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.
Open UPCOMING @ ST.MARK'S  for complete information about May events at St. Mark's.  
SUNDAY, MAY 21st    

Thank you to those who will be providing breakfast! Donations are appreciated to help support Mission Guatemala.

9:15am    Pilgrims (Room 13) 
am    Nomads (Room 10)
9:30am   Bible Banter (Room 11)

9:30am & 10:30am 
Infant & One-year-old (Room 24) 
Two-year-old & Three-year-old (Room 25)
Children & Family Worship
9:30am (Room 8)* 
*Please note this room change

Reverend Mary Beth Morgan, preaching
John 14:15-21    
Sermon Title
Promise and Presence in the In-Between Time 

Preschool-1st Grade (Room 22)
2nd-3rd Grade (Room 4)
4th-5th Grade (Room 9)
Youth: 6th-12th Grade (Room 3)  
This Sunday, May 21st, 10:30am
This Sunday Reverend Mary Beth Morgan will preach a sermon called "Promise and Presence in the In-Between Time". Lona Lako will share a brief reflection on her experience as a refugee from Sudan which connects us to the Gospel story. Music will be provided by organist Pam Freeman, and the Chancel Handbell Choir will play. Children may participate in the Children's Moment and then enjoy Sunday School or stay in worship with their families.

Each Sunday  
"Busy Bags" in Sanctuary for Preschool & Elementary Aged Children
There are "Busy Bags" just inside the sanctuary doors for those who listen best while working with their hands. Both adults and children are welcome to enjoy them! Please make sure to return the bags with the crayons and/or reusable materials (unless your child wants to take their creation home) to the baskets after service for future use.

This Sunday, May 21st, 10:30am Sanctuary Worship
All children and youth are welcome to participate in leadership roles on any Sunday, and especially this month in the May 21st 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.

This Sunday, May 21st, 9:30am-noon
Appalachia Service Project (ASP) Car Wash 
ASP is planning a Spring Car Wash on Sunday, May 21st. This is one of the major fundraising activities for the year in preparation for the summer trip. Just bring your keys to the ASP Car Wash table in Garton Hall. Your generous donations are always appreciated and help make homes "warmer, safer, and drier" in some of the poorest counties in the U.S.

The Appalachia Service Project (ASP) team will be traveling to Knox County, KY (Barbourville) the week of July 2nd through July 8th. Knox County is the first county that ASP ever served. The per capita income in Knox County is $15,000 with 35% of families living below the poverty line.

This Sunday, May 21st, 6:00pm
Parents of Youth at My Thai on 4th St.
All parents of youth (as well as grandparents or other loving adults caring for pre-teens and teenagers) are welcome! Come to our monthly gathering and enjoy some food and conversation with other folks raising teens. If you have questions or would like to be on a contact list for future gatherings, please contact Dawn Walters at or the church office.
Now Through June 4th
You Are Invited to Participate in Two Different Service Projects
Items are Still Needed! 
  1. Delegates to Annual Conference (June 8-10) will be providing much needed items in backpacks for the homeless in Indiana. Lisa Miller Maidi will take our donations and backpacks to Annual Conference. More information can be found at
  2. St. Mark's UMW and Vacation Bible School will assemble boxes during VBS the first week of June. These boxes will be distributed to children within the Red Bird Mission at Christmas time. More about Red Bird Mission can be found at
Items may be left in Garton Hall in the bin marked Donations for Annual Conference/Red Bird Mission Christmas. Donations will be received through Sunday, June 4th.
Shopping List: donate any number of items as you are able. 
Socks (cotton or acrylic/polyester) in men's and women's sizes
White tee shirts (sizes S, M, L, XL, XXL)
New underwear (men's in L, XL, or XXL; women's in S, M, or L)
Miscellaneous Items: Band-aids, Bacitracin, Pads and Tampons, Notebook, Pen, Small note cards with envelopes and a couple of stamps, small bottle of water or refillable container, rain poncho
Travel size items: soap, washcloth, small towel, toothpaste, toothbrush, disposable razor, shaving cream, chapstick, sunscreen
Toys appropriate for children ages 2-4, 5-9, and 10-14.
Toy suggestions: jump rope, card game, ball, stuffed toy, Legos, craft, yo-yo
School Items Suggestions:   pencils, crayons, markers, coloring/activity book, calculator, scissors, ruler, erasers, etc.
Other children's items: nail grooming kit, wrist band, flashlight with batteries, mittens/gloves, hat, etc.
9:15am-10:15am in Room 13
9:15am-10:15am in Room 10
9:30am-10:15am in Room 11

9:30am & 10:30am  
Infant Care (Room 24) 
Toddler Care (Room 25)

9:30am (Room 8) 
Preschool-1st Grade (Room 22)
2nd-3rd Grade (Room 4)
4th-5th Grade (Room 9)
Youth: 6th-12th Grade (Room 3)   

Contact Sarah Gettie McNeill.


