Painting Day for Growing Home Ministry at the new Lutheran Center Site:  January 25

location: 7375 Samuel Drive, Denver, CO, 80221 map

paint-cans-swatches.jpg The basement kitchen at the new Lutheran Center has been in serious need of a renovation, and Cross of Christ is taking the lead in providing overall funding and volunteers. We have special need for volunteer painters on Saturday, January 25, beginning at 9 a.m. We will be painting the basement and office areas of the former Valley Lutheran Church. (Later in the spring we are planing an exterior painting day!) Our thanks to THRIVENT FINANCIAL FOR LUTHERANS for providing an Action Grant for paint!

Please bring rollers and brushes if you have them, and lunch will be provided!  Email Erin Power ( with questions .  This is a great opportunity for your congregation to be involved with the ministry at the the new RMS Lutheran Center!  

The new RMS Lutheran Center is one of the locations for Growing Home, a ministry providing transitional housing for homeless families. Cross of Christ in Broomfield hosts Growing Home families throughout the year in the basement of the Lutheran Center (the former site of Valley Lutheran Church), along with other partner congregations. This renovation will make the ministry site more hospitable.

"Claiming God's Presence" as students and staff return to Arapahoe High School

2-candles-sm.jpg On January 5, four ELCA churches in the Southwest Metro Conference led a joint prayer service for "re-entry" at Arapahoe High School for those impacted by the tragedy of December 13 and the days following.  Anyone connected to AHS (students, staff, families, community members) were invited through the conference congregations. 

The service liturgy was framed around Gather, Word, Meal and Sending, the four movements of worship. The gathered community travelled to four stations at various doors of the high school. Each station contained scripture, prayers and a tangible item (annointing, rocks, bread, candles) with blessings for the journey. 

Eighty people were in attendance and found strength in community and prayer. The objective was to create a safe space to claim God's presence and a new reality prior to the return to school. It was a beautiful collaboration between clergy and staff of four south metro congregations: St. Philip, Holy Trinity, Christ, and Bethany.




Baptism of our Lord

January 12, 2014


O God our Father, at the baptism of Jesus you proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized into Christ faithful to their calling to be your daughters and sons, and empower us all with your Spirit, 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: 
Metro West
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: 



Good Shepherd Glenwood Springs, CO

     Jeffrey Carlson

Highlands Denver, CO

     Liliana Stahlberg

Holy Cross Wheat Ridge, CO

     Ron Bock

King of Glory Arvada, CO

     Todd Payne

Lord of the Mountains Dillon, CO

     Stephanie Kopsch


Prayer for the opening of our State Legislatures


O God, the fountain of wisdom, whose will is good and gracious, and whose law is truth: We ask you so to guide and bless our senators and representatives in the Colorado Legislature, that they may discern that which is good and wise from that which is self-serving and folly, and enact such laws as shall please you, to the glory of your Name and the welfare of this people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Congratulations  to Pastor Travis & Yajaira Johnson-Esparza on the birth of their son, Joaquin Trinidad Johnson-Esparza on December 10th.  Joaquin and Travis share the same birthday!



Contributions to new Office of the Bishop campaign reach over $10,000!

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. Thus far we have received $10,275 towards our goal of $60,000.


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 and print a card to give to announce the donation. Learn more and give an online gift on the RMS website or click below:



A Paypal account is not needed.

On payment page, click on "continue" for a credit card gift. 


for gifts received thus far from (or on behalf of) these congregations or conferences:

Advent, Westminister, CO
Covenant, Wheatland, WY
Cross of Christ, Broomfield, CO
Evergreen, Evergreen, CO
First, Colorado Springs, CO
First, Longmont, CO
Grace, Boulder, CO
Grace, Colorado Springs, CO
Grace, Casper, WY
Holy Cross, La Junta, CO
Mount Calvary, Boulder, CO
Peace, Las Cruces, NM
Peace, Sterling, CO
Shepherd of the Mountains, Estes Park, CO
Shepherd of the Mountain, Park City, UT
Southeast Colorado Conference
Spirit of the Mountains, Golden, CO
St. Paul, Albuquerque, NM
Trinity, Monument, CO
Trinity, Laramie, WY
Zion, Loveland, CO



Put your faith into action:  

Faith Advocacy Day CO

Monday, Feb. 17 (Presidents' Day)
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at History Colorado, 1200 Broadway
(free parking on the street that day)     

Our theme this year is Moral Choic


es: Deficit Reduction/Protecting the Poor. 

Our keynote speaker will be Ellen Teller, director of government affairs for Food Research and Action Center, the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public-private partnerships and eradicate hunger in the United States. 


We'll also have a panel discussion about how deficit reduction is specifically affecting the poor in Colorado, with cutbacks in food stamps, subsidized housing and other benefit programs.

Registration cost is $30 by Wednesday, Feb. 12, and includes lunch. A low-income/student rate of $20 is available as well.

