October is Clergy Appreciation Month!

We give thanks for all rostered ministers - especially the amazing, wise, talented, compassionate, and faithful deacons and pastors in our synod!
THANK YOU each for sharing your abundant gifts so graciously!

YOU ALL are invited to show your gratitude for your pastors and deacons this month! Hold them in your prayers and consider notes of appreciation and/or gifts that encourage health and wellbeing.
Worship and Office Items Available

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (Sammamish/Issaquah) has sold its property, and has worship and office items to share with other churches. (We hold them in prayer as they have entered a time of discernment about where and how to gather.)

While many items have been spoken for, they still have their altar, acolyte lighters, offering plates, communion ware, a (very nice) manger, a few small tables; wood filing cabinet, small bookcases, and small office items such as hole punches, staplers, etc. (some items are shown in these docs: in here and here.

Items must be picked up by mid-October. Please email if interested:
Two Holden Village Updates!

Registration is now live for November 1, 2021 - January 2, 2022.
Enjoy the snowy peace and intentional presence of the Holden winter community. Register for a visit during the early winter season, including the holidays, here:

Jubilee Auction goes live THIS Wednesday, October 6 at 8:00am PT.
Help sustain Holden Village and expand welcome to those who have yet to visit by participating in the Jubilee Auction October 6-10. Learn more here:
A Free Resource for When "Beyond Covid" Arrives

“Thriving Beyond COVID” is a Scripture-based resource from an ELCA pastor to encourage, inspire and challenge congregations to get in the right frame of mind to embrace their opportunities, face their challenges, and thrive once the "post-COVID" journey begins. This customizable small and large group study is available for free download and includes Leader & Participant Guides, Videos, PowerPoints, and Worship Resources. Learn more here:

Synod Events this Week

Tues. Oct. 5, 10am-12noon - Synod Staff Meeting
Tues. Oct. 5 - Skagit-Isle Cluster Wee Walk (rostered leaders-see email from dean)
Tues. Oct 5, 1pm - Transition Ministers Meeting
Wed. Oct. 6, 3pm Convo Planning Team Meeting
Sat. Oct. 9, 1pm - Pr. Jeremy Fuerst Memorial Service (see below)
Sun. Oct 10, 2pm - Pr. Kristi Lambing Installation (see below)
TWO Faith Community Nurse / Parish Nursing Opportunities

Questions about either of these events, please reach out to our Region One ELPNA Director, Anita Huntley, at or (206) 931-7976

1) Meet & Greet - Tuesday, October 5, 3:30pm via Zoom
All ELCA Region 1 & 2 Faith Community Nurses/Parish Nurses & all nurses involved in Health Ministry are invited to join this time of fellowship and connecting.
See the full invitation HERE!
RSVP for an email Zoom link to 

2) Presentation: October 12, 4-6pm via Zoom
"Ministering to Those Who Live with Dementia and Those Who Love Them Through It"  - Presented by the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association - see full invitation HERE!
Registration fee: $20 for ELPNA members/$30 for non-members
Registration here: 
Racism and its Constitutional Roots:
How White Power is Perpetuated through the Constitution

Wednesdays October 6 - November 3; 6:30-8pm via Zoom

Northlake Lutheran church’s Social Justice Committee invites you to a Zoom class led by Pastor Mary-Alyce Burleigh, who is also a retired high school history teacher!

Pastor Mary-Alyce will guide us through the writings of the Constitution as described in “The Summer of 1787,” a suspense story written by David Stewart. He gives a fresh understanding of our Constitution’s strong points, and the reasons for its inherent flaws. This 267 page book will be covered in 5 sessions on Zoom.

