Weekly Newsletter | September 7, 2021
Worship and Devotions
Welcome Back to In-Person Sunday Morning Worship
We will continue to gather 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. 
Sabbatical Presentation: from Cooper, Sarah, and Eleanor Sherry
On Sunday, September 12, at 3:00 p.m. in our Parish Commons, all are invited to attend a presentation on the 6-month sabbatical that Cooper, Sarah, and Eleanor Sherry spent at Holden Village last year. Cooper will play live renditions of various movements of the "Holden Piano Suite" which he composed and published while in the village. Sarah will share new hymns she wrote and which Cooper set to music, along with slides of their time together in the wilderness. Eleanor will present gifts of her own creation to our amazing St. Mark's preachers, and share what it was like to be the only student in the Holden Village School. All three will extend their gratitude to the St. Mark's community with various forms of sharing and testimony of this unique time of retreat and renewal in the remote Cascades. We hope you can be there!
Fall Music Ministries for Adults and Youth
Music ministries for all ages will resume in September. Below are the start times for each:

Adult groups:
· Sept 9 (Thurs) - Celebration Ensemble, 7:30-9 p.m. (8:30 choir)
· Sept 14 (Thurs) - St. Mark's Ringers, 6:00 p.m. (bell choir)
· Oct 3 (Sun) - Canticle Choir, 10:00am (11:00 choir)
Children and Youth:
· Sept 15 (Wed) - Kid's Choir, 5:30-6:15 p.m. (K-5th grade)
· Sept 19 (Sun) - Zoom Kid's Choir, 5 p.m. (K-5th grade)
· Sept 23 (Thurs) - Youth Choir, 6:30 p.m. (6-12th grade)
· Sept 23 (Thurs) - Youth Marimbas, 7:30 p.m. (6-12th grade)

All are welcome! Contact Cooper Sherry for more information, or to let him know you are interested, at cooper.sherry@smlutheran.org. For the bell choir, please contact Karen Moats at kmoats@harbornet.com.
Children, Youth, and Family Faith Formation
Preschool-4th grade Sunday Morning Faith Formation begins Sunday, September 19, at 9:45 a.m. in the Lower CFC/Preschool Wing. See email sent out to families from Hollye Piercy.
Join our teaching team...youth (grades 10 +) and adult volunteers are needed to help lead small class groups on Sunday mornings September 19-December 19; January 9-March 27; April 10-June 5. 

5/6th grade and 7/8th grade begin Sunday, September 19, at 9:45 a.m.: Locations TBA Schedule: September 19 & 26; October 10, 17, 24 & 31; November 14 & 21; December 12 & 19. 

9th grade (3rd year Confirmation) students: Sundays at 9:45 a.m.  September 26, October 3(worship with families), October 10, 17, and 24. October 31 Reformation Sunday with Affirmation of Baptism at 11:00 a.m. in person. 

All 10-12th grade youth and 9th graders after 10/31: due to teachers/adult volunteers and spacing needs this group will begin meeting weekly at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, November 14. Class dates: November 14 & 21; December 12 & 19.
ALL children and youth 3 years old-12th grade: Worship with Family dates (trying something new): October 3, November 7, December 5. Holiday Weekend: November 28.

Podcasts and overviews of lessons will be offered during the fall months for students 5-12th grade.

Confirmation: 7/8th grade (1st and 2nd year students)--7th grade Rite of Welcome and  8th Grade Rite of Renewal--take, time, location, and format TBA.  
Youth Groups:
6-8th grade Youth Group on Thursday nights-- 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month 5:30-6:30 p.m. in person—outside as much as possible: October 7 & 21; November 4 & 18; December 2 & 16. Hearty snacks/appetizers provided. Youth Choir/Marimba Schedule TBA. 

The Well—youth group for high school (9-12th gr) students: 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month 6:30-7:30 p.m. OUTSIDE at Ingelaurie and Bruce’s home. We begin September 19; October 3 & 17; November 7 & 21; December 5. Appetizers and Dessert provided—please dress for the weather (we have a covered patio and fire pit/heater).

