The Messenger of St. Mark's | Advent | December 4, 2020
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St. Mark's Mission & Outreach
Saint Nicholas Event
St. Mark's is hosting a Zoom party to celebrate the feast of Saint Nicholas this Sunday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. There will be folktales about St. Nicholas told by members of our parish, prayers, Christmas carols, games, and a chance for conversation. Please join us. All ages are welcome.

Meeting ID is 880 4791 8281

Note: This Sunday, we will not be holding our regular Sunday night Youth Group or Parent Group.
Stewardship Update
Thank you, St. Mark’s, for your strong support of the life and ministry of this community.
As of Wednesday, December 2, St. Mark’s – your faith community – has received 79 Estimate of Giving Cards for a total amount of $371,517.
There is still time to add your gift to this total! Please take a moment to fill out the Estimate of Giving Card and place it in the outgoing mail to send to St. Mark’s.
God calls each of us to give in response to God’s generosity in our own lives, as all that we are and all that we have belong to God. We thank you for your support and hope that you will join with us as we continue to be a people who are Giving, Growing and Grateful in Faith. 
We have created a webpage dedicated to our Giving, Growing, Grateful in Faith 2021 campaign. It has all of the mailed letters, enclosures, the parish devotional and the videos.
Christmas Eve & Beyond at St. Mark's

11:00 a.m. *Simple Holy Eucharist in the Nave with Consecration of Christmas Communion 
Meeting ID: 892 5529 6605
Passcode: Holy
We begin our Christmas Eve celebration with a short, simple, said Eucharist in the Nave during which we will consecrate Christmas Communion for the members of St. Mark's to pick up following the liturgy.  *If Health Restrictions permit it, registration will be required.

12:00-4:00 p.m. Christmas Communion Pick Up & *Private Prayer 
Drop by the church between 12-4p.m. to pick up your Christmas Communion and spend time in private prayer in the church. *If Health Restrictions permit it, registration will be required.
4:00 p.m. Special Musical Prelude Begins on Zoom
Meeting ID: 892 5529 6605
Passcode: Holy
The Musical Prelude for our Christmas Eve Liturgy begins at 4:00 p.m., featuring musical offerings from our organist, the voice students of Jacque Zander-Wall, and the choir members of St. Mark's.  

5:00 p.m. St. Mark's Christmas Eve Liturgy Begins on Zoom 
Meeting ID: 892 5529 6605
Passcode: Holy
This year, St. Mark's will celebrate a single Christmas Eve on Zoom. The Proclamation of the Nativity Gospel will take the form of a simple pageant performed by children and other members of St. Mark's. Join us as we sing, pray, and listen together as the Christ Child is born once more among us.  

6:00 p.m. Christmas "Coffee Hour" on Zoom and *Luminaria Setup in the Fish Garden
Meeting ID: 892 5529 6605
Passcode: Holy
When the Christmas Eve liturgy ends, our celebration continues! Stay on Zoom for a special "Christmas Coffee" hour and a time of sharing! Show us your Christmas trees and crèches. We invite you to come ready to share the story of a special ornament or Christmas tradition in your home. Or *head over to the church and meet in the Fish Garden to help set out and light luminarias. *If Health Restrictions permit it, registration will be required.

7:00 p.m. Candle Lighting & Christmas Blessing (Silent Night) 
Meeting ID: 892 5529 6605
Passcode: Holy
At 7:00 p.m. we'll all gather on Zoom & *in the Fish Garden to conclude our Christmas Eve Liturgy together. We’ll enjoy the glow of luminarias at church and candles at home. We’ll sing “Silent Night” together and receive a final Christmas Blessing. *If Health Restrictions permit it, registration will be required.

Friday, December 25th, 7-8 p.m. – Christmas Day Carol Sing
Hosted by Team Miller-Mutia
Zoom Meeting ID: 510 932 1315

Wednesday, December 30th, 7-8 p.m. – The 6th Day of Christmas Carol Sing
Hosted by Team Hardy-Martin
Zoom Meeting ID: 510 932 1315

Tuesday, January 5th, 7-8 p.m. – “12th Night”/Eve of the Epiphany Carol Sing
Hosted by Team McLaren
Zoom Meeting ID: 510 932 1315
You may pick up a photocopied caroling book and hymnal packet outside St. Mark’s (on the table near the West Entrance).  
December Birthday Blessings
This Sunday, December 6, anyone celebrating a birthday during the month of December will be given a special blessing during our Sunday liturgy at 9:30 a.m.
Vestry / Delegate Individuals Needed
Three vestry positions open up each January at St. Mark's, as well as one delegate position. At our annual Parish Meeting (Sunday, Jan. 31), we will be saying a sincere "Thank You!" to Meredithe Sweeney, Ken Stalter and Susan Smith-Pierce. All have ably served St. Mark's in these leadership positions. 
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 Convention. Nomination forms are available here.
Elections are held during the annual meeting on Sunday, January 31, 2020. St. Mark's needs your patience, wisdom and vision to shape the future of this faith community.
All ministry Annual Report information needs to be submitted to Jennifer Lind via email (by Monday, January 18th).
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.
Michael Coburn's Ordination
Congratulations to The Reverend Michael Coburn
on his ordination
to the sacred order of priests

Tuesday, December 8th at 6:00 p.m.

To view the full ordination announcement click here.

Michael Coburn completed his Field Education here at St. Mark's during the Fall of 2016 through the Spring of 2017.
LGBTQ+ Evening Prayer
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