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Weekly Disciple
August 30, 2019
Kid's Ministry
Backpack Blessing
This Sunday, September 1 during the 11:00 am service, Kid’s Ministry will be having a special backpack blessing for kids of all ages to start the school year right! Children will be called to bring up their backpacks and receive a special blessing over the school year. They will then join their family to enjoy the rest of service. Any questions please contact tmacali@stjohns-abq.org  
Wednesday Night Live
Something for everyone!
Starts this Wednesday, September 4
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.

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?”

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.
Sunday, September 8
2:00 pm
Join us for a fantastic afternoon of jazz, led by internationally-acclaimed trumpeter and singer Christine Fawson. Click here to learn more about our 2019-2020 season!


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!

Church Women United, an ecumenical gathering of Christian women, will meet for their annual Human Rights Day observance on Friday, September 6th at Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd NE. The interfaith community is invited to join us. Coffee fellowship begins at 9:30 with the program following at 10:00. The theme is “The Time is Now—United to Serve” in response to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948. Human Rights Awards will be given to nine women who served those in Sanctuary in local churches for the past two years, plus an additional award to Sally-Alice Thompson, ABQ activist for Fasting Against Sanctions & Siege (FASS). Parking is limited, a permit will be given when you arrive to park in an “un-numbered” space. Carpooling is encouraged. Questions may be directed to Sharon Hamilton at 620-0223.

SECOND SUNDAY LUNCH - September 9, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Kick off the road to Autumn with Beef Stroganoff. Lunch is in the Family Life Center from 11 am and 1 pm. No reservation required. All are welcome. Adults $12, 12-17 years old $6, 6 - 11 years old $3, and under 6 free. Bring a friend, or meet a new one! 💚💛💙❤️💜

Now that you know our Worship Team Volunteer Fair is on Sunday, September 15, think about the wide range of opportunities that await you. We need more people to join our "already dedicated" volunteers who work in the nine areas of Worship Team ministry: Chancel and children's choir; Hospitality Center(s); Worship Arts; Ushers; Greeters; Sound/lights booth (training will be provided); Liturgists (training will be provided); Sanctuary stewards; and Communion Servers. Choose the area that suits your interests and volunteer as much or as little as you wish. If you have questions, please bring them to the fair and we'll have representatives waiting to help you. "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve." Mark 10:45

No not the song…No not the building… It’s the church’s Endowment Foundation.
Did you know St John’s has its very own financial foundation? It does, and here’s how you can be a part of it. By simply remembering the foundation as part of your estate plan, you can be helping this church we love for years to come. A tithe of 10% of your remaining estate in your will would allow you to keeping giving long after you are no longer passing the offering plate. Think about it! Contact Janice McCrary, Executive Director, at 883-9717 to learn more.

As part of our Communitas series this summer, we are continuing to hold 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!

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.

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.
Introducing our new Music Ministry Interns!
Natalie Bonelli
Natalie Bonelli is a native New Yorker currently majoring in Music Education with a concentration in voice and a minor in Psychology at UNM. She is a member of the NAFME Executive Board and Concert Choir. When not on campus, Natalie enjoys cooking, sleeping, and repeating. 
Curtis Storm
Curtis Storm is a regular soloist and collaborative musician throughout the Southwest United States for various operas, concerts, recitals, and festivals. In October 2015, he was the featured tenor soloist for the world premiere of the American Choral Association's Alice Parker Award winning Requiem for Eagles by David Lingle, which was later reprised for his debut with the San Juan Symphony in October of 2017. Earlier this year he sang in Ensemble Music New Mexico’s performance of the J.S. Bach Easter Oratorio, and was the tenor soloist for Red Rock String’s performance of Handel’s Messiah. He has performed with Opera Southwest in their productions of Guillaume Tell and Norma and will be covering the role of Thamar in their upcoming performance of Alì Babà. As a graduate Voice Performance student at the University of New Mexico, Curtis has performed in UNM Opera’s production of The Turn of the Screw, a leading role in its workshop premiere of Nell Shaw Cohen’s Mabel’s Call, Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance in which his voice was described by the New Mexico Review of the Arts as “sonorous”, and will sing the role of Ferrando in Così fan tutte early 2020. He also has nearly a decade of experience as a music director in public schools, churches, and as private voice teacher. Curtis is very grateful for the warm and welcoming reception he’s received from the St. John’s family and looks forward to a wonderful year of making music with them. 
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
Today is the 1st Sunday of the month & we will have our Round Table Students Leaders meet at 9:30AM up in Room 258. Same next week; we are planning the Underground.

Enjoy the holiday at home or at the beach; we will not Solid Ground on Labor Day weekend. New series “God + 1” will continue next week.

GOSPEL OF MARK STUDY - Wednesdays 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.
Orientation Class: 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?”
These are key questions that newcomers ask about our church and we are having a class to discuss the answers.  Visitors and new members are the primary focus for the class, but those who have been around awhile may want to reorient and re-energize themselves by entering the discussion. It's a great place to get to know others at St. John's as well.

The class will take place on four Sundays right after last service and lunch will be provided. The first class will start Sunday, September 22, 2019, and we’ll end on Sunday, October 13. We will meet in Rooms 149/151 from 12:15-1:30 PM, eat lunch together, and discuss the topics (our faith, Methodism, St. John’s, my place.)

To register for the class, sign up in the Hospitality Center/FLC Table or contact Jack and Carol Nuzum at 265-5241 or jcnuzum@juno.com
Prayer Calendar
Friday, August 30th
Prayers that God will bless our outreach projects.

Saturday, August 31st
Prayers that God will bless our music ministries as they reach out to others.

Sunday, September 1st
Prayers that God will bless our third graders as they receive their Bibles. May they be open to learn God's word for their hearts. 

Monday, September 2nd
Labor Day - Pray for those who labor that they may as Psalm 55:22 (Paraphrased) says to cast our burdens on the Lord.  

Tuesday, September 3rd
Prayers for God to guide and bless the teachers and workers at Zuni elementary as they guide children's lives. 

Wednesday, September 4th
Prayers for God to bless our pie bakers for the pie cafe

Thursday, September 5th
Prayers for God to bless our many workers for the pie cafe

Friday, September 6th
Prayers for God to bring customers for the pie cafe that His name will be glorified.

--Karen Tidler
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
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!

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.

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.
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.
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