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March 12, 2024

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Jeopardy Night Coming UpThis Saturday - Join in the Fun

Are you 18 to 39ish years old and would enjoy the company of other area Lutheran (LCMS) young adults? Join Bay Area Lutheran Young Adults for ‘Jeopardy Night!’  Do you have what it takes? Dinner provided. 

What: Jeopardy Night

When: Saturday, March 16, 5:00 p.m.

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

For more information (or to RSVP), contact co-coordinators Michael McThrow or Nonso Mogor.  

Bay Area Lutheran Young Adults is an endeavor of Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Cupertino, California (LCMS).

LCMS 2023 Congregation Stats and Lay Leader Updates - Submit by Month End

All congregations should have received an email recently regarding the LCMS 2023 Statistics and Lay Leader Updates. The information is submitted through LISN which is found here: Please note: You will use the same login information that you used last year to register your presidential voters, not your login that you used for statistics in the past. If you cannot remember the username and/or password you created for your congregation last year, follow the on-screen helps on the login page to recover your login credentials.

If you would like a blank form emailed to you, contact Glenna Sanlis, [email protected]. This information is to be submitted to Synod by Sunday, March 31, 2024.

LWML CNH Convention This April - Early Bird Registration Ends 3/29

In less than two months, the LWML CNH 2024 Convention will commence in Redding, CA! It is set to be a wonderful event, with wonderful sisters of the LWML enjoying worship, bible study, mission speakers, great music, tasty food, and fellowship.

If you have not yet registered, please click the links below. You will need to print the registration form, complete both pages and mail it with a check for $85* to cover registration, plus the cost for the meals you wish to purchase. Hotel accommodation must be arranged directly with the Holiday Inn - call (530) 221-7500.

What: LWML CNH Convention

When: April 19 - 21, 2024

Where: Holiday Inn Convention Center, Redding, CA

All Convention Forms

Registration Form

*The early registration discounted price of $85 is ONLY available if postmarked by 3/29/2024.

One Mite to Go - Mites Year Ends March 31

LWML CNH has funded Grant #16, Gospel Outreach in Thailand $3,500 - Lutheran Hour Ministries! Only one grant to go for this year:  #17 - Indonesian Hymnal Project - $5,000, LCMS Office of International Mission, Asia Region.


The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Office of International Mission and the Indonesian Christian Lutheran Church (GKLI) have been coordinating the development of an explicitly Lutheran service book in Indonesia since October 2017. To date there is no quality service book available in Indonesia, let alone a quality Lutheran service book. The Indonesian Hymnal Project will open rich musical heritage in liturgy and hymns to all Indonesians; train congregations to think, sing, and speak theologically in Indonesian native tongue while strengthening their Gospel Proclamation in their communities; and be a vital tool for parents/grandparents to pass down the faith to their children and grandchildren. Funds from this grant help in publishing the Indonesian Hymnal.


Mites year ends March 31, 2024.

Multi-Asian Gathering at the Multiethnic Symposium

Registration is now open to attend the third annual Multi-Asian Gathering at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in conjunction with the Multiethnic Symposium. 

You will find more information by following the links below. For questions about the Multi-Asian Gathering email Pastor Terry Chan at [email protected].

Multi-Asian Gathering: Click here

Multiethnic Symposium: Click Here

Baptism Party at Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Santa Maria

From Pastor Allen Steinbeck, Interim Pastor,LCOS, Santa Maria:

A word going around at Lutheran Church of Our Savior (LCOS), Santa Maria is: “Since the Lord keeps sending us visitors, he must trust that we know what to do with them." It has been our privilege to welcome guests with open arms in the name of Jesus. On Sunday, March 10, LCOS had the joy of celebrating with 9 young children who received the life-giving water and word of Baptism. A number of smaller family units from one extended family joined together at the Font. What a blessing!

The Lord got this Baptism party started more than two decades ago, through the ministry of Pastor Ray Kringel at Grace Lutheran in Santa Maria, just a few miles north of LCOS. At Our Savior, God’s people were tremendously blessed through twenty three years of partnership with the loving and faithful (now retired) Pastor Steve Eckert. What a joy it is for a transitional interim pastor to witness the Lord at work through His people in the lives of their neighbors!

Holy Cross Trip to Cambodia

In February 2024, Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Los Gatos sent a team of 7 to Cambodia for a short-term mission trip. Holy Cross helps support the Cimas, who are LCMS missionaries in Phnom Penh, through the Together In Mission program. The purpose of the trip was to do several VBS programs, but also for team members to understand the culture and recent history of Cambodia.

It was a lot of work and very hot, but the trip was well worth the effort. They encourage other churches to reach out to missionaries and see how they might come along side them and their local Christians. It helped to build our faith to see the work that Christians around the world are doing to share God’s love and Word.

Click here to learn more about the ministry Holy Cross was able to provide!

LWML Faith Fair Oaks - The Power Of Pennies

Lutheran Women In Mission has celebrated over 80 years in carrying forth the LWML mission. Founded in 1942 and continuing to this day, they want to celebrate this wonderful organization. LWML now spans over 40 districts across the United States, which are then broken into zones. LWML Faith Fair Oaks wanted to add to the special memories of these lovely ladies that serve God with all their heart.

Click here to see how the LWML ladies of CNH District, Zone 19 carried on the LWML mission.

Another Opportunity for Debt Relief for Church Workers

There is exciting news from MinistryFOCUS, a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, helping called church workers reduce or eliminate the financial burden caused by education debt.

The attached press release shares news of recent grant awards to 55 LCMS called church workers located in 19 states. We encourage you to learn more about MinistryFOCUS, which helps church workers focus on ministry, not money.  

An Update on Concordia, Ann Arbor

The Michigan District is heartened by the unanimous decision of the Concordia University Wisconsin Ann Arbor Board of Regents to pause any dramatic changes to Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA) in the coming school year. The Board is committed to CUAA remaining open and continuing co-curriculars, athletics, and arts programs in 2024-2025 and prayerfully beyond.

We are glad that they have additionally put in place a way to study the possibility of CUAA again becoming an autonomous university within the Concordia University System (CUS). That will take much study, time, energy, and prayer.

Click here for more information.

New Tools From SAS Initiative

The LCMS Office of Pastoral Education has developed a Set Apart to Serve (SAS) toolkit that includes resources to help increase awareness of SAS

The content of the toolkit includes: a handout; presentation slide deck; presentation talking points, and FAQs, and it can be downloaded using this link: District Toolkit. For more information, go to

Click Here for Previous Articles, Issues And Events!

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.

District Resources

Click here for our International Mission Partners

Click here for the Board of Directors Minutes (Current through December 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 (February 2024)


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