April 15, 2021
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.
Abide in my love.

John 15:9
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Great Commission REAL!
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New This Week
Mission Training Center
Is your congregation in need of well-trained leaders such as Small Group Leaders, Bible Study Leaders, Elders, or Lay Deacons? Or perhaps you maybe be looking for training for your own personal growth? Mission Training Center (MTC) provides the foundation needed for God’s Mission through training that is centered in the Bible and taught through the lens of God’s Mission.

MTC is a partnership of the Northwest, California-Nevada-Hawaii Districts of the LCMS and Concordia University-Irvine.

Upcoming Courses:

MTC005 Interpreting Scripture
May 1 - June 26 — Saturdays, 8-10 AM (Pacific) (No class May 29)
Rev. Dr. Robin Dugall — 16 Hours/8 Weeks ($300)
SED COHORT: MTC019-SED Lutheran Worship: Its Roots and Meaning
May 4-25 — Tuesdays, 7-9 PM (Eastern)
Dr. Claire Partlow — 8 Hours/4 Weeks ($150)
MTC006 Missional Church and Outreach
June 3-24 — Thursdays, 6-8 PM (Pacific)
Rev. Dr. Paul Mueller — 8 Hours/4 Weeks ($150)
MTC015 Knowing and Engaging Your Community
June 7-28 — Mondays, 6-8 PM (Pacific)
Instructor TBA — 8 Hours/4 Weeks ($150)
Register Here!
To register online go to
For more information contact us at
Call Day Services
Call Day 2021 is quickly approaching. All are invited to "attend" these services virtually. Watch online as future vicars, interns, deaconesses and pastors at our two world-class LCMS seminaries learn where they will serve God's people next.

Call Day services at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW)

Vicarage and Deaconess Internship Assignment Service
Monday, April 26, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. (EDT)

Candidate Call Service
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. (EDT)

Services for Call Day 2021 at CTSFW will be streamed online through Facebook and the seminary's Daily Chapel page. For more information about Call Day 2021 at CTSFW, visit

Call Day services at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (CSL)

Assignment of Vicarages & Internships
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 3:00 p.m. (CDT)

Assignment of Calls
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 7:00 p.m. (CDT)

Services for Call Day 2021 at CSL will be streamed online at
Alpine Europe Tour with Dr. Michael Thomas
Mark your calendars and reserve your spot to join Concordia University Irvine President Dr. Michael Thomas on a tour of Alpine Europe in the summer of 2022. The tours will include a stop at the famous Passion Play of Oberammergau. Learn More
Free Organ
Risen Savior Lutheran Church has a free organ for any church. A Lawry MX-2 model organ is free to any church, just have to pick it up in Chandler, AZ (15 miles from Phoenix). Call Verla at 480-883-2762 for details or questions.
Free Breakfast and LCMS Community Conference
Sharing the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ does not have to be stressful while trying to memorize long outlines or sales pitches. We invite you to listen to Dr. Espinosa as he presents a “triangle” from God’s Word that leads to engaging others for Christ: Perspective, People, and Place on Saturday, May 22, 8:00-11:00 am at Christ Lutheran Church, Brea, CA. It is an approach that focuses on loving people, and then just speaking simple truth in application to where people are at. All of this done while also understanding the secularism of our culture today. Rev. Alfonso Espinosa holds a Ph.D. in Theology and M.A. in Christian Apologetics. Faith That Engages the Culture book will be available to purchase at the event for a special conference price of $10. Event Details
LCMS Youth Gathering Update
The Gathering registration fee is set as $395 per youth. This fee does not include hotel, travel, and meal costs. Registration will open in October 2021.

For information regarding registrations, the Gathering's COVID response, and more please visit

We know this is a very different season of life and ministry. If the District can be of any help as you plan for your youth to attend the Gathering (or if you have any prayer requests) please contact the PSD District Coordinator, Laura Bredehoft at
Lutheran World Relief Virtual World Tour
Lutheran World Relief invites your congregation to go on a world tour with a virtual adult forum. Through videos and stories, the team at Lutheran World Relief is ready to take your congregation around the world and show you how your love is at work through rooftop farming in India, quilt and kit distributions in Lebanon, keeping our neighbors safe from COVID-19 in Africa, and much more. Staff are available to visit via live Zoom or prerecorded video.
Previously Posted
Free Legal Workshop:
Equality Act and Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Laws
On Friday, April 23, 9:00 am – 10:30 am, Ron Van Blarcom will be sharing a Zoom workshop for Pastors and Administrators titled “The Equality Act and the Expansion of Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity (SOGI) Laws”. Ron Van Blarcom has been a practicing California lawyer for over 30 years and, since 2009, he has served as in-house General Counsel to Concordia University. Irvine. CA. In service to the University, he has been directly involved in Title IX, discrimination and religious freedom issues. There is no charge to attend this workshop, however we do need you to register to attend to send the Zoom link to you. Please register attendance using this form.
Free Webinar: 6 Types of Working Genius
Leadership can be overwhelming and frustrating, but it can also be the adventure of a lifetime. That's why the ULC exists - to empower leaders to multiply missional impact by connecting the dots between leadership, theology, and ministry strategy. ULC will host a free live webinar once a month with special guest speakers.

Free Webinar - April 28th, 11:00 am PDT
Join Jack, Jake & Tim as they explore Patrick Lencioni's 6 Types of Working Genius model for helping your ministry place the right person in the right seat! All of these six types are required to get things done. None of us are good at all of them, but everyone is good at at least two! LIVE Q&A! RSVP today!
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"New" Stained Glass at Standing Stones Retreat Center

This 106-year-old stained glass window, originally from a church in Madison, Minnesota that has been in storage for 50 years, was recently installed in the outdoor chapel of the Prayer Garden at the Standing Stones Retreat Center near Wickenburg, Arizona. 

Standing Stones Retreat Center is the home of the Shepherd's Canyon Retreat ministry.
Equipped 2021 Jr. High Camp
The theme for this year’s JH Camp is Equipped. 2 Timothy 3:17 says, “so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” At camp this year, we will explore and respond to God’s Word by feeling fully, thinking critically, and doing justly. Jesus is far and away our best example of this: he felt with his heart when he had compassion; he reasoned with his head when he confronted evil, apathy, and pride; he used his hands to heal people and extend mercy to them.

JH Camp will be held May 27-30 at Tonto Rim Christian Camp in Payson, AZ. Registration information is available at
Our goal at JH Camp is for all of us to be much more equipped to feel, think, and do like Jesus did. We’ll do this through lots of experiential learning, meaningful messages, and intentional processing of ideas with peers and adult leaders. For more information, please contact DCE Dave Minster at 
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