July 1, 2021
Transforming lives and making the
Great Commission REAL!
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New This Week
PSD Fall Pastors' Conference - Registration Now Open!
Mark your calendars now for the 2021 Fall Pastors’ Conference taking place from Monday, October 4 through Wednesday, October 6. This year’s conference will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix/Scottsdale in Arizona.

We are looking for someone to organize a golf tournament.
If you are interested in helping in this way, please contact Kelly DeJongh at And if you would like to be an Exhibitor, please click here to be redirected to the Exhibitor Registration page.

Registration Now Open - Register Today!
PSD Continuing Education Conference
The 2021 PSD Continuing Education Conference will be on Sunday, October 3 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Scottsdale, AZ. This ½ day conference will begin with lunch and fellowship at 12:30pm and will end about 5 pm. Our guest speaker will be Rev. Jon Bjorgaard speaking on the topic Keys to Having a Successful Mission and Ministry in a Post-COVID World.  

Early Bird Registration: $10.00, if you register by August 31
Registration After August 31: $25.00
Last day to register is Friday, September 24. 

Register Today

Please click here to be redirected to the CE Conference Registration website. 
Summer Reading List for Church Workers
The summer is in full swing and church workers are going on vacation or kicking back a little. Some of you may go to the beach toting a romance novel or maybe you will visit a lake or forest and take along an action novel for pure escape. But this might be a time to read something you have on your bookshelf or a book you heard about but never got around to reading related to ministry or the Christian life. If you are looking for something different this summer, perhaps one of these books will interest you.
Youth Gathering
Young Adult Volunteer Applications Open July 2021
Encourage young adults in your congregation to apply to be a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) at the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering in Houston, TX!

This position serves as role models and servant leaders while working in all corners of the Gathering. These teams are also a place where YAVs meet other Young Adults as they are supported physically, mentally, and spiritually. Learn more and apply at
St. Paul Homecoming Worship & Picnic
You are invited to celebrate with St. Paul Lutheran Church, Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, August 8. Worship at 11:00 am followed by a church picnic at 1:00 pm. There will be food, games, jumpers, fellowship and so much more. Bring your family, friends and your favorite dish. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Jeffrey Afflalo at 323-842-0215 or at
Pastor Day at Concordia University
Concordia University Irvine's Pastor Day is returning this year! All Pastor's and DCE's are welcome to join us on campus, Friday, September 17. Questions? Email Additional info will be sent in mid-August.
Previously Posted
Thank You from the CMC!
Thank you to the Pacific Southwest District for hosting a barbeque dinner for the Cross-Cultural Ministry Center at Concordia-Irvine (CMC). It was good to take a break from the studies and spend some time fellowshipping and visiting with the three district Presidents Gibson (PSD), Lange (CNH), and Linnemann (NW). Thank you to all those who were involved in organizing and preparing this incredible dinner (Holy Smokers bbq!) and time together! And a thank you to the congregations, mentor pastors, and families who have given up their vicars and husbands/fathers during these three weeks. It is such a valuable and important time of learning and growing in theology and as a community.
Two Cars Needed
Salam Ministries, reaching Arabic-speaking and Muslim communities in SoCal, is in need of two cars. One for a member of their community that needs to get back and forth to work and another for their ministry. If you have an extra car you're not using and would like to donate, it will be put to a very good use. If you can help, please email
Decorate Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade Floats
Registration is now open!  Join us and help to support and make possible the only Christian float in the parade. The 2022 Tournament of Roses parade theme is Dream Achieve Believe and our float is titled Jesus Teaches. The float features Jesus with 12 modern day disciples in a lush, woodland setting. They are surrounded by books of Jesus’ teachings; trail markers noting attributes that guide our daily lives including joy, peace, love and kindness; and a cross firmly fixed to solid rock. LHM invites viewers to experience the hope and love found in Jesus, as well as join the Petal Pushers®, a volunteer group that decorates 8 to 10 Rose Parade floats annually.
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