The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   March 9 , 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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Wednesday Church Night Tonight!

5:00pm Little Angels Choir
5:15pm Dinner is served - Spaghetti (vegetarian option) , Ceasar Salad, Bread, Dessert    Suggested Donation $5/per person.
5:30pm Joyful Noise Choir
6:00pm Faith Journey
6:00pm Praise Team Rehearsal
6:00pm Jubilation Choir
6:15pm Holy Moly
6:15pm Midweek Renewal
7:30pm Compline Service
Childcare is provided from 5-8pm for children up to 5 years of age while parents attend meetings, Bible study, and worship.  

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.

Stewardship 103: "The Lord Has Done Great Things for Us" (Psalm 126)

Beginning this Sunday, March 13, members and friends of St. Mark's will submit their Plans for Giving for the new fiscal year starting on July 1, 2016. This week's stewardship messages speak to the very personal reasons they value the ministries of the congregation. As you discern your financial commitments, you might reflect on the ways the people and programs of St. Mark's have made a difference in your lives and the lives of others. Through the mission of this congregation, how has the Lord done great things for you? Peaceful "stewing"!
"If you walk by the Fireside room on Sundays you will see a room full of vibrant, engaged and active high school program in action. Every week, we have about twenty youth in Sunday school. The students want to come because it's fun, interesting and they get to hang out with their friends. Even though they attend over 6 different high schools, they are friends because of the bonds made during the middle school Montana mission trips. Our healthy post-confirmation program is just one of the long-term, positive effects of the congregation's generous support to our summer youth missions." -  Bruce Sadler  and Ingelaurie Lisher
"When Celesta and I look at growing our gift to St. Marks, we look at everything that we do here as a community. We see the actual impact St. Marks has on people's lives and in our lives, every day and how our little part of that has been used to make that impact. And after looking at that, we know the answer and do what we can to increase that." -  Derek Smith
"It is a privilege to support St. Mark's Lutheran Church and give back to a place that gives me so much. I've found a family here and find it inspiring to see the wonderful ways in which our growing contributions impact the mission and ministry. Giving to St. Mark's is one of the most rewarding experiences I participate in. " -  Courtney Stringer

Host A Seder Table

Seder is a wonderful part of the Holy Week, a way to meet other people in the congregation as well as learn about the history and tradition of the meal. Plus it is a great way to host a dinner without cooking or cleaning the house! 

Hosting a table means that you set a table for 8 in our fellowship hall. Items you would bring from home include table cloth, centerpiece, candle, and 8 place settings with plate, water glass, wine glass, coffee/tea cup, knife, spoon, fork, and napkin.  There is a helpful checklist and tip sheet, available in the narthex at the demo table.

Our goal is to have 22 tables at the Seder meal this year. 

When: March 24th  Event starts at  5:30pm  - Tables should be set up by  4pm at the  latest.

Setup times:  Wed , March 23  from  12-4:30pm or   6-8pm , or  Thurs, March 24  from 10am-4pm.

Mexico Mission Trip:
St. Mark's annual mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico will take place this year from June 17-25.  If you are interested in being part of this mission team,  please return a completed interest form as soon as possible, but no later than March 15th;  there is much interest in the trip this year and space is limited.  Forms are available in the church office or on the church website (  Questions? Contact Melanie Summerour ( or Sarah Moore (253-752-0554).  The first team meeting will be held on Sunday, March 20th immediately following the third service, (12:00-1:00), in the Fireside Room. 

Easter Choir
All are invited to again be part of this year's Easter Choir, the next rehearsal is Saturday, March 12, at 10:00am . Regardless of age or experience level with choral singing, everyone is welcome and we would be excited to see you involved. If you have any questions, please email Cooper at . Come be part of the joyous fun!

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

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.
Part-time Pre-K teacher opening.  We are looking for someone who can teach M-Th from 9am to noon.  We are sad to say good-bye to Miss Lisa, who has been teaching at the preschool fro the last four years, but we are happy that she has been hired in another field that she loves!  Please contact Anne Zimmerman with questions. 

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 13,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 13, "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 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             
This week's Spark Notes is Mary Anoints Jesus.   Spark Notes are fun activity sheets printable each week to supplement Sunday School lessons.  

3rd Grade Bibles and Milestone Marker & Blessing Event
On Palm  Sunday, March 20 Bibles will be presented during  9:45 a.m. worship to 3rd grade children.  Parents will be involved in the presentation and a milestone event will follow at  11:00 to help children explore their new Bibles. 

Sunday, March 13 Sunday AM classes 9:45
  • 5/6th grade in Teal Room Unit 4 Kingdoms with Mary and Michelle
  • 7/8th grade in Youth Room-Judas (NT Ancestor) with Bruce and Carl
  • 9-12th grade to attend Adult Forum, Lutheran Volunteer Corp. Presentation  
Parks Appreciation Day!  Saturday, April 23rd 9am-12noon. Please sign up by April 3rd. 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.
Current 4-5th graders interested in camp? Information is available on the Youth Board. Please do your best to register soon-with Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp to make sure you get into our July 24-29 week.
Luther 500 Tour 2017-June 19-25 . Spaces still available with our group. At the end of February the trip will be opened up outside the congregation. Trip estimate $1500.00 for a week of touring Luther heritage sites, daily worship, museum tickets and tours, 2 meals a day, and hotel lodging. Airfare is on your own-we will meet up as a group in Wittenberg. This is an intergenerational trip-but would be great opportunity for youth and parents take a closer look at history together. Deposit of $110.00 per person, plus $110.00 per room is due to Ingelaurie soon. Details and more information are available on the youth board.
Seder Meal and Easter Breakfast sign-up sheets on are on the Youth board-sign up early to get a shift you want and what food you are willing to provide for the breakfast.  

Connect and Care TimeBank 

The Connect and Care TimeBank is growing!

We are on schedule to have trained 6 new members this past week. In addition, we have received two requests for special assistance from help through the Special Time Fund! 

This is the kind of activity that we are hoping to see. The more members, the more opportunity to give and receive assistance. It is also a way to connect with someone new and share a needed service or interesting hobby.

Won't you consider joining, too? Membership is $10.00 per year until  June 1. At that time full membership will be $20.00 per person or $35.00 for two in a household.

More trainings are available. 
  • Wednesday, April 6 at 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 14 at 10:00 am
Sign up sheets are in the narthex. Individual training can be arranged if these times do not work.  Contact Patty Reinkensmeyer at  or call at  253 857-7977 .  

Member Notes and News

St. Mark's member, Jennifer Wolbrecht will be dancing with the Barefoot Collective on Thursday, March 17th from 7-7:30pm at the 1120 Creative House.  Located at 1120 Pacific Avenue, 2nd floor, Tacoma, WA 98402

St. Mark's member,  Antonio Patrick and his Jazz Band at St. Olaf College has received an invitation from the Cuban Ministry of Culture for its St. Olaf Jazz ensemble to perform a series of concerts in Havana this spring. For more  information   click here. 

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