Church Events

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Mountain Cathedrals

Come nurture your spirit and revive your soul in the sanctuary of the outdoors! Come join us at 7:30 AM on Saturday, August 19, for our second Mountain Cathedrals hike on the Tree Spring Trail.

This will be a roughly 4-mile hike on the east side of the Sandias that will culminate with a stunning view that overlooks the city of Albuquerque. As for all hikes, please dress in layers and bring a hat, sunscreen, rain gear, water, and lunch or hearty snack.

For information on this and other upcoming hikes, click here, or click here to sign up for our monthly e-Newsletter to receive updates about upcoming hikes.

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Solid Ground Fall Kick-Off

On August 20th, from 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM in the FLC, join us for the Bacon-Themed Fall Kick-Off. We will bring the games, program, and Bacon; you need to bring your family, a side dish, a friend, and your Fall Calendar.

In addition, as part of the Fall Kick-Off, Children & Youth Ministries are having a special volunteer lunch for our leaders of this past year on August 20th, 11:00 AM - Noon, while we are also recruiting for new positions; bring your tickets to learn more.

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Calling All FPA Volunteers

St. John's is hosting Family Promise from August 20-27. Volunteer signups are now available in the Hospitality 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.

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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Asbury Cafe Notes

While the N.M. State Fair isn’t until September, we start making pies in July & August. We make pies now to freeze and then bake them in September for the Asbury Café. Anyone can help!

We meet in the church kitchen from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM on Tuesday mornings, continuing on August 15th. Then we meet on 8/22 and 8/29. Need more information? Call Doris Bowen (299-6570 or 410-7213).

Interested in working at the Cafe?
Stop by the canopy outside the east doors on Sundays to sign-up!

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St. John's Blood Drive


The next St. John's blood drive will be Sunday, August 27, from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. This is truly an opportunity to help folk in need, so please consider donating, even if you haven't before.


Remember that only the vast minority of those who are eligible to donate actually do. Questions? Contact Linn or Mike Furnish (884-6626) or United Blood Services (800-333-8037, option 1).

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Craig’s Sabbatical



Rev. Craig Cockrell will be on sabbatical until October 8th, 2017.



You can follow his adventures online at: craigssummer.blogspot.com

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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.

Summer Break Ministry Reboot
No youth activities until the BACON Fall Kick-Off on August 20th, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM.

Asbury Café Pie Parties
Pie parties for the Asbury Café at the N.M. State Fair will continue on Tuesday, August 15th, in the church kitchen from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Questions? Contact Doris Bowen (299-6570 or 410-7213).

Mountain Cathedrals
Would you like to have the opportunity to worship God in community with other people in some of our most stunning New Mexico wilderness areas? Come nurture your spirit and revive your soul in the sanctuary of the outdoors! Come join us at 7:30 AM on Saturday, August 19, for our second Mountain Cathedrals hike on the Tree Spring Trail. This trail is one of the most popular trails in the Sandia Mountains – and for good reason. This will be a roughly 4-mile hike on the east side of the Sandias that will culminate with a stunning view that overlooks the city of Albuquerque. As for all hikes, please dress in layers and bring a hat, sunscreen, rain gear, water, and lunch or hearty snack. A light jacket or windbreaker could also be handy, as the overlook is often windy. For information on this and other upcoming hikes, click here, or click here to sign up for our monthly e-Newsletter to receive updates about upcoming hikes. Questions? Please contact Melissa Madara at mmadara@stjohns-abq.org or 883-9717 ext. 124.

Calling all Family Promise volunteers!
St. John’s is hosting Family Promise from August 20-27. Volunteer signups will be available in the Welcome Center and at the Abide Service starting Sunday, July 23rd. 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 July 23rd. For more information, contact Linn Furnish (884-6626 or swimsew@comcast.net) or John Heuft (602-363-9504).

Youth & Children’s Volunteer Lunch
As part of the Fall Kick-Off, Children & Youth Ministries are having a special volunteer lunch for our leaders of this past year on August 20th, 11:00 AM – Noon, while we are also recruiting for new positions; bring your tickets to learn more.

