"An inclusive community bringing Christ-like love, healing, and hope to all."
UNITED METHODIST COMMITTEE ON RELIEF (UMCOR) DISASTER RESPONSE
The recent floods in Louisiana and Mississippi have been devastating for thousands of people. Greg Forrester, UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response executive has noted that the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) issued an emergency grant to the Louisiana Annual Conference, releasing 2,950 cleanup buckets to United Methodist churches in LaFayette and Baton Rouge.
Forrester urged all people of goodwill who want to help in Louisiana and Mississippi, "Do not self-deploy. You mean to help, but at this stage your presence could unintentionally become an obstacle," he said. He also urged people not to send unsolicited aid, such as clothing.

"The best ways to help are to assemble and send cleanup buckets and to support the UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response Advance, #901670, with your donations," he stated. "This will allow us to assist the most vulnerable communities in need because of this and other disasters."

Your gift to UMCOR U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #901670 will help UMCOR respond to this and other disasters across the United States. You may send your check to the church or place it in the offering plate, with the words UMCOR Advance #901670, in the memo line.
THIS SUNDAY AT ST. MARK'S
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28th       
15th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
AND VOTE AFTER WORSHIP

BREAKFAST
9:30am in Garton Hall 
(Thank you to the Nomads Sunday School Class
for preparing breakfast.) 
 
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 Mary Beth Morgan, preaching
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 20:7-9
Sermon Title: Living "All Means All"
 
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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 1,2)

*Please note these most recent room changes. 
THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 28th, AFTER WORSHIP
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING AND VOTE REGARDING RECONCILING CONGREGATION 
On August 8th, the St. Mark's Leadership Council unanimously passed a motion affirming a new welcoming statement, and to move forward with a congregational vote. The welcoming statement reads:

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, faith traditions, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

This Sunday, August 28th, after worship, the statement will come before the entire congregation, and for a vote of affirmation to determine if St. Mark's will affiliate with the Reconciling Ministries Network as a Reconciling Congregation.

There is an information and discussion session being hosted this Sunday morning in Room 10 at 9:30am (with the Nomads Class) that is open to anyone with questions.

Anyone who considers themselves part of the St. Mark's community is welcome to vote. (Official Membership is not required.) If you cannot be here on Sunday, but wish to vote, contact the church office. Votes may be submitted by email to the church office (office@smumc.church), and will remain confidential. Ballots will also be available at the Welcome Center Desk on Sunday morning, and you can cast your vote there.

For more information, see page two the August Upcoming at St. Mark's. You are welcome to contact one of the pastors or a member of the Reconciling Ministries Task Force.

Childcare will be available for the meeting and vote. Contact Mary Beth Morgan or the church office to request childcare.

We invite you to visit the Reconciling Ministries Network webpage at www.rmnetwork.org.

THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 28th, 9:30am-10:15am

CHILDREN, FRIENDS & FAMILY WORSHIP 
Celebration! meets each Sunday for a child-focused worship where children, families, friends can enjoy this worship together. Celebration! meets in Room 8.
 
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. 
THANK YOU!
This past Sunday, the performance of Godspell, Jr. and the picnic were absolute gifts to our congregation. We want to offer our heartfelt gratitude to those staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this such a great experience for so many. Your offering of time, talent, food and energy are greatly appreciated.
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 Room 1,2)

*Please note these most recent
room changes.  
 
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THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 28th
CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL ROOM CHANGES 
After a break for GODSPELL JR and church picnic last week, Children and Youth Sunday school will take place this Sunday, August 28th. Due to greater numbers of young people, we have made changes in the age groupings and the classroom locations. Please see room changes in the side bar on the right side of this section.

WELCOME AMY JONES,
Interim Children and Youth Ministries Coordinator
We are pleased to share that the Pastor-Staff Parish Committee has approved the hire of Amy Jones as a part-time Interim Children and Youth Ministries Coordinator.  
 
Amy and her family (husband, Michael and children, Iris and Violet) have been part of the St. Mark's community for a number of years, starting with the Nursery School. Amy is a Sunday School teacher, has experience as a Kindergarten teacher at the YMCA, and has worked in various roles in the mental health community.
 
