November 24, 2020

When I was a music major in college, my voice teacher would say, “Don’t do what I say…do what I mean.” We would always have a good laugh about that as he realized that he needed to clarify what he “actually” meant…it was in his head but was not articulated the way he had intended. This happened to me at 3:00 a.m. on Monday morning. Did I leave out a few key words of clarification on Sunday about our stewardship giving?

On Sunday we made our commitment to giving to the General Fund of St. John’s UMC for 2021. We give our “tithe” (a biblical standard of 10% of our resources or “proportional giving”) to the General Fund which supports our general budget each year. The General Fund takes care of staff and pastor salaries, facilities/property management needs, administrative and mortgage expenses, worship and music ministry programs, youth and children’s ministries, and mission programs.

Through our “shared ministries” commitment in the General Fund, our tithe helps support the mission of the New Mexico Conference, the South-Central Jurisdiction, and the General United Methodist Church which makes ministry happen throughout the world in the name of Christ.

In addition to our “tithe”, we individually choose to give “over and beyond” (“free-will offering”) to needs in our community and special mission projects. In 2020, faithful, generous givers provided additional support for these wonderful ministries:

Silver Horizons, Sacramento Camp, Mandy's Farm, PB&J, Milagro Clinic, Lydia Patterson, Locker 505, Landsun Homes, Caring Hands, Roadrunner Food Bank, Wesley Foundation at UNM, Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless, Four Corners for Covid, Asbury Pie Cafe, NM Ramp Project, Angel Tree, UMCOR, Zuni Elementary School, Peace with Justice Sunday, and of course in-house donations to the food ministry, music programs, and youth and children's ministries.

Our giving to the General Fund and to “over and beyond” ministry needs has been generous and faithful in 2020! Thank you!

In our commitment to the General Fund of St. John’s UMC for 2021, we will continue the vision of our local church, and the mission of the United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We give with joyful hearts for all that God has given to us. We make a stewardship decision with faithfulness to the call to give a tithe and to give our gifts of

“offering” that go over and beyond our tithe. Just as the widow gave to the treasury of the temple in the story Jesus shares with his disciples, we give with the pennies and small coins of our resources, knowing that all we have comes first from God. We make a commitment in the humility of servants of God and disciples of Jesus Christ.

You may send your commitment card for the General Fund of St. John’s UMC directly to the church at 2626 Arizona St. NE, 87110, or email your information to treasurer@stjohns-abq.org.

Thank you for your generosity and may you receive thanksgiving blessings of health, safety, and peace.

In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Pam
If only we could capture and share the scent of Albuquerque in the fall. Let’s do the next best thing and share our fall photos with each other here in the E-Disciple Newsletter! Photos can be of any fall-time activity/project (hiking photos, please!!), or nature photos! Email your photos and a short description to Shea at communicate@stjohns-abq.org.
Irene Garvin, a long time member, is celebrating her 100th BIRTHDAY on December 2nd!!! Let’s shower her with some old fashion birthday cards. She loves getting mail. Cards should be mailed to her address posted in the Church directory. Please write out a special memory of some church activity you shared with Irene. She will surely treasure the warmth and kindness through this simple gesture of recognition of her milestone Birthday!
CHRISTMAS FOOD BOXES (2020 Adjusted Version) for the John Marshall Community Center
   Once again interested St. John's church members are invited to participate in our program of providing Christmas food boxes to needy families served by the John Marshall Community Center in the south Broadway area of Albuquerque. The Center will be reaching out to families in the area who use their services. The need is tremendous and our participation is much appreciated. This year’s timeline looks like this:
*by Sunday, December 13, 2020, or sooner, commit to Jack Nuzum (tel. 265-5241, jcnuzum@juno.com) as to the number of boxes which will be provided and by whom. There is a suggested LIST OF CONTENTS for the boxes that Jack will provide. Click this LINK for the list, or ask Jack to send it directly.
*on Saturday, December 19, 2020, bring the completed boxes to the west side of St. John’s between 8 and 9:00 AM. Empty boxes are available if needed. Call Jack on how to pick them up.
Thank you once again St. Johns, for your support of Angel Tree. This year, because of your many gifts and donations, we'll be serving 94 children! Your response was so great this year, that we actually received more money than we had Angels to serve. Those who donated after we ran out of Angel "opportunities", were kind enough to suggest we donate their Angel Tree money, to other ministries at St. Johns! We are overwhelmed with the love and generosity of the people of St. Johns! Thank you.

