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.
 
Read the June edition of UPCOMING @ ST.MARK'S here. 
Appalachia Service Project (ASP) & St. Mark's
Trip Participants are Still Welcome! 
Due to a few last minute cancellations, there are spots available for the July 2-8 trip to Knox County, Kentucky. There would be almost no cost, as fees have already been paid. Trip participants must be at least 14 years old. Contact James Thomas (812-876-2174) if you are interested.

ASP Needs Snacks!
The St. Mark's Appalachia Service Project Team is leaving for their mission trip on July 2nd. They are still in need of individually-packaged snacks (chips, pretzels, etc.). If you are able, bring some snacks for ASP this Sunday. There is a marked bin in Garton Hall. 
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THIS SUNDAY AT ST. MARK'S

SUNDAY, JUNE 25th

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
JAZZ IN WORSHIP &
DOMINIC SPERA ART SHOW

FISH CREEK PRESERVE EVENT
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BREAKFAST IN GARTON HALL
9:30am 
Thank you to those who will be providing breakfast!

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL 
9:15am    Pilgrims (Room 13) 
9:15
am    Nomads (Room 10)
9:30am   Bible Banter (Room 11)

INFANT & TODDLER CARE
9:30am & 10:30am 
Infant & One-year-old (Room 24) 
Two-year-old & Three-year-old (Room 25)
 
 
Children & Family Worship
will not meet in July

SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE 
10:30am 
Reverend Mary Beth Morgan, preaching 
Romans 12:1-3
Sermon Title
The Art of Faith and Life

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL 
10:30am  
Preschool-1st Grade (Room 22)
2nd-3rd Grade       (Room 4)
4th-5th Grade        (Room 9)
6th-12th Grade      (not meeting this Sunday) 
 

Get to know others;
wear a name tag, please. 
 
This Sunday, June 25th
"The Art of Faith And Life": Jazz During Worship &
Art Show
Celebrating The Work Of Dominic Spera After Worship in Room 8 
We will celebrate this theme of "The Art of Faith and Life" in our 10:30am worship service. Music will be led by Jazz artist, Pat Harbison (church member and Professor IU Jacobs School of Music Jazz Studies Department) and friends, and also Nicholas Narducci. Renowned Jazz artist and trumpeter, Dominic Spera is also an accomplished visual artist. Plan to stay after worship, on June 25th, for a Reception and Art Show of Dominic's paintings and drawings that span over six decades. Dominic, and his wife Patty, are longtime members of St. Mark's, and share many gifts with this community. Dominic is Professor Emeritus at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and is the composer of over 100 jazz ensemble compositions.

This Sunday, June 25th, 4:00pm at Fish Creek Preserve
Pitch-In Dinner and Fun. All Are Invited!
After a great morning of jazz and art, plan to spend the afternoon in the great outdoors 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 in Garton Hall or sign up online HERE.
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!

Breakfast Volunteers
Our breakfast event has become a great way to start the morning, and to provide a deep welcome to all who come our way. It is also a great way for those groups who help provide breakfast to raise contributions for their own mission effort or a cause they value. Sign up today in Garton Hall to provide breakfast on a future Sunday. Contact the church office to reach Jimmy Moore at the church office or breakfast coordinator Christine Conrad at 812-961-2959 or silent2hear@gmail.com  
 
New Facebook Page:
Pets of St. Mark's UMC Community
Hey, Buddies of St. Francis, a small group at St. Mark's United Methodist Church of Bloomington, has just started this new page to celebrate our pets and support the love and care of animals. Feel free to join, and post pics of your pets or articles that deepen our love of all of God's creatures. Go to Facebook and search for "Pets of St. Mark's UMC Community", and click 'Like'.
car-front-icon.gifUPDATE ON "PAVING THE WAY" PARKING LOT RE-PAVING PROJECT
Parking lot paving will begin Monday, July 10th. For the week of July 10-14th, there will be no parking at St. Mark's. The building will be locked throughout the week and all events have been moved offsite or cancelled for Monday through Friday. Leaders of groups which meet at St. Mark's will be contacting their group members about changes of location or rescheduled times for meetings. During the paving, church staff will be working in the church office from 9am-3pm, and they can be contacted by phone or email as usual. Thank you to those who have given or pledged to Project St. Mark's the Sequel, and to the people and agencies who have supported the "Paving the Way" fundraising project to make this improvement project possible. The parking lot work should be completed during the week beginning July 10, though weather delays are always possible. In any event, the church and parking lot will be available for full activities on each Saturday and Sunday.
SUNDAY SCHOOL
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL  
"PILGRIMS"
9:15am-10:15am in Room 13
"NOMADS"
9:15am-10:15am in Room 10
"BIBLE BANTER"
9:30am-10:15am in Room 11
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CHILDREN AND YOUTH  
SUNDAY SCHOOL

