Sierra Pacific Synod Resource Center

October 11, 2016

New materials just arrived!
Send me an email to explore either of these brand new resources!

**Book of Faith Series on Matthew!
We have 1 leader guide and 1 learner guide. This is a perfect study, as we begin year A, the year of Matthew on November 27, at the beginning of Advent. Written by Troy Troftgruben. This eight-session course explores the following selected passages from Matthew:
1: The Birth of the Messiah (Matthew 1:18-2:12)
2: This Is My Son, the Beloved (Matthew 3:13-4:11)
3: You Are the Salt of the Earth (Matthew 5:1-16 [17-20], 21-48)
4: You of Little Faith (Matthew 14:13-36)
5: Who Do You Say That I Am? (Matthew 16:13-17:9 [13])
6: Where Two or Three Are Gathered in My Name (Matthew 18:1-22 [23-35])
7: My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? (Matthew 27:32-56)
8: I Am with You Always (Matthew 28:1-10 [11-15], 16-20)

"Peace at the Last: Visitation with the Dying"  is a richly illustrated liturgy for use by individuals and groups who are visiting those who a re dying. The text is drawn from the psalms,  Evangelical Lutheran Worship,  and other sources. Simple musical refrains easily sung without accompaniment are also provided. These words, images, and songs, gathered in a beautiful and portable from, will help Christians to accompany those who are dying, assuring them that "whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's." (Romans 14:8).
Peace at the Last emerged out of congregational need and experience at Lake Chelan Lutheran Church in Chelan, Washington. The creative team includes Pastor Paul Palumbo, composer and musician Rolf Vegdahl, artist Wendy Schramm, and the Lake Chelan Lutheran congregation.


Here are some books available through the Reformation500 Bookstore. If you wish to purchase one of these at the special 50% off pricing, please contact me BEFORE October 31 on how we can do this for you.

**"Day by Day We Magnify You: Daily Readings for the Entire Year." This devotional is the single best collection of Martin Luther's work for private and group discussion. The selections, arranged for daily reading thoughout the church year, are organized under a central theme for each week. Each meditation concludes with a prayer or biblical verse related to the topic of the day. Your 
COST to order BY October 31 (please email Janet) is $7 and after October 31st you can order it from Augsburg Fortress for $14 plus shipping. 

***"The Wit of Martin Luther," by Eric W. Gritsch.
Life as a divine comedy, this mini-treatise finds in Luther's humor a key to his whole life and thought.  An interesting and entertaining entry into Luther's thought, this little book brings out the sublime religious meaning at stake in the theologial thwacks and thuds of the Reformer's life. 
COST to order BY October 31 (please email Janet) is $7 and after October 31st you can order it from Augsburg Fortress for $14 plus shipping.

For a look at the Resources offered through the Reformation 500 Bookstore, see the display at the Professional Leader's Conference. Please talk with Dorothy Lundgren, who will tell you how you can place an order there. We are doing our best to make this special group of Resources available to you.

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 1,800 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 Fortresss now offers Luther's Small Catechsim, Study Edition.

A translaton 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 Gerturd Meuller 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 October and November:

Mondays - 3pm-5pm (Closed October 24)
Tuesdays - 8:30am-10:30am (Closed October 25)
Fridays - 9:30am-11:30am (Closed October 28 and November 26)
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) 
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