Pacifica Synod News & Notes
June 2, 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 terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org. 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
Ordination of the Rev. Juli Patten
On Saturday, May 22, we celebrated the ordination of the Rev. Juli Patten as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. Her ordination took place at Maluhia Lutheran Church, Waianae, Hawai'i. Pastor Juli serves Christ Lutheran Church, San Clemente. Congratulations, Pastor Juli!
Is God Calling You to be a Leader in the ELCA?
Join us for an Afternoon of Discernment
Sunday, June 13, 2021
from 2 – 4 p.m. PDT/11 a.m.-1 p.m. HST
on ZOOM
 
We are all called to love God and our neighbors. To help us do that, the Holy Spirit nudges and encourages each of us to grow closer to God. As well as calling some to use their gifts, talents, and abilities to leadership in the church. Are you or someone you know wondering, feeling, considering, discerning a call to serve as a rostered minister in the ELCA? Join us, bring a friend, come with your pastor or deacon (all ages welcome) as we explore the possibilities.

To register for this event, click here. If you cannot join us on that date but are interested in more information on discernment, please write to:

Rev. Terry Tuvey Allen at terrytuveyallen@pacificasynod.org
Bishop's Conversation with Congregation Presidents
As he did in January 2021, Bishop Andy Taylor invites Pacifica Synod Congregation Presidents to join him in June for a time of conversation, along with time in small groups for idea and resource sharing.

This time together will focus on how we are and will be doing ministry in this post-pandemic world. The bishop will share best practices on the way Church Councils and Rostered Ministers work together. There will also be information provided about the Employee Retention Credit and how to determine if your congregation may be eligible.

The conversations will take place over Zoom and both current and incoming Congregation Presidents are invited. There will be two sessions offered so you can choose the one that works best for you. The dates and times are as follows:

Saturday, June 19 - 12:30 p.m. PDT/9:30 a.m. HST

Tuesday, June 22 - 7:00 p.m. PDT/4:00 p.m. HST

You may register for the session of your choice by using the registration button below. You will receive a confirmation email after registering and the Zoom link will be sent to you 3 days prior to your session.
Save the Dates - October 18 to 20, 2021
for Theoasis 2021 in La Quinta
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!

Please save the dates of Monday, October 18 to Wednesday, October 20, 2021 to be with us for Theoasis at the Embassy Suites in La Quinta! Please note: this is one day shorter than in the past. The 2021 theme will revolve around preaching. More details about the event, along with registration information, to be available soon.
Growing Young Final Core Commitment Conversations
June 8 & 10
Growing Young isn’t about changing youth ministry, 
it’s about changing church culture.

In January 2021, we began hosting monthly, online Zoom conversations, each focusing on one of the six Growing Young Core Commitments. Each of these free sessions will be offered once during the day and once during the evening through the month of June.

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 terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org to have a code sent to you by email.

Below are dates and times of our remaining session. Pre-registration for each session is required to receive the Zoom link to join. Please click here to register. Resources from past sessions may be found on our Growing Young webpage here.

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

For more information about Growing Young or if you'd like to serve on this team, please email Terri Robertson at terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org.
2021 Global Engagement Mission (GEM) Grant Fund
Application Period Now Open Through July 15
The 2021 Global Engagement Mission (GEM) Fund Grant application period is now open. The goals of the fund are:

  1. To assist congregations of the Pacifica Synod in their Global Mission efforts;
  2. To initiate and/or continue direct support of present and future Companion Synods of the Pacifica Synod;
  3. To share in ministry with God's people as we strive together for a lasting world peace.

Distribution of funds may be given to increase awareness of global mission work and to fund domestic and/or foreign projects related to Pacifica Companion Synod(s) and Lutheran partners. Due to COVID-19, no monies will be given for travel from 2021 grants.

Requirements of the grant may be found the 2021 GEM Grant Fund application. Download and complete the application and submit it along with a one-page description of the project/program and how the funds will be used. Be specific as to how the project/program meets the goals of this grant and the outcomes anticipated.

