Pacifica Synod News & Notes
January 15, 2021

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

The Pacifica Synod Office of the Bishop Will be Closed
on Monday, January 18 in Observance
of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemorations

View the trailer below:
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
"Unity" - MLK Jr Day Commemoration
Monday, January 18
Dr. King’s message of unity is the theme for the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration Monday, January 18. Five leading theologians will reflect on the theme during the 60-minute pre-recorded tribute.  

The recorded event will go live at 11:15 a.m. Central time/9:15 a.m. Pacific time on LSTC’s Facebook and YouTube sites. 
“In light of recent events and public calls for healing and reconciliation, theological reflection on the promise and the problems with the rhetoric of unity could not be more timely or urgent,” said Erik Christensen, pastor to the community and director of worship, who serves on this year’s planning committee. “This year’s speakers will explore how the wisdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. may be a guide for navigating the present moment.”  

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Roundtable Gathering
Reconstruction: Yesterday and Today!
Sunday, January 17
Pacifica Synod's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Workgroup will be hosting another monthly roundtable discussion group, under the leadership of James Tyler. The group will meet next on Sunday, January 17, 2021 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. via Zoom. NO in-person gathering will take place this month.

During this time together, several members of the group will present on a variety of topics, including the book "Ghettoside" by Jill Leovy along with a discussion of an interview with author Ijeoma Oluo on the Dangers of White Male Mediocrity (to view the interview in advance, please click here).

If you would like to participate in this roundtable event, please email Terri Robertson at to be sent the Zoom link. If you have suggestions for topics you'd like to hear about (or lead discussion on), please share that information with us using this same email.
An Invitation From the Bishop
A Conversation with Congregational Presidents
January 28 & 30, 2021
Dear Congregation Presidents,

Thank you for saying “yes” when asked to serve as a Congregation President. I believe that Congregation Presidents are the unsung heroes of the church. You serve as the key lay leader, working with the pastors and deacons to set Council and Congregation meeting agendas, ensuring that the fiduciary responsibilities of the Council are met, while seeking to follow Jesus as Christ leads your congregation to serve your neighbors.

I would like to invite you to a Zoom meeting for Congregation Presidents in January. You may attend a meeting on either of the following days and times:

Thursday, January 28 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. PST
Saturday, January 30 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. PST

I would like to hear from you the particular strengths and needs of your congregation. You will have an opportunity to learn from other congregation presidents. And there will be some training for the work in the months ahead. Your feedback about strengths and needs will help the Synod as we seek to do what our mission statement calls us to do: equip, accompany and serve boldly, so all may experience God’s boundless grace.

You may register for the meeting of your choice here. I hope to meet with all of our presidents in January. You and your congregations are in my prayers. God bless you in the work you do.

Yours in Christ,

Bishop Andy Taylor / he, him, his
#CaliSTRONG High School Youth Event
January 23, 2021
High school youth from Pacifica Synod are once again invited to join with youth from both Southwest CA and Sierra Pacific Synod for a THIRD joint youth event on Saturday, January 23 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (on Zoom). 

#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.

Youth MUST register for this event to receive the Zoom link. Please click the button below to do so (NOTE: THIS IS A NEW LINK/REGISTRATION FORM. Please register again, even if you have been with us for a prior event.)
Synod AMMPARO Network Meeting
Saturday, January 23, 2021
The ELCA AMMPARO network stands for Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities. Information may be found on their webpage at

Pacifica Synod has an active AMMPARO Network that meets monthly over Zoom. Their next meeting is Saturday, January 23. All are invited to attend! For more information about their work or ways you can get involved, you are encourage to visit their webpage found here email
Upcoming Pacifica Synod AMMPARO Online Events
Pacifica Synod AMMPARO Zoom Meeting
Saturday, January 23, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Meeting ID: 815 7711 0996
Password: AMMPARO

If you would like more information, please contact Pastor Karla Halvorson or Deacon Roberta Wall at
Pacifica Women of the ELCA Zoom Event
Saturday, January 23
Our Zoom Event on November 7th went really well, so we are having another Zoom Event Saturday, January 23rd at 1:00 pm. Zoom will open at 12:30 and give you a chance to chat with others who are joining before Pastor Gloria Espeseth begins her presentation “Bible and Women: The Gospel along with Stumbling Blocks and Hidden Treasures”. She is a gifted Bible study leader and you will be blessed!

