We are moving March 28!



Our move date is set for Friday, March 28. The Office of the Bishop will be closed March 24-28 as we prepare for the move. 

The new address is:
Rocky Mountain Synod
7375 Samuel Drive
Denver, CO 80221

The phone numbers will remain the same.
Click on map above for .pdf version to print. 


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



Third Sunday in Lent

March 30 , 2014

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

Bend your ear to our prayers, Lord Christ, and come among us. By your gracious life and death for us, bring light into the darkness of our hearts, and anoint us with your Spirit, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 
Synod Prayer Cycle:  Metro East 
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: 

Saron Strasburg, CO

      Julie Brooks

St. Mark  Aurora, CO

     Inga Oyan Longbrake

St. Matthew  Aurora, CO

    Marcel Naruki

St. Paul  Denver, CO

     Kevin Maly, Mark Filbert





World Malaria Day is coming up on April 25 and it's another great opportunity to do something big for the ELCA Malaria Campaign. For the last several years, the ELCA observed World Malaria Day by dedicating an entire week to raising funds and awareness for our companions' programs. To date, we have joined hands in 12 African countries to help fight malaria, and we have seen great progress. This year, let's make it 13.

We are looking to you and members of this church to help take the ELCA Malaria Campaign work into the next country - Namibia. If we raise $250,000, we'll have enough to kick start programming in Namibia, the last country in our rollout plan.

Will you join thousands of ELCA members across this church and millions of people around the world in taking action? Please consider observing this day by taking a special offering for the ELCA Malaria Campaign on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Find special World Malaria Day resources that will help you activate your congregation to learn about malaria, the ELCA Malaria Campaign, our work in Namibia and more.








Do you remember the Tree at last year's assembly? Well it will be back again this year! As a way to live out our theme "Gifted To Grow" congregations and assembly participants are invited to bring gifts that will be shared with our Mission Partner Congregations:




  • gift cards for supplies or for gas/groceries (for pastor's discretionary funds for people in need)
  • Gluten free communion wafer
  • Regular communion wafers
  • Veggie Tales movies
  • white computer paper
  • pens and pencils
  • colored pencils and crayons
  • musical instruments for kids (maracas, tambourines, shaker eggs, etc)
  • coffee  
Gifts brought to the assembly and placed under the tree will be shared with : 
Mustard Seed House Churches, Loveland/Fort Collins, CO
Camino de Vida, Albuquerque, NM
Christ the King, South Jordan, UT
Well of Hope, Castle Pines, CO




...and speaking of the tree




Tara McConnell, the tree's artist is looking for some help with the transportation and installation of the tree for Synod Assembly, May 8-10.  Volunteer needs are:






1. 2 pick-ups to help transport the tree from Loveland to Denver.


2.  Installation of tree (attaching leaves, etc) Thursday evening, May 8, Denver Tech Center.


3. Taking down the tree on Saturday, May 10.

Tara is also looking for a congregation (or 2 or 3!) to store all or part of the tree after the assembly.  If you can help with any of this or have any questions, email Tara.



Sign Up Your Congregation or Camp Now for Lutheran Energy Stewards

ELCA congregations and camps can apply now (application deadline is May 1, 2014 with the program to begin in June) for the Energy Stewards Initiative, a one-to-two-year national program beginning this June through Lutherans Restoring Creation.

The program helps congregations track and 
reduce energy use on an online platform, lower their carbon footprint with the help of an action plan, and free up funds for other ministries. For $10.00 a month (scholarships available), the program offers an online platform and bi-monthly webinars to make available the shared wisdom of program leaders and other participants. Apply, learn more, or sign up for Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (7:00 p.m. CT) informational webinar at Lutherans Restoring Creation is a grassroots organization devoted to promoting care for creation throughout the ELCA.





We are still 15 people short of our goal! So please help us reach it!


We are pleased that 146 took the assessment as of 2/28, but we need 161! We now have until March 31 as our next opportunity to find out if we've met the challenge! Remember each person who takes the challenge receives $150, insurance rates are reduced by 2%, and the RMS receives over $20,000 in wellness funds if we meet the goal!  Please "take it now!"  All links are here.

Truck to be donated through a church to an individual or family in need.

1995 Ford F150 4X4 Extended Cab

Runs, but getting old. Has 203,000 miles. 5.9 V8. Automatic. Paint and clear coat are not good. Body has some minor damage. Should pass smog test. Recently replaced front brakes and caliper, rebuilt rear axle, new battery. Has good tires. Recommended work: replace valve cover gaskets to eliminate oil seepage.  Contact Mike Delk 303-791-2605


ELCA Youth Gathering Information 
Questions about the Gathering?  Check out the discussion forum for adults bringing youth the the ELCA Youth Gathering:


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.


