August 13, 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
Theoasis 2018 Registration Open Now!

Theoasis 2018
Monday, October 22 - Thursday, October 25, 2018
Embassy Suites, Palm Desert 
(please note change in location)

A joint church leaders' event (a theological oasis):
Rostered leaders, professional lay church staff, youth leaders, church administrators, office managers, outdoor ministry leaders, worship leaders...         all are welcome!

For information about this event, including speakers, schedule, hotel information, program costs, golf tournament and the link to register, please visit our Theoasis web page.

Workshop for Congregational Treasurers & Administrators
Saturday, October 6
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Lutheran Center for Mission & Learning
1801-C Park Court Place, Santa Ana

$10 per person, includes refreshments, lunch and all materials.

by following this link.

Topics will include:
Financial Oversight & Internal Controls
Accounting Policies & Procedures
Handling Church Income & Expenditures
Records Retention
Insurance for Congregations
Federal & State Reporting Requirements
Human Resources for Congregations
Portico Benefits Services Updates
Budgets, Financial Statements & Audits
Synod & ELCA Mission Support
Synod Funds for Mission
ELCA Online Resources
Social Media Guidelines

Special Guest Presenters:
Andrea Arey, Portico Benefit Services
Nancy Bond, Nancy Bond Insurance Services

Questions? Please contact Terri Robertson at 714.352.8732 or by email at (

Puentes de Esperanza: un retiro bilingue
Bridges of Hope: A Bilingual Retreat - Sept 1 to 3, 2018

Campamento El Camino Pines
* Disfrutar naturaleza y conectar con familiares
* Hacer líderes de mayordomía
* Evangelizar con cultura y teología
1 - 3 Septiembre 2018 (sábado a lunes)
Presentador: Miguel de la Torre;
Profesor de Iliff Seminario Teológico
"Inmigración, justicia, y empoderar al migrante"
120 adultos 12 anos y adelante             
105 jovenes 4 - 11                                 
Gratis niños 3 y menos                          
375 máximo por familia (padres e hijos)   
Los primeros 25 familias reciban beca de $100


Camp El Camino Pines
*Enjoy nature and connect with friends and family
*Make stewardship leaders
*Evangelize with culture and theology
September 1 - 3, 2018 (Saturday to Monday)
Presenter: Miguel de la Torre;
Professor at Iliff Theological Seminary
"Immigration, justice, and empowering immigrants"
$120 adults (12 years and older)
$105 children (4 - 11 years old)
Age 3 and younger are free
$375 max per family
First 25 families receive a $100 scholarship

2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Evaluation Session - September 8
Gathering Adult Leaders Invited!
As part of the ELCA Youth Gathering's ongoing efforts to grow in its mission of faith formation in teenagers, Gathering leadership is conducting a series of in-person listening sessions. Your input is important and valued.

We invite all Pacifica and Southwest California Synod adult leaders who attended the 2018 Gathering to join us for a time of reflection and conversation at the Lutheran Center for Mission & Learning (Pacifica Synod Office, 1801 Park Court Place, Bldg. C, Santa Ana) on Saturday, September 8 from 9:30 to 11:30. Light refreshments will be served.

In order to plan for our time together, you are encouraged to RSVP to Terri Robertson at .  A brief set of reflection questions will be sent the week prior to the session to help you prepare for our time together. 

In addition to these in-person evaluations, the ELCA is offering limited space in an online "in-person" evaluation. These will be on the following days (all Central time):
  • Sept. 10 at 1 p.m.
  • Sept. 16 at 4 p.m.
  • Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.
Sign up for the online evaluations here. For more information on any of our evaluations, please email Gathering staff at

"How to Create a Safety Plan for Your Church" Workshop
Saturday, September 15 
The Christian Education Network of the ELCA presents "How to Create a Safety Plan for Your Church" on Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pacifica Synod office in Santa Ana. 

We are dedicated to lifelong faith formation in the home and congregation. Our goal is to help churches create a customized plan to meet a congregation's safety needs in a building, with people, who are worshiping, learning, and serving.

Our whole church approach is for anyone seeking to intentionally create a peaceful environment for people of all ages. Attend a four-hour workshop and walk away with a customized guide and training method useful in addressing all your unique building, people, and activity concerns.  

For more information, and to register for this $25 workshop, go to and download the 'Table of Contents' for the generic safety template. This document will give you the full scope and sequence of a customized safety guide. 

Your $25 registration fee includes a generic Safety Template and Training Manual.
Refreshments will be provided. Please bring a sack lunch and a laptop or tablet with a USB port (iPads do not have USB ports). Participants download the generic template from a secure thumb drive (yours to keep) and begin to customize it during the workshop. The training manual is provided in a binder, and also as an electronic file on the thumb drive.

Rest Assured! This approach does not replace all the hard work currently being done in your church. It incorporates your existing programs and best practices in a way the entire congregation can support. Increased awareness and support will lead to greater cooperation, reduced anxiety, and increased confidence.
We hope to see you at workshop soon!

Save the Date for the 2018 Synod High School Gathering 

This is event is planned, coordinated and hosted by the Pacifica and Southwest California Synod Youth Teams. Watch for more details, including registration information, to be sent to congregations and on the Pacifica Synod website by August 15.
32nd A nnual Pacifica Synod Assembly

Friday, May 10 to Saturday, May 11, 2019

Hope Lutheran Church
Palm Desert

Save the Date - 2019 Deacon Summit
ELCA News & Resources
"We are the Branches" - ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
In her August column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, asks, "Is it possible to be Lutheran and an ecumenist?" Yes, of course. For we are "scripturally, confessionally and even constitutionally wired to be an ecumenical church."

