Pacifica Synod News & Notes
January 13, 2022

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

Please note that the Pacifica Synod office will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The office will resume regular hours on Tuesday, January 18. In the event of an emergency during this time, please call 619.333.0828 and you will be connected with a staff member. 

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Virtual Celebration & Commemoration Worship Service
Sunday, January 16
The Southwest California Synod and The African Descent Lutheran Association - LA invite you to a virtual service commemorating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, January 16 at 3 p.m. PST.

The service may be found at https://www.adla-la.org/

Jim Tyler, a retired organist and member of First Lutheran Church in Fullerton plays the organ postlude during this service. Jim is also a member of the Pacifica Synod's Anti-Racism Team and facilitator of The People's Roundtable in the synod.
Upcoming Installations in the Pacifica Synod
Installation of Pastor Cole McGlynn
Sunday, January 23
On Sunday, January 23 at 3:00 p.m., Pastor Cole McGlynn will be installed as pastor of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in San Clemente. All are invited to participate in prayer, as well as in-person or online via livestream on Our Savior's Facebook page and website https://facebook.com/oursaviorsonline/. Masks will be required in accordance with the California Department of Public Health mandate. A light reception will follow the service.
Installation of Pastor Amanda McGlynn
Saturday, January 29
On Saturday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Amanda McGlynn will be installed as pastor of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Oceanside. All are invited to participate in prayer, as well as in-person, as comfortable. Masks will be required in accordance with the California Department of Public Health mandate.

Installation of Deacon Margy Schmitt Ajer Saturday, February 5
On Saturday, February 5 at 2:00 p.m., Deacon Margy Schmitt Ajer will be installed as Deacon for Faith Formation and Congregational Outreach at San Marcos Lutheran Church. All are invited to participate in prayer and those who plan to attend in person, are asked to be vaccinated, masked and honor social distancing. Deacon Margy began her call with San Marcos on September 15, 2021.
Sharing Our Faith Stories
Evangelism Curriculum Training
for Congregation Leaders
Evangelism doesn't have to mean handing out pamphlets or cornering strangers at the mall.
 
Pastor Jennifer Garcia, Associate Pastor of First Lutheran in Fullerton and a member of the Pacifica Synod Evangelism Team, is offering a Bible study curriculum for Pacifica Synod congregations to use during the Easter season about sharing our faith stories in a more relational way.
 
Interested in hearing more? Pastor Jennifer will lead this study over Zoom for anyone in the synod interested in using it later in their congregations. It will take place over six weekly sessions on Wednesday evenings from January 19 through February 23, 2022 from 7-8 p.m. PST/5-6 p.m. HST (don't worry - it ends before Ash Wednesday). There's no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required to receive the Zoom link to join.
Save the Date
Bishop's Conversations with Congregation Presidents
In early February, we invite Congregation Presidents to join us for the next Congregation President's meeting Bishop Andy. Since January is the time when many new presidents take office, we’ll discuss how to run both congregational and council meetings, giving suggestions for best practices. We’ll also have time for break out groups to discuss with other presidents what is happening in your congregation, and how you and your churches are proclaiming the gospel at this time. 

There will be two dates to choose from, as follows:

Tuesday, February 1 at 7 PM PST/5 PM HST
Saturday, February 5 at 10 AM PST/8 AM HST

Watch for an email with registration information to arrive later this week.
Books & Breakfast
Saturday, February 19
On Saturday, February 19, from 10 a.m. to noon, author, folklorist and Orthodox Christian, Nic Hartmann from Iowa will visit the Danish Lutheran Church and speak about his book: " Northern Light of Christ. Lessons on faith from above the Birch Line."

The church is located at 16881 Bastanchury Road, Yorba Linda. The event cost is $20 and includes breakfast. You may reserve your spot and purchase tickets via their website at www.danishchurchsocal.com (click the "Shop & Reservations tab at the top of the page). Walk-ins are also welcome to attend and pay at the door.

