Weekly Disciple
January 24, 2020
Happenings
THE ST. JOHN'S BACH PROJECT
Saturday, January 25
5:00 pm

Actus Tragicus BWV 106, featuring the UNM Concert Choir and soloists Jennifer Perez, Curtis Storm, Sarah Nickerson and Michael Hix. Also, Joel Becktell will be playing a solo sonata for cello by Bach. There is no admission charge; a free will offering will be received.
Complimentary childcare will be available.
OMELETTE SUNDAY - This Sunday
Made-to-order omelettes this Sunday in the Sonshine Cafe from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm - only $5.

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 (there is still room in this class)

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.
CHURCH WOMEN UNITED
Church Women United, an ecumenical Christian women’s group, will meet on Friday, February 7 at 9:30 am at Grant Chapel AME Church, 7920 Claremont Avenue NE. Coffee fellowship will begin at 9:30 followed by a presentation by Carolyn Good, entitled “Anyone Can Be Scammed” at 10:00 am. A collection will be taken for Wings for Life to include “anything that you would ordinarily take to Good Will…kitchen supplies, linens, clothing, etc.” Come join us! Questions? Contact Amy Costales 867-4207 for more information.

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.

NOTE FROM THE CHURCH TREASURER
Financial statements for the 2019 year will be mailed on Friday, January 24. Contact the treasurer Doris Bowen at (505) 410-7213 or bowen_g@msn.com if you have any questions.
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 29
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. This week: Street Taco & Nacho Bar

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

January 29: PB&J Ministries - A staff member from PB&J Family Services will make a presentation on Wednesday, January 29, 6 p.m., at Wednesday Night Live. Come hear about this organization which helps at-risk children grow and develop to their full potential within nurturing families and a supportive community. They are also in need of the following items: diapers (all sizes), safety proofing items (outlet covers, baby gates, door knob covers, etc.), and hygiene items. If you would like to donate any of these items, they can be brought to the presentation or to the Hospitality Centers.

February 5: DEEP DIVES into Genesis: Cain and Abel-As we look at the first post-Eden humans, we need to ask these questions among others: Why are sacrifices offered? Why wasn't Cain's sacrifice acceptable? Why did he react as he did and are there other ways of dealing with disappointment?

February 12 AND 19: "Trash Talk" Why are we so obviously clueless about the true nature and size of our waste? Do we take the 3 R's (recycling, reusing, and reducing) seriously? Join our St. John's UMW "Garbology Team" for this two-session program, as we share some eye-popping facts, entertaining skits, and interactive audience activities to learn why we've become such experts at "throwing away", and what we can do to change our behaviors. Please join us in the Family Life Center at 6 p.m. for this two-part program. We promise --- this will not be a "waste" of your time!

February 26: ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE – no WNL classes or dinner!

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. Yoga classes will continue: Wednesday January 22nd and 29th upstairs in Room 245!

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
WNL Classes at St John’s and the UMC General Conference 2020

Beginning in the Fall of 2019, St John’s UMC began sharing information through classes related to the events of GC 2019 and questions about Human Sexuality.  

In August 2019 St John’s hosted Dr. Nancy Bowen, Professor of Old Testament at Earlham School of Religion in Richmond IN. Dr. Bowen shared a lecture on the history of marriage through the lens of scripture and tradition and offered an interpretive lens using reason and experience. 

As we began our Wednesday Night Live series we chose to present classes through a process called the Wesleyan Quadrilateral. Wesley believed that the "living core of the Christian faith" is revealed in scripture, illumined by tradition, "vivified" by personal experience, and confirmed by reason.

These classes include three classes presentation by Rev. Dr. Carl Schenck 
1. “How the UMC makes decisions” a look at the Book of Discipline and the structure of the UMC.  
2. “A Case Study: How Slavery Divided the church” an exploration of our history and how another issue in a different century impacted the church.  
3. And “ St John’s role going forward?” In this class we talked about possible scenarios of what GC 2020 might bring and how we as a congregation might respond.  

In October 2019 , Rev. Pam and Rev. Kelly shared perspectives about the UMC and Human Sexuality, that included using scripture, tradition, reason and experience and encouraging people attending to practice “holy conversations” as a means of grace taught by our tradition and upheld in the Book of Discipline.  

We recently hosted Rev. Jay Armstrong, an elder in the New Mexico Annual Conference and a pastor at Paradise Hills UMC in Albuquerque. He shared with us “A Defense of Traditional Marriage”, a recording of this talk is available here. Later this Spring we will share more about the GC 2020 to be held May 5-15. This class will be shared by the New Mexico Conference delegates to GC 2020 sometime in April and will present the petitions that are coming before the General Conference in Minneapolis MN.   

As members of the household of faith, we continue to surround the work of our delegates, lay and clergy with prayer for the work of GC 2020. Let us rejoice in the faithfulness of our covenant God.  
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!

YOUTH PARENT MEETING - This Sunday
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 !
LENTEN FISH FRY
FISH FRY DINNERS
Yes, it is almost that time again!! Fish Fry Dinners are on Fridays, February 28 - April 3, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, so be sure to mark your calendars! The cost is $12 per person and $6 per child (10 and under). The menu will remain the same. If you want to help out at the dinners, come by the Hospitality Centers to sign-up beginning February 9. Contact Wayne at jwshirleyabq@gmail.com.

ADVANCED TICKET SALES
Once again, we will offer the opportunity for the congregation to purchase advanced fish fry dinner tickets as gifts for people you would like to invite. These tickets will be available at the Hospitality Centers beginning February 9. No reservations are needed for the fish fry dinners; you can purchase your ticket at the door. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $6 per child (10 and under). Contact Wayne at jwshirleyabq@gmail.com.

FIRST RESPONDER TICKET SALES
First Responder Ticket Sales. St. John's congregation can purchase fish fry dinner tickets as a donation for the first responders (police and fire) who serve in the St. John's area. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased in the Hospitality Centers beginning Sunday, February 9. Contact Wayne at jwshirleyabq@gmail.com.

MUSIC COORDINATOR FOR FISH FRY DINNERS
We have a need for a volunteer to coordinate the music entertainment for 2020 Lenten Fish Fry Dinners. Wayne Shirley has names and contact information and has already sent out an email to these folks about helping with the 2020 schedule. The dinners are on these dates: February 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, & April 3.  For duties/responsibilities please contact Wayne at choir or call 294-1018 if interested.  
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. This Sunday January 26 through February 23, we will study Max Lucado’s 2019 book, How Happiness Happens. 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
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.
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!

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
Nedra Godsey 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