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Published Thursday, July 12, 2018
St. Mark's United Methodist Church of Bloomington, Indiana is an inclusive community bringing Christ-like love, healing and hope to all. We embrace the United Methodist ideal of Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors by welcoming those of all races, cultures, faith traditions, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
This Week at St. Mark's UMC
SUNDAY, JULY 15
EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
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BREAKFAST 
9:00am (Garton Hall) 
Thank you to
those who will be providing breakfast.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL 
9:15am Nomads (Room 10) 
9:15am Pilgrims (Room 12)
9:30am  Bible Banter (Room 11)
 
INFANT & TODDLER NURSERY CARE 
Infant through Three-year-old
10:30am-11:30am (Rooms 24 & 25)
Contact the church
if 9:30am care is needed.
 
CELEBRATION! FOR ALL AGES
CHILDREN, FAMILY & FRIENDS 
9:30am in Garton Hall
 
CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:15-11:30am
*SUMMER CLASS AND SCHEDULE
Preschool-1st Grade : Rm 22
2nd-3rd-4th Grade: Room 4
5th & 6th Grade: Room 3
7th-12th Grade: Room 1

SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICES
10:30am
Reverend Jimmy Moore, preaching  
SCRIPTURE
Psalm 78:1-7
SERMON TITLE
"Echoes of Mercy"
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UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S
JULY 2018
Upcoming @ St. Mark's is published 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 at the beginning of each month along with the Sunday worship bulletin or by contacting the church office. Please send content for August Upcoming to the church office by Wednesday, July 18.
THIS SUNDAY, JULY 15, 10:30AM
SANCTUARY WORSHIP
What stories are you telling, and why are you telling them? When speaking to a group or a child or a friend, one can watch the change come over the listener when the speaker begins to tell a story. We now know that our brains are so wired that a physiological change occurs in us when we hear a story being told. But while the scientific explanation of this might be "new", the awareness of the power of story is not. As the late Jesuit priest Anthony de Mello would say in his stories about an ancient teacher, "You have yet to understand that the shortest distance between a human being and truth is a story."
 
All of this was not lost on the psalmist, who would write, "I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old-things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us." (78:2,3) The challenge is for us to make sure we are telling worthy and redemptive stories, rather than false, fearful stories that limit our imagination and deaden our hearts. The sermon in the 10:30 worship service is titled "Echoes of Mercy", arising from Psalm 78:1-7.

The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Gerry Sousa and accompanied by Pam Freeman, will lead us musically. We hope you join us.

ASP NEEDS SNACKS AND BOTTLED WATER!
The St. Mark's Appalachia Service Project Team will be leaving Sunday, July 22nd on their mission trip to work with families in Appalachia. They are in need of individually-packaged snacks (chips, pretzels, etc.) and bottled water. If you are able, bring some snacks or bottled water for ASP by Saturday, July 21st. There is a marked blue bin in Garton Hall for ASP Snack Donations. Thank you!

SIGN UP BY MONDAY, JULY 16
THURSDAY, JULY 19, 4:00PM
CHURCH LIFE OUTING: TOUR OF COOK HALL, ASSEMBLY HALL, AND MEMORIAL STADIUM
The St. Mark's Church Life committee has arranged for a tour of sport facilities Cook Hall, Memorial Stadium and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on the campus of Indiana University for Thursday, July 19. We have space for fifty people, and the deadline for signing up is Monday, July 16. To sign up, or for more information, contact either Pat Marvin ( marvinp420@sbcglobal.net ) or Linda Joachim Gluff ( ljoachim@homefinder.org ). The tour starts at 4:00 at the South Entrance of Assembly Hall and parking is nearby.
Get to know one another; 
wear a name tag, please.  
SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND ADULTS
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL 
PILGRIMS
9:15am-10:15am in Room 12
NOMADS
9:15am-10:15am in Room 10
BIBLE BANTER
9:30am-10:15am in Room 11

NURSERY CARE
10:15am-11:30am
Infant through 3-year-olds 
(Rooms 24 & 25)
Contact the church if 9:30am care is needed.

