SYNOD & ELCA NEWS & NOTES
July 3, 2019
We are pleased to share with you the following news, information and ministry opportunities taking place within our synod and throughout the ELCA. Our e-newsletter is distributed semi-monthly in two separate issues. One issue includes Pacifica Synod and ELCA news items, along with prayer requests. The second issue contains 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  terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org. 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
Synod Directory of Congregations and Ministers
For an updated PDF listing of Pacifica Synod congregations and ministers, listed alphabetically by city, please  click  here. Please send updates and/or corrections by email to  carolyoungman@pacificasynod.org  or contact the synod office at 714.692.2791.
Now Accepting Applications for 2019-2020 Agape House Faith and Vocation Fellowship!
Are you or do you know a young adult in the San Diego area who could benefit from a year of discernment and hands-on experience working in the community? The Agape House at San Diego State University has spots left for our 2019-2020 Faith and Vocation Fellowship cohort and would love to hook them up! This is a 10 hour-a-week volunteer position (with a living stipend) and includes mentoring and time with a peer cohort. Fellowships start in September. It is an AMAZING and powerful program. Fellows must be willing to work in church settings in the San Diego area but can be from any faith/spiritual/philosophical background. For a description of the position, click here . For more information or to nominate a young adult, please contact Dr. Melissa James at agapedeaconsdsu@gmail.com .

Welcome Ministry of El Cajon and  The Homeless and Justice Network of the ELCA
From the Rev. Dr. David L. Madsen - I am the Mission Developer for Welcome Ministry of El Cajon, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit Corporation. Welcome Ministry is a Synodical Authorized Worshipping Community of the Pacifica Synod, ELCA. I am also an Episcopal Priest and serve as Rector at St. Albans Episcopal Church in El Cajon. Welcome Ministry proclaims the hope and love of a gracious God to all people, especially the refugee and the homeless. We are an ecumenical outreach of worship, mercy, and justice to the immigrant, refugee, asylee seeker and unsheltered homeless of San Diego East County. Welcome Ministry has two divisions. Welcome Church-A Church Without Walls began in 2016 in Wells Park, El Cajon with a holy Eucharist service followed by a "church picnic". The Joy Knight Memorial Refugee Task Force or Joy Force, develops trusting one on one relationships with refugees/asylees, unsheltered and economically vulnerable people who desire to improve their quality of life.

We practice direct engagement. We are involved in ministry that transforms lives dramatically, engages in direct confrontation when necessary, meets the needs of the hungry and the impoverished, and embraces ecumenical brothers and sisters in shared mission. We are blessed with Churchwide and synodical support, engaged with ecumenical partners and foundations. We are gifted with a variety off volunteer leaders who reflect transformation and peace in their lives.

Welcome Ministry is part of the Homeless and Justice Network of the ELCA. Videos of specific ministries of the Homeless and Justice Network of the ELCA give a glimpse of how these ministries work in creative and practical ways in specific areas of the country, and how they work together under a common dream and vision. They are introductory clips that give a picture of types of ministries that include Mission Developers from the West Coast to the East Coast and ministries throughout the USA. A playlist of these videos may be found here. The Network is directly connected in close partnership with the Domestic Mission Unit of the ELCA. Together they do the work that God has called them to do among God's people through radical relationships that include opening doors, softening hearts, embracing diversity, and telling the stories of all whom God made good. 

The Homeless and Justice Network of the ELCA recently met in Chicago for education, presenting their program through Churchwide. The Network is a coalition of ministries called to serve with people on the margins who are struggling with homelessness, poverty, and justice issues. This unique network is a ministry with, rather than for those experiencing poverty, homelessness and injustice. The network believes that all of God's children deserve an opportunity to gather and be the church together; in the walls or outside the walls. The H&J Network gathers together the pastors, mission developers, and leaders of these ministries to connect, refuel, bring new ideas to the table, share the stories that ignite passion, and equip leaders from within so as we stand on the margins with Jesus; all are included. This was in part, our work in Chicago with Churchwide.

I-LERT Summer Safety for Seniors


For a PDF version of this flyer to share with your congregation, please click here.
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 www.stewardshipkaleidoscope.org.

Questions? Contact Tom Goellrich at tomgoellrich@pacificasynod.org .



Lutheran Social Services Project Hand Fundraising Effort
Lutheran Social Services Southern California (LSS) is initiating a GoFundMe Campaign to raise funds for Project Hand, their pantry located on the campus of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Chula Vista.  Project Hand has been serving the greater San Diego area for over 70 years.

