April 22, 2021
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 
And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 5:1-2
Transforming lives and making the
Great Commission REAL!
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New This Week
Life Groups with Allen White
St. Johns Lutheran Church, Orange, CA will be hosting a Life Group Leader coaching session for all new and experienced Life group leaders on Saturday, May 15 at 9:00 m, via Zoom. Please join us as Allen White, Life Group Consultant, author, speaker, and trainer shares his knowledge and expertise on all things life groups. We are excited to dig deeper into creating healthy life groups in person and online, and growing our life group ministry. Allen also has two books available, “Leading Healthy Groups” and “Leading Online Small Groups”. For more information, please contact Deanne Zimpelmann at or check out the website.
Backpack Bonanza Thank You!
The California-Arizona-Nevada Collection Center of the Orphan Grain Train wishes to shout out a big THANK YOU to the PSD LWML ladies and all the congregations who participated in this joint effort to help the less fortunate. Your generous donations are truly appreciated.
Jesus Never Fails Free Resource For Sharing the Gospel
During these turbulent times, a central message that everyone needs to hear is “Jesus Never Fails!” And now, the Lutheran Heritage Foundation (a recognized service organization of the LCMS) has this short devotional booklet available at no cost to you in a variety of languages, for outreach to immigrants in your community or for short-term mission trips. English Edition (great for shut-ins and hospital visits). This booklet is also available in languages like Haitian Creole, Spanish, French, Swahili, Russian and Vietnamese. PDFs are available at; email your order for printed copies to
Next Week
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
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!
Previously Posted
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 may 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 Pacific Southwest, 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
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.
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 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
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 
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
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