Southwest California Synod

News and information from our synod.


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Assistance for Feeding Programs

Masks and gloves needed Volunteers at our food banks and feeding programs are in desperate need of masks and gloves for their and their clients’ safety. If you are making homemade masks and have some extra, or if you have and surgical or N95 masks or medical gloves to spare, please send them to the synod office at 1300 East Colorado Street, Glendale CA 91205. Mask pattern from Deaconess Providence St. Joseph Health mask pattern Step by step instructions from Kaiser Permanente   SWCA Synod Evangelical Outreach Mission Team (EOMT) Grants Does your congregation host a food bank, hot meal or other food distribution program? Is your program experiencing an increase in the amount of people needing food? Maybe we can help. Your Evangelical Outreach Mission Team has agreed to use $10,000 of its limited fund to support your food distribution ministry.  Our hope is that we can help feed our neighbors by providing congregations with grants of between $200 and $800 each. Deadline to apply is Wednesday April 8.  Application information here   ELCA World Hunger Domestic Grants ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants accompany congregations and their partners throughout the United States and Caribbean as they draw on the strengths of communities to address local issues such as food security, clean water, housing, job readiness, human rights, policy change, leadership development and more. Together, these ministries are part of a comprehensive approach to breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger – for good. More information here 



Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Daily Prayers with Bishop Guy Erwin

Morning Prayer for April 2, 2020 Download bulletin here Spanish Psalm 31:9-16 Evening Prayer for April 1, 2020 Download bulletin here Spanish Psalm 143 Morning Prayer for April 1, 2020 Download bulletin here Spanish Psalm 143 Evening Prayer for March 31, 2020 Download bulletin here Spanish Psalm 143   Morning Prayer for March 31, 2020 Download bulletin here Spanish Psalm 143   Evening Prayer for March 30, 2020 Download bulletin here Spanish Psalm 143   Morning Prayer for March 30, 2020 Download bulletin here Spanish Psalm 143 Evening Prayer for March 28, 2020 Download bulletin here Spanish Psalm 130 Morning Prayer for March 28, 2020 Download bulletin here Spanish Psalm 130 Evening Prayer for March 27, 2020 Download bulletin here Spanish Psalm 130   Morning Prayer for March 27, 2020 Download bulletin here Spanish Psalm 130 Evening Prayer for March 26, 2020 Download bulletin here Spanish Psalm 130   Morning Prayer for March 26, 2020  Download bulletin here Spanish Psalm 130   Evening Prayer for March 25, 2020 Download bulletin here Spanish Psalm 45 Morning Prayer for March 25, 2020  Download bulletin here  Spanish Psalm 45 Evening Prayer for March 24, 2020  Download bulletin here Spanish Psalm 146 Morning Prayer for March 24, 2020  Download bulletin here Spanish Psalm 146      


Saturday, March 21, 2020

A Virtual Walk by the LA River

The LA River X Instagram account is currently featuring the photographs and mediations of Lars Bunch on this unique urban river. During this time of social isolation, we are encouraged to go outside (with proper precautions) for our physical, mental, and spiritual health. If you are physically able to go outside, consider these posts an inspiration to take a prayer walk and making your activity a meditation on Creation. If you are unable to go outside, consider taking a virtual prayer walk with these images. Lars Jagatai Bunch has been a photographer for 40 years. He has shot eclectic portraits for magazines, interior designs for books and architectural shots for advertising.⁠ He shoots both film and digital, depending on the needs of the project. While most of the works you'll see this week were shot digitally, he has also been seen lugging large format cameras from 4x5 to 8x10 into the Los Angeles River.⁠ ⁠ Images and words here were contributed by @larsbunch as part⁠ of his @lariverx takeover. When reposting, please credit @larsbunch and @lariverx.⁠


Saturday, March 21, 2020

A Virtual World Water Day

We can't meet at the LA River this year, but we can join together from our homes, study, and take action to protect water and the environment that has been entrusted to us to steward. We are an Easter People, but we are also a Water People, both in our baptism and in our daily existence, and the current crisis can only underline this. Follow the Water is Sacred and Lutherans Restoring Creation Facebook Pages, take a walk outside and pay close attention to how water - or the lack of it - impacts all the world, take a virtual walk by the LA River, and learn how to build an online community to protect this sacred gift. Read an article by Maryknoll Lay Missioner Flávio José Rocha in Brazil about the right to water, as it is understood by the UN, and how this right can be protected. The UN has declared that the theme for World Water Day 2020 is Water and Climate Change. Read more about the connections between water and climate change here. In this time of a global pandemic, water shortages in vulnerable communities pose serious threats to life, making it impossible to maintain sanitation and prevent the spread of disease. Read an article in the New York Times about how water shortage is affecting a Syrian refugee camp during the pandemic. Explore https://www.worldwaterday.org/ to find ideas on how you can conserve water at home and to learn more about water conservation efforts around the world.






Upcoming Events:

Sunday, April 5
Wednesday, April 8
9:00am: Food Pantry
Sunday, April 12
10:00am: Worship

Lectionary Texts:

April 5, 2020 Palm Sunday:
First Reading: Matthew 21:1-11
Psalm: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
April 5, 2020 Passion Sunday:
First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm: Psalm 31:9-16
Second Reading: Philippians 2:5-11
Gospel Reading: Matthew 26:14-27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54
April 12, 2020 Resurrection of the Lord, Easter Day:
First Reading: Acts 10:34-43 or Jeremiah 31:1-6
Psalm: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43
Gospel Reading: John 20:1-18 or Matthew 28:1-10
April 12, 2020 Resurrection of the Lord, Easter Evening:
First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm: Psalm 114
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8
Gospel Reading: Luke 24:13-49

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



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