March 25, 2015

Assembly weekend worship resources to be provided for congregations


Bishop Gonia will provide a printed and video sermon for use in congregations May 2 & 3 while clergy are at the assembly on that weekend, including Sunday, May 3.

The assembly falls over a Sunday this year to honor lay persons who must otherwise take off an extra day of work to attend. Worship resources are almost ready that invite congregations to bless extra bread and wine the previous week for distribution when clergy are at the assembly. (This closely mirrors our protocol for the distribution of communion to those homebound or ill.) 

The resource will offer suggestions for all congregations throughout the Rocky Mountain Synod to share in a common liturgy and hymns that are based upon the assembly liturgy on Sunday, May 3.

The resources will be available later this week and be distributed in a special emailing.


Ceremony of Celebration

The Rocky Mountain Synod is gifting a property long-used by the Four Winds American Indian Council to the organization on March 28

Saturday, March 28 at 2 p.m. (corrected time), the site of First Bethany Lutheran Church (which closed in 1973) will be returned to an American Indian organization called Four Winds, which has used the site as a community center for decades. All are invited to this Ceremony of Celebration at 5th and Bannock Street, south of Downtown Denver.

Representatives of the Synod Council, Office of the Bishop staff, and Bishop Gonia will be present for the culmination of years of dialogue. Read more in a recent Denver Post article.


Assembly nominations still open!

View the list of needed positions in your conference and download the nomination form.  


Our Life Together in Pictures:

send photos by April 3

As part of our assembly celebration, we are creating a visual representation of "Our Life Together." Please send in 2-3 pictures of your congregation in action! Pictures should be in jpeg form and emailed to Gloria Wurst  Deadline for picture submission is April 3.




Our Life Together

2015 Synod Assembly

May 1-3
Sheraton Hotel

Salt Lake City, UT 

Registration and hotel deadline is March 27

Start the registration process here.


Nominations still accepted

View the list of needed positions in your conference and download the nomination form.  


Important Pre-Assembly Information 

Please download the Pre-Assembly Packet and share with your leadership. 

Celebration of Ministry Requests
If your organization would like to request a display table or a page in our Ministry Booklet, fill out the online request form. Email Jan Philpy with any questions.
YouTube Video Challenge - April 15 Deadline
Bishop Gonia has extended a "YouTube Challenge" to everyone in the Rocky Mountain Synod.  Create a 2 minute video using this script, upload it to YouTube, and share the link with Kent Mueller.  Winning videos will be featured during the assembly.  Prizes for the fan favorites!  Click HERE to see a sample entry!


We need 8 more to reach our Health Assessment goal by March 31!!!

Please help us get rid of these pleas if you are eligible to help us reach the goal!

ELCA PORTICO INSURANCE MEMBERS are asked to complete the health assessment by March 31! The total benefit to the Rocky Mountain Synod is in excess of $40,000! And those who take it get $150 towards medical costs for ten minutes of your time!



2. Submit that you took it on this log page.


The list of those who have logged that they took the health assessment already is at this link. 

If you took it, but your spouse has not (if applicable), please ask that they do so also.


Sky Ranch Annual Meeting is March 28


Sky Ranch will host it's Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 28, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm at Breaker's Bar and Grill in Longmont.  Join us for an opportunity to reflect on the blessings of 2014 and look forward to the adventure of 2015!


Breaker's Bar and Grill

380 Main Street

Longmont, CO 80501

For questions about the annual meeting please contact the Sky Ranch office at 970-493-5258 or through e-mail at



Sky Ranch leadership training opportunities for High School youth


Youth Go!

Youth Go! is a two-week leadership training program for High School youth. Campers return to their congregations empowered to lead and serve from their week that includes: community building through high and low ropes, a two night backpack trip providing time for prayer and reflection, in depth Bible study and worship planning, visiting some of the program specialists, service projects at Harvest Farm (run by the Denver Rescue Mission helping men with addiction), helping to lead worship and a 24-hour silent retreat.

