March 30, 2021
Photos from the Abide in-person service on Sunday, March 28!

Each Lenten season, as a church community, we focus on a spiritual practice together. Many of us have our individual disciplines and practices for Lent, but it is very meaningful to have a spiritual practice that we are all nurturing and developing. In the past few years, we have engaged in Lectio Divina, Centering Prayer, Sabbath rest, the examen, and other spiritual endeavors. This Lent, we will practice Visio Divina. Each week, we will take the sermon text from Sunday, picking an image, painting, or photograph that we might find in a book or through Googling that scripture. Here are the steps for Visio Divina:

  • Luke 22:39-46, Mark 14:32-34, Matthew 26:36-46 (in the garden when Jesus prayed)
  • Look at the image you have found pertaining to the scripture, and let your eyes stay with the very first thing that you see.
  • Keep your attention on that one part of the image that first catches your eye.
  • Breathe deeply and let yourself gaze at that part of the image for a minute or so.
  • Now, let your eyes gaze at the whole image. Take your time and look at every part of the photograph or painting. See it all. Reflect on the image for a minute or so.

Consider the following questions:
  • What emotions and feelings does this image evoke in you?
  • What does the image stir up in you, bring forth in you?
  • Meditate on these thoughts.
  • How does this image lead you into an attitude of prayer? Let the prayer take form in you. Write it down if you desire.
  • Offer your prayer to God in a final time of silence.
  • Journal any thoughts or prayers that came to mind in heart during the practice.
The church office will be closed on Monday, April 5.
Thank you, St. John's! You've been so supportive of our drive-in, drop-off mission projects during this pandemic, and your generosity has been overwhelming. We've been able to deliver vanloads of much-needed non-perishable food and supplies to various non-profit organizations in our area, the latest one being Casa Esperanza on Saturday. You are truly the hands and feet of Christ in our community!
--- St. John's Mission Team
Sunday, April 4 | 5:40 - 8:30 am
Sunrise at Travertine Falls, north of Tijeras -- Moderate (1 mile round trip, 300 ft climb)
Our Lord will make things new. Please join us early Easter morning for mediation and refreshment (bring a sack breakfast) at sunrise in the mountains above Tijeras, then return in time to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord at regular worship services. Meet at the church at 5:40 or at the trailhead at 6:00 (Google Maps: Canyon Estates Trailhead). Please RSVP to Mike Furnish, mdfurnish@comcast.net.

Other near-future trips planned:
Third Sunday of April: Del Agua Canyon (SE of Placitas) - moderate
Third Sunday of May: Canada Ancho (North of Tohajiilee) - moderate
We are pleased to offer an intimate, live, outdoor service on the west playground this Sunday at 8am. Come enjoy celebrating the resurrection with us! We are asking for all attendants to preregister, both because of limited and space and to allow for contract tracing. Click here to register!
Sundays 9:30 am | Family Life Center
We will be open for a limited number of in-person worshipers.
Careful protocols will be followed, including mask-wearing
and social distancing. Click HERE for more information about these protocols!

We are asking worshipers to preregister, both because of space limitations and for the purposes of contact tracing. Register for Easter Sunday, April 4 HERE.
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! (Pastor Pam 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.

Sunday Community Activities: Click HERE to view all Sunday School Classes & groups! Join us in the virtual Sonshine Coffee Zoom immediately following the 11:00 am Worship with church Leadership Team members hosting. Zoom link is HERE
Register HERE!
Youth News
Solid Ground Returns In-Person Inside Incredible! Students, the wait is over: Join us in the Youth Center at Church on Sunday, April 11th 4:00-5:30PM. We will celebrate! More details forthcoming, but remember to wear your mask and stay apart 6 feet. We plan to keep a live Zoom link running simultaneously for live remote access.

Confirmation schedule changes. Remember, Confirmands, that this Sunday, March 28th , we will not meet on Zoom for class; please attend on of the St. John’s worship service online in the morning at 9:30 or 11:00; join us for our Tome Hill hike in the afternoon, and remember we do not meet at all on Easter Sunday, April 4th.
On March 16th, 2021, the Church Council voted, nearly unanimously, to open a Preschool in August 2021. Considering information from the Town Hall, the church-wide survey and the Preschool Ministry Team, the Church Council decided a Preschool should be considered an essential ministry of the Church and was the best way to maximize the use of the first floor of the education wing of the church during the weekdays, Monday – Friday. The Preschool Ministry Team has already posted an ad for a Director and will be hiring teachers in the early summer.

