WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK AT ST.MARK'S
(LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, 9/26/2014)



All week we've seen continued, steady progress on the north side of the Sanctuary roof. This afternoon, workers were beginning to dismantle the intricate scaffolding that had provided safety and support as they worked their way down the  steeply pitched roof.   Next on the Project St. Mark's agenda will be new carpeting for the hallways, and then, beginning in the middle of  October, installation of the new lighting system in the Sanctuary.

THIS SUNDAY
SEPTEMBER 28th, 2014

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL

9:15AM  Pilgrims (Room 13)

9:15AM  Nomads (Room 10)

9:30AM  Bible Banter (Room 11)  

  

INFANT/CHILD CARE 

9:30AM  (Room 25)

 

BREAKFAST

9:30AM served in Garton Hall

Sponsored by Operation Friendship!

 

9:30AM (Room 4)

CHILDREN & FAMILY WORSHIP  


SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE

10:30AM in the Sanctuary

Reverend Ned Steele   

will be preaching:

"Just Who Are You Anyway?"

Scripture Passages:

John 8:12-26

 


CHILDREN & YOUTH
SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30AM-11:30AM

PreK-K  (Room 9)
1st-2nd Grade  (Room 4)
3rd-6th Grade  (Room 3)
7th-12th Grade  (Room 1-2 Youth)
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THIS COMING SATURDAY-SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th-28th, 8:00PM-8:00AM

YOUTH LOCK-IN!

Youth in grades 7-12 are welcome to join our crazy night of games. Fast games, slow games, quiet games, loud games, dark games and bright games will keep us moving most of the night. When we get hungry we'll eat pizza; and when we get tired we'll watch movies. Doors pm when the doors lock. Breakfast will be served before 8am when youth can be picked up. The night is FREE! Please bring: change of clothes, blanket and pillow, flashlight, and a GREAT ATTITUDE!

 

RSVP to Bridget McIntyre, bmcintyre3708@gmail.com if your youth is coming OR you would like to volunteer for a shift of chaperoning.

THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 9:30AM

BREAKFAST SPONSORED BY OPERATION FRENDSHIP

Plan to come to breakfast Sunday morning at St. Mark's beginning at 9:30am for a great breakfast sponsored by Operation Friendship!  

 

Operation Friendship is a top-notch travel exchange program for youth, and a program that St. Mark's has participated in for generations. All donations from Sunday's breakfast will help support our Operation Friendship youth and their families who are making it possible for them to experience these life-changing opportunities.  

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4th-5th, 4:00PM-10:00AM

ST. MARK'S CAMP OUT

The St. Mark's Camp Out is back--now closer to home! All are welcome: Families with children both young and old, families with grandchildren, families with no children, youth, singles, and other friends! You can come for the evening, and/or come join us Sunday morning for a relaxed worship service. The Camp Out will be at Solsberry Hill Retreat Center (https://sites.google.com/site/solsberryhill), located 20 minutes west of Bloomington.  Cabin sleeping or tent space is available. Kitchen amenities, a pond for fishing or swimming, a roaring bonfire, basketball, field games and wooded trails will all greet you at the Camp Out!

 

To register, please visit: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4AA5A72AA0FC1-stmarks, or contact Bridget McIntyre:  bmcintyre3708@gmail.com.

THURSDAYS: OCTOBER 16th, 23rd, 30th &  

THURSDAY:   NOVEMBER 6th,  

                    5:30PM-7:00PM

RETIRING WELL (SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS )

Thinking about retirement, but wonder if you are too young? Planning to retire soon, but not sure what you want to do? Already retired, but would like some ideas (or have some insights to share) on how to get more out of it? If so, we have a small group for you!

 

Diane and Ed Pence (with help from others!) will facilitate four sessions based on the book How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free by Ernie J. Zelinski. You will not need to purchase the book. We will use it as a resource in our discussions and will provide all the materials you will need.

 

There will be four sessions in the series:

 

Session 1:     Are you ready to retire?

Session 2:     Finding your purpose/passion/calling in retirement

Session 3:     Planting your get-a-life tree

Session 4:     Achieving balance in your retirement

 

Please note, this is not a group that will look at the financial aspects of retirement. We will focus on the mental, spiritual and physical aspects of retirement.

 

The first session will be Thursday, October 16th in Room 10 at St Mark's. We will start at 5:30PM and end no later than 7:00PM. The next sessions will be on the following three Thursdays: October 23rd, October 30th and November 6th.

 

To join the group, or for more information, please contact Diane or Ed at dmpence@bluemarble.net or edpence@bluemarble.net.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19th, 3:00PM

CROP HUNGER WALK

Join the Crop Hunger Walk! This year's Crop Walk will take place at 3pm Sunday, October 19. We need a team of walkers!  All ages welcome!     

 

To get your sponsorship form, or to sponsor another walker, contact the church office or see Tony Mescher at 10:15AM on Sundays at the Garton Hall Crop Walk table. This ecumenical and interfaith walk-a-thon fights hunger locally, as well as across the world.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19th, 3:00PM

CROP HUNGER WALK:
FAMILY AND YOUTH SERVICE PROJECT

We encourage families and youth to participate in the Crop Walk as a service project together. Please contact Bridget McIntyre if your family would like to participate in this service project.

 

Volunteer options are:

  1. Walk! "We Walk Because They Walk" is the motto of this year's Crop Walk. Many people around the world need to walk great distances to receive potable drinking water. Participating in the 4-mile or 1-mile walk is a way for people to be in solidarity with many people around the world.
  2. Sponsor a walker! Can't make it?  Then sponsor another walker at St. Mark's. Money donated helps fight hunger locally and around the world.
  3. Operate a Water Station!  St. Mark's will host a water/snack station on the walking route on the sidewalk outside of Mother Bear's Pizza on E. 3rd Street. Volunteers are needed at the water station to offer encouragement to walkers and to provide a drink of water and a snack.
  4. Donate popped popcorn or cookies for the water/snack station.
  5. Co-facilitate the Children's Moment during our worship service on either October 12th or 19th.  Doing so will help educate all of us about the significance of this important event that has been an important ministry for members of St. Mark's for many years.