The Bridge
The Weekly Newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
 January 2 , 2019 
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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NO Wednesday Church Night Tonight

Wednesday night dinner and programs for all ages will resume on Wednesday, January 16.

Chase the Chill

The temperatures are falling and the seasons are changing which means it's time for us to Chase the Chill   again this year. All knitters and crocheters are invited to create warm hats and scarves to be donated to shelters in Tacoma and to distribute to those who are living outdoors. Yarn has been donated for this project and is free to anyone who would like to make a hat or scarf to contribute. Please stop by the church office to pick up yarn or to pick up a Ziploc bag filled with a hat and scarf to keep in your car to give to anyone you see on the streets who might need some warmth. You could add other things to the bag that you think might be useful to someone, i.e. a bottle of water, a granola bar, a small gift card to McDonald's for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, whatever you choose. For more information talk with Eleanor Sherry or Linda McKeller .

Third Quarter

Those in the third quarter of life, ages 50-75ish, are invited to share hope, laughter, and love through active events.

Thursday, January 10, we will meet in the Parish Commons at 6:00 p.m. for a potluck and game night. Please bring your favorite board or card game and some food to share.

Children and Youth Faith Formation
Sunday Mornings for youth:  All children and youth are invited to participate in an Epiphany rotational Sunday School on January 6 in the CFC.  

Middle School (6-8th) Movie Night! Friday, January 4,  5-7 p.m. at St. Mark's. Pizza dinner included. 

High School Bowling: Sunday, January 20, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sign up by January 13 if you plan on attending. Cost: $10.00pp

8-12th gr. Synod Youth Retreat: February 8-10  at Camp Arnold, Eatonville:  Cost: $100.00pp (scholarship $$ available). Sign up & register by January 6 to reserve your spot. More info on Youth Board.  9th graders this is your 3rd yr. Confirmation Retreat; see email from Ingelaurie for details. 

May Holden Youth Weekends!  May 24-26 (Fri.-Sun.), 9-12th gr. Registration form and info on the Youth Board. Deposit and Registration form due January 20. Cost: $205.00pp  Scholarship $$  available. Contact Ingelaurie with questions. 

Summer Service Trip (grades 6-8): We are headed back to the Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana, June 28-July 6, 2019. This is a service learning trip: some hard work and cultural experiences. Spaces are limited! Info meeting for youth and parents: Tuesday, January 8, 5:30-6pm in the Youth Room.  *There will be a few spaces for high school students to be leaders on this trip.

Adult Faith Formation

Sunday Adult Faith Formation
9:45 a.m. Adult ForumHabitat for Humanity projects in Romania.  Come and hear about Habitat's work in Romania, where Tom Geary has been part of the team which constructed 44 homes during blitz-build projects in the past two years.

11:00 a.m. Crossways Bible Study continues.

Wednesday Adult Faith Formation
Morning Bible Study: Will resume on January 9, 2019 The 9:15 a.m. Wednesday morning Bible study meets in the Parish Commons #1 Classroom. We begin gathering at about 9:15 for coffee and visiting. Newcomers are welcome and would best arrive at 9:15. We are people with varying faith and Bible experiences, who help each other by sharing our questions and insights. We are studying the book of Romans. For more information, contact Linda Durant at 253-363-8202 or

Noon Text Study Luncheon, Parish Commons Classroom: Come for this lively discussion of the texts for the upcoming Sunday, hosted by the preacher.

Midweek Renewal is on break until January 16.

Lydia Circle: Due to the first Tuesday falling on a holiday (New Year's Day), Lydia Circle has temporarily moved to Thursday at noon on that week, that's January 3. Come join us with the Gather magazine Bible Study. New members welcome. 

Fully Alive Bible Study, Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. in the Fireside Room. Our topic is Women of the Bible, The Beautiful and The Ugly. Please join us. 

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 learn about affordable housing and homelessness legislative priorities for the 2019 Washington State Legislative Session here. The legislative session begins January 14 and you may check this website for updates, or sign up for alerts from the same web page.

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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