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August 21, 2012     
Summer Budget Update
from the RMS Vice President 


As Vice President of the Rocky Mountain Synod, Linda Bobbitt wants to give you a brief update on the current state of the RMS Budget.


Transition Expenses:
The transition budget that passed at the synod assembly allowed for $145,000 in expenses. Creating the budget was challenging because there were so many unknowns. Some of the expenses are related to events (election, appreciation, installation), others related to staff who might be leaving (severance, vacation, contracts for training/overlap period, etc.) and still others related to staff who might be coming (moving, office equipment, furniture as needed, etc.). As of mid July we have spent approximately $8,900. Most of the anticipated expenses have not yet happened, however we now have a much clearer picture of what to expect. I am glad to inform you that we are right on track. Barring any unforeseen events, we expect to come in under the budget when the transition is complete.

Congregational Giving:
The chart below shows congregational giving to the Rocky Mountain Synod from 2004 to present.  The data is summarized into three groups: the average giving from 2004-2008 (before the economic crisis), 2009-2011 (during and after the crisis) and this year to date.

It is not surprising that the average after the economic crisis is lower than it was before. What is disconcerting is that 2012 shows no sign of recovery. In fact congregational giving last June represented the lowest income of any month since 2004...

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost  
Holy God, your word feeds your people with life that is eternal. Direct our choices and preserve us in your truth, that, renouncing what is false and evil, we may live in you, through  Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prayer from Sundays and Seasons Year B 2012

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

Pastor Brad Doty's Service of Installation is scheduled for Sunday, August 26, 2012, at St. Philip Lutheran Church, 7531 S. Kendall Blvd., Littleton, CO, at 4:00 P.M. Bishop Jim Gonia will be preaching and leading the rite of installation. The celebration will continue with a meal 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 Doty has been called to serve as Associate Pastor with an emphasis in Children, Youth and Family Ministry. You are all invited to come join in 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 8/26:          


Shepherd of the Valley LaSalle, CO

     Dan Barwinski
Spirit of Joy
Fort Collins, CO

     Jason McSpadden

Trinity Fort Collins, CO

     Gabi and Meghan Aelabouni

Trinity Loveland, CO

     Edward Smith, Ann Maki

Zion Loveland, CO

   Sonja and Joel Pancoast




Request a seat at the 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. 
Seating reservations are now available for the remaining 160 seats. When those seats are spoken for, we will make seating available in the overflow room at Bethany with a video link. The installation will also be streamed live online.

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.


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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Madagascar Trip 2013


Worship, eat, sing, study, dream and live with your amazing sisters and brothers in Madagascar!  


Join us for our three-week trip next summer. Our Companion Synods are waiting for us to visit and this trip can change your life.


Madagascar 2011 trip Bishop Jim Gonia will be going with up to twenty-four people from the Rocky Mountain Synod-adults and youth. We will travel in teams to all four of our companion synod sites in northern Madagascar. One team will work with a National Youth Camp of the Malagasy Lutheran Church. Another team will share in a Theological Conference with the pastors of our partner synods. And all of us will gain a deeper appreciation of the dimensions of the Body of Christ as we share life and grace in God's family.


Estimated cost for the trip is $5,700. Plans are still being worked out, and the final cost could be somewhat more or less. The tentative dates are June 29 - July 20, 2013. Applications with a refundable $100 application fee are due at Synod office by September 15. Find the additional information and forms on the synod's website.  

Walking Together with Madagascar Synods

Here's a chance to host a Malagasy friend this September!


Pastor Daniel from Madagascar Pastor Daniel Rakotoarijaona is coming to the Rocky Mountain Synod to represent the Malagasy Lutheran Church at Bishop Gonia's installation. He will be on our territory September 17 to October 3. We would like him to experience our life and help your congregation to enter the wonder of accompaniment. Would your community like to host Pastor Daniel for a day? Your sewing circle, confirmation class, book group or choir rehearsal is the perfect setting. We will try to pick some activities that limit travel and maximize his time with us; we plan to cluster his activities in one geographic area at a time, for instance:

  • September 18 - 20 (Tuesday - Thursday): Denver metro area
  • September 21 - 26 (Friday - Wednesday): Synod Council, Bishop's Installation and Theological Conference
  • September 27 - 29 (Thursday - Saturday): Colorado Springs and south
  • September 30­­ - October 2 (Sunday - Tuesday): Northern Colorado and Wyoming

Please contact Pastor Ron Roschke at to let him know if you are interested.



