"An inclusive community bringing Christ-like love, healing, and hope to all."
THIS SUNDAY AT ST. MARK'S
SUNDAY, MAY 22nd 
FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
TRINITY SUNDAY 
 
BREAKFAST
9:30am in Garton Hall
Donations collected at breakfast will support  NEW LEAF
/NEW LIFE.
 
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
9:15am Pilgrims (Room 13)
9:15am Nomads (Room 10)
9:30am  Bible Banter (Room 11)

INFANT & TODDLER CARE
INFANTS & ONE YEAR-OLDS
9:30am - 11:30am (Room 24)

TWO YEAR-OLDS & THREE YEAR-OLDS
9:30am - 11:30am (Room 25)
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CHILDREN & FAMILY WORSHIP
9:30am (Room 8)
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SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE   
10:30am

Reverend Jimmy Moore, preaching
Scripture - Luke 7:1-10
Sermon Title
The Unexpected Shapes
That Faith Can Take  

Personal Reflection: Jon Holland from
New Leaf-New Life  
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CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL  10:30am-11:30am
4 year old - Kindergarten (Room 4)
1st-2nd Grade (Room 9)
3rd-6th Grade (Room 1,2)
7th-12th Grade (Room 3)
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THIS SUNDAY, MAY 22nd
WE RECOGNIZE
NEW LEAF-NEW LIFE
New Leaf-New Life is a volunteer-driven nonprofit whose mission is to reduce recidivism of inmates in the Monroe County Jail. They provide both social service programs and services to jail inmates during their time in jail and after release back into our community. The many New Leaf-New Life programs in the jail include the "Addicts in Recovery" (AIR) block for inmates fighting addictions. Services to released inmates are provided at the New Leaf-New Life Transition Support Center at 1010 S. Walnut St. New Leaf-New Life is one of the local nonprofits supported through St. Mark's Missions giving. New Leaf-New Life also sponsors the weekly Jail Bingo games furnished by volunteers from St. Mark's. This Sunday, board member, Jon Holland will share a personal reflection in worship. Also, donations offered for breakfast will all go to support New Leaf-New Life.

THIS SUNDAY, MAY 22nd
OPERATION FRIENDSHIP (O.F.) BBQ LUNCH
Mark your calendar for the next Operation Friendship (O.F.) Lunch on Sunday, May 22nd! The menu will be a BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich with side dishes of baked beans, coleslaw, and potato chips for only $5.00 per person. O.F. Bake Sale items make a delicious dessert for $1.00 per bag. Stay to enjoy your lunch in Garton Hall or pre-order a carryout meal by completing this order form and leaving it at the O.F. Bake Sale table on Sunday morning. The O.F. Lunches are an important part of fundraising efforts which will support O.F. travel this summer. 
 
THIS SUNDAY, MAY 22nd
YOU MAY PICK UP YOUR BASEBALL TICKETS
If you have already paid for your REDS vs. CUBS baseball tickets for the game on June 29th, you may pick up your tickets in Garton Hall after Worship this Sunday, May 22nd. If you still need to pay for your tickets, please be sure to make your check out to St. Mark's and write "baseball tickets" on the memo line. You may also select your seats when you pick up your tickets. Tickets can only be distributed to those who have already paid for their tickets. If you cannot pick up your tickets on Sunday, May 22nd, please contact the church office to make arrangements. 
THIS SUNDAY, MAY 22nd,
9:30am-10:15am

CHILDREN & FAMILY
WORSHIP 
Celebration! meets each Sunday for a child-focused worship where children, families, friends can enjoy this worship together. Celebration! meets in Room 8.
 
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.

THIS SUNDAY, MAY 22nd
EXPRESS YOUR SUPPORT FOR INCLUSIVITY IN THE UMC!
To help St. Mark's become a more fully welcoming congregation, members of the Church & Society/Missions Committee are inviting individuals to join the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). This is a national movement of United Methodists dedicated simply to welcoming church members (and attenders) of all sexual orientations and gender identities into the full expression of Christ's inclusive love.
 
The Reconciling Ministries Network consists of over 700 communities throughout the U.S., including one adult class at St. Mark's, and 34,000 individual members, including our pastors and others in our congregation. We invite everyone to join this movement working for inclusion of all God's children in the United Methodist Church. Individual members will be kept informed of the RMN's work. There is no fee and names are not publicly listed.
 