BACON Fall Kick-Off for Solid Ground
On August 20th, from 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM in the FLC, join us for the Bacon-themed Fall Kick-Off. We will bring the games, program, and Bacon; you need to bring your family, a side dish, a friend, and your Fall Calendar.

Calling all Family Promise volunteers!
St. John’s is hosting Family Promise from August 20-27. Volunteer signups will be available in the Welcome Center and at the Abide Service starting Sunday, July 23rd. 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 July 23rd. For more information, contact Linn Furnish (884-6626 or swimsew@comcast.net) or John Heuft (602-363-9504).

Asbury Café Pie Parties
Pie parties for the Asbury Café at the N.M. State Fair will continue on Tuesday, August 22nd, in the church kitchen from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Questions? Contact Doris Bowen (299-6570 or 410-7213).

Calling Blood Donors, Old AND New
The next St. John’s blood drive will be Sunday, August 27, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. This is truly an opportunity to help folk in need, so please consider donating, even if you haven’t before. Remember that only the vast minority of those who are eligible to donate actually do. Questions? Contact Linn or Mike Furnish (884-6626) or United Blood Services (800-333-8037, option 1).

ORIENT/REORIENT – Learning about St. John’s
“What are our core Christian beliefs?” “What is special about being a Methodist?” “What is going on at St. John’s?” “Where do I fit in?” These are key questions that newcomers ask about our church, and we are starting a class to discuss the answers. To orient means to get direction and that’s the purpose of this class: What direction should I be going in my faith journey? Visitors and new members are the primary focus for the class, but those who have been around awhile may want to REORIENT and re-energize themselves by entering the discussion. The class will take place on four Sundays right after last service and lunch will be provided. The class will start on September 10 and end on October 1. We will meet in Rooms 149/151 from 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM, eat and fellowship, then discuss the topics (our faith, Methodism, St. John’s, my place). To register for the class, contact the church office (883-9717, ext. 138) or Jack Nuzum (265-5241 or jcnuzum@juno.com). Talk to Jack if you have questions, too.

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.

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 and 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.

Prayer Quilt
Robyn Elison (daughter of Les & Donna Bruce) is the recipient of the prayer quilt hanging in the Hospitality Center. Please stop by and tie a knot on Robyn’s quilt as you say a prayer for her.

UMW Rummage Sale
What a great year! $7000! But we want your suggestions to help us make next year’s even better. Contact Kathleen Goodwin (kathleen_sta@yahoo.com), Doris Bowen (bowen_g@msn.com) , or Mary Beth Spletzer (mbspletzer@gmail.com).

UMW Rummage Sale Thank You!
Thank You to everyone who volunteered, donated, and shopped at this year’s St. John’s UMW Rummage Sale for Missions! Your incredible support helped make this a very successful rummage sale. -Kathleen, Mary Beth, and Doris

Freezer Space
Do you have space in your freezer to store some of our Asbury Cafe pies until the NM State Fair? Call Doris Bowen (299-6570 or 410-7213).

Asbury Cafe Worker Sign-Ups
Want to sign-up early to work at the Asbury Café during the NM State Fair? Look for the canopy outside the east doors on Sundays to sign-up!

August Prayer Calendar
Are you a struggling prayer like I am? Do you feel like you don’t have the “right words” or that God just isn’t hearing you? On the back of the prayer calendar are tips for learning to pray using examples of prayers from the Bible. They are designed to help us in our daily devotions. Be sure to either pick up a pre-printed prayer calendar at the Hospitality Center or download one here.

August Special Offering
This month, we have the opportunity to support UNM’s Wesley Foundation. Wesley Foundations develop the faith and change the lives of students across the nation. Over the years, many St. John’s Youth have found a home at UNM’s Wesley House and developed a strong faith. Wesley students are also a great witness to non-Christian students on campus. Nowadays, Wesley relies more and more on local congregations for support, so please give generously.

