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Published Thursday, January 10, 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, JANUARY 13, 2019
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE 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. Jimmy Moore
SCRIPTURE
Isaiah 43:1-7; Luke 3:15-22
SERMON TITLE
"Baptism of the Lord: Watershed Moments in the Life of Discipleship"

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
THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 10:30AM
SANCTUARY WORSHIP
Sometimes you really need a good reminder of the good things in and around you. The Protestant Reformer Martin Luther was known to enter into periods of deep despondency, likely some form of what we in our day call depression. While he was likely predisposed to these difficult bouts, he also was facing significant challenge and opposition. It was common for him during these times to believe that he was being besieged by the devil. And those in the castle in which he often stayed would hear his loud voice ringing throughout the building, as he would throw his inkwell against the wall and shout, "I am baptized!" It was his way of reminding himself that God was with him, loved him, and would give him strength to face the both the depressive spirits and the human foes who wanted to silence him. And so the remembrance of baptism is less about reminding the experience of being baptized, but realizing how the power of that experience prepares us for what we face in the here and now.

We all need that reminder, whatever is going for us and whatever is going on in the world around us. We are God's and we are not alone. Sunday, on Baptism of the Lord Sunday, we will remind ourselves in worship that we are the children of God, and that we are blessed, as we experience a remembrance of Baptism ritual. The texts for the sermon are Isaiah 43: 1-7, and Luke 3:15-22, and the sermon title is "Baptism of the Lord: Watershed Moments in the Life of Discipleship". The chancel choir, under the direction of Gerry Sousa and accompanied by Pam Freeman, will sing. We look forward to seeing you.

THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 6:00PM
(SECOND SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH)
PARENTS OF YOUTH NIGHT
AT TURQUAZ CAFE, 301 E 3RD ST
Enjoy some food and conversation with other folks raising teens. If you have questions, or would like to be on a contact list for future gatherings, contact Dawn Walters at dquillen@indiana.edu or the church office. All parents of youth (and grandparents and other loving adults caring for pre-teens and teenagers) are welcome!
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 6, 116 pledge cards had been returned for the 2019 Stewardship Campaign totaling $448,774, which supports the operating and ministry costs of the church. Also, as of January 6, 66 pledge cards had been returned for capital improvements, totaling $74,195.

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.
Renewing your pledge helps us build a solid budget. If you are considering making a new pledge, whether as a member or not, there couldn't be a better time to offer a financial commitment. The Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 23 to take the next step in finalizing our 2019 budget.

Pledge cards are available in Garton Hall and from the church office. They can be returned anytime in the offering plate, to the church office or can be filled out on-line via the link at ( 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!
PROJECT IS NOW UNDERWAY
ST. MARK'S KITCHEN IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT IS NOW UNDERWAY
Thanks to so many of you who have and are contributing to our kitchen project. As you may know, our kitchen serves not only to resource fellowship meal opportunities for the congregation; it also is a location of missional work for groups that meet here and for food that is prepared and taken into community. We have notified all groups who use the kitchen on a regularly scheduled basis, and we want all of the church to be aware also. This project is providing necessary repairs and updating, including replacing the dishwasher, which has been unusable for months.
 
The work on the project is now underway. Water in the kitchen has been turned off and construction is taking place; do not plan to use the kitchen until the project is finished. We will announce and celebrate the completion of the kitchen improvement. Again, thank you for your continuing generosity.
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!

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.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
NOMADS
This month, the Nomads class will be discussing the short essays in the book by best-selling writer Anne Lamott, ALMOST EVERYTHING: NOTES ON HOPE. Both hilarious and profound, Lamott in this her most recent book calls for us "to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried within us" now and always when uncertainty and despair appear to be overwhelming. 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
The World's Greatest Churches
Sunday, January 13
Lecture 15 "Winchester Cathedral" Prof. William R. Cook, PhD. - State University of New York at Geneseo

If we are going to look at only one cathedral or church in England, Winchester is not the most obvious choice. It is not the largest structure nor is it the seat of a high-level Church leader. Winchester Cathedral is interesting because it contains a variety of styles. It is largely a Gothic Cathedral containing the different variations within the Gothic style and has a Romanesque transept. Also, Winchester was the shrine of St. Swithin and an important pilgrimage site. But even more importantly, Winchester Cathedral contains extraordinary wood carvings and some interesting elements of medieval fresco, both of which are quite rare in England.

