Friday
April 2, 2021
MOUNTAIN CATHEDRALS: Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 4 | 5:40 - 8:30 am
Sunrise at Travertine Falls, north of Tijeras -- Moderate (1 mile round trip, 300 ft climb)
Our Lord will make things new. Please join us early Easter morning for mediation and refreshment (bring a sack breakfast) at sunrise in the mountains above Tijeras, then return in time to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord at regular worship services. Meet at the church at 5:40 or at the trailhead at 6:00 (Google Maps: Canyon Estates Trailhead). Please RSVP to Mike Furnish, mdfurnish@comcast.net.

Other near-future trips planned:
Third Saturday of April (4/17): Del Agua Canyon (SE of Placitas) - moderate
Third Saturday of May (5/15): Canada Ancho (North of Tohajiilee) - moderate
EASTER SUNDAY CELEBRATION SERVICE ON THE PLAYGROUND
We are pleased to offer an intimate, live, outdoor service on the west playground this Sunday at 8am. Come enjoy celebrating the resurrection with us! We are asking for all attendants to preregister, both because of limited and space and to allow for contract tracing. Click here to register!
WORSHIP LIVE AT ABIDE
Sundays 9:30 am | Family Life Center
We will be open for a limited number of in-person worshipers.
Careful protocols will be followed, including mask-wearing
and social distancing. Click HERE for more information about these protocols!

We are asking worshipers to preregister, both because of space limitations and for the purposes of contact tracing. Register for Easter Sunday, April 4 HERE. You may also register with Debbie Brown in the office by calling 505-883-9717.
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! (Pastor Pam 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 link is HERE
NO MONDAY MORNING MUSIC THIS WEEK
Matt Greer will be on vacation Monday. Monday Morning Music With Matt will resume on April 12!
Youth News
SONRISE CHOIR MEETS IN-PERSON
Thursday, April 8 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Join us at Quigley Park on San Pedro for Sonrise Choir1 Bring a blanket to sit on, and an instrument to play, if you'd like! You may still join us virtually on Zoom, email Shea for the link at sonrisechoir@gmail.com.

SOLID GROUND RETURNS IN-PERSON
Sunday, April 11 | 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Solid Ground Returns In-Person Inside Incredible! Students, the wait is over: Join us in the Youth Center at Church on Sunday, April 11th 4:00-5:30PM. We will celebrate! More details forthcoming, but remember to wear your mask and stay apart 6 feet. We plan to keep a live Zoom link running simultaneously for live remote access.
OFFICE CLOSURE
The church office will be closed on Monday, April 5.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN: "Embracing Change"
Saturday, April 24 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Our UMW Albuquerque District Meeting on Saturday, April 24th, will feature a program, "Embracing Change", presented by Susan Brumbaugh, St. John's Mental Health Counselor. This will be a Zoom event, from 10 am to noon. You need not be a UMW member to attend; everyone is welcome! There is no registration fee, but a registration form is required to receive the Zoom link. Please contact your circle chairperson or Mary Beth Spletzer (mbspletzer@gmail.com) to have the registration form and other details emailed to you. The deadline for registration is April 18th. Since we can't fight change, let's learn --- together --- how to embrace it!
THANK YOU, ST. JOHN'S!
Thank you, St. John's! You've been so supportive of our drive-in, drop-off mission projects during this pandemic, and your generosity has been overwhelming. We've been able to deliver vanloads of much-needed non-perishable food and supplies to various non-profit organizations in our area, the latest one being Casa Esperanza on Saturday. You are truly the hands and feet of Christ in our community!
--- St. John's Mission Team
CHURCH COUNCIL DECISION ABOUT OPENING A PRESCHOOL
On March 16th, 2021, the Church Council voted, nearly unanimously, to open a Preschool in August 2021. Considering information from the Town Hall, the church-wide survey and the Preschool Ministry Team, the Church Council decided a Preschool should be considered an essential ministry of the Church and was the best way to maximize the use of the first floor of the education wing of the church during the weekdays, Monday – Friday. The Preschool Ministry Team has already posted an ad for a Director and will be hiring teachers in the early summer.

