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Rocky Mountain Synod

August 14, 2012     


Bishop Jim Gonia's new blog post:
"How are things going?" 


Beloved in Christ in the Rocky Mountain Synod,

Many people have asked how things are going in this new call. It's going well, thank you very much! It certainly hasn't been dull. During these first fourteen days I've spent time getting organized and tending to transitional matters. I've met in person or by phone with office staff members, a variety of rostered leaders, and a few mission partners. I've discussed upcoming installations (including my own), learned about existing situations, visited the Border Conference and the Wyoming Conference, preached in three congregations, enjoyed a church anniversary in Casper, and celebrated the ministry of departing Border Servant Corp volunteers in El Paso. I've also experienced my first Candidacy Committee meeting.
Now that I'm two weeks into it, here are a few reflections-one for each day.
  1. It's going to take some time to realize that when someone says "Bishop!" they're talking to me.

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost  
Ever-loving God, your Son gives himself as living bread for the life of the world. Fill us with such a knowledge of his presence that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life to serve you continually, 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.



Service of Installation for Pastor Brad Doty at St. Philip, Littleton

Pastor Brad Doty's installation service has been scheduled for Sunday, August 26, 2012, at St. Philip Lutheran Church, located at 7531 S. Kendall Blvd., Littleton, CO. The service will begin at 4:00 P.M. Bishop James Gonia will be present at the installation.The celebration will continue with a meal prepared by the congregation in the fellowship hall following the service. All clergy and rostered leaders are invited to vest and process. The color of the day is red. Pastor Brad has been called to serve as Associate Pastor with an emphasis in Children, Youth and Family Ministry. Come join us for this day of grace and celebration!  Everyone is welcome! 


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 8/19:          


Our Saviour's Fort Collins, CO

     Michael Stadtmueller, Leta Behrens

Peace Akron, CO

     Bob Eller (interim)

Peace Sterling, CO

     Wendy Kalan

Shepherd of the Hills Fort Collins, CO

     Dana Peterson

Shepherd of the Mountains Estes Park, CO

     Ron Bockhaus



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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Colorado Seniors: Pay it Forward!


If you don't need it; please don't take it


Last week, each congregation received a bulletin insert along with their financial statement from the synod. The insert was provided by Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - Colorado.  


The bulletin insert lists information about the Senior Homestead Property Tax Exemption and encouraged seniors to not take the exemption if they can afford to, allowing those funds to support their local Area Agencies on Aging. The bulletin insert is also available on the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - Colorado website


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The Front Range Youth Ministry Network will meet Thursday, September 13 at the RMS offices from 10:00 a.m. - noon followed by lunch at a local café for further conversation and networking. Take time to meet your peers, pray, share summer highs and lows and ideas for your ministry this fall.  


Also come meet and welcome Pastor Sarah Moening, who is now serving on the Rocky Mountain Synod staff as Minister for Discipleship which includes youth ministry! If you have questions about the Network, please contact



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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.


RMS Christian Educators NetworkChristian Educators Meeting


Christian Educators in the Front Range responsible for faith formation and lifelong learning are invited to network with other paid and volunteer leaders on Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the RMS offices. Bring your own lunch - beverages provided. 

This is a time is to meet Pastor Sarah Moening. Pastor Sarah joins the Rocky Mountain Synod staff full time and will have responsibility for supporting Children, Youth & Household Ministries. Join in the conversation to help continue and shape the future of this ministry. 

If you are a lay person and you desire an evening meeting on Thursday, September 20, please email
Linda Staats. 



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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 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 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

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Registration is underway!


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.  


facebook logo The Senior High Youth Gathering is now on Facebook. Check it out! 


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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! 


Luther Summer Music Academy 2012  


Spotlighting a Talented Young Musician 


Lutheran Summer Music Academy (LSM) took place at Luther College in Decorah, IA from June 24 to July 22, 2012. Joshua Mundinger of Grace Lutheran Church in Boulder, CO, was one of the students chosen to participate in the program.

The goal of Lutheran Summer Music is simple - to train and empower the future musicians of the church. LSM features an outstanding faculty of artists and teachers who guide gifted high school students from around the country through four weeks of intensive musical study and performance. 


Lutheran Music Program has developed two partnerships for congregations and colleges who want to support young musicians as they grow in their musical gifts and in service to the church. These partnerships represent Lutheran congregations and higher education institutions across the country.


LSM 2013 will take place June 23 to July 21 on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, IA.


For more information about Lutheran Summer Music or the Young Musicians and Collegiate Partnerships, please visit You may also contact the Director of Admissions, Sue Olstad by email or give her a call on either 612-879-9555 or 888-635-6583.


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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 Running 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.


New Congregation Action Kit


Our latest total of donations is $156,513.23!


 If your congregation hasn't had a chance to get involved with the ELCA Malaria Campaign yet we have a new resource for you. A new Congregation Action Kit is now available to order online. Get your free copy today!


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) - 


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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!


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.

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 Jim Gonia

All Staff Meeting, synod office, Denver, CO; Participate in the Summer Closing Worship Service at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp; Installation of Pastor Nicolé Ferry at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Los Alamos, NM. 

Pastor Dan Bollman    

All Staff Meeting, synod office, Denver, CO.      

Pastor Jim Hytjan

Mission Developer Training, Seattle, WA.

Linda Staats

Available by email 
 or phone appointment.

Pastor Kent Mueller    

All Staff Meeting, synod office, Denver, CO; Sunday Worship at Church of the Master, Lakewood


Pastor Ron Roschke

(begins August 15)   

All Staff Meeting, synod office, Denver, CO.  


