SYNOD NEWS & NOTES
January 22, 2018
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  terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org. 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
Farewell & Godspeed, Pastor Hitoshi!
Last Thursday, we bid farewell and Godspeed to our colleague in ministry, Pastor Hitoshi Adachi, who has served faithfully for 8 years as Pacifica's Assistant to the Bishop for Finance and Asian Ministries. In addition, Pastor Hitoshi served as the Japanese Pastor at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Huntington Beach. On February 1, Hitoshi and his wife Satoko will begin their calls with ELCA Global Mission, serving as missionaries working with 3 congregations in Kumamoto, Japan. Thank you, Hitoshi, and blessings to you and Satoko on your new journey!
Register Now for the Day of Theological Reflection - February 1
Our 2018 Day of Theological Reflection will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hemet (191 Columbia Street). Check-in will begin at 9:00 a.m., with programming beginning at 9 :30 a.m. and continuing until 2:30 p.m. The cost will be $40 per person and will include lunch.

The theme for this year is "Can I Talk About Money? - Preaching & S peaking about Stewardship" and will be led by Shauna Hannan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Homiletics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Online registration is open now and can be accessed by following this link. More information about the event has been posted on our synod website here.                   

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. 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 andytaylor@pacificasynod.org
Congregational (Parochial) Reports Due February 15
In December, the ELCA mailed the 2017 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 is February 15, 2018.  If you can't find your login information, please contact Carol Youngman at 714.692.2791 or by email at carolyoungman@pacificasynod.org.

Congregational Statement of Intent for Mission Support 
Your ministry partners in the ELCA and Pacifica Synod invite congregations to make a statement of intent to synod and churchwide ministries for 2018. As your congregation considers its commitment, please note this invitation models the spiritual practices of regular reflection and faithful response to God's abundant grace. We encourage each expression of the church (households, congregations and synods) to engage in these practices regularly. In this way, we move beyond ourselves to do God's work together.

Congregations are asked to submit their 2018 Statement of Intent as soon as your 2018 budget is approved. You may find a copy of the 2018 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 or email them to terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org
31st Annual Pacifica Synod Assembly - May 18 to 19, 2018
The 2018 Pacifica Synod Assembly will meet at Hope Lutheran in Palm Desert for a two-day assembly on May 18 and 19, 2018. Our Assembly Planning Team has been meeting and has chosen the theme for the Assembly - "Go and Tell: Giving Voice to Faith, Justice  and Blessing".

The assembly will begin on Friday, May 18 with registration opening at 7 a.m., Hearings at 8 a.m. and the opening business session at 9 a.m. The assembly will end on Saturday, May 19 at noon. 

The 2018 Synod Assembly webpage has been updated with information about nominations, memorials and resolutions. Please note that the deadline to present resolutions and memorials or to make a nomination for the 2018 Assembly is February 15, 2018.
 

The registration fees for this assembly will remain the same as they were this year. Each congregation has been sent an invoice, detailing voting member assignments for your congregation and allowing congregations to take advantage of an Early Bird Discounted Congregational Registration Fee ($545 for 3 voting members) if paid by February 28, 2018. After that date, this fee increases to $600. Additional voting members are $125 and visitors are $75. Online registration for voting members and visitors will open on March 1, 2018.

If you have questions about your Synod Assembly invoice or registration for the assembly, please contact Terri Robertson at terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org.
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ELCA News & Resources
"Church Speak" - Bishop Eaton's January Column
In her January column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that people who have no experience with the church don't speak our language or know our stories. She says we need to find a new language to commend the faith clearly and genuinely.

Read her column in English at http://bit.ly/2CFw2g6 and in Spanish at http://bit.ly/2F1Xz9O.

ELCA Annual Report Covers
The ELCA has provided this PDF version of the 2017 Annual Report Cover for those who prefer to use this format and download your own copies. Please note the reference to Strategic Directions 2025 on the back cover.

Printed copies will be available soon and may be ordered through the ELCA website at  http://resources.elca.org/Products-Stewardship.html.

ELCA Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice
In 2009, the Churchwide Assembly authorized the development of a social statement on women and justice. The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ has been at work since 2012 and brought their work to a crucial stage. On November 15, 2017 it released the Draft of a Social Statement on Women and Justice. The comment period on the Draft is open until September 30, 2018.

