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Published Thursday, May 24, 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.
COMMUNITY DINNER TO SUPPORT ASP
RSVP DEADLINE EXTENDED TO THURSDAY, MAY 31
"DINE & GIVE" DINNER AT FARM BLOOMINGTON ON TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 6:00PM
Make your reservations by May 25 for a community fundraising dinner at Farm Bloomington to support ASP! Enjoy salad, vegetarian pasta or meatloaf, and cobbler dessert for $20.
Email reservations to events@farm-bloomington.com
Contact James Thomas or the church office with questions. See Information Flyer Here
IT IS TIME TO SIGN UP FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!
St. Mark's UMC
Vacation Bible School 2018
"DIG IT! Caring for Creation"
June 4-7, 9:30am-12:00 noon
Complete Liability form here
Come ready to get messy! We are going to dig up stories of God's love and the beauty of Creation while exploring themes of environmental stewardship. We will plant native flowers in Prairie Pockets on the grounds at St. Mark’s - good for the earth, the bees and Monarch butterflies, and good for the spirits of all who share our space! Each day, children will explore these themes through story, song, art, and play. Kids in 4th-6th grades will have their own special activities. All activities will be age-appropriate and fun! The week will culminate in a special VBS worship service Sunday morning, June 10th, at 10:30am.
Youth are welcome to volunteer as leaders. Adult volunteers are needed to provide this program free of charge for all children. Participant registration and volunteer forms are available outside Children's Ministries office in Garton Hall. You may also register online at https://goo.gl/forms/u5V3fQ21aKg8KxzF2 . If you have not completed a liability form this year, please complete the form at https://goo.gl/forms/ylFA9PCRPW2wZv7k1 For more information, contact Sarah Gettie McNeill or call 812-332-5788.
This Week at St. Mark's UMC
SUNDAY, MAY 27
TRINITY SUNDAY
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BREAKFAST 
9:00am (Garton Hall) 
Thank you to those
who will be preparing 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
9:30am-11:30am (Rooms 24 & 25)
 
CELEBRATION! FOR ALL AGES
CHILDREN, FAMILY & FRIENDS 
9:30am in Garton Hall
 
CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30-11:30am
Preschool: Room 27
Kindergarten - 1st Grade: Room 28
2nd - 3rd Grade: Room 4
4th - 5th Grade: Room 9
6th - 12th Grade: Room 3
   
SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICES
10:30am
Reverend Jimmy Moore, preaching  
Scripture
Isaiah 6:1-8
Sermon Title
"Dancing With The Trinity
When You Have Two Left Feet"
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UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S
May 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. Additional copies are available at the Welcome Center Desk, at the main entrances to the building, or by contacting the church office. The June edition will be available in worship on Sunday, June 3. Please submit articles for July publication by Wednesday, June 20.
THIS SUNDAY, MAY 27, 10:30AM
SANCTUARY WORSHIP
Do you remember when you tried to learn to dance? Some of you happily discovered that there was a music and rhythm in you that you happened up...something that you did not know was the...that guided your feet in creative ways.  Others of us feel more clumsy...much more...and are reluctant to really "let loose and dance." Interestingly, there were Christian theologians in the sixth century who sought to explain the mystery of God and the Trinity by suggesting that there was a relational dance within the very being of God…and that we were called to engage the dance. And as in actual dance floor dance, that does not always come easily. This Sunday at St. Mark's UMC is Trinity Sunday, and the sermon is titled "Dancing With the Trinity When You Have Two Left Feet," arising from Isaiah 6: 1-8. We hope you join us.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 9:00AM
SUPPORT MISSION GUATEMALA WITH BREAKFAST DONATIONS AT ST. MARK’S
Lisa Miller Maidi will attend the Mission Guatemala dinner at the upcoming Indiana Annual Conference, where she will represent St. Mark's as a Lay Leader. In 2016, St. Mark's youth and adults traveled to Mission Guatemala which helps support the health, nutrition, and educational needs in this remote, mountainous region. On behalf of St. Mark's, Lisa will be bringing a donation to this dinner to support this ministry (which was started by former St. Mark's pastor, Tom Heaton). On June 3, all donations from the Sunday Breakfast will go toward our support for Mission Guatemala. Additional donations are welcome any time before June 6. Checks should be made out to "St. Mark's UMC" and "Mission Guatemala" noted on the memo line. If you can bring a food item for the Sunday morning breakfast at St. Mark's on June 3, please contact Lisa Miller Maidi.
Get to know one another; 
wear a name tag, please. 
MONDAY, MAY 28, MEMORIAL DAY
ST. MARK'S BUILDING WILL BE CLOSED ON MEMORIAL DAY
The building will reopen on Tuesday, May 29th for the regular church office hours.
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
9:30am-11:30am
Infant through 3-year-olds 
(Rooms 24 & 25)

