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Published Thursday, September 20, 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.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 10:30AM WORSHIP & 11:30AM LUNCH
PROMISE AND POSSIBILITY: STEWARDSHIP KICKOFF
SPECIAL WORSHIP AND LUNCH - ALL ARE WELCOME!
AN RSVP FOR LUNCH IS NOT REQUIRED, BUT YOUR RESPONSE HELPS US PLAN FOR FOOD. TO LET US KNOW IF YOU WILL ATTEND THE LUNCH, PLEASE RSVP HERE OR CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 10:30AM WORSHIP & 11:30AM LUNCH
PROMISE AND POSSIBILITY: STEWARDSHIP KICKOFF - WORSHIP AND LUNCH
The Stewardship Team invites you to join us this Sunday for a special worship and lunch as we celebrate the ways in which God's promise is being fulfilled in the world and at St. Mark's. We also want to dream into possibilities for the future, because ours is a vision of faith and community the world deeply needs.
 
Our Stewardship Team will lead us through a celebration of the enduring promise of St. Mark's ministry and mission, and conversations about dreams of the possibilities for the year ahead. To help us plan for the day, please  RSVP HERE  if you are able to stay for lunch or contact the church office. ( office@smumc.church , 812-332-5788).
This Week at St. Mark's UMC
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
CELEBRATION OF BAPTISMS
SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST: SYLVIA McNAIR

STEWARDSHIP KICKOFF SUNDAY
ALL ARE INVITED TO STAY AFTER WORSHIP FOR A SPECIAL LUNCH
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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 the MEAL SHARE TEAM who will providing breakfast! Donations will be appreciated to support this project of the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.
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 Mary Beth Morgan
SCRIPTURE
Psalm 37:3
SERMON TITLE
"Promise and Possibility"

 CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30am-11:30am
Preschool & Kindergarten: Rm 22
1st & 2nd Grade: Room 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 which is a good fit for their child.
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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.

The draft of October Upcoming@St. Mark's is now in production. Send any content to the church office.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
CHILDREN & YOUTH INVITED TO BE IN
WORSHIP LEADERSHIP
Children and Youth are welcome to be part of worship leadership any Sunday. They are especially invited, this month, on Sunday, September 30th. 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 on September 30th, and which role(s) are of interest. Thank you!
THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 10:30AM
SANCTUARY WORSHIP
Are there people in your life who have inspired you by ways they live out their faith in the world? Are there individuals who have opened your eyes and heart to possibilities you had not considered?  These special ones can help us to let go of fears for the future, even for a moment, so we might feel God's faithful promises and love which opens us up to new possibilities for living that love in the world.

Faith is lived in community. In our scripture readings this Sunday, the apostle Paul reminds his student, Timothy, that his faith is rooted in his life with his mother and grandmother who shared their faith with him. He is now to share that faith and love with courage and in the spirit of love, grace and possibility. As the psalmist writes, "Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness." (Psalm 37:3)

This Sunday, we begin exploring how "Promise and Possibility" may be guiding us as individuals and as a community of faith. We are rooted in our past, guided by our present, and with great possibilities for the future. In worship, we will blessed to share our faith and promises with two little ones, and their families, as celebrate their baptisms in worship. 

Also during the service, we will have a special musical guest. Soprano Sylvia McNair will sing with an ensemble from the Chancel Choir a special arrangement of "How Can I Keep From Singing?" Sylvia is a Grammy award winner, and is comfortable singing in both classical and popular genres. Sylvia has also served on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where she did her graduate work. We are so pleased to welcome Sylvia to St. Mark's this weekend. We are also fortunate that the Bell Choir will be also be playing this Sunday. 
We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

SUNDAYS, SEPTEMBER 23 & 30, 9:30AM
NEW MEMBER CLASS-INTERESTED IN JOINING ST. MARK'S?
We will be hosting New Member Classes on Sundays, September 23 and 30 in Room 15, with new members joining in worship on October 7. You are most welcome to attend if you are interested in becoming a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, or perhaps you are undecided and would just like to explore what membership would mean. You will be able to meet some of the church's leaders, learn more about St. Mark's understanding of faith and mission, and explore where you could connect and invest yourself in our congregation. Child care for your children is available by contacting the church office. If you cannot attend one of the sessions or the joining date, let us know. We will work with your schedule. For more information or to indicate your intention to attend, email Jimmy Moore or contact the church office.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
CALLOUT 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, and we have been asked if we want to participate with them. We will have a clipboard circulating at the Stewardship Lunch this Sunday. Jimmy will also be able to answer some of your questions.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
EMPOWERING OPPORTUNITIES

REGISTRATION ENDS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 8:30AM-4:00PM
CREATION CARE AND CLIMATE CHANGE SYMPOSIUM
This symposium will explore the intersections of faith, science, and climate change. Hosted at Saint Mary's College in South Bend, Indiana with support from Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light, the event includes panels on Theological Basis of Creation Care, Environmental Justice, Climate Science and Policy at the State Level, and Environmentally Responsible Investing. Register online 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.

