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August 9, 2011    

Rejoice Lutheran Church  

You Are Invited to a "Grand Opening" and Dedication Celebration   


The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, the Rocky Mountain Synod and Rejoice Lutheran Church cordially invite Erie Church House photoyou to attend two exciting celebrations! The "Grand Opening" celebration of Rejoice Lutheran Church's new "Church House" at 3413 Lowell Lane, Erie, CO (80516), is Sunday, August 28 from 4 to 7 p.m., with a concert featuring the vocal band "Face" at 6:00 p.m.  Come to enjoy food, fellowship, and fun, including "bouncies" and other games for the kids. The "Church House" is the renovated home that was located on the five-acre church site.


The Dedication of this "first phase" facility will be on Sunday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m.  Bishop Allan Bjornberg is dedicating and preaching. Please join Pastor Ruby Narucki and the community of Rejoice Lutheran Church for all the festivities!. 

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Ninth Sunday After Pentecost 

God of all peoples, your arms reach out to embrace all those who call upon you. Teach us as disciples of your Son to love the world with compassion and constancy, that your name may be known throughout the earth, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Erich Hartenberger to be Ordained Aug. 28  

Erich Hartenberger photoThe community of Messiah Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, NM, invites you to join them for the Service of Ordination for Erich Hartenberger on Sunday, August 28 at 10:30 a.m. Bishop Bruce Burnside of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin will be presiding and Pastor Tim Orlowski will assist. Everyone is welcome.


Erich has been called to serve a two-point parish in the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin.  The parishes are St. John's in Leland and Zion in Rock Springs.

Synod Prayer Cycle: North Colorado Conference
You are encouraged to include the listed leaders in your Sunday prayers of the people. The prayer lists for August and 
September are available.

to remember in prayers on 8/14:

Immanuel Greeley, CO

     Jose (Abe) Gonzales

King of Glory Loveland, CO

     Susan Candea

Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer Fort Morgan, CO

     Richard Bachman

Our Savior's Greeley, CO

     Rich Ajer, Sarah Moening, Chris Davis

Our Savior's Anton, CO

     Teri Hermsmeyer



Prayer Labyrinth Dedicated at 

Risen Lord Lutheran Church

On July 24 Risen Lord Lutheran Church in Pine Junction, CO, celebrated the dedication of their newly constructed Prayer Labyrinth. "You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence." These were the words 

of the Litany of Dedication lead by Pastor Stefan Rickman as the congregation gathered around the Labyrinth.


Made possible by many hours of planning and implementing by the people of Risen Lord, the Prayer Labyrinth was built with 6 circuits fashioned after the Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth in France. The uniqueness lies in the center, which is a mosaic of Martin Luther's Rose constructed by 18 members of the congregation.


You are invited to visit the Labyrinth about 25 miles southwest of C470 at Highway 285 and Pine Junction, Colorado.  Turn at the stoplight onto Mount Evans Blvd. and look for the sign for Risen Lord Lutheran Church.  The congregation welcomes you to walk the Labyrinth in the beauty of the mountains. 


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Theological Conference and Assembly

Budgeting and Planning for 2012 and 2013  

Dates and places are set for our key events in 2012 and 2013, and a one-page overview will assist you and your congregation council in planning ahead. Information about the date for the Installation of the Bishop in September, 2012, is also included.

Download and print the .pdf overview page now.


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Submit Your Student Names to Campus Ministries in the RMS


Our campus ministries can't contact Lutheran students if we don't have 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




God's Positioning System  


November 18-20, 2011

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Registration for the

2011 Senior High Youth Gathering

 is now open!  

Deadline is absolutely October 18.


Begin Online Registration Now.


This year, one adult will register for every five youth (all of matching genders!). In the registration process, the adult and youth will register in room groups. Please read the registration materials carefully, and use the "Registration Worksheet for Assigning Rooms" to assist in preparing for online registration.


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


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Use "Our Daily Bread" video series in forums, classes, gatherings, and worship.



Remember the two excellent videos of RMS ministries shown at our assembly last spring? Each congregation received a DVD with three videos total, to be used at adult forums, bible studies, church groups, and in worship. Each video also includes Bible Study materials and a one-page devotional to use as you desire. The printed materials are also located on the DVD as data files. Be creative with ways to tell and share these excellent stories!


