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Synod Snapshots from this Week!
Introducing the Rev. Katie Holeman, newest Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Pastor in the Sierra Pacific Synod! Rev. Katie was Ordained Saturday afternoon at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sacramento, CA with her supportive community of family, friends, Pastors and congregants. Rev. Katie serves as Assistant Priest of St Michael’s Episcopal in Carmichael, CA. Congratulations, Rev. Katie!
Both Rev. Tita Valeriano and Synod Vice President Gail Kiyomura joined Faith Lutheran Church in Castro Valley, CA for worship yesterday morning! Thank you to Rev. Barbara Foltin and the Faith community for the warm welcome. Rev. Tita had the pleasure of preaching while Gail served as the pianist for the morning!
Rev. Manda Truchinski led worship with the community of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Quincy, CA this morning. What a joy to be with this small-town community in the mountains!
Bishop Megan Rohrer joined Galilee Lutheran Church in Kelseyville, CA yesterday for worship! Thank you to Rev. Julie Webb and the Galilee community for the warm welcome.
Bishop Megan Rohrer joined the National Ecclesia Street Ministry Gathering in San Francisco, CA last week! Bishop Megan sat on a panel and shared their experiences in Night Ministry over the years with guests from across the country.
Did you know that Synod Vice President Gail Kiyomura is a talented pianist? If your congregation is ever in need of a substitute pianist, we encourage you to reach out to Gail - and yes, she will travel to you!
Upcoming Synod Wide Events/Livestreams
Check out our upcoming Synod-Wide Events here.
Pentecost Pre-Recorded Sermon
Recorded Sermon for Sunday, June 5th
Available for download May 23rd
Meet the Staff: JJ Godwin
Thursday, May 12th at 4:00pm PT
Live on Facebook & YouTube
Assembly Trainings & Hearings
Throughout May
Special Events at Synod Assembly
Registration closes May 15, 2022
Meet Pr. Christian Chavarría!
Friday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 5th
Sparks, NV and Concord, CA
Bishop's Book Club: "After Trauma" by Ali W. Rothrock

Last week, Bishop Megan Rohrer and Catherine Slabaugh sat down with Author Ali W. Rothrock to discuss her new book, "After Trauma: Lessons on Overcoming from a First Responder Turned Crisis Counselor".

Updates and Resources from ELCA Churchwide & Beyond
Virtual Lutheran Lobby Day with the Lutheran Office of Public Policy - California
Wednesday, May 18th 9:00am-4:00pm

Our friends at the Lutheran Office of Public Policy - California just launched registration for the Virtual Lutheran Lobby Day! Happening on Wednesday, May 18th from 9:00am-4:00pm, this Lobby Day will feature a Keynote Speaker, Workshops, and more.

Mental Health Awareness Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

"May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Bishop Eaton reminds us that caring for our mental health is not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of courage, faithfulness and hope."

Memorial Day Work Weekend
May 27-30, 2022
at Mt. Cross Ministries, Santa Cruz

"Save the dates and plan to volunteer at Mt. Cross for a weekend of service and fellowship! Service projects include but are not limited to site maintenance, packing school kits for Lutheran World Relief, and lower Jensen renovation. 

Enjoy a campfire, s'mores, worship, and a BBQ lunch while giving back to the place you love! Mt. Cross needs your help to get camp ready before summer staff arrive on May 30. Contact for more information regarding service projects, meal/lodging logistics, and arrival time."
Prayers for Our People
Bishop's Wednesday Livestream Prayer

Every Wednesday, Bishop Megan (or a member of the Synod Staff) goes live on Facebook and YouTube for a time of prayer as a community.

We invite you to join us for prayer every Wednesday at 6:00pm! Public prayers can be lifted up in the comments, and private prayers can be messaged directly to Bishop Megan.

Prayers happen here:
Connect with Synod Staff
Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer
Sierra Pacific Synod

JJ Godwin
Executive Assistant to the Bishop

Diana Barrios
Director of Finance, Systems and Administration

Rev. Hazel Salazar-Davidson
Assistant to the Bishop for Authentic Diversity, Inclusive Community & Service
Rev. Manda Truchinski
Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership & Strategic Organization

Rev. Tita Valeriano
Director for Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop

Catherine Slabaugh
Communications & Connections Coordinator
The Sierra Pacific Synod Office resides on the unceded land of the Ramaytush Ohlone People.
To learn more about their tribal history, we encourage you to click here.
The Sierra Pacific Synod is a Sanctuary Synod and a Reconciling in Christ Synod.