ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS AT ST. MARK'S
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THIS SUNDAY AT ST. MARK'S 
JUNE 14th, 2015 
3rd SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST


BREAKFAST 

9:30AM  in Garton Hall

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
9:15AM  Pilgrims (Room 13)
9:15AM  Nomads (Room 10)
9:30AM  Bible Banter (Room 11)

INFANT/TODDLER CARE
9:30-11:30AM  (Room 25)
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CHILDREN & FAMILY WORSHIP 
  9:30AM in Room 8
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SANCTUARY WORSHIP
10:30AM
Reverend Ned Steele, preaching
Sermon Title:   
The Kingdom is Within
Scripture: Luke 17:20-25
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CHILDREN AND YOUTH 
SUNDAY SCHOOL 
10:30-11:30AM 
PreK-K (Room 4) 
1st-2nd Grade (Room 9) 
2rd-6th Grade (Room 3) 
7th-12th Grade (Youth Room 1-2)

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6pm Worship Leading to Service
"Writing the Next Chapter of
Our Creation Story" 

THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 13TH, 9:00AM-NOON

HELPING HANDS FELLOWSHIP-
COME AND HELP TAKE CARE OF OUR CHURCH!

All are welcome and encouraged to join Helping Hands, a monthly volunteer work crew that helps keep our church building and grounds looking their best.  This Saturday, we will be working outside continuing Spring clean-up of the grounds. We gather at 9:00AM and are finished by Noon. Come for all, or part, of the morning. As an added benefit, Jeremiah Young will offer some tips on the art of caring for our grounds and landscaping.

THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 14TH, 6:00PM

2ndSundays@6: WORSHIP LEADING TO SERVICE

A GREAT KICK-OFF TO VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL WEEK!

"WRITING THE NEXT CHAPTER IN OUR CREATION STORY"

All are welcome to 2ndSundays@6! We will begin with a half-hour worship service in the sanctuary at 6:00PM. Bryan and the Band will lead us with great music, along with guest drummer, Matt Andert. Story, word and reflection will connect us to living out our faith in the world. We will also be joined by Katherine Tilghman and Mara Flynn from ICEY, a local interfaith group of youth who care about the environment and future of our world and are committed to protecting it through action, advocacy, and education.  After we worship, all ages are invited to participate in hands-on service projects in Garton Hall and outdoors.  

 

This Sunday will be a great kick-off for our Vacation Bible School week in which we will explore Creation Stories from Around the World, and what they teach us about being good stewards of God's creation. Hands-on projects will include preparing for VBS week, as we welcome many children, youth and adults to St. Mark's. Contact Mary Beth Morgan if you have questions or would like to help with 2ndSundays@6 (332-5788). Invite friends and neighbors!

THERE IS STILL TIME!   

REGISTER OR VOLUNTEER FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!

MONDAY-THURSDAY, JUNE 15TH-18TH, 9:30AM-12:00PM

"CREATION STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD"

St. Mark's VBS is open to children ages 3-6th grade. Youth are welcome as volunteer leaders. Each day, children will explore, through story, songs, crafts, and play, a version of the creation story from different traditions throughout the world. All activities will be age-appropriate and full of fun.

 

Adult volunteers are needed so we can keep this program free of charge for the children. In addition to the weekday activities, the entire St. Mark's community is invited to a Pet Blessing at St. Mark's on June 17th at 6:30PM, the Karst Farm Splash Pad on Thursday, June 18th from 6PM-9PM, and to help lead the special VBS Worship Service Sunday morning, June 21st at 10:30AM. All children and youth are welcome for what promises to be a fun and fascinating week! Please share this information with your friends and neighbors.

 

Participant registrations and volunteer forms can be found in Garton Hall. For more information, contact Bridget McIntyre at the church office (812-332-5788). 


2015 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL- HELP NEEDED

MONDAY - THURSDAY, JUNE 15TH-18TH, 9:30AM-12:00PM

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS & DONATIONS

Consider sharing your time and talents with the children and youth at VBS. We anticipate close to 100 children and youth to participate in this incredible week, offered as a gift to the community. VBS is seeking GARDEN LOVERS, PAINTERS, STORY BOOK READERS, SNACK PREPARERS, INSPIRING ACTORS, PUPPET CREATORS, AND ANYONE WHO LOVES TO BE WITH CHILDREN & YOUTH.

 

If you're not able to share your time, then consider sharing the following items:

2 liter plastic bottles (cleaned and clear)

Knitting needles (plastic or medal)

Craft supplies: markers, chalk (colored and white), washable paints, stickers, glue, paper, yarn, etc. (Did your children or grandchildren bring home their art bags from school? Consider donating the supplies to St. Mark's VBS.)

Large (appliance) cardboard boxes

Potting Soil

Small gravel

Small plants

Charcoal briquettes
TUESDAY, JUNE 16TH, 7:00PM

"FOOD FOR THOUGHT" BOOK DISCUSSION AT BELL TRACE

The "Food for Thought" book group's next discussion will be on Tuesday, June 16th at 7:00PM in the Community Room at Bell Trace.  We are currently reading "Not Just a Pretty Face", which looks inside the cosmetic industry. For more information, contact Trina Mescher, Linda Crawford or the church office.

 

 

THIS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17th, 6:30PM

PET BLESSING, SOUTH LAWN

On June 17th we'll host our first Pet Blessing in several years as a part of Vacation Bible School. The Blessing is open to all, so bring your furry (and non-furry) friends in carriers, cages or on a leash (and a bag for any pet messes). Pets need to be up-to-date on vaccinations and not have an aggressive history with other animals or people. There will not be a rain date, but there is another Pet Blessing on the calendar later in the year.  Meet us on the south lawn at St. Mark's (facing Starbucks) at 6:30pm.  

  

 

 

THIS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17th, 7:00PM

MANDATORY "APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT" 2015 MEETING

All 2015 ASP participants should attend this final meeting before the trip. We will meet in Room 8. If you have questions, please contact Larry Ingram (812-322-0452).

         

THURSDAY, JUNE 18TH, 6:00PM-9:00PM

PICNIC AT KARST FARM SPLASH PAD

Picnic at the Karst Farm Splash Pad is another community event for Vacation Bible School and open to all! Bring your own towel, swimsuit, and (optional) water shoes. Restrooms and changing stations are available, and there is a pavilion with tables if you'd like to bring a picnic. Drinking water will be provided. Basketball courts, a playground, soccer fields and walking trails are all nearby. Visit www.co.monroe.in.us for directions.

 

NEXT SUNDAY, JUNE 21ST, 11:30AM

RETIREMENT LUNCHEON FOR REVEREND NED STEELE

On July 1st, Pastor Ned Steele will begin his retirement after 41 years of faithful ministry in the United Methodist Church! He will be greatly missed. Following our worship service on Sunday, June 21st, we will host a luncheon for Ned to thank him for his time at St. Mark's and to wish him well in his retirement! There will be good food, stories shared, and a few choice surprises. There is a sign-up sheet in Garton Hall for those who can help, or you can contact the church office. Watch your mail and e-mail for more information. If you have questions, please contact Ray Beeker (Pastor-Staff-Parish Chair) or Mary Beth Morgan.

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24th, 5:30PM

XYZ WITH ELISE HEADLEY

XYZ (eXtra Years of Zest) will host their monthly dinner on Wednesday, June 24, at 5:30PM.  Dinner will be followed by a presentation by Elise Headley about her work with Susie's Place Child Advocacy Center.  Elise is a trained child forensic interviewer, and she has worked with children at MiddleWay House, Children's Village Daycare, Bloomington Meadows Hospital, Monroe County Schools and, for the past two years, Susie's Place.   

 

If you would like to join us for a very pleasant and informative evening, please remember to bring a plate, utensils, and a dish to share.  Questions?  Contact Joe Miller or the church office.

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 25th  

GOLF WITH NED AT THE IU GOLF COURSE

Three early afternoon tee times have been reserved.  Everyone will have chances to see Ned's famous fade shot and to wish him a bogey free retirement because we will have him play parts of the round with all three groups.  Contact Charlie Matson (812-331-0413) or the church office if you want to join the fun.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 1ST, 6:00PM-9:00 PM

BASKETBALL & BONFIRE 

There's a lot to learn from the game of basketball! Components of basketball will guide participants through playful reflections. Cookout dinner and bonfire fun will be provided. Join us at Solsberry Hill Retreat Center located 15 minutes west of Bloomington in a natural and relaxed setting that is fun for all ages. RSVP (and receive directions) before June 30th to Bridget McIntyre at the church office.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15TH

UMW STYLE SHOW AND TEA     

A sign-up sheet for items needed is on the UMW bulletin board in Garton Hall. Labeled items should be brought to the kitchen by no later than 9:00AM on July 15th. All proceeds go to MCUM.

 

THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 14TH, 9:15AM

PILGRIMS SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS -  

"THE BOOK OF REVELATION"

We continue our video series exploring The Book of Revelation - probably the most intriguing and least understood book of the New Testaments the Apocalypse of John. Is this book actually giving a description of events yet to transpire? Dr. Bart Ehrman seeks to place the Book of revelation in its own historical context, and examine how it would have made sense to readers of the first century, who were imbued with a religious perspective known as apocalypticism.

 

The Pilgrims meet at 9:15 AM in Room 13. All are we welcome! Come join us for the lecture and the resulting discussion.

 

SUNDAY MORNINGS, 9:15AM

"NOMADS" SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

The Nomads start their discussions in Room 10 at 9:30AM, after coffee, snacks and announcements. Visitors are always welcomed.

 

SUNDAY MORNINGS, 9:30AM

"BIBLE BANTER" SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

The BIBLE BANTER adult Sunday School class meets in Room 11 each Sunday morning from 9:30-10:15am.  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.