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Calling All Family Promise Volunteers

St. John's is hosting Family Promise from January 28th to February 4th. Volunteer signups will be in the Welcome Center and at the Abide Service starting Sunday January 7th.

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 contact Linn Furnish: 884-6626 or John Heuft: 602-363-9504.

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Wednesday Night Live


WNL Dinners and activities and classes start back up Wednesday, January 24. Dinner entree is Chef Tim's Meatloaf w/ Sweet and Spicy Tomato Sauce, with Taquitos for Little Lambs.


Dinner served from 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm. $10 for adults, $5 12-17 years old, $2 6 - 11 years old, and under 6 free. Bring a friend!

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Creed: What Christians Believe and Why


CONTINUES THIS WEEK: Jan. 24: JESUS CHRIST: Help us explore the implications of Christ’s birth, death, and resurrection, and why it is the defining story of our faith.


A video presentation of the development and meaning of the Apostles’ Creed by ADAM HAMILTON followed by discussion led by Jack and Carol Nuzum, six Wednesdays from Jan. 17, 2017 to Feb. 28 at both 4 PM and 6 PM in Room 149/151.

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Human Trafficking

It's referred to as modern-day slavery, and it's not a comfortable topic. But, awareness is critical, so come and learn with us as we explore this complex, worldwide problem at our UMW meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1st, at 10 a.m. in Room 241.

As always, our meetings are open to everyone!

Note: Did you know there's a connection between the Super Bowl and human trafficking?

FPA Board of Directors Members Needed
Family Promise of Albuquerque is looking for people interested in joining our Board of Directors.  You must have a willingness and desire to join us in ending homelessness one family at a time. The commitment is about 3-5 hours per month, depending on the number of and types of committees you are on. Please send an email to director@familypromiseabq.org or call Laura at 505-506-6472. Deadline for applying is 1/22/18.

Wednesday Night Live!
WNL Dinners, activities, and classes continue on Wednesday, January 24. Dinner entree is Chef Tim’s Meatloaf w/ Sweet and Spicy Tomato Sauce, with Taquitos for Little Lambs. Dinner served from 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm. $10 for adults, $5 12-17 years old, $2 6 – 11 years old, and under 6 free. Bring a friend!

Wednesday Night Live Study—”Creed: What Christians Believe and Why”
CONTINUES THIS WEEK: Jan. 24: JESUS CHRIST: Help us explore the implications of Christ’s birth, death, and resurrection, and why it is the defining story of our faith. A video presentation of the development and meaning of the Apostles’ Creed by ADAM HAMILTON followed by discussion led by Jack and Carol Nuzum, six Wednesdays from Jan. 17, 2017 to Feb. 28 at both 4 PM and 6 PM in Room 149/151.

Move for Stilness Yoga
Our regularly-scheduled Wednesday evening yoga class resumes this week, January 24, at 6pm! Wear comfortable clothes, bring a mat (if you have one), and come ready to breathe deeply and embrace God’s grace fully.

Birthday Celebration for Mary Lou Ashwill
The family of Mary Lou Ashwill invites her church family and friends to enjoy a slice of cake in honor of her 88th birthday in the Family Life Center at noon, January 28th.

Calling All Family Promise Volunteers!
St. John’s is hosting Family Promise from January 28th to February 4th. Volunteer signups will be in the Welcome Center and at the Abide Service starting Sunday January 7th. 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 contact Linn Furnish: 884-6626 or John Heuft: 602-363-9504.

Women’s Bible Study: Numbers
Women’s Bible Study: Numbers, learning contentment in a culture of more. In this six-week study, you’ll learn how God can fill the ache inside of you and help you focus on faith in the midst of life’s joys and pain. Tuesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., February 6 – March 13 (6 weeks), cost for book $12, led by Barbara Stanfield. Registration deadline: January 28. Free child care is available but reservations are a must. Pick up a registration form at the Hospitality Center in the Narthex, the information center in the Family Life Center or visit sjumcwomen.org for more information. Contact: Donna at donnabruce@comcast.net.

Calling All Family Promise Volunteers!
St. John’s is hosting Family Promise from January 28th to February 4th. Volunteer signups will be in the Welcome Center and at the Abide Service starting Sunday January 7th. 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 contact Linn Furnish: 884-6626 or John Heuft: 602-363-9504.

Wednesday Night Live!
WNL Dinners, activities, and classes continue on Wednesday, January 31. Dinner entree is Hearty Chili and Baked Potato Bar, with Cheese Quesadillas for Little Lambs. Dinner served from 4:45 pm to 6:15 pm. $10 for adults, $5 12-17 years old, $2 6 – 11 years old, and under 6 free. Bring a friend!

Wednesday Night Live Study—”Creed: What Christians Believe and Why”
Jan. 31: The HOLY SPIRIT: Help us explore the mystery of the Trinity and the working of the Spirit in our lives and church. A video presentation of the development and meaning of the Apostles’ Creed by ADAM HAMILTON followed by discussion led by Jack and Carol Nuzum, six Wednesdays from Jan. 17, 2017 to Feb. 28 at both 4 PM and 6 PM in Room 149/151.

