Church Events

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WNL Program on April 26th

The Wednesday Night Live program on April 26 at 6:00 PM in Rooms 149/151 will feature John Rivas, Executive Director of the New Mexico Activities for the Texas Methodist Foundation.

John will discuss St. John’s own Foundation, which has funded many important projects at St. John's, and the many competitive investment opportunities available to both earn money now and leave a legacy.

John will also discuss the family dynamics of inheritance and how preparing valuables for heirs is a different process from preparing heirs for valuables.

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Wednesday Night Live


Don’t forget to come by for another great dinner on Wednesday, April 26th, from 4:45 PM—6:15 PM in the Family Life Center, featuring Honey Apple Chipotle Grilled Pork Chops, with a little lambs option of Cheese Quesadillas.


Adults are $10, youth (12-17 years old) are $5, children (6-11 years old) are $2, and children under 6 years old are free.

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POLO - "Gathering of Nations"

POLO (People of Leisure and Others) will attend the “Gathering of Nations” on Friday, April 28, at Tingley Coliseum (enter at Gate #8 on Louisiana Blvd just south of Lomas). The gate opens at 10:00 AM and there is a parking fee.

POLO members who want to sit together can meet inside the entrance to Tingley Coliseum at 11:00 AM to find seats, look around, and be ready to see the Grand Entry of Dancers at 12:00 PM. If you have never experienced this Powwow, it is a wonderful, colorful, spiritual, cultural event. Please sign up in the Hospitality Center if you plan to attend so we will know how many will sit together.

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Bach Project Concert

Please join us for the final concert of this season for the St. John’s Bach Project on Saturday, April 29th, at 5:00 PM.

The program will feature the “Goldberg Variations BWV 988” performed by Amy Greer and “Cantata 104, Du Hirte Israel, Höre, O Shield of Israel, Hear Us,” with soloists John Carlo Pierce (tenor) and Michael Hix (baritone) conducted by Matthew Greer.

There will be no admission charge, although a free will offering will be gratefully accepted. Complimentary Childcare will be provided.

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WINGS Banquet


Wings for LIFE International will hold their 22nd Anniversary Celebration Banquet at St. John’s on Friday, April 28th.


Silent auction starts at 5:00 PM; Dinner at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $25/person. Purchase tickets online at WingsForLIFEInternational.org or call 291-6412 or 717-7523.

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Calling All Men!

You are invited to join men from churches throughout the Albuquerque District for a forum on developing a men's ministry or ministry for men unique to your congregation. This is a forum, not a retreat, not a conference. We want to share each other's successes and frustrations in men's ministry.

Join us on Saturday, April 29th, from 10:00 AM—4:00 PM at Central UMC in Albuquerque. The cost is $15 and includes a BBQ lunch! Other details and Registration Forms should be available from your church office, or from Chris Caldes (870-5820, wcaldes1@gmail.com).

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FPA Volunteer Appreciation


Family Promise is hosting a volunteer appreciation breakfast on Thursday, May 4th, from 7:30 AM—8:30 AM. It will be held at Central United Methodist Church. A small breakfast will be served and each volunteer will receive a token of appreciation.


Please email Linn Furnish (swimsew@comcast.net) or call Tony Bryce (459-7760) to RSVP by Sunday, April 30th.

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Calling All FPA Volunteers!

St. John's is hosting Family Promise from May 7-14. Signups will be available in the Hospitality Center and at the Abide Service starting Sunday, April 16th.

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!

For more information, contact Linn Furnish (884-6626) or Tony Bryce (459-7760).

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Youth SWinter Theme Night



On April 30th, is our Theme Night at Solid Ground.


Come dressed in a costume that combines both Summer and Winter together and be ready to play anything.

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Columbarium and Prayer Garden


Join Ben Curet, Carolyn Good, and Marlene Bryan in a discussion during WNL on May 3rd at 6:00 PM in Rooms 149/151 on the proposed transformation of the courtyard between the sanctuary and offices into a Prayer Garden and a “Rest Where You Worshipped” Columbarium (a group of niches each of which holds cremains).


The discussions will cover what, where, why, when, and how. Bring your questions.

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UMW May Meeting

Did you know that Silver Horizons Food Pantry serves nearly 2,000 low-income seniors each month? But, that's not all they do! Come to our meeting of United Methodist Women on Thursday, May 4th, as Ron Hidalgo (Executive Director of Silver Horizons) tells us about the valuable services provided by Silver Horizons.


We'll meet in Room 241 at 10:00 AM for refreshments and fellowship, followed immediately by our program. Everyone is welcome, so please join us!

