Lutheran Disaster Response recovery continues for Colorado wildfires



Thank you to the First Lutheran Women of Longmont, Colorado, for sewing and donating seven beautiful quilts to victims of the Black Forest fire. These quilts were accepted by Missie Bonser, Associate in Ministry, Trinity, Monument, to be given to the relief efforts for Black Forest.


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.


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


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Our twenty-person team to Madagascar departs June 29. You are invited to use this petition in your prayers 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 are available 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.

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
June 30, 2013
Sovereign God, ruler of all hearts, you call us to obey you, and you favor us with true freedom. Keep us faithful to the ways of your Son, that, leaving behind all that hinders us, we may steadfastly follow your paths, 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.
Remember in prayer this coming Sunday: 




Trinity Monument, CO
   Tyg Taylor, Missie Bonser
   Sandra Hanawalt
Trinity Fowler, CO
   Wayne Josephson
Zion Limon, CO
   Kristi Ursin
Zion's Trinidad, CO
   Andrea Doeden (TEEM)






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!



Leadership Retreat
& Theological Conference
September 23-26, 2013
YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO 


Gifted to Grow will be the overarching theme of the 2013-2014 year. We will gather in the prime season of golden aspen, just outside Rocky Mountain National Park, as a time for spiritual renewal, connected community, prayerful worship, and engaging dialogue. We will consider what it means to be a spiritually-vibrant leader within the context of a changing and challenging ecclesiology.


Retreat leaders and guests are:


The Rev. Louise Johnson, Vice President for Mission Advancement, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, PA.


The Rev. Craig Mueller,
pastor, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 
Chicago, IL.




Carrie Newcomer, singer/songwriter, 

Bloomington, IN.





Online registration will be posted in late June. The event begins late afternoon on Monday, September 23 and concludes before lunch on Thursday, September 26.


Who should attend? Rostered leaders most certainly, but also other leaders in the church: leaders of faith formation, youth directors, seminarians.   


All are welcome! All are welcome!

First Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs, CO, is a missionary sponsor of Pastor Rimmer and family, serving in Dakar. 
Greetings from Dakar, Senegal!

We are very glad to send a brief update after our family has
arrived in Dakar. We are currently staying at the Lutheran
Center in Hann Mariste (CLHM). And in this time of transition, we
are all settling into our new life and ministry in Sénégal.

Of course, we are finding the little joys in life--a banana tree in the courtyard, the drums of worship, the call to prayer and the wonderful Senegalese hospitality, or "Teranga." We are also adapting to the little necessities of daily life--filtering water, (drinking enough water!), power outages, navigating the sandy streets in a city of 3 million people, and of course adjusting to a new climate in the Sahel region of subSaharan, west Africa.

We wish you peace in the good news that because we are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, "on est ensemble". "We are together". Continue to pray for us, the ELCA's Global Mission and your friends in the Lutheran Church of Senegal (ELS) who grow in the Word and sacraments, and serve all God's children in the healing, life giving name of Jesus Christ. 


On est ensemble!
The Peace of Christ to you our friends,
Pastor Chad, Natalie, Paul Michael and Luke Rimmer  



Hunger Grant Deadline is July 17
The ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant Program Funds are derived from the ELCA World Hunger Program. The Community Development Services Program in the Program Unit for Congregational Synodical Mission provides administrative coordination for the grants process.

The deadline for submitting electronic application and supporting documents: July 17, 2013. Notifications and checks are mailed to grant recipients between February and March 2014 to 2015.

Questions? Please contact Johnnie Thompson at (800-638-3522) ext. 2693 or by email at



Peace Lutheran Church

Las Cruces, NM


Peace Lutheran Church has a Kyocera 1500 Copier to sell for $250. It is in great working condition and has a maintenance agreement since it was purchased 10 years ago. If interested, please call the office, 575-522-7119.




Administration Matters addresses common, practical issues including finance, governance, risk management, tax, legal concerns and other topics of interest about day-to-day operations and management in church settings. Six issues are distributed each year via e-mail. It's a great resource, and although the information is geared toward church administration, the advice that's offered is helpful for anyone who is involved in business. Check it out!

Anyone seeking to adopt a beautiful tree?


The assembly tree sculpture, created by artist Tara Smith, who created our beautiful tree sculpture, is inquiring if a congregation would like to adopt the tree for display in a large space? It's 20-22 feet tall, depending on if it's on a platform, and it comes apart in many pieces for transportation. If you would like to inquire about it please email Tara.