Back to business! Don't forget to drop off your wrapped gifts, with the Angel stickers on them, on Saturday, December 5 between 10:00 am and Noon, in the east parking lot. See you then!
"Incarnation" is a new 5-session Advent and Christmas study by Adam Hamilton, bringing a message of hope in the context of this complicated season of pandemic and elections. What can we learn from the names used for Jesus by the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels? Let us reflect together on the significance of the Christ child for our lives and for the world today. This Zoom study will be held on Monday mornings (Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21 and Jan. 4), with a 10:00 am study led by CLM Mike Furnish (mdfurnish@comcast.net) and Tuesday evenings (Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 and Jan. 5) at 7:00 pm led by CLM Joe Marshall (jmarshall62@gmail.com). Please contact either leader if interested. The study book can be purchased from Cokesbury.com.
Would you be interested in submitting a daily devotional for the Newsletter? If so, send an email to Pastor Pam at prowley@stjohns-abq.org!

Please include the following items when writing a devotion:
A Focus Word or Phrase
A Scripture (it can simply be referenced)
The Body of the Devotion (one page is a good guideline)
A Prayer or a Spiritual Practice
Sundays | 9:30 & 11:00 am
St. John’s will live-stream a worship service on Sunday morning at 9:30 am (Contemporary) on the Abide Facebook page and 11:00 am (Traditional) on our Youtube Channel. 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.
Missing getting together with your St John’s family after church? Join us in the virtual Sonshine Coffee Zoom immediately following the 11:00 am Worship. Church Leadership Team members starting with Jim Hickman will be hosting with the Pastors Pam and Kelly joining if they are available. Zoom registration is HERE.
Sunday School Classes &
Bible Study Groups
Sundays | 9:30 - 10:30 am
The class always welcomes new faces, whether they wish to become permanent members, are interested in a particular study, or need a Sunday School family while on temporary assignment in Albuquerque. We typically alternate between modern books and books of the Bible. We are currently nearing the end of I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me, by John Ortberg. Contact Regina Hunter, drhunter@nmia.com, to be added to the invitation list on Sundays and to learn of the next book.
Sundays | 9:30 - 10:30 am
The Family Spirit Sunday School Class welcomes EVERYONE! We meet on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. using video conferencing on Zoom.us. We are a small group of friendly adults who like to study, pray and socialize. Sunday, November 15th the class will be focused on the topic of Thanksgiving including a COVID Thanksgiving. On November 22 the topic is Advent and preparing for our Adam Hamilton Advent Study starting on 11/29. Rev. Doug Sweet, by email: DougSweet52@gmail.com or call (505) 554-6047 or purchase them on Amazon or Cokesbury Bookstore. For more information on this free class, including the zoom video conferencing link, please contact Brian Eagan by email: eagan.brian@gmail.com To learn more about the topics the Family Spirit Sunday School class has studied the past several years email DougSweet52@gmail.com for a list. 
Sundays | 10:00 - 10:45 am
Bereans Class meets Sundays from 10:00 to 10:45. Some time ago the class adopted a long-term project to go through all of Paul’s letters in chronological order. August 30th started a new study on 1 Corinthians. To receive the weekly zoom link contact Daryl Lee, daryl@daryllee.com.
Sundays | 3:30 pm
Christian Classics Sunday School Class is meeting by Zoom at 3:30 PM on Sundays. We are studying The Wisdom Jesus by Cynthia Bourgeault. Contact Jack Nuzum at jcnuzum@juno.com to join in.
Mondays | 10:00 am & 7:00 pm
Men’s Bible Study for the fall, Mondays at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm, October-November. This study will be focusing on the book of Job. Watch for upcoming dates or contact Jack Nuzum at jcnuzum@juno.com.
First & Third Wednesdays of the Month | 12:00 pm
Wednesday Men’s Brown Baggers meet for virtual lunch, fellowship, and discussion from noon to 1:00 on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. They will soon begin reading A Gentle Answer by Scott Sauls, available on Amazon. The Brown Baggers are currently meeting by Zoom; contact drhunter@nmia.com to be added to the group.
Here are opportunities of ways you can help out during the Christmas season. We KNOW you CANNOT support all these organizations, so please pick and choose where your passion leads you!

