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Rocky Mountain Synod

April 5, 2011    

$25 late fee applies after April 6

Registration and Hotel Reservation Deadline is Wednesday, April 6


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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


Fifth Sunday in Lent
Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ and serve you in righteousness all our days, through 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 A 2011


Installation of Pastor Michael Stadtmueller Set for April 10 in Fort Collins


Pastor Michael  StadmuellerPlease join us for the Service of Installation for Pastor Michael Stadtmueller on Sunday, April 10 at the 11:00 a.m. worship service at Our Saviours Lutheran Church, Fort Collins, CO. Pastor Dan Bollman, assistant to the bishop, will be officiating. There will be a celebration with cake and cupcakes during the Lenten Event between services. All are welcome. Pastor Stadtmueller had been serving as Associate Pastor and is being installed as Senior Pastor.

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 4/10:

Good Shepherd  Casper, WY

     Jack Damien

Grace  Casper, WY


Mount of Olives  Rock Springs, WY

     Martha Atkins (TEEM candidate)

Our Saviour's  Casper, WY

     Robert McNamara


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F.A.I.T.H. Workshop Announces Revised Schedule

Registration Deadline is today, April 5

Register Now!


Saturday, April 9, 2011 (only) 

9:30a.m. -1:30p.m.

Cross of Christ, Broomfield, CO. 

Cost: $40 per person/$200 maximum for a congregation.

Lunch, childcare, and faith chest included! See new registration details below.  


Spend time with Andrea Fieldhouse creator of "Building Bridges," a ministry of connecting faith at home with faith at church. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time together in learning and fellowship!


Kids will take part in the opening session with Andrea.  They will join us for lunch, making faith chests and the closing worship. Childcare and nursery are available the entire time for no charge. 


If you have NOT previously registered via the web site, then:

Email Pastor Leta Behrens or call 303-570-1366 to register. 

Let us know if you are bringing children and their ages. 


Payment can be made upon arrival. Make checks out to the Rocky Mountain Synod. If you previously paid for the two-day conference, refunds will be given.  Scholarships are available.


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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.





Get Ready for the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering   

AND . . . EQUIP All Adults in your Ministry for a Relationship with Youth


Saturday, April 9. 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Broomfield, CO.


  • 2:00 p.m. The New Landscape and Implications for Youth Ministry
  • 3:00 p.m. Everything you wanted to know about the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering
  • 4:00 p.m. Continued conversation & fellowship at a local establishment  (Arrive early, at 1pm, and enjoy conversation with Lyle Griner, about surrounding our youth with Triple AAA, caring adults.)

Led by:

Kristen Baltrum, ELCA Youth Gathering Coordinator  

Linda Staats, ELCA Youth Gathering Coach

Let Kristen know you plan to attend by email

or  respond on facebook.   


Future "Get Ready" Equipping Events: 


May 12, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Crowne Plaza, Colorado Springs (Prior to Synod Assembly) 

May 14,  12:30-3:30 p.m., Crowne Plaza, COS (Following Synod Assembly)


May 21, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Las Cruses, NM 

June 5, Salt Lake City, UT 

June 28, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp

October 22, Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp


The event hosted by the Rocky Mountain Synod, ELCA.




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Volunteer Opportunities at
Sky Ranch

Before we know it the vans will start arriving and camp will be officially underway! Before that happens, we need your help!

Camp Volunteer Opportunity #1  

Camp Nurse

We are looking for Registered Nurses who are willing to volunteer a week of their time (or more!) to help be a camp nurse.

Sky Ranch volunteerIf you are interested in serving Sky Ranch as a volunteer nurse, please contact Andy Sprain by email or phone (970-493-5258). Once we identify the week, there is a very short application and reference forms to be completed.  The weeks we have available are May 15 - 20 (environmental education group), June 12 - 17, July 3 - 8, July 10 - 15, and July 24 - 29


Camp Opportunity #2   

Memorial Day Work Weekend : May 27 - 30, 2011 

Help prepare Sky Ranch for the busy summer season! Bring your RV or tent, get a Bunkhouse Cabin or stay in a lodge room. Come for a day or the entire weekend. There is no cost to be a part of the work weekend.  Please call Linda at our office (970.493.5258) or contact her by email  to register and to let us know which lodging option you would prefer.


