New fax number 
It sounds so, well, 1974, but we have a new fax number, which is 303-339-4744. Actually, it's a "fax to email" number. So your faxes will be delivered to us an email to Janice. Please note clearly who the fax is for.
Gifts invited towards new
Office of the Bishop location

So that we may, together, "Shine God's Future" at the new site of the Rocky Mountain Synod Office of the Bishop, monetary gifts are invited from congregations, conferences, and individuals for furnishings, art, liturgical items, landscaping, plants, media, and more. So that we may plan carefully, we ask that gifts (or pledges) be received by 

February 1 (corrected date).


Our goal is an average of $365 ($1 a day) from each of our 165 congregations. Larger congregations have the capacity to reach that goal more easily and may choose to give more since some congregations will give less. 


Courtyard bricks will express our gratitude to each congregation for the gifts received. Read more and download the bulletin insert. Give a contribution as a Christmas gift and print a card to give to announce the donation. Learn more and give an online gift on the RMS website


Ministry Opportunities:

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-Colorado 
Rocky Mountain Synod
Applications due by January 15,2014


This position is one of two state-based advocacy ministries 

of the ELCA Rocky Mountain Synod, the other being in New

Mexico. The two directors are expected to work collaboratively as an extension of the RMS Office of the Bishop, not only for the sake of their respective state-based ministries but for the sake of the whole synod and church. 


View the entire job description and qualifications


First Sunday in Advent
December 1, 2013


Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection save us from the threatening dangers of our sins, and enlighten our walk in the way of your salvation, for you 
live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

Synod Prayer Cycle: 
Utah 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: 


Ascension Ogden, UT
Matthew Muters

Ascension St. Matthew's Price, UT
James Drury

Christ the King South Jordan, UT
Scott Stein

Installation of Rev. John Maroni is Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church, Eaton, CO

We welcome Pastor John Maroni to Faith Lutheran Church in Eaton, Colorado. His service of installation will be Sunday, December 1 at 10 a.m.  Pastor Sarah Moening, Synod Minister for Deepened Discipleship, will be present for the installation liturgy. He comes to us from Sandyville, OH. All are welcome to join in the celebration of our ministry together.


Odyssey Appreciation Lunch Honoring 
Rev. Nelson Bock & Rev. Bonita Bock    

Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 11:00-12:30
Capitol Heights Presbyterian Church
11th and Fillmore, Denver     
The CHUM Leadership Team hopes all members and friends of CHUM will join this celebration in this time of reflection between Thanks and Giving. CHUM wishes to honor the work done and persons who serve our community. Together let us witness the stories of those who have traveled the spiritual path.  Let us be a caring presence for each other and for our community. We look forward to hearing Bonita and Nelson's story, honoring their path and the path of the CHUM Clergy and Agency Directors in this celebration of community.  
Please RSVP to Diana Flahive by November 30th303-832-4188 or   Cost is $15.

please register today! 
Two Advent Dinners offer opportunity to learn about RMS Mission Congregations 

Please join us at an Advent Dinner as a time to learn more about our mission congregations in the Rocky Mountain Synod.


December 1 from 6-8 pm: Misión Luterana Aurora

Hosted by: St. Mark's Lutheran Church

111 Del Mar Circle, Aurora, CO 80011

  • free meal with tamales and a Christmas cookie bar!
  • time to play Advent & Navidad trivia with prizes!
  • silent auction of Nativities from around the world
  • quilt raffle

Proceeds raised are for the ministries of Misión Luterana Aurora. Please register online by November 29.



December 8 from 6-8 pm: Cristo Rey and Well of Hope

Hosted By: Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey

501 Raleigh Street, Denver, CO 80204


  • free Mexican meal, dessert bar, and sangria!
  • music and dance presentations
  • time to play Loteria with prizes!
  • silent auction of gift baskets.


Proceeds raised are for the ministries of Cristo Rey & Well of Hope. Please register online by December 6.




