Here is the worship bulletin for Sunday, June 7.
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In-Person Worship at St. Andrew Remains Suspended
Worship from Home via the Live-Streamed Service
We will be live-streaming our 9:30 a.m. worship service on our church's website, www.standrewabq.org through August. Please do not come to church unless you are directly involved in the live-streamed worship service. Can't join us online at 9:30 a.m.? No problem. Our worship services are recorded, so you can experience them any time. At the top of our church website, place your cursor over the "Live Stream" button, and just below it a "Past Streams" button will appear. Click on the "Past Streams" button and you will see a list of past worship services. Click on the link for the worship service you want to watch.
If you have Joys and Concerns to share during our Prayers of the People, please email them to Pastor Roger by the end of the day on Saturday (email@example.com).
We encourage you to mail your Tithes and Offerings to the church office (5301 Ponderosa Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110) or contribute online at the church's website: www.standrewabq.org To contribute online, click on the "donations" button at the top of the website's home page and follow the simple instructions.
There is also an Enhanced On-Line Giving Option!
In addition to designating your on-line gift for the General Fund or the Building Fund, you can now select "Other" and list the purpose of your contribution in the "Notes" section at the bottom of the second page.
Fellowship Time After Worship
Following worship you are invited to join us for Fellowship Time online via Zoom. You may join with your computer using the link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82993453933 OR you can join the conversation by phone simply by calling the following number 1-346-248-7799 and entering the Meeting ID (829 9345 3933) when prompted.
Take the 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge
There is a growing awareness among Presbyterians that racism is a crisis and must be addressed. The PC (USA) is strongly committed to the struggle for racial justice.
Racism is not primarily about individual prejudice or an individual's beliefs and attitudes. Rather, racism in the U.S. is a socially constructed system. Some people are advantaged, and others are disadvantaged, merely because of their skin color, ethnic identity or their ancestral background. Social power and prejudice have combined to treat people differently, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Some people are privileged while others are oppressed. As a consequence, there is unequal and inequitable access to resources such as money, education, information and decision-making power.
Confronting deeply ingrained racist systems and structures in our communities and country takes sensitivity and stamina. Before congregations and worshiping communities can confront the harsh realities of racism, it is helpful to have a good foundation. One good place to start is by taking the 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge. The challenge invites us to do something every day to raise awareness about the perniciousness of racism and encourage action in response to that awareness.
Pastor Roger and the Social Justice Mission Committee ask you to join them in taking the 21-Day Racial Justice Challenge, by visiting the following web page each day and doing the daily activity:
Join the Conversation about Racial Justice
In addition, Pastor Roger will begin hosting a weekly Conversation about Racial Justice on Tuesday mornings, at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. You can join the group next Tuesday, June 9, at 10:00 a.m. on your computer using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83577008663 OR on the phone by calling +1 346 248 7799 (Meeting ID: 835 7700 8663).
Our turn to help families in the Family Promise program is coming up. Our families are staying put at one location during the corona virus. We need the following supplies for June 18th -21st: 3 gallons of 2% milk, 3 cases of water, paper plates and paper bowls, napkins, paper towels, and a bottle of hand soap to refill small pumps. We also need volunteers to prepare dinner for June 18th and 19th as well as breakfast on the 20th and the 21st. Please contact Sharon Prewitt to schedule meals and supplies. Thank you all for your continued support to this oh so worthy program.
--Sharon & Julie
Help Create a Community Quilt Banner
Watered Gardens...."you will be like a watered garden, like a flowing spring whose waters never run dry: (Isaiah 58:11)
We would like to invite you to help create a community quilt banner in this time of being apart. It would be a way for our church family to unite even though we have been unable to be together physically. The way it would work is that you would receive an envelope in the mail with information about the banner, a meditation and some thoughts to guide you, plus instructions on how to finish your square piece of material. When you are finished, you could either mail them directly to Victoria or drop off at the church office. All the material pieces would then be put together to form a quilt and a story of us. The goal is to have a completed banner hanging at church when we can once again be together. Please email Victoria Lopez if you would like to be part of this project.
--Victoria Lopez on behalf of the CE committee
Morgan DeLacy Seeks Assistance
On March 13, Morgan was furloughed from her job. On April 8, while she was in the hospital having surgery, her SUV was vandalized. A blowtorch was used to remove the exhaust system. She has used all of her savings to get her car repaired ($8,000) so that she has transportation to the Roadrunner Food Bank and to her job when it resumes. She is feeling desperate and vulnerable, not knowing how she will pay her rent and manage over the next 3 months. She has created a "Covid-19 Virus, Vandalized Vehicle Relief Fund" at www.GoFundMe.com and is very grateful for any and all assistance.
Maria Romero is an excellent helper/caretaker/cook, a friend of Beth and Jim Dillow. She has been an elder caretaker and a nanny for their family for 22 years. She is also a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and formerly served in a nursing home in Austin, recently returning to ABQ. She is available full time, half time, or anytime, and has her own van for transportation. For more information, please call Beth.
