November 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 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. Jennifer Zahnow - Saturday, November 16
You are invited to join Our Saviour's Lutheran in Orange for the installation of their new pastor, the Rev. Jennifer Zahnow on Saturday, November 16 at 10:00 a.m. Our Saviour's is located at 800 N. Cambridge Street, Orange. Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day as green. A lunch reception will be held following the service. Those attending are asked to RSVP to the church office at

Rev. Jennifer Zahnow has been a pastor since 2006. She has served congregations in Nebraska, Arizona and Nevada.  She graduated from Dana Collage with a bachelor's degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Elementary Education. She graduated from Trinity Lutheran Seminary with a Master of Divinity.  She graduated from Sierra Nevada Collage with a Master of Arts in Teaching with TEASL and Autism endorsements.  She has taught in both public and private schools and is a former Director of a Christian Academy. Throughout her life she has served on a variety of synod committees and has attended several Churchwide Assemblies. Recently, she was on the Grand Canyon Synod Council where she served as the representative from the Colorado River Conference, the chair of the Synod Audit Committee and a member of the Committee on Discipline. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, photography and Disneyland.  

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 - The Rev. Karen Stephenson - Hope, Palm Desert
Sunday, February 16 @ 3:00 p.m. - The Rev. Lis Rotchford - Redeemer, Seal Beach

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 .

The Cupboard at Calvary, San Diego

The Cupboard at Calvary Lutheran, San Diego was chosen to be the 2019 Non-profit Partner of the Year for the San Diego Jacobs and Cushman Food Bank. Director of Services Kristin Timmons (a member of St. Andrew's Lutheran, San Diego) is holding the clear glass award. This is the second time The Cupboard has received this award. Congratulations and thank you for your valuable ministry!

Welcome Daniella!

Congratulations to Pastor John Barton and his wife Sarah on the birth of their first child,  Danielle Elena Barton, born on September 18. 

Pastor John serves as pastor of Faith Lutheran in Menifee where they are tickled pink at Danielle's arrival!                                                                                                                      

Events & Opportunities
Ascension, San Diego Craft Fair - November 9

Luther Glen Brew Boldly - November 15 to 17

November 15-17, 2019 Luther Glen Farm
Cost: $189.00 21 & older only

Join Luther Glen for a weekend to Brew Boldly!

This will be a fantastic opportunity to gather, brew, worship, wonder and relax!  The event begins  on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. and will end on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Meals will be provided.  Register here quickly as space is limited!
Good Shepherd, Claremont - Film Screening - November 24

For a PDF version of this flyer, click here.
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 

November Webinar

ALOA - Nursing Homes: Quality Care & Quality of Life
Thursday, November 21, 2019 @ Noon Eastern Time
An interview with Alice Hedt, retired Long-Term Care Ombudsman for the State of Maryland. Moving to a nursing home is difficult. This session focuses on how to find the best nursing home possible for your loved one or yourself. Learn what to do to promote quality once your loved one is in a facility. Get resources and ideas so care can be person centered. Includes time for questions and resources that can help those who need long term care.

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

Middle School Youth Gathering - November 22 to 24
2019 Lutheran Middle School Youth Gathering!
November 22-24 
at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim

This event is sponsored by Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences and members of the Pacifica and Southwest California Synods of the ELCA. An exciting weekend has been planned especially for your group!

Theme Verse: Psalm 23
"Surely your goodness and love  will follow me all the days of my life,  and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."

The weekend program offers large group sessions with speakers and praise music. Friday night activities include extreme sports, games and much more! Saturday morning workshops will focus on teen faith topics and the afternoon will be spent at Disneyland. Sunday concludes with morning worship.

For more info and to register, go to

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

For more information about these events, go to