Again, this will be an event without a cost/fee. We are requesting that you register ahead of time to make it easier to break into smaller discussion groups. If you search Facebook for Eunice Hanson and then click on more and events, you can find this event to which you may respond. Or email or text to 760-717-2646 with your name and church home. The Zoom link is below:

Eunice Hanson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Time: Jan 23, 2021 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Coaching for All Seasons:
Storytellers: Learning Through Perspective
Monthly Online Gathering for
Pacifica Synod Rostered & Lay Leaders
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 11 a.m. to noon PST
A monthly presentation –

Tyra Dennis is currently a music director/worship leader within the ELCA where she has had the opportunity to lead the music for many events including but not limited to the Middle School Youth Gathering hosted by LRCC, the Extravaganza, and the National Youth Gathering. She also made history by becoming the first African American Woman to lead the house band (and the youngest to lead it as well). She recently launched a new initiative called #CaliSTRONG, which bring high school students together from 3 synods (SWCA, Pacifica and Sierra Pacific) to discuss Jesus, justice, race, oppression and change. She believes that she was called specifically to the ELCA to do work that God has designed her to do, being reminded to worship from within. We have invited Tyra to share her unique story of spiritual growth in adversity and with us. 

We invite you to join us via Zoom on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 11:00-noon PST. Pre-registration is required to receive the link and may be done so here.

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

2021 Pacifica Synod Assembly Information
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.  

For more information about congregational fees, registration, and current updates, go to the 2021 Synod Assembly page on our synod website.

2021 Assembly Resolutions and Memorials
Deadline 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, to the attention of the Resolutions Committee.

For complete information on the Assembly Resolutions/Memorial process, visit our 2021 Synod Assembly webpage.

Nomination Period for Pacifica Synod Council,
Discipline Committee and Churchwide Assembly
Voting Members 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, the Discipline Committee, or as a Voting Member at the next Churchwide Assembly. Elections to fill these positions will take place at the 2021 Synod Assembly on May 1, 2021.

A complete list of the open positions and descriptions of the duties of
each position may be found here.
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 Friday, February 19, 2021. Those who wish to be considered for open positions who have not submitted their form by that date 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.

Questions about nominations may be directed to the Nominating Committee at
Growing Young Monthly Conversations
Continue February 4 and 9
Churches are both shrinking and aging as more young people disengage. Based on research with over 250 of the nation’s leading congregations, Growing Young provides a plan that any church can use to involve and retain young people. Packed with ideas, Growing Young shows ministry leaders how to reach younger generations in a way that breathes life into the WHOLE church and deepen the faith of your young people as well as their connection and sense of belonging in your congregation.

Growing Young isn’t about changing youth ministry, 
it’s about changing church culture.

In November 2020, we held online presentations about the book Growing Young. We shared information and stories, as well as next steps in the Pacifica Synod’s commitment to walk with congregations in Growing Young. If you missed either of the presentations, you may find them on our Synod YouTube channel found here.

Beginning in January 2021, we will be hosting monthly, online Zoom conversations until June, each focusing on one of the six Growing Young Core Commitments. Each of these free, one-hour sessions will be offered once during the day and once during the evening.

While reading the book Growing Young is not a prerequisite of participating in the conversations, reading the chapter that will be discussed is encouraged. The book may be purchased through Fuller Youth Institute, Amazon or your favorite bookseller. For those who use a Kindle, we have FREE download codes for those who would use them. Please contact Terri Robertson at to have a code sent to you by email.

Below are dates and times of each of the sessions. Pre-registration for each session is required to receive the Zoom link to join. Please click here to register. We encourage you to share these dates and link with others in your congregation. Resources from past sessions may be found on our Growing Young webpage here.

Session One - Unlock Keychain Leadership (Chapters 1 & 2)
Resources from January sessions may be found here.

Session Two - Empathize with Today's Young People (Chapter 3)
Thursday, February 4 - 6:30 PM
Tuesday, February 9 - 11:00 AM

Session Three - Take Jesus' Message Seriously (Chapter 4)
Tuesday, March 9 - 11:00 AM
Thursday, March 11 - 6:30 PM

Session Four - Fuel Warm Relationships (Chapter 5)
Tuesday, April 13 - 11:00 AM
Thursday, April 15 - 6:30 PM

Session Five - Prioritize Young People/Families Everywhere (Chapter 6)
Tuesday, May 11 - 11:00 AM
Thursday, May 13 - 6:30 PM

Session Six - Be the Best Neighbors (Chapter 7)
Tuesday, June 8 - 11:00 AM
Thursday, June 10 - 6:30 PM

We're excited to share Growing Young with congregations in our synod and walking with you in this work together. Pastor Tom Goellrich, Deacon Mindy Bugaj and Terri Robertson are currently serving on the team developing and leading this ministry, but we invite others to join us. For more information about Growing Young or if you'd like to serve on this team, please email Terri Robertson at
Global Mission Update - Hitoshi & 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 2021 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 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

In Memoriam
The Rev. Richard (Dick) Mathison
Pastor Dick Mathison passed away peacefully at home, in the care of his wife Judy, on January 7, 2021, at the age of 86. Pastor Dick is survived by his wife, Judy, his sons Steven and Jon, and his grandchildren.

