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Published Thursday, March 15, 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   
Sunday, April 8th, 2:00pm, IU Musical Arts Center
Church Trip to see "West Side Story”
Rodney Long (our Director of Youth Ministries), Jake Engel and Joseph Madary (Choir Interns) will all be in the cast of the IU Jacobs School of Music upcoming “West Side Story” production. Group tickets for the second balcony are $24/adults and $14/students (for which all children/youth/college students qualify). Funds are available for children, youth and college students who could use a scholarship to cover the cost of a ticket. (Contact Mary Beth Morgan.) However, we need reserve a section on Monday, March 19th (the day after Spring Break ends) . If you are interested in being part of the St. Mark’s group, on April 8th, please contact Mary Beth Morgan or the church office. 
This Week at St. Mark's UMC
9:00am (Garton Hall) 
Thank you to those who will be preparing breakfast!
9:15am Nomads (Room 10) 
9:15am Pilgrims (Room 13)  
9:30am  Bible Banter (Room 11)
Infant through Three-year-old
10:30am-11:30am (Rooms 24 & 25)
9:30am in Garton Hall
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
Reverend Jimmy Moore, preaching  
Proverbs 16:24 & Colossians 4:2-6
Sermon Title
Gracious Words are a Honeycomb:
Growing in the Practice of Holy Conversation
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March 2018
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. Submit articles for publication by Wednesday, March 21st by contacting the church office.
On Palm Sunday & Easter, many visitors and guests may be at St. Mark's.
Get to know one another; 
wear a name tag, please. 
This Sunday, March 18th, 10:30am
Sanctuary Worship
It’s not a stretch to say that many are forgetting how to speak to others with kindness and grace. Sometimes it seems so bad that if our children are around, we feel that we should turn off the television or radio to keep them from hearing the kinds of things adults are saying to each other. Perhaps we can even believe that to make a difference in the world, we might have to adopt a less gracious way of speaking. But what does our faith tell us about the ways we speak to each other? It was Elie Wiesel, that American Jewish writer of Romanian birth who was called by the Norwegian Nobel Committee a “messenger to humanity” who said, “Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds.” That is to say, our words actually do things. With the power of love and faith, they open doors to new realities where the work of God takes concrete shape. During these weeks of Lent, we at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church are considering Christian practices that have the power to transform us and our world. This week, we’ll consider the power of our speech to bless our world and shape our lives. The sermon is titled “Gracious Words are a Honeycomb: Growing in the Practice of Holy Conversation”, arising from Proverbs 16:24 and Colossians 4:2-6. The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Gerry Sousa and accompanied by Pam Freeman, will sing. We hope you join us at 10:30 in the sanctuary.
This Sunday, March 18th, 3:00pm,
In Our Sanctuary
Messiah Sing-Along
For over 30 years the Bloomington Chamber Singers (BCS) have hosted a December Sing-along of the Christmas portions of Handel’s beloved oratorio, Messiah. The annual event draws hundreds of singers and listeners from throughout the region. Last year, the group
added to their season a Spring Messiah Sing-along of Parts 2 and 3. As musical and spiritual meditations during the Lenten season, these sections depict the suffering and resurrection of Christ, and humankind’s redemption.
Singers and listeners alike are invited to experience this moving tradition. Admission is free; donations of canned goods will be collected to benefit the Community Kitchen of Monroe
County. Singers should bring their own Messiah scores; a limited number will be available for purchase or loan at the door. Everyone is encouraged to sing the many wonderful
choruses, including “Hallelujah.” Soloists chosen from BCS will sing the recitatives and the arias. The reading will be conducted by BCS Music Director (and St. Mark’s Minister of Music) Gerry Sousa. A chamber orchestra will accompany the event. Come experience this meaningful community tradition.
A Lenten Journey: Growing in the Practices of Faith
Jesus said, “If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”
(John 13:17)
The worship services during the season of Lent will guide us toward reflection on how we grow deeper and stronger in faith through some basic Christian practices. Following themes suggested in the book, Practicing our Faith , edited by Dorothy C. Bass, we will consider the practices of Singing Our Lives, Nurturing Sacred Connections, Living with Generosity and Conviviality, Keeping Sabbath and Enacting Holy Conversation. Consider using these themes to model your journey through the season of Lent.

The Season of Lent began with the Ash Wednesday and continues until Easter on April 1st. In the early history of Christianity, it was a time of preparation for those who were to be baptized on Easter Sunday. Many contemporary Christians consider it a time to “give up” some habit to make room for spiritual growth. We are asking you to consider adopting or enhancing some spiritual practice that will enhance growth in faith. We look forward to sharing this season together.
Continuing on Tuesdays March 20th & 27th, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Room 8
Lenten Bible Classes
Again this year, St. Mark’s is holding a Lenten series of adult education classes on stories, lessons, and themes from the Bible.

