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Rocky Mountain Synod

March 15, 2011    
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Earthquake Relief: The ELCA Responds


Just before 5:00 p.m. local time in Japan (early morning in the US) on March 11, 2011, an earthquake off the Pacific coast of Japan struck with a magnitude of 9.0 -- the fourth largest quake in recorded history and the largest ever to hit Japan. It triggered tsunami warnings across the Pacific Ocean and devastated Japan's coastal areas with 30-foot waves.

The 22 ELCA mission personnel who serve in Japan are safe. ELCA members stand in solidarity with sisters and brothers in the Pacific Rim.


Your gifts to ELCA Disaster Response, designated "for the Pacific Earthquake & Tsunami," will be used entirely (100 Disaster Response logopercent) in response to this disaster. You may also choose to give "wherever the need is greatest" to ELCA Disaster Response enabling our church to respond where help is needed most around the world and close to home.


Second Sunday in Lent
O God, our leader and guide, in the waters of baptism you bring us to new birth to live as your children. Strengthen our faith in your promises, that by your Spirit we may lift up your life to all the world through your Son, 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


Installation of Pastor Ron Bockhaus 


Pastor Ron Bockhaus photoThe congregation and community of Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church,  2000 Ptarmigan Trail in Estes Park (80517), invite you to celebrate the Service of Installation for Pastor Ron Bockhaus on Sunday, March, 20 at 2 p.m. Bishop Allan Bjornberg will install. All members of the clergy are invited to vest and gather in the narthex just prior to worship and process. A reception with conversation and light refreshments will follow the service. All are welcome.

Synod Prayer Cycle: Metro East Conference
You are encouraged to include the listed leaders in your Sunday prayers of the people. The prayer lists for
April and May are available.

to remember in prayers on 3/20:

Joy  Parker, CO

      Lynette Crase

Lord of the Hills  Centennial, CO

     Tom Renquist

Messiah  Denver, CO

     Wolfgang Stahlberg

Nativity  Commerce City, CO

     Kristi Beebe

New Beginnings  Aurora, CO

     Emily Cardin


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



Retreat: Discerning

God's Call to Ministry in the ELCA

(register today!)


All persons who may be discerning a call to leadership ministry in the ELCA are welcome to attend this one-day event on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 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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Citizens with the Saints

 National Youth Gathering

in New Orleans


Please make a way for your young persons to attend the 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering. The journey of discipleship that is the ELCA Youth Gathering starts a year before teenagers come together in New Orleans. We will offer a series of trainings to equip adult leaders to be with young people in ways that lead to the outcomes for which we are planning and praying.  


We are shaping a service learning experience that will affirm young people's welcome into God's story through baptism, will help them draw closer to God by engaging in intentional faith practices, will train them to bear witness to Jesus' activity for the sake of the world, and will arouse in them their vocational call to "serve all people, following the example of Jesus" (ELW pg. 236). 


Learning outcomes will give participants the tools to: 

  • Practice discipleship - demonstrate the capacity to articulate their unique witness.
  • Practice peacemaking - Act in a way that reflects God's value for everyone, particularly those whose are marginalized by society and
  • Practice justice - Live boldly in the face of injustice, crisis and suffering.

You can download and print the poster, or request one from us by writing to Every ELCA congregation will receive two posters.



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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)

FREE 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.

Book of Faith Jubilee 2011

 Inspiring Everyday People to Engage the Bible


April 29-May 1, 2011
Luther Seminary



Through presentations, conversation and practical takeaways, this conference for congregational leaders, both lay and clergy, will inspire and equip you to lead your congregation into opening, reading and discussing the Bible in engaging new ways. 


People who attended the 2009 Jubilee exclaimed it was one of the best conferences they had ever attended from the hospitality to the content and worship. The 2011 conference promises to be of the same high quality!  "I was equipped in ways I am only beginning to realize. The event in its entirety was life-changing and affirming of what truly matters, of whose we are and the importance of sharing that good news."

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2011 Sky Ranch Summer Theme: Journey!


"And remember I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Matthew 28:20b


Leave a Trace imageFor the 2011 camping season, our program fees have been reduced by up to 20%! To take full advantage of these savings, we encourage you to register by March 15. Download brochure.


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Tingling Ears Retreat



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


Jeremy Myers photoJoin 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. 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!




Women's Retreat2011

Spring at RTLC   


 March 24-27, 2011   

Michele Okes photoPut your feet up and unwind at this Spring Retreat! Michelle Okes, long time Rainbow Trail camper, former staffer, mother of two summer staff members will lead a weekend of thought provoking Bible Study, worship, crafts, hikes (or snowshoeing if the weather permits), cooking with Chris, relaxing with the massage therapist, and enjoying the sisterhood in Christ.  Information is available on the Rainbow Trail website or by e-mailing Laura.  



Men's Retreat

 Men's Fly Fishing Camp at RTLC  

April 7-10, 2011


Take some time to step out of the stresses of ordinary life and into the refreshing waters of the Arkansas River. This weekend of fly fishing, hanging out with the guys, and amazing worship and conversation is led by Pastor Dave Risendal. He has a deep love of fly fishing and the gospel and will help you re-center and deepen your faith. You'll expand your fly fishing men's retreat imageskills with instruction from Greg Felt, owner of Ark Anglers Fly Shop, fly tying workshops, and advice from other seasoned fishermen.  More information is available at the Rainbow Trail website or by e-mailing Carl.


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FREE Money for Nothing!
Well, almost.


ELCA Health Plan Members: Take the 2011 Health Assessment by April 30, 2011 


Let's do it this year!
Let's earn the discount!


$150 available to you [and your spouse]!

$150 more each for participating in wellness action!

2% discount on health premiums available to your congregation (if enough take the assessment!)


ELCA logoIf you have ELCA-primary or ELCA Medicare primary health coverage, take the health assessment today for your synod, your congregation and yourself. You'll earn your $150 personal wellness account credit and can begin using your personal health summary to make small changes to improve your health.  It's easy to start. Take it now!


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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. 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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Tax Related Resources for Congregations


Due to tax laws in certain states, the fair market value of employer-provided health coverage for an eligible adult child up to age 26 (who is not a tax dependent) may be taxable for state income tax purposes (but not for federal tax purposes).    

You may want to consult with your payroll administrator, tax adviser or state's Department of Revenue for guidance about current tax laws that apply in your state. [Form W-2, box 16]. The fair market value of ELCA health coverage is $405 per month, per child in 2010, and $419 per month, per child in 2011.


Other tax-related resources

Check out the Board of Pensions new web section, Tax-related resources, to find more tax information like:

  • Federal reporting requirements for churches
  • Clergy tax guide
  • 2011 Social Security tax reduction
  • Housing allowance
  • Social Security/Medicare allowance
  • IRS resources


World Week of Peace in Palestine and Israel
May 29 - June 4, 2011

Take a look at some resources or
contact Jan Miller

for more

information (303-332-1263).


Western States Youth Gathering - "In the Balance" 

July 1-5, 2011

at California Lutheran University

For more information, please check out the website.


Lutheran Men in Mission Triennial Gathering

July 22-24, 2011 in Denver! 

Called! Equipped! Sent!

For information and registration


Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Egypt

October 10-26, 2011

Details: or contact Jan Miller by email. Reservation deadline is April 1.


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St Philip Lutheran Church Business Administrator Position


St. Philip Lutheran Church in southwest Denver has an open position for a Church Business Administrator. A bachelor's degree or equivalent and five years experience working in a full service office is desired.  Finance, managerial, building management experience, and strong people skills are required.  Prior church experience preferred. Please send resumes to:

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

Bishop Allan Bjornberg
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Saron Lutheran Church, Strasburg, CO; Installation of Pastor Ron Bockhaus, Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, Estes Park, CO; Companion Synod meeting, synod office, Denver, CO.  

Pastor Dan Bollman

In the office this week.
Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email or phone appointment.  

 Pastor Jim Hytjan
Camino de Vida Steering Committee meeting, Albuquerque, NM;
Begin Congregational and Synodical Mission Unit all staff meeting, Chicago, IL.

Linda Staats
Christian Education Network meeting, synod office, Denver, CO; Forum, worship and afternoon workshop with Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, Pueblo, CO; Youth Workers Retreat and RMS Tingling Ears Retreat, Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp.
Available by email or phone appointment.  

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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 SYNOD Assembly

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Book Sale at Fortress Press   


Now through March 31, Fortress Press books are on sale for 40% off when purchased through the Fortress Press webstore: 

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Safeguarding God's Children Training


Safe Guarding God's Children Training comes to Wyoming, Saturday, April 2.  This event will be hosted by Good Shepherd Lutheran in Casper from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The training is for all church staff, council members and volunteers who work with children and youth. The Safe Guarding God's Children is a resource and training provided by the Rocky Mountain Synod as part of the 2010 Assembly Resolution for all congregations to have Safe Haven Guidelines in place by 2012.   


Please register with Cheryl Almquist email or phone (303-777-6700 / 800-525-0462) by March 25. The fee is $10/person with a maximum of $50/congregation. A free-will lunch will be served. Checks may be sent to the RMS office marked "Safe Haven" on the memo line. Your early registration is vital so that materials can be ordered!  



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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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Augustana Vocal Ensemble Presents:

First Flight


Come on board this first flight with AVE, as they soar to new heights with a unique new vocal blend. Still a foursome, they welcome two new members to this first ever Augustana Arts concert together. They guarantee to pilot you to some fascinating places in first-class musical style. This pleasurable flight will suit every taste - exceptional in style and luxury.


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

$18 Adult / $12 Senior / $12 Student

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

Celebrating 100 Years in Ministry



Pastor Julie Brooks, the congregation and community of Saron Lutheran Church invite you to join them in celebrating their 100th year and the ministry of being the church in the Strasburg area.


On Sunday, March 20, we worship with Bishop Allan Bjornberg at 8:30 a.m., share brunch at 10:00 a.m., and enjoy a program with music at 11:00 a.m. Along with giving thanks for the past 100 years, we re-dedicate ourselves to know Christ's love, grow in Christ's love and go in Christ's love. During the program, there will be an opportunity for you to share remembrances and stories.


