weekly email of the
Rocky Mountain Synod
October 18, 2011
Gatherings focus on Synod Ministry
Pastor Jason McSpadden, Dean of the Northern Colorado Conference, said the lay person who attended from his congregation "
loved the mutual conversation and connecting with people from other congregations. That person came back with some terrific ideas and enthusiasm about our ministry and synod."
He continued, "If I could change only one thing, it would be trying to ensure greater participation from the conference congregations!"
Thus, please encourage strong participation!
The "Ministry Audit" portion of the meeting is the centerpiece. Additional information about the Bishop Election process is now posted online at www.rmselca.org/bishopelection. Visit that page for additional information, including how to submit the name of a potential nominee. After December 15 all potential nominees will be invited to submit a bio and info which will be available online in February as a part of the discernment process.
Gatherings are listed (some times/places are tentative) as follows:
October 23 (Sun) - Southern CO at Grace in CO Springs in the afternoon
October 23 (Sun) - Boulder/Broomfield at Grace in Boulder, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. (Bishop portion)
November 5 (Sat) - Border at Cristo Rey in El Paso from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
November 5 (Sat) - Northern NM at All Saints, Albuquerque, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
November 5 (Sat) - Boulder/Broomfield in Boulder 9:00-10:30 a.m. (Ministry Audit only)
November 12 (Sat) - Utah at Our Saviour's in Salt Lake from 9:00 - 12:00 p.m.
November 14 (Mon)- Metro South at Bethany Lutheran, from 7:00 to 9:00 p,m.
December 3 (Sat) - Metro West part 2 at Holy Cross, Wheat Ridge from 9:00 a.m. - noon
|UR LIFE TOGETHER|
|Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost
O Lord God, you are the holy lawgiver, you are the salvation of your people. By your Spirit renew us in your covenant of love, and train us to care tenderly for all our neighbors, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Prayer from Sundays and Seasons Year A 2011
Installation of Rev. Zachary Parris at CU Boulder
Lutheran Campus Ministry at University of Colorado-Boulder invites you to join them for the Service of Installation for Pastor Parris on Sunday, October 23 at 5:00 p.m. The event will take place at Grace Lutheran Church, located at 1001 13th Street in Boulder (80302). Bishop Allan Bjornberg of the Rocky Mountain Synod will preside. All are welcome.
Synod Prayer Cycle: Hospital and Military Chaplains
You are encouraged to include the listed leaders in your Sunday prayers of the people. The prayer list for November is available.
to remember in prayers on 10/23:
Penrose - St. Francis Hospital
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Ft. Belvoir, Virginia
Port Orchard, Washington
University of New Mexico Hospital
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Poudre Valley Hospital
Ft. Collins, Colorado
Ebenezer Care Center
Rosalie (Ro) Fesser, DM
San Juan Medical Center
Farmington, New Mexico
Presbyterian Health Care
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Presbyterian Main Hospital
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Northern Colorado Medical Center
Sky Ridge Medical Center
| ANTON, CO, CONGREGATION TO CLOSE OCTOBER 30|
Recognizing Our Loss and Celebrating Our Blessings...
Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Anton, Colorado, which has been a presence of faith in the eastern rural part of Colorado for 63 years, will hold its closing worship service of thanksgiving on Sunday, October 30, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. (followed by a fellowship potluck). All who have been blessed by this church are very welcome to come. Also, pastor Hermsmeyer asks that you pray for the congregation. Your spiritual support is greatly appreciated.
Bishop Allan Bjornberg, as well as former pastors, will be present. Although we recognize the grief and sense of loss this brings to present and former members and the community, we also celebrate with thanksgiving all the blessings God provided through this ministry over the years and hope that the church will live on through the people, by the power of the Holy Spirit, multiplying in many ways as they continue to serve the Lord where they are planted.
The congregation would love to gift their church contents to other churches in need. A list is forthcoming. You may also contact Pastor Teri Hermsmeyer by email.
|PRMS COMPANION SYNOD COMMITTEE|
Companion Synod Sunday
To Our Shepherds in Christ:
In August, we wrote to you asking you to schedule a Companion Synod Sunday, preferably November 13 or 20, 2011. You may download the Seeds of Hope and Companion Synod - Walking Together brochures to use as bulletin inserts or for stimulating discussions about our sister synods in adult forums, council meetings or whichever arena you find most attractive for the congregation you serve. Additional resources are available for your use and are located on the Rocky Mountain Synod website.