Each Sunday
Sign In & Name Tags for Sunday School & Childcare 
Children attending childcare or Sunday School must be signed in and have a name tag from the table in Garton Hall. Please sign in before worship.

This Sunday, May 21st  
Children and Youth Sunday School, 10:30am
Children who attend Sunday School are invited to go to Worship and be part of the Children's Moment in Sanctuary Worship. Children and youth can then go to Sunday School classrooms with their teachers or remain in worship with their families.

This Sunday, May 21st, 9:30am
Children, Friends & Family Worship
CELEBRATION! has moved back to Room 8! This child-centered worship experience offers families and the young-at-heart a time to experience conversation and activities together based on the sermon topic of the day.

Sunday School Registration Renewal 
Complete registration forms here.
If you have not yet registered your child for Sunday School this year, please do so today. If needed, forms are available at the Sunday School table in Garton Hall. This form is an annual requirement for each child (multiple children can be entered on one form).

See God Through the Eyes of a Child This Summer
Curious about teaching Sunday School? We still need Sunday School teachers for June, July, and August. The summer semester is the perfect time to try it out, and we only ask you to teach once per month. Contact Sarah Gettie McNeill to sign up!

Summer openings
2nd-3rd Grades:
assistant 3rd & 4th Sunday of the month

4th-5th Grades:
assistant 1st & 2nd Sunday of the month

Summer Youth Sunday School Volunteers Are Needed.
These youth need YOU!
Please contact Mary Beth Morgan.
Adult Sunday School
Bible Banter, 9:30am

The Bible Banter class meets in Room 11 each Sunday from 9:30-10:15am. The Scripture text for the morning's sermon is used as a discussion-starter.

We look at the passage in its larger context, and we 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 we often even delve into topics far afield of the morning's original topic. You are invited to bring some breakfast from Garton Hall into Room 11 and join the conversation.

Adult Sunday School
Nomads, 9:15am
The Nomads class is a generally progressive group which meets each Sunday 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 will discuss the
Resolution Expanding Our Ministries in Creation Care for the 2017 Session of the Indiana Annual Conference.

All are welcome with no preparation required.

Adult Sunday School 
Pilgrims, 9:15am
The Holy Land Revealed
Prof. Jodi Magness, Univ. North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sunday, May 21st: Herod as Builder - Jerusalem's Temple Mound
Herod may have been a ruthless king, but he is known among archaeologists as the single greatest builder in the history Palestine. His achievements included his rebuilding of the Second Temple and the area of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and his construction of another important city, Caesarea Martima.

In this lecture, Dr Magness discusses the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem and the expansion and fortifications to protect the Temple Mound. Portions of the fortifications are still standing, but, we have no remains of the actual temple.There are just remains of something connected with the Temple.
All are welcome at any point in the lecture series. Come join us for the video and the resulting discussions.
This spring, St. Mark's and our friends in other faith communities are partnering with Gustavo and Itzel Diaz and their five children, as we join together to build their home and, in the process, build relationships with one another.

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

Here are some ways to become part of this ongoing project.
On this site you can keep up with events and find opportunities to participate and support the Interfaith Build.


These "Faces of Home" note cards were designed by children and youth during the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. All donations for the cards support the 2017 CommUNITY Interfaith Habitat for Humanity Build. If you cannot come to Garton Hall, contact Mary Beth Morgan to get a set of note cards.

New Event! Saturday, June 10th. Save the Date and Join Us!
Join youth and young adults from our partner faith communities on this special build day for the Interfaith Community Build! Those age 16 and up will be doing siding and painting. There is also a special project for those age14 & 15 in remodeling the existing garage on the property. (We also need a few more adult leaders, 21 years or older, to help on that day.) Click on this link for more information and how to sign up for a half-day shift or all day. Contact Mary Beth Morgan if you are interested, or have questions.

Each Friday, 12:15pm
Conversations on Life Men's Group  
Conversations on Life has been reading and 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. 
Each Wednesday, 1:00pm-3:00pm
St. Mark's Quilters & Crafters
Bring your quilting or crafts to Room 10 and spend time with others who enjoy these activities. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. 
Monday, May 22nd, 7:30pm in our Sanctuary
Story Church 
Story Church is a unique Christian worship experience that meets monthly and brings people together through the telling of personal stories and song. A recent start-up, Story Church held its first three worship experiences at First Presbyterian Church. During Story Church gatherings, music is presented by Susan Anderson and friends, (some well known, some brand new); there is storytelling centered around the monthly theme (the theme for May is "Wander"); Holy Communion is offered (if you want); and tasty goodies are shared before leaving. St. Mark's United Methodist Church will host the fourth installment of Story Church in May. The storytellers for this service will be Jimmy Moore, Susan Anderson and Allison Hess.

