Featured in the
September 22, 2016 issue:
Cooking with My Friends House!
Bruin Shelter in the News
Walk to Fight Poverty with LSS
Gun Violence Prevention
Jobs in the Synod

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

September 23, 1:00 p.m.
The Great Spiritual Migration Seminar and Reading 
Bethel, Encino

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
Violeta Sander, Guest Preacher

September 30 

September 30, 7:00 p.m.
Gun Violence Prevention
St. Luke, Woodland Hills

October 2, 5:00 p.m. 
Coffee House Jazz
Salem, Glendale

October 5, 11:30 a.m.
Synod Eucharist, Glendale
Asher O'Callahan, Guest Preacher

October 8, 9:00 a.m.
Catechism Revisted
Yorba Linda 

October 9, 4:00 p.m.
The Music of Broadway 
Emmanuel, North Hollywood

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

October 14, 8:00 p.m.
Bruin Shelter Benefit Concert 
Mt. Olive, Santa Monica 

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
Kristian Kohler, Guest Preacher

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 5, 9:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Human Resources Workshop 
Lutheran Center, Glendale 

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 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
What's new on the Synod Website

Conferences and Congregations now includes church websites and their Facebook pages! If your congregation has a website or Facebook page that we do not have listed, please let shenderson@socalsynod.org know.

The 2017 Compensation Workbook, which includes salary guidelines and Supply Pastor reimbursement, is available on the Resources for Rostered Leaders and Resources for Congregations pages. 

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. 

Holy Cross, Ojai has 80 copies of the Lutheran Book of Worship, 50 copies of Gather hymnal, and 8 boxes of choral music to be donated to anyone who would like to come and pick it up.
Please contact  Cheryl at (805)798-2380 if interested.

Join Luther Glen October 21 - 23 for the weekend to Brew Boldly! G ather and brew together, learn and taste, study and explore, worship, wonder and relax! 
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: 
  • Pastor Sam and Ellen Platts. Pastor Platts has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. 
  • 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


Quick Links


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. 
Join Bishop Guy Erwin for a 12-Day tour exploring Germany and the sites associated with Martin Luther in this 500th Anniversary year of the beginning of the Reformation. Visit Wittenberg, Erfurt, Wartburg Castle, Leipzig, Berlin, and much more. We will also see Weimar and Buchenwald, where Dietrich Bonhoeffer was held prisoner.

Bishop Erwin will be leading the tours, answering questions, and providing historical context throughout the trip. An optional 5-Day Post-Tour of Bavaria is also offered. Register now and receive an early bird discount!

Click here for an online brochure with prices, itinerary, and registration details.   A printable brochure is available here. For more information, contact Rev. Russ Gordon, Director of Travel Ministry with Educational Opportunities Tours at slogordons@charter.net, or by phone at (805) 544-3502.
My Friends House 
Creative Chefs Program Begins Thursday, September 29 at Ascension, Los Angeles! 

My Friends House, an ELCA-affiliated public benefit corporation founded by Ascension, Los Angeles in 1995, focuses on hunger prevention and healthy living in an inner-city environment. 

Their innovative Creative Chefs program, held Thursdays from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m, uses local chefs to promote healthy eating and cooking with the goal of improving the health of the community.  Chefs introduce program participants to recipes that use a variety of foods to increase their intake of fruits, vegetables, legumes, lean meats, and healthy alternatives to processed and fast foods.  They demonstrate different cooking methods that reduce the intake of sugars, fats and salts while still creating food that tastes delicious.  

This is an interactive program in which participants assist in the preparation of the recipes and then get to taste the final product.  They leave the 90 minute class with the  recipes  so that they can make them at home.
Planting tomatoes and peppers at the community garden 

My Friends House maintains a community garden to help provide fresh produce for its food pantry which provides food weekly for seniors, the unemployed and underemployed, the working poor and others on limited incomes, women, children and the homeless.  They also provide a Parish Nurse who who screens individuals for lifestyle diseases - hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity. Visit My Friends House website for volunteer and giving opportunities! 
Mt. Olive, Santa Monica Shelters Homeless Students

Mt. Olive, Santa Monica's Bruin Shelter recently was profiled in the Santa Monica Daily Press.  

