St. John’s eNews 09.17.2020

For inclusion in the handout, the weekly eNews and the website,
please submit your announcements by Tuesday 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.

Reopening Committee News
The plan of the SJUMC Reopen the Church Committee is to continue to support the activities currently in place, looking for new opportunities to connect with each other. St. John’s current opportunities for worship and groups participating in the life of our church community include:
• Sunday morning prayer services at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m.
• Sunday School with the Nephesh class, 9:45 a.m. Sundays on Zoom
• Weekly Sunday service and Soul Break service online
• New opportunity to explore justice and activities surrounding antiracism.
• Various studies, Bible study, Women’s book group, and other missional groups exploring spiritual development, meeting primarily by Zoom
• Bag ’n Hand Food Pantry
• Newsletter opportunities to keep in touch

The committee has discussed whether and when to consider meeting for “regular” Sunday morning worship  in our sanctuary. This is an open question, at present. We will take our lead from the school system’s consideration of resuming “regular” school after Labor Day. We will look at the experience of schools after the first nine weeks of school to allow us to learn from their experience. We will continue to be led by the guidelines set by our Governor, Michelle Lujan-Grisham, to ensure maximum safety and to keep us informed about any re-opening plans.  

The next SJUMC Reopen the Church Committee meeting is Monday, September 21 at 10:00 a.m.  If you have insights you would like to share with the group, please contact Karen Wells at kwellsconsulting@gmail.com. Other committee members include Cynthia Rector, Tom Whitsun, Kathryn Boren and Fred Graham.
Sunday Morning on the Patio: 
A Service of Prayer and Praise

Sundays (now ongoing) at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m.
Led by St. John’s Pastors Kathryn Boren and Russ Hall

In the Wesleyan tradition, we will share scripture readings and prayers for our world. There will be moments of silence and responsive readings. Each service will be no longer than 30 minutes to allow for cautious care of one another on entering and exiting the patio.
Please enter the patio by the external stairway or by the double doors by the Fellowship Hall on Old Pecos Trail.
Arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to the service.
Wear a mask.
No singing.
Dismiss as directed.

September 20 • Exodus 16:2-15 • Kathryn Boren
September 27 • Exodus 17:1-7 • Conversation with Dick Smith
October 4 • Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 or Exodus 32:1-14 • Paul Dirdak preaching
October 11 • Deuteronomy 34:1-12 • Conversation with Charles Cole

Pumpkin Patch 2020 begins October 11 
Volunteers needed to unload at noon.
Sign-ups coming soon.

For more information contact Kathryn, Russ or Kim in the church office
(505) 982-5397 or support@sjumcsantafe.org.
Get your appointment! We’re hosting a Blood Drive on Saturday, October 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Online sign-ups are coming soon. Click here to make an appointment to donate, or call  Laura directly at 246-1490. Walk-ins are also welcome!

School Supply Drive for EJ Martinez Elementary –  with the current online teaching model students still need basic school supplies for the Fall semester. We will have a collection box at St. John’s for these items: paper, pencils, pens, scissors; art class needs: markers, pastels/crayons, watercolor paint and brushes. Our office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are also collecting $5 gift cards for teachers that can be dropped off at our front office desk. If you have any questions please contact Pastor Russ at russ@sjumcsantafe.org or call the church.

Have a prayer request? Need pastoral care? Email here.
If you know someone who isn’t receiving church emails, please let us know here.

New announcement deadline: Please email your announcements here by Tuesday at noon.
United Methodists and Racism
In June of this year the United Methodist Council of Bishops called for a renewed push against racism.
As bishops of the United Methodist Church, we ask every United Methodist to reclaim their baptismal vows to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. 
We ask every United Methodist to name the egregious sin of racism and white supremacy and join together to take a stand against the oppression and injustice that is killing persons of color. 
As bishops of the whole church we affirm the peaceful protests as a means of giving voice where it is needed most. 
We are clear that it is beyond time for all United Methodists to act. It is time to use our voices, our pens, our feet and our heart for change
We join with other church leaders and boards and agencies of the United Methodist Church to add strength to the message that we will no longer remain silent nor complicit but must act now! 
As a next faithful step we ask United Methodists to read all they can on the subject of anti-racism and engage in conversations with children, youth and adults. Have conversations with coworkers and friends. 
At times as Methodists we forget that we have guidelines in addition to the Bible for how we operate and what we believe as a church. Our Book of Discipline is  our doctrine, our rules. The Book of Resolutions provides “models for applying an active faith to daily life in ways that can impact the world around us.” It also contains our Social Policies. An updated set of Social Policies was issued this year. 
All these documents make very clear our role in fighting racism. Just talking about it is not acceptable, not enough. White churches resist discussions that make us uncomfortable. A common excuse we use is “Oh it’s too political.” Human rights are not political. It is what God asks us to do. He never promised his work would be easy. 
Over the fall and winter our newly formed Social Justice Committee will be exploring how we go about this work beginning with awareness and education. Soon we will be sending announcements on a new class. We hope you will all join us in this journey.
—Donna Whitson
The hottest place in hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great conflict.
—Rev. Martin Luther King


Soul Break is online: Our service in the style of Taizé is is a wonderful time of quiet contemplation, thoughtful words and prayers. Click here for everything you need.

Stay tuned! Kathryn’s note will be in your inbox on Sunday morning, in preparation for online worship. Visit the Worship Online page on our website and 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.

Youth! Every Sunday evening for the near future, the youth group will hold a brief devotion at 7:00 p.m. online. Youth and parents, check your email and texts for updates and online codes.

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 9:30 a.m. and class at 9:45 a.m. Please email Dick Smith (sfskier@comcast.net) for information on how to join in.

Wednesday Women’s Book Study meets at 1:00 p.m. every Wednesday at the north pavilion in the Rancho Viejo village park. Bring your lawn chair and be prepared for some great discussion. They 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 Russ at connections@sjumcsantafe.org.

“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.

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.