Loving God, Loving People, Changing Lives
Weekly Disciple
January 17, 2020
Happenings
MOUNTAIN CATHEDRALS 
EL MALPAIS 

The January Mountain Cathedrals Hike will be held Saturday, Jan. 18. Plan to be at St. John’s Methodist Church (east lot) by 9:00 am to carpool (85 miles). Prepare for cold weather and bring lunch; return by 5:00 pm. 4 - 6 mile walk with moderate scrambling in places. 

This trip combines the beauty of the Sandstone Bluffs part of El Malpais, including several massive natural arches we will see from below, with the rugged moonscape of basaltic lava that may have flowed after Jesus walked on the earth. The refiner's fire comes to mind for many as they walk out onto this lava. This is set against the backdrop of Mt. Taylor and the surrounding tribal lands. Come join us as we reflect on the creation around us and our place in it.  

More info - contact Kelly Giese or Mike Furnish (884-6626). Next trip: TBD (snowshoeing?). 'Til our trails meet! 

FOR THE LOVE OF WESLEY DINNER AND AUCTION
For the Love of Wesley dinner and auction Saturday February 1, 2020 5:30 -8:00 pm in the FLC. Tickets are $15 each. Donations for the auction are appreciated! Contact Kathy at Kadieruf@gmail.com (through January)

SECOND ANNUAL WESLEY REUNION
Were you involved with Wesley at sometime/anywhere in the country? Join us before the Love of Wesley dinner Saturday February 1, 2020 at 4:30 to meet the students and other alumni! Bring pictures of your time at Wesley for our new scrapbook. Contact Kathy at Kadieruf@gmail.com (through January)  
REVOLUTIONARY KINGDOM BOOK STUDY
Revolutionary Kingdom, Following the Rebel Jesus by Mike Slaughter (book study)
Sundays, February 2 – March 8, 2020 (6 weeks), 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., led by Donna Bruce; registration deadline, January 19
Tuesdays, February 18 – March 24, 2020 (6 weeks), 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., led by Jane Faber; registration deadline, February 2
Cost of study materials, $13 
Welcome to the revolution, a revolution led by Jesus, who provided us with the vision of a kingdom worth dying for, making him the most radical revolutionary of all time. In Revolutionary Kingdom, we learn that to join this revolution…to be considered true disciples of Christ…we must exchange comfortable cultural worldviews and values for the radical requirements of living out the Kingdom in the here and now. It’s when we get serious about God’s call that we, too, live revolutionary, world-changing lives.
SOUL TENDING WORKSHOP
Saturday, February 22 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm; guest speaker, Rev. Anita Amstutz, Family Life Center. Anita will invite us to journey into the Heart of Sabbath, a place of simplicity, hospitality, joy, play and shalom. Learn about Sabbath as an ancient Judaeo-Christian practice, and why we need it more than ever in these hungry, lonely and frenetic times of economic uncertainty, fear, violence, division and social chaos. Sabbath Keeping creates space for what is needed in times like these - a heart full of courage and wisdom grounded in compassion and resilience. Click here for workshop brochure and here for registration form.

POLO (People of Leisure and Others) Tours the Albuquerque International Sunport 
WHEN: Thursday, February 27, tour at 10:00 a.m. followed by lunch at Tia Juanitas Restaurant in the airport while enjoying one of the free concerts provided periodically. Ending about 1:30-2:00
WHAT:  A behind-the-scenes tour of the Sunport, and the art and architecture of the old airport building.
WHERE: Meet in St. John’s WEST parking lot at 9:20 a.m. to carpool 
COST: You only need to pay for your own lunch.
SIGN UP IN THE WELCOME CENTER, LIMITED TO 26 PEOPLE
Contact Mary Beth Spletzer for questions

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
The Trustees are seeking trained law enforcement people, active or retired, to advise us on updating the St. John’s security. We are developing security plans and would welcome knowledgeable input. If interested please contact Jim Hickman at (505)400-6568.

