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St. John’s News 03.26.2020

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

Update on Worship: Brad Bennett, pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church, in consultation with the Administrative Council, has decided at this point to continue worship online through April 19. There will be no face-to-face worship at St. John’s during this time. As you all know, the situation is dynamic and changing, so the staff at St. John’s will keep you informed.

Our main online tool has become YouTube. We have created our own YouTube channel (click HERE). Note that there was a former St. John’s UMC YouTube channel that comes up in search engines, but the current one is listed as St John’s United Methodist Church Santa Fe NM.

We are currently posting each Sunday’s service on its own playlist (i.e. March 29, 2020).  We are also creating a Vocal Solo playlist and Instrumental Solo playlist that will have various local artists performing inspirational music. Click on “Playlists” at the above link to find the full complement of videos.  

Today, we have added local baritone and teacher Caleb Heaton singing “He.”  You can watch it here.

If you have trouble accessing the videos, please let Fred Graham (music@sjumcsantafe.org) or Scott Hagler (scott@sjumcsantafe.org) know.  

Join us online for worship on Sunday! The series In the Garden continues. CLICK HERE for the YouTube playlist and pdf handout.

Sewing Masks for Nursing Homes: Calling all seamstresses! If you have a talent and enjoy sewing let’s use it to sow the seeds of Jesus’ love and care by Sewing for Christ. Please contact Russ at connections@sjumcsantafe.org with questions. Let’s be the church!

There are two weekday study groups that meet weekly at St. John’s. Under our current restrictions these groups are temporarily meeting online to continue the great fellowship and studies they share together:
• Tuesday Brown Bag Theologians is meeting online Tuesdays at 12:30 to complete their current study of the Book of Revelation. They soon will be starting a new study based on the Harmony of the Gospels.  If you would like to join our group please contact Russ at connections@sjumcsantafe.org
• Wednesday Women’s Book Study is meeting online Wednesdays at 1:30, and are currently reading  and discussing the spiritual novel The Shack. If you would like to join this group please contact Jayne at jayne.belknap@icloud.com 

Here’s a fun activity for families! Download a pdf with Easter snack ideas.

Hey, youth! We’re planning to do a Netflix movie night (remotely, of course) this Friday at 7:00 p.m. Email Jennifer for info.

The Nephesh Class and all others who are interested are invited to join in an online, Zoom-hosted class. Please email Dick Smith for information on how to join in.  

CLICK HERE for a video announcement with very important news from Pastor Brad Bennett and Karen Wells, Chairperson of Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC). A transcript of this special announcement of the video can be found below the video (click MORE).

Reconciling Congregation Process: Last year our Church Council approved a process that could lead to St. John’s in becoming a Reconciling Congregation. WATCH THIS VIDEOthat provides information about our process and the Special Church Conference on May 3, during which professing members will vote on a resolution to approve an updated mission statement in this regard.

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 Cordova and drive around to the north side of the building when coming to be served. Volunteers will be available to register you and put the pre-boxed food in your car.

The pantry needs volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering please call Jayne at (432) 770-7264 or email at jayne.belknap@icloud.com. Volunteers will need to be able to stand for periods of time, lift up to approximately 25 pounds, and to follow food-handling hygiene.  

Soul Break Video Podcast: Normally on Wednesdays at noon at St. John’s United Methodist Church Santa Fe we have our Soul Break service in the style of Taizé. As we are now practicing social distancing, we decided to record a Soul Break service to distribute to our parishioners and friends. The service lasts just under twenty minutes (the time of silent contemplation after the service is up to you). Visit our Worship Online page for links.

Flowers for Easter: We have canceled our order for Easter lilies.

Summer youth mission trip destination change. After many discussions over where to go for our summer mission trip, we have decided to head to Idaho. We will be working in the Silver Valley. More information to come. Youth, please make sure Jennifer knows you are planning on going on the trip. Contact Jennifer for information: (719) 201-5890 or jennifer@sjumcsantafe.org.

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



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CLICK HERE for a video announcement with very important news from Pastor Brad Bennett and Karen Wells, Chairperson of Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC). A transcript of this special announcement of the video can be found below the video (click MORE).

Reconciling Congregation Process: Last year our Church Council approved a process that could lead to St. John’s in becoming a Reconciling Congregation. WATCH THIS VIDEO that provides information about our process and the Special Church Conference on May 3, during which professing members will vote on a resolution to approve an updated mission statement in this regard.

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 Cordova and drive around to the north side of the building when coming to be served. Volunteers will be available to register you and put the pre-boxed food in your car.

The pantry needs volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering please call Jayne at (432) 770-7264 or email at jayne.belknap@icloud.com. Volunteers will need to be able to stand for periods of time, lift up to approximately 25 pounds, and to follow food-handling hygiene.  

Soul Break Video Podcast: Normally on Wednesdays at noon at St. John’s United Methodist Church Santa Fe we have our Soul Break service in the style of Taizé. As we are now practicing social distancing, we decided to record a Soul Break service to distribute to our parishioners and friends. The service lasts just under twenty minutes (the time of silent contemplation after the service is up to you). The service can be accessed HERE. The bulletin is available as a pdf HERE.

Flowers for Easter: We have canceled our order for Easter lilies.

Join us online for worship on Sunday! The series In the Garden continues. CLICK HERE for the YouTube playlist and pdf handout.

Summer youth mission trip destination change. After many discussions over where to go for our summer mission trip, we have decided to head to Idaho. We will be working in the Silver Valley. More information to come. Youth, please make sure Jennifer knows you are planning on going on the trip. Contact Jennifer for information: (719) 201-5890 or jennifer@sjumcsantafe.org.

Support 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