What's Happening at
St. John's United Methodist Church

St. John's United Methodist Church

On this page, you'll find a list of activities and events that are currently, or will soon be, happening here at St. John's UMC.

Check in regularly to find out what new things will be going on that might be of interest to you.

 

On-Going/Special Events

Stories of St. John's - If you would like to read about how the congregation of St. John's is loving God, loving people, changing lives, and being changed, then please visit the new "Stories of St. John's" Page. Currently, you can read the beautiful testimony given by Michelle Bane.

St. John's E-Mail Newsletter: Disciple Connections - In addition to the Weekend Disciple, which is published each Sunday, St. John's also sends out an e-mail version of their newsletter — Disciple Connections — twice a month, along with the occasional special announcements (such as death/funeral notifications). If you would like to start receiving this publication, please send your e-mail address with a request to be added to the mailing list to Chris Cockrell (c2cockrell@stjohns-abq.org).

VBS Registration is Now Open! - Shine Vacation Bible School will be held July 14—18, from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM here at St. John's. Each day, kids will dive into their Bibles, and see how Jesus showed us to trust in God, be humble leaders, and help others! We will sing, drum (yes, drum!), craft, and play while learning about how Jesus changed the world. Lunch and snacks are included in this free camp. Each family will receive a free CD with all the camp music on it when registering. Pick yours up when dropping off the registration form at the church office during normal business hours during the week, on Sunday mornings, or Wednesday nights. Or register online and pick up your CD the next time you're at the church! (CDs are one per family.) For more information, contact Brandie Spletzer (883-9717 [ext. 133] or bspletzer@stjohns-abq.org).

SMART Camp Registration is Now Open! - Our annual Summer Music, Art, Rhythm, and Theater (SMART) Camp is July 14-18. The camp is for rising 1st—6th graders and is open to the community. (Children must be 6-years-old prior to September 1st, 2014.) The camp will run from 12:30 PM—4:30 PM at St. John's. VBS will be held during the morning hours as a separate program. Each day, the children will follow a rotating schedule of sessions in various musical activities, including vocal, instrumental, creative movement, drama, and art. During the week, children will prepare a musical, to be presented at the end of camp on Friday and Sunday morning, July 20th. This summer, our musical honors our beautiful Sandias and explores some of the Mountaintop Moments found in Scripture. Many of the most significant Biblical events happened in places of extreme terrain—deserts, rivers, and mountains. Sounds a lot like New Mexico, right? Register early, reduced rates end June 16th! Enrollment is limited and camp fills up quickly. For more information, contact Pauleta Hendrickson (883-9717 [ext. 137] or newsound@stjohns-abq.org).

Online Registration for VBS and SMART Camp - Click Here to download a 2014 VBS & SMART Camp Registration Form. You can also register online by Clicking Here.

Prayer Blog - During Lent, Pastor Craig's sermons were focused around the prayer questions he received from the congregation. A prayer blog has been set up to continue the prayer conversations. You can access the Lenten Prayer Blog Here. (If you want to contribute to the blog, you will need to sign in through your google account.)

Congo Mission Trip - John Schwarting, St. John's Executive Director, is scheduled to go on a trip to the Congo (DRC) in September and would like to invite anyone interested to join him! They will be leaving on September 13th and returning September 28th. After arriving in Lubumbwashi, they will fly on a small plane to Kapanga, where the water project is located. The cost of the trip is $5,000, which includes all airfare and expenses after leaving the US. Please contact John at the church office (505-883-9717 [ext. 121]) or on his cell phone (915-276-9913) soon if you would like to know more. This can be a life-changing experience!

M&M Benefit Concert - Join us on Sunday, April 27th, at 3:00 PM in the Sanctuary for a Benefit Musicale for the 2014 St. John's Youth Music & Mission Trip to Washington, D.C. and New York City. This concert will feature performances by Dianna Hughes and Robert Lah, Sol Calypso, Trisha O'Keefe, Quintessence: Choral Artists of the Southwest, Amy Greer, and the Sonrise Youth Choir of St. John's UMC. There is no admission charge; a free will offering will be received. Free child care will be available.

Events Happening This Week
(April 21 - April 27):

Wednesday Night Live - WNL continues this Wednesday, April 23rd, at 5:00 PM with another great dinner, featuring Chicken Fried Steak, with a little lambs option of Star-Shaped Fish Sticks or Chicken Tenders for the kids. The cost for adults is $9, children (ages 6-17) is $2, and children under 6 eat for FREE with a paying parent. What a deal! Please come and join us for delicious food, wonderful fellowship, and great programs this Wednesday! To learn more about the programs offered during WNL, as well as upcoming dinner menus, please visit the Wednesday Night Live Page.

