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

Pinata Contest! 


As part of the Dedication Celebration, congregations are invited to participate in our Assembly Pinata Contest!  Judging will take place at the Dedication Celebration on Thursday, May 8.  The top two entries will win a PIZZA PARTY with Bishop Gonia, so get those creative juices going! Email Erin Power for more information.


Submit Assembly Requests by February 18

It's time to submit assembly requests: display table, ministry booklet, plenary time, & interest lunches. Deadline for requests is February 18. Assembly begins on May 8 with dedication of new Office of the Bishop site. Displays and sessions are May 9 & 10 at Marriott Denver Tech Center.  

Registration opens soon
We are in the process of proofing the online registration system and hope to go live the end of this week. Please note the registration deadline is April 4. A separate online link will be available for hotel reservations. Watch for details.

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany 

February 16 , 2014

link to texts, prayers, and art for this coming Sunday

O God, strength of all who hope in you, because we are weak mortals we accomplish nothing good without you. Help us to see and understand the things we ought to do, and give us grace and power to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

Synod Prayer Cycle:  Border 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: 

St. Mark, Roswell, NM 
Larry Sydow

St. Peter, Carlsbad, NM 
Gerri Cunningham



Erin Dunlavy ordination is February 16 at King of Glory, Arvada, CO


Erin Dunlavy has received a call to be the pastor of Maria Lutheran Church in Hershey, NE, and Grace Lutheran Church in Sutherland, NE. Ordination will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 16, at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Arvada, CO.  The color of the day is red and pastors are invited to vest.  A reception follows.  All are invited! We celebrate with Erin, an ordination candidate from the Rocky Mountain Synod.




paint-cans-swatches.jpg February 22 is next painting day at the Lutheran Center


We got a great start on some painting and projects at the new Lutheran Center. The next day is scheduled for February 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. The church council from Joy Lutheran Church in Park has signed up to help out. Thank you!



Contributions to new Office of the Bishop campaign reach $31,574

Monetary gifts are invited from congregations, conferences, and individuals for furnishings, art, liturgical items, landscaping, plants, media, and more. Thus far we have received $31,574 towards our goal of $60,000. Thank you for your generosity!


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 or pledges were received this week from congregations and ministries (gifts from individuals will be acknowledged later):  

Lord of the Mountains, Dillon, CO

Christ the Servant, Louisville, CO
St. Mark's, Aurora, CO

Atonement, Boulder, CO 

Augustana, Denver, CO





For 2014, we are still in need of additional mission partners for the following ministries:

Christ the King - South Jordam, UT
Cristo Rey
- Denver, CO
Mision Luterana Aurora
- Aurora, CO
Mustard Seed House Churches
- Fort Collins/Loveland, CO

If you or your congregation are interested in mission partnership, please contact Rev. Stephanie Quick Espinoza at


Reminder checklist for leaders


Things to do February 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 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 (actually by February 21!)  
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.




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: 

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.




Pastor Andrea Doeden and a group from Zion's Lutheran Church in Trinidad is joining with members from around the ELCA and traveling to Morogoro, Tanzania July 11-26, 2014.  We would love you to consider this opportunity to learn and serve as we work together with those in Morogoro.  Are you a nurse? PA or NP? Physician? Dentist? Please consider going!  Non-medical participants are blessed to serve as 'helpers' and are welcome as well!  This will be the 12th yr working in Morogoro and Dr. Doeden's third trip.  Please contact Pr/Dr. Andrea Doeden at 719-859-2301 or at for more information! 



Metro East Cluster Spring Brunch


Saturday, March 22, 2014 9:30 to Noon

Lord of the Hills Lutheran Church

21755 E. Smoky Hill Rd., Centennial, CO 80015

Registration $5 per person, payable at door. Deadline for registration is March 10. Please register with Pat Billington in the LOTH office at 303-617-9884. Childcare will be available, with reservation, for a free-will donation to the LOTH Youth Mission Trips. 




One Year to Live: Men's Retreat


March 21-23, 2014

YMCA Camp Santa Maria
Grant, Colorado 


Men of all ages who yearn for real friendships and a

closer relationship with Christ, this 45-hour experience will be genuine, spiritual, challenging, and adventurous. 5:30 p.m. Friday through 3 p.m. on Sunday.


A previous participant said, "Like most men I used to have only passing conversations with other men at church. Now I have brothers in Christ."


