Upcoming Events and Announcements 8-2-2015
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
WORSHIP
&
SUNDAY SCHOOL
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THIS SUNDAY AT ST. MARK'S
AUGUST 2nd, 2015 
10th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 

Celebration of Holy Communion
Backpack Buddies Offering


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)
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CHILDREN & FAMILY WORSHIP 
  9:30am in Room 8
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SANCTUARY WORSHIP
10:30am
Reverend Jimmy Moore preaching

Sermon Title:

"When Bread Is More Than Bread" 

 

Scriptures:
Exodus 16:2-15
&

John 6:25-35
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CHILDREN AND YOUTH
SUNDAY SCHOOL

 
Childcare available: 9:30am-11:30am   
Infant/Toddler Care (Room 25)

Sunday School: 10:30am-11:30am
PreK-K (Room 4)
1st-2nd Grade (Room 9)
3rd-6th Grade (Room 3)
7th-12th Grade (Youth Room 1-2) 
SAVE THE DATE
UPCOMING EVENTS 
 
NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 9th
10:30am Sanctuary Worship 

New Beginnings Sunday &

Blessing of the Backpacks

2nd Sundays@6 Worship & Service 
  

AUGUST 23rd

10:30am Sanctuary Worship   

New Members' Sunday 

 

AUGUST 30th  

11:30am-2:00pm

St. Mark's Community Picnic   

 

SEPTEMBER 20th    

9:30am-10:15am & 11:30am-12:15pm

St. Mark's Ministry Fair  

 

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER  

Dates to be announced soon  

Pictures for NEW St. Mark's Church Directory

 

 


THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 2nd
"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. With the school year beginning in early August, it is important for the pantry to be stocked now.

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 visit the Monroe County Community Kitchen website. 

 

TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY, AUGUST 9th

BRING SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND BOOKS!

St. Mark's is collecting new and gently used school supplies needed to support students from preschool to high school. Anytime this week, bring paper, crayons, pens, pencils scissors, composition books, rulers, washable markers, books for young children through teenagers. Place these items in the bin marked "school supplies" which can be found in Garton Hall. These items will be shared with Monroe County United Ministries Preschool, Teachers' Warehouse and schools in our community who especially need these items. We will sort and organize these contributions at "2ND Sundays@6" on August 9th. If you have questions, contact Mary Beth Morgan.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9th  

9:30am CELEBRATION! & 10:30am SANCTUARY WORSHIP

BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS

At St. Mark's, we recognize the beginning of a new school-year with you. All students, preschool through adult, are invited to bring backpacks, book bags, lunch boxes, computer bags, etc. to Celebration! Children's and Family Worship and/or Sanctuary Worship. We will offer a blessing for all public, private and homeschool learners. And of course, we will offer a blessing for your backpack or any other school item you bring with you.

 

Teachers, classroom assistants, principals, administrators, office assistants, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, and anyone else in education, including parents, are welcome to join the students to be blessed.

 

Bring your backpacks. Bring your book bag. Bring your lunch box. Bring your computer bag, or folder, or binder. If you forget your item, just bring yourself to St. Mark's on August 9th!

    

SUNDAYS, AUGUST 9th & AUGUST 16th, 9:30am

NEW MEMBER CLASSES

Please join us in Room 15 for membership classes if you are ready to become a member, or if you are interested in learning more about becoming a member of St. Mark's. For families with children, there is infant/toddler care in Room 25. Pre-school age and older children are welcome to join Bridget McIntyre in Room 8 for Celebration! Worship for Children and Families.

 

We will spend time getting to know one another, learning more about the church and our membership process, exploring questions, and talking with others about the many ways to get involved in the life and ministry of St. Mark's.

 

Several persons have indicated an interest in membership, and we know others may be interested as well. Whether you are new to this community or have been a part of St. Mark's for many years and are now considering membership, we hope that you will attend. New members will be received during worship Sunday, August 23rd. Please contact Mary Beth Morgan (812-332-5788) if you have questions. If you are interested in membership but have a conflict with class or joining dates, we can work with you and your schedule. We look forward to sharing this time with you as we continue to grow as a church community! 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 12:00pm

GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP PLANNING MEETING 

Our next planning meeting for the Guatemala Mission Trip is Sunday, August 9, at 12:00 noon in Room 10. We will discuss fund raising initiatives and planning, and we will continue our community building in preparation for the trip. If you have any questions, please contact Bridget McIntyre or Jimmy Moore by calling the church office (812-332-5788). We look forward to seeing you on August 9.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9th, 6:00PM

2ndSundays@6: WORSHIP LEADING TO SERVICE

"SAYING TRUE WORDS TO EACH OTHER"

All are welcome to 2ndSundays@6! We will begin with a half-hour worship service in the sanctuary at 6:00pm. Bryan and the Band will lead us with great music, along with word and a reflection from Jimmy Moore that connects us to living out our faith in the world.

 

After we worship,all ages are invited to participate in hands-on service projects in Garton Hall. This month will include projects to support students and teachers in our community, including Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM). If you have questions or would like to help with 2ndSundays@6, contact Mary Beth Morgan at the church office (812-332-5788). Invite friends and neighbors!


SUNDAY, AUGUST 9th, 6:30pm-9:00pm
CONCERT AT BRYAN PARK
"KID KAZOOEY & THE BALLROOM ROUSTABOUTS"
Bring your blanket, lawn chair, and picnic dinner to Bryan Park. "Kid Kazooey's" story-singing and dance will definitely entertain you! This concert is part of the Performing Arts Series for the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation. Visit  www.bloomington.in.gov for more information, directions, and rain dates.

