Twenty-Seventh Annual Synod Assembly of the Southwestern

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Twenty-Seventh Annual Synod Assembly of the Southwestern
Twenty-Seventh Annual Synod
Assembly
of the
Southwestern Washington
Synod
of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America
Friday, May 16– Saturday, May 17, 2014
Trinity Lutheran Church, Tacoma, WA
2014 Synod Assembly
Table of Contents
Assembly Handbook
Site
Driving Directions
Registration times
Voting Member Orientation
Food and Drink
Worship/Offering
Bookstore
Workshops
Voting
Seating
Assembly Office
Displays
Messages
Handouts
Money and dress?
Speakers
Synod Council and Staff
What does this Mean
Pineapple as a Symbol of Hospitality
Presiding Bishop Eaton’s Welcome- English
Presiding Bishop Eeaton’s Welcome- Spanish
Bishop Jaech’s Welcome
Synod Mission Statement
AGENDA
Assembly Committees
ELCA Acronyms and Terms
The Hospitality of Sharing the Synod Assembly
Bible Study Leaders/Speakers
Map of Trinity Lutheran Church
Workshops
Synod, Finances and Roster Section
Synod Council Members
Synod Council Actions 2013-2014
Guide to the Synod
2013 Financial Report
2015 Budget Proposal (with 2008-2012 actuals)
Roster Report
Ordination and Congregation Anniversaries
In Memory
Nominations and Elections Section
Rules of Procedure
How to cast your vote
Parliamentary Procedure at a Glance
Successful use of Robert’s Rules of Order
Nominated Positions Still Open
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Nomination Biographies (thus far…)
Blank Nomination Form
Job Descriptions for Elected Positions
Reports Section
Mission Investment Fund- ELCA
Region 1
Candidacy Committee
Global Mission Committee
Interim Ministry
Namibia Task Force
Outreach Board
Women of the ELCA
Synod Youth Committee
Lutheran Seminary
Pacific Lutheran University
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Peace Community Center, Tacoma
Lutheran Community Services
NW Parish Nurse Ministries
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The Pineapple as a Symbol of Hospitality
The pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality since the days of the early
American colonies. The legend began with the sea captains of New England,
who sailed among the Caribbean Islands and returned to the colonies bearing
their cargo of fruits, spices and rum.
According to legend, the caption would
spear a pineapple on a fence post outside
his home to let his friends know of his safe
return from sea. The pineapple was a
invitation for them to visit, share his food and
drink, and listen to tales of his voyage.
As the tradition grew, Colonial innkeepers
added the pineapple to their signs and
advertisements, and bedposts carved in the
shape of a pineapple were a common sight
at inns across New England.
Colonists would set a fresh pineapple in the center of the table as a colorful
centerpiece of the festive meal, especially when visitors joined them in
celebration. If a visitor stayed for a meal, they were often served pineapple as
a special desert after the meal. Often when the visitor spent the night, he was
given the bedroom which had the pineapples carved on the bedpost or
headboard- even if the bedroom belonged to the head of the household.
The legend has continued to the present, and frequently one sees the
pineapple symbol in hotels and restaurants to signal the presence of hospitality.
The pineapple has been a universal symbol of hospitality and welcome for many
centuries all over the world.
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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
God’s work. Our hands.
Spring 2014
So we, who are many, are one body in Christ,
and individually we are members one of another.
– Romans 12:5
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
One of my deep joys as I begin my term as the fourth presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America (ELCA) is meeting with you and witnessing how we are church together. It is
wonderful to see how people’s lives are changed because of the commitment of our congregations to
share God’s love with one another. Thank you for your faithful witness to the gospel. Because of our
relationship with God through Jesus Christ, we are church together for the sake of the world.
At the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, we affirmed the Book of Faith initiative as a continuing
emphasis and priority in this church. It is my hope that our deep biblical engagement with the written
word of God may help us become a community of deep spiritual discernment. Together, let us recommit
to those spiritual practices of prayer, silence, worship, giving and Scripture study so that together we can
prepare ourselves and be quiet long enough to hear how God is speaking to us through the Holy Spirit.
We need to first listen to God and then listen to one another. In your congregations, you are already
listening and engaging in this communal discernment as you continue to work on your missional
covenants. This work, begun by the encouragement of the Living Into the Future Together task force, is
not done in isolation from or in competition with one another. It is shaped by our mutual conversations
concerning our vision and mission and discerning where the greatest needs are within our congregations
and communities.
The 2013 Churchwide Assembly recognized a number of those greatest needs when it approved the
Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA. The Campaign for the ELCA seeks to raise funds
for existing local and global churchwide ministries and for new ministries. As church together, we can
start or renew a congregation; save a child’s life; develop leaders in our church and in our global
companion churches; and feed people who are hungry, equipping them to break out of the cycle of hunger
and poverty.
This past fall, thousands of congregations participated in the “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. We plan
to do this again Sept. 7, 2014. I hope you will join us. This day of service in Jesus’ name is a wonderful
way to share God’s love.
As you pray, worship and discern together to seek and listen for God’s will, know that throughout the
ELCA, your brothers and sisters are praying for you.
God’s peace,
Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América
La obra de Dios. Nuestras manos.
Primavera 2014
También nosotros, siendo muchos, formamos un solo cuerpo en Cristo,
y cada miembro está unido a todos los demás.
– Romanos 12:5
Queridas hermanas y hermanos en Cristo:
Una de mis profundas alegrías al iniciar mi mandato como cuarto obispo presidente de la Iglesia Evangélica
Luterana en América (ELCA) es la de reunirme con ustedes y dar testimonio de que somos una iglesia unida. Es
maravilloso ver cómo cambian las vidas de las personas a raíz del compromiso de nuestras congregaciones de
compartir el amor de Dios los unos con los otros. Agradecemos infinitamente su fiel testimonio del evangelio. Por
nuestra relación con Dios por medio de Jesucristo, somos una iglesia unida por el bien del mundo.
En la Asamblea Nacional de la ELCA del 2013, ratificamos la iniciativa de El Libro de Fe como una prioridad y un
énfasis continuos de esta iglesia. Es mi esperanza que nuestro profundo compromiso bíblico con la palabra escrita
de Dios nos ayude a convertirnos en una comunidad de profundo discernimiento espiritual. Juntos, renovemos
nuestro compromiso con esas prácticas espirituales de oración, silencio, adoración, ofrendar y estudio de las
Escrituras, para que juntos nos preparemos y estemos tranquilos el tiempo suficiente para escuchar cómo Dios nos
habla por medio del Espíritu Santo.
Necesitamos escuchar primero a Dios y luego, los unos a los otros. En nuestras congregaciones, ya escuchan y
participan de este discernimiento comunal a medida que siguen trabajando en sus alianzas misioneras. Esta obra,
iniciada por el estímulo del grupo de trabajo Living Into the Future Together (Unidos hacia el Futuro) no se lleva a
cabo de manera aislada ni compitiendo entre sí. Está moldeada por nuestras conversaciones mutuas para abordar
nuestra visión y misión, así como por el discernimiento de dónde yacen las necesidades más grandes dentro de
nuestras congregaciones y comunidades.
La Asamblea Nacional de 2013 reconoció varias de esas grandes necesidades al aprobar “Always Being Made New:
The Campaign for the ELCA” (Siempre siendo renovados: La Campaña de la ELCA). La Campaña de la ELCA
busca recaudar fondos para ministerios locales y globales ya existentes de la iglesia nacional, como también para
nuevos ministerios. Juntos como iglesia, podemos iniciar o renovar una congregación; salvar la vida de un niño;
desarrollar líderes en nuestra iglesia y en nuestras iglesias compañeras globales, y dar de comer a las personas que
sufren de hambre , preparándolas para liberarse del círculo de hambre y pobreza.
Este otoño pasado, miles de congregaciones participaron en el domingo de "La obra de Dios. Nuestras manos".
Planeamos hacerlo nuevamente el 7 de septiembre del 2014. Espero que nos acompañen. Este día de servicio en
nombre de Jesús es una forma maravillosa de compartir el amor de Dios.
Mientras oran, adoran y disciernen juntos para buscar y escuchar la voluntad de Dios, deben saber que en toda la
ELCA, sus hermanos y hermanas oran por ustedes.
Que la paz de Dios sea con ustedes:
Elizabeth A. Eaton
Obispa presidente
Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América
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The Mission of the Southwestern
Washington Synod is to spread the
good news of Jesus Christ by
empowering congregations
and church leaders
to Grow in
• Worship
• Education
• Outreach
• Stewardship
• And other ministries
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FRIDAY- May 16
8:00-9:00am
8:00am-12:00pm
9:00am-9:45am
9:45am-10:00am
10:00am-11:17pm
11:17-12:17pm
12:17-12:35pm
12:35pm-2:15pm
2:15pm
2:35pm-5:20pm
2014 SYNOD ASSEMBLY AGENDA Draft 5/05/14
Election Committee meets
Registration Open
Voting Member Orientation
Hymn Sing (Nolte)
PLENARY SESSION # 1
Welcome, Opening Prayer and Call to Order
Adoption of Rules, Agenda, committees, introductions
Nominating Committee Report
Credential Report
Church Council Greeting (Mr. Jim Hushagen)
Portico Presentation
2013/2014 Budget Presentation
2015 Budget presentation, discussion and vote
Synod Attorney Presentation (Mr. Jim Hushagen)
10 Min Break
Eucharist Worship (Bishop Jaech preach; Rev. Gaustad preside)
Travel to Lunch at PLU- Chris Knutzen Hall in Anderson
University Center
Lunch - Entertainment, Greetings, Anniversaries & Retirements
(Deadline for Floor Nominations)
PLENARY SESSION # 2
Call to Order
Intro of Macedonia Video Project and Videos #1 & #2
Keynote #1 (Rev. Dr. Dan Peterson)
10 min break
Bible Study (Bishop Richard Jaech)
Music Break
Officer’s Reports
Sending Prayer
Dinner on your own
7:30pm Macbeth in Karen Hille Philips Performing Arts Center at PLU (optional)
SATURDAY- May 17th
7:30am-12:00pm
8:15-8:30am
8:30am-11:08am
5/5/2014
Registration
Singing
PLENARY SESSION # 3
Call to Order/Prayer
Credentials Report
Keynote #2 (Rev. Dr. Dan Peterson)
Music Stretch Break
Macedonia Video #3
Churchwide Report/ Presentation (Mr. Kenneth Inskeep)
Music Stretch Break
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12:08pm-2:00pm
2:00pm-3:00pm
3:15-4:15pm
4:30pm-5:30pm
General Elections report (Huffman)
General Elections
Living Stones Prison Congregation Report
Namibia Task Force Presentation
Worship (Rev. Wallschlaeger preach; Rev. Latterell preside)
Lunch on your own
Workshop Session #1
Workshop Session #2
PLENARY SESSION # 4
Call to order/ Prayer
Mission Investment Fund presentation
Mission Start Updates
Unfinished Business
Resolutions
Sending Worship
Installation of new Synod Council and ALYVE Board
Adjourn Synod Assembly
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2014 SYNOD ASSEMBLY COMMITTEES
The Synod Assembly shall have committees on CREDENTIALS, ELECTIONS, and RESOLUTIONS.
(S7.15) …appointed by the bishop. (S7.15.01, S7.15.02, S7.15.03)
ASSEMBLY PLANNING COMMITTEE
Chair
Rev. Ron Kempe
Floor Manager
Ms. Allison Ramsey
Finances
Mr. Dick Schmidt
Worship
Rev. Jeff Gaustad, Dr. Jonathan Wohlers, Rev. Melanie Wallschlaeger,
Rev. Ron Kempe, Kirsten Shafer, Rev. John Stroeh
Hospitality
Trinity Lutheran Church
Workshops
Ms. Allison Ramsey
Ushers
Mr. Doug Wright
Lunch
Ms. Allison Ramsey and Ms. Monica Hurley
Assembly Office
Ms. Pat Durston, Ms. Lisa Boers. Mr. Dick Schmidt, Ms. Jennifer Schroeder
Audio/Visual
Spiritborne Productions, Lead-Mr. Andy Kim
Minutes
Ms. Jill Westwood; Ms. Monica Hurley
Electronic Display
Ms. Melody Rath
ADVICE AND COUNSEL: Mr. Scott Ellerby (Parliamentarian), Rev. John Schier-Hanson
(Spanaway, Spanaway), Janeen Smith, AIM (Spanaway, Spanaway), Rev. Kim Latterell (Synod
staff)
CREDENTIALS: Ms. Pat Durston (Registrar, Trinity, Tacoma), Ms. Lisa Boers (Trinity, Tacoma),
Ms. Jennifer Schroeder (Resurrection, Tacoma)
ELECTIONS: Ms. Darcy Huffman (Chair), Rev. Sarah Roemer, Rev. Nina Body
MINUTES: Bishop Richard Jaech, Monica Hurley (Synod Secretary), Ms. Jill Westwood
(Minutes), Paul Opgrande (Vice President), Ms. Allison Ramsey (Synod staff)
REGISTRATION: Ms. Pat Durston (Registrar), Ms. Lisa Boers, Ms. Doris Gadley (Bethany,
Spanaway), Ms. Jennifer Schroeder, Ms. Mary Ann Nelson (Stella, Longview)
RESOLUTIONS: Rev. Mark Woldseth (Gloria Dei, Tacoma), Rachel Knoke (Luth Church of
Christ the King, Tacoma) , Mr. Scott Ellerby (Parliamentarian), Rev. Kim Latterell (Synod staff)
PARLIAMENTARIAN: Mr. Scott Ellerby
(The parliamentarian may be contacted between sessions for assistance in preparing
motions, amendments, resolutions, or information on parliamentary procedures.)
DON’T BE LOST…
ACRONYMS AND TERMS
GENERAL ELCA TERMS:
ELCA- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (Denominational title) with 3,950,924 baptized members (as of
2012)
Region 1- One of 9 regions of the ELCA composed of 6 synods (Southwestern Washington, Northwest
Washington, Eastern Washington/Idaho, Montana and Alaska Synods)
Churchwide- A term referring to the entire Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Lutheran Center- The name for the facility in Chicago that houses the ELCA Churchwide
offices.
SYNOD
Synod-A geographical group of congregations that are a part of the ELCA. There are
65 synods in the ELCA.
SWWA- Southwestern Washington Synod
Conference - A geographical group of congregations of the synod: Coastal-8 congregations near the
ocean; Evergreen -11 congregations E & S of Tacoma; Ft. Vancouver-11 congregations in Vanc,
area; Lower Columbia-6 congregations near Columbia River btwn Vanc. and Centralia; Ministers
In Specialized Setting- non-geographical conf. of MISS; Mt Rainier -11 congregations E & S of
Tacoma; Olympic-7 congregations on Olympic Pen; Peninsula-7 congregations on Kitsap Pen.;
South Sound-11 congregations S of Olympia; Tacoma Narrows-8 congregations by Narrows
Bridge;Tacoma SW-7 congregations in SW Tacoma.
LEADERSHIP:
Presiding Bishop- The elected clergy responsible for the entire ELCA Churchwide for a six-year term;
currently serving is Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. The Presiding bishop chairs the
Churchwide Assembly, Church Council and it’s Executive Committee, and the Conference of
Bishops. The Office of the
Presiding Bishop relates to: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers; The Deaconess
Community of the ELCA, Lutheran Men in Mission; National Lutheran Campus
Ministry, and Women of the ELCA.
Office of the Secretary- This ELCA elected position. The secretary is responsible For maintaining
the records of the church (rosters, archives, Church Council decisions, Churchwide Assembly)
and coordinating the use of legal counsel.
Congregational and Synodical Mission (CSN)- New unit of the ELCA supporting synods and
congregations by: Centers of Mission (new and renewed congregations, youth ministries,
stewardship, worship), Director for Evangelical Mission, Regional Coordinators, Ethnic-specific
and Multicultural Mission, Leadership (candidacy and assignment, TEEM, colleges and
universities) and Poverty and Justice (hunger, advocacy, disaster, social ministry organizations,
Lutheran Disaster Relief, Lutheran Services in America and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee
Service)
Synod Council- 19 members elected board of directors of the synod.
Bishop-The clergy elected by the Synod Assembly to lead a synod of the ELCA for a 6-year term. Our
synodical Bishop is Bishop Richard Jaech.
Executive Committee- 4 officers and two at-large members of the Synod Council.
Three Synod Boards:
Outreach Board- Outreach Board: Inspires for evangelical outreach by empowering new mission
starts, congregational renewal and equipping people for God’s mission in the world.
Fiscal Board- Responsible to direct the financial affairs as well as the property and maintenance
matters of the synod.
Mission Endowment Fund Board- Stewards the synod’s investment fund that is used by the Outreach
Board to support evangelical outreach. This group is formally known as the Mission Fund
Board.
Candidacy Committee- The Synod Candidacy Committee is appointed by the synod bishop to help
determine, with the candidate, whether their character, ability, health and wellness, spiritual
formation, preparation and commitment are appropriate for the ministry in which they seek to
serve.
Global Mission Committee- This committee serves as a clearinghouse within our synod, collecting and
communicating directions in global mission. They nurture three primary global relationships:
Namibia, Tanzania and China.
Hunger Committee-Educates synod members and congregations on hunger-related issues, including
the ELCA World Hunger and Domestic Hunger Grants, ELCA Disaster Relief, the ELCA’s HIV and
AIDS Strategy, and the ELCA Malaria campaign.
Stewardship Table- A group meeting with the Director for Evangelical Mission to educate our
synod on matters of stewardship.
CLERGY/ROSTERED TITLES:
Roster- The official list of the pastors and lay leaders serving the ELCA. As of January 15, 2013, the number of
pastors in the ELCA was 16,680. 23.1% of those clergy are women (3,849). Of the active category (those not
retired), the percentage is 32.9. Approximately 86% of ordained women and 83% of ordained men are actively
serving in congregations.