During his ministry, he served several calls in Pacifica Synod, including an interim at St. John's Lutheran, Palm Desert and Red Hill Lutheran in Tustin. Sierra Pacific Synod, where Pastor Mathison was rostered, shared a complete notice of his death on January 13. That notice may be viewed here.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Condolences, as well as donations (in lieu of flowers) in Pastor Dick's memory may be sent to:

St. John’s Lutheran Church
42695 Washington Street
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Annual Reporting Reminders
for Congregations & Rostered Ministers
Congregational (Parochial) Reports
In December, the ELCA mailed the 2020 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 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, 2021.  If you can't locate your login information, please contact Carol Youngman at

2021 Statement of Intent for Mission Support
Congregations are asked to submit their 2021 Statement of Intent as soon as your 2020 budget is approved. You may find a copy of the fillable 2021 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 Terri Robertson at

We are excited to introduce one more resource provided by the ELCA for your use in your congregation - “Mission Support: A Deep Dive.” This flyer helps members better understand how the churchwide organization uses Mission Support, including the types of ministry that Mission Support makes possible. Click here to download your copy today!

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. 

  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

Once completed, please return this form to the synod office by email (see above) or by mail to the Pacifica Synod office at 1801 Park Court Place, Bldg. C, Santa Ana, CA, 92701. 
Remote/Electronic 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 a RECENTLY UPDATED FAQ resource 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.
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

From the Presiding Bishop

In her January/February column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on the past year and looks toward 2021. The pandemic has taught us a lot about our church and about ourselves. We are connected. We are generous. We are freed to serve. 

You can read her column in English at and in Spanish at

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021
Traditionally the week of prayer is celebrated between 18-25 January, between the feasts of St Peter and St Paul. In the southern hemisphere, where January is a vacation time, churches often find other days to celebrate it, for example around Pentecost, which is also a symbolic date for unity.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2021 was prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp. The theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the church and the human family.

"Though we, as Christians, abide in the love of Christ, we also live in a creation that groans as it waits to be set free (cf. Rom 8). In the world we witness the evils of suffering and conflict. Through solidarity with those who suffer we allow the love of Christ to flow through us. The paschal mystery bears fruit in us when we offer love to our brothers and sisters and nurture hope in the world.

Spirituality and solidarity are inseparably linked. Abiding in Christ, we receive the strength and wisdom to act against structures of injustice and oppression, to fully recognize ourselves as brothers and sisters in humanity, and to be creators of a new way of living, with respect for and communion with all of creation.

The summary of the rule of life that the sisters of Grandchamp recite together each morning begins with the words 'pray and work that God may reign'. Prayer and everyday life are not two separate realities but are meant to be united. All that we experience is meant to become an encounter with God."

Portico Benefit Services - 2021 Updates
Health is on the way.
If the holidays or the pandemic have you tipping the scales a little more these days, ELCA-Primary health plan members can utilize Omada, a free innovative digital program designed to help create modest changes that promote weight loss and help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Omada’s specialized care programs offer eligible members individualized support to stay on track and maintain healthy habits. Learn more about Omada on myPortico.

Getting started on your taxes early?
The Richard R. Hammar Clergy Tax Guide and the Federal Reporting Guide for Churches are both available on myPortico at no cost to you.
Live Well, one small step at a time.
The tiniest things can combine to make a significant difference. This year, Portico invites you to check out 2021 Live Well. We’ll guide you through activities that might seem simple, but can get you on the path to feeling stronger, balanced, and more resilient. Featured this month: 3 ingredients for a healthy breakfast, tracking how much you spend on food, and how to savor your meals mindfully.
ELCA World Hunger's 40 Days of Giving
New Lenten Study and Other Resources
Over the last year, as the world has reeled from the effects of a deadly pandemic, we have seen the number of hungry people around the world rise, watched as food pantries and soup kitchens expanded to serve an ever-growing number of guests, and longed for the time when we “will hunger no more, and thirst no more … and God will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes” (Revelation 7:16-17).
Thank you for all you are doing in your congregation and community to continue God’s work and to share the grace and love of Christ. We invite you to continue your work by connecting your congregation to the church’s global work to end hunger and poverty during ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving, which begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17.
To prepare, visit and download or order resources today. 
Lutheran World Relief Resources for Lent
Lutheran World Relief needs your help to bring real, tangible hope to our poorest neighbors. This Lent, your congregation can help by gathering and assembling Personal Care Kits. LWR has also created an accompanying full suite of Lenten resources called “Sensing Hope,” including a 5-week sermon series and small group study guide – all of which can be used digitally or in-person to nurture hope and action in your congregation.