Information about the Draft, along with an FAQ, overview, brochure, information about the task force, timeline and information about how to participate in the comment period may be found here.
ELCA Publications 
 



Celebrating Ministry Together!
Ordination of the Rev. Spencer Steele - January 14
On Sunday, January 14, we celebrated with The Rev. Spencer Steele, as he was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Dana Point. He will serve his first call as Associate Pastor at The Church of the Holy Spirit in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Congratulations, Pastor Spencer!

This and That
IRS 2018 Mileage Rates
The Internal Revenue Service has issued its 2018 optional standard mileage rates. This year, the mileage reimbursement rates will slightly increase.  Use of this rate is optional, though it is widely seen by churches as a simple way to determine a standard rate for calculating mileage reimbursement for employees who use their personal vehicle for ministry or business purposes.

If your organization uses the IRS rate to calculate mileage reimbursement, be sure to update your systems to account for this change.

 
Looking for Summer Camp Counselors


We are looking for summer counselors and need your help!

If you know of anyone interested in having the best summer of their life, impacting the lives of youth, growing in faith and self - look no more! Invite them to join our awesome staff for the Summer of 2018.

They will make friendships that last a lifetime and be a role model for the kids in our community.

Applications are available for Summer Staff and Staff In Training (SIT).
Please visit www.LRCChome.com/employment/summer_staff.php for more information.
Events & Opportunities
What Lutherans Need to Know About Immigration - January 27


Saturday January 27, 4-6:30 pm
San Marcos Lutheran Church
3419 Grand Ave. San Marcos 92078

RSVP by 01/20/2018 and questions to Pastor Karla Halvorson
Everything in English and Spanish.
Immigration basics taught by Lutheran experts (in English) and Know Your Rights taught by The North County Immigration Task Force in Spanish.

Come learn what you need to know, meet your Lutheran brothers and sisters, and share a wonderful homemade Mexican meal together.
The event is free (including the meal), but a free will offering will be taken in support of the North County Immigration Task Force.

Lo que los luteranos necesitan saber sobre la inmigración Conoce tus derechos
Sábado 27 de enero, 4-630 p.m.
Iglesia Luterana de San Marcos
3419 Grand Ave. San Marcos 92078
Para mas información y reservación póngase en contacto con el pastor Karla Halvorson PastorKarlaSMLC@sbcglobal.net 760-727-1509.
Reservacion debe ser hecha para 01/20/2018

Conceptos básicos de Biblia e Inmigración impartidos por expertos luteranos y Conozca sus derechos impartidos por The North County Immigration Task Force en español  parar Ud. su familia y su bario

Venga a aprender lo que necesita saber, conozca a sus hermanos y hermanas luteranos, y comparta una maravillosa comida mexicana casera gratis.

Se realizará un donación voluntaria en apoyo del NCITF
Tendremos cuidado de niños
 
"Religions of the World" Community Class - Fullerton

Small Group Workshop - Walnut Creek, CA

The Sierra Pacific Synod has scheduled a workshop on holistic small group ministry for Saturday, March 17 from 9 am to 3 pm at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Walnut Creek, California in the San Francisco Bay area. 

Many Christian leaders believe that these small group communities, properly structured and connected to the congregation, are powerful engines for the renewal of the Church. Holistic small groups nourish the spiritual practices of prayer, witness, service, learning, stewardship, and interpersonal care. 

  For a flyer with more information, click here. Follow this link to register.

Questions? Contact Pastor Paul Theiss, Workshop Coordinator at 510.909.5754 or by email at theiss.paul@gmail.com
LRCC 2018 Winter Retreats - January to March 2018


Come to Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences Winter Retreats, where we will be given a deeper understanding of the God that has already named and claimed each one of us, with a love too abundant to comprehend.

Our Winter Retreats at both sites feature special programming designed by our year-round staff.

Friday - Sunday retreats run from 7 pm on Friday evening through lunch on Sunday. Saturday - Monday retreats run from 4 pm on Saturday through brunch on Monday.

Come with your youth group, come by yourself or invite a friend and be ready for a weekend you won't forget. Click here for more info, pricing and a registration link.