LSS currently engaged in a funding effort to raise $50,000 for the purpose of keeping this pantry open and filled with food. They have operated on a deficit for generations, and thus need everyone's help to make contact with as many people and organizations as possible.

Here's how you can help:
  • Go to https://www.gofundme.com/project-hand and become familiar with the campaign.
  • Be one of the first to make a donation of any amount to this cause.
  • Forward the link and flyer to people in your network and share on your social media.
  • Please print, cut and insert the side by side flyer in your church bulletin or post this full page flyer shown below (available in English and Spanish).
Donations Needed - Old Sundays and Seasons Resources
Trinity Lutheran in Riverside  helps support the Revs. Eric and Wendolyn Trozzo, who are ELCA missionaries serving in Malaysia. Recently, Pastor Kent Tuohino received the message below from Pastor Wendolyn:

"As part of my Masters thesis, I've been teaching local pastors how to use more of the traditional liturgy in worship, and how to educate their congregation about the meaning and practice of different parts of worship. (Here it's mostly songs-sermon-offering-done!) Today I showed a group of pastors my 2008 copy of Sundays and Seasons Year B. Then I got a bunch of texts asking where the pastors can buy it!

My mother-in-law is coming to visit us at the end of July. I was wondering if you could see if any Lutheran pastors/congregations near you have old copies of Sundays & Seasons that you could send with her. The pastors can make use of old versions and I am going to tell them about the online Augsburg Fortress set up. But if we tried to mail books there's no guarantee they would make it through customs, so sending in my mother-in-law's bags would be easiest. They were really thrilled to see this resource - there is so little available to pastors here for worship planning."

If your congregation has old copies of Sundays and Seasons that you are willing to donate to be shared with  pastors in Malaysia, please contact Pastor Kent by July 15 at 951.682.1350 or by email at pastor@trinityriverside.org. You may also drop them by the Synod office (prior to July 15). Thank you in advance for your help!

Save the Dates
Mark your calendars now for the following upcoming events this fall:


October 21-24, 2019
Embassy Suites, La Quinta

A joint church leaders' event (a theological oasis):
Rostered leaders, professional lay church staff, youth leaders, church administrators, office managers, outdoor ministry leaders, worship leaders... ALL are welcome!

This year's theme:
"Unleashing the Saints"
Watch our promo video here!

Visit our Theoasis web page for updated information as it becomes available.


Workshop for Congregational Treasurers & Administrators

Saturday, October 12, 2019 
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Lutheran Center for Mission & Learning 
1801-C Parkcourt Place, Santa Ana 

$10 per person, includes refreshments, lunch and all materials.

Visit our workshop web page for updated information as it becomes available.

Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities

Upcoming AMMPARO Events:
July 31 - August 2  (Wednesday - Friday): AMMPARO encourages all  youth groups and youths  to make an  mission trip/excursion  to Tijuana this summer with AMMPARO. 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 de Migrante. Pastors Nathan Allen and Karla Halvorson will chaperone, and other chaperones are welcome. Projects and other details are in the works. If your church has interest in taking part, please contact either Pastor Nate or Pastor Karla ( pastor.nate@clairemontlc.org ) ( pastorkarlasmlc@sbcglobal.net ), or simply reply to this email.

For more updates, visit the Pacifica Synod AMMPARO Network web page.

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ELCA News & Resources
From the Presiding Bishop
We belong to the Truth.
In her July column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton asks: "How do we live as people of Truth in a time of spin?" In deep humility, profound gratitude and real joy.

Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2NrsO6H and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2JaSfDS

CHICAGO (June 6, 2019) - The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has convened ELCA ecumenical and inter-religious partners in a statement addressing concerns over the well-being of children who cross the U.S. border seeking safety from danger and threats in their home countries. You may read the full statement here .
ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering 2020


July 20-23, 2020
Phoenix, Arizona

Rostered Ministers are invited to join colleagues under the theme of "Rekindle the gift within you"  (2 Timothy 1:6).  This gathering will be an opportunity to remember, reclaim, rekindle and revive yourself. Gathering with colleagues from across the church for fellowship, renewal, continuing education, worship, bible study and refreshment for your spirit.  All rostered ministers are invited (active in call, on leave from call, awaiting call, retired).

Each day will begin in worship as we center ourselves around our theme. Each morning, we will offer bible studies and keynote speakers. The afternoon hours will offer a variety of individual options from activity in the Interaction Center to workshops and caucus times. Evening activities will include a presiding bishop's reception with live music on Monday, a Beer and Hymns Fundraiser concert on Tuesday, and a banquet to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ordination of women on Wednesday.