AUGUST 26th, 5:30pm

XYZ (eXtra Years of Zest) 

XYZ will hold their monthly meeting on August 26th at 5:30pm. Share a potluck dinner at St. Mark's prior to a talk by Bruce Martin on "Sleep and Sleep Disorders." Dr. Martin is Professor Emeritus of Medical Sciences at Indiana University.

  

If you would like to join us for a very pleasant and informative evening, please bring your plate and utensils, and a dish to share. Questions? Contact Joe Miller or the church office.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30th, 11:30am - 2:00pm

ST. MARK'S COMMUNITY PICNIC!

Food, friends, games, and activities for children, youth, and adults! Mark August 30th on your calendar. If you can help with the picnic, contact Mary Beth Morgan or watch for sign-ups in Garton Hall and on-line. All are welcome to the picnic. Invite friends and neighbors!

 


OPPORTUNITIES to GET INVOLVED
 
SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFAST LEADERSHIP TEAM NEEDED! 

A leadership team is needed to help coordinate our Sunday morning breakfasts. As the leadership team is forming, would you and your family, or you and a group of your friends, serve up a Sunday Morning Breakfast at St. Mark's? Or are you part of a ministry group or non-profit organization that would like to sponsor a breakfast for donations to support an important outreach? Serving begins between 9:15am and 9:30am. Sign up for a Sunday of your choice!

  

The menu is completely up to you. For those not sponsoring a breakfast as a fundraiser, there are some funds available to assist with food costs. If you are interested in being a part of this important ministry of hospitality, please contact the church office.

 
CONVERSATIONS AND COOKIES 
WITH JIMMY & MARY BETH 
Get to know Jimmy and Mary Beth better, discuss life and faith at St. Mark's, and look ahead to possibilities for the future. A series of these small informal gatherings, complete with light refreshments, are continuing. To participate, please place your name on the board in Garton Hall or call the church office (812-332-5788). The following still have available space.  Thank you to all who are hosting these gatherings.
  • August 11th, 1:30pm-2:30pm at St. Mark's in Room 8
  • August 16th, 5:00pm-6:00pm for Parents & Grandparents of our Youth (during Youth Pool Party) hosted by Lenne and Pam Vanzant at their home, 4119 S. Gran Haven, Bloomington
An additional gathering during which childcare will be provided will be announced
soon.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN FASHION SHOW SUPPORTS MONROE COUNTY UNITED MINISTRIES  

On July 15, the women of sixteen Bloomington area churches met for an afternoon of good food, great fellowship, and a wonderful fashion show, compliments of Christopher & Banks, with many, many door prizes as an added bonus! Most important was the generosity of the 135+ women who attended as Monroe County United Ministries received $2320 from the goodwill offering collected.  

 

This event was the 5th Annual event, sponsored by St. Marks United Methodist Women (UMW) to benefit Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM), the common mission for all churches in the Bloomington area. Monroe County United Ministries is one of the local, regional, and international agencies that St. Mark's supports through Faith Promise Missions. Our Faith Promise pledges allow St. Mark's to provide regular contributions to 10 worthwhile mission projects.

   

The fashion show featured models from eight different faith groups including St. Marks UMW members, Trina Mescher, Carolyn Collins, and Pat Jeffries. The decorations were all designed and produced by Carolyn Collins and are always a highlight of the event. The interns from MCUM were an added group of hands in preparation, set up, door prize acquisition, and distributing the 100+ door prizes. We now look forward to our 2016 event; mark your calendars, July 20, 2016, the third Wednesday in July for another mid-summer treat that benefits MCUM.  

 
CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
SUNDAY SCHOOL SIGN-IN PROCEDURES

Sunday school for children and youth, from preschool through high school, is offered during the 10:30am worship time. Toddler/Infant care is offered from 9:30-11:30am in room 25. Children and youth are always welcome to remain in the sanctuary, with their families for worship, or join a class in Sunday school. We seek to be a comfortable, safe and nurturing space for all children and youth. Here are a few reminders for the Sunday morning "routine."

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Following the worship service, adults sign their children out of their Sunday school classes.

 

FAMILIAR & FRIENDLY FACES IN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL HALLWAY   

While Bridget McIntyre is away to concentrate on her family retreat business, Kendall Theile, a member of St. Mark's with her family and student at Butler University, is serving as the Summer Sunday School Coordinator.  Particularly, Kendall co-leads Celebration! Worship for Children, Families and Friends; she supports other Sunday school volunteers; and Kendall facilitates youth Sunday school. Come meet Kendall in the Sunday school hallway. She will be happy to help you!

 

Sara McGaha, member of St. Mark's and parent of Olivia, Jackson, Elijah and Sean have joined the Sunday morning team while Bridget is away. Sara co-leads Celebration! Worship with Children, Families and Friends with Kendall Thiele and offers her friendly assistance to families as "greeter" in the Sunday school hallway.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
"PILGRIMS" 9:15am

This Sunday, August 2nd, watch lecture 3: "Humans as Gods in the Greco-Roman World" from the video series How Jesus Became God by Dr. Bart Ehramn. 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 we welcome! Come join us for the lecture and the resulting discussion.

 

"NOMADS" 9:15am
The Nomads start their discussions in Room 10 at 9:30am after coffee, snacks and announcements. 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.