Pacifica Synod News & Notes
November 13, 2021

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
AMMPARO Network Meeting - November 13
The ELCA AMMPARO network stands for Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities. Information may be found on their webpage at elca.org/ammparo.
 
Pacifica Synod has an active AMMPARO Network that meets monthly over Zoom. Their next meeting is Saturday, November 13 at 10:00 a.m. PST. All are invited to attend using the info below:

Saint Andrew's is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: AMMPARO Network
Time: Nov 13, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 813 4934 4909
Passcode: 655064

Dial by your location 1 669 900 6833 US
People's Roundtable - November 28
We invite you to be with us for our next roundtable conversation on Sunday, November 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. We will meet in-person once again at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 111 W. Las Palmas Drive, Fullerton. We will also have the opportunity for you to join via Zoom. To receive the Zoom link, please email Terri Robertson at terrirobertson@pacificasynod.org.

From facilitator Jim Tyler:
Greetings to People's Roundtable. Our new name; unless we get strong objections from the members. We thank Gwendolyn Alexis for her contribution at our last meeting. We look forward to her presence in the future. For our November 28 Roundtable, Sarah Tees and I will recap for you our experience from the "Undoing Racism" retreat in October. We hope you will see how that program and our Roundtable are both needed. Looking ahead to December, we hope to begin a book study using "The Reckoning" by Mary Trump, Ph.D. 
Reflections on Practical Ecumenism
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
San Diego LARC (Lutheran/Anglican/Roman Catholic) is holding, hosted by Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran, La Mesa on January 19th, 2022. This will be an in-person event, also available for online streaming.

Download a PDF flyer to share HERE.
To register to attend, go to https://tithe.ly/event-registration/#/4412936
 Coaching for All Seasons:
Monthly Online Gathering for Pacifica Synod
Rostered & Lay Leaders
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
11:00 a.m. to noon (PST) / 9:00 a.m. (HST)
"The Calm Before the Storm -
A Place for Advent Refuge"
With Pastor Darryl Kozak

Pre-registration is required to receive the Zoom link to join. Click HERE to register.
 
December is a hectic time of the year with shopping, decorating, and getting things ready for another holiday season. And in the church, it’s a busy time as we prepare and plan for celebrating the great festival of Christmas. It can seem overwhelming.

As a way to set some time aside for prayer, meditation, and silence, our December Pacifica Coaching theme is “The Calm before the Storm” - a time for rest, renewal, and reset. During our gathering, Darryl W. Kozak, one of our Pacifica coaches and pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Corona, will lead this session with a guided meditation to center ourselves followed by a time of prayer and silence. You’ll be invited to join three breakout groups each focusing on a different topic.

We hope this will provide a safe space for you to simply rest in God’s Spirit.

Brought to you by your Pacifica Synod Coaching Team to support Synod leaders during challenging times. Each monthly offering brings a presentation on a current topic and an opportunity to discuss it in a small group facilitated by an ELCA coach.
 
Pacifica Synod has invested in training coaches to work with rostered and lay leaders one-on-one or in groups. A coach's role is to support leaders in naming challenging issues and identifying constructive responses to them. 
 
For more information:
 
Click here to view our Synod Coaching web page for resources as well as previous presentations. 
 
If you would like more information about coaching, please contact Deenna Eley, Pacifica Synod Coaching Coordinator at pacificacoachinggroup@gmail.com
Celebrating the Installation of
Pastor Christina De La Cruz
Congratulations to Pastor Christina De La Cruz and the congregation of House of Prayer Lutheran in Escondido where she was installed on Saturday, October 30. The Harvest Conference was represented by its Dean, the Rev. Laura Ziehl, who co-officiated at the installation, and the Rev. David Jorstad. We celebrate with and hold both Pastor Christina and the congregation in prayer as they begin their ministry together.
Warner Trust Fund Grant
Application Period Now Open through January 15
The application period for the 2022 Pacifica Synod Warner Trust Fund Grants is now open until January 15, 2022.
 
Charles and Mable Warner were members of First Lutheran Church, Los Angeles.
They had no children and loved their church as evidenced by the following
quote from their will:

"...The entire remainder of the trust estate shall go and be distributed to the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of the Southwest, Los Angeles, California, with the request that such estate be used in the construction of Sunday School facilities and to further youth Christian education."