The maximum amount that can be requested is $1,000. The application deadline is July 15, 2021. The completed application and description may be returned by mail or email using the instructions provided on the application.
Employee Retention Credit (ERC)
Can it Benefit Your Congregation and/or Preschool?
The ERC is under the December 2020 Relief Act and allows for employers to receive funds for retaining employees through the pandemic. The following are circumstances where a church has a strong likelihood of benefiting from the ERC:
 
  • Does the church have a school that was closed for a month or more during the March through June timeframe due to governmental COVID-19 orders?

  • Did the church have unusually large giving or other receipts in 2019, perhaps as the result of a capital campaign or a legacy gift?

  • Did the the church suffer a substantial decrease in offerings during 2020 compared to the same months in 2019?
 
If your answer is yes to any one of these questions, serious further evaluation of the ERC is in order. If not, there are still possibilities your church may qualify since we all in California have suffered from COVID-19 restrictions.

On May 10, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Encinitas hosted a conversation over Zoom about the Employee Retention Credit (ERC), led by Mark Stauffer, CPA and member of the congregation. Mark discussed the ERC and whether or not it might be a possibility, or of benefit, for your congregation.

If the recording of this conversation and/or the presentation slides shared during the conversation might be helpful in your discernment of whether the ERC can benefit your congregation or preschool or if you have questions, please contact Terri Robertson at terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Pacifica Synod's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Workgroup will be hosting another monthly roundtable discussion group, under the leadership of James Tyler. In May, we had a very interesting and stimulating conversation. Thank you to all who attended and especially to Ms. Barbara Macklin for her presentation.

We invite you to be with us for our next roundtable conversation on Sunday, June 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. We are planning to meet in-person once again at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 111 W. Las Palmas Drive, Fullerton. Safety protocols will be adhered to.

Our topic will be INSTITUTIONS. What changes need to be made in institutions like the criminal justice system, the education system and the economic system. This is a tall order! What part can you help us in understanding? To suggest a topic or find out more information about future conversations, please contact Terri Robertson at terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org.
Verb of God Bible Study in Spanish live via Zoom to YouTube Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. (PDT)

Verbo de Dios Estudio Bíblico en español por Zoom a YouTube miércoles a la 1:00 p.m. (PDT)

“Verb of God” is a Bible Study in Spanish every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. PDT live via Zoom. The most recent episode (May 26) may be found on the following platforms listed below.


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 May 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 https://community.elca.org/Japan 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 globalchurch@elca.org


From the ELCA
Last Call for 2020 Congregational Report Submission
The ELCA Office of the Secretary will be shutting down the online system for filing Congregational Reports Forms A & C on Friday, June 11. Forms should be submitted electronically before that date in order to be included in the 2020 ELCA statistics. If your congregations hasn't filed your 2020 reports yet, please do so before June 11.

To file an annual congregation report, please click here. Please note: you will need your Congregation ID and a password (mailed in late December to your church office by the ELCA) in order to complete these reports. If you can’t locate this information, please contact carolyoungman@pacificasynod.org.
Remembering the Emanuel Nine Martyrs
June 17
As part of the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, voting members adopted a resolution designating June 17 as a commemoration of the martyrdom of the Emanuel Nine — the nine people shot and killed on June 17, 2015, during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. A collection of resources is available to help synods and congregations mark this commemoration. These resources can be adapted for virtual worship, online conversation or individual reflection and devotion.

Refreshed worship resources for the Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine are available in PDF and Word formats, including Scripture suggestions for a commemoration service. Additional resources for marking this commemoration in synods and congregations can be found at ELCA.org/EmanuelNine.

Synods and congregations are encouraged to mark this commemoration locally. Please email worship@elca.org if your synod or congregation is planning a dedicated, online commemoration service that you wish to share with others.

