Weekly Disciple
February 7, 2020
Saturday, February 8 5:00 pm
Jazz Vespers is a unique, meditative worship service that features some of New Mexico’s best professional jazz musicians. Jazz Vespers occurs on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 5pm in the St. John’s United Methodist Church sanctuary. Complimentary childcare is always available. We feature a variety of musicians each month, in addition to our house combo which includes pianist and musical director Robert Lah, vocalist  Dianna Hughes , bassist John Blackburn, and drummer Jay Blea.
Food for Friends and Fellowship. Spread the love, and enjoy creation. Menu: From Scratch Chicken Fried Steak. Lunch is in the FLC 11 am - 1 pm. $12: adults, $6: 12-17 years, $3: 6 - 11 years, and under 6 free. Before or after lunch, enjoy free coffee in the narthex outside the sanctuary as you experience the visual arts displayed and for sale there.

Joie de Vivre invites you to a reception for the artists on February 9 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Narthex of St. John’s. Join us for coffee and fellowship before or after you enjoy the 2nd Sunday Lunch!

The next meeting of Jolly Elders will be at Noon on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 in the Family Life Center.  Due to the church roof repair construction project, the location of our meeting will not occur at our usual location in Room 245. Meeting Topic: “Wesleyan Heritage of Methodism tour of Britain November 2017” by speakers Debbie and Steve Eagan. Debbie and Steve will present a slide show of the guided bus tour they took November 7-18, 2017 to Britain, visiting the communities of Manchester, York, Epworth, Oxford, Bristol, Gloucester, and finishing up in London, tracing the places where John and Charles Wesley and others founded the Methodist Movement in the late 1700s. Bring your own table service, a dish to share, and an attitude for fellowship. Adults of all ages are welcome!
Construction on the new roof started on February 3, 2020. St. John’s United Methodist Church will be replacing all the “flat” roofs on the church. The red area on map shows which areas are being replaced. Construction is anticipated to take approximately two to three months (weather permitting) and will be completed in phases! Please find more information HERE . During the month of February, please check in with the screens for room assignments. You can also contact Debbie at (505) 883-9717 on Monday- Fridays 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. She will also record an outgoing message with room assignments.

Tuesdays, March 3 - April 7 (6 weeks), 9:30 - 11:30 am, led by Barbara Stanfield. Cost of study materials, $11; registration deadline, February 16. Pick up a registration form at the Hospitality Centers. 

Forgiving others and humbly asking for forgiveness are central disciplines for all Christian believers. Lent, a time to reflect on our Christian journey, is an appropriate time to deepen our understanding and practice of forgiveness. Using biblical examples and real-life situations, Thompson illustrates each chapter’s theme in an informative and engaging way. With clarity, insight, and sensitivity, this book is the perfect resource for examining both our ability to forgive and our own need for forgiveness.
Thursday, February 13 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm
We encourage people of all ages and levels of interest in classical music to join us for a one-hour concert and coffee! There is no charge for the concert, but a free will offering basket will be available in the back of the Sanctuary. 50% of the proceeds will go to Feed NM Kids, an organization set to end childhood hunger in New Mexico. The rest of the offering will be used to pay for the food as well as pay our hard-working performers. Each concert provides the audience with the performers' knowledge of their pieces and the main composer being presented. Common Time Concert Series takes place on the second Thursday of the month in the Sanctuary of St. John's United Methodist Church from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. There will be refreshments provided after the concert! In this case, you will hear the music of Claude Debussy, and enjoy Doughnuts! Visit our website for more information: musicatstjohns.org/common-time.
SOUL TENDING WORKSHOP - Registration Deadline February 16
Saturday, February 22 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm; guest speaker, Rev. Anita Amstutz, Family Life Center. Anita will invite us to journey into the Heart of Sabbath, a place of simplicity, hospitality, joy, play and shalom. Learn about Sabbath as an ancient Judaeo-Christian practice, and why we need it more than ever in these hungry, lonely and frenetic times of economic uncertainty, fear, violence, division and social chaos. Sabbath Keeping creates space for what is needed in times like these - a heart full of courage and wisdom grounded in compassion and resilience. Click here for workshop brochure and here for registration form.

