The Synod Office is CLOSED today.

Blessings to you as we commemorate
Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Watch this message from ELCA Presiding Bishop,
the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton:

NEXT LiVE Course begins Wednesday!

Culture Course: “Interrogating Privilege in Church and Our Lives”

January 19 - March 10 (No class Feb. 16)
Wednesdays 6:30-8pm (During Lent, meet on Thursdays)

The LiVE Project presents this 8-week course on Zoom - designed specifically for lay leaders to open up transparent and honest conversation around the ways privilege shapes and impacts our lives and communities of faith. If you’ve read some anti-racist books, and are looking for next steps as an individual, family or congregation, this course offers additional ways to move forward. The learning format includes active, thoughtful engagement from all participants, and we ask that participants come with a spirit of mutual openness to sharing and receiving.  

Learn more about this opportunity - and how to register ASAP - here:
Day of Repentance - National Day of Racial Healing
As the ELCA continues its work of racial healing and implements its “Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent,” it will observe an annual day of repentance for racism on Jan. 18, 2022.
This date, which follows Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is observed by several organizations as the National Day of Racial Healing, to encourage acts of service and raise awareness of racial justice.
Download congregational worship resources to mark this day of repentance and healing:
Read "Declaration of the ELCA to People of African Descent":
Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Sunday

ReconcilingWorks wants to celebrate with your faith community and is excited to offer these resources. Many Reconciling in Christ (RIC) communities celebrate RIC Sunday on the last Sunday in January.
This year, that lands on January 30, but the service can be held any date that works for our community. Be sure to use this day as a time to recommit to your partnership as a RIC faith community, discern ways to live into your RIC partner commitments, and set new milestones for the year to come.

This year's theme is: "Made in God's Image: God's Boundless Diversity."
This worship resource is centered in the spirit of youth and the voices of our young people! We ask the question, "In understanding the ways in which we all are Made in God's Image, how can we learn to care and advocate for one another so we can best see God's Boundless Diversity of creation?"

For more info and resources go here:
Resources for Lent from ELCA World Hunger

For nearly two years, as the world has reeled from the effects of a deadly pandemic, we have seen the number of hungry people around the world rise, watched as food pantries and soup kitchens expanded to serve an ever-growing number of guests, and longed for the time when we “will hunger no more, and thirst no more … and God will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes” (Revelation 7:16).
Thank you for all you are doing in your congregation and community to continue God’s work and to share the grace and love of Christ. We invite you to continue your work by connecting your congregation to the church’s global work to end hunger and poverty during ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving, which begins on Ash Wednesday, March 2.
To prepare, find a bundle of resources available here:!
Synod Events
Mon, Jan 17 - Synod Office CLOSED
Tues, Jan 18 - Day of Repentance - National Day of Racial Healing
Tues, Jan 18, 10am-12noon - Synod Staff Meeting
Tues, Jan 18, 2pm - First Call Meet Up (check your email tomorrow for link)
Wed, Jan 19, 6:30pm - LiVE Course BEGINS!
Thurs, Jan 20, 12noon - CYF Ministry Leaders' Time For You (learn more HERE)
Thurs, Jan 20, 2pm - Deans' Meeting online (check your email tomorrow for link)
Thurs. Jan 20 6pm - Region 1 Congregational Prep. Network Gathering - see below
Sat, Jan 22, 9am - Synod Council via Zoom - check your email
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 18-25

The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2022 was chosen by the Middle East Council of Churches: “We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him.” (Matthew2:2). More than ever in these difficult times, we need to look to the light of Christ to lead us.

