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Published Thursday, March 22, 2018
  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.
"Where the Heart Is" 2018 Stewardship & Capital Giving   
This Week at St. Mark's UMC
9:00am (Garton Hall) 
Thank you to the Nursery School & Kindergarten Ministry Team who will be preparing breakfast!
Donations are appreciated to support the Playground Fund.
9:15am Nomads (Room 10) 
9:15am Pilgrims (Room 13)  
9:30am  Bible Banter (Room 11)
Infant through Three-year-old
9:30am-11:30am (Rooms 24 & 25)
9:30am in Garton Hall
Preschool in Room 27
Kindergarten-1st Grade in Room 28
2nd-3rd Grade in Room 4 
4th-5th Grade in Room 9
6th-12th Grade in Room 3
Reverend Mary Beth Morgan, preaching  
Mark 11:1-11
Sermon Title
Movements of the Heart
& Voices in the Crowd
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March 2018
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. Additional copies are available at the Welcome Center Desk, at the main entrances to the building, or by contacting the Church Office. Submit articles for publication by Wednesday, March 21st by contacting the church office.
Sunday, March 25th, 10:30am, Sanctuary
Palm Sunday Worship
We hope you plan to be at St. Mark’s for a great Palm Sunday morning! Children, youth, and the young at heart (of all ages) are invited to be part of the Parade of Palms early in the worship service. 

We reflect on the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem on a simple donkey to cheers and shouts of Hosanna!, and what it means for us today.  In the span of the next two weeks, youth (and adults) from across the nation will be gathering in Washington D.C. to have their voices heard; March Madness will continue to march madly; we will remember and commemorate the 50 th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination; and Christians will move through Holy Week together and then to the joy of Easter morning. In the midst of all of this, how do we respond to movements of the heart and the voices of the crowds, as we seek to live responsively to God’s presence? 

We are fortunate to have in music leadership this Sunday, St. Mark’s Nic Narducci and his fellow nationally recognized Jazz Musicians from Bloomington North High School, along with IU Jazz Professor, Pat Harbison and Bassist, Stefan Lenthe. Pam Freeman and Roby Park will share a piano/organ duet, and the Chancel Choir will sing, with leadership from Jake Engel Lisa Kurz. Children and youth will also be sharing in worship leadership.
In the spirit of improvisation, you are invited to be a part of “Sit Somewhere Else Sunday” (if you have a regular place you sit in the sanctuary). As you wish, it is an opportunity to gain a new perspective and make new connections.
Come for breakfast, which starts at 9:00am and is being provided by the Nursery School & Kindergarten Ministry. Donations are appreciated to support the Playground Fund. Adult Sunday School classes begin at 9:15am. Infant & Toddler Care begins at 9:30am, as does Celebration! for children, families and all ages begins in Garton Hall. If you have children or youth who will be going to 10:30am Sunday School, please sign them in at the table in Garton Hall before worship. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Palm Sunday, March 25th, 10:30am, Sanctuary Worship
Children and Youth In Worship Leadership
Children and Youth are welcome to be part of worship leadership any Sunday. They are especially invited, this month, on Palm Sunday, March 25th. Children and youth are invited to serve by greeting/handing out bulletins, leading a prayer, sharing a musical or artistic talent, helping the ushers, etc. All are invited to be part of the Parade of Palms early in the worship service. Please contact Mary Beth Morgan if your child(ren)/youth would like to participate in worship leadership and which role(s) are of interest. Thank you!

March 29th, 7:00pm
Enter into the story of the Last Supper
Communion and Hand Washing
Led by Rev. Mary Beth Morgan

March 30th, 7:00pm
A contemplative service of word and reflections. Chancel Choir and music from the Taizé tradition
Led by Rev. Jimmy Moore and others

April 1st, 8:30am & 10:30am
We celebrate the joy of Easter morning
with Brass, with the Chancel & Bell Choirs,
and with congregational singing, including “Hallelujah” from Messiah.
Rev. Jimmy Moore, preaching

*Please contact the church office for childcare options during the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services.
On Palm Sunday & Easter, many visitors and guests may be at St. Mark's.
Get to know one another; 
wear a name tag, please. 
A Lenten Journey: Growing in the Practices of Faith
Jesus said, “If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”
(John 13:17)
The worship services during the season of Lent will guide us toward reflection on how we grow deeper and stronger in faith through some basic Christian practices. Following themes suggested in the book, Practicing our Faith , edited by Dorothy C. Bass, we will consider the practices of Singing Our Lives, Nurturing Sacred Connections, Living with Generosity and Conviviality, Keeping Sabbath and Enacting Holy Conversation. Consider using these themes to model your journey through the season of Lent.

