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August 15, 2023

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Support the Disaster Relief Efforts in Maui

While the following article is focused on the present disaster impacting Lahaina on the Island of Maui in Hawaii, the suggestions provided are applicable to disaster help no matter when or where it might occur.

Click here for the article.

If you would like to know more or to schedule a Lutheran Early Response Team training event for the congregations in your area, please contact CNH District Disaster Response Coordinator, Rev (em) Phil Zabell

LERT Training in Calvary LC, Oroville - Registration Closes Today

Last call from CNH District Response Coordinator, Pastor Phil Zabell:

In order to allow enough time for LCMS Disaster Response in St. Louis to gather and ship class materials, 8/15 (today) is the deadline for event registration on If you are reading this too late to accomplish the registration, please call/text me at 530-520-1458. I will see what I can do to include you in the class roster.

Anyone wishing to be an instrument of God’s mercy to the survivors of a disaster and wanting to do so as part of a LERT team must take the Basic LERT training. One such training is being offered just shy of two weeks from now as noted above.

Click here to learn more about the training being held on Saturday, August 26 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Oroville.

Last Week to Help Provide Backpacks and School Supplies

Lutheran Social Services of Northern California serves many families with children, providing housing and support services to help them stabilize their lives after homelessness. These very low income families are constantly struggling to make ends meet, pay their bills and provide the basics for their children. But we know that education is a primary way to guide individuals out of homelessness and poverty into stability.

Lutheran Social Services requests your assistance to give the children we serve opportunity to make powerful lives for themselves and start off their school year with backpacks and necessary school supplies. They need 100 backpacks for students in all grades! To view their Target wish list, click here. Items may be shipped directly to LSS of Northern California, 1465 Civic Ct Ste 810, Concord, CA 94521, or collect them at your parish, and they'll arrange a pick-up. The deadline is August 21, 2023. Questions? Click here to contact them. Thank you for making a positive difference in the lives of vulnerable children in your community.

LWML CNH Women's Retreat in 10 Days - Register Now

The LWML CNH is hosting a Women's Retreat at the ECCO Retreat Center in Oakmont, CA. Join your sisters-in-Christ for a relaxing weekend of fun, renewal and inspiration!

What: LWML CNH Retreat

When: August 25-27, 2023

Where: Episcopal Conference Center Oakhurst (ECCO), 43803 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

Questions:  Contact Cathey King at 209-996-5464 or via email

For more information and to register:

Installation at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Honolulu, HI

The installation of Rev. Bob Mabry took place at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday, August 13th at 4pm. We began with a prayer for our brothers and sisters on Maui who were affected by the wildfires.

Pastor Jeff Mueller (Waikoloa Lutheran Church), former pastor of Good Shepherd preached on God's Wooly Wonders. The Palauan Lutheran church sang and the congregations enjoyed an amazing potluck.

Pictured from left to right: Clarence DeLude (Waianae Lutheran Mission), Lloyd Willweber (retired), Christian Rasmussen (Our Redeemer), Stephen Becker (Trinity), Bob Mabry (Good Shepherd), Uchel Naito (Palauan) and Jeff Mueller (Waikoloa Lutheran). 

Installation at Lutheran Church of Prayer in Bakersfield, CA

Pastor Dwayne Hendricks was installed Sunday, August 6 at Lutheran Church of Prayer in Bakersfield,CA. He joins two of his former seminary classmates, Jacob Dandy and Ben Schrank in the Bakersfield Circuit.  The circuit and the Lutheran Church of Prayer gave him a warm welcome.

Pictured here are CNH President Michael Lange and brothers of the circuit.

Kingdom Wins - Baptisms at St. Mark in Santa Rosa

From Pastor Gerloff: In May, I found 7 people (members, friends of the church, friends of friends) who had not yet been baptized. As I started making plans for the baptisms, I came across 3 more people who had never been baptized, so I added them to the “list” too. To encourage our congregation, I announced that we were trying to schedule 10 baptisms. The planning for them did not go smoothly, and it became spiritually obvious that Satan was working hard to discourage the baptisms.

Click here to learn how God's Kingdom still wins!

LCMS Campus Ministry - Chico State University

Colleges and universities will be starting up again in less than three weeks. If you know a student who will be attending Chico State University this year,there is a campus ministry available to them through Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Contact Pastor Brennan DeForest at or 801-910-6937 for more information. And if your student is not attending Chico State, click here to help them find a campus ministry chapter.

Retreat Ministry at Shepherd's Canyon

A special retreat from October 31-November 4 is planned for clergy couples who are dealing with prodigal sons and daughters. The retreat will be led by Rev. Dr. Mark Hannemann, LPC, LMHP, CLC and Jill Dodge, LCSW, a long-time Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat Counselor. 

The cost for this 4-day retreat will be $1000 p/person plus travel. Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat will arrange transportation from the Phoenix airport. This retreat is limited to only four couples. 

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Upcoming retreats are scheduled for September 18-24, October 9-16, and November 6-13. All of these retreats are available. Scholarship funds are available as well.


If any CNH pastors and wives would like to attend, we ask that they contact the CNH office. We (CNH District) can scholarship the first two couple's tuition, room and board for the retreat. Air or car travel to Phoenix will be at the couple’s expense.

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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 David Shoemaker, pastor emeritus, Sonora, CA, was called to glory on Monday, July 31, 2023. A private Celebration of Faith will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2023, which would have been the Shoemakers’ 61st wedding anniversary.

Pastor Philip Ilten, pastor emeritus, Arroyo Grande, CA, was called to the arms of Jesus on Thursday, August 3, 2023. Funeral arrangements are pending.

District Resources

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

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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 (June - July 2023)


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