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, JANUARY 14th      
9:00am (Garton Hall) 
Thank you to the St. Mark's Operation Friendship Team who will be preparing breakfast! Donations are appreciated to support our youth in this international exchange program.   
9:15am Nomads (Room 10) 
9:15am Pilgrims (Room 13)   
9:30am   Bible Banter (Room 11)
Infants through Three-year-olds 
(Rooms 24 & 25)
9:30am in Garton Hall
Preschool in Room 27
Kindergarten-1st Grade in Room 28
2nd-3rd Grade in Room 4 
4th-5th Grade in Room 9 
6th-12th Grade in Room 3
Reverend Jimmy Moore and Mary Beth Morgan, preaching 
Scripture -Luke 11:1-13
Sermon Title:
Reflecting on a Midnight Knock  
at the Door   
This Sunday, January 14th, 10:30am
Sanctuary Worship
"Who's at the door?" Strange things often happen in the middle of the night. A knock at the door, a call or text on the phone, an unusual sound in the house can lead us to ask, "What can that be about? Is everything OK?" Dr. Martin Luther King picked up on this unsettling experience when he preached on the parable of a friend who goes to his neighbor's house at midnight and asks for bread. He suggested to his congregation that it was midnight in the social and moral order, and when knocks at the door, they are doing so out of legitimate concern, and it could be that we are not ready. These "knocks on the door" of the church or community reflect prayers that we all carry for peace, for love and for hope. Reflecting on this parable in Luke 11, and also on Dr. King's sermon, Mary Beth Morgan and Jimmy Moore will co-preach a sermon titled "Reflecting on a Midnight Knock at the Door" in the 10:30 worship Service. The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Gerry Sousa and accompanied by Pam Freeman will offer an anthem. We will introduce Rodney Long, our new Director of Youth Ministries. If you have not read the note welcoming Rodney, view it at this link.

"Where the Heart Is"  
An Update & Thank You From The Stewardship Team
As of January 2, 119 pledge cards had been returned for the 2018 Stewardship Campaign: Where the Heart Is, totaling $452,220. Also, 101 new and additional pledge cards had been returned for the capital campaign Project St. Mark's: The Sequel (which includes the recent repaving of the parking lot). This total is now $206,220.
We deeply appreciate your commitment and pledges to both campaigns. If you have already returned your pledge cards, or are doing so soon, thank you! This will help church leadership finalize a budget for this year. We recognize that some of you may need more time for discernment regarding pledges, and are grateful for pledges received. 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 online via the link on the church website ( ). Thank you for your generosity in supporting the ministries and missions of St. Mark's!
Monday, January 15, 2017, 9:00-11:00am (With Light Breakfast At 8:30am)
Be A Part Of "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Of Service!
Extend the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through acts of service with others. All ages are invited to participate in our day of service and community opportunities. The day begins at 8:30am with a light breakfast at St. Mark's. Participants can choose from a number of volunteer options at St. Mark's, and some out in the community. You can sign up via the Sign-Up Genius link here ( MLK Day of Service Sign-Up ), in Garton Hall, or by contacting Mary Beth Morgan or the church office. (Note: Please ignore references to 2014 in Sign-Up Genius Link. This is for 2018.)
Infant/toddler care is available from 9am-11am for parents/guardians who are participating in service projects at St. Mark's by contacting Sarah Gettie McNeill 812-332-5788, ). If you have other questions, contact the church office or Mary Beth Morgan ( , 812-332-5788).
Monday, January 15th, 11:30am-12:15pm 
Lunch with new Director of Youth Ministries, Rodney Long
All Youth (6th-12th Grades) are Welcome!
Youth are invited to share lunch together and get to know St. Mark's new Director of Youth Ministries, Rodney Long. There will be sub sandwiches, drinks, cookies, etc. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch, which can be kept in the church refrigerator. If you are participating in morning service projects, plan to stay afterwards. If you plan to go to the conversation with Rev. Harold Middlebrook, come early for lunch. Or, plan to be a part of all three opportunities! RSVP's are not required. If possible, please let Mary Beth know if you plan to stay for lunch (so we can better plan for food).
Monday, January 15th, 1:00pm-2:00pm  
(Leaving St. Mark's @ 12:15pm or meet at Banneker Center) 
Youth Have the Opportunity to Meet Reverend Harold Middlebrook, Friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Active in Civil Rights Movement
Reverend Middlebrook is the speaker at the evening Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday celebration at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater at 7pm. He has also agreed to talk with some of the youth in our community about some of his experiences with Dr. King. This talk will be Monday from 1:00pm-2:00pm at the Banneker Center (930 W. 7th St., Bloomington). There will also be a Q&A session with Rev. Middlebrook. RSVP to Mary Beth Morgan if you are able to participate in this great opportunity. Let her know if you would like to join a group leaving from St. Mark's at 12:15pm or if you plan to meet us there. Youth who are not going with a parent/guardian must have a liability form filled out.
Monday, January 15th, 7:00pm (Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Downtown Bloomington)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration
All are welcome to this great annual event from the City of Bloomington. The evening includes:
  • A reception with tasty food from Board + Blade at 6 p.m.
  • Keynoter Reverend Harold Middlebrook, who will speak on "The Man, the Movement, the Memorial" 
  • Featured performances by the Indiana University African American Choral Ensemble, directed by Dr. Raymond Wise, and the Fairview Elementary School Choir. Plus, Rogers Elementary School students will be singing a welcome at the front door.
UPCOMING@ST. MARK'S 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 February edition of UPCOMING@ ST. MARK'S by Wednesday, January 24th. For more information and to submit articles for publication, please contact the church office.
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-olds  
(Rooms 24 & 25)

