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Rocky Mountain Synod

March 29, 2011    

register by April 6

2011 Assembly is May 12-14
in Colorado Springs


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We gather together in assembly to receive the bread of Christ, and to be the bread of Christ for the world. We welcome Dr. Barbara Rossing to lead us in study. And we share in fellowship and learning, while strengthening the web of connections between us.


A late fee applies after April 6. Please register for the assembly AND reserve your hotel room by April 6 (two separate processes).  All assembly information is at


Fourth Sunday in Lent
Bend your ear to our prayer, Lord Christ, and come among us. By your gracious life and death for us, bring light into the darkness of our hearts, and anoint us with the Spirit, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Prayer from Sundays and Seasons Year A 2011


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

to remember in prayers on 4/3:

Ascension  Cheyenne, WY

     Paul Everett

Christ  Cheyenne, WY

      Karen O'Malia

Covenant  Wheatland, WY

     Joshua Bruns

Faith  Lander, WY

     Tim Sersen


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 24 / 7

Faith Alive In The Home Conference



Registration Deadline is Wednesday, March 30.

Register Now!


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. Please register by Wednesday, March 30. 


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 !


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B  R  E  A  D the Dessert ...on the Mountain the City ...on the Border  

The first in a series of Rocky Mountain Synod video stories will be available for use in congregations in May, on DVD and download.

As a companion and follow-up to our 2011 Assembly Theme, "BREAD" will be a resource for congregations to reflect on how we are all connected together and how we as a synod are the "Bread of Life," given for others.  

Thes first videos are a glimpse of four Rocky Mountain Synod ministries:

Our Savior Lutheran Church, Alamagordo, NM

First Lutheran Church, Gypsum, CO

Urban Servant Corps, Denver, CO

Cristo Rey, El Paso, TX

Supplemental materials will be provided, included a Bible Study and a brief devotional/reflection for use in small groups, forum classes, youth groups, council meetings, fellowship groups, and worship.

Additional videos in the series will be released and distributed throughout the coming year. The first set of videos is funded through a grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.


The videos are produced by retired Pastor Larry Foreman's Sunmark Productions. He produced the video series in the early days of the ELCA called "Mosaic," and he brings decades of expertise to this project. We are most privileged that he is available to help us share our stories as he now resides in Arvada. 



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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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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.  

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

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. Information.

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Holy Land Pilgrimage and

Egyptian Tour 2011

   October 10-26   

 Yes! We are still going! 

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Our travel partners on the ground in Egypt and Israel/Palestine report that tourist sites have reopened and they are looking forward to our visit!



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. The 17-day Holy Land/Egypt tour: $4470, from Denver. You can find details at: or contact Jan Miller by email. Reservation deadline is April 15. Fully refundable until June 1.


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Take It...

For Your Health
and for the Cash. Really!   

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


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!


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 


PEAK training: Children, Family & Faith  

October 16-26, 2011

Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp 

Details can be found in the color brochure but if you have questions, please contact Ben Larson or Linda Staats



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

Bishop Allan Bjornberg
Colorado Council of Churches Executive Breakfast, Denver, CO; RMS Discernment Retreat, Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village, CO; Region 2 Mobility Conference, Denver, CO.  

Pastor Dan Bollman

Visiting and worshipping with the congregation of Grace Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, CO; Region 2 Mobility Conference, Denver, CO.
Madelyn Busse, DM

Candidacy Meetings and Interviews, synod office, Denver, CO.
Available by email or phone appointment.  

 Pastor Jim Hytjan
EOCM Review Table, Chicago, IL.

Linda Staats

Safe Haven Training, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Casper, WY.
Available by email or phone appointment.  

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Winter Theological Conference 

Fort Collins, Colorado 

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2012 RMS Assembly

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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 registration deadline is passed. Call Cheryl Almquist email or phone (303-777-6700 / 800-525-0462) with questions.






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Supplies Drive



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 by email or phone (801-572-3412) regarding anything related to this project.




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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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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Beyond Divorce: Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends


The ending of a love relationship can be one of the most stressful and difficult experiences of a person's life.


The workshop will be held at St. Andrew United Methodist Church located at 3350 East White Bay Drive in Highlands Ranch (80126) beginning on Thursdays, April 7 through June 9, 2011. Classes are from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Participant Cost:  $150 per participant for the 10 week course plus $33 texts. For more information about the class and to register please call Jenny Ricklefs, 303-794-2683, ext 106.


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Dennis Dewey at Bethany Lutheran Church


Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village invites the community to an opportunity to hear Dr. Dennis Dewey, Minister of Biblical Story, speak during Lenten Holy Week.

Dr. Dennis Dewey has led storytelling seminars all over the world. Ordained as a minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA), he has been engaged full time in the itinerant, ecumenical ministry of biblical story since 1992.  Please check out the Holy Week schedule at Bethany featuring Dr. Dewey. For more information about Dennis, please visit his website: .


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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.


Centus Samaritan Luncheon is April 28

The 10th Annual Centus Samaritan Luncheon takes place Thursday, April 28, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the PPA Events Center, just north of Invesco Field at 21st & Decatur. The complimentary luncheon honors a "Centus Samaritan," an individual in the community who has dedicated extraordinary time, talent and support for those in need. The award recipient this year is Dr. Larry Graham, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Keynote speaker is Pastor Ron Glusenkamp, Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village.


The funds donated at the luncheon are used to support counseling services at Centus. Top tier therapists provide nearly 4000 hours of counseling, testing and evaluation services per year. Centus offers high quality, cost effective care to all clients and reduced fees for those in need that are un-insured. For additional information visit or contact Meghan Camp at or 303-639-5240.


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Urban Servant Corps Earth Day Auction

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Hope Communities 

2543 California Street
Denver, CO 80205


Excitement is brewing for the 2nd Annual  Urban Servant Corps Earth Day Auction! There will be a variety of silent auction items including a mountain weekend get-away and many local, fair trade, and GREEN items.  Bring a friend or ten! Tickets are $10 and includes food and drink for the evening!  

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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. 


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. For tickets and further information please go to:  



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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 HospitalSelian Lutheran Hospital was established in the 1950's by Dr. Mark Jacobsen 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 image from Selian Lutheran Hospitaland AIDS. 


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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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.  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)



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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