Loving God, Loving People, Changing Lives
Weekly Disciple
September 20, 2019
Worship with us this Sunday!
May the light of God illumine the hearts of our souls.
May the flame of Christ kindle us to love and service.
May the fire of the Spirit free us to live this day and receive the calling of God upon our lives,
For such a time as this.
Our current sermon series: “Deep Calls to Deep” focuses on God’s call to us. What has God called you to do/be?

Catch Shea this Sunday to fill out a card! The cards can also be found in the Hospitality Center. Fill one out, snap a selfie, post it, tagging St. Johns UMC, or email it to Shea at communicate@stjohns-abq.org!

September 25
Hey there all middle and high schoolers! Come sing with us in the Sonrise Youth Choir! We sing in the 8:15 am service on Sundays and we now rehearse on WEDNESDAYS FROM 4:30 - 5:30 pm (as part of WNL) Find us on Instagram here: @sonrisechoir

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. Menu: Street Taco & Nacho Bar

6:00 - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019: DEEP DIVES into GENESIS: Adam and Eve, Part 1
     Genesis, Chapters 1 & 2: Let’s figure out what “speaking order out of chaos” means. What does the ‘image of God’ entail? Why a Garden? Why woman out of man? Why forbidden fruit? The answers will help us figure out the human situation.
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019: DEEP DIVES into GENESIS: Adam and Eve, Part 2
       Genesis, Chapter 3: Let’s unpack why a talking snake? Why was Eve tempted first? What does it mean that their ‘eyes were opened’? That they were ‘naked’? What does the blame game reveal about our fallen state? Adam and Eve are us!
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019: Contradance with Kelly
Wondering what Contra Dance is all about? Here is a video from FolkMADS a contra dance group in New Mexico. Come join us at St John's UMC on Wednesday OCTOBER 9TH 5-7 pm as we learn more about Contra Dancing and share in great fellowship and food. Our host is Peter Esherick and his band along with caller Marj Mullany. Bring a friend!
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Students and families, we will be launching our study of the Gospel of Mark as part of WNL starting this week up in Room 260. Bring your friends, parents, grandparents, it is an inter-generational class.

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.

New Table Talks groups will resume beginning October 1 and conclude Oct. 31. Table Talks are small groups that meet once a week. We need people willing to host these groups. You may host a group at a coffee shop, a restaurant, or in your home. The ideal group size would be around 8 people, some groups have more, some less.  

We need 3-5 hosts for new groups in October. Hosts will be given a jar with questions to jump start conversations. The time, location, and day are determined by the Host.  

If you would be willing to host a group, please sign-up at the hospitality center. Questions? Contact Rev. Kelly Giese : kellyg@stjohns-abq.org or call the church office.
MOUNTAIN CATHEDRALS Saturday, September 21 7:00 am - 2:30 pm
The September Mountain Cathedrals hike will be in San Lorenzo Canyon, in the wilderness west of I-25 partway down to Socorro. The scenery is reminiscent of the Escalante Canyon area in Utah. This is a moderate hike, 4.2 miles round trip in a dry streambed, partially on jeep trail. There is ~100' elevation change but at one point we scramble around a dry waterfall. There are optional side trips to the rim and up side canyons. We'll meet at St. John's at 7:00 am to carpool; a second rendezvous point in Los Lunas near I-25 (7:30) will also be available (Southeast corner of Home Depot parking lot behind the Starbucks off of Exit 203; look for Kelly Giese there with her blue Mazda CX-5). For information contact Mike Furnish (884-6626) or Kelly.

All 3rd, 4th, & 5th Graders, be ready. Next Sunday, Sept 15th is the first gathering of the new year 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.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN - Thursday, October 3 at 9:30 am
This is our year to celebrate "150 Years of Mission Service", so let's do it together at our meeting on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 241 (please note the earlier start time). Our talented historian, Norma Argo, will present a special history and heritage lesson filled with fascinating tidbits from our past. We'll learn about some of the dedicated women who answered the call of God and paved the way of the future for us. These stories will help reaffirm our purpose of turning faith, hope, and love into action. Our meetings are open to all ladies (and any interested men), and we're always delighted to welcome guests. So, please join us for fun, fellowship and inspiration! 

Church Women United, an ecumenical Christian women’s group, will meet on October 4th for their Annual Retreat at Community of Christ Church, 4701 Juan Tabo NE. Coffee Fellowship will begin at 9:00 am. The retreat leader will be Leslie Bledsoe from the United Methodist Church, a licensed social worker. Leslie’s theme will be “Born to Be Useful—Not Useless.” Because of a medical condition, Leslie is totally blind, but continues her ministry to wherever it is needed. She will demonstrate some of the technology and techniques she uses to keep her going! Please join us! Questions? Contact Amy Costales at 867-4207.

This year’s 2019 Charge Conference will be held on Tuesday, October 8 at 6:30 pm in the Family Life Center. Please make plans to join us on this night.

To ensure that your attendance has been recorded for Sunday services, it would be much appreciated to please write your first and last name legibly along with a contact phone number and/or email address so that we can contact you if the need arises. If you are a visitor, please complete the Attendance Sheet so that we can mail you a Welcome Letter. Thank you!

