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Rocky Mountain Synod

August 7, 2012     



As we continue to remember in prayer those who lost loved ones and friends in the recent shooting violence in Aurora, we hold our brothers and sisters in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in our hearts as they are filled with our same sorrow after the shootings at the Sikh Temple on Sunday morning. That a place of worship was the site of such horror is especially troublesome, and we continue to proclaim the mutual respect we hold for people of all faiths and traditions. 


We also pray for all those in Oklahoma who have been devastated by wildfires. One fire near Oklahoma City has burned more than 50 structures, but fortunately no deaths have been reported.


May God's grace sustain those for whom we pray.

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost  
Gracious God, your blessed Son came down from heaven to be the true bread that gives life to the world. Give us this bread always, that he may live in us and we in him and that, strengthened by this food, we may live as his body in the world, through  Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prayer from Sundays and Seasons Year B 2012

Pastor Nicolé Raddu Ferry to be Installed at Bethlehem, Los Alamos


Everyone is invited to join the community of Bethlehem Lutheran Church for the Service of Installation for Pastor Nicolé Raddu Ferry on Sunday, August 19, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. Bishop James Gonia will preside and a reception with light refreshments will take place after the service. A special request goes out to the North New Mexico Conference to attend the installation in order to give Nicolé the opportunity to meet them. The color for the day is red. Nicolé has been called to serve as Associate Pastor of Youth, Family and Education.


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

to remember in prayers on 8/12:          


Immanuel Greeley, CO

     Jose (Abe) Gonzales

King of Glory Loveland, CO

     Susan Candea

Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer

Fort Morgan, CO

   Jim Engel (interim)

Our Savior's Greeley, CO

     John Knutson




Installation of Bishop James Gonia
Sunday, September 23 at Bethany Lutheran Church


Mark your calendar for the Installation of Bishop James Gonia on Sunday, September 23, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, located at 4500 East Hampden Avenue in Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113. 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 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. 


If you need to make special arrangements, such as arriving a day early, please call the synod office for adjustments to the regular registration.

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RTLC Men's and Women's Fall Retreats



RTLC Fly Fishing 2012

Men's Fly Fishing Weekend 

Join Pastor Dave Risendal for a weekend of fly fishing, fellowship, and faith renewal! Hearty meals, worship, bible study and camaraderie around the campfire will be woven into the Rainbow Trail's annual Men's Fly Fishing Retreat, September 13 - 16, 2012.  Check out more information and register online.  

RTLC Women's Retreat 2012

Women's Adventure Retreat


Push yourself and your faith to the limit in a supportive Christian community at the Women's Adventure Retreat this fall at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp, September 6 - 9, 2012.  This exciting weekend designed to give you the opportunity to get away from your ordinary routines and recharge yourself as you enjoy the adventures that God's creation has to offer. Check out more information and register online.

Internship Position Available


Program Assistant internship position is available at Rainbow Trail  for a recent college graduate who is interested in a career in outdoor or youth ministry.  More information and applications for the position are available.


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RTLC has opportunity to purchase their forest site!


Your help is vital!

Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp has the opportunity of a lifetime! The camp is on leased Federal land and has been since its inception. They now have the opportunity to purchase non-federal land that the forest service wants and then exchange it with the forest service to own their site!  


Rainbow Trail Land banner But there is a catch.  They will need to raise approximately $350,000 by December 7, 2012 to secure this non-federal land. So they need your help. Already, over $120,000 has been raised but they need your help to keep the momentum going to reach their goal.


To find out more and how you can help go to:


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Urban Servant Corps Events  for the 2012-2013 year


Urban Servant Corps mone in day 2012 image Move in Day!  

The 2012-2013 Urban Servant Corps volunteers will move to Denver in August! Move in Day is Sunday, August 26 from 12 noon - 2:00 p.m. Please consider being part of the welcoming crew! Airport pick ups, help with moving items in, and general joyful hospitality are all important parts of this day!


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The welcome Bar-B-Que is August 31, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at  1660 Ogden Street in Denver. Meet the 2012-2013 USC volunteers!  They are full of energy and passion as they embark on the adventure of intentional community and service!  A main dish will be provided but please bring a dish to share!

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A Blessing  to Begin The Volunteer Year

The Commissioning Service will take place on Sunday, September 9, 2012 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at House for All Sinners and Saints, located at 2201 Dexter Street in Denver (80220). Members of  House for All Sinners and Saints faith community will offer a blessing on the 2012-2013 Urban Servant Corps volunteers during liturgy. All are welcome


Registration begins August 1.

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RMS Senior High Youth Gathering 

The 2012 RMS Senior High Youth Gathering is scheduled for November 16-18, 2012 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


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Provide your feedback on the proposed Criminal Justice Social Statement


The Office of the Bishop of the Rocky Mountain Synod, in conjunction with the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry offices in Colorado and New Mexico encourage all congregations to study the new proposed Social Statement on Criminal Justice and offer comments before the deadline of October 15, 2012.  


