Lutheran Disaster Response will help those in need from tornadoes 

Tornadoes have ripped through Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa and Texas claiming many lives and damaging hundreds of homes. Through Lutheran Disaster Response, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is responding in areas affected by these tornadoes.

Your help is needed to bring hope to our sisters and brothers in need. Lutheran Disaster Response affiliates are already on the ground, assessing the immediate and long-term needs of those affected by the tornadoes. 

You may give directly to LDR, or your congregation may choose to gather gifts together and send them to the Rocky Mountain Synod offices to show our unity together in sharing with those in need. 100% of your gift goes to help people in need. The "overhead" costs are already covered through the ELCA.





September 8, 2013, is ELCA-wide "God's work. Our hands." Sunday!


September 8, 2013, is "God's work. Our hands." Sunday, an opportunity to celebrate our 25th anniversary as the ELCA! Since we are a church that "rolls up our sleeves and gets to work," join together for a dedicated day of service as 4 million ELCA members and nearly 10,000 congregations. You can order personalized T-shirts to wear that Sunday, as well as bulletin inserts, flyers, and other resources to promote the day. Information and resources.





Our RMS "neighborhoods" 

"One of my greatest joys is to have the opportunity to spend time visiting Rocky Mountain Synod congregations, to see and experience communities that are deeply rooted and bearing fruit in unique and varied contexts. I recently travelled through Colorado on a "mountain/Western Slopes tour," visiting 7 congregations in Dillon, Vail, Gypsum, Montrose, Austin, and Grand Junction. (I had previously visited Glenwood Springs for a Missional Gathering.) I am hopeful and energized by our faithful leaders and the dedicated church members who make up this expansive "neighborhood" of our Rocky Mountain Synod..."


The Holy Trinity  
May 26, 2013

Almighty Creator and ever-living God: we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 


Installation of Pastor Jerry Reynolds  
at Trinity, Las Cruces


Rev. Jerry Reynolds

Pastor Jerry Reynolds' installation is set for TODAY at 6 p.m. -Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2900 Elks Drive in Las Cruces New Mexico. Bishop Jim Gonia will preach and preside. A reception will follow. For more information: 575-523-4232.


Synod Prayer Cycle:   
Boulder/Broomfield Conference

You are encouraged to include the listed leaders in your Sunday prayers of the people. The prayer list for June is available. Also, you may view the lists for the coming months.

to remember in prayers on 5/26:  

Rejoice, Erie, CO

Ruby Naruki

Shepherd of the Hills, Boulder, CO

Marty Lettow

Trinity  Boulder, CO

Mark Twietmeyer 




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View 65 photos from the assembly. Photos by Dale Horkey 




Tara Smith, our tree artist, invites you to "bear fruit" in your community or context. Download and share.


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What a great idea!

Pastor Alena Lamarato, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Buffalo, WY, took apart two copies of the 2013 Assembly "Ministry Booklet" and assembled the pages into a a large poster. "People will actually stop and look at it to see the ministry we do together!" said Pastor Lamirato. Each assembly participant received one copy of the ministry guide.



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Conversation about Homeless Issues

  • Wish you knew more about why people are homeless?  
  • Do members of your church ask you questions you cannot answer?   
  • Want to know more facts about the causes and  realities of homelessness? 
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Greek Orthodox Metropolis
4550 East Alameda Avenue in Denver 


homelessness in Denver image Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - Colorado invites you to lunch and a conversation with Bobbie Kanary to take a survey about the facts of homelessness and a conversation about the facts behind the issue.


Bobbie has been homeless and wrote a book about the issue for the Rocky Mountain Synod in 1987. Lunch is free but you need to RSVP to Brad Wood at or call 303-777-6700.

photo from the Denver Rescue Mission 



Custodian (Part Time)

Lutheran Church of the Master

14099 W. Jewell Ave.

Lakewood, CO 80228


Lutheran Church of the Master in Lakewood, CO is seeking a part-time church custodian (20-25 hours per week). The position entails weekly cleaning of the church facility to include sanctuary, classrooms, offices and restrooms.  Duties also include periodic minor maintenance on plumbing, electrical and structural systems. The custodian also has some responsibility for grounds maintenance. The custodian works closely with the building and grounds committees to prioritize work. Volunteers will augment custodial duties. 


Resumes will be accepted until May 24, 2013.  Questions and resumes should be submitted to Karl Feth at



Job openings can be found on

the Rocky Mountain Synod's website.


Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • New Mexico Council of Churches
  • Meeting with Peace, Las Cruces
  • Installation of Pastor Jerry Reynolds, Trinity, Las Cruces, NM    
  • Staff Retreat Day, Messiah Mountain Retreat Center
  • Sunday morning at St. Andrew, Arvada
  • Conference Deans Webex

Pastor Ron Roschke  

  • Staff Retreat Day, Messiah Mountain Retreat Center 
  • Madagascar trip plans and arrangements 
  • Conference Deans Webex  

 Pastor Sarah Moening  

  • Staff Retreat Day, Messiah Mountain Retreat Center  
  • Conference Deans Webex
  • Sky Ranch Orientation 
Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza
  • Staff Retreat Day, Messiah Mountain Retreat Center
  • Conference Deans Webex
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • Meeting with architect for new Office of the Bishop location
  • Staff Retreat Day, Messiah Mountain Retreat Center  
  • Conference Deans Webex
  • Videoconferencing Strategies meeting
Brad Wood
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry CO
  • CIVJ Board Meeting
  • Homelessness Education event
  • Staff Retreat Day, Messiah Mountain Retreat Center      
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - NM 
  • Minimum Wage Coalition
  • Staff Retreat Day, Messiah Mountain Retreat Center   



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Syria: Letter to Obama urges diplomacy 

ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson and four synod bishops have written to President Obama and others in the international community urging them to resolve the Syrian civil war through diplomacy. "Acknowledging the conflict's complexity should not cause us to silence our voices or refrain from acts of compassion," said Hanson. More than 70,000 people have died in the two-year war. More.


