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May 22, 2012     

Jim Gonia invites you to read his first blog post as Bishop Elect
Beloved in Christ in the Rocky Mountain Synod,
As I write this note, it has been three weeks since Synod Assembly.  During that time my wife, Kim, and I have covered many miles: from Colorado to Cameroon to California and back to Chicago.  I continue to marvel at the call process that unfolded during the Assembly, and I remain both humbled and energized by the call you have now extended to me to serve as your new bishop...
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.     


Day of Pentecost   
Mighty God, you breathe life into our bones, and your Spirit brings truth to the world. Send us this Spirit, transform us  by your truth, and give us language to proclaim your gospel,  through 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: Boulder/Broomfield Conference 
You are encouraged to include the listed leaders in your Sunday prayers of the people. The prayer lists for June and July are available.

to remember in prayers on 5/27:          


Rejoice Erie, CO

     Ruby Naruki

Shepherd of the Hills Boulder, CO

     Marty Lettow

Trinity Boulder, CO

     Mark Twietmeyer, Gene Brueggemann 


St. Peter, Carlsbad Does its Part to Make Malaria History 


Thank you to the people of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Carlsbad, New Mexico for participating in the ELCA Malaria Campaign!  They have already raised over $600 to help treat and prevent malaria.  Part of those funds were raised by a youth-led effort in the Souper Bowl of Caring on February 3.  The youth group raised $461.49.   


Rev. Geri Cunningham of St. Peter shared this story and we would love to hear more stories!  You are invited to send your stories and pictures by email to Rev. Deb Abbott.  


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Service and Learning


Prep for Summer Service Projects and Mission Trips 


Do you want your congregation's summer service projects, mission trip or journey to the  ELCA Youth Gathering to be faith forming and transformational?  


Then watch this informative and in-depth interview with Eugene Roehlkepartain, Search Institute, on his 25 years of research on Service and Learning. It is free and includes a Study Guide.  


The entire 6 session Service and Learning course may be ordered, downloaded or streamed.   



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Peace Not Walls Presents: Discover Islam DVD Series and Study Guide
The office of ELCA Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations, in cooperation with the ELCA Global Mission, and our nationwide Lutheran Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Representatives Network recently received a generous gift from Discover Islam - USA: complimentary copies of a six-disc DVD series titled Discover Islam. This series is endorsed by the Islamic Society of North America.


You may use the series for study within your congregation. The Rocky Mountains Synod has a limited number of copies that may be borrowed by contacting the synod office at 303-777-6700 or sending an email to Willie


You can read more information and preview the series at the Discover Islam website. Study guides are available at the ELCA Inter-Religious Relations website.

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Youth Leadership Opportunities


Lift up and equip youth in your congregations with the skills they need to be leaders on your church council, in your youth ministry or as you travel for service and mission. Check out these opportunities at Sky Ranch.


Youth Go! June 10-22

Youth Go! is a two-week leadership training program for high school youth. Campers return to their congregations empowered to lead and serve from this experience that includes: community building, in-depth Bible study and worship planning, a two night backpack trip, service projects at Harvest Farm (run by the Denver Rescue Mission helping men with addiction), and a 24-hour silent retreat. Once you complete Youth Go!, you are elegible for the Staff in Training program.


Youth Leadership Retreat June 22 - 24

Inviting all 8th - 12th grade youth who want to explore the gifts that God has given them and learn how to use those gifts to serve the Church and the world. The weekend will be full of team building, leadership training, spiritual gift exploration, and peer ministry moments. The cost is $55.  


2012 Holy Land PilgrimagePilgrimage to the Holy Land, Greece and Turkey,  


October 1-17, 2012


There are still some spaces on this October trip to the Holy Land - if you are interested, please contact Pastor Paul Rowold by May 30, 2012.  


