The Bridge
The Weekly Newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
 January 9 , 2019 
Sunday Worship      
8:30 a.m. Blended
9:45 a.m. Contemporary
11:00 a.m. Traditional
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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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NO Wednesday Church Night Tonight

Wednesday night dinner and programs for all ages will resume on Wednesday, January 16.

Save the Date: January 27, 2019

Coming January 27 is the St. Mark's Ministry Fair. The Fair will allow you opportunities to learn how you can serve in the different ministries of St. Mark's. Visit the different tables and get your passport stamped to enter a drawing for a prize. This fair will run from 9-11:15 a.m. and will be followed by our semi-annual congregational meeting. See the schedule below, save the date, and plan to attend!

"Passport to Mission" Sunday at St. Mark's Schedule 

9:00-11:15 a.m.: Ministry Fair in the Parish Commons-pick up your passport and receive stamps as you "tour" the variety of ministries that exist in our congregation and find ways you can be involved.

12-12:30 p.m.: Lunch for all children, youth, and adults.

12:30-2 p.m.: Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting for all voting members, m ovie time for children and youth.

Quilters are back for the spring season!

Join us Mondays from 9 a.m.-noon (PC). " NO SEW" tasks need volunteers. If you are not available Mondays, please consider sewing quilt tops at home. Assortments available in the Narthex or Church Office.

Grief Support Group

There will be a Grief Support Group meeting on Wednesday, January 9, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Pastor Jan's office.

Women of St. Mark's

Please join us on Wednesday, January 23, at 4:00 p.m. for our annual meeting to distribute the Bazaar funds. We will meet in the Library.  Come help us distribute the funds!

Stop by our table during the Ministry Fair on January 27. We would love to meet you!

Thank you to the Christmas decorators!

Many many thank yous to all the members who helped  in putting up and taking down of  Christmas decorations. You were a fantastic team and all of St. Mark's thanks you for  making our church more festive and beautiful for the season. You were all so great that without question, you will be called upon next year!!! Thank you again Laura Oellerich, Betsy Larson, Katie and Craig Cootsona, Linda Heath, Wendy Coovert, Cathryn Cummings, Connie Brown, Jan and Clare Walters, Gary and Chris Kreis. Also to Tom Rogers, Bill Krabler, and Doug Durant and his crew of "professional tree set up and take downs"'. And of course St. Mark's great staff who are always so helpful, kind, and generous with their time. Thank you everyone.  Mim Krabler

Third Quarter

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

Thursday, January 10, we will meet in the Parish Commons at 6:00 p.m. for a potluck and game night. Please bring your favorite board or card game and some food to share.

Chase the Chill

The temperatures are falling and the seasons are changing which means it's time for us to Chase the Chill   again this year. All knitters and crocheters are invited to create warm hats and scarves to be donated to shelters in Tacoma and to distribute to those who are living outdoors. Yarn has been donated for this project and is free to anyone who would like to make a hat or scarf to contribute. Please stop by the church office to pick up yarn or to pick up a Ziploc bag filled with a hat and scarf to keep in your car to give to anyone you see on the streets who might need some warmth. You could add other things to the bag that you think might be useful to someone, i.e. a bottle of water, a granola bar, a small gift card to McDonald's for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, whatever you choose. For more information talk with Eleanor Sherry or Linda McKeller .

Children and Youth Faith Formation
Sunday morning classes for children and youth resume Sunday, January 13, at 9:45 a.m.

High School Bowling: Sunday, January 20, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Cost: $10.00 per person, sign up by January 13. 
Synod Youth Retreat  (gr. 8-12): February 8-10, 2019. Registration forms and more info available on the youth board. 9th graders: this is your confirmation retreat; see Ingelaurie or your email for more info and your special rate. 
Save your spot! High School May Holden Youth Weekends: May 24-26, 2019. See the youth board for registration form and more info. Sign up by January 20 to reserve your spot. 
Middle School Service Learning Trip: W e are headed back to Rocky Boy in Box Elder, MT, for current 6-8th graders June 28-July 6, 2019. See the youth board for registration/applications and more info about the trip. High School and Adult leaders-see youth board to sign up to volunteer for the week. 

Adult Faith Formation

Sunday Adult Faith Formation
9:45 a.m. Adult Forum, PCC:  Companions on the Way: Peace Community Center. We will get an update on all the amazing ministry that PCC is doing in Tacoma's Hilltop. We thank Miranda Martens (Annual Fund Coordinator) and Ruth Tollefson (Acting Executive Director) for hosting this conversation.

11:00 a.m. Crossways Bible Study, the Gospel according to Matthew

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

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

Wednesday Midweek Renewal, PCC:  Begins January 16- The Trinity as Divine Dance; Using the work of Fr. Richard Rohr, we will brush off our images of the Triune God. Participants do not need to buy Rohr's book, as we will use only selected portions. Materials will be supplied. Come for this thought-provoking, faith-deepening journey! 

Lydia Circle: Meets first Tuesday of the month at noon. Bring your own lunch. We use the Lutheran Women's  Gather magazine. We welcome NEW members! Come join us.

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. 

Troubled Waters or River of Life?  Christian worship and care for Earth's waters-  Saturday, February 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, Tacoma; register at  (until Feb 11); for additional information, see Welcome Center.

St. Valentine's Celebration: Saturday, February 9, 6:00 - 8:00  p.m. at St. Mark's   

Jekesa Marimba  Band

Elegant desserts , a  silent auction , and an opportunity to learn more about how we at St. Mark's are  helping women incarcerated at the Washington Correction Center for Woman (Purdy) and Mission Creek Correction Center for Women in Belfair...and their families.  
 $15.00 - suggested donation. Auction item donations are appreciated.
Make your reservation at the table in the narthex or contact Joan Nelson at or 253-208-3307. Or, send your check to Empowering Life, PO Box 1803, Gig Harbor, WA 98335 with the number in your party.

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 learn about anti-hunger legislative priorities for the 2019 Washington State Legislative Session here. The legislative session  begins January 14  and you may check this website for updates, or sign up for alerts from the same web page.

Memorial Service for Richard Moe

A Memorial Service for Richard Moe will take place on Saturday, February 9, at 2 p.m. at Lagerquist Hall on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University.  All are welcome to join in celebrating Dick's life!

Tickets on Sale Now! Interfaith Women's Conference

Registration is now open for our second biennial Interfaith Women's Conference, to be held on  Saturday, March 9, in University Place . Visit our website to read about the 35+ workshops and 40+ presenters highlighting the theme  "Seeking Peace: Our Journey." This unique event draws 600 women of all faiths and goodwill to come together to experience the power of unity and discover new ways to strengthen our communities. The conference is designed for women interested in exploring the potential and power of interfaith collaboration, renewing their personal spiritual life, and engaging with their community to spur positive change.  Associated Ministries is also proud to present An Evening with Elizabeth Smart at the Rialto Theatre the evening before the conference.  More information about Elizabeth Smart and tickets can be found here.

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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