Maria Sutton is newest member of the RMS Office of the Bishop staff


Maria wiill greet you at the front desk or on the telephone as the newest member of the Administrative Staff in the Rocky Mountain Synod Office of the Bishop. She will be working with the email newsletter and other projects in support of our ministry together.


She moved from Fresno, CA, to Longmont, CO, in 1993. Her husband's name is Douglas Sutton and they have two daughters: Veronica who is 16 years old and Victoria who is 18. Victoria is getting ready to attend Bethany Lutheran College in Kansas this fall.


They have been members of First Lutheran Church in Longmont, CO, for 14 years. We welcome Maria to this half-time position. She will most typically be in the office Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from mid-morning until the end of the day. Welcome Maria!



Garden Day is Monday, June 30

Lutheran Center garden  
to get a late start this year


ELCA Ethics of Eating Event 2012 image New raised beds are now ready, and Pastor

Pastor Michelle de Beauchamp, Well of Hope, Castle Pines, CO, has volunteered to coordinate a planting day for a late season garden start.


Bring gardening tools with them and snacks/lunch. You are invited to gather at 10 a.m. and Michelle will have the supplies and plants to put in some soaker hoses and do some planting. All are welcome to come and help out!



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 for any updates or new information. Each rostered leader received an email letter with login credentials last week.






Sunday June 29
Third 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 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 Ave, 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.



Being Church Together:  
Ministry Reviews 

 This past weekend, the leaders of Christ Lutheran in Cheyenne, Wyoming gathered with a ministry review team.  Together they spent time in prayer, studying scripture, worshiped together, and talking about the ministries and life of the congregation.  


Recognizing that congregations who spend time reflecting on who they are and who God is calling them to be is important to the health and mission of the congregation, the Rocky Mountain Synod is part of a pilot program that seeks to do a Ministry Review in every congregation in the RMS in the next 5 years.  


The ministry review team in Cheyenne consisted of:  Erin Power (Office of the Bishop), Rev. Wolfgang Stahlberg (Messiah, Denver), Richard Polluck Nelson (All Saints, Aurora), Collin Felix (Our's Saviors, Greeley), and John Power (Western North Dakota Synod Ministry Review Team).  This fall, Erin will be heading up to Western North Dakota to serve on a ministry review team, to learn about their process.


How is your congregation partnering with other synods and congregations to be church together?



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."   The event begins late afternoon on Monday, September 22 and concludes before noon on Thursday, September 25.


 The registration (including room, meals, breaks, program costs, and travel equalization) is:


Single $495

Double $375

Commuter $175-225 (depending on meal choices)


Link to Online Registration



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. (


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. 



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 


Triennial Lutheran Men's Gathering is in Nashville, TN, July 18-20

For every man to become a bold,
daring follower of Jesus Christ 


Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous,
be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14


Join us for the Triennial Lutheran Men in Nashville, TN, at the Loews Vanderbilt University, 18-20 July. Register at (There are links to Gathering and Hotel registration on the home page.)


For more information, contact Jim Monkman,, or 303-642-1026.



Call for Delegates to the Lutheran Men in Mission Assembly, 17-18 July 2014


Lutheran Men in Mission will have its Triennial Assembly in Nashville from Thursday, July 17 at 1 p.m., until Friday, July 18 at 3 p.m. at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. Our national ministry conducts its business during this assembly every three years. To be a part of shaping our national ministry to men for the next three years, contact Jim Monkman at or 303-642-1026.








Prevent accidental falls by hosting a prevention program




Most congregations have experienced older adults being injured or frightened from a fall, whether it was in the home, in the community, or even at church. Did you know that falls are not just a part of aging? Many falls can be prevented through balance-building exercise classes and programs to help guide seniors through making changes and decision that will reduce their risk of falls and allow them to keep their independence.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is expanding their fall prevention activities to many parts of the state. If your congregation is looking for opportunities to host fall prevention programs or promote them to your congregation, please contact Sallie Thoreson at 970-248-7161 or


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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



  Adult Choir Director    Christ the Servant, Louisville, CO


This is a part time position requiring 4 - 5 hours/week, rehearsal and performance inclusive.  The Duties and Responsibilities are as follows:


*  The choir director selects all choral anthems to be sung by the choir. Music should be appropriate for use in the liturgical service and, if possible, follow the theme or the lessons appointed for the day.

*  The Choir rehearses weekly on Mondays from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm from September through May.

*  The director will be responsible for posting an audio practice file (on CD, Dropbox or other file sharing application) of the week's music selection to allow members to practice the selection during the week.

*  The choir director is responsible for purchasing music and music supplies for the choir program.

*  Provide information to the church office on choral selection for each week.

*  The choir director performs the duties of the position in a cordial and cooperative manner with the Pastor, the Congregation Members, the accompanist and the choir.


The start date for this position will be the first rehearsal this fall on September 1 Please contact us if you have an interest in this position.




Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • Region II Mobility Conference, SW California Synod
  • Synod Council Webex
  • St. Paul Peace, NM, Webex
  • Western States Youth Gathering, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • New Beginnings Prison Ministry, Denver, CO
  • Lutheran Campus Ministry CU Board, Boulder, CO

 Pastor Sarah Moening    

  • Region II Mobility Conference, SW California Synod 

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Mission Congregation meetings                      

Pastor Kent Mueller  

  • Vacation
  • Christ the King Durango, CO  50th Anniversary
Erin Power
  •  Theological Conference and Journey of Renewal Planning
  • Ministry Review planning
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM   
  • Interfaith Hunger Coalition
  • Kids Count Conference
Peter Severson
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Child Nutrition Webinar 
  •  SPPO


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Save the date 

for Global Church Sunday 2014

On Oct. 4, 2014, congregations are invited to celebrate our church's connection and common mission within Christ's global church by holding a Global Church Sunday. Celebrate by taking a special offering for an ELCA missionary or global ministry, hosting a coffee hour with treats from around the world or including global songs in your worship service. A toolkit of these and other ideas for congregations will be released in August. For more information, contact

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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


2015 Theological Conference

YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, Colorado


2015 Senior High Youth Gathering

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Tuesday, June 24 and July 1

Wyoming Roundup: Celebrating Marvin 

Skogen's 40th Ordination Anniversary


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and the family of Marvin and Marilyn Skogen invite area communities and clergy to the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Marvin's ordination into the ministry on Sunday, July 6, 9:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Casper, Wyoming. We will also celebrate the 40th wedding anniversary of Marvin and Marilyn Skogen. The guest speaker at the 9:30 a.m. worship service will be Rev. Ron Roschke, an Assistant to the Bishop in the Rocky Mountain Synod Office of the Bishp. Marilyn's brother, Dr. David Ellison, an accomplished musician, will be the guest pianist. There will be a fellowship time at Good Shepherd Lutheran at 11:30 a.m.on July 6.


Rev. Skogen was an interim pastor at Good Shepherd in Casper, and has been the chaplain at Shepherd of the Valley Healthcare Community for more than three decades. There will be a reception and program at the Care Center at 1:00 a.m. The Care Center is adjacent to the church, located at 60 Magnolia Street on the west side of Casper in Paradise Valley. The church is located at 51 Primrose Street. For more information, contact the church office at 237-3503. For directions, go to and type -  51 Primrose Street, Casper, WY. 


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.



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.   



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  





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