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The Northwest Washington Synod
Of The Evangelical Lutheran Church In America

 
Every day members of congregations in the Northwest Washington Synod are living out the good news. In far reaches of the globe, and right here in our communities, we join with our neighbors for the sake of abundant life. Locally our members help the homeless and the hungry by offering lunch and dinner, donating to food banks, hosting Tent City, and by providing transitional housing and personalized support. The Synod Hunger Team encourages congregations to support the ELCA Hunger Appeal. Globally we walk with our friends in Russia and Tanzania (Masaii Girls School). We also support the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) vision to end malaria (ELCA Malaria Campaign) raising $150,000 in one year, as well as the ELCA Disaster Response and the Strategy on HIV/AIDS.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. For us, as the ELCA, this faith comes through the good news of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom and the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world. We welcome you to join this community of faith — the ELCA — regardless of your age, race, gender, sexual orientation, life experience, complexities and questions. You have a unique story that can only add to the richness of the larger story that makes up the ELCA. There is a place for you here!

The ELCA is one church body organized in three expressions — congregations, synods and the churchwide organization. Each expression has its particular functions but all three together share a common mission of doing God’s work in the world and proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ.

The churchwide organization is based out of the Lutheran Center in Chicago and functions with the ELCA’s 65 synods and nearly 10,000 congregations across the 50 states, Caribbean and U.S. Virgin Islands. The churchwide organization’s work and functions are guided by the Churchwide Assembly, the Church Council and four elected officers. Its staff and elected officers work at the Lutheran Center and in other locations around the world serving as administrators, advisors, conveners, partners and resource people for the ELCA and its ministries. The ELCA also nurtures important connections with Lutheran, ecumenical and interfaith partners, and related organizations. We work alongside 26 colleges and universities related to the ELCA, eight seminaries, more than 2,000 schools and early childhood education centers, campus ministries, outdoor ministries, social service agencies, and other agencies and institutions across the country and throughout the world. The work God calls us to do in the world is never done alone or in isolation, and the churchwide organization plays a key role in developing and supporting a culture of interdependence, diversity and common mission across all expressions of the ELCA and its partners.

ELCA congregations are centers for evangelical mission, where people of faith celebrate, learn and connect with one another and others around the world through service and weekly worship.


What is a Synod?
The English word synod comes from two Greek words syn + hodos that mean "together road." A synod is the people of the congregations and other ministries traveling the way of faith together. Within the ELCA, a synod is also an administrative and missional geographic region, overseen by a bishop and a synod council who provide vision, support and resources so that congregations and other ministries can carry out their mission.  As of August 1, 2013, our bishop is the Rev. Brian Kirby Unti. Synods vary greatly in size, geography, membership, staffing and program. There are 65 synods in the ELCA that are grouped into nine regions. 

Who is the Northwest Washington Synod?
Geographically the Northwest Washington Synod includes the area from Kent/Des Moines to the Canadian border, as well as the San Juan Islands. There are 105 congregations in the synod and around 42,180 baptized members. In addition to congregations the synod has 19 new mission starts located in Bellevue, Bellingham, Bothell, Burlington, Edmonds, Everett, Mukilteo, Renton, Sammamish, and Seattle; and two campus ministries located in Bellingham and Seattle.
 
The Northwest Washington Synod Assembly is the highest legislative authority in the synod and meets annually to conduct business. Between meetings of the assembly, the Synod Council serves as the board of directors and the interim legislative authority. The synod office is located in the north end of St. John United Lutheran Church in Seattle; www.lutheransnw.org.  


The offerings given by congregations support all three expressions of this church (congregations, synods and churchwide). How does this work?  In your congregation your offerings support the ministry of your congregation and local outreach in your community. The portion of congregational giving called 'mission support' funds the work of the Northwest Washington Synod and Churchwide Expression. The Northwest Washington Synod assists congregations and rostered leaders as they work in their communities and throughout the world. The Churchwide expression is able to work every day to address inequities in political, economic and social systems and to work with partners to end conflict and violence all over the world. Some 'mission support' funds may return to your congregation in the form of grants, services, programs and resources.  


Who we are (two-sided, pdf file)
Your synod office will be closed December 24-26; January 1-2.
 
December 2014
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2 Synod Staff Meeting
Time: 9:30am -11:00am
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Advent Open House (South)
Location: Synod Office @ St. John United, Seattle
Time: 1:00pm -5:00pm
Your synod office staff is delighted to host TWO A ...

Beer & Carols
Location: Luther's Table, Renton
Time: 7:00pm
Beer & Carols Tuesdays, December 2, 9, 16 & ...

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3 The Well
Location: Holy Spirit, Kirkland
Time: 10:30am -12:00pm
You are invited to join us for our monthly gatheri ...

Advent Open House (north)
Location: TBA
Time: 1:00pm -5:00pm
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Point of Grace Sing Along
Location: Pointe of Grace, Mukilteo
Time: 7:00pm
Pointe of Grace Sing-A-Long Wednesday, December 3 ...

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4 Edmonds Symphonic Choir
Location: Trinity, Lynnwood
Time: 7:30pm
Edmonds Symphonic Choir Thursday, December 4 at 7: ...

