April 1-7, 2015


Bishop Jim Gonia

  • Easter at Ascension St. Matthews, Price, UT
Pastor Ron Roschke 
  • Preparing for Candidacy
  • Mount Calvary, Boulder, CO

Pastor Sarah Moening    

  • New Mexico/Utah Visits
  • Shepherd of the Valley, Grand Junction, CO

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Cross of Christ, Broomfield, CO
  • Region 2 DEM Conference Call
  • Well of Hope, Castle Pines, CO
  • Steering Committee, Iglesia Luterana Jesus de Nazaret

Pastor Kent Mueller   

  • Assembly Projects
  • Lutheran Center & Call Process Administration

Erin Power

  • Assembly Planning
  • Highlands
  • El Camino/CU Boulder

Ruth Hoffman - 

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM   
  • Reference & Council Committee meeting
  • Health Care for all meeting
  • Medicaid Coalition
Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Voices for Justice


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2015 Synod Assembly

Sheraton Hotel
Salt Lake City, Utah



2015 Theological Conference

YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, Colorado


2015 Senior High Youth Gathering





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Embassy Suites
Loveland, CO

2016 Theological Conference
Little America
Cheyenne, WY




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2017 Synod Assembly
Antlers Hilton Hotel
Colorado Springs, CO


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MAY 3-5
2018 Synod Assembly
Westin Hotel
Westminster, CO


RMS and Four Winds share 
in sacred ceremony

The sacred ground that was Bethany Danish Lutheran Church for 60 years in Denver was given to the Four Winds American Indian Council from the RMS on Saturday, March 28.  


Pictured, Pastor Dena Williams and Pastor Nelson Bock (RMS liaisons to Four Winds) along with Bishop Gonia, receive blankets as expressions of gratitude from Glenn Morris, representing Four Winds American Indian Council. 


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Prayers invited for CU students affirming the source of their vocation

CU Lutheran Campus Ministry invites you and your congregations to pray for the students from LCM who will be affirming their baptism this Easter. Linked below is a document that describes the program and includes a brief bio of each of the fifteen students preparing to affirm the source of their vocation. I know that Holy Week is a busy time, so please feel free to make this prayer fit your context. 

more information


Prayers today for Pastor Jim Drury, Ascenion St. Matthew's, Price, UT, who is undergoing surgery on April 1.

APRIL 2015 



Ascension Cheyenne, WY 

Keith Prekker-Interim 

Cheyenne, WY 

Karen O'Malia 

t Wheatland, WY 

Joshua Bruns

Lander, WY 

Kris Trahnstrom


Thursday April 2 - Maundy Thursday

Holy God, source of all love, on the night of his betrayal, Jesus gave us a new commandment, to love one another as he loves us. Write this commandment in our hearts, and give us the will to serve others as he was the servant of all, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


The 2015 ELCA Worship Jubilee will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, July 19-23. There are scholarships available for rostered leaders, congregational musicians and congregation worship leaders. The amount of the scholarship will vary depending upon the number of persons who apply. 

You can learn more about the Jubilee by  clicking here
. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please contact Ron Roschke ( by April 10. Please include information on the role you play in worship leadership, why you would like to attend the Jubilee, and the best phone number at which you can be reached. 

By receiving a scholarship you also must agree to work on a task force to prepare a report for the Office of the Bishop on what the implications of the conference are for our synodical work in the coming year. Please contact Ron if you have any other questions.





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 

Late registrations may be received through April 15.

Please note: the Sheraton hotel no longer has availability for the entire assembly. Alternate hotels are available from the link above.



Important Pre-Assembly Information 

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


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


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.

Two Braille LBW available

Elim Lutheran Church in Ogden, Utah, has two braille Lutheran Books of Worship, each in three volumes, FREE to the first congregation to ask for them. You may pick them up FREE at Synod Assembly, or pay shipping if you want them sooner. Call Dave Thomas, office administrator, at
801-394-5543, or email


Anyone need copies of With One Voice, GIA Hymnal Supplement, or Ylvisaker's Song Collection?

