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Weekly Update
January 11, 2021
Announcements

CONNECT WITH SYNOD STAFF
While our office space is closed to the public during this time of COVID, the Synod Staff are working and ready to help - reach out by email or phone. Please know that we continue to hold you all in our prayers. May God's love and peace surround and sustain you in these days. Reminder: COVID UPDATES/RESOURCES here: COVID resource page.

NEW SYNOD WEBSITE - launching soon!
We will be launching our new synod website either this week or next...
It will have the same address, www.lutheransnw.org, but the layout will be brand new!
Please note, there may be some interruption as it is redirected. Stay tuned!

BISHOP'S LETTER for CONGREGATIONAL ANNUAL MEETINGS
Find a letter to include in your congregation's annual report here: PDF or Word.

ANNUAL MEETING REPORT COVERS AVAILABLE
The new 2020 annual report covers are now available. Both can be found in the Stewardship resources here: www.elca.org/Resources/Stewardship#Leadership

ANNUAL FORM TIME!
ROSTERED MINISTERS:
Annual Report to the Bishop – ALL rostered ministers: please complete the appropriate form from those available here: www.elca.org/Resources/Office-of-the-Secretary#Synods. Please follow these steps: 1) First, download the form and save to your computer; 2) Complete form; 3) Save it again; 4) email form to Traci@lutheransnw.org.
CONGREGATIONS:
1)     Parochial Reports - Form A/C is now open. This annual report is to be completed by each congregation online for our churchwide partners. Please do NOT print them out and mail to the synod! Find the form here.
2)     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.

SYNOD ASSEMBLY INFO & LETTER
Our Synod Assembly is scheduled for May 15, 2021. It will be online!
Find important info and a letter of welcome from the chair of our assembly, Sister Liz Colver here: www.lutheransnw.org/2021-Synod-Assembly

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
See open positions around our territory here:
EVENTS THIS WEEK:

HUNGER TEAM MEETING
Monday, January 11 at 6pm via Zoom
Consider joining the NW Washington Synod Hunger Team at their next meeting. Your inspiration and ideas are important in continuing to shape this team! During our meeting we will break into the following small groups:  
·   Promoting ELCA World Hunger resources and fund drives
·   Connecting & supporting local hunger ministries
·   Discussing the intersections of race & hunger
Interested in joining up? Contact DEM Dianne Johnson for the Zoom link.

LENT, HOLY WEEK & EASTER PLANNING MEET UP
Tuesday, January 12 at 1pm via Zoom
All rostered ministers - and all leaders involved in worship planning - are invited to join this special meet up time. Bring your ideas (and/or questions!) for the upcoming Church Season (Ash Wednesday, Lent, & Easter.) Find the Zoom link in your Rostered Minister email - or email Susan@lutheransnw.org to get the link!
 
BEING CHURCH - Weekly Online Gathering for ELCA Leaders
Wednesdays, 11am (Pacific)
ALL are invited to join this weekly online gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church. THIS WEEK - January 13 - Join Amy Reumann, ELCA Director for Advocacy, to learn more about why Lutherans advocate and how discipleship expressed through civic engagement and public witness impacts the issues of our day. JOIN the Zoom HERE. 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.
Each week the main session and debrief time are recorded and you can find them here: www.elcacoaching.org/podcasts/media. You can also find a list of upcoming topics and presenters on the home page of our website: www.elcacoaching.org/.

ORDINATION OF WILLIAM RIMA
Wednesday, January 13, 7pm via livestream
We hold Word and Sacrament Ministry Candidate, Will Rima, in our prayers as he prepares for his ordination. He has accepted a call to serve as pastor to a multi-point parish in Montana: American Lutheran Church in Harlem, Turner, and Hogeland. The ordination will take place at Kent Lutheran Church - join the livestream via their YouTube channel HERE. God bless this new ministry partnership! (If you would like to send an offering in honor of William it can be sent to Kent Lutheran Church until the end of January. It will be divided in half between Kent Severe Weather Shelter and ELCA World Hunger.)

