OCTOBER 1, 2014


Snapshots of gratitude... THANK YOU!

  • The Rocky Mountain Synod has given a total of $311,850 to the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Our synod's goal was $200,000, so we have exceeded the goal in an amazing, generous way! Overall, the ELCA has raised over $12.8 million dollars for this campaign, bringing hope and life to our partners in Africa.
  • For the Theological Conference offering of $690 which is designated for our seminary scholarship fund.
  • For a bequest received from the estate of Gaylord Headrick, designated for Mission Development. The gift of just over $16,000 is graciously received and will enhance the development of our mission congregations.
  • We are grateful for the many congregations who "made Christ known" through "God's work. Our hands. Sunday" ministries!
  • As we give thanks for ministry of the congregation in Anton, Colorado (now closed) we are reminded that a baptismal font and paraments are available for a congregation or mission congregation that could use them. Please contact Teri Hermsmeyer. 



Download and reproduce the October Landscape newsletter


The issue sent to each congregation had a few dates that have been corrected in the download (the year was wrong for the assembly!). Take a look at the new, refreshed fonts and layout! Then include in your Sunday bulletin or newsletter, or include a link to the downloadable version.

Download now.



Sunday October 5 - Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost  


Beloved God, from you come all things that are good. Lead us by the inspiration of your Spirit to know those things that are right, and by your merciful guidance, help us to do them, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Synod Prayer Cycle:  
North 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.  The prayer list for upcoming months is available. Remember in prayer this coming Sunday:



Colorado State University

Chad Adamik (Interim)
University of Colorado
Zachary Parris
University of New Mexico
Anne Morawski
New Mexico State University
Jared Carson
University of Northern Colorado
Debra Abbott
Utah State University
Scott Thalacker
University of Wyoming
Rachel Larson


Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp
Brad Abbott
Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp
Dave Jarvis

(from last week, when there was no eConnection sent:)
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
Lakewood, CO
Lyn Crase (Interim)
Prince of Peace Denver, CO
Kim Gonia
Risen Lord Conifer, CO
Stefan Rickman
Saint Peter Greenwood Village, CO
David Risendal
St. Philip Littleton, CO
Nathan Doerr, Brad Doty


God's Work.  Our Hands.


Thank you to all who shared photos from your "God's Work. Our Hands." Day! We are Church:  Better Together!  

(The most recent photo submissions did not make this video, but keep your eyes peeled for round 2!)
Church:  Better Together
Church: Better Together

"Church:  Better Together" YouTube Challenge!

The Challenge
Working together within your own congregation (or organization), with neighboring congregations, or in your RMS Conference, create a YouTube video of about two minutes or less using the exact wording of the script here. Embellish the script with images, action, additional dialogue or any other means that help bring our story to life! Creativity Counts! Choose a genre and style for your video: live action, cartoon animation, inspirational images... add music, comedy or drama. The more creative the better!  

For more information, visit the website.  Entries will be featured at our 2015 Synod Assembly!  



RMS Women's Organization Biennial Convention is October 10-12


The event will take place at The DoubleTree Hotel, 3203 Quebec St., Denver, CO, on Friday, October 10, through Sunday morning, October 12. The registration deadline has been extended to September 20, but registrants must make their hotel reservations directly with the DoubleTree Hotel by September 9 to receive the convention rate. Registration forms and instructions, the Nomination form for board positions and the Stephanie Bowes Scholarship Application form may be obtained from the July issue of the newsletter "Views from the Rockies."  Go to the RMS website to print the forms.


Contact Carol McGill President, or call 303-443-0431 

We ask your help in getting the word to as many women as possible so we will have a successful Convention.



Register now for Sept/Oct Missional Gatherings in RMS Conferences


The focus of the 2014 Missional Gatherings will be on "Lutheran Spirituality" with special breakout sessions on networking with other congregational councils and networking with your local community. All rostered leaders, council members, outreach and evangelism committees, and congregation members are invited. Youth and young adult participation are encouraged.


