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 SUNDAY AT ST. MARK'S
SUNDAY, JULY 30th
EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
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BREAKFAST IN GARTON HALL
9:00am 
Thank you to those who will be providing breakfast!

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

INFANT & TODDLER CARE
10:15am-11:30am  
Infants through Three-year-old (Room 24)
 
 
Children & Family Worship
is taking a summer vacation and will start again on Sunday, August 13th.

SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE 
10:30am 
Reverend Jimmy Moore, preaching 
Matthew 20:20-28
Sermon Title
Careful What You Ask For:
Honoring Holy Tension in Community 
 
THERE WILL BE NO CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL ON THIS 5TH SUNDAY. 
Children and Youth are encouraged to stay in sanctuary worship and are especially encouraged to be part of worship leadership:  Serve as greeters, readers, candle lighters, or share your musical, artistic or other gifts. 
Contact Mary Beth Morgan.

During the Worship Service, Childcare will be available for children in preschool-3rd grade in Room 22.

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Get to know one another;  
wear a name tag, please. 
This Sunday, July 30th, 10:30am
Sanctuary Worship
This Sunday in Worship, Rev. Jimmy Moore will offer the sermon, "Careful What You Ask For: Honoring Holy Tension in Community", arising from Matthew 10:34-42. Music will be provided by organist, Pam Freeman.

This Sunday, July 30th (the 5th Sunday of the Month)
"Sanctuary Sunday"
No 10:30 Children or Youth Sunday School
Children and Youth are encouraged to stay in sanctuary worship and are especially encouraged to be part of worship leadership:  Serve as greeters, readers, candle lighters, or share your musical, artistic or other gifts.
Contact Mary Beth Morgan.

During the Worship Service, Childcare will be available for children in preschool-3rd grade in Room 22.

Collection Ends This Sunday, July 30th
Backpack School Supplies Collection
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 to children in need:

Backpacks, Pencil boxes, Markers, Crayons, Glue Sticks, Scissors, Lined Paper, Spiral Notebooks, Composition Notebooks, Colored Pencils, Rulers, Pocket Folders, Pens, Erasers.

Additionally, you can volunteer in the preparation and distribution of these materials
at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church on these days:
Monday, July 31, 1-3pm-Sorting & Counting 
Tuesday, August 1, 10am-12pm-Packing backpacks 
Wednesday, August 2, 8-11am-Giving backpacks away
(volunteers arrive 7:30am)

 
Breakfast Volunteers
Our breakfast event has become a great way to start the morning, and to provide a deep welcome to all who come our way. It is also a great way for those groups who help provide breakfast to raise contributions for their own mission effort or a cause they value. Sign up today in Garton Hall to provide breakfast on a future Sunday. Contact the church office to reach Jimmy Moore at the church office or breakfast coordinator Christine Conrad at 812-961-2959 or silent2hear@gmail.com 

You Can Sponsor Altar Flowers
Flowers are placed on the altar each Sunday. Individuals and families may sponsor altar flowers. Please sign up on the clip board at the Garton Hall Welcome Desk or by calling the church office. If you are sponsoring flowers in "honor", "celebration", or "memory", please let us know how you want this listed in the bulletin. Checks in the amount of $45.00 should be made out to St. Mark's United Methodist Church with "altar flowers" in the memo.
  
Pets of St. Mark's UMC Community on Facebook  
Hey, Buddies of St. Francis, a small group at St. Mark's United Methodist Church of Bloomington, has just started this new page to celebrate our pets and support the love and care of animals. Feel free to join, and post pics of your pets or articles that deepen our love of all of God's creatures. Go to Facebook and search for "Pets of St. Mark's UMC Community", and click 'Like'.  
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"PAVING THE WAY" PARKING LOT REPAVING PROJECT 
The good news is paving is complete! Thank you to those who have given or pledged to Project St. Mark's the Sequel, and to the people and agencies who have supported the "Paving the Way" fundraising project to make this improvement project possible.
Please continue to prayerfully consider donations and pledges to this project. 
FUNDS TO SUPPORT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY COMMUNITY INTERFAITH BUILD

In Garton Hall or the church office
Get Your Own Interfaith Community Habitat Build T-Shirts  
These T-shirts are available for the special St. Mark's price of $10. All proceeds go to support the build. Extra donations are welcome. We are still working to meet our financial goal for this build.

