Church Events

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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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Youth Third Tuesday Swing Dancing



Sr. High—this Tuesday we are going to the Heights Community Center (823 Bueno Vista Dr. SE) for Swing dancing lessons. 7:00 PM—9:00PM. Bring $4.



Mid High—stay at Sonic.

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Omelet Bar



SonShine Cafe, 7:45 AM—12:30 PM.



Omelets made-to-order and a piece of toast for just $5.

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Potluck & Game Night

POLO (Persons of Leisure and Others) invites you to a potluck dinner and game night on Friday, July 7th, from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM in the SonShine Cafe.

We'll have dinner and a patriotic sing-along, followed by games (so if you have a favorite game you'd like to share with others, please bring it). Also, please bring a dish to pass; tableservice and cold drinks will be provided.

It all adds up to a wonderful evening, so won't you please join us?

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Memory Cafe Albuquerque

It will be a red, white, and blue day on Saturday, July 8th, at 3:30 PM for Memory Cafe Albuquerque. We celebrate with our annual ice cream social and bingo bash! Always a delight to eat ice cream and to win a prize!

Last month, we finished over 30 wooden cars to present to the “Wings for Life” Program as part of our give back/pay forward activities and relived memories of sanding floors, fences, furniture etc. This follows the candy "survival" kits we made for the graduating APD police cadets which were such a surprise to the newest on our police force.

Come and enjoy our many activities with a purpose!

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2017 UMW Rummage Sale

We invite you to donate your unwanted items for our UMW Rummage Sale on Friday, July 28th, and Saturday, July 29th. Here are the dates and times for drop-off of your donations: Tuesday, July 25th, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM; Wednesday, July 26th, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM; Thursday, July 27th, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Guidelines for pricing are available in the Hospitality Center. We would like to invite anyone in our church who would be willing to help us organize and set up for the Rummage Sale to please contact Kathleen Goodwin (220-4814 or kathleen_sta@yahoo.com).

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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.

VBS 2017 – Gadgets, Gizmos, & God
Gadgets & Gizmos & God is full! More than 165 kids have signed up to attend – but we still need two adult helpers! VBS is a wonderful outreach event for St. John’s! The majority of children that come each year are from outside our church walls. If you enjoy working with children, consider joining our team to help them learn more about God . . . and it’s not just the kids that have a fun week! Call Brandie for more information: 883-9717, ext. 133.

Third Tuesday Swing Dancing
Sr. High—this Tuesday we are going to the Heights Community Center (823 Bueno Vista Dr. SE) for Swing dancing lessons. 7:00 PM—9:00PM. Bring $4. Mid High—stay at Sonic.

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.

Omelet Bar, June 25
SonShine Cafe, 7:45 AM—12:30 PM. Omelets made-to-order and a piece of toast for just $5.

Potluck & Game Night
POLO (Persons of Leisure and Others) invites you to a potluck dinner and game night on Friday, July 7th, from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM in the SonShine Cafe. We’ll have dinner and a patriotic sing-along, followed by games (so if you have a favorite game you’d like to share with others, please bring it). Also, please bring a dish to pass; tableservice and cold drinks will be provided. It all adds up to a wonderful evening, so won’t you please join us?

Memory Cafe Albuquerque
It will be a red, white, and blue day on Saturday, July 8th, at 3:30 PM for Memory Cafe Albuquerque. We celebrate with our annual ice cream social and bingo bash! Always a delight to eat ice cream and to win a prize! Last month, we finished over 30 wooden cars to present to the “Wings for Life” Program as part of our give back/pay forward activities and relived memories of sanding floors, fences, furniture etc. This follows the candy “survival” kits we made for the graduating APD police cadets which were such a surprise to the newest on our police force. Come and enjoy our many activities with a purpose!

Family Promise Volunteers Needed
Family Promise is in need of volunteers to help with hostings. We need assistance with overnights, meals, breakfast, and Saturday & Sunday help. The days that we need this are July 13th – 15th and July 16th-23rd. If you are interested in covering a shift please contact Laura at Director@familypromiseabq.org or 505-268-0331.

S.M.A.R.T. Camp 2017
SMART Camp is right around the corner! We rely on the support of the St. John’s community to make each summer amazing for the kids, and there are lots of ways you can help. We need donations of supplies for our art class. Please bring us markers; crayons; colored pencils; colored tissue paper (like you would use to wrap a gift); foam paintbrushes; Popsicle sticks (the tongue depressor-sized ones); decorative bits and bobs like sequins, jewels, and rhinestones; and construction paper. We also need classroom supplies (Kleenex, hand sanitizer, and dry erase markers) for all our classrooms. Our show this year has a detective theme, so we need costumes and props like trench coats, fedoras or other detective-y hats, and magnifying glasses. If you have one of those items to lend, just be sure to put your name on it so we can return it when we’re done. Monetary donations are always welcome to help purchase other supplies and to provide scholarships. We’ve never had to turn down a family that has asked for help in 14 years, and that’s thanks to your generosity! Lastly, we need volunteers. We need at least 5 more youth and 2 more adults to help with shepherding our campers through all the activities and fun in store for them. If you are available July 17th-21st from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, please consider donating your time to our children. You’ll have a great time, we promise! Please bring donations to the church office. Contact newsound@stjohns-abq.org to volunteer or if you have questions about how you can help. Also, if you are considering registering your child for SMART Camp, make sure you do it soon–the deadline for registrations is July 13th.

