SPS Resource Center

FIND BOOKS, DVD’S AND VIDEOS

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.

Questions, please call 559.444.1343  or email us.
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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

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 As we launch our first ever Bishop’s Book Club next Friday, we’re excited to share information about our book club discussion groups! Assistant to the Bishop Rev. Hazel Salazar-Davidson will host two discussion groups centered around the book “If God Still Breathes, Why Can’t I?”. There will be a group gathering on Mondays and a group gathering on Wednesdays throughout the month of October, meting via Zoom. We invite you to sign up for one of these discussion groups here: https://forms.gle/is6aV51BEub4TA3d7  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?” We invite you to join us live and engage with us by asking questions in the chat box. The Bishop’s Book Club is co-hosted with the Synod Resource Center and we look forward to sharing more about upcoming continued conversations about this book. This conversation will be livestreamed via the Synod Facebook page, Synod YouTube page, Resource Center Facebook & YouTube pages, Bishop Megan’s Facebook page and Bishop Megan’s YouTube page. We invite you to join us live and engage with us by asking questions in the chat box. 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

Recent Posts

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?”

NEWSLETTERS

Newsletters

2021 Monthly Emails September (Three events coming) — July (Check out our Summer Bible Study) — July (The Black Church Sessions and Upcoming Bible Study) —

Recent Posts

BOOK REVIEWS

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X Kendi

Rated 4 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.

Sara Soder

The Post Quarantine Church

Rated 5 out of 5
August 13, 2021

This is a very quick and informative read. As we resume in-person worship soon, I was looking for more of a “how to” guide. This didn’t address my questions, but it did address other areas I had not given much thought to – thus – it was very useful!

Donna Vickroy, office manager at Holy Cross, Livermore

White Too Long by Robert P. Jones

Rated 4 out of 5
August 5, 2021

“White Too Long” is both an author’s memoir and a challenging statement on the history of white Christian orthodoxy in maintaining the pervasive influence of white supremacy in the U.S. The white Christian church, in supporting and justifying the “peculiar institution” of slavery in America for the first 250 years of our history, played an enormous role in distorting and delaying progress in civil rights for Black and Brown people for another 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. There were exceptions, but none were as powerful as the prejudices and economic incentives that created the hierarchy of race privilege in the U.S. Robert P. Jones recalls his experiences with emotion and acknowledgement of the role of the Southern Baptist Convention in his early years. He is now the CEO and founder of Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and a leading scholar and commentator on religion and politics. His books are imminently readable, and he uses careful analysis and statistical graphs to support his conclusions. He is also the author of “The End of White Christian America” which won the 2019 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Patricia Kriz
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    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 As we launch our first ever Bishop’s Book Club next Friday, we’re excited to share information about our book club discussion groups! Assistant to the Bishop Rev. Hazel Salazar-Davidson will host two discussion groups centered around the book “If God Still Breathes, Why Can’t I?”. There will be a group gathering on Mondays and a group gathering on Wednesdays throughout the month of October, meting via Zoom. We invite you to sign up for one of these discussion groups here: https://forms.gle/is6aV51BEub4TA3d7  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?” We invite you to join us live and engage with us by asking questions in the chat box. The Bishop’s Book Club is co-hosted with the Synod Resource Center and we look forward to sharing more about upcoming continued conversations about this book. This conversation will be livestreamed via the Synod Facebook page, Synod YouTube page, Resource Center Facebook & YouTube pages, Bishop Megan’s Facebook page and Bishop Megan’s YouTube page. We invite you to join us live and engage with us by asking questions in the chat box. 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 (Three events coming) — 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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    SPS Resource Center

    364 E.Barstow Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93710
    559 444-1343
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