"An inclusive community bringing Christ-like love, healing, and hope to all."

WelcomeSt. 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, SEPTEMBER 25th 
19th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

BREAKFAST
9:30am in Garton Hall
Thank you to the CROP Walk & Maze team for providing breakfast. Donations are appreciated to support this important ministry.

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)


CHILDREN AND FAMILY WORSHIP
9:30am (Room 8)
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SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE   
10:30am
Reverend Jimmy Moore, preaching
Scripture Reading - Luke 16:19-31
Sermon Title -
All In: Lessons in the Economy of Grace
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CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30am
*4 years-First Grade (Room 8)
*2nd-3rd Grade (Room 4)
*4th-5th Grade (Room 9)
*6th-8th Grade (Room 3)
*9th-12th Grade (Youth Room)

*Please note room changes. 
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 9:30am-10:15am

CHILDREN AND FAMILY WORSHIP
Celebration! meets in Room 8 for a child-focused worship where children, families, friends can enjoy this worship together. 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 10:30am worship service to create an interactive, playful, and prayerful experience for children and adults together

NOW THROUGH FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th
SUPPORT THE HOOSIER HILLS FOOD DRIVE!
BRING NON-PERISHABLE FOOD THIS MONTH
Please donate to the food drive for Hoosier Hills Food Bank- a local food bank that collects, stores, and distributes food in our community! You can donate food at St. Mark's through the end of September by placing items in Hoosier Hills Food Bank barrels located throughout the church. Bring food to donate whenever and as often as you are able. Hoosier Hills reports that their food pantry is low on food, so now is the best time to give.
Items Needed:
  • Canned Proteins (beans, tuna, etc.)
  • Canned Fruit or Vegetables
  • Peanut Butter
  • Soups
  • Boxed Dinners
Thank You for supporting a great cause!

SEPTEMBER 25th
NEW MEMBER CLASS CONTINUES 
Please join us in Room 15 at 9:30am for our second membership class on Sunday, September 25th, 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 is infant/toddler care in Rooms 24 and 25. Pre-school age and older children are welcome to join Amy Jones 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, October 2nd. Please contact Jimmy Moore (812-332-5788) 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.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th
OPERATION FRIENDSHIP MEETING
This meeting of Operation Friendship will be in Room 8 at 7:00pm. Please contact Tina Cron for more information. 
THE WYATT FAMILY'S HABITAT HOME IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION!
The construction of Jeff and Carla Wyatt's Habitat for Humanity House began yesterday!  Jeff, our wonderful evening custodian at St. Mark's, and his wife, Carla, are raising their granddaughters (Keelahlah, age 7 and Kyla, age 3) and wanted them to have a home. During the past year, Jeff and Carla have put in over 250 "sweat equity" volunteer hours, are now working on their new home along with hundreds of IU students, faculty and staff. Sponsored by Whirlpool, it is being built near the IU Football Stadium on 17th Street, and will later be moved to the McDoel Gardens neighborhood. As the St. Mark's community, we are invited to partner with them, as well.

Help Provide a Meal
Jeff and/or Carla need to be on-site during the build hours, as well as working their regular jobs and taking care of the girls. We are providing dinners for them for these ten build days.
Click the link here to help www.SignUpGenius.com/go/8050845AFAF28A20-dinners.
 
Come to the Dedication of their Home
Saturday, October 1, 6:00pm (Note that it will be prior to the football game.)
Location: 17th Street, in the tailgate field, near the Virgil T. DeVault Alumni Center
 
Plan to come to a Housewarming Celebration for Jeff, Carla, Keelahlah and Kyla!
Sunday, October 30th, 11:30am (following worship at St. Mark's)
More details to follow. Contact Mary Beth Morgan if you can help with the planning for this celebration!

Follow these links for more information about the Wyatt's Habitat Build, and the important ministry of Habitat for Humanity.

AARON COMFORTY MISSION TRIP:
STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE'S SACRED STONE CAMP
Aaron Comforty, our own Children and Youth Music Leader, is leaving for Standing Rock on Sunday after worship, and he has asked for support from the SMUMC community. Aaron has been moved by the protest launched by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Sacred Stone Camp in their protection of the Missouri River from The Dakota Access oil pipeline. The tribe has argued that the pipeline would disturb sacred sites as well as pollute drinking water for the tribe and millions of others downstream.
United Methodists from around the country are standing with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, as you can read in this article:

When he travels to North Dakota, Aaron is going to take in his car material items donated. Please deliver any donations before Sunday morning.
Here is a list of items that are needed:
Tent's, banners, sheets, batteries (AA, D, C), battery packs for charging phones, folding tables, hairnets, hats (winter and caps), lanterns, flashlights, LED lights, laundry soap, lighters, matches, mallet, nail clippers, paint (spray), raincoats, ponchos, ropes, tie downs, solar chargers for electronic devices, solar panels, inverter, sleeping bags (cold weather), sweaters (especially XL-3C), Sweaters/vests for security and medics, tarps, tipis and tipi poles, tipi liners for winter, walkie talks and cb radios, water jugs (not bottled water), work gloves (all sizes).

