Sierra Pacific Syno Resource Center


November 14, 2017

Surviving the Bible: A Devotional for the Church Year 2018

Using the annual lectionary as his guide, Christian Piatt has put together a devotional, "Surviving the Bible: A Devotional for the Church Year 2018," that encourages us to read through the major parts of the Old and New Testaments and finally understand them in plain English. Each weekly devotion has several Scripture readings, explanations of confusing terms, a story, a deeper dive into interesting themes, and a closing prayer. The author says "There is no wrong way to use this resource. Start anywhere, set it down, come back to it, over and over. Just open it, grab a Bible and take a bite."

You can check this out from the Resource Center, or order your own copy through Augsburg Fortress. Or, if we order 11 or more copies we can get 50% off (lowering the price to $9.49/each)! If you are interested in this option, please email me, and we will get a big order together from YOUR Resource Center! To do our best and get these to you by December,  please contact me BEFORE Thanksgiving ! Thanks!
I will plan to place an order on Wednesday, November 22. They may arrive to you a bit late, but I can always send a PDF of the first and second devotions if you've paid for it. 

Luther's Prayers

"Luther's Prayers," edited by Herbert F. Brokering is now available 
throug h the Synod Resource Center. "There is no monotony in the prayer salutations of Luth er. Some are lengthy. He is as one in continual conversation with God. To him the name of God is the presence of God." This book contains 185 prayers on topics ranging from Home and Family, to Catechism , to the church and more.


 " Martin Luther's Christmas Book Martin Luther's Christmas Book,"  edited by Roland H. Bainton is also avai lable to you through your Synod Resource Center. "This inspiring coll ection contains thirty excerpts from Martin Luther's Christmas sermons. In his unique and powerful voice, Luther portrays the human reality of God's birth on earth - Mary's distress at giving birth with no midwife or water, Joseph's misgivings, the Wise Men's perplexity, Herod's cunning. And through these sermon-meditations, Martin Luther reminds us that keeping Christmas is a year-round mission of caring for those in need.

The World Jesus Knew: A Curious Kid's Guide to Life in the First Century
For  th e young and curious reader,  we have 
"The World Jesus Knew: A Curious Kid's Guide to Life in the First Century," by Mark Olson, illustrated by Jemima Maybank. This book helps kids (and curious adults) discover the world Jesus lived in through maps, charts, graphs, and other infographic elements. It's an invitation to explore the stories of Jesus in their cultural context, bringing new life to familiar biblical events. This beautifully illustrated book will be a family favorite that kids and adults will come back to over and over again.

Please email Janet if you are interested in borrowing any of these resources, all new to your Synod Resource Center.

Reformation 500
And a word from Traveling Luther.....  "Prayer is very precious medicine, one that helps and never fails."
Martin Luther would love to come and visit your congregation sometime this ye ar!   Please email Janet and make your request for your Traveling Luther  before we run out!

Order copies of Traveling Martin Luther for yourself or your congregation. Once we run out, we will not reorder these.
Luther's Small Catechism pamphlets are available for you.
We purchase these for you and your congregations.
With 2017-2018 being the 500th anniversary of the Reformation,   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 3,300 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.
Synod Resource Center hours:

PLEASE NOTE the Synod Resource Center will be closed on Friday, November 23, December 26th and 27th, and January 1, 2, 5, and 8th.

Monday - 3pm-5pm (Closed Dec. 26, and Jan. 1 and 8th)
Tuesdays - 8:30am-10:30am  (Closed Dec. 27 and Jan. 2)
Fridays - 8:30am-10:30am (Closed Nov. 23 and Jan.5)
Additional hours are available by appointment, please contact me. You can always 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.