Pacifica Synod News & Notes
December 11, 2020

We share with you the following news, resources, information and event updates taking place within our synod and throughout the ELCA. If you have items or information to share, please email Terri Robertson at terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org. If you know of others who aren't receiving our emails, please share this with them and encourage them to contact us using the above email or sign up here.
Current Synod News & Resources

Office of the Bishop Worship Service
for Sunday, December 27
The Pacifica Synod Office of the Bishop is pleased to announce that we will be providing a recorded Service of the Word for congregations to use on Sunday, December 27. 

This will be a complete worship service ready for your use and will include music, readings, prayers, a children’s sermon from Pastor Terry Tuvey Allen, and a sermon from Bishop Andy Taylor based on the lectionary texts for that day. 

We are working to have the service available on December 15 and shared in an email to Rostered Ministers and congregations as soon as it’s available. A link to both the MP4 version and YouTube recording will be provided. 
2021 Synod Clergy Compensation Guidelines
Now Available
In October 2020, the Synod Council approved recommendation of a 2% increase in the Baseline Salary for Ministers of Word and Sacrament of the Pacifica Synod for the year 2021. This action brings the 2021 baseline salary (including salary and housing allowance) to $68,246 for Ministers of Word and Sacrament.

The updated 2021 Synod Clergy Compensation Guidelines for Rostered Ministers and documents are now available on our Pacifica Synod website, found here.
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Roundtable Gathering
Sunday, December 13
Pacifica Synod's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Workgroup will be hosting their next monthly roundtable discussion group, under the leadership of James Tyler. The group will meet next on Sunday, December 13 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. via Zoom. NO in-person gathering will take place this month.

If you would like to participate, please email Terri Robertson at terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org to be sent the Zoom link.

This month, several members of the group will present on a variety of topics, including the U.S. Capitalist Economic System and Systemic Racism in Higher Education. A supporting document for the conversation may be found here.
2021 Pacifica Synod Assembly Information
& Congregational Fee Update
Dear People of the Pacifica Synod,
 
On June 17, 2020, the Office of the Bishop announced that Synod Council voted to postpone the 2020 Pacifica Synod Assembly and designated Saturday, May 1, 2021 as the date for our next synod assembly. This one-day assembly will be held completely online and planning for our time together has already begun.  
 
Please begin to consider who your voting members will be, keeping in mind the following:
 
  • Voting members will need to be familiar with computers or tablets (such as iPads) and able to learn an additional voting program/app. 
  • As this will be a one-day assembly on a Saturday, consider electing people whose schedules have prohibited them from attending past assemblies during weekdays.
  • Each voting member will need to have their own device. Even if voting members live together, they cannot share one device. Each person needs their own device to vote.  
 
Each congregation will receive their voting member allocations and assembly invoice in January. There are still costs involved in creating an online assembly, but there will be no costs for travel or housing. 

We anticipate that the congregational fee (for rostered ministers and all voting members assigned to the congregation) to be as follows:

Early Bird Rate (paid by Feb 28, 2021) - $295 per congregation
Regular Rate (paid March 1 or later) - $315 per congregation

Watch your mail for your assembly invoice and voting member allocations to arrive by mid-January 2021. Online registration of your voting members will open in early March 2021.
 
This Assembly will elect Synod Council members and will also elect voting members from Pacifica to attend the Churchwide Assembly which will be held in August 2022 in Columbus, Ohio. Applications to be nominated for Synod Council positions or to become a Churchwide Assembly Voting Member will be coming soon.  

Assembly Resolutions and Memorials Process 
THE DEADLINE FOR PRESENTING A RESOLUTION OR MEMORIAL TO THE 2021 SYNOD ASSEMBLY IS FEBRUARY 1, 2021
 
The resolutions process enables individuals or recognized groups within the synod to bring a request for action or a request for a statement to be made by the Synod Assembly. Since the ELCA Churchwide Assembly meets in 2022, this Synod Assembly will consider both resolutions and memorials. For information and resources about the differences between a “resolution” and a “memorial,” please visit the ELCA Office of the Secretary webpage found here.
 
