Living Stones Easter Greetings Invite

Share the Good News of the Resurrection with the men at Washington Corrections Center. You're invited to write a line or two of an Easter message of encouragement, send a poem or short story, or submit artwork for the Easter edition of our weekly newsletter to the WCC community. It might be a favorite Bible verse or a verse from a hymn or praise song. This is a way to join with our Living Stones brothers as we remember God's great love for us through the sacrifice of his Son Jesus on the cross and celebrate our Resurrected Lord Jesus. 
Please email Sandi ( today! Thank you!
Northwest Washington Synod Assembly

Saturday, June 4, 9am - 4pm
at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood

  • Registration deadline is May 1
  • Nominations Due May 1
  • Resolutions Due May 1

Learn more about the assembly here:

Would you like to lend a hand at the assembly?
We will need registration helpers and ushers on the day of the assembly! Join the fun and we will buy you lunch! Please reach out to if you are interested!
Lutheran World Relief Fall Ingathering

Friday & Saturday, May 13 & 14 
at Our Redeemers' Lutheran (2400 NW 85th St, Seattle)

It is time to gather up quilts and kits for Lutheran World Relief in the Seattle area! Please deliver your boxes from 8am-2pm on Friday May 13th and 8am-11:30am on Saturday May 14th. If you would like to pick up fabric samples, please follow any state guidelines that apply.

We still need a few more volunteers to help load the boxes - if you would be willing to help for two hours, please contact Rich at 206-384-1183.
Seattle Pride Parade Invite

We are looking forward to participating in the Seattle Pride Parade this year on Sunday, June 26!
(The parade officially begins at 11am. Our actual walking start time is dependent upon where we are in the parade order. It generally takes two-three hours to complete the 1.75-mile parade route once we start moving.)
We are registered as a group from the synod - and we look forward to participating with YOU in person again this year! We have gathered a team of leaders to help plan for our participation in this event, if you are interested in joining us, please contact Our next planning meeting is scheduled for April 20 at 3pm – via Zoom.
This will be the first in-person Pride Parade in Seattle in a few years – and there are NEW requirements in place! In particular, these items are required by the Pride Planners in order for us to participate:
proof of vaccination, the wearing of masks, and a complete list of all group attendees a month prior to marching. With these requirements, we must plan ahead more than we are used to!

We are asking for you to discuss participating with your congregational leadership and then email with:
1) an RSVP that you would like to bring a group AND
2) name of a point person for your congregation/ministry site
This point person will be the contact for your delegation of walkers… promoting the event, sharing information from the planning team, AND collecting names of all of your ministry’s participants to share with the planning team by MAY 25.
Updates from the ELCA Europe Desk

Here are some updates that highlight the ministries of some of our church's companion synods: the Lutheran Churches in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Russia, and Czech Brethren:

Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland:

Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovakia:

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary:
“This is how the Lutheran Church in Hungary uses donations” Recent article from our partners in the Lutheran Church in Hungary about their ministry with refugees from Ukraine.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in European Russia (our synod's companion)
Archbishop Brauer of the ELCR joins with bishop Shvarts of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine to pray for peace:

Czech Brethren:

For financial contributions, it is recommended that the companion synods continue to support relief efforts through Lutheran Disaster Response. Send your financial gifts to “Eastern Europe Crisis Response.” Money offers flexibility for local organizations to address local needs, whatever they may be. To give through mail, make checks payable to “Lutheran Disaster Response” and write “Eastern Europe Crisis Response” in the memo line. Mail to:Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; P.O. Box 1809; Merrifield, VA 22116-8009
Volunteer Opportunities at Holden Village!

Holden Village is looking forward to hosting a full summer of guests in the upcoming months. The Holden Staffing Team is working hard to solidify a summer staff who can support our guests this summer.

Here are some of the more critical roles they need to fill:

CDL Driver/Heavy Equipment Operator - 2+ weeks (volunteer), 3+ months (stipend), 1+ year (stipend with benefits), other arrangements also possible
Communications & Development Coordinator - 2+ weeks (volunteer), 3+ months (stipend), 1+ year (stipend with benefits)
Garbologist - 3+ months (stipend), 1+ year (stipend with benefits)
Head Carpenter - 2+ weeks (volunteer), 3+ months (stipend), 1+ year (stipend with benefits)
Housekeeping Services Assistant - 2+ weeks (volunteer)
Housekeeping Services Associate - 3+ months (stipend), 1+ year (stipend with benefits)
Head Cook - 3+ months (stipend), 1+ year (stipend with benefits)
Kitchen Assistant - 2+ weeks (volunteer)
Maverick - 2+ weeks (volunteer), 3+ months (stipend), 1+ year (stipend with benefits)
Medic - 2+ weeks (volunteer), 3+ months (stipend), 1+ year (stipend with benefits)
Registrar - 3+ months (stipend), 1+ year (stipend with benefits)
Trails Crew Coordinator - 3+ months (stipend)
Utilities Lead - 1+ year (stipend with benefits)

Many other roles (including salaried employees!) are also available. View them on their website
Grace Grants:
Application process now open!

Applications due by May 1st.

