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Published Thursday, December 6, 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.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
A SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS
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BREAKFAST AND MORE
9:00am-10:15am (Garton Hall) 
Sharing breakfast together, live music, activity tables for children, and more.
Thank you to those who will be preparing breakfast!
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL 
9:15am Nomads (Room 10) 
9:15am Pilgrims (Room 13)
9:30am  Bible Banter (Room 11)
 
INFANT & TODDLER NURSERY CARE 
Infant through Three-year-old
10:15am-11:30am (Rooms 24 & 25)
Contact the church
if 9:30am childcare is needed.
 
SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE
10:30am
Reverend Jimmy Moore
SCRIPTURE
Luke 1:46-55; John 19:26, 27
SERMON TITLE
"People of Advent: Mary and the Not-Yet of Hope and Grief"

Special Music by the Chancel Choir, Soloists, and Guest Instrumentalists, following the English Tradition of Readings and Musical Reflections

 CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30am-11:30am
Preschool-Kindergarten: Room 22
1st & 2nd Grade: Room 4
3rd & 4th Grade: Room 9
5th & 6th Grade: Room 3
7th-12th Grade: Youth Room 1
While classes are organized by age/grade level, families are welcome to choose a class that is a good fit for their child.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 9:30AM, RM 8
"A WAY FORWARD": UPDATE AND CONVERSATION WITH THE NOMADS SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS AND MARY BETH MORGAN
The United Methodist Church has engaged in forty years of struggle around issues related to human sexuality, particularly regarding sexual orientation, and current church law and prohibitions for clergy ordination and same sex weddings or covenant ceremonies. There has been no resolution.
The Way Forward Commission, which included 32 lay and clergy members from diverse perspectives, spent two years in a discernment process, and presented proposed plans which went to the Council of Bishops and Judicial Council. These proposals, and possibly others, will be considered by delegates (including 16 from Indiana) at 2019 Special Session of the General Conference in St. Louis. This could result in considerable change in the structure and future direction of the United Methodist Church. Please plan to join us on December 9. For some links to more current background information, e-mail marybethmorgan@smumc.church

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 6:00PM (SECOND SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH)
PARENTS OF YOUTH NIGHT AT
KOREA RESTAURANT, 409 E. 4TH STREET
Enjoy some food & conversation with other folks raising teens. If you have questions, or would like to be on a contact list for future gatherings, contact Dawn Walters at
dquillen@indiana.edu or the church office. All parents of youth (and grandparents & other loving adults caring for pre-teens and
teenagers) are welcome!
THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 10:30AM
SANCTUARY WORSHIP
Who is a person of Advent for you? Who are those who can live in the "not yet" of faith, bringing hope and watchfulness to life? During this Advent Season, the figure of Mary the Mother of Jesus begins to be more prominent in the minds of Christian people. Our Catholic friends have long found a way to hold Mary in great esteem, while those of us who are Protestant are trying to figure how to regard her. Nadia Bolz Weber, commenting on the statement rom Elizabeth to Mary, "Blessed are you among women" remarks, "being blessed means seeing God in the world and trusting that God is at work even in things we can't see, or understand, or imagine." We'll talk about that Sunday in sanctuary worship, as the sermon being titled "People of Advent: Mary and the 'Not yet' of Hope and Grief" arising from Luke 1:46-55, and John 19:26, 27.

The whole of the service will be a time of Lessons and Carols, with scripture passages being interwoven with favorite Advent and Christmas carols for the congregation and special songs by the choir, led by Gerry Sousa and accompanied by Pam Freeman and an ensemble of other instrumentalists. We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!
LOAVES AND FISHES FUND
Occasionally, we at St. Mark's are asked to assist with an emergency financial need. Our response to such a request primarily comes through our Loaves and Fishes Fund. This is administered by the staff either to an agency that calls seeking to help meet a need, or to an individual who asks. Usually, these are cases that have fallen through the cracks or go beyond the ability of the social help network to provide. The source of these funds is the generosity of the good people of St. Mark's, giving above and beyond their giving to the budget and capital needs of the church. We give to this fund during the monthly communion service, but offerings can be designated to the Loaves and Fishes Fund at any time.
 
Recently, and not surprisingly, we have received a number of requests, and our fund is quite low. If you are so led and are able, will you prayerfully consider giving to the Loaves and Fishes Fund? If you give by check, please write "Loaves and Fishes" in the memo line of your check, or place the check or cash in an envelope, and write "Loaves and Fishes" on that envelope.
 
As always, we are deeply grateful for the kind and faithful generosity you show so deeply.

