"An inclusive community bringing Christ-like love, healing, and hope to all."
For a complete listing and description of St. Mark's Events please follow the link below 
THIS SUNDAY AT ST. MARK'S
SUNDAY, JULY 3rd  
7th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
BACKPACK BUDDIES OFFERING   
 
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)

INFANT & TODDLER CARE
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
WILL NOT MEET ON JULY 3rd
& WILL RESUME ON JULY 10th
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SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE   
10:30am

Brenda Bailey-Hughes, preaching
Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 5:1-14  
Sermon Title: One Simple Thing   
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DUE TO THE INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND,
CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
WILL NOT MEET ON JULY 3rd.

 WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU
IN SUNDAY SCHOOL NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 10th.  

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THIS SUNDAY, JULY 3rd
CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL  
Due to the July Fourth Holiday, there will be no Celebration! Worship
and no Children and Youth Sunday school classes offered on  Sunday, July 3rd. Children and youth are welcome to attend Sanctuary Worship with their families. 
 
Celebration! Worship and Children and Youth Sunday school
classes will be offered on Sunday, July 10th. See CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUMMER SUNDAY SCHEDULE 2016 document at the link below in the Sunday School section.

SUNDAY, JULY 3RD, 10:30AM SANCTUARY SERVICE
BACKPACK BUDDIES OFFERING
On the first Sunday of every month at the 10:30am worship service, you
are welcome to bring food items for the Community Kitchen Backpack Buddies program. Through this program, each Friday, approximately 250children in need from local elementary schools are sent home with a backpack of food. Children are also provided food during Summer Break.These backpacks help meet basic weekend food needs of their families.A list of items is below. Please place the Backpack Buddies offering on the altar in worship on the first Sunday of every month, or you may leave your items during the week in the collection box in Garton Hall. This month you are also welcome to bring items on Sunday, July 10th.

Backpack Buddies Food List 
  • Individual fruit cups (applesauce, tropical fruit, pears, etc.)
  • Instant Oatmeal (individual portions)
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Small boxes of cereal
  • Easy-to-prepare food items (instant mashed potatoes, dried soups,
  • beans, meal helpers, rice or pasta meals, etc.)
  • Granola/fruit/cereal bars
  • Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cherries, tropical fruit, etc.)
  • Canned or pouch chicken or tuna
  • Small bread mixes (cornbread, muffin, biscuit, etc.)
SUPPORT FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY FLOODS IN WEST VIRGINIA THROUGH UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF (UMCOR)
Hundreds of homes have been destroyed, and many more damaged, from severe flooding in West Virginia. Financial contributions are needed. Checks can be made out to "St. Mark's" with "West Virginia" in the memo line. We will forward all contributions to UMCOR. We keep in our prayers those who have lost love ones in this disaster, and those who are healing and rebuilding their lives and communities. 
LOOKING AHEAD TO EARLY JULY EVENTS
NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2016  

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Celebration of Communion
 
 
SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE
10:30AM
Reverend Jimmy Moore preaching

Scripture Readings
Psalm 25 and Luke 10:25-37

Sermon Title
The Psalmist and the Samaritan:
Encounter on the Jericho Road
 

MONDAY, JULY 4th
INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY
ST. MARK'S OFFICE AND BUILDING CLOSED
 
St. Mark's will be closed Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. There will be no one in the office or in the building that day. If there is a pastoral emergency, please call 812-219-8377 or 812-325-9406.
 
SUNDAY, JULY 10th
COMMUNION SUNDAY
This month communion will be offered in Worship on Sunday, July 10th rather than the first Sunday which is our usual practice. 

MONDAY, JULY 11th, 6:00pm-7:00pm
ST. MARK'S COMMUNITY PICNIC PLANNING MEETING - JOIN US!
All are welcome to be part of the planning team for this year's picnic, a
church-wide celebration which will take place Sunday, August 21st.
Each year, we look forward to this great event, filled with food, friends,
games, and activities for all ages!

