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Published Thursday, June 21, 2018
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.
THIS WEEKEND! FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND-SATURDAY, JUNE 23RD
YOUTH RETREAT AT SOLSBERRY HILL RETREAT CENTER
Calling all youth, grades 7-12, and recent 2018 graduates! Summer is almost here and we are gearing up for 2018 summer youth retreat at Solsberry Hill Retreat Center, which is only 15 minutes from Bloomington. The retreat will take place on Friday, June 22nd through Saturday, June 23rd. We don't want you to miss out on any of the exciting activities, but no worries if you cannot be in attendance the entire time. This will be a time of team building,
relationship building, fellowship, fun, and Christian growth for our youth. For more informaton and to RSVP, email Rodney Long, Director of Youth Ministries at rodneylong@smumc.church or contact the church office.
This Week at St. Mark's UMC
SUNDAY, JUNE 24
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
CELEBRATION OF GRADUATES
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BREAKFAST 
9:00am (Garton Hall) 
Thank you to those who will be providing breakfast.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL 
9:15am Nomads (Room 10) 
9:15am Pilgrims (Room 12)
9:30am  Bible Banter (Room 11)
 
INFANT & TODDLER NURSERY CARE 
Infant through Three-year-old
10:30am-11:30am (Rooms 24 & 25)
Contact the church
if 9:30am care is needed.
 
CELEBRATION! FOR ALL AGES
CHILDREN, FAMILY & FRIENDS 
9:30am in Garton Hall
 
CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
*SUMMER CLASS AND SCHEDULE
PLEASE NOTE SUMMER CLASS GROUPINGS AND ROOM CHANGES
10:15-11:30am
Preschool-1st Grade : Rm 22
2nd-3rd-4th Grade: Room 4
5th & 6th Grade: Room 3
7th-12th Grade: Room 1
*All children & youth are invited to move up
to the grade/age level classes where they will be in the fall.

SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICES
10:30am
Reverend Phil Amerson, preaching  
SCRIPTURE
2 Corinthians 6:1-13 & Mark 4:35-41
SERMON TITLE
"A Calm for our Swamped Boats"
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UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S
JUNE 2018
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.
SUNDAY, JUNE 24TH, 10:30AM
WORSHIP SERVICE
CELEBRATING OUR GRADUATES!
We want to celebrate and recognize all who have graduated 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 whom we can honor, please contact the church office (812-332-5788) or Mary Beth Morgan ( marybethmorgan@smumc.church ). We would like to include graduation information in the Sunday bulletin on June 24th.
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). There will be cards for everyone to sign for our graduates in Garton Hall on June 24th before worship.
Also, on June 24th, 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!

THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 10:30AM
SANCTUARY WORSHIP
In his great anti-slavery oration, Frederick Douglass argued for the necessity of social intensity as a means of eliciting profound change. He would say, "For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake." So what do we do when it feels like our entire world has become stormy? What does God intend, and what does our faith teach us? In worship this Sunday, Rev. Phil Amerson will preach a sermon titled, "A Calm for Our Swamped Boats", arising from Mark 4:35-41, a story in which Jesus and his disciples are in a boat on a stormy sea, and Jesus calms the storm with the words, "Peace. Be Still." Jacob Engle, accompanied by Pam Freeman, will sing a solo. We will also recognize our high school and college graduates during the worship service. We hope to see you on Sunday!

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THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 4:00PM
FISH CREEK PRESERVE PITCH-IN DINNER AND FUN. ALL ARE INVITED!
You won't want to miss this afternoon of outdoor fun at a great location for all ages! Wade in the creek, hike on trails, investigate the Learning Pond, toss a ball around, or just relax on a blanket in the grassy meadow. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Nitrate-free hotdogs, mac 'n' cheese, and drinks provided. Sign up will be posted in Garton Hall or contact the church office. Fish Creek is located forty minutes west of the church. Directions will be posted at church, and we will have some folks at the church to lead a traveling group there. Come and join in a great time! In the event of predicted rain and any need to cancel, an announcement will be made in worship.

ASP NEEDS SNACKS
AND BOTTLED WATER!
The St. Mark's Appalachia Service Project Team will be leaving Sunday, July 22nd on their mission trip to improve housing in Appalachia . They are in need of individually-packaged snacks (chips, pretzels, etc.) and bottled water. If you are able, bring some snacks or bottled water for ASP by Saturday, July 21st. There is a marked blue bin in Garton Hall for ASP Snack Donations.
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 12
NOMADS
9:15am-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.

