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Published Thursday, May 16, 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, MAY 19, 5:00PM AT NOBLESVILLE FIRST UMC
“ROOM FOR ALL” RALLY
LIVE VIDEO OPTION AT ST. MARK'S AVAILABLE IN SANCTUARY AT 5:00PM
Mary Beth Morgan and Jimmy Moore are active members of this coalition that is sponsoring this rally and gathering. All who are able, are encouraged to attend and consider carpooling to Noblesville. 

The other locations are options, as well. However, Rev. Michael Slaughter will be live at the Noblesville location with Elkhart and Evansville doing a video link. 

The Noblesville rally will be live-streamed at www.unitingmethodistsindiana.com
 
All are invited to come to St. Mark’s, at 5pm, to watch the live-stream together in the sanctuary and to share in conversation and community. The live-stream can be viewed from your home computer as well. The Rally is scheduled to last approximately 90 minutes.

Want to carpool to the Rally in Noblesville? Whether you want a ride or want to offer seats in your vehicle, please see the sign up form in Garton Hall for information and to sign up.

For more information, please contact Mary Beth Morgan.
SIGN UP NOW!!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS) 2019: "LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR"
MONDAY-THURSDAY, JUNE 17–20, 9:30AM-NOON
Jesus commanded us to “Love your neighbor” but who are our neighbors and how exactly do we show love to those we know, those we differ from or those we do not know? We will have fun exploring all of those questions and so much more!
 
Each day, children 3 years through grade 6 will explore these themes through story, song, art, and play. All activities will be age-appropriate and fun! The week will culminate in a special VBS worship service Sunday morning, June 23rd, at 10:30am.
 
Youth are welcome to volunteer as leaders. Adult volunteers are needed to provide this program
free of charge for all children. Adult volunteers will have access to childcare for their children 2
years and younger. Participant registration and volunteer forms are available outside Alayna Gray's office in Garton Hall, or register online to volunteer or register children 3 years - grade 6. For more information, contact Alayna at stmarksdcm@gmail.com or call her at 812-332-5788.
SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
CREATION CARE SUNDAY

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
10:30AM
Rev. Jimmy Moore with Tom Mooradian
SCRIPTURE:
Genesis 2:4-15
SERMON TITLE:
Walking the Rocky Hillside, Sowing Clover

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
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

Please sign in your children for Sunday School in Garton Hall.
SUNDAY, MAY 19
CREATION CARE SUNDAY AT ST. MARK'S
Have you noticed that when your soul is troubled, locating yourself in one of nature's forests or in a lovely garden can immeasurably impact your internal processing? What accounts for this grace, and how are we to tend it for ourselves and our community, those present and those to come? Might we not consider the natural world "sacramental", a means of grace as John Wesley would say, to help bring healing to us all? What if caring for this world we engage with our senses not only helps insure our physical survival, but the sense of peace that helps us live well in the world?
 
"The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it." (Psalm 24:1) Or as the Book of Resolutions of the United Methodist Church has it, "Our covenant with God calls us to steward, protect, and defend God’s creation.... We are to delight in and praise God for the abundance and diversity of creation (Psalm 148) and honor God's covenant established with all living creatures (Genesis 9:9)." (Social Principles, ¶ 160) 
 
On Sunday, May 19, we will honor and celebrate God's holy creation as we observe Creation Care Sunday at St. Mark's United Methodist Church. Instructive exhibits prepared by the Creation Care team will be on display in Garton Hall, and will provide great educational opportunities during our Breakfast and More, as well as adult Sunday School time. 
 
The sermon for this Sunday is titled "Walking the Rocky Hillside, Sowing Clover", the title coming from a Wendell Berry poem, and the sermon arises from Genesis 2: 4-15. In the early part of the sermon, Jimmy will be joined by St. Mark’s parishioner, Tom Mooradian, who is Manager for Environmental Stability at Pepsico.
 
Members of the Creation Care team will be available for questions, and to receive your interest in joining the team, and/or in working with certain projects. 
 
If you are coming to St. Mark's for the first time, have been here for decades, or somewhere in-between, we look forward to seeing you and being together on Sunday!
upcoming@St. Mark's
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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 or by contacting the church office. Please send articles or information to be published in the June edition of upcoming@St. Mark's to the church office by May 15. Thank you.
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
8:15AM-9:45AM &
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).

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! Our area of greatest need is in our grades 1 & 2 classroom. 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.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
NOMADS
For May 19 & 26, the Nomads class will view and discuss selected lectures by Dr. Bart Ehrman from his series "Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication." A professor at the University of NC Chapel Hill, Dr. Ehrman is a stimulating lecturer on this general topic, some aspects of which many find to be both revelatory and controversial. We meet in Room 10 Sundays at 9:30AM and all are most welcome to join us!

