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July 24, 2012     


Open House July 27, 2-4 p.m.
We give thanks for Bishop Bjornberg's 18 years as bishop of the Rocky Mountain Synod!


An open house will take place on Friday, July 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the large first floor conference in the synod office building. At 3 p.m., a brief liturgy of sending will take place. Bishop Bjornberg's term concludes on July 31. Stop by to express a word of gratitude. For our planning, please RSVP by Wednesday, July 25, that you will be attending. RSVP now



"Sigh's too deep for words"


As we continue to be shaken and sorrowful by the events that unfolded in Aurora, Colorado, last Friday, we pray for the families of those who lost loved ones, for those who remain hospitalized, for caregivers and emergency personnel who have attended to the dying and suffering, and for the one who committed the atrocity.


We pray for Yousef Gharbi, grandnephew of Jim and Sue Bettger, who are members of Rejoice Lutheran Church in Erie, Colorado. Yousef was wounded at the theater with a bullet lodged in the brain and shrapnel lodged in his neck. Pastor Ruby Narucki shares that his prognosis is still uncertain.


Please take time to read the Open Letter, written by Pastor Meghan Aelabouni, Trinity, Ft Collins and shared in the Huffington Post.  If you don't know what to say or where to begin in talking about this tragedy with your congregation, Pastor Meghan gives us a place to begin.


read Pastor Aelabouni's open letter



Ninth Sunday after Pentecost  
Gracious God, you have placed within the hearts of all your children a longing for your word and a hunger for your truth. Grant that we may know your Son to be the true bread of heaven and share this bread with all the world, through  Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prayer from Sundays and Seasons Year B 2012

Nicolé Ferry Ordained in Columbia, MD   


On Saturday, July 13, 2012, Bishop Allan Bjornberg presided at the Service of Holy Communion with the ordination of Nicolé Raddu Ferry into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament at New Hope Lutheran Church in Columbia, MD.


Nicolé has been called to serve as Associate Pastor of Youth, Family and Education Ministry at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Los Alamos, NM.



Synod Prayer Cycle: North New Mexico Conference 
You are encouraged to include the listed leaders in your Sunday prayers of the people. The prayer lists for August and September are available.

to remember in prayers on 7/29:          


St. Timothy Albuquerque, NM

     Neil Mather (interim)

Trinity Farmington, NM

     Larry Davis

Valley Los Lunas, NM

     Ken Vogler



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Gathered with the Saints to Practice Discipleship, through Peacemaking that works for Justice. 


675 participants from the RMS and 3 from Madagascar returned to their congregations and homes following the 2012 ELCA Gathering-Bjornberg 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering with stories to share.  RMS participants included: 503 youth, 146 caring adults, 25 volunteers, 3 RMS staff, and one keynote speaker. In addition to all the personal stories, highlights of the Gathering may be found in photos and video.  


Photos of the RMS's Practice DiscipleShip Day - Keep checking back as photos will be added from around our synod this coming week.


LCA Gathering 2012-Youth Highlights of MYLE (Multi-Cultural Youth Lutheran Event) Gabi Aelabouni, Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ft Collins, CO served as a Chaplain. 


A powerful keynote address for the Opening of the Gathering on Wednesday, July 18 was given by Nadia Bolz-Weber, Pastor for House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, CO. Video of all other Gatherings in the Dome, including the Closing Worship, may be found at this site.     

Get an Overview of the Gathering. 


Mark your calendars: In 2015, the ELCA Youth Gathering will be in Detroit!    


Let the planning begin! 


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10th Biennial Convention


Come - Rescue, Rest, Reflect, and Refresh

All women are invited to participate in the Rocky Mountain Synodical Women's Organization's 10th Biennial Convention which will take place at the Eleganté Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico from September 28 through September 30, 2012. The hotel is located at 2020 Menaul NE, Albuquerque (87107).


