March 12, 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
31st Annual Pacifica Synod Assembly - May 18 to 19, 2018
The 2018 Pacifica Synod Assembly will meet at Hope Lutheran in Palm Desert for a two-day assembly on May 18 and 19, 2018. The theme for this year's Assembly is "Go and Tell: Giving Voice to Faith, Justice and Blessing".

The assembly will begin on Friday, May 18 with registration opening at 7 a.m. and the opening session at 9 a.m. The assembly will end on Saturday, May 19 at noon. 

The 2018 Synod Assembly web page has been updated with details about the assembly including registration, hotel info, nominations, schedule, special guests and more. 

Your congregation's early bird registration invoice was mailed to the attention of your Congregation Treasurer in January. The deadline to receive the early bird rate has passed. The invoice contained the number of voting members assigned to your congregation. Please keep in mind that payment of this invoice did not register individuals from your congregation.

Online registration for voting members and guests is now open. Registration instructions to guide you through the process may be found here. Please use the worksheet to assemble the information you will need BEFORE you go online to register. Once you have your information compiled, follow this registration link to begin the registration process.

If you have questions about your Synod Assembly invoice or registration for the assembly, please contact Terri Robertson at
MissionInsite Free Webinars
Greetings colleagues and mission enthusiasts! MissionInsite has made some revisions to their interface. This is a great time and opportunity to get more acquainted by utilizing this incredible tool for ministry! Whether you have already engaged, partially engaged, wondered how to engage, or thinking this really isn't for you, take the time to register for a webinar. Current opportunities are listed below and we will keep you updated as more opportunities are announced!

Pastor Tom Goellrich
Director for Evangelical Mission, Pacifica Synod

Ready to Learn More About 
the New PeopleView Interface?
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!  Join our ongoing webinar series to get a closer look at the new user interface.  We are hosting a series of webinars at 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern through April 13th - just pick the day and time that works best for you. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Get an Introduction to the new interface 
  • Gain an understanding of the navigation and core functions
  • Learn about Plotting People, Demographics, Thematic Mapping, MinistryInsite & ReligiousInsite Reports, Opportunity Scan and more
  • Learn about the New Capabilities included
Our goal is for participants to leave the webinar and be in a position to begin using the new platform right away.  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
REGISTER TODAY for a New User Interface Orientation:
Sessions are 1 hour long in duration.  The links below will take you to a registration page and you may select any date through March 21st.  Registration is limited to 100 persons per date . After picking a date you can automatically add the information to your calendar and we will send you a reminder email. 

Renewal of Ordination Vows - San Diego

Tuesday, March 27
11:00 a.m.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 4011 Ohio St, San Diego

The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori will preach. Please wear purple stoles in the pews; no need for albs. Lunch to follow the service.

Please note the new location for our service. Please park on the street, not in the church and preschool lot.

Please email Keren Mondaca to RSVP.

Synod Chrism Mass - March 28
On Wednesday, March 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the Lutheran Center for Miss ion &  Learning (Pacifica Synod office in Santa Ana), ALL are invited to be with us for worship, Holy Communion, Renewal of Vocation (a renewal of baptismal, ordination and consecration vows), and Blessing of the Oils.  No RSVP is necessary.

ELCA News & Resources
Youth Gathering News!

Mark your calendars for March 15.
March 15 is a big day for all things Gathering. Here's what you need to know:
  • Housing letters will be uploaded to your account. Your housing letter will have information on contacting your hotel so you can make a deposit on your reservation and will provide your rooming lists. Do not contact your hotel before March 15. If you have any questions about housing before that day, please email the Gathering.
  • This is the last day for you sign up for Gathering transportation. Please check your Gathering account to make sure you have indicated if you plan on using Gathering transportation or your own.
  • It's also the last day to enter shirt sizes and the shipping address. All shirts added after March 15 can be picked up at the Old Lutheran store at the Gathering.

Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
Thank you to everyone who gave to the Gathering between Jan. 15 and Feb. 15. Those funds are being distributed to our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands who are registered to join us at the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. If you or your congregation are still interested in supporting these groups, please send a check with "Caribbean Synod" in the memo or specify in your online donation. Please email us at if you have any questions or concerns.

Airport shuttle
The Gathering is working with Transportation Management Services to provide shuttles for congregations to get from the airport to the hotel when you arrive in Houston and then back to the airport when the Gathering ends. The shuttles will cost $20 per person each way ($40 round trip). Sign up by April 27 take advantage of this great offer!

National Quilting Day - March 17
In addition to St. Patrick's Day, March 17 is also National Quilting Day! Each year,
countless quilters cut, piece, sew and tie Lutheran World Relief Mission Quilts (@LuthWorldRelief) to reach out to some of the world's poorest people. 

Keep an eye on LWR's Facebook page this week as they celebrate all things quilting!

Vacation Bible School Curriculum from ELCA World Hunger
"God's Good Creation," ELCA World Hunger's new vacation Bible school program for 2018, invites children of all ages to explore the many gifts God has given our world - and the ways these gifts can help end hunger.

