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September 27, 2011    


Our Daily Bread: Video Series Part II

Last spring a series of three video stories was produced for use in your congregation, to share engaging stories of God's work in the Rocky Mountain Synod. In October, a DVD with videos 4-6 will be sent to each congregation.


These new videos may be viewed online and the Bible Study and Devotional materials may be downloaded for use in forums, councils, gatherings, worship, and more.


The excellent three new videos tell these stories:

  • Seniors Ministry at Good Shepherd, Casper, WY
  • Outdoor Ministry at Sky Ranch and Rainbow Trail camps
  • Emergent Church Ministry at House for All Sinners and Saints, Denver, CO

Do you like these videos?  Are you using them?

Please take take one moment and share your impressions of the videos and how they are being used in your congregation. This is essential in determining if this is a worthwhile project and future videos should be considered. Complete a brief survey now.




Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost 

Beloved God, from you come all things that are good. Lead us by the inspiration of your Spirit to know those things that are right, and by your merciful guidance, help us to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


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Martha Atkins Ordained


On Saturday, September 24, 2011, Martha Atkins, a former TEEM Candidate with the Rocky Mountain Synod, was ordained into ministry within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The Service of Ordination took place at Mount of Olives Lutheran Church in Rock Springs, WY, where she is called to serve as pastor. Congratulations, Martha! 



Pastor Jeff Louden

Pastor Jeff Louden to be Installed at St. Matthew's

Please join St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Taylorsville, Utah, for the installation of Pastor Jeffrey Louden on October 16 at 3:00 p.m. Bishop Bjornberg of the Rocky Mountain Synod will be present for the installation. All are invited for a meal afterward. For more information, please contact the church at:



Synod Prayer Cycle: Campus Ministries
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 10/2:

Colorado State University

     Connie Winter-Eulberg

University of Colorado

     Zachary Parris 

University of New Mexico

     Anne Morawski

New Mexico State University

     Jeanne Lutz

University of Northern Colorado

     Sarah Moening

University of Utah


Utah State University


University of Wyoming

     Ralph Rohr and Andrew Dietzel (intern)


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Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM
2011 Advocacy Conference


"Speaking Out Together"


The 2011 conference will be on Saturday, November 12 at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Albuquerque (9100 Menaul NE, between Moon and Eubank).  The conference will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and the cost is $15 per person, including lunch.


Planned breakout session topics include advocacy basics, hunger and more. This year there will be breakout sessions for those who coordinate their congregation's actions for ELCA World Hunger. (The registration fee will be waived for those Hunger Leaders.) Plan now to attend and learn more about advocating for our neighbors living in poverty. 


To register or for more information, please contact Ruth Hoffman by email or phone at 505-984-8005.    


The registration deadline is November 19.


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 Macedonia Project - Your Table is Ready


The Rocky Mountain Synod has received an ELCA grant to take the lead in the work and ministry of stewardship through the Macedonia 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  


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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.  

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. Help a friend who doesn't have a computer! Please download, print and mail the registration form. 


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.

Rainbow Trail Confirmation Retreat 2011

RTLC Fall Confirmation Retreat
Nov. 11-13


Join us for a Confirmation Retreat at Rainbow Trail this fall and let us be partners with you in creating a fun atmosphere for learning in your confirmation program! We will sing songs, play games, learn together, and play together in God's beautiful creation.


Scott Moore, Youth Director at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, is this year's featured speaker who will lead us in inspiring, educational and fun group study sessions designed to expand on the studies you've already touched on at your home church. The theme for this year is "Spiritual Disciplines - Taking Our Faith from Religious to Rational." For more information or to register, please go to the Rainbow Trail website or send an email message to Ashley.  


Note: We also offer a retreat in the Spring from February 24 - 26, 2012.


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FREE Training (Webinar)
for ALL Leading Youth Ministry  

October 2, 2011 


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.  




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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).

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Colorado's Budget: In Plain Talk


Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - CO, in conjunction with other faith advocacy partners, is proud to introduce Colorado's Budget: In Plain Talk video and discussion guide to help spark a statewide conversation about the budget and our fiscal challenges.


Produced by The Bell Policy Center and ProgressNow Colorado, the video and discussion guide use broad strokes to paint a picture of how the state collects and spends its money. It then offers options, but proposes no specific solutions, for fixing our broken fiscal system. The discussion materials maybe found at or on a link at


Go to where you can see the video, and from there follow a link to download the discussion materials for use in your congregation. The conversations had by faith communities are important, because in Colorado, it is the voters, not legislators, who make the major decisions about taxes and fiscal policy.



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


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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Take the ELCA/Mayo Clinic Health Assessment and Earn Cash


Act by September 30 to Earn $450  


ELCA primary health plan members and covered spouses, don't miss your chance to earn up to $450 in personal wellness credits. They offset eligible out-of-pocket health care costs.

  • Take the 2011 Mayo Clinic Health Assessment on the Mayo Clinic EmbodyHealth web portal before it closes September 30. You'll earn a $150 personal wellness account credit.
  • After taking the assessment (a requirement in order to earn wellness credits), do follow-up activities by November 30 and earn your remaining $300 credit.
Don't expect to incur health care costs in 2011? No problem. These credits roll over year to year. Learn more and access the assessment online now.

