Lutheran Center gift presented   
by Pastor Sally Ponfick


Pastor Sally Ponfick has been working for over two months on a fiber art creation for the Office of the Bishop at the new Lutheran Center. Titled, "Portrait of a Landscape," the beautiful piece showcases the colors of Rocky Mountain Synod landscapes in our five states. A close-up look reveals iconic symbols of grapes and wheat, rocks, corn, grass, mountains, and even cows, a snake, a dog, a little bit of water, and areas that are "uninhabited."


Sally said, "the gothic arch opens up into the mission of the synod, which is outside the walls of buildings."  The arch is inspired from the gothic architecture of First Lutheran Church, Longmont, Colorado, where Sally has been a member since 2009. She served for 19 years at the pastor of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Anton, CO.


Be sure to take a close look at the intricate stitching at the dedication celebration, May 8 at 4:30 p.m. We express our deepest gratitude to Pastor Ponfick for this unique and treasured gift. 



2014 Assembly Information
Pre-Assembly Information Now Available:
Read more about the 2014 Assembly and register online.  A $25 late fee now applies. 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. Additional assembly materials will be made available as they are ready.

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

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

Electric Bass Player needed
for Assembly Worship

Our Assembly worship planners are looking for someone to play for worship on Friday, May 8 at 4:30 pm.  Please contact Nancy Beyer if you are interested!


O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  

Third Sunday of Easter

May 4 , 2014

Synod Prayer Cycle:  
Boulder/Broomfield 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: 

Atonement  Boulder, CO

     Debra Engquist, Chad Kohlmeyer

Bethlehem  Longmont, CO

    Mark Peterson

Christ the Servant  Louisville, CO

     Stephanie Lord

From the RMS Flood Relief Coordinator


Flood Relief opportunities
on the Front Range of Colorado


Rocky Mountain Synod Disaster Response on Facebook  



We invite congregations in the Colorado Front Range area to post this notice in your bulletin or newsletter: 




Did you know there are flood relief efforts still going on?  There are people who continue to need help with their homes and debris removal.  Did you know the Rocky Mountain Synod is helping?  Do you want to contribute, help, or volunteer in some way? Go to Facebook and search for the page Rocky Mountain Synod Disaster Response to get the latest news about the flood relief efforts as well as to find all of the upcoming volunteer opportunities that Synod Disaster Coordinator Brea Hapken has posted there. Whether you have a whole week to share or a few hours on a weekday or weekend, you can help!




Save the Date!  

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Generous Generations

Generous Households



Saturday, June 28
9:15 Registration 
9:30am to 1:30pm 
HKBP Montclair Lutheran  
1401 Poplar St, Denver, CO 

Fun, Interactive Workshop

Make & Take your Own Piggy Bank

Everyone is invited: 

  •  All ages!
  •  Families!
  •  Stewardship Teams!
Online Registration will be available soon! 
Download the flyer for more information.








We are looking for a few people to help take down the tree on Saturday May 10 at noon.  Tara McConnell is hoping to join her family for her grandmother's memorial service that day and is looking for some willing people to dis-assemble the tree and put it in the moving truck. She is also looking for someone interested in driving the moving truck up to Loveland after the synod assembly. If you are able/willing to do this, please contact her at 970-218-2311 or  She can give you all the necessary instructions ahead of time for this project.



Bring gifts to the Assembly for Mission Partner congregations


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




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!  There will be no worship service in May since it would fall around the same time as the Assembly. Join us on June 11! 


read about opportunities in the Rocky Mountain Synod:

more information 

Children & Youth Ministry Director (1/4 time)
Highlands Lutheran Church, Denver, CO 

Highlands Lutheran Church is looking for a quarter time children and youth minister who will continue the work of our former children and youth minister, and will bring a personal fresh perspective into this important ministry.  The job requires 10 hours per week, 5 -6 hours on Sunday morning, and the rest in the office or from home. The job pays $ 14/ hour. Send resumes by May 25 to:



Children, Youth and Family Minister (full time)

Evergreen Lutheran Church

Evergreen, CO


Evergreen Lutheran, a vibrant and growing congregation in the foothills west of Denver is seeking a full-time person to partner with an already strong and committed staff. Candidates should possess a heart for Jesus, a desire to bless young people and the possibility of offering unselfish ministry to a gracious congregation. The Pastor and staff of ELC hope to partner with an individual who is a servant-leader, has a desire to achieve results to the glory of God, is inclusive and people oriented. If interested, please send your resume, cover letter and references to either Pastor Vera Guebert-Steward at (303-674-4654) or Jim Rohrer at Interviews will commence mid-May. ELC is hopeful the position would be filled by June 23.



