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June 21, 2011    

Los Alamos fire causes VBS cancellation 

A forest fire outside Los Alamos, New Mexico, has swelled to about 93 square miles resulting in the cancellation of Vacation Bible School this week at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Los Alamos. The town of 12,500 residents has been evacuated. The wildfire has destroyed 30 structures south and west of Los Alamos, for many stirring memories of a devastating blaze in May 2000 that destroyed hundreds of homes and buildings in town.

Meanwhile, Rainbow Trail Camp continues this week at Horn Creek since the fire in that area is not fully contained. Bishop Allan Bjornberg and Pastor Dan Bollman visited the site last week, are in awe of how close the fire came to consuming parts of the camp.

Third Sunday After Pentecost 

You are great, O God and greatly to be praised. You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Grant that we may believe in you, call upon you, know you, and serve you through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. 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: North New Mexico 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 7/3:

All Saints  Albuquerque, NM

     Phillip Wangberg

Bethlehem  Los Alamos, NM

     Bruce Kuenzel, John Bell
Camino de Vida  Albuquerque, NM
      Guillermo Yela

Christ  Santa Fe, NM

     Benjamin Larzelere



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Good Shepherd Sharing with others in the RMS Church Community 



The people of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Denver appreciate the many expressions of concern and support from congregations across the Synod.  The congregational council made decisions regarding the dispersal of property assets. Four ELCA congregations with special needs will receive items:

  • Rejoice Lutheran Church, Erie, CO;  
  • Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey, El Paso, TX;  
  • Camino de Vida, Albuquerque, NM; and  
  • New Beginnings, Denver, CO. 

Thanks to all who expressed interest and continue to offer prayers for the people of God at Good Shepherd. Please come to closing worship on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.


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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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Youth Leadership Retreat


Inviting all 8th - 12th grade youth who want to explore the gifts that God has given them and learn how to use those gifts to serve the Church and the world.



DATE: July 22 - 24    

LOCATION: Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp

PRICE: $45


The weekend includes team building, leadership training, spiritual gift exploration, and peer ministry.  This retreat opportunity is great for youth on church council, in local youth group or wanting a leadership role in the RMS or ELCA Youth Gatherings. 


For more information, check out the color brochure. You may register online at the Sky Ranch website.  


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From 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 is the men's ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The 2011 Gathering will give men the opportunity to build their faith, relationships and ministry and provide for ongoing leadership development. 

Marriott denver Tech CenterYou are invited to make your own reservations at the Denve
r Tech Center Marriott located at 4900 South Syracuse in Denver (80237). You may also call the hotel at 303-779-1100 / 800-266-9432 for room information. To reserve your space at the Tri-Annual Gathering, you may register online. or complete and mail the form to the registrar.



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Global Mission Gathering


 Global + Local = Glocal Mission


From Friday afternoon/evening and daytime Saturday, September 30 - October 1, sponsoring organizations will present an ELCA Glocal Mission Gathering at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, located at 925 North Waco Street in Wichita, KS (67203) and you are invited. 


ELCA Glocal Mission Gatherings equip us for God's work in today's global and local realities as well as their "glocal" intersections. Each congregation is invited (encouraged) to bring a team of pastors, musicians, council members, and leaders in education, outreach, service and youth.


The event will feature the sharing of stories, worship and music with a festive glocal spirit, ideas to strengthen congregational and personal mission and ministry, people from across the synod and nation and around the world, colorful displays, meals, refreshments and more. One of the key speakers will be the Rev. Stephen Bouman, Executive Director of ELCA Congregational and Synodical Mission and former Bishop of Metro NYC.


For more information, including workshop descriptions, registration, how to find special hotel rates and housing, please go to .


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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.   


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Trinity - Fort Collins Seeks an Office Administrator


Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, CO is currently seeking applicants to join them in ministry as Office Administrator. The Office Administrator is responsible for maintaining an accurate, up -to-date, accessible, and comprehensible master calendar of Trinity's events and building usage. The Office Administrator will work in collaboration with other staff and volunteers to keep full, accurate, organized and up-to-date records, as well as work with the pastors and other staff to coordinate the efficient and professional operations of Trinity's office.


