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July 19, 2011    

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Please include the speakers, musicians, and attendees in your Sunday prayers of the people on Sunday.


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.  
To reserve your space at the Tri-Annual Gathering, you may register online. 

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost 

Beloved and sovereign God, through the death and resurrection of your Son you bring us into your kingdom of justice and mercy. By your Spirit, give us your wisdom, that we may treasure the life that comes from Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


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Kim Gonia to be Ordained August 7


You are invited to join in celebration as Kimberly Anne Gonia is ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 6322 S. Lakeview Avenue in Littleton, CO (80120) on Sunday, August 7, at 4:00 p.m. A reception at the church will follow. Clergy and rostered leaders are invited to vest and process. The liturgical color of the day for ordained clergy is red. Kim has been called as Pastor to Living Waters Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake, Illinois. Your prayers and presence are welcome.



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 7/24:

St. Luke  Albuquerque, NM

     Elizabeth Purdum

St. Paul  Albuquerque, NM

     Patricia Holman

St. Paul's/Peace  Las Vegas, NM

     Richard Reed, Patricia Halverson



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Good Shepherd Closing Worship is July 24 at  

2:00 p.m. 


The people of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Denver appreciate the many prayers and supportive words from congregations across the Synod. You are invited to the congregation's closing worship on Sunday, July 24, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. Bishop Bjornberg is presiding.  Map.


Good Shepherd Legacy Gifts

The following agencies, organizations, and congregations were selected  by the congregation and council of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church to receive a financial gift as a legacy:
ELCA World Hunger 

Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey, El Paso, TX

New Beginnings SAWC, Denver, CO

House for all Sinners and Saints, Denver, CO

HBKP Montclair Lutheran Church, Denver, CO

Iglesia Camino de Vida, Albuquerque, NM

Southwest Improvement Council, Denver, CO

Urban Servant Corps, Denver, CO

Community Ministries of SW Denver, CO

Metro Caring, Denver, CO

Our Savior's Lutheran Church (outreach ministry), Denver, CO

St. Paul's Lutheran Church (outreach ministry), Denver, CO

Lutheran Family Services, Colorado

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, Colorado


The following congregations were selected to receive gifts of furnishings and equipment:  

Rejoice Lutheran Church, Erie, CO,

New Beginnings, Denver, CO

Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey, El Paso, TX

Iglesia Camino de Vida, Albuquerque, NM


The people of God at Good Shepherd would very much appreciate the presence of the pastor, members, director, or other representatives at the closing worship on Sunday, July 24, 2:00 pm.  Award certificates will be presented to those attending from these agencies, congregations, and organizations.  Checks will be issued in August 2011 to those receiving financial gifts.  Although the percentages for distribution are determined, the actual amounts cannot be calculated  until finances and the pending sale of the building are finalized.  Pastors and other rostered leaders are invited to process.  The color of the day is Green.  Please contact Pastor Dena Williams by e-mail at to RSVP,  or with questions or concerns.


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Campus Ministry Needs Your Students Names!!

A request from Pastor Connie Winter-Eulberg, Lutheran Campus Ministry


I am meeting some great Lutherans at Colorado State University's freshman orientation, but I know that I am only meeting a small portion of Lutheran students. My colleagues and I want to reach out to your students to offer them the wide variety of activities that are offered by Lutheran Campus Ministry. We can't contact them if we don't have their names and contact information. We want students to know about our worship, bible studies, leadership training, service learning projects, retreats, and social events. We have loads to offer.

Please send college student names to:
(Colorado State University)
(University of Northern Colorado)
(University of Colorado)
(University of New Mexico)
(New Mexico State University)
(Utah State University)
(University of Wyoming)

If you have students at other universities, please email with the information and I and my staff will see that the information is passed on to the appropriate school and campus ministry.


Pastor Connie



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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.  



God's Positioning System is the theme, November 18-20, 2011 at the Estes Park "Y"


Registration for the 2011 Senior High Youth Gathering will open August 1! 


Go to the SHYG page for all the exciting details!

Keep coming back as more info and details will be added each week. 


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Storyhill to Play a Benefit Concert for Sky Ranch


Sky Ranch is excited to announce that Storyhill will be playing a benefit concert on Friday, July 29 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, CO. The concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door, with general admission seating.


