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Synod Snapshots from this Week!
Pastor Hazel Salazar-Davidson worshipped with Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Auburn, CA yesterday! This welcoming congregation is led by Pastor Ron Valadez, learn more about them here.
Catherine Slabaugh had the pleasure of attending The Belfry last week, our Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry at UC Davis. The community gathers weekly for worship and dinner and last week, tried a new Supper Eucharist! Learn more about The Belfry here.
Bishop Megan Rohrer had the pleasure of being interviewed on the San Francisco radio show, "Roll Over Easy" this past week! This Thursday morning radio show sits down for a cup of coffee in the Ferry Building in Downtown San Francisco to talk with locals who are helping improve the SF community. Listen to the conversation here.
Bishop Megan Rohrer, Pastor Tita Valeriano and Synod Secretary Jeff Pennington worshipped with Good Shepherd South Asian Ministry yesterday, a synodically authorized worshipping community in Fremont, CA. Learn more about this congregation here.
Pastor Manda Truchinski worshipped with Trinity Lutheran Church in Porterville, CA this past Sunday, led by Pastor Jodi Golden-Lund - the Conference 9 Dean! Learn more abut this congregation here.
Catherine Slabaugh worshipped with Davis Lutheran Church in Davis, CA this past Sunday! This centrally-located congregation, led by Pastor Jeff Irwin, continually finds unique ways to serve the Davis community, especially the local UC Davis college students. Learn more about this congregation here.
Upcoming Synod Wide Events/Livestreams
Check out our upcoming Synod-Wide Events here.
Advent Vesper Services
Hosted by the Bridges Conference
Wednesday, December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd at 7:00pm PT ​
Livestreamed via YouTube
ADLA Officer Elections
Saturday, December 11th 10:30am PT Gathering via Zoom
Meeting ID: 842 9573 0892
Passcode: 725418
Region 2 Mobility Consultations
with Region 2 Bishops & Assistants Thursday, December 9th
Fill out this form if interested
Mt. Cross Work Weekend
January 7-9, 2022 at Mt. Cross Ministries, Santa Cruz, CA
Learn more and sign-up to attend here
Congregational Officers Meeting
Saturday, January 22nd 10:30am PT
RSVP synodvicepresident@spselca.org
Conference Assembly
Sunday, January 30th 3:00pm PT
Mt. Diable Conference
Sunday, February 6th 2:00pm PT
Bridges Conference
Sunday, February 27th 2:00pm PT
Central San Joaquin
Stories from the Synod
ELCA Mission Funding Livestream: with Gabe Brannan and Bishop Megan Rohrer

Last Tuesday, Bishop Megan Rohrer sat down with ELCA Mission Funding Director Gabe Brannan for a livestreamed conversation. As a Mission Funding Director, Gabe connects Lutheran’s faith and philanthropy to the ministries of the Churchwide Office. These ministries include those that feed people, walk in accompaniment with our global partners, support the future leaders of our church and rush into disasters where God’s hand is needed the most.

Listen to the conversation here.
Stories from the Synod

Our Synod website features a Blog where different members of staff share stories about their travels to congregations, resources that may benefit others and other public statements. We encourage you to read our blog posts from this week:

Updates and Resources from ELCA Churchwide
The Magnificat: Turning the World Upside Down

"The ELCA Wittenberg Center invites you to join us for a three-part webinar series in which we will mark the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s commentary on the Magnificat and continued significance of Mary’s voice."

The 3 sessions will be held virtually on December 15th, 16th and 17th from 10:00-11:00am PT. You can register to join here.
ELCA Good Gifts

TODAY is the last day to place your ELCA Good Gifts order and receive a free printed card by Christmas time! Not to worry, if you donate to ELCA Good Gifts after today you can still download PDF cards to print at home anytime.

Check out this years Good Gifts catalog and pun-filled cards here.
A Happy & Blessed Hanukkah

Tonight is the 8th and final night of Hanukkah, a "festival of lights that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in the second century BCE and the continual commitments to healing, wholeness, hope, and joy".

To our Jewish siblings, a very happy and blessed Hanukkah!
Prayers for Our People
Bishop's Wednesday Livestream Prayer: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

This week, Bishop Megan's livestream prayer centered around the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, and featured prayers and hymns in both english and spanish. We encourage you to watch this unique prayer service here.

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.

Connect with Synod Staff
Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer
Bishop
Sierra Pacific Synod
bprohrer@spselca.org

Rev. Hazel Salazar-Davidson
Assistant to the Bishop for Authentic Diversity, Inclusive Community & Service
hazel@spselca.org

Diana Barrios
Director of Finance, Systems and Administration
diana@spselca.org
Rev. Manda Truchinski
Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership & Strategic Organization
manda@spselca.org

Rev. Tita Valeriano
Director for Evangelical Mission and Assistant to the Bishop
titav@spselca.org

Catherine Slabaugh
Communications & Connections Coordinator
catherine@spselca.org

Rev. Bill Wong
Call Process Assistant
bwong@spselca.org
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.