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SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP
Sundays | 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Sermon Series – “God Is In the Manger”
November 29 – Expectation
December 6 – Incarnation
December 12 - Jazz Vespers Service (5:00 pm)
December 13 – Redemption
December 20 – Mystery
CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP
Thursday, December 24 | 4:00 pm, 5:30 pm, & 7:30 pm
4:00 pm Family Service (Music and stories for children with Therese Macali - Youtube)
5:30 pm Abide Service (Facebook)
7:30 pm Candlelight Service with strings and choir (Youtube)
NEW YEAR’S EVE SERVICE
Thursday, December 31 | 5:30 pm
New Year’s Eve Live-Stream Service of Healing and Wholeness on our Youtube.
Wednesdays during Advent | 11:00 am - 11:30 am & 4:30 - 5:00 pm
Communion will be offered on December 9, 16, and 23 in the west parking lot. You may “drive-by” between 11:00-11:30 and 4:30-5:00 p.m. Pastors Pam and Kelly will consecrate the elements with the gathered community at the beginning of each of these time slots. Individual cups with a wafer on the top will be provided. If you feel more comfortable bringing your own bread and juice, please feel free to do so. Chief Tim will also be assisting with the serving and with a prayer.
Let’s share the spirit of Advent and Christmas by sharing photos of our at-home altar spaces, the lighting of Advent candles, and our holiday decorations! Please also consider sharing a favorite Advent & Christmas memory! Email your photos and a description to Shea at .
INCARNATION Advent Study
Mondays | 10:00 am
Tuesdays | 7:00 pm
"Incarnation" is a new 5-session Advent and Christmas study by Adam Hamilton, bringing a
message of hope in the context of this complicated season of pandemic and elections. What
can we learn from the names used for Jesus by the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men,
and the angels? Let us reflect together on the significance of the Christ child for our lives and
for the world today. This Zoom study will be held on Monday mornings (Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21
and Jan. 4), with a 10:00 am study led by CLM Mike Furnish () and
Tuesday evenings (Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 and Jan. 5) at 7:00 pm led by CLM Joe Marshall
(). Please contact either leader if interested. The study book can be
purchased from Cokesbury.com.
MEDITATIONS ON THE BIRTH OF JESUS
Thursdays starting December 3 | 1:30 pm
You are invited to join Pastor Pam for Meditations on the Birth of Jesus, a thirty minute class employing Lectio Divina (Divine reading of scripture) and Visio Divina (Divine “seeing” of scripture) as we explore the birth narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The meditations will include works of art as we “gaze” upon the Christ Child. Classes will be held on Thursdays, December 3, 10, and 17 by Zoom at 1:30 pm No registration is needed. Zoom link HERE.
CHILDREN & YOUTH
NAMES OF JESUS TEARAWAY ADVENT CALENDAR
Everything looks a little different this holiday season, but different is okay. We can find many different names for Jesus in the Bible. Explore the many different ways God loves us. Contact Therese at for more info.
CHRISTMAS DRIVE-IN MOVIE
Sunday, December 13 | 5:00 - 7:00 pm
The Youth and Children’s Ministries are hosting the movie “Elf” on a
jumbotron in the large East St. John’s Parking lot on Sunday,
December 13th 5:00-7:00PM. The HD 13’x23’ screen, courtesy of “db
Production Services,” will be a perfect Drive-in movie set up for all of us
socially distant in our cars. We will give away 1 Free Pizza to each family
registered. We will also be hosting the first ever “Tacky Christmas Mask
Contest” which could win you a $30 Amazon Gift Card. The event is
free, and we are doing a Sock Drive to benefit ABQ Healthcare for the
Homeless, so please bring a pack if you can. The current RED COVID
LEVEL restricts the event for 10 cars, so RSVP soon HERE and let us
know if your plans change.
Here are opportunities of ways you can help out during the Christmas season. We KNOW you CANNOT support all these organizations, so please pick and choose where your passion leads you!
Thank you once again St. Johns, for your support of Angel Tree. This year, because of your many gifts and donations, we'll be serving 94 children! Your response was so great this year, that we actually received more money than we had Angels to serve. Those who donated after we ran out of Angel "opportunities", were kind enough to suggest we donate their Angel Tree money, to other ministries at St. Johns! We are overwhelmed with the love and generosity of the people of St. Johns! Thank you.
Back to business! Don't forget to drop off your wrapped gifts, with the Angel stickers on them, on Saturday, December 5 between 10:00 am and Noon, in the east parking lot. See you then!
CHRISTMAS FOOD BOXES (2020 Adjusted Version) for the John Marshall Community Center
Once again interested St. John's church members are invited to participate in our program of providing Christmas food boxes to needy families served by the John Marshall Community Center in the south Broadway area of Albuquerque. The Center will be reaching out to families in the area who use their services. The need is tremendous and our participation is much appreciated. This year’s timeline looks like this:
*by Sunday, December 13, 2020, or sooner, commit to Jack Nuzum (tel. 265-5241, firstname.lastname@example.org) as to the number of boxes which will be provided and by whom. There is a suggested LIST OF CONTENTS for the boxes that Jack will provide. Click this LINK for the list, or ask Jack to send it directly.
*on Saturday, December 19, 2020, bring the completed boxes to the west side of St. John’s between 8 and 9:00 AM. Empty boxes are available if needed. Call Jack on how to pick them up.
