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Rocky Mountain Synod

May 17, 2011    

Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly:

Give us Today our Daily Bread

The Rocky Mountain Synod gathered in assembly, May 12-14, in Colorado Springs. An assembly summary report will be available later in the week, along with a link to view additional photographs. (Photo by Dale Horkey)


Fifth Sunday of Easter

Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ, is the way, the truth, and the life. Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life with all the world, for he 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 5/22:

Mount Calvary  Boulder, CO

     Sara Wirth

Rejoice  Erie, CO

     Ruby Naruki



Every congregation receives DVDof Rocky Mountain Synod stories


Three video segments of Rocky Mountain Synod stories are now available for use in your congregation. A DVD was distributed at Assembly to each congregation. Others will be mailed. In addition, Bible study and devotional materials are available for each video to download and print.  View the videos at and download the related materials. The DVD includes these stories:



Bread in the Desert and on the Mountain

Our Savior Lutheran, Alamogordo, NM, and First Lutheran, Gypsum, CO


Bread in the City

Urban Servant Corps, Denver, CO


Bread on the Border

Cristo Rey, El Paso, TX


Our thanks to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for providing financial support for this project, and retired Pastor Larry Foreman of Sunmark Productions for his generous partnership.


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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 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.



 Bethlehem Lutheran Church - Los Alamos 

 Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church Seeks Interim Youth and Family Director


Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church is a congregation located in the beautiful mountains of Northern New Mexico. We are an active and welcoming community with a wide range of ages and experiences. The "Purpose of the Position" is to engage the hearts, minds and actions of Bethlehem's young people. 


An Applicant with at least a High School Diploma/G.E.D and Bachelor of Arts degree will be considered for this interim position and depending upon the date of hire, will be a 9-12 month contract. Please send resume to: Edie May Phillips, c/o Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road Los Alamos, NM (87544). For more information, please contact Edi by email or give her a call on 505-662-5151.


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
ELCA Representative at the Pacifica Synod Assembly, Santa Ana, CA; ELCA Council Conference Call; Metro West Conference Retreat, Snowmass, CO.  

Pastor Dan Bollman

Visiting with the Call Committee at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Denver, CO; 125th Anniversary Celebration for First English Lutheran Church, Faribault, MN.
Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email or phone appointment.  

 Pastor Jim Hytjan
Visiting with the congregation of Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey, Denver, CO; Visiting with the congregation of Korean Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, CO.

Linda Staats

Preschool Graduation at Peace Lutheran Church, El Paso TX; Border Conference Confirmation Retreat, El Paso, TX; Worship and Cross+Generational Celebration, Peace Lutheran Church, Las Cruces, NM. 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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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. 

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Taizé at Saint Paul - Denver in May

Now that we're fully in the Easter season, there is much to celebrate! Blending simple song, silence, prayer, and time for reflection, Taizé at Saint Paul is an ideal place for all those of faith to come for a time of peace and rejuvenation, especially those in need of a break from life's seemingly constant noise and hustle.


Our next service will be on Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the nave of Saint Paul Lutheran Church (1600 Grant Street). Parking is available and free on the street surrounding the church after 6:00 p.m.


Attached you will find a flyer for our upcoming service. Please post it in your communities and share it with your friends and family. You are encouraged to visit the website for more information, sample programs, and photos of past services: You may also contact Jeff Steen, Taizé Worship Leader at Saint Paul, by email or phone (303-839-1432).


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3rd Annual We Run That They May Walk" Event

 Saturday, June 4, 2011 from

9:00 a.m. - Noon


Sponsored by Saint Peter Lutheran Church, the 5K Run will benefit the programs of Selian Lutheran Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania.


Selian HospitalSelian Lutheran Hospital was established in the 1950's by Dr. Mark Jacobsen and has grown from a dispensary with a single building and ten beds into a 120-bed, full service hospital.  The Hospital provides life-saving services that are desperately needed in this area of the world, including treatment of malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia and AIDS.  Selian Hospital offers in-patient and outpatient services, pediatrics, general and specialty surgery, obstetrics, maternal and child health, hospice and orphan care. 


Please help the ministry of Saint Peter support the programs of Selian Hospital by participating in the 5K Run and recruiting friends, neighbors and co-workers to sponsor you.  You can find on the Saint Peter website more information including registration and sponsorship forms. You may also email Carol Mayer or give her a call on 303-470-1205 with question. 


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). 




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.

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Rocky Mountain Synod
800-525-0462 / 303-777-6700

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