Synod Hunger Grants

Congregations may apply for a $500 grant.

Learn more and apply here by Saturday, April 30!
Grace Grants:
Year Three application process now open!

Applications due by May 1st.

Learn more about these grants and submit your application here
The Spirit

The Spirit is a monthly publication featuring articles from Bishop Shelley Bryan Wee and Synod VP Kay Edgerton. 
Read their articles from the March edition (and previous months!) here:
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:

Mon, Mar 14, 3pm - Assembly Meeting
Tues, Mar 15, 9am-1pm - Synod Staff Planning Session
Tues, Mar 15, 2pm - First Call Meet Up on Zoom
Wed, Mar 16, 1pm - Nominating Committee Meeting

Wed, Mar 16, 4pm - DEADLINE for rostered ministers, lay mission developers and interns to REGISTER for BISHOP's CONVOCATION!
Find more info and registration link HERE.

Wed, Mar 16, 6pm - Region1 Congregation Preparedness Network - see below
Thurs, Mar 17, 12noon - Time for You (Children, Youth & Family) - see below
Thurs, Mar 17, 2pm - Deans' Meeting
Thurs, Mar 17, 4pm - Bishop's Convocation Planning Meeting
Sat, Mar 19 - Synod Council Meeting
Reparatory Justice Series

Tuesdays, March 15, April 19, and May 17

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.
Love Your Neighbor Webinar:
Help Families Receive Full Tax Benefits

Wednesday, March 16, 10am Pacific

This interfaith webinar will explain changes to the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit, and how you can help spread the word in our communities about these tax credits.

The American Rescue Plan Act passed last year included a historic one-year expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Everyone needs to file a tax return to access these tax credits. With an amazing line-up of speakers, this one-hour webinar is for faith leaders, service providers and others who can assist individuals to claim the expanded CTC and EITC benefits this tax season. The ELCA is a cosponsor of this event.
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:
March 16 - Josiah Benedict (Total Inclusion/Mission Builders)
March 23 - Jason O'Neill - How Are You? No, Really! Processing Grief
March 31 - TBA
April 6 - Coaching - Choose Your Own Adventure (multiple topics in breakout rooms)
Join Zoom Meetings here:
Meeting ID: 180 439 412 / Passcode: 648160
Recordings from prior gatherings can be found here:
Region One Congregation Preparedness Network
Wednesday, March 16 at 6pm - online
Topic this month: "Conversations Matter!" Come and get the latest disaster news, expert tips on disaster preparedness, and work with others building teams in your local community.

Read the current newsletter here:
Time for You
Thursday, March 17 at 12noon

Time for You is a monthly gathering of Children, Youth, and Family leaders who connect, collaborate, and support one another through all season of ministry. All volunteer and paid leaders are welcome to join us. Each month we check-in with each other, share upcoming events, collaborate with each other as we adapt to new ways of connecting with those in our ministries, and so much more!

Interested in attending? Want more information? Email the leaders HERE.
Be sure to join the NWWA Synod Children, Youth & Family Facebook Group - another great way to connect and has the latest information, including the Zoom link for the meeting.
Seattle Pride Parade
Sunday, June 26

Our first planning meeting will be March 22 at 5pm - online.

We are registered and we look forward to participating in person again this year!
With the closure of Open Door Ministries, we need a few key leaders to help plan for our participation in this event. Interested in helping plan? Contact!
Our next Living into Vocational Engagement (LiVE) Retreat:

Becoming Public Church

Saturday, March 26, 9am-1pm
at Faith Lutheran Church in Smokey Point
1424 172nd St NE, Marysville
All are welcome to attend this half-day retreat!

What kind of church does the world need us to be?
If your church were to cease existing in a week what would your neighbors miss about you? These questions draw out the public nature of being church in partnerships with our broader communities and neighbors. This requires a host of skills, practices, and strategies. Come to this half-day workshop to learn from practitioners who have embodied this approach, and helped move a stagnant, church system into greater sense of vitality and sustainability. We explore and imagine in conversation with you. what public ministry could look like for your particular contexts.
Presenters: Rev. Erik Samuelson, and Ryan Brown.

To Register:
IF you/your congregation is already part of the cohort, the cost is covered...
Simply register by emailing

IF you are not part of the cohort, cost is $30/person.
Please register and pay here:
Living Well Webinar

All are welcome to attend!
Thursday March 31, 1pm Online
Join the Zoom Session HERE

Join us for the topic of Resiliency:  
Resiliency is the ability to overcome challenges of any kind such as trauma, tragedy, personal crisis, or pandemic stressors. Resiliency requires self-awareness and honesty to engage the struggle. Adaption, problem-solving, and self-compassion result from the hard work of honest self-awareness. Join us as we explore science and psychology of resiliency, learn how to build skills to become more resilient, and how resiliency impacts your deep health and self-compassion.
Refugees Northwest Foster Care:
Virtual Info Session

Thursday, March 31, 6pm-7:30pm online
Registration is required. To register for this event, visit:
Registration deadline is Wednesday, March 30th

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

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

We are delighted to share that synod ministry candidate, Dustin, has accepted a call to serve as a Deacon at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
All are welcome to attend as he is ordained and installed!
We give thanks to God as Dustin is ordained into Word and Service Ministry! God bless this new ministry partnership!
Upcoming Installation Services:
Pr. Charis Weathers Installation
Sunday, May 1 at 2pm at Burlington Lutheran
We give thanks to God as Pr. Weathers is installed as the new pastor at Burlington Lutheran Church! God bless this new 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!

Pastor Pr. Rhonda Bostrom Installation
Sunday, June 19 at 2pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran on Mercer Island
We give thanks to God as Pr. Bostrom is installed as the new pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church! God bless this new ministry partnership!
National Lutheran Choir Live Stream:
Lament of the Earth

Sunday, May 1, 2pm

The National Lutheran Choir will be live streaming their Minneapolis area concert of Lament of the Earth, a newly commissioned work combining the texts of celebrated Lutheran poet, the late Susan Palo Cherwien, with the music of Emmy Award-winning composer Steve Heitzig. Had Covid not intervened, this would have been a live concert with the world premiere on Earth Day in Seattle. This live stream allows us to continue to be a part of this magnificent moment, giving thanks for the life and ministry of Susan, the creativity of Steve, and the artistry of the National Lutheran Choir under the direction of David Cherwien.

The live stream is easily accessed on the National Lutheran Choir’s channel on YouTube.
Please share this announcement in all of your parish's publicity, and to others who might be interested!
CIT and High School Retreat
May 6-7 at Camp Lutherwood

Come and reconnect before this summer!
Registration opens March 6.

All high schoolers are welcome!
For more information and questions please contact
Join Hands Day at Camp Lutherwood!

Saturday, May 7

Join Hands Day is a National Volunteer Day. Come to camp and help make a difference as we get ready for Summer 2022! We have projects for all ages and availability. Fun for all ages! Lunch provided for all volunteers!

For more info or with any questions please contact
Northwest Washington Synod Assembly

Saturday, June 4, 9am - 4pm
at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood
Registration opens April 1st - no foolin'!

Deadline for nominations and resolutions is May 1.
Better to get them in early!

We are now accepting nominations for:
Synod Secretary
Synod Vice President
and 4 Synod Council Member positions

Would you like to lend a hand at the assembly? We will need a few helpers the day of the assembly - please reach out to if you are interested!
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