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January 15, 2013      
"New to the Synod" Gathering
welcomes new rostered leaders
Last Thursday and Friday, rostered leaders new to the synod were welcomed for a 24-hour gathering. Bishop Gonia and the Office of the Bishop staff met together to share faith stories and to learn about our connected ministries together in the Rocky Mountain Synod.

As they appear from left to right (all pastors): 

  • Brad Doty, St. Phillip, Littleton, CO
  • Kirsten Sauey-Hofmann, Trintity, Hobbs NM
  • Rachael Powell, St. Timothy, Albuquerque, NM
  • Michael Tassler, Grace, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Brigette Weier, Lutheran Church of the Master, Lakewood, CO
  • Renee Lier, First, Ault, CO
  • Korey Finstad, Christ the King, Denver, CO
  • Kristofor Trahnstrom, Faith, Lander, WY
  • Kim Gonia, awaiting call
  • DJ Dent, Christ, Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Alena Lamirato, St. Luke's, Buffalo, WY
  • Daniel Smith, Ascension, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Russell Sorensen, Cross of Hope, Albuquerque, NM

Read Bishop Gonia's blog:
"Take-aways from the Margins" 



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The Middle School Youth Gathering Begins This Weekend


715 Middle School youth, caring adults and Gathering planning team come together in Colorado Springs this weekend around the theme, "Let's Eat!"


All will be sent into the community to serve on Saturday. Participants will have the opportunity in workshops to prepare for worship by making grape juice and bread, weaving the baskets for the offering, designing the altar cloth and acting out the lessons for the day.


Check out the theme and details on the website. Keep all in prayer for safe travel, physical wellness in midst of flu season and a spirit-filled gathering!

Blessed God, you have caused the holy scriptures to be written for the nourishment of your people. Grant that we may hear them, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them, that comforted by your promises, we may embrace and forever hold fast to the hope of eternal life, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 


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Gail Godwin Mundt to be Ordained January 20 in Lakewood


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.


Installation of Pastor Michelle de Beauchamp at Castle Pines Mission


You are cordially invited to attend the Service of Installation for Pastor Michelle de Beauchamp on Sunday, February 3, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in Castle Pines, CO. Bishop Gonia will be presiding and the color of the day will be red. The mission congregations (soon to be named!) worships at DCS Montessori at 311 Castle Pines Parkway (80108). All are welcome.



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 1/20:          


Lord of the Valley Granby, CO 

   Brian Bergum

Lutheran Church of Grace Craig, CO 

   Bain White

Mount of the Holy Cross Vail, CO 

   Scott Beebe

Shepherd of the Valley Grand Junction, CO

   Ron Powers

St. Andrew Arvada, CO 

   Stephanie Kopsch


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Colorado Faith Advocacy Day 2013 


You are cordially invited to attend the 2013 Faith Advocacy Day which brings together various faith traditions to hear about and discuss social justice issues in the community. The Keynote Speaker for the event will be Rev. Carroll Pickett, a retired Presbyterian minister who served for 15 years as Chaplain at the prison in Huntsville, Texas.  Rev. Pickett will offer a keynote address capping off a day of discussing issues surrounding criminal justice.   


A brief schedule for the day will include: 

  • Theological Reflection-Bishop James Gonia, ELCA
  • 2013 Legislative Update
  • Panel Discussions:
    • Juvenile Justice Reforms
    • Prison/Sentencing Reforms 
  • Luncheon with Keynote Address by Rev. Pickett  
Registration Deadline is Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

Registration cost:  $30 which includes lunch
($20 low-income/student rate)   

($35 after February 13)


New this year: You may register and PAY on-line with your credit card at

For more information, please contact Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-CO at 303-777-6700 or send an email to Willie.


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 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.   


Bishop James Gonia

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.


