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September 5, 2023

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Pastors' Conference - Register by September 15 to Avoid Late Fees

The 2023 Pastors’ Conference is fast approaching. To avoid paying a late fee, please register by Friday, September 15.

What: CNH District Pastors’ Conference: “What to do with D.E.I.?”

When: Monday, October 9 (registration opens 11 a.m.) to Tuesday, October 10 (ends 8:30pm)

Where: Embassy Suites, 101 McInnis Parkway, San Rafael, CA

Click here to get more information and to register.

Registration Fee: $199 (after September 15, a late fee of $50 will be added)

Discernment Event for Transitional Interim Ministry - Next Tuesday

What is Transitional Interim Ministry, Really?

Is This a Ministry For Me?

How Do I Get Started?


What: Online Workshop

When: Tue, September 12, 1-3 PM CDT (11-1 PDT)

For more information, click here.

Click here t0 register for livestream participation.

Limited to 15 participants per workshop - Intended primarily for Pastors and / District Leaders.

LWML CNH Retreat Update

The LWML CNH retreat occurred last week and was a wonderful success!

87 ladies, 3 pastors and 3 Lutheran Braille Workers gathered at ECCO, Oakhurst, CA to "Reset and Refuel".

Click here for a special message and update on the retreat.

God's Continued Work in Maui

Although the stories of heartbreak from Maui are distressing, the ways in which the people of God have been helping are inspiring. Josh Rempfer, principal of Emmanuel, Maui, shared with Joel Wahlers, CNH District’s Education Executive, some incredible stories of families taking in other families who have lost everything. 

In some cases, school families have allowed multiple families to live with them, feeding them, and supporting them in many ways. You can't get any more real and personal in supporting people than that! This is why some of the support Emmanuel has received has been given to these host families in the form of gift cards to purchase food and other supplies to help them continue this hospitality.

Jesus says in Matthew 25:34-36, “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’"

Click here for an overview of the relief efforts through the CNH District.

Loan Forgiveness Program

The CNH Loan Forgiveness Program helps newly graduated LCMS Seminary or Concordia University students, who are placed in the CNH District for their first call, to pay down their student loans.

Click here for an informational brochure.

Click here for the application. The application deadline is October 15, 2023. (Because October 15 falls on a Sunday this year, applications will be accepted through Monday, October 16.) Contact Kathryn Plott ( if you have questions.

Lutheran Church Extension Fund - Where Investments Build Ministry

LCEF exists to support the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod by ensuring that financial resources and related services are available now and in the future.

Through the dollars invested by over 50,000 individuals, congregations, schools, organizations and businesses, LCEF assists ministries with loans and ministry support services that help leaders respond to growth and community needs. LCEF also offers loans to rostered church workers—those dedicated servants who are on the front lines of ministry. Now celebrating 35 years as “Lutheran Church Extension Fund,” we are thankful for the blessings God has given us as we seek to serve Him.

Mission Training Center Upcoming Classes

Learn to actively and confidently participate in God’s mission of reaching the lost with the Good News of salvation through Jesus. Take one or more classes to help you orient each of your vocations to that goal. Or, if you are seeking certification within your district or RSO as a Lay Deacon or other ministry position that uses MTC classes to complete its program requirements, visit our Tracks & Resources page or your organization for more information.

Click here for a schedule of classes.

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Called to Glory Notifications

As pillars of the faith get called back to their heavenly home, we want to honor and acknowledge the legacy they leave behind and the impact they had within our congregations. If you would like to include any upcoming memorials, please click here to send the name, date of death, and date of service so that we may include them in an upcoming issue of the InTouch. We will still continue to send a Flash for pastors and called workers as well.

Pastor Philip Ilten, pastor emeritus, Arroyo Grande, CA, was called to the arms of Jesus on Thursday, August 3, 2023. The memorial service for Rev. Ilten will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2pm at Peace Lutheran Church, 244 Oak Park Blvd., Arroyo Grande, CA.

District Resources

Click here for our International Mission Partners

Click here for the Board of Directors Minutes (Current through June 2023)

Click here for Calls, Vacancies, and Roster Updates 

Click here for prayer requests

Click here for the latest Job Opportunities

Click here for our 2020-2022 Sermon Series

Click here for the Monthly Set Apart to Serve (SAS) Report (August 2023)


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