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Rocky Mountain Synod

January 8, 2013      
Read Bishop Gonia's new blog:
"Take-aways from the Margins" 


"Listening to and Engaging the Voices from the Margins" was the theme of the 2013 Bishops' Academy - which was January 2-7 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Academy is an annual opportunity for bishops from the ELCA and the ELCIC (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada) to meet and reflect on topics relevant to the life of the church. This was the first time such a gathering was hosted by the Caribbean Synod. The Academy is a mix of worship, formal lectures, conversations and informal opportunities to meet with colleagues and deepen relationship across our churches...


Lord God, source of every blessing, you showed forth your glory and led many to faith by the works of your Son, who brought gladness and salvation to his people. Transform us by the Spirit of his love, that we may find our life together in him, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. 


 Sundays and Seasons Year B  

Pastor Alena Lamirato to be installed January 13 in Buffalo, WY

Pastr Alena Lamirato 

Pastor Alena Lamirato began serving at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Buffalo, Wyoming, on the First Sunday in Advent. She will be installed by Pastor Sarah Moening, Synod Minister for Deepened Discipleship, on Sunday, January 13 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend the Service of Installation.



Gail Godwin Mundt to be Ordained January 20


Gail Mundt image All are invited to the Service of Ordination for Gail Godwin Mundt on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Master in Lakewood, CO.  A reception will follow.  Clergy are invited to vest and the color of the day is red.


Following ordination, Gail, as a Global Mission Associate, will serve as an Associate Pastor at Tokyo Union Church.  Gail, along with her husband, Pastor Randy Mundt, has been a part of the Rocky Mountain Synod since 1984. Gail earned her Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada and served her internship at Lutheran Church of the Master.



Synod Prayer Cycle: Metro West Conference
You are encouraged to include the listed leaders in your Sunday prayers of the people. The prayer list for January and February are available.

to remember in prayers on 1/13:          


Advent Westminster, CO

     Barb Martens

All Saints Austin, CO

     Tom Lange (interim)

American Grand Junction, CO

     Barbara Johnson

First Gypsum, CO

     Kari Reiquam

Glory of God Wheat Ridge, CO

     Paul Olsen

Good Shepherd Glenwood Springs, CO

     Jeffrey Carlson

Highlands Denver, CO

     Liliana Stahlberg

Holy Cross Wheat Ridge, CO

     Ron Bock

King of Glory Arvada, CO

     Todd Payne

Lord of the Mountains Dillon, CO

     Joe Holub


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Assembly Preview 



The 2013 Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly will feature our year-long theme: Deeply Rooted, Bearing Fruit. Taking place May 2-4 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO, it promises to be, well, "fruitful!"


Please note important information for your planning:


  • The assembly will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, with OPENING WORSHIP (which will enable some attendees not to have to miss an entire day of work or school)
  • Friday, May 3, will focus on much of the "business" of the assembly
  • Friday evening, May 3, will be a celebration of the ELCA's 25th Anniversary
  • Saturday, May 4, will be an extravaganza of opportunities for excursions, workshops, conversations, and projects, with concluding worship. We will welcome additional participants to attend the Saturday opportunities!
  • The day will conclude at around 3:00 p.m., somewhat later than the usual end time, in "exchange" for the later start time.
  • Voting member registration is expected to be in the same range as usual: around $305 per voting member. Visitor rates are not yet set.
  • Hotel is $109 per room for a single or double room. For triples or quads the rate is $139 for the room. Note that all Embassy Suites rooms are two-room suites with beds in the bedroom and a sofa-bed in the front room.
  • Travel equalization funds will be available for those who must travel far distances.
Watch for additional information in the coming weeks!

New Mexico Bishop's Legislative Luncheon and Issues Briefing is Feb. 6


You are invited and urged to attend the 2013 Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM Bishop's Legislative Luncheon on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, which will be hosted by Bishop James Gonia recently-elected Rocky Mountain Synod Bishop James Gonia.  An Issues Briefing will be held at Christ Lutheran Church in the morning prior to the luncheon.   


The Bishop's Legislative Luncheon will be at 12:30 p.m. in La Terraza at La Fonda Hote l(Old Santa Fe Trail and East San Francisco).  The cost of the luncheon is $30 per person. This cost is reduced to $25 when 4 or more people attend from your congregation or group AND register by January 28 If you are only able to attend the morning issues briefing, the cost is $5.  Email questions about these events to  See you on February 6. 


