"An inclusive community bringing Christ-like love, healing, and hope to all."
THIS SUNDAY AT ST. MARK'S
SUNDAY, MAY 1st    
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
CELEBRATION OF COMMUNION
BACKPACK BUDDIES OFFERING
WELCOME OF NEW MEMBERS 
 
BREAKFAST
9:30am in Garton Hall
Breakfast prepared by Appalachia Service Project participants.
Donations appreciated for their summer mission trip.

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

CHILDCARE
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
9:30am (Room 8)
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SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE   
10:30am

Reverend Jimmy Moore preaching
Scripture - John 14:23-29
Sermon Title
The Armistice Has Arrived: Finding the Peace of God

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CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL  10:30am-11:30am
4 year old - Kindergarten (Room 4)
1st-2nd Grade (Room 9)
3rd-6th Grade (Room 1,2)
7th-12th Grade (Room 3)
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THIS SUNDAY, MAY 1st
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
We will be receiving new members into our church family this Sunday, May 1st. During the service, they will renew their baptismal vows and take the vows of membership. Following worship, these new members will stand together just outside the sanctuary to greet you. Take some time to speak to them, and offer them hospitable welcome into full membership in our congregation.

THIS SUNDAY, MAY 1st
GET YOUR CHURCH DIRECTORY BOOK 

Our new church directories with photos and contact information for people of St. Mark's have arrived, and now you can have a copy at your home.

Continuing on Sunday, May 1st and May 8th, you may pick up your directory in Garton Hall before and after Worship. There is no charge for the directory. Volunteers will hand out the directories from 9:45am-10:15am and 11:30am-12:00pm. Those whose picture is included in the directory or who are included in the roster section have a directory reserved for them. We have additional directories for those who may not have been able to be part of the directory project. We are also taking names and information of people who may wish to be added to the next directory update.

If you will be unable to pick up your directory at church on these days, please contact the church office and arrange to receive your directory.

THIS SUNDAY, MAY 1st
YOU MAY PICK UP YOUR BASEBALL TICKETS
If you have already paid for your REDS vs. CUBS baseball tickets for the game on June 29th, you may pick up your tickets in Garton Hall before or after Worship this Sunday, May 1st. If you plan to pay for your tickets this Sunday, please be sure to make your check out to St. Mark's and write "baseball tickets" on the memo line. You may also select your seats when you pick up your tickets. Tickets can only be distributed to those who have already paid for their tickets.
THIS SUNDAY, MAY 1st,
9:30am-10:15am

CHILDREN & FAMILY
WORSHIP 
Celebration! meets each Sunday for a child-focused worship where children, families, friends can enjoy this worship together. Celebration! meets in Room 8.
 
Celebration! is a unique worship service that provides a relaxed starting time which allows those who participate to enjoy breakfast offered in Garton Hall.

Celebration! often uses the preaching
themes offered in 10:30 worship service to create an interactive, playful, and prayerful experience for children and adults together.
 
THIS SUNDAY, MAY 1st
BACKPACK BUDDIES OFFERING
On the first Sunday of every month
at the 10:30am worship service, you are invited to bring food items for the Community Kitchen Backpack Buddies program. Approximately 100 children in need, from local elementary schools, are sent home with a backpack of food on Fridays. These backpacks help meet basic weekend food needs of their families. A list of items is below. Please place the Backpack Buddies offering on the altar in worship on the first Sunday of every month, or you may leave your items during the week in the collection box in Garton Hall.
 
Backpack Buddies Food List
*Individual fruit cups (applesauce, tropical fruit, pears, etc)
*Instant Oatmeal (individual portions)
*Macaroni & Cheese
*Small boxes of cereal
*Easy to prepare food items (instant mashed potatoes, dried soups, beans, meal helpers, rice or pasta meals, etc)
*Granola/fruit/cereal bars
*Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cherries, tropical fruit, etc)
*Canned or pouch chicken or tuna
*Small bread mixes (cornbread, muffin, biscuit, etc)

 
SUNDAY SCHOOL
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL

"PILGRIMS"
9:15am-10:15am
 
(Room 13)

"NOMADS"
9:15am-10:15am
(Room 10) 

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

  

CHILDREN & FAMILY
WORSHIP 
9:30am (Room 8)

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL 
10:30am-11:30am
4 year old - Kindergarten (Room 4)

