The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
    October  28 , 2015 
Grace Notes: 
For All the Saints
When the person waiting on our table this week saw that we had raised our glasses several times for toasts, she asked "Are you celebrating something special?" "Yes," we said, "we're celebrating the life of Gerald Faaren who died on this twenty sixth day of October." It wasn't the answer she expected.

Gerald was my wife's father. He was supremely kind and generous, and he took delight in all eighty four years of life that God gave him. Now, it is our tradition to give thanks for him on his "Feast Day", as we call it. Perhaps many of you do the same thing in your own family traditions.

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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
5:00pm Little Angels 
5:15pm Dinner is served 
Spaghetti and Dessert   Sug. donation $5/person
5:30pm Joyful Noise 
6:00pm Jubilation Choir  
6:00pm Praise Team Rehearsal
6:15pm Holy Moly! 
6:15pm Faith Journey
6:15pm Midweek Renewal
7:30pm Prayer Service

Childcare is provided from 5-8pm for children up to 5 years old while parents attend meetings, Bible study, and worship.

Sunday (Nov. 1)   is All Saints  Sunday .

You are invited to bring a framed picture of a loved one that you are remembering that day. We will place all of these pictures in our worship space as a reminder of the communion of saints that remains united by the love of God in Jesus Christ.
Sunday (Nov. 1) Daylight Savings Ends

Daylight Savings Time ends this week.  Please remember to turn your clocks back an hour on Saturday night!

Prayers and Blessing for the Nicaragua Mission Team
We are glad the the following people from St. Mark's are able to participate in a Habitat for Humanity Global Village project in Nicaragua from  October 30-November 8: Gary and Linda Petersen (Team Leaders), Jan Ruud and Linda Faaren, Diana Busch, Steve Cox, Loren Donahue, Don Hauiesen, Deborah Herforth, Bill Klancke, Tom Roberts, and Elizabeth Skarshaug. They will be joined members of other churches, including Brad and Julie Bitar, Carol Petersen, Bruce Wilcox, Gordon and Melissa Henry, and Marcia and Mike Madden. Please keep them in your prayers as they travel and serve and learn about the many gifts that God has gives us to share with each other in the global village that is created and loved by God.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people  dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated,  repaired and improved more than 600,000 houses worldwide providing simple, decent and affordable shelter  for more than 3 million people.  Habitat for Humanity began working in Nicaragua in 1984. Since then, Habitat for Humanity Nicaragua has served more than 5,000 families in that beloved country.

Stewardship 102: Plans for Giving
Third quarter giving statements arrived in our mailboxes in the past few days, and we read about the continuing generosity of St. Mark's people in supporting the ministries of our congregation. Again, the Stewardship Ministry Team gives thanks for the faithful response throughout 2015!
The Plan for Giving card in the 3rd quarter mailing invites us to consider our financial contributions for the first six months of 2016.   If you submitted a Plan for Giving for 2015 and wish to continue at the same level for January to June 2016, simply check the option on the card and your amount will be entered into the church data base. If you submitted and Plan for 2015 and wish to change your giving, complete the information on the card. For those who did not do a plan for 2015 and want to make a plan now, this is the card you may use.
If you are a person who wishes to make a one-time gift anytime in 2015 or until June 2016, the card has a space for that option as well.
Plans for Giving are a good tool to encourage intention in giving. They are also helpful to our council and Finance Committee as they prepared and monitor budgets. Thanks, in advance, for your prayerful consideration of the invitation to make a Plan. Please bring or mail them to church by November 15.
Please remember that Plans for Giving can be changed at any time by contacting Pat Buck in the church office.

Congratulations 2015 Confirmation Students
Congratulations to our 2015 Confirmation students 
who Affirmed their Baptism at the 11:00am service October 25, 2015.
Alison Hamner, Science and Math Institute (SAMI)  St. Mark's connection-mother Kristin Burg Hamner, brother Aiden; father Jay Hamner; extended family Kim and Mark, Dane, Kellen, Connor, and Lauren Meade; Avria, Steve, Mae, Greta and Ava Myklegard

Katherine Harris, Stadium High School  St. Mark's connection-mother Christine Harris; brother Thomas Harris

Isaiah Herforth, Science and Math Institute (SAMI)  St. Mark's connection-mother Dina Herforth; grandparents Diane and Dieter Herforth; aunt and uncle Deborah and David Herforth

