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Rocky Mountain Synod

January 10, 2012     

RMS Financial Snapshot 2012 ready to download and reproduce 
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A newly designed one-page financial snapshot is provided for you to include in your congregation's annual report or to include in your monthly newsletter. Download a copy or include an electronic link in your email correspondence using this link shortcut:  A hard copy was sent in snail mail to every congregation today.  


Order ELCA Annual Report covers

Cost is $5.50 for a pack of 50 copies. Even if you have had a "standing order" in the past, you need to reorder! Order online now. Or order by phone: 800.638.3522. 


Campus Ministry highlighted in RMS Lutheran Magazine supplement

Read about Campus Ministry in the Rocky Mountain Synod in the quarterly Rocky Mountain Synod insert to the Lutheran Magazine. Read the insert now.

Not too late to register for Theological Conference, January 23-26

More information and registration is online. A late fee now applies for single and double room registrants because the hotel is increasing the room rate.  No late fee for commuters.

Second Sunday after Epiphany 

Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful redeemer, for the countless blessings and benefits you give. May we know you more clearly, love you more dearly and follow you more nearly, day by day praising you, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer from Sundays and Seasons Year A 2011


Ordination Celebration at Evergreen Lutheran Church 



Mark Meyer will be ordained and installed as Assistant Pastor at Evergreen Lutheran Church, Evergreen, Colorado, serving with Pastor Vera Guebert-Steward. The liturgy will take place at Evergreen Lutheran Church at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2012. Bishop Allan Bjornberg will preside, and Pastor Guebert-Steward will preach. All are invited and clergy are invited to vest and wear red. A reception will follow at the church.    


Synod Prayer Cycle: Metro West Conference

You are encouraged to include the listed leaders in your Sunday prayers of the people. The prayer lists for
January and February are available.

to remember in prayers on 1/17:           


Mount of the Holy Cross Vail, CO

     Scott Beebe

Shepherd of the Valley Grand Junction, CO

     Ron Powers

St. Andrew Arvada, CO

     Stephanie Kopsch

St. John's Thornton, CO

     Penni Walsh


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Middle School Youth Gathering

The RMS Middle School Youth Gathering is January 13-15, 2012, in Colorado Springs at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. More info  


Registration is formally closed.   

For any questions regarding registration, please contact R.C. Reiman by email.



 Rocky Mountain Synod logoRMS: Youth Ministry Trainings


A series of on-site, face-to-face Youth Ministry trainings will take place throughout the RMS as part of the Practice Discipleship: The ELCA Youth Ministry Training Project.


These special trainings are being offered FREE to all youth and family ministry professionals and volunteers, whether you are or are not attending the ELCA Youth Gathering. These workshops will strengthen your ministry with young people wherever it happens: youth group meetings, mission trips, service projects, Bible study, and other events.  


Specifically, all adults accompanying youth to the ELCA Youth Gathering are encouraged to attend, as well as a representation of your high school youth registered for The Gathering - at least one youth for every five registered. The Sunday afternoon, three-hour trainings will be led by Kristen Baltrum, Gathering Coordinator and Linda Staats, Gathering Coach.  


Save the following dates for your area. Sites TBA.

Albuquerque, NM - February 26

Denver, CO - March 10

Colorado Springs, CO - March 18

Casper, WY - March - 25

Salt Lake City, UT - April 15

Ft. Collins, CO - April 29



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2012 ELCA Youth Gathering


"Citizens with the Saints"  

July 18-22, 2012 

New Orleans, LA


The Rocky Mountain Synod has 41 congregations and 590 youth and caring adults registered for the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering. Registration ha snot closed yet, so congregations may still register.   


Keep up with all the resources and tools for your preparation by signing up for the Gathering E-News. See who else is going from our synod by checking out our own RMS Gathering web page.


Youth Ministry Network emblemCheck out the many resources available to equip ALL your adults to accompany young people to New Orleans and in your every day ministry, right where you are. Info link


If you have questions, please contact your RMS Gathering Coordinator, Kristen Baltrum, or Coach, Linda Staats by email.

