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January 16, 2024

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Walk For Life West Coast Pre-Walk Gathering - This Saturday

2024 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Walk for Life West Coast - 20 years of standing for the littlest and most vulnerable among us! Join our brothers and sisters for the walk this January, and come early for the Pre-Walk Gathering.

What: Walk For Life West Coast Pre-Walk Gathering

When: Saturday, January 20th, 2024 10:30 a.m.

Speaker: The Reverend Ray & Aubrey Hulett

Where: West Portal Lutheran Church & School Parish Hall, San Francisco

See flyer for more details.

Song Release Party at Prince of Peace - This Friday

A new song from The Songwriter Initiative will be released January 19, 2024. This song, “God Who Bleeds” features Cara Berg, Director of Worship Arts and Music from Prince of Peace Church and School in Fremont, CA. 

What: "God Who Bleeds" Release Party

When: Friday, January 19, 2024 at 7:00pm

Where: Prince of Peace, Fremont, CA.

The Songwriter Initiative of the Center for Worship Leadership (Concordia University – Irvine) exists to support modern songwriters serving within the LCMS church body and seeks to be a positive resource and influence for those writing for the church-at-large.

Agnus Dei Lutheran Classical Academy Open House - End of the Month

Agnus Dei Lutheran Classical Academy, a new day school of Lutheran Church of Our Savior of Cupertino, CA, seeks to partner with families to provide children a classical, traditional, Lutheran Christian education. If you, or someone you know, is interested in learning more, come to their open house this month!

What: Agnus Dei Lutheran Classical Academy Open House

When: Saturday, January 27th, 2024 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Where: 5825 Bollinger Road, Cupertino, CA 95014

More Info: website - email -

Rev. Joe Robb Installed at Our Savior Lutheran Ministries, Livermore, CA

Rev. Joe Robb was installed as pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Ministries on Sunday, January 14. The Liturgist was Rev. Andrew Jones, pastor of First, Concord, CA and Circuit Visitor for Circuit 7; the preacher was Rev. Dominic Rivkin, Mission Executive of the Pacific Southwest District; and the installation was performed by Rev. Michael Lange, CNH District President.

The CNH District was blessed to have Pastor Robb on staff for four years as the CNH District’s Mission Executive. May God continue to bless him and his family in ministry at Our Savior, Livermore. We thank God that Joe will remain a valuable colleague in the CNH District.

Lent Devotions and Worship Resources Now Available

New Lenten resources are available from Spark Creative (a group of your colleagues in CNH). Worship resources like sermon starters, liturgy suggestions, graphics, and slide backgrounds are available for free. Individuals can also sign up for free daily devotions by email.

Printed devotion books are available below cost (thanks to LCEF) for congregations who would like to supply them to their members and friends.

Click here for more details. 

2024 Lenten Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

In Lamb of God, we have God’s Son come to earth as the eternal Word, Jesus Christ. Throughout John’s Gospel, Jesus is made known to us as both God and Man, full of grace and truth. He has come into the world to seek us out—you and me—to rescue us from the power of evil, and to make us His beloved children forever.

Go to: to read, subscribe or print devotions in English or Spanish.

Interest Time - Free Magazine from LCEF

Interest Time is a free magazine that celebrates our Lutheran faith and the great things our Lutheran Church Missouri Synod church workers are accomplishing in the name of Christ.

Click here to read and subscribe today at no cost!

St. John's and Team Aaron Celebrate Aaron's 10th Birthday

On December 10, 2023, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Napa, California, had a 10th year birthday party for their comfort dog, Aaron (born on December 5, 2013). St. John’s has had a Comfort Dog ministry through Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) since March 29, 2015. That was the date that Aaron Comfort Dog, a golden retriever trained by LCC, was installed at St. John’s. Aaron is part of an extensive care and outreach ministry for the church and the Napa community that includes at least 30 dedicated lay people who are all part of Team Aaron.

Team Aaron as well as the other comfort dog teams want schools and congregations in the CNH District to know that they are available to you if you see a need in your community, or you just want more information about the LCC K9 Comfort Dog Ministry.

Click here for the full article and a list of Comfort Dog Teams with links in the CNH District.

LWML Updates - Grant Funded and Mites Being Collected

This month, LWML has funded grant #13: Hope for the Hopeless - $5,000 LCMS Mission Advancement! 


Mites are now being collected for grant #14:  Connecting Mercy & Church Planting – Latin America - $5,000  LCMS Office of International Mission, Latin America and the Caribbean Region.

The Latin America and Caribbean region of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) is blessed to have Concordia the Reformer Seminary in the Dominican Republic. The seminary is serving 47 Seminary students (residential and on-line) in 12 countries throughout the region. The Seminary’s Deaconess Formation program serves 140 women in 5 countries. The seminary invests in the practical formation of pastors and deaconesses by supplementing classroom learning with hands-on field work. This grant funds help provide scholarships for students attending the seminary in person and on-line.


Update on 2022-2024 Grant Goal of $107,910.

Mites collect are @ 88%, need to collect $ 13,109 in next 2.5 months to fund all 17 CNH grants.

Mites year ends March 31, 2024.

Deadlines for Vicar Applications or Pastoral Candidate (Call) Placements from the Seminaries

The paperwork for candidate and vicarage placement from the Seminaries for Spring 2024 is to be received at the CNH District office by Friday, March 1, 2024.

Please contact the district office (925-245-4000) for call document information for candidates from the seminary and/or information regarding vicarage application and minimum salary.

(Ask for Glenna, assistant to President Lange.)

Before mailing your final call document or vicarage paperwork, you may send a scanned copy for review to

Your ongoing communication regarding your congregation’s desire to call a candidate or engage a vicar is appreciated. This will help the staff of the President’s office to guide you through your best opportunity for a placement. (Be aware that your request does not guarantee a seminary placement will be made.)

Thank You Letter from Deaconess Pamela Vue

The District office recently received the following letter from Pamela Vue from Peace, Fresno, CA:


Beloved CNH District LCMS,


From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you for your generosity and the faith you have in the students at Concordia Seminary, including myself as we prepare for future ministry and service to God and His people. Your gift has allowed me to have such a rich experience in my first semester at the Seminary as a residential deaconess student.

Click here for the remainder of the letter.

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Called to Glory Notifications

As pillars of the faith get called back to their heavenly home, we want to honor and acknowledge the legacy they leave behind and the impact they had within our congregations. If you would like to include any upcoming memorials, please click here to send the name, date of death, and date of service so that we may include them in an upcoming issue of the InTouch. We will still continue to send a Flash for pastors and called workers as well.

District Resources

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Click here for the Board of Directors Minutes (Current through December 2023)

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Click here for Prayer Requests

Click here for the latest Job Opportunities

Click here for our 2020-2022 Sermon Series

Click here for the Monthly Set Apart to Serve (SAS) Report (Oct/Nov 2023)


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