Pacifica Synod News & Notes
March 26, 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
Blessings on Your Holy Week and Easter
As we approach Holy Week and Easter, the Pacifica Synod Office of the Bishop staff will be holding all of our congregations, rostered ministers, worship and lay leaders, and musicians in our prayers. Please note: the Pacifica Synod office will be closed on Friday, April 2 in observance of Good Friday.

As you plan and hold upcoming worship services, we would like to share again Bishop Andy's thoughts on in-person, indoor worship originally sent out on March 12. This email may be found here. In addition, here is a link to the document published by The Ecumenical Consultation on Protocols for Worship, Fellowship and Sacraments entitled "Resuming Care-Filled Worship and Sacramental Life During a Pandemic", which you may find helpful in the weeks and months ahead.
2021 Pacifica Synod Assembly Important Information
Our 2021 Pacifica Synod Assembly will take place on Saturday, May 1, 2021. This one-day assembly will be held completely online. The Assembly will begin at 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) and end by 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time).
 
Online registration of voting members for the 2021 Pacifica Synod Assembly is now open through April 19. You may access the registration page here.
Remember, voting members must register online!

What's Different This Year?
  • Only voting members will register. Unlike years past, visitors, institutions, and agencies will not register. Non-voting visitors to the assembly will be able to view the livestream of the assembly for free this year.
  • The April 19 deadline to register is a FIRM, FINAL DEADLINE. In order to get the necessary voting information set up and out to voting members prior to May 1, we won't be able to accommodate new registrants or changes to existing registrations after April 19.

In addition to detailed information about Assembly voting members and registrations instructions and a worksheet, our 2021 Synod Assembly web page includes important information about the following items:

  • Information needed PRIOR to registering voting members
  • Additional Youth/Young Adult Voting Members
  • Assembly Schedule
  • "Test Your Tech" Practice Session on April 30
  • Online Assembly Resolutions Hearing on April 22
  • Online Budget Hearing on April 29
  • ELCA Churchwide Representative - Deacon Sue Rothmeyer

Information is being added to the web page as it becomes available, so if you don't see what you're looking for, please check back often or contact the synod office at 714.692.2791.

If you have questions or need help with the registration process, please contact Terri Robertson at 714.352.8732 or by email at terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org.
Pacifica Synod Technology Development
Matching Funds Grants
Greetings Ministries in the Pacifica Synod!

I am pleased to announce that the Pacifica Synod is offering a Technology Development Matching Funds Grant for ministries to consider applying for. Technology is defined as A/V for application purposes. As ministries prepare to return to in-person worship, the reality of the past 12 months is that virtual worship has become more mainstream and its need is likely to continue. This grant provides an opportunity to increase the quality of production of your current A/V equipment in general and particularly online.

This is a matching grant. This means we will match dollar for dollar what ministries raise. The limit is $5,000. If you don’t need $5,000 (which becomes $10,000 when matched), apply for what you need. This grant is capped at $150,000 in disbursements, so grant applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Money will be released once you have raised the matching piece of the funds and send in documentation supporting receipt of raised funds. Particulars are included on the fillable application, which may be downloaded below. Here is a listing of key dates, etc.:

  • Applications will be received starting on March 25, 2021. If they are received before this date, we will return the application to you.
  • Applications are to be received by May 31, 2021. Funds are to be spent by August 31, 2021. Report back to synod by December 31, 2021.
  • Applications will be considered as they are received, until the cap of funds is reached.
  • Applications will be reviewed by 2 or 3 Mission Fund Committee members.
  • Grant is matching up to $5,000.
  • Grant fund is capped at $150,000.

Please direct your questions about the grant to Pastor Tom Goellrich (DEM) either by email at tomgoellrich@pacificasynod.org or call my mobile 714-478-2753.

Please submit grant applications and narratives to Terri Robertson by mail to the synod office (address below) or by email at terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org

Thank you for your attention to this. We pray this is a helpful contribution to your enhance your ministry needs.

Peace in Christ!

Pastor Tom Goellrich
Director for Evangelical Mission/Assistant to the Bishop
Pacifica Synod, ELCA
Ask Thank Tell:
A Practical Approach to Congregational Stewardship
Two Sessions:
Sundays, April 11 and Sunday April 25  
5:00 to 6:15 p.m. PDT

Presenters:
Bishop James Hazelwood, New England Synod ELCA with Special Guest Charles Lane. More information about the presenters may be found on our event web page here.

What you will receive:
An inspiring as well as practical tool kit for designing a plan for year round congregational stewardship.

Who should attend:
Ideally the Pastor and/or Deacon plus at least three persons from the church council and/or stewardship team. Additional members are of the congregation are welcome. It’s important to attend as a Team, as there will be portions that have you working together.

Attendees will benefit from reading Chapters 4 and 5 of the book Ask, Thank, Tell by Charles Lane prior to the first session.

Cost:
The Pacifica Synod will subsidize one-half of the $100 per congregation cost for this workshop, making the cost per congregation $50 (regardless of how many from your congregation you register!)

Included with your donation:
- 2 Zoom presentations by Bishop Hazelwood and Charles Lane
- A Workshop Handbook
- Links to a Video series for Planning an Annual Stewardship Appeal
- An Everyday Spirituality Themed Plan for your Fall Stewardship Appeal
- Samples and Ideas for Year Round Stewardship
- A Chance to engage in a Q & A with Charles Lane, author of the Book Ask, Thank, Tell
- Copies of the two presentations

You will leave the two sessions with an outline of a year round plan for your Church Council or Stewardship Team to use for the coming year.

How to Register:
Use the link below to register ALL from your congregation as a group. Cost for these two workshops are $50 per congregation for as many people as you would like to register. You will use Group Registration to register all from your congregation and pay on one invoice.

If you have any questions about registration and/or need to make updates to an existing registration, please contact Terri Robertson at 714.352.8732 or by email at terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org.
Upcoming Synod & Region 2 Worship Services
for Congregational Use
Region 2 Worship Service for the Second Sunday of Easter

A recorded worship service for the Second Sunday of Easter - Sunday, April 11 - is being prepared by the five synods of Region 2 for use in your congregation. It is being offered in recognition of and thanks for the faithful and tireless efforts of the pastors, deacons, musicians, worship leaders and all who have been providing worship through the season of Lent, Holy Week and Easter Sunday. We hope this will provide a much needed respite for these leaders.

This will be a complete Service of the Word, including greetings from each of the bishops in the five synods along with participation by rostered ministers and lay people from these synods. The Rev. Dr. Shauna Hannan of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) will preach for this service. The service will be available to download in various formats by Monday, April 5 and will be sent by email to all rostered ministers, lay leaders and church office staff who have signed up for our synod e-mails.


Pacifica Synod Worship Service for Sunday, May 2

In addition to the April 11 service, the Pacifica Synod Office of the Bishop staff will be providing a complete, recorded Service of the Word for the Sunday following our Synod Assembly - Sunday, May 2. This service will be available to download in various formats by Monday, April 26 and will be sent out by email to all rostered ministers, lay leaders and church office staff who have signed up for our synod e-mails.


Please note: These services will NOT be posted publicly on our website or YouTube channel in advance. Please be sure to watch your email inbox on the dates above to find the links to download them.
Pacifica Synod AMMPARO Network Meeting
Saturday, March 27
The ELCA AMMPARO network stands for Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities. Information may be found on their webpage at elca.org/ammparo.
 
Pacifica Synod has an active AMMPARO Network that meets monthly over Zoom. Their next meeting is Saturday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m. The agenda for this meeting may be downloaded here. All are invited to attend using the info below:
 
Upcoming Pacifica Synod AMMPARO Online Events

Pacifica Synod AMMPARO Zoom Meeting
Saturday, March 27, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Meeting ID: 815 7711 0996
Password: AMMPARO
 
For more information about Pacifica's AMMPARO Network or ways you can get involved, you are encourage to visit their webpage found here. You can also send an email ammparonetworkinpacificasynod@gmail.com.
Congratulations to the Rev. Juli Patten and the Congregation of Christ Lutheran, San Clemente!
On Sunday, March 21, the Rev. Juli Patten was installed as pastor of Christ Lutheran, San Clemente. Bishop Andy was able to be with Pastor Juli and the congregation for a small, outdoor installation service.

Pastor Juli began her ministry with Christ Lutheran on February 21. The ministry is a second career for Pastor Juli, who had a full and satisfying teaching career in Hawaii before graduating from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley with a Master of Divinity degree and completing a one-year internship at Davis Lutheran in Davis, California. 

