Weekly Newsletter | June 21, 2022
Worship at St. Mark's
Sunday Morning Worship
We gather in person each Sunday at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 a.m. in our sanctuary. 

Also, please remember that we will continue to offer an online worship service every Sunday at 10 a.m. As in the past, this will be a livestreamed on our Facebook page and also available on our St. Mark's website. 

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.

For recordings of the Bible study, sermons, matins, and more, please check out our podcasts on Podbean. You’ll be able to connect with Apple Music, Spotify, and more on the podbean website.
Fiscal Year-End Giving
As fiscal year (FY) 2021-2022 draws to a close, we want to be very deliberate to ensure your offerings are directed as you intend them to be.

  1. Please indicate to which fiscal year your gift should be applied (either FY21-22 ending June 30th or FY22-23 beginning July 1st). While this obviously does not affect anything from a tax perspective, it does affect our fiscal year-end financial results and – if you pledged – it determines to which pledge the gift is applied.
  2. For checks sent directly by a financial institution, we will record your offering on the date indicated on the check.
  3. For offerings received in offering envelopes with pre-printed dates, we will record your offering as of that pre-printed date (unless clearly indicated otherwise).
  4. As always, credit card donations will be recorded as of the date the charge was made.

Thank you for your faithful support of the ministry and mission of St. Mark's. Feel free to contact Pat Buck in the Church office (253-752-4966) with any questions.
Neighborhood Outreach Ministry Team
Please join us Tuesday, June 28, at 6 p.m. in the Youth Room for the revival of the Neighborhood Outreach Ministry Team. Pre-covid, we were beginning to imagine what this ministry could do to serve and engage with the neighborhood we are a part of. This is a great opportunity to bring new, creative ideas and be part of the visioning process. 

"Our goal is to focus attention on the congregational goal of being a public presence in our neighborhood. We explore ways to better understand and connect with the people who live in the vicinity of our church and to reach out to them with words and deeds of love.”

For more information contact Angelie Stahlnecker, xmaseve72@yahoo.com, 253-973-2590 or Pastor Sigi sigi.helgeson@smlutheran.org.     
Wedding Shower for Pastor Hallie
Thank you to everyone who signed up to attend Pastor Hallie's Wedding Shower this Wednesday, June 22, at 7 p.m. We will gather in the Parish Commons (at St. Mark's) for a Camping/hiking themed shower--filled with a couple games, an activity or two for children, and some fun camping theme treats. *Given by and for the Women of St. Mark's. 

If you aren't able to attend the shower please join in celebrating with Pastor Hallie and Nate for a wedding reception on Sunday, June 24, following the 11:00 a.m. worship service in the Parish Commons. 
NEW SONGBOOK from Cooper and Sarah Sherry
If you were not able to be at the book launch, and were hoping to own a copy of "Songs of Hope in the Wilderness" - the new collection of songs written during their 6 month sabbatical at Holden Village - it is available at www.evergreenhymns.com. Or, ask Cooper or Sarah for a copy and they will have them available at church if you wish to purchase one for yourself or a hymn-loving friend in your life.
St. Mark's Youth Marimba playing at Zimfest!
As you may be aware, our Youth Marimba Group has made great strides this year, and right now we're gearing up for their biggest show yet: a 30-minute set at the annual Zimbabwean Music Festival! That's right, Zimfest is returning to Washington state this month, and we're performing there! It is a very small festival, and bound to be even smaller during covid times, but it's still a major step for our youth group! The concert is free and open to the public, so if you want to come and show support, see details below.

What: St. Mark's Youth Marimba playing at Zimfest!
When: Saturday, June 25, 1:10-2:00pm
Where: Skagit County Fairgrounds, Mount Vernon, WA
Cost: Outdoor concerts are free of charge!
Tiny House Build this Summer – Week of July 25-29
In partnership with Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), St. Mark’s will be building Tiny Houses at St. Mark’s this summer during the last week of July. The team will consist of adults and youth entering high school (9th grade) in the fall or older. There will be work at all skill levels, so you don't have to be an expert to be a part of this. We hope you can join us for a week of fun, fellowship, and truly meaningful work. Click here to view our webpage with more information.

Please fill out the contact information form here if you're interested (and let us know if you're still not sure or definitely joining us). Or if you prefer a Word document you can fill this out and email it to us (melaniesummerour@gmail.com), or print it and bring it to church. We'll provide lots more details in the coming weeks but please ask us about any questions you have.
Thanks! Melanie Summerour, Sarah Moore, Jan Ruud, John Avery
Children, Youth, and Family Faith Formation
Splash into Summer with us!! VBS 2022 is August 1-5 from 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Registration will be CLOSING on June 30 for all students.
VBS is for students ages 4 years old (as of June 1, 2022) to students 5th grade (completed as of July 2022). For more information and to Register go here or check out the table in the Narthex/Foyer. 

VBS Volunteers are still needed--students grades 6-12th (completed) and adults of all ages are invited to sign up

Summer Camp--we leave this Saturday, June 25. See email from Ingelaurie Lisher on departure time. 

Sunday Morning Schedule for Children and Youth: 
We are done for the school year--stay tuned for start up information in September of 2022. If you are interested in teaching a session next year please let one of us know. Thank you to all who volunteered this year to teach--you made a difference in a child's life as we were able to be back in person this year for faith formation classes. 

Tacoma's Pride Festival--St. Mark's will be participating this year. Please see information in The Bridge from the GSA team for details. 

