Pacifica Synod News & Notes
September 10, 2021

We share with you the following news, resources, information and event updates taking place within our synod and throughout the ELCA.
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Current Synod News & Resources

Pacifica Synod AMMPARO Network Updates
The ELCA AMMPARO network stands for Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities. Information may be found on their webpage at
Pacifica Synod has an active AMMPARO Network that meets monthly over Zoom. Their next meeting is tomorrow, Saturday, September 11 at 10:00 a.m. All are invited to attend using the info below:

Pacifica Synod AMMPARO Zoom Meeting
Saturday, September 11, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Meeting ID: 815 7711 0996
Password: AMMPARO

Meeting topics will include: 

1. Survivors of Torture, International “Helping Survivors Heal” fundraising event. The event will take place online and will be available to view at 8am and 12pm – your choice - on Tuesday, September 14.  If you would like to attend, please let Pastor Karla Halvorson know.  

2. Updates on the Haitian families and how we can help. 

3. Input for the next steps for Pacifica Synod AMMPARO! Contact Pastor Karla Halvorson with any questions or comments at
For more information about Pacifica's AMMPARO Network, prior meeting recordings or minutes or ways you can get involved, you are encourage to visit their webpage found here.
Pacifica Synod Bishop's Gatherings 2021
Hopeful Leadership in Changing Times is the theme of the Pacifica Synod’s 2021 Bishop’s Gatherings, to be held via Zoom throughout the month of September. We are in a time of enormous change, spurred on by a pandemic that feels like it will not go away, and many of our congregations have undergone significant change. Some of our churches have grown stronger during the pandemic, with more people and more financial resources than ever before. Others have found themselves weakened, losing longtime, generous members to death, moving out of the area, and other churches. The Bible tells us that God has always been faithful to God’s people in changing times. God led the people of Israel out of Egypt into the Promised Land. God stayed with the people when they went into exile in Babylon. God came to earth as Jesus in order to change the world and us, to reconcile all creation to God through Jesus’ death and resurrection. That same God is with us. We will reflect on how the Holy Spirit is guiding us in this changing, challenging time, and how we can support one another as we walk together in faith.
We will gather by Conferences, and invite each congregation to attend with their pastors, their deacons, and at least two key lay leaders, but all are welcome! Each Gathering will last for about 90 minutes. The complete list of dates and times for each Conference Gathering may be found on the event web page. 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, we invite you to Zoom in with another Conference. We hope you can join us!
"Undoing Racism" Training Workshop
October 20-22, 2021
Luther Glen Farm Retreat Center
Our Pacifica Synod Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Work Group is pleased to announce that the "Undoing Racism" Training Workshop postponed from April 2020 has been rescheduled to October 20-22, 2021 at Luther Glen Farm Retreat Center. Registration is now open through October 15.

Workshop Description
The fabric of racism is inextricably woven into the structures of every system and institution in our society, including the church. The workshop will focus on understanding what racism is, where it comes from, how it functions, why it persists and how it can be undone through effective anti-racist organizing with, and in accountability to the communities most impacted by racism.

This will be a faith-based anti-racism workshop that will explore how to bring about change within the church and how the church can participate in ending racism in society. By the end of the workshop, participants will be enabled to take further steps in the long-term task of creating an anti-racist church.

This workshop is open to lay and rostered leaders and will fulfill the 2019 Pacifica Synod resolution requirement for rostered leaders to complete an anti-racism/diversity training at least once every three years. Congregations are encouraged to send both a rostered leader and a lay person to this training. The workshop is limited to 32 participants.

Barbara Crain Major, B.A., M.S.W.
The Rev. Joseph Barndt

For more information about each of our speakers, please visit the event web page

Participants MUST be present for the ENTIRE event – Wednesday through Friday.

Wednesday, October 20
Check in begins at 4:00 p.m. – Programming begins at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, October 22
Program ends by 4:00 p.m.