College can be a fun, exciting and a challenging time in a person's life. Learning responsibilities, self-growth, and unfortunately for some students they learn to live on the streets, in a car and do whatever they can to get through the coursework.

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church is tackling the problem head on by providing a limited number of beds for students attending local schools.

The Bruin Shelter opens on Oct. 2, and they have already accepted 10 students, half are UCLA students and the other half are SMC students. This shelter provides a 90-day stay for females and male students; a waiting list has already formed. 

You can get involved! Come to the benefit concert for the Bruin Shelter on Friday, October 14 at Mt. Olive, Santa Monica. Details below! 

November ballot proposition recommendations from the Policy Council of the Lutheran Office of Public Policy - California are available  here More information, such as Support and Opposition lists and Advocacy Sunday resources, will be available later at  www.loppca.org .

Congregations, pastors, and members are encouraged to schedule an Advocacy Sunday on October 16 or another Sunday prior to the election, and are encouraged to utilize the ELCAvotes! resources found  here as the countdown to Election Day continues.  National Voter Registration Day is September 27.  

Please let the Lutheran Office of Public Policy know what events you have scheduled, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter (ELCA Advocacy, @loppcalifornia).  Questions or concerns? Contact Mark Carlson, Lutheran Office of Public Policy - California, ( 916) 447-6666 or  director@loppca.org .

The  Friends Asking Friends website lets you  sign up as a participant to walk with LSS on Saturday, October 1, 2016 and then ask your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and business associates to support your walk to help people in need.
This amazing program lets you set up a personal pledge page in just minutes, which then allows you to e-mail your supporters for online donations. They can donate by credit card or check, and will receive an instant tax deductible receipt.

All donations for these events will help the Lutheran Social Services of Southern California in your area continue to serve thousands of people!
Effective Strategies f or Gun Violence Prevention
with Christian Heyne, Legislative Director
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence 
Education Fund, Washington, DC
Friday, September 30, 2016
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
St. Luke Lutheran Church
5312 Comercio Way
Woodland Hills

This program will focus on how to keep communities safer from gun violence by translating research into effective policy. In addition, information will be provided about the new California Firearms Restraining Order that provides a way to temporarily remove firearms from people at high risk for gun violence.  There will be time for questions and discussion.
This program is free of charge and open to the community. Sponsored by the Joint Gun Violence Prevention Task Force of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.

For more information: vclassick@aol.com or 818-225-0410.

"Catechism Revisited: 
The Reformation"
Rejoice Conference Day of Theological Education 
Saturday October 8
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  
Danish Lutheran Church,
16881 Bastanchury Road
Yorba Linda
For many Lutheran adults, the last time they studied the Small Catechism was likely in confirmation class as a young teenager. Yet, the building blocks of our faith and practice are greatly shaped by this small book. The Rejoice Conference of the Pacifica Synod will be holding a day of theological education we are calling "Catechism Revisited" where we will spend time looking in-depth at the different parts of what make up our Lutheran faith. This year's presentation will focus on the Reformation.

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation this year's presentation will look at the key historical and theological points of the Reformation as well as seeing how it is in force today. The Bishops of the Pacifica and Southwest California Synods  of the ELCA will provide us with a morning full of insight on the Reformation and its continuing impact. The c ost is $15.00, which includes coffee and pastry in the morning and lunch at noon.

RSVP by October 3, 2016 to Pastor Anne-Grethe Nielsen at info@danishchurchsocal.com or (714) 993-6362. Financial assistance is available!

Shine - Youth Leadership Event
October 14 - 16 at Camp Luther Glen
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
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. 

St. Luke Lutheran Church of Woodland Hills invites applications for a half-time (20 hrs./week) Church Office Administrator position. The ideal applicant will have strong organizational skills, the ability to manage a wide variety of tasks, an excellent ability to relate to others and be committed to maintaining appropriate confidentiality. Proficiency with social media, website management and Office Suite is a must, desktop publishing a plus. Familiarity with Lutheran or other mainline church cultures would be helpful, but not required. We are looking for a team player who will play a key role in enhancing the life and ministry of St. Luke Lutheran Church. The application period will close when the position is filled. If interested, please send resume to:   office.saint.luke@gmail.com
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.  


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