June 11, 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
"Every Voice Counts..."
Women &  Justice Social Statement Event - June 16
All ELCA congregations and individuals have the opportunity to study and comment on the Draft Social Statement on WOMEN and JUSTICE. The comment period ends September 30, 2018.

San Diego area Resource Events have been planned to assist anyone who wishes to study and comment on the draft. The first hour of this event is designed for individuals who will study/comment on their own with the second hour focusing on leading a group in this study. The second of these events will be held:

Saturday, June 16, 9:00 -11:00 am
Bethlehem Lutheran Church 
925 Balour Dr., Encinitas

Questions? Call or email Pastor Gloria Espeseth at  619.913.5067 or by email at

Copies of the Draft Social Statement on Women and Justice and other resources are available at

AMMPARO Workshop - June 16
As was shared at our recent Synod Assembly,  a workshop discussing the ELCA's AMMPARO response will be held in our synod on Saturday, June 16 at Clairemont Lutheran Church in San Diego from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

AMMPARO is a holistic, whole church commitment by the ELCA, as a church in the world, to accompany children today and in the future.  The word "amparo" in Spanish means the protection of a living creature from suffering or damage. The ELCA's strategy to Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) was envisioned after witnessing the plight of children who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons, including chronic violence, poverty, environmental displacement and lack of opportunities. 

This event on June 16 is open to anyone interested in learning more about issues around refugees especially as it relates to unaccompanied minors. Mary Campbell, the director for AMMPARO at the ELCA Churchwide office in Chicago, will join us for the event. All are welcome and there's no cost to attend.

Clairemont Lutheran is located at 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego. 

Please note: We will also be going to visit one or more refugee shelters in Tijuana on Friday, June 15th, leaving from Clairemont Lutheran Church at 12:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Pastor Nate Allen at 858.273.7423.

For a PDF version of the flyer below, click here
2018 Companion Synod Pilgrimage to Malaysia
Global Mission - Pacifica Synod
2018 Companion Synod Pilgrimage
to the Basel Christian Church of Malaysia
October 30 to November 15, 2018

Members of the Pacifica Synod are invited to join Bishop Andy Taylor on a pilgrimage to visit with our global friends and partners of the Basel Christian Church of Malaysia (BCCM) on the island of Borneo. More information about the trip, including a tentative itinerary, may be found on our website page here.

Those interested in being a part of this pilgrimage must complete the Participant Application and submit it as indicated on the application, along with the narrative requested. The deadline to apply is Monday, June 25, 2018.

An exploratory meeting at the Lutheran Center for Mission & Learning (Pacifica Synod Office) for any and all interested will be held on Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m. If any wish to attend the meeting by video-conference, please email Rachel Line at to be sent a link to join.
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!

Ministry Update - Pastor Hitoshi and Satoko Adachi
An Update from Pastor Hitoshi on May 29, 2018,
Dear All,
Thank you very much for your coordination, prayers, and thoughts.  Satoko finally arrived Monday morning (May 28)!  At the Kumamoto Airport, Pr. Sugimoto from Kumamoto Lutheran Church, Mr. and Mrs. Iwasaki from Oe Lutheran Church, and I from Kuwamizu Lutheran Church welcomed her. The flowers were prepared by members of Matsubase Lutheran Church where I was installed by Pr. Yasuhiro Tateno (Mission Director in the Kyushu District and Pastor at Oe Lutheran Church).

Our missionary profile is
attached here and explains a glimpse of our ministry. Again, thank you for your continuous thoughts, prayers, and support. 

Pastor Hitoshi Adachi

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 .

"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!

ELCA News & Resources
Presiding Bishop Eaton - "We Know the Truth"
In her June column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton compares her father's experience following the war to that of African American soldiers. And knowing the truth of such realities, she writes, means "we have to do something about it." 

Read her column in English at and in Spanish at

Faith Leaders Issue Statement on Family Separation
CHICAGO (June 7, 2018) - The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has convened ELCA ecumenical and inter-religious partners in a statement addressing concerns over a recent U.S. government policy calling for more stringent enforcement of federal immigration laws. The policy will most likely result in an increase in family separations. To read the text of the statement, click here.
Youth Gathering News!

June 24-27 - MYLE and the tAble
June 27-July 1 - ELCA Youth Gathering

Planning to watch the Gathering livestream? Join us on our  homepage ! We'll be livestreaming:
  • MYLE Worship: June 26 at 6:45 p.m. (all times CDT)
  • The tAble Worship: June 27 at 10 a.m.
  • Daily Bible studies: June 27-June 30 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Nightly Mass Gatherings: June 27-June 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Morning Worship: July 1 at 10 a.m.

Bible Studies
Part of our Community Life programming for the Gathering is daily Bible studies featuring some of our guest speakers on our main stage. These Bible studies will in the NRG arena starting Wednesday. Here is our lineup:
  • Wednesday, June 27 - Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
  • Thursday, June 28 - the Rev. Tuhina Rasche
  • Friday, June 29 - the Rev. Aaron Fuller
  • Saturday, June 30 - the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber
Final Gathering Webinar
Our next webinar is on June 14 at 7 p.m. CDT and will be a last-minute Q&A. Join our Gathering staff and bring any last-minute questions you have before joining us in Houston for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. Sign up or join us on Facebook live !

Commissioning Litany
The Gathering has provided a commissioning litany for congregations to use as a blessing and sending for groups coming to the Gathering.  Feel free to  download and use with your congregation before joining us at the Gathering!

Service Learning Videos
Preparing your group for service learning? Take a look at our Service Learning videos! We have an orientation video that will help you prepare for what to expect, how to engage in accompaniment, and how we will process. It also has great tips on things that you should bring with you to ensure you have a great Service Learning experience!

After you've viewed the orientation video, check out the four visual poems. These videos will introduce you to different communities in Houston that your groups may engage with during the Service Learning Day. 

Last Chance for 2017 Congregational (Parochial) Report Filing
Congregations are reminded that they have only until Friday, June 15th to file your 2017 annual report in time for it to be included in the ELCA's summary statistics. They will be shutting the system down for about 6 weeks, beginning on Friday, June 15, in order to prepare the data and reports. 

If you haven't filed yours yet, we strongly encourage you to do so this week. If you miss this deadline, the ELCA will use the data from the last report you filed for their statistics and your trend information online. Instructions on how to file may be found on our synod website via this link.

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!
Calvary by the Sea, Honolulu's Food Bank Re-Opens!
We celebrate with Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church in Honolulu and the Angel  Network Food Bank which re-opened on Thursday, June 7. The church, preschool and food bank were all damaged on April 13. Thanks to the dedicated work of volunteers, the food bank, Oahu's second largest feeding over 3,000 people per month, was able to begin serving the community once again. Click here for a news story and video with more details. For information about ways to support Calvary by the Sea as they recover from flood damage, click here .
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
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 June newsletter, click here.  Contact us at 714/962-9346 or visit our website at
Lutheran Church of Our Savior, San Bernardino 
Summer Film Fest Friday Nights!

Faith Lutheran, Menifee Garden Tea Party - June 23
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

Lutheran Night at Dodger Stadium - August 25

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:

Calvary by the Sea Lutheran, Honolulu
Grace Holtz
Pastor George and Vivian Johnson