The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   September 6 , 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 will resume on September 13th. 
Dinner-  5-6:30pm (New Time)
Little Angels- 5-5:30pm
Joyful Noise- 5:30-6pm
Jubilation- 6-6:45pm (New Time)
Holy Moly- 6:15-6:45pm (New Time)
Midweek Renewal- 6:15-7:15pm 
Evensong- 7:30pm 

New "No Parking" Signs 

The city of Tacoma has posted new "No Parking" signs on the south side of 17th.  Please watch for them.  
Church Office Closed Friday Afternoons 
The church office will be closed on Friday afternoons through 9/22 while Nikki is on maternity leave.

GOD'S WORK OUR HANDS DAY OF SERVICE, Saturday, September 9th

This year we have the opportunity to partner with Habitat's Building on Faith house, for which St. Mark's is a sponsoring congregation! Sign up on the board. 

*Opportunity for Children and Youth (Under 16 yrs) 10-11:30 a.m. at St. Mark's with potluck lunch.  LWR School Kit building.  Parents must accompany their children.  Sign up by September 3rd. 

Fall Ministry Fair in Parish Commons Classrooms September 10th

Stop by the Parish Commons Classrooms between services on Sunday to learn about a variety of ministries that re-start in the Fall.  You will find tables for Adult Faith Formation, Children and Youth Faith Formation, Music Programs, along with fellowship and service opportunities that will start this month.   Check it out!

Hurricane Harvey Challenge

Congregations of the SW Washington Synod-ELCA have been challenged to match the $20,000 gift that will be donated by the Synod.  As members of St. Mark's, we can do this in a couple of different ways.  You can write a check made out to St. Mark's Lutheran Church with the memo "Hurricane".  This money will be passed to the Synod Office.  Or, if you prefer to give online, follow this link to make your donation:
Lutheran Disaster Response , a ministry of the ELCA, may be contacted at
Note:  if you make an online donation and let the Synod Office know, they will include it in the $20,000. Challenge.  Email:

Tanzanian Bishop to Visit

The Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania and his wife, Janet, will be guests at St. Mark's on Sunday, September 17. The Rev. Dr. Fredrick Shoo was elected to lead the 6.5 million member church in 2015. He previously served as the Bishop of the Northern Diocese where he earned the title of "The Tree Bishop" for his efforts to plant thousands of trees as a way to save the receding snows of Kilimanjaro (google Bishop Fredrick Shoo and check out the PBS video). He will be available for a Question and Answer Adult Forum and will bring a greeting at our 11:00 AM worship. We are honored to host the Shoos, and invite you to note this opportunity on your calendars.

Habitat For Humanity Update

St. Mark's has one more workday coming up: Saturday, September 9th.  To sign up, please contact Deborah Herforth by email at or by phone 206-372-1433
Family Housing host week just completed...

The message below was left by one of the families who stayed with us last week as part of the Family Housing Network. This is the 11th time we have hosted families in this program.

This time we had a record number of guests: a family of 10, a family of 8 and two families of 3. They occupied the Youth Room, choir practice room, and the teal and purple Sunday school rooms. A total of 44 volunteers from St. Mark's planned, cooked, hosted, set up and took down bedrooms for our guests, for a cumulative total of over 370 volunteer hours.

The week was busy and satisfying for volunteers and guests alike! We look forward to hosting families again the week of of Dec. 30-Jan. 6.


Bandage Rolling Group
We have a bandage rolling group that meets at the Art Center at Tacoma Lutheran every Wednesday morning from 10 to 11.  If you can spare an hour to help us it would be wonderful.  The bandages are shipped to Global Health Ministries in Minneapolis and from there around the world to Lutheran Hospitals.  They are gratefully received 
as these are very needed.  Elaine Rodning

Women of St. Mark's
Our second Craft Night on Tuesday, August 22nd was a fun night of fellowship and sewing.  We created beautiful Periwinkle Table Mats that will be available for purchase at the Bazaar!  Big THANKS to Bonnie Wascher for providing the fabric and instructions for making these wonderful fall and Christmas items!  Thanks to all who attended and helped with this project!

