"Growing Home" Ministry Opportunity


consider having your congregation volunteer for one day in August to help homeless families
The "Office of the Bishop" is in one building at the site of the new RMS Lutheran Center. An adjacent church building includes a basement which for many years has been used as a site for a transitional housing ministry in Adams County called "Growing Home."  Similar to Family Promise (Interfaith Hospitality Network), homeless families are welcomed for a week on a rotating schedule at various church locations.  This Lutheran Center site has been one such location for many years. 
Cross of Christ, Broomfield, CO, has taken the lead to staff this ministry several weeks a year, and they are inviting congregations to sign up to volunteer for ONE DAY in August to provide a meal and overnight volunteer hosts.
If your congregation would like to explore a one-night ministry opportunity, please send an email to Kent Mueller at kmueller@rmselca.org. You will accompanied well by Cross of Christ volunteers so you know what you need to do to share in this meaningful outreach.



O God, you open the hearts of your faithful people by sending into us your Holy Spirit. Direct us by the light of that Spirit, that we may have a right judgment in all things and rejoice at all times in your peace, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.




June 8, 2014

Synod Prayer Cycle:  
Southeast Colorado 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:


First Burlington, CO
Jeffrey Hanson  


Grace Colorado Springs, CO
Michael Tassler  


Holy Cross La Junta, CO
Mary Hendricks (ECUSA)

Immanuel Bethune, CO  

Ordination of Jorge Espinoza Perez
Sunday, June 8 at 4 p.m.


St. Mark Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO, is the site of the ordination of Jorge Espinoza Perez on June 8 at 4 p.m. All are invited to the worship, and rostered leaders are invited to vest (red) and process. It will be a unique ordination celebration, as it will include both Bishop Jim Gonia and also the Episcopal bishop, along with First Communion for some of the children Jorge has been working with over the last several months. He is the mission developer for a new Latino ministry in Aurora. 


Celebrating the retirement 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 info@augustanadenver.org by Wednesday, May 28. 


Ordination of  Russell Britton on June 15
at Bethany Lutheran Church


Russell Britton has accepted a call to serve as Associate Pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church. Please join us for the Ordination and Installation which will take place on Sunday, June 15, at 2pm at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E. Hampden Ave., Cherry Hills Village, CO, 80113. Reception to follow. 


Rostered leaders are invited to vest in red and process. During the service, in celebration of the faith formative influence of outdoor ministries and their prominence in Russell's pastoral formation, an offering will be taken to be distributed equally between Rainbow Trail and Sky Ranch. All are invited! Live streaming of the worship available at www.bethanylive.org.


Farewell Pastor Glusenkamp as pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church

On Pentecost Sunday, June 8, the people of Bethany

Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village, CO, will gather to say Godspeed and farewell to Pastor Ron and Sue Ann Glusenkamp, and to celebrate their ministry as faithful servants. The customary 8 a.m. service on June 8 will begin one-half hour earlier at 7:30 a.m.  Pastor Glusenkamp is preaching at all three services at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. He has been called to be the Director of the ELCA Campaign, "Always Being Made New."








Journey of Renewal is opportunity for new focus in a life of ministry


Atonement Boulder stained glass Recognizing the significant amount of energy it takes to serve a life of ministry, we offer Journey of Renewal in partnership with Portico. This intensive, year-long wellness experience is designed to help the ELCA's rostered and other church leaders grow their ability to live well in Christ. Journey of Renewal leads participants to reflect, explore, and take action toward renewing their well-being and their ministry.


The Rocky Mountain Synod is taking part in a pilot Journey of Renewal opportunity for leaders.


Three-Part Experience

  1. Opening retreat (two-day, two-night event) Sept. 21-23,2014

  2. Ten months of hour-long, small-group coaching calls October 2014-August 2015

  3. Closing retreat (two-day, two-night event) Sept.20-22, 2015.

The opening and closing retreats are being planned in conjunction with the annual Rocky Mountain Synod Theological Conference. Those participating in Journey of Renewal will arrive one day early and then join in the theological conference.        

Participants must be committed and prepared to engage in all three parts of the year-long process.


Cost:  total cost is $1,500 ($1200 cost plus $300 retreat expenses) but scholarship funds are available to offset the cost. Complete the registration form and submit the amount you can contribute, ideally at least $500 or $1000, up to the full amount, which can be contributed over two calendar years.


