SYNOD NEWS & NOTES
July 24, 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
2018 ELCA Youth Gathering Evaluation Session - September 8
Gathering Adult Leaders Invited!
As part of the ELCA Youth Gathering's ongoing efforts to grow in its mission of faith formation in teenagers, Gathering leadership is conducting a series of in-person listening sessions. Your input is important and valued.

We invite all Pacifica and Southwest California Synod adult leaders who attended the 2018 Gathering to join us for a time of reflection and conversation at the Lutheran Center for Mission & Learning (Pacifica Synod Office, 1801 Park Court Place, Bldg. C, Santa Ana) on Saturday, September 8 from 9:30 to 11:30. Light refreshments will be served.

In order to plan for our time together, you are encouraged to RSVP to Terri Robertson at terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org .  A brief set of reflection questions will be sent the week prior to the session to help you prepare for our time together. 

Save the Date - 2019 Deacon Summit
Synod Events Coming Soon
Mark your calendar now and save the dates for the following Pacifica Synod events:


Theoasis 2018
Monday, October 22 - Thursday, October 25, 2018
Embassy Suites, Palm Desert (please note change in location)

A joint church leaders' event (a theological oasis):
Rostered leaders, professional lay church staff, youth leaders, church administrators, office managers, outdoor ministry leaders, worship leaders...         all are welcome!




Workshop for Congregational Treasurers & Administrators
Saturday, October 6
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lutheran Center for Mission & Learning


Watch for more information about both of these events, including registration link, to be available soon.

Introducing the Synod's Preaching Stewardship Ministry
One of our greatest resources is each other. When we pool our gifts, the Church benefits greatly. We are excited to introduce the Pacifica Synod's new Preaching Stewardship Ministry. The purpose of this ministry i s to share the greater gifts of stewardship proclamation with each other. This is just one component of an overall stewardship emphasis that we encourage congregations to conduct at least annually. Stewardship is more than a program. Biblical stewardship is a lifestyle. We are stewards of God's gifts daily and are called to equip our congregations to be faithful stewards of all God has entrusted to them.

Follow this link to learn more about Preaching Stewardship resources and opportunities!

"How to Create a Safety Plan for Your Church" Workshop
Saturday, September 15 
The Christian Education Network of the ELCA presents "How to Create a Safety Plan for Your Church" on Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pacifica Synod office in Santa Ana. 

We are dedicated to lifelong faith formation in the home and congregation. Our goal is to help churches create a customized plan to meet a congregation's safety needs in a building, with people, who are worshiping, learning, and serving.

Our whole church approach is for anyone seeking to intentionally create a peaceful environment for people of all ages. Attend a four-hour workshop and walk away with a customized guide and training method useful in addressing all your unique building, people, and activity concerns.  

For more information, and to register for this $25 workshop, go to www.faithfulteaching.org and download the 'Table of Contents' for the generic safety template. This document will give you the full scope and sequence of a customized safety guide. 

Your $25 registration fee includes a generic Safety Template and Training Manual.
Refreshments will be provided. Please bring a sack lunch and a laptop or tablet with a USB port (iPads do not have USB ports). Participants download the generic template from a secure thumb drive (yours to keep) and begin to customize it during the workshop. The training manual is provided in a binder, and also as an electronic file on the thumb drive.

Rest Assured! This approach does not replace all the hard work currently being done in your church. It incorporates your existing programs and best practices in a way the entire congregation can support. Increased awareness and support will lead to greater cooperation, reduced anxiety, and increased confidence.
We hope to see you at workshop soon!


ELCA News & Resources
Be a Part of ELCAvotes This Summer!
Election Day is only four months away, and faith leaders are getting involved in civic engagement across the country. ELCAvotes provides support and resources for congregations serving their communities through nonpartisan election activities, voter registration and access to the ballot.

In 2013, the ELCA adopted a social policy resolution titled "Voting Rights to All Citizens." This resolution calls on members, congregations and synods of the church to "promote public life worthy of the name" by speaking out as an advocate and engaging in local efforts such as voter registration and supporting legislation to guarantee the right to vote to all citizens. We are called to conversation and prayer around our role as U.S. residents and as people of faith in ensuring our election systems guarantee participation and promote dignity for all. 

There already are many voting resources for congregations online, with more on the way! From Bible Studies , Voting Rights History , Church IRS Guidelines and more, check out some of the resources available now at ELCA.org/votes . Don't forget to sign up for ELCAvotes email alerts to be the first to receive upcoming resources including future webinars, voter pledge cards, and more! 

For a full guide on faith-based voting activities, visit the updated ELCA Civic Participation Guide
Crossing the Line: An Inside Look at the Family Separation Crisis
Recently,  Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) hosted the webinar 
Crossing the Line: An Inside Look at the Family Separation Crisis, during which a group of organizations answered questions about family separation and the emotional and physical impact it has on youth and families. 

You can view the webinar here Take action with support from  this toolkit from LIRS.

ELCA Mission Support Resources
From ELCA Mission Advancement...
 
One resource for sharing more stories of how we are church together is the annual ELCA Global Mission Map Brochure. This brochure provides brief captions about how Mission Support dollars, together with other resources, are currently making a difference across the world. You can order this resource at:
 
You can download this resource at:



ELCA Hunger Grant Application Period Now Open!
The application period for 2019 ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants is now open through August 13, 2018. Visit  ELCA.org/domestichungergrants  to learn more about the grants and how to apply. We also invite you to attend a webinar that will review our granting priorities and cover the basics of applying. Simply click on the link below to call in.
ยท          July 19, 7 p.m. CDT
Thank you for all you do to creatively and courageously work toward a just world where all are fed - neighborhood to neighborhood, community to community. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact us at Hunger@ELCA.org

With gratitude for the ministry and mission we share, 
The ELCA World Hunger Team

New Resources for "God's work. Our hands." Sunday
Many of you are already making plans for  "God's work. Our hands." Sunday on
September 9. New resources are now available to help you organize and prepare.

