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August 16, 2011    


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Blessing of the Backpacks at Elim Lutheran Church in Ogden 



On Sunday, August 21, 2011, Pastor DanaLee Simon of Elim Lutheran Church, 575 23rd Street in Ogden, Utah, will perform "The Blessing of the Backpacks" during the 10:00 a.m. worship service on the church lawn. Students of any age may come with or without a backpack so that they may be blessed for the coming year. Members, students and their parents from the community are all invited.


Elim passing out school suppliesThe members of Elim have been donating backpacks and other school supplies to be distributed to children attending the service and also to children attending Dee Elementary School, the school closest to Elim. In 2010, members of Elim donated enough supplies for 150 Dee School students.


photos courtesy of Gloria Wurst,
Elim Lutheran Church


Churchwide Assembly 

The ELCA is gathering in Churchwide Assembly this week in Orlando, Florida. Plenary Sessions and worship may be viewed live online when broadcast. View the schedule, keeping in mind the times listed are EDT. Pastor Kevin Cho, Prince of Peace, Denver, is the preacher for the Eucharist on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. (Mountain Daylight Time). Participate online!


Tenth Sunday After Pentecost 

O God, with all your faithful followers of every age, we praise you, the rock of life. Be our strong foundation and form us into the body of your Son, that we may gladly minister to all the world, 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 list for
September is available.

to remember in prayers on 8/21:

Our Saviour's Fort Collins, CO

     Michael Stadtmueller

Peace Akron, CO

   Bob Eller (interim)

Peace Sterling, CO

     Wendy Kalan

Shepherd of the Hills Fort Collins, CO

     Dana Peterson

Shepherd of the Mountains

Estes Park, CO

     Ron Bockhaus


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Domestic Hunger Grant Applications Are Due Soon!


A portion of every ELCA World Hunger Appeal donation is set aside for domestic relief and development projects and community organizing endeavors. The 2012 cycle is undergoing a few modifications, but the application information is now on the ELCA website. Applications are due by August 26, and checks should reach programs by February of 2012.  Encourage an agency or congregation to apply for one of these grants.


Across the territory of this synod, domestic hunger dollars are currently stocking shelves of food pantries, helping to prevent homelessness, providing job training, and helping communities organize to address issues that keep people in poverty or hunger. Click to get more complete information and to download the application. You may also contact email or giver a call to800-638-3522 ext. 2693.




God's Positioning System  


November 18-20, 2011

at Estes Park 


Registration for the 2011 Senior High Youth Gathering is now open!  Please check the website regularly for updates.

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 .  



2012 ELCA Youth Gathering Trainings Scheduled for

Grand Junction and Albuquerque 


registration information


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 onthe 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 view the details at the SHYG website.





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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



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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.


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ELCA Continues Response to Horn of Africa Drought


The situation in the Horn of Africa is continuing to worsen with now over 12.4 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti being affected. Crops are wilting, livestock are dying and people are suffering as water becomes scare and food prices skyrocket. Many have decided to leave their homes in search of water and food, in Somalia alone nearly 1.9 million people have left home (25% of the population).

The ELCA has been there from the beginning, working through the Lutheran World Federation as they oversee refugee camps in Kenya (Dadaab) and Ethiopia (Dollo Ado). We have also been accompanying our companions, the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) and the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church (KELC). To date the ELCA has committed $1.25 million to provide water, food, shelter and training. As the situation continues to develop we will continue to be present, working through and with companions, continuing God's work with our hands.


To Learn More:  ELCA Disaster Webpage  | ELCA Disaster Blog  


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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 Sunday bulletin insert and information sheet with several choices has been prepared to assist participants with their decisions. 


"A Multifaith Service of Remembrance, Healing and Hope" 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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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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Chancel Choir Director Needed at Trinity-Ft. Collins


Trinity Lutheran in Fort Collins, CO is seeking a Chancel Choir Director to support and expand the ministry and mission of Trinity through the Music Ministry.  The position is a part-time position consisting of weekly rehearsals and performances at weekly Sunday services during the months of September - May.  Special services and events are also included. A more detailed job description with duties and responsibilities is available.   


