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July 26, 2011    



Rainbow Trail logoRTLC Says Thanks and seeks donations for Horn Creek gift


Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp is hosting its first full week back on its site.  After being evacuated four weeks ago and providing their ministry at another site, the RTLC staff was allowed to return home on July 14th.   

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But an amazing chapter in this whole miracle was the gift that Horn Creek gave to Rainbow Trail. On the Monday afternoon after Rainbow Trail was evacuated from their site, Doug Jones, the Executive Director at Horn Creek, offered one of their sites for Rainbow Trail to continue their ministry the rest of the week.  At the end of that first week when RTLC was not going to be allowed back into their site, Dave Jarvis approached Doug about the next week and what RTLC's financial obligations would be.  Doug responded that the next three weeks were open and that there would be no charge.  Dave asked how they could do that.  Doug's response was "that's what neighbors do."  Rainbow Trail was able to continue its ministry for another three weeks at Horn Creek.

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Horn Creek has given Rainbow Trail a gift that they will never be able to fully repay - the gift of being able to continue to serve and do ministry.


Because of this incredible generosity from Horn Creek, Rainbow Trail would like to gather gifts to give a $15,000 thank offering to Horn Creek. RTLC is hoping that both congregations and individuals will consider making an over and above gift to this project. Gifts can be sent to the Rainbow Trail and marked Horn Creek gift. All donors to this project will be listed in a letter that will accompany the gift. Thanks for continuing to be partners in ministry with Rainbow Trail! 


"It has been quite a journey, but God has been so present through the whole four weeks!"


Dave Jarvis, Director 

Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp


Seventh Sunday After Pentecost 

Glorious God, your generosity waters the world with goodness, and you cover creation with abundance. Awaken in us a hunger for the food that satisfies both body and spirit, and with this food fill all the starving world; through your Son, 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 7/31:

St. Timothy  Albuquerque, NM

     Patricia Green

Trinity  Farmington, NM

     Larry Davis

 Valley  Los Lunas, NM

     Ken Vogler



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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


Lutheran Campus Ministry-CSU
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




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


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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ELCA/RMS Hunger-Nutrition Program


The ELCA Washington, DC Office on Public Policy is working on protecting federal funding for nutrition programs, especially those that impact children. They are looking for stories that illustrate the need and how Lutherans are helping to fill it.  

Has your congregation engaged in any of the following?

  • Summer food service program site     
  • After-school program that provides healthy snacks  
  • Community garden (perhaps provides fruits and vegetable from garden to help feed children)
  • Lunches at Vacation Bible School programs
  • Backpack Ministry

If your congregation is involved in any of these types of programs, please email Brad Wood or give him a call (303-777-6700). Or if you know or a member of your congregation knows of a congregation that is involved in one of the types of programs listed above, please contact Nancy Michaelis  (800-638-3522 ext. 2713) or  Jodi Slattery (202-626-7947) directly.  

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Shadow and Light: A Time of Remembrance and Hope


On September 11, 2001, our lives and world were changed.  In tragic and shocking ways, we suffered terrorist attacks in our homeland, including the murders of 184 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. Men, women, and children in our congregations and neighborhoods can recall when and where they first learned of these events and the meaning they would have individually and for our world.    


A series of interfaith events are being planned in Denver for the weekend of 9-11 including workshops, concerts, 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.


The Worship Committee of the Metro D.C. Synod has developed a resource to commemorate the anniversary of September 11 to help us remember the ways our senses and our souls were affected that day. Congregations are invited to use the Entrance Rite including prayers, litany and hymn suggestions. 



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Talking with Teens and Adults about Bullying


Welcome to Seekardia, a growing resource for preventing bullying (for any reason). This resource is designed to be used by church leaders, school professional, employers, and employees.


Cindy Crane photoCindy Crane, formerly an ordained clergy for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), created Seekardia to offer another voice and perspective in the ongoing journey to prevent bullying.  

Bullying not only affects youth who are targets of incessant taunting, but a whole array of witnesses to it.  What do church leaders have to say about bullying prevention to the youth, parents and other concerned adults?  Clergy and lay leaders who also want to understand more about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues that specifically relate to youth will benefit from Seekardia.


Seekardia has created a 36-page guide (Talking with Teens and Adults about Bullying: What Do Church Leaders have to Say?) which includes a section with basic information about bullying, a youth section with several lesson plans to use with youth 6th-12th grades in confirmation class, Sunday school, youth groups, retreats, or meetings organized to specifically address bullying. 


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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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The Music and Worship Summer Workshop


Confused about what is important in worship and music?  On Tuesday, August 16, 2011, Church Music Institute in cooperation with American Choral Directors Association, the Presbytery of the Cascades and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians will present The Music and Worship Summer Workshop: A Workshop for Church Leaders in the Pacific Northwest.The eve

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nt will take place at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, Lake Oswego, Oregon.



For more information, including the schedule and list of speakers, please check out the website . 


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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. 

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


Bishop Allan Bjornberg

Companion Synod Subcommittee meeting, synod office, Denver, CO; Visiting with the congregation of Faith Community Lutheran Church, Longmont, CO. 

Pastor Dan Bollman    

In the office this week.


Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email  
or phone appointment.  

Pastor Jim Hytjan

Week-long Mission Developers Conference, Seattle WA. 

Linda Staats

First Lutheran Family Camp Event, Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp.
 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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English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Sought   

 Serve as a volunteer at the Colegio Luterano Salvadoreno in San Salvador, El Salvador.  The work assignment would include ESL classroom teaching (grades K-9) and working with administration to improve communications with sister churches and schools in the United States and other countries.  

See and click "Global Service Opportunities" to search the database.   


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The Federal Budget: 

Why it Matters

Learn more about how the federal budget affects the international community, and how your voice can be heard as a person of faith, at .  Note the tabs on the left that deal with specific countries and issues.


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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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Taize at Saint Paul - Denver


Taizé is back for July and everyone is invited to the service at Saint Paul Lutheran Church!


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 




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Swedish Genealogy Society of Colorado Hosts Seminar in September



The Swedish Genealogy Society of Colorado is sponsoring a seminar on Saturday, September 17, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Community College of Aurora for all those interested in tracing their family history. The Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado (SGSC) is a family history organization founded in April 2007 by descendants of Swedish immigrants. Discover how to find your Swedish roots through Swedish research. For details and more information, download the event flyer.  





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. 

Communications Staff
Rocky Mountain Synod
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