Program Fees
Program fees include a shared room (no single rooms) and 6 meals (Wednesday dinner through Friday lunch).

Rostered Ministers - $250 full fee/$225 early bird fee if registered by October 1, 2021** 
Lay Leaders (Pacifica Synod Only) - $25* 
Lay Leaders (outside Pacifica Synod) - $250 full fee/$225 early bird fee if registered by October 1, 2021 

Full details about the event, including the link to register, may be found on the event web page
Updates & Additional Information for Theoasis 2021
October 18 to 20, 2021
Embassy Suites, La Quinta

A joint church leaders’ event (a theological oasis):
Rostered leaders, professional lay church staff, youth leaders, church administrators, office managers, outdoor ministry leaders, worship leaders…
ALL are welcome!

"Fling Wide the Door: Re-opening Our Preaching & Ourselves"
Speaker - The Rev. Wilbert "Wilk" Miller
To view his bio, click here

Costs (Program and two meals, excluding hotel):
$235 (rostered leader, lay staff, ministry partner) 
$165 (retired rostered, interns, candidates & non-rostered spouses)
$75 Optional Golf Tournament (Palm Desert Country Club)

Online registration is NOW open and will close October 4. 
CLICK HERE to register online.

Updated Information from the Theoasis Planning Team

Making Room for All Comfort Levels
We are mindful of the COVID concern and are consistently watching case numbers. The planning team is working to make this a meaningful event while considering your safety.

Our intention is to make this year’s programming also available digitally. The full registration fee will be required. ALL paid registrants will receive the appropriate link. 

Options for attendance may include:
1) In-person in the ballroom of the Embassy Suites, La Quinta.
2) From the comfort of your hotel room at the Embassy Suites, La Quinta.
3) From the comfort of your own home.

All in-person attendees will be required to wear a mask while inside the ballroom except while eating.
If you have not yet registered but want to receive the appropriate link to attend from home, you must register here by October 4 and chose that option. 

If you have already registered and would like to attend from home instead of in-person, please inform Rachel Line at

Important things to note:
  • The hotel has informed us that there is more than adequate ventilation in the ballrooms and has special procedures in place for changing filters on a regular basis as well as sanitizing the rooms on breaks and in between meetings. 
  • In-person attendees will be required to wear masks while inside the ballroom except while eating. 
  • In-person attendees will be seated with physical distancing whenever possible.
  • Sessions are being shortened. We will provide breaks for people to go outside.  

Additional information about Theoasis, including program details, free time options, event schedule, and the hotel reservation link, may be found on the Theoasis event page. Information will continue to be added as it becomes available.
Please check back often! 


Pacifica Synod Professional Boundaries Workshop for Rostered Ministers: 
Pacifica Synod will be offering a Professional Boundaries Workshop in Palm Desert following the close of Theoasis in the afternoon on Wednesday, October 20. See the article below for more information.

"Undoing Racism" Training Workshop
Beginning the evening of Wednesday, October 20 and continuing through Friday, October 22, this valuable training event for both Rostered leaders and lay persons will be held at Luther Glen. See the article above or the event web page for more information.
Pacifica Synod Boundary Workshop
for Rostered Leaders
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Palm Desert
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. PDT 

Rostered Leader Boundary Workshops have been “on hold” during the past year of healthy distancing and minimal gatherings in the era of COVID-19. We’ve done this to help and support one another during the pandemic. Another way that we support one another is to encourage and promote responsible boundaries.

Why Should I attend a Boundary Workshop? 
Synod policy requires rostered ministers to participate in a Basic Boundary Workshop every three years that emphasizes the church’s expectations for their professional ethics, finances, social media use and prevention of sexual misconduct. The synod considers racial justice a necessary part of healthy boundaries. Please see the opportunity to participate in the “Undoing Racism” Training Workshop offered by the Pacifica Synod Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Work Group. We regret that these opportunities overlap; however, you must be present for the entire boundary workshop to receive your certificate of completion.

Register Now!
Registration will close on October 8th or when we reach a threshold of 25 participants. The cost for the workshop is $20.00 which includes lunch. If you have questions, including as to when you last participated in a boundary workshop please contact Rev. Terry Tuvey Allen at or Carol Youngman at As we will be working in small groups, please be aware of caring for your own health if you are in high risk category and bring a mask. We will be observing COVID-19 protocols. We plan to offer our next workshop in February or March of 2022.
Matthew 25 Fund Grant
Application Period Now Open
The application period for the Pacifica Synod Matthew 25 Fund Grant is now open through October 15. The purpose of this grant fund is to honor Christ as he shared in Matthew 25:35-40. Jerry and Lynda Engelhardt established this fund through a strong desire to help people as in the verse.
The primary criteria for making awards shall be Matthew 25:35-40. A secondary criterion shall be to evaluate if the proposed project will help establish or maintain congregational outreach and unity as in the spirit of the verse. 
Preference will be given to congregations in the Pacifica Synod of ELCA. Consideration may be given to other Christian organizations with proven responsible management.
NEW FOR 2021 – Applicants may request an additional amount (up to $500) in matching funds to supplement funds raised and spent for this request’s purpose by the congregation/ministry. Please include information in your description detailing the source(s) and expenditures of these funds for this purpose.
Grant applications maybe downloaded here or obtained by contacting Terri Robertson in the Synod office at 714.352.8732 or by email at Be sure to click "enable editing" to complete the fillable form.
The deadline for applications is October 15, 2021.
Grants awards will be distributed by December 31, 2021.
Please keep in mind that if you have received a previous Matthew 25 Grant Award, you MUST have submitted a written report on the use and outcome of the previous award by October 15, 2021 in order to be considered for a future award. The link to the reporting form may be found on our Matthew 25 web page here.
A Reminder from Pastor JP Sabbithi
Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership Development

The next Cooperative Candidacy Committee meeting will be held online on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. All those who are interested in appearing before the committee are required to submit their paperwork by September 25 to Carol Youngman in the Pacifica Synod office at

Ordination Celebrations!
Anne Marie Knighten was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament at First Lutheran Church in Redlands on Friday, September 3. Pastor Anne has been called to serve the people of St Luke Lutheran and First Congregational Church (UCC) in Buffalo WY. She will be installed on September 25 and lead her first services on September 26, her birthday.
Christina De La Cruz was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament at Advent Lutheran Church in Uniontown, Ohio on Saturday, September 4. Pastor Christina has been called to serve as pastor of House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Escondido and will begin her call on October 1, 2021.
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 September 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 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
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
Share Your Photos of
"Gods work. Our hands." Sunday
On Sunday, September 12, congregations will join together for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. This annual day of service is an opportunity for us to celebrate who we are as the ELCA — one church, freed in Christ to love and serve our neighbor.

We encourage you to plan your day of service in compliance with local health guidelines. Consider offering options that are outdoors, drive-through or virtual.

We invite you to visit for resources including videos, planning toolkit, worship resources, and promotional items.

Don’t forget to share your participation with the synod and ELCA. Send your stories and photos to and so that together we can celebrate what God accomplishes through you. Participate on social media using #GodsWorkOurHands.
Disaster & Humanitarian Response Around the World
Hurricane Ida
Hurricane Ida made landfall near New Orleans on Aug. 29 – exactly 16 years after Hurricane Katrina. As a strong Category 4 storm, Hurricane Ida’s 150 mph winds, torrential rain and strong storm surge caused widespread flooding and wind damage in southeastern Louisiana and coastal Mississippi. On Sept. 1, the remnants of Hurricane Ida barreled through the Northeast, leaving devastation in their wake. New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey were hit with historic flash flooding and tornadoes touched down in Maryland and New Jersey. Homes and subways filled with water, and cars were swept away and the death toll continues to rise. Lutheran Disaster Response is working with local ELCA synods and Lutheran social service organizations to coordinate a response to Hurricane Ida. Donations may be made to support LDR's work here.

The Sierra Pacific Synod is collecting funds and working in partnership with Lutheran Disaster Relief and Lutheran Social Services of Northern California to provide immediate relief for those affected by the Dixie Fire and other fires expected to affect California and Nevada this season. Your contributions will go to emergency relief support for congregations and members impacted by the wildfires. We invite you to make a donation here:

Valuable information on preparing for wildfires may be found at Cal Fire's website at

Haiti Earthquake & Tropical Storm
A devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck southwest Haiti on August 14. Over 1,400 people were killed, and that number is expected to increase as search-and-rescue efforts continue. Blocked roads are delaying the delivery of vital supplies to hospitals, which are overwhelmed with more than 6,900 injured people. At least 26,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, but the full extent of damage is still unknown. Haiti is also suffering through a political crisis and was hit by Tropical Storm Grace on August 16, which caused severe flooding in communities already damaged by the earthquake. Donations may be made to support the work of Lutheran Disaster Response or Lutheran World Relief.

Your gifts to Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service's Neighbors in Need: Afghan Allies Fund will provide food, housing assistance, clothing, and other basic needs for our Afghan friends as they await the official services available to them.
ELCA Coaching's "Courageous Leadership" Series
You are invited to join ELCA Coaching at 11:00 a.m. PDT on the First and Third Wednesdays through at least November to learn some possibly surprising, and some definitely humorous, things about COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 15.

We are inviting you to bring a spirit of curiosity and openness to discerning how and where Spirit might be calling you forward as a leader in your life, family, work, ministry, community, and the world. There will also be time for small groups in breakout rooms so that leaders across the church can continue to learn from each other and leave each gathering with at least one action step.

For more information and the Zoom link to join, click here.
ELCA 2022 Youth Gathering News!
Upcoming Key Dates
  • Sept. 22, 2021 - Early-bird registration begins 
  • Nov. 22, 2021 - Regular Registration begins 
  • Nov. 22, 2021 - Servant Companion application opens 

Financial Assistance Application Period Now Open
The application period for Financial Assistance opened on July 22, 2021 and closes when all funds have been disbursed. For information and instructions on how to apply, visit

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.: The next webinar on the tAble will be held on Thursday, September 16.

To find out more about the 2022 Youth Gatheing, check out the Gathering website 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
St. Paul Lutheran, Fullerton's
Haiti Benefit Concert - September 26
For a PDF flyer to share, click here.
Memorial Service for Dr. Carol Jacobson
This summer PLTS lost our beloved professor, mentor, and friend, Dr. Carol Jacobson. We know that she was beloved by many in the wider communities of the GTU and the ELCA as well. Her memory will live on with us as we remember her, hold her close, and pass on wisdom that we gained from her. We will be streaming a memorial service that will be available for people to join via the link below. The service will include the Afrika One choir with whom Carol sang as well as reflections from the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be mailed to Resurrection Lutheran Church, 397 Euclid Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610 or made to PLTS online at

Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Time: 2pm - 3:30pm Pacific Time
Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences
Christian Camp Classic Golf Tournament
Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences' Christian Camp Classic Golf Tournament scheduled for September 30th will take place as planned. Registration remains open. If you plan to play, PLEASE register now. If you can’t play, but wish to support this event, please make a donation to LRCC at www.lrcchome/giving. Your financial support keeps camp going and is especially needed at this time.
The Christian Camp Classic is a long running event and has benefited LRCC for many years. This is the 30th year (we missed last year due to COVID-19). 
The support and commitment of Trinity Lutheran - Ventura and all the golfers who have participated over the years has been a blessing. 
Please help us keep the tournament alive and register today. Thank you!
Lauri Egertson, Dave Erickson, Don Hynek, Rich Hougardy & Matt Hall
Golf Committee