We are a church that believes God is calling us into the world - together 


Thousands of ELCA members and congregations know the joy of supporting a longer-term missionary or Young Adult in Global Mission. This month, ELCA Global Church Sponsorship is sending an invitation to the remaining congregations in our synod to consider creating a covenant relationship of prayer, mutual communication and financial support for either of the following:

  • Pastor Erik and Tauna Roth live in Japan where Erik, who is rostered in your synod, serves as pastor of Tokyo Lutheran Church. Check out their blog at
  • Young Adults in Global Mission serving in Madagascar, your synod's international companion:  Karis Ailabouni, Molly Erikson, Anna Guthrie, Thomas Heinz, Anndi Russell, Zach Stewart and Ian Stitt (from Colorado). Pastor Austin and Tanya Propst coordinate the work of these young adults. Check out their blog at

Please consider this invitation carefully and prayerfully as a way for your congregation to make a world of difference for God's global mission! For more information about these sponsorship opportunities, please contact or 800-638-3522, ext. 2657.

Office of the Bishop Eucharist is Second Wednesday


We invite you to join us the second Wednesday of each month for a staff/community Eucharist Service at 11:30am at the Office of the Bishop. We are inviting area rostered leaders to lead these worship opportunities. December 11 will be led by Pastor Sara Wirth. If you are interested in leading worship January 18, Please email Erin Power.


Rainbow Trail 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. 



Wyoming Conference Gathering
is December 7 in Casper


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 listed below.  Please register at least 5 days prior to each event so arrangements may be made for meals or snacks. 


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. 




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 December 10.

Mission Interpreter Program to be launched by RMS Intern, Erin Power  


Diaconal Ministers are called to a ministry of Word and Service, intentionally serving in areas that seek to connect the Church and the World. As part of the ELCA candidacy process, all Diaconal Ministers must complete a Diaconal Ministry Project.  


Recently, Erin Power learned of the ELCA's Mission Interpreter Ministry and saw the need and potential for a ministry like this in the Rocky Mountain Synod.   


Erin is a Master of Divinity student at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO, and will graduate in June.  She is currently working as a Diaconal Ministry Intern at the Rocky Mountain Synod Office of the Bishop, serving in the areas of hospitality and communication.   


Gathering together for various events, RMS Bishop Jim Gonia often notes that "it is good to be church together." And yet, how many do not know the stories-our stories-of who we are and what do together as God's hands in the world?  Mission Interpreters are members of congregations who are passionate about telling those stories. Together they tell our stories, connect us to one another, and inspire others to be a part of our mission together in Christ.   Watch for more information about how you can volunteer to be the Mission Interpreter in your congregation.



Administrative/Communications Assistant (Part-TIme)

All Saints Lutheran Church
Albuquerque, NM


For full job description contact church or submit resumes, cover letter and personal or professional references to All Saints Lutheran Church, aslc_aslc@comcast.netor 4800 All Saints Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120, no later than November 18, 2013.


Organist and Choir Director
Christ the King, Denver, CO  

Christ the King Lutheran Church in Southwest Denver is seeking a part-time organist and choir director, to begin January 1, 2014. Interested persons should submit a resume to:


Beth Leith

Chair, Search Committee

c/o CTK Lutheran Church

2300 S. Patton Court

Denver, CO  80219


Or by email to:

subj - music director position

Office Manager 
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Aurora, CO 

St. Mark's Lutheran Church of Aurora, Colorado, is seeking an Office Manager to serve approximately 30 hours per week. A complete job description can be found at If you are interested in applying, please email your resume to 




Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • Mission Strategy Table
  • Trinity, Farmington, NM
  • New Mexico Council of Churches
  • Madagascar Consultation

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • Mission Strategy Table
  • Madagascar Consultation

 Pastor Sarah Moening   

  • Mission Strategy Table
  • Installation of Pastor John Maroni, Faith, Eaton, CO
  • Interim Ministry Planning

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Mission Strategy Table
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • RMS Centro Luterano Meetings
  • Growing Home Ministry
  • Mission Strategy Table 
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - NM 
  • NM Council of Churches Retreat
Kim Williams
  • Deepened Discipleship Projects 


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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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Deutscher Weihnachtsgottesdienst

Sunday, December 22, 2013, 5:00 p.m.

Community of Joy Lutheran Church, Rio Rancho, New Mexico

A German language Christmas Service will be held at Community of Joy Lutheran Church in Rio Rancho, New Mexico on Sunday, December 22, 2013, at 5:00 p.m.