9:30am in Garton Hall
Preschool in Room 27
Kindergarten-1st Grade in Room 28
2nd-3rd Grade in Room 4 
4th-5th Grade in Room 9 
6th-12th Grade in Room 3
Sunday School Registration Renewal
Complete registration forms here.
If you have not yet registered your child for Sunday School, 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).
Seeking Faith Development Teachers for Preschool and 4th - 5th Grade Classes
Would you like to spend one Sunday a month with a group of inquisitive Preschoolers who are excited about the world around them and learning Bible stories? Make crowns and reenact the story of the Magi riding through the desert on their camels, concoct yummy treats as you learn about Jesus and the Disciples, and just play!  Or engage the world through the eyes of pre-teen, asking questions about deepening one's faith even as they experience the Bible stories another time in a more mature way (they also make crafts and they love to cook!). With either group, you'll join an excellent team of teachers and assistants and get to know some of the church families. A curriculum is provided, along with a brief orientation to volunteering in Faith Development at St. Mark's. For more information, please contact Sarah Gettie McNeill. 
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
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.
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. Nomads will discuss The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittister. All are welcome with no preparation required.

Adult Sunday School, 9:15am 
Sunday, January 14th - Lecture #14
Daily, Weekly, Annual Religious Rituals  
Although sharing some of the characteristics of life-cycle rituals, the second major type - calendar based rituals - are distinctly different in structure and purpose. Sacred stories, sacred times, sacred space and sacred objects are commonly featured in calendar rituals. Examples of such rituals include; daily Mass in the Roman Catholic Church; Friday noon prayers in mosques; weekly Christian worship; the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.
Most religions incorporate rituals that recount and reenact their sacred stories on an annual basis. These dramatic reenactments of key events in the religion serve important pedagogical, sociological and psychological functions for participants.
All are welcome at any point in the lecture series. Come join us for the presentation and resulting discussion.
Stephen Ministry  
St. Mark's is looking to revitalize its Stephen Ministry program. A Stephen Minister is a lay member (not a pastor) who is trained to offer one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. If you are interested in continuing as a Stephen Minister, or in learning more about the program, please contact Dan Hughes at If you have been trained and would like to continue serving the congregation, please contact Dan as soon as possible.
How To Help Those In Need Following 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 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria; Earthquakes in Mexico; Mudslides in Sierra Leone and West Coast Forest Fires. 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." One hundred percent (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

Meets Each Wednesday, 1:00pm 
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.  
Will Meet Again on Thursday, January 11th, 11:30am 
Women of Wonder and Faith
A group of faithful, journeying women meeting weekly to read and discuss books on various topics of faith. Women of Wonder and Faith will meet next on January 11th. Beginning in January we will read SAVING JESUS FROM THE CHURCH by Robin Meyers.  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, with questions and to let her know you are coming.
Meets Each Friday, 12:30pm at Bell Trace
Conversations on Life Men's Group
Conversations on Life men's group meets on Fridays 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, January 12th, 1:30-3:00pm 
Daytime Parents Group
The Daytime Parents of Young Children Group meet every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month in Room 24 to support one another through the intense joys and challenges of raising young humans. There's minimal homework, and it's never required: currently, we are reading the very brief chapters in The Parent's Tao Te Ching: A New Interpretation by William Martin and reflecting on the spiritual wisdom of both this text and Christian scriptures as it relates to parenting.  Bring the kids!  There are toys to entertain them while parents discuss. Invite friends, and if it's your first time, contact Sarah Gettie McNeill at to learn the chapter for the coming meeting. 
Sunday, January 14th, 6:00pm
Parents of Youth Night, at B-Town Diner 
All parents of youth (and grandparents/other loving adults caring for pre-teens and teenagers) are welcome! Enjoy some food and 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.
Rev. Jimmy Moore, Pastor
Rev. Mary Beth Morgan, Pastor
Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill, Director of Children's Ministries
Gerry Sousa, Director of Music Ministries
Aaron Comforty, Children and Youth Music Leader
Rodney Long, Director of Youth Ministry
Natalie LeBeau, Finance Director
Coordinator of Childcare
Contact Sarah Gettie McNeill
Claire Schaffer, Administrative Assistant

Sierra Roussos,
Director of St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten

Amy Weger,
Office Manager of St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten
Dennis Morgan, Head Custodian

100 N. State Road 46 Bypass, Bloomington, IN 47408
Phone: 812-332-5788     Fax: 812-333-5544
Click for a map to our location: Directions to St. Mark's UMC
Click for St. Mark's Nursery School & Kindergarten website:
100 N. State Road 46 Bypass, Bloomington, IN 47408
School Office Phone: 812-333-4007
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St. Mark's Parenting  
Facebook Group
Looking for ways to connect with other St. Mark's families in the church?  Join the St. Mark's Parenting Facebook page.  Direct questions to Sarah Gettie McNeill. 
Pets of St. Mark's UMC  
Community on Facebook  
Buddies of St. Francis, a small group at St. Mark's, celebrates our pets and supports the love and care of animals.