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Rocky Mountain Synod

April 26, 2011    

Assembly is May 12-14



Musicians are needed for Opening Eucharist, Thursday, May 12 at 2 p.m., we are seeking a guitar player, electric guitar, and a drummer for one of the choir selections. Reply to this email if you would like to volunteer. Rehearsal 11:30 a.m. that day.



Each congregation is asked to bring a chalice to be used at opening eucharist (communing around the tables). Please mark with your congregation name beneath... and remember to take them home with you!    



All assembly materials are online for download and preparation at and click on "information." Be sure to watch the intro video if you or your voting members are new to assemblies. In the resolutions packet, please note that the final resolution, "On a New Companion Synod," comes from the Companion Synods Committee. That information was inadvertently omitted.



Rostered Leaders who are On Leave From Call may register as voting members per assembly action last year. If you registered as a visitor and want to re-register as a voting member, please call the synod office. The fee for voting members is $300, while the visitor fee is $240.


Second Sunday of Easter

Almighty and Eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt, may we, who have not seen, have faith in you and receive the fullness of Christ's blessing, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 


Synod Prayer Cycle: Boulder/Broomfield Conference
You are encouraged to include the listed leaders in your Sunday prayers of the people. The prayer lists for
May and June are available.

to remember in prayers on 5/1:

Atonement  Boulder, CO

     Debra Engquist, Chad Kohlmeyer

Bethlehem  Longmont, CO

    Mark Peterson, Kirsten Sauey (Intern)

Christ the Servant  Louisville, CO

     Joel Brandt, Annemarie Burke


Assembly registrations still accepted (but the hotel is full)


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The pre-assembly materials are posted online. 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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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. (Incentive for those on BLUE CROSS coverage only!)


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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Equipping Our Leaders to be Triple A Adults


Preparation and planning for the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering: Citizens with the Saints in New Orleans is under way! A series of synod hosted trainings will provide language and resources for equipping all your leaders to be Triple A Adults at home, in the congregation, and on the road. You'll also receive all the vital logistics and details needed for the 2012 Youth Gathering. So bring ALL your adult youth ministry leaders and parents, even if they are not attending The Gathering!  


To register for the trainings, RSVP on the ELCA-RMS Youth Directors Facebook Group. If you are not a member, send a "friend" request to Kristen Baltrum on Facebook or email Kristen directly. If you have questions, please call or text Kristen at 303-817-5482. 



  • May 12 - Crown Plaza Hotel, Colorado Springs 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (pre-assembly)
  • May 14 - Crown Plaza Hotel, Colorado Springs 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. (post-assembly)
  • May 21 - Peace Lutheran, El Paso, TX 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
  • June 5 - Salt Lake City, UT. Location and time TBA
  • June 28 - Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp, CO 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.


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Help and Hope for Those Affected by U.S. Spring Storms

Severe storms have caused major damage in many parts of the United States this spring. In areas of Minnesota and North Dakota, overland flooding of farm fields and rural roads has exceeded past records. Elsewhere, particularly across the south, tornadoes and heavy rain have devastated a number of communities.  

Through ELCA Disaster Response, our church is reaching out to the survivors of these devastating storms and assessing the needs-working together for as long as it takes. Your help is needed today to bring immediate relief and ongoing support to Disaster Response logocommunities affected by these disasters. Gifts designated to "U.S. Floods" or "U.S. Tornadoes" will be used in full-100 percent-to help disaster survivors clean-up, rebuild and recover. Donations given to the undesignated fund help to respond immediately and effectively where it is needed most. Because of your generous offerings of prayer and financial support, the ELCA walks alongside disaster survivors on their long road to recovery.

Field Report from the Red River Valley

Lutheran Disaster Response staff has spent the week in the Red River Valley, assessing flood damage in North Dakota and Minnesota.  This field report gives details and pictures of what they have seen and heard.  Read More  


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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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Our Church At Work


Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor Sought in Jamaica 
Serve as supervisor and trainer at the United Theological College of the West Indies for its Clinical Pastoral Education program. Minimum six-month commitment; academic year preferred. See and click Global Service Opportunities in the left column to search the database.


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"LWF Together - the earth needs you"

launches on May 1  

More than 100 groups with more than 900 individual participants from all parts of the world have registered for this innovative program which combines environmental projects, Bible study and building relationships. Hear the initial perspectives of four young people in Brazil, India, Kenya and the United States on the stewardship of creation in their own countries; see "Background from around the World" at      

Your church at work during disasters 

  • Libya: Tunisian Lend a Helping Hand ... and Car ... and Bottle of Water
  • Relief Efforts Expand in Japan
  • Haiti: Bishop Hanson Speaks about Work in Haiti with Orion Samuelson

Find the above stories and more at



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"You didn't leave us.  Thank you!"

