St. Stephen's United Methodist Church / Albuquerque

St. Stephen's United Methodist Church / Albuquerque

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Another successful, blessed trip to build a home, and to work on a second home, as part of the Operación Hogar program. A big thank you to St. John's UMC for providing the funds and St. Stephen's UMC for providing the labor.
This "mellow," traditional Methodist church is very busy helping the community. I enjoy playing music with them, feeding the homeless and other good works.
I'm so excited to be coming back to the Lovely Solid Grounds at St. Stephen's United Methodist Church This Saturday May 26th for another concert! I'll be playing music from my new CD as well as my previous releases & music is family friendly so please join us! :-) www.jillcohn.com
Hello Shelley I am not sure how to message you so I will put it here: Tuesday Night Woman's Fellowship Group 7:00 pm 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month are looking for new members. We will start the book: Loving My Actual Life: An Experiment in Relishing What Is Right In Front Of Me by Alex Kuykendal. Please order your book and JOIN us Aug. 8th at the church at 7:00-8:30 pm. (Child care is not available at this point but if we need to arrange it we can see what can be done) Thanks for sharing the invite, Karen Braddock

All are welcome at St. Stephen's United Methodist Church. Sunday worship: Contemporary at 8:00am & 9:30am; Traditional at 11:00am

We are a community where people help, care for and support one another. St. Stephen's is dedicated to helping you become the person God intends you to be. Living life as a Christian is an ongoing journey, not a destination. If you are exploring a relationship with God for the first time, or have already made the commitment, St. Stephen's invites you to be part of this journey with us.

Mission: Based on the “Great Commission,” the United Methodist Church has stated its purpose: “The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." This is a four-fold task. We could abbreviate our mission as one of welcoming-worshiping-nurturing-sending. •We reach out to people and welcome them into the church •We relate people to God and help them deepen their relationship with God •We nurture people in Christian living •We support people in their ministry

A NOTE FROM PASTOR JOHN:


What is Given from Heaven

Several days ago, after Lindy got off work, I drove her over to a store so that she could pick up a few items that she needed for the next day. Sometimes on errands like this, I'll sit in the car and wait but since she had just gotten home from work and I hadn't seen her all day, I decided to go in, walk around with her and help her find a few things. I was walking down the rows at the far end of the store and I noticed a woman who was standing between two rows. She was standing still in a kind of awkward stance. When I glanced up to look at her, I noticed she was blind. As I walked past, I saw a man whom I guessed was her father. He called out to her and she didn't respond but just stood there. Then the man called out to her again and she still didn't respond. Then finally, he took her carefully by the hand and led her down the aisle. It was then that I presumed by her reaction to his leading that she was not only blind but likely had some form of mental disability.

My immediate reaction was to think of my own children. I was reminded of their health that they can see and are living out their lives as they choose. Instead of feeling sorry for the man and the woman, whom I assumed was his daughter, I wondered what it would be like to have that experience. When I got home that scene stuck with me and I felt led to reflect on what I saw. I randomly opened my Bible and was drawn to a passage that I had underlined at an earlier reading. The passage was John 3:27 and it was John the Baptist saying, "A person can receive only what is given them from heaven."

So here is this woman who was blind with some kind of mental disability and had to be led by her hand everywhere she needed to be. It likely would have been easier for the father to have left her at home to run this errand, but he chose to take her with him. Reflecting on this I am thinking... I think I see, but the truth is that my pride and self-centeredness leads me to a spiritual blindness that prevents my ability to see my true condition. I also have far more spiritual disabilities than I have abilities. Despite the reality of my condition, my Heavenly Father prefers not to leave me behind. Because of His desire to just be with me, He will take me to the places he desires to go, even when I don't understand at times where I am or why. He will walk me around even though it feels like I have to be led by the hand. He doesn't mind the inconvenience as He simply wants to be with me.

