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Rocky Mountain Synod

May 3, 2011    

Border Immersion Opportunities  

Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey in El Paso, TX continues to offer immersion experiences for congregations, universities, seminary students, and youth groups interested in immersing themselves for a week into the unique atmosphere of the US/Mexico border.  


You will visit various agencies throughout El Paso, hear from an immigration lawyer, help our After School Program kids, and much more. All these things take place while taking the time to appropriately process and reflect upon all we have learned.  Come an experience the "Milagro de La Frontera."

For more information about the Border Immersion Experience, please contact Tom Power, program coordinator at or by phone at 915-544-6545.  Visit for information.



Third Sunday of Easter

O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of the bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reign 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 5/8:

Cross of Christ  Broomfield, CO

     Ann Hultquist, Kathleen Armstrong

Faith Community  Longmont, CO

     Daniel Hansen, Edward Broestl


Assembly Registrations Still Accepted   

(The main hotel is full

but see notes below)


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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:  


Additional hotel information 

The block of rooms reserved at the Crowne Plaza were taken quickly for the 2011 Rocky Mountain Assembly and the entire hotel is now full. There are a few hotels nearby that you may consider.

  • Best Western (719-576-2371) - block of rooms under Rocky Mountain Synod  
  • La Quinta (719-527-4788)  
  • Comfort Inn South (719-579-6900)
  • Fairfield Inn and Suites (719-576-1717) 

Special notes on other nearby hotels:

The Days Inn (719-527-0800) is full as of 4/29/2011
The Doubletree (719-576-8900) - close but pricey


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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!  


New Web Pages

The Rocky Mountain Synod has created a website to keep you informed about what's happening leading up to the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering. The RMS website will be updated regularly with important and useful information Check it out! 


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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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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Faith Formation, Discipleship, and

Baptismal Living


August 1-3, pastors, worship leaders, and educators will gather at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA (south of San Francisco International Airport) for the Annual Gathering of the North American Association for the Catechumenate.  


North American Association for the Catechumenate, is an  ecumenical organization made up mostly of ELCA congregations and some of our ecumenical partners.   


Featured speakers are Mark Stamm (SMU/Perkins School of Theology) and Jessicah Duckworth (joining the faculty at Luther Seminary in July).  More information and online registration available on the NAAC website at . If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Rick at  


Group Leader Qualified Teachers Needed

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church-Denver photoGood Shepherd Lutheran Child Care Center at 770 South Federal Blvd in Denver, is currently hiring group leader qualified teachers.  Please call Patricia Inman, center director, at 303-936-0885 for more information or to apply.

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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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Choir Robes and
Worship Materials to Donate

Bethany Lutheran Church Choir in Cherry Hills Village, CO has 104 gray choir robes (cassocks) of all sizes, in fairly good condition to donate to any person or congregation interested.  They will be available for pick-up after May 16, 2011. You may have as many as you wish. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Dan Grace, Chancel Choir Director, by email or phone (303-422-5785).


Bethany also has available: Bibles - 25 (various); LBW Hymnals - 180 approx.; With One Voice Hymnals - 150 approx.; Mobility Cart - Celebrity Limited Edition Pride

If interested please contact: Sarah Huslander by email:



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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
In the office this week.  

Pastor Dan Bollman

Visiting and worshipping with the congregation of Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Denver, CO; Visiting with the Church Council of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Taylorsville, UT.
Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email or phone appointment.  

 Pastor Jim Hytjan
Visiting with congregation of Peace Lutheran Church, El Paso, TX; Visiting with the congregation of Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey, El Paso, TX; NCD conference call, Denver, CO; Visiting with the congregation of Abiding Hope Lutheran Church, Littleton, CO

Linda Staats

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.)




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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: 




Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra Presents:

Upside Down Music

The final concert of the season is sure to turn your musical world topsy-turvy! The Etruscan Concerto by Peggy Glanville-Hicks, Bridge of Light for Viola and Orchestra by Keith Jarrett and fugues by Glenn Gould and Leonard Bernstein, along with special guest appearances by Augustana Vocal Ensemble (AVE) and Dr. Cindy Lindeen-Martin, all work together to explore how music can be turned on its head!


Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2100 Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood   

$18 Adult / $12 Senior / $12 Student

Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m.


Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda Avenue, Denver (80246)

$18 Adult / $12 Senior / $12 Student

Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m.

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Hope Springs Eternal


On Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 p.m., The Lutheran Chorale will present its spring concert featuring music inspired or written by great theologians, such as Martin Luther, Bernard of Clairvaux, Isaac Watts, St. Germanus, and Charles Wesley.  David Hodel, the Chorale's director, will provide history and interesting anecdotes about several of the pieces.    


Sunday, May 15, 2011, 3:00 p.m.
King of Glory Lutheran Church
10001 W. 58
th Street
Arvada, CO 80002


Sunday, May 15, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Saint Paul
 Lutheran Church
1600 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203

Tickets: Adults $15; Seniors/Students $10; Families $25  


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Bethany Lutheran Church Announces "Be the Blessing Day"


On Sunday, May 22, Bethany Lutheran Church is canceling two of its worship services in order to provide members and guests with a service opportunity.  The Church won't be contained by walls - we'll be let loose in Denver. Bethany is calling this day, "BE THE BLESSING DAY!" A sign will say that worship is canceled at these times and that the congregation has joined the service in the neighborhoods of the community.


More than 600 people have already signed up to serve on this day! More than 20 partner sites have been identified as service opportunities. One's spiritual gift might be prayer, so a special service will be held at 10:30 a.m. to pray that we might "BE THE BLESSING."


Pastoral Intern Jessica Harris Daum can be reached by email or phone at  720-421-0434. You may contact Senior Pastor Ron Glusenkamp  of Bethany Lutheran Church by email or phone 303-564-9769

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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. 


Zion Lutheran Church-Montrose

Zion Lutheran's 1st Annual Habitat for Humanity Build and Christian Concert

Zion Lutheran Church of Montrose will have its first Humanity Build and Christian Concert event on from July 6 -9 2011. The build will take place on July 6 and 7 and the concerts will be performed on July 8 and 9 and will feature Mercy Me, Casting Crowns, Superchick, and many others.


The cost is $50.00 which includes 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners and a T-shirt. We only have spots for 20 people available on a first come basis. The registration deadline is June 6, 2011. For more information, please contact the church (970-249-9828) or Heidi by email or phone (970-901-8225). Zion is located at 701 South Junction Avenue, Montrose (81401).


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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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