Church Events

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Pictures From Israel


Harry Gullett has visited Israel four times, twice as tourist, as a surveyor and digger at the Mount Zion Dig 2015 (IAA/UNC-C) and most recently led a tour in November 2016. He is leading another small group tour to Israel in March 2018.


The October 18th photos will be Jerusalem and the Via Dolorosa, the Mount of Olives and the Temple Mount.

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Wednesday Night Live

Wednesday Night Live continues this Wednesday!

Come fellowship and enjoy dinner anytime between 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM. Then stay for our weekly WNL Class, with a new topic every week. For young folks, sing with the Kid's Choir at 5:15 PM and combine fun and faith in Bible Club from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

New this fall, Sonrise Choir (Youth) will rehearse on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM! So, parents, join your youth for dinner and attend the WNL program while they rehearse.

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FPA Volunteers Needed

St. John's is hosting Family Promise from October 22-29. Volunteer signups will be available in the Welcome Center and at the Abide Service starting Sunday, October 1st.

Family Promise is a very important mission at St. John's. Many volunteers are needed to make the families welcome and for the hosting to run smoothly.

Please sign up to volunteer! For more information, contact Linn Furnish (884-6626 or swimsew@comcast.net) or John Heuft (602-363-9504).

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Want a Little Haunted History?


On Saturday, October 28th, POLO (Persons of Leisure and Others) will experience a Ghost Tour of Albuquerque's Old Town Plaza.


Details and sign-up sheet are available in the Hospitality Center.


Don't be scared --- sign up today!

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St. John's Fall Festival

The St. John’s Community Fall Festival is coming up on Sunday, October 29th from 4:00-6:30PM. There will be hot food, carnival games, a costume parade, karaoke, and Cotton Candy, but we need additional volunteers to help.

It will be an amazing fun filled afternoon! You will find a sign up sheet for specific tasks in the Welcome Center, Office, and at the Abide worship service. You can also email Jarrod jconyers@stjohns-abq.org if you can be there to serve.

Thank you for your help!

Wednesday Night Live Back Again!
Wednesday Night Live continues this week! Come fellowship and enjoy dinner anytime between 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM. Menu: Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches. For young folks, sing with the Kid’s Choir at 5:15 PM and combine fun and faith in Bible Club from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. New this fall, Sonrise Choir (Youth) will rehearse on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM! So, parents, join your youth for dinner and attend the WNL program while they rehearse.

Harry Gullett: Pictures from Israel
Harry Gullett enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1971, was commissioned a 2nd Lt in 1973. He served from the Vietnam War through Desert Storm including three years as Marine Officer Instructor at UNM 1987-1990. He has commanding engineering units from Platoon through a Marine Wing Support Squadron. He retired from active service in December 1993, joining Sandia National Laboratories as a member of the technical staff, advancing to Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in 1999. He is the contributor/editor of numerous Department of Energy infrastructure reports to Congress and environmental studies documenting a path to sustain the nation’s nuclear deterrent. He has visited Israel four times, twice as tourist, as a surveyor and digger at the Mount Zion Dig 2015 (IAA/UNC-C) and most recently led a tour in November 2016. He is leading another small group tour to Israel in March 2018. He holds Masters Degrees in Industrial Engineering, Business Management, and International Studies as well as post graduate certifications in Education, Project Management, and Fire Protection. Currently he is pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Biblical Archeology at Trinity Southwest University. The October 18th photos will be Jerusalem and the Via Dolorosa, the Mount of Olives and the Temple Mount.

What South Park Can Teach Us About the Bible
Adults and students of all ages, come join us Wednesday for our next class on “Opening Up the Bible; how to get beyond its old bloody weirdness.” Room 260, 6:00-7:00.

“Move for Stillness” Yoga
Join us on Wednesday nights from 6-7 during Wednesday Night Live! Instructor: Alli (Costello) Newsom. To deal with debilitating running injuries, Alli started practicing yoga about 10 years ago. It helped her regain an active lifestyle. Passing on the healing that yoga provided became her passion and her reason for teaching. She received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Bhava Yoga in 2015. Classes will have a theme each week. We will discuss fundamentals and use them in a guided sequence. Alli encourages an interactive class, where laughter & community affirmation is the goal. Props and plenty of modification will be offered. Bring a yoga mat if you have one, and clothes that allow for movement. Yogis: Sometimes a “beginner’s mind” can completely change your practice. Class is free, but a love offering will be taken each week that will go toward Hurricane Harvey relief. Contact: allijcostello@gmail.com.

