Weekly Disciple
March 22, 2019
Join us for worship this Sunday!
Current Sermon Series: "The Radical Sayings of Jesus"
8:15 am, 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Matthew 23:1-12
Jesus Denounces Scribes and Pharisees
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples,  “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat;  therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach.  They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them.  They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long.  They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues,  and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi.  But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students.  And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven.  10  Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah.  11  The greatest among you will be your servant.  12  All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.

Mark 9:33-37
Who Is the Greatest?
33  Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?”  34  But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest.  35  He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.”  36  Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them,  37  “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”
Lenten Worship with Pastor Pam
Wednesdays at Noon in the Choir Room
Come be refreshed by a short weekly service of prayer, singing, and meditation. All are welcome.
Sunday, March 24 from 8:00 am - 12:45 pm
Every fourth Sunday of the month! Come and get your delicious omelettes made to order from over twenty choices of ingredients. In the Sonshine Cafe, cost is only $5!
WNL March 27 at 6:00 pm, in room 149, “Creativity for Peace” Board member Lamia Faruki, will lead this educational presentation, sharing photos and stories from the dual narrative trip to Israel and Palestine. Creativity for Peace brings 8 Israeli and 8 Palestinian high school age young women together in Santa Fe during the summers to train them in leadership and conflict resolution, among many other things. Twelve people from New Mexico went to Israel and Palestine to see the reality on the ground with their own eyes and to better understand the conflict and dynamics with which the young women of Creativity for Peace struggle. From Ramallah, Haifa, Jerusalem, Israeli settlements, and the separation wall, they experienced and understood more strongly the need for Creativity for Peace's work.
Saturday, March 30
5:00 pm
Join us for the final concert of the season for the Bach Project. We will present three works of JS Bach, his
Partita no. 2 in c minor, BWV 826 for solo keyboard, Virga Jesse Floruit from the Magnificat and the Cantata 58 Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid. Soloists will include Kristin Ditlow on keyboards, soprano Ingela Onstad and baritone Michael Hix. There is no charge for admission, although we will gratefully accept donations. Complimentary childcare is available. Our sanctuary is fully accessible.
Join us for To Mars and Beyond- Vacation Bible School June 17-21! More information and sign up available here .

Family Caregivers, FREE Classes and Support! Do you provide care for a loved one with a chronic illness? Program focuses on education, support, problem-solving skills, and stress management for family caregivers of people with a chronic illness. Ongoing, 9-week 90-minute, FREE classes. Next classes start March 26.

For more information, please contact: Director of the Program, Sharon Lewis, RN, PhD, FAAN at 830-377-1484, slewis2@unm.edu or St. John’s members Linn Furnish, RN, Parish Nurse, at 505-884-6626, swimsew@comcast.net, or Carol Dolan RN, MSN, at 505-235-6206, carold@lobo.net.

Sweet Assurance is a women’s choir that sings periodically throughout the year. The next time we sing is at the 11:00 am service on Sunday, April 7th. We will rehearse on Wednesdays March 27 and April 3, both from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Come sing with us!

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.

MEN’S SPRING BIBLE STUDY: Proverbs & Ecclesiastes
The philosophy of Proverbs is basically, “Behave and all will be well.” The philosophy of Ecclesiastes is basically, “All is meaningless and the chasing after the wind.” Hmmm. What is scripture trying to tell us?! Reality may be more complicated than we like to think…

Come to the Men’s Spring Bible Study and dive into this quandary. We will meet on Mondays from April 1-May 6. 2019, at either 10 AM or 7 PM. Discussions are always lively especially comparing these two books.

Sign up in the Hospitality Center and pick up a reading list or contact teacher Jack Nuzum at jcnuzum@juno.com.

Church Women United, an ecumenical Christian women’s group, will meet on Friday, April 5th at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 5301 Ponderosa NE. The Forum speaker will be Jean Anderson of the NM End of Life Options Coalition. Coffee fellowship will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the program at 10:00. Come, join us! Questions? Contact Amy Costales at 867-4207.

Sunday, April 7, 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.

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

We have a need for ushers for the sanctuary services. Ushers are on teams that serve for a month and then are off two months. Anyone interested please call or email Hunt Look at mapalook@comcast.net or 768-7013.

Plastic eggs and individually wrapped candies are needed for our annual community egg hunt on April 20! If you can help, please drop them by the church office during the week, or the Hospitality Center on Sunday. And thank you!

