Pacifica Synod News & Notes
November 12, 2020
We share with you the following news, resources, information and event updates taking place within our synod and throughout the ELCA. If you have items or information to share, please email Terri Robertson at terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org. If you know of others who aren't receiving our emails, please share this with them and encourage them to contact us using the above email or sign up here.
Current Synod News & Resources
2021 Pacifica Synod Assembly Information
Dear People of the Pacifica Synod,
 
On June 17, 2020, the Office of the Bishop announced that Synod Council voted to postpone the 2020 Pacifica Synod Assembly and designated Saturday, May 1, 2021 as the date for our next synod assembly. This one-day assembly will be held completely online and planning for our time together has already begun.  
 
Please begin to consider who your voting members will be, keeping in mind the following:
 
  • Voting members will need to be familiar with computers or tablets (such as iPads) and able to learn an additional voting program/app. 
  • As this will be a one-day assembly on a Saturday, consider electing people whose schedules have prohibited them from attending past assemblies during weekdays.
  • Each voting member will need to have their own device. Even if voting members live together, they cannot share one device. Each person needs their own device to vote.  
 
Each congregation will receive their voting member allocations in January. There are still costs involved in creating an online assembly. By next week, we will have the congregational fee cost available to assist you in your budgeting for the assembly. While there will be costs associated with an online assembly, there will be no costs for travel or housing, as is usually the case for this annual event.
 
This Assembly will elect Synod Council members and will also elect voting members from Pacifica to attend the Churchwide Assembly which will be held in August 2022 in Columbus, Ohio. Applications to be nominated for Synod Council positions or to become a Churchwide Assembly Voting Member will be coming soon.  

Assembly Resolutions and Memorials Process 
THE DEADLINE FOR PRESENTING A RESOLUTION OR MEMORIAL TO THE 2021 SYNOD ASSEMBLY IS FEBRUARY 1, 2021
 
The resolutions process enables individuals or recognized groups within the synod to bring a request for action or a request for a statement to be made by the Synod Assembly. Since the ELCA Churchwide Assembly meets in 2022, this Synod Assembly will consider both resolutions and memorials. For information and resources about the differences between a “resolution” and a “memorial,” please visit the ELCA Office of the Secretary webpage found here.
 
Resolutions and memorials may be submitted by a congregation of the Synod, a Ministry Team, an ELCA institution or agency, a conference, or the Synod Council and must be signed by the appropriate leadership (i.e., president, chair, dean, etc.). Individuals may submit a resolution/memorial with the signatures of 10 other members of the Synod. The maker(s) of the resolution/memorial must be identified separately from the required signers.
 
Resolutions/memorials are to be submitted in writing 90 days in advance of the Synod Assembly (by February 1, 2021) for review by the Resolutions Committee and for placement in the pre-assembly materials. They may be mailed or emailed to the synod office at rachelline@pacificasynod.org, to the attention of the Resolutions Committee. Any resolutions received after the 90-day deadline will be considered by the Synod Council at its next meeting. Any memorials received after the deadline will be considered in the 2022 Synod Assembly.
 
Resolutions/memorials submitted are reviewed by the Resolutions Committee for proper form, appropriateness of subject, appropriateness of desired action, inclusion of a plan of implementation, and for elimination of duplication. The Resolutions Committee has the responsibility to ensure that resolutions/memorials brought before the Assembly are grammatically correct and factually correct as to existing church policies or structure. Therefore, the Resolutions Committee has the responsibility to edit resolutions/memorials as needed so that the Assembly can deal with the substance of the issues presented. The Committee shall report its action to the makers of the resolution/memorials and to the Synod Council, to which the makers can appeal the decision.

The Resolutions Committee shall report its action on each resolution/memorials to the group submitting it and to the Synod Council who can overrule the committee’s decision.
 