Additionally, the majority of the St. John’s family who completed the survey indicated that abiding by any state-mandated COVID restrictions for building use during Preschool hours would be worth any inconvenience to have children in the space.

Please watch for announcements about when families can begin registering for the Fall term and share this information with those you know who are looking for a Preschool for their children.

Linn Reece
Chair, Church Council
 As you know our Pastor Pam has received a promotion and will be leaving us the end of June to be the El Paso District Superintendent. SPRC is planning ways to celebrate her ministry and at the same time help our new pastor Rev Dr. Randall Partin to get acquainted with us. This is one way we’d like to do that but we need to get started on it.

We would like for you to introduce yourself and your family to the new pastor! Some of you already know him but due to social distancing precautions, many of us will first meet Pastor Randall virtually. The SPRC Welcoming Committee is asking each member and family to create a short document introducing yourself and your family members and sharing a little bit about yourself and a picture. This will be a great resource for Pastor Randall who wants to get to know all of us so please participate. What would you like the new pastor to know about you?

We’d love a current picture but if you prefer you can reference a picture from the directory. Please send your document to SPRC@stjohns-abq.org or mail it to SPRC -New Pastor 2626 Arizona St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. We would like to have it by April 1st.

Please keep it short, no longer than one page. If you have questions or would like help need putting your document together, please feel free to contact Stan Mortimer at srmortimer1@gmail.com.
St. John's Preschool program will be hiring a new Director. If you might be interested and would like to request the position summary, duties and requirements, please email the Interim Preschool Administrator, Susan Perry at PreschoolDirector@stjohns-abq.org. You can also view the job description HERE.
Are you sprouting seeds indoors for planting in the spring and summer? If so, would you consider sprouting a few extra vegetable seeds to donate the plants to the Garden Ministry to fill our garden beds this summer? Or maybe you would be willing to plant an extra tomato, pepper, squash, etc., in your garden and donate the produce from that plant to St. John's Food Ministry to help defray costs of feeding the homeless in Albuquerque? Any way you can help out is appreciated!

Contact: Tim at tnuzum@stjohns-abq.org., Donna at donnabruce@comcast.net or Regina at hamptonmason1@msn.com.
St. John’s own Bible study, continues with a new unit called “Street Signs in the City of God.” Join us as we travel some of the ways, highways, paths, streets, and marketplaces – and one corner – in the Bible. To receive daily study tips by email, write or call Regina Hunter at drhunter@nmia.com or 294-2877. If you prefer to read on your own, download or print a study guide.
Thursday, April 1 | 10:00 am
United Methodist Women will meet on Thursday, April 1st, at 10 am on Zoom. This will be an Easter-themed meeting, led by Carol Wiggins. Please bring the following items to the meeting: a cross; a decorated egg; and a bunny/rabbit. Also, please be prepared to tell us about an Easter activity that you enjoy. We will be playing Easter Bingo; a blank Easter bingo card and other instructions are included in the March issue of the UMW newsletter, or contact your circle chairperson. Carol would like to make a Google slide consisting of a collection of photos of past family Easter activities, so if you'd like to share one, please send it as a .jpg attachment to Carol's email: carolmwiggins@aol.com, or contact Carol at 321-0603, if you have questions. The deadline date to send photos to Carol is Monday, March 29th. To receive the Zoom link for this meeting, please contact Regina Hampton at hamptonmason1@gmail.com. Everyone is welcome to join us!
LENTEN OFFERING: Special offering for March
  Lent is the time of preparation, a time of sacrifice, a time of renewed focus on God, a time of giving.
Traditionally at St. John's, the Lenten Offering goes to support many and varied local ministries. In the past we have supported such ministries as, the Ramp Project, Mobile Food Pantry, Hopeworks, Asbury Pie Cafe, Wesley House, McCurdy Ministries, Barrett House, Silver Horizons , lunch bags for the homeless and many more.
   During the pandemic this past year, St. John's has been very generous in supporting ministries that help our community, the need being greater than ever this year. So as we think of Jesus great sacrifice for us, may we sacrifice in our own small way and continue to give generously to those in need.
Olivia (Livi) Shaw (6-year-old friend of Dara Bell) is the recipient for the prayer quilt on display for March 23 - April 5.

In lieu of tying knots, please pray this prayer (or your own prayer): “Father, we ask that you shower Livi with blessings and health for a speedy recovery from brain surgery. Amen.”
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
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