Faith Journey

Faith Journey is a series of 10 weekly gatherings hosted by Pastor Ruud that give visitors to St. Mark’s an opportunity to hear each other’s stories, explore questions of faith, build relationships, hear scripture together, and listen for God’s call. We are happy to announce that two new groups will be forming in early October, and we hope that many inquirers and guests who have been worshipping with us online will consider this unique opportunity. Participants can choose from a Faith Journey group that meets on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m. (beginning October 14) or Sundays from 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (beginning October 18).

Both groups will meet via Zoom, and those who are interested can sign up by emailing Pastor Jan Ruud at: jruud@smlutheran.org.

Click here for information about Faith Journey, and please don’t hesitate to contact Pastor Ruud with any questions you have.

Bible Studies

Tuesday, 5:15 p.m., Fireside Room

“Fully Alive” is a gathering of women who study scripture, pray, and share the ups and downs of life. This Fall the focus will be on faith.
Contact: Sherry Maiura (253-549-4222)

Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., Parish Commons Classroom
Wednesday morning Bible Study gathers around coffee, refreshments and the Word of God. The group studies and shares wisdom from their years of living the Christian faith.
Contact: Linda Durant (253-363-8202)

Wednesday, 12 noon, 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.

Small Groups

Lydia Circle—first Tuesday of the month in the Parish Commons Classroom—bring a brown bag lunch.

Ruth Ann Circle—meets monthly in Gig Harbor homes—contact Suzy Reynolds if interested.

Other Weekly Gatherings

Sunday, 9:45 a.m., Parish Commons Classroom
The Adult Forum provides opportunities to reflect on Christian faith in light of current events and the daily decisions we need to make. Topics vary, leadership is shared, and the conversation is lively. Check the weekly Parish Life section of the bulletin or the electronic Bridge for specific topics.

Wednesday, 6:15 p.m., Parish Commons Classroom
Midweek Renewal is a time to be refreshed by the promises of God and our connections with each other. This gathering is nestled between dinner and Prayer Around the Cross. It provides time for a contemplative hearing of scripture, sharing our stories, and gaining insight from those who have gone before us (the man or woman who will be commemorated at the Evening Prayer service). 

Monthly Gatherings

Interfaith Bible Study meets Tuesdays, once-a-month at 7 p.m. Join neighbors from St. Luke Episcopal, Temple Beth-El and Bethany Presbyterian in reading and reflecting on the theme of Justice.  All are welcome to participate.  Please sign up in the narthex to receive an email with readings and reflection questions.