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october 2018

upcoming@St. Mark’s the monthly newsletter of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church

PROMISE AND POSSIBILITY: 2019 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. (Psalm 37:3)

This month, we celebrate the season of stewardship by marking the promise that St. Mark’s has embraced through the years, and by celebrating the possibilities that lie before us. The Rev. Hardy Nall, who was a pastor at St. Mark’s from 1968-1980, wrote a letter for the 50th anniversary of St. Mark’s in 2004. In the letter, he described some challenges both the church and the country faced in his early years at St. Mark’s. Hardy wrote, “We were part of a pilgrim people, moving toward a goal we could not reach, yet one which we kept ever before us…And this church, through the grace of God, met that challenge with faith, hard work, and with great determination.” Once again, we are called to meet those challenges. Many of you will have received a mailing from the St. Mark’s stewardship team that invites you to participate in our time of stewardship commitment. If you have not, there are copies at the welcome desk in Garton Hall, or you may contact the church to request one. In that letter, there is a pledge card in that mailing which invites you to pledge financially toward the ministry and operating costs of our church, as well as a way to commit to contributing toward the debt incurred through improvements to our church building and properties, such as last year’s necessary repaving of the parking lot. You may also pledge by physically turning in this card, or online by going on the church website at www.smumc.church. Prayerfully consider your financial commitment to St. Mark’s, and please return your completed pledge card by October 21, 2018, if possible. This will help church leadership develop a budget for 2019. Remember that pledge commitments are not contracts, but statements of intent. Your pledge remains confidential and can be revised at any time by contacting the church Finance Office. We are grateful for you to faithful financial support of St. Mark’s, and look forward to the possibilities that await us.


PET BLESSING AND COLLECTION FOR PETS ALIVE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 4:00PM, ON THE SOUTH LAWN.

St. Mark’s small group Buddies of St. Francis welcomes you to this simple, fun time to celebrate our pets who enrich our lives as gifts of God. All are invited to bring furry and non-furry friends in carriers, cages, or on leashes (and a bag for any pet messes!). Your pets need to be up-to-date on their vaccinations, and not have an aggressive history with other pets or people. You are welcome to invite friends and their pets, as well. If it rains, we will not hold the service that evening. As an act of service, we will be collecting donations for Pets Alive nonprofit spay, neuter, and wellness clinic of Monroe County. For their list of needs, see the Pets Alive Wishlist on Amazon at https://goo.gl/AgJs9M . A printed list and a box for donations are in Garton Hall. For more information, contact Jimmy Moore at the church office (812-332-5788) or at jimmymoore@smumc.church.


OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN MORE AND ENGAGE IN NEXT STEPS FOR THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AND A WAY FORWARD The United Methodist Church has engaged in forty years of struggle around issues related to human sexuality. This is especially in regards to current church law that does not allow inclusion of self-avowed practicing homosexuals to serve in ordained ministry, and that does not allow United Methodist clergy to officiate same sex weddings or covenant ceremonies. There has been no resolution. At the 2016 General Conference, lay and clergy delegates asked the Council of Bishops to come up with a plan. As a response, the Bishops proposed the Way Forward Commission, which included 32 lay and clergy members from diverse perspectives, to engage in an unprecedented two year, global discernment process. The Council of Bishops have received the commission’s report and proposals http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/way-forward-report-released-in-all-four-officiallanguages-of-general-confe. 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. There are opportunities to learn more, engage in conversations and share perspectives, including those listed here. For more information on these, and other, upcoming opportunities, contact Mary Beth Morgan. MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 7:00PM, ST. LUKE’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, INDIANAPOLIS

A CONVERSATION WITH REV. MARK HOLLAND

Rev. Mark Holland, a clergy delegate from Great Plains, made the motion on the floor of the 2016 General Conference asking the bishops to help lead the denomination forward. He is a third generation United Methodist pastor, and, interestingly, also previously served as the Mayor of Kansas City, Kansas. Rev. Holland is a strong advocate of the “One Church Plan” proposal from the Commission for a Way Forward, which was the plan recommended by the majority of the Council of Bishops members. There are other plans proposed, as well. This evening specifically offers an opportunity to learn more about the “One Church Plan” and the history of the process to this point. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 10:30AM, COLUMBUS ASBURY UMC

