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|OUR LIFE TOGETHER|
|Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost
O Lord God, merciful judge, you are the inexhaustible fountain of forgiveness. Replace our hearts of stone with hearts that love and adore you, that we may delight in doing your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Synod Prayer Cycle: Metro South
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 9/11:
Christ Highlands Ranch, CO
Christ the King Denver, CO
Merlyn Hartzler (interim)
Evergreen Evergreen, CO
Faith Golden, CO
Peter Morin, Jane Jebsen
from Tragedy...to Chaos...to Hope
Events Commemorating September 11
Remembering September 11 - An Interfaith Gathering
Sunday, September 11 at 10:00 a.m.
Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church
1980 Dahlia Street 80220 (in Park Hill)
Join seven congregations from Park Hill for an interfaith gathering in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of September 11th. This will be a time to remember and reflect on the importance of that day and the promise of hope as we look to the future.
Messiah Community Church, Northeast Denver Islamic Center, Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Park Hill Congregational Church, Temple Micah, St. Thomas Episcopal, and House for All Sinners and Saints
Sunday, September 11 at 3:00 p.m.
Lone Tree Center for the Arts: Memorial Concert
10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree, CO 80124
(no charge but free tickets available at the door 1 hour prior)
SAMUEL BARBER: ADAGIO FOR STRINGS - GABRIEL FAURE: REQUIEM - CECIL EFFINGER: AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
Featuring Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra (of Augustana Lutheran Church) with members of the Cherry Creek Chorale, Golden Concert Choir, Colorado Symphony Chorus, Holy Cross Lutheran Church Choir, Colorado Chorale, Canto Deo, Golden Community Choirs, Parker United Methodist Church Choir, Alpine Chorale, Wellshire Presbyterian Choir, Littleton Chorale, Larimer Chorale, King of Glory Lutheran Choir, and the Denver Chorale
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 www.multifaithdenver.org
Wheat Ridge Ministries Offers Worship Materials
Wheat Ridge is pleased to share a full worship service compiled by Rev. Dr. James Cotter, CH-COL (Retired) US Army that includes suggested hymns and songs, scripture readings, prayers and videos. Learn more --------------------------------------------------------------------
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.
CHILDREN, YOUTH, and HOUSEHOLD MINISTRY
Save the Date
Youth Ministry Training for Volunteers
10:00 a.m. Friday, October 21 until
2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 23
Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp
This weekend is designed for anyone who regularly volunteers with youth and their families. Youth ministry staff and paid leaders: bring your entire ministry team/committee. Sessions are filled with practical skills and basics for every day ministry. This is an opportunity to network with those who do what you do.
For more info or to register, contact Ben Larson by email or phone (719-942-4220).
RMS Front Range Youth Ministry Network Meeting September 8
The Rocky Mountain Synod Front Range Youth Ministry Network meets at 10:00 a.m. this Thursday, September 8, in the synod office. The meeting ends at noon followed by "Buy Your Own Lunch" with continued conversation and networking. Come and share your summer ministry adventures and hear of network plans for the coming year.
"Safe Haven: A Resource for Congregations" is now Available!
The Safe Haven Resource for Congregations is a guide to the process of creating or reviewing your congregation's Safe Haven guidelines and procedures. All congregations in the RMS are asked to have Safe Haven guidelines in place by Synod Assembly 2012, or to have at least begun the process. The new resource is a response to the Safe Haven resolution passed at the 2010 assembly.
Many thanks to the dedicated team who worked on creating this informative, faith-based guide.
ELCA LIFT RESOURCES
Augsburg Fortress Provides Resources for Living into the Future Together
Each Congregation to Develop or Redefine their Local Mission Plan by December 2011
During the 2011 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, the LIFT (Living into the Future Together) proposal was approved. With the proposal's focus on equipping congregations to be "centers for mission," the church called on congregations to begin, develop, review, or redefine their unique local mission plan by December 2011. While this is a standard procedure for many congregations across the ELCA, it will be a new way of living into the future for others.
In anticipation of this, Augsburg Fortress and Spark House Publishers have been convening groups of "missional leadership experts" from across the church over the past several months to assist them in thinking about what type of resource system might be most helpful for congregations as they focus their ministry in this way.
For those congregations that want to begin focusing on these missional initiatives now, here is a brief list of some of the most popular books related to missional leadership and missional congregations that Augsburg and Spark House offer. You may also find this short collection of informational items shared with and by the Eastern North Dakota Synod and the ELCA Resource Centers. Please feel free to use and share the resources.
For more information about the LIFT Proposal, please visit the ELCA website.
SENIOR HIGH YOUTH GATHERING 2011
God's Positioning System
November 18-20, 2011
at Estes Park
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 .
RMS GLOBAL MISSION COMMITTEE
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
NEW JOB LISTINGS
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.
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
Campus Ministry Committee meeting, synod office, Denver, CO; Synod Council Executive Committee conference call, Denver, CO; Dedication of new Church Building, Rejoice Lutheran Church, Erie, CO; Colorado Council of Churches meeting, St. John's Cathedral, Denver, CO; Region 2 Consultation, Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver, CO.
Visiting with the congregation of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Logan, UT; Visiting with the congregation of Zion Lutheran Church, Trinidad, CO.
CSM Pre-screen interview, synod office, Denver, CO; Dedication of new Church Building, Rejoice Lutheran Church, Erie, CO; Region 2 Consultation, Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver, CO.
Meeting with the Rocky mountain Synod Front Range Youth Ministry Network, synod office, Denver, CO.
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
ELCA assembly officially launches the ELCA Malaria Campaign
Every 45 seconds a child dies from malaria, a preventable and treatable disease. Based on the decision made at the Churchwide Assembly, the ELCA will join with Lutheran churches in Africa, to work toward a malaria-free future. See www.elca.org/news (click on News Releases in the left-hand column).