View the Assembly presentation by Dr. Windham-Hughes
2013 RMS Assembly: Dr. Windham-Hughes
Assembly Follow-Up


View 65 photos from the assembly. Photos by Dale Horkey 




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Part-Time Accompanist 

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Littleton, CO


Holy Trinity is seeking an accompanist for Sunday morning worship and weekly (Thursday) choir practice. Some benefits will be included. Resumes are being accepted now until the position is filled. For more information or to submit a resume, please email

or contact Pastor Dave Palma-Ruwe at (303-798-1356) or Bob Zermuehlen at (303-781-4107).   


Professional Quartet Member
and Section Leader

Augustana Lutheran Church
Denver, CO


Augustana is seeking a mezzo-soprano for the professional Augustana Vocal Ensemble (AVE). The candidate must possess excellent sight-reading skills, be amenable to a variety of repertoire, exhibit collegiality, flexibility, and willingness to perform outside the church, beginning August 28, 2013. Time commitment: Wednesday evening Chancel Choir rehearsals, two Sunday morning worship services, special concerts and services with rehearsals, and a quartet rehearsal. The position is compensated. Please email a cover letter and resume to Dr. Cindy Lindeen-Martin, Minister of Music and Organist,  

Choir Director
St Andrew Lutheran Church

Arvada, CO 


St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Arvada (ELCA) is seeking a part-time choir director. Interested candidates may submit a cover letter and resume to St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 6774 W. 66 th Avenue, Arvada, Colorado, 80003 or email to . Questions? Call 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. Send resume by June 25 at 5 p.m. to


Job openings can be found on





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
  • Depart for Madagascar Trip 

Pastor Ron Roschke   

  • Staff Meeting
  • Depart for Madagascar Trip  

 Pastor Sarah Moening  

  • Staff Meeting
  • Sky Ranch
  • Grace, Boulder, CO  
Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza
  • Latino Pastors' Retreat, Messiah Mountain Retreat Center, Indian Hills, CO
  • Staff Meeting
  • Cristo Rey, El Paso, TX
  • Mount Hope, El Paso, TX
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • Staff Meeting
  • Utah Assembly Planning
  • St. Matthews, Salt Lake City, UT 
Brad Wood
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry CO
  • Staff meeting
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - NM 
  • Staff Meeting
  • Meeting with advocates about poverty issues 



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Mexico: Immersion trip, Oct. 24-28

Worship with the Lutheran faith communities in Mexico City on Reformation Sunday during four days of site visits and engaging lectures on the theme of "Lutheran Identity in a Latin American Context." Experience the realities of poverty, globalization, ecumenism and spirituality in Latin America, with an emphasis on the role of Lutheran and Protestant churches in Mexico. See  


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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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Thrift-N-Gift Shoppe Opens   


New Lutheran Social Services of Utah store is Now Open!      


Monday through Thursday 9 am to 3 pm

Leslie's Thrift-N-Gift Shoppe

4392 South 900 East  SLC, UT  84124


New and Almost New Name Brand Items.

100% of funds gathered go to LSS of Utah Ministries.



Are you ready to blossom?

Flourish in Faith at the TENS 2013 Stewardship Conference

July 12-13 at the Episcopal Commons of Utah
Registration Cost:

TENS members only: $300

Non-members: $370

Webcast Registration: $75 p/site


Registration price includes all seminars/workshops, materials, all meals, & shuttle from hotel to Episcopal Commons of Utah 


 Click Here to Register Now! 


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Wyoming Summer Gathering 

St. Luke's Lutheran Church
Buffalo, WY 


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 435 S. Lucas St. at 11:00 a.m. Contact Pr. Alena Lamirato at for more information. St. Luke's ELCA is at 
615 N Burritt, Buffalo, WY, 




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.

Servant Stories 
Come to New Hope Lutheran Church 4801 Sun Valley Dr., El Paso, TX 79924 on Saturday, June 29 at 7:00 p.m. for Servant Stories! Servant Stories is dedicated to sharing reflections from a year of service on the U.S/México border from 2012-2013 volunteers. Come hear round-table reflections, share time with those who have dedicated a year to service in this region, and eat some delicious dessert! Freewill donations accepted.



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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