A CALL TO PRAYER &

CONVERSATION GATHERING WITH BISHOP TRIMBLE Bishop Julius C. Trimble has invited everyone (lay and clergy) to take part in district conversations, to be held in each district around Indiana, around A Way Forward. This will be an opportunity for Indiana United Methodists to congregate with their neighbors to pray, reflect, share in open and healthy dialogue around the work of the Commission on A Way Forward, the Special Session of the General Conference in 2019, and further conversations needed to help The Church move forward in its strive for inclusivity, as well open-hearted and open-minded conversations, around the topic of human sexuality. The November 10 conversation is at a location in the Southeast District (St. Mark’s district). However, anyone can attend any of the conversations across Indiana. Follow this link (http://www.inumc. org/conversations) for more dates/locations, further information and a video message from Bishop Trimble.

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operation friendship greenery sale THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF OCTOBER Support St. Mark's Operation Friendship (OF), an international travel exchange program for youth, by purchasing Christmas greenery during the month of October. Place your order in Garton Hall at the OF display. Contact Jane Dunatchik at janewd@att.net for more information.

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upcoming october events WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 3 4:30PMCLOSING BUCETTO’S

DINE & DONATE AT BUCETTO’S SUPPORT ST. MARK’S NURSERY SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN When you dine in or carry out from either Bloomington Bucceto’s, between 4:30pm 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 this month? No problem. This “Dine and Donate” opportunity occurs the first Wednesday of each month.

BACKPACK BUDDIES FOOD COLLECTION SUNDAY OCTOBER 7 & SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9 (THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH)

MONDAY & TUESDAY OCTOBER 8&9

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On the first Sunday of every month at the 10:30am worship service, you are invited to bring food items for the Community Kitchen Backpack Buddies program. Through this program, each Friday, approximately 400 children in need from local elementary schools are sent home with a backpack of food. These backpacks help meet basic weekend food needs of their families. A list of items requested is below. Please place the Backpack Buddies offering on the altar in worship on the first Sunday of every month, or you may leave your items during the week in the collection box in Garton Hall. Backpack Buddies Food List • Individual fruit cups (applesauce, tropical fruit, pears, etc.); dried fruit • Instant oatmeal (individual portions) • Macaroni & Cheese • Small boxes of cereal; Granola/fruit/cereal bars • Easy-to-prepare food items (instant mashed potatoes, dried soups, beans, meal helpers, rice or pasta meals, etc.) • Canned or pouch chicken or tuna • Small bread mixes (cornbread, muffin, biscuit, etc.)

FALL BREAK FOR ST. MARK’S NURSERY SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN No school for St. Mark’s Nursery School and Kindergarten.

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upcoming october events CHURCH HISTORY & THEOLOGY SERIES

TUESDAY OCTOBER 9 7:00PM

SUNDAY OCTOBER 14 10:30AM SANCTUARY WORSHIP

MONDAY OCTOBER 15 7:00PM ROOM 8

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Ever wonder about how the Christian faith has expressed itself throughout the Church’s many contexts and time periods? Members of the St. Mark’s Adult Ed committee are hosting monthly discussion sessions to shed some light on this question. On Tuesday, October 9, Brenda Bailey-Hughes will present on the topic “The Names of God”. Our lecturer describes this session as follows: The God-images we inherit and the names of God we use in prayer shape our lives. When we expand our images of God, we come to know God more fully, we encourage more intimate connection to God for all people, and we create more just social and political structures. In this 75-minute workshop, we will explore lesser-known Scriptural names of God and experiment praying with these new images.

CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN WORSHIP LEADERSHIP

Children and Youth are welcome to be part of worship leadership any Sunday. They are especially invited, this month, on Sunday, October 14. Children and youth are invited to serve by greeting/handing out bulletins, lighting candles (acolyte), drawing a picture for the bulletin cover, reading scripture, leading a prayer, sharing a musical or artistic talent, helping the ushers, etc. Please contact Mary Beth Morgan if your child(ren)/youth would like to participate in worship leadership on October 14, and which role(s) are of interest. Thank you!

