"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
FEBRUARY 26th 
TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD SUNDAY
CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN
WORSHIP LEADERSHIP
BAPTISM OF GRANT ALLEN KELLER
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BREAKFAST IN GARTON HALL
9:30am 
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)


CHILDREN, FRIENDS & FAMILY WORSHIP
9:30am
(Room 22)

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     (Room 1,2) 

SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE   
10:30am
Reverend Mary Beth Morgan, preaching
Matthew 17:1-9
Sermon Title
Are We There Yet? And, Where Exactly is "There"? 
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THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26th
10:30am SANCTUARY WORSHIP
This Sunday in worship at 10:30am hear a message from Rev. Mary Beth Morgan titled Are We There Yet? And, Where Exactly is "There"? The scripture reading will be Matthew 17:1-9. Music by organist, Pam Freeman, and Chancel Choir led by Gerry Sousa, will be enjoyed along with hymns, prayer, and a time of greeting. Nicolas Narducci will offer our music during the offering. Children and Youth will participate in leading worship.

THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26th 
CHILDREN & YOUTH IN WORSHIP LEADERSHIP
All children and youth are welcome to participate in leadership roles on any Sunday, and especially this month in this Sunday's 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/youth would like to participate.

THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26th, 11:30am
CONFIRMATION MEETING AFTER WORSHIP 
Confirmands will meet with Mary Beth and Jimmy from 11:30am-1:00pm, immediately after worship, in Room 8. Lunch will be provided for all those attending. The topic for the session is "Who Is a United Methodist?" Contact Mary Beth or Jimmy for more information about the meeting.
 
ST. MARK'S NEW DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES
WELCOME REVEREND SARAH GETTIE McNEILL
We are pleased to share that Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill has started as St. Mark's new "Director of Children's Ministries." Sarah is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, who grew up in the Church of Christ. She is married to the Rev. Scott McNeill, who is the Associate Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bloomington. Together, they have two beautiful sons, Elijah and Lucas, who are 4 years and 5 months old, respectively. Please welcome her to St. Mark's.

FRIDAY, MARCH 3rd, 5:30pm
MEET REV. SARAH GETTIE McNEILL
Families with children are invited to meet Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill, our new Director of Children's Ministries. Light dinner in Garton Hall and childcare will be provided. RSVP to Mary Beth Morgan with names and ages of children who will be in childcare.
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IMPORTANT EVENTS THIS WEEK!
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24th:           HARMONY MUSIC FEST 
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th:      YOUNG AT ART FESTIVAL
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28th:       MARDI GRAS PANCAKE DINNER &
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 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. You can sponsor a volunteer builder for the UNITY Build by making a secure donation on-line HERE and participate in fundraising events.

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). 

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.

PLEASE SUPPORT THESE FUNDRAISING EVENTS

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24th, 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
HARMONYHARMONY MUSIC FEST at UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST
TO SUPPORT "CommUNITY INTERFAITH BUILD 2017"

All proceeds will support the Interfaith Build which begins next month. All are invited to this evening of musical entertainment and light refreshments. Musicians include Craig Brenner, Sarah Flint & Hoosier Darling, Mike McGregor, Andy and Hank Ruff and others. Tickets are $10/adults, $8/students, $30/family pass for families of 4 or more. (Wine and beer will also be available in a separate area for adults.) St. Mark's and many other faith communities are hosting this event. More information here. 

SATURDAY, MARCH 4th, 10:00am-3:00pm in ST. MARK'S GARTON HALL PARLOR
KNIT-A-THON TO SUPPORT "CommUNITY INTERFAITH BUILD 2017" 
Thanks to a surprise donation to our prayer shawl group, we are hosting this fun interfaith event to compound the original gift, while making new friends and helping build a home for Gustavo's family. There are two ways you can participate.

You can participate as a knitter! Knitters will bring their knitting/crocheting/crafting projects and work on them throughout the event. The fundraising goal is $20-$50 per knitter. Soup and sandwich lunch provided by a generous benefactor. 