Pr. Juli and her wife, Michelle, who has her own consulting company and works from the comfort of their home, have relocated to San Clemente from the small town of Waianae on Oahu’s leeward coast. Between them they have five grown children. 

Congratulations to Pastor Juli and Christ Lutheran as they begin their ministry together!
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 (March 24) is found on the following platforms listed below.


Coaching for All Seasons
Monthly Online Gathering for Rostered & Lay Leaders
April 6 Session Cancelled
Because presenter Sarah Jackson is unavailable and April 6 is the Tuesday after Easter, we are cancelling our April session and will reschedule Sarah’s presentation at a future date.

We invite you to join us via Zoom for our next session on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 11:00-noon (Pacific) and 8:00-9:00 a.m. (Hawaii). Pre-registration is required to receive the link and will be open in April. Watch for details here.

Brought to you by –

Your Pacifica Synod Coaching Team to support Synod leaders during challenging times. Each monthly offering brings a presentation on a current topic and an opportunity to discuss it in a small group facilitated by an ELCA coach.

Pacifica Synod has invested in training coaches to work with rostered and lay leaders one-on-one or in groups. A coach’s role is to support leaders in naming challenging issues and identifying constructive responses to them.

For more information –

Click here to view our Synod Coaching web page for resources as well as previous presentations.

If you would like more information about coaching, please contact Deenna Eley, Pacifica Synod Coaching Coordinator at pacificacoachinggroup@gmail.com.

Growing Young Monthly Conversations
Continue April 13 & 15
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 each of the remaining sessions. 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 Four - Fuel Warm Relationships (Chapter 5)
Tuesday, April 13 - 11:00 AM / Thursday, April 15 - 6:30 PM

Session Five - Prioritize Young People/Families Everywhere (Chapter 6)
Tuesday, May 11 - 11:00 AM / Thursday, May 13 - 6:30 PM

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.
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 March 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 & Other Partners
Save the Date - September 12, 2021
"God's work. Our hands." Sunday
Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 12, 2021, when congregations of the ELCA will come together for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. Our church continues to live through the COVID-19 pandemic. Physical distancing has changed the way we worship and serve. But the need is great, and God’s church is at work.

We’re not sure what the impact of this crisis will look like in September, but we continue to be church together. We are witnessing the outpouring of love and concern that God’s people have for one another. Our congregations continue to maintain feeding ministries, serve communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 infection and assist people who are financially burdened by the economic downturn.

Service in the Time of COVID-19was developed to offer service project ideas and considerations for safely supporting your community in this time of pandemic.

As we gather together in service to our neighbors, we are reminded of one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: All of life in Jesus Christ — every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life — flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Be sure to save the date and visit ELCA.org/DayofService for updates to our resources.

You work every day to make your community a better place. We look forward to working together with you on “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday.
From the Presiding Bishop
A Statement on Gun Violence
March 26, 2021

He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed (1 Peter 2:24).
 
Dear church, 
 
As a nation we have lived through a very difficult two weeks following the mass shootings in Atlanta on March 16 and again in Boulder, Colo., on March 22. The shooting in Colorado was only the most recent of 104 mass shootings already in 2021. Colorado has a painful history of mass shootings. Since 1993 the deadliest incidents have been the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, the mass shooting in a movie theater in Aurora and now the 10 lives taken, including the life of a responding police officer, at a supermarket in Boulder.
 
Together with God, we grieve with the families and communities impacted by gun violence — especially in communities where it is an everyday occurrence. These shootings are not isolated but rather a pattern of the gun violence crisis in the United States. The numbers of victims tell only a part of the pain — the trauma caused by gun violence ripples across family members, friends, neighborhoods, communities and this country.
 
As we near the Sunday of the Passion, we enter into the suffering of Christ and into solidarity with the sufferings of the world. As we look to the healing power of the cross, we celebrate the gift of peace through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As followers of Jesus, we are empowered to take up the challenge to prevent violence and grapple with the complex causes that make violence so pervasive.
 
