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Synod Snapshots from this Week!
Bishop Megan Rohrer, Rev. Tita Valeriano, Rev. Hazel Salazar-Davidson and Diana Barrios worshipped online with 3 of our local SPS congregations this past Sunday!
Rev. Manda Truchinski spent time this weekend with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School in Novato, CA. If you serve on the church council, you may find yourself at Council President Leah's house enjoying dinner with these faithful leaders!
The San Francisco Night Ministry hosted their annual Fall Harvest Fundraiser this past weekend, with the theme Magenta Magic! Bishop Megan joined Pr. Monique Ortiz and others at St. Mark's Lutheran in San Francisco for a night of celebration.
Rev. Tita Valeriano had the pleasure of visiting Grace Church in San Jose, CA this past week! Here, Rev. Tita is pictured with lead Pastor Rev. John Goldstein.
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) celebrated 12 years of being the first Reconciling Works Seminary this past Wednesday! Bishop Megan had the pleasure of joining PLTS for worship. We celebrate with you, PLTS!
Bishop Megan and Diana Barrios had the pleasure of visiting Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, CA today! Special thanks to Chaplain Joshua Semovoski and Rev. Jason Bense for facilitating the visit and welcoming us in!
Upcoming Synod Wide Events/Livestreams
Check out our upcoming Synod-Wide Events here.
Bishop's Book Club: Livestream with Author
Thursday, October 28th 6:00pm PT
Livestream via Facebook & YouTube
The Gift of Grandparenting Webinar
Thursday, October 28th 9:00am PT
Register for the webinar here.
Just Lutheran Livestream: Poet Aileen Cassinetto
Friday, October 29th 6:00pm PT
Livestream via Facebook & YouTube
Virtual Hunger Hour: ELCA Good Gifts
Thursday, November 4th 7:00pm PT
Email thelotts@gmail.com to register.
Interim Ministry Network Virtual Conference
November 1-5 via Zoom
Hosted by the Interim Ministry Network
Learn more & register here.
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.
Seminary Discernment Retreat
November 6-8
Held at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA
Register for the retreat here.
SPSYC Synod-Wide
Service Day
Saturday, November 13th 1:00pm PT
5 Locations Synod-Wide
Register to attend a site 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.
Updates & Stories from the Synod
Virtual Community Ofrenda for Día de los Muertos!

We invite you to help us build our virtual Ofrenda (altar) this year for Día de los Muertos! We've created a Padlet where we invite you to post pictures & memories of your loved ones who have passed away. We hope this virtual altar becomes a collective space for us to celebrate and honor our loved ones and invite their spirits to be with us.


This Ofrenda is from years past at one of our SPS congregations, Iglesia Luterana Santa Maria y Santa Marta, in San Francisco, CA.
Reformation Sunday 2021

Reformation Sunday is coming up and the Synod Staff would love to share ways your congregation is celebrating! Use the hashtag #spsreformation to share your photos and we'll repost as we see them. Blessings to you all as we remember the Reformation!
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:

Synod Council Update

The Synod Council voted to invoke synodical preservation (S13.24) at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oakland, CA. The congregation is now closed. 

If you have questions about this, please contact Bishop Megan Rohrer bprohrer@spselca.org
Updates and Resources from ELCA Churchwide
A pastoral letter from the ELCA Presiding Bishop regarding the actions of the Reformed Church in America General Synod 2021

Read the letter from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, access the RCA General Assembly summary and learn more 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.