May 24, 2021
Weekly Update
announcements & events

Office Closure

The Synod Office is closed today, Monday, May 24.
Synod Staff are gathering for a one-day retreat.
Worship Resources for
Upcoming Special Services

Find resources for your congregation to commemorate and celebrate:

Emmanuel Nine Commemoration (June 17)

Juneteenth Celebration (June 19)
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!
Opportunities at Holden Village!

Come enjoy the wilderness with us, and invite your friends who have yet to experience the wonder that is Holden! A few different ways to join us:

Modified Summer Program, July 12-September 4
Discover more about the changes for 2021 and register
We’d love to welcome you to the Village.

Holden Hospitality - We’re staffing up after 14 months of a hard-working barebones team loving and caring for one another and the Village spaces... Join the community (*great need soon!):
Seasonal and short-term volunteer (2 weeks +)
Trail Crew Coordinator*
Seasonal Outdoor Ed Coordinator *
Youth and children’s programming*
Snack Bar Head
Head Carpenter*
Head CDL Driver
Head Garbologist
so many more . . .
Employee (2 years)
Administrative Lead (supports the directors)*
Accountant (could be downlake)*
Program Lead
Utilities Lead
and others!
Village Pastor - Contact Phil Misner, Assistant to the Bishop, NWIM Synod - We seek candidates ready to design and manage the daily worship experiences of Holden Village, involving the varied gifts and talents of the community in creating sacred spaces and cultivating the life of the spirit. The pastor collaborates closely with the directors to express and practice Holden Village’s mission values of learning, grace, and worship. The pastor role requires creativity, innovation, adaptive leadership, interpersonal and planning skills to engage staff and guests in spiritual formation.
Synod Meetings this Week:
Team members, check your inbox for info & zoom links.

Synod Staff Retreat
Monday, May 24

Rostered Ministers Monthly Meet Up
Tuesday, May 25 at 3pm

Candidacy Committee
Thursday, May 27
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
Story as Knowledge: Wise Women and Tales, and the Justice of Interpretation

Wednesday, May 26th, 1:30-3:00pm via Zoom

Convener: Bishop Shelley Bryan Wee, Center Community Fellow, Bishop in the Northwest Washington Synod of the ELCA

Bishop Leila Ortiz, pastor and theologian, Bishop of the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Synod; Aneelah Afzali, Executive Director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS-AMEN), Governing Board Member of the Faith Action Network (FAN); and Dr. Kendra Rosencrans, narrative researcher and award-winning journalist, Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Cynegin Centre Australia

What is a Sounding?
A Sounding is a gathering at which we emphasize Ignatian discernment to critical issues impacting our lives. Through discernment, we identify transformative action and see specific means of being catalysts for change. Learn more and register 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.

Addiction, Youth & Families

Thursday May 27, 2021, 9am-10am (Pacific)

The Center of Addiction & Faith is hosting this one-hour, free webinar on with follow-up 30 minute zoom discussion. 
CEU certificate available

Young people still developing are particularly susceptible to addiction and unsafe substance use. Working with families on prevention and healthy dynamics for treatment is critical in creating a culture of healing. Join a panel of experts as we work to understand dangers to watch out for and opportunities to help. Faith leaders can plan an important role as they educate themselves on the issues and understand what resources are available to help those in need.
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:
Ordination of Luke Morgan Allgeyer

Sunday, June 13, 10:30am

We are delighted to celebrate the ordination of Word and Service Candidate, Luke Morgan Allgeyer. Luke has been called to serve as a chaplain at Providence Hospice of Seattle. While the service will take place (with limited attendees!) at Columbia City Church of Hope in Seattle, it will be livestreamed. Stay tuned for a link!
Suicide Intervention Training

John and Shirley Swanson, members of our synod, are certified LivingWorks trainers and are hosting a 2-day suicide intervention workshop (ASIST) at the Stanwood American Legion June 16-17, 8AM-4PM
Participants must attend both days to complete the training and receive a certificate. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a world renowned training that is highly interactive that builds suicide intervention skills and confidence. During the course of the two days participants will learn how to recognize those who may have thoughts of suicide, how to ask clearly, directly and non-judgmentally about thoughts of suicide, and how to work with a person to create safety from suicide. 

Veterans and their family members, as well as those who work with Veterans, have first priority, but the training is open to anyone. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register email (note the period after ASIST). 

The trainers are waiving their fee, but there is a $50 fee to cover the cost of materials that can be paid at check in. We are limiting attendance to 25 participants. ASIST is a CEU-eligible training recognized by many agencies. More information about ASIST, CEUs and other LivingWorks programs can be viewed at
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