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Rocky Mountain Synod

May 31, 2011    

Dr. Barbara Rossing

Assembly Bible Studies posted as videos online

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Dr. Barbara Rossing's three Bible study presentations were the "top highlight" of the assembly, according to our follow-up evaluation. You may now view all three videos online! 


Additional videos from the assembly will be posted soon.


Seventh Sunday of Easter

O God of glory, your Son Jesus Christ suffered for us and ascended to your right hand. Unite us with Christ and each other in suffering and in joy, that all the world may be drawn into your bountiful presence, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.  


Installation of Michael Lohmann at Epiphany Set for June 5

Pastor Michael LohmannThe members of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Denver are preparing for the next chapter in their church's history.The community is invited to the Service of Reinstatement and Installation for interim pastor Michael Lohmann at the 10:00 a.m. worship service. Bishop Allan Bjornberg will preside and light refreshments will be served at the reception. All are welcome.


Synod Prayer Cycle: Southeast Colorado Conference
You are encouraged to include the listed leaders in your Sunday prayers of the people. The prayer lists for
June and July are available.

to remember in prayers on 6/5:

Ascension  Colorado Springs, CO

     Keith Hedstrom, Dan Holt

     Carrie Baylis, Wini Klein

Christ the King  Colorado Springs, CO

     Julie Britsch

First  Colorado Springs, Co

     Paul Peel, Mark Patzke

     Joan Kuehn

First  Burlington, CO

     Jeffrey Hanson
Grace  Colorado Springs, CO

     Ken Thurow (interim)


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2012 ELCA Youth Gathering -  "Citizen with the Saints"   



 Training for ALL ADULT LEADERS at Sky Ranch!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Join us at camp to GET GEARED UP AND EQUIPPED for the gathering, and receive the bonus of seeing the "Confirmation Intensive: Jesus' Passion" in action! The RMS website will be updated regularly with important and useful information. Check it out! 


Gathering specific information, including theme, schedule, registration, transportation, housing, and budgets and more will also be covered during this time. Get more information from the RMS website


To register: Email Kristen Baltrum at or call 303-817-5482

Registration deadline: Saturday, June 25, 2011

More info online 


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


Congregational leaders are 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. The assistance awarded will be uploaded into congregational accounts; when you register on October 9, 2011, you will see a credit in your financial record. Go to and click on the button to be redirected to the application.


Also, if you are interested in volunteering for the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering, the application process opened 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.  


Rocky Mountain Synod Video Project Offers Resource for Congregations


A series of excellent video stories from the Rocky Mountain Synod is available for you to use in your congregation. A DVD was provided to each congregation at assembly. Others will be mailed out in June. The videos may be viewed online. Click on an image below. Bible Study materials and Devotionals are also available for download.


Congregations highlighted: Our Savior Lutheran, Alamogordo, NM, and First Lutheran, Gypsum, CO


Organization highlighted: Urban Servant Corps, Denver, CO


Congregation highlighted: Iglesia Luterana 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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July 1-5, 2011  


at California Lutheran University


So, you have a lot going on in your life? Sometimes in the middle of school and work, family and friends, expectations and hopes don't you just scream out for a break?   How do you balance all this stuff when so much of it seems out of balance?  When the world seems to be pulling you in all directions at the same time the words of Paul are welcome.  There is "NOTHING that can separate from the love of Christ."


In the confusion of voices, all telling us different things what is God calling us to be about? Join us this summer on the campus of California Lutheran University as we celebrate that which nothing can take away - the love of God in Jesus Christ.  Join us as we consider how Jesus is our balance leading us to lives that make a difference. So, you have a lot going on in your life?


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Children, Family, and Faith

October 16-26, 2011 

Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp   


You may take this course as Continuing Education or for Academic Credit.  


Offered through a Partnership for Education And Knowledge by Wartburg Theological Seminar, Rocky Mountain Synod, and Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp. Immerse yourself in this 10-day course and develop a deeper understanding of children's faith development. Led by faculty from Wartburg Theological Seminary this course may be taken for academic credit or continuing education. Details can be found in the color brochure.



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Called! Equipped! Sent!

2011 LMM Triennial Gathering Set for Denver 


July 22 - 24, 2011, hundreds of men from across the nation will meet in Denver, CO at the Denver Marriott DTC for the tri-annual Lutheran Men in Mission Gathering. Lutheran Men in Mission Assembly (business meeting) is July 21-22, 2011.  


