December 19, 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 typically 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 - The Rev. Nate Allen - Saturday, December 21
You are invited to join St. Paul Lutheran in Fullerton for the installation of their new pastor, the Rev. Nate Allen on Saturday, December 21 at 10:00 a.m. St. Paul is located at 111 W. Las Palmas Avenue, Fullerton. Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day as blue. 

A reception will be held following the service. Those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP to

Installation Services in 2020 - Save the Dates!
Sunday, January 26 @ 4:30 p.m. - The Rev. Karen Stephenson - Hope, Palm Desert
(with a Beer & Hymns reception following the service in the Hope Center)

Sunday, February 9 @ 4:00 p.m. - The Rev. Jay Egenes - Messiah, Yorba Linda

Sunday, February 16 @ 3:00 p.m. - The Rev. Lisa Rotchford - Redeemer, Seal Beach
The Welcome Ministry, El Cajon
Meeting the Community Where They Are
Episcopal priest David Madsen has been serving The Welcome Ministry in El Cajon, a Lutheran ministry, working with refugees and the homeless.  The Welcome Ministry is a part of the ELCA's Homeless and Justice Network. As Pastor David shares, this network is an " awesome assortment of creative ministries and evangelism to homeless, marginalized, refugees and asylee's who live in our midst. I love being part of this network and I look forward to being together with them again in February for the ELCA Congregational Vitatlity gathering and training event." 

For a glimpse into the work of this Network, follow this link for videos and stories - The Welcome Ministry is included in this group, both the intro and further introduction in one of the later videos.
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 November 2019 newsletter.

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

Events & Opportunities
Lent/Holy Week Worship Planning Retreat - January 5 to 7

Lent-Holy Week-Easter
WORSHIP Planning Retreat

Luther Glen Retreat Center
Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 4 p.m.
 to Tues January 7, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.

For Pastors, Deacons, Musicians and others who plan worship
for the full spectrum of worships:
"Traditional",  Inter-Cultural, Multi-Generational,  & Affirming

$70/person (single OR double occupancy)
Includes 2 nights accommodation, Sunday dinner prepared by leaders, 
plus breakfast & lunch Monday and breakfast on Tuesday
(Dinner Monday on your own)
Feel free to bring snacks, wine/beer to share!

Registration hosted by Central Lutheran Church-Van Nuys.
This event is intended for Pacifica and Southwest Synod folks, planned by individual clergy and not by either synod, but is open to all worship planning teams, regardless of your synod or affiliation (e.g., if you have a Methodist or Episcopal friend who might want to attend, please let them know, too!)

Click here to register online.

Lutheran/Anglican/Roman Catholic Day of Dialogue - January 25
The Lutheran/Anglican/Roman Catholic Dialogue of San Diego invites everyone to our annual "Day of Dialogue" 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 25, 2020 in celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  

The theme of our 2020 Dialogue is Creation: Caring for our Common Home. Our main presenter will be Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanthan, Professor at UCSD, Member of the Pontifical Academy of Science and collaborator/advisor for Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si.  There will be three Respondents, one from each faith tradition, addressing how their faith tradition is addressing the issue of caring for our common home.  

The Dialogue will be held at Our Mother of Confidence Parish, 3131 Governor Drive, San Diego, 92122.  Registration can be made at the door beginning at 9:00 a.m. followed by a 9:30 a.m. prayer service in the church preceding the talks.  A registration fee of $20.00 per person is requested to help defray costs.

Interim Ministry Training Events - February & August 2020
Are you interested in training for Transitional, Intentional Interim Ministry? Luther Seminary and NALIP (National Association of Lutheran Interim Pastors) are hosting training opportunities held at the CNH District Ministry Center in Livermore, California.

Phase 1 training will take place on February 3 to 7, 2020 and Phase 3 training held August 17 to 21, 2020.  For details and registration, please contact Pr. Sherrie Hoffman at the NALIP/LuTMA office by phone at 814.521.8790 or via email at or Glenna Sanlis at the CNH Center at 925.245.4035.  

More details may be found at  Scholarships available.
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 

January Webinars

January 9, 2020 Webinar - 9:00 a.m. PT
Faith Story™: How to Share your Faith Journey

More than one billion stories are shared everyday across Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms. But a Faith Story™ isn't about big numbers. A Faith Story™ is the opposite: a personal sharing of your journey with Jesus. As we grow older, we place a higher value on our legacy, or what we leave behind. That's why ALOA has multiple resources to help tell your Faith Story™. But to fill in the gaps before you try recording or writing your personal history, join us for this informative webinar. Faith Story™ project creators Dr. Mary Manz Simon and Rev. Ken Holdorf will share their experiences and some "how to's" for congregations interested in helping their members share their Faith Story™.
Register in advance: After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email with directions to join the webinar.

January 23, 2019 Webinar - 9:00 a.m. PT
Aging Parents and Adult Children with Disabilities

An interview with Mona Fuerstenau, Director of Ministry Partnerships at Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Watertown, WI. The discussion will explore the challenges and possibilities aging parents face as they make plans for their adult children with disabilities after they are gone.
Register in advance: After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email with directions to join the webinar.

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

Registration Open Now for Western States Youth Gathering 2020
& Western States Multicultural Youth Event 2020

For more information about these events, go to