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Published Monday, February 18, 2019
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, FEBRUARY 24, 2019
SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
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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 Pilgrims (Room 13)
9:30am Nomads (Room 10) 
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.
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH
10:30am-11:30am
Preschool - KG Room 22
Grades 1 & 2 Room 4
Grades 3 & 4 Room 9
Grades 5 & 6 Room 3
Grades 7-12 Youth Room 1-2

While classes are organized by age/grade level, families are welcome to choose a class that is a good fit for their child.



SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 10:30AM
SANCTUARY WORSHIP
This Sunday, Rev. John McFarland will preach a sermon titled "One Word" arising from the scripture John 3:1-16. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE
10:30am
Rev. John McFarland
SCRIPTURE
John 3:1-16
SERMON TITLE
"One Word"


"A WAY FORWARD": AN INVITATION TO SEND E-MAILS TO OUR DELEGATES
As you may know, the United Methodist Church (UMC) remains at an impasse regarding issues related to human sexuality and sexual orientation- particularly current church law and prohibitions for clergy ordination and same sex weddings. A special called General Conference session will be held in St. Louis, February 23-26, to consider plans for a way forward. This could result in considerable change in the structure and future direction of the United Methodist Church. Pastors Jimmy Moore and Mary Beth Morgan will be attending, February 24-26, as observers and will send updates.
 
Follow this link for more information about this Special General Conference, and how to live stream the sessions. http://www.umc.org/topics/general-conference-2019-special-session. Also on this link, you can find a chart describing the four proposals in more detail.
 
There are two plans that will come before the delegates that seem to be garnering the greatest support. The Traditional Plan would impose greater restrictions and penalties on those affirming of GLBT life. Conversely, the One Church Plan, which was endorsed by a majority of the Bishops, offers to local churches and annual conferences greater autonomy to minister according to their own discernment.
 
There is also the Simple Plan, that would remove the restrictive language and is most in line with Reconciling Ministries, but seems very unlikely to receive enough votes. The Connectional Plan requires many constitutional amendments, which makes it unlikely. A Panel Discussion of the four perspectives can be accessed via this link https://www.umnews.org/en/news/perspectives-on-a-way-forward
 
We encourage everyone in the St. Mark’s community to send e-mails to our General Conference delegates from Indiana. They prefer to receive e-mails at this shared address: 2019gcdelegation@inumc.orgNames of our delegates and individual addresses, can be found in the document attached here.
 
Christine Conrad, from our church, has given permission for part of her letter to be published here. Christine offers her support for the One Church Plan.
 
"Does the 'proposal being presented for vote' OPEN the PEW to ALL who walk in the door(s)... OR does it make ADMINISTRATION of the dogma created to 'KEEP US ALL SEPARATED into our own safe accepting spaces'? I will PRAY that GOD covers you all in His unending LOVE. And, that the VOTE will produce a PATH to allow folks who are truly special and unique to sit in all pews with one joy. God’s unconditional Love and Acceptance...no matter who calls something a SIN.
 
LET me OPEN any door to ANY UMC anywhere in the world and know this...I will FIND that LOVE present no matter who I am or what I do!"
 
To be clear, most churches favoring the Traditional Plan do not say "Don't come to our church, for we welcome everyone." However, it clearly limits the level of inclusion offered to GLBT sisters and brothers in Christ, as well as the ability of churches and clergy who choose more full inclusion to be able to do so without penalty.
 
Please pray for the delegates to the upcoming General Conference of the United Methodist Church.
UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S
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.

Please send articles or information to be published in the March edition of Upcoming@St. Mark's to the church office by Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Thank you.
AN UPDATE & THANK-YOU
FROM THE STEWARDSHIP TEAM

Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Psalm 37:3
 
As the St. Mark's Stewardship Team wrote in their fall letter "...we seek to cherish and honor that goal of creating faithful community in which everyone is welcome."In that spirit, we launched our Stewardship Campaign called "Promise and Possibility". 
 