Experience this journey of faith and relationships as you take in the geography of the Holy Land and meet the people living there today! Tour guide Pastor Paul Rowold has traveled to the Holy Land 30 times, since the summer of 1978, when he and his wife Donna worked as archeologist volunteers.


The tour is: 17-day Holy Land/Turkey/Greece at $4450, from Denver. Details can be found at the website or you may contact tour leader, Pastor Paul Rowold by email or phone: 406-883-5864. Reservation deadline is May 30, 2012.


For your information and more about peacemaking in Israel and Palestine, check out the blog by Jan Miller.

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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. 


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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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


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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. 



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Choir Robes Available for FREE 


Do you have a need for choir robes for your Chancel Choir?  


Lutheran Church of Hope in Broomfield, CO has just the robes for you. Through its reorganizing process for spring, the Music Ministry of Lutheran Church of Hope is making 40 to 50 robes available for FREE.  


If you are interested in some or all of the robes, please email Kim Hohensee, Music Coordinator at: for more information or to see pictures. You are welcome to come pick them up or make arrangements to pick up the robes. They can be yours that easily!



Augustana Early Learning Center Opening


Augustana Early Learning Center is seeking a qualified, experienced individual for the position of full-time Early Learning Center Director. The position includes a competitive salary and generous benefits. Please submit by email a resume, cover letter, and three professional references on or before May 31, 2012 to: Search Committee.   


You can find a full job description as well as apply online at

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

Conclude Metro West Conference Retreat, Snowmass, CO; Visit with the congregation of House for All Sinners and Saints, Denver, CO.   

Pastor Dan Bollman    

Out of the office May 24-29.    


Madelyn Busse, DM

Available by email  
or phone appointment.  

Pastor Jim Hytjan

Meeting concerning the Mission Investment Fund, Falcon, CO.

Linda Staats

Meeting with the Middle School Youth Gathering Planning team, synod office, Denver, CO
Available by email 
 or phone appointment.


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Outdoor worship at Elim Begins this Sunday


Outdoor worship will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 27, at Elim Lutheran Church, located at 575 23rd Street in Ogden "Outdoor worship at Elim during the summer is our opportunity to worship under Utah's beautiful blue skies and to share God's word with the community surrounding us," said Elim's congregational president.

 Elim Lutheran Church summer outdoor worship

From the Memorial Day weekend through the Labor Day weekend, the congregation will gather on the lawn by the parking lot for a shorter, informal, service of Holy Communion. Chairs will be provided, and trees and canopies will provide shade. An outdoor fellowship hour with coffee, lemonade, ice water, and snacks will follow the service.


Anyone wishing more information may email the church office or call 801-394-5543








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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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Peace Lutheran Wishes Farewell and
Godspeed to Pastor Wayne Kendrick 



June 10, 2012, is the final Sunday of Pastor Wayne's Ministry at Peace Lutheran Church in El Paso.  Special activities that day include Worship Service which will be at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck lunch at noon. Then at 1:00 p.m., there will be a Celebration and Roasting of the 14 Years of Peace's and Pastor Wayne's Ministry.


Please place this special date on your calendar and plan to attend all or part of the celebration. Email invitations will be sent later. Please call 915-584-1383 if you have questions.


Please Note: A pictorial video for Pastor Wayne's retirement celebration is being made and we are looking for photos. If you have any photos that you would like to share, please email them or drop pictures off to the church office as soon as possible.



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Taizé at Saint Paul, Denver for May



With life ever turbulent, busy, and sometimes chaotic, it is important to find time to think quietly and reflect on where life is taking us. Taizé is a worship tradition grounded in Christian beliefs, but at its core is a message of inclusion. Saint Paul Lutheran Church in downtown Denver has long been an advocate for inclusion. 


An hour of contemplative worship by candlelight with simple prayer, song, and silence is Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the nave of Saint Paul Lutheran Church (1600 Grant Street). All are welcome.


For more information, please visit



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.     


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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 Cross wanted 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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