What We're Doing
The needs in our community, state, nation and the world are many! We attempt to do as much as we can each month. These are the organizations with whom we are currently partnering.
Good Medicine Way
Good Medicine Way is the only United Methodist Native American Church in the Albuquerque area and is an attempt to bring a Christian Gospel message through broad Native American cultural understandings. The "First Nations Version-an Indigenous Translation of the New Testament", is a New Testament in English, by Native Americans, for Native Americans, and all English speaking people. Wycliffe Bible Translators were involved in it's preparation. Donations in June will be used to purchase as many copies as possible of "First Nations Version-an Indigenous Translation of the New Testament" for use at Good Medicine Way, and beyond.
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 a.m. in the Family Life Center (FLC); first come, first served. Currently we are using a drive-through process where boxes are assembled in the FLC and then loaded into families' cars. Once the pandemic recedes, we will once again host the families in the FLC. Volunteers spend about two hours assisting with distribution. Click here for the March-May dates.
Silver Horizons assists low-income seniors (50 years and older), many of whom are raising grandchildren and existing on as low as $700 per month, meet their basic needs and maintain a quality standard of living. Silver Horizons does not receive funding from the State of New Mexico, the County of Bernalillo, or from the City of Albuquerque. Silver Horizons exists because of donations from individuals, local businesses, and private foundations. They do receive some FEMA funds from the Federal Government.
In June, we're collecting new, full-size hygiene products: dry and canned cat food, men's and women's deodorant, laundry detergent, dish detergent, paper towels, shampoo and disposable razors. Please place your donations in the wire bins located in the Hospitality Center anytime during the month.
For more information about Silver Horizons or for someone who might be in need of their services, click here to visit their website.
Summer Reading Blessing for Zuni Elementary
We are collecting children's books for kids from Zuni Elementary for summer reading blessing bags. Please bring new or gently-used children/young adult books and place them in the bins in the Hospitality Center.
Weekend Meal Bags for Zuni Elementary
This is our opportunity to help our neighborhood. Zuni Elementary has reached out to St. John's for weekend meal bags for 45 children each week. In May, we're collecting dinner items for the bags (all pop-top, single-serve sizes). Click here for the dinner shopping list. For a complete list of the pop-top, single-serve items we put in the weekend meal bags, click here.