July 8, 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 - Ordination & Installation Services Across Our Synod
Ordination Service - Cyndi Jones - Saturday, July 27
All are invited to celebrate the ordination of Cyndi Jones into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament on Saturday, July 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Clairemont Lutheran Church, 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego.  Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day as red. All are welcome at the reception in the Fellowship Hall following the service. Please RSVP by calling 858.273.7423 or by email at

By a call from the Pacifica Synod Council, Cyndi will serve as pastor to the worshiping community at Atonement Lutheran Church, San Diego and will provide Disability Awareness to the congregations of the Pacifica Synod.

Installation Service - The Rev. Jeffrey Nelson - Sunday, August 18
You are invited to join St. Andrew in Whittier for the installation of their new pastor, the Rev. Jeffrey Nelson on Sunday, August 18 at 2:00 p.m. St. Andrew is located at 11345 Miller Road, Whittier. Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day as green.
Celebrating Together!
Installation Service
The Rev. John Barton, Faith Lutheran, Menifee
June 23, 2019

Celebration of Ministry & Retirement
Pastor Scottie & Karen Lloyd, Lutheran Church of Our Savior, San Bernardino
June 23, 2019

Installation Service
The Rev. J.P. Sabbithi, Joy of Christ, Pearl City, Oahu
June 29, 2019

Events & Opportunities
EncourAGING & Equipping Congregations for Older Adult Ministry
Adult Lutherans Organized for Action (ALOA) is a nationwide resource to the church that strengthens ministry by and for adults in the second half of life. ALOA offers events for individuals and provides resources to encourage adult ministry in Lutheran congregations.  ALOA also offers regular webinars on key topics for Older Adult Ministry that are practical and free of charge.    To find out more, visit their website .

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
"PLAN-IT" Workshop for Faith Formation Leaders - August 24
Pacifica Synod, in partnership with Peer Ministry Leadership (, will facilitate a "PLAN-IT" workshop on Saturday, August 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We are grateful that Mission Lutheran Church in Laguna Niguel will be our hosts for the day.

Everyone responsible for faith formation program planning, including pastors, Christian educators, youth ministers and volunteers. Come by yourself, bring a partner, or bring a small team!

This is a guided planning and sharing experience for those responsible for ministry. Review essential ministry lenses, planning tools, and usable templates. Participants design a well-balanced, one year framework, with an emphasis on self-care and building a leadership producing culture.

  • Work smarter and faster, knowing why you do what you do.
  • Leave with a framework for next year's ministry.
  • Structure a relational team to lead your programs.
  • Borrow, exchange, even steal! - ideas from other participants.
  • Personalize self-care keep-you-in-ministry goals.
  • Learn some tools you will teach over and over to your leaders.

Registration is just $43 for you plus one other person from your church or group. Additional participants from your church are just $15 each. For more information, go to the PLAN-IT website. To download a printable copy of a workshop flyer to share with others, click here.

Space is limited. Follow this link to register online. Questions? Please contact Terri Robertson at 714.352.8732 or

Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders
Southwest California Synod Office, Glendale - August 26 to 30
The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center is pleased to announce that they have recently scheduled another session of our Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI), to be hosted by the Southwest California Synod, ELCA on August 26-30, 2019 in Glendale. This practical interdenominational workshop equips pastors and other church leaders with skills to help them deal with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. 

The deadline to receive $200 off the regular tuition rate is July 26, 2019. As the time is short, we ask that you share this information as soon as is convenient with colleagues who you believe might benefit from this training. For details or to register, please consult this brochure or go to

Lutheran Night at Angel Stadium - September 14

To order tickets*, go to
*Tickets must be purchased by August 14 to ensure discounted pricing in the Lower View MVP section.

California Lutheran University Summer Programs

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

For more information about these events, go to