"An inclusive community bringing Christ-like love, healing, and hope to all."
THIS SUNDAY AT ST. MARK'S
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14th 
1st SUNDAY OF LENT 

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
 9:30am-11:30am (Room 25)
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CHILDREN & FAMILY WORSHIP
9:30am (Room 8)
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SANCTUARY WORSHIP  
10:30am

Reverend Jimmy Moore, preaching
Scripture: Luke 4:1013   

Sermon Series:  Lenten Faith Stories
This Sunday: Trial and Testing
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CHILDREN AND 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)
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THANK YOU FOR WEARING YOUR
NAME TAG EACH SUNDAY! 
 
 
If you do not have a name tag, please notify the church office, mention it to an usher in worship, or write your request in the registration pad on Sunday.
 
 
THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14th
IN GARTON HALL 
CARE MINISTRIES' VALENTINE'S CARDS
Please sign the Valentine's Day Cards in Garton Hall for special friends, in the St. Mark's community, who are ill, recovering, or homebound. Children and Youth in Celebration! Worship and Sunday School classes have made beautiful Valentine's Cards to send care and friendship.

THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14th
IN GARTON HALL 
OPENHEARTED CAMPAIGN
Our friends from the Islamic Center of Bloomington have invited us to be part of the Openhearted Campaign. This is an open invitation to open our doors, minds and hearts to connect with all our brothers and sisters in humanity. We are also each invited to sign a pledge in solidarity with all people who seek and practice peace and safety for all. Please stop by the table in Garton Hall this Sunday. More information can be found at: www.openheartedcampaign.org

THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14th, 4:00pm-8:00pm
YOUTH SERVICE PROJECT
FOR INTERFAITH WINTER SHELTER
Youth are invited to make 6 gallons of chili beginning at 4:00pm in St. Mark's kitchen. At 6:30pm we will take all of the dinner to First United Methodist Church and set up beds for the shelter guests there. Youth can choose to come to part or the entire service project.
 
Youth and youth families are needed to contribute chili ingredients, cheese cubes, cookies, apples and oranges for the shelter meal. Please contact Bridget McIntyre if you can participate in the service project, if you can donate chili ingredients or other meal items, or if you can drive youth to FUMC.

 
 


 
THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14th & NEXT SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21st,
9:30am

 NEW MEMBER CLASSES
Please join us in Room 15 for membership classes if you are ready to become a member or if you are interested in learning more about becoming a member of St. Mark's. For families with children, there will be infant/toddler care in Room 25. Pre-school age and older children are welcome to join Bridget McIntyre in Room 8 for Celebration! Worship for Children and Families.

We will spend time getting to know one another, learning more about the church and our membership process, exploring questions, and talking with others about the many ways to get involved in the life and ministry of St. Mark's.
 
Several persons have indicated an interest in membership, and we know others may be interested as well. Whether you are new to this community or have been a part of St. Mark's for many years and are now considering membership, we hope that you will attend. New members will be received during worship Sunday, February 28th. Please contact Jimmy Moore or Mary Beth Morgan if you have questions. If you are interested in membership but have a conflict with class or joining dates, we can work with you and your schedule. We look forward to sharing this time with you as we continue to grow as a church community.
 

THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14th, 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 this week 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.
   
 
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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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
"PILGRIMS," 9:15am
The Pilgrims meet at 9:15am in Room 13. All are welcome! Come join us for the video lecture and resulting discussion.
 
"NOMADS," 9:15am   
The Nomads Class meets in Room 8 with the lessons starting at 9:30am after announcements, coffee, and snacks. The class ends at 10:15. Visitors are welcome on any Sunday.

The Nomad's Class enjoys Sunday morning discussions based on spiritual, religious, and social justice topics. 
 
"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.

