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June 21, 2011    

Prayers of thanksgiving for Rainbow Trail Camp and the firefighters who saved it

The map of the fire that surrounded Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp is testament to the countless firefighters who were so dedicated to saving it. The camp site is still evacuated, with camp taking place at an alternate site. Bishop Allan Bjornberg and Pastor Dan Bollman will be visiting Rainbow Trail on Thursday to offer prayers of thanksgiving firsthand.

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O God, you direct our lives by your grace, and your words of justice and mercy reshape the world. Mold us into a people who welcome your word and serve one another, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.



Rev. Sara Wirth to be Installed at Mt. Calvary - Boulder

pastor Sara Wirth photoThe congregation and community of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Boulder, CO invite you to the Service of Installation for Pastor Sara Wirth on Sunday, June 26 at the 10:00 a.m. worship service. Bishop Allan Bjornberg of the Rocky Mountain Synod will be present and a reception will take place after worship. Clergy who are present are invited to process and the color of the day is green.



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 list for
August is available.

to remember in prayers on 6/26:

St. Paul's  Sugar City, CO


Tabor  Pueblo, CO

     Cindy Josephson
Trinity  Monument, CO

     Tyg Taylor, Missie Bonser

     Sandra Hanawalt

Trinity  Fowler, CO

     Wayne Josephson

Zion  Limon, CO

     Kristi Ursin

Zion's  Trinidad, CO


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Good Shepherd, Denver:

Ending with Hope, Leaving a Legacy


Please join with the people of God at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 770 South Federal Blvd, Denver for their closing worship on Sunday, July 24, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. Join the community in remembering and giving thanks for Good Shepherd's life together in faithful ministry. A reception will follow the worship service.  


The congregation welcomes your support and prayers, and your presence will bring them joy. If you are a former pastor or intern from Good Shepherd and would like to participate in worship, please call the church (303-936-4859) and leave a message for Pastor Dena Williams.  



Good Shepherd Items Are Available to Other Congregations


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church has a number of items available to gift to congregations including:  paraments, altar candle holders and vases, offering plates, processional cross, altar ware, book stand, various crosses, banners, flags, candle stands, office supplies, acolyte and assisting minister robes, NRSV pew Bibles, ELW hymnals, kitchen ware, etc.  Please contact the church office (303-936-4859) regarding items that might be useful to your congregation.


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 Lutheran Camp

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


Registration deadline Saturday, June 25, 2011


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


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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The Rocky Mountain Synod Congratulates Its YAGM Program Participants  


Fifty young adults have been selected to participate in the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program in Argentina/Uruguay, Jerusalem/West Bank, Malaysia, Mexico, Global Mission emblemsouthern Africa, and the United Kingdom.  Beginning in August 2011, they will serve for one year in a church, school or social service ministry. These young adults will continue to have a powerful, inspiring story to tell.  You may wish to request their newsletter, e-letter, or blog and distribute their stories widely. 


Four young adults are members of Rocky Mountain Synod congregations:  

  • Elizabeth Johnson, serving in the United Kingdom; home church - Prince of Peace, Denver
  • Kyle Larson, serving in Mexico; home church - Christ, Highlands Ranch
  • Allisun Palma-Ruwe, serving in Malaysia; home church - Holy Trinity, Littleton
  • Jessica Schenk, serving in the United Kingdom; home church - Shepherd of the Hills, Cańon City

Check out the list of all the participants selected for the program. 


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The "Little Red Book" is Now Available


The Augsburg Fortress Little Red Book for 2012 is now available as a free downloadable resource in a variety of formats at .   

Those who prefer the traditional "ink on paper" format, may pre-order one for only $9.95 including shipping.  But, the printing will be done in the pre-ordered quantity, so if you want one, please place your order no later than July 31, 2011.  There is a link for the pre-order at the top of same webpage

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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. The videos may be viewed online. Click on an image below. Bible Study materials and Devotionals are also available for download.