The Soul Tending Workshop on February 22 will be centered around Anita Amstutz's book, Soul Tending, A Journey into the Heart of Sabbath. She recommends, if at all possible, that you read the book prior to the workshop. A limited number of books are for sale in the Hospitality Center on Sundays. The cost is $13 per book.

The Trustees are seeking trained law enforcement people, active or retired, to advise us on updating the St. John’s security. We are developing security plans and would welcome knowledgeable input. If interested please contact Jim Hickman at (505)400-6568.

1 and 2 Chronicles are the history of Israel, as written by someone much more interested in music and singers than in wars and kings. In 1 and 2 Kings, we read about kings who occasionally go to the Temple. In 1 and 2 Chronicles, we read about the Temple and the singers, composers, and instruments heard there, and occasionally a king comes. Join us for a different look at the history of Israel as we study one of the lesser-read books of the Bible. Pick up a study guide in the Welcome Center, or call or write Regina Hunter at 294-2877, drhunter@nmia.com, to join St. John’s largest on-going study. Study tips and scripture readings are emailed on weekdays, but we each read at a time of our own choosing.

"A diverse, 16-member group of United Methodist bishops and other leaders has offered a proposal that would preserve The United Methodist Church while allowing traditionalist-minded congregations to form a new denomination. The separating group would get $25 million in United Methodist funds and would keep its local church properties.

Details are in a nine-page “Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation,” released Jan. 3 along with an FAQ and press release."

If you wish to learn more about this proposition, follow the links below:

Mountain Cathedrals will be hiking Saturday February 29 at the Tree Spring Trail in the Sandia Mountains. The season of Lent begins this week on Wednesday (Ash Wednesday Feb 26). As we enter into this season of preparing, you are invited to enter into the wilderness, the Sandia Mountain Wilderness begins at the end of this trail. And in keeping time with the church we find ourselves reading the gospel of Matthew on the First Sunday of Lent telling the story of Jesus being led up by the Spirit into the wilderness… What a great way to enter into the season of Lent!   

Tree Spring Trail is a moderate hike that has an elevation gain of around 800 feet over a two-mile (four mile round trip) length. The name comes from a spring found flowing from beneath a large tree stump below the current trailhead.  

We will be snow shoeing weather permitting and will have more details about snow shoe availability and rentals the week of February 17. Plan to meet at St John’s east parking lot around 8 am. More details to come! If you have questions please feel free to contact Kelly Giese kellyg@stjohns-abq.com or call the church office, extension 124. Or talk with Mike Furnish at mdfurnish@comcast.net. Stay tuned… *note the date change – 5th Saturday of Feb.

The 14th Annual Sweet Jazz Benefit Concert for Family Promise is Sunday March 1 at 4:00 pm. Come experience relaxing live Jazz music, sweet treats, door prizes, and a silent auction. Tickets are $20. See Linn Furnish or Jenn Shields for more information and tickets.

The Emmaus Walks for 2020 are Men's: April 30-May 3. Women's: Sept. 24-27. The Walk to Emmaus is a Christian Walk in Faith to encourage development of Christian leaders. Please contact Mike or Linn Furnish for more information. 505-884-6626
The book, I Will! Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian, by Thom S. Rainer, is available for sale in the Hospitality Center for $5 while supplies last! Every day we are faced with the needs of those around us. Emotional. Physical. Spiritual. What are we to do about it? Are these problems for our pastors to address or is there also a way for the church member to make an impact that will last? Best-selling author Thom S. Rainer answers these questions by offering nine simple traits that all church members can incorporate into your life no matter your background, stage of life, or sense of capability. You can do it. Now it’s time to just stand up and say you will! 
February 12
4:30 - 5:30 pm
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

WNL Dinner   
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. Menu: Porc a la Normande (Pork Chops with Sautee'd Apples)

6:00 - 7:00 pm    
Join us for our always-interesting Wednesday Night Live class from 6:00 - 7:00 pm in room 149! 

