The following is a monthly view of the Conference Calendar listing the meeting and events of Conference ministries.  Please take note that each event might have a particular invited audience or stated purpose. 
To list a Conference event on the Conference Calendar, use the Communications Action Form.


April 2019

The Greyhound Diaries: Economic Inequality in the U.S. (Museum of Social Justice) @Los Angeles

April 1, 2019 / May 26, 2019
Museum of Social Justice, 115 Paseo de La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 613-1096 Event

The museum is pleased to present The Greyhound Diaries: Songs, Stories, and Images over 120,000 Bus Miles by Doug Levitt, opening February 7, 2019.

For a sneak peak of the stories and songs that will be shared, please take a listen to Doug's BBC documentary for radio, spanning a recent journey that included performing at Four Mile prison in Colorado and in Okemah, Oklahoma, Woody Guthrie's hometown.

For more information, please call (213) 613-1096, email, or visit the museum's website

Called Out | Set Apart Retreat 2019 (Young People) @Lazy W Ranch

April 5, 2019 / April 7, 2019
06:00 PM
Lazy W Ranch Event / Retreat / Young People

We are excited to announce a new opportunity for the young people of Cal-Pac!

The Called Out | Set Apart Retreat is a space for 16 to 25 year-olds to explore in community what it means to be called by God, and what that calling looks/sounds/feels like for each individual.

This event will provide opportunities for prayerful listening, authentic sharing and questioning, and communal support through times of worship, discussion, instruction, spiritual practices, and fun (of course!).

The cost per participant is $50, but scholarship consideration will be given to those who are serving or will serve in leadership at any Cal-Pac camps or churches in 2019. Please contact Rev. Darin Arntson at with any questions or scholarship requests.



Citizenship and Immigration Assistance, April 2019 (NIC) @Los Angeles

April 12, 2019
11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
580 Cafe / Wesley Foundation Serving UCLA (located at St. Alban's Church) Event

Cal-Pac Neighborhood Immigration Clinic (NIC) is a committee within the California-Pacific Immigration Task Force of the United Methodist Church, an organization dedicated to provide access to reliable and free immigration services such as the following:

Seminar on the rights of undocumented immigrants, detention, arrest issues.

Immigration consultations with qualified immigration attorneys

Referrals to free or low-cost immigration legal services providers.

Free legal assistance on Form N-400 (applications for naturalization)

Information on free resources to refugee unaccompanied children and their families fleeing violence in Central America.

These services are provided through our monthly clinics in various underserved areas of the Los Angeles County. Cal-Pac NIC works in conjunctions with different United Methodist Churches who provide the space for our upcoming events.

Registration is required.

Register as a Participant

Register to volunteer

A Clear Path To Retirement Workshop Retreat 2019 (Pension and Health) @Sierra Madre

April 23, 2019 / April 25, 2019
Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center Event / Retreat / Workshop


"A Clear Path To Retirement"
at Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center, 700 N Sunnyside Ave, Sierra Madre, CA 91024

This workshop is open to California-Pacific Conference clergy and spouses who are eligible to receive Wespath retirement benefits.

Cost: $90.00 for full 2 nights housing & 6 meals. Costs vary for customized schedule.
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 12, 2019

For more information, please contact Wanda Bethea in the Pension Office at or 626-568-7318.



Lay Servant School Classes, Spring 2019 @Sherman Oaks

April 24, 2019
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Sherman Oaks UMC, 14401 Dickens St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 818-789-0351 Class / Event

Sherman Oaks United Methodist Church's Leadership Development Academy presents "Certified Lay Servant School" in partnership with Lay Servant Ministries to develop effective leaders.

Spring courses will start Wednesday, April 24, 2019 for five consecutive Wednesdays (April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, and May 22, 2019).

Time: Wednesdays, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Sherman Oaks UMC, 14401 Dickens St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Cost & Deadline: $25 through April 22, 2019. No late registrations.

About the Courses & Instructors:

Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course with Rev. Kalesita Tu'ifua

  • A Basic Course is required to become a Certified Lay Servant. "The Basic Course for Lay Servants" is the first course one takes to become a Certified Lay Servant to prepare for the servant activities in the local church.  The course introduces the stated purposes of Lay Servant Ministries such as caring, leading, and communication.  This course will use the Lay Servant Ministries: Basic Course.  Completion of this course is required before taking an advanced class.

  • Rev. Dr. Kalesita Tu'ifua is the pastor of Knollwood UMC, which has both an English and a Tongan ministry. She hopes her presence and leadership in the Lay Servant Ministry BASIC Course will spur interest from the Tongan and Pacific Islander community in Lay Servant Ministries. Rev. Dr. Tu'ifua is uniquely equipped to bridge language and cultural barriers that arise during the course.

Lay Pastoral Care Giving (ADVANCED Course) with Rev. Garth Gilliam

  • The Advanced Course Lay Pastoral Care Giving offers insights into the life span and dynamics of contemporary life to help church leaders reach out with God's love and care for others.

  • Rev. Garth Gilliam is the pastor of Sherman Oaks UMC and the Co-Director of Lay Servant Ministries in the North District. Pastor Garth believes Lay Servant Ministries is the best empowerment vehicle for leaders in The UMC.


  • Certified Lay Servant: A certified lay servant is a person who has received specific training to witness to the Christian faith through spoken communication, to lead within a church and community, and to provide caring ministry. The certified lay servant serves the local church or charge (or beyond the local church) in ways in which their witness, leadership, and service inspires others to a deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship.