As legal successors to the Southwest Synod, the principal was divided among the five ELCA synods in Region 2. The principal from the fund has been placed in the ELCA Mission Investment Fund and the interest is made available annually in March, as grants. Depending on interest rates we anticipate receiving about $20,000 on our investment this year that will then be distributed as grants.

More information about these grants and the application may be found here. 
Living the Resurrection
Helping Congregations Thrive
November Opportunities
Living the Resurrection is a vitality initiative to help congregations thrive through processes, workshops, keynotes, consultations, and coaching developed by the Rev. Dr. Marjorie Funk-Pihl while she served the Southwest California Synod as director for Evangelical Mission. Although she had led medium-sized congregations for more than 20 years, she was challenged by how to help smaller monocultural congregations located in large multicultural neighborhoods. She created Living the Resurrection to help these congregations. 

Now California Lutheran Homes and Community Services (CLH), an independent not-for-profit social ministry organization that provides assistance for those in need of housing and human services through partnerships with church congregations, community-based organizations, and local agencies, will collaborate with Living the Resurrection to make the 18-month Living the Resurrection program more accessible to small-to-medium-sized congregations in Southern California.

Is it Time to start Living the Resurrection?

A One-hour Zoom conversation
Thursday, November 18 at 3:30 p.m. PST

Are you curious about the Living the Resurrection process – but don’t want to commit to anything yet? Go to www.livingtheresurrection.com scroll down to the “upcoming events” and click on “Is it time?” You’ll find opportunities for a one-hour Zoom conversation at 3:30 p.m. PST on November 18. RSVP to attend!

An Exploration Workshop
An In-Person Workshop, Saturday November 20, 2021 from 10am-2pm in Glendale

Want to experience what its like to be part of a Living the Resurrection Learning Community? Sign up and attend this workshop. You’ll get an overview of the whole process as well as practice using a couple of the skills!

Go to www.livingtheresurrection.com scroll down to the “upcoming events” and click on “Exploration Workshop” to RSVP. If November 20 doesn’t work for you, or Glendale isn’t optimal, the workshop is also offered December 4 online and January 8th in Santa Ana. If it will help your discernment, invite Pastor Marj to a zoom meeting with your council!


If you are curious about the Living the Resurrection process and want to learn more, you can find information about the opportunities available listed on the website.

Questions about Living the Resurrection?
Contact Pastor Marj Funk-Pihl at marj@livingtheresurrection.com.
Upcoming Ordinations & Installations in Pacifica Synod
Ordination of Amanda and Cole McGlynn
Sunday, November 21 - 4 p.m. PST
Ascension Lutheran, Thousand Oaks

Installation of Pastor Carole Parmeter Dyer
Saturday, December 11 - 11:00 a.m. PST
Mt. Calvary Lutheran, Cypress

Ordination of Jennifer Garcia
Saturday, December 18 - 2:00 p.m. PST
St. Paul Lutheran, Fullerton

Installation of Pastor Jennifer Garcia
Sunday, December 19 - 9:00 a.m. PST
First Lutheran, Fullerton

For more information about each of these services and these pastors, click here.
Global Mission Update - Pastor 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 2021 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
Save the Dates for the
2022 Pacifica Synod Assembly

Pacifica Synod Assembly 2022
May 19-21, 2022
Irvine Marriott




2022 is a Bishop Election year,
so please plan to attend!

From the ELCA
From the ELCA Presiding Bishop
Elizabeth Eaton
Our Mission
In her November column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reminds us that God has given all of us a mission to invite more people into the way of Jesus.

Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/3DrbK6p and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/3os6PeU. 
"Creating a Great Experience for Guests & Members This Holiday Season" Webinar
Tuesday, November 16
The holidays are approaching, and the sacred season from Advent to Christmas is a wonderful time to welcome visitors to our congregations.

As we plan meaningful worship services — both online and in-person — Tithe.ly has developed some best practices to create a great experience for members and visitors alike. How can visitors be sure to find your service times? How can you stay in touch with guests after the holidays are over? What about online giving at in-person worship services?

