Summer Fun in ABQ

   Looking for things to do this Summer? See the below web links from the City of ABQ and Bernalillo County for summer food programs and recreation programs below. 
Parents can also call 311 for more information.

Free Summer Breakfasts and Lunches:

Summer Activities:
All Albuquerque summer activities:

Swimming Pools, Spray Parks, & Recreation Centers:

ELCA Petition: “For Such a Time As This”
A Joint Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy 

   We are coming together as leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Episcopal Church to oppose deep cuts to programs that are vital to hungry people struggling with poverty. We make this call in anticipation of the May 21 Global Day of Prayer to End Famine. We highlight the importance of foreign assistance and humanitarian relief as members of the World Council of Churches.

   We also make a call to pray, fast and advocate not just on May 21, but throughout the 115th Congress. At the invitation of Bread for the World, we join with ecumenical partners and pledge to lead our congregations and ministries in fasting, prayer and advocacy, recognizing the need to engage our hearts, bodies and communities together to combat poverty. As the call to prayer articulates:

   We fast to fortify our advocacy in solidarity with families who are struggling with hunger. We fast to be in solidarity with neighbors who suffer famine, who have been displaced, and who are vulnerable to conflict and climate change. We fast with immigrants who are trying to make a better future for their families and now face the risk of deportation. We fast in solidarity with families on SNAP, who often run out of food by the last week of the month.

   Domestically, Americans throughout the country are struggling with poverty, and many government funded programs allow them to care for and feed their families. As we look overseas, we must acknowledge that foreign assistance and humanitarian relief can help address regions confronting famine and food insecurity, including South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Lake Chad Basin. We will challenge proposals to eliminate or defund proven anti-poverty programs, at home and abroad.

   The story of Esther provides encouragement for our fasting, prayer and advocacy. Esther, a Jew, was the wife of the Persian king. When plans were made to slaughter all the Jews in the empire, Esther’s cousin Mordechai pleaded with her to go to the king and use her voice to advocate for them, even though this might place her life in danger. He urged her not to remain silent, as she may have been sent “for such a time as this.” Esther asked people to fast and pray with her for three days to fortify her advocacy before the king, resulting in saving the lives of her people.

   God’s intention is the flourishing of all people, and we are called to participate in God’s loving purpose by standing with our neighbors who struggle with poverty and hunger. Following the Circle of Protection ecumenical fast in 2011 to fortify the faith community in opposing cuts to vital anti-poverty programs, we may have also have been prepared “for such a time as this.” We commit ourselves to and invite our members to one day of fasting every month to undergird our efforts to convince our members of Congress to protect poverty-focused programs.

The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

seeking a part-time Director of Music

   St. Paul Lutheran Church (SPLC), an ELCA and Reconciling in Christ congregation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is seeking a part time Director of Music for approximately 15 hours per week. The role of this position is to lead, seek out, encourage, and coordinate the music ministry to enrich the worship and spiritual life of the congregation and the community.

   The position reports to the Senior Pastor and is responsible for: Leading the Senior Choir and continuing a rich heritage of excellence in music; developing the music ministry of SPLC; working with the Pastor and members of the Worship and Music committee to plan the weekly worship.

   The successful candidate will: have a background in or understanding of liturgical worship; demonstrate a high comfort level with a variety of styles of worship; exhibit leadership skills needed to coordinate the music ministry; possess skills to develop the youth music ministry; and have the ability to work as a team member both with the other music and ministerial staff. Knowledge and experience in conducting choral and instrumental music, as well as a deep and demonstrated Christian faith, are essential qualifications to serve in this role of inspiring and motivating others to deepen and share their faith through music.

   Candidates for this position must have a minimum of two years as a successful music program director with an emphasis in choral music. A bachelor’s degree in music is required and a master’s degree in music is preferred.

