weekly email of the
Rocky Mountain Synod
October 25, 2011
Gatherings focus on Synod Ministry
Information about the Bishop Election process is 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:
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 at Atonement 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
|OUR LIFE TOGETHER|
Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savor and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Prayer from Sundays and Seasons Year A 2011
Leta Behrens to be Installed
Pastor Leta Behrens will be installed at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Fort Collins on November 13, 2011, and you are invited to attend. The Service of Installation starts at 9:00 a.m. and Bishop Allan Bjornberg of the Rocky Mountain Synod will preside. Our Saviour's is located at 2000 South Lemay Avenue (80525). All are welcome.
Synod Prayer Cycle:
Social Ministries and Agencies
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 10/30:
Border Servant Corps
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center
Rosalie (Ro) Fesser, DM
Lutheran Family Services of Colorado
Lutheran Social Services of the South
El Paso, Texas
Lutheran Social Services of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Lutheran Refugee Services
Urban Servant Corps
| 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.
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 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.
Please contact Carol McDivitt by email or phone (970-669-4090) for late registrations.
A bulletin insert and flyer to post are available for your use as well as descriptions for the workshops.
|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 online.
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!
We Live by Grace.
Registrations accepted until November 1.
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. Please bring a cross+generational group from your congregation to experience this engaging time together -- and take it home to share with your congregation.
The next two workshops are scheduled as follows:
Saturday, October 29 -
Zion Lutheran - Salt Lake City, UT
(Utah and Western Wyoming 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.
|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 SECRETARY UPDATE|
Updates Are Essential
At the ELCA Churchwide Assembly, constitutional updates were adopted, which were also approved at the recent Rocky Mountain Synod Council meeting.
If your congregation's constitution was amended following the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly and included the amendments passed at that time, use the 2011 Amendments to the Model Constitution for Congregations for a quick update.
If your congregation's constitution has not been amended for more than two years, refer to ELCA Model Constitution for Congregations 2011 and Guidelines for Use of Model Constitution for Congregations 2011.
Links to all documents are on the RMS website.
Please contact Earline Bohling, RMS Secretary, with questions about constitutional updates.
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.
2012 WINTER THEOLOGICAL CONFERENCE
|Winter Theological Conference:
January 23-26 in Fort Collins, CO
Registration is now open. Deadline is Dec 21.
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.
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
Closing worship service at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Anton, CO.
Presentation of the Generosity Project, Zion Lutheran Church, Salt Lake City, UT; Visiting with the congregation of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Logan, UT.
CSM Conference Call, Denver, CO; New Mexico Conference of Churches Workshop on New Starts, Most Holy Rosary Church, Albuquerque, NM; Visiting and worshipping with the congregation of Messiah Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, NM.
Presentation of the Generosity Project, Zion Lutheran Church, Salt Lake City, UT; Visiting and worshipping with the congregation of Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, Park City, UT.
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
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St. Luke's to Hold Its Annual Bazaar and Bake Sale
On Saturday, November 5, St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Buffalo, Wyoming will have its annual Bake Sale and Bazaar. The event will take place at the church from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
The congregation will be serving a soup and pie lunch. The bazaar will feature all kinds of goods from knit and wood crafts to ceramics and Christmas items. Tickets will be sold to raise money for the Lutheran Center in Billings. $100 in groceries are at stake. Again this year the Bazaar and Bake Sale will feature Fair Trade Hand Crafts from around the world provided through Lutheran World Relief. Can you smell the aroma of all the fresh breads, rolls, pies, cookies and cakes? Expect to find homemade candies and jams as well. Proceeds from the bazaar will go toward buying meal tickets for residents at the Lutheran Center as well as their emergency medical fund.
For more information, please contact the church office: 307-237-3503. St. Luke's is located at 615 North Burritt Avenue in Buffalo (82834).
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Healing Service, Harvest Potluck at Elim Lutheran
The Stephen Ministers of Elim Lutheran Church in Ogden, will conduct a service of healing following the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, October 30. The healing service will take place in Elim's prayer chapel. Pastor DanaLee Simon said that this service is open to any person of any denomination who feels the need for physical, emotional, or spiritual healing.
The service will focus on prayers of healing, laying on of hands, and anointing with the sign of the cross. Stephen Ministers, along with Pastor Simon, will lead the service, but everyone will be invited to take part in the laying on of hands.
Following the healing service, the congregation will hold a potluck luncheon in the Fellowship Hall as a celebration of the harvest. Elim members will share their favorite fall dishes. Guests are welcome and need not bring any food.
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Taizé at Saint Paul - Denver
Please join us on October 26 at 7:00 p.m. for our Taizé service at Saint Paul Lutheran Church located at 1600 Grant Street in Denver (80203).
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.
Healthcare Exchange Webinar Set for November 9
Learn How to Shop for Health Care Coverage
By action of the state legislature, Colorado is in the process of creating a Health Benefit Exchange where individuals and small businesses will be able to shop (comparing apples to apples) for health care coverage for themselves or for their employees.It is important that our clergy, lay leaders and members who need health care coverage or seek to provide health care coverage for their employees have as much knowledge as possible on what the Exchange will offer and when it will be available.
To this end, the Colorado Council of Churches is offering an informational webinar at no cost on Wednesday, November 9 from 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. For participation in a webinar, you need a computer with internet access (for visual) and a phone (for audio). You may register for the webinar by going to www.cochurches.org.
You will receive an email confirmation of your registration with a link to use for the webinar as well as the phone number to call on November 9 for the audio. These webinars are limited to 50 participants, so register (and share this information with appropriate people in your congregation) soon.
Jonathan Edwards to Preach Thanksgiving Eve Sermon at Atonement, Lakewood
You are cordially invited to spend Thanksgiving Evening (November 23) with Jonathan Edwards who will be preaching a sermon titled "What a Pilgrim's Faith is All About." The Rev. Dr. Jack Van Ens of Arvada, CO brings to life this intellectual giant, considered to be the most important American philosopher and theologian of his time. Mr. Edwards (1703-1758) was a Puritan theologian who inspired a number of religious revivals and has been called "the greatest mind produced in America."
Rev. Dr. Jack Van Ens' presentation at Atonement is made possible by funding from the Lutheran Center for Theological Studies. Atonement's traditional Thanksgiving Eve pie and coffee fundraiser for youth attending the 2012 National Youth Gathering in New Orleans will follow the service. Atonement is located at 6281 West Yale Avenue (80227). A Free Will offering is will be accepted.
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