The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
    November  4 , 2015 
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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 
Barbecue Chicken and Potato Salad   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.

"Wa lallapo nawa!"  "Wa lallapo nawa!" 
by Joan Nelson

Ovambo tribal people go back and forth, pumping hands, smiling and greeting each other:  "Good morning!"  "Good morning!"  "Good morning, meme (honored woman)!"  "Good morning, tete (honored man)!"  I loved these people and their wonderfully warm and gracious culture!
We were six Washingtonians, including Pastor Ron Kempe and me from St. Mark's, serving as a volunteer delegation from the Southwestern Washington Synod of the ELCA to the Lutheran churches in Namibia.  We had been commissioned by Bishop Jaech, blessed by our congregations and briefed by some who had made the journey before us. 

Ron and I will give you a full report on Sunday at Forum.

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. 

NEPAL: Friends of the Women's Protection Center-What's New?

Stop by the table in the Narthex on Nov. 8 and Nov. 22 to learn more about the transforming work at the "Safe House" in Heatuda, Nepal,  that Catarina Terrill visited in 2014. Board members of the Friends of the Women's Protection Center will have slides to show of a visit in May,  information on the Annual Gala on Dec. 12, and brochures on the organization's work of rescuing those from human trafficking. The  Center provides survivor care, rehabilitation and education to its residents and their communities. Scarfs and jewelry, made by women at the Center, will be for sale! Please stop by to see how this organization is helping victims of human trafficking one person at a time. Contact Catherine Terrill, 253-732-3479 with any questions.

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.

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.
Adult Faith Formation

9:45am, Adult Forum, Parish Commons Classroom
November 8th,  We will hear about our sister church in Namibia from Joan Nelson and Ron Kempe who recently traveled to Namibia. 
11:00am, Adult Class, Parish Commons Classroom
November 8th, 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.   

First Tuesday Women's Bible Study/Circle, Noon, Parish Commons Classroom 
A new women's Bible Study/Circle has been organized. Bring your lunch to the Parish Commons Classroom.  All are welcome!  Contact: Louise Lindeman,

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 isThe Widow's Offering
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.

International/Heritage Night and Potluck dinner!  All are invited. Friday, November 20th 6-8pm at the church. Bring a potluck item to share (it could be from your heritage, or not) and come and hear some of the stories from local exchange students including those participating at St. Mark's this year. Hosted by Cindy Johnson. Sign up at the Welcome Center.
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) with Catherine and Jack
  • 7/8th grade-class in Youth Room with Ingelaurie
  • 9-12th grade-in the Fireside Room with Mike and Zach
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.
Help is needed with the Preschool/congregational dinner on Friday, Nov. 13th from 5-7pm. Please sign up on the Youth Board by Sunday, Nov. 8th or let Ingelaurie know ASAP if you can lend a hand.
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. 5th 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

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.

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.  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.

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:

Member Notes and News

Baptized on Sunday at the 9:45 service, Augustus Doyle Elkins who was born August 28, 2013. He is the son of Bryan and Katrina Elkins.  His baptismal sponsors are Shanynn Ryan and Tim Anderson. 
Member Eleanor Larson died October 17, 2015 at the age of 92.  A memorial service will be held at the Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Center Chapel on Saturday, November 7th at 2pm. 

Allan McLean Update and Thank You

Both Allan and I  (Sally Ann McClean) very much appreciate the many expressions of good wishes and prayers, calls and visits and cards received  from the pastors and others of our St.  Mark's family. We feel blessed by the circumstances of Allan's sidewalk fall  (on the afternoon of October 17th) which sent us to Allenmore Emergency  where he received four staples to close gashes to his head. He received a myriad of tests which  revealed the need to be transferred to Tacoma General. His right carotid artery was 98% blocked, his heart was  working at only 40% efficiency and his heart is wired backwards, causing his heart to pump in a reverse fashion from most people's. After having a stent placed in the offending artery and having a pacemaker implanted,   he was released this past Saturday afternoon, seven days after the incident.   If not for the severity of the fall (that is, if we had not felt compelled to go to the Emergency Room), I may have learned about those  abnormalities only after an autopsy. 

He is doing very well now, walking around the campus of Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community every day but has  many follow-up doctor's appointments to keep in the next few weeks. 

We give thanks for the unknown Good Samaritan who stopped her car, helped Allan sit up, learned our phone number and called me at home; we pray for the continued fine medical care provided by all who ministered to Allan. We praise God for His mercies and blessings and for the miracles we see every day; we value the friendship of our  church family and treasure your prayers; and we are deeply grateful for the several visits from Pastor Ruud and  from Pastor Rue during Allan's hospitalization.

Hugs all around, Allan and Sally Ann McLean

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.

Benevolence Thank Yous

Dear Friends at St. Mark's,

First of all, thank you for your wonderful contribution to the ministry of ChinaConnect.  I was to update you on a few things that are happening in the Nanchang area.  The green egg project continues to be a wild success.  The children are excited about the eggs they will get to eat first thing in the morning.  Good news travels fast so a headmaster at another school heard about this project and wants it for his 26 students.  It will cost china connect about $58 a month to do this.  (The board meets next week to consider this and other issues.)  Currently,  we are providing Peace School's 150 students an egg a day at a rate of approximately $250 per month.  

Additionally, china connect is partnering with three colleges in the area.  Together, we are providing thirteen volunteer student teachers at three countryside schools.  In David Du's (our guy in China) recent letter, he said the local government and the Education Department have given china connect and headmaster Yu's work a very good evaluation.  

Sincerely,  Sally Aalbue for the Board. 

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