The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   Sept 28 , 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 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 Tonight!

5:00pm Little Angels Choir (CFC)
5:15pm Dinner: 
Chef's Surprise, Suggested Donation $5
5:30pm Joyful Noise Choir (CR)
6:00pm Praise Team Rehearsal (S)
6:15pm Holy Moly (CFC)
6:15pm Midweek Renewal (FR)
7:30pm Prayer Service (PC)

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

Congregational Luncheon and Guest Speaker, Sunday October 2nd, 12:15pm

On Sunday, October 2nd at 12:15pm Guest Speaker, Dr. Kevin O'Brien will present "Cloud of Witnesses", Dr. O'Brien will help us make connections between wisdom teachers of the past and current environmental issues we face (ie climate change). 

Kevin O'Brien received his PhD in Ethics and Society from Emory University in 2006 and received the KT Tang Award for Faculty Excellence in Research (2015-16).  We are delighted to have him as our guest.

Please sign up on the easel in the narthex on September 18th or 25th to reserve your seat at the luncheon ($5 meal donation requested).
September is a Good Time to Get Back on Track with Our Offerings

For the month of August, our offering income at St. Mark's fell short of our budgeted offering projections by nearly $17,000. We all know how easy it is to get behind in our giving in the summer months, but this is a significant gap and we want to start the busy time of fall activities with strong financial support to all our ministries. Stewardship leaders at St. Mark's ask us to prayerfully consider where we are with our offerings in light of our Plan for Giving and to get caught up in September, if needed. Our staff and lay leaders are doing a good job of managing expenses across the board, and we are below year-to-date projections on the expense side of things. You can see all of this on the repor t below. If you have any questions about the numbers, please contact Jennifer Droubay or Mike McKeller at the Church office (253) 752-4966.

Quilting is Back!

Come join the Quilters on Monday mornings from 9am-12pm.  No sewing or quilting experience required.  If you are unable to join there are always quilt tops to sew t home.  Questions? Call Katie Cootsona at 206-484-9195
Harvestfest/Oktoberfest at L'Arche Farms

L'Arche Farms will be hosting a Harvestfest on October 1st from 10am-4pm and a Oktoberfest from 4pm-8pm.  
 For more information, click here, to see the informational flyer.  

Mexico Mission Trip Save the Date

Save the Date:   For those who are planning ahead, St. Mark's yearly Mexico Mission Trip will take place June 23 - July 1, 2017.  Stay tuned for more detailed information in early 2017. 

Peace and Justice

It's that time of year again!  Registration is open for the 2016 Pierce County Hunger Walk, which is Sunday, October 2nd at 2pm.  Please consider walking as a member of the St Mark's Team.  You may register online at  Click under the "Get Involved" tab, where you see Pierce County Hunger Walk.  Our team name is St Mark's Tacoma (note punctuation).  If you are not able to walk, but would like to donate, follow the instructions on the website, or put a check in the offering basket on Sunday.  Just be sure to put "Hunger Walk" in the memo line.  Thank you!

In St. Mark's Preschool News

Our school year is off to a great start! We still have three openings in the PreK class (ages 4 & 5); please reach out to friends and family to help fill our spots. Also, we have a fun event coming up on Saturday, October 1st. We'll be hosting a Fun Run @ 8:30 & Kids Dash @ 9:30...all are welcome! Pancake and sausage breakfast will be served between 9 & 10:30 in the narthex. Please join us to run, walk, or volunteer. There will be a sign up sheet in the narthex. Contact Anne Zimmerman with questions: or (253) 752-4929

Women of St. Mark's

Our next "Creative Nite Out" is set for Friday, September 30th, 7 - 9 pm.  Mark your calendars and come join us!  We will be working on putting together the Snowman Candy Bars for the Bazaar.  All (men too!) come to help or work on your current Christmas / Bazaar projects!

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

Crossways Coming to St. Mark's

Sundays, 4:30-6pm Beginning September 18th
Cost: $30 to being; $20 for each new student booklet (approx. every 10 weeks)
Ever wish you had a better grasp of each book of the Bible-and how its message relates to that of all the others? You are invited to sign up for Crossways-a faith-enriching, life-changing course that serves as your 'road map' for an unforgettable journey through the entire Bible.
Crossways is a 60-session course, typically taught over two academic years.  At St. Mark's, a community of learners will come together each Sunday afternoon for an hour and a half and be immersed in the biblical story.  During the week, individuals will reflect on what they are learning through the use of a Student Booklet.
St. Mark's member, Dr. Traci Drake, will be your guide for this journey.  Traci has taught the Crossways series in prior congregations and considers it one of the best tools with which to deeply explore the biblical narrative. Traci has many years of ministry experience and has recently completed the candidacy process in the ELCA.
For more information and/or to sign-up for Crossways, stop by the table in the narthex.  

