School Kids Fall Harvest Education at Trinity Gardens, Santa Barbara

Trinity Gardens, Santa Barbara opened as a mission outreach in 2012, providing space for church neighbors to serve alongside the congregation, growing food and building community. The garden has given over five tons of fresh produce to local charities during its five years of existence, increasing productivity and produce donations

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Angel Volunteers – Protecting the Most Vulnerable

Student volunteers for the Guardian Angels ministries met at the SWCA Synod offices with Latino Ministries Coordinator Maria Paiva earlier this month. These college students – team leader Valeria Avalos, a senior at UCLA; Shannon Burghardt, a junior at CSULA; Sarahi Cano, a sophomore at CSULB; Aaliyah Hayes, a junior at CSULB; and Glafira Lopez, a junior at

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Worshiping and Serving Together in Highland Park with Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and All Saints Episcopal

On Sunday June 18, members of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Los Angeles, attended the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist at All Saints Episcopal Church, Highland Park.  Good Shepherd Pastor Ernest King participated in the service and con-celebrated at the Eucharist. Pastor King and the Rev. W. Clarke Prescott,

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2017 Synod Grants support the ministries of Southwest California Congregations

The Endowment Committee of the SWCA Synod awards grants for Mission Outreach from the Mission & Ministry Fund to be used for mission outreach as defined in the synod’s mission goals.  Typically, grants range from $500 to $5,000. At this year’s Synod Assembly, 18 Mission & Ministry Grants were awarded. Angelica, Los Angeles received $4,000 for the Angelica Center for Arts and Music, furthering

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Using Mission and Ministry Grant for Community and the Environment at St. Andrew’s, Los Angeles

In 2015, St. Andrew’s, Los Angeles received a Synod Mission and Ministry Grant in order to refurbish their courtyard with artificial turf, part of their mission to reach out to families in their neighborhood and continue on their path to making their campus more environmentally friendly. They also received a rebate from

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Caring for College Students at Christ, West Covina

The Christ, West Covina confirmation class put together surprise care packages for 12 college students connected to the congregation. Care packages included snacks, school supplies, homemade treats, Starbucks gift cards, and a Thrivent T-shirt. Confirmation students also wrote personal notes to the college students. College students were asked to update the

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Action Food Pantry Raises Scholarship Funds with “Beers and Brats” Octoberfest

A generous crowd gathered at Prince of Peace, Covina on Sunday, October 3 for the Action Food Pantry’s annual Octoberfest “Beer and Brats” Scholarship Fundraiser. “Action” stands for “Action Together In One Name,” which reflects the interdenominational nature of this ministry. Supporting congregations include local Lutheran, Episcopalian, Methodist, Presbyterian and

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