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October 2, 2012     
Bishop's Blog: Unpacking... together


"I'm still unpacking ...
No, I haven't made any trips in the last week.  What I'm unpacking are the three major "first" experiences as bishop that occurred within a five day period: 
Synod Council - Installation Service - Theological Conference
What connects these three experiences is that they each offered an opportunity for me to gain new perspective on our life together as a synod. At the same time these experiences allow me ponder how the Office of the Bishop might most effectively serve our ministry and mission as God's people in the Rocky Mountain Synod..."


Additional installation photos posted on the RMS Facebook page


The Rev. James W. Gonia was installed as the third Bishop of the Rocky Mountain Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in an inspiring celebration of the church on Sunday, September 23, 2012, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, CO.


You may view 48 photos on the Rocky Mountain Synod Facebook page.  Be sure to "like" our page while you're visiting there: 


Photos are by Dale Horkey


View the installation online on demand

The worship may be viewed online on demand, and a .pdf of the bulletin may be downloaded and viewed. The links are on our homepage,



Rocky Mountain Synod Position Description: Director for Evangelical Mission (DEM)


Currently, Pastor Rob Moss is serving as the interim Director for Evangelical Mission. This is an ELCA position which represents the Congregational & Synodical Mission (CSM) unit in the territory of the Rocky Mountain Synod. 


We are seeking a permanent staff member to fill this position beginning somewhere around February 1. 


The individual serving in this position works with developing new and renewing congregations, engages the synod in missional strategy, and encourages congregational mission support. The link below provides specifics, as well as an Addendum to the position description unique to the Rocky Mountain Synod.


Ordained leaders and rostered lay leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who apply for a position in the churchwide organization must have completed Rostered Leader Profile (RLP) papers on file. 



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What is God up to in the community surrounding your church? How can your congregation participate in God's mission activity there? 


Every congregation in the Rocky Mountain Synod is invited to bring rostered leaders plus 5-7 lay leaders of diverse ages and interests to your Conference Mission Gathering to begin the conversation. 


Come with questions, curiosity, resources, or just an interest as we support and encourage one another in this process. 


You'll be sent home with ideas, new friendships, a network of support, and multiple resources for beginning a strategic mission plan in your own congregational setting.


View Bishop Gonia's invitation. One will be prepared for each conference to be shared on websites, email newsletters, and in congregations. A DVD will be available for congregations unable to stream the greeting from an Internet connection. Contact Kent Mueller by email for a DVD copy. Below is the North Colorado invitation:


Invitation to RMS Missional Gathering (North Colorado)
Invitation to RMS Missional Gathering (North Colorado)


Sunday, October 14 - North Colorado. Our Savior's, Greeley, 2:30-5:00pm
Thursday, October 18 - Boulder/Broomfield. Christ the Servant, Louisville, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 25 - Metro East. Augustana, Denver, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 27-Utah. Our Savior's, Salt Lake City, 
10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 1 - Metro West (eastern).
Saturday, November 3 - Border, Our Savior. Our Savior, Alamogordo, 
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 10 - North New Mexico. Holy Cross, Albuquerque. 
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 13 - Metro South.
Saturday, December 8 - Southeast Colorado. First, Colorado Springs, 
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.



Saturday, January 12 - Wyoming. Casper
Metro West (western) - to be determined
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost  
Sovereign God, you have created us to live in loving community with one another. Form us for a life that is faithful and steadfast, and teach us to trust like little children, that we may reflect the image of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prayer from Sundays and Seasons Year B 2012

Pastor Scott Thalacker to be installed
at Prince of Peace, Logan

Please join Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Logan, Utah, for the installation of Pastor Scott Thalacker on October 7, 2012, at 2:00 p.m.  Rev. Ron Roschke, Synod Minister for Shared Ministries, will preside.  Everyone is invited to the reception following the service.  Clergy are invited to vest and join the procession. The color of the day is green. For more information or to RSVP, please contact the church by email.



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Celebrating 11 Years as "El Milagro De La Frontera." 

 You are Cordially Invited To the 11th Anniversary Celebration with Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey El Paso on Sunday, October 7, 2012, beginning at 12:00 (noon). The event will take place at At Houston Park (Montana and Ange Streets). 


A FIESTA and B-B-Q will follow the service.


