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This issue of Synnouncements is for the weeks of: June 20 - July 6  


Synod Employment Practices Workshop 


Saturday, June 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Southwest California Synod will host an Employment Practices Workshop at the Synod Office.
This workshop is a MUST for congregation council members, personnel committees, principals, directors and anyone who is responsible for staff. You will gain practical tips for what can and can't be said to employees, what should be included in an annual review and what constitutional and call documents regulate the pastor's responsibilities.
Whether you have one or one thousand employees, finding and retaining the best people are paramount to a well-run and welcoming church organization. Performance reviews are essential in the hiring/retaining/termination or separation process.
The panel of experts includes:
  • Kevin Fitzgerald, Managing Partner at Jones Bell
  • Joe Becerra, Employment Practices Attorney, Jones Bell
  • Susan Tolle, Director of Human Resources at California Lutheran University
  • Bishop Dean Nelson, Bishop of the Southwest California Synod
There is a $15 registration fee. To RSVP to this event, click here.
Registrations must be received by Wednesday, June 20, 2012.


For more information contact the Synod Office:

1300 East Colorado Street

Glendale, CA 91205

(818) 507-9591

Vox Box Arts Collective and the American Lutheran Church of Burbank

present Mostly Kosher


Sunday, July 1 at 2:00 p.m.

At the American Lutheran Church of Burbank

755 North Whitnall Highway - Burbank, CA 91505


Join our studio audience for a live radio performance of Jewish music and theater straight from depression-era Lower Eastside New York. Come ready to laugh, sing and dance to upbeat Klezmer melodies and Yiddish tangos. MK is directed by the multi-talented clarinetist, pianist and singer, Leeav Sofer, and joined by Janice "Rachele the Matchmaker" Mautner Markham on violin and shtick, as well as a wonderfully spirited cast of musicians and performers.


Featuring: Leeav Sofer, Janice Markham, Casey Solow, Mike King, Will Brahm, Adam Levy, Josh Friedman and Sean Fitzpatrick with set design by Keith Mitchell


General admission: $15      

Students/seniors/groups: $10      

Children under 12 years: $5


For tickets, click here. For more information about Mostly Kosher, visit its website.  

Wartburg Youth Leadership Weekend 


June 21- 25, 2012


Wartburg Seminary has been offering the Wartburg Youth Leadership School (WYLS) for almost fifteen years, and it's been a well-received and positively evaluated experience for young people. However, it has been difficult to offer a full version of WYLS during an ELCA Youth Gathering year: Wartburg wants to support the ELCA Youth Gathering, and we have received consistent feedback from congregations, rostered leaders, and participant families that's it's hard to do both the Youth Gathering and WYLS in one summer.


Consequently, we have decided not to hold a full version of WYLS this year or during other ELCA Youth Gathering years. We are looking instead to offer a Wartburg Youth Leadership Weekend earlier in the summer. It will be essentially a "mini-WYLS" condensed into a long weekend; this year the Wartburg Youth Leadership Weekend will be June 21-25, 2012.


For more information, contact:

Mt. Olive's Jazz Vespers


The Doug McDonald Organ Quartet


Sunday, July 8, 2012

5:00 p.m.

Freewill offering- free parking and childcare


Mt. Olive Lutheran Church is proud to announce that we will be featuring The Doug McDonald Organ Quartet during our monthly Jazz Vespers concert. The event will be held in the church's sanctuary on Sunday, July 8th at 5pm. Join us in this celebration of music!


Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

(310) 452-1116

1343 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90405 

2013 Domestic Hunger Grants Are Now Available  


Organizations may submit only one application per year. 


Application deadline is Monday, July 9. All application materials MUST be postmarked on or before Monday, July 9.  


Contact Joe Young at 800-638-3522 ext. 2693 or Johnnie Thompson at 800-638-3522 ext. 2693 with any questions concerning the Domestic Hunger Grant process.


Click here to visit more about the ELCA Domestic Hunger Grants. 

