The Bridge
The Weekly Newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
 May 22 , 2019 
Sunday Worship      
8:30 a.m. Blended
9:45 a.m. Contemporary
11:00 a.m. Traditional
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St. Mark's Staff
Sigi Helgeson, Visitation
Ingelaurie Lisher, Youth and Family
Music Ministry
Contemporary Music Ministry
Manager of Finance and Operations
Office Coordinator
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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

5:00-6:30 p.m. Dinner: Grilled cheese, tomato soup, salad
 (Suggested donation: $5)
5:00-5:30 p.m. Little Angels Choir (Preschool-K)
5:30-6:00 p.m. Joyful Noise Choir (Grades 1-2)
6:00-6:45 p.m. Jubilation Choir (Grades 3-5)
6:00 p.m. Praise Team Rehearsal
6:15-7:20 p.m. No Midweek Renewal
6:15-6:45 p.m. Holy Moly
7:30-8:00 p.m. Evensong

Weekly Giving Update

We have a little over one month left in this fiscal year. Our goal for May and June is to exceed our budget for offering, so that our General Ministry Fund can recover lost ground and fully support the mission of our congregation. Please join us, as you are able, in reaching our goal! Thank you.


Congregational Meeting on June 9

Please plan to join us for a very important meeting of our congregation on Sunday, June 9 at 12:15 p.m. We are asking all members of St. Mark's to be at this semi-annual meeting of the congregation when we make key decisions about our shared mission. Lunch will be served and childcare will be provided.

Greening Congregation Task Force

Our time of hibernation is over and the Greening Congregation Task Force will resume monthly meetings on the last Thursday of each month. We invite all of you who would like to join us in our efforts to care for the earth in faithful ways to join us next Thursday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room.

April 2019 - General Ministry Fund Financial Update
Offerings for April were $9,135 below budget ($87,633 versus budgeted offerings of $96,768). Fiscal year-to-date (FYTD), we are now $43,375 below budgeted offerings of $883,926, and 2.3% above last year's actual offerings over the same time period. 
Expenses for April were $1,880 below budget, spending $84,886 versus a budgeted $86,766. FYTD, we are $30,370 below budgeted expenses of $880,067. Reasons remain the same as in recent months.
The bottom line for April is that we brought in $3,231 more than we spent versus our projection to bring in $10,252 more than we spent. This puts us $7,021 behind budget for the month. On a FYTD basis, we are now $10,509 behind budget on a net basis (i.e.,looking at total inflows and outflows). We have spent $4,150 more than we have brought in versus a projection to bring in $6,359 more than we spent at this point in the fiscal year.
Feel free to contact Jennifer Droubay or Mike McKeller in the Church office with any questions. Thank you.

Walking for Wellness 

May 29: Walking for Wellness on Wednesdays during the Summer begins!  3:00 p.m. meet at the Art Center garden to walk with friends at TLRC.
Grief Support Group Meeting

May 24: Grief support group, 10:30 a.m. in the Fireside room.

Memorial Committee Meeting Notes
  • Flowers for pots and planters to beautify entrance areas to the church.
  • Prayer Stations in back of the two corners of the sanctuary. Each area will include a wood sculpture, a terra cotta inset, candles, etc. All designed and fabricated by Mark Gulsrud.
  • Next meeting of the Memorial Committee is scheduled for September 18.
Pink at the Park! St. Mark's to the Tacoma Rainiers!  

Sunday, July 14, 1:35 p.m. game time. 
Cost: $19.00 per ticket, see link for more info and to reserve your seats. 
Sign up and pay by June 2 to guarantee your seat. 

St. Mark's Scholarship Process for HS Seniors is Open
If you are a member of St. Mark's who is pursuing an undergraduate degree, please consider applying for a St. Mark's Scholarship. The application process for current high school seniors is open and closes on June 2. Information and application materials can be found on the congregation's website .  Click on the "Connect with Us"  tab.  Questions?  Please contact Deacon Ingelaurie Lisher (

Children and Youth Faith Formation

Sundays at St. Mark's:
May 26 
  • Regular Sunday AM children and youth classes
  • Joyful Noise and Jubilation Children's choirs sing 8:30 & 9:45 a.m. services
  • 10 p.m.-ish Youth and adult leaders return from Holden Village 
June 2
  • Regular Sunday AM children and youth classes-last 9-12th gr. Sunday school class for the school year. All other grades run through June 9. 
  • Youth Marimbas play at all 3 services 
  • 12:15-1:30 p.m. Montana Team meeting-youth and adult leaders
  • Deadline to RSVP for 5th grade Milestone event on June 9. 
  • 5th grade Image of God Milestone and Marker Event: Sunday, June 9 for students and parents 9:45am in the Youth Wing. 
Thursday Nights for youth (grades 6-12): 
  • 5/23 6:30 p.m. Youth Choir; 7:30 p.m. Marimbas
  • 5/30 5:30 p.m. Last Youth Group of the year-Pizza and Ice Cream (youth not in choir-feel free to bring your homework as you hang out and wait-board games available too); 6:30 p.m. Youth Choir; 7:30 p.m. Marimbas 
Mark your calendars...
Baccalaureate Service  for our High School Graduates-6/5 @ 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. All congregation members are invited to attend and celebrate with our students. Graduation Quilts will be presented at this time. 
VBS August 5-9  9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Youth and adult volunteers are needed. Sign up at
Planning ahead...Summer 2020 & 2021
  • Western States Youth Gathering Thousand Oaks CA-June 25-29, 2020 for youth grades 9-12(2019-2020 school year) Cost: $600.00 per person. $100.00 deposit and registration due Oct. 13, 2019-more information coming out in August. 
  • ELCA Youth Gathering Minneapolis MN-June 29-July 3, 2021 (with a couple travel days thrown in). For 9-12thgrade students (completed 9th grade year 2021 to 2021 HS graduates-this means current 7-9th graders are eligible to attend this triennialOur 1st interest meeting will be Jan. 2020-but you can start fundraising NOW.
Travel Adventure VBS 2019

