Sierra Pacific Syno Resource Center


January 15, 2018

Happy 2018!
New Resources AND ideas for Lent

New at the Resource Center:

"M aking Sense of Martin Luther" is a new 7-session study by David Lose.
(wait, 7 sessions, isn't that how many weeks are in Lent....)
Skillful ly guide your groups through "Making Sense of Martin Luther" with this easy to use Leader Guide. This study also includes a DVD with segments for each of the 7 sessions. A Participant Guide is available from Augsburg Fortress. And for those who prefer to study on their own, we have a book with the same title By David Lose.

The seven sessions and video lengths are:
Making Sense of Martin Luther Leader Guide
Se ssion 1: The Reluctant Reformer: Introducing "the Monk Who Changed the World." (18:05)
Session 2: Freedom! Justification by Grace Through Faith (11:46)
Session 3: The Present-Tense God: Law and Gospel (12:35)
Session 4: The Ambidextrous God: The Two Kingdoms and God's Ongoing Work in the World (16:35)
Session 5: Called for Good: Vocation, Sinning Boldly, and the Respiratory System of the Body of Christ (12:18)
Session 6: God Hidden and Revealed: Luther's Theology of the Cross and the Sacraments (19:54)

Faith In Action: A Handbook for Activists, Advocates, and Allies
Faith in Action: A Handbook for Activists, Advocates, and Allies
"Faith in Action" will deepen your perspective on important issues - from racial justice to environmental concerns, from LGBTQIA equality to Native people's rights, from women's equality to disability rights, from mass incarceration to immigration - so that w hen you step out into the world to be an activist, advocate, and ally, you'll have the tools and confidence you need. Created by contributors with varied experiences in activism, faith, policy, and social change, "Faith in Action" is the book for you if you are ready to make a real difference in the world.

A Complicated Pregnancy: Whether Mary was a Virgin and Why It Matters
The virgin birth is a much-loved story in the Christian tradition. It is the standard "origin story" of Jesus, marking the incarnation of the Son of God. Today, however, many theologians dispute the tradition of the virginal conception on both historical and scientific grounds.
A Complicated Pregnancy: Whether Mary was a Virgin and Why It Matters
As a progressive Protestant theologian - and a husband and a father - Kyle Roberts was growing unsure of his belief in Mary's virginity. It contradicted modern science, and it seemed to undermine her feminine power. So he set out to investigate the virgin birth from every angle: the Bible, history, science, and philosophy.
"A Complicated Pregnancy" records his journey through the evidence and the myth. Did the Holy Spirit form Jesus as a zygote in Mary's womb? If so, where did Jesus get his male genome? Was Jesus's birth really bloodless, as the early church believed, and is Mary a "perpetual virgin?"
Robert's quest is a fascinating journey through history, biblical interpretation, and church politics. His conclusion surprised him, and it will surprise you, too.

Ideas for Lent 2018

Ash Wednesday is February 14, less than a month away. 

Augsburg Fortress has a new devotional for Lent, "You Are the Way, 2018."

In the Gospel of John, Jesus describes himself with a seri es of  "I  a m" statements: "I am the light of  the world," "I am the good shepherd," I A M," and so on. This beautiful, full-color devotional explores one or more 
You Are the Way: Devotions for Lent 2018: Pocket Edition
"I a m" sayings of  Jesus during each week in Lent. Each reading is accompanied by a photo, a quote to ponder, reflection, and prayer. The accessible and colorful format makes it easy to incorporate a simple Christian observance into your Lenten journey. You can also order a digital version or large print. For more information, or to order directly from Augsburg Fortress, please  click here.

We also have a few copies of the "Book of Faith Lenten Journey: 40 Days with the Lord's Prayer" available for check out. Just click here to send me an email and I will get it right out to you. Please remember to include your church name and your mailing address. Thank you!
Luther's Small Catechism pamphlets are still available for you.
Just ask, via email at
To date  we have sent out well over 3,000 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." 


Thank you to everyone who donated your Thrivent Choice Dollars 
to the Sierra Pacific Synod Resource Center. 
Your donations keep us strong! 
In 2017 we received $1,963.00 from Thrivent Choice! 
Thank you! 
For more information, please contact your Thrivent representative 
or email Janet for more detailed information.

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Let me know if you have any questions or problems. Blessings! 

J anet Lane, 
Synod Resource Center Director
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