Thursday
May 14, 2020
YOUTH MINISTRY MOMENT

In case you missed the Youth Ministry moment this past Sunday at the 11:00 service, we wanted to share with you a few thoughts about how we are ministering to out young people today. Amidst all the challenges we as adults are facing, it is sometimes easy to overlook our teenagers, after all they are typically more independent and technologically savvy than other groups within our church. But at the same time “belonging" is one of the major themes that all adolescents work through, and that is really hard to accomplish when their sporting events, play rehearsals, band performances, lunch clubs, and big events like the Sr. Prom aren’t happening. Getting into college is a little more challenging when SAT & ACT tests are postponed, graduations are cancelled, and one is worried how your cumulative GPA will stack against others amid Pass/Fail courses.

The good news is all students everywhere are in the same boat; you are not alone and we are in this together. Apart from checking in with our students directly, the Youth Ministry has continued hosting youth group Sunday afternoons over Zoom to talk about everything and stay grounded in God’s word from 4:00-5:00 every week. There is an every growing library of fun interactive games you can play through the screen, and we have delivered milkshakes, via face masks and social distancing, to students that win. The CCYM Conference Camp also adapted to Zoom this Spring, and our Easter Vigil transformed to a do-it-yourself at home contemplative prayer experience some of you may have taken in.

We started an online Bible Study over the book of 1 Corinthians during these times; that whole book is about being and bettering the Body of Christ, which especially now is a good time to talk about. We have taken digital tours to far off places during my digital office hours from the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam to the Great Wall of China. I have started giving guitar lessons for free on Zoom to help students develop a new skill with their extra time.

To keep us connected, we started recently to do the 3-Thing Challenge, to give everyone a list of three things to try to do this week, like memorize a Bible verse, help a stranger, recommend good shows to binge watch, etc. Even though we apart in space, we can still share common experiences together. We hosted our first Netflix Party on May the Fourth, so we can all view movies together in real time and discuss it in the chat window on the side pane. One of my favorite initiatives is the Selfie Jesus, whom we mailed out to our students; the idea is to take a picture with Selfie Jesus of what you are doing on any day and share it with the rest of us, so we know what you are up to and more importantly to remember that Christ is with you everyday in whatever you do. #SelfieJesus

Thank you for letting me share a little about the innovative ways we are adapting to reach our students. I would encourage you to say a special prayer for our students and all students this week as we all consider how to live out the unusual Summer ahead of further social distancing. We also hope you all remember that Jesus is with you in all you do each and every day together or apart.

Blessings,
Jarrod Conyers
Director of Student Ministers and Congregational Care
#photosfromhome
My two cats, Windy and Folly, are tasked with keeping me sane.
-- Ann Boland
#PHOTOSFROMHOME
A CALL FOR SELFIES AND AT-HOME PICTURES
Hi there! I love showing you photos of what we are doing at the church, but what I think would be an even more amazing thing to share is a picture of you! Send me pictures and/or videos of you/your family/your pets/your garden/your cooking/etc with a short description, and I will share them here and compile them for a project! communicate@stjohns-abq.org

-- Shea Perry, Communications Director
FROM THE DESK OF THERESE MACALI, DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN & FAMILIES
St. John’s will live-stream a worship service Sunday morning at 9:30 am (Contemporary) on the Abide Facebook page and 11:00 am (Traditional) on the homepage of the website . We hope you’ll worship with us! (Pastors Pam and Kelly will lead, along with Shea Perry, Jim Ahrend, and Matt Greer). We hope that you’ll participate by singing and praying at home! Any questions? Email Matt at mgreer@stjohns-abq.org.
ST. JOHN'S EMAIL BIBLE STUDY: Theology in Popular Music - Mostly the Good
Last year’s study, “The Songs of Summer” seemed to be a hit, so we’re going to do it again. This summer we’ll listen to some popular music that sings about prayer and healing, some international music, some bluegrass and country, some great young singers who are the future of the Church, and some show tunes.  Download the study guide, or sign up for daily study tips by email by writing or calling Regina Hunter at drhunter@nmia.com or 294-2877.
"MUSIC FROM ST. JOHN'S"
LIVE-STREAM CONCERTS
Wednesdays at 12:00 pm
Join us for a new series of concerts live-streamed from the St. John's sanctuary! Concerts are a benefit for Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless. musicatstjohns.org

Alexis & Hovey Corbin

Gabriel Longuinhos
Curtis Storm
Shea Perry
Online Classes
ZOOM TUTORIAL
The announcements below include using the program "Zoom" to group-video chat. You can find a tutorial on how to use Zoom HERE!

ZOOM YOUTH GROUP
Sundays from 4:00 - 5:15 pm
Students, come join us for games, discussion, community, and faith-building every Sunday from 4:00-5:15 pm! Go to: bit.ly/UMYFSolidGround (case sensitive) with the password: 048658

PARENTS CLUB
Mondays from 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Is distance learning with your child harder than you thought? Are the challenges of parenting in close quarters overwhelming at times? Or do you just miss talking with other parents? I know that I certainly do, so join us for Parents Club on Zoom Monday evenings from 7:30-8:30 pm! Email tmacali@stjohns-abq.org.