INFANT & TODDLER 
CHILDCARE
9:30am & 10:30am  
Infant Care (Room 24) 
Toddler Care (Room 25)

     
CHILDREN, FRIENDS & FAMILY WORSHIP
will not meet in July

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL 
10:30am  
Preschool-1st Grade (Room 22)
2nd-3rd Grade       (Room 4)
4th-5th Grade        (Room 9)
6-12th Gr (will not meet this Sunday) 
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QUESTIONS ABOUT
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES?
Contact Sarah Gettie McNeill.

QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUTH MINISTRIES?
Contact Mary Beth Morgan.
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See God Through the Eyes of a Child This Summer
Curious about teaching Sunday School? We still need Sunday School teachers for July and August. The summer semester is the perfect time to try it out, and we only ask you to teach once per month. Contact Sarah Gettie McNeill to sign up!

Summer openings
include:
2nd-3rd Grades: assistant teacher for 3rd & 4th Sunday of the month

4th-5th Grades: assistant teacher for   1st & 2nd Sunday of the month

Summer Youth Sunday School Volunteers Are Needed.
These youth need YOU!
Please contact Mary Beth Morgan.
 
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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.

This Sunday, June 25th, 10:30am   
Children's Sunday School
This Sunday, Children and Youth will go to the Sunday School class that matches the grade they will enter in the fall. See the classroom schedule in the column to the left in this section of the newsletter.

Youth Sunday School
This Sunday, Youth Sunday School will not meet. Youth are encouraged to attend the Sanctuary Service with Dominic Spera and Jazz.

This Sunday, June 25th, 9:30am
Children & Family Worship will not meet
Please note that CELEBRATION! will NOT meet this Sunday and will take the summer "off". CELEBRATION! will resume August 13th, once school has started. 
 
Sunday School Registration Renewal 
Complete registration forms here.
If you have not yet registered your child for Sunday School this year, please do so today. If needed, 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).
 
Parenting Facebook Group
Looking for ways to connect with other St. Mark's families in the church?  Join the "St. Mark's Parenting" Facebook group!  This is a venue to find out more about what's going on at St. Mark's for families, as well as for you to create the parenting support YOU want and need in your daily life.  Direct questions to Sarah Gettie McNeill.
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Adult Sunday School, 9:30am
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, 9:15am
Nomads
The Nomads class is a generally progressive group which meets each Sunday at 9:15am in Room 10 for fellowship and discussion of selected readings on issues related to faith, spirituality, or social justice.

All are welcome with no preparation required.

Adult Sunday School, 9:15am 
Pilgrims
The Holy Land Revealed
A video lecture series with Prof. Jodi Magness, Univ. North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Lecture 23 on Sunday, June 25th: "Synagogues in the Time of Jesus"   
Archaeology provides the ability to reconstruct the world of Jesus, and it shows that Jewish society in Galilee was polarized by classes. An elite class was very wealthy; however, the majority of the population lived just above the subsistence level but was not desperately poor. This majority lived in villages and  earned their livelihood through farming or fishing. Dr. Magness believes that the majority group was the group to which Jesus belonged and which formed his main target audience.
 
All are welcome at any point in the lecture series. Come join us for the video and the resulting discussions.
NEW UPDATES! THE ST. MARK'S COMMUNITY IS PART OF THE 2017 HABITAT FOR HUMANITY COMMUNITY INTERFAITH BUILD 2017  
St. Mark's and our friends in other faith communities are partnering with Gustavo and Itzel Diaz and their five children, as we join together to build their home and, in the process, build relationships with one another.

Participating faith communities include: The Bahá'í Faith of Bloomington, Congregation Beth Shalom, First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Church, St. Mark's United Methodist Church, St. Paul Catholic Center, Unitarian Universalist Church, and the IU Student Interfaith Coalition: Muslim Student Association, Christian Student Fellowship, UKirk, Hillel, Project IMPACT, Indian Student Association.

