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Bishop's Colloquy
Monday, March 18
Lutheran Center in Glendale

2019 Southwest California Synod Assembly
Thursday, May 30 - Saturday, June 1
California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration & Commemoration
January 20 at Trinity, Hawthorne
Maritime Ministries Luncheon
Thursday, January 31
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Christ, Long Beach
All Rostered and Lay Leaders are encouraged to attend and learn about the work of Lutheran Maritime Ministries, an outreach mission serving in our local ports in Long Beach, San Pedro, Terminal Island, and Wilmington. Working with the Seafarers' Center,
we visit the numerous terminals, their ships, and seafarers as they arrive from the Pacific Ocean and around the world.  To RSVP, contact Ron Nelson at (562) 430-1224.
Maritime Ministry
Women's Winter Gathering
Saturday, February 9, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Westchester Lutheran Church
7831 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Westchester, CA 90045
As women, as a group, as an organization, as a church, we are not alone. We stand up and are counted, What we do matters in the world. There is strength in our numbers. Come to this year’s WINTER GATHERING and share stories of how your group, through volunteer efforts, fundraising, etc. has made a difference in the lives of others. Let us know what creative ideas you have seen that have made a positive difference to others.

The program will include a panel of representatives from organizations (eg: District Attorney’s office, L.A. area clergy, Police Council) who will share information on what is being done and what we can do to help address the urgent need to combat HUMAN TRAFFICKING in our communities. The offering will be divided equally to benefit Churchwide Women of the ELCA and the organizations participating in our program presentations.
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center Workshop
Mediation Skills Training for Church Leader
March 18 - 22 in Palo Alto
This 5-day workshop is for clergy and other church leaders who wish to learn ways to cope with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of conflict.  This outstanding
interdenominational training event will be hosted by Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, CA on March 18 - 22, 2019.  Be sure to register no later than February 15, 2019 to receive a $200 tuition discount!  For complete details, please download the brochure  or visit the website . Registration link here .
Bright Stars: Holy Land
15-Day Leadership Program
Pastors, church leaders, educators, and other professionals committed to the struggle for a just peace in Israel/Palestine are invited to participate in this leadership experience. The aim of this program is to gain a deeper understanding of the current realities in Israel/Palestine as well as to view the Holy Land through a new, Biblical/theological lens. This opportunity is open for people already interested in the region, who are committed to making a difference and investing in hope.
2019 Bonhoeffer Festival
April 11 at Claremont School of Theology
The 8th Annual Bonhoeffer Festival
The Center for Lutheran Studies at
 Claremont School of Theology  
Thursday April 11, 2019

Theme: “Who is Christ  for us today ?”
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Larry Rasmussen
Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary

Thanks to our Sponsors:  Thrivent Financial; Claremont School of Theology; Southwest California Synod (ELCA); Pacifica Synod (ELCA).

Free and Open to Public (Donations are appreciated). Please RSVP to Pastor Thom Johnson at Tjohnson@cst.edu or 909-802-9549



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