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEETING

The St. Mark’s Leadership Council will meet on Monday, October 15 in Room 8. All are welcome to attend. While only Leadership Council members can vote on motions that are presented, everyone is encouraged to attend and participate in discussion and planning for the ministries of the church.

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upcoming october events GUESS WHO IS COMING TO DINNER? SUNDAY OCTOBER 21 5:00PM MEET AT ST. MARK’S

MONDAY OCTOBER 22 7AM

MONDAY OCTOBER 22 6:30PM8:30PM GRATZI RESTAURANT

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The Church Life team plans opportunities for all of us in the St. Mark’s community to get to know each other better. This month there is “Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner”, an invitation to share a meal with a small group of folks, who, perhaps, you only recognize by sight on Sunday mornings. Everyone is invited to sign up on the large poster boards in Garton Hall where you can choose to be either one of the Hosts, preparing a simple evening supper in your home, or one of the Guests, joining others at a Host’s home. The Church Life team will take care of matching Guests with Hosts. At 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 21, all guests will come to Garton Hall where they will receive their hosts’ names and driving directions. If all goes well, by 6:00pm everyone will wind up in the right place and will enjoy food, conversation, and fellowship. More information can be found on the poster boards in Garton Hall, or by contacting Linda Gluff (ljoachim@ homefinder.org), Myriam Wood, or the church office. A sign-up link is available at https://bit.ly/2zCtHQA.

UNITED METHODIST MOUNTAIN MISSION PICK UP

The truck from Mountain Mission will pick up your donated items here at St. Mark’s. Please bring donations to Room 14/Storage Room any time beginning now through Sunday, October 21. The Urgent Needs List from Mountain Mission includes winter clothes such as men’s and children’s coats, boots, gloves, long sleeved shirts, sweaters, jackets, etc. New socks and underwear are always desperately needed for men, women, and children. Additionally, Mountain Mission requests good pots and pans as well as men’s shoes. See the newsletter and Urgent Needs List posted in Garton Hall.

PUB THEOLOGY

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, September 18, we will reflect on a Krista Tippett interview with Yale Theologian Miroslav Volf titled “Religion and Violence.” Volf, a Croatian born son of a Pentecostal pastor, has become one of the most notable theologians of our time. The interview may be found at https://onbeing.org/programs/miroslav-volf-religion-and-violence/, or you may email Jimmy Moore at jimmymoore@smumc.church or the church office at office@smumc.church to request a copy of the article, either emailed or printed. Please also contact the church office to let us know you will be coming. We look forward to seeing you at Pub Theology.

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upcoming october events EXTRA YEARS OF ZEST (XYZ) DINNER & PROGRAM WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24 5:30PM

THURSDAYSATURDAY OCTOBER 25-27 ST. LUKE’S UMC INDY

SUNDAY OCT. 28 7:30PM

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All are cordially invited to a shared dinner (bring a dish to share and your table service) in Garton Hall at 5:30 followed by an illustrated talk by Terry Clapacs, Vice-President Emeritus, on his new book, INDIANA UNIVERSITY BLOOMINGTON: AMERICA’S LEGACY CAMPUS. During his long tenure as chief administrative officer and head of facilities planning and development, Terry supervised the building of over two-thirds of what is now Indiana University, working diligently to preserve the natural beauty of the campus for which IU is nationally recognized. Terry’s book tells the story of that campus—a tale not only of Indiana University’s buildings, architecture, and growth, but of the talented, dedicated people who brought the buildings to life. Come to this informative program.

BREAKING BARRIERS: HIV/AIDS CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE: APPLY ASAP

Bishop Julius Trimble and the Indiana Conference of United Methodists is hosting the Breaking Barriers HIV/AIDS ministry conference at St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis on October 25-27. The goal of this event is to help create an AIDSfree world through saving lives, reducing stigma and increasing awareness. The gathering is open to anyone with an interest in reaching out to the HIV/AIDS community with a message of love.

