The Messenger of St. Mark's | Epiphany | February 3, 2023

For your thought:

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven."

--Matthew 5:14-16

Study this Sunday's Readings.


Worship on Sunday is both in person and virtually every week at 9:30 a.m. We continue our live stream on our Facebook & YouTube channels.


Also, we offer a Midweek Eucharist every Thursday at 11 a.m. that is both in person and though our live-steaming platforms.

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Important dates:

  • Monday, February 20 - Presidents’ Day Observed (Offices Closed) Monday, February 20
  • Tuesday, February 21, 5-7 p.m. - Shrove Tuesday Pancake, Raffles & Costume Event
  • Wednesday, February 22 at 7 a.m., Noon, 7 p.m. - Ash Wednesday

CDC Guidelines show that local COVID levels are low/green. Masks are optional indoors.

For a complete listing and schedule of our online / in-person offerings available, please click on the button below:

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There are several ongoing formation classes happening for both youth and adults each Sunday. There are also several Lenten offerings coming up in the near future. Check them all out here below. This all may be found on our website by going to the "Nurture" menu item, then click on "Formation Class Schedule." Or:

Surprise Saints

Biblical Storytelling (adults and youth ages 12+)

Sundays at 11:15 a.m. (ongoing)

Facilitators: Harriet Cole

In Person (Library)

Join St. Mark’s member Harriet Cole for this eight-session introduction to the art of learning, telling, and listening to sacred stories. From winter through spring, we will be focusing on surprise saints:


·    5-Feb Josephine Bakhita


·    19-Feb Venerable Bede

·    26-Feb Theodora of Armenia

·    5-Mar Frederick Douglass

·    12-Mar Wilgefortis

·    19-Mar Thomas Cramner

·    26-Mar Fifth Sunday


·    2-Apr Palm Sunday

·    9-Apr Easter Sunday

·    16-Apr Matthias Chosen Acts 1:12-26

·    23-Apr The Apostles Persecuted Acts 5:17--42

·    30-Aor Fifth Sunday

·    7-Mav Paul's Conversion Acts 9:1-19

·    14-May Peter's Miraculous Escape from Prison Acts 12:1-19

​Drop-ins welcome.

Homelessness, Affordable Housing, and Our Christian Response

(adults and youth ages 16+)

Sunday, March 5, 12, 19, 26 from 11:15 - 12:15

Facilitators: Richard Meadows

In person (Parish Hall)

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells us when we feed, clothe, and visit the poor we are serving Him. Our baptismal covenant states we will “respect the dignity of every human being.” For this four-week class during Lent we will read Grace Can Lead Us Home and hear from homeless advocates in the diocese and city government. We will explore our individual and collective response to needs in the community and what it means to experience Christ in serving the homeless. 

Book Required: Grace Can Lead Us Home: A Christian call to end homelessness, by Kevin Nye (we have preordered several books for this class) 

Book Study: The Place of the Lion

(adults and youth ages 16+)

Begins Sunday, February 26 from 11:15-12:15

Facilitators: Rev. Rob Clarke

In person (TBD)

(please obtain your own book prior to the first class) 

Long before The Lion King, long before The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, there was The Place of the Lion. Charles Williams, while not an Oxford don, was a member of the Inklings and his writings influenced the works of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Owen Barfield as well as many others. While not a Christian allegory it contains many of the themes that are encountered in a spiritual journey. Come join me, during Lent, as we read our way through this seminal work in what has become an important genre. 

Holy Troublemakers (ages ~11+)

Begins Sunday, September 18th at 11:15 a.m.

Facilitators: Rachel Ribeiro & Deacon David Martin+

We’ll study the lives of a variety of people from different faiths and backgrounds who have worked tirelessly to bring God’s love to all people. Sometimes, their efforts are met with skepticism and derision for not following the norm. We’ll learn to be Holy Troublemakers, too. Contact us for more details or questions


Please click here to register. 

Drop-ins welcome.

Stories of the Hebrew Bible (ages ~8+)

Sundays at 11:15 a.m.

Facilitators: Heather Gaume & Deacon David Martin+

We will dive into the Hebrew scriptures and learn about God’s faithful people – how they listened to God’s word and did their best to follow God’s laws. We’ll listen, talk, play and create to make the stories come alive. Contact us with questions. Registration encouraged.


Please click here to register.

Drop-ins welcome.

Godly Play (ages ~3+)

Sundays at 11:15 a.m.

Facilitator: Mother Sylvia Miller-Mutia+

Join us for a wonder-filled and wonderful hour of storytelling, wondering, and independent exploration & creative response. Godly Play is a Montessori-based approach to supporting the spiritual growth of children that is spacious, contemplative, and open-ended, while grounded in the Sacred Stories of the Christian Tradition. Contact us here with questions. Registration encouraged.


Please click here to register. 

Drop-ins welcome.

Worship in the Wilderness

Saturday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m. 

Facilitators: Carolyn Huff

One day only - In Person

Meet at the Volcanoes Trailhead at Petroglyph National Monument just off Atrisco Vista Blvd.

Friends, dogs (on leash) and kids all welcome! We will stop along the three-mile hike to celebrate Holy Communion as we remember Jesus 40 days in the wilderness, our Lenten model. 

Contact Carolyn Huff (610) 612-7357 with any questions.

Thursday Bible Study

Thursdays at Noon - Hybrid (in person and virtual)


Facilitator: Sylvia Miller-Mutia+


Join an open-minded, open-hearted group of spiritual seekers on Thursdays at Noon (in St. Mark’s Chapel and on Zoom).  In the winter, we’ll turn our focus to the Gospel of Matthew.  Contact us with questions.

