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Rocky Mountain Synod

May 10, 2011    

The 2011 Assembly begins Thursday:

Give us Today our Daily Bread

We look forward to our annual gathering for worship, fellowship, business, learning, and inspiration! Everyone is invited to join in the opening and closing worship services, even if not registered for the assembly.


Opening Eucharist:  2 p.m. Thursday, May 12 in the Colorado Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza, Colorado Springs.


Closing Eucharist: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14 in the Summit Room at the Crowne Plaza, Colorado Springs.


We pray for travels for all!



Fourth Sunday of Easter

O God, our shepherd, you know your sheep by name and lead us safely through the valleys of death. Guide us by your voice, that we may walk in certainty and security to the joyous feast that is prepared in your house, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, 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 list for
June is available.

to remember in prayers on 5/15:

Cross of Christ  Broomfield, CO

     Ann Hultquist, Kathleen Armstrong, Jeremy Marburger

First  Longmont, CO

     Steven Berke, Paul Judson      

Grace  Boulder, CO

     Ronald Roschke

Lutheran Church of Hope Broomfield, CO

     Scott McAnally



All Pre-Assembly Materials Online


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The pre-assembly materials are posted online. All assembly registrants are to download and print the materials. All assembly information is online at:  


Hotel information 

The Crowne Plaza 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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The Gathering -  "Citizen with the Saints"   


Financial Assistance and Volunteer Applications Open on May 15, 2011!


Congregational leaders will be able to apply for financial assistance ($315 registration fee) on behalf of their young people beginning May 15. The deadline is July 31, 2011 - or until the funds are depleted, whichever comes first. The assistance awarded will be uploaded into congregational accounts; when they register on Oct. 9 they will see a credit in their financial record. On May 15, go to and click on the button to be redirected to the application. You will be asked to provide the following information: Your congregational ID#, the young person's name, age, grade, ethnicity, and a brief statement of need. If more than one young person from your congregation needs assistance, you will be prompted to make another entry.


Also, if you are interested in volunteering for the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering, the application process opens May 15, 2011. The Gathering team is recruiting for three categories: Community Life, Gathering Volunteer Corps, and Servant Companion. Applicants must be at least 19 years old and out of high school for at least one year, and there is a $75 administrative fee for all volunteers to cover background checks and processing.  


New Web Pages

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. 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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Border Immersion Experience  


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.



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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  


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Children and Youth Ministry Director Needed


Highlands Lutheran Church, located at 3995 Irving Street in Denver, is looking for an enthusiastic evangelist who wants to share the good news of Jesus Christ with children, youth and their families!


The goals of this ministry are to reach out into the community around our church with the good news of Christ's empowering love for all; find out the needs of children, youth and their families (within our congregation and beyond),  and respond to those needs; and to nurture faith formation and spiritual development with passion, personal involvement and leadership.


More information can found on the detailed job description or you may call the church with questions (303-477-2031).



music staffHighlands Lutheran Church Seeks a
Music Director

A small, vibrant congregation in the Highlands area of Denver is looking for a part-time musician, strongly grounded in mainline Christianity.


We are interested in a musician who has knowledge of traditional liturgy, contemporary, gospel and Taizé music. The musician should have skills in piano accompaniment and choir conducting. Organ playing would be a plus. Compensation to be negotiated. Come and grow with us at Highlands Lutheran Church!


Please, send resume and references to: Deadline for resumes is June 1, 2011. For further information on this position, you may call the office at

303 477-2031 or 720 341 8096. The church is located at 3995 Irving Street (80211).

Joy Lutheran Church Parker, CO

The Director of Christian Education Position Open



The Director of Christian Education will be an inspiring leader with a vision for developing and implementing consistent Christian education programs aligned with the ministry of Joy Lutheran Church in Parker, CO. The Director will work with the Pastor, volunteer teachers, superintendents and families to develop, build and lead the Christian Education programs.  Responsibilities include teacher recruitment, training and recognition; administrative tasks to include registration, record keeping and budget preparation; and actively participate in the Education Committee.  This is a half-time position.  Please send resumes to Kim Coleman or Pastor Lyn Crase. Resumes will be accepted until June 9, 2011.




