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June 14, 2011    

Fire crosses perimeter of Rainbow Trail Camp

Dave Jarvis, director of Rainbow Trail Camp, reports that the Westcliffe Fire has crossed the camp perimeter near the stables, but firefighters have been able to keep all of the buildings safe.

An hour into registration on Sunday, orders were to evacuate the camp due to the nearby Westcliffe fire. Camp Director Dave Jarvis wrote, "I cannot say enough about how well our staff performed on Sunday and how the safety of all has been paramount.  Our counseling and support staff have made camp happen in a very real way.  The power of this ministry is the people."

The entire camp has been moved to Horn Creek, a camp that can accommodate them well.

He asked for continued prayers for the Rainbow Trail Site. "The fire has encompassed our site," Dave said, "And yet, we have lost no structures. We are so grateful for the work of the fire fighters." Dave has not been allowed to return to the camp site to check it out first hand. 

The Holy Trinity 

God of heaven and earth, before the foundation of the universe and the beginning of time you are the triune God: Author of creation, eternal Word of salvation, life-giving Spirit of wisdom. Guide us to all truth by your Spirit, that we may proclaim all that Christ has revealed and rejoice in the glory he shares with us. Glory and praise to you Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.


Derek C. Harkins to be Ordained July 8

Derek Harken photoDerek Christopher Harkins will be ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in Christ's one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church on Friday, July 8, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 318 East 6th Street in Casper, WY. Derek is being called to serve English Lutheran Church in Hazen, ND. All ordained, consecrated and commissioned ministers are invited to process. The color of the day is red.


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
July and August  are available.

to remember in prayers on 6/19:

Our Savior  Wild Horse, CO


Prince of Peace  Colorado Springs, CO

     Dave Cruson

Shepherd of the Hills  Canon City, CO

     Robert Kippley

St. Paul  Calhan, CO

     Tim Bettger


View Assembly Videos 


Videos of key elements of the 2011 Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly are now available for view on the Rocky Mountain Synod website, including Bishop Bjornberg's address and sermon, The Vice President's report, the Treasurer's Report, the ELCA Report (Top Ten Reasons to be a Lutheran!), the Report on the Bishop Election Process, and the Address by the President of the Lutheran Church of Haiti. 
These may be viewed, as well as the Bible Studies by Dr. Barbara Rossing on the RMS website.


Post-assembly Information Available 

Post-assembly information has been posted online, including copies of the resolutions, constitution revisions, offering amounts, and photos. Go to assembly web page.   


A one-page (both sides) summary may be downloaded and reproduced:

One copy of the Landscape will be included in the monthly financial mailing. Thank you for duplicating it and including it in your congregation's newsletter or Sunday bulletin.


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A 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 Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp to GET GEARED UP AND EQUIPPED for the gathering. More information.  To register: Email Kristen Baltrum at or call 303-817-5482. For more information about upcoming training events visit the RMS website


Registration deadline for Adult Leaders Training:

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Financial Assistance and Volunteer Applications Updated Information 


Requests for funding assistance have now reached capacity, but in the past, it has sometimes been successful to be placed on the waiting list. The option to sign up for the waiting list will remain until July 31.


Also, if you are interested in volunteering for the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering, the application process opened May 15, 2011. 


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End of the Service Year Bar-B-Que 


Believe it or not, the 2010-2011 year of service is winding down!  Join in the celebration of this year's USC volunteers at the BBQ event on August 1, 2011 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The event will take place at 835 and 839 32nd Street in Denver. Please stop by!

USC Auction Was a Great Success
Thanks to You! 

The Urban Servant Corps wishes to thank everyone who attended the 2nd Annual Earth Day Auction event!  It was a huge success as nearly $10,000 was raised from the auction and from contributions that were made to support the Urban Servant Corps' mission as well as the USC sustainability fund.  

If you were not able to attend this great event, but would like to make a donation, please visit:


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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FREE Pews Available for Pick Up In Durango


Christ the King Lutheran Church is in the process of remodeling their sanctuary and has sixteen 13 foot pews available.  If you know of an organization that could use them, please contact Peter by email or by phone at 970-375-1519 for more information. Theyother view of pews at Christ the King Durango are available to be picked up at any time prior to August 1, 2011. Christ the King Lutheran Church is located at 495 Florida Road in Durango, CO (81301).