Strategic Team for Authentic Diversity (STAD) MONTHLY MEET UP
Thursday, January 14, 2:00pm via Zoom
"I'm like you and I'm not like you and I like you"
Presentation on the Multiple Dimensions of Culture
Rostered Ministers, join this zoom led by Rev. Ivar Hillesland and The Rev. Canon Arienne Davison (Diocese of Olympia). Together, we’ll explore many of the cultural differences in values and practices. We'll discuss how might we better embrace different values and practices without feeling threatened? How might we improve our means of communication or running meetings to be more inclusive of different cultural values? How might we better understand scripture in its cultural context? How might we better understand the cultural differences of our country's political divide? Find the link in your Tuesday Rostered Minister email!

SYNOD COUNCIL
Saturday, January 16 at 9am
Team - find the details for the meeting and Zoom link in your inbox.

PASTOR DEBBIE BOYCE INSTALLATION SERVICE
Sunday, January 17, 10:45am via Zoom
We celebrate with Faith /Redmond and Pastor Debbie Boyce as she is officially installed as their pastor on Sunday. God bless this new ministry partnership!

LOOKING AHEAD

COMMUNITY ORGANIZING FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL MINISTRY
Training offered by Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminar
January 19-23 online
Co-led by a team of four - including Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Dr. Ray Pickett, Deacon Kelly Marciales, Director of the ELCA Organizing for Mission Network, and Mary Lim-Lampe, Director of Genesis, a community organizing affiliate in Oakland - this training is an innovative model that incorporates theological and biblical reflection, and attention to beauty and art as well as training in more traditional arts of community organizing (power analysis, organizing cycle, self-interest, and of course more). The training is for graduate students as well as practitioners of community organizing and leaders of faith communities. See flyer which includes a registration link. 

FIFTY & BETTER (FAB) WINTER SESSION & LECTURES
FAB’s 6-week Winter Session begins on January 19, and registration is now open! 
Courses include: History of Women Artists, America and the Cold War, American Life Through Broadway Musicals, Pioneer Women of the Movies, and more! Individuals 50+ are welcome, please share with your friends and family!
FAB will also be hosting lectures in early January - these lectures are open to all.

ELCA WORLD HUNGER LEADERSHIP GATHERING
Wednesday, January 20 - Saturday, January 23 online
The ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering brings together the national network of ELCA World Hunger leaders, congregations, and ministry partners every 18 months for a time of networking, idea sharing, and planning for our shared work. hunger@elca.org for more information. Register here: https://community.elca.org/online-registration/2021-elca-world-hunger-leadership-gathering-january

ADAPTING TO A NEW REALITY: Living into a Fresh Vision for God’s Church
Third Thursday monthly webinars featuring well known scholars and church leaders that focus on key areas:
January 21 – Encouragement Beyond Fatigue
February 18 – Justice and the Common Good
March 18 – Hybrid Community: Virtual & In-Person
April 15 – The Future is Now: Creative Expressions of Church
Please go to www.IgniteTheChurch.net to see the outstanding line up of speakers and panel leaders and get more information on how you can join this transformational movement. Pastors and congregational lay leaders can sign up for only a $25 donation to register for the entire series. All conference proceeds are donated to the ELCA Fund for Leaders. Last year's gift to future leaders totaled $6000. Don’t delay; register today! 

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. This is more important now than ever, as we live and do ministry in a time of pandemic, of racial injustice and unrest, of social division and political turmoil. Typically, this event is held in a different city each year. This year, due to COVID-19, the event is all online. The cost of Extravaganza is $25 for an individual and $60 for a group. These prices go up January 1. Invite your whole council, youth committee, church staff, and your volunteers who work with children and youth. 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, please contact Taryn and Becky at cyflutheransnw@gmail.com.  

SYNOD ASSEMBLY
Saturday, May 15 9am-4pm ONLINE

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5519 Phinney Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103
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