The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   Sept 7 , 2016 
Sunday Worship      
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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. 


       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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Wednesday Night Church Night Begins September 14th.

Please join us for dinner, evening prayer and children's programs beginning September 14th.
Sunday School Teacher Training and Orientation for the New Year This Saturday

8:30 - 9:00 - All "new" teachers and youth teachers please attend this segment on "Safety"

9:00 - 10:45 - Devotion, Inst ructions for 9/11 and 9/18,  Orientation, and Team Sharing/planning time

Coffee, tea, and continental breakfast will be served.  Thanks for taking the time for this important training event.  If you cannot make it please arrange a time to meet with Char Leone (char.leone!@ )

Fall Sunday School Event, September 11th

Children's Faith Formation Fall Sunday school is set to begin with an intergenerational focus on September 11 following our Day of Service at L'Arche on September 10 and continuing emphasis on God's creative activity in nature. Parents are expected to attend the intergenerational time with your children starting at  9:45  in the Children's Faith Center.  We will finish by  10:15  to allow your family time to join worship and to receive communion and  the blessings in worship.    Teachers and children will receive a blessing as they begin a new school year.; families will receive information on the coming Sunday school year; and kids will receive a blessing as they begin a new school year.  Regular classes begin on September 18.  Registration for Sunday school helps us keep information up to date on your child--forms are available each Sunday in the Narthex and on-line this week. 

God's Work, Our Hands! Join us at L'Arche Farm and Gardens. Sign Up Now!

Sign up NOW for the "GOD'S WORK. OUR HANDS." EVENT AT L'ARCHE FARM AND GARDENS on Saturday, September 10.
People of all ages are invited to join us for outdoor worship (under a large covering called "The Barn") from 11:30am-Noon; a Potluck Lunch with greetings from leaders of the L'Arche Community from Noon-1:00pm; and Service Projects at L'Arche from 1:00pm-2:30pm.  We'll probably do some weeding, trimming, clearing of brush, planting, and domestic chores. You can choose the project you want to participate in when you are there. We are asking each household to bring a dish for the potluck which can serve about 10-12 people. We will provide beverages and plates, cups, etc. If you can't be there for all three events, just indicate which ones you plan to attend when you sign up. If you would like a ride from church, you may indicate that as well when you sign up. Also, the first thirty people to sign up will receive a "God's Work Our Hands" T Shirt.  You can sign up on the large easel in the narthex, or by calling the church office at 253-752-4966. You may also email us at: .  We are excited for this opportunity to strengthen our ties with the L'Arche community and do God's work with our hands! The address for our gathering place at L'Arche is: 12303 36th Ave. E., Tacoma

Crossways Coming to St. Mark's

Ever wish you had a better grasp of each book of the Bible-and how its message relates to that of all the others? You are invited to sign up for Crossways-a faith-enriching, life-changing course that serves as your 'road map' for an unforgettable journey through the entire Bible.
Crossways is a 60-session course, typically taught over two academic years.  At St. Mark's, a community of learners will come together each Sunday afternoon for an hour and a half and be immersed in the biblical story.  During the week, individuals will reflect on what they are learning through the use of a Student Booklet.
St. Mark's member, Dr. Traci Drake, will be your guide for this journey.  Traci has taught the Crossways series in prior congregations and considers it one of the best tools with which to deeply explore the biblical narrative. Traci has many years of ministry experience and has recently completed the candidacy process in the ELCA.
For more information and/or to sign-up for Crossways, stop by the table in the narthex.  

Hiring SMLC Hospitality Host (aka Cook Extraordinaire)!

We are actively seeking a candidate to provide delicious meals for  Wednesday evening dinners (beginning 9/14) and  Sundaylunches (beginning 9/18) from mid-September through mid-June. This job includes planning, prepping, cooking, serving, and cleaning up after meals. A desirable candidate would be comfortable with commercial kitchen appliances and be largely self-led, while working well within a team environment. We would be happy to speak with church members, as well as non-members that you would recommend. Please contact the church office for a position description or provide a letter of interest and resume to Jennifer Droubay ( or  253-752-4966). Thank you!

Help Children's Faith Formation Replenish Our Supplies

Needed:   Crayons in 24 packs, Crayola washable markers, glue sticks, and scotch tape.
Thanks for any contributions you can make to help refresh supplies for our Sunday school kids!  

