November 19, 2014



Bishop Gonia Blog:

Remembering the Sand Creek Massacre, 150 years later


"Saturday, November 29, 2014, will mark the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre. As people of faith, it is a moment for us to stop and reflect not only on the implications of this particular event for the witness of the Christian church but also on the broader story of the displacement of the Native peoples of this continent by white settlers..."

read the entire blog by Bishop Gonia 



Sand Creek Massacre commemoration information


Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration Commission website 

Premiere of Rocky Mountain PBS Documentary,

"Colorado Experience: Sand Creek Massacre"

Thursday, November 27, 7pm - 8pm

Airs on Rocky Mountain PBS

Film Screening: "The Sand Creek Massacre and the Civil War"

Saturday, November 29, 2pm - 3pm

History Colorado Center Auditorium, Broadway, Denver, CO, 

The History Colorado Center is proud to host a screening of The Sand Creek Massacre and the Civil War, a National Park Service documentary produced by Denver-based Post Modern Company

Art Exhibit, "One November Morning: Art by Cheyenne and Arapaho Artists on Sand Creek"

November 4 through December 3, 2014

Denver Art Museum



Glass art panels to be dedicated at the RMS Lutheran Center Dec. 10


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. 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.



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.




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 More information.




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, December 21 at 4 p.m.

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


Saturday January 24, 2015, at 11 a.m.

Installation of Pastor Chris Heller, Messiah Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, NM.

Sunday November 23 


Christ the King Sunday

O God of power and might, your Son shows us the way of service, and in him we inherit the riches of your grace. Give us the wisdom to know what is right and the strength to serve the world you have made, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 


Bishop James Gonia
Sarah Moening
Stephanie Quick Espinoza
Ron Roschke
Kent Mueller
Ruth Hoffman
Cheryl Almquist
Janice Ladd-Horkey
Erin Power
Peter Severson
Maria Sutton
Brea Hapken 


Pilgrimage to the Holy Land:
June 4-18, 2015

See the ancient stones, the holy sites. Meet the living stones-the people who work for justice and peace in the land today. Experience the culture of hospitality; worship with Lutherans in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Sponsored by Peace Not Walls, Rocky Mountain Synod. Led by Pastor Alena Lamirato and Jan Miller. Details at Contact Jan at 303-332-1263.

Please help publicize the trip by using the bulletin insert and announcements below:



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, 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 December 10, a dedication celebration for the Lutheran Center art windows..



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

  • Artesia, New Mexico 
  • Executive Committee
  • Senior High Youth Gathering
  • Dean's WebEx

Pastor Ron Roschke 

  • Campus Ministry Review, University New Mexico, Albuquerque
  • Campus Ministry and Candidacy projects

Pastor Sarah Moening    

  • Senior High Youth Gathering, Estes Park
  • Dean's Web Ex

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Maternity Leave

Pastor Kent Mueller  

  • Atonement, Boulder CO
  • Four Winds Council, Denver, CO
Erin Power
  • Ministry Review Organization
  • Assembly Planning
  • Shepherd of the Mountains, Estes Park, CO

Ruth Hoffman - 

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM   
  • State Public Policy Directors Gathering 

  • Medicaid Advisory Committee
Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • State Public Policy Directors Gathering

  • Preaching at Brush, CO


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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.






Beautician volunteers (or full time beautician) needed at

Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center at Brush, CO 

Calls out to our sisters and brothers in the Rocky Mountain Synod, Denver area and northern CO,  for assistance!  We have been without a beautician at our facility for approximately six weeks. Our neighbors (seniors who live at our facility) are in deep need of haircuts and perms for the upcoming holidays. If any beauticians could come to assist us for a day or a couple days, we would offer an honorarium and mileage to bring the beauty and dapper back into the lives of our elders.  Please contact our CEO Shelly Griffith, ext 212, Chaplain Ro Fesser or Pastor Dan Hays, ext 225 at 970-842-2861.


Additionally we are looking for a full-time beautician, if anyone is interested in serving on the eastern plains, applications are available at


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.


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.


Film screening is December 6 at 3 p.m. at Augustana




Messiah, Denver, CO will be hosting two events


A Fair Trade Market that helps Artisans and Farmers all over the world on December 6 and 7. Also Messiah will have a German Language Christmas Service at 5 p.m. on December 21.





    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


    Save the Date: Colorado Faith Advocacy Day

    Colorado Faith Advocacy Day 2015 will take place in Denver on Monday, February 16, 2015. Mark your calendars! More details about venue and speakers will be coming soon. Hosted by Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-Colorado.


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    Maria Sutton - Communications Assistant 
    Rocky Mountain Synod
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