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. Email Erin Power if you are interested in leading worship!


read about opportunities in the Rocky Mountain Synod:

more information 


Bell Choir Director 

Bethany Lutheran Church in Denver, Colorado is seeking an experienced director to lead its bell program.  Bethany is a leading congregation of the ELCA, with a large and active traditional music program.  Our bell ensembles practice once a week from September through May, and typically perform once or twice a month.  We have a full set of recently refurbished Malmark bells, as well as handchimes, and excellent rehearsal facilities.   The position is open beginning August 2014.  Interested applicants, please contact Rick Seaton, Director of Music, email



Office Administrator (part time) Canon City

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Canon City is seeking a part time Office Administrator.  Interested applicants can download a Job Description and Application at  Applications are due by April 15.





Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • Region 2 Meeting, Temecula, CA
  • Bishop Ready Benches
  • Candidacy Committee

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • Region 2 Meeting, Temecula, CO 
  • Candidacy Committee

 Pastor Sarah Moening   

  • Region 2 Meeting, Temecula, CA
  • First, Ault, CO

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Out of Office:  Mision Luterana Day Camp, Aurora, CO
  • Cross of Christ, Broomfield, CO
Pastor Kent Mueller  
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry NM 
  • Christ United Methodist Church
  • St. Paul, Albuquerque NM
  • Bishop Ready Benches  
Becky Jones (interim)
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
Kim Williams
  • Deepened Discipleship Projects 


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Act 2Day 4Tomorrow: An overnight youth lock-in from ELCA World Hunger!

This program helps youth learn how to help eradicate hunger and poverty in the world. During the spiritual practice of fasting, they will engage in activities and times of reflection centered on seven faith practices. Materials for the program have everything you need, including an activities booklet, schedules, a promotional poster and more! More Resources


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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
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


2015 Senior High Youth Gathering

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Child Abuse Awareness Event

Friday, April 11  12:00 pm

Christ Lutheran, Cheyenne, WY 


Christ Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, WY will be holding a special event to raise awareness of Child Abuse.  It will be held on Friday, April 11 at noon at the church.  Governor Matt Mead and Steve Corsi, Head of the Department of Family Services will both be in attendance.  Other dignitaries will be there as well.  The children of the AKIDemy, childcare and preschool, will also participate in planting a "pinwheel" garden.  The public is invited to attend and will receive flyers noting the Signs and Symptoms of Child Abuse. There will be light refreshments served.










Men Can Cook Too, Two Dinner
April 26
Holy Love Lutheran Church
Aurora, CO 

Holy Love is hosting a benefit dinner on Saturday, April 26 at 6:00pm to benefit an area family who has a child with severe health issues.  Learn about the family here.  How can your congregation help?  What would it look like if every congregation in the area joined together to do "God's Work, Our Hands"?  Download the flyer for more information

Gallery of Living Art
April 4-6 

First Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs      

As the audience sits in the sanctuary, the story of Christ's Passion and Resurrection unfolds through live reproductions of fourteen sacred works of art staged by a 60 member cast, narrative scripture and music sung by First Lutheran choir. Join First Lutheran for this inspirational presentation of Christ's Passion and Resurrection. Admission is free and childcare is provided.  Download the flyer for information

The General's Son, 
the Journey of an Isaeli in Palestine
Sunday April 6, 3:30-5:30 pm
Augustana Lutheran 
  The General's Son-Miko Peled in Denver, Sunday, April 6, 3:30-5:30 pm at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 E. Alameda. His book chronicles his transformation from a staunch Zionist, the son of an Israeli general and war hero, into a peace activist, working to transform the Israeli apartheid system into a secular democracy, where Israelis and Palestinians will live as equal citizens.  Visit the website for more information  




Agape Concert in Colorado Springs

Saturday April 12, 2014 at 7 p.m. 

CSCS (Colorado Springs Christian School)

4855 Mallow Road  


Free Concert, for all ages! 

Ascension Lutheran Church and First Lutheran Church are excited to collaborate to bring hip hop artist, Dave Scherer (Agape) to Colorado Springs, April 12. You are invited to a FREE concert at CSCS (Colorado Springs Christian School)  on Saturday, April 12 at 7:00 PM. AGAPE is a hip hop artist who combines dancing, rap and storytelling to spread the message of God's love through Christ. Agape has been touring full time for 10 years "Spreading God's love through hip hop". He has a passion for young people and for helping them realize their worth and see themselves through Jesus' eyes. It's for all ages!

Partial funding is provided through a grant from the Ascension Lutheran Endowment. Don't miss a great event! If you have questions about the concert, e-mail Mary Stoneback at  or Pastor Carrie Baylis at

Check out AGAPE at




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

Icon Workshop 

July 21-25 
St. Paul's Episcopal Church 
Steamboat Springs, CO 
Spend the week with Reverend Deacon Matthew Garrett learning about and painting an icon.  Cost for the workshop is $450.  Supplies, lunches and snacks are included.  No previous art experience is necessary.  Download the flyer or visit the website for more information




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

Announcements for eConnection are due before noon on Monday for the issue the following day. Event announcements are included for about two weeks. Please submit your announcement at the time it should appear.