Greetings!

2014 Assembly Information
May 8 - 10
May 8
New Lutheran Center Dedication
7375 Samuel Drive, Denver, CO 

May 9 & 10 Assembly
Denver, Colorado
Marriott Tech Center


Seeking volunteers for...

someone driving Salt Lake to Denver
We have a donation of some pieces of small wooden furniture, such as a candle stand, flower stand, etc. Anyone driving from Salt Lake to Denver who could bring over some items?

assistance with the RMS website
We are seeking a web steward who knows Adobe Dreamweaver. 
 
assembly photo directory coordinator
Every other year, we take photos of rostered leaders at the assembly. We will need someone to help coordinate the photo area and recruit some volunteers.
 
assembly childcare organizer
We have offered childcare at some assemblies, and it is appreciated by those with small children. We are considering our options for childcare at our Denver Tech Center assembly. We are seeking a coordinator for assembly childcare.
 
Contact Kent Mueller to help out with these request: kmueller@rmselca.org.    

Painting Day new Lutheran Center is Jan 25

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

paint-cans-swatches.jpgWe have about 15 already signed up for  Saturday, January 25, beginning at 9 a.m.! We will be painting the basement and other areas of the former Valley Lutheran Church. Please bring rollers and brushes if you have them.  Email Erin Power (epower@iliff.edu) with questions.
 


"Things to Do" checklist by Feb 15!

___Submit Congregational Intents for 2014!

So that Synod Council can plan ahead for ministry in 2014, each congregation is asked to submit their partnership intent. An online form is available to make it easy to submit the information.  
Visit this link to complete the online form. Or complete and submit this .pdf form.

  

___Submit Rostered Leader Report!

  

After you click on the following link, click on the "SYNODS" tab to download the report in Formatta Filler format. Link to forms page. The completed form may be emailed to Janice.
 
___ Submit Congregation Report A or C!  
 
You will need your congregational number and password to complete the form online.  If you need assistance, contact Cheryl
 
 
___ Take the rosterd leader health assessment!  
 
Rostered leaders (not retired) can win the chance at 3 Fitbit health tracker/pedometers that sync with your smart phone if you take the assessment and submit your name. All links are here.
 
 
 

  

 
 PRAYERS
 

Third Sunday after Epiphany  

January 26 , 2014


 

Lord God, your loving kindness always goes before us and follows after us. Summon us into your light, and direct our steps in the ways of goodness that come through the cross of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord 

 

 
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: 
  

1/26

 

St. John's , Thornton, CO

Penni Walsh  

St. Stephen, Northglen, CO
Tracy Hinkel  

United Church of the San Juans, Ridgway, CO

Harry Strong

Zion, Montrose, CO

Michael Rime

Zion, Idaho Springs, CO

Don Marxhausen
American,  Grand Junction, CO

Barbara Johnson  

First Gypsum, CO

Kari Reiquam  

Glory of God Wheat Ridge, CO
 
  

Installation of Dan Hayes

 

Pastor Dan Hayes will be installed on Sunday, January 26 to serve Peace Lutheran Church in Akron, Colorado, and All Saints Lutheran Church, at Ebenezer Care Center, in Brush, Colorado. Peace installation is at 2 p.m.  All Saints is at 4 p.m.  We are pleased to welcome Pastor Hayes back to a call in the Rocky Mountain Synod!

 

CONGREGATION CONTRIBUTIONS
RMS Office of the Bishop Under Construction
Tour the RMS Office of the Bishop at the new Lutheran Center: under construction January 14, 2014 

Contributions to new Office of the Bishop campaign reach $14,205!

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 $14,205 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. 

 


OUR THANKS! New gifts were received this week from congregations and ministries (gifts from individuals will be acknowledged later):

Cross of Christ, Broomfield, CO

Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Fort Morgan, CO

Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Greeley, CO

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Lakewood, CO

Ascension St. Matthew's, Price UT

Highlands Lutheran Church, Denver, CO

 

 

CONGREGATION CONTRIBUTIONS

 

Contributions to new Office of the Bishop campaign reach $14,205!

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 $14,205 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. 

