The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
 January 10 , 2018 
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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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No Wednesday Night Service Tonight. 
Activities will resume January 17th.  
Please Join Us at our Congregational Meeting on 1/28 
All members of St. Mark's are asked to be present for the first semi-annual meeting of 2018 which will take place on Sunday, January 28. Lunch will be served at noon, and the meeting will get underway at 12:15pm. Childcare will be provided. At the meeting, we will honor and thank Pastor Phil Rue for his ministry with us as Visitation Pastor. We will also reflect on our new theme for 2018, get important updates from congregational leaders, view highlights of ministry in 2017, hear a Treasurer's Report, discuss ways to apportion funds from a major bequest from the estate of Nina Derek, and vote on a minor bylaw change to move our second semi-annual meeting from May to June each year. We hope you can be with us on that special day! 

St. Mark's Women's Retreat

"For the Well-Being of All"-February 23/24th

Women of all ages are invited to Camp Burton on Vashon Island for a time of relaxation, exploration and connection.  Pick up a flyer on the Welcome Center for more information.  Registration opens Sunday, January 21st.  

Peace and Justice

Justice for All: Advocacy, Education, Organizing, January 21st, 3:30-5:30pm, St. Leo's Church, Tacoma

Come learn about the issues Faith Action Network will be focusing on during the 2018 legislative session and find new ways to engage in legislative advocacy during the training.  To RSVP email  Questions?  Call Amber at 206-625-9790

Thrivent Members!

Are you a member of Thrivent?  If so, do you know that you have up to $500 to use each year for ministries and mission projects that are important to you?  Thrivent Action Team dollars are often not spent because people are unaware of them.  Stop by the table in narthex to sign the "Yes, I am a Thrivent Member" information sheet and pick up information about both Thrivent Choice dollars and Thrivent Action Team dollars (two different pots of money).  Questions?  Contact Deacon Ingelaurie Lisher (

Christmas Needed

Are you ready to get rid of your present Christmas tree????????
St. Marks downstairs lobby is looking for a tree 8 feet or taller to use at the entrance of the childrens' classrooms.  You will read in another article the fun plans for this tree for 2018.   If you have a tree you can donate please contact Mim Krabler ( and we will arrange to pick it up now or in December for 2018 Christmas.

Chase the Chill Update

We donated 48 scarves and 24 hats to two agencies (Food Bank and Community Youth Services Teen Homeless Center) in December Thank you to everyone who continues to knit and crochet for this ministry.

St. Mark's Preschool Updates

St. Mark's Preschool is taking over Round Table Pizza Clubhouse on Tuesday, January 23rd. Please consider ordering pizza for take out, or dine in...the preschool will receive a portion of the profits from the whole day! The address is 2629 N. Pearl Street. We hope to see you there!

St. Mark's Preschool will be accepting registration forms for the 2018-2019 school very soon! Current Preschool families and church members are welcome to turn in paperwork any time after February 1st. Registration will be open to the general public starting February 15th. We have an Open  House scheduled for Tuesday, Feb 6th, 5:30-7 p.m. for anyone who would like to come see our space and meet our teachers. Please contact Anne Zimmerman with questions (

SMLC Awarded PSE Conservation Grant

We're excited to share with you that St. Mark's received a small energy conservation grant as part of our recent office window replacement project. This past fall - using some of the funds that our congregation has set aside for long-term maintenance - we replaced all the old, single pane office windows with energy efficient ones. We contacted Puget Sound Energy as part of our efforts and were awarded a grant that paid for more than 25% of our project! These new windows are helping St. Mark's be a better steward of our environment and our finances. (And keep your eyes open for new smart thermostats around the building...) If you have any questions or would like more details, please contact Jennifer Droubay in the church office.

St. Valentine's Celebration

Saturday, February 10, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Tacoma Marimba Band will perform in concert for  Empowering Life's annual fundraiser.  Join us for elegant desserts, a silent auction and an opportunityto learn more about how we at St. Mark's are helping women incarcerated at the Washington Correction Center for Woman (Purdy) and Mission Creek Correction Center for Women in Belfair... and their families.   
$15.00 is the suggested donation.  Auction item donations are appreciated.
 Make your reservation at our table in the Narthex or contact Joan Nelson at or 253-208-3307.  Or, send your check to Empowering Life, PO Box 1803, Gig Harbor, WA 98335.

