The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   May 31 , 2017 
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 Coordinator
Just Shopping

Just Shopping is an Internet Fundraising Program at St. Mark's. It's part of a three-tiered plan to eliminate our building debt by 2023. On-line purchase made through our website with affiliate companies helps pay off our building loan. Thank you for your support and please share this internet shopping opportunity with your family and friends! For more information, click here to visit our website. 


       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 Night Church Night 
5:00pm Little Angels Choir (CR)
5:15pm Dinner:
Taco Salad Bar, Suggested Donation: $5
5:30pm Joyful Noise Choir (CR)
6:00pm Praise Team Rehearsal (S)
6:00pm Jubilation Choir, grades 3-5 (CR)
6:15pm Holy Moly (YR)
6:15pm Midweek Renewal (PCC)
7:30pm Evensong (PC)

Childcare is provided from 5-8pm for children up to 5 years of age while parents attend meetings, Bible Study and worship.  

All Congregation Meeting this Sunday, June 4

Please join us for the semi-annual meeting of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows this Sunday, June 4 at 12:15pm in the Parish Commons! Lunch will be served, starting at noon and childcare will be provided. Our meeting will get started with lively marimba music and it will include many opportunities to celebrate and claim our common mission. During our time together, we will reflect on our annual theme of One Great Song, celebrate the success of our recent Capital Appeal, learn about recent monetary bequests that we have received, hear a report from our church treasurer, adopt a mission budget for the next fiscal year, elect people to serve in key positions on leadership boards at St. Mark's, celebrate the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking for our sanctuary, learn about grants awarded from our St. Mark's Endowment Fund, and hear about Pastor Ruud's upcoming sabbatical. In the course of the meeting, we will also enjoy sparkling cider and a special dessert. Our time together will conclude by 2pm.

Please Remember to Bring Your Learn, Serve, Grow Response Form the Church This Sunday!

In the month of May, we have been handing out our most recent booklet describing all the opportunities to Learn, Serve, and Grow at St. Mark's. If you haven't received one yet, you can click here to read it on our St. Mark's website. We are asking every member of our church family to prayerfully consider how you might use your God-given time and talent in the months ahead and then share that with us by returning the Learn, Serve, Grow Response Form which you received with your booklet. We will be gathering these forms during all three worship services this Sunday, June 4. If you need extra forms, just click here and download one for every member of your household. If you can't be with us this Sunday, please mail your form to us or drop it off at the church office on any weekday. We promise to follow up with all of you, and to make personal contact with everyone who indicates a desire to serve in a new way. 

25th Anniversary for Pastor Shjerven

Come help us celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Pastor Shjerven's ordination! There will be a program in the sanctuary, followed by a reception in the Parish Commons. We hope you can join us!

Habitat For Humanity Update!

A very big Thank You to everyone who is supporting Habitat's Building on Faith project this year. Thanks to the generosity of many people who made a monetary donation, we have raised enough money to be an official sponsor of the house! And, thanks also to the 45 people who have signed up to work at the house.
The start of construction has been delayed a little, but St. Mark's volunteers now have three possible dates to help build the house for Ma Moore and her four young children -- July 22, August 19, and September 9. If you haven't already signed up but would like to do so, it's not too late to join the fun! Please contact Deborah Herforth at  deborahherforth@yahoo.comor 206-372-1433.

Marimba Camp

Marimba Registration is open for adults and youth!
  • Adult Marimba Workshop: Saturday, June 3rd - morning or afternoon sessions.
  • Summer Youth Marimba Camp: Mon-Fri, August 21-25 (grades 2-12)
Cost: $50 per person

Forms are available on a table outside the church office, and can be turned in to Linda or Nicole in the office. Space is limited, so get your registration in soon!

Questions? Send to:

Care of Creation Summer Hikes

The Care of Creation committee is sponsoring four hikes this summer--one per month alternating between Fridays and Saturdays. The heavy precipitation (snow) this year will likely preclude getting above 5,000 feet until late July or early August. We can adjust the destinations as we get closer and know the conditions better.  The dates and tentative destinations are listed below.  

