The Bridge
The Weekly Newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
 May 30 , 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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All Congregation Dinner and Meeting on June 10

We are asking all members of St. Mark's to join us for dinner together followed by the semi-annual meeting of the congregation on  Sunday, June 10, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Highlights include a delicious meal, marimba music, special activities for children (including a Bounce House), childcare for young children, a blessing of our new Preschool playground, and an important meeting where we hear updates on ministry, elect leaders, and adopt a ministry budget for the next fiscal year. Please sign up by clicking on the link (see below), or by adding your name to the sign up sheet in the Narthex at church. We hope to see you there!

We Love Receiving your Learn, Serve, and Grow Response Forms

So far, over seventy people have returned a Learn, Serve, and Grow Response Form and it is so good to learn about your desire to live out your faith in meaningful ways! We hope to receive many more Response Forms in the next few weeks, so please take time to fill one out and then drop it in the offering plate  on Sunday or send it to us in the mail. 
The Learn, Serve, and Grow booklet is available in hard copy at church and online at this link . You can also click here to download a Response Form to print at home. 

Four Laps to Go in the Fiscal Year at St. Mark's

The four weeks of June will bring us to the end of our fiscal year and we are still hoping to finish strong. If you need to get caught up on your Plan for Giving, or if you have the means to help us close the gap by going over and above what you normally give, June is the month for you. Finishing strong will also put us in a much better place as we start out a new cycle of ministry in July. Every gift you give makes a difference and it is greatly appreciated!

Member Picture Directory

Our congregation has grown and changed in the last four years since our picture directory was made, which means it's time to put together a new one! Lifetouch Photography will again be creating this resource for us. You will receive a complimentary 8x10 photo and a copy of the new directory just by having your picture taken. Pictures will be taken on  June 19-23 and July 11-14 . Please stop by the table in the Narthex  on Sunday  to schedule your appointment or schedule online at:

Thank you!

Marimba Summer Camps

Back by popular demand, two Marimba experiences are being offered this Summer for both children and adults:
  • Adult Marimba Workshop: Saturday, June 9
  • Youth Marimba Camp (3rd through 12th grade): August 20-24
  • Registration Fee: $50.00 (cash or check)
Registration is available with Linda or Katie in the church office. There is limited space, so we encourage people to register early for both children and adults. 

Care of Creation 2018 Hikes

Care of Creation Hikes will average 4-7 miles (round trip) and will not exceed 1200 feet in elevation gain. Any questions please feel free to call or email Tom Hulst ( or   (253) 460-2683 ). The June hike will take place on June 22 , location TBD.

Women of St. Mark's

Dates for Craft Nights for the summer and fall have been set to help prepare items to sell at the Bazaar.

Mark your calendars! Our first session will be on  June 29 from 6 p.m. till 9 p.m.  We will meet in the Fireside Room for a fun night of crafting.  Come for laughter and conversation. Project to be determined.

The following sessions will be on  July 27August 31September 28, and October 26. Times will be the same. Mark your calendars and join us when you can. Sessions are open to all!

We will be "Stuffing Stuff," making Snowman Chocolate Bars and Popcorn Snowmen, and have at least one night for sewing table mats. If you have an idea for something we can make, give me a call or send me an email.  Barbara Meyers, or 253-370-4251.

Third Quarter Summer Fun

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

Thursday, June 14, 6:00 p.m. potluck picnic at Point Defiance Park Rose Garden. Please bring something to sit on. The rose garden is between Waterfront Dr. and Roberts Garden Dr. near the Pearl St. entrance. You may want to park soon after you enter the park and walk over to rose garden area. Meet near restrooms at south end of rose garden area.  In case of rain or questions you may call Lori at 503.428.4812.

Thursday, July 12, 6:50 p.m. Rainiers game at Cheney Stadium. Please eat beforehand or plan on buying concession food. We will meet by the ticket windows at  6:50 p.m. and each buy our own $15.50 general admission ticket. The game starts at  7:05 p.m. against Fresno. 

Thursday, August 9, 5:45 p.m. Happy Hour dinner at Duke's, 3327 Ruston Way. Optional bike ride meet at Duke's lot at  5:00 for leisurely cycling along Ruston Way before happy hour.

St. Mark's Preschool

St. Mark's Preschool is looking to hire a fun, team-oriented PreK teacher with at least two years of experience teaching 4-5 year olds. PreK teachers work M-Th from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pay will be between $14-$17/hr DOE. Please be prepared to provide a resume as well as three references. We look forward to hearing from you soon! 
Contact: Anne Zimmerman, St. Mark's Preschool Director,, 253-272-4929.