Pastor Sarah Moening   

(begins August 15)   

All Staff Meeting, synod office, Denver, CO.  



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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.


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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Elim Lutheran Church Sets Blessing of the Backpacks


On Sunday, August 19, 2012, DanaLee Simon, Pastor of Elim Lutheran Church, located at 575 23rd Street in Ogden, UT (84401), will perform "The Blessing of the Backpacks" during the 10:00 a.m. worship service on the church lawn.


Blessing of the Backbacks at Elim Students of any age may bring their school backpacks to the service and receive a blessing for the coming school year. If students do not have a backpack, they may still be blessed. Students and their parents from the community are all invited.


The members of Elim have been donating backpacks and other school supplies to be distributed to children attending the service. Leftover supplies will be donated to children attending Dee Elementary School, the school closest to Elim.


For more information send email to or call Elim's office at 801-394-5543.

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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. 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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Colorado Rockies logo Faith Day with the Colorado Rockies


Sunday, August 19, 2012 is Faith Day at the Rockies! The Rockies will be playing the Marlins at 1:00 p.m. After the game, some of the Rockies' players will be available to share about their faith, followed by a concert by the group "Third Day," a Christian rock band. If you have not already done so, see the website or contact the box office by phone [(303-762-5437), (800-388-7625) or fax (303-312-2115)] to see how you might be able to still join the fun.


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Rebuilding after a Divorce - a Workshop


Beyond Divorce: Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends workshop will begin on Thursday, August 23, 2012, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch. The seminar is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Thursday for 10 weeks. Complementary child care is available. For more information please call St. Andrew United Methodist Church (303-794-2683) and ask for Diane Smith, or email Beth Walker.     

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Christ the Savior Prayer Event


Please join us for a relaxing evening of Music and Readings beside our Prayer Garden.  


harp image Special Guest Harpist is Lisa Clark. The event will take place on Friday, August 24, 2012, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Christ the Savior Lutheran Church, located at 1092 South Nome Street in Aurora (80012), just off Mississippi between Havana & Mississippi.


No tickets to purchase; Chairs will already be set up and ready; Light refreshments will be provided.


There will be a free will offering for those victims of the Aurora Theater Shootings.



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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. 


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.    



loving coupleWorkshop Teaches Facilitators How to Help Couples 


Prepare/Enrich Certification Training is being offered Monday, September 10, 2012 and Monday, November 12, 2012, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Avenue, in Cherry Hills Village. The workshop is designed to teach facilitators to administer and provide feedback to premarital and married couples. For more information or to register, please call Beth Walker at 303-694-2967. 


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Annual Run/Walk - Helping to Meet the Basic Needs of the Southwest Denver Community 


Community Ministry sponsors a 5K walk along Bear Creek each year as a fundraiser. This year's event will take place September 15, 2012. It starts at 10:00 the Dartmouth Place Shopping Center, located at 5600 W. Dartmouth. (Please park at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church). Onsite registration begins at 9:30 and registration for the run begins at 10:00 and for the walk at 10:05. There will be a picnic at 11:30 a.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church 80227 (Dartmouth and Sheridan).


The walk concludes with prizes, a picnic, and other activities for the participants.

Registration Costs:

  • Children 5 and under are Free
  • Under 18 and over 60 - $15.00
  • Ages 19-59 - $25.00

Event day registration is available, but you are encouraged to register before the day of the walk. You can register for the walk online or by mail. Register online through Blacktie or by printing and filling out the Registration Form and sending it, along with your registration fee to:
Community Ministry
1755 S. Zuni. St
Denver, CO 80223


The registration form also includes a Sponsor sheet, if you would like to raise sponsors for your run/walk.


Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains logo 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.


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New Beginnings Church invites you to joint them in their 12th Annual Celebration Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, September 29 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, located at 4500 Wadsworth Blvd. in Wheat Ridge (80033). The featured speaker is New Beginnings Church logoSydna Massé, founder of Ramah International, and her topic is "Forgiveness: Breaking the Chains."


The auction will also include many handmade items donated by women on the inside. Music will be provided by New Beginnings Church. For dinner, there is a suggested donation of $10.00, payable at the door. For more information or to register, please email Kathy or give her a call on 303-831-7023.


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Her Choice to Heal


New Beginnings Church of the Rocky Mountain Synod (ELCA), invites you to hear Sydna Massé, founder of Ramah International, speak at a workshop on Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The workshop is titled Her Choice to Heal: Finding Spiritual and Emotional Peace After Abortion and will take place at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 6322 South Lakeview in Littleton (80120).


Sydna Masse imageDuring the workshop, Sydna will outline:  

  • Basic issues confronting post-abortive women
  • Post-abortive mindsets and how to communicate through them
  • Provide a healing method for assisting them to grieve those losses at a healthy level
  • Offer a much a deeper understanding of how this particular American demographic impacts the attendees personally

The cost of the workshop is $45/person and includes a detailed manual. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. For more information and to register, please email Kathy or give her a call at 303-831-7023.


The event is sponsored by New Beginnings Church.


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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.  



Through Music and Song: a Courageous and Compassionate Christianity   

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


Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann to Give Lectures in Denver 

"The Interface of Power and Truth" 

Messiah Community Church, located at 1750 Colorado Denver (80220) invites everyone to attend their lecture series from October 26-28, 2012 featuring Dr. Walter 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. A poster announcement is available to download and display for those who might be interested in attending. The poster contains the schedule and ticket process.

A Weekend with Pastor Mitri Raheb of the Christmas Lutheran Church, 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. A schedule of times and places is available. For more information, please contact Jan Miller by email



Communications Staff
Rocky Mountain Synod
800-525-0462 / 303-777-6700

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