Here are a few questions to ponder. Do we really know that our Heavenly Father, Holy Spirit and Jesus deeply long to be with us in such a way that we are at times profoundly aware of their presence? Are we sensitive to when they are drawing us away from the distractions of this world, to hear, to see and to sense their nearness? There is another verse in that same chapter that reflects this reality, which is verse 34, "For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit." We have the potential for the unlimited awareness of God by the presence of His Spirit in us. I'm not saying this is easy nor without cost, but His grace makes this possible. This is something that is given to us from heaven. But we have to want this more than anything else and everything else. Either way, this grace is that which is given from heaven.

In God's Grace,

John

St. Stephen's UMC is continuing to collect food donations in the church's west parking lot on Wednesdays from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. We will continue to alternate donating to The Storehouse and Roadrunner Food Bank. Next week's donations will be delivered to the Storehouse.

Food items most needed are canned meats, canned vegetables, canned fruit, peanut butter and pasta.

IF you are already planning on going to the grocery store or ordering food online, then please consider picking-up or ordering a few extra canned goods, pasta or peanut butter to donate. We are NOT asking anyone to make a special trip to pick-up these items. St. Stephen's UMC will coordinate delivery of donations. Thank you!

THANK YOU to those who dropped-off food donations on May 6 as over 800 lbs of food items were donated by our St. Stephen's family!

We also delivered a check to HopeWorks (formerly Project Share) for $750 to help provide meals for the homeless in Albuqueruque.

Thank you for your continued support of the ministries of St. Stephen's UMC!

HOPEWORKS MAY UPDATE


Update for St. Stephen's Scheduled Date, Friday, May 29


St. Stephen's UMC is scheduled to serve dinner at HopeWorks on the last Friday of May, which is May 29. Due to the pandemic, HopeWorks staff will be doing their own preparations and serving the dinner meal. Our church is providing financial assistance to provide dinner for the 130+ homeless gathered at HopeWorks for their meal on Friday, May 29. Thank you again for your support of the ministries at St. Stephen's as we continue to provide help and hope to those in our community.

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Happy Mother's Day! Join us Sunday morning at 8am as Pastor John shares the story of Sarah, Abraham and Hagar, we get a special Mother's Day greeting from some of our kids, and the SSUMC worship band ROCKS OUT!
https://youtu.be/ayD2B6GpKrM

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Welcome to this week’s brand-new edition of e-Solid Grounds featuring Keith Rea!

As he describes himself:

“I started doing this when I was 9 years old. From the very first performance with the Marion Boy's Club Singers, I was hooked. I love performing for people... I love the connections, the remembrances that my songs can evoke, the kind words from folks all over the world, and I LOVE who I am. Let me tell you a story...”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGWEmrDY8KM&feature=youtu.be

MORE ABOUT e-SOLID GROUNDS:

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to host our regular Coffeehouse on the St. Stephen's campus. So we are very excited to be able to offer an ONLINE, "e-version" of the popular Solid Grounds Coffeehouse!

Please check back each week for upcoming editions!

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What do flying an airplane and our spiritual walk have in common? Find out Sunday morning at 8am as Pastor John preaches a timely message to us. Music from special guest Liz Wolber and the SSUMC worship team.

https://youtu.be/grON4voa7bs

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E-Solid Grounds - Episode 6

Welcome to this week’s brand-new edition of e-Solid Grounds featuring Terell Davy!

A native New Yorker and graduate from the Manhattan School of Music, Terell has a truly unique style described as cinematic pop. He has performed throughout the US and venues such as Brooklyn's Keyspan Stadium, Nassau Coliseum, colleges and youth camps.

No stranger to tragedy, Terell understands the pain of loss. At the age of three both of his parents died months apart. Through his faith he is able to take the emotion behind these experiences and channel that energy into creating music that any listener can appreciate and relate to.

Now based in Nashville, he continues to grow as an artist and person. It is his vision to present every song as insight and perspective to the experiences and challenges that life presents, and how faith makes it possible to overcome. His topics range from love and family to his spiritual life and personal journey and discovering who God truly is. Every song contains truth and depth allowing the listener to relate in a very personal way.

https://youtu.be/O6cz9ZeQ7dY

MORE ABOUT e-SOLID GROUNDS:

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to host our regular Coffeehouse on the St. Stephen's campus. So we are very excited to be able to offer an ONLINE, "e-version" of the popular Solid Grounds Coffeehouse!

