The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   October 25 , 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. 


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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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Wednesday Night Church Night Tonight!
Dinner-  5-6:30pm 
Suggested Donation $5: Chef's Surprise
Little Angels- 5-5:30pm
Joyful Noise- 5:30-6pm
Jubilation- 6-6:45pm 
Holy Moly- 6:15-6:45pm 
Midweek Renewal- 6:15-7:15pm 
Holy Moly - 6:15-6:45pm
Evensong- 7:30-8:00pm 

Midweek Renewal, Wednesday at 6:15pm

Sophia, the Wisdom of God:   Tonight we will look at biblical passages in which the Wisdom of God, "Sophia" in the Greek, is personified.  Who is this mysterious figure, and what does she have to teach us about God?  Bring your dinner and your curiousity to the Parish Commons Classroom at 6:15!
A Global Journey of Commemoration

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) invites you on a journey around the world to witness the member churches commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. From 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. EDT on Oct. 31, LWF will broadcast a livestream of worship services from its seven regions. The livestream will show the rich diversity and unity of the 145 Lutheran churches that make up the communion. View the festivities on
Joint Catholic/Lutheran Worship Service

Joint Catholic/Lutheran worship service:  "New Birth/Living Hope", Tuesday, November 14th, 7pm, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish, 7112 S 12th St, Tacoma

As we remember both the joys and sorrows of the centuries since the Protestant Reformation, Lutheran and Catholic Christians come together to worship our common Savior.  This service is the outcome of a year of conversations between church leaders from many parishes in Pierce County, including St. Mark's (Pastor Ruud, Pastor Shjerven and Deacon Ingelaurie Lisher will all be a part of the service).  Everyone is invited to participate in this historic worship service!  (If you would like to sing in an intergenerational mass choir, please arrive at St. Charles at 6pm)

Family Housing Network Adoptions

Family Housing Network is looking for donors to adopt families to provide Thanksgiving baskets and/or Christmas gifts this coming holiday season. They hope to provide for 70 to 80 families this year. Information about family size and gift preferences will be provided. A $50 limit had been placed on individual Christmas gifts. If you would like to make a difference for one of these families, please contact Kevin Gavalis at  or 253-244-4653 by November 3. Thank you!
Family Housing Network Coming December 30th

St Mark's will again host up to five homeless families December 30, 2017 to January 6, 2018.   Volunteers are needed to prepare rooms, host the families, provide meals, help with childcare and clean up at the end of the week! Thanks to all of the faithful volunteers who have committed to this ministry over the last four years. We welcome new volunteers to join us! See the signup table in the Narthex.-Elizabeth Skarshaug

Chase the Chill
We will continue to donate hats and scarves during the fall and winter. During these months please leave your finished items on the table outside the office and feel free to pick up another skein or two of yarn for your next project. Thank you! 

Kairos Weekend Thank You!

God would like to say 'Thank You, I heard you' in response to the 40 or so folks who signed up to pray for the Kairos weekend at Stafford Creek Corrections Center recently. He was certainly in attendance, and the prayers were definitely appreciated...those in attendance were amazed to know that so many folks were praying for them over the weekend. God was in charge...Satan was there...a good sign as he does not bother if God is not being glorified. God was glorified and folks were brought closer to Him.

--Jerry Foss

Christmas Wreaths

Troop 216 Boy Scouts will be selling Christmas wreaths in the church foyer on October 29th.  Prices are the same as last year, thank you for your support.  

Interfaith Women's Tea

October 20th at 6:30 pm UP Library.  Please RSVP

News From Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community

Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community would like to invite the congregation of St Mark's to participate in classes at the Chihuly Family Art Center on the TLRC campus. We have many wonderful offerings as listed below. To join a class or for more information, please call Diane Schurr at 253-267-5760.
Wednesdays at 1:00 - Ceramics
Fridays at 10:00 - Acrylic Painting
Saturdays at 9:30 - Pen and Ink Drawing
Tuesday, Oct 24 - Card Making
Mondays at 1:00 - Come and bring your knitting or other handwork
We look forward to having you join us for a class soon!

Bandage Rolling Group
We have a bandage rolling group that meets at the Art Center at Tacoma Lutheran every Wednesday morning from 10 to 11.  If you can spare an hour to help us it would be wonderful.  The bandages are shipped to Global Health Ministries in Minneapolis and from there around the world to Lutheran Hospitals.  They are gratefully received 
as these are very needed.  Elaine Rodning

Women of St. Mark's Bazaar!