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Gifts to You!

Mr. Paul Pearson, a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, UT, has graciously offered to give to any interested person or group the five stoles pictured. The 5 stoles are 100% polyester from Autom.  The current Autom catalog describes them as Deacon Stoles. 


For more information, please contact Jody Harris by email or call the church at 801-278-1412. Thank you.   


FREImage of pews at Christ the King Lutheran Church in DurangoE 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 the church by email or by phone at 970-247-5310 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).


Evergreen Lutheran Church imageEvergreen Lutheran Church Seeks Part Time Pastoral Assistance


Evergreen Lutheran Church, a thriving, loving, community parish in the foothills southwest of Metro Denver seeks pastoral assistance in the areas of pastoral care, Stephen Ministry and Adult Education.  ELC is a family of faith that rejoices in diversity, welcomes all people, and encourages growth through study of the Word and serving those in need.  We would welcome retired pastors, diaconal ministers or associates in ministry to apply.  Please contact Pastor Vera Guebert-Steward at the church office (303-674-4654) or on her cell phone (303-818-5270).  You may also send an e-mail of inquiry to Pastor Vera at:

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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.   

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 their music ministry team 

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beginning in August. The 20-hour-per-week Cantor position includes directing the adult choir, leading a small vocal and ins

trumental 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 Christ  

Bishop Allan Bjornberg

Installation of Pastor Sara Wirth at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Boulder, CO; Visiting with Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, Louisville, CO. 

Pastor Dan Bollman    

Congregational Retreat with Trinity Lutheran Church, Farmington, NM .


Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email  
or phone appointment.  

Pastor Jim Hytjan

Southeast Colorado Conference meeting at King of Kings Lutheran Church, Pueblo, CO; Camino de Vida Finance meeting, Albuquerque, NM; Visiting and worshipping with the congregation of Ascension Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, CO; Video Conference meeting (Denver-Albuquerque).  

Linda Staats

2012 ELCA Youth Gathering Prep meeting at Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp, CO.
 Available by email 
 or phone appointment.


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Senior High Youth Gathering

Estes Park, Colorado


JANUARY 13-15  

Middle School Youth Gathering

 Colorado Springs, Colorado


Winter Theological Conference 

Fort Collins, Colorado 

APRIL 26-28

2012 RMS Assembly

Colorado Springs, Colorado

JULY 16-18 


New Orleans, LA

JULY 18-22

ELCA Youth Gathering
New Orleans, LA



Installation of Rocky Mountain Synod Bishop

 Denver, Colorado




Fall Theological Conference/ Bishop's Convocation

 Denver, Colorado


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South Sudan: 
Pray for a New Nation


Every Friday from now until July 9, we ask for prayers as South Sudan prepares to become an independent nation. See "A Season of Prayer."



Ethiopia and Washington, D.C.:  Living and breathing God's Presence  

Fifteen-year-old Milkom and approximately 250 others from the Oromia region of Ethiopiahave found community and a spiritual oasis at one of 24 Oromo-speaking ELCA congregations in the United States. See "The Center of Life".    


Liberia:  Witnessing Miracles

At age 73 Edna Johnson wanted one more great adventure in life. Following a 28-year career as a nursing instructor, Edna became a volunteer missionary for the ELCA

and moved to Liberia. There she has been a witness to miracles. See "Rebuilding a Hospital - Rebuilding a Country."


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Inside Faith Lutheran Church in Lander, WY

Faith Lutheran Church in Lander, WY Celebrates and Says Goodbye 


Pastor Sersen's Farewell Celebration


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. Pastor Tim Sersen has taken a call in Aberdeen, South Dakota. All are welcome to join the celebration. 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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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!"


Wild West Mill Creek Swap Meet!  

Held now through September 24, 2011 at Lutheran Social Service Utah located at 4392 South 900 East in Salt Lake City [84124] Tax deduction for your donations of gently used or new items which are free to refugee families.


