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June 11, 2024

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Paul Ferguson Accepts Call

The Reverend L. Paul Ferguson, Jr. has accepted the call extended by the CNH District’s Board of Directors to serve as the Assistant to the President – Strategic Mission Leadership. Paul has been the senior pastor of Our Savior, Rockwall, Texas since 2008. Prior to his time in Rockwall, he served as pastor at St. Andrew, Houston, TX and as associate pastor at St. Paul, Rockford, IL.

Paul has actively fostered partnerships and relationships with multiethnic congregations in every church he has served, including Latino, Pakistani, and Korean communities.

Paul graduated from Concordia University, Austin, Texas with a B.A. in Business Management, and from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana with a Master of Divinity. Paul has had the privilege of being active in the community with many different activities ranging from Pastor of the Day on a local and state level, serving as a Police Chaplain, and serving on various Boards of Directors. For the last 22 years Paul has served as a Chaplain in the US Air Force where he has deployed to Antarctica and the Middle East. His most recent (and last) assignment has him serving as the Wing Chaplain for the 136th Airlift Wing in Fort Worth, Texas. His retirement from the military is set for later this year.

Paul was born and raised in Plano, Texas. He is married to Jennifer, whom he met while attending college in Austin. They have four children: Caitlyn, LaurieAnne, Cassandra, and Samuel. Along with running (he has completed two marathons and 13 half-marathons), he likes to play golf, read, play guitar, embarrass his children, and spend time with his family.

Welcome to the CNH District, Paul! God's continued blessings to you in your ministry!

CNH District and Concordia Plans to Host Pre-Retirement Workshop

Registration Ends June 19

Understanding the retirement process can be complex, so the California-Nevada-Hawaii District and financial educators Keith Duesenberg and Amy Klein from Concordia Plans are hosting a pre-retirement workshop for individuals serving in LCMS ministries.

Where: CNH District Office

When: Sat, June 29, 9 am – 2 pm

Registration Deadline: June 19

To register and for more information, click here.

Monthly Prayer Group Prays for the District

Did you know that a group of people faithfully prays each month for the ministries of the CNH District? People from various District congregations meet the first Saturday of each month via Zoom to pray for:

Missions: Local, International, Hawaii, Nevada

CNH District Staff, 1 in Every One, Special Needs

Each month, a list of specific prayer requests are generated from the District office. Recently, Chuck Mellick from St. Paul’s, Tracy, CA, has been leading these meetings. A District staff member also joins, to give updates, as needed.

This group has been meeting faithfully for over ten years!  We thank God for these faithful prayer warriors! If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Renee Lawrence,

Continuing Education Class In Grass Valley This July

Grace, Grass Valley is once again hosting a Seminary Continuing Education class open to everyone in the District. We are pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. Todd Peperkorn back to CNH for his class on Advanced Sacramental Preaching, which will be beneficial for pastors and laity as well. The class will be held Monday to Wednesday, July 1-3, at Grace in Grass Valley. Limited housing is available with members of the congregation, and most meals are also provided. Click here to register and to get more information. You can contact Pr. Duane Bamsch with any questions at: or (530) 273-7043.

Discernment Event for Transitional Interim Ministry

Enroll in this opportunity 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.


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


  • 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 for the event.

Women's Retreat Getaway at Faith Lutheran, Fair Oaks

Join Faith Lutheran Church, Fair Oaks for a simmering Women’s Retreat Getaway! They will share encouragement, fellowship, and fun as they enjoy God’s Word, music, service project, raffle, skit, and even a coffee bar. 

What: Women's Retreat Getaway

When: Saturday, June 22, 9 am-3 pm

Cost: $15.00 (Includes meals and materials) Write checks out to Faith and send to their address

Where: Faith Lutheran Church, 4000 San Juan Ave., Fair Oaks 95628

For more information, email: JoAnn Rathjen or Dianne Flynn

Click here for a flyer.

LCEF CUW Scholarship Opportunity

LCEF will soon be launching their third cohort of Business Skills for Faith-Based Organizations and have extended the registration deadline until Monday, June 17. Attendees are invited to apply for a generous scholarship opportunity.

Click here for a flyer with more details.


This program is targeted towards church workers (clergy and commissioned) but lay leaders are invited to apply as well.

LCEF Ministry Improvement Loan Available

LCEF’s ministry improvement loan is here when unexpected church or school facility needs arise. Expedited approvals up to $150,000 are available per borrower with the two first years at interest only payments.


Visit or contact CNH District LCEF District Vice President, Matt Molinari, for more information: or (916) 580-5592.

New Website for the Mission Training Center

The mission training center has a new website. Check it out today.

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.

Mr. Charles (Chuck) Brophy was called to his heavenly home on Thursday, May 23, 2024. Over the years, Chuck volunteered many hours working with the District’s Church Extension Fund and several churches with their building projects. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 21, 11am, at Light of the Valley Lutheran Church, 9270 Bruceville Road, Elk Grove, CA. A luncheon will follow the service – email to RSVP your attendance. Click here for Chuck’s bio.

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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