Deadline for reservations is February 1. Please make reservations by calling the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry office at 505-984-8005 or by sending an email to lutheranadvocacy@yahoo.comMake checks payable to Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM.


Join the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - New Mexico Advocacy Network!

Get Advocacy Updates and Alerts about legislation and activities happening during the upcoming session of the state legislature which begins on January 15.  Advocacy Updates and Alerts bring you information that helps you to be an advocate for our neighbors living in poverty.  You can join the Network by going to the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM
website and clicking the button on the upper right side of our homepage.



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Bearing Fruit
Congregations are gathering together to make connections, build community, and talk about ministry in each context.  
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

"Deeply Rooted, Bearing Fruit" 
Conference Mission Gatherings

Saturday, January 12

Grace, Casper from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Saturday, February 9

Metro West (western)  

Good Shepherd, Glenwood Springs, noon - 2:00 p.m.

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Urban Servant Corps Events


MLK Jr. Marade and
Service Project 


Monday, January 21

City Park, 9:00 a.m.


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in celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr.! Meet at the USC banner in City Park to walk together in the Marade. Following the Marade, you are invited to participate in an afternoon of service projects at one of the following places: Carpenter's Cupboard, St. Elizabeth's Parish, St. Francis Center, St. Paul Local Assistance Ministry. Lunch and a free t-shirt are included! Please go online to register.  



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More than Money Matters



(6-week workshop series)

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.



Fluid Coffee Bar (501 East 19th Avenue)

January 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 21, 28


This event is hosted by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and USC Alumni Affinity Group and is targeted towards recent former volunteers. Topics of conversation will focus on: Stewardship and Values, Setting Goals, Finding Money to Save, Credit and Debit, Communicating about Money, and Budget and Net Worth. Your first cup of coffee at Fluid is paid for!

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Year of Jubilee


2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp. Join us as we celebrate 50 years of Ministry with Altitude. Go to and check out the "50th Anniversary" tab for the latest news and take time to share your favorite memories.


Gala Celebration:
Tuxes and Tevas

Register now for the initial event of our 50th year. Take time to complete the questionnaire and share your favorite memories. Your input will help shape the evening. Go to for updates. Tell your friends. See you there!


50th Anniversary Calendar of Events  

  • March 1 Alumni Gathering in Fort Collins
  • March 2 Gala in Loveland
  • March 3 Worship and Annual Meeting at Zion in Loveland
  • June 28-30 Alumni weekend with Pastor Ralph Yernberg & Joel Abenth
  • June 30 - July 5 Family Camp with Pastor Kim Gonia
  • July 5 -7 Alumni weekend with Pastor Ron Letnes
  • July 26 -28 Alumni weekend with Pastor Bob Kuehner
  • September 13-15 All Camp Reunion
  • October 13 Rendezvous in Longmont
Please download and share the bulletin with friends, family and in your congregations

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BSC News and Events for January 2013



Servant Stomps: Border Servant Corps will be hosting its 4th Annual Servant Stomps in January 2013. Come learn about Border Servant Corps, valuable community resources, and border-related issues by touring local agencies, led by BSC volunteers.



Saturday, January 12: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

- Peace Lutheran Church (Las Cruces, NM)

Saturday, January 26: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

- Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey (El Paso, TX)


Details and how to participate

Lunch is included with a suggested donation of $10 per person. Make your reservation by the Wednesday previous to the Stomp by contacting Kari Lenander, BSC program coordinator, at

or (575) 522-7119 Ext. 16.   


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 
BSC celebrates the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a "Day On" for service. Collaborating with other local AmeriCorps member programs and community partners, we encourage you to join us as we provide an afternoon of service to the community.



Sunday afternoon, January 20 - Las Cruces, NM

Contact Ryan Steinmetz, BSC director, by email or phone (575-522-7119 Ext. 18), for more information.


Border Immersions 

Border Servant Corps hosts groups interested in first-hand cultural immersions focused on education about border issues. This program is designed for undergraduate missions, alternative spring break programs, seminarians, and church and youth groups. January and February visiting groups are fellow volunteer corps from Denver.