Candidacy- the process that raises up, prepares, certifies and places public leaders in the ELCA. Public
ministers include commissioned Associates in Ministry, consecrated Diaconal Ministers and
Deaconesses, and ordained Pastors.
MISS. Minister in Specialized Setting (rostered person who serves in a ministry other than a
congregation, such as a hospital or military chaplain.)
Rev. Reverend, accurately written The Reverend. (ordained minister)
Pr.
Pastor (ordained minister)
Dr.
Doctor (ordained minister who has a doctoral theological degree, or as one of our synod’s
ordained pastors who has a doctorate in cellular biology.)
Bishop’s Associate Assists the bishop in carrying out his/her responsibilities (formerly titled ‘Assistant to the
Bishop’.) Our synod’s Bishop’s Associate is the Rev. Kim Latterell.
DEM Director for Evangelical Mission who is called by churchwide to serve in the SW WA Synod. Our
DEM is Rev. Dr. Melanie Wallschlaeger.
A.I.M. Associate in Ministry -a rostered lay person who is theologically trained.
D.M. Diaconal Minister who is theologically trained in a specialized ministry
DEAC. Deaconess who is theologically trained and has taken a vow as a Deaconess
CLM Certified Lay Minister (non-rostered lay person who has been trained to assist in
congregational ministries. Program is currently on hiatus.)
OLFC On Leave from Call (rostered clergy, AIM, Diaconal Minister or Deaconess who is currently
without a call to a ministry.)
Interim A rostered person, usually called to serve a congregation by the Synod Council, who is serving
a ministry in between two called persons.
Intern A seminary student who is on staff of a ministry in training for concluding their theological
education.
RELATED AGENCIES:
Faith Action Network (FAN)-In 2011, The Lutheran Public Policy Office joined with Washington
Association of Churches to continue supporting ELCA churches, a Advocating for social justice in
the ‘halls of power’ in peacemaking, hospitality to strangers, care for creation, and concern for
people living in poverty and struggling with hunger and disease. The Co- Directors are ELCA
Pastor Paul Benz and Ms. Elise DeGooyer.
Consultation To Clergy –Seattle-based Lutheran counseling ministry to clergy and congregations.
The Director is Pastor Phil Strueffert.
Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW)-A Lutheran social service agency in the Northwest.
Nine offices located in Washington State, 6 in Oregon and 1 in Idaho.
Mission Investment Fund Investment (MIF)- Investment fund of the ELCA to financially assist
congregations.
RELATED EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS:
Seminary- The theological educational institutions that trains clergy, Diaconal
Ministers, Deaconess and AIMs. There are 9 Lutheran Seminaries in the US. The two that are
supported by our synod are:
PLTS Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University in Berkeley, CA.
Luther Seminary- ELCA Seminary in St. Paul, MN.
PLU- Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. This is the one ELCA university in our region, which
has 27 ELCA Colleges and Universities nationwide.
Mt. Rainier High School- A multi-denominational Lutheran High School on the East Campus of
PLU.
OTHER SYNOD MINISTRIES:
ALYVE- Active Lutheran Youth in Various Endeavors Board (youth board that plans various synod
youth activities/gatherings.)
Men In Mission - Men’s ministry of the ELCA.
WELCA- Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (women’s ministry of the ELCA)
SWO- Synodical Women’s Organization (women’s ministry of the synod.)
Clusters- Nine geographical groupings of congregational women’s ministries (Mt.
Rainier- 11 congregations; South Sound- 12 congr.; Narrows-15 congr.;
Evergreen- 11 congr.; Olympic- 14 congr.; 3 Rivers - 7 congr.; Ft.Vancouver11 congr; Tacoma SW- 8 congr; Coastal-8 congr.)
THE HOSPITALITY OF
SHARING THE SYNOD ASSEMBLY
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Be open and willing to listen and learn at the Synod Assembly.
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Post pertinent and appropriate assembly items on your church’s bulletin board and website.
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Take notes during Saturday’s workshops and share with your congregation in an
adult forum setting or in your congregation’s newsletter. Bring handouts from the trainings.
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Question presenters and other leaders at the assembly for answers to take home.
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Consolidate your assembly information for presentation in a forum or a temple talk.
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Invite your Synod Council Conference Representative to speak at a forum or service.
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Invite Bishop Jaech or his staff to visit your congregation for worship or a forum.
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Plan to buy Spiritborne videos and share presentations that might be of congregational interest.
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Display your assembly handouts in your social hall.
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Talk with elected leaders so you can pass along their ideas to your congregation.
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Invite the Director for Evangelical Mission to preach or teach an adult form explaining our new congregations,
stewardship or many other topics.
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Link your congregation’s website with the Synod’s website for information on the Synod Assembly and
more www.lutheranssw.org.
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“Like” the Synod’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Southwestern-WashingtonSynod/129047787133786
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Meet other voting members from other congregations and plan joint activities or share ideas.
2014 Synod Assembly Speakers
Keynote Speaker
The Rev. Dr. Daniel Peterson
Rev. Dr. Daniel Peterson teaches in the humanities for Seattle
University’s Matteo Ricci College and for the university’s Department of
Theology and Religious Studies. Author of Tillich: A Brief Overview of the
Life and Writings of Paul Tillich (Lutheran University Press, 2013) and coeditor with Michael Zbaraschuk of Resurrecting the Death of God: The
Origins, Influence and Return of Radical Theology (State University Press
of New York, 2014), Peterson has also written numerous articles and
reviews, the most recent of which have appeared in the journals
Theology and Science and Comparative and Continental Philosophy. He
earned his Ph.D. in theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and is
an ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America called in a specialized
ministry to students at Seattle University.
Bible Study Leader
Bishop Richard E. Jaech
The Rev. Richard Jaech was elected as bishop at the Southwest Washington
Synod Assembly in Tacoma on June 8, 2013. He began his sixyear term on
August 1 and was installed by the ELCA Presiding Bishop at Trinity Lutheran
Church in Parkland on September 14.
Bishop Jaech, a native of Seattle, was the Pastor of Beautiful Savior
Lutheran Church of Vancouver, Washington, since 1987 and previously
served a Latino congregation in San Francisco. He holds a master’s degree
in conflict facilitation and recently published a book titled “Transforming Church Conflict: A
Guide for Pastors and Leaders.” He attended Christ Seminary-Seminex in St. Louis, MO where
he earned his M.Div degree in Theology. Jaech said that as bishop he will bring ecumenical
groups together for common work. In Vancouver, he organized and led a two-year dialogue
among Christian, Muslim and Jewish congregations.
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ELCA Churchwide Representative
Mr. Kenneth Inskeep
Kenneth W. Inskeep is the director for Research and Evaluation in the Office of
the Presiding Bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has
been with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1988 and director
for Research and Evaluation since 1992. He is a graduate of Trinity College
(B.A., Sociology, magna cum laude, Alpha Kappa Delta--sociological honor
society) (now Trinity International University), Deerfield, Illinois; Marquette
University (M.A., Sociology), Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Loyola University of
Chicago (Ph. D., Sociology). Prior to his tenure with the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America (ELCA) he taught sociology (Associate Professor) at Trinity
College. His publications include “Views on Social Responsibility: The Investment of Pension Funds in
the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,” Review of Religious Research; “History of Church Growth
Research,” in Understanding Church Growth and Decline, David Roozen and Kirk Hadaway, editors; and
“Giving Trends in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America,” Review of Religious Research; and
Chasing Down a Rumor: The Death of Mainline Denominations with Robert Bacher, Augsburg Fortress,
Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to these formal publications, he is the author of many studies on
the activities, programs and membership of the ELCA including The Social and Religious Context of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Faith Communities Today Survey of Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America Congregations. He has been asked to address the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America's Conference of Bishop's Academy on several occasions and on a variety of topic from
church growth to "speaking Lutheran" in the contemporary religious context of the United States.
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2014 SOUTHWESTERN WASHINGTON SYNOD ASSEMBLY
WORKSHOPS
SESSION 1
2:00-3:00PM
Engaging the Neighborhood Block by Block: A Lutheran Approach
Sanctuary
Kenneth Inskeep, Executive for Research and Evaluation for the ELCA
This workshop gives advice on how to use widely available demographic statistics and other
sources of data to shape mission and ministry of local congregations. Hospitality to your
Neighbor
Using your Website and Blog to Welcome, Teach and Worship Thompson Hall
Nicole Rawlins, Administrator, Silverdale Lutheran Church, Silverdale
Learn how to use a website and blog to support your congregation’s other ministries, and
communicate with members and neighbors. Nicole will give you valuable ideas on the creation,
support and maintenance of your congregation’s website and blog and how Silverdale Lutheran
Church uses these valuable tools. Hospitality in your Congregation.
Generosity that Sticks
Fireside Room
Ann Cummings, Monica Hurley and Darcy Huffman, members of Synod Mission Support Task
Force
Learn how giving stuck with the Macedonians as found in 2Corinthians 8:1-5. This interactive
workshop includes materials to take home so you can replicate this lesson in your own
congregation. Hospitality to your Community.
Welcoming Social Justice Ministries to your Congregation
Chapel
Panel: Kerri Pedrick, (Peace Community Center, Tacoma), Beth Ann Johnson (Mountain View
Community Center, Edgewood), Marj Olason, Elise DeGooyer (Faith Action Network)
Is your congregation wanting to start a social ministry? Is there resistance or full-on support?
This group will discuss how to bring social justice ministries to your congregation and your
facility. You will hear about a successful program at Peace Community Center in Tacoma
helping to end poverty and connect students with community members and from a newer
community center at Mountain View in Edgewood who has started feeding programs as well as
senior programming. Both centers have strong connections with their congregation. Faith
Action Network Co-Director will share what other churches are doing in Washington State.
You’ll also hear from someone who was in need of social services from area churches and her
reactions based on the type of reception she received from church volunteers. Hospitality for
a Changing World
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SESSION 2
3:15-4:15PM
Four Greetings before you Sit
Sanctuary
The Rev. Ron McClung, Mission Development Pastor, Peace Lutheran Fellowship, Port Ludlow
Pastor McClung is a Mission Developer Pastor that has been working extensively with the ELCA
on hospitality in all aspects of their mission development. Pastor McClung has worked with his
congregation to embrace the idea of hospitality. Learn the simple steps to bring to your congregation
to make others feel welcome, noticed and embraced in God’s love each and every time they come to
your church. Hospitality to your Neighbor
Social Media and Ministry
Thompson Hall
The Rev. Joe Smith, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lakewood
Pastor Smith is a pastor that uses social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email and
LinkedIn) extensively in his ministry. His tweets have been followed by local news media. Learn
how to use social media to further your ministries, send information and connect with others.
Hospitality in your Congregation
Welcome Committee: What is it and How do we Start One?
Fireside Room
Mike Rutkosky, Welcome Committee Chair, Creator Lutheran Church, Bonney Lake
Learn how to start and fire up your congregation’s Welcome Committee. The main goal of this
committee is to share hospitality and help people to feel welcome as they enter your building
or ministry. Hospitality to your Community
Framing Christian Community…Welcoming Youth and Young Adults
Chapel
Ingelaurie Lisher, AIM , St. Mark’s Lutheran Church by The Narrows and the SWWA Practicing
Discipleship Coach
This workshop will present a way of walking alongside youth and young people as we help
frame their lives by learning through relationships with surrounding community, learning from
an intentional community and learning about yourself through community.
Hospitality for a
Changing World
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Synod Council, Finances
and Roster
22
18
Conference/
Member
Officer
Term
Congregation
City
Synod Bishop
Mount Cross
University Place
Creator
Bonney Lake
Peace
Tacoma
Creator
Bonney Lake
Mountain View
Edgewood
Ends
Bishop
Vice President
Bishop Robert Hofstad
Mr. Paul Opgrande
Secretary
Ms. Monica Hurley
Treasurer
Ms. Dianne Stoehr
Youth
Ms. Samantha Baxley
Young Adult
Ms. Anna Hagen
At Large
Open
At Large
Rev. Pamela Hunter
2015
Prince of Peace
Forks
Coastal
Rev. Linda Milks
2014
Saron
Hoquiam
Evergreen
Mr. Mark Johnson
2016
Family of Grace
Auburn
Fort Vancouver
Mr. John Jablonski
St. Andrew
Vancouver
Lower Columbia
Mr. Eric Nelson
Stella
Longview
Mt. Rainier
Mr. Mark Siltala
2016
Redeemer
Fircrest
MISS
Rev. Randy Olson
2014
Redeemer
Fircrest
Olympic
Ms. Karen Meyer
Holy Trinity
Port Angeles
Peninsula
Ms. Ann Cummings
Silverdale
Silverdale
South Sound
Ms. Darcy Huffman
Good Shepherd
Olympia
Tacoma SW
Ms. Kathryn Nelson
2015
Tacoma Narrows
Rev. Heinz Malon
2014
Key Peninsula
Lakebay
2013
2016
2014
2016
2016
2016
Advisors:
W/ELCA
Ms. Carol Fossum
Bishop's AssociateRev. Kim Latterell
Dir for Evang. MissRev. Melanie Wallschlaeger
2016
2015
2014
2015
2015
Asst to the BishopRev. Valinda Morse
Office Admin
Allison Ramsey
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2013-2014 Synod Council and Executive Committee
Summary of Actions
EC13.03.01 COLA FOR 2014 Recommend 1.7% to Synod Council (accidentally omitted from
2013Summary of Actions to Synod Assembly)
EC13.08.01 Letters of Calls extended to Pastor Ron McClung (Peace Lutheran
Fellowship, Port Ludlow, effective September 1), Pastor Norman Arnold
(Living Stones Prison Congregation, effective September) and Pastor Kim
Latterell (Assistant to the Bishop, effective August 26, 2013)
EC 13.08.02 Churchwide voting member: replacement for Rev. Linda Milks is Cheryl
Mays-Comen (from Trinity Lutheran, Parkland)
EC 13.08.02 Young Adult Synod Council member (new): Anna Hagen (Mtn View
Edgewood)
SC13.09.01 Passed Consent Agenda: Synod Calls: Michelle Manicke (Interim Pastor,
Beautiful Savior, Vancouver) On Leave from Call: Rev. Ronald Hoyum (SWWA Synod
Office, August 1, 2013), Rev. Sheryl Biegert (Agnus Dei, Gig Harbor- October 1, 2013);
Retirement: Rev. Elizabeth Orling (from On leave from call status, September 1, 2013), Rev.
Valinda Morse (Assistant to the Bishop, October 1, 2013), Rev. David Steffensen (Mt. Cross,
University Place-October 1, 2013)
SC13.09.02 Make transfer to consolidate assembly restricted account funds to lower
deficit down to $19,000 and transfer remaining from working fund to complete payment of
assembly funds.
SC13.09.03 Select “Gold Plus” Health Care plan for synod staff through Portico Benefits.
EC 13.08.01 Synod Call to Pastor Kim Latterell as Bishop’s Associate (effective 8/26/14)
MSC SC13.09.04 The Rev. Rita Anderson approved for non-stipendiary call to serve as
Eucharistic Minister at St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor.
SC 13.11.01 Approved retirement for Rev. Loren Leapaldt (Christ, Federal Way, Nov. 1,
2013) and Rev. Ron Kempe (Peace, Puyallup Dec. 1, 2013)
SC 13.11.02 Approved September 21, 2013 minutes
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SC 13.11.03 Bishop directed by Synod Council to assemble a task force to develop a
fundraising proposal to support synod ministries.
SC 14.01.01 Accept Consent Agenda as presented: Review Minutes for September meeting;
November Conference Call; Synod Calls: Rev. Jeff Driscoll (Messiah, Auburn, Interim
Pastor); Rev. Jeannine Daggett (St. John’s, Chehalis, Interim Pastor)
SC14.01.02 Pay Synod Staff per Synod Guidelines for 2014.
SC 14.01.03 Adopted Rostered Wellness Fund Recommendation
SC 14.03.01 Adopt 2015 budget as presented for recommendation to 2014 Synod
Assembly.
SC 14.03.02 Ratified ALYVE Board’s appointment of Samantha Baxley as youth member of
Synod Council
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Guide to the Southwestern Washington Synod of the ELCA– 2014 1
420 121st Street South
Tacoma WA 98444-5218
Phone: (253) 535-8300 Fax: (253) 535-8315
The mission of the Southwestern Washington Synod is to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ by empowering congregations
and church leaders to grow in worship, education, outreach, stewardship and other ministries.
