The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
        September 9 , 2015 
Grace Notes: Blood Pressures and More
The one consistent factor in my nursing jobs was listening to people and teaching. My first job fresh out of college was to earn enough money to help my sister finish her last year at college. I took the job that would pay me the most and loved it. I was learning to better my nursing skills and teaching entry level staff. I worked my way through Graduate School as a Teaching Assistant in the School of Nursing. I loved it. Those events set a pattern for my working life and I was blessed to continue what I loved to do.

When I became a Parish Nurse, I listened to people and loved learning about their lives. There are people around us who live lives of nobility and grace. They live lives of greatness and humility; of love, loss and grief. They have been blessed with lives filled with family, friends, neighbors, pets and possessions. In time, we say goodbye to most of those blessings even as we welcome new blessings. I found that it helps to have other people who will walk along side and listen as we make those changes.

Sunday Worship Times      
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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God's Work Our Hands This Sunday!
"God's Work, Our Hands" this Sunday at DeLong School and Park.  On this special day, we will gather together for an all congregation worship service at DeLong Elementary School at 10:30am, followed by a brown bag picnic on the playground and then many opportunities for volunteer service in DeLong Park.  "Morning Prayer" will be held at 8:30am at St. Mark's for those who aren't able to join us for worship at DeLong Elementary School. 
  • 10:30am -- all congregation worship at DeLong Elementary (4901 S. 14th St., Tacoma)
  • 11:30am -- bring your picnic lunch to DeLong Playground, beverages, dessert and table and chairs provided.  
  • 12:30-2:00pm -- Service Groups will work on various projects in DeLong Park.  If you are planning to stay and work (weeding, picking up trash, etc.) please bring your own work gloves.  Other tools will be provided.  AND remember to dress for the weather.  

Sunday School Begins September 20
Children from age 3 through 4th grade will be gathering in the Children's Faith Center (lower level parking lot) on  September 20th  as we begin a new  Sunday  school year. Please register your child ONLINE before then or complete a hand registration form that will be available that morning.   

Sunday  school starts at  9:45 a.m.  with teachers in the rooms by  9:35  to welcome children as they gather.

Wednesday Church Night Begins Sept 16
Fall is upon us and with this brings the return of Wednesday Church Night on September 16th. 
Dinner will be served from 5:15-7pm.  Please see Becki or Mike if you want to help with dinner.
Music Ministry:
Babies of St. Mark's,5-5:30pm, infants and parents, CFC Wing
Little Angels Choir,5-5:30pm, Ages 2 and up, CFC Wing
Joyful Noise Choir,5:30 Kindergarten through 2nd Grade, Choir Rm.
Jubilation Choir,6-7pm, 3rd-5th Grade, Choir Rm.
Holy Moly: For children ages 5-8.  Meets 6:15-7:15pm in the CFC with Char Leone.  Bring the Bible to life through video, questions, storybook and hands-on activities. 
Childcare in the Nursery: 5:30-8pm for children through age 4, while parents participate in adult faith formation opportunities, worship or music rehearsals.

Adult Faith Formation Fall Schedule
Wednesdays beginning Sept 16:
  • Bible Study/luncheon- Noon in the PCC
  • Mid-week Renewal - 6:15pm in the Fireside Room

Sundays beginning September 20

  • Adult Forum- 9:45am in the PCC
  • Bible Study- 11am in the PCC

Wednesdays beginning October 7

  • Women's Bible Study- 9:30am in the PCC

Faith Journey begins Sunday, Sept 27 or Wednesday, Sept 30.

Adult Music Ministry Fall Schedule
Bells of St. Mark's, 6-7:20pm Beginning Thursday, Sept 3rd. 
Celebration Ensemble, 7:30-9pm, Beginning Thursday, Sept 10th
Praise Team Rehearsal, 6-7:30pm continuing on Wednesdays  

Feeding the Faith
Join us for dinner...Friday, September 25th at 6pm at St. Mark's.  See and learn about how God is using Chinaconnect to physically and spiritually feed precious lives in China.  You will have an opportunity to show your support through prayer and giving.  RSVP by Sept. 18 to: Marcia Halstead, or 253.202.4780

Celebrate the Life of Pastor Reitan
Save the date! The St. Mark's Gay-Straight Alliance invites you to join in celebrating the life of Pastor John Reitan, Monday, September 21 at 6 p.m. In the Fireside Room. There will be a pot luck dinner and time to share memories. We want to honor John and Dorothy Reitan for their loving leadership in our congregation and in particular as founding members of the GSA.

