Loving God, Loving People, Changing Lives
Weekly Disciple
October 18, 2019
Composer and organist Mark Miller will lead a special worship service “Sacred Songs and Social Justice: Music for the 21st Century Church” this Saturday at 5pm in our sanctuary. Mark is a United Methodist and teaches at Drew Seminary and the Yale School of Sacred Music. A special festival chorus will sing anthems by Mark, and the congregation will join in singing hymns.
Women's Bible/Book Studies
I’m Waiting, God, finding blessing in God’s delay by Barb Roose (Bible study)

Tuesdays, November 5 – November 26 (4 weeks), 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., led by Dara Bell
Cost of study materials, $11; registration deadline, October 20

You know you’re supposed to “let go and let God,” and you’ve tried. But what’s taking so long? Why isn’t God answering your prayers? No wonder you feel like taking matters into your own hands. In I’m Waiting, God, a four-week Bible study for women, Barb Roose invites us to explore the stories of women in the Bible who had to wait for God—women like Hannah, Ruth, Tamar, and the unnamed woman who suffered for over a decade with a painful medical condition. If you feel anxious, angry, discouraged or depressed because God isn’t giving you what you want, their stories will breathe fresh hope into your life and offer you practical next steps in your time of waiting.
Preparing My Heart for Advent  by Ann Marie Stewart (Advent study)
Tuesdays, October 29 – November 26 (5 weeks), 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., led by Karen Tidler

Cost of study materials, $13; registration deadline, October 20

Preparing My Heart for Advent encourages readers to stop, look, listen, and experience  Immanuel  – God with Us! Immerse yourself in scriptures during the months of November and December, so that you are more likely to keep Christ in Christmas – before coming entangled by shopping and holiday events. Preparing My Heart for Advent is a one-month seasonal Bible study followed by a one-month devotional.  
The Faithful, heroes of the Old Testament  by Various Authors (Bible study)

Tuesdays, October 29 – November 26 (5 weeks), 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., led by Ann Look

Cost of study materials, $14; registration deadline, October 20, 2019

In The Faithful, you will explore pivotal moments in the lives of five of our Old Testament predecessors. Borrowing from previous studies by Priscilla Shirer, Kelly Minter, Beth Moore, Jennifer Rothschild, and Lisa Harper, you’ll see how God uses the lives of ordinary people for His glory and the good of His people. Strengthen your faith as you walk alongside Gideon, Nehemiah, Esther, Hosea, and Malachi as they chose to obey God, no matter their circumstances.
October 23
Hey there all middle and high schoolers! Come sing with us in the Sonrise Youth Choir! We rehearse on WEDNESDAYS FROM 4:30 - 5:30 pm (as part of WNL), and we sing at the 8:15 am service on Sunday morning. For more information, email Shea at sonrisechoir@gmail.com! Find us on Instagram here: @sonrisechoir

4:45 - 6:00 pm
You are invited to join us starting at 4:45 pm on Wednesday evenings for an ever-changing menu featuring great food. Cost scale based on age.

6:00 - 7:00 pm  
Wednesday, October 23: The UMC and Human Sexuality: “Creating Containers for Conversation”
“Creating containers for conversation: practicing holy conversation together”.

Wednesday, October 30: “for your health… An Introduction to Tai Chi”
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Students and families, we will be launching our study of the Gospel of Mark as part of WNL in Room 260. Bring your friends, parents, grandparents, it is an inter-generational class.

6:00 - 7:00 pm
Take a deep breath and enjoy a space of movement and stillness with yoga instructor Alli Newsom. Suggested $5 donation goes toward disaster relief efforts.

5:15 - 7:00 pm
NewSound Children’s Choir takes place in room 231 from 5:15 - 6:00 pm. Kids’ Bible Club occurs from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. We will learn about our Bible heroes! Contact Therese at tmacali@stjohns-abq.org.
In October we will have a wonderful opportunity to help the teachers of St. John’s Pre-School. Each teacher has created a big-item wishlist for their classroom. In order to fulfill this wishlist, Mister Carwash passes will be sold for $15 each before and after all three services on Sunday.. There will be a table set up outside the entrance to the church for the 8:15 and 11:00 am services and inside the FLC before and after the 9:30 am service. PASSES will also be available between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm in the church office during the month of October. Please see our receptionist, Debbie Brown.

Base Full Serve Car Wash Package:
Complete clean inside and out! This package includes our base exterior wash, as well as interior cleaning, vacuuming, window cleaning, and a light dusting of the dash. This wash is available at our Full Serve Mister Car Wash Locations.
Donations are always welcome!

The Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge is right in our own backyard! It is the Southwest’s first urban wildlife refuge. On the former location of Price’s Valley Gold Dairies. There is a 2.5 mile loop that follows the river and is part of the Rio Grande Valley State Park. Many hikes are measured by their miles and elevation gain, this hike in the refuge and bosque has no elevation gain and can be better measured in the sounds you hear and its peacefulness. The October Mountain Cathedrals Hike will be held on the 4th Saturday Oct 26th. Plan to meet at St John’s by 8 am and we will carpool to the Refuge. Bring binoculars, cameras, maybe even a duck call? As always, bring sunscreen, a hat, and a hearty snack or lunch and water. More info - contact Kelly Giese or Mike Furnish. Also save the date: Ojito Hoodoo trail on Nov. 16. Until our trails meet! 

