Church Events

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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.

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).

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!

Special Upcoming/Ongoing Events

Prayer Hearts
This February, pray for the youth and children of our church by name! Pick up a heart or two from the Hospitality Center or the FLC Information Desk, and pray for the child or youth who is listed on it. Each heart contains the first name and age of a child in one of the two ministries. Please keep the kids in your prayer from now until Easter (and beyond)!

Confirmation Prayer Partners Needed
St. John’s—2017 marks the year of our next Confirmation Class! We have a great group of 7th and 8th Graders ready to take the next step forward in their faith. We want to pair each student up with an already established member of St. John’s to be a Prayer Partner for them during the 11-week journey. We would like prayer partners to meet with our Confirmands at 10:45 AM on Sundays to get to know them and pray for them before their class and the 11:00 AM service begins. Please email Jarrod (jconyers@stjohns-abq.org) if you would like to help support them.

This Week’s Events (February 20 – February 26)

Introduction to the Pipe Organ for Adults
Maribeth Gunning will present a workshop entitled “Introduction to the Pipe Organ for Adults” on Monday, February 20th, at 10:00 AM in the sanctuary. The workshop is sponsored by the Albuquerque Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. If you have ever wondered about the pipe organ, or wanted to try your hand at playing one, at this workshop you will learn what all those knobs are for, what the gas-pedal looking things are for, and how organ playing is different from piano playing. Come, bring a piano piece to play on the organ. It’s a lot of fun!

Music @ St. John’s Presents: Voces8
You won’t want to miss the return of Voces8 during the Music @ St. John’s Concert Series on Monday, February 20th, at 7:00 PM. The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is now established as one of the world’s most versatile and best-loved singing groups. Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America, and Asia, the ensemble performs a repertory from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements. There is no admission charge; a free-will offering will be received at each event. Complimentary childcare will be provided.

Wednesday Night Live
Don’t forget to come by for another great dinner on Wednesday, February 22nd, from 4:45 PM—6:15 PM in the Family Life Center, featuring From-Scratch Chicken Fried Steak & White Gravy, 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. A special WNL Class, the Screwtape Letters Class, NewSound, & Kids’ Bible Club will also be held. Come for Food, Fellowship, and Fun.

Major Changes in Healthcare Since 1965
During WNL on February 22nd, Dr. Rush Pierce will discuss “Major Changes in Healthcare Since 1965” in Rooms 149/151 starting at 6:00 PM. We look at the major changes that have occurred in the U.S. over the past 50 years in health outcomes, delivery and financial models, medical education and medical ethics; and implications for the 21st century church. A SJUMC member, Dr. Pierce practices medicine at UNM Hospital and teaches at the UNM School of Medicine. This will be an interactive session; bring your thoughts & questions and plan to join the discussion!

Screwtape Letters Return
A new Semester and a new round of letters as we continue our Intergenerational Class on C.S. Lewis’ great fiction, The Screwtape Letters, weekly in Room 258 from 6:00 PM—7:00 PM. Listen as John Cleese, of Monty Python, narrates each correspondence between two demons about how to tempt and manipulate people of faith to turn them into a candidate for Hell. We will then discuss and debate the merit and application of each idea; bring your Bibles.

NewSound Children’s Choirs
You can register online, or use one of the brochures found throughout the church. NewSound is for children ages 4 through 5th grade. (We have a family music program for younger children and their caregivers, too.) NewSound participants engage in both choral and instrumental music, as well as learning about the Christian faith. All choirs meet Wednesday afternoons 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM. For more information, contact Pauleta Hendrickson at newsound@stjohns-abq.org or 883-9717, ext. 137, or visit our website at NewSoundChoirs.org.

Kids’ Bible Club
Join us every Wednesday through May 3 to learn about how to be a superhero! The Bible tells us what characteristics we need to be super: helpfulness, creativeness, self-control, and more! We’ll meet in Room 240 at 6:00 PM for games, and then split into age-level classes for a lesson, songs, and hands-on activities! For ages 3 through 5th grade. If you’re singing with NewSound – no problem! Join us at 6:15 PM.

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.

Reverse Lock-In
Join us for a day of fun with your church friends! We’ll have breakfast for lunch, a fort-building war, a lock-in tournament, and finish the day with a showing of Trolls on the big screen! (And the best part . . . you get to go home and sleep in your own bed!) The Reverse Lock-In will be held on Saturday, February 25th, from 12:00 PM—5:00 PM, for kindergartners and up. Bring your favorite blankets and a pillow for fort wars, and to get comfy on during the movie. The cost is $2 per child, and bring a friend for free! Call Brandie at 883-9717 or check out St. John’s Children’s Ministry page on Facebook for the details and the registration form.