Not a knitter? You can sponsor a knitter! For the next two Sundays, make your contribution at the Knit-a-Thon display in Garton Hall, see the list of our knitters and find information about the Habitat family. Five dollars per family would more than meet our modest fundraising goal. Checks may be made to St. Mark's with "Interfaith Habitat Build" notation on the memo line. Questions? Please contact Lisa at emillerm@comcast.net or call the St. Mark's church office.
 
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 22   
 
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 (Room 1,2)
 
 
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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, FEBRUARY 26th
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.

THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26th    
& PRESCHOOL SUNDAY SCHOOL IN ROOM 22 
Celebration! Family Worship at 9:30am and the 10:30am Sunday School class for preschool through 1st grade now meet in Room 22. 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 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.

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.

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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL 
"PILGRIMS," 9:15am
The Holy Land Revealed 
"Babylonian Exile & the Persian Restoration"  
Prof. Jodi Magness 
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
 
Prof. Magness continues the story with the Babylonian destruction of the kingdom of Judah in 586 BC and the Babylonian Exile, ending with the return of the Judeans from exile under Persian rule.

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.

In February the Nomads class will be 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, FEBRUARY 24th, 12:15pm
CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE MEN'S GROUP 
During February & March the men's group will be reading & discussing Ten Prayers That Changed the Worldby 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.
 
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 9:00am-12:00noon
YOUNGYOUNG AT ART FESTIVAL
This year's Young at Art Festival hosted by St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten theme is "Wonder in Art, Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)". Young children and their families can explore STEM activities. This free event includes: nature, liquids & solids, painting, construction, collage, pendulum painting, shadows, sun-catchers, sound & colors, and more! See Young At Art flyer here.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28th 5:00pm-7:00pm
MARDIMARDI GRAS PANCAKE DINNER HOSTED BY OPERATION FRIENDSHIP
Come to Garton Hall and fill your belly with yummy pancakes, sausage, and fruit! Carry-out meals are also available. Operation Friendship will host and cook this pancake dinner.  This dinner is free, but donations will be accepted for Operation Friendship International. Enjoy "Fat Tuesday", experience St. Mark's community and fellowship, and get ready for Lent. See Pancake Dinner flyer here.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28th, 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.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28th, 7:00pm-8:00pm 
CLASSLENTEN SERIES: FAVORITE BIBLE STORIES-SESSION 2
Come to St. Mark's on Fat Tuesday for a pancake dinner followed by the second session of this year's Lenten Learning Series. This week Rev. Tim Jessen will ask:  "What Is In a Name?", drawing from the life-altering outcomes of a late night wrestling match.Read Genesis Chapter 32:9-32 to be ready for the lively discussions. Rev. Jessen did his graduate work at the Princeton and McCormick Theological Seminaries, completing a Doctorate in Ministry. He served as minister to Presbyterian churches in Kentucky and Indiana and as chaplain at the Putnamville Correctional Facility. Tim now teaches philosophy and religious studies at Ivy Tech and he has maintained his long-time connection with St. Mark's through the Nomads Class and the Conversations on Life men's group.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1st, NOON and 7:00pm
ASHASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES
As we begin our 2017 Lenten journey, all are invited to gather together in the Sanctuary for either Ash Wednesday service. Reverend Jimmy Moore will lead these services of word, music, reflection, and the imposition of the ashes. The noon service will be brief to enable those who are on their lunch hour to participate. The Chancel Choir will sing at the 7:00pm service. Childcare will be available at the 7:00pm by contacting the church office.

 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1st, 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, MARCH 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 March 1st? No problem. This "Dine and Donate" opportunity occurs the first Wednesday of each month.

BEGINNING SATURDAY, MARCH 4th, 7:30am
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 4:   Arlington UMC  
 March 25: Arlington UMC  
 March 11: Crossroads UMC 
 April 1:    Ellettsville UMC 
 March 18: St. Mark's UMC  
 April 8:    Greene County UMC
  
SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE FUTURE EVENTS
 
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, APRIL 7th & 8th
ST. MARK'S WOMEN'S RETREAT AT WAYCROSS

Attention all St. Mark's women!  Save the date for 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.  Stay tuned for more details to follow, but in the meantime please let one of the organizers know if you have suggestions for the planning team:  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
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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