SPS Resource Center

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Provides complete online electronic catalog system for you – churches, individuals, and organizations – to help you locate and borrow materials. This online, searchable web catalog allows you to browse and request resources using a link to the catalog. Items may be picked up at Resource Center or shipped to your address (with postage paid return)



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Once you have made a selection, your request will be automatically submitted to Resource Center. Watch for an email from web@requestmanager.org confirming receipt of your request and information about availability.

If available, item(s) will either be mailed postage free or you may pick up at Resource Center, 364 East Barstow, Fresno CA 93710.

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ABOUT THE RESOURCE CENTER

The Sierra Pacific Resource Center serves 180 congregations in Northern California and Northern Nevada who comprise the ELCA’s Sierra Pacific Synod.  While its holdings are located on the campus of Hope Lutheran Church, Fresno, CA, its Website, social media presence, and gratis delivery of books, DVDs, CDs, tapes and other media make it a responsive lending library to the entire Synod.

 

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MISSION

Finding God’s Word in All of its Forms

The Vision of the Resource Center is to increase quality and availability of both print and electronic resources to meet the needs of congregational leaders in support of their educational, worship and missional needs; gather, purchase and provide materials that are consistent with Christian theology and Lutheran doctrine and beliefs; and, facilitate circulation of the Resource Center collection even as we grow in the use of digital methods and materials.

 

The Sierra Pacific Synod is committed to centering the voices of those with the most at stake. Those living at the intersections of issues and events must be allowed to speak first, last and longest.

OUR GOALS
  1. Seek to become a more valued partner with congregations through increased, useful communications – newsletters, announcements and email with helpful information and resources;
  2. Develop bonds with host Conference, Deans and Synod leaders to enable better support of our various shared ministries;
  3. Consider ways in which Request Management software can better meet needs for circulating and accounting of RC materials and resources;
  4. Demonstrate digital competence in ways to more efficiently meet the mission of the RC;
  5. Empower a diverse assembly of Resource Center contributors;
  6. And, foster new sources of sustainable financial support for the RC.
NEWS & EVENTS

Advent Vespers

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.

Recent Posts

Hasn’t this last year been a disaster!

Saturday, Nov. 6 Lutheran Disaster Response Emotional Spiritual Care Webinar #1 (free) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lutheran-disaster-response-emotional-spiritual-care-webinar-1-tickets-170328690699?fbclid=IwAR0Rga5emQLX2c4mQLO46mrJTdYtrZh_xb-r-61V8lNWIVZBAaRCYH94Lkk

Bishop’s Book Club – Discussion Group

October Mondays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. or October Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Zoom. Launched in September, the Bishop’s Book Club has been meeting Mondays and Wednesdays to discuss books of significance to Bp. Megan, Assistant to the Bishop Rev. Hazel Salazar-Davidson, and our synod. The inaugural session hosted two discussion groups centered around the book “If God Still Breathes, Why Can’t I?” We met in a Zoom gathering on Mondays with a second group gathering on Wednesdays throughout the month of October. Hope you got to participate! Did you get to join Bishop Megan and Author Angela Parker on Friday, September 24th at 5:00pm PT for our very first Bishop’s Book Club, talking about the book “If God Still Breathes, Why Can’t I?” If not, you can view it on the Synod YouTube channel or by clicking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OX3T78z6GU The Bishop’s Book Club is co-hosted with the Synod Resource Center and we register to participate here (same as the first link) https://forms.gle/is6aV51BEub4TA3d7  Want to support more conversation like this? Consider donating to the Sierra Pacific Synod through Paypal: https://tinyurl.com/spsdonation Friday, Sept. 24 at 5:00 p.m. PT

A Conversation With an Indigenous Faith-leader

From the Office of the Bishop, consider joining the Just Lutheran Livestream: with Vance Blackfox & Bishop Megan Rohrer, Monday, August 30th at 6:00pm PT   This conversation will be livestreamed via the Synod Facebook page, Bishop Megan Rohrer's Facebook page, and both the Synod and the Bishop's YouTube pages, and we encourage you to engage in the conversation by asking questions live via the chat box.   Here are our options to participate: the Facebook link is https://fb.me/e/iG62wlngl The YouTube link is https://www.youtube.com/user/SPSELCA/videos   What is Just Lutheran? Learn more here: https://www.justlutheran.com/   Vance Blackfox, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, serves the churchwide organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) as the Desk Director for American Indian Alaska Native Tribal Nations. An alumn of Texas Lutheran University (TLU) and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), Vance has previously served the ELCA in multiple capacities, from taking a post as National President of the Lutheran Youth Organization during his TLU days, to later working as a diversity and cultural education professional for the Women of the ELCA, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, California Lutheran University, ELCA Youth Gathering, and LSTC’s Youth in Mission. In addition to serving numerous ELCA and ecumenical teams and committees throughout the years, he is at present the Indigenous Theologian and Coordinating Team Member for the ELCA’s Theological Round Table, as well as creator and producer of the Vine Deloria Jr. Theological Symposium hosted at LSTC.        

