Loving God, Loving People, Changing Lives
Weekly Disciple
August 23, 2019
Omelette Bar Sunday
August 25
8:00 am - 12:45 pm

Join us this Sunday morning for Omelette Sunday! From 8:00 am - 12:45 pm, our amazing Food Ministry Staff and fantastic volunteers make delicious omelettes to order! Only $5!
Weekly Prayer Calendar
Friday, August 23rd
Prayers for God to guide and bless our food ministry.

Saturday, August 24th
Prayers for God to guide those who are hungry to our mobile food pantry. 

Sunday, August 25th
Prayers for God to bless those who use our facilities.

Monday, August 26th
Prayers for God to bless those who have experienced losses. 

Tuesday, August 27th
Prayers that God will guide all of our college students as they return to campus. Help them focus on you as well as their studies. 

Wednesday, August 28th
Prayers for God to bless the work of our missionaries. 

Thursday, August 29th
Prayers that God will bless the community around St. John's. May our building and people appear inviting for all to join us. 

Friday, August 30th
Prayers that God will bless our outreach projects.

--Karen Tidler

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN - Thursday, September 5 at 10:00 am
Let's get acquainted with Kelly! To kick off our Fall season, our new St. John's Associate Pastor, Rev. Kelly Giese, will be the featured speaker at our Thursday, September 5, meeting at 10:00 am in Room 241. This will be our opportunity to learn more about Kelly and her duties at St. John's. Please join us as we warmly welcome her to St. John's! As always, all ladies of the church are invited, and guests are always welcome!

When we join the membership of our church, we make a vow "to faithfully participate in the ministries of the church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness". On Sunday morning, September 15, we invite you to put that vow into action by visiting our "Worship Team" Volunteer Fair! Did you know it takes nine "mini" ministries (worship duties) to pull together a worship service? September 15th will be a fun and relaxing way for you to learn about these mini ministries, and how you may wish to participate and serve. Please join us! We'll have candy, too!

If you have always wanted to sing in a choir, or if you miss singing in a choir, or if you love Southern Gospel music, the JOY Singers may be just what you’ve been looking for. The JOY singers have been a choir at St. John’s for more than 25 years and they are getting ready to start back up for the fall/winter season.They currently have about 25 members and are always looking for new members to share their love of singing gospel music with each other and with others. This fall, they will be working on a great gospel Christmas musical to sing for churches, church groups, and retirement facilities. Rehearsals, which are normally on Mondays, 10:30-11:30, will begin on Monday, September 16 in the choir room. If you’d like to check us out, please email irdoug@comcast.net to let me know you're coming and I’ll have your music ready.

CHANCEL CHOIR RESUMES - New Members Welcome!
Chancel Choir had its first rehearsal of the new season this past Wednesday. Join us next week! All are welcome to sing with us; we have members who read music fluently, and members who read music barely at all. Give us a try!

Let's get acquainted with Kelly! To kick off our Fall season, our new St. John's Associate Pastor, Rev. Kelly Giese, will be the featured speaker at our Thursday, September 5th, meeting at 10 a.m. in Room 241. This will be our opportunity to learn more about Kelly and her duties at St. John's. Please join us as we warmly welcome her to St. John's! As always, all ladies of the church are invited, and guests are always welcome!

As part of our Communitas series this summer, we are having Table Talk groups. These groups are all about having conversation and fellowship. They will meet over the next four weeks at various times and places. Sign up in the Hospitality Center or the FLC. Meet some new people and have some community fun!

WOMEN’S EMMAUS WALK - September 19 - 22
The NW Emmaus Community will be holding a Women's Emmaus Walk in September. If you are interested in attending, finding our more information, or if you'd like to sponsor a woman on this Walk, please contact Linn and Mike Furnish at 884-6626.
Music at St. John's

Sunday, September 8
2:00 pm
Join us for a fantastic afternoon of jazz, led by internationally-acclaimed trumpeter and singer Christine Fawson.

