Sierra Pacific Syno Resource Center


April 6, 2018

Live into Easter! Jesus is NOT dead, he is alive.

This Newsletter will be focusing on children's and youth ministry. Please forward it to the right people in your congregations. Thank you!

New at the Resource Center:

Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science, by Andrew Root, the Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota. 

Science may be the biggest threat to teenage faith today, but Andrew Root demonstrates that, in fact, the two are not incompatible. Root, a renowned expert on adolescent spirituality, shows how science overstates its claims on truth, while faith often understates its claims. Faith CAN flourish, even in our scientific age. To borrow this resource, click here and send me an email request. Be sure to include your name, church name and mailing address. 
You will definitely enjoy this book!

Please share this information with your Sunday School Directors, Children's Ministry Leaders, Preschool leaders, Youth Leaders, and anyone else who works with the young children and youth in your congregation. 

Click on this link for the latest from Sparkhouse and to read their March Newsletter:

You will learn about NEW resources coming out soon: Frolic Preschool, Spark All Kids and Whirl All Kids multi-age Classroom, t.b.d.:Think. Believe. DO. a small group series for youth in grades 8-10, and their NEW youth Ministry weekly podcast when you click the link above. You can also learn about hosting a book fair and receive some free books to stock your church library or share with you members. So much info, in ONE simple link (or click on the more specific links above).

AND, Sparkhouse will be going digital in June. For more info and to access upcoming webinars, click here:  Sparkhouse Digital

Luther's Small Catechism pamphlets are still available for you.
We purchase these for y
ou and your congregations.    
To date  we have sent out over 3,350 Small Catechism pamphlets  to our Synod congregations!  Join the excitement, as our Presiding Bishop, 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 and an enlarged print 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:

Mondays - 3pm-5pm 
Tuesdays - 8:30am-10:30am 
Fridays - 8:30am-10:30am (Closed May through June 3)
See you at Synod Assembly!!!!
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! 

J anet Lane, 
Synod Resource Center Director
Call 559-345-2725 (ext 120 if asked) and leave a message,  or send an email:

This is your Synod Resource Center; 
                              I am happy to serve you.