April 5, 2018
Pacifica Synod e-News
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.
Pacifica Synod News & Resources
Synod Chrism Mass - April 11
On Wednesday, April 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Lutheran Center for Miss ion &  Learning (Pacifica Synod office in Santa Ana), ALL are invited to be with us for worship, Holy Communion, Renewal of Vocation (a renewal of baptismal, ordination and consecration vows), and Blessing of the Oils.  No RSVP is necessary.

31st Annual Pacifica Synod Assembly - May 18 to 19, 2018
The 2018 Pacifica Synod Assembly will meet at Hope Lutheran in Palm Desert for a two-day assembly on May 18 and 19, 2018. The theme for this year's Assembly is "Go and Tell: Giving Voice to Faith, Justice and Blessing".

The 2018 Synod Assembly web page has been updated with details about the assembly including registration, hotel info, nominations, schedule, special guests and more. 

Online registration for voting members and guests is now open. Registration instructions to guide you through the process may be found here. Please use the worksheet to assemble the information you will need BEFORE you go online to register. Once you have your information compiled, follow this registration link to begin the registration process.  Please keep in mind that payment of the early bird registration invoice did not register individuals from your congregation.

The pre-assembly reports (a.k.a. the Assembly notebook) will be available on or after April 16. All registered participants will receive an email with the links to download the contents to a tablet or computer to print. They will also be posted on the Synod Assembly web page.

If you have questions about your Synod Assembly invoice or registration for the assembly, please contact Terri Robertson at
MissionInsite Free Webinars
Greetings colleagues and mission enthusiasts! MissionInsite has made some revisions to their interface. This is a great time and opportunity to get more acquainted by utilizing this incredible tool for ministry! Whether you have already engaged, partially engaged, wondered how to engage, or thinking this really isn't for you, take the time to register for a webinar. Current opportunities are listed below and we will keep you updated as more opportunities are announced!

Pastor Tom Goellrich
Director for Evangelical Mission, Pacifica Synod

Ready to Learn More About 
the New PeopleView Interface?
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!  Join our ongoing webinar series to get a closer look at the new user interface.  We are hosting a series of webinars at 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern through April 13th - just pick the day and time that works best for you. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Get an Introduction to the new interface 
  • Gain an understanding of the navigation and core functions
  • Learn about Plotting People, Demographics, Thematic Mapping, MinistryInsite & ReligiousInsite Reports, Opportunity Scan and more
  • Learn about the New Capabilities included
Our goal is for participants to leave the webinar and be in a position to begin using the new platform right away.  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
REGISTER TODAY for a New User Interface Orientation:
Sessions are 1 hour long in duration.  The links below will take you to a registration page and you may select any date through March 21st.  Registration is limited to 100 persons per date . After picking a date you can automatically add the information to your calendar and we will send you a reminder email. 

ELCA News & Resources
April Fools
In her April column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that we confess "Christ is risen" in the face of worldly wisdom that is based on death. But we stake our lives on this: "Life wins. Love wins." 

Read her column in English at and in Spanish at

To view Bishop Eaton's Easter message, click the video link below:

Youth Gathering News!

Housing letters are available!
Housing assignment forms are near the bottom of the homepage of your congregational account. Click the print button and review the information carefully. Do not call your hotel until after they send you confirmation that they have received your deposit and rooming list! Hotels are not authorized to make changes to your congregation's housing assignment.
  • To add rooms, first contact your Gathering synod coordinator to see if another congregation has available beds and would be willing to share. If no space is available, contact Please note: Most hotels are at or exceeding capacity. The Gathering cannot accommodate single occupancy rooms.

ELCA World Hunger: Global Farm Challenge
The Global Farm Challenge is a year-long, youth-driven fundraising challenge to support the agriculture-related programs of ELCA World Hunger, our church's ministry to end hunger and poverty. Many youth and youth groups will raise funds in advance of the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in June, and many will bring their offerings to the Gathering. At the Interactive Learning Space in the NRG Center, youth and young adults will have the chance to participate in an unforgettable experience designed to immerse them in what it's like to be a smallholder farmer. To learn more about the Global Farm Challenge, visit the website

Service Learning Webinar
Save the date! On April 12 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, we will have our Service Learning webinar, led by Jessica Noonan. Sign up here! Bring all your Service Learning questions. We can't wait to share what the team has been planning.

