THIS SUNDAY AT ST. MARK'S
OCTOBER 4th, 2015
19th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
World Communion Sunday
Backpack Buddies Offering
(Bring food items for weekend backpacks for children in need.
Find wish list at Welcome Center.)
BREAKFAST 9:30am in Garton Hall
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
9:15am Pilgrims (Room 13)
9:15am Nomads (Room 10)
9:30am Bible Banter (Room 11)
CHILDREN & FAMILY WORSHIP
9:30am in Room 8
Reverend Jimmy Moore, preaching
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:17-26
Sermon: Bread of Life for a Hungry Planet
"This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me."
THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4th
Holy communion will be celebrated in worship this Sunday. We practice open communion at SMUMC, inviting to the Lord's table all who seek to respond to Christ's love, including from other traditions. You may receive the elements of the bread and the cup kneeling around the altar, from servers standing near the chancel, or at your seat, if you desire.
THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4th
WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY
This Sunday during worship we will be observing World Communion Sunday. This celebration is observed by several Christian denominations, taking place on the first Sunday of every October, that promotes Christian unity and ecumenical cooperation. In the hall leading to the sanctuary, you will notice a table with many kinds of breads that you may sample, before or after service. During the service, we will hear the phrase "This is the Bread of Life" in various languages, even as we share Holy Communion. We look forward to worshipping with you this weekend.
ST. MARK'S HOSPITALITY & OUTREACH TEAM SAYS,
"Thank you for wearing your name tag each Sunday."
2016 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN
EVERY GIFT COUNTS
Thank you for the many ways that you contribute to the life and ministries of St. Mark's through the gifts of your prayers, presence, service, and resources. On September 13th, the Stewardship Team opened our 2016 financial campaign with an all-church lunch and conversation. Individuals from various ministry areas and committees of the church shared both great things happening in the St. Mark's community, and goals and needs for the year ahead.
Your financial commitment helps to support and grow these ministries inside our building and beyond: mission outreach, worship, hospitality, programs for all ages, and more. Please do prayerfully consider what financial commitment you will make to St. Mark's for 2016. Also, please consider filling out an Estimate of Giving card, and return it to the church office or place it in the offering plate by Sunday, October 18th. This information guides church leadership committees in important budget decisions they are making for the year ahead. Your pledge information remains confidential in the finance office, and can be revised at any time with Donna Hullett, the Finance Director. Your pledge makes a difference, regardless of size. Every gift counts. Thank you.
THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th
"BACKPACK BUDDIES" OFFERING
On the first Sunday of each month we collect food items for the Community Kitchen's "Backpack Buddies" program. Approximately 250 children from eight local elementary school who are in need are sent home with a backpack of food on Fridays. These backpacks help families meet their basic weekend food needs. Our contributions help to keep the pantry well stocked with healthy, enjoyable foods.
Suggested items include: Individual fruit cups, instant oatmeal, macaroni & cheese, bread mixes, easy-to-prepare food mixes, granola/fruit/cereal bars, small boxes of cereal, canned/pouch chicken/tuna, and dried fruit.
For more information about "Backpack Buddies," visit the Monroe County Community Kitchen website
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
PreK-K (Room 4)
1st-2nd Grade (Room 9)
3rd-6th Grade (Room 3)
7th-12th Grade (Youth Rooms 1&2)
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
This Sunday, October 4th, we will watch
lecture 11: "What History Reveals about the Resurrection" from the video series How Jesus Became God
by Dr. Bart Ehrman.
The series addresses the how Jesus, a Jewish preacher, came to be seen as the Lord God Almighty. The Pilgrims meet at 9:15am in Room 13. All are welcome! Come join us for the lecture and resulting discussion.
The Nomads start their discussions in Room
10 at 9:30am after announcements, coffee,
and snacks. Visitors are always welcomed.
Facilitated by class volunteers, we are
currently discussing selections from Wending Our Way: Reflections on the Journey. The book is a collection of sermons which were delivered by David Owen, a class member, when he was senior pastor at North United Methodist Church, Indianapolis. Please join us.