If you have any questions about the 2021 Synod Assembly, please contact Rachel Line at rachelline@pacificasynod.org.
Final 2020 Bishop's Gathering - November 14
Let’s Do Church Together is the theme for the 2020 Pacifica Bishop’s Gatherings. What better time to collaborate than now, as we are all learning new ways to share the gospel with others in due to the pandemic. We have been meeting online by Zoom to discuss congregational and synod plans for ministry in the year to come. We will unveil Pacifica’s Strategic Plan for the work we can do together, highlighting the Ministry Result Areas and the Goals approved by Synod Council. We will listen to one another to see how we can support each other as Christians, congregations, the Pacifica Synod, and the ELCA. We will celebrate our unity, while giving thanks for our diversity, and ask God to guide us confidently into the future. 
 
We will gather for our final Bishop's Gathering with the Hukilau Conference on Saturday, November 14 at 9:00 a.m. HST/11:00 a.m. PST. We invite each congregation to attend with their pastors, their deacons, and at least two key lay leaders, but all are welcome! The Gathering will last for 75 minutes. Pre-registration is required using the button below to receive the Zoom link in advance of each gathering and to ensure we have enough room on our Zoom feed to accommodate everyone. You may join by video using a computer, tablet or phone or call in from your phone using audio only. If you cannot attend your own Conference meeting or missed it, we invite you to Zoom in with another Conference. We hope you can join us! 


If you need assistance with the registration process, please contact Terri Robertson at 714.352.8732 or by email at terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org.
Growing Young Intro Presentations
November 16 and 19
Monday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m.
OR
Thursday, November 19 at 11:00 a.m.
 
All churches are growing old.
Strategic churches are growing young.
 
Churches are both shrinking and aging as more young people disengage. Based on research with over 250 of the nation's leading congregations, Growing Young provides a plan that any church can use to involve and retain young people. Packed with ideas, Growing Young shows ministry leaders how to reach younger generations in a way that breathes life into the WHOLE church and deepen the faith of your young people as well as their connection and sense of belonging in your congregation.
 
Growing Young isn't about changing youth ministry, 
it's about changing church culture.
 
Join us a for a free 45-minute online presentation for both rostered and lay leaders to join in conversation about Growing Young. We will share information and stories, as well as next steps in the Pacifica Synod's commitment to walk with congregations in Growing Young. These presentations will be offered twice in November online via Zoom.

You must register HERE in advance to receive the Zoom link.
 
All who register and attend will be sent a free copy of the book Growing Young 
following the presentation.
 
Presented by Pacifica Synod's Growing Young Team - Pastor Tom Goellrich, Deacon Mindy Bugaj and Terri Robertson. If you have questions about Growing Young or registering for this event, please email terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org
Monthly Book Study - "The Color of Law"
Sunday, November 15 at 2 pm
Beginning in November, Pacifica Synod's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Work Group will be hosting a monthly discussion group , led by James Tyler, using the book "The Color of Law" by Richard Rothstein. The group will meet on the third Sunday of each month from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 111 W. Las Palmas Dr., Fullerton. All are welcome and no RSVP is necessary.

Our first meeting will be on Sunday, November 15 at 2:00 p.m. and will focus on Chapter 2, "Public Housing, Black Ghettos". Please note that masks will be required and social distancing observed. Current county public health guidelines will be adhered to, which may mean meeting outdoors.
The Boy Scouts of America Bankruptcy & Congregations
As you may be aware, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, primarily due to the flood of sexual abuse lawsuits. There are many questions about what this may mean for congregations that are (or were) chartering organizations for Boy Scout troops. It would also pertain to congregations that allowed Boy Scouts, chartered by other organizations, to meet in their facilities. In particular, congregations that chartered or allowed Boy Scout troops to meet on their property should consider whether to file a proof of claim by November 16, 2020, in the bankruptcy to protect their interests.

