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Synod Snapshots from this Week!
Pastor Manda Truchinski joined St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Pleasant Hill, CA as the congregation blessed Pastor Bekah Davis as she departs for her sabbatical. Blessings to this congregation as they support the wellness and continuing development of their Pastor!
Pastor Tita Valeriano worshipped with St. Paul's Lutheran Family in Carson City, NV this past Sunday. The congregation met with Pr. Tita to discuss the ACTS for Vitality program and dream together. Blessings to Pastor Chad Adamik and this vibrant congregation!
Lutheran Church of the Cross in Sacramento, CA found a unique way to raise money to support the people of Ukraine - selling sunflowers! The congregation raised over $1,000 to be shared with Lutheran World Relief and Lutheran Disaster Response.
Bishop Megan Rohrer and their family worshipped with New Creation Lutheran Church in San Jose, CA this past weekend. Learn more about this congregation, led by Pastor Cristina Beauchemin, here!
Bishop Megan Rohrer joined the Lutheran Home of the Aging in Humboldt County, a nonprofit dedicated to providing rent-subsidized homes for low-income elders, for a groundbreaking ceremony for their newest development in Fortuna, CA.
Pastor Tita Valeriano met with Pastor Mary Lou Petitjean and Council President Marcie Vallejo, both of Gift of Grace Lutheran Church in Fernley, NV. Learn more about this congregation here!
Upcoming Synod Wide Events/Livestreams
Check out our upcoming Synod-Wide Events here.
So You Want to Host an Intern with PLTS
Tuesday, March 29th 5:30pm via Zoom
Questions about COVID-19 Vaccine Information Session
Thursday, March 31st 6:30pm via Zoom
ID: 82884943872, Passcode: 100144
Virtual Job Fair
with Mt. Cross Ministries
Thursday March 31st 10:00am-2:00pm, 5:00-9:00pm
Addition & Overdose Prevention Centers Livestream
Thursday March 31st 9:00am
Hosted by the Center for Addiction & Faith and Clergy for a New Drug Policy
Chrism Mass Services
April 2nd at 12:30pm
Bethel Lutheran Church in Fresno
April 13th at 1:00pm
Unity Lutheran Church North Campus in South San Francisco
April 27th at 1:00pm
Faith Lutheran Church in Meadow Vista
Bishop's Book Club
Monday, April 4th 4:00pm PT
Livestream via Facebook & YouTube
Updates and Resources from ELCA Churchwide & Beyond
Holy Voices: Gender Inequality and Climate Displacement Livestream
Thursday, March 31st at 4:00pm

The Interfaith Immigration Coalition, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and Center for Climate Justice and Faith at PLTS will partner together for a conversation around climate change-related disasters and specifically their disproportionate effects on women and girls

Learn more & register here:
ELCA World Hunger's Daily Bread Matching Grant
Applications Open Soon!

These matching grants support congregations and their partners as they work toward a just world where all are fed. ELCA congregations with feeding ministries are eligible to participate and approved participants are able to invite their congregation, networks and friends to donate. To kickstart campaigns, the funds raised are matched by ELCA World Hunger with a grant of $500. Applications for the next grant cycle open April 25, 2022. 

All previous recipients of a Daily Bread Matching Grant are eligible to apply this year in addition to first-time applicants. If you would like to receive information on the next round of grants, please email indicating your interest.
Worship Resources for the
Eastern European Crisis

"ELCA Worship has published a set of resources to assist worshiping communities as they respond to the crisis in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Several prayers are provided that can be used at home or in public worship, during prayers of intercession or at another time."

Bishop Megan Birthday Surprise!

We've created a Padlet (virtual bulletin board) where you are invited to share what you have appreciated from Bishop Megan Rohrer in their first 9 months as Bishop. Share a fun memory, add your favorite photo, and help us spread joy Bishop Megan's way on their birthday.

Follow these instructions for Posting to Padlet:
1. Click this link to access the Padlet:
2. Click the pink arrow in the bottom right-hand corner.
3. Type your message for Bishop Megan and add a picture, if you'd like.
4. Click submit! After your message is approved, it'll be posted on the Padlet with all other messages for Bishop Megan to see.

Birthdays are a time of celebration and sharing joy with others, and we're hopeful this Padlet will bring some light and happiness to Bishop Megan's day. Thank you for helping contribute!
Bishop's Convocation Evaluation

Did you attend the Bishop's Convocation via zoom back in February? If so, we'd greatly appreciate you filling out the form below. Since this was a Holy Experiment, we’re eager to hear your feedback. Thank you for your help and honest feedback! Click here to access the evaluation form.
Stories from the Synod
There were many stories from the Synod shared on our blog this week! We invite you to click the links below to read each story:
Synod Assembly 2022
Synod Assembly Registration Open!
Open March 1 - May 1, 2022

Registration for Synod Assembly 2022 is now open! The Assembly will commence on Thursday, June 2, 2022 and close Saturday, June 4, 2022. In order to attend synod assembly as a voting member in-person, all individuals will need to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Registration for the Synod Assembly or any of the accompanying events must be completed online.

Lead a Workshop at Synod Assembly

We're collecting applications for Workshop Leaders for Synod Assembly 2022! We invite you to apply to lead a 1-hour workshop during Synod Assembly in Sparks, NV this June. Applications will be accepted until April 15th, and all workshops offered at the Assembly will be announced after May 1st.

Synod Assembly Volunteers Needed

As hundreds of our fellow Lutherans will be attending the Assembly to Worship, Learn, and Conduct the Business of the Sierra Pacific Synod, volunteers are needed to assist Assembly attendees.
Special Events for Synod Assembly

We have additional special events happening before and during the Assembly that we're inviting non-voting and voting members to. A Day of Service, Rachel Kurtz Concert, LGBTQ+ Workshop, and Sierra Pacific Outdoors Fundraiser.

Individuals can attend the special events even if they are not attending synod assembly!
You can register for any of these special events through the link below, selecting "Special Events Participant Only" as your Registration type:
Resolutions, Memorials, Nominations Due April 1st

Looking to make some systemic change in our synod and greater church? Resolutions, Memorials, and Nominations for Synod Council are one way you can do so! All of these items are due April 1st to be prepared for this summer's assembly.

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

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

Diana Barrios
Director of Finance, Systems and Administration
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.