April 16, 2019
Changes to the Pacifica Synod e-News 
We are pleased to share with you the following news, information and ministry opportunities taking place within our synod and throughout the ELCA. Beginning April 1, 2019 - our e-newsletter will be distributed semi-monthly in two separate issues. One issue will include Pacifica Synod and ELCA news items, along with prayer requests. The second issue will include ministry celebrations, events and opportunities, and positions within our synod and beyond.

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.
Celebrating Ministry Together!
You're Invited - Installation Services Across Our Synod
The Rev. Anne-Grethe Nielsen - Sunday, May 19
All are invited to celebrate the Installation of the Rev. Anne-Grethe Nielsen as pastor of the Danish Lutheran Church in Yorba Linda on Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 p.m. The church address is  16881 Bastanchury Road, Yorba Linda.  Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day as white.

All are invited to a meet and greet reception on the patio immediately following the service. Following that, there will be an After Reception, including a Danish Dinner and an evening with Danish songs. The donation for 3-course meal is $25. If you wish to attend the meal, please RSVP at by May 15.

Pastor Anne-Grethe has served the Danish Lutheran Church for a number of years while ordained with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark. She recently was approved to transfer to the ELCA roster.

The Rev. Wesley Menke - Sunday, May 26
All are invited to celebrate the Installation of the Rev. Wesley Menke as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Upland on Sunday, May 26 at 3:00 p.m. The church address is 2108 N. Euclid Avenue, Upland. Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day as white. All are invited to a reception immediately following the service.

Pastor Wesley began his call with Grace in March 2019. Rev. Wesley's first call was to a bilingual church in Santa Ana, California: Iglesia Luterana San Pedro. He received an advanced certificate in Lutheran Theology from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. Rev. Wesley graduated from Claremont School of Theology in May 2013 with a dual Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Theology.

Pastor Wesley served as Director of Youth and Family Ministry and Spanish Teacher for seven years at Our Savior's Lutheran Church and School in San Clemente, California. Pastor Wesley's passion for youth ministry began as a camp counselor at El Camino Pines where he also met his wife, Sheri. Together they have five children: Rebecca, Charles, Alan, Paxton, and Sophie Grace. 

The Rev. Paul Hegele - Sunday, June 16
All are invited to celebrate the installation of the Rev. Paul Hegele as pastor of Newport Harbor Lutheran Church in Newport Beach on Sunday, June 16 at 3:00 p.m. The church address is 798 Dover Drive, Newport Beach. Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day as white.

Pastor Paul began his call with Newport Harbor in January of this year. He has been a pastor for 43 years serving parishes in Toledo, Ohio and Louisville, KY.  He also chaired the Communications Committee of the NW Ohio Synod for 12 years. His professional degrees are from Harvard Divinity, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.

His wife, Julie, is a retired commercial interior designer. Their daughter, Christyn, is an ELCA pastor in Kansas City and son, Andrew, is a Disney movie editor in Burbank.
Events & Opportunities
Wartburg College Choir Concert - Saturday, April 20
The internationally acclaimed Wartburg College Choir will be performing at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Dana Point on Saturday, April 20th at 7:00 pm.

The Wartburg College Choir has performed throughout the United States and in 21 countries. They have been invited to perform at the White House, the Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center among others. The 80+ member choir performs sacred music from all historical periods and styles and often features premiere works of contemporary composers. It's going to be an amazing evening of music. 

There is no cost to attend, but you are encouraged to RSVP here. The church address is 33501 Stonehill Drive, Dana Point.

Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry - April 23 to 26, 2019
ALOA- EncourAGING and Equipping Congregations for Older Adult Ministry Webinar - April 25, 2019
ALOA has much to offer Lutheran congregations in the area of Older Adult Ministry. Visibility is critical. In addition to the resources on our web site, ALOA will provide regular webinars on key topics for Older Adult Ministry that are practical and free of charge.
April Webinar
Affirming Life-long Discipleship
Thursday, April 25, 2019
9:00 a.m. PDT

Host Mark Schoepp, Executive Director of ALOA, will interview Debbie Streicher of Milestones Ministry.

This webinar will explore resources for the congregation to affirm the call to be a follower of Jesus all through life, but especially in the later years. Discover some simple steps, in both the public worship and the family dinner table, in which congregational leaders can encourage their people to stronger faith and a renewed sense of purpose as Christ's hands and feet in the local community.

No charge, 60 minutes max.  Register at

While you are on ALOA's website, sign up for ALOA email to take advantage of a free congregational consultation on Older Adult Ministry. One name per month will be selected to receive an on-site, full day consultation with an evening outreach event, all free of charge. Sign up at
Third Avenue Charitable Organization (TACO) Empty Bowls-May 11

Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences Camp Events
Memorial Day Family Camp
Get away for the weekend with a family trip to El Camino Pines for our annual Memorial Day Family Camp, May 25-27, 2019!

Come with your whole family, or come alone and meet some new friends! Enjoy a weekend of family, fun and fellowship!

Register today at

Summer Camp 
This summer, our theme will be 'Heroes of Faith,' an exploration into the women and men in the Bible who were models of courage, faith and love! Our theme verse is Joshua 1:9 , "This is my command-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go." We're calling all current and future Heroes of Faith... come to camp this summer! 

Register today at (Luther Glen) or at

Lutheran Office of Public Policy
Lutheran Lobby Day - May 29, 2019

From the Lutheran Office of Public Policy - California Council:

Our   LOPP-CA Policy Council, in consultation with our new director Regina   Banks, decided upon our policy priorities at our recent board meeting.  We will concentrate on   Deep Childhood Poverty, Immigration and Migration, and the Environment - particularly water justice.  Please look for our updates and directions on how you and your congregation can get involved on these issues at our website  or any of our social media pages.  
To support this ministry, we are also pleased to invite your whole congregation to our first   Lutheran   Lobby Day at the Capital   on   Wednesday, May 29, 2019 .   Details about Lobby Day   will be posted soon   but we'd ask for your prayers and support in this new endeavor. Please use your voice of leadership to amplify ours and recommit your congregation to the work of public policy and advocacy.    
We are ready to engage with you in this vital ministry and hope you will be a part of our Advocacy success! Please feel free to reach out to Regina directly by phone at 916-447-6666 or by e-mail at

(For a PDF version of this letter, click here.)

"Soul Surfing" - First Lutheran, Torrance - June 15
Luther Academy of the Rockies - June 18 to 28, 2019
Luther Academy of the Rockies 50th Anniversary
June 18 - June 28, 2019
Meeker Park Lodge, Allenspark, Colorado

Wartburg Theological Seminary invites YOU to join with us for 10 days of learning, recreation, and renewal for ministry at our annual LUTHER ACADEMY OF THE ROCKIES.

In keeping with Wartburg Theological Seminary's emphasis on daily worship, each day begins with opening devotions. In addition to educational programs for the adults, age-appropriate daily programs are provided for children and teens (age 4 - 18), as well as childcare for children 3 and under.

Come join us for 10 days in the beautiful Rockies with renowned speakers sharing their wisdom at an incredibly reasonable price! This opportunity is too great to miss!!

For more information, visit our website at:

California Lutheran University Summer Programs

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Save the Dates - Western States Youth Gathering 2020
& Western States Multicultural Youth Event 2020

For more information about these events, go to