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Front Range Youth Ministry Network


Please join us for the next meeting of the Front Range Youth Ministry Network which will take place on Thursday, January 12 at the Rocky Mountain Synod office. The meeting is expected to last from 10:00 a.m. to noon followed by conversation and a meal in a local café. For more information, contact Anne Maki by email.  



 Front Range Christian Education Network


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Anyone who coordinates Christian Education or teaches Sunday School or leads Faith Formation in their congregation is invited to network with other paid and volunteer leaders on Thursday, January 19 at the Rocky Mountain Synod office from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  RSVP to Linda Staats and to receive further details.    


SAVE the DATE!  

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RMS Lutheran Schools Appreciation Days


You are invited to a "Gathering" for Rocky Mountain Synod (RMS) preschool and school directors, pastors and a school board member/staff person. The events will take place in two locations:  

  • Tuesday, February 28, Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, Albuquerque
  • Thursday, March 22, Denver area. Site TBA

This will be a time to network with peers, share joys and challenges, ask questions and share what works. Also, we will have an opportunity to visit someone else's school and learning center. The focus for our time together is the question, "What Does Faith Have to do With It? The Spirituality of Children."Gayle Denny, Executive Director of the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association (ELEA) will be with us. All are invited - one does not need to belong to ELEA to attend.


The cost is $10/person or $25 for three from a church and school. Each gathering is from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and includes lunch and free give-aways! To RSVP, email Cheryl Almquist in the synod office or call 303-777-6700/800-525-0462. If you have other questions, please contact Linda Staats by email or phone (602-740-3752).  


Rainbow Trail Confirmation Retreat 2011 RTLC Confirmation Retreat


Fall Retreat: February 24 - 26, 2012


Join us for a Confirmation Retreat at Rainbow Trail 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. Our staff will lead your kids in crafts, team-building activities, outdoor activities such as hiking or sledding, fun games, and camp songs!


Scott Moore, Youth Director at Holy Cross Lutheran Church (ELCA), is this year's featured speaker. He 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 Relational".       


For details or more information, please contact Ash by email. For registration information, check out the RTLC website:


Video Contest Deadline is March 15! 
New RMS video is a resource 
for how to shoot a great video!
Over the past two years, the Rocky Mountain Synod has produced six "professional" videos that tell stories of faith and people. Now, it's your turn! For the 2012 Synod Assembly, we invite congregations to tell their own stories about the "Landscapes of Faith" in the Rocky Mountain Synod.

This new video provides some pointers on how to tell stories and take good footage. If your Internet connection is slow and the video skips or freezes, you may need to hit "play" and wait a a few minutes for it to download before restarting it.
Telling Video Stories in the Rocky Mountain Synod
Telling Video Stories in the Rocky Mountain Synod
Additionally, a one-page .pdf resource is provided, which is a summary of the pointers from the video. 


Information will soon be posted on the RMS website about how to submit videos. The ones that tell the most engaging stories will be shown at the RMS Assembly in April.


Video contest videos are due March 15.

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Generosity Project 2012


    Workshop Dates
and Sites:





Saturday - February 4, 2012  

All Saints Lutheran Church - Albuquerque, NM 

Saturday - February 11, 2012 -
St. Peter Lutheran Church - Carlsbad, NM

Peace Lutheran Church - El Paso, TX

Saturday - March 10, 2012 -

Christ Lutheran Church - Highlands Ranch, CO

Saturday - March 17, 2012

Ascension Lutheran Church - Colorado Springs, CO

Saturday - March 24, 2012

Ascension Lutheran Church - Cheyenne, WY


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  New Name for LFS





Lutheran Family Services of Colorado (LFS) is now Lutheran Family Services
Rocky Mountains!


The name change reflects the growth of LFS, which has doubled in size and impact over the past six years and compliments the names and service area of the ELCA.  


Since 2006, LFS has increasingly been responding to various human needs in Montana and Wyoming and in 2011 was invited by the state of New Mexico to begin providing refugee resettlement services there. LFS Rocky Mountains will open an office in Albuquerque but all agency administrative functions will continue to be housed in the central Denver location.