The Rev. Michael Bastian, German born Pastor at Community of Joy, will deliver the sermon and lead through the service in the German language. Traditional Christmas hymns and music will be provided.


We welcome all visitors to our church for this special event and fellowship after the service.  Invite your parents, bring your children.  Spread the word to any of your friends who have connections to Germany and the German language and join us for this wonderful Christmas celebration.


Cristo Rey, El Paso, invites contributions
towards holiday outreach ministries


Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey and CEPCO (Central El Paso Community Organization) are putting together 90 Christmas food baskets for the families in thier After School Program. They are are also planning their annual "Posadas" where 200 to 300 people come to reenact the journey of Mary and Joseph and later celebrate with Mariachis, the traditional Mexican Christmas meal. Cristo Rey, El Paso, invites your contributions towards their holiday ministries.


See the list of needed items here.


Please send your donation or gift cards to Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey and put in the memo: "Christmas Projects." They will use your money where most needed for the projects. The address is 1010 East Yandell Drive El Paso, TX 79902.


Thank You for any assistance you can provide! If you have any questions please contact Rev. Rose Mary Sánchez-Guzmán at 915.422-6545 (Pastor), Pat Marruffo at 915.203-8258 (Secretary) or Ceci Herrera (Director for Central El Paso Community Organization) at 915.544-6545.  



You are invited to the Christmas Posadas 

Community of Joy German Shristmas Service 2012

Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey

Saturday, December 14th  @ 5:30 p.m.

1010 East Yandell Drive  


Las Posadas will begin at the Church 1010 E. Yandell where the Christmas Play and the Service will take place. The meal, Mariachis, Piñata, and celebration will be at 915 Florence at 7:00 p.m.  Cost is $10 per person, but free for people who make donations for this event! Please reserve your ticket soon! For more information call Pat & Rose Mary @ 544-6545 or 422-6545.





Operation Turkey Sandwich Volunteers Needed: 

House For All Sinners and Saints

This is their fifth year making Thanksgiving lunches to hand out to folks who have to work on Thanksgiving. Last year they delivered 1000 and this year they are shooting for more. They make fresh turkey sandwiches and put them in a lunch sack with mayo, mustard, salt & pepper, a pumpkin cookie and stuffing muffin. You can help by cooking or baking; assembling lunches, or driving around handing them out (super fun!). They need lots of people who can contribute turkeys, batches of stuffing muffins, and batches of pumpkin cookies.

Electronic sign-up form and recipes

Lutheran Chorale Concert
December 5, 2013 7:30pm - Thursday
Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, CO
470 South Allison Parkway, Lakewood, CO 80226
The Lutheran Chorale will present it's traditional concert at the Lakewood Cultural Center on 
Thursday, December 5. It is called, "Welcome, Joyous Season.
For more information, contact the Lakewood Cultural Center at (303) 987-7845.
Tickets through the Lakewood Cultural Center.
Community Organizing Training with Ernesto Cortez, Jr.
Tuesday, December 3
Iliff School of Theology

Ernesto Cortés, Jr. is a nationally renowned community organizer and trainer, and has been instrumental in the building of over 30 local, broad-based organizations as part of the largest and longest-standing network of local faith and community-based organizations in the United States, the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF). These local organizations achieve lasting change by creating new capacity in a community for leadership development, citizen-led action, and relationships across the lines that often divide communities.
RSVP Requested: Please email Dr. Jenny Whitcher at

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Colorado Gives Day
is Tuesday, December 10


Support the ministries of RAINBOW TRAIL LUTHERAN CAMP through the Community First Foundation on Colorado Gives Day, December 10, 2013.  You can make a huge difference in Rainbow Trail's ministry by providing funds for camperships, summer staff salaries, site improvements, and much, much more. Mark your Calendars: December 10, 2013.  24 hours to Give Where You Live!  

LUTHERAN FAMILY SERVICES  ROCKY MOUNTAINS is also 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! LFS will graciously receive gifts given on Colorado Gives Day! 

Synod Minister for Connected Community
Rocky Mountain Synod
800-525-0462 / 303-777-6700 / fax 303-339-4744

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