STARTING SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9
CHRISTMAS TRAINS ARE RETURNING TO ST. MARK'S!
Rev. Robert Sharp and the Bloomington Model Railroad group have again agreed to set up a Christmas Village complete with an ON 30 operating Christmas train! The village will be a traditional 1950 vintage town with a
winter theme. The layout will be open and running in Room 12 before and after church on Sunday mornings beginning December 9. Other viewing times can be arranged by appointment. For more information, call or email the church office.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 7:00PM
BLUE CHRISTMAS
The holiday season, a joyful time for so many, can be very challenging for others. In this time of joy, many of us are poignantly reminded of times of sadness and loss. We realize that many of the things for which we hope and pray have yet to become reality. You are invited to join us for a Blue Christmas service of Comfort and Healing in the sanctuary, sponsored by the Care Ministries of St. Mark's United Methodist Church. Blue Christmas is a contemplative service with carols, readings, reflections, and candle lighting. Everyone is welcome; we hope to see you.
NOW THROUGH CHRISTMAS EVE
BRING ITEMS FOR "MUSH" CHRISTMAS TREES
There are multiple MUSH Christmas trees at St Mark's: in the sanctuary, Garton Hall and in the Nursery School & Kindergarten Hallway. You are encouraged to 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 (or gloves) on the trees, and place underwear and socks under the trees. Items will be donated to Monroe County United Ministries.

DONATIONS NEEDED NOW
WINTER COAT DRIVE
There are many children and adults, in our community, who are in need of winter coats. If you have a new, or gently used, coat to share please bring it to the box in Garton Hall. All sizes are welcome. We know that there are specific needs for the following: Male – XL, Female – 2x/3x, Female - Medium, Female Child - Size 14, Male Child - Size 14, Female Child - Size 12,          
Male Child - Size 7, Female Child - Size 6. Thank you .
CHRISTMAS EVE PAGEANT ON DECEMBER 24, 5:30PM
ALL ARE WELCOME TO BE PART OF THE PAGEANT! SIGNUPS HAVE BEGUN!
It is a special ministry of our children and youth to share the story of Jesus' birth on Christmas Eve. We warmly welcome everyone to be a part of this wonderful family-friendly service!

All children & youth are invited to be a part of the Christmas Eve Pageant. There are both speaking and non-speaking parts, with roles being age appropriate and matching the interest of the child or youth. (Children younger than preschool age need to have an adult with them during the pageant.) Children and youth can also participate by greeting (handing out bulletins), sharing a piece of music or art, helping to light candles, etc. There are roles for Everyone!
 
Sign up and get a costume on Sundays before and after worship, or during the week by contacting Mary Beth Morgan ( marybethmorgan@smumc.church ) or Alayna Gray (stmarksdcm@gmail.com ).
 
There is one rehearsal on Saturday, December 22 at 10:00am. (If you cannot be there, just let us know.) All interested children and youth can participate, including friends, neighbors and visiting relatives. Walk-ons are welcome.


CHRISTMAS PAGEANT HELP FROM ADULTS IS ALSO NEEDED!
Regardless of your skill set, the Christmas Eve Pageant needs help from adults!
Please contact Mary Beth Morgan if you can help.
BEFORE the Pageant:
  • Help children/youth choose costumes
  • Make simple costume repairs, wash or iron
  • Help with simple set-up of Sanctuary
  • Go shopping for needed items
DURING the Rehearsal and Pageant:
  • Be an adult helper for a group of pageant participants (angels, shepherds, manger animals, magi, main speaking parts, greeters, candle lighters, etc.)
  • Serve as an usher during the pageant, helping everyone find a seat.
AFTER the Pageant:
  • Help reset the Sanctuary or collect costumes.
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 the month along with the Sunday worship bulletin or by contacting the church office. Please submit information and articles for the January edition of Upcoming@St. Mark's before Wednesday, December 19. Thank you.

Click the image to the right and read
December Upcoming@St. Mark's.

AN UPDATE & THANK-YOU
FROM THE STEWARDSHIP TEAM

As of December 4, 100 pledge cards had been returned for the 2019 Stewardship Campaign:
Promise and Possibility, totaling $412,624, which supports the operating and ministry costs of the church. Also, as of December 4, 60 pledge cards had been returned for capital improvements, totaling $67,295.

We deeply appreciate your commitment and pledges to both campaigns. If you have already returned your pledge cards, or intend to do so soon, thank you! This will help church leadership as they determine an estimated budget 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, to the church office or can be filled out on-line via the link on the church website ( www.smumc.church/pledge ). Thank you for your generosity in supporting the ministries and missions of St. Mark's!
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.