Synod Staff
Quick Facts
Boards and Committees
 One of 65 synods of the ELCA
 One of 6 synods in Region 1
 Divided into 9 geographical
conferences and 1 position
conference (Ministers in
Specialized Settings)
 Number of congregations: 87
(including 1 Synodically
Authorized Worshipping Comm
and 5 Congregations under
Development)
 Baptized Members: 31,146
 Ordained Ministers: 246
 Lay Rosters: 13
 Clergy under call to
Conference Deans
congregational ministry: 103
 Ministers in Specialized
Settings (MISS): 14
 Clergy in Global Mission: 2
 Rostered retired Clergy: 133
Coastal: Rev. Nels Flesher
 Clergy On Leave fr. Call: 15
Evergreen: Rev. Lori Cornell
 AIM on Leave from Call: 2
Ft. Vancouver: Rev. Tom Tweed
Low. Columbia: Rev. Carol Plummer  Associates in Ministry Under
Call to Congregation: 2
Mt. Rainier: Rev. Jeff Gaustad

Rostered retired AIM: 3
Olympic: Rev. Richard Grinstad
 Seminary Interns: 3
Peninsula: Rev. Paul Meeker
South Sound: Rev. Suzanne Appelo  Mission Support from SW WA
Synod Congregations:
Tacoma Narrows: Rev. Jan Ruud
$923,331.57 P
Tacoma SW: Rev. Mary Sanders
MISS Clergy: vacant
 Percent support to ELCA: 41%
Bishop:
Rev. Richard E. Jaech
Bishop’s Associate
Rev. Kim Latterell
Director for Evangelical Mission
Rev. Melanie Wallschlaeger
Office Manager:
Ms. Allison Ramsey
Assembly Chair
Rev. Ron Kempe
2013-2014 Synod Council
Bishop: Rev. Richard Jaech
Vice President: Mr. Paul Opgrande
Secretary: Ms. Monica Hurley
Treasurer: Ms. Dianne Stoehr
Members at Large - Rev. Pamela Hunter & open
Ministers in Specialized Settings - Rev. Randy Olson
Synod Youth Representative - Ms. Samantha Baxley
Women of the ELCA Representative - Ms. Carol Fossum
Fiscal Board: Mr. Bob Yost
Outreach Board: in transition
Mission Endowment Fund Board:
Mr. David Bjornson
ALYVE (Youth Board): in transition
Call Committee: Bishop Jaech
Candidacy Committee: Rev. Chuck Slocum
Consultation Committee: Bishop Jaech
Discipline Committee: Bishop Jaech
Executive Committee: Mr. Paul Opgrande
Global Missions: Rev. Steve Ray
Hunger Committee: Ms. Beth Ann Johnson
Synod Youth Committee: Mr. John Sauer
Women of the ELCA SWO: Ms. Carol
Fossum
Region 1 – ELCA
800-755-5831
4525 19th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Region 1 Coordinator Rev. Mark Nelson
Ext. 109
Financial Services Office: Ms. Alyce Bakker
Ext. 107 ; Ms. Judy Webb ext 108
Churchwide – Evangelical Lutheran Church
in America 800-638-3522
8765 West Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631
Presiding Bishop: Rev. Elizabeth Eaton
Secretary: Rev. Chris Boerger
(May 2013-May 2014)
Coastal Conference - Rev. Linda Milks
Evergreen Conference - Rev. Mark Johnson
Ft. Vancouver Conference - Mr. John Jablonski
Lower Columbia Conference - Mr. Eric Nelson
Mt. Rainier Conference - Rev. Mark Siltala
Olympic Conference - Rev. Karen Meyer
Peninsula Conference - Ms. Ann Cummings
South Sound Conference - Mr. Darcy Huffman
Tacoma Narrows Conference - Rev. Heinz Malon
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Tacoma Southwest Conference - Ms. Kathryn Nelson
SOUTHWESTERN WASHINGTON SYNOD
OF THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA
FINANCIAL REPORTS
JANUARY 31, 2014
Prepared by the Region 1 Financial Services Office, 4525 19th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 624-0093
1-800-755-5831
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SWWA Synod-Mission Support
140,000
120,000
100,000
80,000
60,000
40,000
20,000
0
FEB
APR
JUN
2013
AUG
OCT
DEC
2012
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Southwestern Washington Synod
Mission Support through January
881,725
1989
906,627
1990
952,508
1991
952,078
1992
896,408
1993
882,666
1994
923,070
1995
894,663
1996
991,569
1997
1,038,385
1998
1,104,473
1999
2000
1,169,090
2001
1,181,400
1,114,455
2002
2003
1,141,869
2004
1,144,089
1,105,288
2005
1,142,346
2006
1,164,379
2007
1,120,811
2008
1,092,764
2009
902,588
2010
871,468
2011
900,076
2012
917,236
2013
0
200,000
400,000
600,000
800,000
1,000,000
1,200,000
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Southwestern Washington Synod
Consolidated Balance Sheet
January 31, 2014
General
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash
Short Term Investments
Accounts Receivable
Other Current Assets
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS
NON CURRENT ASSETS
Long-Term Investments
Property, Plant & Eqipment
Less Accumulated Depreciation
Notes Receivable
TOTAL NONCURRENT ASSETS
TOTAL ASSETS
Restricted
Endowment
8,063.55
0.00
0.00
0.00
8,063.55
155,822.93
0.00
0.00
0.00
155,822.93
809.60
0.00
0.00
0.00
809.60
0.00
99,487.11
(87,714.28)
0.00
11,772.83
19,836.38
68,161.51
0.00
0.00
0.00
68,161.51
223,984.44
728,273.10
0.00
0.00
0.00
728,273.10
729,082.70
Combined
164,696.08
0.00
0.00
0.00
164,696.08
796,434.61
99,487.11
(87,714.28)
0.00
808,207.44
972,903.52
LIABILITIES
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Accounts Payable
Notes Payable
Payroll Witholdings
Deferred Revenue
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES
0.00
0.00
208.33
0.00
208.33
1,733.32
0.00
0.00
0.00
1,733.32
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
0.00
1,733.32
0.00
208.33
0.00
1,941.65
LONG-TERM LIABILITIES
Long-Term Debt
TOTAL LIABILITIES
0.00
208.33
0.00
1,733.32
0.00
0.00
0.00
1,941.65
222,251.12
0.00
0.00
0.00
222,251.12
223,984.44
729,082.70
0.00
0.00
0.00
729,082.70
729,082.70
FUND BALANCE
Restricted Funds
Reserved Funds
Beginning Fund Balance
YTD Fund Balance
TOTAL FUND BALANCE
TOTAL LIABILITIES & FUND BAL
0.00
0.00
22,347.07
(2,719.02)
19,628.05
19,836.38
951,333.82
0.00
22,347.07
(2,719.02)
970,961.87
972,903.52
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Date : 02/22/2014
Time : 6:40:20 PM
Page : 1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Region 1
Summary of Restricted Accounts - MTD Activity
Southwestern Washington Synod
January 2014
Note: The Report Option to include Open Transactions is selected.
Accounts
Temporary Restricted
Council Designated
02-341-04043 - Funds Held-SWWA Youth Committe
02-341-04063 - Funds Held-Peace Lutheran Fell
02-341-04073 - Funds Held-Rostered Wellness P
02-341-04083 - Funds Held-Prison Congregation
02-341-04183 - Funds Held-Conferences & Event
02-341-04203 - Funds Held-Hunger
02-341-04213 - Funds Held-Disaster Relief
02-341-04293 - Funds Held-Outreach
02-341-04473 - Funds Held-Council Working Res
02-341-04513 - Funds Held-1000 Friends in Mis
02-341-04613 - Funds Held-Bishops Convocation
02-341-04803 - Funds Held-Bishop's Caring
02-341-04823 - Funds Held-Bishops Contingency
02-341-05013 - Funds Held-LENS Proceeds
02-341-05433 - Funds Held-Non-traditional sch
02-341-20013 - Funds Held-Macedonia Project
02-341-20043 - Funds Held-Comp Synod/Global M
02-341-20073 - Funds Held-Namibia-Oshigambo
02-341-20083 - Funds Held-Namibia-ELCIN
02-341-20093 - Funds Held-Gifts of Hope
02-341-34033 - Funds Held-SWWA Jr High Rally
02-341-34063 - Funds Held-SWWA ALYVE
02-346-06003 - Funds Held-2013 SWWA Assembly
02-346-06013 - Funds Held-Namibia Paulinum
Total Council Designated
Temporarily Donor Restricted
02-341-04193 - Funds Held-Synod Council Task
02-341-05053 - Funds Held-Planned Giving Gran
Total Temporarily Donor Restricted
Total Temporary Restricted
Permanent Restricted
05-341-10003 - Funds Held-MEF:ELCA Pooled Tru
Total Permanent Restricted
Beginning
Balance
Restricted
Revenue
Restricted
Expenses
Ending
Balance
$4,304.63
$6,273.75
$20,589.46
$5,807.77
($242.44)
$2,855.62
$24,252.73
$0.00
$4,268.17
$668.00
$17,090.62
$23,164.70
$8,530.00
$0.00
$2,500.00
$9,137.40
$4,998.01
$1,333.07
$7,524.15
$2,229.75
$0.00
$176.44
$1,875.58
$634.98
$147,972.39
$0.00
$9,790.00
$0.00
$5,923.95
$242.44
$0.00
$0.00
$12,000.00
$12,000.00
$146.00
$6,304.76
$0.00
$1,096.34
$9,211.62
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$7.00
$6,428.00
$0.00
$0.00
$857.79
$0.00
$64,007.90
$0.00
$10,019.98
$0.00
$7,570.78
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$4,268.17
$0.00
$890.96
$911.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$600.00
$139.49
$2,733.37
$0.00
$27,133.75
$4,304.63
$6,043.77
$20,589.46
$4,160.94
$0.00
$2,855.62
$24,252.73
$12,000.00
$12,000.00
$814.00
$22,504.42
$22,253.70
$9,626.34
$9,211.62
$2,500.00
$9,137.40
$4,998.01
$1,333.07
$7,531.15
$8,657.75
($600.00)
$36.95
$0.00
$634.98
$184,846.54
($4,032.22)
$51,417.03
$47,384.81
$195,357.20
$4,032.22
$0.00
$4,032.22
$68,040.12
$0.00
$14,012.45
$14,012.45
$41,146.20
$0.00
$37,404.58
$37,404.58
$222,251.12
$709,207.26
$709,207.26
$37,436.93
$37,436.93
$17,561.49
$17,561.49
$729,082.70
$729,082.70
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Date : 02/18/2014
Time : 1:38:38 PM
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Evangelical Lutheran Church in Region 1
Analysis of Revenues & Expenses - Summary
Southwestern Washington Synod
February 2013 to January 2014
Note: The Report Option to include Open Transactions is selected.
Accounts
MTD Actual
YTD Actual
Annual Budget
Annual Budget
Remaining
% of Annual
Budget Used
YTD Actual
(Last Year)
Actual Change
(from Prior Year
Period)
Revenues
Mission Support
Support from Churchwide
Gifts
Interest Income
Other Income
Total Revenues
$127,523.15
$485.00
$0.00
$197.49
$0.00
$128,205.64
$923,331.57
$15,485.00
$1,153.50
$1,731.25
$0.50
$941,701.82
$950,000.00
$15,000.00
$1,000.00
$2,000.00
$2,000.00
$970,000.00
$26,668.43
($485.00)
($153.50)
$268.75
$1,999.50
$28,298.18
97.19 %
103.23 %
115.35 %
86.56 %
0.02 %
97.08 %
$906,238.51
$17,030.97
$0.00
$1,691.20
$0.00
$924,960.68
$17,093.06
($1,545.97)
$1,153.50
$40.05
$0.50
$16,741.14
Expenses
Support of Churchwide
Regional Partnerships
Agency & Social Ministry
Outreach Board
Church in Society Board
Leadership Support Board
Congregational Ministries Brd
Fiscal & Executive Boards
Transfers
Total Expenses
$50,483.89
$8,260.04
$1,139.91
$12,833.00
$0.00
$3,560.82
$1,000.00
$41,091.58
$12,000.00
$130,369.24
$366,894.31
$54,760.00
$12,140.02
$16,210.80
$0.00
$4,616.23
$2,000.00
$475,799.48
$12,000.00
$944,420.84
$376,000.00
$55,000.00
$12,500.00
$19,500.00
$0.00
$5,000.00
$2,000.00
$500,000.00
$0.00
$970,000.00
$9,105.69
$240.00
$359.98
$3,289.20
$0.00
$383.77
$0.00
$24,200.52
($12,000.00)
$25,579.16
97.58 %
99.56 %
97.12 %
83.13 %
0.00 %
92.32 %
100.00 %
95.16 %
0.00 %
97.36 %
$355,530.20
$56,900.00
$12,500.02
$32.75
$39.07
$1,207.35
$2,080.03
$501,012.62
($13,465.69)
$915,836.35
$11,364.11
($2,140.00)
($360.00)
$16,178.05
($39.07)
$3,408.88
($80.03)
($25,213.14)
$25,465.69
$28,584.49
($2,163.60)
($2,719.02)
$0.00
$2,719.02
0.00 %
$9,124.33
($11,843.35)
Net Total
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Date : 02/18/2014
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Evangelical Lutheran Church in Region 1
Analysis of Revenues & Expenses Statement
Southwestern Washington Synod
February 2013 to January 2014
Note: The Report Option to include Open Transactions is selected.
Accounts
Revenues
Mission Support
01-501-90003 - Mission Support-SW
01-502-90003 - Synod Designated Benevolence
Total Mission Support
Support from Churchwide
01-515-10003 - Funds from Churchwide-EOCM
Total Support from Churchwide
Gifts
01-512-92003 - Gifts
Total Gifts
Interest Income
01-521-97003 - Interest Earnings
Total Interest Income
Other Income
01-530-00003 - Miscellaneous Income
Total Other Income
Total Revenues
Expenses
Support of Churchwide
01-603-00003 - Churchwide Support
Total Support of Churchwide
Regional Partnerships
01-601-13133 - Lutheran Community Services
01-601-13173 - WAC/FAN Support
01-601-13463 - LPPO/FAN Support
01-746-24503 - Consultation to Clergy
01-746-30003 - Support of Region 1
Total Regional Partnerships
Agency & Social Ministry
01-601-13213 - Pacific Lutheran University
01-601-13223 - Campus Ministries
01-601-23203 - PLTS
01-601-23373 - Luther Seminary
01-601-33313 - Archives
Total Agency & Social Ministry
Outreach Board
01-608-12173 - Congregation Assistance
01-608-13773 - Congregations in Mission
01-673-11253 - Travel/Program/Outreach
Total Outreach Board
Church in Society Board
01-608-11253 - Program/Travel
Total Church in Society Board
Leadership Support Board
01-608-23103 - Candidacy
MTD Actual (This
Year)
YTD Actual (This
Year)
Annual Budget
(This Year)
Annual Budget
Remaining (This
Year)
% of Annual Budget
Used (This Year)
YTD Actual (Last
Year)
Actual Change
(from Prior Year
Period)
$126,209.73
$1,313.42
$127,523.15
$917,235.77
$6,095.80
$923,331.57
$940,000.00
$10,000.00
$950,000.00
$22,764.23
$3,904.20
$26,668.43
97.58 %
60.96 %
97.19 %
$900,076.47
$6,162.04
$906,238.51
$17,159.30
($66.24)
$17,093.06
$485.00
$485.00
$15,485.00
$15,485.00
$15,000.00
$15,000.00
($485.00)
($485.00)
103.23 %
103.23 %
$17,030.97
$17,030.97
($1,545.97)
($1,545.97)
$0.00
$0.00
$1,153.50
$1,153.50
$1,000.00
$1,000.00
($153.50)
($153.50)
115.35 %
115.35 %
$0.00
$0.00
$1,153.50
$1,153.50
$197.49
$197.49
$1,731.25
$1,731.25
$2,000.00
$2,000.00
$268.75
$268.75
86.56 %
86.56 %
$1,691.20
$1,691.20
$40.05
$40.05
$0.00
$0.00
$128,205.64
$0.50
$0.50
$941,701.82
$2,000.00
$2,000.00
$970,000.00
$1,999.50
$1,999.50
$28,298.18
0.02 %
0.02 %
97.08 %
$0.00
$0.00
$924,960.68
$0.50
$0.50
$16,741.14
$50,483.89
$50,483.89
$366,894.31
$366,894.31
$376,000.00
$376,000.00
$9,105.69
$9,105.69
97.58 %
97.58 %
$355,530.20
$355,530.20
$11,364.11
$11,364.11
$53.37
$26.63
$53.37
$293.37
$7,833.30
$8,260.04
$970.00
$485.00
$970.00
$5,335.00
$47,000.00
$54,760.00
$1,000.00
$500.00
$1,000.00
$5,500.00
$47,000.00
$55,000.00
$30.00
$15.00
$30.00
$165.00
$0.00
$240.00
97.00 %
97.00 %
97.00 %
97.00 %
100.00 %
99.56 %
$750.00
$250.00
$400.00
$7,500.00
$48,000.00
$56,900.00
$220.00
$235.00
$570.00
($2,165.00)
($1,000.00)
($2,140.00)
$53.37
$53.28
$266.63
$266.63
$500.00
$1,139.91
$970.00
$970.02
$4,850.00
$4,850.00
$500.00
$12,140.02
$1,000.00
$1,000.00
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$500.00
$12,500.00
$30.00
$29.98
$150.00
$150.00
$0.00
$359.98
97.00 %
97.00 %
97.00 %
97.00 %
100.00 %
97.12 %
$1,000.00
$1,000.02
$5,000.00
$5,000.00
$500.00
$12,500.02
($30.00)
($30.00)
($150.00)
($150.00)
$0.00
($360.00)
($2,499.00)
$15,332.00
$0.00
$12,833.00
$66.97
$16,032.00
$111.83
$16,210.80
$2,000.00
$17,000.00
$500.00
$19,500.00
$1,933.03
$968.00
$388.17
$3,289.20
3.35 %
94.31 %
22.37 %
83.13 %
$32.75
$0.00
$0.00
$32.75
$34.22
$16,032.00
$111.83
$16,178.05
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
0.00 %
0.00 %
$39.07
$39.07
($39.07)
($39.07)
$3,560.82
$4,571.23
$3,000.00
($1,571.23)
152.37 %
$1,207.35
$3,363.88
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Evangelical Lutheran Church in Region 1
Analysis of Revenues & Expenses Statement
Southwestern Washington Synod
February 2013 to January 2014
Note: The Report Option to include Open Transactions is selected.
