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Sierra Pacific Synod, ELCA                                                                            July 15, 2010

As much as I might like to take this opportunity to write about some other topic, I think it is important to give you a "Transition Update."
Bishop Mark, Karen Idler, and Laureen Sullivan, are all nicely settled into their temporay "digs" at Calvary, Rio Linda.  The space works well and the people have been wonderfully welcoming and helpful. 
Pastor Jim Goldsmith is living in Fresno and is presently operating out of his home office, his car, and others' offices and conference rooms.  We expect that he will be able to move into his new space at the Campus Ministry Center in Fresno by mid-August. 
Pastor Harvey Blombery and I are also working out of our homes, cars, and offices of other pastors throughout the synod.  Our move into the space at St. Mark's, San Francisco, has been delayed due to some unexpected construction issues (isn't that always the way?).  At this point, I hesitate to offer a likely move-in date, but we'll keep you updated on that.
The very good news about all of this is that we have acheieved a few of our basic goals:
  • We are deployed! We are out and about and that will only increase and improve as time goes on.
  • We are connected!  Our server has successfully moved.  Our phone service offers us all sorts of techie options like remote phones, call forwarding, instant messaging, conference calling, and more, all as if we were just down the hall from one another.  Even with a few rough patches, we are figuring it out and it's working!
The one other thing that I need to say may be obvious to you, but I'll say it anyway: It isn't perfect.  There have been and will be glitches.  The server was down for a day and a half.  Some of our stuff is in storage.  We hope we didn't pack something we really need, but we might have.  (If anyone sees Bishop Mark's office lamp globe and light bulb, please contact us! They are still missing...) So, as before, we ask again for your prayers, your patience, and your ideas.  This continues to be a work in progress...but then again...what/who isn't?
We remember in prayer...
Linda Shipley, Pastor Kirk Shipley's wife (Interim Ministry) who is undergoing medical testing 
Pastor Dan and Karlyn Gibson (Campus ministry, USC) as they continue to mourn the loss of their unborn child
Marilyn Minke, family and friends, as they grieve the loss of her Mother
Cindi Eckert's (Synod Resource Center) husband, Matt, undergoing transfusions and testing for unexplained blood loss
Pastor Jane Strohl (Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary) family and friends, as they grieve the loss of her Father

 Available on the Sierra Pacific Synod website at Sierra Pacific Synod  


Rite of Reception
4PM, Sun., July 25
St. Mark's Lutheran Church,
San Francisco, CA
Join us as we worship and celebrate the reception of the clergy of the Extraordinary Lutheran Ministry onto the roster of the ELCA.
Clergy are invited to vest in green.
Reception will follow.

OIL SPILL RELIEF IN THE GULF  ELCA Responding to the Challenge

A number of helpful resources are available for worship, study, and action in response to the ongoing oil spill relief in the gulf.  Many are posted on the ELCA website. Search using "oil spill."  There is a pastoral letter from Bishop Hanson and prayer petitions.  Also featured are the many ways Lutheran Social Services is working with Lutheran Disaster Relief to meet both short and long-term needs on the Louisiana Coast. 
If you are seeking potential vacation destinations, you may want to consider attending a Glocal Mission Gathering.  These exciting events bring experience and resources in global and domestic ministry together in convenient locations across the country.  Participants will build the skills needed to be a part of God's mission, no matter where service happens.  The events cost just $35 per person for 1 -1/2 days of programming.
A significant part of the Global Gatherings are skill-building workshops.

Contact Glocal Mission for more information. 


LWF ASSEMBLY BEGINS JULY 20th  in Stuttgart, Germany
Join your thoughts and prayers with Lutherans from around the world. Follow the schedule. Sing the hymn. Study the Bible. Read the news. Live out the theme. Find resources for this and more at www.elca.org/lwf and click the links under
The Lutheran World Federation Eleventh Assembly
in the middle of the page. 

In This Issue

We Remember in Prayer

NEW Synod Address

Rite of Reception

Oil Spill Relief in the Gulf

Make A Difference!

LWF Assembly

Bethlehem Bazaar

WELCA Retreat

Professional Leaders Conference

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Upcoming Events
July 11-16  Mt. Cross
    Shalom Camp
July 25  Rite of Reception,
     St. Mark's, San Francisco
August 27-28, 2010   Candidacy 
    ICommittee, PLTS, Berkeley
September 18  District B Fall
    Assembly  10:00 - 3:00
    Resurrection, Granite Bay
September 24 - 25                              
    Synod Council
September 30 - October 5
    Conference of Bishops  
October 11-12 Council of Deans Granlibakken Resort, Tahoe City
October 12-14  Professional
    Leaders Conference
    Granlibakken Resort, Tahoe City
October 15-17  High School Event
    at Mt. Cross
October 16  District E Fall
    Assembly  10:00 - 3:00
    Shepherd of the Valley, Merced
October 17  District C Fall
    Assembly  2:00 - 5:00 pm
    St. Mark's, San Francisco
October 23   District A Fall
    Assembly  10:00 - 3:00
    Our Savior's, Lafayette
November 6   District D Fall
    Assembly  10:00 - 3:00
    Advent, Morgan Hill
November 12-14  Junior High Event
    at Mt. Cross
January 5-9   Bishop's
January 19-20   Council of
    Deans Retreat - Christ the
    King Retreat Center,
    Citrus Heights, CA 
January 28-29  Synod Council
February 25-27  Elementary
    Retreat #1 - at Mt. Cross
February 28 - March 1
    Retired Clergy/Spouse/Lay
March 3-8   Conference of
March 25-27  Elementary
    Retreat #2 - at Sly Park
May 12   Synod Council
    Burlingame, CA
May 13-15   Synod Assembly
    Hyatt Regency Airport
    Burlingame, CA
June 24-25 Synod Council
August 14-20   Churchwide
    Assembly - Orlando, FL
September 23-24 Synod Council
September 29 - October 4
    Conference of Bishops
January 5-9   Bishop's
January 18-19  Council of Deans
    Retreat - Christ the King 
    Retreat Center, Citrus Heights
July 18-22   ELCA Youth Gathering
    New Orleans, LA 
February 28 - March 5  Conference
    of Bishops
October 3-8  Conference of Bishops
    Lutheran Center, Chicago
The Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, will be the honored guest and featured speaker at Bethlehem Bazaar on Sunday, September 19, 2010.  Grace Lutheran Church, 3149 Waverley Street, Palo Alto, will host the event from 2-5pm. 
The event will include Middle Eastern food, music and dancing, and auctions to raise funds for Dar al-Kalima College in Bethlehem.  The cost is $25.  Contact Martha Meyer at 650-854-7228 for additional information.
 Staff Listing
The Sierra Pacific Synodical Board of Women of the ELCA is pleased to invite you to attend the sixth biennial Synodical women's retreat at Asilomar Conference Center, November 19-21, 2010.  Click here for an informational flyer or here to register.


Registration and details regarding pricing for Professional Leaders Conference at Granlibakken will be available online July 20.  Please note that a $30 housing discount has been arranged for the first 80 rostered leader registrants. Limited add'l scholarships will be available for registration fees.
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Karen Idler, Newsletter Administrator