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.
This Week at St. Mark's UMC
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14
TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
CHILDREN AND YOUTH PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP LEADERSHIP
BREAKFAST AND MORE
9:00am-10:15am (Garton Hall)
Sharing breakfast together, live music, activity tables for children, and more.
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
10:15am-11:30am (Rooms 24 & 25)
Contact the church
if 9:30am childcare is needed.
SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE
Reverend Mary Beth Morgan
"Promise and Possibility:
Abundant Grace in Sharing the Journey"
CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
Preschool-Kindergarten: Room 22
1st & 2nd Grade: Romm 19
3rd & 4th Grade: Room 4
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
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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 send information for the November Upcoming@St. Mark's to the church office by Wednesday, October 17.
THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 10:30AM
"We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God. God will be constantly crossing our paths and canceling our plans by sending us people with claims and petitions." These words were written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor and theologian, who was imprisoned and later killed by the Nazis for his resistance to Hitler. We may not find ourselves in times that dire, but we are all called to be willing to be interrupted by God, and to act on that interruption.
In this week's scripture passage from the Gospel of Mark, a "rich" man asks Jesus what he needs to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus tells the man that, in addition to following the commandments, he needs to give his wealth to the poor and follow him. The man hears this invitation to have his life and his plans "be interrupted by God", and walks away grieving because he has so many possessions. Our possessions are not only about wealth, but also in the ways that we are privileged in the world.
The question is not necessarily, are we willing to give up everything? Rather, are we willing to challenge ourselves to let go of some of our possessions, privilege, biases and plans, in ways that may be uncomfortable, and use our resources to reflect God's love and justice for all?
Are there people who have responded to that question and impacted your life and faith journey? How might God be interrupting you? We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 10:30AM
CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN WORSHIP
Children and Youth are welcome to be part of worship leadership any Sunday. They are especially invited, this month, on Sunday, October 14. Children and youth are invited to serve by greeting/handing out bulletins, lighting candles (acolyte), 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 on October 14, and which role(s) are of interest. Thank you!
SECOND SUNDAY MONTHLY
OCTOBER 14, 6:00PM
PARENTS OF YOUTH NIGHT
AT MR. HIBACHI (4400 E 3RD ST)
Enjoy some food and conversation with other folks raising teens. If you have questions, or would like to be on a contact list for future gatherings, contact Dawn Walters at
or the church office. All parents of youth (and grandparents & other loving adults caring for pre-teens and
teenagers) are welcome!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 9:00AM-2:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, BEFORE AND AFTER WORSHIP
RED BIRD MISSION CRAFT SALE AT ST. MARK'S
On the first weekend of November, St. Mark's will host the Red Bird Mission Craft Sale in Garton Hall. Red Bird Mission buys crafts from artisans in their area and sells these items at their craft fairs around the country. Red Bird Mission Crafts exists only to stimulate the area economy near Beverly, Kentucky, where many live below the poverty level.
For decades, members of St. Mark's have supported Red Bird Mission (
) through trips to help with home repair, through donations of goods, and hosting this
craft fair many times. The handmade crafts are quality textiles, jewelry, baskets, wooden toys, pottery, and Christmas ornaments (see a sample of crafts at
). We will be inviting the Bloomington community to this worthy and appealing sale.
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED-SIGN UP TO HELP
Volunteers are needed to help set up and tear down the fair, and to help with sales during the fair. Six set up volunteers are needed on Friday, November 2, 4:00-6:00pm, and six to reload the van on Sunday, November 4, 12:30-2:00 pm. During the fair, four volunteers for each two shifts (9:00-11:20am & 11:30am-2:00pm) are needed to help at the register and assist with customers.
A sign-up sheet is posted in Garton Hall. You may also visit the Sign Up Genius link at
SUPPORT THE TRANSPORT OF THE CRAFT FAIR
To support the transport of the craft fair from Kentucky to St. Mark's, we accepted monetary donations during breakfast last Sunday, October 7, and we will be holding a snack sale during the fair. Signups to provide baked goods are also posted in Garton Hall and at the signupgenius link above.
Operation Friendship Greenery
Support St. Mark's Operation Friendship (OF), an international travel opportunity for youth, by purchasing Christmas greenery during the month of October. Place your order in Garton Hall at the OF display.
for more information.