The ELCA has prepared a resource on the BSA Bankruptcy which is now available on its resource page under the sexual misconduct tab found here. The direct link to the three-page informational document is found here

Time is limited. If your congregation chartered or provided facilities for a BSA troop, the deadline to file a proof of claim is November 16, 2020. Claims will not be accepted after that date. Please read the resource document carefully to decide if you need to file a proof of claim.

Coaching for All Seasons:
Pr. Manuel Retamoza on Life & Ministry 

Monthly Online Gathering for
Pacifica Synod Rostered & Lay Leaders
Tuesday, December 1 at 11:00 a.m.
Pr. Manuel Retamoza grew up in Northern California, received his BA from Seattle Pacific University in 1994, taught preschool for Head Start in San Joaquin Valley for three years, and graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota in the spring of 2004. On graduation, he moved his family to San Diego and served as Associate Pastor at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church until he was called to become their Senior Pastor in 2017. Through these experiences, Pr. Manuel has gained a unique perspective, and he will share his story with us. 

To register for the December 1 gathering and receive the link to join by Zoom, click here.

The December 1 forum will be the sixth in the monthly series Coaching for All Seasons that began in July 2020. Click here to view our Synod Coaching web page and access the resources from previous presentations. Our Pacifica Synod Coaching Team designed this forum to provide encouragement and support to Synod leaders as we navigate the unknown. Each month, participants will hear a short presentation related to how we currently are called to be Church. Then they will have an opportunity to be in a small group discussion facilitated by an ELCA coach. We are creating a safe space for processing our responses to uncertain times and for discerning steps forward in our unique contexts. 
 
Pacifica Synod has invested in training coaches to work with rostered and lay leaders one-on-one or in groups. Coaching provides an opportunity for rostered and lay leaders to experience a partnership focused on the unique objectives they want to achieve. A coach’s role is to support a leader in naming challenging issues and identifying constructive responses to them. Pacifica Synod coaches are volunteering their time to create presentations and coaching opportunities that provide a hands-on resource for addressing your challenges. 

 If you would like information on having a coach, please contact Deenna Eley, Pacifica Synod Coaching Coordinator at mikedeenna@gmail.com.
Pacifica Synod AMMPARO Network Meeting
Saturday, December 5 - 10:00 a.m.
The ELCA AMMPARO network stands for Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities. elca.org/ammparo. Pacifica Synod has an active AMMPARO Network. For more information about their work, please email ammparonetworkinpacificasynod@gmail.com.
 
Upcoming Pacifica Synod AMMPARO Online Events
Pacifica Synod AMMPARO Zoom Meeting
Saturday, December 5, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Meeting ID: 815 7711 0996
Password: AMMPARO
 
If you would like the additional resources provided from our last meeting, please contact Pastor Karla Halvorson or Deacon Roberta Wall at roberta_k_2000@yahoo.com.
Latino Ministry Partnership Support Grant Applications Now Being Accepted
The Pacifica Synod Latino Ministry Endowment Fund, formed from a merger of the St. Mary's and Santa Ana Accounts by action of the Synod Council on March 12, 2005, provides assistance and support to congregations with existing Latino ministries and/or congregations intending to develop new Latino ministries. 

Starting in 2019, we encouraged individual grants for Latino members of the Pacifica Synod using the funds for seminary and the TEEM (Theological Education for Emerging Ministries) program.

Congregations grants must have a defined plan for an outreach, worship or other specific ministry. These funds are not intended to cover staff positions. Our committee views these grants as a partnership with financial support from the Pacifica Synod, Latino Ministry Endowment Fund and additional resources of the Latino Area Ministry Committee as appropriate for both congregations and individuals. 

