Sierra Pacific Synod Resource Center

December 14, 2016

Please take a moment with me to ponder "The Greatest Story Ever Told"

"Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, 
and they shall name him Emmanuel,"
which means, "God is with us." 
Matthew 1:23 (Isaiah 7:14b)

(From the book Taize: Worship Feast, Abingdon Press)
What an amazing story! Imagine what Mary and Joseph must have thought about the news that God was coming to earth..... The greatest part of the story is that God chose to come in the first place... God came and we can know a peace beyond understanding. God came and we are forgiven. God came and the oppressed and impoverished have a Savior and Advocate. God came--and we will live forevermore.

Think about your favorite part of the Christmas story. Is it the angels? the wise men? the shepherds?     the journey to Bethlehem? Now reflect on God's choosing to come at all- coming to make a way for a restored relationship. What is the significance of the story for you? How will you respond to the greatest story ever?

Prayer: "God who came to earth, come to us again and again through your Holy Spirit. 
Be with us even now. 
Write us into your holy story and help us live empowered by the truth of our forgiveness and eternal life. Thank you for coming to our world. Welcome, Lord Jesus Christ. Amen."


What's new and EXCITING!!! at the Resource Center?

  Imagine a New Economy , by John D. Herman, is a study guide intended for use by small groups and individuals who want to wrestle with the struggle between heart and treasure. The series is designed to immerse participants in the biblical readings which deal with our relationship to and use of our money and possessions. The daily readings, questions, and prayers provide the opportunity for a continued interplay between the participant, the Word, and the Spirit. The reflective questions at the end of each of the 13 chapters invited discussion and interaction within a small group. Along with small groups, this study can be used in several creative ways; a year-long stewardship study for your Stewardship Team; a worship or educational series about stewardship, generosity, simplicity, money or materialism; a senior HS ministry focus on life goals and pursuits; and more!

"This is an intriguing invitation to engage a new economy as described by God through Scripture 
and based on the core beliefs that everything belongs to God and all is a gift from God. 
As followers of God's word, we are entrusted with living into this new economy through our daily decisions and the conversations we have in community with others." 
-Keith A. Mundy, Program Director, Stewardship (ELCA)

Send an email to me at the Resource Center, asking for "Imagine a New Economy" to get your hands on this new and thought provoking book, published in 2016! Each day I come in to the Resource Center I read another of the entries, I have yet to be disappointed!

If there is a specific VBS program you would like the Resource Center to make available for preview, please click here to  send me an email with your suggestions. While we cannot stock everything, we always have something available. What are your interests for 2017?
Also: Hope Lutheran, Fresno and The Life Center, Orangevale will be hosting Group FunShops for the "Maker Factory" VBS.  For more information, please click here.

For specific information about the FunShop at Hope, Fresno, please contact me via email.


Luther's Small Catechism pamphlets are still available for you.
We purchase these for y ou and your congregations. 
With Reformation 500 approaching, this is a great time to have a class on Luther's Small Catechism. 
We'll supply you with Luther's words!  Just ask, via email at
To date we have sent out over 2,400 Small Catechism pamphlets. 
Join the excitement, as our Presiding, Elizabeth Eaton, suggested by 
"dusting off the catechism and taking another look at the basics of our faith. 

Remember, you can also download the "Luther's Small Catechism" app for your smart phone and iphone!

We appreciate your calls and e-mails about resources!

The Resource Center is your lending library!  
You are helping us do a better job when you recommend the specific resources you are looking for.
 Keep telling us what you want, at    
This is how we know what to purchase.

Please note that the  Synod Resour ce Center of the Sierra Pacific Synod  is eligible to receive
your Choice Dollars from  Thrivent Financial.  We are sincerely grateful to Thrivent Financial and those individuals who designate their Choice Dollars to us for the support of the Synod Resource Center. 
In 2016 to date, we have received a total of $5914 from your Thrivent Choice Dollars, Thrivent Chapter Funds, and Thrivent Matches.  THANK YOU!   Thrivent is such a blessing to so many amazing causes and ministries in our world!!  For more information  email Janet  or contact your Thrivent Representative.
Resource Center hours for December and January: 

Mondays - 3pm-5pm (December 19 and January 30 only)
Tuesdays - 8:30am-10:30am (CLOSED on January 10)
Wednesdays and Thursdays - By appointment only
Fridays - 8:30am-11:00am (Closed December 23 and January 13)

Shhhhhh...I will be unavailable and on SIlent Retreat from January 7-13. Once I return I will respond to any calls or emails. Thank you.
Other hours are available by appointment, please contact me. You can reach me by email:

To order materials through our website, please visit us at:
Click "Resources" and then click "Request Manager for the SPS Resource Center." You will then be on our online catalog page! Let me know if you have any questions or problems. Blessings! 
Janet Lane, Synod Resource Center Director
           Call 559-345-2725 (ext 120 if asked) 
           or send an  Email
           This is your Synod Resource Center; 
               I am happy to serve you.