Tuesday, November 24, 10 Thanksgiving Boxes for Zuni Families, United Methodist Women's Project

  • Items for the boxes are provided by the various UMW circles at St. John's
  • Contact: Angie Young (youngamabq@icloud.com) with questions

December 19, John Marshall Community Center - Christmas Boxes for multi-generational families

  • Information out about this project available mid-November
  • Contact: Jack Nuzum (jcnuzum@juno.com) with questions

December 19, Mobile Food Pantry - Christmas Cookies
  • Restarting Mobile Food Pantry on December 19th with 50 families receiving approximately 50 pounds of food, but it will be a drive-in, pick-up experience for the recipients
  • Giving each family 1 dozen Christmas cookies made by Chef Tim
  • Collecting dollars for ingredients needed for baking cookies
  • Mail your donation to the church or go online to give; please write COOKIES in the memo field of your check
  • Contact: Beth Zerwekh (craftylady2331@comcast.net) with questions

January 30. Drive-in, Drop-off for Silver Horizons

  • Time: 2 - 4 p.m.
  • Most Requested Non-Food Items needed:
  • Walmart or gas station gift cards
  • Knit caps, gloves
  • Lap blankets, warm shawls
  • Socks with gripper pads on soles
  • Magnifiers, flashlights
  • Basic hygiene/toiletry items
  • Most Requested Food Items needed:
  • Dry pasta (any type), Rice (any type)
  • Dry beans (any type)
  • Hot and cold cereals
  • Toilet tissue, facial tissue
  • Nutritional drinks (like Ensure)
  • Baking items (cake mixes with frosting, cookies mixes, flour, sugar, etc.)
  • Dry cat food
  • ANY Non-perishable food items
  • Monetary donations welcomed: bring to drive-in, drop-off event; mail to the church; online giving
  • Please write "SILVER HORIZONS" in the memo field of your check
  • Contact: Kathy Dieruf (kadieruf@gmail.com) with questions
Youth News
To better streamline all the ways we communicate, the Youth Group has adopted the Slack app to merge and integrate the our direct messaging, digital calendar, Zoom account, and all our online documents. It is easy to join the threads that apply just to you. Join in here: bit.ly/joinumyfslack1

Summer is past, and as we get back to school? Our Solid Ground youth group will resume meeting every Sunday at 4:00-5:15PM with new games, discussions, and faith-building activities plus new features of the student led Soap Box and Top 5s. Log-in. at: bit.ly/Fall2020UMYF (case sensitive).

While we are not yet allowed to sing together, stay informed about the activities of the Sonrise Youth Choir, including weekly Zooms on Thursdays at 4:00 pm (Jackbox games!!), and musical workshops in the Fall! Email Shea at sonrisechoir@gmail.com!
Online Groups
The announcements below include using the program "Zoom" to group-video chat. You can find a tutorial on how to use Zoom HERE!
Mondays | 9:00 am
Join St. John’s Music Director Matthew Greer as he talks about what’s going on in the music ministry, and about music he loves. There will be no session on November 23. We'll see you back on November 30!
MEN'S BIBLE STUDY: The Book of Job (and Esther and Ruth)
Mondays | 10:00 am & 7:00 pm
There are few more perplexing issues for people of faith than that of unmerited suffering. We understand when good people prosper and evil people suffer. But what about when good people suffer for nothing that they did? That is Job's situation and the book that bares his name is a complex examination of the issue.
Join us for a Zoom study of this book (for four weeks) and then the delightful Old Testament stories of Ruth and Esther the final two weeks. The Bible study will take place on Mondays, October 19-Nov. 23, 2020, at either 10 AM or 7 PM. You may join either class or jump between them. If interested, or if you have questions, contact Jack Nuzum at jcnuzum@juno.com or 505-265-5241. Jack will be leading the discussion and will send out a Zoom invitation before each meeting.
Tuesdays | 7:30 pm
Wednesdays | 1:30 pm
Log in and have coffee (or tea) and chat with Pastors Pam and Kelly! Zoom link HERE.
Wednesdays | 6:00 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. This summer we are taking a Focus on Faith! Don’t miss it! Email tmacali@stjohns-abq.org for more information!
Thursdays starting December 3 | 1:30 pm
You are invited to join Pastor Pam for Meditations on the Birth of Jesus, a thirty minute class employing Lectio Divina (Divine reading of scripture) and Visio Divina (Divine “seeing” of scripture) as we explore the birth narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The meditations will include works of art as we “gaze” upon the Christ Child. Classes will be held on Thursdays, December 3, 10, and 17 by Zoom at 1:30 pm No registration is needed. Find the Zoom invite link in the e-disciple on the first day of the meditation.
A few weeks ago, Matt began the announcements by saying, “In this particular time ... we feel sometimes like we’re a community in exile...” Well, we always have been, and always for the same few reasons: new opportunities; ostracism; spiritual renewal; the necessities of our profession; or escape from pursuit, persecution, or conditions. St. John’s email Bible study will begin a new topic on November 16 to visit with some of the individuals and communities that went before us in the faith, both as exiles and as refugees. To receive daily study tips by email, write or call Regina Hunter at drhunter@nmia.com or 294-2877. If you prefer to study on your own, download the study guide HERE.
Fridays | 9:30 - 10:00 am
NO CLASS 11/27
Susan Brumbaugh, staff mental health counselor at St. John's, is offering a FREE weekly gathering on FRIDAYS at 9:30 am to practice mindfulness meditation. Each 30-minute session begins with a brief welcome, a description of the focus (e.g., breath, body, senses, emotions, thoughts), a 15-20 minute guided practice, and an opportunity to debrief and share experiences.
Anyone is welcome--no experience is necessary. (And, yes! It's okay for Christians to meditate.) If you want to learn more prior to starting, the sessions will be similar to ones she leads and records on YouTube. Each session will be hosted on Zoom. HERE is the zoom link. Please contact Susan Brumbaugh, counselor@stjohns-abq.org, or 505-506-6716, if you have questions.
Congregational Care Corner
Elaine Montague is the recipient for the prayer quilt on display for November 23 - December 7.

In lieu of tying knots, please pray this prayer (or your own prayer) for Elaine: “Father, we ask that Elaine will know that you are by her side and that she will feel your deep tender love every moment of every day."
With the Church currently closed, the prayer shawls have taken up residence with Hunt and Ann. They are actually quite comfortable in the coolness of their new home but they would love to be of comfort to someone in need of God’s love. Please contact Ann at mapalook@comcast.net or 768-7013 if you would like a shawl. If you call, the basket will await your visit in their courtyard. Blessings -
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 or submit them on our website HERE.

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

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. Susan also has a Youtube Channel with mindfulness tips HERE.

Stephen Ministers are members of St. John’s who have gone through 50 hours of training to provide high quality, confidential Christian care to individuals experiencing a crisis or life challenge such as divorce, grief, job loss, hospitalization, relocation, or loneliness.

How does someone get a Stephen Minister?
If you or someone you know could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister, please call the office 505-883-9717 or email stephenministry@stjohns-abq.org
NOVEMBER SPECIAL OFFERING: United Methodist Committee on Relief ( UMCOR)
   This month by giving to UMCOR we have a way of helping people and communities devastated by disasters. This year UMCOR is helping Louisiana communities recovering from not one but two hurricanes, Laura and Delta! And UMCOR is known for sticking around for the long haul after the headlines are gone and the world has moved on.
      This year, of course, we are also faced with the world wide disaster of Covid 19. Through the Sheltering in Love Campaign, UMCOR and Global Ministries have collaborated with health care professionals, missionaries, disaster management coordinators and faith leaders to help folks from the Philippines to Pennsylvania. UMCOR has helped isolate communities of Brazil who may receive no other help as well as the unemployed and hungry in the big cities of the US.
  St. John's people have been so very generous in helping those in need in New Mexico. Through UMCOR we can broaden our reach. Please give generously any time in November.
In accordance with the New Mexico Department of Health order, our facility will be closed until further notice. 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!
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.
Contact Us
(505) 883-9717
2626 Arizona St NE | Albuquerque, NM 87110
Office Hours (call only): Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Questions? Contact Shea Perry at communicate@stjohns-abq.org