Our relationship to the shooter, as well as two of the slain, reminds us of both our complicity and our calling. Together we confess that we are in bondage to the sins of racism and white supremacy and, at the same time, we rejoice in the freedom that is ours in Christ Jesus who “has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us” (Ephesians 2:14). May God continue to guide us as we seek repentance and renewal, and racial justice and reconciliation among God’s precious children.
2021-2022 ELCA World Hunger Advocacy Fellowships
Application Process Now Open
Do you (or someone you know) have the drive to help build ELCA World Hunger capacity to end hunger by deepening and expanding Lutheran advocacy efforts in synods, coalitions and networks? ELCA Hunger Advocacy Fellowships are a great opportunity! The application process is open for the 2021-22 ELCA Hunger Advocacy Fellowship

Apply yourself and/or share widely. Start date for the 12-month position is September 2021. Placements available with state public policy offices in Arizona (bit.ly/ELCAHAF-AZ), Minnesota (bit.ly/ELCAHAF-MN) and Texas (bit.ly/ELCAHAF-TX); and with a communications focus in Washington, D.C. (bit.ly/ELCAHAF-DC). All positions are on the ELCA Job Board.


We’ve worked together with some amazing young adults in this role in prior years, benefitting from their leadership and offering opportunities for professional growth and spiritual development that continue to bless our communities today.
New Resources for
God's work. Our hands. Sunday
On Sunday, September 12, 2021, congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will come together for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday.

Our church — and our world — continue to live through the COVID-19 pandemic. But the good news is that we are beginning to experience a slow return to physical community as more people become vaccinated. We look forward to gathering with family and friends once again to share God’s love in person.

Amid this ongoing situation, we continue to be church together. Across the ELCA we are witnessing the love and concern God’s people have for one another. During this time, our congregations continue to support ministries that assist vulnerable people in their communities.

As church, we are guided by our life in Christ to share the love of Jesus and serve our neighbors — even if these acts of service take place from our homes or from a safe distance.

As you explore opportunities to participate in our dedicated day of service, visit ELCA.org/DayOfService for helpful planning resources
2022 ELCA Youth Gathering News
Volunteer Applications Are Now Live!
The Gathering could not happen without the love and support of our volunteers. Our Gathering Volunteer Corps applications are now open and will close on July 22. Local volunteer applications are also now open until we have reached capacity. For a detailed list of responsibilities and requirements or to apply, visit our website. Learn more and apply here.

Getting Ready Materials Coming Soon!
Mark your calendars — our Getting Ready Materials will launch in June. This resource will help your group prepare for the 2022 Gathering, dive into the theme “boundless: God beyond measure,” learn about our host city and so much more. Be sure to join our webinar on June 17 for a sneak peek! Sign up for the webinar here.
International Women Leaders 2021 Graduation
You are cordially invited to celebrate the 2021 graduating class of International Women Leaders scholars at the International Women Leaders Graduation Celebration.

When: Wednesday, June 16, at 10 a.m. Central time

Where: Premiered on the ELCA Facebook Page

RSVP at our Facebook event; Facebook account not required to watch event. This event will be rebroadcast on the ELCA YouTube channel at 8 p.m. Central time. 


The International Women Leaders scholarship program was established in 2014. This will be the third full graduating class to complete their undergraduate degrees at ELCA colleges and universities. The keynote speaker will be Christine Mangale, program director for the Lutheran Office for World Community; former International Leaders Program scholarship recipient.
From Our Other Partners
A Free Post-COVID Re-Gathering/Renewal Resource
for Congregations
If you're looking for a resource to encourage, inspire, and challenge your members and get them in the right frame of mind for your post-Covid journey ahead, consider Thriving Beyond Covid, a scripture-based small and large group study.

The days ahead will be challenging but they can be managed with faith and a plan. Check out this two-minute video (https://youtu.be/w1VQ5dM0ee0) and the website to see if this resource is something your congregation might want to use. A leader guide, small and large group participant guides, and videos, are available for free download at www.ThrivingBeyondCovid.org.

To access and review the resource, simply go to www.ThrivingBeyondCovid.org and submit the brief Download Resources request. You will immediately receive an email reply with links to everything.

From the resource developer, Pastor Jeff Linman:
I served for 33 years as an ELCA pastor, 22 of them in redevelopment settings, and have a deep passion for church renewal. As a relatively new member of the retired roster I continue to serve by leading congregational renewal weekends and by serving pastors as an ELCA Level 1 coach. This resource is my gift to the church for these challenging times.
Lutheran Office of Public Policy
Lutheran Lobby Day Updates
From LOPP:

On Wednesday, May 19, we gathered to learn, to pray, and to advocate. Over one hundred of you showed up. We had 34 meetings with different legislative offices, 6 workshops with ELCA leaders, and 5 priority bills.