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Memory Cafe

Memory Café will enjoy the smells and tastes of a hamburger cook out on May 13th at 3:30 PM in the SonShine Café.

Back by popular demand, we will have laugh yoga and then make “survival” kits for the graduating police cadets as part of our give back/pay forward activities.

Memory Café is for those with Alzheimer’s and their care partners to enjoy supportive, interactive engagement in life! Please call Lynn (271-0746) if you wish to participate in the cookout.

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2017 UMW Rummage Sale

Don’t forget to start setting aside items for the 2017 UMW Rummage Sale scheduled for Friday, July 28th, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM and Saturday, July 29th, 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Yes, we are adding an extra day. Please save items to donate that will help make this a successful fundraiser for mission projects in our community.

If you can, please price items as you set them aside for the sale as it will be very helpful when it comes time to set up for the sale. Information on drop-off dates and times will be provided in the coming months.

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Volunteers Needed

There is an urgent need for volunteers to work at the church reception desk. Duties include answering the phone and greeting visitors as well as various administrative tasks.

Three shifts are currently open:
Monday and Tuesday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM,
and Tuesday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Please contact John (Ext. 121) or Griselda (Ext. 123) to sign up.

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VBS 2017 - Gadgets, Gizmos, & God

St. John’s UMC is hosting a Faith Quest full of fun for children ages 3 through rising 6th grade. Gadgets, Gizmos, and God will be held June 19-23, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM at St. John's.

Each day, kids will learn how God made us uniquely, how he made us to have a relationship with Jesus, and how we're made to love others! We will sing, create, dance, and play while learning how God is always there for us! Lunch is included.

Faith Quest is free, and open to all children age 3 and up! Enrollment is limited and fills up quickly. Click Here to Register Online.

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S.M.A.R.T. Camp 2017

Our annual S.M.A.R.T. Camp at St. John's United Methodist Church is July 17-21. The camp is for rising 1st–6th graders and is open to the community. (Children must be 6 years old prior to Sept. 1, 2017.)

The camp will be 9:00 AM-1:00 PM at St. John's, lunch is included. During the day, the children will follow a rotating schedule of sessions in various musical activities, including vocal, instrumental, creative movement, drama, and art.

Register early, reduced rates end June 23rd! Enrollment is limited and camp fills up quickly. Click Here to Register Online.

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Online Church Directory

The online church directory is ready for members to use:
1) Go to stjohnsabq.shelbynextchms.com
2) Click on “Forgot Password” under the “Login” button.
3) 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.

Wednesday Night Live Dinner
Don’t forget to come by for another great dinner on Wednesday, April 26th, from 4:45 PM—6:15 PM in the Family Life Center, featuring Honey Apple Chipotle Grilled Pork Chops. Adults are $10, youth (12-17 years old) are $5, children (6-11 years old) are $2, and children under 6 years old are free.

Preparing For Inheritance
The Wednesday Night live program on April 26 will feature John Rivas, Executive Director of the New Mexico Activities for the Texas Methodist Foundation. Have you ever know families torn apart by inheritance issues? John will discuss the family dynamics of inheritance and how preparing valuables for heirs is a different process from preparing heirs for valuables! John will show us how careful planning and education can make inheritances a positive experience. John will also discuss St. John’s own Foundation and the many competitive investment opportunities available to both earn money now and leave a legacy. John will show how an investment or gift to the Foundation will keep on giving for generations.

GriefShare
Are you grieving the loss of a family member or friend? Do you need a Christian community in which to share your loss and find ways of coping and healing? St. John’s UMC now offers “GriefShare,” a 13-week program which offers support and resources, including DVD’s, conversation, and workbooks for journaling. “GriefShare” meets in Room 257 from 10:00 AM—12:00 PM most Thursday mornings, ending on April 27. You do not need to attend every meeting; other cycles will be offered. Please join us! For more information, please call Adelaide Tucker at 235-8281.

POLO Visits the “Gathering of Nations”
POLO (People of Leisure and Others) will attend the “Gathering of Nations” on Friday, April 28, at Tingley Coliseum (enter at Gate #8 on Louisiana Blvd just south of Lomas). The gate opens at 10:00 AM and there is a parking fee. The event includes over 2,500 Native American singers and dancers representing over 500 tribes from North America. People may purchase their own ticket at the box office that day or online (which includes a service fee) at www.gatheringofnations.com. Tickets are $18/person for Friday admission to the Powwow activities, the Indian Traders’ Market with over 400 vendors, and a Native Food Court. Events occur in the Coliseum and around the grounds. It is open from 10:00 AM until midnight. POLO members who want to sit together can meet inside the entrance to Tingley Coliseum at 11:00 AM to find seats, look around, and be ready to see the Grand Entry of Dancers at 12:00 PM. If you have never experienced this Powwow, it is a wonderful, colorful, spiritual, cultural event. Please sign up in the Hospitality Center if you plan to attend so we will know how many will sit together.

