DECEMBER 12, 2014:
'TIS THE SEASON!!!



THIS COMING SUNDAY
DECEMBER 14th, 2014
THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM
CHILDREN AND YOUTH LEADERSHIP



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

Sponsored by Children, Youth, and Families

For Advent Service Project 

 

9:30AM (Room 8)

CHILDREN & FAMILY WORSHIP  


SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE

10:30AM in the Sanctuary 

Reverend Mary Beth Morgan 

will be preaching.

 

Sermon title: Blessed Child of God  

 Scripture: Luke 1:57-66 

 

CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL

10:30AM - 11:30AM
PreK-K  (Room 4)*
1st-2nd Grade 
(Room 9)*
3rd-6th Grade 
(Room 3)
7th-12th Grade 
(Youth Room 1-2)
*Please note room change!

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UPDATE:  CONSTRUCTION & BUILDING ACCESS

This week there was additional work done on the covered drop-off, as well as on the circle drive. As a reminder, the far North entrance into the building (known to some as the "choir door") will be closed in inclement weather this winter season. The new concrete will not allow us to put down the necessary ice melt for a safe path. 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).

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

ORDER BY DECEMBER 15th

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 with your information. You can return (or mail) 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.

THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 9:30AM

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN CHRISTMAS BRUNCH

Come join us, in Garton Hall, for the UMW Christmas Brunch for fellowship, to listen to the Christmas story, and sing Christmas carols. Questions? Contact Linda Crawford, Nina Taylor or the church office.

THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 9:30-10:15AM

CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES HOST BREAKFAST

TO SUPPORT ADVENT SERVICE PROJECT

St. Mark's Children's & Youth Ministries has a wonderful tradition of sponsoring a local families for Christmas. Through Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM), we are again paired with a family for whom we help purchase gifts. This year, we have also been paired with two families from Crawford Homes, which supports individuals and families who were homeless. All donations for breakfast will help support this project. Other ways to participate include:

 

Contribute to the Benefit Breakfast on THIS Sunday, December 14.

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

 

Take an Advent wreath or Christmas cards home with you.

Wreaths and cards, made by our children and youth, will be available for donation on Sunday mornings in Garton Hall.

 

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

CONTINUING THIS SUNDAY MORNING AND CONTINUING THROUGH 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 through December 21 at St. Mark's in Room 3.

 

St. Mark' high school senior, Anna Cron, and her mother, Tina, are facilitating 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 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, DECEMBER 14, 10:30AM  

CHILDREN AND YOUTH WORSHIP LEADERSHIP     

On the first Sunday of each month, we collect food items for the Community Kitchen's "Backpack Buddies" program. Approximately 100 children in need, from five local elementary schools, are sent home with a backpack of food on Fridays. These backpacks help families meet their basic weekend food needs. Suggested items include: Individual fruit cups, Instant oatmeal, Macaroni & Cheese, Bread mixes, Easy to prepare food mixes, Granola/fruit/cereal bars, Small boxes of cereal, Canned/pouch chicken/tuna and Dried fruit.

THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 7PM

BLOOMINGTON CHAMBER SINGERS'

25th ANNUAL MESSIAH SING-ALONG

Every Christmas season for the past twenty-five years, the Bloomington Chamber Singers and chamber orchestra, under the direction of our own Gerry Sousa, have presented a Messiah Sing-Along. Hundreds of singers from all ages and walks of life come together, scores in hand, to sing through all of Part One of Handel's beloved oratorio Messiah (the Christmas section), and finish up with the "Hallelujah Chorus."

 

If you love to sing Messiah, or if you've always wanted to try to sing Messiah, or if you've always wanted to listen as several hundred people give their all working their way through Handel's amazing score...well, this is your chance!  

 

Singers who own a score should bring it to the reading. But if you don't own a score, the Chamber Singers will have a limited number of scores available for loan or purchase. The sanctuary seats will be marked clearly so that sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses can sit together in sections (strength in numbers!). And, ample room will be provided for listeners as well.

