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Published Thursday, August 15, 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, AUGUST 18, 2019
10:30AM WORSHIP
TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

BREAKFAST AND MORE
9:00AM-10:15AM (Garton Hall) 
Sharing breakfast together, live music, and activity tables for children. 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.

WORSHIP SERVICE
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 10:30AM
Rev. Jimmy Moore, preaching
SCRIPTURE:
Luke 12:49-56
SERMON TITLE:
Cloudy with a Chance of Fire: The Power of Interpreting the Present Time

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30AM-11:30AM
All children & youth are invited to move up to the grade/age level classes where they will be in the fall.

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

While classes are organized by age/grade level, families are welcome to choose a class that is a good fit for their child.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 10:30AM
WORSHIP SERVICE
Do you know where you are, and do you know what time it is? A parent, I’ll not say which one, once dropped off their teenage child, I’ll not say which one, in downtown Bloomington to meet friends, and said, “I’ll be back at nine o’clock to get you.” The child said, “I don’t have a watch or a phone. How will I know when it is nine o’clock?” The parent then pointed to the courthouse on the square, and up at the huge clock on the building. The teenager said, “Oh. Ok.” Do you know where you are, and do you know what time it is?
 
From a faith perspective, not all time is the same. Some times are more critical ... more charged with possibility and opportunity, more filled with the crisis that indicates that change is in the air. There are times, unlike other times, in which fear is more dominant and in which certain steps must be unambiguously taken. These are “Kairos” moments, which may have a “rightness” or “ripeness” about them. To be unaware of them is at the heart of the phrase, “missing the boat.” In your personal life, in your community’s life, in the life of the world, do we know where we are and do we know what time it is?
 
In many ways, we are living in a “Kairos” time. We’ll discuss this in the sermon at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church on Sunday morning, as we reflect on Jesus’ words in Luke 12:49-46. The sermon is titled, “Cloudy with a Chance of Fire: The Power of Interpreting the Present Time” flowing from a passage in which Jesus says he is come to cast fire on the earth, and that as a result, there will be division even among those who are closely related. In other words, if we notice the importance of the time, and take clear action, it is likely that not everyone will be on the same page with us. The real questions are “Do we know where we are, and do we know what time it is?” Come be with us this Sunday morning. The chancel choir will sing, and we will offer a time of blessing for Ben Fullick-Quint as he heads off to seminary. We’ll look forward to your joining us on Sunday.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 11:30AM - 2:00PM
ST. MARK’S COMMUNITY PICNIC
ALL ARE WELCOME!
PLAN TO BE HERE & SIGN UP TO HELP!
The Picnic is an annual tradition at St. Mark’s! We gather for a great afternoon together, and welcome friends, neighbors and the community. There will be food, friends, games, music and special activities for all ages! See the volunteer tasks on the SignUp Genius link below and sign up to help with the picnic. If everyone helps a little, then no one has to do a lot.
PRAIRIE POCKET GARDEN IS BLOSSOMING AND PRODUCING!
THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE HELPED WITH PLANTING AND CARING FOR PLANTS
Outside the south entry and along the windows of the children's Sunday school classrooms, is a prairie pocket garden. This garden was planted with local plants by our children and youth and then re-planted after the water line break repairs. Stop and enjoy this addition to our church grounds.

Myriam Wood reports that the project is prospering! She recently spotted a Black Swallowtail butterfly and a Monarch butterfly in the garden. Thanks to all who have contributed time and effort to create this beautiful natural space.
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.

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30AM-11:30AM
All children & youth are invited to move up to the grade/age level classes where they will be in the fall.

Preschool-Kindergarten
(Room 22)
1st -2nd Grade (Room 4)
3rd -4th Grade (Room 9)
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 that is a good fit for their child.
SUNDAYS, 10:30-11:30AM AFTER CHILDREN'S MOMENT
CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
Children & Youth Sunday School Classes classes are organized by age/grade level, families are welcome to choose a class that is a good fit for their child. All children and youth are welcome, whether they are regularly here on Sundays or visiting! Thank you to our wonderful Sunday School teachers and helpers! Contact Alayna Gray, Director of Children’s Ministries for more information.

EACH SUNDAY-BEFORE WORSHIP
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.

ONCE EACH YEAR
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).

