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Rocky Mountain Synod

January 4, 2011 
Message of gratitude as we look ahead to 2011
As we approach the end of our Rocky Mountain Synod fiscal year (January 31, 2011) we give thanks for the gifts and offerings that make our ministry together possible. This past year was challenging economically, and many congregations faced difficult budgeting decisions.  Contributions from congregations have remained at just about what was committed, and for that we are grateful!

We invite your 2011 intents
Many congregations are having their annual meetings this month. Others have completed their stewardship campaigns. Each year we ask each congregation to submit their "intent" for the offerings they are committing to the ministry of the wider church at the synod level and for vital churchwide ministries. The congregation treasurer and/or pastor is asked to complete this brief electronic form of intent as soon as the information is available:

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Epiphany of Our Lord
Almighty  and ever-living God, you revealed the incarnation of your Son by the brilliant shining of a star. Shine the light of your justice always in our hearts and over all lands, and accept our lives as the treasure we offer in your praise and for your service, 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

Prayers for Students in Border Immersion

Pastor Anne Morawski, Campus Pastor at UNM, and students from UNM, CNM, and NMSU are in El Paso this week with Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey and the Border Servant Corps. Pastor Morawski invites your reflection on a poem by Ann Weems from Kneeling in Bethlehem, The Westminster Press, which begins....

Into the wild and painful cold of the starless winter night 
came the refugees, 
slowly making their way to the border...
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Synod Prayer Cycle: Metro West Conference
You are encouraged to include the listed leaders in your Sunday prayers of the people. The prayer lists for January and February are available.

to remember in prayers on 1/9:

Advent Westminster, CO

     Barb Martens

All Saints Austin, CO

     Janice Johnson

American Grand Junction, CO

    Barbara Johnson, Carol Pyeatt

First Gypsum, CO

     Kari Reiquam

Glory of God Wheat Ridge, CO

     Paul Olsen

Good Shepherd Glenwood Springs, CO

     Jeffrey Carlson

Highlands Denver, CO

     Liliana Stahlberg

Holy Cross Wheat Ridge, CO

     Ron Bach

Lutheran Men in Mission logo
LMM Triennial Gathering Set for July 22-24, 2011
 in Denver!
Called! Equipped! Sent!

From July 22 - 24, 2011, hundreds of men from across the nation will meet in Denver, CO at the Denver Marriott DTC for the tri-annual Lutheran Men in Mission Gathering. [The Lutheran Men in Mission Assembly (business meeting) is July 21-22, 2011.]

Lutheran Men in Mission is the men's ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  This ministry works to strengthen men's Christian faith, relationships, witness and service in their homes, congregation and communities. The vision of LMM is for every man to have a growing relationship with Jesus Christ through an effective men's ministry in every congregation. The 2011 Gathering will give men the opportunity to build their faith, relationships and ministry and provide for ongoing leadership development.

Peter Mayer 2010 Tour imageCome to be uplifted by the speakers, be informed and renewed through the workshops and and hear music that truly inspires - the music of Peter Mayer, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, widely known as the lead guitarist for Jimmy Buffett's, Coral Reefer Band. Most of all come for the experience of being in fellowship with Christian men of all stations in life.

Marriott Denver Tech center imageYou are invited to make your own reservations at the Denve
r Tech Center Marriott located at 4900 South Syracuse in Denver (80237). You may also call the hotel at 303-779-1100 / 800-266-9432 for room information. To reserve your space at the Tri-Annual Gathering, you may register online.


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

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

Visit the website for more information including release forms, a guide to what to bring and what NOT to bring, maps, etc.

Rocky Mountain Synod logo
Front Range Youth Ministry Network meets Thursday, January 13, 10:00 a.m. - noon at Epiphany Lutheran, 790 South Corona Street in Denver (80209). Bishop Allan Bjornberg and Linda Staats, assistant to the bishop for Youth & Household Ministry, are the guest presenters. Plan to go out-to-lunch following the gathering. No RSVP needed. For questions, please contact Anne Maki by email.