Resolutions and memorials may be submitted by a congregation of the Synod, a Ministry Team, an ELCA institution or agency, a conference, or the Synod Council and must be signed by the appropriate leadership (i.e., president, chair, dean, etc.). Individuals may submit a resolution/memorial with the signatures of 10 other members of the Synod. The maker(s) of the resolution/memorial must be identified separately from the required signers.
 
Resolutions/memorials are to be submitted in writing 90 days in advance of the Synod Assembly (by February 1, 2021) for review by the Resolutions Committee and for placement in the pre-assembly materials. They may be mailed or emailed to the synod office at rachelline@pacificasynod.org, to the attention of the Resolutions Committee. Any resolutions received after the 90-day deadline will be considered by the Synod Council at its next meeting. Any memorials received after the deadline will be considered in the 2022 Synod Assembly.
 
Resolutions/memorials submitted are reviewed by the Resolutions Committee for proper form, appropriateness of subject, appropriateness of desired action, inclusion of a plan of implementation, and for elimination of duplication. The Resolutions Committee has the responsibility to ensure that resolutions/memorials brought before the Assembly are grammatically correct and factually correct as to existing church policies or structure. Therefore, the Resolutions Committee has the responsibility to edit resolutions/memorials as needed so that the Assembly can deal with the substance of the issues presented. The Committee shall report its action to the makers of the resolution/memorials and to the Synod Council, to which the makers can appeal the decision.

The Resolutions Committee shall report its action on each resolution/memorials to the group submitting it and to the Synod Council who can overrule the committee’s decision.
 
If you have any questions about the 2021 Synod Assembly, please contact Rachel Line at rachelline@pacificasynod.org.
Coaching for All Seasons:
Gratitude and Awareness in the New Year
Monthly Online Gathering for
Pacifica Synod Rostered & Lay Leaders
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
What if you discovered that living with awareness and intention and focusing on what makes you feel grateful allows you to live longer, inspire others, experience joy, hold pain and grief with compassion, and deepen love, generosity, and respect for all life? Grateful living is way of life that does all of the above and, in so doing, contributes to a peaceful, thriving, and sustainable world – held as sacred by all.

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of modern life, it can require effort and commitment to truly notice and stay awake to the people, events, and moments in our lives. With numerous demands on our attention, we can overlook the wisdom of our hearts and bodies, the richness of leaning into what’s here now, and the opportunities and unexpected gifts that can exist within challenging situations.

Join us for two video meditations that take us on a journey into the mystery, science and “flavors” of gratitude in our daily lives and invite us to “Look Around You. Look Inside Yourself.” After the videos, we will gather in small groups to consider how gratitude and awareness can shape our experiences in the new year.

Our next meeting will be via Zoom on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:00-noon PST. Pre-registration is required to receive the link and may be done so here.

The January 5 session is the seventh in the monthly series Coaching for All Seasons that began in July 2020. Click here to view our Synod Coaching web page and access the resources from previous presentations. Our Pacifica Synod Coaching Team designed this forum to provide encouragement and support to Synod leaders as we navigate the unknown. Each month, participants will hear a short presentation related to how we currently are called to be Church. Then they will have an opportunity to be in a small group discussion facilitated by an ELCA coach. We are creating a safe space for processing our responses to uncertain times and for discerning steps forward in our unique contexts. 
 
Pacifica Synod has invested in training coaches to work with rostered and lay leaders one-on-one or in groups. Coaching provides an opportunity for rostered and lay leaders to experience a partnership focused on the unique objectives they want to achieve. A coach’s role is to support a leader in naming challenging issues and identifying constructive responses to them. Pacifica Synod coaches are volunteering their time to create presentations and coaching opportunities that provide a hands-on resource for addressing your challenges. 

