Building a Culture of Generosity

This Fall there is an opportunity for congregations to participate in a cohort around “Building a Culture of Generosity.”

Please register here by Monday, August 15:
The cost for the congregation will be $250, with the ELCA and Synod picking up the additional $200.
You can have several members of your Stewardship Committee participate in the program.

The Spirit

Read articles from our Synod Vice President, Kay Edgerton and Bishop Shelley Bryan Wee in this monthly publication.

(Find previous editions here:
Free Telehealth for COVID-19 Treatment

The Washington State Department of Health and its partners, Birds Eye Medical and Color Health, have launched a new free telehealth option to increase access to free COVID-19 oral antiviral medication. This new option builds upon the Federal government’s Test to Treat initiative and gives people another way to quickly access free treatment for COVID-19.

Until now, telehealth for COVID-19 has only been available to insured individuals who receive care through a health care provider that offers telehealth visits. This new program makes telehealth consultations for COVID-19 available to everyone, regardless of insurance status, with no out-of-pocket costs. Under this initiative, anyone in Washington state who tests positive for COVID-19, including with a self-test, can arrange a free consultation with a health care provider using a smartphone or computer with a high-speed internet connection. If appropriate, they can receive a free prescription for pick-up at the nearest pharmacy that has the oral antivirals or have their medication delivered. Currently, more than 1,000 sites have oral antivirals available to allocate across the state.

There are two options to set up a telehealth appointment - either by visiting DOH’s new telehealth webpage or by calling the DOH COVID-19 call center. Those interested to arrange an appointment by phone can call the DOH COVID-19 call center at 1–800–525–0127 and press #.
Contemplative Action Cohorts Forming Now!

Thriving Leadership Formation (TLF) is currently recruiting leaders and participants for the next round of Cohorts this Fall! Watch this video to hear from those who have found community and meaning through their Cohort.

The goal of the Cohorts to foster and equip spiritual leaders for new models of ministry and church. These small groups are communities of practice, learning and friendship… places for you and others to form meaningful relationships built on trust. TLF offers Synod Cohorts (11 Synods within ELCA Regions 1&2) and At Large Cohorts (organized around a particular group or theme)

Learn more and complete a participant OR leader interest form here: Contemplative Action Cohorts
Do you have a heart for working with kids?

Fe y Esperanza (Faith and Hope) Remote Tutoring Program is looking for adults to assist with tutoring. No experience necessary!

We assist with tutoring or homework (via Zoom) to support students in elementary, middle and high school who need extra help in the areas of math, reading and writing.

The kids we currently assist come from families whose first language is Spanish. The time commitment is an hour and-a half a week via Zoom. We currently tutor on Monday afternoons and/or Saturday mornings. Volunteers who are able to commit to ongoing assistance OR on an occasional basis are welcome! For more information, please email Karen Curtis at
Thank you/gracias for considering supporting Latinx kids and their learning in our community.
Free items to share!

Nativity Lutheran Church (Renton) is moving out of our current space while a new facility is being built and have a number of items we will not be storing that we would like to offer to other congregations in the area!
If you are interested in any of these items, please contact the church office ( or 425-228-5464) for more information.
We’ll be holding a “No-Sale Garage Sale” on Friday, August 19th (9am-3pm) and Saturday, August 20th (9am-2pm). We’d love to get as many of these spoken for before then as possible!

  • Baptismal Font, Altar, Pulpit
  • Assorted Communion Ware: Chalices, Platters
  • Two Pianos
  • 100-cup coffee maker
  • Spotlight [multi-color] and 2 overhead projectors
  • Three 2-door cabinets, about 92" x 47" x 26" each.
  • Big projector screen. (about 10' wide and a little over 8' tall.)
With Rev. Dave Ellingson (schedule now for the fall/winter)

For more information: head to
To schedule a presentation or class (in-person, Zoom, hybrid) email:

  • Adventures of Faith: Transformative Biblical Journeys (3 sessions)
  • Go Outside & Play: The Great Commission in the Outdoor Cathedral/Classroom (3 sessions)
  • Paddle Pilgrim Individual Presentations: Mississippi River 2300 miles, Erie Canal and Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty, Fjords of Norway, Mississippi “headwaters” in a Time of Climate Change (NEW)
  • Creation Care: Called to Tend the Garden
  • Say What? A Fresh Look at Old Sayings
  • Glimpses of Refirement: Revisiting Pentecost (NEW)
Synod Events this week:

Mon, Aug 1, 5:30pm - Churchwide Voting Member Zoom (see email for link)
Tues, Aug 2, 10am-1pm - Synod Staff Meeting
Thurs, Aug 4, 1pm - Transition Ministers Meeting (see your email for link)

Mon-Fri, Aug 8-12 - ELCA Churchwide Gathering in Ohio - please pray for our synod's delegation of voting members (find that list here)
ELCA Coaching Network - Weekly Sessions
Every Wednesday at 11am (Pacific)
ELCA Coaching will continue with the theme of COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP. ELCA Coaching has 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.

This week, on August 3, we will gather in small groups for discussion and empowerment around the prominent topics swirling in the crucible of change for us as faith leaders, facilitated by ELCA coaches:
Growing Young, Grief and Loss, Rural Ministry, Urban Ministry, Hybrid Church, Advocacy, Race Relations
Conflict, Leadership Development.

Join Zoom Meetings here:
Meeting ID: 180 439 412 / Passcode: 648160
Recordings from prior gatherings can be found here:
LiVE Information Sessions
(Living into Vocational Engagement)

Join our last info session of the summer:
August 17 - 6:30-7:30pm on Zoom

Come and learn more about LiVE, get your questions answered, and see what this exciting opportunity holds in store for your own learning journey as a Christian public leader.

