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

 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
JANUARY 22    
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
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BREAKFAST IN GARTON HALL
9:30am 
Thank you to those preparing breakfast. 
 

CHILDREN, FRIENDS & FAMILY WORSHIP
9:30am 
(Room 26)

NEW MEMBER CLASS
9:30am
(Room 15) 

INFANT & TODDLER CARE
9:30am-11:30am 
Infant Care (Room 24)
Toddler Care (Room 25)

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30am   
4 years-1st Grade (Room 22)  
2nd-3rd Grade (Room 4)
4th-5th Grade (Room 9)
6th-8th Grade (Room 3)
9th-12th Grade (Youth Room) 

SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE   
10:30am
Reverend Jimmy Moore, preaching
Matthew 4:12-23
Sermon Title
Would You Please Answer that Call?

SUNDAY MORNING MEET & GREET
11:30am 
(Room 8) 
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THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 22nd
10:30am SANCTUARY WORSHIP
This Sunday in worship at 10:30am hear a message from Rev. Jimmy Moore titled "Would You Please Answer that Call?". The scripture, Matthew 4:12-23 tells of the first disciples and their response to Jesus' call to become fishers of men. Music by organist, Pam Freeman, and Chancel Choir led by Gerry Sousa, will be enjoyed along with hymns, prayer, and a time of greeting.
We look forward to worshiping together!

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22nd & SUNDAY, JANUARY 29th, 9:30am
NEW MEMBER CLASSES 
We will be hosting New Member Classes on Sunday, January 22nd and Sunday, January 29th, at 9:30am, in Room 15. If you are interested in becoming a new member, or just want to explore becoming a new member, you are most welcome. For families with children, there will be infant/toddler care in Room 25. Pre-school age and older children are welcome to attend Celebration! Worship for Children and Families in Room 26.
 
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.
 
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 5th. 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. Contact the church office to sign up, or contact Jimmy Moore for more information.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22nd, 11:30am
NEW TO ST. MARK'S?
ATTEND OUR SUNDAY MORNING MEET & GREET!
Join us if you are new to St. Mark's, have been here for a while and have questions about the church, or just want to meet some of those involved in church leadership. We will meet on Sunday, January 22nd, after worship, in Room 8. We'll have light snacks, and a brief time of conversation with the pastors and other church leaders. If you need childcare, contact the church office with the names and ages of your children. Although RSVPs are not necessary, you may wish to let us know you are coming by contacting the church office. We would love to see you on the 22nd!

SUNDAY, JANUARY 22nd, 1:00pm, GARTON HALL
NOAH'S ARK: AN INTERFAITH JOURNEY TOWARDS UNDERSTANDING
An informational meeting from a community group called NOAH'S ARK will be held in St. Mark's Garton Hall. All who are deeply interested in understanding other faiths are invited to attend. Learn more about this interfaith project that seeks to create a safe space for people of different faiths to have in-depth conversations. Find more information at www.bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org/agency/detail/noahsark or www.facebook.com/groups/noahsarkbloomington/ 
 
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 
Infant Care (Room 24) 
Toddler Care (Room 25)

 
CHILDREN, FRIENDS & FAMILY WORSHIP 
9:30am in Room 26  
 
CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL 
4 years-1st Grade (Room 22)  
2nd-3rd Grade (Room 4)
4th-5th Grade (Room 9)
6th-8th Grade (Room 3)
9th-12th Grade (Youth Room)  
 
 
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DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT CHILDREN AND YOUTH MINISTRIES?
Contact Mary Beth Morgan or the St. Mark's church office.   
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THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 22nd
CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
Parents are asked to sign children in at their Sunday School room. Children who attend Sunday School are invited to be part of the Children's Moment in Sanctuary Worship, and they can then return to Sunday School classrooms.

Please note that
Celebration! at 9:30am and the 4 Years-First Grade Sunday School Class at 10:30am meet in Room 26.

THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 22nd
SUNDAY SCHOOL ROOM CHANGE
The preschool-1st grade class will be moving permanently to a new space beginning this coming Sunday, January 22nd. This group has grown so much and we are really happy that so many new children have been part of our Sunday School program. Room 22 is in the same hallway as the nursery, on the other side of the nursery school office. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Jones or Mary Beth Morgan. We're so excited to be growing and using this wonderful classroom space. Thanks to the nursery school teachers who graciously share the beautiful classrooms to make this possible. 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29th
CHILDREN & YOUTH IN WORSHIP LEADERSHIP 
All children and youth are welcome to participate in leadership roles on any Sunday, and especially this month in the January 29th worship service. Children and youth are welcome to be greeters (hand out bulletins), acolytes (light candles), liturgists (lead a prayer or read the scripture), create the bulletin cover, share a musical piece, artistic talent or another leadership gift with the congregation. There are opportunities for all ages. Please contact Mary Beth Morgan if your child would like to participate in a special way on January 29th. Junior high and senior high youth will stay in Sanctuary service; there will not be 10:30am Sunday school for youth that day.

