Weekly Newsletter | January 11, 2022
Worship at St. Mark's
Sunday Morning Worship
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE NO IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES THIS SUNDAY AT ST. MARK’S. THIS IS A SAFETY MEASURE WE ARE TAKING DURING THE CURRENT SURGE OF COVID-19 CASES IN PIERCE COUNTY RELATED TO THE OMICRON VARIANT. IN-PERSON WORSHIP WILL RESUME ON JANUARY 23. PLEASE ENJOY WORSHIP WITH ALL THE OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR ST. MARK’S COMMUNITY.

Share prayer requests with us by sending them to prayers@smlutheran.org. If you would like us to include them in the Prayers of the Church during Sunday worship, please make note of that.
Sharing Out of God's Abundance
Like the wedding feast at Cana, where Jesus provided in abundance for all the people who gathered, we continue to see God at work in and through St. Mark’s to bless and nourish countless people. Much of this happens in the ministries of our own congregation, but we are grateful to share the bounty we receive with mission partners who are also doing God’s work, both locally and globally. The pie chart below shows the amount of money we shared with each of these mission partners in the last fiscal year. Being able to do this is one of the very best parts of Being Church Together!
Children, Youth, and Family Faith Formation
Sunday mornings for children and youth!
1-4th grade students: January 16, 9-9:20 a.m.; see email from Hollye Piercy for Zoom link and password. 
5-12th grade youth--January 16, 11-11:30 a.m.; see email from Ingelaurie Lisher for the zoom link and password. 

Youth Marimbas resume Thursday, January 13, at 7:30 p.m. for youth grades 6-12th; they are a group that can social distance very well. Please contact Jeff Brahe at andemarimba@gmail.com to reserve your spot if you haven't already been a part of the group. 

Middle School youth group--resumes Thursday, January 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary and Youth Choir for youth grades 6-12th begins that night at 6:30 p.m. in the Narthex. Stay tuned if something changes--but our plan is to go ahead as scheduled. 

Middle School Bob Ross Paint Night--Friday, January 28--note change of time from The Bridge 6-7:30 p.m. (dinner not provided). Sign up here by January 20 so I can make sure we have enough supplies.

The Well for high school youth is on break until February. 

Worship Volunteers at 9:45 a.m.--We are looking for children, youth, and parents who would be willing to serve as Worship Volunteers on the 1st Sunday of each month during the 9:45 a.m. service for our 1st Sunday Family Worship Sunday. If you and your student are fully vaccinated and would be willing to help read, greet, and serve as a communion assistant during the worship service please contact Ingelaurie Lisher at ingelaurie@smlutheran.org and we will add you to our list of volunteers. Dates needed: Feb. 6, March 6, April 3, May 1. 

5-8th grade (2022-2023 school year) Summer Camp 2022 Instructions (June 26-July 1 camp dates): I apologize for leaving the date out of the last email on this. 
2. Click 6/26 Lutherhaven Summer Camp
3. Click either Pioneer (5/6th grade 2022-2023 school year) OR Pathfinder (7/8th 2022-2023 school year). 
4. Then follow the rest of the instructions. 

Other info for re: Camp for youth grades 5-8:  
1. We are going to Camp Lutherhaven in Coeur d' Alene, ID--June 26-July 1, 2022. 
2. Leave Tacoma Sunday, June 26 in the morning. Camp ends Friday, July 1. NOTE we might stay over one extra night near Ellensburg so we aren't driving over the pass on the Friday night of the 4th of July weekend--stay tuned for more information coming about that, details are still being worked out. 
3. REGISTRATION OPENS January 6 see above or to go: https://lutherhaven.com/camps/summer-camp-dates-grid/ 
4. Their Current Covid Guidelines are posted on their website. To make transportation easier from St. Mark's and for the safety of all, I am encouraging everyone to be fully vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine. As we know guidelines and recommendations can change. Thank you for your patience as we navigate how to do camp this summer. 
5. St. Mark's will pay $200.00 per student--and gas for any parent who helps us drive over and back from Coeur d'Alene. You pay your student's deposit and then we will make our payment in March. 
6. Let me know when you register your student so I can start making plans/renting vehicles, etc. 

Summer 2022 High School Tiny House Build interest form: 2022-2023 High School students 9-12th grade and 2022 graduates check this out. Parents/Adults too as we will need some experienced builders.
Adult Faith Formation 

I Am Doing a New Thing: At St. Mark’s, our theme for this new year is “New Life Awaits.” God knows how hungry we are for new life! We have sojourned through two pandemic years (and we’re not done yet), along with social and political turmoil, a new awareness of racial injustice, and the ramping up of our climate crisis. In addition to all that, we have borne our own individual griefs and struggles. We are so ready for new life! Isaiah 40-55, a new prophetic voice for a people languishing in exile and grief, offers us God’s “new thing.” God’s exiled community would soon return home and rebuild their life – a life full of promise, but a life unlike anything they had known before. Join us for a seven-week sharing around this powerful new word beginning on Sunday, January 16. While we are online for worship, please join us at 11:15 a.m. on Zoom. As we return to in-person worship, forum time will change to 9:45 a.m. 