At the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, it is anticipated that the proposed social statement will be considered. Draft copies of the Social Statement on Criminal Justice, leader resources and frequently asked questions can all be found at 


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Border Servant Corps 



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!
  • 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).
  • BSC Welcome in El Paso, Sunday, September 9 at 11:00.a.m. at Cristo Rey (1010 E. Yandell Dr., El Paso, TX 79902).
  • BSC Quinceañera. October 5-7, 2012. BSC will be celebrating 15 years of service on the borderland. 

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.


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



2012 ELCA Gathering-Bjornberg 675 participants from the RMS and 3 from Madagascar returned to their congregations and homes following the 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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Journey through the Wilderness


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 in the brochure. Please contact Chesie Lee by email with questions.

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Summer Marriage Encounter Weekend



"All Clergy" Weekend Getaway planned for clergy couples in the Rocky Mountain region August 23 - 25, 2012 at the Plains Hotel in Cheyenne, WY. For more information see the flyer or to apply today visit here.


Pastors Riding for a Cause



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   


RMSWO's 10th Biennial Convention 

Come -  Rescue, Rest, Reflect, and Refresh

The event takes place at the Eleganté Hotel in Albuquerque, N.M. from September 28 through September 30, 2012. The hotel is located at 2020 Menaul NE, Albuquerque (87107). Not only does the registration form have all the details, a letter from the president, Diana Bleignier introduces and welcomes you to the event. For more information please visit the website or contact your registrar, Linda by email or phone (303-841-5527).

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Living and Working Together for Peace in Palestine: A Workshop



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

Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Augustana Lutheran Church located at 5000 E. Alameda Ave, Denver (80246) from 8:30 a.m. - noon. For registration and payment options, you may visit the website. Please contact Jan Miller by email for more information.  


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2013 Education Event Connects U.S. and German Churches


June 14, 2013 (10 Day Tour)

Coordinated by: Pastor Stephanie Kopsch of St. Andrew Lutheran Church (ELCA). Please contact

Pastor Stephanie by email or phone (303-421-5197) for more information.


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:


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Connecting with our college-bound students through Campus Ministry


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) - 


Colorado Parish Nurse Education Consortium and Porter Adventist Hospital present: 
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The Colorado Parish Nurse Education Consortium and Porter Adventist Hospital Presents:  Foundations of Faith Community Nursing from September 2, 2012 to November 3, 2012. This course is designed to prepare actively licensed registered nurses for the specialty practice of faith community nursing.   


The Rocky Mountains is blessed to have Parish Nurses at a number of our congregations like: Sheryl Stenseth at Augustana, Barb Suder at Holy Shepherd, Sue Ann Glusenkamp at Bethany and otheSr around the synod. The dedication of all our parish nurses to providing "wholistic" care to members of the faith community is not only needed and very much appreciated.   


For more information about retreat locations, registration deadlines, course content, schedule, and costs, check out the full informational brochure available at this link on the Bethany Lutheran Church website or at the Hospitality Desk at the hospital. Spread the word to any RN's you know!


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Stay Informed. Be Inspired. Get Involved. 

The eNewsletter of Global Missions 

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Mexico: Immerse yourself in transformative travel
"Seeds of Transformation" offers opportunities for individuals and groups to take trips that deepen discipleship through hands-on service learning, stimulating site visits, cultural exchanges and lectures.Trips are available in Mexico City and the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas. Travel options include 1) pre-designed five- to seven-day trips on the themes of Sustainable Economics, Lutheran Identity and Food Justice; and 2) trips with customized places, themes and length of stay. For more information see


Latin America and the Caribbean: Preparing for mission and ministry in new times  A Consultation on Leadership Development in Latin America and the Caribbean Region between companion churches and seminaries in the region will be held from August 7-11, 2012, in Bogota, Colombia. This consultation responds to the desire of ELCA companion churches in the region for new models of leadership development to shape the kinds of lay and ordained leaders that can carry the mission and ministry of the church forward into the 21st century. See; click the link in the right sidebar.


Russian paradoxes  June 12 is celebrated as Russia Day, or sometimes as Independence Day. From Novosibirsk in Siberia, ELCA missionary Bradn Buerkle reflects on the challenges facing modern Russia. Read more.   


Russia: Sponsor a missionary   You can sponsor Bradn Buerkle, ELCA missionary teacher serving in Russia (and author of the blog entry noted above). Contact or call 800-638-3522, ext. 2657. Sponsors from the Central States, Montana, Northeastern Minnesota and Northwest Washington Synods are especially welcomed to minimize his travel time and maximize his impact while on home assignment. 

Attention church communicators!

