new Thursday noon deadline
eConnection submissions

Because Maria Sutton, our new member of the administrative staff and communications assistant, is in the office TUE to THUR, the deadline for eConnection submissions is now THURSDAY AT NOON for the following Tuesday eConnection.  


These guidelines really help us out:

  • submit your information in paragraph form ready for us to "copy and paste" along with a headline suggestion
  • if there is additional information on your website, please supply the web address for the details
  • if there is a graphic/logo on your website, note the webpage we will find it, as it is easiest for us to insert your graphic already online
You will normally send submissions to Kent Mueller (by replying to this email newsletter or sending to  However, Kent is on vacation this week, so this week please send them to Maria Sutton at




Bishop Gonia's new blog:

Our Life Together: What does this mean?


"It's been almost two years since I began serving as bishop of the Rocky Mountain Synod. In that time we've explored what it means to be a people of faith who are deeply rooted and bearing fruit for the sake of the gospel. We were reminded that roots come before fruits, that tending to the sources of our spiritual life is what nurtures our ability to participate meaningfully in God's mission in the world...."




Provide feedback for RMS

pilot compensation guidelines


The Synod Council is in the process of reshaping the compensation guidelines to better take into consideration differing settings and circumstances throughout the vast Rocky Mountain Synod.




Installation of Mary Hendricks

Bishop Gonia will be celebrating the installation of the Rev. Mary Hendricks, an Episcopal priest who will be serving in LaJunta at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Please join them Saturday, July 19, at 10 a.m.


Giving thanks for Pastor Everett's
40 years of ministry  

Ascension Lutheran Church, Cheyenne, WY, celebrated 40 years of Ordination of Pastor Paul Everett last Sunday, July 13. Pastor Everett is a graduate of St. Olaf College and Luther Theological Seminary.  Pastor Everett served at Lutheran Congregations in Glendive, MT, Billings, MT. and Cheyenne, WY. 


Sunday July 6

Third Sunday after Pentecost


Synod Prayer Cycle:  
North New Mexico 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:

Lutheran Church of the Servant Santa Fe, NM 
Sonnie Ericksen Fish (ECUSA)
Messiah Albuquerque, NM
Tom Anderson (interim)
St. Luke Albuquerque, NM
Travis Johnson-Esparza, Russ Sorenson 
St. Paul Albuquerque, NM
Pat Holman, Carmen Miranda


Faster Pastors run August 8 & 9


Faster Pastors take off August 8-9th from Copper Mountain Ski Resort for 200 miles of hills, chills and hopefully no spills! The team of 12 RMS pastors are raising awareness of our Madagascar companion synod by running to raise money to bring Malagasy youth to the ELCA Youth Gathering July 2015. You and/or your congregation can sponsor us per mile of the race or of our combined training mileage. So far we have together run at least the length of Madagascar which is 1,000 miles in our training since April!


Letıs see how many youth we can bring to experience the ELCA Youth Gathering next summer! Thank you for supporting us and our companion synod of Madagascar. Please note that checks can be made out to RMS or to your local congregation with Faster Pastors in the memo line. We are also looking for one more runner! Contact Brigette Weier 



Connect your Students with Lutheran Campus Ministry!


Graduation parties have ended and many of our congregation's young adults are preparing to find their way at college. The Lutheran Campus Ministries of the Rocky Mountain Synod work to stay connected with these young people, continuing the good work of your congregations and helping young adults navigate the demands of college life.


What? You want three good reasons why you should connect students to campus ministry? Well, we've got three good rights right here 



Convincing enough? When you provide the contact information of students who will be attending college in the fall (especially CSU, CU, UNM-CNM, UNC, Wyoming, and Utah State), each student will receive a simple invitation to check out one of our ministries. Connect your students to Lutheran Campus Ministry around the country.


Cristo Rey still seeking sponsors for the Summer Program


Cristo Rey, El Paso, TX, is still seeking sponsors for their children's Summer Program, which is in full swing! They have 40+ kids participating in this enriching and fun program.


Your gift will allow a child of central El Paso to attend Cristo Reyıs Summer Program. When you become a sponsor, you are linked with one child who will benefit from your gift by being able to participate in the summer program. Since many neighborhood families are financially challenged, the cost of this program to families is nominal. These programs are sustained through grants, volunteer efforts, and donations from generous partners.


If you would like to donate or find out more information,

download the form.