Our Annual Bazaar is on Saturday, Nov. 4th.  We will be selling handmade items, books and collectibles.  We will be serving Swedish pancakes for breakfast and soup for lunch brought to you by the Wascher's.  We will need pies for the lunch and lots of baked items to sell at the Bazaar.  

Please join us for Lefse making on Thursday, Nov 2nd, or join us on Friday, Nov. 3rd for set-up.  Fill put a sign-up sheet to help us prepare for the Bazaar.

This Bazaar helps our congregation and our community.  Sign-up sheets to help or just let us know what you are contributing to sell at the Bazaar.  Visit our table in the Narthex to fill out a sheet.  Great time to recycle your books and find something new!  

Items can be dropped off at the church on Friday Nov 3rd.  We don't have a lot of storage space so please try to bring everything to the church on Friday.  We will be setting up the Parish Commons and pricing items that day.

Children and Youth Faith Formation
Congratulations to our 2017 9th grade students who will affirm their baptisms at 11:00 this Sunday.
Jack Banken, Amber Gainey, Robert Heckard, Grace Laubach, Kellen Meade, Ava Montgomery, Anna-Liisa Mayor, Carl Reese and Abby Reiser.
Wednesday Nights at St. Mark's for children preschool age to 5th grade:
  • Little Angel's Choir (Preschool/Kindergarten): 5:00-5:30pm
  • Joyful Noise Choir (1st-2nd gr.): 5:30-6:00pm
  • Jubilation Choir (3-5th gr.) 6:00-6:45pm
  • Holy Moly for children 5-8yrs old 6:15-6:45pm
Thursday Nights at St. Mark's for youth grades 6-12:
  • 6:30pm Youth Choir meets this week with Cooper in the Sanctuary or Choir Room.
3rd year Confirmation students:
  • Tonight! Wednesday, Oct. 25 Serve Dinner at Peace Community Center. Meet at St. Mark's at 4:45pm, we will return by 6:45pm.
  • Saturday, Oct. 28 10-11:30am Brunch/Rehearsal for students and families at St. Mark's. RSVP by Oct. 22
  • Sunday, October 29 Affirmation of Baptism during the 11:00am worship service. Plan to arrive at St. Mark's by 10:30am.
8-12th grade youth...It's not too late to register for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering!   June 26-July 2, Houston TX. Details, costs, registration form, etc. are on the youth board. Non-refundable deposit of $150.00 due by ASAP to reserve your spot. Questions? Contact Ingelaurie Lisher at 253-752-4966

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Forum-Sundays 9:45am in the Parish Commons Classroom
Oct 2: Living Lutheran in the Pacific Northwest: What Happens When the Distinctive Marks of Lutheran Theology Intersect with the Culture and Landscape of the Pacific Northwest.  Led by Pastor Ruud.  

Adult Class- Sundays 11am in the Fireside Room
This Fall, as our 11am Adult Class, Dr. Traci Drake will offer Year 1 of Crossways, a faith-enriching, life-changing course that serves as your 'road map' for an unforgettable journey through the entire Bible.   To order the set of Learner books, please contact the church office.    The cost for books each trimester is $20.  Participants are asked to cover whatever part of that cost they are able to pay.

Wednesday Midweek Renewal; 6:15pm
Sophia, the Wisdom of God:   Tonight we will look at biblical passages in which the Wisdom of God, "Sophia" in the Greek, is personified.  Who is this mysterious figure, and what does she have to teach us about God?  Bring your dinner and your curiousity to the Parish Commons Classroom at 6:15!
Tuesday "Fully Alive" Bible Study; 5:15pm in the Fireside Room
We will begin with a Biblical search: "Who am I in God's Eye" Please join us.

Women's Bible Study; Wed. 9:30 am in the PCC1
We are ladies with varying faith and bible experiences, who help each other by sharing our questions and insights.  With our current study, As It Is in Heaven by Greg Laurie, a thought-provoking book, we are studying God's will for us here on earth.   For more information, contact Linda Durant, , or (253) 363-8202.

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

Member Notes and News

Elizabeth Busch-Conway and Eleanor Sherry will be participating in a Piano Trios Recital at the Annie Wright Schools.  Elizabeth will perform Saturday, October 28th at 3pm. Eleanor will perform Sunday, October 29th at 3pm There are no ticket sales but donations are accepted at the door.  

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