The Bridge
The Weekly Newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
 March 7 , 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
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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 Church Night Tonight

5:00-6:30 p.m. Dinner: Potato bar, chili, salad
   Suggested donation: $5
5:00-5:30 p.m. Little Angels Choir (Preschool-K)
5:30-6:00 p.m. Joyful Noise Choir (Grades 1-2)
6:00-6:45 p.m. Jubilation Choir (Grades 3-5)
6:00 p.m. Praise Team Rehearsal
6:15-7:20 p.m. Mid-week Renewal 
6:15-6:45 p.m. Holy Moly
7:30 p.m. Evensong Lent Compline Service

Interfaith Seder Meal at Temple Beth El

We have been invited to an Interfaith Seder Meal at Temple Beth El on 
Tuesday, March 27th at 6:00 p.m. This will take the place of the Seder meal that we have served at St. Mark's on Maundy Thursday
 for many years. The gathering will include people from several worshipping communities, and the members of Temple Beth El will reserve forty places for those of us who are coming from St. Mark's. There will be a si gn-up sheet in the narthex on  Sunday, March 18, beginning at  9:30 a.m.

Easter Choir

St. Mark's Friends!
It is that wonderful time of year again where ALL OF YOU are invited to be part of the annual Easter Choir. This is our annual opportunity to come together for great community music and fun to present splendid singing on a large scale for Easter Sunday. 

If you want to be part of the choir, please check this website we've put together with all of the needed information:

If you like, you can shoot me an email to let me know you are coming, or, simply show up! Don't worry if you missed a rehearsal. I'll smile either way and hand you some music. 

Hope to see you soon!

Thrivent Choice Dollars - Don't Let Them Expire!

Are you a member of Thrivent Financial who's eligible to direct Choice Dollars?  Would you like to  designate them for St. Mark's?  If so, simply go to to learn more or call 800-
847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice" after the prompt. Our church is listed on the Thrivent webpage as " St Marks by the Narrows Lutheran Church." Every dollar directed to St. Mark's will be applied to our
Mortgage Principal Retirement Fund, unless specified otherwise (in which case, please let Pat Buck at know dollar amount and alternate designation). If you have any questions,
please feel free to contact Jennifer Droubay in the church office.  
2017 Choice Dollars expire on March 31, 2018.

Walking to Jerusalem Update - Week 8

Our Lenten Journey has broadened our understanding of other cultures and other people.  As you walk, think about the people and places you are passing, who they are, to what they aspire, to whom they pray.  Remember them in your prayers. Having completed the El Camino Santiago, with the French extension, we have decided to create our own El Camino Marty Luther!  From Gottigen we traveled to Eisleben (birthplace of Luther), then to Wittenberg.  Luther was Professor of Moral Theology at the University of Wittenberg and this is where he wrote the famous Disputation on the Power of Indulgences. Then on to Eisenach, town closest to Wartburg Castle where Luther was hidden following the Diet of Worms trial and where he translated the bible into German.  Finally on to Worms. We spent one night in the Wartburg Castle and feasted on wild boar and great local beer.  Now we need to tackle the Alps!  We headed south through Zurich, Milan (enjoying the wines of Tuscany) Florence and Assisi and at the week's end, Rome.  We arrived with enough time to visit the Vatican, a couple of art galleries, Palatine Hill and the Colosseum.  We enjoyed great wine, great food, interesting conversation, and the locals are, well, very Italian!  We have now traveled 9459 miles from Tacoma.

Community Group "Third Quarter"

Christian friends in the "third quarter" of life are welcome to join others age 50ish -75ish in supportive community to share hope, laughter, and love through active events.  

Thursday, March 156:00 p.m. at Chihuly Museum of Glass (Third  Thursday  free museums). Optional happy hour dinner meet at Indochine at 1924 Pacific Ave at  4:45 p.m.
Thursday, April 126:00 p.m.  Potluck and Sing-along in the Parish Commons. 
Thursday, May 10,  6:00 p.m.  Potluck and Game Night in the Parish Commons.

Please contact the church office for additional information.

Women of St. Mark's

The Women of St. Mark's are pleased to distribute the Bazaar 2017 Funds to the following: Women's Retreat Fund - $500; Kitchen Fund -$250; Preschool Play Structure - $500; Amp Monitors for Music Programs - $2,000; Mangle Rotary Iron  - $2,000; School Backpack Program - $2,000; Empowering Life - $500; Batting for the Quilters - $500; Synod Local Conference - $500; WELCA - $375; Friendship House - $375.  Total distributed to St. Mark's mission - $9,500.  

Save the date for our  Spring Tea to be held on  Saturday, April 21, 2018 at noon.  Bonnie Wascher, Barbara Meyers and Pat Geary are co-chairing this event.  We are in the planning stage right now and will be needing your help to make this event spectacular.  There will be a Fashion Show starring Katie Cootsona's 2017 dresses.  Models are needed in sizes 6 to 14.  Please contact Katie  (206-484-9195) if interested. 

We will have a table in the Narthex.  Please stop by. Your help is needed with desserts, setup, and cooking.  Please talk with Bonnie, Barb, or Pat if you would like to help us make this event a special one! 

Children and Youth Faith Formation
Sunday morning classes for children and youth 3 years old to 12th grade meet each week from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in the CFC & Youth Wings.

Bibles  will be presented to the 3rd/4th grade elementary students on Sunday, March 25 at 9:45 a.m. Please RSVP to Ingelaurie by March 22 if you plan on participating.

Thursday Night Youth Programs (gr. 6-12th) March 8 Youth Choir 6:30 p.m.March 15 Youth Group 5:30 p.m., Youth Choir 6:30 p.m.

