The Messenger of St. Mark's | Epiphany | January 8, 2021
St. Mark's Pastoral Emergency Phone Line: 505-800-2422.
NEWS & EVENTS
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
Staff Updates at St. Mark's & Montessori School
School Director Resigns - Search in Progress
 
We would like to thank Mrs. Denise Talamante for her dedication to the students and families of St. Mark's Montessori School over the past eight years. "Miss Denise" will be sorely missed from our classrooms, and we wish her the very best in her new endeavors. The search for a school director to continue our Montessori program is already underway. We released a job description this week, and we anticipate interviews beginning by February 1st. We'll share updates about our search and selection progress over the coming weeks. If you have any questions during this time, please reach out to school@stmarksabq.org so we can provide a response.
 
Organist Retires – Search in Progress
 
Our organist, Kathie MacDonald-Vargo, has retired as of the end of the year 2020. We want to thank Kathie for her many years 9+ of dedicated and creative service to the faith community and choir of St. Mark’s. Kathie plans to continue to be a part of the congregation and will be discerning her new place of ministry in our midst over the coming year. We plan to honor her faithful ministry in our music program at our Annual Meeting on January 31st directly following our online liturgy.
 
A search for a new Director of Music is underway with a posting on the website of Albuquerque’s American Guild of Organists and several other platforms. Interviews are in progress and we hope to have news by Annual Meeting on January 31st
Links to St. Mark's Christmas Music and Pageant
Many of you have requested direct links to the wonderful music and pageant St. Mark's members offered for our Christmas services this year. Here you go!

Week of Prayer & Pilgrimage for Christian Unity: January 18-25, 2021
Join Mother Sylvia, along with pilgrims from other churches throughout New Mexico and beyond in observing a week of Prayer & Pilgrimage for Christian Unity!  The week will begin and end with short Zoom gatherings for pilgrims to meet, pray, and worship together. Throughout the week, you can chart your own daily "pilgrimage plan" customizing a route, schedule, and prayer intentions to fit your needs. You are welcome to pray and walk alone or coordinate your walks with other pilgrims. Details and registration are available here.
Continuing Daily Devotions
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Perhaps the Advent Season helped you establish a habit of daily devotions. How might you continue that pattern as we move into a New Year? Perhaps you might enjoy beginning or ending your day with a short bible story (read aloud by the children and youth of St. Mark's). Link to a video with a bible story each day here. Throughout the month of January, we will be recording more bible stories to share in the upcoming season of Lent. If you'd be willing to read a story for us to record and share, please contact Sylvia+ via email here.
Listen Now; Sing Along on Sunday
This Sunday's Eucharist will include "Perhaps a Star", an original choral composition by St. Mark's Member Bill Foote, and the first part of a four part "Star Chant" by Donnel Miller-Mutia, based on scripture and inspired by St. Mark's nascent Community Cosmos Mosaic. Listen now and sing along on Sunday!
More "Sunday Singing with Sylvia"
Join Sylvia and other St. Mark's Singers on Sunday at 11 a.m. in Mother Sylvia's Zoom Room (Meeting ID 510-932-1315, Link here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5109321315
All are welcome to come, warm up, learn a new song, and sing with us! (Note: Recording your part for use in an upcoming liturgy at St. Mark's is always encouraged, but never required! You are welcome to simply come to learn!) 

Sunday, 1/10 at 11:00 a.m.: Learn a traditional Russian Liturgical Chant (in English): Come Heavenly Comforter. For those who are willing to record a part, recordings are due by Monday, 1/18 at 9AM.  

Sunday, 1/17 at 11:00 a.m.: Learn a traditional French Liturgical Chant (in English) Pour Down you Heavens from Above. For those who are willing to record a part, recordings are due by Monday, 1/25 at 9AM. 

Find more info, including audio recordings and sheet music at:
Annual Meeting & Vestry/Delegates
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Three vestry positions open up each January at St. Mark's, as well as one delegate position - all will be elected at our Annual Parish Meeting (Sunday, Jan. 31). Please prayerfully consider whether your time and talent could be best used in the guiding, collaborative spirit of our vestry or as our representative to the Diocese of the Rio Grande at ConventionNomination forms are available here.
 
All ministry Annual Report information must be submitted to Jennifer Lind via email (by Monday, January 18th).
St. Martin's HopeWorks Breakfast & Clothing Donations
Our next breakfast is Sunday, January 10.

We need the following help:

  • Money to purchase the meal. You may contribute financially by specifying "HopeWorks" on your contribution to St. Mark's - check or here via PayPal.

  • Help make casseroles with Jo Ann Swinson on Saturday January 9 (see details below)

  • Help deliver and serve food on Sunday morning. We meet at the church at 7:00 a.m. and we are done by 10:00 AM.  Please contact Joan Camera - via email - if you can help on Sunday, January 10th, for the entire time or just an hour.  

  • By January 9th: Donate needed clothing to HopeWorks clients (St. Mark's donated 38 pieces of clothing that were distributed on 12/24 - THANK YOU!). Please contact Bruce Roach 919-576-4042 (call or text) or by email if you are able to make a clothing donation for HopeWorks. Note: Sizes should run larger (M to XL), and the Male:Female gender split runs approximately 12:1. Items needed:
  1. Winter coats and jackets
  2. Hoodies and sweatshirts
  3. Socks
  4. Gloves
  5. Knit caps
  6. Underwear & Socks (NEW only, please)
St. Martin's HopeWorks Breakfast Casserole Preparations
This is a reminder that, on the morning of January 9th, we will be preparing breakfast casseroles for St. Martin's HopeWorks. For the casseroles, we still need, 8-pounds of ground pork sausage, 8-pounds of mild chopped frozen green chile, 20-dozen eggs and 3-gallons of whole milk. If you can donate any of the needed ingredients, please contact Jo Ann Swinson at 505-265-3339 or 505-803-6403. Monetary donations are also appreciated by putting "HopeWorks" in the memo line, and you may donate electronically here.
COVID-19 NEWS & RESOURCES
GIVE TO ST. MARK'S
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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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You may give electronically through the Diocese of the Rio Grande Parish Donation site and check the box next to "Albuquerque-St. Mark's". Just fill out the rest of the information and click the Next button at the bottom of the page. Please make sure fill out "special instructions or comment" to let us know how to apply your gift (i.e.: pledge, congregational relief fund, etc.).

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You may give an Electronic Offering, donate to the Congregational Relief Fund, or make a Pledge payment to St. Mark's - securely via PayPal® - anytime.
DIOCESE & BEYOND
Riots in Washington: Speaking Truth and Love
LGBTQ+ Evening Prayer
Evening Prayer with the LGBTQ+ Community, Our Allies and Friends
in the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande
Please Join Us
Sunday, January 10 at 6:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)
Preacher: The Very Rev’d Mac Brown
Rector, St James, Taos
Via Zoom: click here
To call in: Meeting ID: 705 889 430. - Password: 251202
Via Facebook Live - click here
For more information contact
Rev. Chuck Jones at lgbtqdrg@gmail.com
Women of the DRG: Why Gratitude Matters - A Theology of Thankfulness (ANEW2)
Why Gratitude Matters: A Theology of Thankfulness - ANEW2 January 23

Women's Ministry of the Diocese is staying online in 2021 via ANEW2, our 4th Saturday Zoom gatherings. Join us on January 23 at 10 a.m. for the perfect way to begin the year: Why Gratitude Matters: A Theology of Thankfulness. Contact Cindy Davis to get the Zoom link. 
Our speaker, the Rev. Canon Heather Melton notes, "We live in a time where gratitude is more important than ever as the pandemic has shown us how closely linked our lives are with one another. Saying thank you is one way of acknowledging the love received from another and the gift that God has placed in the moment you experience gratitude. We will consider the importance of gratitude as a Christian virtue, the impact gratitude can have on our lives and health, our experiences of receiving and giving gratitude, and how we can deepen our spiritual disciplines around gratitude." 
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Condemns ‘coup attempt’ at US Capitol
Presiding Bishop [Michael Curry] Condemns ‘coup attempt’ at US Capitol
Episcopal Church News,
By Egan Millard and David Paulsen
Posted Jan 6, 2021
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