The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                          July 1, 2015        
Sunday Worship Times      
Grace Notes: Patchwork
The past seven days have been memorable in many ways! Evidence of deep division within the human family has been at the forefront of the weekly news, but we have also seen powerful images of people coming together in ways that earlier generations couldn't have imagined. On the steps of our nation's capital, at a Memorial Service in Charlotte, and in many other places across this land, we saw glimpses of a new community that looks something like a patchwork quilt that is made up of diverse pieces of cloth

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. 


Flower Chart

There is a Flower Chart and system for providing altar flowers each Sunday. We have contracted with a florist to provide the flowers at the nominal cost of $40 a week, delivered to the church. If you would like to provide your own flowers please provide us with a week's notice so we can have the florist hold the delivery for that week. We will have one bouquet on the left side of the altar area. You may sign up on the bulletin board near the office. 


       Contact Us!      
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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The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, offered a pastoral letter June 30 to the 3.8 million members of the denomination in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples may now exercise the right to marry. The full text of the statement can be view here.


Vangie Billingsley, a member of St. Mark's since 1957, died on June 10 at the age of 87.  Services for Vangie will be on July 12 at 2:00pm here at St. Mark's.


Wednesday Church Night is on hiatus for the summer; please join us again in the fall.


Adult Faith Formation                             

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! A Bible Study series on the Book of Acts, led by Traci Drake, will continue throughout the summer at 11:00am on Sunday mornings. All are welcome! Grab some refreshments and gather with us in the Parish Commons classroom!

Wednesday Midweek Renewal is on break for the summer.


Sunday Adult Forum is on hiatus for the summer.  Join us again in September.

Children's Faith Formation

Summer Story Time - runs through August 23 during the 8:30 and 9:45 am worship services. Children age 5 through 3rd grade (incoming) will start in worship with their families. After the Prayer of the Day, they will be invited to the Parish Commons Classroom to hear and experience the Gospel story in a different way. Children will rejoin their families during the hymn of the day. (Children under five may bring a grown-up along!) Leaders are needed for the following Sundays: July 12 and August 2 (8:30am only),16 and 23. Please contact Ingelaurie if you can help.


Join St. Mark's for Vacation Bible School! Aug 3-7, 2015 9am-12:15pm. Kids age 4 through entering 5th grade are invited to join us this year at Camp Discovery! We'll have fun as we explore the Bible, make new friends, sing songs, and learn how Jesus works through us in our everyday lives. Register now by visiting our table in the Narthex or at www. for registration and more information! And if you're interested in volunteering please sign up at the table in the Narthex! Please check out our Wish List as well.

Youth Faith Formation

Youth Faith Formation Classes are on break for the summer.  They will resume in September.


Rocky Boy trip participants left St. Mark's Friday, June 26th.  They will return Friday, July 3rd. Please keep them in your prayers.  


July 12th, ELCA Youth Gathering, Detroit blessing and last meeting Sunday, July 12th at the 9:45am(worship service, meeting following in Fireside room for youth and parents).


August 8-- Save the date! Music on the Lawn,

this is a wonderful event and opportunity to partner with out youth and support their mission trips, camps and other activities.  


Women of St. Mark's                         

July 26-The Women of St. Mark's are hosting a special birthday luncheon at St. Mark's at 12:15 for Volly Grande who will be celebrating her 100th birthday! If you are able to attend, please call the church office so we know how many people to expect.  Instead of cards or gifts, Volly has indicated that she would love to have people donate food to either the DeLong Backpack program or the local food bank.


July 24- Craft Nights are the last Friday of each month.  Please bring you own project or help with ours.  Bring a friend or two and enjoy lively conversation and refreshments.


Peace and Justice                         

Personal Care Kits for Earthquake Victims in Nepal

Last Sunday afternoon, members of our St. Mark's community assembled 105 Personal Care Kits with materials donated by many people in the congregation. These kits will be sent to Nepal, via Lutheran World Relief. This fun event, which included a potluck featuring Nepalese food, was dedicated to Vangie Billingsly in celebration of her leadership of this ministry for the last thirty years.  Through their efforts, hundred of quilts are sent around the world each year through the ministry of Lutheran  World Relief. You can learn more about this highly-effective organization by going to their website at   


Empowering Life's Annual Rummage Sale to support our ministry at the women's prisons will be Friday & Saturday, July 10 & 11, 8am - 4pm, at Peninsula Lutheran Church, 6509 38th Ave NW in Gig Harbor. Donations may be delivered to the church on Wednesday & Thursday, July 8 & 9, 10am - 7pm.  Sale will include clothes, books, household items, sports equipment, small furniture and much more.  Questions?  Call Joan Nelson at 253-208-3307.

The Delong Backpack Program thanks you for your donations in the 2014-2015 school year! This year alone we packed 2,028 food backpacks and gave 167 food gift cards worth $5 each.  Thank you for a job well done!

 Aug 10-14, Phoenix Housing Network Back to School Event. Catholic Community Services is working to get 100 kids ready for school. Can you help them with donations of school supplies? High School (backpacks, calculators, protractors, 3-ring binders, 2-pocket folders, Sharpies, graph paper, college ruled spiral notebooks, pencil pouches, ball point pens in red/blue/black). Middle/Elementary (water colors, colored pencils, No 2 pencils, ziplock bags in gallon and sandwich size, Kleenex, pencil boxes, wide ruled paper, backpacks, 2 pocket folders, rulers, book covers and notebook dividers.) Bring all donations to The Phoenix Housing Day Center, 7050 G. Street, Tacoma. 

We are collecting backpacks with school supplies
for mothers incarcerated at the Mission Creek Correction Ce

nter for Women in Belfair to give to their children at a special "Back to School" event.  There will be a table in the narthex Sunday where you can sign up and get a list to provide a backpack and/or

 school supplies.  Please consider joining us in this joyful mission!  Donations are needed by Sunday, July 26. Questions?

Contact Celesta Smith or Linda Faaren. Click here for a complete list of needed supplies.                 


Connect and Care TimeBank                        


Attention new CCTB members:  You should be getting your approval to begin using the CCTB soon.  Please be sure to log on and create your personal profile so that you are ready to become active.  You will want to post your offers and requests. You will want to see if there is something on the CCTB in which you are interested. If so, contact the person who is offering or requesting to make arrangements.

New Training Coming Soon.  Stay tuned for next training dates which will be announced in the Bulletin and Bridge later this summer.  We are waiting for the first wave of members to become active, then we will schedule second rebound of training,

Please feel free to call or email Patty Reinkensmeyer at 253-857-7977 or with any questions.           


St. Mark's Preschool   


St. Mark's Preschool enrollment for 2015-2016 is now open to preschool and church families. For more information, visit our website ( or call 253-752-4929.


Member Notes


Thrivent Night at the Rainiers, August 7, 2015, One of our greatest supporters, James Gallegos, died tragically last winter. To honor his memory, the West Pierce County Chapter Board unanimously voted to use the proceeds from this year's Thrivent night at the Rainiers to be a contribution to the Jayce Gallegos College Fund. St. Mark's Lutheran will distribute tickets since Thrivent is closing the chapter on June 30.

What: Tacoma Rainier's Baseball. Beverages and food are included.
When: Friday, August 7, 2015 Tickets will be mailed after July 15
Cost: $15 minimum donation per ticket
How to get Tickets: Send a check made out to "Jayce Gallegos College Fund" AND a stamped, self-addressed return envelope to St. Mark's Lutheran, 6730 N. 17th St., Tacoma, WA 98406


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