Loving God, Loving People, Changing Lives
Weekly Disciple
August 16, 2019
Family Choir This Sunday!
Come Sing!

All are welcome to sing in a special “family choir” in the 11:00 worship service on August 18 Singers of ALL ages are welcome, including children, youth, younger and older adults. Meet in the choir room at 10:30 , and we’ll learn a simple piece or two together. No experience necessary!
Chancel Choir Resumes
NEW MEMBERS WELCOME!
Chancel Choir will have its first rehearsal of the new season on Wednesday, August 21 at 7pm. All are welcome to sing with us; we have members who read music fluently, and members who read music barely at all. Give us a try!
Weekly Prayer Calendar


--Karen Tidler
Happenings

MOUNTAIN CATHEDRALS - Saturday, August 17 from 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
The August Mountain Cathedrals hike will be in the Jemez Mountains, from Jemez Falls downhill to Battleship Rock. This is roughly 4 miles, with a descent from 8,000 feet elevation to 6,800 feet on a good trail. Special features include stately Ponderosa pines, McCauley Hot Springs, obsidian boulders, and the drive through Jemez Canyon. We'll meet at St. John's at 7:30 to carpool (Battleship Rock is ~60 miles from St. John's, and there is a 10 mile drive-around). Kelly Giese will be the trip leader; for information contact her or Mike Furnish (884-6626).

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN - Thursday, September 5 at 10:00 am
Let's get acquainted with Kelly! To kick off our Fall season, our new St. John's Associate Pastor, Rev. Kelly Giese, will be the featured speaker at our Thursday, September 5, meeting at 10:00 am in Room 241. This will be our opportunity to learn more about Kelly and her duties at St. John's. Please join us as we warmly welcome her to St. John's! As always, all ladies of the church are invited, and guests are always welcome!

THE WORSHIP MEDIA TEAM NEEDS YOUR HELP
The crew who operates the lights, sound and video during worship in the sanctuary has some holes in the roster and needs your participation. Training and assistance is provided while you learn the ropes and scheduling accommodates those weekends you need to be away. If you are interested in working on the console once or twice a month to support worship at St John's, contact Les Bruce at lesbruce@comcast.net or 263-4338.

BACKPACKS FOR ZUNI ELEMENTARY
The United Methodist Women are collecting backpacks for Zuni Elementary and would like to extend that opportunity to the congregation. Please bring backpacks to the Hospitality Centers and place in the metal bins. Contact Angie Young at youngamabq@icloud.com.

NEW MEXICO RAMP PROJECT
Stop by the Hospitality Center in the Narthex, donate to the ramp project and sign your name on a board that will be used in an upcoming ramp project. Contact Donna at donnabruce@comcast.net.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
Let's get acquainted with Kelly! To kick off our Fall season, our new St. John's Associate Pastor, Rev. Kelly Giese, will be the featured speaker at our Thursday, September 5th, meeting at 10 a.m. in Room 241. This will be our opportunity to learn more about Kelly and her duties at St. John's. Please join us as we warmly welcome her to St. John's! As always, all ladies of the church are invited, and guests are always welcome!

EMAIL BIBLE STUDY: THE SONGS OF SUMMER
Did you ever hear a popular song about angels, heaven, death, Jesus, or love, and think, “What? That’s just so wrong!” St. John’s email Bible study will take a light-hearted look at some of the good, the bad, and the truly weird theology that we hear in popular music. What’s “The purpose of a man”? Is it true that “on the day that you were born the angels got together”? “Would you know my name If I saw you in heaven?” Current readers have suggested many of their favorites and un-favorites; join us and add yours to the mix. Pick up a study guide in the Welcome Center. To get scripture readings and study tips by email five days a week, including links to lyrics and videos, write to Regina at drhunter@nmia.com.

TABLE TALK GROUP
As part of our Communitas series this summer, we are having Table Talk groups. These groups are all about having conversation and fellowship. They will meet over the next four weeks at various times and places. Sign up in the Hospitality Center or the FLC. Meet some new people and have some community fun!
WOMEN’S EMMAUS WALK - September 19 - 22
The NW Emmaus Community will be holding a Women's Emmaus Walk in September. If you are interested in attending, finding our more information, or if you'd like to sponsor a woman on this Walk, please contact Linn and Mike Furnish at 884-6626.
ASBURY PIE CAFÉ
ASBURY CAFÉ NOTES
Summer is in full swing and the behind the scenes work has begun for Asbury Pie Café. There are already two training sessions being held at St. John's. If you are interested in working at Asbury Pie Café, please come on Thursday, August 8 at 6:00 pm in room 151, and Saturday, August 17 at 10:00 am in room 149/151. It is a great way to learn the new things happening at the Asbury Café AND meet other volunteers you might be working with. If you have questions please contact Jenn Shields at jennshields200@yahoo.com or 505-450-9978. See you Soon!

Fun, Fellowship and Free Admission: these are some of the great perks of working at the Asbury Pie Café. St. John's will have sign up sheet outside the Sanctuary Doors starting on Sunday, July 28th. It takes many hands to raise over $50,000, so please come and sign up for a shift. If you have questions about shifts please contact Dave Young at 505-715-2030 or dajsover@wans.net. See you at the FAIR!

