The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   March 23 , 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. 


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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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Holy Week 2016

March 23, Wednesday - No Regular Church Night Activities

March 24, Maundy Thursday- 5:30pm Seder Meal; 7:30pm Worship

March 25, Good Friday - 7:30pm Tenebrae Service

March 26, Easter Vigil - 7:30pm Service (includes welcoming new members)

March 27, Easter Sunday - 8:30, 9:45 & 11am Worship Services; Breakfast served from 8:30-11:00am; No Sunday School or Adult Classes Today. 

Ecumenical Good Friday Service

St. Mark's members and friends are invited to attend an Ecumenical Good Friday Service at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Friday, March 25th, from noon until 1pm St. Andrew's is located at 7410 S. 12th Street (corner of S. 12th and Jackson).  This is a great worship option for those who do not like to drive at night, and gives us a chance to meet our brothers and sisters from other Christian congregations.  Questions?  Contact Pastor Shjerven ( )

Seder Meal

You are invited to join us for a Seder Meal on Maundy Thursday, March 24 at 5:30pm in our Parish Commo ns. This year, Rabbi Bruce Kadden of Temple Beth El will lead us through the various stages of the meal and speak to us about the significance of the Seder in the past, the present, and the future. Please indicate your desire to come by adding your name(s) to the sign-up sheet in the Narthex or by calling the church office during the week.

We Welcome Your Plans for Giving!

Thank you to everyone who has submitted a Plan for Giving during worship, in the mail, or online at the "Giving" tab on our church website!  So far, we have heard from more than sixty households, so we're off to a good start. It is very important, however, that we hear from all of you who share the common call to mission with us at St. Mark's. We are all in this together, and we want to hear from every household by early April. You can bring your Plan for Giving to church or you can click this link and complete your Plan for Giving online.   You can also mail it to us, if you like. Our Church Council depends on each of us to participate in this spiritual practice as they make the plans for mission that will be presented at the congregational meeting in May. If you misplaced the Plan for Giving card that was sent to you in the mail, you will find extra cards in the pew racks in the sanctuary and at the Welcome Center in the narthex

Watson's Night Out
Watson's Night Out:  6:00pm - 9:00pm Thursday, April 28
You are invited to this annual event to support Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community.  It is a time to shop, socialize and support TLRC through the TLRC Foundation.  It is hosted by Watson's Nursery and Greenhouse, 6211 Pioneer Way East, Puyallup.  The cost is $20 per person, with each attendee receiving 30% off one item that evening.  Ron Kempe has tickets.  He can be contacted at  or by phone 253-219-9621.

TLRC is the winner of the Best Non-Profit Organization in 2016 South Sound Magazine!

Lenten Devotions Online
If you are looking for an online devotional resource for the season of Lent, please check out the following and subscribe for daily readings: by Luther Seminary, entitled "Jesus is a Rock in a Weary Land" published by Rev. Paul Walters (son of Clare and Jan Walters); short daily reflections written by a variety of pastors, including Pastor Shjerven

LWR Personal Care Kits

We have a mission in front of us!  LWR is shipping Personal Care Kits to Armenia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Serbia and Syria for distribution amongst refugees and is in need of personal care kits to continue their response to those in danger and who struggle to meet basic needs.  LWR kits and quilts have reached more than 337,000 people affected by the Syrian Civil War and there are 13.5 million people needing assistance.  While our shelves are empty, our hearts are great. Starting April 3, there will be a table and baskets for your donations that will be packed by our members on May 1, 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Please join us in celebration of these kits and those who will receive, over a Syrian themed potluck (sign-up and recipes available at the table). If you are interested in preparing kit materials, taking inventory or setting up for the event, please contact Catherine Terrill Items for the kits are listed below and boxes for packing quilts and kits would be much appreciated (please bring boxes to the quilt room).
  • Bath towel (20"×40" & 52"×27"-dark preferred)
  • Bar Soap (4oz)
  • Toothbrush in its original packaging
  • Sturdy comb
  • Metal nail clippers

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.

Help Wanted
Ushers, Communion Assistants, Lectors--for all services!
 Training available.  Call or email the church office if you are interested (253-752-4966 or 

Adult Faith Formation

Sunday, 9:45am , Adult Forum, Parish Commons Classroom
March 27, There will be no adult forum this week due to the Easter Holiday.   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.

Sunday, 11am, Adult Class, Parish Commons Classroom
March 27, There will be no adult class this week due to the Easter Holiday.   "Eclipsing Empire: Paul, Rome and the Kingdom of God".  For 12 weeks we will join new testament scholars John Dominic Crossman and the late Marcus Borg on location in Turkey as they trace the Apostle Paul's footsteps through the Roman Empire.  