Read her column in English at and in Spanish at
Your Feedback is Requested
The " Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice" interweaves a confession of faith, theology, Scripture, history, science, sociology and even hymnody. The
Women and Justice: One in Christ social statement task force needs your feedback in order to revise this text and then to send a proposed social statement to the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in 2019.

Because social statements speak on behalf of the ELCA as a whole church, the task force would like to hear your thoughts on the draft. Is it readable and clear? Is this what the church is being called to say about what women and girls need?

The task force will read and consider all feedback it receives through September 30. Feedback can be sent through an online or paper survey form or through letters and emails. For more information and resources, go to

Thank you to those who have already read the draft and responded, and thanks in advance to those who will!

Introducing Three Sides Podcast

Three Sides is a monthly podcast featuring stories from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). As a church that believes God is calling us into the world - together, Three Sides will present diverse voices from across the ELCA. Listen as we share unique stories from across this church.
In our introductory episode, Shanna Crawford, Philip LaDeur and Andrew Steele talk about why they're excited to co-host the ELCA's new podcast. Our hosts also give listeners a sneak peek of the first episode, "Women who lead," which launches in August.
Portico Benefits Services News

Greetings from Portico!

It's hard to believe ... Annual Enrollment season is already approaching. In mid-August, we'll be emailing you information about 2019 rates, specific dates, and a link to your 2019 Custom Comparison Report! 

Here's a quick overview:
  • September - When your organization decides which health benefit option to offer
  • October 1- 26 - When employers make that selection on EmployerLink
  • October 31 - November 14 - When sponsored members make benefit selections on myPortico

myPortico is Getting a New Look!  In early August, we'll be refreshing our website to give you an improved experience with easy access to your information and a mobile-friendly design.  You'll notice the change when it turns from Orange to Blue.
Share Your Stories - "God's work. Our hands." Sunday
"God's work. Our hands." Sunday is less than one month away, Sunday, September 9.  You will find the resources you need to plan your activities and worship, invite your neighbors and promote within your community. There are videos to watch and share for inspiration. New this year are Spanish-language postcards, door hangers and social memes.  You also can order yellow "God's work. Our hands." T-shirts

If you haven't done so already, please sign up your congregation for the day of service by answering a couple of quick questions in the ELCA's survey. Your registration helps us share and tell stories about the good work that we do together.

The ELCA wants to hear from you! Shortly after September 9, please share with them your congregation's activities. Send your stories and photos to so that together we can celebrate what God is doing through the congregations and ministries of the ELCA.

We'd also like to share your stories and photos within the Pacifica Synod. If you'd like to participate, please email 3-4 of your favorite photos, along with a brief description, to by September 17 for inclusion in our e-news.
ELCA Publications 


ELCA Advocacy Update - August 2018

Celebrating Ministry Together!
Cal Lutheran's Essential Skills for Youth Workers
Last week, California Lutheran University hosted 15 ELCA youth workers for a few days of a personal and professional development program. 9 speakers, table talk time with the speakers and each other, time to process what was heard for their own context and their very own personal coach to set them on the path for individual action plans. All 5 synods in ELCA Region 2 were represented. It was amazing! Join them next year! #CLUconnect

Events & Opportunities
Lutheran Night at Dodger Stadium - August 25

LRCC Christian Camp Classic Golf Tournament - Sept 21

Friday, September 21
Sterling Hills Golf Course 
901 Sterling Hills Drive

Register online now at

Early Bird Golfer (before Sept. 1) $140
Individual Golfer (after Sept. 1) $160
BBQ Dinner only $20

Four person best-ball Scramble
10:30 AM Check-In
12:00 PM Shotgun Start
5:00 PM Dinner Banquet
Pacifica Women of the ELCA Annual Convention

Lutheran Middle School Youth Gathering - November 16-18
Lutheran Middle School Youth Gathering!
November 16-18, 2018
at the Hilton Hotel, Woodland Hills

This event is sponsored by Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences and members of the Pacifica and Southwest California Synods of the ELCA. An exciting weekend has been planned especially for your group!

Theme Verse: 1 John 3:18 "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth."

The weekend program offers large group sessions with speakers and praise music. Friday night activities include extreme sports, games and much more! Saturday morning workshops will focus on teen faith topics and the afternoon will be spent at Universal Studios. Sunday concludes with morning worship. Join Christian youth as we learn to laugh out loud, love out loud and live out loud through Jesus Christ.

For more info and to register, click here.
Prayer Requests
Below, please find prayer requests for our synod's rostered ministers, spouses, key lay leaders and congregations here in our synod e-newsletter. Prayer requests included are subject to the following guidelines:
  • Only the names of those to be prayed for will be included in our communications. Additional information (with permission) may be shared with the bishop or synod staff, but will not be publicized.
  • Those being prayed for must have provided the requester with explicit permission for their names to be shared with the synod.
  • Names will remain in the synod communications for one month, unless we are notified by the Conference Prayer Coordinator to extend the request.
  • Prayers MUST be added through your Conference Prayer Coordinator, who will submit the prayers to the synod office for distribution.
The following people are serving as your Conference Prayer Coordinators:
E. San Diego Conference - The Rev. Richard Vevia -
W. San Diego Conf - The Rev. Karen Marohn -
Harvest Conference - The Rev. David Jorstad -
Raincross Conference - The Rev. Linda Brown -
Big Bear Conference - The Rev. Scottie Lloyd -
Saddleback Conference - The Rev. Brenda Bos -
Son & Surf Conference - The Rev. Brian Taylor -
Rejoice Conference - The Rev. Cate Luehr -
Hukilau Conference - The Rev. Kathryn Zurcher -


We ask that you hold the following people and congregations in prayer:

The congregation of Shepherd of Life, Lake Elsinore
Those affected by and those fighting fires in Southern & Northern California
Family & Friends of Rev. Dr. Ronald Lavin