Event Listings

2023 Synod Assembly and Workshops 

(updated 4/04/23)


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


"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. 

Bishop Jaech's Bible Study on "Seeking God's Shalom" (35+ mins) (for use with individuals, families, small groups, congregations)

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's Report

2023 Synod Assembly Minutes

Budget Review 2021-2022; Present 2022-2023 (PowerPoint slides)

Videos and Ministry Reports

Assembly Worship Offering:  Split between Light of Grace Korean Church/Dasom Bicultural School in Federal Way, and the Synod's Climate Resiliency Ministry led by Deacon Charissa Carroll 

You can hover over this QR code with your smart phone camera to pay an offering for Synod Assembly. 

Bible Study with Bishop Jaech on "Seeking God's Shalom"  (for use by voting members prior to the Synod Assembly, or individuals at home, congregations, small groups at any time.)

Synod Business (all passed)


Synod Council:

  • Susan Dickey- At-large lay member 2023-2026
  • Dr. Doug Peterson- At-large rostered member 2023-2026
  • Suzan Stegemoeller - Coastal Conference lay member 2023-2026
  • Gary Larson- Ft Vancouver Conference rostered member 2023-2025
  • Mary Rosen- Lower Columbia Conference lay member 2023-2025
  • Linda Peightal- Ministers of Specialized Setting Conf rostered member 2023-2026
  • Flint Georgescu- Youth lay member 2023-2024
  • Eric Utto-Galarneau- South Sound Conference rostered member 2023-2026

Consultation Committee:

  • Paul Davis - Olympic Conference member 2023-2029

 Discipline Committee:

  • Eric Bostrom- Mt Rainier Conference rostered member 2023-2029
  • Tracy Perry – Tacoma Southwest Conference lay member 2023-2025

Synod Council Vice President:

  • Tom Hulst 2024-2028

Synod Council:

  • Jonathan Sansgaard- Peninsula Conference rostered member 2024-2027
  • Michael Courts- Tacoma Southwest Conference lay member 2024-2027
  • Deacon Ingelaurie Lisher- Tacoma Narrows rostered member 2024-2027
  • Victoria Beavin- Young Adult member 2024-2027

 Consultation Committee:

  • Boyd Burns Lower Columbia Conference lay member 2024-2026

 2025 ELCA Churchwide Assembly Voting Member (8 members total):

  • Deacon Ingelaurie Lisher
  • Keith Marshall
  • Jessica Georgescu
  • Brendan Nelson
  • Liliana Sanchez
  • Flint Georgescu
  • Plus Bishop Jaech and VP Hulst attend as result of their elected positions on the Synod Council.

2023 List of Displays (updated 4-05-23)

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