2016 Synod Assembly

“We Are Church Together”

29th Annual Synod Assembly – June 3 – 5, 2016 – Grand Sierra Resort, Reno

assembly16logoThe 29th annual Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly was called into session by Bishop Mark Holmerud at 1 pm on Friday, June 3 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. ELCA Presiding Bishop, The Rev. Elizabeth Eaton joined us as the ELCA Churchwide Representative and keynote speaker. Luke Hanson, YAGM Rwanda Alum (currently Development Officer for Concordia University, St Paul) was our Bible Study Leader.

Of the 547 individuals present at Assembly, 432 were voting member. Of the voting
members, 272 or 63% were lay and 160 or 37% were clergy. Thirty six were persons of color and 10 had a primary language other than English. Closed captioning was available for those with impaired hearing, as well as English to Spanish translation services. Assembly chaplains were Pr. Ned O’Donnell and Marcelle Schaefer, AIM.

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Mark_assemblyBishop Mark Holmerud opens the Assembly.

Elizabeth-EatonELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton invited us to participate in the ELCA process Forward Together in Christ. To participate in this process, download the toolkit, watch a video with Bishop Eaton discussing this process and learn more online.

Luke-HansonLuke Hanson shared with us his experience as a Young Adult in Global Mission in Rwanda. Using the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch, he shared that his faith was formed in a way different from any other during his time in Rwanda. He thought he was going to be Philip and teach, instead he was the Ethiopian, and received the Gospel in a new way then returned home rejoicing.

assembly-4Thank you Dennis Jones for your service as Synod Secretary.


Ordination/Consecration Anniversaries

Associates in Ministry
15 Years: Marcelle A. Schaefer

Ordained Clergy
65 Years: Gerald O. Pedersen
60 Years: David L. Hurty, Everett R. Kalin
55 Years: Charles H. Lewis
50 Years: Bruce A. Murphy, Fayette Massingill, H. Rodney Platte, Ivan E. Larsen Kenneth M. Bancroft Jr. , Ronald D. Thoreson
40 Years: Charles B. Urban, John L. Freesemann, John S. Goldstein, Stephen E. Carlson
45 Years: Larry K. Nelson, Ronald R. Zoesch
35 Years: Robert J. Willse, William E. Wong
30 Years: David A. Schick, Susan L. Scott, Victor S. Berg-Haglund
25 Years: Beate J. Chun, Bradley J. Keyser-Boswell, Dawn M. Teuthorn, Laurel E. Alexander, Lori W. Keyser-Boswell, Michael E. Harvey, Robert M. O’Berg, Roy D. Poland, Sharon D. Lubkeman, William D. Knezovich
20 Years: John W. Beckman, John W. Beckman, Matthew A. Smuts, Peggy L. White, Theodore D. Niemi
15 years: Barbara K. Foltin, John P. Bost, Steven G. Blair
10 Years: Annemarie J. Burke, Julie M. Webb, Krista T. Vingelis, Megan M. Rohrer, Sandra O. Decker
5 Years: Amanda B. Truchinski, Cindy G. Carroll, Kimberly A. Swenson, Nathan R. Winterhof, Sara L Pearson

Congregational Anniversaries
50 Years:
Faith Lutheran Church – Pioneer, CA
Grace Lutheran Church – King City, CA
Lutheran Church of the Incarnation – Davis, CA
St. Philip’s Lutheran Church – Carmel, CA
Trinity Lutheran Church – Pleasanton, CA
University Lutheran Church – Palo Alto, CA

25 Years:
All Saints Lutheran Church – Cupertino, CA
Thanksgiving Lutheran Church – Santa Rosa, CA


Synod Council
District A Lay Male
Tony Burns
District B Lay Female
Sherrill Hines
District C Clergy
Pr. Teresita Valeriano
District D Lay Male
Randy Preshun
District E Lay Female
Paula Barton
At Large Member
Gail Kiyomura
Synod Secretary
Jeff Pennington

2016 Dean Elections
District 1
Pr. Pam Schafer-Dawson
District 2
Pr. Ned O’Donnell
District 3
Pr. Leslie Welton
District 4
Pr. Charlane Lines
District 5
Pr. John Kuehner
District 6
Pr. Manda Truchinski
District 7
Pr. Raymond Waespi
District 8
Pr. Sylvia Mueller
District 9
Pr. Krista Vingelis

The 2016 Churchwide Voting Members were blessed and commissioned at the Friday
night worship service by Bishop Eaton.
Pr. Clark Brown, Pr. Cindy Carroll, Pat Cash, Bp. Mark W. Holmerud, Gail Kiyomura, Linda Lownes, Pr. Tuhina Rasche, Nick Riner, Stephen Rosendale, Andrew Stevens, Pr. Patricia Vargas, Elaine Whitney


Resolutions PASSED

Resolution 2016-1
Regarding ELCA World Hunger

Resolution 2016-2
Regarding Sierra Pacific Synod Compensation Guidelines

Resolution 2016-3
Regarding Growth in Mission Support

Resolution 2016-4
Regarding U.S. Aid to the State of Israel

Resolution 2016-5
Regarding Corporate Social Responsibility in Palestine and Israel

Resolution 2016-6
Regarding the Racial and Ethnic Ministries

For the full text of the resolutions, see the Assembly Handbook or the Guidebook App

The Assembly adopted a 2016-17 Budget which showed anticipated total revenue of
$2,229,590 expected expenses totaling $2,432,998.

In addition to the total revenue, $261,040 from a non-recurring sale of property will be applied toward the budget.

The Assembly approved changes to the Synod Constitution S9.04 that brings the election
process for bishop into compliance with the suggested process throughout the ELCA.