Christian Education Network imageThe Front Range Christian Ed Network meets Thursday, January 20 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the synod office. Bring your own lunch. Valerie Hess, Coordinator of Music Ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boulder, university instructor in Spiritual Formation and author of two books on spiritual disciplines with kids, will be the guest presenter. No RSVP needed. For questions, please contact Linda Staats by email.

Lutheran Schools imageRMS Lutheran Schools Appreciation Days. Two opportunities for preschool & school directors, pastors and a school board member or staff person to gather: Thursday, February 10 at Lord of the Hills Christian Preschool in Centennial, CO or Thursday, February 17 at St. Luke's Lutheran Preschool, 9100 Menaul Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM.   Gayle Denny, Executive Director of the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association will be with us. The cost is $10/person or $25 for three from a church and school. Each gathering will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and includes lunch and free give-aways! To RSVP, email Cheryl Almquist in the synod office or give her a call on  303-777-6700 or 800-525-0462. If you have other questions, please contact Linda Staats by email or phone (602-740-3752).

Youth Ministry Network logoIt is not too late to register for the ELCA Youth Ministry Extravaganza in Kansas City, MO. from January 20-24, 2011. Please contact Rev. Paul Judson by email to ride the bus from CO to MO.


Cross Training imageCross Training in Leadership and Discipleship

This weekend eight youth and five adults from the Front Range, Casper and Albuquerque will gather at Camp Yolijawa in CA for Cross+Training in Leadership and Discipleship. Youth, caring adults, camp directors, and synod staff from each of our five synods in Region 2 will network and lift up youth ministry.  Please keep these leaders in your prayers for safe travel and a life-giving experience.


Assembly 2011
is May 12-14

Colorado Springs is the destination for our Assembly May 12-14, 2011

As we gather for the 2011 Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly, we will be considering what sustains us today as people who live in community. In our changing world, how do we proclaim the Good News today? What is the church's prophetic response today to all that threatens life in abundance? What is our narrative of hope?

Leading our conversations together will be Dr. Barbara Rossing, professor of New Testament at Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Please look for more details to be published soon.


Immanuel Lutheran Church-Greeley
Mission Trip to Nicaragua June 14-24

We are looking for medical workers to join us and especially need doctors and nurses.

An interfaith group lead by Abe González, pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greeley, CO, is looking for physicians, dentists, nurses and folks with medical experience to join a mission trip to Nicaragua.

The medical portion consists of clinics in poor, rural areas that do not receive medical care. The group sets up a clinic and cares for the people. It is generally low tech with lots of teaching and love thrown in. If you are interested or want more information, please call Terry Ritter at 303-838-1614 or 303-564-2785, or call Pastor Abe at 970-352-3003 or 970-405-0308. Please consider this opportunity! 


Theological Conferencer 2011 logo 

Journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter

You may still register.

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.
January 24-27, 2011

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

More information

Safe Haven training is offered before and after the Theological Conference. No registration deadine.

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.


An Extraordinary Mission Experience Awaits You...

Denver Urban Ministries logoUrban Servant Corps logo2
Close to Home

Are you seeking a fun and meaningful mission experience for your youth group? Looking for a way to inspire your youth to seek justice? Want to infuse social justice into your confirmation or high school youth group curricula?


The Urban Servant Corps and Denver Urban Ministries have teamed up to provide you with an extraordinary mission DenUM/Urban Servant Corpsexperience close to home. Serve meals to the homeless, sort and pack food and supplies for distribution here and around the world, come face to face with the issues of hunger, poverty, and homelessness. Hear directly from someone who has been homeless. Walk the path of the homeless to learn what resources and services are and aren't available; attempt to make ends meet as a family in poverty. Come face to face with Christ. Listen for God's voice of healing and hope.