Books from the recently-closed Resurrection Lutheran Church are available. Contact Kent Mueller by hitting "reply" to this email if you can use any of these books.



Organist Position / Music Director Position 

Glory of God Lutheran Church Wheat Ridge, CO


Glory of God Lutheran in Wheat Ridge looking for Music Director and Organist. Please respond to Wil Swanson at  or 720-318-5533. The organist position is for Sunday morning services, choir rehearsals, staff meetings, 10 hours a week. The Director of Music leads adult choirs, selects liturgical music/praise music, attends staff music, coordinates special music, accompanies on occasion, 10-15 hours per week.


Office Manager-Administrator

Atonement Lutheran Church, Denver, CO


The Office Manager-Administrator will oversee the administration activities of Atonement Lutheran Church to ensure they run smoothly.  This will include preparing budgets, supervising personnel, maintaining personnel records, and all property facility records.


We are looking for someone with solid leadership and a friendly demeanor to continue the ministry at ALC. This is a salaried position with benefits working a 32-hour work week. If interested, please submit your cover letter, resume and references by COB April 3, 2015 to For further details of the job description contact the office (303-985-1122 / ) for more information.




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



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.







Youth Gathering - We Are Church, Better Together!


The Border Conference is working together to send 14 youth and 3 adults to the ELCA Youth Gathering.  The Border Conference includes churches in Southern New Mexico and El Paso.  While these youth have been working hard to raise funds in their own congregations, they are also visiting the other congregations in our Conference to ask for their support of prayers and finances. 


On March 15, Youth Gathering participants visited Peace Lutheran in Las Cruces and gave a wonderful presentation during worship about their upcoming trip.  Although Peace does not have youth participating, the Church Council offered to match congregation member donations up to $1000.  The congregation members gave over $1200 to support the Border Conference Youth!  We truly are church, better together!


After worship on the 15th, that Youth Gathering group joined with youth from Peace and hiked up Tortugas Mountain for a fun picnic and study on creation. (Picture on the top of the mountain.)


Peacemaking speakers and events at UNM 


"Blessed are the Peacemakers -- Jesus, the Bible, and Nonviolence" a special presentation by Father John Dear, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Tuesday April 7th at 7:00 pm at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, 211 Jefferson NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108 (park in the lot at the corner of Jefferson and Copper).  


"Working for Peace in a World of Violence" UNM SUB Atrium 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Tuesday April 7th (park in the parking structure off Central and Stanford).  


John Dear will speak at 11:30 am.  There will be a Panel Discussion at 12:30 pm "Connecting the Issues of Peace, Justice, Poverty, Racism, and Care of the Earth" with Sister Joan Brown, Executive Director of NM Interfaith Power and Light; Father John Dear, Campaign Nonviolence; Dr. Jamal Martin, UNM African American Studies; Carlos Navarro, Bread for the World and the Interfaith Hunger Coalition; and Moderator Dr. Janice Schuetz, Professor Emerita, UNM Communication and Journalism.  


All events are hosted by Luther House, Lutheran Campus Ministry at UNM & CNM, and Campaign Nonviolence (  We hope to see you there!





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


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.



Invitations from Lutheran Campus Ministry - CU Boulder

  • Easter Evening at LCM - Everyone is invited to our Easter evening service at 4:30pm at Grace Lutheran in Boulder where the students of El Camino Colorado will affirm their baptisms. It would be great to have a big group there to support the work students have done this year in discerning the vocations to which God is calling them. 
  • Why work? [an interfaith conversation on the meaning of career] - as a part of our El Camino program we're hosting an interfaith conversation on the meaning of career on Wednesday, April 22nd at 7pm on campus in Boulder in Eaton Humanities 1B50. Panelists include Bishop Gonia, Dr. Sophia Arjana (Professor of Islamic Studies at Iliff), and Rabbi Marc Soloway (Congregation Bonai Shalom-Boulder)

    more about El Camino Colorado 



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Maria Sutton - Communications Assistant 
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