The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   April 5 , 2017 
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 Coordinator
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. 


       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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Wednesday Night Church Night Tonight!
5:00pm Little Angels Choir (CR)
5:15pm Dinner:
Chicken Mushroom Rice Casserole, Suggested Donation: $5
5:30pm Joyful Noise Choir (CR)
6:00pm Praise Team Rehearsal (S)
6:00pm Jubilation Choir, grades 3-5 (CR)
6:15pm Midweek Renewal (PCC)
7:30pm Evensong (PC)
Childcare in provided from 5-8pm for children up to 5 years of age while parents attend meetings, Bible Study and worship.

Holy Week Schedule
Sunday, April 9th
8:30, 9:45 and 11am Palm Sunday Worship Services

Wednesday, April 12th
No Church Night Dinner, Classes or Worship

Thursday, April 13th
5:30pm Seder Meal- Please sign up in the narthex
7:30pm Worship with Holy Communion and Stripping of the Altar

Friday, April 14th
7:30pm Worship- The Passion Story according to Matthew, with sacred art.

Saturday, April 15th
7:30 pm Easter Vigil Worship with Lighting the New Fire, Scripture Stories, Affirmation of Baptism and Receiving New Members
8:30pm Easter Vigil Party and Welcome of New Members

Sunday, April 16th
8:00, 9:30 and 11am, The Resurrection of our Lord - Festival Worship
Easter Breakfast served from 8:30-11:30am
No Sunday School or Adult Classes
Blessing in Abundance Campaign-Updated!

We are encouraged and grateful for all the Commitment Cards that we have received over the past two weeks. Step One on the card is your pledge to the Regular Offering Fund at St. Mark's and Step Two is an "over-an-above" pledge to the Blessing in Abundance capital appeal. Both of those areas are looking good at this point, and we are especially pleased to report that we have received over $950,000 in gifts and pledges (including a $100,000 bequest) for the Blessing in Abundance appeal. Since we are still waiting to hear from many more households, we are hopeful that we can exceed our goal of $1 million for this special effort to reduce our mortgage debt and redirect that money to ministry at St. Mark's and in the community. If you haven't returned your Commitment Card, please do so in the coming days. You may bring it to church this Sunday, drop it in the mail, or stop by the church office on any day of the week. Thanks!
Seder Meal

You are invited to join us for an educational Seder Dinner on Thursday, April 13 at 5:30pm in our St. Mark's Parish Commons.  If you are able to join us, please add your name(s) to the sign up sheet in the Narthex. 
Women of St. Mark's

Mark your calendars!  Our spring luncheon will be held on May 20th.  Please join us for a few hours of friendship and music.  More on this later!

As summer approaches, begin working on your contributions for our Annual Bazaar.  Put on your crafting hat and help us with your homemade items.  We are planning on having Craft nights to learn new crafts and enjoy a night out with friends.  Dates and times to follow.

Direct your questions or suggestions to Barbara Meyers at or 253-370-4251.
Preschool Needs

Business owners, we are looking for some sponsorship for our first annual St. Mark's Preschool Golf Tournament  on May 13th. If you are able to make a tax-deductible donation to our preschool (which will go toward much needed new playground equipment) in exchange for some advertisement and recognition (plus a golf entry) at a 9-hole tournament at Highlands Golf Course,  please contact Anne Zimmerman: (253) 752-4929 or . Tickets for golfing will go on sale later in April.   

Seder Table Hosts Needed

Host a dinner without cleaning the house, by setting a table here for the Seder meal Thursday, April 13th.

See the example table in the Narthex or the attached link for more information.

Our Daily Bread: A day to celebrate and cultivate congregation hunger programs

Join the Synod Hunger Committee on Saturday, April 22nd at The Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd in  Olympia from 10am - 3pm. This free educational event will include worship, panels, sharing, learning, breakouts sessions and lunch (free-will offering for lunch).  This Free program supported by grants from  ELCA World Hunger and Thrivent Financial. Contact the office on how to register. 
Congregational Care

St Mark's Caregiver Support Group meets the first and third Thursdays of each month at 10:30am in the Fireside Room.  Please talk to Pastor Shjerven or Parish Nurse Patty Reinkensmeyer if you are interested in learning more about this group.