The CAUSE: The Christian Camp Classic supports our two Lutheran Bible Camps, El Camino Pines and Luther Glen Farm. COVID-19 caused a 16 month shutdown at each camp… and over $1.1 million dollars in lost income from cancelled retreats and rental groups. The pandemic is finally ebbing, but the financial struggles are ongoing… even now. Today, the best thing you can do to help our camps is to call your golfing buddies and invite them to play in the 30 th Christian Camp Classic this September.

Please, register today at

For a PDF flyer to share with others, click here.
Cal Lutheran's Fifty and Better (FAB)
Fall Session Registration Now Open!
Cal Lutheran’s Fifty and Better (FAB) Fall Session: FAB’s 6-week Fall Session begins on September 8th and will include both an in-person course and virtual courses! Registration is now open. Courses will explore subjects such as the history of the U.S. through the lens of baseball, an exploration of how the holidays we celebrate today were driven by historical forces, a look at the work of Vincent van Gogh and his influences, rock art in the ancient world, and more! Join us for these stimulating courses. 50+ are welcome, please share with your friends and family! Virtual courses are $35 each, and the In-Person course is $50.
For more information about Fifty and Better, visit our website:, and join our contact list to receive updates as they are announced. To download a flyer to share, click here.
You're Invited to Rocky Mountain Synod's
Excellence in Leadership Initiative Program
“It’s not easy to be the church these days”. This is a common sentiment in mainline Christian denominations, and the ELCA is no exception. We know there is a need for hope and grace and the power of the gospel, but the ways of communicating that and the ways of being church in the world are shifting beneath our feet. How much more has this become true in the past 18 months as we have attempted to negotiate the added challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic?

In response to this truth and the desire to raise up courageous, resilient, and faithful leaders, the Rocky Mountain Synod has created a leadership initiative called Excellence in Leadership. It is a two-year investment, with classes meeting 1-2 times per month, that will provide tools and resources to last a lifetime.

This initiative is grounded in authentically claiming our identities as individuals and as church. By engaging deeply in the studies of adaptive leadership, vulnerability, emotional intelligence, family systems, TheoryU, and spiritual practices, we will be stepping forward to meet the future boldly. The Rocky Mountain Synod is inviting participants from all regions and walks of life – lay or rostered, young or old. That includes you!

During the time in the pandemic, they have begun offering online cohorts for this program. This September they will begin two new ones, one on Thursday evening and one on Friday morning.

Truly this initiative is helpful for not only congregations, but for all people who wish to improve their leadership skills and increase their capacity for emotional intelligence. Whether you would like to do it as an individual or would like to participate as a group, this initiative is for you.

Listen to this testimony from The Rev. Will Johnson, a participant and trainer in the program -

We don't know exactly what the future holds, but we do know that it begins with each personal journey toward emotional and spiritual wholeness. Let’s embark on this journey together. Find out more information and registration here:
Addiction & Faith Conference
October 7-9, 2021
The Center of Addiction & Faith will hold its third Addiction & Faith Conference October 7-9, 2021 in Bloomington, Minn., to give faith communities tools for responding to the addiction crisis. 

Registration is open for in-person and virtual attendance and more information may be found at: A one-page flyer may be found here.

The Center grew out of the Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy. Founder Ed Treat was an active Lutheran pastor in 2018 when he held the first Addiction & Faith Conference. The success encouraged him to leave parish ministry after 25 years and dedicate himself full-time to the Center of Addiction & Faith, which became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2020.