Registration will open in February 2020. For more info, please visit the event website.
A 60-Day Journey Toward Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is saddened by the all-too-frequent occurrences of gun violence in the U.S. We mourn the loss of life. We grieve for the victims and their families, who often feel silenced. And we lament for those who have done violence to others and often feel removed from a community of faith.

We invite you on a journey of prayer, scripture, stories and church teachings with this resource, "A 60-Day Journey Toward Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence." Together through daily observances, it calls us to work toward the prevention of gun violence as people of God who strive for justice and peace in all the world. It may be used for individual reflection, group Bible study, adult education sessions, and congregational daily devotions. Your journey is intended to start on June 16th, but this resource can be used at any time.

In 1994, the ELCA adopted the social message Community Violence, calling for advocacy to end the cycle of violence in the U.S. Twenty-five years later, this message is still relevant and should be considered another resource on your journey. Also available to download are an easy-to-use guide and appendix noting key documents and actions, and a gun violence litany.

Prepare Now for "God's work. Our hands." Sunday
On Sunday, Sept. 8, congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will come together for "God's work. Our hands." Sunday. We hope you plan to join us!  As church, we are guided by our life in Christ to share the love of Jesus and serve our neighbors. On "God's work. Our hands." Sunday we join together as one church to help restore and reconcile communities in Jesus' name.

As you start to explore opportunities and begin making plans to participate in our dedicated day of service, please visit ELCA.org/dayofservice for helpful planning resources:
* Planning toolkit
* Worship resource
* Posters, door hangers and postcards

If your congregation cannot participate on September 8, please consider another day for your service activities.

Don't forget to share your congregation's participation with us! Send your stories and photos to LivingLutheran@elca.org so that together we can celebrate what God accomplishes through you.

Old Lutheran will once again have T-shirts and other items available for purchase. The bright-yellow theme provides a wonderful visual impact across the ELCA. The deadline for ordering your congregation's personalized T-shirts from Old Lutheran is August 13.

Sharing the love of Christ through service to our neighbors is work you do every day. We look forward to "God's work. Our hands." Sunday and doing this work together again this year.



Addiction & Faith Conference - September 20-22, 2019
Join us for the second annual Addiction and Faith Conference to be held in Bloomington MN on Sept. 20, 21, 22, 2019. Addiction in every form, including opioid addiction, is ravaging our world. The conference seeks to help answer the question, "How can we as people of faith respond to this crisis?" We believe faith communities can play a vital role - to better recognize and respond to addiction in all its forms and could do much to help save lives. The conference is open to anyone interested in exploring the devastation of addiction and the remarkable role of faith in the healing process. It is designed for congregational and community leaders, clergy, parish nurses, youth workers, synod staff, church staff, lay leaders, parents and caregivers, and not just for people in recovery. Together we will enhance our knowledges about addiction recovery, share stories that provide hope, learn life-changing tools and best practices, all while celebrating our faith in God's abiding grace.

* For more information about the conference, go to www.addictionandfaithconference.com.
* To download a flyer, click here
* To learn how your congregation can help support this conference, click here
* For sponsoring and exhibiting information, go to https://www.addictionandfaithconference.com/advertise.html .

The Addiction and Faith Conference is co-hosted by the Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy (FRLC) and the Recovery Ministry of the Episcopal Church (RMEC). Pastor Ed Treat of Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Bloomington, MN, is the organizer of the conference and also leads FRLC.

We are thrilled for the opportunity to reach ELCA members nationwide. We are excited by this thing God is doing!
ELCA Publications 

   
ELCA Administration Matters - May 2019 


ELCA Advocacy Connections - June 2019





Prayer Requests
We ask that you hold the following people and congregations in prayer:  
 
  • For the family and friends of the Rev. Harvey Anderson
  • For refugees and asylum seekers held in detention centers

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 - revvev@cox.net
W. San Diego Conf - The Rev. David Nagler - pastordave@christpb.org
Harvest Conference - The Rev. David Jorstad - pastorjorstadsmlc@yahoo.com
Raincross Conference - The Rev. Linda Brown - pastor@edenlutheran.net
Big Bear Conference - The Rev. Matt Anderson - pastormatt@trinityvictorville.org
Saddleback Conference - The Rev. Marty Jacobson - pastormartyclcrsm@gmail.com
Son & Surf Conf - The Rev. Jennifer Schultz - prjenniferblclosalamitos@gmail.com
Rejoice Conference - The Rev. Cate Luehr - pastorcate@elclh.org
Hukilau Conference - The Rev. Kathryn Zurcher - kzurcher002@luthersem.edu