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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 Beth Peay by email.  


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Front Range Christian Education Network



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.

Save the Date!

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Recharge is coming to Denver 
  Saturday, November 3, 2012     



Recharge is a practical, affordable, team-based training and mid-year ministry boost for you and your children, youth and family ministry teams. It is a one-day multi-denominational event that aims to inspire and equip professional staff and C-Y-F ministry volunteers in their efforts to share faith to the next generation.  


Recharge is a ministry of Youth Leadership in cooperation with a local planning team.  

Registration is underway!

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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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ELCA Youth Gathering Highlights

75 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. Click here for some RMS highlights of the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering.


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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 Eagle Peak Golf Classic


Attention Golfers:  Come join Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp for a great day of golf at the Air Force Academy and

support RTLC's effort to buy land for their land exchange. The RTLC Eagle Peak Classic will be on Friday, September 28, 2012 starting at 8:00 a.m.  You can register as an individual golfer or as a foursome.  You are invited to register online. Interested sponsors for the tournament are asked to check out the website for more information.

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:


California Lutheran University 2012 Celebration

Cal Lutheran Sunday Celebration


Cal Lutheran Sunday is celebrated in the congregations of Region 2 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on October 7, 2012, or on a Sunday determined by the local pastor. The Rocky Mountain Synod and its congregations are a part of Region 2. The focus of the service is upon Lutheran higher education and specifically Lutheran higher education at California Lutheran University located in Thousand Oaks, California. Speakers and displays of University materials will be featured during the worship hour. For more information, please contact the Church Relations Office, 805-493-3936.


Download materials or place an order on line.


During the weeks prior to Cal Lutheran Sunday, we encourage you to use the following announcements in your newsletters and worship bulletins. The prayer is designed to be included in the Prayers of the Church on Cal Lutheran Sunday.


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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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Planning Worship for Fall, 2012: 
Let All Creation Praise


"Lutherans Restoring Creation" provides creation-care worship resources at the ecumenical website to which they contribute: You are invited to: Make use of "Four Simple Steps" to turn every service into creation-care worship: Celebrate the "Season of Creation"-an optional four-week season in the church year usually celebrated during September, in Year B of the Common Lectionary; Discover ideas to hold a "Blessing of the Animals" around St. Francis Feast Day, October 4; Access weekly creation-care commentaries on the Common Lectionary; and more.


Lutherans Restoring Creation is a grass roots organization seeking to bring care for creation into the full life and mission of the ELCA. For more information, visit


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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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Announcing Lutheran Colleges Week 


We're Going to Be in Your Neighborhood!


On behalf of the Lutheran colleges and universities across the United States and Canada, we're pleased to announce upcoming college information events in your area.


Our college fairs and workshops are designed to give you insight into the unique aspects of Lutheran higher education. There is no charge for any of our events and no need to pre-register. Plus, students who attend our events will receive four application fee waivers for use at our Lutheran colleges and universities.


Sunday, September 16 - Denver Area, CO   
Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 East Hampden Ave
Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113

6:00 p.m. Registration Begins
6:15 p.m. Financial Aid Seminar
6:45-8:30 p.m. College Fair


Tuesday, September 18 - Fort Collins, CO
Redeemer Lutheran Church
7755 Greenstone Trail
Fort Collins, CO 80525

6:15 p.m. Registration Begins
6:30 p.m. Financial Aid Seminar
7:15-8:30 p.m. College Fair


More information about these events can be found on online.


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Border Servant Corps 






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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.


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: 


Lutheran Campus Ministry at CSU

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.    


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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Program Director Position Open 



To meet increased use and participation, Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp is seeking a year round, full time Program Director to work alongside the Executive Director, Associate Director, and Office Manager in implementing the program ministries of Sky Ranch.


Overview of Position

people at Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp The Program Director will lead us in our evolution of programming. The ideal candidate will bring a mix of creative programming ideas, strong administrative skills and a passion for outdoor ministry. Read the full program director job description


To apply for the Program Director position, please mail a letter of application and resume to Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp, 805 S Shields St, Fort Collins, CO 80521.