WINGS Banquet
Wings for LIFE International will hold their 22nd Anniversary Celebration Banquet at St. John’s on Friday, April 28th. Silent auction starts at 5:00 PM; Dinner at 6:30 PM. Tickets are $25/person. Purchase tickets online at WingsForLIFEInternational.org or call 291-6412 or 717-7523.

Calling All Men!
You are invited to join men from churches throughout the Albuquerque District for a forum on developing a men’s ministry or ministry for men unique to your congregation. This is a forum, not a retreat, not a conference. We want to share each other’s successes and frustrations in men’s ministry. Join us on Saturday, April 29th, from 10:00 AM—4:00 PM at Central UMC in Albuquerque. The cost is $15 and includes a BBQ lunch! Other details and Registration Forms should be available from your church office, or from Chris Caldes (870-5820, wcaldes1@gmail.com).

Bach Project Concert
Please join us for the final concert of this season for the St. John’s Bach Project on Saturday, April 29th, at 5:00 PM. The program will feature the “Goldberg Variations BWV 988” performed by Amy Greer and “Cantata 104, Du Hirte Israel, Höre, O Shield of Israel, Hear Us,” with soloists John Carlo Pierce (tenor) and Michael Hix (baritone) conducted by Matthew Greer. There will be no admission charge, although a free will offering will be gratefully accepted. Complimentary Childcare will be provided.

FPA Volunteer Appreciation
Family Promise is hosting a volunteer appreciation breakfast on Thursday, May 4th, from 7:30 AM—8:30 AM. It will be held at Central United Methodist Church. A small breakfast will be served and each volunteer will receive a token of appreciation. Please email Linn Furnish (swimsew@comcast.net) or call Tony Bryce (459-7760) to RSVP by Sunday, April 30th.

Youth SWinter Theme Night
On April 30th, is our Theme Night at Solid Ground. Come dressed in a costume that combines both Summer and Winter together and be ready to play anything.

Wednesday Night Live Dinner
Don’t forget to come by for another great dinner on Wednesday, May 3rd, from 4:45 PM—6:15 PM in the Family Life Center, featuring Menu de Jour: Something for Everyone. Adults are $10, youth (12-17 years old) are $5, children (6-11 years old) are $2, and children under 6 years old are free.

Prayer Garden, Columbarium, and Niches – oh my!
Join Ben Curet, Carolyn Good, and Marlene Bryan in a discussion during WNL on May 3rd at 6:00 PM in Rooms 149/151 on the proposed transformation of the courtyard between the sanctuary and offices into a Prayer Garden and a “Rest Where You Worshipped” Columbarium (a group of niches each of which holds cremains). The discussions will cover what, where, why, when, and how. Bring your questions.

Silver Horizons
Did you know that Silver Horizons Food Pantry serves nearly 2,000 low-income seniors each month? But, that’s not all they do! Come to our meeting of United Methodist Women on Thursday, May 4th, as Ron Hidalgo (Executive Director of Silver Horizons) tells us about the valuable services provided by Silver Horizons. We’ll meet in Room 241 at 10:00 AM for refreshments and fellowship, followed immediately by our program. Everyone is welcome, so please join us!

Church Women United
Church Women United (an ecumenical women’s fellowship) will meet for the May Friendship Day Celebration on Friday, May 5th, at Second Presbyterian Church (812 Edith NE). The theme will be, “Kindling New Fires.” Coffee fellowship begins at 9:30 AM, followed by the worship program at 10:15 AM. The May Friendship Day Luncheon will begin at 12:00 PM. The cost is $10. Please make reservations by May 1st with Marie Kenny (881-4323 or rkenny17@q.com). See you there!

FPA Volunteer Appreciation
Family Promise is hosting a volunteer appreciation breakfast on Thursday, May 4th, from 7:30 AM—8:30 AM. It will be held at Central United Methodist Church. A small breakfast will be served and each volunteer will receive a token of appreciation. Please email Linn Furnish (swimsew@comcast.net) or call Tony Bryce (459-7760) to RSVP by Sunday, April 30th.