Bishop Gonia and other representatives of Synod Council and the Office of the Bishop look forward to meeting with you for a time to be church together.


please register at least five days prior to each gathering


Saturday, October 11

Wyoming, Faith in Lander, WY 


Sunday, October 19, 2:00 pm (refreshments at 1:30 pm)

Boulder/Broomfield, Bethlehem in Longmont, CO 


Saturday, October 25

Utah, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Taylorsville, UT  

10:00 a.m. All are invited to the installation service of Pastor Emily Ewing at Christ the King in South Jordan

11:30 a.m. Missional Gathering at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Taylorsville



Saturday, November 1, 10 am

Metro West (Metro), Advent, Westminster, CO 


Sunday, November 2, 3 pm

North Colorado, Faith Lutheran Church in Eaton, CO 


Saturday, November 8, 2 pm
North New Mexico, St. Timothy in Alburquerque


Sunday, November 9, 3 pm

Southeast Colorado, First Lutheran in CO Springs


Saturday, November 15, 10 am

Border, Trinity in Las Cruces, NM


Saturday, December 6, 9 am

Metro South, Christ the King in Denver, CO



Rainbow Trail: Bridging Borders 2015

Looking for a service opportunity for your high school youth?  Rainbow Trail's Bridging Borders program offers a variety of service trip options both domestic and abroad that focus on walking with our brothers and sisters in Christ on their journeys.  In 2015, Rainbow Trail staff will lead high school youth on trips to Boulder in support of the flood relief efforts, to Mexico with Casas por Cristo to build houses for families in need, and to Ecuador to work with an organization called Rescate Ecuador to serve children and families in remote Ecuadorian villages.  Visit


for more information.

Youth and Family Ministry
certification school survey

Sky Ranch and Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camps both believe in supporting Youth and Family Ministry in the congregations of the RMS.  They hope that every congregation that wants a dynamic and educated person working in Youth and Family Ministry can have one, and they want to help that process by partnering with congregations to bring a Vibrant Faith Ministries Youth and Family Ministry certification program to the Rocky Mountain Synod.

Please give ONE MINUTE of your time TODAY to help them determine the need for this value education to come to the RMS, just click this link. Thank you, and really, it will only take a minute!


Start the registration process now for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering.


You can now begin inputting registration information for the July 15-19, 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering in advance of the October 15 registration opening, when openings fill up quickly. This mean you are invited to ask the youth in your congregation to make a commitment to work to travel to Detroit to worship with 30,000 plus people of God, to be God's hands and feet in the world, and to develop memories and relationships that transform lives!


Traveling together in buses may be helpful, sharing church vans can save costs, and sharing ideas can bring insight for this Gathering to be a great blessing for your youth and supporting adults.


So here is what you can do in getting ready:

(1)   The ELCA has a website: http://www.elca.org/YouthGathering

(2)  The Rocky Mountain Synod has a Facebook page: ELCA Youth Gathering Bound RMS

(3)  The Synod has two coordinators: Carolyn Gage kyuyu@comcast.net and Nicole Ferry at pastornicole@bethluth.com .

(4)  You may twitter at www.twitter.com/elcagathering or @elcagathering

(5)  You can also get a playlist for the Gathering at www.YouTube.com/elca



World Week for Peace in Palestine/Israel is September 21-17


"Let my people go" (Exodus 9:1) is the theme of this year's prayers for peace in Israel/Palestine. In response to the request of church leaders and laity in Palestine, focus is being given to the critical issue of political prisoners incarcerated in Israeli jails. For the Week, the World Council of Churches has just published a new dossier entitled, "Palestinian Prisoners: A Question of Conscience," focusing on the issue of prisoners held by the Israeli occupation forces, authored by human rights' and prisoners' organizations in Palestine and Israel. The dossier is a remarkable collection of statistics, analysis, and personal stories that should serve as a valuable resource for advocacy.

Additional online resources

  • The Jerusalem Prayer  from Palestinian Christian church leaders in Jerusalem
  • The worship liturgy "Let My People Go," written by Palestinian Christian laity and clergy for Sunday 21 September
  • A booklet guide for observing WWPPI 2014 , created by our international working group and Palestinian partners, with information, theological reflections, and advocacy suggestions for each day of the Week


One Year to Live Reunion

Saturday, October 18, 2014

1:00 pm t0 4:00 pm

at The Lutheran Center

7375 Samuel Drive

Denver, CO 80221

We invite all One Year to Live Retreat Alumni and their families to join us for a reunion. We will check-in, catch up, follow the reunion protocol that Lyman Coleman wrote for the current version of the One Year to Live, celebrate what God is doing in our lives, and reconnect. We will have soft drinks, water, and snacks. We intend to conclude with some ice cream.


Brothers, join us please! Email Jim Monkman to let him know you plan to attend or call him at 817-346-0943 or 303-642-1026.