The Office Administrator position is a part-time position of 15-20 hours per week. Check out a more detailed job description which includes responsibilities, expectations and compensation.


Applicants should send responses (resume with cover letter) by emailed to If you require additional information, please contact Marilyn Hartig by email or phone at 970-226-4332.   


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Director of Communications Needed


Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, CO is currently seeking applicants to join them in ministry as Office Administrator or Director of Communications. 


The Director is responsible for the creation, editing, printing and distribution of timely, accurate, and high-quality publications. As well, the Director is responsible for coordinating, with other staff and volunteers, Trinity's internal and external communications.


The Director of Communications and Publications position is a part-time position of 15-20 hours per week. Available here is a more detailed job description which includes responsibilities, expectations and compensation.


Applicants should send responses (resume with cover letter) by emailed to If you require additional information, please contact Marilyn Hartig by email or phone at 970-226-4332. 



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


Bishop Allan Bjornberg

Exit Interview at St. John's Lutheran Church, Riverton, WY. 

Pastor Dan Bollman    

In the office this week.


Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email  
or phone appointment.  

Pastor Jim Hytjan

Visiting with members of House for All Sinners and Saints, Synod office, Denver, CO; Meeting with the Camino de Vida Steering committee, Albuquerque, NM. 

Linda Staats

Western States Youth Gathering, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA; .
 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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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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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-Montrose 1st YOUTH Habitat for Humanity Build and Christian Concerts



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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50th Ordination Anniversary Celebration


On Sunday, July 10, Augustana Lutheran Church will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pastor Ron Swenson's ordination. Please join Pastor Swenson and his family at a reception from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Pastor Swenson was Augustana's senior pastor from 1980 to 1999 and continues as an active member of the congregation.   


If you are unable to attend the reception, cards and greetings may be addressed to Pastor Ron Swenson and mailed to Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda Avenue, Denver CO (80246).


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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With a hymn festival at St. Paul, Denver


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. Six events are open to the public:


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


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, Colorado Springs.


Monday, July 18
Hymn Festival, 7:30 p.m., A Heart to Praise Our God: A Festival Highlighting Hymns by Gay and Lesbian Poets and Composers, First Congregational Church, 20 East St. Vrain Street, Colorado Springs.


Tuesday, July 19
Hymn Festival, 7:30 p.m., Rooted in the Rockies: Congregational Song with a Colorado Connection, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1600 Grant Street, Denver.


Wednesday, July 20  

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


Thursday, July 21
Hymn Festival, 10:30 a.m., "Look in Wonder, Hold in Honour," Air Force Academy Chapel, Colorado Springs.


Registration and schedule:   



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LFS "Tee Off for Hope" Golf Event



Join Lutheran Family Services for the 18th Annual Golf Classic - 'Tee Off for Hope'. The event will take place at Arrowhead Golf Club on Monday, July 25, 2011 - 7:30 Shotgun Start.


Lutheran Family Services of Cooradol;ogoThe individual fee is $175 and $700 for a foursome. Fees include: green fees for 18 holes, golf cart, breakfast, unlimited snacks, lunch, exceptional prizes and more!


Register online at . You may also call Danette at 303-217-5860 with questions or to get more information.


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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. 



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New Beginnings 13th Annual Celebration Dinner and  Fundraiser 


On September 24, New Beginnings 13th Annual Celebration Dinner and Fundraiser will take place at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wheat Ridge, CO featuring a silent auction, dinner, entertainment, and awards. Mark IV will be on hand offering their musical gifts throughout the evening. Also, many hand knitted and crocheted items from the women on the inside will be available at the silent auction.   


For silent auction inquiries or donation, please contact Heiko Meyer by email. (Monetary donations are also welcome.) Come and make this a night to remember and let the women know that they are cared about.


New Beginnings Church is an ecumenical ministry inside the Denver Women's Correctional Facility. 





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. 

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Rocky Mountain Synod
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