Please check back each week for upcoming editions! New e-Solid Grounds editions are typically posted each week on Thursdays! Check back here on Facebook or on our YouTube channel.

Welcome to the 6th installment of e-Solid Grounds featuring Terell Davy from Nashville, TN.

FOOD DRIVE ON WEDNESDAYS

St. Stephen's UMC is continuing to collect food donations in the church's west parking lot on Wednesdays from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. Next week's donations will be delivered to the Roadrunner Food Bank. Food items most needed are canned meats, canned vegetables, canned fruit, peanut butter and pasta.

IF you are already planning on going to the grocery store or ordering food online, then please consider picking-up or ordering a few extra canned goods, pasta or peanut butter to donate. We are NOT asking anyone to make a special trip to pick-up these items. St. Stephen's UMC will coordinate delivery of donations. Thank you!

A HUGE THANK YOU to those who dropped-off food donations for The Storehouse on Wednesday, April 29! The back of Pastor John's truck was full and most of Jo Lynne's SUV was full too. Thank you so much for your generosity! God Bless!

Underneath All Things

There is this powerful scene of a final blessing given by Moses near the end of the book of Deuteronomy. Moses' leadership over the people of Israel is ending and he is giving his last words before Joshua leads the Israelites into the land of promise. He gives a blessing to each of the tribes and the last blessing is given to the tribe of Asher. He gives a great blessing to the sons of Asher and then he makes this statement in Deuteronomy 33:26-27. "There is no one like the God of Jeshurun (Israel), who rides across the heavens to help you and on clouds in His majesty. The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms."

We are all familiar with the reminder that God is with us. One of Jesus' names is Immanuel meaning "God with us." But how often do we think of the arms of God extending underneath us at all times? In Moses' final farewell speech, he reminds the Israelites of how God was with them both protecting them and guiding them during their journey together. But then Moses reminds them that beneath them or underneath all that they have experienced are the "everlasting arms" of God.

It is one thing and an important reality to always remember that God is with us, but I also find it comforting that at those times when we are at our lowest, that even beneath that experience are the everlasting arms of God. In other words, no matter how far we go down in our experience of life, that because of God's grace, we can't get beneath the everlasting arms of God. He is not just the God of the mountains and the great experiences of life, he is the God who has His arms beneath all things and all the deepest and lowest experiences of life. It's a great picture that Moses paints and thankfully it's not just a picture, but a reality.

In God's Grace,

Pastor John


This Sunday's Online Message: Our Attitude Indicator (Ephesians 4:22-24)
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+4%3A22-24&version=NIV&interface=print

This Sunday, Pastor John will be leaning on some experiences gained while learning to fly a small plane that relate to matters Paul spoke about concerning our attitude and the choices we make about our attitude. We will also look at how to recover when our attitude starts to nosedive and becomes not only self-destructive, but negatively effects those around us.


Sunday's message will be posted by 8:00 am and will be available by going to our St. Stephen's page or to our St. Stephen's YouTube channel.

Welcome to this week’s edition of e-Solid Grounds featuring Terell Davy!

A native New Yorker and graduate from the Manhattan School of Music, Terell has a truly unique style described as cinematic pop. He has performed throughout the US and venues such as Brooklyn's Keyspan Stadium, Nassau Coliseum, colleges and youth camps.

No stranger to tragedy, Terell understands the pain of loss. At the age of three both of his parents died months apart. Through his faith he is able to take the emotion behind these experiences and channel that energy into creating music that any listener can appreciate and relate to.

Now based in Nashville, he continues to grow as an artist and person. It is his vision to present every song as insight and perspective to the experiences and challenges that life presents, and how faith makes it possible to overcome. His topics range from love and family to his spiritual life and personal journey and discovering who God truly is. Every song contains truth and depth allowing the listener to relate in a very personal way.

https://terelldavy.com/

MORE ABOUT e-SOLID GROUNDS:

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to host our regular Coffeehouse on the St. Stephen's campus. So we are very excited to be able to offer an ONLINE, "e-version" of the popular Solid Grounds Coffeehouse!