Our next Craft Night is  Friday, September 29th.  Mark your calendars and join us for another fun night making Popcorn Snowmen.  All the supplies will be provided, we need helping hands to assemble the Snowmen.  We will also be assembling the Wood Tags project.  Please plan on joining us!

We have craft schedules available at our table in the Narthex.  Make sure you pick one up to take home! 

If you have an item in mind that we can easily create please contact Barbara Meyers at  We are always looking for new items to sell at the Bazaar.  Hope to see you at one of our Craft Nights!

Continue to work on your handmade items for the Bazaar.  All the wonderful items you create make the Bazaar a success.  I encourage all to participate!

New Community Group "Third Quarter"

Christian friends in the "third quarter" of life are welcome to join a new community group at St. Mark's. Lori Clark and Steve and Martha Ward invite age 50ish -75ish to create a supportive and Spirit-filled community to share hope, laughter, and love through active events.
The inaugural Third Quarter event will be  Thursday September 7 from 6:00-8:00 pm, Gathering and Potluck at St. Mark's Parish Commons. 

Suggested future events are the second Thursdays of each month:
Thursday October 12 at 6:00, Mini Golf 
Thursday November 9 at 6:00, Game Night
Thursday December 14 at 6:00, Christmas Pot Luck and Tradition Share

Contact: St. Mark's Church office:  253.752.4966

Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference - September 16

The 2017 Pierce County Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference helps provide useful information and practical skills for individuals and families providing care or seeking more knowledge about Alzheimer's and other dementias.  This free event will be held Saturday, September 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1315 N. Stevens Street in Tacoma.   The featured speaker for the 2017 conference is Laura Wayman, known as "The Dementia Whisperer."  Breakout sessions will examine practical caregiving skills, the power of music, challenging behaviors, legal issues, dementia & social engagement and housing and care options.  Refreshments will be provided.  The conference is free but advance registration is requested at:  or by calling (253) 798-8787. 

Lutheran World Relief (LWR):  Fall School Kit Supply Drive! 

It's that time of the year to shop for great prices on LWR School Kit supplies for our annual drive with details at the table in the Narthex! This year our goal is  200 kits  and we are offering these options for participation: 
1) Pick up an orange school bag/supply list and return filled,
2) Donate supplies - greatest need is  spiral bound notebooks 8.5" X 10",  
3) Donate funds for shipping by leaving a check in the offering labeled LWR School Kits. 

Kits are sent to places where school supplies may be more than a family can afford. All donations are due by September 17! Thank you! 
Contact Catherine Terrill or Celesta Smith with questions or visit

Friends of Women's Protection Center, Nepal 

Construction of the Friends of WPC Nepal Safe House has made amazing progress, and plans are for completion in November/December with an inauguration in early March in Heatuda, Nepal!  Through the recent monsoon season, the workers have continued to work to make this dream home a reality to help victims of human trafficking.  St. Mark's generous gifts to the safe house construction and kitchen has help make this possible. The organization sends their sincerest thanks to our congregation! The Friends of WPC, Nepal, will hold their 7th Annual Hope For Freedom Gala fundraiser on September 16, 2017, 5:00 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue. 
For more information visit or contact Catherine Terrill at 253-732-3479.  

National Lutheran Choir presents "Una Sancta"

The National Lutheran Choir commemorates 500 years of Protestant Reformation, and the transformation of Christ's church, with a concert of choral music-both ancient and modern-that brings the historical journey to life. Under the direction of Dr. David Cherwien, the 64-voice National Lutheran Choir, based in Minneapolis, seeks to strengthen, renew and preserve the heritage of sacred choral music. More information at

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:30pm
Lagerquist Concert Hall
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Ave. S., Tacoma, WA 98447
More info:         
Sunday, October 1, 2017 - following 4pm Evensong
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
1444 Liberty St. SE, Salem, OR 97302

Care of Creation Summer Hikes

The Care of Creation committee is sponsoring one more hike this summer--one per month alternating between Fridays and Saturdays.   
Friday, September 8: Sunrise (Rainier) or Hurricane Ridge (Olympics)

We will meet at the church at 8 a.m. and form car pools.  Hikers should have water, sun cream, sun glasses, lunch, first aide, camera, extra clothing, good hiking shoes, and money to help defray the costs of gas for drivers.  We will not go if it is raining.
For more information contact: Tom Hulst 

Children and Youth Faith Formation

Children and Youth Faith Formation Leaders Orientation and Training will be held Thurs., Sept. 7th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the CFC/Preschool Wing.

