June 22, 2018
Pacifica Synod e-News
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ELCA News & Resources
Statement from Presiding Bishop Eaton on Executive Order
6/22/2018 10:10:00 AM

About two weeks ago, I joined more than 20 other faith leaders in raising concerns about the administration's announced plans that it would begin separating families and criminally prosecuting all people who enter the U.S. without previous authorization. In line with that statement, I acknowledge that President Donald Trump's new executive order, "Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation," does keep families together, but for how long and in what conditions? I am troubled by what the executive order does and does not guarantee. There is no provision for reuniting children already separated from their families, nor for children whose parents have already been deported. The executive order also allows for the possibility of future family separations.

The forced separation of children from their parents is unnecessarily cruel, further traumatizing families who have already suffered in their countries of origin and on the dangerous journey to the U.S. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and its predecessor church bodies have a long history of caring for children, families and refugees. It's who we are.

This executive order will expand the detention of families. The ELCA opposed the detention of families policy during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, and we oppose the policy now. Detention centers are not designed to support families. Community-based alternatives to detention, like ones that Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has piloted, are cost-effective ways to ensure that children and parents can await their court case in a dignified setting. 

In his explanation of the Lord's Prayer in the Small Catechism, Martin Luther reminds us that good government is part of our daily bread. As Lutherans and as citizens, we can work with elected officials toward humane, just, and compassionate solutions. Through AMMPARO and LIRS, the ELCA is committed to walking alongside children and families who are seeking asylum. You can be part of a network that uses their hands and voice to ensure they feel welcomed wherever they go. We can also advocate through ELCA Advocacy (

By grace we are set free to love and serve the neighbor. Let us, through prayer and action, serve these vulnerable children and families.

The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton
Presiding Bishop, ELCA

(To view this statement on the ELCA website, click here.)

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.
ELCA Hunger Grants Applications Now Open!
The application period for 2019 ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants is now open! 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

Pacifica Synod News & Resources
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!

"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!

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.

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!

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!
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!

Homeless Treasures Rummage Sale - San Diego - June 23
LSS Housing Event - Riverside - June 23

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:

Spirit of Hope Lutheran, Highland
Calvary by the Sea Lutheran, Honolulu
Grace Holtz
Pastor George and Vivian Johnson