February 12 AND 19: "Trash Talk" Why are we so obviously clueless about the true nature and size of our waste? Do we take the 3 R's (recycling, reusing, and reducing) seriously? Join our St. John's UMW "Garbology Team" for this two-session program, as we share some eye-popping facts, entertaining skits, and interactive audience activities to learn why we've become such experts at "throwing away", and what we can do to change our behaviors. Please join us in the Family Life Center at 6 p.m. for this two-part program. We promise --- this will not be a "waste" of your time!

February 26: ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE – no WNL classes or dinner!

6:00 - 7:00 pm
Students and families, we will be continuing our study of the Gospel of Mark as part of WNL this week 6:00-7:00 pm up in Room 260. Bring your friends, parents, grandparents, and a Bible, it is an intergenerational 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. Yoga classes will continue: Wednesday January 22nd and 29th upstairs in Room 245!

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.

WNL Classes at St John’s and the UMC General Conference 2020

Beginning in the Fall of 2019, St John’s UMC began sharing information through classes related to the events of GC 2019 and questions about Human Sexuality.  

In August 2019 St John’s hosted Dr. Nancy Bowen, Professor of Old Testament at Earlham School of Religion in Richmond IN. Dr. Bowen shared a lecture on the history of marriage through the lens of scripture and tradition and offered an interpretive lens using reason and experience. 

As we began our Wednesday Night Live series we chose to present classes through a process called the Wesleyan Quadrilateral. Wesley believed that the "living core of the Christian faith" is revealed in scripture, illumined by tradition, "vivified" by personal experience, and confirmed by reason.

These classes include three classes presentation by Rev. Dr. Carl Schenck 
1. “How the UMC makes decisions” a look at the Book of Discipline and the structure of the UMC.  
2. “A Case Study: How Slavery Divided the church” an exploration of our history and how another issue in a different century impacted the church.  
3. And “ St John’s role going forward?” In this class we talked about possible scenarios of what GC 2020 might bring and how we as a congregation might respond.  

In October 2019 , Rev. Pam and Rev. Kelly shared perspectives about the UMC and Human Sexuality, that included using scripture, tradition, reason and experience and encouraging people attending to practice “holy conversations” as a means of grace taught by our tradition and upheld in the Book of Discipline.  

We recently hosted Rev. Jay Armstrong, an elder in the New Mexico Annual Conference and a pastor at Paradise Hills UMC in Albuquerque. He shared with us “A Defense of Traditional Marriage”, a recording of this talk is available here. Later this Spring we will share more about the GC 2020 to be held May 5-15. This class will be shared by the New Mexico Conference delegates to GC 2020 sometime in April and will present the petitions that are coming before the General Conference in Minneapolis MN.   

As members of the household of faith, we continue to surround the work of our delegates, lay and clergy with prayer for the work of GC 2020. Let us rejoice in the faithfulness of our covenant God.  
Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 pm
The international award-winning British vocal ensemble Apollo5 presents a fantastic afternoon of renaissance, classical, and contemporary choral music.
Youth News
This Sunday is the 2 nd Sunday of the month & we will have our Round Table Students Leaders meet at 9:30 am up in Room 260. Next week is the Underground, so let’s plan something great.

Students we bought a block of tickets for the concert coming up on March 15 @Hoffmantown 7:00-9:00 pm. First come first serve, so bring $20 to secure your seat; 7 tickets are left.

All Students in place of Solid Ground on Feb 23 we will join the ABQ youth group Collective; this month it will gather @Sandia Pres (10704 Paseo Del Norte NE, 87122) for Lazer Tag and food  4:00-6:00 pm; Meet there!

Are you a middle/high schooler who loves to sing? Come make music with us on Wednesday afternoons (4:30 - 5:30 pm) and Sunday mornings at the 8:15 am service! Find us on Instagram here: instagram.com/sonrisechoir.

Learn more about our Youth programs here !
Yes, it is almost that time again!! Fish Fry Dinners are on Fridays, February 28 - April 3, 4:00 - 7:00 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, come by the Hospitality Centers to sign-up beginning February 9. Contact Wayne at jwshirleyabq@gmail.com.