Global Links is now also available as a monthly .pdf for you to copy and distribute in newsletters, bulletins and other publications. See the right sidebar at to download the current issue.


Our Savior's Lutheran Church - Greeley logo Director of Children, Youth and Household Ministries Needed 


Our Savior's Lutheran Church is an established congregation north of Denver in Greeley, CO, an urban/university setting. The congregation has three worship services, an active Sunday School for all ages, youth programs, and service opportunities that attract over 300 on average each week. We seek a full-time rostered or non-rostered, but non-ordained Director of Children, Youth and Household Ministries to lead our ministries of faith formation for all ages.  Please see the attachment for a more detailed job description and how to submit your information. 


Christ Lutheran Church - Highlands Ranch banner  Seeking a Part Time Director Substitute


Christ Lutheran Church Preschool, located in Highlands Ranch, CO has an opening for a Part Time Director Substitute. The candidate must be Director qualified or within two classes of Director certification and willing to take necessary classes toward final Director certification. (Position could hold possibility to move into Assistant Director and have more hours or classroom hours as well).


A detailed job description with responsibilities and required skill sets is available but you may contact Deb Morgans by email or phone (303-471-9290) for more information or to arrange an interview.

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 Jim Gonia

Candidacy Committee Meeting, synod office, Denver, CO; 30th Anniversary Celebration with the congregation of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Casper, WY. 

Pastor Dan Bollman    

Visiting with the Call Committee of Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, Louisville, CO.      

Pastor Jim Hytjan

Visiting with the congregation of Peace in Christ Episcopal Lutheran Church, Elizabeth, CO.

Linda Staats

Available by email 
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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.




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LSS of Utah Begins Major Capital Campaign 

Future plans of LSS of Utah:
LSS of Utah is currently beginning a six (6) year capital campaign to raise funds to purchase the property it currently leases in Salt Lake City (2013-2018).  As part of the purchase, initial Elder House research integrates assistive technology (already paid for by LCMS women); a raised bed garden will be created along with a senior food pantry; plus there will be the Sunflower Cafe which has music, art, and various activities for seniors and those lovingly connected to seniors, and catered meals by refugees with food permits.  

Monies for the project will be held in a Mission Investment Fund account; and oversite of the fund rests with the LSS of Utah Board of Trustees. There will be room for a mission congregation (Christian) as well: Friday through Sunday.  LSS of Utah ministries remain inter-faith and community-wide (see:   Please email any questions to:


Current Needs (in order) for the Project:

Pro-Bono Asphalt 

Pro-Bono Electrician

Check Donations (made out to Lutheran Social Service of Utah with memo reading Elder Center and Sunflower Cafe)

Pro-Bono landscape architect

Pro-Bono building architect


Thank you for your support, prayers, positive expressions, fiscal donations, and planning over the next six years!  No donation is too small or too big!


Trinity Care Center Update
Just a quick update to say that Trinity Care Center in Salt Lake City, Utah is open for frail seniors or people who are disabled without resources and need extended care.  The Center is owned and managed by an LCMS couple, Debbie and Mike Johnson, who attend St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ogden!  LSS of Utah is about 5 minutes away from the Center.  To call for a tour or to see about openings:  801-485-9007.  The address is: 3094 South State Street, SLC, Utah, 84115.  Debbie Johnson is very adept in helping families apply for Medicare/Medicaid.  



LSS Utah Preparing for September 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. Classes 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.


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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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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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Project Sanctuary's Reunion Gala 2012


You are cordially invited to Project Sanctuary's 4th Annual Gala - Benefiting Military Families.


This is an event that will be a 1940's Swinging Good Time with a cash bar, Dinner, silent auction and dancing. The 4th Annual Gala will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at the Wildlife Experience Museum, located at 10035 South Peoria, Parker (80134) [1 mile east of I-25 on Lincoln] 


The keynote speaker is Dave Barr, a Veteran who has served in Vietnam, the U.S. Marine Corps and also in the armed forces of three other nations.


Among Mr. Barr's accomplishments, he is:    

  • The first double amputee skydiver in the world.
  • The only disabled person to have ridden around the world on a motorcycle.  
  • The first individual to have ridden a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle around the world.
  • The first person to establish a Guinness Book World Record for traveling by motorcycle across Europe, Russia, and Siberia in the dead of winter.                                     

Tickets can be purchased online or by mail: P.O. BOX 1563 Granby, CO 80446.   

The attire is: 1940's, Semi Formal and/or Military


Project Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide therapeutic, curative, supportive and recreational activities to veterans, active military personnel, their spouses and children in a leisure environment. 

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


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:


Mount Calvary Lutheran Church - Boulder banner Celebrating 125 Years as a Family of Faith


Sunday, October 7, 2012  from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. the grand celebration of our life as a community of faith at Mount Calvary takes place. 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.


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.



Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains Slow-pitch Softball Tournament
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)
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. 
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