Weekly Disciple
February 14, 2020
Dear church family,

The Soul Tending Workshop, February 22 nd , is something to NOT miss! I have seen Rev. Anita Amstutz in action, and she is fabulous. A Journey Into the Heart of Sabbath will prepare us beautifully for the Lenten season, providing us with many ideas around taking Sabbath time and tending well to our spiritual relationship with God and Christ. Please plan to attend this workshop to deepen your personal Lenten journey experience as you move toward the cross. This will also be a good time to be in the community of fellowship with others in our church family. This Sunday is the last day to sign up in the Hospitality Center. I am sure you will enjoy the event, your soul will be nurtured, and you will hear some “bee” stories! (A little teaser!).

Blessings of joy,
Pastor Pam
SOUL TENDING WORKSHOP - Registration Deadline February 16
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.

The Soul Tending Workshop on February 22 will be centered around Anita Amstutz's book, Soul Tending, A Journey into the Heart of Sabbath. She recommends, if at all possible, that you read the book prior to the workshop. A limited number of books are for sale in the Hospitality Center on Sundays. The cost is $13 per book.
By working Saturday and Sunday Rhino roofing completed the 3A roof section in spite of the rain. Work on the next section will proceed as soon as weather permits. Four Winds is on schedule to complete the HVAC work on the 2nd floor interior by this weekend. All HVAC work is on schedule. Four Winds have put in some very late nights to get the necessary work in the preschool area done without impacting preschool operation.

Tuesdays, March 3 - April 7 (6 weeks), 9:30 - 11:30 am, led by Barbara Stanfield. Cost of study materials, $11; registration deadline, February 16. Pick up a registration form at the Hospitality Centers. 

Forgiving others and humbly asking for forgiveness are central disciplines for all Christian believers. Lent, a time to reflect on our Christian journey, is an appropriate time to deepen our understanding and practice of forgiveness. Using biblical examples and real-life situations, Thompson illustrates each chapter’s theme in an informative and engaging way. With clarity, insight, and sensitivity, this book is the perfect resource for examining both our ability to forgive and our own need for forgiveness.
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.

The bell choir is looking for two ringers to join our group. We meet on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm. Experienced ringers are welcome or anyone who reads music and is interested in learning to play bells. We are a fun small group of the St. John's music ministry. Please contact Larry Luna at 872-0193 or luneyman@gmail.com.

1 and 2 Chronicles are the history of Israel, as written by someone much more interested in music and singers than in wars and kings. In 1 and 2 Kings, we read about kings who occasionally go to the Temple. In 1 and 2 Chronicles, we read about the Temple and the singers, composers, and instruments heard there, and occasionally a king comes. Join us for a different look at the history of Israel as we study one of the lesser-read books of the Bible. Pick up a study guide in the Welcome Center, or call or write Regina Hunter at 294-2877, drhunter@nmia.com, to join St. John’s largest on-going study. Study tips and scripture readings are emailed on weekdays, but we each read at a time of our own choosing.

How is tax preparation going? Are you wondering if your money is working hard enough for you? Would you like to keep more of it in your pocket? If so, Keep reading.

The St John’s Foundation provides a way you can invest not only in your future, but also in the future of our church. The Foundation offers investment vehicles such as CD’s, money markets, or loans. Also, tax advantaged opportunities such as gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, gifts of appreciated assets, or even old insurance policies are available. These investment vehicles can become a win/win for both you and our church.

If you have read this far, and want to know more, pick up a brochure at the Hospitality Center or contact our Executive Director for more information.

"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:

Mountain Cathedrals will be hiking Saturday February 29 at the Tree Spring Trail in the Sandia Mountains. The season of Lent begins this week on Wednesday (Ash Wednesday Feb 26). As we enter into this season of preparing, you are invited to enter into the wilderness, the Sandia Mountain Wilderness begins at the end of this trail. And in keeping time with the church we find ourselves reading the gospel of Matthew on the First Sunday of Lent telling the story of Jesus being led up by the Spirit into the wilderness… What a great way to enter into the season of Lent!   

Tree Spring Trail is a moderate hike that has an elevation gain of around 800 feet over a two-mile (four mile round trip) length. The name comes from a spring found flowing from beneath a large tree stump below the current trailhead.  

We will be snow shoeing weather permitting and will have more details about snow shoe availability and rentals the week of February 17. Plan to meet at St John’s east parking lot around 8 am. More details to come! If you have questions please feel free to contact Kelly Giese kellyg@stjohns-abq.com or call the church office, extension 124. Or talk with Mike Furnish at mdfurnish@comcast.net. Stay tuned… *note the date change – 5th Saturday of Feb.

The 14th Annual Sweet Jazz Benefit Concert for Family Promise is Sunday March 1 at 4:00 pm. Come experience relaxing live Jazz music, sweet treats, door prizes, and a silent auction. Tickets are $20. See Linn Furnish or Jenn Shields for more information and tickets.

“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 the last service, and lunch will be provided. The first class will start Sunday, March 8, 2020, and we’ll end on Sunday, March 29. We will meet in Rooms 149 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. 