1st-3rd Grade (Room 9)
3rd-6th Grade (Room 1,2)*

7th-12th Grade (Room 3)*
*Note Room Change
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SUNDAY, MAY 15th
ST. MARK'S TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY
Every day is teacher appreciation day! Join us on Sunday, May 15th as we recognize our Sunday School, Nursery School and Kindergarten teachers in Garton Hall from 9:30am to 10:15am. Enjoy breakfast and express your gratitude to our loyal and caring teachers. Teachers will also receive a blessing during the 10:30am worship service. All volunteer or paid teachers in the Sunday Morning Nursery, Children's or Youth Sunday School, or St. Mark's Nursery School and Kindergarten are welcome to participate in our special day of recognition and appreciation.

Parents and families, we need your help! If you are able to contribute a breakfast item for the breakfast in Garton Hall, then please contact Bridget McIntyre with what you can bring or sign up to bring food here. Or, please volunteer if you are able to be a substitute teacher that morning so our regularly-scheduled teachers may receive their blessing early in the worship service before returning to the classrooms. Thank you!
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
"PILGRIMS," 9:15am
The Pilgrims meet at 9:15am in Room 13. Come join us for the video lecture and resulting discussion. All are welcome to attend!

Lecture 17:
"Genesis 27, Jacob and Esau"
The well-known story of Jacob and Esau permits us once again to see repetition
at work in the Bible text
. We also will discuss Rebekah's role as instigator of the deception of Isaac and the punishment she receives for her actions. 
 
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 ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
"NOMADS," 9:15am   
This Sunday, May 1st and on Sunday, May 8th, the Nomads adult class will host a class led by Mary Beth Morgan on the
UMC General Conference and language in church law regarding sexual orientation. Please read the article in the NEWS & EVENTS section of this newsletter for details. Attendance is open to all interested parties and is NOT limited to participation in Nomads. 
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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.
NEWS & EVENTS AT ST. MARK'S
SAVE THE DATE!
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
SUNDAY, MAY1st  
7:00pm
INTERFAITH HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION AT UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH

SUNDAYS, MAY 1st & 8th 
CLASS ON UMC GENERAL CONFERENCE 2016 & LANGUAGE IN CHURCH LAW REGARDING SEXUAL ORIENTATION  

TUESDAY, MAY 3rd
 
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
WOMEN'S BUILD-INTERFAITH DAY

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4th 
ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN "DINE AND DONATE" PIZZA NIGHT AT BUCCETO'S

FRIDAY, MAY 6th & SATURDAY, MAY 7th 
WOMEN'S RETREAT AT CAMP MONETO
RETREAT LEADER - MARY ANN MOMAN

FRIDAY, MAY 6th 
CHURCH WOMEN UNITED
MAY FRIENDSHIP DAY

SUNDAY, MAY 15th  
APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP) CARWASH FUNDRAISER

SATURDAY, MAY 21ST   
HELPING HANDS FELLOWSHIP
CHURCH GARDENS CARE

SUNDAY, MAY 22nd   
OPERATION FRIENDSHIP (O.F.) SOUP LUNCH FUNDRAISER 

TUESDAY, MAY 31st-FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd
 
ST. MARK'S VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29th 
ST. MARK'S BASEBALL GAME DAY-TRIP TO CINCINNATI  FOR REDS vs. CUBS 

 
 
SUNDAYS, MAY 1ST & 8TH, 9:30am-10:15am
CLASS ON UMC GENERAL CONFERENCE 2016 & 
LANGUAGE IN CHURCH LAW REGARDING SEXUAL ORIENTATION 
Mary Beth Morgan will facilitate this two-part conversation in Room 10. General Conference, meeting this year from May 10th-20th, is the top policy-making body of The United Methodist Church which meets once every four years. The conference can revise church law, as well as adopt resolutions on current moral, social, public policy and economic issues. Language in church law regarding sexual orientation will again be vigorously debated by (both lay and clergy) delegates committed to overturning the current language, those who want to maintain what now exists, and others who support compromise proposals. Please join us for one or both weeks.

SUNDAY, MAY 1st, 7:00pm, UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH  
INTERFAITH
HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION
All are welcome and encouraged to be a part of the Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration on May 1st at the Unitarian Universalist Church (2120 N. Fee Lane). Many faith communities will be participating as we both commemorate the significance of the Holocaust for the Jewish people and broaden our reflections of our world today. Through readings, testimonials, reflection, music and the lighting of candles, we will recognize other groups who were victimized by the Nazis and speak out against current examples of oppression, prejudice, and genocide. An offering will be collected to support current-day refugees. All singers are also welcome to join an interfaith choir for the event. For more information, contact Mary Beth Morgan.

