June 5, 2019
Changes to the Pacifica Synod e-News 
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.

If you have items to share about the ministries happening through your congregation, please email Terri Robertson at If you know of others who aren't receiving our emails, please share this with them and encourage them to sign up here.
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
All are invited to celebrate the installation of the Rev. Jayaprakash (JP) Sabbithi as pastor of Joy of Christ Lutheran in Pearl City, Oahu, Hawaii on Saturday, June 29th at 11:00 a.m. The church address is 784 Kamehameha Hwy., Pearl City. Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day as green. A light brunch will be held immediately following the service and all are welcome to attend. For those staying for the brunch, please RSVP by June 22 either by phone 808.455.1138 or email at

Events & Opportunities
Blue Earth Band Reunion Tour to Benefit Lutheran Social Services
June 7 to 10 - Various Locations

Care Connections Network - Aging Together Conference - June 8

For a copy of Care Connections Network's May Newsletter,  go to their website at .

EncourAGING & Equipping Congregations for Older Adult Ministry
ALOA has much to offer Lutheran congregations in the area of Older Adult Ministry. Visibility is critical. In addition to the resources on our web site, ALOA is offering regular webinars on key topics for Older Adult Ministry that are practical and free of charge.

June Webinar #1 - Note Time Change
ALOA, Seniors in Transition
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
2:00 PM Eastern

Host is Mark Schoepp, Executive Director of ALOA. Mark will interview Chrislyn Carson about "Seniors in Transition" - a resource to help older adults make pro-active decisions about one of the hardest decisions older adults face: where they will live in the later years of life. The Webinar will go over the template to help congregations develop an interactive, eight week class for older adults from the church and community. The series of classes will explore options for staying at home and options for moving to a care facility of some kind.

June Webinar #2
ALOA - Congregational Health Ministries for Older Adults...and Everyone
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
12:00 PM Eastern

Host Mark Schoepp, Executive Director of ALOA, will interview Colleen Botcher, RN. Colleen is an active Nursing professional who serves a congregation as a volunteer Parish Nurse, and the New Jersey District as Parish Nurse Coordinator. Colleen will provide an overview of Parish nursing and Congregational Health Ministries, centered on Christ's healing love, stewardship of health, and community outreach - for older adults and any age. 

Both webinars are free of charge, 60 minutes max.

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

"Soul Surfing" - First Lutheran, Torrance - June 15
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!

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

Luther Academy of the Rockies - June 18 to 28, 2019
Luther Academy of the Rockies 50th Anniversary
June 18 - June 28, 2019
Meeker Park Lodge, Allenspark, Colorado

Wartburg Theological Seminary invites YOU to join with us for 10 days of learning, recreation, and renewal for ministry at our annual LUTHER ACADEMY OF THE ROCKIES.

In keeping with Wartburg Theological Seminary's emphasis on daily worship, each day begins with opening devotions. In addition to educational programs for the adults, age-appropriate daily programs are provided for children and teens (age 4 - 18), as well as childcare for children 3 and under.

Come join us for 10 days in the beautiful Rockies with renowned speakers sharing their wisdom at an incredibly reasonable price! This opportunity is too great to miss!!

For more information, visit our website 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