 View the videos online and download the materials.  



Three more videos are in production and will be distributed this fall.


Response to the first three videos has been excellent! They are stories of God's work in the Rocky Mountain Synod, and they are engaging and relevant. You will want to share them with your congregation!


Three more videos are various stages of production:

  • ministry with seniors at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Casper, WY
  • emerging church ministry at House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, CO
  • outdoor ministry stories from Sky Ranch and Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camps 

Watch for these new video stories this fall!


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Training for Ministry with Young People  


Two new video resources are available thanks to a dynamic partnership between the ELCA Youth Gathering and the ELCA Youth Ministry Network.  They are not actually related to the Gathering, but rather are focused on general training for ministry with young people. 


The topics of the trainings are:

You can also download the PowerPoint presentations used in the videos. There is no cost to using these materials. They are made available as a gift to the church through the generosity of the ELCA Youth Gathering. We do ask that if you use the materials, please give proper credit to the authors, the ELCA and the Network.  Thank you!  


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Urban Servant Corps

New Volunteer Wish List


As you may know, summer time is full of transitions at Urban Servant Corps!  Please join us during August to spruce up the houses for the upcoming crew of volunteers.  Dates are flexible!


Additionally, several of our current volunteers are looking for items to furnish their new apartments in Denver. We are seeking: 2 desk chairs, 2 dressers, 3 full mirrors, 3 bedside tables or night stands, 4 bookshelves, 6 lamps, 2 comfy chairs/ recliners, 1 bed (any size), 1 couch.   


If you have any of these items, please contact our current volunteer, Sara Diedrich by email or phone at 406-860-5623. Inexpensive is good but free is better! We will be able to come pick up the items within a 30 minute radius of Denver.


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Flooded Areas of North Dakota Seek Clean Up Volunteers



While volunteer opportunities are still being developed in other parts of the country, Lutheran Disaster Response in North Dakota is ready to host volunteer groups from the region and outside the region to help in clean up in Minot and other communities affected by flooding.  


North Dakota flooding imageTo register, please call, 218-443-4970. You can also go to and complete the Clean-up Volunteer Form and fax it to 701-298-7763. Volunteers are asked to get an updated tetanus shot and are required to wear long pants and thick soled boots or shoes on site.  In Minot volunteers report to Our Savior Lutheran Church, located at 3705 11th Street SW


Lutheran Social services of North DakotaInformation about housing for groups is available when you call to register. Available housing is austere and volunteers are also invited to camp in tents while volunteering.

Tools that would be helpful, but not required to bring include:

  • Rubber boots/rubber gloves
  • Work gloves
  • Goggles or safety glasses
  • N-95 masks or any mask that has two straps on it
  • Hammers
  • Brooms
  • Large buckets
  • Pliers
  • Wonderbars or crowbars.  

Thank you for sharing this volunteer opportunity with groups in your area and thank you for your partnership in this ministry.


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Shadow and Light: A Time of Remembrance and Hope


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.


"A Multifaith Service of Remembrance, Healing and Hope" will take place in Denver at St. John's Cathedral (main sanctuary)

1350 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80203, on Sunday, September 11 - 6:00-7:15 p.m.  This service of music, word and symbolism will be lead by leaders of the three Abrahamic faiths. For more information and additional events go to


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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Join the Conversation

Via Webinar 

August 16


Heidi Hagstrom photoJoin Heidi Hagstrom, Director of the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering, for conversation via Webinar on August 16. Heidi will give a brief introduction to what is new and exciting in the 2012 Gathering and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers.


Click here for all the details.



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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 featuring AGAPE and Rachel Kurtz. 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 .


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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.  


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Preschool Director Needed (Full Time)


Christ Lutheran Church

8997 South Broadway

Highlands Ranch, CO  80129


Christ Lutheran Church Preschool is seeking a qualified, experienced individual for the position of full-time Preschool Director. Full job description can be found at .  Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three professional references by September 2, 2011 by email to Pastor Tom Shelly, or Michelle McClurg, personnel chair.


