The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   July 20 , 2016 
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 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. 


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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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Summer Office Hours

The office at St. Mark's will be open 8:30-12 and 1-3pm through July 29th.  
Save the Date: All-Congregational Day of Service

Saturday, September 10th will be our second annual All-Congregational Day of Service.  This year we will join our friends at L'Arche to work alongside them on a project and join them for worship and a meal.  This will be an cross-generational event, and carpooling to the L'arche community in Midland will be offered.  Stay tuned for more details, but mark your calendars now!  

Drivers Needed

  Drivers needed to transport St. Mark's member to Sunday worship.  If you are willing to drive one Sunday per month, talk to Pastor Shjerven or Pastor Rue.
Bathroom Kits

St. Mark's will be collecting bathroom supplies for kits to be made for Tacoma refugees.  Please visit the table in the Narthex,  supplies will be collected on July 31st and August 7th.  
St. Mark's to the Tacoma Rainiers

Sunday, August 7th 5:05 (Game Time) Cost: $12.50 (includes a reserved seat, hot dog, chips and bottled water). Sign up at by Sunday, July 31st. Checks/cash can be brought to the church office for payment. Fun for the Whole Family!

Creative Night Out

Mark your calendars and join us for a "Creative Night Out" on July 28th from 7PM until 9PM .  Bring your own project or come help make Christmas tags, YoYo garlands,  Clothespin Angels, or learn the first steps in making beautiful fabric baskets.  There will be a sign-up sheet  on Sunday  to plan for how many to expect!  Please come for fun and laughter for an evening.  All are welcome!  Call Barbara Meyers at  253-756-9352  if you need childcare so we can make arrangements.  

Backpack and School Supplies Collection

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 their summer family event.  There will be a table in the narthex each 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 31.

FHN Collecting School Supplies

Family Housing Network will be collecting school supplies for Back to School starting August 13th.  Please see the attached flyer for more information on this important service.  

Click here to view the attached flyer.
Pastor Jan Will Be Out From June 30-July 25

As the Bishop's Representative for Ecumenical and Inter-Faith Relations, Pastor Ruud will attend a Global Conference at the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France and then spend some additional weeks of vacation in France, Italy, and Switzerland. Both Pastor Shjerven and Pastor Rue will be available for pastoral care during this time.

Dessert Hosts Needed for Wednesday Night August 3rd.

As part of our Summer Mid-Week Renewal, we will be gathering  on Wednesday nights in July and August for Small Bites Bible Study at  6:30pm and Worship with Sacred Art at  7:30pm. Then, we want to enjoy dessert together at  8:00pm. If you are willing to provide dessert for about 25 people on one or more Wednesday nights in July or August, please go to the following link and add your name: 
If you do not have computer access, just call the Church office and we will sign you up. Hosts are not expected to set up tables and chairs, but we do ask that you set out plates and cups and wash them afterwards. Thanks!

We are still looking for one more Dessert Host for August 3rd.  Please contact the church office if you are willing to help.

Evening Prayer with Sacred Art

Wednesdays, July 6-August 24 at 7:30pm
Each week we will gather near one of the beautiful pieces of art found in our church building.  We will sing and pray and hear scripture readings that connect us to the work of art and to God's Spirit moving among us.  Our 25 minute worship service will be followed by dessert and conversation. 
If you plan to attend and would like nursery care for your child, please let Ingelaurie Lisher know by the Sunday
"Small Bites" Text Study

Wednesdays, July 6-August 24 6:30-7:30pm in the Fireside Room.
We will gather around savory bites of food to read and discuss the scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday.  Pastors will offer insights they have had while studying the texts for preaching.  Those gathered will be invited to share their own insights, or are free to silently soak up the group wisdom.  All are welcome!
If you plan to attend and would like nursery care for your child, please let Ingelaurie Lisher know by the Sunday prior-
Summer Music Camp Registration

St. Mark's Summer Music Camp, featuring Zimbabwe marimba and percussion specialist Jeff Brahe, will be held this August during the week of Monday, August 22nd through Friday, August 26th. Sessions will be divided by morning and afternoon classes as follows:
  • 9-Noon - Elementary camp (for children entering grades 2-5 next Fall)
  • 1-4pm - Youth camp (for children entering grades 6-12 next Fall)
  We cannot at this time offer participation for those outside of these age groups.
Each camp is limited to 20 children (20 in the morning, 20 in the afternoon) on a first-come-first-served basis. Registration forms are available in the church office and will involve paying the $50.00 registration fee (scholarships are available.)
A number of adult volunteers are needed to assist with running the camp each day. Please contact Cooper Sherry if you are available, or with any questions at