PLU Concert
Location: Benaroya Hall, Seattle
Time: 7:30pm
Pacific Lutheran University Christmas Concerts Thi ...

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5 Lynnwood Community Band
Location: Advent, Mill Creek
Time: 7:00pm
Lynnwood Community Band Concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 5 a ...

Cantare Concert
Location: Trinity, Lynwood
Time: 7:30pm
Cantare Christmas Concert Friday, December 5 at 7: ...

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6 Soul-Tending in Times of Transition
Location: Columbia City Church of Hope, Seattle
Time: 8:30am -4:00pm
Soul-Tending in Times of Transition Saturday, Dece ...

Suicide Prevention & Awareness
Location: Our Savior's, Everett
Time: 8:30am -12:00pm
Suicide Prevention & Awareness Workshop Saturd ...

Advent Quiet Morning
Location: St. Paul's Episcopal,
Time: 9:00am -12:00pm
Advent Quiet Morning with Susan Palo Cherwien Satu ...

Suicide Prevention & Awareness
Location: Our Savior's, Everett
Time: 1:30pm -4:00pm
Suicide Prevention & Awareness Workshop Saturd ...

Mill Creek Chorale
Location: Advent, Mill Creek
Time: 2:00pm
Mill Creek Chorale, 2p.m. and 7p.m. Dec. 6

Las Posadas
Location: El Camino de Emaus at Burlington Lutheran
Time: 4:00pm
El Camino de Emaús invites you to celebrate ...

Mill Creek Chorale
Location: Advent, Mill Creek
Time: 7:00pm
Mill Creek Chorale, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 6

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7 Mary-Alyce Burleigh Ordination
Location: Holy Spirit, Kirkland
Time: 4:00pm
Ordination of Mary-Alyce Burleigh Sunday, December ...

Cantabile and reSound Concert
Location: Advent, Mill Creek
Time: 7:00pm
Cantabile and reSound, 3 p.m. Dec. 7

It's a Wonderful Improvised Life
Location: Maple Leaf Lutheran, Seattle
Time: 7:00pm
It's a Wonderful Improvised Life Sunday, Decem ...

TLC Concert
Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, Everett
Time: 7:30pm
Trinity Lutheran College Performances Sunday, Nove ...

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9 Synod Staff Meeting
Time: 9:30am -11:00am
Your Synod Staff gathers for prayer & collabor ...

Beer & Carols
Location: Luther's Table, Renton
Time: 7:00pm
Beer & Carols Tuesdays, December 2, 9, 16 & ...

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11 Advent Quiet Evening Labyrinth
Location: Trinity, Everett
Time: 6:30pm
Advent Quiet Evening Labyrinth Friday, December 12 ...

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12 Transforming Trauma
Location: Town Hall Seattle
Time: 8:30am
Day of Transforming Trauma with Laura van Der ...

Angeli Benefit Concert
Location: Oak Harbor Lutheran Church
Time: 7:00pm
ANGELI PRESENTS CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT FOR OAK HARB ...

NW Boychoir Festival of Lessons and Carols
Location: Phinney Ridge, Seattle
Time: 7:30pm
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13 Christmas 'Round the Table
Location: Luther's Table, Renton
Time: 5:30pm
Christmas ‘Round the Table Saturday, Decembe ...

NW Boychoir Festival of Lessons and Carols
Location: Trinity, Lynnwood
Time: 7:30pm
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PLU Music Scholarship Concert
Location: Lagerquist Concert Hall, PLU, Tacoma
Time: 8:00pm
Pacific Lutheran University Christmas Concerts Thi ...

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14 Santa Lucia Pageant
Location: Our Redeemer's, Seattle
Time: 5:00pm
Santa Lucia Pageant Sunday, December 14 at 5pm at ...

Come Darkness, Come Light Concert
Location: Trinity, Lynnwood
Time: 7:00pm
Come Darkness, Come Light Concert Sunday December ...

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15 No Events

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16 Synod Staff Meeting
Time: 9:30am -11:00am
Your Synod Staff gathers for prayer & collabor ...

Beer & Carols
Location: Luther's Table, Renton
Time: 7:00pm
Beer & Carols Tuesdays, December 2, 9, 16 & ...

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19 Blue Christmas Service
Location: Our Redeemer's, Seattle
Time: 7:00pm
Blue Christmas Service FRIDAY, December 19 at 7pm ...

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20 The Innkeepers' Christmas
Location: Lincoln Theatre, Mount Vernon
Time: 2:00pm
“The Innkeepers’ Christmas” Sat ...

Bells of the Sound
Location: Trinity, Lynnwood
Time: 7:00pm
Bells of the Sound presents "A Winter's N ...

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21 Longest Night Services
Location: Multiple Locations
We know there are a number of Blue Christmas/Longe ...

Bells of the Sound Concert
Location: Saint Andrew's, Bellevue
Time: 4:00pm
Bells of the Sound Concert Sunday, December 21, 4p ...

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23 Synod Staff Meeting
Time: 9:30am -11:00am
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Beer & Carols
Location: Luther's Table, Renton
Time: 7:00pm
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30 Synod Staff Meeting
Time: 9:30am -11:00am
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