The Bridge
The Weekly Newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
 November 7 , 2018 
Sunday Worship      
8:30 a.m. Blended
9:45 a.m. Contemporary
11:00 a.m. Traditional
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St. Mark's Staff
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Ingelaurie Lisher, Youth and Family
Music Ministry
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Manager of Finance and Operations
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St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows

6730 N. 17th St.
Tacoma, WA 98406

Office: 253-752-4966
Preschool: 253-752-4929
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Wednesday Church Night Tonight

5:00-6:30 p.m. Dinner: Mac & cheese, hotdogs, coleslaw, applesauce 
      (Suggested donation: $5)
5:00-5:30 p.m. Little Angels Choir (Preschool-K)
5:30-6:00 p.m. Joyful Noise Choir (Grades 1-2)
6:00-6:45 p.m. Jubilation Choir (Grades 3-5)
6:00 p.m. Praise Team Rehearsal
6:15-7:20 p.m. Midweek Renewal 
6:15-6:45 p.m. Holy Moly
7:30-8:00 p.m. Evensong

Habitat for Humanity
If you missed the chance to work on the Building on Faith/Thrivent Builds house earlier this summer, please join me on  Saturday, November 17. We will  be putting the finishing touches on the house, such as: interior trim, touch-up painting, and exterior landscaping. Please contact Tom Geary, twgeary@aolcom, or 253-549-2668, for more information on how to sign-up.

St. Mark's Card Delivered to Our Neighbors at Temple Beth El

Last Tuesday evening, it was an honor to present the card signed by more than one hundred members of St. Mark's to our friends at Temple Beth El in Tacoma. It said: "We love our Neighbors at Temple Beth El." The group pictured here was present at the Interfaith Encounter which was hosted that evening by members of the Islamic Center of Tacoma. After the violent expression of anti-Semitism at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh that claimed the lives of eleven people, we have all felt a renewed call to stand together as sisters and brothers and to recommit ourselves to acts of solidarity in our local communities.

Special Request for Blankets for Shared Housing Services

It is getting cold out! As we at St. Mark's continue the collection of hygiene items for homeless youth served through SHS, we have received a special call for the donation of new and gently used blankets of any size. Blankets can be taken to the church office, and hygiene items can be dropped in the SHS bin outside the office.  Please, KEEP THE DONATIONS COMING! Thank you to all who contributed. Questions? Contact Roz Lueck-Mammen at 253-565-6398.

Needed items:
shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss
deodorant , soap, body wash
feminine hygiene, disposable razors
hair dressing / curling creme
new/gently used bath and hand towels, sheets/pillow cases twin or full

Rock City Church Has Invited Us to Join Them for a Worship Service and Meal on Saturday, November 15, at 5:30 p.m. 

It was good to have Pastor Annie Jones-Barnes with us in October, and now we are looking forward to joining her and her congregation at their place of worship. We will share more details about the gathering in the next edition of the Bridge. For now, please mark the date on your calendar and plan to join us at this special event.  Rock City is currently worshipping at Westminster Presbyterian Church, which is located at 236 E. B Street in Tacoma.

You are invited to an Interfaith Celebration of Gratitude on Tuesday, November 20, at 7 p.m.

Join us as we come together in peace and community at Thanksgiving to reflect on gratitude and compassion. For more than a quarter of a century, this annual gathering has brought together people of many faith traditions. The service may include choirs and participants from the Bahá'í, Buddhist, Roman Catholic, Center for Spiritual Living, The Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant, Sufi, and Unitarian Universalist faith traditions. This year's servicewill be at  First Christian Church of Tacoma , which is located at 602 N. Orchard Street.  A reception and fellowship time will follow the service.  

Do You Like to Bake Bread?

We are currently looking for more bakers who lovingly provide the bread for weekly communion at St. Mark's. Bakers simply sign up for the Sundays they prefer, follow our tried-and-true recipe for the communion bread, and then bring it to Church for us to share at the Lord's Table. If you would like to do this, please contact our Church office and we will get you set up for a brief orientation. Thanks!

Third Quarter

Those in the third quarter of life, ages 50-75ish, are invited to share hope, laughter, and love through active events.

Thursday, November 15, at 6 p.m. meet at Tower Lanes, 6323 6th Ave, for mini golf, food and drinks.

