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JOLLY ELDERS 

A noon potluck with entertainment for all seniors (50 and up). Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month in room 245. Bring a dish to share and your own table service. Contact Steve Eagan at 889-3774.

LADIES' NEEDLE ARTS

The Ladies' Needle Arts group meets the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month at 10:00 am in room 241. Contact Ann Look at 768-7013.

Men's Small Group

Ongoing men’s small groups (eight or so members each) that meet at various times and places to share our lives and encourage each other on our spiritual journeys. Existing groups are open to new members and new groups form from time to time. Contact: Jack Nuzum at 505-265-5241.

QUILTING GROUP

The Quilting Group meets the 2nd Friday at 1:00 p.m. and Friday afternoon and all day on the 4th Saturday of each month in room 241. This is a group where new learners can learn and experienced quilters be inspired with new techniques. In addition, we make articles for charity and work on our own UFOs (UnFinished Objects). This group is also responsible for the prayer quilts requested and distributed to those in need. Contacts: Doris Bowen at 505-299- 6570 or Donna Bruce at 505-883-1373.

People of the 21st Century

A group that meets to learn and discuss chosen books in depth. We expect dignity and respect during our conversations of controversial subjects and learn from each other. The outcome is learning to listen carefully and respond truthfully. The membership is made up of both men and women and there are 10 active members. The group currently meets monthly via ZOOM, but hopes to return to in-person meetings in the future. Contact is Carolyn Good, carolyngood36@gmail.com.

POLO People of Leisure and Others (POLO)

People of Leisure and Others (POLO), organizes special events and outings throughout the year. Primarily for retired persons, but everyone is welcome. Contact Clyde Stanfield at 681-4479.
 

Prayer Chain

The Prayer Chain began in 2010 with the original membership beginning in the women’s Bible studies. Now a church-wide prayer chain, there are more than 80 members. We have a few who no longer live in the area but are still a part of the chain. Most requests come through personal e-mails which are monitored during the day with the desire that the requests go out event. The Columbarium is a beautiful granite structure located in our Prayer Garden, which contains a vault of niches, each of which holds the cremains (burial ashes) of up to two people. For further information, contact Norm Falk at 505-291-8869.

 

Prayer Shawl Group

For many years the Ladies Needle Arts program has knitted/crocheted shawls for those who are physically, emotionally, and spiritually in need. The basket of shawls is located in the Hospitality Center where anyone can choose one. If one of our prayer shawls would make a difference in someone’s life, they are there for that purpose. Blessings for the comfort they give. Contact: Ann Look at 505-768-7013.

Social Concerns Committee

Following the lead of CHURCH & SOCIETY, a very active unit of the United Methodist Church, the Social Concerns Committee at St. John’s strives, in a small, local way, to help foster a better world. Our mission is to present information to the members of St. John’s on topics such as Global Warming & Climate Change, Sustainable Policies & Practices, Poverty and Income Inequality, Food Justice, Substance Abuse, Bullying, Gender Equality & Diversity, Racism, Reproductive Health & Abortion, Criminal Justice, Restorative Justice, War, Health Care, Indigenous, and Native Communities, Immigration, People with Disabilities, Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities, and so much more. We will attempt to host informative speakers whenever we are able, and occasionally, we’ll seek financial help for worthy causes, and quite possibly, participate in peaceful activism. We seek to advance justice and peace and hope to advocate for public policies that protect the rights of all people.

St. John's Jammers

This is a small group event focused on fellowship, playing instruments and singing. All levels are welcome. If you have an old guitar with only three strings or if you used to play the banjo and want to try polishing those forgotten skills, this ministry is for you. We will meet every Sunday in room 149-151, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Masks will be required. Contact Chuck Phillips at chuckphillips2086@gmail.com to get on an email list or for questions.

United Women of Faith

General meeting programs, held on the first Thursday of the month, have included subjects such as racial justice, the border crisis, human trafficking, homelessness, Covid and the criminal justice system. The General meetings typically include a program and a devotion appropriate for what is going on in the world. SJUMF consists of 4 circles and although fellowship and service are our mantra for UWF the fellowship is so much more. We talk about kids, grandkids, what makes us creak when we get out of bed, what’s healthy, what’s not and generally, just have a great time getting back in touch with members we don’t always see in church. We have a brief devotion and sometimes, a program. And we always have something to eat! Our missions include Saranam (getting the homeless into homes), Family Promise (support for the homeless), New Beginnings (transitional homes for abused women and children), McCurdy Ministries (school), Silver Horizons (assistance for seniors), and several others. Our biggest fund-raiser is the July Rummage Sale and most recently, we had a creche sale to benefit missions. Contact: Regina Hampton at 505 379-3660 or Doris Bowen at 505 299-6570

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