Death and Dying - Death and Dying, a new WNL program led by Dr. Rush Pierce, a physician and member of the St. John's congregation, will continue on April 23rd at 6:00 PM in Rooms 149/151. What happens when we die? What are near-death experiences and what do they mean? What is death with dignity? What are hospice and palliative care services? What does religion and modern medicine have to say about all of this? Come prepared to discuss these issues and others related to this interesting topic.

Kids' Bible Club - Every Wednesday, all children, ages 3 and up, are invited to join us for Kids' Bible Club from 6:00 PM—7:00 PM (6:16 PM if you're in NewSound!) in Room 240. We'll sing, play, and learn about the Bible.

NewSound Children's Choirs - NewSound Choirs are for children ages 4—5th grade. We are always accepting new members, so please join us. We meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 PM—6:15 PM.

Beginner's Zumba Class - The Beginner's Zumba Class will be held every Thursday evening, from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, in the Family Life Center. No experience is required! Come get fit the fun way! Contact Trisha O'Keefe (abideabq@gmail.com) for more information.

Omelet Bar - Don't forget, the 4th Sunday of every month is Omelet Bar Sunday. Come by the SonShine Café any time between 7:45 AM and 11:00 AM for your made-to-order omelet. Choose your ingredients from more than a dozen choice meats, cheeses, vegetables, and herbs, and we will make you a 2 or 3 whole egg or egg white omelet for the low price of $4.

M&M Benefit Concert - Join us on Sunday, April 27th, at 3:00 PM in the Sanctuary for a Benefit Musicale for the 2014 St. John's Youth Music & Mission Trip to Washington, D.C. and New York City. This concert will feature performances by Dianna Hughes and Robert Lah, Sol Calypso, Trisha O'Keefe, Quintessence: Choral Artists of the Southwest, Amy Greer, and the Sonrise Youth Choir of St. John's UMC. There is no admission charge; a free will offering will be received. Free child care will be available.

FPA Benefit Concert - The 8th Annual "Sweet Jazz" Benefit Concert (with Sid Fendley and Friends) will be held on Sunday, April 27th, at 7:00 PM at Sandia Presbyterian Church (10704 Paseo Del Norte). The concert will include a silent auction, desserts, coffee, and, of course, live jazz performances. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 268-0331, e-mailing fpa.assistant@gmail.com, or on the Family Promise of Albuquerque website. Proceeds go to support Family Promise of Albuquerque and their goal of helping families who are experiencing homelessness in the Albuquerque community achieve sustainable independence.

Events Happening Next Week
(April 28 - May 4):

Wednesday Night Live - WNL continues this Wednesday, April 30th, at 5:00 PM with another great dinner, featuring Sausage and Chicken Gumbo & Bouliabasse (Fish Soup), with a little lambs option of Cheese Quesdadillas for the kids. The cost for adults is $9, children (ages 6-17) is $2, and children under 6 eat for FREE with a paying parent. What a deal! Please come and join us for delicious food, wonderful fellowship, and great programs this Wednesday! To learn more about the programs offered during WNL, as well as upcoming dinner menus, please visit the Wednesday Night Live Page.

Wednesday Night Live Class - The final WNL class of the spring will feature one of St. John's own choir members, Dr. Manel Martinez-Ramon. On April 30th and May 7th, at 6:00 PM, he will be presenting information on "computational intelligence and its relationship with natural learning" and "applications of computational intelligence to the study of the human brain." Manel holds the Chair Prince of Asturias of the University of New Mexico. He is a PhD in Telecommunications Technologies and has served as an association professor of the Uiversidad de Alcala, Universidad Politencnia de Cartagena, and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. His current research is related to cognitive radio, smart grid, and neuroimaging. His spare time is spent introducing the wonders of amateur astronomy to his patient and beloved daughter and wife.

Kids' Bible Club - Every Wednesday, all children, ages 3 and up, are invited to join us for Kids' Bible Club from 6:00 PM—7:00 PM (6:16 PM if you're in NewSound!) in Room 240. We'll sing, play, and learn about the Bible.

NewSound Children's Choirs - NewSound Choirs are for children ages 4—5th grade. We are always accepting new members, so please join us. We meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 PM—6:15 PM.

Beginner's Zumba Class - The Beginner's Zumba Class will be held every Thursday evening, from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, in the Family Life Center. No experience is required! Come get fit the fun way! Contact Trisha O'Keefe (abideabq@gmail.com) for more information.

Our Wesleyan Tradition - Ladies – have you heard the phrase, "A man named Wesley passed this way?" Would you like to learn more about John Wesley and the richness of his historical and theological legacy? Please join us on Thursday, May 1st, at 10:00 AM in Room 241, as Doris Bowen presents our UMW program entitled, "Our Wesleyan Tradition." Wesley is known as the single most influential Protestant leader of the English-speaking world since the Reformation, so let's make a commitment to learn more about him and his impact on Methodism. All ladies of the church are invited, and refreshments will be served. (Note: The UMW Executive Committee will meet at 9:00 AM in the Library.)