ELCA begins using new "forms" system after June 30 (no more Formatta!)


The "Go-Live Date" for new forms for Candidacy and Call Process within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is June 30, 2014. These new forms will be web-based, allowing them to interface more seamlessly with all computers, Web browsers, and small tablets.

Those currently in the process of completing a
Rostered Leader Profile (RLP) or updating one that is in the system, can continue to use the Formatta form until
June 23, 2014. After that date, Formatta will no longer be able to submit your form! This information also applies to congregations that are in the process of completing a
Ministry Site Profile (MSP). These deadlines will give the ELCA a week to complete the transition from Formatta and to move the data from all Formatta forms in the mobility database to new forms. After June 30 we encourage rostered leaders and congregations to access the new form and verify that it reads correctly.

As you review your new forms, or if you experience any difficulty with them, please feel free to discuss your questions or concerns with Janice Ladd-Horkey in the RMS Office of the Bishop. She can answer any questions that you might have about these changes and how they will affect you.

Visit www.elca.org/call for any updates or new information. Each rostered leader received an email letter with login credentials last week.



Campaign reaches $60,000 goal!


Gifts for the "Shine God's Future" campaign for the Office of the Bishop and Lutheran Center have reached $60,000 thanks to a generous $500 gift received this week to put us over the top! 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 Erin Power at epower@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.



Sunday June 22
Second Sunday after Pentecost

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:


Shepherd of the Hills Canon City, CO
   Robert Kippley
St. Paul Calhan, CO
   Tim Bettger
St. Paul's Sugar City, CO   

Tabor Pueblo, CO

     Mark Meyer Interim


Ordination of Matt Barnhouse is
June 22 in Cheyenne, WY

Matt Barnhouse has accepted a call to serve as redevelopment pastor by the Rocky Mountain Synod and the people of Mt. Hope Lutheran Church, El Paso, Texas. 


Please join us for the Ordination which will take place on Sunday, June 22 at 10:30 am at Ascension Lutheran Church, 712 Storey Blvd. Cheyenne, WY. The Reverend Jim Goina, Bishop of the Rocky Mountain Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, presiding.  Your prayers and presence are requested. All ordained, consecrated and commissioned ministers are invited to process. The color of the day is red. There will be a reception following the service.  Matt was an intern at Ascension 2012-2013.

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 


God's Work Our Hands Sunday
Sunday, September 7

'God's work. Our hands.' Sunday
reminds us that we are church together for the sake of the world. Our lives have been changed by our relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and it's that encounter with Jesus that frees us to make a difference. As you participate Sept. 7, 2014, in the dedicated day of service, may you witness the love of God, who knows and loves each one of us."             
 -Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton



What does your congregation have planned for "God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday?  Share your plans and ideas with Erin Power.  

For resources, registration, or ordering T-shirts, visit the God's Work. Our Hands. page on the ELCA Website.



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



Register by Friday, June 20!  

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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. (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!

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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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 July 9. We welcome Pastor Stephanie Kopsch as our guest pastor that day.


read about recent JOB POSTS in the Rocky Mountain Synod:

more information 


Director of Administration/Emphasis in Accounting

Bethel Lutheran Church, Windsor, Colorado

Bethel, Windsor, CO, is seeking to add an accomplished individual to our growing staff as we invite others to "Know the Power of Christ."  We will hire the right individual who is collaborative, extraordinarily detail oriented and loves organizing both paid staff and volunteers to achieve our ministry goals. A successful candidate will regularly attend worship services in the area, possess broad and diverse skills in office management including but not limited to using accounting software, database management and the Microsoft Suite. A demonstrated track record of volunteer management, driving projects to conclusion, meeting deadlines, and imagination is required, a bachelor's degree or equivalent preferred. Salaried position with benefits. Reply to







Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • Vacation
  • Ascension, Cheyenne, WY
  • Matt Barnhouse Ordination, Cheyenne, WY
  • Region II Mobility Conference, SW California Synod

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • Peace, El Paso, TX

 Pastor Sarah Moening    

  • Mount Olive, Rock Springs, UT
  • Region II Mobility Conference, SW California Synod 

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Camino de Vida, Albuquerque, NM
  • Four Winds Art Show
  • Ministry Review Follow-Up

Pastor Kent Mueller 

  • Lutheran Center meetings
  • Transitions Ministry
  • Mission Investment Fund
Erin Power
  • Ministry Review, Cheyenne, WY
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM   
  • Legislative Council Meeting, NM
  • Vacation
Peter Severson
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO

  • ELCA Clean Air for All campaign
  • St. Paul, Denver, CO 


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Sixty-four young adults will begin a year of service in August with the ELCA in eight country programs around the world. Learn how you can provide them prayer and financial support at www.ELCA.org/YAGMsupport or contact globalchurch@elca.org.

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Marriott Hotel
Colorado Springs, Colorado


2014 Senior High Youth Gathering

YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, Colorado    


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Youth Gathering

Elegante Hotel & Conference Center
Colorado Springs, Colorado



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Salt Lake City, Utah


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Estes Park, Colorado


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LSS of Utah Sunday at Mt. Tabor is June 22


LSS of Utah is having an LSS of Utah Sunday at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church June 22, 2014. Dr. Leslie Whited will preach at the 9:30 am service followed by a concert and silent auction with brunch at 10:30 am. 


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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 wyseniorolympics.com to register.  Please contact Pastor Brenda Frelsi at pastorbrendaf@yahoo.com if you attend so that she can add your medals to our medal count.  She can also help you find housing.




Save the Date!

LAM-NM 2014 Advocacy Conference

Saturday, November 8

St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Albuquerque 





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.   

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, 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



Healthy Marriage Workshop August 2

Healthy Marriage Workshop at Bethel Lutheran, Aurora, CO. Saturday, August 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Childcare and lunch provided. Register at www.marry-well.org.  





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