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May 28, 2024

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Friday Deadline to Update Congregational Statistics

It is that time again to submit your congregation’s end-of-year statistics and update your current list of lay leaders at the following website:

Use the same login information that you used last year to register your Presidential Voters. If you cannot remember the username and/or password you created for your congregation

last year, follow the on-screen helps on the login page to recover your login credentials. Or contact the Rosters and Statistics Department at or 314-996-1366, and staff will assist you.

Up-to-date statistical information is essential for the Synod as it plans current and future

ministry efforts. Such information is also critical for determining proper voting representation

at conventions.

Emails for lay leaders will be increasingly important as channels for critical convention communications.

The deadline for congregation statistics and lay leaders is Friday, May 31, 2024. You may

also review your congregation’s profile and lay leader information anytime throughout the

year to make sure your contact information, service times, and other important data are


Continuing Education Opportunity - Cupertino, CA

This course will study the book of Job as a resource for parish ministry, particularly for the pastor’s care of those who have suffered tragedies or face death. It will seek to develop and apply the biblical vision to the whole spectrum of human suffering from intellectual problems (theodicy) to the frequent emotional upheavals that members of the community of faith experience as they live their lives in a fallen order.

What: Old Testament Words for New Testament People: The Book of Job and the Problem of Suffering

Who: Rev. Dr. Dean Wenthe

When: September 24-26

Where: Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Cupertino, CA

Click here for more information and to register.

School Spotlight: St. John's Lutheran School Bakersfield

St. John’s preschool has been around since 1958 and its elementary school has served the community since 1971. The school is an important ministry of St. John’s Lutheran Church, which has been in various locations in Bakersfield since 1912. The church and school moved to their current location in 1993 – a 35-acre campus that was originally donated by a local farmer. 

St. John’s is one of the largest schools in the CNH District with 450 students in K-8 and 166 students in the preschool. Pastor Eric Van Sharrel has served as Senior pastor for the past 10 years while Principal Evan Anwyl has been at St. John’s since 2018. We praise God for the ministry of St. John’s Lutheran School and the way in which they further the Gospel in the CNH District!

School Spotlight: Trinity Lutheran School, Paso Robles

Trinity Lutheran School has been serving the Paso Robles community since 1962. The school is a valuable ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church, which has been sharing the love of Christ in Paso Robles since 1921 . 

The school and church have had changes in leadership this past year. Chris Simmons came to Trinity as pastor in October of 2023. Also in 2023, Lisa Hopkins became principal of the school after serving as a teacher at Trinity since 2013. 

The school has an enrollment of 193 students served by a faithful and dedicated faculty. We thank God for the ongoing ministry of Trinity Lutheran School as they share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with students and their families on a daily basis!

Kingdom Wins: Baptisms at St. Paul's/Bella Vista Christian Academy

Bella Vista Christian Academy (BVCA) and St. Paul's, Tracy celebrated several baptisms over the past few weeks, and they are preparing for several more this summer!

On Pentecost, 10 people were baptized, including eight students, a sister and a mother. Then, this past Sunday, two more students were baptized. During the summer, four more students plus a grandma and mother are scheduled to be baptized as well.


God is working in this place through wonderful teachers and staff. For retiring Preschool Director Lori Waetzig, this is a perfect ending to a wonderful 40-year career in Lutheran Education.

Click here to see a short video compliation of several of the baptisms.

Kingdom Wins: Holy Cross, Los Gatos, Children's Center Program

The Holy Cross Lutheran Church Children’s Center Program in Los Gatos, CA, is accommodating children with developmental disabilities. While they initially started with supporting one student, they now serve six students with their respective Occupational Therapists, coming from a variety of school districts throughout the Bay Area.

In addition to being a blessing for those six families, it is also a boon for the typically-developed children who are learning to accept those who are differently abled, to interact and befriend them well.

Click here to learn more about this wonderful ministry at Holy Cross.

Click here to visit the CNH Disability Ministry Committee webpage for more information about disability ministry in the CNH District.

Faith Lutheran Church, NV Hosts Women's Retreat

Faith Lutheran Church in Yerington, Nevada hosted a Women’s Retreat on Saturday, May 18. The event was a success, thanks to the Holy Spirit and everyone who offered their time and talents.

The 26 enthusiastic participants started the day with a continental breakfast. Throughout their time together, participants visited, sang praise songs, engaged in bible studies, played a game, and enjoyed a yummy luncheon. Their community project was to make and donate 15 baby blankets for LifeChoices, their local Christian pro-life organization.

Faith Lutheran Church -Yerington would like to sincerely thank the CNH District for their $250 grant that helped defray costs of the retreat.

National Youth Gathering - It's That Time

Held every three years since 1980, the LCMS Youth Gathering provides thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a community of God’s people to be encouraged in their walk with Jesus Christ and learn about the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity. The next NYG will be held on July 19 – 23, 2025, in New Orleans, LA. For more information, connect with your DCE and Youth Leaders or contact the CNH District Office.

Middle School District Youth Gathering

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.

Discernment Events for Transitional Interim Ministry

Enroll in one of two opportunities to learn the difference between “interim” ministry and “regular” ministry and to discern your gifts for intentional interim ministry. The workshop is designed for pastors and judicatory leaders.


  • Each workshop is a two-hour online learning event.

Dates and Registration: (select one)

  • Monday, June 10, 2024, 10 am PT (12:00 pm CT)
  • Tuesday, Aug 27, 2024, 10 am PT (12:00 pm CT)


  • $25.00 – due at registration (no mail in payments).
  • Pay via credit card through PayPal at the end of the registration process.
  • The Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the event

Click here to register.

A minimum of 5 registrants is required to offer each event.

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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.

The family of Rev. Jerry W. Barnhart invite you to attend a celebration of his life, which will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2024, 11am, at Midvalley Visalia Estates Clubhouse, 2627 Midvalley Avenue, Visalia, CA 93277.  A light lunch reception will be held immediately following.


Rev. Larry A. Miller was called to glory on May 12, 2024. The memorial service will be held Thursday, May 30 at 3 p.m., at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 380 N. Fairview Avenue, Goleta, CA. Cards may be sent to Mary Ann Miller at 5344 B Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93111.

District Resources

Click here for the Board of Directors Minutes (Current through March 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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