"BIBLE BANTER," 9:30am
The Bible Banter Adult Sunday School class meets in Room 11 each Sunday morning from 9:30am-10:15am. The class uses the Scripture text for the morning's sermon as a discussion-starter.
We look at the passage in its larger context, and 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 often even delve into topics far afield of the morning's original topic. You are invited to bring some breakfast goodies into Room 11 and join the conversation.
CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
CHILDREN & FAMILIES WORSHIP,
Celebration! meets in Room 8 on Sunday morning at 9:30am.
Celebration! is a unique worship service that provides a relaxed starting time which allows those who participate to enjoy breakfast offered in Garton Hall.
Celebration! often uses the preaching themes offered in 10:30 worship service to create an interactive, playful, and prayerful experience for children and adults together.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SIGN-IN PROCEDURES FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH
In order to provide a comfortable, safe and nurturing space for all children and youth, please be reminded of the Sunday morning "sign-in routine."
1. Visit your child's Sunday school room before going to the sanctuary for worship. Sign your child into his/her classroom (by age) and meet the Sunday school teachers. Each child will receive a name tag.
2. Children and youth participate in the beginning of worship, with their families, in the sanctuary. Children are invited to participate in children's moment on the altar area. If a child would like to bring a parent or adult helper to children's moment for comfort, we welcome everyone.
3. Following children's moment, a Sunday school volunteer will walk the children to their Sunday school classrooms. If children have not been signed into the room before worship, an adult from the family can do that as they walk to the classroom after children's moment.
4. Following the worship service, adults sign their children out of their Sunday school classes.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18th,
CHILDREN AND YOUTH WORSHIP LEADERSHIP
All children and youth are encouraged to participate in leadership roles during the 10:30 Sanctuary Worship service. In particular, children and youth are invited to create the bulletin cover, greet, light candles (acolyte), read scripture or prayer, or share a musical talent.
Please contact Bridget McIntyre or Mary Beth Morgan, if your child or youth would like to participate in a special role on October 18th.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18th,
All youth in 7th grade and older are welcome to join us at St. Mark's in the Youth Room for a short youth group meeting before the 2ndSunday@6 worship service.
This youth group meeting will be dedicated to planning our service to the Crop Maze that will be on Saturday, October 31. Our youth group will host a snack table at the Crop Maze that will also educate participants in a creative way about local and global steps to eliminate hunger and poverty.
This is an educational service project that is a convenient hands-on way to make a difference in Bloomington. At 6:00 pm, youth group will join the 2ndSunday@6 worship that will engage the congregation about Monroe County Habitat for Humanity.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31st, 1:00pm-4:00pm, ST. MARK'S GARTON HALL
YOUTH SERVICE PROJECT, "CROP MAZE"
St. Mark's Youth Group will host one of four "pit stops" for participants in the CROP Maze. (See also "CROP Maze of World Poverty" article below.)
Our table will provide snacks and information about local and global agencies working to crop hunger. We can be as creative as we like in our table presentation; costumes, music, videos?
Join us for this exciting community event and help us represent St. Mark's awesome hospitality!
SAVE THE DATE
United Methodist Women Board Meeting
St. Mark's Nursery School
Fundraiser at Bucetto's
Mountain Mission Pickup
St. Mark's Campout at Solsberry Hill
OCTOBER 22nd-24th & NOVEMBER 12th-14th
Pictures for NEW St. Mark's Church Directory
XYZ (eXtra Years of Zest)
CROP Maze of World Poverty
NEWS FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE
Alisha Mustafa, who had been serving as our Administrative Assistant, has moved to Fort Wayne. Alisha has a special gift of connecting with people, and offering kindness and care to all. We wish her well in the new ways she will bless the world. Last Sunday in worship, we offered a blessing for Alisha, Matt and their beautiful son, Malcolm. They will be missed.
