April 15, 2019
Changes to the Pacifica Synod e-News 
We are pleased to share with you the following news, information and ministry opportunities taking place within our synod and throughout the ELCA. Beginning April 1, 2019 - our e-newsletter will be distributed semi-monthly in two separate issues. One issue will include Pacifica Synod and ELCA news items, along with prayer requests. The second issue will include ministry celebrations, events and opportunities, and positions within our synod and beyond.

If you have items to share about the ministries happening through your congregation, please email Terri Robertson at If you know of others who aren't receiving our emails, please share this with them and encourage them to sign up here.
Pacifica Synod News & Resources
Chrism Mass Services
Renewal of Ordination Vows - Encinitas - April 16
We thank St. Andrew's Episcopal Church for hosting this year's joint Episcopal-Lutheran (ELCA) gathering of clergy on the Tuesday of Holy Week. 

Tuesday, April 16
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
890 Balour Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024

Worship begins at 10:30 a.m.
Clergy are invited to vest - purple stoles
Lunch following
Please RSVP to Alyson Terry if you plan to stay for lunch (

We thank The Rev. Brenda Sol, Rector of St. Andrew's and Pastor Laura Ziehl of Bethlehem Lutheran Church (ELCA) for their gracious hospitality, and for sharing about the shared youth ministry of these two churches with us!

Why do we gather in Holy Week, when so many of us are stretched to the max? This gathering allows for bishops, priests, pastors and deacons to gather during one of the holiest and most demanding liturgical seasons of the Church Year. Together we join in worship with our brothers and sisters to contemplate Jesus' journey to the Cross. Together we are fed spiritually in the Eucharist, we renew our ordination vows, we receive the holy oils of chrism and unction blessed by our bishops (to bring back to our communities), and we break bread together.

Also called the Chrism Mass, this liturgy reminds us of our oneness in Christ. As clergy gather during Holy Week, we also remember the thousands of members of our diocese/synod in thanksgiving, praying that God continues to bless us to grow together as one Body in Christ's Name.

This event is brief and focused, so that all may quickly be on the road and return to their communities of faith.

Pacifica Synod Chrism Mass Service - April 17
All (rostered ministers and lay) are invited to be with us at the Lutheran Center for Mission & Learning in Santa Ana for our Synod Chrism Mass service as follows:

Wednesday, April 17
11:30 a.m.
Lutheran Center for Mission & Learning
1801 Park Court Place, Bldg. C, Santa Ana

This service will include worship, Holy Communion, Renewal of Vocation (a renewal of baptismal, ordination and consecration vows), and Blessing of the Oils. No RSVP is necessary. Chrism oils will be provided, however, please bring your own containers.  If you need Chrism oils prior to April 17, please contact the synod office.

32nd Annual Pacifica Synod Assembly
"Oh Lord, Open My Ears:
Listening for God While Listening to Others"
  Friday, May 10 to Saturday, May 11, 2019
  Hope Lutheran Church,  Palm Desert

Synod Assembly Online Registration Closes April 26
We are less than a month away from our 2019 Pacifica Synod Assembly that will take place May 10-11 at Hope Lutheran Church in Palm Desert. We are pleased to provide you with a registration information document and worksheet which you can download by clicking  this link . These instructions have also been mailed to each congregation. This information will guide you through our online registration process which is now open . Please use the worksheet to assemble the information you will need BEFORE you go online to register. Once you have your information assembled, follow this registration link to begin the registration process.

Online registration closes April 26. 
Discounted rates for the four participating hotels ends on April 24.
If you need other information about the assembly itself - hotel information, schedule, special guests, nominations, youth and young adult voting members, etc. - please visit the Synod Assembly page on our Pacifica Synod website.
If you have questions or need help with the registration process, please contact Terri Robertson at the synod office at 714.692.2791 or by email at

Pre-Assembly Reports (Assembly Notebook)
The 2019 Pacifica Synod Pre-Assembly Reports (a.k.a. Assembly Notebook) are now ready for download! The links to download the entire notebook or each section individually are posted on our Assembly web pageBe patient if you are downloading the full notebook as the file is quite large. Be sure to check your print settings to ensure they are set to print duplex (two-sided) and in color (if desired.) If you would like to save paper, you are encouraged to download the notebook file to your tablet, laptop, or other device to view during the assembly. For those who ordered and paid for a notebook, yours will be in the mail to you by April 15.

Budget and Resolutions Hearings by Video Conference - April 27
To better prepare yourself for discussion on Resolutions and the Synod Budget, once again this year there will be hearings offered prior to the assembly using video conference via Go To Meeting on Saturday, April 27th. There will be one session offered for each hearing, as follows:

Resolutions Hearing
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Budget Hearing
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Each session will last one hour and is limited to 25 participants. Registration in advance is required. To register, please contact Terri Robertson by email  at Once registered, you will be sent a link with further instructions. For those who wish to attend in person, you may do so at the Lutheran Center for Mission & Learning in Santa Ana.

