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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)
Please note that the Synod Office will be closed on Wedensday, October 22 - Your synod staff will be day-retreating.
 
October 2014
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 The Well
Location: Holy Spirit, Kirkland
Time: 10:30am -12:00pm
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2 Read the Koran in 4 Weeks
Location: First of West Seattle
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm
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3 Let Justice Roll
Location: El Camino de Emaus, Burlington
Let Justice Roll 2014 Theme: Welcoming the Strange ...

Synod Women's Retreat
Location: Warm Beach Camp & Retreat Center
Synod Women's Retreat October 3 - 4, 2014 at W ...

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4 Let Justice Roll
Location: El Camino de Emaus, Burlington
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Synod Women's Retreat
Location: Warm Beach Camp & Retreat Center
Synod Women's Retreat October 3 - 4, 2014 at W ...

Weaving Our Strengths
Location: University Congregational Church
Time: 8:30am -4:00pm
Weaving our Strengths Saturday, October 4, 2014 8: ...

One-Day Organizing and Leadership Training
Location: Trinity Lutheran College
Time: 9:00am -4:00pm
One-Day Organizing and Leadership Training Saturda ...

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5 Let Justice Roll
Location: El Camino de Emaus, Burlington
Let Justice Roll 2014 Theme: Welcoming the Strange ...

Blessing & Open House at Compass on Dexter
Location: Compass on Dexter, Seattle
Time: 1:00pm -3:00pm
Blessing & Open House at Compass on Dexter Sun ...

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6 No Events

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

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8 No Events

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9 Read the Koran in 4 Weeks
Location: First of West Seattle
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm
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10 Junior High Retreat
Location: Camp Lutherwood, Bellingham
Junior High Retreat @ Camp Lutherwood October 10-1 ...

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11 Junior High Retreat
Location: Camp Lutherwood, Bellingham
Junior High Retreat @ Camp Lutherwood October 10-1 ...

Treasurer Workshop
Location: Salem, Mount Vernon
Time: 8:30am -12:00pm
October 11, 8:30am – 12noon -- Congregation ...

Stewardship Event with Chick Lane
Location: Salem, Mount Vernon
Time: 9:00am -3:00pm
Year Round Stewardship Event with Rev. Chick Lane ...

J David Thomas Installation
Location: Cross of Christ, Bellevue
Time: 5:00pm
Pastor Dave Thomas will be installed at Cross of C ...

The Church of Steadfast Love Annual Fundraiser: To All the World
Location: Our Savior's, Issaquah
Time: 5:00pm -8:00pm
The Church of Steadfast Love Annual Fundraiser: To ...

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12 Benefit Auction for El Camino de Emaus
Location: Bethlehem, Sedro-Woolley
Time: 4:00pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church’s Annual Auction & ...

Circle of Flutes Concert
Location: Trinity, Lynnwood
Time: 7:00pm
Circle of Flutes Concert Sunday, October 12, 7pm a ...

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

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16 Time 4 You
Location: Saint Andrew's, Bellevue
Time: 12:00pm -2:00pm
Time for You Thursday, October 16, 12noon-2pm at S ...

Introduction to Feminist Theology
Location: Holy Spirit, Kirkland
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm
Introduction to Feminist Theology Three Thursdays: ...

Read the Koran in 4 Weeks
Location: First of West Seattle
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm
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17 Safe & Healthy Congregations Training: Ending Family Violence
Location: SeaTac Area
Safe & Healthy Congregations Training: Ending ...

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18 Safe & Healthy Congregations Training: Ending Family Violence
Location: SeaTac Area
Safe & Healthy Congregations Training: Ending ...

Electronic Recycling Event
Location: Faith Lutheran Church, Seattle
Time: 10:00am -3:00pm
Electronic Recycling Event Saturday, October 18, ...

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19 Relational God; Dynamic Universe
Location: Our Redeemer's, Seattle
Time: 4:00pm
Relational God; Dynamic Universe. Monthly on Sunda ...

Lutheran College Fair
Location: Holy Spirit, Kirkland
Time: 5:30pm
Lutheran College Fair Sunday, October 19 5:30pm - ...

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20 No Events

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

Homelessness is a Crime
Location: St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle
Time: 10:00am -3:00pm
Homelessness is a Crime Tuesday, October 21, 10am- ...

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22 Salmon Fundraising Dinner
Location: Edison Lutheran Church in Bow
Time: 5:00pm
Salmon Fundraising Dinner Wednesday, October 22, 5 ...

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23 Introduction to Feminist Theology
Location: Holy Spirit, Kirkland
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm
Introduction to Feminist Theology Three Thursdays: ...

Read the Koran in 4 Weeks
Location: First of West Seattle
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm
READ THE KORAN IN FOUR WEEKS. Check out this uniqu ...

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24 No Events

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25 Fall Festival
Location: First, Bothell
Time: 9:00am -2:00pm
Harvest Festival Saturday, October 25, 9am-2pm &nd ...

Make a Difference Day
Location: Camp Lutherwood, Bellingham
Time: 9:00am -4:00pm
Make a Difference Day October 25, 9am-4pm Please j ...

Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop
Location: Maple Valley Presbyterian
Time: 9:00am -1:00pm
Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop Saturday, O ...

Worship Matters: This is the Feast!
Location: Luther Memorial, Seattle
Time: 9:00am -4:00pm
Join this worship workshop at Luther Memorial in N ...

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26 Bryon Hansen Installation
Location: Phinney Ridge, Seattle
Time: 2:00pm
Pastor Bryon Hansen will be installed as the new p ...

Reformation Sunday Hymn Festival
Location: Trinity, Lynnwood
Time: 7:00pm
Reformation Sunday Hymn Festival Sunday, October 2 ...

The Phantom Captivating Kent
Location: Kent Lutheran Church, Kent
Time: 7:00pm
The Phantom Captivating Kent Sunday, October 26, ...

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

Rick Steves What He Learned Visiting the Holy Land
Location: Town Hall, Seattle
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm
Rick Steves Talk on What He Learned Visiting the H ...

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30 Introduction to Feminist Theology
Location: Holy Spirit, Kirkland
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm
Introduction to Feminist Theology Three Thursdays: ...

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31 No Events

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