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Rocky Mountain Synod

January 11, 2011 

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: complete form now

Second Sunday after Epiphany
Holy God, our strength and our redeemer, by your Spirit hold us forever, that through your grace we may worship you and faithfully serve you, follow you and joyfully find you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Prayer from Sundays and Seasons Year C 2011


Pastor Kevin MeyerInstallation of Rev. Kevin Meyer Set for January 16

You are cordially invited to the installation of Pastor Kevin Meyer at Bethel Lutheran Church in Windsor, CO on Sunday, January 16. The Service of Installation is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by a potluck reception in the Parish Fellowship Hall. All are welcome!

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

to remember in prayers on 1/16:

King of Glory Arvada, CO

     Todd Payne

Lord of the Mountains Dillon, CO

     Joe Holub

Lord of the Valley  Granby, CO

     Beth Graham (interim)

Lutheran Church of Grace  Craig, CO


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

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

Don't forget the Bible study!

The Heroes Bible Study is available for you to read in advance of attending the Gathering. You can also find more information including release forms, a guide to what to bring and what NOT to bring, maps, etc. on the RMS website.


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Encouraging Youth and Young Adults

to be Leaders in be Church



In 2011 the Rocky Mountain Synod will continue to live into the ELCA's goal of expanded roles for youth and young adults in all expressions of our church. With many congregations planning for annual meetings, our rostered and lay leaders are encouraged to have conversations with the youth and young adults in their midst regarding the opportunity to serve on church council and as voting members at this year's synod assembly.  

TOP TEN Reasons for your congregation to consider selecting and/or nominating youth and young adults as members of your church council and as voting members for the 2011 Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly:


  1. Young people want to make a difference and seek opportunities to listen, serve and be heard.
  2. Young people are the church of today, not the church of tomorrow.
  3. A church council and synod assembly are a glimpse of the "larger church."  The experiences can be faith-forming and career shaping.
  4. Young people are some of our most articulate voting members, speaking with insight and passion on issues at hand.
  5. We are more fully the body of Christ when all generations and their gifts are included.
  6. The dynamics of a church council and synod assembly are opportunities to reach out to a generation we are at risk of losing, to integrate them into the life and leadership of this church, and to tap into their talents for the sake of the gospel.
  7. Most youth do not have enough caring adults in their life.
  8. Most adults do not have enough young people in their life.
  9. At baptism we say, "We welcome you into the body of Christ and into the mission we share . . ." Lifting up and empowering young people to serve is part of the calling of every congregation.
  10. Because God does - young people are part of God's Holy Story!  
download the complete guide:

Guide for Expanded Roles for Youth and Young Adults in Our Church


Theological Conferencer 2011 logo 

Journey from Ash Wednesday to Easter



Late registrations still accepted. Please call!


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.


Jerusalem photo

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2011

Holy Land and Egypt

October 10-26, 2011


Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Egypt, October 10-26, 2011. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus. See the Holy Stones and meet the Living Stones, the people, of the Holy Land, as we visit Jerusalem and the sites of Jesus' ministry in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum and the Galilee. Tour Herod's fortress at Masada, swim in the Dead Sea, sail on the Sea of Galilee. Our days will include devotions, scripture readings at the holy sites, and time for reflection.

Pastor Paul Rowold, an experienced guide, will be our leader. See first-hand the inspiring ministries of Lutherans today in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Visit the pyramids of Egypt-Cairo, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings and Queens. Learn about the civilizations that once flourished along the Nile and see the archaeological treasures of the ancient world. 17-day Holy Land/Egypt tour: $4470, from Denver. for details, please visit the website or contact Jan Miller by email. The reservation deadline is April 1, 2011.

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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.

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. or complete and mail the form to the registrar.

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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 Co9lorado to Missouri.


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.


Shepherd of the Mountains-Park City image

First Communion:  "My Heart Jumped in Joy."


 About 40 years ago I received my first Holy Communion.  Yes, it's been a long time!  Yet, I recall that Sunday as if it were last Sunday...well, ok, maybe memory is not what it used to be.  Still, I remember getting up early and putting on my best plaid, short-sleeve shirt, my black-rimmed glasses, dress pants, white socks, and freshly waxed dress shoes.  I recall walking up the hill, enjoying the warmth of the sun shine, and listening to the ringing of the church bells. (Yes, our church had bells in the steeple!)

     The worship service was wonderful!  The church choir sang, the sound of the beautiful pipe organ echoed off the peaked wooden ceiling, the stained glass windows glowed, and our congregation was filled with joy!  I recall my pastor, Pastor Paul, extolling the blessings of communion and its importance for the community of Christ. 

     I recall coming to the communion rail and kneeling down on a red cushion, staring somewhat nervously at the beige brick of the altar and at the large, wooden cross suspended above it.

     It was not long before it was my turn.  I remember how Pastor Paul smiled at me as he said, "The body of Christ, given for you." 

My heart jumped in joy!  This was a moment of celebration! A time in my life meant to be remembered!

Read the entire article by Pastor Steve Leiser of Shepherd of the Mountains - Park City, UT


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! 

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

Bishop Allan Bjornberg
Front Range Youth Ministry Network Retreat, Epiphany Lutheran Church, Denver, CO; Candidacy Committee meeting, synod office, Denver, CO; Installation of Pastor Kevin Meyer at Bethel Lutheran Church, Windsor, CO.

