The Bridge
The Weekly Newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
 June 6 , 2018 
Sunday Worship      
8:30 a.m. Blended
9:45 a.m. Contemporary
11:00 a.m. Traditional
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Music Ministry
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Manager of Finance and Operations
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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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Please Join Us For an All Congregation Dinner and Meeting This Sunday Afternoon!

We are asking all members of St. Mark's to join us for dinner together followed by the semi-annual meeting of our congregation this   Sunday, June 10, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Highlights include a delicious meal, marimba music, special activities for children (including a bounce house in the lower parking lot), childcare for young children, a blessing of our new preschool playground, and an important meeting where we hear updates on ministry, elect leaders, and adopt a ministry budget for the next fiscal year. We promise to be done by  6:30 p.m., because we know that this is important for families with children. 

If you haven't already signed up, please do so at this link:

Thanks! We hope to see you  on Sunday.

Member Picture Directory

Our congregation has grown and changed in the last four years since our picture directory was made, which means it's time to put together a new one! Lifetouch Photography will again be creating this resource for us. You will receive a complimentary 8x10 photo and a copy of the new directory just by having your picture taken. Pictures will be taken on  June 19-23 and July 11-14 . Please stop by the table in the Narthex  on Sunday  to schedule your appointment or schedule online at:

Thank you!

Marimba Summer Camps

Back by popular demand, two Marimba experiences are being offered this summer for both children and adults:
  • Adult Marimba Workshop: Saturday, June 9
  • Youth Marimba Camp (3rd through 12th grade): August 20-24
  • Registration Fee: $50.00 (cash or check)
Registration is available with Linda or Katie in the church office. There is limited space, so we encourage people to register early for both children and adults. 

Care of Creation 2018 Hikes

The next Care of Creation hike will be Friday, June 22. We will form car pools and leave the church parking lot at 8 a.m. and return at about 6 p.m. in the evening.  We will make the decision about our destination based on snow levels and other trail conditions as we get closer to the actual date. Be sure to have good footwear, water, sunscreen, camera, and lunch. The hike could include Eunice Lake, Plummer Peak (Mt. Rainier), or Nisqually Delta. We Look forward to the time together that day.

Care of Creation Hikes will average 4-7 miles (round trip) and will not exceed 1200 feet in elevation gain. Any questions please feel free to call or email Tom Hulst ( or   (253) 460-2683 ). 

Women of St. Mark's

Dates for Craft Nights for the summer and fall have been set to help prepare items to sell at the Bazaar.

Mark your calendars! Our first session will be on  June 29 from 6 p.m. till 9 p.m.  We will meet in the Fireside Room for a fun night of crafting.  Come for laughter and conversation. Project to be determined.

The following sessions will be on  July 27August 31September 28, and October 26. Times will be the same. Mark your calendars and join us when you can. Sessions are open to all!

We will be "Stuffing Stuff," making Snowman Chocolate Bars and Popcorn Snowmen, and have at least one night for sewing table mats. If you have an idea for something we can make, give me a call or send me an email.  Barbara Meyers, or 253-370-4251.

Third Quarter Summer Fun

Those in the third quarter of life, ages 50 - 75ish are invited to share hope, laughter, and love through active events.

Thursday, June 14, 6:00 p.m. potluck picnic at Point Defiance Park Rose Garden. Please bring something to sit on. The rose garden is between Waterfront Dr. and Roberts Garden Dr. near the Pearl St. entrance. You may want to park soon after you enter the park and walk over to rose garden area. Meet near restrooms at south end of rose garden area.  In case of rain or questions you may call Lori at 503-428-4812.

Thursday, July 12, 6:50 p.m. Rainiers game at Cheney Stadium. Please eat beforehand or plan on buying concession food. We will meet by the ticket windows at  6:50 p.m. and each buy our own $15.50 general admission ticket. The game starts at  7:05 p.m. against Fresno. 

Thursday, August 9, 5:45 p.m. Happy Hour dinner at Duke's, 3327 Ruston Way. Optional bike ride meet at Duke's lot at  5:00 for leisurely cycling along Ruston Way before happy hour.

St. Mark's Preschool

St. Mark's Preschool is looking to hire a fun, team-oriented PreK teacher with at least two years of experience teaching 4-5 year olds. PreK teachers work M-Th from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pay will be between $14-$17/hr DOE. Please be prepared to provide a resume as well as three references. We look forward to hearing from you soon! 
Contact: Anne Zimmerman, St. Mark's Preschool Director,, 253-272-4929.