Saturday, June 24:  Rattlesnake Ledge, Packwood Lake, or Rampart Ridge

Friday, July 21:   Summit Lake

Saturday, August 5: Chinook Pass
Friday, September 8: Sunrise (Rainier) or Hurricane Ridge (Olympics)

We will meet at the church at 8 a.m. on the appointed days and form car pools.  Hikers should have water, sun cream, sun glasses, lunch, first aide, camera, extra clothing, good hiking shoes, and money to help defray the costs of gas for drivers.  We will not go if it is raining.
For more information contact: Tom Hulst 

Prayer Chain

We are re-establishing our Prayer Chain at St. Mark's and we welcome your participation.  The mission of the Prayer Chain is to communicate requests for prayers to a network of individuals who are committed to the ministry of prayer for people in need. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please send us your email and we will add you to the list. 
Memorial Services in the Coming Days

Thursday, June 1 at 1:00pm: Memorial Service for Marv Peterson
Friday, June 2 at 2:00pm: Memorial Service for Jeanne Forseth
Sunday, June 4 at 4:00pm: Memorial Service for Dennis Hulbert

One Great Song: The Book of Psalms

As we explore this year's congregational theme, "One Great Song", we turn our attention to Israel's songbook.  The Psalms are a collection of 150 songs and poems that have been sung and recited for more than 3,000 years. They are beloved by both Jews and Christians and have shaped the imagination and strengthened the faith of people.  Together we will drink from this deep well as we spend 5 weeks studying the Book of Psalms.  Note-There will be two opportunities to be part of this study:  Wednesdays at 6:15pm  or Sundays at 11:00am (beginning May 7th).  Questions?  Contact Pastor Shjerven 

L'Arche Summer Interns

L'Arche Tahoma Hope is looking for summer and yearlong assistants to join our community. As an assistant you will  provide direct care support to adults who have intellectual disabilities, foster unity and inclusion at home and in the broader community, and grow personally through relationships of mutual care and support. For more information, please email: or visit our website:

Vacation Bible School 2017

Mark your calendars!  VBS July 31-Aug. 4 Maker Fun Factory!  For children 4 year old (by July 1, 2017)-5th grade (2017-2018 school year). Registration opened April 30. Taking youth and adult volunteers who want to teach or lead. Contact Ingelaurie with questions or for more information.  Click here for the registration form. 

Children and Youth Faith Formation

The last day of Sunday school for children 3 years old to 12th grade is Sunday, June 11.
  Montana Team Potluck dinner- Everyone from Elementary to Servant Trip to High School Campers and their family.Wednesday June 14 5:30-7:00p.m. Bring a side dish to share, hot dogs, brats and beverages provided.
*All paper work should be into Ingelaurie by June 4 at the latest.
CYFF Ministry Team meeting-Tues. June 13 7:00p.m. in the Fireside Room.
Faith Formation for children Summer 2017!
Summer story time begins Sunday, June 25 through Sunday, August 27 during the "Word" portion of the service at 9:45a.m. Vacation Bible School-Maker Fun Factory will be heldJuly 31-Aug. 4 9:00a.m.- 12:15p.m. See the table in the Narthex for more information and how you can get involved in this fun faith formation program.
2018 ELCA Youth Gathering!   June 26-July 2, Houston TX. Details are on the youth board. Registration opens September 15.
Annual Music on the Lawn Fundraiser and Event will be held August 19th-youth and parents contact Jean Steingrebe to sign up to help and earn $$ for your trip. 

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Forum-Sundays 9:45am in the Fireside Room
June 4 -  Forum  with Bishop Jaech

Adult Class- Sundays 11am in the Fireside Room
June 4- The subject of this week's class will be Psalms. 

Wednesday Midweek Renewal; 6:15pm
May 31-  Tonight is the last Midweek Renewal class of the season!  
We will watch Part 2 of "The American Conscience: the Reinhold Niebuhr Story", a new documentary by Martin Doblmeier.  

Tuesday "Fully Alive" Bible Study; 5:15pm in the Fireside Room
led by Sherry Maiura. 

Women's Bible Study; 9:30 am in the Parish Commons Classroom
 5/31 We will end the Wednesday night program year with Martin Doblmeier's new film: "American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story". We are ladies of varying faith experiences who share insights and questions. Please join us! For more information, contact Linda Durant, 253-363-8202

Noon Wednesday Text Study Luncheon in the Parish Commons Classroom.  
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.

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