Wednesday
October 7, 2020
OLD SELF MEETS YOUNG SELF

Scripture: Colossians 2:1-3

I hold in my hands a treasure – a packet of letters I had sent to my mom and dad in 1971 – almost 50 years ago!

That was such a pivotal year in my life. In January, I was working full time as evening charge nurse on a large psych unit in Minneapolis, MN. By April, I had left Minneapolis to live temporarily at Heathcote Alternative School of Living in Maryland with a group of people who were teaching skills to enable simple living in the country. In September, I was working as a houseparent in a children’s home in Charleston, WVA and looking for acreage to buy. So many changes! I was excited to see if my memories of that year jived with the letters. I wanted to meet that 26 year old young woman again and see if I would even recognize her! So I began to read . . . .

Oh, my Young Self was SO idealistic! I wrote to my parents: “I am looking for a viable alternative to slavery in a 40 hour work week. In popular terms, I am dropping out.” “There are so many things I am learning. One thing is that you really don’t have to worry about the tomorrows, that they do take care of themselves. And that most people who have dropped out of the system see others who have dropped out as their brothers and sisters – and everybody takes care of each other.” “One alternative I’m drawn to is living with other people in a rural setting – maybe on a farm.” “These people I’ve met are not so wildly different from many of the people I’ve worked with, except that they’ve rejected the consumeristic aspects of our society and thus live simply.” “I am not looking for a utopia. I just believe that America’s road to happiness is pretty weird (BUY! BUY! BUY!) and that alternatives are needed. I just want to work out an alternative, viable way to live with other people.”

One thing I didn’t remember was how hard my Young Self worked to explain to my folks – over and over again – what I was doing and that I hadn’t lost my wits by embracing a different lifestyle!

So what happened to my Young Self? How did it work out in the end? Well, I did buy land in rural WVA (55 acres for $3132!) but didn’t end up living with other people. There were many young “homesteaders” in the area and we banded together a lot to help each other out. They even helped me build a small house on my property. And during this time I began to explore again the Christianity I had

left behind a few years earlier – and began to realize that following Jesus had even more radical values than the counter-culture!

“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” Luke 6:27-28

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth . . . but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven . . . For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat? Or ‘What shall we drink?’ . . . Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” Matthew 6:31-33

“And all who believed were together and had all things in common; and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, as any had need.” Acts 2: 44-45

And so I recommitted myself to following Jesus. I found a fellow homesteader at the church I had started going to who was a deeply committed Christian, who also wanted to live life simply in community, with other believers, caring for each other and hopefully on a farm. We married and began our search, which ended up in central Illinois in a modern Mennonite church/farm community. We shared some aspects of our finances, did a lot of work together, built houses on the farm for all members, had our own church, grew and sold produce and hosted and ministered to many, many people. And there we stayed for the next 27 years. Of course it wasn’t utopia, but it was more than good enough.

And as I look back on my life journey, what stands out is how important other like-minded people were in guiding me and keeping me along the path I chose - first the back to the land community and then, most importantly, my Christian community - from 45 years ago to the present. I honestly don’t believe I would be following Jesus today if it hadn’t been for all those fellow pilgrims surrounding me as we tried to walk the Jesus Way together. We held each other up – and that kept me from dropping out!

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for all the people in our lives who surround us and keep us following our Lord. Help us, even in these COVID times, to keep close to our church family – who help keep us close to You. Knit us together in love.

-- Lyn Fitz
"MUSIC FROM ST. JOHN'S"
LIVE-STREAM CONCERTS
Wednesdays | 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

