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September 8, 2016 issue:
2016 ELCA Assembly Report
Youth Lodge
Hunger and Disaster Appeal Update
High School Youth Leadership Training
Jobs in the Synod

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September 14, 11:30 a.m.
Synod Eucharist, Glendale
Crystal Larsen, Guest Preacher

September 17, 10:00 a.m.
Lutheran Center, Glendale

September 17, 7:00 p.m.
Youth Lounge 
Hill Avenue Grace, 

September 21, 11:30 a.m.
Synod Eucharist, Glendale

September 23 10:30 a.m.
Green Faith Meeting 
Synod Office, Glendale

September 24, 5:00 p.m.
Solheim Oktorberfest
Eagle Rock 

September 26, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
ELCA Hunger and Disaster Appeal Update
Lutheran Center, Glendale

September 28, 11:30 a.m.
Synod Eucharist, Glendale

September 30 
October 5, 11:30 a.m.
Synod Eucharist, Glendale

October 12, 11:30 a.m.
Synod Eucharist, Glendale

October 14 - 16
Shine: High School Youth Leadership Training Event 
Camp Luther Glen 

October 14 - 16
SWCA WELCA Convention
Simi Valley
October 14 - 16
El Camino Pines
October 16, 4:00 p.m.
Interfaith Walk for Peace
Pomona & Claremont

October 19, 11:30 a.m.
Synod Eucharist, Glendale

October 21 - 23
Luther Glen
October 24 - 27
La Quinta, CA

October 26, 11:30 a.m.
Synod Eucharist, Glendale

October 29, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
New City Parish Fall Event
First, Torrance

October 29, 5:30 - 11:00 p.m.
Resurrection, Redondo Beach Reformation Celebration
Torrance Marriott  

November 19, 10:00 a.m.
First, Torrance
Join this joyous opportunity to gather throughout our
nine conferences to 
share in community, 
conversation, and news. 
September 8, 6:30 p.m.
L.A. Metro
Mt. Olive, Santa Monica

September 20, 6:30 p.m.
Greater Long Beach
Christ, Downey

September 21, 6:30 p.m.
Caveman Cavey's, Frazier Park

September 22, 6:30 p.m.
South Bay
Trinity, Hawthorne
September 24, 3:00 p.m.
Twin Valleys
St. Andrew's, Van Nuys  
September 27, 6:30 p.m.
San Gabriel Valley
St. Mark's, Hacienda Heights

Voting members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) approved a number of key actions during the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly held in New Orleans August 8 - 13. The assembly is the highest legislative authority of the church. Click here for a report on the assembly and SWCA Synod participation.

Youth Lounge returns to Hill Avenue Grace Lutheran! This is a worship event for teen musicians, singers and speakers from the church and community. The youth perform and help lead the service.  The next Youth Lounge is on Saturday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. in Hill Ave's small chapel.  It's free and for all ages! Youth and teens are wanted to sing, perform or speak. HAGL is located at  73 N. Hill Avenue, Pasadena 91106 . For more info email Matt at youth@hillavenuegrace.org.

Sunday, September 25 - Remembering Victims of Gun Violence

The Lutheran-Episcopal Task Force for the Prevention of Gun Violence is calling on congregations to participate in the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims by incorporating special music and a litany addressing gun violence into their worship services. 

El Camino Pines Christian Camp Classic
Friday, September 30

Come spend a day on the links at the 26th Annual Christian Camp Classic at Elkins Ranch Golf Course in Fillmore to benefit El Camino Pines and Lutheran Retreats, Camp & Conferences. Early bird registration ends September 8. 

For more information about this event,  click here

Fascinated with the unique craft of brewing beer? 
Interested in the deep connection between Martin Luther and ale? Join Luther Glen October 21 - 23 for the weekend to Brew Boldly. 

This will be a fantastic opportunity to gather and brew together, learn and taste, study and explore, worship, wonder and relax! The event begins on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. and will end on Sunday at 11am. Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner on Saturday and Brunch on Sunday will be provided. 
Southwest California Chapter of WELCA 
The 19th Annual Convention 
October 14 - 16, 2016 
Simi Valley.
Registration deadline: September 30. 

