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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Upcoming Events – March 13, 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019

Director of Congregational Connections – Holy Trinity, Thousand Oaks

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Thousand Oaks seeks a Director of Congregational Connections who will assist the Pastor in managing the life of the church. The Director will collaborate with clergy, staff, and lay volunteers to equip and manage the ministries of the church. The position involves working with clergy, staff, and lay volunteers to recruit, train, mentor, and evaluate the committees and groups who accomplish the work of the church. We are looking for a dynamic, out-going, approachable person with a track record of creating, implementing, and sustaining life-giving programs or ministries with strong volunteer leaders. Candidates must be able to demonstrate successful organizational management experience in church, non-profit, or volunteer organizations. This is a 30-hour part-time position that reports to the Senior Pastor. Starting wage is $22.00/hour. A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience is required. Church membership is not mandatory, however an understanding of the welcoming spirit of Christian love and service through experience, and/or course work in religion, history of religion, or Lutheran Theology is important. Flexibility in scheduling is required, as some Sundays and evening meetings are part of the job. A full job description, including educational and other requirements, as well as how to apply is posted at No phone calls, please. Please note that the deadline has been extended to March 29.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

In Memoriam: Rev. Edward E. Busch

Sunday, March 3, 2019

St. Matthew’s NoHo Home Alliance Launches Immigration Legal Services Initiative

NoHo Home Alliance (NHHA), the non-profit St. Matthew’s, North Hollywood started in 2018, is launching another challenging and important long-term project: providing immigration legal services for low-income immigrants in the San Fernando Valley.  Their immigrant services will focus on providing no-cost legal assistance and representation for immigrants pursuing changes in status, especially DACA recipients and immigrants in mixed-status households. NHHA’s Immigration Advocacy Table, led by Selly Tonini, is coordinating the effort to become a “recognized organization” with the Department of Justice (DOJ) Executive Office of Immigration Review’s Office of Legal Access. The first step in the lengthy process is to build up a team of volunteers and staff trained in immigration legal services in order to become “accredited representatives” providing focused legal advice and representation. At this time, NHHA is looking for community and faith-community members committed to being part of the first training cohort to become “accredited representatives.”  NHHA is planning to participate in an on-line training offered by Catholic Legal Immigration Network running from April 1 – May 16, 2019, costing $495.  NHHA can currently can only offer a very limited number of scholarships for this on-line training to become an Accredited Representative, so it is their hope that most individuals will cover their own training cost. If you are interested in becoming an “accredited representative” with NHHA’s Immigration Legal Services Program, please sign up using this on-line form, and be sure to indicate if you are available for the April 1 – May 16 training. A meeting with potential volunteer/staff “accredited representative” trainees will be scheduled soon. For more information, contact Selly Tonini at, or Rev. Stephanie Jaeger, Executive Director, at  

Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Cross at the Center: the Faith of Lutheran Christians – 2019 Teaching Series

Announcing the Bishop’s Teaching Series for 2019: The Cross at the Center: the Faith of Lutheran Christians A four-part series on central aspects of Christian faith, designed for pastors, laypeople, and anyone interested in what makes us Lutheran. The Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin, Bishop of the Southwest California Synod, ELCA Saturday, April 13 Reading the Bible the Lutheran Way: The Bible as source, not object of our faith Saturday, May 11 God, Jesus, and the Spirit: Lutheran ways of understanding and speaking of God Saturday, June 8 The Church We Believe In: Lutheran teachings about the church and its ministry Saturday, July 13 Setting Our Moral Compass: Lutheran views of life, work, money, and relationships Second Saturdays from Noon to 2 p.m. The Lutheran Center 1300 E. Colorado Street Glendale, CA 91205 Each session includes two 40 minute lectures and ample breaks for questions and discussion. The base classes will be held at The Lutheran Center in Glendale and are open to anyone; opportunity for simultaneous livestreaming to congregations around the synod will be provided. Ask your pastor to host a screening in your congregation; invite your friends and neighbors! Participating Congregations Ascension Lutheran Church 1600 East Hillcrest Drive Thousand Oaks, CA (805)495-0406

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, March 26
11:00am: Bible study
Wednesday, March 27
9:00am: Food Pantry
Sunday, March 31
10:00am: Worship
Tuesday, April 2
11:00am: Bible study

Lectionary Texts:

March 26, 2019:
First Reading: Ezekiel 17:1-10
Psalm: Psalm 39
Second Reading: Romans 2:12-16
March 31, 2019 Fourth Sunday in Lent:
First Reading: Joshua 5:9-12
Psalm: Psalm 32
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Gospel Reading: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

RCL (C) 1992 The Consultation on Common Texts used by permission

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