Please visit to learn more and find out how you can help LFS serve the Rocky Mountain community in 2012 - their 64th year of service!


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All congregations are to have begun or completed the process of creating Safe Haven Guidelines and procedures for their congregation and related ministries by the 2012 Assembly. The Safe Haven initiative is all about keeping children and youth safe within the congregation's ministry.


The "Safe Haven: A Resource for Congregations" is the result of diligent work by a team of people in the Rocky Mountain Synod. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Linda Staats who will refer you to a member of the Safe Haven Task Force.


If your congregation has completed or updated your Safe Haven Guidelines, please send notification to Linda Staats, Assistant to the Bishop for Youth and Household Ministry. If your guidelines are posted on your congregation's website, please send the web link. Any comments you wish to include about the process and what these guidelines have meant for your congregation will be much appreciated.

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Preparing Pastors for Ministry in an Ever-changing and Pluralistic World   




Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry Intensive


The Lutheran Seminary Program of the Southwest wishes to invite you to attend the Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry Intensive. The Program seeks to prepare pastors for ministry in a rapidly changing and pluralistic world that is the mission field of the emerging church of the 21st century.

Open to everyone, the event will take place on the campus of the Seminary of the Southwest, located at 501 East 32nd Street in Austin, TX (78705) beginning on Sunday, May 27, 2012 and ending on Friday noon, June 1, 2012. Distinguished speakers include the Rev. Dr. Jay Alanís, Dr. Regina Musselman and the Rev. Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Alvarez


Many important details are available on the flyer but if you require additional information, please contact Consuelo at 512-477-2666.


LSPS is an extension of Wartburg Theological Seminary and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.



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The ELCA Promotes the Ending Family Violence Initiative  



The Lutheran Community Foundation is sponsoring a number of FREE webinars as part of their Ending Family Violence Initiative. The invitation is extended through the Office of the Secretary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


Some topics include:

  • How to Reduce the Risk of Child Abuse in the Church
  • Stop Teen Violence Before it Starts
  • Domestic Violence 101 for Christian Clergy
  • What to do if a Registered Sex Offender Comes to Church

  Download a complete list of topics with their summaries


All of the seminars are free and open to anyone but attendees need to register online.

Mark Your Calendars
2011 Faith Advocacy Day
Put Your Faith Into Action

 Turning the Corner from Charity to Justice 

Faith Advocacy Day will take place on Monday, February 20, 2012, at the new History Colorado center, located at 1200 Broadway in Denver (80203). The event will be from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m with two optional sessions following the main event.

Street parking at meters is free on this day since it is a holiday. Also, there are pay lots one block west of History Colorado at 12th and Acoma.

For more information, including ways to register for the event, please check out the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-Colorado website
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 Liquid Candles to Donate 


St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Taylorsville, UT has 10 off white 1 inch diameter, 12 inch long liquid wax candles to give away. The recipient need simply to pay for shipping and they are yours.  If you are interested, please email Pastor Jeffrey Louden at

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Part-time Secretarial Position Open


Highlands Lutheran Church, located at 3995 Irving Street in Denver (80211) is seeking a person to fill a part time secretarial position. The secretary supports the mission of Highlands Lutheran Church by working with the Pastor and other members of the church performing administrative and clerical duties. A more complete job summary can be found at this link.


If you are interested in applying for this position, please email Pastor Liliana Stahlberg at either  or

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



Bishop Allan Bjornberg

Madagascar Webex meeting, synod office, Denver, CO; Candidacy Meetings and Interviews, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge CO; RMS Middle School Youth Gathering, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO; Ordination and Installation of Mark Meyer, Evergreen Lutheran Church, Evergreen, CO.   

Pastor Dan Bollman    

Visiting with the congregation of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Boulder, CO; Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp Board meeting, Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village, CO; Visiting with the Call Committee of Christ Lutheran Church, Highlands Ranch, CO; RMS Middle School Youth Gathering, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO.     


