Lutheran Disaster Response invites gifts for wildfire recovery


The Black Forest Fire, the most destructive fire in Colorado's history in terms of over 500 homes lost as well as two deaths, is now 75% contained. The Royal Gorge Fire and Big Meadows Fire are also mostly contained. We extend prayers of gratitude to the fire fighters who risk their lives in their vocation to protect lives and property. This is an especially traumatic time in Colorado Springs, with the Black Forest Fire occurring just one year after the devastating Waldo Canyon Fire.

Pastors and ELCA church members are reaching out in prayer, support and compassion. Following any major disaster, recovery is a long-term process, and your prayers and gifts are needed to assist those impacted by the fire to rebuild their lives.
LFS Disaster Response Program
LFS Disaster Response Program
Pastor Ron Roschke, the Synod Minister for Shared Ministries of the Rocky Mountain Synod, attended a prayer service at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, on behalf of the entire Rocky Mountain Synod. He spoke movingly of the experience of the prayer service and highlighted the deep connectedness between individuals and communities in times of crisis and recovery as a source of God's grace. "In disasters people feel alone. But when we can find ways to let people know that they are not alone, people can find strengths to deal with their challenges," he said. Read more on the LDR blog. 


Donations from people like you allow the ELCA to respond with flexibility to those in need. 




Prayer and blessings for those departing for Madagascar June 29


Our twenty-person team to Madagascar departs June 29. You are invited to use this petition in your prayers this Sunday and for the three following Sundays while they are on their trip, representing all of us in the Rocky Mountain Synod:


You blessed your people through all generations and guided them in life and death: Abraham and Sarah; Moses and Miriam; Peter, James, John and all the apostles; and all the witnesses in ages past, in whom your Spirit spoke and moved. Be with our sisters and brothers who represent all of us in our companion synods in Madagascar. Guide and protect them, and bring them back to us with new eyes to see the partnerships we enjoy in the Body of Christ. 

Lord, in your mercy,

hear our prayer.


The group's itinerary and daily devotions will be available on the RMS website so that you can follow and share in their journey. Reports and video uplinks will appear on the synod Facebook page at You are encouraged to "like" the rmselca Facebook page so you will see these updates regularly.

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
June 23, 2013
O Lord God, we bring before you the cries of a sorrowing world. In your mercy set us free from the chains that bind us, and defend us from everything that is evil, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Synod Prayer Cycle:
Southeast Colorado Conference

You are encouraged to include the listed leaders in your Sunday
prayers of the people. Many congregations print the listing in the Sunday bulletin and/or monthly newsletter. The prayer list for upcoming months is available.
Remember in prayer this coming Sunday: 




Shepherd of the Hills

Canon City, CO Robert Kippley

St. Paul Calhan, CO

 Tim Bettger

St. Paul's Sugar City, CO  

Tabor Pueblo, CO

 Cindy Josephson

Pastor Justin Nickel, Centennial Lutheran Church, Englewood, CO, will be pursuing a PhD in Religion in Society at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he received a 5-year scholarship. June 30 at 10:30 a.m. is a farewell celebration at Centennial. Congratulations, Justin, and farewell!
Ryan Steinmetz is concluding almost 12 years as the director of the Border Servant Corps, Las Cruces, NM. We express our gratitude to him for his dedication and vision. Read his farewell letter.
Because the assembly issue of "Landscape" did not include roster changes, they have not been publicized in several months.  Below are the roster changes since Februrary: 



The Rev. George Meister from US Air Force Military Chaplain to retired 2/1/2013
The Rev. Caitlin Trussell Ordained 2/2/2013 called to Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver, CO as Pastor
The Rev. Kimberly Gonia from On Leave From Call to Pastor Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Denver, CO 2/6/2013
The Rev. Patrick Boots deceased 2/10/2013


MARCH 2013


The Rev. Carlos Schneider pastor retired from Nebraska Synod to Rocky Mountain Synod 3/11/2013
The Rev. Judith Wascher pastor retired from Minneapolis Area Synod to Rocky Mountain Synod 3/19/2013  

