The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   March 29 , 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. 


       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
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Wednesday Night Church Night Tonight!
5:00pm Little Angels Choir (CR)
5:15pm Dinner:
Taco Soup, Tortilla Chips, Salad, Suggested Donation: $5
5:30pm Joyful Noise Choir (CR)
6:00pm Praise Team Rehearsal (S)
6:00pm Jubilation Choir, grades 3-5 (CR)
6:15pm Holy Moly (YR)
6:15pm Midweek Renewal (PCC)
7:30pm Evensong (PC)
Childcare in provided from 5-8pm for children up to 5 years of age while parents attend meetings, Bible Study and worship.

New Times for Easter Worship Services

Please note that our worship services on Easter Sunday will be 8:00am, 9:30am and 11:00am. This will east the flow of people and traffic between services.
Blessing in Abundance Campaign

Thank you to everyone who has returned a Commitment Card with your pledge to the Regular Offering Fund at St. Mark's and to the Blessing in Abundance capital appeal! We have heard from almost 30% of our households, and we already have strong support to our regular offering fund and over $820,000 in pledges to the Blessing in Abundance capital appeal. With a an estate gift of $100,000 added to that, we are getting close to our Blessing in Abundance goal of $1 million and are excited about the possibility of even going beyond that. If you haven't returned your Commitment Card yet, please bring it with you to church this coming Sunday  or mail it to us in the envelope you received with your packet. Thanks!!
Seder Meal

You are invited to join us for an educational Seder Dinner on Thursday, April 13 at 5:30pm in our St. Mark's Parish Commons.  If you are able to join us, please add your name(s) to the sign up sheet in the Narthex. 
Tea With Muslim Women

St. Mark's women are invited to tea and conversation with a group of Muslim women from the Islamic Center of Tacoma on Thursday, March 30, 7pm-8:30pm at the University Place Library (near Whole Foods).  Please let Joan Nelson know if you are attending. or 253-208-3307

Preschool Needs

Business owners, we are looking for some sponsorship for our first annual St. Mark's Preschool Golf Tournament  on May 13th. If you are able to make a tax-deductible donation to our preschool (which will go toward much needed new playground equipment) in exchange for some advertisement and recognition (plus a golf entry) at a 9-hole tournament at Highlands Golf Course,  please contact Anne Zimmerman: (253) 752-4929 or . Tickets for golfing will go on sale later in April.   

Meet Our Newest Staff Member at St. Mark's

We are very happy to welcome Nicole Spaulding to our staff as a part time Office Assistant. Nicole will work in the church office on Thursdays and Fridays. Linda McKeller, our Office Coordinator and Receptionist, will continue her work in the church office on Monday- Wednesday of each week. 

Seder Table Hosts Needed

Host a dinner without cleaning the house, by setting a table here for the Seder meal Thursday, April 13th.

See the example table in the Narthex or the attached link for more information.

Our Daily Bread: A day to celebrate and cultivate congregation hunger programs

Join the Synod Hunger Committee on Saturday, April 22nd at The Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd in  Olympia from 10am - 3pm. This free educational event will include worship, panels, sharing, learning, breakouts sessions and lunch (free-will offering for lunch).  This Free program supported by grants from  ELCA World Hunger and Thrivent Financial. Contact the office on how to register. 
Congregational Care

St Mark's Caregiver Support Group meets the first and third Thursdays of each month at 10:30am in the Fireside Room.  Please talk to Pastor Shjerven or Parish Nurse Patty Reinkensmeyer if you are interested in learning more about this group.

Family Housing Network coming May 6!