NewSound Children’s Choirs
NewSound Choirs have resumed! You can register online, or use one of the brochures found throughout the church. NewSound is for children ages 4—5th grade. (We have a family music program for younger children and their caregivers, too.) NewSound provides a weekly opportunity for children to discover and develop their innate musical abilities. NewSound participants engage in both choral and instrumental music, as well as learning about the Christian faith. All choirs meet Wednesdays from 5:15 PM — 6:00 PM. For more information, contact Therese Macali (newsound@stjohns-abq.org or 440-344-3011) or go to musicatstjohns.org.

NewSound Family Music
Our NewSound Family Music is back with more offerings for children and their families. NewSound Family Music is for children 3 months—age 4 and adult caregivers. These classes allow adults and children to participate in music through singing, chanting, moving, dancing, listening, and playing simple instruments. Children and adults who participate in musical activities develop a lifelong musical bond. Registration and schedule information will be available soon!

Calling All Family Promise Volunteers!
St. John’s is hosting Family Promise from October 22-29. Volunteer signups are now available in the Welcome Center and at the Abide Service. Family Promise is a very important mission at St. John’s. Many volunteers are needed to make the families welcome and for the hosting to run smoothly. Haven’t volunteered before? We’d love to have you buddy up with another volunteer and experience the joy of helping others in need! Please sign up to volunteer, starting October 1st. For more information, contact Linn Furnish (884-6626 or swimsew@comcast.net) or John Heuft (602-363-9504).

Calling All Family Promise Volunteers!
St. John’s is hosting Family Promise from October 22-29. Volunteer signups are now available in the Welcome Center and at the Abide Service. Family Promise is a very important mission at St. John’s. Many volunteers are needed to make the families welcome and for the hosting to run smoothly. Haven’t volunteered before? We’d love to have you buddy up with another volunteer and experience the joy of helping others in need! Please sign up to volunteer, starting October 1st. For more information, contact Linn Furnish (884-6626 or swimsew@comcast.net) or John Heuft (602-363-9504).

Wednesday Night Live Back Again!
Wednesday Night Live continues this week! Come fellowship and enjoy dinner anytime between 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM. Menu: NE Style Clam Chowder and Soup Dejour. For young folks, sing with the Kid’s Choir at 5:15 PM and combine fun and faith in Bible Club from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. New this fall, Sonrise Choir (Youth) will rehearse on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM! So, parents, join your youth for dinner and attend the WNL program while they rehearse.

“Opening UP the Bible” Intergenerational Class
Adults and students of all ages, come join us Wednesday for our next class on “Opening Up the Bible; how to get beyond its old bloody weirdness.” Room 260, 6:00-7:00.

“Move for Stillness” Yoga
Join us on Wednesday nights from 6-7 during Wednesday Night Live! Instructor: Alli (Costello) Newsom. To deal with debilitating running injuries, Alli started practicing yoga about 10 years ago. It helped her regain an active lifestyle. Passing on the healing that yoga provided became her passion and her reason for teaching. She received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Bhava Yoga in 2015. Classes will have a theme each week. We will discuss fundamentals and use them in a guided sequence. Alli encourages an interactive class, where laughter & community affirmation is the goal. Props and plenty of modification will be offered. Bring a yoga mat if you have one, and clothes that allow for movement. Yogis: Sometimes a “beginner’s mind” can completely change your practice. Class is free, but a love offering will be taken each week that will go toward Hurricane Harvey relief. Contact: allijcostello@gmail.com.

NewSound Children’s Choirs
NewSound Choirs have resumed! You can register online, or use one of the brochures found throughout the church. NewSound is for children ages 4—5th grade. (We have a family music program for younger children and their caregivers, too.) NewSound provides a weekly opportunity for children to discover and develop their innate musical abilities. NewSound participants engage in both choral and instrumental music, as well as learning about the Christian faith. All choirs meet Wednesdays from 5:15 PM — 6:00 PM. For more information, contact Therese Macali (newsound@stjohns-abq.org or 440-344-3011) or go to musicatstjohns.org.

NewSound Family Music
Our NewSound Family Music is back with more offerings for children and their families. NewSound Family Music is for children 3 months—age 4 and adult caregivers. These classes allow adults and children to participate in music through singing, chanting, moving, dancing, listening, and playing simple instruments. Children and adults who participate in musical activities develop a lifelong musical bond. Registration and schedule information will be available soon!