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


CHILDREN & YOUTH
SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30-11:30am
Preschool Room 27
Kindergarten-1st Gr Rm 28
2nd-3rd Grade Room 9
4th-5th Grade Room 4
6th-12th Grade Room 3
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QUESTIONS ABOUT
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES?

QUESTIONS ABOUT
YOUTH MINISTRIES?
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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.

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.

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 of our church's awesome children and families. 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.

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.  Rev. Meyers is the long-time pastor at Mayflower Congregational Church, a progressive church in Oklahoma City. Dr. Myers is a university professor of philosophy and religion; Yale and Berkeley are among the universities which have invited Dr. Meyers to deliver a series of lectures. 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, May 27th
Lecture #7: "Alexander the Great's Impact on the Jews"
In this lecture on Jesus and His Jewish Influences , Dr. Magness discusses the conquest of Alexander the Great and Alexander's impact on the Jews and Jewish tradition. Included is an exploration of possible parallels between the traditions surrounding Alexander the Great in Jewish thinking regarding end times and the mythology of Jesus. Come join us in room 12 for the presentation and 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 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.    
TUESDAY, MAY 29, 5:30-7:30PM AT ST. MARK'S
PICNIC WITH ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN
Due to rain last Friday, this picnic has been re-scheduled. It will be this Tuesday at St. Mark's - rain or shine! All are included in this celebration of another great school year. Come to the annual St. Mark's Nursery School and Kindergarten Picnic! Bring your own family's dinner (no nut products, please), place-settings, blankets, and toys. We'll bring the drinks and dessert!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 6:30PM-8:00PM, 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 .

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 6:00PM, ROOM 12
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS) VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION MEETING
All those who have volunteered to help at VBS are reminded of this important orientation meeting. Receive volunteer assignments, a schedule of daily events, arrival/departure procedures, setup/clean up plans, and safety guidelines. This is a great time to ask questions and meet others who will be helping at VBS. Volunteers may continue to signup.
VBS Setup will be Saturday, June 2 at 1:00pm.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 4:00PM to CLOSING at BUCCETO'S
DINE and DONATE AT BUCCETO'S: ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN
When you dine in or carry out from either Bloomington Bucceto's between 4pm and closing, mention St. Mark's Nursery School and Kindergarten and 20% of the total you spend will be donated to the Nursery School and Kindergarten! Can't make it this month? No problem. This "Dine and Donate" opportunity occurs the first Wednesday of each month.
St. Mark's Staff Email
Rev. Jimmy Moore, Pastor
 
Director of Children's Ministries,
contact Mary Beth Morgan
 
Rodney Long, Director of Youth Ministries rodneylong@smumc.church
 
Aaron Comforty, Children & Youth Music Leader  aaroncomforty@smumc.church
 
Natalie LeBeau, Finance Director

Dennis Morgan, Head Custodian
 
Claire Schaffer, Administrative Assistant
Rev. Mary Beth Morgan, Pastor
 
Gerry Sousa, Director of Music Ministries
 
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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