February 25, 2019
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
32nd Annual Pacifica Synod Assembly
"Oh Lord, Open My Ears:
Listening for God While Listening to Others"
  Friday, May 10 to Saturday, May 11, 2019
  Hope Lutheran Church,  Palm Desert

Nominations for Synod Council and Committees
The  NOMINATING COMMITTEE  for the 2019 Pacifica Synod Assembly needs your help in surfacing names of persons able to serve our synod in an elected capacity. Please provide the information requested on this nomination form to Nomination Chair, Pastor Karen Marohn by email at no later than February 27, 2019.

The committee will make contact with the nominee to determine a willingness to serve. To meet the inclusivity requirement of our Synod Constitution (S6.04) we will accept nominees to fill the following positions as shown below. Designations male/female are made in an effort to provide 50/50 balance. We are seeking two nominees for each position.

Three-year terms:
  • Orange County Area Lay (Female)
  • San Diego Area Lay (Male)
  • San Diego Area Lay (Female)
  • Inland Empire Lay (Male)
  • Inland Empire Lay (Female)
  • Hawaii Area Clergy (Any gender)
  • Treasurer (Any gender)
Two-year term:
  • Youth, age 20 years or younger at time of election (Any gender)
One-year term:
  • Inland Empire Clergy (Any gender)
Three-year terms:
  • Three positions (Male or Female; Clergy or Lay)
Six-year terms:
  • Two positions Lay (Male)
  • Two positions Lay (Female)
Six-year terms:
  • One position Clergy (Male)
  • One position Lay (Female)
  • Two positions Lay (Male)

Synod Assembly Invoices and Online Registration
The congregational registration fees for this year's assembly have been reduced by $50. An invoice was mailed on January 22 to each congregation, detailing voting member assignments for your congregation and allowing congregations to take advantage of an Early Bird Discounted Congregational Registration Fee ($495 for 3 voting members) if paid by February 28, 2019.  Please note that the discount only applies to the congregational  registration fee. After February 28, the congregational fee increases to $550. The cost for any additional voting members is $100.

Fee reductions for smaller congregations may be requested. To do so, please contact Rachel Line at by February 28, 2019. Please note that fee reductions are based on financial data reported with your 2017 Congregational Report.

Just a reminder - payment of this invoice does not register any individuals from your congregation! You will have the opportunity to register your voting members and visitors through the online registration registration process beginning on March 1, 2019. Watch for the link to register on our website and in our e-newsletters by February 28.

If you have questions about your Synod Assembly invoice or registration for the assembly, please contact Terri Robertson at 714.352.8732 or by email at

For more information about the 2019 Pacifica Synod Assembly as it becomes available, please visit the Assembly Page on our synod website.
Pacifica Synod AMMPARO Updates
We are pleased to report that the Pacifica Synod AMMPARO network is continuing to respond to the needs of immigrants and asylum seekers in both southern California and Mexico.

We've had several trips to Tijuana to meet with the Mother Superior, Social Worker and now the teacher at Instituto Madre Asunta. The teacher was hired shortly after our September visit. We have also visited Casa de Migrantes (the shelter for men) and met with a social worker and resident there. While in Tijuana we were able to see some of the migrants still camped out near the city center and hear their stories.

During our visit to the women and children's shelter (at Instituto Madre Asunta) in September, we asked how we might be of assistance. We were told the shelter needed a teacher for the many kids who are staying there for much longer than previous years. We were told the cost of a teacher would be about $4800 per year.

We made the appeal through the Synod office with Synod Council approval and the response has been fantastic! To date we have collected and distributed $6,027.28. The funds will be used to cover the teacher's salary and some school supplies. Incoming monies will be distributed approximately monthly.

For a PDF copy of the FULL version of this report, please click here

The AMMPARO network is currently organizing a tour of Survivors of Torture and Safe Harbors at Christ Pacific Beach. We will also plan more trips to Tijuana. We will continue to receive updates from ELCA AMMPARO and keep the network informed of advocacy and other opportunities. If you would like to be included on our email list and receive the resource list, please contact Thomas Voelp at

For more information or ways to become involved, visit the 
AMMPARO page on the Pacifica Synod website.

