weekly email of the
Rocky Mountain Synod
August 9, 2011
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 you 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!.
|OUR LIFE TOGETHER|
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
The 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
Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer Fort Morgan, CO
Our Savior's Greeley, CO
Rich Ajer, Sarah Moening, Chris Davis
Our Savior's Anton, CO
RISEN LORD DEDICATES MOUNTAIN LABYRINTH
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.
ASSEMBLY and THEOLOGICAL CONFERENCE
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.
LUTHERAN CAMPUS MINISTRY
SENIOR HIGH YOUTH GATHERING 2011
God's Positioning System
November 18-20, 2011
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 .
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!
YOUTH MINISTRY TRAINING
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!
URBAN SERVANT CORPS
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.
NORTH DAKOTA WELCOMES VOLUNTEERS
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.
To register, please call, 218-443-4970. You can also go to www.lssnd.org 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.
Information 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
- Large buckets
- Wonderbars or crowbars.
Thank you for sharing this volunteer opportunity with groups in your area and thank you for your partnership in this ministry.
REMEMBRANCE AND WORSHIP: COMMEMORATING 9/11
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 www.multifaithdenver.org
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.
2012 ELCA YOUTH GATHERING TRAININGS
Join the Conversation
Join 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.
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
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
SAVE the DATE
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.
NEW JOB LISTINGS
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 www.clchr.org . 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.
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).
Music Director and Organist/Pianist
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 www.bethluth.com for more information and detailed job descriptions. Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 2390 North Road in Los Alamos, NM (87544).
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 email@example.com 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.
Churchwide Assembly, Orlando, FL..
Candidacy meetings and interviews, synod office, Denver, CO.
Available by email
Visiting with the congregation of Community of Joy Lutheran Church, Rio Rancho, NM
Available by email
Senior High Youth GatheringEstes Park, Colorado
Middle School Youth Gathering
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Winter Theological Conference
Fort Collins, Colorado
2012 RMS AssemblyColorado Springs, Colorado
ELCA MYLA & DAYLE
New Orleans, LA
ELCA Youth Gathering
New Orleans, LA
Installation of Rocky Mountain Synod Bishop Denver, Colorado
Fall Theological Conference/ Bishop's Convocation
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 .
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  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).
Lutheran College Fairs and Seminars
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)
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 Colleges.org.
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 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 www.rmselca.org/wellbeing.
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.
Honoring 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 www.projectsanctuary.us.
"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.
Rocky Mountain Synod
800-525-0462 / 303-777-6700
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