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April 17, 2012     

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Third Sunday of Easter  
Holy and righteous God, you are the author of life, and you adopt us to be your children. Fill us with your words of life, that we may live as witnesses to the resurrection of 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 B 2012

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 4/22:           


Prince of Peace Casper, WY

     Michael Struck

St. John Riverton, WY

     Scott Jorgenson

St. Luke's Buffalo, WY

     John Bell


Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly
April 26-28, 2012
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Friday, April 20, is the final day to register for the assembly!  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! You will not receive a printed packet. You must download and print/review all of the materials.


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.
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Next RMS Youth Ministry Training is in Fort Collins.



Remaining Youth Ministry Training Opportunities: 

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).


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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Essential Titles for
Congregational Libraries


Recently, Beth Lewis, President and CEO of Augsburg Fortress, had the pleasure of speaking at three worship services on "Generational Differences in the Church" and leading a Sunday morning adult forum on "Gutenberg to Google:  Effective Use of Technology for Congregations" at Cross of Life Lutheran Church near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  


In an email received from one of their members, that member asked for advice on how to revitalize their congregational library and encourage people to use it. After a scheduled conference call and brainstorming session together a number of ideas were brought forth. During her conversations, though, Beth realized that the list of "essential titles for congregational libraries" published by Augsburg Fortress, Fortress Press and sparkhouse needed to be updated. The list is ready


If you are looking for a specific title or topic for your church library, it may not be represented on this updated list! You are encouraged to check out the websites, also.  And, of course, if you still can't find it, you can always contact Augsburg's Customer Care team at 800-428-3638. 

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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.


Rainbow Trail Confirmation Retreat 2011
"Into the Wild" Camping Experience at RTLC  

 July 8-14, 2012


Compus Point image from Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp

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 that takes you literally into the wild and back again as you explore the joys and challenges that are ahead of you in college.   


Explore with faithful, experienced young adults what life with roommates is like; how to balance the pressures of work, studying, and social life; taking your faith down the mountain and into school; and other questions you have; as you trek through the amazing mountains surrounding RTLC.  Check out  

the Rainbow Trail website for more information on 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!  


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.

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Food Crisis in West Africa Escalates - LWR Responds


A serious food crisis is brewing in the Sahel region of West Africa, a region where more than 10 million people already face the threat of hunger every day. Recent failed rains, drought and rising food costs, among other factors, now threaten an additional 3.4 million people.
Sahel food crisis imageThanks to a generous $1.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lutheran World Relief and partners are initiating Resilience Plus, a project in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger that will help vulnerable families earn immediate income while preserving their long-term agricultural livelihoods. 
Cash-for-work activities will provide immediate access to income for 134,000 people and help families to weather the crisis. This community work will simultaneously conserve soil and improve irrigation systems that will help grow food in the future.
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Position Available: Director of Faith Formation


Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, CO is excited to announce that we are looking for a Director of Faith Formation. This full-time staff position will provide leadership for Trinity's vision for faith formation: "an inter-generational Christian community equipped to journey with children, youth and families in their faith formation." The Director of Faith Formation will work with our pastors, ministry team, and congregation members to offer ministry that is relational, inter-generational, and programmatic.


To learn more, please download and read our ministry description. Interested candidates are asked to email a resume and cover letter to by Friday, May 11, 2012.


If you have questions, please email or contact our church office at 970-482-1226 to be directed to our pastors or a member of the search team.

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



Bishop Allan Bjornberg

Saint Philip Lutheran Church 40th Anniversary celebration, Littleton, CO.   

Pastor Dan Bollman    

Conclude First Call Theological Education Event, Sierra Pacific Synod, San Francisco, CA; Visiting with the congregation of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Boulder, CO.   


Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email  
or phone appointment.  

Pastor Jim Hytjan

Visiting with the Camino de Vida Advisory Board, Albuquerque, NM.

Linda Staats

Lead Forum on ELCA Malaria Campaign, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Denver, CO; Middle School Youth Gathering Meeting, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO; Re-charge Planning Meeting, synod office, Denver, CO.
Available by email 
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NUHOPE to Present Second 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 Sunday, April 22, 2012, 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.   

