August 30, 2019
We are pleased to share with you the following news, information and ministry opportunities taking place within our synod and throughout the ELCA. Our e-newsletter is distributed semi-monthly in two separate issues. One issue includes Pacifica Synod and ELCA news items, along with prayer requests. The second issue contains ministry celebrations, events and opportunities, and positions within our synod and beyond.

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Celebrating Ministry Together!
You're Invited - Installation Services Across Our Synod
Installation Service - Deacon Leah Lind - Saturday, October 12
The congregation of King of Glory Lutheran in Fountain Valley cordially invites you to join them to celebrate the installation of Deacon Leah Lind on Saturday, October 12 at 4:30 p.m. King of Glory is located at 10280 Slater Avenue, Fountain Valley. Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day as green.

Guests are invited to remain for King of Glory's Annual Oktoberfest Celebration which will follow the installation service and begins at 6:00 p.m. The evening includes German music, brats, and good beverages. The cost of the evening is $30 per person (payable at the door) and proceeds will go to benefit the replacement of playground equipment in the preschool. If you plan to attend, RSVP's are appreciated by email to

Deacon Leah is pleased to be serving King of Glory in Fountain Valley under a half-time call as Deacon for Administration and Congregational Care. She was commissioned as an Associate in Ministry in 2008 and has served three congregations including her home church of Mission Lutheran in Laguna Niguel, St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Tustin, and Laguna Presbyterian Church in Laguna Beach. Leah also served as the co-chair of the Pacifica Synod's Malaria Campaign.
Leah is married, lives in Laguna Niguel, and has two grown children and three grown step-children. She recently graduated from Fordham University with an M.A. in Pastoral Care.

Installation Service - The Rev. Kurt Christenson - Sunday, October 20
You are invited to join First Lutheran Church in San Diego for the installation of their new pastor, the Rev. Kurt Christenson on Sunday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m. First Lutheran is located at 1420 Third Avenue, San Diego. Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day as green. 

Installation Service - The Rev. Jennifer Zahnow - Saturday, November 16
You are invited to join Our Saviour's Lutheran in Orange for the installation of their new pastor, the Rev. Jennifer Zahnow on Saturday, November 16 at 10:00 a.m. Our Saviour's is located at 800 N. Cambridge Street, Orange. Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day as green. 

Watch for more details to be added as the become available.
Congratulations & Welcome!
In August, we celebrated the installations of three pastors in our synod. Welcome and congratulations to the following pastors and their congregations!

The Rev. Marcus Lohrmann - Shepherd of the Valley, La Mesa

The Rev. Jeffrey Nelson - St. Andrew, Whittier

The Rev. Cyndi Jones - Atonement, San Diego & Synod Disability Ministries

"Grace Space" at St. John's, Palm Desert
St. John's Lutheran in Palm Desert received a 2019 Warner Trust Grant. With the funds they received, they created a "Grace Space" in their sanctuary to allow all ages to worship together at all three of their worship services. Our thanks to St. John's Youth & Family Coordinator, Molly Farin, for sharing these photos and to the people of St. John's for your commitment to the children in your congregation!

Global Mission Update - Pastor Hitoshi and Satoko Adachi
Pa stor Hitoshi Adachi (former Assistant to the Bishop in the Pacifica Synod) 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 July 2019 newsletter.

For more information and to learn how to help support their ministries in Japan, click here .

Free to a Good Home
LBW (Green) Hymnals & Luther's Works  Set
  Faith Lutheran in Yucaipa has approximately 180 copies of the Lutheran Book of Worship (Green) Hymnal. They also have a set of Luther's Works (54 volumes). This  collection contains Luther's exposition and commentary on Scripture as well as his sermons, theological writings, and other materials. 

If interested, please contact Corrine at 909.790.1816.

High-Speed Copier
Need a high-speed copier? Trinity Lutheran in Victorville has a unit in good working condition that is currently going unused due to the presence of a newer full-service machine that is nearly just as fast. The model is RISO EZ-590U. Free to any ministry that might be able to use it, though you'll have to transport it yourself. 

Contact Pastor Matt Anderson at the church: 760.245.3225 or by email at

Events & Opportunities
Community Shred Day - Whittier - September 7
Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 10 a.m. - Noon
Salem Lutheran Church/Whittier Presbyterian Church
6442 Glengarry Ave.
Call 562.692.8649 for more info!
Get Involved with Building on Faith
Habitat for Humanity, Thrivent and the Interfaith community are partnering together to help make a real difference in Orange County through Building on Faith. T ogether, we can help families in need of a safe and decent place to call home. With our communities, who put God's love into action by pooling their power and passion, our partnership helps both those giving and those receiving on their journey to a more content, confident and fulfilling life.

Building on Faith has several opportunities for you to be involved, as follows: 

Construction Sign Up
Join us in building homes in the city of Fullerton. Get involved with the Interfaith Build on Wednesday, September 11th and/or join us for a Thrivent Build Day on Friday, September 20th. No skills necessary! Come with a willingness to learn and open heart as God moves you to help make a tangible difference by building homes, community, and hope.

Lunch Bunch Sign Up
Are you a Thrivent member? You can use your Thrivent Action Team gift card to purchase, prepare, and serve lunch for our hard working volunteers on the construction site every Wednesday - Saturday during the month of September. Did you know that nearly every dollar raised by Habitat OC goes to building affordable homes in Orange County?  Help us serve those who serve by providing lunch this summer from 11:15 - 12: 15 pm at our Fullerton construction site!

Little Library Sign Up
Join Habitat OC, the residents of the Fullerton Neighborhood Revitalizing program in the worlds largest book-sharing movement. You can participate in constructing and collecting the books for 10 Little Libraries that will help build community, spark creativity, and inspire readers.

For more information on any of these opportunities or to register, visit the Building on Faith web page at

"Silence is NOT the Answer" Book Tour - George S. Johnson

Click here for a PDF version of this flyer to share with others!
EncourAGING & Equipping Congregations for Older Adult Ministry
ALOA has much to offer Lutheran congregations in the area of Older Adult Ministry. In addition to the resources on our website, ALOA offers regular Webinars on key topics for Older Adult Ministry that are practical and free of charge. Find complete information and register at 

September Webinar
Caring for Mind, Body and Spirit in Thanks to God
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Noon Eastern Time

An interview with NJ District Parish Nurse Colleen Botcher, who will present an overview of Parish nursing and congregational health ministries centered on Christ's healing love. Discussion will include congregational stewardship of health and community outreach with special emphasis on older adult ministry. 

ALOA's webinars are free of charge, 60 minutes max.  Register in advance at  Once you register, you'll receive a confirmation email with information on how to access the webinar.

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

Emerging Trends for Ministry Workshop - September 18

For a printable PDF Flyer for this event, please click here.
LRCC's Christian Camp Classic - September 20
Event Details
Friday, September 20
at Sterling Hills Golf Course in Camarillo

Four person best-ball scramble
10:30 AM Check-In
12:00 PM Shotgun Start
5:00 PM Dinner Banquet

Registration Information
Early Bird Golfer (before Sept. 1) $145 
Individual Golfer (after Sept. 1) $165 
BBQ Dinner only $29 

Sterling Hills Golf Course
901 Sterling Hills Drive
Camarillo CA 93010

To register, click here.
Interfaith Walk and Rally for Peace - October 20

Click here for a PDF version of this flyer to download and share!

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

For more information about these events, go to