 If you would like information on having a coach, please contact Deenna Eley, Pacifica Synod Coaching Coordinator at mikedeenna@gmail.com.
Postponement of
Installation of Pastor Karla Halvorson
St. Mark's, Chula Vista
Due to the increase in COVID cases, the decision has been made to postpone the Installation Service of Pastor Karla Halvorson, St. Mark's Lutheran in Chula Vista, originally scheduled for December 12. More details about rescheduling of this celebration will be shared as they are available.
Warner Trust Fund Grant Application Period
Now Open Until January 15, 2021
Applications are now being received for the Charles and Mable Warner Trust fund proceeds being administered by the Pacifica Synod. The application deadline is January 15, 2021.

Charles and Mable Warner were members of First Lutheran Church, Los Angeles. They had no children and loved their church as evidenced by the following quote from their will:

“…The entire remainder of the trust estate shall go and be distributed to the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of the Southwest, Los Angeles, California, with the request that such estate be used in the construction of Sunday School facilities and to further youth Christian education.”

For more information about the grant, including criteria for use, requirements to apply and a downloadable application, please visit our Warner Trust Grant webpage.
Synod Work Towards Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
On June 15, Bishop Andy shared a letter with our synod, inviting us to work together for racial justice. If you missed this, you may read the Bishop Andy's full letter here. The Pacifica Synod Council has released a Racial Justice Statement and encourages congregations and individuals to join them in taking the ELCA Anti-Racism Pledge.

We also have created a synod web page with information and anti-racism resources for individual and congregational use. We will continue to add resources, so check back often. If you have resources to recommend or would like to share stories about how you or your congregation are currently working towards equity, diversity and inclusion, please contact Pastor Lara Martin at pastorlaramartin@gmail.com.
Care Connections Network
Aging. Better.
Care Connections Network is changing the face of aging in Orange County. We are dedicated to helping older adults, 50 and over, age in their own homes and communities. We connect our members to the community programming and expertise they need to continue living lives of purpose and promise. We strive to empower older adults by offering educational opportunities to help them age with confidence, social and cultural events to keep them connected with the community, referrals to vetted service providers and a volunteer program providing additional support and assistance.
 
To find out more about upcoming events and other services, click here for the Care Connections Network December newsletter.

From the ELCA & Other Partners
A Christmas Message
from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
Precisely in our distress, in our dislocation, the Lord shows up. Emmanuel—God with us—makes his home in the very places we find foreign or isolating.

The room was spare and dimly lit. We sat on folding chairs in a circle—young Honduran women and some of us from the ELCA. We had come to Honduras to observe the work of AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities). This is the ELCA’s strategy to help youth who have been forced to flee their home countries because of violence, abuse, extortion by gangs and extreme poverty. Amparo is the Spanish word for shelter or refuge.

In this case, AMMPARO partnered with the Lutheran World Federation and the Mennonites to resettle returned migrants—those who had tried to seek asylum in the United States but had failed or had been denied and deported back to Honduras.

One by one they told us their stories of fear and desperation. Not a one undertook the long and dangerous trek north on a whim. They told us about the abuse they had suffered, about family members who had been killed by gangs, about the inability to make a living because of the extortion by organized crime. They talked about the bitter sadness of leaving home and family, and the uncertainty of the future.

I remember one young woman in particular. She was pregnant when she tried to migrate to the United States. She had the baby somewhere along the way. She was far from home, mostly alone and desperately wanted her mother to be with her. None of this is what she had hoped for when she was growing up. Circumstances beyond her control had forced her into this new and strange existence. She and her baby were now back in Honduras—but not at home. Home was too dangerous.

Remember last Christmas? Remember all of the preparations, the travel to be with family? Remember the holy beauty of the Christmas Eve liturgy and receiving Christ’s grace and forgiveness at his table? The shopping and Christmas caroling? The in-person gatherings? All that has changed. The pandemic hasn’t forced us from our homes but into our homes, sheltering in place, isolated. Not together, but physically distanced. Not gathered with family and friends, but forced apart because of the threat of infection. Forced by circumstances beyond our control into this strange existence. Oh, there will be Christmas carols piped into grocery stores and other essential services, but they will be painful reminders of how life used to be.

