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Rocky Mountain Synod

March 20, 2012     

Registration & Hotel Deadline is March 27

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


The Preliminary Agenda is now available. Assembly information packet for voting members and visitors to download and print/read/bring will be posted on April 5.
Please continue to submit PHOTOS if you haven't already. Information about photos.


Detailed assembly information and registration and hotel reservation link.


Consider a nomination for a board or committee / churchwide  assembly
Many of our elections have no candidates! Those listed below have zero nominations! Youth and young adults, as well as people with multicultural backgrounds, are encouraged for all positions, not just those labelled such.
Descriptions of positions and the submission form are posted online. Please submit a photo with your nomination form if we do not have one in the synod office. You may nominate yourself. Please submit nominations by March 30.
CHURCHWIDE ASSEMBLY August 12-18, 2013
Metro East-Lay Male

Metro South-Clergy 

Metro West-Clergy

North Colorado-Clergy

SE Colorado-Lay Female 


Wyoming-Lay Male

at Large Youth



Southeast Colorado Lay Female  


at Large-Young Adult (Age 18-28)

Youth 2 year term (Age 15-17)



Colorado (not Denver area) Lay or Clergy  

New Mexico/Texas Lay or Clergy  

Wyoming Lay or Clergy   



New Mexico/Texas Lay or Clergy  



Border Lay or Clergy  

Denver & Suburbs Lay or Clergy  

Wyoming Lay or Clergy  



New Mexico/Texas Clergy  

Colorado (not Denver are) Clergy  



at Large Lay Male

at Large Clergy  



at Large Lay Male

at Large Clergy

Wyoming Lay or Clergy  

at Large Lay or Clergy


Fifth Sunday in Lent 

O God, with steadfast love you draw us to yourself, and in mercy you receive our prayers. Strengthen us to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit, that through life and death we may live in your Son, 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
In Memoriam: Gordon Von Stroh
Gordon Von Stroh


On March 14, 2012, Gordon Von Stroh, husband of Pastor Patrice Von Stroh, ended his baptismal journey.  His memorial /funeral service will be Thursday, March 22, at 1 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, located at 5000 E. Alameda Avenue in Denver (80246).  Pastor Dave Risendal will preside. Our prayers are with Pastor von Stroh and her family.

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 3/25:           


Our Savior's Denver, CO

     Paul Carlson

Saron   Strasburg, CO

     Julie Brooks

St. Mark Aurora, CO

     Inga Oyan Longbrake

St. Matthew Aurora, CO

     Marcel Naruki

St. Paul Denver, CO

     Kevin Maly, Mark Filbert


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Generosity Project


Information about the Generosity Project is online     

This Saturday   

March 24, 2012 

Ascension, Cheyenne 

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 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.)


Take It Now button Leaders: Take the Health Assessment by March 31!
We need 95 more to take the assessment by March 31 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!
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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. to 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. 


Observe World Malaria Day on April 29

The ELCA has committed to raise $15 million to join hands with 11 African companion churches in the global effort to prevent, treat and contain malaria by 2015.  


World Malaria Day is Wednesday, April 25, so consider observing it in your congregation on Sunday, April 29, with a special offering. Order offering envelopes, brochures and more by visiting and click the ELCA Malaria Campaign tab on the left. Together we can Make Malaria History!

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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:

Casper, WY - March 25 - Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 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.


Salt Lake City, UT - April 15 - Zion Lutheran  Church
Grand Junction, CO - April 29 - American Lutheran Church  

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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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Malaysia: New Lutheran study center opens    

Malaysian Lutheran Christian CenterSabah Theological Seminary in Malaysia opened the Lutheran Study Centre on March 9. Established at the initiative of the five Lutheran churches in Malaysia and Singapore, this center will enhance Lutheran identity within these churches and across southeast Asia, leading to enhanced evangelism efforts throughout the region. The ELCA is supporting this effort, and will place a missionary professor there this fall. Learn more.


