Assembly celebrates Rocky Mountain Synod as "Gifted to Grow"

The Rocky Mountain Synod gathered in assembly May 8-10. The dedication of the new Lutheran Center was scheduled as the opening of the assembly so that full participation from across the synod could be present without additional travel costs, and the church at the Lutheran Center was overflowing!

However, it did make for complex logistics with the dedication and the assembly back to back, especially since the carpet in the sanctuary was still being installed at 2 p.m. that afternoon! Plus, our usual assembly planning schedule was hampered by our complicated office move, resulting in some glitches along the way, Thank you for understanding that we did the best we could under the circumstances.

An assembly follow-up summary will be posted when completed, as well as additional assembly photos. 



If you attended the assembly, please submit an online evaluation form this week. Link to form.



We are humbly grateful for the extraordinary generous demonstrated at our Assembly through the three offerings, totaling over $10,000! The amounts of each offering are:

New/Renewing Congregations


World Hunger






ANNOUNCING: RMS JOB OPENING Receptionist/Communications Staff


The Rocky Mountain Synod Office of the Bishop is seeking an Administrative Staff person who will serve as the receptionist and the communication staff member. The position is 1/2 time.
Primary tasks will include:
  • edit and prepare the weekly email newsletter
  • maintain RMS website/s (Adobe Dreamweaver program)
  • prepare directories
  • welcome guests
  • answer the telephone
  • partner with staff in meeting and event planning including preparing materials and bulletins
  • partner with staff in administrative tasks
  • provide support for Lutheran Advocacy Ministry
The complete job description will be posted later this week. Resume and cover letter may be submitted to Kent Mueller, (Spanish language skills are a plus). Possibility of dividing the position if needed to employ a website manager with Adobe Dreamweaver skills. Please submit applications by May 30.

Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life with all the world, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 18 , 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: 


Cross of Christ  Broomfield, CO

Ann Hultquist, Kathleen Armstrong,

First  Longmont, CO

     Steven Berke, Paul Judson     

Grace  Boulder, CO

     Janice Kibler

Lutheran Church of Hope Broomfield, CO

     Scott McAnally

Mount Calvary  Boulder, CO

     Sara Wirth



Celebrating the retirmenet of Pastor John Pederson on June 6 at Augustana Lutheran Church


The congregation of Augustana Lutheran Church cordially invites you to attend a reception honoring the ministry of Pastor John R. Pederson, Friday, June 6, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church 5000 East Alameda Avenue, Denver. Please RSVP to the Augustana office at 303-388-4678 or by Wednesday, May 28. 


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!


Sky Ranch seeking local
volunteers for flood relief
Sky Ranch will be taking on flood relief with close to 750 volunteers from all over the country working primarily in Boulder County. They are looking for local volunteers to serve as teachers and work project leaders. Please contact the Flood Relief Coordinator, Lisa Dunworth, at if this is something you'd be interested in learning more about.


In addition to lining up work for our Flood Relief Groups, they also need to coordinate materials and all necessary tools. They are looking for equipment to prepare for four primary project types: 

  • Hiking Trail, Park, and River Bed Clean Up
  • Residential Debris Removal
  • Dry Walling
  • Painting. 

They also need some supplies to support housing and feeding working groups.  


They welcome any new or used (but in good working order!) tools that could help these projects. They hope to have all tools donated by June 1. For recommended tools and drop off locations, please call Lisa or email, our flood relief coordinator, at 970-493-5258.



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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.











Remember, May 15 is the day volunteers can begin to register on! We need volunteers who will be at least 19 years old at the time of the ELCA Youth Gathering to serve in a number of roles. You can read all about the opportunities available for you to serve at that web address.


All volunteer applications require a $75 registration fee to be paid once you complete the initial paperwork. (Does $75 sound expensive? Not if you consider that you get free housing, meals and a $250 travel stipend!).


May 15 is also the deadline for financial assistance, which will stay open until the pool of funds is exhausted, or July 15. See the same link above.



Have questions? Contact RMS 

Resource Co-Coordinators for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering:


Carolyn Gage


Nicole Raddu Ferry  






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!  We will have a eucharist worship on May 14 (although previously it was communicated otherwise).


read about opportunities in the Rocky Mountain Synod:

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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 

  • Christ, Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Messiah, Denver, CO, 100th Anniversary
  • St. Paul, Sugar City, CO

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains
  • Shepherd of the Mountains, Park City, UT
  • Christ the King, South Jordan, UT

 Pastor Sarah Moening   

  • Leadership Retreat

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Prince of Peace, Denver, CO
Pastor Kent Mueller 
  • Messiah, Denver, CO
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM 
  • Medicaid Coalition
  • Interfaith Hunger Coalition
  • Health Care for All
  • Association of Food Banks
  • All Saints, Albuquerque, NM 
Peter Severson
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Rainbow Trail Board Retreat
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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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









Four Winds Art Show is June 20 and June 21

Four Winds Native American Council provides programs and services for the large number of Native Americans residing in metro Denver. They are located at 201 West 5th Avenue, Denver at the historic site of a former Lutheran church, the building still owned by the Rocky Mountain Synod.



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
Vacation Bible School at Our Savior's, Denver 

Vacation Bible School at Our Savior's Lutheran Church 915 E 9th Ave, Denver  80218)

June 9-13, Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm; Friday, 9am-12pm

For kids entering kindergarten through 5th grade. 

In partnership with Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp

Cost: $40 per family

Contact: 303-831-5051 or email



Annual Holy Cross Hike is Saturday, July 19


Again this year Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vail, Colorado will sponsor a pilgrimage hike climbing Notch Mountain (13,237), in order to view the Mount of the Holy Cross (14,005).  Because of the popularity of this hike and due to U.S. Forest Service regulations which limit the group to no more than 15 persons at a time, reservations are required.  


The date is Saturday July 19, 2014.  The event will last from approximately 6:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  This is a fairly strenuous hike and requires proper hiking gear for a trek in the back country. 


While there are NO fees, pre-registration is required.  Call (970) 476-6610 for a registration form.  For more details you can log on the church web page, and click on the Pilgrimage link. 


Pastor Scott Beebe (hike master)

Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Vail, CO  81658

Phone 476-6610





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Rocky Mountain Synod
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