Weekly Disciple
April 12, 2019
Join us for worship this Sunday!
Current Sermon Series: "The Radical Sayings of Jesus"
8:15 am, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Luke 6:27-36
Love for Enemies
27  “But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,  28  bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.  29  If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt.  30  Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again.  31  Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32  “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.  33  If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.  34  If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again.  35  But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.  36  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Holy Week at St. John's
8:15 am Communion Worship
9:30 am Abide Contemporary Worship
11:00 am Traditional Worship

TOMÉ HILL PILGRIMAGE - Sunday, April 14 at 4:00 pm
We are sending a team of pilgrims our to hike Tomé Hill. All are welcome to join us in the Family Life Center to caravan down and experience the holy hike. Bring a sack lunch, water, and good hiking shoes!

Walking the Labyrinth has been a practice of contemplative Christians since the middle ages. St. John’s is pleased to offer the experience using our prayer labyrinth in the Family Life Center.
Monday, April 15 - 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday, April 16 - 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, April 17 - 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, April 18 - 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday, April 19 - 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE - Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 pm
Join us in the Family Life Center for worship and communion around tables with a simple supper and space for conversation. All are welcome, but an RSVP is requested. Email mmadara@stjohns-abq.org to RSVP.

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE - Friday, April 19 at 7:30 pm
Join us for a service of prayer and reflection as we hear the story of Christ's sacrifice. Music provided by Chancel Choir and strings.

HUNT FOR EASTER - Saturday, April 20 at 10:00 am
Join us in the Family Life Center for games, snacks, an appearance by the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, and a walk
with Jesus! Free and open to everyone. Bring a friend and a basket!

EASTER EVE PRAYER JOURNEY - Saturday, April 20 - 6:00 - 11:00 pm
Stop in for an hour for an Easter experience composed of twelve contemplative, multi-sensory, interactive self-guided prayer stations around the sanctuary designed to broaden your understanding and gaze on God.

YOUTH PRAYER VIGIL - Saturday, April 20 at 9:00 pm
Gather for a special nocturnal Easter egg/scavenger hunt. At 11:00 pm, we will begin taking turns throughout the night keeping vigil in one-hour segments of prayer through the same twelve interactive prayer stations while everyone else sleeps. Free breakfast is provided on Easter morning. Bring your sleeping bags and Sunday clothes.

MOUNTAIN CATHEDRALS: Easter Hike - Sunday, April 21 at 5:45 am
On Easter Sunday we will hike Travertine Falls, which is on the southernmost end of the Crest Trail in the Sandias. We will meet in the east church parking lot to carpool to the trailhead. Those familiar with the area who would like to meet at Canyon Estates Trailhead should plan to arrive there at 6:00 am. The hike will be a moderately easy 1 ½ miles (round trip) and the pace will be leisurely; all ages and levels of fitness are welcome. Hiking boots and flashlights are encouraged; please dress in layers and bring water. We will return to the church between 7:30 and 8:00 am.

Traditional Worship at 8:15 am, 9:30 am, and 11:00 am
Featuring our Chancel Choir, brass and organ
Abide Contemporary Worship at 9:30 am
Featuring our Praise Band

Sunday, April 21 - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
No need to drive around town for Easter lunch and break the bank. Chef Tim and his crew will cook slow roasted turkey with all the fixins! $12 for adults, $6 for 12-17 years old, $2 for 6-11 years old, and children under 6 eat for free! No reservation required.

After nearly a decade in the writing, retired NM Conference pastor and active St. John's member Dave Ring's first book, Reflections 365, is in print and now available on Amazon.  It's a Bible-based collection of daily reflections suitable as an annual daily devotional guide. If anyone is interested in acquiring a copy, simply type "Reflections 365 David Z Ring" into an Amazon.com search box and it should pop up.  On Easter Sunday morning, April 21st, Dr. Ring will hold a book signing in the Family Life Center before and after Contemporary Worship and during our special "Third Sunday" Easter Lunch. Bring in your copy for signing if you already have one, or purchase one directly from its author on Easter.

A downloadable version of our Holy Week Schedule is available here !
The Church is looking for volunteers willing to sit at the front desk and answer the phone Monday thru Thursday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Please contact Debbie at reception@stjohns-abq.org or 883-9717.
Weekly Prayer Calendar
Prayers for us to let God guide our daily decisions and actions.
Prayers for God to guide the right people to fill our staff vacancies.
Prayers for God to bless our children and youth through opening their eyes and hearts.
(Palm Sunday - scriptures follow Jesus activities during Holy Week-not necessarily on the indicated day)
   Matt. 21:1-10   Mark 11:1-11   Luke 19:28-44 -Entry into Jerusalem
  Matt. 21-10-17    Mark 11:15-19   Luke 19:45-46 Jesus in the Temple
Prayers for God to guide our governmental leaders with their decisions.
Matt. 21:18-22     
Mark 11:12-25 Cursing of the Fig Tree
Prayers for God to guide our staff with their decisions. 
Matt 21:23-27 Mark 11:27-33 Luke 20:1-8 Question About Authority             
   Matt 22:15-22 Mark 12:13-17 Luke 20:20-26 Question About Tribute to Caesar
Prayers for God to open our hearts and minds to His wisdom.
Matt 21:28-32 Parable of the Two Sons
    Matt 21:33-46  Mark 12:1-12   Luke 20:9-19 Parable of Wicked Tenants
    Matt 22:1-14 Luke 14:16-24 Parable of the Marriage Feast
Prayers for God to guide St. John's in being a witness to Albuquerque.
     Matt 26:17-19 Mark 14:12-16  Luke 22:7-13 Preparation for Passover
     Matt 26:20-29 Mark 14:17-25 Luke 22:14-38 The Traitor
     Matt 26:26-29  Mark 14:22-25 Luke 22:15-20 Lord's Supper
Prayers for God to guide our hearts to accept His forgiveness.

