Loving God, Loving People, Changing Lives
Weekly Disciple
September 6, 2019
New Sermon Series:
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 next Sunday (9/8) 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!

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! 💚💛💙❤️💜 This Sunday ONLY, Gary & Elaine Montague will be signing their new book “Victory from the Shadows.” Get your book signed!
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!

September 11
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: Panko Bread Crumb Crusted Meatloaf

6:00 - 7:00 pm
The UMC and HUMAN SEXUALITY, with Rev. Dr. Carl Schenck
September 11: “A Case Study: Slavery and the UMC”, September 18: “What’s Next for St. John’s UMC?”

Why do we still read these old stories of Genesis? Because they tell us so much about ourselves! But we need to attend to them carefully to unpack their rich meaning. Join Jack Nuzum Wednesdays, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, at 6 PM as he leads a class trying to come up with answers to these questions and others from Genesis 2 & 3: Why a Garden? Why a snake? What does it mean for Adam and Eve to lose their innocence and wake up to existence in time and face death? Why is the price of knowledge so high? The discussion should be fun because these characters are WE OURSELVES!

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.

The Ladies Book Club will meet Monday evening at 7:00 pm in Room 231, The Library. We will be discussing “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover. Imagine never having a birth certificate or attending school, how does one become educated? This non-fiction takes us through her life and what she had to do to break through into the real world. If books are your passion, please come join us, contact mapalook@comcast.net.

MEMORY CAFE - Saturday, September 14: 2:30 pm
Memory Cafe meets this Saturday in the Sonshine Cafe. We will be interacting with our fabulous therapy dogs, creating active dog ball toys, and enjoying some fun drum circle rhythms! Our members are invited to bring in a favorite dog or pet photo to share a special memory with the group. 

UNDERGROUND SUNDAY NEXT WEEK! - September 15 at 9:30 am
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 9:30AM. All students and children go to your usual Sunday classroom and we will come get you.

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.

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.
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.
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. 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! 
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 2nd Sunday of the month & we will have our Round Table Students Leaders meet at 9:30AM up in Room 258. We are planning the First Underground for next week.

Sr High Afterglow (now with 8th Graders!) and Mid High McDonald's all happen at the conclusion of Solid Ground this Sunday at 6:00. Afterglow location TBA. Stay after for food, fellowship, and fun are on us.

All Students in place of Solid Ground on Sept 22nd 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 5:00-6:30PM; Meet there; (no choir rehearsal on 9/22)

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

Saturday, September 7th
Prayers for God to guide and bless the men's ministry at St. Johns.  

Sunday, September 8th
Prayers for God to guide and bless the women's ministry at St. Johns. 
Monday, September 9th
Prayers for God to guide people to be part of the worship team and sign up at the volunteer fair next Sunday.

Tuesday, September 10th
Prayers for God to guide and bless the children's ministries at St. Johns.  

Wednesday, September 11th
Prayers for God to guide and bless the youth ministries.  

Thursday, September 12th
Prayers that God will bless each child that received a backpack.  

Friday, September 13th
Prayers for the families who have someone incarcerated. May God guide, strengthen, and protect them.

-- 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
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.

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.
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