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May 15, 2012     
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RMS leaders succeed in the ELCA health assessment challenge!
For the first year, the Rocky Mountain Synod succeeded in having at least 65% of the health plan participants take an online health assessment, resulting in a 2% reduction in health plan costs throughout the synod. The ELCA health plan (through Portico Benefit Services) for pastors, leaders, and spouses, encourages "wellness" by challenging participants to take an online health assessment that encourages healthy living. We accomplished 74% participation. The overall savings synod-wide is about $42,000!  Great job!


But there's more! Participants can earn even more wellness dollars, which is actual money, in exchange for following up with activities and healthy living!  There are many ways to earn these credits, so a strategy is suggested to meet additional goals. Grow your health!
Installation of Bishop-Elect Gonia is Sunday, September 23 at Bethany
Mark your calendar for the Installation of Bishop-elect James Gonia on Sunday, September 23, 2012, at 7 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, CO. 
On September 24 and 25, a Fall Theological Conference / Bishops' Convocation will continue at the Embassy Suites just down the road from Bethany with Bishop Mark Hanson, Bishop-Elect James Gonia, and guest-presenter Rev. Ron Richardson, a noted author on matters of healthy congregations and leaders. 
Assembly summary and resources

A "Landscape" newsletter summary of assembly highlights, hundreds of photos, and videos of key portions of the assembly are posted for viewing online. The videos may be downloaded onto your computer (click on the "vimeo" logo then scroll down to "download") to use in places where you might not have an Internet connection. Additionally, DVD's are available of some of the assembly presentations and worship if you are need to share the videos from a DVD.  View all assembly resources.
Gratitude to Bishop Bjornberg 


A video highlighting Bishop Allan Bjornberg's 18 years as bishop of the Rocky Mountain Synod was presented at the assembly. You are invited to view it and share it. 


Bishop Allan Bjornberg: Blessings, Witness, Hope
Bishop Allan Bjornberg: Blessings, Witness, Hope


Seventh Sunday of Easter  
Almighty God, your only Son was take into heaven and in your presence intercedes for us. Receive us and our prayers for all the world, and in the end bring everything into your glory,  through Jesus Christ, our Sovereign 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



Installation of Pastor Brenda Baalhorn at Grace, Casper, is May 20

Pastor Brenda BaalhornGrace Lutheran Church in Casper, Wyoming, invites the community to share in their joy as Pastor Brenda Baalhorn is installed on Sunday, May 20. The Service of Installation will take place at 2 p.m. with Bishop Allan Bjornberg installing. A reception will follow the service and all are welcome to attend. Clergy are invited to vest, and the color of the day is white.


Installation of Pastor Korey Finstad at Christ the King, Denver, is May 20

The community of Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2300 S. Patton court, Denver, CO, invites you to join them for the Service of Installation for Pastor Korey Finstad. The installation will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 20.  A potluck supper will follow the service and all are welcome to attend. Clergy are invited to vest, and the color of the day is white. Assistant to the Bishop Dan Bollman will be installing him to this new call.



Synod Prayer Cycle: Boulder/Broomfield Conference 
You are encouraged to include the listed leaders in your Sunday prayers of the people. The prayer list June is available.

to remember in prayers on 5/20:          


Grace Boulder, CO

     Ronald Roschke

Lutheran Church of Hope Broomfield, CO

     Scott McAnally

Mount Calvary Boulder, CO

     Sara Wirth

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Two RMS Young Adults to serve in Global Mission program in Madagascar


Almost sixty young adults will be spending a year of service with the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program. Beginning in August 2012, they will serve for one year in a congregation, school or social service ministry in Argentina / Uruguay, Central Europe, Jerusalem / West Bank, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. 


These young adults have a powerful, inspiring story to tell. The Rocky Mountain Synod has two young adults who will be a part of the 2012-2013 program:


Adam Kirberg - Madagascar
Evergreen Lutheran Church, Evergreen CO


Hannah Harman - Madagascar

University of Colorado-Boulder, CO

House for All Sinners and Saints. Denver CO


Please consider the possibility of one of these young adults serving as a resource for events and gatherings, both before and after their year of service.  Ask for their newsletter (or e-letter or blog) and distribute their stories widely. You can also send an email request or call 800-638-3522, ext. 2580   

La Mansion logoCristo Rey - El Paso
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. 


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.


  Evangelische Landeskirche in Baden, Germany

June 2013 Education Event connects U.S. and German Churches



Pastor Stephanie Kopsch of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Arvada, CO, (and a native of Germany) invites participants to travel to Germany next June in a relationship-building trip. Up to eight clergy from the Rocky Mountain Synod will join six from the Oklahoma-Kansas Conference of the UCC and fourteen from the Evangelische Landeskirche Baden for a joint Continuing Education Event focusing on the Heidelberg Confession. It will include a weekend in a German congregation with one of the German participants.


The event will be in English overall, but some familiarity with German may be helpful. The German church is heavily subsidizing the cost. Ten days in Germany, beginning on June 14, 2013, will cost 250 Euros, which translates into $325-350 for all overnight stays, most meals, and travel within Germany. (It doesn't include the airfare to Germany, of course.)  