 TUESDAY, MAY 3rd 
JOIN THE ST. MARK'S HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WOMEN'S BUILD TEAM!
All St. Mark's women are invited to join the Habitat for Humanity Women's Build Interfaith Team, on Tuesday, May 3rd. The build team that day will include women from various faith traditions (including Jewish, Christian and Muslim). No prior construction experience is necessary; crew leaders will provide the needed tools and help teach the necessary construction skills. We will be building and standing walls on that day.
Each builder is responsible for raising $250. St. Mark's is sponsoring this day with Congregation Beth Shalom, St. Thomas Lutheran and Vibe Yoga. To sign up, visit the Habitat site online at
www.womenbuild.kintera.org. The team leader is listed as "Erin Thomas." For more information, contact Ceci Maron-Puntarelli or Mary Beth Morgan. We are very excited about this opportunity to build community while building homes with partner families!
 
APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP)
FUNDRAISING EVENTS
ASP has scheduled three events for your enjoyment and for their fundraising! Please support ASP as they prepare to travel to Appalachia this summer and serve others through home reconstruction and repair. Building supplies and travel expenses are part of the costs that ASP folks will need to fund. Enjoy these ASP events! Donations are appreciated!

May 1st: Sunday Breakfast
              @ St. Mark's
May 15th: Car Wash
                 @ St. Mark's
(May 22nd: Car Wash Rain Date) 

OPERATION FRIENDSHIP (O.F.) SOUP LUNCH
Mark your calendar for the next O.F. Soup Lunch on Sunday, May 22nd! Watch this space for soup order forms and any additional information. The O.F. Soup Lunches are an important part of the fundraising efforts which will support
O.F. travel this summer. 
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4th, 4:00pm-10:00pm
ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL PIZZA "DINE & DONATE" AT BUCCETO'S
Let Bucceto's do the cooking for you, and 20% of your check will be donated to St. Mark's Nursery and Kindergarten. This offer is good and both east and west stores, for take out or eat in. Just  let your server know that you are a St. Mark's Family. More Info Here  
   
FRIDAY, MAY 6th, 11:00am
CHURCH WOMEN UNITED
MAY FRIENDSHIP DAY
Church Women United invites all to our May Friendship Day service and luncheon. Both will be held in the Bell Trace Common Room (downstairs). The service starts at 11:00am with luncheon to follow at noon. Cost for the lunch is $5.00, payable at the door. Please RSVP to Lisa Miller Maidi emilerm@comcast.net by Tuesday, May 3rd.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY,
MAY 6th & 7th

ST. MARK'S UMC WOMEN'S RETREAT
"SPIRITUALITY AND SIMPLICITY"
It is not too late to register for this retreat. Please return completed registration forms to the church office or place it in the offering plate this Sunday.  Print Registration Form Here or pick up one at the Garton Hall Welcome Desk.

The cost for the retreat is $55; scholarship assistance is available by contacting Mary Beth Morgan. 
All women are invited and encouraged to be a part of this annual women's retreat. This is a wonderful opportunity for the women of the church and friends to come together for relaxation, rejuvenation, and spiritual growth.
 
Location:  Camp Moneto is located in a beautiful, wooded setting in Brown County off State Road 46 East of Nashville. Meals and dormitory style sleeping accommodations are provided, and there will be time to explore the woodlands. Directions and details will be provided with registration. Participants will provide sheets, pillows, and towels. Dress for the retreat is casual and drinks and snacks will be available throughout the retreat.
 
Speaker:  Rev. Mary Ann Moman, former St. Mark's pastor, will be leading us in "Spirituality and Simplicity." The book Falling Upward, by Richard Rohr, as well as other authors, will provide a springboard for our discussions and activities.

Retreat Schedule: 
Friday, May 6, 2016
4-6 pm    Check-In and free time
6:30 pm  Dinner 
7   pm     Session I: Introduction to the theme, conversation, guided meditation
 
Saturday, May 7, 2016
8 am         Breakfast 
9 am         Session I: Moving toward                          wholeness through Simplicity 
10:30 am   Break 
11 am        Session II: Simplicity and                         Spirituality 
12:30 pm   Lunch 
1:30 -3 pm Session III 

For more information about the retreat, please contact Trina Mescher (trinamescher@hotmail.com)
or Cheryl Bainbridge (ckbainbridge@bluemarble.net).

