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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 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — 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)
Blessed Holy Week to you. Please note that the Synod Office will be closed on April 18, Good Friday.
 
April 2014
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 Synod Staff Meeting
Time: 9:30am -11:00am
Your Synod Staff gathers for prayer & collabor ...

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2 The Well Devotional
Location: Holy Spirit, Kirkland
Time: 10:30am -12:00pm
The Well Devotional 1st Wednesday of every mont ...

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3 Read the Koran
Location: First Lutheran of West Seattle
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm
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4 PLU Chorale Concert
Location: Ballard First Lutheran, Seattle
Time: 7:30pm
The Pacific Lutheran University Chorale will prese ...

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5 Moving Back into the Neighborhood
Location: TBD
Moving Back into the Neighborhood events are for t ...

Beauty for Ashes: Stories of Hope Around the World
Location: Trinity Lutheran College
Time: 9:00am -3:00pm
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Holden Evening Prayer Around the World
Location: Multiple Locations
Time: 7:00pm
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6 PLU University Chorale and University Singers Concert
Location: Saint Andrew's, Belleuvue
Time: 3:00pm
The Northwest is blessed with a strong and robust ...

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7 No Events

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

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9 Encountering Families Living at the Margins
Location: Colombia City Church of Hope, Seattle
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm
Encountering Families Living at the Margins Supp ...

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10 Time 4 You
Location: St Andrew's, Bellevue
Time: 12:00pm -2:00pm
Time 4 You 3rd Thursday of every month Septembe ...

Assembly Planning Team
Location: Our Savior's, Everett
Time: 1:00pm -3:00pm
We gather to prepare for the upcoming synod assemb ...

Read the Koran
Location: First Lutheran of West Seattle
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm
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11 ALOA Pilgrimage to Greece
Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA)   ...

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12 ALOA Pilgrimage to Greece
Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA)   ...

Marjorie Lorant Installation
Location: Hope, Lynden
Time: 2:00pm
Pastor Marjorie Lorant will be installed as the ne ...

Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle Spring Concert
Location: Luther Memorial, Seattle
Time: 3:00pm -4:00pm
Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle Spring Concert ...

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13 ALOA Pilgrimage to Greece
Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA)   ...

Pastor Cara Tanis Installation
Location: St. John's, Bellingham
Time: 10:30am
We celebrate with Pastor Cara Tanis and the Member ...

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14 ALOA Pilgrimage to Greece
Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA)   ...

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15 ALOA Pilgrimage to Greece
Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA)   ...

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

Chrism Mass
Location: Holy Trinity Lutheran, Mercer Island
Time: 11:00am -1:00pm
The Annual Chrism Mass and Renewal of Vows will be ...

Rachel Kurtz Benefit Concert
Location: Church of the Beloved, Edmonds
Time: 7:00pm
Rachel Kurtz is coming to town, and is giving a co ...

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16 ALOA Pilgrimage to Greece
Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA)   ...

Living Well at the End of Life
Location: Trinity, Lynnwood
Time: 7:00pm
Living Well at the End of Life Wednesday, April 1 ...

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17 ALOA Pilgrimage to Greece
Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA)   ...

Maundy Thursday

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18 ALOA Pilgrimage to Greece
Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA)   ...

Good Friday - Synod Office Closed

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19 No Events

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20 Easter Sunday
He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

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21 No Events

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

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23 A Special Night with Author Wm. Paul Young
Location: Trinity, Lynnwood
Time: 6:15pm -8:30pm
A Special Night with Author Wm. Paul Young Wednes ...

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24 Revitalizing Your Congregation
Location: Online and in Chicago
Revitalizing Your Congregation April 24, 25 &a ...

Candidacy Committee Meeting
Location: Synod Office
Time: 9:00am

Columbia Lutheran Home Event
Location: Skansonia Ferry on Lake Union
Time: 5:00pm -7:30pm
Columbia Lutheran Home Event Thursday April 24th ...

Read the Koran
Location: First Lutheran of West Seattle
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm
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25 Revitalizing Your Congregation
Location: Online and in Chicago
Revitalizing Your Congregation April 24, 25 &a ...

World Malaria Day
Location: Everywhere!
World Malaria Day is coming up on April 25, and it ...

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26 Revitalizing Your Congregation
Location: Online and in Chicago
Revitalizing Your Congregation April 24, 25 &a ...

Global Mission Committee Meeting
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th Street SW, Lynnwood, Room 201.
Time: 10:00am -12:30pm
All are welcome to our monthly meeting.

Karen Bloomquist Installation
Location: PLTS, CA
Time: 11:00am
Pastor Karen Bloomquist will be installed in her n ...

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27 One God One Call Conference
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
April 27 – 29, 2014 Embassy Suites Omaha ...

Chancel Arts at Kent Lutheran: The Seattle Violin Piano Duo
Location: Chancel Arts at Kent Lutheran
Time: 3:00pm
Chancel Arts at Kent Lutheran presents The Seattle ...

Sound @ Spirit: Elle Flute Trio
Location: Holy Spirit, Kirkland
Time: 4:00pm
The trio with too many flutes, the Elle Flute Trio ...

Viewing & discussion of "A Place at the Table"
Location: Our Redeemer's, Seattle
Time: 4:30pm -7:30pm
Screening of "A Place at the Table" 4/2 ...

Elizabeth Gregory Home Annual Benefit Dinner
Location: Lake Union Café
Time: 6:00pm
Elizabeth Gregory Home Annual Benefit Dinner Sund ...

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28 Family Systems Theory
Location: Portland, OR
Leadership in Ministry has offered family systems ...

Institute of Liturgical Studies
April 28-30, 2014 The Word in Time: Lectionary, P ...

One God One Call Conference
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
April 27 – 29, 2014 Embassy Suites Omaha ...

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29 Family Systems Theory
Location: Portland, OR
Leadership in Ministry has offered family systems ...

Institute of Liturgical Studies
April 28-30, 2014 The Word in Time: Lectionary, P ...

One God One Call Conference
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
April 27 – 29, 2014 Embassy Suites Omaha ...

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

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30 Family Systems Theory
Location: Portland, OR
Leadership in Ministry has offered family systems ...

Institute of Liturgical Studies
April 28-30, 2014 The Word in Time: Lectionary, P ...

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