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, January 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Commons. Potluck dinner and panel discussion of the joys and challenges while living in the third quarter of life.

Thursday, February 8 at 5:00 p.m., Potluck dinner with our Fourth Quarter friends.

Thursda,y March 15 (Third Thursday free museums) 6:00 at Chihuly Museum of Glass. Optional happy hour dinner--meet at Indochine at 1924 Pacific Ave at 4:45 p.m. 

Walking To Jerusalem

It is time to begin plans for our trek to Jerusalem.  You will want to begin counting your miles/ minutes this week.   First time to report is this Sunday, January 14.  Remember we will count travel movement for walking, running, rowing, biking etc.You will report in each Sunday until  Palm Sunday.

For those who might want to join a group to walk.  We have two options for you to consider in January and February.  You need not sign up in advance.  Just come and join us rain or shine. 

Gig Harbor Wednesday walks:  Meet Patty and Don Reinkensmeyer at 10:30 at the post office and walk to the History Museum for a two mile walk.  The first walk is today, Wednesday, January 10.

Chambers Bay Saturday walks:  Meet Jan and Clare Walters at 9:30 at the playground parking lot north of the clubhouse.  Walkers will have options to walk 2 to 4 miles.  The first walk is Saturday, January 13.

Children and Youth Faith Formation
Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2018 Epiphany Event a success!   Jean and Carl Steingrebe, John and Bonnie Wascher, Suzy Reynolds, Celesta Smith, Mark, Julie and Nick Steingrebe, Jon Rodin and all of the youth and parent volunteers. We could not have done it without you!

Synod Youth Retreat Feb. 9-11th at Camp Arnold- grades 7-10th. Registration form on the Youth Board-deposits and registrations being accepted-final payment due 1/31. Featuring guest Musician and Speaker--Rachel Kurtz (from Holden Village last year). If any youth grades 6, 11 or 12 want to attend please let me know as space is available.
We are headed to Montana again this summer...  July 22-27, 2018. (no extra travel days). See the youth board for registration instructions. Online registration with Flathead opens Jan. 22. 
Houston Team Meeting for youth and adult leaders-Sunday, Jan. 21st 12:15-1:00pm in the Youth Room.

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Forum: 9:45 a.m. PCC
Jan 14 - Dr. Marit Trelstad, PLU University Chair of Lutheran Studies will be with us again, helping us explore the foundations and insights of Feminist Theology.  All are welcome!

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. 

Wednesday Midweek Renewal; 6:15 p.m. resumes 1/17.
Tuesday "Fully Alive" Bible Study; 5:15 p.m. in the Fireside Room
We will discuss Chapter 3 of Goliath Must Fall. Questions, Sherry Mauira 253-303-1681. 

Women's Bible Study; Wed. 9:30 a.m. 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 resumes today, Jan. 10th.
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.   
St. Olaf Choir to Sing in Seattle
The St. Olaf Choir, with 75 mixed voices, is one of the premier a cappella choirs in the United States. Since its founding in 1912, the choir has set a standard of choral excellence and remained at the forefront of choral artistry. The ensemble's annual tour brings its music and message to thousands of people across the nation and around the world. Conducted since 1990 by Anton Armstrong, the St. Olaf Choir continues to develop the tradition that originated with its founder, F. Melius Christiansen.
They will be touring the West Coast this year, starting at Seattle's own Benaroya Hall on Wednesday, January 31st @ 8 p.m. You may purchase tickets to the Benaroya Hall concert here.  They continue down the West Coast making stops in Portland, Eugene, Santa Barbara, Pasadena, and many other locations, ending in Paradise Valley, AZ. 

Notes and News
The 20th annual "Sounds of Brass" concert will be held Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Tacoma Community College. 3:00 p.m. Bldg #2 (TCC Auditorium)  Guest Artists include Zach Lyman and Mary McCann. Music selections will include Shostakovich, William Byrd, Prokofiev, Bernstein, and Granados.

Concert is free, donations accepted. For more information visit or call (253) 759-9511.

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