Come and See Pilgrimage to the Holy Land June 4-18, 2015

Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you" (Gen 12.1) Abraham's descendants, the "living stones" of the Holy Land today, invite us to enjoy their culture of hospitality. Sponsored by Peace Not Walls, Rocky Mountain Synod. Led by Pastor Alena Lamirato and Jan Miller


* Stay in the Old City of Jerusalem'explore the holy sites and bazaars

* Connect with Palestinian Christians and their peacebuilding ministries

* See the holy sites in Capernaum, Nazareth

* Sail on the Sea of Galilee

* Worship with Lutherans and visit ministries in Bethlehem

* Visit Qumran, Masada, swim in the Dead Sea

* Walk the Mount of Olives; visit Augusta Victoria Hospital

* Daily reflection time and free time to explore

* Local guides


Tentative cost $3900 (to be firmed up by January, 2015). See more:


Contact Jan Miller or 303-332-1263


Spirituality, Ethics, 
and Relief

Friday evening, November 7 and Saturday, November 8

The RMS Lutheran Center -

7375 Samuel Drive, Denver


Join us as we explore the spirituality and ethics of hunger, the effect of climate change on hunger and ways to provide relief in this country and around the world.  Dr. Samuel Thomas, Associate Professor of Religion at California Lutheran University, Dr. Ryan Cumming, Director of Hunger Education for ELCA World Hunger, and Rev. Nelson Bock, Professor and Co-Director of Wartburg West, will be our guides as we learn more about hunger, its causes, and what we can do about it. Registration will open in September so check the e-Connection and register early!

Hunger Network request your participation in a survey


complete the questionnaire now

As pastors, other rostered leaders, and key lay leaders of your congregation, you are the teaching theologians and primary interpreters of the work of the larger church.  You are also called to speak in solidarity with the poor and oppressed, advocate for justice, and proclaim God's love for the world.  


ELCA World Hunger as a key component of the work of the larger church directly addresses the root causes of hunger and poverty, and helps communities create their own sustainable solutions. The Core Team of the Rocky Mountain Synod's Hunger Network is charged with helping congregations understand the realities of poverty and our Lutheran calling to address those realities and encouraging contributions to ELCA World Hunger.  Thank you for completing this questionnaire so we can serve you better!


Please complete the survey by July 25.




MIF: New ways to manage

your money online


Investors in the Mission Investment Fund-individuals, congregations and ministries alike-will find a number of convenient, new features in MIF's online services. MIF Online account holders can schedule balance transfers. Congregations and ministries with MIF loans and MIF Demand Investment With Check Writing accounts can authorize internal electronic transfers to make loan payments. 


Investors who are tracking budgets or preparing taxes will like the new online download feature for easy exporting of files to an Excel spreadsheet or programs such as QuickBooks. Log on to your MIF account online to experiment with these new features.  If you haven't experienced MIF Online yet, register your MIF account online. For information on MIF investments and ministry loans, contact MIF Customer Service at 877-886-3522 or your MIF Regional Manager, Dan Carlson, at (773-682-2943).


Working with children in South Africa


While serving with the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program, Rachel Swenson has come to some amazing conclusions about her reason for being there. Inspire your congregation with her story! For a colorful Word document to use in your congregation's bulletin board, bulletin or PowerPoint presentation.


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 



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 August 13.


Israel and Palestine Resources from the

RMS Global Mission Committee


O God, we pray for Israel and Palestine.  Where hearts are fearful and constricted, grant courage and hope. Where  anxiety is infectious and widening, grant peace and reassurance. Where impossibilities close every door and window, grant imagination and resistance. Where distrust twists thinking, grant healing and illumination. Where spirits are daunted and weakened, grant  soaring wings and strengthened dreams. All these things we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. (ELW)


Join a world wide monthly prayer vigil the 24th of every month to pray for peace:



Peace Not Walls

Churches for Middle East Peace


Like the Facebook page for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land or go to their website



Sailing through Troubled Waters




read about recent JOB POSTS in the Rocky Mountain Synod:

more information 


Secretary (12 hours/week)

Christ Lutheran Church


The position will have primary responsibility for daily operations of the church office. Bilingual in Spanish is a plus. Full job description available upon request. Please send resume and references to:

Sexton (part time)

St. Paul Lutheran Church

Denver, CO


St. Paul Lutheran Church is located in downtown Denver, just north of the Capitol building. The congregation is seeking a Sexton for 32 hours a week. Salary is dependent on experience, and benefits are negotiable. The position is open immediately. Please contact the church office at (303)

839-1432 or email Pastor Kevin Maly at







Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • Installation of Mary Hendricks, LaJunta, CO
  • Installation of Bryce Fellbaum, Bethune, CO

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • RMS Global Mission Committee
  • Peace, El Paso, TX
  • Operation One Nation

 Pastor Sarah Moening    

  • Interim Training  

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Mision Latina Aurora: Grupo de Ninos                     

Pastor Kent Mueller  

  • Vacation
Erin Power
  • Messiah, Denver, CO
  • Theological Conference and Journey of Renewal Planning
  • Ministry Review planning
Ruth Hoffman 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM   
  • Interfaith Hunger Coalition
  • NM Hunger Summit
  • Legislative Health and Human Services Committee
  • Kids Count Conference
  • Alamogordo/Las Cruces, NM
Peter Severson
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • HHS committee meeting
  • NM Hunger Summit
  • Highlands, Denver, CO


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Israel-Palestine: Time for peace is now  

ELCA bishop and U.S. religious leaders say. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton and more than 30 U.S. Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders declared that "the time for Israeli-Palestinian peace is now."  More information.

YAGM Country Coordinators Needed  

YAGM country coordinators are needed for Dakar, Senegal; Jerusalem/West Bank; Phnom Penh, and Cambodia to oversee the Young Adults in Global Mission program. Help facilitate the program. Depending on the focus, fluency in French or Khmer may be needed. See the ELCA website for more information.



