Since i would expect to have heard through other channels if one of the larger parishes in Albuquerque was closing, my assurances were given that her church was highly unlikely to be closing. Entirely false was her claim that the national church denies that Christ died for our sins. Detractors of our Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Shori, have lately been purposefully and deliberately trying to twist a speech she gave at the General Convention in order to make that claim and bolster their desire for schism.
Upon arriving home Saturday evening i checked St. Mark's website, which highlighted no changes that i noticed except that the interim Bishop for our Diocese, +Frey, was now listed as the priest in charge. i assumed +Frey was listed because of last month's departure of St. Mark's rector.
i don't put a great deal of stock in the accuracy of what his neighbor told him but in retrospect she obviously knew something about what was going to occur the following day.
This statement posted by the Diocese Standing Committee today:
Bishop Frey Appointed Priest in Charge of St. Mark's on the Mesa
September 28, 2009 - 10:17 AM
The Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande is pleased to announce that the Right Reverend William Frey has accepted a temporary appointment as Priest- in- Charge of St. Mark’s-on-the-Mesa Episcopal Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bishop Frey will preach and celebrate during the regularly scheduled 8 AM and 10:30 AM services on Sunday, October 4, 2009.
Bishop Frey currently serves as Assisting Bishop for the Diocese. He previously served as Bishop of the Diocese of Colorado from 1972-1990, and Dean of Trinity School for Ministry from 1990 to 1996. Along with his wife Barbara, the Bishop will reside in Albuquerque during his tenure as Priest in Charge. Bishop Frey will serve until a long term Priest-in-Charge can be in place. He will then resume his normal duties in the Diocese.
Bishop Frey will be assisted by the Reverend Beth Noland who has served as deacon at St. Mark’s for four years. For more than 25 years Beth has served both the Diocese and the national church in various capacities. She was ordained to the Holy Order of Deacons in 2001. Beth and her husband Chuck have resided in Albuquerque since 2005.
On Sunday, September 27th, the congregation of St. Mark’s received the news that several clergy and members of the congregation of St. Mark’s had decided to leave St. Mark’s-on-the-Mesa Episcopal Church to form Christ the King Anglican Church. The Rev. Roger Weber will serve as Priest in Charge.
Services at St. Mark’s on- the-Mesa Episcopal Church, 431 Richmond Place, will continue as currently scheduled. An up to date schedule can be found on the church’s website: www.stmarksonthemesa.org. Come and be renewed by this beautiful worship experience at St. Mark’s-on-the-Mesa Episcopal Church, Sunday, October 4th.