The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   June 8 , 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 is on Summer Hiatus 

Please join us again in the Fall!
St. Mark's Habitat for Humanity Local Project

Once again this year a team of volunteers from St. Mark's will help build a house at Habitat for Humanity in our own community. We will work on a house that is being constructed by groups from local churches -- appropriately, the project is called "Building on Faith." Our workday will take place on  Saturday, July 23.
Please visit the display in the narthex on  June 19 to sign up as a member of our team and to obtain more information about the work of Habitat in our local community. If you are unable to be in church that day, please contact Tom Geary for information or details. You can reach him at  253-549-2668 or by email at .

Women of St. Mark's

Please join us for conversation and fellowship on June 14th, 7PM, in the Youth Room at St. Mark's.  We will be discussing our plans for the fall.  We welcome your input and ideas.  Please contact Barb Meyers at  253-756-9352 with any questions. 
See you then!

Region 1 Women's Gathering, June 24th - 26th at the Embassy Suites in Lynnwood, WA.  Information and Registration form at The theme for this event is "Empowering Women by Grace through Faith".  Listen to women telling their stories in a format similar to "The View" on TV.  
Refugee Resettlement Planning Meeting-  Sunday June 12th

Following the Spring survey to assess congregational interest in helping a refugee family resettle in the Tacoma area, the Peace and Justice Committee is moving forward with plans to help a family relocated to our community in the next year.   If you would like to help with such tasks as transportation, orientation activities, setting up a house/apartment, being a language tutor or conversation partner, donating household items, provide financial assistance for transition needs, or more -- please join us for a planning session on Sunday, June 12 with John Forseth who works with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.    There are two sessions --  9:30am and 11:00am in the Parish Commons Classroom.  You only need to attend one session.    Mr. Forseth will guide us in how best to provide hospitality and support to a new family.    If you want to help, but cannot attend, please email Kathleen Campbell at or call 253.820.3297

June 11: Interfaith Dialogue on Peace Building

The Tacoma Buddhist Temple is hosting its first Public Interfaith Dialogue on Saturday, June 11, 1:00-3:00 pm, on the topic "Religious Approaches to Peace Building." Associated Ministries is co-sponsoring this unique interfaith forum and we hope you'll encourage our Buddhist friends by coming out to support this important, and informative, gathering.
The moderator for the dialogue will be Amanda Feller, Associate Professor of Communications at Pacific Lutheran University; she is a specialist in conflict resolution and peace building. Co-hosting the event is Erik Hammerstrom, Assistant Professor of East Asian and Comparative Religions at Pacific Lutheran University and member of the Tacoma Buddhist Temple.
Four faith traditions will be represented on the panel, providing interesting insights on the topic of peace building from unique vantage points; I'd imagine we are likely to discover more similarities than differences!
Representing the Buddhist tradition and serving as co-host of the event is Rev. Kojo Kakihara, minister at Tacoma Buddhist Temple. Representing Islam will be Turan Kayaoglu, Associate Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at University of Washington Tacoma. The Baha'i tradition will be represented by Joshua Christy, Master's Degree student and Youth Mentor. The Christian perspective will be offered by Rev. Joseph Hickey-Tiernan, Priest-in-Charge at Church of the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Olympia.
The Tacoma Buddhist Temple is located at 1717 S. Fawcett Ave. in Tacoma. The event is free and all are welcome.

Care of Creation: Summer Day Hikes

Mark your calendars! The Care of Creation Committee is sponsoring three day hikes during the summer of 2016.  The dates of the hikes are listed below:

  • Saturday June 25--Summit Lake in the Clearwater Wilderness
  • Friday July 15-- Sunrise in Mount Rainier National Park
  • Friday August 5 -- Hike in the Olympic Mountains TBD
Each of the hikes is geared to hikes of  all ages and abilities.  The first one--Summit Lake-- is about a 1300 foot gain and extends in 3 miles one way.  A beautiful lake lies near the end of the hike and eye-popping pictures of Mt. Rainier await.  The visit to Sunrise on Friday July 15 should appeal to families and members of all ages.  People can take short nature walks near the parking lot and enjoy the interpretive center and lodge.  Others will be able to take longer hikes, to Burroughs Mountain or Fremont Lookout two to three miles in distance. 

Please meet at the church parking lot at 8am on each of these hikes so that can form car pools.  Be sure to bring water, sun glasses and sun cream, lunch, camera, binoculars, first aid kit; also bring some money to reimburse those who are willing to drive.   We will not go if the weather is wet and rainy.  

Be sure to call/text Tom Hulst at 253-227-9665 (or email with any questions.  

Fabric Request for Worship Activity Bags

Children's Faith Formation is putting together Worship Activity Bags for young children for the summer months.  We are looking for fabrics to create kits for volunteers to sew into colorful bags, which will then be filled with quiet activities for children.   Do you have extra brightly colored or patterned fabrics that can be used?  We need several sets of ½ yard of child-friendly or brightly colored cotton fabric along with ½ yard of coordinating fabric.  Also needed is a total of 3 yards of medium fusible interfacing. Please contact Char Leone to donate or bring to the Children's Faith Center workroom marked for Char. Or, if you are willing to sew a bag or two (instructions provided), please let Char know---that would be greatly appreciated!  

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

Sunday, 9:45, Adult Forum, Parish Commons Classroom
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
Adults dig deep into a biblical or theological text, presented as a series. Material is chosen for the season, or in response to the group's curiosity.

Fully Alive Bible Study,  Tuesdays, 5:15pm, (our last meeting of the year will be June 15 with pizza and we will resume in October)
  Questions? Contact Sherry Maiura (253) 549-4222.

