Pacifica Synod News & Notes
December 3, 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 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. The service will include a sermon from Bishop Andy Taylor and will be based on the lectionary texts for that day. The service will be available on December 15 and shared in an email to Rostered Ministers and congregations. 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.
#Calistrong - A Joint Youth Ministry Event
for Pacifica, Southwest CA, & Sierra Pacific Synod Youth
Saturday, December 5
High school youth from Pacifica Synod are invited to join with youth from both Southwest CA and Sierra Pacific Synod for a kick-off event on Sunday, December 5 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (on Zoom). Youth leaders and pastors are welcome to attend if they choose, but youth may attend on their own.

#CaliSTRONG is a space created for high school youth to engage each other in conversation around social justice issues and hot topics they are passionate about. This space will be peer led with adult supervision and a pastoral care presence. Youth will learn leadership skills to engage in dialogues around race, culture, diversity, equity and inclusion through a biblical lens.

You must register for this event to receive the Zoom link. You may do so through Saturday at

Pacifica Synod AMMPARO Network Meeting
Saturday, December 5 - 10:00 a.m.
The ELCA AMMPARO network stands for Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities. Pacifica Synod has an active AMMPARO Network. For more information about their work, please email or visit their webpage here.
Upcoming Pacifica Synod AMMPARO Online Events
Pacifica Synod AMMPARO Zoom Meeting
Saturday, December 5, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Meeting ID: 815 7711 0996
Password: AMMPARO
If you would like the additional information, please contact Pastor Karla Halvorson or Deacon Roberta Wall at
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. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 111 W. Las Palmas Dr., Fullerton. All are welcome and no RSVP is necessary to attend in person.

Participants may also join the group via Zoom. If you would like to participate this way, please email Terri Robertson at 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 the pandemic and science.

Please note that for the in-person gathering, masks will be required and social distancing observed. Current county public health guidelines will be adhered to, which may mean meeting outdoors. 
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 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, 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
Coaching for All Seasons:
Monthly Online Gathering for
Pacifica Synod Rostered & Lay Leaders
First Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.
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. Click here to view our Synod Coaching web page and access the resources from previous presentations.
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
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.
Remote Meetings for Congregations
During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, many congregation leaders are asking how they can use technology to hold necessary meetings and conduct the business of the congregation.

You should first consult your congregation's constitution. If your constitution does not do not explicitly forbid a remote meeting, California law allows for remote voting for non-profit corporations.

Below are two documents that may be helpful as you navigate this topic. The first is provided by the ELCA. The second, is more specific to California and has been provided by the Pacifica Synod's attorney.

Further questions may be directed to the synod office.
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
From the ELCA & Other Partners
ELCA Presiding Bishop Joins Ecumenical Partners
in Advent Message
CHICAGO (Nov. 30, 2020) — The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and leaders of The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have joined together to offer the following Advent message:

Churches Beyond Borders - Advent Call to Address Racism and White Supremacy

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Mark 1:4). 
In the wilderness and in the river, on the margins of society, John the Baptizer offered faithful witness to the ongoing work of God. People went beyond the borders of their familiar lives to hear the words of a prophet, to seek renewed faith, to begin new journeys and to be transformed through baptism.   
What does it mean to offer faithful witness today? As we ponder this question together as national church leaders, we experience shared challenges, new insights, mutual encouragement, deeper faith and common callings. Our common witness is bound not by ecclesiastical or national borders but by our common baptism. As leaders of four churches on a shared continent, and with shared complicity in the legacies of the Doctrine of Discovery, the enslavement of Black people and the mistreatment of all people of color, we hear the prophets and the Spirit speaking clearly when we listen together.  
This Advent, we feel called to name the truth that the sin of racism and white supremacy is ongoing. People continue to be subjected to and oppressed by these systemic evils, even within our own churches and the ecumenical movement.     
For the sake of our common mission and witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, we share a commitment to dismantling racism and combating white supremacy, and we actively seek opportunities to engage more deeply. We bind ourselves together in this work, even as we are bound together by a common history of complicity with evil. We look forward to meeting with members from the Black, Indigenous and other communities of color within and beyond our churches to help us develop specific goals and actions. We know this will not be easy, but it is essential. It happens only by moving beyond the borders of the familiar, encountering the truth, trusting God’s grace and being transformed. We have much to learn from and with each other.   
The birth of Christ to dwell among us holds the hope for our own rebirth. Our faith is in God’s ongoing work that establishes God’s kin-dom of equity, equality, justice and liberty for all. Our calling is to prepare the way of the Lord by embracing truth, promoting healing and acting in love.  
As you make your Advent preparation this year, what do you need most? Forgiveness, repentance, healing, renewal of baptismal vocation, time in the wilderness or a word from a prophet? We are confident that God will grant us all that we need to be transformed for faithful witness.  
Let us pray 
God of all, form us into churches beyond borders.  
When we feel stuck, amplify the prophet’s word. 
When we are distracted by privilege, put us in the wilderness. 
When we need a new way, dunk us in the river.  
When we are wrong, move us down the path of truth-telling and repentance.  
When we need healing, sustain us with your love and hope.  
When we cannot see beyond ourselves, move us beyond arbitrary borders.  
Bless us with the Holy Spirit, that the good news may be for us a beginning.  

Archbishop and Primate Linda Nicholls
Anglican Church of Canada 
Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry
The Episcopal Church 
National Bishop Susan C. Johnson
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada 
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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:

Stars and Promises Christmas Concert - December 9
In the first-ever event of its kind, ELCA World Hunger presents an online Christmas benefit concert featuring Peter Mayer, a longtime Lutheran and the lead guitarist for Jimmy Buffett.