Please pre-register here:

Learn more about our LiVE Project here:
Kitsap Ride for Refugees
Saturday, August 20, begins at 9am

We are excited to be able to once again partner with Lutheran Community Services Northwest to bring back this great event for summer 2022. All proceeds go toward LCS Northwest and their refugee resettlement efforts.
Participants can choose between a 10- or 30-mile out-and-back course through beautiful Kitsap County, starting and ending at Silverdale Lutheran Church. This is an untimed, supported bike ride (not a race). Roads will still be open to vehicles and participants may need to stop at intersections.

Email with any questions.
Spiritual Leadership Development Intensive
For Rostered Ministers and Lay Leaders

August 22-23 and 29-30 (four days total)

The Spiritual Leadership Development Intensive (SLDI) is an opportunity to engage with deep questions about your gifts, the challenges confronting you and your community, what God is calling you to, and how to be a spiritual force-to-be-reckoned-with in this turbulent world.

During these four days of leadership development and spiritual discernment in a safe and supportive environment, you have the opportunity to explore the dynamics of your life and ministry, how you got to where you are, and how to use fresh awareness and insights to enhance, strengthen and expand your ministry - and who you actually are.

Monthly Drop In Gatherings with the European Descent Lutheran Association for Racial Justice

Upcoming Zoom Sessions:
Tuesday, August 23, 4:30pm-6pm
Tuesday, September 27,4:30pm-6pm

Connect with others, pray together, consider next steps in anti-racism work and share resources. Open to everyone on the journey to racial justice from newcomers and long-time movers.

Advance registration required at
Webinar series: Building an Anti-Racism Team: Next Faithful Steps*
This is a follow up series to the ELCA European Descent Lutheran Association for Racial Justice (EDLARJ) webinar around How to Build a Congregation, Synod and/or Campus Anti-Racism team. (All are welcome to attend this next series, even if you were not able to participate in the first series.)

As with any team, having shared goals is really important for doing effective work. The team should decide what their function will be by identifying their goals. Each racial justice team is unique to a specific congregation and community context. The goals of the team should be defined keeping that in mind. The main areas that a team focuses on falls into three areas: internal team goals, congregational goals, and community goals.
Hosted by: The ELCA European Descent Lutheran Association for Racial Justice (EDLARJ)
Audience/For whom: Anybody in the ELCA, specifically interested in connecting with other folks building or working at a synod, campus or congregational anti-racist team.
Register in advance
September 7, 4:30 – 6 pm Pacific time: Internal Team Goals
Team goals are generally focused on one or more of the following:
• leadership development of team members - trainings, etc.
• cultural competency work as individuals and a team
• intentionally examining personal unconscious biases
October 5, 4:30 – 6 pm Pacific time: Congregational Goals
These goals involve the whole congregation and are usually focused on one or more of the following:
• hosting educational events (i.e. movie nights and discussions, book studies, etc.)
• writing (and then getting the congregation to pass) a Racial Justice Mission Statement
examining the culture of the congregation
November 2, 4:30 – 6 pm Pacific time: Community Goals
Community goals put the internal pieces into action with goals like:
• connecting with local diverse community organizations or congregations in partnership
• engaging in local organizing and advocacy work that is meaningful to racially marginalized communities
• simply being present, active listeners to the voices of leaders of color in your context
* We thank and acknowledge the wisdom, experience and knowledge that Brenda Blackhawk put into creating this resource. She has offered it to us to use for our benefit. Our work will be better and stronger because of this resource…we acknowledge that as white-bodied people we cannot do this anti-racism work without siblings of color and culture. Please donate if you use this resource. 
God’s work. Our Hands. Sunday!
Sunday, September 11

Congregations of the ELCA will join together for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, our annual day of service. As you explore opportunities to participate in your community, has everything you need to plan and promote your day: Planning toolkit. | Worship resources. | Posters, postcards and social media graphics.
Old Lutheran has T-shirts and other items available for purchase. The deadline for ordering your congregation’s personalized T-shirts is Aug. 19.
Don’t forget to share your congregation’s participation with us! Send stories and photos to so that together we can celebrate what God accomplishes through you.
Sacred Spaces:
Opening the Holy Invitation Even Wider
September 24, 9:30am-2:30pm
at St. Andrews Lutheran Church (2650 148th Ave SE, Bellevue)
Sponsor: NW Washington Synod

Join Facilitators and Practitioners of unique gatherings and organic forms of church, for a day of stories, experiences, and workshops to explore together how we can open God’s holy invitation even wider.
There are so many ways to gather as faithful communities, whether it's outdoors, creating art, at the pub, or just eating around one big table. Why shouldn’t our gatherings reflect our uniqueness?

Let’s imagine how we can foster organic sacred spaces right in our own backyards. How can we create more inclusive gatherings for people to encounter God? How can we experiment with the gifts we have to meet the needs of those seeking the spirit in our own neighborhoods? What is sprouting up within you that is ready for germination?

Come with ideas, come with questions, come to dream about what sacred spaces can be!
Fall Bishop's Convocation - Save the date!
All Saints Day, Tuesday, November 1, 10am-3pm
For All The Saints: Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees

ALL NW Washington Synod Rostered Ministers, Mission Developers and Interns, please plan to join us for our Fall Bishop’s Convocation for Rostered Ministers of the Synod. Our day will feature a live-streamed presentation and discussion with Krish O'Mara Vignarajah, President and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, as well as stories from local ministries who are accompanying immigrants and refugees. More information and registration link 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