SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30th
24th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
CHILDREN & YOUTH
IN WORSHIP LEADERSHIP
9:30am in Garton Hall
Thank you to the Breakfast team for preparing breakfast! Donations are appreciated to support the Interfaith Habitat Build.
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-Olds9:30
am - 11:30am (Room 24)
Two Year-Olds & Three Year-Olds9:30
am - 11:30am (Room 25)
CHILDREN AND FAMILY WORSHIP
9:30am (Room 26)*
SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE
Reverend Mary Beth Morgan, preaching
Sermon Title -
I'm Coming to Your House Today
CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
FIFTH SUNDAY IS SANCTUARY SUNDAY
(See articles below in Sunday School)
Childcare is available for children in preschool through 3rd grade in Room 26.
THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30th, 11:30am in Garton Hall
HOUSEWARMING FOR WYATT/BURNETTE FAMILY!
We are celebrating a Housewarming for Jeff & Carla Wyatt, and their granddaughters, Keelahlah (age 7) and Kyla (age 3)! Jeff, our wonderful evening custodian at St. Mark's, and his wife, Carla, are raising their granddaughters, and wanted them to have a home. Their Habitat for Humanity House has been moved from the IU campus (where it was built) to its lot, and they hope to move in the next few months. Plan to be part of the Housewarming Celebration! Listed, below, are some additional invitations and opportunities. Jeff, Carla, and the girls will also be joining us in worship this Sunday.
THIS SUNDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 30TH APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP) CAR WASH
Come to the Housewarming!
Your presence there shows your support and care.
Gift Suggestions (Gifts are optional. There will be cards for all to sign.)
Gift Card Tree Bring a gift card for the gift card tree to support them in their new home.
"Love Gift" Towards an Air Conditioner Their Habitat house does not have air conditioning. We are collecting funds towards helping them get central air. If you would like to contribute to this "Love Gift," checks can be made out to "Mary Beth Morgan" with "Wyatt Family" in the memo line. If you wish to give cash, place it in an envelope marked "Wyatt Family". These can be brought/mailed to the church office. All the individual gifts will be combined into a cashier's check. The names of all those who contributed to the Love Gift will be shared with their family (unless you wish to be "anonymous"). Amounts of individual gifts will remain confidential.
Please support ASP as they prepare to travel to Appalachia next summer and serve with others through home reconstruction and repair. Building supplies and travel expenses are part of the costs that ASP folks need to fund. Cars are washed at St. Mark's by ASP volunteers while you are in church. Your donations to support ASP make homes warmer, safer, and drier for families in need are very much appreciated.
THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30th
A NOTE FROM THE STEWARDSHIP TEAM
The Stewardship Team continues to be grateful for your commitment to the 2017 Stewardship Campaign: ALL IN! and capital campaign Project St. Mark's: The Sequel!
Your financial contributions to the All IN! Stewardship Campaign support the annual budget helps to fund and grow ministries inside our building and beyond, helping us live our mission of being "....an inclusive community bringing Christ-like love, healing and hope to all." As of October 25th, 86 pledge cards had been returned, totaling $359,604.50 (2017 Stewardship Campaign Goal is $660,000).
Project St. Mark's: The Sequel" is an invitation to be part of a two-year pledge campaign to erase the remaining debt from the original Project St. Mark's (from additional repair/construction costs and pledges that could not be fulfilled), to enable the church to repave the parking lot, and to explore making some needed updates in the kitchen. As of October 25th, 64 pledge cards had been returned, totaling $149,150 (Project St. Mark's: The Sequel Campaign Goal is $275,000).
We deeply appreciate your commitment, and your pledges to both campaigns. If you have already returned your pledge cards, or are doing so soon, thank you! This will help church leadership determine an estimated budget, as well as facility planning, for next year.
We recognize that some of you may need more time for discernment regarding pledges, and are grateful for pledges received through the fall and beyond. Stewardship packets are available in Garton Hall and in the church office. These can be returned anytime in the offering plate or to the church office.
Thank you for being "All IN" with St. Mark's!
THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30th, 9:30am-10:15am
CHILDREN, FAMILY & FRIENDS WORSHIP
Celebration! now meets in Room 26 for for a child-focused worship where children, families, friends can enjoy this worship together. 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 10:30am worship service to create an interactive, playful, and prayerful experience for children and adults together.
OPERATION FRIENDSHIP CHRISTMAS GREENERY FUNDRAISER
THIS SUNDAY IS THE LAST SUNDAY TO ORDER
Support Operation Friendship and celebrate the holidays with beautiful greenery! One-stop shopping right here at St. Mark's where you can find a gift for family, friends, or business associates, be they in-town or out-of-town. The "Traditional Program" allows you to pick up your choices during the week of November 14th. The "Holiday Gift Program" pricing includes shipping costs and offers you an effortless way to have the symbols and fragrance of the season shipped to the recipient's doorstep. You may place your orders at the Operation Friendship table in Garton Hall every Sunday during the month of October. Phone or email orders may be placed up to November 1st. Call or email Jane Dunatchik (812-322-0554 or email@example.com
) or call the church office. View product photos and pricing HERE
| ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN|
Now Accepting Donations For the Annual TIME, TALENT & TREASURES AUCTION!