Lutheran Men in Mission emblemLutheran Men in Mission is the men's ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  This ministry works to strengthen men's Christian faith, relationships, witness and service in their homes, congregation and communities. Check out the website for more information. 


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Keeping Our Church Informed


Mexico: Immersion Program    The Lutheran Center in Mexico City is an ecumenical and inter-Lutheran retreat center which houses the Seeds for Transformation Immersion Program. This program offers a transformative experience that incorporates spiritual, social and cultural dimensions through an immersion process in Mexico. See and click on Lutheran Center.

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The new Taking Root website is live!

Taking Root: Hunger Causes, Hunger Hopes, the dynamic ELCA hunger education curriculum, now has an interactive website. Taking Root fosters deep thinking about hunger and poverty and what it means to be God's ambassadors in the world. Visit  

Luther's insights for global issues today

In Liberating Lutheran Theology: Freedom for Justice and Solidarity in a Global Context, three internationally respected theologians bring Luther's insights to bear on poverty, hunger, oppression and ecological degradation. See



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Grace Lutheran Church, located at 1128 E. Boulder Street in Colorado Springs, CO (80903) is seeking to fill two positions.  


Director of Music and Choir Director  

Requirements include a BA in Music minimum and 5 years experience in church music leadership. Salary is dependent upon experience and background.  Résumés' can be sent to the Church. Duties include choosing hymns and liturgical settings for all Worship Services, and appropriate seasonal anthems and/or special music for Sunday Services; scheduling staff, musical events, soloists, substitutes and event musicians; and communicating with the Worship chairman, pastor and church secretary for bulletins and newsletters regarding all special music. Please check out this link for a more detailed job description.

Accompanist Position Open 

Requirements are a BA in Music or equivalent. Audition on piano and organ is  required in addition to the  interview. Some of the duties include:


Accompanying choir rehearsals and solo or choir performances; playing organ and piano for all Sunday Worship services plus special services; choosing and playing appropriate weekly preludes and postludes; and playing offertories as needed. A more detailed list of duties is available. Salary is dependent upon experience and background. Resume can be sent to the Church at the above address. 

Every person,
every congregation,
every ministry,
boldly serving God's mission in Christ.
Bishop Allan Bjornberg
Visiting with the congregations of Cross of Glory and Prince of Peace Lutheran Churches, Denver, CO; Installation at Epiphany Lutheran Church, Denver, CO.  

Pastor Dan Bollman

Council Retreat at Saron Lutheran Church, Strasburg, CO; Meeting at Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp.
Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email or phone appointment.  

 Pastor Jim Hytjan
Region 2 Conference Call, Denver, CO; Peace in Christ Lutheran Church and Episcopal Diocese Conference Call; Visiting with the congregations of Cross of Glory and Prince of Peace Lutheran Churches, Denver, CO; Congregational and Synodical Mission Unit Interviews, synod office, Denver, CO.

Linda Staats

Christian Education Network meeting for the Utah Conference, Zion Lutheran Church, Salt lake City, UT; Meeting with the Youth and Household Ministry Team, Zion Lutheran Church, Salt Lake City, UT; Visiting with members of Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, Park City, UT; Worship with Christ the King Lutheran Church, South Jordan, UT; Worship and Preach at Zion Lutheran Church, Salt Lake City, UT; Available by email or phone appointment.  

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 Colorado Springs, Colorado


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Anti-racism Training Opportunities from:  

The Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming


Two 1-day (8 contact hours), experiential workshops are being presented as an introduction to the subjects of Racism, White Privilege, Internalized Oppression, and How to Interrupt Racism directed at church leaders. The entry point is anti-racism, and the goal is to move towards becoming inter-culturally competent in how we relate to one another. Certified Anti-Racism Trainers will use readings and videos and discussion to lead participants through an examination of racism and how individuals and the church can interrupt and dismantle racism.


The first of the workshops is on Wednesday, June 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The second is the "Train the Trainers Workshop" on Thursday, June 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Both sessions will be offered at the offices of the Diocese of Wyoming, 123 South Durbin Street in Casper (82601). The registration fee is $100 registration - travel and lodging are on your own.


To register, email the following to  

  • Indicate whether you are registering for the Anti-Racism Training, the Train the Trainers workshop, or both.
  • Your name, ministry position, church affiliation, address, phone number(s) and email address, which will be used to prepare a roster of participants to be shared with all the participants.
  • You will be sent a reading packet of 30-35 pages about two weeks prior to the trainings.