There are scholarships available, but those interested in one should apply as soon as possible. Contact the church office or follow this link: http://bit.ly/2onA5EB

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.
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?

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: Youth Rm 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
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).

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 Mary Beth Morgan 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, 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
Jesus & His Jewish Influences
Sunday, 9/23, Lecture #24 "Jesus's Teachings & Sayings in Context"
Studying Jesus's Jewish background provides a better framework for understanding the Gospel accounts about his life and ministry. In this concluding lecture, Prof. Magness considers how selected Gospel passages can be understood within their Jewish context.

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 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
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.    
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 5:30PM
eXtra Years of Zest (XYZ) DINNER & PROGRAM
HIKING THE SANTIAGO PILGRIMAGE ACROSS NORTHERN SPAIN
All are cordially invited to a shared dinner and program on Wednesday evening, September 26. Bring a dish to share for the dinner that will begin at 5:30. The program will begin at 6:20 and feature two speakers, Abby Gitlitz and Branson Schroeder. 
 
Abby has been raised on tales of the Pilgrimage to Santiago since before she could talk. Her father, David Gitlitz, led the resurgence of interest in the Camino in the 1970s, leading a group of students along the route in 1974. In 1993 she was finally able to do the walk with her father and step mother. Abby collaborated with her father and stepmother on a guide book on the art of the Camino, creating the illustrations and maps. This year Abby was able to return to parts of the Camino with her husband. Abby is the director of the Bloomington Creative Glass Center, a non-profit that teaches glass arts focusing on glass blowing.
 
Branson recently returned from the famed pilgrimage with several other students from the FOCUS ministries. He walked the entire distance of the Camino and has many interesting experiences and insights to share. He is in his second year working at IU with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 9:30AM--LUNCHEON AT NOON IN GARTON HALL, COST: $10
SOUTHEAST DISTRICT UNITED METHODIST WOMEN (UMW) FALL GATHERING
GUEST SPEAKER: NICOLE GRIFFIN, RECIPIENT of MONROE COUNTY 2018 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. LEGACY AWARD 
St. Mark's UMW is hosting the SE District annual fall gathering and meeting, and all women are invited to attend. At this meeting we will discuss the issues of white privilege and racism, and we are honored to have Bloomington's and St. Mark's' Nicole Griffin share her contributions toward improved race relations, justice, and human rights.

Registration starts at 9:00am with breakfast snacks provided by First United Methodist UMW; the program begins at 9:30am. Nicole will speak around 10:00am. Participants are encouraged to bring donations of personal hygiene supplies for the Lucille Raines Residence. Luncheon will be held at noon. Registration sheets are pinned to the UMW section of the wall in Garton Hall; several may register on one sheet or call the St. Mark's office.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 4:00PM, SOUTH LAWN OF CHURCH
PET BLESSING AND COLLECTION FOR PETS ALIVE
A SIMPLE, FUN TIME TO CELEBRATE OUR PETS AS GIFTS FROM GOD
You are invited to celebrate the pets which enrich our lives at a pet blessing service at St. Mark's on Sunday, September 30, at 4pm, on the south lawn. All are invited to bring your furry and non-furry friends in carriers, cages, or on leashes (and a bag for any pet messes!). Your pets need to be up-to-date on their vaccinations, and not have an aggressive history with other pets or people. You are welcome to invite friends and their pets, as well. If it rains, we will not hold the service that evening. Throughout September, we will be collecting donations for Pets Alive nonprofit spay, neuter, and wellness clinic of Monroe County. For their list of needs, see the Pets Alive Wishlist on Amazon at https://goo.gl/AgJs9M . A printed list and a box for donations are in Garton Hall. For more information, contact Jimmy Moore at the church office.
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.
St. Mark's Staff Email
Rev. Jimmy Moore, Pastor

Alayna Gray, Children's Ministries Coordinator, 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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