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

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       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 - Wild Rice Chicken Soup (Vegetarian Option), Rolls, Salad and 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 Compline Service
Childcare is provided from 5-8pm for children up to 5 years of age while parents attend meetings, Bible study, and worship.  

Holy Week 2016

March 20, Palm Sunday -  8:30, 9:45 & 11am Worship Services with procession of Palms; 3rd graders receive Bibles at 9:45am. 

March 23, Wednesday - No Regular Church Night Activities

March 24, Maundy Thursday- 5:30pm Seder Meal; 7:30pm Worship

March 25, Good Friday - 7:30pm Tenebrae Service

March 26, Easter Vigil - 7:30pm Service (includes welcoming new members)

March 27, Easter Sunday - 8:30, 9:45 & 11am Worship Services; Breakfast served from 8:30-11:30am; No Sunday School or Adult Classes Today. 

Seder Meal

You are invited to join us for a Seder Meal on Maundy Thursday, March 24 at 5:30pm in our Parish Commo ns. This year, Rabbi Bruce Kadden of Temple Beth El will lead us through the various stages of the meal and speak to us about the significance of the Seder in the past, the present, and the future. Please indicate your desire to come by adding your name(s) to the sign-up sheet in the Narthex or by calling the church office during the week.

We Welcome Your Plans for Giving!

Thank you to everyone who has submitted a Plan for Giving during worship, in the mail, or online at the "Giving" tab on our church website!  So far, we have heard from more than sixty households, so we're off to a good start. It is very important, however, that we hear from all of you who share the common call to mission with us at St. Mark's. We are all in this together, and we want to hear from every household by early April. You can bring your Plan for Giving to church this  Sunday, March 20 and place it the special basket during the offering, or you can click this link and complete your Plan for Giving online. 
You can also mail it to us, if you like. Our Church Council depends on each of us to participate in this spiritual practice as they make the plans for mission that will be presented at the congregational meeting in May. If you misplaced the Plan for Giving card that was sent to you in the mail, you will find extra cards in the pew racks in the sanctuary and at the Welcome Center in the narthex

Host A Seder Table

Seder is a wonderful part of the Holy Week, a way to meet other people in the congregation as well as learn about the history and tradition of the meal. Plus it is a great way to host a dinner without cooking or cleaning the house! 

Hosting a table means that you set a table for 8 in our fellowship hall. Items you would bring from home include table cloth, centerpiece, candle, and 8 place settings with plate, water glass, wine glass, coffee/tea cup, knife, spoon, fork, and napkin.  There is a helpful checklist and tip sheet, available in the narthex at the demo table.

Our goal is to have 22 tables at the Seder meal this year. 

When: March 24th  Event starts at  5:30pm  - Tables should be set up by  4pm at the  latest.

Setup times:  Wed , March 23  from  12-4:30pm or   6-8pm , or  Thurs, March 24  from 10am-4pm.

Mexico Mission Trip:
St. Mark's annual mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico will take place this year from June 17-25.  If you are interested in being part of this mission team,  please return a completed interest form as soon as possible, but no later than March 15th;  there is much interest in the trip this year and space is limited.  Forms are available in the church office or on the church website (  Questions? Contact Melanie Summerour ( or Sarah Moore (253-752-0554).  The first team meeting will be held on Sunday, March 20th immediately following the third service, (12:00-1:00), in the Fireside Room. 

Easter Choir
All are invited to again be part of this year's Easter Choir.  Regardless of age or experience level with choral singing, everyone is welcome and we would be excited to see you involved. If you have any questions, please email Cooper at . Come be part of the joyous fun!

Lenten Devotions Online
If you are looking for an online devotional resource for the season of Lent, please check out the following and subscribe for daily readings: by Luther Seminary, entitled "Jesus is a Rock in a Weary Land" published by Rev. Paul Walters (son of Clare and Jan Walters); short daily reflections written by a variety of pastors, including Pastor Shjerven

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
March 20,The 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, 11am, Adult Class, Parish Commons Classroom
March 20, "Eclipsing Empire: Paul, Rome and the Kingdom of God".
For 12 weeks we will join new testament scholars John Dominic Crossman and the late Marcus Borg on location in Turkey as they trace the Apostle Paul's footsteps through the Roman Empire.  