You will find the resources you need to plan your activities and worship, invite your neighbors and promote within your community. There are videos to watch and share for inspiration. New this year are Spanish-language postcards, door hangers and social memes.  You also can order yellow "God's work. Our hands." T-shirts

"God's work. Our hands." Sunday celebrates the work you do every day, serving communities in ways that share the love of God with all people. We look forward to doing this work together again this year.

ELCA Publications 


 


ELCA Advocacy Update - July 2018

Celebrating Ministry Together!
Agape House - SDSU Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry
Agape House is an inclusive outreach for all on the campus of SDSU and with young adults in the wider San Diego area. In the spirit of Agape (the New Testament word for "self-transcending love") we embody Jesus' vision of "Beloved Community." We support friendship in an open community of trust, offering hospitality, worship, spiritual growth, support for vocational discernment, leadership development, community service, recreation, small groups, retreats and cross-cultural immersion experiences.

We welcome students from all different backgrounds and walks of life. We find that our community and ministry are strengthened by rich diversity of perspectives, identities, cultures, abilities, and values. Your participation changes and enhances this community! We have events at various times throughout the semester. Please feel free to drop by to find out more. Also, follow Agape House on our Facebook Page for up to date news. Click here  for the our summer e-news.
 
Summer is the Perfect Time to Assemble LWR School Kits
Does your congregation assemble School Kits for Lutheran World Relief? Summer is the perfect time to stock up on supplies! Back-to-school sales are an easy way to pick up pens, notebooks, scissors and more at a discount. Encourage parents to buy extra supplies when shopping with their children and celebrate the start of the school year with a School Kit assembly!
 
Visit https://lwr.org/get-involved/build-kits-of-care/school-kits for more information about packing and sending School Kits.


Global Mission Update - Pastor Hitoshi & Satoko Adachi
As Pastor Hitoshi Adachi and his wife, Satoko, begin their calls as missionaries with the Japan Evangelicial Lutheran Church in Kumamoto, Japan, we are pleased to share their first official newsletter here.

From the synod office, some additional information: The ELCA is sending a little over 200 missionaries to over 40 countries to serve as pastors, teachers, advisers and doctors. It costs an average of $80,000 annually to support an ELCA missionary household. Each missionary is expected to raise $20,000 per year towards these costs. We encourage you to consider becoming a longer-term sponsoring congregation/individual to support Pastor Hitoshi and Satoko in their ministries, which will continue for the next four to eight years. As it is written in attached profile, if you wish to support the Adachi's with an automatic monthly bank withdrawal or to establish a covenant of prayer, communication and support, please contact 800.638.3522, ext. 2657, or at globalchurch@elca.org.



Events & Opportunities
Save the Date - Central City Lutheran Mission Groundbreaking


Lutheran Night at Dodger Stadium - August 25


LRCC Christian Camp Classic Golf Tournament - Sept 21


Friday, September 21
Sterling Hills Golf Course 
901 Sterling Hills Drive
Camarillo

Register online now at  LRCChome.com/golf

Early Bird Golfer (before Sept. 1) $140
Individual Golfer (after Sept. 1) $160
BBQ Dinner only $20

Four person best-ball Scramble
10:30 AM Check-In
12:00 PM Shotgun Start
5:00 PM Dinner Banquet
Pacifica Women of the ELCA Annual Convention

Care Connections Network - Orange County
Care Connections Network is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to empowering older adults and changing how we all think about aging. We work with existing community organizations and vetted service providers to connect our members to services that are designed to assist older adults with staying active and remaining in their own homes. We are part of the Village to Village Network, a nation-wide group of community-based organizations dedicated to changing how people age in America and are one of the few faith-based villages. We are a social ministry of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and have received support and encouragement from the ELCA. Our educational and social programs are open to everyone in the community.

We offer:
  • Lifelong learning and educational opportunities to help you age with confidence
  • Social and cultural events to help you stay connected with the community
  • Referrals to vetted and trusted service providers
  • A volunteer program to help you with other needs
To view a copy of our July newsletter, click here.  Contact us at 714/962-9346 or visit our website at   www.CareConnectionsNetwork.org
Prayer Requests
Below, please find prayer requests for our synod's rostered ministers, spouses, key lay leaders and congregations here in our synod e-newsletter. 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. Karen Marohn - pastor@stpetersbythesea.org
Harvest Conference - The Rev. David Jorstad - pastorjorstadsmlc@yahoo.com
Raincross Conference - The Rev. Linda Brown - pastor@edenlutheran.net
Big Bear Conference - The Rev. Scottie Lloyd - PastorScottie@lcosavior.org
Saddleback Conference - The Rev. Brenda Bos - pastor@clcsanclemente.org
Son & Surf Conference - The Rev. Brian Taylor - revbst@aol.com
Rejoice Conference - The Rev. Cate Luehr - pastorcate@elclh.org
Hukilau Conference - The Rev. Kathryn Zurcher - kzurcher002@luthersem.edu

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We ask that you hold the following people and congregations in prayer:

Pastor Bill Schumacher 
Spirit of Hope Lutheran, Highland
Calvary by the Sea Lutheran, Honolulu