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 August 20th, 11:30am - 2:00pm
St. Mark's Community Picnic! Plan To Be Here & Sign Up To Help!
There will be food, friends, games, and music for all ages! We will have a Picnic lunch (in Garton Hall and on the front porch), Music, Children's and Youth activities, Face Painting, a Balloon Artist, a fun and rousing Wiffle Ball game for everyone, plus much more. All are welcome. Invite friends and neighbors!
Picnic help, in half-hour shifts, is still especially needed for the following: 
  • setting up children's activities

  • face painting

  • monitoring buffet tables

  • help in the kitchen

  • clean-up (inside and out)

The goal is for everyone to do a little, so no one needs to do a lot!


 You can sign-up by contacting the church office (812-332-5788) or on the "Sign-Up Genius" link here. 


On picnic day, if you are able, bring a can/box of food or a hygiene item for Monroe County United Ministries' "Each One, Feed One" annual collection drive.

There will be a continental breakfast
on picnic day.

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

Infants through Three-year-old (Rooms 24 & 25)
Children, Friends & Family
Garton Hall 

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

Reverends Jimmy Moore & Mary Beth Morgan, preaching 
Matthew 15:21-28
Sermon Title
This is My Story: The Graces of Composing Oneself and Connecting with Others  
This Sunday, August 20th, 10:30am
Sanctuary Worship
Mary Beth Morgan and Jimmy Moore will co-preach the Sunday morning sermon, titled This is My Story: The Graces of Composing Oneself and Connecting with Others, arising from Matthew 15:21-28. Music for the Sunday morning service will be provided by organist Pam Freeman and a "Ya'll Come" choir, a combination of St. Mark's choir members and volunteers from the congregation, under the direction of Gerry Sousa. Music will be simple and joyful. We want you to sing with us. If you are willing to sing, email Gerry Sousa at
Breakfast Volunteers
Our breakfast event has become a great way to start the morning, and to provide a deep welcome to all who come our way. It is also a great way for those groups who help provide breakfast to raise contributions for their own mission effort or a cause they value. Sign up today in Garton Hall to provide breakfast on a future Sunday. Contact the church office or breakfast coordinator Christine Conrad at 812-961-2959 or 

You Can Sponsor Altar Flowers
Flowers are placed on the altar each Sunday. Individuals and families may sponsor altar flowers. Please sign up on the clip board at the Garton Hall Welcome Desk or by calling the church office. If you are sponsoring flowers in "honor", "celebration", or "memory", please let us know how you want this listed in the bulletin. Checks in the amount of $45.00 should be made out to St. Mark's United Methodist Church with "altar flowers" in the memo.

Pets of St. Mark's UMC Community on Facebook  
Hey, Buddies of St. Francis, a small group at St. Mark's United Methodist Church of Bloomington, has just started this new page to celebrate our pets and support the love and care of animals. Feel free to join, and post pics of your pets or articles that deepen our love of all of God's creatures. Go to Facebook and search for "Pets of St. Mark's UMC Community", and click 'Like'. 


Get to know one another;  
wear a name tag, please. 
9:15am-10:15am in Room 13
9:15am-10:15am in Room 10
9:30am-10:15am in Room 11

Infant through Three-year-old Care (Rooms 24 & 25)

Garton Hall 

Preschool -1st grade (Room 22) 
2nd-3rd grade (Room 4) 
4th-5th grade (Room 9) 
Youth: 6th-12th Grade (Room 3)
Join a Sunday School Teaching Team - We Are Still in Need!  
Because of the wonders of having enough children to add one more class this fall, we still have a few openings in our teaching teams. This fall, our classes will include cooking, science, drama, spiritual practices, and so much more. Come play and experience your inner child!
Kindergarten-1st Grade: Two more teachers needed
2nd-3rd Grade: Two more teachers needed
4th - 5th Grade: Two more teachers needed
Youth: Two more teachers needed

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, August 20th
Children, Friends & Family  
After taking a summer hiatus, CELEBRATION! is back and better than ever.  Over the summer, we realized we love the multi-generational community that happens during our Sunday morning breakfasts, and we adore having everyone be able to enjoy our church's musical talent. Now, we can have the bests of both worlds! CELEBRATION! will continue on Sunday mornings and will now take place in Garton Hall, near the piano.  All will be invited to reflect on the theme for the day, as conversation questions will be distributed on the breakfast tables, and church goers of all ages are invited to take part in the hands-on experiences available at the tables near the piano.  On Sundays when he's available, Aaron will close our community out in song as we end in a communal "Great Amen" before heading to the Sanctuary for worship.
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).
Parenting Facebook Group
Looking for ways to connect with other St. Mark's families in the church?  Join the "St. Mark's Parenting" Facebook group!  This is a venue to find out more about what's going on at St. Mark's for families, as well as for you to create the parenting support YOU want and need in your daily life.  Direct questions to Sarah Gettie McNeill. 
Adult Sunday School, 9:30am
Bible Banter

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, 9:15am
The Nomads class is a generally progressive group which meets each Sunday at 9:15am in Room 10 for fellowship and discussion of selected readings on issues related to faith, spirituality, or social justice. This Sunday and in August, Nomads will discuss Ten Prayers That Changed the World - Extraordinary Stories of Faith That Shaped the Course of History  by Jean-Pierre Isbouts. All are welcome with no preparation required.