OPERATION FRIENDSHIP

Those involved with Operation Friendship will hold their monthly meeting in Room 10. Contact Tina Cron or Beth Theile for more information.

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upcoming october events FRIDAY OCTOBER 26 6:00PM8:00PM

GAME NIGHT FOR UPPER ELEMENTARY AT ST. MARK’S

Calling all 3rd - 6th graders! Join us on Friday, October 26 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm for pizza, games and snacks! Friends are welcome to attend as long as we have a current liability form on file. Have your parent/guardian drop you off in Garton Hall at 6:00 and then they can come back to pick you up at 8:00. Any parents/ guardians who would like to stay for the fun are more than welcome to join us! We’ll supply the pizza and we ask that you either bring a two-liter drink or snack to share. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions or food allergies. We will have a selection of games available, but you are encouraged to bring a favorite from home if you like. To RSVP or for any questions, please contact Alayna Gray at stmarksdcm@gmail.com or by phone at 812-332-5788.

CALLOUT FOR TRIP TO MISSION GUATEMALA

Are you interested in participating in a trip to Mission Guatemala during Spring Break of 2019? (Approximately, March 9-18) Our church sponsored a trip two years ago, and now a team from First United Methodist Church in Bloomington is going, and we have been asked if we want to participate with them. The deadline for committing to go on the trip is November 15. For more information, including costs and scholarship opportunities, contact Jimmy Moore at jimmymoore@smumc.church, or call the church office.

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small groups EVERY WEDNESDAY 1:00PM

ST. MARK’S QUILTERS AND CRAFTERS Bring your quilting or crafts to Room 10 and spend time with others who enjoy these activities. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. Contact Patti Wright, or the church office, with questions.

WOMEN OF WONDER AND FAITH EACH THURSDAY 11:30AM-1:00PM IN ROOM 11

A group of faithful, journeying women meet weekly to read and discuss books on various topics of faith. We will be reading The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity by Cynthia Bourgeault. 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 Maria Schmidt marschmi@indiana.edu, with questions to let her know you are coming.

CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE MEN’S GROUP EVERY FRIDAY, 12:30PM AT BELL TRACE

SECOND SUNDAY MONTHLY OCTOBER 14 6:00PM EAST

During October the men’s discussion group, known as Conversations on Life, will be 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 12:30 pm each Friday in the private dining room in the basement of the Main Building of Bell Trace. Visitors are always welcomed.

PARENTS OF YOUTH NIGHT AT MR. HIBACHI (4400 E 3RD ST) 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!

SHOEBOX PROJECT WILL NOT MEET IN OCTOBER!

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The next meeting of Shoebox Project will be November 5. Shoebox is always in need of washcloths, combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, small toys, coloring books, hotel soaps/ shampoos, pencils, crayons, etc. These items are used to assembles shoeboxes filled with hygiene products and toys for kids. The shoeboxes are donated to local agencies such as Middle Way House and Monroe County United Ministries. Place your donations any time in the basket in Garton Hall located beneath the UMW bulletin board.

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small groups BUDDIES OF ST. FRANCIS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9 5:30PM

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9 6:30PM

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 5:30PM

Buddies of St. Francis is a small group experience for those who love animals and believe that our spirituality is enhanced by their presence in the world and in our lives. This humans-only gathering will be a time to share stories, reflect, and consider opportunities for advocacy. Join us in Room 15. Contact Jimmy Moore for more information.

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.

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 glmurray@indiana.edu.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN (UMW) OCTOBER EVENTS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 9:30AM, ROOM 12, UMW EXECUTIVE BOARD FRIDAY & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5-6, ANNUAL MEETING MUNCIE, IN, REGISTER ONLINE AT https://bit.ly/2OvuMyS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 6:30PM, PARLOR, PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 9:30AM, ROOM 8, MORNING CIRCLE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1:30PM, ROOM 8, SUSANNA WESLEY CIRCLE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 7:00PM, BELL TRACE, CHARLENE MARTIN CIRCLE

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opportunities to share & serve 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 or Mary Beth Morgan for more information!