Craig’s Sabbatical
Rev. Craig Cockrell will be on sabbatical until October 8th, 2017. You can follow his adventures online at: craigssummer.blogspot.com

Hospitality Center Volunteers Needed
Do people tell you that you have a nice smile? Do you know where the restrooms are located? If you answered “Yes” to those two questions, you meet the requirements to greet people as a Hospitality Center volunteer on Sunday mornings! Cheerful, on-the-job training will be provided to new volunteers who can help us keep the Hospitality Center fully staffed during the busy summer season. If you’d like to welcome people to our fabulous church, please contact Susan Perry at susanperry@comcast.net for more information. Or speak to a volunteer in the Hospitality Center on Sunday!

Prayer Garden/Columbarium Update
The Prayer Garden will be located in the courtyard area adjacent to the smaller parking lot, on the south-west corner of the church. The garden area will be expanded by removing the current brick wall and installing a diagonal fence (decorative and secure) from the corner of the transept wall to the corner offices. We are striving for a peaceful and enjoyable garden area where church and staff members alike can have moments of peace in a comfortable and safe location. It will also be used as a place of prayer for those whose friends or relatives are in the columbarium. THIS IS NOT IN THE CHURCH BUDGET so we appreciate donations from people in the congregation who feel a garden will be an asset to the church. For those who donate $150 or more we are offering a paver with your name(s) engraved, and it will be put in the paver circle (see diagram at the Hospitality Center). Also, for people who are buried elsewhere, we are offering memorial pavers (with names and dates etched into the paver) for $150; they will line the edges of the garden. Donations for buying the plants are also welcomed. Several people have joined their money to create a matching fund of up to $12,000. If you would like to donate to the garden or purchase a paver please contact John Schwarting or Ben Curet or fill out a form at the Hospitality Center or the church office. It can be handed in at the office or placed in the Columbarium Box on the counter at the Hospitality Center. The design of the columbarium has been finalized and a rendering (drawing of the columbarium) is being prepared to present to the congregation. Construction will be done in Minnesota and, upon completion, the builders will bring the columbarium to our site and install it. The whole process will take approximately 20 weeks, so we anticipate interments to begin by the end of the year. Prices are $1000 for 8”x8” niches and $1500 for 12”x12” niches. If you are interested in more information or buying a niche, please contact any member of the Columbarium Committee (John Schwarting, Ben & Lydia Curet, Norma Argo, Allen Spletzer, Ariel & Patricia Gutierrez, Les Bruce, Carolyn Good, Rob & Marlene Bryan).

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

Calling all Family Promise volunteers!
St. John’s is hosting Family Promise from August 20-27. Volunteer signups will be available in the Welcome Center and at the Abide Service starting Sunday, July 23rd. 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 July 23rd. For more information, contact Linn Furnish (884-6626 or swimsew@comcast.net) or John Heuft (602-363-9504).

The Storehouse
As kids start back to school this month, let’s help give them an extra-good start by focusing on breakfast food items for “The Storehouse.” We all know that children learn better when their tummies are full, so, in August, we’ll collect ready-to-eat cereals, oatmeal, Bisquick or pancake mixes, syrup (in plastic bottles), canned fruit, and granola bars. Please place your donations in the shopping cart located in the Hospitality Center, and as always, we truly appreciate your generosity!

Zuni Elementary Mission Statement
To provide personalized, technologically-enriched instruction to build a foundation for leadership and success in a changing world.

Zuni Elementary – August
Our mission focus for the months of July, August, & September will be our neighbor, Zuni Elementary. Here are the planned projects for August and the ways you can help. (If you have questions or want to volunteer, contact Donna [donnabruce@comcast.net] or Brandie [bspletzer@stjohns-abq.org]):
* Books – the teachers at Zuni have their own individual books for the students to read while in their classroom. We will supply a list of desired books for each teacher, if you are interested in purchasing a book or two for them. You can also donate $$ and we’ll purchase the books. Write “Zuni-books” in the memo field of your check or on the offering envelope.
* Supplies for teachers – a lot of support is given at the start of the new school year, but teachers often run out of classroom supplies and have to purchase them with their own money. We can help ease that burden! We will collect reams of copy paper, liquid hand soap, Kleenix, wet ones, whiteboard markers, gluesticks, and markers for children. We will continue this through the month of August. 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.