Mission & Outreach
A nation-wide program for hosting homeless children and their parents by providing sleeping rooms at churches in Albuquerque on a one-week rotational basis. St. John's provides meals, transportation, and a caring atmosphere where they can feel safe. The families are selected for the program by the Albuquerque Family Promise staff. For more information, contact Linn Furnish at 884-6626.
ASBURY PIE CAFE
In July and August, "Pie Parties" are held to make and freeze pies which are then bakes in September to sell at the Asbury Café at the NM State Fair. Proceeds from the pie and food sales go to local charities. You can supply fruit from your trees, make pies, store pies in your freezer, bake prepared pies, or work at the Asbury Café during the State Fair. Contact Doris Bowen at 299-6570.
MOBILE FOOD PANTRY
St. John's UMC in partnership with Roadrunner Food Bank offers a monthly food distribution for 50 needy families on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 10:30 am in the Family Life Center. Volunteers spend about two hours assisting with distribution (9:30-11:30 am). Contact Don Zerwekh at 459-1108.
ST. JOHN'S FOOD SERVICE MINISTRY
Help provide/serve meals at St. Martin's Hope Works, Casa Esperanza, and Breaking Bread at University Heights UMC. Ways to help: volunteer hours, prayers, and food and monetary donations.
Help Sunday mornings in the SonShine Café, or with the Second Sunday and Wednesday Night Life meals.
Help with Funeral receptions, making drinks, setting up, serving, and clean-up.
Join the Food Ministry Committee that meets every other month to brainstorm ideas and organize and lead each mission of the Food Ministry.
Help with advertising, social media, branding, and archiving
Help with recruiting volunteers in the SonShine Café, Second Sunday, Wednesday Night Life meals, and serve at other large Food Ministry events.
Help with the Lenten Fish Fry Dinners, back of the house and/or front of the house.
Contact Tim Nuzum at 883-9717 ext. 141
VISITATIONS TO THE HOMEBOUND
Deliver flowers, send cards, pray for them, and provide caring conversation. Contact Claudia Giese at 883-9717 ext.128
Prepare the visual seasonal changes of the church. Contact Beth at 301-5303 or Don Zerwekh at 459-1108.
TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON
As Zuni Elementary and St. John's Preschool prepare to start a new year, the church provides a nice lunch and presents the schools with supplies collected for them. Volunteers help decorate and serve at the luncheon. Contact Carmen Vargas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From month to month, we alternate between supporting The Storehouse and Silver Horizons. So, let's fill our shopping carts with dry goods, such as dry beans, rice, pastas (of all types), and ready-to-eat cereals. We're told these are "premium" items and very costly for Silver Horizons to purchase. Also, peanut butter and powdered milk are always in demand. We thank you for your generosity in assisting the low-income "seniors" in our community, many of whom are caregivers for their grandchildren!
St. John's Missions Team continually provides opportunities to learn about various local organizations and to provide volunteer service, monetary and/or material donations. The document Ways We Can Serve can be obtained through the Hospitality Center or the weekly church email newsletter. Contact Donna Bruce at email@example.com.
Operacion Hogar is a new international mission for St. John's. It is a joint outreach ministry between the New Mexico Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Methodist Church of Mexico to build modest, one-room houses for needy families in Juarez, Mexico. There will be one or two trips per year and will require 12-14 volunteers per trip. Contact Vance Behr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROAD RUNNER FOOD PANTRY
NEW MEXICO RAMP PROJECT
The St. John's team of the New Mexico Ramp Project is continuing to build ramps in the Albuquerque area 1-2 times per month. In addition, additional independent teams are being trained, but available to help with any complex or urgent ramp requests that we receive. Materials for each ramp cost approximately $750 so donations are welcomed. The ramps are not a budgeted item so donations should be in addition to pledges. Make checks payable to St. John's UMC with "Ramp Ministry" in the memo line. Anyone interested in helping with ramps (no age limit, no prior experience necessary) can contact Doug Rowley at or text at (575) 520-9838.