We are fortunate that Claire Schaffer is going to continue with us in an interim role in the office, while we are engaged in the process of hiring for this position. Claire had been serving in a short-term role as a communications consultant. We are grateful for all the gifts she is sharing with us in this time of transition. You can e-mail Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Alisha's e-mail is no longer accessible.) You can also contact us, at the church office, by phone (812-332-5788).
The Church Office Hours remain the same, from 9 am - 3 pm, Monday through Friday.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18th, 6:00pm (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
2ndSundays@6: WORSHIP LEADING TO SERVICE
WITH KERRY THOMSON & HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Yes, 2ndSundays@6 is meeting on the 3rd Sunday in October (due to fall break for many the previous week). However, it will be worth the wait! Join us as we welcome Kerry Thomson, and friends, from Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County. Kerry will offer a reflection during worship, the Band will share great music, and we will all be challenged to address local and global needs. Following worship, all ages are invited to a time of conversation and hands-on service projects. In our conversation, we will discuss hurdles in overcoming poverty, and also explore together about the possibility of an Interfaith build sometime in the future. Come hear Kerry, The Band, and connect with great people!
SIGN UP OCCURRING NOW
CHURCH DIRECTORY PHOTO SCHEDULING
Photo sessions are filling up quickly for the next edition of the St. Mark's UMC Directory. Schedule your appointment soon!
The photo sessions will be held at St. Mark's on October 22nd-24th and November 12th-14th. We hope everyone will take part in this photo opportunity. Everyone who is a part of the St. Mark's community is encouraged to have their photo taken for the directory. You do not have to be a member of the church to be included in the directory.
Follow the link below to schedule your appointment on the Lifetouch Photography website. It is an easy and quick process. Contact the church office (812-332-5788) with any questions.Click HERE to sign-up for your photo appointment!
If you prefer, you may schedule your photo appointment in person at St. Mark's on Sunday mornings. When you come to Garton Hall on those Sundays, you will find the photo appointment scheduling table and people there to help you select a convenient date and time for your photo.
POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 11th SENIOR HIGH GIRLS' GROUP: LUNCH AT MOE'S
All ladies in 9th - 12th grade are welcome to have lunch at Moe's after the 10:30am worship service on Sunday,October 11th. We will gather in the youth room and walk together to Moe's (just behind St. Mark's near Best Buy). Youth can be picked up at Moe's or after the lunch back at St. Mark's. Lunch will be provided or youth may bring a donation. Senior High Girls' Group is a chance to share a little bit about the ups and downs of senior high life! Join us for a good time and casual fellowship!
NOW through OCTOBER 19th
Mountain Mission will stop at St. Mark's very early in the morning on October 19th to pick our donated items. Mountain Mission supports people in the Kanawha Valley of West Virginia with unexpected emergency needs.
Clothing and household items are needed. Place donations in Garton Hall.
for a complete list of items needed as well as items which can NOT be accepted by Mountain Mission.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24th from 3:00pm - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25th at 9:00am
ST. MARK'S CAMPOUT AT SOLSBERRY HILL
All are welcome to the fellowship at Solsberry Hill Retreat Center for games, campfire, hiking, fishing and food. Come out for the evening fellowship, choose to campout if you wish, or drive out for the 8am Sunday Worship service.
Please bring nut-free foods to share with others for Saturday dinner. Bring your own snacks, drinks, and breakfast meal. St. Mark's will provide s'mores, water, and disposable serving ware. Kitchen facilities and indoor restrooms are available for all guests. Cabins with shared sleeping spaces or private and family suites are available for $10 per person. Children age 5 and younger are free. Tent camping is free; bring your own tent. RSVP to (email@example.com
) Bridget McIntyre.
NOW through NOVEMBER 1st
OPERATION FRIENDSHIP GREENERY FUNDRAISER
Support Operation Friendship and celebrate the holidays with beautiful greenery! Imagine! One-stop shopping right here at St. Mark's, where you can find a gift for family, friends, or business associates be they in or out-of-town. The "Traditional Program" allows you to pick up your choices during the week of November 16. The "Holiday Gift Program" pricing includes shipping costs and offers you an effortless way to have the symbols and fragrance of the season shipped to their doorstep. You may place your orders at the Operation Friendship table in Garton Hall every Sunday during the month of October. Phone or email orders may be placed up to November 1st.