The ELCA is a church in society striving for peace in all the world. Let us join with others in calling for greater gun safety, including preventing easy access to assault-style weapons and strengthening our federal system of background checks for all gun sales. We call for support and protection for those living out their vocations to protect and defend society, enforce the law and work toward restorative justice. We pray for rostered ministers who provide support and counseling services to those affected by gun-violence-related crimes even as we pray for the perpetrators of violent acts. We call upon congregations to hold safe space for those dealing with the fears and threats related to violence in all its manifestations.
 
In Christ,
 
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

To view a copy of this statement, click here.
ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants
Registration for 2022 ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants is NOW OPEN. Visit ELCA.org/domestichungergrants to learn more about the grants and how to apply.

Organizations applying for an ELCA grant for the first time must register by setting up an account in ELCA GrantMaker in order to access the Domestic Hunger Grant application once it opens on April 19, 2021. Has your organization already registered in ELCA GrantMaker? Now is a great time to log back in and confirm that the contact information in your account is up to date. ELCA World Hunger hosted a webinar via Zoom on March 24 to review granting priorities and cover the basics of applying. The webinar was recorded and is accessible via the Domestic Hunger Grant FAQ page.

Application Timeline
  • Registration open: March 17–May 5, 2021
  • NOTE: Applicants must be registered in ELCA GrantMaker to access the application. Allow up to two weeks for registration approval. If you have not registered by May 5, you will not be able to start a new application. If you have already registered in ELCA GrantMaker, you do not need to register again.
  • Application open: April 19–May 21, 2021
  • Application review: June 2021–October 2021
  • Awards recommendations shared with applicants and synods: November 2021
  • Final awards approved and announced: February 2022
 
Thank you for all you do to work creatively and courageously toward a just world where all are fed — neighbor to neighbor, community to community. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact us at Hunger@ELCA.org. With gratitude for the ministry and mission we share,

The ELCA World Hunger Team

P.S. Congregations with feeding ministries should stay tuned for the next round of Daily Bread Matching Grants in the coming months as well. Visit elca.org/dailybread to learn more.
2022 ELCA Youth Gathering Updates
Gathering COVID-19 Updates
Gathering leadership continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and how it may impact the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and the tAble. Many of those impacts remain unknown this far in advance of the event dates. We plan to provide an update on the Gathering’s viability later this summer (before registration opens) and again in late November or early December. We will continue sharing updates through Gathering communication as we learn more about the projected state of the virus in July 2022. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through these details with an ever-changing virus.

Click here for ELCA Youth Gathering COVID FAQ's.

Gathering Webinars
Join Gathering leadership starting in May for a monthly webinar to help you feel prepared to attend the 2022 Gathering, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and the tAble. Topics will vary with the month, but all webinars will be split between a presentation and a Q and A. Stay tuned for more information on how to register for these events! View the webinar schedule here.

For more information from the monthly Gather gNews, click here.
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.
Easter Vigil Service from PLTS
Saturday, April 3
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary invites you to join its Easter Vigil worship watch party on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 7 pm Pacific / 8 pm Mountain on the PLTS Facebook page. The worship service includes a liturgy of Word, music, readings, reflections, and prayers, led by PLTS students, pastors, and faculty with plenty of water and fire for all! You don’t need a Facebook account to participate. A recording of the service will also be available on the PLTS Worship YouTube channel. We hope you will join us for this once in a pandemic online worship experience as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Sara Wilson at swilson@plts.edu.
 
 
Join the Easter Vigil Watch Party here: https://www.facebook.com/pltsofclu
 
Watch later on the PLTS Worship YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcb87T-S-XAJjd4JRHTrP_Q
Portico Benefit Services Member Resources
Stress is a pain in the neck: If you’re literally feeling the effects of too many hours staring at a computer screen, sitting in a not-so-ergonomically-correct chair, or carrying a year’s worth of pandemic worries in your shoulders, Members with ELCA-primary health benefits now have access to SWORD, a virtual therapy program for joint pain available at no out-of-pocket cost. Watch this short video for an introduction, and learn more about SWORD on myPortico.