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'Day 1' to Add Albuquerque Radio Station to Affiliate Network


Popular weekly program is the voice of the mainline Christian churches


"Day 1," the national weekly radio program that showcases outstanding mainline Protestant preachers, is adding 17 key markets to its affiliate network beginning July 10, 211. The program, produced and hosted by Peter Wallace, will now distributed on KXKS 1190, Albuquerque, N.M. on Sundays at 5:30 p.m.


 "We are honored to expand our radio outreach to these new markets because we believe deeply in the message of the mainline churches," said Peter Wallace, executive producer and host. Now in its 66th year of weekly broadcast, "Day 1" (formerly called "The Protestant Hour") is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, an independent non-profit based in Atlanta. The program exists through financial contributions from individuals and churches.    

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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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The Young Swedish Singers

2011 Tour


Young Swedish Singers, a 34-member gospel singing group from Hässleholm, Skĺne, Sweden, will appear in concert at Evergreen Lutheran Church on Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 p.m.  The group's tour includes stops in Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Iowa, June 14-July 5, 2011.


This youth choir, founded by director Birgitta Rosland in 1991, comes from a very musical Lutheran church in the far south of Sweden.  Choir members range in age from teenagers to young adults in their early 20's.  Youth and the young at heart will be impressed with the incredible quality of the choir's voices and music. This is their fourth U.S. tour in ten years.


The Young Swedish Singers concerts, sung mostly in English, will include gospel, hymns, and Swedish folk music.The choir will be hosted by approximately 300 families during their 2 ˝-week tour.  They will sing for  two Scandinavian festivals-one at the Midsummer Festival in Lindsborg, Kansas and the other at the  Scandinavian Festival in Estes Park, Colorado.  They will spend two nights at the famous YMCA Camp of the Rockies in Estes Park.


Shepherd's Canyon retreat logoChoir members have raised funds to cover not only their airfare to the U.S., but their bus transportation for their entire tour.  All offering and CD income received during the tour will benefit Shepherd's Canyon Retreat, a non-profit ministry providing counseling retreats for clergy and their spouses.  

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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

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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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. 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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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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The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada will hold its annual conference in Colorado Springs, CO from July 17-21, 2011. Our theme is "Touch the Earth Lightly," which will focus on our responsibility to care for God's creation.  Our program will feature Dr. I-to Loh, a world renowned specialist in Asian hymnody, as well as outstanding leaders in church music from across the United States and Canada. Four events are open to the public:


Sunday July 17
Organ Recital, 4:00 p.m., First Christian Church, 16 East Platte Avenue, Carol Wilson, organist


Hymn Festival, 7:30 p.m., "Touch the Earth Lightly: Singing Our Care for the Earth," Grace and St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 601 Tejon Street


Monday July 18
Hymn Festival, 7:30 p.m., "A Heart to Praise Our God: Celebrating Lesbian & Gay Poets & Composers," First Congregational Church, 20 East St. Vrain Street


Wednesday, July 20  

Hymn Festival, 7:30 p.m., "The Earth is Our Mother," First United Methodist Church, 420 North Nevada Avenue


Registration and schedule: 


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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!



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Shadow and Light: A Time of Remembrance and Hope


10th Anniversary of 9-11


A series of interfaith events are being planned in Denver for the weekend of 9-11 including workshops, dialogues, cultural exchanges and a community-wide interfaith worship service on Sunday evening.


These events will center on the Shadow and Light theme emphasizing a faith-filled perspective on a time of remembrance of those who perished and the hope of human beings living together in peace and giving witness to the value of each child of God.


Contact Rabbi Steve Booth-Nadav, coordinator of the planning group, for more information. 





P.E.A.K.: Children, Family and Faith Conference October 16-26, 2011 at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp

See the color brochure for more information. 


Dr. Diana Butler Bass at Messiah Community Church, Denver

October 28-30, 2011

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

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

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