defines the liturgy of installation for 
Elizabeth Eaton as presiding bishop

Bishop Gonia has posted a new blog with his impressions and reflections on the installation of the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton as the new Presiding Bishop of the ELCA on Saturday. Read his blog now.


The liturgy took place October 5 at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel in Chicago. View video now. View photos








Flooding: Reaching out in compassion


Information about who to contact for disaster relief needs is posted at this link.


Lutheran Disaster Response continues to work with LFSRM to provide financial support to families and congregations affected by the flooding. If you want to contribute to LDR you can do so through their web site.

You can also give directly to the Rocky Mountain Synod by designating your contribution for 2013 Flood Assistance

These donations will help to mitigate damage suffered by congregations and rostered leaders who have been affected by the floods. There will probably be other needs which come to light over the next several weeks, and these funds will provide seed money for additional projects.


We are stronger together than we are by ourselves; we thank you for your partnership in God's loving care and good news!






Mark your calendar for this year's Conference Gatherings


Gifted to Grow

God is on a mission of grace, compassion, forgiveness, and justice in the world. As the body of Christ, the church has been invited and gifted by our Creator and empowered by the Holy Spirit to join that work. During this year's Conference Gatherings, Gifted to Grow, we will discover together how we can join in that work by ministry from a gift based approach through asset mapping.


Please bring 6-8 people from your congregation to the missional gathering for your conference. We strongly encourage a diverse group of participants to represent each church, especially middle and high school youth. Your presence is important as we gather to be church together.


Join Bishop Gonia and our new Vice President, Earline Bohling, for conversation and connection around the theme, "Gifted to Grow." 


Online registration is now available for the events through November 3.  Please register at least 5 days prior to each event so arrangements may be made for meals or snacks. 


SAT OCT 19 Mountain West from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Good Shepherd, Glenwood Springs


SAT OCT 26 Southeast Colorado from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

First, Colorado Springs (bring $7 for lunch)


SAT NOV 2 Metro West from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Holy Cross, Wheat Ridge


SUN NOV 3 Metro East from 2 to 5 p.m. 

Christ the Savior, Aurora


SAT NOV 9 Border
New Hope, El Paso


SAT NOV 16 Utah


SAT DEC 7 Wyoming from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Good Shepherd, Casper  


SAT JAN 11 Boulder Broomfield from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lutheran Church of Hope, Broomfield  


SAT FEB 1 North Colorado 







Bishop Gonia's Theological Conference presentation


Bishop Gonia addressed the participants at the 2013 Theological Conference. An hour-long video may be viewed, especially by rostered leaders who were unable to be present at the conference.

Evaluation Form 
If you have not yet completed the Theological Conference Evaluation, you are invited to do so.


Twenty-first  Sunday After Pentecost
October 13, 2013
Almighty and most merciful God, your bountiful goodness fills all creation. Keep us safe from all that may hurt us, that, whole and well in body and spirit, we may with grateful hearts accomplish all that you would have us do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Synod Prayer Cycle:
Hospice and Care Centers

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: 


Hospice Care of Boulder and Broomfield Counties
Lafayette, Colorado
Robert Ritzen, AIM

Morning Star Senior Living at Applewood
Lakewood, Colorado
George Meister

Namaste Comfort Care
Denver, Colorado
Don Fahrenbrink

Shepherd of the Valley Care Center
Casper, Wyoming
Marvin Skogen


Update your congregation's constitution with 2013 Churchwide Assembly ammendments


Now available are the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly approved Amendments to the Model Constitution for Congregations. These amendments can be inserted into your congregation's constitution approved by the congregation by a simply majority vote of voting members present and voting at any legally called meeting of the congregation without presentation at a prior meeting of the congregation, provided that the Congregation Council has submitted notice by mail and/or electronic means to the congregation of such amendments, together with the council's recommendations, at least 30 days prior to the meeting.  See *17.04. in your congregation's constitution for more information.


A reminder that all (*) provisions in the Model Constitution for Congregations and in the 2013 ELCA Churchwide approved amendments for the Model Constitution for Congregations may not be altered, revised, or changed in any way.  Provisions that do not have a (*) may be edited per each congregational context.