RM Synodical Women's Organization Biennial Convention logo The convention fee is $75 and the hotel rate is $85 /night for 2 beds. The registration form has all the details that can help you plan your time to get together with other women of faith to develop a personal relationship with Christ, to discover our spiritual gifts and grow spiritually, to learn about and to be there to support other women.


"Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." Mark 6:31b


A letter from the president, Diana Bleignier introduces and welcomes you to the event but for more information, you may also contact your registrar, Linda by email or phone (303-841-5527).



RMS Malaria Total Update


Our latest total of donations is $156,513.23!


To date the Rocky Mountain Synod has raised $156,513.23 for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. We are moving closer every day to our goal of $200,000 by 2015. Thanks for sharing the story of those affected by malaria and the work that is being done with our brothers and sisters in Africa. Together we will Make Malaria History!  For more information please go to:


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. First, we invite an RSVP from rostered leaders (pastor / AIM / DM )_by August 20 . After that date, we will open an online seating request RSVP link so those who desire to attend will know if they can expect to be seated in the main worship room, or an overflow room video link.
Theological Conference is September 24 and 25 for rostered leaders and others who would like to attend 


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. Online registration is available now, with a deadline of August 20. 

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Living and Working Together for Peace in Palestine: A Workshop


You are invited to a workshop presented by the Rocky Mountain Synod Peace Not Walls working group. The workshop will be on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Augustana Lutheran Church located at 5000 E. Alameda Ave, Denver (80246). The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. - noon and is titled:   

"Steadfast Hope: Peace with Justice in the Holy Land"


This half-day workshop introduces "Kairos Palestine" as an opportunity for American Christians. We will explore the reality on the ground in Israel and Palestine, where Christians, Jews and Muslims live together and work for peace with justice. 


Dar-Al-Kalima Lutheran Christian College


* "Breakfast in Palestine"  

* Abby Farrand, Young Adults in Global Mission in Jerusalem and the West Bank, 2011  

* Workshops to equip participants to host studies in congregations


The cost is $15 and includes "Steadfast Hope," a study guide for Kairos Palestine and a DVD. Please contact Jan Miller by email for more information.

You may register and pay online by credit card using Paypal. You do not need a Paypal account. When given the option, select "I do not have a Paypal account" to type in your credit card number. You may also send a check, made out to "Rocky Mountain Synod" and mailed to:

Rocky Mountain Synod

455 Sherman Street, Suite 160

Denver, CO 80203  


photo is of Dar Al-Kalima Lutheran College, Bethlehem


Mark Your Calendars

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RMS Senior High Youth Gathering 

The 2012 RMS Senior High Youth Gathering is scheduled for November 16-18, 2012 in at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park Colorado. This year's gathering is a place and time to "Connect-4 LIFE!" Check out all the details available on the website. Registration opens August 1. 

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LFS Rocky Mountains  
Widows Workshop 
Updated Information: New workshops added 


On Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4, 2012, Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains will host a FREE workshop as a special presentation by Kathleen Rehl, Ph.D., CFP, an award winning author and speaker. The workshop is titled: Moving Forward on Your Own - Workshop for Widows.


The purpose of the workshop is to help those that have been widowed to be more self-confident, knowledgeable and secure about their money matters.


Friday, August 3rd from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Bethany Lutheran Church (ELCA)
4500 E. Hampden Avenue in Cherry Hills Village (80113) 


Friday, August 3rd from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

First Lutheran Church (ELCA)
1515 N. Cascade Avenue in Colorado Springs (90907) 


Saturday, August 4th from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

First Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA)  

803 3rd Avenue in Longmont (80501) 


Saturday, August 4th from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  

Redeemer Lutheran Church (LCMS)
7766 Greenstone Trail in Fort Collins

Please download, print and post the flyer for the workshop of interest by clicking on a link above. For more information,  please email Bob at or  give him a call on 800-579-9496.

Lutheran Campus Ministry at CSU

Connecting with our college-bound students through Campus Ministry


Lutheran Campus Ministry is eager to welcome and connect with college students from your congregation or organization. The pastors of Campus Ministry within the Rocky Mountain Synod would LOVE to receive the names and emails of your college students.  Please help us reach more students on campus!   Each name is like GOLD to us.  Thank you.   