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Christ the King Lutheran Church Durango

Chancel Choir Director /

 Orchestra Director Opening


Christ the King Lutheran Church in Durango, Colorado, is seeking applicants for Chancel Choir Director and/or Orchestra Director.  These positions could be combined or separate. 

Responsibilities include selecting music appropriate for worship; seasonal planning, recruiting and directing choir and/or orchestra members for practices Thursday evenings; and participating in choral worship leadership for holidays; and on a regular weekly schedule, at 10:30 a.m., on Sunday mornings from September through May.

Qualifications include:  having strong musical and choral directing skills as well as having an understanding of the Lutheran heritage and a heart for music leadership in worship. 

For more information or to send an application, please contact Pete Olson, Church Administrator, at 971-247-5310. You may also contact Laura Stransky, Director of Music, at 970-749-2270. 
Application deadline is June 30, 2011.



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Cantor/Director of Music Ministries


Atonement Lutheran Church (ELCA) of Boulder, Colorado is seeking a musician to lead our music ministry team beginning in August. The 20-hour-per-week Cantor position works with the Pastors, music staff and members of Atonement Lutheran Church to support the congregationšs worship life, to coordinate the music program of the congregation, and to proclaim the faith of the congregation through the ministry of music.


Atonement Boulder stained glassDuties include directing the adult choir, leading a small vocal and instrumental ensemble, supervising music staff, and planning weekly worship services in collaboration with the Pastors. Full position descriptions and application forms may be found at the church website:


Every Person, Every Congregation, Every Ministry, Boldly Serving God's Mission in Chris 

Bishop Allan Bjornberg

Preaching at the United Methodist General Conference.

Pastor Dan Bollman    

Visiting with the congregation of All Saints Lutheran Church, Austin, CO.


Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email  
or phone appointment.  

Pastor Jim Hytjan

On vacation this week.

Linda Staats

 Available by email 
 or phone appointment.


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Garage Sale at Faith Lutheran Church in Lander


Saturday, June 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Since Nancy and Tim are moving and the house is being cleaned out they are going to have a yard sale at Faith Lutheran Church.   This will be a one day sale and all the money earned will be donated to Faith Lutheran Church for the south wall repair.


You may donate quality items if you, yourself are willing to take charge of them. You must price your own items and you MUST be here Saturday by 3:00 p.m. to pick up any unsold items. Please do not bring clothing.


HELP IS NEEDED - set up will start 8:00 a.m.. on Friday. If you have any questions, please call Ronda Hatfield at 307-332-5338. 

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Faith Lutheran Church in Lander, WY Celebrates and Says Goodbye 


Pastor Sersen's
Anniversary and Farewell Celebration


Pastor Tim Sersen's will preach his last sermon at Faith in Lander on Sunday, June 19, 2011 as he is called to serve a congregation in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  The community of Faith Lutheran Church is having a 45th Anniversary/Farewell picnic on June 25, 2011 at the Lander City Park starting at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Beth Piette by email or call the church office at 307-332-2192




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Blessing of the Bikes at Elim 



Do you ride a bike? Or, if you don't, do you have kids, grand kids, nieces, nephews, friends, etc. who ride bikes?

Bring your bike to Elim Evangelical Lutheran Church next Sunday for the Blessing of the Bikes. If it is hard to transport the bike to Elim, you may come anyway! We can bless a helmet or bless a bike at a distance.

Blessing of the bycycles at Elim Lutheran ChurchRead an online article about Blessing of the Bikes at Please pass this invitation on to anyone you know who rides a bike. (Scooters and tricycles, etc. also welcome!)




Harmony by Afghani Refugee Children Inter-faith and Community-Wide World Refugee Day of Prayer


LSS of Utah is having World Refugee Day of Prayer, Tuesday, June 21, 2011 beginning at high noon and everyone is invited. The day will offer a time for prayers, reflections, thoughts, and poems. This ecumenical event will include Buddhists, Christians, members of the Bah'ai faith, Hindus, Muslims, and the community at large.

Harmony by Afghani Refugee Children


Royal Heritage Ensemble will provide musical entertainment and the food is the Around-the-World Potluck. The World Refugee Day of Prayer will take place at the Lutheran Social Service of Utah office located at 4392 South 900 East, Salt Lake City (84124). You will find parking adjacent to and on the right side of the building.


