The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   October 11 , 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: Spaghetti, Bread, Green Beans and Salad
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 

Faith Journey Begins Soon!  
Faith Journey beings Sunday, Oct 15 at 12:15 or Wednesday, Oct 18 at 6pm. Each session includes a meal.  
Faith Journey is an open-ended process of spiritual discovery that gives all visitors at St. Mark's an opportunity to explore their diverse stories in light of God's story and to listen for Christ's call.  The series of twelve weekly gatherings begins with a time of getting acquainted, with the stories and questions of participants setting the framework for conversation.  
As we progress, there will be time each week to hear God's Word together and to discuss its meaning and relevance for our daily lives.  
Finally, we allow time for each person to reflect on his or her own unique calling to live and serve in the way of Christ.  
If you are interested in more information, or would like to join a Faith Journey group, please contact Pastor Jan Ruud at 
News From the Back Pack Program

Fall is upon us and we are in full swing filling 52 food bags a week!  We have added a new elementary school  in our area to our program. Sherman Elementary has not been able to fine anyone to take on the needs of their hungry young people. We are providing 5 food bags each week for them. We will be contacting churches in their area to see if any of them will partner with us in this program.

We want to thank you for your support of money and food. Without you we would not be able to keep filling the needs of HUNGRY youth. 

As we attempt to keep our program sustainable we are always looking for grants and churches to partner with. If your employer has a  program for giving to worthy causes such as ours please present our program to them. We can help you with information you might need to share with them. Also, if you are a Thrivent member you might be able to get us $250 each year. Some members of our congregation have done this in the past. We can help you with that as well.

Once again, thank you for your support for our Food Back Pack program. If you want to get involved please talk with Jean Steingrebe, Sharon Klancke, or Suzy Reynolds or just show up on Wednesdays at 10:00 am at St. Marks, or stop by our table on Sundays. 

Jean Steingrebe, email:

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!
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! 

Memorial Committee
St. Mark's Memorial Committee held their quarterly meeting Oct. 4 in the library at St. Mark's.Four requests for funds were discussed and approved.

The requests honored were for:
Two new communion kits to be used for visitation
New pillows for the Prayer Stations
Outdoor furniture for the newly renovated youth courtyard
Refurbishment and tuning of a recently acquired harpsichord

Next meeting of the Committee is set for December 13 at 10:45a.m.
2018 quarterly meetings are scheduled for March 14, June 20, September 12 and December 12.
Peace Community Center Tutors
Peace Community Center is seeking tutors and volunteers for elementary, middle and high school after-school programs Monday-Thursday.  For information about times or interest in getting involved, email Ben Summerour at 
Bread for the World Offering of Letters
You are invited, and encouraged, to participate in the 2017 Offering of Letters in support of Bread for the World, Sunday, Oct. 22nd.  Bread for the Word advocates with the U.S. Congress in support of programs that address issues of hunger and food insecurity both  in the United States and globally.  Congress is in the process of considering the budget for next year.  There is a chance that food safety-net programs that have existed for many years, such as SNAP, WIC, global nutrition, and refundable tax credits, are on the chopping block.  We need our congressional representatives to accurately represent our point of view.  Writing letters to our congressional delegation will help.

New Community Group "Third Quarter"
Christian friends in the "third quarter" of life are welcome to join a new community group at St. Mark's. Lori Clark and Steve and Martha Ward invite age 50ish -75ish to create a supportive community to share hope, laughter, and love through active events. 

At the inaugural event in early September, we agreed to meet the second Thursdays of each month:
Thursday October 12 at 6:00, Mini Golf at Tower Lanes, 6323 6th Ave; food and drink available during/after golf.
Thursday November 9 at 6:00, Pot Luck and Game Night
Thursday December 14 at 6:00, Christmas Pot Luck and Tradition Share
Schedule coming for 2018 based on the many wonderful ideas received
Contact: St. Mark's Church office:  253.752.4966

Mental Health First Aid Class, October 21

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training that introduces participants to  common risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems and specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Participants will learn a five-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing a mental illness or experiencing an emotional crisis and connect them to appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care.
Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. Learn more at

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!

Preschool  Family Fun Run

St. Mark's Preschool is hosting a Family Fun Run  on Saturday, October 14th (5K run/walk at 8:30, Kids Dash at 9:45). 5K registration is $15 and includes a pancake and sausage breakfast. Please contact Anne Zimmerman to register or volunteer (253) 752-4929 or .
Kairos Prison Ministry 

The mission of Kairos Prison Ministry is to share the transforming love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.

The 2nd Kairos event at Stafford Creek Corrections Center is scheduled for October 12 - 15 2017. Covering all the activities of the  Kairos  weekend , including all inmates and staff as well as the participants and our volunteers, in prayer is always our first and most important  priority.