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 beginning February 9. No reservations are needed for the fish fry dinners; you can purchase your ticket at the door. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $6 per child (10 and under). Contact Wayne at jwshirleyabq@gmail.com.

First Responder Ticket Sales. 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 beginning Sunday, February 9. Contact Wayne at jwshirleyabq@gmail.com.

We have a need for a volunteer to coordinate the music entertainment for 2020 Lenten Fish Fry Dinners. Wayne Shirley has names and contact information and has already sent out an email to these folks about helping with the 2020 schedule. The dinners are on these dates: February 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, & April 3.  For duties/responsibilities please contact Wayne at choir or call 294-1018 if interested.  

Entertainment is lining up nicely for the Lenten Fish Fry Dinners but we do have one night still open. If you know of a person or group who would be willing to provide free background music, please contact Wayne at jwshirleyabq@gmail.com with any questions.
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.

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 January 26 through February 23, we will study Max Lucado’s 2019 book, How Happiness Happens. 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
The next Casa Esperanza Dinner will be Tuesday, February 18 at 5:30 pm. This ministry provides a meal 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. 

This month we have the opportunity to continue our support of Rukong and Nandona (Fresie) Chicomb, UNM missionaries in the Congo. They run the Southern Congo Wings of Morning Aviation Ministry which provides transportation for hospitals, educators and mission teams. They also provide translation services as needed for the UMC and others, speaking English, French, Swahili, and two Congolese dialects. Fresise has also worked with the Jama Letu Boys Orphanage, and they are raising three boys of their own. 

This year we will also support Desiree Segura- April, a regional missionary for Latin America and the Caribbean. She helps partnering churches develop holistic ministries for at risk children. She is married to Osia Segura Guzman, also a United Methodist missionary. They have a son Nikolas and are currently living in Hondurus.

St. John's has a long tradition of supporting missionaries. Please continue that tradition with your generous gifts this month.

In February, we'll continue our collection of non-food items for these two organizations. Can you help provide any of the following items? Silver Horizons: facial tissue; shampoo; toilet tissue; and jigsaw puzzles (new or gently-used). Casa Esperanza: paper plates; plastic utensils; and sponges for kitchen clean-up. Thank you for your continued support of these organizations.

This month, we'll focus our food collection on Silver Horizons, which provides free groceries to over 3,000 low-income seniors, mostly through their Senior Markets at various locations within a four-county area. We're looking for donations of rice, beans, pasta, powdered milk, and cereals of all types. Please place your donations in the wire baskets located in the Hospitality Centers. We appreciate your generosity!

We are looking for 4-5 team leaders for this dynamic program in 2020. We need several volunteers to plan and provide monthly snacks. Donations of snacks from the congregation are also welcomed. Also needed are volunteers to help with quarterly program planning. If interested contact Angie Young at 715-0292 or Sharon Jensen at 323-7522 or sign up at the hospitality center.

See what’s happening in January for missions at St. John’s! Come by the Hospitality Center to pick up your copy or download here .
During February, we will emphasize our Covenant with Missionaries, also known as Faith Promise. In order to join into this covenant relationship with United Methodist missionaries, we, as a church, pledge each year to support our missionaries with $2500 each. 

We currently support the following missionaries:
Rukang Chikomb
Democratic Republic of the Congo. a pilot, mechanic and director of the Southern Congo Wings of the Morning which is a part of the United Methodist Aviation Ministry.
Fresie Chikomb
Democratic Republic of the Congo, safety and accountability manger of the Southern Congo Wings of the Morning Aviation Ministry in addition to assisting with management at the Jamaa Letu Boy's Orphanage in Luboombashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Dr. Desiree Segura-April
Currently serving as a regional missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in Latin America and the Caribbean specializing in children-at-risk ministries.
Pledge or giving cards will be available during the month of February. However, you do not need a pledge card to give - just be sure to put the word "missionaries" in the memo line of your check.
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.

Katie Boyd (friend of Gerry Wakeland) 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 Jarrod Conyers, Congregational Care Coordinator, at jconyers@stjohns-abq.org or call 883-9717.
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