Please encourage the congregation you serve to give to the Seeds of Hope fund which underwrites so much good work at Betela Seminary and throughout the Lutheran Church in Madagascar.
Bishop Allan Bjornberg and
Pastor Ron Roschke, Chair of the RMS Companion Synod Committee
SENIOR HIGH YOUTH GATHERING 2011
God's Positioning System
November 18-20, 2011
at Estes Park
Our own RMS Senior High Youth Gathering is a
Faith-forming, Fabulous Weekend!
DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS IN SIX DAYS:
OCTOBER 24 FINAL DEADLINE!
Begin Online Registration Now
The event promises an awesome line-up of speakers, workshops, worship and bands, including a concert by Agape and Rachel Kurtz. Download a schedule/poster and get more details at the SHYG website .
Are you between the ages of 18-25? Consider serving as a Cornerstone Peer Minister for the SHYG. Details and applications can be found on the SHYG web page.
| The Generosity Project - Our 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 Generosity Project - Our 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 www.rmselca.org/generosity.
RMS 2011 HUNGER NETWORK WORKSHOP
LOVING OUR NEIGHBORS
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 absolute registration deadline is Monday, October 24.
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. Two excellent speakers will be present.
Go to www.rmselca.org/hunger 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.
|MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GATHERING 2012|
MSYG Theme is "Drenched"
January 13-15, 2012
The Middle School Youth Gathering will be a dynamic experience of worship, service, and fun under the theme, "Drenched."
Registration and Resources
are online and live now!
RMS CHILDREN, YOUTH, and HOUSEHOLD MINISTRY
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.
For more info or to register, contact Ben Larson by email or phone (719-942-4220).
|RMS MISSION PARTNERS|
Mission Partners connect to give and to receive
Cultivating relationships is vital for our mission partner congregations. Now that fall is upon us, it's a good time to re-connect with each other. Congregations receiving Mission Partner support are encouraged to write their partners with an update of their ministry.
Partnering congregations are encouraged to hold their mission congregation in prayer, put information about their mission in newsletters and find other ways to keep their members informed of the relationship. For more information about the Rocky Mountain Synod's Mission Partners program, please check out the website.
2012 ELCA YOUTH GATHERING UPDATE
33 RMS Congregations Registered for ELCA Youth Gathering on Opening Day
LUTHERAN ADVOCACY MINISTRY-NEW MEXICO
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.
This year we welcome State Rep. Gail Chasey as our lunch speaker. 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 9.
RTLC FALL/WINTER RETREATS
|BOGO (Buy 1 Get 1) at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp
Jesus knew the benefits of going up the mountain to pray. Follow his example and set time apart for your congregation to step away from the world. Rainbow Trail staff can help you plan a weekend of prayer, study, and community building.
New groups booking a retreat for 2012 at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp by the end of 2011 can get a free night's lodging as part of a weekend or midweek package Selected weekends during the winter and spring of 2012 are available. Please contact Emily at Rainbow Trail by email or phone (719-942-4220) for more information.
RTLC Fall Confirmation Retreat
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.
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.
LWF PROVIDES HUMANITARIAN RELIEF
ELCA Partners with Lutheran World Federation to Provide Humanitarian Aide in Africa
Lutheran World Federation manages the
Dadaab camps and reports that while they were originally built to host 90,000 refugees, they are now hosting over 400,000 people with 1,200 new arrivals each day. By the end of 2011, the camp population wil likely exceed 500,000 people in need of immediate and long-term humanitarian assistance.
PEACE NOT WALLS RESOURCE
Resources Available for Study of Kairos Palestine
The 2011 Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly passed a resolution encouraging congregations to study Kairos Palestine, a call to the world from Palestinian Christians, a word of their suffering and hope. As you plan to study in your congregation, here are some resources:
See Jan's blog about peacemaking in Israel and Palestine.
On Our Way to Bethlehem: Festival of Lessons and Carols for Advent
A benefit for Dar al-Kalima College, Bethlehem (the only Lutheran College in the Holy Land)
Come sing with us....
Sunday, December 4, 2011 beginning at 7:30 p.m., Bright Stars of Bethlehem - Colorado Chapter will host a Festival of Lessons and Carols at Augustana Lutheran Church, located at 5000 East Alameda in Denver (80246). A reception will follow featuring the Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, live from Bethlehem.
