September 26, 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
Installation Service - Deacon Leah Lind - Saturday, October 12
The congregation of King of Glory Lutheran in Fountain Valley cordially invites you to join them to celebrate the installation of Deacon Leah Lind on Saturday, October 12 at 4:30 p.m. King of Glory is located at 10280 Slater Avenue, Fountain Valley. Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day as green.

Guests are invited to remain for King of Glory's Annual Oktoberfest Celebration which will follow the installation service and begins at 6:00 p.m. The evening includes German music, brats, and good beverages. The cost of the evening is $30 per person (payable at the door) and proceeds will go to benefit the replacement of playground equipment in the preschool. If you plan to attend, RSVP's are appreciated by email to

Deacon Leah is pleased to be serving King of Glory in Fountain Valley under a half-time call as Deacon for Administration and Congregational Care. She was commissioned as an Associate in Ministry in 2008 and has served three congregations including her home church of Mission Lutheran in Laguna Niguel, St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Tustin, and Laguna Presbyterian Church in Laguna Beach. Leah also served as the co-chair of the Pacifica Synod's Malaria Campaign.
Leah is married, lives in Laguna Niguel, and has two grown children and three grown step-children. She recently graduated from Fordham University with an M.A. in Pastoral Care.

Installation Service - The Rev. Kurt Christenson - Sunday, October 20
You are invited to join First Lutheran Church in San Diego for the installation of their new pastor, the Rev. Kurt Christenson on Sunday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m. First Lutheran is located at 1420 Third Avenue, San Diego. Clergy are invited to vest and process, with the color of the day as green. 

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.  
I-Lert Emergency Preparedness Resources
September is National Preparedness Month, and I-LERT has provided weekly preparedness topics for individuals, families, and communities to review and put into practice!  Below are the topics for Week 2 of September.

For a PDF of this Week 2 flyer, click here.
For a PDF of the Week 1 flyer, click here.

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 September 2019 newsletter.

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

Free to a Good Home
LBW (Green) Hymnals & Luther's Works  Set
  Faith Lutheran in Yucaipa has approximately 180 copies of the Lutheran Book of Worship (Green) Hymnal. They also have a set of Luther's Works (54 volumes). This  collection contains Luther's exposition and commentary on Scripture as well as his sermons, theological writings, and other materials. 

If interested, please contact Corrine at 909.790.1816.

High-Speed Copier
Need a high-speed copier? Trinity Lutheran in Victorville has a unit in good working condition that is currently going unused due to the presence of a newer full-service machine that is nearly just as fast. The model is RISO EZ-590U. Free to any ministry that might be able to use it, though you'll have to transport it yourself. 

Contact Pastor Matt Anderson at the church: 760.245.3225 or by email at

Events & Opportunities
Catechism Revisited: On Tour - October 19
For a PDF version of this flyer, click here.
Community Lutheran Harvest Boutique - October 19
Community Lutheran in RSM is hosting a Harvest Boutique on October 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that includes over 50 booths by artists and crafters from all over Orange County and beyond! It's the perfect place to find that unique Christmas gift for your loved ones, a treat for yourself and your home, or a lovely hostess gift for Thanksgiving. Most of the items will be Fall themed through Christmas, but you'll also find wonderful year round things like hand crafted patio furniture, soaps, candles, children's things, quilts and more! We have two chefs who are donating their time in the kitchen concession so that you can get a bite for breakfast or lunch and enjoy our lovely hilltop patio overlooking O'Neil preserve. Because our focus is in sharing God's gifts, you will find that everything is very affordable. We want this to be a festive and fun day for everybody! All proceeds from the low booth fees as well as the concession will be split between our youth ministry and Door of Faith Orphanage in Baja.

If you are planning your own event and would like us to forward your contact information to the vendors, let us know! Many of these people like to have a booth somewhere every weekend and that is another way we can help each other.

For more information about Door of Faith go to If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Wolfson at .

Interfaith Walk and Rally for Peace - October 20

Click here for a PDF version of this flyer to download and share!

Pacifica Women of the ELCA Convention - November 1 & 2
Ladies... You Are Invited! Our convention site - King of Glory in Fountain Valley - is just off the 405 Freeway and easy to find! Treat yourselves November 1 & 2 to two days of inspiration, conversation, and fun! 

Check our website - - for registration and other details, especially our speakers. We will add a schedule soon. It's more fun to travel together, so fill up your cars and come on over!

We are excited to announce...! Our churchwide representative, Sara Larson, will be joined by Wartburg Professor Charlene Rachuy-Cox in a collaborative presentation for our keynote!  New King of Glory Deacon Leah Lind and Pastor Dianne Finnecy (Spirit of Peace, Big Bear City) will lead two Bible Study breakout sessions.  Pastor Jennifer Schultz (Bethlehem, Los Alamitos) and Pastor Kinndlee Lund (King of Glory) will lead our worship.  Check out for bios and pictures.  

"Preparing for an Armed Intruder" Seminar - October 29
For more information or to register for the Southern California seminar, click here.

"Silence is NOT the Answer" Book Tour - George S. Johnson

Click here for a PDF version of this flyer to share with others!
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 

October Webinars

ALOA - Supporting Aging Seniors 
Thursday, October 17, 2019  @ 
Noon Eastern Time
Interview with Chris Carson provides an overview of a program that looks ahead to a time in which a loved one may no longer be able to safely live in complete independence. We'll discuss aging's challenges: physical, emotional, financial, legal, and spiritual, as well as suggested resources. 

ALOA - Aging Parents and Adult Children with Disabilities 
Thursday, October 31, 2019  @ 
Noon Eastern Time
An interview with Mona Fuerstenau of Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Watertown, WI, exploring the challenges and possibilities aging parents face as they make plans for their adult children with disabilities

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

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

For more information about these events, go to