The campus ministry emails for the various schools in our Synod are listed below.  If you have a list of your students from many schools around the country, please send these to LCM at University of Colorado at: .  The names that you provide will be dispersed to the appropriate schools.   


University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, CO)   -    

Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO) - 

University of Wyoming  (Laramie, WY)  - 

University of Colorado (Boulder, CO)  - 

University of New Mexico  (Albuquerque, NM)- 

New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM) - 




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12 Pastors to run 188 mile relay-night and day-for Malaria in Sept!

Twelve pastors from the Rocky Mountain Synod will be running the Colorado Relay from Breckenridge to Aspen, September 7 and 8, 2012, to raise funds for the awareness, prevention, and treatment of malaria for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. 
Read the ELCA blog to be inspired to give generously! 


The Rocky Mountain Synod has a new PayPal account to receive credit card donations! Please note: you need not have a Paypal account to use this link. Click on "Don't have a Paypal account" when asked how to proceed.


Make a Donation 




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Two Border Servant Corps
Events Happen this Weekend



Donate your car 

Donate a Vehicle. BSC is in great need of a few vehicles (our current mini-van is not doing well). Due to program growth, we are looking for a small car to be used primarily for administrative purposes to travel between Las Cruces and El Paso, a mini-van and/or a 15-passenger van for retreats, community events, immersions, etc. We are seeking vehicles in good condition with low gas mileage, if possible. Remember, any donation to BSC is tax-deductible!


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Upcoming Events!


  • Wine & Cheese in El Paso. Friday, July 27 at 5:57 p.m. at the Thrivent Financial Offices (2615 Montana Ave., El Paso, TX 79903). Join the 2011-2012 volunteers before they continue on their journey and participate in this delicious fundraiser! Bring a bottle of your favorite wine or non-alcoholic beverage to share. Recommended donation: $10.
  • BSC Recognition in Las Cruces, Sunday, July 29 at 9:00 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (1701 E. Missouri Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88001). Bid farewell to the 2011-2012 volunteers and thank them for their year of service.
  • BSC Farewell in El Paso. Sunday, August 5 at 11:00.a.m. at Cristo Rey (1010 E. Yandell Dr., El Paso, TX 79902). Say farewell to the 2011-2012 volunteers and thank them for their year of service.
  • BSC Commissioning in Las Cruces. Sunday, August 26 at 9:00 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church (1701 E. Missouri Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88001). Welcome the 2012-2013 volunteers to their year of service.
  • BSC Welcome in El Paso.Sunday, September 9 at 11:00.a.m. at Cristo Rey (1010 E. Yandell Dr., El Paso, TX 79902). Welcome the 2012-2013 volunteers to their year of service.
  • BSC Quinceañera. October 5-7, 2012. BSC will be celebrating 15 years of service on the borderland. Mark this exciting weekend in your calendar...details to follow!


If you have any questions or would like to become more involved with BSC, please contact us at or 575-522-7119. Do justice. Love kindness. Walk humbly.


Faith Lutheran Church-Golden

Family, Children and Youth Ministry Coach


Faith Lutheran Church, located at 17701 West 16th Avenue in Golden, Colorado is seeking a Family, Children and Youth Ministry Coach. The position reports to the Missional Pastor and it exists to:

  • Engage in helping change lives through the power of Jesus
  • Facilitate the creation of an equipping ministry for household faith development
  • Develop and connect passionate volunteers with missional ministry for youth and children  
  • Advocate for missional faith development for children, youth and families

Ministry with children, youth and families remains an important part of fulfilling our mission of Changing Lives through the Power of Jesus. We acknowledge within these realms there is a need to equip and empower passionate leaders as well as family members to create faith connections and development for children and youth within homes as well as in community.

A more complete position description is available on the Faith Lutheran Church website, including duties and responsibilities. Please take a look.