Amy will be here approximately 20 hours a week, which includes Sunday mornings. Her familiarity with the children, families, and Sunday School will be a great gift as the fall season begins. Amy is starting graduate school in January, which gives us some time to do a thorough search and hiring process to best meet the long-term needs of children, youth, and families. Please thank and welcome Amy for stepping into this role, and for sharing her many gifts!
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS
SEEKING MORE SUNDAY SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS & A NURSERY CAREGIVER
With the leadership transitions in the Nursery and Sunday school and growth in numbers of children and youth, we have immediate needs to fill.

Please consider being a volunteer Sunday school teacher. We welcome volunteers for any age group. This is a one time per month 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 9:30am - 12:00pm. 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's congregation.

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
"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, AUGUST 28th: LECTURE #9   
The God of Israel (Exodus 1-15 Part 2) 
Prof. Amy-Jill Levine - Vanderbilt University Divinity School
 
   This God responds to Moses: "Ehyeh ashewer ehyeh". "I am what I am". This is a God of being, a God of process, a God of future orientation. A God who takes whatever form this God wants to take. Subsequently, whenever this God is referred to he is referred to in Hebrew as "YHWH", which actually translates to, "He will be" or "He is what He is".
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
"NOMADS," 9:15am   
This Sunday, August 28th Nomads will host a forum regarding Reconciling Ministries in Room 10. All are welcome to attend.

Beginning in September, 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!
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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.
     
AT ST. MARK'S UMC

THURSDAYS, BEGINNING AUGUST 25th, 6:15pm-7:15pm
HANDBELL CHOIR REHEARSALS
Handbell Choir rehearsals will resume after a summer break on Thursday, August 25th at 6:15pm. 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 for more information.

THURSDAYS, BEGINNING AUGUST 25th, 7:30pm - 8:30pm
CHANCEL CHOIR REHEARSALS
The Chancel Choir provides choral music during Sunday Worship and for special services throughout the year. The Choir rehearses each Thursday evenings 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, AUGUST 26th, 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.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31st, 1:00pm-3:00pm
ST. MARK'S QUILTERS & CRAFTERS WILL NOT MEET THIS WEEK
St. Mark's Quilters & Crafters will NOT meet on Wednesday, August 31st. Quilters & Crafters will return to the regular Wednesday meeting time on Wednesday, September 7th at 1:00pm in Room 10.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28th, 9:30am
CONVERSATIONS AND QUESTIONS ABOUT BECOMING A RECONCILING CONGREGATION
These congregational meetings to be held in Room 10 are open to all who wish to learn more about or otherwise consider the St. Mark's Welcoming Statement. On August 28th, after worship, this statement will come before the entire congregation, and for a vote to determine if St. Mark's will affiliate with the Reconciling Ministries Network as a Reconciling Congregation. Click Congregational Meeting for more information.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28th, 7:00pm
OPERATION FRIENDSHIP (OF) MEETING
Operation Friendship will hold their first meeting on August 28th at 7:00pm at St. Mark's in Room 8. Please attend if you would like to learn more about Operation Friendship. OF is a youth travel exchange program established here at St. Mark's in 1964.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th, 6:00pm
PARENTS OF YOUTH TO MEET AT BUCCETO'S
A new small group is forming at St. Mark's for parents of youth. Youth ages are defined as those in 7th-12th grades. All interested persons are invited.  Our first meeting will be at 6:00pm on September 11th at the Bucceto's near the church.  Come enjoy some food and conversation with other folks raising teens at what we hope to be the first of monthly gatherings.  Any questions or comments can be sent to Dawn Walters at dquillen@indiana.edu
The Community Justice and Mediation Center (CJAM) is offering a 40 hour training for those interested in learning about conflict resolution, mediation, and restorative justice.  The training will take place September 10, 11, 24, 25 & October 1. 
Participants will learn:
  • Interpersonal skills in communication and listening
  • Problem solving and negotiation
  • Basic Mediation skills
  • Increased understanding of restorative justice philosophy and methods
  • The sources of conflict, and the processes leading to constructive conflict resolution
  • Victim-Offender Mediation 
Tuition is $300. Limited number of scholarships available before August 27th, please call CJAM at 812-336-8677.
Application and online registration available at www.cjamcenter.org.  Contact Nancy Lumbley (812-339-6467 or nlumbley@comcast.net) for additional information or questions.

UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S
EVENT INFORMATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
"UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S",  published once each month and separate from the bulletin, includes the announcements and information from ministry areas, committees, and groups. Please plan ahead and note the following submission deadlines for "UPCOMING AT ST. MARK'S".
Articles for September need to be submitted by Monday, August 22 and will be published in early September.
You may still submit articles by e-mailing 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.

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

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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