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August 29, 2023

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Discernment Event for Transitional Interim Ministry

What is Transitional Interim Ministry, Really?

Is This a Ministry For Me?

How Do I Get Started?


What: Online Workshop

When: Tue, September 12, 1-3 PM CDT (11-1 PDT)

Click here t0 register for livestream participation.

For more information, click here.

Limited to 15 participants per workshop - Intended primarily for Pastors and / District Leaders.

Ongoing Compassionate Care: Emmanuel, Maui

Three weeks ago, the lives of the people on Maui were profoundly impacted by fires. Day by day, often imperceptibly, hope and healing are returning.

Click here for more information rom Rev. (em) Phil Zabell, DDRC, on the ministry currently progressing in Maui.

Click here for reflections from First VP, Rev.

Mitch Gowen.

Click here for a letter with updates from District President Mike Lange.” 

Pictured above are Emmanuel leaders and staff flanked by Kathy O’Day from Lutheran Church Charities and Rev. Rod Hall, former pastor at St. Mark’s Sunnyvale and licensed counselor. 

Meet Our Speaker for This Year’s Pastors’ Conference

Rev. John Arthur Nunes, PhD, is a Lutheran pastor in Santa Monica, California and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Religion, Culture, and Democracy. He has served as the President of Concordia College New York, as the President and CEO of Lutheran World Relief, and as a professor at Valparaiso University.


Remember to register before September 15th.

Click here to register.

What: CNH District Pastors' Conference

When: Monday, October 9, 1:00 PM PDT - Tuesday, October 10, 1:00 PM PDT

Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton, 101 McInnis Pkwy, San Rafael, CA 89502  

Loan Forgiveness Program

The CNH Loan Forgiveness Program helps newly graduated LCMS Seminary or Concordia University students, who are placed in the CNH District for their first call, to pay down their student loans.

Click here for an informational brochure.

Click here for the application. The application deadline is October 15, 2023. (Because October 15 falls on a Sunday this year, applications will be accepted through Monday, October 16.) Contact Kathryn Plott ( if you have questions.

Sierra Lutheran High School “Anti-School Days” Begin New School Year

Sierra Lutheran High School in Carson City, Nevada began their new school this past week with a record enrollment of 162 students, which includes 56 freshmen. To start the year, the staff and students spent two days last week in what Executive Director Patrick Maynard calls “Anti-School Days”. The staff and students spend time in worship and activities that build relationships before a lot of the focus turns to academics and the routine of high school life. 

In order to do this, the school brought in Adam Countryman of LCMS Youth Gathering fame and Jonathan Brandenburg from LINC Southern California to lead worship and a spiritual focus to start the new year. The third day, the students had a chapel that included the installation and commissioning of a new teacher, followed by a quick rotation through the students’ scheduled classes, and finally a cook-out with Patrick Maynard doing the grilling! May God bless the ministry of Sierra Lutheran and give them a successful school year!

Continuing Education Course Well Received

For three days (8/15 to 8/17), a dozen pastors from several LCMS districts and from various church bodies attended the Continuing Education Course offered by Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN, and hosted by Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Cupertino, CA: “Who Is Jesus? Confronting Current Christological Controversy." The visiting professor was Rev. Dr. Charles A. Gieschen. Events included study, worship, camaraderie, and a cookout.

Mission Training Center Upcoming Classes

Learn to actively and confidently participate in God’s mission of reaching the lost with the Good News of salvation through Jesus. Take one or more classes to help you orient each of your vocations to that goal. Or, if you are seeking certification within your district or RSO as a Lay Deacon or other ministry position that uses MTC classes to complete its program requirements, visit our Tracks & Resources page or your organization for more information.

Click here for a schedule of classes.

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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. Therefore, we have created a new memorial notification section in the InTouch. 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.

Pastor Philip Ilten, pastor emeritus, Arroyo Grande, CA, was called to the arms of Jesus on Thursday, August 3, 2023. The memorial service for Rev. Ilten will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2pm at Peace Lutheran Church, 244 Oak Park Blvd., Arroyo Grande, CA.

The memorial service for Rev. Ilten will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2pm at Peace Lutheran Church, 244 Oak Park Blvd., Arroyo Grande, CA.

District Resources

Click here for our International Mission Partners

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


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