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					                              Moments for Mission
                      Newsletter of the Southwestern Washington Synod
                       of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

 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.

                                       November 2007


                                 Outreach Board stands alongside
                                 five congregations with big dreams
                                 By the Rev. Valinda Morse, assistant to the bishop
                                     It was announced at the June assembly by one of the Outreach
                                 Board members. The Outreach Board of the Southwestern
   M   oments for Mission
                                 Washington Synod had agreed that we wanted congregations to
 is published monthly. It can    dream big, to envision evangelism strategies for their congregations
be read onscreen in this Word    in their communities and to submit their dreams to the Outreach
  document or printed out at     Board. The Board, in return, promised to choose one congregation
           7 pages.
                                 with a big dream and a concise plan; that congregation would
                                 receive $10,000 to implement their vision.
      Rachel Pritchett               Congregations worked hard over the summer months, dreaming
      adjunct, fifth-time        and planning. We received grant proposals from approximately
                                 one-third of the Southwestern Washington Synod congregations.
                                 The task of the Outreach Board was not an easy one. In September,
 Bishop Robert D. Hofstad
                                 members met to prayerfully discern and study the grant proposals.
   Rev. Ronald A. Hoyum
    assistant to the bishop      They took their task seriously, but could not reach a clear consensus
    Rev. Valinda I. Morse        regarding the best proposal.
    assistant to the bishop          The exercise was a good one. It gave congregations an
  Rev. Donald G. Fossum          opportunity to think about what they would actually do if money
   adjunct, two-fifths time
                                 fell from the sky – how would they actually reach out to their
       Allison Ramsey
        office manager
                                 communities and take the Word of God to a world of hurt. The
                                 proposals were good, and it is my hope that many of the dreams
          PHONE                  will become strategic plans for those congregations who
       (253) 535-8300            participated. It is amazing what a little excitement and passion for
                                 ministry can do to a community
          E-MAIL            of faith.
        WEB SITE                 Continues

                                 In the end the Outreach Board agreed that it could not agree. We
                                 could not limit our evangelism grant to one congregation. So, rather
                                 than gifting $10,000 to one, we gifted $30,500.00 to five

Address: Continued
   In the end, the Outreach Board agreed that it could not agree. We could not limit our evangelism
grant to one congregation. So, rather than gifting $10,000 to one, we gifted $30,500 to five
   Family of God Lutheran Church of Bremerton received $10,000 for an after-school program entitled
“The Extreme Tween Club.” Another recipient was Peace Lutheran Church of Tacoma and its
intentional evangelism program to connect the Hilltop neighborhood with the families of Peace titled
“All Are Welcome To the Feast.”
   St. Andrew Lutheran Church of Vancouver received $3,500 for a community parenting class;
Amazing Grace Lutheran Church of Aberdeen received $3,500 for a ministry at Stafford Creek prison,
and Trinity Lutheran Church of Parkland got $3,500 for building neighborhood connections through
visual and performing arts and partnering with the Boys and Girls Club.
   The synod had received a $10,000 evangelism grant from Churchwide, which was given to the
Outreach Board for its use. The Board wanted to “give it away” to a congregation with a big dream.
Other funds used were from the operating budget of the Outreach Board, and from the 1,000 Mission
Friends, which is an ongoing way to support congregations involved in transformation in our synod.
   Thanks to everyone! Blessings to all.

Congregations in transition

IN CALL PROCESS                        POSITION            STATUS           PASTORAL CARE
Bethany, Spanaway                      P                   TR              Jan Otto
Chinook                                P                   TR              Pulpit Supply
Holy Trinity, Port Angeles             P                   C               Julie Kanarr
Immanuel, Centralia                    P                       I           Bill Coffman
Luth. Ch., Good Shepherd, Olympia      P                   C               Linda Nou/Dennis Hartsook
Mountain View, Edgewood                AP                  I               John Vaswig
Pilgrim, Puyallup                      AP                  I               Gary Jepsen
Trinity, Longview                      P                   TR              Jenell Bethke

P – Pastor                                 NV – New vacancy
AP – Associate pastor                      TR – Transition
AIM – Associate in ministry                I – Interviewing
DM – Diaconal minister                     C – Calling

The Rev. Laurie Johnson has accepted the call to the dual parish of First of South Bend and Our Saviour’s
of Raymond. She transfers from the Northwest Washington Synod and Oak Harbor Lutheran, where she was
an associate pastor. She began Oct. 28. The Rev. Ralf Kalms has accepted the call as lead pastor at Christ
Lutheran Church of Lakewood. He begins Dec. 1 and transfers from the Oregon Synod. John Rosenberg
has accepted the call as lead pastor at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd of Olympia. He will begin
on Dec. 1, and transfers from the Oregon Synod, where he is currently serving as the Director of LENS.
Richard Grinstad has accepted the call as pastor to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Port Angeles. He
transfers from Northwest Washington Synod where he was serving at Burlington Lutheran, Burlington.


