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Published Thursday, November 15, 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.
ST. MARK'S BUILDING
THANKSGIVING HOURS
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the St. Mark's building will be closed on Thursday,
November 22 and Friday, November 23. There will be no staff members in the building and
there will be no events planned at the church. The building will re-open on Saturday, November 24 for regularly-scheduled programs. In the event of a pastoral emergency, please call the church office. More information is provided in the answering machine message.
SUNDAYS, NOVEMBER 18 & 25, 9:30AM, ROOM 15
DISCUSSION SESSION: CANCER AND CHRONIC ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP
St. Mark's United Methodist Church is starting a spiritual support group for patients who are facing cancer or other chronic diseases, along with family members and caretakers. Our focus will be on spiritual support with a Christian and Methodist approach. (We are specifically trying to avoid duplicating the efforts of the support groups already operated and organized by IU Health Bloomington and other local health providers that focus on the medical and scientific aspects of supporting those with cancer.)

This group will be led by Dr. Brandt Ludlow, a cancer survivor, and Craig Stewart, who is not yet declared a cancer survivor (there's a lot to that term) and who was diagnosed with cancer in February of 2017. We will focus on matters such as "Where did you see grace this week?" "What good things happened?" And conversely, "What was challenging this Week?" To get a sense of what serves our congregation best, Brandt and Craig will hold discussion sessions during the Sunday school time on the last Sundays in November. During these exploring sessions we will ask things like "what needs do people feel that are currently unmet?" "When is the best time to have a support group meeting?" "What is the best frequency?" "Do we want to work through a book or just have discussions and Bible readings?"
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18
TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY
AFTER PENTECOST
CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN WORSHIP LEADERSHIP
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BREAKFAST AND MORE
9:00am-10:15am (Garton Hall) 
Sharing breakfast together, live music, activity tables for children, and more.
Thank you to the Meal Share team
who will be preparing breakfast!
Donations will be appreciated to support this project of the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.
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
10:15am-11:30am (Rooms 24 & 25)
Contact the church
if 9:30am childcare is needed.
 
SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE
10:30am
Reverend Mary Beth Morgan
SCRIPTURE
Mark 12:38-44
SERMON TITLE
"Giving and Grace in the In-Betweenness"

 CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30am-11:30am
Room Changes for 1st-2nd and 3rd-4th Grade Classes.
Preschool-Kindergarten: Room 22
1st & 2nd Grade: Room 4
3rd & 4th Grade: Room 9
5th & 6th Grade: Room 3
7th-12th Grade: Youth Room 1
*While classes are organized by age/grade level, families are welcome to choose a class that is a good fit for their child.
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 the month along with the Sunday worship bulletin or by contacting the church office. Please submit information and articles for December Upcoming@St. Mark's by Wednesday, November 21. Thank you.

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THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 10:30AM
SANCTUARY WORSHIP
There is a letter, in popular culture, that been attributed as being sent from Chief Seattle to President Franklin Pierce in 1855. The National Archives, and others, appropriately question if these words were actually from Chief Seattle, and it should not be used for propaganda purposes or in any way that disrespects. 
 
There are sentiments in the letter that may invite us to reflect more deeply on our sacred connection with one another and the whole of creation. "Every part of the earth is sacred...All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Humankind did not weave the web of life, but is merely a strand in it. Whatever one does to the web, one does to himself/herself."
 
This Sunday, we explore a story in the Gospel of Mark in which some in religious leadership use their energies to accrue power, resources and notoriety. As a contrast, a poor widow gives all she has and which goes to those who have more. She represents those who are caught in between those who are vying for power and resources, and the social and cultural constructs that Jesus invites us to challenge in our own lives and community. We look forward to seeing you this Sunday.

THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 10:30AM
SANCTUARY WORSHIP
CHILDREN AND YOUTH PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP LEADERSHIP
Children and Youth are welcome to be part of worship leadership any Sunday. They are especially invited, this month, on Sunday, November 18. Children and youth are invited to serve by greeting/handing out bulletins, lighting candles (acolyte), drawing a picture for the bulletin cover, reading scripture, leading a prayer, sharing a musical or artistic talent, helping the ushers, etc. Please contact Mary Beth Morgan if your child(ren)/youth would like to participate in worship leadership, and which role(s) are of interest. Thank you!