For more information and to get the Zoom link, please email Pastor Anja Helmon or Northlake Lutheran’s office.
Opportunities from
Pacific Lutheran University

The 11th Annual Lutheran Studies Conference 
"Living with Mortality: Illness, Trauma, Joy and Hope" - featuring Dr. Deanna Thompson
Tuesday, October 5, including 12:00-3:00pm virtual sessions & 7:00pm Keynote Lecture
This year’s Lutheran Studies Conference will focus on finding hope and love in the wake of the pandemic and will address the various forms of trauma and loss we continue to face. We will look at how we carry both joy and brokenness as individuals and also what it means for our vocations of caregiving for one another and our community. For more information and to register, visit

2021 Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education 
“Holocaust Denial And Distortion” - featuring Dr. Yehuda Bauer and Dr. Christopher Browning
Wednesday, October 27
PLU’s mission to support the education of our students and larger community on issues of diversity and justice are intimately connected to the study of the tragedy of the Holocaust. Students can see that marginalization of a minority group, such as the Jews of Nazi Germany, can lead to life-threatening situations culminating in one of the world’s modern genocides. Issues of distortion and denial make the process of reconciliation and healing less likely and serve as an insult to the memory of all those whose lives were destroyed in the Holocaust. For more information and to register, visit

The 16th Annual David & Marilyn Knutson Lecture 
"Bonhoeffer, the Church, and the Climate Question" - featuring Rev. Dr. James Martin-Schramm '81
Tuesday, November 2, at 7:00pm via Zoom
Where virulent anti-Semitism was the most important issue facing the church in Bonhoeffer’s day, Martin-Schramm argues Bonhoeffer would have grave concerns about the impacts of climate change on present and future generations. The lecture explores tensions between patriotism and resistance and considers how God is at work in the world today among all who are striving for climate justice. For more information and to register, visit
Memorial Service for Rev. Jeremy Fuerst
The Seattle area memorial service will be on Saturday, October 9 at 1pm. In-person attendance is limited to family.

Please join by live stream HERE. Watch parties encouraged.
Pastor Jeremy died while hiking in Colorado on September 11. Please hold in your prayers his spouse, Pastor Shannyn Fuerst, their family, their friends, and their congregations (Jeremy - pastor at Central Lutheran in Everett & Shannyn - pastor at Faith Lutheran in Seattle.)  

Cards of care may be sent to:
Pr. Shannyn Fuerst - c/o Faith Lutheran Church; 8208 -18th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115
Installation Service for
Pastor Kristi Lambing

Sunday, October 10, 2pm

We give thanks to God as Rev. Kristi Lambing is installed as the pastor at Fir-Conway Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon. Join in person or via livestream here. Rostered Ministers are invited to vest - the color of the day is green. God bless this ministry partnership!
A People of Hope: Until All Are Fed
An online benefit for ELCA World Hunger

Thursday, October 14 at 5:30pm PT on Zoom

Join this online benefit event featuring ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and Rick Steve with special performances by Rachel Kurtz, Peter Mayer and the St. Olaf Choir. Hear compelling stories, listen to wonderful music and gather in fellowship to invest in this life-giving work. Register here:
Forming Community
The FIRST fall Community Retreat from the LiVE Project - open to all!

Saturday, October 16, 9am-1pm 
in person at 7400 Woodlawn in Seattle (home of Emmaus Table)

The first of our two fall community retreats will be geared to experiencing and understanding the ways the formation of community is a co-creative act between ourselves, one another and the Holy Spirit. Drawing from Margaret Wheatley’s Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future, and through interactive, action-reflection models of learning, we will practice hospitality through story-telling as key ways to be embraced by God, and within which to embrace our unique differences and callings in God.  

How to register -
  • If you are part of the 2021-2022 cohort, the cost of this retreat is included in your fee! Simply RSVP to the event on the LiVE Network (mighty network site) OR email Dr. David Hahn and let him know that you will be attending:

  • If you are NOT part of the cohort, you are most welcome to attend! Please register and pay the $50 fee ONLINE HERE. (note - YAGMs, use your discount code and get 50% off!)
2021 Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge
Under the theme “Imagining Scriptural Encounters in the New Normal,” four online presentations by ELCA seminary students will help participants deepen their encounters with Scripture and strengthen their relationships with God in a time of extreme and continuous change. Every year, one student from each seminary is invited to develop and present a class or series for people both familiar and unfamiliar with biblical texts. The students are then invited to report their findings. This year the challenge will comprise four online events:
• Kaylie H. Ines from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif., will present “Hope Remains: A Creation Care Faith Study” on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 1pm.

