Expressions of Love – August, 2017 Foothill Cluster Event

The event sponsored by the Foothill cluster in August did not feature a famous speaker, but instead highlight­ed stories of the women who came and expressed their love through the needlework they did in response to the message of Mark 12:31 – “Love your neighbor as your­self. There is no

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“Right where I am supposed to be” – an update from Carlee Wood

Here’s an update from Carlee Wood, who is serving with the ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission during the 2017 – 2018 program year. Members of this year’s Synod Assembly met Carlee when she addressed the assembly about her mission. You can help Carlee meet her fundraising goal here, and keep up with

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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 Clarence E. Anderson Peace and Justice Award Honors Allies

Clarence E. Anderson entered the Church Triumphant on June 24, 2001. Clarence was a long-time member of St. Matthew’s, Glendale while also being a strong supporter of St. Matthew’s, North Hollywood. A gay man, Clarence had felt the sting of exclusion, prejudice and condemnation throughout his life. Thanks to the

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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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Southwest California Lutherans pass Sanctuary and Jubilee Resolutions

At the 2017 Southwest California Synod Assembly, held at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks on June 2 – 3, members voted overwhelmingly in favor of resolutions to become both a Sanctuary and a Jubilee synod. In becoming a sanctuary synod, the SWCA Synod recognizes that its territory, which ranges from San

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