FRIDAY, MAY 20th
FAITH AND FAMILY NIGHT WITH THE INDIANA FEVER

This is great basketball action for a discounted price and also the opportunity to hear from Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Tamika Catchings! Tamika will discuss how her faith has made her the person she is today and how it has helped her through all the adversity she has faced.  In addition to the ticket and fellowship event, you will also receive a complimentary food voucher, Fever hat, and each member would be able to shoot a free-throw after the game.  Get more information here.  Interested in going with friends from St. Mark's? 
RSVP or express your interest to Bridget before May 5th.
 
SATURDAY, MAY 21st,
9:00am-12:00pm
HELPING HANDS FELLOWSHIP 
Helping Hands Fellowship is a great way to get to know others from St. Mark's. Put on your gardening gloves and help to beautify the grounds for Spring! We'll be doing some outdoor work in the garden beds and other outdoor yard work as needed. No experience necessary.
LOOKING FORWARD TO SUMMER!

TUESDAY, MAY 31st - FRIDAY, JUNE 3rd, 2016
ST. MARK'S VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: "GODSPELL"
St. Mark's VBS 2016: "GODSPELL" will be a week full of singing, dancing, costumes, dramatic play, face paint, games, crafts, and daily mini-service projects. Gospel values about loving God and loving your neighbor will be infused into the creative and interactive curriculum for children and youth.

VBS 2016: "GODSPELL" will be Tuesday, May 31st - Friday, June 3rd for ages 3 - 12. Youth older than 12 are welcome to help as assistant leaders. Programming will be from 9:30am to 12:00pm and snacks will be provided each day.
This will be a "can't miss" summer event for all children! Registration forms can be found at THIS LINK, in Garton Hall, or by contacting Bridget McIntyre, bridgetmcintyre@smumc.church.
 
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29th
REDS VS. CUBS: ST. MARK'S BASEBALL TRIP TO CINCINNATI! TICKETS HAVE BEEN ORDERED! SIGN UP TODAY! 
We are planning a St. Mark's group trip, for all ages, to watch the REDS take on the CUBS for a 12:30pm game on Wednesday, June 29th. Good outfield seats are $21 each with both sun and shaded areas. If you are interested in going to the baseball game, please click the red link above to reserve your tickets to the game. Details about paying for tickets are included at the link above. Reservations and payments can also be made at the St. Mark's Church Office. There is a bus option for bus transportation for those who are interested. Contact Mary Beth Morgan or Max Cron at the church office with questions. See contact information at the top and bottom of this email. 
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OPPORTUNITIES to LEARN and SERVE
EVENTS OF INTEREST IN OUR COMMUNITY          

USA INTERNATIONAL HARP COMPETITION NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!
The 10th USA International Harp Competition is in need of families to host a contestant in their home and/or to befriend a contestant who chooses to stay in a hotel. Host families are needed for approximately two weeks June 6-20, 2016 (Official Competition Dates: June 8-18). 

Please visit www.usaihc.org, select '2016 Harp Competition' and then 'Volunteer Info' for information about being a volunteer.  For questions and/or to volunteer, please contact Erin Brooker-Miller, USAIHC's Program Director, at harpcomp@indiana.edu.
Nancy Miller, Host Family Committee Chairman, is also available to answer host family volunteer questions and to sign you up as a host family.  Contact Nancy at welsh.mimi@gmail.com.
 

YOGA CLASS  
Enjoy yoga classes taught by Allana Radecki at St. Mark's in Room 1,2 offered each Thursday morning from 9:15am-10:15am. Drop in each week or any week for a fee of $10 per class. Offered each Thursday through May 26th, the class is open to the public and all abilities are welcomed. Contact the church office with questions. 
 
CITY OF BLOOMINGTON
CREATIVE AGING FESTIVAL
In celebration of Older Americans Month, the City of Bloomington Commission on Aging invites the community to celebrate creativity and our aging population through its sixth annual Creative Aging Festival in May 2016. Please visit the website www.bloomington.in.gov/coa or pick up a flier at the St. Mark's Garton Hall Welcome Desk for more information. 
OPPORTUNITIES FOR FELLOWSHIP & SERVICE 

OPERATION FRIENDSHIP SEEKING HOSTS FOR 2017 INTERNATIONAL MEETING
It is the Bloomington chapter's turn to host the Operation Friendship International meeting which will be April 19-23, 2017. Guests will include mostly adults and a few young adults from European countries. The more hosts we have, the more guests we will be able to accommodate. Your commitment will only be to provide housing, but you would be welcome to join in on activities if your schedule permits. If you might be interested in hosting, please let us know (tinacron@gmail.com or 812-322-8941).