Individuals can affiliate with the Reconciling Ministries Network by clicking on this link on their website (http://www.rmnetwork.org/newrmn/take-action/pledge-to-be-a-reconciling-individual/), or by coming to the table in Garton Hall after worship this Sunday. Individuals will be there to share information and answer questions.

MEETING NOW THROUGH MAY 20th
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH GENERAL CONFERENCE 2016
General Conference is the top policy-making body of the global United Methodist Church, which meets once every four years, and is now in session in Portland, Oregon. Made up of an equal number of clergy and lay delegates, General Conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. Key issues being debated include language in church law regarding sexual orientation (specifically in regards to same-sex unions ad ordination), climate change and stewardship of the earth, gun violence, the denominational budget, the authorization of a new UMC hymnal, and more. To follow the proceedings, click http://www.inumc.org/2016generalconference. Please keep the delegates in your prayers in their discernment and important work together.


SUNDAY SCHOOL
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL

"PILGRIMS"
9:15am-10:15am
 
(Room 13)

"NOMADS"
9:15am-10:15am
(Room 10) 

"BIBLE BANTER"
9:30am-10:15am  
(Room 11)
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CHILDREN AND YOUTH  
SUNDAY SCHOOL
 
INFANT & TODDLER 
CHILDCARE 
Infant & One Year Old Care (Room 24)
Two & Three Year Old Care (Room 25)

  

CHILDREN & FAMILY
WORSHIP 
9:30am (Room 8)

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL 
10:30am-11:30am
4 year old - Kindergarten (Room 4)

1st-3rd Grade (Room 9)
3rd-6th Grade (Room 1,2)

7th-12th Grade (Room 3)
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SUNDAY, MAY 29th
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
SANCTUARY SUNDAY:
NO CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
 
On the 5th Sunday of the month (4 times a year) an altered children & youth  schedule for the 10:30 hour is provided:   
 
Infant & Toddler Care (Rooms 24 & 25) 
Kindergarten -3rd Grade  (Room 8)
 
Because of this adapted 10:30am Sunday School schedule for children and youth, families are encouraged to be together in the Sanctuary for the whole worship service. Children's activity packets and books are available in the back of the sanctuary.   
 
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
"PILGRIMS," 9:15am
The Pilgrims meet at 9:15am in Room 13. Come join us for the video lecture and resulting discussion. All are welcome to attend!

Lecture 20:
"Genesis 37-Joseph and His Brothers"
This lecture begins with literary observations of Genesis 24 and several episodes in the Jacob cycle. The next topic is the Joseph narrative in chapter 37. Most important is the question of who transported Joseph to Egypt; three different groups, the Ishmaelites, the Midianites and the Medanites, are mentioned in Genesis 37. We will also discuss the purpose of the anonymous man mentioned in 37:15-17 who directs Joseph toward his brothers -what might his role be?
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 ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
"NOMADS," 9:15am   
This Sunday, May 22nd, the Nomads class will again turn to the Amy Jill Levine book, Short Stories by Jesus, to discuss chapter 8: "The Judge and the Widow." All are welcome to participate whether or not you are familiar with the reading. Bring your coffee in to class and listen to or participate in the discussion. 
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
"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.
NEWS & EVENTS AT ST. MARK'S
SAVE THE DATE!
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
SATURDAY, MAY 21st    
HELPING HANDS FELLOWSHIP
CHURCH GARDENS CARE  
 
TUESDAYS, MAY 24th & 31st 
ST. MARK'S = INCLUSIVENESS...REALLY? CLASSES 
 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25th
XYZ DINNER & PROGRAM

SUNDAY, MAY 29th
MISSION GUATEMALA BREAKFAST DONATION AT INDIANA UMC CONFERENCE   

TUESDAY, MAY 31st-FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd
 
ST. MARK'S VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

SATURDAY, JUNE 4th 
UMW SPRING BRUNCH

SUNDAY, JUNE 5th
& SUNDAY, AUGUST 21st
GODSPELL JR. PRODUCTIONS

SUNDAY, JUNE 12th
RECOGNITION OF GRADUATES

SUNDAY, JUNE 12th 
LAST DAY FOR UNITED METHODIST MOUNTAIN MISSION DONATIONS 
 
 


 
SATURDAY, MAY 21st,
9:00am-12:00pm
HELPING HANDS FELLOWSHIP 
Helping Hands Fellowship is a great way to get to know others from St. Mark's. Put on your gardening gloves and help to beautify the church grounds! Please bring tools for weeding, mulching, and pruning, if you have them. No experience necessary.