Contact:  The Rev. Dr. Ed, (651) 356-1073 or 
CAF Director of Communications & Advocacy Stephanie Werner at, (804) 986-2953, @virtualdeacon
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 September newsletter.
ELCA & Other Partners
News & Ministry Links

ELCA Advocacy Connections - July 2021

ELCA Worship News - August 2021

ELCA Administration Matters - July 2021

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

ELCA Global Links - September 2021

ELCA "Seeds Monthly" Newsletter - August 2021

ELCA Foundation "Insights" - September 2021

ELCA Lutheran Men in Mission Ambassador-Gram - July 2021

Job Postings
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 Please contact the church office at 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 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.
Texas Lutheran University Campus Pastor
Seguin, Texas
Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas is seeking a Campus Pastor. The Campus Pastor will be asked to provide spiritual leadership and direction for the whole campus community—students, faculty, and staff with many faith commitments or none at all. The Pastor will accompany students in their journey of faith development and vocational discernment; create a variety of worship opportunities and avenues for spiritual growth; facilitate ecumenical and interfaith dialogue; build community within a diverse and changing student body; and be a trusted mentor, confidant, and colleague.

For full details about the position and information on how to apply, please visit

Webinars and Other Events

Survivors of Torture
"Helping Survivors Heal" Virtual Fundraiser
September 14, 2021
SURVIVORS was founded by Kathi Anderson and Pastors George Falk and Bill Radatz to provide comprehensive, client-centered, linguistically appropriate care for survivors of politically-motivated torture in San Diego County.
With support from community members like you, SURVIVORS is able to help clients and their families rebuild their lives, with healing programs including psychological services, psychiatric care, forensic documentation for asylum cases, as well as medical and social services case management.
We invite you to join us on September 14 at 8:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. PDT for SURVIVOR’s annual virtual fundraiser. Contact with your preferred time for your registration link.
Our Savior's, San Diego Will Celebrate 25 Years!
Luther Glen Farm Visit and Workday
Saturday, October 2
Members of the Congregations of Rejoice Conference (and all other interested) are invited to join us for a fine and fun day in the Mountains and at the Farm.

The Luther Glen Farm sits nearly a mile high on 40 sunny acres, in the heart of apple country in beautiful Oak Glen, California. The camp offers outdoor adventures such as archery, rock wall, swimming, & hiking, as well as programs on sustainable agriculture, with sheep, goats, chickens, horses, pigs & now, alpacas! The Luther Glen Farm offers camping and retreat programs for all ages, and the ministry spans the southwestern United States and Hawaii— from the mountains to the oceans, the deserts to the beaches and the Mexico border region to the heart of the city. If you haven’t visited Luther Glen Farm yet, - this is your opportunity!

Program on Saturday, October 2, 2021
Arrival and welcome:                      10:00 am – 10.30 am
Tour of Premises and Projects:         10:30 am –12:30 pm
Lunch ($12 per person)                    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm 
Afternoon Continued Projects:         1:30 pm – 3:00 pm  

Projects Include:
Gardening/weeding, animal care, maintenance, cleaning etc. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, bring water, and sunscreen.

Departure from Danish Lutheran Church in Yorba Linda at 8:30 am, if you want to carpool; otherwise, we will meet at the Farm.

Please register at or call Dean of Rejoice Conference Pastor Anne-Grethe K. Nielsen at (714) 993-6362.
Spirituality & Aging Certificate Program
Southern California Coalition on Spirituality & Aging
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 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.
  • Cindy Jorstad
  • 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 -
W. San Diego Conf - The Rev. David Nagler -
Harvest Conference - The Rev. David Jorstad -
Raincross Conference - The Rev. Linda Brown -
Big Bear Conference - The Rev. Matt Anderson -
Saddleback Conference - The Rev. David Mattson -
Son & Surf Conf - The Rev. Jennifer Schultz -
Rejoice Conference - The Rev. Anne-Grethe Nielsen -
Hukilau Conference - The Rev. Kathryn Zurcher -
Pacifica Synod - ELCA
Lutheran Center for Mission & Learning
1801 Park Court Place, Bldg. C, Santa Ana, CA 92701