The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   November 2 , 2016 
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
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       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 Tonight!

5:00pm Little Angels Choir (CR)
5:15pm Dinner: 
Chef's Choice, Suggested Donation $5
5:30pm Joyful Noise Choir (CR)
6:00pm Praise Team Rehearsal (S)
6:00m Jubilation Choir, grades 3-5 (CR)
6:15pm Holy Moly (YR)
6:15pm Midweek Renewal (PCC)
7:30pm Prayer Service (PC)

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

Remembering Our Loved Ones

This coming Sunday, November 6 is All Saints Sunday . As we give thanks for all the saints who have gone before us, you are invited to bring a framed picture of a loved one who has died and then set the picture on one of the tables that we will place beside the altar. You may do this before the service begins or during the opening hymn. 

Refugee Support Team Needs

The Refugee Support Team is asking for household items to set up an apartment for our Ugandan refugee family in anticipation of their move to an apartment soon. 

Please, see the refugee support table  on Sunday  and check out the need for both home furnishing and smaller household items. If you have gently used or new items you can donate, simply pick up the card with the item listed and then bring the donations to church on Sunday, November 13. Thank you for this important welcoming act. It is truly appreciated.

Congratulations to our 2016 Confirmation Students.
Mary Elizabeth Bunch (Libby), Wilson High School, St. Mark's connection -parents Timothy Bunch and Bernadette Pratt, siblings Warren and Alexandra Bunch.
Mareila Noelle Duenhoelter¸ Bellarmine Prep, St. Mark's connection: parents Martin and Marcy Duenhoelter, sister Adelina Duenhoelter.
Katherine Fors, Stadium High School, St. Mark's connection: parents Bennett and Kelly Fors, brothers Bennett and William Fors.
Nicholas French, Science and Math Institute (SAMI), St. Mark's connection: parents Lory and Paul French, siblings Graham and Douglas French.
Rowan Gilje ,Peninsula High School, St. Mark's connection: parents Rachel Payne and Tor Gilje, sister Velle Gilje, grandparents Bjorn and Linda Gilje.
Ethan Haller, Science and Math Institute (SAMI), St. Mark's connection: Lory and Paul French and family, father Larry Haller.
Kirsten Iverson, Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA), St. Mark's connection: parents Roger and Cynthia Iverson, siblings Soren, Martin and Erik Iverson, extended family: Paul, Nina, Ella and Jack Banken.
Mae Marla Myklegard, Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA), St. Mark's connection: Jason and Avria Myklegard, sisters Ava and Greta Myklegard, extended family: Alison, Aiden and Jay Hamner.
Satchel Payne, Bellarmine Prep, St. Mark's connection: parents Robert and Jennifer Payne, siblings Molly, Nathan and Sam Payne.
Wyatt Reader, School of Industrial Design Engineering and Art (iDEA),St. Mark's connection:parents Scott and Kathleen.
Benjamin Shjerven, School of Industrial Design Engineering and Art (iDEA), St. Mark's connection: parents Ray and Rebecca Shjerven, siblings Sam and Maddie Shjerven, grandmother Anne Lucky, extended family: cousin Hunter Blakney.
Tove Johanna Trelstad-Larsen, Science and Math Institute (SAMI), St. Mark's connection: parents Marit Trelstad and Bjorn Larsen, brother Kai Trelstad-Larsen.

It's Bazaar Time!

There are many ways to be involved:
WED 11/2 6pm - preparing potatoes for Lefse

THUR 11/3 9am making Lefse

FRI 11/4 9am-2pm setting up the bazaar, or working in the kitchen - lunch included

SAT 11/5 8:30am-3pm work the Bazaar or kitchen crew 

SUN 11/6 12 noon- take down Bazaar items. 
Other ways to support:
Plan to make bake goods for the bazaar or luncheon :
Display containers will be available at the church office. Pies will go to kitchen for luncheon. 

Please bring your handicraft donations.   There will be a table in the Narthex, or you can drop them by the office. 

Handicraft ideas: aprons, pillows, hats, gloves, scarves, greeting cards, table top items, Fall and Christmas decor, Seahawks & college spirit items. 

Sign up  on Sunday in the Narthex.

