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November 30, 2010 
Advent / Christmas Resources

Christ, be Our light book coverChrist, Be Our Light

Luther Seminary invites you to subscribe to daily email Advent devotions or download a printable copy. "Christ, Be Our Light" is the title of the 2010 devotional  and are available for personal or congregational use.


Memories of the
"Living Stones"

Jan Miller is writing weekly reflections using the texts from the lectionary for the Sundays in Advent to reflect on her  trips to Israel and Palestine-memories of the "living stones" she encountered on her travels, the people of the land today. Read her blog.


Enough for Everyone bannerReclaiming Advent and Christmas


If you are bracing for the upcoming "holiday" season, a webinar offered by our friends at the Presbyterian Hunger Program might help to ease the stress. It's titled "Reclaiming Advent and Christmas," and the description reads, "Keep a sense of simplicity, wonder, and reverence all season long."


Held from noon to 1:00 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, December 1, the webinar will be presented by Rev. Michael Mortvedt, the co-director of Alternatives for Simple Living, and the staff of the Presbyterian Hunger Program. [Rev. Mortvedt is an RMS Lutheran pastor serving an Episcopal parish in Colorado.] Registration is required but the event is FREE. More information is available.

Advent Malaria Devos

Bethany Lutheran Church and Pastor Ron Glusenkamp  have created an advent calendar for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Check it out.


Pastor Ron Glusankamp and Peter MayerPastor Glusenkamp is doing email devos and podcasts on the music of Peter Mayer this advent. Peter will be in concert at Bethany Lutheran Church on December 19.


Whose Birthday Is It Anyway coverWhat Jesus Wants
for Christmas

When we celebrate a birthday, we are careful to give what the person really wants or needs. Is there any doubt what Jesus wants from us? We give to Jesus when we give to the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the imprisoned. (Matt 23:30-40)

By helping to provide a goat for a farmer in Honduras, a decent home for a family in rural Mississippi, food for those who are victims of war, or advocating for ending torture, you can give Jesus a birthday gift he really wants.

If you would like to receive more information on how to give a meaningful gift to those in need, please visit ELCA Good Gifts. To receive a copy of Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway, a publication of Alternatives for Simple Living, visit their website to request a FREE copy.

Second Sunday of Advent
Stir up our hearts, o Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming nurture our growth as people of repentance and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Prayer from Sundays and Seasons Year C 2011

Synod Prayer Cycle: Utah Conference
You are encouraged to include the listed leaders in your Sunday prayers of the people. The prayer list for December is available.

to remember in prayers on 12/5:

Ascension Ogden, UT

     Matthew Muters

Ascension St. Matthew's Price, UT
     James Drury

Christ the King South Jordan, UT

      Scott Stein


2011 Middle/Jr High School Youth Gathering logoMiddle /Jr. High School Youth Gathering

January 14-16, 2011
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Colorado Springs, CO

This year's Middle/Jr. High School Youth Gathering will gather around the theme, Heroes... by FAITH, and focus on Hebrews 11 and Philippians 2:4-11.

The gathering again takes place at the newly renovated Crowne Plaza Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO. The youth from your congregation, youth ministers and caring adults are invited to gather for this great weekend of fun, prayer and fellowship. Get more information including release forms, a guide to what to bring and what NOT to bring, maps, etc.

Registration Deadlines:
November 23 - December 10: $115
Registration closes December 10.

Register online!

Rocky Mountain Synod logo

Constitution Revisions Announced for 2011 Assembly Consideration

Katherine Cruson, secretary of the Rocky Mountain Synod, has announced a series of proposed constitution changes to be presented for consideration at the 2011 Synod Assembly, May 12-14, in Colorado Springs at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The proposed changes clarify and correct constitutional language as well as incorporate a continuing resolutions about background checks for synodical officers.

Any questions about the revisions may be sent to Katherine Cruson, Synod Secretary 12906 E. Villanova Dr., Aurora, CO 80014 or by email   or 303-696-7430. 