Other youth events and activities will be scheduled soon.
Adult Faith Formation

Pub Theology: Young adults, you are invited to Pub Theology next Tuesday, September 7, at 7:15 p.m. at McDuffs with Pastor Jan. Looking forward to seeing you soon! 

Season of Creation: Sunday Forums
Join us this fall for a series of care of creation forums, featuring guest speakers and St. Mark's members. Forums will begin at 10 a.m. in the Parish classroom on the following Sunday mornings: 

September 12 "Fire Sunday" with Oscar Espinosa
September 19 "Earth Sunday" with Maddie Smith 
Join Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light for a workshop to learn more about putting your faith into action right here in Tacoma for climate and environmental justice. Together we'll talk about how people of faith can advocate for strong protections from fossil fuel expansion and be in solidarity with the Puyallup Tribe.
September 26 "Air Sunday" speaker TBA 
October 3 "Water Sunday" with Rochelle Gandour-Rood 

Finally, mark your calendars for a zoom-hybrid forum with Celtic author John Phillip Newell on Sunday, October 17, at 4 p.m. More details to follow soon. 
Congregational Care
For those who have lost a loved one or have experienced a significant loss we are offering a 5 week class on grief: “Journey through Grief and Loss” starting on Tuesday September 14, at 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. And these following Tuesdays- September 2,  October 5, 12, and 19. The class will be offered at the church “in person” and may be offered via Zoom to those who would prefer that option.
For more information about the class and to register contact Pastor Sigi.

Caregiver support meets Friday, September 17, at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom.
If you are caring for a loved one and would like to join this support group please contact Pastor Sigi for the Zoom link. 
Refugee Needs
St. Mark’s will soon be sponsoring a refugee family, and we are laying the groundwork for welcoming them. Please consider the following needs:
Transportation/moving teams: We need trucks and workers capable of moving furniture. We’ll first be moving donated furniture into storage, then later moving it to the family’s new home. 
Furniture donations: We will need living room, dining room and bedroom furnishings for the family. If you are ready to downsize, this is your opportunity to give your used things a good home.
If you can help with any of these needs, please contact Paula at 253-222-4019, pfzebra@me.com.
Fully Alive Bible Study
Fully Alive Bible Study will resume our weekly meetings on Tuesday, September 14, at 5:15 p.m. in the Fireside Room. 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.
St. Mark’s Care of Creation Camp Out September 9-11 at Silver Springs on Highway 410
The September Care of Creation camp-out is scheduled for Silver Springs on Highway 410 near Sunrise beginning Thursday, September 9, and extending through Saturday, September 11. Campers and visitors are welcome to visit any time during the three-day period. Campsites are reserved and available on a first come-first served basis. We will visit Sunrise in Mount Rainier National Park on Friday and Chinook Pass on Saturday. We are excited to announce that author Jeff Antonelis-Lapp will be with us at Sunrise Friday morning for an interpretive talk that will include early people, flora, fauna, and geology of the mountain. Also, we plan fellowship and vespers together in the evenings. There is a place to sign up for the camp-out in the Bridge newsletter. Or you may contact Hallie Parkins or Tom Hulst (thulst@live.com) directly to them know if you are planning to attend and which nights you want to reserve. The campsite fees have been paid but there is a cost of $10 for each vehicle parked onsite.  This will be a great time of fellowship and refreshment in Mount Rainier National Park.
The schedule for the three days can be viewed on this attachment. Additional information will be provided by email for everyone who signs up for the weekend.  Don't hesitate to write or call Hallie Parkins or Tom Hulst with any questions at all about the camp-out. Tom’s cell is 253-227-9665.  A look at the campground at Silver Springs can be viewed here.  
Worship Volunteers Needed
Would you like to volunteer to be a part of worship services as a greeter, usher, lector, or communion assistant? We need you and would love to include you in this important ministry. Call the office at 253-752-4966, email linda.mckeller@smlutheran.org, or drop by the office any morning from 8:30-12:30 to sign up to be involved in the worship service of your choice. Thanks!
Altar Flowers
Would you like to donate flowers for the altar in honor or memory of a person, event, or special occasion? You can sign up on the flower chart calendar on the board outside the office door. Questions? 253-752-4966. Thank you!
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