Linda Lownes, Treasurer, Sierra Pacific Synod
Your congregation's faithful contributions to support the Synod's and Churchwide's mission and ministry reflect an understanding of the interdependence of the three expressions of the ELCA - congregation, synod, and churchwide-where offerings are generally taken only within congregations to support the work of our church. (One hundred percent of the offering collected at the Synod Assembly each year are forwarded to the organization identified by the Assembly Planning Committee.) Your congregation's Mission Support and designated gifts support not only the Sierra Pacific Synod and its work through the Sacramento, Fresno, and Bay Area offices of the Bishop, but also Lutheran Social Services, the Lutheran Office of Public Policy, Mt. Cross, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, California Lutheran University, and new and renewing congregations within our Synod. Thirty-seven percent of the Mission Support you send to the Synod is forwarded to Chicago for the work of our church throughout the United States and the world. Your congregation, in combination with all congregations in our Synod, makes a difference in northern California and northern Nevada, the United States, our sister synods, and all the places where the ELCA ministers to God's people.