All are welcome at any point in the lecture series. Come join us in room 13 at 9:15am for this presentation and the resulting discussion.
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 11
WOMEN OF WONDER AND FAITH
A group of faithful, journeying women meeting weekly to read and discuss books on various topics of faith. We will begin a new reading after Christmas when we meet on January 3, 2019. 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. On Friday January 11, Ron Walker will present the cloudy picture of James Madison's religious beliefs. Madison rarely wrote or spoke publicly about religion as President, but he vigorously supported freedom of religion.
 
On January 18, Charlie Matson will cover the faith of the Boston revolutionary patriot, Samuel Adams, who remained openly loyal to the Calvinist orthodoxy passed down by the Puritans to the Congregation Church. The group meets at 1:00pm each Friday in room 15 at St. Mark's UMC. Visitors are always welcomed. Facilitator: Bob Rimstidt

MEETS EVERY OTHER MONDAY, 7:00PM IN ROOM 12
NEXT MEETING MONDAY, JANUARY 14
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.

FIRST & THIRD FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH, 9:00AM, ROOM 4
NEXT MEETING FRIDAY, JANUARY 18
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.
NEXT SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 10:30AM
SANCTUARY WORSHIP
CHILDREN AND YOUTH PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP LEADERSHIP
Children and Youth are welcome to be part of worship leadership any Sunday. They are especially invited, this month, on Sunday, January 20. 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. 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, JANUARY 21, 2019, 9:00-11:00am (with light breakfast at 8:30am)
BE A PART OF "DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF SERVICE!"
Extend the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through acts of service with others. All ages are invited to participate in our day of service opportunities in collaboration with other faith communities and non-profits. The day begins 8:30am with a light breakfast at St. Mark's. Participants can choose a number of volunteer options at St. Mark's, and some opportunities in the community. Sign up online at MLK Jr. Day of Service 2019 , or sign-up in Garton Hall. To find out how you can help coordinate this great day, or for more information, contact Mary Beth Morgan or the church office.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 6:30PM-8:30PM
PUB THEOLOGY AT 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 January 22, we will reflect on an interview with renowned professor of religion Elaine Pagels. The Fresh Air interview, hosted by Terry Gross, concerns Dr. Pagels' new book, WHY RELIGION: A PERSONAL STORY.

To get the interview online, visit https://www.npr.org/2018/11/05/664347954/why-religion-asks-how-hearts-can-heal-after-tragedy , or you may contact Jimmy Moore or the church office to get a copy of the interview. We would love to have you join us for this informal chat.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 11:45AM [PLEASE NOTE EARLIER TIME]
eXtra Years of Zest (XYZ) LUNCH AND PROGRAM
GLENDA MURRAY, "A BRIEF REVIEW OF MONROE COUNTY HISTORY"
All are cordially invited to a pitch-in lunch (please bring your own table service) at 11:45AM and program that will begin at 12:30PM. Glenda Murray will present a "A Brief Review of Monroe County History," in celebration of the city and county bicentennials that occurred in 2018. Glenda is a retired IU staff person. She has been involved in local history for over 25 years and was recently appointed Monroe County Historian by the Indiana State History Center.

SUNDAYS, JANUARY 27 & FEBRUARY 3 9:30AM
NEW MEMBER CLASSES
We will be hosting New Member Classes on Sundays, January 27 and February 3 in Room 15, with new members joining in worship on February 10. You are most welcome to attend if you are interested in becoming a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, or perhaps you are undecided and would just like to explore what membership would mean. You will be able to meet some of the church's leaders, learn more about St. Mark's understanding of faith and mission, and explore where you can connect and invest yourself in the congregation. If you are interested in membership, and these days do not work for you, please let us know. Child care for your children is available by contacting the church office. Email Jimmy Moore at  jimmymoore@smumc.church , or contact the church office, for more information or to indicate your intention to attend.  
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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