The application period for these grants is now open through November 30, 2020. For full information on the requirements and process for application, click here to visit the grant webpage.
Save the Date!
Installation of Pastor Karla Halvorson
St. Mark's, Chula Vista

Please save the date of Saturday, December 12 at 3:00 p.m. to celebrate with Pastor Karla Halvorson and the congregation of St. Mark's in Chula Vista as she is installed as their pastor. More details on how you may join this special event will be shared as they are available.
Pacifica Women of the ELCA
"Celebrating Women" Zoom Event Recording
On Saturday, November 7, Pacifica Women of the ELCA held a Zoom event called "Celebrating Women" . Their speaker was Pastor Jean Bozeman. Pacifica WELCA President Eunice Hanson shares the following about the event:

"Our Zoom Event on November 7th went really well and Rachel Line, our technical wizard for the event, recorded it and uploaded it to YouTube. You can view the recording here. Between 45 and 50 people attended and now you can watch it as well!

A huge THANK YOU to all the participants – each segment was exceptional from opening devotions to closing. When editing for the upload, Rachel did discover a copyright issue – Keala did her liturgical dance to “Silent Night” and while the words are public domain, apparently playing just the music is not. So we muted the music and kept the dance in the video. It also came across somewhat disjointed for an unknown reason.

We already have been given some ideas for future events – maybe even monthly. Stay tuned for more information and enjoy this recording!"
Synod Work Towards Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
On June 15, Bishop Andy shared a letter with our synod, inviting us to work together for racial justice. If you missed this, you may read the Bishop Andy's full letter here. The Pacifica Synod Council has released a Racial Justice Statement and encourages congregations and individuals to join them in taking the ELCA Anti-Racism Pledge.

We also have created a synod web page with information and anti-racism resources for individual and congregational use. We will continue to add resources, so check back often. If you have resources to recommend or would like to share stories about how you or your congregation are currently working towards equity, diversity and inclusion, please contact Pastor Lara Martin at pastorlaramartin@gmail.com.
Global Mission Update - Hitoshi & Satoko Adachi
Pastor Hitoshi Adachi 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 2020 newsletter.
  
The brochure attached here details the Adachi's ministry in Japan and how to best support them. You can give through the synod office or mail your check to Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116-8009. Make checks payable to “ELCA Missionaries” with “(Hitoshi and Satoko) Adachi GCS2051” in the memo line. To donate by credit or debit card, go to https://community.elca.org/Japan or call 800-638-3522 and specify “(Hitoshi and Satoko) Adachi GCS2051”. To set up an automatic monthly bank withdrawal or to establish a covenant of prayer, communication, and support, please contact 800-638-3522, ext. 2657, or globalchurch@elca.org


From the ELCA & Other Partners

From the Presiding Bishop
At the table: The theme for the November issue of Living Lutheran was “Together at the table.” In keeping with this theme, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton shared her favorite food and faith story, which originally appeared in her September 2017 column.


Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/3eJf7Ki and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/3pcjt1r
Did You Grow Up With Davey and Goliath?
In Living Lutheran's upcoming January/February issue, the lead feature will be on the 60th anniversary of the show "Davey and Goliath". The goal of the story is to lift up the series and characters as iconic & significant – what it did for the church and the faith/culture/children’s resources conversation across decades.

If you have a connection to or love for the show and are interested in offering a brief quote about what "Davey and Goliath" meant to you personally, or to the church more broadly – you are encouraged to contact John Potter, Living Lutheran Content Editor at 773.380.2696 or by email at john.potter@elca.org.

ELCA World Hunger 2021 Leadership Gathering
January 20-23, 2021
This signature event gathers ELCA World Hunger’s leaders for a time of networking, idea sharing, learning and planning for our shared ministry to address hunger and its root causes in our local and global communities. Next year's event, January 20 through 23, we will center on John 6:11-12 and the theme “And All Were Satisfied.” For the first time in the event’s history, we will gather virtually!
We celebrate the new opportunities this gathering brings, including the chance to welcome more participants than ever before. As we look forward, we know that our future church is younger and more diverse; who do you want to invite to be part of the conversation and our ministry together?
To register, please visit bit.ly/2021WHLG. The event fee is $20, with sponsorship opportunities available to those for whom the cost would be a barrier to attending. Once you register, you will receive the information needed to join in the event.
ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission - Apply Now!
Applications for the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program are now being accepted, and you can invite young adults on this journey abroad for the 2021-2022 program year.