Download the proposed constitutional changes.

World AIDS Day 2010 ribbon
World AIDS Day is December 1

The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has a renewed commitment through the ELCA HIV and AIDS Strategy to love, care for and walk with those living with HIV or AIDS and help protect those most at risk of new infection. The ELCA Washington Office is working ecumenically to provide comprehensive information for you, and your communities, to better understand and advocate on HIV and AIDS issues.

Please view this resource link suggestions on how to engage your congregation and community in this important and life saving work.

Bright Stars of Bethlehem logoFirst Lutheran College in the Middle East

Dar Al-Kalima College is the first Lutheran college in the Middle East, begun by Lutherans at the Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem and their pastor, Mitri Raheb. When he was here in September, PastorPastor Raheb Raheb was raising money for the college. During his visit, Denver Lutherans (ELCA and Missouri Synod) raised more than $17,000 for the college. We formed an ongoing Bright Stars group that is working to raise another $50,000 this next year.


The college has already graduated at least classes of students who have completed a two-year degree. The college is expanding its programs each year. The dedication of the college was November 30. Want to learn more?


Thrivent Financial  for Lutherans logo

Give a Gift to the

Christmas Lutheran Church


Thrivent Financial is encouraging all members to designate their Choice Dollars to Bright Stars of Bethlehem (an approved 501c3) if their designation has not been made for 2010.


The most recent project of the Christmas Lutheran Church is the development of a unique Lutheran College in the Middle East dedicated on November 30, 2010.


Colorado Lutherans, in support of Bright Stars and the college, are committed to furnishing a music room in the new college building!  What a wonderful designation for your Choice Dollars.


Learn more:

Choice Dollars form:

2011 Summer Program Schedule

Registration for the summer 2011 is now open
Summer camp will run from June 12 through August 5.  We have lowered our rates and want to see the camp full of kids ages 1st grade through high school.  


Congregations are encouraged to come up for a weekend or for a week of Family Camp July 3 - 8.  For Sky Ranch to fulfill its mission, kids need to come to camp.  Every kid should be allowed to have a mountaintop experience.

Visit our website at to register.

Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp b/w logo Summer Program Schedule Now Available

Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp invites you to join us for an outstanding opportunity to share in the love and joy of God's family. We are an outreach ministry of the congregations of the Rocky Mountain Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We are located in the heart of the San Isabel National Forest of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The majestic wilderness becomes an excellent setting for growth and renewal.

Most of the commonly asked questions can be answered in the FAQ or the Registration Policies.   Please take a moment and check out the program availability schedule and see what Rainbow Trail has to offer this summer.


Youth DirectorsUnderstanding Adolescence - Youth Director's Retreat

Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp is offering a FREE retreat to all full and part time professional youth directors from March 21-23, 2011. Time away provides the opportunity to relax, rejuvenate and be rewarded. Time is spent in a peaceful mountain setting surrounded by God's creation and a wonderful supporting Christian community. There is plenty of time scheduled for networking, continuing education, sharing with others, rest, and play.

If you need more information in order to plan your time at the camp, please check out the brochure. Why wait? Register online today!


RMS Mission Partners logoMission Partners Help Keep the Work of the Church Alive

Advent is an opportunity for us to acknowledge that we are all recipients of gifts. During this holiday season, we especially want to thank and give thanks for all Mission Partners congregations for their prayers and financial support of mission congregations in the Rocky Mountain Synod. Your gifts are needed and greatly appreciated.

Please consider using an Advent offering to support one of the mission congregations in our Synod. And also please consider a mission partner gift from a special Christmas offering.  For more information, please contact Pr. Jim Hytjan, Assistant to the Bishop, at or 303-777-6700 or 800-525-0462. Thank You!


Community of Joy Lutheran Church area image

Deutscher Adventsgottesdienst

German Advent Worship Service


Service in German with Traditional Advent Hymns

Sunday, December 19, 2010, 5:00 p.m.


