Pacifica Synod Children, Youth and Family Ministry News & Events
For ALL those who are serving in ministries with children, youth or families (paid, volunteer, lay leader, pastor).

If you are a Rostered Minister or church administrator receiving this, please share it with those doing this work in your congregation.
Synod Youth Ministry Leader Check-In
Thursday, November 18
ALL those who are serving in ministries with children, youth or families (paid, volunteer, lay leader, rostered) are invited to gather together virtually by Zoom on Thursday, November 18 at noon PST/10 am HST.

We'll check in with one another, discuss Advent programming in this unusual time, Youth Gathering planning, and look ahead to 2022. Are there topics you'd like to discuss, speakers you'd care to hear from, books you'd like to study together? This is YOUR community and we want to hear YOUR ideas!

Below is the Zoom information to connect you to this gathering. Please share this information with those you know who are also serving with these ministries. ALL are welcome - regardless of which ELCA Synod you are a part of.

Pacifica Synod is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Synod Youth Ministry Leaders Check-In
Time: November 18, 2021 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 821 1082 3453
Passcode: 292093

#CaliSTRONG Tri-Synodical
High School Youth Ministry
Fall/Winter 2021 Events
#CaliSTRONG is a space created for high school youth from Pacifica, Southwest California and Sierra Pacific Synods to engage each other in conversation around social justice issues and hot topics they are passionate about. This space is peer led with adult supervision and a pastoral care presence. Youth learn leadership skills to engage in dialogues around race, culture, diversity, equity and inclusion through a biblical lens.


To attend events, youth must RSVP. To RSVP, visit and head over to our events page. There you will find a listing of all events. Register for any (or all) that you wish to attend. Once registered, a confirmation email with the Zoom link to join will be sent to you.
ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza
February 11-14, 2022 in Minneapolis
Attend In-Person or Online
February 11-14, 2022
Onsite at the Hilton Minneapolis,
Minneapolis, Minnesota
OR Attend Online

Registration is now open for the 2022 Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza!
One live event in two expressions for 2022!

  • Standard Rate (October 16-December 15): $340
  • Late Rate (after December 15): $390
  • Standard Rate (October 16-December 15): $95
  • Late Rate (after December 15): $120

For more information and to register, click here.
Designing Faith Formation for the Future Webinars
January 13 & March 10
The Christian Education Network of the ELCA is sponsoring 3 webinars in partnership with Lifelong Faith Associates. The next two are January 13 and March 10. Each are $12 ($10 for CENetwork members).

Registration for all webinars is now open and may be found at

More information about the webinar topics may be found at
2022 ELCA Youth Gathering News
Registration is OPEN!
Early-bird registration is now open for the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and the tAble! Congregations that register during Early-bird will be entered to win a variety of prizes (such as their choice of seating at Mass Gathering). Early-bird registration closes on November 21; during regular registration, prices go up $40 per participant. 

Upcoming Key Dates
  • Nov. 21, 2021 - Early Bird Registration ends
  • Nov. 22, 2021 - Regular Registration begins 
  • Nov. 22, 2021 - Servant Companion application opens 

Top Ten Things to Know as You Start to Prepare
Many congregations are just now getting ready to attend the 2022 Gathering, so if you haven’t started, you aren’t behind! The Gathering team has put together a list of 10 things you should know as you prepare to get your group together for next summer. There are resources, ideas and pro-tips galore! Download the list here. 

Getting Ready Materials
Getting Ready Materials (all free to download) are now available here!

Gathering Webinars
The Gathering webinars provide lots of valuable information. If you missed any of them, they are still available to be viewed using the link below. You can also register for upcoming webinars.: next webinar on "Synod Day" will be held on Thursday, November 18 at 5 p.m. PST.

To find out more about the 2022 Youth Gathering, check out the Gathering website or contact Molly Farrin, Pacifica's Gathering Synod Coordinator. Molly's role is to answer your questions and help your journey to the Gathering be as smooth as possible.
LRCC Winter Events 2022
Family Winterfest 2022

Get away for the weekend with a family trip to El Camino Pines and Luther Glen Farm for Family Winterfest 2022!

Come with your whole family, or come alone and meet some new friends! Children will have their own activities led by the LRCC staff. Adults meet separately with a keynote speaker. Enjoy a weekend of family, fun and fellowship!

El Camino Pines Family Winterfest begins Saturday, January 15 and ends on Monday, January 17, after worship and an early lunch.

Luther Glen Farm Family Winterfest begins Saturday, February 19 and ends on Monday, February 21, after worship and an early lunch.

El Camino Pines & Luther Glen Farm Cabin Price: $160 per adult
Luther Glen Farm Retreat Center Price: $210 per adult

For more information and to register, click here.

High School, Middle School & Elementary School Winter Retreats

Various dates at both El Camino Pines and Luther Glen Farm

Price: $160 per youth 
$125 per adult chaperone

For more information or to register your group, click HERE!

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