On Tuesday, November 16, at 11:00 a.m. PST, Tithe.ly will host a webinar about the many opportunities for your congregation to promote giving, gratitude and hospitality this season. During this webinar, they will demonstrate how Tithe.ly’s digital tools can assist you in creating a memorable and sustaining experience. Register here today.
"Walking Beside Our Afghan Neighbors" Webinar
Thursday, November 18
Expand understanding and action as we walk beside our Afghan neighbors.
An opportunity to learn more about issues around U.S. resettlement of Afghan arrivals and ways to take action is being offered to our ELCA Advocacy Network and friends through an ELCA-hosted webinar on Thursday, November 18 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. PST.

A panel discussion including Giovana Oaxaca, ELCA Program Director for Migration, and Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, LIRS President and CEO, will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Advent Pilgrimage in Palestine
During the Advent season we often talk a lot about the Holy Land of the past without talking much about the Holy Land of the present. What is going on in Bethlehem today?

Join ELCA Young Adults and ELCA Peace Not Walls this Advent Season on the WAY to Bethlehem: Prepare, Journey, Arrive, Witness

Register here to receive the resources and sign up for the webinars: https://sites.google.com/.../advent.../register-here

Over the course of the 4 weeks of Advent, young adults from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land will lead us on this pilgrimage through story, education, and theological reflection.

  • Opening Webinar on Nov 22 at 8pm ET: Join us as we kick-off the series.

Please share these resources and use the #AdventinPalestine tag on social media.

We are so excited to journey through this Advent season together. If you have any questions please direct message us at any of the social media links below or email peacenotwalls@elca.org.
Young Adults in Global Mission
Applications Now Open!
After a two-year pause during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program is preparing to send volunteers out into the world again! Applications are now open, and you can invite young adults on this journey abroad for the 2022-2023 program year.

If you know young adults aged 21 to 29, this is the time to reach out. Encourage them to apply for YAGM by the deadline of Feb.1, 2022. (Priority deadline is Jan. 15, 2022.) Talk to them personally about what this opportunity will mean for their faith, identity, career and understanding of God’s work in the world. You can share these videos about the YAGM experience.

YAGM volunteers will begin in August 2022 and will be placed in one of nine country programs.

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.

Download a poster to share in your congregation HERE.
Portico Benefit Services Fall Update
What does a clock have to do with wellness? With the end of daylight savings time, some people may experience feelings of sadness and sluggishness. An article from Boston University reports Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression related to changes in the seasons, affects an estimated 10 million Americans with women four times more likely to be diagnosed with it than men. Some of the treatments suggested for SAD include yoga, relaxation techniques and movement! If you are covered by ELCA Primary Health BenefitsBurn Along, the online health and fitness benefit, has a wide variety of classes you can take at your convenience. Just some of the many topics include K-9 Fit Club; exercise with your dog, Fit Over 50; Lower Back Relief with Yoga, Nutrition, Cardio, Mindfulness and Dance classes. Sessions vary in length and skill from beginner to experienced. 
 
And while you’re “Burning Along” don’t forget about the Podcasts: Being Here, hosted by Pastor Melissa Pohlman, found on MyPortico. New Podcast will be released soon that center around; Retirement: Navigating Your Next Chapter, Christian Conversations about Racial Justice, and Creative Approaches to Innovative Ministry. 

The new podcasts will be available on the Being Academy (via MyPortico) early next week, and on PorticoBenefits.org by the end of November for easy access for those without ELCA Primary Health coverage.
 
As we begin to prepare for the days that are coming, and plan for the holidays, may we find the cross of Jesus centered in our conversations and be reminded that we all live in the hope of God’s graciousness during these days of doing ministry in ways we never dreamed.
ReconcilingWorks 2022 Sunday Worship Resources
"ReconcilingWorks wants to celebrate with your faith community and is excited to offer these resources. Many RIC communities celebrate RIC Sunday on the last Sunday in January. This year, that lands on January 30, 2022. ReconcilingWorks encourages you to celebrate on a date that is meaningful for your community. Be sure to use this day as a time to recommit to your partnership as a RIC faith community, discern ways to live into your RIC partner commitments, and set new milestones for the year to come." Learn more here.
Advent Resources for Congregations
Lutheran World Relief
Lutheran World Relief has created FREE, easy-to-use resources based on the RCL Advent texts from the Gospel of Luke, all available at lwr.org/advent:  

  • 4 weeks of new sermon illustrations (complete with photos and video)  
  • powerful videos to highlight your congregation’s love in action around the world  
  • 4-week small group Bible study guide  
  • Candle lighting litany 

Invite your congregation to experience A Season of Hope this Advent. 
ELCA World Hunger
New resources are now available from ELCA World Hunger to enrich the life of your congregation this Advent season. As congregations across the ELCA creatively find new ways to worship online and in person and continue to support the work of important ministries, including ELCA World Hunger, we are eager to equip leaders with useful resources this season.
 
