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Rocky Mountain Synod

February 22, 2011    

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Eighth Sunday after Epiphany
God of tender care, like a mother, like a father, you never forget your children, and you know already what we need. In all our anxiety give us trusting and faithful hearts, that in confidence we may embody the peace and justice of your Son, 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 list for
April is available.

to remember in prayers on 2/27:

St. Timothy  El Paso, TX

     Michael Hamilton

Trinity  Las Cruces, NM

     Scott Jorgenson

Trinity  Hobbs, NM

     Luke Seamon


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, 2011Keynote 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. Check out the relevant, worthwhile and fun workshops!


The event hosted by the Rocky Mountain Synod, ELCA.


2011 Assembly Information

and Registration Links are Live



  • for submitting a resolution
  • for requesting a display table
  • for inclusion in the "ministry magazine"
  • for requesting an interest lunch 
  • for consideration for plenary time


  • for registering for the assembly
  • for making a hotel reservation

MAY 12-14, 2011

  • Assembly in Colorado Springs.
all information links are at



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Children, Family, and Faith

October 16-26, 2011

Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp   


Take as Continuing Education or for Academic Credit 


Offered through a Partnership for Education And Knowledge by Wartburg Theological Seminar, Rocky Mountain Synod, and Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp.

Immerse yourself in this 10-day course and develop a deeper understanding of children's faith development as you probe biblical literature and a variety of perspectives on the relationships between adults and young people. Construct a theology that regards children as valuable persons, gifted by God for a life and ministry in the Church and God's world.  Explore the wonderful implications this has for how you minister to and with the children in your life.


Led by faculty from Wartburg Theological Seminary this course may be taken for academic credit or continuing education. Details can be found in the color brochure but if you have questionS, please contact Ben Larson or Linda Staats by email.


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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. 


Jeremy Myers photo

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 Directors

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




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.


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Western States Youth Gathering



July 1-5, 2011 at California Lutheran University 

Early Bird registration due by March 1.



So, you have a lot going on in your life? Sometimes in the middle of school and work, family and friends, expectations and hopes don't you just scream out for a break?   How do you balance all this stuff when so much of it seems out of balance?  When the world seems to be pulling you in all directions at the same time the words of Paul are welcome. There is "NOTHING that can separate from the love of Christ."


California Lutheran University logoIn the confusion of voices, all telling us different things what is God calling us to be about? Join us next summer on the campus of California Lutheran University as we celebrate that which nothing can take away - the love of God in Jesus Christ.  Join us as we consider how Jesus is our balance leading us to lives that make a difference. For more information, please check out the website.



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

Bishop Allan Bjornberg
Visiting and worshipping with the congregation of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, NM; Campus Ministry Committee meeting, Denver, CO.  

Pastor Dan Bollman

Visiting with the congregation of Zion Lutheran Church, Trinidad, CO; .
Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email or phone appointment.  

 Pastor Jim Hytjan

Mission Developers Conference, Orlando, FL

Linda Staats
Speaking at the Lutheran Association of Christian Educators Event, CA; Begin ELCA Lifelong Learning Partners Retreat, Carefree, AZ.
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



Winter Theological Conference 

Fort Collins, Colorado 

APRIL 26-28

2012 RM SYNOD Assembly

Colorado Springs, Colorado


World Association of Christian Communicators

WACC Photo Competition


The WACC annual photo competition is now open. The theme is: Zero tolerance for HIV and AIDS stigma and discrimination. We invite you to submit inspirational photos illustrating people and communities working for zero tolerance of HIV and AIDS stigma and discrimination. Photographers must take care to respect the wish of any person with HIV or AIDS who does not want to be publicly identified.

Winners of the competition will be awarded cash prizes. The closing date is 1 May 2010. For more information, you may contact Terry by email or get more details in the latest issue of our monthly newsletter, Media Action.

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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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Supplies Drive



Angela Cuillard, at Grace Lutheran Church in Sandy, is working to gather Easter education supplies for refugees at LSS of Utah. Any gently used or new educational items can be coordinated with Angela by email or phone (801-572-3412).  She'll have more ideas for items but some initial thoughts are art supplies, pens, pencils, notebooks, CLIP Boards (we really need these for ESL studies), crayons, markers, highlighters, book bags, etc. 


If you would like to give to an education basket to an Agency of  LSS of Utah, we truly need clip boards, fine tip felt pens (for those of us with arthritis), white board markers, 901-xl black and white ink cartridges and 901 color cartridges, art supplies, new computers, etc.  Also, in order to hire our ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher through the summer months (outside of our usual fiscal partnership), we need $100 per week for 3 months or $1300 total.  Contact Angela regarding anything related to this project.


Churches and organizations are invited and encouraged to publish LSS Utah statistics and snapshot of services in their newsletters, post the information on bulletin boards and take the Spring challenge and highlight Lutheran Social Service materials on their website.


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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Community of Joy Lutheran Chruch Responds to the ELCA Malaria Initiative


Community of Joy, Rio Rancho, NM, raised awareness about the Lutheran Malaria Initiative through Confirmation class projects, class discussions, and offerings. Their original goal was $300 for Community of Joy Lutheran Church area image30 nets, but they soon exceeded their goal and set a new goal of $500, which they have reached! They enjoyed using the Malaria Campaign Calendars.  With these calendars they were able to raise money for nets for the Malaria Initiative.  Every day on the calendar lists a different amount of money to give. For example, on the 8th "give ten cents for every year of school you've completed," or on the 15th "give one cent for every video game and DVD you own."  Totaling up the money for every day, together, they raised money to buy nets!




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Taizé at Saint Paul Lutheran Church-Denver


Come worship with music... come pray with song... come share in community... in the spirit of Taizé!


