February 1, 2021
Weekly Update
announcements & events
Lent Devotional Email from CLU/PLTS
California Lutheran University and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary are producing short daily devotional emails from our students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends. These emails include a scripture/sacred text, reflection on the text and a prayer. The reflection may be written, video, art or something else creative. Our theme this year is: Power. Privilege. Presence.

To sign up to receive these short daily emails, click here: http://bit.ly/CLUlentendevo
Lenten Devotional from Luther Seminary
You are invited to use the 2021 Lenten devotional, “Awesome Mystery” for personal or congregational use throughout the Lenten season.
Thank you to Luther Seminary for this gift!

WATCH a recording of
Democracy and Faith Under Siege: Responding to Christian Nationalism
Last Wednesday, January 27, a webinar featured the Most Rev. Michael Curry (Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church); the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton (Presiding Bishop of the ELCA); and Dr. Andrew Whitehead (Assoc. Professor of Sociology at Indiana University / Purdue University) discussing:
What does Christian nationalism look like in our world today?
How can we respond when we see our faith and democracy under siege?

Find a recording of the webinar here: https://youtu.be/QmgWHBoGBi8
Congregation Parochial Report (Form A/C)
This annual report is to be completed by February 15 by each congregation online for our churchwide partners. Please do NOT print them out and mail to the synod. Your congregation office should have received a password from churchwide in December.
If you need assistance, contact Traci in our office.

NOTE: Guidance from the ELCA for reporting PPP loans:
It would be very helpful if congregations note on the respective lines the amount of the PPP loan:
For congregations that received a PPP Loan that has NOT yet been forgiven:
·   Record the amount of the loan that was received on Line 17e as a cash receipt
·   Record the loan as debt on Line 19.
For congregations that received a PPP Loan that has been forgiven:
·   Record the amount of the loan that was received on Line 17e as a cash receipt 

NOTE: Tracking online attendance - find guidance from the ELCA here
Mission Intent Form
We give thanks for your generous financial partnership with the synod and churchwide organization. Your congregation’s Mission Support commitment helps the synod and churchwide organization plan more effectively. As your congregation makes financial plans for the coming year, please prayerfully consider your Mission Support portion of your regular offerings.
Please use this form to communicate your commitment.
Complete and email to - Traci@lutheransnw.org
Portico Calculator
Portico Users: Looking for the calculators to estimate the cost of benefits?
You can now find them by signing in to the newly redesigned EmployerLink website, or on myPortico. They’ve been moved behind sign-in as part of our efforts to make our sites more secure. If you need assistance accessing them, or don’t have myPortico or EmployerLink access, call the Customer Care Center (800.352.2876) or reach out to your Portico Regional Representative, Andrea Arey at aarey@PorticoBenefits.org.
Celebrating Black Joy
2021 Black History Month at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago 
February 1 – 26 • Virtual events each week

Free virtual events to touch the mind, body and spirit through worship, academic discussions, poetry, artwork, and song. All events are open to the public with registration to receive the Zoom links.
“So often, Black people are invited to teach others through the lens of their pain. This Black History Month let us explore the resilience of the Black people through the intricacy of Black joy,” said Sharei Green, a master of divinity student at LSTC, co-planner with master of divinity student Stephen Styles of this year’s celebration. Read more
Brought to you by: LSTC Antiracism Transformation Team, Metropolitan Chicago Synod, Metro Chicago Chapter of the African Descent Lutheran Association (ADLA)  