We offer flexibility and customization based on the needs and interests of your group. We arrange the housing, service sites, and educational experiences for your group. We also offer single-session experiences focusing on the issues of poverty, hunger, and homelessness. 


Schedule your day, weekend, half week, or week-long trip now! Check the website or contact Megham Freytag by email or phone (303-350-5062).

Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp b/w logo

Confirmation Retreat

February 25-27, 2011


Join us for a Confirmation Retreat at Rainbow Trail this fall or winter season and let us be partners with you in creatiRainbow Trail Confirmation Retreat imageng a fun atmosphere for learning in your confirmation program! We will sing songs, play games, learn together and play together in God's beautiful creation. Jeff Kelty, Youth Director and this year's featured speaker, will lead us in inspiring, educational and fun group study sessions.

Rainbow Trail Confirmation Retreat imageThe theme for this year is: "Get Out of the Boat: Lessons from Peter." Learning in a fun-filled camp atmosphere may be just what your kids need to bond together as a group and build relationships with other confirmands in the Rocky Mountain Synod. Check out the brochure for detailed event information.

To register, please visit the Rainbow Trail website or contact Carl Brockhoff by email for registration information. We look forward to seeing you!

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.

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

Bishop Allan Bjornberg
Bishop's Academy, Tampa, FL.

Pastor Dan Bollman
Visiting the congregation of Peace Lutheran Church, El Paso, TX; Visiting the congregations of Peace Lutheran Church and Trinity Lutheran Church, Las Cruces, NM.

Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email or phone appointment.
 Pastor Jim Hytjan
Visiting the congregation of Korean Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, CO; NCD Coaches Conference Call, synod office, Denver, CO; Meeting with members of the Four Winds Project, synod office, Denver, CO.

Linda Staats
Region II Cross+Training Youth Retreat, Camp Yolijwa, CA.
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

As I See It


The older I get, the faster the years seem to fly by. A decade ago it was the days that went fast, but there's no denying that now it's the years. We received a Christmas gift letter from a distant relative who confessed that at one time she had fully expected to grow older and wiser. "Well," she wrote, "I did grow older."

As we all know, we are not just older, we are survivors. We've faced our share of disasters and we are assured that "God's already done that!" Whatever the next years has in store, we can handle it. With joy.

Gleaned from ENCORE TIMES, a publication of
Association of Lutheran Older Adults

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Presented by Mera Lou Anderson of Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church-Lakewood as published in the December 2010 The Shepherd's Staff newsletter.


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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.)

Rocky Mtn Synodical Women's logoNorth New Mexico Cluster Event

of the Rocky Mountain Synodical Women's Organization

Is Set for January 29

The annual North New Mexico Cluster Event for Rocky Mountain Synodical Women's Organization (WELCA) will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Saturday, January 29, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Save this date for a fun time.


The theme is: "Secret Service: If I'm Not Doing the Big Splashy Things, A I Still a Missionary of God?" Kristin Schultz, an ordained pastor who is on leave to raise three boys, will be the keynote speaker/leader. Please contact Judy Magelssen by email or phone (505-672-0016) for details and registration information.


Fifty to seventy ladies are expected to attend. Please consider helping to host this event. Help will be needed in setting up table and chairs on the lower level on Friday, January 28. We are also seeking donations of soup, bread and desserts that need to be delivered to the church by 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 29. If there is snow, well you know what we need then! At Bethlehem, Judy Magelssen will have sign-up sheets whenever coffee is available.

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry New Mexico logoBishop / Legislative Luncheon Set for February 9


The 2011 annual Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - New Mexico Legislative Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, February 9 at La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe.   Bishop Allan Bjornberg of the Rocky Mountain Synod (ELCA) will again host this event at which legislators and executive branch policy makers are recognized as Lutheran advocates join advocates from a number of denominations and other faiths to thank legislators for their public service.  A briefing on Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM issues will take place in the morning prior to the luncheon.   Email for more information. 