Please join us this month for contemplative worship in the style of the Taizé community in France. The service lasts approximately one hour and is held by candlelight. With an emphasis on silence, simple song, and prayer, this is an opportunity to find some peace in your life and reflect on questions of your own spirituality


We invite you to join us on Wednesday evening, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the nave of Saint Paul Lutheran Church (1600 Grant Street). All are welcome - so please bring friends and family.


Attached is a flyer for you to share with others. Please hang it in your worship spaces and communities to spread the word about this ecumenical, inclusive service. If you would like more information, please contact Jeff Steen by email or phone (303-547-8760).   




Taizé at Saint Paul - Your Opinion is Important  


Taizé service at Saint Paul has certainly grown since its inception over a year ago but we like to get input from you. What do you like about our service? Why do you come, or what has kept you from coming? Completing the brief survey will influence how we improve and change in the upcoming months!

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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.   

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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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Life Wishes Workshop


Saturday, March 5, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Anna Paulson Room


This may come as a shock to some, but death is not optional.

We as human beings are born "terminal." We ain't getting outta here alive!


Life Wishes imageThis is said not to trivialize death; rather, it is said to highlight the importance of living each moment. Since we have no guarantees other than our mortality, we should be compelled to discuss and explain our end-of life wishes with our family and friends. Do not miss this opportunity to explore various options for advance directives, Ethical Wills, and final arrangements. Your life depends on it!


The work is presented by Jane W. Barton (MTS, MASM) who is Director of Education with Life Quality Institute, a non-profit organization that provides palliative and end-of-life education.


A poster is available to print and include in Sunday worship bulletins or to post on a bulletin board. Please register in Augustana's office for the workshop which will include a light brunch.

Call Sheryl Stenseth, Augustana Parish Nurse, with any questions (303-388-4678,

ext. 106). 


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An Exciting Day in the

Land of Cupcakes!




The Denver Cupcake Truck was at Bethany Lutheran Church on Sunday, February 13. Participants said, "We had an awesome day helping Metro CareRing. With the help from Bethany Lutheran Church and Wellshire Presbyterian Church, we sold 1626 cupcakes and

raised $1016 for Metro CareRing."

Denver Cupcake Truck imageTruck Order:  The Truck has arrived, the cupcakes are

here! It's time to collect some sweet treats for your dear!   








Pastor Glusenkamp with the cupcake truck imageA Heavenly Endorsement:  "Denver Cupcakes  are DIVINE!" says Pastor Ron Glusenkamp with special guests  Sean, Denon, and Clementine (the truck) taking a "bite" out of

hunger for Metro CareRing!   






Christ in Gethsemane

Gallery of Living Art -

Christ's Passion and Resurrection



First Lutheran Church of Colorado Springs once again announces it's widely acclaimed Gallery of Living Art now in its seventeenth year! The Gallery of Living Art is a Passion Play presented in a very dramatic and unique venue.


The story of Christ's Passion and Resurrection is told through a narrative reading of scripture, with a cast of over 90 men, women and children staging life size visual representations of sacred works of art enhanced by outstanding music performed by First Lutheran's seventy voice choir.  


The Pieta sculptureFourteen pieces of art, including the well known  

Leonardo da Vinci's "Last Supper",

Heinrich Hofman's "Christ in Gethsemane" and  

Michelangelo's  sculpture, "Pieta"
are beautifully portrayed on stage.



Doors open one hour before each presentation which are:

Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 2, 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 3, 3:00 p.m.


Admission is FREE and child care is provided. First Lutheran Church is located at 1515 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs CO (80907).


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The Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekends


 Two Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekends planned for the Denver metro area this year: April 8-10, 2011 and October 21-23, 2011.

The Weekend starts at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night and is complete by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.  The entire Weekend is conducted within a hotel in the Denver metro area.  Applications are requested at least one month before the start of the weekend in order to guarantee hotel reservations.  Couples who are interested in the April weekend should apply by March 8. Information and online application:

The expectations on church professionals can be hard on marriage relationships. Pastors and professional staff who are interested in attending a Marriage Encounter Weekend may request a scholarship for the Weekend application fee. Please send an email message to Cindy if you would like more information.




St. Paul Denver stained glass window imageVolunteer Opportunity at St. Paul, Denver


Looking for an opportunity to serve?  The Local Assistance Ministry (LAM) of St. Paul Lutheran Church is currently seeking new volunteers!  LAM is a ministry of service to those in need in our community.  Our focus is on meeting basic needs, offering hospitality, and providing hope.  Most people come to LAM seeking assistance for paying their rent, for motel vouchers, or covering their prescription costs.


We are currently seeking hosts and counselors.  The volunteer commitment is twice a month from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon.  Hosts prepare and serve a light lunch and have the opportunity to converse with clients while counselors meet one-on-one with clients to determine their need and provide assistance.  Training is provided!   If you are interested in working with this ministry, please call the church office at 303-839-1432 or email Alex for more information.



Sister Helen Prejean Lecture   

Seeing the "Leastest" Through the Lens of Capital Punishment 

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

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

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

Highlands Ranch 80126 [303-794-2683]

The Lutheran Choral Area Workshop and Concert  

Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakewood 

Workshop - Saturday, March 12
Concert - Sunday, March 13 

For more information, please contact David Hodel or Linda Blandin. 


Project Sanctuary Retreat

Whole Family Support for Returning Families 

Friday, April 15 through Tuesday, April 19, 2011
A retreat for fifteen to twenty families at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO.


Saint Peter Lutheran Church

"We Run That They May Walk" 5K Run Event

Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 a.m. til noon 

For more information and registration forms.  

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

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