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Are you connected with us on Facebook?  Visit our Rocky Mountain Synod Facebook page to keep up with all that is happening around our Synod!  We are currently at 991 likes, help us get to 1,000!




Interested in environmental issues?
Come join Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-Colorado on Tuesday, July 29, at 2:00 p.m. to support two Lutheran voices testifying at the EPA public hearing in support of the new CO2 guidelines for power plants. The hearing will take place at the EPA Region 8 office, 1595 Wynkoop St., Denver. Among those testifying will be provided by Dr. James White, Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado-Boulder and a member of Trinity, Boulder.


If anyone would like to attend the hearing, we have green campaign T-shirts and signs for you! They have been generously provided by our Washington Advocacy office. Email Peter Severson if you plan to attend.

We support Clean Air for All God's Children! 


Be sure to 'like' Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-Colorado and Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-New Mexico on Facebook, and follow LAM-CO on Twitter (@LutheranAM_CO)!



Child Care for Theological Conference


We would like to offer child care for those attending the fall Theological Conference Sept. 22-25 in Colorado Springs.  If you or someone you know from the Colorado Springs area would be interested in being our child care provider (paid), please contact Erin Power.  We are looking for 2 people.



Sunday July 27

Seventh 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.  The prayer list for upcoming months is available.  
Remember in prayer this coming Sunday:

St. Paul's/Peace Las Vegas, NM
Tom Woodward (ECUSA)
St. Timothy Albuquerque, NM
Rachael Powell
Trinity Farmington, NM
Larry Davis
Valley Los Lunas, NM
Ken Vogler


Faster Pastors run August 8 & 9


Faster Pastors take off August 8-9 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.


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 requests 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.



Walking with Unaccompanied and Migrant Children
Our Response:
As members of the ELCA, we are called to love and welcome all. We answer the call when children who are running from hunger, poverty and harm arrive on our doorstep. We believe it is our responsibility to protect and care for those who are most vulnerable by providing services to ensure their safety, upholding their human rights and recognizing and preventing risks of exploitation. In a living example of caring for our neighbor, the ELCA--through Lutheran Disaster Response--is responding to the arrival of these children with grace and compassion.

Lutheran Disaster Response, working with companions and strategic allies such as Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, is committed to walking with unaccompanied and migrant children within this country and across borders.

What Can You Do?

Pray for those affected by violence, that they may be granted peace and healing. 

Your gifts designated for Unaccompanied and Migrant Children will be used in full (100 percent) to assist those directly impacted by this crisis. Gifts from people like you allow us to respond to those who are most vulnerable.    
Learn more about the situation and the ELCA's response

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 



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.


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 


Lutheran Church of Hope

Lutheran Church of Hope, an ELCA congregation is seeking an keyboard accompanist for its contemporary ensemble, Spirit of Hope. This is a ten-month a year position, (August through May), and will commence August 1, 2014. A complete job description may be found on the congregation's website  or by contacting the church office at (303) 466-4823.  Interested applicants should submit a cover letter with specific experience and resume electronically to


Job Description:  Parish Director
Bethel Lutheran Church

As the Parish Director of Bethel Lutheran Church, the Director plays a leadership role in organization development by working closely with the President of the Congregation Council, Finance Office, Pastor and staff.  The Parish Director is responsible for creating communication links between the congregation and the program of the church in support of the Bethel Lutheran Church Mission, Vision and Values.  Information contained in this job description is not intended to be all-inclusive for the position. Accountability:

The Parish Director is directly accountable to the Congregation Council. For job Description.


Contemporary Worship Pianist Needed St. Stephen, Northglenn, CO 

St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, located in Northglenn, CO is a vibrant, multigenerational faith community that has been in Northglenn for over 52 years. We are seeking a pianist to accompany our contemporary worship service 

Please see the detailed job description on our website for details. For more information or to arrange an interview please call Pastor Tracy Hinkel at 303-452-5469.



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:




Bishop Jim Gonia 

  • Bishops Retreat  
  • ELCA Madagascar Consultation

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • ELCA Madagascar Consultation
  • Red Cliff Strategy meeting
  • CU Campus Ministry Strategy.

 Pastor Sarah Moening    

  • Interim Training 
  • Preach at Holy Spirit, Centennial, CO

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Mision Latina Aurora: Grupo de Ninos 
  • Preach at Prince of Peace, Denver                 

Pastor Kent Mueller  

  • Mission Investment Fund
  • Lutheran Center visioning
  • Vacation
Erin Power
  • 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
  • EPA Public Hearing: Clean Power Plan
  • Synod Hunger Team WebEx


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Israel-Palestine: Time for peace is now  


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. 


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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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2015 Synod Assembly Local Planning Team

Our 2015 Synod Assembly will take place in Salt Lake City May 1-3, 2015.  For anyone in the area who would be interested in being a part of a local planning team, we will be meeting on Wednesday, August 6, at 6:30pm at the Downtown Sheraton.  For more information, or if you are interested but cannot attend the August 6 meeting, contact Erin Power


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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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  



Mental Health First aid class 


Bethany Lutheran Church

4500 E. Hampden Avenue

Cherry Hills Village, CO  80113

8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Free: all are welcome! 
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. 





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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