PROPOSED SPLIT OF UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
"A diverse, 16-member group of United Methodist bishops and other leaders has offered a proposal that would preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination. The separating group would get $25 million in United Methodist funds and would keep its local church properties.

Details are in a nine-page “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation,” released Jan. 3 along with an FAQ and press release."

If you wish to learn more about this proposition, follow the links below:


CHURCH CALENDAR
Please contact Debbie Brown at dbrown@stjohns-abq.org to confirm that your class/group meetings have been scheduled on the 2020 church calendar.
I WILL!
The book, I Will! Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian, by Thom S. Rainer, is available for sale in the Hospitality Center for $5 while supplies last! Every day we are faced with the needs of those around us. Emotional. Physical. Spiritual. What are we to do about it? Are these problems for our pastors to address or is there also a way for the church member to make an impact that will last? Best-selling author Thom S. Rainer answers these questions by offering nine simple traits that all church members can incorporate into your life no matter your background, stage of life, or sense of capability. You can do it. Now it’s time to just stand up and say you will! 
January 22
BETHEL BIBLE SERIES
3:45 - 4:45 pm
The New Testament portion of the Bethel Bible study will begin on Wednesday, January 8, at 3:45 pm in room 151. Anyone who has previously completed the Old Testament portion of the study is welcome to join us. For questions or to register, call Karen Tidler at 239-0291.

SONRISE YOUTH CHOIR
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Hey there all middle and high schoolers! Come sing with us in the Sonrise Youth Choir! We rehearse on WEDNESDAYS FROM 4:30 - 5:30 pm (as part of WNL), and we sing at the 8:15 am service on Sunday morning. For more information, email Shea at sonrisechoir@gmail.com! Find us on Instagram here: @sonrisechoir

WNL Dinner   
4:45 - 6:00 pm
You are invited to join us starting at 4:45 pm on Wednesday evenings for an ever-changing menu featuring great food. Cost scale based on age.

6:00 - 7:00 pm    
Join us for our always-interesting Wednesday Night Live class from 6:00 - 7:00 pm in room 149! 

6:00 - 7:00 pm
Students and families, we will be launching our study of the Gospel of Mark as part of WNL in Room 260. Bring your friends, parents, grandparents, it is an inter-generational class.

MOVE FOR STILLNESS YOGA
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Take a deep breath and enjoy a space of movement and stillness with yoga instructor Alli Newsom. Suggested $5 donation goes toward disaster relief efforts.

5:15 - 7:00 pm
NewSound Children’s Choir takes place in room 231 from 5:15 - 6:00 pm. Kids’ Bible Club occurs from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. We will learn about our Bible heroes! Contact Therese at tmacali@stjohns-abq.org.

CHILDCARE AVAILABLE FROM 5:30-7:15PM IN ROOM 138
DORIS BROMBERG TURNS 100
Friends are invited to a come-and-GO birthday party for Doris Bromberg, Saturday, January 18, at 8604 Camino Osito NE, from 2-4 p.m. Press the green button and enter without knocking. If possible, please come between 2 and 3 if your name starts with A – L, and between 3 and 4 if your name starts with M – Z. No gifts, please. Ask Regina Hunter, 294-2877 or drhunter@nmia.com, for details.

MUSIC AT ST. JOHNS: APOLLO5 CONCERT
Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 pm
The international award-winning British vocal ensemble Apollo5 presents a fantastic afternoon of renaissance, classical, and contemporary choral music.
Youth News
SOLID GROUND BACK IN THE SADDLE
It’s a New Year-- Join us as our youth group jumps back into it on Sunday from 4:00-6:00 pm. A new year, new endeavors, new series, and lots of other great things. See you soon!

UNDERGROUND SUNDAY!
All 3rd, 4th, & 5th Graders, be ready. This Sunday is the next gathering of our monthly Jr. youth group during Sunday school at 9:30 am. All students and children go to your usual Sunday classroom and we will come get you. 

THIRD SUNDAY YOUTH AFTER PARTIES
Sr High Afterglow and Mid High McDonalds all happen at the conclusion of Solid Ground this Sunday night at 6:00 pm. Stay after for food, fellowship, and fun.