Friday, December 14, 7:30-9 p.m., St. Charles Borromeo "Messiah".

Wednesday, December 19, 5:30 p.m. meet at church for Christmas sing-along and fellowship.  

Care Ministry Team Commissioned this Sunday

For many years our congregation has been faithfully served by Stephen Ministers who have walked alongside people during difficult chapters of life. We have been blessed by their ministry. In the coming weeks we will transition to a new model, the Care Ministry Team. This team will be composed of current Stephen Ministers as well as others who are seasoned caregivers. The Care Ministry Team will serve as an extension of the pastoral care that is offered by Pastor Ruud, Pastor Sigi and Pastor Shjerven. It is our hope that this new model will allow more people to be accompanied and cared for during times of vulnerability and need. The Care Ministers will be commissioned in worship on Sunday, November 11. Their pictures can be found on the bulletin board outside the Church Office. We ask God's blessings upon their ministry!  

Living Well through Grief and Loss

Class begins November 7.  When someone you love dies, you experience grief in a number of ways. Grief is a natural emotion, and it is experienced differently by each person. Depending on your relationship to the person who died, how death came to him or her, whether you were able to say goodbye, your beliefs, your background, and your personality, each of us reacts and processes the grief in a different way. As you walk through your season of grief and loss, you may find yourself feeling a range of emotions including sadness, regret, anger, guilt, relief, and a yearning to see the person again. All of these emotions, which are natural and normal, are given to us by God to help us understand our world. 

As you walk through a season of grief you are invited to journey with others for a 6-week class. The class will begin on Wednesday, November 7, at 5: 45 p.m., following the 5:00 p.m. dinner, which you are welcome to attend. We will finish by 7:15 so those who wish may worship together at Evensong. We will meet in Pastor Ruud's office. Pastor Sigi Helgeson will facilitate this group using materials from Living Compass. Brochures with more information about the class are available at the Welcome Center in the Parish Commons. If you want to come to the class please contact the church office or Pastor Sigi at

Women of St. Mark's

Thank you to all who participated in our Annual Bazaar. We brought in over $10,000 thanks to all the helpers, crafters, and buyers! We will have a meeting in the next month to determine how to distribute the funds. Stay tuned for more information on date and time.

We are now gearing up for our annual Advent Brunch.  The brunch will be held on Saturday, December 1 this year.  Tickets will go on sale soon, so look for our table in the Narthex.

LWR School Kits and WPC Nepal

LWR School Kits: 182 school kits were packed and shipped last Friday to LWR! Thank you to St. Mark 's 9-12th grade youth and others who built kits on October 28. We have enough pencils, crayons, and erasers to cover next year's need! Thank you to all who contributed to help children write positive futures!

WPC Nepal: On Sunday, November 11 & 18, Lila, Founder of the  Friends of the Women's Protection Center in Nepal ,  will have a table with scarfs & jewelry made at the safe home that can be purchased! Learn about the safe home, how it protects women/children from human trafficking, & St. Mark's support. Visit  or contact Catherine Terrill for more information.
Children and Youth Faith Formation
Adult Faith Formation

Sunday Adult Faith Formation
9:45 a.m. Adult Forum Veteran's Stories: Three of our St. Mark's members who served in the military will be sharing their experiences and helping us consider ways we can support veterans in our community. All are welcome!

Please invite family, friends, and neighbors who own rental properties in Pierce County to the Sunday, November 18, Adult Forum at 9:45 a.m. in the Parish Commons Classroom. Alexis Eykel from the Landlord Liaison Program at Associated Ministries will be here to talk about the program and its benefits to both landlords and renters. For more information, go to:

11:00 a.m. Crossways Bible Study is on hiatus until December 2.

Wednesday Adult Faith Formation
Morning Bible Study:  The 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning Bible study meets in the Parish Commons #1 Classroom. We begin gathering at about 9:15 for coffee and visiting. We are people with varying faith and Bible experiences, who help each other by sharing our questions and insights. This fall we will study the book of Romans. For more information, contact Linda Durant, , or (253) 363-8202.

Noon Text Study Luncheon, Parish Commons Classroom: Come for this lively discussion of the texts for the upcoming Sunday, hosted by the preacher.

