"An inclusive community bringing Christ-like love, healing, and hope to all."
THIS SUNDAY & ASH WEDNESDAY AT ST. MARK'S
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7th     
5th SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY
CELEBRATION OF COMMUNION
BACKPACK BUDDIES OFFERING

BREAKFAST
9:30am in Garton Hall
Thank

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

INFANT & TODDLER CARE
 9:30am-11:30am (Room 25)
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SANCTUARY WORSHIP 
10:30am

Reverend Mary Beth Morgan preaching
Scripture: Luke 9: 28-37  
"Prone to Wander and Searching for Home"
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CHILDREN & FAMILY WORSHIP
9:30am (Room 8)

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30am-11:30am
PreK-K (Room 4)
1st-2nd Grade (Room 9)
3rd-6th Grade (room 3)
7th-12th Grade (Youth Room 1-2)
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ST. MARK'S HOSPITALITY & OUTREACH TEAM SAYS, 
 "Thank you for wearing your name tag each Sunday."

If you do not have a name tag, please notify the church office, mention it to an usher in worship, or write your request in the registration pad on Sunday.
 
THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH
"BACKPACK BUDDIES" OFFERING
On the first Sunday of each month, we collect food items for the Community Kitchen's "Backpack Buddies" program. Approximately 100 children in need, from five local elementary schools, are sent home with a backpack of food on Fridays. These backpacks help families meet their basic weekend food needs.
 
Suggested items include: Easy to prepare food items (instant mashed potatoes, dried soups, beans, rice or pasta meals, etc.); Healthy snack crackers; Small pop top cans of vegetables; Individual fruit cups, Instant oatmeal, Macaroni & Cheese, Bread mixes, Meal helpers (like Hamburger/Chicken/Tuna helpers), Granola/fruit/cereal bars, Small boxes of cereal, Canned/pouch chicken/tuna, and Dried fruit.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9th, 5:00pm-7:00pm 
MARDI GRAS PANCAKE DINNER
Fill up on pancakes, sausage, and fruit while listening to festive music with friends and family in Garton Hall at St. Mark's. Join us for this awesome annual event. Live music will be provided by "Bloomington's Best Quintet +1" - Jim Jeffries will play in the band! 

This year, the pancake dinner will support Operation Friendship International, Appalachian Service Project, and Guatemala Mission Trip Team. Music, face-painting, and great food will complete your Mardi Gras celebration! Bring your neighbors and tell your friends. All are welcome!  Dinner will be served from 5:00pm-7:00pm; take-out available.  

 


 
THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7th, 9:30am-10:15am
WORSHIP FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES, 9:30am-10:15am 
Celebration! meets each Sunday for a child-focused worship where children, families, friends can enjoy this worship together. Celebration! meets this week 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.
 
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10th,  
NOON AND 7:00pm 
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES 
As we begin our 2016 Lenten journey, all are invited to gather together in the Sanctuary for either Ash Wednesday service. Reverend Jimmy Moore will lead these services of word, music, reflection, and the imposition of the ashes. The noon service will be brief to enable those who are on their lunch hour to participate. The Chancel Choir will sing at the 7:00pm service. Childcare is available at 7:00pm, as well, in Room 25.  

A NOTE FROM
STEWARDSHIP TEAM 
CELEBRATION SUNDAY UPDATE - EVERY GIFT COUNTS!
As of January 25th, one hundred and TWENTY (120) families or individuals have completed their Estimate of Giving Card. Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity to the mission and ministry of our church. You are helping St. Mark's to live its mission to be "an inclusive community bringing Christ like love, healing, and hope to all." If you have not yet turned in your Estimate of Giving Card, please bring it to worship and place it in the offering plate or return it to the church office. It is important to complete so that the church can faithfully plan for ministry in 2016.
SUNDAY SCHOOL
_____________________  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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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
"PILGRIMS," 9:15am
This Sunday, February 7th, Pilgrims will continue a study: "The Book of Genesis" by Great Courses featuring Prof. Gary A. Rendsburg as the lecturer. Lecture 5: "The Ancient Near East" is a study with emphasis on the Near East - Egypt, Canaan and Mesopotamia. Abraham is born in Mesopotamia, migrates to Canaan and visits Egypt. Jacob is born in Canaan and dies in Egypt. Joseph is born in Mesopotamia, moves to Canaan with his family at a young age and spends his entire adult life in Egypt. Thus the Near East is important in understanding the Bible and in particular Genesis.

