St. John’s eNews 07.01.2020

For inclusion in the handout, the weekly eNews and the website,
please submit your announcements by Wednesday at noon
to announcements@sjumcsantafe.org. Thanks!

All in-person gatherings continue to be suspended at this time. Keep reading for information about online offerings.

Click here for some fun family activities for July 4.

The Food Depot has changed its schedule for July. See it here.

We need your input:
How Long, O Lord? 
Pastor Kathryn used these words from Psalm 13 in her Sunday sermon to call us to be praying this question, and the Church Reopening Committee is busily taking this advice to heart.

In preparation for the re-opening of SJUMC in Santa Fe, please know that the committee and the staff are working at re-visioning “church” in this time of pandemic. The online worship experience will continue and, as it evolves, will provide participatory opportunities for a weekly, meaningful, virtual worship experience.

Meanwhile, information from the recent events held in person to celebrate Pastor Brad and Jayne’s time here, and to welcome Pastor Kathyrn will be combined with comments from the listening sessions and the attached survey to guide this process. Our immediate ideas are to hold small worship events in person in our facility or outdoors in the coming weeks, using all guidance from health and state official policy. 

How Long, O Lord? We yearn to worship, fellowship, and collectively do the work of Jesus Christ. With your help, we will be able to be “church” for a new day. Thanks for your participation in this process.

We would like to hear from you about this. Please complete this online survey.

The Bag-N-Hand Food Pantry continues to serve our neighbors. It’s open on Tuesday ONLY from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Currently we are serving as a drive-through. Please enter on BARCELONA to the north of the church when coming to be served. Enter driving EAST on Barcelona off of Galisteo (a one-way street). Volunteers will be available to register you and put the pre-boxed food in your car.

Visit the Worship Online page on our website to get the  link to Sunday’s service (available Sunday morning). You’ll find previous Sunday services, Wednesday’s Soul Break, as well as other music playlists. If you have trouble accessing the videos, please let Fred Graham (music@sjumcsantafe.org) or Scott Hagler (scott@sjumcsantafe.org) know.

The Nephesh Class, Good Shepherd Class and all others who are interested are invited to join in an online, Zoom-hosted class on Sunday mornings. A time for meditation/reflection begins at 9:00 a.m. and class at 9:30 a.m. Please email Dick Smith (sfskier@comcast.net) for information on how to join in.

St. John’s Church Council voted at their last meeting to continue our suspension of in-person worship until further notice and delegated a team who will study the issues and present a recommendation and/or timeline to the Council as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience while we discern the best course for our congregation to stay safe and healthy. And thank you for continuing to practice social distancing and wearing facial coverings. Our weekly Bag~n~Hand Food Pantry distribution continues on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Sewing masks to protect our neighbors: So far St. John’s seamstresses have sent over 100 masks to the Navajo Nation, distributed another 100 masks to local senior residences, and sent many to other communities in need such as Las Vegas NM. We continue to collect and send masks to where they are needed most to better protect our neighbors from COVID-19 infection. If you enjoy sewing, use it to sow the seeds Jesus’ love and care for others by helping us send even more masks. Please contact Russ at connections@sjumcsantafe.org for more information.

Wednesday Women’s Book Study is meeting online Wednesdays at 1:30, and are currently reading and discussing the the book by Richard Rohr, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. If you would like to join this group please contact Carole at carolwawrychuk@gmail.com.

“The Harmony of the Gospels” meets every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom: This is a study that combines all four Gospels into a single chronological narrative. We will be following the book, A Simplified Harmony of the Gospels by George W. Knight, available in paperback or eBook at Amazon.com. To join this study or for more info please contact Russ at connections@sjumcsantafe.org.

Soul Break: Our online service in the style of Taizé is posted weekly on Wednesday around mid-morning. It’s a great time of quiet contemplation, thoughtful words and prayers. Find the link to the YouTube video, the bulletin and readings at sjumcsantafe.org/worship-online/

The pantry needs volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering please call the church office at (505) 982-5397 or email at info@SJUMCSantaFe.org. Volunteers will need to be able to stand for periods of time, lift up to approximately 25 pounds, and to follow food-handling hygiene.  

12-step groups continue to meet:
Al Anon: Noon, Monday–Thursday each week
Narcotics Anonymous Women: 7:00 p.m. Mondays
Adult Children of Alcoholics: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays
S-Anon: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays
Narcotics Anonymous: 7:00 p.m. Tuesdays
Alcoholics Anonymous Men: 6:00 p.m. Thursdays
AlaTeen: 6:00 p.m. Thursdays
Al Anon Women: 6:00 p.m. Thursdays