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Rocky Mountain Synod

April 12, 2011    

May Landscape newsletter ready to download and reproduce in bulletins and newsletters


Six times a year every congregation receives one hard copy of the Landscape newsletter (along with the monthly financial statement) for the purpose of reproducing it in a newsletter or bulletin. Some congregations send a link to it in their email newsletter. Every congregation is encouraged to share it as a key piece of communication from the Rocky Mountain Synod communications office. 


Issues are always available and archived at  Or click to download this new May 2011 edition using this direct link to the .pdf.


Landscape includes rostered change listings, as well as a synod financial snapshot. This month's edition includes an introduction to the RMS Video Project: Our Daily Bread, as well as articles about technology in the synod, Border Immersions, and Mission Partners. 


Take It Now button

100 more leaders needed to take health assessment by April 30!  

ELCA Health Plan Members: Members & Spouses each count towards the goal!  You get $150 EACH, plus additional if you participate and log health activities. All congregations ALSO receive a 2% reduction in health insurance payments.


As of March 31, 84 in the RMS have taken the assessment, but 100 MORE are needed to reach the goal. Church members: encourage your rostered leaders to "Take it Now!" The purpose is to encourage wellness proactively.


See the progress of all 65 synods here! 

(RMS has tenth lowest response percentage!)


Take the assessment now!  

(while blood work numbers are requested, they are not required to complete the assessment) 


Consider donating your savings to the RMS as a special gift in support of our ministry together. 


Palm Sunday
Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, through Christ who lives and reigns with you 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 4/17:

Prince of Peace  Gillette, WY

    Thomas Frey

Prince of Peace  Casper, WY

     Michael Struck

St. John  Riverton, WY

     Michael Johnson

St. Luke's  Buffalo, WY

     John Orwig


Assembly registrations and hotel reservations still accepted


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The pre-assembly materials will be posted online by April 22. All assembly registrants are to download and print the materials.


While the early registration deadline has passed, it is not too late to register for the Assembly, May 12-14 in Colorado Springs.  All assembly information is online at:


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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.  


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Memorial Day Work Weekend 

May 27 - 30, 2011


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

Sky Ranch volunteer

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.


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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Director of Music Ministry


St. Philip Lutheran Church in Littleton, CO church is looking for a part-time Director of Music Ministry who will have the responsibility to manage, coordinate and administer the various facets of the music programs.  Responsibilities of the position are to provide leadership and supervision of staff and volunteers who assist in the music program. Send resumes to  by April 25, 2011.

More details about responsibilities and requirements are posted on the Rocky Mountain Synod website.



Church Business Administrator Position Open


A Lutheran church in southwest Denver is seek a business administrator with a Bachelor's degree or equivalent and five years experience working in full service office (desired). Finance, managerial, building management experience, and strong people skills required.  Prior church experience preferred.

Send resumes to:


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
St. Stephen's 50th Anniversary Celebration, Northglenn, CO; Meeting with the Four Winds Advisory Group, Denver, CO; Chrism Mass, Christ Lutheran Church, Santa Fe, NM.  

Pastor Dan Bollman

Visiting students at Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, IA; Visiting with students at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; Visiting with the Call Committee, Christ Lutheran Church, Highlands Ranch, CO.
Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email or phone appointment.  

 Pastor Jim Hytjan
In the office this week.

Linda Staats

Front Range Youth Ministry Network meeting, synod office, Denver, CO; Safe Haven Task Force meeting, Denver, CO; Umbrella Team meeting, Denver, CO; Senior High Youth Gathering Team Retreat, Messiah Mt. Retreat Center, CO; Region 2 Conference Call.
Available by email or phone appointment.  

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The Way of the Cross Presentation



On Friday, April 22 at 8:00 p.m., Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Holladay will portray The Way of the Cross, a dramatic Way of the Cross imagepresentation recalling the suffering of Christ.  "This will be a moving performance that will allow each of us to personally reflect on the meaning of Good Friday and Easter," states Pastor Jeff Beebe. "Visitors are always welcome and our Easter services are designed to reach out to our neighbors in a meaningful way" he says. More information about the church and its ministries can be found at or by calling 801-278-1412.


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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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Lenten Journey



Good Friday - April 22, 2011

5:00 and 7:00 p.m. services 

Rio Rancho, New Mexico



This special service of music and the spoken word honors Jesus' ministry and passion.  This year director and composer, Aaron Howe, will premier a new musical piece, "The Triumphal Entry."  The service will include the voices of Jesus' trial and crucifixion.


Lenten journey imageLenten Journey is a commissioned original multi-movement work portraying the biblical readings of the Lent season in a dramatic way.    It is scored for choir, piano, strings, and soloists that sometimes represent the biblical characters.  Lenten Journey is an on-going project; new movements from other Lenten readings are added every year it is performed, making every year's Good Friday service different than the last.  Community of Joy's Good Friday service is unique - a perfect choice for those looking for something new and meaningful during this season.




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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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Easter Service in German

Ostergottesdienst in deutscher Sprache 


Pastor Wolfgang Stahlberg and the congregation of Messiah Community Church invite the community to an Easter service in the German language. The service will take place on Sunday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m. Music for the day will feature Eric French, organist and special guests, Safonia Choir. There will also be an Easter egg hunt for the kiddies to add to the excitement of the day. Messiah is located at 1750 Colorado Blvd. in Denver (80220). All are welcome.


Christ ist erstanden...

Christ is risen indeed!

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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  

register by April 21 



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!  


Colorado Choir

The Colorado Choir "Prelude to Summer" Concerts  


Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. and   


Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Topping off their musical season, The Colorado Choir presents amazing a cappella and accompanied folk songs, enlightened spirituals and remarkable classical choral selections! 

Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda Avenue, Denver 80246

$20 Adult / $15 Senior / $15 Student



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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