Weekly Disciple
February 22, 2019
SPECIAL SESSION OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE
The Special Session will be held February 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri.
We will be holding a prayer vigil for the delegates attending. Please sign up for an hour (or more) to pray during this time. There are sign up sheets at the hospitality center and Abide worship.

The Special Session will be live streamed here !
ADVENTURES IN PRAYER
Saturday, March 2 from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mark your calendars now for a multi-generational, all-church prayer retreat. Contact Donna Bruce at donnabruce@comcast.net. Read more about this event here . Register to attend this event here! Registration deadline is February 24.
ORIENTATION CLASS: ORIENT/REORIENT: LEARNING ABOUT ST. JOHN’S
Starts Soon!
“What are our core Christian beliefs?” “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. To orient means to get direction and that’s the purpose of this class: What direction should I be going in my faith journey? Visitors and new members are the primary focus for the class, but those who have been around awhile may want to REORIENT and reenergize themselves by entering the discussion.

What:
  Class 1: Christian Beliefs (March 3, 2019)
   Class 2: Methodist History and Beliefs (March 10, 2019)
   Class 3: St. John’s Programs and Organization (March 17, 2019)
  Class 4: Where do I fit in? What can I contribute? (March 24, 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.
Happenings
MORE DIRECTORY PHOTO TIMES AVAILABLE
If you missed out on the photos the first two weeks, the company has agreed to be back at St John's next week for 2 more days. If you would like to schedule your photo for Thursday, February 28 or Friday, March , please go online here , or call Les Bruce (505 263-4338) to schedule.

MORE WOMEN’S BIBLE/BOOK STUDIES TO START SOON
Come by the Hospitality Centers to pick up a registration form. Contact: Donna at donnabruce@comcast.net.

Grace Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy by Emily Ley (Bible study), Tuesdays, March 12 - April 9 (5 weeks), 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., cost: $10; registration deadline, February 24.

OMELETTE BAR NEXT SUNDAY - Sunday, February 24
Every fourth Sunday of the month from 8:00 am until 12:45 pm! Come and get your delicious omelettes made to order from over twenty choices of ingredients. In the Sonshine Cafe, cost is only $5!

CASA ESPERANZA DINNER - Monday, February 25 at 5:30 pm
St. John's will be providing dinner for the residents of Casa Esperanza. If you feel called to volunteer or donate food items please look for the sign up sheets at the Welcome Center and Abide Service February 3 -24.

The next Casa Esperanza Dinner takes place on Monday, April 1 . NO FOOLIN', St. John's needs volunteers and food donations to provide dinner to the families staying at Casa Esperanza during a difficult season in their lives. Please stop by the Hospitality Center and Abide Service to sign up, March 17 - 31. Thank you for your generosity. If you have questions, please contact Jenn Shields at jennshields200@yahoo.com or 505-450-9978.

CHURCH WOMEN UNITED - Friday, March 1st at 9:30 am
Church Women United will gather for the World Day of Prayer service at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Menaul Blvd NE. The theme is “Come—Everything is Ready”, prepared by the women of Slovenia and will feature the stories of five women from that country. Coffee fellowship will begin at 9:30 followed by the worship program at 10:00. So Come! Everything is ready! For more information contact Sharon Hamilton at 620-0223.

POLO (Persons of Leisure and Others) - Friday, March 1
You're invited to join us for a two-hour tour of the Air Traffic Controllers' Center, 8000 Louisiana NE. Look for details and sign-up sheet in the Hospitality Center. Advance sign-up is required, and tour is limited to the first 20 people. 

NAME TAG SUNDAY - Sunday, March 3
Please wear a name tag if you have one. If not, there will be name tags available for each service so please be sure to stop by the name tag table and get one. Contact Donna at donnabruce@comcast.net.

SWEET JAZZ - Sunday, March 3 at 6:00 pm
Join us at Sandia Presbyterian Church for a Fundraiser for Family Promise. Tickets are $20 each. Contact Linn & Mike Furnish at 884-6626.

ASH WEDNESDAY - Wednesday, March 6 at 6:00 pm
Joining us for this service are special guests VOCES8!