Save the Date -
Western States Youth Gathering 
June 28 - July 2, 2017
California Lutheran University
Registration opens October 3!

Please pray for the following: 
  • Kikuno Nakamura, wife of Pastor Paul Nakamura, recovering from a stroke. 
  • Pastor Carlos Pavia, receiving treatment for a knee injury
  • Catherine, Jaffa Carrera's grandmother
  • Mark Abad
  • Pastor Ray Kibler III, discharged as hospital inpatient, but continues the bone marrow transplant as outpatient.  Pray for the success of this long-term procedure, and for strength for his wife Victoria as for himself.
  • Dick Buma, husband of Pastor Christine Buma, undergoing chemical trial to treat unique form of aggressive Stage 4 lung cancer.
  • The family of Pastor Norma Castillo
  • Keny and Anthony Callahan; Anthony has stage 3 lymphoma
  • The family of Rev. Gerry Swanson
  • Pastor Nimrod Flores
  • Cowan Family
  • Pastor Charlie Kurtz
  • Clemontene Richmond
  • AIM Karen Wilson
Your prayer requests are important to us and will continue for two months in Synews. 
If you would like to be added to the prayer list or if we should continue your request, please contact us .  
Southwest California
  Synod Staff
The Rev. R. Guy Erwin, Ph.D.

The Rev. Reg Schultz-Akerson
Rostered Leadership

The Rev. Marj Funk-Pihl
Congregational Mission / Director for Evangelical Mission

The Rev. Reginald Hansome
Coordinator of African Descent Ministries

Andreas Hirsch   
Finance & Administration

Maria Paiva

Latino Ministries

Janet Renick 
Children, Youth and Faith Formation

Sherri Miller
Administrative Assistant

Robin Lujan 
Administrative Assistant

Samantha Henderson

1300 E. Colorado Street
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 507-9591 Phone

(818) 507-9627 Fax


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Synews, the weekly email newsletter of the Southwest California Synod, ELCA, brings you news and information from the synod office in an environmentally friendly format. Please share this information as you are able. You can sign up to receive the Synews and special emails from the synod office here News and information for  Synews should be emailed to  Samantha Henderson  (shenderson@socalsynod.org). To follow Bishop Guy Erwin's daily schedule, search #thebishopsday on Facebook. 
Webinar on Election Dos and Don'ts for your Congregation - Today at Noon 

Interfaith Power and Light is offering a free Webinar to learn how your congregation can appropriately and legally, as a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation, engage in the upcoming elections. This election is important, and we can help our congregants be informed and vote their values. IPL has online resources to help you do this, but this Webinar will be led by an attorney and expert on Nonprofit advocacy with Alliance for Justice. This is your chance to get all your tough questions answered!

Sign up here to join the Webinar on today (Thursday, September 8) at noon Pacific Time.

This training will provide a general overview of permissible activities and specifics about what your congregation can and cannot do legally as a tax-exempt nonprofit. It will address:

· How to safely talk about your issues and elected officials during election season
· How to conduct nonpartisan voter outreach efforts
· How to educate voters about the candidates through debates and forums
· How to ensure that staff and volunteers' election activities are not attributed to the organization

Your congregation's electoral activities are a great way to connect with community members, interact with elected officials and participate in our democracy.

Bishop Guy Erwin will carry Luther's message all around the Southwest California Synod with a series of six paired lectures, presented on various Saturdays from September 2016 to July 2017.  For each session, the first lecture will be an introduction to Martin Luther.  Lunch will be served, followed by an in-depth lecture about Luther's teachings. Come hear one, or come hear all; the in-depth lecture will be different every time!

Each Reformation Roadtrip event will be held from 10:00 a.m to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per event, or $50 for all six. Please bring payment in cash or check the day of the event. Checks should be made out to the Southwest California Synod.

