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Rocky Mountain Synod

October 16, 2012     

Deeply Rooted - 

Bearing Fruit


Gatherings are taking place in every Conference between October and February for the purpose of engaging congregational leaders in questions of mission and ministry as well as meeting with our new bishop, Jim Gonia.


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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.


Below links are provided to a brief video invitation specific to the first five gatherings. At the conclusion of each video is a slide particular to that conference's gathering. You are encouraged to show the invitation video at worship and meetings. The remaining will be provided soon.

"Deeply Rooted, Bearing Fruit" 
Conference Mission Gatherings

Thursday, October 18

Boulder/Broomfield - Call (303) 666-4655 to register.

Christ the Servant, Louisville, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 

video invitation to show at worship and meetings 


Thursday, October 25

Metro East - register online 

Augustana, Denver, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 

video invitation to show at worship and meetings 


Saturday, October 27

Utah - Call (801) 278-1412 to register.

Our Saviour's, Salt Lake City, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

video invitation to show at worship and meetings 


Thursday, November 1

Metro West (eastern) - Call (303) 457-2476 to register.

St. John's, Thornton, 6:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

video invitation to show at worship and meetings 


Saturday, November 3

Border - Call (575) 437-2970 to register.

Our Savior, Alamogordo, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Saturday, November 10

North New Mexico - register online 

Holy Cross, Albuquerque. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Tuesday, November 13

Metro South

Holy Trinity, Littleton, 7-9 p.m.


Saturday, December 8

Southeast Colorado - register online 

First, Colorado Springs, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Saturday, January 12




Saturday, February 9

Metro West (western)


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First Gathering in North Colorado is time of sharing and connecting 



Thank you, North Colorado Conference! Thank you Our Savior's, Greeley, CO, congregation for hosting! Thank you Pastor Jason McSpadden who serves as Conference Dean  who helped organize and lead the gathering.

According to Pastor Rob Moss, interim Director for Evangelical North Colorado MIssion Gathering Mission, the Mission Gathering October 14 was "amazing!" 75 people were present and had really helpful conversations about God's mission. "People connected, friends were made,
and ideas and resources were shared," he said. Plus Pastor Deb Abbott was installed as Campus Pastor at UNC, Greeley.

Bishop Gonia invites you to the  
Conference Missional Gatherings    

Please watch this video to learn about the purpose of the Conference Missional Gatherings:
Invitation to RMS Missional Gatherings 
Invitation to RMS Missional Gatherings
A customized version of the video for each conference is available for you to show at worship services, council meetings, and bible studies. The links are above, or at 
If you do not have WIFI where you want to show the video, you may download it to your computer. Under the video window look for the "download" button. If you need a video player, a free version is available for MAC or PC.
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost  
Sovereign God, raise your throne in our hearts. Created by you, let us live in your image; created for you, let us act for your glory; redeemed by you, let us give you what is yours, through, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Prayer from Sundays and Seasons Year B 2012


Pastor Steve Loy and wife Martha Rowe

Farewell and Godspeed
to Pastor Steve Loy

All are invited to worship at 9 a.m. and to a Goodbye Potluck for Pastor Steve Loy on Sunday, October 21, at 11:30 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, Las Cruces NM. Pastor Loy has been the senior pastor there since November 9, 1993, and his wife, Martha, has been the choir director for 20 years. He has accepted a call to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Billings, Montana.
A short program will follow the potluck. We extend our prayers of thanksgiving for Pastor Loy's ministry these many years in the Rocky Mountain Synod.


Grace, Casper Celebrates 90th Anniversary


Grace Lutheran Church invites the community to share in their 90 Anniversary Celebration which will take place on Sunday, October 21, 2012. Pastor Kent Mueller, Synod Minister for Connected Community, will  preach and a potluck dinner will follow the service. 