Accounts
01-608-23573 - Call Committee
01-673-24953 - Travel/Operational
Total Leadership Support Board
Congregational Ministries Brd
01-673-30803 - Youth
01-673-34963 - Global Missions
Total Congregational Ministries Brd
Fiscal & Executive Boards
01-608-42103 - Communication
01-652-50013 - Salary-Bishop
01-652-50023 - Salary-Assistant to Bishop
01-652-50033 - Salary-Assistant to Bishop
01-652-50043 - Salary-Office Manager
01-652-50073 - Salary-Communications
01-652-50093 - Salary-Adjunct Staff
01-652-50103 - Salary-Office Assistance
01-654-50013 - Housing-Bishop
01-654-50023 - Housing-Assistant to Bishop
01-654-50033 - Housing Allowance-Assist/Bisho
01-655-50043 - FICA-Office Manager
01-655-50073 - FICA-Communications
01-656-50003 - Pension/Medical
01-657-50003 - Cont Education
01-659-50003 - Workers Comp Insurance
01-661-50013 - SECA-Bishop
01-661-50023 - SECA-Assistant to Bishop
01-661-50033 - SECA-Assistant to Bishop
01-661-50103 - SECA-Adjunct Staff
01-671-50003 - Staff Car Allowance
01-671-50103 - Staff Travel Allowance
01-671-51003 - EOCM Expenses
01-672-40003 - Council Travel
01-677-50003 - Hospitality
01-700-40003 - Postage
01-730-40003 - Printing/Supplies
01-741-50003 - Secretary/Treasurer
01-742-50003 - Legal Fees
01-747-40003 - Telephone/Utilities
01-750-40003 - Insurance
01-800-40003 - Equipment
01-800-40013 - Computer
01-800-40023 - Office Improvements
01-833-40003 - Office Space
01-855-00003 - Depreciation/Capital Expense
Total Fiscal & Executive Boards
Transfers
01-998-00003 - Transfer In
01-999-00003 - Transfer Out
MTD Actual (This
Year)
YTD Actual (This
Year)
Annual Budget
(This Year)
Annual Budget
Remaining (This
Year)
% of Annual Budget
Used (This Year)
YTD Actual (Last
Year)
Actual Change
(from Prior Year
Period)
$0.00
$0.00
$3,560.82
$0.00
$45.00
$4,616.23
$1,000.00
$1,000.00
$5,000.00
$1,000.00
$955.00
$383.77
0.00 %
4.50 %
92.32 %
$0.00
$0.00
$1,207.35
$0.00
$45.00
$3,408.88
$1,000.00
$0.00
$1,000.00
$2,000.00
$0.00
$2,000.00
$2,000.00
$0.00
$2,000.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
100.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
$1,545.00
$535.03
$2,080.03
$455.00
($535.03)
($80.03)
$0.00
$4,144.92
$3,664.17
$0.00
$3,630.58
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$3,333.33
$3,333.33
$0.00
$277.74
$0.00
$6,805.87
$129.16
$327.36
$516.67
$506.50
$0.00
$0.00
$2,693.72
($441.43)
$637.45
$0.00
$127.13
$300.00
$626.56
$0.00
($1,517.50)
$1,430.38
$0.00
$486.83
$0.00
$1,096.34
$2,000.00
$6,982.47
$41,091.58
$0.00
$51,536.72
$37,397.67
$24,961.68
$43,566.96
$4,434.00
$4,434.00
$0.00
$48,692.84
$35,667.12
$24,961.68
$3,332.88
$339.24
$71,857.44
$1,417.66
$1,584.64
$7,307.02
$5,420.42
$3,794.00
$339.00
$12,014.97
$9,558.38
$10,246.44
$524.52
$1,047.79
$2,700.20
$4,284.08
$5,000.00
$232.50
$6,784.76
$5,746.84
$9,380.18
$2,876.59
$3,374.79
$24,000.00
$6,982.47
$475,799.48
$500.00
$45,000.00
$36,537.50
$37,557.50
$44,000.00
$8,900.00
$8,900.00
$500.00
$50,000.00
$36,462.50
$37,442.50
$3,299.00
$678.00
$66,300.00
$1,200.00
$1,300.00
$7,212.00
$5,542.00
$5,691.00
$678.00
$10,400.00
$12,000.00
$15,000.00
$1,000.00
$1,500.00
$1,500.00
$4,400.00
$5,000.00
$1,000.00
$6,500.00
$4,500.00
$8,500.00
$2,000.00
$0.00
$24,000.00
$5,000.00
$500,000.00
$500.00
($6,536.72)
($860.17)
$12,595.82
$433.04
$4,466.00
$4,466.00
$500.00
$1,307.16
$795.38
$12,480.82
($33.88)
$338.76
($5,557.44)
($217.66)
($284.64)
($95.02)
$121.58
$1,897.00
$339.00
($1,614.97)
$2,441.62
$4,753.56
$475.48
$452.21
($1,200.20)
$115.92
$0.00
$767.50
($284.76)
($1,246.84)
($880.18)
($876.59)
($3,374.79)
$0.00
($1,982.47)
$24,200.52
0.00 %
114.53 %
102.35 %
66.46 %
99.02 %
49.82 %
49.82 %
0.00 %
97.39 %
97.82 %
66.67 %
101.03 %
50.04 %
108.38 %
118.14 %
121.90 %
101.32 %
97.81 %
66.67 %
50.00 %
115.53 %
79.65 %
68.31 %
52.45 %
69.85 %
180.01 %
97.37 %
100.00 %
23.25 %
104.38 %
127.71 %
110.36 %
143.83 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
139.65 %
95.16 %
$0.00
$44,902.92
$36,462.48
$37,442.52
$43,566.96
$8,868.00
$8,868.00
$0.00
$50,000.04
$36,462.48
$37,442.52
$3,257.20
$678.48
$66,040.17
$1,200.12
$1,637.51
$7,212.00
$5,542.08
$5,691.00
$678.00
$10,512.70
$12,851.46
$14,408.35
$2,210.63
$1,139.84
$1,316.58
$4,486.24
$5,000.00
$831.00
$6,141.09
$4,357.55
$7,111.49
$5,381.32
$0.00
$24,000.00
$5,311.89
$501,012.62
$0.00
$6,633.80
$935.19
($12,480.84)
$0.00
($4,434.00)
($4,434.00)
$0.00
($1,307.20)
($795.36)
($12,480.84)
$75.68
($339.24)
$5,817.27
$217.54
($52.87)
$95.02
($121.66)
($1,897.00)
($339.00)
$1,502.27
($3,293.08)
($4,161.91)
($1,686.11)
($92.05)
$1,383.62
($202.16)
$0.00
($598.50)
$643.67
$1,389.29
$2,268.69
($2,504.73)
$3,374.79
$0.00
$1,670.58
($25,213.14)
$0.00
$12,000.00
$0.00
$12,000.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
($12,000.00)
0.00 %
0.00 %
($13,465.69)
$0.00
$13,465.69
$12,000.00
30
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Analysis of Revenues & Expenses Statement
Southwestern Washington Synod
February 2013 to January 2014
Note: The Report Option to include Open Transactions is selected.
Accounts
MTD Actual (This
Year)
Total Transfers
Total Expenses
Net Total
YTD Actual (This
Year)
Annual Budget
(This Year)
Annual Budget
Remaining (This
Year)
% of Annual Budget
Used (This Year)
YTD Actual (Last
Year)
Actual Change
(from Prior Year
Period)
$12,000.00
$130,369.24
$12,000.00
$944,420.84
$0.00
$970,000.00
($12,000.00)
$25,579.16
0.00 %
97.36 %
($13,465.69)
$915,836.35
$25,465.69
$28,584.49
($2,163.60)
($2,719.02)
$0.00
$2,719.02
0.00 %
$9,124.33
($11,843.35)
31
Southwestern Washington Synod of the ELCA
Designated Gifts from Congregations
01/31/2014
Gift Number
332
WHS0096
742
324
719
219
GMG0059
701
DDG0060
DDG0010
328
261
DDG0069
335
GCS4008
GMG0092
WHS0051
720
DDG0078
DDG0079
IDG0016
342
4
703
707
MIS0003
212
301
321
MSG0340
308
329
704
705
708
IDG0087
319
341
IDG0057
325
MSG0600
399
313
302
MSG0708
DDG0020
Gift Name
1,000 Mission Friend
100 Wells Challenge
1st Call Travel Equalizat
Assembly Offering:SWWA
Camp Lutherwood
Campus Min-Seattle
Chinese Ministry
Continuing Education
Disaster Response Fund
Domestic Disaster Respons
ELCIN (Namibia)
Faith Action Network
Flooding - US
Gifts of Hope
Global Ministries: China
Global Mission
God's Global Barnyard
Holden Village
Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy-US
International Disaster
L'Arche Tacoma
LWR-A5
Luther Seminary
Lutheran Community Svcs
Malaria Campaign
Mary/Martha Nursing
Misc Gift-SWWA
Mission Churches
Missionary Support
Mt Rainier HS
Oshigambo School Scholars
PLTS
PLU
PLU Q Club
Pacific Typhoon
Peace Community Ctr
Peace Lutheran Fellowship
Philippines
Prison Ministry Congregat
Robertson, Barbara
SW Synod Only Benevolence
SWWA Endowments
Salishan Mission
Schmidt,Miriam
Tornados - United States
MTD Gifts
$146.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$224.11
$0.00
$0.00
$301.34
$437.00
$0.00
$7.00
$0.00
$2,050.00
$5,880.00
$160.29
$0.00
$317.50
$45.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$224.11
$5,626.71
$75.00
$1,059.35
$100.00
$200.00
$0.00
$0.00
$10.00
$224.11
$0.00
$321.00
$390.89
$0.00
$3,640.63
$224.11
$9,790.00
$1,258.00
$3,653.17
$135.00
$479.50
$0.00
$300.00
$100.00
$737.13
YTD Gifts
$1,148.00
$2,777.76
$1,500.00
$500.00
$784.33
$8,500.00
$414.50
$4,389.74
$3,466.30
$2,478.62
$3,089.00
$275.00
$3,992.65
$7,205.00
$160.29
$663.00
$2,669.33
$540.00
$1,678.40
$729.42
$1,500.00
$531.31
$29,269.47
$3,562.00
$6,545.36
$8,841.57
$1,200.00
$10,098.65
$350.00
$100.00
$784.33
$110.00
$2,694.66
$2,352.79
$500.00
$3,740.63
$784.33
$22,975.00
$6,454.09
$32,717.61
$2,926.00
$5,261.88
$200.00
$853.02
$500.00
$13,487.99
32
Southwestern Washington Synod of the ELCA
Designated Gifts from Congregations
01/31/2014
Gift Number
716
WHS0049
WHS0038
GMG0503
Gift Name
Trinity College(LBI)
Water
World Hunger
Young Adults in Glob
MTD Gifts
$229.34
$0.00
$7,469.76
$0.00
YTD Gifts
$1,518.04
$317.00
$74,380.37
$135.00
$45,816.05
$281,652.44
33
Southwestern Washington Synod - 2015 Budget Proposal (one-page summary)
As recommended by the Synod Council (3/28/2014) and presented to the Assembly (6/16/2014)
08 Actual
09 Actual
10 Actual
11 Actual
12 Actual 13 Actual
$ 1,120,811
$
840
$
7,678
$
$
83
$ 1,129,412
$ 1,095,951
$
985
$
2,771
$ 10,000
$
5,258
$ 1,114,965
$ 920,619
$
3,075
$
2,311
$ 20,000
$
671
$ 946,676
$ 892,630
$
1,653
$
2,219
$ 15,320
$
1,806
$ 913,628
$ 906,238
$
$
1,691
$ 17,031
$ 923,332
$ 1,153
$ 1,731
$ 15,485
$ 924,960
$ 941,701
$
420,304
37.5%
$ 415,250
38.0%
$ 347,497
38.5%
$ 339,873
39.0%
$
80,000
$
51,533
$
43,757
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
2,338
6,875
3,300
1,467
229
2,500
96,708
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
3,400
10,000
4,800
2,133
333
10,000
82,199
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
500
3,875
750
250
62
10,000
59,194
$
$
$
$
$
$
11,286
11,286
2,292
14,120
38,985
$
$
$
$
$
$
16,417
16,417
3,333
500
20,667
57,334
$
$
$
$
$
$
4,500
4,500
750
500
5,325
15,575
14 Budget 15 Draft
REVENUES:
Benevolences (undesignated and designated)
Gifts
Interest
Funds from Churchwide (for deployed staff)
Other income
Total revenues
$ 940,000
$ 10,000
$ 2,000
$ 15,000
$ 3,000
$ 970,000
$ 970,000
$ 355,530 $ 366,894
39.5%
40.0%
$ 376,000
$ 376,000
40,000
$ 48,000
$ 47,000
$ 45,700
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
3,750
1,000
578
250
(3,506)
42,072
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$
$ 56,900
$ 54,760
$ 53,700
$ 53,700
$
$
$
$
$
$
6,500
6,500
2,000
500
4,500
20,000
$
5,000
$
5,000
$
1,000
$
500
$
1,000
$ 12,500
$ 4,850
$ 4,850
$
970
$
500
$
970
$ 12,140
$ 5,000
$ 5,000
$ 1,000
$
500
$ 1,000
$ 12,500
$ 12,500
$
$
4,616
2,000
$
6,616
$
$
$
$
$
USAGE:
A. Support of ELCA Churchwide
% of undesignated benevolences
B. Regional Partnerships:
Support of Region 1 (incl. Financial Services Office)
Partnership agreements:
LENS (Lutheran Educational Network & Support)
Consultation to Clergy
Lutheran Community Services
Lutheran Public Policy (Faith Action Network)
WA Association of Churches (Faith Action Network)
Planned giving
Total regional partnerships
7,500
750
400
250
5,335
970
970
485
5,500
1,000
1,000
500
C. Institutional (agency) Support:
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Luther Seminary
Pacific Lutheran University
PLU Archives
Campus Ministry
Total agency support
D. SWWA Ministries:
I. Congregational Empowerment and Pastoral Care (Program delivery. Combined into one board for 2013)
Leadership Support Board (incl Candidacy)
Congregational Ministries Board (incl Youth, Global)
Church in Society Board
Total Congregational Empowerment
$
$
$
$
5,411
8,280
107
13,798
$
$
$
$
5,432
15,376
2,830
23,638
$
$
$
$
2,468
4,717
530
7,715
$
$
$
$
2,252
4,201
6,453
$
$
$
$
1,207
2,080
3,287
5,000
1,000
1,000
7,000
$
43,461
$
34,663
$
18,221
$
12,350
$
72
$ 16,210
$ 19,500
$ 29,500
$
517,265
$ 487,539
$ 487,799
$ 474,180
$ 474,180
7,000
II. Mission Starts and Support:
Outreach Board (congregation assistance; mission starts)
III. Program (Administrative) Support:
Fiscal and Executive Boards
$ 523,454
$ 498,474
$ 492,480
IV. Contingency Funds
17,120
TOTAL EXPENSES
Net Operating Result
$ 1,130,521
$
$ 1,136,538
(1,110) $
$ 946,676
(21,574) $
-
$ 913,227
$ 915,828
$ 944,419
$
$
$ (2,718) $ 27,120
402
9,132
$ 942,880
34
$ 970,000
$
-
ROSTER REPORT FOR SYNOD ASSEMBLY
MAY 2013-MAY 2014
CALLS
Date
Position
Location
Rev. Jeff Driscoll
1/15/2014
Interim Pastor
Messiah, Auburn
Rev. Greg Kaurin
12/01/2013
Pastor
Redeemer, Fircrest
Rev. Linda Nou
12/01/2013
Interim Pastor
Peace, Puyallup
Rev. Gary Larson
11/25/2013
Co-Pastor
Trinity, Vancouver
Rev. Ruth Larson
11/25/2013
Co-Pastor
Trinity, Vancouver
Rev. Paula Burchill
11/17/2013
Associate Pastor
Silverdale, Silverdale
Rev. Norman Arnold 10/20/13 Mission Developer/Pastor Living Stones Prison Congr,Shelton
Rev. Nel Flesher
10/13/2013
Pastor
Naselle, Nasselle/Chinook, Chinook
Rev. Rita Anderson 9/21/2013
Eucharistic Minister St Anthony’s Hospital, Gig Harbor
Rev. Michelle Manicke 9/20/2013
Interim Pastor
Beautiful Savior, Vancouver
Rev. Valyn Metropoulos 9/01/2013
Pastor
Amazing Grace, Aberdeen
Rev. Ronald McClung 09/01/2013 Mission Developer/Pastor Peace Luth Fell’shp, Pt Ludlow
Rev. Kim Latterell
8/26/2013
Bishop’s Associate
Southwestern WA Synod
Rev. Richard Jaech 8/01/2013
Bishop
Southwestern WA Synod
COMMISSIONING/ORDINATION
Norm Arnold
Nels Flesher
10/20/2013
10/13/13
RECEIVED BY TRANSFER
Gary Larson
Ruth Larson
Valyn Metropoulos
Michelle Manicke
Mission Dev./Pastor
Living Stones Prison Congr
Pastor
Naselle, Naselle/Chinook, Chinook
Date
11/25/2013
11/25/2013
9/01/2013
9/16/2013
ON LEAVE FROM CALL
Rev. Ronald Hoyum (Assistant to the Bishop)
Rev. David Steffenson (Mt. Cross, Univ Place)
Rev. Laurie Stumme-Diers (Peace Luth Fell, Pt Ludlow)
Rev. Sheryl Biegert (Agnus Dei, Gig Harbor)
Rev. David Bates
(Chaplain)
Rev. Randall Haas (Hope, Tacoma)
RETIRED/RETIRING
Rev. Ron Kempe (Peace, Puyallup)
Rev. Loren Leapaldt (Christ, Federal Way)
Rev. Valinda Morse (Southwestern WA Synod Office)
Rev. David Steffenson (On Leave from Call)
Rev. Elizabeth Orling (On Leave from Call)
Rev. Robert Hofstad (Synod Bishop)
Rev. Phil Nesvig (First, Tacoma)
Rev. Randy Faro (St. John’s, Chehalis)
From Which Synod
EWA/ Idaho Synod
EWA/Idaho Synod
Montana Synod
Oregon Synod
8/01/2013
07/28/2013
7/31/2013
6/15/2013
5/10/2013
3/09/2014
11/20/2013
11/13/2013
10/01/2013
10/01/2013
9/01/2013
8/31/2014
6/01/2013
6/01/2013
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TRANSFERRED INTO OUR SYNOD
Rev. Rita Anderson from NWWA Synod
Rev. Jeff Driscoll from NWWA Synod
Mr. Larry Johnson, AIM from NW Washington Synod (retired)
Rev. Gary Larson from EWA/ID Synod
Rev. Ruth Larson from EWA.ID Synod
Rev. Michelle Manicke from Oregon Synod
Rev. Valyn Metropoulos from Montana Synod
Rev. Glenn Petersen from Alaska Synod (retired)
RESIGNED FROM ELCA ROSTER
Rev. Ron Hoyum 2/10/2014
REMOVED FROM THE ROSTER
Rev. Hang Mo Son
1/13/2014 (maximum allowable On Leave time period)
Rev. Alan Marshall 3/14/2013 (maximum allowable On Leave time period)
DECEASED
Rev. Daniel Chu
11/21/2013
Rev. Ronald Vignec 11/10/13
Rev. Lowell Torgerson 2/20/14
Rev. Vernon Hanson 10/14/2014
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2014 Anniversaries
Congregations
United Lutheran Church, Tacoma- 100 years
Anniversaries of Ordination and Commissioning
Associates in Ministry
5 years
Mr. Justin Snider
Ms. Ingelaurie Lisher
10 years
Ms. Joy Lingerfelt
Ms. Traci Vatne
20 years
Ms. Goldie Royal
Ordained Ministers
5 years
The Rev. Adrian Bonaro
The Rev. Sarah Roemer
15 years
The Rev. Laurie Johnson
The Rev. Joseph Smith III
The Rev. Linda Smith
The Rev. Peter Mohr
The Rev. Gregory Kaurin
The Rev. Heinz Malon
25 years
The Rev.