April Special Offering – Lenten Offering
Every year, St. John’s collects a special offering during Lent to support many and varied ministries in New Mexico. In recent years, this offering has gone to groups such as Family Promise, Barret House, McCurdy Ministries, Cuidando los Ninos, Casa Esperanza, Noonday Ministries, Rescue Mission, and many more. This year, we have a special opportunity to help send representatives from the Four Corners Native American Ministry to Annual Conference. We hope to fund at least one representative from this offering. Please give generously.

Memory Cafe
Memory Café will enjoy the smells and tastes of a hamburger cook out on May 13th at 3:30 PM in the SonShine Café. Back by popular demand, we will have laugh yoga and then make “survival” kits for the graduating police cadets as part of our give back/pay forward activities. Memory Café is for those with Alzheimer’s and their care partners to enjoy supportive, interactive engagement in life! Please call Lynn (271-0746) if you wish to participate in the cookout.

Calling All Family Promise Volunteers!
St. John’s is hosting Family Promise from May 7-14. Signups will be available in the Hospitality Center and at the Abide Service starting Sunday, April 16th. 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 April 16th. For more information, contact Linn Furnish (884-6626) or Tony Bryce (459-7760).

VBS 2017 – Gadgets & Gizmos
Uniquely wired, wonderfully made! St. John’s UMC is hosting a Faith Quest full of fun for children ages 3 through rising 6th grade. Gadgets, Gizmos, and God will be held June 19-23, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM at St. John’s. Each day, kids will learn how God made us uniquely, how he made us to have a relationship with Jesus, and how we’re made to love others! We will sing, create, dance, and play while learning how God is always there for us! Lunch is included. Faith Quest is free, and open to all children age 3 and up! Enrollment is limited and fills up quickly. Click Here to Register Online. Contact Brandie Spletzer at 883-9717 x133 or e-mail bspletzer@stjohns-abq.org with questions. Kids going into sixth grade can enroll as campers, or as helpers. Please note “helper” in the notes line when enrolling. Faith Quest is free! Enrollment is limited and fills up quickly. For more information, contact Brandie Spletzer at 883-9717 x133 or e-mail bspletzer@stjohns-abq.org.

S.M.A.R.T. Camp 2017
Our annual Summer Music, Art, Rhythm, and Theater (S.M.A.R.T.) Camp at St. John’s United Methodist Church is July 17-21. The camp is for rising 1st–6th graders and is open to the community. (Children must be 6 years old prior to Sept. 1, 2017.) The camp will be 9:00 AM-1:00 PM at St. John’s, lunch is included. After-care is available for a small additional fee, pre-registration is required. During the 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. This year, we are investigating the case of a missing person, Jonah, in the musical The Big Fish: Jonah’s Whale of a Tale. Register early, reduced rates end June 23rd! Enrollment is limited and camp fills up quickly. Click Here to Register Online, or download the Smart Camp 2017 Registration Form Here. For more information, contact us at NewSound@StJohns-ABQ.org Costs: $90 per person, early registration; $120 per person, late registration; Registration Deadline is July 13th. Aftercare is available from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM on S.M.A.R.T. Camp days. The cost per student for the week is $40. Aftercare requires a separate registration. Please CLICK HERE to go to the After-Care Registration Form. You must complete the SMART Camp registration as well as the Aftercare registration.

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
Sue Guilford (friend of Anita & Loren Keller) and Helen Goodmon are the recipients of the prayer quilts hanging in the Hospitality Center. Please stop by and tie a knot on Sue’s quilt and Hellen’s quilt as you say a prayer for them.

Volunteers Needed
There is an urgent need for volunteers to work at the church reception desk. Duties include answering the phone and greeting visitors as well as various administrative tasks. Three shifts are currently open: Monday and Tuesday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, and Tuesday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Please contact John (Ext. 121) or Griselda (Ext. 123) to sign up.

Baccalaureate Deadline Passed
Seniors (and Senior families) please make sure you contact Jarrod ASAP if you intend to participate in the Baccalaureate service on May 21 and send in your 5 things.

Student Family SonShine Cafe Service
The Month of April marks the Youth Ministry’s turn to serve in the Sonshine Café. Please contact Fay Barz (fay.barz@gmail.com) and let her know when you can help.

2017 UMW Rummage Sale
Don’t forget to start setting aside items for the 2017 UMW Rummage Sale scheduled for Friday, July 28th, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM and Saturday, July 29th, 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Yes, we are adding an extra day. Please save items to donate that will help make this a successful fundraiser for mission projects in our community. If you can, please price items as you set them aside for the sale as it will be very helpful when it comes time to set up for the sale. Information on drop-off dates and times will be provided in the coming months. Contact Kathleen Goodwin if have any questions and if you would like to volunteer to help at 268-8539, text 220-4814, or email kathleen_sta@yahoo.com.