TUESDAYS, MAY 24th & 31st 7:00pm-8:00pm in Room 11
ST. MARK'S = INCLUSIVENESS...REALLY?
Four members of our congregation will share insights they gained from three helpful books on Church/LGBT issues.  Please attend any sessions.

Discussions will be focused on the following questions:
  • Why should we deal with such a controversy?
  • Why are some of the faithful keeping the doors shut?
  • What about those different friendships in the Bible?
  • How might we best follow the rules for living shared 2000 years ago by Jesus with what we now know about the human mind & heart as well as what we believe in personal freedom?
  • What can one congregation do?
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25th, 5:30pm
EXTRA YEARS OF ZEST (XYZ) DINNER AND PROGRAM
XYZ will hold their next dinner and program on Wednesday, May 25th. A pitch-in dinner begins at 5:30pm, in Garton Hall, and the program begins at 6:30pm. This month Rev. John McFarland will give an interesting talk, "The Hinge Moment". All are cordially invited. Please bring a dish to share and your own table service.

TUESDAY, MAY 31st -
FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd, 2016
ST. MARK'S VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: "GODSPELL"
REGISTRATION FORM IS AVAILABLE ONLINE OR AT CHURCH FOR THE NEXT THREE WEEKS
St. Mark's VBS 2016: "GODSPELL"
will be a week full of singing, dancing, costumes, dramatic play, face paint, games, crafts, and daily mini-service projects. Gospel values about loving God and loving your neighbor will be infused into the creative and interactive curriculum for children and youth.

 VBS 2016: "GODSPELL" will be Tuesday, May 31st - Friday, June 3rd for ages 3 - 12. Youth older than 12 are welcome to help as assistant leaders. Programming will be from 9:30am to 12:00pm and snacks will be provided each day.
This will be a "can't miss" summer event for all children! Registration forms can be found at THIS LINK, in Garton Hall, or by contacting Bridget McIntyre, bridgetmcintyre@smumc.church.

 
CONTINUING DISTRIBUTION
CHURCH DIRECTORIES ARE AVAILABLE
St. Mark's church directories are still available. Contact the church office by phone, email, or in person to get your directory. There is no charge for a directory. Those whose picture is included in the directory or who are included in the roster section have a directory reserved for them. We have additional directories for those who may not have been able to be part of the directory project. 
 
SUNDAY, MAY 29th
MISSION GUATEMALA BREAKFAST DONATION

Lisa Miller Maidi serves as one of St. Mark's lay members to Indiana 's Annual Conference of the UMC on June 9-11. While there s
he will attend a Mission Guatemala dinner and make a free will offering in support of Mission Guatemala. Funds for that offering will be collected on May 29th at St. Mark's Breakfast. Our Guatemala Mission Trip Team will provide breakfast and donations collected will be used in the free will offering in June. If you wish to contribute in advance to this free will gift, please send your offering to the St. Mark's office, place it in the offering plate during worship, or give your donation to Lisa. (emillerm@comcast.net)

SATURDAY, JUNE 4th 
UMW SPRING BRUNCH
The annual United Methodist Women (UMW) Spring Brunch will be held on Saturday, June 4th in Garton Hall. If you are new to St. Mark's or are thinking about becoming a member of St. Mark's UMW, please join us for a scrumptious breakfast and wonderful fellowship. Brunch begins at 9:15am.

For more information, contact Trina Mescher (812-336-8261) or Patti Wright (812-876-8946).
 
SUNDAY, JUNE 5th &
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21st
GODSPELL JR. 
GODSPELL JR. will be produced on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at St. Mark's. The current cast welcomes more actors and  actresses to join them,as we prepare and rehearse during the summer. Contact Bridget McIntyre if you have an interest to join the cast or crew.
 
The music and songs from GODSPELL, JR. will also be part of this summer's Vacation Bible School during the week of May 31-June 3. Each day the students will hear a song from the musical and discuss the Bible story and message that inspired it. Some of the music and lessons will also be shared during the VBS Worship Service on Sunday, June 5th.  All children ages 3-12 are welcome to register for VBS, and youth 12 years are also welcome in leadership roles.
   
