2014 Assembly information & registration is now available  

Read more about the 2014 Assembly and register online with a deadline of April 4.  After April 4 a $25 late fee will apply. The schedule is creatively designed with flex start and end times for those traveling long distances and those closer, since travelers need to be on their way by noon on Saturday. View assembly information online.

May 8
New Lutheran Center Dedication
7375 Samuel Drive,
Denver, CO map

May 9 & 10 Assembly
Denver, Colorado
Marriott Tech Center map


Submit Assembly Requests by February 21 (deadline extended to Friday!)

It's time to submit assembly requests: display table, ministry booklet, plenary time, & interest lunches. Deadline for requests is February 21. 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.  


Seventh Sunday after Epiphany 

February 23 , 2014

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

Holy God of compassion, you invite us into your way of forgiveness and peace. Lead us to love our enemies, and transform our words and deeds to be like his through whom we pray, 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. Timothy  El Paso, TX

Michael Hamilton 


Trinity  Las Cruces, NM

Jerry Reynolds


Trinity  Hobbs, NM

Kirsten Sauey Hoffman





You have ten days to complete the annual health assessment and win a Fitbit! Do it now! You get $150 each, PLUS, if enough take it, the RMS get's a huge rebate in "wellness dollars."


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 before February 28!  Take the assessment and then submit your name.  
All links are here.
Win a Fitbit fitness tracker by taking the health assessment before February 28!







Beth Ann













Schmitt Ajer*



M. Renee










* spouse took it too!



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!



Enter our assembly PINATA CONTEST to celebrate our new Lutheran Center dedication!


As part of the Dedication Celebration, congregations are invited to participate in our Assembly Pinata Contest! Get a group together and make your most creative pinata.  They will be displayed 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 if you have any questions.  Not sure how to make a pinata?  See the video below!

How To Make A Pinata
How To Make A Pinata


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. Thank you for your generosity! Learn more and give an online gift on the RMS website.

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


Reminder checklist for leaders


Things to do soon as possible if you haven't yet....

___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 28!)  
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.




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. 

Pulpit Exchange



Lakewood Lutheran and Episcopal Clergy traded spaces February 16


Pastor Rick Thompson, Holy Shepherd, Lakewood, CO, has been building a relationship for a couple years with St. Paul's Episcopal, five blocks away.


Pastor Thompson traded worship spaces with The Rev. Allan Cole from St. Paul's. Each preached and presided at their neighboring congregation. "It was a really good experience for me!" said Pastor Thompson.  "I felt very welcomed and enjoyed my time talking with adults during education hour about Lutherans and our relationship with Episcopalians.  I think there were lots of 'let's do this again' comments in both congregations."


Pictured above, Pastor Thompson presides at St. Paul's Episcopal, Lakewood, CO




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.




One Year to Live Retreat Reunion

For OYTL Alumni and Families and Close Friends

March 8, Noon to 3:30 pm. 

At Jim and Cathy Monkman's House.


Gather at noon for food and drinks. At 12:30 p.m. we will have a welcome, double circle, whole group/four domain demo, and check out. Email Jim at to RSVP, for address and directions, and if you have questions.
Health Assessment Time!


Rostered Leaders: Take the annual health assessment, get free money, and help us get wellness dollars back for the RMS

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.


Lenten Resources 

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

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




Palm Sunday Eco-Palms
Explore a better option for Palm Sunday. Eco-Palms help palm harvesters earn income, improve their communities and protect their environment. More information on the Lutheran World Relief website.



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.  March 12 will be our next worship service.  Email Erin Power if you are interested in leading worship!


read about opportunities in the Rocky Mountain Synod:

more information 





Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • ELCA Assignment Process, Chicago, IL
  • Prince of Peace, Casper, WY
  • St. John, Riverton, WY
  • Conference of Bishops, Chicago, IL

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • Campus Ministry Committee
  • Global Mission Committee
  • LFS Board Meeting
  • First Call Theological Conference

 Pastor Sarah Moening   

  • In-Office Appointments
  • Northern Colorado Conference
  • Zion, Idaho Springs, CO 

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • In-Office Appointments
  • Mission Developer Training, San Antonia, TX
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • Lutheran Center Painting Day
  • LC meetings
  • Assembly planning 
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry NM 
  • Legislative Session
  • Interfaith Hunger Coalition
Becky Jones (interim)
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO  
Kim Williams
  • Deepened Discipleship Projects 


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Bangladesh: Ministries with the vulnerable 
Quality health care and economic development for the most vulnerable plus clean water and disaster relief are priorities in this predominately Muslim country whose small Christian minority includes two Lutheran churches. See

website calendar





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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"Building Bridges Among Faith Traditions" Lecture


The Second Annual Neale Nelson Memorial Lecture will take place Tuesday, February 25, 2014, from noon to 1 p.m. at theGould Auditorium, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah. 

The Right Reverend Scott B. Hayashi, Eleventh Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah will be the lecturer, speaking on the theme, "Building Bridges Among Faith Traditions."  

This lecture series honors the Reverend Neale Nelson, former pastor at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, student and teacher at the University of Utah and professor at Regis University of Denver.

The lecture series is sponsored by Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Religion Archives in Special Collections at the J. Willard Marriott Library, and the Religious Studies program at the University of Utah. Contact:  Paul Mogren, paul.mogren@utah.edu801-581-3886, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah



Scout Sunday at Elim Lutheran Church

Sunday, February 23, will be Scout Sunday at Elim. Scouts and leaders will take almost all positions during the worship service. The service will begin with a flag ceremony conducted by the Scouts of Elim's Fred Lund BSA Troop 54, followed by the recitation of the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.


Scouts or Leaders will serve as ushers, acolyte, reader, communion assistant, assisting minister, and music leader. For more information, send email to or call 801-394-5543.







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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.



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. 




Urban Servant Corps Palm Sunday Prayer Walk
Sunday, April 13, 1pm 
1660 Ogden St. 
As Holy Week begins, you are invited to gather, learn, pray, and respond! Urban Servant Corps volunteers will lead walking tours around the neighborhood and placement sites where they serve. Information will be shared, prayers will be offered, and there will be a celebration of service! There will be options for a "long," "medium," or "short" walk as well as opportunities to learn about USC service sites at the Ogden House. 
 Please RSVP to or 303.894.0076, if you plan to attend. 



6th Annual Selian Lutheran Hospital 5K Run/Walk

1K Fun Run for the Kids!
Saturday, May 31, 9 a.m.  To Benefit Selian Lutheran Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania
Location:     St. Peter Lutheran Church
                    9300 E. Belleview
                    Greenwood Village, CO  80111

For additional information and to register, please visit or contact Carol Mayer at




Health Assessment Time!


Rostered Leaders: Take the annual health assessment, get free money, and help us get wellness dollars back for the RMS

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.


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

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