The Messenger of St. Mark's | After Pentecost | August 14, 2020
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Back to School Blessings (for Students, Parents, and Teachers)
This Sunday, 8/16, from 11:00 a.m.-noon
**In Person (Drive-Thru) in the East Parking Lot at St. Mark’s**
Online blessings also available with during Virtual Coffee Hour on Zoom

All students, parents, and teachers are invited to receive special blessings for the new school year this Sunday at St. Mark’s.

For a virtual blessing, just stop by Virtual Coffee Hour with Deacon David on Zoom at 11:00 a.m.

For an in-person blessing, drive into the east parking lot at St. Mark’s anytime between 11:00 a.m to noon. Please remain in your car and Father Christopher or Mother Sylvia will come to your car to offer a blessing and a small “back to school” gift bag. Note: Everyone in your car should wear masks, but are invited to roll down their windows when it's their turn to be blessed.
Visit with St. Mark's: Icon of the Sweet Kiss
Join us for a short, virtual visit each week with the Icons and Iconographers at St. Mark's.  This week, St. Mark's Iconographer Pat Catlett introduces us to the tender icon of Mary: The Sweet Kiss.  Enjoy this video visit with Pat and the Icon of the Sweet Kiss.
Recent Offertory Songs in Sunday Worship

Each week, different members of St. Mark's contribute their talents to create a video for our offertory song. In case you missed it, or simply want to enjoy it again you can view God is My Shepherd (from August 2) and In the Garden (from August 9) on YouTube. 
Wanted: Servants of Worship for Sunday Services (Online)
If you would be interested in serving as a reader or providing vocal or instrumental music (prelude, postlude, psalm or offertory song) via Zoom for an upcoming Sunday service, please contact Sylvia+ (call/text 510-932-1315 or via email). All ages are welcome to serve as liturgical leaders at St. Mark's. 
St. Mark's Parents' Group
Sundays, 8:30PM on Zoom; August 2 & 16
Parents/Caregivers (with children of all ages) are welcome to participate in St. Mark's Parents Group. We meet the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at 8:30PM on Zoom. "First Sundays" offer a chance for more informal sharing, discussion, and mutual support. "Third Sundays" include a short check-in, followed by a more focused discussion of a topic or reading of interest to the group. Our "topical" meeting on August 16th will include discussion Chapter 4 of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race, by Beverly Daniel Tatum.

Parents' Group on Zoom
1st & 3rd Sunday of each month, 8:30-9:30PM
Meeting ID: 817 9198 0712
Password: Meet
Wednesday Prayer & Meditation Hour
Next Week, St. Mark’s will again offer an opportunity for in-person Prayer and Meditation in the Nave of our building on Wednesday, August 19, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. A contemplative mix of instrumental music and silence, culminating with the Lord's Prayer as the tower bell is rung.

There is assigned seating, so please reserve a spot prior to coming. Also, all are asked to wear a face covering, to observe social distancing guidelines and to make sure that they are signed-in and that we have proper information. We ask that socializing on church grounds be done in the safest way possible with masks and proper distancing so that we can endeavor to keep our congregation safe and healthy.
Green Team at St. Mark's
St. Mark’s has a Green Team! Well, actually we’re just getting started. Our goals are to reduce the church’s energy and water footprint, improve efficiency, and reduce waste. St. Mark’s is participating in the Albuquerque Mayor’s Energy Challenge, which provides resources to help small businesses and organizations achieve 20% energy savings in five years in order to help the city meet its climate goals.

During this time of COVID-19, all of us are spending a lot more time at home and less time everywhere else including at church. Recognizing this, the city has provided some resources to help everyone look for opportunities to save energy at home. The links below provide access to a useful tip sheet and also an informative but funny video (starring Albuquerque’s favorite comedian Lynette). We hope everyone will take a look.

If you’re interested in participating in St. Mark’s Green Team, send a note to Ken Reese via email.
Book Group: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Book Group at St. Mark's: Deacon David is leading a book group on the novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce. Wednesdays August 12, 19, and 26 via Zoom, at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. If you haven't signed up but have the book and are ready to join, please sign up here.
Sunday, August 16
9:30 a.m. St. Mark's Sunday Eucharist, with Coffee Hour following
10:30 a.m. Coffee Hour
11:00 a.m. Virtual Back to School Blessings
11:00 a.m. In-person Back to School Blessings (**This is in-person**)
  • Drive into the eastern parking lot at St. Mark's, please remain in your car with a face covering.
7:00 p.m. Sunday Evening Youth Group (grades 4-12)
8:30 p.m. Parents' Group (1st & 3rd Sundays)

Monday, August 17
12:00 p.m. - Pause & Pray
Tuesday, August 18
10:00 a.m. - Anglican Rosary
12:00 p.m. - Pause & Pray
Wednesday, August 19
11:00 a.m. - Book Group: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
12:00 p.m. - Pause & Pray
6:00 p.m. - Prayer & Meditation (**This is in-person and inside the Nave**)
7:00 p.m. - Book Group: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Thursday, August 20
11:00 a.m. - Midweek Chapel Eucharist & Check In
12:00 p.m. - Pause & Pray

Friday, August 21
12:00 p.m. - Pause & Pray
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431 Richmond Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

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