Pacifica Synod News & Notes
May 21, 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 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
Saturday, May 22 - 10:00 a.m. HST/1:00 p.m. PDT
Waianae, Hawai'i
You are invited to lift the Rev. Juli Patten up in prayer as she is ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament on Saturday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m. HST/1:00 p.m. PDT at Maluhia Lutheran Church, Waianae, Hawai'i. The service will be streamed live on Pastor Juli's Facebook page.

Pastor Juli serves Christ Lutheran Church, San Clemente. 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. 
Installation of the Rev. Bekki Lohrmann
St. Peter's by the Sea, San Diego
Last Sunday, May 16, we celebrated with the congregation of St. Peter's by the Sea, San Diego and the Rev. Bekki Lohrmann as she was installed as their pastor, where she's been serving since March 2021. Congratulations!
Pacifica Synod AMMPARO Network Updates
The ELCA AMMPARO network stands for Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities. Information may be found on their webpage at
Pacifica Synod has an active AMMPARO Network that meets monthly over Zoom. Their next meeting is THIS Saturday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m. All are invited to attend using the info below:

Pacifica Synod AMMPARO Zoom Meeting
Saturday, May 22, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Meeting ID: 815 7711 0996
Password: AMMPARO
For more information about Pacifica's AMMPARO Network, prior meeting recordings or minutes or ways you can get involved, you are encourage to visit their webpage found here. You can also send an email

Madre de Asunta School
Financial Help Urgently Needed!

We are grateful that many AMMPARO members are volunteering to assist asylum seeker families who are either quarantined or settling in Southern California. There is still an urgent need to assist the many families still in shelters in Tijuana. One such shelter, Madre de Asunta, provides not only food, shelter, and clothing to the 26 women and 42 children currently being housed, but education for the children so that they do not fall behind, and to give them a sense of normalcy during this chaotic time. Unfortunately, donations have fallen off to the point where the funding for the teacher ($300/month) will be depleted in April.

Congregations and individuals in the Pacifica Synod and beyond have historically supported this important ministry, and we are asked to do so once again. Any amount you can spare will be truly appreciated by these vulnerable children. You may make a contribution online at (under the “Donate Online” tab) or by check payable to the Pacifica Synod with “Instituto Madre Asunta” in the memo line. The check may be sent to the Pacifica Synod office at 1801 Park Court Place, Bldg. C, Santa Ana, CA 92701. For those who wish to donate directly to the shelter, please email for the address.
Coaching for All Seasons
Monthly Online Gathering for Rostered & Lay Leaders
"The Eisenhower Matrix"
Tuesday, June 1 - 11:00 a.m. PDT/8:00 a.m. HST
We invite you to join us via Zoom for our next session on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 11:00-noon (Pacific) and 8:00-9:00 a.m. (Hawaii).
Pre-registration is required to receive the link and may be done HERE.

The Eisenhower Matrix, also referred to as Urgent-Important Matrix, helps you decide on and prioritize tasks by urgency and importance, sorting out less urgent and important tasks which you should either delegate or not do at all.

The Rev. J. Dana Peterson, DEM for the Rocky Mountain Synod and Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation, will be present with us to teach us about this concept and how to use it effectively. He has coached and consulted with pastors, congregations, and other organizations in the areas of transition, capital campaigns, organizational development, and personal and spiritual growth. He is a husband, father, grandfather, bass player, and motorcycle rider (not necessarily in that order).

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

Save the Date
Bishop's Conversation with Congregation Presidents
In June, Bishop Andy will once again be gathering with Pacifica Synod Congregation Presidents on Zoom for a time of conversation. There will be two dates/times offered, as listed below. You are invited to choose the date that works best for you.

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

Watch for more information about the time together to come next week, along with the link to register to attend.
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
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.
Registration will be available soon. If you would like to make sure you don’t miss the registration information or cannot join us on that date, please write to:

Rev. Terry Tuvey Allen at
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
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.
Pacifica Synod Technology Development
Matching Fund Grant Update
Beginning in late March, Pacifica Synod has been offering a Technology Development Matching Funds Grant for congregations/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 and use of their own funds. 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 $250,000 in disbursements (thanks to a second round of funding on April 26), so grant applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.

