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Rocky Mountain Synod

April 10, 2012     

May "Landscape" newsletter ready to download and reproduce


A copy is in the process of being sent to every congregation. This issue is dedicated to information about the assembly, including that the assembly bishop election information will be reported on Facebook and Twitter. Click on the thumbnail to download and read! Then share it in your congregation newsletter or Sunday bulletin!


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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 4/15:           


Mount of Olives Rock Springs, WY

     Martha Atkins

Our Saviour's Casper, WY

     Robert McNamara 

Prince of Peace Gillette, WY

   Thomas Frey


Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly
April 26-28, 2012
Colorado Springs, Colorado
You may still make your assembly and hotel reservations. A late fee of $25 applies to assembly registrations now that the early deadline has passed. 

All of the materials for voting members are now posted online, including information on how to get the .pdf documents into your Kindle or iPad!


Detailed assembly information and registration and hotel reservation link.


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.
RMS Front Range Youth Ministry Network: Thursday, April 12 at 10 a.m. in the synod office    
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.



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RMS Youth Ministry Training in Salt Lake City on Sunday!    




Remaining Youth Ministry Training Opportunities:

Salt Lake City, UT - April 15 - Zion Lutheran  Church
Ft Collins, April 29, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church 

Grand Junction, May 6, American Lutheran Church 


These are a series of on-site, face-to-face Youth Ministry trainings throughout the RMS as part of the Practice Discipleship: The ELCA Youth Ministry Training Project.


Specifically, all youth registered for the Gathering as well as all adults accompanying youth to the ELCA Youth Gathering are encouraged to attend. 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).

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South Sudan: Coordinating a response in the midst of disaster. [A report from a tent in cattle country.]

Michael Mading South Sudan relief coordinatorMichael 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.
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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.  

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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Mission Trip Planned for Somoto, Nicaragua July 20-29       


Trinity Lutheran Church in Loveland, CO and Loveland Habitat for Humanity invite you to participate in their annual trip to  Somoto, Nicaragua, July 20-29, 2012.  The cost of the trip is $600 plus airfare. You are Somoto, Nicaraguawelcome to join the group in building 6 homes (including homes for physically challenged folks.)  Many other projects have been initiated there through the passions of people who have gone in the past and return each year, including a wheelchair ministry, a mission church, kids' ministry; and micro-industries of sewing, baking, and English and Spanish instruction; a store, support of university students, expectant mothers, senior citizens, and more. 


Trinity-Loveland emblemHabitat for Humanity-Loveland logoOf course, your passions will add to the list! There's something for every age (we have folks coming from teens to 76.)  Trinity and Habitat for Humanity will partner with several Colorado ELCA churches. Individuals, youth groups and church groups are welcome to join them.  For more information, please contact Pastor Ed Smith at

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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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La Mansión After School Enhanced by Parent and Volunteer Participation


La Mansión After School Program currently serves 25 students, from grades 1 through 6. These students, who mostly come from the neighborhood surrounding Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey in El Paso, come to the After School Program three days a week from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. The Program is specifically focused on promoting academic success and high school graduation. To this end, after a healthy and sizable snack, the children spend time doing homework or working on supplemental educational activities before participating in a fun activity.


Parents and students with the La Mansion ProgramThe work of La Mansión is greatly helped by parent involvement. Since the program is offered at no cost to parents, the program ask that parents provide a snack once a month if possible, and to help clean up the After School room once a month as well. Also, the help of volunteers is invaluable in making sure the children get fed and finish their homework! This is a good way to develop relationships between the director, church staff, volunteers, and parents.


children of La masion After School ProgramYou can help this program of literacy by first reading more information about the program and then learning how to sponsor a child. It's easy. A brochure contains the details and a sponsorship form.


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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.


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Enjoy a Retreat or Camping Experience at RTLC  



Men's Adventure Camp at RTLC

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

Information and registration.


Women's Retreat at RTLC

April 12-15, 2012

Information and registration.  


Into The Wild

July 8-14, 2012

Get more information.

2012 Holy Land Pilgrimage

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

Building Dedication, Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, NM.   

Pastor Dan Bollman    

Begin First Call Theological Education Event, Sierra Pacific Synod, Sacramento, CA .   


Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email  
or phone appointment.  

Pastor Jim Hytjan

Visiting with Abiding Hope Lutheran Church, Castle Pines, CO; Congregational and Synodical Mission New Starts Table, Chicago, IL.

Linda Staats

Preach at Elim Lutheran Church, Ogden, UT; Discipleship Project Training, Salt lake City, UT.
Available by email 
 or phone appointment.


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Bishop's Assistant, to Preach at Elim


Linda Staats, Assistant to the Bishop for Youth & Household will deliver the sermon during the 10:00 a.m. worship service at Elim Lutheran Church, 575 23rd Street, in Ogden, on Sunday, April 15, 2012. The title of her sermon will be "Christ Meets Us Right Where We Are," and will be a fresh look at the church's most famous story of doubt, "Doubting Thomas."  


The message will explore and celebrate the Good News in this story for each of us. She will also lift up the need for authentic, faith-filled adults who can who point to Christ and God's activity in daily life and in the world.  