The registration deadline is Aug. 23, 2014 


"Living your learning" is hallmark of Wartburg West



Wartburg College faculty and staff from Waverly, Iowa, visited Wartburg West the week of May 27. The college, known for it's 'living your learning' models, will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of its urban education extension program located in Denver next year.

While in Denver (summer, fall, or winter terms) students participate in internships, service learning, and core curriculum courses. They may do so as sophomores, juniors, or seniors.

One year ago, the program moved into facilities at Saint John's Episcopal Cathedral in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. This allowed for expansion of the program and incorporating students from Augustana-Rock Island for the first time. Discussions are also underway with California Lutheran University.  Because of the move, faculty and staff from various departments on campus, including the career development center, are helping evaluate and envision the growing opportunities available to students with a semester "in the city." During the week, the visitors met supervisors at internship sites and participated in a service project at Denver Urban Ministries.

Next week, 20 interns arrive for the summer months. Information on this program of a college of the church, located in the RMS, can be found at www.wartburg.edu/west or contact Co-Directors Revs Nelson or Bonita Bock at 303-860-7119. 


Do you have an event or story to tell?  Email your stories to Erin Power.  



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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!
Download the flyer for more information.











Volunteers can now register on www.ELCA.org/gathering! 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






Fall Leadership Retreat 2014:

Our Life Together


September 22-25
Marriott Hotel
Colorado Springs, CO 
Leaders in the Rocky Mountain Synod are invited to gather together for a time of learning, rest, and renewal as we look at
"Our Life Together."  Registration will be available soon! The event begins late afternoon on Monday, September 22 and concludes before noon on Thursday, September 25.



Speaker:  James Alison

We are excited to be welcoming James Alison as our guest theologian at this year's Leadership Retreat /Theological Conference. James is a Catholic theologian, priest and author. He has studied, lived and worked in Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile and the United States as well as his native England. A systematic theologian by training, James' most recent work is Jesus the Forgiving Victim a program of induction into the Christian Faith for adults, based upon his study of René Girard. (www.forgivingvictim.com)
Worship Planning Team
We are looking for a few volunteers to help plan the worship and prayer opportunities that will take place during the conference.  Please email Erin Power if you are interested in being a part of this team!


The 2014 Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly, May 8-10, 2014, celebrated the gifts we have been granted to be God's faithful people as we grow in faith and in love and in our community life together. 


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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!  Our next worship will be June 11.

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Choir items available from St. Matthew, Aurora


Stt. Matthew, Aurora, has some choir items to pass on to another congregation including:


  • A large assortment of Traditional SATB & SAB choral numbers--including seasonal.      
  • 12 various sizes Adult Choir Robes in Azure Blue w/white trim.
  • white children choir robes.

Contact St. Matthew Church at stmatthew@qwestoffice.net to set up a time to come and pick up the items.




read about recent JOB POSTS in the Rocky Mountain Synod:

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Part-time Custodian
Augustana, Denver, CO    


Augustana Lutheran Church is in need of one or two part-time custodians. The position(s) encompasses maintenance, cleaning, set-up and tear-down, and other duties as assigned. The expected working hours are 5:00 - 10:00 pm, seven nights per week. We are especially open to high school and/or college students desiring an evening job.  If you are interested in finding out more about the position and/or are interested in applying, please contact Lisa Smith at (303) 388-4678 ext.

103, or send your resume and contact information via email to lisa@augustanadenver.org.



Part Time Administrative Assistant Position
Rejoice Lutheran Church
3413 Lowell Lane, Erie, CO 80516


Objective: The church administrative assistant is to support the church in its day to day operations and varies ministries. Job Skills and Requirements:

  • Good communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer skills including Microsoft Office with Excel and Publisher, and adaptability to Rejoice's church management software and other programs.
  • Attention to detail and follow-through on assignments and deadlines.

If interested please contact pastor Ruby Narucki at




Music Director (part-time)

Lutheran Church of the Servant, Santa Fe


LCOS, Santa Fe is looking for a music director to accompany worship on Sundays and work with a seasonal choir. We have both organ and piano. 4-8 hours a week depending on season. Two Sundays paid vacation and one paid sick Sunday. Contact Pastor Sonnie Eriksen Fish at 505-977-2744







Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • Staff: Transitions Strategy
  • Lutheran Center Vision Team
  • Rainbow Trail'
  • Shepherd of the Hills - Cañon City, CO
  • Ordination - Jorge Espinoza Perez

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • Staff: Transitions Strategy
  • First Call Conference Call
  • Rainbow Trail
  • Sky Ranch Board Meeting
  • Centennial - Englewood, CO

