Sierra Pacific Syno Resource Center





March 8, 2017

Lenten blessings of peace to all. 

May this season of the church year offer us the courage to be a voice for the voiceless in our world; through prayer, advocacy and deeds of goodwill. 
May we find ourselves agents for the betterment of the world; 
for change that is positive, for love, for God.
May the Light of Christ guide us daily as we journey to the Cross.
May the Spirit of Wisdom help us be silent when silence is needed, 
and give us words of blessing when they are needed.
God created each of us out of love, may that love intentionally and unintentionally flow out of all we do and say, each step along the way.
In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Please Note:

Your Synod Resource Center will be closed March 27 through March 29. 
All emails and requests will be processed on March 31st.

New at the Resource Center! These books just arrive this past week.

Augsburg Adult Bible Studies: "God Loves Us" (Psalms, Joel, Jonah, John, Romans, Ephesians, 1 Peter and 1 John). This is the 2017, March, April and May study, written by Rodney R. Hutton, Professor of Old Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. This study will focus on the love of God within the context of the biblical witness to the basic character of God in relationship with Israel and the early Christian community.

"Praying for the Whole World: A Handbook for Intercessors," by  Gail Ra mshaw.

In many churches, laypersons prepare the prayers of intercession. In this concise charming, down-to-earth handbook, Ramshaw proposes seven steps, from Monday through Sunday, to assist your crafting of the prayers of the faithful: 1-Think again, 2-Ponder the readings, 3-Begin your list of specifics, 4-Choose your format, 5-Write your first draft, 6-Edit your test, 7-Finish your preparation.

"Wel come One Another: A Handbook for Hospitality Ministers," by Paul E. Hoffman.
H offman's inviting prose, which includes many practical proposals, will expand your notions of who hospitality ministers are and why they matter. His own compelling experience suggests that the rewards of our efforts to welcome the stran ger will deeply enrich our congregational ministry and our relationships with one another and with God. 
Hoffman begins his thoughts in the parking lot, into the sanctuary with greeters and ushers, sending the community forth, coffee hour and a review of the importance of welcome.

Last chance to order books from the Reformation Bookstore at the special discounted pricing! For me to place orders on time, all orders must be received by the Resource Center, including your check to cover the cost for the books (we will pay the tax and the shipping from us to you), NO LATER THAN Thursday, March 30th. 
Please click here to see the books offered and their cost. 

Make your checks payable to: 
"SPS Resource Center" write BookStore in the memo line, mail your order to: 
Janet Lane, Director
Sierra Pacific Synod Resource Center
2311 E Shaw Ave.
Fresno, CA 93710

Please include your email address and/or phone number 
so that I can confirm all orders.
We want to help Martin help Augsburg Fortress help YOU!

Send me an email if you would like to check any of these out, for personal, group, or congregational use:

  Luther's Small Catechism pamphlets are still available for you.
Just ask, via email at

  Many of our Sierra Pacific Synod congregations will be using the Small Catechism for a Lenten study. Be a part of 'taking another look at the basics of our faith!" 

To date we have sent out over 2,600 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." 

And, if you want to go beyond our free offering, 
Augsburg Fortress now offers Luther's Small Catechism, Study Edition.

A translation of Luther's explanation along with other study helps such as prayers, worship rites and Luther's introduction. This edition uses the NRSV and the Evangelical Lutheran Worship texts for the wording of the Ten Commandments, Apostles' Creed, Lord's Prayer, and the included worship rItes. This anniversary study edition includes a letter from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. a revised introduction by Timothy Wengert and features new illustrations by artist Gertrud Mueller Nelson. 

***And don't forget***

 You can download the FREE "Luther's Small Catechism" App 
on your iphone and android devices. 
It comes in BOTH English and Spanish! Get this on your smart phone! 

We appreciate your calls and e-mails about resources!

The Resource Center is your lending library! You are helping us to 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.  THANK YOU! 
For more information  email Janet  or contact your Thrivent Representative.
Resource Center hours for March, 2017:

Monday - 3pm-5pm (closed March 27)
Tuesdays - 8:30am-10:30am (closed March 28)
Fridays - 8:30am-10am 
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.