After the tsunami and in the midst of the radiation crisis, P
astor Jim and Carol Sack reflect on their m
inistry as ELCA missionaries in Japan: Note: the Hand in Hand Blog Digest provides inspirational blogs from ELCA missionaries. Have weekly entries delivered to your in-box by entering your e-mail address in 
the "Subscribe" box.



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

More positions on the Rocky Mountain Synod website.


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Handbells Needed

Christ Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, WY is looking for a set of used handbells (2 octaves).  If you have some to donate or sell, please contact Pastor Karen at 307-287-2475. Thank you. 



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 Conference of Churches, Denver, CO; Bishop's Forum, preaching and worshipping with Community of Joy Lutheran Church, Rio Ranch, NM; Synod staff meeting, Denver, CO.  

Pastor Dan Bollman

Elim Evangelical Lutheran Church Council Retreat, Ogden, UT; Visiting the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church, Eaton, CO; Visiting with the Call Committee of Atonement Lutheran Church, Lakewood, CO; Synod staff meeting.
Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email or phone appointment.  

 Pastor Jim Hytjan
Visiting with Camino de Vida, Albuquerque, NM; Synod staff meeting.

Linda Staats

Book of Faith Jubilee at Luther Seminary, St. Paul MN; ELCA Youth Ministry Network Board meeting, Chicago, IL.
Available by email or phone appointment.  

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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.)


 Peace Lutheran Church-El Paso banner2nd 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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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!


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Suicide Prevention in

Metro Denver


As you may know, suicide is now claiming an average of 18 lives each week in Colorado. In the Denver Metro area alone, more than 12 people a day attempt to kill themselves. Fortunately, most are not completed. [Metro Crisis Line: 888-885-1222]


Metro Crisis Services, a fairly new organization, was created to do something about the problem of suicide and the large numbers of people who have mental health or substance abuse problems but can't get help. If you're unfamiliar with Metro Crisis Services, please learn about them at . Members of the organization would be happy to come talk with individuals, groups or staff, and they work with clergy, also.  




Cristo Rey - DenverChildren's Day 2011



Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey - Denver, an ELCA congregation, is inviting the community to join them for Children's Day 2011. This celebration for the whole family will take place on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the church.


image of painted handFor your health and well-being, there are going to be presentations of Zumba, an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party that's moving millions of people toward joy and health; ionic detox, family motivational speaker, Ms. Adriana Fria; a health and nutrition workshop by family dietitian, Rafael Reynaga; gifts for the children including piñatas, hula hoop's, and savings accounts for the first fifty (50) kids who arrive, courtesy of Wells Fargo. The first 100 children that arrive will receive a hula hoop as a gift.  


Denver Health, the Denver Public Library, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Denver Public Schools, Denver Temporary Families, and Hispanic Access Foundation, a national group dedicated to the fight against breast cancer will be on hand to provide information about programs in their organizations. Entertainment will include the World Wrestling Organization and the Saulina magic show. A poster is available for you to download, print and post on a bulletin board. Everyone is welcome so come join the fun! 


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 Lauvanus

An 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). 


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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.


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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 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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The Colorado Chorale in Concert


In its 41st season and under the direction of Dr. Frank Eychaner, the Colorado Chorales presents Choral Voices from the New World, entertaining music from Canada, the United States, Brazil and Venezuela including folk songs and spirituals. The Colorado Chorale will perform two concerts:


Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 1600 Grant Street in Denver (80203)


Sunday, May 22 at 3:00 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 East Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills Village (80113)


Tickets are $17 adults; $14 seniors (62+); Youth $5 (up to age 18). For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the Colorado Chorale website or call 303-929-3463. 


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3rd Annual Golf Tournament

(Updated Information)


You are cordially invited to enjoy a day of golf on the challenging Colorado Springs Country Club Golf Course on Monday, June 20 beginning at 1:00 p.m.. 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. After the shamble, please join us in the clubhouse or on the patio for dinner.  Dinner is included for registered golfers, guests are $20 each (see updated registration form).  Awards and drawings will take place during that time. Prizes: Team and individual prizes will be presented. Awards will also be given for longest drive, the longest putt and closest to the pin. There is an opportunity to win the "split the pot" game and multiple other gifts. Red Nolan will also be on hand to participate with some prizes! Early Bird deadline is May 15. Contact Calvin and Patty Jolly (719-347-2662) for more information.   

Sponsored by St. Paul Community Outreach Center, Calhan, CO

a [501 ( c ) (3) organization]



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 


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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