LEARN, GROW, INSPIRE - AND BE INSPIRED!
JOIN A SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHING TEAM,
ONE SUNDAY A MONTH
Children’s Ministries is looking for a few more adults to join our teaching team! The Bible story and activities are already planned out and the room is set up. We are looking for individuals to serve only one Sunday a month facilitating the activities, and getting to hang out with some really cool kids! Please contact Alayna at stmarksdcm@gmail.com if you are interested.
QUESTIONS ABOUT
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES?
QUESTIONS ABOUT
YOUTH MINISTRIES?
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
NOMADS
The Nomads class is discussing the new book by Barbara Brown Taylor, an episcopal priest, teacher, and favorite contemporary author of Jimmy Moore. This book, entitled Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, is based on the author’s experiences “teaching the world’s religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia, revealing how God delights in confounding our expectations.” All are welcome to join our informal discussions, even without reading along in the book. We meet in room 10 at 9:30.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
PILGRIMS
Pilgrims meets in Room 12 at 9:15AM on Sunday mornings. We welcome any and all, at any point in the lecture series, for the presentation and the resulting discussion.

Sunday, August 18 “Pharisees and Sadducees"
The "Pharisees and Sadducees" were prominent Jewish movements in the first century as well as in the Gospel texts. They are sometimes viewed as opposites of Jesus. Some would say the Pharisees and Sadducees were enemies of Jesus and his followers. Dr Levine introduces the two movements by reconstructing their beliefs and practices based on the New Testament, on the writings of the historian Josephus, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and rabbinic literature.  She then moves to the rivalry between these groups and those who followed Jesus of Nazareth in order to seek both the sources of disagreement between them and the possible explanations of the Gospel writings.

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.
upcoming@St. Mark's in August

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, by contacting the church office, or clicking the image on the right. Please send any articles for September Upcoming@St. Mark's to office@smumc.church not later than Wednesday, August 21.
WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT CHILD DETENTION AND FAMILY SEPARATION
AT THE US/MEXICO BORDER?
Rev. Jack Amick, Director of UMC Global Migration, recently wrote "(N)ews from the U.S. border that children are being held at government processing centers in unsanitary conditions is appalling…Such practices are inconsistent with basic humanity & Christian principles of welcoming our neighbor and caring for 'the least of these'."
 
Thank you to everyone at St. Mark’s who made it possible for us to purchase items, put together and send 91 hygiene kits to those in need at the border. In the last three months, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has delivered 46,128 hygiene kits to six church-run transitional shelters along the U.S.-Mexico border and given grants valued at $294,345 to fill gaps in capacity at these shelters. UMCOR is also supporting free or low-cost immigration legal services to migrants. Here are three suggested ways we might engage, respond and support these efforts:
 
1. Financially contribute to UMCOR via this link global migration Advance (#3022144) or by check to St. Mark's with UMCOR-refugee on the memo line.
 
APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP) FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY
SIGN UP NOW TO VOLUNTEER WITH H2H AND SUPPORT ASP
The Hoosier to Hoosier (H2H)Community Sale https://sustain.iu.edu/programs/h2h/index.html is Saturday, August 24. H2H brings together hundreds of volunteers, raises money for local nonprofits, and provides affordable goods for our community.

Here’s how the entire St. Mark’s community can help. Anyone from the church or the community can help us raise funds by simply signing up for a shift at https://bit.ly/2X8sWZ0, and then select St. Mark’s ASP as the beneficiary for your volunteer hours. See the online signup site for more information about dates and tasks. Your time will help a great program like H2H while also supporting the St Mark’s service trip to Appalachia!
SMALL GROUPS, EDUCATION, AND FELLOWSHIP
Call or email the church office for group leader 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

EACH THURSDAY, 11:30AM, ROOM 12
FIRST MEETING FOR FALL: AUGUST 22
WOMEN OF WONDER AND FAITH
On August 22, our first weekly meeting of the fall semester, we will choose our reading. Book discussions will begin on September 5th. If you are interested in joining us as we move along our faith journey together, building valuable friendships as we support each other through life’s many challenges and joys, please contact Maria Schmidt.

EVERY THURSDAY, 6:15-7:15PM, SANCTUARY
HANDBELL RINGERS
The handbell choir rehearses each Thursday evening for one hour and plays in worship one or two Sundays each month. New or experienced ringers are invited to join at any rehearsal. If you
can count to four, you can probably enjoy playing handbells. Experience the fellowship with other ringers and the many benefits of playing music. For more information, contact Gerry Sousa, Director of Music Ministries.

EVERY THURSDAY, 7:30PM, CHOIR ROOM
CHANCEL CHOIR
The chancel choir rehearses each Thursday evening for one hour and sings in worship each Sunday as well as for occasional special services during the year. Singers are always welcome to join the choir. No auditions, no pressure, just the joy of making music! For more information, contact Gerry Sousa.

