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

For your thought:

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

--Romans 8:11

Study this Sunday's Readings.


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


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Building Something Beautiful for God at St. Mark’s: the Building Renewal Committee’s Weekly Report

“Look at those pipes!” “Is that picture really of our first church?” “What’s that hidden window in the Columbarium?” “How does Marcel get up on the altar to acolyte?” You, our fellow church members, have been looking at our facilities with fresh eyes and good questions. Appreciatively, the Building-Renewal Committee members are listening and noting observations, and learning as well as teaching. While our corporate attention focuses on Lent and Holy Week, our assessments are on-going. Currently, we are identifying and ultimately selecting an architect who needs to fit us in the same way our clergy, staff, and volunteers do: eager to live the mission and vision at St. Mark’s and doing so with the energy and skill that is at a level of excellence.  

In researching architectural firms, your survey responses and our individual interviews guide us in assuring the right fit for this important work. Initially last Fall, the Vestry and the Rector found the right fit in consulting liturgical architect, Robert Habiger; now, the Renewal Committee is working on attracting our next professional guide. Not only are we committed to reporting weekly in The Messenger, but also, at any time, we are eager to hear in listening what you are thinking and observing.  

Here are the “ears” of the Body of Christ -- exclusive of the Rector, Senior Warden, and Music Director, and Consulting Architect – who will best serve our true heart: Co-chairs: Maribelle Ogilvie and Stretch Cole; Members: Heather Gaume, David Hardy, Tim McIntire , Liz Reardon, and Marcel and Stephanie Vároz.

Finally, do us a favor, please. Since everyone has signed up for Holy Saturday spruce up – it’s described as All-Parish Cleanup, after all – in whatever indoor or outdoor endeavor you engage, keep your eyes open and report to us any observations or ideas. Now is the time for us to take stock in order to actively guide our dreams, plans, and actions.

Onward, then, in this journey of Building Things Beautiful for God in our Community!

Meet Our New Business Manager: Laura Blum

Laura grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She started college at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and graduated from New College of California in Santa Rosa, California.

Laura has worked in nonprofit finances for over 30 years. She is proud to have worked for the YWCA of Sonoma County, Community Action Partnerships – the Sonoma County Community Action Agency, Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County, and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation Santa Rosa (CA).

While living in California, Laura served on the board of directors of several nonprofit organizations. She was the treasurer of the Santa Rosa Education Cooperative while her son was a student at the preschool.

Currently, Laura volunteers at the Roadrunner Food Bank here in Albuquerque. She loves to crochet and sew and is an avid reader. Laura is also a life-long student of yoga and meditation.

This Saturday: Worship in the Wilderness

Click here for a printable Worship in the Wilderness flyer.

All-Parish Spring Cleaning

Help us get our facilities and grounds into good shape for Easter!

The cleaning will take place after Holy Saturday Liturgy on April 8th (liturgy begins at 9:00 a.m.)


Key Projects: 

  • Indoor Cleaning: Clean Worship Space: Vacuum, dust, mop and polish
  • Outdoor Cleaning: Tidy up the grounds of St. Mark's: weeding, raking, light trimming and litter pick-up outside

Things to bring (bring what you can and are willing to do):

  • Indoor Cleaning: Vacuum, dust rags, broom or Swiffer®, dusters, silver polish, etc.
  • Outdoor Cleaning: Work gloves, weeding tools, yard bags, rakes, hand pruners, etc.

Please sign up on the clipboards in the hallway going towards the Parish Hall for either the outside or inside cleaning projects that Saturday morning. We look forward to your help on this All-Parish Workday.

Eggs to Fill for Easter Egg Hunt

Please consider filing some plastic eggs with goodies for the Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 9.


There is no need to purchase eggs. We have plenty! Pick up a dozen in the narthex and fill them with candy or other prizes. All food items must be individually wrapped by the manufacturer. Do not put loose jellybeans or other treats in the eggs. Stickers and trinkets are also fun for our youth to find in the eggs. Return the filled eggs to the collection box in the narthex any time before Easter Day.


If you have any questions, please contact Deacon David (email here).

Great Vigil of Easter Party Décor Volunteers Needed

Do you have a keen eye, artistic flare, and/or a desire to be part of a party-decorating team? We are seeking those who will be willing to help decorate the Parish Hall for Easter on Saturday, April 8th. If you are willing and able to help in this endeavor, please sign up on the table in the hallway that goes towards the Parish Hall. Thank you!

Food & Libations for the Agape Feast & Party

Following the Great Vigil of Easter liturgy, we will have a celebratory Easter feast and party. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the hallway that goes towards the Parish Hall. Please sign up and let us know what food or beverages (libations: alcohol or equally appealing non-alcoholic products are welcome) you plan to bring and share at the Agape Feast & Party. Food dishes may be savory or sweet, breads or salads, entrées or sides, but all food items should be ready-to-eat or in a crockpot that may be plugged in. All are welcome.

Cupcakes for Easter Resurrection Party

St. Mark's will be hosting a Resurrection Party after Holy Eucharist on Easter Sunday (April 9th). We are hoping to come up with roughly 20-dozen cupcakes. We would love to see what all of our creative bakers - of all ages - in this parish would come up with. They can be basic; they can be fancy. Let's share our talents and have fun on Easter Sunday! If you are willing to help, please sign-up on the table in the hallway that goes towards the Parish Hall from the narthex.

Lenten Formation 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:

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Pick up a flyer 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.


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

431 Richmond Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106.

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...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.).


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