The deadline to apply is May 31, 2021 or when funds are exhausted. Please note that to date, $233,000 has been awarded, so apply soon before funds are gone.

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
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 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
Synod Assembly Resources Available
for Congregational Use
On behalf of the staff of the Pacifica Synod, we give thanks to ALL who made 2021 Pacifica Synod Assembly possible. In addition to the livestream recording of the Assembly, we are pleased to share a final review publication and many of the resources (videos, reports, worship service, etc.) for use in your congregation. 

Please follow this link that will take you to our Synod Assembly web page where these resources may be found.
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 19) may be found on the following platforms listed below.

Christ Lutheran, Mililani, Hawai'i
Community Garden
In April, Christ Lutheran in Mililani, Hawai'i was featured in the locals news when they shared the story of 15-year-old Hunter Spangler and Pastor Keith Wolter brainstorming ideas for Hunter's Eagle Scout project last fall. They came up with the idea to turn an unused section of the church lawn into a community garden that would support food banks and local low-income families. To read the entire article, click here.
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 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
From the ELCA

From the Presiding Bishop
"How Can I Keep from Singing?"
In her May column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton notes that music, like God’s love, is at the same time deeply personal, sounding deep within an individual’s soul, and universal, ringing out to an entire community. 

Read her column in English at and in Spanish at
Faiths4Vaccines National Summit
May 26
Dear ELCA Rostered Ministers and lay leaders, 
Join us at the National Summit for the largest multi-faith gathering to support equitable and far-reaching vaccine distribution in the United States. Faith leaders and faith-based organizations in attendance will receive training, resources and empowerment to engage their communities to ensure equitable vaccine access, combat hesitancy and potentially use their houses of worship as vaccination sites.  
Faith leaders, faith communities, and medical professionals are leading efforts to respond, recover from the unprecedented health crises facing our nation and the world. Now, equipped with a life-saving vaccine, we have the chance to bring this devastating, and all the suffering it has caused, to an end.  
Now is the time to partake in open and honest dialogue between faith leaders and county, state and national health officials to identify opportunities for faith-based institutions to further engage and support local communities to increase vaccination rates.  
We look forward to welcoming you at the Summit! 
Yours in Peace, 
Faiths4Vaccine Executive Committee: 
  • Rev. Jim Wallis, Founder, Sojourners 
  • Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi, Executive Director, the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers 
  • Rev. Jim Winker, President and General Secretary, National Council of Churches  
  • Rabbi David Saperstein, Director-Emeritus, Union for Reform Judaism 
  • Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Co-Convener of the National African American Clergy Network  
  • Dr. Uzma Syed Infectious Disease Specialist, Islamic Medical Association of North America 
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 for helpful planning resources
2022 ELCA Youth Gathering Webinars
Join ELCA Youth Gathering leadership for a monthly webinar, beginning in May, to prepare you for 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. Registration to participate via Zoom is now live on the Gathering website. Webinars will be recorded for those unable to attend.
The Future of Tulsa’s Past: The Centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre and Beyond
2021 John Hope Franklin Annual Symposium
The Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod invites all our siblings from across the ELCA to join us digitally for the 2021 John Hope Franklin Reconciliation in America National Symposium, May 26 to 29. Following the Symposium, on the afternoon of May 29, everyone is invited to join us for a Zoom conversation where we will continue addressing the themes of Symposium and talk specifically about how those themes speak to us as a church.  Attending the Symposium is not necessary to be a part of the post-symposium gathering.  Individuals interested in attending the full Symposium must register through the JHF Center website:  A schedule and list of speakers for the Symposium is also available on the website. 

From 1:00-3:30 PM CDT on Saturday, May 29, ELCA participants in the Symposium and others are invited to join the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod for a time of reflection and conversation. Led by a panel including Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod Bishop Michael Girlinghouse, Ms. Vanessa Adams-Harris, John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, Mr. Bill Horne, ELCA Vice-president, and Ms. Judith Roberts, ELCA Sr. Director for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion we will discuss the complicity and silence of the white church in the perpetuation of racial injustice, including violent events like the Tulsa Race Massacre, how the church is working against racial injustice today, and ways we can show up and step up to work for change in our church, our local communities and nation in the days ahead. ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will share concluding thoughts and reflections about how we can move together as a church to address these issues.

