The Messenger of St. Mark's | Epiphany | January 14, 2023

For your thought:

And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

--Matthew 3:16-17

The Offices of St. Mark's will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Study this Sunday's Readings.

Worship at St. Mark's

Worship on Sunday is both in person and virtually every week at 9:30 a.m. We continue our live stream on our Facebook & YouTube channels.


Also, we offer a Midweek Eucharist every Thursday at 11 a.m. that is both in person and though our live-steaming platforms.

View Sunday's Order of Worship

Click on the platform icons to join live or view previously aired worship videos:

Important dates:

  • Sunday, January 15, 9:30 a.m., Feast of the Baptism of our Lord
  • Sunday, January 15, 11:15 a.m., Small Group Formation Classes Begin
  • Monday, January 16, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Offices Closed
  • Sunday, January 29, 9:30 a.m., Annual Meeting

CDC Guidelines show that local COVID levels are low/green. Masks are optional indoors.

For a complete listing and schedule of our online / in-person offerings available, please click on the button below:

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Sunday Formation Classes Starting

St. Mark's is offering a variety of classes after worship on Sundays for both youth and adults. Please consider our offerings and we look forward to the gift of your presence on Sundays. Each class starts at 11:15. So come to worship, grab a coffee and snack at coffee hour and head to class. Check out our full class descriptions and schedules here:

Building Forum

Sunday January 15. Foundations and Evolution of St. Mark’s and its People: A Short History of St. Mark’s Buildings and Ethos 


Sunday January 22 An Oral History of St. Mark’s from the early days to Present

Here St. Mark’s long-time members share stories and experiences of St. Mark’s over the past 75 years and get to know our history from many voices.


Sunday January 29  Annual Meeting – Widening the Welcome – Celebrating 75 Years of Ministry at St. Mark’s

  •  Vestry Elections and Delegate Elections
  •  Budget Presentation at Offertory
  •  Introduce Building Committee : Purpose and Objectives
  •  Short Survey for Congregation rolled out
  •  Celebrating 10 years of St. Mark’s Montessori Preschool
  •  New Directions and Ministries for St. Mark’s – Sharing our Gifts and Building Ministries that Matter


Sunday Feb. 5  The Soul of Worship

Meet our Liturgical Architectural Consultant Robert Habiger and dive deeply into the mystery and meaning of worship and how architectural space works to enhance our experience of the sacred.


Sunday Feb. 12 Accessibility is For Everyone: Widening the Welcome and Learning of Equivalent Experience - Stephanie and Marcel Varoz and Robert Habiger 


Sunday Feb. 19 For the Love of Music 

Learn about our 40-rank, 3-manual Pipe Organ made by Reuter Organ Company in Lawrence, Kansas and Look with us to the Future of a vibrant Music Program at St. Mark’s – Jeremy Wirths and Fr. Christopher+.

Sunday Feb. 26 Town Hall #1 with Architectural Consultant Robert Habiger: Sharing the Survey Results, Question and Answer

Storytelling the Saints

Holy Troublemakers (ages ~11+)

We’ll study the lives of a variety of people from different faiths and backgrounds who have worked tirelessly to bring God’s love to all people. Sometimes, their efforts are met with skepticism and derision for not following the norm. We’ll learn to be Holy Troublemakers, too. Drop-ins welcome.

Stories of the Hebrew Bible (ages ~8+)

We will dive into the Hebrew scriptures and learn about God’s faithful people – how they listened to God’s word and did their best to follow God’s laws. We’ll listen, talk, play and create to make the stories come alive

Drop-ins welcome.

Godly Play (ages ~3+)

Join us for a wonder-filled and wonderful hour of storytelling, wondering, and independent exploration & creative response. Godly Play is a Montessori-based approach to supporting the spiritual growth of children that is spacious, contemplative, and open-ended, while grounded in the Sacred Stories of the Christian Tradition. Drop-ins welcome.

Prayerfully Consider Becoming a Vestry Member or Delegate to Convention

Three vestry positions open up each January at St. Mark's, as well as one delegate position.


Please prayerfully consider whether your time and talent could be best used in the guiding, collaborative spirit of our vestry or as our representative to the Diocese of the Rio Grande at Convention. Forms can be found here:



You may also find these in the church office upon request. Please return the form, with an electronic photo, to the office by January 20th.  


Also, all ministry Annual Report information needs to be submitted to Jennifer Lind via email by Friday, January 20th. Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 29th.

Young(ish)-Adult Meetup

What: Young(ish)-Adult Meetup

Who: Young(ish) Adults (Late Teens-Late 30's)

When: Sunday, January 15th at 1PM

Where: Holmes Pizza Arcade (205 Silver Ave SW Suite G)

St. Mark's has the blessing of being an intergenerational faith community with members in each of the 10 decades of life. This gives each of us opportunities to connect both with people in similar phases of life AND to connect and learn from people in the generations that precede and follow us. These opportunities for friendship and mentoring relationships within and across age groups are invaluable to our spiritual life and growth. On Sunday, January 15th we invite all "Youngish Adults" (late teens-late 30's) to gather with Deacon David & Mother Sylvia to initiate and nurture friendships over pizza and pinball. We hope you'll join us!

