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Rocky Mountain Synod

March 13, 2012     

Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly
April 26-28, 2012
Colorado Springs, Colorado


For Resolutions and Nominations! And please continue to submit PHOTOS if you haven't already. Information about photos.

Detailed assembly information and registration and hotel reservation links is now posted online.



March 15 

  Resolutions and Nominations Deadline

March 15 

  Submit a video on your Landscapes of Faith

March 27 

  Assembly Registration and Hotel Reservations


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Generosity Project


Information about the Generosity Project is online     

This Saturday   

March 17, 2012 

Ascension, CO Springs

9 to noon 


Attending a Generosity Project workshop will help your congregation  

  • Grow a spirit of joyful generosity that strengthens giving from households to local congregations, to the Rocky Mountain Synod and the broader ministries of the ELCA.    
  • Grow faithful stewards in our homes and congregations through Bible study, prayer, cross-generational conversation and effective household faith practices.
Workshop Dates and Sites:


THIS WEEK! Saturday - March 17, 2012

Ascension Lutheran Church - Colorado Springs, CO


Saturday - March 24, 2012

Ascension Lutheran Church - Cheyenne, WY




Landscapes of Faith blog includes reflections, stories, photos
Visit the Landscapes of Faith blog at to reflect on our "landscapes of faith," view stunning photos, pause, and ponder--in preparation for our April Assembly.
Choir participants sought for opening and closing assembly choirs
OPENING WORSHIP is at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, at the Crowne Plaza, Colorado Springs. Choir rehearsal is that same Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Colorado Ballroom. Assembly registrants and community members are welcome! Assembly registrants can sign up during online registration.
CLOSING WORSHIP is 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, at the Crowne Plaza, Colorado Springs. Choir rehearsal, especially for members of Colorado Springs choirs, will be Wednesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs. (Attendance at the rehearsal is essential in order to sing at worship on Saturday, as there will be no opportunity for a Saturday morning rehearsal.)


Rostered leaders should take the ELCA health assessment today!
As of the end of Februrary, 67 leaders have taken the assessment, which is 27% of those needed to reach our goal!  We want 95 more to take the assessment in the next two weeks (by APRIL 1) in order to be on track to meet our goal!!! The estimated savings will be $42,000! While cholesterol and blood pressure numbers are helpful, they are not essential in completing the form, so DON'T DELAY!
Fourth Sunday in Lent 

O God, rich in mercy, by the humiliation of your Son you lifted up this fallen world and rescued us from the hopelessness of death. Lead us into your light, that all our deeds may reflect your love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior 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 2012

Synod Prayer Cycle: Metro East Conference 

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

to remember in prayers on 3/18:           


Joy Parker, CO

     Lynette Crase

Lord of the Hills Centennial, CO

     Tom Renquist

Messiah Denver, CO

     Wolfgang Stahlberg

Nativity Commerce City, CO

     Kristi Beebe

New Beginnings Aurora, CO

     Emily Cardin

Seventeen respond by submitting bio
Of the 64 names submitted last fall, 17 pastors responded to the invitation to complete a bio page and answer six questions. This is a part of the preliminary, informative process leading up to the election process at the Assembly, April 26-28. Read the informative pages by clicking on the photos at left.



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Spring Gatherings prepare for the Bishop Election at the 2012 Synod Assembly


These gatherings will be to educate voting members, rostered leaders, and others, about the discernment and election process, to begin discernment in light of the potential nominee biographical and ministry materials available to them, and to identify initial questions to be presented to nominees at the assembly. Bible study and discernment materials will be provided.




SAT 3/17 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Grace in Boulder

Metro South

MON 3/19 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - St. Philip in Littleton 

Southeast CO

TUE 3/20 from noon-2:00 p.m. - First Lutheran in Colorado Springs


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RMS Front Range Youth Ministry Network Meeting  



Hope you will be able to make it for a time of sharing and then business/information, goodness and lunch at a local cafe to follow.


RMS Youth Ministry Trainings 


Training this Weekend:

Pueblo, CO - March 18 - King of Kings Lutheran Church
Noon - 3:00 p.m.


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.


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 three-hour trainings, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., will be led by Kristen Baltrum, Gathering Coordinator and  Linda Staats, Gathering Coach and members of the synod's Core Team for the Gathering: Andy  Sprain (Sky Ranch) and Ben Larson (RTLC).


Save the following dates for your area. Sites will be announced when they are available.


