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Synod Snapshots from this Week!
Bishop Megan worshipped with Lutheran Community Church in Watsonville, CA on this first Sunday in Advent! This congregation hosts a bilingual service every Sunday, learn more about the community here.
Pastor Manda Truchinski worshipped in beautiful Half Moon Bay, CA at Coastside Lutheran Church, with Pastor Sue Holland. Check out the incredible ocean views and more on their website here!
Diana Barrios and Catherine Slabaugh worshipped at Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Davis, CA this past Sunday. Pastor Dan Smith and the folk of LCI are a Reconciling in Christ and Green Faith congregation. Learn more on their newly renovated website here!
St. John's Lutheran Church in Sacramento, CA welcomed Catherine Slabaugh to volunteer for their annual Thanksgiving Dinner for community members in need, just a few days before Thanksgiving! Learn more about the ways this congregation connects with their urban community here.
On Thursday, November 18th Pastor Bill Wong, our Call Process Assistant, visited with First Lutheran Church in Orland, CA and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Artois, CA - one ELCA and one LCMS congregation who is looking to call a joint Pastor to serve both congregations.
Pastor Tita Valeriano spent last Monday with La Iglesia Luterana Nuestro Redentor/Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Livingston, CA for a time of listening, prayer, fellowship and communion.
Upcoming Synod Wide Events/Livestreams
Giving Tuesday!

For Giving Tuesday tomorrow, the Synod will be hosting a livestream conversation around ELCA Mission Funding as we learn more about connecting our Lutheran faith and philanthropy with the ministries of the Churchwide office. We'll focus on three ministries: ELCA World Hunger, Fund for Leaders, and Lutheran Disaster Response. Come to tomorrow's livestream to learn more about these ministries and consider donating to this important work on this Giving Tuesday:

Check out our upcoming Synod-Wide Events here.
ELCA Youth Gathering
Zoom Conversation
Tuesday, November 30th 4:00pm PT
ELCA Mission Funding Livestream
Tuesday, November 30th 6:00pm PT
Livestream via Facebook & YouTube 
Advent Vesper Services
Hosted by the Bridges Conference
Wednesday, December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd at 7:00pm PT ​
Livestreamed via YouTube
ADLA Officer Elections
Saturday, December 11th 10:30am PT Gathering via Zoom
Meeting ID: 842 9573 0892
Passcode: 725418
Congregational Officers Meeting
Saturday, January 22nd 10:30am PT
RSVP to 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
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
16 Days of Activism Against
Gender-Based Violence

The Sierra Pacific Synod is partnering with the ELCA and Lutheran Churches across the world for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, happening from November 25-December 10.

Lutherans from around the world will join our Synod on Wednesday, December 1st via the Synod Facebook Page for a Worship Service, led by Bishop Megan Rohrer.

We invite you to join us at 6:00pm here.
World AIDS Day - December 1st

The ELCA joins many across the world in commemorating World AIDS Day on December 1st. The ELCA has written litanies and prayers for congregations to use as we remember and lift up those who have been affected by AIDS and HIV. We encourage congregations to use these in their communal or personal prayers on/around World AIDS Day, December 1st. These worship resources can be found here.
Study Guide: Faith, Sexism & Justice

"A study guide is now available for the ELCA’s newest social statement, Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Call to Action. The guide features six flexible sessions that can be customized for in-person gatherings or virtual meetings. Each session incorporates prayers, videos, engaging activities, Scripture study and invitations to live out the call to gender justice in the world. Find it here!
Land Acknowledgment Resources for Congregations

Vance Blackfox, the Desk Director for American Indian Alaska Native Tribal Nations, has published a letter following up with the ELCA's Declaration stated on Indigenous Peoples' Day of this year. In the letter, they list Land Acknowledgment Resources for Congregations, as this is just one way we can formally acknowledge the original people of the land in North America.

We invite you to check out the resources here.
ELCA Fund for Leaders: Scholarship Applications Open!

"Applications are now open for ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarships! Each year the Fund for Leaders provides over 40 full-tuition scholarships to future ELCA pastors and deacons who attend ELCA seminaries. In spring 2022, the Fund for Leaders will once again offer scholarships to seminary students. Find out more and apply 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.