Please check back each Saturday night at 7:00 pm for upcoming editions!

Each subsequent program will also be available on the Solid Grounds YouTube channel. Those interested can subscribe to the Solid Grounds YouTube channel and receive updates whenever new videos are posted.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMUSVnEMDAaPGBJgucdLW2w

[04/26/20]   Welcome to this week’s brand-new edition of e-Solid Grounds featuring Jim Jones!

Jim Jones is an award-winning singer and author with songs and books about the West. You will hear outlaw and cowpuncher songs like "Rustler's Moon" -- a ballad so potent it can't be confined to lyrics. The song's story even became his first novel!

https://youtu.be/jYRZ-ZsMwWs

MORE ABOUT e-SOLID GROUNDS:

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to host our regular Coffeehouse on the St. Stephen's campus. So we are very excited to be able to offer an ONLINE, "e-version" of the popular Solid Grounds Coffeehouse!

Please check back each Saturday night at 7:00 pm for upcoming editions!

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Join us Sunday at 8am for worship. This week, Pastor John tells us to prepare our homes for Jesus, even as he prepares a heavenly home for us. A special song from guest vocalist Liz Wolber, and music from the SSUMC worship team.
https://youtu.be/ONs5sUQeeHo

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A NOTE FROM PASTOR JOHN:


Worry or Worship?

Last month, a poll by the American Psychiatric Association noted that nearly half of Americans were anxious about getting COVID-19. Close to two-thirds were concerned about a family member catching it. Two-thirds of people also feared the long-lasting implications for the economy. Are you worried about some or all of these?

Fighting worry is something we all wrestle with and it isn't always easy to overcome. Jesus told us this in Matthew 6:27, "Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" (NIV). The obvious answer to Jesus' question is no. But do we try? We sure do! However, we can't keep ourselves from catching COVID-19 through worry. It won't keep our family from getting sick. It won't help our finances either. Worry can make us sick, weak and depressed.

Worship, however, can produce a far better life than worry. Worship can cause us to look up instead of down. Worship can lift us up and change our perspective on all that is taking place around us. Worship can remind us that God is still on the throne, especially on those days when it doesn't feel that way. Worship can fill our mind, soul and spirit with faith instead of fear. Worship can release our mind to think creatively about solving a problem instead of being trapped in hopelessness. Worship can get us to think about others and not be self-absorbed in our own little world. Worship can open doors. Reading Psalm 100 and Psalm 103 are great starters toward the path of worship, along with listening to a host of many great worship songs.

Jesus made this statement about worship, "God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth." John 4:24. It caught my attention that Jesus didn't use the word "may" but he said "must." I feel like Jesus is saying that this isn't a matter of "If it's convenient for you" but, that if we want to be His disciple, that this is going to need to be a part of our natural response to the challenges of life. I don't think Jesus was saying this to be demanding, but simply stating a reality that if we don't worship Him we will then be taken captive with worry. It's clearly an important choice. Worry or worship? I recommend we go with worship!

In God's Grace,

Pastor John

This Sunday's Online Message will be posted by 8:00 am and will be available on our St. Stephen's page or our St. Stephen's YouTube channel.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiZBD-j3KAo9OAsvrx6w-lg?view_as=subscriber

FOOD DRIVE ON WEDNESDAYS

St. Stephen's UMC will be collecting food donations in the church's west parking lot on Wednesdays from 9:00 am - 11:00 am for The Storehouse, starting next week on April 29. Food items most needed are canned meats, canned vegetables, canned fruit, peanut butter and pasta.

IF you are already planning on going to the grocery store or ordering food online, then please consider picking-up or ordering a few extra canned goods, pasta or peanut butter to donate. We are NOT asking anyone to make a special trip to pick-up these items. St. Stephen's UMC will coordinate delivery of donations. Thank you and God Bless!

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