The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
 February 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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Please join us for worship  tonight at  7:30 p.m.  There will not be any other activities at St. Mark's tonight as we gather for this special worship service with imposition of ashes. The  Wednesday night dinner and all other activities will resume next Wednesday, February 21.

Greening the Congregation

Our first interest meeting in early February showed that there is much support at St. Mark's for the mission of greening our congregation. We decided to focus our attention in the coming months on five "Green Fields" that are important to us. They are: 1.) Building and Grounds;  
2.) Education;  3.) Worship;  4.) Advocacy;  5.) Community Engagement. We hope to bring many more people into the process of planning and implementation, and we are inviting you to join us at our next meeting, which will be on  Thursday, February 22, at 6 p.m.  in the Fireside Room at St. Mark's. 
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 15 (Third Thursday free museums) 6:00 p.m. at Chihuly Museum of Glass. Optional happy hour dinner, meet at Indochine at 1924 Pacific Ave at 4:45 p.m.

Please contact the church office for additional information. 

Luther Rock Opera

Luther Rock Opera at First Lutheran Church in Poulsbo on  Sunday, March 11. See the youth board for more information and to sign up to carpool out to Poulsbo. We will leave St. Mark's at 2:45 p.m. Questions? Contact Ingelaurie Lisher at

Walking to Jerusalem Update - Week 5

Having covered 5,712 miles so far, we continue our travel on the container ship St. Laurent. The ocean occupies our attention as we exercise on deck. We have heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but observe there is also plastic floating in the North Atlantic. Finding plastic floating in the middle of the Atlantic forces us to confront our impact on God's creation. We end the evening enjoying song and dance with Slack Key guitar music offered by several crew members from the island of Molokai. They inspire and delight us. Keep paddling. We will reach landfall soon.

Women of St. Mark's

Please join us on  Wednesday, February 21, at 4 p.m. to discuss requests for Bazaar funds and help us determine distribution.

Save the date for our Spring Tea to be held on  Saturday, April 21, 2018 at noon.  Bonnie Wascher and Barbara Meyers are cochairing this event.  We are in the planning stage right now and will be needing your help to make this event spectacular.  We will have 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 in a couple of weeks; please stop by. Your help is needed with desserts, setup, and cooking.  We will provide all the recipes for the desserts. We will have a planning session on  Wednesday, February 21 after we decide on the Bazaar Funds distribution.  Please join us and help make this a spectacular event for the women.

Children and Youth Faith Formation
Sunday morning classes for children and youth 3 years old to 12th grade meet each week from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in the CFC & Youth Wings.

1st Grade Lord's Prayer Milestone Event- Sunday, February 25 at    9:45 a.m. This learning event is for all 1st grade students and their parents. Please let Ingelaurie know by February 18 if you plan on attending, so I can make sure we have enough supplies, etc.

Thursday Night Youth Programs (gr. 6-12th) February 15: 5:30 p.m. Youth Group in the Parish Commons with Ingelaurie and Nate, 6:30 p.m. Youth Choir with Cooper in the Choir Room
The Youth (6-12th grade-entering 2018) are headed to Montana this summer... July 22-27, 2018 (no extra travel days) at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp.
Registration is now open at:
1.     Pick your child's age group-Pathfinder (6/7th gr.), Trailblazer (8/9th gr.), or Senior High (10-12th gr.).
2.     Pay your deposit with the camp.
3.     Let Ingelaurie Lisher know that your child is going to Camp with St. Mark's by Feb. 28th.
4.     St. Mark's will provide transportation, great adult leaders, and help you fundraise if you want too earn some $$ to help pay for the week. 
SR ALYVE (9-12th gr.) Game Night-Friday, March 16th 5:30-7:30 p.m. here at St. Mark's! Pizza dinner provided. Sign up by March 11 if you are attending. Bring your favorite board/card game to share.

Adult Faith Formation

Lent Book Groups
Sunday, February 18- Sunday, March 25, 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, February 21-Wednesday, March 21, 8:00-8:45 p.m.

Devotional Classics: Selected readings for Individuals and Groups (book available to purchase in church office, $8); PCC

Lenten Class 
Sundays (9:45-10:45 a.m.) and Wednesdays (6:15-7:15 p.m.)

Way of Life: A Study based on The Great Spiritual Migration by Brian McLaren

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)

PLU Wang Center Symposium
MIGRATION: toward an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural understanding of human mobility.  March 8-9 , Anderson University Center.  Free and open to the public; Registration is strongly suggested;

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 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, 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.