Please remember to bring sunscreen, a water bottle, hat or shade, coins for the offering to refugee ministries, and a potluck dish! For more information, please contact Leslie Whited by email or phone (801-588-0139).

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Summertime Wish List

at LSS Utah



Just in case you are recycling, these are items that LSS Utah is really needing right now for projects. If you donate, the items would be tax-deductible!

  • Stove
  • Warming Dishes of all kinds (for refugee catering)
  • Cribs
  • Art and Craft supplies for First Gen Kids; and Refugees
  • Nutritious Treats & Beverages (for extremely low-income education programs so students are not hungry)
  • Fabric, Sewing Notions, Buttons, Sewing Machines
If you have questions about donation logistics: Milka, 801-860-3099 or email Leslie.

We are so very grateful for your consideration as you do spring, summer and early fall cleaning!  Thank you from all of us at Lutheran Social Service of Utah. "Remember the Poor! Thanks be to God!"

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Wild West Mill Creek Swap Meet!  


It is held now through 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. 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. 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


 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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87 Annual Ryssby Festival logo87th Annual Ryssby Festival Kicks Off June 19


The Ryssby Midsummer Festival will take place on Sunday, June 19, 2011, at the historic Ryssby Church, southwest of Longmont, CO.  The day will feature a Worship Service at 11:00 a.m. followed by a catered picnic lunch at 12:00 p.m. with afternoon carnival games for the kids.  Lunch reservations are appreciated by Wednesday, June 15 by calling the First Evangelical Lutheran Church office at 303-776-2704.


The Ryssby Congregation was organized in 1878, and in 1914 the church merged with Elim in Longmont to form the First Lutheran Church of Longmont. This year's festival will include a dedication of the new Columbarium that has been placed in the Ryssby Cemetery. The Ryssby Midsummer Festival Choir will sing during the Worship Service. (All are welcome to the choir rehearsal at 10 a.m.)


The Ryssby Committee asks that congregations and organizations download, print and publicize the event. The color poster may be displayed on a bulletin board or printed in black and white and used as a bulletin insert. If you have specific questions that cannot be answered from the posters, please give Artie a call at 303-776-4449.  


Event presented by First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Longmont. 

Calhan Golf Tournament

3rd Annual Golf Tournament  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
a [501 ( c ) (3) organization]

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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 4:00 to 6 p.m. 

Cost is $175

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

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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 is limited to 12 students.  Please call Centus at 303-639-5240 ext. 28 for more information.   

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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Saint Paul - Denver Seeks Vocalists/Musicians To
Complement Its Taizé Service

(Please note:
Taizé for June has been cancelled. The

Taizé service will resume again in July.)   


Saint Paul Lutheran Church in downtown Denver has been offering monthly Taizé services for almost two years. If you have a vocal or instrumental talent and would like to engage in a worship service with minimal commitment (4-6 hours per month), please consider joining them for Taizé. The music is simple, meditative, and spiritually fulfilling. For more information, and to contact them, please visit our website: Please remember - all are welcome!


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A Call To Action - Providing Hunger Relief  for Metro Denver 


The congregation of Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village is asking the community to join it in providing hunger relief. Metro CareRing is challenging people in the Denver area to join Avenues of Hope:  9.10.11. Please take just a few minutes to watch the video from Metro CareRing. Avenues of Hope: Hunger Stops Here (9.10.11) is a community movement to eradicate hunger by educating, motivating and encouraging everyone to give! Please check out the website to see how you might be able to Help. Thank you for being a hunger relief advocate for the hungry here in Denver!


The goal for faith communities in the metro-Denver area is to collectively raise $120,000 on or before September 10, 2011 (9.10.11) and to collect 120,000 lbs. of food. There are a number of ways to participate:  

  • Pledge to do "a dollar per day" or a "pound per day" or BOTH
  • Promise to gather "a pound of food each day" for 100 days
  • Share ideas that you have; and
  • Pray, so collectively we end hunger in our community.

Stay tuned for news and events about where and how to give your "dollar per day" and where to bring your offerings of food., so that enough food for all hungry people in Denver can be collected. Money to sustain the hungry of Colorado will also be gathered. Be a part of it!




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). 


Dr. Diana Butler Bass at Messiah Community Church, Denver

October 28-30, 2011

For more information, please call the church on 303-355-4471. 

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Rocky Mountain Synod
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