Asylum Seekers Aren't Being Bussed to ABQ Right Now

ABQ Asylum Seeker Welcome will not receive a bus of asylum seekers today. We know you are watching the news and are aware that things are changing rapidly on the border. The numbers of asylum seekers being released by ICE/BP have dropped dramatically in the last 10 days or so. At this point, the numbers are ranging from 150-300 people being released daily as opposed to 1100-1300 previously. Both the Border Servant Corp in Las Cruces and the El Paso County welcome site have paid staff which allows them to take literally hundreds of asylum seekers daily. They are a priority now since we do not want to lose that capacity to help asylum seekers. Churches in El Paso continue to receive some asylum seekers as well.


We have assured Ruben Garcia that we are ready to continue our work in welcoming asylum seekers as needed. However, at this point, we may be on pause for a while. We will keep monitoring the numbers of people released daily and let you know of significant changes. In the meantime, take a break but be ready should the situation change.


Many thanks and keep looking for ways to help immigrants.


--Eleanor Milroy

--Jane Braithwaite

St. Mark's Midweek Bible Study

The Gospel of Matthew (First Nations Version)

Thursdays, 12pm-1:15pm

Join us in person or on Zoom

Join us in person or via zoom for a Midday Bible Study on Thursdays at Noon (Mountain Time). Sessions typically last 75 minutes, concluding at 1:15 p.m.

In January we will begin reading the Gospel of Matthew (as translated in the First Nations Version.). We will read and discuss one chapter each week, beginning in January and continuing through early summer. No need to do any "homework", we'll read the chapter aloud together at the beginning of each session! All are welcome. Drop in anytime. 


...By Mail (St. Mark's has a secure mailbox and is checked regularly):

431 Richmond Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106.

...By PayPal®.

Please consider checking the box that reads, "I’d like to add to my donation to help offset the cost of processing."

...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 (e.g., pledge, congregational relief fund, etc.).


Free COVID Tests for NM Residents

New Mexico residents can still receive free at-home tests through the Rockefeller Foundation’s Project Act program at: If you have COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID, you can also visit a local pharmacy to purchase a test or schedule an appointment with a local testing provider for diagnostic PCR tests that are covered in most cases by insurance and also covered by Medicaid. However, if you do not have symptoms or have not been exposed to someone with COVID, PCR tests are not covered by insurance. 


Knowing if you have COVID-19 can help you seek proper treatment and prevent you from spreading the virus to your family and community. Tests require a quick swab inside each nostril, and results can be read in just minutes.

  • Finding Vaccine and Treatment with Private Insurance or Medicaid: English ┃Spanish
  • Finding Vaccine and Treatment with No Insurance: English Spanish 

Week of Prayer (& Pilgrimage) for Christian Unity

"Do Good, Seek Justice"

January 18-25, 2023

Join Christians from a variety of traditions and denominations across the globe for a week of prayer and pilgrimage for Christian Unity.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a response to Christ's prayer “that they all may be one" (John 17:21). 

It is an eight-day period of prayer in which all Christians are invited to participate. 

  • You can find devotional materials here (more to come):

  • Register your intention to walk and pray here:

  • Offer your prayer intentions here:

  • Download a flyer here:

Episcopal Youth Event EYE23


The Episcopal Youth Event is a gathering of youth ages 15-19 from around the world who assemble on a college campus to learn, laugh, and worship together. It is the single greatest and second largest event the Episcopal Church does. Since this event is held only once every three years, for many, #EYE23 will be their only chance to attend.



Youth currently in grades 9-12 and/or ages 15-19 (as of July 4, 2023) are eligible to attend the event.


  • When: July 4-8, 2023
  • Who: Students currently in grades 9-12 and adult chaperones ages 21+
  • Where: University of Maryland - College Park
  • Cost: $400 registration fee; $75 non-refundable deposit due by February 28, 2023, if selected; the remainder is due by Monday, May 1, 2023.
  • Scholarship assistance is available - contact your local congregation, DRG EYE23 Registrar for assistance.
  • Deadline to apply: Monday, February 13, 2023 - applicants will be notified by the Office of the Youth Missioner of the selection by the end of that week.


DRG EYE23 Registrar: Br. Angel Gabriel and Ms. Mary Jewell


To be considered please email Subject line EYE23 Application

DRG 2023 Lenten Vocations Course: God IS calling you! 

God IS calling you! 

The Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande: 2023 Lenten Vocations Course 

Wednesday evenings 

6:00-7:30PM (Mountain) 

3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 on Zoom

Click here to view the flyer.

Here is the link to register: 2023 Lenten Vocations Retreat

Learn more about the annual Vocational Discernment & Development Process in the Diocese of the Rio Grande at,

All are welcome to join us for worship during our Thursday 11 a.m. midweek Holy Eucharists and our Sunday Holy Eucharists at 9:30 a.m. You may join us in person or on Facebook & YouTube.

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