Lutheran Campus Ministry retreat took place September 26-28


Lutheran Campus Ministry's Fall Leadership Retreat took place this past weekend (Sept. 26-28) at Messiah Mountain Retreat House near Denver. They had a total of 16 students from LCM at the University of Colorado-Boulder and LCM at Colorado State University. The retreat master was Don Johnson from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. The theme of the fall retreat was on vocation and 'call' and how important it is to always listen for God's calling--no matter what one does for a living. They are grateful for Don's energy and wisdom in guiding us on an inspiring, thoughtful, and restful retreat. 

Lutheran Campus Ministry is grateful for Pastor Deb Abbott, of Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, who brought up groceries and cooked the meals. They are especially grateful for Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver, whose generous grant to LCM made this year's fall retreat possible and for Messiah Lutheran Church in Denver, who provided such a wonderful retreat center for such a reasonable fee!


Spirituality, Ethics, 
and Relief

Friday evening, November 7
and Saturday, November 8

The RMS Lutheran Center -

7375 Samuel Drive, Denver


Register for Friday, for Saturday, or for both


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!



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 October 8.



Read about recent JOB POSTS in the Rocky Mountain Synod. More information 


Faith Lutheran Church, Golden, CO 

The Organist/accompanist exists to provide organ and piano accompaniment for FAITH's 8:30 am worship each Sunday morning, including prelude, postlude, liturgy, service music, hymn and special music as needed.  This position also accompanies the adult choir including rehearsals once a week (Wednesday evening) September-May. Contact Pastor Jane Jebsen for the complete job description and to apply: 

Email: jane@faithgolden.org - Tel: 303-279-5379










Bishop Jim Gonia

  • Faith Formation Strategic Planing 
  • Conference of Bishops
  • Episcopal Diocese Convention

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • Colorado Council of Churches.
  • Faith Formation Task Force
  • Intern/Congregation Support, First, Gypsum CO
  • RMS Campus Ministry Annual Conference

Pastor Sarah Moening    

  • Faith Formation Task Force
  • Urban Servant Corps

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Church of the Resurrection, Lakewood, CO
  • Missional Gathering Planning 

Pastor Kent Mueller  

  • Lutheran Center & Call Process Administration
Erin Power
  • Ministry Review planning


Ruth Hoffman  

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM   
  • St. Michael's & All Angels Episcopal Church 
  • Camino de Vida dedication
  • Interfaith Hunger Coalition
Peter Severson
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Colorado Affordable Housing Conference


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Mission of the Month:

Abby in South Africa

As a Young Adult in Global Mission, Abby Henderson mentored teen girls and encouraged them to stay in school. Inspire your congregation with her story! For a colorful Word document to display on your congregations bulletin board, or use in your bulletin or Power Point presentation, visit the web.

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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








Equipping leaders to maximize their impact:

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) & Human Relations (HR) Workshop


November 17 - 21, 2014

The Bosque Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tuition: $595.00

EQ 360 Assessment: $199.00

Meals and Lodging on Campus: Single $406.00, Commuter: $228.00

(an additional event will take place in Colorado next year!)


What happens as an EQ-HR Workshop?


This core EQ HR Center workshop is an intensive 5-day session designed to enable participants to learn about, build and practice emotional intelligence skills in a small group setting. Skilled facilitators provide tools and feedback to enable participants to learn about themselves and to immediately practice emerging skills. As group life unfolds, participants give and receive feedback regarding the impact they have on others in the group. Participants will learn both inter-personal and intra-group communication skills. The content of the workshop revolves around the five areas of emotional intelligence as keys to improving leadership effectiveness for faith-based leaders.


What is the EQ 360 Assessment?


As part of this core event, workshop participants complete a comprehensive self-assessment of their emotional intelligence. They also identify up to 20 people who know them well and are willing to complete the same assessment in order to provide valuable feedback. What results is a detailed report of one's Emotional Intelligence strengths and development needs. This will be for the participant's eyes only and will provide possible personal items to be explored in one's small group.


Register online at www.eqhrcenter.org



St. Luke continues 60th anniversary celebration

view stories and photos about the St. Luke celebration

All will be invited to Celebration Worship that includes Holy Communion with the Rite of Healing on October 18 and 19 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, NM.  Pastor Ben Larzelere will lead the 5 PM service on October 18.  Pastor Ron Roschke, Assistant to Bishop Gonia of the Rocky Mountain Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, will lead the 8 AM and 10:15 AM services on October 19.  There will be special instrumental music at all services. The Rite of Healing will be open for all (open, not required).  The Rite of Healing will include prayers, the laying on of hands, and anointing with oil.