The Rev.
The Rev.
The Rev.
Janis Otto
Joanna Robinson Neuberger
John Scieer-Hanson
William Crabtree
30 years
The Rev. Sandra Kreis
The Rev. Sigrid Sandrock- Helgeson
35 years
The Rev.
The Rev.
The Rev.
The Rev.
Cathleen Bohman
John Rosenberg
Ronald Zschoche
Walter Rice
40 years
The Rev. Alan Berg
The Rev. John Clausen
The Rev. Richard Grinstad
45 years
The Rev. Daryl Daugs
The Rev. Gary Hagen
The Rev. George Larson
The Rev. James Riede
The Rev. Paul Lundborg
The Rev. Robert Ross
50 years
The Rev. Hendrick Laur
The Rev. Paul Chell
The Rev. Raymond W. Johnson
The Rev. Richard Foege
The Rev. Ronald Hedwall
The Rev. Ronald Tellefson
55 years
The Rev.
The Rev.
The Rev.
The Rev.
The Rev.
The Rev.
The Rev.
A. G. Christensen
Alan Carlson
Martin Neeb
Richard Brandt
Richard Knutzen
Robet Keller
Rodney Ellertson
60 years
The Rev. Albert Gerstmann
The Rev. Carl Kangas
The Rev. Norman Landvik
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In Memory 2013-2014
THE REV. VERNON HANSON
July 2, 1932- October 14, 2013
Vernon Hanson was born in 1932 in Great Falls, Montana. He was ordained in to the
Vernon attended Pacific Lutheran College from 1951-1955 earning a Bachelor of Arts
degree in mathematics. Vern completed some post-graduate work at the University of
Washington, and then earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1962 from Luther Seminary.
Vernon was ordained into the Evangelical Lutheran Church in June of 1962 and served as
pastor at Ascension Lutheran in Medford, Oregon until 1967. In 1970, Vernon earned a
Masters of Arts in Social Work from the University of Chicago and served as assistant
professor of sociology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma while transferring to the
roster of The American Lutheran Church. He remained at PLU until his retirement
On August 17, 1958, Vernon married Marlis Jaherus. Marlis, served on the faculty of the
School of Education at PLU. They had three children, Erik, Dayna and Kyle. Vernon was a
long time member of the Lutheran Church of Christ the King in Tacoma.
THE REV. DANIEL CHU
March 20, 1918-November 21, 2013
Pastor Daniel Chu was named after Norwegian-American missionary Daniel Nelson, who
brought Christianity to Zin Yang Henan, China, in the late 1890s. Daniel’s grandfather was
one of the first converts to the faith. Daniel’s father, the Rev. Dr. Chu Hao-Ran, was one of
the first Chinese to devote himself to serving God. Hao-Ran was the first graduate of the
new seminary and the first ordained Lutheran minister in China and served the first Bishop
of the Lutheran Church in China. Long before Daniel was born, his parents had dedicated
him to God’s service. He was given the name Xue Shen, which means “learn to be holy.”
Daniel was raised in a strict home that required him to study and memorize Bible verses.
He rebelled against a religious life and left home in pursuit of a business career. After a
shipwreck, however, he willingly dedicated himself to his destiny. He left his wife and
three young sons in Shanghai with his parents, came to America in 1948 to attend seminary
at Hamma Divinity, Wittenberg College, Springfield, OH. His goal was to return to China to
spread the gospel to the masses yet to hear of God’s forgiveness and unconditional love.
Upon completion of his M. Div., Daniel returned to Hong Kong in 1950. During his absence,
political upheaval totally changed China. His family was able to secure passage on one of
the last trains out of Shanghai, and joined Daniel as he worked out of the True Light
Lutheran Church, Hong Kong, ministering to outcasts. After ordination in 1953, Daniel
accepted a call to Malaya to start Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Petaling Jaya. Political
instability in Malaya forced him to change direction again, prompting his family to
immigrate to America settling in Springfield, OH in 1955.
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Daniel served St. Luke Lutheran in Springfield, OH; Bethlehem Lutheran in Mt. Clemens, MI;
Transfiguration Lutheran in Taylor, MI; Resurrection Lutheran in Tacoma, WA and he was
the founding pastor of Grace Chinese Lutheran in Federal Way, WA. Daniel retired in 1984.
Daniel successfully helped all of his siblings and their families immigrate to the United
States, settling in Ohio and Washington. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Shirley, sons
Franklin and Daniel Jr, and daughter Elizabeth.
THE REV. RONALD PIERRE VIGNEC
July 8, 1943- November 10, 2013
Pastor Ron Vignec was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1943. He was education in Brooklyn
and later attended Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. He received his BA degree in art from
Wagner College, Staten Island, NY in 1970. In 1970, Ron met Nancy Jo Olson at Holden
Village. They have two children, Lauren and Nicole.
Ronald Vignec memory continued
From 1970-1974, Ron served as an eighth grade teacher at the Eltingville Lutheran School,
Staten Island, NY. In 1974, he enrolled at Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Paul,
Minnesota where he received his Master in Divinity degree 4 years later. His internship
was served in Fullness of God Lutheran Church at Holden Village, Chelan, WA where he also
served as director of a group home for high school boys, and as a substitute teacher. Pastor
Ron was ordained in 1978 and his first call was as Associate Pastor at Rock of Ages
Lutheran Church in, Stone Mountain, Georgia.
In 1980, Pastor Ron accepted a call to serve Pacific Lutheran University as Associate Pastor
working with Pastor Ron Tellefson. In 1985, the American Lutheran Church called Ron to
be the Establishing Pastor of a new mission start, Salishan Lutheran Mission in Tacoma,
WA. (now called Salishan Eastside Lutheran Mission) in an area in extreme poverty. In
Salishan, Pastor Ron ministered to the “American poor”. He always looked for creative
ways to use their existing church ministries in proximity to the Eastside. In 1992, the ELCA
changed Ron’s call to serve as Pastor without limitation of term. Ron retired in August
2009.
Pastor Ron was a significant voice for civil rights in Tacoma. He was given many awards
and honors for his community work. In 2003 He won PLU’s President’s Medal and Luther
Seminary’s Alumni in Residence. In 2005, Ron was honored with Associate Ministries’
Ecumenical Service Award. In 2007, Ron was honored with the Greater Tacoma Peace
Prize. Pastor Ron attended every “Moment of Blessing” with Associated Ministries in
Tacoma- a program to reclaim a street back following a homicide.
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REV. LOWELL TORGERSON, JR
January 29, 20, 1928 – February 20, 2014
Lowell Torgerson was born in Chicago, IL in 1928. We was ordained in 1954 in the
Evangelical Lutheran Church and celebrated 59 years of ordination last Spring. Lowell
served several churches within the Evangelical Lutheran Church, the American Lutheran
Church and the ELCA: Bethesda in Ames, Iowa June 1954 – January 1956; Central
Lutheran, Oakland CA January 1957-July 1958; Ascension Lutheran, San Francisco Sept
1958-October 1966; Olivet, Inglewood, CA October 1966-Sept 1968 and Community
Lutheran in Chicago, Ill Sept 1968-October 1976; Faith Lutheran in Marysville, CA 19761980. Pastor Torgerson spent two years without a call working in sales and then lead a
preaching and prayer/healing ministery1982-1990.
In 1968, Pastor Torgerson was called to an all-black inner-city church in the ghettos of
Chicago, a church of the Illinois District of the American Lutheran Church, named
Community Lutheran. He spoke of the poverty and crime he saw in the community, the
rats and roaches in his apartment- in all of the apartments in the neighborhood. He talked
of the gang fights and resulting deaths at the neighborhood school. In 1971, Pastor
Lowell Torgerson memory continued
Torgerson wrote an article in The Lutheran Standard magazine describing the horrible
poverty in his church’s neighborhood and asked congregations to financially support his
members (not his church) through supporting “Project Exodus.” It was written in The
Lutheran magazine, “the exodus from Egypt was crucial in the lives of the children of Israel,
so too the exodus from the ghetto of Chicago is crucial in the lives of many members of
Community Lutheran Church.” Lowell saw the potential revenue of the property in
western Chicago and wanted to see the black residents share in the wealth-to-come when
their neighborhood was torn down and rebuilt. While at Community Lutheran, Lowell was
awarded one of 100 “I Will” awards for “meritorious service to Chicagoland”. The Civic
award is given to persons exemplifying the “I Will” spirit of self-sacrifice for community
betterment.
Pastor Torgerson retired in January 2, 1991. In 1995 he and his wife, Doreen, opened a Bed
and Breakfast on Fox Island in Pierce County. Beginning in the 1990’s, Lowell performed as
a professional celebrity look-alike for Sean Connery. He has four children. Lowell died at
the age of 86.
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Nominations and Elections
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2014 RULES OF PROCEDURE
Southwestern Washington Synod Assembly
1. The Credentials Committee of 3-5 persons appointed by the Bishop shall constitute the
Committee on Credentials and Attendance.
2. Robert's Rules of Order, latest edition, shall be the governing parliamentary procedure of the
Synod Assembly, unless otherwise provided in this rules or ordered by the assembly.
3. When a voting member intends to bring a motion (whether a main motion, a secondary motion,
or a motion to bring a question again before the assembly), the motion must be made and
seconded, if applicable, before speaking to the issue. If a member speaks to a matter before
bringing the motion, the motion will be considered out of order by the chair. Once the motion is
properly made and seconded, if applicable, the voting member who made the motion shall have
the privilege of speaking first in support of it, upon recognition of the chair.
4. Each person, when recognized by the Chair, shall state his/her name and congregation, agency
or institution before speaking. No person shall speak more than 2 minutes, or more than twice on
the same subject, unless the voting members, by a majority vote, waive the provisions of this rule.
This rule shall not apply to messages and reports by agencies and officers of this synod or to guest
speakers to whom special time has been allotted.
5. The Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and other official representatives of
this Church, as designated from time to time by the Church Council, shall have Voice, but not Vote
at this assembly. The president of the Southwestern Washington Synodical Women’s Organization
or her designated representative shall have Voice, but not Vote at this assembly.
6. The assembly of the synod shall be its highest legislative authority. All congregations, ordained
ministers, associates in ministry, diaconal ministers, deaconesses, officers, the Synod Council and
its Executive Committee, all boards, and all other committees of this synod shall be bound by all
actions pertaining to them taken by an assembly in conformity with its constitution.
7. The Chair shall have the authority to call items of business before the assembly in whatever
order he/she deems expedient for the conduct of the assembly business.
8. All reports published in the Bulletin of Reports shall be received by the assembly, without vote.
9. The minutes of each assembly shall be submitted by the secretary of this synod to a Committee
on Minutes, who shall examine the same with care and make recommendations thereon to the
assembly. Approval of the minutes of the assembly shall be the responsibility of the Bishop and
the secretary of this synod.
10. The voting membership at the assembly shall consist of the lay voting members from each
congregation, the rostered clergy, associates in ministry, deaconesses, and diaconal ministers
under call in this synod, and the retired ordained ministers, associates in ministry, deaconesses,
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diaconal ministers, and the members of the synod roster that are on leave from call, and those
designated as disabled that pre-notified the synod bishop 90 day notice before the start of the
Synod Assembly.
11. Resolutions germane to the assembly agenda must be submitted to the Resolutions
Committee by 2:15p.m., Friday, May 16th in the Synod Assembly Office.
12. Nominations from the floor must have a completed “Nomination and Biographical Information
Form” for each nominee submitted to the Nominating Committee prior to entering his/her name
in nomination by 2:15pm on Friday, May 16th, in the Synod Assembly Office.
13. All materials to be handed out at any time during the assembly shall be submitted to the
Assembly Office for approval by the Secretary of this synod. Upon approval, such materials may
then be distributed by the ushers.
14. Elections and other voting will be by voice, colored voting cards or printed paper ballots
administered by the Elections Committee or their appointed representatives.
15. If the intent of an amendment to the proposed budget is to change an individual line item
while not increasing or decreasing the budget total, the assembly will refer to the Synod Council
the responsibility of adjusting the remainder of the budget to stay within the budget total. (Synod
Council Continuing Resolution 9/20/2000)
16. All motions must be written and submitted to the secretary of this synod before the close of
the plenary session in which they were offered.
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HOW TO CAST YOUR VOTE
SOUTHWESTERN WASHINGTON SYNOD ASSEMBLY
1. Quorum
a. A quorum will be identified following the reading of the credentials report.
2. Voting Cards
a. Each voting member will be assigned voting cards (green, red, and
yellow).
b. Voting cards will be used at the floor microphone to indicate position:
1. green - in favor of the motion
2. red - opposed to the motion
3. yellow- abstaining or point of order (to ask a question of information or a
question of parliamentary procedure.)
c. The voting cards may be used by the Chair to get a “sense of the house.”
d. The voting cards may be used to vote on certain items as requested by
the Chair. Please hold up your chosen card separately, so the same color
shows on both sides, for ease in counting the votes.
3. Paper Ballots
a. Each voting member will be provided paper ballots for elections for
contested positions.
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PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE AT A GLANCE - your guide of what to say and when to say it…
TO DO THIS:
YOU SAY THIS:
Interrupt
speaker
Need a
second
Debatable
Can it be
Amended
Vote is
needed
Can it be
Reconsidered
Adjourn
Meeting
“I move to
adjourn.”
NO
YES
NO
NO
Majority
NO
Call an
Intermission
“I move to
recess for…”
NO
YES
NO
YES
Majority
NO
Temporarily
suspend
considering
an issue
“I move to lay
the motion on
the table.”
NO
YES
NO
NO
Majority
NO
End debate
“I move the
and
previous
amendments question.”
NO
YES
NO
NO
2/3
NO
Postpone
discussion
for a certain
time
“I move to
postpone
discussion
until…”
NO
YES
YES
YES
Majority
YES
Give closer
study of
something
“I move to refer NO
the matter to
committee.”
YES
YES
YES
Majority
YES
Amend a
Motion
“I move to
amend the
motion by…”
NO
YES
YES
YES
Majority
YES
Introduce
Business
“I move that…”
NO
YES
YES
YES
Majority
YES
THE MOTIONS LISTED ABOVE ARE IN ORDER OF PRECEDANCE… BELOW, NO ORDER…
Vote on a
ruling of the
chair
“I appeal from
the chair’s
decision.”
YES
YES
YES
NO
Majority
YES
Request
Information
“Point of
information…”
YES
NO
NO
NO
No Vote
NO
Take up a
matter
previously
tabled
“I move to take
from the
table…”
NO
YES
NO
NO
Majority
NO
Reconsider
a hasty
action
“I move to
reconsider vote
on…”
YES
YES
YES
NO
Majority
NO
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Successful use of Robert’s Rules of Order
Robert's Rules are designed to facilitate the transaction of business by the Synod Assembly, not to hinder it. Here are
some pointers to help you to be more effective in using parliamentary motions.
The following list clues you in to the more frequent and obvious places where some members reveal their tenuous
grasp on Robert's Rules of Order:
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Speaking without recognition: It's a mistake to make a motion without first being recognized by the Chair.
Stand at the microphone and address the Chair ("Mr. Chairman") and ask to be recognized. The Chair may
recognize you when you rise to the microphone without having to ask first. Either way, you must be recognized
before you can speak.
•
Moving to "Table!": Many people think tabling a motion is the same as killing it, but the motion to Lay on the
Table is used to set a pending motion aside temporarily in order to take up something else more pressing or
urgent. If you want to kill a main motion, you move to Postpone Indefinitely.
•
Calling the question: When members get tired of hearing the same arguments go back and forth on a pending
motion, inevitably somebody calls out, "Question!" or "I call the question!" Calling the question actually requires
a formal motion from a member after being recognized by the Chair. Generally, the Chair waits until it is clear no
one else wants to speak to the issue; calling out "Question" without first obtaining the floor is just plain rude.
•
Tabling it until another time: This is yet another misuse of the word table. What the member who makes this
proposal really wants to do is to Postpone to a Certain Time, not Lay on the Table.
The order of precedence and the rules covering whether the motion is debatable, amendable, and so forth make
distinguishing motions important.
•
"Reconsidering" a vote: Under Robert's Rules, reconsider has a very specific meaning sometimes at odds
with the word's meaning in general usage. In our assembly run under Robert's Rules, you can reconsider only
with respect to a decision made in the current plenary session.
•
Requesting a point of information: Some people think that this motion means they can get the floor
to give information. In reality, a point of information is made to enable the member to request information, not to
give him/her an opportunity to speak again.
