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
and Fall Planning Discussion
Thursday, September 9
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, September 9 at noon PDT/9 am HST.

We'll check in with one another, discuss fall programming, 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: September 9, 2021 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 876 9340 6604
Passcode: 503359
Tell Us About Your Summer!
We'd love to learn more about and see your photos of VBS, day camps and other summer activities in your congregation (virtual or in-person) and share them in an upcoming issue of our Pacifica Synod News & Notes!

Please email any photos and descriptions to Terri Robertson in the Office of the Bishop at no later than September 10. Please note that any photos shared must have the permission of those in the photo (parental permission needed for minors) before we can use them in our publications. (Photo shown is from Hope, Temecula's Day Camp in Summer 2019). 
2022 ELCA Youth Gathering News
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.: The next webinar on Safety & Security will be held on Wednesday, September 8. 

Kickoff Celebration - Now Available to View
The Kickoff Celebration for Youth Gathering 2022 will went live on Sunday, July 25 via Gathering social media. Join Gathering hosts Matthew and Claire and hear from our host city and our partners from across the country, dive into our theme, learn what's new for the 2022 Gathering, and more. The video is now available for congregational groups to view as they start their Gathering planning. Get your congregational group together to view this 30-minute video at your convenience.

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.
Growing Young
Next Steps Conversations
September 16 and 21

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

In January-June 2021, our Pacifica Synod Growing Young Team (Pastor Tom Goellrich, Deacon Mindy Bugaj and Terri Robertson) hosted monthly Growing Young Core Commitment Conversations online over Zoom. Over 40 participants from across our synod joined us for these conversations.

In September, we will gather once again for one more conversation, this time giving you the chance to share your plans, what you are already doing and how that's going, and what plans you have for the future. There will be time to share ideas and questions, as we all learn from one another. If you haven't been able to take any additional steps since we last met in June, please join anyway to hear and learn from others. You are encouraged to invite others from your team to attend, but we ask that you share the information for them to register separately so that they receive the Zoom link directly. If you didn't have the opportunity to join us earlier, you are welcome to do so now to see what Growing Young is all about.

As we've done previously, these will be held over Zoom and there are two dates/times to choose to attend, as follows:

Thursday, September 16 at 6:30 p.m. PDT/3:30 p.m. HST
Tuesday, September 21 at 11:00 a.m. PDT/8:00 a.m. HST

Pre-registration is required to receive the Zoom link to join. Click here to register for your preferred date and time.

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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