Pacifica Synod
Upcoming Events & Info
April 28, 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 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.
Please note: The Pacifica Synod Office of the Bishop will be closed on Friday, April 30 and Monday, May 3 due to Synod Assembly.
2021 Pacifica Synod Assembly Viewing Information
Our 2021 Pacifica Synod Assembly will take place on Saturday, May 1, 2021. This one-day assembly will be held completely online. The Assembly will begin at 11:00 a.m. PDT/8:00 a.m. HST and end by 4:30 p.m. PDT/1:30 p.m. HST.

Voting members to the Assembly have received several emails with information needed to join on Zoom. The Assembly will be livestreamed for non-voting guests and all interested in viewing the Assembly. You will find the livestream on our Synod YouTube channel at

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Pacifica Synod Service of the Word for Sunday, May 2
This year, as we gather at Assembly completely online, the Office of the Bishop has created a companion worship service for congregations to use on Sunday, May 2. This service may also be used for Saturday evening services. This service is a complete Service of the Word and includes music, readings, prayers, and a sermon from Pastor Jennifer Schultz and Pastor Laura Ziehl based on Acts 16.

This service was sent out to Rostered Ministers, congregations, key lay leaders and congregational presidents registered for our synod communications on Saturday, April 24 and again on Monday, April 26. Please contact the Synod Office if you can't find the email.
Our thanks to the many people whose hard work made this worship service possible: Chris Barron of Bethlehem Lutheran in Los Alamitos, Pastor Kim Eifert Krogstad of First Lutheran in Redlands, River of Hope in Palm Springs, Deacon Kevin Sumner-Eisenbraun, First Lutheran in San Diego, Freya Hendrickson, Lori Herman, Pastor Jennifer Schultz of Bethlehem in Los Alamitos, Pastor Laura Ziehl of Bethlehem Lutheran in Encinitas, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Poway, Deacon Taflin Fischer of Christ Lutheran in San Diego, Pastor Carole and Tom Parmeter Dyer, Lutheran Church on Honolulu in Honolulu, and Emanuel Lutheran in La Habra.

Please note: This service will NOT be posted publicly on our website or YouTube channel in advance. Please be sure to check your email inbox to find the links to download them.
Coaching for All Seasons
Monthly Online Gathering for Rostered & Lay Leaders

A Ritual of Reflection for
the Anniversary of the Beginning of the Pandemic
By Rev. Solveig Nilsen-Goodin
How do we make space to honor not only our grief over the suffering and losses, big and small, but also the gifts, the learnings and the wisdom that have emerged from this painful year?

In this ritual of reflection, you are invited to recognize what you have learned, what wisdom you have gained, and how you want to live differently.

We invite you to join us via Zoom for our next session on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 11:00-noon (PDT) / 8:00-9:00 a.m. (HST). Pre-registration is required to receive the Zoom link and may be done by clicking here.

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

#CaliSTRONG High School Youth Event - May 1
The next #CaliSTRONG gathering will be this coming Saturday, May 1 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (on Zoom).

#CaliSTRONG is a space created for high school youth to engage each other in conversation around social justice issues and hot topics they are passionate about. This space will be peer led with adult supervision and a pastoral care presence. Youth will learn leadership skills to engage in dialogues around race, culture, diversity, equity and inclusion through a biblical lens.

Youth can join these events at ANY time - even if you haven't attended a prior event. Youth MUST sign up by Saturday to receive the Zoom link. Please use this link to do so -
Pacifica Women of the ELCA Zoom Event - May 8, 2021
The Simplicity of Life -
A Danish Story About Humility, Society & Faith
After Pastor Gloria’s presentation in January and acting upon her suggestion, the board agreed to hold a Zoom event every other month. We counted the March Event as the next one after January. I am happy to announce Pastor Anne-Grethe Krogh Nielsen will be presenting on Saturday, May 8th at 1:00 p.m. PDT. She says it will center on the Danish hymn writer and Lutheran church reformer, N.F.S. Grundtvig and how history formed the Danish way of living and being a society, where “few have too much and less too little”. Pastor Anne-Grethe closed our November 2020 Zoom Event with a wonderful meditation and prayer and she is currently serving Emanuel Danish Lutheran Church in Yorba Linda. Join this event on Zoom with the link below. 
As Pacifica Women of the ELCA, we have been celebrating and highlighting the ordination of women and their journeys to that calling. Here is another chance to hear and understand another story.

Eunice Hanson
Pacifica WELCA President
Time: May 8, 2021 12:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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From the ELCA & Other Partners
California Lutheran University
Co-Creating the Post-COVID World
Wednesday, April 28, 6:30 – 9 pm, PDT
(Spanish Interpretation available/ Interpretación al español disponible)

Webinar will be not recorded. English and Spanish fliers available.
  • The world is different
  • Leaders and congregations need to adapt and discern what the Spirit is doing
  • Collaboration is crucial
  • Developing life-giving patterns of ministry and ways of engaging our communities
Join a conversation about the role of the church in the transformation of our communities. One of the goal of the Thriving Leadership Formation program is to equip church leaders to creatively respond to the needs of their communities by connecting more deeply with their ministry context.

Conversation facilitated by Rev. Dr. Ray Pickett, Rector at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and Desta Goehner, Director of Congregational Relations at Cal Lutheran.
Lutheran Lobby Day 2021 - Wednesday, May 19
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
with The Rev. Cornell William Brooks

Advocate with us as we respond to our baptismal calling as Lutherans to strive for justice and peace in all the earth. We are grounded in Lutheran theology, and all are welcome regardless of faith or lobbying experience. We will gather virtually on Zoom to pray, learn, and meet with California’s legislators. This year’s priority bills are centered on food justice and immigrant rights as racial justice issues. 

To register and learn more go to 
Homelessness 101 - Wednesday, April 28
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
Register at: 

This class is being hosted by Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fullerton

Homelessness has reached crisis levels both locally and throughout the country. Many factors, including misinformation, myths and 'good intentions' contribute to this growing problem.

This class will provide a wealth of information and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about this issue, including: What is homelessness? What are the key factors that lead to homelessness and what is the current state of homelessness in Orange County? How can homelessness be solved? And who is homeless in Orange County?
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