The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   Aug 24 , 2016 
Sunday Worship      
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St. Mark's Staff
Phil Rue, Visitation
Ingelaurie Lisher, Youth and Family
Music Ministry
Contemporary Music Ministry
Manager of Finance and Operations
Office Manager
Just Shopping

Just Shopping is an Internet Fundraising Program at St. Mark's. It's part of a three-tiered plan to eliminate our building debt by 2023. On-line purchase made through our website with affiliate companies helps pay off our building loan. Thank you for your support and please share this internet shopping opportunity with your family and friends! For more information, click here to visit our website. 


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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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Fall Sunday School Event, September 11th

Children's Faith Formation Fall Sunday school is set to begin with an intergenerational focus on September 11 following our Day of Service at L'Arche on September 10 and continuing emphasis on God's creative activity in nature.    Teachers will be installed and blessed; families will receive information on the coming Sunday school year; and kids will receive a blessing as they begin a new school year.  Regular classes begin on September 18.  Registration for Sunday school helps us keep information up to date on your child--forms are available each Sunday in the Narthex and on-line this week.  Are you interested in teaching?  There is room for you on one of our teaching teams and we would love to have you consider this important ministry with children!  Teachers ARE needed.  See the display table in the Narthex on Sundays or talk with/e-mail Char Leone (  

God's Work, Our Hands! Join us at L'Arche Farm and Gardens. Sign Up Now!

Sign up NOW for the "GOD'S WORK. OUR HANDS." EVENT AT L'ARCHE FARM AND GARDENS on Saturday, September 10 . People of all ages are invited to join us for outdoor worship (under a large covering called "The Barn") from  11:30am-Noon ; a Potluck Lunch with greetings from leaders of the L'Arche Community from  Noon-1:00pm ; and Service Projects at L'Arche from  1:00pm-2:30pm .  We'll probably do some weeding, trimming, clearing of brush, planting, and domestic chores. You can choose you project you want to participate in when you are there. We are asking each household to bring a dish for the potluck which can serve about 10-12 people. We will provide beverages and plates, cups, etc. If you can't be there for all three events, just indicate which ones you plan to attend when you sign up. If you would like a ride from church, you may indicate that as well when you sign up. Also, the first thirty people to sign up will receive a "God's Work Our Hands" T Shirt.  You can sign up on the large easel in the narthex, or by calling the church office at 253-752-4966. You may also email us at: .  We are excited for this opportunity to strengthen our ties with the L'Arche community and do God's work with our hands! Directions to L'Arche Farm and Gardens can be found at this link: 

Hiring SMLC Hospitality Host (aka Cook Extraordinaire)!

We are actively seeking a candidate to provide delicious meals for  Wednesday evening dinners (beginning 9/14) and  Sundaylunches (beginning 9/18) from mid-September through mid-June. This job includes planning, prepping, cooking, serving, and cleaning up after meals. A desirable candidate would be comfortable with commercial kitchen appliances and be largely self-led, while working well within a team environment. We would be happy to speak with church members, as well as non-members that you would recommend. Please contact the church office for a position description or provide a letter of interest and resume to Jennifer Droubay ( or  253-752-4966). Thank you!

Thank You Boy Scouts!

A big THANK YOU goes out to Boy Scout Troop 216 for their service project at our church this past Saturday, 8/20. The scouts and their leaders spread 18 yards(!) of bark to get the grounds looking terrific for the start of fall programs here at St. Mark's. And a special thank you to member Paul French for pulling all the volunteers and details together. Next time you see the Scouts, please let them know their service and dedication is very much appreciated!

Family Housing Network returning Sept. 17-24!

Beginning Saturday, September 17, St. Mark's will again host up to five homeless families with children. This is our fourth year as part of the Family Housing Network. Volunteers are needed to bring meals, prepare bedrooms, and host the families during the evening and overnight. See the signup table in the narthex!

Long-Term Property Maintenance Reserve Update

You may recall that in 2015, our congregation started funding a reserve for large-scale facilities projects needed around the church. Thanks to your generosity, we have over $21,000 in that fund to date and have an additional $17,000 in the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget that was approved at our  May 22nd  congregational meeting. We will start seeing the benefits of our collective stewardship toward the end of August, as Washington Patriot Construction begins to replace the woodpecker-damaged siding on the northwest corner of the sanctuary (replacing cedar siding with Hardie siding/trim). Washington Patriot is just one of the firms that bid this project, and is a legacy firm of Wade Perrow, who constructed our parish commons/preschool addition. We are so excited to take this first, readily visible step toward caring for our facility through the long-term property maintenance fund. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jennifer Droubay at the church office  (253-752-4966 ).

Refugee Resettlement Bathroom Kits

Thank you for your generous donations to provide bathroom kits to new refugee families coming to our community!   At the end of the month, we'll have exceeded our goal.    We filled 36 plastic bins with bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, toilet paper, soap, a wastebasket, and a shower curtain for a family's new apartment.   Any donations received on August 28 will allow us to fill a few more bins.   Thank you!     Please stop by the refugee ministry table in the narthex  today (Aug. 28) if you are interested in providing transportation, cultural orientation, mentoring, or language/tutoring.   We have applications for interested volunteers.     More information?  Contact Kathleen Campbell at or 253.820.3297.

