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Rocky Mountain Synod
September 12, 2012
Staff of the Office of the Bishop
Region 2 Consultation concludes at California Lutheran University
Rocky Mountain Synod representatives participated in the annual ELCA Region 2 fall consultation on Monday and Tuesday. This year it was hosted by California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA. Representatives of the five synods in Region 2 met together for conversations about collaboration with California Lutheran University, integration of advocacy ministry into more of each synod's work, and sharing resources between synods.
Pictured above from left, Linda Bobbitt (RMS Vice President), Brad Wood (Lutheran Advocacy CO), Pastor Rob Moss, Bishop Jim Gonia, Ruth Hoffman (Lutheran Advocacy NM), Margie Schmidt Ajer (Diaconal Minister and Region 2 Coordinator), Pastor Ron Roschke, Pastor Sarah Moening, and Pastor Kent Mueller.
|OUR LIFE TOGETHER|
|Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost |
Oh God, through suffering and rejection you bring forth our salvation, and by the glory of the cross you transform our lives. Grant that for the sake of the gospel we may turn from the lure of evil, take up our cross, and follow your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Prayer from Sundays and Seasons Year B 2012
Synod Prayer Cycle: Metro South Conference
You are encouraged to include the listed leaders in your Sunday prayers of the people. The prayer list for October is available.
to remember in prayers on 9/16:
Faith Golden, CO
Peter Morin, Jane Jebsen
Holy Shepherd Lakewood, CO
Richard Thompson, Michael Tekrony
Holy Trinity Littleton, CO
David Palma-Ruwe, Julie McNitt
|INSTALLATION of OUR NEW BISHOP|
"Waiting List" requests now being received for the Installation
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.
Several dozen on the waiting list will likely receive a seat, but while we are finalizing our numbers, we are implementing the "waiting list" link. Once the main room is full, seating will be 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.
(hotel rooms are no longer available)
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. No hotel rooms remain at the hotel.
It is still possible to register as a commuter (and find your own alternative housing if you need a hotel room). Please call the synod office if you would like to register as a commuter. Our registration numbers are excellent, and the hotel has already provided dozens of extra rooms, even after our registration deadline.
|COMPANION SYNOD NEWS|
Opportunity to Visit Madagascar in 2013
Applications deadline is this week -
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.
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.
|CHILDREN, YOUTH and HOUSEHOLD MINISTRY|
Front Range Youth Ministry Network meets this Thursday, September 13
The Front Range Youth Ministry Network will meet Thursday, September 13, at the RMS offices from 10:00 a.m. to 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 gather 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.
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. to 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!
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!
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.
The Senior High Youth Gathering is now on Facebook. Check it out!
ELCA Youth Gathering Highlights
Wondering what the impact of the ELCA Youth Gathering is on the lives of our youth and adults who accompanied them? In 17 minutes you will have the answer - watch this amazing video made by the youth at American Lutheran in Grand Junction as they reflect on this life changing experience!
Click here for some RMS highlights of the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering.
|RAINBOW TRAIL LUTHERAN CAMP|
RTLC Men's Fall Retreat begins this Weekend,
Men's Fly Fishing
Join Pastor Dave Risendal for a weekend of fly fishing, fellowship, and faith renewal at
Rainbow Trail's annual Men's Fly Fishing Retreat, September 13 - 16, 2012.
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: opportunity to purchase their 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!
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:
|LUTHERAN COLLEGES WEEKEND|
Lutheran College Events for the Front Range
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.
|SKY RANCH LUTHERAN CAMP|
Digital Photography Weekend
Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp digital photo weekend is designed for amateur photographers of all abilities and experience levels.
DATES: September 21 - 23 PRICE: $150
Start your confirmation year off right with a weekend full of community building, Bible study, worship and fun. There will be plenty of time to make new friends and explore the wonders of creation.
DATES: September 28 - 30; or October 5 - 7 PRICE: $85
|HEALTH PLAN UPDATE|
Portico Announces Changes for the 2013 ELCA Health Plan
Portico Benefit Services Regional Representative Andrea Arey invites you to attend an hour-long presentation on Thursday, November 1, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. concerning 2013 benefit changes. There will also be a time for question and answers. The presentation will take place at First Lutheran Church, located at 1515 N. Cascade Avenue in Colorado Springs (80907). To RSVP, please contact Teri Swanner by email or phone (719-632-8836). All are welcome!
|MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKENDS|
Two Great Fall Weekends for Married Couples in the Rocky Mountain Region!
A Marriage Encounter Weekend is for married couples who value their relationship and desire a richer, fuller life together.
Two Marriage Encounter Weekends have been planned for this fall in our region:
Information is available to use in church e-mails, bulletin announcements, or a newsletter/website article to make each congregation's married couples aware of our Rocky Mountain region Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekends just for them. For more information visit GodLovesMarriage.org. The application fee is waived if you are clergy or church staff!
|CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY SUNDAY|
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. For more information, please contact the Church Relations Office, 805-493-3936.
Download materials or place an order on line.
|ELCA PROPOSED CRIMINAL JUSTICE STATEMENT|
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 http://www.elca.org/What-We-Believe/Social-Issues/Social-Statements-in-Process/Criminal-Justice.aspx
|BORDER SERVANT CORPS|
Border Servant Corps
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-522-7119. Do justice. Love kindness. Walk humbly.