Camp Opportunity #3   

Office Help in Fort Collins Office

If you have some spare time and would like to come into the Sky Ranch office with periodic mailings, data entry or answering phones.  Please contact Linda in the Sky Ranch office either by email  or phone (970-493-5258). 


Other endless Camp Opportunities:
Please check out our web site at and click on the "Get Involved" tab for more opportunities.


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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.


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


Earn $$$ for you and your congregation!


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
Visiting and worshipping with the congregation of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Los Alamos, NM, Synod staff meeting, Denver, CO.  

Pastor Dan Bollman

Installation of Pastor Michael Stadtmueller at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Fort Collins, CO; Visiting with the council of Epiphany Lutheran Church, Denver, CO; Synod staff meeting, Denver, CO.
Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email or phone appointment.  

 Pastor Jim Hytjan
EOCM Development Team meeting, Chicago, IL; Mission Outreach Board New Ministry Team meeting, Denver, CO; Synod staff meeting, Denver, CO.

Linda Staats

Faith Alive in the Home Conference, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Broomfield, CO; Visiting with the congregation of Evergreen Lutheran Church, Evergreen CO;  Malaria Task Force meeting, Denver, CO.
Available by email or phone appointment.  

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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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Resurrection Dance Theater of Haiti

Resurrection Dance Theater of Haiti

at Abiding Hope Lutheran Church


Abiding Hope Lutheran Church, Littleton, CO is sponsoring an event featuring The Resurrection Dance Theatre of Haiti. Their St. Joseph's Home for Boys for orphaned children with special needs was destroyed during the 2010 earthquake. Thankfully none of the family was killed, but much rebuilding is necessary to restore their housing and shelter. They are coming to be with us so that we can stand with them in their time of need.


Pastor Doug Hill, who was in Haiti at the time of the earthquake, said it was the most frightening time in his life as the ground shook violently, buildings collapsed and people screamed and ran in horror and confusion.


Timoun logoThe boys will perform one show on Friday, April 8 aimed at raising funds for the rebuilding of their home and the show will take place at Abiding Hope Lutheran Church, located at 6337 South Robb Way, Littleton (80127) in the Worship Center. Please help us to pack the house for the show. 100% of all proceeds raised will go directly to the St. Joseph's Family for the rebuilding of their homes.

More information.   


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Where Can We Pray?


Anywhere...but the rest of our lives and our world have a tendency to interfere.


Atonement Lutheran Church  in Lakewood is hosting and inviting everyone to attend "A Place to Pray" Event.The event is open to the community and will take place on Thursday, April 7, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. You are encouraged to drop by anytime and stay as long as you like. There will be prayer stations and a labyrinth set up to inspire thoughtful prayerful time. We hope you will come for some personal time with God. For more information, please contact Mary Black, Director of Youth and Family Ministries, by email.


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Beyond Divorce:  Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends


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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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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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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The Spirit of  Taizé



Please join the community of Saint Paul Lutheran Church - Denver this month for a Taize service-a time of contemplative worship, prayer, song, and quiet. The service will take place on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. (Saint Paul is located at 1600 Grant Street, Denver 80203.) 


Also, feel free to print out the attached flyer and hang it in your worship spaces and communities. If you have questions, please contact Jeff Steen, Taize Worship Leader, by email or phone (303-547-8760).


Peace and blessings this Lenten season-we hope to see you at the service. All are welcome!


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! 



Katie Mahan in Concert
Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 p.m. 

Our Savior's Lutheran Church - Denver 

More information 


3rd Annual "We Run That They May Walk" Event
Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 a.m. til noon
Sponsored by Saint Peter Lutheran Church
More information 


Third Annual Golf Tournament
Monday, June 20 beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Sponsored by St. Paul Community Outreach Center of Calhan, CO
More informatiion 


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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