The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                          July 15, 2015        
Sunday Worship Times      

Grace Notes:


As we gathered for worship last Sunday, the baptismal font was at the center of our life together. This was especially evident when we welcomed new members through the rite of Affirmation of Baptism. Standing beside the water, we said: "Merciful God, we thank you for Rick, Satya, John, Nancy, Griffin, Trinara, Tom, Kathy, and Colleen, whom you have made your own by water and the word in baptism." When they had made their own confession of faith and renewal of baptismal vows, we then took water from the font and traced it on the foreheads of those being welcomed, saying: "Child of God, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever."

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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Welcome to the new members of St. Mark's received on July 12th.  Tom and Kathy Allen, Rick and Satya Jaech, Colleen McClements, John Rosenberg and Nancy Faaren, Griffin and Trinara Sonstegard (children Eik and Iselin).  We are happy to have you join us as members of this church family.


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


Photo Call!  We are boosting our online presence and would like to include your photos of Congregational Life.  Do you have pictures of the people of St. Mark's in fellowship or engaging in the work of the people? Please share them with  We request any photos come with permission to be used online from all people present in the photos.  


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!

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:  August 16 and 23 (8:30 and 9:45am). 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.


Please join us in praying for our youth who are currently at the National ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit.  

Will Kruithof, Cor Kruithof, Hadley Gormly, Conner Gormly, Thomas Harris, Katherine Harris, Sarah Rodin, Ben Rodin, Curtis Ganung, Isaiah Herforth, Lauren Balerud, Elizabeth Balerud, Emma Summerour, Hanna Frazier, Ethan Marshman, Deborah Herforth, Mary Jo Larsen, Ingelaurie Lisher and Bruce Sadler. You can stream the ELCA Youth Gathering live at

July 26th, Lutherhaven Camp meeting
 Sunday July 26th at 9:45am in the Fireside Room (youth and parents). Breakfast goodies will be provided.  


August 8, Music on the Lawn, tickets are now on sale for this beloved Summer event.  Enjoy the talents of St. Mark's members at the home of Suzy & Bob Reynolds.  Look for the display in the narthex for tickets ($15 for adults).   Childcare will be available.  


Women of St. Mark's                         

Craft Night,  Friday, July 31, 6PM- Note corrected date
Dried Gourd Decorating:We have a collection of various sized Gourds for decorating. Come and decorate for Fall and for our Bazaar. Make one for yourself.  There will be demonstrations
on cutting, wood burning, and cleaning.  All supplies will be

Many thanks to  all who contributed towards the" Diapering for Detroit" mission.  Our young people will be taking a check for $500 toward this service project during their Youth Convention in Detroit beginning this week. 


Peace and Justice                         


An Offer from Habitat of Humanity, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity has been blessed with an abundance of gifts and they want to share them with their faith partners. Presently, they have Hardie plank siding and Valspar exterior paint that can given to low-income homeowners who need new siding and don't have the means to buy these items themselves. If you know of someone in our congregation who would be a good candidate for this, please contact Pastor Ruud. It is also possible that we could put together a crew of volunteers who could assist with the project.

Thank you to all who donated items, helped organize and shopped at the Empowering Life's rummage sale at Peninsula Lutheran Church in Gig Harbor on July 10th and 11th.  The sale netted $2,400.00 which will help support pastoral care, life coaching, "Grief, Loss & Life Change" classes and other work at the Washington Correction Center for Women (Purdy) and Mission Creek Correction Center for Women in Belfair.  Unsold items were donated to Abraham's House in Port Orchard, the Rescue Mission in Tacoma, the Thrift Shop in Gig Harbor and Goodwill Industries.Besides raising money for this important work, the sale is a much-appreciated service to many in our area who cannot afford retail prices as well as those searching for previously loved treasures 

 Aug 10-14, Family 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, 5050 South Tacoma Way.

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


The Connect and Care TimeBank is ready for you to participate.

For all of our newly trained TimeBank members, be sure to access the CCTB website and click on the "Join" Button.  This will trigger an approval to allow you to become fully active and access  offers and requests. You can now complete your profile and add your information.  If you are having any questions or difficulty, please contact Patty Reinkensmeyer (253)857-7977 or Jan Walters (703) 895-5805 for assistance.

For all those who are interested in joining, we will be scheduling a training in mid-September. Stay tuned for date and time.       


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


Volly Grande is turning 100! A special birthday luncheon will be held July 26th to honor Volly.  All are welcome and if you are interested in attending, please call the church office so we know how many to expect.  The luncheon hosted by the Women of St. Mark's will follow the 11:00am service.  Volly has requested that she receive no cards or giftsIf you would like, please bring items for the local food bank or donations to the DeLong School Backpack program.  Thank you!


A GoFundMe donations account has been opened to help Jim Hoiland with his medical expenses after his Memorial Day accident. Those wishing to learn more can click here. 


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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