Casper, WY - March 25 - Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Salt Lake City, UT - April 15 - Zion Lutheran  Church
Grand Junction, CO - April 29 - American Lutheran Church  

Video Contest Deadline is March 15! 
New RMS video is a resource 
for how to shoot a great video!  
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.   
Upload your video to YouTube and then provide a link to your video.  Submit your link to 
One Year to Live logo
One Year to Live Men's
Retreat in Grant, Colorado


One Year to Live, April 13-15, 2012 is an intense 40 hour retreat for men to explore their own lives and faith and make real discoveries and real decisions about themselves.  


This retreat will take place at Camp Santa Maria in Grant, CO, and is being hosted by First Lutheran Church, Longmont; Faith Lutheran Church, Golden; St. Peter Lutheran, Greenwood Village; and Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village.  


Check out the web page to learn more.  

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RMS Lutheran Schools Appreciation Day for the Front Range is March 22. 


Directors, pastors and board members of our preschool and early childhood education centers are invited to a gathering at the synod office on Thursday, March 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The cost is $10/person or $25 for three or more. Soup and beverages will be provided. 


Gayle Denny, Executive Director of the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association will join us. Our focus is board responsibilities, handbooks and faith development of our children. 


Contact Cheryl Almquist by email or call 303-777-6700 to let us know you are coming. If you have other questions, please contact Linda Staats by email or 602-740-3752. 



Red Rocks Amphitheater

Alumni Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks Amphitheater and Brunch at Ogden House


This event, presented in partnership with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, is a great way to celebrate Easter with an ecumenical community! Meet in row 48 at 5:45 a.m. on April 8. After worship, join fellow USC alumni at the Ogden House (1660 Ogden Street in Denver) for Brunch, or come just for brunch)! Cost is $2.50 per person.



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Come Celebrate with
the Urban Servant Corps

It's time to CELEBRATE 25 years of "serving Christ for better community!"



On Thursday, April 19 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., the Urban Servant Corps will hold its 25th Anniversary Celebration and Silent Auction at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral (Dagwood Hall), located at 14th and Washington.


You will connect with former volunteers, be reminded of the history of Urban Servant Corps, and have the opportunity to bid on some AWESOME items to support the continued mission of USC! All are welcome! Admission is $10 at the door.

Rainbow Trail Confirmation Retreat 2011
Retreat and Camping Experiences for Everyone 


FREE Youth Ministry Leaders Retreat  


We know budgets are tight, so you are invited to come to a FREE RETREAT from March 19-21, 2012. The retreat is geared for all professional RMS ELCA Youth Directors and Pastors working with youth.  It is great time to fellowship, recharge and have continuing education all at the same time. This year's subject will be Media, Marketing, and Ministry.  


Casey FuerstCasey Fuerst, Director of Marketing and Communications at Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, will help us explore how media can be integrated into our ministry and how we tell the story (God's and ours) in today's high tech world. Register online.


Men's Adventure Camp at RTLC

April 27-29, 2012 (New Friday - Sunday Format)


Experience faith renewal, fellowship and tons of fun during this action packed weekend of rock climbing, hiking, archery, fly tying, beer making!  Worship and study led Pastor Tim Stadem will be refreshing and challenging as you explore how our Christian faith calls you to be adventurous in our everyday life. Bring a group of guys from your congregation and sign-up today!  Information and registration.



Rainbow Trail Women's Retreat 2012Women's Retreat at RTLC

April 12-15, 2012


It's time to free yourself from daily stress and escape to Rainbow Trail for some spiritual freedom and fun! Michelle Okes, mother of three and longtime friend of Rainbow Trail, will lead an inspiring weekend of study and activities, focusing on scripture-based ways to build more intimacy with God so that you can share with the people that you connect with in everyday life. Information and registration.  


Into The Wild

July 8-14, 2012

Compus Point image from Rainbow Trail Lutheran CampLet Rainbow Trail help prepare your graduating Seniors prepare for an awesome college experience!  RTLC's experienced college guides will lead a week long Compass Points backpacking trip that takes you literally into the wild and back again as you explore the joys and challenges that are ahead of you in college. Get more information about this amazing opportunity.  

2012 Holy Land Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Greece and Turkey  


October 1-17, 2012  

A journey of faith and relationships!    



See the Holy Stones and meet the Living Stones - the people of the Holy Land, as you visit Jerusalem and the sites of Jesus' ministry in Bethlehem, Nazareth, Capernaum, and Galilee. Tour Herod's fortress at Masada, swim in the Dead Sea and/or sail on the Sea of Galilee. Explore Istanbul, Pergamum, and Ephesus, and the wonders of Greece and the Greek islands.  


The cost of this 17-day Holy Land/Turkey/Greece tour is $4450 from Denver. Find details on the website or contact tour leader, Pastor Paul Rowold by email. Reservation deadline is April 1, 2012.