Tuesday, May 23, 6:30pm, Garton Hall Parlor 
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Knitted or crocheted prayer shawls are made by this group. These prayer shawls are given to those who are celebrating a life event, dealing with health issues, or needing the warmth offered when others provide care. This activity is open to all; it is not limited to UMW participants. Come be part of this caring ministry.

Information About Graduates Requested by Friday, May 26th
Sunday, June 4th, during our 10:30am Worship Service
We want to celebrate and recognize all who have or will be graduating from high school, college, graduate school, or other special programs this year. If you are graduating, or know of someone else connected to the St. Mark's family whom we can honor, please contact church office (812-332-5788) or Mary Beth Morgan ( We would like to include graduation information in the Sunday bulletin on June 4th. Please e-mail, or send, the name of the graduate (as he/she would like it to appear), school, degree, special accomplishments, and plans for the future (if known) by May 26th.
Also, on June 4th, we will have a special recognition of our graduates in the 10:30am worship service. If you, or your family, cannot participate on that day, let us know. We will recognize you on another Sunday. Congratulations to all of our graduates!
Friday, May 26th, 5:30pm at Bryan Park
Community Event for ALL Ages

Kid Kazooey & The Ballroom Roustabouts Concert

Celebrate the last day of school with some good ole summertime fun! Look for the St. Mark's flags by the Parks & Rec stage - bring some dinner, a ball or two to throw, and plan on fellowship with friends, both new an old!

Monday, May 29th, MEMORIAL DAY
The building will reopen on Tuesday, May 29th for the regular church office hours.
In the event of a pastoral emergency, please call 812-325-9406 or 812-219-8377.

Monday, May 31st, 10:30am  
New Date
Shoebox Project
The "June" Shoebox Project meeting has been moved to Monday, May 31st! All are welcome to help decorate and fill shoeboxes which are donated to MCUM or Middle Way House. These boxes are given to children and women who are temporarily displaced from their homes and to men and women who are facing the challenges of homelessness. Shoebox Project always welcomes donations of personal hygiene items, small toys and small books, individual serving snacks, etc.

Saturday, June 3rd, 9:15am
United Methodist Women Spring Brunch
Join us in Garton Hall for brunch and a great program. This annual event includes a speaker and awards. More details will be published soon. Plan to come for great friendship, and learn about upcoming activities of United Methodist Women!

June 5th-8th, 9:30am-12noon, 3 years old through rising 6th Graders
St. Mark's Vacation Bible School (VBS)
"Heroes & Heroines: Character Traits of Everyday Greats" 
Monday: Love & Integrity; Tuesday: Courage & Conviction; Wednesday: Listening & Flexibility; Thursday: Justice & Mercy.
Don your capes and masks! For this week of adventure, we will be learning stories about heroes and heroines of the Bible and exploring the qualities of heroism. VBS attendees will reflect on their own strengths and meet some local everyday heroes. Each day, children will explore these themes through story, song, art, and play.  The 4th-6th graders will have their own special activities. All activities will be age-appropriate and fun!
We will share our strengths in an everyday hero act of service to our community. The week will culminate in a special VBS worship service Sunday morning, June 11th, at 10:30am.

Youth (7th-12th Grades) are encouraged to volunteer in various roles. Adult volunteers are needed so we can provide this program free of charge for all children. Sign up online now to register participants and to volunteer your time. Also, this liability form is required for all children and youth to participate. Paper forms are likewise available in Garton Hall. For more information, contact Sarah Gettie McNeill at  or call the church office at 812-332-5788.  

Thursday, June 8th, 6:00pm-9:00pm at Splashpad
Community Event for ALL Ages
Family Picnic at Karst Park Farm Splashpad
Bring a side dish and dessert to share, swimsuits, and a desire for fellowship and fun! The Splashpad is located near the back of the park. This event is open to the entire St. Mark's Community, whether you attended VBS or not! 
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 by contacting the church office.
All ministry areas, church committees, and interest groups are encouraged to submit articles for the next edition of UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S. Articles for June 2017 should be submitted by Monday, May 22nd. For more information, and to submit articles for publication, please contact the church office.
Rev. Jimmy Moore, Pastor
Rev. Mary Beth Morgan, Pastor
Gerry Sousa, Director of Music Ministries

Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill, Director of Children's Ministries
Please Contact Mary Beth Morgan for Youth Ministries.
Natalie LeBeau, Finance Director
Aaron Comforty, Children's and Youth Music Leader
Sierra Roussos,
Director of St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten

Amy Jones,
Coordinator of Childcare and Sunday Morning Nursery
Claire Schaffer, Administrative Assistant

Dennis Morgan, Head Custodian

100 N. State Road 46 Bypass, Bloomington, IN 47408
Phone: 812-332-5788     Fax: 812-333-5544
Click for a map to our location: Directions to St. Mark's UMC
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100 N. State Road 46 Bypass, Bloomington, IN 47408
School Office Phone: 812-333-4007

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