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Rocky Mountain Synod

September 20, 2011    


Macedonia Project

The Rocky Mountain Synod has received an ELCA grant to take the lead in the work and ministry of stewardship through theMacedonia Project - Your Table Is Ready.  

Rocky Mountain Synod congregations will be partnering with sister congregations and leaders to make this a vibrant and effective ministry. Of the 18 ELCA grants, the unique approach of the Rocky Mountain Synod focuses on giving and generosity as a faith practice of households.


The first of twelve workshops are scheduled as follows:


Saturday, October 22 -
Our Saviour's Lutheran - Casper, WY
(Central and Northern Wyoming congregations)  


Saturday, October 29 -
Zion Lutheran - Salt Lake City, UT
(Utah and Western Wyoming congregations)  


Saturday, November 5 -
Shepherd of Valley Lutheran - Grand Junction, CO
(Central and Western Slope Colorado congregations)  


Saturday, November 5 -
Prince of Peace Lutheran- Denver, CO
(1st workshop for Denver area congregations)


Congregations in these areas have received information and an invitation to attend. If you would like to attend and need information, please email Cheryl

Information online at


Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost 

God of love, giver of life, you know our frailties and failings. Give us your grace to overcome them, keep us from those things that harm us, and guide us in the way of salvation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


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Christopher Lee Halverson Ordained


On Sunday, September 18, 2011, Christopher L. Halverson, a former candidate within the Rocky Mountain Synod, was ordained into ministry within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The Service of Ordination took place at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton, New Jersey. Congratulations, Christopher! 



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 9/25:

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection Lakewood, CO

     Garrett Struessel

Prince of Peace Denver, CO

     Sung Yong (Kevin) Cho
Risen Lord
Conifer, CO

   Stefan Rickman

Saint Peter Greenwood Village, CO

   David Risendal

St. Philip Littleton, CO

   Nathan Doerr


Fall Conference Gatherings Begin Bishop Election Discernment


The Conference Dean in each of our ten conferences is setting the date for a Fall Conference Gathering for the purpose of beginning conversation and discernment leading to the election of a new bishop at our 2012 Synod Assembly.


Each Conference Dean will communicate about your local date and place, and each congregation is invited to bring rostered leaders and several lay persons. These meetings will take place in the next couple months, concluding by December 15, which is the deadline for submitting the names of potential nominees.


Additional information about the Bishop Election process is now posted online.  The web address is Visit that page for additional information.


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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 photoThe next webinar is Sunday, October 2 2011 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. (CDT). The topic is "Lutheran Theology, How Lutherans Read the Bible."  The webinar will be presented by Dr. Jeremy Meyers of Augsburg College.  


Check out the website for details.  



Peer Ministry logoPeer Ministry Leadership Training Opportunity  


Peer Ministry Leadership Training, led by Lyle Griner, will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 8:30 Lyle Griner imagea.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 16 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Our Father Lutheran, located at 6335 South Holly Street in Centennial (80121). The cost is $60 per person. 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).


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 open in October.


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"Safe Haven: A Resource for Congregations" is now Available!  



Safe Haven: A 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.



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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. 


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!



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 .  


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"Godly Play" Facilitator / Childcare Position Open

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 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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Evergreen Lutheran Church Wishes to Donate FREE Altar Furniture


Evergreen Lutheran Church in Evergreen, CO is replacing their wooden altar furniture and would love to find a good home (free) for an altar, lectern and pulpit.


The altar is 371/2" tall, 8' long and 30"wide.
The pulpit is 45" tall and the top is 27" x 17"
The lectern is 20" x 17" and 45" tall.


Please contact Evergreen Lutheran Church at 303-674-4654 or and talk with Judy if you can use these furnishings.

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



Bishop Allan Bjornberg

Metro South Conference Retreat, Denver, CO; Ordination of Martha Atkins at Mount of Olives Lutheran Church, Rock Springs, WY; Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Bethel Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO; North Colorado Conference Retreat, Highlands Lutheran Church, Denver, CO.

Pastor Dan Bollman    

Visiting with the congregation of Lord of the Hills Lutheran Church, Centennial, CO.


Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email  
or phone appointment.  

Pastor Jim Hytjan

Visiting with the congregation of Christ the King Lutheran Church, South Jordan, UT.

Linda Staats

ELCA Global Mission Gathering, San Antonio, TX; ELCA Faith Formation Summit, Luther Seminary, 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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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.






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Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra Concert

Sept 23 at Abiding Hope and Sept 25 at Augustana

The Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, a music ministry of Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver, CO, presents a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 23 at Abiding Hope Lutheran Church in LIttleton and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 25 at Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver.  Information and tickets online at The concert is an enjoyable collection of "Old and New."


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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 Aurora Harvest fest 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. Help us celebrate by downloading and posting the flyer which invites everyone to attend. 


The congregation worships on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with Christian Education at 9:15 a.m.       

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NewBeginnings Church at the Denver Women's Correctional Facility

New Beginnings 13th  

Annual Celebration Dinner andFundraiser 



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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After School Program Begins at Cristo Rey-Denver


Tutors are also needed! 


 The 2011-2012 SuperKids After-School Program at Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey, 501 Raleigh Street, Denver (80204), officially begins on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 and will continue throughout the school year on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (except for school vacations)


Super Kids imageEach afternoon, the children will participate in a 45-minute class in music, art, computers, or other educational activity, as well as a 45-minute one-on-one (or one-on-two or one-on-three, depending on the number of tutors available!) tutoring session with a focus on homework completion and reading.