Chili Cook-off at Elim Lutheran Church


Elim Lutheran Church, located at 575 23rd Street in Ogden will hold its second annual chili cook-off at 11:15 a.m., on Sunday, April 22, 2012. The event will be a fund raiser for Elim's Boy Scout Troop 54. The money raised will help fund Troop 54's summer camp and four Scouts' 2013 BSA Jamboree in West Virginia.


Members and friends of the congregation will bring a pot of their homemade chili to church. The chilies will be numbered for anonymity, and members and guest will be invited to sample each. They may vote for their favorite chili by placing donations of any size into collection jars by each pot. The winning chili will be determined by the amount donated.


Chili lovers from the community are invited to attend and/or enter. For more information, contact the church office at 801-394-5543.








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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. 



Prince of Peace Colorado Springs

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  


 Immanuel Lutheran Church-GreeleyImmanuel WELCA Presents: "Blessings and Blossoms" 


 Immanuel Lutheran Women (WELCA) cordially invite women of all ages to their "Blessings & Blossoms" event on Thursday, May 3, 2012 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The event will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Church, located at 1865 14th Avenue in Greeley (80631).


The Women of Immanuel will present special guest speaker Terry Bowes...sharing "Blessings!"

Terry was the first president of the ELCA's Rocky Mountain Synodical Women's Organization and has served as interim executive director for the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA).


All women are welcome to come and partake of food, fellowship, music, and door prizes! Please R.S.V.P. by Monday, April 30. For reservations/tickets, please call the church office at 970-352-3003.


Dinner prices are $5.00 per person. Children 3 and under are Free

Event Catered by: Immanuel Women of the ELCA


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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



Imam Ibrahim Kazerooni

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.


Missle Eastern dish imageSuggested donation is $30 per person. The Pantry is a food bank serving the needy in Adams, Arapahoe, and Denver counties and was started seven years ago by MILA (Muslims Intent on Learning and Activism) with the help of Metro CareRing   


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. 


Bethany Lutheran-Cherry Hills VillageWelcome to:
"An Evening with Herb"



Bethany Lutheran Church, located at 4500 East Hampden Avenue in Cherry Hills Village (80113), invites the community to share this opportunity to meet Herb Chilstrom, the first presiding bishop of the ELCA. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 with dessert and coffee with Dr. Chilstrom from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A book discussion, conversation and singing will follow from 7:00 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. in the Great Hall at Bethany.  


A Journey of Grace book coverDr. Chilstrom's autobiography, "A Journey of Grace," was released a few months ago and has had an enthusiastic reception across the church. Tracing his life story from birth until retirement as it intertwines with the church, the book focuses primarily on the formation and early years of the ELCA. Chilstrom will share stories from the book, including humorous incidents. Interspersed with the stories will be singing of familiar hymns and songs.


Chilstrom's book will be for sale following his presentation. He will sign books. All proceeds go to the program of New Testament studies at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC).


Welcome! Bring your friends, too.


Sponsors for Clergy Network Launch

Clergy Witness Network 1st Anniversary Celebration 


You are invited to celebrate The Clergy Witness Network's first anniversary and the incredible transformative impact their partnership between clergy and immigrants has had on the broader community this last year. You helped make visible a faith commitment to immigrants and human rights, both to immigrants themselves and to the larger community. This FREE event will take place at Grant Avenue Community Center (see map) on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 from 7:45 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.


Clergy Network Launch imagePlease join a values/spiritual based dialogue between immigrant partners and clergy members. These small group dialogues will be facilitated at your tables. We'll review our past year together and look to the year ahead!


Dialogue & Goal Setting with Immigrant Partners:  

How have you been transformed by working together?
What can we do together in the coming year?


Free breakfast burritos will be provided by Centro Humanitario's Women's' Project. Please RSVP to Jennifer by email or phone (303-623-3464 ext. 5 ) by May 2 to ensure that we have enough for breakfast. You are asked to bring your reflections, spiritual grounding, and willingness to listen to the table.





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

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