WE PARTNER WITH THRIVING CONNECTIONS: DONATE NEW TOILETRY ITEMS & CLEANING SUPPLIES Thriving Connections meets each Thursday at St. Mark’s and “provides support by making the personal and community connections that are important for successful life change.” Please leave your donations in the labeled box in Garton Hall. Here is a list of requested items: soap, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, tooth brushes, tooth paste, deodorant, combs, shaving cream. bandaids, antibacterial cream, hair gel, hairspray, laundry soap, fabric softener, dryer sheets, dish soap, trash bags, scrubbers/sponges, foil/plastic wrap/parchment paper.

SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFAST FELLOWSHIP Our breakfast event each Sunday continues to grow in popularity. It has become a great way to start the morning, to meet new people, and to provide a deep welcome to all who come our way. It is also a great way for those groups who help provide breakfast to receive free-will conations for their own mission effort or a cause they value. Sign up today in Garton Hall to provide breakfast on a future Sunday. Contact the church office or our breakfast coordinator, Christine Conrad, at 812961-2959 or silent2hear@gmail.com

HOW TO HELP THOSE IN NEED FOLLOWING THE RECENT NATURAL DISASTERS The impact of recent hurricanes and other disasters, both nationally and internationally, has been devastating. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is responding to the destruction and overwhelming needs from Hurricane Florence, a series of gas explosions in Massachusetts, and Typhoon Manghkut in the Philippines. Pray for those who are in great need, as well as the early response teams, including countless volunteers. It will take a long and sustained effort for all of these areas to fully recover. The most immediate way we can help is through financial assistance. If you can donate, checks can be made out to “St. Mark’s” and put in the offering plate or sent to the church office. Please write “Disaster Relief-U.S.” on your check’s memo line for your assistance to aid U.S. states and territories, OR write “Disaster Relief- International.” 100% of all money donated will go directly to the children, women and men most in need. To get continuing updates of the work of UMCOR, and ways to give on-line, go to www.umcor.org.

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adult sunday school BIBLE BANTER

The Bible Banter class uses the Scripture text for the morning’s sermon as a discussion-starter. Looking at the passage in its larger context, and sometimes exploring a bit of Bible- writing history, we offer 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 on our own lives, and often find ourselves delving into topics that wind up far afield from the morning’s original topic. You are invited to bring some coffee/breakfast from Garton Hall into Room 11 at 9:30am and join the conversation.

NOMADS

The Nomads class is a generally progressive group which meets each Sunday for fellowship and discussion of selected readings on issues related to faith, spirituality, or social justice. Nomads is reading and discussing The Faiths of the Founding Fathers by David L. Holmes, a professor of American history. The author identifies religious groups in the colonies and the influence on the founding generation from Deism, an intellectual movement. Although these were religious people, Holmes shows that theirs was a faith quite unlike the Christianity of today’s evangelicals. The Nomads gather in Room 10 for coffee, breakfast, and announcements at 9:15am on Sunday mornings. Book discussions begin by 9:30am. Visitors are always welcomed to join the group for one or all of the sessions with no preparation required.

PILGRIMS

In October, Pilgrims continues the series The World’s Greatest Churches, looking at churches (both large & small, urban & rural, old & new) all over the world including 20 countries and 5 continents. By examining some of the most beautiful buildings in the world, we will not only have more insight into masterpieces of architecture, painting and sculpture but also a deeper understanding of the diversity of Christianity as expressed in its places of worship and an awareness that a church is in constant dialogue with the community it houses. Pilgrims meets in Room 12 at 9:15AM on Sunday mornings. We welcome any and all, at any point in the lecture series, for the presentation and the resulting discussion.

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our regular sunday schedule 9:00am-10:15am

Garton Hall

9:15am 9:15am 9:30am

Room 12 Room 10 Room 11

10:15am-11:30am

Room 24 Room 25

SANCTUARY WORSHIP SERVICE

10:30am

Sanctuary

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL

10:30am-11:30am

(PLEASE NOTE NEW FALL CLASS GROUPINGS AND ROOM ASSIGNMENTS)

BREAKFAST and MORE

We share breakfast together with Live Music, Activities for Children, Fellowship, and More...