CELEBRATION!
CHILDREN, FAMILY & FRIENDS FOR ALL AGES
9:30am in Garton Hall

CHILDREN & YOUTH
SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30-11:30am
SUMMER CLASS AND SCHEDULE
PLEASE NOTE SUMMER CLASS GROUPINGS AND ROOM CHANGES
Preschool, Kindergarten &
1st Grade : Rm 22
2nd-3rd-4th Grade: Room 4
5th & 6th Grade: Room 3
7th-12th Grade: Room 1
All children & youth are invited to move up to the grade/age level classes where they will be in the fall. Families are welcome to choose which class in the best fit.
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QUESTIONS ABOUT
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES?

QUESTIONS ABOUT
YOUTH MINISTRIES?
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TEACH WITH CHILDREN'S FAITH DEVELOPMENT CLASSES
Spend one Sunday a month with a group of inquisitive children encountering Bible stories through science experiments, art, mission activities, games, or by making yummy treats! Engage the world through the eyes of a pre-teen learning to navigate relationships and deepening faith as they experience the Bible stories in a more mature way (they also make crafts and love to cook and play games!). With either group, you'll join an excellent team of teachers and get to know some awesome children and families of our church. A curriculum is provided, along with a brief orientation to volunteering in Faith Development at St. Mark's. For more information, please contact Mary Beth Morgan.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUMMER SUNDAY
SCHOOL HAS BEGUN
10:30am Sunday School classes meet in the following age/grade groups for the summer: Preschool-1st Grade (Rm 22); 2nd-4th Grade (Rm 4); 5th-6th Grade (Rm 3) and Youth (7th-12th Grade) in the Youth Room 1. Children/Youth can join
the class that reflects their new grade level for next fall. (Families are, of course,
welcome to choose an age group that is the best fit for their child(ren).
We have also added "Aaron Time" in the children's classes with music, story and
adventures with Aaron Comforty. For more Sunday School information or to get on the family e-mail list, please contact the church office or Mary Beth Morgan.

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.

EACH SUNDAY, 9:30AM
CELEBRATION!
CHILDREN, FRIENDS & FAMILY OF ALL AGES
CELEBRATION! takes place in Garton Hall, near the piano. People of all ages are invited to reflect on the theme for the day and to take part in the hands-on experiences available at the tables near the piano. Also, on Sundays when he's available, Aaron Comforty will close out our community in song as we end in a communal "Great Amen" before heading to the Sanctuary for worship.
SUNDAY SCHOOL REGISTRATION RENEWAL
If you have not yet registered your child for Sunday School, please do so today. Forms are available at the Sunday School table in Garton Hall. This form is an annual requirement for each child (multiple children can be entered on one form).
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, and we 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 we often even 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
During June, the Nomads class will be reading and discussing Robin R. Meyers' thought-provoking book, SAVING JESUS FROM THE CHURCH - HOW TO STOP WORSHIPING CHRIST & START FOLLOWING JESUS.  The Nomads gather in Room 10 for coffee, breakfast, and announcements at 9:15am on Sunday mornings. Book discussions begin by 9:30. Visitors are always welcomed to join the group for one or all of the sessions.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
PILGRIMS
Sunday, June 24, Lecture #11
"Jesus's Jewish Lineage"
In 164BC, Antiochus V rescinded his father's edict and once again the Jews were allowed to practice their religion without persecution. In that same year, the Maccabees renewed their efforts to gain independence from Greek rule. In this lecture on Jesus and His Jewish Influences, Dr. Magness discusses how the establishment and expansion of the Maccabean kingdom provides the context for understanding the birth narratives of Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
All are welcome at any point in the lecture series. Come join us for the presentation and the resulting discussion.
SMALL GROUPS, EDUCATION, AND FELLOWSHIP
MEETS EACH WEDNESDAY, 1:00PM, 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.

MEETS EACH WEDNESDAY, 6:30PM-8:00PM IN ROOM 15
STEPHEN MINISTERS CLASS
The Stephen Ministers classes have begun to meet each Wednesday evenings; however, it is not too late to join. Also, any current Stephen Ministers (those who have already
received the training) are invited to get involved in this ministry. To participate, please contact Dan Hughes at drhughes719@att.net .
 