Learn more about these grants and submit your application here
Synod Hunger Grants

Congregations may apply for a $500 grant!

Learn more and apply here by Saturday, April 30!
May Youth Weekend at Holden Village

May 20-22

Registration is open!
There is only one weekend being offered this year - and limited space.

Find the UPDATED details about this gathering for high school aged youth in our region, forms needed, and how to register HERE by April 15!
Synod Events this week:

Tues, April 12, 11am - Chrism Mass for Rostered Ministers, see below
Wed, April 13, 11am - Synod Staff Meeting

A blessed Holy Week to you all!
Chrism Mass & Renewal of Vows Service
Tuesday of Holy Week - April 12 at 11am
at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, Seattle
All Rostered Ministers, Mission Developers, and Interns are invited to gather with our Episcopalian colleagues for this annual event. Worship together and receive holy oil, consecrated for use by our two commumities, throughout the year. The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia will preach and our own Bishop Shelley Bryan Wee will preside.
Unable to attend in person, view the livestream here:
Please note: there will be NO lunch following the service
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:
April 13 - Tammy Devine - Permission to BE
April 20 - TBA
April 27 - TBA
May 4 - Coaching - Choose Your Own Adventure (breakout rooms by topic)
May 11 - ELCA Young Adults - Topic TBA

Join Zoom Meetings here:
Meeting ID: 180 439 412 / Passcode: 648160
Recordings from prior gatherings can be found here:
Earth Day Worship
April 22

Online Worship 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. Details here:
Jared White in Concert

Saturday, April 23, 4pm
Faith Lutheran Church - 9041 166th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052

The Fine Arts Recital Series at Faith/Redmond is pleased to present vocalist Jared White in concert. Mr. White will be presenting a program titled Travel Songs: an exploration on the themes of travel and change through the lens of French and German Art Song. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person or $20 per family for this event. Faith Lutheran Church will follow current guidelines set forth by the governor's office of Washington State for this event. At this time, proof of vacation will not be required, and masks will be optional.

Four-week hybrid series invitation...
Indigenous Americans: In Search Of Truth And Reconciliation
Sundays, April 24 - May 15 at 10:45am

Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Everett is offering this hybrid adult learning course. You and your congregation are invited to join. (IF the 10:45am timing does not work for your setting, find recordings of the sessions on the OSLC YouTube channel each week.)   
The course is led by Rev. Dr. Rick Rouse with guests Marlene Whiterabbit Helgemo of the Ho Chunk Nation and Former Montana Synod Bishop Jessica Crist, Co-Chairs of the ELCA Task Force for the Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery, as well as members of the Upper Skagit Tribe. 

For more information, contact Rick at 
SESSION ONE (April 24)
“Confronting Our Violent Past: From the Doctrine of Discovery to the Trail of Tears”
“Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: The Experience of Native Tribes in the Pacific Northwest”
Guest Speakers: Kay Knott and brother, Elders, Upper Skagit Tribe
“In the White Man’s Image: The Tragedy of Indian Schools and Its Traumatic Legacy”
(Film and Discussion)
“Repentance and Redemption: Lutherans Offering Healing and Hope” 
Guest Speakers: Jessica Crist & Marlene Helgemo, Co-Chairs, ELCA Native American Task Force 
What: ELCA Now is the Time study (5-part series):
A Study for ELCA Declaration to People of African Descent

Who: For those who want to do this study together in community

Why: Now is the time...for white members of the ELCA to face our own resistance and fear name uncomfortable truths let go of guilt and embrace responsibility uncover silence and complicity acknowledge the depths of systemic racism and white supremacist culture and thinking ...for repentance, and the time to trust God’s liberating grace, which gives us courage to face an uncomfortable past and walk boldly into a new future of racial justice and reconciliation, and of structural change. Join us to do this work together.

When: Thursdays April 28 – June 2, 9am – 11am (no meeting on 5/19)

Format: Zoom webinar (everyone on camera, sharing in small groups with large group time as well)

Must register in advance:

Facilitated by:
Pastor Kacey Hahn (St. Matthew’s in Renton) and Desta Goehner, Spiritual Director and
Director of Congregational Relations at California Lutheran University
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. We give thanks to God as Dustin is ordained into Word and Service Ministry and installed as a deacon at Gloria Dei! God bless this new ministry partnership!
Lutheran Campus Ministry Sunday!
May 1, 2022
On Sunday, May 1, congregations of the NWWA Synod are invited to lift up Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM) in their prayers and help increase our visibility and presence within our congregations! 
Ways to participate:
  • Use the Intercessory Prayers written by LCM for worship 
  • Use or share Pastor Chelsea Globe's video sermon, based on lectionary texts for the day
  •  Put the attached graphic into your bulletin and eNews/newsletters
  • Download the discussion guides for your Adult Education and Youth Groups
  • Invite your congregation to participate in a Zoom Education Hour that day to hear all about campus ministry in NWWA!
  • Sun. May 1, 12:30-1:30 PM
  • Zoom link:

For more information or questions, contact Pastor Chelsea Globe ( 
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
Reparatory Justice Series
Tuesday, 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.
Paul Benz Ordination

Saturday, June 18, 2pm
at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seattle

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.
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