Children and Youth Faith Formation

Sunday School (preschool-12th grade) Teacher training-Sunday, September 10th 9-11am in the Parish Commons.
Youth Faith Formation (grades 6-12) September Start up dates and times:
  • Sunday, September 11th 9:45am-Cross-Generational Event in the Children's Faith Center, for all ages.
  • Thursday, September 15th 5:30-6:30pm
    • o   3rd year/9th grade Confirmation class with PCC. This group meets through Oct. 27
    • o   Confirmation Orientation for 7th grade youth and their parents in the Fireside Room
  • Sunday, September 18th 9:45am
    • o   5/6th grade youth-outside location TBA. Your regular room beginning on Sun. Sept. 25th will be the Teal Room in the Youth Wing.
    • o   7th grade youth Rite of Welcome, beginning of worship
    • o   7/8th grade youth-following Rite of Welcome, 9:55am or so activity with teachers outside, location TBA. 

Friends of WPC NEPAL

Returning September 11 is Betty Kazumura, Board Member of the Friends of the Womens Protection Center in Nepal which operates a safe home in Haetuda, Nepal, that supports programs to rescue girls who are trafficked.  When rescued WPC Nepal provides support to programs that provide a path for girls to reintegrate into society. Betty will have jewelry and scarfs for purchase, made by those seeking a new income, and information on their work and upcoming fundraiser September 24. Please stop by and say hello! 
Contact Catherine Terrill, 253-732-3479 if you have any questions.

Family Housing Network Thanks you

Thank you to the many volunteers who signed up to help with our Family Housing Network host week September 17-24 . Your efforts will help us make St. Mark's a temporary home for families with children and enrich our congregation with this ministry. We look forward to welcoming our guests!
LWR: "We Need School Kits"

It's that time! With school supplies at their lowest prices of the year, our annual drive to collect school supplies for LWR School Kits goes through September!   Our goal is to pack 100 school kits with the Youth in October.  Imagine having to choose between a meal or purchasing a notebook. Project Promise School Kits are sent to places where even the few required school supplies may be more than a family can afford. Thank you for helping children reach their full potential!
Contact Catherine Terrill  at 253-732-3479 with any questions.  Please drop-off supplies in the Narthex.   

GREATEST NEED: Notebooks, Sharpeners, Pens, Scissors

School Kit Contents:
Spiral Notebooks  (70 page-8" x 10.5")
#2 pencils  (unsharpened)
Pencil sharpener 
Blunt scissors
Blue or black ballpoint pens  (no gel)
Ruler  (30 centimeter)
Crayons  (16 or 24 pack)
Eraser  (2.5"

Pierce County Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference

Saturday, September 17- The annual Pierce County Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference is an opportunity for individuals and families to learn about Alzheimer's and other dementias, get practical tips and skills, hear about local resources and pick up important information from area providers.  The keynote with Dr. Stephen Thielke, MD, will focus on managing agitation and challenging behaviors with and without medications.  Breakout sessions include home modifications, hospice & end of life, legal issues, paying for care, meaningful activities and a hands-on dementia experience.  The Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference is free.  Registration at  8 a.m. ; keynote at  9 a.m. ; event ends at  1 p.m.  at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1315 N. Stevens in Tacoma.  Refreshments provided.  RSVP is required  online  or by calling  (253) 798-8787 .  Complimentary respite care is available by contacting Cascade Park Gardens - call  (253) 475-3702 .  Call  (253) 798-4600  for event details.

Drivers Needed

  Drivers needed to transport St. Mark's member to Sunday worship.  If you are willing to drive one Sunday per month, talk to Pastor Shjerven or Pastor Rue.
Take Them A Meal Volunteer Recruitment

Take Them A Meal: Continuing a long church tradition of providing food to support members who are ill or having a life difficulty, St. Mark's  is compiling  a list of members who would like to be potential meal providers. Potential meal providers would be notified by e-mail of meal requests.  Please call or  e-mail Janet Duris if  you would like to be a potential meal provider or if you would like additional information.  (Telephone: (253)582-4991 / e-mail: )

St. Mark's Preschool
St. Mark's Preschool is accepting registration packets for the 2016-2017 school year. Classes are available for children ages 2.5-6 years old.  To get more information and/or a registration packet, visit the preschool's website, or contact Anne Zimmerman (253) 752-4929 M-F 8:30-2:00.

Adult Faith Formation returns September 11th

Adult Forum-Sundays 9:45-Parish Commons Classroom
September 11, 18, 25-Care of Creation Series
In keeping with our congregational theme, "Let All Creation Praise!",  St. Mark's members Tom Hulst, Don Haueisen and John Rosenberg will lead us in reflecting on our faithful relationship with the natural world.  

Wednesday Midweek Renewal;  6:15 in Fireside Room
Begins September 14th:  We will begin our year with Diana Butler Bass as our guide.  Her newest book, "Grounded: Finding God in the World" is an excellent entry into our congregational theme, "Let All Creation Praise!".  Pastor Shjerven will be summarizing the main themes and thoughts of the book, and inviting everyone into reflection and conversation. (You do not need to buy the book.) All are welcome to be part of the discussion.

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