Ministry Ideas

“Youth Camp” in a time of pandemic

In April 2021 I realized that for a second summer I would be the big, bad youth director that told our kids and youth that we wouldn’t be able to go to summer camp. Although we provide Sunday school, youth group, and other youth events during the year, there’s no denying that summer camp is the pinnacle youth experience at Hope. Our kids wait all year to pack their bags and carpool to go up to Mt. Cross Ministries in Felton, or Calvin Crest Conferences in Oakhurst to experience a special connection with nature, God, and each other. I put on my creativity cap (which, if I may mention, is quite worn out after 2020-2021!) and started to think of an outdoor event that might help youth and their families experience some of the fun of camp. Each Thursday in July 2021 from 6-8pm, families of Hope and The Learning Tree preschool came for Campfire Worship. We started with camp activities like friendship bracelets or a water balloon toss. We built a small fire and began worship together, led by volunteers on guitar and our associate pastor, kids in the congregation, and me. It was a new experience for all, and there was a bit of trouble shooting when the heat in Fresno was extra spicy, and we adjusted some activities for COVID safety. But there is nothing like the smell of a campfire and the voices of youth and families singing “Here I am Lord”. It was a fun and more intimate worship experience! Christiana Slater, Director of Children’s Ministries, Hope Lutheran in Fresno, CA

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BOOK REVIEWS

“WholeHearted Faith” by Rachel Held Evans

Rated 5 out of 5
December 2, 2021

Completed by writer and pastor Jeff Chu, Rachel’s posthumous book is now available for check-out at the RC. Here are her words describing this book: “I’ve come to believe that wholehearted faith isn’t just about coming to terms with the heart that beats inside me. Wholeheartedness is about seeing and comprehending my place in a bigger family of faith. It is about rising hurt and confusion for the sake of the thing that so many of us seek: belonging. This is an-to-read style which speaks straight to the heart.

Resource Center Staff

Making Sense of Scripture (2009) by David Lose

Rated 5 out of 5
October 26, 2021

There is a leader’s guide and DVD available for each book. The books are well written and generate lots of discussion. David Lose is senior pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. He was president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia from 2014 to 2017 and was on the faculty at Luther Seminary for fourteen years. He has written a blog (https://www.davidlose.net/ ) for many years which is the source for very useful commentary.

Ed Nelson

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Rated 4 out of 5
October 2, 2021

Stevenson’s story of his own efforts to bring justice to wrongfully incarcerated Blacks in Alabama, leading to formation of his national Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) organization and legal practice, as well as many successful prisoner releases. Powerful. Made into a movie in 2019 starring Michael B. Jordan. Also excellent.

Sara Soder

Fierce by Alice Connor

Rated 4 out of 5
September 22, 2021

Connor is an Episcopal priest and a college chaplain. Her book is subtitled “women of the Bible and their stories of violence, mercy, bravery, wisdom, sex, and salvation”; She discusses Tamar, Rahab and Bathsheba, Ruth, Mary the mother of Jesus, Asherah, Eve, Hagar, Deborah and Joel, Mary and Martha, Priscilla and Phoebe, Mary of Magdala, and others. Notes on Fierce are available on request.

Ed Nelson

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X Kendi

Rated 0 out of 5
September 3, 2021

The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (2016; National Book Award Winner) by Ibram X Kendi. Long (>500 pages), but excellent. Now available in Young Adult version titled Stamped (2020), co-authored with Jason Reynolds. Not nearly as good, but accessible. Kendi is a professor of history and columnist at the Atlantic, and is founding director of the Antiracist Resarch and Policy Center at American University/Boston University.
by Sara Soder

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Advent Vespers

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.

“Youth Camp” in a time of pandemic

In April 2021 I realized that for a second summer I would be the big, bad youth director that told our kids and youth that we wouldn’t be able to go to summer camp. Although we provide Sunday school, youth group, and other youth events during the year, there’s no denying that summer camp is the pinnacle youth experience at Hope. Our kids wait all year to pack their bags and carpool to go up to Mt. Cross Ministries in Felton, or Calvin Crest Conferences in Oakhurst to experience a special connection with nature, God, and each other. I put on my creativity cap (which, if I may mention, is quite worn out after 2020-2021!) and started to think of an outdoor event that might help youth and their families experience some of the fun of camp. Each Thursday in July 2021 from 6-8pm, families of Hope and The Learning Tree preschool came for Campfire Worship. We started with camp activities like friendship bracelets or a water balloon toss. We built a small fire and began worship together, led by volunteers on guitar and our associate pastor, kids in the congregation, and me. It was a new experience for all, and there was a bit of trouble shooting when the heat in Fresno was extra spicy, and we adjusted some activities for COVID safety. But there is nothing like the smell of a campfire and the voices of youth and families singing “Here I am Lord”. It was a fun and more intimate worship experience! Christiana Slater, Director of Children’s Ministries, Hope Lutheran in Fresno, CA

Hasn’t this last year been a disaster!

