The Bridge
The Weekly Newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
 June 13 , 2018 
Sunday Worship      
8:30 a.m. Blended
9:45 a.m. Contemporary
11:00 a.m. Traditional
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St. Mark's Staff
Sigi Helgeson, Visitation
Ingelaurie Lisher, Youth and Family
Music Ministry
Contemporary Music Ministry
Manager of Finance and Operations
Office Coordinator
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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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Weekly Walking for Wellness on Wednesdays

Begins Wednesday,  June 20,  and will go throughout the summer. Those who are interested will meet at  3:30 p.m.  in front of the Wellness Center at TLRC and go for a short, easy walk around the neighborhood. Please sign up in the church office or on the back table in the Narthex. All are welcome to come (wheelchairs and walker friendly), this will be an accessible walk. Questions? Contact Pastor Sigi Helgeson, , or call the church office.

Your Long-Term Maintenance Dollars Hard at Work!
Beginning next week, you'll start seeing some improvements in our upper and kitchen parking lots. On Monday, June 18, and Tuesday, June 19, a contractor will replace patches of deteriorated asphalt with nice, new smooth ones! This will help accessibility as we remove tripping hazards and protect our paving from further deterioration by the elements. It is likely you will be able to maneuver around the cones to still park in the upper lot - but don't forget the lower lot is available. Stay tuned for sealcoating of all our lots the first week in July! Please contact Jennifer Droubay in the Church office (253-752-4966) with any questions.

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 Camp

Back by popular demand, a Marimba experience is being offered this summer for children:
  • 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.

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

Thank you to the Women of St. Mark's for donating over $560.00 for Blast off for Books as part of the offering for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. Sixty-four books were ordered, which will go to reading programs at Houston area elementary schools.

Congratulations to our 2018 College/University Graduates!
  • Eric DeLorme--University of Washington, Bachelors degree in Public Health
  • Owen Huelsbeck--Santa Clara University, Bachelors degree in Philosophy
  • James Kennedy--Central Washington University,  Bachelor of Arts in  Anthropology and Bachelor of Arts in Law and Justice.  Certificate in Forensic Science
  • Molly Payne--University of Washington, Bachelor of Science in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences 
  • Claire Wiley--Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Arts in Math and a minor in Economics
Summer Story time begins June 24  and runs through  August 26  at the  9:45  hour for children five years old to 3rd  grade (incoming). Younger children need to bring an adult.

2018 Houston Meetings: BBQ tonight,  Wednesday, June 13, at the Lisher/Sadler home-- 5:00-6:30 p.m.Sunday, June 24, 11:00 a.m. Blessing in Worship-wear your Gathering T-shirt. 
Mark your calendars: Music on the Lawn Event and Fundraiser,  Saturday, August 25, 3:00 p.m. at the Reynolds. Tickets available soon.

Travel Adventure VBS 2018
We are busting at the seams with kids signed up for VBS! VBS is officially FULL, however, we have started a waitlist.  Your support in one of the following ways would be greatly appreciated:
  •  Adult and/or Youth volunteers (10-12 more needed).
  • We are looking for the following items:  Pop-up/EZ-UP tents (to be borrowed only), fake flowers (donate or borrow), Mexican-style blankets (donate or borrow), fruit (grapes, apples, tangerines/cuties), used CDs (donate).

Adult Faith Formation

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.  Please contact Tom Geary or Deborah Herforth for information or details. You can reach them by email at or .

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. 

Please join Associated Ministries at its call to action meeting as we work together to help end homelessness.  Thursday, June 21, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1211 S. "I" St, Tacoma. 

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.

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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