Weekly Disciple
May 10, 2019
Join us for worship this Sunday!
"Amazing Grace"
8:15 am and 11:00 am

Ephesians 2:1-8 (NRSV)
From Death to Life
You were dead through the trespasses and sins  in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient.  All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else.  But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us  even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—  and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,  so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.

9:30 am
Exodus 3:1-12 (NRSV)
Moses at the Burning Bush
Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.  There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed.  Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.”  When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”  Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”  He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings,  and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.  The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them.  10  So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”  11  But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”  12  He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.”
Youth News
This Sunday, May 12, is Mother’s Day. There will be no youth activities happening this morning or tonight; do something nice for your mother. Catch you next week.

Juniors - we need your help continuing the tradition of putting together the Senior Posters for Baccalaureate Sunday. Please help us on Wednesday Night, May 15, from 6:00-7:00 upstairs in room 260.

All Solid Ground Parents & Students: We need your help set up the Luncheon, Sunday May 19 th , from 10:15 am -12:00 pm and to serve the graduates’ families from 12:00-1:45PM. Please sign up at: bit.ly/UMYFSolidGround.

Over Memorial Weekend, the youth ministry is off for a field day and cookout in the mountains at Grace Park. Meet up at 2:00 pm —Back by 7:00 pm RSVP with Jarrod by May 19 or text #REGISTERGRACEPARK to 505-388-2653.

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! For more information, contact Shea at SonriseChoir@gmail.com.

SOLID GROUND YOUTH GROUP - Sundays from 4:00 - 6:00 pm
In our life, God desires to provide us a sure and safe place to stand that is rooted in his love and the promises of His Word. Solid Ground is our youth group of young people Mid-High through Senior High. Summer programming starts June 2. For information about joining contact Jarrod at jconyers@stjohns-abq.org.

Download the Youth Activities Calendar here.
Weekly Prayer Calendar
May 10th
Prayers for God to bless the family transitions from school to summer activities. May they work to bring the family together.
May 11th
Prayers for our graduating Seniors. May God guide their future decisions. 
May 12th
Prayers for God to bless our mothers for everything they have done for us. 
May 13th
Prayers for God to bless everyone (family and friends) affected by recent losses. May they turn to God for comfort and healing.
May 14th
Prayers for God to give direction and discernment to those hiring new staff members.
May 15th
Prayers for God to guide our summer children's and youth programs to help them strengthen their relationship with God.
May 16th
Prayers for God to bless our confirmation class as they decide to make that commitment of their faith.
FISH FRY DINNER CELEBRATION - Saturday, May 18 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Join us in the Family Life Center, to celebrate the 2019 successful series of fish fry dinners. Bring a potluck dish to serve 8 - 10 people.

In 1988 the congregation of St. John's established an Endowment Foundation to accept the gifts of cash, estates, securities, etc. to invest in the future.  What a great idea that has proven to be. To date, the foundation has been able to use the earnings from these endowments to distribute approximately $925,000.00 to support the various program ministries, enable pastor housing, and improve church facilities.
Would you like to be part of this legacy? One way is to remember St. John's in your will or estate plan. Your gifts will go to our foundation to be invested and earnings will be distributed to support our church of today and tomorrow. Check out our work and history by picking up a brochure, or contacting Janice McCrary, Executive Director at 883-9717.

Over the course of the approximately 11 weeks required to complete the installation the plan is to never leave the church unprotected. All areas of the church will be affected, and activities during the workday will have to accommodate the Heights Security System workers. Heights is making every effort to minimize impact on church activities. During the first 8-10 days of the installation spools of cable will be coned off in the halls.

St. John’s—2019 marks the year of our next Confirmation Class! We have a great group of four exceptional students, and we want to pair each student up with an established member of St. John’s to be a Prayer Partner. Please email Jarrod if you would like to join in: jconyers@stjohns-abq.org

POLO OUTING - Friday, May 24 at 10:00 am
We've arranged for a guided tour of "Brain: The Inside Story", at the Museum of Science and Natural History. If you're a POLO (person of leisure and others), we invite you to join us! The cost is $6.00 per person, and depending on interest, we may arrange for lunch at a nearby restaurant, afterward. Please sign up and pay in the hospitality center by May 19th, and indicate your interest in a group luncheon.

The Family Promise Hosting on May 19th - 26th will be in a hotel. Hotel stays for the families are very expensive. If you feel lead to contribute to the Family Promise budget, please stop by the Hospitality Center and Abide Service this Sunday, May 12th. Thank you for all the support. If you have any questions please contact Jenn Shields at jennshields200@yahoo.com or 505-450-9978.

