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Synod Snapshots from this Week!
Our Synodical Staff spent the week will colleagues from Region 2 Synods for our Regional Consultation! They spent time together discerning, learning about work other Synods are doing, and preparing for the year ahead.
Bishop Megan Rohrer and Pastor Tita Valeriano spent time with Bethel Lutheran Church in Sacramento, CA this past week.
Pastor Manda Truchinski worshipped with Faith Lutheran Church in Santa Rosa, CA yesterday! The congregation gathered for both worship and a congregational meeting. Learn more or watch their livestream service here.
Pastor Diane Wendt was installed as Pastor at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Sacramento, CA yesterday evening. Blessings to Pastor Wendt and the community at Lutheran Church of the Cross on this new season of ministry!
Pastor Hazel Salazar-Davidson joined Zion Lutheran Church in Stockton, CA for worship yesterday morning! Learn more about this congregation here.
Pastor Hazel Salazar-Davidson helped lead worship at Misión Latina Luterana yesterday, one of our Synodically Authorized Worshipping Communities (SAWC). Learn more about SAWCs here.
Upcoming Synod Wide Events/Livestreams
Check out our upcoming Synod-Wide Events here.
Advent Vesper Services
Hosted by the Bridges Conference
Wednesday the 15th & 22nd at 7:00pm
Livestreamed via YouTube & Zoom
Bishop Rohrer Family Christmas Sing-Along
Wednesday, December 15th 6:00pm PT
Livestream via Facebook & YouTube
Just Lutheran Livestream: with Dr. Kwok Pui Lan
Thursday, December 16th 4:00pm PT
Livestream via Facebook & YouTube
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
Lutheran World Relief Synod-Wide
Service Project!

Wow! Around 25 congregations across the Sierra Pacific Synod partnered together to support Lutheran World Relief over the last couple of months. Together, these congregations donated 1,476 quilts, 1,254 school kits, 778 personal hygiene kits, 192 baby supply kits, 79 fabrics, and 422 boxes.
Special thank you to ingathering coordinator Joann Weberg for her leadership, and to all of the individuals and congregations who supported this project.
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
Christmas Message from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton

Download the text of this message in English: https://bit.ly/3GqpQWw

Download the text of this message in Spanish: https://bit.ly/3oBQ5mT
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.
2022 Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Sunday Resources

Prepare for Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Sunday, happening January 30, 2022! The RIC team just released downloadable children's message and sermon videos to use in this RIC Service.
 
If you and your faith community have already downloaded the 2022 RIC Sunday worship materials, you will find the videos in the same Google Drive Folder.

If you have yet to download the worship materials, you can do so here.
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.

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.