View a full page flyer
SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE-APPLY ASAP
OCTOBER 25-27, ST. LUKE'S UMC, INDIANAPOLIS
BREAKING BARRIERS HIV/AIDS CONFERENCE
Bishop Julius Trimble and the Indiana Conference of United Methodists is hosting the Breaking Barriers HIV/AIDS ministry conference at St. Luke's UMC in Indianapolis on October 25-27. The goal of this event is to help create an AIDS-free world through saving lives, reducing stigma and increasing awareness. The gathering is open to anyone with an interest in reaching out to the HIV/AIDS community with a message of love.
There are scholarships available, but those interested in one should apply as soon as possible. Contact the church office or follow this link:
Dynamic speakers, immersive pre-conference mission experiences, diverse workshop presentations, and powerful worship services will offer attendees an opportunity to learn, share, and connect. Participants can expect to return home feeling equipped to strengthen HIV/AIDS ministry initiatives in their communities. Speakers include Ambassador Dr. Deborah Birx, AIDS activist Hydeia Broadbent, Bishop Tracy Smith Malone, Bishop Julius C. Trimble and many more.
HOW TO HELP THOSE IN NEED FOLLOWING THE RECENT NATURAL DISASTERS
The impact of recent hurricanes and other disasters, both nationally and
internationally, has been devastating. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is responding to the destruction and overwhelming needs from Hurricanes Florence and Michae and Typhoon Manghkut in the Philippines. Pray for those who are in great need, as well as the early response teams, including countless volunteers.
It will take a long and sustained effort for all of these areas to fully recover. The most immediate way we can help is through financial assistance. If you can donate, checks can be made out to "St. Mark's" and put in the offering plate or sent to the church office. Please write "Disaster Relief-U.S." on your check's memo line for your assistance to aid U.S. states and territories, OR write "Disaster Relief-International." 100% of all money donated will go directly to the children, women and men most in need. To get continuing updates of the work of UMCOR, and ways to give online, go to
CALL OUT FOR TRIP TO MISSION GUATEMALA
Are you interested in participating in a trip to Mission Guatemala during Spring Break of 2019? (Approximately, March 9-18) Our church sponsored a trip two years ago, and now a team from First United Methodist in Bloomington is going.
The deadline for committing to go on the trip is November 15. For more information, including costs and scholarship opportunities, contact Jimmy Moore or call the church office.
SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND ADULTS
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
9:15am-10:15am in Room 12
9:15am-10:15am in Room 10
9:30am-10:15am in Room 11
Infant through 3-year-olds
(Rooms 24 & 25)
Contact the church if 9:30am care is needed.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
1st & 2nd Grade: Rm 19
3rd & 4th Grade: Rm 4
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.
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!
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.
BREAKFAST AND MORE
9:00-10:15am Garton Hall
Sharing Breakfast Together, Live Music, Activity Tables for Children, and More. Thank you to those who will be providing breakfast!
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 is an annual requirement for each child (multiple children can be entered on one form).
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
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
During October 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 9:15am 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
THE WORLD OF BIBLICAL ISRAEL
Prof. William R. Cook, Ph.D., State University of New York at Geneseo
When Constantine became emperor of Rome in the 4th Century, he built a new capital – a Christian Rome – on the site of an ancient Greek city called Byzantium. He named his new city Constantinople.
The great cathedral of Constantinople is Hagia Sophia, which means "Holy Wisdom". This lecture presents decorations of the various periods spanning its 1,500 year history, including some marks of the Crusaders and much evidence that the church served as a mosque for about 500 years.
In modern times, Hagia Sophia has become a museum with a great deal of archeological work being done with many works of art from its time as an Orthodox Churc
h being uncovered.
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, 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, 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
, with questions and to let her know you are coming.