Mr. Calvin Ammerman, Associate in Ministry retired deceased 3/28/2013

APRIL 2013   


The Rev. Jerry Reynolds from Southeastern Synod to Pastor Trinity Lutheran Church, Las Cruces, NM 4/1/2013
The Rev. Bruce Freeman from Interim pastor Trinity Lutheran Church, Las Cruces to Central States Synod 4/5/2013
The Rev. Emily Cardin from On Leave From Call to Interim Pastor Lord of the Hills Lutheran Church, Centennial, CO 4/8/2013
The Rev. O.S. Chet Evenson Pastor retired from Rocky Mountain Synod to Oregon Synod 4/16/2013  


MAY 2013 

The Rev. Constance Grogan from On Leave From Call to retired 5/1/2013
The Rev. Tom Renquist from Pastor Lord of the Hills Lutheran Church, Centennial, CO to retired 5/1/2013
The Rev. Randal Pabst (retired) from Sierra Pacific Synod to Rocky Mountain Synod 5/1/2013

Are you preparing for the ELCA's dedicated day of service? Let's clean up neighborhoods, deliver meals, collect supplies for refugees overseas, help a child learn to read, and dozens of other acts of ministry and compassion on September 8. Download the Sunday toolkit, use the bulletin inserts, and order t-shirts to help prepare for your congregation's dedicated day of service! 
Those in midlife who have hints of a vague calling to something new and unknown are invited to a retreat for discernment with others. PLTS and the Sierra Pacific Synod are co-sponsoring the retreat July 22 and 23 in Citrus Heights, CA. More information.


Thank you Rocky Mountain Synod!  So far we have raised $246,154.01 for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. The Campaign has now surpassed $8 million and we are an important part of that.  If your congregation or ministry has not gotten involved yet please check out for resources like posters, brochures, bulletin inserts, videos, country profiles and many activities for children, youth and adults and more.

for use in a workshop at the National Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) biennial gathering June 30-July 3. Send to: Valerie Hess, Trinity Lutheran Church, 2200 Broadway, Boulder, CO, 80302. She needs them this week, and appreciates those who have sent a copy to her.

Justice Journey 2013


From June 10-14, seventeen Albuquerque and Salt Lake City high school youth came together at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City, UT, to experience Justice Journey: The Art of Storytelling. The five caring adults were joined by two staff members from Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp. It was an amazing, life-changing experience for all.  

After a kick-off day with a suicide prevention workshop, low ropes, and downtown scavenger hunt, the group then participated in three days of intensive community service: working on an urban farm, helping at Crossroads, serving lunch at Good Samaritan, serving meals and working at the Homeless Youth Resource Center, interviewing veterans for a Library of Congress project, playing with children at a day center for refugees, and delivering meals to homebound seniors. 


They wrapped up the week with a trip to Park City to learn more about the Winter Olympics. Every day began and ended with worship, discussion and reflection, as well as fellowship. It was wonderful to see two groups join together to be God's hands in the world, not only with those they served, but with each other as well. For more details, please visit the trip


Oldest Congregation in the Rocky Mountain Synod Celebrates 135 Years

The pioneer church, Ryssby, is the founding church that became First Lutheran in Longmont with the merger of Ryssby and Elim congregations. Ryssby was organized January 3, 1878. Located several miles southwest of Longmont, CO, the church is now a Historical Site of Colorado's State Historical Society.


A celebration of 135 years takes place at Ryssby at this year's Annual Ryssby Midsummer Festival on Sunday, June 23. A worship service will take place at 11 a.m. followed by a catered lunch. Lunch reservations needed by June 19. Call 303-776-2704. Afternoon activites include the Lindsborg Dancers, carnival games, and more. Map. 

Follow-Up Information 
Videos of the assembly will be posted for online viewing soon.


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.


Download and read the resolutions.