*The production team made these changes to appropriate the contract agreement we have with the publishing company.  Thanks!
 
SUNDAY, JUNE 12th
RECOGNITION OF GRADUATES! 
We want to celebrate and recognize all who have or will be graduating from high school, college, graduate school, or other special programs this year. If you are graduating, or know of someone else connected to the St. Mark's family who we can honor, please contact Mary Beth Morgan or the church office. We would like to include graduation information in the Sunday bulletin. Please e-mail, or send, the name of the graduate (as he/she would like it to appear), school, degree, special accomplishments, and plans for the future (if known) by June 6th.
 
Also, on June 12th, we will have a special recognition of our graduates in the 10:30am worship service. If you, or your family, cannot participate on that day, let us know. We will recognize you on another Sunday. Congratulations to all of our graduates!

SUNDAY, JUNE 12th
UNITED METHODIST MOUNTAIN MISSION DONATIONS DEADLINE
The United Methodist Mountain Mission continues to be in need of usable and useful items including housewares, cleaning supplies, equipment, tools, men's clothing and children's clothing. More information can be found at their website www.methodistmountainmission.org
Please bring your donations to the door of Room 14 in St. Mark's Garton Hall by Sunday, June 12th. 
Send In Your Events & Announcements for the June Edition
ALL-CHURCH EMAIL AND BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS:
NEW SUBMISSION PROCESS & FORMAT TO BEGIN SOON
Announcements for the June edition are due this Monday, May 23rd!
In an effort to be better stewards of our resources, we are exploring ways to streamline how we share important information. Starting in June, there will be a new monthly document, "Upcoming at St. Mark's." This will be separate from the bulletin, and will
include the announcements and information from ministry areas, committees, and groups. This will greatly reduce the number of printed pages in the bulletin each week, and will also necessitate that all of us plan ahead. Please note the following submission deadlines for "Upcoming at St. Mark's":
 
Articles for June need to be submitted by Monday, May 23.
Articles for July need to be submitted by Monday, June 20.
Articles for August need to be submitted by Monday, July 25.
 
You may submit articles by e-mail to office@smumc.church, by bringing/sending them to the church office, or by reaching us by phone (812-332-5788). The monthly "Upcoming at St. Mark's" will be available in the sanctuary each Sunday, at the Welcome Desk throughout the week, electronically, via a link on the church website & all-church e-mail, and mailed to those who request them. Please contact the church office, or Mary Beth Morgan, with any questions. Thank you for your efforts, as we partner together in seeking to be better stewards of our resources.
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OPPORTUNITIES to LEARN and SERVE
EVENTS OF INTEREST IN OUR COMMUNITY          
 
YOGA CLASS  
Enjoy yoga classes taught by Allana Radecki at St. Mark's in Room 1,2 offered each Thursday morning from 9:15am-10:15am. Drop in each week or any week for a fee of $10 per class. Offered each Thursday through May 26th, the class is open to the public and all abilities are welcomed. Contact the church office with questions. 
 
CITY OF BLOOMINGTON
CREATIVE AGING FESTIVAL
In celebration of Older Americans Month, the City of Bloomington Commission on Aging invites the community to celebrate creativity and our aging population through its sixth annual Creative Aging Festival in May 2016. Please visit the website www.bloomington.in.gov/coa or pick up a flier at the St. Mark's Garton Hall Welcome Desk for more information. 
OPPORTUNITIES FOR FELLOWSHIP & SERVICE 

CPR & FIRST AID CLASSES at ST. MARK'S 
Daniel Roussos will teach classes in American Heart Association CPR & First Aid at St. Mark's on Saturday, June 4th or Thursday, June 9th at 10:00am-2:00pm. The classes cover CPR and First Aid for infants, children, and adults. Attend one of the dates offered. The cost of the class is $45 and $10 will be donated to St. Mark's. To sign up or with questions, Contact Daniel Roussos at 812-964-9074 or scls911@gmail.com
 
OPERATION FRIENDSHIP SEEKING HOSTS FOR 2017 INTERNATIONAL MEETING
It is the Bloomington chapter's turn to host the Operation Friendship International meeting which will be April 19-23, 2017. Guests will include mostly adults and a few young adults from European countries. The more hosts we have, the more guests we will be able to accommodate. Your commitment will only be to provide housing, but you would be welcome to join in on activities if your schedule permits. If you might be interested in hosting, please let us know (tinacron@gmail.com or 812-322-8941).