Making Malaria History 





Last year, RMS raised $53,016 for the Malaria Campaign, and and this year we have already raised $23,193!


Every day more congregations are finding creative ways to raise awareness about malaria.  We want to hear from you!  Share your story of how your congregation is taking part in the ELCA Malaria Campaign.   


Our Facebook page (Lutheran Malaria Campaign, Rocky Mountain Synod of the ELCA) is a great place to share and find ideas.  You can also send your story to Deb Abbott at  Don't forget to Like us on Facebook!


 Samick Baby Grande PianoBaby Grand for Sale 


Berith Jacobsen, owner of the Samick Digital Electronic Baby Grande Piano (pictured) would like for you to see and play this beautiful musical instrument at Wellshire Presbyterian Church, located at 2999 South Colorado Blvd. in Denver  (80222) where Berith is a Deacon.  See the specs now. 


Please contact Berith Jacobsen by phone to schedule an appointment: (H/O) 303-744-0200 or ( C ) 303-882-0048).



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Youth Minister Needed at Glory of God


Glory of God Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge, CO is seeking an energetic and creative youth minister to guide education, fellowship, service, and faith-building activities for the youth of our church and wider community. The youth minister works with exceptional adult volunteers, talented staff and an experienced pastor in pursuing our goal of making youth an active, important and integral part of our church community. This is a permanent, year-round part-time position (20-30 hours/wk, negotiable). Salary will be based on education, training or experience equivalency. For a complete job description and more details on how to apply, please visit the church website, check us out on Facebook and/or contact Pastor Olsen by email .

  Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit logo


Office Manager/Director of Office Operations Sought 


Needed: Office Manager/Director of Office Operations for a mid-size church. View a more complete job description.  Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit is located at 6400 S. University Boulevard, Centennial, CO, near Southglenn.


For consideration please submit your cover letter and resume electronically to: or Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Attn: Pastor Nisonger, 6400 S University Blvd., Centennial, CO 80121-2916. Within your cover letter answer these two questions: 'For you, what is most important about work?' and 'What factors are most predictive of success for a mid-sized church?'

Peace Lutheran Church - El Paso

Preschool and Daycare Director Needed


Peace Lutheran Church of El Paso, Texas, is seeking a full-time Director for its Preschool and Daycare (our current Director is relocating because of a spouse's job). 


If you are interested in applying for this position, please email your resume to



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St. Mark's Seeks a Preschool Director (Part-time)


St. Mark's Lutheran Preschool of Aurora, CO is seeking a qualified, experienced individual for the position of part-time Preschool Director for approximately 25 hours per week. A full job description is available at the St. Mark's website. Please submit a resume, cover letter and three professional references no later than Friday, March 23, 2012 by email to:


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



Bishop Allan Bjornberg

Visiting and worshipping with the congregation of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, NM.   

Pastor Dan Bollman    

 Presentation of the Generosity Project at Ascension Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs CO; Visiting with the Call Committee of Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Fort Morgan, CO.   


Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email  
or phone appointment.  

Pastor Jim Hytjan

Presentation of the Generosity Project, Ascension Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, CO; ELCA CSM All Staff meeting, Chicago IL.

Linda Staats

Speaking at a Pennsylvania Synod Assembly, Hanover, PA; Discipleship Project Training, Colorado Springs, CO; Welcome to the Synod Event for Youth Ministers, Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp; Youth Leaders Retreat, Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp.
Available by email 
 or phone appointment.


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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

 Denver, CO. 



MAY 2-4 

2013 RMS Assembly

Loveland, Colorado


Theological Conference 

Estes Park, Colorado





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Community of Joy logoCommunity of Joy - Rio Ranch Presents: Lenten Journey


On Palm Sunday, singers from Community of Joy Lutheran Church will join with singers and soloists from the community and professional musicians to present Lenten Journey.

Lenten Journey is a suite of original pieces composed by Aaron Howe, Director of Music at Community of Joy Lutheran Church, using text from the readings commonly used during the season of Lent.

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The performances will be on Sunday, April 1st (Palm Sunday) at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Admission is free and attendees are highly encouraged to bring friends and guests. For more information contact Earlene by email or phone (505-896-2543).


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1G networking at Bethany Lutheran Cjurch1G Network "Leadership" Series Begins (Tomorrow) March 14

The 1G Network "Leadership" series starts March 14, 2012 from 7:00 - 8:15 a.m. in the Great Hall at Bethany Lutheran Church. Our feature presenter, Brian Gast, Executive Coach and President of Quadrant International. His topic will be "Qualities and Practices for Successful Brian GastLeadership." Brian  will bring his experience as CEO of public and private companies and present his concepts and practices to help you grow yourself as a successful leader.  
Learn about the 1G Network professional networking group by visiting the
1G Network page on the Bethany website at, and join the 1G Network Linkedin Group to receive regular session/speaker updates.


 Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains logoLutheran Family Services Fundraiser with the Denver Nuggets 


  Denver Nuggets vs. OKC Thunder

Thursday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m.


Denver Nuggets logoJoin Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for a Denver Nuggets basketball game. Enjoy a night out while supporting LFS. All seats are located in the reserved LFS sections. As an added bonus, $8 from every ticket sold will go directly to LFS!


Lutheran Family Services discounts:

Upper level - $26 (normally $28)

VIP Club Level - $58 (normally $85)

*No taxes or fees added to orders


You may purchase your tickets online. Brady McIntyre with the Denver Nuggets may be contacted by email or phone (303-405-7635 with questions.    


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Gallery of Living Art 2012



You are invited to experience a unique and powerful presentation of Christ's passion and resurrection as told through 14 staged life-size sacred works of art, music and scripture. This spectacular event will take place at First Lutheran Church, located at 1515 North Cascade Avenue in Colorado Springs (80907). 


Living Art5 presentation at First Lutheran in Colorado SpringsPresentation dates and times are:

March 16th * 7:30 p.m.

March 17th * 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

March 18th * 3:00 p.m.


The First Lutheran Choir and Instrumentalists will provide inspiring music. Admission is Free. Doors will open one hour prior to each presentation. Child care is provided. A poster is available  with more information and photos of last year's presentation.  


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Metro East Women's Cluster Meeting This Weekend


On March 17, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Metro East Women's Cluster of the Rocky Mountain Synodical Women's Organization will hold its Spring Gathering. The gathering will take place at St Mark's Lutheran Church, located at 111 Del Mar Parkway in Aurora. This year's program theme is: Flock Into Fellowship. The registration fee:  $5.00. If you have question, please contact Marian by email.


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Brahms' Orchestral Masterpiece
"A German Requiem" to be Presented  


Join the Colorado Chorale, the Littleton Symphony Orchestra and the Columbine Chorale as they combine voices to present Brahms' choral and orchestral masterpiece, A German Requiem at Littleton United Methodist on Friday, March 16 and Bethany Lutheran on Saturday, March 17. This classical work expresses Brahms' interpretation of life, death and spirit throughout seven movements of elevating music. This will be an evening that concert-goers shouldn't miss! Visit to order tickets.     


Ticket prices:  Adults - $15; Seniors (62+) - $12; Youth under 18 and students with ID - $5  


Mark Filbert and Friends concert

Filbert and Friends - Concert for a Cause     

On Sunday, 18 March 2012 beginning at 3:00 p.m., you are invited to come and hear organist Mark Alan Filbert, soprano Ruth Wilson Francisco, flutist Fran Piazza, and pianist Nancy Thomas  as they perform music for various combinations of organ, voice, flute, and piano in this Sixth (almost) Annual Concert for a Cause. A Free Will offering is to benefit the 2012 Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey Summer Music and Arts Camp in Metro Denver. Check out the Saint Paul Lutheran Church website for more information. 



Saint Peter GW logo5K Run/Walk Event to Benefit Selian Lutheran Hospital in Tanzania  


On Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 8:15 a.m. until noon, Saint Peter Lutheran Church will sponsor a 5K Run/Walk Event which will benefit the programs of Selian Lutheran Hospital and the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center (ALMC), completed in 2009 in Arusha, Tanzania.


TSelian Lutheran Hospital logohe Selian 5K Run Event will include a jump castle and face painting for the kids, Jamba Juice, Juice Plus, Free blood pressure readings, live musical entertainment, craft and food concessions, swag bags, t-shirts, awards and door prizes. You may register online at and e-mail with questions. For more information visit the Selian Hospital website: or the Saint Peter website:


Saint Peter Lutheran Church, located at 9300 E. Belleview Avenue in Greenwood Village (80111).



 Upcoming Concerts At Our Savior's, Denver 

  • Mt. Carmel Piano Trio, Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m., free admission; donations accepted
  • Concert with Dr. Donald Zimmermann and friends, Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m. to benefit the ministries of Our Savior's Lutheran Church
  • International Concert Pianist Katie Mahan in an all-Debussy recital to benefit Metro CareRing, Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m.; suggested donation, $25 



Creation Care Conference

April 15 - 15, 2012 (More information/Register)
Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Wheat Ridge, CO


Stephen Ministry Workshop

April 21, 2012 (More Information) 

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church 

Fort Collins, CO 80525


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

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