The Bridge
The Weekly Newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
 October 10 , 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
Sigi Helgeson, Visitation
Ingelaurie Lisher, Youth and Family
Music Ministry
Contemporary Music Ministry
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: Potato bar, chili, salad  ( 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

Men's Retreat in October

All St. Mark's men are invited to join us for a time of rest, renewal, recreation, fellowship, devotions, prayer, learning about Thomas Merton, and getting to know other men from our congregation. We will gather at Camp Burton on Vashon Island on October 19-20, and the cost of the retreat is $120. Scholarship assistance is available. Our guest speaker will be Dr. David Golemboski. In addition to his teaching and writing, David speaks on the life and work of Thomas Merton, and he serves as Vice President of the International Thomas Merton Society. Pastor Jan Ruud will host the event and lead our devotional and prayer time together. You can register by contacting the church office or stopping by the table in the Narthex on Sunday morning. Space is limited, and we ask that you provide a $50 down payment at the time of registration.

Third Quarter

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

Tuesday (note Tuesday this month), October 16, at 6 p.m. meet at Harmon Brewing in downtown Tacoma, 1938 Pacific Ave, for brews, dinner and conversation.

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

LWR School Kits

Join us this Sunday from 11:00-1:00! 

If you like to organize, unwrap and count...join us in the Youth room (downstairs) to prepare LWR school supplies for building School Kits later this month! THANK YOU for your donations of supplies and time that help write positive futures for children! Contact Catherine Terrill with questions.

Wreath Sales

Scout Troop 216 and Venture Crew 216 will be selling wreaths in the lobby through October. Stop by and support us by buying a beautiful Christmas wreath or greenery. We'll be there each Sunday from 9:15 until noon. Questions? Contact Jeni Keister 253-579-7710.

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

Women of St. Mark's

Time to prepare for our Bazaar. Please stop by our table in the Narthex and fill out a form to indicate how you will be participating in our annual Bazaar. We need lots of hands to make this another success. Please leave the forms in the basket on our table. This helps us prepare for the Bazaar. We will be making Lefse on Thursday, November 1, and Bazaar set up on Friday. There will be containers available at the table for your bake goods. Please tag your items with a sales price.    

We will be having book sales and collectibles! This is a good time to let your books and collectibles move to brighten lives! Please bring all items for the Bazaar to the Church on Friday, November 2.  

We have fabric ready for all of you sewers that would like to help the Quilters. We need quilt tops sewn together for the Quilters. The fabric and instructions are available on our table in the Narthex.

If you have a question, please call Barbara Meyers at 253-756-9352 or send me an email at,  If I am not available, please contact Pat Geary, Katie Cootsona or Bonnie Wascher. 

Join us for the 2nd Annual Gathering of Lutherans and Catholics on October 11

Once again, we will be gathering at St. Charles Boromeo Catholic Church for a great evening of shared faith and community building together which will include dinner, dialog, and worship. Our theme this year is: "CAN WE TALK? How We Engage in Difficult Conversations as Baptized People of God."  We are excited to have Dr. Kevin O'Brien and Dr. Marit Trelstad from PLU as our guest speakers. The dinner begins at  6:00 p.m. and the event will conclude at  8:30 p.m. Please sign up for the event by going to this link:, or by adding your name to the sign-up sheet in the Narthex at church. We hope to see you there!

Children and Youth Faith Formation

Upcoming Milestone and Marker Events:
  • Sunday, October 21: 1st Communion Instruction with Pastor Rebecca and Celesta Smith 9:45 a.m. in the CFC for children 4 years old and older, parents attend with their child. RSVP for this event by October 14 if you plan on attending.
Looking ahead...Christmas Program letter to parents of children preschool to 5th grade went out October 7. Please contact Celesta Smith if you did not receive one. Please return by October 21.

Confirmation Ministry: 
3rd year: 
  • Saturday, October 27: Celebration Brunch, 10-11:30 a.m. here at St. Mark's. RSVP by October 21 to Celesta Smith,, or to Ingelaurie Lisher at ingelaurie@smlutheran.org1st/2nd year studentsdon't forget to sign up to help out-the sign up genius link is live.
  • Sunday, October 28: Affirmation of Baptism Celebration at 11:00 a.m. Worship Service
Thursday Nights for youth: October 11: Youth Choir 6:30-7:30 p.m.; October 18: Youth Group and Youth Choir.

Adult Faith Formation

Sunday Adult Faith Formation
9:45 a.m. The Adult Forum on October 14 will present information on current U.S. Congressional legislation relevant to food programs such as SNAP and WIC.  Materials for writing to your representatives concerning these programs will be available. 

11:00 a.m. Crossways Bible Study continues.

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: "Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis." In September and October we will study this historic document, written by several "elders" in the Church. This document calls for Christians to be very clear about our identity in Christ and the necessity to reject the rise of oppression based on race, gender, identity, and class. To view the document and learn of its origin, go to  

Note: We also have an opportunity to be part of a multi-congregational study of "Reclaiming Jesus" which will be taking place on Monday evenings throughout the fall. Pick up a schedule on the Welcome Center if you are interested in studying with our Christian neighbors.

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. 

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) works every day to pair vulnerable refugees with LIRS service partners who are uniquely equipped to support their needs. LIRS also promotes advocacy to encourage US policies that are consistent with their mission and Lutheran values. Find more information here.

Bread for the World Offering of Letters

Amazingly, hunger remains an issue both domestically and internationally. We have an opportunity to be vocal advocates for the hungry. Briefly, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed different versions of the Farm Bill. Importantly, the Farm Bill includes funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Women, Infant, Children (WIC) nutrition, and school meals programs. The Senate bill is much more generous to these programs.  The resolution will not take place until after the midterm elections! You can have an impact! Join us on October 14 in writing to representatives expressing your opinions on these important programs.

Free Pierce County Film Series Focuses on Family Caregiving

Films on Caregiving - Miss You Already
October 13 - An honest and powerful story following two best friends as they navigate life's highs and lows. Inseparable since they were young girls, they can't remember a time they didn't share everything. But nothing prepares them for life-altering news when one of them undergoes treatment to battle breast cancer. Free film held at the Grand Cinema, 606 Fawcett in Tacoma. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Film shows at 10:45 a.m. Free popcorn.  Tickets at  (click on News & Events) or call 253-798-4600.

Member Notes and News
Robert Monsen will be in the play Incident at Vichy, by Arthur Miller, at the University of Washington, School of Drama, in Seattle this month.

It is a play  relevant to the times we live in: families being split up, rumors flying, racism, discrimination on all levels is rampant, AND it all is accepted!

For complete information, times, and place of performance, go to:    

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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