The Messenger of St. Mark's | Epiphany | February 10, 2023

For your thought:

"I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth."

--1 Corinthians 3:6-7

Study this Sunday's Readings.


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

Important dates:

  • Monday, February 20 - Presidents’ Day Observed (Offices Closed) Monday, February 20
  • Tuesday, February 21, 5-7 p.m. - Shrove Tuesday Pancake & Costume Event & Palm Burninng for Ash Wednesday
  • Wednesday, February 22 at 7 a.m., Noon, 7 p.m. - Ash Wednesday

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:

Click Here for ALL Offerings & Sign-Ups

Useful links:


Deadline is February 12th for the Building Renewal Parish-wide Survey

With the purpose or renewing and renovating St. Mark’s worship space and environs in our 75th year, the Rector and Vestry of St. Mark’s have commissioned a Building Team to carry out a process of discernment and design guided by gifted sacred space consultant Robert Habiger. We are working to widen the welcome and upgrade our facilities in a way that strengthens our connection to God and each other for generations to come.


As we begin this important work of celebrating our past and looking toward our future together, we would like to hear from the congregation. The following survey is anonymous and encourages some narrative responses along with multiple choice answers. We want to understand your perspective in your own voice. For families, we’d like each member to complete an individual survey. You can respond a little or a lot. There are no wrong comments. As a hallmark of ministry of the laity at St. Mark’s, we hope to have a nearly universal response. Both our individual and corporate voices will build something truly beautiful for God and the people of St. Mark’s as we look to our next 75 years of ministry together.


Please submit your response by 2/12/2023. Thank you!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Shrove Tuesday

Tuesday, February 21, 5:30- 7:30 p.m.


St. Mark's will host a Pancake Supper this year on Mardi Gras. Please sign up on the Lenten Resource table in the hallway between the entrance area and the Parish Hall and let us know if you can help with setting up, cooking, or clean up.

There will be: 


  • Come enjoy pancakes, sausages and OJ and some great fellowship.
  • Bring fruit or some other topping/side to share to add to the meal and the festive nature of the day.


  • We will have festive music


  • Mardi Gras beads, dressing in costume, and/or wearing face paint are all weclome and encouraged!


ALSO: We'll be burning palm fronds for ashes on Ash Wednesday, so if you have any dried palm leaves from a previous Palm Sunday, please bring them with you!

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 22 - Ash Wednesday

7:00 a.m. Ash Wednesday Liturgy - A simple, spoken liturgy with Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist (In-person)

12:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Liturgy - Traditional Ash Wednesday Liturgy with organ & hymns, Imposition of Ashes, and Holy Eucharist (In-person)

7:00 p.m. Choral Ash Wednesday Liturgy - Traditional Ash Wednesday Liturgy, Choir & Organ, Imposition of Ashes, and Holy Eucharist (Hybrid)

Lenten Book: Choose Life: Celebrations for Lent

Lent Book: Choose Life: Celebrations for Lent, by Chris Chivers


This book was written by a seminary classmate of our Bishop Hunn, as a gift to the Diocese of the Rio Grande for Lent 2023.  

In this book, Chris Chivers shares with us the lives of many of the friends and companions he has met along the Way of Jesus. He opens his eyes to gaze at the ordinary people he has loved and befriended as he continually seeks to figure out what it means for him to be a disciple of Jesus. Seeing the church, and these ordinary, struggling, broken, and beautiful people through Chris' loving eyes helps me to see, or rather to feel, what we all must look like to God. I think you will recognize the people here. Perhaps you don't know them specifically, but you have met them, or people very like them on your own journey. I hope that meeting Chris' friends will remind you of your friends, those who have shown you the Way of Jesus in your life. I hope this Lenten season will be full of prayers and thanksgivings throughout the diocese as we give thanks to those who, in their ordinary lives, have given us glimpses of Jesus Christ and the holiness of God.

Mother Sylvia will read aloud from the book, one chapter each day between Shrove Tuesday through Easter Monday. You will be able to access daily video recordings of Mother Sylvia's "read-alouds" on St. Mark's Facebook Page.   In addition, a limited number of books will be available to borrow from St. Mark's.

Beads Wanted

We need more beads (new and/or used) with which to create sets of Prayer Beads that St. Mark's can offer as gifts to parishioners and guests in times of difficulty. This is a beautiful way to recycle/repurpose beads that you no longer use or where. If you have beads to contribute to this ministry, please put them in a Ziploc® bag and leave them in the office for Mother Sylvia, who will gladly pass them along to our faithful team of rosary makers at St. Mark's. 