If you know young adults ages 21 to 29, this is the time to reach out. Encourage them to apply for YAGM by the deadline of Jan. 15, 2021. Talk to them personally about what this opportunity will mean for their faith, identity, career and understanding of God’s work in the world. 

YAGM volunteers will begin in August 2021 and will be placed in one of the country programs. As YAGM continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and we communicate with our global companions, please know that the list of country programs for the 2021-2022 service year may change.

Through YAGM, young adults will learn what it means to serve in a spirit of accompaniment as they walk alongside global church companions. They’ll become immersed in a new community and form deep relationships. And they’ll confront issues of wealth and poverty, racial privilege, gender privilege, economic disparity and globalization, all through the lens of faith. Learn more at ELCA.org/YAGM.
Giving Tuesday Opportunities - December 1
Lutheran Retreats, Camps & Conferences (LRCC)

Lutheran Retreats, Camps & Conferences (LRCC) is inviting you to celebrate and support the ministry of camp by joining us for Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2020. Today, we’re asking you to join our Better Together campaign. While we know it’s better to be physically together, it’s not safe to gather at camp. 

The pandemic has left a $600,000 hole in our 2020 budget thus far. That’s why we need your help!
 
Our challenge is to survive the pandemic so that LRCC is ready to host groups when it is safe to gather again. We need to be together virtually, on Giving Tuesday. Will you join us?

Together we can make sure our camps survive the pandemic.
Together we can ensure every child can come to camp. 
Together we can feel the joy of community. 

Even when we are forced to be apart, we are Better Together!

We can’t do this without you! Will you help to spread the word? Tell your friends and family why you believe in our work and encourage them to support us too!

Join the movement today!



Lutheran Social Services of Southern California (LSSSC)
Care Connections Network
Aging. Better.
Care Connections Network is changing the face of aging in Orange County. We are dedicated to helping older adults, 50 and over, age in their own homes and communities. We connect our members to the community programming and expertise they need to continue living lives of purpose and promise. We strive to empower older adults by offering educational opportunities to help them age with confidence, social and cultural events to keep them connected with the community, referrals to vetted service providers and a volunteer program providing additional support and assistance.
 
To find out more about upcoming events and other services, click here for the Care Connections Network November newsletter.
ELCA & Other Partners
News & Ministry Links

Lutheran Social Services of So Cal - August 2020

ELCA Advocacy Connections - October 2020

ELCA Worship News - October 2020

ELCA Administration Matters - September 2020

ELCA Disability Ministries - September 2020

ELCA World Hunger "Go & Do News" - Nov 2020

ELCA Global Links - October 2020

ELCA StewardNet - Fall 2020

ELCA "Seeds Monthly" Newsletter - October 2020

ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) - September 2020

ELCA Good Gifts Newsletter - November 2020


Job Postings

Executive for Administration
ELCA, Chicago
The ELCA seeks its next Executive for Administration (EA), who will serve as the chief operating officer for the ELCA’s churchwide headquarters located in Chicago. The EA will work closely with the presiding bishop and all ELCA staff leaders. Importantly, the EA position presents the unique opportunity to be deeply involved in the redesign of the churchwide leadership structure and to serve as a primary driver of the strategic planning process, including addressing challenges facing congregations such as an aging membership and diversity in membership.

