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).
#CaliSTRONG Joint High School Youth Event
Saturday, May 15, 2021
THIS Saturday, May 15 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. PDT/3:30-5:00 p.m. HST, high school youth are invited to gather online (via Zoom) with youth from 3 synods - Pacifica, Southwest CA and Sierra Pacific Synods - for #CaliSTRONG.

We are excited to welcome Ms. Tiffany Wright, MSW ACSW into the space to assist us in processing complex thought and emotions around the current events of the world and provide us with helpful tools to continue to support us on our journey.

BE SURE TO EMAIL to RSVP and for more info. All participating youth MUST have signed parent consent forms (there are 2 of them) linked below:

The signed forms must be returned back to by Saturday.
Synod Youth Ministry Leader Check-In
Thursday, May 20
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, May 20 at noon PDT/9 am HST, as we share ideas and information, support and pray for one another as many of us begin in-person ministry activities again.

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: May 20, 2021 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 830 7353 6505
Passcode: 300100
2022 ELCA Youth Gathering News
From Our Gathering Synod Coordinator, Molly Farrin
Last Tuesday, May 11, our 2022 Gathering Synod Coordinator, Molly Farrin, sent out the letter below to all by email to those leaders she has a current email address for.

If you did NOT receive her email, please use the link below to provide your email address to receive future communications about the 2022 Gathering.

May 11, 2021

Hello Youth Ministry Leaders! 
I hope you are all well and have been blessed in your ministries despite the difficult circumstances of the past year. The Youth Gathering Team is up and running again and are preparing for the 2022 Gathering. 
I'd like to get you all started with some basic information. At the bottom of this notice are the key dates for the upcoming year leading up to the Gathering which will take place July 24th through 28th, 2022. Please note that the first important date is May 22, when the Gathering Volunteer Corps application will open. I will send a video tutorial to walk you through it once the application is open, but in the meantime, talk to the young adults in your congregation about this opportunity. GVCs must be 19 years old or have been out of high school for one year by the time of the Gathering and be able to commit to being in Minneapolis for one week, likely arriving Friday, July 22, and departing Thursday, July 28, 2022. The Gathering will provide GVC volunteers:

  • Per diem or catered meals while onsite in Minneapolis
  • Shared lodging accommodations
  • Mileage reimbursement or airfare travel to and from the Gathering 

Here are some additional online resources to get you started:
Explore the Gathering Website!
Join our Facebook group for Pacifica Synod Youth Gathering leaders. I will be posting updates there as well:
I will be sending you reminders and tutorials as each deadline approaches. If you have any pressing questions, feel free to email me at any time. I look forward to working with all of you. 

Molly Farrin
Pacifica Synod GSC (Gathering Synod Coordinator)


  • May 22, 2021 - Gathering Volunteer Corps Application Period Opens (read more)
  • June 22, 2021 - Getting Ready Materials Available
  • July 22, 2021 - Gathering Volunteer Corps Application Period Closes
  • July 22, 2021 - Financial Assistance Application Period Opens (read more)
  • September 22, 2021 - Early Bird Registration Opens (read more)
  • November 22, 2021 - Regular Registration Opens (read more)
  • November 22, 2021 - Servant Companion Application Period Opens (read more)
  • January 22, 2022 - Servant Companion Application Period Closes
  • January 22, 2022 - Hotel Assignments Released
  • February 22, 2022 - Late Registration Rate Begins (read more)
  • April 22, 2022 - Gathering transportation, T-shirt selections, and Service Learning pilot project selection deadline
  • May 22, 2022 - Registration Closes, Finalized Room Lists Due
  • June 22, 2022 - Congregational final details released
  • June 22, 2022 - Housing and registration payment due
  • July 21-24, 2022 - MYLE (read more)
  • July 21-24, 2022 - the tAble (read more)
  • July 24-28, 2022 - ELCA Youth Gathering

Growing Young Monthly
Final Core Commitment Conversations
June 8 & 10
Churches are both shrinking and aging as more young people disengage. Based on research with over 250 of the nation’s leading congregations, Growing Young provides a plan that any church can use to involve and retain young people. Packed with ideas, Growing Young shows ministry leaders how to reach younger generations in a way that breathes life into the WHOLE church and deepen the faith of your young people as well as their connection and sense of belonging in your congregation.

Growing Young isn’t about changing youth ministry, 
it’s about changing church culture.

In January 2021, we began hosting monthly, online Zoom conversations, each focusing on one of the six Growing Young Core Commitments. Each of these free sessions are offered once during the day and once during the evening through the month of June.

While reading the book Growing Young is not a prerequisite of participating in the conversations, reading the chapter that will be discussed is encouraged. The book may be purchased through Fuller Youth Institute, Amazon or your favorite bookseller. For those who use a Kindle, we have FREE download codes for those who would use them. Please contact Terri Robertson at to have a code sent to you by email.

Below are dates and times of our remaining sessions. Pre-registration for each session is required to receive the Zoom link to join. Please click here to register. We encourage you to share these dates and link with others in your congregation. Resources from past sessions may be found on our Growing Young webpage here.

Session Six – Be the Best Neighbors (Chapter 7)
Tuesday, June 8 – 11:00 AM / Thursday, June 10 – 6:30 PM

Pastor Tom Goellrich, Deacon Mindy Bugaj and Terri Robertson are currently serving on the team developing and leading this ministry, but we invite others to join us. For more information about Growing Young or if you'd like to have our team work with your congregation, email Terri Robertson at
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