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
PILGRIMS
During May, Pilgrims Class will study a new video lecture series by Dr Amy-Jill Levine titled Great Figures of the New Testament including some famous and some not so famous, but she will provide insight into why these most colorful characters remain dynamic summoning presences. 

Pilgrims meets in Room 13 at 9:15AM on Sunday morning. We welcome any and all at any point in the lectures series for the presentation and resulting discussions.
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 May, this group will read UNLEARNING GOD: HOW UNBELIEVING HELPED ME BELIEVE by Philip Gulley. 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. On May 23, a lunch is planned. Women of Wonder and Faith will not meet on May 30 or in June or July but will restart in August. 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 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
MAY UMW MEETINGS: ALL WOMEN ARE INVITED!
ST. MARK’S UNITED METHODIST WOMEN (UMW)
All the women of St. Mark’s, whether members, regular attenders, or visitors, are invited to join one of the three St. Mark’s UMW circles. The circle meetings in May are as follows:
·        Charlene Martin Circle, Wednesday, May 15, 7:00PM Bell Trace
·        Morning Circle, Tuesday, May 21, 9:30AM Room 8
·        Susanna Wesley Circle, Tuesday, May 21, 2:00PM Room 8

FRIDAY, MAY 17, 6:00-8:00PM AT KARST FARM PARK
PICNIC WITH ST. MARK’S NURSERY SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN
Celebrate another great school year at the annual St. Mark’s Nursery School and Kindergarten Picnic! Bring your own family’s dinner (no nut products, please), place settings, blankets, and toys.
 
FRIDAY, MAY 17 & JUNE 7
FIRST & THIRD FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH, 9:00AM, ROOM 4
ST. MARK’S DAYTIME PARENTS GROUP
You are encouraged to join other parents and children for conversation at The Daytime Parents Group 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, contact Abby Brass, Whitney Sullivan or the church office for more information.
 
MONDAY, MAY 20, 6:30-8:30PM
PUB THEOLOGY
AVERS EAST PIZZA, 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. In May, we’ll look at two articles. One is actually excerpted from Rev. Mike Mather’s book HAVING NOTHING, POSSESSING EVERYTHING: FINDING ABUNDANT COMMUNITIES IN UNEXPECTED PLACES. The other is a Faith and Leadership article about Mike and Broadway United Methodist Church, where Mike serves. He is also on the faculty of the Asset- Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University. As a preacher-consultant-storyteller, he speaks all over the country about community development and urban ministry. The readings may be received by emailing Jimmy Moore at jimmymoore@smumc.church, or by contacting the Church Office. There will also be copies on the Welcome Desk in Garton Hall. We hope to see you at Pub Theology this month.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 5:30-7:00PM
EXTRA YEARS OF ZEST (XYZ) DINNER AND PROGRAM
DR. JAMES ANDREWS, "RHETORIC, RELIGION, AND UNITY IN ANTEBELLUM AMERICA:  IMPLICATIONS OF THE SLAVERY DEBATES THAT SPLIT THE METHODIST CHURCH FOR THE CONTEMPORARY DEBATE OVER GLBTQ ISSUES"
All are cordially invited to a shared dinner (please bring a dish to share and your table service) beginning at 5:30 and to hear Dr. James Andrews speak at 6:20. XYZ will move to the Sanctuary for the program portion of the evening. Dr. Andrews is Emeritus Professor of Communication and Culture and was Adjunct Professor of American Studies and of Victorian Studies at IU. His teaching and research focused on the intersection of rhetoric, politics and history. Since retirement, he has taught courses in political communication and presidential rhetoric for the Hutton Honors College.
 
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 7:15PM, ROOM 8 (ALL ARE WELCOME!)
RECONCILING MINISTRIES TEAM MEETING
All are invited to be a part of this team that strives to help bring the Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Doors message of St. Mark’s to the LGBT+ community. At this meeting we will focus on plans for Spencer Pride event. Come join us 7:15pm in Room 8. All who are interested in hearing Dr. Andrews speak AND attend the Reconciling Ministries Team Meeting should be able to attend both events. For more information, contact Mark Cox (markymarkcox@aol.com) or Mary Beth Morgan at the church office.
MONDAY, MAY 27, MEMORIAL DAY
ST. MARK'S BUILDING WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY
The building will reopen on Tuesday, May 28 for the regular church office hours.

TUESDAY, MAY 28 & MONDAY, JUNE 10, 7:00PM, R00M 12 (EVERY OTHER MONDAY)
CHRONIC ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP
This new 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. Due to Memorial Day on May 27, the support group will meet on Tuesday, May 28. Group facilitators are Dr. Brandt Ludlow and Craig Stewart.
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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