November 12, 2014


Glass art panels to be installed
at the RMS Lutheran Center


A generous gift given to the glory of God is making possible the design, creation, and installation of three fused glass window panels in the new Rocky Mountain Synod Lutheran Center. The windows will be visible both from the worship area and the lobby. Morgan Madison was selected for the art commission. He is a Denver native who now resides in the Pacific Northwest. He says, "My work is influenced by place, specifically; I am intrigued by the colors, materials and forms that make up the man-made and natural environments around us. I am interested in them not only for their ability to tell us about the character of a place but about ourselves." A dedication celebration is planned for the monthly Office of the Bishop Eucharist on Wednesday, December 10 at 11:30 a.m. View more photos on Facebook.



Pictured above, the panels are ready to be loaded into the kiln for firing.



"RMS Environmental Stewards" is new task force to follow up the assembly resolution

A Webex meeting takes place Wednesday, November 12 at 1:30 p.m. as a follow-up to the resolution on the environment adopted at the spring 2014 Assembly. Read the resolution.


Next steps will be discussed for resolution action, and interested persons are invited to join in. A Webex meeting means reducing our carbon footprint! If you would like to participate, please email Kent Mueller for login instructions. The Webex meeting is scheduled for the second Wednesday each month.


Town Hall Event: the ELCA Draft Social Message on Gender Based Violence


Lutheran Church of the Master, Lakewood, CO, will hold a town hall style "listening" event on the ELCA's draft social message on gender based violence on Monday, November 17. Beginning with refreshments and mingling at 6:45 p.m., the conversation takes place at 7:00 p.m. and concludes by 8:30 p.m.

This event is open to the general public and will offer a time of education, conversation, and listening on the issue of gender based violence in our culture and throughout the world. For more information on the social message and to download a draft please go to:

Lutheran Church of the Master is located at 14099 West Jewell Ave. Lakewood, CO 80228. 


Building Relationships and Supporting our Companion Synods in Madagascar


Since the 2013 Trip to Madagascar, the Companion Synod Committee has been working on ways the congregations in the Rocky Mountain Synod can support our companion synods in Madagascar and how we can continue to build relationships with them. 


There are two opportunities to get involved in to do this exact thing: Motorcycles for Madagascar and Madagascar Connections-hosting Malagasy youth this summer. Please see the flyer for more information on these two wonderful opportunities to build relationships with and support our brothers and sisters in Madagasca



Looking ahead to the 2015 Assembly:

May 1-3 in Salt Lake City


As we look ahead to the Assembly in 2015, please take note of these important points:

  • The assembly falls over a Friday-Saturday-Sunday for the first time in many years. This is a matter of inclusivity and hospitality for the lay voting members so that they don't have to take off as many work days or school days.
  • The assembly begins around 2 p.m. on the Friday and concludes about noon on the Sunday.
  • Resources will be provided for the Sunday worship, so that it may be led by lay persons throughout the synod, since clergy will all be in attendance at the assembly. A sermon resource will be provided either to be read, or to be presented on video. 
  • The registration cost for each voting member will be around $300 (as usual), with the cost of a hotel room at around $115 (single or double).
  • Travel equalization generally will not apply, since such a high number of participants will be traveling. 
  • We will do the best we can to assist congregations with financial challenges.
  • Many voting members and visitors will choose to fly on Southwest, and Southwest tickets for May are expected to be available for reservation as of November 10.
  • Salt Lake City has Light Rail public transportation from the airport to the SLC Sheraton, so renting cars or using busses/vans should not be necessary for most.


New Perspective on Compensation Guidelines in the RMS


For many years, the compensation guidelines took about 12 seconds to figure out. Look at the chart. Find your years of service. Jot down a number.


The new guidelines, in contrast, are an invitation into conversation, and the process results in a salary range, not a singular number.

The process takes into consideration differences in housing costs since the Rocky Mountain Synod covers such a vast territory. 


Synod Council approved these new guidelines for use starting now, as budgets are being determined for 2015.


A series of videos is posted to aid in understanding the new guidelines. 







Annual Senior High Gathering is
in Estes Park, November 21-23


The theme is "Woven" and takes place at the Estes Park YMCA of the Rockies. The registration deadline was November 1, but it's not too late to register. More information and registration.




The 2015 Middle School Youth Gathering is January 16-18
in Colorado Springs



The theme is, "Here we Go!" and the planning team has been hard at work getting plans underway!  Information about the gathering is posted on the RMS website.  


Registration is now open, and the deadline is December 1.


ELCA Rocky Mountain Synod MSYG 2015 Video Promo
ELCA Rocky Mountain Synod MSYG 2015 Video Promo







Upcoming Installations:


Sunday, November 16, 3:30 p.m.