2017 UMW Rummage Sale
We invite you to donate your unwanted items for our UMW Rummage Sale on Friday, July 28th, and Saturday, July 29th. Here are the dates and times for drop-off of your donations: Tuesday, July 25th, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM; Wednesday, July 26th, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM; Thursday, July 27th, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. If you know anyone who is moving, downsizing, or simply cleaning out, please let them know how much we would appreciate their donations for our sale. You will be helping us tremendously by pricing your items before donating. Guidelines for pricing are available in the Hospitality Center. We would like to invite anyone in our church who would be willing to help us organize and set up for the Rummage Sale to please contact Kathleen Goodwin (220-4814 or kathleen_sta@yahoo.com).

Omelet Flipping Class Postponed
The class scheduled for June 10 will be postponed to July. Contact Chef Tim at tnuzum@stjohns-abq.org or 883-9717 x141 for info.

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
Doug Arrington is the recipient of the prayer quilt hanging in the Hospitality Center. Please stop by and tie a knot on Doug’s quilt as you say a prayer for him.

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

July Prayer Calendar
During your devotional time, the July prayer calendar can help you focus on one aspect in the life of St. John’s. Click here to retrieve your copy.

Crownpoint Skill Assessment
All Crownpoint participants – You must fill out your online skill assessment ASAP! Go to: http://trips.nextstepministries.com/10124317/individual-participant-form/

Mission Money Match; Double Your Donation
We are looking for a few generous donors to support our Student Missionaries, Kinsey Swope & Amy Dye-Robinson, who are serving with Next Step this Summer. The Youth Ministry will match $1000 for each $100 donation up to $500 for each of them.

Blood Drive
Thanks to the 12 people who donated blood, or tried to, during the June 5th Blood Drive.

SMART Camp Scholarship Donations Needed
SMART Camp is one of our church programs that funds itself through Camp fees and donations. Camp fees are $90 and include the supplies and meals provided to each student. This year, we have several students in need of scholarship funds. If you can help, in any amount, please contact Claudia Giese at cgiese@stjohns-abq.org. Thank you! -Caitlynn Camacho, SMART Camp 2017 Director, newsound@stjohns-abq.org

Omelet Flippers Needed
Are you an at-home omelet-flipper that needs to let your talent shine? When you come to the fourth Sunday Omelet Bar in the SonShine Café, do you say to yourself, “I’d like to flip omelets?” Don’t hide your light under a bushel, and join the Omelet Bar Sunday Crew! Chef Tim will provide preliminary training to work/learn skills and technique, then on-the-job training on a Sunday while working with your schedule. For an added incentive, you’ll get your own chef coat and hat. Contact Chef Tim right away with questions or for more info at tnuzum@stjohns-abq.org or 883-9717 x 141 to sign up and for more details.

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!

June Special Offering
Project Share is now aligned with St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, and more than 40,000 meals a year are served. Nine times a year, St. John’s Food Ministry prepares a high-protein, especially nice meal for at least 200 people. The dinner is available to the homeless, the working poor, transients, and anyone else in need. There are two ways to help: First) each month it costs between $400 and $500 to buy food and prepare the meal; Second) seven servers are needed each time. Adult Sunday school classes serve some months, but individuals are always needed for the other months. Sign up at the Hospitality Center or on the bulletin board outside of the Kitchen. Please give generously. Time and money are both appreciated.

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. Discounted prices (10%) have been extended through July 15, after which 8”x8” niches will sell for $1000 and 12”x12” niches for $1500. 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 June for missions at St. John’s! Download your copy here.

Lunches for Kids
Throughout the month of June, let’s join forces with our St. John’s VBS children as they collect lunch items for needy children in our community. All items will be donated to our sister church, Grace United Methodist Church, for distribution through their Abundant Grace Free Store located on San Lorenzo. As you shop, please look for non-perishable, single-serving food items suitable for kids’ lunches this summer. Suggestions include: chicken or tuna in pop-top cans or pouches; individually-wrapped cheese or peanut butter crackers; granola bars; fruit cups; and juice boxes/pouches. Please place your donations in the shopping cart located in the Hospitality Center. Please note: We will temporarily suspend our food collection for The Storehouse during June, so that we can focus on “Lunches for Kids” for the Abundant Grace Free Store.

Join With Us . . .
in supporting Mandy’s Farm, located in the South Valley. In the words of Elizabeth, a recent Mandy’s Farm volunteer: “This amazing working farm is a residential facility that also runs day programs and employment services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Residents live meaningful, independent lives and work and volunteer both on the farm and in the community. The facility is beautiful, and the staff are friendly and supportive. Their horse riding program is open to any ability level, and there are numerous ways to participate and get involved. This is a worthwhile non-profit, and potential donors should feel reassured their gifts will have a lasting impact.” We are all potential donors for Mandy’s Farm! Please join our “Buy a Bale” project 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.