The Messenger of St. Mark's | Lent | March 12, 2021
St. Mark's Pastoral Emergency Phone Line: 505-800-2422.
FOR VIRTUAL WORSHIP & GROUPS: For a complete listing and schedule of our online / in-person offerings available, please click on the button below:
COVID-19 UPDATE: Limited In-Person Sunday and Thursday Worship Begins
Beginning Sunday, March 21st (9:30 a.m.) we will be returning to limited in-person Sunday Worship. 

We are so happy to once again welcome people into our Sunday liturgy, in-person. Space will be limited due to safety requirements. We do plan to continue our online virtual worship and other offerings for the foreseeable future. This means that people will still be able to participate via Zoom or Facebook live. 

We are also offering in-person worship at our Thursday 11 a.m. Eucharist. We hope these two opportunities, Thursdays and Sundays make it possible for more of our membership to attend church weekly at our limited in-person worship opportunities.

Reservations can be made here on a week-to-week basis. At this time, we are limited to 20 households worshipping at one time. We realize that there will be times that demand exceed availability and ask that our community be patient with us, and one another, as we endeavor to share the available spots with one another to ensure that all who desire to attend in-person services during this time of reduced capacities are able to do so. 

A Few Reminders about our Covid-19 Safety Practices for Worship:
  1. Check-in/Temperature Check is required for contact tracing purposes. 
  2. Masks are required during worship.
  3. Please sit in your assigned seat– (pew pads indicate the section open for seating) 
  4. No Congregational Singing at this time - (we encourage humming or quiet singing while masked).
  5. Passing of the Peace in non-contact ways.
  6. Communion in one kind (bread only) will be brought to where you are seated. 
  7. We ask that you resist gathering in groups after service inside the building. 
  8. An outdoor, socially-distanced coffee hour will be available in the Fish Garden, weather permitting. 
Please Take Our Survey!
If you haven't already done so, please take our survey (and everyone else in your household) regarding readiness for in-person worship. Thank you!
Sunday Morning Discussion Group – 12 Truths About Life
Beginning this Sunday, March 14 at 11:00 a.m., we will begin a three-week forum centered around Anne Lamott discussing “12 Truths I Have Learned About Life.”  Anne is an American writer whose popular books, articles, and talks cover topics of Christianity, alcoholism, depression, progressive politics, and single-motherhood.  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.
Sign up for Supplies for Eastertide Wreaths
How are you marking the 40-days of Lent? How will you mark the 50-days of Easter? This year we are inviting all members of St. Mark's to mark the 50 days of Easter by lighting candles on an Eastertide Wreath and reading the Acts of the Apostles. As part of St. Mark's Easter Household Deliveries, we will be delivering basic supplies for an Eastertide Wreath (a silver tray and tea light candles). We have also procured enough supplies for a limited number of households (~45) to receive a set of colored glass votive candle holders to use for their Eastertide Wreath. If you would like to receive colored glass votive candle holders for use with your Eastertide Wreath, please take a moment to sign up here before April 1st, and we will include them in your Holy Saturday bag (supplies permitting).
Spring Rosary for Resurrection & Remembrance
Sunday, March 21, 2021, 1 p.m.
Zoom Meeting ID: 510 932 1315
As we move through seasons in the natural world, so too we move through seasons of remembrance after the death of a loved one. At least four times each year, St. Mark’s hosts a virtual gathering for everyone who wishes to gather to share prayers and memories of departed loved ones. All are welcome. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mother Sylvia via email.
Creating Art During the Pandemic? Turn it into a Fundraiser!
We're creating an online gallery with a specific purpose in mind: to invite all parishioners (of all ages and skill levels) to send us your creations during the pandemic for raising fundraising for the Congregational Relief Fund. This fund aims to help those negatively affected by the pandemic. If you're interested, please send Erin Cook via email the following:

  • Clear image of artwork
  • Suggested minimum donation amount
  • Title of artwork
  • Size
  • Medium(s) used

Please note:
  1. Please only submit artwork that is appropriate for the church website.
  2. If someone submits a donation for your piece, you agree to bring the sold artwork promptly to the church office so that it may be picked up by the donating individual.
  3. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Congregational Relief Fund.

Donations may be given anytime by selecting "Congregational Relief Fund" in the "(Optional) Use this donation for" dropdown in PayPal or write "Relief Fund" on the memo line of your check and send it to the church office: 431 Richmond Place NE, 87106.
St. Mark's Weekly Music Makers/Choir Rehearsal
St. Mark's Weekly Music Makers/Choir Rehearsal with Music Director Jeremy Wirths
11:00 a.m. on Sundays

We are busily recording music for St. Mark's Lent, Holy Week and Easter Services! Singers of all ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Visit this website for this week's recording assignments (including links to all sheet music and audio guide recordings.) All singers are welcome (but not required) to join Jeremy on Sundays from 11AM-12PM on Zoom for a virtual "choir rehearsal"--a chance to warm up together and begin to familiarize ourselves with the recording projects for the coming week. (Attendance at Sunday gatherings is NOT required in order to participate in recordings.) 

Join us on Zoom here, Meeting ID: 510 932 1315
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 - Noon-1 p.m. – Zoom Class
Join us for a lively discussion and community time.
Participants are asked to purchase their own book online.
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!
Lenten Book Group and Meditations on the Wonder of Creation
Lenten Book Group and Meditations on the Wonder of Creation
Tuesdays in Lent 10 a.m. and/or 7 p.m. Zoom (1-hour sessions)
Facilitator: Fr. Christopher

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.
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.

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.
LGBTQ+ Ministry Diocese of the Rio Grande Evening Prayer

Please Join Us on Sunday, March 14th at 6:00 pm (Mountain Time)
Preacher: Rev’d Regina Hurley
Priest Associate for Elder Care
St Francis Episcopal Church, Rio Rancho
Via Zoom
To call in:
Meeting ID: 705 889 430. - Password: 251202
Via Facebook Live
For more information contact
Rev. Chuck Jones at
ABQ FaithWorks Volunteer Opportunity
Want to do some good in this world? Read this story from an office volunteer at ABQ FaithWorks and consider volunteering yourself! Contact Kaity at and sign up to volunteer.  

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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