CELEBRATION!
CHILDREN, FAMILY & FRIENDS FOR ALL AGES
9:30am in Garton Hall

CHILDREN & YOUTH
SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30-11:30am
SUMMER CLASS AND SCHEDULE
PLEASE NOTE SUMMER CLASS GROUPINGS AND ROOM CHANGES
Preschool, Kindergarten &
1st Grade : Rm 22
2nd-3rd-4th Grade: Room 4
5th & 6th Grade: Room 3
7th-12th Grade: Room 1
All children & youth are invited to move up to the grade/age level classes where they will be in the fall. Families are welcome to choose which class in the best fit.
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QUESTIONS ABOUT
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES?

QUESTIONS ABOUT
YOUTH MINISTRIES?
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TEACH WITH CHILDREN'S FAITH DEVELOPMENT CLASSES
Spend one Sunday a month with a group of inquisitive children encountering Bible stories through science experiments, art, mission activities, games, or by making yummy treats! You will join a team of teachers and get to know awesome children and families of our church. A curriculum is provided, along with a brief orientation to volunteering in Faith Development at St. Mark's. For more information, please contact Mary Beth Morgan.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR SUMMER
10:30am Sunday School classes for summer meet in the following age/grade groups: Preschool-1st Grade (Rm 22); 2nd-4th Grade (Rm 4); 5th-6th Grade (Rm 3) and Youth (7th-12th Grade) in the Youth Room 1. We have also added "Aaron Time" in the children’s classes with music, story and adventures with Aaron Comforty. For more Sunday School information or to get on the family e-mail list, please contact the church office or Mary Beth Morgan.

EACH SUNDAY
SIGN IN & NAME TAGS FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL & CHILDCARE
Children attending childcare or Sunday School must be signed in and have a name tag from the table in Garton Hall. Please sign in before worship.

EACH SUNDAY, 9:30AM
CELEBRATION!
CHILDREN, FRIENDS & FAMILY OF ALL AGES
CELEBRATION! takes place in Garton Hall, near the piano. People of all ages are invited to reflect on the theme for the day and to take part in the hands-on experiences available at the tables near the piano. Also, on Sundays when he's available, Aaron Comforty will close out our community in song as we end in a communal "Great Amen" before heading to the Sanctuary for worship.
SUNDAY SCHOOL REGISTRATION RENEWAL
If you have not yet registered your child for Sunday School, please do so today. Forms are available at the Sunday School table in Garton Hall. This form is an annual requirement for each child (multiple children can be entered on one form).
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
BIBLE BANTER
The Bible Banter class meets in Room 11 each Sunday from 9:30-10:15am. The Scripture text for the morning's sermon is used as a discussion-starter.
We look at the passage in its larger context, and we 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 we often even delve into topics far afield of the morning's original topic. You are invited to bring some breakfast from Garton Hall into Room 11 and join the conversation.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
NOMADS
During July, the Nomads class will be reading and discussing Robin R. Meyers' thought-provoking book, SAVING JESUS FROM THE CHURCH - HOW TO STOP WORSHIPING CHRIST & START FOLLOWING JESUS.  The Nomads gather in Room 10 for coffee, breakfast, and announcements at 9:15am on Sunday mornings. Book discussions begin by 9:30. Visitors are always welcomed to join the group for one or all of the sessions.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
PILGRIMS
Sunday, July 15, Lecture #14
"The Dead Sea Scrolls: Earliest Hebrew Bible"
In this lecture, Prof. Magness explores why the Dead Sea Scrolls are valuable for understanding Jesus with his broader Jewish context. The Dead Sea Scrolls, sometimes described as the most important archaeological discovery of the 20 th century, represent a corpus of literature that belonged to a Jewish sect that lived at Qumran in the 1 st century BC and 1 st century AD.
 
All are welcome at any point in the lecture series. Come join us for the presentation and the resulting discussion.
SMALL GROUPS, EDUCATION, AND FELLOWSHIP
MEETS EACH WEDNESDAY, 1:00PM, ROOM 10
ST. MARK'S QUILTERS & CRAFTERS
Bring your quilting or crafts to Room 10 and spend time with others who enjoy these activities. Quilters & Crafters meets each Wednesday. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.
 
MEETS EACH FRIDAY, 12:30PM AT BELL TRACE
CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE MEN'S GROUP
Conversations on Life men's group meets each Friday to share in conversation about topics of interest often based on literature selected by the group. The group meets in the private dining room, at the basement level on the west side of the main building of Bell Trace. Visitors are always welcome.    
FRIDAY, JULY 13, 1:00 PM AT ST. MARK'S CHURCH LIBRARY OR
TUESDAY, JULY 17, 7:00PM AT BELL TRACE
FOOD FOR THOUGHT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS:
ALL WOMEN ARE WELCOME!
women participating in the United Methodist Women's book discussions, the next book to read is IN FROM THE WILDERNESS by David Weekly. Choose one of these meeting
dates/times: Friday, July 13th, 1:00pm in the church library or Tuesday, July 17th, 7:00pm at Bell Trace.

