The bishop's office staff has been on a work retreat this week, with  limited access to email and phone. Thank you for your patience as we respond.

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.
Next Green Circles Gathering, June 21 at 6:30 pm.  Register here. For more info, email Rev. Janet Parker.

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.

Music that Makes Community is offering a One-Day Paperless Music Workshop at The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Eugene. Come Saturday, June 25, from 9 am to 4:30 pm for a renewing day of singing, learning and fellowship. Clergy, music directors, lay leaders, and those who love to sing are warmly welcomed. The $100 fee includes workshop materials, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day. Scholarship support is available, and we do not want cost to prevent anyone’s participation. Feel free to contact for more information. Register here!
June 17 Commemoration of the Emanuel 9—Seven years ago, on June 17, 2015; Dylan Roof studied scripture with a room full of faithful members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. At the end of the Bible study as they bowed their heads in prayer, Dylan began shooting at them murdering nine people. Dylan was baptized in the ELCA. As part of the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, voting members adopted a resolution designating June 17 as a commemoration of the martyrdom of the Emanuel 9. Click here for resources.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Ashland will host a commemorative prayer service led by Rev. Janell Monk. The Rev. Ernestein Flemister will share a reflection. Friday, June 17 at 7:00 pm. Join Zoom Meeting | Meeting ID: 840 9532 4340 | Passcode: 114200
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. As we continue our tradition of service to our neighbor, we remember the words of Martin Luther: “Our faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing.”  Plan your day of service.
Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC) applications are open. It's not just for new grads! Know ANY adult 21 or older who may be interested in a year of service? ️ LVC is a full-time service and leadership program operating in many cities across the United States. Volunteers are placed in full-time positions at social justice. Learn more here.
Conference on Worship, Theology, and the Arts invites you to reflect on how the people of God can challenge, change, and inspire others, especially as faith communities imagine new responses to the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and structural racism. An excellent continuing education opportunity, the conference offers in-person and virtual options, with discounts available for all and special discounts available for seminarians and candidates for rostered ministry! St. Olaf College, Northfield Minn. July 25–July 28. Questions? Contact

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Christ the Good Shepherd in Salem is seeking a part-time parish administrator

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 baby Maura Borbon and her parents Manuel and Laura, thankfully Maura is back home.

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 having surgery today.

For SALM Annemarie Richardson, who is having surgery on June 22.

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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