Masks will be required when not seated and eating. For a downloadable flyer to share, click here.
Celebrating the Retirement of Pastor Yukio Hamada
After serving Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Waikiki for ten years, Pastor Yukio Hamada retired on Sunday, December 26, 2021. His wife, Marilyn, and he have served as a ministry team and helped Prince of Peace to emerge from a struggling ministry worshiping in a Waikiki hotel banquet room paying $600 a Sunday, into a vibrant congregation with its own worship space serving the Waikiki community of residents and visiting tourists. Marilyn and Yukio have deep roots in Prince of Peace. They were married there and Marilyn served as the Parish Worker when they were engaged. Yukio was baptized as an adult, encouraged to go to Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, by Pastor Norman Hammer, was ordained at Prince of Peace, and was finally called to serve the congregation as its pastor in 2010.

To read more about Pastor Yukio's ministry with Prince of Peace, click here.

After being a part of ten exciting years of ministry in Waikiki, the Hamada's are trading the warm, sunny weather for the cold, rainy climes of Lake Oswego, Oregon to bask in the “sunshine” of their six grandchildren, ages six to fourteen. As Marilyn said, “It’s a no-brainer!” Both Yukio and Marilyn are grateful that Prince of Peace took the chance to call them so they could share ministry with the wonderful people of Prince of Peace to become a small church with a big mission.

We celebrate with Pastor Yukio and Marilyn and wish them the best in the exciting adventures ahead!
Reflection on Practical Ecumenism Event
Postponement

The Reflection on Practical Ecumenism event, hosted by the San Diego LARC (Lutheran/Anglican/Roman Catholic) scheduled for January 19 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran, La Mesa has been postponed. Watch for more information to come.

People's Roundtable Conversation
Sunday, January 23
We invite you to be with us for our next roundtable conversation on Sunday, January 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. We will meet in-person once again at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 111 W. Las Palmas Drive, Fullerton. All COVID protocols will be adhered to. We will also have the opportunity for you to join via Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, please email Terri Robertson at terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org. We will be discussing the history covered in the book "The Reckoning" by Mary Trump.
 Coaching for All Seasons:
Monthly Online Gathering for Pacifica Synod
Rostered & Lay Leaders
Thursday, February 3, 2022
11:00 a.m. to noon (PST) / 9:00 a.m. (HST)

What does a Bishop do?
Join us in February for our next gathering, where Bishop Erik Gronberg, of the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod, will share his thoughts on the responsibilities of a bishop. Watch for more information and the registration link to come soon!
 
Brought to you by your Pacifica Synod Coaching Team to support Synod leaders during challenging times. Each monthly offering brings a presentation on a current topic and an opportunity to discuss it in a small group facilitated by an ELCA coach.
 
Pacifica Synod has invested in training coaches to work with rostered and lay leaders one-on-one or in groups. A coach's role is to support leaders in naming challenging issues and identifying constructive responses to them. 
 
For more information:
 
Click here to view our Synod Coaching web page for resources as well as previous presentations. 
 
If you would like more information about coaching, please contact Deenna Eley, Pacifica Synod Coaching Coordinator at pacificacoachinggroup@gmail.com
Warner Trust Fund Grant
Application Period Now Open through January 15
The application period for the 2022 Pacifica Synod Warner Trust Fund Grants is now open until January 15, 2022.
 
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."

As legal successors to the Southwest Synod, the principal was divided among the five ELCA synods in Region 2. The principal from the fund has been placed in the ELCA Mission Investment Fund and the interest is made available annually in March, as grants. Depending on interest rates we anticipate receiving about $20,000 on our investment this year that will then be distributed as grants.

More information about these grants and the application may be found here. 
2022 Pacifica Synod Assembly News!
Important Synod Assembly Registration Information
In January, all congregations will be sent information about congregational voting member registration. This will include the number of voting members assigned to your congregation, as well as an invoice to take advantage of the early congregational registration fee of $525 (for up to 3 voting members). To take advantage of this discount, the invoice must be paid by February 28. Beginning March 1, the congregational fee will increase to $550. Online registration of voting members and visitors to the Assembly will open on March 1.