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:30am-11:30am
Preschool-Kindergarten:
Rm 22
1st & 2nd Grade: Rm 4
3rd & 4th Grade: Rm 9
5th & 6th Grade: Rm 3
7th-12th Grade: Youth Rm 1
While classes are organized by age/grade level, families are welcome to choose a class that is a good for for their child.

QUESTIONS ABOUT
CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES?

QUESTIONS ABOUT
YOUTH MINISTRIES?

SEE GOD THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD THIS FALL
BE A PART OF CHILDREN'S OR YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
Are you curious about helping with Sunday School as a teacher (in a lead or assistant role), substitute or with preparation during the week? Teachers are only asked to be in a class once a month. Contact Alayna Gray for more information!

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.

SUNDAY SCHOOL 2018-19 FAMILY INFORMATION FORM
At the start of each new school year, we ask families to complete the Family Information form. Paper forms are available at the Sunday School table in Garton Hall. This form should be completed each year 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, a bit of Bible-writing history, and some thoughts on the morning's sermon, based on the Scripture the pastor has selected. We leave time to discuss implications of the Scripture for our own lives and delve into topics far afield of the morning's original topic. You are invited to bring some breakfast from Garton Hall into Room11 and join the conversation.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
NOMADS
This month, the Nomads class will be discussing the short essays in the book by best-selling writer Anne Lamott, ALMOST EVERYTHING: NOTES ON HOPE. Both hilarious and profound, Lamott in this her most recent book calls for us "to rediscover the nuggets of hope and wisdom that are buried within us" now and always when uncertainty and despair appear to be overwhelming. All are welcome to join us for breakfast and lively discussions at 9:30am Sundays in Room 10, with or without having looked at the book.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
PILGRIMS
Pilgrims will not be meeting this week in order to attend the Way Ahead presentation and discussion in Room 8.
SMALL GROUPS, EDUCATION, AND FELLOWSHIP
MEETS EACH WEDNESDAY, 1:00PM IN 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 THURSDAY, 11:30AM IN ROOM 11 (WILL NOT MEET THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27)
WOMEN OF WONDER AND FAITH
A group of faithful, journeying women meeting weekly to read and discuss books on various topics of faith. We are reading THE MEANING OF MARY MAGDALENE: DISCOVERING THE WOMAN AT THE HEART OF CHRISTIANITY by Cynthia Bourgeault. We will begin a new reading after Christmas when we meet on January 3, 2019. Please join us as we move along our faith journey, collectively and individually, as well as build valuable friendships to support each other through life's many challenges and joys. Contact the facilitator, Maria Schmidt marschmi@indiana.edu , with questions and to let her know you are coming. 

MEETS EACH FRIDAY, 1:00PM, ROOM 15 AT ST. MARK'S
CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE MEN'S GROUP
The men's discussion group known as Conversations on Life, is reading and discussing the two middle sections of MERE CHRISTIANITY by C.S. Lewis. The general topics of the 17 short chapters in those sections are: "What Christians Believe" and "Christian Behavior". The group meets at 1:00pm each Friday and has moved back to room 15 at St. Mark's UMC. Visitors are always welcomed.

FIRST & THIRD FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH, 9:00AM, ROOM 4
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 (NO MEETING DECEMBER 21)
ST. MARK'S DAYTIME PARENTS GROUP
The Daytime Parents Group had their first meeting on Friday, November 2. You are encouraged to join other parents and children for conversation to support one another through the intense joys and challenges of raising young humans. Bring the kids! There are toys to entertain them while parents converse. Invite friends, and if it is your first time, contact Abby Brass or Whitney Sullivan for more information. No meeting on Friday before Christmas, December 21.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 9:30AM
ST. MARK'S WOMEN'S CHRISTMAS BREAKFAST
Please join us for the 3rd Annual Women's Christmas Brunch. Enjoy breakfast, the Christmas story, and Christmas carols in Garton Hall. Please RSVP by Tuesday, December 4th to Nina Taylor (823-322-9242) or Linda Crawford (812-336-2277). We don’t want anyone to go hungry!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 5-9:30PM
YOUTH NIGHT AT ST. MARK'S!
The youth will have a night of Christmas fun and service on Saturday, December 8th from 5:00-9:30 PM. We will play games, make holiday crafts, and complete a small service project. Dinner and snacks will be provided. All youth and friends of youth, in grades 7-12, are invited to join in the fun. All participants must have a liability form on file. To RSVP, or to get further
information or a liability form, contact Director of Youth Ministries, Rodney Long ( rodneylong@smumc.church ).