Daugs helps mend social fabric
after Katrina, starting with Miss Emma
By Rachel Pritchett, editor
    When Hurricane Katrina slammed through New Orleans two years ago, retired Rev. Daryl
Daugs of Gig Harbor knew he had to help.
    The former preacher at First Lutheran Church of Port Orchard connected with his counterparts
at still-standing Hosanna Lutheran Church of Mandeville, La. It would become his operations
     As Daugs’ plane descended over New Orleans in November 2005, he got his first look at the
    “What you see is blue tarps,” he said. Every roof of every home was covered. As he drove to
Hosanna, he saw empty streets; everyone else was gone. That was the worst part.
    “The social fabric is destroyed,” he said. “All of the life relationships are shattered.”
    Daugs joined other volunteers and for two weeks, cleared limbs from around homes. Soon, he
was asked by Lutheran Disaster Response to be a site coordinator at Hosanna for six months.
    From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, Daugs sent out teams of volunteers where they
could do the most good, making sure they had what equipment was available. A few months later,
wife Gwen joined him.
    Meanwhile, many other members of the Daugs family put their lives on hold and joined him,
too. Son Daryl Jr. organized a contingent from Mount Cross Lutheran Church of University Place.
   During the exhausting work of clearing homes, churches and businesses of debris, they met a
middle-aged widow named Miss Emma, a praline maker and jazz singer. Like many homes in St.
Bernard Parish, hers had been almost wiped out.
    The group took her to her house to put up a for-sale sign.
A few hold-out neighbors spotted her.                                ‘M        iss Emma decides
    “Miss Emma’s back!” they shouted.                                     she’s not going to sell.’
    To prepare the home for sale, the volunteers first had to
clear the debris and strip away the rot down to the studs, still
solid. It looked so good when the finished, “Miss Emma decides
she’s not going to sell,” Daugs said. That meant rebuilding. Everything from plumbing to sheet
rocking had to be done.
    Today, Miss Emma is back selling her pralines; finish-up work continues on her home. She
looks forward to having a block party and Daugs hopes to be there.
    “Once you’ve been down there, it’s hard not to do something,” he said.

Messiah’s new organ only one of its kind in Clark County
    Now that Messiah Lutheran Church of Vancouver’s custom-built organ has been installed,
two dedication concerts are planned for Dec. 2 and all are invited.
    The first will be at 3:30 p.m. and is family friendly, with questions and answers about the
organ. It is followed by one at 6:30 p.m. that will feature organ classics. The featured performer
will be Dan Miller, organist for St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Beaverton, Ore.
   Messiah’s new organ is a combination digital/pipe instrument, the first of its kind in Clark
County. Ranks of copper and brushed steel pipes rise up behind Messiah’s altar. The organ has
three manuals, 100 stop registers and more than 1,000 additional voicings.
    Ticket sales begin Nov. 11. They are free, but seating is limited. Go to, click on the “Organ Concert Tickets” button and fill out
a request form. Tickets will be reserved in your name for delivery via mail.

Touring a fishy business, from the bottoms up
By Rachel Pritchett, editor
    OLYMPIA – It’s 5 p.m. and the whistle blows at Fish Tale BrewPub, just a stone’s throw
from capital offices.
    Workers come to the old warehouse, now bright and funky, for organic ale, and maybe some
black bean soup or barbecued chicken. Patsy Cline sings in the background.
    As the single largest shareholder and chairman of the board of Fish Brewing Co.,
businessman Lyle Morse, husband of Assistant to the Bishop Valinda Morse, is the force behind
the popular pub and its success.
    The former furniture manufacturer got involved with Fish Tale back in the 1990s, when the
business was struggling.
    Since then, he and others have expanded not just the pub and ale sales, but also the brew
house across the street.
    Today, Fish Brewing Co. produces 10,000 barrels of beer for the year, a 48 percent rise over
last year. The business does between $3 million and $5 million in gross sales throughout the
Northwest, and is featured at Anthony's Restaurants and Sea-Tac Airport.
   Morse, who also is involved in correctional industries, admits he doesn't have much to do
with day-to-day operations anymore, but takes pride in the product.
   “We were the first certified organic brewery in Washington,” Morse said. The company’s
beers have attracted numerous awards, including a recent gold medal from the Great American
Beer Festival in Denver for the company’s Old Woody English Old Ale.
    The Rev. Valinda Morse isn’t involved in the business, but has given her husband support.
   “She’s humored me,” Morse said. “She’s always given me a grounding.”
    In the brew house, gleaming metal vats hold various lagers, ales and stouts. A bottling
assembly line reclaimed from the old Olympia Brewery awaits the next job.
    As for the future, the 59-year-old member of Gull Harbor Lutheran Church of Olympia, said
he would love to spend the final portion of his working career in some sort of “social benefit.”
    That would make it one more round for Morse.
AIMs’ Corner

All are welcome! It didn’t always show
By Associate in Ministry Joy Lingerfelt, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
of Port Angeles, condensed and reprinted with permission
    While vacationing up the coast of Alaska, I visited several churches, attending worship in a
historic Episcopal church in Ketchikan, then touring an ELCA church and a Russian Orthodox
church, both at Sitka.
     At the first, I was greeted by an usher who stood in front of the passage way, advised me not
to take pictures, and to “warn” (?) me that this is an Episcopal church, “celebrating a high mass,
smells and bells, higher than the Pope!”
    After the homily, the priest turned over the floor to a discussion of how they could get better
involved at the state level in their diocese. It was like stepping into a family meeting.
    Then in Sitka, an ELCA church was selling popcorn and bottled water to all the tourists
passing by. I stepped inside. There, volunteer docents welcomed me, explained the history of
this congregation and gave me a tour of their newly constructed facility. The whole of the tour
was bright and cheery, as was the interior of the church. I spied an unusual little organ and was
invited to play.
    Then to the “main attraction” at Sitka, the Russian Orthodox church, to see the incredibly
crafted icons. A woman sat in the doorway, long ago bored with her work of collecting our $2
admission fees and very reluctant to make change. Inside, it was noisy. There was nothing to
really guide us, and little light. The line of tourists glommed from one icon to the next.
    Upon returning home, I keep reflecting on the varied faces those three churches showed. My
house sitters reported that they were wonderfully welcomed to our church, with big smiles and
outstretched arms. May it ever be so.

Our congregations
From congregations’ newsletters across the synod, for keeping up

   Just some of the bazaars: First of Poulsbo’s Christmas bazaar, one of the largest in North
Kitsap, takes place Nov. 2 and 3 in its Christian Center. More information is with Elaine Jukam,
(360) 697-5683. Rosemaling and lefsa are standards at the Nov. 3 Christmas bazaar at Port
Madison Lutheran Church of Bainbridge Island. It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the
number is (206) 842-4746. Faith of Shelton also hosts its bazaar on Nov. 3, (360) 426-8611.
Christ the King of Sumner combines its Nov. 10 bazaar with a lutefisk dinner, see times and
contact information in the calendar section below.
   125 years: First of Tacoma had its banquet at Pacific Lutheran University on Oct. 20 to
celebrate 125 years of service to Tacoma’s Wright Park neighborhood. News to help celebrate
was that the congregation’s 10-year goal to raise and give away $125,000 was surpassed.
   30 years and 40 days: Family of God of Bremerton on Oct. 28 celebrated its 30th
anniversary and the concluding day of 40 days of concentrated community service.
   Noon worship: Messiah of Auburn has started a Wednesday-noon worship service for those
seeking a lunch-hour prayer and for those who find it difficult to attend Sundays. The service
contains simple liturgy, hymns, a brief Bible study and Communion.
   Rotating art show: Trinity of Vancouver has called on all members, young and old, who
have Bible- or spiritual-themed art to sign it up for a month’s showing at the church.

