The Messenger of St. Mark's | Lent | March 20, 2021
St. Mark's Pastoral Emergency Phone Line: 505-800-2422.
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 Worship Update & Registrations
We are so happy to once again welcome people into our 9:30 a.m. Sunday liturgy, in-person. Space will be limited due to safety requirements (we are not going above 25% capacity within our worship space at this time). 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 on a week-to-week basis here: 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. Once registered, we ask that you arrive early so that your group may be seated no later than 9:15 for Sunday liturgies and no later than 10:45 a.m. for Thursday Eucharists.

A few reminders about our COVID-19 Safety Practices for Worship:
  • Check-in/Temperature Check is required for contact tracing purposes.
  • Masks are required during worship.
  • Please sit in your assigned seat– (pew pads indicate the section open for seating)
  • No congregational singing is allowed at this time (soft humming or whispered singing while masked is permitted).
  • Passing of the Peace must be conducted in non-contact ways.
  • Communion in one kind (bread only) and will be brought to where you are seated.
  • We ask that you resist gathering in groups before or after service inside the building.
  • An outdoor, socially-distanced coffee hour will be available in the Fish Garden, weather permitting. 

In-Person Liturgies coming up:

Sunday Liturgy & Holy Eucharist: Sunday, March 21, 9:30 a.m. - Nave
  • Limited Capacity Reached - Registration Closed

Midweek Thursday Eucharist: Thursday, March 25, 11 a.m. - Nave

Palm Sunday: Sunday, March 28, 9:30 a.m. - Nave

Tenebrae: Tuesday, March 30, 7:00 p.m. - Nave

Canceled during Holy Week: Midweek Thursday Eucharist: Thursday, April 1 at 11:00 a.m.

Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 1, 7:00 p.m. - Nave (note: restrictions prevent in-person foot washing)

Good Friday: Friday, April 2, 12:00 p.m. - Nave

Great Vigil of Easter: Saturday, April 3, 8:00 p.m. - Nave
Palm Sunday, March 28 at 9:30 a.m.
Procession of Palms and Holy Eucharist

Starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Fish Garden, there will be a brief, in-person (all are welcome) service and Procession of the Palms. Please make sure to keep socially distant and wear face coverings/masks.

Following the procession, there will be a 20-minute music concert that will allow people to get home and attend the virtual Palm Sunday liturgy, which will continue at 10:00 a.m.

Anyone who previously registered (Make Reservation Here) for in-person worship will need to check-in and get seated during the 20-minute interlude.
Survey Deadline is Monday, March 22
If you haven't already done so, please take our survey (and everyone else in your household) regarding readiness for in-person worship. The survey will close on Monday, March 22. Thank you!
Sunday Morning Discussion Group – 12 Truths About Life
Continuing this Sunday, March 21 at 11:00 a.m., is a 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.
St. Mark's Montessori School Is Enrolling Students
Holy Saturday / Easter Deliveries
St. Mark’s is once again reaching out to our entire parish on Holy Saturday with a delivery of Communion, Easter goodies, and Devotional Resources for Easter. 
If you would like to help to delivery bags on Holy Saturday (April 3) between 11 and 3:00 p,m. or are interested in helping to bake dozens of cupcakes (a St. Mark’s tradition!) please contact Fr. Christopher via email or by phone: 331-4638.
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.
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.
Anti-Racism Group
This group meets the 4th Monday evening of each month to provide opportunities for study, discussion, prayer, accountability and mutual support as members of St. Mark's strive to continue growing in Anti-Racist directions. For more information and links to this month's readings, contact Sylvia+ via email.
Parents' Group
This group, open to all who share in the important work of raising, teaching, loving, or parenting children, meets the 1st and 3rd Sunday evening of each month for sharing, discussion, prayer, study and mutual support.  For more information and links to this month's readings, contact Sylvia+ via email.
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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Weekly Update from Bishop Hunn (3/15/2021)
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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