Resolutions and the budget will be found in the Pre-Assembly materials, scheduled to be available for download around April 10, 2019.

Providing Assembly Hospitality
As is our tradition, we invite congregation members to bake and bring donations of cookies for our hospitality room at the assembly. These baked goods sustain our voting members and guests throughout our time together. This is a great way to involve those who can't be with us at the assembly. Your cookie donations may be sent with your voting members and dropped off at Hope Lutheran when they arrive. Thank you for your faithful baking!

Youth and Young Adult Voting Members
Following the 2011 Synod Assembly, the Pacifica Synod Council approved the addition of one voting member for each congregation who brought a youth (Confirmed through age 17) or young adult (ages 18-30) as a voting member to synod assemblies. Congregations are encouraged to seek out youth or young adults who may be willing to serve as voting members and include them in congregational registration and housing arrangements.

After worship ends on Friday evening, the Synod Youth Team will be hosting dinner together in the community. All youth attending the assembly are invited to be with us for this fellowship time. In order for us to plan for the meal, youth interested in participating are asked to make arrangements in advance by contacting Terri Robertson by May 1 by email at

Stewardship Kaleidoscope - Real Tools for Real Ministry
Pacifica Synod pastors, lay leaders, judicatory staff and anyone who is looking to learn more about stewardship in today's church context are encouraged to attend this conference that will take place September 30 - October 2, 2019 in San Diego.

For more information or to register, visit

Questions? Contact Tom Goellrich at .

Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities

April update from Pacifica Synod's AMMPARO Network:

AMMPARO is planning a trip to Tijuana, MX on June 7. We will make a visit to Casa Migrantes, Instituto Madre Asunta, among other places where we will encounter the experience of those who serve, and those who have come to the border in search of safety. Afterwards, we usually eat together as we close the day, at a local restaurant that serves up delicious food. 

Please contact Pr. Nate Allen ( if you are interested in attending. Please also indicate if you would be willing to drive a group around for the day. We are always grateful for your participation!

NOTE:  Through the end of February, AMMPARO has raised $8,017 to support the ministries at Instituto Madre Asunta. Because of your giving, IMA is better able to financially support their teacher, and (!!!) they are closer to being able to make additions to the space there, to accommodate their students. Their goal is $32,000. Thank you for enabling their ministry!

AMMPARO encourages all youth groups and youth to make an mission trip/excursion to Tijuana this summer with AMMPARO. From July 31 until August 2 (Wednesday - Friday), AMMPARO has planned an excursion to broaden awareness and experience of our young people in the church. The aim of this trip is to provide an opportunity to engage in ministry and learning with AMMPARO, as our work for our neighbors seeking refuge and asylum is work for many hands, hearts, and abilities. Overnights will be at Casa del Migrante. Pastors Nathan Allen and Karla Halvorson will chaperone, and other chaperones are welcome. More details are forthcoming. If your church has interest in taking part, please contact Pastor Nate Allen.

For more updates, visit the Pacifica Synod AMMPARO Network web page.
Thrivent Builds Worldwide with Habitat for Humanity
Build Opportunity in Budapest, Hungary - June 22 to 30, 2019
Join Lynn and Gerry Marecek (members of King of Glory Lutheran in Fountain Valley) as they lead a build team to the beautiful and historic city of Budapest, Hungary where the team will renovate municipality owned, run-down and vacant apartment buildings. You can make a world of difference for a family, by providing a "hand up" by working with them to build a simple, affordable, and decent home.

Change the life of families in Hungary and your life will be changed as well.  A wonderful team is coming together and there is a space for YOU on this team!  
Please join us!!!

For more info, contact team leader Lynn Marecek at or 714.393.6642.
Lutheran Social Services - Lutheran Night at Dodger Stadium
All tickets must be purchased by June 1 by visiting 

All tickets purchased by the deadline will be guaranteed in our reserved Lutheran Night Section.  There is also a dedicated link that allows you to select your exact seat location, regardless of group size, so that any combination of family and friends can sit together.

For additional questions or info please contact Daniella Baltazar at 323.224.1594 or by email at
ELCA News & Resources
From the Presiding Bishop - "All Created Things"
In her April column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that "we-all created things-are family." As Earth Day nears on April 22, we should be "especially mindful of the gift of creation and our place in it." 

Read her column in English at and in Spanish at .

ELCA Church Council approves measures addressing sexism, embracing authentic diversity
The Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) met at the Lutheran Center in Chicago April 4-7. The council, which serves as the ELCA's board of directors, took action on a variety of matters designed to help move the church's mission and ministries forward.

