Deadlines FAST approaching for our
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:
NW Washington SYNOD Hunger Grants
Applications due by April 30!

Learn more about these $500 grants and apply here:
Grace Grants:
Applications due by MAY 1st!

Learn more and apply here
ELCA World Hunger Domestic Grants Announced

Congratulations to those across the ELCA who received a 2022 Domestic Hunger Grant or continuing grants, including Immanuel Community Services (Seattle) and Elizabeth Gregory Home (Seattle)! AND congratulations to the 12 Big Dream Grant partners in ministry, including Faith Lutheran Church Food Bank (Everett)! Go here to view the complete list of ministries working creatively and courageously in their communities.

The next round of Daily Bread Matching Grants begins on April 25th and applications for the 2023 ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants are now open! Learn more HERE.
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!

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!

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 - formerly of Faith Action Network!) has been called to serve as the Street Minister of Operation Nightwatch. God bless this new ministry partnership!
Seattle Pride Parade

The Synod is regsitered to march in - and we are looking forward to participating with YOU 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.)
Would your congregation like to march with other Lutherans from our synod?
Email ASAP with this info:
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)
Have you seen the Employment Opportunities page on our website?

You will find open positions from around the synod there including music and administrative positions in congregations, positions open at Lutheran Community Services, and two full-rime positions at Immanuel Community Services in Seattle! Go HERE to learn more!
Hymnals to Share!

Green Lutheran Book Of Worship Hymnals AND 1991 Hymnal Supplements Available

If YOU are interested in claiming them before they are recylced, please contact the St. John United (Seattle) office: (206) 784-1040 or
Synod Events this week:

Mon, April 25-27 - Bishop's Convocation - Please note: the Synod Office will be closed, and email responses might be a bit delayed!

Thurs, April 28, 12noon - Children, Youth & Family Committee (Online OR at Our Savior's in Everett - contact Taryn for more details if needed)

Thurs, April 28, 5:30pm - Synod Hunger Team - Join Zoom Here

Saturday, April 30, 2pm - Dustin Hamren's Ordination Service - see above

Sunday, May 1, 2pm - Pr. Charis Weathers Installation Service - see above
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.

Join Zoom Meetings here:
Meeting ID: 180 439 412 / Passcode: 648160
Recordings from prior gatherings can be found here:
Addiction & Relapse:
A New Paradigm for Recovery

Thursday, April 28, 9am-10am (Pacific) Online

The Center of Addiction & Faith is presenting a one-hour free webinar with a followup 30-minute Zoom discussion.

With fentanyl showing up in every kind of street drug, relapse following treatment is becoming increasingly dangerous. Relapse is widely accepted as the norm following treatment, but does it need to be? There are evidence-based practices that work very well to prevent relapse, but those practices are not regularly applied in the field.
Bill Messinger, retired attorney and recovery coach, will help us understand the state of current relapse prevention practices and what we can do to improve outcomes. He will help us understand how faith communities could play an important supportive role helping people on their journey back to wholeness. Join us for this free webinar and discussion on this life and death issue.
Arab American Heritage Month Celebration
Thursday, April 28, 4pm (Pacific) Online

April is Arab American Heritage Month! The Association of Lutheran of Arab and Middle Eastern Heritage (ALAMEH) is hosting an online celebration. The event will feature speakers Samer Khalaf, national president of the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee and Jonathan Kuttab, executive director of Friends of Sabeel North America.

Join us to discuss of Arab American heritage in the United States, advocacy, justice, combating discrimination and more. Register here:
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)
Lutheran Campus Ministry Sunday - May 1st!
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 ( 
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!
Refugees Northwest
Foster Care Information Session

Thursday, May 5, from 5:30pm - 7pm Online

The need continues for foster homes for unaccompanied refugee youth from Afghanistan, Central America, and other countries around the world. Learn more at this online inforamtion session!

More info AND pre-register here:
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
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.

Save the Date for the Fall LWR Ingathering: Nov. 4/5 at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church
Gratitude Celebration
for these recently retired pastors:
Pr. Michael Anderson, Pr. Mary-Alyce Burleigh,
Pr. Larry Morris, Pr. Rita Anderson, and Pr. Phil Strain

Saturday, May 14 from 1-4pm
Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Kirkland

Join Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in saying thank you to these faithful leaders who have all recently retired from ministry at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church.
Faith Network Regional Spring Summit

Sunday, May 15, 3pm-5pm
Seattle Friends Meeting (4001 9Th Avenue NE, Seattle) OR Online

We will gather with advocates in the Puget Sound region to celebrate FAN's wins in the past year and consider what steps we might take together in the year ahead. We will meet as a large group for part of our time together, and also break out into smaller groups based on specific issues of concern to participating faith communities. This event is open to all advocates and will be in a hybrid format. You can attend in person or via Zoom. Come network with others from your area and help us find the best ways to advocate for the change we want to see in our state! Register here!
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.
May Youth Weekend at Holden Village
May 20-22

Registration is now closed. Find the UPDATED details about this gathering for high school aged youth in our region, and the forms needed HERE.
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