Wednesday Women's Bible Study, 10:30am, Parish Commons Classroom. (NOTE Time Change - for June 8)
We are studying the Book of Acts. Questions? Contact Linda Durant at (253) 363-8202 or Our last session of this spring will be June 8 (we will resume Sept. 14).

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 and will be taking a break during July and August), 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
"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, 

Cafe Circle- Cafe Circle is on summer hiatus, see you again in September!

Children and Youth Faith Formation             
This week's Spark Notes are completed for the school year.  See you again in the fall. 

June 12 marks our last regular day of Sunday School.  It will be a day of appreciation and wrap-up, with ice cream cones for the kids and gestures of appreciation for our wonderful volunteer teaching staff!
Thank you to the following volunteer teachers who have shared time, talents, and faith this year with the children and youth of St. Mark's!  We will be showing our appreciation for their service this Sunday at  11:00 in Parish Commons:
Preschool 3's and 4's:  Katie Jones, Elizabeth Hirschl, Emma Summerour, Katie Meers, Jen Droubay, Mandi Privett, Hadley Gormly, Elizabeth Balerud
Kinders:  Phyllis Smith, Barbara Smith, Bryne DeMoss, Brendan Phillips, Terra Jacobson
1st Grade;  Madi Larson, Brittany Currey, Abby Carlson, Erika Anderson
2nd Grade:  Mark Meade, Dane Meade, Cort Ockfen, Liz Chick
3rd Grade:  Anne Zimmerman, Mark Gaimster, Michele Pedee, Paige vanDer Vliet
4th Grade:  Mark Young, Linda Gilje
5th & 6th Grade:  Mary Olsen, Michelle Marshman, Jack & Catherine Terrill
Confirmation:  Carl Steingrebe, Bruce Sadler
High School:  Clara Eickhoff, Zach Zimmerman, Mike Hagmann

Last day of regular Sunday school June 12-Today!
  • 5/6th grade meet in Teal Room with Mary
  • 7/8th grade class in Youth Room-Wrap up with Carl and Bruce
  • 9-12th grade Fireside Room with Ingelaurie-Breakfast will be served.
Discapoloza-9-12th grade (2016-2017 school year) Disc Golf event in Poulsbo! Friday, June 24th 1:30pm to 8pm. Cost: $10.00pp. Sign up by TODAY if you are attending-we need at least 5 youth and 1 more adult to make sure we go.
Thanks to everyone who helped out with the 2016 High School Graduation Celebration Lunch -Alesia Torres, Bennett Fors, Ann, Elizabeth and Lauren Balerud, Carol and Mai Grudzien.

VBS 2016- August 1-5th 9:00am-12:15pm for children 4 years old to 5th grade(incoming) at St. Mark's-Cave Quest! Registration materials available in the Children's Faith Formation or in the Narthex.  Please try to register your child by Sunday, July 17.
Youth and adult volunteers (class leaders and assistants) are needed to help out with the week. Please see the info table in the Narthex or contact Ingelaurie Lisher at 253-752-4966 ext. 104 see how you can lend a hand.
Summer Story Time Begins Sunday, June 19 9:45am worship service ONLY. Children 5 years to 3rd grade are invited to a brief retelling of the Gospel lesson during the sermon.  Children will be brought back into the sanctuary before the creed. An Adult/mature youth is still needed for Sunday, July 24th.   Regular Sunday preschool to High School Sunday classes are on hiatus June 19-September.

Congratulations to our 2016 College Graduates!
  Kelsi Burkhart Highline College, Bachelor of Applied Science, Respiratory Care; Alex Day, University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts Computer Science; Nenneh Johnson Tacoma Community College Associate in Business; Bruce Sadler Western Washington University, Master of Arts Education, Administration; Ruth Young Augustana University, Bachelor of Arts Sign Language Interpreting and Philosophy; Hannah Parkins Oberlin College Bachelor of Arts  French horn performance and Creative Writing; Ben Summerour University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts Political Science, minors in English and History; Justin Oellerich University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts Political Science and Economics;   Linda Wimberley University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts Business Administration and Accounting         

Host an International Exchange Student

Want to teach your family about a new culture? Volunteer to host an international exchange student; it is the best way to teach our children about the world (and they are never to young!). No children in the home? That is ok too, we are never to old to learn! Students are 15-18 and from many different countries! Call or text for more information and to get started today!  Cindy Johnson (253) 245-6641 or Ashleigh Johnson (253) 332-3538 

All placements are made through the STS Foundation, a non-profit corporation dedicated to intercultural student exchange.  
Member Notes and News
Baptized at the 9:45 service on Sunday--Jonathan Gregory Ames,
son of Diane and Jeff Ames, grandson on Ann and the late Greg Paulson, great grandson of Jerry and Carol Paulson.  We welcome Jonathan into the family of Christ. 

Art Bower's memorial service will be June 11 at 1:00 at Mt. View Funeral Home.

Paul Burton's memorial service will be June 25 at 2:00 at St. Mark's. 
From  the Archives

June 15, 1956 St. Mark's became self supporting.  This was a record achievement.  The Home Mission Department of the Evangelical Lutheran Church had paid expenses for the first six months, and ours was the first to become self supporting in so short a time. 

The theme for the Lay Evangelism in 1956 was "Visit one, Bring one, Win one."

The decision was made to pay the visiting pastors $25 and 8 cents a mile for travel.  All meetings were to be opened with prayer, and there were to be no fund raising projects such as bazaars, rummage sales and dinners.  

Each family was encouraged to buy at least one hymnal, and with extra offerings, enough were purchased for the congregation.  

Lovingly compiled by Volly Grande

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