The Messenger of St. Mark's | Lent | February 19, 2021
St. Mark's Pastoral Emergency Phone Line: 505-800-2422.
Join us for virtual worship on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. here:
Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 894 5266 0070, and the password: liturgy
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
Help Us Recycle & Reuse Gift Bag Items
Help us reuse and recycle items for future Eucharistic care-package deliveries by dropping off your large craft bags, smaller purple bags and communion jars. If you have any of these items, please leave them in boxes outside the West Doors of the church (bell-tower side). Thank you!
New Carpet Installed in the Parish Hall
Thanks to a special gift from a parishioner, we were able to make this significant and long overdue upgrade to the carpeting in the Parish Hall. 
Sunday Discussion Group - Topic: Evangelism - Go Big and Go Home
Beginning this Sunday, February 21, we will begin a three-week study of the most dreaded of all Episcopalian topics: Evangelism! We will watch the presentation Go Big and Go Home – The Way of Love: GO given by The Rev. Dr. Tricia Lyons, Professor of Evangelism at Virginia Theological Seminary. Dr. Lyons makes the topic much easier and less scary than you probably imagine. Deacon David will lead the discussion.
 
Coffee Hour Catch-ups will take place from 10:30 to 11:00.
Please join us in the regular Sunday morning Zoom Room for this presentation.
 
This Sunday:
  • Worship with us at 9:30 a.m.
  • Coffee Hour Catch-ups will take place from 10:30 to 11:00.
  • Please join us in the regular Sunday morning Zoom Room for these talks
  • All happening here: Join Zoom here, Meeting ID 894 5266 0070: and passcode is: liturgy 
Bible Stories for 40 Days 
Younger Children and Families: You can click the Gray Story Title following each date on the calendar below to link to videos of St. Mark’s members telling/reading abridged versions of each bible story for children. (Most of these retellings come from: Bible Stories for the 40 Days, by Melissa Musick Nussbaum, Illustrations by Judy Jarrett. If you enjoy these stories and illustrations, we encourage you to buy a hard copy of the book for yourself).

Older Youth & Adults: You may click the Blue Scripture Reference on the calendar below to read the more complete story in the biblical text for yourself.

Starts Sunday: 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.

Class reading assignment plan (please read prior to each class):
  • February 21 - Introduction and Chapter 1 
  • February 28 – Chapters 2 and 3 
  • March 7 – Chapters 4 and 5 
  • March 14 Chapters 6 and 7 
  • March 21 Chapter 8 and Epilogue 
  • March 28 Palm Sunday – Final discussion 
Starts Monday: 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/
Starts Tuesday: 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. We still have plenty of books, so please email Fr. Christopher to arrange getting a book.

Join Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 817 0410 1379, Passcode is wildhope


Starts Wednesday: Praying the Stations of the Cross
Many people find it meaningful to pray the Stations of the Cross in Lent. You are welcome to come pray the Stations of the Cross (or simply sit in silence) in the Nave during Lent on Wednesdays, anytime between 11AM-2PM (ring the doorbell for entry). You may also pray the Stations from home using the images and audio files found here.

Also, on Wednesdays during Lent, between 12-1, we will have Meditation Hour. All are welcome to come and do stations of the cross at any time, but this hour will additionally offer quiet meditation with periodic flute sounds.

Anyone is welcome to schedule an appointment to do Stations of the Cross outside of the Wednesday hours by calling the office Monday-Thursday, 9-2: 505-262-2484.
St. Mark's Contributes to Navajoland During Pandemic
Through the generosity of the members of St. Mark's, we were able to contribute to our neighbors in Navajoland who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

Funeral for Mike Griffin
There will be a funeral for
Mike (Harris Myron) Griffin,
stepfather of Dave Aley and longtime sexton for St. Mark’s,
on Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 810 2061 4051, Passcode is Rite
The order of worship is here: Order of Worship
Pick up your Valentine Care Package for an Unhoused Neighbor
There are still some left!
Do you have ever wonder what you might do to extend care to an unhoused neighbor standing at a corner or underpass? Lucia, one of our St. Mark's youth, has assembled 100 Valentine's Care Packages for members of St. Mark's to distribute to unhoused neighbors in the coming days. Each plastic-sealed care package includes snacks, new socks, sanitizing wipes, and a Valentine. You may pick up one or more of these bags to distribute to someone in need - at your convenience - from the West Entrance of St. Mark's beginning Saturday, February 13th at 10:00 a.m.
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 electronically (including pledge payments) to St. Mark's - securely via PayPal® - anytime.
COVID-19 NEWS & RESOURCES
DIOCESE & BEYOND
Bishop Hunn Update: 2/13/2021
FaithWorks Virtual Sunday Movie Matinee: Nobody Wants Us
Sunday Movie Matinee 3:00 pm March 7: ABQ FaithWorks presents the timely short film, Nobody Wants Us, about the fate of a ship of asylum seekers bound for the US in 1940. The cinematographer and a survivor will join the presentation! Check out the trailer here.

Join us on the 7th via Zoom, Meeting ID: 645 684 6642 Passcode: 870537 
All are welcome! 
Additional Lenten Opportunities
Tending the Garden of our Hearts: Lenten Practices for Life
A Virtual Lenten Mini-Retreat
Sunday, February 21, 3-5PM on Zoom
Join Mother Sylvia (St. Mark's), Father Spencer (St. John's Cathedral), and Mother Jeanine (St. Thomas of Canterbury) as we explore Gardening-Finding Fertile Ground, Tilling the Soil, Planting, Waiting-as a metaphor and pattern for our spiritual life this Lent. Join us for an afternoon of Reflection through Art, Scripture, Music, Movement, Silence, and Simple Spiritual Practices. All are welcome. Young adults especially encouraged to attend. Contact Mother Sylvia for Zoom Link.

Christian Vocations 101
Thursdays, 6-7:30PM on Zoom (2/25-3/25)
Join members of the Commission on the Ministry of the Baptized in the Diocese of the Rio Grande Mother Sylvia (St. Mark's) and Mark Childress (Holy Faith, Santa Fe) for a 5-week introduction to the theology of vocation and an exploration of the various "orders of ministry" in the Episcopal Church. What does it mean to be a bishop? a priest? a deacon? a baptized member in the Episcopal Church? How do the vows made by people in each of these orders of ministry offer a lens through which we might see God's call to each one of us more clearly? RSVP to Mary Jewell via email for Zoom Link. 
Email submissions should be sent (via email) to the Communications Coordinator by 2:00 p.m. each Thursday for inclusion on Friday e-news. Please see submission guidelines here.
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