Featured in the
September 1, 2016 issue:
Bishop Eaton' Column
Reformation Roadtrip
Engaging Adults
Jobs in the Synod

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September 7, 11:30 a.m.
Synod Eucharist, Glendale
Nancy Hamm, Guest Preacher 

September 11

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

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

September 30 
October 14 - 16
SWCA WELCA Convention
Simi Valley
October 14 - 16
El Camino Pines
October 15, 7:00 p.m.
South Bay Salties Benefit Concert
First, Torrence

October 16, 4:00 p.m.
Interfaith Walk for Peace
Pomona & Claremont

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

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 3, 9:00 a.m.
Central Coast
Gloria Dei, Santa Maria

September 6, 6:30 p.m.
Channel Islands

September 7, 6:00 p.m.
Eagle Rock Lutheran

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
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 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.

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: 
  • 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. 
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 here

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.
Engaging Adults 
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

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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. 

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 .


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  www.alcto.org.

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  hereTo 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 @ pastorluther@besidethesea.org


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