Congregations will be sent a sample pack of these resources in the mail very soon and will be able to order or download free versions at ELCA.org/hungeradvent
 
New! The ELCA Good Gifts catalog and resources will inspire unique seasonal-giving ideas that help fight hunger and poverty around the world. You can find more ELCA Good Gifts resources and make donations at ELCA.org/GoodGifts.
Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Services
LIRS announces the launch of the 7th annual Hope for the Holidays™ program "Hope for the Holidays" includes:

  • Writing, decorating, and sending cards of warmth to our immigrant neighbors and friends effected by the immigration detention system
  • Donating towards the purchasing of gifts for kiddos who otherwise might have had to go without
  • and so much more detailed in the 2021 Hope for the Holidays™ toolkit

A flyer to be printed, posted, or shared, along with further information to share with your groups can be found at lirs.org/Hope. If you would like additional materials, to include this in your newsletter or bulletin, or have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Kendra Hernandez at khernandez@lirs.org
ELCA 2022 Youth Gathering News!
Registration is OPEN!
Early-bird registration is now open for the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering, the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) and the tAble! Congregations that register during Early-bird will be entered to win a variety of prizes (such as their choice of seating at Mass Gathering). Early-bird registration closes on November 21; during regular registration, prices go up $40 per participant. 


Upcoming Key Dates
  • Nov. 22, 2021 - Regular Registration begins 
  • Nov. 22, 2021 - Servant Companion application opens 

Top Ten Things to Know as You Start to Prepare
Many congregations are just now getting ready to attend the 2022 Gathering, so if you haven’t started, you aren’t behind! The Gathering team has put together a list of 10 things you should know as you prepare to get your group together for next summer. There are resources, ideas and pro-tips galore! Download the list here.

Getting Ready Materials
Getting Ready Materials (all free to download) are now available here!

Gathering Webinars
The Gathering webinars provide lots of valuable information. If you missed any of them, they are still available to be viewed using the link below. You can also register for upcoming webinars.: https://www.elca.org/YouthGathering/About/Webinars. The next webinar on Safety and Security will be held on Thursday, October 7.

To find out more about the 2022 Youth Gatheing, check out the Gathering website www.elca.org/gathering or contact Molly Farrin, Pacifica's Gathering Synod Coordinator. Molly's role is to answer your questions and help your journey to the Gathering be as smooth as possible.


From Our Other Partners
Cal Lutheran's
Fifty and Better (FAB) Fall Lecture Series
Registration is now open for Fifty and Better’s FABulous Fall Lecture Series, running November 2-December 14. Visit our website (www.callutheran.edu/fab) for lecture and registration details, including FREE virtual tours of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory!

All are welcome to attend, please share with your friends and family! Lectures are $10 each or bundle all for $60. Download a flyer with more info here.
"On Our Way to Truth and Healing"
2021 Vine Deloria Jr. Theological Symposium
During the all-virtual 2021 Vine Deloria Jr Theological Symposium at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), presenters will talk about the intersection of Indian boarding schools and theological/Christian education as well as the work being done across the United States to bring truth and healing. Other+Wise is a co-sponsor of the symposium.
 
Register here for the online symposium on Nov. 16 and 17. Events will also be livestreamed on LSTC’s Facebook page. 
 
The first night of the symposium features a keynote address by the Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin (Osage), president of United Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia, Pa. The lecture takes place live Nov. 16, 7-8:30 p.m. Central time on Zoom.  
 
In this lecture, Erwin will take a closer look at the intersection of Indian boarding schools and theological/Christian education.  
 
New to this year’s symposium are Learning Lunches.  At noon Nov. 16, Christine Diindiisi McCleave (Anishinaabe), CEO, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, leads ‘An Introduction to Indian Boarding Schools in the United States.’ 
 