If you would like to join us for the post-symposium conversation, you will need to register at: to receive the Zoom link and password for the ELCA event.

If you have questions please call the synod office at (918)492-4288.
Lutheran Disaster Response
COVID-19 Relief in India
Over the past two months, a surge of COVID-19 cases has ravaged India. The country has officially recorded over 20 million cases and 220,000 deaths. On April 30, India reported over 400,000 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily count in any country during the pandemic. Thousands of deaths are documented each day, yet the actual number is suspected to be much higher. I’m writing to you today because, to respond, we need your help.

Padhar Hospital, a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Madhya Pradesh, has a ward dedicated to COVID-19 patients. Unfortunately, the hospital is currently being forced to turn away patients because it lacks the space and oxygen to support them.

Lutheran Disaster Response is helping Padhar Hospital purchase an oxygen generator for its COVID-19 ward so it can treat more patients and not have to turn away people suffering with COVID-19.

Please give today. Your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope for those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in India. Gifts designated for “Asia-Pacific Disaster Response” will be used entirely (100%) to respond to COVID-19 and other disasters in the region.
From Our Other Partners
Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences News!

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

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!
Cal Lutheran's Fifty and Better (FAB)
Summer Session
Cal Lutheran’s Fifty and Better (FAB) Summer I Session: FAB’s 4-week Summer I Session begins on June 1st, and registration is now open! Courses will explore subjects such as California's ecosystems, power and leadership through the lens of Hitler and Gandhi's stories, the many incarnations of Perry Mason, and more! We hope you will join us for these captivating courses. Individuals 50+ are welcome, please share with your friends and family! Courses are $25 each or bundle all 6 for $100.
For more information about Fifty and Better, visit our website:
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" - March 2021

ELCA Lutheran Men in Mission Ambassador-Gram - April 2021

Job Postings
Office Administrator (Part-Time)
Resurrection Lutheran, Coronado, CA
Resurrection Lutheran Church, Coronado, CA -

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 Applications without resumes may not be reviewed.
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.
Medical Case Manager
Survivors of Torture, International - San Diego
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
National Lutheran Choir
"Light Dawns" Online Celebration Benefit - May 23
You're invited to attend "Light Dawns", a virtual gathering of music, festivities and community to support the National Lutheran Choir. At this event, you'll be able to:

  • Help NLC come back strong,
  • Connect with the NLC community,
  • Learn about the plans for the coming season,
  • Listen to the music you love,
  • and more!

To attend Light Dawns on May 23, visit
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center
Upcoming Events
Registration is now open for several events in June and beyond, so please encourage your friends and colleagues to take advantage of these opportunities for spiritual and professional growth:
Conflict Transformation Skills (June 3) helps church leaders deal more effectively with potentially destructive conflict. For details consult this CTS Brochure.

Leadership and Anxiety in the Church (June 9) helps church leaders examine their role as self-differentiated leaders and their ability to help calm the chronic anxiety that affects their congregations. For details consult this LAC Brochure.

Healthy Congregations (June 15) helps church leaders deal with the chronic anxiety that threatens to distract congregants from their God-given mission and purpose. For details consult this HC Brochure.

MSTI Refresher Course (June 12) is a one-day review for graduates of our Mediation Skills Training Institute.

Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (June 21-25) helps participants deal more effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. For details consult this MSTI Brochure.
Groups rates are available for all of the above one-day workshops. Restrictions apply. Group organizers may wish to use this Registration Form to compile names and contact information for members of their group. For more information please visit or contact the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (630-627-0507 or  
Inland Valley Interfaith Working Group
for Mideast Peace Webinar - June 6
Download a PDF flyer to share here.
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
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. 
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 -
W. San Diego Conf - The Rev. David Nagler -
Harvest Conference - The Rev. David Jorstad -
Raincross Conference - The Rev. Linda Brown -
Big Bear Conference - The Rev. Matt Anderson -
Saddleback Conference - The Rev. Marty Jacobson -
Son & Surf Conf - The Rev. Jennifer Schultz -
Rejoice Conference - The Rev. Anne-Grethe Nielsen -
Hukilau Conference - The Rev. Kathryn Zurcher -
Pacifica Synod - ELCA
Lutheran Center for Mission & Learning
1801 Park Court Place, Bldg. C, Santa Ana, CA 92701