Children's and Youth Faith Formation Teaching Volunteers, Please Note:  

The training retreat is scheduled for this Saturday, the 12th.  If you are a new teacher, please come at 9:00am for safety training.  All other teachers please attend starting 9:30.  The training will be held in the Parish Commons and will include opportunity to meet in your teaching teams.  We'll finish by 11:30.  Please let Char or Ingelaurie know if you cannot attend.  Thank you! Contact info:
2015 Hunger Walk Team
The 2015 Hunger Walk Team will walk in Pastor John Reitan's memory on  Sunday, October 4th.    This is the annual Associated Ministries' Pierce County Hunger Walk.  St Mark's has participated in fundraising and walking for many y ears, led by the energy and inspiration of John Reitan.  Pastor Reitan died on December 26, 2014 and this year, we would like to walk in his memory.   Please consider being part of the Team, either by walking or by making a donation.  Information may be found on cards in the pew rack.  

Youth and Children's Faith Formation
3rd year Confirmation info: 9 th graders will meet Thursday Evenings September 10-October 22 from 5:30-6:30pm with Pastors Ruud and Shjerven.
September 20, 1st and 2nd year Confirmation info: Sunday, Sept. 20th class begins in Youth Room.
  • 7th grade Rite of Welcome (beginning of 9:45 service)
  • 8th grade Rite of Renewal (beginning of 11am service)
  • Orientation for parents of 7/8th grade students Sunday, Sept. 20th 9:55am in the Fireside Room.
October 4, 2015 Hunger Walk Sunday (Grades 6-12 th). Please sign up and pick up information off of the Youth Board by Sunday September 27 th. Parents are encouraged to attend with their son/daughter.
October 1, JR ALYVE Youth Group (6-8th grades) and Youth Choir(6-12th grades) begins from 5:30-6:30pm in the Parish  Commons. Youth Choir 6:30-7:30pm in the Narthex. 

Seeking TLRC Volunteer Choir Director
Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community, Joyful Voices Chorus is looking for a volunteer Choir Director willing to give 2-3 hours a week for rehearsal and some performances at Christmas time and springtime. JVC is a 15-20 person mixed voices chorus comprised of TLRC Independent, Assisted Living, and Health Center residents. Please contact Serina McWha at 253-284-7540 or email: if you are interested!

Expand the Ruth Ann Bible Study!
Ruth Ann Bible Study (circle) would like to expand and form an additional circle.  Currently, we meet the first Monday morning of each month from 10:00 - 12:00 in our homes.  We enjoy light refreshments, catching up and sharing around a topic drawn from our monthly magazine, "Gathering in Faith and Action," which is published by Women of the ELCA.  Expanded groups could meet at different times and locations.
We find we grow in our understanding and appreciation of the bible and of each other as we read scripture and converse about our faith experiences and questions.  We like to conclude with prayer.
You are invited to join us for coffee, refreshments and bible-based conversation on Monday, September 14 in the Fireside Room to explore whether this is a good fit for you. 
Current members are: Patty Reinkensmeyer, Suzy Reynolds, Barb Holme, Barb Boyd, Marcia Sherry, Marge Bitter, Cathryn Cummings, Helen Huseth, Lori Huseth Clark, Joan Torfin, Eileen Tellefson, Jean Steingrebe, Patty Keller, and Joan Nelson. 
We look forward to seeing you on Monday, September 14.

Connect and Care TimeBank                        

Th e next Connect and Care TimeBank training is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16 from 5:30 to 7:00 in the Youth Room St. Marks will resume Wednesday night dinner and servi ces, too.  You can grab dinner and come down to the Youth Room for training before the evening service.

We have over 20 members signed up with lots of fun offers and requests.  Check out the TimeBank Poster in the Narthex to see some examples.  A new sign up sheet is available for you to register your interest.
If you had signed up initially but were unable to attend the first training, this is your opportunity to become a new member.

Sponsored by the Congregational Care Committee, the CCTB is a great way to give and receive help, learn new skills and connect in a personal way with members of our congregation.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact Patty Reinkensmeyer 857-7977 of Jan Walters 703-895-5805. 

St. Mark's Preschool   


St. Mark's Preschool enrollment for 2015-2016 is now open. For more information, visit our website ( or call 253-752-4929.



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