From top left to bottom right: Gathering at Serra Center in Malibu with First Call pastors from around the region, he theme was "Shared Wisdom" and there was abundance! Worship at Lutheran Church of the Master in Sacramento CA. Worship at St. Luke's, Sunnyvale.
After many months of work, the synod council passed two new policy statements
which will help move this conversation forward to better serve our ministry goals for the future.
The first policy establishes the Sierra Pacific Synod Mission and Ministry Endowment Fund".
The second is "The Sierra Pacific Synod Policy on the Sale, Retention and Management of Real Property."
For more details and the letter regarding the 2 synod policy statements the synod council passed, please click here.
Warner Trust Grant Application Form
Please fill out the attached application by December 15, 2013 in order to apply for a Warner Trust Grant. A decision will be made at the Synod Council's January meeting and recipients will be notified by February 14th.
Please read the following policy to ensure your request falls within our guidelines
In order to provide support to the many ministries around our synod, ordinarily grants will not be made for less than $500 or more than $2,000. No more than $2,000 will be awarded per year to the same church/organization/ministry.
There is approximately $7,000 available every year. The amount varies each year based
on the interest earned by the Warner Trust. The Warner Grant Committee with the approval of Synod Council has the discretion to award the entire amount available each year.
Unfortunately in order to support the many ministries of our Synod, we will not award a grant to the same church/organization/ministry two years in a row.
These grants are designed to help in the areas of youth or family ministries. A grant may be requested for youth projects, school and pre-schools and education ministries. These grants will not be awarded to fund salaries, mission trips, national or synodical youth gathering or building maintenance. For the application please click here.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Bishop Election, Spring- 2014
At the 2014 Synod Assembly in Burlingame (May 30-June 1), an election for Bishop will be held.
The first ballot for Bishop at the assembly will be an Ecclesiastical Ballot on which the name of any rostered ELCA clergy may be included. However, prior to the Assembly, up to 5 names may be raised up from each conference in the Synod. The names must be submitted to the SPSELCA Nominating committee:
(email@example.com) or to Pr. David Hamilton (firstname.lastname@example.org ) by January 15, 2014. Those individuals named will have the opportunity, should they so choose, to share their vision for the next 6 years of the Sierra Pacific Synod. At the same time, we all, as the Sierra Pacific Synod, will be assessing the needs, concerns, successes, and challenges facing the Synod as well. To determine what those are, a Synod Profile is being developed. Hard copy survey questionnaires are being distributed and completed at Conference/District Fall Assemblies.Those who have not completed a form are invited to go online to: http://surveymonkey.com/s/PMK3892
to provide their input for this process.