Columbarium Update
The Columbarium Committee has made significant progress in our efforts to build a Columbarium/Prayer Garden at St. John’s. We have reached the stage where we will very soon receive a bid for the cost of construction which will allow us to begin selling niches at a reasonable price. It seems likely that the prices of the niches will be between $1000 and $1500 with a 10% discount for those buying before the actual construction begins. Likewise we have made progress with the Garden and have a drawing which is available for potential donors to look at. Given that the garden will depend on donations we want to encourage you to become as involved as possible and make the garden a reality. We will keep you informed of events through the Disciple, the church webpage and notices in the Visitors Center. Please contact John Schwarting, Ben & Lydia Curet, Les & Donna Bruce, Marlene & Rob Bryan, Ariel & Patricia Gutierrez, Norma Argo, or Carolyn Good if you have concerns, questions, or suggestions. God bless you.

Crownpoint Mission Intern Funding
Hello! My name is Kinsey Swope. More likely than not you have seen me around St. John’s. I currently work in the nursery and, last May, graduated out of Solid Ground UMYF. During my time in Solid Ground I went on six mission trips, four of which were through the mission organization, Next Step Ministries. During these trips I was challenged to push and dig deeper into my own faith.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to work in Crownpoint, New Mexico, as the Assistant Team Leader intern for the mission organization Next Step Ministries. The Crownpoint worksite is one very close to my heart; the St. John’s youth visits Crownpoint every other year and this year just so happens to be a Crownpoint year! As an intern, my team and I will be leading students in doing physical construction projects rebuilding these communities as well as building relationships with the individuals they are helping, their peers, and our Lord. My experience with Next Step changed my heart and gave me peace, and now I am so excited that can help make that happen for my brothers and sisters in Christ.

This is where you come in, I need the congregation of St. John’s prayers and support. Part of my responsibilities as an intern is to raise financial support. My goal is $2500. This support will go directly to: my lodging and travel, the construction projects I will be leading in the community, and the trips students will be participating in.
St. John’s has shaped me into who I am today and continues to be a major part of my life. I am asking for the church’s love and support in my endeavor this summer. Thank you!

With Blessing,
Kinsey

Next Step Funding
Hello! My name is Amy Dye-Robinson and I am a member here at St. John’s and a recent high school graduate attending school at Arizona State University. As many of you know, every summer the youth group goes on a mission trip and, many times, those mission trips are through an organization called Next Step Ministries. The organization holds week-long mission trips for 9 weeks every summer around the country.

With the youth group here at St. John’s, I attended four Next Step Mission trips and, as I entered college, I saw the opportunity to work with Next Step again as a summer intern. I have been placed at a site in Moore, Oklahoma, for this upcoming summer where my team and I will be working with the local community to complete several construction projects. In order to cover living expenses, I am asking the St. John’s community to support me. I am working towards a goal of $2,500!

Grace and Peace,
Amy

The Storehouse
During April, let’s join together and give special attention to collecting basic staple items for patrons of “The Storehouse.” Of course, we’ll appreciate your donations of any non-perishable food items, but our focus for April will be items such as: dry cereals, oatmeal, rice, dry beans, pasta, crackers, and packaged meals. Please place your donations in the shopping cart located in the Hospitality Center. We thank you so much for your faithful donations.

St. John’s Mobile Food Pantry
So often, clients of our monthly Mobile Food Pantry tell us how much they appreciate receiving your generous donations of hygiene products. Their limited grocery budgets often don’t stretch far enough to allow for the purchase of such items. Therefore, during the month of April, let’s collect bar soap or soft soap, and toilet tissue in 4- or 6-roll packs. These donations will then be distributed on May 20th to the approximately 50 households served by our Mobile Food Pantry. Please place your donations in the shopping cart located in the Hospitality Center.

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.

-John Schwarting (jschwarting@stjohns-abq.org)

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).

Weather or Not to Meet
With the ever-changing NM weather, or for any other reason, if you find it necessary to cancel or change a scheduled activity which is held at the church, please remember to include the church custodial staff as you inform the rest of your group. Call (505)315-4542 so that the custodians won’t find themselves setting up for a meeting or activity that is not happening! Also, if you are ever wondering about the cancellation of an activity by the church staff or leadership, check our Facebook page, maybe the church website, or call the staff person responsible. Thanks!

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.

Prayer Area
Inside the Hospitality Center is a small area where you can stop and pray. Prayer squares are there for you to take; they can be placed in your pocket, purse, book, or Bible. They represent God’s comfort, love, and peace and they are made especially for you.

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.