Saturday, Nov. 6 Lutheran Disaster Response Emotional Spiritual Care Webinar #1 (free) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lutheran-disaster-response-emotional-spiritual-care-webinar-1-tickets-170328690699?fbclid=IwAR0Rga5emQLX2c4mQLO46mrJTdYtrZh_xb-r-61V8lNWIVZBAaRCYH94Lkk

Bishop’s Book Club – Discussion Group

October Mondays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. or October Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Zoom. Launched in September, the Bishop’s Book Club has been meeting Mondays and Wednesdays to discuss books of significance to Bp. Megan, Assistant to the Bishop Rev. Hazel Salazar-Davidson, and our synod. The inaugural session hosted two discussion groups centered around the book “If God Still Breathes, Why Can’t I?” We met in a Zoom gathering on Mondays with a second group gathering on Wednesdays throughout the month of October. Hope you got to participate! Did you get to join Bishop Megan and Author Angela Parker on Friday, September 24th at 5:00pm PT for our very first Bishop’s Book Club, talking about the book “If God Still Breathes, Why Can’t I?” If not, you can view it on the Synod YouTube channel or by clicking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OX3T78z6GU The Bishop’s Book Club is co-hosted with the Synod Resource Center and we register to participate here (same as the first link) https://forms.gle/is6aV51BEub4TA3d7  Want to support more conversation like this? Consider donating to the Sierra Pacific Synod through Paypal: https://tinyurl.com/spsdonation Friday, Sept. 24 at 5:00 p.m. PT

Newsletters

2021 Monthly Emails September (Join the bishop’s book club)— September (Three events coming) — August (Church technology) — August (Welcome Catherine Slabaugh, Communications and Connections Coordinator & White Too Long book) July (Welcome Catherine Slabaugh, Communications and Connections Coordinator & New Resources) July (Check out our Summer Bible Study) — July (The Black Church Sessions and Upcoming Bible Study) —  

A Conversation With an Indigenous Faith-leader

From the Office of the Bishop, consider joining the Just Lutheran Livestream: with Vance Blackfox & Bishop Megan Rohrer, Monday, August 30th at 6:00pm PT   This conversation will be livestreamed via the Synod Facebook page, Bishop Megan Rohrer's Facebook page, and both the Synod and the Bishop's YouTube pages, and we encourage you to engage in the conversation by asking questions live via the chat box.   Here are our options to participate: the Facebook link is https://fb.me/e/iG62wlngl The YouTube link is https://www.youtube.com/user/SPSELCA/videos   What is Just Lutheran? Learn more here: https://www.justlutheran.com/   Vance Blackfox, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, serves the churchwide organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) as the Desk Director for American Indian Alaska Native Tribal Nations. An alumn of Texas Lutheran University (TLU) and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), Vance has previously served the ELCA in multiple capacities, from taking a post as National President of the Lutheran Youth Organization during his TLU days, to later working as a diversity and cultural education professional for the Women of the ELCA, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, California Lutheran University, ELCA Youth Gathering, and LSTC’s Youth in Mission. In addition to serving numerous ELCA and ecumenical teams and committees throughout the years, he is at present the Indigenous Theologian and Coordinating Team Member for the ELCA’s Theological Round Table, as well as creator and producer of the Vine Deloria Jr. Theological Symposium hosted at LSTC.        

We Discussed “The Black Church”

We gathered in June for a 4 week showing of "The Black Church" The 200+ minute film brought us together on Zoom to learn and discuss the ways enslaved Africans in the United States became Christian. We shared personal experiences and reflections. Pr. Donna Allen served as host and moderator prompting us both to relate to the Black Christian experience and to acknowledge its uniqueness. Rev. Donna E. Allen Ph.D, was an itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church for fifteen years while serving as a pastor in Tennessee, Missouri, and California.  She is currently the Founder and Senior Pastor of New Revelation Community Church, ELCA, with ministries in Oakland and Vallejo. She has taught in a number of graduate schools preparing persons for ministry. She is currently adjunct faculty a PLTS. She is a gifted preacher and teacher committed to a ministry of inclusion and liberation.

QUARANTINE RE-GROUP IDEAS

“Doing Church” will be different as we reopen. You have already shown us that. This new book by Thom Rainer offers six urgent challenges + opportunities that will determine the future of your congregation. He says: At the core of future planning will be three groups: Digital Only Participants, Digitally Transitioning Participants, Dual citizens. BORROW IT TODAY We pay the postage both ways. Or — ask us for “Autopsy of a Deceased Church,” a book by the same author. He asks: “If your church were given a physical exam today, what do you think the doctor’s diagnosis would be?”

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