Children and Youth Faith Formation

This Sunday's Spark page is, A Seed of Faith.  These pages are additional materials that accompany this week's Sunday School teachings.
Holy Moly  for children continues every Wednesday evening from 6:15-7:15pm in the Youth Room.

Milestone Markers & Blessings coming up:
"Coming to the Lord's Table" with 4 year olds and other early elementary who have not attended previously, on  October 2 at 9:45.  Location will be announced.

All Children and Youth Faith Formation classes are in session. 
  • Children 3 years old to 4th grade meet in the Children's Faith Center(CFC) from 9:45-10:45a.m.
  • Children and youth grades 5-8th meet in the Youth Wing, 9-12th to the Adult Forum in PCC. 
6-12th grade Youth Ministry-coming up!
  • Thursday, September 27
    •  3rd Year Confirmation youth meet 5:30-6:30pm
    •  Youth Choir for grades 6-12th 6:30-7:30pm with Cooper Sherry
  • Sunday, October 2 11-11:45a.m. SR ALYVE (9-12th grades) Breakfast Club in the Fireside Room. Breakfast will be provided. 
  • Thursday, October 6 5:30-6:30p.m.
    • Youth Group for grades 6-12th with Ingelaurie Lisher and Nate Nolting 
9-12th grade Fall Oktoberfest Open House -Sat. Oct. 1 3:30-5:30p.m. at Bruce and Ingelaurie's home. Youth and parents drop on in for brats, hotdogs, root beer and more. RSVP by Wed. Sept. 28th

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Forum-Sundays 9:45am in the Parish Commons Classroom
October 2-Guest Speaker
PLU religion faculty member, Dr. Kevin O'Brien, will be our guest in both Forum and for an all-congregational lunch.  His Forum topic will be "Creation and Racial Justice".

Adult Class- Sundays 11am in the Parish Commons Classroom
September 25 - October 23-  "Embracing a Life of Meaning", DVD series with poet/author Kathleen Norris (5 week series).

Wednesday Midweek Renewal;  6:15pm in the Parish Commons C.
We will begin our year with Diana Butler Bass as our guide.  Her newest book, "Grounded: Finding God in the World" is an excellent entry into our congregational theme, "Let All Creation Praise!".  Pastor Shjerven will be summarizing the main themes and thoughts of the book, and inviting everyone into reflection and conversation. (You do not need to buy the book.) All are welcome to be part of the discussion.
Tuesday "Fully Alive" Bible Study; 5:15pm in the Fireside Room
led by Sherry Maiura

Women's Bible Study; 9:30 am in the Parish Commons Classroom
Will be studying the Book of Acts.  For more information contact Ida Hagen, 253-759-0569 (

Noon Wednesday Text Study Luncheon in the Parish Commons Classroom
 Gather for lunch and conversation and study around the texts that will be heard in worship the following Sunday.  Conversation will be guided by the pastor who will be preaching, and by the insights and questions of the group. 
LWR: "We Need School Kits"- Update!

Our annual school supply kit drive for LWR School Kits is through September! Our goal is to pack 100 school kits with the High School Youth group on  October 9.  
Thanks to your very generous donations we have been richly blessed with rulers, erasers, scissors, crayons and pencils!

To make our goal we are in need of the following items which can be dropped off in the Narthex. Thank you for helping children reach their full potential!

 235  Notebooks (70 page spiral 8" X 10.5")                 
   71  Pencil sharpeners
 200  Black/Blue Ink Pens (no gel) 


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.
Community Events
The 6th Annual Lutheran Studies Conference will take place at PLU on Thursday, September 29th.  The theme is "Free At Last: Perspectives on Racial Justice".  For more information, or to sign up to be part of a group going to the evening lecture, stop by the Adult Faith Formation table in the narthex.

Poetry Workshop: "Studying the Shadows, Exploring Elegy." Saturday Oct 15, 2-4pm at St. Mark's.  Northwest Renaissance Poets is holding their annual fall poetry workshop at St. Mark's this year, for poets of all levels. The workshop is led by Michael Schmeltzer, poetry editor at Floating Bridge Press.  "Much like Peter Pan's shadow, grief has a life of its own. In this workshop we'll not only examine various elegies, but we'll write our own using techniques borrowed from poets who've wrestled with their own loss."   Space is limited. $25/person. For more information or to register:  or speak with Emilie Shimkus.
Rummage Sale , Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fircrest, September 30 and October 1, 9am-3pm.

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