Please forward this invitation to your family and friends. You may RSVP to Saron Lutheran Church by email or phone (303-622-4303). Saron is located at 1656 Main Street (80136). 


Almighty God, grant us, our servants, the unity of the Spirit in bond of peace. Show us new ways to serve you and our neighbor. Make us worthy to bear the sign of the cross in the world and bring us at last into your kingdom of glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (LBW)

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Taizé at Saint Paul - Denver


Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 p.m.

1600 Grant Street (80203)



As we embrace this time of waiting and reflection, I would encourage you to join us this month for an hour of candlelight, simple song, prayer, and silence. This is an opportunity to spend time with yourself and with God. We encourage and welcome anyone to attend, whatever your faith background!


Please print the flyer for this month's service and share it with your communities, posting it where appropriate. We especially encourage you to reach out to the youth of your communities, offering them an opportunity for worshipping in a way less bound by the liturgy of traditional service. 


We are also excited to have House for All, Sinners and Saints joining us this month! Led by Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, this urban faith community is doing wonderful things for those seeking a faith home in metropolitan Denver. Learn more about that at


For more information about Taizé at Saint Paul, please contact Jeff Steen, Taizé Worship Leader, by email or phone (303-547-8760)


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House for All Sinners and Saints Brings You: Beer and Hymns


The congregation of House for All Sinners and Saints cordially invites you and the community to fellowship, beer and hymns at Hamburger Mary's Club M room on Saturday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. so come out early and plan to have dinner in the Club M room. Hamburger Mary's is located at 700 East 17th (Washington and 17th Avenue). Everyone is welcome!


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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LFS 18th Annual Gala: A Mile High Evening to Remember


On Saturday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m., Lutheran Family Services is having its 18th Annual Benefit Gala, "A Mile High Evening to Remember", at the new Four Denver silhouetteSeasons Hotel in downtown Denver. Cocktails and silent auction begin at 7:00 p.m. Mistress of Ceremonies is Kim Christiansen, 9News Anchor/Reporter  and entertainment this year will be provided by Lannie Garrett, a veteran Denver singer and entertainer. Please join us for this fun event which includes dinner, the LFS program and the live auction, as we celebrate the programs of LFS and raise funds that will offer help and hope for children, families and older adults. There is limited seating , so please RSVP no later than March 30th. Cocktail attire. Reservations may be made online at or by calling 303-217-5860.


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Practical Strategies for the Self-Management of Chronic Disease

Do you struggle with managing a chronic health condition?  Do you care for someone who does?  Join Lutheran Family Services' Care Management Solutions Program for Be Well Colorado, a LFS Care Management Unit logofree
six week workshop series on chronic disease self-management.  Be Well Colorado offers practical strategies and emotional support for managing conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain, and anxiety.  Developed by Stanford University, this workshop series delivers proven results.  Be Well Colorado will be offered Wednesdays, April 13- May 18  from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The event will take place at St. Mark's Catholic Church, located at 9905 Foothills Canyon Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO (80129). Please call 303-217-5865 to register.

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Katie Mahan in Concert



On May 15, 2011 at 3:00 p.m., Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Denver is sponsoring a "Concerts for Non-Profits" performance featuring international concert pianist Katie Mahan. Praised for her unique personality and extraordinary musical sensitivity, American pianist Katie Mahan is quickly establishing herself as an artist of rare appeal.  Her passionate performances have attracted audiences around the world.


The Denver Hospice logoThe concert will support the work of The Denver Hospice and will feature, among other works, Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata, Op. 57. Katie's strong commitment to community, and her desire to give back, made this performance possible.  The Denver Hospice says it is honored to have such a rare talent support our mission with this intimate performance. For tickets and further information please go to: 

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3rd Annual Golf Tournament


Monday, June 20, 2010 - 1:00 p.m. (Start)      


You are cordially invited to enjoy a day of golf on this challenging course. Players may form their own foursomes. Individual entrants are welcome. Team placement will be arranged for singles.  Format: Four-person, shamble. Mulligans will be available for $5 each. Dinner is included for registered golfers, guests are $20 each (see registration form).  Awards and drawings will take place during that time. Prizes: Team and individual prizes will be presented.
Please begin now by sharing this information with your family, friends, co-workers and business associates - since we have doubled every year in the number of golfers, please send your registration form early to assure your spot. You may  download, print and mail the registration form to the registrars.
Colorado Springs Country Club signFYI - We would also love to double the number of sponsors this year.  All golfers are invited to join us at the gorgeous
Colorado Springs Country Club located at 3333 Templeton Gap Road (80907). To those that joined us the last two years, thank you again for making each tournament so enjoyable and successful. Contact Calvin and Patty Jolly (719-347-2662) or view the brochure for more information.  


Event sponsored by St. Paul Community Outreach Center, Calhan, CO (a 501C3 organization)



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.   


Volunteer Opportunity
Saint Paul Lutheran Church - Denver, Local Assistance Ministry

Training is provided!  Please call the church office at 303-839-1432 or email Alex for more information.

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

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