Camino de Vida is moving to its own church home

Camino de Vida Hispanic/Latino Ministry, a joint-venture between the ELCA and PCUSA, is finally moving into its own church home. The inaugural service will be Global Communion Sunday, October 5, at 3:00 pm. Please join with your congregation. In the meantime, there is much to do in the process of renovation. If you would like to join us for God's Work, Our Handsthis Saturday or any Saturday before October 5, please contact Pastor Carmen Miranda at 505-249-1987 Donations are also extremely helpful as we will install, among other things, new swamp coolers, a portable classroom, flooring and an industrial kitchen. 



The St. Olaf Band to perform in Albuquerque October 14

The St. Olaf Band, dubbed "one of America's preeminent bands" by The New Yorker, will perform in Albuquerque, NM, Monument, CO, and Denver on October 14, 15, and 16 as part of its 2014 national tour. You can find  More information  or by calling 800-363-5487. The St. Olaf Band's national tour program, "Mostly British," will center around music from the United Kingdom. 



Lutheran Advocacy Day NM is November 8


David Vásquez
The 2014 Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-New Mexico conference will be on Saturday, November 8 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Albuquerque (211 Jefferson NE 87108). The conference will take place from 9:00 am until 1 pm and the cost is $15 per person, including lunch. Session topics will include advocacy basics, hunger, immigration and more. Our featured speaker will be Pastor David Vásquez, author of several Bible studies from the perspective of immigrants and refugees.  Pastor Vásquez is currently a campus pastor at Luther College and recently selected as the new president of Pacific School of Religion.  Plan now to attend and learn more about advocating for our many neighbors l iving in poverty.  To register or for more information, contact Ruth Hoffman at ruth@lutheranadvocacynm.org or 505.984.8005. Registration deadline: 
November 4.


Learn more about Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM and sign up for our Advocacy Network on our website: lutheranadvocacynm.org  and "Like" us on Facebook  




UNM Immigration Film Festival
and Symposium is October 14-28


UNM's Luther House received a substantial grant from the Knutson Endowment for campus ministry in the ELCA to host "People On The Move -- Immigration and Faith" -- a Film Festival October 14-28 and an Immigration Symposium with Rev. David Vasquez as a guest speaker from November 4 through 9.  The Public Events and information about the speaker are on the bulletin insert.  We hope that many of you from the Border Conference and from congregations in Northern New Mexico will join us at the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry Conference on November 8.  Informational bulletin insert.






Eric Wicks organ recital is October 26 in Colorado Springs

On Sunday, October 26, at 3 p.m., First Lutheran Church will present organist Eric Wicks in a recital of works including pieces by J.S. Bach, César Franck, Dan Locklair, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Louis Vierne. Admission is free, and a reception will follow.


Wicks has served as organist at First Lutheran since January, 2013. Before that, he spent eight years in Western Pennsylvania as music director at the Butler First United Methodist Church. He has also served churches in Cleveland, Ohio; and in Eastern Washington State. 



"God's work. Our hands."


On September 21, members of five Boulder-Broomfield Conference spread throughout Boulder county for a focused day of community service. Nearly 450 adults and children worked on over 40 projects including landscaping and maintenance at local non-profit organizations, cleaning up parks, purchasing and donating food items for local food banks, filling bags with hygiene items for the homeless and recent prison releasees, and providing care, maintenance and fellowship for seniors at their homes. The conference churches include Atonement, Grace, Trinity, Mount Calvary and Christ the Servant in Louisville. Many of the projects are financed by Action Team Grants awarded by Thrivent Financial.

Lutheran Chorale concert is October 19 at 3 p.m


The Lutheran Chorale invites you to join them for a Reformation Concert on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 3:00 p.m., at Bethlehem Lutheran Church,

2100 N. Wadsworth. By Grace, Faith and Scripture Alone was the battle cry of the Reformation. From this confession many denominations were born and believers chose to write their confession of faith in hymns that are treasured now by much of Christianity. Join as they sing and hear the words penned by fellow believers inspired by their trust in Christ , who opened the way of everlasting life! More info at www.thelutheranchorale.org



St. Hildegard of Bingen
coming to Messiah Community Church!