Joy Lutheran Church Youth Ministry imageYouth Ministry Director Needed


The Youth Ministry Director is critical to the development of youth ministry at Joy Lutheran Church in Parker, CO.  Ministry development will align with Together in Faith ministry programs and includes creation and implementation of programs to provide support and fellowship for both youth and their parents.  The Youth Director is a vibrant position within Joy Lutheran Church and requires the Director to inspire and develop leadership in youth of all ages.  This is a full time position.  Send resumes to Scott Smith or Pastor Lynette. Resumes will be accepted until June 9, 2011.


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.


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 at, Chancel Choir Director, or by 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
Rocky Mountain Synod Council meeting and Assembly, Colorado Springs, CO.  

Pastor Dan Bollman

Rocky Mountain Synod Council meeting and Assembly, Colorado Springs, CO.
Madelyn Busse, DM

Rocky Mountain Synod Council meeting and Assembly, Colorado Springs, CO. 
Available by email or phone appointment.  

 Pastor Jim Hytjan
Rocky Mountain Synod Council meeting and Assembly, Colorado Springs, CO.

Linda Staats

Rocky Mountain Synod Council meeting and Assembly, Colorado Springs, CO.  
Available by email or phone appointment.  

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Wild West Mill Creek Swap Meet!  

It is held May 28 to September 24, 2011 at Lutheran Social Service Utah located at 4392 South 900 East in Salt Lake City [84124] (along the grassy sides toward the main intersection of 4500 South and 900 East in SLC).  This promises to be fun!  It's a great way to catch up with Leslie, too. She'd love to sip something cool and chat a bit on these Saturdays!


You are invited and welcome to have a table to sell items for your congregation or display information about your congregation and its ministries. Just have the person come that day with their own shade, water, table and chair.  It is $5 to register each Saturday (hassle free registration!) by showing up and checking in at the registration table.  It is a great location so it gets excellent traffic!


Your purchases are tax deductible.  All proceeds benefit refugee ministries & local artists. Shop while you drop by your donations! This also is an opportunity to sample and enjoy international food, music, art, produce, and the swap meet. Donate your gently used or new items which are free to refugee families. Bring your donation and get a 2011 IRS tax letter/receipt on the spot!



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La Mansión:  Children's Program of Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey



Since Cristo Rey began its ministry in 1990, its projects and programs have been a visible sign of its mission within the community.  La Mansión, a ministry of Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey, provides a safe space year- round; for school aged children of central El Paso to grow strong physically, mentally, and spiritually for children from ages 5 - 17.


Sponsor a Child Today

Your gift will allow a child of central El Paso to attend La Mansión for an eight- week summer program. When you become a sponsor, you are linked with one child who will benefit from your gift by participating in the summer program. At the end of the summer, you will receive a sponsorship packet about your child and his or her summer. See the Sponsorship Brochure.


Change the world - One child at a time

Your one- time tax deductible contribution of $60 allows your child to participate in a supportive, church- based summer program that provides:

  • The opportunity to continue education 
  • The opportunity to be healthy
  • The opportunity to grow personally and socially
  • The opportunity to develop spiritually

Learn about the child you're supporting!

In addition to the sponsorship packet, you will receive at the end of the summer, you can also learn about your child through the "Sponsor a Child" link at that will contain program updates throughout the summer. You may decide to visit the child you sponsor through Cristo Rey's Border Immersion Experiences. 


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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. If you have questions, please contact Laurie Selander 303-794-9739 or 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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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  




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.   


Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church-Lakewood








The assumption is that bullying is a common problem children face and in time will be outgrown.  NOT TRUE!  Bullying, at any age, is a dangerous form of abuse with lasting impacts that needs to be stopped immediately.  Join us on Sunday, May 22, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. to learn how to face this issue head on with knowledge and strategies that will stop bullies in their tracks! 


Tania Henderson photoBen Leichtling imageThe presenters are well versed on the topic. Tania Henderson is a licensed therapist who works individually and with school officials to promote safe places for kids to learn and grow.  Ben Leichtling, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist, consultant and author of three books on how to stop bullies in their tracks.  This presentation is for EVERYONE interested in learning more about this all too common problem. The workshop will:

  • Foster resiliency 
  • Help you learn strategies to defend against bullying and 
  • Help you learn tips on how to ensure school officials keep your child safe

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Barb Suder, Holy Shepherd Parish Nurse, by email or phone (303 233-2740). The church is located at 920 Kipling Street in Lakewood (80215).



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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.

drawing by Ben Miller, age 8


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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

YOUTH 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). 




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 

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

For more information, check out this link


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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