Synod Hunger Grants

This grant process was started in 2021 thanks to a generous gift and grant monies received by the synod. Five congregations received $500 for their current or new local hunger ministry efforts. A Noisy Offering Campaign was offered to congregations to help raise funds for the 2022 grant season... It is now time to apply for these grant monies!

Congregations may apply for a $500 grant and based on the Noisy Offerings funds that were received, a number of grants will be announced at the synod assembly June 4, 2022.

Grant application deadline is Saturday, April 30. APPLY HERE! 
Questions? Contact Hunger Team Member, Kim Unti:

Want to help boost these grant funds? 
You can host a Noisy Offering Campaign in your congregation.
Find the resources here: www./ministries/hunger-ministries
Grace Grants:
Year three application process now open!

Thanks to the vision and desire for continued ministry, Grace Lutheran Church (Bellevue), gave the synod council a percentage of their proceeds when they closed their ministry in 2019. The synod council, in turn, is investing this money in congregations and ministry sites who are doing faithful innovation via Grace Grants. 
For each of the three years (2020-2022), $100,000 will be made available for congregations and ministry sites to apply for Grace Grants. Congregations and ministry sites are welcome to apply for grants ranging from $2,000 to $20,000 for a specific ministry project. Grants are potentially renewable. 
Year 3 Focus Areas - Ideally, your grant proposal will show your aspirations for ministry in support of one or more of these four focus areas:
  • Equity and Justice for Marginalized Communities 
  • Community and Inclusion 
  • Youth & Young Adult 
  • COVID Ministry Innovation 
  • What have we learned during COVID? 
  • How do we go forward to “new and improved?” 

Important Dates:
  • March 5, 2022 - Grant Application Period open, find form on synod website
  • May 1, 2022 - Applications due.
  • May 2022 - Grant committee review will take place
  • June 4, 2022 - Notification of grants awarded at Synod Assembly 
  • July 1, 2022 - Grants to be funded 
  • Between July 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023- Grant monies will be used by those selected .
  • By May 1, 2023- Each grant recipient will submit a report to the synod council sharing the results of the ministry project facilitated through the grant. 
Grants are potentially renewable based on additional funding.

Submission Process NOW OPEN - new online form this year! 
Please fill out all relevant fields on this online form and submit it electronically. Questions about the grant process or applications should be directed to
Foundations Course: Become a Faith Community Nurse or Health Minister

Is a Faith Community Health Ministry in Your Future?
Faith Community Nurses and Health Ministers work together to open the door for important conversations about health and wellness of the mind, body and spirit and provide additional caring connection and support for faith communities facing the many challenges of today.
From April 9 - June 11, Health Ministries Network is offering a distant learning Foundations for Faith Community Nursing for active and retired nurses and a parallel Foundations for Health Ministry course for lay members of faith communities. The course includes pre-course orientations, weekly online curriculum, and monthly Zoom webinars, providing a total of 38 hours of supported instruction and introduction into a welcoming health ministry community.
The Foundations Course is open to all religions, faiths, and beliefs.
Nurses and health ministers serving diverse communities are encouraged to apply for scholarships.
or Contact: Sarah Lane, or call 360-632-2372
Living Lutheran Magazine

The ELCA magazine recently highlighted Grace Chinese Lutheran Church's Love Me Ministry for children with special needs and their families. Read it here:

Also - coming up in the March edition - check out the "I'm a Lutheran" article featuring Dr. Michelle H. Martin from Ballard First Lutheran in Seattle!
Trinity Education Foundation announces:
the Graduate Leadership Scholarship

Applications for the new Graduate Leadership Scholarship from Trinity Education Foundation are now being accepted. If you are pursuing or planning to pursue a master’s level degree in leadership at a Christian University in the northwest (WA, OR, ID, MT) we have just the scholarship for you. We will be awarding three renewable scholarships of $5,000 per year for up to two years, the typical length of a master’s level degree.
Applications are being accepted now through April 30, 2022. Awardees will be announced by the end of May. To learn more and apply, please visit us 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 8,10am-12noon - Synod Staff Meeting
Wed, Mar 9, 1pm - Synod Nominating Committee
Thurs, Mar 10 - STAD Leader Retreat & Monthly Conversation
Thurs, Mar 10, 3pm - Synod Executive Committee
Thurs, Mar 10, 6:30pm - Interrogating Privilege (LiVE course)
Thurs, Mar 10, 7pm - Synod Finance Team
Sun, Mar 13, 3:30pm - Pr. Chelsea Globe Installation (see below!)
International Women's Day - March 8

Tuesday, March 8, at 5pm Pacific

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and a panel of women leaders will participate in a virtual event to mark International Women's day. They will speak about how the ELCA works for gender justice and equality around the world, breaking down societal biases by investing in women from all walks of life. To learn more, contact Rahel Mwitula Williams at

Panelists: The Rev. Dr. Marcia Blasi, Program Executive for Gender Justice and Women’s Empowerment, Lutheran World Federation; The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA Presiding Bishop; Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith, President and CEO, Lutheran Social Services of Southern California; Dr. Mayuko Yasuda, Adjunct Faculty, Japan Lutheran College and Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Moderators: Naomi Mbise, International Women Leaders Scholar, California Lutheran University; Savanna Sullivan, Program Executive for Youth, Lutheran World Federation.
Host: Rahel Mwitula Williams — Director, ELCA Global Mission Funding
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 9 - Daniel Kirschbaum (ELCA Young Adults)
March 16 - Josiah Benedict (Total Inclusion/Mission Builders)
March 23 - Jason O'Neill - How Are You? No, Really! Processing Grief
March 31 - TBA
Join Zoom Meetings here:
Meeting ID: 180 439 412 / Passcode: 648160
Recordings from prior gatherings can be found here:
PLU - Wang Center Symposium:
Healing: Pathways for Restoration and Renewal

Wednesday & Thursday, March 9 & 10
Virtual Event, Free and Open to the Public

Join the Pacific Lutheran University community in an exploration of the concept of healing understood in the broadest sense. The two-day virtual event features a variety of renowned speakers, expert practitioners and PLU faculty whose work advances our understanding of healing in communities locally and globally. Topics will include: restorative justice, healing and intersections with race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, creed and class; food sovereignty and healing; ecological remediation and community healing; along with many other offerings, including a Continuing Education workshop for mental health providers.
Check out the full schedule here:
The Symposium keynote, hosted by the 16th Annual Dale E. Benson lecture, will feature Justin Spelhaug of the Microsoft Corporation presenting "Tech Innovation for Social Transformation." Visit the event website for more information and to register. This event is free and open to the public thanks to our generous donors.

Registration is required to receive the Zoom information for this event.
Elementary Retreat at Camp Lutherwood!

March 11-12
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!

Dustin Hamren Ordination and Installation
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. We give thanks to God as Dustin is ordained into Word and Service Ministry! God bless this new ministry partnership!

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!
Reparatory Justice Series

Continues on 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.
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:
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 3 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!
Save the date!

Seattle Pride Parade
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 first planning meeting will be March 22 at 5pm - online.
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