To make your reservations for one or more Reformation Roadtrip events, please contact Jason Ramirez at jramirez@socalsynod.org.
ELCA Hunger and Disaster Appeal Update
Monday, September 26, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lutheran Center/Synod Office
1300 E. Colorado Street, Glendale 

"So how are our hunger offerings used, locally and globally? And how is the ELCA involved with disaster responses in our country and around the world?" 

This update will be led by The Rev. Daniel Rift, Program Director of ELCA Hunger and Disaster Appeal. Lunch will be provided.
All rostered leaders and any other ministry leaders are welcome to attend!

Please call the synod office at (818) 507-9591 to RSVP.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gather and grow together, learn and lead, play and pray. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night and ends by noon on Sunday. Please bring High School Youth who are (or have the potential to be) your best leaders, as well as some key adult leaders who have the passion to walk beside our youth during their faith journey. The event cost is $99 per person and includes housing, four  meals , snacks and all program materials. Questions? Contact Janet Renick or Terri Robertson for more information. Register here

A joint partnership of the Pacifica Synod and Southwest California Synod

Embassy Suites, La Quinta, California
50777 Santa Rosa Plaza
(760) 777-1711

theological  oasis for rostered leaders, professional lay church staff, youth leaders, church administrators, office managers, outdoor ministry leaders, worship leaders...all are welcome! Click here for more information

Positions Open in our Synod Territory
Congregations and other organizations in our synod are seeking people to partner in ministry. Check out these opportunities posted on our website.  To share a job posting in the synod newsletter, website, and Facebook page, email the details to shenderson@socalsynod.org. 


Faith Lutheran Church/Iglesia Luterana FE,  Canoga Park is seeking a bilingual (English/Spanish) Director of Children and Teen Ministries.  Faith Lutheran Church is a growing bilingual congregation in the west San Fernando Valley.   We have identified children and teen ministries as critical to the life and future of our congregation. We seek someone who can help build a sustainable children and teen ministry.   The Director of Children and Teen Ministries will have primary responsibility for continuing and expanding programs for children and teens from birth through 18 years of age (nursery through high school). For more information and desired qualifications, click here

Christ Lutheran Church in West Covina is seeking a Director of Music Ministries/Contemporary Worship Team Leader
to provide Christ's music and worship programs with creative, effective and  inspirational leadership that glorifies God. A passion for leading and sharing your musical talents, inspiring, dynamic and meaningful worship, and demonstrating a strong Christian faith are a must. The ideal candidate will bring an appreciation and understanding of both traditional and contemporary Lutheran worship.  Please send a letter of application, resume, and names and contact information for two references to Pastor Robert Hamel at rhamel@clcwc.com to apply. For requirements and qualifications for the position, click here.  

Christ Lutheran Church in Long Beach is seeking a part-time Worship and  Music Director who will:
  • Have experience, and supply references, in directing various choral programs.  For Christ Lutheran this would include:  Chancel Choir, Praise Team, Handbell Choir, and our Children's Music and Art Program (called Kaleidoscope)
  • Participate in Preschool Music enhancement (called Music Makers)
  • See it as necessary to enrich and expand music participation
  • Demonstrate an understanding of  Lutheran liturgical practices
  • Be passionate about and have vision for both choral and instrumental music expansion and enhancement in worship
  • Be able to add drama and a sense of excitement to worship
  • Take a proactive role in worship service planning with Pastor and Worship Committee
  • Have the ability to discover and use congregation member's talents
  • Be able to express a genuine relationship with God 
Salary commensurate with experience.  Please send resume and salary requirements to Pastor Pam Challis at pjschallis@yahoo.com. 

Olivet Lutheran Church in Hawthorne is seeking a Director of Music Ministries to provide Olivet's music and worship programs with creative, effective, and inspirational leadership that glorifies God. A passion for leading and sharing your musical talents and demonstrating a strong Christian faith are a must. The ideal candidate will bring an acceptance and understanding of Lutheran worship. For desired qualifications, responsibilities, and compensation, click  here .



Southwest California Synod, ELCA 
1300 E. Colorado Street
Glendale, California
(818) 507-9591
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