MOBILE FOOD PANTRY
December 19, Mobile Food Pantry - Christmas Cookies
Restarting Mobile Food Pantry on December 19th with 50 families receiving approximately 50 pounds of food, but it will be a drive-in, pick-up experience for the recipients
Giving each family 1 dozen Christmas cookies made by Chef Tim
Collecting dollars for ingredients needed for baking cookies
Mail your donation to the church or go online to give; please write COOKIES in the memo field of your check
Contact: Beth Zerwekh (email@example.com) with questions
DECEMBER SPECIAL OFFERING: Two Ministries for Children
This month, we have the opportunity to support two wonderful ministries dealing with children. The Methodist Children’s Home in Waco, Texas, has helped troubled children (ages 12-18) find a place to heal and grow in a loving Christian environment for over 125 years. Younger children thrive in homes of loving foster parents. “They (MCH) are here for me when no one else is.” “They never give up on us.” “I now know that God’s going to be there for me.
A second Methodist-supported haven for children is Providence Place in San Antonio, Texas. Its motto says it all: “Giving God’s Children a Faith, a Family, a Future.” “Providence Place loved me and helped me make the best decision for my child without any pressure,” said one birth mother in the open adoption program. And, as an adoptive couple puts it, “It is indescribable the joy that Abby has brought into our lives.” Providence Place also helps young adults with physical and/or cognitive disabilities develop their full potential and learn to live on their own with minimal assistance. Both of these fine ministries rely on our generous donations.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
Thursday, December 3 | 10:00 am
Join us for our festive get-together on Zoom!
United Methodist Women will celebrate Christmas, via Zoom, on Thursday, December 3rd, at 10:00 am. We'll enjoy a Christmas music video by Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus of Sweet Adelines, as well as a special reading of the Christmas story from the gospel of Luke. We'll also participate in a special Christmas activity in which we're asked to have five Christmas items (such as a bow, tinsel, a candle, etc.) near our computers during the meeting; one of the items needs to be an ornament or something that has a special Christmas memory for us. You need not be a member of UMW to join the meeting; we gladly welcome all ladies! If you aren't a member of a circle, and would like to receive the Zoom meeting invitation, please contact Regina Hampton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DECEMBER MOUNTAIN CATHEDRAL HIKES
Saturday, December 5 | 7:30 am
We don’t know the exact dates of travel, for Mary and Joseph south across the flatlands of the Jordan River, then over the hills surrounding Jerusalem and on into Bethlehem. It is believed it was during the winter months. They were forced to take this journey, due to an edict from the Roman government, in the late stages of Mary’s pregnancy with Jesus. The journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, depending on the route taken is between 70-90 miles. (Read Luke 2)
Come join Mountain Cathedrals THIS Saturday December 5th. We will be exploring several major biotic zones in New Mexico at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge includes pinon-juniper woodlands, Colorado Plateau shrub-steppe, Great Plains grassland, and Chihuahuan desert zones.
Our journey will take us south on Hwy 25, approximately 60 miles from the Big I. We will be hiking the Mesa View Trail, which is a 5.5 mile loop. The trail difficulty is rated easy to moderate, an elevation rise from 4839 to 5096.
Please plan to meet at St John’s parking lot on Saturday December 5th at 7:30 am. The hike itself will be about 4 hours, the travel time will be 2 hours: one out and one back. Plan on being back in Albuquerque by 2pm, perhaps a little earlier.
Mountain Cathedrals will be making 2 hikes in December. The next one will be Saturday December 19th. Be looking for more details about this hike.
HOLIDAY GRIEF WORKSHOP
Saturday, December 12 | 12:00 - 4:00 pm
This is a difficult season for many, and this year our grief is even more tender and
apparent. You are invited to join Pastor Pam in a Holiday Grief Workshop on
December 12th, 12:00-4:00 pm by Zoom as we go through some helpful tools to
acknowledge our grief, to help us better understand our feelings and emotions,
and as we take sweet care of ourselves during this “unusual” holiday season.
Please make a reservation by emailing Debbie at so
that some materials may be sent to you. A Zoom invite will then be emailed to you.
Saturday, December 19 | 1:30 pm
Bosque del Apache (south of San Antonio, NM, 90 minutes drive from St. John's)
Saturday, December 19 Afternoon
Walking route ~5 miles, level (options for shorter walks)
Meet 1:30 PM at St. John's East Parking Lot or 3:30 at the Bosque; return by 7:30 PM
$5 per vehicle admission to the preserve (or use a Parks Pass).
In the midst of the New Mexico high desert, the Bosque del Apache in winter is a superb site for watching waterfowl. We have chosen the afternoon time to watch flocks return to roost, as well as to enjoy the sunset, while we walk through the Bosque and God's handiwork. This is a time truly set apart from our everyday.
Watch for more details closer to the time. Please call Debbie Brown at the church office to reserve a space (505-883-9717); we are limiting group size for Covid safety.
"MUSIC FROM ST. JOHN'S" LIVE-STREAM CONCERTS
Wednesdays | 12:00 pm
Join us for a series of concerts live-streamed from the St. John's sanctuary! Concerts are a benefit for Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless. Visit Musicatstjohns.org or our YouTube Channel for more information!