St. Mark's United Methodist Church | www.smumc.church
Published Thursday, March 21, 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, MARCH 24, 2019
THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT

BREAKFAST AND MORE
9:00AM-10:15AM (Garton Hall) 
Sharing breakfast together, live music,
activity tables for children, and more. 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.

SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE
10:30AM
Rev. Jimmy Moore
SCRIPTURE: Luke 13:1-5
SERMON TITLE:
Stories of the Opening of the Heart:
Choosing to Dance with God

SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN & 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)
THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 10:30AM
SANCTUARY WORSHIP
So there was the little boy  who, when told by his mother to wash his hands in order to be safe from germs, went off to the sink muttering, "Germs and God…germs and God; that's all I ever hear around here, and I've never seen either one of them." The Scriptures tell us "No one has seen God at any time," and yet invariably, because of our own imaginations or the images culture has given us, when we say the word, "God", there are pictures and ideas that come to our minds and hearts. But what if those images and understandings about God no longer work for us? What if they are just in keeping with the God Jesus brings to us? How do we allow new ones to form in us and to guide us?
 
In this Lenten season, we at St. Mark's are embracing the theme of "Stories of the Opening of the Heart". And this Sunday in worship, we'll examine how new images and understandings of God continue to form in us as we move through life, and as our faith grows. The sermon this Sunday is titled "Stories of the Opening of the Heart: Choosing to Dance with God", arising from Luke 15:1-5. In that passage, Jesus notes that a tower had fallen on some folks, killing them, and asks, in essence, "Do you think the tower fell on them because of their sin?" In essence, to believe that is to indicate that one believes in a God whose job it is to seek out the sinful and to bring suffering on them. And then...Jesus calls on them to repent...and in the sermon, we'll suggest that means to change your mind about God, and to re-imagine what it is that God is up to in the world. In the service, we'll also note that God is up to doing good, as we celebrate the return of our mission trip participants from Guatemala, and hear a report about that work. The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Gerry Sousa and accompanied by Pam Freeman, will sing. We hope to see you on Sunday!
YOUTH! WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOU!
SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 9:30–10:15AM IN YOUTH RM 1
On Sunday, March 24th, from 9:30-10:15am, we invite all youth to take part in small group discussions/devotional time with Jackie and Rodney. You are welcome to bring in some breakfast from Garton Hall. This will be a 'low-key' environment where we can really get into a wide range of subjects such as living as young Christians, challenges that face you from day-to-
day, and an outlet to become closer connected to God and to one another.

It is our vision that we will form two small groups; one geared toward young women and one geared toward young men. However, youth/ families are always welcome to choose whichever group fits your needs best. As always, friends are welcome to join. If there are any questions, please email Rodney Long, Director of Youth Ministries.
3rd-4th GRADERS AND OLDER CHILDREN/YOUTH INVITED TO RECEIVE BIBLES
SUNDAYS, MARCH 24 & 31: BIBLE 101 CLASSES
SUNDAY, APRIL 7: PRESENTATION OF BIBLES DURING 10:30AM WORSHIP
All 3rd & 4th graders, and older children/youth who haven't yet received a Bible, are invited to so on Sunday, April 7, in Worship. Mary Beth Morgan will also be offering Bible 101 classes for Bible recipients and their parent(s) or other important adult(s) in their lives on Sundays, March 24 and 31 at 9:30am in Room 8. If your child would like to receive a Bible, or if you have questions, contact Mary Beth or Alayna Gray. If you have schedule challenges, please just let us know.
A MEMORIAL FOR CHRISTCHURCH VICTIMS: MOVING FORWARD IN UNITY
THIS SUNDAY MARCH 24, 6PM,
ISLAMIC CENTER (1925 E ATWATER AVE)
Please join with our Muslim brothers and sisters, and those from many other faith communities, for this memorial. All ages are welcome. Mary Beth Morgan will be participating in the service, on behalf of our St. Mark's community.
 
