The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   August 16 , 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. 


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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 Night Church Night is on hiatus and will resume in the Fall! 

2017 Annual Report
Faith, Sexism & Justice

Thursdays , 6:30-7:30pm.   August 17 & 24

The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ invites you to join a growing conversation and to add your input. After receiving feedback from more than 100 Listening Events and hearing from several dozen specialists, the task force has written the study "Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations Toward a Social Statement" as a way to invite broad engagement with the questions and issues.

At St. Mark's we will be reading through this study over the course of six Thursdays.  Each week individuals will have the opportunity to respond in writing to the ELCA task force as a draft social statement is prepared.  Questions?  Contact Pr. Shjerven

Rock City Congregation Thanks You!
Dear Pastor Shjerven and Congregation, 
Deep Roots, New Life Campaign is so thankful for your recent donation of $16,667 and your pledge of 5% of the money raised through your Capital Campaign over the next 3 years to support Rock City Congregation.  Your generosity recognizes the deep roots of our church and the need to grow and reach out in different ways to make the Gospel of Jesus relevant in today's experience.  
Your generous gifts of encouragement, partnership and finances are true blessings to Rock City Congregation and bring inspiration to the Synod.  You are wonderful stewards of the gifts God has given St. Mark's by the Narrows. 
In Christ, 
Bishop Rick Jaech

Sunday Lunches Interest Meeting

Do you like to prepare and serve simple meals to an appreciative crowd? You are invited to a Sunday Lunches Interest meeting August 20, 2017 at 12:15 in the Fireside Room.  We are looking to build a team of people to support this ministry of community.  

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

Many of you have been part of the ELCA Day of Service these past two years.  In 2015 we worked at DeLong Elementary School and park.  Last year we partnered with our friends at L'Arche Tahoma Hope.
This year we have the opportunity to partner with Habitat's Building on Faith house, for which St. Mark's is a sponsoring congregation!

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:  253.752.4929

Women of St. Mark's

I hope this finds all crafters and sewers and bakers at work planning and making items for our November Bazaar!  I encourage all to participate!

We are preparing for our next Craft Night on Tuesday, August 22nd at 7PM.  Mark your calendars to come for a fun night learning how to make Periwinkle Table Mats to sell at our Bazaar!   All supplies will be provided.  Come just for the conversation and laughter!

Visit our display in the Narthex for additional information on all upcoming Craft Nights and the Bazaar.  Hope to see you at our next Craft Night!

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.

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. 

St. Mark's Lutheran Worship at WCCW

"St. Mark's Lutheran Worship" at the Washington Correction Center for Women (Purdy) on Sunday evening, July 30 was conducted by the pastor, musicians, song team and other members from Grace Lutheran, Port Townsend.  Three beautiful musical pieces expressing deep faith in the face of great troubles were a highlight.  The pieces were written and sung by an inmate, who accompanied herself on the guitar.   

Baby Kits for Refugees Arriving in Tacoma Area

Refugees continue to arrive to our community despite new national immigration policy changes.  550 individuals were resettled in this area since October 2016.    Lutheran Community Services has a need for baby kits to distribute to young families who are arriving.  We will be collecting supplies on Sundays, Aug. 13, 20 and 27.    A baby kit includes a package of disposable diapers (greatest need for size 3-4), baby wipes, and any additional baby item you'd like to include such as onesies, other clothing (newborn to age 3), book or a small toy.    The focus is diapers and wipes.   Please visit the table in the foyer for more information or questions.   Also, you may contact Kathleen Campbell at or 253.820.3297.

Women's Tea and Conversation

Women's Tea and Conversation on Monday, Aug. 21st, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the  University Place Library. 
Please RSVP. Questions:  or
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

Summer Story Time

Summer Story Time at 9:45 a.m. continues August 20th and 27th in the Parish Common Classroom.

Family Housing Network August 26-September 2
St. Mark's will host up to five families with children from the Family Housing Network the week of August 26-Sept. 2. Volunteers are needed to provide meals, child care, overnight hosting and help with setting up and taking down beds for them. If you can help, please come to the signup table in the Narthex. Thank you for making this important ministry happen!
Ring in Some Summer Fun with St. Mark's Summer Bells!

Summer is a GREAT time to try something new and if you have ever wondered what it is like to ring a bell, I have just the thing!
St. Mark's Summer Bells happens every Thursday evening from July 6 th through August 24 th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm in the bell room (upstairs music wing.)
This blurb may start to sound Suessical, it's true, but anyone can ring a bell - yes anyone! And that's YOU!
You can ring one - or two --  or sometimes three! Little bells, big bells or even a bell tree.
Come with your can-do attitude for fun to all of the sessions, or maybe just one.
If you are 16 or older drop in just to play a beautiful bronze bell on any Thursday!
I hope you can experience the good vibrations with us this summer.
Previous bell experience is not necessary. Come and check it out, see what it's like. Who knows, maybe YOU are a born ringer and don't know it!
For more information contact
Karen Moats
Handbell Choir Director

Marimba Camp

Marimba Registration is still open for the children and youth camps!
  • Summer Youth Marimba Camp: Mon-Fri, August 21-25 (grades 2-12)
Cost: $50 per person
Forms are available on a table outside the church office, and can be turned in to Linda or Nicole in the office. Space is limited, so get your registration in soon!
Questions? Send to:

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's Faith Formation!

Summer Story Time at 9:45 a.m. continues August 20th and 27th in the Parish Commons classroom. 
Fall Sunday programming for children 3 years old to 6th grade begins Sunday, September 10th at 9:45 a.m.
Children and Youth Faith Formation Leaders Orientation and Training  will be held Sunday, August 27 from 11:00-12:30 in the Fireside Room AND Thursday, September 7 from 7:00-8:30p.m. in the CFC/Preschool Wing. If you plan on teaching/leading a group for children and/or youth this fall please plan on being at one of these trainings. 
2018 ELCA Youth Gathering!   June 26-July 2, Houston TX. Details, costs, etc are on the youth board and registration opens September 15. We will be registering by October 15, 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
Adult Forum is done for the year, join us again in the Fall.

Adult Class- Sundays 11am in the Fireside Room
Adult Class is done for the year, join us again in the Fall.

Wednesday Midweek Renewal; 6:15pm
Midweek Renewal is done for the year, join us again in the Fall. 

Tuesday "Fully Alive" Bible Study; 5:15pm in the Fireside Room
Fully Alive is done for the year, join us again in the Fall. 

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.  

Member Notes and News

A Golden Opportunity.  
Tim and Marcia Sherry began dating in the 9th grade, and have stuck together ever since! This Summer marks the 50th year of their marriage, and you are invited to celebrate it with them at 3:00pm here at St. Marks on Sunday, August 20th. If you can attend, please:
RSVP to Colette Sherry at (253)861-6361 or at

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