Missional Ministries in the Grace Margin
A series of 6 dialogue sessions to engage local church community leaders
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the values and perspectives of the so-called emerging generation - unchurched, relational focused, seeking  authentic spirituality and suspicious of centralized authority.
  • Address fear from church members if their community move toward  becoming missional.
  • Create a "Grace Margin" for church members to emerge out of their old paradigm into a missional way of thinking about church.
  • Generate ideas and support fresh expression of their ministries out in the grace margin.
  • Learn how to be authentically themselves as they interact faithfully with the emerging generation.
  • Share blessings across the generations. 
St. Paul's Cathedral Center, Los Angeles, CA
Start: Monday, July 16 at 12 p.m. to Wednesday, July 18 at 3 p.m.
For special LA Diocese discount rate for congregational team, contact us or call 1-800-366-1636 x216

The Kaleidoscope Institute
For competent leadership in a diverse changing world
Diocese of Los Angeles

Augsburg Fortress Publishers will hold free summer Music Clinics across United States


Augsburg Fortress Publishers will hold free summer Music Clinics which will be open to church musicians of all denominations in Los Angeles, CA (7/16-17), Seattle, WA (7/20-21), St. Paul, MN (7/23-24), Columbia, SC (7/27-28), Chicago, IL (8/1-2), Columbus, OH (8/6-7), and Philadelphia, PA (8/9-10).


Augsburg Fortress Publishers, the publishing ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will hold free summer music clinics in the months of July and August in cities across the US which will be open to church musicians of all denominations. 


The featured clinicians will be Bradley Ellingboe, Director of Choral Activities at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Michael Bedford, Organist/Choirmaster and Composer-in-Residence at St. John's Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Scott Weidler, Program Director for Worship and Music for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Chicago, IL.


This year's clinic will be held on July 16-17 at Bethany Lutheran Church; 4644 Clark Ave; Long Beach, CA 90808.


Each clinic features a variety of choral, organ, and piano reading sessions to help plan for the coming season, as well as practical workshops on choral, keyboard, and worship topics. Our expert clinicians offer valuable insights and ideas to help participants explore ways to revitalize and refresh worship in their local settings.


A highlight of the event is our Monday evening Hymn Festival "Rejoice O Earth" featuring Michael Bedford, organist and Brad Ellingboe, cantor.

Please visit us at for more details and to register.



Jane Knappe

Events Coordinator, Worship & Music

800-426-0115 ext. 377

CLU Host ALCM conference "Behold, I Tell You a Mystery" Telling God's Story in the 21st Century  


California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA, is hosting the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) Region 4 conference this summer, July 23-25.


This is an outstanding continuing education opportunity for your congregation's music professionals. Of course this event would benefit others in your parish as well: pastors, lay leaders, council members, educators...anyone interested in the ways we "Tell God's Story in the 21st Century."


Come experience:

  • A variety of Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer worship services, including settings by The Braeded Chord, Marty Haugen, and Joel Endicott.
  • Keynote presenters Mary Canniff-Kuhn and Rene Clausen.
  • A choral music reading session of works by ALCM composers.
  • An organ recital on CLU's Steiner-Reck pipe organ by University organist Kyle Johnson.
  • A concert by the professional choir "Areté" directed by CLU Choral professor Wyant Morton (commissioned piece by Bradley Ellingboe).
  • A hymn festival.
  • Lectures and workshops on...
    • Intergenerational worship (The Braeded Chord)
    • Reading Scripture and other ideas for worship (Lorne Manweiler)
    • The Story of Morning and Evening Prayer, and settings (Joy Berg)
    • Involving instruments in worship (Jeff Held)
    • Creative use of handbells (Nancy Jessup)
    • Telling the Story in Song: From Congregation to Recording and Back (Charles Cornner)
    • A Story of Our Past: Luther's Story (R. Guy Erwin)
    • Working with the Youth Worship Band (Mark Longfield)
    • Bach: The Story for Us Now (Carl Crosier, Lorne Manweiler)
  • And more! Please invite anyone you think might enjoy this wonderful opportunity!


You can print, fill-out, and mail in the registration form, or register online here.


Synod Treasurers' Workshop   


The Southwest California Synod offers a treasurers' workshop.  This is open to congregational treasurers, pastors, congregaton council members and anyone who deals with church finances. 

Saturday, July 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.    

Save the dates and please RSVP here. Contact
Andreas Hirsch for any questions.    

Become an ELCA certified coach today!

Have you ever thought about helping a congregational leader outside of your own church?  Consider being a trained ELCA coach.

A coach--lay or rostered--will walk alongside a congregational leader to realize perspectives about his or her ministry that may have been overlooked. Coaches don't have to be an expert in parish ministry or even know the congregation.

The opportunity to be a coach in the Southwest California Synod through the event "Coaching 101" will be on Friday, Aug. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The trainer for "Coaching 101" is The Rev. Jan Nesse, assistant to Bishop of the Northwest Washington Synod.  

The cost for this event is $125 which includes a text book, workbook, and a subscription to CoachNet.

