The Bridge
The weekly newsletter of St. Mark's Lutheran Church by The Narrows                  
   October 19 , 2016 
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!

5:00pm Little Angels Choir (CR)
5:15pm Dinner: 
Chili, Suggested Donation $5
5:30pm Joyful Noise Choir (CR)
6:00pm Praise Team Rehearsal (S)
6:00m Jubilation Choir, grades 3-5 (CR)
6:15pm Holy Moly (YR)
6:15pm Midweek Renewal (PCC)
7:30pm Prayer Service (PC)

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

It's Bazaar Time!

There are many ways to be involved:
WED 11/2 6pm - preparing potatoes for Lefse

THUR 11/3 9am making Lefse

FRI 11/4 9am-2pm setting up the bazaar, or working in the kitchen - lunch included

SAT 11/5 8:30am-3pm work the Bazaar or kitchen crew 

SUN 11/6 12 noon- take down Bazaar items. 
Other ways to support:
Plan to make bake goods for the bazaar or luncheon :
Display containers will be available for your items. Pies will go to kitchen for luncheon. 

Please bring your handicraft donations.   There will be a table in the Narthex, or you can drop them by the office. 

Handicraft ideas: aprons, pillows, hats, gloves, scarves, greeting cards, table top items, Fall and Christmas decor, Seahawks & college spirit items. 

Sign up  on Sunday in the Narthex.

Spread the word to shop the Bazaar 11/5 9am-2pm

Luther 500 Festival Opportunity

We have two spots left for our trip to Wittenberg, Germany on June 19th-26th.  Please speak with or email Ingelaurie Lisher if you are interested.  Deposit of $300 per person to reserve spots.  Payment schedule can be negotiated since it is to full up two spots that have recently been opened up.  Total cost per person is approximately $1200.  Airfare not included. 
Thank You--LWR School Kit Update! 

The High School Youth group packed 100 LWR School Kits this past Sunday and learned about the work LWR is doing around the world to alleviate poverty with their LWR Kit Program. School kits help do that by providing children with the tools they need to attend school so THANK YOU to all those who generously helped from donating supplies, packing and logistics.  Kits will ship to the LWR distribution center in early November.  If you would like to help with shipping costs, you may make a donation in the offering and mark "For LWR Shipping Costs".   Look for the next LWR Kit Event in Spring  for Personal Care Kits! Any questions, please contact Catherine Terrill, catherineterrill@comcast.netFrom LWR: "God has given us each unique gifts to share with the world and those gifts can help work toward a world where all will be filled".
Wanted:  Lunch Buddies for DeLong Elementary!

You can make a difference in the life of a child!  The counselor at DeLong Elementary School has asked St. Mark's to provide more Lunch Buddies for this school year.  Each adult is matched with 2 fourth grade students whose teachers have identified as needing the gift of time from a caring adult.  You choose if you prefer to have girls or boys.

Volunteer chooses Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.  DeLong Elementary is near South 12th and Orchard Street.

Eat lunch with Buddy at 12:40 and spend recess time together until 1:30.   The relationship is limited to this time at the school and volunteers must pass a Volunteer Background Check with the Tacoma School District. 

About one hour each week seems "tiny."  I asked the counselor if she thought it really made a difference to the students.  "Yes!, you probably don't "see" the influence you have, but the teachers keep asking if there can be more Lunch Buddies."

You may be thinking that a school year is a large commitment.  And it is.  However, every Lunch Buddy for the past 4 years has missed some weeks because of travel.  They just let the teacher and students know in advance.

Consider this opportunity.  Contact me with questions and to volunteer.

Mary Olsen
253 752 2844

Children and Youth Faith Formation

Holy Moly  for children continues every Wednesday evening from 6:15-7:15pm in the Youth Room.
Children's Faith Formation-9:45-10:45am in the CFC
  6-8th grade Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch!  Saturday, October 22 12:30-4pm.  $7.00 per person plus any $$ for pumpkins and treats. Sign up by October 16th if you are attending. 

Adult Faith Formation

Adult Forum-Sundays 9:45am in the Parish Commons Classroom
October 23-Gerdon Jones
Gerdon Jones serves as the Congregational Engagement Coordinator at Peace Community Center. He returns to the Forum to help us think about Racial Reconciliation, using a process he developed as part of his work. 

Adult Class- Sundays 11am in the Parish Commons Classroom
September 25 - October 23-  "Embracing a Life of Meaning", DVD series with poet/author Kathleen Norris (5 week series).

Wednesday Midweek Renewal;  6:15pm in the Parish Commons C.
We will begin our year with Diana Butler Bass as our guide.  Her newest book, "Grounded: Finding God in the World" is an excellent entry into our congregational theme, "Let All Creation Praise!".  Pastor Shjerven will be summarizing the main themes and thoughts of the book, and inviting everyone into reflection and conversation. (You do not need to buy the book.) All are welcome to be part of the discussion.
Tuesday "Fully Alive" Bible Study; 5:15pm in the Fireside Room
led by Sherry Maiura

Women's Bible Study; 9:30 am in the Parish Commons Classroom
Will be studying the Book of Acts.  For more information contact Ida Hagen, 253-759-0569 (

Noon Wednesday Text Study Luncheon in the Parish Commons Classroom
 Gather for lunch and conversation and study around the texts that will be heard in worship the following Sunday.  Conversation will be guided by the pastor who will be preaching, and by the insights and questions of the group. 
Member Notes and News

Boy Scout Wreath sales will be begin on Sunday, October 9th, and continue through October 30th.  Look for their table in the Narthex. 

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