The Youth (6-12th grade-entering 2018) are headed to Montana this summer... July 22-27, 2018 (no extra travel days) at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp. Registration is now open at:   See the Youth Board for more information and if you have questions on how to register. 
SR ALYVE (9-12th gr.) Game Night-Friday, March 16 5:30-7:30 p.m. here at St. Mark's! Pizza dinner provided. Sign up by March 11 if you are attending. Bring your favorite board/card game to share.

ELCA Youth Gathering/Houston Mtg. Thursday, March 22 5:15-6:30 p.m. for youth and adult leaders. 

Vacation Bible School will be held August 6-10 for children 4 years old to 5th grade (incoming). Youth and adult volunteers are needed; talk to Celesta Smith if you want to help out. Registration materials will be available later this spring.

Adult Faith Formation

Sunday, March 11- 9:45 a.m. Adult Forum
Excerpts from PLU's Wang Center Symposium. Sonja Ruud and Linda Faaren served as  panelists at PLU Symposium on Migration this past week. They will reflect on what they heard and what  they shared, as well as engaging your reflections and questions. All are welcome!

Lent Book Groups
Sunday mornings, 11 a.m.-noon 
Of Mess and Moxie: wrangling delight out of this wild and glorious life by Jen Hatmaker (please purchase book on your own); Fireside Room
From Wild Man to Wise Man: reflections on Male Spirituality by Richard Rohr (please purchase book on your own);  PCC #2
Wednesday evenings, 8:00-8:45 p.m.
Devotional Classics: Selected readings for Individuals and Groups (book available to purchase in church office, $8); PCC

Lent Devotionals
"Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow"- Luther Seminary Daily Readings-available at Adult Faith Formation table in narthex (regular and large print)
"Christ in Our Home"-January, February, March edition-available in basket outside Church Office (regular and large print)

Wednesday Midweek Renewal, 6:15 p.m. in the PCC
Way of Life: a Study Based on The Great Spiritual Migration by Brian McLaren

PLU Wang Center Symposium
MIGRATION: toward an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural understanding of human mobility.  March 8-9 , Anderson University Center.  Free and open to the public; Registration is strongly suggested;

Tuesday "Fully Alive" Bible Study; 5:15 p.m.  in the Fireside Room
Question? Contact Sherry Mauira 253-303-1681. 

Adult Class- Sundays 11:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room
As our  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. 

Women's Bible Study; Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. in the PCC
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 PCC
Gather for lunch, conversation, and study around the texts that will be heard in worship the following Sunday. Conversation will be guided by who will be preaching, and by the insights and questions of the group.

Peace and Justice

Mexico Mission Trip
The Mexico Mission Team is gearing up for our next house-building trip in June.  There is still room for you if you're interested in joining us! We will have an information table in the narthex on  March 11 between services. Stop by if you would like more information or have questions about the trip. The dates are  June 22-June 30, 2018. We will be having our annual Cinco de Mayo dinner on  Saturday, May 5, and all are welcome then! 

Chase the Chill Kits
Are you looking for something to give to people you meet while driving who look like they might need something to eat or to keep them warm? Pick up a Chase the Chill Kit (provided by the Youth and a grant from Thrivent) and hand them out to those in need. 

Peace Community Center Benefit Dinner
The annual Peace Community Center benefit dinner, Learners to Leaders, will be held  this year at the Tacoma Convention Center on Friday, March 9 . Table hosts from St. Mark's  are John and Carol Avery and Don and Barb Haueisen. Join us for an evening of good  food and fellowship and an opportunity to learn more about what is happening with this  Tacoma Hilltop organization providing vital support for area students. Tickets for the  dinner are available at For those attending the dinner for  the first time, please be our guest. Let one of us know and we can take care of dinner  tickets. In either case, be a part of a St. Mark's table supporting this ministry. Please  contact one of the Haueisens at 360-329- 6880 or; or one of the  Averys at 253-759- 6365 or with questions or to confirm your  interest in attending.

Annual Lutheran Community Services Support Luncheon
Sunday, March 11;  12:30 p.m.  Social Hour 1:30 p.m.  Lunch & Program
McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College
4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood
RSVP online at o r by phone  253-298-9170.
Please join the St. Mark's tables in supporting the South Puget Sound Programs of Lutheran Community Services Northwest.  There is no cost to attend, but there will be an opportunity to make a gift.

Thrivent Build/Building on Faith Site Prep and Clean up
Habitat for Humanity Ground Blessing & Site Clearing in Tillicum on Friday, March 16. Volunteer all day or come for the blessing and refreshments at 10:30 a.m. Please click  here  for more info and to sign up.

LWR SUPPLY DRIVE - "Hope Through a Bar of Soap" 
Our "Hope Through A Bar of Soap"  for LWR Personal Care Kits continues through March with an April Kit Build! Visit the table in the Narthex for a supply list or see below, and consider designating your Thrivent Choice $ for supplies; a $250 designation builds over 25 kits (step by step directions at the table!). Your generosity will help families in some of the world's poorest communities lift themselves up and find increased stability and dignity. Contact Catherine Terrill with questions (253-732-3479). 
Supplies for 1 Kit: Bath Towel, Two soap bars (4oz ea), toothbrush (pkg), metal nail clippers, large tooth plastic comb.

St. Mark's Preschool Updates

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

Daylight Saving Time

Don't forget to set your clocks forward an hour! Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. this  Sunday, March 11 .

New Office Hours at St. Mark's Include Sunday Mornings

We have had good response to opening the church office  on Sunday mornings, so we are happy to say that Linda McKeller will be there to assist you in any way on Sundays from  9:30-11:00 a.m. To make accommodations for this, we will close the office 30 minutes earlier on weekdays. So, please make note of the new office hours: 
Monday-Friday:8:30-noon,1:00-4:00 p.m.; Sundays: 9:30-11:00 a.m. 

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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