ANNOUNCEMENTS
The LiVE Project is about to launch!

+ INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS - one more - TONIGHT!
This 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...
Please NOTE! A change of venue!
Due to COVID concerns, we have changed this final LiVE informational session from an in-person gathering to an online Zoom meeting.
Please join us via Zoom on Monday, August 30, 6:30pm-7:30pm. Register in advance here:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We hope to see YOU there!

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+ COURSE CATALOG
Find the 2021-2022 course catalog and tuition costs HERE
More info about The LiVE Project here: www.lutheransnw.org/ministries/the-live-project 
Scholarships are available, please contact david@lutheransnw.org

+ PROMO VIDEOS
Videos that you can pass along to your leadership!
Check out this video about our Bible Course
Check out this video about our Culture Course "Interrogating Privilege"

+ READY TO REGISTER?
You may register to be part of the full year-long cohort experience - either as an individual, or as a group from your congregation. Being part of the cohort gives you access to each of the three course offerings during 2021-2022 (8-week Bible Course in Fall / 8- week Culture Course in Spring / and the Community Course's 4 half-day retreats)

1. Register as an Individual for the COHORT
For those individuals seeking to be part of the year-long cohort ($350/person) - Register HERE
(You may add a second attendee on this form as well.)

2. Register as a Congregational Group for the COHORT
For those congregations seeking to register 3 or more members ($1000 total) to be part of the year-long cohort (you are also able to add additional participants for individual courses / retreats along the way) - Register HERE

3. Unable to sign up for the full cohort experience?
For those individuals who are unable to commit to the full year-long cohort experience and/or wish to register for individual course offerings - Please complete THIS FORM
(You will also be able to sign up throughout the year for individual courses and retreats as their dates approach. Look for more announcements as those event dates approach!)
God's Work Our Hands Sunday Opportunity!

The NWWA Synod Hunger Team has created a Noisy Offering initiative for Sunday, September 5 and/or Sunday, September 12 (“God’s Work, Our Hands” Sunday).

YOU are invited to help the NWWA Synod Hunger Team gather funds to sponsor future grants, which will be distributed to local ELCA faith communities in support of their work to creatively address hunger and food insecurity.

They have created THIS PACKET which includes liturgy and hymn suggestions, details about the contest, promotion videos & materials, and more! (The promo video is really fun, too - check it out here!)

Learn more about Hunger Ministries on our website HERE.
Join the NWWA Synod Hunger Facebook group HERE.
Health & Wellness Coaching
- cohort sign-up deadline this week!

The NWWA Synod supports the health and wellness of ministry leaders. Lay and rostered leaders in the synod have reported exhaustion, physical decline, depletion of resources, less joy, inability to filter non-constructive feedback, lack of confidence, and dwindling creativity. Due to these reports, the Synod has partnered with Living Well, a holistic wellness coaching organization.

The NWWA Synod is offering grant monies to individuals to offset the cost of weekly 1:1 and group cohort health and wellness coaching. Individuals will be selected to participate in a three-month cohort group. A brief application form is required along with a moderate financial investment to ensure personal investment and commitment, with the Synod Wellness Grant offsetting a majority of the cost.* Applications for this health cohort are due by September 1stClick HERE to access the form.

Additionally, Monthly Ministry Leadership Wellness Webinars will be offered for all synod rostered and lay leaders on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 1:00pm. Webinar dates are Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 23, Dec. 28, Jan. 25, and Feb. 22. The interactive webinars will be designed to implement specific holistic wellness strategies within the ministry setting as a way to assist with stress management, maximize engagement, self-care, and self-compassion. Find more info and Zoom link here on our website.

Click HERE for more detailed information about the Living Well partnership.

*If you identify as black, indigenous, or other person of color you are eligible for full funding of this program. Individuals participating in the cohort can use continuing education funds, FSA/HSA, or personal fund.
Bring Christmas to a Seafarer!

Each year, our partners at the Seattle Seafarers’ Center provides about 1,000 ditty bags stuffed with basic personal necessities to merchant seafarers. These bags are one way we help seafarers celebrate Christmas while they are far from home during the holiday season. Seafarers help make Christmas possible by transporting lots of stuff to the US.

Help make a seafarer's Christmas by providing them with a ditty bag to say thank you! Here is how you can participate: Make drawstring bags or knit hats; purchase basic supplies (e.g., shaving cream, body soap, and toothpaste) & drop those off at the Center; make a financial gift that will be used to purchase more supplies for ditty bags.

To find out more, visit their website (https://www.mts-seattle.org/) or contact the Seattle Seafarers Center (office@mts-seattle.org).
Wildfire Disaster Response

Lutheran Disaster Response is working with synods and social ministry organizations in the western states to develop a coordinated response to the wildfires. We anticipate that immediate needs will include food and other necessities. Long-term recovery will likely take years. DONATE HERE: Your gifts will support wildfire survivors. Gifts to “U.S. Wildfires” will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by wildfires, until the response is complete.
Afghan Refugee Assistance

Please help support incoming Afghan Allies, Special Immigrant Visa holders, who are being evacuated to the United States. Join with these organizations:

Lutheran Community Services Northwest: https://lcsnw.org/
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service: https://lirsconnect.org/get_involved/action_center/siv
Haiti Crisis

Lutheran Disaster Response is collaborating with partner organizations in the communities to meet relief needs, including food, nonfood items and temporary shelter. Gifts to “Haiti Crisis” will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by the earthquake until the response is complete. Together, we can help provide immediate and long-lasting support. Give today to support this response and others like it HERE.
Study Guide on Spiritual Practice of Rest

