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Synod Snapshots from this Week!
Bishop Megan Rohrer and their children visited St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in San Francisco, CA on Reformation Sunday for a bilingual German-English service!
Pastor Katelyn Rakotoarivelo was Installed as Pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Dublin, CA on Saturday, October 30th. Congratulations, Pr. Katelyn and the community of Resurrection!
Photo by Sitraka Rakotoarivelo.
Santa Maria y Santa Marta Lutheran Church celebrated Día de los Muertos with a community Ofrenda yesterday! Here, Pr. Monique Ortiz is leading the service.
Last Tuesday, Bishop Megan and Pr. Tita Valeriano visited Christ Lutheran Church in King City, CA with Pr. Sandi Decker! This faithful congregation is one of our furthest geographically south in the synod and has been serving King City, CA for over 60 years.
Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto, CA celebrated 70 years of ministry on Friday with an outdoor dinner and gathering! Blessings to Pr. Matt Smuts, Pr. Friederike Wekel, the Grace Staff and the entire congregation.
Photo by Tilman Wekel.
The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Club presented Bishop Megan with the "Faith in Action" Award at their annual banquet this past week. Congratulations, Bishop!
Upcoming Synod Wide Events/Livestreams
Check out our upcoming Synod-Wide Events here.
Virtual Hunger Hour: ELCA Good Gifts
Thursday, November 4th 7:00pm PT
Email thelotts@gmail.com to register.
Just Lutheran Livestream:
with ELCA AMMPARO
Friday, November 5th 2:00pm PT
Livestream via Facebook & YouTube
Providing Emotional Spiritual Care in Disasters
Saturday, November 6th
#1: 9:00am-12:00pm, #2: 2:00-5:00pm
Webinar #1 registration here.
Webinar #2 registration here.
#CaliSTRONG Multi-Synod
Youth Group
Saturday, November 6th 6:30pm PT
Sign up to participate here.
SPSYC Synod-Wide
Service Day
Saturday, November 13th 1:00pm PT
5 Locations Synod-Wide
Register to attend a site here.
Thriving Leadership Formation Cohort with Rev. Hazel
Advent 2021-Lent 2022
Email hazel@spselca.org to join.
Learn more here.
Past Events/Programs Recorded

If you scroll to the bottom of our new Upcoming Synod-Wide Events page, you'll find links to our past livestreams for your viewing.

We invite you to check out our past livestreams at the bottom of the page here.
Knitted/Crocheted Donations Needed Soon for LSS!

Did your congregation support Lutheran Social Services of Northern California during your God's Work, Our Hands Sunday in knitting and crocheting items to donate? If so, LSS kindly asks you to send them in by the 19th of November. Please check in with Rachel Flores at rflores@lssnorcal.org for more information. A scarf or hat in the winter months is a cozy blessing. Thank you for continuing to support our friends at LSS!
Updates & Stories from the Synod
Virtual Community Ofrenda for Día de los Muertos!

Día de los Muertos begins today and ends tomorrow, and we'd love to celebrate and honor our loved ones who have passed away with a community Ofrenda! We invite you to help us build our virtual Ofrenda (altar) through the Padlet linked below, where you can post pictures & memories of your loved ones who have passed away.

Add to our virtual Ofrenda here: https://padlet.com/spselca/tdwohzjzw7bdgp0m

This Ofrenda is from one of our SPS congregations, Iglesia Luterana Santa Maria y Santa Marta, in San Francisco, CA.
Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto, CA.
Grace Lutheran Church in King City, CA.
St. John's Lutheran Church in Sacramento, CA.
Reformation Sunday 2021

We hope your congregation had a wonderful Reformation Sunday yesterday! Here are a few pictures from different congregations in our Synod to give you a peek into how others celebrated. Have pictures from your Reformation Service or Celebrations? Email them to catherine@spselca.org or tag us on Facebook to share!
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
ReconcilingWorks 2022 Sunday Worship Resources are now available!

"ReconcilingWorks wants to celebrate with your faith community and is excited to offer these resources. Many RIC communities celebrate RIC Sunday on the last Sunday in January. This year, that lands on January 30, 2022. ReconcilingWorks encourages you to celebrate on a date that is meaningful for your community. Be sure to use this day as a time to recommit to your partnership as a RIC faith community, discern ways to live into your RIC partner commitments, and set new milestones for the year to come." Learn more here.
Hidden Evangelists: with ELCA Executive Director for Christian Community and Leadership

"Join us for a virtual gathering and a lively conversation with people who have a similar passion for sharing Christ’s love. Join Phil Hirsch, ELCA Executive Director for Christian Community and Leadership, and Louise Johnson, ELCA Executive for Administration, on Zoom Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Central time. As the ELCA seeks to engage new people, discern how you can share your gifts of interpersonal connection to help activate your community."

Register for the zoom here.
ELCA World Hunger Advent Resources

Advent is fast approaching! Our friends at ELCA World Hunger have a multitude of resources for you & your congregation to use this Advent Season. An Advent calendar, Advent study guide, action guide, a Good Gifts tree, and a poster for your fellowship hall or office - just to name a few of the things! They're all downloadable here.
Prayers for Our People
Bishop's Wednesday Live 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.

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.