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 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
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME: CLOCKS "SPRING FORWARD"
ONE HOUR

MARCH 12th 
SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
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BREAKFAST IN GARTON HALL
9:30am 
Thank you to MealShare for providing breakfast.
 
 ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
9:15am Pilgrims (Room 13) 
9:15am Nomads (Room 10) 
9:30am Bible Banter (Room 11)


CHILDREN, FRIENDS & FAMILY WORSHIP 
is taking a Spring Break
and will not meet March 12th or 19th. 

INFANT & TODDLER CARE
9:30am-11:30am 
     Infants & One-year-olds   (Room 24) 
     Two-year-olds & Three-year-olds (Room 25)

SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE   
10:30am
Reverend Jimmy Moore, preaching
Luke 4:14-21
Sermon Title
The Grace of Testimony   

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30am   
4 years-1st Grade (Room 4)  
With many teachers and families
away for Spring Break,
we will not have Sunday School
for 2nd Graders and up, this Sunday, March 12th.

 
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This Sunday, March 12th
10:30am SANCTUARY WORSHIP
This Sunday, in worship at 10:30, we observe the Second Sunday of Lent, which will be marked by the theme, "A Season of Grace." The sermon by Jimmy Moore is titled "The Grace of Testimony". The biblical text for the sermon is Luke 4:14-21. Music will be presented by organist, Pam Freeman, by the Chancel Ringers, and by the Chancel Choir, under the direction of Gerry Sousa. 
  
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LENT @ ST. MARK'S: A Season of Grace
The Season of Lent has arrived and all are invited to attend and experience Easter at St. Mark's UMC.  Click buttons below for full schedules of worship and programs. 
 

Now Through Monday, April 3rd
ORDER EASTER FLOWERS TO DECORATE THE SANCTUARY
It is time to PLACE orders for Easter flowers. With Spring Break occurring soon and Easter on April 16th, order forms are available now. Please note the ordering deadline of Monday, April 3rd. The flowers you order will decorate the Sanctuary for Easter morning, and you can take them home with you after worship. The bulbs can be planted around your home in the fall and provide colorful blossoms next spring.

Order forms are available at the link below and at the Welcome Desk in Garton Hall. Please make checks payable to St. Mark's UMC and write "Easter flowers" in the memo line. You may mail or bring your order and payment to the church office or place them in the offering basket by April 3rd.

 
 
ST. MARK'S COMMUNITY IS PARTICIPATING IN 
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY "CommUNITY INTERFAITH BUILD 2017"  
When Habitat for Humanity builds a home, the owners pay a mortgage
that funds another home until eventually they build a commUNITY.

There are many ways you can become part of this project.
                                There is a limit to how many people can build a Habitat house,
                                  but there is no limit to how many people can contribute to the building.

Participating faith communities include:  The Bahá'í Faith of Bloomington, Congregation Beth Shalom, First Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Church, the IU Interfaith Coalition (Muslim Student Association, Christian Student Fellowship, UKirk, Hillel, Project IMPACT, and Indian Student Association), St. Mark's United Methodist Church, St. Paul Catholic Center, and Unitarian Universalist Church.

SIGN-UP FOR THE INTERFAITH HABITAT BUILD "FRAME-UP BLITZ"!
The Community Interfaith Habitat for Humanity Build begins with a "Frame-Up Blitz" from March 31-April 2!  In the spirit of this build, volunteers from each of the nine participating faith communities will build together each day. We look forward to partnering with Gustavo and Itzel Diaz, and their five children, as together we build their home and relationships with one another.
 
The St. Mark's Community has 5 morning and 5 afternoon shifts to fill for each of these three days. These are "Hammer Heavy Days," which require some strength and physical stamina. There are also opportunities to provide & serve food and other supporting roles. No experience is necessary, but builders must be age 16 or older.  Other build opportunities will be added for future dates.

Sign up online (www.SignUpGenius.com/go/8050845AFAF28A20-interfaith), on the sign-up sheet in Garton Hall, or by contacting Mary Beth Morgan at the church office (812-332-5788, marybethmorgan@smumc.church). 

