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Synod Snapshots from this Week!
Bishop Megan Rohrer and their family worshipped with Unity Lutheran Church in South San Francisco, CA this past Sunday! Born out of a collaboration with Lutheran churches in San Bruno, Millbrae, and South San Francisco, Unity Lutheran Church is a welcoming community led by Pastor John Kuehner. Learn more about Unity here.
Pastor Manda Truchinski worshipped with Galilee Lutheran Church in Kelseyville, CA this past Sunday! Led by Pastor Julie Webb, this congregation sits beside Clear Lake just northeast of Sonoma County. Learn more about this congregation here.
Last weekend, Women of the ELCA (WELCA) in our Synod gathered for a day of fellowship, lunch and service. Centered around the theme of "Hope", they welcomed over 50 participants from numerous churches throughout our synod. See more of the pictures from the day here.

Thanks to Sam LaDue for the photos.
Upcoming Synod Wide Events/Livestreams
Check out our upcoming Synod-Wide Events here.
World Water Day
with the Southwest California Synod
Tuesday, March 22nd 12:00pm
So You Want to Host an Intern with PLTS
Tuesday, March 29th 5:30pm via Zoom
Virtual Job Fair
with Mt. Cross Ministries
Thursday March 31st 10:00am-2:00pm, 5:00-9:00pm
Resolutions, Memorials, Nominations Due
April 1st Submission Deadline
Chrism Mass Services
April 2nd at 12:30pm
Bethel Lutheran Church in Fresno, CA
April 13th at 1:00pm
Unity Lutheran Church North Campus in South San Francisco, CA
April 27th at 1:00pm
Faith Lutheran Church in Meadow Vista, CA
SPSYC Middle & High
School Retreat
April 22-24, 2022 at Mt. Cross Ministries
Updates and Resources from ELCA Churchwide & Beyond
Faith Leader Sign-On
with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer, Bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod, and Bishop Sally Dyck, the Ecumenical Officer of the United Methodist Church California-Nevada Conference have written faith letters of concern, lifting up our religious beliefs that all must be treated with dignity and respect. Join us and the chorus of voices urging the termination of the contract between the Yuba County Jail and ICE. This is the last contract between a county jail in California and ICE to house immigrants, and is not expected to end until 2099.

Sign on to two faith letters of concern that are directed to:

Yuba County of Board of Supervisors:

US Representative John Garamendi:
Earth Day Worship Materials

Our friends at Lutheran Restoring Creation are releasing a series of worship materials for your congregation to incorporate into your worship service near Earth Day, happening on April 22nd.

Additionally, the organization will be hosting an Earth Day Online Service. The service will go live on the 22nd and will include scripture readings for that Sunday, April 24th. This service will have full Spanish translation.

Ukraine & Eastern Europe: Updates from Lutheran Disaster Response

"The Rev. Daniel Rift, Director for ELCA World Hunger and Lutheran Disaster Response Fund, talked live with the Rev. Dr. Rafael Malpica-Padilla, Executive Director for Service and Justice, and the Rev. Rachel Eskesen, Area Desk Director for Europe. They discussed the situation in Eastern Europe and Rafael and Rachel shared about the ELCA’s response. This conversation took place Mar. 16, 2022."

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.

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.