Thank you to the St. Mark's community and our friends in other faith communities who partnered with Gustavo and Itzel Diaz and their five children, as we joined together to build their home and, in the process, built relationships with one another.

Participating faith communities included: The Bahá'í Faith of Bloomington, Congregation Beth Shalom, First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Church, St. Mark's United Methodist Church, St. Paul Catholic Center, Unitarian Universalist Church, and the IU Student Interfaith Coalition: Muslim Student Association, Christian Student Fellowship, UKirk, Hillel, Project IMPACT, Indian Student Association. We were also joined by Unity Church the Bloomington Chamber Singers, the YMCA Knitting Group, the Church of Latter Day Saints and others. It was truly a commUNITY build! 
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 
CHILDCARE THIS SUNDAY
10:15am  
Infant through Three-year-old Care (Room 25)

10:30am
Preschool-3rd grade Childcare
(Room 22) 


     
CHILDREN, FRIENDS & FAMILY WORSHIP
is taking a summer vacation and will start again on Sunday, August 13th.

"Sanctuary Sunday" 
NO CHILDREN OR YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL THIS WEEK
Children and Youth are encouraged to stay in sanctuary worship and are especially encouraged to be part of worship leadership:  Serve as greeters, readers, candle lighters, or share your musical, artistic or other gifts. Contact Mary Beth Morgan.
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QUESTIONS ABOUT
CHILDREN'S OR YOUTH MINISTRIES?
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See God Through the Eyes of a Child This Fall 
Curious about teaching Sunday School? We still need Sunday School teachers for this fall.We only ask you to teach once per month. Contact Sarah Gettie McNeill to sign up! 
 
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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. 
 
This Sunday, July 30th
Children & Family Worship will not meet
Please note that CELEBRATION! will NOT meet this Sunday and will take the summer "off". CELEBRATION! will resume 
August 13th, once school has started.

This Sunday, July 30th, 10:30am 
"Sanctuary Sunday"
NO CHILDREN OR YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL THIS WEEK
Children and Youth are encouraged to stay in sanctuary worship and are especially encouraged to be part of worship leadership:  Serve as greeters, readers, candle lighters, or share your musical, artistic or other gifts. Contact Mary Beth Morgan.

Sunday School Registration Renewal 
Complete registration forms here.
If you have not yet registered your child for Sunday School this year, 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).
 
Parenting Facebook Group
Looking for ways to connect with other St. Mark's families in the church?  Join the "St. Mark's Parenting" Facebook group!  This is a venue to find out more about what's going on at St. Mark's for families, as well as for you to create the parenting support YOU want and need in your daily life.  Direct questions to Sarah Gettie McNeill.
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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
Nomads
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. This Sunday and in August, Nomads will discuss Ten Prayers That Changed the World - Extraordinary Stories of Faith That Shaped the Course of History  by Jean-Pierre Isbouts. All are welcome with no preparation required.

Adult Sunday School, 9:15am 
Pilgrims
The Holy Land Revealed
A video lecture series with Prof. Jodi Magness, Univ. North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Lecture 28 on Sunday, July 30th:
"The First Jewish Revolt: Jerusalem Destroyed" 
The events surrounding the death of James the Just highlights the instability in the Holy Land in the 1st century. In AD 66, the first Jewish Revolt started as a result of tensions and hostilities between Jews and Non-Jews at Caesarea and very quickly spread to Jerusalem and the rest of the country. In Jerusalem itself, the captain of the temple ended the practice of offering customary sacrifices on behalf of the Roman emperor and state.
  
