The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   April 6 , 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. 


       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 Church Night Tonight!

5:00pm Little Angels Choir
5:15pm Dinner is served - Chicken Enchiladas, salad, dessert. Suggested Donation $5/per person.
5:30pm Joyful Noise Choir
6:00pm Faith Journey
6:00pm Praise Team Rehearsal
6:00pm Jubilation Choir
6:15pm Holy Moly
6:15pm Midweek Renewal
7:30pm Prayer Service

Childcare is provided from 5-8pm for children up to 5 years of age while parents attend meetings, Bible study, and worship.  

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: )

Global Stories Event

You are invited to a  "Global Stories" event on April 23. The Global Mission Committee of our ELCA Southwestern Washington Synod is hosting a Global Stories event  Saturday April 23  at The Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd, 1601 North St SE, Olympia. The doors open at  9:00 am  for registration and coffee. A suggested donation of $15.00 includes lunch. The program, which begins at  10:00 am , will feature Keynote speaker Bishop Ernst Gamxamub, head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia, a companion to our synod. 
Namibia achieved its independence from the apartheid regime in South Africa in 1990. Bishop Ernst will talk about the journey of the Lutheran churches there during the past 25 years, as well as how he sees God at work in the years to come.
Also featured will be a representative from Lutheran Community Services Northwest, talking about how they are partnering with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services in to resettle the recent crush of refugees from Latin America and the Middle East, and how churches in our area can help. It promises to be an interesting day. 
Questions? Call Diane Armbrust at 360-456-8519 or Steve Ray at 253-225-5989

Family Housing Network  May 7-13! Volunteers Needed!

St. Mark's will host up to 5 families with children from the Family Housing Network (formerly Phoenix Housing) beginning May 7 . We need meal providers, new pillows, overnight and evening hosts, people to help in the nursery and on the playground, and people to help set up and take down bedrooms for our guests. Thanks to all who have so generously given of their time in the past! See the signup table in the narthex over the next few Sundays.
Peace Community Benefit Dinner

You are cordially invited to join Don and Barb Haueisen on  May 14 th   at the annual  Peace Community Center benefit dinner,  Learners to Leaders , to be held at PLU. Peace Community Center is one of the vital ministries in which St. Mark's participates. PCC provides after-school enrichment, mentoring, and tutoring to area students from second grade through college as well as summer programs to strengthen and reinforce academic progress. They also organize evening meals for area residents in April and October. Tickets for the dinner are available at For those attending the dinner for the first time, please be our guest and learn about the important work done by PCC. In either case, be a part of a St. Mark's table supporting this ministry. Please contact Don Haueisen, 360-329-6880, or talk to him after the 8:30 service to reserve your place.    

Garden Plots Available at Grace Baptist Community Garden:

With Spring making an appearance this week, you might be thinking about growing your own fresh fruit and vegetables.  At Grace Baptist Community Garden, we have a few plots left for the 2016 season.  The raised beds are 20' x 5' and ready for planting.  The fee for the year is $30 to cover water and maintenance expenses.   Tagro (soil amendment) is available on site.  The garden is located behind our church at 2507 N. Vassault.   For more information or to apply for a plot, call  253-752-6643 or email us at

Interest Survey: Refugee Resettlement and Support

The Peace & Justice Committee hosted three conversations last fall and winter about the Syrian migrant/refugee crisis, opportunities to assist Lutheran Social Services with refugees coming to our area, as well as the possibility of helping to resettle a specific refugee family (which may or may not be from Syria).    Help us assess the extent of interest in our congregation for a new ministry with refugees in our community this coming year.   Please complete both the short-term ministry ( click here) needs survey and the long-term ministry needs survey ( click here).    Each takes about two minutes to complete.    

Questions?  Kathleen Campbell at or  253.820.3297.   There will also be paper surveys in the narthex before and after worship on Sundays in April.

Historic Elbe Lutheran Church Annual Meeting

You are invited to attend the Historic Elbe Lutheran Church Annual Meeting in Elbe on Sunday, April 17th, 1:45 pm.  The meeting will precede the 2:30 pm worship service.  Please join us for the annual meeting, worship service, and refreshments!        

We Welcome Your Plans for Giving!