Synod Prayer Cycle: Hospice and Care Centers and Hospital/Military Chaplains   
You are encouraged to include the listed leaders in your Sunday prayers of the people. The prayer list for November is available.

to remember in prayers on 10/21:          


Hospice Care of Boulder and Broomfield Counties

Lafayette, Colorado

     Robert Ritzen, AIM

Morning Star Senior Living at Applewood

Lakewood, Colorado

     George Meister   

Namaste Comfort Care

Denver, Colorado

     Don Fahrenbrink  

Shepherd of the Valley Care Center

Casper, Wyoming

     Marvin Skogen

Penrose - St. Francis Hospital

Colorado Springs, Colorado

     Paul Anderson

Military Chaplain

     Lawrence Closter

     Michael Greenwalt

     Eric Meyners

University of New Mexico Hospital

Albuquerque, New Mexico

     David Hartenberger

Poudre Valley Hospital

Ft. Collins, Colorado

     Michael Lundgren    

San Juan Medical Center

Farmington, New Mexico

     Arthur Meyer

Presbyterian Health Care

Albuquerque, New Mexico

     Janet Morse

Presbyterian Main Hospital

Albuquerque, New Mexico

     Donald Thurn

Sky Ridge Medical Center

Centennial, Colorado

     Laurie Jeddeloh

EbenEzer Lutheran Care Center

Brush, Colorado

     Ro Fesser

     Teri Hermsmeyer

Exempla Good Samaritan
Loveland, Colorado

     Jennifer Viegut

Horan & McConaty Mortuary

Englewood, Colorado

     Jennifer McBride 





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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. The Trainer Intensive will be held Friday at the RMS offices from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 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.


HomeGrown Faith

RMS Faith Formation 

Network is October 25


The network for those leading Christian Education and Faith Formation in their congregations will meet Thursday, October 25 at the RMS offices from 10am-noon. Pastors Brigetter Weier and Leta Behrens will share their experience at a Faith Ink "FinkTank" on the Birthing of Cross+Gen Worship and Education. Also bring your questions and resources related to explaining death and tragedy to children.  

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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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"Advocacy: Making a Difference"


The 2012 Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - New Mexico conference will be held on Saturday, November 17 at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Albuquerque (9100 Menaul NE, between Moon and Eubank).  The conference will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and the cost is $15 per person, including lunch.  Sen. Linda Lopez will be our lunch speaker this year. Session topics will include New Mexico Legislature 101, advocacy basics, hunger, and more.  Plan now to attend and learn more about advocating for our many neighbors living in poverty.  To register or request more information, contact Ruth Hoffman by email or 505-984-8005.   Registration deadline is November 13.



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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.


Mission 25 logoGifts to Missions 25 invited for Peace in Christ ELM



You are also invited to share in the joy of the fulfillment of a dream at Peace in Christ ELM on October 28 and with a gift of $25 (or more if you would like). Please make checks out and send to the "Rocky Mountain Synod." Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated. Send to:

Missions 25

Rocky Mountain Synod 

455 Sherman Street, Suite 160
Denver, CO 80203 

Registration is underway!

SHYG logo 2012 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.  If you have updates or cancellations to your congregation's registration, please call the Office of the Bishop to facilitate any changes.


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

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.  

"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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 Join us for Wednesday Eucharist at 11:30 a.m. 


Each week the staff in the Rocky Mountain Synod Office of the Bishop, along with others who desire to attend, are gathering for a Eucharist worship. Rostered leaders from the synod are leading the worship, and we now have a sign-up in place. We need a volunteer for this week! 


Rostered leaders may sign up to lead worship:  


Sign up now

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Border Servant Corps Gives Thanks
Border Servant Corps would like to express its deepest gratitude for the support this ministry has received over the past 15 years.  The celebration weekend included more than 150 people from all parts of Border Servant Corps' life (volunteers, alumni, service sites, clients, Board and community members), as well as more than 25 Thrivent members who participated in various weekend events.

Thanks to the generosity of celebrants, Border Servant Corps has met its goal of more than $3000 which will be matched with $1000 by a Care in Communities Grant from the El Paso Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.  ¡Muchísimas gracias a todos!

There is still time to give in honor of Border Servant Corps' 15 years of service on the U.S./México border!  Please see
in order to help Border Servant Corps continue its ministry for 15 more years!

If you have any questions or would like to become more involved with Border Servant Corps, please contact Border Servant Corps by email ( or 575- 522-7119 Ext. 16. 

Do justice.  Love kindness.  Walk humbly.

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 Let Your Opinion be Heard! 


Provide your feedback on the proposed ELCA Criminal Justice Social Statement by October 31


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 Please study the documents and submit your feedback by October 31.


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Urban Servant Corps Events



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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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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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RTLC Fall Confirmation Retreat

Join Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp from November 9 - 11, 2012, for a Confirmation Retreat this fall and let us be partners with you in creating a fun atmosphere for learning in your confirmation program! We will sing songs, play games, learn together and play together in God's beautiful creation. Rainbow Trail staff will lead your kids in crafts, team-building activities, outdoor activities such as hiking or sledding, fun games and camp songs!