Council members voted to recommend to the 2019 Churchwide Assembly adoption of the proposed social statement "Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Lutheran Call to Action" and the related implementing resolutions. They expressed appreciation to the task force and churchwide staff for their six years of service in development of the social statement. The ELCA 2019 Churchwide Assembly will meet in Milwaukee Aug. 5-10.

The council also recommended to the 2019 Churchwide Assembly the report and recommendations of the task force for strategic authentic diversity. This is in response to actions taken by the 2016 Churchwide Assembly directing the Church Council to develop a strategy to equip congregations and synods to work toward becoming a more authentically diverse church.

The council declined to consider "Trustworthy Servants of the People of God" and referred the document to the ELCA Domestic Mission unit for further review and redrafting. This document is intended to replace "Vision and Expectations," which outlines expectations the church has for rostered ministers. In their recommendation the council stated that further consideration of the document should involve a process that includes diverse voices from across the church. The council requested quarterly reports on the process and a draft for consideration by the fall 2020 meeting. Visitors to Church Council were invited to participate in conversations on "Trustworthy Servants of the People of God" during a committee meeting held prior to the council plenary session.

For a full report of April Church Council business items, click here.

Portico Benefits Services News
News from your Portico Regional Representative, Andrea Arey

ELCA Primary Health Plan Members Getting Jump Start on Earning 2019 Wellness Dollars
For those of you who are on the ELCA Primary Health Plan and have not started earning your wellness dollars you can start today and join the 29% of eligible plan members and 19% of eligible spouses who have already begun using the 2019 Live Well Tool. Get started.

Portico Recognized for Innovating to Improve Health, Rein in Costs
Portico Benefit Services recently received a 2018 Church Benefits Association (CBA) Innovation Award for adding initiatives that have delivered impressive member health improvements, higher member satisfaction scores, and notable health plan savings.  The CBA includes about 50 member organizations, like Portico, that manage retirement and health benefits for a total of 250,000 churchworkers of various denominations. Twenty-one CBA members vied for one of four inaugural Innovation Awards. Read the story.

Social Impact First Investment Continues to Deliver
Portico's 2016 social impact first (SIF) investment made through Impax Asset Management continued to deliver valuable environmental impact in 2017.
Impax, a global stock investment manager, is making a world-wide difference by investing in companies that employ measurable positive environmental strategies, including wind farms, solar technology, and wastewater-reduction and -treatment techniques. The strategy for Portico's Impax investment is long-term growth, achieved by investing in these cleaner, more energy-efficient markets. Get the details.

Resources for Faith Formation - Christian Education Network
The Christian Education Network of the ELCA includes both professional and diversely gifted volunteers who are involved in lifelong faith formation ministries through congregations and many of our ELCA and partner organizations in a variety of roles. CENetwork members are linked by our mission to support one another in our callings so "...that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love..." (Col. 2:2)  To read more about the CENetwork, please click  here .

In support of the ELCA initiative "Living our Baptism: Five Gifts of Discipleship," the Christian Education Network of the ELCA is curating resources on their website  

New resources for people of all ages and learning styles are available along with links to other sites.  Just click on the "Living Our Baptism tab on their website.  In addition, check out their Facebook group, where you can post questions and share resources!  Mentoring opportunities also are available.

ELCA Publications 

Seeds for the Parish - Winter 2019

ELCA Administration Matters - March 2019 

ELCA Advocacy Connections - April 2019

Prayer Requests
We ask that you hold the following people and congregations in prayer:  
  • The family of Pastor Charles Endter
In our synod e-newsletter,  prayer requests may be shared for our synod's rostered ministers, spouses, key lay leaders and congregations.

 Prayer requests included are subject to the following guidelines:
  • Only the names of those to be prayed for will be included in our communications. Additional information (with permission) may be shared with the bishop or synod staff, but will not be publicized.
  • Those being prayed for must have provided the requester with explicit permission for their names to be shared with the synod.
  • Names will remain in the synod communications for one month, unless we are notified by the Conference Prayer Coordinator to extend the request.
  • Prayers MUST be added through your Conference Prayer Coordinator, who will submit the prayers to the synod office for distribution.
The following people are serving as your Conference Prayer Coordinators:
E. San Diego Conference - The Rev. Richard Vevia -
W. San Diego Conf - The Rev. Karen Marohn -
Harvest Conference - The Rev. David Jorstad -
Raincross Conference - The Rev. Linda Brown -
Big Bear Conference - The Rev. Scottie Lloyd -
Saddleback Conference - The Rev. Brenda Bos -
Son & Surf Conference - The Rev. Brian Taylor -
Rejoice Conference - The Rev. Cate Luehr -
Hukilau Conference - The Rev. Kathryn Zurcher -