There are several ongoing formation classes happening for both youth and adults each Sunday. There are also several Lenten offerings coming up in the near future. Check them all out here below. This all may be found on our website by going to the "Nurture" menu item, then click on "Formation Class Schedule." Or:

Building History & Renewal Forum

Sundays at 11:15 a.m. (ongoing)

Facilitators: Fr. Christopher McLaren+

Hybrid (in person in the Parish Hall)

Join us on Zoom here, Meeting ID: 881 1943 7340, Passcode: teach

  • 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

​Drop-ins welcome.

Surprise Saints

Biblical Storytelling (adults and youth ages 12+)

Sundays at 11:15 a.m. (ongoing)

Facilitators: Harriet Cole

In Person (Library)

Join St. Mark’s member Harriet Cole for this eight-session introduction to the art of learning, telling, and listening to sacred stories. From winter through spring, we will be focusing on surprise saints:



·    19-Feb Venerable Bede

·    26-Feb Theodora of Armenia

·    5-Mar Frederick Douglass

·    12-Mar Wilgefortis

·    19-Mar Thomas Cramner

·    26-Mar Fifth Sunday


·    2-Apr Palm Sunday

·    9-Apr Easter Sunday

·    16-Apr Matthias Chosen Acts 1:12-26

·    23-Apr The Apostles Persecuted Acts 5:17--42

·    30-Aor Fifth Sunday

·    7-Mav Paul's Conversion Acts 9:1-19

·    14-May Peter's Miraculous Escape from Prison Acts 12:1-19

​Drop-ins welcome.

Contemplative Prayer: An Introduction

A Way to Companionship with God and the True Self

Led by the Rev. Michael Jupin

Saturday, February 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and

Five Mondays, February 27, March 6, 20, 27 & April 3 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.


In contemplative prayer (meditation in the East) one uses some means (a word, phrase, image, breathing, etc.) to quiet the mind so that eventually thoughts disappear, and one sits in silence. The silence provides an empty space in which we can be present to the every-present God. This is the crucial underlying intent at the heart of all prayer: to be present to and know communion with God. In this silent communion, over time and with consistent practice, the person at prayer receives all things from God: guidance, instruction, healing, forgiveness, etc. In a word the person receives her or his very self in God, what Thomas Merton and Richard Rohr have called the “True Self,” the person who God created and the only person who God knows.


This form of prayer will be introduced in six sessions. The first session, Saturday, February 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (bring a brown bag lunch) provides an important foundation for the following five ninety-minute sessions on Mondays, February 27, March 6, 20, 27 & April 3 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  Each session includes an introduction to and practice of a particular way or means for entering into silence followed by small and total group discussion and response.

The Saturday session is required for participation in the following Monday meetings. While not required, it is very much hoped that each participant will commit themselves to all the sessions as part of their Lenten discipline.

Note: To those who already have a contemplative prayer practice please know you are invited and welcome to participate in this introduction as a way of being part of a weekly group and Lenten discipline. You may “try” the practices Fr. Michael will lead or spend your silent time with your own practice.

To register email Fr. Michael Jupin via email here , call him at  505-295-3975, or sign up in church beginning February 12th. The meeting place at St. Mark’s will be communicated to registrants before the Saturday, February 25 session.

Since 1979 Fr. Michael has led over five hundred people in learning and practicing contemplative prayer. First studying with the Rev. Ron del Bene, he received an STM in Spiritual Direction from the General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1986. He also completed training in the Group Leaders’ Program of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, Bethesda, MD, in 1992.

Book Study: The Place of the Lion

(adults and youth ages 16+)

Begins Sunday, February 26 from 11:15-12:15

Facilitators: Rev. Rob Clarke

In person (Classroom #3)

(please obtain your own book prior to the first class) 

Long before The Lion King, long before The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, there was The Place of the Lion. Charles Williams, while not an Oxford don, was a member of the Inklings and his writings influenced the works of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Owen Barfield as well as many others. While not a Christian allegory it contains many of the themes that are encountered in a spiritual journey. Come join me, during Lent, as we read our way through this seminal work in what has become an important genre. 

Please sign up for this class at church in the hallway toward the Parish Hall.

Homelessness, Affordable Housing, and Our Christian Response

(adults and youth ages 16+)

Sundays: March 5, 12, 19, 26 from 11:15 - 12:15

Facilitators: Richard Meadows

In person (Parish Hall)

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells us when we feed, clothe, and visit the poor we are serving Him. Our baptismal covenant states we will “respect the dignity of every human being.” For this four-week class during Lent we will read Grace Can Lead Us Home and hear from homeless advocates in the diocese and city government. We will explore our individual and collective response to needs in the community and what it means to experience Christ in serving the homeless. 

Book Required: Grace Can Lead Us Home: A Christian call to end homelessness, by Kevin Nye (we have preordered several books for this class). The books are $15. If you'd like to help cover a book for someone who many not be able to afford it, please let us know.