Peace Lutheran Church Sanctuary photo Peace Lutheran Seeks a Choir Director (Part time)


Peace Lutheran Church in Las Cruces, NM is searching for a Choir Director. The selected individual needs to bring with them an understanding and commitment to the role of choral music in the Christian liturgical service. We are looking for a high level of proficiency with respect to direction of choral music. This is a part-time (approximately 10 hours per week), 9-month/year, paid position. For a detailed job description and more information about Peace Lutheran Church, please visit their website.             


This 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

Visiting and worshipping with the congregation of Christ Lutheran Church, Santa Fe, NM, at the retirement of Pastor Ben Larzelere.

Pastor Dan Bollman    

Visiting with the Church Council at First Lutheran Church, Ault, CO.        

Pastor Jim Hytjan

Visiting and worshipping with our newest start up congregation in Castle Pines, CO.

Linda Staats

Available by email 
 or phone appointment.


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JULY 16-18 


New Orleans, LA

JULY 18-22

ELCA Youth Gathering
New Orleans, LA



Installation of Rocky Mountain Synod Bishop

 Cherry Hills Village, CO.



Fall Theological Conference/ Bishop's Convocation

 Denver, CO.



RMS Senior High Youth Gathering

YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, CO 




JANUARY 18 -20 

RMS Middle School Youth Gathering
Crowne Plaza Hotel,
Colorado Springs, CO

MAY 2-4 

2013 RMS Assembly

Loveland, Colorado


Theological Conference 

Estes Park, Colorado





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Lutherans Stoked Their Flames to Benefit Fire Victims



On Saturday, July 14, 2012, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., in true western style, local Lutherans and members of the Dutch Oven Group joined forces with Ascension Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming to provide relief for the victims of the recent wild fires in Wyoming and Colorado.  


Dutch oven cooking pot image The Cheyenne Dutch Oven Group cooked and also demonstrated the fine art of Dutch Oven Cooking, and served up some seriously good grub at the first "Douse the Flames" fundraiser that provided the community with food, faith and fun. There was no charge for the event, which also featured live music from the Ascension Lutheran Church Worship Band and family entertainment, but free-will offerings were accepted. Over $2500 was raised! The amount included a 25% match from Thrivent financial Services.


Keynote speaker, Bill Crapser, the Wyoming State Forester, addressed the issues surrounding the devastating Wyoming fires. Well known for their commitment to organizing assistance to victims of disasters, both locally and nationally, Ascension Lutheran Church members Cindy and Scott Gundy, who also belong to the International Dutch Oven Society helped lead the local Group and spearhead this fundraiser. All money raised goes directly to The Lutheran Disaster Response Fund designated to assist the fire victims, and the American Red Cross Wyoming and Colorado Wild Fire Victims.  


For more information on the "Douse the Flames" fundraiser or to donate, please contact Ascension Lutheran Church at 307-634-6575 or email the Church. You may also visit the website. Interested parties may also donate by visiting!/ColoradoForestFireVictims . Please read the entire news release.

Ring Lake in Wyoming
Journey through the Wilderness
on a Spiritual Retreat 


The Wyoming Association of Churches is sponsoring the Spiritual Retreat: Journey through the Wilderness at Ring Lake Ranch near Dubois on August 13-15, 2012 


More information, including the schedule, can be found on the event brochure and you may register on line at or by mail with the form. If you have questions, please contact executive director of the Wyoming Association of Churches, Chesie Lee by email.  


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Summer Marriage Encounter Weekend



Summer is already here, and we're sending you this email because we have a special "All Clergy" Weekend Getaway planned for clergy couples in the Rocky Mountain region!  The next Weekend Getaway is scheduled for August 23 - 25, 2012 at the Plains Hotel in Cheyenne, WY. An application fee of $50 per couple will give you and your spouse this much needed private time to refresh, re-energize, and reconnect before stepping back into the "real" world. (A suggested donation of $500 from your church congregation would also help cover the Weekend lodging costs!) You deserve it!  For more information see the flyer or to apply today visit here.





