We Welcome Courtney Williams  
as Summer Communications Intern

Courtney is a journalism major at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, and she is serving as our communications intern for six weeks. She is a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Greenwood Village, CO.  Read more.





"A great first day on the Red Island"

Pastor Ron Roschke with President Modeste and Mme Jeanette of the Malagasy Lutheran Church at dinner tonight. Bishop Gonia said, "A great first day on the Red Island."


Read the latest blog post from Madagascar


Our twenty-person team to Madagascar arrived in Madagascar safely yesterday. Reports and video uplinks will appear on the synod Facebook page at are encouraged to "like" the rmselca Facebook page so you will see these updates regularly.


You are invited to use this petition in your prayers for the two 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.


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Lutheran Disaster Response recovery continues for Colorado wildfires


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.  




Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
July 7, 2013
O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, you are the city that shelters us, the mother who comforts us. With your Spirit accompany us on our life's journey, that we may spread your peace in all the world, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Synod Prayer Cycle:
North New Mexico 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: 



All Saints Albuquerque, NM
Phillip Wangberg
Bethlehem Los Alamos, NM
Bruce Kuenzel, Nicolé Ferry
Camino de Vida Albuquerque, NM
Guillermo Yela
Christ Santa Fe, NM
Kate Schlechter, Interim


A Holy Spirit Moment

by Pastor Caitlin Trussell
Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver, CO

For months I'd seen the invitations to come and lead worship or, at least come and worship, with the Office of the Bishop and never felt a call or pull in that direction. A funny thing happened on the way to worship on June 26.

Out of nowhere it occurred to me (code for "Holy Spirit moment") that I was on my way to worship to serve whoever showed up for worship-not me and my details but them and their need. Humbled by this timely and age-old revelation, I led worship. There were the details of worship but there was also the blessing of serving as a worship leader to those whose efforts are regularly focused on leading-a lovely reversal in a sacred space. 
I know you've heard this invite before but I encourage you to come and lead worship or simply come and be fed. 
+  +  +
Sign up to lead worship (doesn't take place during July since so many staff are out of the office each week)



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.




and now also...
Tammy Devine, 
Diaconal Minister and

 ELCA Wellness Manager



Online registration will be posted soon. The event begins on Monday, September 23 with an optional pre-gathering opportunity with Tammy Devine at 1 p.m. and the start time overall at 4 p.m. The event 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!



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


St. Matthew Lutheran Church
Aurora, CO

The Sunday School program has leftover materials from the Sparks Lectionary series for grades Pre-K and Kindergarten, and grades 1 through 6. There are both teaching and student materials. If interested, please contact the church office by phone at 303-366-1373 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.


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 




Download and read the resolutions.


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).   


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 

  • Madagascar Trip 

Pastor Ron Roschke   

  • Madagascar Trip 

 Pastor Sarah Moening   

  • La Junta, CO 
Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza
  • Vacation 
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • Office Relocation Meetings
Brad Wood
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry CO
  • Hunger Network Planning Meeting 
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - NM 
  • Legislative Health and Human Services Committee  



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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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Standing for Welcome
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
Salt Lake City, UT

As the debate over immigration reform heats up in Washington D.C., Norma Klemz, wife of Zion Evangelical's pastor Steve Klemz, speaks out in an effort to promote welcoming immigrants into the United States and providing them with resources that would allow them to obtain citizenship.


Klemz is featured towards the bottom of the article, and in photos.


Picnic kicks off 125th Anniversary Celebration 
Elim Lutheran Church,
Ogden, UT

Elim Lutheran Church, 575 23rd Street in Ogden, will be celebrating their 125th Anniversary Year from June 30, 2013, through December 8, 2014. Elim began celebrating its anniversary with a potluck picnic on Sunday, June 30 at 11:15a.m. after the worship service.

The church history rec
ords that a few Swedish immigrants began holding informal services in mid-1888. The congregation was formally organized on December 8, 1889, with 17 members, and has been on the corner of 23rd Street and Jefferson Avenue ever since.

For more information on upcoming anniversary events, email or call 801-394-5543.

Solar Array Dedicated 
Mount Tabor Lutheran Church

Salt Lake City, UT    


It's not every day that a small congregation in Salt Lake City gets to celebrate the launch of their new solar energy system. But this last Sunday, June 30, the congregation of Mount Tabor did just that.


Mount Tabor dedicated the new solar array at 11 a.m. on the front lawn after worship. This solar array was made possible by a generous funding award from Rocky Mountain Power's Blue Sky renewable energy program. "We're pleased to partner with our 37,400 Blue Sky customers in Utah to support Mount Tabor Lutheran Church's efforts to go solar," said Alene Bentley, Rocky Mountain Power customer and community manager.


This is one of just a handful of houses of worship in the state that has installed solar panels, and the first Lutheran church to do so in Utah. 





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, 



Bikes and Blessings

St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Cheyenne, WY

Pump up those tires and grab your helmet to join other St. Paul's members and friends on Sunday, July 14 for a blessing of the bikes!


Ride your bike or motorcycle to church for worship at 9:30 a.m. and stay for a blessing for you and your bike at 11:00 a.m. on the front lawn


St. Paul's is at 218 E 19th St, Cheyenne, WY  82001








Urban Servant Corps Update


Alumni: Paint Your Old Room!

at USC Homes

Saturday, August 17th: 9am-2pm


Are you missing your old USC sleeping space? Or perhaps you are looking for a fun, productive way to gather with your former housemates?!? This day of service will not disappoint! There are a number of projects that will be tackled in preparation for the August-arriving volunteers! Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Spread the word!


Brought to you in partnership with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the USC Alumni Affinity Group.



Closing BBQ

835 32nd St. (USC 5&9 House)

Monday, July 29: 5:30pm


So long! Adios! Au revoir! Believe it or not, it's time to offer a departing blessing on the 2012-2013 USC volunteers. Please help celebrate this year of service! Main dish will be provided -- bring a side to share, if you are able!  



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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

Announcements for eConnection are due before noon on Monday for the issue the following day. Event announcements are included for about two weeks. Please submit your announcement at the time it should appear.