SUBMIT AUCTION DONATIONS NOW
We know how talented our St. Mark's community is. Let's put it to good use for the school! Donations of your TIME (babysitting, meal preparation), TALENT (music lessons, baked goods), and TREASURES (tickets, vacation homes) will be auctioned to raise money for the school's scholarship and playground fund. The auction will run November 1st- November 11th. Please submit donations by Saturday, October 29th. Email details and pictures of your donation to Susan Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back by popular demand, the BIG MOUTH-BIG SPOON SOUP COOKOFF is Friday, November 11th from 5:00pm-7:00pm.
SIGN UP NOW TO BRING SOUP
Got an award winning soup? Prepare your tastiest recipe to compete for the title of "Top Soup Chef." Sign up to compete by Tuesday, November 1st (there is a paper sign up in Garton Hall). Questions? Email Amy Calloway at email@example.com.
Want to enjoy some tasty soup? Join us on Friday, November 11th from 5:00pm-7:00pm and be the judge of who should win the "Top Soup Chef" title by sampling and voting for your favorite soup. $5 for adults and $3 for children (2-12) gets you soup, bread, drinks, and dessert. All proceeds to the St. Mark's Nursery and Playground Improvement Fund.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
9:15am-10:15am in Room 13
9:15am-10:15am in Room 10
9:30am-10:15am in Room 11
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Infant & One Year-Old Care
(Room 24) Two & Three Year-Old Care
CHILDREN, FRIENDS & FAMILY WORSHIP
CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOLNO REGULAR SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH: FIFTH SUNDAY IS SANCTUARY SUNDAY
Childcare is available for children in preschool through 3rd grade in Room 26.
THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30TH
"SANCTUARY SUNDAY" & ALL CHILDREN & YOUTH ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP LEADERSHIP
On 5th Sundays, children and youth Sunday School classes do not meet, as we invite families to worship together and for all ages to participate in worship leadership. (Childcare is available in Room 26 for children in preschool-3rd grade during worship, as an option.)
While our young people are welcome to be a part of worship leadership any Sunday, we especially extend to all children and youth a special invitation to participate on Sanctuary Sunday. There are many ways to lead worship: greet people & hand out bulletins, be an acolyte who lights our candles, read the scripture, offer a prayer or lead the call to worship, share your talent-musically or artistically. To participate, please contact Mary Beth Morgan.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT CHILDREN AND YOUTH MINISTRIES?
Contact Amy Jones, Mary Beth Morgan,
or the St. Mark's church office.
The Pilgrims meet at 9:15am in Room 13. Come join us for a series entitled THE OLD TESTAMENT. All are welcome to attend at any point in the series!
The Prophets and the Fall of the North (1Kings 16 - 2 Kings 17, Amos, Hosea) Lecture #18
Prof. Amy-Jill Levine
Vanderbilt University Divinity School
The spirit that Elijah experiences is anti-Baal conflict because Baal is a nature god manifested through rain, manifested through storms and in thunder. Following all these natural signs comes a stillness and it's in that stillness that God speaks to Elijah. That is the difference between the God of Israel and Baal.
During October and November, the Nomads adult Sunday School class will discuss The Road to Character by syndicated columnist David Brooks. Using a series of biographical essays of noteworthy individuals, this bestselling book focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives. Blending psychology, politics, spirituality, and confessional, The Road to Character provides an opportunity for us to rethink our priorities, and strive to build richer inner lives.
Come to Room 10 and join these Sunday morning discussions with the Nomads. All are welcome to join in, even without reading the text!
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.
HURRICANE MATTHEW RELIEF EFFORTS
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) acted quickly in response to the destruction and death caused by Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean, notably in Haiti, immediately addressing the need for clean drinking water to prevent the spread of cholera. If you can help, checks can be made out to St. Mark's and put in the offering plate or sent to the church office. Please put in the memo UMCOR Advance #982450 (This will support international relief efforts.) To support relief efforts in southeastern US states following Hurricane Matthew, please out UMCOR Advance 901670 on the memo line of your check. Thank you.
