The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
 November 8 , 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 
Holy Moly - 6:15-6:45pm
Evensong- 7:30-8:00pm 

The Church Office Is Now Open Sunday Mornings!
The church office will now be open Sunday mornings from 9:30am-11am.  Feel free to stop by! 
St. Mark's Preschool Thanks You!
St. Mark's Preschool would like to thank Aidan Berres for building a small fence at the south end of the church parking lot for his Eagle Scout project. This area will be used by our preschoolers for safe outdoor exploring. Thank you Aidan & team!
Lutheran World Relief Baby Kits- Thank You!
We have boxed up 75 Baby Kits to send to LWR to distribute to new moms around the world.  Thank you to all who have brought donations for this project.  Please think of us in the coming year for continued need of baby blankets, diapers, hand towels, soap, infants socks and hats.  Please add them to the baskets outside the office marked for LWR.  Any questions call Randi at 253-905-5693

Women of St. Mark's
Thank you to all who contributed bakery items, handmade items to sell or worked at the Bazaar, helped with Set-up, peeled potatoes for Lefse, or spent time in the kitchen making Lefse.  A big thank you  to the property team for moving our boxes down and back up to the attic and putting up the Bazaar sign (and taking it down)!  Thanks also to our wonderful church staff who helped us constantly with any need we had, even keeping me on track!  

Thank you to all who visited our Bazaar.  Your purchase helps our church and our community.  We will publish the amount made next week and will let everyone know how the proceeds will be distributed later.

The Bazaar was such a success!  We had so many different items all beautifully prepared.  The Parish Commons was ablaze with Christmas and Fall and Seahawks and baby items in every price range.  I hope you all found something to take home and enjoy!

We are so blessed to have so many who contributed so much to make our Bazaar a success.  If I did not get a chance to thank you individually, please know that I am so thankful for each of you! 

Stay tuned for information on our upcoming Advent Brunch on December 2nd. 

Questions or suggestions?  Contact Barbara Meyers at 253-756-9352.

WELCA Thanksofferings!
The women of our congregation have designated Sunday, November 19th for WELCA Woman of St. Mark's Thankofferings.  For more information please contact Carol Paulson.  

Tacoma Lutheran Holiday Bazaar
Wonderful Holiday Bazaar at Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community. November 17 and 18, 9:30-4:00 each day. Lots of handmade items, gifts, beautiful jewelry and Christmas items. Please join us!

Lutheran Summer Music for High School Youth
High School Youth: Lutheran Summer Music Director of Admissions, Dietrich Jessen, will be visiting our area and lead an information session on Sunday, November 12, at 4:00 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran in Olympia.   

Lutheran Summer Music is for high school students involved in Band, Choir, Orchestra, Organ and Piano, and those who compose music.  It's an incredible month-long music intensive working with college professors in a faith-based community of high school students from around America and other countries.  For more detailed information about LSM online, please visit, or come and meet Dietrich to learn more!

LSM  also o ffers a two-week program as well.  If you or your student are at all interested in LSM, this info session is a great place to start.  

Joint Catholic/Lutheran Worship Service

Joint Catholic/Lutheran worship service:  "New Birth/Living Hope", Tuesday, November 14th, 7pm, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish, 7112 S 12th St, Tacoma

As we remember both the joys and sorrows of the centuries since the Protestant Reformation, Lutheran and Catholic Christians come together to worship our common Savior.  This service is the outcome of a year of conversations between church leaders from many parishes in Pierce County, including St. Mark's (Pastor Ruud, Pastor Shjerven and Deacon Ingelaurie Lisher will all be a part of the service).  Everyone is invited to participate in this historic worship service!  (If you would like to sing in an intergenerational mass choir, please arrive at St. Charles at 6pm)

New Community Group "Third Quarter"

Please join us this Thursday at St. Mark's, November 9th at 6pm for the  "Third Quarter" Pot Luck and Game night.

Bring food to share and a card or board game (optional). 
We plan to project the Seahawks game on the screen in the Parish Commons.

Contact Martha, Steve, or Lori, if questions, or the 
St. Mark's Church office:  253.752.4966.

Calling All Bakers

St. Mark's will be joining with St. Patrick's Catholic Church to provide goodies for the reception after the joint Catholic/Lutheran worship service at St. Charles Borromeo on Tuesday, November 14th.  We are in charge of the baked goods (a Lutheran strength!)  If you are able to provide a few dozen cookies for this reception, please bring them to church by Tuesday morning (11/14).  Thank you!

Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers!

Our local Habitat affiliate invites you to come help build houses in the Tillicum neighborhood. Earlier this summer, teams from St. Mark's worked on the Building on Faith house, and now even more houses are being built in the same area. There are two ways to get involved: If you would like to pick a date and join others who will be at the site that day, you can visit the web site ( ) and use the VolunteerUp module to sign up. Or, you can volunteer to be part of a group from St. Mark's by contacting Deborah Herforth (email , or phone  206-372-1433 ). Please come out and join the fun! 
Family Housing Network Coming December 30th

St. Mark's will again host up to five homeless families from December 30, 2017  to January 6, 2018.   Volunteers are needed to prepare rooms, host the families, provide meals, help with child care, help in the kitchen,  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 and to those of you who signed up on Sunday, October 29.  We welcome new volunteers to join us!   The sign up table will be available again on the following Sundays:  November 19, 26, and December 3.  Elizabeth Skarshaug
Chase the Chill
We will continue to donate hats and scarves during the fall and winter. During these months please leave your finished items on the table outside the office and feel free to pick up another skein or two of yarn for your next project. Thank you! 

Children and Youth Faith Formation
Wednesday Nights at St. Mark's for children preschool age to 5th grade: 
  • Little Angel's Choir (Preschool/Kindergarten): 5:00-5:30pm
  • Joyful Noise Choir (1st-2nd gr.): 5:30-6:00pm
  • Jubilation Choir (3-5th gr.) 6:00-6:45pm 
  • Holy Moly for children 5-8yrs old 6:15-6:45pm 
Thursday Nights at St. Mark's for youth grades 6-12:
  • 6:30pm Youth Choir meets this week with Cooper in the Choir Room. 
SR ALYVE Game Night 5:30-7pm- Friday, November 17th at the church. Bring your favorite board or card game to play. We will be in the Youth Wing. Dinner provided. Sign up by November 12th if you plan on attending. 
May Holden Youth Weekends Registration  form is on the Youth Board-For youth grades 9-12. Registration form and deposit due Dec. 31st.  Please indicate which weekend works best for you and we will go with the one that works best for the most people. 
Synod Youth Retreat Feb. 9-11th at Camp Arnold- grades 7-10th Registration form on the Youth Board. Deposit due Dec. 15. 

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Forum-Sundays 9:45am in the Parish Commons Classroom
Nov. 12: Martha Ward will discuss the Christian call to advocacy: seeking justice for all people. We will look at the Biblical basis for doing so and what Christians can do together during times of greater division among our elected officials. We seek many viewpoints and welcome all who want to learn more about advocacy together. Martha is the former Treasurer, Bread for the World; attended Luther Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, and has taught management ethics at Seattle Pacific University. 

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
Radical Lutherans, Lutheran Radicals--Throughout history there have been individuals whose deep roots in Lutheran theology have led them to counter-cultural action and social transformation. Using a book by Jason Mahn, we will explore the thinking of Martin Luther, Dorothy Soelle, Soren Kierkegaard and others.  What can we learn from these ancestors that might help us live as faithful Lutheran Christians today? All are welcome. 
Tuesday "Fully Alive" Bible Study; 5:15pm in the Fireside Room
 We will  begin reading and discussing Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio, a study of  our strength in Jesus to overcome the obstacles and habits that hold us  down. Questions, Sherry Mauira 253-303-1681.

Women's Bible Study; Wed. 9:30 am in the PCC1
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.   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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