"An inclusive community bringing Christ-like love, healing, and hope to all."
For a complete listing and description of St. Mark's Events please follow the link below 
 UPCOMING AT ST. MARK'S -- JULY EDITION
 
Please note the following submission deadline for "UPCOMING AT ST. MARK'S". 
Articles for August need to be submitted by Monday, July 25.
You may submit articles by e-mail to office@smumc.church,
by bringing/sending them to the church office, or by phone (812-332-5788).
 
THIS SUNDAY AT ST. MARK'S
SUNDAY, JULY 24th   
TENTH 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
INFANTS & ONE YEAR-OLDS
9:30am - 11:30am (Room 24)
TWO YEAR-OLDS & THREE YEAR-OLDS
9:30am - 11:30am (Room 25)
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CHILDREN & FAMILY WORSHIP
9:30 am (Room 8)
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SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE   
10:30am

JillAnn Meunier, preaching
Scripture Readings:
Hosea 1:2-10

Sermon Title:
Shaking Up The Waters

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CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30 am
  4 years-Kindergarten (Room 4)
1st-2nd Grade (Room 9)
3rd-6th Grade (Room 1-2)
Youth (Room 3)
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THIS SUNDAY, JULY 24th, 6:00am
APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT MISSION TRIP
The St. Mark's Appalachia Service Project (ASP) Team leaves for their week-long mission trip on Sunday, July 24th. Join a "Send-Off" of the ASP Team at St. Mark's at 6:00am this Sunday, July 24th where we will encourage the team and pray for their safe, prosperous, and spiritual success while on mission. This year, the team will be serving with the community in Martin County, Kentucky. We keep the ASP team in our prayers, and look forward to hearing about their experiences when they return. ASP team members will share some of their experiences in Worship on Sunday, July 31st as part of our "Celebrating the Call of All Christians" Sunday.


THIS SUNDAY, JULY 24th, 10:30am
CELEBRATING THE CALL TO MINISTRY
JillAnn Meunier, a seminary student at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, will preach the sermon. JillAnn was baptized at St. Mark's, and is taking Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Bloomington Hospital this summer. This is a Sunday in which we seek to enhance the "Culture of Call"-creating an environment in which members are encouraged to consider various forms of Christian Ministry as a life vocation.

There will also be a Mission Moment to invite contributions for the Reverend Chuck Myers Scholarship fund, which is designated to
provide scholarship assistance for UMC seminary students. Chuck served churches in the South Indiana Conference, including St. Mark's,
and also served as a district superintendent. Chuck saw pastoral care as his strongest asset. He also possessed a fine baritone singing voice which he loved to share by preaching "sermons in song." Chuck's wife, Beth, continues to bless us at St. Mark's with her wisdom, faith, and kind and generous spirit.  
 
 

SUNDAY SCHOOL
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL

"PILGRIMS"
9:15am-10:15am
in Room 13

"NOMADS"
9:15am-10:15am in Room 10

"BIBLE BANTER"
9:30am-10:15am in Room 11
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CHILDREN AND YOUTH  
SUNDAY SCHOOL
 
INFANT & TODDLER 
CHILDCARE 
9:30am-11:30am 
Infant & One Year Old Care (Room 24)
Two & Three Year Old Care (Room 25)

  

CHILDREN, FRIENDS & FAMILY WORSHIP 
10:30am in Room 8

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL 
4 years-Kindergarten (Room 4)
1st-2nd Grade (Room 9)
3rd-6th Grade (Room 1-2)
Youth (Room 3)
 
 
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Click below for more details or to print a schedule of summer programming for your use at home  
 
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THIS SUNDAY, JULY 24th
CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL 
Children and Youth Sunday School will be offered on the full, regular schedule this Sunday, July 24th. See classrooms listed in the left side column of this section. 

NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 31st
CHILDREN AND YOUTH WORSHIP LEADERSHIP & SANCTUARY SUNDAY
All children and youth are welcome to participate in leadership roles in the July 31st worship service. Children and youth are welcome to be greeters (hand out bulletins), acolytes (light candles), liturgists (lead a prayer or read the scripture), create the bulletin cover, or share any other leadership gift with the congregation. There are opportunities for all ages. Please contact Mary Beth Morgan if your child would like to participate in a special way on July 31st.
 
July 31st is also the 5th Sunday of the month when we invite all children and youth to experience the full worship service. Children and Youth Sunday School DOES NOT meet on July 31st. Children's activity packets and picture books are available in the back of the sanctuary near the comfortable rocking chairs. Infant and toddler care continues from 9:30am - 11:30am in rooms 24 and 25. Childcare will be available for children ages 4 to 6th grade in room 8, during the sanctuary worship service.
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS
SEEKING A SUNDAY SCHOOL VOLUNTEER & NURSERY CAREGIVER
With the leadership transitions in the Nursery and Sunday school, we have two immediate needs to fill. Please consider being a volunteer Sunday school teacher. Although we have a need in the 3rd - 6th grade age group, we welcome a volunteer for any age group. This is a monthly commitment that doesn't take too much time. A curriculum and materials are provided. All efforts are made to accommodate volunteers to make the experience enjoyable and meaningful.

A paid childcare position is open for the Sunday morning nursery. This position is on Sunday mornings from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm. St. Mark's is seeking a nurturing adult who can provide sound references and a love for infant and toddlers. This caregiver does not need to be a part of the St. Mark' congregation.

Please contact Bridget McIntyre if you are interested in these opportunities or know of anyone who might be interested.
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
"PILGRIMS," 9:15am
The Pilgrims meet at 9:15am in Room 13. Come join us this week for the 1st lesson in new series entitled THE OLD TESTAMENT. All are welcome to attend! Come join us for the lecture and the resulting discussion.

SUNDAY, JULY 24th: LECTURE #4      
Abraham, Sarah and Hagar
(Genesis 11:26-21:34)
 
Prof. Amy-Jill Levine - Vanderbilt University Divinity School
 
The Tower of Babel (Gen. 11) is humanity's final fail. It may parody the Babylonian ziqqurats, thought to be bridges between heaven and earth. Such bridges are not built through independent human initiative; they require divine partnerships, as the next several lectures on the "patriarchal sagas" (Genesis 12-50) reveal. Genesis 12, Abrams's introduction, threatens to repeat the disasters of the primeval history, yet Abram not only survives but thrives. His story provokes, but does not answer questions of human and heavenly responsibility, as close reading demonstrates. Promised "a great nations", Abram's circumstances cast doubt on the promise; he himself is very old (seventy-five at his departure, Gen. 12:4); his (only) wife, Sarai, is infertile (Gen. 11:30); and his nephew, Lot, whom he takes to Canaan (anticipating that Lot will be his heir?), separates from him (Gen. 13) and moves to Sodom. Canaan's famine prompts a sojourn in Egypt (a scene repeated by subsequent generations of Hebrews).
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
"NOMADS," 9:15am   
To inspire their discussion, the Nomads class is now using Anne Lamott's 2013 book, Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair, on the theme of managing chaos, disappointment, and catastrophe in our lives and restoring wholeness.
 
Come to Room 10 and join these Sunday morning discussions with the Nomads. All are welcome to join in, even without reading the book!
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
"BIBLE BANTER," 9:30am
The Bible Banter Adult Sunday School class meets in Room 11 each Sunday morning from 9:30am-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.
NURSERY SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT OPENINGS
St. Mark's Nursery School and Kindergarten currently has openings in the Infant room, the 3s room, and in the Kindergarten. Classes begin the week of August 15. Parent Orientation will be Monday, August 15th at 7pm. Contact Sierra Roussos in the nursery school office at 812-333-4007 or director@smnurseryschool.org to register. 
     