The Season of Lent began with the Ash Wednesday and continues until Easter on April 1st. In the early history of Christianity, it was a time of preparation for those who were to be baptized on Easter Sunday. Many contemporary Christians consider it a time to “give up” some habit to make room for spiritual growth. We are asking you to consider adopting or enhancing some spiritual practice that will enhance growth in faith. We look forward to sharing this season together.
Tuesday March 27th, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Room 8
Lenten Bible Classes
Rev. Robert Sharp will be the final speaker of this year's Lenten Bible series on Tuesday evening. Robert was born in Kansas but grew up in Mississippi, as did his wife Cynthia. Robert graduated from Millsaps College, a Methodist college in Jackson, which in 1965 was the first all-white college in Mississippi to desegregate! Robert then went to Duke Divinity School. Rev. Sharp's career as a pastor began in Mississippi but when he found that the progress being made there toward toward an equitable integration of the church districts was slower than he hoped for, he transferred to the South Indiana Conference. After serving four churches in Indiana, Robert became the District Supt. in Rushville, during which time he recruited our Randy Brady into the ministry. Robert then moved to Bloomington where he served as the Director of Connectional Ministries for the South Conference until he retired in 2007.
Robert and Cynthia are frequent worshipers at St. Mark's, but Robert may be better known by our children and their parents as the model railroad hobbyist who has set up part of his train collection at St. Mark's for the last two Advents. The March 27th class, which will start at 7:00 pm in Room 8, will give our adults a chance to get to know Rev. Sharp better as he leads us in the session he has titled "Where Do You Start?". Robert will be helping us reach some new insights from the beautiful, poetic description of creation at the very beginning of Genesis.
Sunday School
9:15am-10:15am in Room 13
9:15am-10:15am in Room 10
9:30am-10:15am in Room 11

Infant through 3-year-olds 
(Rooms 24 & 25)

9:30am in Garton Hall

Preschool in Room 27
Kindergarten-1st Grade in Room 28
2nd-3rd Grade in Room 4 
4th-5th Grade in Room 9
6th-12th Grade in Room 3
Sunday School Registration Renewal Complete registration forms here.
If you have not yet registered your child for Sunday School, please do so today. If needed, 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).
This Sunday, March 25th, 9:30am-11:30am
Nursery Care Schedule Returns to 9:30-10:30am
Nursery Care schedule is now back to the normal times after Spring Break. Nursery Care for Infants and Toddlers begins at 9:30am and ends a few minutes after worship concludes.
Teach with the 2nd - 3rd or 4th - 5th Grade Faith Development Classes!
Spend one Sunday a month with a group of inquisitive children encountering Bible stories through science experiments, art, mission activities, games, or by making yummy treats! Engage the world through the eyes of a pre-teen learning to navigate relationships and deepening faith as they experience the Bible stories in a more mature way (they also make crafts and love to cook and play games!). With either group, you'll join an excellent team of teachers and get to know some of our church's awesome children and families. A curriculum is provided, along with a brief orientation to volunteering in Faith Development at St. Mark's. For more information, please contact Sarah Gettie McNeill, Director of Children and Family Ministries.
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. 
Each Sunday, 9:30am
Children, Friends & Family of all Ages 
CELEBRATION! takes place in Garton Hall, near the piano. People of all ages are invited to reflect on the theme for the day and to take part in the hands-on experiences available at the tables near the piano. Also, on Sundays when he's available, Aaron Comforty will close out our community in song as we end in a communal "Great Amen" before heading to the Sanctuary for worship. 
Adult Sunday School, 9:30am
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, and we 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 we often even 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, 9:15am
The Nomads class is a generally progressive group which meets each Sunday at 9:15am in Room 10 for fellowship and discussion of selected readings on issues related to faith, spirituality, or social justice. Nomads will discuss The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittister. All are welcome with no preparation required.

Adult Sunday School, 9:15am
Sunday, March 25th - Lecture #23: The Evolution of Religious Institutions
As religious communities take root and grow, they inevitable develop and construct institutional structures which are necessary to: perpetuate the religions, organize worship and establish authority for clarifying differences and determining orthodox doctrine and practice.
  This lecture examines ways in which the first followers of the Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad confronted and attempted to resolve emerging challenges and controversies through institutional structures.

All are welcome at any point in the lecture series. Come join us for the presentation and resulting discussion. Pilgrims will not meet next week, Easter Sunday.
Small Groups, Education, and Fellowship
Meets Each Wednesday, 1:00pm 
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 
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 Saving Jesus From the Church by Robin Meyers. 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
Conversations on Life men's group meets on Fridays to share in conversation about topics of interest often based on literature selected by the group. The group meets in the private dining room, at the basement level on the west side of the main building of Bell Trace. Visitors are always welcome.   