Spread the word to shop the Bazaar 11/5 9am-2pm

St. Mark's Preschool Harvest Festival
St. Mark's Preschool will be celebrating Fall with a Harvest Festival on Thursday, November 10 5:30-7:30pm.  Preschool children will sing, dinner will be served (suggested donation is $5/person), and there will be several activities for families to do together.  Please sign up in the Narthex if you'd like to join us.  Questions, contact Anne Zimmerman (253) 752-4929.


We encourage all members of St. Mark's to vote as a key part of our responsibility as Christians to participate actively as citizens in our country.  We invite you especially to prayerfully consider our conversations this fall about our relationship to God and to the environment when you vote on such measures as mass transit (Proposition 1 on Puget Sound Transit) and carbon tax (Initiative 732).  St Mark's Peace and Justice Team

Wanted:  Lunch Buddies for DeLong Elementary!

You can make a difference in the life of a child!  The counselor at DeLong Elementary School has asked St. Mark's to provide more Lunch Buddies for this school year.  Each adult is matched with 2 fourth grade students whose teachers have identified as needing the gift of time from a caring adult.  You choose if you prefer to have girls or boys.

Volunteer chooses Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.  DeLong Elementary is near South 12th and Orchard Street.

Eat lunch with Buddy at 12:40 and spend recess time together until 1:30.   The relationship is limited to this time at the school and volunteers must pass a Volunteer Background Check with the Tacoma School District. 

About one hour each week seems "tiny."  I asked the counselor if she thought it really made a difference to the students.  "Yes!, you probably don't "see" the influence you have, but the teachers keep asking if there can be more Lunch Buddies."

You may be thinking that a school year is a large commitment.  And it is.  However, every Lunch Buddy for the past 4 years has missed some weeks because of travel.  They just let the teacher and students know in advance.

Consider this opportunity.  Contact me with questions and to volunteer.

Mary Olsen
253 752 2844

Children and Youth Faith Formation

Children's Faith Formation-9:45-10:45am in the CFC

5-12th grade Faith Formation-Sunday mornings
  • 5/6th grade class with Angelie and Irv Stahlnecker in Teal Room-12 Disciples
  • 7/8th grade Confirmation with Bruce and Carl in youth Room-Adiaphora (the Reformation continues)
  • 9-12th grade in the Fireside Room with Mike and Zach
Thursday, November 3 St. Mark's for youth grades 6-12
  • Youth group 5:30-6:30pm with Nate Nolting and Clara Eickoff
  • Youth choir 6:30-7:30p.m. in the Sanctuary with Cooper
SR ALYVE (9-12th grade) Pie Making Event!  Wednesday November 23rd 12:00-3:00 p.m. at the church. Cost: $5.00 per person. Sign up on the Youth Board by Nov. 16th if you are attending. Lunch is provided.
Thanks to everyone who assisted in making the 2016 Confirmation Brunch a success. We could not have done it without you.

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Forum-Sundays 9:45am in the Parish Commons Classroom
November 6- Healing the Heart of Democracy- This election season has been particularly difficult, and many of us feel worn down by the tone and content of the national political dialogue.  If you need stepping stones for emotional and intellectual healing, come join us we are introduced to Parker Palmer's approach to *"Healing the Heart of Democracy". "For those of us who want to see democracy survive and thrive-and we are legion-the heart is where everything begins: that grounded place in each of us where we can overcome fear, rediscover that we are members of one another, and embrace the conflicts that threaten democracy as openings to new life for us and for our nation." - (from the "Prelude" in Parker J. Palmer's Healing the Heart of Democracy).  Our conversation will be led by Michelle Marshman.
*Parker Palmer's book is the St Mark's Reads selection for January of 2017

Adult Class- Sundays 11am in the Parish Commons Classroom
November 6-20 , New 3 week series begins: "What Christ's prayers teach us about God" 
Jesus' prayers reveal his hopes and desires for our relationship with God.  Together we will study his prayers, as found in the gospels, and discuss their wisdom for us today.  Pastor Shjerven will lead the first session of the series.

Wednesday Midweek Renewal;  6:15pm in the PCC
Devotional Classics-Join us as we read and reflect on some classic devotional writers in the Christian tradition.  This week:  Julian of Norwich
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
Will be studying the Book of Acts.  For more information contact Ida Hagen, 253-759-0569 (

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

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