FogoNuevo Duo
Gabriela Fogo, violinist
Luiz Barrionuevo, violinist and violist

Gustavo Pimentel, guitarist
DRIVE-IN COMMUNION SERVICE
Wednesday, October 7 | 5:00 pm
Come receive communion in your car on Wednesday, October 7 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).
SPIRITUAL DISCOVERY TRIP: Walking the Labyrinths
Wednesday October 14 | 9:00 am
Please join Certified Lay Minister, Larry Luna, and Pastor Pam on a Spiritual Discovery Trip: Walking the Labyrinths. We invite you to participate in one or both of these labyrinth experiences, either in the beauty of northern New Mexico or here in Albuquerque. Our first trip will be on Wednesday, October 14th to the outdoor Labyrinth at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. We will meet at the church at 9:00 a.m. and drive separately or carpool to Santa Fe. After walking and praying at our first stop, we will head on to a labyrinth at Black Mesa Winery north of Espanola. Please bring a sack lunch and participate in the sharing of a love feast together. (You are welcome to do the wine tasting after our event is completed). The second prayer labyrinth trip is on October 18th at 1:00 p.m. when we will meet together at the outdoor labyrinth at New Life Presbyterian Church. We will then head on to the Center for Action and Contemplation to walk the outdoor labyrinth there at 3:00 p.m. You are welcomed to do both of these labyrinth experiences, or choose one. Larry will provide a pre-trip explanation and spiritual exercise in a zoom class on Sunday, October 11th at 1 pm. It is highly beneficial to the over-all experience to be a part of this 30 minute “tutorial”. We look forward to sharing in this Spiritual Discovery Trip! TO REGISTER: Email Larry Luna at larry.luna.nm@gmail.com.
ASBURY PIE DONATION
Many thanks to all who donated to the Asbury Cafe. Even though we could not physically go to the Asbury Cafe, a check for $4,000 was sent to this ministry. Hip Hip Hooray! 
A CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
It seems like a very long time since we have been able to be together as a church family. Our staff has worked hard to keep us connected through virtual worship services, drive-in or small in-person services, and some Sunday School classes and other groups have been able to continue via Zoom, meeting safely at the church, in homes or even in parks. The Leadership Team wants to make sure everyone in our church family is being contacted in some way, especially those of our members and friends who might not have regular contact with people. We are looking for volunteers to help us call a small number of members to find out how they are, to let them know we are thinking of them and to find out how the church can help them. If that sounds like something you would enjoy doing and sending information back to the church about these members, please contact Barbara Stanfield, barbarastanfield@comcast.net. Thank you for considering helping in this important ministry of reaching out to our St. John’s family.
DRIVE-IN, DROP-OFF
Saturday, October 24 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm
The Missions' Team will be hosting another DRIVE-IN, DROP-OFF on Saturday, October 24, 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the east parking lot of St. John’s United Methodist Church (2626 Arizona NE). The recipient is Mandy's Farm (https://mandysfarm.org), a nonprofit organization that assists individuals with developmental disabilities in achieving their goals for living, learning, and working in the community. Ruthie and David Robbins, St. John's members, are the founders of Mandy's Farm. The items listed below are the needs of Mandy's Farm:

printer paper
disposable gloves
masks (disposable or fabric)
disinfectant
hand sanitizer
toilet paper
paper towels
kleenex
art supplies (crayons, colored pencils, paintbrushes, paint, watercolor paper)
puzzles

So, every time you go shopping this month or have products delivered to you, think about Mandy's Farm and pick up some extra items. We’ll collect all these items on Saturday, October 24th!

If you’d rather give $$ instead of buying the products yourself, you can bring it that night, mail it to the church, or go to the St. John’s online giving. Be sure to write "Mandy's Farm" in the memo field of your check.

The Missions’ Team thanks you so much for your generosity!!!
FAMILY PROMISE MEAL REQUEST
Our next hosting rotation will be October 18th - 24th. The families are still at Church of the Good Shepherd, and we will be providing dinners each of the evenings, Sunday - Saturday. Like the rotation at the end of July, there is a Signup link HERE. If you have any questions please contact Linn Furnish: swimsew@comcast.net; 505-884-6626 or Jenn Shields: jennshields200@yahoo.com; 505-450-9978
#photosfromhome
My David husband and I hiked form Iron Gate on the Hamilton Mesa trail around to Mora Flats in the Pecos Wilderness.
-- Ruthie Robbins
A CALL FOR DAILY DEVOTIONALS
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
Sunday School Classes &
Bible Study Groups
NEW SPIRIT CLASS
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.
FAMILY SPIRIT CLASS
Sundays | 9:30 - 10:30 am
Family Spirit Class meets by zoom on Sunday mornings, 9:30 to 10:30. They are studying John Ortberg’s book The Life You've Always Wanted. Brian Eagen and Doug Sweet lead this study. Please contact Anita Hallstrom at anitah1@comcast.net if you would like to join this zoom class.
BEREANS CLASS
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.
CHRISTIAN CLASSICS SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
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.
MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
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.
WEDNESDAY MEN'S BROWN BAGGERS
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.
NEW STUDY CLASS
Thursdays | 7:00 pm
NEW STUDY, a 7-week study on Peter’s Journey, beginning on October 1st. This class will be led by CLM Joe Marshall, via Zoom, Thursday evenings at 7pm for about an hour. One does not need to be a theologian to enjoy this study and is open to Men/Women and any age. Email Joe to register and receive Zoom Link, jmarshall62@gmail.com.
Youth News
JOIN YOUTH GROUP SLACK
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
NEW YOUTH ZOOM FOR THE FALL
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).

SONRISE YOUTH CHOIR ZOOMS
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!
JAZZ VESPERS
Saturday, October 10 | 5:00 pm
We're so happy to announce that Jazz Vespers will be resuming monthly, LIVEstreamed to your home on our YouTube Channel.

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 5:00 pm in the St. John’s United Methodist Church sanctuary.
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 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.
SONSHINE CAFE ZOOM
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.
Women's Studies Via ZOOM
We will be offering all our classes via ZOOM so you can attend from the convenience of your own home - perhaps even in your pjs if you want!

Registration Information
  • No charge to take the class but you will need to purchase your own book
  • Information provided when you sign up for a class on possible sources for books
  • Depending on the class you choose, cost of book is usually between $10 - $16 plus shipping
  • Deadlines given to allow time to order and receive your book before class begins
  • Sign up for the class(es) you want by emailing Donna at donnabruce@comcast.net
  • Maximum number of participants listed with each class so if interested in a particular class, please register as soon as possible
  • Waiting lists created for any classes that reach maximum number but still have ladies interested in participating
  • If there are enough on the waiting list for a particular class, a second session will be considered
Broken and Blessed, How God Used One Imperfect Family to Change the World by Jessica LaGrone, led by Barbara Stanfield

October 20 - November 24 (6 weeks), Tuesdays, 9:30 - 11:30 am

Deadline for registration: October 8
Maximum number for class is 11

Broken and Blessed traces the story of the Genesis family from Adam and Eve through the generations to Joseph, bringing blessing from brokenness. We will see that despite both good and bad traits that were passed down, God worked for good in every generation - determined to transform those within and outside the family bloodlines. The study ends with the story of Joseph, who decided to stop the cycle of previous generations, offering forgiveness and grace to his brothers. Through these stories of Genesis, New Testament teaching about family and stories of contemporary families changed and used by God, this study shows us how God can use our own imperfect families to bring blessing in a hurting and broken world.
Get Your Life Back, Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad by John Eldredge, led by Karen Tidler
October 20 - November 24 (6 weeks), Tuesdays, 9:15 - 11:15 am

Deadline for registration: October 8
Maximum number for class is 11

We live in soul-scorching times. The 24-7 onslaught of contemporary life - with its never-ending feed of global tragedies, demands for our attention, and pressures of work, family, and friends - has left us feeling ragged, wrung-out, and emptied. But if we have no margin in our lives, how do we find room to change anything? John Eldredge distills a lifetime of wisdom into five practical and ready-to-implement practices for putting your life back together. These practices include: (1) the one-minute pause, (2) benevolent detachment, (3) practicing kindness, (4) getting outside, and (5) stepping back from technology. These practices, ready for the taking, will enable you to begin recovery, focus on what matters most, disengage from the tragedies of this broken world, and discover the restorative power of beauty. You don't need to abandon your life to get it back. You can restore it here and now. And you will never be the same.
MEN'S BIBLE STUDY: The Book of Job (and Esther and Ruth)
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.
TRUNK OR TREAT 2020
Saturday, October 31 | 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Calling all Cars. Many children will not be able to trick-or-treat door to door this year because of Covid-19. Let's create a fun, safe, socially distant, costume-filled, and candy-laden option for children in our community on Oct 31st 2:30-4:30PM. To keep everyone safe, masks are required, gloves are needed, and individually wrapped candies are a must. We are looking for 25 people/families to participate. Can you join us? Please register to volunteer: https://conta.cc/3bPziEM