**Please note - ALL 2022 Synod Assembly attendees must provide proof of full COVID vaccination or negative test, as per Synod Council vote.
The Deadline for Presenting a Resolution or Memorial to the
2022 Pacifica Synod Assembly is February 19, 2022
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 the summer of 2022, this Synod Assembly will consider both resolutions and memorials. For information 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 19, 2022) for review by the Resolutions Committee and for placement in the preassembly materials. They may be mailed or emailed to the synod office at rachelline@pacificasynod.org to the attention of the Resolutions Committee.

For more information about resolutions and memorials, click here.
Nomination Period for Pacifica Synod
Council & Mission Funds Committee Now Open
Are You Feeling Called to be a Leader in the Pacifica Synod?
 
·    Do you feel called to do more in Pacifica?
·    Do you want to do something new in Pacifica?
·    Do you think you could be a leader for change in Pacifica?
·    Perhaps you are being called to be a leader in the Pacifica Synod.
 
The Nominating Committee of the Pacifica Synod invites members of Pacifica Synod congregations to prayerfully consider if God is calling them to serve on: 
 
·    Synod Council
·    Mission Funds Committee
 
Elections to fill these positions will take place during the 2022 Synod Assembly from May 19-21, 2022. Descriptions of the duties of each open position can be found using the links below. 
 
Any congregational member in good standing may self-nominate or be nominated to open positions by completing the online nomination form
 
Nomination forms for all positions must be received no later than Tuesday, February 15, 2022. Biographical forms must be received no later than Tuesday, March 1, 2022. Those who wish to be considered for open positions who have not submitted their form by March 1 will need to be nominated from the Synod Assembly floor per S9.03.02*** and must be accompanied by a written nomination containing the signatures of no less than 10 persons entitled to vote at the assembly for the nominee.

For a complete listing of open positions and position descriptions, click here.
Global Mission Update
Pastor Hitoshi and Satoko Adachi
Pastor Hitoshi Adachi and his wife, Satoko, are currently serving as missionaries with the Japan Evangelicial Lutheran Church in Kumamoto, Japan. To learn more about what is taking place in their ministry, please click here for their January 2022 newsletter.
  
The brochure attached here details the Adachi's ministry in Japan and how to best support them. You can give through the synod office or mail your check to Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116-8009. Make checks payable to “ELCA Missionaries” with “(Hitoshi and Satoko) Adachi GCS2051” in the memo line. 
 
To donate by credit or debit card, go to https://community.elca.org/Japan or call 800-638-3522 and specify “(Hitoshi and Satoko) Adachi GCS2051”. To set up an automatic monthly bank withdrawal or to establish a covenant of prayer, communication, and support, please contact 800-638-3522, ext. 2657, or globalchurch@elca.org
Living the Resurrection
Online Exploration Workshop - January 15
Living the Resurrection is a vitality initiative to help congregations thrive through processes, workshops, keynotes, consultations, and coaching developed by the Rev. Dr. Marjorie Funk-Pihl while she served the Southwest California Synod as director for Evangelical Mission. Although she had led medium-sized congregations for more than 20 years, she was challenged by how to help smaller monocultural congregations located in large multicultural neighborhoods. She created Living the Resurrection to help these congregations. 

Now California Lutheran Homes and Community Services (CLH), an independent not-for-profit social ministry organization that provides assistance for those in need of housing and human services through partnerships with church congregations, community-based organizations, and local agencies, will collaborate with Living the Resurrection to make the 18-month Living the Resurrection program more accessible to small-to-medium-sized congregations in Southern California.

Is it Time to Start Living the Resurrection?

Online Exploration Workshop
January 15, 2022

Want to experience what it’s like to be part of a Living the Resurrection Learning Community? Sign up and attend this workshop. You’ll get an overview of the whole process as well as a chance to practice using a couple of the skills!  Go to www.livingtheresurrection.com scroll down to the “upcoming events” and click on “Exploration Workshop” and RSVP. If it will help your discernment, invite Pastor Marj to a zoom meeting with your council! marj@livingtheresurrection.com

Questions about Living the Resurrection?
Contact Pastor Marj Funk-Pihl at marj@livingtheresurrection.com.
From the ELCA

2021 Congregational (Parochial) Reports
In December, the ELCA mailed the 2021 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 printed on Form A in the mailing. You will need these items to log in 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 is February 15, 2022.  If you can't locate your login information, please contact Carol Youngman at carolyoungman@pacificasynod.org.
Lutheran Disaster Wildfire Response
On Dec. 30, the Marshall Fire ignited in Boulder County, Colo. Over 6,200 acres burned quickly, forcing the evacuations of 35,000 people. The fire spread throughout suburban neighborhoods, destroying at least 500 homes. While December wildfires are rare, the severe drought in the western United States created hazardous conditions that allowed the Marshall Fire to spread rapidly. This unusual fire is one of the impacts of a changing climate and will become increasingly more common.