AT ST. MARK'S UMC
FRIDAY, JULY 22nd, 12:15pm-1:30pm
CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE MEN'S GROUP
Men are welcome to join this discussion group which meets in Room 15 each Friday throughout the year.

TUESDAY, JULY 26th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Join others in the Parlor of Garton Hall to enjoy knitting and crocheting to make prayer shawls and other yarn products.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27th, 1:00pm-3:00pm
ST. MARK'S QUILTERS & CRAFTERS
Bring your quilting or crafts to Room 10 and enjoy some time with others who enjoy quilting and crafting. All skill levels are welcome and
encouraged to attend.

SUNDAY, JULY 31ST
CELEBRATING THE CALL OF ALL CHRISTIANS
This worship service at 10:30am will celebrate the calling all Christians have to serve God and others in the world. During worship, those attending will be invited to bring some symbol of their work or service in the world and to place their symbol in the chancel area. Breakfast that morning will be provided by retired UMC clergy and families, and all donations will go to the Chuck Myers Scholarship Fund.

SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE, AUGUST 21ST:
THE COMPLETE PRODUCTION OF GODSPELL JR.
- AND THE CASTING CALL IS STILL OPEN!

Our worship service will center around a production of the musical Godspell, Jr. This hour-long adaptation of the original Broadway show is based on the Gospel of Matthew and traces the life of Jesus from his baptism through his crucifixion. If you were here on Vacation Bible School Sunday, you experienced a few scenes from our talented cast. On August 21st, the cast will present the entire drama, weaving the parables, songs, and lessons into what promises to be a memorable morning. Contact Bridget McIntyre if you're interested in joining the cast or crew.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 21ST
ST. MARK'S COMMUNITY PICNIC!! (FOLLOWING WORSHIP)
Food, friends, music, games and activities for all ages are part of this great annual event. Invite family, friends, and neighbors. All are welcome! Your help is needed to make this great day possible. If you can help with food, drinks, set-up, clean-up, activities, shopping, publicity etc., please contact Mary Beth Morgan. (Contributions to help cover costs for food are also appreciated.) Thank you!
ALL-CHURCH EMAIL AND BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS:
CHANGES IN COMMUNICATIONS HAVE BEGUN
EVENT INFORMATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
"UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S",  published once each month and separate from the bulletin, includes the announcements and information from ministry areas, committees, and groups. This approach will  greatly reduce the number of printed pages in the bulletin each week. Please plan ahead and note the following submission deadlines for "UPCOMING AT ST. MARK'S".
Articles for August need to be submitted by Monday, July 25.
You may submit articles by e-mailing to office@smumc.church, by bringing/sending them to the church office, or by reaching us by phone (812-332-5788).
GET YOUR COPY OF "UPCOMING AT ST. MARK'S"

The monthly "UPCOMING AT ST. MARK'S" will be available in the sanctuary each Sunday, at the Welcome Desk throughout the week, electronically at link below, and mailed to those who request them. Please contact the church office, or Mary Beth Morgan, with any questions. Thank you for your efforts, as we partner together in seeking to be better stewards of our resources.

Read or print your copy at the link below
ST. MARK'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH STAFF E-MAIL
Rev. Jimmy Moore, Pastor
jimmymoore@smumc.church
Rev. Mary Beth Morgan, Pastor
marybethmorgan@smumc.church
Gerry Sousa, Director of Music Ministries
gerrysousa@smumc.church

Bridget McIntyre, Director of Children's & Youth Ministries
bridgetmcintyre@smumc.church

Donna Hullett, Director of Finance
donnahullett@smumc.church

Aaron Comforty, Children's and Youth Music Leader  aaroncomforty@smumc.church
Sierra Roussos,
Director of St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten director@smnurseryschool.org

Colleen Wells,
Coordinator of Childcare and Sunday Morning Nursery
childcare@smumc.church
Claire Schaffer, Administrative Assistant
office@smumc.church

Dennis Morgan, Head Custodian
dennismorgan@smumc.church


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