We have moved!

We moved Monday afternoon and have been diligently unpacking and settling into our new setting. We are still finding ourselves delayed in responding efficiently to emails and phone calls.


Those who are having difficulty with registering prior to the Friday deadline, please do not be concerned about late fees kicking in, especially if we have not been able to assist you. We will delay late fees until next week.

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

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

Beautiful labyrinth takes shape at the new Lutheran Center

Thanks to generous contributions to the "Shine God's Future" campaign, a beautiful labyrinth took shape before our eyes today in the cross tower courtyard. A labyrinth is a walking pathway in a circular design.


Walking a labyrinth is a prayerful, spiritual practice, in which one follows the pathway from the outer edge (in this case at the base of our cross tower to the center. The labyrinth is a symbol for our journey through life and that walking it can take us on a journey to the centre of our own beings. You are invited to stop by anytime and walk the labyrinth.


2014 Assembly Deadline is  FRIDAY!

If you have trouble registering, don't be concerned about the late fees. They can be removed! Some have had difficulty with passwords.

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

Pinata Contest
Has your congregation started their pinata for the pinata contest?  Judging will take place at the Dedication Celebration on Thursday May 8.  Top 2 entries will win a pizza party with Bishop Gonia!  Email Erin Power with questions and to let us know you will be participating, so we have enough places to display them! Angry Birds PiƱata - How To Make For A Birthday Party

Campus Ministry Lenten Reflection Video


The Woman at the Well at Lutheran Campus Ministry-Colorado State University
The Woman at the Well at Lutheran Campus Ministry-Colorado State University




Fifth Sunday in Lent

April 6 , 2014

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

Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ and serve you in righteousness all our days, 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:  Wyoming
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: 



Ascension  Cheyenne, WY

     Paul Everett

Christ  Cheyenne, WY

      Karen O'Malia

Covenant  Wheatland, WY

     Joshua Bruns

Faith  Lander, WY

     Kris Trahnstrom     






 "The Four R's: Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmatic and Religion"


Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - Colorado, along with the Colorado Council of Churches and the Colorado Children's Campaign, will host a breakfast on Tuesday, April 8, to explore ways the faith community can support education in Colorado.


The event, "The Four R's: Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmatic and Religion," will be 7:30-9 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1820 Broadway, Denver. Guest speakers include Jill Hawley, associate commissioner of achievement and strategy for the Colorado Department of Education; Andy Mendelsberg, principal of Denver East High School; and Chris Watney, president and CEO of the Colorado Children's campaign.


Cost is $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door, or $150 for a table of eight. Reserve a seat online by April 4, or call Adrian Miller, director of the Colorado Council of Churches, 303-825-4910, for more information.


The breakfast is a fund-raiser for the Council of Churches' Voices for Justice Task Force, the advocacy ministry that partners with Lutheran Advocacy Ministry - Colorado to send a team of volunteers to the State Capitol to lobby on behalf of legislation that will positively impact the poor. This is a great chance for us to support this ministry, as well as better equip ourselves to serve the needs of our children. 






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




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 

www.lutheransrestoringcreation.org. Lutherans Restoring Creation is a grassroots organization devoted to promoting care for creation throughout the ELCA.




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:


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! Bishop Gonia will be leading the first worship service in our new location next week.


read about opportunities in the Rocky Mountain Synod:

more information 

Office Administrator
Atonement Lutheran Church of Boulder, Colorado is seeking an office administrator to run our church office beginning in May. The Tuesday-Friday 27 hour per week position reports to the Senior Pastor, works with the Pastors, other church staff and members of Atonement Lutheran Church to support the congregation's ministry.

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 rick@bethany-denver.org



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 www.sothlutheran.com.  Applications are due by April 15.





Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • Bishop Ready Benches, Washington DC
  • Operation One Nation, Bethany, Denver, CO
  • Joy, Parker, CO
  • Personal Retreat
  • Intern Cluster Meeting

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • Candidacy Committee
  • Global Mission Committee
  • Madagascar Presentation
  • Operation One Nation, Bethany, Denver, CO
  • Lutheran Disaster Response Consultation
  • Legislative Prayer Breakfast 

 Pastor Sarah Moening   

  • Candidacy Committee
  • Peace, Sterling, CO
  • Church Development Institute 

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Rejoice, Erie, CO
  • Church Development Institute
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • Lutheran Center Meetings
  • Synod Assembly Meetings
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry NM 
  • Bishop's Ready Benches, Washington DC
  • UNM Campus Ministry 
Becky Jones (interim)
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
Kim Williams
  • Deepened Discipleship Projects 


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South Sudan: ELCA aid targets refugees
The ELCA is providing $700,000 in aid for those who have fled their homes due to the violence in South Sudan. The United Nations estimates more than 860,000 people have been displaced as a result of the fighting that began in December between government forces and rebels. See www.ELCA.org/News-and-Events/7645

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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.











Artist paints The Passion of Our Lord
at Augustana's Good Friday worship

Good Friday, April 18, noon and 7 p.m.,
Sanctuary, Augustana Lutheran Church


Good Friday worship on April 18 at noon and at 7 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church (5000 E. Alameda Ave., Denver) will offer a unique worship experience through "Drawn to the Word." Paul Oman, artist and pastor, will paint larger-than-life sized murals depicting The Passion of Our Lord before your eyes. This story will unfold artistically, musically, narratively, and scripturally during worship. The paintings will then become part of Augustana's art collection.


Paul Oman, pastor and artist, seeks to give new vision to God's Word by using the process of painting to captivate audiences in our visually-oriented culture. To see murals and video go to: www.PaulOmanFineArt.com.


Please join us on Good Friday as we journey together toward the cross and in the promise of salvation. Special thanks to Augustana's Music Ministry and the Augustana Foundation for financial gifts for this worship event. 

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  youth@ascensionlutheranelca.org  or Pastor Carrie Baylis at carrie@flccs.net

Check out AGAPE at www.hiphopoutreach.com




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 krista@servantcorps.org 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 selian5k.stplc.org or contact Carol Mayer at carolmayerco@aol.com






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

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