 "Suffering and Salvation in Ciudad Juárez"   

 Since 1993 more than 600 girls and women have been brutally slain in Ciudad Juárez in internationally condemned violence for which no one has been arrested. This new volume from Fortress Press offers a powerful reflection on this destructive violence and the yearning for release, justice and healing. Check out a copy.


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New Orleans: 100 Wells Challenge at ELCA Youth Gathering in July
Just $2500 could build a well that provides clean water for up to 500 families. The 100 Wells Challenge allows youth of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) across the country to make a difference by raising $250,000 to build 100 wells or support water projects where they are needed most. More information.  

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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USC Celebrating Silver, Service and Simplicity  


The Urban Servant Corps invites you and the community to participate in celebrating Silver, Service and Simplicity. Everyone is welcome to the 25th Anniversary Celebration and Silent Auction event which will take place on Thursday, April 19 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at St. John's Cathedral's Dagwood Hall (14th and Washington). Tickets are $10 at the door (suggested donation).


Co-workers, family, church folk, and all friends of the Urban Servant Corps are asked to help spread the word about the event. A postcard is available to print and post for others to see. Got Facebook?! ? There are SO MANY ways to engage people around this very momentous and celebratory occasion.


Funds from the Denver Chapter of Thrivent will be matched 1:2 up to $3200.


Rainbow Trail Confirmation Retreat 2011
Retreat and Camping Experiences for Everyone 


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!  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


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. 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.


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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. 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 .


Please check out the synod's website for other job opportunities.
Every Person, Every Congregation, Every Ministry, Boldly Serving God's Mission in Christ



Bishop Allan Bjornberg

Visiting with the congregation of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Durango, CO; Campus Ministry Committee meeting, synod office, Denver, CO; CSU Review, Denver, CO.   

Pastor Dan Bollman    

 In the office this week.   


Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email  
or phone appointment.  

Pastor Jim Hytjan

Conclude ELCA CSM All Staff meeting, Chicago IL; Presentation of the Generosity Project, Ascension Lutheran Church, Cheyenne, WY.

Linda Staats

Conclude Youth Leaders Retreat, Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp; Lutheran Schools Appreciation Day, synod office, Denver, CO; Presentation of the Generosity Project, Ascension Lutheran Church, WY; Youth Ministry Team meeting at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Cheyenne, WY; Discipleship Project Training, Casper, WY.
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 or phone appointment.


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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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Palm Sunday Afternoon Concert at Our Savior's, Denver 


On Palm Sunday afternoon, April 1, at 2:00 Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Denver will present its annual fund-raising concert to benefit the ministries of the church. Music will be offered by the Lesniaks, Erica Hoaglund, Pastor Paul Carlson, and Donald Zimmermann. This program will be in honor of Lilo Pacheco's 60th anniversary of becoming a member of Our Savior's and will feature the singing of some of her favorite German hymns.


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Michael Peterson to Perform Benefit Concert  


Michael Peterson is presenting a concert on April 4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel - DIA through the offices of the American Legion Department of Colorado. 6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner. The guest for the evening will be the National Commander of the America Legion emblemAmerican Legion, Mr. Fang A. Wong. Additional music will be provided by the Lutheran Chorale under the direction of David Hodel. Benefits will go to Project Sanctuary and the Colorado Freedom Memorial being sponsored by Rick Crandall of KEWZ radio. Get more information.      


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Benefit Piano Recital by Katie Mahan


On Sunday afternoon, April 15, at 3 p.m.,internationally known superstar pianist Katie Mahan will return to Our Savior's for another benefit recital. This will feature piano music by Debussy, whose 150th birthday is being observed this year. Katie was recently described as "the empress of the piano" by conductor Jurgen de Lemos.  


The event will be a benefit concert for Metro CareRing of Denver.




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


Saint Peter Lutheran Church 5K Run/Walk Event

to Benefit Selian Lutheran Hospitalin Tanzania
9300 East Belleview Avenue
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Contact Carol for more Information or click here to register

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

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