 

Admission is free and open to the public, so please invite your friends and neighbors. The Chamber Singers ask that you bring one or more canned goods or non- perishable food items for the Community Kitchen.

BRING ITEMS FOR "MUSH" CHRISTMAS TREES

There are three MUSH Christmas trees at St Mark's: in the sanctuary, Garton Hall and Nursery School Hallway. Bring in new Mittens, Underwear, Socks, and Hats for children and adults in need of these items. You are welcome to hang hats and mittens on the trees, and place underwear and socks under the trees. Items will be donated to Monroe County United Ministries and the Shalom Community Center.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17th

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BUILD OPPORTUNITY

Monroe County Habitat for Humanity is seeking a total of 8 volunteers on either Wednesday, December 17. As we share in this Advent season, we are putting together a team that represents both St. Mark's and First Methodist downtown. The build days run from 8:00AM-4:00PM, with a break at noon for lunch. If you can help on all, or part, of one of those days, please contact Mary Beth Morgan. The current build sites are located in the West Pointe neighborhood, with parking available at the nearby Cook Pharmica lot.

 

A note from Habitat: "In an effort to increase the number of families that we can serve, Habitat is working to reduce the total number of weeks it takes to build a home. Previously, it would take 14 weeks to complete a house, but by bringing in additional groups and volunteers, we are attempting to reduce that to only 7 weeks! You can read about the current partner families, the Vargas Family and the Summers/Porter Family, and learn how Habitat is helping turn their dream of homeownership into a reality." The home for the Vargas family is being sponsored and built by students at Bloomington North, community partners and the Vargas family.

SIGN UP FOR APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT 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 for more information.

SIGN UP TO BE PART OF THE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT!

All children and youth (preschool through senior high) are invited to be part of the Christmas Eve Pageant (December 24 at 5:30PM)! There are both speaking and non-speaking parts, with roles being age appropriate and matching the interest of the child or youth. Any child/youth who wants a speaking part may have one. You can also share music, help with tech. support (ie. lights), be a greeter, etc. There are roles for Everyone! Sign-up sheets for children & youth are in Garton Hall, in Sunday School classrooms, or you can contact Mary Beth Morgan or Bridget McIntyre.

 

There will be a pageant dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 20 at 10AM. If you cannot attend the rehearsal, contact Mary Beth or Bridget. Invite friends to be part of the pageant. Grandchildren, or other family members coming in town for Christmas, are welcome to join in the pageant on Christmas Eve. We look forward to sharing in this special evening together!

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT HELP NEEDED

Regardless of your skill set, the Christmas Eve Pageant needs you! Please contact Mary Beth Morgan if you can help with any of the following:

 

Before the pageant

  • Help children/youth choose costumes
  • Make simple costume repairs, wash or iron
    • Bring snacks for pageant participants (ie. fruit, cheese, crackers, veggies)
    • Help with simple set-up of sanctuary

During the pageant and rehearsal

  • Be an adult helper for main speaking roles
  • Be an adult helper for angels
  • Be an adult helper for shepherds
  • Be an adult helper for manger animals
  • Be an adult helper for tech assistants

After the pageant

  • Help reset the sanctuary
  • Collect costumes

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24th, 5:30PM

CHRISTMAS EVE PAGEANT SERVICE

Plan to be here for this wonderful service! It is a special ministry of our children and youth (Preschool through Senior High) to share the story of Jesus' birth on Christmas Eve.  Children and youth will share special music; the congregation will sing hymns; the angels will bring good news; the sheep will baa; the cows will moo; the camels will say whatever camels say; the shepherds will keep watch; the innkeeper will have no room; the magi will bring gifts. We will all welcome Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus (and their donkey). As we end our celebration, we will light candles as we sing Silent Night together.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24th, 11:00PM

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

Carols, liturgy, and the story of the very first Christmas as told in Luke's gospel will guide us through the final hour of Christmas Eve and into Christmas morning. A meditation will focus on how Christmas Eve night makes all of life better. Lighting of individual candles during the singing of Silent Night will remind us that the "Light has come into the world and the darkness cannot overcome it."