The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                          July 22, 2015        
Sunday Worship Times      

Grace Notes:

Hate Won't Win

The summer of 2015 has been filled with dramatic and memorable events, both nationally and internationally, but one of the most important ones for me was when family members of those who were slain at Emanuel AME church in Charleston were allowed into a courtroom to address the killer. Alana Simmons, whose grandfather, Daniel Simmons, died in June's deadly shooting, was one of those who stood before Dylan Roof to offer words of grace and forgiveness. At the end of her remarks, she said: "My grandfather and the other victims died at the hands of hate, but hate won't win."

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

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. 


Flower Chart

There is a Flower Chart and system for providing altar flowers each Sunday. We have contracted with a florist to provide the flowers at the nominal cost of $40 a week, delivered to the church. If you would like to provide your own flowers please provide us with a week's notice so we can have the florist hold the delivery for that week. We will have one bouquet on the left side of the altar area. You may sign up on the bulletin board near the office. 


       Contact Us!      
St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows

6730 N. 17th St.
Tacoma, WA 98406

Office: 253-752-4966
Preschool: 253-752-4929
Join our mailing list.


Wednesday Church Night is on hiatus for the summer; please join us again in the fall.


Photo Call!  We are boosting our online presence and would like to include your photos of Congregational Life.  Do you have pictures of the people of St. Mark's in fellowship or engaging in the work of the people? Please share them with  We request any photos come with permission to be used online from all people present in the photos.  


Adult Faith Formation                             

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! A Bible Study series on the Book of Acts, led by Traci Drake, will continue through August 2nd at 11:00am on Sunday mornings. All are welcome!

Wednesday Midweek Renewal is on break for the summer.


Sunday Adult Forum is on hiatus for the summer.  Join us again in September.

Children's Faith Formation

Summer Story Time - runs through August 23 during the 8:30 and 9:45 am worship services. Children age 5 through 3rd grade (incoming) will start in worship with their families. After the Prayer of the Day, they will be invited to the Parish Commons Classroom to hear and experience the Gospel story in a different way. Children will rejoin their families during the hymn of the day. (Children under five may bring a grown-up along!) Leaders are needed for the following Sundays: Aug. 2nd 8:30am, 16 and 23rd 8:30 and 9:45amPlease contact Ingelaurie if you can help.


Join St. Mark's for Vacation Bible School! Aug 3-7, 2015 9am-12:15pm. Kids age 4 through entering 5th grade are invited to join us this year at Camp Discovery! We'll have fun as we explore the Bible, make new friends, sing songs, and learn how Jesus works through us in our everyday lives. Register now by visiting our table in the Narthex or at www. for registration and more information! And if you're interested in volunteering please sign up at the table in the Narthex! Please check out our Wish List as well.

Youth Faith Formation

Youth Faith Formation Classes are on break for the summer.  They will resume in September.

July 29- Post Detroit Party-water sports and BBQ!  Wednesday, July 29th 3pm-8pmish. Parents are encouraged to attend.  Please meet at St. Mark's at 2:30pm if you want to carpool or meet us there-contact me or Brenda Gormly for directions.  Dinner will be served at 6pm. Please bring snacks, dessert and beverages. As well as a swimsuit, towel and change of clothes. RSVP to Ingelaurie by Sunday, July 26th. 

Aug 1- Rocky Boy Party for youth and parents (siblings too) at the Carl Steingrebe's home is Sat. Aug. 1st. Water activities begin at 3pm, dinner will be served at 6pm. Please RSVP to Jean Steingrebe at by Sunday, July 26th.  Hope to see you all there!

July 26th, Lutherhaven Camp meeting-- Sunday July 26th at 9:45am in the Fireside Room (youth and parents). Breakfast goodies will be provided.  


August 8, Music on the Lawn, tickets are now on sale for this beloved Summer event.  Enjoy the talents of St. Mark's members at the home of Suzy & Bob Reynolds.  Look for the display in the narthex for tickets ($15 for adults). Childcare will be available.  


Women of St. Mark's                         

Craft Night,  Friday, July 31, 6PM- Note corrected date
Dried Gourd Decorating:We have a collection of various sized Gourds for decorating. Come and decorate for Fall and for our Bazaar. Make one for yourself.  There will be demonstrations
on cutting, wood burning, and cleaning.  All supplies will be


Peace and Justice                         


An Offer from Habitat of Humanity, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity has been blessed with an abundance of gifts and they want to share them with their faith partners. Presently, they have Hardie plank siding and Valspar exterior paint that can given to low-income homeowners who need new siding and don't have the means to buy these items themselves. If you know of someone in our congregation who would be a good candidate for this, please contact Pastor Ruud. It is also possible that we could put together a crew of volunteers who could assist with the project.

 Aug 10-14, Family Housing Network Back to School Event. Catholic Community Services is working to get 100 kids ready for school. Can you help them with donations of school supplies? High School (backpacks, calculators, protractors, 3-ring binders, 2-pocket folders, Sharpies, graph paper, college ruled spiral notebooks, pencil pouches, ball point pens in red/blue/black). Middle/Elementary (water colors, colored pencils, No 2 pencils, ziplock bags in gallon and sandwich size, Kleenex, pencil boxes, wide ruled paper, backpacks, 2 pocket folders, rulers, book covers and notebook dividers.) Bring all donations to The Phoenix Housing Day Center, 5050 South Tacoma Way.

We are collecting backpacks with school supplies
for mothers incarcerated at the Mission Creek Correction Center for Women in Belfair to give to their children at a special "Back to School" event.  There will be a table in the narthex Sunday where you can sign up and get a list to provide a backpack and/or

 school supplies.  Please consider joining us in this joyful mission!  Donations are needed by Sunday, July 26. Questions?

Contact Celesta Smith or Linda Faaren. Click here for a complete list of needed supplies.                 


St. Mark's Preschool   


St. Mark's Preschool enrollment for 2015-2016 is now open to preschool and church families. For more information, visit our website ( or call 253-752-4929.


Member Notes


Volly Grande is turning 100! A special birthday luncheon will be held July 26th to honor Volly.  All are welcome and if you are interested in attending, please call the church office so we know how many to expect.  The luncheon hosted by the Women of St. Mark's will follow the 11:00am service.  Volly has requested that she receive no cards or giftsIf you would like, please bring items for the local food bank or donations to the DeLong School Backpack program.  Thank you!


A GoFundMe donations account has been opened to help Jim Hoiland with his medical expenses after his Memorial Day accident. Those wishing to learn more can click here. 


Thrivent Night at the Rainiers, August 7, 2015, One of our greatest supporters, James Gallegos, died tragically last winter. To honor his memory, the West Pierce County Chapter Board unanimously voted to use the proceeds from this year's Thrivent night at the Rainiers to be a contribution to the Jayce Gallegos College Fund. St. Mark's Lutheran will distribute tickets since Thrivent is closing the chapter on June 30.

What: Tacoma Rainier's Baseball. Beverages and food are included.
When: Friday, August 7, 2015 Tickets will be mailed after July 15
Cost: $15 minimum donation per ticket
How to get Tickets: Send a check made out to "Jayce Gallegos College Fund" AND a stamped, self-addressed return envelope to St. Mark's Lutheran, 6730 N. 17th St., Tacoma, WA 98406


Have an item for the bridge?
Send it to by 8am on Tuesday. All items will be run for 2 weeks prior to the relevant date and will be edited for length. Don't forget to send your member notes and news!