ST. MARK'S CARE MINISTRIES
St. Mark's Care Ministries endeavors to support one another. Please reach out to us when we can be of service to you or to someone you know. Let us know of such needs by calling the church office (812-332-5788), talking with one of our pastors, or contacting a Care Ministries team member. We urge you to find a place where your abilities and desires allow you to answer Christ's call to love and serve one another.

Care Ministries Co-leaders:
Jan Brady and Susan Parrish 
Care Meals: Kathryn Holden 
Memorial/Funeral Receptions:
Claudia Lindman, Nina Taylor, and Myriam Wood
Homebound Visitation: Randy Brady, Carle Crawford, and Jimmy Moore
Prayer Chain: Patty Smith
Card Ministry: Susan Parrish

SUNDAY BREAKFAST
@ ST. MARK'S
Sunday Breakfasts are offered in Garton Hall from 9:30am-10:15am. Would your small group, organization, family, or you be willing to provide a light, simple continental breakfast for about 100 people? We are seeking groups to host a breakfast once a quarter (or more often), groups that are trying to raise funds for a mission project, and/or individuals who feel called to share food on Sunday mornings. To volunteer for this ministry, you can sign up in Garton Hall, call the church office, or contact on of the breakfast coordinators (Kris Harbison, Susan Parrish, or Claire Schaffer). Funds are available to assist with costs.  
ST. MARK'S LEADERSHIP POSITIONS 2016            

Some of the individuals serving in leadership at St. Mark's for 2016 are listed below. Thank you to all who serve  in leadership of the many aspects of St. Mark's UMC.
 
Leadership Council Chair 
- Deb Davis 
Lay Leadership/Nominations Chair 
- Pastors 
Pastor-Staff Parish Relations Chair 
- Liz McDaniel 
Board of Trustees Chair 
- John Collins 
Finance Committee Chair 
- Tom Hedges 
Endowment and Memorials Chair 
- Pete Yoder 
Membership Secretary
- Pam Vanzant
Missions/Church and Society Co-chairs 
- Bruce Carpenter, Lisa Miller-Maidi 
Care Ministries Co-Chairs  
- Susan Parrish & Jan Brady  
Communication and Information Contact 
- Gerry Sousa 
Library Committee Co-chairs 
- Janice Clinch, Betty Bickley 
Worship Design Chair 
- TBA  
Hospitality and Outreach Contact  
- Jimmy Moore  
Children and Youth Ministry Contact 
- Bridget McIntyre 
Small Groups Contact 
-Mary Beth Morgan 
Stewardship Team Contact 
- Andy Cron
Adult Education & Retreats Contact
-Charlie Matson
United Methodist Women President
-Linda Crawford
St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten
-Sierra Roussos, Director
Lay Leaders
-Andy Cron
-Trina Mescher

ST. MARK'S HIKERS
WALK 200 MILES IN 2016  
Join the St. Mark's Hikers to hike/walk 200 miles in 2016 in celebration of Indiana's 200th birthday. Sixteen people accepted the challenge. They are out picking 'em up and setting 'em down on city streets and woodland paths. There is plenty of time to join the challenge. Sign up at Bicentennial Hikers Challenge and get moving. For more information and to be part of the challenge, contact Eleanor Lahr elahr@indiana.edu or 812-339-4209. 
 
 
ST. MARK'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH STAFF E-MAIL
Rev. Jimmy Moore, Pastor
jimmymoore@smumc.church
Rev. Mary Beth Morgan, Pastor
marybethmorgan@smumc.church
Gerry Sousa, Director of Music Ministries
gerrysousa@smumc.church

Bridget McIntyre, Director of Children's & Youth Ministries
bridgetmcintyre@smumc.church

Donna Hullett, Director of Finance
donnahullett@smumc.church

Aaron Comforty, Children's and Youth Music Leader  aaroncomforty@smumc.church
Sierra Roussos,
Director of St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten director@smnurseryschool.org

Colleen Wells,
Coordinator of Childcare and Sunday Morning Nursery
childcare@smumc.church
Claire Schaffer, Administrative Assistant
office@smumc.church

Dennis Morgan, Head Custodian
dennismorgan@smumc.church


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