A note from our friends at the Islamic Center: "Please join us this Sunday as we remember the victims of #christchurch and unite against bigotry and violence. To our non-muslim visitors who will be joining us this Sunday, modest dress is considered a mark of respect for the mosque. Covering arms, legs, and chest is appropriate.'
SANCTUARY SUNDAY: NO REGULAR CHILDREN’S OR YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL 
NEXT SUNDAY, MARCH 31
March 31 falls on the 5th Sunday of the month when we invite all children and youth to experience the full worship service. Children and Youth Sunday School does not meet on March 31. Children's activity packets and picture books are available in the back of the sanctuary and near the comfortable rocking chairs. Infant and toddler care continues from 10:30am – 11:30am in rooms 24 and 25. For families who wish this option, childcare will be available in room 22 for children preschool through 3rd grade following the Children's Moment of the sanctuary worship service.
RECONCILING MINISTRIES TEAM MEETING
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 7:00PM, ROOM 10
If you would like to be a part of the team that brings the Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Doors message of St. Mark's to the LGBT+ community, come join us on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00pm in Room 10. For more information, contact Mark Cox (markymarkcox@aol.com) or Mary Beth Morgan at the church office.

LOOKING FOR A WAY TO IMPACT THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH?
INDIANA ANNUAL CONFERENCE LAY EQUALIZATION MEMBERS NEEDED
Indiana United Methodist Districts are seeking individuals to serve as Equalization Members to the 2019 Indiana Annual Conference June 13-15. Equalization members are laity selected by the conference on a first come first serve bases to balance out the number of clergy living in each district. The number of retired clergy and those serving in extension ministries need to be equalized with laity so that the conference maintains a 50-50 percentage balance. As an Equalization Member, you will be responsible for registering yourself for Annual Conference and for paying your registration, travel, and housing costs. There is per diem available to reimburse some of the costs you incur as a participant in the equalization team. The form for requesting that reimbursement will be available at the information desk at Annual Conference.
 
Be a voice and vote at this year's Annual Conference! This will include electing 2020 General Conference Delegates. Eligibility requirements: 
  • Active in The United Methodist Church since 2015
  • Been a member of an Indiana UMC since 2017
  • Able to attend the 2019 Annual Conference, June 12-15, 2019 in Indianapolis
 
If you would like to serve on this vital team, please reply with your full name, phone number, mailing address, and the name of the church of which you are a member. Send it to southeast.district@inumc.org.  For more information, contact Mary Beth Morgan.

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 May edition of upcoming@St. Mark's to the church office by Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Thank you.
ORDER EASTER FLOWERS TO DECORATE THE SANCTUARY
THROUGH SUNDAY, APRIL 7
Order forms are available now. Please note the ordering deadline of Sunday, April 7. The flowers you order will decorate the Sanctuary for Easter morning, and you can take them home with you after worship. The bulbs can be planted around your home in the fall and provide colorful blossoms next spring. Flowers may be given in honor, memory or celebration of someone dear. Print an order form by clicking the picture to the right, or use order forms located at the Welcome Desk in Garton Hall. Please make checks payable to "St. Mark’s UMC" and write "Easter flowers" in the memo line. You may mail or bring your order and payment to the church office, or place them in the Sunday morning offering basket.
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
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).

SEE GOD THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD
BE A PART OF CHILDREN'S OR YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
Are you curious about helping with Sunday School as a teacher (in a lead or assistant role), substitute or with preparation during the week? Teachers are only asked to be in a class once a month. Contact Alayna Gray for more information!

