Twenty prepare for Madagascar trip


On June 29, twenty people will depart from Denver for a three-week trip to Madagascar. The two teams will be visiting all four of our companion synods in northern Madagascar. They will be attending a theological conference with pastors and women theologians in Mahajanga, assisting with a national youth camp in Antsiranana, meeting with synod officials in Sambava, meeting with the pastors of the Avaratra-Atsinanana Synod, and meeting officers of the Malagasy Lutheran Church. It will be a busy three weeks and the team will try to share stories and photos throughout the journey.


To get a "flavor" of the trip, read Hannah Harman's May newsletter. Hannah is a Young Adult in Global Mission finishing a one-year assignment in Mahajanga; she is a member of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, and will be accompanying one of the teams for half of the trip.


Thanks to all Rocky Mountain Synod congregations, members and friends who are contributing to the cost of the trip. Maintaining a person-to-person relationship with sisters and brothers in Christ on the other side of the globe is both difficult and extremely rewarding. If you would like to be a sponsor for the trip, please make your offering payable to Rocky Mountain Synod and designate it for "Madagascar 2013."



LSS Utah journeys to Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota 

Read blog entries about this trip of learning, sharing, and understanding.


Lutheran Disaster Response will help those in need from tornadoes 

You may give directly to Lutheran Disaster Relief, 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.
Second Sunday After Pentecost  
June 2, 2013

Merciful Lord God, we do not presume to come before you trusting in our own righteousness, but in your great and abundant mercies. Revive our faith, we pray; heal our bodies, and mend our communities, that we may evermore dwell in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. 
St. John, Riverton, WY, celebrates 
50 years of ministry

We give thanks for St. John Lutheran Church, Riverton, WY, as they celebrate 50 years of ministry on Sunday. Worship is Sunday at 9:30 a.m. We hold in prayer the people of St. John and their pastor, Scott Jorgenson.

Synod Prayer Cycle:   
Southeast Colorado 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 6/2:  

Ascension  Colorado Springs, CO

     Dan Holt, Dan Smith

Christ the King  Colorado Springs, CO

     Julie Britsch

First  Colorado Springs, CO

     Paul Peel, Mark Patzke, Carrie Baylis, Joan Kuehn






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. 




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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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Administrative Assistant

St John's Lutheran Church is hiring an Administrative Assistant, 30 to 35 hours and pay will start at $11.15. Bookkeeping, computer skills, editing, and people skills a must. Hours are flexible and we can offer daycare while you work at no cost in our preschool. Send resume to 


St. John's Lutheran Church

11040 Colorado Blvd., Thornton, CO 80233




Kantorei Choral Director

Kantorei, founded by conductor Richard Larson, is a nationally recognized, all-volunteer, highly auditioned choral ensemble based in Denver, CO.  Kantorei seeks a permanent, part-time Artistic Director to lead the choir beginning in July, 2014.  

Visit for more information.



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 

  • Colorado Council of Churches Meeting
  • Southwest California Synod Assembly (Bishop Election)
  • Region 2 Mobility Conference, Pacifica Synod
  • Young Adult Consult 

Pastor Ron Roschke  

  • Madagascar trip plans and arrangements 

 Pastor Sarah Moening  

  • Sky Ranch Training & Orientation 
  • St Paul, Cheyenne, WY
  • Region 2 Mobility Conference, Pacifica Synod 
Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza
  • Young Adult Consult
  • Northern Colorado Conference
  • Christ the King, Colorado Springs
  • Christ the King, Denver
  • HKBP, Denver
  • Cristo Rey, Denver
  • Holy Trinity, Littleton
  • Region 2 Mobility Conference, Pacifica Synod
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • Video Conference Strategies meeting
  • Lutheran Magazine Supplement preparation
Brad Wood
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry CO
  • Colorado Council of Churches: Gratitude for Jim Ryan's service as Executive Director
  • Professional Development Academy, Vail, CO  
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - NM 
  • SPPO Meeting   



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Young adults prepare for year of global service    


Sixty-four new Young Adults in Global Mission volunteers will embark on a life-changing year of service in August. As they prepare to share their talents and learn from our neighbors in nine countries, please support them with your prayers and gifts. Donate online to support them all at


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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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5 Steps to Holding Your Family 
Together featuring Rich Melheim
Faith5 Workshops at Zion, Salt Lake City


June 20, 2013  

The 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.


Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, is located at 1070 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84108.



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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  



Mount of the Holy Cross Again this year Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vail, CO, will sponsor two pilgrimage hike 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
in 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


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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!




Synod Minister for Connected Community
Rocky Mountain Synod
800-525-0462 / 303-777-6700

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