Friday, March 23rd, 1:30pm—3:00pm
Daytime Parents Group
The Daytime Parents of Young Children Group meets every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month in Room 24 to support one another through the intense joys and challenges of raising young humans. There is minimal homework, and it’s never required. Currently, we are reading the very brief chapters in The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: A New Interpretation by William Martin, and reflecting on the spiritual wisdom of both this text and Christian scriptures as it relates to parenting. Bring the kids! There are toys to entertain them while parents discuss. Invite friends, and if it is your first time, contact Sarah Gettie McNeill to learn the chapter for the coming meeting.

Saturday, March 24th, 7:30am, Greene County Chapel
Bloomington Area UMC Churches Lenten Men’s Prayer Breakfasts
Men, make your plans to join with men from other local United Methodist Churches for the last Lenten prayer breakfast of 2018. Coffee served at 7:30am; Breakfast at 8:00am.

Monday, March 26th, 6:30pm at Nick's English Hut (423 E. Kirkwood Ave)
Pub Theology
During March, we continue a monthly small group experience called Pub
Theology. We’ll meet at Nick’s downtown, upstairs in the Hump Room (above the
front entrance area), have a beverage and snacks, and reflect on an interesting
theological piece of writing. This month, we’ll be reflecting on something by
Barbara Brown Taylor titled, “Public Truth, Private Truth: Making the Move from
Sermon to Memoir,” which poses some interesting thoughts about what we all want
in a worship experience, particularly the sermon. Plan to come at 6:30pm to order
your food and drink, and we’ll start discussion at 7:00pm. To indicate your intention
to attend, and receive the reading, contact Jimmy at ,
or contact the church office.

Wednesday, March 28th, 5:30pm, Garton Hall
eXtra Years of Zest (XYZ) Dinner & Program
All are invited to bring a dish at 5:30pm to share (please also bring your own table
service). After supper, at 6:20pm, Trina and Tony Mescher will share “The Epworth
Rectory & Church: Part of the Methodist Heritage,” an illustrated talk reflecting on
their recent trip to Northern England and their visit to John Wesley’s boyhood home
in Epworth. The founder of Methodism, John Wesley grew up in the era in which
the world’s industrial revolution began. He led a religious and social movement that
historians today recognize as one that helped England avoid the violent political
revolutions of the Continent as it introduced new laws protecting the impoverished
and disenfranchised.
Mark Your Calendar for Family Fun
Monday, April 2nd, 5:30pm-6:15pm at Gan Shalom Early Childhood Learning Center
Lotus Blossoms Concert with Crosspulse Duo and Dinner with the Artists
St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten, along with Gan Shalom, present a Lotus Blossom concert & dinner at Beth Shalom (3750 E Third Street). Lotus Blossoms is a youth-focused arts education outreach. Crosspulse Duo offers "performances that both entertain and educate young audiences by exploring the rhythmic possibilities in the world around us". A dinner with the artists will follow the performance. ($18/family, $6/individual) Please RSVP to
St. Mark's UMC
Vacation Bible School 2018
"DIG IT! Caring for Creation"
June 4-7, 9:30am-12:00 noon
Come ready to get messy! We are going to dig up stories of God’s love and the beauty of Creation while exploring themes of environmental stewardship. We will be planting native flowers in Prairie Pockets on the grounds at St. Mark’s – good for the earth, the bees and Monarch butterflies, as well as the spirits of all who share our space! Each day, children will explore these themes through story, song, art, and play. Kids in 4 th -6 th grades will have their own special activities. All activities will be age-appropriate and fun! The week will culminate in a special VBS worship service Sunday morning, June 10th, at 10:30am.
Youth are welcome to volunteer as leaders. Adult volunteers are needed to provide this program free of charge for all children. Participant registration and volunteer forms are available outside Sarah Gettie McNeill’s office in Garton Hall. For more information, contact Sarah Gettie McNeill or call her at 812-332-5788.
St. Mark's Staff Email
Rev. Jimmy Moore, Pastor

Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill, Director of Children's Ministries

Rodney Long, Director of Youth Ministries

Aaron Comforty,
Children & Youth Music Leader

Dennis Morgan, Head Custodian

Sierra Roussos, Director of St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten
R ev. Mary Beth Morgan, Pastor

Gerry Sousa,
Director of Music Ministries

Natalie LeBeau, Finance Director

Coordinator of Childcare
Contact Sarah Gettie McNeill

Claire Schaffer, Administrative Assistant

Amy Weger, Office Manager of 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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