Pacifica Synod Children, Youth and Family Ministry News & Events
January 2022
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, January 13
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, January 13 at noon PST/10 am HST.

We'll check in with one another to see how we're doing during this seemingly unending pandemic, discuss Lent programming in this unusual time, Youth Gathering planning, and find out how the synod and your colleagues can help support you and your ministry. What resources or ideas are you looking for or would like to share? 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: January 13, 2022 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 863 8363 6700
Passcode: 512962

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    +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
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
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

It's not too late to register for the 2022 Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza!
One live event in two expressions for 2022!

  • Registration Rate $390
  • Registration Rate $120

For more information and to register, click here.
LRCC Winter Retreat Update
In the interest of the health and safety of our guests and staff, several of our Winter Retreats have been pushed back. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you and your family and we sincerely hope you will still join.
If you have questions please email
Learn more by visiting 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

Family Winterfest for any and all family units, singles too,
at  El Camino Pines and Luther Glen Farm 

El Camino Pines & Luther Glen Farm Cabin Price:
$160 per adult, $120 ages 5-17, $0 under 5, $440 family max

Luther Glen Farm Retreat Center Price:
$210 per adult, $170 ages 5-17, $0 under 5, $490 family max
(1 room left, sign up fast)

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

2022 ELCA Youth Gathering News
Registration is OPEN!
Regular registration ($390) is now open through January 21 for the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and the tAble! Late registration is open between January 22 and May 22 with a price increase bringing the registration fee to $440.

Upcoming Key Dates
  • January 21, 2022 - Regular Registration ends
  • January 22, 2022 - Late Registration begins 
  • January 21, 2022 - Servant Companion application period closes
  • January 22, 2022 - Hotel Assignments Released

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, they are still available to be viewed using the link below. You can also register for upcoming webinars.: next webinar on "Mass Gathering" will be on Thursday, February 17 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.
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