•
Offering friendly amendments: This is an amendment of a motion under debate that is perceived as an
enhancement to the original motion, often only as clarification of intent. When a motion is on the floor, the maker
of the motion no longer owns it. Any motion to amend a main motion, friendly or not, depends upon the
acceptance of the assembly, not the person who made the original motion or seconded it, and is handled like
any other motion. Offering a friendly amendment is really patronizing. The best thing to do is to simply get
recognition by the Chair at the microphone (holding your yellow card), move your amendment, and tell the
membership why you're offering the amendment.
•
Wasting breath on "I so move": If you just say, "I so move," in response to the presiding officer saying, "The
chair will entertain a motion to take a recess," for example, you haven't actually made a motion. Be recognized
by the Chair and say, “I move that we take a recess.”
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SYNOD NOMINATING & SYNOD COUNCIL NOMINATION COMMITTEES
POSITIONS OPEN FOR ELECTION BY THE SYNOD ASSEMBLY Revised 5/9/2014
(Conference)
(Term of office) (years)
SYNOD OFFICER
Secretary
4-year term
(2014-2018)
any lay or rostered person of the ELCA
SYNOD COUNCIL
3-year term
(2014-2017)
(Positions (#1- #4, are not open to floor nominations)
Tacoma Narrows Clergy
Olympic
Lay Female
MISS
Clergy
Coastal
Clergy
At Large
Lay Male (Open for floor nominations by the assembly)
Position # 1
Position # 2
Position # 3
Position # 4
Position # 5
(Nominated)
Ms. Monica Hurley
Rev. Heinz Malon
Rev. Randy Olson
SYNOD CONSULTATION COMMITTEE
Position #1
Position #2
Position #3
Position #4
Position #5
Position #6
Position # 7
Position # 8
6 year-term
(2014-2020)
South Sound
Clergy
Peninsula
Lay Male
Tacoma Narrows Lay Female
Olympic
Clergy
Tacoma Southwest Clergy
3-year term
(2014-2017)
Coastal
Lay Male or Female
2-year term
(2014-2016)
Lower Columbia Clergy
Lower Columbia Lay Female
Rev. Ron McClung
SYNOD DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE
Position #1
Position #2
Position #3
Position # 4
Position # 5
Position # 6
6-year term
(2014-2020)
Evergreen
Clergy
Ft. Vancouver
Clergy
South Sound
Lay Female
5-year term
(2014-2019)
Lower Columbia Clergy
Tacoma Narrows Clergy
4-year term
(2014-2018)
Ft. Vancouver
Lay Male or Female
SYNOD NOMINATING COMMITTEE
the Synod Nominating Committee.)
Position #1
Position #2
Position #3
Position # 4
Position # 5
Position #6
Rev. Eric Wooldridge
(The Synod Council Executive Committee’s two at-large members are responsible for securing nominees for
3- year term
(2014-2017)
Mount Rainier
Clergy
Evergreen
Lay Male
South Sound
Clergy
2-year term
(2014-2016)
Lower Columbia Clergy
Ft. Vancouver
Lay Male
1- year term
(2014-2015)
Coastal
Clergy
PLU MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES
3-year term
(2014-2017)
Position # 1
Lower Columbia Lay Male or Lay Female
Position # 2
Lower Columbia Clergy
Position # 3
Coastal
Clergy
Position #4
Coastal
Lay Female
Position #5
Evergreen
Clergy
Position #6
Ft Vancouver
Clergy
Position #7
Peninsula
Lay Female
Rev. John Schier-Hanson
Mr. Larry Bengtson
Rev. Angela Renecker
Mr. Mike Leisle
Rev. Robert Hoem
Rev. Walter Rice
Rev. Tom Tweed
Ms. Lisbeth Lusk
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2014 SYNOD ASSEMBLY NOMINATIONS
SYNOD COUNCIL SECRETARY - 4 Years (2014-2018)
SYNOD COUNCIL SECRETARY
Position: Synod Council Secretary
Mount Rainier Conference- Lay
Name: Monica Hurley
Occupation: Self-employed; Consultant (Fundraising/Non-profit
management)
Past Elected/appointed synodical experience: Synod Assembly Banquet Chair
(asked/accepted), Synod Assembly Usher Chair (asked/accepted), Synod Council Member
(elected), Synod Council Secretary (appointed)
Personal/Congregational Experience: Sunday School Teacher, Choir, Personnel Committee:
Calvary Lutheran Church, Federal Way 1996-2000. Sunday School Teacher, Choir, Stewardship
Chair, Fellowship Chair, Worship Team, Altar Guild: Creator Lutheran Church, Bonney Lake, WA
2001-current. Various roles in community groups such as Rotary (Service Above Self)
Why I wish to serve: When I was first asked to consider running for synod council, I was already
working full time, managing a family, volunteering for Relay for Life, on the board at the Tacoma
Lutheran Home, deeply involved in my local church in various roles and I wondered where there
would be time to do anything else. I prayed about the role and ultimately submitted my
nomination form.
Over the past few years on the synod council, I’ve worked closely with some of the most
dedicated volunteers who profess the Good News of Jesus Christ and hold closely to the mission
of the SWWA Synod. With the election of our new Bishop in 2013, I felt even more strongly a
call to continue to be involved as we build leaders within our churches and spread the Gospel
wider through new mission starts, strong stewardship worship trainings/support, and building
relationships between and among people and congregations as a reminder that God is alive in
and through us. “God’s Work: Our Hands” is the theme that churchwide branded a few years
ago; I strongly believe our synod is a work in progress – God’s work in progress. It is a privilege
and responsibility I take seriously to do the work of the synod secretary the past few months. I
pray for wisdom, grace and diligence if elected.
SYNOD COUNCIL – 3 Years (2014-2017)
SYNOD COUNCIL- Position # 1
Position: Synod Council
Name: Rev. Heinz Malon
Position # 1
Past elected/Appointed Synodical Experience:
Conference Representative to Synod Council.
Tacoma Narrows Conf- Clergy
Occupation: Pastor
Currently serving as Tacoma Narrows
Personal/Congregational Experience: Pastor at Key Peninsula Lutheran, Lakebay.
Why I Wish to Serve:
5/09/2014
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Position: Synod Council
Name: Rev. Randy Olson
SYNOD COUNCIL- Position # 3
Position #3
MISS Conference-Clergy
Occupation: Chaplain, Tacoma Lutheran Retirement
Community
Past elected/appointed synodical experience- Congregational Ministries Board; Chair of
Planning Committee for several Synod Assemblies; Synod Nominating Committee Chair; Current
Synod Council member
Personal/Congregational Experience Lead Pastor, Christ Lutheran, Lakewood; Contract Pastor,
Mountain View Lutheran, Edgewood; Interim Pastor, Hope Lutheran, Tacoma, Stewardship
Committee, Redeemer Lutheran, Fircrest.
Why do I wish to serve: Having been involved with the Church in this synod for the past 17
years, I care deeply about our governance and mission. My recent experience (completing an
unexpired term) on the Synod Council provided an exciting opportunity to continue to be part of
expanding and deepening the mission of Christ’s Church in Southwestern Washington.
SYNOD CONSULTATION COMMITTEE
Position: Discipline Committee Position #1 Evergreen Conference-clergy
Name: Rev. Ronald McClung
Occupation: ELCA Pastor
Past elected/appointed synodical experience: None so far.
Personal/congregational experience: Served as pastor at Shepherd of the Hills, Stevenson from
2007-2013; Hospital Chaplain for almost 6 years; Youth pastor in another tradition for 11 years;
1 year CPE Residency; Receive some Family Systems training.
Statement of why you wish to serve: Now that I live closer to the Synod Office, I would love the
opportunity to serve occasionally at a synodical level, to support the Bishop, congregations and
pastors in need.
SYNOD DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE
SYNOD DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE -Position #1 (6 years) 2014-2020
Position: Discipline Committee Position #1 Evergreen Conference-clergy
Name: Rev. Eric Wooldridge
Occupation: ELCA Pastor
Past elected/appointed synodical experience: None.
Personal/congregational experience: 2 years: Associate Pastor, Messiah Lutheran Church,
Auburn
Statement of why you wish to serve: I hope to serve the Synod on a board or committee.
Whether in this position or another, I plan to serve faithfully.
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SYNOD NOMINATING COMMITTEE
SYNOD NOMINATING COMMITTEE -Position #1 (3 years) 2014-2017
Position: Synod Nominating Committee
Name: Rev. John Schier-Hanson
Position #1 Mount Rainier Conference-Clergy
Occupation: Pastor
Past elected/appointed synodical experience: Director of Lower Susquehanna Synod Youth
Gathering (5 years), Nominating Committee (Lower Susquehanna Synod, 3 years)
Personal/congregational experience: Pastor at: St. Paul Lutheran Church, Newville, PA;
Centerville Lutheran Church, Centerville, PA; Christ Lutheran Church, Lewisburg, PA; Trinity
Lutheran Church, Kirkwood, MO; Zion Lutheran Church, Ferguson, MO; Spanaway Lutheran
Church, Spanaway, WA; Member at Christ Lutheran Church, Harrisburg, AP while serving as a
long-term care chaplain (2001-2007); Sunday School Teacher.
Statement of why you wish to serve: Serving on the nominating committee is a vital role in
providing ongoing momentum and new energy to synodical programming and committees. My
past experience in this capacity has provided opportunities to become acquainted with a wide
range of people in a synod.
SYNOD NOMINATING COMMITTEE -Position #2 (3 years) 2014-2017
Position: Synod Nominating Committee Position #2 Evergreen Conference-Lay Male
Name: Mr. Larry Bengtson
Occupation: Retired Judge
Past elected/appointed synodical experience: Currently serves on Synod Nominating
Committee.
Personal/congregational experience:
Statement of why you wish to serve:
SYNOD NOMINATING COMMITTEE -Position #3 (3 years) 2014-2017
Open
Position: Synod Nominating Committee
Name:
Position #3
Occupation:
South Sound Clergy
Past elected/appointed synodical experience:
Personal/congregational experience:
Statement of why you wish to serve:
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SYNOD NOMINATING COMMITTEE -Position #4 (2 years) 2014-2016
Position: Synod Nominating Committee Position #4 Lower Columbia Conference-Clergy
Name: Rev. Angela Renecker
Occupation: Pastor
Past elected/appointed synodical experience: Southwestern WA Synod Candidacy Committee
Personal/congregational experience: Member, Our Savior’s Lutheran in Bellingham, WA;
Associate Pastor, 1995-1999, Bethel Lutheran Shoreline, WA; Pastor, 2000-2012, Faith Lutheran,
Elma, WA; Pastor, 2012-present, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran, Winlock, WA
Statement of why you wish to serve: I want to be useful, and to stay better connected with the
larger church (also, I was asked!)
SYNOD NOMINATING COMMITTEE -Position #5 (2 years) 2014-2016
Position: Synod Nominating Committee Position #2 Ft. Vancouver Conference-Lay Male
Name: Mr. Mike Leisle
Occupation: Retired
Past elected/appointed synodical experience: None.
Personal/congregational experience: A member of St. Andrew since 1980, serving as
President, Vice President, Call Team member, and Personnel Team Chair. I completed the
Community of lay Ministers training in 2010.
Statement of why you wish to serve: This is an opportunity to serve the church beyond St.
Andrew.
SYNOD NOMINATING COMMITTEE -Position #6 (1 years) 2014-2015
Position: Synod Nominating Committee Position #2 Coastal Conference-Clergy
Name: Rev. Robert Hoem
Occupation: ELCA Pastor
Past elected/appointed synodical experience:
Personal/congregational experience: Currently serving as Pastor at Galilean Lutheran, Ocean
Shores.
Statement of why you wish to serve:
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PLU MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES
PLU MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE -Position #5 (3 years) 2014-2017
Position: PLU Member Representative Position #5 Evergreen Conference-Clergy
Name: Rev. Walter Rice
Occupation: Minister
Past elected/appointed synodical experience: Synod Council and Synod Secretary in Eastern
WA/Idaho Synod
Personal/congregational experience: 34+ years of ordained ministry serving 5 congregations.
Currently serving Trinity, Enumclaw last 2 years. Previously, 13 years at Bethlehem, SedroWoolley.
Statement of why you wish to serve: I have raised a PLU graduate. I consider the University a
vital resource for our synod and for the church. Trinity has had numerous students from this
congregation, some current.
PLU MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE -Position #6 (3 years) 2014-2017
Position: PLU Member Representative Position #6 Fort Vancouver Conference-Clergy
Name: Rev. Tom Tweed
Occupation: Pastor
Past elected/appointed synodical experience: Currently serve as PLU Member Representative,
and past Synod Assembly Chair.
Personal/congregational experience:
Statement of why you wish to serve:
PLU MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE -Position #7 (3 years) 2014-2017
Position: PLU Member Representative
Name: Ms. Lisbeth Lusk
Position #7 Peninsula Conference-Lay Female
Occupation: homemaker
Past elected/appointed synodical experience: Currently filling this position, previously on
Synod Nominating Committee and Synod Council.
Personal/congregational experience: Council member, Sunday School teacher.
Statement of why you wish to serve: I enjoy keeping in touch with PLU.
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2014 SW WA Synod Nomination and Biographical Information Form
I hereby present_________________________________________________ as a proposed nominee
(Please print full name)
for _____________________________________
_________________________________.
(position)
(conference)
Nominated by_________________________________________ Date__________________________
Biographical Information
Nominee’s Name__________________________________________________________________
Last
First
MI
Title
Please check correct roster, lay or age category:
Clergy__ Lay Rostered__ or Lay Male__ Lay Female__
Youth (confirmed thru age 17)__ Young Adult (age 18-30)__ Age 31-49__ Age 50-60 __ Age 60+__
Resident Address_____________________________________________________________________
Mailing Address______________________________________________________________________
City___________________________ Zip________ E-mail ___________________________________
Home Phone_______________________________
Work Phone_________________________
Congregational Membership______________________________________ ______________________
Name
City
Conference ________________________ Occupation _______________________________________
Do you wish to be identified as a person of color or whose primary language is other than English? Y___ N___
Past elected/appointed synodical experience: ____________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
Personal/Congregational Experience: ____________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
Statement of why you wish to serve: ____________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________________
Signature of Nominee ____________________________________________
Return completed form to:
Allison Ramsey
Southwestern Washington Synod
st
420 - 121 South
Tacoma, WA 98444
[email protected]
Date _________________
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JOB DESCRIPTIONS FOR 2014 SYNOD ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS
SYNOD SECRETARY
JOB DESCRIPTION: The secretary may be a layperson or a clergy and must be a voting member of a
congregation of this synod. The secretary is member of the Synod Council and an officer of the synod. The
secretary shall be elected to a term of four years and may serve two consecutive terms. The secretary is
responsible to record the actions of the Synod Council, Executive Committee and the Synod Assembly. The
secretary shall arrange for the safe keeping of all legal documents. The secretary shall certify a list of the
churchwide assembly voting members to the ELCA secretary.
QUALIFICATIONS: This person needs a vision of the mission of the church, a record of leadership in their local
congregation, and a commitment to Christ expressed in the stewardship of one’s gifts. They must have the
ability to record the actions of the legislative groups of the synod concerning the policies and mission of the
church and synod. The Secretary must be able to share openly in the decisions concerning the policies and
missions of the church, and be ready to assist the Bishop of the Synod in working with the agencies,
institutions, conferences, congregations and clergy in implementing the work of the church. Synod Council
officers, of which this is one, must undergo a background check (criminal, financial and driving) shortly after
being elected into the position. Information will be sent to the elected person from the Synod Office. Results
will be reviewed by the Synod Bishop and/or Vice President.
SYNOD COUNCIL
Each Conference shall nominate one member to the Synod Council and may nominate an additional two AtLarge positions, for three-year terms. Elections for the At-Large position shall take place at and by the Synod
Assembly. The Conference Representative position shall be elected by their conference and shall be
confirmed by the Synod Assembly.
JOB DESCRIPTION: The Synod Council shall be the board of directors of the Synod and shall serve as its interim
legislative authority between meetings of the Synod Assembly. It may make decisions which are not in conflict
with actions taken by the Synod Assembly or which are not precluded by provisions of the constitution and
bylaws of the ELCA. The council normally meets four times a year for a full day. The term is three years and is
eligible to serve two consecutive full terms.
QUALIFICATIONS: Persons needs a vision of the mission of the church, a record of leadership in their local
congregation, and a commitment to Christ expressed in the stewardship of one's gifts. They must be able to
share openly in the decisions concerning the policies and missions of the church, and be ready to assist the
Bishop of the Synod in working with the agencies, institutions, conferences, congregations and clergy in
implementing the work of the church.
SYNOD CONSULTATION COMMITTEE
JOB DESCRIPTION: The Synod Consultation Committee (12 members) is a constitutionally mandated
committee to advise the office of the Bishop and as requested to investigate situations that are potentially
matters of formal ecclesiastical discipline. The committee meets at the request of the Bishop. Occasionally
individuals are selected from the Consultation Committee to assist congregations in processing matters of
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conflict or community relationships within a local parish. The committee serves in an advisory capacity. The
members serve a one six-year term and not eligible for a second consecutive term.
QUALIFICATIONS: The gifts requested for a successful ministry on this committee include the ability to listen
with discernment, to act impartially during investigations, to reflect prayerfully and to articulate helpful
guidance in situations of pain and difficulty.
SYNOD DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE
JOB DESCRIPTION: The Discipline Committee (12 members) is a constitutionally mandated committee which
acts to administer a thorough review and, as necessary, discipline process upon congregations and rostered
individuals; clergy, associates in ministry, diaconal ministers and deaconesses. The Discipline Committee
meets upon call of the Office of the Bishop should charges be either pending or submitted. The term is six
years with no reelection.
QUALIFICATIONS: The primary gifts required for this ministry are the ability to reflect critically over the
unfolding of events or incidences; the discernment of ethical requirements of ministry in the name of Christ;
the ability to listen and the sensitivity to sit in humble judgment upon another Christian individual or body.