ELCA Coaching Network - Weekly Sessions
ELCA Coaching will continue with the theme of COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP. We have invited various ministries to host these gatherings through this next year, so it will be different each week. There will usually be time for small groups in breakout rooms so that leaders across the church can continue to learn from each other and leave each gathering with at least one action step. For January 2022:
Week Three (January 19) - African Descent Ministries - Preparing for Newness
Week Four (January 26) - Tentative - Homelessness and Justice / Economic Diversity
We are inviting you to bring a spirit of curiosity to these gatherings and to all aspects your life.
What are you noticing? Where is Spirit moving? How might you be a part?
Join Zoom Meetings here:
Meeting ID: 180 439 412 / Passcode: 648160
Recordings from prior gatherings can be found here:

Region One Preparedness & Disaster Response News
from our Project Manager, Dave Brauer-Rieke:

The next Region 1 Congregational Preparedness Network Gathering will be: 

Contemplative Action Community
from Thriving Leadership Formation at California Lutheran

These three sessions are open to everyone - church leaders, lay people, and those who are seeking community in the new year.

Join for 1, 2 or all 3 sessions:
Thursday, January 20, 6pm-7:30pm;
Tuesday, Feb 22, 10am-11:30am;
Sunday,, March 27, 4pm-5:30pm

Learn more and sign up to attend at:
How Your Church Can Become a Center of Long Life Learning & Faith Formation
A Webinar from Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA)

January 27, 9am (Pacific)

Join John Roberto, Founder of LifeLong Associates, to explore how essential learning and faith formation is to our churches and the older adults they serve. He'll present examples and resources for addressing the spiritual and religious needs of adults 60 and over. Discover how to engage this age group in meaningful, faith forming experiences that are easy to access and designed in multiple formats.

Upcoming Installation Services:
Pastor Scott Peterson Installation
Sunday, January 30, 10am at Anacortes Lutheran
We give thanks to God as Pr. Peterson is installed as the new pastor at Anacortes Lutheran Church! God bless this new ministry partnership!
Pastor John Schraan Installation
Sunday, February 6, 2pm at Our Saviour's Lutheran in Arlington
We give thanks to God as Pr. Schraan is installed as the new pastor at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church! God bless this new ministry partnership!
Afghan Refugee Resettlement Webinar

Tuesday, February 8 at 4pm (Pacific)

Join Lutheran Disaster Response, ELCA Ammparo and ELCA Advocacy for this webinar to help congregations and individuals answer the call to engage in co-sponsorship, financial support and advocacy meaningfully and effectively as we rise to show welcome in the days and years ahead.

2022 Ignite the Church Conference

Seismic Shifts:
Where do we go from here?

February 8-10 in Orlando and Online

Since February 2020 and before, the Church has been enduring unprecedented seismic shifts. In response, a new hybrid version of the conference will gather this February (in-person in Orlando AND online) yo reflect on the theme: SEISMIC SHIFTS: Where Do We Go From Here?
Four large group sessions will focus on the following shifts:
  • Public Church with Robin Steinke and Winston Persaud
  • Hybrid Church with Joe and Jess Liles
  • Adaptive Church with Tod Bolsinger
  • Thriving Church with Stephanie Spellers
Ten 90-minute workshops will dig deeper into these shifts to offer encouragement, inspiration, and challenge for church leaders. To register and learn more about the presenters, workshop options, and other details go to
The Online option will provide live and recorded access to each large group session.
The Online option is FREE with a suggested donation of $30 to the ELCA Fund for Leaders.
All proceeds continue to benefit the ELCA Fund for Leaders.
Elementary Retreats at Camp Lutherwood!

Join us for one of our Elementary Retreat this March! Come with your family or church!! Enjoy camp favorites including campfire, chapel, 9 square, Gaga Ball, kayaking and canoes, ropes course, Bible Encounter and more!! All campers must come with a chaperone. Groups must have 1 male and 1 female chaperone to stay with campers in their cabins.

Dates: March 4-5 -OR- March 11-12
Fridays - Check In is from 5-7pm; Saturdays - Enjoy a day full of camp and head out after dinner!

Questions about our retreat please reach out to our office at

Want an item included?
Email Susan Berg, Communications Administrator
All items due by 2pm on the prior Thursday

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Seattle, WA 98103