Learning Opportunities

American religious movements to be explored
   Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Tacoma’s Lay School of Theology features scholar and author
the Rev. Dr. Nancy Koester of Luther Seminary on “American Religious Movements” from
Monday through Thursday, Nov. 5 through 8, at either 10 a.m. to noon or 7 to 9 p.m.
Dr. Koester holds a Ph.D. in American church history from Lutheran Seminary, and has served as
an ELCA pastor in two Minnesota congregations.
   She is the author of “The Fortress Introduction to the History of Christianity in the U.S.” and
“Journeying Through Lent with Luke.” She is now working on a biography of Harriet Beecher
Stowe. The cost for four days is $15. More information is at (253) 752-3571.

Cultural competency training coming
   “A New Heaven and A New Earth: Cultural Competency Training for the Northwest” is the
focus of a presentation from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 6 at Peace Lutheran Church of Tacoma.
Sponsored by Northwest Lutheran, Baptist, Episcopal and Methodist churches, the presentation
to embrace diversity will be led by the Rev. Eric H.F. Law, and assisted by Stacy Kitahata of
Region 1 and others. The cost is $50 and discounts are available; more information is at

Old Testament walk planned
   A daylong “Walk Through the Old Testament” is planned for Nov. 10 at Emmanuel Lutheran
Church of Tacoma. The $30 cost includes lunch and workbook. Call (253) 752-3571 for more

Bulletin board

Organic produce groups invite participation
     Lifeforms Farm of Matlock and a group called Live Food for Live People Services is inviting
new partners in their work to provide fresh, organic produce and eggs to the underprivileged in
Kitsap and Mason counties. Recipients of the free food include seniors, mothers with young
children, people living with HIV/AIDS, and Native American elders. Numerous partners in the
program include the ELCA, several congregations in this synod and local governments and food
banks. For more information, send an e-mail to

Have some news or a story idea?
Contact the synod office or “Moments for Mission” Editor Rachel Pritchett
at or (206) 780-9414.

Messages from friends
China Service Ventures: Boundless Love
   God’s love knows no boundaries. At China Service Ventures, God continues to extend the
boundaries of his love beyond the Christian community to all people. With cooperation from the No.
2 High School in Xinyang, the “Boundless Love High School Class” of 35 poor rural students will
experience the love of God through English as a second language, art, music and other specially
designed activities.
   The students will realize that God’s love isn’t dependent upon test scores or how much money
one earns. Rather, they will come to see God’s boundless love as a free gift to all people.
   Please pray for the Boundless Love high school class in Xinyang. Contact China Service
Ventures to learn how you and your congregation can support and become involved in the lives of
poor students and help them realize their dream of higher education.
   Blessings and Peace,
   The Rev. Steven Ray, director
   (877) 408-7056,

Public Policy Office urges simple majority for schools
   The state Lutheran Public Policy Office is encouraging support for EHJR 4204, the proposed state
Constitution amendment that would require only a simple majority of voters to approve school levies.
To learn more, contact Manda Truchinski at the LPPO office,


Nov. 5 to 8: Emmanuel Lay School of Theology featuring Nancy Koester, see Page 6
Nov. 6: Cultural competency training, Emmanuel of Tacoma, see Page 6
Nov. 10: Lutefisk dinner, Christ the King of Sumner, noon to 5 p.m. in conjunction with bazaar from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m., (253) 863-1142 or
Nov. 18: The Rev. Randy Olson preaches at the Elbe Evangelical Lutheran Church on Mount Rainier, where
he is host pastor, 2:30 p.m., (253) 589-3086 or
Dec. 2: Messiah of Vancouver’s new organ celebration, see Page 4
Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Service, Elbe Evangelical Lutheran Church,
Dec. 25: Christmas
Jan. 27 to 30: Bishop’s Convocation and Prayer Retreat, Seabeck
April 4 to 6, 2008: Women of the ELCA Retreat, Falls Creek, Raymond
May 30 to 31, 2008: Southwestern Washington Synod Assembly, Red Lion, Olympia
July 8 to 13, 2008: Seventh Triennial Convention and Gathering of Woman of the ELCA, Salt Lake City
May 15 to 16, 2009: Southwestern Washington Synod Assembly, Murano Tacoma Hotel
July 22 to 26, 2009: ELCA Youth Gathering, New Orleans, La.,
May 14 to 15, 2010: Southwestern Washington Synod Assembly, Hilton Vancouver Hotel

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