Download the brochure for more information.

Lenten Resources 

"For God so loved the world..."
Global Resources for Lent

Resources are now available for Lenten suppers, services, classes, events and offerings.




Seeking photo directory volunteer
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. Contact Kent Mueller to volunteert: 



Church Organ Available 
A faculty member of Colorado Christian University has an organ available. It has a full pedal board and bench as well. Contact Gayle for more information.


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, led by Pastor Rick Thompson.



Half-time position in Denver. 

Contact Krista Kilgus for information.
Complete job description. 



Director of Youth and Family Ministries  

First Lutheran in Colorado Springs

Grades 6 through 12

Full-time position 


more information 




Part-Time Youth Director

All Saints Lutheran Church (ASLC) in Aurora Colorado
Part time Youth Director (10-12 hours per week)


more information 





Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • In Office Appointments
  • LAM-CO meeting
  • Faith Formation Committee 
  • Ordination of Erin Dunlavy, King of Glory, Arvada, CO
  • Faith Advocacy Day  

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • Western LCM Staff Retreat

 Pastor Sarah Moening   

  • Trinity, Laramie, WY
  • Shepherd of the Hills, Fort Collins, CO
  • Faith Formation Network
  • MSYG planning meeting
  • Lutheran Church of the Servant, Sante Fe,NM
  • Cross of Hope, Albuquerque, NM 

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • In-office Appointments
  • HKBP, Denver, Co 
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • Shepherd of the Valley, Grand Junction, CO
  • LC meetings
  • Assembly planning 
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry NM 
  • Legislative Session 
Becky Jones (interim)
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO  
  •  Faith Advocacy Day 
Kim Williams
  • Deepened Discipleship Projects 


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 Mexico: Immersion trip,

April 9-16, 2014
Worship with the Lutheran faith communities in Mexico City during seven days of site visits and engaging lectures and experience the realities of poverty, globalization, ecumenism and spirituality in Latin America, with an emphasis on the role of Lutheran and Protestant churches in Mexico. See

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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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Roll at STRIKE for LFS!

Provide Help & Hope for Children and Families

Bring Your Family & Friends for this Great FUNdraiser!


Saturday, March 1, 2014
Brunswick Zone 
9150 Harlan Street - Westminster CO


$20 Adults/ $15 Children 12 & Under

Includes: Three Games of Bowling, Rental Shoes, Door Prizes, Pizza & Soda!


Register at 

Call 303.217.5860 for more information.

Stewardship and Generosity Workshop 


A workshop on Stewardship and Generosity by renowned stewardship author Clif Christopher is Wednesday, February 12, 2014, in Denver at Wellshire Presbyterian Church, 2999 S Colorado Blvd. Check-in/Refreshments: 8:30 am, Workshop: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. $10 per person includes lunch. Register now: click on Events at   Clif Christopher is the author of Not Your Parents' Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship.



Soccer Outreach Program 
WANTED: Gym teachers, soccer players, people who want to help kids, and congregations that want to form a soccer team in the Aurora/Denver area!

We would like to apply for a grant from ELCA's Area Ministry Strategy fund to help create a soccer program in the Aurora/Denver area that would have a community impact on children and youth. Two of the sites for this potential program would be Cristo Rey-Denver and Mision Luterana-Aurora. We are looking for other congregations that would like to be possible host sites. We also need a team to put together this grant. This is a great way to provide healthy activities for children and youth in our communities and be a source of evangelical outreach. For more information, please contact Rev. Stephanie Quick Espinoza at
Day Camp Volunteers Needed March 24-28 in Aurora
Mision Luterana Aurora, a new Synodically Authorized Worshipping Commmunity (SAWC) of the Rocky Mountain Synod, is hosting a day camp for Latino children during Spring Break, March 24-28. The camp will focus on health and wellness, including cooking classes, planting seeds for a community garden, exercises and games, and more! Volunteers are needed, both adult and high school students are welcome to help! If you can help for just a few hours or the whole week, please contact mission developer, Jorge Espinoza at 

 To learn more about Mision Luterana Aurora, check out their Facebook page at!/misionluteranaauora 

Prepare/Enrich Certification Training  
Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Avenue, in Cherry Hills Village.  The workshop is designed to teach facilitators to administer the Prepare/Enrich Inventory, and provide both feedback and assistance to premarital and married couples.  For more information, or to register, please call Beth Walker at 720.352.9915. 






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

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