2017 6th Annual Bling Show
A fantastic jewelry resale show benefiting Love INC of Albuquerque, Friday, October 27, 6 – 9 p.m., and Saturday, October 28, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Family Life Center. Hors d’oeuvres will be served on Friday; burritos served at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Live music Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Questions? Contact Karen Scott at kjscott26@yahoo.com.

Want a Little Haunted History?
On Saturday, October 28th, POLO (Persons of Leisure and Others) will experience a Ghost Tour of Albuquerque’s Old Town Plaza. Details and sign-up sheet are available in the Hospitality Center. Don’t be scared — sign up today!

St. John’s Fall Festival
The St. John’s Community Fall Festival is coming up on Sunday, October 29th from 4:00-6:30PM. It is quite a popular event that brings in many first time visitors through the doors of our church. There will be hot food, carnival games, a costume parade, karaoke, and Cotton Candy, but we need additional volunteers to help greet people, pass out candy, show visitors around, and oversee games we have assembled to make sure everyone is safe, welcomed, and having a good time. It will be an amazing fun filled afternoon! You will find a sign up sheet for specific tasks in the Welcome Center, Office, and at the Abide worship service. You can also email Jarrod jconyers@stjohns-abq.org if you can be there to serve. Thank you for your help!

Jim Hickman: Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR
Grew up near Peoria, Illinois
Education: BS, MS, PhD in Physics & Theoretical Mechanics, University of Illinois, completed in 1970.
Started woodworking in grad school to make furniture we couldn’t afford to buy.
Work Experience: Taught at West Virginia University, worked at Caterpillar Tractor Co. Research department for 12 years and at Sandia Labs 24 years, Consultant for DOE for a couple years after retirement. While working at Sandia, I traveled, for work, ¾ time both inside and outside the U.S. In that period, we lived in Germany a year and in northern Virginia about 6 years off and on.
Leisure: I enjoy travel, photography, and new adventures, We have visited New Zealand and Australia twice for a month each time, Europe many times, and Alaska several times. I have trekked in Nepal and Bhutan 5 weeks each reached 16 – 17,000’ in each country.
I also enjoy fly fishing and have fished New Zealand, Alaska, and the Patagonia region of Chile in addition to many places in the continental U.S. While having all that fun I built much of our furniture and the house we live in. I built all the cabinets in the house as well.
When I retired I started volunteering with the Friends of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic RR.
I work in Antonito, CO and Chama NM for a month each year rebuilding train cars and running the woodshop. I build windows and doors for the rolling stock over the winters. Connie works at two of the one week work sessions in Chama each year.
In spite of having moved 29 times (Connie’s count) since we have been married, I still enjoy travel in our motor home around the US and Canada and internationally whenever possible….
Presentation: Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR
Introduction
The Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic RR (Friends) is a volunteer organization founded in 1970 and currently comprised of 2500 members dedicated to maintaining the rolling stock and structures of the historic RR. Last year the Friends donated in excess of 25,000 hours to this effort. All materials are paid for with donations.
The presentation will have two parts:
1. An 18 minute video introducing the railroad and the Friends organization.
2. Photos and talk on my activities related to Friends projects over the past 10 years volunteering for the railroad.

Save the Date
Family Promise of Albuquerque will be having its first annual “A Night of Promise” on November 3rd at the Prestige Event Center. This will include a silent auction, dinner, and dancing to the music of the Kipsies. Save the date and look for more information & tickets to be available in the near future at familypromiseabq.org. This event will replace the Christmas Home Tour. Thank you for your support of Family Promise.

Quilt Sale at First Sunday Lunch
Looking for a special gift for someone at Christmas? Our St. John’s Quilting Group will host a sale of many quilted items during the First Sunday Lunch on November 5. Items will be available for purchase beginning at 10:45 a.m. in the Family Life Center. Proceeds will benefit St. John’s projects. Enjoy the turkey meal and check out the table runners, place mats, wall hangings, small quilts, and much more!!!

Jazz Vespers
Jazz Vespers, held on the Second Saturday of every month at 5:00 PM in the Sanctuary, is a unique, meditative worship service that features some of New Mexico’s best professional jazz musicians. Free child care is available for those who need it.

Prayer Quilt
Bill Weir (friend of David and Joyce Apple) is the recipient of the prayer quilt hanging in the Hospitality Center. Please stop by and tie a knot on Bill’s quilt as you say a prayer for him.