SYNOD NOMINATING COMMITTEE
JOB DESCRIPTION: The Nominating Committee shall consist of ten members, one from each conference. This
committee obtains the needed nominees for vacant Synod positions and prepares the list of nominees for the
Synod Assembly. The term is three years.
QUALIFICATIONS: Should have a record of leadership in their local congregation, and a commitment to Christ
expressed in the stewardship of one’s gifts. Should be willing and able to attend as many meetings as
necessary to develop forms and disseminate information regarding positions open for election and process for
nomination to conferences and congregations in a timely manner.
PLU MEMBER REPRESENTATIVE
JOB DESCRIPTION: The Member Representative, in addition to their corporate duties of one corporate annual
meeting at Pacific Lutheran University per year, help to further the objectives of the University where possible
in their conferences or congregations by creating and developing greater interest in PLU as an institution of
Christian higher education. Member Representatives assist in increasing student enrollment at PLU from
congregations of the Synod, and assist congregations in providing financial support to the University. Terms
shall be three years. Each conference has a one clergy and one layperson delegate to the corporation meeting.
Member Representatives are eligible to serve two consecutive 3 year terms.
QUALIFICATIONS: Member Representatives need to have a deep concern for spiritual and educational values,
and a concern for the well-being of the entire University. They should also have an understanding of
commitment to the preservation of an independent, church-related University. Member Representatives
should have a willingness and ability to speak or communicate in a positive way on behalf of the University.
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About the Mission Investment Fund
The Mission Investment Fund (MIF), a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America, makes low-interest loans to established ELCA congregations, new-start
congregations and ELCA-related ministries for capital projects.
Established congregations use MIF loans to renovate, expand or relocate. New-start
congregations rely on MIF loans to buy land and construct their first church buildings.
ELCA-related ministries use MIF loans for a variety of capital projects.
To fund these loans, MIF offers a variety of investments for congregations, their
members, synods and ELCA-related ministries to purchase. MIF investments offer
adjustable- or fixed-rate terms and earn interest at competitive rates.
The Mission Investment Fund is financially strong and stable, with a record of steady,
controlled growth:
• With total assets of $660 million and net assets of $190 million at year-end 2013,
MIF achieved a capital ratio of 28.8 SHUFHQW PDLQWDLQLQJ MIF’s position in the
toptier of well-capitalized church extension funds.
• At year-end 2013, loans for capital projects for more than 780 ELCA
congregations and ministries totaled $464 million. MIF investments by
congregations, their members, synods and ELCA-related ministries totaled $464
million.
Investments and Loans in the Southwestern Washington Synod
As of December 31, 2013:
• 13 Mission Investment Fund loans, with a balance of , are at work
throughout the synod.
• Investments in the Mission Investment Fund by 118 LQGLYLGXDOV, 34congregations,
11 ministries, and the Southwestern Washington Synod totaled.
MIF representative for the Southwestern Washington Synod:
Joel S. Wudel, Regional Manager: Tel. (773) 682-176; email: [email protected]
Mission Investment Fund | 8765 West Higgins Road | Chicago, Illinois 60631
Tel: 877-886-3522 | Web: mif.elca.org
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Report to the 2014 Synod Assembly
It is good to bring you greetings from your partners in Region 1, ELCA, encompassing the states of Alaska,
Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, a just a bit of Wyoming. We’re a large territory that God is continuing
to bless!
Our Region 1 offices are located in the campus ministry center for the University of Washington in Seattle.
We’re right on Greek Row, so this is a lively location. Alyce Bakker and Judy Webb continue to serve you in
the Financial Service office there. Your treasurers send your congregation’s mission support dollars to them,
and they are distributed as directed by your Synod budget and your Treasurer. By doing this work as a
Region we are more efficient and better stewards of your dollars. I keep an office in Seattle, as well as a
home office in Spokane, WA.
As you may have heard our ELCA seminaries, encouraged by the Association of Theological Schools, have all
been making changes to their curricula. At the same time our ELCA is editing our Candidacy Manual to be
more nimble in an ever-changing academic environment. All this to prepare pastors and other rostered
leaders for an ever-changing, mission driven church. I continue the good work of being your churchwide
partner in the candidacy process and supporting the six candidacy committees in Region 1. In numbers of
candidates we are not only producing the leaders that we need, but we are providing rostered leaders for
other synods in our ELCA, too. Have you experienced a call to ordained leadership in our church? How
about a call to one of our ELCA’s other forms of rostered leadership? Do you know who serves on your
candidacy committee? Feel free to contact your synod office anytime with candidacy matters, and you can
call upon me with your questions, too.
I thank you for your support of our campus ministries in Region 1! We serve students at the University of
Washington in Seattle, Western Washington University in Bellingham, Eastern Washington University in
Cheney, Washington State University in Pullman, Oregon State University in Corvallis, Montana State
University in Bozeman, the University of Montana in Missoula, and the University of Idaho in Moscow. In
addition we have a very active campus ministry at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, and many
congregations like those in Boise, Idaho and Ellensburg, WA who have supporting roles in campus ministry at
nearby colleges and universities. I bet you know congregations in your area who reach out to college
students. Each campus ministry offers a focused gospel presence right on or near campus through word and
sacrament, pastoral care in times of crisis, bible study, service projects, and yes, food for hungry students.
Our campus ministries continue to be a significant outreach of our church, encountering unchurched,
searching students with the good news of Jesus.
Region 1 is about connections for the sake of God’s mission. Our region brings together those who serve in
global mission, outreach, administration, leadership, and in a host of other areas. As your coordinator for
nearly two years now, I help bring people together. We meet, share, plan and pray face to face and through
various forms of technology, too. It’s good to serve among you!
Rev. Mark Nelson
Coordinator for Missional Leadership
Region 1, ELCA
206-624-0093 or 509-990-0478
[email protected] or [email protected]
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2014 Candidacy Committee Report
The synod Candidacy Committee is charged with guiding, encouraging, supporting and interviewing candidates
for public ministry (rostered service) in the ELCA, always providing hospitality that welcomes them and
recognizes their holiness. We welcome those persons who have heard God's call to service in the church either
as ordained clergy, commissioned Associates in Ministry, or Diaconal Ministers, or as a consecrated
Deaconess.
We have been blessed with fine candidates this year, along with a wonderful Candidacy Committee between
May 1, 2013 and May 1, 2014.
The first step is the entrance into the candidacy process of the ELCA. This year we entranced: Rev. Heidi
Calhoun, Rev. Sang Soo Kim and Rev. Si Bog Lee all entranced as transferring from another Christian tradition.
Ms. Chong Im Kim-Chung (“Jenny”), Ms. Ou In Jang and Mr. Jesus Rodriguez have all been entranced into the
candidacy process through the TEEM program. TEEM stands for Theological Education for Emerging Ministries
through Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. Sara Schier-Hanson was entranced for
reinstatement to the ELCA clergy roster.
The middle step of the ELCA Candidacy Process is called Endorsement. Rachel Knoke (Lutheran Church of
Christ the King, Tacoma) .
The final step is the approval for their chosen path (ordination for clergy or commissioning for Associates in
Ministry). The committee approved Jonette Blakney (St. Mark by the Narrows, Tacoma), Rachel Eskesen
(Messiah, Auburn) and Will Johnson (Messiah, Auburn) for approval into ordained ministry. Will is waiting for
a year to be assigned to a synod as he received the Luther Seminary’s Graduate Preaching Fellowship which
will have him doing researching and studying for a year. Marjorie Olason (Agnus Dei, Gig Harbor) was
approval for commissioned ministry as an Associate in Ministry. The Rev. Sara Schier-Hanson was approved for
reinstatement to the ELCA clergy roster and will have her Theological Review Panel this spring.
We ask leaders and congregations to encourage and support individuals to consider full time service in the
ELCA. As you see their gifts and passions on display in your church, assist potential candidates to discern what
God is calling them to and how your church might help them. A call to the synod office will start the process.
We have information ready to send out that will make the steps and costs involved clear. We all have a role in
equipping future leaders.
The committee is looking to add two lay members. If this area of ministry interests you, please email the
Synod Office at [email protected] and let them know.
2013-2014 Candidacy Committee Members: Rev. Chuck Slocum (Chair), Ingelaurie Lisher- AIM, Rev. Sigi
Helgeson, Mr. Christopher Evans (PLTS Rep.), Ms. Beachie Warren, Rev. Steven Schumacher, Rev. Kim
Latterell (staff liaison and Rev. Mark Nelson (Region 1 Coordinator).
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SYNOD GLOBAL MISSION COMMITTEE 2013 REPORT
Vision: The SWWA Synod’s Global Mission Committee’s vision is a world in which
individuals are transformed through global relationships.
Mission: The SWWA Global Mission Committee’s mission is to cultivate passion and
opportunities for building and sustaining relationships, listening faithfully, accompanying
respectfully, and participating in Global Mission within the SWWA Synod.
October 5, the SWWA Mission Committee joined members of the NWWA Synod in an
African Summit, held at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Bellevue. The event featured a
keynote address by Pastor Anna Makyao, of Tanzania who spoke about cooperation
between the Tanzanian Lutheran Church, Lutheran World RElief and the ELCA in the fight
against Malaria – a brutal killer in the continent of Africa. Other speakers covered topics
such as water, community organizing, agriculture, preparing for a mission trip, the concept
of accompaniment in mission, health care, education and African music. Displays were
brought by a number of congregations and organizations to highlight their involvement on
the continent of Africa and invite others to join them. It is hoped that there will be
continuing cooperation between the synods with future summits focusing on Asia and
Latin America.
At the invitation of PLU president, Thomas Krise, members of Global Mission Committees
from the SWWA Synod and the NWWA Synod have been meeting with staff from PLU Office
of Congregational Relations and the Wang Center for Global Education, in a Global
Engagement Partnership. The group hopes to discover ways to work together to enhance
global experiences of both students and members of the two synods through cooperative
efforts.
Recent discussions of the committee have focused on ways to strengthen relationships and
invite constructive involvement between our global partners and the congregations of the
Southwestern Washington Synod.
New members with an interest in Global Mission are always welcome. Please contact Ed
and Diane Armbrust, [email protected] for more information.
Diane and Ed Armbrust, Lutheran Church
of the Good Shepherd, Olympia
Lisa Hutson, Mt. Mark’s Lutheran Church
by the Narrows Tacoma
Linnea Glover, Lutheran Church of the
Good Shepherd, Olympia
Rachel Pritchett, Bethany Lutheran Church,
Bainbridge Island
Rev. Don and Carol Fossum, Trinity
Lutheran Church, Parkland, WA
Terri Heckroth, Creator Lutheran, Bonney
Lake
Cristal Hillstead, Lutheran Church of
Christ the King, Tacoma
Beth Ann Johnson, Mountain View
Lutheran, Edgewood
Rev. Steven Ray, Elim Lutheran Church,
Port Orchard
Rev. Linda Milks, Saron Lutheran Church,
Hoquiam
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INTERIM MINISTRY 2013-2014
SOUTHWESTERN WASHINGTON SYNOD
Changes in pastoral leadership continue each year as pastors retire, move to other
congregations or ministry settings, are unable to serve due to health problems, die or change
vocations. Those congregations affected by this change in pastoral leadership enter into
transitional ministry, moving from a regularly called pastor, to working with an interim, and then
making preparations to call a new pastor.
Interim ministry is unique in that it provides the congregation time to reflect, to dream, to
discover some new things about themselves, map a new journey , to take time to reclaim who
they are and also to work with the Synod in a new way. Often new lay leadership comes
forward. The transition team works to review history, to assess present context and to
establish a new course of action. Interim Pastors are specially trained to help congregations
through the transition process. The Southwestern Washington Synod responds to this need of
the congregation by calling an Interim Pastor to serve with them through this transition
process. A call committee is put into place to match the congregational profile with possible
rostered leaders.
The interim pastors who serve in the Southwestern Washington Synod are often away from
their personal home and family for many days during a week. To these men and women, the
synod and congregations say THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITHFUL SERVICE!
From May 2013 through May 2014, these pastors have served or are still serving as Interim or
Transitional Pastors in the following congregations:
Pastor Janell Bethke- Immanuel, Vancouver; Pastor Heidi Calhoun- Christ, Federal Way;
Pastor Jeannine Daggett- St. John’s, Chehalis; Pastor Jeff Driscoll- Messiah, Auburn;
Pastor Howard Fosser- First, Tacoma and at Mount Cross, University Place; Pastor Michelle
Manicke- Beautiful Savior, Vancouver; Pastor Valinda Morse- Agnus Dei, Gig Harbor; Pastor
Linda Nou- Peace, Puyallup; Pastor Margaret O’Neil- First, Tacoma; Pastor Linda SmithSt. John’s, Chehalis; Pastor Art Sortland- Redeemer, Fircrest and at St. Christoper’s,
Olympia; Pastor Elaine Swigart- Creator, Bonney Lake; Pastor Elten Zerby- Gloria Dei,
Kelso.
If congregations or pastors would like more information about the Interim Ministry process,
please contact the Southwestern Washington Synod Office, 253-535-8300.
Rev. Kim Latterell
Bishop’s Associate
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Report to the 2014 assembly of the
Southwestern Washington Synod from the synod’s
Namibia Task Force
For more than a quarter of a century, the Southwestern Washington Synod has taken part in an official
ELCA companion-synod relationship with the Lutheran churches in Namibia. While the relationship
officially is with three Lutheran churches there – the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN),
the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN), and the German-speaking
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (GELK) – the interchange historically has been with ELCIN.
Over the many years, that interchange has been expressed through prayer for each other and visitations
both ways by lay people and clergy, with the clergy typically exchanging pulpits. In addition, there have
been gifts of knitted hats for infants, high-school scholarships, sports gear and money made possible by
the generosity of individuals, supporting congregations in the Southwestern Washington Synod and the
synod itself. The Lutheran magazine featured a three-part series on this particular companion relationship
in 2010.
In 2014, the Namibia Task Force began meeting more frequently and regularly, and began contemplating
next steps in this rich and deep relationship with our brothers and sisters in Namibia. A 2015 visitation is
planned; and talks are underway with the three other ELCA synods that have companion relationship with
Namibia to bring over a female pastor in the fall of 2014. Also, there is talk among the four partners about
pursuing grants to send a pastor to Namibia for several months, in order to officially “exchange” clergy.
And, there is talk of engaging more with GELK.
In addition, the task force hopes now to partner with Pacific Lutheran University, which has its own
Namibia study-away programs. Both hope to combine some efforts, including offering PLU students
service projects. Also casting the net wider, early talks are underway to offer members of the Northwest
Washington Synod to come join our companion-synod relationship. The Northwest Washington Synod
lost its companion relationship with Ethiopia due to the 2009 ELCA sexuality vote.
Through these partnerships, the Task Force aims to strengthen and grow its relationship with Namibia,
including new faces, new projects, and new fund sources.
Right now, we’re asking that you come and see what we’re about. Perhaps you’d like to learn more about
this fascinating nation, about to celebrate its 25th year of independence. Perhaps you’d like to come with
us to Namibia in 2015. Contact me to see when the next meeting is. Typically, we meet in Tacoma.
Please pray for Namibia.
Rachel Pritchett
206-498-0920
[email protected]
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2014 Synod Assembly
Southwestern Washington Synod – ELCA
Outreach Board
Enflamed by the Spirit of God, the mission of the Southwestern Washington Synod Outreach Board is
to:
• Enable new mission starts,
• Empower the renewal of congregations, and
• Equip the people of God for mission.
“Energy” is another “e” word that we use on the Outreach Board. The Holy Spirit energizes and
enflames us to work in and for the Kingdom of God. So we ask, “Where’s the holy spirit energy?” What
are the people excited about doing, and where are they actively engaged in ministry?
We see our primary function these days as equipping members and congregations for identifying
and carrying out mission. In 2013 we sponsored the third set of workshops in our “renewing
congregations” series. “Who is my Neighbor?” was the title where participants were equipped to
intentionally orient themselves to their larger community and were introduced to the practice of one-toone relational meetings to help set goals for ministry. Participants have reported taking their training into
the neighborhoods where they live and around their churches and have had fun doing it.
We also support congregations by reading, forwarding, and financially supporting their grant
proposals which are mostly financed by the ELCA. We have supported grants and ministries to Living
Stones Prison Congregation, Shelton; Gloria Dei, Olympia; Federal Way Chinese Fellowship; Peace
Lutheran Fellowship, Port Ludlow; Light of Grace Korean Church, Federal Way; St. John’s, Lakewood;
and, Peace, Tacoma. The Holy Spirit is moving people into new and exciting ministries all over the
territory of our synod. We rejoice in the call that God issues to us to serve and love our neighbor, and that
the Spirit empowers people with the energy to do it.
Opportunities for ministry abound, and prioritizing these ministry opportunities helps to give us
focus. Please prayerfully consider one or more of these opportunities for support: first and foremost
please keep the ministries of our synod in your prayers and ask the Spirit to guide you in service, 2.
encourage your congregation to increase its mission support to the Southwestern Washington Synod, 3.
give a gift to Living Stones Prison Congregation (formerly One Thousand Mission Friends fund), 4. if
you already give consider raising the amount you give, 5. invite a friend to join you in giving, 6.
contribute to the Mission Endowment Fund or allocate a portion of your estate to be gifted to the MEF, 7.
have a Living Stones Sunday in your congregation.
Thank you for your partnership in ministry here in southwestern Washington. The Holy Spirit is
blowing and moving in our congregations. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this great ministry of
evangelical outreach, and please continue to share your ideas and stories with us.
Finally, I have enjoyed serving as chair of the Outreach Board for about 5 years. I am energized
by the work that we do. Starting in March, Pastor Peter Mohr will be the new chair. Join me in thanking
Peter for his work on the board so far and in anticipation of his leadership to come.
Peace,
Rev. Kent Shane, Chair
SWWA Outreach Board
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Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Southwestern Washington Synodical Women’s Organization
Report of the President
Carol Fossum, 2013-2014 year
2013 was the year of celebration of 25 years for Women of the ELCA. The Region I
Gathering in June brought over 270 women together from the 6 synods to hear a
keynote speaker and the author of the Bible Study in the Gather magazine. Both
women were well received and the entire event was successful.