The planning team will meet Monday, July 11th from 6:00pm-7:00pm in Room 10. If you cannot attend the planning meeting, but would like to be a part
of making this great day possible, contact Mary Beth Morgan. 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13th, 2:00pm-3:30pm
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN (UMW)
FUN, FOOD, AND FELLOWSHIP
STYLE SHOW & TEA
Celebrate Monroe County United Ministries provision of emergency food and other services as well as affordable, quality childcare. Women from all over Monroe County and surrounding area churches are invited to "Fun, Food, and Fellowship Style Show and Tea" presented by Chico's and St. Mark's United Methodist Women. No admission, but a free will offering will be taken for MCUM. Since we plan for approximately 200 women, please consider providing food, preparation, or cleanup. Sign-up sheets are on the UMW bulletin board. For more information and to RSVP, contact Nancy Lumbley (812-339-6467), Flo Davis (812-332-8788), or Linda Crawford (812-336-2277).

SUNDAY SCHOOL
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL

"PILGRIMS"
9:15am-10:15am
in Room 13

"NOMADS"
9:15am-10:15am in Room 10

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

  

CHILDREN & FAMILY
WORSHIP 
WILL NOT MEET ON JULY 3rd
& WILL RESUME ON JULY 10th

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL 
Due to the Independence Day weekend, Children and Youth Sunday School will not meet on July 3rd. We look forward to seeing you in Sunday School next Sunday, July 10th.
 
 
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Click below for more details or to print a schedule of summer programming for your use at home  
 
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SUNDAY, JULY 3rd
CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL 
Due to the Independence Day weekend,
Children and Youth Sunday School will not meet on July 3rd. We look forward to seeing you in Sunday School next Sunday, July 10th. 
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS
THANK YOU BRIGITTE AND DEB; TWO WONDERFUL TEACHERS!
On Sunday mornings, our youngest children at St. Mark's have been blessed by the loving care of volunteer and paid caregivers. Brigitte Colon is a regular Sunday morning caregiver that needs to move on from St. Mark's because of other employment needs. Brigitte's kind and gentle presence will be missed by many, especially the children and families who have come to trust and look forward to her care-giving. We wish Brigitte well as she moves forward in her journey of caring for children in her other work places. Thank you Brigitte.

Another familiar face in St. Mark's children's ministry is Deb Davis. Deb, among many other roles at St. Mark's, has been a monthly volunteer Sunday school teacher with the 3rd - 6th grade students. Deb dearly cares for her students and families and expresses that in her creativity and time shared each month in Sunday school. Deb is ready to move on and share her time differently at St. Mark's and we thank her for her amazing role as Sunday school teacher.

SEEKING A SUNDAY SCHOOL VOLUNTEER AND NURSERY CAREGIVER
With the leadership transitions in the Nursery and Sunday school, we have two immediate needs to fill. Please consider being a volunteer Sunday school teacher. Although we have a need in the 3rd - 6th grade age group, we welcome a volunteer for any age group. This is a monthly commitment that doesn't take too much time. A curriculum and materials are provided. All efforts are made to accommodate volunteers to make the experience enjoyable and meaningful.

A paid childcare position is open for the Sunday morning nursery. This position is on Sunday mornings from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm. St. Mark's is seeking a nurturing adult who can provide sound references and a love for infant and toddlers. This caregiver does not need to be a part of the St. Mark' congregation.

Please contact Bridget McIntyre if you are interested in these opportunities or know of anyone who might be interested.
 
 
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
"PILGRIMS," 9:15am
The Pilgrims meet at 9:15am in Room 13. Come join us this week for the 1st lesson in new series entitled THE OLD TESTAMENT. All are welcome to attend! Come join us for the lecture and the resulting discussion.