For any registration questions, please email  For any questions about the workshops, please email . You may also call the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming at 307-265-5200. 




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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!



Kurt Senske Continues as CEO of LSS of the South 


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In a unanimous vote, the Board of Directors for Lutheran Social Services of the South (LSS) approved a contract extension for current chief executive officer Dr. Kurt Senske at a quarterly board meeting held on Friday, May 13. Dr. Senske's contract extension secures his position as CEO through the end of 2018. He has served in that capacity since 1997 and started with the agency in 1994.  


Kurt Senske color photoAs chief executive, Senske led the growth of the 130-year-old agency to its current status as the largest provider of children's services in Texas, broadened and diversified the senior services portfolio, and guided the successful conclusion of thousands of claims made by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ike victims while strengthening fiscal agency health and improving the quality of LSS programs.


Dr. Senske holds multiple degrees and also serves as chairman of the Board for Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500 financial services organization. Dr. Senske has authored three books, his latest entitled The Calling: Living A Life of Significance.


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


 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.    

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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3rd Annual We Run That They May Walk" Event

Saturday, June 4, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon

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


Selian 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.    



Leap Ahead Into Middle School

Using theater, movement, poetry and improvisation to build confidence and character, students moving into middle school will engage and explore individual paths to leadership.

Four, 2-hour sessions for students: July 5, 7, 12, and 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. 

Cost is $175

Location: Wellshire Prebyterian Church, 2990 South Colorado Blvd, Denver.

July 5 session: a concurrent session for parents to learn about moving in to the middle school years. Facilitated by Centus counselors Tiffany Vanderen, LPC, and Carolyn Ajie, LCSW.

July 14 session: performance for family and friends

Presenter: Andrea Moore is a performer, writer, photographer, and producer. She makes art, and she makes art happen. Andrea earned her degree in Theatre Studies from Boston University's theatre conservatory, and now she works as an artist, teacher, and collaborator in her native Denver.  Andrea has extensive experience working creatively with youth. 

Registration:  Limit 12 students.  Call Centus at #303-639-5240 #28.  

Centus Counseling, Consulting, and Education is a Samaritan Counseling Center in locations throughout metro Denver (usually in congregations). 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. Visit


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LFS Colorado Zoo-B-Q Event



Please join Lutheran Family Services on Friday, June 10, 2011 from 6:30 p.m.  -  9:30 p.m. for a ZOO Bar B-Q. This will be a time when the Denver Zoo is reserved exclusively for this LFS event!


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Tickets: are: Adult (13+) $16, Children (3-12) $11,
Children (0-2) Free
Registration includes classic American BBQ, old fashioned carousel rides, face painting, magician, and other entertainment! Please register online at . (Y
ou must pre-register - no tickets will be sold at the gate.)


It's a great evening for adventure and raising money for a wonderful cause!




3rd Annual Golf Tournament        Golfer image

June 20, 2011 beginning at 1:00 p.m.  


You are cordially invited to enjoy a day of golf on the challenging Colorado Springs Country Club Golf Course. 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 brochure).  Awards and drawings will take place during that time. Registration is open. Contact Calvin and Patty Jolly (719-347-2662) for more information.   

Sponsored by St. Paul Community Outreach Center, Calhan, CO
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The Leona and Ed Bock Foundation of Messiah Community Church, ELCA Presents:


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The Shape of Congregations for a Vital Future

 Diana Butler Bass

October 28-30, 2011


The congregation of Messiah Community Church invites you to a lecture series featuring acclaimed author, speaker and independent scholar Diana Butler Bass. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Duke University and specializes in American religion and culture.


The schedule for the lectures is:

Friday, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.


Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lunch, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.


Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m.

Adult Forum, 10:45 a.m.


The cost is $15 for any one lecture and $60 for all four lectures (Friday-Saturday) including lunch on Saturday. Students with an I.D pay only $5 for a single lecture and $20 for all four including lunch on Saturday. You are encouraged to download, print and display the poster for all to see. For more information, please call the church on 303-355-4471. Messiah Community Church is located at 1750 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO (80220).




Zion Lutheran Church-Montrose First Annual YOUTH Habitat for Humanity Build and Christian Concert

July 6-9, 2011

Contact Heidi by email or phone ( 970) for more information For more information, please contact the church (970-249-9828) or Heidi by email or phone (970-901-8225). 


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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