Friday
December 25, 2020
Merry Christmas, St. John's Family! Please enjoy this video:
HOME ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING
Sing "Joy to the World"

Read Luke 2:1-20
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels
8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
  and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Prayer:
“We light the Christ candle today as our peace, hope, love, and joy has arrived! His glory is every before us. We join the angel chorus singing, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!’”
#ADVENTALTARSPACE
-- Pastor Pam
2020 GIVING STATEMENTS
As. St. John’s brings 2020 to a close, we would like to Thank You for your faithfulness and giving during this year of the pandemic. We appreciate your generosity and love for St. John’s United Methodist Church. You have enabled the church to “switch” programming and to continue the good work of the church.

 In order to be included in your 2020 Giving Statement, mailed contributions MUST be POSTMARKED by DECEMBER 31, 2020, and credit card transactions MUST be before DECEMBER 31, 2020. If you would like to drop off your contribution, the Church office will be closed on Thursday, December 24, Christmas Eve at noon; Friday, December 25; Monday, December 28; and Friday, January 1, 2021. Debbie Brown is in the office from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm on normal business days.
CANNED AND NON-PERISHABLE FOOD DRIVE, DROP-OFF EVENT
Sunday, December 27 | 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Canned and non perishable food drive, drop off event, next week on Sunday, December 27, 2020 from 12 noon to 4 pm at St. John's UMC. Drop off items outside in a church parking lot, in a no contact manner. Help one of our Youth group members earn her Silver Award in Girls Scouts, by supporting her food donation drive. The donations will go to Roadrunner Food Bank.
Sundays | 9:30 & 11:00 am
St. John’s will live-stream a worship service on Sunday morning at 9:30 am (Contemporary) on the Abide Facebook page and 11:00 am (Traditional) on our Youtube Channel. We hope you’ll worship with us! (Pastors Pam and Kelly will lead, along with Shea Perry, Jim Ahrend, and Matt Greer). We hope that you’ll participate by singing and praying at home! Any questions? Email Matt at mgreer@stjohns-abq.org.

Sunday Community Activities: Click HERE to view all Sunday School Classes & groups! Join us in the virtual Sonshine Coffee Zoom immediately following the 11:00 am Worship with church Leadership Team members hosting. Zoom registration is HERE
Thursday, December 31 | 5:30 pm
This has been a difficult year and we have the opportunity to begin the new year with a service of healing and wholeness, bringing our weariness, aches, sadness and concern before the Christ Child laid in a manger bed. There will be a time of “anointing”, so please have a little bowl of oil ready. We will sing songs of the Taize community and have times of silent reflection during our worship experience. Please look for the worship guide and the link to the live-stream on December 31st at 5:30.
CONGREGATIONAL CARE: Prayer Requests
The Gruen family in the passing into glory of Marge

Ann Boland and family in the passing into glory of Bob

Roger and Donna Eaton in the passing of sister Virginia Davis

Donna Bruce in the passing of her brother

Karen and Hal Tidler in the passing of their brother-in-law
VIRTUAL PRAYER QUILT
Jamie Arrington is the recipient for the prayer quilt on display for December 21 - January 4.

In lieu of tying knots, please pray this prayer (or your own prayer) for Jamie: “Heavenly Father, we pray for health and healing as Jamie recovers from surgery. Amen."
 DECEMBER SPECIAL OFFERING: Two Ministries for Children
This month, we have the opportunity to support two wonderful ministries dealing with children. The Methodist Children’s Home in Waco, Texas, has helped troubled children (ages 12-18) find a place to heal and grow in a loving Christian environment for over 125 years. Younger children thrive in homes of loving foster parents. “They (MCH) are here for me when no one else is.” “They never give up on us.” “I now know that God’s going to be there for me.
      A second Methodist-supported haven for children is Providence Place in San Antonio, Texas. Its motto says it all: “Giving God’s Children a Faith, a Family, a Future.” “Providence Place loved me and helped me make the best decision for my child without any pressure,” said one birth mother in the open adoption program. And, as an adoptive couple puts it, “It is indescribable the joy that Abby has brought into our lives.” Providence Place also helps young adults with physical and/or cognitive disabilities develop their full potential and learn to live on their own with minimal assistance.  Both of these fine ministries rely on our generous donations.
Contact Us
www.stjohns-abq.org
(505) 883-9717
2626 Arizona St NE | Albuquerque, NM 87110
Office Hours (call only): Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Questions? Contact Shea Perry at communicate@stjohns-abq.org