Sierra Pacific Syno Resource Center


September 7, 2017


The Essential Lutheran Handbook: 500th Anniversary Even Smaller Pocket Edition By now, you've undoubtedly heard the news that 
the Essential Lutheran Handbook is releasing in just a few days! 
This wonderful resource targets youth and adult BIble studies as we lead up to Reformation Day this fall. The bonus youth and adult discussion guides for use exclusively with the Essential Lutheran Handbook are now available to download, see links above and below for access. These discussion guides prompt fun and lively dialogue about what we are celebrating and why we are all so excited to celebrate it together. 
Haven't ordered the Essential Lutheran Handbook 500 Anniversary Pocket Edition for your church yet? There is still time. What better gift for an event that comes around every 500 years?!

Once again, hand in hand with one of our Fresno churches, Hope Lutheran, the Synod Resource Center is co-hosting a Reformation 500 Bookstore!

  A copy of the 2-page Order Form is right here, including the discounted prices:  Reformation 500 Bookstore Order Form 
Orders must be received by September 30th. 
You may email your order to  Janet at the Resource Center  or call 559-345-2725 and leave a message with a number to reach you at to confirm your order . Any orders received after September 30 may not be filled at the discounted prices listed on the order form. Please mail your checks made out to "Synod Resource Center" writing 'Ref500Books' in the memo section to:
 Janet Lane 
Synod Resource Center 
2311 E. Shaw Ave 
Fresno, CA  93710. 
Please also send an email with your intention to order, so that I don't miss your order. All orders will be mailed to your church, or whatever address you give me with your order, at no cost to you, as soon as the our order arrives. 
If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to ask!
All orders will be confirmed before being placed if I have any questions at all. 
Email is the best way to ask questions. Here's to learning more about the Reformation!

Reformation 500

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 they agree with Bishop Eaton,
"Working hard doesn't make God love us more." Living Lutheran, August 2017, page 50.

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
Luther's Small Catechism pamphlets are available for you.
We purchase these for y
ou and your congregations. 
With Reformation 500 weeks 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.
Synod Resource Center hours for August and September:

PLEASE NOTE the Synod Resource Center will be closed on Monday, September 4th, Friday, September 10, and from September 22-30th.

Monday - 3pm-5pm (Closed Sept. 4 and 25)
Tuesdays - 8:30am-10:30am (Closed Sept. 26)
Fridays - 8:30am-10:30am (Closed Sept. 10 and 29)
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.