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Rocky Mountain Synod

February 8, 2011 


The Lutheran Magazine - Feb 2011

Rocky Mountain Synod Supplement


Army chaplaincy embodies 'ministry of presence'

Remembering Aaron Grider (by Vera Guebert-Steward, his aunt)

Sharing good news & gratitude with the military


Each quarter, a 4-page supplement to The Lutheran magazine features articles and information specific to the Rocky Mountain Synod.  If you do not receive The Lutheran magazine, you may download and read the February 2011 Supplement.


Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
O God, the strength of all who hope in you, because we are weak mortals we accomplish nothing good without you. Help us to see and understand the things we ought to do, and give us grace and power to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Prayer from Sundays and Seasons Year C 2011


Synod Prayer Cycle: Border Conference
You are encouraged to include the listed leaders in your Sunday prayers of the people. The prayer lists for
February and March are available.

to remember in prayers on 2/13:

Our Savior  Alamogordo, NM

     Bruce Freeman

Peace  Las Cruces, NM

     Steve Loy, Jeanne Lutz

Peace  El Paso, TX

     Wayne Kendrick



Rostered Leader Reports and Congregational Reports are due February 15


Each year, all rostered leaders are to complete a report to the bishop. Additionally, congregational reports are also required from each congregation.  Those reports, and all ELCA forms, can be accessed at note that a free program called "Formatta Filler" is needed to complete many of the forms.  A link to download the program is located on the same page.


Every congregation asked to submit their "intent" for 2011 ministry partnership 


The treasurer and executive committee cannot finalize the 2011 financial picture until each congregation submits their intent for ministry support for the Rocky Mountain Synod (and wider church). Please complete form now or  send an email to Cheryl Almquist.   


One Page RMS Summary Prepared for Your Congregations Annual Report Booklet


A one-page summary of 2011 RMS ministries and finances

of may be downloaded and printed in your congregation's annual report. One copy of this report was included in the registration packet for all attendees at the Theological Conference last week.


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RMS Lutheran Schools Appreciation Days


It is not too late to register for these two events! 


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).



The Front Range Youth Ministry Network will be meeting at the synod office on Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

There is no Christan Education meeting for the month of February.


Retreat: Discerning

God's Call to Ministry in the ELCA


All persons who may be discerning a call to leadership ministry in the ELCA are welcome. Whether you are ready to commit to the Candidacy process, or just beginning to ask the questions regarding this vocational call, you are invited to attend this retreat on Thursday, March 31, 2011.


Where: Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 East Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113.


Please register by March 15.       

During this retreat we will:

  • Explore how we do faithful vocational discernment
  • Discover gifts for ministry
  • Learn about the variety of opportunities for services through the three rosters of the ELCA: Ordained pastors, Consecrated diaconal ministers, Commissioned associates in ministry
  • Answer questions about the ELCA Candidacy process. 

Call Madelyn Busse, assistant to the bishop, 360-375-6052, or email with questions. To register or to submit names for invitation, please email Janice Ladd-Horkey or give her a call at 303-777-6700 / 800-525-0462.


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24 / 7
Faith Alive In The Home Conference



Come explore together how Faith Alive In The Home is a partnership between congregation and families that can be lived 24/7.... Together! Bring the whole family and whole ministry teams to Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, located at 12099 Lowell Boulevard in Broomfield, CO (80020). The event will take place April 8-9, 2011.


Keynote speakers are Andrea Fieldhouse (Building Bridges) and Lyle Griner (Full Circle Training).


Registration is now open and you are invited to register online.


Cost: $60.00 for 1-2 persons

         $55.00 for 3-4 persons

  $50.00 for 5 or more persons from the same


(Includes lunch, resources and take-homes)

Childcare is available!


Details can be found on the Rocky Mountain Synod ELCA website: or you may call Pastor Leta Behrens (303-570-1366) with questions.


The event hosted by the Rocky Mountain Synod, ELCA.


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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.

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Winter Confirmation Retreat 


Join us February 25-27, 2011 for a Confirmation Retreat at Rainbow Trail this winter season and let us be partners with you in creating a fun atmosphere for learning in your confirmation program! The theme for this year is: "Get Out of the Boat: Lessons from Peter." Check out the brochure for detailed event informationTo register, please visit  the Rainbow Trail website or contact Carl Brockhoff by email for registration information.


Tingling Ears Retreat


 Hearing God's Word in a an Age of
Hypertext and the Hyper-real


Join Jeremy Myers, Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Augsburg College, for the Tingling Ears Retreat from March 20 - 21, 2011 at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp. Sessions will cover an introduction to the Bible and how we use it (or don't) with our youth. 


