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September 1, 2016 issue:
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September 7, 11:30 a.m.
Synod Eucharist, Glendale
Nancy Hamm, Guest Preacher
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.
Hill Avenue Grace,
September 23 10:30 a.m.
Green Faith Meeting
Synod Office, Glendale
September 24, 5:00 p.m.
October 14 - 16
SWCA WELCA Convention
October 14 - 16
El Camino Pines
October 15, 7:00 p.m.
South Bay Salties Benefit Concert
October 16, 4:00 p.m.
Interfaith Walk for Peace
Pomona & Claremont
October 21 - 23
October 24 - 27
La Quinta, AC
November 19, 10:00 a.m.
Join this joyous opportunity to gather throughout our
nine conferences to
share in community,
conversation, and news.
September 3, 9:00 a.m.
Gloria Dei, Santa Maria
September 6, 6:30 p.m.
September 7, 6:00 p.m.
Eagle Rock Lutheran
September 8, 6:30 p.m.
Mt. Olive, Santa Monica
September 20, 6:30 p.m.
Greater Long Beach
September 21, 6:30 p.m.
Caveman Cavey's, Frazier Park
September 22, 6:30 p.m.
September 24, 3:00 p.m.
St. Andrew's, Van Nuys
September 27, 6:30 p.m.
San Gabriel Valley
St. Mark's, Hacienda Heights
How will people know?
In her September column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton wonders how people will learn about the ELCA Churchwide Assembly and how we will make the event's actions and experiences part of our life together. She says the work belongs to all of us-participants and those who watched the event online or read about it in Living Lutheran.
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 email@example.com.
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.
For more information about this event,
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
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 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
The Rev. R. Guy Erwin, Ph.D.
The Rev. Reg Schultz-Akerson
The Rev. Marj Funk-Pihl
/ Director for Evangelical Mission
The Rev. Reginald Hansome
Coordinator of African Descent Ministries
Finance & Administration
Children, Youth and Faith Formation
1300 E. Colorado Street
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 507-9591 Phone
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
(firstname.lastname@example.org). To follow Bishop Guy Erwin's daily schedule, search #thebishopsday on Facebook.
The Los Angeles Times loves
Captain of the Bible Quiz Team!
"A church is a community - a family, even. When a member is in crisis, others step forward with prayers, words of encouragement, helping hands and Jell-O salads.
Prolific Los Angeles playwright Tom Jacobson marvelously assembles such a family in the course of his new play
Captain of the Bible Quiz Team, presented by Rogue Machine in churches in West L.A., North Hollywood and Los Feliz."
A one-person performance about the recent historical events surrounding the ELCA sexuality statement and a rural Minnesota church's crisis in dealing with that change,
Captain of the Bible Quiz Team is a touching and nuanced and a tour-de-force for the performer - four very different actors, men and women, rotate in the role of Pastor Landry Sorenson. The show is "immersive" in that the audience participates in hymns and various small ways and acts as the "congregation" for Pastor Landry at the pulpit.
More information, including performance, location, and tickets, can be found
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 email@example.com.
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., September 17
Hope Lutheran Church
32819 Temecula Parkway Temecula, CA
Facilitated by Tom Schwolert of Vibrant Faith Ministries
It's time! It's time for every church to commit to adult faith formation. The transmission of faith to the next generation lies not in our work with children and youth, but rather with adults.
Spend a day exploring effective adult faith formation in the congregation.
You'll come away with . . .
- A renewed vision for empowering adults in their journey of faith
- A host of methods and strategies that you can customize and integrate into your congregation
- An introduction to a plethora of resources already tested and proven to enhance adult faith formation A positive experience of adult learning and growth for yourself.
This event is for Small Group leaders, Council, Teachers and ALL who want to help others grow in faith!
$40 on or before September 3; $60 after September 3
$35 for groups of 3 or more from the same congregation
Morning hospitality & lunch provided
Tom Schwolert graduated from Luther Seminary with a Master in Children, Youth and Family Ministry. He joined the Vibrant Faith team after 26 years of youth and family ministry in churches. He brings real passion to his training as he helps others learn to be faith builders in their everyday life. Tom successfully helped the four churches he served shift from being program-based to being intergenerational and relationally focused. He has the ability to assess and move church from current realities to using the power of family for the movement of the Spirit in people of all ages.
Sponsored by: Pacifica Synod Book of Faith Team and Christian Education Network of the ELCA (North County Chapter)
A joint partnership of the Pacifica Synod and Southwest California Synod
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Ascension Lutheran Church, Thousand Oaks, California, invites applications for the position of a full time Director of Youth Ministries beginning September 2016.
Our congregation has 2,710 members; we average 600 - 700 total attendance in our four weekend worship services. Our school includes infants through eighth graders and it is a very central part of our ministry, with Chapel every Wednesday morning. Ascension places a very high priority on children's, youth and family ministries, as well as intergenerational ministries. Our website is
The Director of Youth Ministries plans, organizes, and implements a youth activity program for 7th-12
th grades as listed below:
- Works cooperatively with the youth committee, church staff and others in the church, as appropriate, to coordinate youth activities.
- With the help of the Youth Committee plans, organizes, implements and provides leadership for 7th-8th grades, including Confirmation program, conventions and/or retreats and fellowship events.
- Interacts with Day School students and staff (weekly Chapel, advisory team, performances, etc.)
- With Help of the Youth Committee plans, organizes, implements and provides leadership for high school (9th-12th grades) weekly Bible study, fun outings, community service, conventions and/or retreats (typically through the ELCA and LRCC).
- Develops youth leadership to assist in activities. This includes a summer planning retreat and monthly planning meetings. Recruits adult volunteers when necessary.
More information about Ascension, Thousand Oaks and the qualifications for the position is available
To apply for this position, please send resume care of Pastor Tim Delkeskamp at DLorentson@alcto.org
Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan Beach is seeking a Youth Minister/Educator. This progressive, relevant, child-crazy Christian congregation is looking for a creative teacher to deliver relationship-based instruction for all grade levels at on-campus and off-campus events, including preschool chapels, midweek education, Sunday-morning worship, and weekend retreats. This is a full time position. The successful candidate will work closely with the Senior Pastor, contributing passion, joy, and energy. Must be musically inclined, social media savvy, and deftly skilled at healthy, interpersonal relationships.
To apply, send resume and introductory 1-page cover letter describing your interest in, skills for, and commitment to Christian education and youth and family ministry. Bachelor's Degree preferred. Salary and benefits commensurate with skills and experience. Application deadline is August 31, 2016. Trinity Lutheran Church, 1340 11
th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266, ATTN: Search Committee or email @ email@example.com
Southwest California Synod, ELCA
1300 E. Colorado Street