LAST UPDATE: NOV. 28, 2014
THIS COMING SUNDAY:
THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT AND
THE FIRST SUNDAY IN OUR NEWLY LIT AND CARPETED SANCTUARY!

THIS COMING SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 30TH, 2014
WORSHIP RETURNS TO THE SANCTUARY!
SANCTUARY SUNDAY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH.

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 Garton Hall

 

9:30AM (Room 4)

CHILDREN & FAMILY WORSHIP  


SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE

10:30AM in GARTON HALL

Reverend Ned Steele

will be preaching.

 

Sermon title: The Announcement 

 Scripture: Luke 1:26-33 and Matthew 1:18-21


 

 

 


CHILDREN & YOUTH
SUNDAY SCHOOL
WILL NOT MEET THIS WEEK

Child care for ages 3 and up will be available in Room 4.

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  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

































































UPDATE:  CONSTRUCTION & BUILDING ACCESS

There is new lighting and carpet in the sanctuary, and we return there for worship this Sunday! There will still be work to do in the transition, and we appreciate everyone's flexibility and patience. Thanks to all who helped on Monday with the move back to the sanctuary from Garton Hall! Also this week, lighting was installed in the covered drop-off, and paving work began on the circle. The North entrances into the building remain closed, and there remains 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.

2015 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN

Thank you to each individual and family who has turned in pledge cards for 2015! This information guides church leadership committees in important budget decisions for the year ahead. 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 in the offering plate on Sunday, or anytime to the church office. Additional pledge cards are available in Garton Hall or from the church office (332-5788).

THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30

TWO WORSHIP OPTIONS:
ST. MARK'S AND BETHEL AME

There are two options for worship this Sunday. At St. Mark's, we return to the sanctuary this week with 10:30AM worship led by Ned Steele. As a second option, all who are interested are invited to join Mary Beth Morgan to worship with the Bethel AME (African Methodist Episcopal) congregation at 11:00AM (302 North Rogers St, Bloomington, IN 47403). In light of events in Ferguson and other places in our country, it is an important time to join together as faith communities in solidarity and prayer, and to further our efforts for peace with justice for all. Bethel Pastor Dennis Laffoon is dedicating a time in the worship service for us to share in a prayer and call for unity, and to nurture deeper connection and conversation with one another. Please contact Mary Beth for more information.

STARTING THIS SUNDAY MORNING, AND CONTINUING 

THROUGH DECEMBER 21

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.

THIS 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 30 THROUGH DECEMBER 7

NURSERY SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN SCHOLARSHIPS

"3T- TIME, TALENT AND TREASURES" AUCTION

Starting next Sunday, you will find auction items on boards in Garton Hall. In the meantime, follow the link  www.32auctions.com/stmarks3T. Visit the website to bid on homemade meals, handmade clothing, vacation rentals, car detailing, tickets to local events (including plays, IU basketball and soccer games, Holiday World and the Indy Children's Museum). There are so many wonderful items on which to bid.  All proceeds will help replenish our scholarship fund which provides support for 10% of our families!  Thanks for spreading the word and making bids!! 

THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH, 5 - 7PM

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.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 10:30AM - 1:30PM

YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL SHOPPING FIELD TRIP

  

Youth Sunday school will drive to Target and College Mall to shop for their MCUM Sponsor Family. We meet in the youth room at 10:30 am. We shop in small groups at College Mall and return to St. Mark's at approximately 12:30PM. Then, if you are able to stay, we wrap the gifts until 1:30PM.  We need adults to volunteer as drivers and small group leaders. All adults need to complete a background check and youth must have an updated liability form in order to participate in this field trip. Forms can be found outside of Bridget McIntyre's office.

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 15th

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.

CHILDREN'S AND YOUTH MINISTRIES

ADVENT SERVICE PROJECT

SPONSOR A FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS

St. Mark's Children's & Youth Ministries has a wonderful tradition of sponsoring a local family for Christmas. Through, Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM), we are paired with a family for whom we help purchase gifts. Children, youth, families and the congregation work collaboratively and creatively to sustain this Advent service project. There are many ways to participate.

 

Make Advent wreaths and Christmas cards

Children, youth & families have the opportunity to craft advent wreaths and Christmas cards on Advent Night and during Sunday School. These wreaths and cards will be offered for a donation on Sunday mornings in December in Garton Hall.

 

Take an Advent wreath or Christmas cards home with you.

Wreaths and cards will be available for donation on Sunday mornings in Garton Hall.

 

Contribute to the Benefit Breakfast on Sunday, December 14.

We are seeking individuals and families toprovide a baked good, fruit or juice, or volunteers can help set-up and clean-up from 9:30 - 10:30AM.

 

Please contact Bridget McIntyre with any questions, and if you can volunteer in any way with this Advent Service Project.

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.