2021 Pacifica Synod Assembly Recording & Final Review Publication
Our 2021 Pacifica Synod Assembly took place on Saturday, May 1, 2021. This one-day assembly was held completely online. You will find the recorded livestream of the assembly on our Synod YouTube channel or by following the link below: https://youtu.be/VYoff20QrcY.
We are pleased to share our 2021 Synod Assembly Final Review publication available here for download. This includes a summary of the assembly, along with election results and resolutions passed.
On behalf of the staff of the Pacifica Synod, we give thanks to ALL who made 2021 Pacifica Synod Assembly possible. For those who attended, special guests, Assembly Planning Team members, Conference Deans and Synod Council. We especially thank Bethlehem Lutheran in Encinitas for being our streaming site and for their hospitality, for Big Dog Sound (Tom Hoegel and Chris Larsen) for their production expertise, as well as the many volunteers who helped staff the positions necessary to ensure that everything ran smoothly. You are all appreciated and loved!
Synod Assembly Videos
Click here to take you to a Google Drive folder containing videos shared during the Synod Assembly – Anniversary videos, Bible studies, grant recipient videos, ELCA and Ministry Partner videos and Treasurer’s Reports. The Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women video may be found here.
Synod Assembly Worship Service
The Office of the Bishop has created a companion worship service for congregations to use on Sunday, May 2. This service is a complete Service of the Word and includes music, readings, prayers, and a sermon from Pastor Jennifer Schultz and Pastor Laura Ziehl based on Acts 16. This worship service may be found here.
Our thanks to the many people whose hard work made this worship service possible: Chris Barron of Bethlehem Lutheran in Los Alamitos, Pastor Kim Eifert Krogstad of First Lutheran in Redlands, River of Hope in Palm Springs, Deacon Kevin Sumner-Eisenbraun, First Lutheran in San Diego, Freya Hendrickson, Lori Herman, Pastor Jennifer Schultz of Bethlehem in Los Alamitos, Pastor Laura Ziehl of Bethlehem Lutheran in Encinitas, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Poway, Deacon Taflin Fischer of Christ Lutheran in San Diego, Pastor Carole and Tom Parmeter Dyer, Lutheran Church on Honolulu in Honolulu, and Emanuel Lutheran in La Habra.
2021 Pacifica Synod Pre-Assembly Reports Notebook
The 2021 Pacifica Synod Pre-Assembly reports (also known as the “Assembly Notebook”) are ready for download! Below are the links to download either the complete Assembly Notebook or each section individually. Be patient if you are downloading the complete notebook as the file is very large. Be sure to check your print settings to ensure they are set to print duplex (two-sided) and in color (if desired). In order to save paper, you are encouraged to download the notebook file to your tablet, laptop or other device to view during the assembly. For those who ordered and paid for a notebook, yours will be mailed to you by April 20th. If you have any questions about downloading these reports, please contact Terri Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assembly Coloring Sheets
Thanks to Nathan Maxwell-Doherty for designing our Assembly logo and providing us with some fun coloring sheets to use before, during or after the Assembly. You can download any of the 7 designs here.
ELCA Churchwide Representative – Deacon Sue Rothmeyer
Deacon Sue E. Rothmeyer was elected Aug. 9, 2019, to a six-year term as secretary of the ELCA by the Churchwide Assembly in Milwaukee.
Secretary Rothmeyer began her ministry as a lay campus minister with Lutheran Campus Ministry at Iowa State University in 1984. With her passion for campus ministry, Secretary Rothmeyer continued her work at the churchwide organization in 1995. Before transitioning to the Office of the Secretary in her role as assistant to the secretary and executive for Office of the Secretary administration in 2012, Secretary Rothmeyer served in various positions in youth, young adult and campus ministry. She is the first deacon and first woman to serve as secretary of the ELCA.
Secretary Rothmeyer earned a Master of Arts in communication arts and rhetoric from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1984, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and speech communication from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, in 1981.
Secretary Rothmeyer serves as the ELCA representative to 1517 Media, Portico Benefit Services and Luther College Board of Regents; is a board member of Concordia Place in Chicago; and is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians.