THIS SITE LAST UPDATED 11/20/2014
THANK YOU, DOMINIC,
FOR LAST SUNDAY'S INSPIRING, UPLIFTING, AND JOYOUS JAZZ SERVICE.
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD YOU SHARED WITH US!

When the Saints Go Marching In
What A Wonderful World
THIS COMING SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 23rd, 2014
THANKSGIVING BASKET DELIVERY

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 Mary Beth Morgan

will be preaching.

Mary Jane Van Hook will offer a reflection. 

Sermon title: Traveling Together

Scripture: Ruth 1:1-5, 8, 14-16

 


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

Progress is being made on all four projects! The roof work is almost complete. Construction on the covered drop-off continues, and landscaping in that area has begun. There is light in the sanctuary, and the carpet is being installed. We plan to return to the sanctuary on Sunday, November 30. 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! If you have not contributed or pledged previously, please consider supporting these important improvements to the church building. Pledge cards are at the Welcome Center Desk or from the church office.

THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd & 23rd

THANKSGIVING BASKET SHARING:
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED!

Thanks to your generosity, the St. Mark's community, in partnership with Fairview Elementary School, will prepare and deliver Thanksgiving food baskets for 42 families. Volunteers are still needed to help fill the baskets this Saturday, November 22, at 10AM at St. Mark's. We'll meet in Room 26. Individuals and families are also needed to help deliver baskets on Sunday, November 23 after worship. Contact the church office (332-5788) for more information.

THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd, 5:00 - 7:00PM

YOUTH GROUP: THANKSGIVING FEAST

All youth, 7th - 12th grades are welcome to our annual Thanksgiving Feast! All our favorites: turkey, stuffing, potatoes, vegetables, rolls, and pie will help youth gather around a table together to talk about our many blessings.

 

Youth will also have the opportunity to make Advent wreaths for our Christmas service project and/or be in our "funniest home video" contest. Youth are welcome to contribute to the feast by bringing something for our meal. This is a great tradition - we hope youth can make it!

2015 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN

Thank you to each individual and family who turned in pledge cards last week on Commitment Sunday or earlier! Your financial commitment enables St. Mark's to continue and expand ministries inside our building and beyond: worship, mission outreach, hospitality, programs for all ages, and more. If you have not yet turned in your 2015 pledge card, you are invited to do so this Sunday, or anytime to the church office. Additional pledge cards are available in Garton Hall of from the church office (332-5788).

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24th, 7:00-9:00PM

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED TO RETURN TO THE SANCTUARY

The lights will be brighter and the carpet new and clean, but that won't mean the sanctuary is ready for worship services. Seats must be arranged, pianos moved, Bibles distributed - there is a lot to do. Therefore, November's "Helping Hands" will be focused on moving back into the sanctuary. Get a good look at the changes and help us get ready for the following Sunday. If you have questions, contact the church office, Keith Korn or John Collins.

SUNDAY MORNINGS, NOVEMBER 30th - DECEMBER 21st

YOUNG GIRLS GROWING WITH GOD

 Young Girls Growing with God is a peer-facilitated faith sharing group for upper elementary and middle school girls. The group will meet from 9:30AM - 10:20AM on Sunday mornings from November 30th - December 21st in the youth room at St. Mark's.

 

St. Mark' high school senior, Anna Cron, and her mother, Tina, will facilitate weekly sessions during Advent that encourage young girls' faith. Girls in 4th - 9th grades are welcome to attend, and their parents are encouraged to attend for the last 15 minutes from 10:00AM- 10:20AM. This is an additional way to experience Advent and grow closer in our community with a small group. Sessions will include journaling, discussion, and hearing personal experiences of growing up and relying on God. Navigating through school, peer pressure, relationships, friendships, and other stuff that goes with growing up as a young lady will be a part of the peer-facilitated conversations.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Bridget McIntyre, Tina Cron, or the church office.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30th, 10:30AM

SANCTUARY SUNDAY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH:  