1. The Experience of Exile – Isaiah 40                  Jan 16
2. Where We’ve Been and What’s Coming – Isaiah 41-44      Jan 23
3. Cyrus, and God’s Mysterious Hand – Isaiah 44.24 – chap. 45 Jan 30
4. Bel, Nebo, and the Values that Enslave Us – Isaiah 46-48    Feb 14
[Skip Feb 6. Other forum topic tba]
5. The Servant of Yahweh – Isaiah 42, 49, 50, 52-53        Feb 20
6. Grieving Our Losses – Isaiah 49-50, 54                  Feb 27
7. A Joyful (but Different) Future – Isaiah 55 (and 56-66)      March 6 


Holiness and Heresy: Join Pastor Hallie for a six week survey of female mystics as we explore the mystical experience of God encoded through text, testimony, memory and witness. As a class, we’ll take a look at the writings, poetry, and visions of the mystics. We’ll take a look at gender and the ways these women have authored their spiritual authority (especially in relationship to the Church). To register for email updates about the class, please click here

January 19: Introduction- what is mysticism, and what does gender have to do with it? Beginning testimony and writings of the lives of saints: Felicitas and Perpetua, and the Desert Ammas 
January 26: Hildegard of Bingen and Hadewijch of Brabant
February 2: Mechthild of Magdeburg, Gertrude the Great, and Marguerite Porete 
February 9: No class (away for continuing education) 
February 16: Julian of Norwich and Teresa of Avila,
February 23: Modern Mystics

Midweek Renewal and Wednesday noon Bible study will begin again on January 19.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study: The Wednesday 9:30 a.m. Bible study has resumed in the Fireside room with our study of Proverbs-God’s wisdom for applying to our daily experiences and challenges. All are welcome to arrive at 9:15 for coffee and visiting. We encourage sharing insights, questions, and concerns. Join us! For information, contact Linda Durant (253) 363-8202, hotdouug@centurylink.net. Masks will be worn.
Fully Alive Bible Study: Fully Alive Bible Study meets Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. We will meet in the Fireside Room and study: Elohim: God the Creator, Yahweh Yireh: God the Provider, El Roi: The God who sees ME. These are just a few of the names of God. In our English Bible, the Supreme Being is called "God' or "LORD'. However, the original translations in Hebrew and Greek have a rich, full variety of names for God. We learn these names through different Biblical stories, and as we study them, we begin to experience the breadth of God's character. Join us as we explore the characteristics of God. For more information please contact Sherry Maiura 253-303-1681.
Congregational Care
Ongoing support groups are provided on Zoom during the month of January.

Caregiver Support group: Friday, January 21, at 10:30 a.m.

Grief Support group: Friday, January 28, at 11:00 a.m.

If you would like to join a support group please email Pastor Sigi at: sigi.helgeson@smlutheran.org.

Wellness Wednesday: It's a New Year! New class starting Wednesday, January 19, at 6 p.m. on Zoom. "Enhancing your health and wellness with spiritual practices" a 4 week course to learn more about what it is to connect with God and others through a spiritual practice or habit. 
 
"When we nourish our souls on a regular basis, we will have a greater sense of peace and have a better chance of manifesting the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Most people who do a spiritual practice regularly for several weeks will start to look forward to it each day, because what at first may seem like “work,” like another “should,” soon begins to be experienced as one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves. Caring for our souls, the essence of who we are, clearly deserves to be a top priority in our lives. "-Living Compass

Contact sigi.helgeson@smlutheran.org for more information and the Zoom link.
Earth Ministry to offer an online training session in faithful advocacy on Tuesday, January 11, 7-8:30 p.m.
Earth Ministry is a local multifaith organization, part of a national network that advocates for strong environmental policies and environmental justice. As a part of their Greening Congregations program, St. Mark’s has worked over the past several years to reduce our environmental impact through improvements and reductions in our use of energy and other resources. The advocacy aspect of Earth Ministry seeks to influence local and state-wide decisions that affect environmental conditions. This training session will provide support for those interested in speaking out on public policy issues.  Register for the Zoom link at:  Earth Ministry/WAIPL Faithful Advocacy Training. If you are unable to attend the session, register and receive access to a recording of the session for later viewing.
Chase the Chill Part 2!
Thanks to so many kind knitters and crocheters we have a growing supply of hats and scarves which means we can now start sharing the warmth and help chase the chill during these very blustery days of November. Please stop by the table in the Narthex on Sunday mornings and pick up a ziploc bag or two to take with you and then give to someone you see on the streets who might need and appreciate a hat or scarf, a granola bar and a bottle of water. Of course you can add whatever you want to the bag-an encouraging note, hand warmers, a small McDonald's or Safeway gift card. Thank you for helping us care for our community.
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