Each day focuses on a different animal that is part of the more than 200 projects supported by ELCA World Hunger around the world, including chicks, goats and bees. Rooted in Lutheran theology, children will learn how God has called them to use their gifts to help their neighbors. The leader's guide includes large group openings and closings, skits, small group Bible studies, games and crafts for up to five days of fun and faith. It also includes sample schedules, tips for including children of all abilities and song suggestions.

Themes for each day:
* Day 1 - God created the world, and it is good (Genesis 1:31).
* Day 2 - God can use you whatever size you are (Matthew 13:31-32).
* Day 3 - God made everyone different and important (1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
* Day 4 - Jesus uses us to bring miracles to life (Matthew 14:20).
* Day 5 - Working together, we can change the world (Ephesians 4:11-12).

Download the program or order a printed copy for free here. Free promotional posters and certificates are also available.
ELCA StewardCast - Webinar on Stewardship
If you missed the ELCA's StewardCast, a live webinar on stewardship on Saturday, March 3, the recorded segments of the webinar may be found below.  Keith Mundy, Director for Area Ministry Stewardship, leads discussion on giving with ELCA leaders from across the country. You can select the full webinar or individual topics.
Generosity Project - Laura Remslow:
Stewardship Coaching - The Rev. Tim Ness:
Congregational Vitality - The Rev. Sandra Chrostowski: 
Ventures in Growing Stewards - The Rev. Pauline Crowder:
Lutherans Restoring Creation - The Rev. Noni Strand:
Mission Interpretation - Michelle Pride:

Join Bishop Eaton at the Rally to End Racism April 4!
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will join ecumenical and inter-religious partners for Act Now: Unite to End Racism April 3-5 in Washington, D.C. The focus of the three-day event will be a rally April 4 on the National Mall.

The event, organized by the National Council of Churches in Christ in the USA, will bring together many ELCA members from across the country. The ELCA is a founding member of the council.

The rally's call to action emphasizes three key points: awaken to the truth that racism is evil and hurts us all; confront racism through truth-telling and action to right the wrong; and transform the hearts, minds, and behaviors of people and institutions.

Events begin April 3 with an ecumenical worship service at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral and will be capped off by a lobby day on Capitol Hill April 5.

All are invited to join Bishop Eaton at the event. Learn more here.

Save the Date - Sept 9  for "God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday
Please save the date Sunday, Sept. 9, for "God's work. Our hands." Sunday.

As members of the ELCA, we believe we are called, gathered and sent into the world to embody the good news of Jesus' death and resurrection - called into relationship with God, gathered together as a community of believers and sent into the world to love and serve our neighbors.

On "God's work. Our hands." Sunday, we join together to use our various gifts in service to our communities - this is work you do every day, sharing the love of Christ with all of God's people.

Watch the video below to see how our congregations have put their faith in action since 2013 for this dedicated day of service.

If your congregation cannot participate on Sept. 9, please consider another time.

Save the date and visit for updates to our resources.

ELCA Publications 


 ELCA Advocacy Update - March 2018

Celebrating Ministry Together!
You're Invited - The Installation of The Rev. Sam Nelson
All are invited to celebrate with Bethlehem Lutheran in Encinitas and the Rev. Sam Nelson, as he is installed as Associate Pastor on Sunday April 8, at 2:00 p.m. Bishop Andy Taylor will preach. Rostered ministers are invited to vest and process. The color of the day will be red.

Sam was ordained in Half Moon Bay on February 25. He will begin his first call at Bethlehem on March 15. Bethlehem is located at 925 Balour Drive, Encinitas.

Congratulations and welcome, Pastor Sam! (Pictured below with Pastor Laura Ziehl and members of Bethlehem at his ordination.)

Young Adult Ministry - Laguna Niguel

For a PDF version of this flyer, please click here.
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 March newsletter, click here . Contact us at 714/962-9346 or visit our website at
Love the Earth Youth Challenge - Region 2
WE ARE God's beautiful creation, and it's called caretakers too.
We encourage youth to sprout a project of their choice any day until April 30 to celebrate creation-- whether it be to serve together in a community garden, start a compost project, feed the hungry, host a yard sale to promote reusing items... the options are endless. Creativity thrives in our youth! Send a 30 second video clip of your youth in action, and we'll stitch them together to present at the 2018 National Youth Gathering. Let's support our youth inspiring God's love of creation.

Submissions and questions, please contact: Yolanda Mosley ( or Petra Rickertsen (

7th Annual Bonhoeffer Festival - April 12

Agape House Chili Cook-off - April 29
Luther Glen Barnraising - June 9

Barn Raising Fundraiser
Saturday, June 9
3:00 to 8:00 p.m.

3-5:00      Activities/Silent Auction
5-5:30      Presentation/Blessing
5:30-6:30 Meal
6:30          Live Auction

Please RSVP to office@lrcchome.comIf you have any questions, please email Lauri Egertson at

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