NO CHILDREN'S OR YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL

The 5th Sunday of the month (4 times a year), children and youth are encouraged to stay in the sanctuary for the whole worship service. Children's activity packets and books are available in the back of the sanctuary. Nursery and toddler care continues to be available in room 25. Childcare is available in room 4 for children 3 years and older.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30th, 5:00 - 7:00PM

ADVENT NIGHT AND HANGING OF THE GREENS

Tired of turkey and leftovers? Join us for dinner and a festive evening preparing for the Advent and Christmas seasons. Dinner begins at 5:00 PM. After dinner we move into the sanctuary for songs that get us into the holiday spirit. Following a few carols, people can participate in a variety of activities. Some can decorate the sanctuary, while others can hang greenery around the church.

 

Age appropriate crafts will be in room 8 that includes making Advent wreaths, Nativity characters, and other seasonal favorites. Another highlight of the evening is choosing costumes for the Christmas Eve Children and Youth Pageant. Costumes will be available for children and youth to try on and choose. Costumes will be bagged and labeled for each child/youth and kept at St. Mark's for safe keeping until the pageant. This is a wonderful night for all ages; bring friends or visiting relatives. All are welcome!

 

Please contact Ned Steele, at the church office, if you would like to contribute to our Advent Night meal.

DECEMBER 4th, 5th AND 6th

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN CHRISTMAS COOKIE SHOPPE

All United Methodist Women, whether you are identified with a Circle or not, we would appreciate your help in preparing cookies or candy for the Christmas Cookie Shoppe. We will be baking and decorating cookies on December 4th from 9am until 1pm or later. On December 5th, we would be pleased if you deliver your cookies between 3pm and 5pm when setup of the cookies and candies will take place. On December 6th, the sale will take place between 8am and 1pm. A signup sheet will be on the bulletin board in Garton Hall to let the committee know approximately what cookies or candies and quantity you will be bringing. Thank you so much for your help in making our sale successful in order to help families and children in need.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10th, 5:30PM

SAVE THE DATE! XYZ CHRISTMAS DINNER

The Christmas XYZ (eXtra Years of Zest) dinner, catered by Flo Davis and served by members of Operation Friendship, will be held on Wednesday, December 10th at 5:30PM. Members of the Bloomington North High School Symphony Orchestra will provide musical entertainment. The cost is $15 per person. Sign up at the Welcome Center. Please sign up no later than December 7. Make your check out to St. Mark's UMC and note "XYZ dinner" on the memo line. Questions? Contact Carle Crawford, Joe Miller or the church office.

THE UNITED METHODIST WOMEN NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

The Lucille Raines facility is solely supported by the UMW of Indiana. St. Mark's UMW will be accepting Christmas gifts for men or women until Tuesday, December 9th. Donations can be items such as gloves, scarves, hats, warm socks, and long underwear. Please leave unwrapped gifts in the box next to Shoebox in Garton Hall. Funds are urgently needed to replace Lucille Raines' furnace which is no longer functioning. Lucille Raines is a facility that provides shelter for homeless people who are pursuing jobs. If interested, please make checks out to "Lucille Raines Residence" and bring them to the church office. You can find out more about Lucille Raines Residence at http://www.inumc.org/lucillerainesresidence

ORDER BY DECEMBER 7th

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS 

Orders are being taken for poinsettias to decorate the sanctuary and Garton Hall for Advent and Christmas. You are invited to give poinsettias in honor or memory of important individuals in your life. These will be printed in the bulletin close to Christmas. Order forms are at the Welcome Center desk or you can contact the church office. You can return the forms to the church office or put them in the offering plate. The cost for each poinsettia plant is $10. Checks can be made out to "St. Mark's" with "poinsettias" in the memo.

SIGN UP FOR APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP) 2015!

The sign-up sheet for those interested in being part of the Summer 2015 ASP trip is located on the ASP bulletin board in Garton Hall. The trip dates are Sunday, July 5 through Saturday, July 11. This year we will travel to Kentucky. Participants must be at least 14 years of age. More details will be forthcoming. Contact Larry Ingram at 322-0452 for more information.