Annika Hoseth, Foss High School  St. Mark's connection-parents Karl and Allison Hoseth, brother Kaelen ; extended family Abby Wigstrom-Carlson, Danny, Bergen, Kaijsa and Leif Carlson, Amy Wigstrom-Sonnen, Joseph, Zachary and Audrey Sonnen

Scott Newsom, Science and Math Institute (SAMI ) St. Mark's connection-parents Steve and Susan Newsom; brother Joey

Emma Neeb,   Bellarmine Prep. High School  St. Mark's connection-parents John and Michelle Neeb; brother Jacob; grandparents Martin and Barbara Neeb; aunt and uncle Kristina and Eric Williams; cousins Eric Williams Jr, Martin and Regan Stewart

Kellen Reese, Science and Math Institute (SAMI)  St. Mark's connection-parents Dirk and Cara Reese; brother Carl

Ben Rodin, Science and Math Institute (SAMI)  St. Mark's connection-parents Jon and Dawn Rodin; sister Sarah

Victoria Terrill,   Stadium High School  St. Mark's connection-parents Catherine and John Terrill; sisters Catarina and Sophia

Alex Torres, Gig Harbor High School  St. Mark's connection-mother Michelle Torres; sister Alesia; grandparents Sherry  and Tony Maiura;  extended family-Christy and Tom Burkhart and family; Lisa and Tony Daniels and family; Steve and Laura Spaulding and family; Tim and Debra Spaulding and family

Responding to the Tragedy in Roseburg, Oregon
Sometimes when tragedy strikes a community it is difficult to know how to respond in a meaningful manner. Pastor Jane Baker of Faith Lutheran Church in Roseburg, Oregon gives us an opportunity to respond to the shootings that recently took place in their community. She asks for support for Casa de Belen, a shelter for homeless teens which was impacted by the recent shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. The shelter couldn't hold its annual fundraiser, and thus is asking for outside help. This shelter is the kind of service that could help keep the marginalized youth engaged. It's these kids who sometimes prove so disaffected that they end up isolated and attracted to lashing out. Supporting this shelter could be a one-time effort and give tangible support to a traumatized community shattered by horrific gun violence. If you would like to support this shelter, you can respond directly by following the link in her letter or by putting some funds in an offering envelope with the designation: For Casa de Belen in Roseburg. The church will then send the funds received. Thank you from the Peace and Justice Ministry Team. 

LWR School Kit Results
Thank you to all that made bags and donated supplies for the build of 87 SCHOOL KITS that will be shipped in November to LWR! THANKS goes to 5th/6th grade youth who prepared supplies and the Jr Alyve group who built the kits.  LWR is in need of more kits as supplies have been depleted with the great need, so please continue to donate supplies as you are able for this worthy cause of helping children in need. Any questions, please contact Catherine Terrill at  253-732-3479.

ELCA Hunger and Leadership Publications
The  annual 2014 Year in Review for Supporters of the ELCA World Hunger Programs has been released.  The publication highlights the work being done throughout the world. You can see the publication at  

The Quarterly Seeds for the Parish has also been sent out.  This is a resource paper for Leaders of ELCA Congregations.  Visit to read their stories online.  

St. Mark's Preschool Fall Performance

St. Mark's Preschool is excited to invite members of the congregation to a Fall Performance and dinner on November 13th from 5:00-7:00. Preschoolers (ages 2-6) will be doing some singing, and chili dinner will be served (along with pumpkin pie!). Suggested donation is $5. Please sign up in the Narthex if you are interested in attending this event.
Family Housing Network Thanks You

Many thanks to the dozens of contributors and volunteers who made St. Mark's a warm, welcoming place for five homeless families October 17-24. Sixteen people, 6 adults and 10 children ranging from 10 months to eight years old, stayed overnight and shared evening and morning meals with us. We look forward to welcoming Family Housing Network again next year!

Christmas Wreaths

This is the last week to purchase  wreaths  for the Boy Scout fundraiser.  They are raising money for summer camp and would appreciate all support.  The Scouts are selling wreaths, center pieces, garland and gift wreaths which can be mailed around the U.S. The  wreaths will be delivered to the church the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25th.  Feel free to contact Jeni Keister with questions:  253-566-6884.  Thank you!
Adult Faith Formation

9:45am, Adult Forum, Parish Commons Classroom
November 1st,  The Adult Forum provides opportunities to reflect on Christian faith in light of current events and the daily decisions we need to make. Topics vary, leadership is shared, and the conversation is lively.
11:00am, Adult Class, Parish Commons Classroom
November 1st, The Letters to the  Hebrews
will be the epistle text in worship throughout the Fall. Hosted by Traci Drake. 