Pastor Dan Bollman
Middle/Jr. High School Youth Gathering, Colorado Springs, CO; Congregational Ministries Board teleconference meeting, Denver, CO.

Madelyn Busse, DM

Candidacy Committee meetings and interviews, synod office, Denver, CO.
Available by email or phone appointment.
 Pastor Jim Hytjan
Visiting the congregation of Peace in Christ Lutheran Church, Elizabeth, CO; Visiting with members of Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey, Denver, CO.

Linda Staats
Visiting with members of Glory of God Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge, CO; Front Range Youth Ministry Network Retreat, Epiphany Lutheran Church, Denver, CO; Middle/Jr. High School Youth Gathering, Colorado Springs, CO; Congregational Ministries Board teleconference meeting, Denver, CO.
Available by email or phone appointment.

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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


ELCA logoEnglish Teaches Sought for China and Japan


Teach English at various locations throughout China (with the Amity Foundation) and Japan (with the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church). 

Service in China is a two year commitment starting June 2011 with applications due February 15.  

Service in Japan includes some congregational involvement with a three year commitment starting July 2011 and applications due March 15

See: and click Global Service Opportunities to search the database at the bottom.

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2011 Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Celebration

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.In honor of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Lutheran Social Service of Utah would like to invite you and your congregation to a presentation of Gospel music at the Cathedral of the Madeline from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 15. Robert Sims, singerMusical performances will feature Mr. Robert Sims, an amazing singer from Chicago, pianist Paul Hamilton and guitarist Michael Lucarelli.


At the event, LSS of Utah will receive the Martin Luther King Jr. Justice award for its multi-cultural ministries and community outreach. Other award recipients will be Rev. France Davis of Calvary Baptist Church and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Please download, print and display the poster to advertise this community event.

We thank you for your continued prayers and funding. Together, and with God's help, we can be a part of a Beloved Community.


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 logoAnnual Bishop's Luncheon Set for February 9

Updated Information!

The annual Lutheran Advocacy Ministry Bishop's Legislative Luncheon will be Wednesday, February 9, 2011.  Please make plans to attend and be sure to make your reservation (or a reservation for a group from your congregation!) to attend this annual gathering which will be held at 12:30 p.m. at La Fonda in Santa Fe. 


Rocky Mountain Synod Bishop Allan Bjornberg will speak at the luncheon and will also share a message with us during the issues briefing in the morning prior to the luncheon. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church (1701 Arroyo Chamiso) with fellowship and an opportunity to learn more about the issues for which Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - New Mexico will be advocating throughout 2011. 


The cost of the luncheon is $25 per person.  If you are only attending the morning issues briefing, the cost is $5.  Please contact Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM (505-984-8005 or to make reservations or for more details. The deadline for registration is Monday, February 4.

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Invitation to Artists

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

Today, January 11 is the deadline for submissions.

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.

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 Sunday, 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!


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. 

 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.  With 75 mixed voices, the St. Olaf Choir is considered one of the best college a cappella choirs in the United States. These concerts will include works for organ and choir with music spanning the 17st through 21st centuries.


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 Family Services of Cooradol;ogoLFS Valentine's Day Event

Want a unique place to celebrate Valentines Day?
Looking for a way to explore your artistic side but don't know where to start?

Join LFS for one of the "trendiest nights out" in Denver! Lutheran Family Services is hosting a fundraiser at Canvas and Cocktails, one of the newest ways to learn the basics of acrylic painting while enjoying the company of friends.  The class which is for both the artistic and the LFS January 2011 Eventnot so artistic will be held on Monday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $40 per person with $10 being given to LFS. To register visit, please or call 303-333-3288. For more information, please contact Erica at LFS on 303-217-5859.


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Social Phonics Boot Camp for Pastors and Ministry Leaders


Learn the language of new media

Bethany Lutheran Church

4500 East Hampden Avenue

Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113

Join Social Phonics on Thursday, February 17, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for a one day workshop where you will learn about how to best use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, a podcast, and a blog for your ministry. And most importantly of all, you'll develop a philosophy of social media engagement that will fit into your own mission. Plus, you'll have fun.

Tony Jones has been leading these workshops all across the country to rave reviews.  Cost is $125 and includes lunch. Bring your own laptop! Check out the website for more information or you may register online.

 VOCES8 music group photoAces High - VOCES8 at Augustana


VOCES8 - a musical group you will not want to miss. Inspiring people through music, VOCES8 presents a musical journey with a repertoire that spans 500 years and three continents! Their performance includes arrangements of pop and jazz, and harking back to their roots as English choristers, they share the sacred and secular music from the Baroque and Renaissance eras. This lively group does more than sing - they enthrall!


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

$30 Adult / $20 Senior / $20 Student (Reduced pricing for groups of ten or more)

Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.

 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.

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-Colorado logoFaith Advocacy Day 2011 is Set for February 21

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. The event is from 9:00 a.m until 2:00 p.m. with an optional Lutheran Legislative Breakfast with Bishop Allan Bjornberg of the Rocky Mountain Synod (ELCA) from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. The additional for the breakfast 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
(Please provide contact information)

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.






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