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN - March 7 at 10:00 am
This meeting will be an "Update on United Methodist World Missions", presented by Doris Bowen, Norma Argo, and Jean Jones. Mark your calendars, and join us for this informative program in Room 241. We'll begin with a time of snacking and fellowship, followed by our program. Bring a friend!
Music
VOCES8 RETURNS TO ST. JOHN'S!
Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 pm
The internationally-acclaimed a cappella group VOCES8 will return to St. John's for their fifth concert appearance! Tickets are $20 ($10 for students), and are on sale now at musicatstjohns.org.
Weekly Activities

HOLY YOGA - Tuesdays at 5:30 pm and Thursdays at 9:45 am
Do you ever get restless trying to pray while sitting still? Try praying through movement! Holy Yoga meets every Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm, and every Thursday morning at 9:45 am. Tuesday's classes are a restful and restorative end to the day. Thursday's classes are more active, intended to energize and uplift for the day ahead. Beginners are welcome at both classes. All gear is provided - bring a mat if you have one that you like (otherwise, we have lots of mats!), and wear clothes that you can move comfortably in. Tuesday's class is a suggested $5 donation that goes toward the purchase of gear and supplies. Thursday's class is free and includes free childcare.
 
We will be joining together with Asbury UMC for our Tuesday night classes, making Holy Yoga a joint ministry between the two churches. Classes will be located as follows:
Feb 26 - St. John's
Questions? Contact Melissa at mmadara@stjohns-abq.org .

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.

FAMILY SPIRIT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS - Sundays at 9:30 am
The Family Spirit Class meets on the second floor in the education wing across from the youth room. We are continuing a study of John Burke’s best-selling book, Imagine Heaven. A copy of this book and discussion questions will be provided weekly as well as a video clip for class discussion. Please come and join us. Contact Doug Sweet at 554-6047.

MOPS
MOPS is off to a great start in this new year! Know any moms of young children (birth through Kindergarten) who are in need of a place to connect, vent, relax, and decompress? Invite them to join us! We meet every first and third Wednesday from 10-noon upstairs in rooms 245/257. Childcare is provided. Questions? Contact Melissa at mmadara@stjohns-abq.org.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE
Something for everyone!                   February 27

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE DINNER
You are invited to join us beginning at 4:45 pm on Wednesday evenings for an always-changing menu featuring great food. Cost scale based on age. This week: Hearty Beef Chili and Baked Potatoes

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE CLASS – 6:00-7:00 pm
Join us this Wednesday to hear about from our own Celebrate Recovery's Jeff Ellis and Pam Moore and the good work the group is doing for people all over Albuquerque. Beginning March 13, Pastor Pam will be leading a two week course during the WNL time on utilizing the prayer wheel during your personal daily devotional time. If you'd like a book ordered for you, sign up in the Hospitality Center.

GOSPEL OF JOHN BIBLE STUDY – 6:00-7:00 pm
A study of the Gospel of St. John continues on Wednesday nights! Join us in room 258.

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 from 6:00-7:00 pm. This is a gentle class geared for beginners and for experienced yogis looking for a gentle practice. Laughter and community building are encouraged. Suggested $5 donation goes toward disaster relief efforts.

FOR THE KIDDOS AGES 3 AND UP...
NEWSOUND CHILDREN'S CHOIR takes place in room 231 from 5:15-6:00 pm. Contact Therese at therese.macali@gmail.com
KIDS' BIBLE CLUB is back each Wednesday. Come play, sing, and learn about our Bible heroes from 6:00-7:00 pm in rooms 248 and 236.
There will be no Wednesday Night Live activities -- including Kids' Bible Club, NewSound Choir, adult classes, yoga or dinner -- on March 6 due to Ash Wednesday.
Youth News
CONFIRMATION STARTS
THIS WEEK!
Students and Parents of young people 7th Grade-Senior, join us up in room 245 on Sunday Feb 24th @10:45AM as the weekly 2019 Confirmation class kicks off; info, calendars, and other details of the scope of the class from then until June.
DAVID CROWDER & MERCY ME CONCERT
Students:, coming up on March 31st, there is an epic Christian praise concert happening at the Santa Anna Star Center at 7:00PM. We hope you join us; reserve your ticket by bringing $25 to Jarrod ASAP. Travel details forthcoming.


YOUTH SONSHINE CAF É HELP
February 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://signup.com/go/fHVAzKP

CAMP REGISTRATIONS
Mid-High students—The ROC Camp is coming up on March 1-3 and the online registrations are open! Please go to the camp’s website to log-in/create an account, and register: http://bit.ly/sacramentosignup. The cost is $140, & scholarships are available.