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Retreat Fee is $99 and includes all sessions, lodging, and meals. Check-in begins at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 with dinner at 5:00 p.m. The final session will end at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 21. You may also extend your stay and join us for the Youth Directors' Retreat, March 21-23. For more information about the retreat, you may download and print the poster or contact Ben Larson by email or visit the Rainbow Trail website.  





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, 2011If you need more information in order to plan your time at the camp, please check out the brochure. Why wait? Register online today!


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World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel

May 29 - June 4, 2011

Joint action for just peace convened by the World Council of Churches

Responding to an urgent need for a peace settlement that secures the legitimate rights and future of both peoples, a week of advocacy and action for a just peace in Palestine and Israel is planned for spring. Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice shall unite during the week to take peaceful actions, together, to create a common international public witness. Take a look at some resources.

How to get involved:

  • Praying with churches living under occupation, using a special prayer from Jerusalem. 
  • Educating about actions that make for peace, and about facts on the ground that do not create peace, especially settlements in occupied territory. 
  • Advocating with political leaders using ecumenical policies that promote peace with justice.

For Rocky Mountain Synod contacts who can help facilitate education and advocacy on peace in Israel/Palestine, please contact the Rocky Mountain Synod Peace Not Walls working group through Jan Miller: or 303-332-1263.


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The Urban Servant Corps is now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 year of service.

Please send folks our way Do you know someone who is interested in intentional community living, simplicity, service and spirituality! Then please send them our way.  Email for an application. (Please do not use the one that is currently on the USC website).


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.

Registration for each voting member will be $300. Cost for each room (with one or two in the room) is $100. Parking and wireless in room internet are FREE.

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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.

Lutheran Men in Mission is the men's ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The 2011 Gathering will give men the opportunity to build their faith, relationships and ministry and provide for ongoing leadership development.

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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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Church Music Director Needed

Highlands Lutheran Church, a welcoming, hospitable and enthusiastic Christian community in northwest Denver, is looking for an enthusiastic musician with organ, piano and choir directing experience in a liturgical setting. The position is part-time.

Please, send resumes at or mail them to Highlands Lutheran Church, 3995 Irving Street, Denver, CO, 80211. For more information, please call the church office at 303-744-2031.


Items to Donate

Pastor Armando Rangel of Family of Christ Lutheran Church wants to donate a few sanctuary furnishings to any congregation that would like to have them. Available are:

One (1) 6.5 ft. altar

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and sixteen (16) 7.3 ft. pews.

These are photos of the actual items. If you know of a congregation that could use these items, please call the synod office (303-777-6700 / 800-525-0462), Pastor Armando (720-297-1550) or send an email message to Pastor Armando.

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

Bishop Allan Bjornberg
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - New Mexico Bishop/Legislative Luncheon, Christ Lutheran Church, Santa Fe, NM; Preaching the Eucharist at First Call Theological Education Event, Denver, CO; Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Nativity Lutheran Church, Commerce City, CO.  

Pastor Dan Bollman

Conclude First Call Theological Education Event, Denver, CO; Visiting and worshipping with the congregation of Lutheran Church of the Servant, Santa Fe, NM.
Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email or phone appointment.  

 Pastor Jim Hytjan

First Call Theological Education Event, Denver, CO; Visiting with the congregation of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, CO.

Linda Staats
Visiting with the congregation of Glory of God Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge, CO; Front Range Youth Workers meeting, synod office, Denver, CO; Lutheran Schools Appreciation Day, Lord of the Hills Lutheran Church, Centennial, CO.
Available by email or phone appointment.  

website calendar



Faith Advocacy Day

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

MAY 12-14

2011 RM Synod Assembly

Colorado Springs, Colorado

APRIL 26-28

2012 RM SYNOD Assembly

Colorado Springs, Colorado

ELCA Global Links 

ELCA Missionaries Back in the United States


All American are urged to leave Egypt.


The Rev. Peter C. Johnson, one of 10 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) missionaries and family members evacuated from Egypt this week, said the group left the country reluctantly, well aware of the colleagues and friends they left behind who eagerly await their return.


Pasror Peter Johnson and son Liam 

According to the latest ELCA news release, the 10 ELCA missionaries who serve in Cairo and family members are now in St. Paul, Minn., their temporary home until they are able to return to their assignments when the crisis in Egypt subsides. Members of Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, a congregation Johnson previously served and who now sponsors the Johnsons, met the missionaries at the airport. Members also provided the missionaries with supplies and personal items, such as winter coats. Members of Roseville (Minn.) Lutheran Church, longtime sponsors of ELCA missionaries and the apartments the missionaries are staying at, also provided support."  Read more.

Photo: Pastor Peter Johnson and son, Liam at the Cairo airport. Taken from the ELCA/CNN website.


Global Links is the e-newsletter of ELCA Global Mission. 

