THIS INFORMATION WAS LAST UPDATED FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24th, 2014.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK MONTH
THE COMPASSION OF OUR PASTORAL STAFF IS BOUNDLESS AS THE SEA...
After a meeting earlier today, we found Mary Beth consoling one of the old dimmers recently detached from the sanctuary where it had been working faithfully for many years. Between Mary Beth and the dimmer is a pile of old ceiling fixtures that also have been replaced by the new LED lighting installed in the sanctuary.  Project St. Mark's moves steadily ahead.  As does Mary Beth.
THIS COMING SUNDAY
OCTOBER 26th, 2014
CELEBRATING ST. MARK'S 60th ANNIVERSARYs

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL

9:15AM  Pilgrims (Room 13)

9:15AM  Nomads (Room 10)

9:30AM  Bible Banter (Room 11)  

  

INFANT/CHILD CARE 

9:30AM  (Room 25)

 

BREAKFAST

9:30AM served in Room 8  

 

60th ANNIVERSARY DISPLAY

9:30AM (Room 12) 

 

9:30AM (Room 4)

CHILDREN & FAMILY WORSHIP  


SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE

10:30AM in GARTON HALL

Reverend Mary Beth Morgan, Reverend Richard Hamilton and  

Wain Martin

will share the message:

"Continuing the Conversation"

Scripture: Luke 7:18-22

 


CHILDREN & YOUTH
SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30AM-11:30AM

PreK-K  (Room 9)
1st-2nd Grade  (Room 4)
3rd-6th Grade  (Room 3)
7th-12th Grade  (Room 1-2 Youth)
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UPDATE:  CONSTRUCTION & BUILDING ACCESS

Our first Sunday celebrating worship in Garton Hall went smoothly. If you weren't here last week, come and check it out. With the outside light coming in, it is a very nice setting for worship. The lighting work in the sanctuary is coming along well. We hope to be back in there by the last Sunday in November.

 

A good deal of progress was made this week on the covered drop-off. It is taking shape. Both of the North entrances into the building remain closed, and there is no parking along the circle. There is an open traffic lane around the entire building. Contact the church office for more information (332-5788). Thanks to all who are making Project St. Mark's a reality!

THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26

ST. MARK'S AT 60!

FOUNDING PASTOR, REV. RICHARD "DICK" HAMILTON JOINS US!

The congregation of St. Mark's met together for worship, for the first time, at Day Funeral Home on October 31, 1954. Plan to be here this Sunday as we celebrate our 60th anniversary! During worship, Reverend Hamilton and long-time member Wain Martin will invite us into a conversation about St. Mark's early days, interesting stories, and words of wisdom. We will also recognize those who have been part of St. Mark's for 50 years, or more.

 

It all starts at 9:30am. Breakfast will be available in Room 8. In addition, members of the Library Committee (including church historian, Janice Clinch) will be in Room 12 with pictures and other original artifacts. Worship begins at 10:30am in Garton Hall.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26: 11:30AM-12:30PM

MONDAY AND TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27-28: 9:30AM-11:00AM 

FERGUSON FOLLOW-UP AND CONVERSATION

Time and space is being offered for anyone who would like to continue a conversation about the issues raised following the conflicts in Ferguson, Missouri. This occasion will be a casual atmosphere to share feelings, questions, or insight. Books and articles will also be provided related to this topic. Mailing addresses and contact information of congressional representatives and community leaders in Missouri and Indiana will be provided if someone would like to share a response to this conflict in the form of a letter. Contact Bridget McIntyre if you have any questions,  bmcintyre3708@gmail.com. Additional times for Ferguson Follow-Up and Conversation will be Monday, October 27, 9:30AM - 11:00AM and Tuesday, October 28, 9:30AM 11:00AM in room 1.

THROUGH OCTOBER 30...

OPERATION FRIENDSHIP HOLIDAY GREENERY SALE

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- or out-of-town. You may place your orders at the Operation Friendship table every Sunday during the month of October. Phone or email orders may be placed up to October 30th. Call the church office at 332-5788, or contact Jane Dunatchik. To view product photos, see the attachment in this email or go to www.ChristmasWreathProducts.org.

CONTINUING THIS WEEK...

INTERFAITH WINTER SHELTER TRAINING SESSIONS

The mission of the Interfaith Winter Shelter is to provide a shelter for homeless individuals in Monroe County. The program offers a warm and safe place to sleep for homeless men and women who are in danger of freezing during the coldest months of the year. St. Mark's will again join 20+ faith communities in this effort.

