weekly email of the
Rocky Mountain Synod
March 20, 2012
Registration & Hotel Deadline is March 27
Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly
April 26-28, 2012
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Detailed assembly information and registration and hotel reservation link.
MORE NOMINATIONS NEEDED!
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.
CHURCHWIDE ASSEMBLY August 12-18, 2013
Metro East-Lay Male
SE Colorado-Lay Female
at Large Youth
Southeast Colorado Lay Female
at Large-Young Adult (Age 18-28)
Youth 2 year term (Age 15-17)
MISSION OUTREACH BOARD
Colorado (not Denver area) Lay or Clergy
New Mexico/Texas Lay or Clergy
Wyoming Lay or Clergy
CONGREGATION AND LEADERSHIP HEALTH
New Mexico/Texas Lay or Clergy
Border Lay or Clergy
Denver & Suburbs Lay or Clergy
Wyoming Lay or Clergy
CONGREGATIONAL MINISTRIES BOARD
New Mexico/Texas Clergy
Colorado (not Denver are) Clergy
at Large Lay Male
at Large Clergy
COMMITTEE ON DISCIPLINE
at Large Lay Male
at Large Clergy
Wyoming Lay or Clergy
at Large Lay or Clergy
|OUR LIFE TOGETHER|
|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
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
Saron Strasburg, CO
St. Mark Aurora, CO
Inga Oyan Longbrake
St. Matthew Aurora, CO
St. Paul Denver, CO
Kevin Maly, Mark Filbert
|GENEROSITY PROJECT WORKSHOPS ANNOUNCED|
Information about the Generosity Project is online
March 24, 2012
9 to noon
Attending a Generosity Project workshop will help your congregation
Workshop Dates and Sites:
- 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.
THIS WEEK! Saturday - March 24, 2012
Ascension Lutheran Church - Cheyenne, WY
REGISTER NOW FOR A WORKSHOP
REFLECT AND PREPARE FOR ASSEMBLY
Landscapes of Faith blog includes reflections, stories, photos
Visit the Landscapes of Faith blog at rmselca.org/blog to reflect on our "landscapes of faith," view stunning photos, pause, and ponder--in preparation for our April Assembly.
TWO DIFFERENT "ASSEMBLY CHOIR" OPPORTUNITIES
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.)
HELP KEEP HEALTH CARE COSTS LOW!
| 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!
|RMS CHILDREN, YOUTH & HOUSEHOLD MINISTRY|
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.
|ELCA MALARIA CAMPAIGN|
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 www.elca.org/resources and click the ELCA Malaria Campaign tab on the left. Together we can Make Malaria History!
|YOUTH & EDUCATION NETWORKS|
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
|LUTHERAN MEN in MISSION RETREAT|
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.
|ELCA GLOBAL LINKS eNEWSLETTER|
Malaysia: New Lutheran study center opens
Sabah 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.
New Orleans: 100 Wells Challenge at ELCA Youth Gathering in JulyJust $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.
|URBAN SERVANT CORPS|
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.
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 RETREATS|
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.
Women'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
Let 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.
|PEACE NOT WALLS|
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.
|NEW JOB LISTINGS|
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.
Conclude ELCA CSM All Staff meeting, Chicago IL; Presentation of the Generosity Project, Ascension Lutheran Church, Cheyenne, WY.
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.
Available by email
2012 RMS AssemblyColorado Springs, Colorado
ELCA MYLA & DAYLE
New Orleans, LA
ELCA Youth Gathering
New Orleans, LA
Installation of Rocky Mountain Synod Bishop Cherry Hills Village, CO.
BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH
Fall Theological Conference/ Bishop's Convocation
2013 RMS Assembly
Estes Park, Colorado
|NEW MEXICO and EL PASO, TEXAS|
Community 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.
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.
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 American 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.
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.
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