The Messenger of St. Mark's | Epiphany | January 29, 2021
St. Mark's Pastoral Emergency Phone Line: 505-800-2422.
FOR VIRTUAL WORSHIP/CLASSES/PRAYERS: For a complete listing and schedule of our online / in-person offerings available, please visit our website: https://www.stmarksabq.org/online
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SAINT MARK'S MISSION & OUTREACH
Annual Meeting THIS Sunday!
Check your email tomorrow (Saturday 1/30) for our Annual Report Special Edition of The Messenger, then Join Us on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. on Zoom for the All-Parish Annual Meeting:

Click here for Zoom, Meeting ID is 894 5266 0070, and the password liturgy.
St. Mark’s Welcomes New Director St. Mark's Montessori School
Ms. Tricia has been involved with St. Mark’s Montessori school since 2015 when her youngest daughter entered Ms. Laura’s early pre-k classroom. Ms. Tricia served many roles at the school; substitute teacher, board member, chair of the school board, assistant director of the school, and acting director. Ms. Tricia grew up in Dickinson, ND and attended the University of North Dakota, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology. She later earned her post-graduate degree in Secondary Education from the University of Hawai’i, where her teaching career began. Because of a teacher shortage on the islands, Ms. Tricia was able to work in grades K-12. Her enthusiasm for Montessori began in Germany, with her oldest child entering a Montessori preschool. Ms. Tricia extended her path in education by working on grants and policy, as a member of the school board of a public Montessori school in Columbia, SC.
Wanted: Mardi Gras Delivery Helpers
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We are planning a special delivery for every household at St. Mark’s for Mardi Gras on Saturday, February 13. Please let us know if you would be willing to help deliver gift baskets on that day by emailing Fr. Christopher.
Filipino Star Lantern Workshop via Zoom
Date: Saturday, February 6 (10 AM)
RSVP Deadline: Monday, February 1 (Space is limited - 10 only).

Join Donnel in creating your own Filipino star lantern (aka "parol") before Epiphany ends. Learn the history of this fascinating lantern that is unique to the Philippine islands.

Please text Donnel at 510-932-1762 to register.
Anglican Rosary Group: Tuesdays at 10AM
Are you longing to pray more this Lent? Join St. Mark's Anglican Rosary Group for prayers on Tuesday mornings at 10AM. No experience necessary, although you can always learn more at https://www.mothersylvia.com/prayer-beads.html.  Drop-ins are always welcome, but if possible, we'd love you to RSVP so we know to expect you! RSVP here.
Lent Madness Dinner-time Devotions
Mon/Wed at 5:30 p.m. during Lent (Starting February 22)
This Lent, join the Miller-Mutia Family for Dinnertime Devotions on Mondays and Wednesday Nights from 5:30-6:00 p.m. We'll meet in Mother Sylvia's Zoom Room (Meeting ID 510-932-1315) at 5:30 p.m. to sing grace and share "highs and lows" from the day. Then, over dinner, we'll read the Lent Madness bios of the Saints for the Day and discuss which saint(s) will be getting our votes! Drop ins are always welcome, but if possible, we'd love you to RSVP so we know to expect you! RSVP here.

Seem more about Lent Madness here: https://www.lentmadness.org/
Recycle & Reuse Effort
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In an effort to recycle and reuse items for future communion deliveries and special events, if you could please consider helpings us with any of the following:

  • Advent Wreath Frames
  • Small basket for communion jars.
  • Communion Jars with lids (washed)
  • Large kraft bags
  • Bin for smaller Christmas bags we can reuse

If you have any of these items, please drop them off at the church under the bench near the West Entrance. Thank you for your help!
Please Return Christmas Pageant Clothing & Props
If you haven't done so already, now is the time to return your costumes and props to the church so that Ms. Heather can organize them for next year!

Please launder the costumes - if possible (EXCEPT THE MAGI). The Wise Men costumes will do better going to the cleaners which Ms. Heather will take care of once they are returned) and return them to the church in a bag with your name on it no later than Sunday, January 31st.  

If no one is at the church when you stop by, please leave your costume bag on or beneath the bench near the West Entrance to the church.  

Thank you!
Pre-Lenten Poetry Group for African American History Month
Wednesday, February 3rd and 10th - 2 sections 10 a.m. or 7p.m.
 