"Perspectives on the Border" - Webinar Series on Immigration
This "Perspectives on the Border" webinar series on immigration is a partnership project with Rev. Dr. Jay Alanis, the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS), and the following ELCA synods: Grand Canyon, Gulf Coast, Pacifica, Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana, Rocky Mountain, and Southwestern Texas.

There are three different sessions, usually at a minimum cost of $25 each per participant. We are offering all three for only $60 per person! Your synods are helping subsidize the cost of this invaluable training (valued at a significantly higher rate)!

Session I: 
Living in Third Spaces (March 7, 1 pm Pacific)
Session II:  
Borderland Perspectives on Diverse Worldviews (March 21, 1 pm Pacific)
Session III: 
Theological Perspectives from the US-Mexico Borderlands (March 28, 1 pm Pacific)

The sessions will likely run over an hour, based on our prior experience, where much dialogue ensued, especially when talking about culture as a paradigm.
From the Southwest California Synod
Urgent Sponsorship Request
Remember the parents who were separated from their children at the border?  You may have heard that a number of them were deported without the opportunity to apply for asylum and that the U.S. government has not been able to locate them.  A number of them have been located by the legal organization  Al Otro Lado but they need sponsors in order to be able to return and be reunified with their children.
A sponsor agrees to provide housing and basic needs for a family for a minimum of six months.  Sponsors must be citizens or legal permanent residents.  We have support networks and in many cases, homes, ready for these families.  However, we need official sponsors.  

Please communicate directly with Dr. Alexia Salvatierra at  at if you are interested in exploring sponsorship.

Invitation to Bishop's Colloquy
The Southwest California Synod has invited Pacifica Rostered Ministers to join them on Monday, March 18 for the 2019 Bishop's Colloquy. 
Join Regina Banks, Director of the Lutheran Office of Public Policy; Lisa Dahill, CLU professor and co-editor of Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope from a Planet in Peril; and Bishop Guy Erwin at this year's Bishop's Colloquy for Pastors and Deacons!
This year's Colloquy will take place at the Lutheran Center in Glendale on Monday, March 18. Registration is $99 and includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. 
   For more information and to register, click here .
Annual Reporting Reminders
Annual Reporting for Rostered Ministers
All rostered ministers in the ELCA are required to complete an annual report to the bishop. Follow this link to select the applicable report from the ELCA website page. This report is a fillable PDF. To ensure that your report is saved properly before sending or printing it, please follow the instructions below. 

Once completed, please return this form to the synod office by email (see below),  fax (714.692.9317), or by mail to the Pacifica Synod office at 1801C Parkcourt Place, Santa Ana, CA, 92701. 
  1. Right-click or control-click (on a Mac) on the file you want to use and select "save file" so it gets saved on your computer in a place you can find.
  2. Close the webpage! Don't type your answers in the webpage version!
  3. Find the file on your computer, and open it in Acrobat or Preview or another .pdf reader.
  4. Fill out a couple lines of the form. Save it. Close the file. Reopen it to see that the data is being saved correctly.
  5. Finish completing the file and save it.
  6. Find the file on your computer and attach it to an email sent to Bishop Taylor at

Congregational Reporting (Parochial Reports)
In December, the ELCA mailed the 2018 Congregational Report forms to all congregations.The mailing included Form A, Form C, the instructions, and the financial worksheet. In addition, the Congregational ID number and password for online reporting were included in the mailing. You will need these items to login and file your report online. To do so, follow  this link.

The information included in these reports is vital to the ELCA's commitment to improving its efforts to spread the good news and are used in allocating the ELCA's resources to synods and congregations. Did you know that the information you submit (or do not submit) in your parochial report goes into your congregation's trend report, which is publicly available online? Seekers looking for your congregation can see not only the information you submit but also whether the congregation hasn't submitted parochial reports. 

The due date for these forms was February 15. As of February 20, 43% of our synod's congregations had filed their reports. 57% had not. The online link to file your report will remain active until early May.  It will then close so that all information can be compiled in time for the Churchwide Assembly this summer. We encourage you to file your Forms A and C as soon as possible, so that your current information is recorded.