Jerry Foss will be available at all three services for the next three Sundays (September 24, October 1 & 8) to answer any questions and encourage people to sign up for 30 minute prayer blocks available throughout the weekend. Members can pray wherever they choose to pray, and handouts will be available to assist people in focusing their prayers.   

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!
Mark your calendars!  Our next Craft Night is Tuesday, October 24th (7PM - 9PM).  We will be assembling the Snowman Candy Bars.  All the supplies will be provided, we need helping hands to assemble the Snowmen.   Please plan on joining us!  

Stop by the Women of St. Mark's table to sign up to help during the Bazaar. We have many different jobs and need your participation if only for an hour or more. Some of the needs are setting up the Parish Commons, taking part in making Lefse or contributing baked goods and/or items to sell.

This will be our 35th Annual St. Mark's Annual Bazaar.  We begin by boiling and ricing potatoes for Lefse on Wednesday, November 1st, followed by Lefse making on Thursday, November 2nd.  On Friday, November 3rd, we begin setting up the Parish Commons and pricing items for sale.  Lots of hands makes the work go quick!  We will provide a light lunch on Friday for all who lend a hand!  Mark your Calendars!  Please sign up to help during the Bazaar on Saturday, November 4th.

We are asking for more bakery items this year.  Everyone wants (and needs) all the wonderful baked goods that we have for sale each year.  Get out your baking pans and recipes and make a batch of cookies or candy or ?.  All are appreciated!  We have clear plastic containers for you to use.

Your items need to be dropped off at Church by Friday, November 3rd.  Please clearly mark your items with BAZAAR.  Please indicate the sale price of your items.  We will have tags available for pricing.

Continue to work on your handmade items for the Bazaar.  All the wonderful items you create make the Bazaar a success.  I encourage all to participate!

Children and Youth Faith Formation

Children and Youth Faith Formation:

Sunday School 9:45-10:45 am
Wednesday Nights at St. Mark's for children-note change of times and grades
  • 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 5-8 yrs old 6:15-6:45pm 
Thursday Nights at St. Mark's for youth grades 6-12:
  • 5:30pm Youth Group-meets the 1st & 3rd Thurs. of each month in the PC (10/5 & 19; 11/2 &16; 12/7)
  • 6:30pm Youth Choir-meets every week with Cooper in the Sanctuary or Choir Room. 
SR ALYVE (9-12th gr.) Cookie Baking and Pizza, Friday October 13  5:30-7:30pm at the church. 
JR ALYVE (6-8th gr.) Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch  Sunday, October 22 12:30-3:30pm Cost: $10.00 per person. Sign up by Oct. 15.
2018 ELCA Youth Gathering!   June 26-July 2, Houston TX. Details, costs, registration form, etc. are on the youth board.  We will be registering by October 15, a deposit of $150.00 is due by October 8thto guarantee your spot. Questions? Contact Ingelaurie Lisher at 253-752-4966

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Forum-Sundays 9:45am in the Parish Commons Classroom
Oct 15: Care of Creation Series: St. Mark's members Tom Hulst, Don Haueisen and John Rosenberg will lead us in reflecting on our faithful relationship with the natural world.  

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
Oct 11th: "Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy, with Fr. Richard Rohr".  Our first series this Fall will focus on Franciscan spirituality, as studied and practiced by Father Richard Rohr.  Each week, by the power of DVD, Rohr will guide us through various aspects of Francis' life and wisdom and the hope it holds for modern Christians.  

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.  

Thank you!

People of St. Mark's, Thank you for your recent gift to Lutheran Community Services Northwest.  Your generosity deeply impacts the lives of your neighbors, while also rippling across multiple programs and populations.  You have chosen to make a powerful difference in our community and we are grateful to you.  

In the South Sound region, our Home Care and Senior Companion Programs help seniors and people with disabilities live active, healthy lives while retaining their independence.  Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious food to people who have difficulties shopping for and preparing meals.  Caregiver Services provides support and community to those caring for an ailing loved one. Refugee Reception & Placement helps individuals and families who have survived the horrors of war and displacement establish a stable new. life.  

We want you to know that you are an important partner in our mission.  Thank you for believing in health, justice and hope.  

Sincerely, Trudy Sorensen and Jamie Schilling, 
Thank you!

People of St. Mark's, "How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it. " 

Your kindness changes the lives of the people we serve in fundamental ways.  You have lots of opportunities to make change in the world and I am so honored by your donation to Associated Ministries.  

Because of your generous support, Associated Ministries is able to respond to the needs of thousands of people.  You are the source of hope and wonderful possibilities for families who are grappling with homelessness.  Most families want to make their own way and just need a little bit of help to do that.  Your kindness makes all the difference for them and encourages us in working with people who have the most significant needs imaginable.

Thank you for making their success possible. 

Sincerely, Michael Yoder, Executive director

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