The LiVE Project - time to register!

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? Please register by September 20!
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 by Sept. 20
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 by Sept 20
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!)
Crossways Bible Study

Pastor Mike Anderson, recently retired from Holy Spirit Lutheran, will offer a virtual Crossways Bible Study to begin October 3 to anyone interested. 

Crossways is a two-year, in-depth, survey course of the entire Bible, Genesis to Revelation. Those registered will receive a video lecture to their email addresses each Sunday afternoon to watch at their leisure. An optional Zoom discussion group will be scheduled for the Thursday evening following each lecture release. 

More information and registration form are available here:
Worship and Office Items Available

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (Sammamish/Issaquah) has sold its property, and has worship and office items (including paraments, worship furnishings, piano, office furniture, etc.) to share with other churches.
Please see the photos and measurements in this document.

Some items may be picked up immediately, but those with an asterisk (*) will be available to pick up between September 19 and September 21 following their final worship service in the building.
Please email their office if you interested:

We lift our prayers for the congregation as they discern their way through this transition time.
(See invitation to their final worship in the building before they relocate below.)
Copier and Poster Printer Available!

Trinity Education Foundation has gone digital. We have two printers that need new homes:

+ High capacity Xerox WorkCentre 7845 - it scans, emails, faxes, copies BW & Color, collates, staples, and is in working order being used currently.

+ Cannon poster printer iPF6400SE - has not been used since 2016, but was in excellent shape when it was turned off.

We are looking to donate these items to a church or nonprofit. They are currently housed at Our Saviors in Mukilteo. Please contact for more information.
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:
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service:
Wildfires Disaster Response

Lutheran Disaster Response is working with synods and social ministry organizations in the western states to develop a coordinated and ongoing response to the wildfires.

Haiti Crisis

Lutheran Disaster Response is collaborating with partner organizations in the communities to meet relief needs, including food, nonfood items and temporary shelter.

Give today to support this response and others like it HERE.
Hurricane Ida Assistance

Lutheran Disaster Response is working with local ELCA synods and Lutheran social service organizations to coordinate a response to Hurricane Ida. Immediate needs will include food, basic necessities and temporary housing.

Together, we can help provide immediate and long-lasting support. Give here.
Synod Events this Week

Mon. Sept. 13, 3pm - Living Stones Monthly Meeting - see below
Tues. Sept. 14, 10am-12noon - Synod Staff Meeting
Tues. Sept. 14, 7pm - Synod Hunger Team Monthly Meeting - Join meeting here
Thurs. Sept. 16, 12noon Time for You (Youth Ministry Leaders) - see below
Thurs. Sept. 16, 2pm- Cluster Deans' Monthly Meeting
Thurs. Sept.16, 6pm - Region 1 Disaster Preparedness Network - see below
Sat. Sept. 18, 9am Synod Council Meeting - team, see your email
Sun. Sept. 19 - Concluding Service at Shepherd of the Hills - see below
Living Stones Prison Ministries
Monthly Meeting

TODAY, September 13, 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. Zoom link info:
Time for You
Children Youth & Family Leaders

Thursday, September 16, 12noon online

Time for You is for all children & youth ministry leaders (volunteer and paid) to connect and collaborate with other leaders in the synod on a monthly basis. Eat your lunch while we meet - we'll check-in with each other, share our fall plans, get an update regarding the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering, and talk about anything you want to share with the group! Get connected with the group - and get the Zoom link for the meeting by emailing Taryn.
Region 1 Congregation Disaster Preparedness Network Meeting

Thursday, 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:

Questions? Reach out to Dave Brauer-Rieke: / 971-255-9331

Shepherd of the Hills Concluding Worship Service

Sunday, September 19, 12noon
24850 SE Issaquah-Fall City Rd; Sammamish

We the people of God at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, invite you to our concluding worship service in what has been for us a beloved church building.

At 12 noon on Sunday, September 19, we will gather as God's people in the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things unseen. While we grieve this moment, we also give thanks for shared memories in this place. As a congregation we continue to covet your prayers as this transition from the building unfolds.

Come and join us as we worship together for the last time in this space, and anticipate a future together in the mercy and love of God. The Rev. Bishop Shelley Bryan Wee will bring us the Good News on the day. A luncheon for all will follow the service. In the meantime, we continue to pray as a community for the Spirit's wisdom into the future in faith, by faith. (From Bob Johnson, Council President & Pr. John Vaswig, Transition Minister.)
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:

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
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!
Ministry Leadership Wellness Webinars

Fourth Tuesday of the Month at 1pm
(Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 23, Dec. 28, Jan. 25, and Feb. 22.)

These monthly webinars are open to all synod rostered and lay leaders for free - as part of a Synod Grant with Living Well! 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.
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:
(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 / For more information on the class (including a half hour video interview) and some student recommendations, see, “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:
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