Omelet Bar
This Sunday is the 4th Sunday of the month, so come on down to the SonShine Café where Chef Tim and Crew will “propel your omelet into the air where it somersaults 180 degrees to the opposite side for further cooking and plating” (AKA  “flip your omelet,” if you prefer brevity). Only $5 for a 2 or 3 egg or egg-white omelet that you fill with dozens of choices of meats, vegetables, cheeses, and hot sauce options and a slice of toast. The Omelet Bar is open from 7:45 AM—12:30 PM (so great for breakfast, brunch, and lunch) and it’s a great way to meet new people in an informal setting.

Lenten Study
A special Lenten Study on “Shadows, Darkness, and Dawn: A Lenten Journey with Jesus,” by Thomas R. Steagald, will be held on Tuesdays, beginning March 7th, from 1:00 PM—2:30 PM. The cost is $7. Mr. Steagald takes readers through the ministry of Jesus with a special emphasis on images of light and darkness. Readers will move with Jesus from the gathering of shadows during the temptation in the wilderness into the terrifying darkness at Calvary and the hope of dawn on Easter morning. Sign up in the Hospitality Center for this study. Registration Deadline: February 26th. Contact: Donna at donnabruce@comcast.net.

Preschool Plus 2017-18 Registration
We’re getting ready for another year at St. John’s Preschool Plus. Registration information is as follows:

  • Registration for members of St. John’s United Methodist Church will take place on Sunday, February 26th, between services in the Hospitality Center and the Family Life Center.
  • Registration for families who have children currently enrolled in St. John’s Preschool will begin on Monday, February 27th, beginning at 8:30 AM in the Son Shine Café.
  • Open enrollment begins on Monday, March 6th.

Call (505) 883-0496 to schedule a tour or visit us online for more information at: preschoolplus-abq.org

Next Week’s Events (February 27 – March 5)

Love & Logic: Parenting Preschoolers
Love & Logic for parenting preschoolers has begun! This class will meet each Monday, from 9:45 AM—11:15 AM, in Room 151. Learn loving, yet powerful tools for leading children. The class is free, but an optional $12 workbook is available. Free childcare is available. Please e-mail bspletzer@stjohns-abq.org or call 883-9717 to save your spot.

Preschool Plus 2017-18 Registration
We’re getting ready for another year at St. John’s Preschool Plus. Registration information is as follows:

  • Registration for members of St. John’s United Methodist Church will take place on Sunday, February 26th, between services in the Hospitality Center and the Family Life Center.
  • Registration for families who have children currently enrolled in St. John’s Preschool will begin on Monday, February 27th, beginning at 8:30 AM in the Son Shine Café.
  • Open enrollment begins on Monday, March 6th.

Call (505) 883-0496 to schedule a tour or visit us online for more information at: preschoolplus-abq.org

Immigration
How’s that for a timely topic? Join us on Thursday, March 2nd, as Carolyn Good presents our UMW program on this very important issue which concerns each of us. Our meeting will begin at 10:00 AM in Room 241, with refreshments and a brief time of fellowship, followed by Carolyn’s program. Please remember that our UMW meetings are open to everyone, including spouses and guests, so we would love to welcome you on March 2nd! (The Executive Committee will meet at 9:00 AM, as usual, in the Library.)

Fish Fry Dinner
Yes, it’s that time again! Fish Fry Dinners are on Fridays, March 3 – April 7, from 4:00 PM—7:00 PM, so be sure to mark your calendars. The cost is $12 per person and $6 per child (10 and under). The menu will remain the same. If you want to help out at the dinners, stop by the Hospitality Center on Sundays to sign-up.

Genealogy On-Line & On-The-Ground Class
Saturday, March 11th, from 9:00 AM—12:00 PM. The cost is $10. This mid-level class will address two topics in genealogical research: on-line databases and cemetery work. Terri Link will demonstrate how to find and use no-cost and low-cost on-line databases and will discuss the pros and cons of free trials of more expensive sites. Regina Hunter will illustrate what cemeteries can tell you about your ancestors and their lives and suggest how to make the best use of existing cemetery research before you leave home and what to take with you when you go. Come by the Hospitality Center to sign up. Registration Deadline: March 5th. Contact: Donna Bruce (donnabruce@comcast.net or 883-1373).