Installation of LaVonne Johnson-Holt at St. Mark, Roswell, NM

Sunday, December 21 4 p.m.

Installation of Pastor RuthAnn Loughry at King of Glory Lutheran Church, Loveland, CO


November 16, 2014

Prayer of the Day

Righteous God, our merciful master, you own the earth and all its peoples, and you give us all that we have. Inspire us to serve you with justice and wisdom, and prepare us for the joy of the day of your coming, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


ELCA Global Missions
Erik Roth, Japan

Region 2
Margy Schmitt Ajer 

California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, California
Christopher Kimball 

Iliff School of Theology
Denver, Colorado
Rev. Tink Tinker 

Pacific Lutheran Theological
Berkeley, California

Wartburg College West
Denver, Colorado
Rev. Bonita Bock, Rev. Nelson Bock 

Colorado Council of Churches
Denver, Colorado
Adrian Miller 



Financial Wellness Seminar




More than 15 years until you retire? Learn How to Minimize Debt, Optimize Assets, and Customize a Strategy for Retirement. Portico Benefit Services, in collaboration with Ernst & Young, invites you to join us for a day-long seminar on the fundamentals of personal finance. 


When: Friday, November 14, 9 a.m. ­to 3 p.m.

Where: Rocky Mountain Synod, 7375 Samuel Drive, Denver, CO 80221


Materials and lunch will be provided.






Advocacy and Immigration


On Saturday November 8, St. Timothy in Albuquerque hosted the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM annual conference.  Rev. David Vasquez spoke about immigration through the lens of our Old Testament texts.  

Rooting our conversations in Scripture is a powerful tool for engaging as people of faith in conversations that tend to be highly divisive.  See the links below for a glimpse at how Rev. Vasquez engages the texts and resources for beginning these conversations in your congregation.

Transcript from presentation from Saturday:  

Video Sermon: 

Bible Study Resource:  



Following The Way of Christ:

Making disciples for a
21st Century Church

A three day training event for parish teams


January 9-11, 2015

St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Arvada, CO

download the event flyer 


The Way is an expression of the ancient catechumenate process of forming new Christians. It is also a tool for today's church to welcome people back to faith and shape them in the primary faith practices of worship, prayer, scripture, and ministry to the world.


This is a lay-driven process that connects the faithful people of your congregation with newcomers in a way that invites deep and honest conversation  bout living the Christian Way amid the challenges of life in a rapidly changing first world milieu. 


Bring a team from your congregation, clergy and lay, to learn about The Way and bringing others to Christian discipleship while deepening the faith practices of your congregation.








Register now for Fall 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, November 15, 10 am

Border, Trinity in Las Cruces, NM


Saturday, December 6, 9 am

Metro South, Faith in Golden, CO



Retreat - Reflect - Renew


It's great for youth, adults, councils, or staff, and Rainbow Trail can help make the planning and leadership of a retreat easy for you. With amazing hospitality, great food, comfortable lodging, and lots of program options, the staff at RTLC can help you put together a wonderful retreat for your congregation.  CLICK HERE

or contact Ben Larson,  719-431-0050 or, for more information.


Young Adult Trip to the Holy Land is next May

We are still looking for young adults (ages 18-30) to join us on a pilgrimage of peace and justice to the Holy Land May 12-25, 2015.  Goals of the trip include learning about the complexity of the conflict between Israel and Palestine, faith formation via a pilgrimage of "living stones," and empowering young adults in their capacity as change makers.  Applications and trip information can be found at  Contact Melanie or Natalie at if you have any questions.


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 November 12.



St Philip Lutheran Church, has a opening for Organist/Pianist.This position is responsible for playing worship services and accompanying the adult choir, soloists, instrumentalists or ensembles in worship. 

More information



Christ the King Lutheran - Denver, Colorado 
This new position at Christ the King,  will be responsible for planning and directing a 4-hour Saturday camp program for children in grades K-5

For more Information


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




Bishop Jim Gonia

  • First Call Theological Education, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Installation of LaVonne Johnson Holt, Roswell, NM
  • Missional Gathering-Border, El Paso, TX
  • Trinity, Hobbs, NM
  • El Paso, TX
  • Artesia, New Mexico

Pastor Ron Roschke

  • First Call Theological Education, Salt Lake City 
  • Sky Ranch Board
  • LCM-CSU Board

Pastor Sarah Moening    

  • Spirit of Joy, Fort Collins, CO
  • Mountain of Olives, Rock Springs
  • Interim support Group
  • Faith Formation Network
  • Church Development Institute, Utah
  • Mount of Olives, Rock Springs, WY