Storyhill music groupStoryhill is a folk duo that brings infectious melodies, smart story songs and heartbreaking harmonies together in one perfect package, mixing old-fashioned storytelling with hauntingly spare acoustic arrangements that sings about love, war and the many sorrows that accompany them.   


"Storyhill...setting a new high standard for male duet harmony" Garrison Keillor


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2012 ELCA Youth Gathering Trainings Scheduled for

Grand Junction and Albuquerque 



The JC/DC Youth Ministry in Albuquerque, NM and American Lutheran Church in Grand Junction, CO, will each host a "Get Ready" training from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.:


Sunday, August 21 (Albuquerque) and
Sunday, August 28 (Grand Junction)

All congregations in NM and those on the Western Slope are invited to send staff and volunteers to learn more about how mission trips and participation in the ELCA Youth Gathering can befaith forming. These sessions will include all the essential Gathering details plus much more!

These gatherings are for anyone who has already decided to attend, is undecided, or definitely not going - as the training includes the essentials for leading faith forming, youth ministry. The trainings will be led by Kristen Baltrum, RMS Gathering Coordinator. To RSVP, please call, text (303-817-5482) or email Kristen .

The RMS is one of the stops on the Citizens with the Saints, pre-tour concerts. They will be featured at this year's Senior High Youth Gathering, November 18-20. Download a poster and get all the details at the SHYG website .

Are you going to the
2012 ELCA YOUTH GATHERING in New Orleans?




□ YES! We are planning on attending!


□ We will most likely be going but don't know for sure.


□ We probably won't be going, but you never know, we might show up.
□ No, we won't be attending.

Congregation name and city: ______________________
Primary leader name: ____________________________
Primary leader email: ____________________________

The first 10 email responses to Kristen Baltrum, the RMS Gathering Coordinator, will receive a $5 gift card to Starbucks to energize you for the planning process!


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Global + Local =  

Glocal Mission



God's work in mission always propels us to encounter the neighbor, particularly in the stranger. ELCA Glocal Mission Gatherings equip us for God's work in today's global and local realities as well as their "glocal" intersections. The Glocal Mission Gathering (GMG) gathers congregational leaders for a day and a half of worship, workshops and sharing around global and local mission.


For more information about Gatherings that are happening near you, including workshop descriptions, registration, how to find special hotel rates and housing, please go to .


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RMS Children, Youth and Household Ministry


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.  


Joy Lutheran Church Parker, CO

Joy-Parker Seeks an Administrative Assistant



Joy Lutheran Church in Parker, Colorado is looking for a person to fill a part time Administrative Assistant position.  The hours are Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 


Please send resumes to or mail attn: Pastor Lyn Crase, 7051 E. Parker Hills Court, Parker, CO (80138).



You can find these and other job opportunities posted on the Rocky Mountain Synod's website. Please take a look. 




Centus Counseling is moving
Items to give away: computers and office furniture


Centus logo smallCentus Counseling, Consulting and Education (a mental health ministry) is moving to a new office on the campus of the Iliff School of Theology and has some items to give away (to be picked up before July 28 at their current office near I-25 and Colorado Blvd).     


  • two complete XP computers with flat panel monitors, keyboards, and mice
  • five additional flat panel monitors (traditional 4:3 ratio)
  • Two conference tables, both in good shape. Each seats 18.  A solid wood one does not have chairs. It is a traditional, sleek, medium brown table.  A modern one is black, with plug in space for computers along the length.
  • 12 beautiful leather chairs

    If interested, please email Kent Mueller, board member, for information about pick-up. 
  • Every Person, Every Congregation, Every Ministry, Boldly Serving God's Mission in Christ  


    Bishop Allan Bjornberg

    Conference of Bishops Conference Call; Lutheran Men in Mission 2011 Triennial Gathering, Marriott DTC Denver, CO; Closing Service for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Denver, CO. 

    Pastor Dan Bollman    

    Visiting with the congregation of St. John Lutheran Church, Riverton, WY; Lutheran Family Services of Colorado Fundraising Event.


    Madelyn Busse, DM

    Available by email  
    or phone appointment.  