Event and registration information: Register for all events using this link Register for all or for individual events using the links below. Zoom details will be emailed the day of the event.
Celebrating Black Joy worship
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 9:15am 
Robert E. Biekman, director for evangelical mission and associate to the bishop, Metropolitan Chicago Synod, preacher. Register here
Celebrating Black Joy Panel Discussion
Thursday, Feb. 4, 5pm 
Panelists Nicole Anderson Cobb, Shaunna Payne Gold, Lamont Anthony Wells, and Rozella Haydée White. LSTC PhD student Denise Rector, moderator. Register here
Black Joy in Faith worship
Wednesday, Feb, 10, 9:15am 
Charles M. Straight, pastor, Faith United Methodist Church, Dolton, Ill., and president of The People’s Lobby Education Institute, preacher. Register here
Black Joy in Faith
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 5pm 
“Sitting with a Beloved Ancestor: James Cone and the Complexity of Black Joy” 
Marvin Wickware Jr., assistant professor of church and society and ethics, LSTC, presenter. Register here
Black Joy through Art
Monday, Feb. 15, 10am 
Lunch and Learn talk. Register here
Black Voices of Transformation: A Virtual Spoken Word Event
Thursday, Feb. 18, 4-5:30pm
African-American artists from Inner-City Muslim Action Network, Young Chicago Authors, and other local connections perform poetry, rap, music and jokes for this interfaith, socially conscious and personally inspiring event. View event poster. Register here
Black Joy in Community Leadership: Interview/Symposium
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 5pm
Presenters and guests to be announced. Register here
Black Joy Revival, Friday
Feb. 26, 5pm 
LSTC celebrates Black Joy in worship and word. Register here
Transition Ministers Meeting
Monday, February 1, 1pm via Zoom

Transition ministers - check your inbox for the Zoom link!
THANK YOU for walking with our congregations who are in the midst of transition - you are a gift!
Holy Week Ideas Brainstorm Session
Tuesday, February 2, 1pm via Zoom

All leaders involved in worship planning are invited to join this special meet up time (a continuation of January 12th's session). Bring your ideas (and/or questions!) for Holy Week.

Find the Zoom link in your Rostered Minister email or email Susan@lutheransnw.org to get the link!
Weekly ELCA Coaching Event
Weekly at 11am (Pacific) on Wednesdays

Find a list of upcoming topics and presenters here: https://www.elcacoaching.org/

All are invited to join this weekly online gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church. Participants will hear topical presentations related to how we are called to be Church, as well as have an opportunity to be in small group discussions with an ELCA group coach facilitating the conversation. This is where the magic happens. All of this is designed to help us process our emotions and thus create a space where we can each name our next most faithful step forward in our unique context. 

Meeting ID: 180 439 412 - Password: 648160

We understand a number of folks are unable to make this day and time each week. We record the main session and debrief time. We share each recording with supporting documents here, typically by the following day: https://www.elcacoaching.org/podcasts/media.
Holden Prayer Around the World
Wednesday, February 3, at 7pm

Each year Holden invites Village friends across the globe to create community through participation in the Holden Evening Prayer. This year more than ever, the world cries out for healing, justice, and mercy. Together our prayers rise like incense.

Find or share an event here:

ELCA Youth Ministry Network EXTRAVAGANZA
February 5-6, Online

The Extravaganza is the premier event for faith formation leaders in ELCA congregations. The event is hosted by the ELCA Youth Ministry Network. Extravaganza 2021 will explore God’s call to “Hold Loosely” and to trust in the one who comes to create, to redeem and to sustain. More information and registration links are available at www.elcaymnet.org/Ext21Info. Note that this year membership in the Network is not required, but we hope if you’re not a member, you’ll consider becoming one when you register.
If you have questions, contact our local leaders, Taryn & Becky, at cyflutheransnw@gmail.com.   
California Lutheran University
Commemorating Black History Month with Two Lectures
Cal Lutheran’s Fifty and Better program is commemorating Black History Month by hosting two lectures:

Saturday, February 6, 10am-12noon
Daniel Newman-Lessler will survey the lives and music of Black composers from all over the world.

Saturday, February 13, 10am-12noon
Eleanor Schrader will explore the career of Paul Williams, “Architect to the Stars.”

These lectures are $8 each and are open to everyone. 
Registration is now open and closes at 5pm the day before each lecture. 
Synod Hunger Team Meeting
Tuesday, February 9, 7pm

All are welcome to help us shape this renewed ministry team. Moving forward, the team will be meeting at 7pm on the second Tuesday of the month.
Join Zoom Meeting here:
Meeting ID: 883 5123 8652 Passcode: Abundance!
What Every White Person Should Know 
Wednesday, February 10, 7-8:15pm on Zoom

Prominent trial and complex business litigation attorney James Williams serves as the Seattle Office Managing Partner of Perkins Coie. James was named a 2019 “Power 100” business leader and influencer by the Puget Sound Business Journal. His highly educational presentation, “What Every White Person Should Know,” will discuss why African Americans are uniquely American, and share the most significant events in history that have fundamentally changed their lives in America. There will be time for discussion following his presentation.