The Emmaus Walks for 2020 are Men's: April 30-May 3. Women's: Sept. 24-27. The Walk to Emmaus is a Christian Walk in Faith to encourage development of Christian leaders. Please contact Mike or Linn Furnish for more information. 505-884-6626
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! 
February 19
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. Menu: Build Your BBQ Beef on a Bun

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

February 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!

March 4: DEEP DIVES into GENESIS: Noah and the Ark Nature and sin combine for a disastrous flood. Noah got advanced warning because he 'walked with God.' Our questions this time are: Are we ready for the flood? What does it mean to walk with God? Do we have an ark ready?!

6:00 - 7:00 pm
Students and families, we will be continuing our study of the Gospel of Mark as part of WNL this week 6:00-7:00 pm up in Room 260. Bring your friends, parents, grandparents, and a Bible, it is an intergenerational 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. 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.

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
Students if you are in town this Presidents Day weakened, we are treating you to Boba Tea during youth group. Join us as usual from 4:00-6:00 pm, we will have a brief lesson, and walk over to the mall for Boba Tea—on us. Bring a coat.

All Students in place of Solid Ground on Feb 23 we will join the ABQ youth group Collective; this month it will gather @Sandia Pres (10704 Paseo Del Norte NE, 87122) for Lazer Tag and food 4:00-6:00 pm; Drop off/Pick up there.

This weekend is a holiday weekend and much of our leadership is out of town. There will be no Underground today, Feb 16.

Students: we bought a block of tickets for the concert coming up on March 15 @Hoffmantown 7:00-9:00 pm. First come first serve, so bring $20 to secure your seat; 7 t

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 !
For all Fish Fry inquiries, contact Wayne Shirley at jwshirleyabq@gmail.com.
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 Center to sign-up.

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 Center. 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). 

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 Center..

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.  

As a result of a suggestion from a member of St. John's, we have developed a new option of donating tickets for families in the neighborhood and teachers associated with Zuni Elementary. The school Counselor and Principal will choose deserving families and teachers to receive the tickets you've provided. Come by the Hospitality Center and donate a fish fry dinner to our neighbors and Zuni teachers. Through your gracious generosity, we will impact both the school and our surrounding community!
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.

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
The next Casa Esperanza Dinner will be Tuesday, February 18 at 5:30 pm. This ministry provides a meal to the many caregivers and patients that have to be away from the comforts of home. Please sign up, to provide food or help serve, in the Hospitality Center or at the Abide Service. Contact Jenn Shields at jennshields200@yahoo.com or 505-450-9978 for more information. 

Thank you to all who went above and beyond for the recent Family Promise hosting!! We received glowing Thank You notes from the 3 families. We could not do this without all of the volunteers! THANK YOU from the Family Promise team.

In February, we'll continue our collection of non-food items for these two organizations. Can you help provide any of the following items? Silver Horizons: facial tissue; shampoo; toilet tissue; and jigsaw puzzles (new or gently-used). Casa Esperanza: paper plates; plastic utensils; and sponges for kitchen clean-up. Thank you for your continued support of these organizations.

This month, we'll focus our food collection on Silver Horizons, which provides free groceries to over 3,000 low-income seniors, mostly through their Senior Markets at various locations within a four-county area. We're looking for donations of rice, beans, pasta, powdered milk, and cereals of all types. Please place your donations in the wire baskets located in the Hospitality Centers. We appreciate your generosity!

We are looking for 4-5 team leaders for this dynamic program in 2020. We need several volunteers to plan and provide monthly snacks. Donations of snacks from the congregation are also welcomed. Also needed are volunteers to help with quarterly program planning. If interested contact Angie Young at 715-0292 or Sharon Jensen at 323-7522 or sign up at the hospitality center.

See what’s happening in February for missions at St. John’s! Come by the Hospitality Center to pick up your copy.
During February, we will emphasize our Covenant with Missionaries, also known as Faith Promise. In order to join into this covenant relationship with United Methodist missionaries, we, as a church, pledge each year to support our missionaries with $2500 each. 

We currently support the following missionaries:
Rukang Chikomb
Democratic Republic of the Congo. a pilot, mechanic and director of the Southern Congo Wings of the Morning which is a part of the United Methodist Aviation Ministry.
Fresie Chikomb
Democratic Republic of the Congo, safety and accountability manger of the Southern Congo Wings of the Morning Aviation Ministry in addition to assisting with management at the Jamaa Letu Boy's Orphanage in Luboombashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Dr. Desiree Segura-April
Currently serving as a regional missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in Latin America and the Caribbean specializing in children-at-risk ministries.
Pledge or giving cards will be available during the month of February. However, you do not need a pledge card to give - just be sure to put the word "missionaries" in the memo line of your check.
Prayer & Congregational Care
We have an exciting new ministry starting up to empower volunteers to serve communion to our homebound members. Join us for a brief training on Sunday, February 23 from 12:15-1:00 pm in room 260 just ahead of the Safe Sanctuaries training at 1:00. Please contact Nancy Adams if you are interested but cannot attend: albqnaba@msn.com.

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.

Katie Boyd (friend of Gerry Wakeland) 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 Jarrod Conyers, Congregational Care Coordinator, at jconyers@stjohns-abq.org or call 883-9717.
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