Kathy Armstrong, Associate Pastor at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, is this year's featured speaker who will lead us in inspiring, educational and fun group study sessions designed to expand on the studies you've already touched on at your home church. The theme for this year is "Face to Face."


You may get more information by emailing Ash or going to the website to also register online.

Retreat, Renew and Recharge at RTLC Retreat, Renew, and Recharge at RTLC


Whether you are looking for a space to study and reflect, a home base for a ski retreat, time to make plans for the future, or just need to kick back and relax, RTLC staff can help you plan a wonderful retreat.  With many options for lodging, food, activities, programs, and assistance in planning, we can help put together the perfect retreat package for your congregation.  There are great winter and spring dates available.   


Visit for more information, or contact Ben Larson by email or phone (719-431-0050)


RTLC: opportunity to purchase their site!


We're almost there but your help is vital!

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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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!


apply by October 31

ELCA / RMS 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.



Shared Youth and Education Director -

St. John's and Advent in North Metro Denver


St. John's Lutheran Church in Thornton

St. John's Lutheran Church and Advent Lutheran Church are both small but healthy ELCA congregations seeking to expand upon their Youth and Education Ministries through a shared Youth and Education Director. This candidate will balance a full-time work schedule between both churches. These churches are located in the northern Denver metro area and are approximately 9 miles apart.


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The position will be full time and will report to the Pastors and Youth Board and the candidate expected to begin around January 2, 2013. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. A full job description with qualifications and responsibilities is available.


Information about 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

  Visiting with the congregation of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, CO; Visit with the Wyoming Conference;  Installation of Kris Trahnstrom at Faith Lutheran Church, Lander, WY; Webex meeting with Conference Deans.


Linda Staats

Safe Haven Training, First Lutheran Church, Longmont, CO; Safe Guarding God's Children Training for Trainers, Office of the Bishop in Denver and Glory of God Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge, CO; Leading a Forum at Highlands Lutheran Church, Denver, CO.
 Available by email 
 or phone appointment.

Pastor Kent Mueller    

90th Anniversary Celebration at Grace Lutheran Church, Casper, WY; Visiting with Pastors in Casper, WY; Meeting with Ecumenical Partners at the Colorado Council of Churches, Denver, CO.  


Pastor Ron Roschke  

 Endorsements and Interviews at Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, IA and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; Lecture and Panel Discussion with Martin Marty, CU campus Boulder, CO; Malaria Campaign meeting, First Lutheran Church, Longmont, CO.    


Pastor Sarah Moening    

Practicing Discipleship meeting, Loveland, CO; Visiting with the Church Council, Peace Lutheran Church, Las Cruces, NM;  Retreat with the Church Council of Peace Lutheran Church, El Paso, TX; Preach at Mount Hope Lutheran Church, El Paso, TX; Visiting with Council Presidents, El Paso, TX.             

Pastor Rob Moss
Visiting with the Camino de Vida Advisory Committee, Albuquerque, NM; Boulder/Broomfield Conference Missional Gathering, Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, Louisville, CO; Webex meeting with Conference Deans.

Brad Wood
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry CO 
Environmental Forum, Messiah, Denver, CO; Poverty Summit, Glendale, CO; Adult Forum, St. Phillip, Littleton, CO

Ruth Hoffman
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry NM 
Tax Policy Coalition; New Mexico Association of Food Banks; Advocacy Ministry Policy Committee, Albuquerque, NM; Lutheran Church of the Servant, Santa Fe, NM


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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







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.



Global Links logo Horn of Africa: Drought aid one year later 
ELCA members have contributed over $1 million in the last year to help those struggling to survive the African drought. Many have been helped, but the need is still great. Read more at



Jamaica: Helping others heal 
Seven seminary students in Jamaica experience inner healing as they learn how to bring healing to others. Read more of this story from ELCA missionaries David and Mary Kuck at



A close-up view of world poverty and hunger  
The Center for Global Education at Augsburg College "will make you think, laugh, challenge your understanding of the world, grow, and generally experience the world in ways you never have before," says one student. With funding from your donations to ELCA World Hunger, for 25 years it's been providing a grassroots look at the causes of hunger and poverty in Latin America and Southern Africa. Read more at

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St Luke's Lutheran Church Buffalo, Wyomong

St. Luke's Lutheran Church
Annual Bazaar, Cookie Sale and Raffle


St. Luke Buffalo Annual Bazaar image It's that time of the year again! The St. Luke's Lutheran Church Annual Bazaar, Cookie Sale and Raffle will take place on Saturday, November 3 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at St. Luke's. The church is located at 615 North Burritt in Buffalo (82834). You are welcome to attend!