Our synod women are generous with their gifts of money, time and talents. They
support Women of the ELCA in their congregations, synod, and churchwide and show
that they are bold in their faith in Jesus.
On this very weekend of the assembly, several women are at the Women of the ELCA
retreat at Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way with the theme, “He Knows Your Name”.
Last summer’s convention elected 3 delegates to attend the Ninth Triennial Convention
and Gathering of Women of the ELCA who will travel to Charlotte, NC, with President
Fossum in July of this year to vote on a new churchwide board as well as issues before
the body. This event is always enjoyable with the expected 2,000 or more women in
attendance. SW WA Synod Women participated financially to invite a woman from
Namibia to attend the Gathering and will look forward to meet her.
The business of the women will occur at the convention on October 11, 2014 at the
host church, Peace Lutheran in Tacoma. The theme of the convention is “Open Hearts,
Open Hands” with a hospitality focus. A representative from the churchwide executive
board will be with us to give a report on the “state of the union” of churchwide Women
of the ELCA.
Purpose Statement of Women of the ELCA
As a community of women, created in the image of God,
Called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and
Empowered by the Holy Spirit
We commit ourselves to
Grow in Faith
Affirm our gifts
Support one another in our callings
Engage in ministry and action, and
Promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.
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Synod Youth Committee
2014 Annual Report
The mission of the Synod Youth Committee is to equip, empower, and encourage those
who work with children, youth, and families in our synod.
The SYC is a group of adults working to support adults and young people in ministry.
Here are some of the ways we serve those who serve their neighbors in ministry.
We serve by helping connect congregations with people in an effort fill youth and family
ministry positions.
We promote networking through occasional lunches where we can share our joys,
struggles, and prayers.
As funds are available we provide financial aid for continuing education.
We equip people through the ELCA Practice Discipleship Initiative.
What is the Practice Discipleship Initiative?
The second phase of the Practice Discipleship Initiative was launched in January of 2013
and continues into 2014. This project is the result of a partnership between the ELCA
Youth Ministry Network, the ELCA and its Youth Gathering, ELCA Lutheran seminaries
and colleges and their faculty who teach children, youth and family ministry, and
resource providers of the church.
The Practice Discipleship Initiative fosters faithful, thoughtful and intentional leaders in
congregations who follow Jesus in their daily lives. The Practice Discipleship Initiative
will:
· Educate – train leadership to accompany young people on their faith journey.
· Connect – Develop partnerships to strengthen faith formation opportunities for and
with young people.
· Renew – Gather leaders for mutual support and encouragement in ministry
We empower and encourage the Associated Lutheran Youth in Various Endeavors
(ALYVE) Board.
The ALYVE (Lutheran Youth Organization) board is a group of high school students
from around the synod. Their main focus is a yearly youth gathering for youth from
grades 6-12. The SYC appoints an advisor to work with the youth on the gathering and
other activities.
Justin Snider has recently completed an interim period as the ALYVE advisor and we are
now searching for his replacement.
Peace be with you,
Paul Davis, Ingelaurie Lisher, Tom Weathers, Justin Snider, Bree Truax
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Luther Seminary’s 2013-14 academic year report to the
Southwestern Washington Synod
Continuing our commitment
to educate future leaders
for the church
God has continued to bless Luther Seminary in its mission to educate
leaders for Christian communities. All of us—faculty, staff, students and
boards—remain committed to our mission. After navigating some difficult
issues, we’re now working together to live into our future.
This commitment anchors us as we celebrate exciting milestones and look
forward to upcoming opportunities:
• In addition to our 700 students across all degree programs, Luther
Seminary is also committed to educating leaders through our lifelong
learning programs, which increased by more than 15 percent, to 4,300
participants. For the sake of leadership needs in the church, as well as
the health of the seminary, we need to encourage more men and women
to join us.
• Luther Seminary is building a new curriculum, allowing us to prepare
leaders to meet a wide variety of changing needs in the church and
world. This new curriculum will be introduced at Luther Seminary in
the fall of 2014.
• By the time you read this, we may have named our new president. As
I write this, our search is progressing well and we have a number of
promising candidates. When that person hopefully arrives around
July 1, the Luther Seminary community will be ready to join their new
leader in living out our marvelous mission.
This is a great time to be a part of Luther Seminary. We have stellar faculty,
strong students, a highly respected internship program and innovative
ideas that are equipping students to share the love of God in compelling
ways in our increasingly complex world.
As always, we remain grateful for your support, encouragement and
continued commitment to our mission. Please continue that support by
praying for us, sharing our story, supporting us financially and sending new
students our way.
In your synod…
Financial Support
Synodical and churchwide support
accounted for 7 percent of Luther
Seminary’s 2012-13 budget.
During the 2012-13 fiscal year, the
Southwestern Washington Synod
provided direct financial support
of $5,417.
Students
Thank you for sending and supporting
the education of Luther Seminary
students.
• There are 10 students from
your synod enrolled at Luther
Seminary.
• There are three interns serving
in your synod.
Seminary Finances
• Of Luther’s operating income,
42 percent comes from private
gifts and grants.
• Of Luther’s operating expenses,
56 percent goes toward student
instruction and institutional
support.
Board of Directors
Alison Shane
Alumni Council
Jan Ruud
In hope,
Rick Foss, Interim President
Luther Seminary educates leaders for Christian communities called and
sent by the Holy Spirit to witness to salvation through Jesus Christ and to
serve in God’s world.
2481 Como Ave. + St. Paul, MN 55108 + www.luthersem.edu
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PAC IFIC L U THERAN UNIVER S I TY
A N N UA L R E P O RT TO T H E S Y N O D S A N D C O N G R E G AT I O N S O F R E G I O N 1 • 2 0 1 4
Facts About PLU as of Fall 2013
Undergraduate and Graduate
Students Combined................................................... 3,462
Average GPA for first-year students........................... 3.62
Student-to-faculty ratio............................................... 14-1
Percentage of first-year students
who live on campus.................................................... 85%
Religion Reported by
First-Year Students....................................... 21% Lutheran
A Message from Dr. Thomas W. Krise,
President of Pacific Lutheran University
As I look back over my nearly two years as President of
PLU, I can proudly say that we accomplished a lot, and the
groundwork has been set for even more progress in 2014
and beyond. Much of this would not be possible without
your support.
PLU is able to fulfill its mission of teaching, research and
service largely because of the unwavering commitment
of our friends in the synods and congregations of Region
I. Increasing access and moderating the cost of higher
education are priorities for PLU, and through your support
and the generous commitment of our donors, we have
been able to increase undergraduate financial aid by 3.7%
to $44.5 million for the coming academic year.
Here are just a few more accomplishments that your
support has enabled in the past year:
•PLU was named to President Obama’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
•PLU’s MediaLab was nominated, once again, for an
Emmy Award. That makes four nominations and
one win.
•Our Faculty Assembly approved—unanimously—the
first professional doctorate at PLU, the Doctor of
Nursing Practice degree.
•We celebrated the grand opening of the $20 million
Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts,
which won a LEED Gold certification for
environmental sustainability.
•The Princeton Review recognized our School of
Business as one of the nation’s best, and we’ve
held the prized AACSB accreditation for more than
40 years.
•PLU won the Gold Award from the Association for
the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher
Education (AASHE) for our commitment to
sustainability.
•Dr. Richard Nance, Conductor of the Choir of the
West, won the American Prize for Best Conductor.
•A leader in producing Fulbright scholars, PLU was
also recently named among the top three small
colleges and universities nationwide for our number
of Lute Peace Corps volunteers.
•Kaaren Hatlen, ’12, was one of nine finalists for the
NCAA Woman of the Year Award—and she’s a teacher
in an urban Chicago public school with the prestigious
Teach for America program.
•We broke ground on the new Garfield Station mixed
residential and retail complex at Garfield and C
streets, with completion planned by August 2014.
•Our ASPLU (Associated Students of PLU) student
government won a grant from the Washington
Secretary of State for a program to promote voting.
•The Lute Battalion of Army ROTC won the MacArthur
Award—the highest award available—for the second
time in three years, a rare achievement.
•PLU is ranked 15th out of 137 Regional Universities
in the West by U.S. News College Guide, and
32nd of 724 Master’s Universities in the U.S.
(top 4.4%) by Washington Monthly College Guide.
•We are ranked second in the West for Best Colleges for
Veterans by U.S. News.
Once again, many thanks for helping to create a memorable
year marked by notable achievements. PLU is a remarkable
institution and community, with students, faculty, staff and
alumni distinguished by their intellectual curiosity, creativity,
service and devotion to the University. I have been honored
to meet so many Lutes and supporters in the past year, and
as we approach PLU’s 125th anniversary in 2015, I look
forward to many more such opportunities.
With deepest gratitude,
Office of Congregation Relations
Tacoma, WA 98447
253-535-7424 [email protected]
www.plu.edu/congregations
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PACIFIC LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY of
CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY:
A Partner in Ministry with the Southwest Washington Synod
Thank you! We are sincerely grateful
for your prayers, financial gifts, and
participation in providing high quality,
cutting-edge theological education on the
West Coast.
Your support of PLTS is truly
appreciated. With your contributions,
our dream for a future that includes
reducing, even eliminating, student debt
is possible.
2/12/2014 – PLTS of CLU Merger Celebration Day in Berkeley
Because of you, PLTS can:
Draw students to the unique possibilities of pursuing theological education in the San Francisco
Bay Area,
Attract and adequately support highly qualified and committed faculty,
Build our technological capabilities which can provide more flexible theological education for
students, clergy and laity – both nearby and distant,
Maintain a beautiful, retreat-like, PLTS campus which we want to be a site where more and more
can benefit from these new possibilities, and
Participate fully in the ecumenical and interfaith possibilities of the Graduate Theological Union.
We give thanks for students at PLTS like Rachel Eskesen, Denise Arnold, Jesus Rodriguez,
Chelsea Globe, and Cathy Crossan-Vork whom you have supported through candidacy and
seminary. You continue to call our graduates and offer your prayers and gifts to us. Last year you sent
$5,416 in direct synod support. When this is added to the contributions sent from ELCA
Churchwide and all the synods in Regions I and II, it accounts for 26% of the Seminary’s $3.5 million
budget. It truly takes a community to grow a church leader.
I am excited to be at PLTS serving as the Dean (and “chief administrative officer”). My new call began
on January 6th and already I have had the wonderful opportunity to meet some of you. I welcome the
chance to get to know you more and meet you, if we have not yet had the chance. Know that PLTS is
committed to maintaining its distinct identity, ethos and mission as a seminary of the ELCA as we live
into our new identity as a graduate school of CLU.
Exciting new things are coming – two new faculty members in fall 2014, expanded learning
opportunities for students, pastors, and laity, and providing intentional space for exploring more global
perspectives on faith and theology in the public sphere as we explore the future of theological education.
My door is always open. Please email me at [email protected] or
call 510-559-2710 if you’d like to meet sometime!
With joy and gratitude,
Rev. Dr. Karen L. Bloomquist
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2013 Annual Report
Peace Community Center is a place of community, committed to the empowerment of children
and young adults. The Center provides the skills and support needed for each to reach their
God-given potential with the goals that:
1. All students graduate high school college ready;
2. All students graduate from a post-secondary program; and
3. All students commit to serving their community.
Last year, 320 elementary, middle school, high school & post-secondary students
received 27,312 hours of instructions and 5,700 Community Meals were served.
INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE? Check out peacecommunitycenter.org
JOURNEY TO THE HILLTOP: URBAN IMMERSION OPPORTUNITY
Looking for something for your group to do this summer?
Your group of youth and/or adults will have a 3-day (Friday-Sunday) or 6-day urban immersion
experience with Peace Lutheran Church and Peace Community Center to:
LEARN about the ministries of Peace Lutheran Church & Peace Community Center;
EXPERIENCE & SERVE Tacoma’s diverse Hilltop neighborhood;
REFLECT on what you are called to do in the world as a follower of Jesus;
& APPLY your new knowledge to your home congregation & community.
SUMMER 2014 DATES STILL AVAILABLE! Email or call Kerri Pedrick, Director
of Servant Leadership at [email protected] or 253.383.0702
Registrations must be made at lead 4 weeks in advance. Participants must provide their own transportation.
THANK YOU FOR WALKING WITH US: Serving and Supporting
352 volunteers helped last year—many from the following congregations & faith-based agencies.
Agnus Dei Lutheran Church
Lutheran Church of Christ the King
Spanaway Lutheran Church
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Celebration Lutheran Church
Mount Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church
St. Leo's Parish
Creator Lutheran Church
Mountain View Lutheran Church
St. Mark Lutheran Church
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
One Hope Church
St. Mark's Lutheran Church by the Narrows
Faith Lutheran Church
Our Savior Lutheran Church
St. Rita of Cascia
First Lutheran Evangelical Church
Peace Lutheran Church
Trinity Lutheran Church
Ft. Lewis Samoan Christian Church
Peninsula Lutheran Church
University Place Presbyterian Church
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Pacific Lutheran University Campus Ministries Zion Lutheran Church
Hope Lutheran Church
Resurrection Lutheran Church
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Lutheran Community Services Northwest partners with individuals, families and communities for health, justice and hope.
Report to the 2014 Southwestern Washington Synod Assembly
Every day the staff and volunteers of Lutheran Community Services Northwest partner with individuals,
families and communities to help them reach “new horizons” and achieve health, justice and hope.
Thousands of people across the Northwest are helped each year through a wide range of programs
provided by our agency, addressing specific needs in each of the communities we serve. These include:
- Mental Health & Alcohol/Drug Counseling
- Immigration & Refugee Services
- Foster Care & Adoption Services
- Senior & Disability Services
- Family & Community Support Services
We serve communities across SW Washington through offices in Tacoma, Bremerton, Port Angeles
and Vancouver. Our Support U (caregiver support) program serves people across the Northwest and
beyond.
LCS is guided by a dedicated group of individuals who represent our Church and community
stakeholders on our Board of Directors. We want to express our appreciation to:
- Terri Austin-Randolph of Silverdale - SW Washington Synod Representative
- Richard Tietjen of University Place – At-Large Representative
It is our privilege to be your social outreach ministry. There are many ways you and your
congregation can be a partner with LCS in health, justice and hope:
♥ Support the work of LCS through your charitable donations.
♥ Volunteer your time and talents to help LCS provide services in your community.
♥ Include LCS in your congregation’s outreach or benevolence budget.
♥ Provide food, clothing, furniture and other needs of children and families served by LCS.
♥ Contact your elected representatives and advocate for sufficient resources for human services.
You can find more information about our offices and services, and learn how you can lend your
support, by visiting our website at www.lcsnw.org.
Beginning July 1st David Duea will take over the leadership of our organization as the new
President/CEO. He will discover, as I have, what a wonderful privilege it is to be called and serve in the
life-changing ministry of Lutheran Community Services Northwest. I look forward to retirement but
look back on over 30 years with gratitude and wonder of how God has enriched my own life and the
lives of all who partner with us for health, justice, and hope.
The success of our agency over the years would not be possible without the support and partnership of
individuals and congregations across SW Washington and the Pacific Northwest. You help our agency,
and those we serve, reach new horizons.
Thank you!
Roberta Nestaas, President/CEO
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2013 Annual Report of Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries
During what proved to be a year of transition, Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries (NPNM) continued to
educate, nurture and network faith community nurses and health ministers to promote wholeness through
faith communities. We offered Foundations in Faith Community Nursing classes in Portland and
Hillsboro, OR, Bellingham, Tacoma and the Tri-Cities, WA, Billings, MT and Cheyenne, WY, where
approximately 100 graduates joined the ranks of over 800 Faith Community Nurses and Health Ministers
in the Pacific Northwest. NPNM partners with nearly 1400 congregations in Oregon, Washington,
Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Nevada and California.
In addition we piloted a new three-hour curriculum to start or invigorate health ministry outreach,
entitled, Jump Start Your Health Ministries, provided resources for: a congregational brain wellness
program, transitional care, welcoming home war veterans and evidenced-based health programs.
Our growing partnership with Henry Ford Macomb Health System in Detroit helps NPNM members
document on a secure web-based platform the work that they do and the difference they make. The
individual congregation and aggregated network reports give us data about the people we serve, time
spent, areas addressed, interventions, referrals and outcomes. It is probably no surprise that we deal
mostly with an aging population Time is spent on congregational wellness, home and hospital visits and
activities dealing with general health issues. The focus is on the physical, spiritual and emotional aspects
of health. Interventions include a combination of active listening, prayer, presence, promoting
understanding and providing information and referral. Expanded use of this documentation will continue
to provide valuable information on this important ministry.
As stated earlier, this has been a year of transition. We suffered significant financial constraints, making
it necessary to reduce staff to one employee, laying off the Education Coordinator at the end of June.
Then suddenly we were left with a leadership void when our Executive Director of two years resigned last
July. At the same time, we were homeless without a specific location for our office. In spite of the
setback, we managed two successful scaled-down fundraising events in Seattle and Portland in October
and plan similar events this year on the weekend of October 17-18, with Terry Hershey as our speaker.
Coinciding with these events, the board hired a new part time Executive Director, Mary Cornils Baich,
who started at the end of October, 2013. In January of this year, the board asked Bruce Strade, a former
executive director, to become president of the board.
Once again we have space at Emanuel hospital, so are no longer homeless. Our vision is to: educate a
new generation of Faith Community Nurses and Health Ministers; develop collaborations and
partnerships with health care providers; assist faith communities in supporting healthy life styles; expand
outreach into our communities; and document more effectively how we make a difference.
We know that this work is important because research shows that when a church has an active health
ministry, the outreach of the church grows and the well-being of its members improves.
Thank you for your support of our ministry. God bless you.
Mary Cornils Baich
Executive Director
2801 N. Gantenbein Ave. #2027 • Portland, OR 97227 • 503-413-4920
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