Asian American and Pacific Islander
Heritage Month
Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is observed in the US during May. We are grateful for the rich gifts of culture, language, and heritage of these siblings. We give thanks for the many AAPI members in our synod.

We celebrate these ethnic specific ministries: Bethel Chinese Lutheran Church, Grace Chinese Lutheran Church (Seattle), Grace Chinese Lutheran Church of South King County (Renton), Grace Chinese and Love Me Ministry (Sammamish), Ministry to International Students and Scholars (UW, Seattle), Seattle Community Covenant Fellowship.
Continue to open our ears and eyes in the ways to welcome, honor, partner, and advocate for these beloved neighbors. Be sure to check out this anti-racism resource, Hidden Gems: Educational Tools for Combating Anti-Asian Racism  
Learn more about the ELCA's Asian and Pacific Islander Ministries.
Need a Printer? Desks? Filing Cabinets?

Edison Lutheran Church has office furniture and a printer free to a good home:
1 Konica Minolta Bizhub mono laser multifunction printer
1 Conference Table
6 Wood L-Shaped Desks
12 Office Reception Chairs
Many Metal Filing Cabinets
2 Oak Bookshelves
Please contact Carrie at 360-766-6920 or for more information!
Edmonds Art Walk Features Synod Pastor

Beginning Thursday, May 19, the work of Pr. Paul Sundberg (retired) will be featured for one month at Christopher Framing & Gallery (537 Main Street, Edmonds) “Garry Oak” is shown here.

Learn more about the Edmonds Art Walk:
Seattle Pride Parade
The Synod is registered to march - 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 (NO LATER THAN MAY 25) 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 at your church, inspiring signage & fun attire, sharing information from the synod planning team, verifying vaccinations of your group, and getting your best total count of group participants to the planning team by May 25.)

Bringing Youth to the parade?
Join other youth leaders as they meet to prepare to welcome LGBTQIA+ youth and youth allies on Monday, May 16 at 3pm. Join the Zoom meeting HERE.
Synod Events this week:

Mon, May 16, 3pm - Pride Parade - Youth Leaders Meeting (see above)
Mon, May 16, 6pm - Resolution Hearing online
Tues, May 17, 9am - Assembly Tech Meeting
Tues, May 17, 10am - Synod Staff Meeting
Tues, May 17, 2pm - First Call Zoom Meet Up
Thurs, May 19, 12noon - CYF Committee / Time For You
Thurs, May 19, 2pm - Cluster Deans' Meeting
Fri, May 20 - Sun, May 22 - May Youth Weekend at Holden Village
PRE-Synod Assembly
ONLINE Events:

All Voting Members & Observers are strongly encouraged to attend these online events to help you be well-prepared for our June 4 Assembly! Please pre-register for them!

TONIGHT, Monday, May 16, 6pm - Hearing on Resolutions
Monday, May 23, 6pm - Orientation
Wednesday, May 25, 6pm - Budget Hearing

You will find the Zoom registration links on our assembly webpage:
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.

On Wednesday, May 18, we welcome The Rev. Sara Cutter, Senior Director for Operational Effectiveness in the Christian Community and Leadership Home Area of the ELCA’s churchwide organizationIn this role, she manages the operations of a variety of ministries engaged with supporting and nurturing ELCA congregations and their leaders. From the work of psychologists Drs. John & Julie Gottman we will explore the concept of the Four Horsemen, first published in the book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. Even though this research is directed at intimate relationships, there is much to be learned and applied in our personal and professional lives that the Gottmans offer with these four documented characteristics that tear down our relationships. With their research, they have also discovered four antidotes to keep the Four Horsemen at bay so that we can spend more time connecting and working toward a common goal.

Join Zoom Meetings here:
Meeting ID: 180 439 412 / Passcode: 648160
Recordings from prior gatherings can be found here:
Reparatory Justice Series
Wednesday, May 18

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 and learn about Black Maternal Health on Wednesday, May 18 in this Reparatory Justice Series webinar. Register at

Previous sessions available for viewing here.
Snake River to Salish Sea
Spirit of the Waters Totem Pole Journey

Thursday, May 19, 6pm-8pm
at the University of Washington wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Intellectual House
(4249 Whitman Ct NE, Seattle)

Join Earth Ministry for a special evening in support of the Indigenous-led movement to honor the spirit of a free-flowing Lower Snake River and restore the health of salmon and orca. The 2022 totem pole journey aims to inspire, inform, and engage Pacific Northwest communities through intergenerational voices, ceremony, art and science, spirituality, ancestral knowledge, and cross-cultural collaboration.

ELCA Civics and Faith Listening Event
What is important to you when you think about government?
What about how the church and the state relate to each other?

Tues, May 24, 5pm-6:15pm
Wed, May 25, 5pm-6:15pm (Note for our assembly voting members, this session conflicts with our online budget hearing)
A task force is at work on a new social statement about civics and faith, and it wants to hear from you. This social statement was requested by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. A key piece of this process is hearing from ELCA members about their priorities and perspectives. Social statements establish the basis for the ELCA’s public voice and policy decisions. They also serve as a teaching tool to help people discern and discuss their views on an issue.
This month YOU can connect directly with the task force to let them know what’s important to you! Join members of the ELCA social statement task force for an ELCA-wide virtual listening event. The event will introduce what social statements are and how they’re developed. Then, participants will have a chance to share with task force members directly in breakout groups.

The main questions will be:
What themes, ideas or topics do you think the task force needs to talk about or consider for the social statement?
What is important for the task force to consider in creating an effective social statement?
There are two opportunities to participate:
Register HERE:
Dementia 101 for Congregations
Thursday, May 26 at 9am (Pacific)

Certified Dementia Practitioner Debbie Selsavage will start us off with a brief overview and discussion of characteristics of dementia. Then, she'll share tips and techniques she’s used to train churches on how to support members and families dealing with dementia and how to become Dementia Friendly.
Upcoming Installation Services:
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!
Upcoming Ordinations!

We are delighted to celebrate these individuals who will be ordained into word and sacrament ministry! Thanks be to God!

Pam Karas Ordination
Saturday, June 18, 10am
at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Everett
Pam has been called to serve as pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Everett. God bless this new ministry partnership! Pam will be installed at Faith on Sunday, June 19 at 10:30am.

Paul Benz Ordination
Saturday, June 18, 2pm
at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seattle
Paul (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!

Sara Funkhouser Ordination & Installation
Saturday, June 25, 3pm
at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, Seattle
Sara has been called to serve as pastor at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Seattle. God bless this new ministry partnership!
Want an item included?
Email Susan Berg, Communications Administrator
All items due by 2pm on the prior Thursday

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