2015 Dates: June 7-19


Staff In Training

It's not a job. It is an attitude! For those who wonder what it would be like to work at Sky Ranch, this newly restructured program is designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed to be on summer staff. Everyone interested in being a staff in training will participate in a week of training on June 14-19. Everyone who completes this week of training is then eligible to volunteer up to three additional weeks throughout the summer, shadowing and working beside resource staff and counselors, as needed based upon the programs being offered.

Dates: June 14-19

Register for Youth Go! or Staff In Training by visiting our website  For questions please contact our Program Director, Kathryn Seyfarth, at





Rainbow Trail:
Bridging Borders in Mexico


Rainbow Trail's Bridging Borders program is offering an "Open Registration" trip to Mexico for the week of July 5-11, 2015. This week of house building and community will leave your senior high youth with a renewed sense of their faith and a restored excitement for service.  This is a great opportunity for those who will not be going to Detroit for the Youth Gathering. If you or someone you know is interested in going on this life-changing trip with Bridging Borders, contact Ben Jarvis at or call 719-276-5233.  




The Summit: Youth Ministry Retreat April 13-15 at Rainbow Trail 


Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp would like to invite everyone working professionally in ministry with youth, young adults, children, and families to The Summit: Youth Ministry Retreat, April 13-15, 2015. Designed as a time of personal renewal, professional development, continuing education, and networking, this year's Summit will be led by Rozella White, ELCA Program Director for Young Adult Ministry. This event is FREE for those in the RMS ELCA. Info at






Mount Calvary
Boulder, CO 

 Sara Wirth 

Trinity Boulder, CO

 Mark Twietmeyer 


Sunday March 29 

Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday

Prayer of the Day

Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 


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 April 8.


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


Nursery Coordinator/Attendant
Saint Peter Lutheran Church, Greenwood Village 

Saint Peter Lutheran Church located at 9300 E. Belleview Ave, Greenwood Village, CO 80111 is currently seeking a part-time Nursery Coordinator/Attendant to oversee and provide quality care and supervision of children (typically birth through 6 years old) so parents are able to actively participate in the ministries of the church. Candidates must be 21 years or older and First Aid/CPR certified.

Applications will be accepted March 23 - April 6, 2015.

Mail or email a cover letter and resume to:
Lynn Sherpe, Administrator

9300 E. Belleview Ave

Greenwood Village, CO 80111

303-770-9300 (Office)


Job posting online: Saint Peter Lutheran Church Nursery Coordinator/Attendant Job Posting



Organist (part time)
Grace Lutheran Church, Boulder, CO 

Grace is in the search process for an organist, to begin summer 2015.  
The organist plays on Sunday morning, and accompanies the choir on Wednesday and Sunday during the school year. This position is less than 10 hours per week and pays in accordance with AGO guidelines.  Please see the complete job description: and learn more about our church and instruments:  Please submit an application letter and resume to:





Our Hearts were Burning within us

Summer Conference on Pastoral Theology. You are invited to consider the core practice of faith formation: its purposes, models, challenges, and opportunities. June 8-10, 2015. For more information and on line registration click here 

Interim Training to take place in Denver


The Rocky Mountain Synod is sponsoring a Region 2 Interim Training series, consisting of three phases. Phase One takes place June 1-5, 2015, followed by Phase Two which is case study experiences. Phase Three will be January 18-22, 2016. Phase One and Three will take place at Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village, CO. This training is specifically for those who will be serving an Intentional Interim during the Transition Time in a congregation, but the skills and insights are also valuable for every congregation leader. View the flyer and register online.




