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Rocky Mountain Synod

April 19, 2011    


Look to Jesus,

who for the sake of the joy
that was set before him
endured the cross,
disregarding its shame,
and has taken his seat
at the right hand
of the throne of God.

Good Friday Gospel Acclamation



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 4/24:

St. Paul's  Cheyenne, WY

     Robert Schmidt

Trinity  Laramie, WY

     Ralph Rohr, Cole Bentley, Intern

Trinity  Evanston, WY


ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson


Mark S. Hanson's 2011 Easter Message



So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.  - Matthew 28:8


Mary Magdalene and Mary walked to Jesus' grave, expecting to find death. It's understandable. Images of violence filled their minds. Thoughts of their vulnerability and mortality deadened their spirits. Death had become the defining story of their lives.


Instead of death, the women met a resurrection messenger who said, "He is not here: for he has been raised, as he said." As they hurried to tell others, the risen Jesus met them. They were changed. Now resurrection, not death, would define their lives.


Jesus lives! Now resurrection, not death, defines our lives. Jesus continues to meet you in resurrection messengers, just as Jesus met me in Pastor Josephus Livenson Lauvanus, president of the Lutheran Church of Haiti. As we walked through the ruins and rubble that lie in the aftermath of Haiti's earthquake, Pastor Livenson Lauvanus proclaimed, "We will not be defined by rubble, but by restoration, for we are a people of the resurrection."


Baptized into Jesus' death and raised to newness of life we, too, are people of the resurrection. We, too, are resurrection messengers. We, too, are about God's work of restoration.


The world aches to hear the message we have to tell. Sing with joy! Jesus lives! We are a people of the resurrection.



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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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. 



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Check-out These Resources for Your C Y & H Ministry:


Interview with author of The Jesus Storybook Bible -

This Wednesday, April 20 

Spend your lunch time with Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of the Jesus Storybook Bible. A live-interview Noon MST/2:00 p.m. EST.


Martin's List

An open source ministry hosted by the ELCA Youth Ministry Network.  A place to share all the resources developed by the many creative practitioners for the varied ministries in our ELCA congregations. Martins List is a place to do that.  

Faith Formation Learning Exchange

Your one-stop source for research, practices,  resources and approaches in faith formation across the whole life span.



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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.


King of Glory Lutheran Church - Loveland

King of Glory Seeks

Christian Education Coordinator


King of Glory Lutheran Church in Loveland, CO is looking for a Christian Education Coordinator (25-30 hours per week), who will work with children, youth, and families, as well as adults, and develop and implement a seamless ministry program that will invite and support all ages to grow in faith. This new position is designed to support the congregation's new mission as "a place to grow."  For a complete job description, please contact Pastor Susan Candea at or call 970-669-5983.

Augustana Lutheran Church - Denver

Early Learning Center Director Needed



Augustana Early Learning Center is seeking a qualified, experienced individual for the position of full-time Early Learning Center Director.


A four-year degree in child development and/or early childhood education is preferred.Applicants with a background in related fields such as education, psychology, religious education, or social work, with coursework in child development and early childhood education may be considered. Position includes competitive salary and generous benefits. Full job description can be found at Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three professional references on or before May 13, 2011 for a July 11, 2011 start date to:   

Search Committee, or apply online at

First Lutheran Church-Longmont bannerChancel Choir Director Opening


 First Lutheran Church, Longmont, Colorado is seeking applicants for Chancel Choir Director.  This part-time position is responsible for selecting music appropriate for worship, participating in monthly meetings for seasonal planning, recruiting and directing choir members for practices Thursday evenings, and participating in choral worship leadership for holidays; and on a regular weekly schedule, alternating between 8:30 and 11:00 a.m., on Sunday mornings from September through May.

Qualifications include: having strong musical and choral directing skills as well as having an understanding of the Lutheran heritage and the role of music in worship. 

For more information and to request an application, please contact Pastor Steve Berke at steve.berke@firstluth.orgApplication deadline is May 10, 2011.

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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.


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
In the office this week.  

Pastor Dan Bollman

In the office this week.
Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email or phone appointment.  

 Pastor Jim Hytjan
NCD meeting with Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Canon City, CO.

Linda Staats

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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2nd Annual Senior High Golf Tournament

Fundraiser for
Casas Por Cristo



Sunday, May 1, 2011 Underwood Golf Complex


Casas por Cristo imageThe Senior High Youth of Peace Lutheran Church, El Paso, will hold their Second Annual Golf Tournament on Sunday, May 1, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Underwood Golf Complex (near Ft. Bliss).  The tournament is open to all individuals.  The entry fee is $75 which includes green fees, cart, door prize entry, lunch, and prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin plus winning team awards.


Form a team and enter! Proceeds from the tournament are dedicated to Casas por Cristo. For more information, please call 915-584-1383 or email





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Good Friday at Augustana Features Contrasting Services


Augustana Lutheran Church is offering two services on Good Friday, April 22, 2011. A noon service will include word and liturgy in a solemn and reflective style of worship.  Contrast that with the 7:00 p.m. evening service featuring St. Luke's Passion by Georg Philipp Telemann.  This rare musical offering, a retelling of the passion story through music, will be presented by the Chancel Choir and members of Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra.


Pastor John R. Pederson will deliver a message at both services. You are invited to download and post the flyer to encourage family and friends to attend. For more information, please call 303-388-4678. Augustana Lutheran Church is located at 5000 East Alameda Avenue in Denver (80246). 

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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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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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Taizé at Saint Paul - Denver 


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  

Please 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.


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

Pastor Livenson LauvanusAn Evening with Pastor Livenson Lauvanus


Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is hosting an evening with , President of Eglise Lutherienne d'Haiti on Wednesday, May 11 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  All are invited to come hear Pastor Livenson share the joys and challenges of ministry in Haiti and the vision of Eglise Lutherienne d'Haiti.  A dessert reception will follow with a free will offering for the ELH. Childcare care is provided.  


Please contact Pastor Julie McNitt by email or phone (303-798-1356) for more information.  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 6322 South Lakeview Street in Littleton (80120). 


Wes Broderius

Mr. Wes Broderius is Retiring

St. Philip Lutheran Church choirs are hosting a music medley and luncheon to honor Wes Broderius, our director of music, upon his retirement after many years serving Lutheran churches in the metro area. The celebration will be at noon, May 15, 2011 at St. Philip Lutheran Church located at 7531 South Kendall Blvd in Littleton (80128).  


We are inviting all musicians and singers to join us in a combined performance. We will practice together on May 7th at noon at St. Philip. If you have questions or would like to perform and/or attend, please respond to Laurie Selander 303-794-9739 or prior to May 1st. All are welcome.



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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