Thanks to everyone for reaching out and letting know Bishop Laurie's name is being used in an email scam. These emails are not sent from her email address.  If you are uncertain about an email, check the email address it is sent from.  Her real email address is For future reference, no synod staff will ever be contacting you asking for money for gift cards on their behalf. Check out the Federal Trade Commission's advice on how to recognize and avoid phishing scams as well as what steps to take if you receive one.
Save the dates! 

Tuesday July 12 from 7-8 pm - Online Bible Study with Theologian in Residence with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, the Rev. Doctor Meghan Aelabouni. 

Wednesday July 13 from 10 am to 12 noon, Spirit of Grace Beaverton -Jerusalem Week Main Event! Conversation with Christian Palestinian Siblings on the ground in Jerusalem. Hybrid Event. 

Wednesday July 13 at 7 pm, Evening Vespers with Pr. Gabi and Meghan Aelabouni at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Vancouver, WA. In person

Sunday July 17 10:00 worship with the Aelabounis at Spirit of Grace Beaverton, with adult forum Q and A to follow.

Oregon Synod Reparations Team Hybrid Open House - July 13, 7-8 pm!

The Oregon Synod Reparations Team is excited to share details about how you can become involved with their work which includes:

  • Land Stories - Discovering and spreading stories like the synod's Emanuel Land Story and Peace First Lutheran in Astoria’s Land Story. This work includes visits by some team members to congregations that invite us. (Unveiling the hidden histories of the land is enhanced with participation in the statewide Reckoning with Racism cohort.)

  • Antiracism - This year's 2022 Synod Assembly passed a resolution to form an Oregon Synod Antiracism Network. The Reparations Team will be involved in helping to make that network a useful resource for all of us.

  • Reparations - Working on passing resolutions and memorials defining current reparations work, building relationships and listening to communities who’ve been harmed, and listening for and assisting with ideas of how to determine appropriate reparations.

  • Policies and procedures - Reviewing and making suggestions to the bishop and Oregon Synod Council.

If this work speaks to your heart, we’d love to have you join us!  This is an exciting time to join as they actively determining next steps for each of the above categories. Email the team with questions. Registration for Zoom link and in-person attendance will be available soon. 

Sign initiative petition 17 from home. Signing from your home is an alternative to signing in person with a signature gatherer and it's easy. Click here to learn how.  

At Synod Assembly, your church passed the Lift Every Voice Oregon resolution in support of Ip 17 And Ip 18. IP 17 would ban the sale of large capacity magazines over 10; would require a permit and training to purchase any gun; would require a complete background check before purchase, closing the Charleston loophole; and would address the registration of “ghost” guns.

Volunteer at Eloheh Farm, June 25, 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Learn from Eloheh’s regenerative agricultural practices. Whether you’re an expert carpenter, a master gardener, or aren’t sure how to use a watering can, there’s a place for you. Learn more.

Young people in the church today know what they want from faith-based institutions: connection, authenticity and to feel seen. Read more in Living Lutheran's June/July lead feature: "Gen Z and the Church."
Prepare for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday with new resources. On Sunday, Sept. 11, congregations of the ELCA will join together for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, our dedicated day of service. As you explore opportunities to participate, visit for planning resources including a tool kit, worship material, videos, posters, social media graphics and a special hymn for the day. 

Pulpit Supply List - password: ministry

July 12-17: Jerusalem Week

Aug 8-12: ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Embody the Word

Sept 12: God's Work Our Hands Sunday

Oct 17-19: Bishop's Convocation
For the family of Pr. John Dinsmore, who died on May 1. Pr. Dinsmore served as a pastor at Good Shepherd in Eugene for 36 years and served in the Army National Guard as Oregon's State Chaplain. You can read or hear his full obituary here.

For Pr. Jane Baker, who is recovering from surgery.

For SALM Annemarie Richardson, who is recovering from surgery.

For the families and community of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and all who have lost loved ones to mass shootings.

For the families and community in Buffalo, NY and all who feel the terror of ongoing white supremacy and racial terrorism.

For the people of Ukraine, and for all those who suffer during war.

For all the Ukrainian refugees and those sheltering them, including our sister synod The Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Poland.
Go and do God's work!
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