June 1, 2018
We are pleased to share with you the following news, information and ministry opportunities taking place within our synod. If you have items to share about the ministries happening through your congregation, please email Terri Robertson at If you know of others who aren't receiving our emails, please share this with them and encourage them to sign up here.
"Every Voice Counts..."
Women &  Justice Social Statement Events - June 2 & 16
All ELCA congregations and individuals have the opportunity to study and comment on the Draft Social Statement on WOMEN and JUSTICE. The comment period ends September 30, 2018.

San Diego area Resource Events have been planned to assist anyone who wishes to study and comment on the draft. The first hour of these identical events is designed for individuals who will study/comment on their own with the second hour focusing on leading a group in this study.

Saturday, June 2, 9:00-11:00 am
Clairemont Lutheran Church
4271Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego

Saturday, June 16, 9:00 -11:00 am
Bethlehem Lutheran Church 
925 Balour Dr., Encinitas

Questions? Call or email Pastor Gloria Espeseth at  619.913.5067 or by email at

Copies of the Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice and other resources are available at

Taiwanese Night Market Festival - June 2

Care Connections Network - Aging Together Conference - June 2

Lutheran Church of Our Savior, San Bernardino 
Summer Film Fest! Friday Nights Beginning June 2!

Interfaith Disaster & Active Shooter Preparedness Training
Church of Latter Day Saints, Bonita - June 7
For a PDF version of this information, click here.

Luther Glen Barnraising - June 9 - First, Redlands Challenge!
A Challenge!
First Lutheran in Redlands just donated $1,000 to the Luther Glen BarnRaising Fundraiser. And so we are throwing down this challenge to the congregations of the Pacifica Synod: Match us or best us with a donation to the Barn. Do it on your own or join with another congregation. Don't leave First Lutheran standing out in the field (literally) alone! And plan on attending the Barn Raising Fundraiser on June 9 from 3:00 to 8:00. Fun, food, silent and noisy auction, fun, games for all ages, line dancing and did we mention - FUN! Rise to the challenge and join us on June 9.

Barn Raising Fundraiser
Saturday, June 9
3:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The Barn Raising Fundraiser is your opportunity to see Luther Glen, enjoy fellowship with our community and help raise enough money to begin building the Luther Glen Barn! 

3:00-5:00      Activities/Silent Auction
5:00-5:30      Presentation/Blessing
5:30-6:30      Dinner
6:30-8:00      Live Auction

Please RSVP to office@lrcchome.comIf you have any questions, please email Lauri Egertson at

Listen! Is God Calling?
Sunday, June 10
2:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Pacifica Synod, ELCA
1801Parkcourt Place, Bldg. C
Santa Ana

God calls all of us to live a life of discipleship and service. God calls some as rostered ministers to serve and equip others within the church to reach the world. So, what has the Holy Spirit been bugging you about lately? Perhaps she is using a still, small voice inviting you to consider ministry in your future or shouting rather loudly that God has an idea for you? In 1 Samuel 3, we learn that the first thing we should do when God calls is to listen. Then we should follow up with prayer, conversation, and contacting the synod office to begin the journey to serve.

If God's tickling your spirit with the possibility of serving through a Word & Sacrament (Pastor) or Word & Service (Deacon) ministry in the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), join us at the Lutheran Center for Mission & Learning (Pacifica Synod Office) on Sunday, June 10 for hors d'oeuvres, conversation, and information. We will talk about the candidacy process and seminary. In addition, Andrea Arey (from Portico) will be with us to teach us more about "the wholeness wheel." 

There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration to reserve your spot is required. Please follow this link to register. Don't wait, space is limited and the deadline to register is June 4.

You are invited to bring a friend, your pastor, or a family member or spouse to join you. There are times when Pastors, Deacons, and congregation members know a friend or congregant within their midst in whom they see the possibility that God is calling them into rostered ministry. Reserve space to come and explore the possibilities with them.

If God is calling, "listen." I'm proof that God is tenacious and doesn't give up. If you have any questions, please contact the synod office at 714.692.2791 or me by email at .  - Pastor Terry Tuvey Allen

AMMPARO Workshop - June 16

As was shared at our recent Synod Assembly, a workshop discussing the ELCA's AMMPARO response will be held in our synod on Saturday, June 16 at Clairemont Lutheran Church in San Diego from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

AMMPARO is a holistic, whole church commitment by the ELCA, as a church in the world, to accompany children today and in the future.  The word "amparo" in Spanish means the protection of a living creature from suffering or damage. The ELCA's strategy to Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) was envisioned after witnessing the plight of children who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons, including chronic violence, poverty, environmental displacement and lack of opportunities. 

This event on June 16 is open to anyone interested in learning more about issues around refugees especially as it relates to unaccompanied minors. Mary Campbell, the director for AMMPARO at the ELCA Churchwide office in Chicago, will join us for the event. All are welcome and there's no cost to attend.

Clairemont Lutheran is located at 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego. 

Please note: We will also be going to visit one or more refugee shelters in Tijuana on Friday, June 15th, leaving from Clairemont Lutheran Church at 12:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Pastor Nate Allen at 858.273.7423.
Faith Lutheran, Menifee Garden Tea Party - June 23

Executive Skills for Pastors - July 16 to 20, 2018

Level 1
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Leadership
  • Information Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Questions

Level 2/3
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership and Spirituality
  • Strategy
  • Mission
  • Organizational Development
  • Technology
Essential Skills for Youth Workers- August 2 to 4, 2018

For a PDF flyer for this event, click here.
For more info or to register, go to

The aim of this event is to:
* Connect more deeply to your own context or ministry setting
* Go home with resources and plans
* Find space for renewal and rest
* Build relationships and a network

* The format of the event will include three rounds of:
* Three TED-style talks on various aspects of work with children, youth and families
* Round table discussions with the speakers
* Small groups of participants to "translate" content from speakers to your context
* Workshop time/space to draft and/or collect resources to use back your context

Lutheran Night at Dodger Stadium - August 25

"Celestial Spirit" Quintet
Introducing the ethereal quintet:
"Celestial Spirit"

Four harps and a flute
With tunes to cheer
Every heart and every ear!

These elegant instruments will add splendor to any event!

Book with Lin Baesler - or 714.366.0185