May 17, 2021
Weekly Update
announcements & events

Office Closure

The Synod Office is closed today, Monday, May 17.
We are taking a little rest after the synod assembly!

THANK YOU to all who attended our 2021 Synod Assembly on Saturday - what a joy to "be with" you all!

MANY thanks to our hosts at Trinity/Lynnwood AND the many awesome volunteers who made our event possible!

A summary of actions will be available soon.
Worship Resources for
Upcoming Special Services

Find resources for your congregation to commemorate and celebrate:

Emmanuel Nine Commemoration (June 17)

Juneteenth Celebration (June 19)
ELCA Domestic Hunger Grants
Registration for Domestic Hunger Grants is underway. Ministries can apply until May 21. Grants are available for up to $10,000 a year for up to three years. More information about the grants and how to apply is available at
Questions about either grant can be addressed to
As they prepare for retirement, Pastors Michael Anderson and Mary-Alyce Burleigh are graciously giving their extensive libraries to anyone interested!
Come and browse on Saturday, May 22, from 10am-1pm at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 10021 NE 124th Street in Kirkland.  
Lutherwood is Hiring!

Summer Camp Counselor (18+)
Support Staff (16+)

June 15th - August 7th (Possibility to stay on longer if interested)

Apply and learn more at
Region One Disaster Response

Read the latest newsletter here: It includes resources, events, and the welcoming of newest team member, Sara Kruger who will serve as Social Justice Liaison. Be sure to check it out!

Worship Planners, it includes the link to Pr. Brauer-Rieke’s May 30 sermon he is offering up for you!
Synod Meetings this Week:
Team members, check your inbox for info & zoom links.

First Call Monthly Meet Up
Tuesday, May 18 at 2pm

The LiVE Project Team
Tuesday, May 18, 2pm

Children/Youth/Family Committee
Thursday, May 20 at 12noon

Cluster Deans' Meeting
Thursday, May 20, 2pm

Synod Women's Retreat
Saturday, May 22
Earth Day
Lutherans Restoring Creation
Upcoming Connections Call

Tuesday, May 18, 5pm Pacific time
Focus: How Church Soil Can Feed the Community

We are excited to hear stories and ask questions from three churches who have used their land to grow joy in their midst. Join us and explore the resources we have compiled regarding Food-Faith-Farming.  Also keep checking our map to find out what ELCA congregations are using their land in this way near you (contact us if you know of more examples we missed!)
Join Zoom Meeting here:
Adult Lutherans Organized for Action Webinar
Everyday Spirituality: Ways you are faithful in the ordinary

Thursday, May 20, 9am on Zoom

This free 60-minute webinar features Bishop James Hazelwood, New England Synod, ELCA. He will present practical ideas to discover how seemingly ordinary activities such as walking, gardening, cooking or singing cab be an expressions of one's faith. We will learn together, laugh and discover new ways God is present in our lives. There will also be resources shared and time for questions.
Find out more and check out our previous webinars & resources at
Faith Action Network Spring Summits!

Choose from Sunday, May 23 or
Sunday, June 6, 2pm-4pm Online

At the Summit you can gather virtually with advocates in your region and in your issue area of interest and begin to consider what steps we might take together in the year ahead. This event is open to advocates across the state, and the content and breakouts will be the same each Sunday. 
See the flyer here and register for one of the dates below:
Pacific Lutheran University's
Summer Series in Pastoral Theology

Join colleagues and fellow congregational leaders in this year's virtual Summer Series in Pastoral Theology: Ministry in a Secular Age, featuring Dr. Andrew Root of Luther Seminary. Dr. Root will be facilitating the following conversations (all at 3:30pm Pacific, via Zoom):

"Faith Formation in a Secular Age" on Tuesday, May 25th
"The Pastor in a Secular Age" on Tuesday, June 1st
"The Congregation in a Secular Age" on Tuesday, June 8th

You are invited to register for one or all three sessions.
Register for one or all of these offerings HERE
2021 John Hope Franklin Annual Symposium
The Future of Tulsa’s Past: The Centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre and Beyond

The Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod is inviting all ELCA members to join the 2021 John Hope Franklin Annual Symposium, May 26-29

A post-symposium event on May 29 is sponsored by the Synod, the African Descent Lutheran Association and the ELCA Racial Justice Ministries. Bishop Eaton and Vice President Bill Horne will be participating in the May 29th event.

Cal Lutheran’s Fifty and Better (FAB)
Summer I Session

FAB’s 4-week Summer I Session begins on June 1st, and registration is now open! Courses will explore subjects such as California's ecosystems, power and leadership through the lens of Hitler and Gandhi's stories, the many incarnations of Perry Mason, and more! We hope you will join us for these captivating courses. Individuals 50+ are welcome, please share with your friends and family! Courses are $25 each or bundle all 6 for $100.
For more information about Fifty and Better, visit our website:
Want an item included?
Email Susan Berg, Communications Administrator
All items due by 2pm on the prior Thursday

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Seattle, WA 98103