The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   Aug 17 , 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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Fall Sunday School Event, September 11th

Children's Faith Formation Fall Sunday school is set to begin with an intergenerational focus on September 11 following our Day of Service at L'Arche on September 10 and continuing emphasis on God's creative activity in nature.    Teachers will be installed and blessed; families will receive information on the coming Sunday school year; and kids will receive a blessing as they begin a new school year.  Regular classes begin on September 18.  Registration for Sunday school helps us keep information up to date on your child--forms are available each Sunday in the Narthex and on-line this week.  Are you interested in teaching?  There is room for you on one of our teaching teams and we would love to have you consider this important ministry with children!  Teachers ARE needed.  See the display table in the Narthex on Sundays or talk with/e-mail Char Leone (  

SMLC Financial Update - July 2016

The first month of our new fiscal year went well. Income was $1,511 ahead of budget, while expenses were $4,116 under budget. We ended with income greater than expenses by $886 versus a projected shortfall of $4,741,
Each major spending category was within or under budget for the month. The most notable difference versus budget was in Staff. There were many moving pieces during July, with transitions in office management, hospitality, and custodial positions. We would be more than happy to provide details if you'd like them. Please feel free to direct any questions to Jen Droubay or Mike McKeller at the church office (253-752-4966). Thank you for your faithful generosity.

Family Housing Network returning Sept. 17-24!

Beginning Saturday, September 17, St. Mark's will again host up to five homeless families with children. This is our fourth year as part of the Family Housing Network. Volunteers are needed to bring meals, prepare bedrooms, and host the families during the evening and overnight. See the signup table in the narthex!

Music on the Lawn, Thank You!           
With much gratitude we thank everyone who participated and attended Saturday's Music on the Lawn event!  It was a lovely day filled with wonderful music from both the children and adults in our congregation.  A special thank you to Suzy and Bob Reynolds for the use of their home and to Cooper Sherry for organizing the event.  

LWR: "We Need School Kits"

It's that time! With school supplies at their lowest prices of the year, our annual drive to collect school supplies for LWR School Kits is August 21-September 18 (all items needed).  Our goal is to pack 100 school kits with the Youth in October.  In 2015, LWR delivered a total of 152,585 school kits around the Globe!  Imagine having to choose between a meal or purchasing a notebook. Project Promise School Kits are sent to places where even the few required school supplies may be more than a family can afford. Thank you for helping children reach their full potential! 

Please drop-off supplies in the Narthex and look for updates on needs as we start collecting!     

Spiral Notebooks  (70 page-8" x 10.5")
#2 pencils  (unsharpened)
Pencil sharpener 
Blunt scissors
Blue or black ballpoint pens  (no gel)
Ruler  (30 centimeter)
Crayons  (16 or 24 pack)
Eraser  (2.5")


St. Mark's Marimba Camp Next Week 

St. Mark's will be hosting a Marimba Camp the 22nd to the 26th of this month.   Have fun everyone!

Pierce County Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference
Saturday, September 17- The annual Pierce County Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference is an opportunity for individuals and families to learn about Alzheimer's and other dementias, get practical tips and skills, hear about local resources and pick up important information from area providers.  The keynote with Dr. Stephen Thielke, MD, will focus on managing agitation and challenging behaviors with and without medications.  Breakout sessions include home modifications, hospice & end of life, legal issues, paying for care, meaningful activities and a hands-on dementia experience.  The Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference is free.  Registration at  8 a.m. ; keynote at  9 a.m. ; event ends at  1 p.m.  at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1315 N. Stevens in Tacoma.  Refreshments provided.  RSVP is required  online  or by calling  (253) 798-8787 .  Complimentary respite care is available by contacting Cascade Park Gardens - call  (253) 475-3702 .  Call  (253) 798-4600  for event details.

Thrivent  Builds Worldwide: Return to Romania

Thrivent Builds celebrated a milestone in its partnership with Habitat for Humanity when it launched a Worldwide Build in Romania in 2005.   Eleven years later, Thrivent Builds Worldwide will return to Romania, and you are invited to participate!
Visit to learn more about how to be part of the team travelling to Romania October 1st-8th, 2016.  You will find information about the costs involved, the registration process, and who to contact with questions.  (Talking to our own Tom Geary is also helpful-he has worked with Habitat in Romania many times).

Rummage Sale Thank-You

Thank you to all who supported Empowering Life's rummage sale at Peninsula Lutheran in Gig Harbor last week.  It is such a delight to have so much support for our Southwestern Washington mission to women in the state prisons and their families.  Besides raising enough funds to support a month of Lutheran pastoral care for the women, the rummage sale is a wonderful service not only to the truly needy families among the shoppers, but also to those of us who feel good about helping others by de-cluttering our homes.  Thank you again.     

Save the Date: All-Congregational Day of Service

Saturday, September 10th will be our second annual All-Congregational Day of Service.  This year we will join our friends at L'Arche to work alongside them on a project and join them for worship and a meal.  This will be an cross-generational event, and carpooling to the L'arche community in Midland will be offered.  Stay tuned for more details, but mark your calendars now!  

Women of St. Mark's

Our next "Creative Nite Out" is set for Friday, August 26th, 7 ­ 9 pm. Mark your calendars and come join us!

Mark your calendars for the following events: The annual Bazaar will be held on November 5th this year and the Advent Brunch will be on December 3rd. We will need lots and lots of baked goods along with all of the wonderfully creative items I know you are already making for sale at the Bazaar. We need all congregation support to make these events happen.

Look for sign­up sheets for Bazaar help and the Advent Brunch. It takes a congregation to make these events successful. Please contact Barbara Meyers at 253­756­9352 or email with questions or ideas. 

Drivers Needed

  Drivers needed to transport St. Mark's member to Sunday worship.  If you are willing to drive one Sunday per month, talk to Pastor Shjerven or Pastor Rue.
Bathroom Kits

St. Mark's will be collecting bathroom supplies for kits to be made for Tacoma refugees.  Please visit the table in the Narthex on Sunday, July 31st and August 7th to sign up and see what is needed. We will be collecting supplies Aug. 14, 21, 28.
FHN Collecting School Supplies

Family Housing Network will be collecting school supplies for Back to School starting August 13th.  Please see the attached flyer for more information on this important service.  

Click here to view the attached flyer.
Evening Prayer with Sacred Art

Wednesdays, July 6-August 24 at 7:30pm
Each week we will gather near one of the beautiful pieces of art found in our church building.  We will sing and pray and hear scripture readings that connect us to the work of art and to God's Spirit moving among us.  Our 25 minute worship service will be followed by dessert and conversation. 
If you plan to attend and would like nursery care for your child, please let Ingelaurie Lisher know by the Sunday
"Small Bites" Text Study

Wednesdays, July 6-August 24 6:30-7:30pm in the Fireside Room.
We will gather around savory bites of food to read and discuss the scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday.  Pastors will offer insights they have had while studying the texts for preaching.  Those gathered will be invited to share their own insights, or are free to silently soak up the group wisdom.  All are welcome!
If you plan to attend and would like nursery care for your child, please let Ingelaurie Lisher know by the Sunday prior-
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: )

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.

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Classes are on hiatus for the summer, please join us again in the fall!

Member Notes and News
  Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon, Saturday August 27th.  The route will be going through our neighborhood.  Road closures will be from 7am-Noon.  Roads will open after the last runner passes.  For more information, 253-301-1321,

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