We are reminded of the experience of the exiles in Babylon: “By the rivers of Babylon—there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our harps. For there our captives asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’ How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land” (Psalm 137)?

I told the young Honduran woman about another young woman who was forced to leave home because of a government decree. She, too, was pregnant and made a long and difficult journey. She, too, was far from home and without her mother when the baby came. She had to find shelter wherever she could. This wasn’t what she had hoped for when she was growing up. Circumstances beyond her control had forced her into this new existence. That young woman was Mary and the child was Jesus. Precisely in our distress, in our dislocation, the Lord shows up. Emmanuel—God with us—makes his home in the very places we find foreign or isolating. The young Honduran woman, and all of us, can find hope because of the birth of Mary’s child. There is no God-forsaken place and we are never alone—not in hospital rooms, or sheltering in place, or Zoom calls or on dangerous roads.

Many of us will not be physically home for Christmas, but we are truly home in Christ.

LSS Southern California Estate Planning Series
Begins December 16
LSS is offering a no-cost comprehensive Estate Planning seminar to our network of donors and partners. This five-session series begins December 16, 2020 and will continue once monthly through April 2021.

This is an opportunity for you to take a serious look at your financial portfolio, preparing for unexpected costly situations ahead, providing for your loved ones who will survive you, and making certain your legacy of giving is honored through gifts to the charities you have supported across the years.  

Joshua Anderson, an Estate Planning Attorney and Partner with McIntire Anderson, and Lisa Higginbotham, our local ELCA Regional Gift Planner will lead each of these sessions.

The dates of each session are below. Each gathering is from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PST.

December 16th - In Advance!
January 13 - I've Got the Power!
February 10 - Wills, Trusts & Probate...Oh My!
March 17 - Love is Eternal...Community Property Isn't
April 14th - You're Set...What's Next?

For seminar details and registration, please visit lsssc.org/estate-planning.
For a downloadable PDF flyer to share with others, click here.
California Lutheran University
Fifty and Better (FAB) Winter Session & January Lectures
FAB’s 6-week Winter Session begins on January 19 and registration is now open! 

Courses include: History of Women Artists, America and the Cold War, American Life Through Broadway Musicals, Pioneer Women of the Movies, and more! We hope you will join us for these captivating courses. Individuals 50+ are welcome, please share with your friends and family! FAB will also be hosting lectures in early January. Join us as JPL’s Luis Velasco talks about the Perseverance Rover and the challenges leading up to the February landing, and Eleanor Schrader takes us on a journey out West through Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture. Lectures are open to all.

For more information visit: 

For a downloadable PDF flyer, click here.
2020 ELCA Annual Report Covers Now Available
The new 2020 annual report covers are now available.

Both can be found in the Stewardship resources here:

Direct links are here:

Stories of Faith in Action Digital Storytelling
The ELCA is delighted to unveil a brand-new digital platform for Stories of Faith in Action, housed at livinglutheran.org.

The new website features content from this annual publication in a modern, dynamic format, mixing video and visual elements with stories to take you further into the work of Mission Support.

This site is a fantastic tool to include in your next stewardship communication or as part of your annual meeting materials.

Visit now to learn how your offering sustains and enhances ministries that support and lift up God’s people.

Faithfully,

Victoria Flood
Director, ELCA Mission Support

Nick Kiger
Associate Director, ELCA Mission Support
ELCA World Hunger 2021 Leadership Gathering
January 20-23, 2021
This signature event gathers ELCA World Hunger’s leaders for a time of networking, idea sharing, learning and planning for our shared ministry to address hunger and its root causes in our local and global communities. Next year's event, January 20 through 23, we will center on John 6:11-12 and the theme “And All Were Satisfied.” For the first time in the event’s history, we will gather virtually!
We celebrate the new opportunities this gathering brings, including the chance to welcome more participants than ever before. As we look forward, we know that our future church is younger and more diverse; who do you want to invite to be part of the conversation and our ministry together?
To register, please visit bit.ly/2021WHLG. The event fee is $20, with sponsorship opportunities available to those for whom the cost would be a barrier to attending. Once you register, you will receive the information needed to join in the event.
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
When the Spirit nudges and tugs, and you begin to consider a call to ministry, an important question is: Can I afford theological education?
 
