November 26, 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


Seeking a facilitator for
strategic planning in the RMS


The Executive Committee of the Synod Council is seeking a professional facilitator for Strategic Planning to work with the Synod Council over the next 18 months to create a strategic plan for the goals and priorities of the Rocky Mountain Synod. If you have names to recommend, please send them to Pastor Dana Peterson.

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.





Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp "Ride with the Ranches Bus Trip" to the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering

ky Ranch Lutheran Camp is excited to partner with the congregations of the Rocky Mountain Synod, as we travel together to the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering: Rise up! Along the way, you get to know new friends and form a community with other high school youth and adults going to the gathering allowing you to jump right in when we arrive in Detroit.


Our goal is to make getting to and from the ELCA Youth Gathering as meaningful and stress free as possible for everyone, especially the adults! The cost (approximately $650) includes almost everything you need to travel to Detroit and get home safe and sound. The number of spots available will be determined by the number of buses that we are able to fill. For more information on Ride with the Ranches or to reserve your spots contact Kathryn Seyfarth at or call 970-493-5258. 



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






Advent Spirituality Resources:


All are invited to join with members of Anglican Communion Churches worldwide to celebrate Advent through prayer, meditation and by contributing to a global Advent calendar on Instagram. Sign up to receive an email each day at the link below, then take a photo of your interpretation, posting it on Instagram adding the day's tag plus #Adventword. (For example: #Imagine #Adventword.)


Sign up for the daily email at this link. You are invited to sign up for the email, even if you don't plan on posting photos. More information.




The 2014 Advent devotional and large-print devotional, "Your People Long to Greet You," is now available for download. The devotions are written by Luther Seminary graduate Shelley Cunningham, '98. As a subscriber to God Pause, you can receive these devotions in your inbox on a daily basis. 



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.


Thursday November 27

Prayer of the Day


Almighty God our Father, your generous goodness comes to us new every day. By the work of your Spirit lead us to acknowledge your goodness, give thanks for your benefits, and serve you in willing obedience, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


This week we pray for our ELCA Churchwide Ministries and Staff, especially Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.

Young Adult Pilgrimage to the Holy Land May 12-25, 2015


This is an amazing opportunity for young adults leaders (ages 18-30) to travel to the Holy Land on a pilgrimage of peace and justice! While there we will build relationships with young adults in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land, learn about the complexity of the conflict in Israel and Palestine, grow in our faith via a pilgrimage of "living stones," visit the holy sites, and learn how to pursue a more just world both locally and globally. The sign-up application and additional trip information can be found at  Contact Melanie or Natalie at if you have any questions.


Please share this flier with any young adults you know who may be interested in joining us on this journey: more information.

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.








Missional Gathering resources
now available

Bishop Jim Gonia has received requests for the Powerpoint and other materials presented at the Missional Gatherings this fall. Resources are posted on the synod homepage at

Final Missional Gatherings is Dec. 6. 

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



Christmas Card Sale


The children & youth of Misión Latina Aurora, one of our new mission congregations, designed & colored Christmas cards to sell. The funds from the sale of these cards will help Misión Latina buy a Nativity set for their Posada celebration in December, which is a reenactment of Mary & Joseph looking for a place to stay in Bethlehem. An assortment of 6 cards are $5. 


You can purchase cards by contacting Pastor Jorge Espinoza at



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.



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




Bishop Jim Gonia

  • Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Centennial, CO
  • All Saints, Albuqueruque, NM
  • NM Conference of Churches Retreat
  • Resurrection, Lakewood, CO

Pastor Ron Roschke 

  • Vacation

Pastor Sarah Moening    

  • Vacation

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Maternity Leave

Pastor Kent Mueller  

  • In the office
Erin Power
  • In the office

Ruth Hoffman - 

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM   
  • NM Conference of Churches Retreat
Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Rep. Moreno visit to the Lutheran Center


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Mission of the Month: New life for children inTanzania


Children in rural Tanzania are getting the medical care they need thanks to ELCA missionaries Dr. Stephen Friberg and his wife, Bethany Friberg. "mission doctors know it is God who does the healing" they say. Share this inspiring story with your congregation. For colorful Word document to display on bullletin board or use in a news letter or Power Point presentation, visit the website




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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








Deutscher Weihnachtsgottesdienst

German Christmas Service

Service in German with Traditional Christmas Hymns

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

A Holy Lovr Lessons and Carols Candelelight Service image German language Christmas Service will be held at Community of Joy Lutheran Church in Rio Rancho, New Mexico on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. 
The Rev. Michael Bastian, German born Pastor at Community of Joy, will deliver the sermon and lead through the service in the German language.  Traditional Christmas hymns and music will be provided. We welcome all visitors to our church for this special event and fellowship after the service. Invite your parents, bring your children.  Spread the word to any of your friends who have connections to Germany and the German language and join us for this wonderful Christmas celebration. Website.


Las Cruces Border Conference Missional Gathering


As a participant in the 2014 RMS Missional Gatherings, Trinity Lutheran Church in Las Cruces, NM, hosted the Border Conference Missional Gathering, which included church's from southern New Mexico and far west Texas, on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014.  The conference was very well attended with all of the border conference churches sending a representative. The gathering was led by Bishop James Gonia and focused on Our Life Together. 


Those attending included a variety of pastors (current, interim, retired), church leaders, council and committee members, congregation members and young adults and youth. There were breakout sessions on networking with other congregational councils, networking with our local communities and a session for youth regarding the youth gathering in Detroit in 2015 and discussion on border conference youth activities. At the close of the gathering, the group shared their lunch together and continued to chat with each other about the exciting experiences and connections that were made that day.


Jerry Reynolds, Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, thanked all those who attended, helped out and provided inspiration, especially the young adults and youth. He expressed how much everyone's participation was appreciated and valued.





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

Iglesia Luterana 
Cristo Rey is putting together 90 Christmas food baskets. 
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, Piñata, 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.


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.



    Dinner with Speaker Series: Christian Public
    Witness in a Pluralistic Society & Book Signing

    Sunday, December 7 at 5.00PM


    She will also be at Tattered Cover in Denver on Colfax on Dec 4, 7pm 

    Jennifer M. McBride is Board of Regents Chair in Ethics, Assistant Professor of Religion, and Director of Peace and Justice Studies at Wartburg College, a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

    McBride is author of The Church for the World: A Theology of Public Witness (Oxford University Press, 2011) and co-editor of Bonhoeffer and King: Their Legacies and Import for Christian Social Thought (Fortress Press, 2010). She serves on the Board of Directors of the International Bonhoeffer Society, English Language Section.


    Location December 7 at 5 p.m.: Multicultural Mosaic Foundation 10855 E. Bethany STE 100 Aurora, CO 80014

    5.00pm Reception

    5.30pm Welcome

    6.15pm Lecture

    6.45pm Q&A

    7.00pm Book Signing



    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.


    Kent Mueller - Assistant to the Bishop
    Maria Sutton - Communications Assistant 
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