August 2, 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.

32nd A nnual Pacifica Synod Assembly

Friday, May 10 to Saturday, May 11, 2019

Hope Lutheran Church
Palm Desert

Puentes de Esperanza: un retiro bilingue
Bridges of Hope: A Bilingual Retreat

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. 

"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!

Workshop for Congregational Treasurers & Administrators
Mark your calendar now and save the date for the following Pacifica Synod event:

Workshop for Congregational Treasurers & Administrators
Saturday, October 6
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Lutheran Center for Mission & Learning

Registration to open August 6!

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.
Save the Date - 2019 Deacon Summit
ELCA News & Resources
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 Annual Enrollment Dates

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
Crossing the Line: An Inside Look at the Family Separation Crisis
Recently,  Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) hosted the webinar 
Crossing the Line: An Inside Look at the Family Separation Crisis, during which a group of organizations answered questions about family separation and the emotional and physical impact it has on youth and families. 

You can view the webinar here Take action with support from  this toolkit from LIRS.

ELCA Mission Support Resources
From ELCA Mission Advancement...
One resource for sharing more stories of how we are church together is the annual ELCA Global Mission Map Brochure. This brochure provides brief captions about how Mission Support dollars, together with other resources, are currently making a difference across the world. You can order this resource at:
You can download this resource at:

New Resources for "God's work. Our hands." Sunday
Many of you are already making plans for  "God's work. Our hands." Sunday on
September 9. New resources are now available to help you organize and prepare.

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

"God's work. Our hands." Sunday celebrates the work you do every day, serving communities in ways that share the love of God with all people. We look forward to doing this work together again this year.

ELCA Publications 


ELCA Advocacy Update - July 2018

Celebrating Ministry Together!
Agape House - SDSU Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry
Agape House is an inclusive outreach for all on the campus of SDSU and with young adults in the wider San Diego area. In the spirit of Agape (the New Testament word for "self-transcending love") we embody Jesus' vision of "Beloved Community." We support friendship in an open community of trust, offering hospitality, worship, spiritual growth, support for vocational discernment, leadership development, community service, recreation, small groups, retreats and cross-cultural immersion experiences.

We welcome students from all different backgrounds and walks of life. We find that our community and ministry are strengthened by rich diversity of perspectives, identities, cultures, abilities, and values. Your participation changes and enhances this community! We have events at various times throughout the semester. Please feel free to drop by to find out more. Also, follow Agape House on our Facebook Page for up to date news. Click here  for the our summer e-news.
Events & Opportunities
Save the Date - Central City Lutheran Mission Groundbreaking

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:

Family & Friends of Pastor Bill Schumacher 
Spirit of Hope Lutheran, Highland
Calvary by the Sea Lutheran, Honolulu