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Upcoming Synod-Wide Events

February Events/Programs
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Synod Lunch at the Extravaganza

Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 12:30pm

at La Casa Garcia (across the street from the event hotel)

Are you attending the ELCA Extravaganza in Anaheim, CA this February? If so, we invite you to join us for a synod-wide lunch! On Saturday, February 4, in-person participants of the Extravaganza are invited to join their synod for a lunch. The Sierra Pacific Synod will gather in the lobby of the hotel and walk to La Casa Garcia, 531 W Chapman Ave.

If you're able to attend, please RSVP by emailing or texting (650) 302-0364.

Credentialing Workshop for Rostered Ministers

February 8th and 9th at 12:00pm via Zoom

This February, Rev. Manda Truchinski, in partnership with the Conference Deans, will offer a workshop for all Rostered Ministers of the Sierra Pacific Synod. This workshop will be a presentation of the covenants and processes of being credentialed in the ELCA.

This workshop will cover:

  • What happens when you want to seek a new call

  • The difference between a synod call and a congregation call

  • Requirements for being in good standing

  • How to request a change in roster status

  • The difference between a contract and a call

  • Serving in a partner denomination

  • And more!


This workshop will be offered on two occasions: Wednesday, February 8th and Thursday February 9th, each day from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. The meeting will not be recorded. To attend, register here. Registered persons will receive a Zoom link the Sunday before the workshops occur.

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Church Communicators Gathering

Monday, February 13th from 10:00-11:00am via Zoom

Calling all church communicators! Are you responsible for the communications in your congregation? Think newsletter, website, social media. If so, this gathering is for you!

Church communicators from across the synod are invited to attend our very first Communicators Gathering on Monday, February 13th at 10:00am via zoom.

This first gathering will center around the topic of Social Media. Are you posting to your church's social media accounts? Have you ever wondered if that photo you took should be posted to Instagram or Facebook? Are you looking to learn more about the ever-growing world of social media?

Join Synod Communications and Connections Coordinator Catherine Slabaugh for this one-hour discussion around social media. Our time together will begin with a presentation, rooted in current market research around how individuals use social media today, and then offer up time for questions and conversations. Lay Leaders, Rostered Ministers, Volunteers, and all are invited to attend!

Click here to join via zoom! 

Meeting ID: 872 4906 8705

Passcode: 955056

Please note the conversation around social media will primarily be at an introductory level. Conversation will assume participants are relatively new to using social media in their church, or currently use it minimally. 

February Installation Services 

The community of saints at St. Luke's Lutheran Church and Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma CA invite you all to celebrate their upcoming Installation Services! 


The Rev. Brian Hiortdahl will be Installed as Pastor of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Sacramento, CA this Sunday, February 5th at 4:00pm. St. Luke's is located at 7595 Center Pkwy in Sacramento.


The Rev. Kathryn Gulbranson will be Installed as Pastor of Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma CA on Sunday, February 19th at 2:00pm. Elim is located at 504 Baker St in Petaluma.

SPSYC High School Retreat

February 24-26, 2023

at Mt. Cross Ministries, Ben Lomond, CA

Save-the-date for the Sierra Pacific Synod Youth Committee (SPSYC) High School Retreat! Youth in grades 9-12 are invited to attend this weekend-long retreat at Mt. Cross Ministries.

Registration is now open and can be accessed here.

March Events/Programs

Children, Youth and Family Ministry Meeting

Tuesday, March 7th at 7:00pm via Zoom

Save-the-date for our second gathering of people in our synod who are a part of their Children, Youth and Family minsitry program! This meeting will provide an opportunity for folks to introduce themselves, share ideas about children and youth ministry throughout the synod, ask questions about the upcoming ELCA Youth Gathering, WSYG, and SPSYC Retreats, connect with leaders in your area, and so much more.


This meeting is open to any staff member, volunteer or individual who supports Children, Youth, and Family Ministry in their congregation!

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