The LiVE Project: an informational meeting!  

Living into Vocational Engagement (LiVE) is our latest innovative initiative of the Northwest Washington Synod. Our hope is to connect lay leaders in a shared journey of learning together, and toward creating community among other congregational leaders throughout our synod. We’d like to connect with folks in your congregation who are passionate about the church, faith formation, mission, and deepening their Christian faith. 
The LiVE board has been doing extensive planning during covid to provide learning courses for lay leaders. If you are interested and would like to learn more please consider joining us for four opportunities to learn more, two zoom online options, and two in-person options. You might also consider these opportunities as additional ways your congregation does faith formation for the year. Our meeting will introduce you to the LiVE Project, the learning opportunities for 2021-2022, some of our teaching facilitators, as well as details for what involvement for you individually or congregationally might mean. Visit us at our synod website: 
Zoom Options (links coming soon)
Wednesday, August 18 6:30-7:30pm 
Wednesday, August 25 6:30-7:30pm 
In-Person Options: (there will be two in-person options as well; one up North and one metro Seattle) 
Tuesday, August 24, 5:30-6:30pm (location TBD) 
Monday, August 30, 5:30-6:30pm (location TBD) 
If you are interested or have questions feel free to contact us at, or  
2022 ELCA Youth Gathering

A Facebook group has been created specifically for adult leaders in our synod planning to take a group to the 2022 Gathering in Minneapolis. This is a great place to connect and share ideas! You may request to join here:

Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grow in faith and are challenged and inspired to live their faith in their daily lives.
An important part of the Gathering’s ministry are the two pre-events, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE), a faith formation and leadership development event primarily for youth of color, and the tAble, a gathering that brings together, blesses and empowers youth with disabilities.
Learn more about the Youth Gathering here:
Join LIRS in Calling for Protection for Afghan Allies

Soon President Biden will be deciding if/when we will be evacuating the Afghan Allies of our US military (and their families) out of Afghanistan before the withdrawal in Sept – or leave them to face certain death. These allies and their families soon became the targets of anti-American violence. They continue to be threatened, abducted, targeted, and killed for their allegiance to the U.S. and NATO mission. On this page – is a summary of the issue. There is a clear advocacy action included. The downloadable toolkit at the bottom of the page is an excellent source of information with talking points, a story, prayers and a longer explanation of ways to get involved.
Synod Events/Meetings this Week:
Team members, check your inbox for info & zoom links.

Monthly Living Stones Zoom Check-in
Monday, July 12 at 3pm
Join Pastor Chris Ode for an update about what is happening in the Living Stones ministry. He will share how the men are doing as well as give an update about the new site at the Monroe Correctional Complex.

Synod Hunger Team Meeting
Tuesday, July 13 at 7pm via Zoom
Meeting ID: 815 296 9746
Passcode: 595620

Synod Council Meeting
Saturday, July 17, 9am via Zoom
Members: check your inbox for materials & zoom link
ELCA Coaching – Courageous Leadership Series

Wed. July 21, Wed. August 4, Wed. Aug. 18 at 11am (PST)

You are invited to join ELCA Coaching to learn some possibly surprising, and some definitely humorous, things about Courageous Leadership. We have a special guest confirmed for two of these dates, and we are inviting you to bring a spirit of curiosity and childlike play to discerning how and where Spirit might be calling you forward as a leader in your life, work, ministry, community, and the world. There will also 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.

Learn more and get the zoom link here:
Options from California Lutheran University’s Fifty and Better (FAB)

FAB is hosting a virtual Mid-Summer Lecture Series
Join us for lectures on the history of Wilshire Boulevard, The Big Lebowski and the legacy of the 1960s, an update on the Mars Rover mission, and more! Most lectures are $8 each, but a couple are free! These are open to all ages – we hope you will join us! Registration is now open.
FAB’s 4-week Summer II Session begins on July 26th, and registration is now open! Courses will explore subjects such as the stories of those who “named names” during the infamous Hollywood Blacklist period, exhibitions that made art history, the great orchestral and choral conductors of the past and present from around the world, and more! Join us on Zoom for these stimulating courses. Individuals 50+ are welcome, please share with your friends and family! Courses are $25 each or bundle all 6 for $100.
For details on the Mid-Summer Lectures & Summer II Session, visit:
Virtual Summer Music Clinic

July 28-29

Join clinicians Anton Armstrong and John Ferguson as they present new seasonal music, host a hymn festival, lead workshops and more!

This two-day virtual event will include two handbell reading sessions, a keyboard repertoire session, sessions on new choir music and vocal solos, a workshop on using All Creation Sings to restart your music program, a hymn festival, and an introduction to new liturgical song in All Creation Sings. 

Invitation to Change & Addiction

Thursday, July 29, 9am-10am (Pacific)

The Center of Addiction & Faith is hosting this free one-hour webinar - for Lay and Rostered Leaders - on Zoom with a follow-up 30 minute Zoom discussion. The Invitation to Change (ITC) is an approach to address substance misuse use grounded in compassion, connection, and the belief that a person can do something to help their loved one. The featured guest is Rev. Jan Brown, an Addictions Educator and speaker on topics of the role of the church in addiction and recovery, faith responders, and recovery allies. The webinar is hosted by the Center of Addiction & Faith, Tim McMahan King and Pastor Ed Treat.

Sip & Paint

Saturday, July 31, 4pm-6pm at Luther’s Table

Admission to the party includes, two glasses of wine, snack box of cheesy goodness, and a watercolor kit with enough product to take home and create more! Tomato Tomato Creative owner, Kelly Affleck, will walk us through botanical watercolor designs. Limited seating so grab tickets for you and your friends now!

Ordination of Patrick Meagher

Tuesday, August 10, 7pm at Phinney Ridge Lutheran, Seattle

We are delighted to celebrate the ordination of Word and Service Candidate, Patrick Meagher. Patrick has been called to serve as a Deacon at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle. God bless Patrick and God bless this new ministry partnership!
Advocacy Summer School

Presented by ELCA Advocacy staff in collaboration with ELCA Peace Not Walls.

In a fresh format, five skill-building and issue-informing virtual sessions are planned on Wednesdays beginning at 11am Pacific. Pick 1 or take all 5!

Each is presented in 30 minutes, followed by an optional 15-minute Q&A time.
August 11 – What is faith-based advocacy?
August 18 – How do I approach policy makers?
August 25 – How do I use media for impact?
September 1 – Let’s talk: About the Holy Land
September 8 – Let’s talk: About immigration

Registration details will be coming soon!
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