As of January 28, 120 pledge cards had been returned for the 2019 Stewardship Campaign totaling $470,754, which supports the operating and ministry costs of the church. Also, as of January 28, 69 pledge cards had been returned for capital improvements, totaling $75,635.

Church leadership believes that we need pledges above $500,000 to fund anticipated budgeting needs, which includes staff, program ministries and operating costs. Your capital pledges are vital to support our building and maintenance needs for the congregation and the many nonprofits that meet here.
If you are considering renewing or making a new pledge, whether as a member or not, pledge cards are available in Garton Hall, from the church office or on-line. Cards can be placed in the offering plate, returned to the church office, or filled out on-line via the link on the church website (www.smumc.church/pledge).

Your pledge information remains confidential in the finance office, and can be revised at any time. Every pledge makes a difference, regardless of size. Thank you for your generosity in supporting the ministries and missions of St. Mark's!
A CREATION CARE INITIATIVE
RECYCLE GOGO SQUEEZ & ENTENMANN’S LITTLE BITES PLASTIC POUCHES
A nursery school parent has signed us up for a recycling program through a company called
TerraCycle. They team up with companies to encourage recycling and raise money for schools. We are now enrolled in the GoGo SqueeZ and Entenmann’s Little Bites recycling programs. In both programs, once the packages are collected, the pouches are cleaned and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products.

The GoGo SqueeZ program not only accepts that brand of pouch, but any brand of squeeze snack pack. (Entenmann’s only accepts their Little Bites packaging.) The packages should be empty and dry. They don’t require rinsing out the packages, just as long as they are as empty as possible. The squeeze pouch lids are recyclable as well, so you can just pop the lid back on and bring it in for collection. The program gives the school $0.02 per package- so we’re protecting our environment AND raising money for the school!

You will see a re-purposed diaper genie made into a collection container in Garton Hall. Please
help us recycle and raise funds for nursery school by bringing in your empty snack pouches and/or Entenmann’s Little Bites wrappers.

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 13
NOMADS
9:30am-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.

SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
10:30am-11:30am
Preschool - KG Room 22
Grades 1 & 2 Room 4
Grades 3 & 4 Room 9
Grades 5 & 6 Room 3
Grades 7-12 Youth Room 1-2

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.

SUNDAY SCHOOL 2018-19 FAMILY INFORMATION FORM
Each year, we ask families to complete the Family Information form. Paper forms are available at the Sunday School table in Garton Hall. This form should be completed each year for each child (multiple children can be entered on one form).

SEE GOD THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD
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!

SUNDAYS, FEBRUARY 24
9:30–10:15AM IN YOUTH RM
YOUTH! WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOU!
On Sunday February 24th, from 9:30 AM-10:15AM, we invite all youth to take part in small group discussions/devotional time with Jackie and Rodney. You are welcome to bring in some breakfast from Garton Hall. This will be a ‘low-key’ environment where we can really get into a wide range of
subjects such as living as young Christians, challenges that face you from day-to-
day, and an outlet to become closer connected to God and to one another.

It is our vision that we will form two small groups; one geared toward young
women and one geared toward young men. However, youth/ families are always welcome to choose whichever group fits your needs best. As always, friends are welcome to join. If there are any questions, please email Rodney Long, Director of Youth Ministries.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
NOMADS
Nomads class may discuss the film viewed on February 3 & 10, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, based on work by James Baldwin. Nomads will return to discussing the short essays in the book by best-selling writer Anne Lamott, ALMOST EVERYTHING: NOTES ON HOPE.

All are welcome to join us for breakfast and lively discussions at 9:30am Sundays in Room 10, with or without having looked at the book.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
PILGRIMS
La Compania and Las Lajas Sanctuary” – Lecture #19
 
In this lecture, we look at a church in Quito, Ecuador and one in southern Columbia.
  
In 1586 members of the Society of Jesus, or La Compania, arrived in Quito Ecuador and began to build a church. In the 1630s, Marcus Guerra, an Italian Jesuit came to Quito and added a bit of Italian influence to the largely Spanish baroque style church but all built and influenced by local artists, e.g. sculptors, goldsmiths, from Ecuador.
  