Please contact Stephanie by email or phone 303-421-5197 for more information.

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 photo above  is of the Seat of the "Evangelische Landeskirche in Baden" (Protestant church in Baden) in Karlsruhe 

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Month of May Provides More Chances to Connect


Miriam Schmidt is a missionary in Central Europe


Slovakia: Many countries, one congregation


The Bratislava International Congregation, with a remarkably diverse membership from many countries, denominations and occupations, has just welcomed its new pastor, ELCA missionary Miriam Schmidt. She and her husband, Jeremy Blythe, are also the new ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission coordinators for Central Europe. Read the article.


Hosting a missionary this summer?

Is an ELCA missionary visiting your congregation this summer? Hold a potluck with PlaceMaps and ELCA Missionary Sponsorship offering envelopes for everyone. Both are available by sending an email message or by calling 800-638-3522
. Larger orders may be placed through ELCA Resources


ELCA 100 Wells Challenge

ELCA's 100 Wells Challenge  


Global water crisis claims more lives per year than war or natural disasters  Nearly a billion people - that's one out of seven people in our world today -- lack access to clean, safe water. Unclean water causes millions of people, especially young children, to die from water-related illnesses each year. Learn how ELCA youth can make a difference through the 100 Wells Challenge at

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.  Check out the Rainbow Trail website for more information on this amazing opportunity. 



Equipping Minister needed at Abiding Hope 


Abiding Hope Lutheran Church in Littleton, CO, is in search of an Equipping Minister.  Equipping Minister job description. Applications will be accepted from May 3 until May 25, 2012. You may contact Pastor Doug by email or phone (303-972-1283) or visit the website.

Atonement, Lakewood, seeks choir director


Atonement Lutheran Church in Lakewood, CO, is in search of a choir director for the 2012-13 Choir season...and beyond. A complete job description and church profile can be requested from the church office or from their website: Submit your cover letter and resume' to the church office by June 1, 2012.

Abiding Hope Seeks a Children's Minister 

Abiding Hope Lutheran Church in Littleton, CO, is currently seeking a gifted Children's Minister to further enhance its discipleship ministries. More details are at this link. This position reports to Pastor Chad Johnson and you may contact him by email or phone (303-972-1283). Applications will be accepted from May 3 to May 25, 2012.  

These and other open positions can be found on the Rocky Mountain Synod's website

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



Bishop Allan Bjornberg

Synod staff meeting, synod office, Denver, CO; Installation of Pastor Brenda Baalhorn, Grace Lutheran Church, Casper, WY; Metro West Conference Retreat, Snowmass, CO.   

Pastor Dan Bollman    

Synod staff meeting, synod office, Denver, CO; Visiting and worshipping with the congregation of Ascension Lutheran Church for Consecration Sunday, Cheyenne, WY; Installation of Korry Finstad at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Denver, CO.   


Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email  
or phone appointment.  

Pastor Jim Hytjan

Synod staff meeting, synod office, Denver, CO; Visiting with the congregation of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Denver, CO; RMS Representative at the Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly, CA.

Linda Staats

ELCA Churchwide Consultation of Faith Practices, Chicago, IL
Available by email 
 or phone appointment.


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Youth rummage sale at Elim Lutheran Church


ELCA Youth Gathering 2012 logoBeginning at noon on Friday, May 18, and all day on Saturday, May 19, the Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) of Elim Lutheran Church, 575 23rd St. in Ogden, will be holding a rummage sale. Items for sale include clothing, furniture, household appliances, cameras, stereos and other electronic items, and cookware.


Dwight Rude, Elim's vice president and youth adviser, said that funds raised at the rummage sale will be used to send five youth and one adult chaperon from Elim to the National Youth Gathering of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, "Citizens with the Saints," which will be held in New Orleans this July. Elim's Youth will join with 45,000 others from all across the United States for service projects, worship, Bible study, and fellowship.


The Northern Utah Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will provide up to $600 in matching funds, donating one dollar in matching funds for every three dollars raised up to $1800. For more information, or to donate an item to be sold at the rummage sale, contact Elim's church office at 801-394-5543 or send email to







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Cross of Hope, Albuquerque Celebrates 30 Years


On May 20, at 1:00 p.m., Cross of Hope Lutheran Church and Schools will celebrate it's 30th Anniversary with a luncheon and program. They welcome others to join them for this special occasion.  Please RSVP to the church office at by May 15 if you would like to attend.  The church is located at 6104 Taylor Ranch Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120.


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Cross of Hope Albuquerque Retirement-Farewell Service


On June 2 at 5:30 p.m. and June 3 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.Cross of Hope Church and Schools will conduct a retirement/farewell service for Pastor Dale G. Bauer who retires on that day.  Bishop Bjornberg will preside for the service.  A reception will take place after each service. Guests are welcome to attend any of the three services and receptions. Cards and letters are being collected for Pastor Bauer and may be sent via email to the church office at or by mail to 6104 Taylor Ranch Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120. Pastor Bauer has served at Cross of Hope Church and Schools since May 21, 1989 and his visionary leadership will be truly missed.  


