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St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows
6730 N. 17th St.
Tacoma, WA 98406
Wednesday Church Night Tonight!
5:00pm Little Angels Choir
5:15pm Dinner is served -Turkey meatloaf, roasted potatoes, salad, dessert. Suggested Donation $5/per person.
5:30pm Joyful Noise Choir
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.
Scholarship Applications Available for Lutheran Higher Education
Each year St. Mark's offers scholarships to members who are pursuing higher education at a Lutheran institution. To qualify, you need to have been accepted to a Lutheran University or Seminary and complete the application process. You may pick up a hard copy of the 2015-16 Scholarship Application in the Church Office (see file marked "Scholarship Applications"), or email Pastor Shjerven to receive the form as an attachment (email@example.com).
The deadline by which all materials need to be received is Sunday, May 22nd.
Mexico Mission Fiesta Fundraiser
The yearly Cinco de Mayo fundraiser to support the Mexico Mission trip will be held on
Friday, May 6th.
Tickets are on sale Sundays, following each of the three services. $5 per person or $20 for a family of 4 or more. Doors open at 5:00pm for crafts, games, enter-to-win, and displays that illustrate the work of the trip; dinner and program begin at 6:00pm.
The people of St. Mark's are invited to hear and meet with a Namibian bishop who is visiting Tacoma as part of a longstanding ELCA companion relationship with the Southwestern Washington Synod. Bishop Ernst Gamxamub of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia will address the history and future of the Lutheran church at a presentation at
Monday, April 25
, at Trinity Lutheran Church of Parkland, 12115 Park Ave. S. All are invited to this memorable and historic event.
Just in time for Mother's Day!
Spring Fair Trade Bazaar
April 24 & May 1, 2016
9am - 12pm
When you buy Fair Trade, you are helping to reduce poverty, encouraging environmentally-friendly production practices and safeguarding humane working conditions for people around the world.
Shop for beautiful handcrafts and the finest food products:
· Hand-woven baskets
· Stylish women's accessories and jewelry
· Unique home and kitchen wares
· Spring yard art
· Delicious coffee, tea, chocolate and spices
· And more!
Cash and check sales only.
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:
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
at The Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd, 1601 North St SE, Olympia. The doors open at
for registration and coffee. A suggested donation of $15.00 includes lunch. The program, which begins at
, 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.
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
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 peacecommunitycenter.org. 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, 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
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 (
) needs survey and the long-term ministry needs survey (
).Each takes about two minutes to complete.
Questions? Kathleen Campbell at
.There will also be paper surveys in the narthex before and after worship on Sundays in April.
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!!
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:
TLRC is the winner of the Best Non-Profit Organization in 2016 South Sound Magazine!
LWR Personal Care Kits- Need Update
Thanks to all who have donated much needed supplies for our April LWR Personal Care Kit Drive for kits to be built at our Syrian themed potluck on May 1, 4:00-6:00.
We are still in URGENT need of supplies, and need your help to donate items if within your ability to replenish kits that are sent on-going to refugees in many countries around the world including Armenia, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. Supplies and information on our kit building can be dropped off over the
next two Sundays
in the Narthex at our table. Following are our needs to make 100 kits. Please contact Catherine Terrill at
with any questions. Thank you and God Bless!
Bath Towels (27" X 52"): 49
4oz Soap Bars: 50
Metal Nail Clippers: 65
Plastic Combs: 75
Toothbrush (in pkg): 50
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, www.smlutheran.org/preschool or contact Anne Zimmerman (253) 752-4929 M-F 8:30-2:00.
Ushers, Communion Assistants, Lectors--for all services!
Training available. Call or email the church office if you are interested (253-752-4966 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sunday, 9:45am, Adult Forum, Parish Commons Classroom
Bread for the World Offering of Letters.
Sunday, 11:00am, Adult Class, Parish Commons Classroom
Bread for the World Offering of Letters.
Fully Alive Bible Study,
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
New Series: "Worship Matters"-Why do we do what we do when we gather on Sunday mornings for worship? Together we will explore the roots of the liturgy and how it finds diverse expression in Christian congregations throughout the world. 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, email@example.com.
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
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
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.
VBS 2016-August 1-5th at the church. Registration materials will be available in May.
- 5/6th grade Unit 5 Dispora with Michelle Marshman
- 7/8th grade Lydia with Bruce and Carl
- 9-12th grade with Ingelaurie
Thursday April 21st at St. Mark's for youth grades 6-12!
- Youth Group 5:30-6:30pm-outdoor games and more!
- Youth Choir 6:30-7:30pm in the Sanctuary with Cooper
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 the Youth Board. Sign up by Wed. April 27. Contact Ingelaurie Lisher
or 253-752-4966 ext. 104 with any questions.
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.
- Sunday, April 24 11-12noon Servant Event Team Meeting for all youth participants and adult leaders.
August 1-5th at the church. Registration materials will be available in May.
Connect and Care TimeBank One Year Anniversary!
It is now one year since we initiated the CCTB! The CCTB continues to grow. New members add to the wonderful variety of opportunities to share skills and time with others.
The next training session will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 10:00
. After this training new membership will go from an annual fee of $10.00 to $20.00, so join now!
Sign up sheet will be in the Narthex or you can contact Party Reinkensmeyer at 253-857-7977,
We are celebrating one year of having the TIMEBANK. Adult Forum on
May 1 at 9:45
will feature. CCTB updates and stories from members who have used the TimeBank. Please plan to attend!
Tacoma City Marathon on May 1
will begin in Gig Harbor and runners will be passing in front of St. Mark's after 7:00am. Please be aware of runners as you enter the parking lots.
Three Final Decisions
- The Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center has partnered with three funeral homes and three elder law attorneys to offer this workshop on the first three Saturdays of May. The information-only events will examine advance funeral planning options, ethical wills and legal issues that everyone needs to tend to. A complimentary lunch will be included so we ask for RSVPs
Films Inspired by Age
- Celebrate Older Americans Month in May. The Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center has partnered with the Pierce County Library System to show three wonderful films that emphasize the positive side of aging. "Young @ Heart," "Mr. Holmes" and "Wild Strawberries" will get you thinking about the value of life in our later years. Films are free, no RSVP required.
Have an item for the bridge?
Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 8am on Tuesday. All items will be run for 2 weeks prior to the relevant date and will be edited for length. Don't forget to send your member notes and news!