The value of coaching can be even within your own church. It is recommended that you seek sponsorship from your congregation.

Please register by Saturday, July 23 for the Southwest California Synod Coaching 101.

Save the date for Invitation to Service and Youth Ministry Training Event


August 2-4, 2012 on the campus of California Lutheran University


Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Dave Ellingson


For more information go to:


Invitation to Service page or Youth Ministry Training Event page


Click here to watch the promotional video.  

Please click on the flyer for more information.

Region 2 Global Mission Gathering


Save the date for the ELCA Region 2 Global Mission Gathering in Santa Ana!


This will be a regional consulation for synod leaders in global mission, world hunger, companion synod relationships and those involved in the Malaria campaign. 


November 5-6 at the Pacificia Synod Office in Santa Ana.  Mark your calendars.   


Click here for more information about the Regional Global Gathering.

2012-2013 ELCA Glocal Mission Gathering


God's work in mission always propels us to encounter the neighbor, particularly in the stranger.


ELCA Glocal Mission Gatherings equip us for God's work in today's global and local realities and their "glocal" intersections.


What is mission? Who is the neighbor? Let's answer these questions together for our migrating and immigrating world. Come, join some of the most relevant mission conversations around the realities of the world we live in today.


The ELCA Glocal Mission Gathering gathers congregational teams and leaders for worship, workshops and sharing around global and local mission.


You are invited to save the date and begin gathering a congregational team to register for an upcoming ELCA Glocal Mission Gathering on November 16-17, 2012 in San Bernadino, California.


For only $35 per person and in only 1 1/2 days, your team can:

  • Enhance your connections with the local and global Christians.
  • Gain practical skills for mission.
  • Learn how churches are changing how they proclaim and serve.

By the end of the event, your team will be equipped to:  

  • Lead inviting worship that includes global voices.
  • Serve in a way that is sustainable, respectful, and cross-culturally sensitive
  • Give, receive, lead and serve in different ministry settings.
  • Practice and share best practices in mission in your own congregation, the local community and across the globe. 

Need more information? Click here.



New at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center: Leadership Events This Coming November!

November 12-15: Staff Formation Event
November 15-18: Head of Staff Event

Who should attend the Staff Formation Event?
Pastors and lay staff who are dedicated to the formation of healthy staff teams.

Who should attend the Head of Staff Event?
Senior/Head of Staff pastors--those called to lead a ministry staff.

What can you expect from this event?
Community building, presentations, discussions, worship, fellowship & free time for rest & renewal.

Why should you and your staff attend?
To learn and share how to develop healthy ministry teams and to discover one another's gifts. To explore ministry contexts and to learn how to manage conflict and nurture one another.

Where are these events being held?
Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, Arizona! About an hour north of Phoenix International Airport at an elevation of 2690'; cooler up here with plenty of fresh clean air and starlit night skies!

The entire campus offers you spectacular Sonoran desert and mountain views, incredible sunrise/sunsets and so much more...

Delicious home-made meals, a soak in the Jacuzzi or a lap in the pool, walks on our Labyrinth or Islands of Silence for spiritual renewal and prayer.

Plus... the"ministry of hospitality Staff" will make your stay here a true "desert experience!"

Want to know more details and register?
Go to the website for up-to-date schedules, leaders, and to register. Or call Cyndy Warnier at:

 Center for Faith and Learning - 2013 ELCA Leadership Staff Event

Registration deadline is January 14, 2013. Since these events fill up quickly, please call (612) 330-1467 after December 15, 2012 to check for availability.


The seminars are held at the Duncan Conference and Retreat Center, 15820 S. Military Trail, Delray Beach, Florida, 33484, 561-496-4130.  Registration for each of the events begins at 11 a.m. in the main conference room.

Download brochure (PDF document).   


Ministry Staff Seminar 

January 26-29, 2013

The Ministry Seminar begins with lunch at 12 noon on Saturday, and ends after breakfast and morning sessions on Tuesday. There is no lunch or dinner on the Tuesday.


Transition Seminar 

January 29-30, 2013

The Transition Seminar begins Tuesday with lunch at 12 noon and ends on Wednesday in the evening.


Head of Staff Seminar 

January 31-February 3, 2013

The Head of Staff Seminar begins with lunch at 12 noon on Thursday and ends Sunday after breakfast and worship. There is no lunch or dinner on the Sunday.Space for spouses is available. Your spouse is encouraged to participate as he/she wishes at no additional registration charge. There is an additional charge for lodging and meals. When you register for any of these events, we expect you to be a full-time participant.


