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.

Thank you to those who will be providing breakfast!

9:15 am      Pilgrims (Room 13)  
am      Nomads (Room 10)
9:30 am    Bible Banter (Room 11)

Infants through Three-year-old (Rooms 24 & 25)
Children & Family Worship
is taking a summer vacation and will start again on Sunday, August 13th.

Preschool-1st Grade (Room 22)
2nd-3rd Grade (Room 4)
4th-5th Grade (Room 9) 
Youth: 6th-12th Grade (Room 3)

Reverend Jimmy Moore, preaching 
Matthew 14:21-31
Sermon Title
A Couple of Bluegill and a Hungry World! 

Get to know one another;  
wear a name tag, please. 
This Sunday, August 6th, 10:30am
Sanctuary Worship
This Sunday in Worship, Rev. Jimmy Moore will offer the sermon, " A Couple of Bluegill and a Hungry World!", arising from Matthew 14:21-31. Communion will be offered. Any food donations to Backpack Buddies can be placed on the altar. Music will be provided by organist, Pam Freeman.

This Sunday, August 6th
Backpack Buddies Food Collection
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. Children are also provided food during Summer Break. 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.)
  • Instant Oatmeal (individual portions)
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Small boxes of cereal
  • Easy-to-prepare food items (instant mashed potatoes, dried soups, beans, meal helpers, rice or pasta meals, etc.)
  • Granola/fruit/cereal bars
  • Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, cherries, tropical fruit, etc.)
  • Canned or pouch chicken or tuna
  • Small bread mixes (cornbread, muffin, biscuit, etc.)
Breakfast Volunteers
Our breakfast event has become a great way to start the morning, 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 raise contributions 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 breakfast coordinator Christine Conrad at 812-961-2959 or 

You Can Sponsor Altar Flowers
Flowers are placed on the altar each Sunday. Individuals and families may sponsor altar flowers. Please sign up on the clip board at the Garton Hall Welcome Desk or by calling the church office. If you are sponsoring flowers in "honor", "celebration", or "memory", please let us know how you want this listed in the bulletin. Checks in the amount of $45.00 should be made out to St. Mark's United Methodist Church with "altar flowers" in the memo.
Pets of St. Mark's UMC Community on Facebook  
Hey, Buddies of St. Francis, a small group at St. Mark's United Methodist Church of Bloomington, has just started this new page to celebrate our pets and support the love and care of animals. Feel free to join, and post pics of your pets or articles that deepen our love of all of God's creatures. Go to Facebook and search for "Pets of St. Mark's UMC Community", and click 'Like'.  
If you have driven on the St. Mark's parking lot recently, you likely noticed that your ride was really smooth, and that the lot is now more structurally sound, safer and offers a welcoming entrance to the church property. Thank you to everyone who has given or pledged to the "Project St. Mark's, the Sequel" capital campaign (which included the parking lot), and to Paving the Way (a special fund designated for the lot)! We are also very grateful for the donations from many individuals and non-profits who meet at St. Mark's. A generous
anonymous donor matched a portion of these gifts, as well.
The initial estimate for the parking lot repaving was approximately $107,000. Once the work began, it was discovered that the subsurface was in worse shape than expected. The Trustees determined that this remedial work was necessary, and received approval from the Leadership Council to proceed (adding a little over $30,000). Please prayerfully consider donations and pledges to this project if you have not, yet, donated or can help a little more. For more information, please contact the church office. 
On July 22nd, we celebrated with the Diaz family at their home dedication! "Community Interfaith Build" T-shirts are still available, for the special St. Mark's price of $10 (in Garton Hall or from the church office). All proceeds go to close the fundraising gap for the build. Extra donations are welcome. Thank you to the St. Mark's community, our friends from more than a dozen faith communities and community organizations and the Diaz family for making this Build possible!
9:15am-10:15am in Room 13
9:15am-10:15am in Room 10
9:30am-10:15am in Room 11

Infant through Three-year-old Care (Rooms 24 & 25)


is taking a summer vacation and will start again on Sunday, August 13th. 