"COFFEE BREAK" WITH PASTORS PAM & KELLY
Wednesdays at 1:30 pm
Log in and have coffee (or tea) and chat with Pastors Pam and Kelly! Zoom link HERE. Wednesdays at 1:30 pm.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE CLUB
Wednesdays from 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Wednesday Night Bible Club is still on! Grade school friends join us on Zoom to get your weekly Bible lesson, watch the So & So Show, and pray with your friends. Email tmacali@stjohns-abq.org for more information!

"SPIRITUAL MOVEMENT" CLASS WITH PASTOR PAM
Thursdays at 1:30 pm
Join Pastor Pam for a 30-minute spiritual exercise. Space is limited, and the Zoom link will be provided to the first 15 people to sign up! Sign-up is HERE. Thursdays at 1:30 pm.
GET WELL CARDS
In addition to the suffering, COVID-19 patients are not allowed any visitors. The health care workers at UNM Hospital are asking for cards. An article by KOB states, "the health care workers want to flood the COVID-19 units with love, support and inspiration." All cards can be sent to UNM Hospital - Attention: Barbara Temer; 2211 Lomas Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106.
ONLINE BIBLE STUDY
While many of us are in a stay-at-home mode we can find both our emotions and faith challenged. Max Lucado has written a book "You'll Get Through This" based on the story of Joseph. He has opened up the video presentation online for no cost. I will be facilitating a Zoom discussion of this material and incorporating material from his book and study guide. If you would like to join me each week for the next 7 weeks starting Tuesday May 7th from 10 - 11 then email me for details (ktidler@comcast.net). If you would just like to watch the online video go to Online Bible Study to sign up for the free videos.
MENTAL
HEALTH
MOMENT
WITH
SUSAN BRUMBAUGH,
LMHC
VIRTUAL
TAI CHI
WITH
KATHY
CASA ESPERANZA
A great and loving THANK YOU to all the generosity that has been shown to the residents at Casa Esperanza. The money that was donated helped many families check "make dinner" off their list. In these difficult times, knowing that someone is caring for you means the world. Your generosity has lessen the feeling of loneliness and anxiety that these residents face each day. If you have questions about Casa Esperanza, please contact Jenn Shields: jennshields200@yahoo.com or 505-450-9978. Blessings to you all.

FAMILY PROMISE
The out pouring of support for Family Promise of Albuquerque has been astounding. Many times over, THANK YOU for all the monetary donations during the months of March and April. These donations are going straight to Family Promise to help alleviate the financial burden that has fallen on this ministry. This money not only helps the families currently in the program, but also recent graduates that were hit hard by the COVID-19 restrictions. You have shown great love for our brothers and sister, and for that the Family Promise ministry is very grateful. If you have questions about Family Promise, please contact Linn Furnish: swimsew@comcast.net or 505-884-6626 OR Jenn Shields: jennshields200@yahoo.com or 505-450-9978. Blessings to you all.

ST. JOHN'S FACILITY IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
In accordance with the New Mexico Department of Health order, our facility will be closed until further notice. A re-open date is to be determined! We will keep you apprised as things develop.

Your St. John's pastors and staff are still very much on the job, and are available to you during this time. Please reach out to us if we can help you in any way!
ST. JOHN'S PRAYER LABYRINTH IS OPEN
Please come to pray in the labyrinth any time of day. Park in the east parking lot near the front doors of the sanctuary/narthex doors. Our prayer labyrinth is directly to the south of the front doors. It is advisable to have one person on the labyrinth at a time. Enter the prayer labyrinth with a personal prayer and then quietly and contemplatively experience what God has to share with you during this time.
CONTACT US
Office Administrator, Debbie Brown, will be answering the phone at St. John’s every weekday from 9:00 am-2:00 pm. Please call the office if you have any concerns or pastoral care needs. Debbie will get messages to Pastor Pam and Pastor Kelly. The office number is 505-883-9717.

ONLINE COUNSELING SERVICE AVAILABLE
The St. John's staff includes a licensed mental health counselor who is available to meet virtually (using a smartphone or computer) in a secure online platform during these anxious times. If you or someone you know is struggling emotionally, counseling is available. Click here or contact Susan Brumbaugh at 505-506-6717 or counselor@stjohns-abq.org for more details about session and cost information.
Congregational Care Corner

PRAYER SUPPORT
How we support you and your family in prayer during this difficult time? Prayers for health, employment, peace? Please send your prayer requests to the Prayer Team: mapalook@comcast.net

GO-FER TEAM
It is hard to get out and many people shouldn’t. Is there something you need delivered from the store? If we are able to help, we have a few volunteers who would like to serve as Go-fers for people who need something but cannot get it on their own. Please pass any requests on to Jarrod at c.care@stjohns-abq.org

HEALTH TIPS FROM YOUR PARISH NURSE
2) Please wear a mask- when you are out in public. It will restrict you from touching your face and decrease harmful droplets from reaching your nose and mouth. Wash or use sanitizer on your hands- BEFORE removing your mask. Regularly wash cloth masks. More tips coming from Linn Furnish, please contact me directly if you have any questions: swimsew@comcast.net
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