Lutheran Disaster Response

Southwest California Synod

News and information from our synod.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Upcoming Events – January 15, 2019

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

California Fire Relief

The rampant fires in California have been extinguished. Thousands of people have been displaced, homes damaged or destroyed, vehicles incinerated, and family heirlooms lost forever. The damage is enormous, and the response needs to be huge as well. After emergency relief, the process of long-term recovery begins. Lutheran Social Services of Southern California is prepared to step in at this juncture. We work with Lutheran Disaster Response national and Lutheran Social Services of Northern California, alongside the communities, providing case management on an individualized basis. We help move victims from the pain of what they lost, to the options for a new plan through which they can move into the future. Your donations are essential, and can offer relief, and case management for the many in need. Please help the thousands of people who have been displaced by donating today through one of the agencies below. Ronald S. Drews President/CEO, LSSSC LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE NATIONAL  

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

2019 Mileage Rates

Per the Internal Revenue Service, the 2019 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes as of January 1, 2019 will be: 58 cents per mile driven for business use, up 3.5 cents from the rate for 2018, 20 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up 2 cents from the rate for 2018, and 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations. The business mileage rate increased 3.5 cents for business travel driven and 2 cents for medical and certain moving expense from the rates for 2018. The charitable rate is set by statute and remains unchanged. The standard mileage rate for business use is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs. Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Bishop Guy Erwin’s Statement on the Thousand Oaks Shooting

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reminds us that God is very close to those who grieve, and brings them solace. Late last night, an assailant opened fire in a popular bar in Thousand Oaks, California, and killed 12 persons, including the first law enforcement officer to respond. Many others were injured. Many of the patrons of the bar were local college students, some from our own California Lutheran University nearby. It is impossible to express how deeply shocked and saddened I (and all of us) are by this tragic event. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims, and to those who are being treated for their injuries. We are grateful for the care being shown for the victims by members of the community. Our special care right now is for the California Lutheran University community, which has been deeply affected by this tragedy: as our students and staff mourn their friends, waiting in suspense for word on the condition of the injured, the Cal Lutheran community has itself been wounded, and its sense of security shattered by this violent act. It may never be possible to know what motivated the person who committed this crime, but tragically, such events are not rare in our nation, and—increasingly—mass shootings have become commonplace in America. What must we do, as a nation, to confront this unacceptable “new normal”? We live in a culture full of violence, even violence as entertainment. We live in a culture in which mental illness is not recognized for the great problem it is, and those damaged by their experience of violence do not receive the help they need. We live in a world in which, increasingly, selfishness is promoted over the common good. And we are a nation awash in guns. I call on all Christians, and all who receive this message, to consider how we each can work to reduce violence in our society, to resist its glorification in the public forum, and to care more deeply for the welfare of those caught up in cycles of under-treated mental illness. I call on all of us to join in promoting a more peaceful society by connecting with neighbors and friends so that no one suffers alone. I ask for your prayers for peace and healing, but I ask also for you to take action in your neighborhoods and communities, in your political lives as well as your lives of faith, to fight the scourge of violence in our midst. Jesus also says “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” May God be with Cal Lutheran, with Thousand Oaks, and with all of us in this troubled time; may you find healing and consolation in your friends and your faith, and may you find new resolve to resist the impulses toward violence that threaten to tear us apart. God bless you all.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, January 22
11:00am: Bible study
Wednesday, January 23
9:00am: Food Pantry
Sunday, January 27
10:00am: Worship
Tuesday, January 29
11:00am: Bible study

Lectionary Texts:

January 22, 2019:
First Reading: Jeremiah 36:11-26
Psalm: Psalm 119:89-96
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 7:2-12
January 27, 2019 Third Sunday after the Epiphany:
First Reading: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm: Psalm 19
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Gospel Reading: Luke 4:14-21

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

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