Elementary Youth Event – Saturday, April 29 in Garden Grove

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church 12301 Magnolia Street, Garden Grove Youth in grades 1 through 6 are invited to participate in a day filled with activities, fellowship, music, and opportunity to serve, fellowship, and worship. Hosted by our Pacifica and Southwest California Synod Youth Teams, our day will center around Romans 15:7 – Accept

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‘Renewal for All” Ecumenical Events – March 5 & 8 in Winnetka

Five hundred years ago, on October 31, 1517, German Augustinian monk Martin Luther famously nailed the “95 Theses” to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church, beginning the decades of religious, political, intellectual, and cultural change known now as the Reformation. You are invited to a two-part ecumenical program commemorating

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Celebrating the African Diaspora – February 26, Hawthorne

Join us on Sunday, February 26 at Olivet Lutheran in Hawthorne for a Black History Celebration sharing the African-American experience through different eras, ranging from slavery to modern times.  This gathering of our churches will feature African drum and dance, a Mass Spiritual and Gospel Choir, a Biblical Narrative presentation and music

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Farewell to Alleluia

David York, Minister of Music Lutheran Church of the Master, Los Angeles  Like many Lutheran congregations, we’ll conclude our worship on February 26, the last Sunday before Ash Wednesday, by singing an “Alleluia” text with our final hymn. A banner bearing the word “alleluia” will be carried out in the

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Regional Gift Planner – SWCA and Pacifica Synods

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is seeking a Regional Gift Planner to support the Southwest California and the Pacifica Synods. The Regional Gift Planner is responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and securing new and ongoing gifts from individuals in support of churchwide ministries, congregations, synods and related ELCA ministries. Each Gift

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Boundaries Workshop – March 21 at the Lutheran Center

As people who work with people, we know the importance of relationships. We also know that healthy relationships depend upon clear and respectful boundaries. Rostered Ministers especially need thoughtful and consistent training around boundaries because of the variety of their relationships, and are expected to attend a Boundary Training Workshop every

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Bishop’s Colloquy for Pastors and Deacons – March 20 in Los Angeles

2017 Bishop’s Colloquy for Pastors & Deacons Prophets, Protests & Hashtags: Public Leadership in the Age of Trump The Cathedral Center of St. Paul 840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90026 Monday, March 20, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. What does it mean for pastors (and their congregations) to

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Lutherans and Episcopalians Unite to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 15 at Westchester Lutheran Church in Los Angeles, members of the Southwest California Synod and the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles came together for an extraordinary event. ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton presided and Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Michael B. Curry preached at a joint multicultural worship service celebrating

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