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October 31, 2023

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DCE/Youth Leader Retreat - Nov. 1 - Nov. 3

If you are a DCE/ Youth Leader, we want to let you know that we are going on a trip - please join us!

Connect, Learn, and Recharge with DCEs and youth leaders from all over the CNH District at a SAH-WEET cabin in South Lake Tahoe.

Feel free to invite any youth leader. Scholarships are available.

Click here to Register.

Click here for a PDF of the flyer.

Lutheran Educators Conference - Book Hotel Rooms By Nov. 1

We are so excited for LEC 2023: Yesterday. Today. Forever. The conference will take place November 19-21 at the Town & Country Resort in San Diego, CA! 

Registration is now open! Please go to the registration website,, for all the information you need to begin the registration process. More details will be added over the next few weeks, so please check back often. 

Hotel registration is also open. Rooms need to be booked at the hotel no later than November 1 to ensure conference cost and availability. 

We look forward to seeing you all in San Diego!

Installation at Cardova Lutheran

Pastor Matt Peters was installed as pastor at Cordova Lutheran Church in Rancho Cordova, CA. The homily was delivered by Pastor Jason Bredeson, Trinity Lutheran Church, Sacramento. The liturgist was Pastor John Standley.

We thank God for this blessing and pray for the ministry of Pastor Peters and the Cordova congregation

School Spotlight: Zion Lutheran School - Terra Bella, California

Zion Lutheran School is one of the oldest Lutheran schools in the CNH District. Zion Lutheran Church started in 1909 and the school was added just a year later in 1910. They are nestled in the orange groves a few miles outside of Porterville, California. 

Zion is unique in a number of ways. First, it is the only rural school in the CNH District. Second, Zion is basically a two-room schoolhouse for students from Kindergarten through grade 6: K-3 in one classroom and 4-6 in the other room. Additionally, they are also a fairly small school with just 17 students this year. Due to their size, they can meet as an entire school for devotions at the start of each day! 

The pastor (and principal), Jacob Dandy, is a strong leader for the school, leading devotions and teaching religion classes. Besides Pastor Dandy, there are two other full-time teachers who are both new to Zion this year. The church community are very proud of their school ministry and the history that it has in the overall community. We celebrate the history and Gospel work of Zion Lutheran School!

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.

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.

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.

These conversations will feature an update on LSS activities to address homelessness and a Q&A time with Carol. Each will focus on different regions of the Northern California service area. 

(1) Redding/Shasta/Siskiyou, 2) San Francisco Bay Area,

3) Stockton/San Joaquin and 4) Sacramento).

The first conversation will feature Redding, Shasta County and Siskiyou County and take place on Friday, November 3, from 12:00-1:00pm. 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 at FYI: You are welcome to attend any of these conversations.

Fall Conference with Walter A. Maier III, Ph.D. at Lutheran Church of Our Savior

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.

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, 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.

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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