THIS WEEK AT ST. MARK'S UMC
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th, 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.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd, 1:00pm
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th, 1:00pm St. Mark's Library
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1st, 7:00pm @ Bell Trace
FOOD FOR THOUGHT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
A discussion of the book Green Church: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice! by Rebekah Simon-Peter will take place on the dates and at the locations above. Please attend the session of your choice. It is not a requirement that you have read the book; all interested persons can be part of this discussion group which reads and discusses selections from the United Methodist Women's Reading program book list. If you would like to get a copy of the current book or learn more about our Food for Thought Book Discussion groups, contact Linda Crawford (812-336-2277) or the church office.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th, 1:30pm
Once a month the Bloomington Restorations organization holds an open house at the Hinkle-Garton Farmstead on East 10th St. Daisy Hinkle Garton, a former member of St. Mark's, was born on the farmstead in 1908. October 29th we are going to remember Daisy & her generous stewardship to our church. We will start at 1:30pm in Garton Hall for a short review of Daisy's life & a second look at the paintings of her house & barn. Then we will head for the homestead. We will lead those who want to walk on an easy 15 minute route which includes the quiet, grassy paths along the "back 40" around the barn & up to the home. Or you can drive to the home to join our group where a docent will give us a free tour at 2:00pm. For more information contact Charlie Matson at 812-331-0413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. MARK'S QUILTERS & CRAFTERS
Bring your quilting or crafting projects to Room 10 each Wednesday and enjoy time with others as you work or your quilting or other crafting projects. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, 11:00am
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd, 4:00pm TO CLOSING
DINE AT BUCCETO'S TO SUPPORT ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN
When you dine in or carry out from either Bloomington Bucceto's between 4:00pm and closing, mention St. Mark's Nursery School and Kindergarten, and 20% of the total you spend will be donated to the Nursery School and Kindergarten! Can't make it on November 2nd? No problem. This "Dine and Donate" opportunity occurs the first Wednesday of each month.
WORLD COMMUNITY DAY SERVICE
Ecumenical group Church Women United (CWU) will host the World Community Day service at Arlington United Methodist Church, 1820 W. Arlington Road. All are invited to the 11:00am service and luncheon at noon. Congregations are invited to bring supplies, such as outerwear and toiletries, to be donated to local homeless shelters. For more information, contact CWU member Lisa Miller Maidi at email@example.com.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5th
BLOOMINGTON AREA METHODIST MEN'S BREAKFAST
Enjoy breakfast and fellowship with other Methodist Men at Arlington United Methodist Church for the November meeting. Coffee is served from 7:30am with breakfast at 8:00am. Contact George Rusnak for more information.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE FUTURE EVENTS
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11th, 5:00pm
OVERNIGHT BACKPACKING TRIP
Inspired by our study of "Backpacking with the Saints" this last spring, several members of St. Mark's want to invite others to join a short backpacking trip into the nearby Deam Wilderness. Those who can hike during the day on Friday will stake out the selected camp site about 1.5 miles along the Sycamore Loop Trail. Others can carpool from St. Mark's at 5:00pm to drive to the Fire Tower where they will be led to the site as the sun sets. After sharing a dinner cooked with some of the best of the tasty freeze-dried ingredients now available for serious backpackers, the group will relax around the campfire, directing the IU BB team to victory over Kansas by way of radio. We will also have time to share wilderness stories & lessons. After breakfast of coffee, eggs & pre-fried bacon, the group will break camp & backpack to the Fire Tower. Those who want more hiking can stop at the Blackwell Horse Camp to join the geology hike that will start at 9:00 am. Backpackers will each need to carry all their own camping gear plus water, beverages & snacks. If you have questions & suggestions or especially. if you plan to take part, please contact either Charlie Matson 812-331-0413; firstname.lastname@example.org or Eleanor Lahr at 812-339-4209; email@example.com.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12th, 8:30amFROG POND RIDGE GEOLOGY HIKE
Join the St. Mark's hikers for a 4.6 mile geology hike into the Deam Wilderness. The carpooling will leave St. Mark's at 8:30 am. Dave Simcox will lead us from the east end of the Blackwell Horse Camp at 9:00am to trails headed north to see the unusual Karst features & limestone outcroppings of the Mt Carmel & Heltonsville Faults. The hike will also stop at the remnants of a settler homestead & cemetery. Since we will cross several small streams, good boots are highly recommended. So are water bottles. For more information, contact Charlie Matson at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13th, 11:30AM
OPERATION FRIENDSHIP SOUP LUNCH
Enjoy a soup lunch in support of Operation Friendship to be held after Worship on November 13th. Choose from eight delicious soups, grilled cheese sandwiches, and baked goods. All eat-in orders include a roll. Stay to eat your soup lunch in Garton Hall, with drinks provided by OF. You may also pre-order and take lunch home with you. Order forms will be available next Sunday, November 6 at the Welcome Center and the Operation Friendship Bake Sale table.
|UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S
is published once each month as an information resource and guide to the activities and events within and around
the St. Mark's church community. Copies are distributed the first Sunday of each month along with the Sunday worship bulletin, and thereafter are available at the Welcome Center Desk, at the main entrances to the building,
or upon request by contacting the church office.
SUBMITTING ARTICLES FOR FUTURE PUBLICATIONS:
All ministry areas, church committees, and interest groups
are encouraged to submit articles for the next edition of UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S.
The deadline to submit articles for November has been extended to Monday, October 31st.
For more information, and to submit articles for publication, please contact the church office:
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