What do you Hunger for?
As we continue our Lenten Journey and approach Holy Week, we hear from students from the University of New Mexico.  We encourage you to ponder that question:  what are you hungry for?
What do you hunger for at the University of New Mexico?
What do you hunger for at the University of New Mexico?


Peter Severson named new Director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry Colorado  


Peter Severson has been named the new Director of Lutheran Advocacy Ministery Colorado. He begins the last week of April.

Peter was born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He attended Princeton University, where he participated in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue on campus, graduating with honors with a Bachelor's degree in the study of religion. 


In 2009-2010 he served as an ELCA missionary in Cuernavaca, Mexico, through Young Adults in Global Mission. His work there included human rights advocacy, community organizing, and assembling wheelchairs alongside people with physical disabilities. 


He earned a Master's degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School, specializing in the intersection of religious ethics, law, and politics. Peter has worked for the ELCA Churchwide organization since 2012, co-directing the campus ministry program and providing administrative support for the congregational renewal program. 


He has experience in HIV/AIDS education and camp counseling, is an avid musician, and loves outdoor adventures. He is very excited to join the staff of the Rocky Mountain Synod and share in building a vibrant public church among God's people in Colorado!  Welcome Peter!


2014 Assembly Information

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.  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

Palm Sunday

April 13 , 2014

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

Sovereign God, you have established your rule in the human heart through the servanthood of Jesus Christ. By your Spirit, keep us in the joyful procession of those who with their tongues confess Jesus as Lord and with their lives praise him as Savior, 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: 




Good Shepherd  Casper, WY

     Jack Damien

Grace  Casper, WY

     Brenda Frelsi

Mount of Olives  Rock Springs, WY

     Martha Atkins

Our Saviour's  Casper, WY

     Robert McNamara








We Reached our Goal! 


Take It Now button
Thank you to all the rostered leaders who took the Portico Health Assessment.  We reached our 65% goal needed by the end of March and will now be the recipients of 2014 Wellness Dollars!





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



2014 Global Church Directory Now Available!


Our Global Church is the annual directory highlighting ELCA missionaries, scholarships and ministries. 
It provides a wonderful overview of our church's global engagement, including new projects that will be funded through Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA.
Request one free copy (no shipping and handling) at 800-638-3522 or Order two or more free copies at 
and pay only shipping and handling.  For more information, contact 

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

Bell Choir Director 

Bethany Lutheran Church in Denver, Colorado 



Community Life Coordinator 

Urban Servant Corps Download the job description and submit a cover letter and resume by Friday, April 11 to Krista Kilgas. 





Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • Intern Cluster Meeting
  • Lutheran Center Vision Team
  • Glory of God, Wheat Ridge, CO
  • Christ the King, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Wyoming Ecumenical Event, Casper, WY 

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • Lutheran Disaster Response Consultation, Chicago, IL

 Pastor Sarah Moening   

  • Faith Formation Network
  • MSYG Planning
  • Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit Retreat
  • Lutheran Church of the Servant, Santa Fe, NM

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Metro East Meeting
  • Cristo Rey, Denver, CO
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • Vacation
  • Lutheran Center Vision Team
  • Synod Assembly Planning
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry NM 
  • Vacation
  • Policy Committee Meeting 
Becky Jones (interim)
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
Kim Williams
  • Deepened Discipleship Projects 


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Kenya: Warm sweaters and valuable skills 
Read and share the inspiring story of a knitting school in Nairobi which provides 25 young women the opportunity both to serve others and support their families. Download or order the winter Hand in Hand bulletin insert or newsletter at  

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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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 Joint Palm Sunday Worship 

Good Shepherd Lutheran in Casper, Wyoming, joins hands with Principe De Paz Baptist Church members as we wave palms in our Good Shepherd sanctuary on Palm Sunday, April 13, at our 9:30 AM service. Pastor Elias Montalvo from "Prince of Peace" will play guitar as his members sing in Spanish. Our Good Shepherd members, friends and guests will go around the sanctuary marching or in wheelchairs as we remember Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Good Shepherd Lutheran and Principe De Paz Baptist are a few blocks from each other, but this is the first time we have held a combined worship service. The public is invited to join us in this grand celebration. For more information, call the church office at(307) 237-3503.  Good Shepherd Lutheran is located at51 Primrose Street in Casper, Wyoming.



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.





Maundy Thursday Worship
With Elements of a Seder
April 17, 2014 ~ 6:30-8:00 pm
Community of Joy, Rio Rancho, NM
Passover is the meal that Jesus was observing the night before his death, and that Jews across the world still observe as a high holy day every year. On this night, the story of the exodus is retold. It is a meal and worship service all wrapped into one. At Community of Joy Lutheran Church, we will remember how Jesus took this tradition and re-shaped it when he instituted the Lord's Supper. Our celebration will include Christian and Jewish elements, including Holy Communion. A simple sampling of traditional foods from a Passover will be served. Call 505-896-2543 to reserve a space.








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:


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. 

St. Swisem's Day Dinner:  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



Prepare/Enrich Certification Training
 is being offered Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Avenue, in Cherry Hills Village.  The workshop is designed to teach facilitators to administer and provide helpful feedback to premarital and married couples.  For more information, or to register, please call Beth Walker at 720.352.9915 or

Beyond Divorce: Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends
 begins on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch.  The seminar is from 6:30 to 8:30 PM each Thursday for 10 weeks, ending on July 10, 2014.  Complementary child care is available.  For more information please contact Beth Walker at 720.352.9915 or .


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






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

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