Senegal: Christian-Muslim relations
ELCA missionaries Peter Hanson and Sarah Grow reflect on life and ministry in an interfaith setting. Watch a short video at http://blogs.elca.org/handinhand.
The ELCA's best-kept secret: Young Adults in Global Mission
"We have been blessed this past year here in Jerusalem with six amazing, dedicated and talented Young Adults in Global Mission who have impacted our lives and the lives of the Palestinian church, while taking a giant step that means they will never see the world in the same way as before." Read more about the work of these young adults at http://blogs.elca.org/handinhand.
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LSS Utah Raises Funds to Support Refugee Leadership and Ministries
You are invited to Lutheran Social Service of Utah's 2011 Fall Fundraiser, to take place on Saturday, October 1, 2011, at the Episcopal Conference Center, located at 75 South 200 East in Salt Lake City. The event begins at 2:00 p.m.
This fundraising event offers you the opportunity to mix with family, friends, and neighbors while experiencing a delicious, musical afternoon a silent auction, international refreshments from Burundi, Croatia, Iraq, and Sudan and music by the band "Stella" and other professional musicians.
You may purchase you tickets for $10.00 each by contacting Jose Bonilla by phone (801-703-3274). The event sponsor is Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
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.
|NEW MEXICO and EL PASO, TEXAS|
Jesus Christ Discipleship Crew Lutheran Youth Group
Albuquerque's new city-wide high school youth group called JC/DC (Jesus Christ Discipleship Crew) is in full swing. All youth from 9th through 12th grades are welcome to participate in this city-wide Sr. High Lutheran Youth Group. Activities are scheduled year round for this energetic group, including: Bible Studies, movie nights, service events, national and local youth gatherings, concerts, and more!
The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church (425 University Blvd NE). The next meeting is scheduled for September 18. For more information about JC/DC or events, please contact Pastor Tim Orlowski of Messiah Lutheran Church by email or by phone (505-299-3311).
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Hunger Relief Day 9.10.11
Metro CareRing's Avenues of Hope
on Saturday, September 10
Join us on 9.10.11 for a community-wide hunger relief movement! Ashton Altieri, 9NEWS Meteorologist, will be the Master of Ceremonies, so we are expecting beautiful weather. Bring the whole family from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The goal of the event is to educate and inspire our community to take action for hunger relief in the metro area.
Erica Brown and Friends will infuse the crowd with the best Blues in Colorado while guests enjoy a BBQ lunch (suggested donation of $10 or 10 pounds of food). There will also be a children's area, including an inflatable jumping house, balloons, and face painting.
The Hunger Relief Day 9.10.11 event will take place at Bethany Lutheran Church, located at 4500 East Hampden Avenue in Cherry Hills Village (80113) beginning at 11:00 a.m. Local blues band Erica Brown and Friends will take the stage from 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:30-1:00 p.m. The speakers and recognition part of the program will last from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
Materials, including hunger curriculum, $1-per-day campaign and 9.10.11 "Avenues of Hope" Event, are available. For more information, please contact Minerva Padron, Metro CareRing Deputy Director, by email or phone at 303-350-3652.
With everyone's abundance, hope will be shared in a tangible way. You are the Avenue of Hope!
Rejoice Lutheran Church, Erie, Colorado,
New Building Dedication
The dedication service 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!
photo by Dale Horkey
Bethany's Adult Learning Hour Welcomes You
On Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in room 210, Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village will present a very special Adult Learning Hour focusing on the work being done to help our returning soldiers and their families. The time will be filled with information, conversation and inspiration. To get a seek preview of the topics, visit the website. A Churchwide Assembly resolution in 2009 affirmed and encouraged ministry for and with military families.
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 be 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 www.swfmd.org
- June - 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.
Clergy Immigration Witness Network Launch and Breakfast
"Through witness, presence & prayer, demonstrate to immigrants they are not alone while demonstrating to the larger community our faiths' commitment to justice"
- Have you ever spoken in support of immigrant rights...... and felt alone?
- Have you ever shown up to an immigrant rights event...and wondered, "Where are all the other clergy?"
- Have you wanted to be present to immigrant communitie5 ...but not known where to plug in? ...or if you are needed?
If you answered YES, we invite YOU to learn more and get involved by attending the Clergy Immigration Witness Network Launch and Breakfast. The event will take place on Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Justice for All Center located at 2525 W. Alameda Avenue in Denver (80219). Breakfast burritos will be provided by El Centro Humanitario's Women's Project.
You are asked to RSVP by September 9 to Jennifer Piper by email or phone (303-623-3464 ext. 5).
Supported by the American Friends Service Committee, the Desert Mountain District of the A.M.E., the Colorado Council of Churches, the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, and the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado.
Giving Thanks for the Harvest
St. Mark Lutheran Church located at 111 Del Mar Circle in Aurora (80011) will be holding its Second Annual Harvest Festival on Friday, September 23, 2011, starting at 5:30 p.m. when dinner will be served at NO charge. We'll celebrate with food and music, featuring the Bluegrass styling of "Credibility Gap." A Free Will offering to be received for the band. Come join the community of St. Mark as they give thanks for the harvest
The congregation worships on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Christian Education at 9:15 a.m.
New Beginnings Church 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. Please please contact Heiko Meyer by email for more information.
Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center Evening of Fellow and Worship at Bethany
October 2, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
Get more information, see the flyer or contact Lance or Carol Jacobson by phone (480-201-9126 or 480-466-6053).
Lutheran Marriage Weekend - Resource for Married Couples
October 21-23 Location to be announced
Get information: www.GodLovesMarriage.org or
Email Bud and Cindy
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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