Bethlehem Lutheran Church Los Alamos

Positions Available at Bethlehem Lutheran Church - Los Alamos



Interim Music Director/Organist/Pianist:

Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Los Alamos, New Mexico, is seeking interim music staff during our search for a Music Director/Organist/Pianist. Our music ministry requires an organist/accompanist and leadership for hand bells, praise band and three choirs (adult, children & praise).  


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Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Los Alamos, New Mexico, is seeking Music Director and Organist/ Pianist. The position is responsible for all music ministries of the church, including directing and/or supervising all choirs, and organizing instrumentalists and special music. Organist/Pianist is responsible for playing at all worship services and accompanying all choirs.  


Interim Youth Director

Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Los Alamos, New Mexico, seeks an interim youth director for a 9-12 month full time position. The position requires spiritual and organizational leadership for youth programs. The applicant must be deeply rooted in Lutheran faith, practice and God's grace as expressed through scripture, but all Christian traditions are welcome to apply. BA/BS and background checks required.     

Regarding any of the three jobs mentioned, you may phone Rev. John Bell (505- 662-5151), send an email message or visit for more information and detailed job descriptions. Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 2390 North Road in Los Alamos, NM (87544).  




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Administrative Assistant / Receptionist Needed


Lutheran Family Services of Colorado is seeking a full time Administrative Assistant/Receptionist for their Denver office located at 363 South Harlan Street (80226). Prior experience is necessary. A detailed job description is available on the website regarding responsibilities, duties and qualifications. Please submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to and in the subject line please state LFS Receptionist.


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

Candidacy Committee meeting, synod office, Denver, CO; Churchwide Assembly, Orlando, FL

Pastor Dan Bollman    

Churchwide Assembly, Orlando, FL..


Madelyn Busse, DM

Candidacy meetings and interviews, synod office, Denver, CO.
Available by email  
or phone appointment.  

Pastor Jim Hytjan

In the office this week.

Linda Staats

Visiting with the congregation of Community of Joy Lutheran Church, Rio Rancho, NM.
 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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Disaster response: Your church at work around the world

  • Horn of Africa: Extensive drought has caused a food shortage and resources have become scarce as many have fled to refugee camps.  Get the details.  
  • Sudan: Fighting has broken out around the city of Kandugli with reports of heavy civilian casualties causing many to flee. Read the article .

ACT Alliance:

Learn more about how the ELCA Disaster Response works around the world with partners in the ACT Alliance. See the 2010 Annual Report



South Africa: Sawubon - "I see you" 

"Here we greet each other with the word sawubon. It means, 'I see you.' We want them to see the whole person." Brian and Kristen Konkol reflect on their team ministry with young adults in South Africa. Read more - click either the copy-ready bulletin insert or the Summer 2011 issue of the Hand in Hand newsletter.
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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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Taizé for August is Cancelled


We will NOT have a Taizé service during the month of August, but will return full-force in September!  If you have any interest in helping to lead or plan upcoming services, please contact Jeff Steen by email or phone (303-547-8760).



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Lutheran College Fairs and Seminars

 (Two Opportunities) 



Sunday, August 21, 2011 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village (80113)

Monday, August 22, 2011 - Redeemer Lutheran Church, 7755 Greenstone Trail, Fort Collins (80525)

Lutheran College Fair 2011


Registration begins at 6:45 p.m.

Financial Aid Seminar at 7:00 p.m.

College Fair from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.


The Value of a Lutheran Education Research has documented conclusively that Lutheran colleges are more effective than large public institutions in producing broad career and life outcomes. On Sunday, August 21, 2011 at Bethany Lutheran Church will host a Lutheran College Fair and Seminar. The event is being sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Lutheran     


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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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Your Invitation to the  

Operation One Nation Gala


As a member of Operation One Nation, a military family support group, developed by Bethany Lutheran Church, Project Sanctuary would like to invite all members of the Rocky Mountain Synod to our Annual "1940's USO Style Swinging Goodtime GALA" Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Wildlife Experience located at 10035 South Peoria in Parker (80134). Download the poster for details.


Colonel David SutherlandHonoring our military families, this evening will include dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Keynote Speaker will be Colonel David W. Sutherland, Special Assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. For more information and tickets about this fun filled evening, please go to






"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.


New Beginnings Church 13th Annual Celebration Dinner and Fundraiser
Saturday, September 24 Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 4500 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
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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