Our Savior's, Greeley, Seeks a Director of Children, Youth and Household Ministries
Our Savior's Lutheran Church is an established congregation north of Denver in Greeley, CO, an urban/university setting. They 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 details on duties, responsibilities, salary, and how to submit your information. The Ministry Site Profile is now available. Application deadline is September 21, 2012.
Chancel Choir Director Opening
Christ the King Lutheran Church in Durango, Colorado, is seeking applicants for Chancel Choir Director.
If you are interested, please send your resume to email@example.com. For more information, please call Peter Olson, Church Administrator at 970-247-5310 or Laura Stransky, Director of Music at 970-749-2270.
Application deadline is September 15, 2012.
Seeking a Full time Accompanist
Joy Lutheran Church, located at 7051 East Parker Hills Court in Parker CO (80134) is seeking a full time pianist/organist to accompany there (3) weekend services, weekly choir practice, and various other ensembles. You may submit resumes or inquires to the church office or by email to Pastor Lyn.
Contemporary Worship Coordinator Needed
St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, located at 10828 North Huron Street in Northglenn, CO, is seeking a Contemporary Worship Coordinator. Experience in planning a service and leading a band is a plus.
Please see the detailed job description for more information. To arrange an interview, please call Pastor Tracy Hinkel at 303-452-5469.
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. 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.
|Every Person, Every Congregation, Every Ministry, Boldly Serving God's Mission in Christ|
Bishop Jim Gonia
South Metro Conference;
or phone appointment.
Installation and Theological Conference planning.
Pastor Ron Roschke
First Call Theological Education; North Colorado Retired Pastors' Event, Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, Estes Park, CO.
Front Range Youth Ministry Network meeting, Denver, CO.
Pastor Rob Moss
Mission Partners meeting, synod office, Denver, CO; Fall Mission Gathering of the Utah Conference, Zion Lutheran Church, Salt Lake City, UT.
Installation of Rocky Mountain Synod Bishop
Cherry Hills Village, CO.
BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH
Fall Theological Conference/ Bishop's Convocation
RMS Senior High Youth Gathering
YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, CO
JANUARY 18 -20
RMS Middle School Youth Gathering
2013 RMS Assembly
Estes Park, Colorado
|AROUND the SYNOD|
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). For more information please see the brochure, visit the website or contact your registrar, Linda by email or phone (303-841-
Living and Working Together for Peace in Palestine:
"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.
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.
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WAC Annual Meeting
It's time to register for the Wyoming Association of Churches Annual Meeting. Events will begin Thursday evening, September 20, 2012 and continue through Sunday. The host site is the First Congregational Church (UCC) in Rock Springs.
Downlaod a flyer to post with the schedule and a registration form and other information. To register, email the registration form to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to P.O. Box 1473, Laramie, WY 82073. The registration cost is $35 which includes lunch and dinner on September 21. Workshops and tours are free. Please send questions by email or call 307-761-0755.
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Ascension St. Matthew's Welcomes Rev. Canon Mary June Nestler 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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Health Care Workshop at
King of Glory on September 15
How does the new health care act affect us? You are invited to a workshop at King of Glory Lutheran Church on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
There is no cost for the workshop, but pre-registration makes the work of the planning team easier! Call the church office (970-669-5983) register by email. For more information, please contact Pastor Susan Candea by email.
More details about the workshop or download the flyer to post or use as a bulletin insert.
Augustana Presents! "Heavenly Harp"
You are cordially invited to a heavenly event on Thursday, September 20, 2012 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, located at 5000 East Alameda Avenue, Denver (80246). Karin Gunderson is a professional musician from Phoenix, AZ. Her presentation includes Christian favorites and harp instrumentals, and she comes highly recommended by Augustana members and friends who have already heard her music. Serenity will be the theme of this special worship experience held in Augustana's Christ Chapel. The event is free and child care will be available in Augustana's nursery. All are welcome!
Visit to her website to learn more about Karin Gunderson and her music.
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.
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. 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.
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 Sydna 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.
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).
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.
LFSRM 19th Annual Innkeeper Dinner
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains cordially invites you to 19th Annual Innkeeper Dinner at the Air Force Academy Press Box on Tuesday, September 25, 2012.
This is a fun causal evening where you can wear your favorite team's colors! There will be a silent auction, live music and you will learn how Lutheran Family Services assists vulnerable children and families in Colorado Springs through disaster relief, foster care, adoption, and refugee services. If you would like more information on this event, please contact Rebecca.Hamilton-Lyons@lfsco.org.
Cristo Rey's Luncheon of Gratitude
The congregation and community of Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey (ELCA) in southwest Denver cordially invite everyone to join them for a "Lunch of Gratitude." Cristo Rey is so very grateful for the support received in these past years and would like to share their good fortune. The luncheon will take place October 10, 2012, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the newly renovated church located at 501 Raleigh Street in Denver (80204). A special invitation is extended to clergy who would be willing to share their stories about working with the Cristo Rey community. A flyer is available to download and use as a bulletin insert or to post. All are welcome to stop by for a bite!
Marcus Borg and Carrie Newcomer: October 6 in Denver
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: www.progressivechristians.org
Celebrating 125 Years as a Family of Faith at Mount Calvary, BoulderSunday, 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 Oct 26-28
"The Interface of Power and Truth" Messiah Community Church
, located at 1750 Colorado Blvd.in 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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