TUESDAY, JULY 17-THROUGH FRIDAY, JULY 20
MISSION U AT DEPAUW UNIVERSITY IN GREENCASTLE, IN
Each year, United Methodist Women members prepare for faithful living and action by studying more about mission. Three mission studies are offered - one geographical, one topical, and one spiritual growth. If you think you might like to attend this event, please find further information on the UMW bulletin board in Garton Hall or contact Linda Crawford, our UMW president, at 812-336-2277. Scholarships are available to help defray the costs of attending the event.

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 6:00PM - SATURDAY, JULY 21, 9:00AM
YOUTH LOCK-IN
The youth spoke, and we listened. Youth in 7th - 12th grades are welcome to join us for a summer lock-in! We will have some outdoor activities before dark and then head inside for more fun. Youth are welcome to join us late or leave early, but need to do so by 10:30 p.m. when the doors lock. Breakfast will be served before 9 a.m. when youth can be picked up. Please bring: change of clothes, sleeping bag/blanket and pillow, flashlight, and a GREAT ATTITUDE! Friends are also welcome, however, each participating youth must have a Liability Form signed by a parent or guardian. RSVP to Rodney Long by calling the church office, through email ( rodneylong@smumc.church ) or by visiting the following link: https://tinyurl.com/ycyelcym

SATURDAY, JULY 21, 9:30 AM
GOLF OUTING
Join your St. Mark's friends at the Cascades Golf Course for the next opportunity for lessons in humility and hope on the golf course. We are planning to get three tee times, 9:20am, 9:30am & 9:40am, when Cascades opens them for reservations a week before. You have the choice of either 9 or 18 holes. We will try to group players by skill levels. We can also set up scramble teams, so if you (or your family member or friends) only want to pitch & putt, here is your chance to join the fun. If you have questions, please contact Charlie Matson at matsonhoosier@yahoo.com or 812-331-0413 or Lenne Vanzant at lennev@bluemarble.net or 812-824-7093.

SUNDAY, JULY 22 - SATURDAY, JULY 28
APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP)
The St. Mark's Appalachia Service Project (ASP) Team leaves for their week-long mission trip early in the morning on Sunday, July 22nd. We will send them off with our prayers, encouragement and gratitude for the gifts they will share and relationships they will build. Our team will partnering with the individuals and families to help make their homes warmer, drier and safer. We look forward to hearing about some of their experiences when they return as part of our July 29th sanctuary worship service.

SUNDAY, JULY 29
(NO REGULAR CHILDREN'S OR YOUTH 10:30AM SUNDAY SCHOOL)
SANCTUARY SUNDAY
July 29th falls on the 5th Sunday of the month when we invite all children and youth to experience the full worship service. Children and Youth Sunday School does not meet on July 29th. Children's activity packets and picture books are available in the back of the sanctuary near the comfortable rocking chairs. Infant and toddler care continues from 10:15am - 11:30am in rooms 24 and 25. For families who wish this option, childcare will be available for children in preschool through 3rd grade following the Children's Moment in the sanctuary worship service.
St. Mark's Staff Email
Rev. Jimmy Moore, Pastor
Director of Children's Ministries,
contact Mary Beth Morgan with leadership by Elena Herrera and Aaron Comforty
 
Rodney Long, Director of Youth Ministries rodneylong@smumc.church
 
Aaron Comforty, Children & Youth Music Leader  aaroncomforty@smumc.church
Dennis Morgan, Head Custodian
 
Claire Schaffer, Administrative Assistant
Rev. Mary Beth Morgan, Pastor
 
Gerry Sousa, Director of Music Ministries
 
Natalie LeBeau, Finance Director
Sierra Roussos, Director, St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten director@smnurseryschool.org
 
Robin Cole, Asst. Director, St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten
 
Amy Weger, Office Manager, St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten
100 N. State Road 46 Bypass, Bloomington, IN 47408
Phone: 812-332-5788    Fax: 812-333-5544
100 N. State Road 46 Bypass, Bloomington, IN 47408
School Office Phone: 812-333-4007
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