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Volunteers Get the Work of the Church Done at the Utah Food Bank


On Monday, July 16, 2012, Lutheran Social Service of Utah and youth from Hope Lutheran Church in Montana came together at the first joint food service day to represent 38 people willing to give of themselves. 


Every Thursday, and some Tuesdays in the summer too, the Utah Food Bank provides a majority of foods that LSS of Utah gives to refugee and first generation families.  LSS of Utah is the most diverse site in terms of faith and ethnicity/race and extremely low-income contexts.  Over 300,000 take-home-to prepare meals are provided to over 96,000 people, mostly children.


It is so important for us to meet each other.  All of the refugees present that day had been through genocide and civil war in their countries. Many suffer from post-traumatic war syndrome daily.  Many face poverty in the United States for a few generations. Read more about the work being done. 



LSS Utah Begins 2012 Spanish Classes


Lutheran Social Service of Utah is offering Spanish Courses - during Fall 2012. Mr. Jose Bonilla, Spanish Language Instructor and Professional Guitarist will be the instructor. Classed will take place every Wednesday from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. from September 12 through November 14, 2012. No registration is needed - just come by at 1:00 p.m. each Wednesday to learn and have fun.


Mr. Bonilla has taught continuing education Spanish courses at the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, and for Utah Transit Authority Employees. He enjoys bringing music, poetry and conversation to learning Spanish.


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In 2012, Jose Bonilla celebrates 45 years as a professional, world musician. He began a passionate music career at a very young age singing in his El Salvadorian country barrio with ranchero cumbia musica; followed by professional performances beginning at age 13. Professional performances have taken him around the world, including the smallest country in the world, Rocky Boy Indian Reservation. 


Books are available for careful use and are then recycled for the 2013 class. Books and CD's are also available for purchase. The class is Language Focused with one song learned in Spanish each class. It is suggested to listen to Spanish tapes and television at least 3 days during the week to capitalize on each class experience.


A suggested donation is $5.00 per class with all proceeds benefiting LSS of Utah ministries. For more information, you may contact Mr. Bonilla by email or phone (801-703-3274).






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Kaitlin Winter-Eulberg
Receives 1st
Hayes Memorial Scholarship


The Hayes Memorial Scholarship was established by Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Los Alamos, New Mexico to reward a deserving new ELCA seminarian from the Rocky Mountain Synod. The first recipient of a Hayes Scholarship is Kaitlin Winter-Eulberg who will begin seminary studies this summer at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA. Kaitlin is a "double PK;" both her parents are Lutheran pastors (read her biography for more details).


Bethlehem Lutheran Church Los Alamos Funding for the Hayes Memorial Scholarship is from a generous bequest made in 2009 to Bethlehem from the Hayes family estate. In 2010 the Bethlehem congregation designated one quarter of the Hayes bequest for investment by the church's endowment committee.


In 2012 members of the congregation pledged start up funds for the Hayes seminarian scholarship, the result of which was the selection of Kaitlin who was chosen from a number of qualified applicants provided to Bethlehem by the RMS.


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Celebrating 125 Years as a Family of Faith



A Journey of Grace book cover The Reverend Dr. Herbert Chilstrom, first presiding bishop of the ELCA, will be here to lead a discussion of his autobiography, A Journey of Grace, and he will lead Sunday morning worship services.  


Saturday, July 28, 3:00 p.m. - Book Discussion and Reception 

This discussion is free of charge and everyone is welcome. Copies of A Journey of Grace are currently available to purchase at Mount Calvary. The cost of the book is $30 and all proceeds will go to the program of New Testament Studies at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). Rev. Chilstrom will be delighted to sign books after the presentation.  
  • Sunday, July 29, 8:00 a.m.: Rev. Chilstrom will lead worship with Holy Communion at Mount Calvary.  
  • Sunday, July 29, 10:00 a.m.: Rev. Chilstrom will lead worship at Ryssby Church, located between Boulder and Longmont. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. As seating is limited, please call the church to reserve a space.  
  • Sunday, July 29, Noon - Church Picnic/Pig Roast at the Rinards' place. Please sign up at Mount Calvary.