  • Certified Lay Speaker: A certified lay speaker is a certified lay servant (or equivalent) whose call has been affirmed by the conference committee on lay servant ministries or equivalent structure to serve the church in pulpit supply. The certified lay speaker serves by preaching the Word when requested by the pastor, district superintendent, or committee on lay servant ministries.

  • SOUMC Certified Lay Pastor: This is a certificate program unique to SOUMC's Leadership Development Academy. This program will empower Lay people to come along side the senior pastor in spiritual shepherding & leadership of the local Church. Those who obtain this ministry designation will have also completed the requirements to become a "Certified Lay Speaker" within the Lay Servant Ministries program. Core classes include:

    • Discipling God's People - Nurture & Shepherding Core

    • Reaching New People - Outreach & Evangelism Core

    • Leading Witness & Worship - Worship & Preaching Core

Please note that no childcare is available for these classes; participants must attend all 5 class sessions to receive course credit.

Register online via the button below or please see brochure for other options. All are welcome to attend.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW  Registration Brochure

Early Response Team Training (DRTF) 2019 @Murrieta

April 27, 2019
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Murrieta UMC Class / Event

This course will equip volunteers to minister in early response conditions, stabilizing damage to homes and being a caring presence for survivors.

Cal-Pac requires this training for all volunteers, whether United Methodist or not, who wish to apply for a team to Saipan, under the FEMA Invitational to work with survivors from Super Typhoon Yutu.

Registration Cost: $40. Registration cost includes light lunch, manuals and background check.

Registration Deadline: Registration and payment are due by Friday, April 26, 2019.

Additional Materials: Participants owning a laptop or WiFi-enabled tablet are encouraged to bring one, in order to efficiently process paperwork related to certification.

About the Class:  Early Response Teams (ERTs) to fill specific needs in the early days after a disaster, such as cleaning out flood-damaged homes, removing debris, placing tarps on homes and otherwise helping to prevent further damage, while providing a caring Christian presence. To be eligible for an ERT team, participants must take the 8 hour Basic Class ERT. After completion, participants will receive an ERT identification card which is valid for three years. A Renewal Class of 4 hours is required every 3 years. A background check (conducted through UMCOR's Verified Volunteers program) is required in order to receive an ERT identification card and participate on a team. The instructor for this class is Ken Ellis.

For questions, please contact Judy Lewis, Cal-Pac UMVIM/Disaster Response Coordinator, at or (909) 731-8248.


District Conference 2019 (Hawaii District) @Honolulu

April 27, 2019
08:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Kilohana UMC District / Event

The members of the District Conference shall be: all clergy, diaconal ministers, and deaconesses living in the District; lay pastors appointed to local Churches; the District lay leaders and associate lay leaders; District lay members of Annual Conference; the Presidents of District UMM, UMW, Youth Council and Young Adult Council; members of the District Union/Society Board of Trustees; members of the District Leadership Team and District Stewards; and from each local Church: the lay leader(s), all local church officers who are chairpersons of boards, councils, committees, etc.; Presidents of UMM and UMW; church school superintendents, lay members of Annual Conference and one youth.

The voting membership of the corporation shall consist of: all ministers duly appointed to a charge or an agency of the Hawaii District of the California-Pacific Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church; one lay representative for each minister appointed from each charge elected by the Charge/Church Conference of such charge; one lay representative for each minister appointed to an agency of the Hawaii District; the District Superintendent and District Lay Leader of the Hawaii District.

8:30 – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 – 9:25 am HUMU Annual Meeting
9:25 – 9:30 am Welcome by DS Rev. Se Hee Han & District Lay Leader Lynn Owan
9:30 – 10:30 am District Conference Business
10:30 – 10:45 am Break
10:45 – 12:00 pm Worship
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch and End of Conference

We are looking for some volunteer drivers. If you are able to pick up and drop off our neighbor island delegates to and from the airport, please call the district office at (808) 536-1864.

Registration fee is $15 / person. Please make check payable to “HUMU.” Deadline: Friday, April 19th. Registration forms can be found here.
*If you do NOT register by the deadline, you will NOT receive a bento lunch that day.

District Conference 2019 (East District) @Claremont

April 27, 2019
08:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Claremont UMC District / Event

Date & Time: Saturday, April 27, 2019, 8:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Location: Claremont UMC, 211 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont, CA 91711

For more information, please contact the East District office at or (909) 984-7100.

District Conference 2019 (South District) @Mission Valley

April 27, 2019
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
First UMC of San Diego (Mission Valley) District / Event

Date & Time: Saturday, April 27, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: First UMC of San Diego (Mission Valley), 2111 Camino del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108

More details TBA

For questions, please contact the South District office at or (619) 239-9980.

District Conference 2019 (West District) @Torrance

April 27, 2019
10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Faith UMC, Torrance District / Event

During the District Conference, individuals will be elected for leadership positions in the West District, including Lay Members to Annual Conference.

All Clergy Members who are appointed or who have charge conferences in the West District, as well as lay members to Annual Conference from West District churches and those with leadership positions in the West District should participate.

Date: April 27, 2019

Location: Faith UMC (2115 W. 182nd St, Torrance, CA 90504)

Time: 10 AM – 1PM

Registration Cost: $0.00 - Please RSVP for hospitality. Lunch will be provided at the close of business.

For more information, please contact Polly Sablan in the West District Office at or 562-429-1441.