Preschool-1st Grade (Room 22)
2nd-3rd Grade (Room 4)
4th-5th Grade (Room 9) 
Youth: 6th-12th Grade (Room 3)
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. 
This Sunday, August 6th
Children & Family Worship will not meet
Please note that CELEBRATION! will NOT meet this Sunday and will take the summer "off". CELEBRATION! will resume 
August 13th, once school has started.  
Sunday School Registration Renewal 
Complete registration forms here.
If you have not yet registered your child for Sunday School this year, please do so today. If needed, 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).
Parenting Facebook Group
Looking for ways to connect with other St. Mark's families in the church?  Join the "St. Mark's Parenting" Facebook group!  This is a venue to find out more about what's going on at St. Mark's for families, as well as for you to create the parenting support YOU want and need in your daily life.  Direct questions to Sarah Gettie McNeill.

See God Through the Eyes of a Child This Fall 
Curious about teaching Sunday School? We still need Sunday School teachers for this fall.We only ask you to teach once per month. Contact Sarah Gettie McNeill to sign up!
Adult Sunday School, 9:30am
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, 9:15am
The Nomads class is a generally progressive group which meets each Sunday at 9:15am in Room 10 for fellowship and discussion of selected readings on issues related to faith, spirituality, or social justice. This Sunday and in August, Nomads will discuss Ten Prayers That Changed the World - Extraordinary Stories of Faith That Shaped the Course of History  by Jean-Pierre Isbouts. All are welcome with no preparation required.

Adult Sunday School, 9:15am 
The Holy Land Revealed
A video lecture series with Prof. Jodi Magness, Univ. North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Lecture 29 on Sunday, August 6th :
"Masada-Herod's Desert Palace and the Siege" 
After the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D., there remained three former Herodian fortresses in the hands of the Jewish rebels: Herodium; Macharus on the eastern side of the Dead Sea; and Masada. This lecture focuses on Masada, the most famous of the three fortresses and the site of a very controversial recorded mass suicide by the Jewish rebels. 
All are welcome at any point in the lecture series. Come join us for the video and the resulting discussions.

Each Wednesday, 1:00pm-3:00pm  
St. Mark's Quilters & 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.
Each Friday, 12:30pm, at Bell Trace
Conversations on Life Men's Group
Conversations on Live Men's Group will now be meeting at Bell Trace in the Chapel or the Private Dining Room. Each of these rooms is on the Basement level of the main (taller) building. During July, the Conversations on Life men's group will be reading and discussing Streams of Living Water by Richard Foster . The group meets at Bell Trace every Friday at 12:30 pm. 
Saturday, August 5th, 12:30pm-1:30pm, at Park Ridge Park 3421 E Longview Ave 
Parents of Babies & Young Children Group Inaugural Meeting
Bring your babies and toddlers and join other parents of babies and toddlers for this play date! Come to the Park Ridge Park at 3421 E Longview Ave to meet and play. This small park is just 3 blocks east of St. Mark's; located behind the now-closed Marsh store. (This park is NOT the larger Park Ridge East Park farther east behind the Lazer Tag place!) As it is the inaugural meeting, we will discuss the needs of this group and how you would like to see it take shape going forward. If you wish to be on this group's email list, contact Sarah Gettie at . Contact the church office with any questions or visit the St. Mark's Parenting Facebook Group for information.

Tuesday, August 8th & 22nd, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Join this group in the Parlor of Garton Hall to enjoy knitting and crocheting in the making of prayer shawls and other yarn products.

Tuesday, August 8th, 4:20pm Carpool
Taizé Worship Service at St. Mary-of-the-Woods
Join friends from St. Mark's for a road trip to West Terre Haute to attend another one of the monthly, ecumenical Taizé services hosted by the Sisters of Providence. Our group last made the trip during Holy Week, and our souls were fed deeply. The Taizé services run from 7-8 pm, and they include short readings, moments of silence and songs we quietly repeat with the help of a few talented musicians and singers. These meditative services are held in the Church of the Immaculate Conception which is worth the drive itself. Our group will carpool from the south parking lot of St. Mark's at 4:20 pm. We will stop in downtown Terre Haute around 5:35 for a light dinner at the unique Aracari Kitchen before heading across the Wabash to the campus of St. Mary-in-the-Woods. For more information contact Charlie Matson at (812) 331-0413 or