 

This year, St. Mark's will be partnering with First United Church (by the IU Credit Union) to do the clean-up shift Tuesday nights (in other words, early Wednesday mornings). The dates of the training opportunities for volunteers between now and November 15th can be found in the Interfaith Winter Shelter attachment to this email . Questions can be directed to the church office or to Amee Yoder.

CONTINUING OCT. 30 AND NOV. 6: 5:30PM-7:00PM

"RETIRING WELL" SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS 

Thinking about retirement, but wonder if you are too young? Planning to retire soon, but not sure what you want to do? Already retired, but would like some ideas (or have some insights to share) on how to get more out of it? If so, we have a small group for you!

 

Diane and Ed Pence (with help from others!) will facilitate four sessions based on the book "How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free" by Ernie J. Zelinski. You will not need to purchase the book. We will use it as a resource in our discussions and will provide all the materials you will need.

 

There will be four sessions in the series:

 

Session 1:     Are you ready to retire?

Session 2:     Finding your purpose/passion/calling in retirement

Session 3:     Planting your get-a-life tree

Session 4:     Achieving balance in your retirement

 

Please note, this is not a group that will look at the financial aspects of retirement. We will focus on the mental, spiritual and physical aspects of retirement.

 

Each Thursday session starts at 5:30PM and ends no later than 7:00PM. The next sessions will be on the following two Thursdays: October 30th and November 6th.

 

To join the group, or for more information, please contact Diane or Ed at dmpence@bluemarble.net or edpence@bluemarble.net.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1: 6:30PM

YOUTH NIGHT OUT:  

"PHANTOM OF THE OPERA"

Youth Group will see Phantom of the Opera performed by Sounds of South at Bloomington High School South.   Two of St. Mark's youth group, Madison Theile and Alex Lucas, will be in this performance! Tickets have been reserved; please contact Bridget if you would like to attend.   Transportation and scholarships are available!

NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2 

PEACE WITH JUSTICE SUNDAY!
PASTOR AND AUTHOR, PHILIP GULLEY IS OUR GUEST PREACHER!

Next Sunday, we are fortunate to have Quaker pastor, renowned author and contemporary theologian, Philip Gulley preach at St. Mark's for Peace with Justice Sunday. Gulley has published 20 books including the Porch Talk series, Harmony book series, If the Church were Christian, and The Evolution of Faith. Gulley is a regular contributor to the Saturday Evening Post and Emmy Award winner for his PBS show Porch Talk with Phil Gulley.

 

On Peace with Justice Sunday we intentionally challenge ourselves, individually and as a church community, to live out our call to advocate for peace and justice locally and globally. There will be a special offering whose proceeds will be divided between our local Peace with Justice initiatives and the General United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

 

All are welcome! Breakfast begins at 9:30AM, and the worship service is at 10:30AM.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8: 12:00PM-2:30PM

FAMILY AND YOUTH SERVICE PROJECT:  

"FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN"

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God's children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and we ship these meals to nearly 70 countries around the world (www.fmsc.org). Join the St. Mark Team for this interactive and well organized event! Transportation provided from St. Mark's or you can meet us at KeHE Distributors (formally Tree of Life) at 225 Daniels Way.  

 

Contact Bridget McIntyre for more details or to sign up for this great inter-generational service project.  

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 9:00AM-4:00PM

PRE-ADVENT RETREAT

ENCOUNTERING ADVENT: FINDING MEANING IN THE SEASON

If you've been wondering how to make this coming Advent season more meaningful for yourself and your family, join us for this one-day Pre-Advent Retreat: Encountering Advent: Finding Meaning in the Season, held at St. Mark's UMC.  

 

We'll set aside the day for reflection about the season of Advent, including how it differs from the hectic rush of the world's Christmas season and how we might focus on the season through music, art, spiritual practices, and spiritual disciplines. You'll have an opportunity to reflect and plan your own way of creating meaning this Advent for yourself and family. There is no cost for the retreat, lunch is provided for participants, and childcare is provided with advanced registration. A flyer with more details is attached.  Additional flyers are also available at St. Mark's. Pick up one for yourself and a friend.  

 

For more information, contact the church office (332-5788), Diane Menke Pence or Cheryl Bainbridge.