We have exciting news. As of Thursday, May 20, 2021, 3 of our 4 active bills passed out of the Appropriations Committees to the floor of their respective houses. It’s no coincidence that our Lobby Day was scheduled one day before this important committee decision. Your voices mattered in these committee votes.

The following three bills are continuing forward in the legislative process..
  • AB 221: Emergency Food4All - Assembly Floor
  • SB 464: Food4All - Senate Floor
  • AB 937: The VISION Act (No ICE transfers) - Assembly Floor

Here’s the status of our other two bills:
  • SB 691: CalEITC Expansion - held in Senate Appropriations, but the accompanying budget ask is still active.
  • AB 1400: Guaranteed Healthcare for All - this was a two year bill, so while there will not be any action until 2022, our advocacy work helps build support for a premier equity and justice issue.
Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences News!
SUMMER CAMP 2021 IS BACK!

We are thrilled to be able to open up camp safely this summer for campers and families. We want to see you at camp this summer so you can DISCOVER and experience the joy of camp again! our theme is 'Discover,' an exploration into the abundant love of God through Christ, both seen and unseen!  Our theme verse is Jeremiah 33:3 , "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  

With COVID-19 protocols, space will be LIMITED. Please make sure to sign up early to reserve your spot!

For dates, registration, and information regarding Summer Camp 2021 please visit www.lrcchome.com/summer-camp-2021.



What is the H.E.L.P. CAMP-aign?

The H.E.L.P. CAMP-aign is our recovery plan. H.E.L.P. is an acronym:

Help kids get to camp

Encourage young adults to be counselors

Lean into your camp's financial recovery

Pray for God’s blessing

Thank you to the congregations of the Pacifica Synod for supporting Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences' H.E.L.P. CAMP-aign Resolution at their Synod Assembly. The same resolution will go before the Southwest California Synod in early June.

The real impact of the Covid-19 pandemic closures of our local Lutheran Bible camps has resulted in over $1,000,000 dollars in lost revenue. Thankfully our donors responded generously, but we still have a long way to go.

You will hear more about the H.E.L.P. CAMP-aign in the next few months. How can you help today? H: Help kids get to camp!

It's time to fill our Bible camps this summer with campers. Our summer staff is excited and ready to go!
Recorded Worship Experience for Sunday, June 6, 2021
A Gift from the Camps and Retreat Centers of the ELCA
A recorded worship experience for use on Sunday, June 6, 2021, the Second Sunday After Pentecost is being made available as a gift from the Camps and Retreat Centers of the ELCA to the Congregations of the ELCA.

Parish pastors and worship leaders – we know that your virtual leadership of worship experiences has been, for you, at the same time gratifying and demanding. As part of our gratitude for you, the leaders of outdoor ministries throughout the ELCA are offering you a complete worship video experience for use in your congregation and other settings. We hope that you will enjoy a Sunday worship experience that you have not had to feel the obligation of developing.  

The video will be available on the LOM website no later than May 28, and perhaps a few days prior to that. You will be able to download the video, in its entirety, And you will be able to download the bulletin for use with the entire worship experience, or you will be able to download a version of the video that you can easily pick and choose segments for your own setting, 

All may be found at www.lomnetwork.org. 
Care Connections Network
Aging. Better.
Care Connections Network is changing the face of aging in Orange County. We are dedicated to helping older adults, 50 and over, age in their own homes and communities. We connect our members to the community programming and expertise they need to continue living lives of purpose and promise. We strive to empower older adults by offering educational opportunities to help them age with confidence, social and cultural events to keep them connected with the community, referrals to vetted service providers and a volunteer program providing additional support and assistance.
 
To find out more about upcoming events and other services, click here for the Care Connections Network May newsletter.
Spiritual Direction Certification Program
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
The Spiritual Direction Certification Program at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University continues to flourish and growWe will begin our sixth year of participants in January 2022. Each new cohort, which we call a cycle, has 16 participants and two mentors to support them. So far, our participants represent nine different denominations and 17 different states.