What Must I Do to be Saved?
St. John’s daily email Bible study will tackle this age-old question. In Part 1, we’ll look at what the Bible says about whom God wants to save. “Reading Our Bible Together” originated in 2007 at St. John’s and is our largest continuing Bible study. A scripture passage and a brief study tip are distributed to most participants by email five days a week. We each read at a time and place of our own choosing. Answers to reader questions and other supplements occasionally come out on Saturdays. To receive daily study tips by email, write or call Regina Hunter at drhunter@nmia.com or 294-2877.
Something for everyone!                   March 27
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: Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

CREATIVITY FOR PEACE - 6:00 - 7:00 pm
WNL March 27 at 6:00 pm, in room 149, “Creativity for Peace” Board member Lamia Faruki, will lead this educational presentation, sharing photos and stories from the dual narrative trip to Israel and Palestine. Creativity for Peace brings 8 Israeli and 8 Palestinian high school age young women together in Santa Fe during the summers to train them in leadership and conflict resolution, among many other things. (See above for more info)

A study of the Gospel of St. John continues on Wednesday nights! Join us in room 258.

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.


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.
Youth News
Today is the 4th Sunday of the month, so during the 9:30 hour our students will worship together in the Abide service in the FLC. Next week Round Table Leaders meet in room 258 upstairs, same time.
We continue our journey through Confirmation after being off last week; Join us at 10:45 am as usual. But next week half of us will be at CCYM, so we will not meet on March 31.

Sr. High - are you ready to go to camp? We are heading down to SMA this weekend. March 29-31. Meet at St. John’s at 3:30 pm on Friday; we will return Sunday around 6:00 pm. Bring $$ for dinner on the way down, plus the way back; all your supplies, and your final payment.

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

Download the Youth Activities Calendar here.
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:
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.

Our Friday Coffee Talk with Associate Pastor Melissa Madara will take place at 1:00-3:00 pm at Epiphany Espresso (3600 Cutler Ave). All are welcome to come for coffee and informal conversation about whatever YOU want!

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.

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.
Lenten Fish Fry
For all information pertaining to the Fish Fry, contact Wayne at jwshirleyabq@gmail.com.

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.

If you want to help out at the dinners, sign up at the Hospitality Centers on Sunday or on-line at https://bit.ly/FFhelp19. We especially need help with setting tables early afternoon on Fridays.

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.

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.

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

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

Many families in Juarez, Mexico are in need of shelter. You can help meet this need by contributing to the cost of a house, roughly $3000. Or you could even join a team that goes to Mexico for five days and actually helps build the house along side Methodists from Mexico and the family that will live in the house.

Vance Behr has done both and will be happy to give you more information. Call him at 505-300-6320. Please help with this important mission.

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.

Our food collection, in March, will support The Storehouse. We'll accept any non-perishable food donations, but let's focus on the following items which are always appreciated: canned meats, such as tuna, ham, and chicken; canned pasta containing meat; and hearty soups in all varieties. Peanut butter is also always in demand. Please place your donations in the shopping carts. Thank you!
Prayer & Congregational Care
Nick and Dawn Valliant (friends of Cathy Rypma-Dixon) are the recipients 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.

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

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
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.

You can give to the church electronically by using a debit or credit card. Click here , or visit the Giving Page on the church website and follow the simple instructions found there.
Psalm 86 (8:15 am)
Hear my voice, O Lord, when I pray, Hear my prayer when I cry from the lowly place; In your mercy, Lord, let me stay; Hear my voice, O Lord, when I pray. Hear my voice, O Lord, when I cry; Hear my words when I call from the lowly place, I will pray, O Lord, lest I die; Hear my voice, O Lord, when I cry. From the grave’s descent you have taken me, When the men of the world have forsaken me. In my day of need and my time of grief, Hear the prayer for my body and soul’s relief. In the morning, Lord, I will sing with a song that will rise from the holy place, And my praises, Lord, it will bring; in the morning, Lord, I will sing. Amen.
What Wondrous Love is This (11:00 am)
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this,
That caused the Lord of bliss,
To bear the dreadful curse,
For my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing!
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing!
To God and to the Lamb, Who is the great "I AM, "
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing!
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on, I'll sing on!
And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on,
And when from death I'm free, I'll sing and joyful be,
And thro' eternity, I'll sing on, I'll sing on,
And thro' eternity, I'll sing on.

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