The Messenger of St. Mark's | All Saints' Day | October 30, 2020
St. Mark's Pastoral Emergency Phone Line: 505-800-2422.
Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday at 2:00 a.m., so don't forget to set your clocks back one hour when going to bed on Saturday evening.
NEWS & EVENTS
Classes/Meetings/Worship: 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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St. Mark's Mission & Outreach
Giving, Growing, Grateful in faith - Week 3
By now you’ve probably seen our stewardship theme of Giving, Growing and Grateful in Faith 2021. I am really enjoying the video testimonies of our members of all ages. This year we want to focus not on our church budget or how much the church needs to receive, which has been a focus in the past that helped us to become financially viable as a community. This year we are taking a more biblical and spiritual approach to our giving. We want to emphasize the way in which our own giving is a pathway to spiritual growth and relationship with God. Each of us has a need to give back a portion or tithe of what God has given us as an act of worship.

Stewardship is an opportunity for each of us to grow in relationship with God by supporting our church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of our incomes. Stewardship is meant to draw us closer to God, making tangible our commitment to God’s work in the world through our community. Giving back to God some of what God has entrusted to us, ensures that we are invested in sharing God’s love in the world with others. We don’t want to treat each other like members of a club that should pay dues but rather as followers of Jesus who want to give generously as an act of faithful discipleship.

As a congregation we are going on a spiritual journey over these next few weeks. We’ll be seeing videos of what is important to people about their faith community and how they are still Giving, Growing and Grateful even in the midst of these strange times. We’ll be encouraging people to prayerfully consider how they give of their resources to the work of God in the world. Our goal this year is to encourage people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?

During our morning worship on November 15th we will ask our entire congregation to make a financial commitment to St. Mark’s ongoing life and ministry here in Albuquerque and beyond.

At our Celebration Sunday on November 15th we will ask every member and friend of St. Mark’s to fill out an Estimate of Giving Card/Pledge Card together on that same day and either to walk out and put their commitment in the mailbox or drive by the church after our online service to join in a Pandemic Pledge Parade where you can drop off your pledge into a Celebration Sunday collection box in the parking lot and celebrate with our whole community the gifts that God has given to each of us.

To be sure this is a different kind of year in the life of St. Mark’s and we want to use this as an opportunity to continue to grow in loving relationship with God in Christ. As the people of God in this place we are blessed and want to give back to God some of the many blessings we have received so that the work of God in the world continues through this faith community in healthy and vibrant ways.
Litany of the Saints and Virtual Ofrenda
On Sunday, November 1st, we begin our online liturgy at 9:30 a.m. with a Litany of the Saints and a Remembrance of the Faithful Departed. You may preview our "Procession of Saints". and visit our "Virtual Ofrenda" using this link. 
November Birthday Blessings
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This Sunday, November 1, anyone celebrating a birthday during the month of November will be given a special blessing during our Sunday liturgy.
ABQ FaithWorks Collaborative is in Need of In-Kind and Monetary Donations
Earlier this week, there was a Winter Emergency call for donations to be able to create approx. 80-100 care packages for those living through homelessness in our community. While the drive was successful, if you would still like to help, socks and new underwear are year round items ABQ FaithWorks are always in need of, and of course monetary donations can be done as well by giving here.

For a full summary of what took place earlier this week, please see the full announcement here.
Learn About "Othering" of Muslims in Our Inquirers' Class
Our next Inquirer¹s class (noon on Sunday, November 1) focuses on the othering of Muslims. Othering is a core practice in racism and in denial of social justice. We will view a TED TALK by Dalia Mugahad, president of the well-regarded think tank ISPU. Here is the YouTube video.

If you have a few extra minutes and wish to ponder love thy neighbor as thyself from a Moroccan Muslim perspective, please read the attached 4-page article on zakat (tithing) in Islam by Donna Lee Bowen (god mother of Amelia Early and BYU professor emerita). We will watch the video at the beginning of the class for those who have not yet seen it.

Our facilitators will be Evelyn Early, John Murray and Pauline Artery.

All are welcome! If you are new to our current Inquirers' Class, please sign up here.

Join Zoom Meeting on 11/1 at Noon by following this link
Meeting ID: 942 4656 2543
Passcode: learn
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St. Martin's HopeWorks: Breakfast Casserole Preparations
This is a reminder that we will be preparing the breakfast casseroles for St. Martin's Hopeworks on Saturday morning, November 14th, in St. Mark's kitchen. Thank you to all who have called to donate the needed ingredients for the casseroles. Call Jo Ann Swinson at 505-265-3339 or 505-803-6403 to arrange to meet Jo Ann at St. Mark's to bring your donations.  All donations need to be at the church by Friday, November 13th. If you would like to help with preparations of the casseroles, please contact Jo Ann for details.

You may also contribute to the HopeWorks fund electronically through PayPal.
St. Martin's HopeWorks: Breakfast Items & Servers
St Mark's will be serving breakfast to go in person at HopeWorks on Sunday, November 15th.

We are looking for a few volunteers to help with the serving that Sunday morning from the times of 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. If you wish to help serve, please contact Joan via email here.

We could use some financial support to purchase 3 hams, tortillas, drinks and fresh oranges and the casserole fixings. You may also contribute to the HopeWorks fund electronically through PayPal. Or you may send St. Mark's a check and put "For HopeWorks" in the memo line.
Last Sunday's Communion Song: Heartstrings
Each week, different members of St. Mark's contribute their talents to create music for worship In case you missed it, or simply want to enjoy it again, click here to view last Sunday's Communion Song, Heartstring, featuring guitar by Art Dougherty, flute by Gayle Keenan, photography by Hans Stuart, and images from our Tree of Life Mosaic and St. Francis Icon. 
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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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
Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness
November 1 (2:00 p.m. Mountain Time)
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead a live-streamed prayer service from Washington National Cathedral, Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness, on All Saints Sunday, November 1, at 4:00-5:30 p.m. EST (2-3:30 p.m. Mountain). In the midst of pandemic, racial reckoning, and a historic election, the live-streamed service will gather Americans for prayer, song, lament, hope, and a call to love God and neighbor. More information here.
Virtual LGBTQ+ Evening Prayer
Evening Prayer with the LGBTQ+ Community, Our Allies and Friends
in the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande

Please Join Us on Sunday, November 8, 2020 - 6:00 pm (Mountain Time)
Preacher: The Rev’d Christopher Adams
Rector, Trinity on the Hill, Los Alamos
To attend via Zoom
To call in:
Meeting ID: 705 889 430
Password: 251202
Meeting ID: 875 8574 7114
Passcode: evening

For more information contact Rev. Chuck Jones at lgbtqdrg@gmail.com
Email submissions should be sent (via email) to the Communications Coordinator by 5:00 p.m. each Thursday for inclusion on Friday e-news. Please see submission guidelines here.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
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