We would like to begin to raise up new generations of spiritual directors through our two-year certification (non-degree) program. Our next cycle of participation begins with an intensive on January 5-8, 2022. Applications for this cycle are due on November 15, 2021. 

For more information about this program, click here to download a full information sheet.

Rev. Melanie Dobson, Th.D.
Director of the Spiritual Direction Certification Program
Lefler and Wohltmann Chair in Methodist Studies, Assistant Professor
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University
ELCA & Other Partners
News & Ministry Links

ELCA Advocacy Connections - May 2021

ELCA Worship News - May 2021

ELCA Administration Matters - May 2021

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

ELCA Global Links - May 2021

ELCA "Seeds Monthly" Newsletter - May 2021

ELCA Foundation "Insights" - May 2021

ELCA Lutheran Men in Mission Ambassador-Gram - April 2021

Job Postings
Youth Ministry Intern (Part-Time)
Community Lutheran, Rancho Santa Margarita
Hello! My name is Josiah Canto and I am Director Of Youth and Family Ministry at Community Lutheran Church in Rancho Santa Margarita. This year we are looking to bring in a paid intern that would serve alongside myself and our youth and family team this upcoming year! This is a position for a college age person that wants to discover what working in youth ministry is like! We are located in South Orange County, 20 minutes from the beach and tucked up next to the mountains. We even have an In and Out within walking distance! If you're interested, we would love to meet you! 

For a full job description and application, click here.
Office Administrator (Part-Time)
Resurrection Lutheran, Coronado, CA
Resurrection Lutheran Church, Coronado, CA - www.rl.church

Position Details
Reports to: Pastor – Status: Part-time (avg. 20 – 25 hrs. M-F starting at 8:00 am) – Compensation: $17 – $20 per hour – non-exempt

Job Summary
The Office Administrator will contribute to fulfilling the purpose of Resurrection Lutheran Church (RLC) by providing administrative support for the Pastor, church staff as well as the Preschool Director and others. The Office Administrator continually works to keep the day-to-day operations organized and clear. The person in this position organizes information, manages team logistics, and communicates information related to the church’s operations and ministry, as well as providing financial management for RLC.

Ministry Assistant for A/V Production (Part-Time)
Clairemont Lutheran/Iglesia Luterana - San Diego
Clairemont Lutheran Church / Iglesia Luterana Clairemont, a neighborhood Christian church in the North Clairemont community of San Diego, is seeking a part-time Ministry Assistant to oversee our Audio/Video production needs.

For a full position description and requirements, click here.

To apply: send a cover letter or professional statement and a resume detailing your applicable experience to media@clairemontlc.org. Applications without resumes may not be reviewed.
Webinars and Other Events
An Hour of Grief Tending
First Saturdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. PDT
(This is a recurring meeting, online via Zoom)

Presenters - Terry LePage and Lynne Prechel
 
Registration Link:
 
Grief is the body's natural response to what we've loved and lost. Death, global and national crisis, trauma, climate change, and more can bring suffering. We lose our way when we avoid dealing with our grief.
 
When we grieve in a safe community environment, we find ourselves supported by others who suffer as we do. Grieving alone in private, while considered appropriate by our society, cuts us off from the arms of the community who grieve with us.
 
In the group, you can choose to participate in any or none of the activities. We are here to walk with you, offer love and support, share your sorrows, and extend empathy. Come and join our community - one time or many times. You are welcome here. 
 
Terry LePage creates spaces for connection, healing, insight, and inspiration. With a PhD in chemistry and a Masters of Divinity, she combines heart and head in teaching and facilitation. She has worked as a transitional minister and hospice chaplain. She lives
in Southern California and is currently working for worker and immigrant rights and leading groups for Nonviolent Communication, Way of Council, Grief Gratitude and Courage (for grief in addition to personal bereavement), and Staying Awake
(to racism and injustice). She finds inspiration in the wild lands of coastal California and in her native garden.
 
