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Rocky Mountain Synod

December 14, 2010 

Theological Conferencer 2011 logo
It's not just for pastors! This year's topic is also for organists, choir directors, worship teams, and more!

Journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter

Registration Deadline is December 23!

The conference will center on the liturgies of Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil.  The timing is perfect for experiencing the liturgies and bringing ideas for worship home with you.

The annual Rocky Mountain Synod Theological Conference takes place January 24-27, 2011. To lock in the best rate for hotel rooms, our deadline is a month prior, which is why the registration deadline is an inconvenient December 23. Save yourself the last minute stress and register today! 

January 24-27, 2011

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

information and online registration

Safe Haven training is offered before and after the Theological Conference

Safeguarding God's Children is a program which provides participants with a basic understanding of the dynamics of child sexual abuse. The 3-hour course includes information on how to respond, prevent and protect the children and youth in one's congregation and ministry. The training will be offered prior to and at the conclusion of the 2011 Theological Conference. Dates are Monday, January 24, 2011 from 1:30 to 4:45 p.m. OR Thursday, January 27, 2011 from 10:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  Cost is $10. If attending the Theological Conference, register with your conference registration. Otherwise, contact the synod office to register. Download a flyer.
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that hinders our faith, that eagerly we may receive your promises, for you live and reign with the Father 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 January is available.

to remember in prayers on 12/19:

Our Savior's Roy, UT

     Charles Sabin

Our Saviour's  Salt Lake City, UT

     Jeff Beebe

Prince of Peace  North Logan, UT

     Corrine Thul

Urban Servant Corps LogoCommunity Shopping Benefits the Urban Servant Corps

Tomorrow, December 15
from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Ten Thousand Villages
(2626 E. Third Ave., Denver, CO 80206)

Holiday shopping is so much fun at this non-profit, fair tradeTen Thousand Villages gift shop logo retailer of home decor, personal accessories, and unique gift items from around the world!  Ten Thousand Villages provides vital, fair income to Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America. When you shop at Ten Thousand Villages on December 15, 15% of the sales will be donated to the Urban Servant Corps.


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

Registration is now closed.

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 youth from your congregation, youth ministers and caring adults  will be gathering for this great weekend of fun, prayer and fellowship. Go to the website to  get more information including release forms, a guide to what to bring and what NOT to bring, maps, etc.

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. 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.


Understanding 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. 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!

La Frontera: The Intersection of Cultures, Languages and Nations

Lutheran Episcopal Campus Ministry at UNM and CNM, the Border Servant Corps and Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey-El Paso will host a Border Immersion Experience January 5-9, 2011. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in Immigration and Border issues.

Border Immersion Experience logoThe cost for the weekend is $50 per person (a significant discount from the usual $225 cost for a Border Immersion).  The trip is supported by the Border Servant Corps, Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey, and Lutheran Episcopal Campus Ministry.  You are invited to check out the brochure for more complete details. The deadline for registering is Monday, December 20, 2010.


Border Servant Corps logoThere is space for a dozen people total, so please contact Pastor Anne Morawski right away by email or phone at 505-243-0336.


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, invites 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." Details here.


Cross of Christ Lutheran Church imageCross of Christ Seeks Organist/Accompanist


Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Broomfield, CO is seeking a part-time (about 15 hours per week) organist/ accompanist. Responsibilities include playing for Sunday morning worship services (currently 2 services); playing at special services including Easter, Lenten mid-week evening services, and Christmas Eve; and accompanying the Soli Dei choir in worship, performances, and weekly rehearsals. Worship service music includes hymns, liturgy, prelude, postlude, and special music. Rodgers electric organ, 2 manuals. Accepting applicants up to January 31. For a full position description visit Please send resumes to

Luitheran Church of the Resurrection

Organist/Choir Accompanist Needed

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Lakewood, CO is looking for an organist/ choir accompanist.  We are looking for a part-time, 8-10 hours a week musician/pianist/organist to help in worship leadership, choir accompaniment, and worship planning. Please inquire via email to Pastor Garrett Struessel and include a resumé, contact information, salary range, and cover letter for introduction. Lutheran Church of the Resurrection


The Rocky Mountain Synod has a list of jobs available within congregations. Please check out the website.

Every person,
every congregation,
every ministry,
boldly serving God's mission in Christ.

Bishop Allan Bjornberg
In the office this week.

Pastor Dan Bollman
In the office this week

Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email or phone appointment.
 Pastor Jim Hytjan
Meeting with members of Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey, Denver, CO; Meeting with the Camino de Vida Advisory Committee, Albuquerque, NM; Christmas Celebration with the congregation of Camino de Vida, Albuquerque, NM .

Linda Staats
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

Quote for the Month
Faithful Christian Stewardship is living a life of meaning and purpose according to God's will as best we can discern that. Say this to yourself everyday -
I am a sign of God's gracious love!

From the Collections newsletter (August 2010)
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church - Salt Lake City, UT)


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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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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.


Music at St. Paul logo

Celebrate the Season with Music at Saint Paul


Music at Saint Paul is a ministry of Saint Paul Lutheran Church presenting outstanding concerts and inspiring liturgies in the wonderful acoustical setting of the congregation's historic building. During the month of December, Music at Saint Paul is pleased to present the following musical offerings:



Colorado Chorale - Christmas Collage

Thursday, December 16, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

Choral music for the season - both sacred and secular, festive and reflective - led by Dr. Frank

Eychaner, Music Director. Tickets: $19 ($16 seniors/$5 students).


Rocky Mountain Ringers - Ring in the Holidays

Monday, December 20, 2010, 7:30 p.m.  

Joyous holiday music for handbells rung by Denver's finest handbell ensemble under the direction of Jeffrey Harms. Tickets: $20/Balcony $25 (Children Free).


The Nativity of Our Lord at Saint Paul - A Libby Larsen Christmas

Friday, December 24, 2010, 10:30 p.m.  

Accompanied by strings, the Saint Paul Choir and the Saint Paul Bell Choir present Libby Larsen's
Christmas cantata,
Ringeltänze (on the day of the composer's 60th birthday) as a Prelude to the 11:00 pm Candlelight Holy Communion Liturgy, featuring Larsen's Celebration Mass, commissioned last year for Saint Paul's 125th anniversary. No tickets required.


Parking and accessibility information.


Please contact the church office (303-839-1432)for further information about this and future Music at Saint Paul events.



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.


Matt Savage Trio photoMatt Savage Trio


After rave reviews, the phenomenally talented pianist Matt Savage returns to Denver! And he's not alone. Matt will be performing original tunes and swinging jazz improvisations with the Boston-based Matt Savage Trio, consisting of Matt on piano, bass player John Funkhouser and drummer Steve Silverstein. With the addition of the members from his Trio, the performance will be over the top.


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

$25 Adult / $15 Senior / $15 Student (Reduced pricing for groups of ten or more)

Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 7:30 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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