Lutheran Disaster Response:
Eastern Europe crisis response

Lutheran Disaster Response is accompanying companion churches and ecumenical partners as they respond to the crisis in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. There are major humanitarian concerns for both internally displaced people and refugees.

Partners including the Lutheran World Federation and Church World Service are providing refugees with immediate support and supplies such as food, blankets, water and hygiene kits. Care for people also includes pastoral and psychological support to address the trauma they’ve endured.

Use this bulletin insert to encourage support in your congregation. Gifts designated “Eastern Europe Crisis Response” will be used entirely to provide support for people impacted by conflict in the region.
Synod Hunger Grants

Congregations may apply for a $500 grant!

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

Applications due by May 1st.

Learn more about these grants and submit your application here
Earth Day Online Worship

April 22

From Lutherans Restoring Creation:
We are honored to have the Rev. Dr. Carmelo Santos sharing the message of the day according to the Readings for April 24th. This service will have full translation in Spanish.

If you want to integrate the service in your own worship offerings we suggest you request the material to download ahead of time. The files will be available no later than April 9th. It will be available to all via our YouTube channel and Facebook live starting Friday April 22.

From the ELCA Presiding Bishop:

Press reset: In her March column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that “over and over again humankind has betrayed the hope God has for us.” She suggests that this is a “time for a reset.”
Read her column in English at and in Spanish at
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, Mar 22, 10am-12noon - Synod Staff Meeting
Tues, Mar 22, 5pm-6pm - Pride Parade Planning - see below
Thurs, Mar 24, 12:30pm - Candidacy Committee
Sat, Mar 26, 9am-1pm - LiVE Retreat - Becoming Public Church - see below
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 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:
Seattle Pride Parade Planning Meeting

Tuesday, March 22 at 5pm - online

Please pre-register here to join the Zoom meeting

The Seattle Pride Parade will take place on Sunday, June 26.
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 ASAP!
Living Well Webinar

Thursday March 31, 1pm Online

Join the Zoom Session HERE
All are welcome to attend!

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!
Reparatory Justice Series

Tuesdays, 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.
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!

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!
Paul Benz Ordination

Saturday, June 18, 2pm
location TBD

We are delighted to share that Paul Benz (son of Pr. Paul Benz of Faith Action Network!) has been called to serve as the Street Minister of Operation Nightwatch. Stay tuned for the location of the ordination service!
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