The Pilgrims meet at 9:15am in Room 13. All are welcome! Come join us for the video lecture and resulting discussion.
 
"NOMADS," 9:15am   
The Nomads Class meets in Room 8 with the lessons starting at 9:30am after announcements, coffee, and snacks. The class ends at 10:15. Visitors are welcome on any Sunday.

The Nomad's Class enjoys Sunday morning discussions based on spiritual, religious, and social justice topics. 
 
"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.

 
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CHILDREN AND YOUTH  
SUNDAY SCHOOL
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL
CHILDCARE AVAILABLE
Infant/Toddler Care (Room 25)  
9:30am-11:30am
 
WORSHIP FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILY   
9:30am (Room 8)

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL 
10:30am-11:30am
PreK-K (Room 4)
1st-2nd Grade (Room 9)
3rd-6th Grade (Room 3)
7th-12th Grade (Youth Room 1-2)
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SUNDAY SCHOOL SIGN-IN
PROCEDURES FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH 

In order to provide a comfortable, safe and nurturing space for all children and youth, please read the procedure for Sunday morning sign-in.
1. Before worship sign your child in at his or her Sunday school room and meet the teacher. Each child will receive a name tag.
2. Children and youth participate in the beginning of worship, with their families, in the Sanctuary. Children are invited to participate in children's moment on the altar area. If a child would like to bring a parent or adult helper to children's moment for comfort, we welcome everyone.
3. Following children's moment, a Sunday school volunteer will walk the children to their Sunday school classrooms. If children have not been signed into the room before worship, an adult from the family can do that as they walk to the classroom after children's moment.
4. Following the worship service, adults sign their children out of their Sunday school classes.
NEWS & EVENTS AT ST. MARK'S
SAVE THE DATE 
UPCOMING EVENTS
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FEBRUARY 5th
6:00pm-8:30pm
PARENTS' NIGHT OUT CHILDCARE @ ST. MARK'S

FEBRUARY 9th
5:00pm-7:00pm

MARDI GRAS PANCAKE DINNER

FEBRUARY 10th
NOON & 7:00pm

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES
 
 
FEBRUARY 14th
4:00pm-8:00pm

YOUTH SERVICE PROJECT FOR INTERFAITH WINTER SHELTER

FEBRUARY 9th
SUPER BOWL FOOD DRIVE ENDS 

FEBRUARY 26th
1:00pm-2:00pm
         &
MARCH 1st
7:00pm-8:00pm

FOOD FOR THOUGHT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
 
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CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATE
We have sent the final draft of our Church Directory to the publishers! Thank you for all you have done to make that possible. Now you are certain to wonder when your copy of the Directory will arrive. We can expect to wait a few weeks as several important steps remain to be completed by the publishers before copies will be distributed. Watch this space for updates regarding St. Mark's Church Directory.

THINK JULY!
SIGN UP FOR APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP) 2016! 
The sign-up sheet for those interested in being part of the Summer 2016 ASP trip is located on the ASP bulletin board in Garton Hall. The trip dates are Sunday, July 24th through Saturday, July 30th. Participants must be at least 14 years of age. More details will be forthcoming. Contact Larry Ingram (812-322-0452) for more information on this great opportunity.
 
FEBRUARY 1st-9th 
SUPER BOWL 2016  FOOD DRIVE
The Kindergarten class of the St. Mark's Nursery School and Kindergarten invites all families and friends to join the fun of their annual Super Bowl Food Drive. It is easy and hopefully will bring in lots of food during the winter months for those in need in our community. Here are the simple directions:
  1. Pick your team: Denver Broncos or North Carolina Panthers.
  2. Fill your bag(s) with high protein items like canned meats, nut butters OR canned or packaged fruit.
  3. Leave your food bags on one of the tables at the East Entrance by the Playgrounds that has your team's name on it: Broncos  or Panthers.
The Kindergarten class will collect the food February 1st - February 9th and deliver them to Hoosier Hills Food Bank. Results of the favored team and weight of food collected will be announced. Go Team St. Mark's!

SUNDAYS, FEBRUARY 14th & 21st, 9:30am
NEW MEMBER CLASSES
Please join us in Room 15 for membership classes if you are ready to become a member or if you are interested in learning more about becoming a member of St. Mark's. For families with children, there will be infant/toddler care in Room 25. Pre-school age and older children are welcome to join Bridget McIntyre in  Room 8 for Celebration! Worship for Children and Families.
 