Online registration will be available next week.


We Welcome Becky Jones as the Interim Director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry CO! 

Add a description The Rev. Rebecca Jones ("Becky" to her friends) is a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado. She serves on the Episcopal bishop's staff as public policy adviser to the Rt. Rev. Rob O'Neill and as Diocesan Jubilee Officer, the liaison between the diocese and its network of 31 Jubilee Ministries, outreach organizations all affiliated in some way with the Episcopal Church. She is also the deacon assigned to the St. Francis Center, a diocesan-sponsored day shelter for the homeless in downtown Denver.

Becky is a longtime Denver journalist, having spent 24 years as a writer and editor for the Rocky Mountain News. Today, she supports herself as a freelance writer, whose work appears in a number of national and regional publications. She was ordained a deacon in 2008.

She's a native of east Tennessee who moved to Colorado in 1985. She has bachelor's degrees in journalism and political science from East Tennessee State University, a master's in journalism from Ohio State University, and a Master of Divinity degree, with a concentration in Justice and Peace Studies, from Iliff School of Theology.

Just as important, she was a member of the 1963-64 kindergarten class at First Lutheran Church of Cleveland, Tennessee. Her relationship with Lutherans goes way, way back!

For the past six years she's worked very closely with former LAM executive directors Brad Wood and Terri McMaster, who served as her mentors in public policy advocacy. In fact, she claims to have spent more time in the synod office, working on various projects with Brad, than she's spent in the diocesan office.

She lives in Denver's West Highlands neighborhood with her two rotten terriers, Mac and Melonball, and Pilot, an elderly white, fluffy, foster dog of indeterminate breed.
Applications are now being received for the permanent Advocacy Director position.

Mail in World Hunger Appeal Contributions by January 24

To make sure your congregation's contributions are credited to fiscal year 2013, those dollars have to be received by the ELCA World Hunger office before the end of January.

Mail your checks (with the congregation clearly indicated) to either:  
The Rocky Mountain Synod, 455 Sherman Street  Suite 160, Denver, CO 80203  
ELCA World Hunger, 8765 West Higgins Road, Chicago, Illinois 60631.

New Hunger Resources Coming Soon!
Watch for these resources designed to help you tell the story of ELCA World Hunger in a variety of ways:
Into the Wild: A Lenten Liturgy and Intergenerational Study on Hunger. This five-part program follows the story of Jesus' temptation in the wilderness and explores what it means to live out our baptismal faith in a world filled with hunger, suffering and hope. Available late in January.


Act 2Day 4Tomorrow.  This lock-in resource brings youth together to learn about the role they can play in eradicating hunger and poverty in the world.  Available late in January.

Food for a Week.  A hunger simulation activity that will give members of your congregation, or youth group, a very personal, interactive experience about hunger in the United States.  Available in February.

Order these and all hunger resources online at:

Designate your "Thrivent Choice Dollars"
for the Rocky Mountain Synod


If you are a member of Thrivent Financial, do you know about the Choice Dollars program?  As a Thrivent member, you can choose where your Choice Dollars are directed.  The Rocky Mountain Synod is an eligible recipient of your Choice Dollars!


If you are eligible to participate in Choice Dollars, or are uncertain about your eligibility, visit Or Contact your local Thrivent Financial representative.


Choice Dollars designated to eligible benefit members in 2013 must be directed by March 31, 2014.


Thrivent Action Teams


Thrivent also has in place a new program whereby a Thrivent member can apply for Action Dollars as seed money for a fundraiser or educational event.  Each grant is for $250. More information. Limit of two grants per year per Thrivent member.



NM Bishop's Luncheon & Issues Briefing - January 28

The annual Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM Bishop's Legislative Luncheon will be Tuesday, January 28. Make plans to attend and be sure to make your reservation (or a reservation for a group from your congregation or

organization) to attend this annual gathering which will begin at 12:30 pm at La Fonda in Santa Fe.

They will be celebrating their 30th anniversary! Rocky Mountain Synod Bishop Jim Gonia will speak at the luncheon and will also share a message with us during the Issues Briefing in the morning prior to the luncheon. The day will begin at 9:00 am at Christ Lutheran Church (1701 Arroyo Chamiso) with registration, fellowship and an opportunity to learn more about the issues for which Lutheran Advocacy Ministry will be advocating throughout 2014.

The cost of the luncheon is $30 person ($25 per person when 4 or more people from a congregation or organization make reservations together). If you are only attending the morning issues briefing, the cost is $5.  

Please contact Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM (505-984-8005

or to make reservations. The deadline for reservations is January 24.