Sunday School Classes begin Sept. 10th at 9:45 a.m. for 3 yrs-6th grade.
  • Children 3/4 yrs. old and parents Welcome to Sunday School Milestone Event in CFC.
  • K-4th gr. students and parents Sunday School Kick-off Event to meet the teachers.
  • 5/6th gr. students will meet in the Youth Wing with their teachers.
Children's choirs and Holy Moly begin Wed., Sept. 13th! Note time changes:
  • Little Angel's Choir (Preschool age) 5:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Joyful Noise Choir (K-2nd gr.) 5:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Jubilation Choir (3-5th gr. ) 6:00-6:45 p.m.
  • Holy Moly (5-8 yrs. Old) 6:15-6:45 p.m.
Youth Faith Formation:
  • Confirmation Students (7/8th gr.) Sept. 10: 11:00 a.m. Rite of Welcome for 1st yr students during worship.
  • 12-1:30 p.m. Welcome Potluck-(bring something to share) and Orientation: All students and parents in the Parish Commons
Sunday Classes begin for Grades 7-12th on Sunday, Sept. 17.
  • 7/8th gr. Confirmation youth in Youth Room with Carl and Bruce
  • 9-12th gr. In Fireside Room with Ingelaurie.
Thursday Nights at St. Mark's begin Sept. 21 for grades 6-12.
  • 5:30 p.m. Youth Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thurs of each month in PC. 
  • 6:30 p.m. Youth Choir meets every week with Cooper in the Sanctuary.
SR ALYVE (9 -12th gr.) Parent and Youth Open House and Fall Kick-off Event! Saturday, Sept. 23rd 2-4:00 p.m. at Ingelaurie and Bruce's home. Lawn games, snacks and a chance to reconnect after summer break. RSVP to Ingelaurie 253-752-4966 by Sept. 17th.

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering!  June 26-July 2, Houston TX . Details, costs, etc. are on the youth board and registration opens September 15th. We will be registering by Oct. 15th, a deposit of $150.00 is due by October 8th to guarantee your spot.

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Forum-Sundays 9:45am in the Fireside Room
9:45 Adult Forum kicks off September 17th:  We will welcome the Rev. Dr. Frederick Shoo, Presiding Bishop of the 6.5 million member Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.  Dr. Shoo will answer your questions and reflect on his years of ministry in this East African nation.

Adult Class- Sundays 11am in the Fireside Room
This Fall, as our 11am 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 sign up at the AFF table, or come to the first class on September 17th.  The cost for books each trimester is $20.  Participants are asked to cover whatever part of that cost they are able to pay.

Wednesday Midweek Renewal; 6:15pm
Begins September 13th:   "Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy, with Fr. Richard Rohr".  Our first series this Fall will focus on Franciscan spirituality, as studied and practiced by Father Richard Rohr.  Each week, by the power of DVD, Rohr will guide us through various aspects of Francis' life and wisdom and the hope it holds for modern Christians.  

Tuesday "Fully Alive" Bible Study; 5:15pm in the Fireside Room
The Fully Alive Bible Study will start meeting again on Oct. 3. We will begin with a Biblical search: "Who am I in God's Eye" Please join us.

Women's Bible Study; 9:30 am in the Parish Commons Classroom
 Women's Bible Study is done for the year, join us again in the Fall. 

Noon Wednesday Text Study Luncheon in the Parish Commons Classroom.
Noon Wednesday Text Study is done for the year, join us again in the Fall.  

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