 


OUR THANKS! New gifts were received this week from congregations and ministries (gifts from individuals will be acknowledged later):

Cross of Christ, Broomfield, CO

Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Fort Morgan, CO

Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Greeley, CO

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Lakewood, CO

Ascension St. Matthew's, Price UT

Highlands Lutheran Church, Denver, CO

 

 

SUICIDE PREVENTION

Suicide Prevention Training for Congregations

Offered by Carolyn Swenson from St. Paul Lutheran Church - Denver

The Rocky Mountain Synod region has some of the highest suicide rates in the nation. Multiple factors contribute to a person's risk for suicide but it is also considered very preventable. One of the most important ways to decrease suicide is to normalize help-seeking and make it more routine to offer help in our day-to-day interactions in workplaces, schools, colleges and communities. 

We can all play a part in prevention and faith communities are an especially great place to build awareness and skills. Question - Persuade - Refer (QPR) training prepares teens and adults to recognize signs that a person may be suicidal and intervene to encourage the person to seek help. 

 

This free training lasts one and half hours and is appropriate for clergy, other rostered individuals and lay people. Carolyn Swenson is a family nurse practitioner, public health professional, and a certified QPR trainer. Call 303-748-0759  or send an email to cjswenson57@gmail.com  to schedule training. Churches throughout the synod should feel free to request training and every effort will be made to travel to offer the training or find a local qualified trainer.

LUFTHERAN ADVOCACY MINISTRY

  

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)     

 

register now!

 


Our theme this year is

Moral Choices

: 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.

 

ELCA WORLD HUNGER
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  
OR 
ELCA World Hunger, 8765 West Higgins Road, Chicago, Illinois 60631.
NEW MEXICO BISHOP'S LUNCHEON

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 info@lutheranadvocacynm.org to make reservations. The deadline for reservations is January 24.

TO THE POINT
  

Piano for Sale
 
The upright Monarch 1912 piano that has been on loan to the Office of the Bishop is for sale. Beautiful Mahogany cabinet. Rich sound, Recently tuned. $2500. Questions, or to discuss an offer, please call Linda Staats 602-740-3752
 
 
 
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.  February 12 will be our next worship service.
                       
CONFERENCE GATHERINGS

Conference Mission Gatherings

 

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 FEB 1 North Colorado from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

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

NICARAGUA MISSION TRIP
Join the Nicaragua Mission Trip this summer!


Interested in joining a traveling group going to Nicaragua June 10-20, 2014

An information meeting is January 24 at 6pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Longmont, beginning with a potluck dinner.

Visit 
http://thenicaraguaproject.org 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.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

OFFICE ASSISTANT

Spirit of Joy, Fort Collins, CO is seeking a part-time office assistant. Apply by Februrary 16.  For more information email nancy@sojoyfc.org

 

More information  

 

WORSHIP KEYBOARDIST

Saint Peter Lutheran Church, Greenwood Village, CO, is seeking a keyboardist to help lead worship. A full job description is available online or contact Steve Howie, minister of music at showie@stplc.org if you are interested in this opportunity. 

More information 

 

 

YOUTH AND FAMILY MINISTER (FULL TIME)

Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver, Colorado, is seeking a leader for faith formation and faith practices from baptism to adulthood. To apply, send cover letter and resume to Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda Avenue, Denver, CO 80236. Applications may also be sent via facsimile to 303.388.1338 or by e-mail to info@augustanadenver.org

 

More information

 

THIS WEEK

  

Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • In-office appointments
  • Executive Committee
  • Madagascar Consultation
  • Installation of Dan Hayes, Peace, Akron
  • Diocese of the Rio Grande
  • Lutheran Family Services, NM
  • Faith Advocacy Day New Mexico

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • Campus Ministry Meeting
  • Sky Ranch Board Meeting
  • Madagascar Consultation
  • Boulder/Broomfield Conference

 Pastor Sarah Moening   

  • Campus Ministry Meeting
  • Mt. Calvary, Colorado Springs, CO
  • In-office appointments
  • Church Development Institute

