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 2-mile parade route once we start moving.
Want to walk with the synod group? Deadline to RSVP is tomorrow!
Email TOMORROW (Tuesday, May 31) BY NOON.
We will need:
1) an RSVP that you would like to bring a group AND
2) name of a point person for your congregation/ministry site
3) how many folks from your congregation will be in your group
Synod Staff News
In case you missed this last week!

It is with mixed emotions that we share that our Synod Administrator, Traci Hall, will be concluding her time on synod staff on June 10.

We will greatly miss her many talents and her joyful presence. However, we are very excited for her next adventure as she has accepted a deployed ELCA Churchwide position that will allow her to move to sunny Nevada and be closer to family.

Please hold Traci in your prayers as she wraps up her work with us and prepares to become the ELCA Congregational Vitality Training and Development Coordinator for Christian Community and Leadership!

Please hold your synod staff in prayer as we prepare to seek out and welcome a new ad-ministry partner. (More details on this coming soon…)
Indigenous Americans: 
In Search Of Truth And Reconciliation

Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Everett held this four-week course earlier this spring - 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.
THANK YOU to them for sharing the recording of each session below.
For more information, contact Rick at

Session 1: "Confronting our Violent Past: From the Doctrine of Discovery to the Trail of Tears"

Session 2: "Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Native Tribes in the Pacific Northwest

Session 3: "In the White Man's Image: The Tragedy of the Indian School and its Traumatic Legacy"

Session 4: "Repentance and Redemption: Lutherans Offering Healing and Hope"
Synod Events this week:

Mon, May 30 - Memorial Day - Synod Office CLOSED
Eternal God, on this Memorial Day we thank you for those in our military throughout history who have sacrificed their lives for their fellow citizens and for us who came after. As we remember their service, keep us mindful of all those for whom this day is a burden, and send your spirit of comfort to them. Be present with all who are serving in the military today and let them live for the peace known only from you. Amen.
(Prayer Book for the Armed Services)

Tues, May 31, 10am - Synod Staff Meeting
Tues, May 31, 2pm - Bishop's Convocation Meeting
Fri, June 3, 9am-6pm Synod Assembly Set Up
Fri, June 3, 6pm - Synod Council Dinner Meeting
Sat, June 4, 9am-4pm Synod Assembly at Trinity, Lynnwood
Sun, June 5, 2pm - Pr. John Schraan Installation - see below!
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:
Interfaith Prayer Vigil & March Against Gun Violence

Thursday, June 2, 6:30pm

Join Faith Action Network in community to pray and march on behalf of lives lost to gun violence - beginning at 6:30pm at Temple de Hirsch Sinai, 1511 E Pike St, and marching to St James Cathedral, 804 9th Ave, Seattle.
Together we will pray, remember the victims, and strengthen our resolve to act to end the scourge of gun violence in our nation.

Parking at the Temple is limited. Consider taking public transportation to the Temple. Free parking is available at St. James Cathedral.
Synod Assembly

Registered Voting Members, Observers & Volunteers:

Visitors are invited to watch our livestream HERE.

Voting Members: please review ALL of the materials ahead of time...
Download our app OR print and bring materials you wish to have on hand. Find them on the assembly webpage:
Service of Prayer for the Healing of Our World

Sunday, June 5, 4:00pm
at Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church
(2650 148th Avenue SE, Bellevue)

This service will be a time to pray, meditate, and reflect on the current situation in the world. The service will focus on the plight of refugees from Ukraine, and also refugees from ALL parts of the world. A substantial amount of music that is reflective and meditative will be an integral part of the service, as well as readings and scripture. This service is open to everyone.
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 Jim Killough Installation
Sunday, June 12 at 10am at Central Lutheran Church in Everett
We give thanks to God as Pr. Killough is installed as the new pastor at Central 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!
Mendelssohn's Organ Sonatas

Saturday, June 11, 4pm
at Faith Lutheran in Redmond

Please join Faith Lutheran Church in Redmond for the final Fine Arts at Faith concert for the 2021-2022 season. Our Director of Music, Dr. William Bryant, will be performing all 6 of Felix Mendelssohn's Organ Sonatas. We will also be celebrating the 30th Birth Year of our wonderful pipe organ, the Pasi Op. 2.
There is a suggested donation of $10 per person or $20 per family of 2 or more. A reception will follow the concert for a meet and greet with Dr. Bryant.
Faith Lutheran Church is located at 9041 166th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052.
Facebook Event Link:
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!
Sing Freedom, Sing Healing:
Building Embodied Anti-Racist Culture Through Song
Monday, June 20, 1pm-5pm
at Emmaus Table at 7400 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle

Join us as Juneteenth and the Summer Solstice converge for an afternoon of singing, listening, and recommitment to the work of building anti-racist culture. Facilitated by Paul Vasile from Music that Makes Community in collaboration with local song leaders and healers, we'll: 

- explore embodied practices that anchor our bodies and support the mending of radicalized trauma 
- share songs that help us hold intentions for healing and right relationships with BIPOC and Indigenous kin 
- recommit to reparative work we're called to do individually and communally

Registration for the half-day workshop is on a sliding scale, from $50 to $80. We invite you to pay what is generous and affordable with gratitude for the time and skill of our facilitators. No one will be turned away.
Sponsored by 7400 Woodlawn & Music that Makes Community.

To learn more about Music That Makes Community, see

Pacific Northwest Association of Church Libraries

June 24-25 in Federal Way

This organization was founded in 1967, and represents church librarians from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho who strive to support their congregations by providing literature and theological texts, both current and foundational for utilization by all members, young and old. 

Keeping current and relevant is our constant aim; reimagining as needed, plus advocating for further establishment of libraries in churches without them. Their annual conference helps to do this!
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