Move for Stilness Yoga
Our regularly-scheduled Wednesday evening yoga class will meet this week at 6pm! Wear comfortable clothes, bring a mat (if you have one), and come ready to breathe deeply and embrace God’s grace fully.

Human Trafficking
It’s referred to as modern-day slavery, and it’s not a comfortable topic. But, awareness is critical, so come and learn with us as we explore this complex, worldwide problem at our UMW meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1st, at 10 a.m. in Room 241. As always, our meetings are open to everyone! Note: Did you know there’s a connection between the Super Bowl and human trafficking?

Church Women United
Church Women United, an ecumenical Christian women’s group, will meet on Friday, February 2nd at First Presbyterian Church, 215 Locust St. NE. Coffee fellowship will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the program at 10:00. Roadrunner Food Bank will provide a presentation on their 35-year history, the services they provide and their commitment to feed 70,000 hungry people throughout New Mexico each week. The collection this month will be for Wings for Life (Kitchen supplies, towel, sheets, rugs, shoes, clothes). For more information, contact Amy Costales at 867-4207.

Wesley House
Thank you for supporting the Wesley house at UNM. We currently have about 25 each week at bible study and dinner. In a house built in 1923, there are always ongoing repairs and updates, and this month we had a flood in the basement. In addition to this, we are planning on updating the living room where up to 15 women meet for bible study. We appreciate all the support you have given us over the year, and look forward to working with you again in 2018. Please mark your calendar for the Love of Wesley dinner and auction for Friday February 2, 2018 from 5:30-8:00. If you are interested in providing dinner for Tuesday night bible study go to: http://takethemameal.com/meals.php?t=JCEK7911 to sign up for a date. Home cooked meals are wonderful, but they also love pizza, takeout or cash donations! For more information contact Kathy Dieruf at Kadieruf@gmail.com.

Fish Fry Dinners – Fridays During Lent!
Yes, it is almost that time again! Fish Fry Dinners are on Fridays, February 16 – March 23, 4-7 p.m., 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, come by the Hospitality Center to sign-up. Contact Wayne at jwshirleyabq@gmail.com.

Fish Fry Advance Ticket Sales
Once again, we will offer the opportunity for the congregation to purchase advanced fish fry dinner tickets as gifts for people you would like to invite. No reservations are needed for the fish fry dinners; you can purchase your ticket at the door. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $6 per child (10 and under). You can purchase advanced tickets in the Hospitality Center. Contact Wayne at jwshirleyabq@gmail.com.

Fish Fry First Responders Ticket Sales
Once again, we will offer the opportunity for the congregation to purchase fish fry dinner tickets for the first responders (police and fire) who serve in the St. John’s area. You can purchase tickets ($12 each) as a donation for first responders in the Hospitality Center. Contact Wayne at jwshirleyabq@gmail.com.

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.

It Takes a Village
As anybody who has ever raised a child can attest, motherhood – as beautiful and lifegiving as it is – can be a lonely and isolating experience. At St. John’s we want to step up as the “village” for moms in the throes of parenting young children through a new “MOPS,” or “Mothers of Preschoolers” group. If you are the mom of a youngster age birth through kindergarten, we would love to have you join us twice a month starting January 18 for a time of friendship, learning, laughter, and growth. Visit www.mops.org/groups/stjohns-abq for for information. If you are not a mom of a preschooler, we would still like to have you involved! Please consider supporting this emerging ministry in one or more of the following ways:
1) Prayer Partners. We need people who will be dedicated to praying for each of the moms BY NAME on a regular basis. If you are feeling led to help in this area, please be in touch and we will provide you with a list of participants as the group becomes more fully-formed.
2) Mentor Moms. We need experienced moms who remember well the struggles of motherhood and can stand as a beacon of hope, saying to those at the ends of their ropes “you can do this.” Mentor moms attend our bi-weekly meetings and encourage all of our moms in their journeys.
3) Scholarship Support. There is a modest cost associated with joining the group that could be prohibitive to some moms. A $30 donation will scholarship one mom for a full year of participation in the group.
4) MOMSnext Leader. Are you a mother of older children and still need a place to connect? Do you have a little bit of time and some leadership skills? We would love to talk to you about starting a MOMSnext group, a group for moms of school-aged children. If you think this is you, please contact us!
For questions or more information about this amazing emerging ministry, please contact Melissa Madara at mmadara@stjohns-abq.org or 883-9717 ext. 124.

Prayer Quilt
Robert Barrett, Jr. (son of Dulaney and Susan Barrett) is the recipient of the prayer quilt hanging in the Hospitality Center. Please stop by and tie a knot on Robert’s quilt as you say a prayer for him.

Lenten (and Beyond) Sermon Series
Pastor Craig will preach a sermon series beginning February 16 based on the book, “An Altar in the World” by Barbara Brown Taylor. If you are interested in purchasing this book to read along with the sermon series, please come by the Hospitality Center and sign up. Cost of the book is $10. Contact Donna at donnabruce@comcast.net.