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2:00PM
AT ST. MARK'S
SOUTHEAST DISTRICT GROUP CHARGE CONFERENCE
The primary purposes of the annual Charge Conference are to review and evaluate the mission and ministry of the church, and to adopt objectives and goals recommended by the church's Leadership Council. The Conference also affords an opportunity to connect with those from other local United Methodist congregations: Garrison Chapel, Cross Roads, Walkers Chapel, Bloomington St. Paul, Korean, Bloomington First, and Nashville. This year, we at St. Mark's will host the Charge Conference. All are welcome to participate.
AN UPDATE & THANK-YOU
FROM THE STEWARDSHIP TEAM

As of November 5, 83 pledge cards had been returned for the 2019 Stewardship Campaign:
Promise and Possibility, totaling $350,864, which supports the operating and ministry costs of the church. Also, as of November 5, 53 pledge cards had been returned for capital improvements, totaling $57,725.

We deeply appreciate your commitment and pledges to both campaigns. If you have already returned your pledge cards, or intend to do so soon, thank you! This will help church leadership as they determine an estimated budget for next year.
We recognize that some of you may need more time for discernment regarding pledges, and are grateful for pledges received through the fall and beyond. Stewardship packets are
available in Garton Hall and in the church office. These can be returned anytime in the offering plate, to the church office or can be filled out on-line via the link on the church website ( www.smumc.church/pledge ). Thank you for your generosity in supporting the ministries and missions of St. Mark's!
NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER 25
POINSETTIA ORDERS FOR ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS
Ordering will begin on Sunday, November 11 for poinsettias to decorate the Sanctuary and Garton Hall during Advent and Christmas. Provide red or white poinsettia in honor, in memory, or in celebration of loved ones. Look for an insert in the worship bulletin on November 11 or print order form here . Orders will be taken through Sunday, November 25. The cost for each poinsettia plant is $10. Please call the church office with any questions or to place an order.
Get to know one another; 
wear a name tag, please.  
NOW THROUGH NOVEMBER 16
3T AUCTIONS: TIME, TALENT & TREASURE
BENEFITS ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN
The 3T Auction will raise funds for the St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten Scholarship & Playground Funds. Donations of TIME (babysitting, meal preparation), TALENT (music lessons, baked foods), and TREASURES (tickets, vacation homes) will be auctioned to raise money for the school’s scholarship and playground fund. The auction will run November 1-16 as an online auction. The 3T Auction website address is https://www.32auctions.com/StMarks3T2018 . For more information, look for displays in Garton Hall & the Nursery School/Kindergarten hallways.
THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER IN GARTON HALL
SHALOM COMMUNITY CENTER DONATIONS
Shalom daytime shelter is a crucial support for the local homeless population, especially now that the weather is getting cold. United Methodist Women (UMW), the group to which all St. Mark's women belong, invites all of St. Mark's to donate needed winter wear. Please bring your donations to the Shalom collection box in Garton Hall. Men's items are needed three times as much as women's.
  • Rain and snow boots, used or new
  • White crew socks (no dress socks); size 8-10 men's, 4-10 women's
  • White underwear briefs, men's and women's
  • Thermal long underwear
  • Winter coats
  • Warming packets for pockets or shoes
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.

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30am-11:30am
Room Changes for 1st-2nd and 3rd-4th Grade Classes.
Preschool-Kindergarten:
Rm 22
1st & 2nd Grade: Rm 4
3rd & 4th Grade: Rm 9
5th & 6th Grade: Rm 3
7th-12th Grade: Youth Rm 1
*While classes are organized by age/grade level, families are welcome to choose a class that is a good for for their child.

QUESTIONS ABOUT
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES?

QUESTIONS ABOUT
YOUTH MINISTRIES?

EACH SUNDAY
SOME CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL ROOMS HAVE CHANGED
To accommodate the children's classes, classrooms for grades 1, 2, 3 & 4 have changed as follows:
Grades 1 & 2: Rm 4
Grades 3 & 4: Rm 9
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
At the start of each new school 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 THIS FALL
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
The Nomads discussion group will be reading THE FAITHS OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS by David L. Holmes, a professor of American history. The book considers religious groups in the American colonies and discusses forms of Deism and the influence it had on the founding generation. The Nomads gather in Room 10 for coffee, breakfast, and announcements at 9:15 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
THE WORLD'S GREATEST CHURCHES Prof. William R. Cook, Ph.D., State University of New York at Geneseo
" The Churches of Georgia " Lecture #8

The country Georgia became Christian just a few decades after Armenia in 337. The conversion of Georgia to Christianity is a little unusual in that the leader of the conversion, St. Nino, was female.

More of the frescoes have survived in Georgia than Armenia which will give us a better sense of what those churches would have looked like at the time they were completed. Prof. Cook will concentrate on churches in the countryside from the 13 century but will close in Tbilisi at Sameba Cathedreal built in modern times by a Georgian architect named Archil Mindiashvili.  This cathedral begins with the basic Georgia model but adds layers to it incorporating traditional and modern aspects representing a new center of Christianity in a very old Christian country.