 
All are welcome at any point in the lecture series. Come join us for the video and the resulting discussions.

AT ST. MARK'S UMC
 

 Each Friday, 12:30pm, New Location! Bell Trace
Conversations on Life Men's Group
Conversations on Live Men's Group will now be meeting at Bell Trace in the Chapel or the Private Dining Room. Each of these rooms is on the Basement level of the main (taller) building. During July, the Conversations on Life men's group will be reading and discussing Streams of Living Water by Richard Foster. The group meets at Bell Trace every Friday at 12:30 pm. 

Tuesday, July 25th, 6:30pm
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Share your love of knitting or crochet with others while making prayer shawls. These shawls will be used to offer comfort in a time of illness or grief. A prayer shawl can also be given to recognize a birth, baptism, wedding, or other celebration.   

Each Wednesday, 1:00pm-3:00pm
St. Mark's Quilters & Crafters

Bring your quilting or crafts to Room 10 and spend time with others who enjoy these activities. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, August 1st, 1:00-5:00pm at Monroe County Fairgrounds
Monroe County Fair with St. Mark's
Meet St. Mark's families at the fair on this family-oriented day. We will gather at 1:00pm in front of the livestock barn. Sarah Gettie will provide her cell number in the event your family needs to arrive after 1:00pm and you want to join us. Fair events schedule can be viewed at  www.monroecountyfairgrounds.in/family-and-children.html
 
Saturday, August 5th, 12:30pm-1:30pm at St. Mark's Play Yards (final location TBD)
Parents of Babies & Young Children Group Inaugural Meeting
Join other parents of babies and toddlers for this play date! As it is the inaugural meeting, we will discuss the needs of this group and how you would like to see it take shape going forward. If you wish to be on this group's email list, contact Sarah Gettie at  sarahgettiemcneill@smumc.church. Final notice about this group's meeting location will be sent out to the email list. Information will also be posted to the St. Mark's Parenting Facebook Group.

Tuesday, August 8th, 4:20pm Carpool
Taizé Worship Service at St. Mary-of-the-Woods
Join friends from St. Mark's for a road trip to West Terre Haute to attend another one of the monthly, ecumenical Taizé services hosted by the Sisters of Providence. Our group last made the trip during Holy Week, and our souls were fed deeply. The Taizé services run from 7-8 pm, and they include short readings, moments of silence and songs we quietly repeat with the help of a few talented musicians and singers. These meditative services are held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception which is worth the drive itself. Our group will carpool from the south parking lot of St. Mark's at 4:20 pm. We will stop in downtown Terre Haute around 5:35 for a light dinner at the unique Aracari Kitchen before heading across the Wabash to the campus of St. Mary-in-the-Woods. For more information contact Charlie Matson at (812) 331-0413 or matsonhoosier@yahoo.com
READ JULY EDITION OF UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S HERE
is published once 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 the first Sunday of each month along with the Sunday worship bulletin, and thereafter are available at the Welcome Center Desk, at the main entrances to the building, or by contacting the church office.
SUBMITTING ARTICLES FOR FUTURE PUBLICATIONS:
All ministry areas, church committees, and interest groups are encouraged to submit articles for the next edition of UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S. Articles for August 2017 are due Monday, July 24th. For more information, and to submit articles for publication, please contact the church office.
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

Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill, Director of Children's Ministries
sarahgettiemcneill@smumc.church
Please Contact Mary Beth Morgan for Youth Ministries.
Natalie LeBeau, Finance Director
financeoffice@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

Amy Jones,
Coordinator of Childcare and Sunday Morning Nursery
childcare@smumc.church
Claire Schaffer, Administrative Assistant
office@smumc.church

Dennis Morgan, Head Custodian
dennismorgan@smumc.church

100 N. State Road 46 Bypass, Bloomington, IN 47408
Phone: 812-332-5788     Fax: 812-333-5544
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