We want you to listen to God’s call, knowing you can afford the master’s degree program required for rostered ministry in the ELCA. Therefore, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary offers up-to-full tuition grants for all ELCA students.
 
Another important funding opportunity comes from ELCA Fund for Leaders, which provides full-tuition grants for ELCA students in candidacy. LTSS students who earn a Fund for Leaders full-tuition scholarship receive a housing scholarship which covers all or most of your on-campus housing expenses.
 
Find information about LTSS here.
Find information about ELCA Fund for Leaders here.
 
Questions? Want to talk about seminary? Contact Jennifer Shimota at 803-461-3297 or Jennifer.Shimota@lr.edu.
Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge
Webinar Recordings Now Available
In October, the Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge online webinars were presented. For those who may have missed them, the videos of the presentations and the online events are now available on this ELCA webpage, including one presented by one of Pacifica Synod's pastoral candidates awaiting call, Jennifer Garcia.

Note that there are two versions of the videos, one of the presentation only, and one of the presentation as it was seen during the online webinar. There is also a leader’s guide for each presentation for those that would like to use or adapt the methodology in their context.
Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Sunday 2021
It is with great joy to share with you that the Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Sunday 2021 worship materials are available to download! ReconcilingWorks wants to celebrate with your faith community and is excited to offer these resources. Many RIC communities celebrate RIC Sunday on the last Sunday in January. This year, that lands on January 31, 2021. ReconcilingWorks encourages you to celebrate on a date that is meaningful for your community.
 
Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Sunday is a celebration shared among our Reconciling in Christ program partners. This service is a space in which your faith community can celebrate their decision to become RIC, be it thirty years ago or three days ago, and spark conversation around what it means to support our LGBTQIA+ siblings.
 
The 2021 theme is Coming Together Building Community. At ReconcilingWorks, our core identity is to build the Body of Christ so that we can come together and build a welcoming community for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions, in all the human experiences that they hold. We focus this RIC Sunday asking the question, "How do we, the church, come together and build community, to express the fullness of God's diversity?" It is a service to turn us away from the sins of homophobia, transphobia, and racism, and to live for Christ and serve our neighbor.
 
To learn more or to download the worship material, click here to head to our website. There will be video sermons available in early January to use as well, so bookmark the RIC Sunday page for future updates!
Grow Giving Through the ELCA's
Congregational Financial Assessment
One significant way your congregation can improve its financial wellness is to inspire donors and benefactors to grow its support. Donors, however, want to be able to trust that your congregation takes the responsibility of stewarding their gifts seriously, directing those gifts and resources to where they can make the biggest difference.
Through the Resourceful Servants Congregational Financial Assessment, your congregation can help grow its benefactors’ confidence by proactively engaging in a review of its financial systems relative to best practices and healthy behaviors. Carrying out these activities signals to donors that your congregation is worthy of donations and conveys that accountability, transparency, professionalism and impact are taken seriously.
The Congregational Financial Assessment identifies 21 healthy financial practices from five key areas: accounting, finance, human resources, risk management and stewardship. Each healthy financial practice includes resources intended to help carry out that practice, along with an invitation to assess whether your congregation’s current proficiency in the practice is excellent, in need of improvement or nonexistent.
The goal of the program is for your congregation to deepen its financial knowledge and improve its financial behaviors, enabling you to best use the funding available to you.
To learn more about this free resource from the ELCA, visit resourcefulservants.org/congregations. You can also watch this video demonstration of the site and its tools.
ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission - Apply Now!
Applications for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program are now being accepted, and you can invite young adults on this journey abroad for the 2021-2022 program year.