Rev. Randy Brady will lead the March 20th class, "Expect the Unexpected", and he will open discussions by sharing Bible passages that have puzzled him at times.  Bring some of your own favorite Biblical puzzlers we can share. Randy attended Indiana State, Ball State and IU East and he had an early career as a teacher and coach in Richmond, IN. Randy and his wife Jan served as the adult leaders of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for over 20 years. While attending United Theological Seminary, Randy accepted appointments to Middleboro UMC and Whitewater UMC. Randy and Jan retired to Bloomington in 2012 to be closer to grandkids. Randy and Jan quickly became active members at St. Mark's, helping with our care ministries and new member classes.

Rev. Robert Sharp will conclude this year's series on the following Tuesday evening. Robert went to Duke Divinity School & began ministering in Mississippi where he & his wife Cynthia grew up. Later he transferred to the South Indiana Conference where he served until retiring in 2007. His class on March 27 is titled "Where Do You Start?" & it will focus on the beautiful, poetic description of creation at the very beginning of Genesis.
Sunday School
9:15am-10:15am in Room 13
9:15am-10:15am in Room 10
9:30am-10:15am in Room 11

Infant through 3-year-olds 
(Rooms 24 & 25)

9:30am in Garton Hall

Preschool in Room 27
Kindergarten-1st Grade in Room 28
2nd-3rd Grade in Room 4 
4th-5th Grade in Room 9 
Sunday School Registration Renewal Complete registration forms here.
If you have not yet registered your child for Sunday School, please do so today. If needed, 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).
This Sunday, March 18th, 10:30am-11:30am
Nursery Care During Spring Break
Please be aware that during Spring Break Nursery Care will be provided only for the 10:30am Worship Service on March 11 & 18. There will be NO Nursery Care from 9:15am-10:15am. The times for Nursery Care are reduced for these two Sundays due to the difficulty of providing an adequate number of caregivers during Spring Break.
Teach with the 2nd - 3rd or 4th - 5th Grade 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 Sarah Gettie McNeill, Director of Children and Family 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, 9:30am
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
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 The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittister. All are welcome with no preparation required.

Adult Sunday School, 9:15am
Sunday, March 18th - Lecture #22: The Way the Mystics
Virtually all religions include adherents whose orientation and religious practice centers on the mystical path.
This lecture explores several key commonalities and differences among Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Christians and Muslim mystics.
 What can the mystics illuminate about the various religious traditions?

All are welcome at any point in the lecture series. Come join us for the presentation and resulting discussion.
Small Groups, Education, and Fellowship
Meets Each Wednesday, 1:00pm 
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 
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 Saving Jesus From the Church by Robin Meyers. 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 , 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.   

UMW Circles This Week
Morning Circle Tuesday, March 20th, 9:30am Room 8
Susanna Wesley Circle Tuesday, March 20th, 1:30pm Room 8
Charlene Martin Circle Wednesday, March 21st, 7:00pm Bell Trace

Friday, March 23rd, 1:30pm—3:00pm
Daytime Parents Group
The Daytime Parents of Young Children Group meets every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month in Room 24 to support one another through the intense joys and challenges of raising young humans. There is minimal homework, and it’s never required. Currently, we are reading the very brief chapters in The 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. Invite friends, and if it is your first time, contact Sarah Gettie McNeill to learn the chapter for the coming meeting.

Bloomington Area UMC Churches Lenten Men’s Prayer Breakfasts
Men, make your plans to join with men from other local United Methodist Churches for Lenten prayer breakfasts. Coffee served at 7:30am; Breakfast at 8:00am.
The breakfast schedule through the rest of the Lenten season is as follows:
March 17th Cross Roads UMC
March 24th Greene County Chapel

Sunday, March 25th, 10:30am, Sanctuary
Palm Sunday
Parade of Palms with Children, Youth (and the young at heart); Special Music with Pat Harbison, Nic Narducci & fellow Jazz Musicians from Bloomington North. Rev. Mary Beth Morgan, preaching.

Palm Sunday, March 25th, 10am, Sanctuary Worship
Children and Youth In Worship Leadership
Children and Youth are welcome to be part of worship leadership any Sunday. They are especially invited, this month, on Palm Sunday, March 25th. 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. All are invited to be part of the Parade of Palms early in the worship service. 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!

Monday, March 26th, 6:30pm at Nick's English Hut (423 E. Kirkwood Ave)
Pub Theology
During March, we continue a monthly small group experience called Pub
Theology. We’ll meet at Nick’s downtown, upstairs in the Hump Room (above the
front entrance area), have a beverage and snacks, and reflect on an interesting
theological piece of writing. This month, we’ll be reflecting on something by
Barbara Brown Taylor titled, “Public Truth, Private Truth: Making the Move from
Sermon to Memoir,” which poses some interesting thoughts about what we all want
in a worship experience, particularly the sermon. 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 ,
or contact 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 4 th -6 th 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 Sarah Gettie McNeill’s office in Garton Hall. 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

Aaron Comforty,
Children & Youth Music Leader

Dennis Morgan, Head Custodian

Sierra Roussos, Director of St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten
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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