 Pastor Sarah Moening   

  • Staff: Transitions Strategy
  • Church Development Institute
  • Messiah, Albuquerque, NM

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Staff: Transitions Strategy
  • Lutheran Center Vision Team
  • Mision Latina Aurora Kids Spree
  • Ordination - Jorge Espinoza Perez
Pastor Kent Mueller 
  • Staff: Transitions Strategy
  • Growing Home Ministry
  • Lutheran Center Vision Team
  • Augustana, Denver, CO
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM   
Peter Severson
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO


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June 8 Blessing of Bicycles at Elim, Ogden

Elim Lutheran Church, 575 23rd Street, in Ogden, will hold the fourth annual "Blessing of the Bicycles" during the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, June 8. Anyone who rides a bicycle is invited to bring it and be blessed. If it is difficult to bring the bicycle, riders may be blessed without their machine. Each person blessed will receive a wallet-sized card to carry with them as they ride, which reads, "My bike and I were blessed at Elim Lutheran Church, Ogden, Utah, on June 8, 2013."


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Mental Health First Aid: Bethany, Cherry Hills Village, June 9

One in four Americans has suffered from a mental health problem. That's a staggering statistic. To put it in perspective, that's more people than affected by heart disease, lung disease and cancer combined. But there is hope. And it is you. Through our certification course, you'll become a mental health first aider. We'll teach you how to respond to someone with a mental health challenge. Challenges that include depression,suicide, substance abuse, eating disorders and panic attacks - to name a few. You'll learn the signs, evidence-based actions, and how to connect those in crisis to support systems that can help them recover. It's like CPR. But for mental health.

Bethany Lutheran Church

4500 E. Hampden Avenue

Cherry Hills Village, CO  80113


Monday, June 9, 2014

8:00am - 5:30pm


Register now.  There is no cost



June 28 Golf invitation:  
proceeds for St. Phillip sanctuary lighting



Attention golfers and golfer "wannabes"!  Would you like to play Arrowhead golf course in southern Jefferson County?  St. Philip in Littleton is sponsoring a golf outing on June 28 with proceeds going to replace the inefficient lighting in the Sanctuary.  This event is for all levels of golfers with lots of contests-child care is provided as well.  More information and a registration form.  



BBQ, Blues and Bluegrass to benefit Sky Ranch: June 7 graphic-bbq-dad.jpg

Where: Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, 4501 S. Lemay Ave., Ft. Collins

When: Saturday, June 7 at 5:30pm

What: Kid's Carnival Games, Food and Music

Food: BBQ, coleslaw, chips, dessert (vegetarian and gluten-free available)

Tickets: $12 (age 5 and over) or $30 (family) - under age 5 free

Live Music By: Lost Sheep and Jerusalem Road


Proceeds Benefit Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp  



Filbert and Friends-A Concert for a Cause

Friday, 6 June 2014, 7:30 pm at St. Paul, Denver


An delightful evening of chamber music featuring organist Mark Alan Filbert, flutist Fran Piazza, and harpist Catherine Rands. Freewill Offering to benefit the 2014 Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey Summer Music and Arts Camp in August.

Second Annual Hops for Hunger:
Fighting Childhood Hunger in Northern Colorado
Join us on Saturday, June 14 from 3-7PM at Pateros Creek Brewing Co. for Hops for Hunger: an all-ages, family-friendly charity event benefiting KidsPak. 1 in 3 children in Larimer County goes to bed hungry every night. KidsPak is a weekend hunger relief program for children in the Thompson School District and Berthoud.

Pateros Creek Brewing Co. will brew a special beer for the occasion, and $1 from every beer sold will go to benefit hungry kids in our Northern Colorado! 100% of the food and funds raised will go toward feeding hungry kids in our community! 
Please consider bringing a donation of food, cash, or check with you to the event.
Admission is free! Drink a beer and change the world! Pateros Creek is located at 
242 N College Ave in Fort Collins. For more information about this event, email Andy at mustardseedhousechurches@gmail.com.
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.

Vacation Bible School at Our Savior's, Denver 

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

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

Bible school is for kids entering kindergarten through 5th grade in partnership with Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp. Cost: $40 per family. For information, please contact: 303-831-5051 or email oslc915@juno.com


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, www.mountholy.com and click on the Pilgrimage link. 


Pastor Scott Beebe (hike master)

Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Vail, CO  81658

Phone 476-6610

Email: skbeebe@vail.net



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