July 9, 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 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
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 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!

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ELCA News & Resources
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  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.
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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

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.

Program Director for Advocacy Engagement Position
ELCA Advocacy in Washington, D.C. is seeking a Program Director for Advocacy Engagement. The position is heavily focused on communication, and is based out of Washington D.C. You can learn more about the position and apply if interested at

ELCA Publications 


ELCA Advocacy Update - June 2018

Celebrating Ministry Together!
Sharing Your Congregation's Youth Gathering Experience

The 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston has come to a close after 5 days of amazing speakers, worship, activities, service opportunities and chances for the youth and adults in our synod to experience our larger church. We give thanks for the ELCA staff, volunteers, youth leaders, pastors and adult leaders who made this all possible. Videos of the Bible studies, evening mass gatherings and worship may be found at

We'd like to share your experience with others. If you are a leader who brought a group to the Gathering in Houston and would like to share 4-5 of your favorite photos of your group, we'd like to use them in a special post-Assembly Gathering recap to be shared through our synod e-news. Please email photos to by July 10. Be sure that you have parent's permission to share photos of your youth.

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

Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network Opportunities
LE VN, the  Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network, is looking for young  adults (age 21-30) with Bachelor's degrees for an 11-month program of non-profit volunteer service and learning about social justice. From the end of August 2018 to the end of July 2019, our corps members will be provided housing, utilities, health coverage, transportation, spiritual direction, and a $400/month food stipend. We    also offer a $1000 re-entry grant at the completion of the program.

The placement sites for the upcoming program year include faith-based non-profits, secular non-profits, congregations, the Sierra Pacific Synod office, and our campus ministry at UC Davis. These service sites address issues of homelessness, unemployment, children and youth ministries, computer literacy, and other important social justice issues facing our communities.

We gather each week for worship, dinner, and formation. The corps members live in intentional community in a triplex in Sacramento, CA. We're an ecumenical program in the Episcopal Service Corps network; applicants needn't be either Lutheran or Episcopal to apply-interest in Christian spirituality is the only expectation. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the program begins.

Visit or contact Program Director Casey Dunsworth at 530.756.1550 or for more information!

Events & Opportunities
Crystal Singing Bowl Concert - Yorba Linda - July 20

Executive Skills for Pastors - July 16 to 20, 2018
Essential Skills for Youth Workers- August 2 to 4, 2018

For a PDF flyer for this event, click here.
For more info or to register, go to

The aim of this event is to:
* Connect more deeply to your own context or ministry setting
* Go home with resources and plans
* Find space for renewal and rest
* Build relationships and a network

* The format of the event will include three rounds of:
* Three TED-style talks on various aspects of work with children, youth and families
* Round table discussions with the speakers
* Small groups of participants to "translate" content from speakers to your context
* Workshop time/space to draft and/or collect resources to use back your context

Save the Date - Central City Lutheran Mission Groundbreaking

Lutheran Night at Dodger Stadium - August 25

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
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 -
W. San Diego Conf - The Rev. Karen Marohn -
Harvest Conference - The Rev. David Jorstad -
Raincross Conference - The Rev. Linda Brown -
Big Bear Conference - The Rev. Scottie Lloyd -
Saddleback Conference - The Rev. Brenda Bos -
Son & Surf Conference - The Rev. Brian Taylor -
Rejoice Conference - The Rev. Cate Luehr -
Hukilau Conference - The Rev. Kathryn Zurcher -


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

Spirit of Hope Lutheran, Highland
Calvary by the Sea Lutheran, Honolulu