February 21, 2020
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. Andreas Walker-Thode
Sunday, February 23 @ 2:00 p.m.
You are invited to join Carlton Hills Lutheran in Santee for the installation of their  pastor, the Rev. Andreas Walker-Thode on Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 p.m. Carlton Hills Lutheran is located at 9735 Halberns Blvd., Santee. Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day being white.  All are invited to a reception immediately following the service. 

Pastor Andreas was born in New York, and grew up in northern New Jersey.  A graduate of Columbia University, he holds a bachelor's degree in Urban Studies.  After working for a time as an elementary school teacher and finance director for a church in the Bronx, he served the Presbytery of New York City and oversaw the building and property needs of various congregations throughout the five boroughs of New York City.  He received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus (OH) in 1995.   Pastor Andreas was ordained and installed as Pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Queens, NY in 1996. 

In 2003, Pastor Andreas moved to South Florida and joined Church World Service, as the Miami Coordinator of the Religious Services Program, providing Chaplaincy services to detained immigrants. In September 2007, he accepted a call at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Miami Gardens.  Subsequently he served as In-Patient Unit Chaplain with VITAS Innovative Hospice Care at the University of Miami Hospital, and later at Hospice by the Sea.  In 2014, he was called as Pastor of Living Faith Lutheran Church in Pembroke Pines, near Ft. Lauderdale.  

He is the father of four adult children, and recently moved to the San Diego area to provide support for his parents. His father passed away in May 2018.  He has served as a Chaplain with Hospice of the South Coast, and in December 2019, accepted a call to become the Pastor of Carlton Hills Lutheran Church in Santee.  In October 2019, he was married to Tamara Dawn Walker, a former Hospice colleague and now part of the pastoral team at First United Methodist Church of San Diego; they live with her three teens, and a dog and cat in Pacific Beach.  They enjoy exploring the culture and cities of Southern California, doing some walking and biking, and he looks forward to occasionally flying a kite and sailing a small sail boat.
Global Mission Update - Pastor Hitoshi and Satoko Adachi
Pa sto r 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 January/February 2020 newsletter.

For more information and to learn how to help support their ministries in Japan, click here .
Events & Opportunities
PLTS Endowment Lab - February 22

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 

February 27, 2019 Webinar - 9:00 a.m. PT
Nursing Homes: Quality Care & Quality of Life, Part 2

Alice Hedt, former Executive Director of the Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, provides a follow-up to her webinar on finding a quality care facility. In this session, she'll explore how family members and residents themselves can promote quality of care and quality of life once there. 

March 12, 2020 Webinar - Noon ET
The Lived Experience of Aging in Faith Communities  

What difference does it make whether we age in a within a community of faith or not? Dr. Lydia K. Manning, Professor of Gerontology at Concordia University Chicago has a wide range of experience in the field of aging. During this webinar, she will present research on aging within a faith community and explore the perceptions of support for older adults. There will be opportunities for questions.

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

California Lutheran University
Critical Incidents on Campus - February 29

To register, click here
For program details and a schedule for the day, click here.

Pacifica Women of the ELCA March Gathering - March 7
You are invited! "Love Bears All Things" is the theme for our annual March Gathering which will meet at Hope Lutheran in Palm Desert on Saturday, March 7th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

As is our tradition, this event teaches us about social service agencies in our area and how we can be called to action! Jan Lupia, Executive Director, will be our speaker from Mama's House. Carol Schaudt will speak from Shelter from the Storm.

Check out our website, for the registration form and the list of Love Gifts they will welcome.
Ecumenical Prayer Service, San Diego - March 19

Faith Over Fear Training, Escondido - March 28

CLU Choir & Chamber Orchestra, San Diego - April 4

For a printable flyer, click here.

9th Annual Bonhoeffer Festival, Claremont - April 16

For a printable flyer, click here.
Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences 2020 Summer Camp

Hey summer campers! 

