Weekly Disciple
May 17, 2019
Join us for worship this Sunday!
"Amazing Grace"
8:15 am and 11:00 am
Titus 3:3-8
For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, despicable, hating one another.  But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared,  he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water [ a ] of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.  This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,  so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  The saying is sure. I desire that you insist on these things, so that those who have come to believe in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works; these things are excellent and profitable to everyone.

"Unearthed"
9:30 am
Judges 6:11-27
The Call of Gideon
11 Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the oak at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, as his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press, to hide it from the Midianites.  12 The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty warrior.”  13 Gideon answered him, “But sir, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our ancestors recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the Lordbring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has cast us off, and given us into the hand of Midian.”  14 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian; I hereby commission you.”  15 He responded, “But sir, how can I deliver Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”  16 The Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike down the Midianites, every one of them.”  17 Then he said to him, “If now I have found favor with you, then show me a sign that it is you who speak with me.  18 Do not depart from here until I come to you, and bring out my present, and set it before you.” And he said, “I will stay until you return.”
19 So Gideon went into his house and prepared a kid, and unleavened cakes from an ephah of flour; the meat he put in a basket, and the broth he put in a pot, and brought them to him under the oak and presented them.  20 The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened cakes, and put them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And he did so.  21 Then the angel of the Lord reached out the tip of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the meat and the unleavened cakes; and fire sprang up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened cakes; and the angel of the Lord vanished from his sight.  22 Then Gideon perceived that it was the angel of the Lord; and Gideon said, “Help me, Lord God! For I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face.”  23 But the Lord said to him, “Peace be to you; do not fear, you shall not die.”  24 Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord, and called it, The Lord is peace. To this day it still stands at Ophrah, which belongs to the Abiezrites.
25 That night the Lord said to him, “Take your father’s bull, the second bull seven years old, and pull down the altar of Baal that belongs to your father, and cut down the sacred pole [ a ] that is beside it;  26 and build an altar to the Lord your God on the top of the stronghold here, in proper order; then take the second bull, and offer it as a burnt offering with the wood of the sacred pole [ b ] that you shall cut down.”  27 So Gideon took ten of his servants, and did as the Lord had told him; but because he was too afraid of his family and the townspeople to do it by day, he did it by night.

New Director of Children & Families
We are happy to announce that Therese Macali, who has been serving as interim, has been officially appointed as St. John's new Director of Children and Family Ministries. Therese comes with a great deal of experience working with children and a passion for creative ministry. Please welcome her officially when you see her!
New MexiChords Spring Concert
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 OPEN
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 .
Weekly Prayer Calendar
Friday, May 17th
Prayers for God to bless and guide our missionary Rukang Chicomb in the Congo. 
 
Saturday, May 18th
Prayers for God to bless those less fortunate. Pray that God shows us the best way to help them. 
 
Sunday, May 19th
Prayers for God to bless our graduating Seniors to keep them safe and on the path God has for them.
 
Monday, May 20th
Prayers for God to bless the teachers at Zuni that they may use this summer to refresh and renew their spirits. 

 
Tuesday, May 21st
Praises for God to continue to bless our food ministry that blesses us in so many ways. 
 
Wednesday, May 22nd
Prayers for God to bless and guide our children's ministry during this transition.  
 
Thursday, May 23rd
Praises for God to continue to bless our music ministry that blesses us in so many ways. 
Happenings
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.

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED? Point 2: You Can Reject God’s Plan for Your Salvation 
Our email Bible study will now examine the scriptural support for the idea that some people reject God’s plan for salvation. Why? And what is God’s response? Wesleyan doctrine teaches that God’s grace makes salvation freely available to everyone, but the same grace gives us free will. Consequently, we can reject salvation if we so choose, although this option is  not recommended ! Pick up a study guide in the Welcome Center, or email Regina Hunter, drhunter@nmia.com, for daily readings and study tips.

FIRE ALARM INSTALLATION
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.

CONFIRMATION PRAYER PARTNERS
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.

FAMILY PROMISE UPDATE
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.

OMELETTE BAR NEXT SUNDAY - Sunday, May 26 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 Caf é , cost is only $5!

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
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.

TABLETS NEEDED
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.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN’S BRUNCH - Saturday, June 1 at 9:30 AM
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!

CLEAN-UP DAY - 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!

CASA ESPERANZA DINNER - Monday, June 10
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. Thank you for your generosity. If you have questions, please contact Jenn Shields at jennshields200@yahoo.com or 505-450-9978.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE FOOD SERVERS NEEDED - June 10-14
For the second year in a row, New Mexico-West Texas Annual Conference is being held in Albuquerque, and there are several meal events to be held at St. John's and catered by Chef Tim and the St. John's Food Ministry.  The Food Ministry needs volunteer servers! The dates servers are needed are:
Monday, June 10: 1-2 servers needed at lunch time.
Wednesday, June 12: 6 servers needed at dinner time.
Friday, June 14: 10 servers needed at dinner time.
Sign-up and get more info at the Hospitality Center in the narthex or Family Life Center. For more details, contact Chef Tim at tnuzum@stjohns-abq.org or 883-9717 x 141.
Youth News
THE BACCALAUREATE LUNCH SERVER NEED
All Solid Ground Parents and Students: We need your help set up the Senior Luncheon, THIS SUNDAY, from 10:15 am - 12:00 pm to serve the graduates’ families from 12:00 - 1:45 pm. You get a free meal for helping, and it will be done for you with your graduate.

GRACE PARK FIELD DAY - RSVP THIS SUNDAY
Next Sunday, May 26, 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.

SENIOR SPEAK - This Sunday!
Seniors, now that you have graduated, you are still not done. Tonight, it will be an open forum for our graduates to share with us their story and what high school has taught them about living their faith. Don’t miss.
Quintessence Choral Festival

Registration is open for our 7th annual Summer Choral Festival! Quintessence: Choral Artists of the Southwest are artists in residence here at St. John's.

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

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.

FAMILY SPIRIT SUNDAY SCHOOL 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. 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!

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

WAYS WE CAN SERVE
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.

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.

MOBILE FOOD PANTRY
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!

THE STOREHOUSE
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
PRAYER QUILT
Anastasia Marcum (friend of Dara Bell) 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.
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

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.
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