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Saint Peter Lutheran Church Presents: Swingtime in the Rockies -
a Benefit Performance


Dez Rubano imageYou and the community are invited to join with Saint Peter Lutheran Church on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate "SWAZZ" - Swingin' JAZZ music!! The program will feature Dez Rubano and Friends and the event will take place at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree, CO.


Tickets are $25 and can be purchased through the website or by calling 720-509-1000.


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Lunchbox Express Program
Sets Dates, Times and Locations for Area Lunch Distribution


 ...because hunger doesn't take a vacation.  


Lunchbox Express is a grassroots organization here in Denver metropolitan area, started last year on the sole basis that too many kids go hungry when school is out. Please help spread the word! This year's schedule:


Englewood, May 29- August 15 (Monday through Friday)

Belleview Park at 11:00 a.m. (Belleview and Inca)
Clayton Elementary School at 11:00 a.m. (Fox and Tufts)
Lunchbox Express emblemCherrelyn Elementary School at 11:00 a.m. (Stanford and Lincoln)
Cushing Park at 12:00 p.m. (Dartmouth and Inca)
Centennial Park at 12:00 p.m. (Federal and Decatur)


Denver, May 29- August 24 (Monday through Friday)

Munroe Elementary School at 11:00 a.m. (Virginia and Knox Court)

CMS Elementary School at 11:45 a.m. (Louisiana and Lowell)

Goldrick Elementary School at 12:30 p.m. (Mississippi and Zuni)


Please note: There are no qualifications and no paperwork. Meals are served to all kids 18 years old and younger on a first come first served basis.


For more information about the program and its background, please check out their website, or view the YouTube documentary, funded by the Colorado Children's Campaign, posted on the Lunchbox Express Facebook page. Flyers are available in English and Spanish that can be downloaded, printed and distributed widely. 



Our Savior's Lutheran Church - Greeley logoOur Savior's , Greeley Presents: the Thiel Choir of Greenville, PA


The forty-voice Thiel Choir from Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania, will present a concert at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening, May 16, 2012, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, located at 1800 21st Avenue in Greeley, CO (80631). The performance is part of the Thiel Choir's 2012 Thiel College Choir imagewestern states tour. 


 The program will include works which celebrate the life of Christ, the earth and Native American culture. There will be no charge for admission; however, a freewill offering will be taken. For more information about the concert, please contact the church office at 970-352-4816.



Saint Peter GW logo5K Run/Walk Event to Benefit Selian Lutheran Hospital in Tanzania  


On Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 8:15 a.m. until noon, Saint Peter Lutheran Church will sponsor a 5K Run/Walk Event which will benefit the programs of Selian Lutheran Hospital and the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center (ALMC), completed in 2009 in Arusha, Tanzania.


TSelian Lutheran Hospital logohe Selian 5K Run Event will include a jump castle and face painting for the kids, Jamba Juice, Juice Plus, Free blood pressure readings, live musical entertainment, craft and food concessions, swag bags, t-shirts, awards and door prizes. Contact Carol for more Information about the 5K Run/Walk event but for  about Selian, please visit the Selian Hospital website: or the Saint Peter website:


Saint Peter Lutheran Church, located at 9300 E. Belleview Avenue in Greenwood Village (80111).



4th Annual Sky Ranch BBQ and
Bluegrass Fundraiser


Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Fort Collins (corner of Harmony and Lemay) is pleased to host the 4th Annual Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp BBQ and Bluegrass Fundraiser which will take place on Saturday, June 9, 2012, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Everyone will be gathering out under the trees. Spirit of Joy has some benches available, but for your comfort please bring a camp chair or blanket.


Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church imageThe event will feature wonderful barbeque, along with slaw, chips and dessert. There will even be vegetarian and gluten-free choices available. Tickets can be purchased at the event: Under 2: free / 2-12 years: $5 / over 12 years: $9 / family: $25  


For your musical enjoyment, Spirit of Joy's own Bluegrass band, "Jerusalem Road," will perform. The Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp staff will also be there assisting and participating in the program, so it's a great opportunity to meet these wonderful young people from around the country.



Annual Mount of the Holy Cross Pilgrimage Dates Set


Each year since 1976, Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vail, CO, has sponsored a pilgrimage hike up Notch Mountain to view Mt. of the Holy Cross. Again this year Mount of the Holy Cross will sponsor pilgrimages climbing Notch Mountain in order to view the Mount of the Holy Cross.     


Mount of the Holy Cross mountain

There is a brief service of worship near the summit before descending.  It's a wonderful experience for those who participate and this year the community of Mount of the Holy Crosswanted to offer the opportunity to a wider audience. Due to Forest Service regulations the groups are limited in number so reservations are required.


The dates are Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21, 2012.  The event will be from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.  This is a fairly strenuous hike and requires good hiking boots and waterproof weather protection. 


There is no cost to participate but pre-registration is required.  Please email the church or call 970- 476-6610 to receive a registration form or for more details.   


photo provided by Pastor Scott Beebe 

Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Vail 





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