Friday
March 19, 2021
Dear Beloved of St. John’s,

St. John’s Leadership Team is so pleased to announce that with new COVID cases down in New Mexico, and especially in Bernalillo County, and with more people getting vaccinated, we can safely begin reopening the church. Many decisions have been made by the Leadership Team in the past days, and we wish to relay them to you. Please keep in mind that we will be reopening incrementally, beginning with the Family Life Center on Palm Sunday, March 28th.

We are eager for those of the St. John’s family who are comfortable gathering for worship, youth activities, or in small groups to begin doing just that! Listed below are dates and areas of the church that will open in stages:

March 28
  • Family Life Center opens for Abide Worship Service at 9:30 (building will open at 9:00 a.m.).
  • Children/Family Worship in Sonshine Café at 9:30.

April 11
  • Youth and children’s ministries will begin meeting in person.
  • Small groups may begin meeting through a sign-up process with the Church Office.
  • Monday-Saturday, the following rooms will be available:
  • Rooms 149-151, 241, 243, 245, 257, Sonshine Café, and Family Life Center
  • Please keep in mind: Beginning in August 2021, when the Preschool opens and depending on COVID restrictions, these rooms may only be available after 5:30 pm and on Saturday.
  • Please note: The youth wing and FLC are available for Sunday youth group meetings from 5-6:00 p.m. (We will not be able to accommodate other groups in these areas on Sunday afternoons.)

April 18
  • 11:00 Sanctuary worship service to begin (building will open at 10:30 a.m.) We will start with 11:00 and determine when we can add the 8:15 service.

For a bit longer as we work out the kinks, NO Sunday School classes will be meeting in the building and nursery care will not be available during worship services.

Live-stream worship services, Zoom classes, and some outdoor activities will continue to be available for those not yet ready to participate in-person. Continue to look in the E-Disciple for links to attend services. We are grateful and praise God for the tools and technology that have enabled us to continue the ministries of the church during this difficult time and into the future!

It is important that we relay to you the safety guidelines that will continue to keep us safe and healthy.

As suggested by health and government officials, we will practice the following safety guidelines:

  • Wearing masks for everyone over two years of age.
  • Keeping a 6’ distance between non-family members.
  • Limiting the size of groups. Different spaces have different limitations, which the Church Office will help with.
  • Provide contact-tracing information and register to attend worship:
(Look for registration guidelines coming soon and follow those instructions.)
In the event that you cannot register to attend church, there will be some chairs set aside for “walk-ins” as long as they last, following all of the above requirements.
  • Answering health questions about recent travel, health, and possible exposure to COVID.
  • Entering and exiting the building and restrooms at the direction of the ushers trained to maintain safety protocols.
  • Avoid shaking hands or hugging.
  • Hum to hymns and songs (Singing is still cautioned in group settings).

We are celebrating that a reopening of St. John’s is around the corner and we are looking forward to being in physical space once again! We thank you in advance for following guidelines to help ensure everyone’s safety and well-being. Please join us in continued prayers for wisdom and discernment.

Grace, peace, joy, and love,
Pastor Pam and St. John’s Leadership Team
NO MONDAY MORNING MUSIC THIS WEEK
Matt Greer will be on vacation Monday. Monday Morning Music With Matt will resume on March 29!
MOM TO MOM
For more info email tmacali@stjohns-abq.org
REOPENING OF ST. JOHN’S UMC
FAMILY LIFE CENTER
PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 28TH
ABIDE WORSHIP SERVICE
9:30 AM

Beloved, we are celebrating Palm Sunday together in community and in physical space once again! It has been a very long year, but we have stayed healthy and have endured through a pandemic. Praise be to God!

We are easing into a reopening with worship in the Family Life Center first and then in the sanctuary. The installation of the new HVAC system is almost completed, and efforts are underway to prepare cameras and needed electronics to continue the live-streaming of services. We will reopen incrementally over the next weeks. Please look for announcements in the E-Disciple and on the website about worship in the sanctuary, youth and children’s ministries, and small group meetings and studies. We will do our very best to communicate effectively as new “openings” occur and as we follow safety protocols to ensure optimal health for all of us and our guests.

Thank you for your steadfast prayers, your compassion and understanding, and especially your faithfulness in all regards during these difficult circumstances. “Consider it pure joy, brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4). We have persevered and endured, keeping our faith, friends, and we will soon be together again!