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

Madagascar Consultation, Chicago, IL; Installation of Pastor Brad Doty at St. Philip Lutheran Church, Littleton, CO. 

Pastor Dan Bollman    

Congregation Workshop at All Saints Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, NM; Visiting with the Call Committee of Christ Lutheran Church, Santa Fe, NM.      

Pastor Jim Hytjan

Visiting with the Camino de Vida Advisory Committee, Albuquerque, NM; CSM Interview, synod office, Denver, CO.

Linda Staats

Glocal Gathering, Milwaukee, WI; Senior High Youth Gathering meeting, Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village, CO.
Available by email 
 or phone appointment.

Pastor Kent Mueller    

ELCA Communicator Workshop, Chicago, IL. 


Pastor Ron Roschke  

Madagascar Consultation, Chicago, IL.   


Pastor Sarah Moening    

Clergy Wellness Group meeting, Windsor, CO..  

Pastor Rob Moss
Visiting with the Camino de Vida Advisory Committee, Albuquerque, NM.


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 Ascension St. Matthew's Welcomes Rev. Canon Mary June Hestler and Bishop James Gonia 

 Sunday, September, 16, 2012 marks the 10th Anniversary and re-dedication of the facility at Ascension St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Price, UT. Bishop James Gonia will participate along with The Rev. Canon Mary June Nestler, Executive Officer of The Episcopal Diocese of Utah. Local clergy, community leaders, and other invited guests will make this a special day for the congregation. Hopefully, members of the ELCA Utah Conference will also be attending since Bishop Gonia plans to meet with the conference clergy on Monday, September 17 in Price.

Bishop Gonia and Canon Nestler will meet with the Adult Forum and any interested members of the congregation at 9:00 a.m.. We will celebrate the Eucharist at 11:00 a.m. (one half hour later than our usual time of 10:30 a.m.).

Ascension St. Matthew's (ASM) is a blended, merged, or united congregation (all those descriptions apply) of Episcopalian and Lutheran roots, formed in 1984.


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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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.    



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Workshop 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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Memorial for the Aurora Theater Victims and their Families


Come sing with the Masters! The Musicians of Saint Clare (an ecumenical chamber choir in the Denver area that rehearses at Epiphany Lutheran Church, in Denver) is seeking voices in all sections for the 2012-2013 season. Our Fall Concert will be a Memorial for the Aurora Theatre Victims and their families. Full concert repertoire includes:  the Faure Requiem; Tavener/Song for Athene; Hans Zimmer/Aurora; and Heid/Ave Verum Corpus (written for Columbine in 1999).


Rehearsals are on Tuesday nights at Epiphany Lutheran, 790 S. Corona (80209).  Auditions are held on Saturdays. Please call the Choir at 303-278-4181 for an audition time.

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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).


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.


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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.


Our Savior's Lutheran Church logo OSLC Presents the One Woman Show:
"Leaps and Bounds"


On September 23 at 3:00 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church (915 E 9th Ave) Tevyn East will present Leaps and Bounds, a one woman show which explores the intersection of faith, ecology, and the global economy. Developed and performed by Tevyn, this show has been shared with more than 100 communities in over 50 cities across the country. Recently adapted into a film, "Leaps and Bounds" continues to inspire individuals and communities to consider their response to the ecological and economic crises now upon us. A time to reflect on the presentation will follow.

Using a number of creative tools including storytelling, song, poetry, prayer, movement, and music, this work of theater sheds light on the unsustainable strain of our economic system, while awakening the imagination to a new way of living with and relating to Earth. Grounded in theological reflection, Leaps and Bounds, embodies an adventure both visceral and thought-provoking, asking for a reckoning and a reclaiming of the values that promote human well-being and ecological health. Check out the flyer to download and post.   

If you or your community would like to help sponsor this event, please contact Pastor Paul Carlson by email or call Our Savior's Lutheran Church at 303-831-7023. 


NewBeginnings Church at the Denver Women's Correctional Facility New Beginnings Church 12th Annual Celebration Dinner and Silent Auction


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: A Workshop 


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. 



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:  


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. For more information, please contact the church by phone on 303-499-1444.   


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



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