Parent Bible Study, Wednesdays, 9:15am, meets through November 11th, Parish Commons
All are welcome! Childcare is provided in the nursery.  

Fully Alive Bible Study,  Tuesdays, 5:15pm,  Fireside Room.
This fall we are discussing the book of Esther--about how God used her characteristics and traits to secure her peoples' survival. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Sherry Maiura (253) 549-4222.

Wednesday Women's Bible Study, 9:30am, Parish Commons Classroom. 
We bring a variety of maturity and experience in our faith journeys to this Bible Study, which enriches us all! If you have questions, please contact Linda Durant at (253) 363-8202 or

Text Study Luncheon, Wednesdays, Noon, Parish Commons
Gather for lunch and for  conversation and study around the text that will be heard in worship the following Sunday.  Conversation will be guided by the pastor who will be preaching, and by the insights and questions of the group.   

Midweek Renewal, Wednesday, 6:15pm, Fireside Room
Each week we will gather for a contemplative reading  scripture, and to learn about the man or woman whom the Church is commemorating that week.  Our time together will naturally flow into the 7:30 contemplative worship service, Prayer Around the Cross. 

First Friday Circle, Fireside Room, 10-11:15am, beginning Nov. 6
A new women's group is being formed especially for younger women.  The group will meet the first Friday of each month for coffee, pastry and conversation around issues in our lives, looking at how faith might affects those issues.  The online magazine CafĂ© will be used as our initial resource. You can check out the magazine at .  For further information, contact Celesta Smith at  or Diana Busch at .       
Children and Youth Faith Formation

T his week's Spark Notes is A Message From God
Spark Notes are fun activity sheets printable each week to 
supplement Sunday School lessons.

Christmas Children's Musical! It is that exciting time of year again when we will begin to gear up for our annual Christmas Children's Musical here at St. Marks. Amy Wigstrom will be our director, and we are so lucky to have her! Please see the attached form, and bring it with you if you on Sunday to give to Amy in Sunday School. Talk to your children about the show, and let them know it is going to be a lot of fun.

It's that time of year to get your 2016 Entertainment book.  Pick yours up today in the church office for only $25.00.
Coming up...

Sunday Mornings 9:45-10:45am-
  • 3 years old to 4th grade-Children's Faith Center (lower level by elevator)
  • 5/6th grade-Teal Room(lower youth wing)
  • 7/8th grade-attend worship as a class-November 1st
  • 9-12th grade-in the Fireside Room with Clara.
JR ALYVE Youth Group (6-8th grades) meets Nov. 5 and 19(1st and 3rd Thurs.) from 5:30-6:30pm for fun and games in the Parish Commons.  
Youth Choir (6-12th grades) meets each Thursday from 6:30-7:30pm each week in the Narthex with Cooper.   
Lutheran College Fair-Sunday, Nov. 8th Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (10021 NE 124th St. Kirkland WA 98034) 5:30pm Registration begins.
Rise Up Together Tour! Featuring Agape and Rachel Kurtz. For 9-12th graders Sunday November 15th 1-7pm at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett. Cost: $10.00 per person (includes concert and dinner on the way home). Sign up by Nov. 1 if you plan on attending.
9-12th grade Pie Making Event! Wednesday, November 25th 12-2pm at the church. Bring a 9x9 baking dish and a pie pan with you and $5.00 to help cover supplies. Sign up on the Youth Board by Nov. 22nd if you plan on attending.

DeLong Weekend Backpacks
Please check the table in the Narthex each week to see how you can help with our DeLong Backpack program. We are trying to fill 60 backpacks each week and can use more donations. Thank you for helping feed those in need.

Women's of St. Mark's Holiday Bazaar

Holiday Bazaar Sign-ups beginning Sunday, October 11

Thank you to everyone who has donated their gifts of time and talent so far!   We are still in special need of baked pies for anyone interested in participating.  

Look for our display and sign-up to help and/or donate handmade items,collectables, bakery, and/or used books.  Handmade items:  Price your items if you like.  We have price  tags available at our display table.  Bakery:  All bakery items accepted, cookies, breaks, cakes, pies etc.  Plastic clam shells for bakery available at our display table.  Collectables:  Bring in dishes, figurines, linens, framed art, Christmas decor, a nd antiques of all kinds.  Let us know if you have a price in mind.  Used Books:  All titles, adult and children.  Hardback and paperback.