ALL YOUTH ARE INVITED TO BE PART OF THE 
CONFIRMATION PROCESS 
All 7th-9th grade youth (and any other youth not yet confirmed) are invited to be part of the Confirmation program at St. Mark's this winter and spring. All who are interested in learning more about this process are encouraged to contact Mary Beth Morgan. The confirmation program includes opportunities for group experiences, time with a mentor, trips to other faith communities, service experiences, and a retreat. Mary Beth Morgan and Jimmy Moore with be leading the Confirmation program this year.
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL 
"PILGRIMS," 9:15am

The Holy Land Revealed

Sunday, January 22nd

Lecture #3
"Jerusalem: An Introduction to the City" 
Prof. Jodi Magness 
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
 
In the third lecture, Prof. Magness reviews the history of Jerusalem from biblical accounts, beginning with David and Solomon and going down to the destruction of the city by the Babylonians in 586 BC.
 
All are welcome at any point in the lecture series. Come join us for the presentation and the resulting discussions.
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
"NOMADS," 9:15am   
The Nomads are a generally progressive group who meet Sundays at 9:30am in Room 10 for fellowship and discussion of selected readings on issues related to faith, spirituality, or social justice.

This Sunday, the Nomad Class will discuss the life & writings of Huston Smith who died on 1/5/17 at the age of 97. Smith was a Methodist minister, a college professor & a noted author.  His most read book, The Religions of Man, introduced millions to the wisdom found in the great religious traditions. Smith promoted the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment as a way to "turn our flashes of insight into abiding light".  
This is a change from the information published previously.  
   
Come to Room 10 and join these Sunday morning discussions with the Nomads.  All are welcome to join in - even if you have not read the text! 
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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.
DONATE CHILDREN'S BOOKS FOR NEW LEAF NEW LIFE 
Church Women United will be collecting new and used children's books for New Leaf New Life, an organization which offers services to inmates in the Monroe County Jail during incarceration and after release. In this project, a New Leaf New Life volunteer makes an audio recording of the jailed parent reads a book to their child. The book and recording are then sent to the child. To support this meaningful ministry, you can place books in the Jail Ministry donation box in Garton Hall. Church Women United, an ecumenical group connected to St. Mark's United Methodist Women, will be collecting books until mid-February.
ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED
St. Mark's Nursery School and Kindergarten is in need of a few more substitute teachers. Classes meet Monday-Friday 9:00am-11:30am during the school year. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about this substitute teaching opportunity, please contact the Nursery School office at 812-333-4007 or school@smnurseryschool.org.

AT ST. MARK'S UMC

FRIDAY, JANUARY 20th, 12:15pm
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, JANUARY 24th, 6:00pm-7:30pm
GATHERING OF HIKERS & CAMPERS AT TRAILHEAD PIZZA

Come out to Trailhead Pizza on January 24th for a mid-winter dinner party to celebrate the many miles walked and hiked by members of St. Mark's as part of the IN Bicentennial Challenge. The restaurant will be helping us to reward those who went over 200 miles during 2016 along those brave few who "survived" the overnight "Backpacking with the Saints" adventure in November. Contact Charlie Matson at 812-331-0413 or matsonhoosier@yahoo.com for more details.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24th 6:30pm-8:00pm
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Join this group in the Parlor of Garton Hall to enjoy knitting and crocheting in the making of prayer shawls and other yarn products.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25th, 1:00pm
ST. MARK'S QUILTERS & CRAFTERS
Bring your quilting or crafting projects and join the St. Mark's Quilters & Crafters in Room 10. This is a time of fellowship for quilters and other craftspeople.    

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25th, 5:30pm

eXtra Years of Zest (XYZ) DINNER AND PROGRAM

Deb Davis Explains CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in Monroe County
All adults are cordially invited to a pitch-in dinner at 5:30pm on Wednesday, January 25th. Bring a dish to share and your table service. Following the meal, Deb Davis, an Owen County DCS attorney, will speak about the CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) program in Monroe County. Anyone who has the time and interest to contribute may volunteer as a CASA. CASAs provide advocacy to child victims to ensure that they remain at the forefront of the court proceedings and find a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE FUTURE EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1st, 4:00pm TO CLOSING
DINE AT BUCCETO'S TO SUPPORT ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN
When you dine in or carry out from either Bloomington Bucceto's between 4:00pm and closing, mention St. Mark's Nursery School and Kindergarten, and 20% of the total you spend will be donated to the Nursery School and Kindergarten! Can't make it on February 1st? No problem. This "Dine and Donate" opportunity occurs the first Wednesday of each month.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5th
ALL-CHURCH BIRTHDAY PARTY & PITCH-IN LUNCH
Plan to stay after worship and celebrate everyone's birthdays for the whole year! Everyone attending is asked to bring a dish to share for lunch. Sit at the table corresponding to your birth month and meet new friends who have the same birth month. For example, February birthday people sit at the February table, March birthdays at the March table, etc. Families can decide where to sit according to children's birthdays. Mark your calendar for this fellowship event and birthday celebration!