Choir Director

St Andrew Lutheran Church

Arvada, CO 


St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Arvada (ELCA) is seeking a part-time choir director. Duties include selecting choir anthems in collaboration with the pastor and organist, conducting weekly choir rehearsals from September through May, arranging for special music during the summer months and attending monthly staff meetings. Interested candidates may submit a cover letter and resume to St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 6774 W. 66th Avenue, Arvada, Colorado, 80003 or email to . Questions? Call the church office at 303-421-5197.


Preschool / Kindergarten Director

St. Luke Lutheran Church

Albuquerque, NM

Director needed to lead faith based program, for school year starting August 5, 2013. It is a year-round National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accredited program with Before and After Care for all children. More information. Send resume by June 25 at 5 p.m. to


Administrative Assistant

St. Paul Lutheran Church - Denver


Organist/Pianist and Accompanist

King of Glory Lutheran Church - Arvada 


Job openings can be found on

the Rocky Mountain Synod's website.




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. 




Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • Staff Meeting
  • Centennial, Englewood, CO
  • Lord of the Mountains, Dillon, CO
  • Vacation

Pastor Ron Roschke   

  • Staff Meeting
  • Madagascar Trip Final Preparations

 Pastor Sarah Moening  

  • Staff Meeting
  • Faith, Eaton, CO
  • Deepened Discipleship Team 
Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza
  • Staff Meeting
  • Camino de Vida, Albuquerque, NM
  • Christ, Santa Fe, NM
  • Latino Pastors Retreat
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • Staff Meeting
  • Office location meetings
  • Communications & Connected Community
Brad Wood
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry CO
  • Staff meeting
  • Rally on Prison Reform
  • Interfaith Roundtable
  • DenUm Summer Event
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - NM 
  • Staff Meeting
  • The High Cost of Being Poor: Issue Think Tank



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Uganda: The lifesaving power of goats   


Sentongo Abdul and his younger brother and sister struggled to survive after their parents died of AIDS. Their lives are better today because ELCA World Hunger helped provide them with several goats and the training to care for them. More. 


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Theological Conference 

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Estes Park, Colorado



Senior High Youth Gathering

YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, Colorado


Middle School Youth Gathering

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(new name for the Crowne Plaza!)
Colorado Springs, Colorado

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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

1-5 p.m.

register online

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.



Real, Sacred, Embraces


Eleven members from Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, Salt Lake City, UT, joined 36 Inter-Faith Groups in support of LGBT people in the Utah Pride Parade, themed: "Real, Sacred, Embraces." 



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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.







Border Servant Corp Summer Wine & Cheese

Join Border Servant Corp for their Second Annual Summer Wine & Cheese on Friday, June 28 at 5:57 p.m. It will take place at the offices of Thrivent Financial, 2615 Montana Ave., El Paso, TX 79903. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine or non-alcoholic beverage to share! Join the 2012-2013 volunteers before they continue on their journey and participate in this delicious fundraiser! 

Recommended donation: $10. 


Blessing of the Bicycles


House for All Sinners and Saints will be hosting its fifth annual Blessing of the Bicycles on Sunday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2201 Dexter St. in Denver.  


Since urban biking is not without peril, House for All acknowledges the inherent goodness of God's gifts of life and health and the humble but elegant bicycle as they conduct this Blessing of the Bicycles for the entire Denver cycling community. This free event is open to all regardless of religious affiliation, race, creed, color, sexual orientation, fat or thin tires, and brand of bike. They even welcome unicyclists and Unitarians! 


As they swing the thurible of incense over the Schwinns and Cannondales they do so as a human community seeking God's blessing and protection for all who brave our city streets on two wheels.  Group ride, pizza, Fat Tire, and red velvet cake to follow!



Join LFS for the annual ZOO-BQ

Friday, June 28, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the  Denver Zoo



Adult (13 & up) $30  |  Children (3-12) $25  |  Children (0-2) Free

Registration includes: Western BBQ Dinner, Old Fashioned Carousel & Train Rides, Face Painting and More. Animal Meet & Greet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. A special opportunity to get nose to snout with some of the Zoo's inhabitants! You must pre-registerFor more information, call 303.217.5860 or email.



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. 






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

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