Sign-up for lefse making.
Wednesday, November 4 - 6PM : preparing the potatoes.
Thursday, November 5 - 9AM: Lefse making, rolling, baking, and packaging. We will be boiling 100 pounds of potatoes and need your help.  There is a need for many hands to cool and package the lefse, so sign-up even though you do not make lefse.  Questions: Carol Paulson (252) 564-6838

Bazaar Set-iup: Friday, November 6 - 9AM
Please have all donations at the Church.  Bakery may come in on Friday
or Saturday AM.  We will be busy setting up displays  Lunch will be served.

Saturday: BAZAAR DAY!
Sign-up to help in the kitchen or Parish Commons.  Bazaar opens
at 9AM.  Plan to come and shop early for the best selection.

Bazaar Cafe:
We begin the day with Swedish pancakes with lingonberries at 9 AM.  Lunch menu includes, yellow pea soup, turkey noodle soup, bratwurst, and homemade pie. (we need homemade pies)  We are adding homemade Swedish meatballs to our menu.  Help in the kitchen or come and enjoy our delicious homemade food.

We will display any remaining items on Sunday morning, November 8. At 12 noon we will need help packing away after another successful Bazaar!

Remember: One half of our profits go out-of-house.
                    In house profits always support our quilters and
                    our Church kitchen.

A meeting will be held two weeks after the Bazaar,  Wednesday, November 18 - 6PM   Church Library,  to distribute funds.

Women of St. Mark's

Craft Night - Friday, October 30 - 6:00 PM- Library

This will be our last craft night for the year.  We will be competing bazaar
projects as well as pricing Bazaar items.  Join us for lively conversation
and light refreshments.

Interfaith Bible Study

You're invited to join an Interfaith Bible Study with members of Temple Beth El, Bethany Presbyterian Church, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, and our own St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows. The topic of our study this Fall is: "Finding God in the Other."  We'll explore Bible stories that teach us to see God in those who are different from us. From Hagar the Egyptian slave to Cyrus the Persian conquerer, we'll explore how God works in and through those whom God chooses, whether we like it or not. Please mark these dates on your calendar and plan to join us for this engaging series that will be led by the clergy of each congregation:
Nov. 5, 7:00pm at Temple Beth El, led by Pastor Sarah Wiles
Dec. 3, 7:00pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, led by Pastor Jan Ruud

To receive the Bible readings and discussion questions ahead of time, add your name to the sign-up sheet in the narthex or contact Pastor Ruud at:

New Art, Mural Painting

There is a new piece of art in the Parish Commons to the left of the coffee pots.  The mural painting is a standard depiction, found on church walls throughout Ethiopia, of St. Yared, who brought music to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.  He is said to have created the three distinctive types of church music (liturgical chants) inspired and guided by the Holy Spirit, who sent three angels to him in the form of birds.  It is their songs that formed the basis of the music he created.  As the story goes, when he sang this music in front of King GebreMeskel (the kings game means "servant of the cross"), they were both so enthralled by the music that neither one realized the king's spear had stabbed St. Yared's foot.  St. Yared is painted with his prayer stick in one hand and a sistrum (a rhythmic musical instrument of very ancient origin) in the other, both of which are still used today when clerics and choristers chant during church services. 

The painting is by Gard Giday, an artist from Aksum, who was born in 1976.  He is a prominent artist known for his mural paintings that cover the walls in many churches in northern Ethiopia.  His painting is exactly the sort that is first painted and then pasted on the walls of those churches, where they have assisted the teaching and sustaining of Christianity for at least fourteen hundred years. (Christianity arrived in Ethiopia in 330CE.)

Baptized this week

Baptized Sunday, October 25 at the  8:30am  service (children of Carl and Colette Stewart), 
Jordan Adarius Stewart, born 1/7/2013
Jaylen Zephaniah Stewart, born 9/17/2015

Tutors Needed

Peace Community Center(Hilltop Scholars) is in need of computer science and calculus tutors. If you are able to help please contact Bruce Sadler at

Job Opening at Creator Lutheran

Creator Lutheran in Bonney Lake is hiring for a Office Minsitry Coordinator. 

New Opportunities for the Connect and Care TimeBank

CCTB Training
Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 to 12:00

There is still time to sign up for the next round of Connect and Care TimeBank training.

It will be held on Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 to 12:00 in the Youth Room.  Call or email Patty Reinkensmeyer at 857-7977 or

CCTB Member Social and Help Session
Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 to 12:00

You are welcome to stop by the Upper Fireside Room for visiting with other TimeBank members and refreshments.  John Rodin and Patty Reinkensmeyer will be available to answer questions and to demonstrate how to navigate the website.

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