Does salvation just mean “going to heaven,” or does it have something to do with the daily blessings we receive from God in this life? God’s plan for salvation is concerned with our physical life and abundant life, as well as eternal life.  St. John’s email Bible study of salvation continues with Point 3: God’s Plan for Your Salvation is Broader than You Think. Pick up a study guide in the Welcome Center, or contact Regina Hunter, 294-2877 or drhunter@nmia.com , for daily study tips and scripture readings by email.
In October, we will have a wonderful opportunity to help the teachers of St. John’s Pre-School. Each teacher has created a big-item wishlist for their classroom. In order to fulfill this wishlist, Mister Carwash passes will be sold for $15 each before and after all three services on October 6 & 13 and during the second Sunday lunch in October. There will be a table set up outside the entrance to the church for the 8:15 and 11:00 am services and inside the FLC before and after the 9:30 am service. PASSES will also be available between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm in the church office during the month of October. Please see our receptionist, Debbie Brown.

Base Full Serve Car Wash Package:
Complete clean inside and out! This package includes our base exterior wash, as well as interior cleaning, vacuuming, window cleaning, and a light dusting of the dash. This wash is available at our Full Serve Mister Car Wash Locations.
Donations are always welcome!
Youth News
Today is the 4th Sunday of the month, so during the 9:30 hour our students will worship together in the Abide service in the FLC. Next week Round Table Leaders meet in room 258 upstairs, same time.

We sing "Child of God" & "Will You Come and Follow me" :)

OCTOBER is the Youth Ministry’s time to serve in the Sonshine Café each Sunday for each shift. We need help to fill each. Sign up at this link: http://bit.ly/umyfsolidground

All Students in place of Solid Ground on Sept 22 we will join the ABQ youth group Collective; this month it will gather @Grace Church (6901 San Antonio Dr NE, 87109) for Nerf Wars and Dodgeball AND Pizza 5:00-6:30 pm; Meet there

Hey there! Come sing with us in the Sonrise Youth Choir! Find us on Instagram here: instagram.com/sonrisechoir.

Learn more about our Youth programs here!
Orientation Class: ORIENT/REORIENT:
Learning about St. John’s
“What is special about being a Methodist?”
“What is going on at St. John’s?”
“Where do I fit in?”
  Class 1: Christian Beliefs (Sept. 22, 2019)
Class 2: Methodist History and Beliefs (Sept. 29, 2019)
  Class 3: St. John’s Programs and Organization (Oct. 6, 2019)
  Class 4: Where do I fit in? What can I contribute? (Oct. 13, 2019)
When: 12:15-1:30 PM each Sunday (lunch and childcare provided)
Where: Rooms 149/151
Who: Anyone (visitors, prospective members, new members, old members) who want to know what we believe and do as members of St. John’s congregation.
How: Interactive discussion
Contact: Jack or Carol Nuzum ( jcnuzum@juno.com ; 505-265-5241) Call or email Jack or Carol soon so we can plan or sign up Sunday in the Hospitality Center or Family Life Center.
Prayer Calendar
Friday, September 20th 
Prayers for God to guide and bless those on the trustees committee as they make decisions for 2020.

Saturday, September 21st 
Prayers for God to guide and bless those on SPRC as they make decisions for 2020.

Sunday, September 22nd
Prayers for God to guide and bless our staff as they make decisions for 2020.

Monday, September 23rd
 Prayers for God to guide and bless the UMW ministries.

Tuesday, September 24th
Prayers for God to guide and bless our food ministry.

Wednesday, September 25th
Prayers for God to guide and bless our JOY singers.

Thursday, September 26th 
Prayers for God to guide and bless our Chancel choir.

Friday, September 27th
Prayers for God to guide and bless our praise team.

-- Karen Tidler
Check out our "Communitas" video from our last sermon series!
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 on the second floor in the education wing across from the youth room. This Sunday, August 4, we will start the first session of our new study by John Ortberg, Like You More if You Were More Like Me. 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.

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
Our next Family Promise hosting is October 13 through the 20. We are starting signups early, due to the busyness of State Fair and Balloon Fiesta! Please signup in the Welcome Center or FLC. Contact Linn Furnish at 884-6626 for more information. Thank you.

Do you need to update your training for volunteering with children and special needs adults? Please attend training on Sunday, September 29 at 1:00 pm in RM 250 (movie room). Every two years, volunteers need to update their Safe Sanctuary Training. For more information about Family Promise please contact Linn Furnish at 505- 884-6626 or swimsew@comcast.net or Jenn Shields at 505-450-9978 or jennshields200@yahoo.com.

Nestled in the Sacramento Mountains thirty miles from Cloudcroft and surrounded by the Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Camp and Conference Center has been a place to unplug from life’s hectic pace and reconnect with God since 1931. St. John’s Youth regularly find God in camping experiences at Sacramento, and our United Methodist Women recently returned from a retreat there.

With cooling temperatures on the horizon, let's think soups and comfort food when we shop for The Storehouse during the month of September. Here's a few ideas: hearty soups with chunks of meat and/or vegetables; all varieties of chili; canned pastas containing meat; boxed mac-and-cheese; any shelf-stable packaged meal kits; powdered milk; and of course, peanut butter. Take your pick or donate an assortment! Also, it's the season for caseload sales at the supermarkets, so watch for those special bargains! Please place your donations in the wire bins located in the Hospitality Centers. As always, we truly appreciate your continued generosity!

See what’s happening in September for missions at St. John’s! Come by the Hospitality Center to pick up your copy, or click here to download!
Prayer & Congregational Care
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.
Rev. Harry and Tammy Riser (friends of Dara Bell) 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.
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.
This Week at St. John's
Getting Oriented

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.

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
(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