May 11, 2020

Proverbs 31: 25-30: Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”

Anonymous limerick titled "Parenthood", published many years ago in the Wall Street Journal:

When I took this job, / It causes me much ire, / They never told / me, I could not retire.

Having just celebrated Mothers' Day has left me thinking. Our mothers and fathers are so key in our lives that God inscribed a separate command for how to treat them - with honor. Our parents deserve a special place in our hearts. Their commitment to us is very strong. I was blessed with my mother and father being with me long into adult life. Dad is still here. Mom passed away 3 years ago at the age of 92. Many among us have parents still alive; others treasure memories or blessings of them or of someone else who stepped in to take on a parenting role.

How have our mothers made marks on our lives? My own mother was understated in some ways; she supported Dad in his career and did an amazing job in keeping the family going. But she taught me:

· To do a job well – she did hers at a level that got her invited to be head librarian at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.

· How a long (61 years), happy marriage works and how it makes life so much simpler – my parents were a wonderful unit that could work through issues well.

· Cooking is fun (a lesson plan happily continued since 1985 by my wife Linn).

· Music is a wonderful part of life at many levels - a long story with the choirs she directed, the solos she sang, and the piano she played.

· Dogs are great family members (ours have been joining us for worship on recent Sundays; hers visited her in the ICU in her last days.)

· Long conversations are important. I remember many dog walks here in Albuquerque with long phone conversations with Mom about books we were reading. She went deep with topics like The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (although I still wonder how the basic architecture of the human brain could have changed 3,000 years ago).

· Faith in our Lord is important. Things are less so (a lesson emphasized when we had no idea for days whether their house had burned during the Cerro Grande fire).

In her last week, she kept saying how thankful she was. On Christmas eve shortly before midnight, a gust of wind blew open the hospital window and awakened my brother who was with her. He went over to her bed and made the sign of the cross on her forehead, saying “God loves you.” She took a last shuddering breath and departed. In her birthplace in upstate NY, she had made it to her birthday – to Christmas. In the morning at their house, we had the entire family, her birthday cake, no Christmas decorations in sight, and an enormous red-tail hawk outside watching us for over an hour. Her Pollyanna heart, her low-key approach to many things, and her patience will always be in my heart. Thank you, Mom!

Prayer: Dear Lord, in this time of stay-at-home, help me to remember my parents or those others who have stepped into a special role in my life. Help me to see how I can reach out to the ones who are still with me today to brighten their day. Where You would have me, may my hands be yours in meeting their needs. Amen.

-- Mike Furnish, CLM
Wednesdays at 12:00 pm
Join us for a new series of concerts live-streamed from the St. John's sanctuary! Concerts are a benefit for Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless.

May 13 - 12:00 pm
The St. John's Music Staff
Therese Macali
Shea Perry
Curtis Storm
Natalie Bonelli
Jim Ahrend

May 20 - 12:00 pm
Sol Calypso
Alexis & Hovey Corbin
We’ve been making masks and grooming Popeye and one round of golf!
-- Nancy and Joe
Hi there! I love showing you photos of what we are doing at the church, but what I think would be an even more amazing thing to share is a picture of you! Send me pictures and/or videos of you/your family/your pets/your garden/your cooking/etc with a short description, and I will share them here and compile them for a project!

-- Shea Perry, Communications Director
St. John’s will live-stream a worship service Sunday morning at 9:30 am (Contemporary) on the Abide Facebook page and 11:00 am (Traditional) on the homepage of the website . 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
We remember, during this week, all nurses, but especially the frontline nurses offering their unique services to patients and families, during this COVID-19 pandemic. No doubt their caring for such ill patients has given them and their families special care and comfort, especially when so often, because of social distancing, they are the only ones at the bedside, hour after hour, to hold a hand, say a prayer, give a smile and offer compassion. Prayers and blessings to each of them.
Online Classes
The announcements below include using the program "Zoom" to group-video chat. You can find a tutorial on how to use Zoom HERE!