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Scandinavian Dinner Planned

at St. Luke's Lutheran Church




The congregation of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, located at 615 North Burritt in Buffalo, invites you and the community to a Scandinavian Dinner on Sunday, February 27, 2Scandinavian horse image011.

Scandinavian horse imageThis all you can eat dinner will take place at St. Luke's from noon until 3:00 p.m. and will include dishes like lutefisk, meatballs, pork roast, lefse and many other traditional dishes. The cost is $30 for a family; $14 for adults; $8 for children age 6-13; and FREE for children under 5 years old when accompanied by a paying adult. Come out for the great food and fellowship! 



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LSS of Utah Ministry Appeal 2011


In 2011, LSS of Utah would love it if you would consider running a heavy non-perishable food drive for us. It can be continuous or at certain times of the year. Every Thursday at High Noon (12:00 p.m.) in front of our office at 4392 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, Lutheran Social Service of Utah gives out all collected food, clothing and household items to the hungry --- refugees, first generation, extremely low-income, disabled, and unexpectedly unemployed people (mostly going to kids!).  No documentation is needed and everyone in need is welcome/welcomed!


Donations can be received anytime, Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Lutheran Social Service of Utah office. In addition to providing food, each pound of food is matched by .11 with a Special State of Utah fund. Your heavy donations multiply!


Also, if LSS of Utah is not a line item in your congregation budget, please put LSS there. Times are difficult. As Martin Luther was fond of saying, faithful giving (however imperfect) requires that we give time, gifts/talents and monies to the good of the whole, not only the good of our homes or congregations!


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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Annual Bishop's Luncheon Set for February 9


Faith Communities Advocating for New Mexico   

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 7.    


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Sinners, Taxpayers and Healthcare:

Jesus Had an "App" for That





You hear the stories and you've heard the stories. But what about this one from Pastor Wayne Kendrick of Peace Lutheran Church, ELCA?


Our city [El Paso, TX] has recently gone through an election where Jesus and the Bible were put front and center by some pastors and Christians who asked voters to deny health benefits to a particular class of people. The framing injunction for the requested vote was: "These are sinners and taxpayers shouldn't support their immorality."


Rather than talk about Jesus and the Bible in generalities, I propose that we look specifically at one of Jesus' acts of dispensing health benefits. The account of the "Healing of Ten Lepers" is found in Luke 17:11-19. Ten lepers approach Jesus, and ask that he have mercy on them. Jesus says to all ten, "Go and show yourselves to the priests (the priests were the ones who had the authority to certify that a person had been cleansed of leprosy and so allow the now ex-leper to rejoin society)."


What we don't learn until later in this account is that one of the ten was a Samaritan. As such he would have been considered not only to be a foreigner, but also an enemy, and more specifically for our study now, not just a sinner, but a grievous sinner. Yet Jesus dispenses his health benefit upon this grievous sinner in a manner equal to what he did with the nine who are Jesus' fellow countrymen, and who, presumably, are not grievous sinners. Please read the entire story.  




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Denver Cupcake Truck at Bethany - Just in time for Valentine's Day


Q...What does The Denver Cupcake Truck, Valentine's Day, Bethany Lutheran Church and Metro CareRing all have in common?

We are all working together to fight hunger in Denver!    

The famous Denver Cupcake Truck will be parked at Bethany Lutheran Church from 9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, February 13. A generous 25% of your purchase of a cupcake on February 13at church will go directly to purchasing food to be distributed by Metro CareRing.   Enjoy Red Velvet, Chocolate Chocolate, Vanilla Party or the Denver Snowball with Pink Butter cream cupcakes all decorated in a Valentines Day theme.  

If you purchase a $10.00 box, $2.50 will allow MCR to purchase 25lbs of food!  Bethany has committed to selling 1200 cupcakes at this event.  Please help us to reach our goal!   Let your Valentine know how big your heart is and please give thanks to Denver Cupcake Truck for their generosity!

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LFS 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.

Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Synod and House for All Sinners and Saints

  VOCES8 music group photoVOCES8 at Augustana


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. 


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.

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Faith Advocacy Day 2011 is 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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Enlivening the Word: Dr. Richard Ward


February 25-27, 2011  


Messiah Community Church, ELCA  

1750 Colorado Blvd.  

Denver, CO 80220 


Dr. Richard F. Ward is the Fred B. Craddock Chair in Preaching and Worship at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was ordained in the United Church of Christ. He brings to the study of preaching a rich background in performance studies and practices. He is particularly interested in the arts of storytelling and oral interpretation of scripture as they inform and enrich the ministry of preaching.


Friday, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.: "Enlivening the Word"

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.: "Why Storytelling?"

Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: "Speaking with the Text, Giving Voice to the Story"

Lunch 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.: "Finding Stories Between the Lines"

Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. Adult Forum 10:45 a.m.: Q&A


Any one lecture is $15.00. All four lectures (Friday-Saturday) including lunch Saturday $60. Students with I.D. $5 single lecture, all four lectures plus lunch is $20.   

 Helen Prejean imageIs God vengeful, demanding a death for a death? Or is God compassionate, luring souls into love so great that no one can be considered "enemy?" - Sister Helen Prejean


Sister Helen Prejean -   

Seeing the "Leastest" Through the Lens of Capital Punishment


Friday, February 25, 2011 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.


St. Andrew United Methodist Church is delighted to welcome Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents. Sister Helen Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun who has become a leading American advocate for the abolition of the death penalty, uses the lens of capital punishment to understand racism, classism and the unequal application of the constitution and human rights in America. 


Tickets are $15 each (no refunds) and can be purchased at St. Andrew or online at (No refunds.)


St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 3350 White Bay Drive (9300 block S. University Blvd.)

Highlands Ranch 80126 [303-794-2683].    

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Kantorei and

Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra Present:



  A Serenade to Music

 Saturday, February 26
at 7:30 p.m.


It's the nexus of two worlds: an a cappella choir, a chamber orchestra and beautiful music created together! Kantorei, one of the most recognized semi-professional choirs in the U.S., will be performing with the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra culminating in a beautiful collaboration with R. Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music and John Rutter's The Lord is My Light and My Salvation. On this special evening, Kantorei will also be performing selections by James MacMillan, Henk Badings and others.


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

$20 Adult / $15 Senior / $15 Student


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The Bible in 25 Minutes

The congregation of Bethany Lutheran Church invites the community to come and experience the Bible in 25 Minutes on Sunday, February 27, 2011. There are three opportunities participate:  8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. Worship Services. This is an event to which you can invite people to "come and see."


Join us as we travel from the time before there was ever time, when the Spirit of God hovered over the darkness and deep waters, through the wilderness, to the psalms and prophets, to the New Testament, all the way through to the Heavenly City where God's light shines 24-7 - where the host arrayed in white worship and honor the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.    

Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 East Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113



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Saint Peter Lutheran Church Hosts Area Stephen Ministry Workshop

Want to learn to be an active listener and reach out to others in a distinctively Christian way? On Saturday, March 5, 2011, Saint Peter Lutheran Church, 9300 East Belleview Avenue in Greenwood Village (80111) will host a Stephen Ministry Workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


The cost of the workshop is $15 per person or $50 for a group of four or more from the same congregation. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and refreshments will be served. Get more information or register online to attend  


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The Lutheran Chorale Presents Its First

Area Workshop and Concert


Join us for an area Choral Workshop!  The Lutheran Chorale is sponsoring what we hope to be a first annual area workshop and concert.  All proceeds will go to benefit the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem.  The workshop will be March 12, 2011 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakewood with a concert on Sunday, March 13 in the afternoon.  Watch your mail for more details!  In the meantime, please contact David Hodel or Linda Blandin for more information.

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Project Sanctuary Retreats


Whole Family Support for Returning Soldiers


Families of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have experienced staggering increases in depression, unemployment, homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse and divorce. Suicides, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are also affecting service men and women at alarming rates. That's where Project Sanctuary comes in.


Project Sanctuary imageProject Sanctuary was founded in 2007 with the belief that the best way to support our men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan is by supporting the whole family through their recreational therapy retreats.


Although an exciting year for Project Sanctuary, 2010 also brought financial challenges that continue to outstrip resources. From Friday, April 15 through Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Project Sanctuary planned a retreat for fifteen to twenty families at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO. With your support we can give our nation's unsung heroes the attention they deserve. Please check out the Project Sanctuary website to get more information or to make a donation.


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3rd Annual "We Run That They May Walk" Event



Saturday, June 4, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon


Sponsored by Saint Peter Lutheran Church, the 5K Run will benefit the programs of Selian Lutheran Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania.


Selian Lutheran Hospital was established in the 1950's by Dr. Mark image from Selian Lutheran HospitalJacobsen and has grown from a dispensary with a single building and ten beds into a 120-bed, full service hospital.  The Hospital provides life-saving services that are desperately needed in this area of the world, including treatment of malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia and AIDS.  Selian Hospital offers in-patient and outpatient services, pediatrics, general and specialty surgery, obstetrics, maternal and child health, hospice and orphan care. 


Selian Lutheran Hospital emblemPlease help the ministry of Saint Peter support the programs of Selian Lutheran Hospital by participating in the 5K Run and recruiting friends, neighbors and co-workers to sponsor you.  You can find on the Saint Peter website more information including registration and sponsorship forms. You may also email Carol Mayer or give her a call on 303-470-1205 with question.





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