new name for Valley Lutheran Church site:

Centro Luterano | Lutheran Center
Rocky Mountain Synod, ELCA 

The site of the new Office of the Bishop will now be referred to as the "Lutheran Center" or "Centro Luterano" since many people living in the neighborhood speak Spanish. The building that is being renovated and expanded will be referred to as the "Office of the Bishop."  The church on the site will be referred to as the "Lutheran Center Chapel."  


volunteers needed
"Growing Home" ministry to continue at the RMS Lutheran Center Chapel


Some know it as "Interfaith Hospitality Network "or "Family Promise." A similar ministry called "Growing Home" has been happening at the former Valley Lutheran Church site for many years in partnership with other congregations and groups who have provided volunteers and leadership. A key partnership is with Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Broomfield.


This Growing Home ministry will continue in 2014 for twelve weeks throughout the year. Homeless families sleep at the church and are provided with training and support during the day at the nearby Growing Home headquarters. Along with Cross of Christ, volunteers come from Foothills Community Church, St. Anne's Catholic, and Regis University.


However, additional volunteers are sometimes needed to stay overnight with the guests since two volunteers are needed each night. We are seeking additional persons to contact who would be available on occasion for an overnight shift. The location is near Highway 36 and Pecos at 7375 Samuel Drive.


Fair Trade Fair at Cross of Christ to benefit Growing Home ministry

Cross of Christ Lutheran Church has been a ministry partner with the Growing Home ministry for homeless families for many years. Their commitment continues with their annual Fair Trade Fair in support of fair trade artisans and Growing Home. Click on the flyer graphic for more information.


Saturday, November 23
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, November 24
from 8 a.m. to noon

12099 Lowell Boulevard, Broomfield, CO


Enjoy artisan crafts, unique gifts, java bar, jewelry, pottery, baked goods, live music, and more! 







We are seeking team leaders to anchor the Assembly Planning Team!
We are seeking key leadership volunteers (who are not voting members) for the 2014 Synod Assembly Planning Team. The assembly is May 8-10 and will be at the Denver Tech Center Marriott. At this time, we are primarily seeking "team leaders" to anchor the Assembly Planning Team.  A team leader is needed for each area below.  If you are interested or have questions, reply to this email here.  Our first planning meeting will be scheduled for early November, and you will be able to attend by Webex video conference. 
We are seeking a Team Leader for each area below:


Worship Team: Work with musicians to design the assembly liturgies, coordinate worship furnishings and supplies, and organize worship leaders.


Hospitality Team: Arrange transportation, meals, appropriate signage, and be present at registration for welcoming and questions.


Workshop Team: Organize workshops and/or interest lunches and invite leaders for workshops.


Facilities/AV Team:  Arrange for all AV needs, room set-ups, and equipment.


Arts & Environment Team:  Create an artistic focus for assembly in conjunction with assembly theme; arrange for acquisition and transportation of all environment needs.


Special Events/Celebration of Ministries Team:  

Coordinate set-up for Celebration of Ministries (formerly Displays Room); plan special event or celebration related to assembly theme.

Elections Team: Work with Office of the Bishop Staff to prepare ballots and coordinate voting process at assembly.


Local Volunteer RecruiterWork with Assembly Chair and all other teams to determine assembly volunteer needs; recruit and coordinate local volunteers.


If you are interested or have questions, reply to this email here. We look forward to the 2014 Assembly!




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 from 10:30 to 2:30 p.m.
New Hope, El Paso


SAT NOV 16 Utah from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Mt Tabor, Salt Lake City 


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  from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.





Twenty-second  Sunday After Pentecost
October 20, 2013
O Lord God, tireless guardian of your people, you are always ready to hear our cries. Teach us to rely day and night on your care. Inspire us to seek your enduring justice for all this suffering world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord..

Synod Prayer Cycle:
Hospital & Military Chaplains

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: 



U.S. Army
Ft. Belvoir, Virginia
Lawrence Closter  


U.S. Navy
Port Orchard, Washington
Michael Greenwalt  


Poudre Valley Hospital
Ft. Collins, Colorado
Michael Lundgren  


San Juan Medical Center
Farmington, New Mexico
Arthur Meyer  


Presbyterian Health Care
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Janet Morse 


Presbyterian Main Hospital
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Donald Thurn  


Sky Ridge Medical Center
Centennial, Colorado
Laurie Jeddeloh


Pastor Purdum to be honored
for 25 years of ministry 


The people of St. Luke, Albuquerque, invite you to join in celebrating the 25th ordination anniversary of Pastor Beth Purdum on Sunday, November 10. Festivities will take place during the 10:15 worship, and a fellowship meal will follow immediately afterward.  The church is located at 9100 Menaul Boulevard NE.


Ruth Hoffman to be honored with the Turquoise Chalice award in New Mexico


Ruth Hoffman, the director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry New Mexico, has been named the recipient of the Turquoise Chalice award, presented by the New Mexico Council of Churches.  She will be honored October 26 for her work at the Roundhouse and in New Mexico communities for her work educating and building an ecumenical coalition. The award luncheon takes place October 26 at 11:30 a.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd in Albuquerque. 



