UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT ST. MARK'S...
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THIS SUNDAY AT ST. MARK'S 
MAY 31st, 2015 
1ST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

ASP CAR WASH 
9:00AM-noon


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
SANCTUARY SUNDAY FOR
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
  Rev. Ned Steele, preaching
Sermon Title:   
The Final Question
Scripture: 1 Peter 4:6-19
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SANCTUARY SUNDAY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH
NO REGULAR SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
Childcare available:  
Infant/Toddler Care (Room 25)
PreSchool-3rd Grade (Room 8) 

THIS SUNDAY, MAY 31st, 9:00AM-NOON
CAR WASH FOR "APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT" TRIP
The ASP participants will be hosting their Annual Spring Car Wash fundraiser on Sunday, May 31, from 9:00AM until Noon. Stations will be set up in both the North and South parking lots. A free-will donation will be accepted and very much appreciated to support this year's mission trip. For more information, contact Larry Ingram or the church office.
THIS SUNDAY, MAY 31st, 10:30AM

SANCTUARY SUNDAY

CHILDREN & YOUTH IN WORSHIP LEADERSHIP

NO CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL

(CHILDCARE OPTION FOR PRESCHOOL: 3RD GRADE-ROOM 8)

On 5th Sundays (4 times a year), Children and Youth are especially invited 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 also available in room 8 for children in preschool-3rd grades.

 

On this 5th Sunday, May 31st, Children and Youth Worship Leadership will be celebrated. Please contact Bridget McIntyre or Mary Beth Morgan (812-332-5788) if your child or youth would like to have a special role in this worship service (greeting, leading a prayer, reading scripture, drawing the bulletin cover, sharing a piece of music, etc.).

THIS SUNDAY, MAY 31st, 9:15AM

"PILGRIMS" SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
"EARLIEST GOSPELS"

The Gospels, written about 30 or 40 years after the death of Jesus, are called by the names of these authors, although the accounts themselves are completely anonymous. In this lecture, Dr. Ehrman will consider when these books were written; what sources of information were available to their authors; their overarching messages; whether there are any discrepancies among their accounts; and if they can be trusted as reliable historical documents.

 

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

MONDAY-THURSDAY, JUNE 15th-18th, 9:30AM-NOON

2015 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL:
REGISTER NOW!

"CREATION STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD"
Registration forms for children, and opportunities for volunteers, are available now! 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. 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 or the church office (812-332-5788). 
MONDAY-THURSDAY, JUNE 15th-18th, 9:30AM-NOON

2015 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL:   

HELP NEEDED!

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

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE: PRAYER AND ACTION

Emergency needs of food, water and shelter remain dire with 8.1 million in need. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with the United Mission to Nepal and other local and international partnersto help respond to the need. We are called to respond in both prayer and action.

 

Donations to support the response to the earthquake in Nepal can be made online to UMCOR at umc.org. Checks also can be made out to St. Mark's United Methodist Church, with "Nepal" in the memo line. These can be put in the offering plate or mailed to the church. 100% of your offering will go toward aid and assistance in Nepal.
CELEBRATING OUR GRADUATES!

We want to celebrate and recognize all who will be graduating from high school, college, graduate school, or other special programs. If you are graduating, or know of someone else connected to the St. Mark's family whom we can honor, please contact the church office at (812)332-5788 or Mary Beth Morgan. We would like to include graduation information in the Sunday bulletin. Please e-mail, or send, the name of the graduate (as he/she would like it to appear), school, degree, special accomplishments, and plans for the future (if known) by June 1st.

 

Also, on June 7th, we will have a special recognition of our graduates in the 10:30am worship service. If you, or your family, cannot participate on that day, let us know. We will recognize you on another Sunday. Congratulations to all of our graduates!

MONDAY, JUNE 1st, 10:30AM
SHOEBOX PROJECT

 Shoeboxes will be assembled on Monday, June 1st at 10:30AM in room 12.  All are welcome to assemble the shoeboxes for adults and children in need of basic items. We especially need washcloths at this time!  Donations may be left in the basket underneath the Shoebox sign in Garton Hall.

 

For more information, call Linda Crawford, (812) 336-2277.

SATURDAY, JUNE 6th, 9:30AM
THE UNITED METHODIST WOMEN'S SPRING BRUNCH

Join us in Garton Hall for brunch and a great program. The speaker will be Ellen Scheid. Ellen will be discussing plans for the St. Mark's mission trip to "Mission Guatemala" in March, 2016. Ellen will also respond to questions and discussion from those present. Three individuals will receive recognition for their contributions to St. Mark's and the community.   

Plan to come for great friendship, and learn about upcoming activities of Unite Methodist Women!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10th, 6:30-8:00PM
SUMMER FUN WITH ST. MARK'S:
LEONARD SPRINGS NATURE PARK TOUR

Join us for the first of many "Summer Fun" activities. Explore the cave entrances, springs and wetland area at LSNP. Walk the rugged 1 mile loop trail and learn about the natural history of the area along the way. This is a free, pre-registration event sponsored by Bloomington Parks and Recreation. This event is open to ALL AGES!

RSVP to Bridget McIntyre before June 8th (bmcintyre3708@gmail.com ) or by calling St. Mark's office, 812- 332-5788.
SUMMER FUN WITH ST. MARK'S: SAVE THE DATES!
PET BLESSING: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17th, 6:30PM  
PICNIC AT KARST FARM SPLASH PAD: THURSDAY, JUNE 18th, 6-9PM

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.
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.

HOST OR SPONSOR A SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFAST!

Sunday morning breakfast before our 10:30AM worship service has become a St. Mark's tradition over the last year--an opportunity to catch up with long-time friends and welcome newcomers.  Did you know that the wonderful food each Sunday is there through the generosity of volunteers?  And did you know that it is also is a way for ministry groups and non-profits organizations to collect donations to sponsor important outreach programs or special projects?  And did you know that YOU can be one of those hosts or sponsoring groups?  Providing breakfast is easy and very much appreciated.

The menu is completely up to you.  The office can help you with guidelines on what to provide and how much to prepare or buy.  For those not sponsoring a breakfast as a fundraiser, there are some funds available to assist with food costs. Serving begins between 9:15AM and 9:30AM every Sunday in Garton Hall.

Sign up on the poster board in Garton Hall, or contact the church office for details.