MEETS EACH FRIDAY, 12:30PM AT BELL TRACE
CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE MEN'S GROUP
Conversations on Life men's group meets on Fridays to share in conversation about topics of interest often based on literature selected by the group. The group meets in the private dining room, at the basement level on the west side of the main building of Bell Trace. Visitors are always welcome.    
SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 7:15AM – 4:15PM
OLDENBURG-CREATION SPIRITUALITY
Facing up to the forces which are hurting our Mother Earth usually make us angry and depressed, but the words and actions of St. Francis and Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (An American singer-songwriter, actor and environmentalist, better known as John Denver) can help make our steps toward better stewardship more joyful and hopeful. If you would like that sort of attitude adjustment, join the group taking a road trip to the convent at Oldenburg for a workshop which will explore creation centered spirituality using prayers and reflections with the help of the music and lyrics of John Denver. Register for the class at: http://www.oldenburgfranciscancenter.org/ The $45 fee includes lunch at the convent. The workshop will run from 9:30am to 2:30pm. We will take a short walk on the lovely grounds of the convent before heading home. Our group will carpool, leaving the south parking lot of St. Mark's at 7:15am and making a quick stop for coffee and breakfast snacks at Nashville. For more information, call Charlie Matson at 812-331-0413.

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 7:30PM IN ST. MARK'S SANCTUARY
STORY CHURCH
Story Church is a unique Christian worship experience that meets monthly and brings people together through the telling of personal stories and song. During Story Church gatherings, music is presented by Susan Anderson and friends, (some well-known, some brand new); there is storytelling centered around the monthly theme; Holy Communion is
offered (if you want); and tasty goodies are shared.

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 6:30PM
PUB THEOLOGY AT GRAZIE (106 WEST SIXTH STREET)
Need a place to relax with food and beverage, and talk a little theology? Try Pub Theology, a welcoming small group experience hosted by the St. Mark's. This month, we'll meet in the back room at Grazie downtown, have a beverage and snacks, and reflect on an interesting theological piece writing. The reading this month is an interview by Christa Tippet titled
"Transcript for How to Be a Christian Citizen: Three Evangelicals Debate." The three interviewed are Charles Colson, Shane Claiborne, and Greg Boyd. Plan to come at 6:30pm to order your food and drink, and we'll start discussion at 7:00pm. To indicate your intention to attend, and receive the reading, contact Jimmy at jimmymoore@smumc.church , or contact the church office. The link to the interview may be found here: http://www.civilconversationsproject.org/transcript-for-how-tobe-a-christian-citizen-three-evangelicals-debate/

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 5:30PM, GARTON HALL
EXTRA YEARS OF ZEST (XYZ) DINNER AND PROGRAM
CHRISTINE TALLEY HASEMAN,
"CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FACING LOCAL COURTS TODAY"
All are cordially invited to hear Christine Talley Haseman, recently nominated candidate for Monroe County Judge, talk about challenges and opportunities facing local courts today. Ms.
Haseman will speak at 6:20pm following a shared dinner that will begin at 5:30pm. Please bring a dish to share and your table service for the shared dinner.

SUNDAY, JULY 1, 10:30AM & 3:00PM
SPECIAL MUSIC OFFERING THIS SUNDAY
Two flutists who have played music at St. Mark's several times over the last few years will be providing two musical opportunities at St. Mark's on July 1. Kylee O'Donnell and Mitzy Nonaka will play special music in our 10:30am Sanctuary Worship. Later that same day, at 3:00pm, Ms. O'Donnell and Ms. Nonaka will play a recital of flute music to share their love of music and to celebrate their friendship as their time at IU Jacobs School of Music comes to an end and they move on the their next musical opportunity.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4
ST. MARK'S BUILDING CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY
Due to the July 4th Independence Day holiday, the St. Mark's building and offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th. In the event of a pastoral emergency call 812-325-9406 or 812-219-8377.
St. Mark's Staff Email
Rev. Jimmy Moore, Pastor

Director of Children's Ministries,
contact Mary Beth Morgan with leadership by Elena Herrera and Aaron Comforty
 
Rodney Long, Director of Youth Ministries rodneylong@smumc.church
 
Aaron Comforty, Children & Youth Music Leader  aaroncomforty@smumc.church

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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