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, October 14
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, October 14 at noon PDT/9 am HST.

We'll check in with one another, discuss fall and Advent programming in this unusual time, and look ahead to future ministry leader gatherings. 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: October 14, 2021 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 849 9500 0443
Passcode: 075987
#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
Early Bird Rates End October 15
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!

  • Early Bird Rate (through October 15): $290 
  • Standard Rate (October 16-December 15): $340
  • Late Rate (after December 15): $390
  • Early Bird Rate (through October 15): $70 
  • Standard Rate (October 16-December 15): $95
  • Late Rate (after December 15): $120

For more information and to register, click here.
Pacifica Synod's Coaching for All Seasons
"Designing Hybrid Faith Formation for the Post-Pandemic World" with John Roberto
Tuesday, November 2
Monthly Online Gathering for Pacifica Synod Rostered & Lay Leaders
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. to noon (PDT)/8:00 a.m. (HST)

In November, the Pacifica Synod Coaching Team will host their monthly "Coaching for All Seasons" conversation with John Roberto, President of Lifelong Faith Associates. The conversation will be on "Designing Hybrid Faith Formation for the Post-Pandemic World".

Pre-registration is required to attend using the button below. 

For decades the church and faith formation have relied on in-person, fixed-time gatherings, events and programming offered in physical spaces. The Pandemic disrupted this “default” model, and pushed us to experiment with new models.

Hybrid models expand faith formation opportunities for everyone, allowing leaders to become much more strategic about when, where, how and for what we gather people because we can now integrate online with in-person faith forming.

John's webinar series presents a variety of models for developing a hybrid future for lifelong faith formation in 2021 and beyond. 
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. 

Update regarding the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering (September 2021)

After much prayer and conversation, Gathering leadership have decided to require full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative test result (likely 72 hours before arrival) to attend the 2022 Gathering, MYLE and the tAble. As of now, leadership have not decided on any additional safety measures. We commit to continued transparency in the decision-making process and will release information as it becomes available regarding additional safety measures or adjustments to key dates. Any updates will be communicated via Gathering social media, gNews and our website.

For a list of updated Frequently Asked Questions, we encourage you to visit:

Upcoming Key Dates
  • Sept. 22, 2021 - Early-bird registration begins 
  • Nov. 22, 2021 - Regular Registration begins 
  • Nov. 22, 2021 - Servant Companion application opens 

Financial Assistance Application Period Now Open
The application period for Financial Assistance opened on July 22, 2021 and closes when all funds have been disbursed. For information and instructions on how to apply, visit

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 "Tips & Tricks: Preparing your group and fundraising" will be held on Thursday, October 21.

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 In-Person Winter Retreats are Back in 2022!
High School, Middle School & Elementary!
For more information or to register your group, click HERE!

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