The Bridge
The Weekly Newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
 March 14 , 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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Plans For Giving In 2018-2019

The Stewardship Packet that is being distributed this week contains a Plan for Giving in 2018-2019, and we are asking everyone to please bring that with you to worship this coming  Sunday, March 18. Making a Plan for Giving is an important way to connect our gratitude to God and our trust in God's providence with the daily ministry of the church we love and support. There are extra Stewardship Packets at the Welcome Center in the Narthex. Thanks!

Wednesday Church Night Tonight

5:00-6:30 p.m. Dinner: Mac & cheese, hot dogs, cole slaw, applesauce
   Suggested donation: $5
5:00-5:30 p.m. Little Angels Choir (Preschool-K)
5:30-6:00 p.m. Joyful Noise Choir (Grades 1-2)
6:00-6:45 p.m. Jubilation Choir (Grades 3-5)
6:00 p.m. Praise Team Rehearsal
6:15-7:20 p.m. Mid-week Renewal 
6:15-6:45 p.m. Holy Moly
7:30 p.m. Evensong Lent Compline Service

Interfaith Seder Meal at Temple Beth El

We have been invited to an Interfaith Seder Meal at Temple Beth El on 
Tuesday, March 27th at 6:00 p.m. This will take the place of the Seder meal that we have served at St. Mark's on Maundy Thursday
 for many years. The gathering will include people from several worshipping communities, and the members of Temple Beth El will reserve forty places for those of us who are coming from St. Mark's. There will be a si gn-up sheet in the narthex on  Sunday, March 18, beginning at  9:30 a.m.

New Pantry Work in Progress!

Some of you may already have noticed some construction activity in the hall between the kitchen and  the nursery. We are so excited to be starting a largely in-house conversion of the older, existing  women's bathroom/laundry space into a more functional multiuse pantry with a walk-in refrigerator. The bathroom that is currently men-only will become a family-friendly bathroom with a changing table. The funds for this project have been saved over a number of years. We are thankful for gifts from the Women of St. Mark's, memorial funds given in honor of Doris Larsen, and Council directed funds from a  recent undesignated bequest. In the meantime, please pardon our dust!

Easter Choir

St. Mark's Friends!
It is that wonderful time of year again where ALL OF YOU are invited to be part of the annual Easter Choir. This is our annual opportunity to come together for great community music and fun to present splendid singing on a large scale for Easter Sunday. 

If you want to be part of the choir, please check this website we've put together with all of the needed information:

If you like, you can shoot me an email to let me know you are coming, or, simply show up! Don't worry if you missed a rehearsal. I'll smile either way and hand you some music. 

Hope to see you soon!

Thrivent Choice Dollars - Don't Let Them Expire!

Are you a member of Thrivent Financial who's eligible to direct Choice Dollars?  Would you like to  designate them for St. Mark's?  If so, simply go to to learn more or call 800-
847-4836 and say "Thrivent Choice" after the prompt. Our church is listed on the Thrivent webpage as " St Marks by the Narrows Lutheran Church." Every dollar directed to St. Mark's will be applied to our
Mortgage Principal Retirement Fund, unless specified otherwise (in which case, please let Pat Buck at know dollar amount and alternate designation). If you have any questions,
please feel free to contact Jennifer Droubay in the church office.  
2017 Choice Dollars expire on March 31, 2018.

Walking to Jerusalem Update - Week 9

Are we there yet?  Almost, with just a few more weeks to walk. You all are amazing! As a community we have traveled 10,794 miles, averaging about 1,100 miles each week. We left Rome, walking to Syracuse, following the mission trips of the Apostle Paul in reverse. From Syracuse we caught a ferry to the island of Malta. On Malta we were fortunate!  In the book of Acts it reads that Paul and those traveling with him to Rome were shipwrecked for three months on Malta. Not so in today's world.  We signed on as crew on a four-masted barque known as the Sea Cloud and sailed for the Port of Piraeus, Greece. There it was time to find rest and relaxation. Piraeus is one of the two largest passenger ports in the world. We stretched our legs walking the docks and ogling the amazing cruise ships and private yachts. For the evening we checked into the Piraeus Port Hotel, just half a mile from city center, allowing time to explore gardens, museums, and ancient ruins. Some opted to take a cooking class allowing them to take home recipes. Others chose to simply enjoy the local bread, olives, moussaka and saganaki (lovely fried cheese drizzled with lemon) and beer or wine.  It is time now to press on to our final destination.
Community Group "Third Quarter"

Christian friends in the "third quarter" of life are welcome to join others age 50ish -75ish in supportive community to share hope, laughter, and love through active events.  

Thursday, March 156:00 p.m. at Chihuly Museum of Glass (Third  Thursday  free museums). Optional happy hour dinner meet at Indochine at 1924 Pacific Ave at  4:45 p.m.
Thursday, April 126:00 p.m.  Potluck and Sing-along in the Parish Commons. 
Thursday, May 10,  6:00 p.m.  Potluck and Game Night in the Parish Commons.

Please contact the church office for additional information.

Women of St. Mark's

  Save the date  for our  Spring Tea  to be held on  Saturday, April 21, 2018 at noon .  Bonnie Wascher, Barbara Meyers and Pat Geary are co-chairing this event.  We are in the planning stage right now and will be needing your help to make this event spectacular.  There will be a Fashion Show starring Katie Cootsona's 2017 dresses.  Models are needed in sizes 6 to 14.  Please contact Katie  (206-484-9195 ) if interested. 

We will have a table in the Narthex.  Please stop by. Your help is needed with desserts, setup, and cooking.  Please talk with Bonnie, Barb, or Pat if you would like to help us make this event a special one! 

Children and Youth Faith Formation
Sunday morning classes for children and youth  3 years old to 12th grade will meet March 18 & March 25. All children are invited to participate in the Palm Sunday processional at 9:45 a.m. on March 25. No class April 1.

Bibles  will be presented to the 3rd/4th grade elementary students on Sunday, March 25 at 9:45 a.m. Please RSVP to Ingelaurie by March 22 if you plan on participating.

Thursday Night Youth Programs (gr. 6-12th) March 15 Youth Group 5:30 p.m., Youth Choir 6:30 p.m.

The 2018 Easter Breakfast will take place on Sunday, April 1 from 8-11:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed to make this happen. Please sign up on the Youth board to go to the sign up genius link(see email) to pick a time that works for you.
ELCA Youth Gathering/Houston Mtg. Thursday, March 22 5:15-6:30 p.m. for youth and adult leaders. 

Vacation Bible School will be held August 6-10 for children 4 years old to 5th grade (incoming). Youth and adult volunteers are needed; talk to Celesta Smith if you want to help out. Registration materials will be available later this spring.

Adult Faith Formation

Lent Book Groups
Sunday mornings, 11 a.m.-noon 
Of Mess and Moxie: wrangling delight out of this wild and glorious life by Jen Hatmaker (please purchase book on your own); Fireside Room
From Wild Man to Wise Man: reflections on Male Spirituality by Richard Rohr (please purchase book on your own);  PCC #2
Wednesday evenings, 8:00-8:45 p.m.
Devotional Classics: Selected readings for Individuals and Groups (book available to purchase in church office, $8); PCC

Lent Devotionals
"Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow"- Luther Seminary Daily Readings-available at Adult Faith Formation table in narthex (regular and large print)
"Christ in Our Home"-January, February, March edition-available in basket outside Church Office (regular and large print)

Wednesday Midweek Renewal, 6:15 p.m. in the PCC
Way of Life: a Study Based on The Great Spiritual Migration by Brian McLaren

Tuesday "Fully Alive" Bible Study; 5:15 p.m.  in the Fireside Room
Question? Contact Sherry Mauira 253-303-1681. 

Adult Class- Sundays 11:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room
As our  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. 

Women's Bible Study; Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. in the PCC
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 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

Chase the Chill Kits
Are you looking for something to give to people you meet while driving who look like they might need something to eat or to keep them warm? Pick up a Chase the Chill Kit (provided by the Youth and a grant from Thrivent) and hand them out to those in need. 

Thrivent Build/Building on Faith Site Prep and Clean up
Habitat for Humanity Ground Blessing & Site Clearing in Tillicum on Friday, March 16. Volunteer all day or come for the blessing and refreshments at 10:30 a.m. Please click  here  for more info and to sign up.

LWR SUPPLY DRIVE - "Hope Through a Bar of Soap" 
Our "Hope Through A Bar of Soap"  for LWR Personal Care Kits continues through March with an April Kit Build! Visit the table in the Narthex for a supply list or see below, and consider designating your Thrivent Choice $ for supplies; a $250 designation builds over 25 kits (step by step directions at the table!). Your generosity will help families in some of the world's poorest communities lift themselves up and find increased stability and dignity. Contact Catherine Terrill with questions (253-732-3479). 
Supplies for 1 Kit: Bath Towel, Two soap bars (4oz ea), toothbrush (pkg), metal nail clippers, large tooth plastic comb.

Greater Tacoma Peace Prize Nomination Period

The Greater Tacoma Peace Prize (GTPP) wants to alert people to our current nomination period, which will end on March 31. Anyone - individual, group, organization - may nominate, but the nominee must have a connection to the greater Tacoma/Pierce County area.  You will find a 2018 Nomination Form on our website:

The GTPP has celebrated local peacemakers since 2005. We are the only community peace prize in the US in partnership with several peace entities in Norway, including the Norwegian Nobel Institute. Each year, our laureate receives a trip for two to Norway to attend events surrounding the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize, including, for the last several years, the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony itself, held each year on December 10. 

For further information about the GTPP, please visit our website and Facebook page, or contact Janet Ruud or Bill Lincoln, who are GTPP Board members.

Thank You Madi Larson!

Thank you to Madi Larson, who has worked in our nursery a couple times per month from January through March. Madi filled a large hole when  Prudence Crocco, our Permanent Nursery caregiver, had to reduce her hours due to her full time job. 

St. Mark's Preschool Updates

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

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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