Sierra Pacific Synod Resource Center

November 18, 2016

A Prayer of Thanksgiving from Philippians 4:6-7 (NRVS)

"Do not worry about anything, 
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving 
let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, 
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Amen, thanks be to God!

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And for PASTORS and those who will be Preaching:
Augsburg Fortress  has announced the following  Preaching Resources for the YEAR OF MATTHEW, 
Revised Common Lectionary Year A. Please click here for more information and to explore the possibilities.

New materials just arrived today to the Synod Resource Center!
Send me an email to explore either of these brand new  resources!

Creation: A Divine Cycle, from the Augsburg Adult Bible Studies series.
This is the December/January/February 2016/2017 study and looks at Luke, Psalms and Galatians. Written by Chip Borgstadt. Luke's gospel, several psalms, and the epistle to the Galatians explore God's ongoing actions in blessing and reconciling the whole creation. The first 4 sessions are developed from the Gospel of Luke, the next 5 focus on psalms, and the final 4 sessions are based on Galatians.

And for Lent 2017, just around the bend....

Free Indeed: 
Devotions for Lent, 2017
"Free Indeed" brings Luther's Small Catechism into your home or devotional time during the year of observing 500 years of reformation. Each day features a reading from the caechism, accompanied by an evocative image, a quotation to ponder, a reflection, and a prayer. The writers bring their unique voices and wisdom to reflect on Luther's teachings on the basis of Christian faith and practice.  Order your copy from Augsburg Fortress, click here!

Last minute resources available for Advent, but don't wait!!!!
With Advent approaching, I can recommend the ELCA World Hunger Advent Calendar  for your young families. They come in packs of ten and are FREE. You can order them right here!  Each day is a reminder of the reason for the season with hymns, prayers, Bible verses and stories of how ELCA Good GIfts animals make a difference in the world.


We continue to carry the Book of Faith Advent Reflections, with 4 different options. These are great for personal or group use. The 4 titles are:

"While We Wait" explores these themes:
Week 1: Be Watchful!
Week 2: Watch for the Messiah!
Week 3: The Light Has Come!
Week 4: God is WIth Us

"I Wonder as I Wander" explores the themes of hope, love, joy and peace.

"Making All Things New" explores God's ongoing work of renewing all things, particularly our stories, our days, our spirits and our ways.

"You Shall Have a Song" includes readings for each day, weekly study questions for small groups, and a variety of family activities to celebrate the season.

These engaging resources will inspire and refresh readers during this approaching season of expectation.

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.
We purchase these for y ou and your congregations. 
With the year of Reformation 500 just around the corner,  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 2.000 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 Catechsim, 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, and there is a free version and a more comprehensive option for a few dollars! 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 November and December

Mondays - 3pm-5pm (Nov. 28 and Dec.19 only)
Tuesdays - 8:30am-10:30am 
Fridays - 9:30am-11:30am (Closed Nov. 26 and Dec. 23)
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.