June 2, 2020
An Invitation to Discipleship for Peace & Justice

Philemon 4-6
“When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God because I hear of your love for all the saints and your faith toward the Lord Jesus. I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective when you perceive all the good that we may do for Christ.”

Many years ago I met a Roman Catholic priest in the U. S.-Mexico border town of Ojinaga, Mexico. His name was Alfonso Payan. The volunteer missionary group of which I was a part had begun flying medicine and other supplies into Ojinaga, and Father Payan met our plane as we landed on a dirt strip at the edge of town. He helped us unload the plane and drove us, and the supplies, into town. The very minute I met him, I thought he seemed a bit different from most folks, but I couldn’t immediately put my finger on why.

Later that same day we were walking together around the main plaza in Ojinaga. We were trying to get to know each other utilizing rudimentary communications methods involving my then-pretty-limited Spanish, his broken English, and a lot of hand gestures on both our parts. At that point a beggar approached us. I’d seen hundreds like him, and tried to ignore the man. But Father Payan struck up a conversation with him. I couldn’t follow their many words, but a minute later they were comparing feet. Then the priest removed his shoes and socks and gave them to the beggar, who donned them and walked off. Father Payan, now barefooted, continued on with me. He resumed our conversation without comment about what had just taken place.

That was just the first of many times I observed this unassuming, diminutive priest do something unexpected and undeniably Christian. I got to know Father Payan well, following his ministry through two additional parishes in Chihuahua City. For more than twenty years he was friend, example, and mentor to me in the Christian faith. He’s now, I have no doubt, enjoying the reward of his service to Christ in Heaven.

From my Protestant perspective I believe that all followers of Jesus Christ can be termed “saints,” but Father Payan was the first of only a handful of persons I’ve ever met in whom “sainthood” was obvious and overt. That “difference” which I’d noticed in the very first minute I met him was the glow of God’s Holy Spirit, which so completely pervaded his life that it literally showed through. I’ve since learned to recognize that Spirit-filled nature in a few others, and I hope that someday others may see the same in me.

I thank you, Lord God, for the many saints who have faithfully served you, representing the fullness of your love to the world. May I, and all who exemplify you today, be counted among them – to your glory. Amen.

--Excerpted from Dr. Dave Ring’s 2019 published devotional book, Reflections 365
Jasper attends the Livestream service and steals my chair when I stand to sing hymn duets with Matt. He is good about staying for the Postlude 
-- Stan M
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
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

TOMORROW | June 3 - 12:00 pm
Fred Sturm, piano
Wednesday, June 3
7:00 pm
Come receive communion in your car on Wednesday, June 3 and gather in safe community to worship and praise God. We encourage you to bring your own elements (bread & juice). If you do not have your own elements, we will provide individually-packaged elements. We will gather in the east parking lot of St. John's (2626 Arizona Street NE).
Saturday, June 6
7:00 pm
Come and worship in your car on Saturday, June 6 and gather in safe community to worship and praise God. Message will be given by Rev. Scott Sharp. We will gather in the east parking lot of St. John's (2626 Arizona Street NE). As a gift offering for this service, please consider bringing either toilet paper, paper towels, or cans of soup. These items will be given to Silver Horizons for their senior clients.

The Summer months are here & Solid Ground United has a quick 3-minute survey where we want to hear from parents & students to help us plan how we get back together in person; entries are put in a drawing for a $30.00 gift card to Starbucks or Keva Juice. Everyone please go to: bit.ly/youthsummersurvey
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 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.
Online Classes
The announcements below include using the program "Zoom" to group-video chat. You can find a tutorial on how to use Zoom HERE!

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

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.

Wednesdays at 1:30 pm
Log in and have coffee (or tea) and chat with Pastors Pam and Kelly! Zoom link HERE.
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!

Thursdays at 1:30 pm
Join Pastor Pam for a 30-minute spiritual exercise. Space is limited, join the class HERE.

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.
Congregational Care Corner

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

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.
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!
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: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Questions? Contact Shea Perry at communicate@stjohns-abq.org