All are welcome at any point in the lecture series. Join us Room 12 at 9:15am for the presentation and resulting discussion.
SMALL GROUPS, EDUCATION, AND FELLOWSHIP
MEETS EACH WEDNESDAY, (will not meet Wednesday, November 21) , 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.

MEETS EACH THURSDAY, (will not meet Thursday, November 22), 11:30AM IN ROOM 11
WOMEN OF WONDER AND FAITH
A group of faithful, journeying women meeting weekly to read and discuss books on various topics of faith. We are reading THE MEANING OF MARY MAGDALENE: DISCOVERING THE WOMAN AT THE HEART OF CHRISTIANITY by Cynthia Bourgeault. 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. 

MEETS EACH FRIDAY, (will not meet Friday, November. 23), 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 reading and discussing the two middle sections of MERE CHRISTIANITY by C.S. Lewis. The general topics of the 17 short chapters in those sections are: "What Christians Believe" and "Christian Behavior". The group meets at 1:00pm each Friday and has moved back to room 15 at St. Mark's UMC. Visitors are always welcomed.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 & DECEMBER 7
FIRST & THIRD FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH, 9:00AM, ROOM 4
ST. MARK'S DAYTIME PARENTS GROUP
The Daytime Parents Group had their first meeting on Friday, November 2. You are encouraged 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, contact Abby Brass or Whitney Sullivan for more information. No meeting on Friday before Christmas, December 21.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 & 18
THANKSGIVING BASKETS: GIVING, PREPARING, AND DELIVERING
  1. Donations for Thanksgiving Baskets have been immediate and generous! Thank you.
  2. Volunteers are now needed for a work session in Garton Hall on Saturday morning, November 17 at 10:00am to load the baskets and arrange them for delivery on Sunday morning.
  3. Please consider signing up to deliver baskets to the recipient families on Sunday, November 18. A sign-up sheet for delivery drivers can be found in Garton Hall or contact the church office. The Boy Scouts have once again agreed to help take the baskets to the cars to be delivered.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 6:30PM-8:30PM, NICK'S ENGLISH HUT
PUB THEOLOGY
Pub Theology provides a place to relax with food and beverage and a fun group of thinking disciples to talk a little theology. On Monday, November 19, we will reflect on a blog reading titled "A Progressive Reading of John 14:6" which will give us a springboard for discussing the passage where Jesus says "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me." The blog may be found at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlgregg/2011/05/lectionary-commentary-"a-progressive-christian-reading-of-john-146"-for-sunday-may-22-2011/ or you may email Jimmy Moore at jimmymoore@smumc.church or the church office to request a copy of the article, either emailed or printed. Please also contact the church office to let us know you will be coming. We look forward to seeing you at Pub Theology.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 7:00PM
AT CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS, 4235 W THIRD ST, BLOOMINGTON
INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION
St. Mark's is participating in an Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration this Tuesday evening at 7:00pm. This is a wonderful way to continue our community building as people of faith in these challenging days, to share gratitude and also to remember what we grieve together. We hope you join us on Tuesday, November 20, at 7:00pm. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 4235 W Third Street in Bloomington.
Worship will include music and singing, prayers, and an inspirational message. Money collected will benefit the Shalom Community Center. Join us for fellowship after the service over cider and cookies!
People and faith traditions participating in the service include:
* Sister Fleming and Bishop Joseph Baird - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
* Rev. Mary Beth Morgan - St. Mark's United Methodist Church
* Amy Balcom - St. Thomas Lutheran Church
* Rabbi Brian Besser- Beth Shalom 
* Molly O'Donnell - Unitarian Universalist
* Rev. Sarah McKenney - First Presbyterian Church and Stone Belt
* Rev. Henny Grossoehme - Trinity Episcopal Church
* Pastor Robert Witaker - Evangelical Community Church

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 5:00PM-7:30PM, ST. MARK'S GARTON HALL & SANCTUARY
ADVENT NIGHT AND HANGING OF THE GREENS
This is a wonderful evening for all ages as we enter the Advent season. We begin by sharing a simple (turkey-free) meal, and then gather in the sanctuary to sing some favorite Christmas songs. Individuals and families can then choose to decorate the church, go to the craft and activity room, or meet with Aaron in the music room. Children and youth can also come to the Youth Room to choose a costume for the Christmas Eve Pageant. Young ones should bring a parent (or other adult) with them. Bring friends or visiting relatives. All are welcome!
St. Mark's Staff Email
Rev. Jimmy Moore, Pastor

Alayna Gray
Interim Coordinator of Children's Ministries, stmarksdcm@gmail.com

Rodney Long, Director of Youth Ministries rodneylong@smumc.church

Aaron Comforty, Children & Youth Music 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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