Learn about Young Adults in Global Mission with area opportunities

Kaleb Sutherland, a representative for the ELCA's

Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program, will be in the Rocky Mountain Synod next week. Join him for conversation at these opportunities:


  • Tuesday, October 22 - University of Colorado, Boulder, Lutheran Campus Ministry group - 6:00 PM Dinner and Conversation - St. Aidan's Episcopal Church, 2425 Colorado Avenue
  • Wednesday, October 23 - University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Lutheran Campus Ministry group - 6:00 PM Dinner and Conversation - Lutheran Episcopal Campus Ministry Center, 1844 11th Ave
  • Thursday, October 24 - Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Lutheran Campus Ministry group - 6:00 PM Dinner and Conversation - Campus Ministry Center, 805 South Shields
He will also be at House for all Sinners and Saints on Sunday, October 27 for their evening worship service. at 5pm. They meet at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 2201 Dexter St., Denver, CO 80207.


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. 



Confirmation Retreat is
November 8-10 at Rainbow Trail


Join Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp for their fall Confirmation Retreat on Novemeber 8-10, 2013, and let them be partners with you in creating a fun atmosphere for learning in your confirmation program! There will be singing songs, playing games, learning together and playing together in God's beautiful creation.  


Learning in a fun-filled camp atmosphere may be just what your kids need to bond together as a group and build relationships with other confirmands. Spend time in fellowship and learning with our extraordinary Rainbow Trail staff in the place your confirmands have grown to love. The Rainbow Trail staff will lead your kids in crafts, team-building activities, outdoor activities such as hiking or sledding, fun games and camp-style songs!  The theme of the retreat this year is Get Up on Your Soapbox!  Kathy Armstrong is the Keynote Speaker.  For more details about the retreat or to register, contact Ben Jarvis at ben.jarvis@rainbowtrail.orgRegistration forms can be downloaded from Rainbow Trail's website.




Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey, El Paso, invites you to come to the border


Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey in El Paso, TX invites you to a "Mini Immersion" with the Border Immersion Program November 1-3. "Come to the Border. Come to be Changed."  Download the flyer.


They are pleased to announce that this coming year they have groups from all over the country coming down for week-long immersions with the Border Immersion Program:


St. Joseph's University, January 7-14

La Salle University, March 1-8

Ohio Wesleyan University, March 8-15

Xavier University, May 10-17

Temple University, May 17-24

St. Luke's ELCA, Buffalo, WY, June 7-13


They are still hoping to fill more spots! The available weeks include:

Feb 15-21

Feb 22-28

April 19-25

April 26 - May 3


Please contact Gretchen Curry for any questions or inquiries at 915-544-6545 or, and visit their website at



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 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.



November 22 is deadline for members to enroll in or waive health benefits 


Portico Benefits Manager logo
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:
  • November 1 - 22: Members enroll in, or waive, health and additional benefits.




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 and registration coming soon!




Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • PLTS
  • Lutheran Disaster Relief
  • Installation of Terry Schjang
  • Metro West Mission Gathering, Glenwood Springs, CO
  • Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver, CO
  • Peace in Christ, Elizabeth,CO 
  • Dean's Webex 

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • Lutheran Disaster Relief
  • Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM Conference
  • Border Immersion, El Paso, TX
  • Cristo Rey, El Paso
  • Desert Springs Lutheran Church, Truth or Consequences, NM
  • Peace, Las Cruces, NM
  • Lutheran Campus Ministry, Albuquerque 

 Pastor Sarah Moening   

  • Vacation
  • Dean's Webex

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Cristo Rey
  • Camino de Vida
  • ALDE Meeting
  • Metro West Mission Gathering, Glenwood Springs, CO
  • First, Gypsum, CO
  • Dean's Webex 
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • new RMS "Lutheran Center" meetings
  • Bethany Lutheran Church adult class
  • Dean's Webex 
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - NM 
  • Health Care for All
  • LAM-NM Advocacy Conference
  • Legislative Committee Meeting
  • Medicaid Advisory Committee 
Kim Williams
  • Faith Formation Projects 


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World Council of Churches 

to meet seeking global peace, justice  Under the theme of "God of life, lead us to justice and peace," the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches will be Oct. 30 to Nov. 8 in Busan, South Korea. More than 400 million Christians in more than 100 countries belong to the organization, whose goal is Christian unity.  See



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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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Fall Bazaar at St. Luke's

Saturday, November 2
St. Luke's Lutheran Church Buffalo, WY   


Join St. Luke's on November 2 for their Fall Bazaar.  Shop from 9am-1pm and enjoy homemade soup and pie from 11am-1pm. 






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.



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).



Lutheran Chorale Concert 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

3:00pm at Peace Lutheran Church 

5675 Field Street, Arvada, CO 80002 


7:30 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church 

7979 Meade Street, Westminster, CO  80030 


Cost:  Adults $15, Students/Seniors $12, Families $25



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. 




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.

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

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