FOOD VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HABITAT BUILD "KICK-OFF" WEEKEND
Volunteers who can provide food are also needed for the Habitat Build. If you can provide some food, please contact Mary Beth Morgan or St. Mark's church office. Also, look for a sign-up in Garton Hall.  Food needs include snacks, lunches, side dishes, desserts, drinks, and meal supplies such as cups and napkins.

SPONSOR A VOLUNTEER BUILDER
You can sponsor a volunteer builder for the UNITY Build by making a secure donation at communitybuild.kintera.org.

BROWSE THE COMMUNITY INTERFAITH BUILD SITE:http://communitybuild.kintera.org
On this site you can keep up with events and find opportunities to participate. You can also sign up as part of the St. Mark's community, and invite friends and family to sponsor you or the church's fundraising efforts.

PICK UP A SET OF THE "FACES OF HOME" NOTECARDS IN GARTON HALL!
YOUR DONATION WILL SUPPORT INTERFAITH HABITAT BUILD
These "Faces of Home" notecards were designed by children and youth, on the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. All the proceeds for these cards support the 2017 CommUnity Interfaith Habitat for Humanity Build. St. Mark's is one of 8 faith communities and the IU Habitat Interfaith Student Coalition who are joining together with the Diaz family, to help build their home.

Save the Date: APRIL 2nd, 6-9pm @ First Presbyterian
INTERFAITH BUILD DINNER, SILENT AUCTION, & MORE!
Spend an great evening with our Interfaith Build partners, hosted by Indiana University Interfaith Student Coalition. Enjoy a meal while building relationships. There will be special guests, a silent auction and more. Contact Mary Beth Morgan if you can donate something for the silent auction. More details will be coming soon!
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)

Will not meet March 12 & 19
CHILDREN, FRIENDS & FAMILY WORSHIP 
     
Revised Schedule March 12  
CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL 
4 years-1st Grade (Room 22) 

With many teachers and families away for Spring Break, we will not have Sunday School for 2nd Graders and up, this Sunday, March 12th.

Infant & Toddler Care and 4 year old through 1st grade Sunday School will be offered in Room 4 this Sunday. 
 
 
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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, March 12th
CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
With many teachers and families away for Spring Break, we will not have Sunday School for 2nd Graders and up, this Sunday, March 12th. Infant & Toddler Care and 4 year old through 1st grade Sunday School will be offered.

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.

Will Not Meet March 12 & 19
   CHILDREN, FRIENDS & FAMILY WORSHIP
CELEBRATION! is taking a Spring Break
and will not meet March 12th or 19th. 
 
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 will be leading the Confirmation program this year.

Sunday, March 19th, 10:30am Sanctuary Worship
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 March 19th worship service. Children and youth are welcome to be greeters (hand out bulletins), acolytes (light candles), liturgists (lead a prayer or read the scripture), or 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/youth would like to participate. 
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL 
"PILGRIMS," 9:15am
Sunday 12 March 2017  
The Holy Land Revealed
"The Hellenization of Palestine"  
Prof. Jodi Magness - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
 
Lecture #10 is a discussion of Hellenization on the non-Jewish peoples in the area of ancient Palestine and the Jewish population of Judea.

The principle of the Hippondamian town plan is that when you build a city, you do not just build it randomly nor just let it grow organically, but, you give thought before you start building as to how it will be laid out. Certain things are laid out in certain places with all of this going back to certain Greek philosophical ideals about what the idea city should look like.

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.

The Nomads class is discussing the book Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, by the contemporary American poet/writer Kathleen Norris, which focuses on the "language of Christianity" and the author's own gradual conversion and faith journey.

The class meets each Sunday at 9:15am in Room 10 and all are welcome, with no preparation required.
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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
 
Friday, March  10th, 12:15pm
CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE MEN'S GROUP  
During March the men's group will be reading & discussing Ten Prayers That Changed the World by Jean-Pierre Isbouts. The book looks at moments in history where prayers offered by great leaders, from Joan of Arc to Martin Luther King, Jr., have lifted the faith of others in order to change the course of history. A different prayer will be studied each week, so visitors are welcome to join the group in Room 15 on any Friday.

BLOOMINGTON AREA METHODIST MEN'S LENTEN BREAKFASTS
All area Methodist men are invited to attend these Lenten breakfasts. Coffee is served beginning at 7:30am with breakfast at 8:00am. Contact George Rusnak at 812-336-5612.