Results of the 2017 Asbury Pie Cafe Ministry Effort
Thank you to all the church volunteers who made pies, stored pies, baked pies, delivered pies, and bought pies (or pie slices) in support of the 2017 Asbury Pie Cafe ministry during the New Mexico State Fair. Of the approximately 2030 pies sent to the Cafe, St John’s provided 400 pies.  A total of 1869 pies were sold, 54 less than last year. Additionally, many thanks go to the volunteers who worked at the Cafe taking orders, cashiering, serving drinks, serving pies, and serving grill items. Special thanks goes to: Doris Bpwen who led the pie making effort at St. John’s and kept track of Cafe food inventory; to Jenn Shields who coordinated the cafe workers among the participating churches; and to Jenn, Leticia Quinlan, and Carol Nuzum who each worked multiple shifts to ensure the Cafe ran smoothly. If you see Doris, Jenn, Leticia, and Carol be sure to give them a “hug of thanks” for the extra efforts they put in to making the 2017 Cafe operations a success. The Cafe again netted $50,000 in available funds to give to 12 local food-related ministries. St John’s is pleased to recognize Meals on Wheels as a recipient of $9,500. Their Executive Director, Shauna Frost, will speak about Meals on Wheels at church services on November 12th. Be sure to mark your calendar…you won’t want to miss this presentation!

Prayer Quilts
Do you know someone in need of additional prayers and you would like to bless them with a prayer quilt? If so, please contact Donna at donnabruce@comcast.net or 883-1373 to put that person on the prayer quilt list. A prayer quilt is hung for two weeks and people tie a knot in the strings of the quilt as they say a prayer for the recipient.

October Prayer Calendar
October 2017 Prayer Calendar to obtain your October prayer calendar that can help you with your daily devotions.

World Communion Offering
In October we will be remembering our unity with Christians around the world as we celebrate communion. Our special gifts this month will go to students like Kennedy Bowie who lost her father when she was 8. and her family struggled to even find enough to eat, but with the help of her church, Lotus UMC in Maryland, and a World Communion Scholarship, Kennedy in on her way to giving back to her community as a physician. Far away in Nigeria, Obinna T. Emeh grew up without electricity or clean water. Yet, today with the help of the Global UMC via a World Communion Scholarship, he is studying to be an engineer. Nelson Mandela once said “Education in the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Please give generously any time during October.

Coffee Talk
Come join Associate Pastor Melissa Madara for a cup of coffee and casual conversation about anything – or nothing! Melissa will be keeping “office hours” at Epiphany Espresso (3600 Culter Ave NE, at Green Jeans Farmery) every Friday morning from 10am-noon. Feel free to stop by! Questions? Email Melissa at mmadara@stjohns-abq.org.

Communion Volunteers
We are seeking volunteers to help serve communion and/or to coordinate communion servers at 8:15 AM & 11:00 AM Worship Services. Please contact Claudia Giese if you are interested in helping out, either by email, cgiese@stjohns-abq.org, or phone, (505) 883-9717 Ext. 128. Thanks!

Prayer Garden
The cement pouring has been completed and the cross has been put in place. Next step will be the laying of pavers, plants and bushes planting and spreading the mulch. Anticipate completing the garden in 2 weeks.

Columbarium
Foundation for the niches has been laid down. We will be waiting for delivery and setting of the columbarium sometime in December. We will then do the fence and gate to finish the project.

Ways We Can Serve
See what’s happening in October for missions at St. John’s! Download your copy here.

The Storehouse
In October, we’ll collect high-protein items, such as canned tuna, chicken, and other canned meats, as well as peanut butter. We thank you for your generosity!

St. John’s Fall Festival
The St. John’s Community Fall Festival is coming up on Sunday, October 29th from 4:00-6:30PM. It is quite a popular event that brings in many first time visitors through the doors of our church. There will be hot food, carnival games, a costume parade, karaoke, and Cotton Candy, but we need additional volunteers to help greet people, pass out candy, show visitors around, and oversee games we have assembled to make sure everyone is safe, welcomed, and having a good time. It will be an amazing fun filled afternoon! You will find a sign up sheet for specific tasks in the Welcome Center, Office, and at the Abide worship service. You can also email Jarrod jconyers@stjohns-abq.org if you can be there to serve. Thank you for your help!