If you can't find your login information, please contact Carol Youngman at 714.692.2791 or by email at

2019 Congregational Statement of Intent for Mission Support
Congregations are asked to submit their 2019 Statement of Intent as soon as your 2019 budget is approved. You may find a copy of the fillable  2019 Statement of Intent here  for you to complete and return to the Pacifica Synod office as soon as you are able, if you haven't done so already. You can mail them to the synod office or email them to  
ELCA News & Resources
Blessed Tomorrow - Caring for Creation Today
Caring for God's creation is an ever-evolving topic in this world, especially with each new natural or human made disaster. As stewards of this world, we are called to care for the earth and examine our behaviors toward creation. While we need to take from the land for food and sustainability, we also need to be careful that we maintain good stewardship and do not exploit the wonderful things the earth provides.

The ELCA has collaborated with ecoAmerica's Blessed Tomorrow program, a faith community initiative that empowers climate action and advocacy. This is a program by people of faith, for people of faith, offering ideas, tools, and language that are familiar, compelling and effective in addressing climate change. It provides resources that put us on a path to a positive future while maintaining the distinct voice of the ELCA.

In conjunction with this announcement, the ELCA has released "God's work. Our hands. Caring for Creation Today," a video that explains the Lutheran grounding for and prioritization of creation care and encourages ongoing dialogue and activity.
"It's our duty to go out in the world and change it for the better," said the Rev. Amy E. Reumann, director, ELCA Advocacy, in the video.

Additional resources developed through this collaboration include the online guides "15 Steps to Create Effective Climate Communications" and "Let's Talk Faith & Climate."
Lutheran World Relief & World Hunger Lenten Resources
Lutheran World Relief
Proclaim to the world that the hope of Christ makes a new season possible: a Season of Hope. Lutheran World Relief has an abundance of resources to show your congregation the impact they can make in the lives of poor and struggling families around the world. Invigorate your congregation for global good with:

  • Weekly devotionals by Lutherans in the U.S. and LWR staff
  • Palm Sunday bulletin insert and children's activity sheet
  • Season of Hope Homily Series centered on Matthew 25:34-36
Visit and journey through this Lenten season with Lutheran World Relief.

ELCA World Hunger
This Lent, we invite you to focus your congregation's Lenten activities by joining us during ELCA World Hunger's 40 Days of Giving . Together, we'll experience how the grace of Christ moves us to engage in transformative works of love around the world through ELCA World Hunger as God calls us into the ministry of hope, liberation and restoration. 

Congregations were sent a packet of resources for engaging in the practices of Lent in the mail in January. Visit to download or order these resources and get started today.

"God's work. Our hands." Sunday - September 8, 2019

Please save the date Sunday, Sept. 8, for "God's work. Our hands." Sunday.

Since 2013 our congregations have put their faith in action for "God's work. Our hands." Sunday.  Our dedicated day of service provides us with an opportunity to be "church together" as we serve our communities in ways that share God's love with all of God's people.

Save the date and visit for updates to our resources. And if your congregation cannot participate on Sept. 8, please consider another time. 
StewardCast - March 9
This online event provides an opportunity to hear stories and learn how leaders across the church are enhancing congregational vitality in and through their ministry.  Topics include: 

* Stewardship for Small Congregations
* Missional Hope for a New Generation
* Engaging Disciples & Stewards with an App
* Teaching Generosity in the Home
* Resourceful Servants
* Holy Generosity 365: A New Resource for Congregations

Participation in this event requires no registration. On the morning of March 9, simply go to and click on the widget titled stewardCast2019.