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Bethlehem Star logoGet Connected... with New Orleans

The work is not done, yet!

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Longmont, CO, will be taking its fifth (and probably last) trip for Katrina relief in 2011. The trip is schedule for April 3-9. This is the best time to go to New Orleans weather-wise, so we need we need to our reservations as soon as possible. We will again be staying at the Annunciation Mission in uptown New Orleans. We will also again work with St. Bernard Project doing reconstruction.


St. bernard Project logoAnnunciation Mission logoThe Annunciation Mission offers very nice dormitory housing and good meals. It is very reasonably price and centrally located. The St. Bernard Project is a well-organized ministry focusing on families who have run out of options. SBP has built 319 homes since its inception in 2006. More that 800 families are still living in FEMA trailers, so the need is great.


It is a lot of work with some play. Each year we do enjoy the culture and cuisine of that great city. One special addition to this year's trip is Pastor Lili Stahlberg, our first intern pastor, hopes to join us. She is now the pastor of Highlands Lutheran Church in Denver and plans to bring a group from her church as well.


If you are interested in going or have questions, please contact Bob Cotton (303-651-6563) or Pastor Mark Peterson (303-776-3290). Space is limited and the time to make reservations is running out, so please reserve you place right away.


Reprinted by permission from The Bethlehem Star, the newsletter of Bethlehem Lutheran Church-Longmont.

 Matt Savage Trio photoMatt Savage Trio at Augustana


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.

Invitation to Artists
Juried Art Show in Loveland to explore Lutheran identity February 11-25

Deadline for submissions is January 11, 2011.

A Lutheran's life is rich with symbolism both In our liturgies and personal definitions of faith. You may well be blessed in your state of grace but how do others view you? What does it mean for you to be a Lutheran?

Zion Lutheran Church in Loveland has issued the call to all artists to participate in the Juried Art Show which will take place from February 11-25, 2011. An artist's opening reception will be at Zion Lutheran Church on Friday, February 11, 2011.


If you feel that you could give an answer to the questions above in the form of fine art, you may want to be a part of this show. It will be marketed to the "outside" world to show them the treasure of being a Lutheran Christian!


Please note:

All work must be framed or completed on gallery wrap canvas

All work to be delivered by February 7

Deadline for submissions is January 11, 2011. Email up to 3 attached photos to Lanette

No entry fee - 20% of sales will be donated to ELCA World Hunger


For more information, please contact Lanette Wild by email or phone (970-669-0303).

Taize at Sain Paul DenverTaizé at Saint Paul - Denver Begins a New Year


We're very excited about our Taizé offerings in 2011! In an effort to spread the word about the Taizé tradition, and about our own service at Saint Paul, we have organized a seminar/presentation on January 16 at 9:15 a.m. Please join us for coffee, treats, discussion, and a history of Taizé. We'll even play clips from recordings of past Taizé services at Saint Paul Lutheran Church! As always, any and all are welcome to attend-please invite friends and family! You are also more than welcome to join us at 10:30 a.m. for traditional worship service after the seminar/presentation.


Please add to your calendar our January 2011 service date: Wednesday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. It will be held at Saint Paul Lutheran Church. 


You will find flyers for the informational session on the January 16 and for the Taizé service on the January 26. Please share these with your communities and help us grow our ecumenical outreach in the Denver area. Thank you to all who have been supportive of Taizé at Saint Paul since its inception! We are excited to be growing month by month - now offering the music leadership of 12 very talented individuals.


For questions, please email Jeff Steen or give him a call at 303-547-8760. If you haven't yet, please do join us! All are welcome!

Summer Food service Program logo

Eliminating Child Hunger in Colorado

The Campaign to End Childhood Hunger invites you to participate in the first Colorado Summer Food Summit! The Campaign, begun in November 2009, is a statewide, public-private coalition working to eliminate child hunger in Colorado.

