The Messenger of St. Mark's | Lent | March 18, 2020
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Conversation Tree at St. Mark’s - Keeping a Deeply Relational Parish
Beloved of God:  
We are developing a way for our entire parish to remain connected in a new way, called a Conversation Tree (A kind of modified telephone tree). We are working to help each person have a few people to contact each week to check-in with and see how each other is doing and to get to know each other better over the coming weeks. We would like for people to have one or two households that they know on their Conversation Tree and perhaps someone they do not yet know.  
We are just beginning and hope to expand St. Mark’s Conversation Tree to everyone who wants to be involved. This opportunity is open to our youth as well if they would like to be part of this endeavor.  
If you are not yet involved in the Conversation Tree or need more clarification or direction, please text Fr. Christopher at 331 4638 or email him .
This is intended to be a phone conversation and check-in though it is not necessarily limited to that. Emails or texts could also be part of the Conversation Tree. However, in this time of isolation it is important to hear people’s voices and to feel the connection to other members of our faith community. So, we’re encouraging people to call each person in their conversation tree at least once a week to reach out and check-in.  
Here are some suggestions for how this might work:  
  • Call and introduce yourself and let the person know that you are a member of St. Mark’s and that they are part of your Conversation Tree.  
  • Ask people how they are doing and how you can pray for them and support them?  
  • You might want to send a picture so people know who you are, not everyone is equally familiar with the whole congregation.  
  • If there are needs that you can and want to help with please feel free to help in ways that keep everyone safe.  
  • If there is pastoral need that you become aware of, ask if the clergy of St. Mark’s is aware of the need or if you can share it with them.  
  • Enjoy the time getting to know new folks and making deeper connections.  
  • If you discover someone who would also like to be included in the Conversation Tree, add them to your list or let Fr. Christopher know of the opportunity to expand the circle of loving care for one another.  
  • Don’t be afraid to be creative and generous toward those you are keeping in contact with from our faith community. For example, you might want to set up a zoom meeting once in a while or share a poem or a prayer or a story that has been helpful or inspiring to you.  
  • Encourage people to tune into St. Mark’s Online offerings through Zoom and Facebook live and other opportunities found at 
  • If people are needing technical help to get connected online, do what you can to help and if needed reach out to the St. Mark’s staff.  
Finally, this is about showing our loving care for one another, staying connected, encouraging each other and maintaining a strong faith community at St. Mark’s.  

I encourage you to take the opportunity that this health crisis places in front of us to deepen our community life in new ways, to hold each other up in prayer and to care for one another in the love of Christ.  

Fr. Christopher McLaren
Virtual Classes/Meetings/Worship
For a current and complete list of all of the video meetings/classes and/or live streaming worship opportunities, please check out this page . It will be updated at least once a day with new informat ion:

​5:00PM  Stations of the Cross  with Seminarian Randall​
5:30PM  Lenten Family Worship (Modified Holy Eucharist) with Mother Sylvia 
7:00PM Lenten Book Group with Fr. Christopher 
Thursday, March 19
7AM Centering Prayer w/Donnel Miller-Mutia ​
11AM Modified Holy Eucharist
12PM - Obituary Writing Workshop - Postponed.
12PM Parish "Check In"

Saturday, March 21
10AM Lenten Family Worship (Modified Holy Eucharist) with Mother Sylvia (St. Marks, ABQ)
6:30PM Chanted Scriptures and Prayers with Mother Sylvia (St. Mark's, ABQ)

Sunday, March 22
9:30AM Modified Holy Eucharist with Fr. Christopher, Mother Sylvia, and Deacon David
11:00AM Pray the Anglican Rosary w/Seminarian Randall Hayden
12:30PM Virtual Coffee Hour & Facilitated Group "Check in" and Conversation

Monday, March 23
10AM Lenten Family Worship (Modified Holy Eucharist) with Mother Sylvia 
6:30PM Chanted Scriptures and Prayers with Mother Sylvia 

Tuesday, March 24
10AM Anglican Rosary Prayer Group with Mother Sylvia 
​10AM Modified Children's Chapel with Deacon David 
​7PM Centering Prayer Group with Donnel Miller-Mutia

Serving Together
As opportunities arise to serve individuals both within and beyond the St. Mark's community in the midst of this crisis, we'll let you know.  

If you would like to facilitate an online group, class, bible study, or other gathering for the members of St. Mark's using Zoom in the coming weeks, please contact Mother Sylvia, ( email her ), with the day, time, and description of the online gathering you wish to host.  

About Zoom
A tutorial and instructions on How to Join a Zoom Meeting can be found here a nd is complete with a helpful video.

About Facebook Live
If you do not have a Facebook account, you will not be able to join a live video (which may all be found here, if you have an account ) however, you don't have to have a Facebook account to watch the video after it ends. We will make every effort to post links to live Facebook streams after they have ended, here .
Prayer & Lending Library at St. Mark's
 Saint Mark's prayer and Worship Lending Library.
Feel free to drop by and check out a prayer book or a hymnal. They are located just outside the door at the west entrance of the church.
March Song of the Month
The Song of the Month for March is "Thuma Mina." For information, recordings and other music for Holy Week that all young-at-heart may learn please click here .
All are welcome to give and/or pledge to St. Mark's by mail:
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Albuquerque, NM 87106

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Other Diocesan Resources
Diocese of the Rio Grande Together Bi-Monthly Publication & Subscription Information
The March-April " Together " bi-monthly electronic publication from the Diocese of the Rio Grande may be downloaded here .

Please note: All Congregations of the Rio Grande will receive complimentary print copies of the March-April issue of Together to provide the opportunity for parishioners to examine the new format. Afterward, print copies will only be available by paid subscription only . The annual rate will be $20.00. Click here to subscribe the print edition , or contact Toye Robertson at (505) 881-0636.

The electronic Together format is free . You will be able to access the electronic free edition of the Together publication here in The Messenger, or find it on the Diocesan website .
St. Mark's clergy. From left to right: Mother Sylvia Miller-Mutia, Father Christopher McLaren and Rev. David Martin.
All are welcome to join us for Worship and Holy Eucharist:

+Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
+Thursday Chapel Liturgy at 11:00 a.m.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church
431 Richmond Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

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