Scam ALERT!

From the Pacifica SynodSeptember 7, 2020 Dear members and friends of the Pacifica Synod,It appears that once again, there are emails being sent from a person representing themselves as Bishop Andy. Religious organizations have become easy targets for these types of scams, which take advantage of people’s generosity.  Just a reminder, no one on the synod staff willContinue reading “Scam ALERT!”

From the Bishop: Updated Worship Guidelines for California and Hawai’i

September 1, 2020 Dear Rostered Ministers and Lay Leaders of the Pacifica Synod,New guidelines regarding the re-opening of businesses, including places of worship, have been distributed by the governors of both Hawai’i and California in the past couple of weeks. These guidelines have been developed in cooperation with public health officials, and are intended notContinue reading “From the Bishop: Updated Worship Guidelines for California and Hawai’i”

Lutheran World Relief Responds to Beirut Explosions

Lutheran World Relief recently learned that three 40-foot shipping containers filled with thousands of handmade mission quilts and school, personal and baby care kits were destroyed in the devastating August 4 explosions at the port of Beirut, Lebanon.The shipment was destined for refugees living in Lebanon, principally from Syria and the Palestinian territories. The containersContinue reading “Lutheran World Relief Responds to Beirut Explosions”

In Memoriam of The Reverend Laura (Laurie) A. Lineon

We have received word of the death ofThe Rev.Laura (Laurie) A. Lineon July 31, 2020Please keep her children Rachel and Brandon and the entire family in your prayers.Cards or notes of condolences may be sent to:Rachel Line and Brandon Line750 Murray DriveEl Cajon, CA 92020The Rev. Laura Line was born on November 5, 1956. She was ordainedContinue reading “In Memoriam of The Reverend Laura (Laurie) A. Lineon”

2020 Pacifica Synod Assembly Postponed to 2021

The following announcement was shared with our synod on June 17. For a printable version of this letter, along with Frequently Asked Questions about this postponement,please click here. We will be publishing a compilation of some of the usual Synod Assembly reports, financial and statistical information in early August. They will be sent out by emailContinue reading “2020 Pacifica Synod Assembly Postponed to 2021”

Racial Justice Statement of the Pacifica Synod

July 2, 2020Dear Pastors, Deacons, and Congregation Presidents of the Pacifica Synod,Your Synod Council members have signed the ELCA’s Anti-Racism Pledge, and the Council has written a statement expressing support for the work of racial justice, with a commitment to engage in the “difficult and necessary work of repentance and change.” You will find thisContinue reading “Racial Justice Statement of the Pacifica Synod”

E.L.C.A. Celebrates 50 Years of Ordained Women

“The Church of Christ in every age, beset by change but Spirit-led, must claim and test its heritage, and keep on rising from the dead”(Fred Pratt Green, 1969). Dear church, Words matter. Words matter in our Scripture, in our hymns, in our governing documents, and beyond. Fifty years ago, on June 29, 1970, the LutheranContinue reading “E.L.C.A. Celebrates 50 Years of Ordained Women”

ELCA reaffirms commitment to combat racism and white supremacy

5/29/2020 2:45:00 PM What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8). The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) reaffirms its commitment to combating racism and white supremacy following the recent murders of Black Americans. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Dreasjon (Sean)Continue reading “ELCA reaffirms commitment to combat racism and white supremacy”

REV. DR. R. GUY ERWIN TO SERVE AS UNITED LUTHERAN SEMINARY’S NEXT PRESIDENT

The Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin, who was elected in 2013 as the fourth bishop of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and elected to a second term in 2019, will be leaving the bishopric as of July 31, 2020 and, beginning August 1, will serve United Lutheran Seminary inContinue reading “REV. DR. R. GUY ERWIN TO SERVE AS UNITED LUTHERAN SEMINARY’S NEXT PRESIDENT”