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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Bethania Lutheran Church presents “Solvang Folk School Talks:” February 21 – 23, 2020 in Solvang

  The Liturgists, one of the top religion podcasts in the country, is coming to Solvang February 21-23 for the newly created “Solvang Folk School Talks.”  Hosted by Bethania Lutheran Church, the weekend of activities will center around a series of talks that engage on current and pressing topics through the lenses of science, art, and faith. Pastor Chris Brown will lead a program that also includes receptions, book signings, discussion, singing and more. To register visit Registration will be available at the door as space permits. Events begin with a social gathering on Friday February 21 from 7 to 9 pm. The $35 fee includes a meet and greet with the speakers, light desserts with wine and beer, book signing and socializing. The main event is an all-day series of talks on Saturday February 22 with The Liturgists hosts Michael Gungor, Hillary McBride and William Matthews.  Their work is centered around compelling discussion, non-judgmental community, and thoughtful, evocative art. The Liturgists are a global community working to subvert the barriers society builds around religion, race, gender, ability, and sexuality. Talks begin at 9am and conclude with a reception at 5:15. Registration is $100 per person. The events continue on Sunday February 23 with a free Panel Discussion at 11 am following the 9:30 worship service. Child care is available with advance reservations. The Liturgists co-founder Michael Gungor is a Grammy-nominated musician and composer who lives in Los Angeles. Dr. Hillary McBride a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Vancouver, WA. She was awarded the international Young Investigators Award for her work in human sexuality and recently published her first book. William Matthews is known around the world as a singer, songwriter, and popular recording artist who for the past decade has extensively toured and performed all across the U.S. and around the globe and is noted for his social activism. Bethania Lutheran Church is located at 603 Atterdag Road in Solvang. For more information, visit, or phone Bethania at (805) 688-4637.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Call for Nominations – 2020 Synod Assembly

Friday, December 20, 2019

Bishop Erwin’s Christmas Message, 2019

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Ascension, Thousand Oaks – School Principal

In its 54-year history Ascension Lutheran School has been dedicated to nurturing each student, providing academic excellence, and creating bold, compassionate leaders who inspire and serve others in their walk with Jesus Christ. Our top-ranked Early Childhood Center and our WASC accredited TK-8 school compete favorably with local private and public Conejo Valley schools. We offer indoor and outdoor Nature Explore Certified classroom environments and a House System where each child is nurtured and encouraged to use their academic and individual talents to make the community and world a better place. Ascension Lutheran School is currently seeking a Principal who is passionate about 21st century Christian education and the role that it plays in the lives of young people and their families. The school aspires to increase its enrollment and will look to this leader to work collaboratively with the school board, church and staff to create and execute a vision for growth. The Principal, as the face of the school must have exceptional communication and public speaking skills. This leader will be invested in building relationships with students, parents, teachers, and the congregation – celebrating in their successes on a daily basis. Duties include: Assessment, Supervision and Management • Supervise and facilitate the daily safe and effective operations of the school • Be the instructional leader meeting 21st century learning objectives as well as state and national standards • Supervise the work of the Preschool/Infant Center Director as well as non-instructional staff • Implement and maintain WASC Accreditation Plan • Administer and manage budget • Implement effective program of staff and teacher hiring and development Student Services • Maintain fair and consistent code of conduct and attendance systems • Support staff in identifying and addressing individual student academic needs, including health, physical, spiritual and emotional needs • Ensure utilization of resources to provide a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment The salary range is $80,000-95,000. Interested candidates can email a cover letter and their resume to

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Naturalist & Outdoor School Instructor – Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences

Lutheran Retreats, Camps & Conferences is seeking a community-oriented individual who is passionate about the environment to join our team as a Naturalist and Outdoor School Instructor. Stationed at camp El Camino Pines, located in the Los Padres National Forest in Southern California, the Naturalist/Instructor will lead weeklong Environmental Education programs with other members of the year-round team. This is an onsite position, paying $250 – $300/week, with room and board included. In addition to teaching, the job includes retreat hosting, dishwashing, light maintenance, winter retreat programming and other camp responsibilities. El Camino Pines is one of two sites under the umbrella of Lutheran Retreats, Camps & Conferences. In addition to a year-round Outdoor School, we host retreats groups most weekends and run a summer camp program June-August. Training is provided. Flexibility is a must. Fun is a given. We would like to fill this position by January 3, 2020. Qualifications Strong commitment to the care and appreciation of God’s creation and communicate and practice that with students and staff. A desire to teach students of all ages uses the outdoor education curriculum. At least one year of post-high school experience – college or work. Undergraduate degree, camp experience and leadership experience are preferred. Must be flexible and willing to help in all areas of camp life. Must be able to communicate with and work with others. Must have interest in living in a Christian community and a willingness to live in community with others. Understanding of the philosophy and mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the programs and sites of LRCC. For more information and to apply contact: Lauri Egertson – Executive Director, LRCC 909-797-2513

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, March 1
10:00am: Worship
Tuesday, March 3
11:00am: Bible study
Wednesday, March 4
9:00am: Food Pantry

Lectionary Texts:

February 27, 2020:
First Reading: Jonah 3:1-10
Psalm: Psalm 51
Second Reading: Romans 1:1-7
March 1, 2020 First Sunday in Lent:
First Reading: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Psalm: Psalm 32
Second Reading: Romans 5:12-19
Gospel Reading: Matthew 4:1-11

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

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