If you know young adults ages 21 to 29, this is the time to reach out. Encourage them to apply for YAGM by the deadline of Jan. 15, 2021. Talk to them personally about what this opportunity will mean for their faith, identity, career and understanding of God’s work in the world. 

YAGM volunteers will begin in August 2021 and will be placed in one of the country programs. As YAGM continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and we communicate with our global companions, please know that the list of country programs for the 2021-2022 service year may change.

Through YAGM, young adults will learn what it means to serve in a spirit of accompaniment as they walk alongside global church companions. They’ll become immersed in a new community and form deep relationships. And they’ll confront issues of wealth and poverty, racial privilege, gender privilege, economic disparity and globalization, all through the lens of faith. Learn more at ELCA.org/YAGM.
ELCA & Other Partners
News & Ministry Links

ELCA Advocacy Connections - November 2020

ELCA Worship News - November 2020

ELCA Administration Matters - November 2020

ELCA Disability Ministries - Winter 2020

ELCA World Hunger "Go & Do News" - Nov 2020

ELCA Global Links - November 2020

ELCA StewardNet - Fall 2020

ELCA "Seeds Monthly" Newsletter - November2020

ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) - September 2020

ELCA Good Gifts Newsletter - December 2020

ELCA Foundation "Insights" - November 2020


Job Postings
Clinical Case Manager
Survivors of Torture, International - San Diego
Survivors of Torture International of San Diego has a full-time position opening for a Clinical Case Manager.

General Purpose of the Job: With the clinical team, provide holistic, strengths-based, trauma-informed, integrated mental health and social services to individuals and families.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: (The examples of functions are not necessarily exhaustive. Management is not precluded from assigning other related functions not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment for the position.) This position will require remote work, in-office work, in-the-field work, or a combination thereof. 

For a complete job description and application procedures, click here.
Youth and Family Coordinator
St. Paul Lutheran, Fullerton
St Paul Lutheran Church (SPLC) in Fullerton is seeking an enthusiastic, creative and energetic individual for a position leading our Youth and Family Ministries. The Youth and Family Coordinator (YFC) will be responsible for designing programs that engage, guide and mobilize the gifts of others to develop multi-faceted programming that includes spiritual formation, education, mission, service, fun and outreach. This position will require flexible hours including Sunday morning worship, weeknights, weekends, and potentially full weeks for retreat/mission trips.
 
Candidates will have a heart for youth, a passion for Christ, a faith perspective in agreement with the teachings of the ELCA Lutheran Church that includes both a personal and social understanding of faith, an awareness of the struggles and faith questions of modern youth and young adults, and create a safe space of inclusion and diversity.
 
A complete position description may be found here. In addition, those interested are asked to complete and submit this application


Webinars and Other Events
Being Church
Weekly Online Gathering for ELCA Leaders
Wednesday, December 16 at 11:00 a.m. PST
You are invited to join this weekly gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church. Participants will hear topical presentations related to how we are called to be Church in times of crisis, as well as an opportunity to be in small group discussions with an ELCA group coach facilitating the conversation. All of this is designed to help us process our feelings in this strange and fearful time and to create a space where we can each name our next most faithful step forward in our unique context. You are welcome to share this invitation with any other ELCA leader, rostered or lay. #ELCAChurchTogether

December 16 Gathering - Growing Young: Empathy (Rachel Alley & Others)

We understand a number of folks are unable to make this day and time each week. We record the main session and debrief time and share each recording with supporting documents here, typically by the following week: https://www.elcacoaching.org/podcasts/media.
 
You can also find a list of upcoming topics and presenters on the home page of our website: https://www.elcacoaching.org/.


Below is the link for each Wednesday's Zoom meeting. For a list of upcoming topics and recordings of prior meetings, go to https://www.elcacoaching.org/.