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It is very good news that Gov. Martinez announced on January 9, 2013 that New Mexico will expand our state's Medicaid program to include over 150,000 more people living in poverty.  This opportunity under the federal Affordable Care Act will bring health care coverage to low-income people throughout New Mexico.  The additional federal funds available to our state will mean that jobs will be created as more money is spent in our economy. Please use this link  to thank the governor for making this decision which will mean so much to so many New Mexicans.                        


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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Urban Servant Corps Events


MLK Jr. Marade and  
Service Project 


Monday, January 21

City Park, 9:00 a.m.


Rev. Dr. martin Luther King, Jr. image Join current Urban Servant Corps volunteers and Colorado Vincentian Volunteers 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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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!

Lutheran Campus Ministry Alumni

If you or someone you know is an alumni of Lutheran Campus Ministry in the Rocky Mountain Synod we want to know! Please share this announcement with your congregation and contact us if you are an alumnus. Thank you!


Lutheran Episcopal Campus Ministry at University of Northern Colorado
Pastor Deb Abbott - 


Lutheran Campus Ministry at University of New Mexico
Pastor Anne Morawski - 


Lutheran Campus Ministry at University of Colorado
Pastor Zach Parris - 


Lutheran Campus Ministry at University of Wyoming
Pastor Ralph Rohr - 


Lutheran Campus Ministry at Colorado State University
Pastor Connie Winter-Eulberg - 


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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, February 9
Metro West (western)  

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

Wyoming (will be rescheduled) 
Grace, Casper

Faith Formation Conference for the 21st CenturyVision and Practice of 21st Century Faith Formation Conference


There are three spots left for folks who wish to attend the

Vision and Practice of 21st Century Faith Formation Conference in Denver February 25-27, 2013.  Participants will not be disappointed as they explore "Faith Formation in a Missional Age." John Roberto of Lifelong Faith Associates & Vibrant Faith Ministries will also be the keynote speaker at the ELCA Youth Ministry Network gathering in Anaheim at the end of this month.

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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

Walking Together with Madagascar Synods

Ashes from Madagascar


Our Madagascar partners have offered us a special gift to use during our Lenten Season - a small packet of ashes made from burned palm fronds from the Betela Seminary.  


You are invited to add these ashes to the ashes you might use to prepare your Ash Wednesday observance to help deepen your partnership with sisters and brothers in our companion synods in Madagascar.


Here is a prayer that can be used in worship before the Distribution of Ashes; it can help your congregation to understand the gifts of our partnership:


Lord God, bless this ash we use to mark your promise and our repentance - ash that has come out of fires in Madagascar and fires in America. Encircle this planet with the power of your new life. As we join our prayers with sisters and brothers in Madagascar, help us to be sign and reality of the wondrous new creation you are forging in the fire of love. Burn away all within us that is false and untrue, and help us to emerge at Easter more deeply rooted in discipleship that comes as your gift in the name of Jesus.


The Office of the Bishop of the Rocky Mountain Synod has a limited number of the packets of ashes for any congregation that would like to use them in their Ash Wednesday Service. Please call 303-777-6700 / 800-525-0462 and allow us to share this gift with you.


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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 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.


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!


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YMNet Extravaganza - We'll Be There 


Will you be attending the YMNet Extravaganza this month?  The Mission Investment Fund will be there. Please be our guest at the Network Celebration banquet dinner on Sunday, January 27 in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt. An evening of music and entertainment is in store.  Your Extravaganza registration gets you into the event. Check with YMNet for more information. 


Also, stop by the MIF display table during the Extravaganza for a chance to win a $100 deposit into your congregation's new or existing MIF Youth Ministry Demand account.


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MIF Building Loans



What will the right loan help you grow? Consider the Mission Investment Fund for your building loan.


Are you considering a building project this year-a revitalized space that will help you grow your ministry? The Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA specializes in financing church building projects. Whether your needs are small-a simple renovation, for instance-or if your plans are grand-a new sanctuary or fellowship space, perhaps-the Mission Investment Fund offers project expertise free of charge as well as competitive rates and terms on our portfolio of loans.