Bishop Jim Gonia

  • All Staff Meeting
  • Spirit of Joy, Fort Collins, CO
  • Four Winds Ceremony, Denver, CO
  • Worship at Our Savior's, Denver, CO
  • House for All, Denver, CO

Pastor Ron Roschke 

  • All Staff Meeting
  • Four Winds Ceremony, Denver, CO
  • Mustard Seed Lutheran Churches, Ft. Collins, CO
  • Disability Task Force
  • El Camino Colorado (vocational Discernment at CU-Boulder Campus Ministry)

Pastor Sarah Moening    

  • All Staff Meeting
  • Conference Coordinator WebEx
  • Call Process & Transitions

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • All Staff Meeting
  • Ministry Reviews
  • Four Winds Ceremony, Denver, CO

Pastor Kent Mueller   

  • All Staff Meeting
  • Lutheran Center & Call Procee Administration
  • Four Winds Ceremony, Denver, CO

Erin Power

  • All Staff Meeitng
  • Assembly Planning
  • El Camino/CU Boulder

Ruth Hoffman - 

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM   
  • Presbytery of Santa Fe Coordinating Team
  • All Staff Meeting in Denver
  • Vacation
Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Four Winds Ceremony, Denver, CO
  • Voices for Justice 
  • All Staff Meeting


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 First Lutheran Church in Longmont announces fundraiser


A member of First Lutheran, Kayla is 24 years old and has a 6 year old son. She was diagnosed with Laryngeal Cancer, and she also recently found out that she has a cardiac tumor. All are invited to a benefit dinner to help Kayla with mounting medical bills.


Date: March 29th 2015 

Longmont Moose Lodge

2200 Pratt St. 5:00 to 8:00PM



Mission Nicaragua Team seeks Spanish translators


Lord of the Valley Lutheran Church in Granby, Colorado is in need of volunteers for their Mission Nicaragua Team which will travel to Somoto, Nicaragua, in late June for 10 days. They are looking for 2-3 people who have fluency in Spanish and could serve as translators. One will work with a children's ministry. The other(s) would work in one of the medical/dental clinics. The cost is $1500 (travel, meals, lodging) and scholarships may be available. If interested, or for more information contact Carmen Covington, RN, at 970-531-2857 or email her at



Urban Servant Corps Palm Sunday Prayer Walk

Sunday, March 29 at 1pm

1660 Ogden St. Denver, CO 

As Holy Week begins, you are invited to gather, learn, pray, and respond!  Urban Servant Corps volunteers will lead walking tours around the neighborhood and placement sites where they serve to share more fully about the mission of Urban Servant Corps. Please join us! 



RMS Lutheran Center Film Festival:

showing 5 Broken Cameras


Saturday April 11 at 4:00 pm 

at the Lutheran Center 

7375 Samuel Drive Denver 80221

Sponsor: Peace Not Walls, Rocky Mountain Synod Co-directed by Palestinian Emad Burnat and Israeli Guy Davidi.

First-hand account of non-violent resistance in a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat,who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, Gibreel. In 2009 Israeli co-director Guy Davidi joined on to create the film. There are five cameras each with a story of its own. More information. There is no charge for this film opportunity.



9Health Fair at Augustana on April 20 & 21

Augustana Lutheran Church (5000 E Alameda Ave, Denver, 80246, will host the 9 Health Fair, Monday, April 20 and Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 7 a.m. To noon, offering over 20 different screenings. For a complete list of screenings or to register online, visit




why we need each other

Do our generational differences matter? Does coming from the Silent Generation, the Baby Boomers, the GenXers or the Millennials really affect everything, including the way we experience spirituality?

Generational expert Elisabeth Nesbit will lead a workshop to help understand how generational differences affect our spirituality, as well how we can grow together spiritually. Join us. 

April 23, 8:45 a.m. to noon. Cost is $30. Email or call to reserve your space by April 15. Takes place at the Loretto Spirituality Center, 4000 S. 
Wadsworth, Littleton, CO. Email is and phone is 303-986-1541.


Bethany Concert on March 29: St. John Passion



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Rocky Mountain Synod
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