    Pastor Jim Hytjan

    Visiting with New Horizons Lutheran Church and the Southeast Colorado Conference at Ascension Lutheran Church, Colorado  Springs, CO. 

    Linda Staats

    LYO Retreat, Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp, CO; Youth Leadership Retreat, Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp .
     Available by email 
     or phone appointment.


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    NOVEMBER 18-20

    Senior High Youth Gathering

    Estes Park, Colorado


    JANUARY 13-15  

    Middle School Youth Gathering

     Colorado Springs, Colorado

    JANUARY 23-26

    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



    SEPTEMBER 23-25

    Fall Theological Conference/ Bishop's Convocation

     Denver, Colorado

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    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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    Hymn Society of the U.S. and Canada Annual Conference in Colorado Springs



    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. There are still three more events that are open to the public:     

    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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    Lutheran Family Services "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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    Taize at Saint Paul - Denver


    Taizé is back for July and everyone is invited to the service at Saint Paul - Denver!


    Please join us on Wednesday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m. for this rich ecumenical service which offers the opportunity to worship with simple song, silence, and prayer. We invite you to join us!


    Parking is available and free on the street surrounding the church after 6:00 p.m.  For more information and directions, please visit our website. Saint Paul Lutheran Church is located at 1600 Grant Street in Denver (80203).


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    Intro to Social Networking at Bethany on Tuesday, August 2


    Trey Daum, intern with Pastor Matthew Bolz-Weber at Holy Love Lutheran Church in Aurora, CO, will be covering the following on August 2 at Bethany Lutheran from 9:00 a.m. to noon:

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    • Claiming a Google Place Page
    •  Starting (and beginning to understand) a Facebook Page (and Facebook  Profile)
    •  Setting up a twitter account and why / how to use it
    •  Answering questions about how social media is best used in a church setting.

    Please RSVP to Bonita Bock at 303-860-7119 or email This workshop is limited to 50 persons. A suggested donation of $25 should be made out to Trey Daum and bought with you to the event.


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    Metro Denver Community Fitness Fair to Highlight Areas of Well-being August 27


    You're invited to a FREE Community Fitness Fair entitled, "Passport to Well-being" taking place on Saturday, August 27 at the Infinity Park Event Center from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  


    The Community Fitness Fair is a joint effort of the Denver area ELCA Parish Nurses and the Rocky Mountain Region of Thrivent ELCA Parish Nurse Association Financial for Lutherans. The workshops, displays and activities all represent one or more areas of wellness: social/interpersonal, emotional, physical, financial, vocational, intellectual and spiritual, as depicted on The Wholeness Wheel. There is also an opportunity to share our blessings by reaching out to help others by making donations to Lutheran Family Services Refugee and Asylee Programs and Metro CareRing .


    Please use the bulletin insert   to invite your members to come and participate as well as bring their friends and neighbors. We are encouraging all participants to "Do One Thing Differently" because of their experiences at the fair. For more details including a map and schedule of events go to Thrivent Financial  for Lutherans logo 






    Lutheran Colleges Fair and Seminar  (Two Events)
    Sunday, August 21 beginning at 6:45 p.m.
    Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 East Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills Village (80113)

    Check out the Bethany Lutheran Church website for more information.  

    Monday, August 22 - Fort Collins, CO
    Redeemer Lutheran Church, 7755 Greenstone Trail, Fort Collins (80525) 


    "Avenues of Hope" Event - Providing Hunger Relief for Metro Denver  

    9-10-11 (September 10, 2011) 

    Please check out the website to see how you might be able to help.


    Remembrance and Worship - 10th Anniversary of 9-11
    Ecumenical services, 
    workshops, dialogues, and cultural exchanges throughout the weekend. For more information, contact Rabbi Steve Booth-Nadav by email. 


    New Beginnings Church 13th Annual Celebration Dinner and Fundraiser
    Saturday, September 24 Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m.
    Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church,920 Kipling Street, Lakewood, CO 80215
    Please contact Heiko Meyer by email for more information. 


    Dr. Diana Butler Bass at Messiah Community Church, Denver

    October 28-30, 2011

    For more information, please visit the website or call the church at 303-355-4471. 

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