A German language Advent Service will be held at Community of Joy Lutheran Church in Rio Rancho, NM on Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. The Rev. Michael Bastian, German born pastor at Community of Joy, will deliver the sermon and lead the service in the German language. Traditional Advent hymns and music will be provided.


Community of Joy Lutheran Church

841 Saratoga Drive NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87144

The church is located approximately 1/4 mile west of Rio Rancho Blvd. (Hwy 528) on Saratoga Drive, just north of Northern Blvd.
Messiah Community Church German Christmas 2010

Frohe Weihnachten!

Okumenischer Weihnachtsgottesdienst

in deutscher Sprache

The congregation of Messiah Community Church invites the community to a Christmas worship service presented entirely in German. This event will take place on Sunday, December 19 beginning at 5:00 p.m. Featured musician will be Eric French playing the organ, Mike Gill playing the trumpet and Lori Gill, soloist. This year, Messiah Community Church will also present its Krippenspiel (Nativity Play).

Messiah is located at 1750 Colorado Blvd in Denver (80220). If you would like more information, please visit the church website or call the office at 303-355-4471. You may also print and post the flyer inviting the community to the event. Herzlick willkommen!


Cristo Rey-El Paso celebration imageCristo Rey, El Paso, expresses gratitude, still needs donations

Pastor Rose Mary Sanchez-Guzman extends her gratitude to all those on the list of those who have contributed to Cristo Rey's special appeal.

The congregation wants to thank all of their friends who have helped with their "1000 Friends Project." They have extended the project through the month of November to give an opportunity to others who would still like to send their donations. Details here.

Wurlitzer organ model 4480

Wurlitzer Organ Available FREE of Charge

A member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Los Alamos, NM would be happy to donate to any congregation that could use it a model number 4480, vintage 1967 Wurlitzer organ (owner's manual available). It has two keyboards, 38 stops, 10 black pedal keys, and numerous buttons for various percussion effects, ssh-boom, sustain, and couplers. 

The organ is in very good condition and is located in the basement of the member's father's house in southwest Denver. The house will go on the market within the next month, so it would be great to have it taken as soon as possible.  Moving the organ might require a piano-mover to get it. The photo shown above is one of a 1967 model 4480. If you have questions, please contact Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 505-662-5151.


Theological Conferencer 2011 logo
Journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter

Rocky Mountain Synod
2011 Theological Conference

Registration Deadline is December 23!

January 24-27, 2011

Boulder Harvest Millennium Hotel and
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Boulder, Colorado

Rostered leaders, youth directors, musicians, worship planning teams, are all invited to attend. More information and registration link.
Every person,
every congregation,
every ministry,
boldly serving God's mission in Christ.

Bishop Allan Bjornberg
LCMS/ELCA Convocation, Baltimore, MD; Visiting and worshipping with the congregation of Elim Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ogden, UT; New Mexico Conference of Churches Judicatory Leaders Retreat; Urban Servant Corps Prayer Breakfast, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Denver, CO; Companion Synod Committee meeting, Denver, CO.

Pastor Dan Bollman
Rainbow Trail Advent Event, Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp; Visiting with the congregation of American Lutheran Church, Grand Junction, CO

Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email or phone appointment.
 Pastor Jim Hytjan
Mission Outreach Board Mission Team meeting, synod office, Denver, CO.

Linda Staats
Region II Youth Event conference call, Phoenix, AZ; Senior High Youth Gathering Team Dinner, Denver, CO.
Available by email or phone appointment.

website calendar


JAN 14-16
Middle/Jr. High School Youth Gathering
Colorado Springs. Colorado

JAN 24-27
Theological Conference
Boulder, Colorado

MAR 21-23
RMS Youth Workers Retreat
Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp

MAY 12-14

2011 Assembly
Colorado Springs, Colorado


APRIL 26-28
2012 Assembly
Colorado Springs, Colorado


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LSS of Utah 15th Anniversary Celebration (5/2010-4/2011

World of Arts Shoppe 
Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.
Lutheran Social Service of Utah
4392 South 900 East in Salt Lake City
Open to the Public

The Wednesday Market
Wednesdays, June through October
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (in good weather)
4392 South 900 East
Salt Lake City

(The People's market is a consortium of refugee fair trade, organic and justice-minded artists and organizations.)