Please do not be hesitant to contact Synod Secretary, Pastor Scott McAnally at for guidance, questions, or more information.


.pdf and MS Word files of the 2013 Model Constitution



New group formed for clergy who
are veterans of the military

Clergy who are veterans of the military (not just those who were or are military chaplains), are invited to a gathering on Monday, November 4 in Westminster at 1000 hours at 
Covenant Village of Colorado, 9153 Yarrow Street.


The Reverend Canon Carl Andrews, Episcopal Diocese of Colorado, and Pastor Dean Smith, Peace In Christ ELM Elizabeth, CO, have formed the group. The first gathering had over 30 attend and shared stories of how their military service helps them as clergy in the Church today.  "We believe that our military experience enables us to bring special gifts of service and leadership to our ministry," said Pastor Smith.


The Reverend George Meister (ELCA and retired Air Force) is the Executive Director of Covenant Village.  He has offered to provide lunch, but he needs to know numbers attending.  Please let George (303-515-6342) or Dean Smith (303-957-8068) know if you can attend. This group is for current and retired clergy.  Although any clergy are invited, we realize that states other than Colorado may wish to form their own groups with partner denominations.


Bridging Borders service-based ministry announces 2014 trips


Bridging Borders, a service-based mission ministry through Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp, is going to Anapra, Mexico; New York City; Ecuador; and now Boulder, Colorado in the summer of 2014.  Each trip provides a unique and exciting experience for all involved as well as a tangible example of what it means to be the hands and feet of God in the world.  


Rainbow Trail is now taking requests for summer 2014 reservations.  Dates will fill fast, so if you want to reserve a date or need more information, contact Ben Jarvis, Director of On-Site and Bridging Borders.  For additional information, visit the Rainbow Trail website. 


Young Adults invited to experiential Holy Land trip in January 2014


Participate in an experiential learning trip to Israel Palestine with other young adults for the purpose of learning how to lead trips to the Holy Land for young adults in the future. The trip takes place January 3-17, 2014. Sponsored jointly by the Peace Not Walls campaign and young adult ministry in the ELCA. 


Purposes: accompanying local Lutherans and Christians, educating participants about the conflict, sharing religious, political and social history of the region, deepening faith and identity of travelers as they build relationships with global neighbors, preparing participants to engage in issues of peace and justice at home, and practicing the Peace Not Walls emphases of accompaniment, awareness and advocacy. Learn more and see the application form. Deadline, October 15. 



October 14 deadline for organizations to select health benefit option  


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The "Gold-Plus" option is the closest to the benefit plan currently offered and is encouraged in the new plan options. Learn more on the Portico website.


Key Dates:
  • September 16 - October 14: Organizations select one health benefit option
  • November 1 - 22: Members enroll in, or waive, health and additional benefits.
Each member received a mailing to begin learning about the new options.




Want to educate your community about the fight against hunger but you don't have the funding to bring it to life?  Good news... there is funding available through the ELCA Hunger Education Grant Program to help you teach others about the root causes and solutions of hunger. The deadline for submitting proposals is December 31, 2013, so go to the Hunger Rumblings blog posted on September 5 by Henry Martinez for information and proposal guidelines.



Caroline Furnace Camp and Retreat Center, an outdoor ministry serving the Virginia, Metro DC, and West Virginia/Western Maryland Synods, is seeking to hire an Executive Director. They are accepting resumes until November 1. More information can be found here.




Senior High Youth Gathering is November 22-24!


Registration is now open for the Senior High Youth Gathering:  The Wonder of it all.  Visit the website for details and downloads.  Registration deadline is November 1. 

Middle School Youth Gathering is January 17-19!

More information coming soon!




Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • Conference of Bishops
  • Synod Council
  • Epiphany, Denver, CO
  • All Saints, Aurora, CO
  • PLTS

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • Campus Ministry Committee 
  • Trinity, Laramie, WY
  • Front Range Youth Network
  • Synod Council
  • Evergreen Lutheran, Evergreen, CO

 Pastor Sarah Moening   

  • Lombard Menonite Mediation Training 
  • Faith Formation Network
  • Synod Council
  • Centennial, Englewood, CO

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Congregation Vitality Presentation
  • Vision Meeting
  • Synod Council
  • Indonesian Church, St. Mark's, Aurora, CO
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • Office Site Vision Meeting
  • Adams County Planning Commission
  • Synod Council
  • Bethany Lutheran Church adult class
  • Assembly Planning Meeting
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - NM 
  • Medicaid Coalition
  • Wage Theft Faith Leaders Gathering
  • Synod Council 
Kim Williams
  • Faith Formation Projects


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 Cameroon: The reason we're called here  "Every once in a while we get a reminder of the reason God calls us to this place," say June and Philip Nelson, ELCA missionaries in Cameroon. Moussa, 13, recently provided such a reminder. To read this story and others from ELCA missionaries in the global church, download the spring Hand in Hand Newsletter or bulletin inserts at



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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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Cowboy Sunday is October 13 at Good Shepherd, Casper 

Good Shepherd Lutheran in Casper, Wyoming, will be hitching up its horses for the fourth annual "Cowboy 
Sunday" service on October 13. The 9:30 a.m. service will include foot-stomping Gospel singing, inspiring cowboy preaching, a special story time for the young buckaroos, and plenty of chuck wagon grub afterwards. Come dressed in boots, jeans and a cowboy hat for a warm welcome and uplifting fellowship at 51 Primrose Street, Casper. We'll have plenty of beans, beef, corn bread, cowboy coffee, and apple pie for everyone. For more information, call the church office at (307) 237-3503





Katie Luther: the Opera 

Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m.  and Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m.
at Keller Hall, UNM campus next to Popejoy Hall    


In 2017 we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of The Reformation! We are excited to present a musical drama told from the mind of Katharina von Bora-Luther, the woman behind the Reformation.


Katie Luther comes across as a warm, genuine, passionate woman who was so moved by the Reformation that she risked severe punishment to escape to a new life of freedom in Wittenburg. This modern opera is performed in English and the music is creative, fresh, and melodic. Composer Dr. Glenn Winters has masterfully woven Lutheran hymnody into the score, which makes for an interesting work of art. Tickets available at


Dates: Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m.  and Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m. at Keller Hall, UNM campus next to Popejoy Hall. 



New Mexico Advocacy Day is October 19


The 2013 Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-New Mexico conference will be Saturday, October 19, at All Saints Lutheran Church in Albuquerque (4800 All Saints Rd NW 87120).  The conference will take place from 9:00 am until 1 pm and the cost is $15 per person, including lunch. Session topics will include advocacy basics, hunger and more.  Plan now to attend and learn more about advocating for our many neighbors living in poverty. To register send your name, congregation and contact information to: 

Registration deadline: October 11.  


The St. Olaf Orchestra

Thursday October 17 at 7 p.m.

Simms Center for the Performing Arts at the Albuquerque Academy. 6400 Wyoming Boulevard NE.  $10 Adults/Seniors. Students free.



Camino de Vida, Albuquerque, invites your prayers  

Camino de Vida's Advisory Committee is asking that the following devotional prayer be offered in your church services/church bulletins/newsletters for one month. 


Camino de Vida is an ecumenical ministry supported mainly by Presbyterian and Lutheran churches that offers community services and spiritual growth opportunities through worship services, Bible study, women's support groups, youth activities, as well as mission projects and social justice awareness projects.  Programs include food distribution, community educational opportunities such as English and computer classes, and community music classes.  We accomplish out mission with Jesus as our guide, showing compassion and love, and by practicing inclusiveness and social justice for all the people of Albuquerque and the world.


"Dear Lord, we thank you for the growth and continuous development of Camino de Vida. We ask that you continue to bless this ministry as they answer God's call to worship and to witness in their community.  We pray, Oh Lord, that you will provide a space of their own, where Camino de Vida can worship and can continue to answer God's call to service.  We pray this in Jesus' name, Amen."