Upcoming groups

January 30 - February 2: Urban Servant Corps (Denver, CO)

February 14-17: Colorado Vincentian Volunteers (Denver, CO)


How you can help

Donate breakfast items (oatmeal, cereal, etc.)

Cook a dinner at Peace Lutheran Church (Las Cruces) for groups during their stay (groups sleep at the church)  


New Year's Consideration 
BSC would like to make a New Year's request: Consider donating $15 per month to BSC, in honor of BSC's 15 years of service. This donation can be made easy through, which provides options for one-time or automatic, monthly giving. 



Visit, select the big, red "Make a Donation" button on the right-hand side, and "Donate Now."


BSC is a ministry of Peace Lutheran Church, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization; gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. BSC relies heavily on support from individuals and congregations. With your donation, BSC can continue doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly on the U.S. / México border.  

A Message from the
Border Servant Corps Director


Border Servant Corps seeks to provide an opportunity for volunteers to work for justice, serve their neighbor, and walk humbly with their God.  This month, Ryan Steinmetz (BSC director) shares a few words.


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Rainbow Trail Fundraiser with California Pizza Kitchen



The California Pizza Kitchen fundraiser was such a fun time last year that it will happen again in 2013 to benefit Rainbow Trail. Join RTLC friends at the locations below on January 29, 2013, to have a great meal and support a great cause:

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Boulder - 29th Street Mall
Broomfield - Flatiron Mall
Denver - Cherry Creek Mall
Lakewood - Colorado Mills Mall
Lone Tree - Park Meadows Mall
Colorado Springs - Shops at Briargate

New Mexico
Albuquerque - Q Street Location

Check out the Rainbow Trail website to download the form that you need to show to your server! Tell your friends!


Got Office Space?


The Office of the Bishop is looking for "leads" on potential office space that might be a cost savings. If you have leads on office rental space, a building for sale, a church with extra space, or, perhaps, you just would like to donate office space or a building (relatively centrally located in Denver) to be the home of the Office of the Bishop in the Rocky Mountain Synod, please contact Kent Mueller.


Our current office space is 4343 square feet (with an additional 840 square foot conference room that is shared with all of the building tenants at no additional cost to us). 


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Violence, Gun Control and Mental Health


What is the ELCA doing about Gun Control?
by Brad Wood, Director, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - Colorado


With the shootings in Aurora and now in Connecticut, many are asking serious questions about violence, gun control and mental health issues and what is the church's response.  While Gun Control is not a policy priority for the ELCA, the ELCA is supportive of efforts within our congregations to discuss the issue and to press for alternatives.  The ELCA has signed on to a coalition called Faiths United Against Gun Violence, and individual members can sign on as well.  Please visit their website.In addition, the ELCA has a message on community violence that might be helpful in framing conversations on the issue. 


Because of the direct connection to poverty and hunger, the ELCA does work on issues of funding for mental health and will continue to do so on both a state and federal level.  For example, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - Colorado is supportive of the proposal by Colorado Governor Hickenlooper that invests more funding into mental health services, including a hotline and 24 hour walk-in centers. 


For more information, you are invited to contact Brad Wood, Director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - Colorado by email or phone (303-777-6700 + 800-525-0462).


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Evergreen Lutheran and Rainbow Trail to Host a Mission Trip to Anapra, Mexico



Evergreen Lutheran Church and the Bridging Borders ministry of Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp are working on an adult mission trip to Anapra, Mexico to build a home for a family in need.   


The trip is scheduled from Sunday, March 3, returning to Denver on Saturday, March 9.  The organizers from both Evergreen Lutheran and Rainbow Trail want to open up this opportunity to all Synod congregations who have people interested in this outreach and ministry.  


The cost per person is $700 and a packet, "The Everything You Need To Know Book" is available as a download to any congregation with an interest in joining the trip. You may also view the Reservation and Contract Sheet


For more information, please contact Dave Kirberg by phone (303 674 4654) at Evergreen Lutheran Church.

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Seminary Sampler at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

February 17-19, 2013 


The Seminary Sampler is a three-day visit event designed to give prospective students a "taste" of Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago life. At the event, prospective students will have the opportunity to discern with other prospective students a call to ministry and how LSTC might be the place for them.