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Taize October imageTaizé at Saint Paul -

No Event for December

Due to holiday season festivals and advent services, Taizé at Saint Paul will not be offered during the month of December. It will, however, be starting back up in January. Specifically, the first service of the New Year will take place on January 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Saint Paul Lutheran Church.


HeartLight Center logoIt's All About the Stories

Professional caregivers are invited to spend a day of education and renewal with Harold Ivan Smith, PhD - teacher and storyteller. On Thursday, December 2, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., the HeartLight Center will host a special event called "It's All About the Stories" at Horan & McConaty located at 7577 West 80th Avenue in Arvada (80003). (Northeast corner of 80th & Wadsworth). Cost is $50.


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Program for the day:






Register online using PayPal through or 720-748-9908 or email

Augustana Christmas 2010 imageColorado Choir In Concert -
Holiday Concert


The Colorado Choir presents its 34th annual program, including classic holiday pieces and warm, cozy folk songs! Bring your family and friends to enjoy the season with an evening of celebrated a cappella and accompanied choral music.


Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda Avenue, Denver (80246).

$20 Adult / $15 Senior / $15 Student

Friday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday December 4 at 7:30 p.m.


Urban Servant Corps logo2USC Advent Prayer Breakfast
December 7 at 7:30 a.m.

Our Savior's Lutheran Church  
915 East 9th Avenue
Denver (80218)
Urban Servant Corps Advent 2010 image

Join Bishop Bjornberg, Urban Servant Corps staff and Board of Directors, local Luther an  c hurch members, and partner agencies as prayers are offered fo r the ongoing service work of USC volunteers.

  Lutheran Family Services of Cooradol;ogo"Give Where You Live" and Support LFS-CO

Lutheran Family Services is participating in Colorado Gives Day - one day that will help raise $1 million for Colorado charities. LFS-CO needs your Giving First logosupport on this special day. All donations given to LFS through the website over a 24-hour period on December 8 are eligible for the Colorado Gives Day Incentive Fund,  which will increase the value of your donation!
Give Where You Live on December 8 and help support LFS!

Stars and Promises Tour bannerPeter Mayer's
Stars and Promises Tour

Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Peter Mayer, widely known as the lead guitarist for Jimmy Buffett's, Coral Reefer Band, enters into his tenth consecutive year with the Stars and Promises Christmas Tour, along with Maggie Estes and R. Scott Bryan. The tour will make one of its seventeen stops across the country on Sunday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 East Hampden Avenue Cherry Hills Village (80113).

 Peter Mayer 2010 Tour image

The concert is a fundraiser for Lutheran  Men in Mission.

" Read more about Peter...


Tickets are: Adults - $12; Children 6-12 yrs old - $5; under 6 - free!

You can purchase tickets now.


Augustana Christmas 2010 imageSing We Now Of Christmas


 Kantorei welcomes the joy of the holiday season by presenting a memorable afternoon of holiday choral music.


Augustana Lutheran Church 5000 East Alameda Avenue,
Denver (80246)

$20 Adult / $15 Senior / $15 Student

Sunday, December 19 at 3:00 p.m.



Juried Art Show in Loveland Explores Lutheran Identity
February 11-25, 2011
Zion Lutheran Church (Lanette)
815 East 16th Street

Loveland CO 80538
Artist entry deadline is January 11, 2011.


Communications Staff
Rocky Mountain Synod
800-525-0462 / 303-777-6700

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