Adult Sunday School, 9:15am 
The Holy Land Revealed
A video lecture series with Prof. Jodi Magness, Univ. North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
All are welcome at any point in the lecture series. Come join us for the video and the resulting discussions.

Lecture 31 on Sunday, August 20th:
"The Second Jewish Revolt against the Romans" 
After 70 A.D., the Jews awaited the day when the Romans would grant them permission to rebuild the temple, just as the Persians had done earlier. As the decades went by and permission was not forthcoming, the Jews became increasingly anxious. Initially, revolts broke out among Jewish Diaspora communities in Egypt and North Africa, in Mesopotamia, and on Cyprus between 115 and 116 A.D., during the reign of the emperor Trajan. We are not sure what kindled these revolts but, they were suppressed harshly.
If you have driven on the St. Mark's parking lot recently, you likely noticed that your ride was really smooth, and that the lot is now more structurally sound, safer and offers a welcoming entrance to the church property. Thank you to everyone who has given or pledged to the "Project St. Mark's, the Sequel" capital campaign (which included the parking lot), and to Paving the Way (a special fund designated for the lot)! We are also very grateful for the donations from many individuals and non-profits who meet at St. Mark's. A generous anonymous donor matched a portion of these gifts, as well.

The initial estimate for the parking lot repaving was approximately $107,000. Once the work began, it was discovered that the subsurface was in worse shape than expected. The Trustees determined that this remedial work was necessary, and received approval from the Leadership Council to proceed (adding a little over $30,000). Please prayerfully consider donations and pledges to this project if you have not, yet, donated or can help a little more. For more information, please contact the church office.

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.
Each Friday, 12:30pm, at Bell Trace
Conversations on Life Men's Group
Conversations on Live Men's Group will now be meeting at Bell Trace in the Chapel or the Private Dining Room. Each of these rooms is on the Basement level of the main (taller) building. During July, the Conversations on Life men's group will be reading and discussing Streams of Living Water by Richard Foster. The group meets at Bell Trace every Friday at 12:30 pm. 
Tuesday, August 22nd at SCAAP, 1500 W 15th St, Bloomington
Thriving Connections Ally Info & Dessert Night
Thriving Connections strives to support families who are working to break the cycle of poverty and move toward success. This group meets at St. Mark's each Thursday evening and is offering the opportunity to become involved as an "Ally". Read this flyer to learn how you might partner with Thriving Connections.

Tuesday, August 22nd, 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.

Thursday, August 24th, 6:15pm & 7:30pm
Chancel Ringers and Chancel Choir Rehearsals Resume
Music rehearsals will resume Thursday, August 24th after the summer schedule. This is a great time to join one or both of these choirs and share your love of music. Playing handbells really only requires an ability to keep the rhythm of the music. All other bell ringing skills can be learned including reading the music. Chancel Ringers rehearses at 6:15pm in the Sanctuary. Chancel Choir rehearsal follows at 7:30pm in the Choir Room. If you can sing a tune, you are encouraged to blend your voice with others in choir.

Sunday, August 27th, 11:30am-12:30pm,
Room 8
Meet & Greet for Those New to St. Mark's
Are you new to St. Mark's? Do you have questions and want to meet a few church leaders and others who are new? Join us after worship on Sunday, August 27 in Room 8. Both pastors will be present, as will staff members and lay leaders of some of our ministries and committees. We would love to get to know you a little better, and share in a brief time of conversation. Light snacks will be available. 

Sunday, August 27th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Youth Pool Party and Parent Gathering
All St. Mark's youth, in 6th - 12th grades, are welcome to our back-to-school pool party from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Pam and Lenne  Vanzant's home (4119 S. Gran Haven Dr.). Friends of St. Mark's youth are also welcome. Youth are welcome to swim in the pool or relax in the hot tub or hang out on the deck. Pizza, snacks, and drinks will be provided as well as s'mores for the bon-fire. Sarah Gettie also looks forward to talking with youth about some possibilities for how to spend time together in a fun way while also growing in faith as young people in our world. Please RSVP to Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill.

While the youth are outside, parents and grandparents of youth will gather inside the Vanzant's home. This will be an opportunity to talk with Mary Beth and Jimmy about youth ministry needs, hopes and possibilities. We will also do some planning, so please bring your calendars and your ideas. Thank you to Pam and Lenne for their hospitality!

Sunday, August 27th, 4:00pm, Auer Hall on IU Campus
Daniel Narducci's Final Doctoral Recital 
This recital is a free event and Daniel would be happy for you to be there. The Narducci family invites all who would like to attend.  
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 September 2017 are due Monday, August 28th. 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 Sarah Gettie McNeill for Youth Ministries.
Natalie LeBeau, Finance Director
Aaron Comforty, Children 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
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