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Published Thursday, July 18, 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.
WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT CHILD DETENTION AND FAMILY SEPARATION
AT THE US/MEXICO BORDER?

Immigration Crisis and Family Separation at the Border- Ways to Respond
Rev. Jack Amick, Director of UMC Global Migration, recently wrote "(N)ews from the U.S. border that children are being held at government processing centers in unsanitary conditions is appalling…Such practices are inconsistent with basic humanity & Christian principles of welcoming our neighbor and caring for 'the least of these'."
 
In the last three months, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has delivered 46,128 hygiene kits to six church-run transitional shelters along the U.S.-Mexico border and given grants valued at $294,345 to fill gaps in capacity at these shelters. UMCOR is also supporting free or low-cost immigration legal services to migrants. Here are three suggested ways we might engage, respond and support these efforts:
 
1. Financially contribute to UMCOR via this link global migration Advance (#3022144) or by check to St. Mark's with UMCOR- refugee on the memo line.
 
 
3. Put together hygiene kits that can be sent to church-run shelters at the border. All ages are welcome to be a part of this project on Sunday, July 28 from 9:30-10:15am in Room 8. If you can contribute items, financial assistance, or are able shop for items, please click here or contact the church office. You can leave any items from the list in the box in Garton Hall. (There are very specific criteria for these kits.) For more information, contact Mary Beth Morgan or the church office.
SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2019
10:30AM WORSHIP
SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
OPERATION FRIENDSHIP (OF) SUNDAY
CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM

BREAKFAST AND MORE
9:00AM-10:15AM (Garton Hall) 
Sharing breakfast together, live music, and activity tables for children.
Thank you to
those who will be preparing breakfast.
Donations are appreciated for the
Ron VanHook Operation Friendship Scholarship Fund.

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.

WORSHIP SERVICE
SUNDAY, JULY 21, 10:30AM
Rev. Mary Beth Morgan, preaching
SCRIPTURE:
Luke 10:38-42
SERMON TITLE:
Friends Near and Far
CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30AM-11:30AM
All children & youth are invited to move up to the grade/age level classes where they will be in the fall.

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

While classes are organized by age/grade level, families are welcome to choose a class that is a good fit for their child.
SUNDAY, JULY 21, 10:30AM
WORSHIP SERVICE
OPERATION FRIENDSHIP SUNDAY
As we find ourselves in world in which there are increased energies towards isolationism, this Sunday we are fortunate to experience the grace of community and connection as we welcome our Operation Friendship (OF) youth and adult guests from France. The youth and families of St. Mark's OF Chapter are currently hosting our new French friends. Our youth will be hosted by others as they travel abroad next summer.
 
Operation Friendship has strong ties to St. Mark's. It was started in 1964 by Rev. Wallace A. Shaw, an American minister in Scotland, who was the brother of, longtime St. Mark's member, the late Tully Shaw. It was Rev. Shaw's desire to develop a youth exchange enabling the youth of one country to learn the different cultures of other countries and develop friendships around the world. Youth and adults from St. Mark's have been blessed to form deep friendships as part of these experiences for over 40 years, following the example of Jesus to welcome the stranger, travel and sit at table with those we meet in new places, and share sacred hospitality.
 
The scripture passage this week (from Luke 10:38-42) recounts a story of Jesus with some of his friends and the importance of spending unhurried time with one another. Our OF hosts and guests will be participating in worship leadership. We will also be celebrating a baptism of one of our precious children. Ilze Akerbergs, the Chancel Choir and Gerry Sousa will be leading us in music. If you are able, please greet our OF guests and hosts in Garton Hall during breakfast from 9:30-10:15am. OF Alumni are encouraged to stop by the table and make a nametag. We will recognize you during worship. If this will be your first Sunday at St. Mark's or you have been here for decades, we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
ALL OPERATION FRIENDSHIP ALUMNI AND FAMILIES! PLEASE COME BY THE OF ALUMNI TABLE, MEET OUR GUESTS,AND SUPPORT THE BREAKFAST, IF YOU ARE ABLE
Please plan to be here this Sunday, July 21! Welcome our French guests and reconnect with each other. You are invited to stop by the OF Alumni Family and Friends table, in Garton Hall, when you arrive, share some breakfast, and meet our guests from France.
 
