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July 2, 2024

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LWML Hawaii Zone 11 Fall Retreat - In-Person in Hawaii

After several years, LWML Hawaii Zone 11 is resuming their in-person LWML Fall Retreat to be held in the Hawaii Volcano National Park at the Kilauea Military Camp. The theme is "Grace, Mercy, Peace: Growing in God's Grace".

Pastor Doua Xiong, CNH's LWML Jr. Pastoral Counselor, and Roxan Schwab, CNH LWML President, will be our guest speakers, together with devotions, select local activities, and a servant event. All will culminate with the 10:30 service at Christ Lutheran Church in Hilo on LWML Sunday, 10/6.

What: LWML Hawaii Zone Fall Retreat

Where: Hawaii Volcano National Park

When: Friday, 10/4 - Sunday, 10/6, 2024

Registration: Early Registration ends July 15/later registration ends August 15. 

Lodging: Shared with other sisters; for couples, some one-bedroom cottages will be available at an additional cost.

To Register: Complete the Registration Form (Word doc) (PDF) and mail it in with payment.

Any questions may be directed to Dinnie Kysar at

Requesting Help For Flood Victims in the Iowa District

From Rev. Dr. Steven D. Turner, President, Iowa District West: It is with a heavy heart that I find myself reaching out to you so soon with another appeal. As you may be aware, calamity has struck again with the floods in western Iowa. Trinity Lutheran in Hawarden and Christ the King in Spencer have suffered major damage to their church buildings and the pastors’ and other church members’ homes suffered major damage. A major difficulty with this disaster is that most homeowner and church insurance does not cover damage caused by flood waters.


In times like these, our faith community has an opportunity to come together and make a difference. We are reaching out to you to request your support for our disaster relief efforts. Your generous donation will directly impact the lives of those affected by this natural disaster.

How You Can Help:

1. Keep our communities in your prayers. Encourage your congregation to pray for healing, strength, and resilience during this challenging time.

2. Through financial support. You may wish to consider a door offering. Your contribution will go towards emergency supplies, shelter, and long-term recovery efforts.


Ways to Donate:

By mail: Send your check payable to Iowa District West with “Disaster Relief” on the memo line.

Online: Go to and click on “Donate” to make a secure online donation. Select the “Disaster Relief” option

Middle School District Youth Gathering - July 13

Join us for an exciting Middle School District Youth Gathering on July 13th at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Rocklin, CA! From 10:30 AM to 1 PM, middle schoolers from across the district will come together for a day packed with fun activities and opportunities to make new friends. This event is specially designed for those who aren't yet old enough for next year's National Youth Gathering, ensuring everyone gets a chance to experience the joy and community of our youth gatherings.

This is a fantastic opportunity for them to connect, grow, and have a blast with peers from all over the district. Click here to register.

Kingdom Wins: Voice In The Vineyard Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

Rest, grow, and be encouraged describes the mission of Voice In The Vineyard Ministries created by Steve Schedler and Cindy Steinbeck. The couple finalized their non-profit status in August 2023 and launched their dream to serve church workers.

Celebrating its first full year of ministry, Voice In The Vineyards allows Steve and Cindy the opportunity to provide community, personal growth and rest to their guests. Voice in the Vineyards encourages balance and health in all aspects of life — body, soul, mind, heart, and spirit for the individual worker so that they can be strong as they serve others.

Click here to learn more about this wonderful ministry!

Call for Papers for Joint Conference

The joint conference of Lutheranism and the Classics (L&tC) and the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education (CCLE), will be held October 3-4, 2025, at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Conference organizers are inviting proposals for individual papers or panels with at least three participants on topics related to the conference theme: Education. The full Call for Papers is available online at

LWML Love is Brewing Women's Retreat Recap

On June 22, a heat-drenched Saturday (over 100 degrees), sixty-four ladies gathered at Faith in Fair Oaks for the Love is Brewing retreat. They came from eleven churches, including Cordova, Faith, Folsom, Holy Cross, Light of the Hills, St. Matthew, Town and Country, Trinity, and Zion.

A highlight of the retreat was Pastor Eggebraaten’s presentation on love. He even taught the group to sing in Hebrew. Other presentations were on Compassion, Forgiveness, Faithfulness, and Outreach. The women enjoyed the Blessed Bakery and the Compassion Coffee Bar, where they watched a wonderful skit.

Click here for a PDF with photos and more from the event!

Mt. Cross Ministries Memorial Day Weekend Event

Over 60 people (not all pictured) including several members of Messiah Lutheran, Soquel and Prince of Peace, Fremont gathered for fun, fellowship, and service at Mt. Cross Ministries over the Memorial Day weekend. The group built a gaga ball pit, removed an old deck, cleared trails, weeded garden beds and removed invasive species, painted, and more!

We are grateful for all of the support and fellowship of our brothers and sisters!

Mission Training Center Website and Course Offerings

The Mission Training Center has a close partnership with the CNH District. We encourage you to visit their newly designed website and current course offerings.

Click here to read more.

Click Here for Previous Articles, Issues And Events!

Called to Glory Notifications

As pillars of the faith get called back to their heavenly home, we want to honor and acknowledge the legacy they leave behind and the impact they had within our congregations. If you would like to include any upcoming memorials, please click here to send the name, date of death, and date of service so that we may include them in an upcoming issue of the InTouch. We will still continue to send a Flash for pastors and called workers as well.

District Resources

Click here for the Board of Directors Minutes (Current through June 2024)

Click here for Our Regional and International Mission Partners 

Click here for Calls, Vacancies, and Roster Updates 

Click here for Prayer Requests

Click here for the latest Job Opportunities

Click here for our 2020-2022 Sermon Series

Click here for the Monthly Set Apart to Serve (SAS) Report (April/May 2024)


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