Event Listings

2023 Synod Assembly and Workshops 

(updated 3-21-23)

Doors open at 6pm at Messiah Lutheran Church, Auburn. Synod Assembly voting members are free.  Other congregation members invited $10 each.

Workshop Registration link: here

Workshop topics: See the summary page in the registration link above for workshop descriptions and facilitators.

Workshop Session 1:  6:30-7:30pm
  • Creating a Narrative Budget that Reflects your Congregation's Mission
  • Disability Ministries
  • How to Communicate in the Middle of Conflict
  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People:  What if it was your loved one that was missing and no one noticed?
 Workshop Session 2: 7:45-8:45pm
  • The Bottom Line (Alternative funding)
  • Engaging Younger Generations
  • Seeking Shalom through one-to-ones

Saturday, May 6, 2023:  Synod Assembly

"Seeking God's Shalom" 

This is the synod's biennial business meeting on this day only.  Voting Members are the lay elected members from each congregation, and also all active rostered leaders.  Retired rostered leaders were sent a pre-notification letter to notify the synod bishop of their desire to vote at the Synod Assembly as a retired rostered. 

Assembly Online registration here

Location:  Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn WA (410 H St NE, Auburn, WA 98002-4369)

Free parking on-site and across the street from church.

Lunch is included in registration.  Lunch will be catered by award-winning local chef, Shawn Tibbits of Tibbits@ Fern Hill in Tacoma.

Registration -Online registration here


Synod Constitution Amendments:



This event is for synod rostered ministers (Pastors and Deacons) only.  All dates 10am-2pm.  Site locations and dates emailed to each rostered leader.

Rostered ministers in our synod will gather by conference on a Tuesday or Thursday in Advent to have a short worship with Bishop Jaech and hear about the happenings in our synod and each other.

January 15-17, 2023- Rostered Under 45 Gathering

Tuesday, January 17- Wednesday, January 18, 2023- Bishop's Convocation for rostered ministers. Information and to register, click here


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Synod Educational Gatherins

The Synod will host 3 regional Educational Gatherings that are open to all congregational members and rostered leaders this spring. This day together with people from all over our synod will include worship, two workshop sessions on a variety of interesting topics for church and individual growth, a keynote, and a boxed lunch.     ALL ARE INVITED!

Choose the best date and location that works for you to attend.

  • Hours:  10am-3:30pm all sites
  • Fee: $25 each, includes lunch, workshops, worship, keynote, displays

Saturday, April 30th at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles

Register here for Port Angeles site:

Saturday, May 14th at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church by the Narrows, Tacoma

Register here for Tacoma site:

Saturday, June 4th at Trinity Lutheran Church, Longview

Register here for Longview site:

Keynote: Joey Ager, our Bishop’s Associate and DEM, will speak on “Sacred Encounter".  As a community organizer, Joey will talk about how we grow together as congregations, communities and society. We'll look at sacred encounters- with others, our selves, the land and God- as a foundational practice of being community together and of growing in new directions.


  • Welcoming People with Disabilities (Tacoma site only)
  • I Love to Tell the Story:  writing grants that can help fund your mission and vision (All Sites)
  • Finding Resurrection in the Tomb (Building relationships with “out of the box” ministries to renew your own ministry) (All Sites)
  • Growing Young as we Grow Together (Supporting and building Birth to Age 35 Ministries) (All Sites)
  • All Creation Sings (new ELCA hymnal introduction) (All sites)
  • Healing from the Legacy of Indian Boarding Schools and the Orange Banner Project (Synod Native American Work Team) (All Sites)
  • Cultivating Spiritual Imagination (Port Angeles and Tacoma sites only)
  • Faith Land Stewardship (Discerning the future of your church’s land) (All Sites)

Questions:  Call Synod Office 253-535-8300  email the Synod Office at email:  Congregations may register a group with 1 check.

2020 Emmanuel Nine Worship Service

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Featuring speaker Pastor Chavaleh Forgey (Christ Lutheran, Federal Way)
When: Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30, 2023
Where: Black Diamond Camp, Auburn WA
Register by February 28 for the early bird discount.

Pastor Chavaleh Forgey of Christ Lutheran Church, Federal Way was our keynote
speaker at our convention last October...and we are in for a special treat!

Come and catch up with all your synod friends. It’s been awhile since we’ve been
able to gather together and we have a weekend packed with opportunities to visit
and share, learn, worship, sing, and have some FUN! Look for registration form in
this SWATCH. Hope to see you all there.

More Information and Registration Form here