It is not too late to submit your P lans for Giving for the  2016-2017 fiscal year. This is great progress, and we say "THANK YOU!"  to all who have expressed gratitude to God and commitment to mission in this way. In 2015, over 190 household submitted Plans for Giving, so we are on our way to surpassing that, which is important since our congregation and our mission have grown since then. If we haven't heard from you yet, please bring your Plan for Giving in 2016-2017 to worship this Sunday, or go to online today and complete one by clicking this link.  I f you have misplaced your Plan for Giving card, we have extra ones in the sanctuary and narthex at church and in the main office. We can also mail a new one to you, if you prefer.  Thanks!!

The preschool is selling Butterbraids again this year. Please consider buying one or two of these delicious, flakey pastries (fruit, chocolate, cream cheese and other delicious flavors) to support St. Mark's Preschool. There will be a table in the Narthex  April 9th and 16th . Please pay at the time you place your order. Thank you!

Watson's Night Out
Watson's Night Out:  6:00pm - 9:00pm Thursday, April 28
You are invited to this annual event to support Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community. It is a time to shop, socialize and support TLRC through the TLRC Foundation. It is hosted by Watson's Nursery and Greenhouse, 6211 Pioneer Way East, Puyallup. The cost is $20 per person, with each attendee receiving 30% off one item that evening.  Ron Kempe has tickets (contact info:  or 253-219-9621).

TLRC is the winner of the Best Non-Profit Organization in 2016 South Sound Magazine!

Tacoma Memory Loss Zoo Walk Needs More Volunteers
The Early Stage Memory Loss (ESML) Zoo Walk has become so popular that we are in need of two more volunteers to walk with us at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.  We are looking for individuals who enjoy the company of elders to accompany our group of people with ESML and their care partners for a morning walk through the zoo followed by refreshments at the café.  The walks occur weekly with breaks between each 8 week session and for holidays.  LCSNW pays entry fees for the zoo; participants and volunteers are responsible for their own refreshments.   For more information and a volunteer application, contact Linda McCone at  253-722-5691  or

LWR Personal Care Kits

We have a mission in front of us!  LWR is shipping  Personal Care Kits  to Armenia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Serbia and Syria for distribution among refugees. LWR kits and quilts have reached more than 337,000 people affected by the Syrian Civil War and there are 13.5 million people needing assistance. While our shelves are empty, our hearts are great. Starting April 3, there will be a table and baskets for your donations that will be packed by our members on May 1, 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Please join us in celebration of these kits and those who will receive, over a Syrian themed potluck (sign-up and recipes available at the table). If you are interested in preparing kit materials, taking inventory or setting up for the event, please contact Catherine Terrill at . Items for the kits are listed below and boxes for packing quilts and kits would be  much appreciated  (please bring boxes to the quilt room).  
  • Bath towel (20"×40" & 52"×27"-dark preferred)
  • Bar Soap (4oz)
  • Toothbrush in its original packaging
  • Sturdy comb
  • Metal nail clippers
  • Footless sleepers and sleep bags with drawstring bottoms
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.

Help Wanted
Ushers, Communion Assistants, Lectors--for all services!  Training available. Call or email the church office if you are interested (253-752-4966 or 

Adult Faith Formation

Sunday, 9:45am , Adult Forum, Parish Commons Classroom
April 10, t he  Adult Forum  provides opportunities to reflect on Christian faith in light of current events and the daily decisions we need to make. Topics vary, leadership is shared, and the conversation is lively.

Sunday, Adult Class, Parish Commons Classroom
April 10, The final session of "Eclipsing Empire" The Adult Class digs deep into a biblical or theological text, presented as a series. Material is chosen for the season, or in response to the group's curiosity. 

Fully Alive Bible Study,  Tuesdays, 5:15pm, 
  Questions? Contact Sherry Maiura (253) 549-4222.

Wednesday Women's Bible Study, 9:30am, Parish Commons Classroom. 
We are studying the Book of Acts. Questions? Contact Linda Durant at (253) 363-8202 or

Text Study Luncheon, Wednesdays, Noon, Parish Commons
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.

