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Published Thursday, February 21, 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.
 
SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE
10:30am
Rev. John McFarland
SCRIPTURE
John 3:1-16
SERMON TITLE
"One Word"

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.
NEXT SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 11:30AM, ROOM 8
MEET-AND-GREET WITH PASTORS AND
CHURCH LEADERS
Join us for an informal time of greeting if you are new to St. Mark's, if you have been here for a while and have questions about the church, or if you want to meet some of those involved in church leadership. We will meet on Sunday, March 3, after worship, in Room 8.

We will have light snacks, and a brief time of conversation with the pastors and other church leaders.

If you need childcare, contact the church office with the names and ages of your children by Thursday, February 28. Although it is not necessary to RSVP, you may wish to let us know you are coming by contacting the
church office. We would love to see you!
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 10:30AM
SANCTUARY WORSHIP
I John 6:14 says that "God is love." What does that mean? Sunday's service features two preachers who have been around long enough that they ought to have some answers. John McFarland is half of the first couple married at St. Mark's, and Joe Emerson was our second pastor. The sermon rises from John 3:1-16, which will be read by Dave Tanner. Soprano Brianna Murray and alto Lisa Kurz will sing "The Gift of Love". We hope to see you in service on Sunday.
MISSION GUATEMALA TRIP

THIS SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24
FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST
AND NEXT SUNDAY, MARCH 3
BLESSING AND SEND-OFF
In the second week of March, five people of St. Mark's, along with a group from First United Methodist Church, will go to Mission Guatemala. Located in the mountainous central region of Guatemala, Mission Guatemala exists "to help meet the basic needs and improve the quality of life of under-served Guatemalan people through health, education, and nutrition initiatives" (mission statement). As the St. Mark's team in 2016 did, the group will help with construction of local schools and/or assist in the health clinic. Because Mission Guatemala was founded by our former associate pastor Tom Heaton, it holds a special place in our hearts.

You may support the mission trip by donating funds towards the tools and children's vitamins that we will send with the group. Breakfast on February 24 will be a fundraiser, and checks may be written to St. Mark's with a notation for Mission Guatemala.

On Sunday, March 3, those going on the trip will receive a blessing during the service. Be present to help bless Diana Rojahn, Vicki and Faith Veenker, and Lisa Miller Maidi.
INFORMATION AND WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED
2019 SPECIAL CALLED GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
FEBRUARY 23-26, ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
 
In just a few days, in St. Louis, there will be a General Conference of the United Methodist Church to address the denominational impasse over disagreements about same-sex marriage and the ordination of gay clergy. At this General Conference, 864 invited delegates - split evenly between lay people and clergy - will consider several plans for the church’s future.
 
UMC leaders are acutely aware of how searing the lengthy ideological conflict has been. In December, the Council of Bishops issued a pastoral letter expressing remorse that the buildup to the St. Louis meeting has been hurtful to many LGBT people.
 
"Demeaning and dehumanizing comments and attacks on LGBTQ persons in conversations related to the upcoming February Conference are a great tragedy and do violence to hearts, minds, and spirits," the letter said. "We commit ourselves to helping people who disagree with each other to have conversations that include, honor, and respect people with different convictions."
 
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.
 
Our pastors, Mary Beth Morgan and Jimmy Moore, will be attending the General Conference as observers. Watch for an email tomorrow (Friday) that will tell you how you can get important and timely updates from the General Conference in real time.  Here, at St. Mark's, we will continue to embrace and strive to live our mission and our welcoming statement.
 
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.
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 April edition of Upcoming@St. Mark's to the church office by Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Thank you.
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!

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24
9:30–10:15AM IN YOUTH RM
YOUTH! WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOU!
On Sunday February 24th, from 9:30-10:15AM, 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 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
"Guadalupe and the Cathedral of Mexico City", Lecture #20
Prof. William R. Cook, Ph.D., State University of New York at Geneseo
 
In December of 1531, a peasant had a series of visions of the Virgin Mary in a place near Mexico City. In the last of these visions, although it was winter, many flowers grew around the place where the Virgin had appeared. He gathered the flowers into his cloak and went off to show them to the Franciscan bishop of Mexico. "When he unfolded his cloak, the flowers fell out, but he also discovered as did the bishop that the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was imprinted on the cloak."
  This was the beginning of the great shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico. Today, more than 20 million people visit the shrine every year, making it one of the most important places in Christendom.
 
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
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

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

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.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 10:00AM-12:00NOON
YOUNG AT ART FESTIVAL
Mark your calendars and spread the word! Join us for a morning of hands-on art activities as we explore this year’s theme"Exploring Materials". This free community-wide event is open to all and geared towards young children and their families. One special activity invites children to decorate quilt squares which will be assembled and quilted by Mary Lynn Pavlis in honor of the 50th birthday of St. Mark's Nursery School and Kindergarten.

MONDAY, MARCH 4, 10:30AM, GARTON HALL
SHOEBOX PROJECT
Each month, the Shoebox Project of St. Mark's meets and assembles shoeboxes filled with hygiene products and toys for kids. The shoeboxes are donated to local agencies such as Middle Way House and Monroe County United Ministries. Everyone is welcome to come and to join the fellowship and fun. We are always in need of washcloths, combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, small toys, coloring books, hotel soaps/ shampoos, pencils, crayons, etc. You can place your donations any time in the basket in Garton Hall located beneath the United Methodist Women bulletin board.

MEETS EVERY OTHER MONDAY, 7:00PM IN ROOM 12
NEXT MEETING MONDAY, MARCH 4, THEN MARCH 18
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.
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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