Blessings and peace in Jesus Christ, our Lord,
-- Pastor Pam and the Leadership Team
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.
MOUNTAIN CATHEDRALS
Saturday, March 20 | 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Albuquerque Volcanoes

Please join us Saturday, March 20th for a stroll through the volcanoes we all know from Albuquerque’s west horizon. In the spirit of our Lenten journeys, we will focus less on reaching mountaintops (the Park Service doesn’t allow summiting the main volcanoes anyway) and more on what is along the way. In this arid landscape, as in our lives, there are surprises and wonders for those who look for them. Please RSVP to Mike Furnish, mdfurnish@comcast.net. If you are interested in leading a devotion, please let me know!

Easy to moderate: 2.5 – 3.4 miles, some up and down, fairly even footing.

Meet at the church (east parking lot) at 8:30 or at the Volcanoes Day Use Area parking lot at 9:00 (when it opens). There is a restroom at the trailhead parking area.

Other near-future trips planned:
Palm Sunday, March 28th Joint trip with the Youth to Tomé Hill (afternoon; moderate).

Easter Sunday, April 4th: Sunrise walk to Travertine Falls outside of Tijeras (5:30 meetup; moderate).

April 18th: Moderate hike (Canon del Agua near Placitas?); save the date

May 15th: Moderate hike; save the date

We may add a couple of easy or strenuous hikes in here – please let me know if you’re interested!
ST. JOHN'S BACH PROJECT
Saturday, March 27 | 5:00 pm
We are very happy to announce the return of the St. John's Bach Project! Join us Saturday, March 27 at 5pm MDT for a livestreamed concert featuring vocal and instrumental works of J.S. Bach, with soprano Ingela Onstad, baritone Michael Hix, cellist Joel Becktell, and keyboardist Kristin Ditlow. Live on our YouTube channel!
FAMILY PROMISE
Family Promise is celebrating Enrique and Raquel, and their small children, moving into their new home. This family is in need of all household items. If you can donate these items please contact Karen Erickson at karenerickson2016@yahoo.com.
If you wish to donate gift cards or money please send it to (indicate on the memo line and gift cards - "Graduation Donation"):

Family Promise                          
Attn: Laura Combs
808 Edith Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM  87102
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.

Were You There…At the Anointing?

This week in worship we will be looking at the story of the woman who anoints Jesus. Please take a few moments and read this story in all four of the Gospels:
Matt. 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; Luke 7:36-50; John 12:1-8

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
DRIVE-IN, DROP-OFF FOR CASA ESPERANZA
Saturday, March 27 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm

What their pantry needs:
  • Pasta
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • White Rice
  • Tuna
  • Beans
  • Bisquick Mix
  • Crackers
  • Drink Mix (Tea/Lemonade)
  • Oatmeal
  • Top Ramen
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Meat
  • Canned Soup
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Microwavable Paper Plates and Paper Bowls
  • Plastic Forks and Spoons
  • Plastic Cups
  • Napkins
  • Foil Pans for Dinners
  • Zip Lock Bags (all sizes)
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Food Storage Containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Coffee
  • Creamer
  • Sweetener
  • Stir Sticks
  • Trivets
  • Pot Holders
  • Hand Towels

Monetary donations welcomed: bring to drive-in, drop-off event; mail to the church; online giving
Please write "CASA ESPERANZA" in the memo field of your check
Contact: Donna Bruce (donnabruce@comcast.net) with questions
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
Thursday, April 1 | 10:00 am
United Methodist Women will meet on Thursday, April 1st, at 10 am on Zoom. This will be an Easter-themed meeting, led by Carol Wiggins. Please bring the following items to the meeting: a cross; a decorated egg; and a bunny/rabbit. Also, please be prepared to tell us about an Easter activity that you enjoy. We will be playing Easter Bingo; a blank Easter bingo card and other instructions are included in the March issue of the UMW newsletter, or contact your circle chairperson. Carol would like to make a Google slide consisting of a collection of photos of past family Easter activities, so if you'd like to share one, please send it as a .jpg attachment to Carol's email: carolwiggins@aol.com, or contact Carol at 321-0603, if you have questions. To receive the Zoom link for this meeting, please contact Regina Hampton at hamptonmason1@gmail.com. Everyone is welcome to join us!
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
Paul and Lois Volchansky (friends of Joyce and David Apple) are the recipients for the prayer quilt on display for March 5 - March 18.

In lieu of tying knots, please pray this prayer (or your own prayer): “Lord, we place Paul and Lois before you and ask for your blessings of peace and strength in their lives. 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