SUNDAY, JULY 3rd: LECTURE #1   
"IN THE BEGINNING (GENESIS 1)"  
Prof. Amy-Jill Levine - Vanderbilt University Divinity School
 
The opening lecture introduces not only the content of the Old Testament/Tanakh but also a number of issues - historical, theological, and aesthetic - involved in its interpretation. Following a brief description of biblical materials and the means by which they may be appreciated, we turn to several critical tools that are useful for gaining a deeper appreciation of Scripture and some of the technical terms used in its academic study. The general discussion concludes by noting a few biblical contributions to Western culture. At last entering the text, we begin "in the beginning", with the first chapter of Genesis, examining test cases for the diversity of interpretive approaches.
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
"NOMADS," 9:15am   
The Nomads class is now using Anne Lamott's 2013 book, Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair to inspire their discussion.

From the Amazon page for this
book: What do we do when life lurches out of balance? How can
we reconnect to one other and to what's sustaining, when evil and catastrophe seem inescapable?
These questions lie at the heart
of Stitches, in which Anne Lamott explores how we find meaning
and peace in these loud and
frantic times; where we start
again after personal and public devastation; how we recapture wholeness after loss; and how
we locate our true identities in
this frazzled age. We begin,
Lamott says, by collecting the
ripped shreds of our emotional
and spiritual fabric and sewing
them back together, one stitch
at a time.
 
Come join these Sunday morning discussions on this theme of restoring wholeness with the Nomads. All are welcome to join us, even without reading the book!
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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.
INTERESTED IN CASA? 
CASA volunteers advocate for children who are in the court system due to neglect or abuse. The next training takes place during two intensive weekends, July 29-31 and August 12-14.  Visit the website monroecountycasa.org or call 812-333-2272 for more information.

Would your Sunday School class or small group like more information as a presentation? Feel free to contact Amee Yoder to hear about her CASA experience. She can be reached at 812-336-0541 or ameeyoder@gmail.com, or contact the CASA office at 812-333-2272
   
AT ST. MARK'S UMC
FRIDAY, JULY 1st, 12:15pm-1:30pm
CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE MEN'S GROUP
Men are welcome to join this discussion group which meets in Room 15 each Friday throughout the year.
 TUESDAY, JULY 5th, 7:00pm-8:00pm
TRUSTEES COMMITTEE MEETING
Please note that the Trustees Committee meeting has been moved to the first Tuesday this month because of Monday's Fourth of July holiday.
 
TUESDAY, JULY 5th, 9:30am-11:00am
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
United Methodist Women (UMW) Executive Board, consisting of UMW officers, meets once each month in Room 12 for planning.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6th, 1:00pm-3:00pm
ST. MARK'S QUILTERS & CRAFTERS
Bring your quilting or crafts to Room 10 and enjoy some time with others who enjoy quilting and crafting. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. 
 
ALL-CHURCH EMAIL AND BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS:
CHANGES IN COMMUNICATIONS HAVE BEGUN
EVENT INFORMATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
In an effort to be better stewards of our resources, a new document, published monthly, has been designed. "UPCOMING AT ST. MARK'S" which is separate from the bulletin, includes the announcements and information from ministry areas, committees, and groups. This approach will  greatly reduce the number of printed pages in the bulletin each week. It will also necessitate that all of us plan ahead. Please note the following submission deadlines for "UPCOMING AT ST. MARK'S".
Articles for August need to be submitted by Monday, July 25.
You may submit articles by e-mail to office@smumc.church, by bringing/sending them to the church office, or by reaching us by phone (812-332-5788).
GET YOUR COPY OF "UPCOMING AT ST. MARK'S"

The monthly "UPCOMING AT ST. MARK'S" will be available in the sanctuary each Sunday, at the Welcome Desk throughout the week, electronically at link below, and mailed to those who request them. Please contact the church office, or Mary Beth Morgan, with any questions. Thank you for your efforts, as we partner together in seeking to be better stewards of our resources.

Read or print your copy at the link below
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, Administrative Assistant
office@smumc.church

Dennis Morgan, Head Custodian
dennismorgan@smumc.church


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