Silver Horizons
Thank you very much for donating gifts for the extremely low income seniors in our community! We provided 76 pairs of gripper socks, 42 throws, 48 hats, 25 flashlights, 24 magnifiers, 11 shawls, 20 pairs of gloves and a large amount of toiletries! They were very excited to be able to provide these to seniors who need them! We are also collecting food donations every other month for their food markets. Go to Silverhorizons.org for more information or to volunteer. For more information contact Kathy Dieruf at Kadieruf@gmail.com.

January Special Offering: Music and Missions (M&M) Trip
In June 23 of our youth plus sponsors will go to Puerto Rico, an area still struggling after the recent devastating hurricanes. The youth will partner with Praying Pelicans Missions , an established mission group in Puerto Rico which will connect our group with local churches, communities and families needing help with clean up and light construction. The youth will also set a VBS for local kids and prepare and perform music with a Spanish flavor in a culture that loves music. In the past St. John’s youth have gone to New Orleans after hurricane Katrina and Joplin after that deadly tornado, responding to the real needs of a hurting community. These are life changing experiences for the youth themselves too. When tragedy strikes far away, we often wish we could somehow be there to help. Here is an opportunity to do that by supporting our own youth and adult sponsors as they share Christ’s love in a land with so much need. Please give generously.

January Prayer Calendar
Let’s hope one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to improve your relationship with God. Just like you would strengthen any friendship you must communicate, that involves both talking and listening. Take time to talk to God from your heart just like you would with a close friend. What are you excited about? What are you worried about? What guidance are you needing? This doesn’t need to be a formal creed or special words that you use. Try starting your day with Him as you get out of bed each morning and don’t say “AMEN” until you climb into bed at night. When you forget or get too busy one day – He gives you a fresh start the next day. Each day is a new start. Use the prayer calendar to help guide some of your prayers. Click on the link to get the January Prayer Calendar.

Reading Our Bibles Together in 2018
St. John’s email Bible study begins the new year with a study of the UMC baptismal liturgy and a selection of scriptures that undergird and direct it. Pastor Craig often reminds us that by participating in the liturgy for the baptism of infants, we are agreeing to provide babysitting. He’s correct. Baptism marks us not only as members of the body of Christ, but also as members of St. John’s community, with both rights and responsibilities. Pick up a copy of the study guide in the Welcome Center, or call or write Regina Hunter for daily study tips by email, at 294-2877 or drhunter@nmia.com.

Columbarium Garden Update
The Columbarium has been installed and the donation pavers have been inscribed. This is not part of the church budget and we are still seeking donations in any amount to help maintain and improve the garden.

Albertsons Stamps
Nine Albertsons pots and counting for Family Promise. How many can we collect by Super Bowl Sunday? Drop your stamps in the green box on the Welcome Center. Thanks.

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! 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 both types of labels in the collection box located in the Hospitality Center. Thank you!

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

January Mission Emphasis
Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless is our missions emphasis for January. Their mission statement: to provide caring and comprehensive  health and integrated supportive services, linking people experiencing homelessness to individual and collective solutions, and to be a leader in implementing innovative service models and a catalyst for solutions to homelessness and uphold a commitment to diversity and equity.

All-Church Assembly of Hygiene Kits for Healthcare for the Homeless
On January 28, St. John’s will have the opportunity to participate in assembling hygiene kits to be distributed to the homeless. To get us started on these kits, we are seeking donations of toothbrushes, socks (men and/or women) and travel-size toothpaste and deodorant (men and/or women). Please drop off these items at the Hospitality Center in the Narthex or the “SERVE” area in the Family Life Center. Contact: Donna at donnabruce@comcast.net.

Casa Esperanza In-Kind Donations
Casa Esperanza In-Kind Donations for the months of December and January are oral hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash and also kids’ oral hygiene products. Casa Esperanza is also in need of toilet paper, napkins, and paper towels. These items are greatly appreciated. Even going to the grocery store, when caring for loved ones, is a difficult task. Having these items readily available, is a blessing for many. If you have questions please contact Jenn Shields at jennshields200@yahoo.com.

Silver Horizons
During January, let’s fill our shopping carts with dry rice and beans for Silver Horizons, which has a very well-organized food distribution system to benefit low-income seniors in our neighborhoods. Please donate packages that are a manageable size for seniors to handle, not the large bulk sizes. Rice and beans are a much-needed staple item for seniors in need, so please give generously. Thank you.

Reception Volunteers Needed
Most of us have had the occasion to say goodbye to beloved family and friends at funerals and memorial services at St. John’s. Nearly every service has some sort of reception. We are in need a list of people willing to set -up, serve, and clean up for such receptions. This does not involve providing any of the food. Often this request is relatively last minute, so we would like to compile a long list of folks who would be willing to help now and then. There are  sign up sheets in the welcome centers in both the narthex and Family Life Center. For more information, call Angie Young at 292-6528 or Carol Nuzum at 265-5241.

Communion Volunteers
Seeking Volunteers to help serve communion and/or to coordinate communion servers at the 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!

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).

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.

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.

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.