The Bridge
The Weekly Newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
 October 3 , 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: Tacos, chips & salsa, refried beans, 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.

Bring Your Animals to be Blessed on October 4 

We are inviting the whole neighborhood to our annual Blessing of the Animals on  October 4 at 5:00 p.m. in our church courtyard. Please invite your neighbors and friends to join us as we remember God's love and blessing for all creatures, great and small. This year, we will serve refreshments after the brief blessing and each pet will receive a certificate. 

We Are Collecting Used Towels to Give Away at the Blessing of Animals

If you have any used towels that you would like to share with a pet owner, please bring them to St. Mark's by October 3. Any towels that remain after the event will be brought to the Humane Society. 

Women of St. Mark's

Our September Craft Night was held on Friday, September 28 in the Youth Room. We assembled the Snowman Chocolate Bars, a favorite at the Bazaar. Thank you to Katie, Pat, Linda, and Ann for helping put together these  Bazaar favorites.

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 is on Friday. There will be containers available at the table for your baked 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!

Troop 216 Family Day

Troop 216 is having a family day at St. Mark's for boys (11 yrs +) interested in joining our troop. We will be building a monkey bridge or tower using pioneering skills, lashing, and knots as well as some CPR dummies to introduce CPR skills. We will be serving hamburgers and hot dogs. We'll have a great time. It will run from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, October 6. For more information, contact Doug Dingman, Scoutmaster, at 206-255-4962.

Thank You and Update from Ukranian Refugee Family

Thank You from family: Dear friends from the Church of St. Mark's, I wholeheartedly wish to thank you and God for the diligence that you have shown and continue to show in the help and support of our family. Whenever we use the things you have donated for us, we thank God and we remember you in our prayers. We appreciate all the time that you spend on us. This is very precious before God, God who is rich in mercy and blessings will grant you a hundredfold!  With love for you Ruslan, Oksana, Elizabeth, Mark, Daniel and Lyudmila

Update: Mom (Oksana), Dad (Ruslan), and Grandmother (Lyudmila) began English classes at Pierce College last week. Oksana and Ruslan were also offered work-study jobs on campus -- great experience and some income for the fall quarter! Oksana will be working in the kitchen and Ruslan in the 'buildings' department. Ruslan passed his driving test, and so now has a Washington state license! Contact John Avery if you would like to help with English practice ( or 253.759.6365).

The adults could use warm coats, hats, gloves, and boots or walking shoes for the winter. Their daughter Elizabeth (age 10, shoe size 6-6.5 US, 37 European) needs the same. Elizabeth likes anything pink! The boys have coats, but need shoes, boots, gloves, and hats.  Mark (age 7, shoe size 2-2.5 US, 33 European), and Daniel (age 5, child size 12 US, 30 European). If you have gently used clothing that would be wonderful! Oksana and Lyudmila are size small and Ruslan is size medium-large for jackets or sweaters. Oksana's shoe size is 6 US, 36-37 European, Lyudmila's shoe size is 7 US, 37.5 European, and Ruslan's shoe size is 9.5 US, 42.5 European. Please deliver to the church and someone from the Circle of Welcome team will deliver to the family.

Produce Palooza Update

Produce Palooza is over for this season. Thanks to everyone who participated. See you next year!

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 goes out on Sunday, October 7! 

Confirmation Ministry: 
3rd year: 
  • Wednesday, October 24: Serve dinner at Peace Community Center, 4:40-6:30 p.m. Sign up by October 21 with Ingelaurie Lisher if you are able to attend. 
  • 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 goes live October 1. 
  • Sunday, October 28: Affirmation of Baptism Celebration at 11:00 a.m. Worship Service
Thursday Nights for Youth: October 4 Youth group 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Youth Choir 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Adult Faith Formation

Sunday Adult Faith Formation
9:45 a.m. Table Talk offers the chance to gather around tables with our coffee and treats for informal conversation. It is more than "small talk", and is not a formal study or class. Table Talk is a place to connect with others in a small group setting. Check it out!  

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

Wednesday Adult Faith Formation
Women's Morning Bible Study:  The 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning Bible study meets in the Parish Commons #1 Classroom. Ladies begin gathering about 9:15 for coffee and visiting. We are ladies 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. 

The ELCA World Hunger effort is more than the donations that St. Mark's sends, thanks to your generosity. Click  here to take action by learning more and speaking up through the ELCA's advocacy network.

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.

Memorial Service for Grace Anderson

A memorial service for Grace Anderson, wife of former St. Mark's pastor Gene Anderson, will be held on October 6 at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Cross Lutheran Church in University Place. 

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.

Fear No Evil Church

Fear No Evil, our ELCA dance church in Tacoma led by lay developer and dancer Lauren Vignec, is having their next dance event on October 6 at 5 p.m. Here is a link to the description: (worded for people outside of the dance scene).  
If you have never witnessed Krump, this is your opportunity! Krump is from the acronym K.R.U.M.P., which stands for Kingdom Radically Uplifted Mighty Praise, presenting Krump as a faith-based art form, some of the dancers escaping gang-life and releasing anger in a positive and non-violent way. Krump is a street dance popularized in the US, characterized by free, expressive, exaggerated, and highly energetic movement. 
Church address is 1427 E 40th St, Tacoma.

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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