Lenten Women’s Retreat
Invitation to join the women of Pointe of Grace Lutheran Church

During the season of Lent - come away to a quiet place with God for a slow, at home, Lenten retreat. We will explore, at your own pace, spiritual practices that bring our whole selves to God. This retreat is self-paced, flexible, and meant to work with and around your regular schedule. The retreat costs $25.
Registration closes on Feb. 23. Curious? Check out the flyer here.
Questions? Contact Pr. Pam Miles.
Books Books Books (and music!) - Available!

Pastor Tim Whiteman (Central, Bellingham) is preparing to retire after 40 years as parish pastor (well done, faithful servant!) He has a nice collection of worship, philosophy, Luther, and history books available ... AND a lot of worship music to give away as well!

Interns and seminarians have first option to claim. Everyone is welcome after Feb 15th. Everything left over goes to Good Will on February 28th. Call Pr. Tim at 360.319.9001 to set up a time to peruse!
May Youth Weekend at Holden Village

May 20-22

Registration is open!
We are headed back to Holden Village!
There is only one weekend being offered this year - and limited space.
Find the details about this gathering for high school aged youth in our region, forms needed, and how to register HERE
Synod Events this week:

Tues, Feb 15, 10am-12noon - Synod Staff Meeting
Tues, Feb 15, 2pm - First Call Meet Up on Zoom
Wed, Feb 16, 10am-3pm - Synod Staff Retreat
Wed, Feb 16, 3pm - Boundaries Training Planning Team Meeting
Wed, Feb 16, 5:30pm - ELCA Talks at the Desk
Wed, Feb 16, 6pm - Congregation Preparedness Monthly Meeting
Thurs, Feb 17, 12:30pm - Personnel Committee Meeting
Thurs, Feb 17, 2pm - Deans' Meeting
Mon, Feb 21 - Synod Office CLOSED for Presidents Day Holiday
Celebrate Archbishop Tutu’s life and legacy with
Mission: JOY

Our friends at The Episcopal Church invite ELCA members and congregations to host screenings of Mission: JOY, a new documentary on the historic five-day meeting between two of the world’s most consequential spiritual leaders — His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You can watch the documentary free of charge anytime between now and Saturday, Feb. 28, by registering here. We thank our colleagues at The Episcopal Church and Roco Films for this opportunity!
College Readiness Webinar Series

ELCA colleges and universities are dedicated to providing students with the best education possible, and we are kicking off 2022 with the College Readiness Webinar Series, free webinars to answer any questions families may have about applying to or preparing for college.
3 more in the 5-part series to help in your college search:
  • How to Pay for College: February 15 at 6pm
  • Starting Your Search: February 17 at 5pm
  • Overview of Your College Search (in Spanish): February 22 at 5pm
Learn more and register here:
ELCA Coaching Network - Weekly Sessions
Wednesdays at 11am (Pacific)
ELCA Coaching will continue with the theme of COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP. We have invited various ministries to host these gatherings 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.

Upcoming Sessions include:
February 16 - Rev. Larry Clark - I Love to Tell the Story: For Some Have Never Heard
February 23 - Phil Hirsch - Burnout
March 2 - Coaching - Choose Your Own Adventure
March 9 - Daniel Kirschbaum (ELCA Young Adults)
March 16 - Josiah Benedict (Total Inclusion/Mission Builders)
Join Zoom Meetings here:
Meeting ID: 180 439 412 / Passcode: 648160
Recordings from prior gatherings can be found here:
Reparatory Justice Series

The ELCA is part of the group hosting this monthly Wednesday webinar series from the interreligious Reparatory Justice Working Group, bringing together denominations and religious advocates as they share common reflections and experiences around the issue.
Join this month's webinar with interreligious leaders as they discuss theological perspectives related to reparations for people of African Descent, and to ongoing advocacy opportunities to pass H.R. 40 to further study the issue in the US. .

Register here:

Previous sessions available for viewing here.
ELCA Talks at the Desk

Wednesdays in February - 5:30pm Pacific

Join African Descent Ministries of the ELCA in celebrating Black History Month with Talks at the Desk, a new video series that will explore diverse expressions of the church. A new video will premiere each Wednesday in February at 5:30 pm Pacific time.

Watch them live on Facebook, stream them on YouTube or download them here. Join us to hear youth, young adults, rostered leaders, elders, and friends of our communities share their own sacred stories.
Learn more here, including discussion guide:
Region One Congregation Preparedness Network

Wednesday, February 16 at 6:pm

This month's focus, "No Wrong Doors: Many Entries into Disaster Preparedness."

