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Rocky Mountain Synod

August 23, 2011    

We are seeking names and emails of those who lead children, youth & household ministry


To communicate effectively with those who lead children, youth and household ministry in your congregation, we need to know who they/you are!  PLEASE take a few minutes to complete this survey so we can begin this fall with up-dated contact information for this important ministry.  Your reward: simply knowing your made the folks in the RMS office very happy, especially Linda Staats who coordinates the C-Y-H ministry! 


complete the survey now 




God's Work. Our Hands. 

Churchwide Assembly Follow-up


During five days together at the Churchwide Assembly, voting members and guests were energized by lively discussion and debate, and nourished as they gathered around bread and wine in worship. Please share this bulletin insert with the members of your congregation. For more detailed reports, you'll find the daily legislative reports posted at You will especially want to spend some time viewing the excellent assembly videos as well as the video contest winners on this same link.


Voting members from the Rocky Mountain Synod are available to come to your congregation to share information and insights. They can present forums, temple talks, and workshops. Some are available to present a sermon. Please contact RMS Vice President Linda Bobbitt to request a visit and she will make the arrangements.






Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost 

O God, we thank you for your Son, who chose the path of suffering for the sake of the world. Humble us by his example, point us to the path of obedience, and give us strength to follow your commands, 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 8/28:

Shepherd of the Valley LaSalle, CO


Spirit of Joy Fort Collins, CO

     Jason McSpadden

Trinity Fort Collins, CO

     Gabi and Meghan Aelabouni

Trinity Loveland, CO

     Edward Smith, Ann Maki

Zion Loveland, CO

   Joel and Sonja Pancoast


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Domestic Hunger Grant Applications Are Due by Friday! 


A portion of every ELCA World Hunger Appeal donation is set aside for domestic relief and development projects and community organizing endeavors. The application information is now on the ELCA website. Applications are due by August 26, and checks should reach programs by February of 2012.


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!

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 .  


Equal Exchange EVOO
Equal Exchange's Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is now available!

Equal Exchange is excited to introduce its fairly traded, extra virgin organic olive oil from the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC).  PARC is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that works to increase the economic viability of small-scale farming, helps olive growers compete in the export market, supports women's economic empowerment, and promotes sustainable growing practices.
grove of olive trees imageEqual Exchange believes this is a positive step in a region of the world facing a multitude of complex challenges. Learn more about PARC and this wonderful olive oil, here


Lutheran World relief emblemThe olive oil is packaged in 500 ml bottles. Order a case of twelve bottles for $138 ($11.50 per bottle). Or, order fewer than twelve for $15.99 each. A case of olive oil, like any order over $135, qualifies for free shipping! Place your order today at or call 774-776-7340 M - F, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST.



2012 ELCA Youth Gathering Training Scheduled for  

Grand Junction


registration information



American Lutheran Church in Grand Junction, CO, will host a "Get Ready" training from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 28. All congregations 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 be faith forming. The session 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 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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Highlights from the 2011 LMM Tri-annual Gathering

From July 22 - 24, 2011, hundreds of men from across the nation met 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  gave men the opportunity to build their faith, relationships and ministry, and provide for ongoing leadership development.     


Dale Horkey, official photographer for the event, has put together a nice collection of images for those who attended the event to view. Check out the photos at: .  


photo courtesy of Dale Horkey 


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ELCA Continues Response to Horn of Africa Drought


The ELCA has been involved with aid to the Horn of Africa drought 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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The ELCA Mission Story:

A four-part presentation


Dr. Carol Bertrand of the Rocky Mountain Synod (ELCA) Global Mission Committee has developed a four session curriculum to show how our church is accompanying churches around the world--how we are walking together in solidarity that practices interdependence and mutuality    


Global Mission's work in the ELCA is divided into four main categories: Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and Latin America. Each region studied includes information on its history, government, the people, the language(s), animals, food (with one or more recipes given), and religion, focusing on the presence of the Lutheran Church in general and the ELCA in particular.


Download .pdf copy of the document 



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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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RMS Global Mission Looking for a Web Database IT Person



The Rocky Mountain Synod Global Mission Committee would like to set up a web-based database where members of the synod could share information and questions on global ministries in which they are involved. The Committee is looking for someone with IT know-how in web-based databases who is willing to help set this up. Do you have the skills to bring to the project? Know someone who might be willing to help? Please contact Pastor Ron Roschke by email. Thanks in advance.

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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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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!   


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

Rocky Mountain Synod Pre-retirement Event, Albuquerque, NM; Installation of Pastor Kristi Ursin at Zion Lutheran Church, Limon, CO.  

Pastor Dan Bollman    

Visiting with the congregation of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Buffalo, WY.     


Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email  
or phone appointment.  

Pastor Jim Hytjan

On vacation this week.

Linda Staats

Senior High Youth Gathering Team Retreat at the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO; Umbrella Team meeting, Denver, CO; Book of Faith Initiative Planning Team meeting, 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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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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Taizé 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 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." 


Rejoice Lutheran Church  

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!.   


Avenues of Hope logo A Call To Action - Providing Hunger Relief  for Metro Denver 


The congregation of Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village is asking the community to join it in providing hunger relief. Metro CareRing is challenging people in the Denver area to join Avenues of Hope:  9.10.11. Please take just a few minutes to watch the video from Metro CareRing. Avenues of Hope: Hunger Stops Here (9.10.11) is a community movement to eradicate hunger by educating, motivating and encouraging everyone to give! Please check out the website to see how you might be able to Help. Thank you for being a hunger relief advocate for the hungry here in Denver!


The goal for faith communities in the metro-Denver area is to collectively raise $120,000 on or before September 10, 2011 (9.10.11) and to collect 120,000 lbs. of food. There are a number of ways to participate:  

  • Pledge to do "a dollar per day" or a "pound per day" or BOTH
  • Promise to gather "a pound of food each day" for 100 days
  • Share ideas that you have; and
  • Pray, so collectively we end hunger in our community.

Stay tuned for news and events about where and how to give your "dollar per day" and where to bring your offerings of food., so that enough food for all hungry people in Denver can be collected. Money to sustain the hungry of Colorado will also be gathered. Be a part of it!



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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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New Beginnings 13th Annual Celebration Dinner and  Fundraiser 


On September 24, New Beginnings 13th Annual Celebration Dinner and Fundraiser will take place at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Wheat Ridge, CO featuring a silent auction, dinner, entertainment, and awards. Mark IV will be on hand offering their musical gifts throughout the evening. Also, many hand knitted and crocheted items from the women on the inside will be available at the silent auction.   


For silent auction inquiries or donation, please contact Heiko Meyer by email. (Monetary donations are also welcome.) Come and make this a night to remember and let the women know that they are cared about.


New Beginnings Church is an ecumenical ministry inside the Denver Women's Correctional Facility.   


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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. 


 Resource for All Married Couples


A Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend is October 21-23, 2011 in the Denver 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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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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