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Synod Snapshots from this Week!
Rev. Tita Valeriano joined Shepherd By The Sea Episcopal/Lutheran Mission in Gualala, CA for worship yesterday morning! She was delighted to see Rev. Dan Smith, the congregation's guest Preacher and Presider for the day.
Bishop Megan Rohrer worshipped with Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Livermore, CA yesterday morning. Blessings to this justice-minded, intergenerational community - and a special thank you to Rev. John Bost for hosting!
Rev. Manda Truchinski joined Grace Lutheran Church in King City, CA as the community celebrated Rev. Sandi Olson Decker's final Sunday with this community - with worship in a barn! Thanks be to God for the nearly 6 years of ministry Rev. Sandi and the community of Grace shared together.
This past Tuesday, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Santa Clara, CA held a service of decommissioning. This congregation has been worshipping with Hope Lutheran Church in Santa Clara, CA for the past two years and will formally join their community. Blessings to both communities in their continued ministry together!
This past Monday, Bishop Megan Rohrer had the pleasure of spending time with The Belfry Campus Ministry in Davis, CA for their annual Cheney Memorial/St. Augustine Lecture. Bishop Megan spent the afternoon with UC Davis students, then gave a lecture titled “Gender Transgression in Early Christianity” for the entire community that evening. Thank you to Rev. Portia Hopkins for hosting and The Belfry Board for a wonderful dinner.
Rev. Manda Truchinski's #vanlife took an unexpected turn this past week with the gift of snow in May! While visiting the people of Galilee Lutheran Church in Kelseyville, CA, Rev. Manda's van got a free car wash from the snow!
2022 Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly Updates
Guidebook App is Now Live!

We are pleased to announce that the Assembly Guidebook App for the 34th Annual Assembly of the Sierra Pacific Synod is now live! If you are registered as a Voting Member, you should have received an email from with a link to download the Guidebook App. If you are registered as a Visitor, we emailed you specific instructions to access the app. Downloading the App is an essential part of preparing for Synod Assembly - be sure to download it today!
Snack Donations Needed for Assembly!

We're on a mission to collect diverse, non-refrigerated snacks from the different areas of our synod. Does your town have a special snack that is made locally and loved by many? Does your culture have a treat that you'd like to share with others?

Donations of non-perishable snacks can be dropped off in Millbrae, CA or Reno, NV ahead of time, or brought with Assembly attendees to the Synod Assembly on June 2nd. Sign up here to donate!
Upcoming Synod Wide Events/Livestreams
Check out our upcoming Synod-Wide Events here.
Assembly Trainings & Hearings
Throughout May
Pentecost Pre-Recorded Sermon
Recorded Sermon for Sunday, June 5th
Available for download May 23rd
Meet Pr. Christian Chavarría!
Friday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 5th
Sparks, NV and Concord, CA
Bringing Hope & Help to Arab Immigrants
Saturday, June 18th at 10:00am
Email for the Zoom Link
Memorial Day Work Weekend
May 27-30, 2022
at Mt. Cross Ministries, Santa Cruz
Meet the Staff Livestream:
JJ Godwin

Meet the newest member of the Synod Staff, JJ Godwin! JJ is our new Executive Assistant to the Bishop. JJ joins us from the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod and is a Candidate for Word and Service in the ELCA. Get to know JJ by watching the livestream conversation!
Updates and Resources from ELCA Churchwide & Beyond
"God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday!
Sunday, September 11, 2022

"This day is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace."

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month Zoom Gathering
Thursday, May 26th from 4:00-5:30pm PT

Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) members in the ELCA are invited to join a zoom gathering on Thursday, May 26th to celebrate our unity in Christ and our diverse heritages. "We'll also take a look at how U.S. race history has impacted our lives and communities, and share strategies for healing and resilience."

Stories from the Synod
Every week, we publish Feature Stories, Announcements, Job Postings, and so much more to our Synod Blog. We invite you to read the blog posts from this past week:

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

JJ Godwin
Executive Assistant to the Bishop

Diana Barrios
Director of Finance, Systems and Administration

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