"An inclusive community bringing Christ-like love, healing, and hope to all."
THIS SUNDAY AT ST. MARK'S
SUNDAY, MAY 8th
SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
ASCENSION SUNDAY
CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM
 
BREAKFAST
9:30am in Garton Hall
 
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
9:15am Pilgrims (Room 13)
9:15am Nomads (Room 10)
9:30am  Bible Banter (Room 11)

CHILDCARE
INFANTS & ONE YEAR-OLDS
9:30am - 11:30am (Room 24)

TWO YEAR-OLDS & THREE YEAR-OLDS
9:30am - 11:30am (Room 25)
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CHILDREN & FAMILY WORSHIP
9:30am (Room 8)
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SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE   
10:30am

Reverend Mary Beth Morgan preaching
Scripture - John 17:20-26
Sermon Title
How Is It With Our Soul?

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CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL  10:30am-11:30am
4 year old - Kindergarten (Room 4)
1st-2nd Grade (Room 9)
3rd-6th Grade (Room 1,2)
7th-12th Grade (Room 3)
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THIS SUNDAY, MAY 8th,
9:30am-10:15am
CLASS ON UMC GENERAL CONFERENCE 2016 & LANGUAGE IN CHURCH LAW REGARDING SEXUAL ORIENTATION 
Mary Beth Morgan will facilitate this conversation in Room 10. General Conference, meeting this year from May 10th-20th, is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which meets once every four years. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. Language in church law regarding sexual orientation will again be vigorously debated by (both lay and clergy) delegates committed to overturning the current language, those who want to maintain what now exists, and others who support compromise proposals. Please join us for this conversation.


THIS SUNDAY, MAY 8th,
9:30am-10:15am

CHILDREN & FAMILY
WORSHIP 
Celebration! meets each Sunday for a child-focused worship where children, families, friends can enjoy this worship together. Celebration! meets in Room 8.
 
Celebration! is a unique worship service that provides a relaxed starting time which allows those who participate to enjoy breakfast offered in Garton Hall.

Celebration! often uses the preaching
themes offered in 10:30 worship service to create an interactive, playful, and prayerful experience for children and adults together.

THIS SUNDAY, MAY 8th
GET YOUR CHURCH DIRECTORY BOOK 
 
Our new church directories with photos and contact information for people of St. Mark's have arrived, and now you can have a copy at your home. This Sunday, May 8th is the final day to pick up your directory in Garton Hall before and after Worship. Directories will continue to be available in the church office while supplies last. There is no charge for the directory.

Volunteers will hand out the directories in Garton Hall this Sunday from 9:45am-10:15am and 11:30am-12:00pm. Those whose picture is included in the directory or who are included in the roster section have a directory reserved for them. We have additional directories for those who may not have been able to be part of the directory project. We are also taking names and information of people who may wish to be added to the next directory update.

If you will be unable to pick up your directory at church on these days, please contact the church office and arrange to receive your directory.
SUNDAY SCHOOL
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL

"PILGRIMS"
9:15am-10:15am
 
(Room 13)

"NOMADS"
9:15am-10:15am
(Room 10) 

"BIBLE BANTER"
9:30am-10:15am  
(Room 11)
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CHILDREN AND YOUTH  
SUNDAY SCHOOL
 
INFANT & TODDLER 
CHILDCARE 
Infant & One Year Old Care (Room 24)
Two & Three Year Old Care (Room 25)

  

CHILDREN & FAMILY
WORSHIP 
9:30am (Room 8)

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL 
10:30am-11:30am
4 year old - Kindergarten (Room 4)

1st-3rd Grade (Room 9)
3rd-6th Grade (Room 1,2)*

7th-12th Grade (Room 3)*
*Note Room Change
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SUNDAY, MAY 15th
ST. MARK'S TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY
Every day is teacher appreciation day! Join us on Sunday, May 15th as we recognize our Sunday School, Nursery School and Kindergarten teachers in Garton Hall from 9:30am to 10:15am. Enjoy breakfast and express your gratitude to our loyal and caring teachers. Teachers will also receive a blessing during the 10:30am worship service. All volunteer or paid teachers in the Sunday Morning Nursery, Children's or Youth Sunday School, or St. Mark's Nursery School and Kindergarten are welcome to participate in our special day of recognition and appreciation.

Parents and families, we need your help! If you are able to contribute a breakfast item for the breakfast in Garton Hall, then please contact Bridget McIntyre with what you can bring or sign up to bring food here. Or, please volunteer if you are able to be a substitute teacher that morning so our regularly-scheduled teachers may receive their blessing early in the worship service before returning to the classrooms. Thank you!
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
"PILGRIMS," 9:15am
The Pilgrims meet at 9:15am in Room 13. Come join us for the video lecture and resulting discussion. All are welcome to attend!