Everything you need to get started can be found at Join LWR in spreading Christ’s love and ushering in a new season: A SEASON OF HOPE.
Thriving Leadership Formation Group for Deacons
Now Forming
Deacons in ELCA Regions 1 & 2 are invited to participate in a Cohort group that is intended to help leaders thrive in ministry. The focus of the group is on spiritual practices, community, accountability, and creating brave spaces. This Cohort group is funded by a grant received by CLU and PLTS: Thriving Leadership Formation. For more information, visit
This is the second of this kind…the first group in the fall was excellent. If you are seeking others with a shared understanding of your role as a Deacon, are possibly feeling isolated, burnt out and/or needing connection to meaningful community, this may be for you.
If you are interested in learning more, please fill out this form:
You can also send an email to the Cohort Leader, Deacon Laura Carson 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.
ELCA & Other Partners
News & Ministry Links

ELCA Advocacy Connections - December2020

ELCA Worship News - November 2020

ELCA Administration Matters - November 2020

ELCA Disability Ministries - Winter 2020

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

ELCA Global Links - December 2020

ELCA StewardNet - Fall 2020

ELCA "Seeds Monthly" Newsletter - December 2020

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

ELCA Good Gifts Newsletter - December 2020

ELCA Foundation "Insights" - November 2020

ELCA Lutheran Men in Mission "Foundations" Newsletter - Winter 2020

LSS of Southern California - 2020 Newsletter

Job Postings

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, January 20 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

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 - Weekly Gathering for ELCA Leaders
Time: January 20, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. PST
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Lutheran Retreats, Camps & Conferences
Virtual Winter Retreat
Join the LRCC crew for a Virtual Winter Retreat!

While it is still unsafe for us to gather at El Camino Pines & Luther Glen Farm, we are bringing camp to you! Broken up into weekly episodes for you to enjoy with your family or youth group, three video workshops will explore the different aspects of our theme verse Romans 12:12.

                    -Joyful in Hope 

                               -Patient in Affliction 

                                         -Faithful in Prayer

Each video workshop will be led by a different LRCC staff member and released here and on Facebook. 

Workshops will be released on three consecutive Fridays starting with February 5th.
Each video is catered to children and adults of all ages. Experience them with your church or family. You can download each workshop here and use them for your virtual Sunday School or youth group. 

Join us for a live Zoom Celebration on February 27th at 3 pm.

LSS Southern California Estate Planning Series
Continues February 10, 2021
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.

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
For a downloadable PDF flyer to share with others, click here.
Stephen Ministry Interactive Online
Bridge Leader's Training Course
Are you looking to begin Stephen Ministry or to train additional Stephen Leaders for your Stephen Ministry? The Stephen Ministries organization is offering a new way to equip Stephen Ministry leaders during this time, when it isn’t possible to attend an in-person Leader’s Training Course.

The Bridge Leader’s Training Course (BLTC) is an interactive online training experience to equip laypeople, pastors, and other church staff as “Stephen Leaders,” the ones who lead Stephen Ministry in your congregation. Participants meet over Zoom in cohorts of 20 people with two experienced trainers from Stephen Ministries for highly personalized training. During ten 2½-hour sessions over the course of five or ten weeks, trainees learn through presentations, discussions, videos, breakout activities, Q&A times, and more, gaining the knowledge and tools they need to lead Stephen Ministry in their church.

For more details about the BLTC, visit or call us at (314) 428-2600 and ask to speak to someone on the Distance Learning Team.

Pacifica Synod congregations - watch for information in early January about the synod's Stephen Ministry training grant program for lay ministry leaders.
Enriching Spirituality in Older Adulthood
ALOA's monthly webinars offer a presentation on a single topic by an expert in older adult ministry. They're free and last about an hour. On January 28, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. PST, the topic will be "Enriching Spirituality in Older Adulthood.

Roland Martinson, Emeritus Professor of Luther Seminary and author of Elder's Rising: The Promise & Peril of Aging, will share multiple aspects of spirituality as it relates to older adults. Spirituality is one section of the Toolkit for Older Adult Ministry that ALOA is in the process of developing. The Toolkit is the initial component in ALOA's Congregational Centers for Resilience and Aging project. There will also be resources shared and time for questions.
We Remember in Our Prayers
We ask that you hold the following people in your thoughts and prayers:

  • The family and friends of Pastor Richard (Dick) Mathison.
  • Our nation and its leaders.
  • 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
Lutheran Center for Mission & Learning
1801 Park Court Place, Bldg. C, Santa Ana, CA 92701