All are invited! St. Andrew's First-Ever Virtual Talent Show
Choose your talent and decide whether you'd like to 1) record your talent in the comfort of your own home with a mobile device and submit it, OR, 2) share your talent live. We will compile all the submitted talents to show during the Virtual Talent Show, as well as having a time to enjoy the live participants.
Please note that the annual Talent Show has traditionally been paired with a Luncheon Fundraiser. The funds that are raised are used for Youth events, such as retreats or Triennium. This year we invite you to participate virtually by making a donation with "Youth Fund" written on the memo line.
We are asking each of you to take a moment to fill out this Google Form to sign-up for the Talent Show and an open-response for suggestions. (Deadline is Sunday, June 21 to complete Sign-up / July 3rd to send in video submissions.)
Please contact Claire Lewis with any concerns.
Thank you in advance!
Bread for the World Letters
Our yearly Offering of Letters for Bread for the World is moving online this year. We continue to ask Congress for funds to improve nutrition for mothers and children in our own country as well as throughout the world. This year, because of the effects of COVID-19, even more people will be hungry. In fact, the United Nations estimates that the number of people facing extreme hunger could nearly double by the end of 2020. As people of faith, we can ask our Congress to increase SNAP payments for our most vulnerable children and families in the U.S. and to provide more international aid for the hunger pandemic to come. For more information, please visit the Bread for the World site at www.bread.org.
Pride Month Opportunity
It's been a LONG time since the February Presbytery meeting at La Mesa, when we sat together to talk about several Albuquerque area churches forming a single contingent for the Albuquerque Pride Parade this year. Pride Fest, of course, has been canceled for 2020, and we are all remaining cautious about gatherings. There is one Pride Month opportunity, however, that I thought I would pass along to you, to be shared, as you will with interested folks in your congregations.
Most of you know of More Light Presbyterians (MLP), formerly Presbyterians of Lesbian and Gay Concerns (PLGC), which has been around since the mid-1970s. MLP is sponsoring two online events today, June 7, for More Light Sunday. Over the years MLP has been noted for wonderful worship gatherings during General Assembly and at other times. Today, there will be a special live stream service at 2 pm Mountain Time. Then, at 5 pm, there will be a live stream launch of the movie OUT OF ORDER, followed by a panel discussion. Interested folks are invited to register online. Both events are free... but donations are welcome. Here is a link to register for both:
Historical Jesus Group
This small group, which gathers on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, also has moved its meetings online. It explores the impact and implementation of God's word in the present time. Discussions range from current political, social, and economic issues, to the founding tenets of Christianity. Selected books and articles provide the basis for lively discussion, differing opinions and ideas. To find out what book or articles will be discussed, contact Richard Stoops. You can join the group on Thursday, June 11, at 10:00 a.m. on your computer using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84964630940 OR on the phone by calling +1 346 248 7799 (Meeting ID: 849 6463 0940).
Spiritual Formation Group
This small group, which gathers on the first and third Thursdays of the month, has moved its meetings online. It aims to take a deep dive into Scripture, opening minds and hearts to whatever God may convey through the Word. Group members usually choose passages from the lectionary, reading each aloud and discussing what meanings they find in them. You can join the group next Thursday, June 18, at 10:00 a.m. on your computer using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86355200613 OR on the phone by calling +1 346 248 7799 (Meeting ID: 863 5520 0613).
Neighborhood Ministry Continueswith Bag Lunches To Go
On Sunday mornings from 11:00 to 11:30 am, we continue to offer bag lunches to go for our Neighborhood Friends, as well as personal hygiene items, and socks/underwear. Donations of socks/underwear are welcome and can be dropped off at the church during office hours (Wed.-Fri., 9am-5pm). Please contact Bob Busch if you would like to help.
Announcements Due June 9
Presbytiding Articles Due June 16
The Climate Crisis: Do Individual Actions Matter?
Given the size of the problem and the resistant fossil fuel economy, what can individuals do to move the needle on the climate crisis? While individual actions alone can't fix the climate, the climate can't be fixed without it. The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder that our actions have consequences beyond ourselves, and most of us are trying to avoid doing inadvertent harm to others. After much climate commentary about the difficulty of trying to persuade individuals to change behavior for the common good, COVID is making action happen; action by government, action by individuals. Individual actions help shape social mores, and thus behavior. If we have united actions on climate change by individuals, we can also make progress on taming the climate crisis.
--Fletcher Hahn, Climate Forum
The Presbytery of Santa Fe has established a Family-To-Family Fund to help those who have been financially affected by the corona virus quarantines. If you know of someone who may need assistance, please let them know that they can apply for funds through the Santa Fe Presbytery website. If you would like to contribute to the Family-to-Family Fund, you can use the PayPal link on the Presbytery's website or mail a check earmarked for the "Family-to-Family Fund" to: Santa Fe Presbytery, 217 Locust St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
So please respond to the U.S. Census!
There are 3 ways to do so:
1) Go online at www.2020census.gov.
2) Respond by phone at 844-330-2020.
3) Mail back the paper questionnaire.