If you or your church choir would like to sing or if you would like more information, please contact Margaret Hinchey by email or phone (303-773-9857). : firstname.lastname@example.org
Bright Stars of Bethlehem - Colorado Chapter is raising $50,000 for the music room at the college. This Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols is a benefit for the college. A FREEWILL offering will be received. Funds raised will be matched by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans chapter grants.
2012 WINTER THEOLOGICAL CONFERENCE
|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 later in October.
URBAN SERVANT CORPS
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!
Shopping Event to Benefit the USC
2626 East Third Avenue, Denver (80206)
Thursday, December 8 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The rumors are true...there are some who are planning for Christmas time already! Mark your calendars to shop at this non-profit, fair-trade retailer of home decor, personal accessories, and unique gift items from around the world!
Ten Thousand Villages provides vital, fair income to Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America. When you shop at Ten Thousand Villages on December 8, a percentage of the sales will be donated to the Urban Servant Corps.
RMS JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Director of Youth Ministry Needed
Christ the King Lutheran Church in Durango, CO is seeking a part-time Director of Youth Ministry.
Our church has been in Durango for almost 50 years and has a unique environment for sharing the gospel within a young and vibrant community of 16,000. We seek a candidate who will work with passion and creativity to recruit, organize, and lead paid staff and volunteers in designing and implementing programs in faith formation for youth from middle school through college in the congregation, school and community.
The initial focus for youth ministry will be leading and expanding existing programs for middle school and high school students, and young adults. A complete job description (with contact information) is available on Christ the King's website.
|Every Person, Every Congregation, Every Ministry, Boldly Serving God's Mission in Christ|
Bishop Allan Bjornberg
Visiting with the congregation of New Beginnings Church, Denver, CO; Southeast Colorado Conference Retreat, Grace Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, CO; Installation of Pastor Zachary Parris of Lutheran Campus Ministry CSU, Boulder, CO.
Visiting with the congregation of Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver, CO; Presentation of the Generosity Project, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Casper, WY.
Visiting with the Camino de Vida Advisory Committee, Albuquerque, NM; Presentation of the Generosity Project, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Casper, WY; Visiting with the Kairos Worshipping Committee, Greeley, CO.
ELCA Youth Ministry Network Board meeting, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.
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 World Hunger Resource Packet
The new ELCA World Hunger Resource Packet is in the mail! Each congregation will receive this packet with a collection of the latest resources designed to raise funds and awareness for ELCA World Hunger in the congregation. This packet includes the latest edition of "Congregation Connections," reproducible stories, malaria resources and a copy of the new ELCA Good Gifts catalog. Order an additional copy, or any of the specific resources, at www.elca.org/resources.
The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
The year 1517 is recognized by many to have been the birth of the Reformation. The Luther Decade, which began in 2008, has included events around themes leading up to 2017, the 500th anniversary of this event. The ELCA Wittenberg Center in Germany and the Evangelical Church in Germany are partners in this initiative. See www.elca.org/wittenberg.
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Centus Trivia Night: Saturday, October 22 from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.
Brooklyn's at the Pepsi Center
901 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
Trivia Night at Brooklyn's (map) will benefit Centus, providing top tier mental health services throughout metro Denver! Bring your own team of 4-8 people, or come and join a team.
The cost is $25 per person for advance online reservations. Prizes will be awarded for winning teams! The cost includes appetizers. A cash bar will be available. Register and pay in advance online at www.centus.org/trivia-night. Centus provides counseling services in a network throughout Metro Denver.
The Lutheran Chorale presents two October concerts
In Paradisum: Songs of Heaven
(Selections will be from Faure's Requiem and Brahms Requiem, plus Mendelsohn's A Star Shall Rise, Bach's Ah Lord, When My Last End, Sibelius' Be Still My Soul', plus others)
October 23, 2011, 3:00pm - Sunday
Christ the King Lutheran Church
2300 South Patton Court. Denver (80219) and
October 23, 2011, 7:00pm - Sunday
St. Andrew Lutheran Church
6774 West 66th Avenue, Arvada (80003)
Ticket Prices: $15 - adults // $10 - seniors & students // $25 - family
New Season of Kantorei Begins In October
Augustana Lutheran Church, located at 5000 East Alameda Avenue in Denver (80246) is pleased to announce and host the performance of This Shining Night on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
This Shining Night marks the opening of Kantorei's 2011-2012 season by the appearance of distinguished guest conductor, Dr. Anton Armstrong, director of the famed St. Olaf Choir.