 
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CHILDREN AND YOUTH  
SUNDAY SCHOOL
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL
CHILDCARE AVAILABLE
Infant/Toddler Care (Room 25)  
9:30am-11:30am 


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

CHILDREN AND 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)
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SUNDAY SCHOOL SIGN-IN
PROCEDURES FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH 
In order to provide a comfortable, safe and nurturing space for all children and youth, please read the procedure for Sunday morning sign-in.
1. Before worship sign your child in at his or her Sunday school room and meet the teacher. Each child will receive a name tag.
2. Children and youth participate in the beginning of worship, with their families, in the Sanctuary. Children are invited to participate in children's moment on the altar area. If a child would like to bring a parent or adult helper to children's moment for comfort, we welcome everyone.
3. Following children's moment, a Sunday school volunteer will walk the children to their Sunday school classrooms. If children have not been signed into the room before worship, an adult from the family can do that as they walk to the classroom after children's moment.
4. Following the worship service, adults sign their children out of their Sunday school classes.
NEWS & EVENTS AT ST. MARK'S

SAVE THE DATE!
UPCOMING EVENTS:

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16th,  
   9:30am at ST. MARK'S 
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16th,
   1:30pm at ST. MARK'S 
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17th
   7:00pm at BELL TRACE
UMW CIRCLE MEETINGS

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21st,
   10:30am WORSHIP SERVICE
CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN WORSHIP LEADERSHIP 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24th,
    5:30pm
 
XYZ SUPPER & PROGRAM: 
SHAPE-NOTE SINGERS

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24th,  
    7:00PM
APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT PARTICIPANTS' MEETING
 
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26th,
   1:00pm at ST. MARK'S
TUESDAY, MARCH 1st,
   7:00pm at BELL TRACE 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
 
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28th,  
   6:00pm-8:00pm 
ST. MARK'S "MEET & GREET" AT TRAILHEAD PIZZERIA 
 
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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21st,  
10:30AM WORSHIP SERVICE
ALL CHILDREN & YOUTH ARE ENCOURAGED
TO PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP LEADERSHIP
All children and youth are encouraged to participate in leadership roles during the 10:30am worship service.  While children and youth are welcome to be a part of worship leadership each Sunday, we make a special invitation on the third Sunday of each month. In particular, children and youth are invited to create the bulletin cover, greet and hand out bulletins, light candles (acolyte), read scripture, lead a prayer or call to worship, or share a musical or other artistic talent. 

If your child or youth would like to participate in a special role on February 21st, please contact:
Bridget McIntyre
bridgetmcintyre@smumc.church
or    Mary Beth Morgan marybethmorgan@smumc.church
812-332-5788.
  
    
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16th,
   9:30am at ST. MARK'S
 
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16th,
   1:30pm at ST. MARK'S 
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17th
   7:00pm at BELL TRACE 
UMW CIRCLE MEETINGS.
COME JOIN US!
United Methodist Women (UMW) is a world-wide organization whose mission is to provide its over 800,000 members with opportunities to grow spiritually, and to work for justice through service and advocacy. St. Mark's chapter of UMW offers three "circles," or small groups that meet monthly to increase female friendships and to participate in activities serving both local and global missions that support women and children.
 
The three circles meet at different times to meet the needs of varying schedules.   This month's meetings are listed below. If you haven't attended a circle meeting yet, why not visit one of the Circles (or all!) and find out how you can be part of St. Mark's UMW.

Morning Circle: Tuesday, Feb, 16th, 9:30am at St. Mark's (Room 8).  Hosted by Shirley Pugh, the program is entitled "The Blessedness of Giving."

Susanna Wesley Circle: Tuesday, Feb, 16th, 1:00pm at St. Mark's (Room 8).  Hosted by Nancy Lumbley, the program is entitled "The Blessedness of Giving." 
 
Charlene Martin Circle: Wednesday, Feb, 17th, 7:00pm in the Sunroom at Bell Trace. This will be a Pledge Service hosted by Trudy Shaw, and a good opportunity for new members to try out a Circle group.

If you are planning to attend one of the two "Blessedness of Giving" programs on Tuesday, please bring your pledge intentions and least coin (small change).