[*The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides federal reimbursement to serve free meals and snacks to children 18 years old and younger when school is out of session.]


Thursday, January 20, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital

Russell Pavilion Conference Center

1900 Lafayette Street

Denver, CO 80218


This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Meals will we provided.



Diedrich Bonhoeffer

The Life and Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Lecture given by Dr. Craig Nessan, Professor of Contextual Theology at Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, IA


Congregations are invited to a lecture sponsored by Lutheran/Episcopal Campus Ministry at the University of Northern Colorado and Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Greeley:




Saturday, January 22, 2011

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Reception to follow


At Our Savior's Lutheran Church

1800 21st Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631


Clergy are invited to a dinner with Dr. Nessan following the reception at the home of Rev. Sarah Moening from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP for the lecture and/or dinner by January 20 by calling the office at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. For questionsor more information, you may contact Pastoral Intern Jenn Collins by email or phone (970-352-4816). Free will donations accepted. 

No Room at the Inn imageNo Room at the Inn?

Did you know that last year in Jefferson County on any given night at least 142 people were homeless and at least 502 were children? Did you know that there were 71 dangerously cold nights in the metro area last year with temperatures below 32 degrees on a wet night and 20 degrees on a dry night? This year that number and more will be turned away from shelters - they will have to sleep outside in whatever weather Colorado receives. Why? Not because there is "No Room at the Inn," but because there is no funding to provide shelter for the homeless for the 2010/2011 winter. Funding for the Severe Weather Shelter is not available this year - this need must be met by our faith communities and compassionate citizens.

The cost to help pay for a family to stay in a motel for one night, transportation to that motel and one meal is $60.00 broken down this way:

$45.00 one night motel stay for one family

$10 meal for one family

$5.00 for transportation to that motel

Family Tree logoHeading Home is a collaborative effort of members of the community including individuals from non-profits, faith based organizations, law enforcement, schools, county/city representatives, human services, and private citizens who meet monthly with the common goal of ending homelessness in Jefferson County. Family Tree will assist Heading Home with the administration of the project as they have done in the past.

We too can help - God's work. Our hands.

By Glenda Ferraro - reprinted from A Glimpse of Glory, the newsletter of King of Glory Lutheran Church - Arvada   

 St. Olaf College Choir photoSt. Olaf College Concerts


The Choir of St. Olaf College, a four-year liberal arts college of the ELCA, will be performing two concerts in the Denver area on their upcoming national tour. The first concert will take place on Saturday, January 22 at 7:30 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 East Hampden Avenue in Cherry Hills Village (80113). The second concert will take place on Sunday, January 23 at 3:00 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda Avenue in Denver (80246).


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Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-Colorado logo
Faith Advocacy Day 2011

Put your faith into action!

Join others from many different faith communities and be encouraged to keep advocating on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised in Colorado!  Together our voices can be a strong cry of justice to those who need to hear it.

Legislators and representatives from the media will present how faith impacts their work and reporting.  Hear the legislative priorities for Colorado Council of Churches, Colorado Interfaith Voices for Justice, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - Colorado and Jubilee Ministries.  Learn how to engage more members of your faith community to participate.

Registration cost is $25.00 by Wednesday, February 16, 2011 (early bird) and includes lunch. A low-income/student rate of $15.00 is available as well. An optional Lutheran Legislative Breakfast with Bishop Allan Bjornberg of the Rocky Mountain Synod ELCA is from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m., cost is $10.00.  A portion of the proceeds from the breakfast will support the Youth Group at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Longmont. 

Ways to register:
By mail: Lutheran Advocacy Ministry
455 Sherman Street, Suite 160
, Denver, CO 80203
By phone: (303) 777-6700   or   (800) 525-0462
By email:


Parking is available for free on the street and pay lots are available in the blocks surrounding the church.  Limited parking is available at the church and is restricted to those with accessibility issues. If you have questions, you may email Brad Wood, Director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-Colorado.



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

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