Call the church office (812-332-5788), Jane Dunatchik (812-322-0554 or firstname.lastname@example.org). To view product photos, go to www.ChristmasWreathProducts.org
*(For every direct shipped item, an evergreen tree will be planted!)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28th, 5:30pm
"XYZ" WITH RAY BEEKER AND BILL BENNETT
ON MACHU PICHU AND THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
XYZ (eXtra Years of Zest) will host their monthly dinner on Wednesday, October 28th, at 5:30pm. Dinner will be followed by a presentation Ray Beeker and Bill Bennet (Director of the IU Alumni travel program) on their recent trip to Machu Pichu and the Galapagos Islands. If you would like to join us for a pleasant and informative evening, please remember to bring a plate, utensils, and dish to share. Questions? Contact the church office (812-332-5788).
OCTOBER 31st,1:00pm-4:00pmCROP Maze of World Poverty
The CROP Maze of World Poverty will be held in Garton Hall October 31, 1:00-4:00pm. This giant walk-through maze will also be an educational game exploring issues about world poverty, hosted by a dozen local interfaith groups.
An optional CROP Walk will occur simultaneously around the perimeter of St. Mark's. Our youth will be hosting the table about local food banks, which will also be the snack station.
Donate to Church World Service on Sundays in October in Garton Hall before Worship. Make online donations at crophungerwalk.org
. See Tony Mescher, Carle Crawford, or Lisa Miller Maidi with questions, to make donations, or to participate further.SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1st, 5:30pm-8:00pm!FIESTA de GUATEMALA¡
Help the Mission Guatemala Team celebrate their upcoming mission trip to Guatemala. Guests will enjoy homemade dinner and desserts that have international flavor like enchiladas, rice, tropical fruits, flan, apple empanadas, and much more. In addition to the amazing aromas, guests will be entertained throughout the evening with live music from St. Mark's youth and The Band (The Band, who dynamically lead worship music for 2ndSunday@6
worship service, have graciously agreed to move elements of that worship to Fiesta De Guatemala on November 1st). Creative games will keep us laughing like Bidding Karaoke, Jar-Wars between Jimmy and Mary Beth, and more (Don't forget your wallet to play these fundraising games). Bring your whole family, neighbors, and visiting family, all are welcome! Crafts and games will be available for children. Tickets are $10 or 2 for $15. Tickets can be purchased in Garton Hall every Sunday in October before or after the 10:30 worship service or by coming to the office at St. Mark's. If you can not come, but would like to support the mission trip, please consider sponsoring a ticket for someone else in the congregation. !Be there, or be Pasado de Moda¡
|NOVEMBER 1st-NOVEMBER 15th|
Time, Talent, and Treasure
BENEFITING ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN SCHOLARSHIP FUND
There has been greater need for scholarships this year, and St. Mark's UMC can play a part in assisting families who attend the Nursery School and Kindergarten. Consider donating a service or items to be auctioned, and be sure to place your bids!
This year's auction will be held online November 1-November 15. We are asking all donations to be submitted by October 21. Donations can be of your time (babysitting, craft classes), talent (handmade items such as hats and scarves, baked goods, frozen meals), or treasure (tickets to a sporting event, time at a family cottage). Bidding on auction items is simple and fast at:
Displays will also be available in Garton Hall during the auction for those who "see" better on paper than online.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 5:00pm-7:00pm
BIG mouth BIG spoon SOUP COOK OFF BENEFITING ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Fall is in the air!
Share in the warmth of family, friends, and SOUP!
Contestants: Got an award-winning soup? Prepare your tastiest pot to compete for the title of "Top Soup Chef". Sign up on the bulletin board by the nursery school office or on Sign-Up
Attendees: You be the judge! Sample and vote on your favorite soup! $5 for adults and $3 for children (2-12) gets you a soup sample from all contestants, bread, drinks, and dessert.