The time together will include meeting students, faculty and staff, an introduction to our programs, a tour of LSTC and the surrounding neighborhood, possibilities for financial assistance, and much more. Housing, most meals, and some travel reimbursement are available.  For more information, check out the blog, or contact Scott Chalmers, Director of Admissions, by email or phone at 773-256-0727.

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Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest Summer Program


Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest Summer Program Spanish Language and
Hispanic Ministry Intensive


Beginning Sunday evening, May 26, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. and ending at noon on Friday, May 31, 2013, Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest Summer Program Spanish Language and Hispanic Ministry Intensive will take place

on the campus of the Seminary of the Southwest, 501 E. 32nd Street in Austin, TX (78705). See for map.  


A registration form is provided.

The cost of registration before February 28 is:  
  • $700.00 with shared (first come, first serve) room on campus and full breakfast, lunch and dinner on your own
  • $850.00 single room and full breakfast, lunch and dinner on your own  
  • $500.00 without lodging, lunch and dinner on your own

Restaurants are within walking distance. Cost of the Spanish Bible, "Santa Biblia, Dios Habla Hoy," is extra and is available for purchase.


Registration cost after February 28 is $750.00, $900.00 and $600.00 respectively.


For more information, please contact Consuelo E. Reid at A flyer is available with details and other information to download and post for others who might be interested.


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Trinity Lutheran Church in Boulder, CO

Trinity is Seeking a Vocal Choir Director


Trinity Lutheran Church ELCA in Boulder, Colorado is seeking a vocal choir director. Trinity currently has one adult choir and one youth choir. The ideal candidate would understand Lutheran liturgical needs and would be experienced with both adult and youth choirs. While we would prefer one director, we are open to a director for each choir. Salary is based on the number of hours.


Contact the Choir Director Search Committee at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2200 Broadway, Boulder (80302) by email or phone (303-442-2300).


Faith Lutheran Church-Golden
Operations Director Needed at Faith Golden

Summary Description:
The Operations Director will be the primary missional resource steward of the congregation, responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining resource management tools and processes that are effective in supporting people who are serving in Faith's Ministry, Internal Missions, External Missions and Partnerships. Specifically, the OD will lead team members responsible for developing Faith's communication tools, brand, building space and financial resources. Additionally, the OD will connect Faith Community missionaries to the resource of the community and the staff. Effective stewardship of our community resources serves our mission of Changing Lives through the Power of Jesus by helping people connect to healing and growth in the person of Jesus Christ so that they can go serve the world near and far in Jesus' name.


  • Desire to serve others who are fulfilling their callings from God and living their mission
  • Experience in designing, developing and implementing organizational processes and systems
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both written and verbally
  • Ability to read, understand and analyze financial statements
  • People management skills
  • Self-directed, innovative thinker


Salaried is Part-time  with Flexible hours.

A complete job description is available on the website.


For more information or to apply, please contact Pastor Peter Morin by email or phone (303-279-5379) at Faith Lutheran Church, located at 17701 West 16th Avenue, Golden, CO 80401. 

For more job openings within the Rocky Mountain Synod, please visit the website.
Every Person, Every Congregation, Every Ministry, Boldly Serving
God's Mission in Christ




Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • All Staff meeting, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO.
  • Safe Haven Training for Office of the Bishop Staff, Denver, CO.     
  • New to the Synod Gathering,
    Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO.  
  • Worship with the congregation of New Beginnings Church (Women's Prison Ministry), Denver, CO.
  • Wyoming Conference Missional Gathering, Casper, WY.   
  • Building Dedication and Preaching at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Broomfield, CO.    
  • Meeting with ELCA Global Mission (Area Program Director for West Africa), Denver, CO.   
  • Colorado Legislative Prayer Breakfast at Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver, CO.  
  • Meeting with the Evergreen Lutheran Church Call Committee, Evergreen CO. 
  • Meeting with the Colorado Council of Churches, Denver, CO. 