LWR: "We Need School Kits"

It's that time! With school supplies at their lowest prices of the year, our annual drive to collect school supplies for LWR School Kits is August 21-September 18 (all items needed).  Our goal is to pack 100 school kits with the Youth in October.  In 2015, LWR delivered a total of 152,585 school kits around the Globe!  Imagine having to choose between a meal or purchasing a notebook. Project Promise School Kits are sent to places where even the few required school supplies may be more than a family can afford. Thank you for helping children reach their full potential! 

Please drop-off supplies in the Narthex and look for updates on needs as we start collecting!     

Spiral Notebooks  (70 page-8" x 10.5")
#2 pencils  (unsharpened)
Pencil sharpener 
Blunt scissors
Blue or black ballpoint pens  (no gel)
Ruler  (30 centimeter)
Crayons  (16 or 24 pack)
Eraser  (2.5")


St. Mark's Marimba Camp This Week 

St. Mark's will be hosting a Marimba Camp the 22nd to the 26th of this month.   Have fun everyone!

Pierce County Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference

Saturday, September 17- The annual Pierce County Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference is an opportunity for individuals and families to learn about Alzheimer's and other dementias, get practical tips and skills, hear about local resources and pick up important information from area providers.  The keynote with Dr. Stephen Thielke, MD, will focus on managing agitation and challenging behaviors with and without medications.  Breakout sessions include home modifications, hospice & end of life, legal issues, paying for care, meaningful activities and a hands-on dementia experience.  The Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference is free.  Registration at  8 a.m. ; keynote at  9 a.m. ; event ends at  1 p.m.  at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1315 N. Stevens in Tacoma.  Refreshments provided.  RSVP is required  online  or by calling  (253) 798-8787 .  Complimentary respite care is available by contacting Cascade Park Gardens - call  (253) 475-3702 .  Call  (253) 798-4600  for event details.

Thrivent  Builds Worldwide: Return to Romania

Thrivent Builds celebrated a milestone in its partnership with Habitat for Humanity when it launched a Worldwide Build in Romania in 2005.   Eleven years later, Thrivent Builds Worldwide will return to Romania, and you are invited to participate!
Visit to learn more about how to be part of the team travelling to Romania October 1st-8th, 2016.  You will find information about the costs involved, the registration process, and who to contact with questions.  (Talking to our own Tom Geary is also helpful-he has worked with Habitat in Romania many times).

Women of St. Mark's

Our next "Creative Nite Out" is set for Friday, August 26th, 7 ­-9 pm. Mark your calendars and come join us! 

We will be working on wooden tags for the bazaar and finishing up the Angel Clothespin craft bags for the Advent Brunch.  We welcome all to come with their own projects and ideas.  We will have fabric and tools for Yo Yo garlands.  See you there!

Mark your calendars for the following events: The annual Bazaar will be held on November 5th this year and the Advent Brunch will be on December 3rd.

We will need lots and lots of baked goods along with all of your wonderfully creative items.  Please keep working on your items for sale at the Bazaar.  We need all congregation support to make these events happen.

Look for sign­up sheets for Bazaar help and the Advent Brunch.  Please contact Barbara Meyers at 253­756­9352 or email with questions or ideas.

Drivers Needed

  Drivers needed to transport St. Mark's member to Sunday worship.  If you are willing to drive one Sunday per month, talk to Pastor Shjerven or Pastor Rue.
FHN Collecting School Supplies

Family Housing Network will be collecting school supplies for Back to School starting August 13th.  Please see the attached flyer for more information on this important service.  

Click here to view the attached flyer.
Evening Prayer with Sacred Art

Wednesdays, July 6-August 24 at 7:30pm
Each week we will gather near one of the beautiful pieces of art found in our church building.  We will sing and pray and hear scripture readings that connect us to the work of art and to God's Spirit moving among us.  Our 25 minute worship service will be followed by dessert and conversation. 
If you plan to attend and would like nursery care for your child, please let Ingelaurie Lisher know by the Sunday
"Small Bites" Text Study

Wednesdays, July 6-August 24 6:30-7:30pm in the Fireside Room.
We will gather around savory bites of food to read and discuss the scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday.  Pastors will offer insights they have had while studying the texts for preaching.  Those gathered will be invited to share their own insights, or are free to silently soak up the group wisdom.  All are welcome!
If you plan to attend and would like nursery care for your child, please let Ingelaurie Lisher know by the Sunday prior-
Take Them A Meal Volunteer Recruitment

Take Them A Meal: Continuing a long church tradition of providing food to support members who are ill or having a life difficulty, St. Mark's  is compiling  a list of members who would like to be potential meal providers. Potential meal providers would be notified by e-mail of meal requests.  Please call or  e-mail Janet Duris if  you would like to be a potential meal provider or if you would like additional information.  (Telephone: (253)582-4991 / e-mail: )

St. Mark's Preschool
St. Mark's Preschool is accepting registration packets for the 2016-2017 school year. Classes are available for children ages 2.5-6 years old.  To get more information and/or a registration packet, visit the preschool's website, or contact Anne Zimmerman (253) 752-4929 M-F 8:30-2:00.

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Classes are on hiatus for the summer, please join us again in the fall!

Member Notes and News
  Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon, Saturday August 27th.  The route will be going through our neighborhood.  Road closures will be from 7am-Noon.  Roads will open after the last runner passes.  For more information, 253-301-1321,

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