 March 11: Crossroads UMC
 March 18:
St. Mark's UMC
March 25:
Arlington UMC
 
 April 1:   
Ellettsville UMC
 April 8:   
Greene County UMC
 

Tuesday, March 14th, 7:00pm-8:00pm
 
LENTEN SERIES: FAVORITE BIBLE STORIES - SESSION 4 
For the fourth part of this year's Lenten Learning Series, Rev. Philip A. Amerson will be reflecting on the old faithful but very timely Bible story: The Good Samaritan. The challenge he is drawing from Luke 10:25 -37, could also be titled "Invitations to Conspiratorial Living".  Phil is an ordained UMC pastor. Rev. Amerson led St. John's in Evansville, Broadway in Indianapolis, and FUMC in Bloomington.  He then accepted calls to be president of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Claremont School of Theology. Phil and his wife Elaine recently moved to Bloomington from a small farm in LaPorte.
 
Sunday, March 19th, 2:00pm, Cascades Golf Course
ST. MARK'S GOLF SEASON STARTS
Knock the rust off your irons in a friendly round of nine or 18 holes on March 19th when the St. Mark's golfers will begin their 2017 lessons in humility. Once again, you are encouraged to bring along a friend. We will try to organize the foursomes by average scores, but mulligans and other forms of Christian generosity will be given for those in need. For more information contact Charlie Matson or Lenne Vanzant.  
SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE FUTURE EVENTS

Wednesday, March 22nd, 4:30-5:15pm at Beth Shalom
LOTUS BLOSSOMS CHILDREN'S CONCERT WITH RAHIM ALHAJ
Brought to you by Lotus Education and Arts Foundation in partnership with St. Mark's Nursery School and Gan Shalom Preschool, a FREE family and kid-friendly concert (a part of Lotus Blossoms children's programming) will be performed by Grammy-award nominated artist and Iraqi political refugee Rahim AlHaj. AlHaj travels the country to deliver a message of optimism and give the oppressed a voice for justice. In 2015, he was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor for traditional artists in the United States.

Wednesday, March 22nd, 5:30pm, Garton Hall
EXTRA YEARS OF ZEST (XYZ) DINNER AND PROGRAM
Bring a dish to share for dinner and stay to enjoy a special program. Leana and Gene McClain will describe their recent visit to Nepal. As they write, "We always dreamed of trekking in Nepal and seeing the sunrise over the Himalayas. This past fall we finally realized our long-awaited adventure."

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, APRIL 7th & 8th
ST. MARK'S WOMEN'S RETREAT AT WAYCROSS

Attention all St. Mark's women!  The 2017 Women's Retreat which will be held April 7-8 at Waycross Conference and Retreat Center in Brown County. Our leaders will be Mary Ann Moman, a former pastor of St. Mark's who has led several wonderful retreats for us, and her daughter Anne, Minister of Youth and Young Adults at North UMC in Indianapolis. Contact one of these Retreat Leaders with questions or to express your interest in attending the retreat:  Trina Mescher (trinamescher@hotmail.com), Cheryl Bainbridge (ckbainbridge@bluemarble.net), Carla Hedges (tutucarla@aol.com).


THINK JULY!
SIGN UP FOR APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP) 2017!
The sign-up sheet for those interested in being part of the Summer 2016 ASP trip is located on the ASP bulletin board in Garton Hall. The trip dates are Sunday, July 2 through Saturday, July 8. Participants must be at least 14 years of age. More details will be forthcoming. Contact James Thomas (812-876-2174) for more information on this great opportunity. 
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 APRIL 2017 need to be submitted by MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017.
For more information, and to submit articles for publication, please contact the church office:  
office@smumc.church
FROM THE STEWARDSHIP TEAM: AN UPDATE AND A THANK YOU
As of February 6, 2017, 125 pledge cards had been returned for the 2017 Stewardship Campaign: ALL IN!, totaling $502,469.50. The 2017 Budget Goal is $660,000.
 
And, as of February 6, 2017, 86 pledge cards had been returned for the capital campaign Project St. Mark's: The Sequel! totaling $194,560. 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!
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

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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