For more information:
Morning Circle: 
   Myriam Wood (812-339-2598) or
   Trish Rahke (812-332-0627) 
Susanna Wesley Circle:
   Nancy Lumbley (812-339-6467)
Charlene Martin Circle: 
   Nina Taylor (812-322-9242)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24th,
7:00PM
APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT PARTICIPANTS' MEETING
A mandatory meeting for all ASP participants will be held on Wednesday, February 24th, at 7:00pm in Room 10. We will discuss the upcoming trip (scheduled July 24th-30th), details and fundraising opportunities. All interested participants should plan to attend. If you are unable to attend the meeting, but are planning to participate, please contact Larry Ingram prior to the meeting.
 
 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24th,
     5:30pm

XYZ SUPPER & PROGRAM
SHAPE-NOTE SINGERS
All are cordially invited to an XYZ (eXtra Years of Zest) shared supper and an  interactive program of wonderful old hymns by the Bloomington Shape-Note Singers on Wednesday evening, February 24, beginning at 5:30. Please bring a dish to share and table service. Questions? Phone the church office at 812-332-5788.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26th,  
   1:00pm  ST. MARK'S LIBRARY 
TUESDAY, MARCH 1st,  
   7:00pm  BELL TRACE SUNROOM 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
FOOD FOR THOUGHT is expanding its opportunity for discussion on NOT WORTH SAVING by Ann L. Joyner. You may choose the book discussion group that best suits you. Please note that the location at Bell Trace is the Sunroom rather than the usual meeting place. It is not a requirement that you have read the book;all interested persons are included in the book group which reads from the UMW Reading Program book list. If you would like to get a copy of the book, or to learn more about FOOD FOR THOUGHT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP, contact Linda Crawford (812-336-2277) or the church office (812-332-5788).

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28th, 6:00-8:00PM,
ST. MARK'S "MEET & GREET" AT TRAILHEAD PIZZERIA
Mark your calendars for a fun evening, and great opportunity to get to know others in the St. Mark's community! All are welcome- adults, youth, children, friends and neighbors. There will be appetizers, and possibly some good live music. (Those who wish to have pizza or dinner can order off the menu, as well.)
 
Thank you to the Bell and Lehr families for hosting us at their Trailhead Pizzeria restaurant, which is located at 4303 S. SR 446 (at the corner of 446 and Pine Grove). Call 812-837-9101 for help with directions. Contact Mary Beth Morgan for more information.     
 
ST. MARK'S HIKERS:
HOW ABOUT A CHALLENGE?
Join the St. Mark's Hikers to hike/walk 200 miles in 2016 in celebration of Indiana's 200th birthday. It's easy. You could think of the challenge as walking or hiking one mile a day for 200 days, and then take 165 days off!  For more information and to be part of the challenge, contact Eleanor Lahr at elahr@indiana.edu or 812-339-4209. 
 
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OPPORTUNITIES to LEARN and SERVE
EVENTS OF INTEREST IN OUR COMMUNITY
 
EACH THURSDAY in ROOM 1,2 9:15am-10:15am
YOGA CLASS  
Enjoy yoga classes taught by Allana Radecki at St. Mark's in Room 1,2 offered each Thursday morning. Drop in each week or any week for a fee of $10 per class. Beginning January 14th and offered each Thursday through May 26th, the class is open to the public and all abilities are welcomed. Contact the church office with questions. 

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION:
WILDCARE, INC. SEEKS SUPPORT 
WildCare,Inc., a local wildlife rehab volunteer organization, is gearing up for the spring birthing and hatching season. WildCare,Inc. cares for ill, injured, and orphaned wildlife; helping them recover and releasing them back to the wild. WildCare,Inc. relies on donations and does not receive any state of federal money. We need both financial donations and volunteers. Opportunities range from animal care, fundraising, and leadership positions to carpentry and maintenance. WildCare,Inc. will provide all training. Contact WildCare,Inc. at 812-323-1313 or info@wildcareinc.org or www.wildcareinc.org
"We cannot stand by indifferent to the suffering we see."