Lutheran Disaster Response is engaging with the Rocky Mountain Synod and Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains to respond to the impact of the fires. We anticipate that immediate needs will include emotional and spiritual care, temporary shelters, food and other necessities. With local partners, Lutheran Disaster Response will continue to accompany survivors throughout the years of long-term recovery.

Your gifts will support wildfire survivors. Gifts to "U.S. wildfires" will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by wildfires, until the response is complete. Or make a gift to "Lutheran Disaster Response" so they can respond to disasters whenever and wherever they strike.
ELCA Coaching
Courageous Leadership Series
ELCA Coaching is mixing things up in 2022 as we continue to experiment and learn. You are invited to join us, starting January 5, WEEKLY on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. PST/9 a.m. HST to hear from various leaders across the Church. We will continue with our theme of COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP. We have invited various ministries to host these gatherings through this next year, so it will be different each week. There will usually be time for small groups in breakout rooms so that leaders across the church can continue to learn from each other and leave each gathering with at least one action step. Upcoming topics are:

January 19 - African Decent Ministries - Preparing for Newness
January 26 - Tentative - Homelessness and Justice / Economic Diversity
 
We are inviting you to bring a spirit of curiosity to these gatherings and to all aspects your life. What are you noticing? Where is Spirit moving? How might you be a part?
 
The login information can be found on the ELCA Coaching website: https://www.elcacoaching.org/events/courageous-leadership

Recordings from prior gatherings can be found here: https://www.elcacoaching.org/podcasts/media/series/courageous-leadership
Young Adults in Global Mission
Priority Application Deadline January 15, 2022
After a two-year pause during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program is preparing to send volunteers out into the world again! Applications are now open, and you can invite young adults on this journey abroad for the 2022-2023 program year.

If you know young adults aged 21 to 29, this is the time to reach out. Encourage them to apply for YAGM by the deadline of Feb.1, 2022. (Priority deadline is Jan. 15, 2022.) Talk to them personally about what this opportunity will mean for their faith, identity, career and understanding of God’s work in the world. You can share these videos about the YAGM experience.

YAGM volunteers will begin in August 2022 and will be placed in one of nine country programs.

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.

Download a poster to share in your congregation HERE.
ELCA 2022 Youth Gathering News!
Important Registration Update
The Gathering leadership has decided to change the end of regular registration to Jan. 21, 2022. Originally, our regular registration deadline was Feb. 21. This change allows our planning teams more time to plan for you and your congregation next summer. Regular registration is $390 per person. For more information on registration, please visit the Gathering’s website.


Upcoming Key Dates
  • Jan. 21, 2022 - Regular Registration ends (NOTE THE EARLIER DATE!)
  • Jan. 22, 2022 - Servant Companion applications close
  • Jan. 22, 2022 - Housing Assignments released (for Early Bird registrants)

Top Ten Things to Know as You Start to Prepare
Many congregations are just now getting ready to attend the 2022 Gathering, so if you haven’t started, you aren’t behind! The Gathering team has put together a list of 10 things you should know as you prepare to get your group together for next summer. There are resources, ideas and pro-tips galore! Download the list here.

Getting Ready Materials
Getting Ready Materials (all free to download) are now available here!

Gathering Webinars
The Gathering webinars provide lots of valuable information. If you missed any of them, they are still available to be viewed using the link below. You can also register for upcoming webinars.: https://www.elca.org/YouthGathering/About/Webinars. The next webinar on Mass Gathering will be held on Thursday, February 17.