Mount Calvary Boulder CrossThe celebration continues on Sunday, October 7, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 7, 2012 will be the grand celebration of our life as a community of faith at Mount Calvary. A fabulous late-afternoon dinner will be followed by a spirited competition pitting the men vs. the women in a game of Mount Calvary Jeopardy. Prizes will be awarded for best "decade outfits".


Cost: $20 for adults; $10 for children 2-10 years old; and children under 2 are free.

Tickets will be available for purchase between worship services beginning Rally Day, August 19 through September 23. Complimentary tickets are available on request. For more information, please contact the church by phone on 303-499-1444.

Adam, intern at Bethany Lutheran Church
Saying Goodbye to Adam  

Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, CO will say goodbye and thank you to their Intern Adam on August 5, 2012. Adam will preach at all three services, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. 

In honor of Adam's internship, the congregation is collecting boxes of healthy cereal for Metro CareRing.  (Raisin Bran, Cheerios, Rice Krispies, etc. or their generic equivalent.)


Visit for worship and bring your box to the celebration on August 5th!

Glory of God Lutheran Church Wheat Ridge banner Wine Tasting Benefits Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp


Sky Ranch new logo You are cordially invited to attend a wine tasting event hosted by Glory of God Lutheran Church (12200 W. 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge) with Silver Vines Winery of Olde Towne Arvada on Friday,  August 10, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  The cost of $25 per person will benefit Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp's extraordinary expenses associated with the High Park Fire.


Silver Vines Winery emblem Silver Vines winemakers Danny and Jeff Chaver will lead us with comments on what to look for as you enjoy the wines, with cheese plates at each table.


Please contact Glory of God Lutheran Church by email or phone (303-421-2721), to reserve your place at the table!


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A Lutheran Slow-pitch
Softball Tournament


You are cordially invited to participate in Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains Slow-pitch Softball Tournament that will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the Kennedy Softball Complex. The complex is located at 2998 South Kenton Street Aurora, CO 80014 (East Dartmouth and South Parker Road - see map). The event is a benefit for Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains.


The cost will be $100 per team (approximately 10 players per team ... $10 per player).  Even if your church doesn't have a softball team, you have over 2 months to pull one together; and being an all-star caliber team is not a requirement.  And if your church can't field an entire team but has several individuals who want to play, let me know and they will be combined with another team.   


This will be a co-ed, 16 team tournament - a great event for an even greater cause.  Be a part of it.  In the meantime, start organizing your church team.  Please feel free to contact Aaron Schultz by email or phone (559-920-0476) if you'd like to register your team or if you have any general questions or comments. 


Borg-Newcomer event image Through Music and Song We Proclaim a Courageous and Compassionate Christianity  


The Gospels are filled with Jesus' words of compassion, justice and radical welcome. So, why is Christianity so often associated with being mean-spirited and narrow-minded?


Progressive Alliance of Colorado The Progressive Christian Alliance of Colorado invites the community to a presentation: Proclaiming a Courageous and Compassionate Christianity: A Conversation with Marcus Borg with music by Carrie Newcomer on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church located at 1980 Dahlia Street in Denver (80220).


Marcus Borg Join leading progressive theologian Marcus Borg and musician Carrie Newcomer for a unique opportunity to discuss the role of faith in public life and how Christians can work together to proclaim a gospel that is courageous, compassionate and inclusive.


Carrie Newcomer photo Concert:

Friday, October 5, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Carrie Newcomer Concert at Montview Church, 1980 Dahlia Street Denver


Interactive sessions:

Saturday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. there are two interactive sessions with Marcus Borg and Carrie Newcomer (Optional lunch with continuing conversation.)