Although we are in the midst of a difficult winter due to COVID-19, we know that, through God’s abundance, you have shown incredible generosity by supporting the necessary work of the church. This concert is a gift to you this Advent season. It is a way for us to say thank you and provide a place for you to gather online with the church community as we prepare for the birth of our Savior.

The concert is free and will premiere on the ELCA Facebook page, with a live chat so you can engage with the audience, ELCA staff and Peter Mayer himself. Donations to ELCA World Hunger are encouraged and will support our church’s work to respond to hunger and poverty in more than 60 countries around the world.

Register here to receive a free, exclusive Peter Mayer Christmas album download, created just for this event!
LSS Southern California Estate Planning Series
Begins December 16
For seminar details and registration, please visit
For a downloadable PDF flyer to share with others, click here.
Hurricane Eta Relief Efforts - Ways You Can Respond
Lutheran Disaster Response
On Nov. 2, Hurricane Eta, a powerful Category 4 storm, hit Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. Throughout Central America, at least 171 people died. Winds as high as 150 mph caused power outages and structural damage while heavy rains caused catastrophic flooding and landslides, damaging homes, crops, roads and bridges. Just two weeks later, Hurricane Iota made landfall in Nicaragua, 15 miles from where Hurricane Eta had made landfall. Iota was the first Category 5 hurricane of the 2020 season, but it weakened to a Category 4 hurricane as it made landfall. It brought strong winds and rains to areas already devastated by Hurricane Eta, hampering any ongoing recovery.
To assess the immediate needs and initiate a response, Lutheran Disaster Response is engaging with many companion churches and ecumenical partners in the region, including ACT Alliance, Iglesia Cristiana Luterana de Honduras, Comisión de Acción Social Menonita, Church World Service, Iglesia Luterana Augustina de Guatemala and Iglesia Luterana de Nicaragua “Fe y Esperanza.” While the extent of the damage is not yet known, we will accompany devastated communities from immediate relief through long-term recovery. This is an important part of Christ’s call on our church.
Please give today. Your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope for those whose lives have been devastated by hurricanes Eta and Iota. Gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response designated for “Hurricane Response” will be used entirely (100%) for direct response until it is complete.

Lutheran World Relief
Our neighbors in Central America have been devasted by Hurricanes Eta and Iota. Our mission partner, Lutheran World Relief (LWR), has staff on the ground already responding. LWR has been in the region for decades and will continue to remain long after this disaster response. Please watch this video, pray for our neighbors in Honduras and beyond, and give at  
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 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
2022 ELCA Youth Gathering News
Are you gearing up to start promoting the 2022 Gathering, MYLE and the tAble to your congregation? We’ve updated our promotional videos, which helps tell the story of this ministry visually. Feel free to share these as well as other videos from the 2018 Gathering which all can be found on our YouTube channel. For the current issue of the Gathering gNews with more information, click here.
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 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 & Other Partners
News & Ministry Links

ELCA Advocacy Connections - November 2020

ELCA Worship News - November 2020

ELCA Administration Matters - November 2020

ELCA Disability Ministries - September 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 9 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 9 Gathering - Holding Space
Jill Beverlin, National Coordinator of Coaching for the ELCA, along with Jason O'Neill, Administrative and Website Support for ELCA Coaching, will hold space next week for leaders to gather, share, and just be together in this liminal time filled with both grief and hope. There will be no presentation. We will practice holding space together, similar to a support group or grief group. Jill and Jason will facilitate. For more personal matters, you may request a breakout room with a coach for up to 15 minutes during the hour-long gathering, subject to availability.

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:
You can also find a list of upcoming topics and presenters on the home page of our website:

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

ELCA Coaching is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Being Church in Times of Crisis - Weekly Gathering for ELCA Leaders
Time: December 9, 2020 11:00 a.m. PST
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Meeting ID: 180 439 412
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PLTS 2020 Mohrenweiser Lecture Series - December 4
Learning to Love Other People's Children:
Climate Justice, Migration,
and the Ethics of Care
with Nancy Berlinger, PhD, MDiv
Friday, December 4, 2020
9:00 AM via Zoom
Free to Join, Registration Required

Please join us for a lecture and panel dicussion as we consider two contemporary problems of collective moral action — the care of the planet and the care of migrants — and argue for linking these problems. 

An additional afternoon workshop is open to those who wish to apply the content of the lecture and panel toward action in local faith communities, nonprofit organizations and other groups.
California Lutheran University
Executive Skills for Church Leaders
$450 for the whole week
Deadline to register: December 10
Space is limited!

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented challenge for our lives and the lives throughout the world. In particular, the church is impacted in its ability to provide the very ministry it is called to embody – presence. How do we embody presence when we aren’t present or severely limited? How do we lead for the future? How do we reimagine ministry? How do we stay adaptive? How has life and ministry changed for us and how has life and work changed for our congregations and the communities we serve? How do we live and lead in uncertainty?

We will draw on the insights from the world of management exploring these questions from the perspective of entrepreneurship, marketing, leadership, finance and fundraising.

Website and registration here:
Questions? Dorina at
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 For a Virtual subscription to exclusive content ($10/month), visit
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 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 -
W. San Diego Conf - The Rev. David Nagler -
Harvest Conference - The Rev. David Jorstad -
Raincross Conference - The Rev. Linda Brown -
Big Bear Conference - The Rev. Matt Anderson -
Saddleback Conference - The Rev. Marty Jacobson -
Son & Surf Conf - The Rev. Jennifer Schultz -
Rejoice Conference - The Rev. Cate Luehr -
Hukilau Conference - The Rev. Kathryn Zurcher -
Pacifica Synod - ELCA
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