Lecture 17:
"Genesis 27, Jacob and Esau"
The well-known story of Jacob and Esau permits us once again to see repetition
at work in the Bible text
. We also will discuss Rebekah's role as instigator of the deception of Isaac and the punishment she receives for her actions. 

 
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 ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
"NOMADS," 9:15am   
This Sunday, May 8th, the Nomads adult class will host a class led by Mary Beth Morgan on the UMC General Conference and language in church law regarding sexual orientation. Please read the article in the NEWS & EVENTS section of this newsletter for details. Attendance is open to all interested parties and is NOT limited to participation in Nomads. 
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
"BIBLE BANTER," 9:30am
The Bible Banter Adult Sunday School class meets in Room 11 each Sunday morning from 9:30am-10:15am. The class uses the Scripture text for the morning's sermon as a discussion-starter.

We look at the passage in its larger context, and 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 often even delve into topics far afield of the morning's original topic. You are invited to bring some breakfast goodies into Room 11 and join the conversation.
NEWS & EVENTS AT ST. MARK'S
SAVE THE DATE!
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
SATURDAY, MAY 14th
GOLF OUTING AT CASCADES

SUNDAY, MAY 15th
 
APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP) CARWASH FUNDRAISER

TUESDAYS, MAY 17th, 24th & 31st 
ST. MARK'S = INCLUSIVENESS...REALLY? CLASSES

FRIDAY, MAY 20th 
FAITH AND FAMILY NIGHT WITH THE INDIANA FEVER

SATURDAY, MAY 21st    
HELPING HANDS FELLOWSHIP
CHURCH GARDENS CARE 
 
SUNDAY, MAY 22nd   
OPERATION FRIENDSHIP (O.F.) SOUP LUNCH FUNDRAISER

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25th
XYZ DINNER & PROGRAM 

TUESDAY, MAY 31st-FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd
 
ST. MARK'S VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

SUNDAY, JUNE 5th
& SUNDAY, AUGUST 21st
GODSPELL JR. PRODUCTIONS

 


 
SATURDAY, MAY 14th
GOLF OUTING AT CASCADES
Play golf with church friends, and enjoy fellowship that is more important than scores.  Join the fun side of golf with other St. Mark's "duffers" on Saturday, May 14th at Cascades Golf Course.  Four tee-times will be reserved with the first one starting about 1:00 pm.  Contact Charlie Matson at matsonhoosier@yahoo.com or (812)331-0413.

SUNDAY, MAY 15th
YOU MAY PICK UP YOUR BASEBALL TICKETS
If you have already paid for your REDS vs. CUBS baseball tickets for the game on June 29th, you may pick up your tickets in Garton Hall after Worship next Sunday, May 15th. If you still need to pay for your tickets, please be sure to make your check out to St. Mark's and write "baseball tickets" on the memo line. You may also select your seats when you pick up your tickets. Tickets can only be distributed to those who have already paid for their tickets. If you cannot pick up your tickets on Sunday, May 15th, please contact the church office to make arrangements.

SUNDAY, MAY 15th
APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP)

FUNDRAISING EVENTS
Please support ASP as they prepare to travel to Appalachia this summer and serve others through home reconstruction and repair. Building supplies and travel expenses are part of the costs that ASP folks will need to fund. Cars are washed at St. Mark's by ASP folks while you are in church. Rain date is May 22nd. 

TUESDAYS, MAY 17th, 24th & 31st 7:00pm-8:00pm in Room 11
ST. MARK'S = INCLUSIVENESS...REALLY?
Four members of our congregation will share insights they gained from three helpful books on Church/LGBT issues. Their insights will lead into discussions on the following questions:
  • Why should we deal with such a controversy?
  • Why are some of the faithful keeping the doors shut?
  • What about those different friendships in the Bible?
  • How might we best follow the rules for living shared 2000 years ago by Jesus with what we now know about the human mind & heart as well as what we believe in personal freedom?
  • What can one congregation do?
 Please join us for any or all sessions.

SATURDAY, MAY 21st,
9:00am-12:00pm
HELPING HANDS FELLOWSHIP 
Helping Hands Fellowship is a great way to get to know others from St. Mark's. Put on your gardening gloves and help to beautify the church grounds! Please bring tools for weeding, mulching, and pruning, if you have them. No experience necessary.