Calling All Family Promise Volunteers!
St. John’s is hosting Family Promise from October 22-29. Volunteer signups will be available in the Welcome Center and at the Abide Service starting Sunday, October 1st. Family Promise is a very important mission at St. John’s. Many volunteers are needed to make the families welcome and for the hosting to run smoothly. Haven’t volunteered before? We’d love to have you buddy up with another volunteer and experience the joy of helping others in need! Please sign up to volunteer, starting October 1st. For more information, contact Linn Furnish (884-6626 or swimsew@comcast.net) or John Heuft (602-363-9504).

Super Market Grocery Shopping Cart
We’re looking for a supermarket grocery shopping cart to place in the Family Life Center for food collections (similar to the one currently in the Hospitality Center). Do you know a grocery store manager whom you might approach about “gifting” St. John’s with one? If so, please contact Donna at donnabruce@comcast.net.

Board Games and Stuffed Animals
During October, we will collect UNWRAPPED, NEW board games and NEW stuffed animals for ages 0 – 18 years for the Albuquerque Methodist Children’s Home (MCH) Christmas Shop where families in need can “shop” for gifts for their children. St. John’s will be providing stuffed animals, board games, puzzles and card games. Bring your donations to the Hospitality Center.

Wings for L.I.F.E.
Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education (WFL), meets every 1st and 3rd Monday evenings at St. John’s. Set-up begins at 5:00 PM, get to know you mixers at 5:30 PM, dinner at 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM, and then the speaker and after-dinner programming for children is until 7:30 PM. Volunteers are needed for the following:
1. Prepare an entrée, salad, fruits/vegetables for 78 attendees each week (A perfect project for a Sunday School class).
2. Help with the set-up and food preparation.
3. Come and eat dinner and share around the dinner table.
4. Help with the after-dinner tutoring program for Pre-K and K-12 youth.
Volunteers can help weekly, monthly, or once a year. Everyone is welcome and bring the whole family for a FUN hands-on mission experience. For more information contact St. John’s member Ann Edenfield Sweet (554-6698, or AnnEdenfield@WingsForLIFEInternational.org).

Please Save Labels!
McCurdy Ministries, a United Methodist supported ministry in Espanola, now participates in the Tyson Project A+ Program. On Tyson frozen products, you will find “Project A+” labels to cut and save. Each submitted label earns 24 cents for McCurdy! Also, please continue saving Labels for Education from Campbell’s products. McCurdy hopes to collect enough Campbell’s labels to purchase another van before Campbell’s suspends the program at the end of 2017, so let’s help them achieve that goal! McCurdy also asks that we continue saving Box Tops for Education, and as we do so, check the expiration dates on the labels; they cannot use expired labels. Please place all three types of labels in the collection box located in the Hospitality Center. Thank you!

Online Church Directory
The online church directory is ready for members to use. Here’s how to gain access:
* Go to stjohnsabq.shelbynextchms.com
* Click on “Forgot Password” under the “Login” button.
* Enter the e-mail you’ve given to the church, or try typing in your user name (which is your first name, a period, and your last name—for example, john.schwarting). A password will be sent to the email address you have in the directory.
You can also contact Chris (c2cockrell@stjohns-abq.org) to receive a temporary password. Once you have your password, return to the login screen and type in your user name and password. That’s all you need to do to enjoy this great tool for staying in touch. Please contact me or Chris if you have any questions.

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 through your e-mail, please send your e-mail address, with a request to be added to the mailing list, to Chris Cockrell (c2cockrell@stjohns-abq.org).

You Matter to Us!
In our large congregation, a person may be hospitalized, go to a rehabilitation or nursing facility, or have some other personal crisis in their life, and the pastoral staff and members of the congregation may not learn about it until much later. We ask you to help us by calling the church office or one of the pastors if you become aware of a difficult situation (health or other issue) in someone’s life. Please call 883-9717 and let us know or, if it is an emergency, call the Emergency Pastor Contact Number at 331-8121.

Prayer Shawls
The Needle Arts group has been busy, and there is a basket of prayer shawls and lap robes in the Welcome Center. If you know someone who needs a warm hug of comfort, healing, or encouragement, please consider giving them a shawl or lap robe that has been made with prayer. We like to know where these items go, so please put any info you can on the clip-board provided. Thanks.

Online Giving
You can now choose to give to the church electronically by using a debit or credit card. All you need to do is visit the Giving Page on the church website and follow the simple instructions found there.