St. Mark's Preschool is accepting registration forms for the 2018-2019 school year! 

Children and Youth Faith Formation
Sunday, June 3, Regular Sunday AM classes for children 3 years old to youth grade 12. 9:45-10:45 a.m. Classes run through June 10.

Summer Story time begins  Sunday, June 24 & runs through August 26 at the 9:45 hour.  Volunteer sign up available in the Narthex or at:  Aug. 5 & 12 as well as assistants are the only spots left for the summer.

Youth Programs (gr. 6-12th)  Children and Youth Choir Concert and Potluck-Wednesday, May 30, 5:30 p.m.  Thursday, May 31 Youth Group end of the year party 5:30-6:30 p.m. here at the church-pizza and games-last day of youth group.
High School Graduation Milestone Event-Sunday, June 3, 11:00 a.m. worship service.

5th grade Milestone Event-Image of God-Sunday, June 3, 9:45 a.m. for youth and parents. Teal Room in Youth Wing.

2018 Houston Meetings:  Saturday, June 2, 3 p.m.-6:45 p.m. with our Synod (youth and adult leaders); Wednesday, June 13, 5-6:30 p.m. BBQ dinner (youth and adult leaders) at the Lisher/Sadler home; Sunday, June 24, 11:00a.m. Blessing in Worship.

Travel Adventure VBS 2018
Join us this summer for Daniel's Courage in Captivity, August 6-10, from 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for children ages 4-entering 5th grade. To register or sign up to volunteer, go to

Adult Faith Formation

Sunday, 11:00 a.m./4:30 p.m.  Crossways Bible Study meets in the Parish Commons Classroom.

Tuesday "Fully Alive" Bible Study; 5:15 p.m.  in the Fireside Room
Questions? Contact Sherry Mauira 253-303-1681.

Women's Bible Study Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. (9:15 for coffee, visiting) in the PCC
We are ladies of varying faith, Bible, and life experiences, who help each other by sharing our questions and insights.  We are currently studying Discovering God's Will for Your Life. Join us! For more information, contact Linda Durant, or  (253) 363-8202.

Wednesday Noon Text Study Luncheon in the PCC
Gather for lunch, conversation, and study around the texts that will be heard in worship the following Sunday. Conversation will be guided by who will be preaching, and by the insights and questions of the group.

Peace and Justice

Habitat for Humanity
Once again this year a team of volunteers from St. Mark's will help build a Habitat for Humanity house along with groups from local churches -- appropriately, the project is called "Building on Faith." The house is also part of the Thrivent Builds program this year and will be located in the Tillicum neighborhood of Lakewood, near JBLM. Tentatively, our workday will be Saturday, July 14, and like last year, we will probably have additional dates in August and September.  If you missed our display in the narthex on April 29, it's not too late to sign up as a member of our team! Please contact Tom Geary or Deborah Herforth for information or details. You can reach them by email at or .

Bandage Rolling for Global World Ministries
Tacoma Lutheran would welcome a few new folks to help make bandages for Global World Ministries. A team of people meets at the Tacoma Lutheran Chihuly Family Art Center every Wednesday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 to cut and roll bandages which are then shipped out to be used where most needed; most recently to Africa. All materials are supplied. If you are interested just come to the art center on Wednesday at 10:00. If you have questions you can call Diane Schurr at 253-267-5760. Thank you!

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. There is a free family-friendly care of the ocean event at Foss Waterway Seaport on  Sunday June 10, open between  11 am and 4 pm. If you cannot attend, please click on Ocean Stories, then Ocean Actions from the link below to see what else you can do.

Thanks to St. Mark's for Supporting the  Greater Tacoma Peace Prize! 

Our 2018 laureate is Melanie Denise Cunningham, Director of Multicultural Engagement at PLU. Each year, the GTPP participates in the  celebration of Norway's Constitution Day in Ballard.  Tom Heavey and Janet Ruud carried the GTPP banner (with our new logo!) - in the 17th of May Parade. And Laureate Melannie waved enthusiastically to the crowds from the back seat of a beautiful red convertible (thanks to Bob and Suzie Reynolds). What a fun day! (Photos by Fletcher Ward.)

Member Notes and News

St. Mark's member, Leischen Moore, will be appearing as Eliza Dolittle in the classical musical, My Fair Lady. Performances are  run through June 10 at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. For tickets or more information visit

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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