The Church is looking for volunteers willing to sit at the front desk and answer the phone Monday thru Thursday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Please contact Debbie at reception@stjohns-abq.org or 883-9717.

Children & Families needs two tablets that can connect to the internet, used or new. If you have one to donate please contact Therese Macali at newsound@stjohns-abq.org.

All ladies of the church are invited to join us for our annual Spring brunch at Weck's restaurant, 3913 Louisiana NE. Plan to meet at the restaurant at 9:30 a.m. and we'll order from the menu. Please RSVP to Carol Wiggins, by May 27th, at carolmwiggins@aol.com or 256-3938. We'd love to have you join us for this fun fellowship!
Saturday, June 8
The Trustees invite everyone to join us for a St John’s Spring cleanup Day. Tasks that need to be addressed include: FLC entrance cleanup, church office, reinstalling boards in the main hall, cleaning scuff marks, dusting, washing windows, pulling weeds, repair chain link fence, etc. There will be an indoor and an outdoor crew. There are sign-up sheets in the Welcome Center and a Trustee to answer any questions!
Replacing SMART Camp is our new, musicality-oriented Encore Music Camp! The camp runs from Monday, July 8th until Friday, July 12th here at St. John’s. This program is for both children and youth, children participating in general music, drum circle, music and movement, and art classes (a full lunch is included). Youths will participate in choir classes, intensive music learning, private voice lessons, yoga, music and movement, and percussion classes. For more information, and registration, click here .

Join us and experience live a cappella music celebrating iconic songs from The Great American Songbook! Cost is $15, with kids 6 and under admitted for free. Senior Discounts are available. This show features your favorite songs made popular on radio, music, and television in America, both old and new! The performances are on Friday, May 17 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 pm. The show promises to be light, insightful, fun, and engaging. Join us!

Registration is open for our 7th annual Summer Choral Festival! On Sunday, July 28, 2019, 3:00 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, we will perform Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and other pieces with our professional festival orchestra, under the direction of Quintessence Artistic Director Matthew Greer. In addition to rehearsing and performing masterworks by Beethoven and Brahms, participants can take advantage of group workshops and individual voice lessons, led by our fantastic teaching artists. Student singers are encouraged to audition for our Choral Scholars program, which will perform a set of pieces as well as be a part of the master choir. Rehearsals begin Saturday, July 20. Registration fee includes scores, a recording of the performance, an official festival t-shirt, and entrance to workshops, individual coaching sessions, and social events. To register, click here !
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 at 9:30 am Sunday on the second floor in the education wing across from the youth room. We will have a six-week study of Amy-Jill Levine’s Entering the Passion of Jesus , beginning on the first Sunday of Lent, March 10. 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.

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:
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.

COFFEE TALK - May Schedule
Melissa's May calendar is a little bit wild and crazy! So here is your May Coffee Talk schedule, all in one place. All are welcome to join us from 1-3pm at Epiphany Espresso (3600 Cutler Ave NE) for informal conversation and coffee.

Friday, May 17, and 24 - we WILL MEET as scheduled. May 24 will be our last gathering.

Friday, May 10 and 31 - NO COFFEE TALK. You may still feel free to meet on your own if you choose!

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.
Join us for To Mars and Beyond- Vacation Bible School June 17-21! More information and sign up are available here .
Mission & Outreach

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

May Special Offering: LANDSUN HOMES
As we praise God for our mothers this month, let's remember those at the Methodist supported Landsun Homes in Carlsbad, NM. With longer life spans and escalating health costs, older adults often outlive their resources. We can help them enjoy a decent, dignified quality of life in their final years by donating to Landsun's Caring Hands Fund this month. Please give generously.

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.

Thank you for your donations of toilet tissue for our Mobile Food Pantry clients. Now, because the need is so great in our community, we want to keep the momentum going! During the month of May, we're collecting toothbrushes and regular-sized toothpaste, which will be distributed to our clients the following month. Please place your donations in the roll-around bins in the Hospitality Center. And, just a "heads up", we'll collect paper towels in June, so be watching for sales! We appreciate your generosity, St. John's!

Summertime is fast approaching, which means that many schoolchildren will no longer have access to the school lunch program. To help fill those hungry tummies, let's focus our efforts, during the month of May, on collecting: ready-to-eat cereals, cereal bars, protein bars, cheese and peanut butter snack crackers; shelf-stable meats and cheeses, individual packages of nuts, peanut butter, or any similar items that are nutritious and easy for children to prepare; no chips or sugary items, please. You may place your donations in the roll-around wire bins in the Hospitality Centers.
Prayer & Congregational Care
Anastasia Marcum (friend of Dara Bell) 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 or the Emergency Pastor Contact Number at 331-8121.
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.
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.
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