June 20, 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
The Rev. John Barton - Sunday, June 23
All are invited to celebrate the installation of the Rev. John Barton as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Menifee on Sunday, June 23 at 3:00 p.m.  The church address is 28200 Portsmouth Drive, Sun City. Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day as green. A reception will be held immediately following the service and all are welcome to attend.

Pastor John began his call with Faith Lutheran on May 1. Pastor John shared the following, "I was born and raised in Tempe, AZ and went to undergrad at ASU where I met my wife, Sarah, at the Lutheran Campus Ministry there. I am also an alumnus of Lutheran Retreat, Camps, and Conferences where I was a camper and staff member for a combined 9 years. I look forward to reconnecting with LRCC. I went on to attend seminary at PLTS, finishing my degree with an internship at First Lutheran Church in Waltham, MA. 
Sarah and I were married last year in Sedona, AZ and recently moved to Menifee for me to start my call at Faith Lutheran Church. I am eager to start serving my new faith community and to meet my peers within the Pacifica Synod. Your prayers and support are welcome as I begin my first call and settle into the area. Feel free to reach out to talk shop, nerd out about Star Wars, or just get to know me."

The Rev. Jayaprakash (JP) Sabbithi - Saturday, June 29
Joy of Christ Lutheran Church Council members invite you to attend their re-dedication service and installation of their new pastor, the Rev. Dr. Jayaprakash (JP) Sabbithi as pastor of Joy of Christ Lutheran in Pearl City, Oahu, Hawaii on Saturday, June 29th at 11:00 a.m., with lunch following. 

The church address is 784 Kamehameha Hwy., Pearl City (parking entrance from Puu Kala Street). Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day as green. 

Lunch will be held immediately following the service and all are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by June 22 either by phone 808.455.1138 or email at

No leis or gifts, please! Offering will be received and go towards the continuing education of the clergy in Pacifica Synod. Please make your checks payable to Joy of Christ Lutheran Church, with Pacifica Synod listed in the memo.

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
Beach Party Fundraiser at Faith, Menifee - June 22
You are invited! The women of Faith Lutheran Church, Menifee, invite you to our Beach Party Fundraiser - Saturday, June 22, 2019  at 10:00 a.m. Funds raised will go to Faith Lutheran's participants in  the Habitat for Humanity International Build in Portugal.

Your $15 donation includes the program, lunch, gift basket drawing,  beach hat contest and more. Tickets will also be available that day for additional special
prize drawings. To reserve your entry ticket, contact Arlene Dressler at 951.805.7682 or  Jan Williams at 951.679.8188.

Directions: From I-215, exit onto McCall Blvd. Head west on McCall to the very end.
Follow the curve to the left. Take the first left turn, then the first right. The church is  immediately on your left at 28200 Portsmouth Dr., Menifee 92586.
Lutheran Night at Dodger Stadium - June 22
Full price ($43) tickets may still be available for purchase. 
to get yours!

"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

Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences Camp Events
Summer Camp 
This summer, our theme will be 'Heroes of Faith,' an exploration into the women and men in the Bible who were models of courage, faith and love! Our theme verse is Joshua 1:9 , "This is my command-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go." We're calling all current and future Heroes of Faith... come to camp this summer! 

Register today at (Luther Glen) or at

California Lutheran University Summer Programs

For more information or to register, 

For more information or to register, 
Save the Dates - Western States Youth Gathering 2020
& Western States Multicultural Youth Event 2020

For more information about these events, go to