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL

Pilgrims Nomads Bible Banter

INFANT & TODDLER CARE (Contact the church office if 9:30am care is needed)

Preschool-Kindergarten Room 22 1st and 2nd Grade Room 19 3rd and 4th Grade Room 4 5th and 6th Grade Room 3 7th-12th Grade Room 1

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early november... NOVEMBER 1 through NOVEMBER 15 3T AUCTIONS: TIME, TALENT & TREASURE BENEFITS ST. MARK’S NURSERY SCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN The 3T Auction will raise funds for the St. Mark’s Nursery School & Kindergarten Scholarship & Playground Funds. Donations of TIME (babysitting, meal preparation), TALENT (music lessons, baked foods), 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 15th as an online auction. The 3T Auction website address will be published in late October. For more information, watch the displays in Garton Hall & the Nursery School/Kindergarten hallways. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 9:00AM-12:30 PM SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, BEFORE AND AFTER WORSHIP RED BIRD MISSION CRAFT SALE AT ST. MARK’S On the first weekend of November, St. Mark’s will host the Red Bird Mission Craft Sale in Garton Hall. Red Bird Mission buys crafts from artisans in their area and sells these items at their craft fairs around the country. Red Bird Mission Crafts exists only to stimulate the area economy of the poverty stricken region around Beverly, Kentucky. Plan to enjoy these handicrafts and shop to support this mission. St. Mark's is once again hosting an authentic Appalachian craft show to support artisans of economically distressed southeast Kentucky. For decades, members of St. Mark’s have supported Red Bird Mission (www. rbmission.org) through trips to do housing development, donations of goods, and we have hosted this craft fair many times. The handmade crafts are quality textiles, jewelry, baskets, wooden toys, pottery, and Christmas ornaments (see a sample of crafts at www.crafts.rbmission.org). We will be inviting the Bloomington community to this worthy and appealing sale.Volunteers are needed to help set up and tear down the fair, and to help in sales during the fair. Six set up volunteers are needed on Friday, November 2, 4:00-6:00pm, and six to reload the van on Sunday, November 4, noon-12:30 pm During the fair, three volunteers in two shifts (six total) are needed to help at the register and assist with customers. A sign-up sheet will be posted in Garton Hall, or you may contact the church office to volunteer. To support the transport of the craft fair from Kentucky to St. Mark's, we are accepting monetary donations during breakfast on Sunday, October 7, and we will be holding a snack sale during the fair on Saturday. Signups to volunteer at breakfast and bake sale and to provide baked goods will also be posted in Garton Hall. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 10:30 AM ALL SAINTS SUNDAY REMEMBRANCE Each year, on All Saints Sunday, we especially honor, remember, and celebrate loved ones and friends who have touched our lives. As part of our worship service, we will name and light a candle of remembrance for each person in the St. Mark's fellowship who has died in the past year. We also will invite all in the congregation to remember other loved ones, and light a candle celebrating their lives and the gifts they brought to the world.

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ST . M A R K ’ S U N I T E D M E T H O D I ST C H U R C H Pastors Lay Leaders Children’s Ministries Director of Youth Ministries Director of Music Ministries Children’s and Youth Music Organist Finance Director Administrative Assistant Custodians

Reverend Jimmy Moore Reverend Mary Beth Morgan Andy Cron & Trina Mescher Contact Mary Beth Morgan or Alayna Gray Rodney Long Gerry Sousa Aaron Comforty Pamela Freeman Natalie LeBeau Claire Schaffer Dennis Morgan, Jeff Wyatt, Terry Hamm

ST. MARK’S NURSERY SCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN

Director Assistant Director Office Manager

Sierra Roussos Robin Cole Amy Weger

about upcoming @ St. Mark’s 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. Additional copies are available at the Welcome Center Desk, at the main entrances to the building, or by contacting the Church Office. An online copy of upcoming @ St. Mark’s can be downloaded from our church website (www.smumc.church). We welcome articles for publication. For information, please contact the church office.

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.

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