February 3 and 10, Don DeNoon will be facilitating morning and evening class sessions (11a.m. and 7p.m.) on African American poets of the Twentieth Century. For thoughtful discussion, the class on February 3 will focus on two men and their work that was published in the first half of the previous century: James Weldon Johnson and Langston Hughes.

On February 10, attention will be given to the work of two African American women who are currently prominent poets: Rita Dove and Nikki Giovanni. Their interesting lives and poetry will inform our discussion at the morning and evening sessions.

And if we can squeeze it in, we'll take a brief look at Amanda Gorman and her poem The Hill We Climb which she recited at the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Even if you don't register for the class and desire more information about Amanda Gorman and her poem, here are two links you can click on:

Resources:


Lenten Book Group and Meditations on the Wonder of Creation
Lenten Book Group and Meditations on the Wonder of Creation
Tuesdays 10 a.m. and/or 7 p.m. Zoom (1-hour sessions)
Beginning February 23, 2021
Facilitator: Fr. Christopher
 
We have pre-ordered 21 copies at $15.00/each ($4 cost savings for the purchaser), so please let us know if you need one or plan to order your own from Paraclete Press.


Inquirers’ Class: Lenten Book Study
Inquirers’ Class: Lenten Book 
Title: Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again
Author: Rachel Held Evans
Sundays in Lent (Starting 2/21) - Noon-1 p.m. – Zoom Class
Join us for a lively discussion and community time
Participants are asked to purchase their own book online.

If the Bible isn't a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered changed her--and it will change you too.

Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, short stories, soliloquies, and even a short screenplay. Undaunted by the Bible's most difficult passages, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, imagining, and debating Scripture's mysteries. The Bible, she discovers, is not a static work but is a living, breathing, captivating, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God's loving and redemptive work in the world.

May Light Perpetual Shine up Mike Griffin 
Mike (Harris Myron) Griffin, stepfather of Dave Aley and longtime sexton for St. Mark’s died on January 25, 2021 of complications due to Covid. 

Parishioner Heather Gaume said of him, "O he could fix absolutely anything and was always so willing to help. A seriously Godly man.” 

Mike’s daughter reported that there was snow on the ground 82 years ago when he was born and there was snow on the ground the day he died. 

"It was a lovely denouement to a life lived walking with the Lord,” said his stepson Dave Aley. 
Funeral arrangements are still to be determined. If you would like to contact Dave Aley directly his cell is (505) 417-4178. 
ABQ FaithWorks Quarterly Meeting - 2/3 at Noon
St. Mark’s is a proud supporter of Albuquerque FaithWorks and their programs to assist Asylum Seekers and Homeless in our community. Grab a sandwich and join us for a virtual lunch with Jessica Corley of ABQ FaithWorks and learn how we support migrants in our community on their paths to self-sufficiency. Changes in federal policies will surely impact our community in 2021, and you may be interested in working with us. Learn about FaithWorks’ impact during 2020 and St. Mark's opportunities to serve in 2021.
 
Meeting ID: 645 684 6642 
Passcode: 870537  
One tap mobile +12532158782  
All are welcome!
GIVE TO ST. MARK'S
All are welcome to give and/or pledge to St. Mark's by mail (St. Mark's has a secure mailbox and is checked regularly): 431 Richmond Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106.

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COVID-19 NEWS & RESOURCES
DIOCESE & BEYOND
Neighbor-to-Neighbor
"What strikes me about the Neighbor-to-Neighbor program to help asylum seekers is the one-on-one basis. Welcoming these new "neighbors as we would welcome Christ is more than a political issue; it is a question of our identity as followers of Jesus, as members of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement, and as people who made promises at our baptisms..."  
 
There is a discernment process to prepare those who are interested in helping the seekers. Several of us have talked about this program, however, we have not begun the somewhat involved discernment process yet."
-Anne Fritz, Parishioner
 
The Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande invites you to consider a new way for DRG Congregations to support asylum seekers as we partner with Episcopal Migration Ministries in being a pilot diocese for the Neighbor-to-Neighbor program.
 
Neighbor-to-Neighbor is a new network designed to connect asylum seekers with Episcopal congregations in local communities across the US. Led by Episcopal Migration Ministries and the Rev. Cristina Rathbone, Neighbor to Neighbor seeks to provide a way for Episcopalians to accompany, assist and support asylum seekers who live close to them, and is committed to offering congregational groups training and support as their relationships with these newest neighbors develop and grow.
 
For any questions, please contact DRG Bridge Chaplain Ana Reza at areza@dioceserg.org.
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