MEETS EACH FRIDAY, 12:30PM AT BELL TRACE
CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE MEN'S GROUP
During October, the men's discussion group known as Conversations on Life, will be reading and discussing the two middle sections of
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 12:30 pm each Friday in the private dining room in the basement of the Main Building of Bell Trace. Visitors are always welcomed.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 7:00PM, ROOM 8
LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEETING
The St. Mark's Leadership Council will meet on Monday, October 15 in Room 8. All are welcome to attend. While only Leadership Council members can vote on motions that are presented, everyone is encouraged to attend and participate in discussion and planning for
the ministries of the church.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN (UMW) OCTOBER EVENTS
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 9:30AM, ROOM 8,
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1:30PM, ROOM 8,
SUSANNA WESLEY CIRCLE
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 7:00PM, BELL TRACE,
CHARLENE MARTIN CIRCLE
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21, 5:00PM, MEET AT ST. MARK'S
GUESS WHO IS COMING TO DINNER
SIGN UP BY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16
The Church Life team plans opportunities for all of us in the St. Mark's community to get to know each other better. This month there is "Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner", an invitation to share a meal with a small group of folks, who, perhaps, you only recognize by sight on Sunday mornings. Everyone is invited to sign up on the large poster boards in Garton Hall where you can choose to be either one of the Hosts, preparing a simple evening supper in your home, or one of the Guests, joining others at a Host's home. The Church Life team will take care of matching Guests with Hosts. At 5:00pm on Sunday, October 21, all guests
will come to Garton Hall where they will receive their hosts' names and driving directions. If all goes well, by 6:00pm everyone will wind up in the right place and will enjoy food, conversation, and fellowship. More information can be found on the poster boards in Garton Hall, or by contacting Linda Gluff (
), Myriam Wood, or the church office. Online sign-up is available at
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 7AM
UNITED METHODIST MOUNTAIN MISSION PICK UP
The truck from Mountain Mission will pick up your donated items here at St. Mark's. Please bring donations to Room 14/Storage Room any time beginning now through Sunday, October 21. The Urgent Needs List from Mountain Mission includes winter clothes such as men's and children's coats, boots, gloves, long sleeved shirts, sweaters, jackets, etc. New socks and underwear are always desperately needed for men, women, and children. Additionally, Mountain Mission requests good pots and pans as well as men's shoes. See the newsletter and Urgent Needs List posted in Garton Hall.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 6:30PM-8:30PM, GRATZI RESTAURANT
Pub Theology provides a place to relax with food and beverage, and a fun group of thinking disciples to talk a little theology. On Tuesday, September 18, we will reflect on a Krista Tippett interview with Yale Theologian Miroslav Volf titled "Religion and Violence." Volf, a Croatian born son of a Pentecostal pastor, has become one of the most notable theologians of our time. The interview may be found at
, or you may email Jimmy Moore or the church office at 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.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 5:30PM
EXTRA YEARS OF ZEST (XYZ) DINNER & PROGRAM
TERRY CLAPACS PRESENTS THE STORY OF IU BLOOMINGTON: AMERICA'S LEGACY CAMPUS
All are cordially invited to a shared dinner (bring a dish to share and your table service) in Garton Hall at 5:30 followed by an illustrated talk by Terry Clapacs, Vice-President Emeritus, on his new book, INDIANA UNIVERSITY BLOOMINGTON: AMERICA'S LEGACY CAMPUS. During his long tenure as chief administrative officer and head of facilities planning and development, Terry supervised the building of over two-thirds of what is now Indiana University, working diligently to preserve the natural beauty of the campus for which IU is nationally recognized. Terry's book tells the story of that campus-a tale not only of Indiana University's buildings, architecture, and growth, but of the talented, dedicated people who brought the buildings to life. Come to this informative program.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 3:00-6:00 PM
ST MARK'S YOUTH AT FOWLER PUMPKIN PATCH
Pumpkins, hayrides, corn mazes, a petting zoo, and more at Fowler Pumpkin Patch (located at 4932 N Greene County Line Rd Bloomington, Indiana)! All youth grades 7-12 are invited to come out and enjoy all that the pumpkin patch has to offer on Saturday, October 27th from 3:00 PM-6:00 PM. Friends are welcome, but must have a liability form on file with SMUMC. Please RSVP to Rodney Long (
), Director of Youth Ministries ASAP.
FUNDRAISING EVENTS IN SUPPORT OF ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN
NOW SEEKING DONATIONS FOR THE ANNUAL TIME, TALENT, AND TREASURE AUCTION
We know how talented our St. Mark's community is. Let's put it to good use for Nursery School! Donations of your TIME (babysitting, meal preparation), TALENT (music lessons, baked goods) and TREASURES (tickets, vacation homes) will be auctioned to raise money for the school's scholarship and playground fund. The auction will run November 1st through November 16th. Please submit donations by October 26th. Email details and pictures of your donation to Susan Walker at
or bring a paper copy to the office.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 7:30PM, IU AUDITORIUM
JOIN A GROUP FROM ST. MARK'S AT POTPOURRI OF THE ARTS!
Plan to join a group from St. Mark's, for a great evening, at the 25th annual Potpourri of the Arts. This event bring together three ensembles: the African American Dance Company, the African American Choral Ensemble, and the IU Soul Revue (which includes our Youth Director, Rodney Long)! We have purchased a set of group tickets for $10 each. Please contact Mary Beth Morgan, or the church office, for tickets. Scholarships are available by contacting Mary Beth.