St. Hildegard of Bingen's Journey Through the Senses is an exhibition where people can experience St. Hildegard of Bingen's world on a sensory level. Modern day artists were commissioned to create pieces that embody the beauty, warmth and love that is the life and work of St. Hildegard of Bingen. The exhibit includes banners, calligraphy, stained glass, models, charcoal drawings, antique maps, wax tablets, paintings and some of St. Hildegard's healing remedies. Come feel the love of this great spiritual lady; a caretaker of souls, a composer of angelic music, a prophet, a writer of useful theology and a healer like none other. Dr Jeannine Goode-­Allen and Dr. David Sharp will be your guides come dive into 
the huge heart of St. Hildegard of Bingen.                                                                                           

Saturday Oct. 4, 5:00-7:00 pm: Opening of St. Hildegard Exhibition


Sunday Oct. 5, 9:30 am: Worship Service in the spirit of St. Hildegard

                                                Adult Forum 11 am: The Life of St Hildegard

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 6:30 pm Lecture: St. Hildegard's Gifts for our Times


Monday ­ Thursday, Oct. 6-­- 9, 5:00-­- 8:00 pm St. Hildegard Exhibition



The Church for the World


At St. John's Cathedral

1350 Washington St.

Denver, CO 80203

Please RSVP by October 16th to Diana Flahive, CHUMCM at flahive@flahive.us

Capitol Hill United Ministries (CHUM) invites clergy, congregational leaders, faith-based agencies, and all who are interested in growing the relevancy of the church in our world to a powerful presentation and discussion by Wartburg College Theologian, Jennifer M. McBride.  Jenny will lead a discussion on the following critical issues:   What does it mean for the church to be a witness in the public arena?  What is a

theology of public witness?   How can we create an atmosphere where the

church is a vehicle of concrete redemption? Lunch will be provided ­ a free-will offering will be asked.

The Grace Race Registration Deadline is Approaching: 

Help Rainbow Trail raise $10,000 for world hunger

RAINBOW TRAIL is hosting its 8th Annual Grace Race to benefit world hunger on Saturday, October 4, 2014, with a 4 pm start.  All proceeds and donations will be given to ELCA World Hunger. This is a 5K run/walk around beautiful Sloan's Lake in Denver. There will be food and refreshments for all participants following the race.  The entry fee is $30 before September 26 and $35 after that date.  The September 26 deadline is approaching quickly.

You can register for the race after that date and even on the day of the race; however we can't guarantee you'll get one of the cool long sleeve tech shirts from the race after September 26!  You don't have to be a runner to make a difference.

Last year parents with baby strollers, grandparents with grand kids, and runners and walkers of all types joined in. Encourage the members of your congregation to participate.  Come join us for a great afternoon in the park for a great cause.  You can register on-line! Learn more and register. Bring your friends and family or your whole youth group.  They are hoping for 300 participants.  Help RTLC raise $10,000 for ELCA World Hunger!



The St. Olaf Band to perform in Colorado October 15 and 16

The St. Olaf Band, dubbed "one of America's preeminent bands" by The New Yorker, will perform in Albuquerque, NM, Monument, CO, and Denver on October 14, 15, and 16 as part of its 2014 national tour. You can find  More information or by calling 800-363-5487. The St. Olaf Band's national tour program, "Mostly British," will center around music from the United Kingdom



New Beginnings Prison Ministry Fundraiser Celebrates 16 years of Ministry on October 10

A Celebration Fundraiser dinner for New Beginnings Prison Ministry will take place on 

October 10 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and children 12 and under are free. It will take place at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 Alameda, Denver, CO.  RSVP to Kathy Melies 303-831-7023 or oslc915@juno.comFor Silent Auction donations and inquiries please contact Heiko Meyer at heikomeyer01@gmail.com


Peace By Piece Symposium: Fort Collins November 7-9

On November 7-9, Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Collins will celebrate its first annual learning event for our Northern Colorado community focusing on issues of peace and justice: the Peace by Piece Symposium.


The Peace by Piece Symposium will begin on Friday, November 7, with an evening reception and opening remarks by our keynote speaker, Evan Hodkins, M,A, M. Div. and director of the school of Alchemy. On Saturday, November 8, the event will focus on primary discussions/information and will include special guest speakers, testimonials, and panel discussions. Additional Information about the Symposium.


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

Announcements for eConnection are due before noon on Thursday for the issue the following Tuesday. Event announcements are included for about two weeks. Please submit your announcement at the time it should appear, ready to copy and paste into the newsletter, with a link to your website for more information.