St. Mark's will again host up to five homeless families May 6-13. Volunteers are needed to prepare rooms, host the families, provide meals, help with child care 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. We welcome new volunteers to join us! See the signup table in the narthex.
More Family Housing Network Needs:

Family Housing Network is in desperate need of hygiene items for  men, women, and children who access their services. Their supply of both regular and travel size items is nearly depleted.  This is a list of the types of things they normally keep on hand:

  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Dental floss
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Body wash & soap
  • Combs & brushes
  • Lotion
  • Feminine pads (maxi & mini)/tampons
  • Feminine panty liners
  • Deodorant
  • Razors/shaving cream
  • Tips
  • Mouth Wash
  • Finger nail clippers/files
  • Ear plugs
  • Shower shoes
  • Toilet paper
They are also  very   short of linens for shelter beds.  They accept gently used or new twin  fitted and flat sheets and pillow cases, twin blankets and twin blankets, and new pillows.

Donations can be brought to the FHN signup table or dropped off at the church office.
Thank you!

Easter Flowers

If you would like to contribute to the beauty of our Sanctuary on Easter Sunday by donating flowers, it is not to early to leave your gift. Cost of a plant is  $10.00, checks should be made out to St. Mark's Lutheran, please write in the memo line "Easter Flowers Fund" and can be given anytime until Easter Sunday.  This year our plants will be tulips. You will be able to take home your plants following the 11:00am service on Easter.    Thank you for helping us to beautify our church on this special Sunday. 

Easter Choir 2017!

This is the perfect year for everyone to have a chance to sing in the Hallelujah Chorus. Even if you missed a rehearsal, it is not too late to join in. Please visit our resource webpage for all the information about dates of rehearsals, all the materials you will need to learn the music, and other information.

I would love to have you be part of the choir - everyone should sing Hallelujah at some point in their life, and I hope this year will be a good opportunity for you!

Cooper Sherry

Chase the Chill

Chase the Chill is going on Spring Hiatus but please keep knitting and crocheting!  Items can be left in the basket outside the office door.  
Save the Date: Cinco de Mayo Festival

Please join us on Friday, May 5th for the annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in support of our 2017 Mission Trip to Mexico.  Stay tuned for details!
Mexico Mission Trip 2017

St. Mark's annual mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico will take place this year from June 23- July 1.  If you are interested in being part of this mission team, please return a completed Interest Form (available at Welcome Center) to either Melanie Summerour or Sarah Moore Sherry by March 19 th.  All team members should plan to attend the following meetings: Tuesday, April 4th at 6:30; Sunday, April 23rd at 12:15; and Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:30.  We will meet in the Youth Room.
Join us for Interfaith Encounters!

Come hear and discuss how Jews, Muslims, and Christians view Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed in each of our faith traditions. Each gathering will include presentations by Rabbi Bruce Kadden of Temple Beth El, Imam Ahmad Saleh of the Islamic Center of Tacoma, and either Pastor Sarah Wiles of Bethany Presbyterian Church or Pastor Jan Ruud of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows. There will also be ample time for conversation and interaction between participants from all our faith communities.

Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows: Topic: Jesus
6730 North 17th Street, Tacoma

Tuesday, May 23, 7:00 p.m. at the University Place Public Library:  Topic: Mohammed
3609 Market Place West, University Place


Ever considered joining a 6K? Join World Vision on May 6, 2017,  at Gas Works Park in Seattle, where your registration fee provides CLEAN WATER to 1 PERSON! World Vision  works in over 100 countries and brings clean water to 1 new person every 10 seconds. Join in with 500 other locations that will be running/walking a 6K on the same day!     Visit the table in the Narthex for information and sign up at  with the Terrill's and the "Global Water Runners"! Change your life and the life of another this Spring!

We are filling empty shelves and have supplies to make 21 personal care kits!  Every kit makes a difference in the life of the receiver and provides encouragement. Would you consider providing items to make just one or more Personal Care Kits, or donating funds and we will shop for you ?   Personal Care Kits will be lovingly built, followed by a potluck dinner on April 23, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Visit the table in the Narthex for more information on this important work! Items Needed: Bath towels (20"×40" & 52"×27"), Bar soap (3oz +), Toothbrushes, Sturdy combs, Metal nail clippers. Please contact Catherine Terrill with any questions at 253-732-3479.