Intentional Disaster Preparedness is for you, your family, congregation, or neighborhood awaits.
We welcome new participants to this next gathering! Step up to the plate!
safeTALK Training - Suicide Alertness Training

John and Shirley Swanson are certified LivingWorks facilitators for safeTALK (a 3.5 hour Suicide Alertness training) and ASIST, a two day suicide intervention training. They are holding a safeTALK training on Saturday, February 19 from 9am-12:30pm at the Camano Center (606 Arrowhead Drive, Camano Island)

  • The 3.5 hour training is open to anyone ages 15 and older
  • Participants are asked to provide a $10 donation to cover the cost of training materials
  • Pre-register and receive additional information by emailing
  • For more information about safeTALK or ASIST you can visit
Contemplative Action Community
with Thriving Leadership Formation (TLF)

Tuesday, February 22, 10am-11:30am
Sunday, March 27, 4pm-5:30pm (Spanish translation will be provided during this session. En esta sesión se proporcionará la traducción al español.)

All are welcome to join TLF staff, church leaders, and lay people for a time of spiritual renewal and contemplative practice via Zoom at one or both of the two upcoming virtual sessions to find community and restoration in the New Year. Upon registering, the Zoom link will be sent to you before each session.

Sign up here to participate:
Questions? Contact
Refugees Northwest Foster Care: Virtual Info Session

Wednesday, February 23, 6-7:30pm

You can support refugee and immigrant teenagers here in King County by becoming a licensed foster parent. Currently, there is an urgent need for foster homes for youth who have fled Afghanistan, and an ongoing need for foster homes for youth from Guatemala and Honduras. All are in the U.S. alone and in need of long-term foster families to welcome them. At this orientation, our staff will share an overview of the youth we serve, the supports we offer foster families, and the basics of the licensing process. There will be time for your questions, too.

Registration is required. To register for this event, visit:
Registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 22nd

Can’t make it to this event?
Email to sign up for a future info session!

Sunday, February 27, 12noon-2pm online

Shoulder to Shoulder, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), and Seeds of Peace are coming together to host a Youth & Young Adult Virtual Summit on addressing religious discrimination in our classrooms and communities. While this event is led in consultation with and for youth and young adults, people who work in schools (or with youth and young adults) are also welcome to attend.

Learn more about the event and how to participate HERE
The ELCA is a member of Shoulder to Shoulder, a national coalition-based campaign of religious denominations and faith-based organizations and communities that are committed to ending discrimination and violence against Muslims in the United States by equipping, connecting, and mobilizing faith leaders to effectively take action.
The Truth About Palestine: An Evening with Tamar Haddad

Sunday, February 27, 7pm-8pm
Tamar Haddad, author of The Future of Palestine: How Discrimination Hinders Change, is a recent ELCA International Women Leaders scholarship recipient and graduate of California Lutheran University. She is serving this year as the Youth Minister and Children's Choir Director for Christ Lutheran Church in Ferndale.
In this evening on Zoom, Tamar will share stories of growing up as a Palestinian Christian, explain why it's important to understand the realities in Palestine--especially of those who are overlooked or silenced--and discuss Christian Zionism. Our synod's Strategic Team for Authentic Diversity heard a similar presentation in January and thought the whole synod could benefit from Tamar's experiences.
All synod congregations, ministries, and individuals are invited to attend the Zoom presentation. Tamar will speak for 30-40 minutes and leave 20-30 minutes for questions. Please contact Pr. Jana Schofield with questions about the presentation:
Elementary Retreat at Camp Lutherwood!

Only offered one weekend: March 11-12
NEW option of day-only attendance!
Open to K-6th graders
Campers must come with chaperones, parents of their church

Please head to for more info and to register.
Questions about our retreat please reach out to our office at
Upcoming Installation Services:
Pastor Chelsea Globe Installation
Sunday, March 13 at 3:30pm at University Lutheran Church in Seattle
We give thanks to God as Pr. Globe is installed as Pastor at Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Washington! God bless this ministry partnership!

Pastor John Schraan Installation
Sunday, JUNE 5, 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!
Dustin Hamren Ordination & Installation

Saturday, April 30, 2pm
at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Lynnwood

We are delighted to share that one of our synod ministry candidates, Dustin, has accepted a call to serve as a Deacon at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. We give thanks to God as Dustin is ordained into Word and Service Ministry! God bless this new ministry partnership!

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