If you have other questions, contact Lonna Field at (612) 330-1467 or For more information about any of these events visit the event website. To register for any of these events, click here


Lutheran Summer Music Benefits Musicians and Congregations
For 31 years, Lutheran Music Program has produced the Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival (LSM), a four-week residential training and performance program for gifted high school students.  The 2012 academy will be on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, IA, where more than 150 students in grades 8-12 will live together in a supportive community focused on musical excellence, faith formation, and personal growth. Both the youth who attend LSM and the congregations from which these students come benefit from investment and participation, as evidenced by recently-released results of a comprehensive national research study and the rapid growth of partnerships with Lutheran colleges nationwide.


Applications for LSM 2012 are currently being accepted in all instrument and vocal areas.  For more information on Lutheran Music Program and the Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival, visit, email or call the organization's national offices in Minneapolis toll free at 888-635-6583. The 2012 Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival will take place June 24 to July 22 on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, IA.

"4A Cause" Internship Program Fall 2012
 Sponsored by CLU Career Services


Program Description:

The "4A Cause" Internship Program gives non-profit organizations the opportunity to have an unpaid Undergraduate or Graduate Intern assist them with a variety of work-related tasks. CLU Career Services will screen students and match them with the non-profit's cause. Students will complete an application asking for 3 top choices from over 25 options they feel passionate about helping (social justice, animal rights, public policy, religion, environmental, and more).
The program will end with an Awards Ceremony.


*Applications will be accepted every Summer for the Fall semester.


What's in it for Non-Profits?

Once students are on-site they will assist organizations in areas of marketing, outreach, public relations, grant writing, web and graphic design, social media marketing, writing, finance, research, and more. Organizations with hiring needs may also find a strong candidate for a job at their organization sometime in the future.


What's in it for Students?

This experience will provide students with new skills, stronger communication, and the ability to adapt, follow-through, and gain new insights into where they excel and what they enjoy. Students will receive a mandatory initial training through CLU Career Services on how to be effective in the workplace, including learning what it takes to run a non-profit. Students can build their resumes with this experience, and studies show that 30% of internships lead to jobs.


Future Goals:
In the future CLU wants to fund 50% of the internships for underrepresented college students (defined by Trio Programs, SSS at CLU). CLU strives to find grants and donors to pay a stipend so these students can take advantage of the program. CLU hopes to remove social justice barriers and obstacles related to class, affluence, and equal access to educational and career resources.


Questions? Email Cindy Lewis or call or Tiffany O'Reilly (805) 493-3200.


The First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica seeking a Minister of Children and Families
The Minister of Children and Families plans and guides all ministries of FUMC related to children and their families to provide leadership and shape the church's ministry with children-nurturing their growth in faith, caring for their family relationships, and extending this ministry into the community. The MCF will recruit and train volunteer leaders who will touch children's lives with God's love and the grace of Jesus Christ, teach them God's Word, and provide fellowship with God's people.

Experience in visioning/creating a comprehensive ministry that nurtures the spiritual formation
and discipleship of children and a clear theological grounding are essential. The MCF works
closely with the Director of the FUMC Preschool. All programs and activities are guided by the
Safe Sanctuary policy of FUMC.

A complete position description is available upon request. Please submit a cover letter and
resume to Compensation will be based on experience.
Further information about FUMC can be found at  

Part-time Organist Position at King of Glory Lutheran Church

This is a contracted position to play the organ at all 8:00am Sunday morning worship services, special services, and weddings and funerals as needed. We use a variety of musical styles in a Lutheran liturgical setting. Our worship is led by the pastors, choir, musicians and organist, and is lively and engaging.

Eight to 10 hours per week, $150 per service.

Please email or fax your resume to the above address/number and include references. We will set up an interview/audition at the earliest available time. We look forward to meeting you!


King of Glory Lutheran Church (ELCA)
10280 Slater Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708


Pastor Carole Parmeter Dyer

Two Job Opportunities with California Criminal Justice Reform Campaign


The California Criminal Justice Reform Campaign has two available job opportunities: a Communications Director and a Policy Director.


California Criminal Justice Reform Campaign focuses on helping end mass incarceration and the growth of the prison industrial complex, promote the rights of the formerly and currently incarcerated, creating alternatives to prison, and challenge race, gender, and class inequalities in the criminal justice system. We advocate for a system where prison is no longer used as a means to cure social ills. 


For job descriptions and further information, please click the links for each position.


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