BAKERS NEEDED
Also outside the Sanctuary Doors, St. John's will have a list of days we needed pies. NO PROFESSIONAL BAKING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. If you have an oven - you can bake pies! If you have questions about pies please contact Jenn Shields at 505-450-9978 or jennshields200@yahoo.com. Thank You! 
Youth News
WOMEN'S BOOK/BIBLE STUDIES
Joseph, the journey to forgiveness  by Melissa Spoelstra (Bible study)
Tuesdays, September 17 – October 22 (6 weeks), 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., led by Ann Look

Cost of study materials, $12; registration deadline, September 1, 2019

All of us know what it’s like to be hurt or betrayed. From hurtful words, lies, or gossip to the unspeakable pain of abuse, adultery, or abandonment, God knows the pain we cause each other and longs to help us learn to practice forgiveness. This 6-week study explores what God has to say to us about grace and forgiveness through Joseph’s story of trial and triumph found in Genesis 37-50. As we study his dreams, betrayers, dysfunctional family, struggle to forgive, and journey toward reconciliation, we’ll find truths that echo into our own lives as well as practical help for answering common questions such as How do I stop dwelling on the hurt? and Is forgiving someone excusing what happened? Whether or not you’re working through a hurtful situation right now, you can learn from Joseph how to release your past and present hurts to God and allow Him to do a supernatural work of forgiveness in your life.
Fierce, women of the Bible who changed the world  by Jennifer Cowart (Bible study)
Tuesdays, September 17 – October 22 (6 weeks), 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., led by Dara Bell

Cost of study materials, $13; registration deadline, September 1, 2019

It’s become trendy to use the word “fierce” when describing women at the top of their game, but women have been fiercely changing the world for thousands of years. In fact, the Bible tells of many fierce female characters who made hard decisions, offered hope, boldly repented, shared their faith, and blessed those around them. Although some are less well known than others, these women can teach us how we, too, can live into our callings, honor the Lord, and even change the world through our courage, faithfulness, and obedience. 
Grateful, the subversive practice of giving thanks  by Diane Butler Bass (book study)
Tuesdays, September 17 – November 19 (10 weeks), 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., led by Jane Faber

Cost of study materials, $12; registration deadline, September 1, 2019

Every day there are reasons not to feel grateful. Terrible, distressing, painful, and awful things happen all the time. Yet gratitude is a defiance, of sorts, the defiance of kindness in the face of anger, of connection in the face of division, and of hope in the face of fear. Gratefulness does not acquiesce to evil – it resists evil. “Thus, gratitude strengthens our character and moral resolve, giving each of us the possibility of living peaceably and justly. Being thankful is the very essence of what it means to be alive and to know that life abundantly.”
Hebrews, the nearness of King Jesus  by Lisa Harper (Bible study)
Tuesdays, September 17 – November 5 (8 weeks), 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., led by Donna Bruce

Cost of study materials, $14; registration deadline, September 1, 2019

The Book of Hebrews highlights two contrasting realities. Jesus is supreme yet approachable. Without losing an ounce of depth, Lisa makes Hebrews accessible too. Join her in this study as she gets to the heart of the matter: Jesus is an up-close Redeemer. Hebrews: The Nearness of King Jesus will help you engage and treasure the Book of Hebrews as you draw near to the approachable Savior.
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 on the second floor in the education wing across from the youth room. This Sunday, August 4, we will start the first session of our new study by John Ortberg, Like You More if You Were More Like Me. 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

BACKPACKS FOR ZUNI ELEMENTARY
The United Methodist Women are collecting backpacks for Zuni Elementary and would like to extend that opportunity to the congregation. Please bring backpacks to the Hospitality Centers and place in the metal bins. Contact Angie Young at youngamabq@icloud.com.

AUGUST SPECIAL OFFERING: WESLEY FOUNDATION UNM
The Wesley Foundation is a vibrant group of young people growing in their faith and living it on the UNM campus. They serve Christ through Bible Studies, Tuesday fellowship dinners, service projects and special activities all year. The Wesley House also has affordable rooms for several students.
Wesley relies totally on the support of the Methodist Churches in the city. Wesley House has been a Christian presence on Campus for many years: therefore maintenance is always high on their needs list!! Please give generously.

CASA ESPERANZA AND MOBILE FOOD PANTRY
These two organizations will be the focus of our "non-foods collections" during the month of August. We're collecting laundry detergent pods and fabric softener sheets for Casa Esperanza, and full-size bars of soap and washcloths for our guests of St. John's Mobile Food Pantry. As you may know, Casa Esperanza is a non-profit organization, located here in town, that provides housing for out-of-town families who are referred to Albuquerque for cancer treatment. In addition, our guests of Mobile Food Pantry appreciate the special, little giveaways we have for them from time to time, so thank you for your generosity! Please place your donations in the wire baskets in the Hospitality Centers.

SILVER HORIZONS
Throughout the year, we alternate our "food collections" between The Storehouse and Silver Horizons. This month, for Silver Horizons, we're collecting: ready-to-eat cereals, protein and/or cereal bars, peanut butter/cheese snack crackers, shelf-stable meats and cheeses; individual packages of nuts, and powdered milk. Your donations will go to "senior food markets" in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Valencia counties, to provide much needed food to over 3,000 seniors and the 900 grandchildren that many of these seniors are raising on a very limited income. Thank you for being such a blessing!  

WAYS WE CAN SERVE
See what’s happening in August for missions at St. John’s! Come by the Hospitality Center to pick up your copy.
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
Jill Aubrey 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 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
Shea is in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays