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Weekly Disciple
January 3, 2020
Happenings
COMMON TIME CONCERT SERIES: BEETHOVEN & BUNDT CAKE
T hursday, January 9 from 5:30-6:30 pm
Join us for a free classical music concert and refreshments following (including delicious bundt cake). All ages welcome! There will be a free-will offering taken, half of which will be donated to Feed NM Kids!
MEMORY CAFE TEAM LEADERS NEEDED
We are looking to enlist the assistance of 4 or 5 more team leaders for our dynamic Memory Cafe  Program in 2020. We need a couple of volunteers to plan & provide simple monthly snacks and a couple of volunteers to help with quarterly program planning. If interested, call Angie Young at 715-0292 or sign-up in the Hospitality Center, and Angie will provide more details. 
CONGREGATIONAL INFORMATION MEETING
Sunday, January 5 at 12:15 pm
Please join together in a congregational meeting in the Sanctuary. Building facility needs will be discussed and the schedule for the upcoming replacement of the roofs on our campus will be shared. (If you have questions prior to January 5 that you need answers to, please contact Jim Hickman.) We will also have reports from the Staff Parish Relations Committee and the Finance Committee. A capital campaign will be outlined. We look forward to your attendance!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE IN JANUARY
WNL classes are shaping up! Our first gathering will be Wednesday, January 8.
CONTRA DANCE: We will have a Contra Dance January 8 6:00-7:00 pm in FLC. All youth and children and families are invited to attend. We welcome back the band “Cheap Shots” and our caller Marj Mullany.

January 8 - “DEEP DIVES INTO GENESIS”: Also that evening for non-dancers, Jack Nuzum will teach on “Deep Dives into Genesis, After the Fall”, 6:00-7:00 pm in Room 151. After the Apple: Join Jack Nuzum as he continues the study of Genesis finishing the story of humanity's emergence into self-consciousness depicted in Genesis 3 with the eating of the fruit. We are plunged into time, consequences, and shame with all these imply. Don't worry if you haven't made the previous classes: Jack will catch you up!

January 15 - THE TRADITIONAL PLAN: A Defense of Traditional Marriage Rev. Jay Armstrong Rm 151 6-7 pm

You don’t want to miss the return of WNL with DINNER and great programs for all ages. Fuel up with your church family at dinner served between 4:45 - 6:15 pm in the Family Life Center. MENU: Hearty Beef Chili and Baked Potato Bar. Little Lamb Meal: Chicken Tenders $10 adults, $6 12-17 years, $3 6 - 11 years, and under 6 free. 

BETHEL BIBLE SERIES
The New Testament portion of the Bethel Bible study will begin on Wednesday, January 8, at 4:00 pm in room 151. Anyone who has previously completed the Old Testament portion of the study is welcome to join us. For questions or to register, call Karen Tidler at 239-0291.

JOLLY ELDERS
Learn about various issues regarding affordable housing in Albuquerque at the next meeting of Jolly Elders on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Meet at 12:30 in Room 243 for our shared dish dinner; after which fellow church member and Attorney for the Albuquerque Housing Authority, Brian Eagan, will give a presentation about various local government agencies and private sector organizations who all play a role in addressing various issues related to affordable housing in the Albuquerque community. What are the missions of the Albuquerque Housing Authority, the City of Albuquerque Community Development Division, the Bernalillo County Housing Department, the Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico and other housing related groups? Where is the City of Albuquerque going to construct the new centralized shelter for the homeless? Bring your own table service, a dish to share, and an attitude for fellowship. Adults of all ages are welcome!

CHILI LUNCHEON --- YOU'RE INVITED!  
Our annual UMW Chili (and soup) Luncheon is set for Thursday, January 9, in Room 241. We'll begin at 10:30 am with our program presented by Therese Macali, our St. John's Children's Ministry Director. Lunch, hosted by our Executive Committee, will follow. The luncheon is free and reservations are not needed. We gladly welcome guests and visitors, so please put this date on your calendar as, together, we warm hearts and tummies!

CREDIT CARD FEES
St. John’s United Methodist Church is pleased to offer the congregation the ability to use a credit card to make contributions, pay for lunches, and a variety of other things. As you know, the church pays a fee of 3.0% on the amount of your transaction for this privilege. The total fees paid by the church in 2019 will be around $15,000. Please consider adding 3% to your contribution to help defray this cost. You are greatly appreciated!

SECOND SUNDAY LUNCH - January 12
Time to ring in the New Year with Pit Ham Carved to Order and Black Eyed Peas and faith for the future. Come enjoy In FLC 11 am - 1 pm. $12 adults, $6 12-17 years, $3 6 - 11 years, and under 6 free.

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.

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)  

SILVER HORIZONS
Did you know St.John’s donated hundreds of items (hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, Otter Pops etc) to Silver Horizons during our summer special collection? Silver Horizons serves at risk seniors who are living on $500-900/month and may be caring for children and pets as well. They appreciate our donations! We are doing a special winter collection including gloves, throws, and puzzle booklets in January and February for delivery in March. See the complete list in the Hospitality Center, contact Kathy at Kadieruf@gmail.com with questions. (through February) 
Youth News
YOUTH IN WORSHIP
This Sunday is the 5th Sunday of the month, and all students will be in worship this morning at unified service at 10:30AM. Back up with Round Table on January 5th.

SOLID GROUND YOUTH GROUP HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
Due to the Christmas holiday, there will be no Sunday youth activities Dec 22. We plan to join “The Collective” joint youth group event offsite for their event on Dec 29— 9:00 pm-12:00 am @ Del Norte Sports N Wellness; it’s FREE. We will be back up and running full strength on Sunday, January 5.

SONRISE CHOIR
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 !
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.

NEW BOOK STUDY IN THE NEW SPIRIT CLASS - Sundays at 9:30 am
We in the New Spirit Class would like to invite congregation members to join us for an upcoming book study on Sunday mornings. We will be studying John Ortberg's I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me: Getting Real About Getting Close. Ortberg is both insightful and humorous and this will be a study of developing relationships with God and others by avoiding common relationship pitfalls and responding to our need for others. The study starts on December 8, 2019, at 9:30 AM Sunday mornings, in Room 151.

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, our Advent study continues with Amy-Jill Levine’s book, Light of the World: A Beginner’s Guide to Advent. This four-week study includes a weekly DVD presentation and discussion handout. 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
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
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 December for missions at St. John’s! Come by the Hospitality Center to pick up your copy or download here .
FAMILY PROMISE
Family Promise will be hosted at St. John's January 12 -19. Many hands make light work. Please stop by the Hospitality Center and Abide Service to sign up to volunteer. Family Promise Volunteer Reorientation class will be held Tuesday, January 7 at 6:00 pm in room 231. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Family Promise and recent changes to our policies. Have questions? Contact Jenn Shields, 505-450-9978 (jennshields200@yahoo.com) or Linn Furnish, 505-884-6626 (swimsew@comcast.net).
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
Andy Loughlin, uncle of Debbie Eagan, 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