Wednesday, August 9th, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Meal Share Food Repack
Each month, St. Mark's volunteers go to Hoosier Hills Food Bank to repack donated food for agencies which provide food for families. For more information, contact Glenda Murray at

August 12th, 9-11:30am in Garton Hall
Sunday School Teacher Training
At this training for Sunday School teachers, assistants, and paid staff, we will explore your curriculum for your class, meet with teaching teams, review safety guidelines and best practices, and learn and play games you can use in your classrooms on Sunday morning -- all making your experience in our Sunday School program more enjoyable! A light breakfast will be provided. If you have signed up to teach this fall, but cannot attend, please be in touch with Sarah Gettie at

August 13th, 10:30am Sanctuary Worship 
Blessing of the Backpacks
All students, preschool through adult, are invited to bring backpacks, lunch boxes, or any school item to Sanctuary Worship. We will offer a blessing for them and all public, private and homeschool learners. Teachers, classroom & office assistants, principals, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, and anyone else in education, including parents, are also welcome to be blessed. If you forget your item, just bring yourself to St. Mark's on August 13th! 
August 13th, 10:30am Sanctuary Worship 
Children and Youth are welcome to be part of worship leadership any Sunday. They are especially invited, this month, on Sunday, August 13th. They may 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 August 13th, and which role(s) are of interest. Thank you!

Sunday, August 13th, 6:00pm at Anatolia Restaurant
Parents of Youth Night
All parents of youth (and grandparents/other loving adults caring for pre-teens and teenagers) are welcome! 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 or the church office.

Tuesday, August 15th & Tuesday, August 22nd at SCAAP, 1500 W 15th St, Bloomington
Thriving Connections Ally Info & Dessert Night
Thriving Conncections strives to support families who are working to break the cycle of poverty and move toward success. This group meets at St. Mark's each Thursday evening and is offering the opportunity to become involved as an "Ally". Read this flyer to learn how you might partner with Thriving Connections.

Sunday August 20th, 11:30am - 2:00pm
St. Mark's Community Picnic! 
Plan To Be Here & Sign Up To Help!
There will be food, friends, games, and music for all ages! We will have a Picnic lunch (in Garton Hall and on the front porch), Music, Children's and Youth activities, a Cake Walk, Face Painting, a fun and rousing Wiffle Ball game for everyone, plus much more. Mark your calendars, and invite friends and neighbors!

Please sign up to help bring food, be a part of set-up/clean-up crew, help with activities or donate towards food costs. You can sign-up on the sheets in Garton Hall, by contacting the church office (812-332-5788), or on the "Sign-Up Genius" link here   The goal is for everyone to do a little, so no one needs to do a lot!
On picnic day, if you are able, bring a can/box of food or a hygiene item for Monroe County United Ministries' "Each One, Feed One" annual collection drive.
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 by contacting the church office.
All ministry areas, church committees, and interest groups are encouraged to submit articles for the next edition of UPCOMING @ ST. MARK'S. Articles for September 2017 are due Monday, August 28th. For more information, and to submit articles for publication, please contact the church office.
Rev. Jimmy Moore, Pastor
Rev. Mary Beth Morgan, Pastor
Gerry Sousa, Director of Music Ministries

Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill, Director of Children's Ministries
Please contact Sarah Gettie McNeill for Youth Ministries.
Natalie LeBeau, Finance Director
Aaron Comforty, Children and Youth Music Leader
Sierra Roussos,
Director of St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten

Amy Jones,
Coordinator of Childcare and Sunday Morning Nursery
Claire Schaffer, Administrative Assistant

Dennis Morgan, Head Custodian

100 N. State Road 46 Bypass, Bloomington, IN 47408
Phone: 812-332-5788     Fax: 812-333-5544
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100 N. State Road 46 Bypass, Bloomington, IN 47408
School Office Phone: 812-333-4007
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