Linda Staats 

  • All Staff meeting, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO.
  • Safe Haven Training for Office of the Bishop Staff, Denver, CO.
  • Front Range Youth Ministry Network meeting, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO.
  • New to the Synod Gathering, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO.   
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • All Staff meeting, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO.
  • Safe Haven Training for Office of the Bishop Staff, Denver, CO.
  • New to the Synod Gathering, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO. 
Pastor Ron Roschke
  • All Staff meeting, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO.
  • Safe Haven Training for Office of the Bishop Staff, Denver, CO.  
  • Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO.  
    New to the Synod Gathering,  
  • Wyoming Conference Missional Gathering, Casper, WY.   
  • A Celebration of Ministries - Speaking at the Adult Forum and Preaching, Peace Lutheran Church, Sterling, CO. 

Pastor Sarah Moening  

  • All Staff meeting, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO.
  • Safe Haven Training for Office of the Bishop Staff, Denver, CO.
  • New to the Synod Gathering,
    Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO. 
  • Front Range Youth Ministry Network meeting, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO.
  • Wyoming Conference Missional Gathering, Casper, WY.  
  • Installation of Pastor Alena Lamirato, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Buffalo, WY.

Pastor Rob Moss 

  • All Staff meeting, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO.   
Brad Wood
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry CO 
  • All Staff meeting, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO.
  • New to the Synod Gathering,
    Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO.  
  • All Families Deserve a Chance Coalition meeting, Mile High United Way
    office, Denver, CO.   
  • Speaking at the Adult Forum, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Denver, CO. 
  • Video Conferencing with CIVJ Volunteers, Denver, CO.     
  • Colorado Legislative Prayer Breakfast at Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver, CO.  
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry NM 
  • All Staff meeting by WebEx, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO.  
  • Medicaid Coalition meeting, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Minimum Wage Coalition meeting, Albuquerque, NM. 
  • Attorney General's Wage Theft Task Force meeting, Santa Fe, NM.
  • Santa Fe Advocacy Event, Santa Fe, NM.  
  • Speaking at First Congregational Church (UCC), Albuquerque, NM.
  • Synod representative for the Messiah Lutheran Church Confirmation Class, Albuquerque, NM.   
  • Legislative Finance Committee meeting, Santa Fe, NM.         


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Mexico: Creating Advocates for the Church, April 1-8 
Witness the effect of international policy and learn about the roots of world hunger through site visits and engaging lectures with farmers and community organizations in the southern state of Oaxaca, Mexico, April 1-5, 2013. Then head to Washington, D.C., for the 2013 Ecumenical Advocacy Days, April 5-8, to share your experiences with U.S. leaders.
Read more. 


A Week for Global Ecumenical Unity, January 18-25

An annual event in the global ecumenical movement, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be January 18-25, 2013, in the northern hemisphere. For worship resources and materials that can be adapted for local settings, please visit the website. 


Seeing God through the Eyes of Others
Serving as an ELCA missionary meant "seeing God in an entirely different way than what I was accustomed to," says Brian Konkol, adding that it also "kept me open and vulnerable." Brian and his wife, Kristen, served in Guyana and South Africa, an experience that "blessed them in countless ways." Click this link to watch a video of Brian's comments.


Israel: ELCA and others Request a Review of U.S. Military Aid 

Concerned about the deteriorating conditions in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories and the commitment for a just peace, the Rev. Mark Hanson, presiding bishop of the ELCA, and other U.S. Christian leaders are urging Congress to conduct an investigation into possible human rights and weapon violations by the government of Israel. Read more. 


Malaysia: Lutheran Church Celebrates 130 Years 

The Basel Christian Church of Malaysia celebrated its 130th anniversary at a special thanksgiving event on November 15. Bishop Murray Finck of the ELCA Pacifica Synod planned to attend. The church comprises 120 congregations and hosts an ELCA seminary professor and an ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission country program. Learn more about the Basel Christian Church of Malaysia.


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Reverend Jesse L. JacksonUniversity of Utah Office of Equity and Diversity Presents: Rev. Jesse Jackson as  Keynote Speaker 

Reverend Jesse L. Jackson is scheduled to give the Martin Luther King, Jr. Rev. Dr. martin Luther King, Jr. image keynote address on Thursday, January 24 ,2013 at 12:00 p.m. at the Jon M. Huntsman Center. The event is free and open to the public, however, you will need to reserve your ticket either at the main box office at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Monday through Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. or go online to To reserve tickets for large groups, please contact .