Fully Alive Bible Study,  Tuesdays, 5:15pm, 
  Questions? Contact Sherry Maiura (253) 549-4222.

Wednesday Women's Bible Study, 9:30am, Parish Commons Classroom. 
This Winter we will be studying the Book of Acts. Questions? Contact Linda Durant at (253) 363-8202 or

Text Study Luncheon, Wednesdays, Noon, Parish Commons
At Bible Study Luncheon men and women read and discuss the scripture texts appointed for the upcoming Sunday. The pastor who will be preaching on the texts guides the conversation.

Lydia Circle (meets the first Tuesday of each month), 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
A Leisurely Look at Luke.   We will spend the Wednesday nights of Epiphany and Lent gathered around the fire, exploring the basic storyline of Luke's gospel and sharing our ideas about how it connects to our world today. No experience with scripture is necessary; all are welcome.
Third Thursday" Theology on Tap"- 
for young adults meets at Wingman Brewery at 7:30pm on the third Thursday of each month. Contact Pastor Jan Ruud, 

Cafe Circle, Fireside Room, 10-11:15am
This group has been formed especially for younger women. The group meets 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 Café 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             
This week's Spark Notes is   Empty Tomb. Spark Notes are fun activity sheets printable each week to supplement Sunday School lessons.  

There are NO Sunday School classes on Easter Sunday, March 27.   Also, NO Holy Moly on Wednesday, March 23. 

Families can pick up a Spark Family Devotional with Easter themes.

Our Spark Curriculum publisher, Sparkhouse, has a family resource website and blog.   
Check it out at:   Sparkhouse is offering a discount and free shipping on children's Easter resources.  More information is available on the Sparkhouse Family Blog.   Use promo codes: SPARKEASTER2016 OR HMEASTER2016 to order online.
Easter Breakfast! 8:30-11am this Sunday!  Free-will donations gladly accepted. Money raised will help support the youth and provide scholarships for upcoming summer trips.

No Sunday School this week-March 27, Easter Sunday

Game Night (grades 8-12)-Friday, April 15th 6-8pm.  Dinner included. Sign up by April 10th if you are attending.

Parks Appreciation Day!  Saturday, April 23rd 9am-12noon.  Please sign up by April 3 Information is available on the Welcome Center and Youth Board.   Fun for the whole Family-a chance to help spruce up one of our local parks. 

FREE CPR and AED Training, offered by our local Fire Department.  Saturday, April 30th 10am-1pm at the church. Youth (14+) and adults. Spaces are limited-sign up on the Welcome Center beginning April 3rd. Contact Ingelaurie Lisher or 253-752-4966 ext. 104

Connect and Care TimeBank 

Recent Exchanges, Members helping each other:
There has been  busy activity recently for TimeBank members. Several people have volunteered in the Special Time Fund and have joined together to assist in weeding and garden cleanup. Working together,  they not only provided much needed help, but also formed new friendship bonds. In another instance, two members who had attended the CCTB Focus Group found out about some mutual needs. As a result,  an attic got cleaned out, reorganized and old items were discarded and recycled.  Here again, a new friendship has also been formed.

New Members:
It was great to welcome six new members to the TimeBank in March. Soon they will be posting their offers and requests, adding to the richness of activity within the TimeBank.

Training Dates
There are two more opportunities to take part in training;  Wednesday, April 6 at 6:00  and  Saturday, May 14 at 10:00 .
Membership fee will remain at $10 per year through May.
Sign up now.  Sign up sheets are in Narthex or contact Patty Reinkensmeyer,  253 857-7977 .

Benevolence Thank You

Dear Pastor Jan and Church Family, 

I am writing this note to say thank you.  Thank you so much for taking the time to listen to our story and for your warm hospitality.  I was filled with joy knowing that you all were actively engaged and willing to ask questions to learn more about Peace's story and the service we are involved in.  Your support is highly appreciated and the kids we serve here continuously benefit from your generosity and care!  
-Gerdon Jones of  Peace Community Center
Member Notes and News

14 year old Persian kitty from Dubai needs a quiet, loving home. Her name is Arabia and she has been spayed & fully vaccinated. She is a very kind, tender, mellow cat who prefers a home without small children. Sadly, her owner will pass away soon & she will need a new, loving home to live the rest of her days. She is an indoor only cat. If interested, please email Jeanne Smith at


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