Sundays from 4:00 - 5:15 pm
Students, come join us for games, discussion, community, and faith-building every Sunday from 4:00-5:15 pm! Go to: (case sensitive) with the password: 048658

Mondays from 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Is distance learning with your child harder than you thought? Are the challenges of parenting in close quarters overwhelming at times? Or do you just miss talking with other parents? I know that I certainly do, so join us for Parents Club on Zoom Monday evenings from 7:30-8:30 pm! Email

Wednesdays at 1:30 pm
Log in and have coffee (or tea) and chat with Pastors Pam and Kelly! Zoom link HERE. Wednesdays at 1:30 pm.
Wednesdays from 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Wednesday Night Bible Club is still on! Grade school friends join us on Zoom to get your weekly Bible lesson, watch the So & So Show, and pray with your friends. Email for more information!

Thursdays at 1:30 pm
Join Pastor Pam for a 30-minute spiritual exercise. Space is limited, and the Zoom link will be provided to the first 15 people to sign up! Sign-up is HERE. Thursdays at 1:30 pm.
In addition to the suffering, COVID-19 patients are not allowed any visitors. The health care workers at UNM Hospital are asking for cards. An article by KOB states, "the health care workers want to flood the COVID-19 units with love, support and inspiration." All cards can be sent to UNM Hospital - Attention: Barbara Temer; 2211 Lomas Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106.
While many of us are in a stay-at-home mode we can find both our emotions and faith challenged. Max Lucado has written a book "You'll Get Through This" based on the story of Joseph. He has opened up the video presentation online for no cost. I will be facilitating a Zoom discussion of this material and incorporating material from his book and study guide. If you would like to join me each week for the next 7 weeks starting Tuesday May 7th from 10 - 11 then email me for details ( If you would just like to watch the online video go to Online Bible Study to sign up for the free videos.
A great and loving THANK YOU to all the generosity that has been shown to the residents at Casa Esperanza. The money that was donated helped many families check "make dinner" off their list. In these difficult times, knowing that someone is caring for you means the world. Your generosity has lessen the feeling of loneliness and anxiety that these residents face each day. If you have questions about Casa Esperanza, please contact Jenn Shields: or 505-450-9978. Blessings to you all.

The out pouring of support for Family Promise of Albuquerque has been astounding. Many times over, THANK YOU for all the monetary donations during the months of March and April. These donations are going straight to Family Promise to help alleviate the financial burden that has fallen on this ministry. This money not only helps the families currently in the program, but also recent graduates that were hit hard by the COVID-19 restrictions. You have shown great love for our brothers and sister, and for that the Family Promise ministry is very grateful. If you have questions about Family Promise, please contact Linn Furnish: or 505-884-6626 OR Jenn Shields: or 505-450-9978. Blessings to you all.

In accordance with the New Mexico Department of Health order, our facility will be closed until further notice. A re-open date is to be determined! We will keep you apprised as things develop.

Your St. John's pastors and staff are still very much on the job, and are available to you during this time. Please reach out to us if we can help you in any way!
Please come to pray in the labyrinth any time of day. Park in the east parking lot near the front doors of the sanctuary/narthex doors. Our prayer labyrinth is directly to the south of the front doors. It is advisable to have one person on the labyrinth at a time. Enter the prayer labyrinth with a personal prayer and then quietly and contemplatively experience what God has to share with you during this time.
Office Administrator, Debbie Brown, will be answering the phone at St. John’s every weekday from 9:00 am-2:00 pm. Please call the office if you have any concerns or pastoral care needs. Debbie will get messages to Pastor Pam and Pastor Kelly. The office number is 505-883-9717.

The St. John's staff includes a licensed mental health counselor who is available to meet virtually (using a smartphone or computer) in a secure online platform during these anxious times. If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally, counseling is available. Click here or contact Susan Brumbaugh at 505-506-6717 or for more details about session and cost information.
Congregational Care Corner

How we support you and your family in prayer during this difficult time? Prayers for health, employment, peace? Please send your prayer requests to the Prayer Team:

It is hard to get out and many people shouldn’t. Is there something you need delivered from the store? If we are able to help, we have a few volunteers who would like to serve as Go-fers for people who need something but cannot get it on their own. Please pass any requests on to Jarrod at
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(505) 883-9717
2626 Arizona St NE | Albuquerque, NM 87110
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Questions? Contact Shea Perry at