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 6:00PM, FARMbloomington
APPALACHIA SERVICE PROJECT (ASP) FUNDRAISER AT FARMbloomington
You are invited to a fundraising dinner hosted by FARMbloomington to support the 2019 mission trip of St. Mark's ASP group. The $20 per person cost of this dinner includes a salad, entree, and a cobbler dessert (drinks are not included). FARMbloomington will generously donate $10 to St Mark's ASP for each person who attends. Come enjoy a wonderful dinner with family and friends while raising funds for ASP! Everyone is invited, so please bring your friends and family.

To reserve your seats, please RSVP by email to events@farm-bloomington.com . Please mention in your email the event name and date, how many in your party will attend, and each person's entree choice of either Stone Oven Pasta or Meatloaf. If you have any questions, please contact James Thomas at jthomas@iu.edu or 812-361-8193. Thanks.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 6:30PM
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Prayer Shawl Ministry now meets once a month, on the second Tuesday at 6:30pm. We invite those who knit or crochet to help provide prayer shawls for those experiencing grief, change, and life joys. We also make baptism blankets and special projects.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 5:00PM APPETIZERS
eXtra Years of Zest (XYZ) CHRISTMAS DINNER 
COME ONE, COME ALL to the annual Xtra Years of Zest Christmas Dinner in Garton Hall on Wednesday, December 12. Plan to come at 5pm for appetizers and punch, with dinner at 5:30pm. Dinner will include bread sticks, tossed salad, plus two Italian dishes provided by Bucceto's. A variety of cheesecake slices will be purchased at Sam's Club for dessert. Following dinner, enjoy a program and Christmas songs. Cost for the event is $15 per person.

The XYZ program on December 12 will be a festive program of Christmas music and a report on his visit to Mother Teresa's mission in Calcutta by Sean Murphy. Sean is a student at IU and XYZers will remember his extraordinary singing at an earlier XYZ program. This time he will be joined by another exceptional musician, Rev. Tim Jessen, as they present a program of Christmas music.  This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an evening with old and new friends. Adults of all ages are welcome. We hope that many new people attending our church will plan to attend. 

Sign up on the XYZ Christmas Dinner sheet in Garton Hall.  The last day to sign up is SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 as we will provide a final number to Bucceto's on Monday December 10. Make checks payable to St. Mark's United Methodist Church and put XYZ Christmas dinner on the memo line of your check. If you pay with cash, place the money in an envelope and write XYZ Christmas dinner someplace on the envelope. 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 5:30PM
MEAL SHARE FOOD REPACK
Each month, St. Mark's volunteers go to Hoosier Hills Food Bank to repack donated food for agencies that provide food for families. For more information, contact Glenda Murray at

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 10AM-11:30AM
OPERATION FRIENDSHIP HOLIDAY PARTY BAKERY
Holiday parties & no time to bake? OF is selling homemade whole cakes & pies, as well as platters of cookies!! $15-20 per item.
Plan to shop the OF bake sale on December 16 and take home bakery delights for your Christmas and holiday parties! At this bake sale you can purchase whole cakes, pies, and platters of cookies! These are sure to be as delicious as the bake sale treats we all love. Contact Beth Thiele with any questions.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 7:00PM, ROOM 12
MEETS EVERY OTHER MONDAY
CHRONIC ILLNESS SUPPORT GROUP
This spiritual support group for patients facing cancer or other chronic diseases, along with family members and caregivers will focus on spiritual support with a Christian and Methodist approach. Our goal is to help each of us thrive on the days we can … and survive on the days we are not sure we can. And do all of that in faith. Meetings will take place every other Monday (with no meeting December 31). Group Facilitators will be Dr. Brandt Ludlow and Craig Stewart.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 6:30-8:30PM
PUB THEOLOGY AT AVER'S PIZZA BUFFET, 1285 S COLLEGE MALL ROAD, SUITE A
Pub Theology provides a place to relax with food and beverage and a fun group of thinking disciples to talk a little theology. On Tuesday, December 18, we will reflect on two famous sermons. The first is an Advent sermon preached by Dietrich Bonhoeffer in 1928. The second is the last Christmas sermon Dr. Martin Luther King preached before his death four months later.
You may email Jimmy Moore or the church office to request copies of the sermons, either emailed or printed. Please also contact the church office to let us know you are coming. We would love to see you!
St. Mark's Staff Email
Rev. Jimmy Moore, Pastor

Alayna Gray
Interim Coordinator of Children's Ministries, stmarksdcm@gmail.com

Rodney Long, Director of Youth Ministries rodneylong@smumc.church

Aaron Comforty, Children & Youth Music 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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