Church Women United, an ecumenical movement of Christian women, will meet for their World Community Day celebration on Friday, November 1st at Sandia Presbyterian Church, 10704 Paseo del Norte NE. Coffee fellowship will begin at 9:30 am, followed by the program at 10:00. The theme is “The Time is Now! Resolve to Love” which focuses on global peace and justice. It is a time to move from ecumenical to an interfaith orientation, so invite your Muslim, Buddhist, & Jewish friends to create an inclusive community that is just, caring and supportive within this new paradigm. A brief annual meeting will follow the program. Questions? Contact Sharon Hamilton at 620-0223.

 Join other men of St. John's in a study of Paul's letters (Corinthians through Thessalonians) starting Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. We will meet for six Mondays at 10:0 am and again at 7:00 pm. Contact teacher Jack Nuzum at jcnuzum@juno.com or sign up in the Hospitality Center/FLC.

We will have 2 American Heart CPR certification classes in November: Thursday Nov. 14 at 5:30 pm and Sat. Nov. 23 at 2:30 pm. Cost is $20.00 + tax with no card or $40.00 + tax with a card. A minimum of 10 people required to hold each class, which last approx. 2 hours. Sign up with Linn Furnish: swimsew@comcast.net or 884-6626.
Youth News
All 3rd, 4th, & 5th Graders, be ready. Today is the next gathering of our monthly Jr. youth group during Sunday school at 9:30 am. All students and children go to your usual Sunday classroom and we will come get you. 

OCTOBER is the Youth Ministry’s time to serve in the Sonshine Café each Sunday for each shift. We need help to fill each. Sign up at this link: http://bit.ly/umyfsolidground.

CCYM and Fall Retreat RSVP Due
The next CCYM Camp is set for Nov 15-17 for all students 6th-12th grade. It’s a special work camp like last year; the cost is only $60. Rgister online through www.sacramentocamp.org. Final numbers are due for the Fall Reetreat @El Porvenir Nov 1-3; RSVP with Jarrod if you haven’t. Scholarships available in any amount for both events.

THIS Afternoon, we will not meet at St. John’s for Youth—we will meet at St. Stephens UMC (4601 Juan Tabo Blvd NE, 87111) to experience a traveling Youth choir from the Ukraine then we will head over to the Flying Star for Dessert (on us). We should be done at 5:30 pm.

Students: next Sunday is Trunk or Treat in place of Solid Ground from 12:00-2:00 pm. Please be present to help lead games, pass out candy, and deputize your family to sponsor a car. We need 12 more!

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 !
Stephen Ministry to begin at St. John’s UMC
A few months ago our administrative council voted to become a Stephen Ministry congregation. They determined there was a need for ongoing Christian care that our pastor and staff could not continue to do alone. This ministry is needed because we all go through tough times in life, times that are turbulent and unsettling. In the midst of these challenging seasons, it can be extremely helpful to have someone come alongside us to give understanding and encouragement – to provide stability, hope, and Biblical principles to help us through the storm.
Through Stephen Ministry, a team of St. John’s church members will begin training to become our Stephen Ministers. This training will consist of 50 hours in Christian caregiving skills, covering topics such as active listening, distinctively Christian care, feelings, confidentiality, and crisis theory, as well as ministering to people in specific situations such as divorce, grief, and hospitalization. Even after they begin providing care, Stephen Ministers will continue to meet with their Stephen Leaders for continuing education and supervision as they strive to offer the highest-quality Christian caregiving. 
A major emphasis of Stephen Minister training and supervision is on confidentiality. Stephen Ministry is a very confidential ministry; those receiving care can be sure that their identity and what goes on in the caring relationship will remain private.
We expect our Stephen Ministry to be a source of warmth, care, and blessing for many years to come, enabling the entire congregation to grow as a nurturing community where people are cherished and cared for and their needs taken seriously, all in the name of Jesus Christ.
If you are interested in becoming a Stephen Minister please join us for an Introductory Meeting on October 20 at 1:00 p.m. or October 24 at 5:30 p.m. in room 149/151. To learn more or get more information, contact Gina Rivera at rivera.vg@gmail.com ; Pam Rowley at prowley@stjohns-abq.org or Doug Rowley at rdrowleymd@yahoo.com .
Prayer Calendar
Friday, October 18th 
Thank you for the opportunities to hike and worship you through Mountain Cathedrals.

Saturday, October 19th 
Thank you for programs for our pre-school moms (MOPS).  

Sunday, October 20th 
Thank you for our Jolly Elder programs for our seniors.

Monday, October 21st 
Thank you for our many quilting and sewing groups that bless us with their hands.

Tuesday, October 22nd
Thank you God for our many study opportunities.  

Wednesday, October 23rd
Thank you God for our emphasis on health and wellness.  

