NEXT LiVE Course begins January 19!

Culture Course “Interrogating Privilege in Church and Our Lives”

Jan. 19-Mar. 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, here:
January 2022 Edition of The Spirit

Each month our synod bishop and synod vice president share reflections in this publication. (We share it with congregations to re-post in their newsletters) You can find the current issue – and past issues here:
Colorado Wildfire Relief

Lutheran Disaster Response is engaging with the Rocky Mountain Synod and Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains to respond to the impact of the fires. We anticipate that immediate needs will include emotional and spiritual care, temporary shelters, food and other necessities. With local partners, Lutheran Disaster Response will continue to accompany survivors throughout the years of long-term recovery.

Your gifts will support wildfire survivors. Gifts to “U.S. Wildfires” will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by wildfires. Give HERE.
Calling Handbell Ringers

If you’d like to be part of a handbell concert coming February 19 at Faith Lutheran, Redmond, please reach out ASAP to Faith’s Director of Music, Dr. William Bryant at

Practice for the handbell choir will be on Wednesdays at 7pm, with a couple of Saturday rehearsals closer to the concert date. Music will be at a level 2-3. If you have some experience ringing and would like to participate, please join us!
Faith & Everyday Life Devotions for 2022

Thank you to our friends at Lutheran Counseling Network for sharing this collection of monthly devotionals for 2022. (and for the many ways they walk alongside members of our communities!)

Find resources for devotions & worship here on our website:
From our friends at California Lutheran University
Fifty and Better (FAB) Upcoming Events:

Registration is now open for Fifty and Better’s January Lectures beginning January 5th and 6-week Winter Session beginning January 18th. Visit our website ( for registration details. Virtual lectures in January are $10 each, and one is free! Courses in the Winter Session are $40 each, or purchase 3 and get 2 free! All courses will be offered virtually, and two will can be attended simultaneously in-person. 
Congregation Annual Meeting Time

Congregation Leaders: We are approaching annual meeting time for most of our congregations. Please know that we are holding you in prayer as you gather to celebrate and review this last year and dream about where God is calling you. Here are two items for your use:
Letter from Bishop Shelley Bryan Wee
You may include this letter from the bishop in your congregation's annual meeting packet.
Find the PDF HERE / Download the Word version HERE
Annual Meeting Report Cover
Find a printable report cover from our partners at the churchwide offices of the ELCA to use for your congregation's annual report HERE.
Synod Events

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 10am-12noon - Synod Staff Meeting (online this week)
Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1pm-3pm - Transition Ministers' Meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 4, 6:30pm - Synod Evangelical Outreach Team Meeting
Thursday, Jan. 6, 1pm - Living Well Webinar - see below
Friday, Jan. 7, 4pm - Service of Remembrance - see below
Living Well Webinar

Thursday, January 6, 1pm

All are welcome to join these monthly wellness webinars. The topic this month is Self-Compassion.

Vacation, sabbath, and recovery time after a busy season is important for ministry leaders. In an effort to support and encourage this break, the Living Well Webinar on the topic of Self-Compassion will be postponed until Thursday, January 6th at 1:00pm. We look forward to exploring this important topic along with practical applications and resources you can use immediately.
Learn more about Living Well and find the Zoom webinar link HERE
Service of Remembrance
Church of Steadfast Love hosts this annual gathering

Friday, January 7, 4pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seattle

A time to remember, honor and pray for those who have died on the streets or as a result of being homeless. All are invited to join in person or via livestream.
Please find more information about this service HERE.
Synod Russia Trip Interest Meeting!

Tuesday, January 11, 1pm-3pm at the Synod Office
(in St. John United Lutheran Church - 5519 Phinney Ave N. - Seattle)

All who are interested in traveling to Russia to visit our Companion Synod (perhaps this spring/summer?!) are invited to attend this Team Russia session! Please RSVP to Ken (see email below). Unable to attend? Let Ken know you are interested in a future travel group.

Questions about the trip or the interest meeting?
Contact Ken Grigsby at
Region One Preparedness & Disaster Response News from our Project Manager, Dave Brauer-Rieke

The next Region 1 Congregational Preparedness Network Gathering will be Thursday, January 20 at 6pm. You will need to register to participate, so please do so today. Intentional Disaster Preparedness would be an awesome New Year's resolution!!
Share it with a friend, your pastor or congregation council. Invite them to subscribe.
Pastor Scott Peterson Installation

Sunday, January 30 at 10am

Join this celebration as Pastor Peterson is installed as the new pastor at Anacortes Lutheran Church. God bless this new ministry partnership!
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.
Want an item included?
Email Susan Berg, Communications Administrator
All items due by 2pm on the prior Thursday

Northwest Washington Synod / ELCA
5519 Phinney Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103