32nd Anniversary of St. John's Lutheran Church 
October 13 at 10:45
Thornton, CO

After worship, join in a walk to Cherry Park nearby. They will celebrate with fellowship in the park from noon to 4 p.m. Bring a side dish to share. RSVP at 303-457-2467 or email 


John Philip Newell: Poet, Peacemaker, Scholar:
Rebirthing of God: the spirit, the earth, the human soul - 
October 25-27
at Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver

The interfaith community of Denver will welcome John Philip Newell to a weekend of spiritual growth and renewal through the "Rebirthing of God event.  Drawing on the ancient insights of Celtic Spirituality, explore a spirituality that is intimately linked to the natural world, open to the treasure of other religious traditions, and grounded in the daily practice of prayer and meditation. Event flyer.


The schedule includes a Friday night lecture, Saturday morning interactive workshop, and Sunday morning worship & open forum. Please register now if you are interested in attending, as space is limited. Information and registration is available at  (register as guest).



Addressing the Challenges of Christian Zionism: Accompanying Our Sisters & Brothers in the Middle East  
October 19-21

Denver & Fort Collins, CO  

Peace Not Walls invites you join them for a weekend with Dr. Robert Smith, Area Program Director for the Middle East & North Africa in the Global Mission unit of the ELCA.  Come hear Pastor Smith speak about the historical roots and current political implications of Christian Zionism, issues he explores in depth in his recently published book More Desired than Our Owne Salvation: The Roots of Christian Zionism. Come, ask questions and engage in a discussion of this highly controversial and often misunderstood subject.

Register online for the Saturday workshop on October 19.

View the flyer for more information.



ALDE Colorado Fall Conference

Friday, October 18, 9am-3pm

Bethany Lutheran Church



Join us for great workshops!  More information and registration. 


The St. Olaf Orchestra

Sunday October 13, 7 p.m., at Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village, CO

Monday, October 14, 7:30 p.m. at Macky Auditorium, Boulder, CO

Tuesday, October 15, 7 p.m. at Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins, CO


Tickets at  or at the door.



Group for Progressive Lutherans meets October 14 


A group for progressive Lutheran theological thinkers holds meeting at Messiah Community Church, located at 1750 Colorado Blvd. The group meets once a month for discussions of Bible texts, church events, books, theological developments, and more. The next meeting is scheduled for October 14, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Wolfgang Stahlberg by email or phone (303-355-4471). New attendees are always welcome.



Marcus Borg & John Dominic Crossan--

Jesus and Paul: Then and Now


Jesus and Paul are the two most central figures in Christianity. Yet both have been significantly misunderstood, and sometimes even set in opposition to each other. 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. Rather than being radically different, Jesus and Paul in their different settings articulated a vision of loyalty to God that was radically subversive of the conventions of dominant culture. 

Friday, Nov 1 at 7 pm, and Saturday, Nov 2 at 9 am, 11 am, and 1:30 pm: Two lectures by Drs. Borg and Crossan each session, plus Q and A. Box lunch at 12:30 pm. 



Sunday, Nov 3 @ 9:30 am: Worship service with a dialogue sermon by Drs. Borg and Crossan.
11 am: Adult Forum: Q and A with our speakers.


Any one lecture is $15.00. Package price: All four lectures (Friday-Saturday) and box lunch $60.
Students with I.D. $5 single lecture, $20 weekend. 


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graphic-globe-people-sm.gifClimate Change & Faith Conference   

November 9 & 10, 2013

Regis University 3333 Regis Blvd. Denver, CO 80221

Saturday, Nov 9, 5:00-9:00 p.m. and Sunday, Nov 10, 11:30 - 5:30 p.m. Exhibit floor opens at 9:30 Sunday. The conference is hosted by Colorado Interfaith Power and Light. Download and view the event flyer.  More information and registration. 




American Association of Pastor Counselors: 

Rocky Mountain Plains Region Conference

Polarization in Society and Congregations:  Understanding and Addressing It / Committed Relationships as a Crucible for Spiritual Growth

Denver Seminary, 6399 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, Colorado

November 15 & 16, 2013

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

More information

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

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