Get the best rest. Good sleep is as much a factor of whole-person well-being as diet, exercise, and prayer. Check out the small steps you can take to set yourself up for healthy sleep on 2021 Live Well. Focusing on sleep for part of your Lent journey? ELCA-Primary members, both Being and Learn to Live offer more in-depth coaching and tracking that can help you make meaningful, lasting change.
Being Church
Weekly Online Gathering for ELCA Leaders
Wednesday, March 31 at 11:00 a.m. PDT
You are invited to join this weekly gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church. Participants will hear topical presentations related to how we are called to be Church in times of crisis, as well as an opportunity to be in small group discussions with an ELCA group coach facilitating the conversation. All of this is designed to help us process our feelings in this strange and fearful time and to create a space where we can each name our next most faithful step forward in our unique context. You are welcome to share this invitation with any other ELCA leader, rostered or lay. #ELCAChurchTogether

Our March 31 Presentation
As the 2021 Women’s History Month comes to an end, Pastor Lucille “CeCee” Mills will draw participants into a conversation about Women in Ministry through the lens of faith, history, and the current reality. Come learn, share, and celebrate. How have women been omitted or misrepresented? How has gender identity given space and opportunity for authentic lives? How can you be an interrupter of systemic issues, offensive language, and/or offensive behavior?

We understand a number of folks are unable to make this day and time each week. We record the main session and debrief time and share each recording with supporting documents here, typically by the following week: https://www.elcacoaching.org/podcasts/media.
 
You can also find a list of upcoming topics and presenters on the home page of our website: https://www.elcacoaching.org/.


Below is the link for each Wednesday's Zoom meeting. For a list of upcoming topics and recordings of prior meetings, go to https://www.elcacoaching.org/.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 180 439 412
Password: 648160
Pacific Lutheran University's
15th Annual David and Marilyn Knutson Lecture
Tuesday, April 20
The faculty of the Pacific Lutheran University Religion Department invite you to register and attend the 15th Annual David and Marilyn Knutson Lecture.
 
World Balance vs. Personal Salvation:
An American Postcolonial Perspective
with Rev. Dr. George "Tink" Tinker
Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 pm Pacific via Webinar
 
 
Rev. Dr. George “Tink” Tinker (wazhazhe, Osage Nation) is Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Tinker will address the differences between the genuine equality of American Indian peoples and the hierarchical worldview of the eurochristian West. Given the eco-devastation threatening life today, and the historical trauma experienced by American Indian nations, the survival of American Indian cultures and values may make the difference for the survival of the Earth.
 
You are also invited to join PLU Chapel on Wednesday, April 21st at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom to hear Dr. Tinker deliver the message. For more information and to register for either opportunity, please visit plu.edu/religion/2021-knutson-lecture.

For additional PLU lectures, presentations and workshops, visit their Lifelong Learning web page at https://www.plu.edu/alumni-student-connections/lectures/.
Fruitful Living
12 Devotions for Ministry Teams and Committees
Diane Shallue, a retired deacon in the Saint Paul Area Synod, is offering a free set of 12 devotions for ministry teams and committees. Each session of Fruitful Living includes a Bible reading, short meditation and prayer, along with reflection questions and suggested activities. Diane says, "Leaders of church committees often shorten or skip devotional time because of concern about a full agenda, but this move does not give an opportunity for spiritual growth or team building. Connection to God is what fuels energy and commitment to living as a Christian. It must not be neglected. The purpose of these devotions is to build a stronger relationship to God and to build deeper connections among team members to create energy for loving and serving the world." Download Fruitful Living here.

The devotions were published by the Christian Education Network of the ELCA, which supports lifelong faith formation in the home and congregation. The CENetwork offers guidance, networking and mutual support; identifies and evaluates resources and educational opportunities; facilitates communication and conversation; and nurtures spiritual growth, both online and face to face. Learn more.
ELCA & Other Partners
News & Ministry Links

ELCA Advocacy Connections - March 2021

ELCA Worship News - March 2021

ELCA Administration Matters - March 2021

ELCA Disability Ministries - Winter 2020

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

ELCA Global Links - March 2021

ELCA StewardNet - Fall 2020

ELCA "Seeds Monthly" Newsletter - March 2021

ELCA Foundation "Insights" - March 2021

ELCA Lutheran Men in Mission Ambassador-Gram - January 2021

LSS of Southern California - 2020 Newsletter


Job Postings

Community Relations Coordinator
Survivors of Torture, International - San Diego
Survivors of Torture, International is seeking a Community Relations Coordinator. This full-time position is based out of San Diego. The general purpose of the job is to provide project, office, and administrative coordination for SURVIVORS in relation to all aspects of community relations, communications, development, and public affairs. 