SONRISE YOUTH CHOIR
Love to sing? Come join the Sonrise Youth Choir! We meet on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 - 4:00 pm right before Solid Ground Youth Group. We perform in worship on Sunday mornings at the 8:15 am service!

Download the Youth Activities Calendar here.
Lenten Fish Fry
For all information pertaining to the Fish Fry, contact Wayne at jwshirleyabq@gmail.com.

LENTEN FISH FRY DINNERS
Yes, it is almost that time again!! Fish Fry Dinners are on Fridays, March 8 - April 12, 4 - 7 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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
If you want to help out at the dinners, come by the Hospitality Centers to sign-up beginning February 10.

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 on Sundays beginning February 10. No reservations are needed for the fish fry dinners.

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 on Sunday.

MUSIC COORDINATOR NEEDED
Musicians are already scheduled. Need someone to welcome guest musicians each Friday evening and make sure they have what they need.
Mission & Outreach

WAYS WE CAN SERVE
See what’s happening in February for missions at St. John’s! Come by the Hospitality
Center to pick up your copy or download here .

ST MARTIN’S HOPEWORKS (PROJECT SHARE) - Tuesday, February 26
The HopeWorks Day Shelter, located at 1201 3rd St. NW, serves meals to those experiencing homelessness three times a day, five days a week. They also provide a healthy dinner on Saturdays and a breakfast on Sundays. If you can help in any way on February 27 or during the year, please contact Tim Nuzum at tnuzum@stjohns-abq.org.

FEBRUARY SPECIAL OFFERING: Covenant with Missionaries
We have the opportunity to continue our support of Rukong and Nandona (Fresie) Chikomb, United Methodist Missionaries in the Congo. They run the southern Congo Wings of the Morning Aviation Ministry. It provides transportation for hospitals, educators, mission teams and a variety of other mission needs. They have also provided translation services for the United Methodist Church and others as needed, speaking English, French, Swahili and two Congolese dialects! Fresie has also worked with the Jamaa Letu Boys Orphanage, and they are raising three children of their own.

In addition, we have the opportunity again this year to support some medical interns as they go into remote areas of the Congo to serve people who often have no other access to a doctor. Serving in this area is also an opportunity for female interns to get valuable experience to further their medical studies. John Schwarting reports that the
medical establishment in the Congo is still often reluctant to support female doctors, so the female interns currently serving in rural areas receive barely enough to live on.

Though we highlight them in February, we have an opportunity to support these missionaries and missions with our money and prayers all year long. St. John’s has been covenanting with missionaries since its beginning. Please continue the tradition with your generous support. You can download the Covenant with Missionaries (Faith Promise)

UNM WESLEY HOUSE
Can you provide a meal for the students before Bible Study on a Tuesday night
sometime before May 2019? To sign up go to: http://bit.ly/unmwesley.

SILVER HORIZONS
From month to month, we alternate between supporting The Storehouse and Silver Horizons. So, in February, let's fill our shopping carts with dry goods, such as dry beans, rice, pastas (of all types), and ready-to-eat cereals. We're told these are "premium" items and very costly for Silver Horizons to purchase. Also, peanut butter and powdered milk are always in demand. We thank you for your generosity in assisting the low-income "seniors" in our community, many of whom are caregivers for their grandchildren!
Prayer & Congregational Care
PRAYER QUILT
Heike Rice (friend of Donna Bruce) 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 or the Emergency Pastor Contact Number at 331-8121.

MARCH PRAYER CALENDAR
Find your copy of the March Prayer calendar at the Hospitality Center or download here !

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 Claudia Giese, Congregational Care Coordinator, at cgiese@stjohns-abq.org or call 883-9717 ext. 128.

Getting Oriented
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.

ONLINE GIVING
You can give to the church electronically by using a debit or credit card. Visit the Giving Page on the church website and follow the simple instructions found there.

COFFEE TALK
Fridays 10 am - noon at Epiphany Espresso in Green Jeans off of Carlisle (3600 Cutler Ave NE). Meet with Pastor Melissa and others for a chat about life, ministry ideas, or simply take a few minutes out of your day/week to reflect and connect.

PART-TIME CUSTODIAN NEEDED
Most Saturdays in the month. Sundays: 6:00 am to ? The weekend hours will vary depending on the event. Contact Bill at (505) 315-4542.

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
2018 Financial Statements were mailed out last week. Please direct your questions to Doris Bowen, Church Treasurer, at 410-7213 or bowen_g@msn.com.
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