ST. MARK'S CARE MINISTRIES
St. Mark's United Methodist Church is a caring, nurturing, and giving family. We endeavor to support one another through our Care Ministries. We invite you to call on us when we can be of service to you or to someone you know. Let us know of such needs by calling the church office (812-332-5788), talking with one of our pastors, or contacting a Care Ministries team member.

Each Care ministry area has its own coordinator. We urge you to find a place where your abilities and desires allow you to answer Christ's call to love and serve one another.

Care Ministries Co-leaders:
Jan Brady and Susan Parrish 
Care Meals: Kathryn Holden 
Memorial/Funeral receptions:
Claudia Lindman, Nina Taylor, and Myriam Wood
Homebound Visitation: Randy Brady, Carle Crawford, and Jimmy Moore
Prayer Chain: Patty Smith
Card Ministry: Susan Parrish

SUNDAY BREAKFAST
@ ST. MARK'S
Sunday Breakfasts are offered in Garton Hall from 9:30am-10:15am. Would your small group, organization, family, or you be willing to provide a light, simple continental breakfast for about 100 people? We are seeking groups to host a breakfast once a quarter (or more often), groups that are trying to raise funds for a mission project, and/or individuals who feel called to share food on Sunday mornings. To volunteer for this ministry, you can sign up in Garton Hall, call the church office, or contact on of the breakfast coordinators (Kris Harbison, Susan Parrish, or Claire Schaffer). Funds are available to assist with costs.  
ST. MARK'S LEADERSHIP POSITIONS 2016            

Some of the individuals serving in leadership at St. Mark's for 2016 are listed below. Thank you to all who serve  in leadership of the many aspects of St. Mark's UMC.
 
Leadership Council Chair 
- Deb Davis 
Lay Leadership/Nominations Chair 
- Pastors 
Pastor-Staff Parish Relations Chair 
- Liz McDaniel 
Board of Trustees Chair 
- John Collins 
Finance Committee Chair 
- Tom Hedges 
Endowment and Memorials Chair 
- Pete Yoder 
Membership Secretary
- Pam Vanzant
Missions/Church and Society Co-chairs 
- Bruce Carpenter, Lisa Miller-Maidi 
Care Ministries Co-Chairs  
- Susan Parrish & Jan Brady  
Communication and Information Contact 
- Gerry Sousa 
Library Committee Co-chairs 
- Janice Clinch, Betty Bickley 
Worship Design Chair 
- TBA  
Hospitality and Outreach Contact  
- Jimmy Moore  
Children and Youth Ministry Contact 
- Bridget McIntyre 
Small Groups Contact 
-Mary Beth Morgan 
Stewardship Team Contact 
- Andy Cron
Adult Education & Retreats Contact
-Charlie Matson
United Methodist Women President
-Linda Crawford
St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten
-Sierra Roussos, Director
Lay Leaders
-Andy Cron
-Trina Mescher

ST. MARK'S HIKERS
WALK 200 MILES IN 2016  
Join the St. Mark's Hikers to hike/walk 200 miles in 2016 in celebration of Indiana's 200th birthday. Sixteen people accepted the challenge. They are out picking 'em up and setting 'em down on city streets and woodland paths. There is plenty of time to join the challenge. Sign up at Bicentennial Hikers Challenge and get moving. For more information and to be part of the challenge, contact Eleanor Lahr elahr@indiana.edu or 812-339-4209. 
 
ADD YOUR EVENT OR MEETING TO ST. MARK'S PUBLICATIONS
Would you liKe to add your St. Mark's meeting or event to the bulletin announcement, the weekly email, and the calendar of events? Contact the Church Office for more information: either call 812-332-5788 during business hours (M-F 9am-3pm), or send an email to office@smumc.church. Please be sure to include your name and contact information in case we have any questions.

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, Interim Administrative Assistant
office@smumc.church

Dennis Morgan, Head Custodian
dennismorgan@smumc.church


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