   A position description is posted below. Please submit a cover letter, resume and list of three references to:
   St. Paul Lutheran Church
   ATTN: Personnel Committee
   PO Box 25001
   Albuquerque, NM 87125

or by email to If submitting your letter and resume by e-mail please indicate “Director of Music Search” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Application deadline: July 18, 2018.  Start date: June 12, 2018

Music Director Job Description

St Paul Lutheran
110 Indian School Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102
      PO Box 25001
      ABQ, NM 87125

Job Description:  Director of Music Ministries
Reports to:          Senior Pastor
Accountable to:   Congregation Council
Overtime status: Exempt (part-time position)
Date revised:       06 June 2018


      The Director of Music it’s responsible for developing and managing the Music Ministries at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The Director of Music is to lead, seek out, encourage and coordinate the gifts of music to enrich the worship and spiritual life of the community of believers. This includes music leadership for the regular Sunday morning worship service, special seasonal worship services, and choir rehearsals as well as participation in weekly staff meetings. This is a 15 hour per week position.


  • Direct the Senior Choir for Sunday services as scheduled, and lead weekly rehearsal. Additional services have traditionally involved the Senior Choir on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Thanksgiving Eve, and Christmas Eve.
  • Coordinate and/or provide music at other services - e.g. 8 midweek Lenten or Advent services or other special services based on need.
  • Participate in the Worship and Music Committee and Worship Planning group meetings. Assist with coordination of music program by communicating needs to Pastoral leadership and Worship and Music Committee.
  • Supervise other music staff including acquiring the services of outside musicians, guiding and providing evaluation. This includes but is not limited to organist, choral assistants, and other contracted musicians. Coordinate extra instrumental musicians for services as deemed appropriate.
  • Provide oversight and coordination of youth music program.
  • Provide music for Youth Faith Formation and Worship Adventures.
  • Coordinate purchase of music materials for the ministry within budgetary guidelines and ensure maintenance of the choral music library.
  • Arrange for substitute music director while not able to be present. Payment for substitutes beyond the four weeks of PTO provided is pro-rated from Music Director/Senior Choir Director compensation.
  • Coordinate maintenance of musical instruments.
  • Sere as back-up accompanist (or arrange for one) if the organist or assistant organist it’s unable to cover for social services or congregational meeting where music is desired.
  • Coordinate special music projects, e.g. combined choirs from other churches for a special service or performance and CD recording projects.


  • Provides input to bulletins for weekly and special services on a timely basis and with accurate attention to detail.
  • Creates articles for and shares information through the monthly newsletter.
  • Shares calendar and other choir-related information through appropriate means of distribution.
  • Is open to leading new styles of worship and music that the congregation may choose to adopt.
  • Promotes St. Paul music-related events through the design and distribution of materials such as letters, flyers, newspaper announcements, and other Church communications for music-related events.
  • Annually participates in church music association events as well as continuing education designed to build, improve, and strengthen the Director of Music’s church music program leadership skills. Up to one week of PTO (at 15 hours/week) is provided for participation in these events and/or continuing education opportunities.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or professional equivalent in appropriate area of music (Church Music, Vocal Performance, Music Education - vocal emphasis, Church Music, etc.) is preferred.
  • Two years successful experience in a church music setting.
  • Master’s Degree or professional equivalent in appropriate area of music (Vocal Performance, Music Education - vocal emphasis, Church Music, etc.) is preferred.


  • Ability to develop community among choral and instrumental musicians of all ages.
  • Ability to maintain calm and patience in a busy environment.
  • Ability to work on a team, creatively problem solve, be self-motivated and work unsupervised.
  • Ability to multi-task, set priorities and adapt as needed, work and communicate well with staff and volunteers.
  • Must be able to support the Mission Statement of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
  • Willingness to learn new tasks.


  • Supervises the work of the church organist and all paid choral assistants.


  • Legal and valid driver’s license.
  • Satisfactory background check for fiduciary responsibility and working with children.


  • English ability to speak and write.
  • Spanish skills helpful but not required.


  • Ability to lift/move boxes up to 40 pounds and navigate stairs to choir loft without assistance.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


      Salary is dependent on education and experience, and is adapted from the American Guild of Organists guidelines. In addition, four weeks (at 15 hours/week) per calendar year are provided as paid time off. These must be arranged in advance and approved by the supervisor. The Director of Music Ministries is responsible for arranging substitutes to cover these absences. The fees paid for the substitutes are provided for in the congregation budget. Any absences beyond four weeks need to be approved by the supervisor. Compensation, if any, for these substitutes will be paid by the church and deducted from the Director of Music Ministries’ pay.

St. Paul Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Mission Statement: St. Paul Lutheran Church as a community of faith in Jesus Christ, is radically welcoming, strives for justice, and loves its neighbors as itself.