To find out more about the 2022 Youth Gatheing, check out the Gathering website www.elca.org/gathering or contact Molly Farrin, Pacifica's Gathering Synod Coordinator. Molly's role is to answer your questions and help your journey to the Gathering be as smooth as possible.


From Our Other Partners
"Designing Faith Formation for the Future"
ELCA Christian Education Network Webinar
March 10
The Christian Education Network of the ELCA is sponsoring one final "Designing Faith Formation for the Future" webinar in partnership with Lifelong Faith Associates.

The webinar will be on Thursday, March 10 from 5:00 p.m. PST/3:00 p.m. HST
"Formation for Christian Living" with John Roberto

The webinar is $12 ($10 for CENetwork members).

Registration for the webinar is now open and may be found at https://cenetwork.brownpapertickets.com/

More information about the webinar topics may be found at https://www.lifelongfaith.com/webinars.html

A downloadable version of the flyer below may be found here.
Cal Lutheran's Thriving Leadership Formation's
Contemplative Action Community
All are welcome to join Thriving Leadership Formation staff, church leaders, and lay people for a time of spiritual renewal and contemplative practice via Zoom. Come gather for 1, 2, or all 3 virtual sessions to find community and restoration in the New Year. There are different days/times for different schedules and time zones.

Register here and the Zoom link will be sent to you before each session.
LRCC Winter Events Updates
In the interest of the health and safety of our guests and staff, several of our Winter Retreats have been pushed back. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you and your family and we sincerely hope you will still join.
 
If you have questions please email office@lrcchome.com.
Learn more by visiting here!


High School, Middle School & Elementary School Winter Retreats
 
Various dates at both El Camino Pines and Luther Glen Farm
 
Price: $160 per youth 
$125 per adult chaperone


Family Winterfest for any and all family units, singles too,
at  El Camino Pines and Luther Glen Farm 
 
El Camino Pines & Luther Glen Farm Cabin Price:
$160 per adult, $120 ages 5-17, $0 under 5, $440 family max
 
Luther Glen Farm Retreat Center Price:
$210 per adult, $170 ages 5-17, $0 under 5, $490 family max
(1 room left, sign up fast)
 
For more information or to register your group, click HERE!
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 January newsletter.
ELCA & Other Partners
News & Ministry Links

ELCA Advocacy Connections - December 2021

ELCA Worship News - Nov 2021

ELCA Administration Matters - Nov 2021

ELCA Disability Ministries - Oct 2021

ELCA World Hunger "Go & Do News" - Nov 2021

ELCA Global Links - January 2022

ELCA "Seeds Monthly" Newsletter - December 2021

ELCA Foundation "Insights" - November 2021

ELCA Lutheran Men in Mission Ambassador-Gram - October 2021

Job Postings

Church Secretary/Office Manager (Part-Time)
Emanuel Lutheran, La Habra
Emanuel Lutheran Church in La Habra, a warm and welcoming church, seeks an energetic and organized people/person for part-time (M-Th, 24 hours per week) Church Secretary/Office Manager position.

Visit their website at http://www.elclh.org/ for more information and the complete job description.
Director of Music Ministries (Part-Time)
Good Shepherd Lutheran, Claremont
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Claremont is seeking a Director of Music Ministries.
This position’s primary responsibilities will be to coordinate with the Pastor in providing leadership to all music ministries at Good Shepherd. The preferred applicant has proficiency in piano or organ, experience leading choirs/praise bands, broad knowledge of church music styles (classical, contemporary, folk and gospel) and the role of music in Lutheran worship, matching music with the themes of the church year.

Click here for a complete position description.

Resumé, cover letter and references should be submitted to Good Shepherd via mail to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1700 N. Towne Ave. Claremont, CA 91768, or email pastorlaramartin@gmail.com.

This is a part-time position (20 hours/week) – payment is competitive based on experience and ability.
Worship Leader (Part-Time)
Lutheran Church of Our Savior-Spirit of Hope,
San Bernardino
Lutheran Church of Our Savior-Spirit of Hope, San Bernardino is seeking a part-time Worship Leader. The primary responsibilities of the part-time worship leader will be to lead the contemporary, prayer and praise worship services, and grow the music ministry at Lutheran Church of Our Savior – Spirit of Hope. The Leader needs to work closely in communication with the church secretary and is responsible to the Pastor and Church Council. The Worship and Music Committee is involved in helping to plan our worship ministry. Proactive communication and planning are essential.