Lydia Circle (meets the first Tuesday of each month), Noon, Parish Commons Classroom 
A new women's Bible Study/Circle has been organized. Bring your lunch to the Parish Commons Classroom. All are welcome!  Contact: Louise Lindeman,
Midweek Renewal, Wednesday, 6:15pm, Fireside Room
Third Thursday" Theology on Tap"- 
for young adults meets at Wingman Brewery at 7:30pm on the third Thursday of each month. Contact Pastor Jan Ruud, 

Cafe Circle, Fireside Room, 10-11:15am
This group has been formed especially for younger women. The group meets the first Friday of each month for coffee, pastry and conversation around issues in our lives, looking at how faith might affects those issues. For further information, contact Celesta Smith at  or Diana Busch at
Children and Youth Faith Formation             
This week's Spark Notes is   Saul to Paul. Spark Notes are fun activity sheets printable each week to supplement Sunday School lessons. 

A new family edition of the children's Spark Story Bible has been published by Augsburg-Sparkhouse Publishers.   Check out a description of this Story Bible by clicking here.  We have a limited quantity to offer families for purchase at a reduced price of $15.  These will be available for sale  this Sunday  morning in the Children's Faith Center entry, or contact  to reserve a copy.  Consider gifting a grandchild, godchild with this award-winning Bible storybook.

Thursday Nights at St. Mark's! Youth Group 5:30-6:30pm with Nate in the PC; Youth Choir 6:30-7:30pm with Cooper in the Sanctuary. 

Sunday AM Classes-9:45-10:45 am April 10th
  • 5/6th grade Unit 4 Rewind #2 with Michelle and Mary
  • 7/8th grade Thomas with Carl Steingrebe and Pastor Rue
  • 9-12th grade with Nate Nolting
Game Night (grades 8-12)-Friday, April 15th 6-8pm. Dinner is provided. Sign up by April 10th if you are attending.
Parks Appreciation Day!  Saturday, April 23rd 9am-12noon. Please sign up by April 10th . Information is available on the Welcome Center and Youth Board.   Fun for the whole Family-a chance to help spruce up one of our local parks.
FREE CPR and AED Training, offered by our local Fire Department. Saturday, April 30th 10am-1pm at the church. Youth (14+) and adults. Spaces are limited-sign up on the Welcome Center beginning April 3rd or on the Youth Board. Contact Ingelaurie Lisher or 253-752-4966 ext. 104.
Summer 2017 Luther 500 Festival- It's not too late to sign up to be a part of the 500 Anniversary Celebration of the Reformation in Wittenberg Germany, July 19-25, 2017. Cost: $1500.00 (hotel lodging, 2 meals per day, group morning and evening prayer, and all admissions/tours to "Luther" sites). Airfare is on your own-we will meet up in Wittenberg. Please see the youth board for more information or contact Ingelaurie Lisher. $110.00 registration deposit per person, plus a $110.00 lodging deposit-1 per room) is due ASAP. ½ of remaining balance due June 2016, final balance due December 2016. This is an intergenerational trip.
Montana 2016 youth grades 6-9th
  • Sunday, April 17 11-11:45am in the Fireside Room--Info meeting for parents and youth who have not attended one yet or would like more information about the trip their son/daughter is registered to attend. 
  • Sunday, April 24 11-12noon Servant Event Team Meeting for all youth participants and adult leaders.

Connect and Care TimeBank 

Recent Exchanges, Members helping each other:
There has been  busy activity recently for TimeBank members. Several people have volunteered in the Special Time Fund and have joined together to assist in weeding and garden cleanup. Working together,  they not only provided much needed help, but also formed new friendship bonds. In another instance, two members who had attended the CCTB Focus Group found out about some mutual needs. As a result,  an attic got cleaned out, reorganized and old items were discarded and recycled.  Here again, a new friendship has also been formed.

New Members:
It was great to welcome six new members to the TimeBank in March. Soon they will be posting their offers and requests, adding to the richness of activity within the TimeBank.

Training Dates
There are two more opportunities to take part in training;  Wednesday, April 6 at 6:00  and  Saturday, May 14 at 10:00 .
Membership fee will remain at $10 per year through May.
Sign up now.  Sign up sheets are in Narthex or contact Patty Reinkensmeyer,  253 857-7977 .

Member Notes and News

A memorial service for Mickey Morris, mother of St. Mark's member, Traci Drake, will be held at  11:30am on  Friday, April 8 at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle WA 98133. A luncheon and time for sharing will follow the service.

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