The Messenger of St. Mark's | Lent | February 24, 2023

For your thought:

Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 

--Matthew 4:1-2

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.

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This Sunday: Building Renewal Committee Survey Report & Town Hall

Building Renewal Committee Shares Survey Results and Facilitates a Conversation with the Our Community

Building History & Renewal Survey Report Town Hall

THIS Sunday, February 26 at 11:15 a.m.

Hybrid (in person in the Parish Hall)

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

With great appreciation for our Community’s interest and involvement in the on-going processes for “Building Something Beautiful for God” at St. Mark’s, the Building Renewal Committee’s Reporter, Tim McIntire, will lead this Sunday’s Adult Forum. Using Survey Responses, we’ll see how our thoughts and comments align with our Liturgical Consultant’s Framework and better understand how we go forward with confidence in this essential and exciting project. Marcel and Stephanie Vároz will host the Zoom connection, and this will be an excellent opportunity to schedule an individual meeting with one of the members of Committee.  

The entire parish is invited and encouraged to attend.

Ash Wednesday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church & Montessori School

Mother Sylvia having ashes imposed by a toddler during chapel at the Montessori School.

Chapel time at St. Mark's Montessori School. Mother Sylvia teaching the little ones about the meaning of Ash Wednesday.

Fr. Christopher, Mother Sylvia and Mardi Gras onlookers taking part in the ritual of burning the dried palm fronds from last year's Palm Sunday to be used for imposition of ashes.

Outreach: Dignity Bags for Those Experiencing Homelessness

Just under four miles east of St. Mark’s on Central Ave sits the newest branch of the ABQ-BernCo Public Library System, the International District Library. This beautiful new building, which opened last July, has already served thousands of patrons. Some of these patrons are unhoused and find the library to be a welcoming place to get out of the weather and relax, read books and magazines, use the computers, charge their cellphones, and use the public restrooms. On occasion, a patron finds themselves in a tight spot. Access to public restrooms is hard to find in the International District and sometimes they find themselves with soiled clothing and nothing clean to change into. With empathy and compassion, the library staff has asked St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, St. Mark’s Montessori School and Cub Scout Troop #990 to provide some:

  • new (or barely used) sweatpants
  • (new) undergarments
  • (new) socks
  • small/sample size packets of hygiene wipes (baby wipes or flushable wipes).

All sizes of clothing are welcome.

Donated items can be dropped off in the box in the church entrance by March 12th.

Feel free to reach out to Dawn Adkins, (email her here), with questions.

T-Coil - Loop Hearing System Now Operational at St. Mark’s – New Loop Receivers Available!

T-Coil Loop Receivers

Loop Receiver Headphones may be found on the end of the Welcome table in a basket (shown) in the entry area of St. Mark's.

T-Coil - Loop Hearing System Now Operational at St. Mark’s – New Loop Receivers Available for Use in Church during Worship or Classes.


St. Mark’s is working hard to accommodate those who use or need an active listening device. We have installed a T-Coil - Loop Hearing System that can be used on two different ways.

  • Quality Sound: A hearing loop sends sound directly to the telecoil receiver in a user’s hearing device. The system eliminates most background noise and greatly improves understanding of speech and music. Additionally, the sound received is customized by each user’s unique hearing instrument.


  • Many hearing aids connect directly to the T-Coil - Loop Hearing system with the touch of a button. (check out your manual or talk with your audiologist to find out how to connect with your device).


  • If you do not have a Loop-enabled hearing aid or have forgotten your hearing aids on a given week, St. Mark’s has Loop-Hearing Receivers you may borrow and wear during worship. The receivers work for any sound that is coming through the Public Address System (speakers) enabling the wearer to hear the readings, sermon, prayers and Eucharist Prayer clearly without interference.

St. Mark’s has recently purchased six sets of Oval Window HLR III Induction Loop Receiver with headphones for use by our congregation. These units cost $100 each and if you would like to sponsor one or more of them please let us know or send us funds labelled as "Loop Hearing Support". If you would like to own your Loop Hearing Receiver you can purchase one on this website along with other helpful products for hearing assistance. 

Join NM Immigrant Law Center and Albuquerque FaithWorks: Asylum-Application and Work-Permit Clinic

Friday, March 3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. - St. Mark’s will be hosting the NM Immigrant Law Center and Albuquerque FaithWorks as they lead an Asylum Application and Work Permit Clinic. Volunteers are need in half-day shifts to assist with set up/tear down, providing food, care for applicants’ children so they may complete the forms, and administrative assistance (copies & answering questions). Childcare and administrative volunteers must also register with NMILC here on their website.

Lenten Offerings & Holy Week Schedule

Pick one up to take home at the Lenten Resource table in the Hallway of the church between the entryway and the Parish Hall, or:

Click here to download a printable flyer.

Lent Madness

Learn about, then vote for your favorite saints from home by participating in Lent Madness. Got to the Lent Madness website for more information:

Click here to download a printable score-bracket poster in letter size.

Stations of the Cross

Station 1 - Marcelliano Varoz

Pray the stations in person in the Nave at St. Mark's or virtually, any time, here.

(Artwork by Marcel Vároz.).

Call to Artists

Call to Artists for our “All Media” art exhibit scheduled for Saturday, March 11 - Saturday, June 3rd, 2023. Deadline for entries is Friday, March 3, 2023. For a copy of the prospectus e-mail Audrey Minard via email here.

Formation & Lenten Offerings

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. All current and near-future class descriptions may be found on our website by going to the "Nurture" menu item, then click on "Formation Class Schedule." Or:

To see a daily snapshot of what is happening at St. Marks, go to:

Visit our Lenten Resource table in the hallway that leads to the Parish Hall (pictured above).

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:

No class on February 26th -Join the Town Hall in the Parish Hall regarding survey results from the Building Renewal Committee.

·    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.

Read more here...

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

Book Study: The Place of the Lion

(adults and youth ages 16+)

Begins Sunday, March 5 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. We have a few books available for this study. They are $5.00 (if taking one of the books we are offering, please help us recoup our costs by dropping by your funds for the book by stopping by the office during the week, drop it in giving box on the Lenten Resource table on Sunday or give electronically here *select "Other" for the purpose and let us know "Lenten Book" in the memo field).

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. (If taking one of the books we are offering, please help us recoup our costs by dropping by your funds for the book by stopping by the office during the week, drop it in giving box on the Lenten Resource table on Sunday or give electronically here *select "Other" for the purpose and let us know "Lenten Book" in the memo field).

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

Lenten 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.


...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.).


DRG LGBTQ+ Holy Eucharist With Potluck Dinner

The LGBTQ+ Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande will host Holy Eucharist on Sunday, March 12, at 6:00 pm (mountain time) at St. Francis’ Episcopal Church, 2903 Cabezon Rd, Rio Rancho, NM 87124. We will meet in person for worship and follow the service with fellowship and a potluck dinner. You can also join us online.


Click here to join the liturgy on St. Francis' Facebook page

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Help Plan Future Events for the LGBTQ+ Ministries of the DRG

The LGBTQ+ Ministry of the Diocese of the Rio Grande would like to reach all members of the queer community and our allies in our geographically large diocese. We are having a Zoom Meeting on Tuesday, February 28 (6:00 pm mountain time). Everyone is invited to meet and greet each other and then discuss ideas for future events (online and/or in-person) that can include as many people as possible.


Here is the link for the Zoom Meeting:

The meeting ID is 849 9700 8446


Everyone is welcome to this Zoom Meeting. We’d especially like to hear from friends who live outside the Albuquerque metropolitan area. Please share this information with anyone you think might like to attend.


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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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