SUNDAY, MAY 22nd
OPERATION FRIENDSHIP (O.F.) SOUP LUNCH
Mark your calendar for the next O.F. Soup Lunch on Sunday, May 22nd! Watch this space for soup order forms and any additional information. The O.F. Soup Lunches are an important part of the fundraising efforts which will support
O.F. travel this summer.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25th, 5:30pm
EXTRA YEARS OF ZEST (XYZ) DINNER AND PROGRAM
XYZ will hold their next dinner and program on Wednesday, May 25th. A pitch-in dinner begins at 5:30pm, in Garton Hall, and the program begins at 6:30pm. This month Rev. John McFarland will give an interesting talk, "The Hinge Movement". All are cordially invited. Please bring a dish to share and your own table service.

TUESDAY, MAY 31st - FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd, 2016
ST. MARK'S VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: "GODSPELL"
REGISTRATION FORM IS AVAILABLE ONLINE OR             AT CHURCH FOR THE NEXT    THREE WEEKS
St. Mark's VBS 2016: "GODSPELL"
will be a week full of singing, dancing, costumes, dramatic play, face paint, games, crafts, and daily mini-service projects. Gospel values about loving God and loving your neighbor will be infused into the creative and interactive curriculum for children and youth.

VBS 2016: "GODSPELL" will be Tuesday, May 31st - Friday, June 3rd for ages 3 - 12. Youth older than 12 are welcome to help as assistant leaders. Programming will be from 9:30am to 12:00pm and snacks will be provided each day.
This will be a "can't miss" summer event for all children! Registration forms can be found at THIS LINK, in Garton Hall, or by contacting Bridget McIntyre, bridgetmcintyre@smumc.church.
 
SUNDAY, JUNE 5th & SUNDAY, AUGUST 21st
GODSPELL JR. PRODUCTIONS
GODSPELL JR. will be produced on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at St. Mark's. Four songs and four scenes from the musical will be presented during Vacation Bible School the week of May 31 - June 3, and also shared during the VBS Worship Service on Sunday, June 5th. The current cast welcomes more actors and  actresses to join them. Contact Bridget McIntyre if you have an interest to join the cast or crew.

SUNDAY, JUNE 12th
RECOGNITION OF GRADUATES! 
We want to celebrate and recognize all who have or will be graduating from high school, college, graduate school, or other special programs this year. If you are graduating, or know of someone else connected to the St. Mark's family who we can honor, please contact Mary Beth Morgan or the church office. We would like to include graduation information in the Sunday bulletin. Please e-mail, or send, the name of the graduate (as he/she would like it to appear), school, degree, special accomplishments, and plans for the future (if known) by June 6th.
 
Also, on June 12th, we will have a special recognition of our graduates in the 10:30am worship service. If you, or your family, cannot participate on that day, let us know. We will recognize you on another Sunday. Congratulations to all of our graduates!
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OPPORTUNITIES to LEARN and SERVE
EVENTS OF INTEREST IN OUR COMMUNITY          

USA INTERNATIONAL HARP COMPETITION NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!
The 10th USA International Harp Competition is in need of families to host a contestant in their home and/or to befriend a contestant who chooses to stay in a hotel. Host families are needed for approximately two weeks June 6-20, 2016 (Official Competition Dates: June 8-18). 

Please visit www.usaihc.org, select '2016 Harp Competition' and then 'Volunteer Info' for information about being a volunteer.  For questions and/or to volunteer, please contact Erin Brooker-Miller, USAIHC's Program Director, at harpcomp@indiana.edu.
Nancy Miller, Host Family Committee Chairman, is also available to answer host family volunteer questions and to sign you up as a host family.  Contact Nancy at welsh.mimi@gmail.com.
 

YOGA CLASS  
Enjoy yoga classes taught by Allana Radecki at St. Mark's in Room 1,2 offered each Thursday morning from 9:15am-10:15am. Drop in each week or any week for a fee of $10 per class. Offered each Thursday through May 26th, the class is open to the public and all abilities are welcomed. Contact the church office with questions. 
 
CITY OF BLOOMINGTON
CREATIVE AGING FESTIVAL
In celebration of Older Americans Month, the City of Bloomington Commission on Aging invites the community to celebrate creativity and our aging population through its sixth annual Creative Aging Festival in May 2016. Please visit the website www.bloomington.in.gov/coa or pick up a flier at the St. Mark's Garton Hall Welcome Desk for more information. 
OPPORTUNITIES FOR FELLOWSHIP & SERVICE 

OPERATION FRIENDSHIP SEEKING HOSTS FOR 2017 INTERNATIONAL MEETING
It is the Bloomington chapter's turn to host the Operation Friendship International meeting which will be April 19-23, 2017. Guests will include mostly adults and a few young adults from European countries. The more hosts we have, the more guests we will be able to accommodate. Your commitment will only be to provide housing, but you would be welcome to join in on activities if your schedule permits. If you might be interested in hosting, please let us know (tinacron@gmail.com or 812-322-8941).