You will be connected immediately. Each participant will be given an opportunity to submit questions through the chat feature and to receive resources after the event.
ELCA Publications 

Seeds for the Parish - Winter 2019

ELCA Administration Matters - January 2019 

ELCA Advocacy Update - February 2019

Celebrating Ministry Together!
You're Invited - Hope Palm Springs Celebration & Installation 

Celebration of Hope Palm Springs
(Our New Lutheran Presence in the Desert)
Installation of Pastor Tim Edmondson, Developer

Saturday, March 16th
Hope Lutheran Church, Palm Desert
45900 Portola Avenue
Palm Desert

Service at 5:30 p.m.
Preceded by Welcome Reception at 4:30 pm
Pre-service Mini-Concert by Woven Image

Preaching will be Bishop Andy Taylor of the Pacifica Synod.
Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day being red.
Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus providing special music.
Offering to Support Hope Palm Springs.
You're Invited - The Installation of the Rev. Karla Seyb-Stockton
All are invited to celebrate the Installation of the Rev. Karla Seyb-Stockton as pastor of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in San Diego on Sunday, March 24th at 1:30 p.m. 

Gethsemane is located at 2696 Melbourne Drive, San Diego. Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day being purple. Pastor Karla begins her call with Gethsemane on March 4.
Installation of the Rev. David Hendrickson - Pohai Nani, Hawaii
On Sunday, February 17, we celebrated the installation of the Rev. David Hendrickson to the ministry of Word and Sacrament as a Pacific Health Ministry Chaplain serving Pohai Nani of the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society. Congratulations Pastor David and Pohai Nani!

Events & Opportunities
To print a PDF version of this information, click here.

Architects of Justice Gala and Celebration - February 28

You are invited to  CLUE's 4th Annual  Architects of Justice Gala and Celebration , to be held on February 28, 2019, at  Temple  Beth  Sholom  ( 2625 N. Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705 ), at 6:00 p.m.

This year's honorees are: UNITEHERE! Local 11 member-leader Glynndana Shevlin and the Disney Workers, who won a living wage in Anaheim this year through tireless effort and struggle, and Farrah Khan, Irvine City Councilmember and Executive Director of the Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council, whose commitment to justice and fair treatment for all is evident in everything she does.

We will also welcome special guests  Deacon Roberta Wall of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in San Clemente and a recent asylum-seeker whose powerful story of transformation in immigration justice calls us to action -- and a renewal of our shared commitment to building a just and sacred Orange County. 

It will be a memorable and enjoyable evening. To buy a table, CLICK HERE . To buy individual tickets or ads for the tribute book, CLICK HERE . We look forward to seeing you!

CLUE: Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice

Pacifica Women of the ELCA Spring Event - March 2, 2019
For a printable event flyer, click here.

Emerging Trends Conference - March 16

A new year means new challenges and new solutions when it comes to keeping your ministry in compliance with the latest in secular HR and legal changes.

ChurchWest Insurance Services is hosting a workshop at Chapman University on March 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and learn about critical rule and law changes that will affect your mission to serve in 2019. 

This critical operations conference for church administrators and ministry leaders is a must for those looking for real-world solutions as they work to further the Kingdom. Learn the latest on:

* Managing Ministry Property
* Navigating HR in Ministry
* Ministering to the Undocumented Community
* Safely & Effectively Practicing Homeless Outreach
* Setting up an EDC or CDC for your Ministry
* Accessing Grants for Church Facilities
* Keeping your Sanctuary Safe
* Strengthening Board Leadership
* Budgeting & Bookkeeping that Works for Ministry
* Exploring your Church's Options with Obamacare

You'll hear from ministry legal, HR, and operations experts Tom Buchenau, Robert Brockman, Leslie DeMattia, Kelley Cutler, Keith Clark-Hoyos, Ryan Lucht, and more on how to continue to help your ministry run effectively this year and beyond.

Lunch and parking are included in the $14.99 (per person) registration fee. 
For ticketing and a session breakdown, please visit:

Lenten Silent Saturday - April 6

For a PDF version of this flyer, click here
8th Annual Bonhoeffer Festival - April 11, 2019
A highlight of the festival will be the opportunity to recognize and honor Dr George Johnson and his wife Vivian who plan to be present. 

For a printable event flyer, click here.

California Lutheran University Summer Programs

For more information or to register, 

For more information or to register, 
Save the Date! Western States Youth Gathering 2020

Prayer Requests
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. 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 -