Additionally, the majority of the St. John’s family who completed the survey indicated that abiding by any state-mandated COVID restrictions for building use during Preschool hours would be worth any inconvenience to have children in the space.

Please watch for announcements about when families can begin registering for the Fall term and share this information with those you know who are looking for a Preschool for their children.

Linn Reece
Chair, Church Council
WELCOME FOR NEW PASTOR
 As you know our Pastor Pam has received a promotion and will be leaving us the end of June to be the El Paso District Superintendent. SPRC is planning ways to celebrate her ministry and at the same time help our new pastor Rev Dr. Randall Partin to get acquainted with us. This is one way we’d like to do that but we need to get started on it.

We would like for you to introduce yourself and your family to the new pastor! Some of you already know him but due to social distancing precautions, many of us will first meet Pastor Randall virtually. The SPRC Welcoming Committee is asking each member and family to create a short document introducing yourself and your family members and sharing a little bit about yourself and a picture. This will be a great resource for Pastor Randall who wants to get to know all of us so please participate. What would you like the new pastor to know about you?

We’d love a current picture but if you prefer you can reference a picture from the directory. Please send your document to SPRC@stjohns-abq.org or mail it to SPRC -New Pastor 2626 Arizona St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. We would like to have it by April 1st.

Please keep it short, no longer than one page. If you have questions or would like help need putting your document together, please feel free to contact Stan Mortimer at srmortimer1@gmail.com.
NEW DIRECTOR SEARCH
St. John's Preschool program will be hiring a new Director. If you might be interested and would like to request the position summary, duties and requirements, please email the Interim Preschool Administrator, Susan Perry at PreschoolDirector@stjohns-abq.org. You can also view the job description HERE.
GARDEN MINISTRY
Are you sprouting seeds indoors for planting in the spring and summer? If so, would you consider sprouting a few extra vegetable seeds to donate the plants to the Garden Ministry to fill our garden beds this summer? Or maybe you would be willing to plant an extra tomato, pepper, squash, etc., in your garden and donate the produce from that plant to St. John's Food Ministry to help defray costs of feeding the homeless in Albuquerque? Any way you can help out is appreciated!

Contact: Tim at tnuzum@stjohns-abq.org., Donna at donnabruce@comcast.net or Regina at hamptonmason1@msn.com.
READING OUR BIBLE TOGETHER IN 2021
St. John’s own Bible study, continues with a new unit called “Street Signs in the City of God.” Join us as we travel some of the ways, highways, paths, streets, and marketplaces – and one corner – in the Bible. To receive daily study tips by email, write or call Regina Hunter at drhunter@nmia.com or 294-2877. If you prefer to read on your own, download or print a study guide.
THE EMILY SANNEBECK SCHOLARSHIP
LENTEN OFFERING: Special offering for March
  Lent is the time of preparation, a time of sacrifice, a time of renewed focus on God, a time of giving.
Traditionally at St. John's, the Lenten Offering goes to support many and varied local ministries. In the past we have supported such ministries as, the Ramp Project, Mobile Food Pantry, Hopeworks, Asbury Pie Cafe, Wesley House, McCurdy Ministries, Barrett House, Silver Horizons , lunch bags for the homeless and many more.
   During the pandemic this past year, St. John's has been very generous in supporting ministries that help our community, the need being greater than ever this year. So as we think of Jesus great sacrifice for us, may we sacrifice in our own small way and continue to give generously to those in need.
VIRTUAL PRAYER QUILT
Olivia (Livi) Shaw (6-year-old friend of Dara Bell) is the recipient for the prayer quilt on display for March 23 - April 5.

In lieu of tying knots, please pray this prayer (or your own prayer): “Father, we ask that you shower Livi with blessings and health for a speedy recovery from brain surgery. Amen.”
STEPHEN MINISTRY
Stephen Ministers are members of St. John’s who have gone through 50 hours of training to provide high quality, confidential Christian care to individuals experiencing a crisis or life challenge such as divorce, grief, job loss, hospitalization, relocation, or loneliness.

How does someone get a Stephen Minister?
If you or someone you know could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister, please call the office 505-883-9717 or email stephenministry@stjohns-abq.org
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