For a position guide and to apply, send a current resume and letter of introduction to Kittleman & Associates, LLC at https://bit.ly/3jHyQuu. For best consideration, interested parties should submit their resume and cover letter asap. 
Youth and Family Coordinator
St. Paul Lutheran, Fullerton
St Paul Lutheran Church (SPLC) in Fullerton is seeking an enthusiastic, creative and energetic individual for a position leading our Youth and Family Ministries. The Youth and Family Coordinator (YFC) will be responsible for designing programs that engage, guide and mobilize the gifts of others to develop multi-faceted programming that includes spiritual formation, education, mission, service, fun and outreach. This position will require flexible hours including Sunday morning worship, weeknights, weekends, and potentially full weeks for retreat/mission trips.
 
Candidates will have a heart for youth, a passion for Christ, a faith perspective in agreement with the teachings of the ELCA Lutheran Church that includes both a personal and social understanding of faith, an awareness of the struggles and faith questions of modern youth and young adults, and create a safe space of inclusion and diversity.
 
A complete position description may be found here. In addition, those interested are asked to complete and submit this application


Webinars and Other Events
Here to Serve: Being Church in the Times of Crisis
Weekly Online Gathering for ELCA Leaders
Wednesday, November 18 at 11:00 a.m. PST
You are invited to join this weekly gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church. Participants will hear topical presentations related to how we are called to be Church in times of crisis, as well as an opportunity to be in small group discussions with an ELCA group coach facilitating the conversation. All of this is designed to help us process our feelings in this strange and fearful time and to create a space where we can each name our next most faithful step forward in our unique context. You are welcome to share this invitation with any other ELCA leader, rostered or lay. #ELCAChurchTogether

November 18 - Growing Young: Keychain Leadership - Rachel Alley and others

We understand a number of folks are unable to make this day and time each week. We record the main session and debrief time and share each recording with supporting documents here, typically by the following week: https://www.elcacoaching.org/podcasts/media.
 
You can also find a list of upcoming topics and presenters on the home page of our website: https://www.elcacoaching.org/.


Below is the link for each Wednesday's Zoom meeting. For a list of upcoming topics and recordings of prior meetings, go to https://www.elcacoaching.org/.


ELCA Coaching is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Being Church in Times of Crisis - Weekly Gathering for ELCA Leaders
Time: November 18, 2020 11:00 a.m. PST
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The State of Older Adult Ministry - November 19
ALOA offers monthly one-hour webinars on specific topics meaningful to older adult ministry leaders, as well as interested individuals. Each topic is presented by an expert in the field and includes resource links and an opportunity for question. Webinars are offered free of charge. Check out our Archive of previous topics and associated resources.

Our next webinar - The State of Older Adult Ministry - is scheduled for Thursday, November 19 at 9:00 a.m. PST. Hans Springer, ALOA Executive Director, will share insights gathered from discussions with older adult ministry leaders, as well as information on how ALOA plans to support congregations and individuals. Join the discussion. Register now.
PLTS 2020 Mohrenweiser Lecture Series - December 4
Learning to Love Other People's Children:
Climate Justice, Migration,
and the Ethics of Care
with Nancy Berlinger, PhD, MDiv
Friday, December 4, 2020
9:00 AM via Zoom
Free to Join, Registration Required

Please join us for a lecture and panel dicussion as we consider two contemporary problems of collective moral action — the care of the planet and the care of migrants — and argue for linking these problems. 

An additional afternoon workshop is open to those who wish to apply the content of the lecture and panel toward action in local faith communities, nonprofit organizations and other groups.
California Lutheran University
Executive Skills for Church Leaders
$450 for the whole week
Deadline to register: December 10
Space is limited!

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented challenge for our lives and the lives throughout the world. In particular, the church is impacted in its ability to provide the very ministry it is called to embody – presence. How do we embody presence when we aren’t present or severely limited? How do we lead for the future? How do we reimagine ministry? How do we stay adaptive? How has life and ministry changed for us and how has life and work changed for our congregations and the communities we serve? How do we live and lead in uncertainty?

We will draw on the insights from the world of management exploring these questions from the perspective of entrepreneurship, marketing, leadership, finance and fundraising.