ELCA Coaching is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Being Church in Times of Crisis - Weekly Gathering for ELCA Leaders
Time: December 16, 2020 11:00 a.m. PST
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National Lutheran Choir Christmas Festival
Friday, December 11 at 6:00 p.m. (PST)
The pandemic of 2020 has swept around the globe – a virus that knows no geographic limits! We may feel like we need healing now more than ever, but the world has always been in need of healing – in need of the peace of Christ.
 
The incarnation has no geographic limits either. How do various world cultures understand and receive the Christ child as their own? How does music and visual art reflect and celebrate these understandings?
 
Don’t miss the National Lutheran choir’s signature Christmas Festival program of music, scripture, poetry and faith. Filmed in the glorious Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, and drawing on five years of live-streamed programs plus multi-media videography, the program celebrates a global nativity; Christ incarnate; being born in each of us, in every time and place.
 
Nothing – not even our pandemic year – can separate us from God’s love and the music that conveys the peace and joy of Christ’s birth!

This online presentation is FREE for all at NLCA.com. For a Virtual subscription to exclusive content ($10/month), visit NLCA.com
Habitat for Humanity OC
Build for Unity Day - December 18
Habitat for Humanity OC is back to building at the build site! We’ve implemented strict COVID 19 safety protocol (click here to view the guidelines) to protect our volunteers. We’re also tracking the number of people at the build site to keep everyone safe. Our next Build for Unity build day will be held on Friday, December 18th at our Fullerton site.

We are looking for volunteers to finish this project, some folks out there needing to get outside safely and swing a hammer! We are also holding Saturday, January 30, 2021 open as a Build for Unity build day next month.

Click here to sign-up and access the Build for Unity schedule on Volunteer Hub volunteer scheduling calendar
Ignite the Church Conference 2021
Adapting to a New Reality: Living into a Fresh Vision for God’s Church  
 
We Have Gone Online! Join us in 2021 for Adapting to a New Reality: Living into a Fresh Vision for God’s Church. Monthly webinars focus on key areas:  

  • January – Encouragement Beyond Fatigue  
  • February – Justice and the Common Good  
  • March – Hybrid Community: Virtual & In-Person  
  • April – Creative Expressions of Church  
 
The Ignite the Church Conference movement continues to grow as leaders are encouraged and ministry is transformed!  

Please go to www.IgniteTheChurch.net to see the outstanding line up of speakers and panel leaders and to get more information on how you can join the movement.  
 
All conference proceeds are donated to the ELCA Fund for Leaders. Last year's gift to future leaders totaled $6,000. We hope to see you virtually! #ignitethechurch  
We Remember in Our Prayers
We ask that you hold the following people in your thoughts and prayers:

  • Eric Sweetman, spouse of the Rev. Sherry Sweetman
  • The Rev. Ken Severa
  • The family and friends of James Gray
  • The family and friends of the Rev. David Lindberg
  • All affected by natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires, as well as those providing relief efforts
  • Those affected with the COVID-19 virus and those who have lost loved ones
  • Our healthcare providers, first responders, essential workers and all who continue to serve so that others can remain safely at home



In our synod e-newsletter, prayer requests may be shared for our synod's rostered ministers, spouses, key lay leaders and congregations.

 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 - revvev@cox.net
W. San Diego Conf - The Rev. David Nagler - pastordave@christpb.org
Harvest Conference - The Rev. David Jorstad - pastorjorstadsmlc@yahoo.com
Raincross Conference - The Rev. Linda Brown - pastor@edenlutheran.net
Big Bear Conference - The Rev. Matt Anderson - pastormatt@trinityvictorville.org
Saddleback Conference - The Rev. Marty Jacobson - pastormartyclcrsm@gmail.com
Son & Surf Conf - The Rev. Jennifer Schultz - prjenniferblclosalamitos@gmail.com
Rejoice Conference - The Rev. Cate Luehr - pastorcate@elclh.org
Hukilau Conference - The Rev. Kathryn Zurcher - kzurcher002@luthersem.edu
Pacifica Synod - ELCA
Lutheran Center for Mission & Learning
1801 Park Court Place, Bldg. C, Santa Ana, CA 92701
714.692.2791