ST. MARK'S CARE MINISTRIES
St. Mark's Care Ministries endeavors to support one another. Please reach out to us when we can be of service to you or to someone you know. Let us know of such needs by calling the church office (812-332-5788), talking with one of our pastors, or contacting a Care Ministries team member. We urge you to find a place where your abilities and desires allow you to answer Christ's call to love and serve one another.

Care Ministries Co-leaders:
Jan Brady and Susan Parrish 
Care Meals: Kathryn Holden 
Memorial/Funeral Receptions:
Claudia Lindman, Nina Taylor, and Myriam Wood
Homebound Visitation: Randy Brady, Carle Crawford, and Jimmy Moore
Prayer Chain: Patty Smith
Card Ministry: Susan Parrish

SUNDAY BREAKFAST
@ ST. MARK'S
Sunday Breakfasts are offered in Garton Hall from 9:30am-10:15am. Would your small group, organization, family, or you be willing to provide a light, simple continental breakfast for about 100 people? We are seeking groups to host a breakfast once a quarter (or more often), groups that are trying to raise funds for a mission project, and/or individuals who feel called to share food on Sunday mornings. To volunteer for this ministry, you can sign up in Garton Hall, call the church office, or contact on of the breakfast coordinators (Kris Harbison, Susan Parrish, or Claire Schaffer). Funds are available to assist with costs.  
ST. MARK'S LEADERSHIP POSITIONS 2016            

Some of the individuals serving in leadership at St. Mark's for 2016 are listed below. Thank you to all who serve  in leadership of the many aspects of St. Mark's UMC.
 
Leadership Council Chair 
- Deb Davis 
Lay Leadership/Nominations Chair 
- Pastors 
Pastor-Staff Parish Relations Chair 
- Liz McDaniel 
Board of Trustees Chair 
- John Collins 
Finance Committee Chair 
- Tom Hedges 
Endowment and Memorials Chair 
- Pete Yoder 
Membership Secretary
- Pam Vanzant
Missions/Church and Society Co-chairs 
- Bruce Carpenter, Lisa Miller-Maidi 
Care Ministries Co-Chairs  
- Susan Parrish & Jan Brady  
Communication and Information Contact 
- Gerry Sousa 
Library Committee Co-chairs 
- Janice Clinch, Betty Bickley 
Worship Design Chair 
- TBA  
Hospitality and Outreach Contact  
- Jimmy Moore  
Children and Youth Ministry Contact 
- Bridget McIntyre 
Small Groups Contact 
-Mary Beth Morgan 
Stewardship Team Contact 
- Andy Cron
Adult Education & Retreats Contact
-Charlie Matson
United Methodist Women President
-Linda Crawford
St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten
-Sierra Roussos, Director
Lay Leaders
-Andy Cron
-Trina Mescher

ST. MARK'S HIKERS
WALK 200 MILES IN 2016  
Join the St. Mark's Hikers to hike/walk 200 miles in 2016 in celebration of Indiana's 200th birthday. Sixteen people accepted the challenge. They are out picking 'em up and setting 'em down on city streets and woodland paths. There is plenty of time to join the challenge. Sign up at Bicentennial Hikers Challenge and get moving. For more information and to be part of the challenge, contact Eleanor Lahr elahr@indiana.edu or 812-339-4209. 
 
ADD YOUR EVENT OR MEETING TO ST. MARK'S PUBLICATIONS
Would you liKe to add your St. Mark's meeting or event to the bulletin announcement, the weekly email, and the calendar of events? Contact the Church Office for more information: either call 812-332-5788 during business hours (M-F 9am-3pm), or send an email to office@smumc.church. Please be sure to include your name and contact information in case we have any questions.
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

Bridget McIntyre, Director of Children's & Youth Ministries
bridgetmcintyre@smumc.church

Donna Hullett, Director of Finance
donnahullett@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

Colleen Wells,
Coordinator of Childcare and Sunday Morning Nursery
childcare@smumc.church
Claire Schaffer, Interim Administrative Assistant
office@smumc.church

Dennis Morgan, Head Custodian
dennismorgan@smumc.church


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