The Messenger of St. Mark's | Epiphany | February 5, 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
or click on the button below:
SAINT MARK'S MISSION & OUTREACH
11:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Discussion Group
Again, this Sunday, February 7, join Deacon David from 11:00 to noon for some spiritual exploration based on short videos presented by Nadia Bolz-Weber. We will use her bold and sometimes irreverent view of Jesus’ teachings as a starting point for discussing our own thoughts on spirituality and our journeys. This week’s topics will be the DARKNESS (John 1:1-5) and how it affects FORGIVENESS (Matthew 6:14-15 and Matthew 18:21-22) and Truth (John 8:31-32).

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
Meet Our New Director of Music
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You are invited to a conversation with our new Director of Music, Jeremy Wirths, on Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m. Everyone will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to Jeremy as he begins to put names with faces during this unusual time. We will share our hopes and ideas for music at St. Mark’s for the remainder of COVID-times and beyond. Come bearing your boldest aspirations for our parish! Wednesday will be Mother Sylvia’s birthday so at least one song will be sung!

Wednesday, February 10th at 7:00 p.m., Join us via Zoom, Meeting ID: 510-932-1315. All are welcome!
Ash Wednesday at St. Mark's
Ash Wednesday, February 17:

7:00 a.m.: Our Ash Wednesday Liturgy will be livestreamed on Facebook Live and on Zoom:
Facebook Live -- or -- Zoom: Link to Join Zoom, Meeting ID: Meeting ID: 844 3489 2383, Passcode: Lent

8-9 a.m.: All are welcome to drive through the eastern parking lot for imposition of ashes and/or take time for silent prayer in the Nave.

12-1 p.m.: The Nave will be open for prayer. Organ music will be played as a meditative background for prayer.

5:30-6:30 p.m.: The Nave will be open to anyone wanting to pray with flute music mixed with moments of silence.

IMPORTANT: Please wear masks and observe social distancing practices. Thank you!
Inquirers' Class: The Art of Redeeming our Battered Era Discussion with Julie Polter
This week will be revisiting the article, The Art of Redeeming our Battered Era, we read several weeks ago with a special guest, Julie Poster, the author of the article. 
 
Julie Polter, who lives in Washington, D.C., is a friend of Evelyn Early and has agreed to help lead a discussion of her article which appears in Sojourners’ Magazine’s Feb. 2021 issue. 
 
Please re-read the article closely and have one or two questions ready for our discussion and a brief and I do mean brief introduction of yourself. 
 All are welcome!

Photo credit: Sojourners, Site accessed: 2/5/2021, https://sojo.net/biography/julie-polter
Wanted: Mardi Gras Delivery Helpers
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We are planning a special delivery for every household at St. Mark’s for Mardi Gras on Saturday, February 13. Please let us know if you would be willing to help deliver gift baskets on that day by emailing Fr. Christopher.
St. Mark's Parents' Group
Every 1st & 3rd Sundays at 7:30PM on Zoom

First Sundays tend to be more informal, and conversation focused more on evolving issues and interests of those present (with reference, as desired to optional readings from "Parenting as a Spiritual Journey".)

Third Sundays are more topically focused on responding to the recommended reading and discussing the specific challenges of raising anti-racist kids. 

All are welcome!

Link to Join Zoom Meeting. Meeting ID: 817 9198 0712, Passcode: Meet

February meetings: 
Annual Meeting Recap
We had a great turnout for our Zoom version of Annual Meeting. We elected the following members to Vestry: Barry Hogge, George McJimsey and Lucy Sinkular. We elected Mary Beth Libbey as Delegate to Convention. Congratulations!

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.


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/
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.

Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, short stories, soliloquies, and even a short screenplay. Undaunted by the Bible's most difficult passages, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, imagining, and debating Scripture's mysteries. The Bible, she discovers, is not a static work but is a living, breathing, captivating, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God's loving and redemptive work in the world.

February Birthday Blessings
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As Sunday is the first Sunday of the month, we will be celebrating all February birthdays by giving a special blessing during our Sunday liturgy.
Recycle & Reuse Effort
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In an effort to recycle and reuse items for future communion deliveries and special events, if you could please consider helpings us with any of the following:

  • Advent Wreath Frames
  • Small basket for communion jars.
  • Communion Jars with lids (washed)
  • Large kraft bags
  • Bin for smaller Christmas bags we can reuse

If you have any of these items, please drop them off at the church under the bench near the West Entrance. Thank you for your help!
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
Update from Bishop Hunn
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. 
LGBTQ+ Evening Prayer
A Service of Evening Prayer for the LGBTQ+ Community & Our Friends and Allies
The Last Sunday After the Epiphany, February 14, 2021 @ 6:00 PM
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St. Mark's Episcopal Church
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