•  Aneel Trivedi from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, will present “Return to Baptism, Return to a New Normal” on Friday, Oct. 22, 12noon

•  Katrina Steingraeber from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will present “Looking at Today’s World Through the Psalms” on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 8am

•  Melissa J. Harris from United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa., will present “Environmental Stewardship: Reconsidering the Creation Narratives in the 21st Century” on Friday, Oct. 29, at 10am
The Rev. Dr. Diane Jacobson will serve as online host. The public is invited to attend these free online events, but registration is required for each of them. Registration information is available HERE.
Installation Service for
Deacon Patrick Meagher

Sunday, October 24, 8:30 and 11am services

We give thanks to God as Deacon Patrick is installed at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle. God bless this ministry partnership!
Installation Service for
Pastor Steve Jerbi

Sunday, October 24, 3pm

We give thanks to God as Rev. Steve Jerbi is installed as the pastor at University Congregational UCC in Seattle. Rostered Ministers are invited to vest - the color of the day is green. God bless this ministry partnership! See more info here.
Ministry Leadership Wellness Webinars

Fourth Tuesday of the Month at 1pm
Oct. 26, Nov. 23, Dec. 28, Jan. 25, Feb. 22, and March 22.

These monthly webinars are open to all synod rostered and lay leaders for free - as part of a Synod Grant with Living Well! The interactive webinars will be designed to implement specific holistic wellness strategies within the ministry setting as a way to assist with stress management, maximize engagement, self-care, and self-compassion. Find more info and Zoom link here on our website.

Click HERE for more detailed information about the Living Well partnership.
Memorial Service for Pr. Rick Pribbernow

Sunday, November 7, 2pm

Our partner in ministry and former director of Open Door Ministry, Rev. Rick Pribbernow, died August 14. We continue to hold his partner Bob and all who grieve this loss in our prayers. A memorial service for Pr. Rick Pribbernow will be held on Sunday, November 7th, at 2:00 pm. Worshipers are asked to gather online and are encouraged to safely form watch parties around the synod. The livestream link will be shared soon.

NW Washington Synod RIC congregations are encouraged to collect photographs of Pr. Rick and his work among them, which will be used in a photo montage tribute. Digital photos should be e-mailed to Josh Judd-Herzfeldt ( or upload photos directly to this Google Drive folder. (Please include your congregation's name and city) 
Communal Spiritual Practices
The SECOND fall Community Retreat from the LiVE Project - open to all!

Saturday, November 20, 9am-1pm 
in person at Advent Lutheran Church in Mill Creek

The second of our Fall retreats introduce participants to spiritual practices as a central place from which to create responsible social action in our world. We will experience and reflect on how ‘the exam’ spiritual practices of Ignatius of Loyola, and lectio Divina offer communities of faith support and accountability to being present in Christ for the life of the world. If the central call of vocation, in Christ, is learning to discover our lives in and for our neighbors, and not merely in the individualizing peace that it creates for our own spirits, we must reframe spiritual practices as communal in order to engage peace and justice through the Spirit in our broader neighborhoods, and world.  

How to register -
  • If you are part of the 2021-2022 cohort, the cost of this retreat is included in your fee! Simply RSVP to the event on the LiVE Network (mighty network site) OR email Dr. David Hahn and let him know that you will be attending:

  • If you are NOT part of the cohort, you are most welcome to attend! Please register and pay the $50 fee ONLINE HERE. (note - YAGMs, use your discount code and get 50% off!)
ReconcilingWorks -
FOUR online trainings!
+ Building an Inclusive Church
+ Consent in Community Building
+ Bias and Its Impact on Welcome
+ Let’s Talk About SOIGIE (Sex, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sexual Orientation)
Read more & learn how to register here:
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