Midweek Renewal 6:15 p.m., Parish Commons Classroom;   Heaven and Hell: A Lutheran lens on the biblical witness. 

Fully Alive Bible Study, Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. in the Fireside Room. Our topic is Women of the Bible, The Beautiful and The Ugly. Please join us. 

Speak Up: Moral Voices

The Peace and Justice Committee at St. Mark's suggests we all consider using our moral voices to advocate for justice in the following areas: food, housing, creation, and immigration. 

Please click  here to read a piece from the The New York Times on ocean warming.

St. Mark's Preschool Director Opening

St. Mark's Preschool has enjoyed a history of excellent leadership over the years, and is ready for a new chapter to begin! If you have a background in Early Childhood education (or equivalent experience), are a member of St. Mark's (or excited to become one), and administrative experience, we invite you to consider this position. Click to access the Job Description and Application Process,  or you can find the documents in the Church Office. If you have questions about the position, please contact Pastor Shjerven ( or Preschool Board Chair Julie Milasich (

Sign Up to Have Your Holiday Shopping Dollars Help St. Mark's
Did you know that St. Mark's can earn "free" money nearly every time you shop at Amazon, Fred Meyer, or Bartells? These companies will donate money to our church at absolutely no cost to us--and it can really add up. Every dollar earned will be applied to our Mortgage Principal Retirement Fund. Please take the time to sign up, following the instructions below. The same information can also be found on our church website under the  Ways to Give Financially tab. Please contact Jennifer Droubay in the church office if you have any questions.
Amazon Smile
St. Mark's can benefit financially almost any time you shop with Amazon! AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, shopping features, and Amazon Prime member benefits as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Every item available for purchase on is also available on AmazonSmile at the same price. Since you use the same account on and AmazonSmile, your shopping cart, Wish List, registries, and other account settings remain the same. 
To register, go to Under your Accounts & Lists menu, click into Your AmazonSmile, search for "St Marks Lutheran By the Narrows", and designate St. Mark's from there.
Fred Meyer
If you have a free Rewards Card at Fred Meyer, nearly every purchase you make there can benefit St. Mark's. (If you don't have a card, applications should be available at all registers or at the Customer Service Desk.) You just need to link your card once to St. Mark's. Go to If you don't have an online account, you will need to create one. Then scroll all the way to the bottom of page and click on Fred Meyer Community Rewards link --> click on Re-enroll or Link your Rewards Card Now and search for "St. Mark's Lutheran Church by the Narrows." You will continue to receive Rewards Points, Rebates and Fuel Points.
Bartell Drugs
St. Mark's can earn from 1% to 4% on eligible purchases from Bartells if you have a free 'B' Caring Card. (If you don't have a card, you can pick one up at any Bartell Drugs.) There are three ways you can choose to link St. Mark's to your Bartell's card: (1) complete a hard copy "escrip" registration form at the store; (2) call 1-800-931-6258; or (3) register online at
Thank you in advance!

Children's World Christmas Tree

Children's World Christmas tree for our downstairs entry is still asking for ornament donations. We have collected many from all over the world and from local sites as well making it exciting to visualize our upcoming Christmas tree. We still need more. Keep St. Mark's in mind when you travel and even when you unpack your home tree ornaments. Perhaps you have a few spare items that would fit our world tree theme. This is a donation that will be fun for you to see year after year as you are reminded of  your travel journeys.  Green baskets are located downstairs, in the office, and on the Christmas table in the narthex. Please place your ornaments in any of these baskets. Thank you for your donation. Questions? Contact

Free Pierce County Film Series Focuses on Family Caregiving

Pierce County Aging & Disability Resources is hosting another film in our Films on Caregiving series: I'll Be Me. Musician Glen Campbell  starts a farewell tour after he is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and he and his family navigate the unpredictable nature of the disease through love, laughter, and music. The film shows Saturday morning, November 10, at the Grand Cinema, 606 Fawcett Ave in Tacoma.  Doors open at 10:30 a.m.; film shows at 10:45 a.m.   Free tickets available online at or call the Aging & Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600. Film r ated PG.  

Church Office Hours

The church office is open  Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-noon, 1:00-4:00 p.m . and  Sunday from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

*The door to the office is locked during preschool hours (8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.); please knock or ring the doorbell and someone will let you in promptly!

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