If you would like to give an Anniversary gift, please send it to:

Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey

1010 East Yandell Drive

El Paso, Texas, 79902   


Your donation will help Cristo Rey with needed money for:


Building payments for Oct-Dec

Building repairs needed (roof)

Sunday School snacks

Bills that are due


Thanks to God and to all our Partners and friends, this ministry is able to bring the gospel and serve people on both sides of the border. We are truly "El Milagro De La Frontera." We Thank God for these eleven years of Ministry as the "Miracle on the Border!" Please come or remember to pray for us.    

Pastor Rose Mary Mary Sánchez-Guzmán 

Juan De Dios López - Lay Pastor



Synod Prayer Cycle: Campus Ministries  
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 10/7:          


Colorado State University

     Connie Winter-Eulberg

University of Colorado

     Zachary Parris

University of New Mexico

     Anne Morawski



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Front Range Youth Workers

meeting is October 11, 2012


Front Range Youth workers will gather next Thursday, October 11, 2012 in the large conference room down the hall from the Office of the Bishop.  Those interested in a book study on The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning will meet at 9:00.  General meeting will begin at 10:00.  Lunch will follow at about noon.  Hope to see you all there. 


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. Valerie Hess, Coordinator of Music Ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church, Boulder, CO, will be presenting a workshop at the conference.  


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

Registration is underway!

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RMS Senior High Youth Gathering 


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


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"Let's Eat!"


Middle School Youth Gathering, January 18-20, 2013 in Colorado Springs



 The Theme is "Let's Eat," Ezekiel 3:2-3. Jonathan Rundman will lead our singing and music for worship.  MSYG traditions will be honored as well as some added twists and surprises! The Gathering will once again be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Check out the promotional video made by the youth at Ascension Lutheran in Colorado Springs!   


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Safeguarding God's Children Training October 18, 19 and 20 



A goal of the RMS Safe Haven Initiative is to have Certified Trainers for the Safeguarding God's Children program available in each RMS Conference. One set of curriculum will be provided free for each Conference. Anyone interested in becoming a trainer, please contact your Conference Dean or Linda Staats, 602-740-3752, to discuss the criteria and expectations. The fee per trainer is $25. There are several options for times to attend the Training of Trainers. Please choose one: 


Option 1.Thursday, October 18: First Lutheran, Longmont, CO. 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. combined with the Saturday afternoon session at Glory of God Lutheran Church in Wheat Ridge

Option 2. Friday, October 19: RMS Offices. 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Intensive

Option 3. Saturday, October 20:  Glory of God Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge, CO. 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 


Nancy Bond, our synod's trainer, is also providing the general Safe Guarding God's Children course for your  staff, volunteers, council members or parents. The fee is $10/person or maximum of $50/congregation. To register or indicate the number coming from your congregation, contact Cheryl Almquist by email or phone (303-777-6700)


Option 1. Thursday, October 18: First Lutheran Church, Longmont, CO. 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Option 2. Saturday, October 20: Glory of God Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge, CO. 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


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Border Servant Corps Celebrates 15 Years of Service on the U.S./
México Border


SC Quinceañera.  Please join the Border Border Servant Corps Quinceanera image Servant Corps from October 5-7, 2012 as they celebrate 15 years of service on the borderland.  For a schedule of events, check out the BSC website.  


If you have any questions or would like to become more involved with the Border Servant Corps, please contact the Border Servant Corps by email or phone at 575-522-7119.


Do justice. Love kindness. Walk humbly.


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Border Immersion Program has a new Website


El Paso, TX congregation Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey has a new website for its Border Immersion Program. During immersion trips, Cristo Rey seeks to educate participants about border issues through shared learning, experience, work and prayer. You can find more information about the program on the website. Please contact Pastor Rose Mary Sánchez-Guzmán or Justin Remer-Thamert, Immersion Coordinator, by email or phone at 915-544-6545 for more information.