THANK YOU to all who who helped support the Youth Build and the Interfaith Build Day!

Here are some ways to become part of this ongoing project.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Dedication of the Diaz family's home will be Saturday, July 22nd at 4:00pm at 520 W Duncan Drive. 

COMMUNITY INTERFAITH HABITAT T-SHIRTS are available for the special St. Mark's price of $10. All proceeds go to support the build. Extra donations are welcome.

BUILDERS ARE NEEDED:
You can participate in the build on Saturday, June 24th, Saturday, July 8th and possibly on Saturday, July 15th.
Email Cindy Chen (ec@monroecountyhabitat.org) if you can help build.

BROWSE THE COMMUNITY INTERFAITH BUILD SITE:
http://communitybuild.kintera.org
On this site you can keep up with events and find opportunities to participate and support the Interfaith Build.

AT ST. MARK'S UMC
 
Each Friday, 12:15pm (will NOT meet July 14)
Conversations on Life Men's Group  
During July the Conversations on Life men's group will be reading & discussing Marcus J. Borg's book Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time. The group meets every Friday at 12:15 pm in Room 15. Conversations on Life will not meet on July 14th due to the parking lot re-paving project at St. Mark's. 
 
Each Wednesday, 1:00pm-3:00pm (will NOT meet July 12)
St. Mark's Quilters & Crafters
Bring your quilting or crafts to Room 10 and spend time with others who enjoy these activities. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. Quilters & Crafters will not meet on July 12th due to the parking lot re-paving project at St. Mark's.

Tuesday, June 27th, 6:30pm, Garton Hall Parlor
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Join this group in the Parlor of Garton Hall to enjoy knitting and crocheting in the making of prayer shawls and other yarn products.
 
Wednesday, June 28th, 2:00pm
Fellowship, Fashion, and Tea
On June 28th, beginning at 2:00pm, women from faith communities all over Monroe County are invited to celebrate the annual St. Mark's United Methodist Women's style show and tea in Garton Hall. All women from St. Mark's are welcome. They need not be members of UMW Circles to attend. Women from many faiths and denominations have been invited to attend and will model fashions from "Chico's" and "Christopher and Banks" while drinking iced tea and munching on tarts, scones, fancy cookies, sandwiches, and fruit. Door prizes aplenty and individual favors add to the fun. No tickets are necessary, but reservations are due by June 23rd to 812-332-5788, office@smumc.church or 812-332-8788, davisflof@aol.com
. The total free will offering will benefit Monroe County United Ministries' emergency services and sliding-fee childcare.
READ JUNE EDITION OF UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S HERE
is published once 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 the first Sunday of each month along with the Sunday worship bulletin, and thereafter are available at the Welcome Center Desk, at the main entrances to the building, or by contacting the church office.
SUBMITTING ARTICLES FOR FUTURE PUBLICATIONS:
All ministry areas, church committees, and interest groups are encouraged to submit articles for the next edition of UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S. Articles for July 2017 were due Monday, June 19th but can be submitted through Thursday, June 22nd. For more information, and to submit articles for publication, please contact the church office.
ST. MARK'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH STAFF E-MAIL
Rev. Jimmy Moore, Pastor
jimmymoore@smumc.church
Rev. Mary Beth Morgan, Pastor
marybethmorgan@smumc.church
Gerry Sousa, Director of Music Ministries
gerrysousa@smumc.church

Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill, Director of Children's Ministries
sarahgettiemcneill@smumc.church
Please Contact Mary Beth Morgan for Youth Ministries.
Natalie LeBeau, Finance Director
financeoffice@smumc.church
Aaron Comforty, Children's and Youth Music Leader  aaroncomforty@smumc.church
Sierra Roussos,
Director of St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten director@smnurseryschool.org

Amy Jones,
Coordinator of Childcare and Sunday Morning Nursery
childcare@smumc.church
Claire Schaffer, Administrative Assistant
office@smumc.church

Dennis Morgan, Head Custodian
dennismorgan@smumc.church

100 N. State Road 46 Bypass, Bloomington, IN 47408
Phone: 812-332-5788     Fax: 812-333-5544
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