Website and registration here: http://bit.ly/ExecSkills
Questions? Dorina at Dpadilla@callutheran.edu
Silent Saturday - November 21
For a downloadable PDF flyer and the link to register, click here.

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center Workshops
Multiple sessions of the following workshops will be available online from now through the end of the year. For a complete list of learning opportunities, including 90-minute webinars and multi-day seminars, please visit our website at https://lmpeacecenter.org/brochures/. Registration forms can be found on the brochures; otherwise, you can register online at BrownPaperTickets.


The last session of Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders for this year will be November 16-20, 2020. This outstanding 5-day event helps participants deal more effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. The tentative dates for next year are March 1-5, May 3-7, June 21-25, August 2-6, October 4-8, and November 15-19, 2021. No decision has yet been made with regard to returning to an in-person format, so attendees will need access to a device with both a camera and a microphone. Questions? Contact the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center at Admin@LMPeaceCenter.org or 630-627-0507.  To receive a $200 tuition discount for the November 2020 session, register no later than October 16. 

Healthy Congregations: Could your congregation use a wellness check? Attend this 8-hour workshop and learn ways to minimize or prevent destructive conflict, manage negative reactivity, and help your church stay focused on its true mission and purpose. Attend this 8-hour event online via Zoom on Nov. 13, or Dec. 8, 2020. Register as a group, using this HC Discount Coupon, and save up to $50 per person.

Leadership and Anxiety in the Church: Participants will look at the challenges presented by the rising levels of anxiety experienced in churches today, as well as the role that self-differentiated leadership plays in calming such anxiety. Works of fine art are integrated at various points to facilitate theological reflection. Attend this 7-hour event online via Zoom on Dec. 3, 2020.  Register as a group, using this LAC Discount Coupon, and save up to $50 per person. 

Questions? Call the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center at 630-627-0507, or email us at Admin@LMPeaceCenter.org.

We Remember in Our Prayers
We ask that you hold the following people in your thoughts and prayers:

  • The family and friends of Marianne Nelson, the wife of Southwest California Synod's Bishop Emeritus Dean Nelson.
  • The family and friends of the Rev. George Johnson
  • All affected by natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires, as well as those providing relief efforts
  • Those affected with the COVID-19 virus and those who have lost loved ones
  • Our healthcare providers, first responders, essential workers and all who continue to serve so that others can remain safely at home



In our synod e-newsletter, prayer requests may be shared for our synod's rostered ministers, spouses, key lay leaders and congregations.

 Prayer requests included are subject to the following guidelines:
  • Only the names of those to be prayed for will be included in our communications. Additional information (with permission) may be shared with the bishop or synod staff, but will not be publicized.
  • Those being prayed for must have provided the requester with explicit permission for their names to be shared with the synod.
  • Names will remain in the synod communications for one month, unless we are notified by the Conference Prayer Coordinator to extend the request.
  • Prayers MUST be added through your Conference Prayer Coordinator, who will submit the prayers to the synod office for distribution.

The following people are serving as your Conference Prayer Coordinators:

E. San Diego Conference - The Rev. Richard Vevia - revvev@cox.net
W. San Diego Conf - The Rev. David Nagler - pastordave@christpb.org
Harvest Conference - The Rev. David Jorstad - pastorjorstadsmlc@yahoo.com
Raincross Conference - The Rev. Linda Brown - pastor@edenlutheran.net
Big Bear Conference - The Rev. Matt Anderson - pastormatt@trinityvictorville.org
Saddleback Conference - The Rev. Marty Jacobson - pastormartyclcrsm@gmail.com
Son & Surf Conf - The Rev. Jennifer Schultz - prjenniferblclosalamitos@gmail.com
Rejoice Conference - The Rev. Cate Luehr - pastorcate@elclh.org
Hukilau Conference - The Rev. Kathryn Zurcher - kzurcher002@luthersem.edu
Pacifica Synod - ELCA
Lutheran Center for Mission & Learning
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