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Maternity Leave

Pastor Kent Mueller  

  • RMS Environmental Stewards
  • Vacation
Erin Power
  • Ministry Review Organization
  • Assembly Planning

Ruth Hoffman - 

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM   
  • State Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee 

  • Medicaid Coalition
  • Legislative Criminal Justice Sub committee

  • Mortgage Finance Authority Oversight Committe

  • Border Conference Missional Gathering-Las Cruces

  • Peace Lutheran Church-Las Cruces

Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • LAm-CO Policy Committee Meeting 

  • CSLC Election Report Luncheon


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East Jerusalem: Documentary features ELCA supported hospital 

"Healing in a Holy Land," A film about Augusta Victory Hospital offers, "a stark contrast to the images of war and death by holding up tangible evidence of positive work being done on the behalf of ELCA members, "says the producer of the film, Tim Frakes. See



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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








Cristo Rey, El Paso, invites contributions
towards holiday food baskets

Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey is putting together 90 Christmas food baskets for the families in their After School Program, the church, and families of the surrounding community that need assistance to enjoy this holiday season.
Cristo Rey invites and appreciates your contributions towards these holiday ministries. 

Please send your donation or gift cards to Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey and put in the memo: "Christmas Projects." The address is 1010 East Yandell Drive El Paso, TX 79902.


You are invited to the Christmas Posadas 

Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey

Saturday, December 13th at 5:30 p.m.

1010 East Yandell Drive  


During the annual "Posadas," 200-300 people come to reenact the journey of Mary and Joseph and later celebrate with Mariachis and the traditional Mexican Christmas meal. They are also selling holiday tamales.


Las Posadas will begin at the Church (1010 E. Yandell) at 5:30 pm where the Christmas Play and Service will take place. The meal, Mariachis, Piņata, and celebration will be at 915 Florence at 7:00 pm.  Cost is $10 per person, but free for people who make donations for this event. Please reserve your ticket soon! For more information call Rose Mary at 544-6545 or 422-6545.


For more information or to view the flyer, click here.






Lutheran Chorale Concert is Dec 4 in Lakewood


The Lutheran Chorale invites you to "Welcome the Joyous Season!" on Thursday, December 4th at 7:00 pm at the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Pkwy, Lakewood.  Purchase tickets in advance from the Lakewood Cultural Center.  Concert features the joyous sounds of Vivaldi's "Gloria." Also on the program is the children's choir from Messiah Lutheran in Longmont and the Jubilate Choir from Lutheran High in Parker.   Join the Chorale as together they sing and focus on the faith, family, and friends that make this time of year so meaningful.


Fair Trade Fair is Nov 22 and 23



Michael Peterson returns to Bethany on November 22

Michael Peterson, an award-winning Country and Western recording artist, and his manager and spouse, Col (ret) Jill Chambers are on a journey together helping veterans transition to civilian employment when their military commitments are through. Michael will be coming off a performance in Switzerland where he was in concert with a philharmonic orchestra. 

Michael will present a concert in the Bethany Lutheran Church sanctuary on November 22 at 7 pm. 
Michael is returning to benefit veterans through assisting Bethany's veteran's ministry, Operation One Nation. There will be a dinner from 5-6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall prior to the concert. A freewill offering will be gathered at the event and all are invited to attend. If you plan on attending the dinner, please RSVP to Janet Mortinsen at or 303-300-3317. You are invited to enjoy this entertaining evening with music and a message in order to assist military members and their families.


Colorado Gives Day is December 9!

Support the ministries of RAINBOW TRAIL LUTHERAN CAMP through the Community First Foundation on Colorado Gives Day, December 9, 2014.  You can make a huge difference in this ministry by providing funds for camperships, summer staff salaries, site improvements, and much, much more. Mark your Calendars: December 9, 2014. 24 hours to Give Where You Live!  You can schedule your gift now at


St. Andrew, Arvada, dedicates Healing Arts Center


St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Arvada dedicated a Healing Arts Center on October 19 as part of the celebration of St. Luke the Physician. The Healing Arts Center came about in the course of the congregation's self study in the interim process. 


Unused Sunday Schools rooms were cleaned out and renewed with paint and modest modifications. They now provide office space for healing practitioners of different modalities.  Pastoral Counseling for Denver has maintained an active office here for many years.


They are now joined by  Barb Brown, dba Inspired Healing, LLC Marsha Clark, a Registered Massage Therapist. 


Kent Mueller - Assistant to the Bishop
Maria Sutton - Communications Assistant 
Rocky Mountain Synod
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