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Coyote Howl 
Confirmation Camp


Start your confirmation year off right with a weekend full of community building, Bible study, worship and fun. There will be plenty oCoyote Howl at Sky Ranch Lutheran Campf time to make new friends and explore the wonders of creation


DATE:  October 5 - 7   PRICE: $85


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Urban Servant Corps Events



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Thrivent Event


 Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

at History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway (80203)


Thrivent is hosting a "thank you for your partnership" event for Urban Servant Corps and other ministries supported by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Exclusive admission to the museum as well as a reception and program with speaker Chris Andersen (founder and president from Lutheran Community Foundation), are all a part of this great celebration event! If you are interested in attending, please contact and please know that we are GRATEFUL FOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP! 


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All Saint's Day Pancake Breakfast


Sunday morning, November 4, 2012

Location and time TBD


Help support Urban Servant Corps volunteer's retreat to visit our sister organization,  

Border Servant Corps by attending the All Saint's Day/Dia de los Muertos Celebration.  There will be HOT CAKES!

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Urban Servant Corps 25th Anniversary Trivia


 Did you know.......?!?!


The budget in the founding years of Urban Servant Corps was (drum roll, please) $0. Eventually support came from the Wheat Ridge Foundation and later from non-profit partner agencies as USC matured. Now, the USC budget has grown to $281,781. This includes food, housing, health insurance, stipends and personal enrichment for 18 full time volunteers as well as programmatic expenses (3 retreats, speakers, etc.), 1.5 staff members, office expense, property maintenance, recruiting, and conferences and education. Stay tuned for the 2011-2012 Annual Report that will be published in October.

Stay tuned for announcements for the Advent Prayer Breakfast  


The litany that was written for the 10th year Anniversary will be sung in celebration of the 25th Anniversary and the Ten Thousand Villages Community Shopping Benefit that will take place on 12/12/12 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.


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Elizabeth, CO, ministry to become a chartered ELCA congregation in the Rocky Mountain Synod 



RSVP NOW for the celebration and reception.


Peace In Christ Episcopal Lutheran Ministry in Elizabeth, CO, invites you to share in their joy!  They have been approved to become a chartered congregation of the ELCA and a parish of the Diocese of Colorado. A service of celebration and recognition will be October 28, 2012, (Reformation Sunday) beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Joy Lutheran Church, 7051 East Parker Hills Court in Parker, CO (80134).  


Bishop Jim Gonia will preside and The Reverend Canon Lou Blanchard will represent the Colorado Diocese. Light refreshments will follow the service.  Lay members and clergy are invited to attend. Clergy are asked to vest and to process. The liturgical color is red. Please RSVP the number of attendees from your congregation so that plans can be made for the service and the fellowship.


Pastor Daniel from Madagascar

We Say Farewell and Godspeed to a Colleague and Friend


We say farewell to Pastor Daniel Rakotoarijaona this Wednesday morning as he returns home to Mahajanga in Madagascar. Pastor Daniel has been on our territory since September 17 in celebration and partnership with Pastor Daniel with children in Cheyenne, WY us for Bishop Gonia's installation. 


He has preached at Theological Conference, Our Saviour's Fort Collins and CSU Lutheran Campus Ministry; lectured at the Theological Conference; attended text studies and Bible classes; looked at the mountains in Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs and Vail; ate fish sticks and visited with fifth graders in Cheyenne; met his grandson, Gabriel for the first time and reconnected with family.


Roger, Robert and Daniel Thanks to all his hosts - Nathan Doerr, Bonita and Nelson Bock, Bonnie Brundige, Barbara Johnson, Art Smith and Ann Gibson, Jeff Carlson, Scott and Kristi Beebe, Michael Stadtmueller, Connie Winter-Eulberg, Robert Schmidt, Chad Kohlmeyer, Jim and Kim Gonia, Ron Roschke, and more-for incredible hospitality! And misaotra, Pastor Daniel, for helping us celebrate the global dimensions of God's love! Veloma! Farewell! You go in God's grace and power.

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RTLC: opportunity to purchase their site!


We're almost there but your help is vital!

Total increased to $330,000 raised to date.
Let's keep the momentum going!

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. So they need your help. To date, $330,000 has been raised which includes $170,000 of matching funds.  So far, $130,000 of these funds have been matched. That means we still have $40,000 that can be matched by your gifts so your help is needed to keep the momentum going to reach the goal. 


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


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Rainbow Trail Seeking Candidates for Director of Site and Facilities


Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp is seeking candidates for the position of Director of Site and Facilities. Those interested in the position must submit an application by October 26, 2012 to guarantee consideration.  Applications may be received electronically or by mail and are due by Friday, October 26. The hope is that our new Director of Site and Facilities will begin on January 2, 2013. For more information, and a job description and application, please check out the Rainbow Trail website.



Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp Day Camps 2013

RTLC Day Camp Weeks Available


Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp Day Camp is a unique partnership designed to provide congregations with a vibrant and faith formative experience that nurtures relationships between the adults and children within the church, and provides an outreach opportunity in the local community.  Each Day Camp is tailored to the unique context of the hosting congregation, with volunteers and staff from the host congregation working with staff from RTLC throughout the planning and implementation of the program.


Teams are available several weeks next summer (2013): June 30 - July 6, July 21-21, August 4-10, and August 11-17.  If you are interested or would like more information, please visit the website or contact Ben Larson by email or phone at 719-431-0050. 

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Energy Subsidies vs

Food for All  


The true cost of energy subsidies to Colorado families: a workshop


Thursday, October 18, 2012 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (lunch provided)


Messiah Community Church

1750 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO (80220)  

  • How much financial support does the United States give to oil and gas companies through our tax dollars?
  • How many families and children could we help if we ended these subsidies today?
  • What benefits to Creation are there in ending oil and gas subsidies?

Receive a copy of Eco-Justice Program's report: "Faithful Budget, Faithful Stewardship: An Analysis of Energy Subsidies and Poverty Assistance Programs." This resource examines the priorities that are reflected in our budgets and their moral implications.


To RSVP or for more information, please contact Brad Wood, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - CO,  by email or phone (303-777-6700).


Sponsored by: Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - CO and the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Programs

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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!


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Living and Working Together for Peace
in Palestine


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


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Augustana Lutheran Church

5000 East Alameda Avenue, Denver (80246)

8:30 a.m. - noon   

  • "Breakfast in Palestine" 
  • Abby Farrand, Young Adults in Global Mission in Jerusalem and the West Bank, 2011
  • Workshops to equip participants to host studies in congregations

Cost: $15 - includes breakfast and "Steadfast Hope," a study guide for Kairos Palestine - with DVD


Register online: or contact Jan Miller:



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Let Your Opinion be Heard! 


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 


Bethany Chancel Choir Director image Bethany Lutheran Church Seeks a New Chancel Choir Director


Chancel Choir Director, Dan Grace, has announced his retirement at the end of the 2012/2013 program year after years of faithful service to the Bethany Lutheran Church congregation which looks forward to celebrating his ministry over the coming year.


The position description has been finalized, and includes a list of qualifications and process details. Applications are now being accepted and information for the process can be found on the website.  


The interview and evaluation process will occur from January to March of next year. The aim is to have Dan's successor named by April 2013. Application deadline is December 31, 2012.



Information about open positions can be found onthe Rocky Mountain Synod's website. 

Every Person, Every Congregation, Every Ministry, Boldly Serving God's Mission in Christ



Bishop Jim Gonia

  Conference of Bishops, Chicago, IL.


Linda Staats

Evangelical Lutheran Education Association board meeting.
Available by email 
 or phone appointment.

Pastor Kent Mueller    

Serving as Team Leader for Connected Community.  


Pastor Ron Roschke  

Meeting with the Trinity Group, Denver, CO; Visiting with the Congregation of Zion Lutheran Church, Salt Lake city, UT; Installation of Pastor Scott Thalacker, Logan UT; Endorsements and TEEM Interviews and Meetings and Candidacy Consultation, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA.    


Pastor Sarah Moening    

Visiting and worshipping with the congregation of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Durango, CO.       

Pastor Rob Moss
ELCA Directors for Evangelical Mission Gathering, Chicago, IL; Visiting with the congregation of Messiah Lutheran Church, Denver, CO; Visiting with the congregation of Christ the King Lutheran Church, South Jordan, UT.


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RMS Senior High Youth Gathering

YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, CO 




JANUARY 18 -20 

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

MAY 2-4 

2013 RMS Assembly

Loveland, Colorado


Theological Conference 

Estes Park, Colorado





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-



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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Elim's Blessing of the Animals Service

Pastor DanaLee Simon of Elim Evangelical Lutheran Church, 575 - 23rd Street in Ogden announced that crowd-friendly pets of all shapes and sizes and their people are invited to the Blessing of the Animals Service on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. The service will meet on the church lawn, weather permitting, for a service of prayer, singing, a short meditation and an individual blessing for each pet.