To learn more about MIF loans and investments and our competitive rate, please visit our new websitecall us toll-free at 877-886-3522 or contact your MIF Regional Manager, Dan Carlson by email or phone (773-682-29430).

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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).

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




Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • Staff Retreat, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO. 
  • Celebrate Family Night at Joy Lutheran Church, Parker, CO.
  • Middle School Youth Gathering, Colorado Springs, CO.  
  • Ordination of Gail Mundt, Lutheran Church of the Master, Lakewood, CO. 

Linda Staats 

  • Staff Retreat, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO.
  • Middle School Youth Gathering, Colorado Springs, CO.   
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • Staff Retreat, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO.
  • Assembly Planning.

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • Staff Retreat, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO.
  • 2013 Madagascar Trip Planning Team Webex meeting, Denver, CO.  
  • Ordination of Gail Mundt, Lutheran Church of the Master, Lakewood, CO. 

Pastor Sarah Moening  

  • Staff Retreat, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO.
  • Middle School Youth Gathering, Colorado Springs, CO.

Pastor Rob Moss 

  • All Staff meeting, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO. 
  • Visiting with the Camino de Vida Worshipping Committee, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Visiting with the Castle Pines Mission Leadership, Castle Pines, CO.   
  • Visiting with the congregation of Christ the King Lutheran Church, South Jordan, UT.  
Brad Wood
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry CO 
  • Staff Retreat, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO
  • Speaking at the Adult Forum, Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Broomfield, CO. 
  • Skype conversations with CIVJ Volunteers, Denver, CO. 
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry NM 
  • Staff Retreat, Office of the Bishop, Denver, CO.  
  • Health Care for All Steering Committee meeting, Albuquerque, NM.  
  • Conduct Advocacy Training, 1st Unitarian Church, Las Cruces, NM.  
  • Medicaid Advisory Committee meeting, Santa Fe, NM.   
  • PFLAG Advocacy Training, Santa Fe, NM         


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Madagascar: Rejoice with all the saints

In a graveyard, Kate Griewisch experienced Fety 'ny Maty (Party of the Dead), the All Saints Day in Madagascar. An ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission participant, her spirits were lifted by the celebration of the promise of eternal life. Read more.


Tanzania: Better health care for patients

Dr. Mark and Linda Jacobson, missionaries at the Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre in Arusha, Tanzania, are thankful for the support of ELCA members that makes possible ongoing improvements in patient care.
Mozambique: A positive future despite AIDS
Antonio Ferreira credits local "activistas" for saving his life when he was diagnosed with AIDS. Part of a Lutheran World Federation effort, the activistas work to educate and empower those living with AIDS and HIV in Mozambique. Read more.


Central African Republic: Spring boxes save lives
With the village's new spring box, Diko Marie no longer gets sick from drinking bad water. But one out of four children in the Central African Republic still dies before the age of 5 from water-borne diseases. Watch the ELCA World Hunger video.
Kenya: Refugees dream of a better tomorrow
Diadem lives in a Kenyan refugee camp and dreams of a better life living "with my family in peace in a secure place." Ruyika, another young adult, dreams that tomorrow will bring change and "that gives you hope to carry on." Read more.
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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.  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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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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Aging - The Musical


This event will be presented by Paula Jayne Friedland, a native of Colorado, and accompanied by Eric French, musical director at Messiah Community Church.


Join us on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. for an entertaining musical talking about the universal topic of Paula Jaybe Friedland image Aging. You will laugh, you may cry, but you will be reminded that you are not alone on this journey. You may not walk away feeling younger, but you will walk away honoring the age that you are. The show was originally performed at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret in downtown Denver to a sold out crowd. The event will take place at Messiah Community Church, located at 1750 Colorado Blvd. in Denver (80220).

Tickets are $10 per person which also includes wine and cheese.

For more information, please visit the Messiah Community Church website or give them a call at 303-355-4471.


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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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Rocky Mountain Synod
800-525-0462 / 303-777-6700

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