weekly email of the
Rocky Mountain Synod
April 3, 2012
As the sun with longer journey
melts the winter's snow and ice,
with its slowly growing radiance
warms the seed beneath the earth,
may the sun of Christ's uprising
gently bring our hearts to life.
John Patrick Earls
Evangelical Lutheran Worship 329
|OUR LIFE TOGETHER|
Synod Prayer Cycle: Wyoming Conference
You are encouraged to include the listed leaders in your Sunday prayers of the people. The prayer list for May is available.
to remember in prayers on 4/8:
Faith Lander, WY
Ron Martin-Dent (interim)
Good Shepherd Casper, WY
Grace Casper, WY
2012 SYNOD ASSEMBLY
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.
|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
Remaining Training Opportunities:
Salt Lake City, UT - April 15 - Zion Lutheran Church
Grand Junction, CO - April 29 - American Lutheran Church
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).
|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!
|ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER of the ELCA|
South Sudan: Coordinating a response in the midst of disaster. [A report from a tent in cattle country.]
Michael Mading reported back to work at the office of The Lutheran World Federation in Juba on Jan. 4 after spending Christmas with his family. A wave of cattle raids in Jonglei State had left hundreds of people dead and thousands more homeless. The Lutheran World Federation's response to those affected by the violence is in full swing. See the full report.
ELCA, Israeli government representatives meet.
Representatives of the ELCA and Israeli officials met in Chicago Feb. 29 to discuss the "Arab Spring" developments, especially concerns for minority religious groups in the Middle East such as Lutheran Christians. Read more.
Asia: Growing leaders to love the land. Looking for specialty coffee? Try some fair trade organic coffee from an Indonesian cooperative organized by the first female superintendent (bishop) in the Protestant Christian Batak Church. A self-confessed "city girl," she learned her agricultural skills at the Asian Rural Institute in Japan. Read more.
|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.
|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|
|PEACE NOT WALLS|
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Greece and Turkey
October 1-17, 2012
A journey of faith and relationships!
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.
|Every Person, Every Congregation, Every Ministry, Boldly Serving God's Mission in Christ|
Bishop Allan Bjornberg
Colorado Council of Churches Breakfast, Denver, CO.
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
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Good Shepherd - Casper is on the Air
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Casper, WY, will launch a first-time radio broadcast of its worship services on Easter Sunday, April 8. This will be a major mission outreach for Good Shepherd, which has a large percentage of elders and those who have difficulty attending worship on a regular basis. Casper, home to four of our ELCA churches, currently has only two Baptist broadcasts on Sunday mornings.
The liturgical worship of Good Shepherd Lutheran will be a major addition to the religious landscape in central Wyoming, expecting to connect well with many of the Episcopal, Presbyterian, Catholic, and other main-line church listeners. The signal from radio station KUYO-AM, heard at 10:00 on Sunday mornings, will beam across a 300-mile swath of Wyoming. The worship service will also be available world-wide through the internet. KUYO-AM streams its Sunday morning broadcasts on www.kuyo.com. Check it out!
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Biblical storytelling: Hearing The Passion Story (Mark 14 & 15) told in worship
Storyteller Pam Faro (MDiv) will be telling "The Passion Story from The Gospel of Mark" as part of the upcoming Holy Week services. The next event will be:
Friday, April 6 (Good Friday) at 7:00 p.m.
Atonement Lutheran Church
685 Inca Parkway, Boulder, CO 80303 (303-499-4567)
For more information contact Pam at 303-828-2267/ email@example.com
Creation Care Conference
Climate Change & Faith 2012 Conference
The conference will take place from April 14-15, 2012 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, located at 4500 N. Wadsworth Blvd. in Wheat Ridge (80033).
The keynote speaker for the event is Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter, founder of BridgeWorks and the author of Green Church: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice! and Seven Simple Steps to Green Your Church.
For more information or to register, please visit the Colorado Interfaith Power and Light website.
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.
Channel 9 News and Augustana Team up for the 9News Health Fair 2012
Augustana Lutheran Church, located at 5000 East Alameda Avenue in Denver (80246), invites you to its 33rd Annual 9Health Fair which will take place on, Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24, from 7:00 a.m. - noon.
Lung Function/Sleep Apnea
Body in Balance
Blood draw screenings:
Blood chemistries $30
Blood count $15
Vitamin D $40
Lutheran Church of the Master powered 100% by solar
Lutheran Church of the Master of Lakewood, CO, in an effort to strengthen their relationship with God's creation, is now 100% solar-powered. Partnering with Renewable Energy Ventures LLC, a full solar array was installed and is now leased, both at no cost to the congregation. LCM now purchases electricity at a competitive rate from them until such time as they can purchase the array--anywhere from six to twenty-five years out. It is one more way this congregation is strengthening relationships with God, worshiping community, and the world.
Interfaith Hospitality Network's 11th Annual Bowl-a-Thon
You are invited to join the Interfaith Hospitality Network for Its 11th Annual Bowl-a-Thon fundraiser. The event will take place on April 28, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Brunswick Zone bowling alley. Brunswick is located at 1135 South Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, CO (80232). Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. and bowling starts at 11:00 a.m. sharp!
The cost is $50 per bowler and/or $200 for a team of 4, all inclusive of 2 hours of bowling, shoes, soda, and lunch. There will also be great prizes available.
100% of the proceeds go toward providing shelter, meals and supportive services to children and their families who are homeless in our community. For more information or to register your team, please contact Molly Auer at 303-675-0713 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Atonement Lakewood Oxfam Banquet
On Sunday April 29 at 11:30 Atonement Lutheran Church, located at 6281 West Yale Avenue in Lakewood, will host an Oxfam Hunger Banquet. This is a great family opportunity to find out more about people in the world living in extreme poverty.
At an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, guests randomly draw tickets that assign them to different income levels, based on the latest statistics about the number of people living in poverty. Depending on where they sit, some receive a filling dinner, while others eat a simple meal or share sparse portions of rice and water. Oxfam America Hunger Banquet guests can also take on the roles of real people from around the world and share their experiences with others. While not all guests leave with full stomachs, many gain a new perspective on the root causes of hunger and poverty-and will feel motivated to do something to help.
We hope to lift up the work of Oxfam and Lutheran World Hunger, spark conversations, and raise some money for the world's hungry people. Please join us for a fun afternoon and an opportunity to do the work Christ encouraged us to do. RSVP to Cathy Bajcsi at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Women of the ELCA Southeast Colorado
Cluster Retreat May 4-5
This retreat will challenge all women called to discipleship. Our theme, "Lessons for Today's Disciples," invites women to grow more deeply in their understanding of whose they are and where they are going. It will be a time of exploration and personal growth.
- What does discipleship mean to women?
- How does it affect their response to God?
- How does walking in fellowship with God become a part of us?
- How do we walk confidently?
Registration opens at 2:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon at the historic landmark, the Abbey, near Canon City. There will be a pre-retreat reflection experience at 2:30 p.m. followed by dinner and Bible Study at 6:00 p.m. Saturday 7:00 a.m. Matins will expand our experience as we see where discipleship places us in the community of faith. The worship at 5:00 p.m. will be a moment for final reflection as we end our time together. For more information, like a list of featured speakers, lodging and registration options, please check out the brochure or visit the website of the Rocky Mountain Synodical Women's Organization (WELCA).
Rocky Mountain Synod
800-525-0462 / 303-777-6700
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