Elim Lutheran Church Blessing of the Animals 2012 Treats for canines, felines and humans will be served after the service. The service is open to all pets of the community and their humans. Animals must bring their human with them, and must be safely secured in a cage, carrier, or on a leash. If an animal does not travel well, their human may bring a symbol of the animal, such as a leash, food bowl, cushion, or photograph. For further information, please call the church office at 801-394-5543 or send email to  


photo is of Pastor DanaLee Simon blessing Shauni and her human Charlene Soderquist
at the 2010 Blessing of the Animals Service at Elim Lutheran Church

Photo courtesy of Gloria Wurst, Elim Lutheran Church




LSS Utah Art Show "Excuse Me While I Kiss the Sky" - an Art Show  

On Wednesday, September 5, 2012, Lutheran Social Service of Utah presented "EXCUSE ME WHILE I KISS THE SKY", the Utah Refugees, Utah Young Women in Recovery and Utah Local Artists Artistic Projects. The art show opened at the Salt Lake County South Building, 2100 South State Street in Salt Lake City. The show runs through September 21, 2012.


The celebration continued on September 16 at the Salt Lake County Chambers with food by Iraqi Catering by Zainab and music by Royal Heritage Music.    


Channel 5 TV in Utah produced a video and a written story to highlight an aspect of Lutheran Social Service of Utah inter-faith ministries - the extra love shared in God's name by grace alone and by the beauty of all of God's people.

LSS Utah Spanish Classes 2012  

LSS Utah has begun Spanish Classes for the Community 



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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Marcus Borg and Carrie Newcomer: In Denver October 6, 2012


Marcus Borg Carrie Newcomer photo 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:


Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church banner Shepherd of the Hills, Boulder invites Everyone to "Blessing of the Animals" Service 


Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church would like to invite pets of all religious beliefs and their owners to the second annual Blessing of the Animals Service at 9:30 a.m. on October 7, 2012. The service celebrates the wonder of all of God's Creation, and each pet will receive a 'I Am Blessed' tag.  This service is a favorite for animal lovers of all ages. Shepherd of the Hills is located at 7077 Harvest Road (71st and Lookout) in Boulder (80305). Please join us! For more info, please contact the church office by email or phone (303-530-4422).



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Celebrating 125 Years as a Family of Faith at Mount Calvary, Boulder

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.   


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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 Cristo Rey Denver Luncheon of Gratitude Luncheon image 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!


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Professor David Lose will Speak at Our Saviour's, Fort Collins 


Please note the date correction.


Professor David Lose of Luther Seminary will present a 3 hour seminar on "Culture Change and the Church: Building Up Faith on Shifting Soils " at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church (2000 South LeMay, Fort Collins CO 80525) on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Reformation Weekend).


Professor David Lose He will also be preaching at Our Saviour's 5:30 p.m. Saturday Evening Service. You will have another opportunity to hear Professor Lose when he preaches during the Morning Service and during the education hour on Sunday. Admission is free and a free will offering will be taken. Download the flyer and post it on a bulletin board or use it as a bulletin insert.


The event coincides with Lutheran Campus Ministry at CSU annual chili-cook-off fundraiser from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. that afternoon, so consider making an evening of it.  Please contact Our Saviour's Lutheran's office at 970-484-3133 for more information.


Twelve Twelve Twelve Project for Bethany Lutheran Church

Bethany Lutheran Church Presents Its Twelve Twelve Twelve Project 


This holiday season, your faith community is invited to join a hunger relief movement by mobilizing every person within your congregation to:
  • donate $12
  • collect 12 pounds of food AND
  • tell 12 people about Metro CareRing.  

Bethany Lutheran Church - Cherry Hills Village image Collectively, Bethany hopes to raise $50,000 to help the nearly 1 out of 4 children who are hungry in Denver.  


In the coming months this blog will be jam packed of ideas, resources, tools, hunger facts, stories, prayers and quotes to help inspire and motivate you to action!  


Check out this Twelve.12.Twelve promo video on the blob page.


Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann to Give Lectures in Denver
October 26-28, 2012

"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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