The spiritual discipline of rest, found in the latest edition of the Living Lutheran... “In Genesis, God rests on the seventh day and blesses it as holy. As people created in God’s image, we, too, need rest. Yet rest often evades us.” In Living Lutheran’s August lead feature, Erin Strybis speaks with experts on how the spiritual discipline of rest allows us to live healthy, balanced lives, and examines why making space for rest can be a challenge for so many of us. Read more and download the study guide.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Synod Events this Week

Mon. Aug. 30, 9am - Synod Staff Meeting
Mon, Aug. 30, 10:30am - Gloria Dei Endowment Fund Meeting
Mon, Aug. 30, 6:30pm - LiVE Info Meeting ONLINE - see above
Thurs, Sept. 2, 9am - Synod Staff Meeting

Sun. Sept. 5 AND Sun. Sept 12 - Noisy Offering Sundays! - see above
Mon, Aug. 6 - Synod Office Closed for Labor Day Holiday
Solidarity and Sacred Silence Interfaith Prayer Vigil: Afghanistan

Tuesday, August 31, 1pm-2:30pm online

Join LIRS and our interfaith partners to hold space for our friends impacted by what’s happening in Afghanistan and prepare ourselves to be kind and compassionate friends to our new Afghan neighbors. Register for this online vigil here.
Advocacy Summer School

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

Attend the final two of five skill-building and issue-informing sessions at 11am on Wednesdays
Each is presented in 30 minutes, followed by an optional 15-minute Q&A time.

September 1 – Let’s talk: About the Holy Land
September 8 – Let’s talk: About immigration

Ordination of Kristi Lambing

Saturday, September 11, 1pm
at Pointe of Grace Lutheran Church in Mukilteo

We are delighted to celebrate the ordination of Word and Sacrament Candidate Kristi Lambing. Kristi has been called to serve as pastor at Fir-Conway Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon. (Her Installation service will be at Fir-Conway on October 10 at 2pm.) God bless Kristi and this ministry partnership!
Region 1 Congregation Disaster Preparedness Network

September 16, 6pm-7:30pm online

This network has been developed in the Oregon Synod and is now being expanded to include all synods in Region 1. Sept 16 is an orientation session - with monthly meetings on the 2nd Thursday to follow. We work with the LDR Congregation Disaster Guidebook, but also do education about wildfires, heatwaves, earthquakes, climate change and racial-inequity. Sessions have teaching and guest visitors in these fields, but are designed to be participatory and engaging. The goal is to help congregation teams help their congregations prepare and learn.

Congregation teams, or individual participants, must pre-register to take part here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAoc--urzsoH9OEtwKHV_7g5VLxuz88chTA

Questions? reach out to Dave Brauer-Rieke: dave@climateimagination.com / 971-255-9331

Beyoncé Mass

Our UCC neighbors have invited us to the Lecture Series at University Congregational UCC. All are welcome all to experience this groundbreaking Christian worship service, created and curated by Rev. Yolanda Norton, Friday, September 24, 7 pm, free and online.
Register for the mass here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/34z9qmqc

The worship service uses the music and life of Beyoncé as a tool to cultivate an empowering conversation about Black women—their lives, bodies, and voices—and create an experience of story, scripture, and song that calls for the liberation of all people.
Camp Open House!

Saturday, September 25, 11am-4pm

Lutherwood is hosting an open house! You are invited to the camp to see the space and spend some time exploring Grace in creation.  Please RSVP to Kelly 360 734 7652 or office@camplutherwood.org
Installation Service for
Pastor Heidi Fish

Saturday, September 25, 1pm
at Bethesda Lutheran in Mountlake Terrace

We give thanks to God as Rev. Heidi Fish is installed as the pastor at Bethesda Lutheran. All are welcome to the service - with a community lunch to follow. God bless this ministry partnership!
Recognizing and Overcoming Resistance to Necessary Change in Church, Work and Life

Wednesday, September 29, 11am – 12:30pm
Hybrid event: via Zoom AND in-person at Pointe of Grace, Mukilteo

Change is hard and how people respond to change can be perplexing. This event, presented by Coach Northwest, examines the nature of resistance to change and how that resistance can be moved from rejection to acceptance and commitment. The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a dialogue.

Rostered Ministers and Lay Leaders are invited to attend in person – or join the Zoom meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82688952083?pwd=cUFlelZndzhmcWlMOVZ3UW1iejF2Zz09
(Meeting ID: 826 8895 2083 / Passcode: 332984)
Read The Koran in Four Weeks
Mondays October 4, 11, 18, 25 (7pm-9pm) via Zoom

Check out this unique class taught by Pastor Marshall, First of West Seattle, four times a year since 2003. The cost is $20 -- which covers sending you in the mail your own copy of an approved English translation of the Koran.

Call / email Pr. Marshall to register or ask questions (206) 935-6530 / deogloria@foxinternet.com. For more information on the class (including a half hour video interview) and some student recommendations, see flcws.org, “Reading the Koran with Pr. Marshall.”
ReconcilingWorks -
FOUR online trainings!
 
+ Building an Inclusive Church
+ Consent in Community Building
+ Bias and Its Impact on Welcome
+ Let’s Talk About SOIGIE (Sex, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sexual Orientation)
 
Read more & learn how to register here: https://www.reconcilingworks.org/trainings/
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
206-783-9292