There will be a sign-up poster in Garton Hall if you are available to help with any of the following:
1. Set up tables on Friday (time yet to be determined)
2. Help make/set up drinks on Sunday morning, February 5th for the party.
3. Help clean-up after the event.
Dishes brought to share may be taken to the kitchen Sunday Morning, February 5th.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8th, 5:30pm-7:00pm
MEAL SHARE FOOD REPACK
On the second Wednesday of each month, St. Mark's volunteers go to Hoosier Hills Food Bank to repack donated food for agencies which provide food for families. For more information and to be come part of this important outreach ministry, contact Glenda Murray at glmurray@indiana.edu.
 
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12th
OPERATION FRIENDSHIP SOUP LUNCH
Support Operation Friendship and enjoy a bowl of soup after Worship or place a pre-order and take lunch home with you. Choose from a variety of delicious soups, grilled cheese sandwich, and baked goods. All eat-in orders include a roll and drink.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19th, 5:00pm-7:30pm
OPEN-HEARTED OPEN HOUSE at BLOOMINGTON ISLAMIC CENTER
Save the date for this community event to be held at the Bloomington Islamic Center. More information to follow.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4th, 10:00am-3:00pm in GARTON HALL PARLOR
KNIT-A-THON TO SUPPORT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERFAITH BUILD
Participate in this fundraising event to support the Spring 2017 Habitat for Humanity Interfaith Build.
Soup and sandwich lunch provided by a generous benefactor. Knitters will bring their knitting/crocheting/crafting projects and work on them throughout the event. Feel free to bring knitting service ideas, patterns, and snacks to share. Each knitter is asked to contribute $20-$50. Raise funds by asking friends or colleagues to donate, or you can contribute your own money. Checks may be made to St. Mark's with "Interfaith Habitat Build" notation on the memo line. Please RSVP to Lisa at emillerm@comcast.net or call the church office. 
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 FEBRUARY 2017 need to be submitted by MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2017.
For more information, and to submit articles for publication, please contact the church office:  
office@smumc.church or 812-332-5788.
FROM THE STEWARDSHIP TEAM: AN UPDATE AND A THANK YOU
As of January 3, 2017, 122 pledge cards had been returned for the 2017 Stewardship Campaign: ALL IN!, totaling $497,319.50. The 2017 Budget Goal is $660,000.
 
And, as of January 3, 2017, 83 pledge cards had been returned for the capital campaign Project St. Mark's: The Sequel! totaling $191,410. The Campaign Goal for Project St. Mark's: The Sequel is $275,000.
 
We deeply appreciate your commitment and pledges to both campaigns. If you have already returned your pledge cards, or will do so soon, thank you! This will help church leadership determine an estimated budget and assist in facility planning for 2017. We recognize that some of you may need more time for discernment regarding pledges, and are grateful for all pledges received in the weeks and months ahead. Stewardship packets are available in Garton Hall and in the church office. These can be returned anytime in the offering plate or to the church office. Thank you for being "ALL IN" with St. Mark's!

CONSIDER GIFTING APPRECIATED STOCK
FOR EITHER OPERATING BUDGET OR CAPITAL PROJECT
Cash gifts and stock gifts both allow you to take a charitable income tax deduction. When you gift long term appreciated stock to a charitable organization, you receive an additional tax benefit, because you avoid paying tax on the "built-in" capital gain for your stock. If you were to sell an appreciated stock, you would have to pay capital gains tax. The capital gains tax rate ranges from 15% - 23.8%, depending on your income. However, if you were to gift the stock directly to St. Mark's, you could avoid the capital gain all together and an additional tax deduction for the donation. Even better, St Mark's is able to sell the stock without having to pay capital gains tax.

If you are interested in making a stock gift to St. Mark's, please contact our investment advisor, Hurlow Wealth Management Group, at 812-333-4726.  They can help you transfer the stock to St. Mark's investment account and will also sell the stock without any transaction fees so that St. Mark's retains the full value of the stock.    
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
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

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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100 N. State Road 46 Bypass, Bloomington, IN 47408
School Office Phone: 812-333-4007

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