NEWS & NOTES
Housing Needs in Our Community
Mayoral Candidates Panel
Hosted by Congregation Beth Shalom from 3:00pm-5:00pm, this mayoral candidates panel will discuss housing needs in our community. Congregation Beth Shalom is located at 3750 E. Third St. in Bloomington.
Please notice this correction of the date! Bloomington professional and unique art song company performs at St. Mark's. Visit their website for ticket information.
"Harvest Gathering" Banquet is a fundraising event to support Community Justice & Meditation Center. Eva Kor, survivor of the Holocaust and forgiveness advocate, will speak.
RESPONDING TO THE REFUGEE CRISIS IN EUROPE
The refugee crisis in Europe has already reached tragic proportions, and is growing more challenging daily. By the end of 2015, the number of refugees in Europe (from Syria and other lands in conflict) is expected to be 4.7 million. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working to help provide relief where it is most needed. Financial donations are greatly needed. If you are able to give, please make your check to "St. Mark's United Methodist" with "UMCOR-Refugee Crisis" in the memo line. You may bring this offering directly to the church office, or drop it in the offering plate. 100% of all money donated will go directly to the children, men and women most in need.
SUPPORTING OUR MISSION TRIP TO MISSION GUATEMALA
To read a more complete report on the response of UMCOR to the crisis, you may go online at www.umcmission.org
In March of 2016, twenty St. Mark's youth and adults will travel to Guatemala to assist our former pastor Tom Heaton at Mission Guatemala, a health and education project for villages in the poorest country in Central America. To defray the cost of $1500 per participant, we will be raising funds for this trip throughout the year. Here are some ways to contribute:
- Sunday morning breakfasts in Garton Hall once a month.
- Fund drive at everydayhero.com (Coming Soon!)
- One-on-one sponsorship of a trip participant
- Parents' Night Out babysitting events throughout the year
- Special church wide events in November and February
Bridget McIntyre and Jimmy Moore are church staff co-leaders for this mission trip. Please contact either of them at the church office (812-332-5788) with your questions and support.
|DIRECTORY PHOTO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Seeking volunteers! Registration helpers are needed on October 22-24 and November 12-14 to greet and register people for their photos. Also, Scheduling helpers are needed on Sunday mornings to sign people up for photo sessions.
Please contact Claire Schaffer at 812-332-5788 or email@example.com to volunteer and to schedule your volunteer times. Thanks in advance for helping to make our church directory a success!
SEEKING SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS
Do you enjoy being a part of a child's faith discovery? Please consider volunteering some of your time as a Sunday school teacher. We graciously accept any time commitment that you have available. Sunday school volunteers are supported so that your time is enjoyable and as easy as possible. Materials will be provided and rooms prepared if requested. Sign-up sheets can be found in Garton Hall outside of Bridget's office door. Contact Bridget McIntyre (812-332-5788) if you are interested or have any questions.
HANDBELL RINGERS & CHOIR SINGERS!
Please consider joining the Handbell Choir or the Chancel Choir. Willingness to learn and some familiarity with reading music are the only requirements to join bells, but just the ability to sing is the requirement in Chancel Choir. Come be part of the music ministry and share your love of music.
Handbell Choir rehearsals are held on Thursdays at 6:15pm-7:15pm. Chancel Choir rehearsals are held Thursdays at 7:30pm-8:45pm. For more information, contact Gerry Sousa (812-322-3314).
NEW SMALL GROUP: BUDDIES OF ST. FRANCIS
Francis of Assisi said, "If anyone will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pit, they will deal likewise with other people." Many of us love our pets, and value the gifts that animals bring to us. A new small group in SMUMC community will seek linking with "Buddies of St. Francis" in monthly meetings (time and location TBA). Contact Jimmy Moore (812-332-5788) and watch for upcoming announcements.
ST. MARK'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH STAFF E-MAIL
Please take note of these current and up-to-date email addresses. You may use these email addresses to contact church staff people.