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LSS of Utah Presents: the Artistic and Contemporary St. John's Bible



The Saint John's Bible Project included calligraphers (scribes), artists, from Wales and Minnesota. The artists and scribes utilized the St. Benedictine Rule in creating this new, artistic, rendering of an artistic Bible complete with its own script.


St. John's Bible artwork Now, Lutheran Social Service of Utah offers courses from an inter-faith and community-wide perspective to study the new Bible, followed by art classes, then writing classes on Tuesdays beginning January 22, 2013.  Make your New Year's Resolution list and include attending free education offerings at Lutheran Social Service of Utah Inter-Faith and Community-wide Ministries.


The classes are free and there is no need to register. Based on your interests, just come to all or part of the Tuesday (and/or Wednesday) course offerings.  We encourage you to post this offering and lead with it in your bulletins, newsletters, and professional media.


The Saint John's Bible Set is available for public and individual reading and contemplation from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and also by appointment. Art Classes are sponsored by Art Access Utah VSA. All Classes are held at: LSS of Utah, 4392 South 900 East Salt Lake City; Parking is adjacent to the building in the Smith's Shopping Mall Complex.


Cross-Gender and Inter-Faith Perspective
Bible Study on Tuesdays from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Art Classes on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Community Writing Center (with coach) available: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.; (nursing home appointments for writing available as well).


If you have questions, please email LSS of Utah beginning January 15, 2013 or give Leslie Whited, Executive Director at call on 801-721-2641.


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Other Free Courses at LSS of Utah - beginning January 22, 2013

Guitar 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Tuesday
Spanish 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Wednesday
Citizenship 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Wednesday

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Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends
The seminar begins tonight! 
Beyond Divorce: Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends
will begin on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch. The seminar is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday for 10 weeks, ending on March 12, 2013. Complementary child care is available. For more information please call St. Andrew United Methodist Church at 303-794-2683, and ask for Diane Smith, or email Beth Walker at   

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New Group for Progressive Lutherans



Imagine belonging to a group of people who meet once a month for discussions of Bible texts, church events, books, theological developments, and more.  Imagine that group becoming a bunch of friends, engaged in refreshed discipleship, theological development, and restful companionship.


Are you a progressive theological thinker and interested in a group like that? All are welcome to attend, although the group might attract mostly rostered leaders.


A suggested meeting time is the second Monday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to noon and possibility lunch together. We can meet at Messiah Community Church, 1750 Colorado Blvd, Denver (80220). The first meeting will be January 14, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. As topics, Wolfgang Stahlberg suggests a discussion on Marcus Borg's book Speaking Christian and an introduction (or re-introduction) to the Enneagram. All are welcome!


If you have questions, please contact Pastor Wolfgang Stahlberg by email or phone (303-355-4471).


Concert Celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend


You are invited to a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Saturday, January 19 beginning at 7:30 p.m., in the Sanctuary of Augustana Lutheran Church (5000 East Alameda Avenue in Denver (80246). 


"Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises"is the theme for an evening of choral music performed by the Spirituals Project and Augustana's Chancel Choir. Three years ago the two groups packed Augustana's sanctuary and we expect to do so again! The choirs will sing individually and together. Nursery care will be available. A free will offering will be taken.  


For more information, please contact Augustana at or 303-388-4678.


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"Within Our Reach" A Workshop 


Want a closer, more vibrant relationship?

Relationship education works!



Augustana Lutheran Church will present, "Within Our Reach," a workshop by the Healthy Marriage Project on Saturday, January 26, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Learn the secrets and essentials of creating a healthy marriage through this free workshop, which covers effective communication, conflict resolution, personality profiles, and more. Free childcare is available and lunch is included. 


For more information or to register, please visit You may also contact Augustana, located at 5000 East Alameda Avenue in Denver (80246), by email or phone (303-388-4678). 

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Energy Stewards Initiative (ESI)


Lutherans Restoring Creation has announced a program for ELCA congregations and Lutheran Outdoor Ministry sites to reduce their energy use and carbon emissions. The two-year program includes webinars, online tracking of energy usage, consultation, and more. Ten churches have just completed the first year of the program.  A second group of congregations and camps are being recruited to begin the program in February 2013.   

The application deadline is January 31, 2013.  Contact Peter Bakken, ESI Co-Director, at to let us know of your interest. For full information, check out the website and sign up to join the ESI invitational webinar on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 CT.


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