We will spend time getting to know one another, learning more about the church and our membership process, exploring questions, and talking with others about the many ways to get involved in the life and ministry of St. Mark's.
 
Several persons have indicated an interest in membership, and we know others may be interested as well. Whether you are new to this community or have been a part of St. Mark's for many years and are now considering membership, we hope that you will attend. New members will be received during worship Sunday, February 28th. Please contact Jimmy Moore or Mary Beth Morgan if you have questions. If you are interested in membership but have a conflict with class or joining dates, we can work with you and your schedule. We look forward to sharing this time with you as we continue to grow as a church community.


ST. MARK'S HIKERS: HOW ABOUT A CHALLENGE?
Join the St. Mark's Hikers to hike/walk 200 miles in 2016 in celebration of Indiana's 200th birthday. It's easy. You could think of the challenge as walking or hiking one mile a day for 200 days, and then take 165 days off!  For more information and to be part of the challenge, contact Eleanor Lahr at elahr@indiana.edu or 812-339-4209.
 
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5th,
6:00pm-8:30pm

PARENTS' NIGHT OUT CHILDCARE @ ST. MARK'S 
Enjoy an evening out while St. Mark's provides childcare. This is a fundraising event: $20.00 per child ($30.00 maximum for 2 or more children).

All funds will used to benefit the St. Mark's mission trip to Guatemala. Childcare will be provided by Bridget McIntyre, Kathy Scheid, St. Mark's youth, and other adults. Sign up in front of the Nursery School office, in front of Bridget McIntyre's office, or by email bridgetmcintyre@smumc.church.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14th,
4:00pm-8:00pm
YOUTH SERVICE PROJECT FOR INTERFAITH WINTER SHELTER
Youth are invited to make 6 gallons of chili beginning at 4:00pm in St. Mark's kitchen. At 7:00pm we will take all of the dinner to First United Methodist Church (FUMCB) and set up beds for the shelter guests there. Youth can choose to come to part or the entire service project.

Youth and youth families are needed to contribute chili ingredients, cheese cubes, cookies, apples, and oranges for the shelter meal. Please contact Bridget McIntyre if you can participate in the service project, if you can donate chili ingredients or other meal items, or if you can drive youth to FUMCB.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26th, 1:00pm at ST. MARK'S LIBRARY
AND 
TUESDAY, MARCH 1st, 7:00pm  at BELL TRACE SUNROOM 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
FOOD FOR THOUGHT is expanding its opportunity for discussion on NOT WORTH SAVING by Ann L. Joyner. You may choose the book discussion group that best suits you. Please note that the location at Bell Trace is the Sunroom rather than the usual meeting place. It is not a requirement that you have read the book;all interested persons are included in the book group which reads from the UMW Reading Program book list. If you would like to get a copy of the book, or to learn more about FOOD FOR THOUGHT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP, contact Linda Crawford (812-336-2277) or the church office (812-332-5788).

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24th, 5:30pm
XYZ SUPPER & PROGRAM
SHAPE-NOTE SINGERS

All are cordially invited to an XYZ (eXtra Years of Zest) shared supper and an  interactive program of wonderful old hymns by the Bloomington Shape-Note Singers on Wednesday evening, February 24, beginning at 5:30. Please bring a dish to share and table service. Questions? Phone the church office at 812-332-5788.
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OPPORTUNITIES to LEARN and SERVE
EVENTS OF INTEREST IN OUR COMMUNITY
 
EACH THURSDAY in ROOM 1,2 9:15am-10:15am
YOGA CLASS  
Enjoy yoga classes taught by Allana Radecki at St. Mark's in Room 1,2 offered each Thursday morning. Drop in each week or any week for a fee of $10 per class. Beginning January 14th and offered each Thursday through May 26th, the class is open to the public and all abilities are welcomed. Contact the church office with questions. 

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION
WILDCARE, INC. SEEKS SUPPORT 
WildCare,Inc., a local wildlife rehab volunteer organization, is gearing up for the spring birthing and hatching season. WildCare,Inc. cares for ill, injured, and orphaned wildlife; helping them recover and releasing them back to the wild. WildCare,Inc. relies on donations and does not receive any state of federal money. We need both financial donations and volunteers. Opportunities range from animal care, fundraising, and leadership positions to carpentry and maintenance. WildCare,Inc. will provide all training. Contact WildCare,Inc. at 812-323-1313 or info@wildcareinc.org or www.wildcareinc.org
"We cannot stand by indifferent to the suffering we see."
 