2020 Summer registration is now open! We are excited to be using new registration software this summer and we know you are going to like it too.
Our online application will be more user friendly, easier to access, and your information will be safer than ever. Because the software is new, even our returning camp families will have to create new accounts, so please keep that in mind as you start your 2020 registration. 

We're here to help with any questions you might have and we CAN'T WAIT to see YOU sign up for camp this summer. If you have any questions please email or call 909.797.2513.

Sign up today by visiting -

Special Gift for First Time Campers

This summer we are offering a special gift to campers who are attending summer camp for the first time. Through the generosity of two very special donors, first time summer campers will be able to attend camp for the discounted fee of $150, which is a savings of $300! This offer applies to camps at El Camino Pines and Luther Glen Farm only.

We are excited and feel blessed to offer this special rate. It is our goal to make sure kids get to attend camp and get the experience of a lifetime. Spots will be limited so it will be important to sign up right away! Once the funds are gone, this offer will expire. To receive this special pricing, please sign up using the link above and pay the deposit amount of $150.

Once your registration is complete, please send an email to and let us know so we can adjust your balance. It's that easy. If you have any questions please call 909.797.2513 or email us at the email address above.
What are you waiting for? Get your child signed up today.
The Naming Project Summer Camps 2020
The Naming Project, a leading LGBTQ youth and faith-based organization, has announced its first-ever summer camp for adults taking place from June 12-15, 2020 at Bay Lake Camp in Deerwood, MN. 

After fifteen successful summers providing a place for LGBTQ youth to explore their identities and religion, The Naming Project will expand to serve adults over 21. The expansion comes after years of adult interest in The Naming Project and will serve as a fundraiser for the ongoing ministry of The Naming Project, benefitting the youth camp as well as consultation for LGBTQ-inclusive youth ministry.

"Since our beginning, we've heard from adults, 'I wish there was a camp like this when I was younger.' Now we are able to provide that same LGBTQ-affirming church camp experience for adults," said Ross Murray, Founding Director of The Naming Project. "The Naming Project has been a safe place for young people to explore their faith and identity, and we are excited to expand that ministry to adults, even while we raise money for the LGBTQ youth camp."

The theme for the inaugural adult camp is 'Believe the Truth.' Campers will explore the beautiful truth about who they are, and reveal the truth of God's love to the rest of the world. Camp-goers will experience large and small group conversation, personal quiet time as well as campfires, crafts, swimming, games, and summer camp fun.

To learn more, visit:

The Naming Project also will hold its trademark youth camp from July 26-31, 2020. The youth camp is designed for 14-18 year-olds or those who have completed 8th-12th grades who are of any sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Campers are interested in discussing and understanding sexuality and gender in terms of their own spiritual journey and are excited to spend time with other teen campers and staff while canoeing, swimming, hiking, singing, doing arts and crafts. Since its founding, The Naming Project Summer Camp has hosted over 200 campers from 21 states and was the focus of the award-winning documentary 'Camp Out.'

Habitat For Humanity/Thrivent Builds Opportunity
Hoa Binh, Viet Nam - September 19-27, 2020
Join Lynn and Gerry Marecek as they lead a build team to the beautiful mountainous Hoa Binh province of Vietnam where they will assist in building new houses for local families in need. Planned cultural events will allow the team the opportunity to experience some of the culture and sights of Vietnam.

You can make a world of difference for a family, by providing a "hand up" by working with them to build a simple, affordable, and decent home.

For more information, please contact team leader Lynn Marecek at or 714.393.6642. 
Need a Copier?
Mt. Calvary Lutheran in Cypress has a Kyocera TASKalfa 4052ci System Copier it no longer requires and is looking for an organization, or an individual, to assume the 33 months of a 63-month lease. The Kyocero TASKalfa 4052ci was Keypoint Intelligence Buyer Lab's 2017 Outstanding 40 ppm Color Copier MRP award winner. It has low usage with an under 40,000 copies reading. The monthly cost of the lease is $164 per month. Some financial assistance may be available.

If interested, please call 714.527.6311 for more information.