Should you wish to send money to the Tribe, you may use the Paypal link found here:
We are grateful to Aaron for his conscientious commitment to this cause, and please to offer support for it.

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, FRIENDS & FAMILY WORSHIP 
9:30am-10:30am (Room 8) 

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
*4 years-First Grade (Room 8)
*2nd-3rd Grade (Room 4)
*4th-5th Grade (Room 9)
*6th-8th Grade (Room 3)
*9th-12th Grade (Youth Rom)


*Please note these most recent
room changes.  
 
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THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th
CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL   
Greater numbers of young people are attending Children and Youth Sunday school, so changes in the age groupings and the classroom locations were made in August. Please see age-groupings and room locations in the side bar to the left of this section.

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS
SEEKING MORE SUNDAY SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS 
Please consider being a volunteer Sunday school teacher. We welcome volunteers for any age group. Thank you to those who are now teaching Sunday School! There is still need for volunteers to teach one time per month or as a substitute teacher. A curriculum and materials are provided. All efforts are made to accommodate volunteers to make the experience enjoyable and meaningful.

Please contact Amy Jones or Mary Beth Morgan if you are interested in these opportunities or know of anyone who might be interested.

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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.
 
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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 a series entitled THE OLD TESTAMENT. All are welcome to attend at any point in the series! Come join us for the lecture and the resulting discussion.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th:  
The Book of Judges, Part 1
(Judges 1-8) Lecture #12  
Prof. Amy-Jill Levine - Vanderbilt University Divinity School

The Book of Judges offers testimony to the role of independent tribal units even as it anticipates the creation of the monarchy. Gone is the time of miracles, the sun standing still, or the trumpets blaring and the walls of Jericho falling. In fact, gone is the time when you can tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys. When we move to the Book of Judges, it is as if we are coming closer to our own world.
 
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
"NOMADS," 9:15am   
In the coming weeks, the Nomads class plans to read and discuss The Road to Character by David Brooks. From Amazon, "Blending psychology, politics, spirituality, and confessional, The Road to Character provides an opportunity for us to rethink our priorities, and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth."
 
Come to Room 10 and join these Sunday morning discussions with the Nomads.  All are welcome to join in, even without reading the text!
ST. MARK'S CONGREGATION VOTES TO BECOME A RECONCILING CONGREGATION 
On Sunday, August 28th, after worship, a welcome statement came before the entire congregation for a vote of affirmation.
(See welcome statement in header.) Of the 197 votes cast, all were in favor of affirming the statement, and officially becoming a Reconciling Congregation as an affiliate with Reconciliation Ministries Network! Thanks to all who through the years of this discernment process have led gentle, thoughtful and courageous conversations to bring us to this place. If you have questions, contact one of the pastors or members of the Reconciling Task Force. We invite you to visit the Reconciling Ministries Network webpage at www.rmnetwork.org.

     
THIS WEEK AT ST. MARK'S UMC

GET INVOLVED TODAY! 
CROP WALK AND MAZE AT BLOOMINGTON FARMER'S MARKET ON OCT. 1! 
Sign up to be a walker who collects donations, and try the maze to support the interfaith relief and development organization Church World Service (CWS)! Donations are now being accepted to support the walker's and raise funds. Read the full article here.
Donate online at our St. Mark's team website crophungerwalk.org/bloomingtonin or contact Tony Mescher,Lisa Miller-Maidi, or CROP treasurer Rich Corwin to locate a walker who is collecting donations. 
 
THURSDAYS, SEPTEMBER 22nd & 29th, 6:15pm-7:15pm
HANDBELL CHOIR REHEARSAL
Whether or not you have experience playing bells, if you've played some musical instrument at some point in your life, you're equipped to give bells a try! Handbell Choir plays in Worship one or two times each month, and rehearses each Thursday evening from 6:15-7:15pm. For more information, contact Gerry Sousa.

THURSDAYS, SEPTEMBER 22nd & 29th, 7:30pm-8:30pm
CHANCEL CHOIR REHEARSAL
The Chancel Choir provides choral music during Sunday Worship and for special services throughout the year. The Choir rehearses each Thursday evening from 7:30-8:30pm and is open to anyone who enjoys singing (no auditions necessary!). For more information, contact Gerry Sousa, Director of Music Ministries.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd & 30th, 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.

TUESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 27th, 6:30pm-8:00pm
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Join others in the Parlor of Garton Hall to enjoy knitting and crocheting to make prayer shawls and other yarn products.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 1:00pm-3:00pm
ST. MARK'S QUILTERS & CRAFTERS
Bring your quilting or crafting projects to Room 10 each Wednesday and enjoy time with others as you work or your quilting or other crafting projects. 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
eXtra Years of Zest (XYZ) SUPPER AND PROGRAM
DR. CHARLIE NELMS WILL SPEAK ABOUT HIS LIFE AND WORK
Meet, talk with, and hear Dr. Charlie Nelms discuss his life and work as an educator and IU administrator on Wednesday, September 28, at 5:30 - 7:30pm. New members of the church are especially encouraged to attend, but all +55 adults are most cordially invited to this program. Bring a dish to share and your table service for the dinner that will begin at 5:30pm. The conversation with Charlie will begin at 6:30pm.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE FUTURE EVENTS 

TUESDAY,OCTOBER 11th, 6:00pm 
BUDDIES OF ST. FRANCIS: INAUGURAL MEETING
Buddies of St. Francis is a small group experience for those who love animals and believe that our spirituality is enhanced by their presence in the world and in our lives. This humans-only gathering will be a time to share stories, reflect, and consider opportunities for advocacy. Join us in Room 8 on Tuesday evening, October 11th, at 6:00pm. Contact Jimmy Moore for more information.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15th
LAITY DAY WITH BISHOP JULIUS C. TRIMBLE
Join with others at Castleton United Methodist Church, 7101 Shadeland Ave. in Indianapolis for a meaningful day of learning and listening with our new bishop. Come hear the call to hope, be reminded that hope restores us and moves us. Come hear the hope stories of others who are partners with us in the work of Christ and the church. Share together in workshops that will inspire, teach and challenge your personal call to hope. Be encouraged and inspired to discover, develop, and deploy fruitful leaders!
See more at: www.inumc.org/laityday16#sthash.TxHMSZcJ.dpuf 
 
SUNDAYS IN OCTOBER 
OPERATION FRIENDSHIP CHRISTMAS GREENERY FUNDRAISER
Support Operation Friendship and celebrate the holidays with beautiful greenery! One-stop shopping right here at St. Mark's where you can find a gift for family, friends, or business associates, be they in-town or out-of-town. The "Traditional Program" allows you to pick up your choices during the week of November 14th. The "Holiday Gift Program" pricing includes shipping costs and offers you an effortless way to have the symbols and fragrance of the season shipped to the recipient's doorstep. You may place your orders at the Operation Friendship table in Garton Hall every Sunday during the month of October. Phone or email orders may be place up to November 1st. Call or email Jane Dunatchik (812-322-0554 or janewd@att.net) or call the church office. View product photos and pricing HERE, go to www.ChristmasWreathProducts.org.

OPERATION FRIENDSHIP SEEKING HOSTS FOR ITS 2017 INTERNATIONAL MEETING
It is the Bloomington chapter's turn to host the Operation Friendship International meeting which will be April 19-23, 2017. Guests will include mostly adults and a few young adults from European countries. Your commitment will only be to provide housing, but you would be welcome to join in on activities if your schedule permits. If you might be interested in hosting, please let us know (tinacron@gmail.com or 812-322-8941). 
UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF DISASTER RESPONSE
The recent floods in Louisiana and Mississippi have been devastating for thousands of people. The state of Indiana has been in the path of natural disasters during the past month, and South Bend and Kokomo have been affected with severe damage. Financial donations are currently the best response. You may send your check (made out to St. Mark's) to the church office or place it in the offering plate, with the words UMCOR Advance #901670, on the memo line. You are also invited to contribute locally by putting "Indiana Disaster Fund" on the memo line.
UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S 
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 upon request 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 November need to be submitted by Monday, October 24th.
For more information, and to submit articles for publication, please contact the church office:  
office@smumc.church, 812-332-5788.

 Click to read the full-text  UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S for SEPTEMBER.
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

Amy Jones,
Interim Coordinator of Children & Youth Ministries
amyjones@smumc.church

Finance Office
Please contact the church office or Mary Beth Morgan

Aaron Comforty, Children's and Youth Music Leader  aaroncomforty@smumc.church
Sierra Roussos,
Director of St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten director@smnurseryschool.org

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

Click for our website: St. Mark's United Methodist Church
100 N. State Road 46 Bypass, Bloomington, IN 47408
Phone: 812-332-5788     Fax: 812-333-5544
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