On Nov. 17, the Learning Lunch with Kim Smith (Dine), Nia Ke Baa' and Indigenous Goddess Gang, is a discussion on ‘Creation and Climate Justice.’ The Vine Deloria Jr. Theological Symposium is adding a climate justice session each year. 
 
Rev. Manuel Retamoza (Cherokee), pastor of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, San Diego, Calif., will be the guest preacher for worship Nov. 17 at 11:15 a.m. Central Time.
 
The 2021 Vine Deloria Jr. Theological Symposium concludes Nov. 17 with a 7 p.m. Central Time panel presentation with Patsy Whitefoot (Yakama), elder, educator and consultant, and boarding school survivor; and Deborah Parker (Tulalip Tribes), director of policy and advocacy, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. 
   
Register to receive the Zoom links. 
Read the full presenter biographies here
Learn more about Other+Wise on their Facebook page. 
LRCC In-Person Winter Events are Back in 2022!
Family Winterfest 2022

Get away for the weekend with a family trip to El Camino Pines and Luther Glen Farm for Family Winterfest 2022!

Come with your whole family, or come alone and meet some new friends! Children will have their own activities led by the LRCC staff. Adults meet separately with a keynote speaker. Enjoy a weekend of family, fun and fellowship!

El Camino Pines Family Winterfest begins Saturday, January 15 and ends on Monday, January 17, after worship and an early lunch.

Luther Glen Farm Family Winterfest begins Saturday, February 19 and ends on Monday, February 21, after worship and an early lunch.

El Camino Pines & Luther Glen Farm Cabin Price: $160 per adult
Luther Glen Farm Retreat Center Price: $210 per adult

For more information and to register, click here.

High School, Middle School & Elementary School Winter Retreats

Various dates at both El Camino Pines and Luther Glen Farm

Price: $160 per youth 
$125 per adult chaperone

For more information or to register your group, click HERE!
ELCA & Other Partners
News & Ministry Links

ELCA Advocacy Connections - Oct 2021

ELCA Worship News - Oct 2021

ELCA Administration Matters - Sept 2021

ELCA Disability Ministries - Oct 2021

ELCA World Hunger "Go & Do News" - Nov 2021

ELCA Global Links - November2021

ELCA "Seeds Monthly" Newsletter - Oct 2021

ELCA Foundation "Insights" - September 2021

ELCA Lutheran Men in Mission Ambassador-Gram - October 2021

Job Postings
Director of Music Ministries (Part-Time)
Good Shepherd Lutheran, Claremont
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Claremont is seeking a Director of Music Ministries.
This position’s primary responsibilities will be to coordinate with the Pastor in providing leadership to all music ministries at Good Shepherd. The preferred applicant has proficiency in piano or organ, experience leading choirs/praise bands, broad knowledge of church music styles (classical, contemporary, folk and gospel) and the role of music in Lutheran worship, matching music with the themes of the church year.

Click here for a complete position description.

Resumé, cover letter and references should be submitted to Good Shepherd via mail to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1700 N. Towne Ave. Claremont, CA 91768, or email pastorlaramartin@gmail.com.

This is a part-time position (20 hours/week) – payment is competitive based on experience and ability.
Choir Director (Part-Time)
Community Lutheran, Rancho Santa Margarita
Position Details
Reports to: Pastor – Status: Part-time – Compensation: Commensurate with education and experience – non-exempt

Job Summary
Serve as Chancel Choir Director for Sunday worship services, as well as for seasonal worship services. Lead Thursday evening rehearsal and coordinate recruitment and scheduling of vocal or instrumental soloists. Will coordinate scheduling with the Directors of other music groups within the congregation (e.g Bell Choir, Children's Choir), as well as our cantors. 

For a position description, click here.


Interested parties can email a letter of interest along with a resume to clcrsm@gmail.com. Please contact the church office at clcrsm@gmail.com for more information.
Worship Leader (Part-Time)
Lutheran Church of Our Savior-Spirit of Hope,
San Bernardino
Lutheran Church of Our Savior-Spirit of Hope, San Bernardino is seeking a part-time Worship Leader. The primary responsibilities of the part-time worship leader will be to lead the contemporary, prayer and praise worship services, and grow the music ministry at Lutheran Church of Our Savior – Spirit of Hope. The Leader needs to work closely in communication with the church secretary and is responsible to the Pastor and Church Council. The Worship and Music Committee is involved in helping to plan our worship ministry. Proactive communication and planning are essential.