St. Mark's Preschool is accepting registration forms for the 2018-2019 school year! 

Children and Youth Faith Formation
Sunday, June 10, is the last day of regular Sunday school for the school year. Thanks to all of our Sunday school teachers for children 3 years old to 12th grade and to Diana Busch and Cooper Sherry for leading music over the year.

Children 5 years old to 3rd  grade are invited to participate in Summer Story time  beginning  June 24 during the 9:45 a.m.  service. Please begin in worship and you will be dismissed before the reading of the lessons.

2018 Houston Meetings:  Wednesday, June 13, 5-6:30 p.m. BBQ dinner (youth, parents and adult leaders) at the Lisher/Sadler home-RSVP by Sunday, June 10Sunday, June 24, 11:00 a.m. Blessing in Worship.

Headed to Flathead this summer (July 22-27) with St. Mark's? Look for an email with details coming your way soon from Pastor Rebecca or Ingelaurie. 

Travel Adventure VBS 2018
We need adult and youth volunteers to help create a fun and safe VBS this year!  
Please register to volunteer online at  or contact Celesta Smith at .

Adult Faith Formation

Sunday, June 10, 9:45 a.m.  Adult Forum: Pastor Ruud will be sharing his experience at Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington DC this past April. The focus of the gathering was advocacy for Refugees and Immigrants. Pastor Ruud attended this event in his role as the Bishop's Representative for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relationships. Come and hear more!

Women's Bible Study Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. (9:15 for coffee, visiting) in the PCC
We are ladies of varying faith, Bible, and life experiences, who help each other by sharing our questions and insights.  We are currently studying Discovering God's Will for Your Life. Join us! For more information, contact Linda Durant, or  (253) 363-8202.

Wednesday Noon Text Study Luncheon in the PCC
Gather for lunch, conversation, and study around the texts that will be heard in worship the following Sunday. Conversation will be guided by who will be preaching, and by the insights and questions of the group.

Peace and Justice

Habitat for Humanity
Once again this year a team of volunteers from St. Mark's will help build a Habitat for Humanity house along with groups from local churches -- appropriately, the project is called "Building on Faith." The house is also part of the Thrivent Builds program this year and will be located in the Tillicum neighborhood of Lakewood, near JBLM. Tentatively, our workday will be Saturday, July 14, and like last year, we will probably have additional dates in August and September.  If you missed our display in the narthex on April 29, it's not too late to sign up as a member of our team! Please contact Tom Geary or Deborah Herforth for information or details. You can reach them by email at or .

Bandage Rolling for Global World Ministries
Tacoma Lutheran would welcome a few new folks to help make bandages for Global World Ministries. A team of people meets at the Tacoma Lutheran Chihuly Family Art Center every Wednesday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 to cut and roll bandages which are then shipped out to be used where most needed; most recently to Africa. All materials are supplied. If you are interested just come to the art center on Wednesday at 10:00. If you have questions you can call Diane Schurr at 253-267-5760. Thank you!

Speak Up: Moral Voices

The Peace and Justice Committee at St. Mark's suggests we all consider using our moral voices to advocate for justice in the following areas: food, housing, creation, and immigration. 

There is a free, family-friendly care of the ocean event at Foss Waterway Seaport on  Sunday June 10, open between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you cannot attend, please click on Ocean Stories, then Ocean Actions from the link above to see what else you can do.  Another way to speak up and take action is through the ELCA Advocacy information provided here.

Prayer Shawl Knitters

Prayer Shawl Knitters will not meet during the summer. We will resume 
September 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room. Have a wonderful summer and bring your shawls and knitting with you when we meet next. We welcome new and experienced knitters. Contact: Torun Parker 253-759-7830.

365 Days of Christmas

Remember St. Mark's children's tree decorating when you take your summer trip or do any travels this year.  Bring back a tree ornament that we can place on the World Tree in the downstairs entry. These ornaments from other countries or states will be enjoyed every year by our Sunday School and preschool children. Baskets collecting these ornaments are in the main office and the downstairs entry by the Sunday School rooms.  We will be reminding you of an ornament  contribution until November of this year. Thanks for your help.

Member Notes and News

St. Mark's member, Leischen Moore, will be appearing as Eliza Dolittle in the classical musical, My Fair Lady. Performances  run through June 10 at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. For tickets or more information visit

Church Office Hours

The church office is open  Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-noon, 1:00-4:00 p.m . and  Sunday from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

*The door to the office is locked during preschool hours (8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.); please knock or ring the doorbell and someone will let you in promptly!

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