Thursday, October 24th
God we ask you to bless those families who have lost a loved one. Help them to heal through their grieving.  

Friday, October 25th
God we ask that you guide and bless our missionaries in the Congo.

-- Karen Tidler
FAMILY FALL FIESTA - Sunday, October 27 at 12:00 pm
Our youth are hosting a Fall Festival this year, which will include a Trunk-Or-Treat (12:00 - 2:00 pm), a $5 lunch, as well as a Craft Fair (12:00 - 3:00 pm, hosted by Linn Furnish)! For more information, contact Jarrod at jconyers@stjohns-abq.org or Linn Furnish at 884-6626.
        Trunk or Treat Cars Needed
The Family Fall Fiesta is set for Oct. 27th which combines a Craft Fair from 12:00 - 3:00 and a Trunk or Treat from 12:00 - 2:00PM; we are looking for 25 people/families /groups to decorate their car for Halloween and pass out candy to the children. Sign up at Abide or the Welcome Center or at: http://bit.ly/umyfsolidground!
As you hunt for treats and great crafts, come by the kitchen window in the Family Life Center where for just $5 you can enjoy Hot Dogs and Tater Tots with an International Toppings Bar created by the St. John’s Food Ministry. Fresh fruit and salad are also on the menu, and there will be vegetarian and gluten free options. Lunch starts at 12 pm and ends at 2:00 pm.
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 - 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 October 20, in preparation for our first session of our new study by Justin Coleman, Home for Christmas: Tales of Hope & Second Chances, we will have two guest speakers: Ann Edenfield Sweet and Gary Pennington. Ann’s book, Family Arrested: How to Survive the Incarceration of a Loved One, will be available. Gary will talk about his incarceration, release, and how his life has changed. Ann will talk about her book, Wings For Life International, and coming home. 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
In less than a month, St. Johns will once again be able to support the Angel Tree ministry with Christmas gifts for children whose parents are incarcerated, in the name of the parent. Should you be able to help folks register the "Angels" they have selected, or help with sorting and or delivering the gifts, please contact Kathy Scherlacher at 505-823-6692. Thank you.

OCTOBER SPECIAL OFFERING: World Communion Offering  
  This month we will be remembering out unity with Christians around the world. Our special gifts will go to students like Kennedy who lost her father when she was eight and her family struggled to find enough to eat. But with the help of her church, Lotus UMC in Maryland, and a World Communion scholarship, Kennedy is on her way to giving back to the community as a physician.
  Far away in Nigeria, Obinna grew up without electricity or clean water. Yet, today with the help of the Global United Methodist Church via a World Communion scholarship, he is studying to be an engineer. 
  Nelson Mandela once said,"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." Please give generously any time in the month of October.

Silver Horizons provides free groceries to over 3,000 low-income seniors, monthly, through their Senior Food Markets at various locations within a four-county area. To assist in meeting this ongoing need, our collection in October includes: canned meats, such as tuna, ham, and chicken; shelf-stable rice, beans, and pasta in 3-lb. or less packages; and granola or protein bars. Please place your donations in the wire baskets located in the Hospitality Centers. Silver Horizons is always in need of volunteers, so if you're searching for a volunteer project, you may want to consider working in their warehouse, or at one of their food markets. For more information, go to silverhorizons.org.

Our Missions Team is focusing on collecting new non-food items for two organizations in October. For Casa Esperanza, we'll collect toothbrushes (individually wrapped), full-size toothpaste, and mouthwash. For our guests of Mobile Food Pantry, we're collecting men's and women's deodorant, in regular sizes, to be distributed at our November Mobile Food Pantry. Thank you for your continued generosity, and please place your donations in the wire baskets in the Hospitality Centers.

Dinner is Served! The next Casa Esperanza will be Monday, October 28th at 5:30pm. The meal and fellowship provided during the evening is a ministry to the many caregivers and patients that have to be away from the comforts of home. Please sign up, to provide food or help serve, in the Hospitality Center or at the Abide Service. Contact Jenn Shields at jennshields200@yahoo.com or 505-450-9978 for more information. Thank you for your generous spirit!

Many have asked how well the Asbury Pie Café did during the State Fair. Everyone will be pleased to know that we made over $60,000 dollars this year. This means that, after expenses, $49,000 will be donated to these 11 charities: Storehouse, Meals on Wheels, FUMC Grace Meals, The Rock at Noon Day, South ABQ Coop., Good Shepherd, Family Promise, East Mnt Food Pantry, AUMC Breaking Bread, Silver Horizons, and Rio Grande Food Project. A huge thanks to all involved!!!

Our next Family Promise hosting is October 13 through the 20. We are starting signups early, due to the busyness of State Fair and Balloon Fiesta! Please signup in the Welcome Center or FLC. Contact Linn Furnish at 884-6626 for more information. Thank you.

See what’s happening in October for missions at St. John’s! Come by the Hospitality Center to pick up your copy, or click here to download!
Prayer & Congregational Care
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.
Bonnie Parks (friend of Donna and Roger Eaton)  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.
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.
This Week at St. John's
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.

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
(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