Sierra Pacific Syno Resource Center


May 18, 2017

He is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! 
Instead of death, LIFE!
Instead of the end, THE BEGINNING!

New at the Resource Center:

Just arrived! 

"Fierce: Women of the Bible and Their Stories of Violence, Mercy, Bravery, Wisdom, Sex, and Salvation," by Alice Connor.

Women in the Bible aren't shy or retiring; they're fierce and funny and demanding and relevant to 21st-century people. Click here for more information, including a downloadable free reading guide, and a short video trailer. This is a great book for your book study group!

"Pray, Praise, and Give Thanks: A Collection of Litanies, Laments and Thanksgivings at Font and Table," by Gail Ramshaw.

collection of prayers for use in worship, by scholar and writer Gail Ramshaw, this    collection includes three litanies, a template for constructing prayers of intercession prayers of lament for evils that afflict us and our world, prayers to be offered at baptisms and baptismal remembrances, and eucharistic prayers. Pastors, worship planners and scholars will all find this volume invaluable. Includes CD-ROM.


"Doing Justice: Congregations and Community Organizing," 2nd Edition, by Dennis A. Jacobsen.

Doing Justice introduces people of faith to congregation-based community organizing rooted in the day-to-day struggles and hopes of urban ministry. Drawing from the author's decades of experience in community organizing ministry and skillfully illustrated with examples, Dennis, A. Jacobsen weaves theological and biblical warrants for community organizing into concrete strategies for achieving justice in the public arena and discusses fundamental organizing principles like power, self-interest, and agitation. This second, updated edition includes a new preface and forewords, new sidebars by Grant Stevensen that draw the reader into conversation, an expanded list for further reading, and updated contact information on organizing networks and relevant websites.

The latest resources for you for Reformation 500 comes from one of our congregations in the Sierra Pacific Synod!

****A member of Emanuel Lutheran Church, Modesto, Mike Clarke, ****
 was featured in the Living Lutheran online. The event: an original play, 
You Were There-The Reformation, performed as a 1940s radio broadcast.

Send me an email if you would like to learn more about obtaining a copy of Michael Clarke's script(s) for personal, group, and/or congregational use:

And a word from Traveling Luther..... 
(Share your pics with us on Facebook or email a copy to

Bobblehead Luther met up with Traveling Luther and said,
"Here I stand! Never forget: "It is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:5, 8."
Photo courtesy of Pastor Scott at Holy Cross Lutheran, Reno.

To order your own copies of Traveling Martin Luther for yourself or your congregation, click here. Let the fun begin!  (Let's give Flat Stanley a challenge!) Have members take Traveling Luther on vacation, take a picture and post it on our Facebook page: resource center for the sierra pacific synod - elca.

Luther's Small Catechism pamphlets are still available for you.
We purchase these for y
ou and your congregations. 
With Reformation 500 just around the corner and LESS THAN 6 MONTHS  AWAY,  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 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." 

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 for May and June:

PLEASE NOTE the Synod Resource Center will be closed May 25 and will reopen on Monday, June 5th.

Monday - 3pm-5pm (Closed May 29)
Tuesdays - 8:30am-10:30am (Closed May 30)
Fridays - 8:30am-10:30am (Closed May 26 and June 2))
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.