Sunday, November 17
2:00 pm
Enjoy an afternoon of virtuosic music for violin and piano, featuring works by Gabriel Fauré, Alfred Schnittke, and Robert Cohen.

Sunday, February 23
2:00 pm
The international award-winning British vocal ensemble Apollo5 presents a fantastic afternoon of renaissance, classical, and contemporary choral music.
Sunday, March 29
2:00 pm
Enjoy a toe-tapping afternoon of Americana, featuring irresistible lyrics, transcendent harmonies, and roof-raising instrumentals.
If you missed the ASBURY CAFÉ training classes held at St. John's, don’t panic! There are two more training classes being held at Asbury UMC ( 10000 Candelaria Rd NE ). These classes are Sunday, August 25th at 3pm & Tuesday, August 27th at 6pm. Both classes are in Classrooms 1 & 2. It is a great way to learn the new things happening at the Asbury Café AND meet other volunteers you might be working with. If you have questions please contact Jenn Shields at jennshields200@yahoo.com or 505-450-9978. See you Soon!

Fun, Fellowship and Free Admission: these are some of the great perks of working at the Asbury Pie Café. St. John's will have sign up sheet outside the Sanctuary Doors starting on Sunday, July 28th. It takes many hands to raise over $50,000, so please come and sign up for a shift. If you have questions about shifts please contact Dave Young at 505-715-2030 or dajsover@wans.net. See you at the FAIR!

Also outside the Sanctuary Doors, St. John's will have a list of days we needed pies. NO PROFESSIONAL BAKING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. If you have an oven - you can bake pies! If you have questions about pies please contact Jenn Shields at 505-450-9978 or jennshields200@yahoo.com. Thank You! 
Joseph, the journey to forgiveness  by Melissa Spoelstra (Bible study)
Tuesdays, September 17 – October 22 (6 weeks), 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., led by Ann Look

Cost of study materials, $12; registration deadline, September 1, 2019

All of us know what it’s like to be hurt or betrayed. From hurtful words, lies, or gossip to the unspeakable pain of abuse, adultery, or abandonment, God knows the pain we cause each other and longs to help us learn to practice forgiveness. This 6-week study explores what God has to say to us about grace and forgiveness through Joseph’s story of trial and triumph found in Genesis 37-50. As we study his dreams, betrayers, dysfunctional family, struggle to forgive, and journey toward reconciliation, we’ll find truths that echo into our own lives as well as practical help for answering common questions such as How do I stop dwelling on the hurt? and Is forgiving someone excusing what happened? Whether or not you’re working through a hurtful situation right now, you can learn from Joseph how to release your past and present hurts to God and allow Him to do a supernatural work of forgiveness in your life.
Fierce, women of the Bible who changed the world  by Jennifer Cowart (Bible study)
Tuesdays, September 17 – October 22 (6 weeks), 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., led by Dara Bell

Cost of study materials, $13; registration deadline, September 1, 2019

It’s become trendy to use the word “fierce” when describing women at the top of their game, but women have been fiercely changing the world for thousands of years. In fact, the Bible tells of many fierce female characters who made hard decisions, offered hope, boldly repented, shared their faith, and blessed those around them. Although some are less well known than others, these women can teach us how we, too, can live into our callings, honor the Lord, and even change the world through our courage, faithfulness, and obedience. 
Grateful, the subversive practice of giving thanks  by Diane Butler Bass (book study)
Tuesdays, September 17 – November 19 (10 weeks), 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., led by Jane Faber

Cost of study materials, $12; registration deadline, September 1, 2019

Every day there are reasons not to feel grateful. Terrible, distressing, painful, and awful things happen all the time. Yet gratitude is a defiance, of sorts, the defiance of kindness in the face of anger, of connection in the face of division, and of hope in the face of fear. Gratefulness does not acquiesce to evil – it resists evil. “Thus, gratitude strengthens our character and moral resolve, giving each of us the possibility of living peaceably and justly. Being thankful is the very essence of what it means to be alive and to know that life abundantly.”
Hebrews, the nearness of King Jesus  by Lisa Harper (Bible study)
Tuesdays, September 17 – November 5 (8 weeks), 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., led by Donna Bruce

Cost of study materials, $14; registration deadline, September 1, 2019

The Book of Hebrews highlights two contrasting realities. Jesus is supreme yet approachable. Without losing an ounce of depth, Lisa makes Hebrews accessible too. Join her in this study as she gets to the heart of the matter: Jesus is an up-close Redeemer. Hebrews: The Nearness of King Jesus will help you engage and treasure the Book of Hebrews as you draw near to the approachable Savior.
I Will!, nine traits of the outwardly focused Christian by Thom S. Rainer (book study for men and women)
Wednesdays, September 25 – November 6 (7 weeks), 5:45 p.m. – 6:50 p.m., led by Barbara Stanfield

Cost of study materials, $9; registration deadline, September 15, 2019
Could you be the answer to the problems you see? 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!
Youth News
This Sunday is the 4th Sunday of the month, so during the 9:30 am hour our students will worship together in the Abide service in the FLC. Next week we will do the same because of Labor Day weekend.

Solid Ground gets up and running again from 4:00 - 6:00 pm THIS SUNDAY, August 25: New Friends, New Games, New Songs, New Series, New Year….remember to bring $2.00 for our Compassion offering. 

Students and families, we will be starting a new study of the action packed Gospel of Mark as part of WNL. up in Room 260. Bring your friends, parents, grandparents, it is an intergenerational class.
Wednesday Night Live
Starts September 4
WNL Dinner
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.

The UMC and Human Sexuality, with Rev. Dr. Carl Schenck 6:00 - 7:00 pm
September 4: “How Does the UMC Make Decisions?”, September 11: “A Case Study: Slavery and the UMC”, September 18: “What’s Next for St. John’s UMC?”

Students and families, we will be starting a new study of the action packed Gospel of Mark as part of WNL, up in room 260. Bring your friends, parents, grandparents, it is an intergenerational class.

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.

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.
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

The United Methodist Women are collecting backpacks for Zuni Elementary and would like to extend that opportunity to the congregation. Please bring backpacks to the Hospitality Centers and place in the metal bins. Contact Angie Young at youngamabq@icloud.com.

The Wesley Foundation is a vibrant group of young people growing in their faith and living it on the UNM campus. They serve Christ through Bible Studies, Tuesday fellowship dinners, service projects and special activities all year. The Wesley House also has affordable rooms for several students.
Wesley relies totally on the support of the Methodist Churches in the city. Wesley House has been a Christian presence on Campus for many years: therefore maintenance is always high on their needs list!! Please give generously.

These two organizations will be the focus of our "non-foods collections" during the month of August. We're collecting laundry detergent pods and fabric softener sheets for Casa Esperanza, and full-size bars of soap and washcloths for our guests of St. John's Mobile Food Pantry. As you may know, Casa Esperanza is a non-profit organization, located here in town, that provides housing for out-of-town families who are referred to Albuquerque for cancer treatment. In addition, our guests of Mobile Food Pantry appreciate the special, little giveaways we have for them from time to time, so thank you for your generosity! Please place your donations in the wire baskets in the Hospitality Centers.

Throughout the year, we alternate our "food collections" between The Storehouse and Silver Horizons. This month, for Silver Horizons, we're collecting: ready-to-eat cereals, protein and/or cereal bars, peanut butter/cheese snack crackers, shelf-stable meats and cheeses; individual packages of nuts, and powdered milk. Your donations will go to "senior food markets" in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Valencia counties, to provide much needed food to over 3,000 seniors and the 900 grandchildren that many of these seniors are raising on a very limited income. Thank you for being such a blessing!  

See what’s happening in August for missions at St. John’s! Come by the Hospitality Center to pick up your copy.
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.
Jill Aubrey is the recipient   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.
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