Interested persons are asked to please email or contact the church office at 970-482-1226 to be directed to our pastors or a member of the search team.


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Messiah-Denver Seeks a Choir Director


Messiah Community Church, ELCA in Denver, CO, is accepting applications for a part-time (8 hour/week) Choir Director. Messiah is a Lutheran congregation with a progressive theology in a traditional setting. The primary responsibilities would be to prepare the Chancel and Bell Choirs for Sunday morning worship services as well as for special holiday services.  


We are seeking an experienced director who has worked in a liturgical church setting. Cooperation with the pastor and the organist/accompanist is very important.


If interested, please send your résumé by email to Pastor Wolfgang Stahlberg.


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House for All Sinners and Saints Seeking Godly Play Facilitator


House for All Sinners and Saints, a missional church community of the ELCA, is seeking a creative, passionate individual to serve as Facilitator, implementing Godly Play curriculum during our weekly Sunday evening worship service.  The Facilitator will play a vital role in our worship life by creating space in which children ranging from toddler to teenager can engage deeply with the biblical story during the 30 minute long Service of the Word portion of the liturgy. In addition to planning and teaching weekly sessions, the Godly Play Facilitator will be responsible for providing care for children one half-hour before and one half-hour after service. Training and/or experience in the Godly Play program as well as completion of the Safeguarding God's Children training is required.    

Compensation for serving from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. each Sunday is $50/week.  In addition, the Facilitator may be given the option to provide care during other community events as they arise.  

If interested, please email your resume and a brief statement describing your interest to to Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber or  Vicar Matthew Nickoloff. More information about House for All can be found at our website. Thanks in advance for your interest!   

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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.


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

Conclude Churchwide Assembly, Orlando, FL; HKBP/Montclair Lutheran Church 11th Anniversary Celebration, Aurora, CO.  

Pastor Dan Bollman    

Conclude Churchwide Assembly, Orlando, FL.; End of Season Closing Worship Service at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp.     


Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email  
or phone appointment.  

Pastor Jim Hytjan

Visiting with the congregation of Camino de Vida Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, NM.; HKBP/Montclair Lutheran Church 11th Anniversary Celebration, Aurora, CO.

Linda Staats

Leaders Faith Formation Retreat and Cross Generational Learning Hour at Ascension Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, CO; Select Learning Video Taping, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.
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

  • 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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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 



Taize II logoTaizé at Saint Paul-Denver is Cancelled for August 


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).


Immanuel Lutheran Church-Greeley

Immanuel-Greeley Hosts a Lazarus HIV/AIDS Fundraiser



An estimated 22.5 million people living with HIV resided in sub-Saharan Africa in 2009, representing 68% of the global HIV burden.


World AIDS Day 2010 ribbonAs a calling from God to walk hand-in-hand with our brothers and sisters in Africa, Immanuel Lutheran Church is hosting a Silent Auction and Dinner to be held Saturday, August 27 from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. at Immanuel in Greeley, CO. The church is located at 1865 14th Street. All proceed from the Lazarus HIV/AIDS Fundraiser silent auction and dinner will go to the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA) for education and awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention in Southern African countries. Additional funding to supplement the fundraiser proceeds will be provided through the Weld County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.


If you cannot attend the dinner but would like to support the work of LUCSA through this fundraiser, please send a check payable to WCCTFL to Immanuel Lutheran Church by August 29. This is a great opportunity to make a difference for thousands of our brothers and sisters in southern Africa.


We give so that others may live.


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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



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"Out in the Silence"  


Finding Ways and Making Efforts to
Eliminate School Bullying


Join One Colorado and the Creative Center for Spiritual Living for a screening and discussion of Out in the Silence, "a stunning documentary" (Philadelphia Inquirer) about the harrowing, ultimately successful battle of a gay teen and his mother against recalcitrant school authorities when the teen is brutally attacked for coming out in his rural Pennsylvania high school. Screenings of Out in the Silence are a way to start a conversation about how we can work together to ensure that LGBT students are safe and respected in local schools. Screenings are:

  August 18 Grand Junction
  August 23 Montrose
  August 23 Fort Collins 
  August 25 Loveland
  August 27 Greeley
  September 9 Buena Vista 


 See sites and details of the scheduled screenings.  