Family Housing Network coming May 6!

St. Mark's will again host up to five homeless families May 6-13. Volunteers are needed to prepare rooms, host the families, provide meals, help with child care and clean up at the end of the week! Thanks to all of the faithful volunteers who have committed to this ministry over the last four years. We welcome new volunteers to join us! See the signup table in the narthex.
More Family Housing Network Needs:

Family Housing Network is in desperate need of hygiene items for  men, women, and children who access their services. Their supply of both regular and travel size items is nearly depleted.  This is a list of the types of things they normally keep on hand:

  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Dental floss
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Body wash & soap
  • Combs & brushes
  • Lotion
  • Feminine pads (maxi & mini)/tampons
  • Feminine panty liners
  • Deodorant
  • Razors/shaving cream
  • Tips
  • Mouth Wash
  • Finger nail clippers/files
  • Ear plugs
  • Shower shoes
  • Toilet paper
They are also  very   short of linens for shelter beds.  They accept gently used or new twin  fitted and flat sheets and pillow cases, twin blankets and twin blankets, and new pillows.

Donations can be brought to the FHN signup table or dropped off at the church office.
Thank you!

Easter Flowers

If you would like to contribute to the beauty of our Sanctuary on Easter Sunday by donating flowers, it is not to early to leave your gift. Cost of a plant is  $10.00, checks should be made out to St. Mark's Lutheran, please write in the memo line "Easter Flowers Fund" and can be given anytime until Easter Sunday.  This year our plants will be tulips. You will be able to take home your plants following the 11:00am service on Easter.    Thank you for helping us to beautify our church on this special Sunday. 

Easter Choir 2017!

This is the perfect year for everyone to have a chance to sing in the Hallelujah Chorus. Even if you missed a rehearsal, it is not too late to join in. Please visit our resource webpage for all the information about dates of rehearsals, all the materials you will need to learn the music, and other information.

I would love to have you be part of the choir - everyone should sing Hallelujah at some point in their life, and I hope this year will be a good opportunity for you!

Cooper Sherry

Cinco de Mayo Festival

In support of St. Mark's 2017 Mexico Mission trip, our annual Cinco de Mayo Festival will be held on Friday, May 5th beginning at 5:30.  Tickets will be on sale in the Narthex between services on April 9, 23 and 30 ($5 per person or $20 for a family).  Please plan to join us for a fun-filled evening that includes dinner, crafts, games and door-prizes!
Mexico Mission Trip 2017

St. Mark's annual mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico will take place this year from June 23- July 1.  If you are interested in being part of this mission team, please return a completed Interest Form (available at Welcome Center) to either Melanie Summerour or Sarah Moore Sherry by March 19 th.  All team members should plan to attend the following meetings: Sunday, April 23rd at 12:15; and Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:30.  We will meet in the Youth Room.
Join us for Interfaith Encounters!

Come hear and discuss how Jews, Muslims, and Christians view Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed in each of our faith traditions. Each gathering will include presentations by Rabbi Bruce Kadden of Temple Beth El, Imam Ahmad Saleh of the Islamic Center of Tacoma, and either Pastor Sarah Wiles of Bethany Presbyterian Church or Pastor Jan Ruud of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows. There will also be ample time for conversation and interaction between participants from all our faith communities.

Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows: Topic: Jesus
6730 North 17th Street, Tacoma

Monday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. at the University Place Public Library:  Topic: Mohammed
3609 Market Place West, University Place


Ever considered joining a 6K? Join World Vision on May 6, 2017,  at Gas Works Park in Seattle, where your registration fee provides CLEAN WATER to 1 PERSON! World Vision  works in over 100 countries and brings clean water to 1 new person every 10 seconds. Join in with 500 other locations that will be running/walking a 6K on the same day!     Visit the table in the Narthex for information and sign up at  with the Terrill's and the "Global Water Runners"! Change your life and the life of another this Spring!

We are filling empty shelves and have supplies to make 21 personal care kits!  Every kit makes a difference in the life of the receiver and provides encouragement. Would you consider providing items to make just one or more Personal Care Kits, or donating funds and we will shop for you ?   Personal Care Kits will be lovingly built, followed by a potluck dinner on April 23, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Visit the table in the Narthex for more information on this important work! Items Needed: Bath towels (20"×40" & 52"×27"), Bar soap (3oz +), Toothbrushes, Sturdy combs, Metal nail clippers. Please contact Catherine Terrill with any questions at 253-732-3479.

Vacation Bible School 2017

Mark your calendars!  VBS July 31-Aug. 4 Maker Fun Factory!  For children 4 year old (by July 1, 2017)-5th grade (2017-2018 school year). Registration opens April 30. Taking youth and adult volunteers who want to teach or lead. Contact Ingelaurie with questions or for more information. 

St. Mark's Preschool Enrollment

St. Mark's Preschool has begun accepting enrollment paperwork for the 2017-18 school year in February. Current preschool families and children or grandchildren of St. Mark's Church members can register beginning February 1st; registration for the surrounding community will open on February 15th. Children must be two-and-a-half by Sept 1st to enroll in the 2/3s class; age 3 by Sept 1st to enroll in the 3/4s class; or, age 4 by Sept 1st to enroll in the PreK class. Please turn in paperwork as well as a non-refundable $75.00 registration fee to Anne Zimmerman. Registration paperwork can be found online ( or in the church office. Please contact Anne with questions (253) 759-4929

Children and Youth Faith Formation
Thurs. April 6: No Youth Group; 6:30 Youth Choir
Sun. April 9 Palm Sunday! AM classes 9:45-10:45am
5/6th grade Unit Rewind #2
7/8th grade Review--Moses through David with Carl and Bruce
9-12th grade in the Fireside Room with Zach Zimmerman
Help is still needed  with the upcoming meals and fundraiser: Thurs. April 13 Seder Dinner 4-5:30pm and 5:45-7:00pm. Sunday, April 16 Easter Breakfast-providing food and assisting with serving, etc. You don't need to be going on a summer trip to help out.  
Receiving Bibles this Sunday, April 9 : Ben Caseley; Audrey Sonnen, Jake Kennedy, Kate Shouse, Marena Baker, Signe Ockfen, Patrick Myers, Lucie Meers, Lauren Meade, Rowan Laughlin, Makayla Handy, and Anthony Crocco
High School Servant Trip: July 6-9 (Thursday to Sunday). Cost: $100.00 We are headed to the Columbia River for a weekend of service and leaning more about the Native American community who live on the river. See the youth board for more information and how you can sign up to go.
2018 ELCA Youth Gathering!   June 26-July 2, Houston TX. Details are on the youth board. Registration opens September 15.

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Forum-Sundays 9:45am in the Parish Commons Classroom
There will be no Adult Forum until after Easter.  Join us again on April 23.

Adult Class- Sundays 11am in the Parish Commons Classroom
April 9: Making Sense of the Cross: DVD series with Dr. David Lose-Participants are invited to "listen in" on an open conversation about the cross and encouraged to think about and experience its meaning for their lives. 

Wednesday Midweek Renewal;  6:15pm in the PCC
Martin Luther's Small Catechism- As we commemorate 500 years of Reformation, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has invited congregations to "dust off our Small Catechisms and take another look at the basics of our faith" (Living Lutheran, 9/16).  During the season of Lent, we will be doing just that.  New copies of Luther's Small Catechism will be provided ($5 donation appreciated, but not required).  Wednesdays, 6:15pm, March15th, 22nd, 29th, April 5th.

Tuesday "Fully Alive" Bible Study; 5:15pm in the Fireside Room
led by Sherry Maiura.  

Women's Bible Study; 9:30 am in the Parish Commons Classroom
They will be exploring God's will for us as stated in the Third Petition of the Lord's Prayer, using Greg Laurie's "As It Is in Heaven", a thought provoking book.   For more information contact Ida Hagen, 253-759-0569 (

Noon Wednesday Text Study Luncheon in the Parish Commons Classroom.  
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.

Member Notes and News

Ed Bushnell, member of St. Marks passed away on March 2 after a year long battle with acute leukemia.  His Memorial Service will be held on April 22 at 2:00pm at St. Marks.  Congregation is invited.   

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