Director of Youth and Family Ministries (full time)

St Mark's Lutheran Church & St. Stephen's Episcopal, Aurora, CO

We are seeking a candidate to develop and oversee a ministry of faith formation to those in the in first third of life and their families. We are two congregations, two denominations, working in partnership to develop one ministry in our community. This is a full-time position, and we are seeking an experienced candidate who possesses the ability to develop this ministry in our multi-cultural neighborhood. A complete position description can be found at, and resumes can be sent to







Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • Wyoming Conference Retreat, Cheyenne, WY
  • Faith Formation Network
  • St. Paul, Sugar City, CO

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • Faith Formation Network
  • Prepare for Assembly

 Pastor Sarah Moening   

  • Interim Pastor Meeting
  • Faith Formation Network
  • Prince of Peace, Gillette, WY
  • Prepare for Assembly 

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Faith Formation Network
  • Prepare for Assembly
Pastor Kent Mueller 
  • Faith Formation Network
  • Prepare for Synod Assembly
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry NM 
  • National Workshop on Christian Unity
  • New Mexico Conference of Churches
Becky Jones (interim)
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
Kim Williams
  • Faith Formation Network


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Middle East: Presiding Bishop Eaton, other religious leaders, focus on peace
Saying that "with God all things are possible," ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton joined more than 40 other church leaders in the U.S. and Jerusalem in supporting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to find "a secure and just peace" between Israel and Palestine. Read more


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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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Strawberry Festival Benefit

Saturday, May 17

9:00 am- 3:00 pm

Prince of Peace, Gillette, WY




Join Prince of Peace for a day of great food, music, local crafts, bake sale, kids carnival, and lots MORE! Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Club, Pilots for Christ, and POP Community Service Projects.  

Download the Flyer for more information










Sing a New Song! Music Festival led by John Helgen:

Friday, May 2-Sunday, May 4

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church

3485 Stanford Court, Boulder, CO 80305  


Musicians, pastors and lay leaders are invited to come and experience the creative and dynamic music stylings of John Helgen as he brings new life to old standards, as well as introduces memorable new music for church services of all types.  There is a $10 music and clinician fee which covers the entire weekend.  Go to for more information and to register (you do not need a PayPal account to register and pay online) or call the church office at 303-499-1444.  The weekend culminates in a free concert open to the public on Sunday, May 4 at 3:00pm, which will feature the Sing a New Song! Mass Choir.

Music Sunday at Highlands Lutheran Church
Sunday, May 4, 10:30 am
3995 Irving St, Denver, CO 80221


The HLC Choir directed by Music Dircector Jimmy Howe, will lead worship this Sunday, May 4th.
They will sing most of their repertoire which includes:
 "Antiphonal Kyrie" by Susan Thrift

"Praise His Holy Name" arr. Caldwell/Ivory

"Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?" arr. Greg Gilpin

"Deo Dicamus Gratias" by Victor C. Johnson

"Lord of the Dance" arr. John Rutter

The choir members will do testimonies in lieu of the sermon;




"Learning through leading while
enriching the community!"  


Do you know a sophomore or junior in high school who has a passion for non-profit work? Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains (LFS) is starting a new program called the Youth Ambassador Program, which is designed to educate high school sophomores and juniors about the non-profit world. 


Through the program, youth will get a firsthand look at the programs offered by LFS, as well as grow their leadership skills, gain job and life skills, and build confidence.  While learning about meeting the needs of the vulnerable, youth will become an ambassador for LFS in their church and other communities.  Also, in line with LFS' mission statement "Inspired by the compassionate love of Christ, LFS walks with the vulnerable through services that heal, strengthen and provide hope," youth will impact our community with their service through this program.


The Youth Ambassador Program will last four months throughout the summer.  During this time, there will be 3-4 meetings, approximately two hours each. Since this is the first year, we are asking Youth Leaders and/or Pastors to nominate a youth or two from your congregation.  Once we have a nomination form, we will send a letter explaining the purpose and commitment of the program to the youth and his/her family.


If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Becca Sager at

or at 303.217.5841.



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 .



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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