Sierra Pacific Synod Resource Center

August 2, 2016

OPPORTUNITY #1 for your church from Augsburg Fortress:

Is your church interested in receiving several free books from Augsburg Fortress that will give you ideas for the approaching Luther 500 Celebration? Host a Reformation 500 Bookstore and introduce your congregation to engaging and affordable resources on the Reformation while growing your library! It is easy, 
it is fun, and you get to keep the several sample items they send to your church.
Here is a link with more information: Host a Reformation 500 Bookstore!!
Sign up now, the deadline is August 15. Do NOT miss this amazing opportunity!!!!!
You will receive 17 resources to keep, AND your members can purchase copies at up to a 50% discount.

OPPORTUNITY #2 for your church from Augsburg Fortress:

Get 13 FREE children's books, Bibles and videos for your church.
Host a Book Fair and give families a way to bring faith into every day life this Christmas--with a special savings just for them. Here is a link with more information about this opportunity: 
Sign up deadline for this opportunity is September 21.

**HINT** Run your Bookstore and Book Fair together and reach out to your entire congregation!

OPPORTUNITY #3 from Augsburg Fortress:


Look for "Catechism" in your Apple or Google App Store. 
It's free, and you will always have access to answer this question: "What does this mean?"
(Please note that to update to the Study Edition, there is a $1.99 charge)


Looking for more information on Internet Security? Are you doing everything possible to keep your family, staff and your congregation safe on the Internet. Education is the key!

The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) just sent this information out to subscriber's. Click here for more information: FOSI (Family Online Safety Institute) information on online Harassment.


New to the Resource Center
Thank you to a generous donation from one of our Synod Congregations, we now have the "Fall Fest: Brave Cave: Dare to Trust God" kit available. This is a one evening or 1-day event your church can share with your community. If you would like to read more info more click here. If you would like to check out our loaning copy, send me an email!


We have a new Women's Bible Study/Retreat to share with you. 
One of our Synod congregations used it and loved it! Give it a try!
"Sweet Life Cafe: Where Women Savor Time with God" can be used as a weekend retreat, or a weekly (or even monthly ) Bible study, or shortened to a half-day retreat.  Here are some comments from participants of one of our Synod's churches:
"I loved the organization of the varied activities."
"The workbook was well thought out and very helpful!"
"The handouts and the discussions were very meaningful."
"My table partners shared and shared; feelings, joys, heartbreaks, 
and now I feel I have a few new close friends."

If you would like to explore or use this resource, please  send me an email.
If you are looking for something else, please let me know what type of materials you are looking for and I will share what we have with you!
Luther's Small Catechism pamphlets are still available for you.
We purchase these for you and your congregations. 
As Lutherans, it is aways a great time to have a class on Luther's Small Catechism. 
We'll supply you with Luther's words! 
Just ask, via email at
To date we have passed out over 1,500 Small Catechism pamphlets. 
Join the excitement, as our Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton suggested by 
"dusting off the catechism and taking another look at the basics of our faith."


Please note that the Synod Resource Center of the Sierra Pacific Synod is eligible to receive 
your Choice Dollars from Thrivent Financial. 
We are sincerely grateful to Thrivent Financial and those individuals who designate their Choice Dollars and Local Chapter Funds to support the Synod Resource Center.
THANK YOU Thrivent for this wonderful opportunity! 
For more information email Janet or contact your Thrivent Representative.
We appreciate your calls and e-mails about resources!
The Resource Center is your lending library!  
You are helping us do a better job when you recommend the specific resources you are looking for.
 Please, keep telling us what you want, at    
This is how we know what to purchase.

Resource Center office hours for August: 

Mondays - 3pm-5pm
Tuesdays - 8:30am-11:00am 
Thursdays - Hours and dates vary, please email me in advance if you plan to come in on a Thursday.
Fridays - 8:30am-11:00am, 

Other hours are available by appointment, you can reach me by email:

To order materials through our website, please visit us at:
Click "Resources" and then click "Request Manager for the SPS Resource Center." You will then be on our online catalog page! Let me know if you have any questions or problems. Blessings! 
Janet Lane, Synod Resource Center Director
           Call 559-345-2725, (please leave a message)
           or send an Email
           This is your Synod Resource Center; 
               I am happy to serve you.