For a position description, click here.

Please send resumes to Paula@spiritofhopelutheranchurch.org. If you have any questions regarding the position, please call 909-882-2961.
Senior Development Manager
Survivors of Torture, International - San Diego
Survivors of Torture, International in San Diego is seeking a full-time Senior Development Manager.

The Senior Development Manager is responsible for the management and execution of SURVIVORS’ fundraising to develop a stable financial base for the organization. Activities in this department seek a broad and balanced blend of sustainable funding sources (individual donors, governmental and foundation grants, faith-based support, and planned giving efforts). Fund development activity includes year-round tours and preparations leading up to the annual fundraising event, special community events, guiding committee work and individual donor cultivation and cultivation events. Emphasis is on generating five-year pledges in the range of $1,000-$25,000 per year, annual leadership gifts and management of grant acquisition and evaluation. This position supervises three direct reports (Community Engagement Coordinator, Grants Manager, and Data Quality and Evaluations Manager) and interns and volunteers as needed.

To download a complete position description, please click here.

Webinars and Other Events

Stephen Ministry Bridge Leader's Training Course
Synod Scholarships Available
Stephen Ministries St. Louis is now training caring ministry leaders through a live, interactive online training experience called the Bridge Leader’s Training Course (BLTC). This event fully trains Stephen Leaders—the pastors, church staff, and lay leaders who begin and lead Stephen Ministry in their congregation.

The BLTC draws on newly redesigned and updated Stephen Ministry resources to equip participants with the skills and know-how to lead all aspects of their congregation’s Stephen Ministry. This includes training a team of congregation members as lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers), matching them with hurting people in the congregation and community, and offering ongoing guidance and support to Stephen Ministers as they provide one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people experiencing a wide range of life difficulties.

Established in 1975, Stephen Ministry is a lay caring ministry being used by thousands of congregations of all types, sizes, and settings—across the US, Canada, and 30 other countries. Stephen Leaders in these congregations have equipped more than 600,000 people as Stephen Ministers, who in turn have cared for millions of people in need. The new training and resources carry this ministry into the future, preparing congregations to meet the ministry challenges of an ever-changing world.

To learn more about Stephen Ministry, visit www.stephenministries.org or call (314) 428-2600. Additional information about the Bridge Leader’s Training Course is available at www.stephenministries.org/bridge.

Did you know that the Pacifica Synod offers scholarships for lay persons attending Stephen Ministries training? These are available through the Cathryn Wright Fund. More information about the scholarship and the application to apply may be found on our synod website here.
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center
Upcoming Events
Registration is now open for Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders, to be held on October 11-15 and November 15-19, 2021.  

The two identical sessions will be held remotely via Zoom. This workshop is designed to help church leaders deal more effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. 

For details consult this MSTI Brochure. For a complete list of training events being offered by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center — including our one-day Conflict Transformation Skills and Healthy Congregations — please consult this LMPC 2021 Program Calendar

For online registration go to our website at www.lmpeacecenter.org/all-events. Plan now to take advantage of these outstanding opportunities for spiritual and professional growth!



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

  • For the Afghan people, our allies, and vulnerable populations in the midst of this humanitarian disaster.
  • For the communities impacted by Hurricane Ida and those who have lost loved ones, housing and are without necessities.
  • For the people of Haiti in the face of earthquakes, tropical storms and political unrest.
  • Those affected by wildfires, floods, tropical storms and other natural disasters, as well as emergency personnel responding to these situations.
  • For those in countries facing political and civil unrest - Afghanistan, Cuba, Haiti, Myanmar and others.
  • For peace in Palestine and Israel and for those who have lost loved ones and their homes due to violence and unrest.
  • Our nation and its leaders.
  • Those affected with the COVID-19 virus and those who have lost loved ones.
  • Our healthcare providers, first responders and all who continue to care for those battling COVID-19.



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. David Mattson - pastordavid@mygloriadei.org
Son & Surf Conf - The Rev. Jennifer Schultz - prjenniferblclosalamitos@gmail.com
Rejoice Conference - The Rev. Anne-Grethe Nielsen - info@danishchurchsocal.com
Hukilau Conference - The Rev. Kathryn Zurcher - kzurcher002@luthersem.edu
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