For a position description, click here.

Please send resumes to Paula@spiritofhopelutheranchurch.org. If you have any questions regarding the position, please call 909-882-2961.


Webinars and Other Events

ALOA Webinar
How Your Church Can Become a
Center of Long Life Learning & Faith Formation
January 27
On January 27 at 9:00 a.m. PST/7:00 a.m. HST, join John Roberto, Founder of LifeLong Associates, to explore how essential learning and faith formation is to our churches and the older adults they serve. He'll present examples and resources for addressing the spiritual and religious needs of adults 60 and over. Discover how to engage this age group in meaningful, faith forming experiences that are easy to access and designed in multiple formats. Click here to register to receive the Zoom link.

ALOA has more than 20 webinars that you can access anytime. Find information and inspiration on spirituality, aging, health & wellness or ideas for congregational ministry, along with links to resources recommended in our webinar archive. Go to aloaserves.org to check it out.
ALOA's webinars are free and last approximately 60 minutes. If you can't be available for the webinar, sign up anyway and we'll email you a link to the recording and associated resources. 
Stephen Ministry Bridge Leader's Training Course
Synod Scholarships Available
Stephen Ministries St. Louis is now training caring ministry leaders through a live, interactive online training experience called the Bridge Leader’s Training Course (BLTC). This event fully trains Stephen Leaders—the pastors, church staff, and lay leaders who begin and lead Stephen Ministry in their congregation.

The BLTC draws on newly redesigned and updated Stephen Ministry resources to equip participants with the skills and know-how to lead all aspects of their congregation’s Stephen Ministry. This includes training a team of congregation members as lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers), matching them with hurting people in the congregation and community, and offering ongoing guidance and support to Stephen Ministers as they provide one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people experiencing a wide range of life difficulties.

To learn more about Stephen Ministry, visit www.stephenministries.org or call (314) 428-2600. Additional information about the Bridge Leader’s Training Course is available at www.stephenministries.org/bridge.

Did you know that the Pacifica Synod offers scholarships for lay persons attending Stephen Ministries training? These are available through the Cathryn Wright Fund. More information about the scholarship and the application to apply may be found on our synod website here.
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center
2022 Events Update
The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center is pleased to announce that we will conduct three sessions of our Mediation Skills Training Institute in person in 2022! 
 
Registration is open for all five sessions scheduled for next year: March 14-18 (online), May 9-13 (online), June 13-17 (in person in Fort Mill, SC), August 1-5 (in person in the Chicago area), and November 14-18 (in person, location TBD). 

Once we have finalized arrangements with the host churches, we will post the sites at www.LMPeaceCenter.org. For current details please consult the MSTI Brochure.

We Remember in Our Prayers
We ask that you hold the following people and situations in your thoughts and prayers:

  • Pastor David Jorstad
  • Pastor Joel Martyn
  • or the Afghan people, our allies, and vulnerable populations in the midst of this humanitarian disaster.
  • For the people of Haiti in the face of earthquakes, tropical storms and political unrest.
  • Those affected by wildfires, floods, tropical storms and other natural disasters, as well as emergency personnel responding to these situations.
  • For those in countries facing political and civil unrest - Afghanistan, Cuba, Haiti, Myanmar and others.
  • For peace in Palestine and Israel and for those who have lost loved ones and their homes due to violence and unrest.
  • Our nation and its leaders.
  • Those affected with the COVID-19 virus and those who have lost loved ones.
  • Our healthcare providers, first responders and all who continue to care for those battling COVID-19.



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. David Mattson - pastordavid@mygloriadei.org
Son & Surf Conf - The Rev. Jennifer Schultz - prjenniferblclosalamitos@gmail.com
Rejoice Conference - The Rev. Anne-Grethe Nielsen - info@danishchurchsocal.com
Hukilau Conference - The Rev. Kathryn Zurcher - kzurcher002@luthersem.edu
Pacifica Synod - ELCA
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