Sierra Pacific Syno Resource Center


October 5, 2018

I thought it might be helpful to share some 4-session studies we have available, 
along with our usual Book of Faith Advent options. 
Please skim through and read what is relevant to you.

  Presiding  Bishop Eaton's Four Emphases Bible Study

From the introduction to this study, "the intent of this Bible study is to encourage exploration and discussion of ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's four emphases by delving more deeply into Bible texts related to each emphasis using the four lenses of the Book of Faith methods of Bible study. Each session also offers additional questions for reflection and a variety of ways to engage each emphasis. There are also links and resources related to the session emphasis."
The Four Emphases?
1) We are CHURCH.
2) We are LUTHERAN.

To download the Leader's Guide, please click here. 
And to download the Participant's Guide, please click here. 
Y ou can download both the Leader's Guide and the Participant's Guide. 
O r send me an email, and I will send you a hard copy of both Guides.
As I look through this study, I believe it would be a great way to start the new church year for any congregation. This study could guide your congregation into a year of Biblical study, as a church together for the sake of the world.

For families, Augsburg Fortress offers this unique item:
Families Celebrate Advent and Christmas, 2018-2019, a colorful deck of cards full of rituals, prayers and reflections. For more information and to order, click here.
***There are price discounts for quantities of 6 and more. I will order 26 or more, at $5/each (per family)! I won't order them until noon on October 16, so if you'd like to be added to our order, just let me know, and we can all share the discount. The Resource Center will mail them all out, you just pay us for your decks of Advent/Christmas cards. Please contact me at, B EFORE noon on October 16 to be a part of this group order and discount.

We also have these 4 Book of Faith studies:

While We Wait (2009)
I Wonder as I Wander (2010)
Making All Things New (2011)
You Shall Have a Song (2012)

Sundays and Seasons, Year C 2019, has some excellent Advent resources and ideas:

In the section titled S easonal Rites for Advent , there is a three-week plan with the following as its focus:

WEEK 1: Love Seen and Felt
WEEK 2: Love Heard and Confessed
WEEK 3: Love Desired and Fulfilled

There is also a section titled, "Lighting the Candles, a Simple Form for Household Prayer in the Seasons of Advent and Christmas." This is a great offering for your members to share at home with their families, and includes prayers for lighting the candle, table prayers, and daily Bible readings.

"Sundays and Seasons, Guide to Worship Planning" is filled with so many resources! To order a copy please Click here..

And of course, for preachers 
there is the "Sundays and Seasons Preaching, Year C 2019," just click here.

Or, search a little and you can purchase both at a slightly discounted price.

Luther's Small Catechism pamphlets are still available for you. 
 We purchase these for you 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." 

We appreciate your donations, along with 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.

Sierra Pacific Synod Resource Center
2311 E. Shaw
Fresno, CA  93710

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 

2311 E Shaw Ave
Fresno, CA  93710
Additional 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.