Drop-ins welcome.

Midweek Morning Prayer & "Video Visits"

Wednesdays at 8 a.m. (Mountain Time)


Facilitator: Sylvia Miller-Mutia+

Join us on Zoom here (online only)

Join Mother Sylvia on Wednesdays (on Zoom) for midweek morning prayer and conversation. We'll begin with morning prayer, view a weekly video update from our bishop, and enjoy a little conversation before we tackle the rest of our day! Feel free to drop in for the whole hour or for any portion thereof!


·    8 a.m. Morning Prayer

·    8:20 View Weekly “Video Visit” from Bishop Hunn 

·    8:40 Conversation 

·    8:55 Closing 

Drop-ins welcome.

Vocations Course on Zoom with DRG

(for adults)

Wednesdays ​(3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29), 6-7:30 p.m. on Zoom

Facilitators: Diocese of the Rio Grande

online only


Join others from throughout the Diocese to learn more about how God is calling YOU–and people in every order of ministry (laity, deacons, and priests) in the Church and the World. 


Click here for more information and registration.

Province 7 Daughters of the King/Episcopal Church Women Event (Hybrid)

Feb. 24-25, 2023

Facilitators: Daughters of the King/Episcopal Church Women

Province 7 Daughters of the King/Episcopal Church Women Event (Hybrid): February 24-25 “Our Response to Today’s World as Christian Women” with Stephanie Spellers. Click here for information and registration. Cost: $20 for Zoom.

Annual Meeting Recap

Join us in congratulations our newest Vestry members: Dave Aley, Darcie Farrow and Amanda Wright! And also to our newest delegate to convention: Laurel Leisher-Cabral.

If you haven't had a chance to read the Annual Report for year-end 2022, you may do so here:

Download the Annual Report here.

ABQ FaithWorks News

CONCERT BENEFIT: Singer/Songwriter David LaMotte will be performing a benefit concert on February 18th at 7:00 pm at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

Singer/Songwriter David LaMotte has performed in all 50 states and on 5 continents. His music has been described as "Genre fluid," with songs that lean toward Americana, Acoustic Pop, Southern Rock, and World Music. In addition to his music, David is passionate about peace work and his TED talk on "What Music Can Teach Us about Peacemaking" can be found on This concert is a rare opportunity to see him perform live in New Mexico.

A typical LaMotte concert involves a healthy dose of storytelling and you can expect this at this show as well. This concert benefits ABQ FaithWorks ( and Asylum Seeker Welcome. For tickets go to:


LANDLORDS NEEDED: ABQ FaithWorks has the opportunity to help re-house 15 families and would like to partner with landlords that would like to join us in this opportunity. For more information, please contact Abbey Reed at 505-225-2752 or email at You may also get more information by visiting our website at:


ID CLINIC: ABQ FaithWorks and The Central United Methodist Church on 201 University Blvd NE will hold an ID Clinic every Wednesday from 10am-12 pm for anyone who needs IDs such as birth certificates, driver's licenses, etc. This free service is available for anyone including our migrant and unhoused community. If you have any questions about this clinic or would like to volunteer please contact Abbey Reed at 505-225-2752 or email at


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Snow Slam! Last Chance to Register!

Snow Slam 2023! Is here on Presidents' Day Weekend (February 17-19) at the Church of the Holy Mount in Ruidoso NM. Join us in the fun. We have many new things happening this year during Snow Slam. REGISTER NOW!


Transportation coming from Albuquerque and El Paso.


Snow Slam 2023 Registration

LGBTQ+ Eucharist & Fellowship Potluck

Click here to download the flyer.

Our Response to Today’s World as Christian Women

Joint ECW/DOK Province 7 Lent Retreat February 24-25 in Dallas 

All Province 7 women are invited to attend this special event at Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas (or via Zoom). The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers and The Rev. Canon Carrie Headington will present on the topic of how faith inspires us to respond to injustice and need while sharing God’s love. Workshops by Dana Jean and Dee Sanders will look more deeply at identifying ways to make change happen.

Registration is $60 for in-person and $20 for Zoom. Full information is at

or contact Cindy Davis ( You can download the registration flyer

Episcopal Youth Event EYE23


The Episcopal Youth Event is a gathering of youth ages 15-19 from around the world who assemble on a college campus to learn, laugh, and worship together. It is the single greatest and second largest event the Episcopal Church does. Since this event is held only once every three years, for many, #EYE23 will be their only chance to attend.



Youth currently in grades 9-12 and/or ages 15-19 (as of July 4, 2023) are eligible to attend the event.


  • When: July 4-8, 2023
  • Who: Students currently in grades 9-12 and adult chaperones ages 21+
  • Where: University of Maryland - College Park
  • Cost: $400 registration fee; $75 non-refundable deposit due by February 28, 2023, if selected; the remainder is due by Monday, May 1, 2023.
  • Scholarship assistance is available - contact your local congregation, DRG EYE23 Registrar for assistance.
  • Deadline to apply: Monday, February 13, 2023 - applicants will be notified by the Office of the Youth Missioner of the selection by the end of that week.


DRG EYE23 Registrar: Br. Angel Gabriel and Ms. Mary Jewell


To be considered please email Subject line EYE23 Application

DRG 2023 Lenten Vocations Course: God IS calling you! 

God IS calling you! 

The Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande: 2023 Lenten Vocations Course 

Wednesday evenings 

6:00-7:30PM (Mountain) 

3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 on Zoom

Click here to view the flyer.

Here is the link to register: 2023 Lenten Vocations Retreat

Learn more about the annual Vocational Discernment & Development Process in the Diocese of the Rio Grande at,

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