YOUTH PARENT MEETING - NEXT WEEK
Parents come join Sunday afternoon January 26 from 3:30 - 5:00 pm for our Spring Semester Parents Meeting as we reveal and discuss our plans for the next six months, then stay after to play against the youth in some epic kickball.

SONRISE YOUTH CHOIR
Are you a middle/high schooler who loves to sing? Come make music with us on Wednesday afternoons (4:30 - 5:30 pm) and Sunday mornings at the 8:15 am service! Find us on Instagram here: instagram.com/sonrisechoir.

Learn more about our Youth programs here !
Weekly Activities

CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL/NURSERY
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.

FAMILY SPIRIT CLASS - Sundays at 9:30 am
The Family Spirit Class meets at 9:30 am Sunday on the second floor in the education wing across from the youth room. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Doug Sweet if you have questions at 554-6047.

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.
Mission & Outreach
SILVER HORIZONS & CASA ESPERANZA
Throughout January, we will collect non-food donations for two organizations: Silver Horizons and Casa Esperanza.  As you shop, please keep in mind these needed items: Silver Horizons - toothpaste (regular sizes); disposable razors for men and women; throw blankets; and, gloves for men and women. Casa Esperanza: dish towels (new or gently used) and dish detergent pods. Please place your donations in the wire baskets in the Hospitality Centers. As always, we appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity!

JANUARY SPECIAL OFFERING: PB&J FAMILY SERVICES
PB& J's mission is to help at risk children by nurturing the entire family. They provide therapeutic parenting and child development services, a special program for fathers, help for children of prisoners and more. (Read Rose's story in the Disciple.) If you read or listen to the news, you know that there are a lot of struggling families.

Rose is one of the success stories. As she puts it, "PB&J was fundamental in healing our trauma...giving me the tools to help my son (then 2 yrs old) through all the emotions and changes in our lives." Rose is now starting her own business with the help of PB& J's Entrepreneurial Mentoring program and eager to give back. In her words," It costs Pb&J $3000 to work with a family for an entire year, and I can't get it out of my head that someone did that for me for 2 years!" So Rose has sent a check to their "Keeping the Lights On" program to help another mother pay her PNM debt. "I can give back now, and that is what I plan to do."

Supporting PB&J is one way we can help our struggling neighbors like Rose. Please give generously.

THE STOREHOUSE
January is definitely "soup season", so let's see how many cans of hearty soups we can collect for The Storehouse, and crackers, too! We all know that New Mexico ranks among the worst in the nation for hunger, for both children and adults. The Storehouse needs our support to feed the 53,000 people who come to their food pantry annually. Thanks for your donations, and please place them in the wire baskets located in the Hospitality Centers.

WAYS WE CAN SERVE
See what’s happening in January for missions at St. John’s! Come by the Hospitality Center to pick up your copy or download here .
Prayer & Congregational Care
COUNSELING SERVICE AVAILABLE
The St. John's staff includes a licensed mental health counselor. If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally with a difficult situation, counseling is available. See https://www.stjohns-abq.org/counseling-at-st-johns or contact Susan Brumbaugh at 505-506-6717 or counselor@stjohns-abq.org for more details about session and cost information.
PRAYER QUILT
Yvonne Cox, friend of Jean Jones, is the recipient of the prayer quilt hanging in the Hospitality Center.
YOU MATTER TO US!
A person may be hospitalized or have another crisis in their life, and St. John’s may not know. Please call 883-9717.
PRAYER SHAWLS
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.
CONGREGATIONAL CARE
If you would like someone to visit, call, or pray for a loved one or for yourself, please write to Jarrod Conyers, Congregational Care Coordinator, at jconyers@stjohns-abq.org or call 883-9717.
This Week at St. John's
Getting Oriented

ONLINE GIVING
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.

LOST & FOUND
A beautiful children’s quilt was left in the Hospitality Center. If this belongs to your child and you can describe it, please contact the office.
Contact Us
www.stjohns-abq.org
(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
Shea is in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays