The Bridge
The Weekly Newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
 August 1 , 2018 
Sunday Worship      
8:30 a.m. Blended
9:45 a.m. Contemporary
11:00 a.m. Traditional
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St. Mark's Staff
Sigi Helgeson, Visitation
Ingelaurie Lisher, Youth and Family
Music Ministry
Contemporary Music Ministry
Manager of Finance and Operations
Office Coordinator
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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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Praying with Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind

Join us on  August 1 and  August 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. for this summer series hosted by Pastor Ruud and Pastor Shjerven. We will focus on contemplative prayer practices that engage the whole person and also set apart some time for a simple evening worship service, followed by dessert and conversation. All are welcome, and if you would be willing to provide  dessert one evening, please call the church office or sign up at the Welcome Center in the Narthex.

Produce Palooza! Sunday, August 19, 9:45-11:00 a.m.

The Greening the Congregation Team is sponsoring this fun way for gardeners to share what they have been growing and nurturing in their gardens this summer. Sometimes zucchini, tomatoes, and other happy plants produce more than one family can possibly consume. We invite all gardeners and those who appreciate fresh produce and flowers to meet at the canopy outside the office area in the courtyard. Gardeners can give away their extra bounty of produce to those who have not had the opportunity to garden this summer. It's a time to share the abundant harvest. Contact the office for more information.

Blessing in Abundance Campaign Update

We are pleased to share with you that because of your faithfulness to our three-year Blessing in Abundance (BIA) campaign, we were able to send another principal-only payment to our lender in July for just over $110,000! We are not reamortizing at this time, but will benefit from lower interest payments immediately. With your continued generous support, this payment will also count toward our next reamortization - which we have budgeted to reduce our monthly payment beginning January of 2019. We also sent our corresponding tithe of just over $6,100 each, to both Rock City mission church and Peace Community Center. That brings total tithes from BIA to more than $55K! What a blessing to us and these community partners. Please contact Jennifer Droubay or Mike McKeller with any questions.

Care of Creation

The next Care of Creation hike will be  Friday, August 10.  We will redo one of our favorites--the Naches Loop Trail at Chinook Pass. The hike is a four-mile loop with modest altitude gain--and loss. About 600 feet.  There are gorgeous views of the mountain and wildflowers will be at their peak.  Remember to bring lunch, water, sunscreen, camera.  We will meet at the church and form car pools at  8 a.m.

Third Quarter Summer Fun

Those in the third quarter of life, ages 50-75ish, are invited to share hope, laughter, and love through active events.

Thursday, August 9, 5:45 p.m. Happy Hour dinner at Duke's,  3327 Ruston Way. Optional bike ride: meet at Duke's lot at  5:00 for leisurely cycling along Ruston Way before Happy Hour.

Thursday September 13 at 6:00 p.m. Potluck in Parish Commons.  We will review our past year's activities and get your ideas for 2018-2019 monthly events.

Walking 4 Wellness
All are welcome! We have a fun, social time.  Meet the group for friendship and fresh air.  Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.  (approx).  Meet at the TLRC Art Center, near the fountain. No sign up required. Questions? Contact Pastor Sigi Helgeson,

LWR Layettes: Help Needed!

My husband Jim and I are off on  August 11  on an adventure that is taking us to Brisbane, Australia, where he has made a one year commitment with a company there. Jana Skaga, who has partnered with me with this project, has other committments as well, which means we need someone to take this project over. If you are interested or have questions please give me (Randi Holland) a call at 253-905-5693.

Marimba Summer Camp

Back by popular demand, a Marimba experience is being offered this summer for children:
  • Youth Marimba Camp (3rd through 12th grade): August 20-24
  • Registration Fee: $50.00 (cash or check)
Registration is available with Linda or Katie in the church office. There is limited space, so we encourage people to register early.

Women of St. Mark's

Thanks to all who attended our Craft Night on Friday, July 26! We made the Popcorn Snowmen and continued to work on decorating the jars of Bath Salts. Thank you Ida Hagen for the additional jars! Just what we needed! 

I apologize to all for the hot room (no AC on a hot night). I have changed the room for the future Craft Nights.

Our next Craft Night will be on  Monday, August 20We will be in the Parish Commons for this event. The times will be the same 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This will be our sewing night. Bonnie Wascher has a wonderful project for us to work on and we will need lots of hands for cutting, ironing, sewing and finishing. We will also continue to work on the decorations for the Bath Salts if time allows.

Our September Craft Night will be on  Friday, September 28, in the Youth Room. Lots of tables, room, and cooler!  We will be working on finishing the Bath Salts and completing the Snowman Chocolate Bars. 

NEEDED: Used Christmas Cards. Bring to Church on Sunday. There will be a box for all your cards. Any size will do. See what they make at our Advent Brunch in December. 

Hope to see you at our August Craft Night! Come lend a hand to help create a big seller! Jobs for all!

If you have a question, please call Barbara Meyers at 253-756-9352 or send me an email at

St. Mark's Preschool

St. Mark's Preschool is looking to hire a fun, team-oriented PreK teacher with at least two years of experience teaching 4-5 year olds. PreK teachers work M-Th from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pay will be between $14-$17/hr DOE. Please be prepared to provide a resume as well as three references. We look forward to hearing from you soon! 
Contact: Anne Zimmerman, St. Mark's Preschool Director,, 253-272-4929.

St. Mark's Preschool is accepting registration forms for the 2018-2019 school year! 

Children and Youth Faith Formation

Summer Story time:  9:45 hour for children 5 years old to 3rd grade (incoming). Younger children need to bring an adult. Sunday's leaders: Carolyn Petersen and Teresa Handy.

Youth grades 6-12 and parents: it's not too early to sign up to help with Music on the LawnAugust 25 at Bob and Suzy Reynold's home. This is one of our major fundraisers for the year.
Travel Adventure VBS 2018
Supplies needed: Empty tin cans of any size (soup cans); paper towel and toliet paper rolls (clean please); fake flowers and plants; berry baskets. Thank you for all the donations received so far!

Speak Up: Moral Voices

The Peace and Justice Committee at St. Mark's suggests we all consider using our moral voices to advocate for justice in the following areas: food, housing, creation, and immigration. 

A week ago the Care of Creation team led a camp out and retreat to Seal Rock on Hood Canal.  Employing the prayer of Pope Francis in Laudato Si and verses from the Bible campers were encouraged to see God's wonderful splendor in earth, water, air, mountains, and water. Participants were invited to celebrate "small noticings"; to "Don't do something, just sit there!"; and "Be still and know that I am God."  

Puyallup leader Bob Satiacum captured this spirit in his reflection about Mount Rainier, or what he refers to as T'Swaq,   when he said that, "Reclaiming the name of such a holy and majestic place, with such significance to his people's culture and way of life, would help Native people reclaim their identity and start a movement." And further, he said we should all " act and behave like God is watching you. Like God is there with you. When you come and visit any of the surrounding areas, and especially T'Swaq, be a caregiver, not a caretaker. We've gone to the mountain one too many times just to get and to take."

Please enjoy other perspectives on our mountain in the following link entitled "Faces of the Mountain."

Women's Tea and Conversation

Free Pierce County Film Series Focuses on Family Caregiving

Films on Caregiving - Theory of Everything
August 4 - The extraordinary story of Stephen Hawking, a promising young talent who falls deeply in love with a fellow Cambridge student.  At age 21 Hawking is diagnosed with ALS.  But that doesn't stop him.  With his wife fighting tirelessly by his side, he embarks on ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of - time.  Together, he and his wife defy impossible odds, break new ground in medicine and science, and achieve more than they could ever have dreamed.   The film examines the stress on caregiving couples and in-home caregivers.   Free film held at the Grand Cinema, 606 Fawcett in Tacoma.  Doors open 10:30 a.m.  Film shows at 10:45 a.m.  Free popcorn.  Tickets at (click on ADRC News & Events) or call 253-798-4600. Upcoming dates in the film series are: September 8, October 13, and November 10.


Member Notes and News

Dear Fellow Members of St. Mark's:

I wish to say THANK YOU for the many, many prayers that you have offered up on my behalf as wells as my family these past 3 years.
I know that I wouldn't be here writing this note of thanks to you without them. 

Your prayers gave me HOPE that I'd both walk again and now receive back some of my long lost energy. My last operation was one that had almost instant results and a very short recovery time. It was amazing! I still have some issues that I am working with my team of doctors to resolve in the coming months, but the big problems have been dealt with and I give thanks for how good I feel today!

Thanks be to God and Thanks to all of you!

Jim Hoiland

Church Office Hours

The church office is open  Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-noon, 1:00-4:00 p.m . and  Sunday from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

*The door to the office is locked during preschool hours (8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.); please knock or ring the doorbell and someone will let you in promptly!

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