Madelyn Busse, DM

Candidacy Meetings and Interviews, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge CO.
Available by email  
or phone appointment.  

Pastor Jim Hytjan

Visiting with members of Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey, synod office, Denver, CO; Mission Outreach Board Team meeting, synod office, Denver, CO; Visiting with the congregation of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs CO.

Linda Staats

Youth Ministry Network meeting, Denver, CO; RMS Middle School Youth Gathering, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO.
Available by email 
 or phone appointment.


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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,

 Cherry Hills Village, CO.



Fall Theological Conference/ Bishop's Convocation,

 Cherry Hills Village, CO. 



MAY 2-4 

2013 RMS Assembly

Loveland, Colorado


Theological Conference 

Estes Park, Colorado





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"Servant Stomp" Comes to Two New Mexico Cities 



The Border Servant Corps will host two "Servant Stomp" events in January, 2012: The first will be Saturday, January 21 and the second will be on Saturday, January 28.



Border Stomp imageLas Cruces, New Mexico


On Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., the "Servant Stomp" event will take place at Peace Lutheran Church. Peace is located at 1701 East Missouri in Las Cruces, NM (88001). The suggested cost for the event is $10 with lunch included. Please make reservations before January 18, 2012 by emailing Kari or call her on 575-522-7119 (ext. 16).  Please download, print and post  the flyer to help get the word out. 



Border Stomp image #2El Paso, Texas


On Saturday, January 28, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., the event will take place at Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey. Cristo Rey is located at 1010 East Yandell Drive in El Paso, TX (79902). The suggested cost for the event is $10 with lunch included. Please make reservations before January 25, 2012 by emailing Kari or call her on 575-522-7119 (ext. 16). Please download, print and post the flyer to help spread the word about the event. 





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Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM Annual Bishop's Luncheon is February 2



The annual Lutheran Advocacy Ministry Bishop's Legislative Luncheon will be Thursday, February 2.  Make plans to attend and be sure to make your reservation (or a reservation for a group from your congregation!) to attend this annual gathering which will be held at La Fonda in Santa Fe beginning at 12:30 p.m. Rocky Mountain Synod Bishop Allan Bjornberg will speak at the luncheon and will also share a message with us during the Issues Briefing in the morning prior to the luncheon. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church (1701 Arroyo Chamiso) with registration, fellowship and an opportunity to learn more about the issues for which Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-New Mexico will be advocating throughout 2012. 


The cost of the luncheon is $30 person ($25 per person when 4 or more people from a congregation or organization make reservations by January 26).  If you are only attending the morning issues briefing, the cost is $5.  Please contact Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM by phone (505-984-8005) or email to make reservations or for more details. The deadline for reservations is January 30.


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Music at Luther College logoLuther College Nordic Choir in Concert in Colorado 




The Luther College Nordic Choir will present three concerts in the in Colorado as part of the 2012 Colorado Concert Tour. The Luthera College Nordic Choirconcerts are:


  • 7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 29 at First Congregational Church, located at 2101 16th Street in Greeley.  (Co-hosted by Our Savior's Lutheran Church)
    Tickets are $15 Adults; $8 Students
    You may purchase tickets online or by calling 800-4-LUTHER  
  • 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 30 at Augustana Lutheran Church, located at 5000 East Alameda Avenue in Denver (80246).
    Tickets: $20 adults; $15 Seniors; $10 Students
    You may purchase tickets online or by calling 800-4-LUTHER
  • 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 31at Bethany Lutheran Church, located at 4500 East Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills Village (80113). 
    Tickets: $20 adults; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

    You may purchase tickets online or by calling 800-4-LUTHER

The program will feature selections chosen from: Holy Radiant Light, Alexander Gretchaninov; Love Is the Key, Zebulon Highben (recent winner of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians' 2011 Raabe Prize); other choral works by Schütz, Bach, Pärt, Lauridsen, and Nelhybel, as well as hymn-arrangements and spirituals. Allen Hightower is the conductor.





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