Taizé at Saint Paul - Denver
Please join us for our upcoming Taizé service at Saint Paul Lutheran Church located at 1600 Grant Street in Denver (80203) on October 26 at 7:00 p.m.!
Whatever your background, please know that all are welcome for this time of simple song, silence, prayer, and candlelit meditation. It truly is a time for those of all faiths to reflect and pray.
For more information, please visit www.spiritoftaize.org, or contact Jeff directly at email@example.com.
The Leona and Ed Bock Foundation of Messiah Community Church, ELCA presents:
The Shape of Congregations for a Vital Future
Featuring: Diana Butler Bass
October 28-30, 2011
The congregation of Messiah Community Church in Denver invites you to a lecture series featuring acclaimed author, speaker and independent scholar Diana Butler Bass. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Duke University and specializes in American religion and culture.
The schedule for the lectures is:
Friday, Oct 28, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct 29, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct 30, Worship, 9:30 a.m.
Adult Forum, 10:45 a.m.
The cost is $15 for any one lecture and $60 for all four lectures (Friday-Saturday) including lunch on Saturday. Students with an I.D pay only $5 for a single lecture and $20 for all four including lunch on Saturday. You are encouraged to download, print and display the poster for all to see. For more information, please call the church on 303-355-4471. Messiah Community Church is located at 1750 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO (80220).
King of Glory Lutheran Church - Arvada presents:
Reformation Festival Concert
Celebrating the Reformation through Music
On Saturday, October 29, 2011 beginning at 7:00 p.m. King of Glory Lutheran Church will present an evening of chamber music celebrating the Reformation and the life and teachings of the great reformer Martin Luther. King of Glory is located at 10001 West 58th Avenue in Arvada (80002).
Highlighting the evening will be the Musicians of St. Clare (Carma Romano-LaMorte, conductor). The Musicians of Saint Clare is an ecumenical, international touring chamber ensemble known for its precision, power, and stunning performances of great choral works.
There is No Admission Charge - A Free Will Offering will be taken. A flyer is available to post or use as an insert to include in Sunday bulletins. If you have questions or need more information, please call the church at 303-421-9930.
image from the St. Clare website
Reformation Celebration at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church - Fort Collins
With special guest: Prof. Tim Wengert of
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.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"
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.
The Sounds of Autumn to be Heard at
Saint Paul Lutheran Church - Denver
Music at Saint Paul is a "music ministry" that presents outstanding concerts and inspiring liturgies in the superb acoustics of the congregation's historic building.
On Sunday, November 6 at 2:30 p.m., Music at Saint Paul - Denver will present The Sounds of Autumn Colors featuring the Mountain Chamber Music Society.Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. Everyone is welcome to come.
Here is a list of other concerts happening through the remainder of the year.
Metro East Cluster Women's Brunch
The Metro East Cluster of the Rocky Mountain Synodical Women's Organization (WELCA) congregations are invited to a Brunch at Joy Lutheran located at 7051 E. Parker Hills Court in Parker, on Saturday, November 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be food and devotions, special music, and a special program. Reservations must be made to Joy Lutheran by calling 303-841-3739 or 303-841-2341 no later than November 11, 2011. All Women of the Metro East Cluster of Lutheran churches are invited, and please bring a friend. If you have questions concerning the Brunch, please contact Gwen Wilhelm at 303-841-2341.
Learn more about what our women are doing! Information about the Rocky Mountain Synodical Women's Organization (RMSWO) and cluster units can be found on the women's website. Check out the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELC) website for news and information from around the national church.
Cristo Rey - Denver's After School Program Needs Your Help
Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey located in west Denver, the Latino sister parish of Saint Paul Lutheran Church, begins its fifth year operating SuperKids, an after-school academic tutoring and enrichment program for the children in the parish and community.
In order to offer this program at no cost to students of the community, we make maximum use of donated materials and volunteer assistance. The low dollar-cost of the program is shared by parishes that support this fine outreach work. Please take a look at the list of materials to see if you might be able to help.
Volunteers are needed to assist the students in music, art and in the computer lab. Consider teaming with one of our tutors as a helper. 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). Thank you.
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