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Welcome to Sierra Pacific Synod

Special Synod Assembly

October 11, 2014

10 am to 2 pm

Assemblies will be held at the following locations:
  • District A St. Mark's, Fairfield
  • District B Resurrection, Granite Bay
  • Districts C and D Grace, Palo Alto
  • District E, Hope, Fresno
  • Youth Committee, Mt. Cross, Felton

Pre-Assembly Budget Forums

Date Time Church Address City
8/25 7:00 PM Thanksgiving 1225 Fulton Road Santa Rosa
8/27 7:00 PM St. Andrews 1501 S. El Camino Real San Mateo
8/28 7:00 PM Christ 3830 W. Tulare Avenue Visalia
8/30 9:00 AM Good Shepherd 4000 Clayton Road Concord
8/30 10:30 AM Hope 364 E. Barstow Fresno
9/6 10:00 AM Holy Shepherd 433 Moraga Way Orinda
9/6 10:30 AM Ascension 7607 Garden Gate Drive Citrus Heights
9/6 10:30 AM United 8800 Fontaine Street Oakland
9/6 1:30 PM Christ the Good Shepherd 1550 Meridian Avenue San Jose
9/7 12:30 PM Bethel 10181  Finch Avenue Cupertino
9/10 6:30 PM Faith 667 E. First Avenue Chico
9/13 10:00 AM Good Shepherd 357 Clay Street Reno
9/13 1:00 PM St. Marks 1111 O'Farrell Street San Francisco
1:00 PM
Trinity 1225 Hopyard Road Pleasanton
9/17 7:00 PM Holy Shepherd 433 Moraga Way Orinda

Click here to download a current copy of proposed budgets for 2015-2016

  • Click here to view a copy of the SPS 2014 Pre-Assembly Budget Forum Presentation
  • Click here to view the presentation notes for the SPS 2014 Pre-Assembly Budget Forum
  • Click here to view SynodAssets as of July 31, 2014
  • Click here to view the Synod Assets Histogram as of July 31, 2014

Three proposed budgets are presented for Synod Assembly Voting Members to consider for the Sierra Pacific Synod's 2015-16 Fiscal Year. Below is a brief explanation of each proposed budget.

  1. Proposed 1 is a Missional Budget.  This budget continues the work of the Synod including supporting its Ministry Partners and congregations and providing staff compensation that meets the synod's Compensation Guidelines.  ELCA Mission Support in this budget remains at 52% of Mission Support received from congregations. This budget requires using undesignated, unrestricted reserve funds to continue the work of the Synod at current levels.
  2. Proposed 2 is a Reduction Budget.  This budget minimizes the funds that are projected to be needed from undesignated, unrestricted reserves to fund the budget.  It reduces grants for Ministry Partners and total staffing costs. There are no line items in the staffing section of this budget, because decisions about reducing staff and/or staff time will be determined by Bishop Holmerud if the Reduction Budget is the budget the Synod Assembly members approve on October 11. The ELCA Mission Support is reduced to 45% of the Mission Support received from congregations, which is lower than the majority of ELCA synods.
  3. Proposed 3 is an Income Based Budget.  This budget limits budgeted expenses to the projected income. The proposed 3 budget further reduces funds for Ministry Partners, reduces the ELCA Mission Support to 35.8%, and reduces Total Staffing costs by more than 16%. While Bishop Holmerud will determine how to appropriate the Total Staffing funds, there is the potential of needing to cut 1.5 FTE from a staff that was already reduced by 1 FTE during the past year.

Pre-Assembly Budget Forums are being held throughout the Synod to give voting members and all other interested Synod members the opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the three proposed budgets. Questions that are raised at the forums and the answers for them will be posted here following each of the forums.

People attending the forums are asked to bring a copy of the budgets with them. Anyone attending the October 11 Special Synod Assembly should also bring a copy of the budgets with them.


Professional Leaders Conference

October 14-16, 2014

The Village at Squaw Valley 

1750 Village East Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146

Click here to register

Click here for an informational brochure

Tentative Schedule

PLC, Dean's and Women's Retreat Registration details and scholarship information

The Village Squaw Valley site map

Squaw Valley amenity details

For hotel accommodations call:

The Village at Squaw Valley USA at 800.731.8021
Reference the "Sierra Pacific Synod Leadership Conference" to access the special group rate. There is a limited room block at a reduced rate available until September 22 or while supply lasts.

The Congregational Life Discipling Team is helping to sponsor Godly Play Training in our Synod!

When: September 19 - 21, 2014
What: CORE Training
Where: Pioneer United Methodist Church in Auburn, CA
Who: Di Pagel, Godly Play Foundation Trainer

For more information click on link: "Registration Brochure"


Special Synod Assembly/District Meeting
October 11, 2014

Rostered Women's Retreat
October 13-14, 2014

Dean's Meeting
October 13-14, 2014

Sierra Pacific Synod Youth Committee (SPSYC)
High School Retreat

October 10-12, 2014
Mt. Cross
Santa Cruz, CA
For more information click here