NUHOPE to Present Suicide Prevention Workshop at Elim   


Kristy Jones, MPH, of NUHOPE, a local suicide prevention agency, will present a two part suicide prevention workshop at Elim Lutheran Church, located at 575 23rd Street in Ogden (84401) on Sundays, April 15 and 22, from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. NUHOPE is an acronym for "Northern Utah Hold on, Persuade, Empower."


Participants in the workshop will learn:

  • How to recognize the verbal, situational, and behavioral clues to suicide.
  • How to ask a person if they are in suicidal crisis.
  • How to persuade a person in suicidal crisis to seek help.
  • How to make referrals for treatments that can help a person in suicidal crisis.

An easy to remember technique, "QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer," will be taught. Elim will be combining the adult, high school, junior high, and upper elementary school classes for this workshop. Members of the community are invited. There is no charge for the workshop.   








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Colorado Interfaith Power and Light logoCreation 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).


Rebekah Simon-PeterThe 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.


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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.



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Stephen Ministry Workshop at Our Saviour's - Ft. Collins

Want to learn to be an active listener and reach out to others in a distinctively Christian way?


On Saturday, April 21, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Fort Collins (80525) will host a Stephen Ministry Workshop from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and refreshments will be served. The half-day workshop consists of three sessions designed both to enhance participants' care giving skills and to help congregations explore ways to expand their caring ministry.


The Stephen Ministry is a program that congregations use to train lay people to share the load of providing pastoral care for hurting people inside and outside of the congregation-from divorce, loss of a loved one, just about any struggle in life. Stephen Ministers provide a listening ear for months or even years, time that pastors just don't have to give. Get more information.


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Dedication of Solar at Lutheran Church of the Master!




 "God has made a home in the heavens for the sun."  Psalm 19:4b



Lutheran Church of the Master solar panelsLutheran Church of the Master, located at 14099 W. Jewell Avenue in Lakewood (80228) invites the community to share in an Earth Day experience, Sunday, April 22 beginning at 1:00 p.m. This time together will include:   

  • Sunny music by Act of Grace
  • Blessing of our solar array
  • Refreshments (including sun tea!)
  • Information on our solar project and other solar opportunities

For more information, please visit Lutheran Church of the Master online:   or give them a call on 303-988-6400. 



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Prince of Peace-Colorado Springs Welcomes Linda Hartke, President and CEO of LIRS.


 Linda HartkeOn Sunday, April 22, 2012 Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs (80915), will welcome Linda Hartke, the president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service (LIRS). Linda will lead the adult forum at 10:45 a.m. in the social hall with information about the work of LIRS.  Everyone in the community is invited to attend! 


Prince of Peace is located at 4720 Galley Road (Galley & Wooten, three blocks east of Academy and three blocks west of Powers, and one block north of Platte). For more information, please email Pastor Cruson or give him a call 719-596-5293.


LIRS(Linda will also share a temple talk at the beginning of the worship service at 9:30 a.m., but will not be preaching. In addition, Prince of Peace will be celebrating its 46th birthday.)


 Augustana Lutheran Church - 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.


Free screenings:

Lung Function/Sleep Apnea


9News Health Fair logoBone Health

Breast exams

Prostate/Testicular exam

Oral Health


Blood Pressure

Stress Management

Body in Balance


Blood draw screenings:

Blood chemistries          $30

PSA                              $25

Blood count                   $15

Vitamin D                      $40

Hemoglobin                   $25


Interfaith Hospitality Network of Denver logoInterfaith 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 .  


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A Celebration of Love!




Love is in the air as the Colorado Women's Chorale joins with the Denver University Men's Choir in an exciting celebration of love! In addition to selections about our favorite emotion, the choirs will give a joint performance of Wedding Cantata, by 20th Century American composer, Daniel Pinkham.


The event will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, located at 4500 East Hampden Avenue, Cherry Hills Village (80113).


Tickets are: $8, $15 and $20.  To learn more and purchase tickets go to:  


 This event is sponsored by: 

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Atonement Lakewood Presents: the 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. 


Oxfam America bannerAt 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.

We hope to lift up the work of Oxfam and ELCA 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 or 


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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).



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Food and Faith: Dinner with Ibrahim Kazerooni



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Would you like to see real interfaith relations in action while enjoying a great meal?  


Have dinner at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, located at 1600 Grant Street in Denver,on Friday, May 4, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. Chef Imam Ibrahim Kazerooni will be presenting Middle Eastern cuisine at a fundraiser for Ansar Pantry, featuring its Executive Director, Ms. Meraj Abdul-Qadir.


Ansar Pantry logoSuggested donation is $30 per person, for a worthwhile cause that does community service, interfaith dialogue and education while serving individuals and families in Adams, Arapahoe and Denver counties.  


For more information or to register, please email church secretary, Marlene Brelsford, or call her on 303-839-1432 ext. 2. An R.S.V.P. by April 27 is appreciated. 





Saint Peter Lutheran Church 5K Run/Walk Event

to Benefit Selian Lutheran Hospital in 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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