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Rocky Mountain Synod

September 13, 2011    


"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. For more information about Safe Haven, please check out the Rocky Mountain Synod's website. 


Many thanks to the dedicated team who worked on creating this informative, faith-based guide.

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost 

Almighty and eternal God, you show perpetual lovingkindness to us your servants. Because we cannot rely on our own abilities, grant us your merciful judgment and train us to embody the generosity of your Son, 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
October is available.

to remember in prayers on 9/18:

Holy Shepherd Lakewood, CO

     Richard Thompson, Michael Tekrony

Holy Trinity Littleton, CO

     David Palma-Ruwe, Julie McNitt

Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Centennial, CO

     Christian Nisonger

Lutheran Church of the Master, Lakewood, CO

     Robert Moss


Winter Theological Conference 2012
Winter Theological Conference: January 23-26
in Fort Collins


The narrative of Jesus is some two millennia old. One of our greatest challenges is how we tell and share that Old Story in our New Day. At the 2012 Rocky Mountain Synod Theological Conference, Dr. Anna Carter Florence, Pastor Keith Anderson, and Dr. Stanley Olson will consider what it means to be proclaim, communicate and serve in today's context. Read more about the presenters. Registration will begin in October.


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FREE Training (Webinar) for ALL Leading Youth Ministry    

The ELCA Youth Ministry Network presents

Practice Discipleship: 

The ELCA Youth Ministry Training Project


This special training is for all youth and family ministry professionals and volunteers. It is great preparation for leading your youth group meetings, mission trips, service projects, and Bible study as well as those attending the ELCA Youth Gathering in 2012.  Gather all adults working with youth in your congregation to participate in one of these four training opportunities. If you miss the live webinars, they are recorded for your viewing at a later time. 


Jeremy Myers imageThe first webinar is this Sunday: September 18, 2011. The topics will be Lutheran Theology: God at Work in the 

World. The webinar will be presented by Dr. Jeremy Meyers of Augsburg College.


Check out the website for details.  


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Peer Ministry Leadership Training Opportunity  


Peer Ministry Leadership Training, led by Lyle Griner, will take place on Saturday,

October 15, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 16 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Our Father Lutheran Church, located at 6335 South Holly Street in Centennial (80121). The cost is $60 per person. For more information, you may view (and post) the flyer. Please call about discounts for larger groups.



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).


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Young Adult Border Immersion Experience

October 13-16, 2011


College students and young adults from around the Rocky Mountain Synod are invited to join Lutheran Episcopal Campus Ministry at UNM and CNM for Fall Break with the Border Servant Corps and Iglesia Luterana Lutheran Campus Ministry New MexicoCristo Rey in El Paso learning about immigration and border issues. The plan is to meet with the Border Patrol at the fence, with an immigration lawyer, with Border Servant Corps volunteers working with agencies in El Paso, with a womenšs cooperative, and with Doctora Mendoza who runs free clinics in the poorest areas of Juarez. We will help with the after school program, sort groceries at the food bank, teach Sunday School, and worship with the congregation.


Border Servant Corps logoThe Immersion will cost $175 per person. Some scholarship money is available to help college students participate. Please contact Campus Pastor Anne Morawski at 505-385-0842 or if you are interested. More information about the program can be found at and


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Commissioning Service for New Volunteers


Our Savior's Lutheran Church

Sunday, September 25, 10 a.m.


open handsMembers of the Our Savior's community will offer a blessing on the 2011-2012 Urban Servant Corps volunteers during the worship service. Our Savior's Lutheran Church is located at 9th Avenue and Emerson Street in Denver. All are welcome!




All Saint's Day Pancake Breakfast Local Lutheran Churches


Sunday, November 6


Urban Servant Corps volunteers will flip pancakes as they become acquainted with Lutheran faith communities who prayerfully and financially support the Urban Servant Corps. A celebration of all the saints will be part of this event!


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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. 


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. 


For more information about the LIFT Proposal, please visit the ELCA website.



God's Positioning System  


November 18-20, 2011

at Estes Park 


Are you between the ages of 18-25? Consider serving as a Cornerstone Peer Minister for the SHYG. Applications are due October 1. Details and applications can be found on the SHYG web page  



Registration for the 2011 Senior High Youth Gathering
is now open!

Final Deadline is October 24.


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 .  

Every Person, Every Congregation, Every Ministry, Boldly Serving God's Mission in Christ



Bishop Allan Bjornberg

University of New Mexico Campus Ministry Event, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, NM; Worshipping with the congregation of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, NM; North New Mexico Conference Retreat, Ghost Ranch Retreat Center, NM.

Pastor Dan Bollman    

Visiting with the congregation of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Alamogordo, NM.


Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email  
or phone appointment.  

Pastor Jim Hytjan

Camino de Vida Advisory Committee meeting, Albuquerque, NM; Visiting and worshipping with the congregation of Peace in Christ Episcopal/Lutheran Church, Elizabeth, CO.

Linda Staats

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


Global Links logo 

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 (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


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


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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 [84124] Tax deduction for your donations of gently used or new items which are free to refugee families.



University of New Mexico Campus Ministry logoUNM and CNM Campus Ministry 50th Anniversary Event


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Lutheran Campus Ministry at University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College will celebrate 50th years of ministry on Saturday, September 17, 2011. Worship is at 5 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, located at 1100 Indian School Road NE in Albuquerque. Bishop Allan Bjornberg of the Rocky Mountain Synod (ELCA) will be preaching.


Afterwards, gather for a Cook-Out under the tents on the upper lawn, with music by Paul Pino and the Tone Daddies. You are invited to bring a salad or a side dish. The Lutheran Campus Ministry Hymn as well as a flyer to download are available to post or give to family and friends. We will have things for the grill, beverages, condiments and dessert.  If you plan to come, please leave a message at the campus ministry office 14th (505-243-0336) by Wednesday, September 14.  Don't forget your Luther Rocks! T-shirt!



Jesus Christ Discipleship Crew Lutheran Youth Group
Next Meeting is September 18


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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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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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 St Mark Lutheran Church - Aurora Harvest festival imageserved 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.   

 Crop Walk 2011

Crop Hunger Walk 2011

On Saturday, October 18, the Arvada CROP Hunger Walk will take place at Hoskinson's Park, located at 58th and Garrison Street. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the event kicks off at 9:00 a.m. Please meet at the Pioneer Pavilion. There will be coffee, bagels and door prizes. 


Donations given are divided with 75% going to Church World Services. These resources aid our neighbors nationally and globally with direct assistance and educationcrop walkers 2011. Locally 25% stays in the Arvada Community assisting The Arvada Food Bank with the "Feeding the Future Backpack Program."  This program provides food for 1100 children at ten Arvada Elementary schools and one middle school every Friday during the school year.  The program provides two breakfasts, two lunches, and two snacks to see these children through the weekend. If you can't walk please consider giving generously for those who have little.  You can also donate on line!  Go to and locate the Arvada CROP Hunger Walk and make your donation! 


If you have any questions regarding the walk, you may contact Glenda Ferraro by email or phone (720-235-9496). 


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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: 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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Rocky Mountain Synod
800-525-0462 / 303-777-6700

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