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SuperKids After School Program  
for 2012-2013



Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey in  Denver and Saint Paul Lutheran Church of Denver have teamed up once again to offer the SuperKids After School Program for the 2012-2013 school year. The program goes from October 16, 2012 through May 2013 and lasts from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. SuperKids 2012-2013 image Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Cristo Rey Community Center (church address) to help students with homework as well as provide academic activities and recreational fun. The program is designed for elementary school students in kindergarten to sixth grade. There is no cost for students in the program.


If you would like more information, please view the flyer for the schedule, activities and the registration form, contact the church at 303-934-6948 or contact Pastor Armando Rangel at 720-297-1550.   

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RMS Congregations Partner for Benefit Concerts

Bethany Lutheran-Cherry Hills Village Supporting Our Nation's Veterans in Time of Need


On Sunday, October 21, Bethany Lutheran Church will offer the greater community an opportunity to celebrate and show their support of those men and women who have sacrificed so much as they answered our nation's call to military service in Afghanistan and Iraq. Operation One Nation, in collaboration with the Men of Bethany, the Health and Wellness Cabinet, and a host of other Bethany volunteers will honor military families at the 9:00 a.m. service. Joining the celebration in song will be Country and Western recording artist, Michael Peterson, with backing from Bethany's own Chancel Choir!  


Project Sanctuary logoThe 9:00 a.m. service also serves as an expression of Bethany's fidelity and commitment to the ELCA Memorial of 2007 and the Rocky Mountain Synod Resolution, which asks the Lutheran community to do all within our capacity and capability to mind the gap in offering assistance to military members and their families. Operation One Nation is Bethany's answer to that call to service.     


Operation One Nation is requesting Bethany members and visitors demonstrate their support of our nation's veterans by purchasing and donating grocery and gasoline gift cards at all three worship services on October 21. Your generous offerings make a difference that matters in the lives of so many men and women who risk their own lives each day in our nation's defense.  


Learn more about the Bethany concert as well as Michael Peterson concerts at:

Christ Lutheran Church in Highlands Ranch, Friday, October 19, 7:00 p.m.

Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver, Saturday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.     


Barry Peterson, CBS News Correspondent, has written an article which highlights the work being done on behalf of our military and their families by Project Sanctuary.     

Cristo Rey - Denver

Cristo Rey, Denver presents:  
Fiesta de las Americas



Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey of Denver invites the community to join them image for Cristo Rey Denver Fiesta de las Americas for their Fiesta de las Americas. The event will take place this Saturday, October 20 at the church located at 501 Raleigh Street in Denver (80204) from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The event will feature arts and crafts, music, traditional dance, fun and many surprises. This event will also include a time for fair goers to get flu shots and to participate in the "Fight against Breast Cancer."


If you would like more information, please check out the flyer or contact Pastor Armando Rangel by email or phone (720-297-1550).


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Grace Boulder
75th Anniversary Celebratio



You are cordially invited to join the community of Grace Lutheran Church in Boulder as they celebrate their 75th Anniversary on Saturday, October 20, 2012, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Eaton Humanities Building on the CU Boulder Campus (Room HUMN 150)


Dr. Martin Marty Dr. Martin E. Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Modern Christianity in the Divinity School, University of Chicago. Dr. Marty will speak on:   


"Universities and Churches"  

Can't live with each other? Can't live without each other!


Panel discussion will feature Jennifer Korbelik, City of Boulder Liaison to the University of Colorado and Gardiner Tucker, Assistant Dean of Students at CU Boulder. For more information, please check out the flyer, contact the church office by email or by  phone (303-442-1883).



Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann
Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann to Present 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 containing the schedule and ticket purchasing process is available to download and display.


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


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.


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Bright Stars of Bethlehem - Colorado Chapter December 2012 Events



Bright Stars of Bethlehem - Colorado Chapter will be hosting a series of events featuring Dr. Raheb Mitri, pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, Palestine during the first week of December. To highlight the week, there will be lectures, worship services, concerts, Bible studies, forums, and more. The events will take place in the Denver and Fort Collins area and newsletter announcements and bulletin inserts are available for November and December for congregations and individuals to use to spread the word.



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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