Music on the Lawn- Save the Date

Back by Popular Demand! Music on the Lawn! Save the date August 13th at Bob and Suzy Reynolds' home in Gig Harbor.
St. Mark's Habitat for Humanity Local Project

Once again this year a team of volunteers from St. Mark's will help build a house at Habitat for Humanity in our own community. We will work on a house that is being constructed by groups from local churches -- appropriately, the project is called "Building on Faith." Our workday will take place on  Saturday, July 23.
Please contact Tom Geary for information or details. You can reach him at  253-549-2668 or by email at .

Care of Creation: Summer Day Hike Fri, August 5

Each of the hikes is geared to hikes of  all ages and abilities.

Please meet at the church parking lot at 8am on each of these hikes so that can form car pools.  Be sure to bring water, sun glasses and sun cream, lunch, camera, binoculars, first aid kit; also bring some money to reimburse those who are willing to drive.   We will not go if the weather is wet and rainy.  

Don't hesitate to email or call if you have any questions. 
sure to call/text Tom Hulst at 253-227-9665 (or email with any questions.  

Take Them A Meal Volunteer Recruitment

Take Them A Meal: Continuing a long church tradition of providing food to support members who are ill or having a life difficulty, St. Mark's  is compiling  a list of members who would like to be potential meal providers. Potential meal providers would be notified by e-mail of meal requests.  Please call or  e-mail Janet Duris if  you would like to be a potential meal provider or if you would like additional information.  (Telephone: (253)582-4991 / e-mail: )

St. Mark's Preschool
St. Mark's Preschool is accepting registration packets for the 2016-2017 school year. Classes are available for children ages 2.5-6 years old.  To get more information and/or a registration packet, visit the preschool's website, or contact Anne Zimmerman (253) 752-4929 M-F 8:30-2:00.

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Classes are on hiatus for the summer, please join us again in the fall!

Children and Youth Faith Formation             
St. Mark's to the Tacoma Rainiers- Sunday, August 7th 5:05 (Game Time) Cost: $12.50 (includes a reserved seat, hot dog, chips and bottled water). Sign up at (new link) by Sunday, July 31st. Checks/cash can be brought to the church office for payment. Fun for the Whole Family!
Vacation Bible School 2016- August 1-5th 9:00am-12:15pm for children 4 years old to 5th grade(incoming) at St. Mark's-Cave Quest! Registration materials available in the Children's Faith Formation or in the Narthex.  If you have not registered your child yet, please do so soon so we know how many supplies to order.
  • Can't be a part of the week but want to contribute, SUPPLIES ARE NEEDED: color craft tape, paper tubes, glue dots, marbles, black pipe cleaners, aluminum pie plates, baby food jars with lids, stamp pads, small hand lenses, new crayons, Crayola markers, small hammers-these will be returned.  
  • Help is needed with VBS Set up-Sunday, July 31st 11am-2pm at the church. 
The 2016 Montana Mission Team! Ethan Marshman, Sam Marshman, Ben Shjerven, Ethan Haller, Satchel Payne, Jack Banken, Kyan Calhoun, Kellen Meade, Wyatt Reader, Carl Reese, Katherine Fors, Mae Myklegard, Ava Montgomery, Abby Reiser, Anna-Liisa Mayor, Grace Laubach, Claire Lambert, Carl Steingrebe, Bruce Sadler, Dirk Reese, Mark Meade, Scott and Kathleen Reader, and Ingelaurie Lisher. Thank you so much for your prayers and support. Connor Meade will join the campers at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp as part of their Pioneer camp.
Music on the Lawn-Annual Fundraiser! Saturday, August 13 3pm at Suzy and Bob Reynold's home in Gig Harbor. Youth and adults are invited to help out Fri. Aug. 12th with set up and/or Sat. Aug. 13. Please contact Jean Steingrebe to find out how you can help out and earn $$ for a future trip with the church. Jean at 253-225-0252

Member Notes and News            

The Olympia Jazz Tentette (with Craig Cootsona as drummer) will be playing at PLU  Jazz Under the Stars concert on July 21st. Please come and join the fun at this free event.

Sue Zackovish, a former member at St. Mark's, passed away this week at Tacoma General due to an aneurism.  Sue and her daughter Mandy were actively involved in the congregation and will be remembered by man.  If you have an questions, contact Lilly Hudson (253-759-0967)

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