St. John’s eNews 04.21.21
In-person worship has resumed on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. COVID-safe practices (masks, social distancing) will be observed.
The United Methodist Church has a special offering to support Native American Ministries. Half of the offering remains in the New Mexico Conference to develop local ministries. The other half supports existing ministries and provides seminary scholarships for Native American pastors. Make a donation here.
Children’s Ministries’ Cinco de Mayo Celebration (on Dos de Mayo). Tacos and a Service Project Sunday, May 2 at 10:30 a.m. in the Gathering Space. Service Project – Backpacks for children entering foster care.
Nature Adventure at SJUMC: Monday-Thursday, July 12-15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Children ages pre-K-6th grade are invited! Contact Deanna Bradford for more information and to volunteer: DeannaBradford@hotmail.com or (214) 418-3827.
The Refugee Crisis
Have you ever moved from one place to another for a better job, better schools for your children, or maybe better healthcare? Then you are one of millions of “migrants” in this world. If you were ever forced to leave your home due to disaster, war, violence, or political upheaval, then you may have been a “refugee,” in need of help.
Today we are facing a crisis with thousands of people fleeing starvation and abject poverty, and more thousands fleeing violence. They come to us searching for a better life – searching for a helping hand and maybe a chance to survive.
According to the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, there are more than 65 million displaced people in the world today. Every five seconds someone else is forced to flee their home. These levels of migration have not been seen since World War II, more than 70 years ago. The refugee crises has been a major issue for more than a year. According to the United Nations, more people than ever before live in a different country than the one where they were born. Roughly 70.8 million people have been forced from their homes. Many are refugees and more than half of the globe’s refugees are under 18 years old. This displaced population faces the challenges of accessing education, healthcare, job opportunities and other resources. Here in New Mexico, we are uniquely situated to see the results of immigration and poverty. We are also uniquely positioned to help.
Jesus told us to “love our neighbors” and to “welcome the stranger.” How better to abide by Jesus’ teachings than to help others – to be the hands and feet of God in this world?
There is an immediate way we can help. UMCOR is providing 50 grants of up to $2,000 to churches for local to help immigrants and refugees. If you are interested in helping with this project, or have ideas to share, please contact Barbara Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as you can. The deadline for the grant applications is May 15.
—Barbara Cooper, Social Justice Task Force
Jaclyn Gomez, St. John’s Part-Time Bookkeeper, has moved to the office behind the reception desk in the main office area. Jaclyn is committed to being in the office for questions, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8-10 a.m. You can reach Jaclyn outside of designated office hours by leaving a message at (505) 982-5397, ext. 105 or emailing her.
EACH WEEK AT ST. JOHN’S
Online Worship: Visit the Worship Online page on our website and get the link to Sunday’s service.
Online Adult Sunday School meets via Zoom Sunday mornings, 11:00 a.m. Email Dick Smith (email@example.com) to join.
Wednesday Women’s Book Study meet via Zoom every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. If you would like to join this group, please contact Russ. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Harmony of the Gospels meets every Thursday at 10:00 a.m., via Zoom. To join this study or for more information, contact Russ. (email@example.com)