April 2, 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 - The Installation of the Rev. Anne-Grethe Nielsen
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 of 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.
Congratulations & Blessings on Your Ministry Together!
On Saturday, March 16, we celebrated with Hope Palm Springs and Pastor Tim Edmondson as he was installed as their pastor/developer in a service at Hope Lutheran, Palm Desert. 

On Sunday, March 24, we celebrated with Pastor Karla Seyb-Stockton and the congregation of Gethsemane Lutheran in San Diego as she was installed as their pastor.

Global Mission Update - Pastor 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 newsletter.
We encourage you to consider becoming a longer-term sponsoring congregation/individual to support Pastor Hitoshi and Satoko in their ministries, which will continue for the next four to eight years. As it is written in the attached profile, if you wish to support the Adachi's with an automatic monthly bank withdrawal or to establish a covenant of prayer, communication and support, please contact 800.638.3522, ext. 2657, or at

Events & Opportunities
Lenten Silent Saturday - April 6

For a PDF version of this flyer, click here
8th Annual Bonhoeffer Festival - April 11, 2019
A highlight of the festival will be the opportunity to recognize and honor Dr George Johnson and his wife Vivian who plan to be present. 

For a printable event flyer, click here.

Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry - April 23 to 26, 2019
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

California Lutheran University Summer Programs

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