Click here for a full job posting which includes essential duties and responsibilities, qualifications needed, and application procedures.
Youth and Family Coordinator
St. Paul Lutheran, Fullerton
St Paul Lutheran Church (SPLC) in Fullerton is seeking an enthusiastic, creative and energetic individual for a position leading our Youth and Family Ministries. The Youth and Family Coordinator (YFC) will be responsible for designing programs that engage, guide and mobilize the gifts of others to develop multi-faceted programming that includes spiritual formation, education, mission, service, fun and outreach. This position will require flexible hours including Sunday morning worship, weeknights, weekends, and potentially full weeks for retreat/mission trips.
 
Candidates will have a heart for youth, a passion for Christ, a faith perspective in agreement with the teachings of the ELCA Lutheran Church that includes both a personal and social understanding of faith, an awareness of the struggles and faith questions of modern youth and young adults, and create a safe space of inclusion and diversity.
 
A complete position description may be found here. In addition, those interested are asked to complete and submit this application
Medical Case Manager
Survivors of Torture, International
Survivors of Torture, International is seeking a Medical Case Manager. This full-time position is based out of San Diego. The general purpose of the job is that with the clinical team, to provide assistance to individuals and families in need of health-related services through a holistic, strengths-based, recovery-oriented service program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The examples of functions are not necessarily exhaustive. Management is not precluded from assigning other related functions not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment for the position. This position will require remote work, in-office work, in-the-field work, or a combination thereof.

Click here for a full job posting which includes essential duties and responsibilities, qualifications needed, and application procedures.
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.
LSS Southern California Estate Planning Series
Continues April 14, 2021
LSS is offering a no-cost comprehensive Estate Planning seminar to our network of donors and partners. This five-session series begins December 16, 2020 and will continue once monthly through April 2021.

This is an opportunity for you to take a serious look at your financial portfolio, preparing for unexpected costly situations ahead, providing for your loved ones who will survive you, and making certain your legacy of giving is honored through gifts to the charities you have supported across the years.  

Joshua Anderson, an Estate Planning Attorney and Partner with McIntire Anderson, and Lisa Higginbotham, our local ELCA Regional Gift Planner will lead each of these sessions.

The dates of each session are below. Each gathering is from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PST.

April 14th - You're Set...What's Next?

For seminar details and registration, please visit lsssc.org/estate-planning.
For a downloadable PDF flyer to share with others, click here.
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center
Mediation Skills Refresher Course
For those who have already taken our Mediation Skills Training Institute (MSTI), we are pleased to offer a new one-day event: the MSTI Refresher Course! Sessions are available on Tuesday, May 11 and Saturday, June 12. The fee is $99, and the event runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm Central Time. The full five-day version of MSTI is also available on May 3-7, June 21-25, August 2-6, October 11-15, and November 15-19, 2021. The session in August will include the option for in-person attendance in the Chicago area. Registration for all events being offered by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center is open now at www.LMPeaceCenter.org/ticketspice/. 

Questions? Please consult the attached MSTI Brochure, call 630-627-0507, or send an email to Admin@LMPeaceCenter.org.
Lutheran Men in Mission Upcoming Events
Lutheran Men in Mission have two initiatives that you may want to put on your calendars. The next virtual Bold Gathering will be April 17. More info and registration may be found at boldgathering.com.

And, in recognition of Father's Day, Fathering in 15 is beginning at your convenience. For a PDF version of the information below, click here.
ALOA Monthly Webinar
"Joyfully Aging is NOT an Oxymoron!"
Thursday, April 22
ALOA's monthly webinars offer a presentation on a single topic by an expert in older adult ministry. They're free and last about an hour. The next webinar, entitled "Joyfully Aging is NOT an Oxymoron!" will be held Thursday, April 22 at 9:00 a.m. PDT.

Dr. Rich Bimler shares his positive outlook for the second half of life. In a culture that sees aging as a disease, Joyfully Aging means changing the way we perceive older people, ourselves and others. Let’s discuss how we can joyfully age together.
We Remember in Our Prayers
We ask that you hold the following people in your thoughts and prayers:

  • Jeannette Schneider, wife of Pastor Michael Schneider
  • Pastor Linda Salmonson-Olson and her husband, Sheldon
  • 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. Cate Luehr - pastorcate@elclh.org
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