2014 Compensation Guidelines Posted

Synod Council is continuing to work on a revised compensation guideline format for 2015. For 2014, the guidelines are now posted that include a 2.3% cost of living increase.



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."  



Progress Update on new Lutheran
Center's Office of the Bishop 


The original building unit at Valley Lutheran Church served as the fellowship hall for many decades.


When our architect and construction manager took a look behind the drop ceiling, they were surprised and amazed to find these wonderful open beams! This will become our new conference room at "Centro Luterano" with a storage closet along the far wall.


After a longer-than-expected permitting process, the project has been approved by Adams County, and solar panels will be installed in the near future. We are in track for the project to be completed in early spring!   

Twenty-fourth  Sunday After Pentecost
November 3, 2013
Almighty God, you have knit your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  


Synod Prayer Cycle: On Leave from Call

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: 



Gene Zeller  

Sandy Olson (AiM)

Jeremy Marburger (AiM)

Mary Black (DM)

Dan Bollman

Karen Gibson

Lynette Crase

Kevin Cho

Paul Olsen

Mark Meyer

Justin Nickel

Julie McNitt

Rodney Hansen



Ruth Hoffman honored with "Turquoise Chalice" award by the New Mexico Council of Churches


Ruth Hoffman, director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry New Mexico was named the 2013 recipient of the Turquoise Chalice award, for her work speaking a prophetic word to those serving in public office, so that the needs and rights of those who struggle most in our society might be recognized and addressed.

Pastor Pat Holman represented Bishop Gonia at the award presentation.  She read his statement, "...
Ruth's work as the Director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry New Mexico, has been fueled by a passion for the ecumenical cooperation that lies at the heart of the New Mexico Conference of Churches. Ruth has worked tirelessly, not only on behalf of Lutherans, but on behalf of all our faith communities." Congratulations, Ruth!


Kim Williams is new Director of Adult Ministry  
at Evergreen Lutheran Church


Evergreen Lutheran Church is proud and excited to announce a call extended and accepted to Kim Williams as Director of Adult Ministry. Kim began her work with Evergreen Lutheran Reformation Sunday and will be installed and blessed Sunday, November 3, 2013, at both worship services. We covet your prayers for Kim and the entire staff of Evergreen Lutheran.

Installation of Rev. Janice Kibler is

November 13 at Grace, Boulder


The Members of Grace Lutheran Church in Boulder, Colorado celebrate the installation of the Reverend Janice Kibler as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Boulder, Colorado, on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 7pm. Bishop James Gonia will be preaching and presiding, and rostered leaders are invited to vest. Green is the appropriate color for the day. A reception in the Fellowship Hall will follow the service. All are invited to join in the celebration.

Pastor Beth Purdum to be honored  
for 25 years of ministry on November 10


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.





Mark your calendar for Fall & Winter Conference Gatherings


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 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 10a.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. 




Senior High Youth Gathering
is November 22-24!


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

Middle School Youth Gathering
is January 17-19!
Registration is now open for the Middle School Youth Gathering: Sow What? Visit the website for details and downloads. Registration deadline is November 27.  

Join us for Worship at the Office of the Bishop on the Second Wednesday

We invite you to join us the 2nd Wednesday of teach month for a staff/community Eucharist Service at 11:30am at the Office of the Bishop. 

Nov 13

Dec 11

Jan 18

Feb 12

Mar 12

April 9

May 14

We are inviting area rostered leaders to lead this worship opportunities.  November 13 will be led by Pastor Michael Tassler If you are interested in leading worship
December 11 or January 18, Please


Bridging Borders service-based
ministry announces 2014 trips


Rainbow Trail is now taking requests for Bridging Borders service-based mission ministry trips during the summer 2014.  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. 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.



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. 



November 22 is deadline for members

to enroll in or waive health benefits 


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




1964 Yamaha Model G2 Grand Piano, 5'8" in length, excellent condition, well-maintained, recently tuned. Walnut cabinet. Adjustable artist bench and spider dolly included. Made for the US market and always in Colorado at Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Denver. Asking $7,500. Contact Mark at 303.839.1432 or for more information.




Daily Devotions for Advent:
The Bright Star of Bethlehem  

See the birthplace of Christ in a new way this Advent season through the eyes of Mitri Raheb, pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, and others who tell what they have learned about being a follower of Jesus, the Bright Star of Bethlehem, in today's world. Includes devotions, worship ideas, family worship series, and activities for children.  Visit the website to order! (When you order, use promo code STARS to benefit Bright Stars ministries in Bethlehem.)



The Stones Cry Out

Voices of Palestinian Christians

a film, with director Yasmine Perni

Sunday, November 3

3-5 pm

Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church

1980 Dahlia at Montview Blvd, Park Hill

Sponsored by Friends of Sabeel-Colorado


Director Yasmine Perni will be in Denver to host this screening of her new film, "The Stones Cry Out."  


Christianity was born in Palestine two thousand years ago. From there it spread throughout the Middle East and to the rest of the world. Yet many are unaware Christians still live in the land. For more than 60 years the Palestinians, Christians and Muslims, have suffered displacement, expulsion, wars, occupation and oppression.

The voices of Palestinian Christians have all too often been drowned out in the turmoil of events. This is their story, in their voices, from the Nakba of 1948 until today. See 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. 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

Hospitality Team

Workshop Team

Facilities/AV Team

Arts & Environment Team

Special Events/Celebration of Ministries Team

Elections Team

Local Volunteer Recruiter



Youth & Family Ministry Director (part time)
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Denver

Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Capitol Hill has identified children, youth and families as a critical ministry. We are seeking a part-time director of Youth and Family Ministry to develop a program that embraces diverse families with children from infancy to young adult. We are an urban church with a growing youth program and deep roots and outreach to our community in Capitol Hill. A job description can be emailed to interested candidates. Contact Pr Paul Carlson at or call the church at 303-831-7023.




Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • Spiritual Retreat
  • Executive Committee
  • Metro West Mission Gathering
  • Holy Cross, Wheat Ridge, CO
  • Metro East Mission Gathering

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • PLTS, Endorsement Panels
  • Vacation

 Pastor Sarah Moening   

  • First, Ault, CO
  • Metro West Mission Gathering
  • Immanuel, Bethune, CO

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Director of Evangelical Mission meetings, Chicago
  • Vacation
  • Mission Developers Meeting
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • Out of the Office, but available by email
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - NM 
Kim Williams
  • Faith Formation Projects 


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Serving international seafarers:

A port of call   


At Pier Ten in San Juan, Puerto Rico, a ministry is making a difference in the lives of the sailors who work and live on the sea. "God uses me to help with pastoral care and also advocacy help for all the mariners," says the Rev. Jesse Sargent.


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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. 






Christ, Santa Fe, celebrates 50 years of ministry

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Santa Fe, New Mexico, celebrated  50 years of service to the Santa Fe community on September 15. Bishop Jim Gonia preached and Pastor Kate Schlechter presided at the festival services. Former Pastors, the Reverend Roger Pettenger and the Reverend Benjamin Larzelere III, attended and shared memories of times gone by. Parish council president, Brian Hughes addressed the congregation's future, and fun "golden" gifts were presented to parishioners. The group "Round the Bend" kept things hopping with bluegrass music.  



From its humble beginnings in a quonset hut, former home to a laundromat, to its current lovely facility, Christ Lutheran has remained an important part of the Santa Fe community.  The church participates in activities, such as:  "break the fast" with Jewish colleagues, weekly food distribution, monthly dinners at a homeless shelter, prayer shawl group, community clothes closet, PFLAG scholarship, and others.  Christ Lutheran was instrumental in starting the Farmer's Market in Santa Fe in order to provide local growers with a market for their produce.  


We celebrate with the people of Christ, Santa Fe at this milestone of 50 years of ministry!




Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, December 10.

 Please support Lutheran Family Services is reminding you of this annual opportunity to give through the Community First Foundation and help to provide Healing, Strength and HOPE in our Colorado community!





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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Global Gift Fair is Nov 2 & 3 at Atonement, Lakewood
Atonement Lutheran Church
Lakewood, CO 

Are you tired of the commercialism of buying Christmas/Holiday gifts in the retail stores? Then go shopping for products from around the world, while helping select non-profit organizations earn money. Buy gifts from Latin America, Africa and/or Asia. You can also buy world music from Putamayo, or a dazzling calendar from the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Colorado. Buy your frijoles from Denver's own Women's Bean Project, and eat a tamale from El Centro Humanitario.


Come to the Global Gift Fair at Atonement Lutheran Church, 6281 W. Yale Avenue in Lakewood on Saturday, November 2 and/or Sunday, November 3. The hours to buy your gifts will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds benefit artisans, food producers, and small micro businesses in developing countries, AND Denver!!!!

Alternate Giving Fair, Nov. 2 & 3 in Fort Collins
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church 
1200 S. Taft Hill Rd, Fort Collins, CO
Shepherd of the Hills will be hosting their 12th annual Alternative Giving Fair &
Market on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3. The Alternative Giving Fair supports Fair Trade and provides an alternative to traditional Holiday gifts.  Select from beautiful, handcrafted items created by people around the world. Give a gift this season that gives back to the world. Admission is free!  Download the flyer here.
Fair Trade Fair at Cross of Christ to benefit Growing Home
ministry at our new RMS Lutheran Center

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! 



Heart, Hands and Feet Academy:
Exploring the Enneagram
Friday, Nov. 8 from 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
Cost:  $25 per person.
Abiding Hope Lutheran Church, 6337 S. Robb Way, Littleton, CO, 80127


Brad and Rita Berglund, two extremely experienced spiritual directors, will guide you into personal examination and reflection using the Enneagram, an ancient and very effective tool for personal and group  spiritual development. Each participant will gain valuable insight into his/her particular gifts, how we each perceive and relate to the world around us, what needs to be unleashed from within and how we can best use our  particular gifts in service of God and others. Participants will receive dinner on Friday evening, continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and a Heart, Hands and Feet t-shirt.  RSVP by Oct. 31 to Anne Harper at 
Art of the Four Winds
Friday, November 15, 6-9:30 pm
Saturday, November 16, 11am-8pm
Four Winds American Indian Council
201 W. 5th Ave Denver, CO 80204
Experience a unique variety of artwork from local and nationally known Indigenous and Native American artists as they fill the Four Winds American Indian Council with one of a kind works of art.  For more information please contact Thompson Williams:  720-289-8444 or
The Rocky Mountain Synod is accompanying Four Winds in their fundraising, which supports their outreach and programming.

Concert:  Sunrise Mass
Saturday, November 2, 7:30pm
Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver, CO

Veteran's Day Celebration on November 9
at Glory of God, Wheat Ridge, at  6:30 p.m

You are invited to show your "Gratitude" and honor our nation's heroes at "The Officers' Club." Admission is free and the dress code is casual, to uniform, to representing your favorite era. Snacks and beverages will be available, and any donations will benefit Freedom Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD. They will also be collecting for Toys for Tots! Questions or want to honor your favorite Veteran? Please contact Janelle Conniff at 303-810-8240.


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

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