MEETS EACH FRIDAY, 1:00PM IN ROOM 15
CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE MEN'S GROUP
The men's discussion group known as Conversations on Life is discussing Richard W. Fox's book JESUS IN AMERICA, a history of Christianity in the USA. Dr. Fox is a professor of history at University of Southern California. The group meets at 1:00pm each Friday in Room 15 at St. Mark's UMC. Visitors are always welcomed. Facilitator: Bob Rimstidt
MONDAY, AUGUST 19 & SEPTEMBER 16 (EVERY OTHER MONDAY), 7:00PM, ROOM 12
NO MEETING ON LABOR DAY
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 except for Labor Day, September 2. Group facilitators are Dr. Brandt Ludlow and Craig Stewart.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20, 5:30PM, ROOM 15
BUDDIES OF ST. FRANCIS
Buddies of St. Francis is a small group experience for those who love animals and believe that our spirituality is enhanced by their presence in the world and in our lives. This humans-only gathering will be a time to share stories, reflect, and consider opportunities for advocacy. Join
us. All are welcome. Contact Jimmy Moore for more information.

MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 6:30-8:00PM
PUB THEOLOGY (AVERS EAST PIZZA, 1285 S COLLEGE MALL RD, 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. The theme for this month’s discussion is “Let’s Talk about God: Having a Christian Witness in the 21st Century”. The articles we are reading are “Real Life
Evangelism” by Letha Dawson Scanzoni, “Evangelism Is Not Just for the Evangelicals” by Miranda Threlfall-Holmes, and “Public Confession: From Shadows to Grace” by Molly Phinney Baskette. Email Jimmy Moore or contact the church office for copies of the readings. There are copies on the registration desk at church. We would love for you to join us.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2019, 5:30PM
FORUM POTLUCK MEAL AND PRESENTATION: RODNEY LONG
On August 28, we are launching “FORUM” (Formerly XYZ) a program with a potluck dinner and presentations of important topics by members of the St. Mark’s Community, as well as those from Bloomington and beyond. This month, Rodney Long, Director of Youth Ministries at St. Mark’s and a graduate student in vocal performance at the Jacob’s School of Music, will provide a time of music and discussion. Come at 5:30 if you wish to take part in the potluck meal.
You may choose to come just for the presentation, which will begin at approximately 6:15. Future programs this fall include the Rev. Mike Mather, author and pastor of Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. We hope many folks from the St. Mark’s community come
to take part in these intriguing offerings.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2:30PM-11:30PM
ST. MARK’S RECONCILING MINISTRIES AT BLOOMINGTON PRIDEFEST
The Reconciling Ministries Team of St. Mark's will be participating in Bloomington PrideFest! As the struggle within the UMC continues regarding the inclusion of the LGBT+ community, we are privileged to be able to join this event to show St. Mark's continued mission to not only welcome, but affirm people of all communities and, at this event, especially those who identify as LGBT+. We welcome your participation in any way you are able, either by becoming part of the Reconciling Ministries Team or by simply stopping by our booth at PrideFest and showing your support in that manner.

PrideFest takes place in downtown Bloomington on Kirkwood from 2:30-11:30pm on Saturday, August 31. For more information, contact Mark Cox in person or at markymarkcox@aol.com or contact Mary Beth Morgan at the church office.
COMING SOON FOR FIVE DAYS IN OCTOBER
CHURCH DIRECTORY PHOTOS
All in the St. Mark’s community are welcome.
In order to develop an up-to-date church directory, St. Mark's will offer professional photo opportunities in October. We hope everyone will take part in this photo opportunity. You do not need to be a member of the church to be in the directory. All who are part of the St. Mark's community are welcome. Please contact Claire in the church office to help with this project or to ask questions.
Click the image below to schedule a date and time
for your professional portrait photography session.
Photo Dates:  
Wednesday, October 9, 2pm-8pm
Thursday, October 10, 2pm-8pm
Thursday, October 24, 2pm-8pm
Friday, October 25, 2pm-8pm
Saturday, October 26, 10am-4pm
DIRECTORY PHOTO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Seeking volunteers! Registration helpers are needed on October 9 & 10 and October 23-25 to greet and register people for their photos. Also, scheduling helpers will be needed on Sunday mornings in September to sign people up for photo sessions. Volunteering is a great way to meet people in the church!

Please contact Claire Schaffer at the church office to volunteer and to schedule your volunteer times. Thanks in advance for helping to make our church directory a success!
Get to know one another; 
wear a name tag, please. 
Then pick up your name tag from the name tag tables in Garton Hall.
ST. MARKS 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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