St. Mark's Preschool Updates

St. Mark's Preschool will be accepting registration forms for the 2018-2019 school year very soon!  Current preschool families and church members are welcome to turn in paperwork now. Registration will be open to the general public beginning February 15

Share Your Heart This  February- LWR Care Kits

This February consider donating supplies for one or more LWR Personal Care Kits! There will be 200 bags in the Narthex, each with a Valentine listing supplies needed. You can also drop off larger supplies of items for a kit build in April. LWR shipped 153,560 kits in 2016 to 14 countries including Haiti, Lebanon, El Salvador and Niger. Kits are provided to those who have lost everything in a natural disaster or violence.  Provide hope through a bar of soap. Supplies: Bath Towel, 3-4oz bar soap, toothbrush (pkg), metal nail file, large tooth plastic comb.  
Questions? Contact Catherine Terrill 253-732-3479.


2018 Homeless Services Fundraising Auction

Date: Saturday, February 24
Location: Bellarmine Preparatory School
Time: Doors open at 5:00 p.m.Dinner & Live Events at  7:00 p.m. 
Dress: Business Casual
Attitude: Fun! Come ready to celebrate the mission we share in our community!
Registration Deadline:  February 16

Peace Community Center Benefit Dinner

The annual Peace Community Center benefit dinner, Learners to Leaders, will be held  this year at PLU's Olson Auditorium on Friday, March 9 . Table hosts from St. Mark's  are John and Carol Avery and Don and Barb Haueisen. Join us for an evening of good  food and fellowship and an opportunity to learn more about what is happening with this  Tacoma Hilltop organization providing vital support for area students. Tickets for the  dinner are available at For those attending the dinner for
the first time, please be our guest. Let one of us know and we can take care of dinner  tickets. In either case, be a part of a St. Mark's table supporting this ministry. Please  contact one of the Haueisens at 360-329- 6880 or; or one of the  Averys at 253-759- 6365 or with questions or to confirm your
interest in attending.

Continued Need for the Youth of Shared Housing Services

There is a continued need for  full size hygiene items  for homeless youth, ages 15-22, as they get settled into shared housing situations, on their way to a better life!  These items help improve chances of getting a new job or feeling confident to finishing their education.  Please, consider picking up an extra shampoo and conditioner, deodorant or bath wash when purchasing your own and drop it in the SHS bin outside the church office.This show of support will help send a message that we care and their young lives are worthy.

Items of need-
shampoo / conditioner, toothpaste /toothbrushes/ floss
deodorant , soap/ body wash
feminine hygiene, disposable razors
skin/ face lotions, hair dressing / curling creme
new or gently used bath and hand towels
new or gently used sheets/pillow cases twin or full

Please, KEEP THE DONATIONS COMING! Thank you to all who contributed. 

Medical Supplies Needed                            
We have received a request for help with medical supplies for  a client who is being discharged from a nursing home  on February 11 th   due to not having medical insurance.  The family has no money and the only medical insurance they will be getting is Alien Emergency Medical, which provides for people whose citizenship status precludes them from other assistance. Unfortunately Alien Emergency Medical has a waitlist of 18 months.  Below are listed some medical supplies needed.
Everyday pill holder, large calendar, washable and reusable incontinent pads and underpads, Depends, wipes, gloves, gauze, blood glucose meter, test strips and lancets, hospital bed, patient lift, Isosource 1.5 calorically dense complete nutrition with fiber (case)

If you can help with any of these items or know of a source for them, please contact:
Latonya Rock
Case Manager
Rapid Rehousing
Thank You from Empowering Life 

Witnessing to God's Grace by Helping Incarcerated Women and their Families

A huge thank you to all who attended our St. Valentine's Celebration here at St. Mark's on Saturday, February 10. The event, organized by Empowering Life, raised funds to support Lutheran pastoral care at the Washington Correction Center for Women in Gig Harbor (Purdy) and Mission Creek Correction Center for Women in Belfair.  And a special thanks to all who pitched in to help make it a fun, successful event.  

Thank You from Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community

People of St. Mark's, 

As you are aware, this is not an easy time for seniors. With the decline in pensions, investments, and seniors living longer, many are worried about money. And for good reason.

Thank you for your gift, which will be used to help those residents who have outlived their financial resources. Your gift ensures that all residents, regardless of their financial status, enjoy TLRC and ensure peace of mind.

On behalf of the residents who benefit from your generosity, thank you!

Robin Echtle
Executive Director, TLRC Foundation

Thank You from Associated Ministries

People of St. Mark's,

Thank you for your gift 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.

Micahel A. Yoder
Executive Director

An Afternoon with Robyn Carmichael, Pianist

Bethany Presbyterian Church (4420 North 41st Street, Tacoma) and Skelley Piano invite you to an afternoon with pianist Robyn Carmichael on Sunday, February 25, at 2 p.m. Admission is free, donations will be recevied for performer expenses. A light reception follows.

We Welcome Carrie Olschner to Our Staff

Carrie is our new Communications Coordinator, which includes responsibility for editing and publishing this weekly Bridge newsletter. She replaces Leischen Moore, who has done an outstanding job for us. As we welcome Carrie, we also say a big "thank you" to Leischen for sharing her gifts in this way.

Church Office Hours

The church office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-noon &1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 9:30 a.m.-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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