Tutors are needed for one, two, or three afternoons per week. The only qualification is a love of children and a desire to help in sustaining this important ministry. No Spanish language skills are required, either, as most of the assigned homework is in English. For more information and/or to become a tutor, please contact Mark Filbert by email or phone (720-274-4708).     


Saint Paul Taize image for 2011Taizé is Back for the Fall!  


Please come join the community of Saint Paul Lutheran Church for an hour of songs and prayer by candlelight ... in the spirit of Taizé! The next service will be held at Saint Paul (1600 Grant Street) in Denver on Wednesday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome!


If you have questions, please visit the website:, or e-mail Jeff directly. He'll be happy to answer any questions.



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University of Northern Colorado and AIMS College Prepare for Campus Ministry Night Event



Threshold, a Lutheran/Episcopal Campus Ministry, is hosting An Evening with Campus Ministry on Friday, September 30 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church on 3800 West 20th Street in Greeley (80631). The evening will feature Sue Rothmeyer, Director for Youth/Young Adult Ministries for the Evangelical Church in America, speaking on "Engaging Young Adults in Tomorrow's Church" with special performances by Campus Ministry students.  


Free will donations will be collected to support Bible studies, community building activities, and other faith formation events including retreats and service projects for both UNC and AIMS college students. Additional funding will be provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans through its Care Abounds in Communities program. In order to receive the supplemental funding, cash donations to the fundraiser should be made out to WCCTFL and can also be sent to Campus Ministry, c/o Pastor Sarah Moening, 1800 21st Avenue, Greeley, CO (80631) by September 30. For more information call Pastor Moening at 970-352-4816.

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 Spirit of the Desert 2011 logo 

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.      


When Your Marriage is Over book cover by D. JacobsonSurviving Divorce and Living Divorced

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A seminar for people going through divorce or who have been divorced, as well as for family and friends of those people, will be presented at Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church, 920 Kipling Street, in Lakewood, Colorado on October 8, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. THIS IS A FREE SEMINAR but you must reserve a place by calling Holy Shepherd at 303-233-2740 no later than 3:00 p.m. on October 4 to reserve your seat. Attendance will be limited to the first 100 who call. Child care will be provided.


Dennis Jacobson photoThe seminar will be presented by Dennis Jacobson, a Colorado attorney who has over 30 years of experience in representing people in divorce and divorce related matters. He is the author of When Your Marriage is Over: Practical Advice for Surviving Divorce and Living Divorced. The seminar will cover issues including creating parenting plans for the children, the impact of divorce on faith issues and church involvement, stress control, custody evaluations, financial matters, and new spouses and "friends". All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Dennis' book.


Crop Walk 2011

Crop Hunger Walk 2011 

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On Saturday, October 8, 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. 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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Case Lecture Series:

 Al Staggs as
Martin Luther


Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 p.m.

Bethany Lutheran Church

4500 East Hampden Avenue
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113


Twenty years ago, Mr. Staggs combined two passions-writing and performing-and has been following this dream ever since, becoming a full time performing artist. Two years ago, he shared with us the life and trials of German theologian, Dietrich Bonheoffer. Please join us on October 12 as he brings to life the work and words of Martin Luther.

Admission: Please bring a non-perishable food item which will be donated to Metro CareRing.

For details, go to

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Reformation Celebration at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church - Fort Collins


With special guest:  Prof. Tim Wengert of
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

Timothy Wengert imageOctober 28 - Lecture and table-talk (with Pie Potluck social)   
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
"Identifying Lutherans and Other Rare Birds"  
Description: Prof. Wengert will use his broad knowledge of Reformation theology to challenge us to think about what Christian identity as Lutherans means in our changing cultural context. 

October 29- 30   Guest preacher at worship services - Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

October 30    Guest speaker at Forum     Sunday 9:45 a.m. in room 12E
"Luther's Small Catechism for Adults: Tasting It Again for the First Time"  
Description: Prof. Wengert, whose translation of the Small Catechism is widely used in the ELCA, will talk about how adults may find new uses for this little book to strengthen their spiritual journey.

Professor Wengert is the Ministerium of Pennsylvania Professor of Reformation History and Confessions at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, teaching primarily in the fields of Reformation history and the Lutheran Confessions.  Read more about Prof. Wengert.


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An Equipping Workshop for ALL Who Care About Hunger


Saturday, October 29 from 8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

King of Glory - Loveland, CO


The Rocky Mountain Synod Hunger Network invites all who care about hunger and poverty to an "equipping workshop" on Saturday, October 29, from 8:45 am to 1:00 pm, at King of Glory Lutheran Church located at 2919 North Wilson Avenue in Loveland (80537). There is no fee for this event but participants are asked to pre-register online as soon as possible.

Why should you be interested in this event?
The goal is to give social action/mission committees, hunger/advocacy contacts, and pastors information and updates on current work here and around the world PLUS practical resources and ideas to raise awareness of the amazing work of ELCA World Hunger AND to raise money! 

We are pleased to have two special speakers for this workshop: The Rev. Daniel Rift, Director of the ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal, and Mikka McCracken, Program Director for Constituent Engagement and Interpretation.

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The absolute registration deadline is Monday, October 24

but the Hunger Network encourages you to register TODAY so planners know what workshop topics are most interesting to you, how to plan for meeting space and how many lunches to order. Go to and click on the link to register. Contact Carol McDivitt by email or phone (970-669-4090) for additional information.


Congregations are invited to put this article in their October newsletters. A bulletin insert and flyer to post are also available for your use as well as descriptions for the workshops





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. 

Communications Staff
Rocky Mountain Synod
800-525-0462 / 303-777-6700

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