Synod Assembly Registration
EXTENDED for a few more hours!

Please get your congregation's voting members
registered by 12noon today!

All Voting Members & Observers will receive an email this week - stay tuned!
Upsurge -
Our Region's Lutheran Disaster Response News

This newsletter is a resource of the Western Region of Lutheran Disaster Response. We are the 11 synods of ELCA Regions 1 and 2. We are thirteen states, Lutheran Social Service Agencies, higher education, camps and some 315,000 committed Lutheran Christians. We are a diverse geography and politic, bound together by the growing impacts climate change - drought, fire, ice melt and rising seas. We stand on shifting sand. We are called to adapt. Read the May Issue HERE.
Seattle Pride Parade
The Synod is regsitered 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 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)

Want to help plan?
The planning team will be meeting via Zoom on May 11 at 3pm. If you would like to join this meeting, contact Susan for the Zoom link!

Do you have YOUTH who are interested in marching with us?
Join our Youth Leaders on Wednesday night, May 11, at 7pm via Zoom to help get our Synod Youth involved in PRIDE this year. Contact Susan for the Zoom link!
Synod Events this week:

Mon, May 2, 5:30pm - Churchwide Voting Members Meeting
Tues, May 3, 10am - Synod Staff Meeting
Tues, May 3, 1pm - Transition Ministers
Tues, May 3, 7pm - Living Stones Monthly Meeting (join the zoom HERE)
Tues, May 3, 7pm - Evangelical Outreach Team
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:
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:
Did you get a chance to enjoy the National Lutheran Choir's
"Lament of the Earth" Concert yesterday afternoon? It was lovely!
(Find their concerts on YouTube)

Here is a new invite - Thursday, May 5, at 11am, join David Cherwien, artistic director of the National Lutheran Choir, and Steve Heitzig, musical composer of the Lament, for a conversation about the text created by Susan Cherwien, and Steve Heitzig's setting that includes "earth instruments." The Zoom link is below. Just click in a few minutes before 11:00 AM. David and Steve will each speak for a few minutes and then we'll open the zoom floor for your questions and comments. 
This conversation with David Cherwien & Steve Heitzig is sponsored by the PLU Office of Congregational Engagement and the PLU Wild Hope Center for Vocation. Join the Zoom Meeting HERE.
Beyonce Mass

Friday, May 6 at 7pm
at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle

Created and curated by Reverend Yolanda Norton, Visiting Professor at Moravian Theological Seminary and founder of the Global Arts and Theology Experience (GATE), the inaugural Beyoncé Mass drew roughly 1,000 people at its inaugural event at San Franciscos historic Grace Cathedral in April 2018. Since then, the worship service has traveled to Los Angeles, Calif, Lisbon, Portugal, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., etc.

"This is not a service deifying Beyonce"...."What we are committed to is telling the story of Black women, about amplifying the reality that God is wrapped up in the speech, movement, and existence of Black women. We simply use a Black woman's music--Beyonce--to do this work."

The liturgy of Beyoncé Mass includes music from Beyonces vast discography, readings from prominent Black female leaders, and a sermon from Rev. Norton, who is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a Ph.D. candidate at Vanderbilt University in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel and holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary and B.A. in political science from Syracuse University. Rev. Norton is serving as the Visiting Theologian at University Congregational UCC, Seattle, this year. (Where the Rev Steve Jerbi - and ELCA pastor - serves!)

Beyoncé Mass is an in-person worship service only. There will be no streaming nor recording for later viewing due to licensing restrictions. For health and safety reasons, please bring and wear a mask. Masks are required during the service. Must reserve tickets 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.
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!
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.
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!
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Seattle, WA 98103