Vacation Bible School 2017

Mark your calendars!  VBS July 31-Aug. 4 Maker Fun Factory!  For children 4 year old (by July 1, 2017)-5th grade (2017-2018 school year). Registration opens April 30. Taking youth and adult volunteers who want to teach or lead. Contact Ingelaurie with questions or for more information. 

St. Mark's Preschool Enrollment

St. Mark's Preschool has begun accepting enrollment paperwork for the 2017-18 school year in February. Current preschool families and children or grandchildren of St. Mark's Church members can register beginning February 1st; registration for the surrounding community will open on February 15th. Children must be two-and-a-half by Sept 1st to enroll in the 2/3s class; age 3 by Sept 1st to enroll in the 3/4s class; or, age 4 by Sept 1st to enroll in the PreK class. Please turn in paperwork as well as a non-refundable $75.00 registration fee to Anne Zimmerman. Registration paperwork can be found online ( or in the church office. Please contact Anne with questions (253) 759-4929

Children and Youth Faith Formation
No Holy Moly next Wednesday-April 5th for children 5-8 years old.

Mark your calendars!  VBS July 31-Aug. 4  Maker Fun Factory!   For children 4 years old (by Sept. 1, 2017)-5th grade (2017-2018 grade). Registration opens April 30. Taking youth and adult volunteers who want to teach or lead. Contact Ingelaurie with questions or for more information. 

Sunday Youth Faith Formation Classes-April 2 
  • 5/6th grade-Unit 9 Rewind with Angelie and Irv
  • 7/8th grade Confirmation-David take 2 with Carl 
  • 9-12th grade-in the PC classrooms-Habitat for Humanity Presentation
Thursdays at St. Mark's-grades 6-12!   March 30  5:30 St. Mark's Youth Cook; 6:30 Youth Choir; April 6 NO Youth Group; 6:30 Youth Choir; April 16 No youth programs-Holy Week. 

Upper Elementary Students-3rd grade and a couple 4th graders receive their Bibles on Sunday, April 9th during the 9:45am service, family marker event at 11am in the PCC. 

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Forum-Sundays 9:45am in the Parish Commons Classroom
April 2-"Habitat for Humanity goes globalCome and hear about Habitat's Global Village program, which sends teams of volunteers to approximately 70 countries around the globe to help build houses for families in need. We call these trips "A Vacation With a Purpose!" Tom Geary from St. Mark's will be joined by a representative from Habitat Guatemala, who will share information about the work of teams in his country.

Adult Class- Sundays 11am in the Parish Commons Classroom
April 2-April 9: Making Sense of the Cross: DVD series with Dr. David Lose-Participants are invited to "listen in" on an open conversation about the cross and encouraged to think about and experience its meaning for their lives. 

Wednesday Midweek Renewal;  6:15pm in the PCC
Martin Luther's Small Catechism- As we commemorate 500 years of Reformation, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has invited congregations to "dust off our Small Catechisms and take another look at the basics of our faith" (Living Lutheran, 9/16).  During the season of Lent, we will be doing just that.  New copies of Luther's Small Catechism will be provided ($5 donation appreciated, but not required).  Wednesdays, 6:15pm, March15th, 22nd, 29th, April 5th.

Tuesday "Fully Alive" Bible Study; 5:15pm in the Fireside Room
led by Sherry Maiura.  

Women's Bible Study; 9:30 am in the Parish Commons Classroom
They will be exploring God's will for us as stated in the Third Petition of the Lord's Prayer, using Greg Laurie's "As It Is in Heaven", a thought provoking book.   For more information contact Ida Hagen, 253-759-0569 (

Noon Wednesday Text Study Luncheon in the Parish Commons Classroom.  
At Bible Study Luncheon men and women read and discuss the scripture texts appointed for the upcoming Sunday. The pastor who will be preaching on the texts guides the conversation.

Member Notes and News

Ed Bushnell, member of St. Marks passed away on March 2 after a year long battle with acute leukemia.  His Memorial Service will be held on April 22 at 2:00pm at St. Marks.  Congregation is invited.   

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