May 3, 2021
Weekly Update
announcements & events
Synod Assembly Voting Members:

We are now less than 2 weeks to our online assembly! Voting members, you should be receiving weekly emails on Fridays. IF YOU ARE NOT, please contact ASAP!

REMINDER: Each voting member needs to log in with their OWN DEVICE (computer or tablet with microphone & camera.)

Learn more about the assembly here:
Two HUNGER Grant Opportunities
A new round of Daily Bread Matching Grants registration opens today! ELCA congregations interested in raising funds for their feeding ministry through ELCA World Hunger’s online platform, matched with a $500 grant, can register and apply in ELCA GrantMaker starting Monday, April 26th. Registration will be open through May 1, 2021 and the application will close May 7, 2021. Congregations approved to participate will raise funds for their ministry online from June 5 – June 20, 2021 and will be eligible for a special opportunity to explore goals for their ministry with an ELCA Coach.
For details on the grants and eligibility requirements, visit There are a limited number of grants available on a first-come, first-served basis, so interested congregations should apply as soon as they are able. Congregations that have previously received a Daily Bread Matching Grant are not eligible to re-apply at this time.

2) ELCA Domestic Hunger Grants
Registration for Domestic Hunger Grants is underway. Ministries can apply until May 21. ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants accompany congregations and their partners throughout the United States and Caribbean as they draw on the strengths of communities to address local issues such as food security, clean water, housing, job readiness, human rights, policy change, leadership development and more. Together, these ministries are part of a comprehensive approach to breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger — for good. 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
Spiritual Direction Certification Program

The Spiritual Direction Certification Program at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University continues to flourish and grow. We will begin our sixth year of participants in January 2022. Each new cohort, which we call a cycle, has 16 participants and two mentors to support them. Spiritual direction is a centuries-old Christian tradition of listening to how God is moving toward healing and wholeness in people’s lives. We would like to begin to raise up new generations of spiritual directors through our two-year certification (non-degree) program. Our next cycle of participation begins with an intensive on January 5-8, 2022. Applications for this cycle are due on November 15, 2021. 
Learn more here:
Open Doors Grant

A New Grant for Congregations
from our ELCA Churchwide Partners
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, you have served your communities with compassion and creativity, even as physical distancing changed the way we worship and meet. With vaccinations becoming available to more of the population, we look forward to gathering with our congregations in physical spaces again soon. What might the Spirit have in store? How can we meet new people, especially as we crave community following a time of unprecedented isolation? How might we stay connected with people who have not visited our church buildings but joined us online? As we adjust to post-pandemic life, how can we create new ideas to meet the changing needs of our communities?
Your congregation is invited to apply for an Open Doors Grant ( to support your ministries as we resume in-person worship and gatherings. Any ELCA congregation can apply for grant funding with a specific and actionable idea for how its ministry might enable members to meet new people while regathering in community as COVID-19 considerations allow.
You must register to apply by May 14, and complete application by May 19.
Synod Meetings this week:
Team members, check your inbox for info & zoom links.

Quality of Call Initiative Conversation
Tuesday, May 4. 2pm via Zoom
Pastors, deacons & interns who are women or femme-identifying, check your April 7 email for the zoom link.

The LiVE Team
Tuesday, May 4, 2pm via Zoom

Synod Assembly Orientation Sessions
Choose from:
Monday, May 3 at 7pm or
Tuesday, May 4 at 5pm
Synod Assembly Voting Members, see last Friday's email for the Zoom links!

Synod Budget Hearing
Wednesday, May 5 at 6pm
Synod Assembly Voting Members, see last Friday's email for the Zoom link!
Synod Assembly Voting Member
Monday, May 3 at 7pm - or -
Tuesday, May 4 at 5pm

Voting Members, plan to attend ONE of these one-hour sessions! Zoom links were sent earlier today!

Additionally, there will be a budget hearing on Wednesday, May 5 at 6pm if you would to learn more about the budgeting process and proposed plan.
Read the Koran in Four Weeks

Mondays in May (3, 10, 17, 24), 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 or email to register or ask questions. Pastor Marshall at (206) 935-6530 or For more information on the class (including a half hour video interview) and some student recommendations, see, “Reading the Koran with Pastor Marshall.” 
Prayer Vigil for India
Tuesday, May 4, 9:15am (Pacific time)

LSTC chapel staff and special guests will lead a special service of prayer for the nation of India as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, and for our friends and colleagues there who are directly impacted at this time. Participate in the vigil via Facebook Live here:
Totem Pole Blessing

THURSDAY, May 6, 1pm-4pm
at Our Saviour's Lutheran in Arlington
615 E Highland Drive, Arlington

Our Saviour's Lutheran in Arlington is hosting a totem pole blessing. This new pole, created by the Lummi House of Tears Carvers, which will eventually be delivered to Washington, DC, is embarking on an extensive tour with the goal of gathering the hopes, prayers and support from communities to protect sacred places and the natural world, for generations to come. 
Timeline of the event: 1pm arrive; 2pm visit with carvers, local music; 3pm blessing ceremony; 4pm departure. (Masks are required, and keeping 6' apart.) Come be a part of this unique event!
Trivia Night with Earth Ministry!

Tuesday, May 11 7pm-8:30pm via Zoom

Join the fun and support our Earth Ministry friends with this Zoom event!
Tickets are $20/person - join a team, or sign up with your own!

Learn more about Earth Ministry HERE.
Temple de Hirsch Sinai's
Annual Clergy Institute

Thursday, May 13 10am-1pm

All are welcome to join this event which will feature Jeffery Robinson, a Civil Rights activist, ACLU attorney, and creator of the Who We Are Project ( His presentation on the history of racism has inspired and activated thousands of people to respond to America’s Original Sin. 
This event will not only allow us to share in Robinson’s work, but to process its implications as we forge bonds of common cause toward our common good. Please share this free event with your communities.
Learn more and Register here:
Synod Women's Organization
Spring Retreat (virtual!)

with keynote speaker: Stacy Kitahata,
Co-Executive Director of Holden Village

Saturday, May 22, 9am-12noon

Register HERE by May 10!
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
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:
Lifeguard Class!

June 11-13 at Camp Lutherwood
For ages 15 years and up.
Commute or stay on site...
Pricing depends on what you need.
 More information at:
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