Dr. Mitri Raheb at the SWCA Synod

The Rev. Dr Mitri Raheb, Pastor Emeritus at Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, Director of the Dar al-Kalima College of Culture and the Arts in Bethlehem, and founder of Bright Stars in Bethlehem, a non-profit organization providing funding and support to the initiatives of the Diyar Consortium (a Lutheran-based, ecumenically-oriented organization serving the whole

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Lutheran Social Services and Community Care – San Fernando Valley Office Update

Thank you to Charles Bunnell for this update! Lutheran Social Services and Community Care, San Fernando Valley has made the move from the Canoga Park office to North Hollywood to Valley Lutheran Church (Iglesia San Pablo) – we are now making our way through numerous boxes and getting organized. We have a new Area Director,

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ACTION Team and Thrivent Support Students at the Annual “Beer and Brats” Oktoberfest!

  Thanks to everyone who gathered at Prince of Peace, Covina on Sunday, October 1 in support of 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,

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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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“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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