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November 07, 2023

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Fall Conference with Walter A. Maier III, Ph.D. This Weekend

Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Cupertino, CA is hosting their annual Fall Conference on Saturday, November 11, 2023. The topic is "Genesis: In the Beginning," presented by the Rev. Dr. Walter A. Maier, III.

What do the first five chapters of Genesis teach us about creation, the institution of marriage, personhood and the image of God, the fall into sin and the promise of a Savior, the Christology of the Pentateuch, and the early history of mankind?

What: Genesis: In the Beginning

When: Saturday, November 11· 9am - 3pm PDT

Where: Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 5825 Bollinger Road, Cupertino, CA

Registration link: Click here 

Click here for a printable flier.

DCE/Youth Leaders Retreat Recap

On November 1-3, DCEs and Youth Leaders from the CNH District spent some time on retreat in South Lake Tahoe. In addition to Bible study and discussions around “Dealing with Stress”, there was time to just unwind, relax, and connect with other colleagues from across the District!

Special thanks goes out to Jen de la Motte and Julia Tougas for their organization and the leadership that made this a great experience for all! Much thanks to the CNH District for providing a Wellness Grant for this event and to LCEF for their financial support as well!

Disability Awareness Workshop at Zion North Highlands Recap

One of the highlights of the Come Build a Church Disability Awareness Workshop was our panel of caregivers and people with disabilities. Stories were shared about losing hearing, sight, and mobility. A suggestion was made to “Ask the person first if help is needed. Then listen carefully to the answer before just jumping in.”

A young man shared that playing power soccer helped him become more independent. One caregiver gave suggestions that helped her when caring for her late husband with Alzheimer’s. She said it was helpful to suggest a menu item rather than leaving it up to him, which could cause confusion. Structure was also important. Another caregiver shared stories about his late wife with Multiple Sclerosis that brought them closer together and which they could laugh about. A mother shared the joys of raising a son with Down syndrome, and a father wore several swimming medals that his daughter had won in Special Olympics competitions around the world. We learned from their personal stories of strength and faith and were blessed by each of them.

LCEF and CUWAA Offering Certificate in Management Scholarship

LCEF, in partnership with Concordia University, Wisconsin/Ann Arbor (CUWAA), is launching a new cohort with 10 scholarship seats available. This cohort, which will include individuals working in the faith-based not-for-profit space (not only LCMS rostered workers), will be offered via the online self-paced program. Unlike the current cohort of 25 rostered workers, doing live courses, this opportunity will offer additional flexibility.

Like the current cohort, LCEF is providing a significant scholarship opportunity getting them through the Certificate in Management. The attached flier includes a live link with all the necessary information, including the scholarship application. Again, we are only providing 10 scholarships for this cohort which begins in January 2024. Application deadline is November 15.

Click here for the flier.

LWML Update - Mighty Mites & Joyful Servant

Here’s a quick mites/grants update by the numbers for 2022-2024 biennium:

$ 79,511.64 collected for grants through September 2023 which is 74% of goal with 5 months to go (full amount $107,910 by March 31, 2024)  

Mites have funded through Grant #11, and currently collecting for Grant #12 - Spanish Devotions (17 total grants to fund)

$.50 of every dollar collected goes directly to fund our CNH grants

$.25 of every dollar collected goes to fund national LWML grants


For a summary of mites projects, go to

The most recent LWML CNH newsletter Joyful Servant is now available.

Click here to read the November issue.

LSS Lunchtime Zoom Conversation with CEO Carol Roberts

Over the next three months, Lutheran Social Services of Northern California (LSS) is holding a series of lunchtime Zoom conversations with LSS CEO Carol Roberts.

Please join Carol Roberts, CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Northern California (LSS) for a lunchtime Zoom conversation focusing on San Francisco and the Bay Area on Thursday, November 9, from 12:00-1;00pm via Zoom. This conversation will feature an update on LSS activities to address homelessness in the area and a Q&A time with Carol.

Please click here to make a reservation. The Zoom link will follow later in the week. Any questions, please contact LSS Development Director Jerry Metzker.

Spark Creative FREE Resources Available

Spark Creative has free resources for Advent and Lent worship - preaching texts & themes, visuals, liturgy suggestions - as well as coordinated devotional resources for congregation members. These resources have been developed by fellow pastors and leaders in CNH. And remember, all digital resources are free!

Click here to go to the website.

Get Your Preferred Petal Pushers Float Decorating Time Slot

Come join Petal Pushers to decorate Rose Parade floats! Building off of the 2024 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade theme Celebrating a World of Music, our float is entitled Make a Joyful Noise unto the LORD.

LHM decorates during 2 shifts on December 2, 9, 16 and 23 (Saturdays) and during 2 shifts daily from December 26 through 29.

Come on your own, or, better yet, bring your family and friends! No experience necessary!

Visit their website for all the decorating information and to sign up.

Mission Training Center

Check out Mission Training Center's classes! Everyone—volunteers, elders, administrators, life-long learners—are welcome to take classes.

Visit for more information.

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Called to Glory Notifications

As pillars of the faith get called back to their heavenly home, we want to honor and acknowledge the legacy they leave behind and the impact they had within our congregations. If you would like to include any upcoming memorials, please click here to send the name, date of death, and date of service so that we may include them in an upcoming issue of the InTouch. We will still continue to send a Flash for pastors and called workers as well.

Rev. Jerry W. Barnhart was called to glory on Wednesday, October 25, 2023. A celebration of life is scheduled for Spring 2024. In lieu of flowers, please visit his Legacy Page to leave words of encouragement, memories, or other special thoughts.

Rev. Dean Gade, pastor emeritus, was called to glory on Saturday, September 23, 2023. Memorial arrangements are pending.

District Resources

Click here for our International Mission Partners

Click here for the Board of Directors Minutes (Current through September 2023)

Click here for Calls, Vacancies, and Roster Updates 

Click here for prayer requests

Click here for the latest Job Opportunities

Click here for our 2020-2022 Sermon Series

Click here for the Monthly Set Apart to Serve (SAS) Report (September 2023)


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