January 16, 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. Karen Stephenson
Sunday, January 26 @ 4:30 p.m.
You are invited to join Hope Lutheran in Palm Desert for the installation of their  pastor, the Rev. Karen Stephenson on Sunday, January 26 at 4:30 p.m. Hope Lutheran is located at 45900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert. Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day being green.  A Beer & Hymns reception will be held in the Hope Center immediately following the service. 

Pastor Karen hails from Chicago but before moving to the Coachella Valley resided in Atlanta for 26 years. Raised in a Pentecostal denomination and a consummate questioner, she became Lutheran by choice in her 30's. (Of course, the lemon squares and the whole justification thing had a whole lot to do with the change in denomination.) She is a former mission developer and the founder of a gathering that met in a bar and accidentally became a church called Atlanta Bar Church. She is a writer, singer, and social justice warrior, the mother of two amazing kids, she is owned by a brown dog named Rookie, loves the smell of campfire, and watching The Office (American version) on loop. 

Installation Service - The Rev. Jay Egenes
Sunday, February 9 @ 4:00 p.m.
You are invited to join the congregation of Messiah Lutheran in Yorba Linda for the installation of their pastor, the Rev. Jay Egenes on Sunday, February 9 at 4:00 p.m. Messiah Lutheran is located at 4861 Liverpool Street, Yorba Linda. Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day being green.

Installation Service - The Rev. Lisa Rotchford
Sunday, February 16 @ 3:00 p.m.
You are invited to join the congregation of Redeemer Lutheran in Seal Beach for the installation of their pastor, the Rev. Lisa Rotchford on Sunday, February 16 at 3:00 p.m. Redeemer Lutheran is located at 13564 St. Andrew's Drive, Seal Beach (Leisure World). Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day being red. All are invited to a reception immediately following the service.
110 Years of Ministry in Waikiki To Be Celebrated
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (POP) and the Waikiki Beach Chaplaincy (WBC) are 
celebrating a combined 110 years of ministry in Waikiki, 60 years for POP and 50 for WBC.

The weekend-long celebration begins with a "Meet and Greet" at Prince of Peace in Eaton  Square on Friday, January 31 at 4:00 p.m. As part of the festivities, POP will "burn its mortgage!" 

On Saturday, the two ministries will jointly host a banquet at the DoubleTree by Hilton Alana  at 5:30 pm. Bob Turnbull, the founder of the Waikiki Beach Chaplaincy, which grew out of Prince of Peace's College and Career Fellowship, will be the featured speaker. Bob is well known as Bart Thorson from the 1958 classic, "Dragstrip Riot," as well as Pastor Jack on "Hawaii 5-0." 

On Sunday, guests can worship at POP at 9:00 a.m., then walk to the Hilton Hawaiian Village  Beach to worship with WBC at 10:30 a.m. Events culminate at 5:30 p.m. at a Sunset Beach Service. Each service will feature special music and dancing. 

POP began its ministry in the Princess Ka'iulani Hotel, formally becoming a congregation of  the American Lutheran Church under the pastorate of Rev. Norm Hammer. From those early  years, POP grew into the "Penthouse Church" on Lewers Street during which the Waikiki  Beach Chaplaincy, Chinese Lutheran Church and the Bible Institute of Hawaii were birthed.  After the sale of the "Penthouse Church," POP returned to the Princess Ka'iulani, then  relocated to the Queen Kapi'olani Hotel for several years. Finally, in 2014, Prince of Peace  purchased space in Eaton Square for its worship and service center. This year POP paid off  its mortgage and will continue serving both residents and visitors in Waikiki!

The Waikiki Beach Chaplaincy is committed to taking church to where the people are, capitalizing on the beauty, charm and openness of this "Playground of the Pacific." It was founded by Governor John A. Burns' executive proclamation, appointing Bob Turnbull "Chaplain of Waikiki Beach." 

Questions/Information: 808.922.6011 or

From Left: Bob Turnbull, Founder 1970-1980;
Alex McAngus; Gene Ozbun 1980-1988

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 2020 newsletter.

For more information and to learn how to help support their ministries in Japan, click here .
Events & Opportunities
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. There will be an information meeting  on Sunday, January 19th at 4:00 p.m. at the Mareceks' home in Fountain Valley. Please contact Lynn for the address and join us!
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.

San Diego Mayoral Candidates Meet & Greet
First Lutheran, San Diego - February 2020
For a PDF version of this flyer to share, please click here.

Habitat for Humanity Build for Unity Faith Coalition
Fullerton Build Day - Saturday, February 1
You are invited to join Habitat for Humanity of Orange County to assist the Build for Unity Faith Coalition for their next build day in Fullerton on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Details may be found below. Sign up at .

Luther Glen Farm Family Winterfest - February 7-9
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 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

Interim Ministry Training Events - February & August 2020
Lutheran Transitional Ministry Association (LuTMA)
(formerly NALIP)
Basic Education for the Practice of Intentional Interim Ministry

This fundamental training of 60 hours prepares pastors and lay leaders of ministry organizations for leadership during times of transition.

February 3-7, 2020 (Phase I)
August 17--21, 2020 (Phase III)

Livermore, California
California-Nevada-Hawaii District Ministry Center

Online registration, lodging and details at
Limited registration closes soon.
Registration Open Now for Western States Youth Gathering 2020
& Western States Multicultural Youth Event 2020

For more information about these events, go to
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.