Breakfast is always free. Donations for breakfast this Sunday will all go to the Ron VanHook Operation Friendship Scholarship Fund, which was created by Ron's family in his memory, and recognizes his many years in OF leadership. If you can help with breakfast with set-up, clean-up or by bringing a breakfast item (such as a breakfast casserole, donuts, coffee cake, croissants, bagels, fruit, juice, milk…), please e-mail Mary Beth Morgan marybethmorgan@smumc.church.  We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
SPEED BUMPS INSTALLED ON EAST DRIVE
ONE-WAY TRAFFIC ON EAST & WEST DRIVES
TRAFFIC CALMING & SAFETY MEASURES
To improve safety, please note the following:
Drive slowly on St Mark's property.
Observe One-Way traffic on east and west drives.
Look for cars when walking into church lots.
Your understanding in this matter is appreciated.

upcoming@St. Mark's in July
Deadline to submit articles for the August issue is July 22.

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, by contacting the church office, or clicking the image on the right.
APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP) FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY
SIGN UP NOW TO VOLUNTEER WITH H2H AND SUPPORT ASP
The Hoosier to Hoosier (H2H)Community Sale https://sustain.iu.edu/programs/h2h/index.html is Saturday, August 24. H2H brings together hundreds of volunteers, raises money for local nonprofits, and provides affordable goods for our community.

Here’s how the entire St. Mark’s community can help. Anyone from the church or the community can help us raise funds by simply signing up for a shift at https://bit.ly/2X8sWZ0, and then select St. Mark’s ASP as the beneficiary for your volunteer hours. See the online signup site for more information about dates and tasks. Your time will help a great program like H2H while also supporting the St Mark’s service trip to Appalachia!
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.

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30AM-11:30AM
All children & youth are invited to move up to the grade/age level classes where they will be in the fall.

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

While classes are organized by age/grade level, families are welcome to choose a class that is a good fit for their child.
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.

LEARN, GROW, INSPIRE - AND BE INSPIRED!
JOIN A SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHING TEAM,
ONE SUNDAY A MONTH
Children’s Ministries is looking for a few more adults to join our teaching team! The Bible story and activities are already planned out and the room is set up. We are looking for individuals to serve only one Sunday a month facilitating the activities, and getting to hang out with some really cool kids! Please contact Alayna at stmarksdcm@gmail.com if you are interested.

CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
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).
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QUESTIONS ABOUT
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES?
QUESTIONS ABOUT
YOUTH MINISTRIES?
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
NOMADS
In July, the Nomads class is discussing the new book by Barbara Brown Taylor, an episcopal priest, teacher, and favorite contemporary author of Jimmy Moore. This book, entitled Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, is based on the author’s experiences “teaching the world’s religions to undergraduates in rural Georgia, revealing how God delights in confounding our expectations.” All are welcome to join our informal discussions, even without reading along in the book. We meet in room 10 at 9:30.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
PILGRIMS Sunday, July 21 “The Gentile Mother"
Of the many miracles Jesus performs, this exorcism of a demon possessed child may be the most problematic. Only here does Jesus emphatically refuse to heal; only here does a person’s insistence reverse Christ's resistance; and the request is made by a mother and not a father, and by a Gentile, not a Jew. This lecture attempts to sort out these problems to determine what Jesus might have done, why he did so and why of all the miracles he performed, this particular story was preserved. Pilgrims meets in Room 12 at 9:15AM on Sunday mornings. We welcome any and all, at any point in the lecture series, for the presentation and the resulting discussion.