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.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
NOMADS
Nomads class will be discussing the short essays in a book by best-selling writer
Anne Lamott, ALMOST EVERYTHING: NOTES ON HOPE. Both hilarious and profound, Lamott in her most recent book calls for us “to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried within us” now and always when uncertainty and despair appear to be overwhelming. All are welcome to join us for breakfast and lively discussions at 9:30am Sundays in Room 10, with or without
having looked at the book.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
PILGRIMS
Sunday March 24, 2019
Room 12 at 9:15AM
The World’s Greatest Churches
Lecture #22
"La Sagrada Familia"

Modern Barcelona is a city of 1.5 million people and in a city of that size we might expect skyscrapers to dominate the skyline. But, that is not the case in Barcelona. What dominates is a Church that is still under construction: La Sagrada Familia, the Holy Family. It's an extraordinary building, begun at the end of the 19th century and may be completed around the year 2050. The Church was founded by a group called the Devotees of Saint Joseph; thus, St. Joseph and the Holy Family are central to the art of the Church.
 
All are welcome at any point in the lecture series. Come join us for Prof. Cook’s video presentation and the resulting discussion.
SMALL GROUPS, EDUCATION, AND FELLOWSHIP
Call or email the church office for group leaders' contact information.
ST. MARK'S QUILTERS & CRAFTERS
MEETS EACH WEDNESDAY, 1:00PM IN ROOM 10
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

WOMEN OF WONDER AND FAITH
MEETS EACH THURSDAY, 11:30AM IN ROOM 10
A group of faithful, journeying women meeting weekly to read and discuss books on various topics of faith. Beginning March 21, the group will read DAYS OF AWE AND WONDER: HOW TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY by Marcus Borg. 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. Contact the facilitator, Maria Schmidt marschmi@indiana.edu, with questions and to let her know you are coming.

CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE MEN'S GROUP
MEETS EACH FRIDAY, 1:00PM, ROOM 15 AT ST. MARK'S
The men's discussion group known as Conversations on Life, is reading and discussing THE FAITHS OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS by David L. Holmes. The group meets at 1:00pm each Friday in room 15 at St. Mark's UMC. Visitors are always welcomed. Facilitator: Bob Rimstidt
ST. MARK'S DAYTIME PARENTS GROUP
FIRST & THIRD FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH, 9:00AM, ROOM 4
NEXT MEETING FRIDAY, MARCH 22 & APRIL 5
The Daytime Parents Group encourages parents of very young children to join other parents and children for conversation 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, please contact Abby Brass or Whitney Sullivan for more information.

UMW EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 9:30AM IN ROOM 12
Leaders from St. Mark's UMW will meet for planning of UMW programming.

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
MONDAY, MARCH 25, 7:00PM IN ROOM 8
The St. Mark's Leadership Council will meet on Monday, March 25 in Room 8. All are welcome to attend. While only Leadership Council members can vote on motions that are presented, everyone is encouraged to attend and participate in discussion and planning for the ministries of the church.

XYZ - eXtra YEARS OF ZEST
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 5:30-7:00PM
ADULT EVENING PROGRAM WITH SUPPER: KEN BECKLEY, "MY LIFE AND FAITH JOURNEY"
All are cordially invited to a shared supper (please bring a dish to share and your table service) and talk by Ken Beckley on his life and faith journey. Ken had a fourteen-year career in broadcast journalism that included a decade at WRTV, Indianapolis, where he and Howard Caldwell formed one of the first dual anchor teams in Indiana. Later, Ken served eighteen years as executive vice president of H.H. Gregg where he was the public face and voice of the company's radio and television commercials. In 2002, he came out of retirement to serve as president and chief executive officer of the Indiana University Alumni Association for five years. In his “final” retirement, he has authored two fictional novels and is active as a volunteer at IU. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from IU, a Sagamore of the Wabash, and an
inductee in the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. A life-long United Methodist, Ken has shared his faith from church pulpits and in numerous other settings. He and his wife, Audrey, are members of St. Mark's.

CHRONIC ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP
MEETS EVERY OTHER MONDAY, 7:00PM IN ROOM 12
NEXT MEETING MONDAY, APRIL 1 & APRIL 18
This 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. Group Facilitators will be 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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