Please sign up for this class at church in the hallway toward the Parish Hall.

Holy Troublemakers (ages ~11+)

Begins Sunday, September 18th at 11:15 a.m.

Facilitators: Rachel Ribeiro & Deacon David Martin+

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. Contact us for more details or questions


Please click here to register. 

Drop-ins welcome.

Stories of the Hebrew Bible (ages ~8+)

Sundays at 11:15 a.m.

Facilitators: Heather Gaume & Deacon David Martin+

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. Contact us with questions. Registration encouraged.


Please click here to register.

Drop-ins welcome.

Godly Play (ages ~3+)

Sundays at 11:15 a.m.

Facilitator: Mother Sylvia Miller-Mutia+

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. Contact us here with questions. Registration encouraged.


Please click here to register. 

Drop-ins welcome.

Worship in the Wilderness

Saturday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m. 

Facilitators: Carolyn Huff

One day only - In Person

Meet at the Volcanoes Trailhead at Petroglyph National Monument just off Atrisco Vista Blvd.

Friends, dogs (on leash) and kids all welcome! We will stop along the three-mile hike to celebrate Holy Communion as we remember Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness, our Lenten model. 

Contact Carolyn Huff (610) 612-7357 with any questions.

Thursday Bible Study

Thursdays at Noon - Hybrid (in person and virtual)


Facilitator: Sylvia Miller-Mutia+


Join an open-minded, open-hearted group of spiritual seekers on Thursdays at Noon (in St. Mark’s Chapel and on Zoom).  In the winter, we’ll turn our focus to the Gospel of Matthew.  Contact us with questions.

Drop-ins welcome.

Midweek Morning Prayer & "Video Visits"

Wednesdays at 8 a.m. (Mountain Time)


Facilitator: Sylvia Miller-Mutia+

Join us on Zoom here (online only)

Join Mother Sylvia on Wednesdays (on Zoom) for midweek morning prayer and conversation. We'll begin with morning prayer, view a weekly video update from our bishop, and enjoy a little conversation before we tackle the rest of our day! Feel free to drop in for the whole hour or for any portion thereof!


·    8 a.m. Morning Prayer

·    8:20 View Weekly “Video Visit” from Bishop Hunn 

·    8:40 Conversation 

·    8:55 Closing 

Drop-ins welcome.

Vocations Course on Zoom with DRG

(for adults)

Wednesdays ​(3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29), 6-7:30 p.m. on Zoom

Facilitators: Diocese of the Rio Grande

online only


Join others from throughout the Diocese to learn more about how God is calling YOU–and people in every order of ministry (laity, deacons, and priests) in the Church and the World. 


Click here for more information and registration.

Province 7 Daughters of the King/Episcopal Church Women Event (Hybrid)

Feb. 24-25, 2023

Facilitators: Daughters of the King/Episcopal Church Women


Province 7 Daughters of the King/Episcopal Church Women Event (Hybrid): February 24-25 “Our Response to Today’s World as Christian Women” with Stephanie SpellersClick here for information and registration. Cost: $20 for Zoom.

You can download the registration flyer

ABQ FaithWorks News

CONCERT BENEFIT: Singer/Songwriter David LaMotte will be performing a benefit concert on February 18th at 7:00 pm at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

Singer/Songwriter David LaMotte has performed in all 50 states and on 5 continents. His music has been described as "Genre fluid," with songs that lean toward Americana, Acoustic Pop, Southern Rock, and World Music. In addition to his music, David is passionate about peace work and his TED talk on "What Music Can Teach Us about Peacemaking" can be found on This concert is a rare opportunity to see him perform live in New Mexico.

A typical LaMotte concert involves a healthy dose of storytelling and you can expect this at this show as well. This concert benefits ABQ FaithWorks ( and Asylum Seeker Welcome. For tickets go to:


LANDLORDS NEEDED: ABQ FaithWorks has the opportunity to help re-house 15 families and would like to partner with landlords that would like to join us in this opportunity. For more information, please contact Abbey Reed at 505-225-2752 or email at You may also get more information by visiting our website at:


ID CLINIC: ABQ FaithWorks and The Central United Methodist Church on 201 University Blvd NE will hold an ID Clinic every Wednesday from 10am-12 pm for anyone who needs IDs such as birth certificates, driver's licenses, etc. This free service is available for anyone including our migrant and unhoused community. If you have any questions about this clinic or would like to volunteer please contact Abbey Reed at 505-225-2752 or email at


...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.).


Deadline to Apply is 2/13: 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

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.

Come as you are!

Facebook  Youtube  

Email submissions should be sent (via email) to the Communications Specialist by 11:00 a.m. each Tuesday for inclusion on Thursday's e-news. Please see submission guidelines here.

© 2023