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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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Share the word about Lutheran Social Service of Utah


Lutheran Social Service of Utah encourages you to share the word of our confidential services to people in need at a particular moment!  Tell your neighbors, friends and folks in need about the amazing ministries at Lutheran Social Service of Utah: More Blue Sky Employment Center; International Adoption;  In-Home Senior Assistance; Refugee, Economic Immigrant & First Generation Ministries; and Utah LDR Disaster Response (site for Utah).  Our services, except for international adoption, are free (without fee).  


Open: Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. 

(Note: Closed Mondays in June/July/August).  


Toll-Free Number: 1-877-388-5778 or 801-588-0139. 

Email is best:

Texting is second best at: 801-721-2641. 

Address (Just Come By!): 4392 South 900 East  SLC, UT  84124. 

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St. Paul's Lutheran Church Celebrates 130 Years

 by The Rev. Robert Chalstrom, Pastor Emeritus St. Paul's Lutheran Church


   On July 14, 1884, the Rev. Frederick Andreason organized The First Scandinavian Lutheran Church, a Swedish congregation of 31 people. This was the first Lutheran Church in the Wyoming Territory. Four years later this pioneer congregation constructed its first church building, a small white structure, on the corner of 19th and House Ave.

  The first 50 years were difficult. Pastors moved often, vacancies were long and Swedish, an unfamiliar language, was used in the services. It wasnıt until 1927, when the congregation changed its name to First Lutheran Church and used English in their ministry, that the church began to grow. The name changed to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in 1950.

  During the war years in the 1940ıs the congregation had rapid growth and a new sanctuary was built in 1950. The educational building was constructed in 1960. Major remodeling took place in the early 1980ıs and since that time the goal has been to make the building totally handicapped accessible. This was accomplished earlier this year.

 St. Paul's and its members have been very active in the community. For 22 years Meals on Wheels used the church kitchen to cook meals until they outgrew the facilities. Many other social programs had their beginnings at St. Paul's. The members have always been interested in social concerns of Cheyenne and are serving or have served in various ways to support those in need.

  The celebratory worship service of thanksgiving for 130 years of history will be on July 13th at 9:30 a.m. The congregation invites the Cheyenne Community to the worship service and to the Old-fashioned ice cream social on the church lawn following the service.




Intern from Germany begins July 20 in Rio Rancho, NM


On Sunday, July 20, Community of Joy Lutheran Church in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, welcomes German intern Manuel Hoerger. Manuel has completed his two and one half year internship in his home Synod in southwestern Germany.  


He is awaiting a call to a congregation. Manuel comes to Community of Joy to learn about church and congregational life in the ELCA.  He will assist Pastor Michael Bastian. The congregation is excited to welcome Manuel and they invite the entire Rocky Mountain synod to join in prayers of welcome as Manuel begins his internship in New Mexico.




Servant Stories on July 27


Join the Border Servant Corps on Sunday, July 27, at 12 P.M. immediately following El Paso Re-Commissioning  Service at New Hope Lutheran Church 4801 Sun Valley Dr, El Paso, TX 79924 as the 2013-2014 BSC volunteers reflect and share about their time of service on the U.S./Mexico border! Lunch is provided.


Save the Date!


LAM-NM 2014 Advocacy Conference

Saturday, November 8

St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Albuquerque  






Leadership appointments announced


Lutheran Social Services of the South (LSS), an organization committed to ending multigenerational child abuse through innovative childrenıs services, announced the leadership appointments of Robert Leal as Executive Vice President of Programs, Krystale Bezio as Vice President of Foster Care & Adoption and Demereal Owens as Vice President of Residential Programs & Compliance. ³Lutheran Social Services of the South is thrilled to have Robert and his team of experts, Krystale and Demereal, leading our efforts to provide high quality childrenıs services in Texas,² said Michael Loo, LSS Chief Operations Officer. ³Their combined experience in the social services sector and commitment to our mission will help LSS lead and innovate in the years to come.² 


Lutheran Family Services
21st Annual Golf Classic 
Tee Off for HOPE 
Monday, August 11, 2014

more information and registration 



"The Splendor of Madagascar" at

 Denver Museum of Nature and Science


The Denver Museum of Nature and Science will present a program the evening of Monday, July 14 at the museum titled, "The Splendor of Madagascar." Tickets are $10.  Come and listen to intrepid senior field biologist Steve Goodman of The Field Museum speak about one of the most unique plant and animal communities on our planet - the island of Madagascar. Goodman is intimately aware of this fact after studying the biodiversity of this exceptional ecosystem for more than 25 years. Using compelling images and stories, Goodman will take you on an exploration of what makes Madagascar and its inhabitants so special. He will share the challenges Madagascar faces and what actions would ensure a more stable future.  For reservations call 303.370.6000, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  or visit this webpage. 




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  




Kent Mueller - Assistant to the Bishop
Maria Sutton - Communications Assistant 
Rocky Mountain Synod
800-525-0462 / 303-777-6700 / fax 303-339-4744

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