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • In-office appointments
  • Cristo Rey, Denver,COChurch Development Institute  
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • Supervisor Meeting, Iliff School of Theology
  • Lutheran Center Planning Meetings
  • Assembly Planning
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry NM 
  • Bishop's Legislative Breakfast
  • Medicaid Advisory Committee
  • Faith Advocacy Day New Mexico
Becky Jones (interim)
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO  
 
 
Kim Williams
  • Deepened Discipleship Projects 
 

 

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ELCA GLOBAL LINKS

Global Links logo

 

Central African Republic: ELCA increases aid  Through Lutheran Disaster Response, the ELCA has added $50,000 to its commitment of $250,000 to help those affected by the violence in the Central African Republic. See www.ELCA.org/News-and-Events/7638. Also see www.ELCA.org/News-and-Events/7637 for a report on a letter sent from ELCA leaders to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressing concern for "the grave state of human insecurity in the Central African Republic." And for a first-hand account of the violence, see the blog entry from ELCA missionaries June and Phillip Nelson at www.ELCA.org/News-and-Events/blogs/HandInHand/403

CONGREGATIONS
QUICK LINKS
CALENDAR
website calendar

 

2014 

 

 

MAY 8-10

2014 Synod Assembly

Marriott Tech Center
Denver, Colorado
 

SEPTEMBER 7

2014 God's Work Our Hands Sunday

 
 

SEPTEMBER 22-25

2014 Theological Conference

Marriott Hotel
Colorado Springs, Colorado


NOVEMBER 21-23

2014 Senior High Youth Gathering

YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, Colorado    
 
NEW DATES ADDED FOR 2015!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
 
 2015 

JANUARY 16-18

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
 
 

SEPTEMBER 21-24

2015 Theological Conference

YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, Colorado


NOVEMBER 20-22

2014 Senior High Youth Gathering

 
 
 
REGIONAL ROUNDUP: SELECT A STATE
UTAH
WYOMING
NEW MEXICO and EL PASO, TEXAS
COLORADO
  UTAH
submit Utah news or photos

 

Pastor Jeff Louden has new post at Utah Interfaith Power and Light

 

solar_panels_3.jpg Utah Interfaith Power and Light has hired Pastor Jeffrey Louden to be the director of communications and outreach effective January 1. St. Matthew's, Taylorsville, Mt. Tabor and Our Saviour's, Salt Lake City, and Prince of Peace in Logan are member congregations. Mt. Tabor has installed panels. St. Matthew's and Shepherd of the Mountains are in the process.

Colorado also has a chapter of IPL and many of our congregations have become active in energy efficiency and seeing how we use energy as a discipleship issue. Utah's website is www.utahipl.org or your can click on www.theregenerationproject.org for national information.

 

 

WYOMING
submit Wyoming news or photos 

 

 

NEW MEXICO and EL PASO, TEXAS 

    

COLORADO
 
Social Justice Forums 
Mt. Calvary, Boulder, CO
 

Sunday: February 2: 10:30-12:30 Roots of Injustice: Seeds of Change: Session 1:

This is a two hour interactive workshop, which works towards raising our level of knowledge of the Doctrine of Discovery, which has led to the many centuries of discrimination towards Native Peoples in the U.S. and around the world.  Members of other churches and faith communities are being invited to join us, so we ask those interested to sign up ahead of time to be sure of a space.

 

Sunday, February 9: 10:30-11:15 Roots of Injustice: What we can do: Session 2

This will be a follow-up discussion of the issues raised by the workshop, and will hopefully lead towards Mount Calvary and other faith communities reaching out towards healing of our immigrant cultures with those of Native Peoples. This year is the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre in South Eastern Colorado, and we hope to be involved in how Boulder and the State of Colorado confronts the issues presented.


 
James Hersch Concert
Thursday, January 23, 7pm
King of Kings
2561 Vinewood Lane, Pueblo, CO
Join King of Kings for a Coffee House style night of music. Admission is FREE!  James Hersch is an acclaimed song-writer, singer & guitarist who has built a repertoire of music that puts him squarely on the edge of acoustic music's importance in our culture. He offers a rare mixture of straight-forward music,talent, humor & sensitivity that create songs which speak to our common life experience, making his music appeal to people of all ages.  Download the flyer here.


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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