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Understanding the Costs
of Your ELCA Benefits

You are invited to attend the Contribution Rates Webinar: Understanding Your Benefit Costs. ELCA benefits contribution rates for 2012 were announced last month. Do you know what drives the cost? Get to the bottom of what contribution dollars are paying for, and why, at the Board of Pensions' first-ever Contribution Rates Webinar. Board of Pensions' Director of Products & Services Brad Joern will explain what factors into the cost of ELCA benefits, dispel some common myths and answer employers' questions.    


Attendance is free and open to anyone interested in better understanding the cost of ELCA benefits and our approach to pricing. Treasurers, administrators and members of church councils, call committees and other congregational decision-makers are strongly encouraged to attend.  


Register in advance for either session at:

  • Tuesday, October 4, 6:00 p.m. (Mountain Time)

Following the webinar, a recording will be posted on the Board of Pensions' web site.



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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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All Saint's Day Pancake Breakfast for 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! 


St John's Lutheran Church in Thornton

 St. John's Has Music to Donate



St. John's Lutheran Church in Thornton, Co has many boxes of choir music that they are not using and they want to donate it. For any person or congregation interested in any of the music, please contact Pastor Penni Walsh or the church office at 303-457-2476. She will email you a five-page .pdf list of the music.


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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

Colorado Council of Churches meeting, Denver, CO; Conference of Bishops, Chicago, IL.

Pastor Dan Bollman    

Lutheran Church of the Master Stewardship Banquet, Lakewood, CO.


Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email  
or phone appointment.  

Pastor Jim Hytjan

Macedonia Project Workshop, First Lutheran Church, Longmont, CO; CSM Staff meeting, Chicago, IL.

Linda Staats

Macedonia Project Workshop, First Lutheran Church, Longmont, CO.
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.     



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Blessing of the Animals at Elim in Utah

Pastor DanaLee Simon of Elim Evangelical Lutheran Church, 575 - 23rd Street in Ogden, UT, invites all dogs, cats, fish, birds, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, and any other animal that slithers, slides, walks on all fours, or flies, to the second annual Blessing of the Blessin of the Animals at Elim in UtahAnimals on Wednesday, October 5, at 6:30 p.m. on the church lawn. Animals and humans of any religion are invited.


 Animals must bring their human with them, and must be safely secured in a cage, carrier, or on a leash. If an animal does not travel well, their human may bring a symbol of the animal, such as a leash, food bowl, cushion, or photograph. There will be treats for both animals and humans.


For further information, please call the church office at 801-394-5543 or send email to


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After School Program Begins at Cristo Rey-Denver on September 27 


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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Lutheran Family Services of Colorado
Harvest of Hope Fall Family Carnival


Lutheran Family Services of Colorado Harvest of Hope Fall Family Carnival will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Something from the Farm Corn Maze will host the event at Redeemer Lutheran Church, located at 7755 Greenstone Trail in Fort Collins.

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The event will include a bowling alley, bounce house, carnival games and prizes, corn mazes, carnival food, hay bale climbing, hay rides, face painting, pumpkin patch, and much more!


Tickets are $1 each or $20 for 24 tickets with all proceeds supporting the programs and services of Lutheran Family Services of Colorado. Help get the word out by downloading and posting the flyer. You are also invited to visit the Harvest of Hope Online Auction.   


Lutheran Family Services of Colorado is a faith based, non-profit human service agency helping children and families during their most challenging times. We have been committed to serving all people, regardless of race, religion, gender or age since 1948.


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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.      


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.



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 The Early Registration Deadline is Approaching!



Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp is hosting its 5th Annual Grace Race on Saturday, October 8, 2011 with 2011 Grace Race emblema 9:00 a.m. start. All proceeds and donations will be given to ELCA World Hunger. This is a 5K run/walk around beautiful Sloan's Lake in south Denver. There will be food and refreshments for all participants following the race. The entry fee is $30 before October 1 and $35 after that date. The October 1st early registration deadline is approaching quickly. You can register for the race after that date and even on the day of the race; however, after October 1, we can't guarantee you'll get one of the cool long sleeve tech shirts from the race.


2011 Grace Race imageSo, here is the push. For the past two years, we have been trying to raise enough money to send a check for over $10,000 to ELCA World Hunger. We NEED to do it this year! If every person that has participated or thought about participating in the past Grace Races brought just one new person (and you can bring more!!), we would have over 400 participants and that will really push us over that $10,000 mark. Bring your friends, family, and members from your church. You don't have to be a runner to make a difference. We had parents with baby strollers, grandparents with grand kids, and runners and walkers of all types last year.


If your church wants to be a sponsor, have them contact Dave Jarvis by email! Congregations will get their church name on the shirt.


Get those registrations in now! Come join us for a great morning in the park for a great cause. You can register on-line! To learn more and to register, go to  Let's make this 5th Annual Grace Race one to remember!


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.




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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