crew, to help with activities or to donate towards food costs. You can sign-up on the sheets in Garton Hall, or by contacting the church office (812-332-5788), or via this Sign-Up Genius link. The goal is for everyone to do a little, so no one needs to do a lot!

SUNDAY MORNINGS, SEPTEMBER 23 & 30
NEW MEMBER CLASS
New members will be joining during worship on October 7.
Contact church office to indicate your intention to join.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 4:00PM, SOUTH LAWN OF CHURCH
PET BLESSING
A simple, fun time to celebrate our pets as gifts of God.
St. Mark's Staff Email
Rev. Jimmy Moore, Pastor

Director of Children's Ministries,
contact Mary Beth Morgan with leadership by Elena Herrera and Aaron Comforty
 
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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