Lynne Prechel is a spiritual director, retreat leader, spiritual formation teacher, and Deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She works with people in 12-step programs, the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants, those facing death, and all those who
grieve losses. The earth is her home and she relishes time outdoors in communion with God.
Inland Valley Interfaith Working Group
for Mideast Peace Webinar - June 6
Download a PDF flyer to share here.
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center
Upcoming Events
SHALOM is a brand-new series of webinars on contemporary issues of peace and justice presented by members of the staff and board of the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. The dates, topics, and presenters for SHALOM are as follows:
 
  • June 8, 2021: “Why did Jesus have to die?” by J. Denny Weaver
  • June 29, 2021: “Does our past really matter?” by Devon Miller
  • July 13, 2021: “Are humans responsible for the wellbeing of Earth?” by Naomi Wenger
  • July 28, 2021: “How can we become a trauma-informed church community?” by Jay Wittmeyer
  • August 10, 2021: “What are the terms of justice?” by Devon Miller
  • August 24, 2021: “Is the fabric of our society beginning to fray?” by Jay Wittmeyer
 
For a fuller description of each session, please refer to the attached Shalom Flyer. Each 90-minute webinar will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon (Central Time). The cost is $30 for one webinar, or $150 for all six. Online registration is available via TicketSpice at https://lmpeacecenter.org/all-events/

Questions? Please contact us at Admin@LMPeaceCenter.org or 630-627-0507.

ALOA Monthly Webinar
"Grandparents in Mission"
Thursday, June 17
ALOA's monthly webinars offer a presentation on a single topic by an expert in older adult ministry. The next webinar, entitled "Grandparents in Mission" will be held Thursday, June 17 at 9:00 a.m. PDT.

Grandparenting these days is much more than looking for ways to spoil our grandchildren! Rev. Dr. Peter Meier of the Florida-Georgia District, LCMS joins us to explore how grandparents can see and understand their role spiritually and how we can pass on our faith and influence the spiritual life of our grandchildren. He'll share ideas, resources and mission opportunities for grandparents.

Find out more and check out our previous webinars & resources at aloaserves.org.
ALOA's webinars are free and last approximately 60 minutes. If you can't be available for the live webinar, sign up anyway and we'll email you a link to the recording and associated resources. 
Habitat for Humanity Orange County
Faith Build Day in Stanton - June 26
As we venture slowly out of the pandemic, we’re feeling the pinch with low number of Volunteers at our build site, whether it’s our corporate partners, individuals or our faith partners.

We now have (6) new homes needing to be built in Stanton, and families to bring home to them. Our Build for Unity coalition has strongly supported and contributed to the wellbeing of families in our community by building dreams with us - one home at a time.

Interested in making a difference? Please sign up to volunteer at our Faith Build Day on June 26. This day is open to all faiths! On behalf of Habitat for Humanity OC and our Habitat families – Thank You!

For a PDF flyer with clickable links, please click here. Sign up to volunteer here. Volunteer registration instructions may be found here.
We Remember in Our Prayers
We ask that you hold the following people in your thoughts and prayers:

  • For peace in Palestine and Israel and for those who have lost loved ones and their homes due to violence and unrest.
  • Those affected by severe weather and emergency personnel responding to the situations.
  • 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 - revvev@cox.net
W. San Diego Conf - The Rev. David Nagler - pastordave@christpb.org
Harvest Conference - The Rev. David Jorstad - pastorjorstadsmlc@yahoo.com
Raincross Conference - The Rev. Linda Brown - pastor@edenlutheran.net
Big Bear Conference - The Rev. Matt Anderson - pastormatt@trinityvictorville.org
Saddleback Conference - The Rev. Marty Jacobson - pastormartyclcrsm@gmail.com
Son & Surf Conf - The Rev. Jennifer Schultz - prjenniferblclosalamitos@gmail.com
Rejoice Conference - The Rev. Anne-Grethe Nielsen - info@danishchurchsocal.com
Hukilau Conference - The Rev. Kathryn Zurcher - kzurcher002@luthersem.edu
Pacifica Synod - ELCA
Lutheran Center for Mission & Learning
1801 Park Court Place, Bldg. C, Santa Ana, CA 92701
714.692.2791