There will be no dinner or WNL class on April 17. However, the prayer labyrinth will be set up in the Family Life Center.

Our guest speaker next Wednesday will be Ruth Hoffman, who has been the director of the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - NM since 1999. As a state public policy advocacy office of Rocky Mountain Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM advocates for justice in public policy, with a particular emphasis on alleviating poverty and hunger and supporting ELCA members and congregations, as well as our ecumenical and interfaith partners in the ministry of advocacy. Since 1984, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM has worked at the state level on public policy issues that are primarily focused on economic justice. She is a native New Mexican and graduated from Eastern NM University. Please join us!

Easter Candy Donations. On Holy Saturday, April 20 th , the Youth Ministry does a Nocturnal Easter Egg hunt with our students before the Prayer Vigil, and we are looking for candy donations; please bring any spare candy from this year to Jarrod’s office.

SONRISE CHOIR CONCERT - Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 pm
Mark your calendars for this spectacular musical presentation by our very own Sonrise Youth Choir in the St. John's Sanctuary!

St. John’s—2019 marks the year of our next Confirmation Class! We have a great group of four exceptional students, and we want to pair each student up with an established member of St. John’s to be a Prayer Partner. Please email Jarrod if you would like to join in: jconyers@stjohns-abq.org

Consider the possibilities for Christian growth in a 72-hour dedicated weekend! The Men's Walk will be May 2 - 5. Please contact Linn or Mike Furnish (884-6626) if interested. There will also be a Women's Walk September 19 - 22.

Calling all nurses and medical professionals! Who are you and what service do you attend?? We'd like to celebrate all nurses and medical professionals during National Nurse's Week: May 6-12, 2019. Please let us know who you are by contacting Linn Furnish RN Parish Nurse at 884-6626 or swimsew@comcast.net.

We have a need for ushers for the sanctuary services. Ushers are on teams that serve for a month and then are off two months. Anyone interested please call or email Hunt Look at mapalook@comcast.net or 768-7013.

Plastic eggs and individually wrapped candies are needed for our annual community egg hunt on April 20! If you can help, please drop them by the church office during the week, or the Hospitality Center on Sunday. And thank you!

Family Caregivers, FREE Classes and Support! Do you provide care for a loved one with a chronic illness? Program focuses on education, support, problem-solving skills, and stress management for family caregivers of people with a chronic illness. Ongoing, 9-week 90-minute, FREE classes.

For more information, please contact: Director of the Program, Sharon Lewis, RN, PhD, FAAN at 830-377-1484, slewis2@unm.edu or St. John’s members Linn Furnish, RN, Parish Nurse, at 505-884-6626, swimsew@comcast.net, or Carol Dolan RN, MSN, at 505-235-6206, carold@lobo.net.

What Must I Do to be Saved?
St. John’s daily email Bible study will tackle this age-old question. In Part 1, we’ll look at what the Bible says about whom God wants to save. “Reading Our Bible Together” originated in 2007 at St. John’s and is our largest continuing Bible study. A scripture passage and a brief study tip are distributed to most participants by email five days a week. We each read at a time and place of our own choosing. Answers to reader questions and other supplements occasionally come out on Saturdays. To receive daily study tips by email, write or call Regina Hunter at drhunter@nmia.com or 294-2877.
Youth News
Students and any other adventurous adult that would like to join us and caravan with us to our Palm Sunday hike up Tomé Hill, meet us in the East Parking lot at 4:00 pm. Bring a sack dinner, bottle of water, sunscreen, and good shoes; It is steep. We will be back by 7:30 pm.
Today is the 2nd Sunday of the month and we will have our Round Table Students Leaders meet at 9:30 am up in Room 258. Same next week as we dive into Summer Planning over coffee and donuts.

We continue our journey through Confirmation after being off last week; Join us at 10:45 am as usual.

YOUTH EASTER VIGIL - Saturday—gather in the Narthex at 9:00 pm
for the Easter Vigil; bring your sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, change of clothes, &
Easter basket for the nocturnal egg hunt and interactive prayer experience. We will be
showered, fed, and ready for worship at 8:15am.