Save the Date - Sept 9  for "God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday
Please save the date Sunday, Sept. 9, for "God's work. Our hands." Sunday.

As members of the ELCA, we believe we are called, gathered and sent into the world to embody the good news of Jesus' death and resurrection - called into relationship with God, gathered together as a community of believers and sent into the world to love and serve our neighbors.

On "God's work. Our hands." Sunday, we join together to use our various gifts in service to our communities - this is work you do every day, sharing the love of Christ with all of God's people.

Watch the video below to see how our congregations have put their faith in action since 2013 for this dedicated day of service.

If your congregation cannot participate on Sept. 9, please consider another time.

Save the date and visit for updates to our resources.

ELCA Publications 


 ELCA Advocacy Update - March 2018

Celebrating Ministry Together!
You're Invited - The Installation of The Rev. Sam Nelson
All are invited to celebrate with Bethlehem Lutheran in Encinitas and the Rev. Sam Nelson, as he is installed as Associate Pastor on Sunday April 8, at 2:00 p.m. Bishop Andy Taylor will preach. Rostered ministers are invited to vest and process. The color of the day will be red.

Sam was ordained in Half Moon Bay on February 25. He will begin his first call at Bethlehem on March 15. Bethlehem is located at 925 Balour Drive, Encinitas.

Congratulations and welcome, Pastor Sam! (Pictured below with Pastor Laura Ziehl and members of Bethlehem at his ordination.)

You're Invited - The Installation of The Rev. James Pike
All are invited to celebrate with the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Huntington Beach and the Rev. James Pike, as he is installed as Pastor on Sunday April 22, at 2:00 p.m. Rostered ministers are invited to vest and process. The color of the day will be white. 

Following the installation, there will be a reception with appetizers and desserts in Bercaw Hall. All are welcome! Congratulations, Pastor James!

Young Adult Ministry - Laguna Niguel

For a PDF version of this flyer, please click here.
Events & Opportunities
Care Connections Network - Orange County
Care Connections Network is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to empowering older adults and changing how we all think about aging. We work with existing community organizations and vetted service providers to connect our members to services that are designed to assist older adults with staying active and remaining in their own homes. We are part of the Village to Village Network, a nation-wide group of community-based organizations dedicated to changing how people age in America and are one of the few faith-based villages. We are a social ministry of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and have received support and encouragement from the ELCA. Our educational and social programs are open to everyone in the community.

We offer:
  • Lifelong learning and educational opportunities to help you age with confidence
  • Social and cultural events to help you stay connected with the community
  • Referrals to vetted and trusted service providers
  • A volunteer program to help you with other needs
To view a copy of our April newsletter, click here . Contact us at 714/962-9346 or visit our website at
Love the Earth Youth Challenge - Region 2
WE ARE God's beautiful creation, and it's called caretakers too.
We encourage youth to sprout a project of their choice any day until April 30 to celebrate creation-- whether it be to serve together in a community garden, start a compost project, feed the hungry, host a yard sale to promote reusing items... the options are endless. Creativity thrives in our youth! Send a 30 second video clip of your youth in action, and we'll stitch them together to present at the 2018 National Youth Gathering. Let's support our youth inspiring God's love of creation.

Submissions and questions, please contact: Yolanda Mosley ( or Petra Rickertsen (

7th Annual Bonhoeffer Festival - April 12

Breaking the Silence - April 21

Saturday, April 21
9:00 am - noon (lunch included)

Southwest California Synod Lutheran Center
1300 E. Colorado Street, Glendale
Speaker: Rev. Lynn Enloe, MA, MB
Sponsored by the SWCA Synod Recovery and Spirituality Task Force
This event will focus on Breaking the Silence. We will examine the stigmas and fallacies that surround the issue of addiction, then explore ways to find release and renewal that leads to a better way of living, in a safe and caring environment. We'll participate in a large group presentation, interact in small group, and worship together. A light lunch is included.

ALL are welcome: Whether you feel this issue relates to you directly or is an area that you wish to learn more about, please join us. As already mentioned, we believe this problem is pervasive and touches all walks of life. Your presence and voice is welcomed and valued.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Pastor Dan Gibson at Full event info may be found here.

Congregational administrators and rostered ministers, click here for a bulletin insert that we ask be shared in your congregation to promote this event.

First, Fullerton Boutique and Craft Fair - April 28

Agape House Chili Cook-off - April 29
Luther Glen Barnraising - 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

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