Pre-registration is required by no later than Friday, February 5 in order to receive the Zoom link.
To register, please send an email requesting registration to oslc-everett@oslc-everett.org
FAN Interfaith Advocacy Day
Thursday, February 11, 9am – 12noon

Faith Action Network’s Virtual Interfaith Advocacy Day brings voices of compassion and justice to our elected leaders. We partner for the common good with people of faith and conscience who stand up boldly for our shared values. Meet virtually with your legislators and their staff, attend workshops, and put your faith into action!

Once registered, a zoom link will be email to you.
Humility as Inclusive Empathy:
Theory of Mind and Imaginaries of the True Self
Friday, February 19, at 2pm (Pacific)

Presenter Michael Spezio (associate professor of psychology, neuroscience, and data science at Scripps College and Presbyterian minister) will speak about empathy, theories about what it is and how our research with L'Arche and Homeboy Industries approaches those theories, and the implications for our understandings of self and other. This webinar is hosted by the Center for Advanced Studies in Religion and Science (CASIRAS) and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). Register by completing this form to receive the link on February 19.

CASIRAS is a supporting organization for the Zygon Center for Religion and Science in partnership with LSTC. It also supports Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science in partnership with the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science and the International Society for Science and Religion.

Learn more at casiras.org
Open Door Ministries Annual Board Meeting
Sunday, February 28th at 2:00 pm via Zoom

Open Door Ministries will hold their annual meeting – all are welcome to attend. One business item will be to approve new board members, if you are interested in serving on the board, please let them know at: odm.elca@gmail.com.

For more information about Open Door Ministries visit their website at: www.opendoorelca.org
Read the Koran in Four Weeks
Mondays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 from 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 includes mailing to you your own copy of an approved English translation of the Koran. Call or email to register or ask questions. Pr. Marshall at (206) 935-6530 or 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 Pastor Marshall.”
Pi Day w/ Luther's Table
Sunday, March 14

Run or walk the 3.14 mile course on the Cedar River Trail or use any 3.14 mile course of your choice.

All local participants will receive a personal pie at the end of the event.

Listening Circle Toward Inclusion & Diversity in the NW WA Synod
Sunday March 21, 6:30pm-8pm on Zoom

We become more fully a community when we hear one another’s stories. This Listening Circle Toward Inclusion and Diversity will offer us an opportunity to listen and respond to the stories of people color about their experiences in our Lutheran Christian community. As we listen and speak, we trust that God is gathering us more fully into God’s story of healing, reconciliation, and mutual respect. 

This event, led in partnership with Paths to Understanding, is open to all in the synod - and is free of charge. Please register for the Zoom event here.
Bishop's Spring Convocation
Living into Authentic Diversity: Sharing Our Stories
Monday-Wednesday, April 26-28, Online
Monday, 1-4pm | Tuesday, 9:30am-3:30pm | Wednesday: 9am-12noon

Rostered ministers, mission developers, and interns of the synod are invited to gather online over these days to explore diversity in the Church from the perspective of listening deeply to the uniqueness of our diverse journeys of faith. How do our familial/cultural/ denominational/personal identities and histories shape our experience of being Church Together? Following an introductory session with the Strategic Team For Authentic Diversity (STAD), we will be joined by keynote speaker the Rev. Lenny Duncan. We will also invite four local church leaders to share their diverse stories. We will have time to reflect together on both the gifts and the challenges these stories bring to us. 

Look for registration link soon!
Synod Assembly
Saturday, May 15 9am-4pm ONLINE

In addition to worshiping together, hearing reports, voting on our budget, discussing resolutions that are brought forward, and electing leaders to various positions, we will be voting on constitutional and bylaw changes.

Registration will open later this week...
Church Office folks & rostered leaders, look for an invite soon!

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