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.
SMALL GROUPS, EDUCATION, AND FELLOWSHIP
Call or email the church office for group leader contact information.
MEETS EACH WEDNESDAY, 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. Facilitator: Patti Wright

MEETS EACH FRIDAY, 1:00PM IN ROOM 15
CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE MEN'S GROUP
The men's discussion group known as Conversations on Life is discussing Richard W. Fox's book JESUS IN AMERICA, a history of Christianity in the USA. Dr. Fox is a professor of history at University of Southern California. The group meets at 1:00pm each Friday in Room 15 at St. Mark's UMC. Visitors are always welcomed. Facilitator: Bob Rimstidt
MONDAY, JULY 22 & AUGUST 5 (EVERY OTHER MONDAY), 7:00PM, ROOM 12
CHRONIC ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP
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 are Dr. Brandt Ludlow and Craig Stewart.

TUESDAY, JULY 23, 7:00PM AT BELL TRACE OR FRIDAY, JULY 26, 1:30PM IN ST MARK’S LIBRARY
FOOD FOR THOUGHT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS: ALL WOMEN ARE WELCOME!
For women participating in the United Methodist Women’s book discussions, the next book to read is GLOBAL GIRLFRIENDS by Stacey Edgar. Choose one of these meeting dates/times: Tuesday, July 23, 7pm at Bell Trace or Friday, July 26, 1pm in the church library. Contact Linda Crawford or church office with questions.

THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2:00PM
OPERATION FRIENDSHIP & ST. MARK'S YOUTH EVENT
Operation Friendship (OF) invites St. Mark's Youth and their families to enjoy an afternoon of fun and fellowship with our St. Mark's hosts and OF guests from France. Meet at Putter's Park at 4747 State Road 46 in Ellettsville at 2pm. Play some miniature golf and enjoy an cold treat next door at Jiffy Treet. This event is a great way to meet our OF guests and have some summer fun.

MONDAY, JULY 29, 7:00PM, ROOM 10
CREATION CARE
Join those interested in making St. Mark’s even greener. We will review the recent additions to the native plant plots with the children’s Sunday School classes. We will hear about the three Creation Care Awards that were given at the IN UMC Annual Conference.There will be short report on the latest plan from Duke Energy to help non-profits add solar panels to their buildings. Facilitators: Tom Mooradian & Charlie Matson

COLLECTING UNTIL JULY 29 AT ST. MARK’S
BACKPACK BLITZ FOR BACK TO SCHOOL
In conjunction with a number of local faith communities, for the month of July, we are collecting
back-to-school supplies for Monroe County children, grades K-8. Place donations in the collection bin in Garton Hall.
Here are some items you can purchase and donate:
Backpacks, Pencil boxes, Markers, Crayons, Glue Sticks, Scissors, Lined Paper, Spiral Notebooks,
Composition Notebooks, Colored Pencils, Rulers, Pocket Folders, Pens, Erasers

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 7:00PM, ROOM 8 (ALL ARE WELCOME!)
RECONCILING MINISTRIES TEAM MEETING
All are invited to be a part of this team that strives to help bring the Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Doors message of St. Mark’s to the LGBT+ community. Come join us 7:15pm in Room 8. For more information, contact Mark Cox (markymarkcox@aol.com) or Mary Beth Morgan at the church office.

NEXT MEETING IN AUGUST
PUB THEOLOGY WILL NOT MEET IN JULY
Pub Theology provides a place to relax with food and beverage, and a fun group of thinking disciples to talk a little theology. We’ll be taking July off, but be watching for publicity for our next session in August, when we reflect on a unique piece of theological writing. For more information about Pub Theology, contact Jimmy Moore.

FIRST MEETING AUGUST 28
CHANGES COMING TO "XYZ" AS IT TRANSITIONS TO "FORUM"
Extra Years of Zest has been a popular dinner and program at St. Mark's for many years. After a brief hiatus this summer, the program will move ahead with a new name, and an outreach to a larger audience. "Forum" will have its first program in August, so be watching as we will host some intriguing programs through autumn. The format will be similar to XYZ, with a dinner and a program to follow, but the dates will be flexible to accommodate speakers. The Fall programs will include Rodney Long, Rev. Mike Mather, and Ron Osgood. Watch for specific announcements in the August Upcoming.
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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