The Bridge
The Weekly Newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   May 27, 2020  
Sunday Worship      
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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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Join Us Online for Worship Every Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

We are happy to have people from all over the world worshipping with us online through the live stream on our Facebook page. If you miss any of our services, you can find them on our  St. Mark's Website and  Facebook pageFeel free to share these links with others, too. We love the way that our worship ministry is expanding to reach so many diverse people.

Offerings in May

We continue to give thanks for the strong support for ministry that we receive through all of your  monetary gifts. As you can see from the chart below, we are close to meeting our budgeted income for the month of May, with one week left.  With your help, we are hoping to rise to that opportunity together and then finish the fiscal year with equally strong support in June.

When Will We Be Able to Gather Together at Church?

Our congregation leaders and staff are working closely with the Strategic Planning Team at St. Mark's to develop plans that are consistent with our core values and our mission. We are also guided by helpful counsel from our bishops and ELCA denominational leaders. In a recent letter to Governor Inslee written by the bishops of ELCA synods in the Pacific Northwest, they said: 

"At the same time that we value our freedom to worship and yearn for the day when we can gather for song and sacraments, our immediate priority as Lutheran bishops is the health and safety of each of our pastors, deacons, and church members, as well as the physical well-being of all citizens. As St. Paul said to the church in Galatia, "You are called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as opportunities for self-indulgence, but become servants to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' In light of the best medical analysis available, we believe that it is too soon to safely open for worship on such short notice. Instead, we are calling upon our 300 congregations to exercise their God-given liberty by caring for all people and proceeding ahead in the safest way possible. Specifically, we are asking our Lutheran congregations to mindfully develop a phased plan for re-opening that follows state and county guidelines and is based on the most current advice of public health institutions such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention."

We Want to Include Your Input in Our Planning for the Future

Our St. Mark's Strategic Planning Team has developed a survey that you will all be receiving via email in the next few days. Look for a special edition of The Bridge for details on how you can add your voice to the very important process of planning our mission and ministry together in these transformational times. 

Daily Devotions Podcast

The theme for our new series of daily devotions is "Now The Green Blade Rises," drawing from the well-known Easter hymn by that name. These devotions are posted on our St. Mark's website at 6:00 a.m. each day, and you can listen them at any time. Just go to this  "Worship and Daily Devotionslink on our St. Mark's webpage. 

Holden Evening Prayer

Throughout the Easter season, we will continue to post a new podcast of Holden Evening Prayer every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. You can listen to this newest edition, and all of the previous Compline services, at the same link as above.

Prayers of the Church
We have created a new email address by which you can share your prayer requests with us. Just send them to: If you would like us to include them in the Prayers of the Church during worship on Sunday, please make note of that.  Prayer requests that are emailed by Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. will be included in the Sunday prayers that week. 

Congregational Care

New evening support group -Tuesdays at 6 p.m.-
Emotional Wellness during a pandemic:  There are many emotions that spring up in our everyday lives some are easier to accept than others.  You may find yourself with many and complicated/ conflicting emotions especially during this time period when there is much uncertainty in our world.  How do we stay emotionally well, especially now?  What does that even look like?  If this is a topic that interests you, email pastor Sigi at   
Join fellow companions to give support and encouragement as we find ways to navigate through this time of uncertainty.  

VIRTUAL Caregiver support group- Friday, June 5, at 10:30.  Check in with others who are caring for a family member and need support.

Other opportunities to meet up and "see" each other:
Virtual coffee half hour-  after our virtual worship on Zoom, email Pastor Sigi at if you are interested in joining others for an informal meet up (bring your own coffee). Important to email ahead of time so we can send you the Zoom invitation.  

If you would like to have a socially distant visit with one of your pastors or a care minister please contact us! We would love to come and walk and talk with you, socially distanced with masks in the great outdoors!  

Check the VBS page on the website for more information and to register ( click here).
Youth and Family Ministry:  Online Youth Programming

Weekly In the Home Faith Formation Resources and Lessons through June 14 are sent out via email each Friday for children 3 years old to 12th grade. Please contact Char Leone at or Ingelaurie Lisher if you want to receive them. 

Ways to connect on social media: #stmarksathome
1. St. Mark's Facebook Page--public open to all: St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows (with in this page 2 privage groups: St. Mark's Children and Youth and St. Mark's VBS)
2. St. Mark's Main Instagram account--public: smlcbythenarrows
3. St. Mark's Youth Instagram account--private: smlctacomayouth (this is updated from our previous one)

Weekly youth check ins: Contact Ingelaurie Lisher for the link if you haven't received it.
  • 5th GradeTuesdays 2-2:30pm via Zoom. We will meet until June 16.
  • Middle School Youth Group: Thursdays 4-4:30 p.m. via Zoom. We will meet until June 17.
  • The Well for High School StudentsSundays, 6:30-7:00 p.m. via Zoom, we will meet until June 14. 
Upcoming dates and deadlines for High School Seniors:
Bios for the St. Mark's Bridge: 
  • Any others that I missed--June 3 Bridge, deadline for info Tuesday, June 2 10 a.m. This includes 2020 College Graduates. 
Parents/High School Seniors--We are looking at having the in person Baccalaureate Service between Aug. 6-16. Please let Ingelaurie Lisher  know ASAP if this is a problem. 

Also, be on the lookout for a graduation milestone activity you can do with your son/daughter in June. 

Pictures for slideshow due to Ingelaurie. See email sent on 4/26 for details and how to send the pictures.  Slideshow will go live in June to celebrate your actual graduations. 

Honoring Our High School Graduates

Mae Marla Myklegard, Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA)

Mae belongs to both the SOTA Dance and YMCA Senior Dance companies.  Mae has been a consistent caregiver in our church nursery since she was in Middle School. She attended the Rocky Boy Service Trip in 2015 and participated in the first service trip to Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp in 2016. 

Mae will be attending Central Washington University this fall to major in Early Childhood Education and received a Tacoma Educational Association scholarship for Future Teachers. Congratulations Mae!

Katherine Fors, Stadium High School

Katherine is a Cross Country runner, running for Stadium and playing Lacrosse. As part of a Stadium tradition, and as one of the top 8 in her junior class for G.P.A., Katherine walked at the 2019 graduation as one of Stadium gray gowns. Katherine was confirmed with her Sunday school class in 2016 and participated in the 2014 & 2015 Rocky Boy Middle School Service Trips and the 1st service trip with Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp in MT in 2016. 

Katherine will be attending Boise State this fall to study Mechanical Engineering.  Congratulations Katherine!

Adult Faith Formation

College students, you're invited to a virtual game night this Sunday, May 31, at 7 p.m. Email for a Zoom link to join. 

Young adults, bring your coffee and join us for coffee hour this Sunday at 11 a.m. Email Pastor Hallie for a zoom link to join. Also, mark your calendars for the Young Adult (virtual) Pub Theology next Tuesday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. Email Pastor Hallie for a link to join. Bring your favorite beverage! 

Please join us for our final evening of spiritual practices this Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. This session will conclude our Midweek Renewal series for this summer and we will be taking a short break with programmatic teaching for the first weeks of June. If you would like to connect in virtual groups in the meantime, please email Pastor Hallie. 

Join us for virtual bible study at noon on WednesdayEmail  for a link to join on Zoom.

Moral Voices, Moral Choices

The Peace and Justice Committee at St. Mark's invites us all to use our moral voices to advocate for justice in the following areas: food, housing, creation, and immigration. We are also invited to make moral choices in our personal behavior that impact these areas.

The National Seed Strategy Supports Creation
Human influences such as invasive species, altered wildfire regimes, and natural disasters are negatively affecting our native plant communities and the many species that depend upon them. Our ability to repair these damaged lands and stem the loss of cultural and economic benefits to society depends upon appropriate seed, research, decision tools, and public support for ecological restoration. Through collaboration and communication, we can more effectively manage public lands and protect our valuable natural resources.

The National Seed Strategy fosters interagency collaboration to guide the development, availability, and use of seed needed for timely and effective restoration. The Strategy includes four goals, with associated objectives and initial actions (2015-2020) to improve seed supplies for restoring healthy and productive native plant communities.

The National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration will help guide ecological restoration across large landscapes of the United States, especially lands damaged by rangeland fires, invasive species, severe storms and drought.

Organizations and individuals at the national, state and local level all will contribute to common goals, pooling resources, sharing information and achieving results for advancing plant conservation on a broad scale. 

The National Seed Strategy: Making Progress   is now available online. This document highlights work being done to address each goal of the Seed Strategy, followed by ecoregional projects that illustrate the extent of collaborations that are underway to lay the foundation for a more comprehensive network of collectors, testers, and growers to make native plants more available across the country.

To receive some solace and peace during the pandemic read, A Poem for Papatuānuku - Mother Earth by Ngāti Hine/Ngāpuhi writer Nadine Anne Hura, andrecently shared by Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand here

Mask Shortage Concerns: Updated

We have received several requests for masks to be made at home, below is the updated information received this week.
Lutheran World Relief  is now asking for simple homemade masks to be shared with people overseas who do not have access to basic protection.  If you can sew, for specifics, please follow the link .
Nativity  House had a huge response to the masks donated and is in need of more. Masks can be dropped off to the church mail slot or  directly delivered at the loading dock at Nativity House any morning. Please make sure any drop offs at church are labeled for their end use so we can  direct deliveries to the correct locations.
MultiCare has changed their policy and is now requesting homemade cloth masks In response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recent recommendation for all citizens to wear face masks when out in public, MultiCare is welcoming cloth mask donations from the community, in an effort to reduce the risk of transmission. If you are willing to make and donate cloth masks, we thank you. Please note the following instructions: Use a mask pattern that includes a type of wire (e.g., pipe cleaner) so the mask can be fitted over the nose. If possible, use a high-density fabric such as quilters cotton or a woven fabric like batik. This will allow for a better filtration rate. Do not create masks that use rubber bands for the ear loops. The rubber bands can cause irritation and skin breakdown.

Deliveries can be made at:
MultiCare Tacoma General/Mary Bridge Children's/Allenmore Hospitals - Tacoma General loading dock
402 S J St
Tacoma, Washington 98405

CHI Franciscan & St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma
Confirmed 4/28/20 they are still accepting masks, there were false comments on Facebook that said hospitals were no longer accepting masks.  Their website to includes a specific pattern and construction for the home made masks. The design can be found on the website under donations:
They will accept all masks made from any pattern. Thank you for your donations. You can deliver in person or send by mail to the below addresses:
Contact: 253-426-6202 (Command Center-Logistics) 
St. Joseph Medical Center
In Person Drop Off:
Franciscan Education and Support Center (FESC)
2420 South State Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
(Donations accepted 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily)                                         Mail Delivery :                                              
St Joseph Medical Center
Attn: Supply Chain Donation
1717 S. J st
Tacoma, WA 98405
Thank you to all the mask makers out there! I'd love to hear how things are going. - Katie

For comments or questions email:

Crafters' Corner

While so many are home-based we thought it would be an opportunity to provide craft project inspiration.

Tinted Glass

This week we have a family friendly activity. Easy instructions as well as links to multiple websites with ideas are connected  here . Tinted glass bottles and jars look great in the yard, can be made into windchimes, or are beautiful way to display seasonal flowers. 
Reminder: While the Church office is closed please send any craft suggestions & comments to . We'd love to see pictures of your projects.
Other ways you can connect with the community and support during Covid-19: Update
United Way of Pierce County:
Check out their volunteer connection page:
Nativity House:
Nativity House really needs food.  Donations are way down with restaurants closed. They usually get a lot of leftovers. It needs to be sack lunch-like stuff. Easy to grab and go.  Ideas: sandwiches,  cup of noodles,  granola, bars,  fruit cups,  cookies,  crackers,  wraps,  bottled water or drinks,  trail mix, 
hand sanitizer.
Website:  Contact: 253-502-2780, or to help/donate items, contact Shannon Cline at 253-365-4111.
To donate financially to CCS (Catholic Community Services) & Nativity House use this link:
Multicare is asking for manufactured PPE and snacks for workers. They are encouraging blood donations too since supplies are low.

MultiCare does not have any donation sites at their facilities. For a list of sites where you can donate blood, please visit

If people have unopened boxes of masks, gloves or gowns that they would like to donate they  can drop them off between 11a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

MultiCare Tacoma General/Mary Bridge Children's/Allenmore Hospitals - Tacoma General loading dock
402 S J St
Tacoma, Washington 98405

Please schedule food donations with Theresa Lerma, MultiCare Volunteer Services Coordinator, at

Member Notes and News

Thank you so much to all the mask makers out there!
I work for Mary Bridge at the SeaMar Community Health Center on the hilltop in Tacoma. Sharon, Katie, and others have made cloth masks for us to provide to our patients and staff, and I can't begin to express how grateful I am for this! As you know, people of color and LatinX people in our community have been hit especially hard by this virus, and financially it's difficult to find money for any extras - even masks. To be able to provide families with masks to protect them, their loved ones, and our whole community, is a much appreciated gift.  The need continues- especially as we begin the process of phasing in more clinic visits and community activities.  
So, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Melanie Summerour

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