Upcoming Synod-Wide Events
Wondering what to add in your upcoming newsletter or bulletin? Curious what events and programs the Synod has planned coming up soon? This page is updated weekly to include the most up-to-date items for you!
Bishop's Prayer Livestream
Every Wednesday at 6:00pm PT
Livestreamed via Synod's Facebook and YouTube
Join Bishop Megan Rohrer in prayer on livestream - watch live on both the Bishop and the Synod's social media pages. Lift up public prayers in the comment sections. Send private payers through DM or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch via Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/SPSELCA
Watch via YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/user/SPSELCA/videos
2022 ELCA Youth Gathering Zoom Conversation
Tuesday, November 30th at 4:00pm PT
Join Gathering Synod Coordinator Lisa Herlocker and Synod Day Coordinator Sarah Street for a zoom conversation with updates around the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering!
Please RSVP to Lisa Herlocker (email@example.com) to let her know you'll be joining.
Meeting ID: 824 1878 6497
ELCA Mission Funding Livestream
Tuesday, November 30th at 6:00pm PT
Sierra Pacific Synod Cohort
Gathering via Zoom, led by Rev. Hazel-Salazar Davidson
Calling ordained pastors, deacons, seminarians, and non-ordained congregational leaders with all levels of artistic ability (novice to long-time doodler) ages 18 and up in the ELCA Sierra Pacific Synod; led by Rev. Hazel Salazar-Davidson, Assistant to the Bishop for Authentic Diversity, Inclusive Community, and Service in the Sierra Pacific Synod. Join us for a small group for church leaders. Our time together will be formed around the needs of the community, including, but not limited to meditations, community processing, arts and crafts, and/or movement. This will be a time for us to be our full authentic selves with each other and for each other. We will hear and learn from others about their own artistic practices and to create art pieces in community. We will meet for 12 sessions on zoom, 11 being group time, the 12th being a virtual art showing (black tie from the waist up, sweats or comfy bottoms).
We will gather for 12 sessions, dates have been purposely scheduled, to begin in Advent 2021 and move through Lent 2022.
These pandemics have left many of us feeling burned out and tired. Many are having trouble reengaging in our work, life, education, etc. It is hard to find a balance. The stresses of white supremacy in today’s world sits in our bodies and many of us have trouble releasing it. Artistic expression has been one of the ways that have been utilized in order to journey through our days. The visual arts are often used in various religious traditions as a spiritual practice that helps an individual process through life experiences. They were used to tell the story of the gospel before communities were literate. Here, we gather for a different kind of spiritual practice. One that allows us to embody and illustrate the gospel and release all that separates us from it. One that allows us to share our stories and experiences with one another in new ways.
We will come together because we are hungry for art in our world, we hunger for it in our spirits and desire to journey with those who create it and share it with the world. We will come together with the intent of supporting one another in our ministries, life-paths, wonderings and encouraging artistic expression. We will come together because we cannot do this ourselves, because community, storytelling and sharing with one another is what sustains us.
Contact Rev. Hazel Salazar-Davidson (she/her/ella) at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Advent Vespers Service with the Bridges Conference & PLTS
Wednesday, December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd at 7:00pm PT
Livestreamed via PLTS Worship YouTube
This Advent season, congregations in the Bridges Conference of our Synod will be hosting evening vesper services on Wednesdays at 7:00pm. The worship services will be streamed live from the host congregations and can be viewed by you via the PLTS Worship YouTube page, here.
The congregations will be using the Holden Evening Prayer liturgy in these services.
ADLA Officer Elections
Saturday, December 11th at 10:30am PT
Held via Zoom
ADLA invites our ELCA siblings who self-identify as Black, African Caribbean, African American, African Nationals and others of African ancestry to join us in a gathering for the election of officers for our local chapter of ADLA.
Meeting ID: 842 9573 0892
Holiday Gift Drive with Lutheran Social Services
Lutheran Social Services of Northern California (LSS), one of our wonderful ministry partners, invites us to make the December holiday season brighter for 4,000 formerly homeless and at-risk children, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, teenagers and other vulnerable adults in your Northern California community!
Join LSS for for their annual Holiday Gift Drive! Here's how you can contribute:
1) Adopting one of the supportive housing programs (30-60 people).
2) Ordering from the online Amazon and Target participant Wish Lists.
Amazon here: https://tinyurl.com/LSSamazon
Target here: https://tinyurl.com/LSStarget
3) Donating for LSS to do the shopping for you. Donate here: https://tinyurl.com/LSSDonate
Quarterly Congregational Officers Meeting
Saturday, January 22nd 10:30am
Meeting via Zoom.
All Congregational Leaders are invited to join the Sierra Pacific Synod Executive Council on Saturday, January 22nd from 10:30am-12:00pm via zoom for a meeting. Ask questions, learn more about what's happening with the Office of the Bishop and Synod Council, and gain insight from other congregations who may be engaging in similar work you're doing.
Stay tuned for more information on how to register to attend.
Gathering via Zoom
Sunday, January 30, 2022 3:00pm: Mt. Diablo Conference Assembly
Sunday, February 6, 2022 2:00pm: Bridges Conference Assembly
Sunday, February 27, 2022 2:00pm: Central San Joaquin at Trinity Lutheran, Fresno
2022 Ignite the Church Conference
February 8-10, 2022
In-Person in Orlando, FL or Virtual
Since February 2020, the Church has been enduring unprecedented seismic shifts. In response, a new Hybrid version of the grassroots Ignite the Church Conference will gather next February…In-Person in sunny Orlando AND Online…to reflect on the theme: SEISMIC SHIFTS: Where Do We Go From Here?
The theme is grounded in the witness of Psalm 46: 1-2 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and the mountains shake." Four large group sessions will focus on the following shifts: Public Church (Robin Steinke and Winston Persaud), Hybrid Church (Joe and Jess Liles), Adaptive Church (Tod Bolsinger), Thriving Church (Stephanie Spellers). Ten 90-minute workshops will dig deeper into these shifts to offer encouragement, inspiration, and challenge for church leaders.
To register and learn more about the presenters, workshop options, and other details go to www.IgniteTheChurch.net. Register by November 30 to access the lowest $99 In-Person rate. The Online option will provide live and recorded access to each large group session and the post-conference Resource Page. The Online option is FREE…with a suggested donation $30 to the ELCA Fund for Leaders invited.