Ticket prices are $35 (includes Friday concert and Saturday lectures)
$20 (Friday concert only)
$20 (Saturday lectures only)

$10 (Students with ID, per day) 


Early registration by September 1
$30 (includes Friday concert and Saturday lectures)
$15 (Friday concert only)

$15 (Saturday lectures only)


 A flyer is available to download and post. You may purchase tickets at:


Mark Your Calendars


The Leona and Ed Bock Foundation of Messiah Community Church, ELCA presents:   


Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann
Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann to Give Lecture  in Denver 

On October 26-28, 2012, Dr Brueggemann will speak on
"The Interface of Power and Truth" 



 Messiah Community Church, located at 1750 Colorado Denver (80220) invites everyone to the lecture series featuring Dr. Brueggemann. Dr. Brueggemann is seen as the foremost Hebrew Bible scholar in the world and is known throughout the world for his method of combining literary and sociological modes when reading the Bible. He has authored many books, articles and Bible commentaries. He is also a contributor to the Living the Questions DVD programs.


Messiah Lutheran Church-Denver photo The schedule for the weekend is as follows:

Friday, October 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m. "Truth Speaks to Power: Moses with a "Special" introduction by Dr. Amy Erickson, Iliff School of Theology


Saturday, October 27, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. "Truth has its Day: Elisha"
Saturday, 11:00 am-12:30 p.m. "Truth Transforms Power: Joshua"


Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m., Dr. Brueggemann is preaching.

Adult Forum 11:00 a.m., Q&A with Dr. Brueggemann


Any one lecture is $15.00. All three lectures (Friday-Saturday) $40.
Students with I.D. $5 single lecture, $10 weekend. Some of Dr. Brueggemann's books will be for sale. A poster announcement is available to download and display for those who might be interested in attending.


Bright Stars of Bethlehem logo A Weekend with Pastor Mitri Raheb of the Christmas Lutheran Church, Bethlehem, Palestine


"Instruments of Peace" - December 5-9, 2012


You are invited to come and learn about the ministries and vision of Lutherans in Palestine and help raise funds for the music programs at Dar Al-Kalima Lutheran College in Bethlehem. 


Dr. Raheb Wednesday, December 5 - Advent worship with Pastor Mitri at Bethany Lutheran Church (ELCA), Cherry Hills Village (80113)


Thursday, December 6 - Pastors' lunch at Redeemer Lutheran Church (LCMS), located at 7755 Greenstone Trail in Fort Collins (80525) is an evening fundraising event - contact Jody by email or phone (970-214-8086).   


Friday, December 7 at 7:00 - 7:00 p.m. Concert at Trinity Lutheran Church (ELCA)
301 E. Stuart Street, Fort Collins (80525)    


Dar-Al-Kalima Lutheran Christian College Saturday, December 8 - 5:00 p.m. worship and concert at Redeemer Lutheran
7755 Greenstone Trail, Fort Collins 80525  


Sunday, December 9 at 8:00, 9:30, 11:00: worship with Pastor Mitri at Redeemer Lutheran

9:30 - Adult Education Forum with Bright Stars' Vice President Beth Chase

December 1-2 and 8-9 - Bethlehem Bazaar at Redeemer Lutheran Church - sale of products and artwork from artisans in Bethlehem

For more information, please contact Jan Miller by email.   


Fundraising during the weekend events will benefit Dar Al-Kalima Lutheran College in Bethlehem, providing instruments for the music program at the college.




New Beginnings Church 12th Annual Celebration Dinner and  Silent Auction  

Saturday, September 29 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, located at 4500 Wadsworth Blvd. in Wheat Ridge (80033). For more information or to register, please email Kathy or give her a call on 303-831-7023.     


Her Choice to Heal: A Workshop 
Sponsored by New Beginnings Church
Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 6322 South Lakeview in Littleton (80120).
For more information or to register, please email Kathy or give her a call on 303-831-7023. 
Communications Staff
Rocky Mountain Synod
800-525-0462 / 303-777-6700

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