Photos from the 2019 Trunk or Treat:
A CALL TO HOME GARDENERS: The Food Ministry Wants Your Fresh Produce From Your Garden
St John’s Food Ministry continues to serve the people of Albuquerque--approximately 500 people per month!--with hot meals prepared in our kitchen,  Do you have a surplus of fresh produce from your garden that you would like to donate to St. John's to feed the hungry? If so, please contact Chef Tim at tnuzum@stjohns-abq.org.
Online Groups
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!
MONDAY MORNING MUSIC
WITH MATT
Mondays | 9:00 am
Join St. John’s Music Director Matthew Greer for a new weekly session in which he talks about the music ministry, explores hymns and choral music, and chats with the occasional guest about music they love. CLICK HERE TO JOIN!
PARENT'S CLUB
Tuesdays | 7:30 pm
"COFFEE BREAK" WITH PASTORS PAM & KELLY
Wednesdays | 1:30 pm
Log in and have coffee (or tea) and chat with Pastors Pam and Kelly! Zoom link HERE.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT KIDS' BIBLE CLUB
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!
NEW SPIRITUAL MOVEMENT CLASS 102
Thursdays | 1:30 pm
Meet by zoom with Pastor Pam for a 30 minute spiritual practice every Thursday afternoon. We will explore different ways to pray, to commune with God, to nurture our spiritual lives with Christ through the Indwelling Holy Spirit. Space is limited, join the class HERE.
ZOOM ALONG TO GENEALOGY CLASS
Remember to get started on your family-history manuscript with Terri Link and Regina Hunter, Saturdays from 10:00 to 12:00. If you have trouble connecting before 10:00, all Regina at 294-2877.
NEW EMAIL BIBLE STUDY FROM ST. JOHN’S
Reading Our Bible Together in 2020 will begin a new study, “Sermon Series,” on Monday, Sept. 27. Preachers love sermon series, partly because in a good sermon series, one idea will last for weeks. This episode of Reading our Bible Together will look at some of the sermons preached long ago by Moses, Jesus, Peter, Paul, and others, and we’ll see that these sermons still have important messages for us today. Download a study guide here. To receive daily study tips by email, write or call Regina Hunter at drhunter@nmia.com or 294-2877.
THE PRACTICE OF PRESENCE
Fridays | 9:30 - 10:00 am
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
VIRTUAL PRAYER QUILT
Jane Faber is the recipient for the prayer quilt on display for September 28 - October 12.

In lieu of tying knots, please pray this prayer (or your own prayer): “Father, we pray for Jane as she embarks on this new phase of her life. We pray these words: "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace." Amen

PRAYER SHAWLS
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 -
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 or submit them on our website HERE.

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

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

VIRTUAL TAI CHI WITH KATHY
STEPHEN MINISTRY
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
OCTOBER SPECIAL OFFERING: World Communion Offering 
     This month we will be remembering our unity with Christians around the world. Our special gifts will go to students like Kennedy. She lost her father when she was eight and her family struggled to find enough to eat. But with the help of her church, Lotus UMC in Maryland, and a World Communion scholarship, Kennedy is on her way to giving back to the community as a physician.

  Far away in Nigeria, Obinna grew up without electricity or clean water. Yet, today with the help of the Global United Methodist Church via a World Communion scholarship, he is studying to be an engineer.

  Nelson Mandela once said," Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." Please give generously any time in the month of October.
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. 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!
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.
Contact Us
www.stjohns-abq.org
(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