Please contact Ingelaurie Lisher(Director of Children, Youth and Family Faith Formation) at ingelaurie@smlutheran.org or Hollye Piercy(Sunday School Coordinator) at hollye.piercy@smlutheran.org with any questions.
Adult Faith Formation  

Bible study: We will look forward to beginning Wednesday noon bible study again on September 14.

In the summer months, we are taking a break from the pattern of our weekly faith formation. This means we will pause our forums and Wednesday evening faith formation through the summer. Instead, look for opportunities for urban pilgrimages (walks) with Pastor Sigi, care of creation hiking trips, women's camping and hiking, and young adult retreats. We look forward to resuming Midweek Renewal and Sunday morning forums in September.

Wednesday Morning 9:30 Bible Study is on summer break until fall. Then, we will continue our study of Joy, Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. Questions: Linda Durant (253) 363-8202, hotdouug@centurylink.net
Congregational Care
Walking for Wellness begins this Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Meet at the Peninsula Dune Park near the restrooms to walk around Point Ruston - all abilities are welcome. Please let Pastor Sigi know if you plan to walk so we can look for you. 

A walking group also meets in Gig Harbor. Contact Barb Haueisen for more information. barbhaueisen@yahoo.com

Support groups meet in the upstairs Fireside room. (A Zoom option is offered for those who prefer it.)

For more information contact sigi.helgeson@smlutheran.org
Save the date! Women's Hiking and Camping Trip
Women's hike/camp: July 7- at Silver Springs. Hosts/leaders: Tove Trelstad-Larsen and Pastor Sigi Helgeson. More information to come!
Care of Creation Summer Field Trips and Hikes UPDATED
On Friday, June 24, we will join with members of Port Angeles Trinity Lutheran on a field trip to the Elwha River.  After two decades of planning, the largest dam removal in U.S. history began on September 17, 2011. Six months later the Elwha Dam was gone, followed by the Glines Canyon Dam in 2014. Today, the Elwha River once again flows freely from its headwaters in the Olympic Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. You can revisit the story of the Elwha Dam removal by watching this video trailer.

To join this trip to the Elwha, participants will meet at the church upper parking lot at 7:30 a.m. We will form carpools and drive to the mouth of the Elwha for walk and speaker. Afterwards we will meet at Trinity Lutheran for lunch and midday prayer. The afternoon will include a walk on the Discovery Trail, visit to the museum and potentially a winery owned by a member of Holy Trinity prior to the drive back to Tacoma. The hikes on this trip will be short and level--not long and arduous. Could you please email Tom Hulst at thulst@live.com or Pastor Hallie at hallie.parkins@smlutheran.org to express interest in joining this field trip.

Please note also: we have changed the date of the July hike from Saturday, July 23 to Saturday, July 31. We have made this change so it doesn't conflict with Nativity House activities and the memorial of Connie Brown at the church.

Summary of Care of Creation Summer Field Trips and Hikes:

Elwha River-Port Angeles  Friday, June 24, 2022
Pinnacle Saddle and Reflection Lakes, Mount Rainier, Saturday, July 31, 2022
Sunrise areas, Mount Rainier, Saturday, August 20, 2022
Peace and Justice
Clothing needs for refugee family
St. Mark’s is sponsoring the Merzayee family, refugees from Afghanistan, and they continue to be very grateful for all the help they are receiving. As seasons change and children grow, they find themselves in need of clothing. See the sizes listed below. We are looking for basic clothes in new or lightly used condition. Gift cards are also welcome. If you can help, please contact Paula Friedmann, 253-222-4019, pfzebra@me.com

Rohullah Merzayee: men medium 
Zohra Merzayee: women XL 
Bushra Merzayee: girls 10-12 
Mitra Merzayee: girls 4-6 (XS) 
Farhan Merzayee: boys 4 
Newborn baby boy
Nativity House Update
Thanks to all who helped with meals in May for Nativity House guests. On 
May 12 we prepared and delivered 300 breakfast meals, and on May 28 we 
prepared and delivered 341 lunch meals -- 641 meals for the month! 
Thanks to all who participated and supported the effort. For those 
interested in helping out with Nativity House in June, we welcome you to 
join us -- no experience required. Upcoming events include:
* June 25, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: brunch burrito meal preparation (for 
4th Saturday lunch); location: St. Mark's kitchen
* June 25, 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.: sack lunch meal pickup; location: St. 
* flexible times/locations: remote volunteer activities, including bulk 
ingredients shopping and sack meal preparation (note: sack lunch meal 
kits available for easier meal preparation)

You can find more information about St. Mark's Nativity House ministry 
reach out to Melanie Summerour (melaniesummerour@gmail.com) or Peter 
Welcome Starter Kits for Youth

To wrap up our 5 welcome kits is as easy as 1,2,3

1. Bring everything in this week! Label “YHH” and drop them in the YHH bin at church any day or big things in the office during the week. 
2. We still need one set of towels so if you would like to donate some this week, go to this link. Also, if you have non-perishable snacks or drinks, no need to sign up. Just pop them in the YHH bin.
3. Write a welcome note to let these kids know we care and know that they have bright futures. Email the message to Roz at RozLM28@gmail.com and we will attach it to a card or write a card and place it in the YHH bin at St. Mark's this week. 
Questions? Roz Lueck-Mammen text/call (253) 312-1147. Thank you!
Notable KOMO News Story
Click here to see a KOMO news story featuring Sylvia Lee Thompson and her husband, Chris, discuss her Alzheimer's diagnosis.
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