THIS SITE LAST UPDATED:
10/16/2014
New lighting installation began in earnest in the Sanctuary this week.  The scaffolding on the back wall was completed by late Monday afternoon, and the old ceiling fixtures are in the process of being removed. The organ was carefully sealed by the organ curator at IU and will remain protected throughout the renovations.
Garton Hall, now transformed into our worship space for the next six weeks.  Last Sunday's service began in the Sanctuary and concluded with a prayer circle in Garton Hall, during which the space was sanctified and blessed, and the congregation joined together in singing "A Closing Prayer." 
THIS COMING SUNDAY
OCTOBER 19th, 2014

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 

 

9:30AM (Room 4)

CHILDREN & FAMILY WORSHIP  


SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE

10:30AM in GARTON HALL

Reverend Ned Steele     

will be preaching:

"From Here to There" 

Scripture: Matthew 11:25-30 

 


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

The hallway carpeting has been replaced, and the East and South entrances are accessible once again. Work on the sanctuary lighting has begun! For the next few weeks, we will be celebrating worship in Garton Hall. Come and check it out! With the outside light coming in, it is a very nice setting for worship.

 

Progress is also being made on the covered drop-off. 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!

STARTING TODAY, OCT. 16, AND CONTINUING OCT. 23, 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.

 

The first session will be Thursday, October 16th in Room 10 at St Mark's. We will start at 5:30PM and end no later than 7:00PM. The next sessions will be on the following three Thursdays: October 23rd, 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, OCTOBER 18: 9:00AM-NOON

HELPING HANDS FELLOWSHIP

All our welcome to join Helping Hands, a monthly volunteer work crew that helps keep our church building and grounds looking their best. We gather at 9:00 am and are finished by Noon. Jeremiah Young will lead us in early fall clean-up and care for our grounds and landscaping during this change of seasons.

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.

THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19: 9:30AM

NEW MEMBER CLASS

If you are interested in becoming a member of St. Mark's, or learning more about that process, we hope you will join us for a membership classes this coming Sunday, October 19. We will meet in Room 12 at 9:30AM.  For families with children, there is infant/toddler care in Room 25. If you have children, preschool age or older, they are welcome to join Bridget McIntyre in Room 4 for Celebration Worship.

 

We will spend time getting to know one another, learning more about the church and membership process, exploring questions, and talking with others about the many ways to get involved in the life and ministry of St. Mark's. New Members will be received during worship on Sunday, October 26, when we celebrate St. Mark's 60th Anniversary. Please contact Mary Beth Morgan if you plan to come or have questions. If you are interested in membership but have a conflict with class or the joining date, we can work with you and your schedule. We look forward to sharing this time with you as we continue to grow as a church community!

THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19: 3:00PM

CROP HUNGER WALK

Join the Crop Hunger Walk! It will take place this Sunday, October 19, at 3pm. Come join our team of walkers! All ages welcome!   

   

To get your sponsorship form, or to sponsor another walker, contact the church office. This ecumenical and interfaith walk-a-thon fights hunger locally as well as across the world.

THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19: 3:00PM

FAMILY AND YOUTH SERVICE PROJECT:
CROP HUNGER WALK

We encourage families and youth to participate in the Crop Walk as a service project together. Please contact Bridget McIntyre if your family would like to participate in this service project.

 

Volunteer options are:

  • Walk! "We Walk Because They Walk" is the motto of this year's Crop Walk. Many people around the world need to walk great distances to receive potable drinking water. Participating in the 4-mile or 1-mile walk is a way for people to be in solidarity with many people around the world.
  • Sponsor a walker! Can't make it?  Then sponsor another walker at St. Mark's. Money donated helps fight hunger locally and around the world.
  • Operate a Water Station!  St. Mark's will host a water/snack station on the walking route on the sidewalk outside of Mother Bear's Pizza on E. 3rd Street. Volunteers are needed at the water station to offer encouragement to walkers and to provide a drink of water and a snack.
  • Donate popped popcorn or cookies for the water/snack station.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22: 12:00PM

XYZ ANNUAL OCTOBER OUTING

October's XYZ (eXtra Years of Zest) meeting will be a trip to Spring Mill State Park to enjoy lunch at the inn there. You will need to sign up before the day of the trip. There will be a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center in Garton Hall, or you can contact Carle Crawford to sign up. The cost is $11.63 which includes your meal, drink, tax and tip. When you get to the gate at Spring Mill, tell the attendant you are part of "XYZ at St. Mark's UMC" and you will not be charged park admission. Also, you might like to carpool to Spring Mill.

OCTOBER 26 AND NOVEMBER 2: 10:30AM WORSHIP 

SPECIAL SUNDAYS!  SAVE THE DATES!

October 26- "St. Mark's at 60 with Rev. Richard Hamilton!" We are celebrating St. Mark's 60th anniversary and our founding pastor Reverend Richard Hamilton will be joining us in worship! He and Wain Martin will share some of their memories of the earliest days of St. Mark's, a few stories, and words of wisdom to help guide us as we begin the next sixty years. At 9:30, all are welcome to enjoy breakfast in Room 8, and the Library Committee will have a special display in Room 12. In worship, we will also recognize those who have been part of St. Mark's for 50 years or more. If you are one of them, or know someone we should contact, please call Mary Beth Morgan at the church office.

 

November 2- "Peace with Justice Sunday with Philip Gulley!" We are fortunate to have well-known pastor and author, Philip Gulley, as our guest preacher. 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.

Can you help with breakfast on October 26 or November 2, as we welcome family and friends from the Bloomington community? If you can bring a breakfast dish, please contact the church office (332-5788). Thank you!

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.
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!

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.