Love to sing? Come join the Sonrise Youth Choir! We meet on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 - 4:00 pm right before Solid Ground Youth Group. We perform in worship on Sunday mornings at the 8:15 am service! For more information, contact Shea at SonriseChoir@gmail.com

Download the Youth Activities Calendar here.
Weekly Activities

A Sunday nursery is available for young children in Room 138. See “This Week at St. John’s” for children’s Sunday School class locations.

The Family Spirit Class meets at 9:30 am Sunday on the second floor in the education wing across from the youth room. We will have a six-week study of Amy-Jill Levine’s Entering the Passion of Jesus , beginning on the first Sunday of Lent, March 10. The book is available from Cokesbury or at Amazon. Discussion questions will be provided weekly as well as a video clip for class discussion. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Doug Sweet if you have questions at 554-6047.

HOLY YOGA - Tuesdays at 5:30 pm and Thursdays at 9:45 am
Do you ever get restless trying to pray while sitting still? Try praying through movement! Holy Yoga meets every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, and every Thursday morning at 9:45 am. Tuesday's classes are a restful and restorative end to the day. Thursday's classes are more active, intended to energize and uplift for the day ahead. Beginners are welcome at both classes. All gear is provided - bring a mat if you have one that you like (otherwise, we have lots of mats!), and wear clothes that you can move comfortably in. Tuesday's class is a suggested $5 donation that goes toward the purchase of gear and supplies. Thursday's class is free and includes free childcare.
We will be joining together with Asbury UMC for our Tuesday night classes, making Holy Yoga a joint ministry between the two churches. Classes will be located as follows:
Questions? Contact Melissa at mmadara@stjohns-abq.org .

TAI CHI - Thursdays at 10:30 am in the Family Life Center
It’s a great time to join the Tai Chi class. Tai Chi does not require physical fitness or coordination and may be done standing or seated with some modification. All age groups are welcome. No special clothing or equipment is required. Contact kathleen_sta@yahoo.com or 220-4814.

Our Friday Coffee Talk with Associate Pastor Melissa Madara will take place at 1:00-3:00 pm at Epiphany Espresso (3600 Cutler Ave). All are welcome to come for coffee and informal conversation about whatever YOU want!

Know any moms of young children (birth through Kindergarten) who are in need of a place to connect, vent, relax, and decompress? Invite them to join us! We meet every first and third Wednesday from 10-noon upstairs in rooms 245/257. Childcare is provided. Questions? Contact Melissa at mmadara@stjohns-abq.org.
Join us for To Mars and Beyond- Vacation Bible School June 17-21! More information and sign up available here .
Mission & Outreach

See what’s happening in April for missions at St. John’s! Come by the Hospitality Center to pick up your copy or download here .

For the month of April, we will be supporting many local ministries including the Food Pantry, Family Promise, St. Martin’s Hopeworks, Wesley House at UNM, Asbury Pie Caf é , Silver Horizons, and many others! As part of your Lenten discipline, please give generously.

Can you provide a meal for the students before Bible Study on a Tuesday night
sometime before May 2019? To sign up go to: http://bit.ly/unmwesley.

Our Mobile Food Pantry provides food for approximately 50 households each month, and our food pantry guests have become very special to us, over the years. Therefore, throughout April, we're collecting 6-roll packages of toilet tissue as a little "bonus" for these special guests. Please add toilet tissue to your shopping list, and place your donations in the shopping carts. We appreciate your generosity!

Our April food collection will benefit Silver Horizons, a non-profit organization that distributes, and sometimes delivers, free groceries to low-income seniors, some of whom may be homebound and/or caring for grandchildren.  Silver Horizons is always very appreciative of our donations, so in April, let's make a big effort to collect non-perishable food items, such as: canned meats; peanut butter; hearty soups; and powdered milk. Please place your donations in the shopping carts.  Thanks!
Prayer & Congregational Care
Harry and Karen Drew (neighbors of Joyce and David Apple) are the recipients of the prayer quilt hanging in the Hospitality Center.
A person may be hospitalized or have another crisis in their life, and St. John’s may not know. Please call 883-9717 or the Emergency Pastor Contact Number at 331-8121.
If you know someone in need of comfort, healing, or encouragement, please consider giving them a shawl or lap robe that has been made with prayer. These can be found in the Hospitality Center.
If you would like someone to visit, call, or pray for a loved one or for yourself, please write to Claudia Giese, Congregational Care Coordinator, at cgiese@stjohns-abq.org or call 883-9717 ext. 128.
Getting Oriented
St. John's United Methodist Church in Albuquerque seeks an energetic and creative individual to lead vibrant children's and family ministry. Individual should have strong organizational skills, ability to recruit and empower volunteers, and extensive prior experience in Christian Education and children's ministry. Bachelor's degree in education or related field preferred.  Email cover letter, résumé, and references to Matthew Greer at  mgreer@stjohns-abq.org . Application deadline is April 22, and position begins July 1.

You can give to the church electronically by using a debit or credit card. Click the link below, or visit the Giving Page on the church website and follow the simple instructions found there.
Hosanna Processional (8:15 am)
Hosanna! Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord!
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (11:00 am)
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Isaac Watts
Contact Us
(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 communicate@stjohns-abq.org