CAN YOU GIVE A FEW HOURS A MONTH TO SUPPORT THE INTERFAITH WINTER SHELTER? 
Do you have a couple of hours to spare every other Wednesday morning? A group of St. Mark's folks do the clean-up shift at the Interfaith Winter Shelter, and the group could use one or two more people on the team. The work takes place at First United Church, 2420 E 3rd St (behind the Credit Union). The clean-up shift starts at 6:00am sharp, but the work is usually finished by 7:30am. The St. Mark's team convenes for breakfast and fellowship immediately thereafter. To get more information or to volunteer, contact Tony Mescher at 812-336-8261 or Eleanor Lahr at 812-339-4209.

FROM THE CHILDREN AT
ST. MARK'S NURSERY SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN:
OPPORTUNITIES FOR FELLOWSHIP AND SERVICE

SATURDAYS, 7:00am-10:00am
BLOOMINGTON AREA METHODIST MEN'S BREAKFASTS
Please see the Lenten schedule of the Bloomington Area Methodist Men's Breakfasts. All Methodist men in the Bloomington area are welcome to attend. Contact George Rusnak at  812-336-5612.

February 13 at Arlington UMC
February 20 at Cross Roads UMC
February 27 at First UMC Bloomington
March 5 at Ellettsville UMC
March 12 at St. Mark's UMC 
March 19 at Greene County Chapel
 
SUPPORTING OUR MISSION TRIP TO MISSION GUATEMALA
In March of 2016, seventeen St. Mark's youth and adults will travel to Guatemala to assist our former pastor Tom Heaton at Mission Guatemala, a health and education project for villages in the poorest country in Central America.
We are close to our fundraising goals and appreciate all the support we have received in previous months. In the remaining weeks before the team travels; here are some ways you can still contribute:  
  • Sunday morning breakfast in Garton Hall on February 21st.
  • Parents Night Out on Friday, February 5th, 6:00pm - 8:30pm at St. Mark's.  $20/child, quality childcare in a safe environment.
  • Celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday, February 9th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm at St. Mark's. Operation Friendship, Appalachian Service Project and Mission Guatemala Trip Teams will host the annual community event and fundraiser.
  • Support youth and adult travelers by writing a check to St. Mark's (with Guatemala Mission Trip in the memo). Even small amounts can help us reach our fundraising goals.
  • Support "Jar Wars" between Jimmy and Mary Beth (in Garton Hall on Sundays).
  • Donate to "St. Mark's Bloomington Mission Guatemala Trip" on YouCaring.com 
  • While many other expenses remain, thanks to your generosity we are within a few hundred dollars of reading one of our goals for all 9 youth to receive a 1/2 scholarship toward airfare fees for Mission Guatemala.
Bridget McIntyre and Jimmy Moore are church staff co-leaders for this mission trip. Please contact either of them at the church office (812-332-5788) with your questions and support. 
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 

THINK JULY! 
SIGN UP FOR APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP) 2016!  
The sign-up sheet for those interested in being part of the Summer 2016 ASP trip is located on the ASP bulletin board in Garton Hall. The trip dates are Sunday, July 24th through Saturday, July 30th. Participants must be at least 14 years of age. More details will be forthcoming. Contact Larry Ingram (812-322-0452) for more information on this great opportunity.

RESPONDING TO THE REFUGEE CRISIS IN EUROPE
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is helping to provide relief. Financial donations are greatly needed. Checks can be written to "St. Mark's UMC" with "UMCOR-Refugee
Crisis" in the memo line, and brought to the church office, or placed in the offering plate. 100% of all money donated will go directly to the children, men and women most in need.  

OPERATION FRIENDSHIP 
Did you know if you add Operation Friendship (O.F.) to your Kroger Card that O.F. will receive 5% of what you spend and it's absolutely free for you?

Learn how to connect your Kroger card online to support Operation Friendship.  
 
 
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
donna@stmarksbloomington.org

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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