 
 
 
ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION & OPEN HOUSE 
Registration for the 2016-2017 school year begins February 1, 2016 for families which are currently enrolled in St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten. Beginning on February 15, 2016 new families may begin enrollment. Enrollment will remain open and ongoing.

An Open House is scheduled for Monday-Friday, February 8th-12th from 9:30am-11:00am. (Please note that Open House for Infant and Onsies Rooms is Monday-Thursday only.)

New families are encouraged to come for a tour. Don't wait! Space is limited and is available on a first-come first-served basis.
 
SATURDAY MORNINGS, 7:00am-10:00am

BLOOMINGTON AREA METHODIST MEN'S BREAKFASTS   
Please see the Lenten schedule of the Bloomington Area Methodist Men's Breakfasts. All Methodist men in the Bloomington area are welcome to attend. Contact George Rusnak at  812-336-5612.

February 13 at Arlington UMC
February 20 at Cross Roads UMC
February 27 at First UMC Bloomington
March 5 at Ellettsville UMC
March 12 at St. Mark's UMC 
March 19 at Greene County Chapel
 
SUPPORTING OUR MISSION TRIP TO MISSION GUATEMALA
In March of 2016, seventeen St. Mark's youth and adults will travel to Guatemala to assist our former pastor Tom Heaton at Mission Guatemala, a health and education project for villages in the poorest country in Central America.
We are close to our fundraising goals and appreciate all the support we have received in previous months. In the remaining weeks before the team travels; here are some ways you can still contribute:  
  • Sunday morning breakfast in Garton Hall on February 21st.
  • Parents Night Out on Friday, February 5th, 6:00pm - 8:30pm at St. Mark's.  $20/child, quality childcare in a safe environment.
  • Celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday, February 9th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm at St. Mark's. Operation Friendship, Appalachian Service Project and Mission Guatemala Trip Teams will host the annual community event and fundraiser.
  • Support youth and adult travelers by writing a check to St. Mark's (with Guatemala Mission Trip in the memo). Even small amounts can help us reach our fundraising goals.
  • Support "Jar Wars" between Jimmy and Mary Beth (in Garton Hall on Sundays).
  • Donate to "St. Mark's Bloomington Mission Guatemala Trip" on YouCaring.com 
  • While many other expenses remain, thanks to your generosity we are within a few hundred dollars of reading one of our goals for all 9 youth to receive a 1/2 scholarship toward airfare fees for Mission Guatemala.
Bridget McIntyre and Jimmy Moore are church staff co-leaders for this mission trip. Please contact either of them at the church office (812-332-5788) with your questions and support. 
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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 

CAN YOU GIVE A FEW HOURS A MONTH TO SUPPORT THE INTERFAITH WINTER SHELTER?
Do you have a couple of hours to spare every other Wednesday morning? A group of St. Mark's folks do the clean-up shift at the Interfaith Winter Shelter, and the group could use one or two more people on the team. The work takes place at First United Church, 2420 E 3rd St (behind the Credit Union). The clean-up shift starts at 6:00am sharp, but the work is usually finished by 7:30am. The St. Mark's team convenes for breakfast and fellowship immediately thereafter. To get more information or to volunteer, contact Tony Mescher at 812-336-8261 or Eleanor Lahr at 812-339-4209.

RESPONDING TO THE REFUGEE CRISIS IN EUROPE
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is helping to provide relief. Financial donations are greatly needed. Checks can be written to "St. Mark's UMC" with "UMCOR-Refugee
Crisis" in the memo line, and brought to the church office, or placed in the offering plate. 100% of all money donated will go directly to the children, men and women most in need.  

OPERATION FRIENDSHIP 
Did you know if you add Operation Friendship (O.F.) to your Kroger Card that O.F. will receive 5% of what you spend and it's absolutely free for you?

 Learn how to connect your Kroger card online to support Operation Friendship.  
 
 
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
donna@stmarksbloomington.org

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

St. Mark's United Methodist Church is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization,
administered and governed by its Board of Trustees, John Collins, President.

 


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