The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   May 18 , 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

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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 - Chicken lasagna, salad, and dessert. Suggested Donation $5/per person.
5:30pm Joyful Noise Choir
6:00pm Praise Team Rehearsal
6:00pm Jubilation Choir
6:15pm Holy Moly
6:15pm Midweek Renewal
7:30pm Prayer Service

Childcare is provided from 5-8pm for children up to 5 years of age while parents attend meetings, Bible study, and worship.  
Please join us at our All-Congregation Meeting this Sunday, May 22 at 12:15pm!

Your presence is very important at this semi-annual meeting where we take stock of where we are, make decisions about where we are going and how we will get there, and celebrate our life together as the Body of Christ at St. Mark's. Lunch will be served and childcare will be provided, so please make every effort to be with us!  

Mexico 2016 Mission Team Meetings

Next Planning meeting, May 22nd at 11am in the Fireside Room and June 5th at Noon. 

Learn, Serve, Grow

Thank you to EVERYONE who has completed a Learn, Serve, Grow Response Form and shared it with us at St. Mark's. It was wonderful to see so many people come forward on Pentecost Sunday and place their response forms in the basket beside the baptismal font. So far, we have received over 110 response forms, and we are looking forward to hearing from many more of you. You may bring your response forms to church this coming Sunday, May 22nd and we will collect them during the Hymn of the Day. If you can't be with us for worship, you can always mail your form to us and we will follow up with you.   Click here to read the Learn, Serve, Grow booklet which describes the many opportunities that exist at St. Mark's, and then take time to fill out this downloadable Response Form   as an expression of your own desire to live in faith. We look forward to another amazing year of ministry together!

A Busy Week for the Evening Shift...
FHN Families at St. Mark's

by Paula Friedmann
Last week, May 7-14, St. Mark's old Sunday School wing was abuzz with activity. Five families from Family Housing Network took up residence in the choir room, the youth room, and two Sunday School rooms. Quite a few St. Mark's members who use these areas were affected, but for the most part the FHN activities were unseen by most, taking place between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. each day. (Families leave the host facility by 7:30 a.m. each day.)

On Saturday morning we prepared for the families' arrival. Nine volunteers moved beds, made beds, and added welcoming touches to the rooms. Each bed had a "goodie bag" prepared and donated by our member Patty Hulbert. Patty also provided homemade pillowcases for the children's pillows. All guests were provided with new pillows donated by our members.

Five of the six adults we hosted were mothers, and on Sunday evening we celebrated them. Each mom received a Mother's Day gift card decorated with fresh flowers. St. Mark's member Mary Olsen provided the families with a craft project, helping them decorate picture frames and taking pictures of them to put in the frames. A box of diapers was provided to each family who needed them. 

Scholarship Applications Available for Lutheran Higher Education

Each year St. Mark's offers scholarships to members who are pursuing higher education at a Lutheran institution.  To qualify, you need to have been accepted to a Lutheran University or Seminary and complete the application process.  You may pick up a hard copy of the 2015-16 Scholarship Application in the Church Office (see file marked "Scholarship Applications"), or email Pastor Shjerven to receive the form as an attachment ( The deadline by which all materials need to be received is Sunday, May 22nd.  

Shared Housing Services : Housing 4 Success

Mark Merrill, the executive director of Shared Housing Services emailed to say " thank you to St. Mark's for all of the support and your belief in our mission."  In the youth program, "We are working on trying to put together move-in packages for the youth that would consist of full-sized set of sheets, blanket, pillow, socks (basic men's & women's ankle socks), bath towels & washcloths.  Most of the youths coming into our program only have what they are able to carry in a back pack or two. So getting them stabilized and settled with items that allow them to get a good night's sleep is important.

Currently, we at St. Mark 's  have supplied 3 move-in packages. Our goal is to supply a total of 10. Please, help with this goal by donating a part of a Move-In package.

Other greatest needs:  Toothbrushes 
Full size deodorants (men & women)
Feminine Hygiene products
Full sized Shave Cream (men & women)
Any African American specific hair or skin products
Other hygiene items

Shared Housing Services : Housing 4 Success provides transitional housing, case management and training to homeless youth and young adults in Tacoma. Please, place items in the basket marked GSA: SHS outside the church office. Questions: contact Roz Lueck-Mammen  253.565.6398

Cooks Club! Tabouli

"Cooks Club" is for those who enjoy creating in the kitchen and enjoying fine food together. 

Imagine the enticing smells of freshly chopped mint and parsley, beautiful  golden olive oil, the fine texture of finely ground bulgur wheat, all combined with  the brilliant red of ripe tomatoes and the intense zing of fresh lemons. Put it all together and it makes Tabouli, the wonderful picnic salad so loved by the people of Lebanon.

Join us as we explore fresh and lively tastes of the Middle East, Lebanon in particular. Make a delicious meal from foods that are mentioned in the Bible. Learn to make hummus, stuffed grape leaves and even baklava.

On June 12th the Cooks Club of St. Mark's will meet in the kitchen to work together to create a delicious traditional Lebanese meal and to enjoy this delicious and delightful meal together. Suzy Reynolds will be "head chef" for the evening.

We have a few spaces remaining, please call the church office to sign-up.  

Take Them A Meal Volunteer Recruitment

Take Them A Meal: Continuing a long church tradition of providing food to support members who are ill or having a life difficulty, St. Mark's  is compiling  a list of members who would like to be potential meal providers. Potential meal providers would be notified by e-mail of meal requests.  Please call or  e-mail Janet Duris if  you would like to be a potential meal provider or if you would like additional information.  (Telephone: (253)582-4991 / e-mail: )

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.

Adult Faith Formation

Sunday, 9:45am, Adult Forum, Parish Commons Classroom
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
Adults dig deep into a biblical or theological text, presented as a series. Material is chosen for the season, or in response to the group's curiosity.

Fully Alive Bible Study,  Tuesdays, 5:15pm, 
  Questions? Contact Sherry Maiura (253) 549-4222.

Wednesday Women's Bible Study, 9:30am, Parish Commons Classroom. 
We are studying the Book of Acts. Questions? Contact Linda Durant at (253) 363-8202 or Our last session of this spring will be June 8 (we will resume Sept. 14).

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
"Worship Matters"-Why do we do what we do when we gather on Sunday mornings for worship?  Together we will explore the roots of the liturgy and how it finds diverse expression in Christian congregations throughout the world.  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. For further information, contact Celesta Smith at  or Diana Busch at
Children and Youth Faith Formation             
This week's Spark Notes is  Praise God.  Spark Notes are fun activity sheets printable each week to supplement Sunday School lessons. 

Sunday, May 22 Sunday AM Classes-9:45-10:45am
  • 5/6th grade in regular classroom with Mary and Michelle Unit 5 Rewind
  • 7/8th grade class in Youth Room-Apostle's Creed with Ingelaurie
  • 9-12th grade Fireside Room with Carl and Bruce
Thursday, May 19 at St. Mark's for youth grades 6-12!
  • Youth Group 5:30-6:30pm in Parish Commons with Ingelaurie and Nate
  • Youth Choir 6:30-7:30pm in the Sanctuary with Cooper
High School Graduates- I have the following youth listed to graduate this June: Lily Oellerich, Caroline Laubach, Nathan Payne, Thomas Harris, Luke Neuberger, Ragadan Badir, Neneeh Johnson, and Cor Kruithof. Please let me know if I have left anyone out. We will be honoring the graduates on Sunday, June 5th. 
Discapoloza-9-12th grade (2016-2017 school year)Disc Golf event in Poulsbo! Friday, June 24th 1:30pm to 8pm. Cost: $10.00pp. Sign up by June 5th if you are attending-we need at least 5 youth and 1 more adult to make sure we go.
Summer 2017 Luther 500 Festival-It's not too late to sign up to attend the 500 Anniversary Celebration of the Reformation in Wittenberg Germany, July 19-25, 2017. Cost: $1500.00 (hotel lodging, 2 meals per day, group morning and evening prayer, and all admissions/tours to "Luther" sites). Airfare is on your own-we will meet up in Wittenberg. Please see the youth board for more information or contact Ingelaurie Lisher. $110.00 registration deposit per person, plus a $110.00 lodging deposit-1 per room) is due ASAP. ½ of remaining balance due June 2016, final balance due December 2016. This is an intergenerational trip.
VBS 2016- August 1-5th 9:00am-12:15pm at St. Mark's-Cave Quest! Registration materials available in the Children's Faith Formation Wing or in the Narthex beginning May 15th, or by clicking here to visit the church website.  Youth and adult volunteers (class leaders and assistants) are needed to help out with the week. Please contact Ingelaurie Lisher at or at 253-752-4966 to see how you can lend a hand.
Montana Team Meeting- Wed. May 25th 6-7:15pm in the youth room for adult leaders and youth participants.  

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