November 27, 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 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. Nate Allen - Saturday, December 21
You are invited to join St. Paul Lutheran in Fullerton for the installation of their new pastor, the Rev. Nate Allen on Saturday, December 21 at 10:00 a.m. St. Paul is located at 111 W. Las Palmas Avenue, Fullerton. Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day as blue. 

A reception will be held following the service. Those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP to

Installation Services in 2020 - Save the Dates!
Sunday, January 26 @ 4:30 p.m. - The Rev. Karen Stephenson - Hope, Palm Desert
(with a Beer & Hymns reception following the service in the Hope Center)

Sunday, February 16 @ 3:00 p.m. - The Rev. Lisa Rotchford - Redeemer, Seal Beach
Ordinations & Installations

Installation of the Rev. Kurt Christenson
First, San Diego on October 20, 2019

Ordination & Installation of the Rev. Gerald Sharon
Hope, Palm Desert on October 29, 2019

Installation of the Rev. Jennifer Zahnow
Our Saviour's, Orange on November 16, 2019
Anniversary Celebrations
Spirit of Joy, Ramona
25th Anniversary Celebration - November 3, 2019

Trinity, Hemet
105th Anniversary Celebration - November 10, 2019

Global Mission Update - Pastor Hitoshi and Satoko Adachi
Pa stor 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 November 2019 newsletter.

For more information and to learn how to help support their ministries in Japan, click here .

God's Work. Our Hands.
In September, many of our Pacifica Synod congregations participated in the ELCA's "God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday". A few shared their photos with us and although it's taken a few months for us to share them with you, our appreciation for the hard work and ministry that took place has not diminished. YOU are God's hands in the world.
Thanks to ALL who participated in the 2019 ELCA Day of Service!

The congregation of St. John's, Palm Desert spent "God's Work, Our Hands" Sunday assembling "blessing bags" for the homeless that will be distributed to local cooling centers through the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. 

St. Andrew's, San Diego had a weekend of service projects, including an overnight at a Children's Home in Mexico. We also helped sort and tag clothing at The Closet at Calvary Lutheran, made quilts for Lutheran World Relief, and made note cards and assembled hygiene kits for the guests at the Interfaith Shelter. A hardy group spread a mountain of new bark on our preschool playground. We also had a group go to a local nursing home / rehab hospital for singing (not pictured.)

Seventeen folks from Christ, Orange came together and filled 125 Blessing Bags to distribute to those in need. Filled with Christian love, good wishes, sundry items such as soap, tooth paste, tooth brush, God's blessing, and shampoo, the bags, we pray, will lend hope to those receiving them. The items filling the bags came as a blessing from The Orange County Rescue Mission. Those filling the bags then carry them in their cars to pass out as opportunities present themselves, those distributing them sharing God's love and blessing and an invitation from Christ Lutheran to know more about us.

At Bethlehem, Los Alamitos children weaved a blanket to donate and the church purchased fabric and thread and then assembled the materials for Lutheran World Relief's fabric kits program.
Events & Opportunities
Danish Lutheran Church, Yorba Linda - Art Exhibit - December 1
The Danish Lutheran Church & Cultural Center
invites you to the

Opening of Art Exhibit
" Snapshots"
by Danish Artist Susanne Thea

Sunday December 1
following the 11 am Advent Service & Lunch

traveling with the Poet Hans Christian Andersen
through Europe & The Orient in 1840-1841.

Unique hand colored copper etchings.
Susanne Thea will be present at the opening to give her
introduction to the exhibit and her art. 

The Danish Lutheran Church & Cultural Center
16881 Bastanchury Rd. Yorba Linda CA 92886
Habitat for Humanity - Fullerton Dedication - December 7

Dr. Aaron Alfred Lee Concert - Mt. Calvary, Cypress - December 14
For a PDF version of the flyer, click here.
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.

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 Webinars

January 9, 2020 Webinar - 9:00 a.m. PT
Faith Story™: How to Share your Faith Journey

More than one billion stories are shared everyday across Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms. But a Faith Story™ isn't about big numbers. A Faith Story™ is the opposite: a personal sharing of your journey with Jesus. As we grow older, we place a higher value on our legacy, or what we leave behind. That's why ALOA has multiple resources to help tell your Faith Story™. But to fill in the gaps before you try recording or writing your personal history, join us for this informative webinar. Faith Story™ project creators Dr. Mary Manz Simon and Rev. Ken Holdorf will share their experiences and some "how to's" for congregations interested in helping their members share their Faith Story™.
Register in advance: After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email with directions to join the 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

Registration Open Now for Western States Youth Gathering 2020
& Western States Multicultural Youth Event 2020

For more information about these events, go to