The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   May 3 , 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. 


       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 
5:00pm Little Angels Choir (CR)
5:15pm Dinner:
Chef's Surprise Teriyaki chicken, salad, rolls, Suggested Donation: $5
5:30pm Joyful Noise Choir (CR)
6:00pm Praise Team Rehearsal (S)
6:00pm Jubilation Choir, grades 3-5 (CR)
6:15pm Holy Moly (YR)
6:15pm Midweek Renewal (PCC)
7:30pm Evensong (PC)

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

Women of St. Mark's

Tickets will go on sale for our Spring Luncheon beginning on Sunday, May 7th after the first service and the beginning of the third service.  Mark your calendars for May 20th,11:00 a.m.,and join us for lunch , special music, a paper craft and lots of conversation.  Tickets are $10 per person. 
Would you like to help with the luncheon?  Sign up sheets will be available.
Questions?  Contact Barbara Meyers at  or 253-370-4251.
Cinco de Mayo Festival This Friday!

Please join us this Friday, May 5th beginning at 5:30 for our annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta; all funds will go toward this year's trip where, in partnership with Lutheran Border Concerns Ministry, the St. Mark's team will build small houses for families living just outside of Tijuana, Mexico.  Tickets for the Fiesta will be available at the door.
If you're not able to attend the Fiesta but would like to support the mission trip financially, you may send a check to the church office or use the church's on-line giving option in care of the Mexico fund.  Gracias!

Calling All Golfers!

St. Mark's Preschool is having their first annual golf fundraising event on Saturday May 13th,beginning at 1:00 p.m. and we'd love for you to join us. A $40 entry covers nine holes of golf, lunch & a beverage. You will helping to support the purchase of new playground equipment for St. Mark's Preschool and Church. There are some great prizes available too. Tickets will be sold in the Narthex on Sunday,May 7th, or you can contact Anne Zimmerman to reserve a spot: (253) 752-4929 or

One Great Song: The Book of Psalms

As we explore this year's congregational theme, "One Great Song", we turn our attention to Israel's songbook.  The Psalms are a collection of 150 songs and poems that have been sung and recited for more than 3,000 years. They are beloved by both Jews and Christians and have shaped the imagination and strengthened the faith of people.  Together we will drink from this deep well as we spend 5 weeks studying the Book of Psalms.  Note-There will be two opportunities to be part of this study:  Wednesdays at 6:15pm  or Sundays at 11:00am (beginning May 7th).  Questions?  Contact Pastor Shjerven 

St. Mark's Scholarship

St Mark's Scholarship applications for the 2017-18 academic year are available beginning today.  If you are an undergraduate student, or enrolled in a degree program at a Community or Technical College, please stop by the table outside the Church Office to pick up an application and/or ask questions.
Fair Trade Bazaar!

Just in time for Mother's Day!
Spring Fair Trade Bazaar
May 7, 2017
9am - 12pm
When you buy Fair Trade, you are helping to reduce poverty, support environmentally-friendly production practices and safeguard humane working conditions for people around the world. 
Shop for beautiful handcrafts and fine food products:
Hand-woven baskets
Stylish women's accessories and jewelry
Unique home and kitchen wares
Delicious coffee, tea, chocolate and spices
And more!
Cash and check sales only.

Questions? Email Susan Newsom,

Join us for Interfaith Encounters!

Come hear and discuss how Jews, Muslims, and Christians view Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed in each of our faith traditions. Each gathering will include presentations by Rabbi Bruce Kadden of Temple Beth El, Imam Ahmad Saleh of the Islamic Center of Tacoma, and either Pastor Sarah Wiles of Bethany Presbyterian Church or Pastor Jan Ruud of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows. There will also be ample time for conversation and interaction between participants from all our faith communities.

Monday, May 15, 7:00 p.m. at the University Place Public Library:  Topic: Mohammed
3609 Market Place West, University Place

LWR Kit Build, Thank You!

Thank you  to all the helping hands that donated items and packed 76 personal care kits that will be sent to the LWR distribution center in early May! If you would like to contribute to shipping (approximately $2.65/kit) you can include "LWR Kit Shipping" on your checks for shipping in the offering basket. We will be collecting supplies year-round as there is excitement to send 500 KITS this year to LWR and join  Lutherans across the U.S. in commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation . Please drop-off supplies in the baskets by the office.  Any questions, contact Catherine Terrill at


Join World Vision on May 6, 2017,  at Gas Works Park in Seattle, where your registration fee provides CLEAN WATER to 1 PERSON! You will be with  over 11,000 other runners at 740 locations around the world that are running/walking a 6K on the same day to change a life!     Visit the table in the Narthex for information and sign up at Questions? Contact Catherine Terrill, 253-732-3479.  
Vacation Bible School 2017

Mark your calendars!  VBS July 31-Aug. 4 Maker Fun Factory!  For children 4 year old (by July 1, 2017)-5th grade (2017-2018 school year). Registration opens April 30. Taking youth and adult volunteers who want to teach or lead. Contact Ingelaurie with questions or for more information. 

St. Mark's Preschool Enrollment

St. Mark's Preschool has begun accepting enrollment paperwork for the 2017-18 school year in February. Children must be two-and-a-half by Sept 1st to enroll in the 2/3s class; age 3 by Sept 1st to enroll in the 3/4s class; or, age 4 by Sept 1st to enroll in the PreK class. Please turn in paperwork as well as a non-refundable $75.00 registration fee to Anne Zimmerman. Registration paperwork can be found online ( or in the church office. Please contact Anne with questions (253) 759-4929

Children and Youth Faith Formation

July 31-Aug. 4 9:00a.m to 12:15p.m. Registration forms are available on the Welcome Center and in the CFC. Online materials coming soon. 
High School Servant Trip:  July 6-9 (Thursday to Sunday). Cost: $100.00 We are headed to the Columbia River for a weekend of service and leaning more about the Native American community who live on the river. See the youth board for more information and how you can sign up to go. 
2018 ELCA Youth Gathering!  June 26-July 2, Houston TX. Details are on the youth board. Registration opens September 15

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Forum-Sundays 9:45am in the Parish Commons Classroom
May 7 -   We welcome John Forseth back to the Forum today.  John works with Refugee Resettlement and Placement through Lutheran Community Services NW.  He will bring with him special guest Ann Strandoo, who has worked with resettlement all over the world.  

Adult Class- Sundays 11am in the Parish Commons Classroom
May 7"One Great Song:  The Book of Psalms"-In session 1 we will get an overview of this beloved collection of poems and songs that has inspired people of faith for thousands of years. 
Wednesday Midweek Renewal; 6:15pm
"One Great Song: the Book of Psalms"

Tuesday "Fully Alive" Bible Study; 5:15pm in the Fireside Room
led by Sherry Maiura. We will not meet May 9.

Women's Bible Study; 9:30 am in the Parish Commons Classroom
We are exploring God's will for us as stated in the Third Petition of the Lord's Prayer, using Greg Laurie's As It Is in Heaven, a thought-provoking book. We are ladies of varying faith experiences who share insights and questions. Please join us! For more information, contact Linda Durant, 253-363-8202

Noon Wednesday Text Study Luncheon in the Parish Commons Classroom.  
At Bible Study Luncheon men and women read and discuss the scripture texts appointed for the upcoming Sunday. The pastor who will be preaching on the texts guides the conversation.

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