Sierra Pacific Synod Resource Center

September 7, 2016


We now have Volumes 3 and 4 of the Annotated Luther Series.

**Volume 3 of the Annotated Luther Series presents five key writings that focus on Martin Luther's understanding of the gospel as it relates to church, sacraments and worship. Included in this volume are:
The Babylonian Captivity of the Church (1520),
The German Mass and Order of the Liturgy (1526),
That These Words of Christ, "This is My Body," etc, Still Stand Firm Against the Fanatics (1527),
Concerning Rebaptism (1528), and
On the Councils and the Church (1539).

**Volume 4 of the Annotated Luther Series presents an array of Martin Luther's writings related to pastoral work, including sermons, hymns, letters, writings on prayer and the Christian life, as well as his widely used Small Catechism. Prefaces to his own writings contain his reflections on his own reforming work.

ALSO AVAILABLE at this time  is the 
3 Volume "Martin Luther Biography Series" by Martin Brecht. 
Please email me if you would like to start in on this historical look at Luther's life, and the world as it was during his time.


Look for "Catechism" in your Apple or Google App Store. 
It's free, and you will always have access to answer this question: "What does this mean?"
(Please note that to update to the Study Edition, there is a $1.99 charge)



CELEBRATE Read An eBOOK DAY, September 16, 
reading an eBook!!!!!


It's not too late to run a Sparkhouse Family Book Fair
For more information, just click here.
You must sign up by September 21!!!! You'll get free copies of 13 titles to keep! No minimum sales required, and your families will receive a discount on their orders. It's easy to do, try it!

Looking for more information on Internet Security ? Are you doing everything possible to keep your family, staff and your congregation safe on the Internet. Education is the key!

NetSmartz News: Back to School with New Netsmartz Resources
A GREAT resource for families, Youth and Family Ministries, and teachers!!!

NEW to the Resource Center

"Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations toward a Social Statement."
A Study from the ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ.

Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations Toward a Social Statement
This study includes 7 modules:
1. Why do we need to talk together?
2. What problems do women face and what does justice require?
3. How is sexism personal, and how are we the body of Christ together?
4. What does economic sexism look like, and how can we seek equity for all?
5. How can we address violence against women and girls?
6. Why do words and images for God matter?
7. How do we challenge the misuse of Scripture against women and girls?

"Together by Grace" Study Guide is now available as a free digital download! 
Reading and discussing "Together by Grace" as a group provides an opportunity to look at Lutheranism from its roots in the Reformation to its realities 500 years later. Each of the six sessions offer a variety of exercises and questions from which to choose.
Session 1: The Faith We Confess
Session 2: From the Sixteenth Century to Today
Session 3: Worship and the Arts
Session 4: Faith Active in Love
Session 5: Being Lutheran Together in a Wider World
Session 6: Voices and Places: Stories from the Global Lutheran Family


Thank you to a generous donation from one of our Synod Congregations, we now have the 
"Fall Fest: Brave Cave: Dare to Trust God" kit available. This is a one evening or 1-day event your church can share with your community. If you would like to read more info more click here
. If you would like to check out our loaning copy, send me an email!


We have a new Women's Bible Study/Retreat to share with you. 
One of our Synod congregations used it and loved it! Give it a try!
"Sweet Life Cafe: Where Women Savor Time with God"  
can be used as a weekend retreat, or a weekly (or even monthly ) Bible study, or shortened to a half-day retreat.  Here are some comments from participants of one of our Synod's churches:
"I loved the organization of the varied activities."
"The workbook was well thought out and very helpful!"
"The handouts and the discussions were very meaningful."
"My table partners shared and shared; feelings, joys, heartbreaks, 
and now I feel I have a few new close friends."

If you would like to explore or use this resource, please   send me an email.
If you are looking for something else, please let me know what type of materials you are looking for and I will share what we have with you!
L uther's Small Catechism pamphlets are still available for you
We purchase these for y ou and your congregations. 
As Lutherans, it is always 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 passed out over 1,550 Small Catechism pamphlets. 
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."


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 and Local Chapter Funds  to support the Synod Resource Center.
THANK YOU Thrivent for this wonderful opportunity! 
For more information  email Janet  or contact your Thrivent Representative.
We appreciate your calls and e-mails about resources!
The Resource Center is your lending library!  
You are helping us do a better job when you recommend the specific resources you are looking for.
 Please, keep telling us what you want, at    
This is how we know what to purchase.

Resource Center office hours for September: 

Mondays - 3pm-5pm
Tuesdays - 8:30am-11:00am 
Thursdays - Hours and dates vary, please email me in advance if you plan to come in on a Thursday.
Fridays - 8:30am-11:00am, 
We will be closed on Friday, September 16.

Other hours are available by appointment, 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! 
Janet Lane, Synod Resource Center Director
           Call 559-345-2725, (please leave a message)
           or send an  Email
           This is your Synod Resource Center; 
               I am happy to serve you.