Campaign nears $60,000 goal!


Gifts for the "Shine God's Future" campaign for the Office of the Bishop and Lutheran Center are at $59,500 thanks to a very generous contribution given towards the art-window installation in the Office of the Bishop entry and worship area. We are humbly grateful for the outpouring of gifts given by congregations and individuals.




"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 You will accompanied well by Cross of Christ volunteers so you know what you need to do to share in this meaningful outreach.



God of heaven and earth, before the foundation of the universe and the beginning of time you are the triune God: Author of creation, eternal Word of salvation, life-giving Spirit of wisdom. Guide us to all truth by your Spirit, that we may proclaim all that Christ has revealed and rejoice in the glory he shares with us. Glory and praise to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. 



Holy Trinity

June 15, 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:


Our Savior Wild Horse, CO 


King of Kings Pueblo, CO
Dirk Robert Stadtlander

Mount Calvary Colorado Springs, CO

Prince of Peace Colorado Springs, CO
Dave Cruson  

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  


Ordination or Paul Rosin is July 6 in Greeley


Paul Albert Rosin will be ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in Christ's one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church on Sunday, July 6 at 3 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1800 21st Street, Greeley, Colorado. Bishop Jim Goni

will be presiding. Your prayers and presence are requested. All ordained, consecrated and commissioned ministers are invited to process. The color of the day is red. Paul has been called to serve as Pastor at All Saints Lutheran Church, 20101 Deer Creek Rd., Austin, CO.








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 


World Malaria Day contributions to from ELCA exceed $250,000



Thanks to you and thousands of supporters like you, the goal of $250,000 for World Malaria Day was surpassed. Gifts for the ELCA Malaria Campaign totaled $300,000, given in addition to $100,000 of matching funds. We are able to launch malaria work in Namibia this year. Thank you!


In Namibia, our primary companion in malaria work is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia. The church is present mainly in the northern part of Namibia, where the threat of malaria is most severe. Right now, start-up plans are being finalized.


Starting work in Namibia is just one example of the amazing things our church can accomplish together. When each of us contributes toward a shared purpose, our gifts are multiplied and magnified.



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.



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. (
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!

Affinity Groups

We are contemplating an opportunity at the Leadership Retreat to meet with Affinity Groups for intentional conversation and dialog around topics/circumstances YOU are interested in. For example, would you want to meet with others who share a passion for small group ministry, or community gardening, or a certain spiritual practice? Email  Erin Power with your suggestions/ideas. 


The registration deadline will be August 23. A registration link will be available soon.  The registration (including room, meals, breaks, program costs, and travel equalization) is:


Single $495

Double $375

Commuter $225



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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Thrivent Members: did you know?!

You can choose to designate your Thrivent Choice Dollars to support the ministry of Urban Servant Corps. It's true! Visit: for more information including other ELCA and RMS ministries that will be pleased to receive your gifts. 


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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.


In the footsteps of Luther: travel to Germany leaving June 21!

Two participants who had planned to go on the June trip to Germany through Lord of the Hills, Centennial, had to cancel their commitment due to health concerns.  Unfortunately, their financial commitment for the trip is non-refundable.

Lord of the Hills, Centennial, CO is looking and praying for two people who would like to take their place. They will leave on June 21 and return on July 4. Air tickets have been booked but the names will have to be changed. Flight cost is approximately $1,650 per person. The tour cost in Europe (12 days) is about $2,100 per person, including bus tour (they will have their own bus), at least one meal a day and breakfast. All entrance fees to Cloisters, Places of interest, Churches, Cathedrals, Monasteries have been paid.  If you need a little financial  help they can subsidize you with a loan or grant within reasonable limits.


Most important is timing. Please let them know immediately if you have an interest and your passport is still valid. Please call Pat Billington in the church office (303-617-9884),  Bret Specht ( or Heiko Meyer (303-400-6166).                     



read about recent JOB POSTS in the Rocky Mountain Synod:

more information 


Urban Servant Corps

2014-2015 Volunteer Applications    

Urban Servant Corps is currently accepting applications for the 2104-2015 year of service! We are seeking those who are interested in living in intentional community and who are dedicated to service and  have desire to explore spirituality while living a simple life-style. Urban Servant Corps provides housing, a community household stipend (for food and household expenses), health insurance, a $75 monthly stipend and a $300 annual personal growth and development fund. 


link to application



Director of Major and Planned Gifts
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains


This position manages the process of implementing an action plan to identify, cultivate and solicit individual gifts both current and future from a major gift pool of prospects in the geographical areas that encompass Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains.


The incumbent will collaborate with the Vice President of Resource Development to set goals, monitor work and evaluate results to ensure that objectives are met and in line with the needs and mission of the organization providing a strong base of ongoing financial support.

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


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 

  • Faith Formation Network
  • Interim Pastors
  • Wartburg West
  • St. Mark's, Aurora
  • Russ Britton Ordination/Installation at Bethany, Cherry Hills, CO
  • Vacation

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • Candidacy Consultation PLTS
  • Vacation

 Pastor Sarah Moening   

  • Messiah, Albuquerque, NM
  • Church Development Training
  • Faith Formation Network
  • Atonement, Boulder, CO
  • Transitions Ministry
  • Mount Olive, Rock Springs, UT

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Mission Start meetings
Pastor Kent Mueller 
  • Theological Conference planning
  • Lutheran Center meetings
  • Transitions Ministry
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM   
  • Medicaid Coalition
  • Vacation
Peter Severson
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO

  • Lutheran Advocacy Ministry plannig


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South Africa: Helping girls be all they can be 
Abby Henderson, an ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission participant, is making a difference. Through her work with the WOW Movement and the Proudly Female program in Bellville South, where violence against women is a problem, she is helping South African girls realize they are valued and deserve an education. 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



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2015 Synod Assembly

Sheraton Hotel
Salt Lake City, Utah


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YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, Colorado


2015 Senior High Youth Gathering

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Help the Wyoming Lanky Lutherans
earn the most medals in the Sr. Olympics!


Registration is open for the Wyoming Sr. Olympics.  Any Lutheran who participates can help the Lanky Lutherans who have challenged the other denominations in Wyoming to see who can earn the most medals.  Go to to register.  Please contact Pastor Brenda Frelsi at if you attend so that she can add your medals to our medal count.  She can also help you find housing.







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.  


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
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.


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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