The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   September 20 , 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. 


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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 Night Church Night Tonight!
Dinner-  5-6:30pm 
Suggested Donation $5: Becki's Chicken Dijon, Rice and Salad
Little Angels- 5-5:30pm
Joyful Noise- 5:30-6pm
Jubilation- 6-6:45pm 
Holy Moly- 6:15-6:45pm 
Midweek Renewal- 6:15-7:15pm 
Evensong- 7:30pm 

Church Office Closed Friday Afternoons 
The church office will be closed on Friday afternoons through 9/22 while Nikki is on maternity leave.

August 2017 Financial Update

Offerings for the month of August were $66,865. This was $8,009 below budget for the month and 3.6% below last year's actual offering in August. On a year-to-date basis (YTD), offerings are $14,591 below budget and 11.4% below last year's actual offering over the same time period. Expenses are also below budget by $5,520 on a YTD basis, which is 5.4% less than expenses last year over the same period. The net effect of YTD activity is a drawdown on the General Fund of $23,135.
And some great news! We made our first lower mortgage payment for the month of August and continue to receive generous offerings toward the fulfillment of pledges to our Blessing in Abundance mortgage principal reduction campaign.
Please feel free to contact Jennifer Droubay or Mike McKeller in the Church office with any questions. Thank you!

Housing Needed
Do you have a spare bedroom in your home that could provide short-term housing for a Mom and her son from Peace Lutheran Church?  She is originally from Zimbabwe and is now working at a school in Tacoma.  She is on the hunt for an apartment, but needs a place for a few weeks.  If this is something you can help with, please contact Pastor John Stroeh:  253-383-1317.  Thank you!
Kairos Prison Ministry 

The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.

The 2nd Kairos event at Stafford Creek Corrections Center is scheduled for October 12 - 15 2017. Covering all the activities of the  Kairos  weekend , including all inmates and staff as well as the participants and our volunteers, in prayer is always our first and most important  priority.

Jerry Foss will be available at all three services for the next three Sundays (September 24, October 1 & 8) to answer any questions and encourage people to sign up for 30 minute prayer blocks available throughout the weekend. Members can pray wherever they choose to pray, and handouts will be available to assist people in focusing their prayers.   

Bandage Rolling Group
We have a bandage rolling group that meets at the Art Center at Tacoma Lutheran every Wednesday morning from 10 to 11.  If you can spare an hour to help us it would be wonderful.  The bandages are shipped to Global Health Ministries in Minneapolis and from there around the world to Lutheran Hospitals.  They are gratefully received 
as these are very needed.  Elaine Rodning

Women of St. Mark's
Mark your calendars!  Our next Craft Night is  Friday, September 29th at 7PM until 9PM. Join us for a fun night making Popcorn Snowmen.  All the supplies will be provided, we need helping hands to assemble the Snowmen.   Please plan on joining us!

We are getting closer to our Annual Bazaar.  In October please stop by the Women of St. Mark's table to sign up for helping during the Bazaar, setting up the Parish Commons or taking part in making Lefse.

We are asking for more bakery items this year.  Everyone wants (and needs) all the wonderful baked goods that we have for sale each year.  Get our your baking pans and recipes and make a batch of cookies or candy.  All are appreciated!

If you have an item in mind that we can easily create please contact Barbara Meyers at  We are always looking for new items to sell at the Bazaar.  Hope to see you at one of our Craft Nights!

Continue to work on your handmade items for the Bazaar.  All the wonderful items you create make the Bazaar a success.  I encourage all to participate!

Children and Youth Faith Formation

Children and Youth Faith Formation:

Sunday School for children 3 years old to 4th grade meet in the CFC/Preschool Wing; grades 5-8thmeet in the Youth Wing; 9-12th grades meet in the Fireside Room. 9:45-10:45 a.m. 
Wednesday Nights at St. Mark's for children:
  • Little Angel's Choir (Preschool age): 5:00-5:30pm
  • Joyful Noise Choir (K-2nd gr.): 5:30-6:00pm
  • Jubilation Choir (3-5th gr.) 6:00-6:45pm 
  • Holy Moly for children 5-8 yrs old 6:15-6:45pm 
Thursday Nights at St. Mark's for youth grades 6-12:
  • 5:30pm Youth Group-meets the 1st & 3rd Thurs. of each month in the PC (9/21; 10/5 & 19; 11/2 &16; 12/7)
  • 6:30pm Youth Choir-meets every week with Cooper in the Sanctuary. 
SR ALYVE (9-12th gr.):
  • Parent and Youth Open House and Fall Kick-off Event! Saturday, Sept. 23 from 2-4pm at Ingelaurie and Bruce's home. Lawn games, snacks and a chance to reconnect after summer break. RSVP to Ingelaurie at 253-752-4966 ext. 104 or by Thursday, Sept. 21. 
  • Cookie Baking and Pizza, Friday October 13 5:30-7:30pm at the church. Sign up by Oct. 8
JR ALYVE (6-8th gr.) Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch  Sunday, October 22 12:30-3:30pm Cost: $10.00 per person. Sign up by Oct. 15
2018 ELCA Youth Gathering!   June 26-July 2, Houston TX. Details, costs, registration form, etc. are on the youth board.  We will be registering by October 15, a deposit of $150.00 is due by October 8thto guarantee your spot. Questions? Contact Ingelaurie Lisher at 253-752-4966

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Forum-Sundays 9:45am in the Parish Commons Classroom
Sept 24-Oct 15: Care of Creation Series: St. Mark's member Tom Hulst, Don Haueisen and John Rosenberg will lead us in reflecting on our faithful relationship with the natural world.  

Adult Class- Sundays 11am in the Fireside Room
This Fall, as our 11am Adult Class, Dr. Traci Drake will offer Year 1 of Crossways, a faith-enriching, life-changing course that serves as your 'road map' for an unforgettable journey through the entire Bible.   To order the set of Learner books, please contact the church office.    The cost for books each trimester is $20.  Participants are asked to cover whatever part of that cost they are able to pay.

Wednesday Midweek Renewal; 6:15pm
Sept 20th:   "Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy, with Fr. Richard Rohr".  Our first series this Fall will focus on Franciscan spirituality, as studied and practiced by Father Richard Rohr.  Each week, by the power of DVD, Rohr will guide us through various aspects of Francis' life and wisdom and the hope it holds for modern Christians.  

Tuesday "Fully Alive" Bible Study; 5:15pm in the Fireside Room
The Fully Alive Bible Study will start meeting again on Oct. 3. We will begin with a Biblical search: "Who am I in God's Eye" Please join us.

Women's Bible Study; 9:30 am in the PCC1
Ladies begin gathering about 9:15 for coffee and visiting.  We are ladies with varying faith and bible experiences, who help each other by sharing our questions and insights.  With our current study, As It Is in Heaven by Greg Laurie, a thought-provoking book, we are studying God's will for us here on earth.  We begin this fall on September 20, and books are available - an excellent time to join us!  For more information, contact Linda Durant, , or (253) 363-8202.

Noon Wednesday Text Study Luncheon in the Parish Commons Classroom. 
Gather for lunch and for conversation and study around the texts that will be hear in worship the following Sunday. Conversation will be guided by who will be preaching, and by the insights and questions of the group.  

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