A Lutheran mother of a gay son echoes the feelings of others with gay children of how disappointed she in the failure of most churches to step up and engage congregations in dialog about ensuring all children and young adults can be themselves and be assured of a safe, bully free environment not only at school but at our churches as well. "I hope our churches can become places where ALL means ALL when proclaiming that God loves All of us and died for All of us." 


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


Erie Church House photoThe 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 4:00 to 7:00 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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10th Anniversary "Give a Second Wind" 5K Run/Walk and Music Festival is September 18 



Come out for a festival of life as more than 3,000 walkers, runners and music lovers gather at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, located at 15200 West 6th Avenue in Golden (80401), for the largest suicide prevention event in the nation. We'll Second Wind Fund logobe celebrating our Tenth Anniversary with a FREE BBQ lunch, cookies, massages, t-shirts, concert by "Opie Gone Bad" and other local bands, kids' activities, and memorial dove release.


You have the opportunity to run 5k or walk 3 miles through the neighborhoods surrounding the Jeffco Fairgrounds or stroll one mile within the Fairgrounds. Prizes will be offered for pledge raisers and largest teams.  


You may register online by going to  

  • Second Wind image for 2011June - August:
    $15 for students and seniors, $30 for adults.
  •  September 1 -14:
    $18 for students and seniors, $33 for adults.
  •  After September 14:
    $21 for students and seniors, $41 for adults.
  • Fee Waived for Fundraisers:
    $50 in pledges waives fee for students and seniors, $100 in pledges waives fee for adults.
  • Offline registration fees are higher.  
  • No mail-in registrations after September 14.

For more information, you may visit the website.  For questions, please  send an email or call 720-962-0706.



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An Evening of Worship, Fellowship and Musical Meditation Hosted by Bethany-Cherry Hills Village



Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center invites you to be their guest for an evening of fellowship and worship at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, 2011, at Bethany Lutheran Church, located at 4500 E. Hampden Avenue in Cherry Hills Village. Come and enjoy a delicious dessert, make new friends and perhaps bump into someone you already know, and experience a jazz vespers service by "Music Serving the Word Ministries."


Spirit of the Desert 2011 jazz logoYou are encouraged to invite members of your congregation to attend this event which brings the arts into sacred spaces. Jazz Vespers offers a musical meditation that leads the listener toward reflection and personal application of Scripture through a "Sound Scape" of contemplative worship.


The service features piano, acoustic bass, and drums as well as inspired spoken word, and multimedia experiences, all designed to nourish the soul with prayerful reflection. Paul Campbell, Executive Director, will be sharing about the ministry at Spirit in the Desert and our passion to help individuals and congregations renew and revitalize in body, mind and soul.


If you have any questions or need more information please contact Lance or Carol Jacobson at 480-201-9126 or 480-466-6053. 


Marriage Encounter Weekend Oct 2011Resource for All Married Couples


Fall is the perfect time to fall in love with your spouse all over again!  Husbands and wives overwhelmingly report this as the result of attending a Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend.  


Marriage Encounter Weekend logo"Weekends" run from Friday at 7:00 p.m. to Sunday at 6:00 p.m. and are designed to enrich all marriages. The "Weekend" registration fee is $45 and includes two nights lodging, five meals for each of you and all weekend materials. 


Sign up now while there are still openings for the October 21-23, 2011

Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend in the Denver metro area.  To register, simply go to the website: and sign up using your credit card.  For questions, please contact Bud & Cindy Amack by email or phone at 303-796-9119.


The expectations on church professionals can be hard on marriage relationships. "Weekend" application fees are waived for church pastors and professional staff who are interested in attending a Marriage Encounter Weekend - just send an email if you would like more information. 

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"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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