Las Lajas in Southern Columbia is an important site for pilgrimage to the Virgin Mary. In 1764, in a gorge in this region, a deaf girl found paintings of the Virgin Mary, Christ, St Francis and St Dominic in a cave and almost immediately the cave became a place of pilgrimage.
Early in the 20th century, a large shrine to the Virgin Mary was built which encompasses the cave which is located 100 meters from the bottom of the gorge.
 
All are welcome at any point in the lecture series. Come join us for this video presentation and the resulting discussion.

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.
SMALL GROUPS, EDUCATION, AND FELLOWSHIP
Call or email the church office for group leaders' contact information.
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. Facilitator: Patti Wright

MEETS EACH THURSDAY, 11:30AM IN ROOM 10
WOMEN OF WONDER AND FAITH
A group of faithful, journeying women meeting weekly to read and discuss books on various topics of faith. In February they will read BARKING TO THE CHOIR: THE POWER OF RADICAL KINSHIP by Greg Boyle. 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, 1:00PM, ROOM 15 AT ST. MARK'S
CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE MEN'S GROUP
The men's discussion group known as Conversations on Life, is reading and discussing THE FAITHS OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS by David L. Holmes. The group meets at 1:00pm each Friday in room 15 at St. Mark's UMC. Visitors are always welcomed. Facilitator: Bob Rimstidt
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 6:30PM-8:30PM
PUB THEOLOGY
AVER'S PIZZA BUFFET, 1285 S COLLEGE MALL ROAD, SUITE A
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, February 18 we will reflect on an overview of a theological classic, Christ and Culture. To get the overview, contact Jimmy Moore or the church office to get an emailed copy of the interview. There will also be copies available on the Welcome Center Desk in Garton Hall. We would love to have you join us for this informal chat.

MEETS EVERY OTHER MONDAY, 7:00PM IN ROOM 12
NEXT MEETING MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, THEN MARCH 4
CHRONIC ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP
This spiritual support group for patients facing cancer or other chronic diseases, along with family members and caregivers will focus on spiritual support with a Christian and Methodist approach. Our goal is to help each of us thrive on the days we can ... and survive on the days we are not sure we can. And do all of that in faith. Meetings will take place every other Monday. Group Facilitators will be Dr. Brandt Ludlow and Craig Stewart.

FEBRUARY MEETINGS: ALL WOMEN ARE INVITED!
ST. MARK’S UNITED METHODIST WOMEN (UMW)
All the women of St. Mark’s, whether members, regular attenders, or visitors, are invited to join one of the three St. Mark’s UMW circles. The meetings in February are as follows:
• Morning Circle Tuesday, February 19, 9:30am, Room 8
• Susanna Wesley Circle Tuesday, February 19, 1:30pm, Room 8
• Charlene Martin Circle Wednesday, February 20, 7:00pm, Bell Trace

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 5:30-6:30PM, ROOM 15
CREATION CARE TEAM
The St. Mark’s Creation Care Team will meet to consider “green projects” for St. Mark’s. All people interested in environmental stewardship are invited to participate in this planning session. Come to learn more, to ask questions, and feel free to share ideas for future projects. Facilitator: Charlie Matson

FIRST & THIRD FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH, 9:00AM, ROOM 4
NEXT MEETING FRIDAY, MARCH 1 & MARCH 16
ST. MARK'S DAYTIME PARENTS GROUP
The Daytime Parents Group encourages parents of very young children to join other parents and children for conversation to support one another through the intense joys and challenges of raising young humans. Bring the kids! There are toys to entertain them while parents converse. Invite friends, and if it is your first time, please contact Abby Brass or Whitney Sullivan for more information.

eXtra Years of Zest (XYZ) WILL NOT MEET IN FEBRUARY
Please watch church publications and announcements for an XYZ March date and program.
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

Aaron Comforty, Children & Youth Music

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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