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August, 2018 issue:
Fall Conference Assemblies
Prayer Requests
2018 Youth Gathering
New ELCA Podcast
2019 Synod Assembly

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August 8, 11:30 a.m. 
Midweek Eucharist
Lutheran Center, Glendale 

August 10, 10:30 a.m. 
Green Faith Team 
Lutheran Center, Glendale 

August 14 - 16
Cooperative Candidacy Committee
Lutheran Center, Glendale 

August 15, 11:30 a.m. 
Midweek Eucharist 
Lutheran Center, Glendale 

August 18, 9:00 a.m. 
WELCA Board Meeting 
Lutheran Center, Glendale 

August 22, 11:30 a.m. 
Midweek Eucharist 
Lutheran Center, Glendale 

August 25, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Lutheran Center, Glendale 

August 25 

August 29, 11:30 a.m. 
Midweek Eucharist 
Lutheran Center, Glendale 

September 9
"God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday

October 5 - 7 
Cal Lutheran, Thousand Oaks 

October 5 - 7 
Oak Glen

October 22 - 25
Embassy Suites, Palm Desert

October 26 - 28
El Camino Pines 
We can't wait to see what your congregation is doing for Vacation Bible School this Summer! Send your VBS photos to Samantha at shenderson@socalsynod.org, and let us know a little bit about the experience. 
Wednesday, October 3
6:00 p.m.

Los Angeles Metropolitan
Thursday October 4
6:00 p.m.

Twin Valleys
Friday, October 5
6:30 p.m. 

Central Coast 
Saturday, October 6
11:00 a.m.

San Gabriel Valley
Thursday, October 11
6:00 p.m. 

Channel Islands
Tuesday, October 16
6:00 p.m.

South Bay 
Thursday, November 1 
6:00 p.m. 

Saturday, November 3
11:00 a.m. 

Greater Long Beach 
Thursday, November 15 
6:30 p.m. 
Please pray for the following: 
  • The Family of Fran Burnford on her passing on July 25. 
  • The family of Pastor Raymond LeBlanc on his passing on July 23.  
  • Dick Buma, husband of Pastor Christine Buma, who is being treated with immunotherapy for rare form of lung cancer.  
  • Pastor Ray Kibler,
    battling immuno-deficiency disease and cancer, and for cognitive recovery. 
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 Robin at rlujan@socalsynod.org .  
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 Evangelical Mission

Maria Paiva 
Latino Ministries

Janet Renick 
Children, Youth and Faith Formation

Andreas Hirsch   
Finance and Administration

Sheri Dillon
Assistant to the Bishop 
Office Manager 

Sherri Miller

Robin Lujan 
Administrative Assistant

Samantha Henderson

1300 E. Colorado Street
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 507-9591 Phone
(818) 507-9627 Fax

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, information, and corrections for  Synews should be emailed to  Samantha Henderson  (shenderson@socalsynod.org). To follow Bishop Guy Erwin's daily schedule, search #thebishopsday on Facebook. 
Houston, We Had a Gathering!
Janet Renick, Coordinator for Youth, Children, and Family Ministries

From June 27 to July 1, 31,000+ youth and their adult leaders gathered in the city of Houston, TX for the ELCA Youth Gathering, which happens every three years. It literally takes three years to plan such a gathering. We arrived by planes, trains, and automobiles. Many attended an Astros game, went to the beach, and explored NASA, as well as eating some incredible Texas barbecue!  Our theme was "This Changes Everything," based on  Ephesians 2:8 . Daily themes were: God's call changes everything, love changes everything, Grace changes everything, hope changes everything, Jesus changes everything. It was an amazing gathering!

Through the gathering, over 40,000 books were collected to restore libraries in Houston after last year's devastating Hurricane Harvey, 437 hair donations were made to children with hair loss, 1248 units of blood given, $260,000 collected for the ELCA Global Farm Challenge. 

We worked in thrift stores, started working on an easement/gardening area to provide 150 miles worth of dog parks and hiking and biking trails, helped provide bicycles for refugee children, painted murals and worked in schools and churches, to name a few. Our bishop was by our side on this amazing journey.

You are a vital congregation of our synod!
Rev. Marj Funk-Pihl, Director for Evangelical Mission

Vitality is not measured by how many people attend your worship services, or how much money you have in the bank.  It is measured by the strength of your relationship with God, with one another, and with your neighbors. We all have areas of vitality that can be strengthened and expanded to meet the mission God has for us.  So, the question isn't "are you vital?" The question is:  How will you build on your vitality to meet the mission God has for you in your corner of the synod?

Three Sides 
A new podcast from the ELCA

Three Sides is a monthly podcast featuring stories from the ELCA. As a church that believes God is calling us into the world - together, Three Sides will present diverse voices sharing unique stories from the many expressions of this church. Get to know the hosts and listen to sneak peek from the first episode, "Women who lead," which launches in August.

Five Years of "God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday

This year, September 9 will mark the fifth anniversary of "God's work. Our hands." Sunday.  Living Lutheran is  looking for congregations that have participated in this day of service every year since the start! If your congregation is one of them, speak up in the comments on this Facebook post

Save the date for the 2019 Synod Assembly and Bishop's Election! 

We are happy to report that we will be returning to the beautiful Cal Lutheran Campus for the 2019 SWCA Synod Assembly and Bishop's Election from May 30 - June 1. According to the constitution of the SWCA Synod, a bishop's election is held at Synod Assembly every six years, and the electors are the voting members of the assembly. Our current bishop, Dr. Guy Erwin, will complete his first six-year term in 2019, and has indicated his openness to re-election. You will be receiving more information about the 2019 Assembly and the Bishop's Election process over the coming months. 

California Wildfires 

Please pray for the people who have been affected by wildfires in California. May God's healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need. Pray that God will deliver comfort to those who mourn the loss of loved ones and strength to those who are working diligently to contain the fires and care for affected communities.  Gifts to the ELCA's U.S. Wildfires  will be used to assist those affected by the wildfires until the response is complete. Please consider distributing this  Insert for Sunday Bulletins at your Sunday worship. 

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