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

Wednesday Women's Bible Study, 9:30am, Parish Commons Classroom. 
This Winter we will be 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
A Leisurely Look at Luke.   We will spend the Wednesday nights of Epiphany and Lent gathered around the fire, exploring the basic storyline of Luke's gospel and sharing our ideas about how it connects to our world today. No experience with scripture is necessary; all are welcome.
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. The online magazine CafĂ© will be used as our initial resource. You can check out the magazine at . For further information, contact Celesta Smith at  or Diana Busch at
Children and Youth Faith Formation             
This week's Spark Notes is   Holy Week.  Spark Notes are fun activity sheets printable each week to supplement Sunday School lessons.  

This Sunday, children will be part of the Palm Processional as 9:45 worship begins.  Please plan to arrive a few minutes early for  Sunday school so that we may gather the children together to go upstairs to the Sanctuary. After the Palm Processional, K - 4th grade will offer a song to honor the 3rd grade Bible recipients.  The  Sunday  school lesson this week will provide the children with a rotating station experience of the days from Palm  Sunday  to Easter.  Kids are invited to bring a flowering branch from an ornamental tree in their yard if that is possible.  

3rd Grade Bibles and Milestone Marker & Blessing Event
On Palm  Sunday, March 20 Bibles will be presented during the  9:45am worship service to 3rd grade children.  Parents will be involved in the presentation and a milestone event will follow at  11:00 to help children explore their new Bibles. 

There are NO Sunday School classes on Easter Sunday, March 27.   Also, NO Holy Moly on Wednesday, March 23. 

Our Spark Curriculum publisher, Sparkhouse, has a family resource website and blog.    Check it out at:   Sparkhouse is offering a discount and free shipping on children's Easter resources.  More information is available on the Sparkhouse Family Blog.   Use promo codes: SPARKEASTER2016 OR HMEASTER2016 to order online.
Easter Breakfast-Sunday, March 27 8:30-11am in the Parish Commons. Sponsored by St. Marks' Youth!  Money raised will go to support upcoming youth events and summer trips.
Sunday, March 20 Sunday AM classes 9:45
  • 5/6th grade in Teal Room Unit 4 Prophets with Catherine and Jack
  • 7/8th grade in Youth Room-Pontius Pilate with Bruce and Carl  
  • 9-12th grade in Fireside Room with Zach and Clara
No Sunday School next week-March 27, Easter Sunday
Game Night (grades 8-12)-Friday, April 15th 6-8pm. Dinner included. Sign up by April 10th if you are attending.
Parks Appreciation Day!  Saturday, April 23rd 9am-12noon. Please sign up by April 3rd. 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. 

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

Former member and church organist, Jeanette Pilgrim died on March 13. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran, Parkland on Saturday, March 19 at 2:00pm.

St. Mark's member and PLU alumna, Rebekah Blakney, in the PLU news for her work with mosquitos and public health.  To read the article, click here.  

St. Mark's member, Jennifer Wolbrecht will be dancing with the Barefoot Collective on Thursday, March 17th from 7-7:30pm at the 1120 Creative House.  Located at 1120 Pacific Avenue, 2nd floor, Tacoma, WA 98402

St. Mark's member,  Antonio Patrick and his Jazz Band at St. Olaf College has received an invitation from the Cuban Ministry of Culture for its St. Olaf Jazz ensemble to perform a series of concerts in Havana this spring. For more  information   click here. 

14 year old Persian kitty from Dubai needs a quiet, loving home. Her name is Arabia and she has been spayed & fully vaccinated. She is a very kind, tender, mellow cat who prefers a home without small children. Sadly, her owner will pass away soon & she will need a new, loving home to live the rest of her days. She is an indoor only cat. If interested, please email Jeanne Smith at


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