Travel Adventure 2019

Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 9, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
Children age 4 years old - entering 5th Grade (Fall of 2019) are invited to join us for our 2nd Travel Adventure VBS! This epic African adventure engages the whole herd. At Roar, kids explore God's goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. 
Church & Preschool Members:  1st child $25 & each additional child $20
Non Members:  1st child $35 & each additional child $30
Registration and payment can be made online here OR by check or cash via mail or offering plate.

This fee helps provide healthy snacks, craft supplies, and a variety of fun activities during the week.

Adult Faith Formation

Sunday Adult Faith Formation
9:45 a.m. Adult Forum
May 26: NO ADULT FORUM; Happy Memorial Day weekend! 

June 2: We will welcome Melanie Cunningham, Director of Multicultural Outreach and Engagement at PLU.  

11:00 a.m.  Crossways Bible Study. Does not meet May 26.

Wednesday Adult Faith Formation
Morning Bible Study:  The 9:15 a.m. Wednesday morning Bible study meets in the Parish Commons #1 Classroom. We begin gathering at about 9:15 for coffee and visiting. Newcomers are welcome and would best arrive at 9:15. We are people of various backgrounds and Bible experiences, who help each other by sharing our questions and insights. We are studying the book of Romans.  This study will end for the year on June 5. For more information, contact Linda Durant at 253-363-8202 or

Noon Text Study Luncheon, Parish Commons Classroom: Come for this lively discussion of the texts for the upcoming Sunday, hosted by the preacher.

Lydia Circle: Meets first Tuesday of the month at noon. Our next meeting will be on May 28 (instead of the first Tuesday in June). Bring your own lunch. We use the Lutheran Women's  Gather magazine. We welcome NEW members! Come join us.

Fully Alive Bible Study, Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. in the Fireside Room. Our topic is Women of the Bible, The Beautiful and The Ugly. Please join us. This study will end for the year on June 11.

St. Mark's Care of Creation 2019 Hiking and Camping Schedule

Please hold these dates on your spring and summer calendars:
  • June 1 Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, 9 a.m. at church
  • June 22 Day hike, TBD
  • July 19 Day Hike Sunrise or Sheeplake area, 8 a.m. at church
  • August 1-3 Family Camping at Staircase near Lake Cushman 
  • September 6 or 7 Day hike, TBD
Also, if you are planning a trip to Holden Village this summer and would like others at St. Mark's to know so you can coordinate your trip planning please email Tom Hulst at

St. Mark's Preschool is Enrolling for the 2019-2020 School Year!

St. Mark's Preschool is enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year! There are spaces available in our PreK class! Please contact Katie Jones for more information at 253-752-4929.

Speak Up: Moral Voices

The Peace and Justice Committee at St. Mark's suggests we all consider using our moral voices to advocate for justice in the following areas: food, housing, creation, and immigration.

During the past few months of the Washington legislative session, we asked you to contact your state representatives and senators in support of specific legislation. Thanks in part to you, and hundreds of other voters who expressed their opinions, we achieved the following:
HR 1587 signed into law, increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for people with limited incomes;
HR 1406 signed into law, allowing local jurisdictions like Tacoma to retain some sales tax for affordable housing;
$175 million allocated to the Housing Trust Fund within the Capital Budget.

Mexico Mission: Supplies Needed

Thanks again for your support of the Mexico Mission trip! If you aren't able to come along but would like to send things for our children's activities we would really appreciate it. New or gently used items could include: 
coloring books
sticker books
Spanish-language children's books
foam stickers
water color paints
modeling clay or play-doh
embroidery floss (for bracelets)

Please bring to the office marked "Mexico" or let Melanie know ( 

LWR Personal Care Kit Update

Thank you  for stretching your hearts and hands to help people in need by providing supplies, building kits, or helping with logistics to ship 82 Personal Care Kits to LWR in May!! Every day Lutheran World Relief Kits of Care give families around the world some of life's essentials, as well as a reminder that they are not alone. Next....School Kits in the Fall, start collecting supplies this summer!  

Host Families Needed

St. Mark's friends and family, I am looking for host families that are open to an interfaith hosting experience! I have students from many predominately Muslim countries!

A girl from Senegal who would love to be hosted by a family with young children or a boy from Pakistan who comes from a large family and LOVES to be around people. There are also many more from many countries.

Contact Cindy Johnson for more information.
Church Office Hours

The church office is open  Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-noon, 1:00-4:00 p.m . and  Sunday from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

*The door to the office is locked during preschool hours (8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.); please knock or ring the doorbell and someone will let you in promptly!

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