Middle School Youth Gathering - 
January 17-19!      
Middle School Youth Gathering: Sow What? Visit the website for details and downloads. 
Madagascar Elections
This past Friday, January 3, results of the December 20 election in Madagascar were announced with Hery Rajaonarimampianina, the current Finance Secretary, winning by 54%. The electoral court has 15 days to confirm the results. The BBC reports, "The elections were the first to be held since a 2009 military-backed takeover, when Mr. Rajoelina, who backed Mr. Rajaonarimampianina, overthrew the democratically elected government of Marc Ravalomanana." Please continue to pray for our companions in Madagascar as they make this transition. Read the full BBC article.
Free piano
St John's in Thornton, CO, has a studio upright piano to donate it to any church who might need it.  It is older and has seen a lot of use but it sounds great and still stays in tune.  Its brand is Aerosonic. Call Pastor Penni at 303-718-6401 if you're interested.


33rd Annual Rural Ministry Conference
March 2 - 4, 2014
The Center for Theology & Land at Wartburg Theological Seminary hosts the annual Rural Ministry Conferences that have been held in Dubuque since 1982. Each year's conference addresses issues and themes pertinent to the well-being of rural communities and the ministry of rural churches. This year's theme is Revitalizing Rural & Small Town Ministries. Information.
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.  

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


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.  Trinity in Fort Collins
Continental Breakfast / suggested donation of $5

Join the Nicaragua Mission Trip this summer!

Interested in joining a traveling group going to Nicaragua June 10-20, 2014? The Nicaragua Project Mission Trip is under the auspices of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Greeley and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Longmont. Originally from Nicaragua, Pastor Abe Gonzales from Immanuel is the leader. The group will bring  hope to the people of Somoto, Nicaragua by building houses, sponsoring the Ninos Y Ninas Children's Center, running medical clinics, provide water filters, sponsor a Mother's House, sponsor scholarships to youth trying to go to school and college, and also sponsor Microloans.

An information meeting is January 24 at 6pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Longmont, beginning with a potluck dinner. Visit for more information and be sure to look for the Colorado trip. They are in special need of dentists this year! But all are welcome nurses, construction workers, VBS leaders, and many other jobs to be done. Fundraisers are also needed!

If you are interested, please visit the website and look at the handbook for detailed information. Or call Susan Kent at 303-736-2501.




Trinity Lutheran Church
Fort Collins, CO 


Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Littleton, CO


Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Berkeley, CA 

Joy Lutheran Church 
Parker, CO
Full Job Description 


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

View the entire job description and qualifications






Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • Bishop's Academy, Savannah, GA
  • Lutheran Disaster Response 
  • Candidacy Committee
  • Boulder/Broomfield Mission Gathering
  • House for all Sinners and Saints, Denver, CO
  • Christ the King, Colorado Springs, CO 

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • LAC-CO
  • Companion Synod Committee
  • Lutheran Disaster Relief
  • Candidacy Committee
  • Four Winds Meeting

 Pastor Sarah Moening   

  • In-office appointments
  • Faith Formation Network
  • Mission Strategy
  • Bethel, Windsor, CO
  • Christ the King, Colorado Springs, CO 

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • In-office appointments
  • Four Winds Meeting 
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • RMS Centro Luterano Meetings 
  • Candidacy Panel Video
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry NM 
  • Medicaid Coalition
  • Holy Cross, Albuquerque, NM
Kim Williams
  • Deepened Discipleship Projects 


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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


2014 God's Work Our Hands Sunday



2014 Theological Conference

Marriott Hotel
Colorado Springs, Colorado


2014 Senior High Youth Gathering

YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, Colorado 


2015 Middle School Youth Gathering

Elegante Hotel & Conference Center
(new name for the Crowne Plaza!)
Colorado Springs, Colorado



MAY 1-3

2015 Synod Assembly

Sheraton Hotel
Salt Lake City, Utah


2015 Theological Conference

YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, Colorado


2014 Senior High Youth Gathering

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Colorado Interfaith Power and Light invites survey responses

Colorado Interfaith Power and Light (CoIPL) is an interfaith group of people concerned about what the future has in store for our children due to the potential challenges posed by climate change. CoIPL provides support to individuals and congregations in their goal to be faithful stewards of God's creation. We encourage stewardship through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy and making the commitment to sustainability. 

They are looking for ideas about how we can better serve congregations on issues of energy conservation and climate change. Please fill out the survey at the link below.
It should take less than 5 minutes to do.

Beyond Divorce: Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends
This seminar will begin  on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch.  The seminar is from 6:30 to 8:30 PM each Tuesday for 10 weeks. Complementary child care is available.  For more information please contact Beth Walker at 720.352.9915 or

Teens of the rockies Encounter Christ: TrEC # 20



TrEC is an awesome, music-filled, surprise-packed, and a whole-lot-of-fun retreat weekend for high school teens between the ages 14-19. TrEC # 20 is Presidents' Weekend, Feb 15 - Feb 17, 2014, at Abiding Hope Lutheran Church, Littleton CO.  The cost of the weekend is $55, and sponsorships are available. Visit the TrEC website for applications, or send an e-mail .  Come join other teens from across the state for the TrEC of your lifetime!  

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

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