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Leadership Retreat / 

Theological Conference 

YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, Colorado



Senior High Youth Gathering

YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, Colorado


Middle School Youth Gathering

Elegante Hotel & Conference Center
(new name for the Crowne Plaza!)
Colorado Springs, Colorado

MAY 8-10

2014 Synod Assembly

Marriott Tech Center
Denver, Colorado


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St. Luke's, Buffalo, hosts the St. Stephen Youth Choir on Friday, June 14

A production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" will take place at 7 p.m. at the Crazy Woman Square in Buffalo. The travelling youth choir is from Bloomington, MN.



Wyoming summer gathering in Buffalo 

on Tuesday, July 2 at St. Luke's


Tuesday July 2 all pastors in the area are invited to Buffalo for a potluck lunch, text study, and fellowship at Pr. Alena's at 11:00 a.m.  Contact Pr. Alena Lamirato at for more information. St. Luke's ELCA is at 615 N Burritt, Buffalo, WY, 307-684-7872.












Westminster Concert Bell Choir at Saint Peter on May 31


Friday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m.

9300 E. Belleview Ave, Greenwood Village 80111


Directed by Kathleen Ebling Shaw, the 15-member bell choir is composed of undergraduate and graduate students of Westminster Choir College and Rider University.  They will perform original works and arrangements of classics and hymn tunes on the world's largest range of handbells. A freewill offering will be taken to help offset travel expenses from Princeton, NJ.  


Lutheran Family Services Presents
 "A Girlfriend Gathering"
for Widows, Wives and Friends with Kathleen M. Rehl, Ph.d, CFP


You are invited to attend for good food, fun, and financial tips. Kathleen is the author of the multi-award winning book, Moving Forward on Your Own: A Financial Guidebook for Widows. It takes place Friday, June 14, 2013 from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 10828 N. Huron St., Northglenn, CO 80234. RSVP to 
 or 1.800.579.9496.



Annual Mount of the Holy Cross pilgrimage dates set  


Again this year Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vail, CO, will sponsor two pilgrimage hikes climbing Notch Mountain (13,237) in order to view the Mount of the Holy Cross (14,005). Because of the popularity of this hike and due to U.S. Forest Service regulations which limit each group to no more than 15 persons at a time, reservations are required.


Dates are Friday, July 26 or Saturday, July 27, 2013. The event will be from approximately 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day.  This is a fairly strenuous hike and requires good hiking boots and waterproof weather protection. Pre-registration is required.  Call Pastor Scott Beebe, (970) 476-6610 or email for a registration form or for more details. 


BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass - 5th Annual Sky Ranch Fundraiser

Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church imageYou are cordially invited to join the fun at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church as they host the 5th Annual Sky Ranch Fundraiser on Saturday, June 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

Musical entertainment will be provided by Lost Sheep and Jerusalem Road. Tickets are $12 (5 and over) and $30 (family). Young folks under five years old are free. You will be able to enjoy barbeque, coleslaw, chips, and dessert (vegetarian and gluten-free choices will be available). 

 Spirit of Joy is located at 4501 South Lemay Avenue in Fort Collins. Supplemental funds provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

St Peter Lutheran Church 5th Annual Selian Hospital 5K Run/Walk

Selian Lutheran Hospital emblem
"We Run That They May Walk"

 Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon


The Saint Peter Lutheran Church Congregation is hosting its 5th annual 5K run to help support Selian Lutheran Hospital's comprehensive medical care programs. Come with your family and friends to participate in a morning of exercise and family fun! Enjoy live musical entertainment, food and craft concessions, door prizes, t-shirts & swag bags. The Selian 5K Run Event will include a jump castle, 1k run and face painting for the kids. More information: contact Carol by email. You may register online.

5 Steps to Holding Your Family 
Together featuring Rich Melheim

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Faith5 Workshops at Saint Peter
Lutheran Church i
n Greenwood Village


June 14, 2013  

Pastors and Leaders (1:00 to 5:00);  
Parents and Families (6:30 to 8:00)


The afternoon event is geared toward pastors and church leadership. In four hours of challenging systems thinking, you will learn how to challenge, equip, and support parents in the role as primary faith mentors for their children every night. Faith will be incubated every week at church and every night in every home. The evening event will teach parents and children the FAITH5, an easy-to-remember, five-step faith practice that can help you hold your family together in a few minutes each night.

information  |  registration 


Saint Peter Lutheran Church is located at 9300 E. Belleview Avenue in Greenwood Village (80111).


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'The Greatest Kids on Earth-A Circus of Hope' is June 8 in Colorado Springs


Please register by May 16 at


Join LFS for this fundraiser and foster family appreciation event! The event will take place on June 8, 2013, at the World Arena in Colorado Springs. Tickets are $20 and include a private animal open house tour, an all-access pre-show, main circus event, and coupon for popcorn and drink!



November 1 - 3, 2013 
Dr. Marcus Borg & Dr. John Dominic Crossan  

at Messiah Community Church, ELCA, Denver



Four lectures will develop an understanding of Jesus and Paul set in the matrix of their time and place, the first century historical context of Jesus and Judaism within Roman imperial theology and practice. 


Sessions are Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. & Nov. 2 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Any one lecture is $15, all four lectures & box lunch are $60. Students with ID, $5 each or $20 weekend. Sunday morning, Nov. 3, will include a dialogue sermon by both presenters. Reservations required for lunch. Call the church office or send an e-mail to More Information online.





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