April 8-14, 2015


Bishop Jim Gonia

  • Congregational Ministries Board
  • Exit Interview
  • Candidacy Committee
  • Ascension St. Matthew's, Price, UT
Pastor Ron Roschke 
  • Companion Synod work
  • Congregation Ministry Board
  • Candidacy Committee
  • WebEx consultation with Our Savior's Casper WY
  • First Lutheran, Gypsum CO
  • First Call Theological Education, Phoenix AZ

Pastor Sarah Moening    

  • Faith Formation Network
  • Mount Calvary-Colorado Springs

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Aurora Central Visit
  • Christ the King, CO Springs, Council Retreat 
  • Our Savior's, Denver, CO
  • Cristo Rey, Denver, CO
  • Steering Committee, Iglesia Luterana Jesus de Nazaret

Pastor Kent Mueller   

  • Bethlehem, Brush, CO Council Retreat
  • Assembly Projects & Preparation
  • Lutheran Center & Call Process Administration

Erin Power

  • Assembly Planning
  • Ministry Review, Nativity, Commerce City, CO
  • First Call Theological Education, Phoenix, AZ 

Ruth Hoffman - 

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM   
  • Reference & Council Committee meeting
  • Health Impact Advisory Council
  • LAM-NM Policy Committee
Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Host Day at Legislature for Urban Servant Corps-Colorado State Capital
  • Voices for Justice posse meeting


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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





APRIL 28-30
2016 Synod Assembly
Embassy Suites
Loveland, CO

2016 Theological Conference
Little America
Cheyenne, WY




MAY 5-7
2017 Synod Assembly
Antlers Hilton Hotel
Colorado Springs, CO


2017 Theological Conference




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


Giving thanks for the life and ministry of Pastor James Drury

In addition to the information shared yesterday, we add these details.

James Hugh Drury was born on January 7, 1948, and grew up throughout the world as a child in an Air Force family.  He was raised as a Southern Baptist, which led to his receiving a BA from California Baptist College in 1970. He earned an MA in Communication Arts from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. He used his communication education to work in radio in Texas. He became a member of the Lutheran church after college and attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 1977.  He was ordained in 1977 and most recently has been serving as pastor of Ascension St. Matthew's in Price, UT.


James was a prolific author, poet, and musician. His books include A Sharpness of Grief, Poems and Stories of a Journey to Healing, and Do Not Dismiss What Is. He was an accomplished guitarist whose most recent band in Price graced worship and secular occasions with spirited offerings.


James is survived by his wife, her daughter Justine and son Forrest and their spouses; James' mother and two sisters and their spouses in Texas, and many grandchildren, who were the apple of his eye.

We surround the people of Ascension St. Matthews in Price, UT with our love and prayers, as well as James' family and friends. 

An informal gathering for prayer and holy conversation, with hymn singing, will take place at Ascension St. Matthew's Church on Thursday, April 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome.  

Funeral services for Pastor Drury will be conducted by RMSELCA Bishop James Gonia and Episcopal Bishop of Utah, Scott Hayashi, at Ascension St. Matthew's on Thursday, April 16, at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome.


APRIL 2015 



Good Shepherd Casper, WY
Jack Damien
Grace Casper, WY
Brenda Frelsi
Mount of Olives Rock Springs, WY
Martha Atkins
Our Saviour's Casper, WY
Robert McNamara


Sunday April 12 - Second Sunday of Easter
Almighty God, with joy we celebrate the day of our Lord's resurrection. By the grace of Christ among us, enable us to show the power of the resurrection in all that we say and do, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.       


Faith Formation Mentors

Feel like you could use a mentor to support, challenge, and teach you a few things about the awesome world of Faith Formation ministry? Have a gift for supporting, challenging, and teaching someone about the awesome world of Faith Formation ministry? Then come be a part of our Mentoring Ministry within the Faith Formation Network of the RMS! We are looking for those who wish to be paired with a Mentor, as well as those who wish to be a Mentor.


To get connected, contact:

Deaconess Kristen Baltrum 303.817.5482,


Pastor Paul Judson



Pastor Zach Parris




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

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!

Bring these items for the
Assembly youth project

During Synod Assembly, youth from around Salt Lake City will be gathering at the Sheraton Hotel for an ecumenical gathering involving a Life Together Art Project and a putting together Grace Socks packages for youth who are homeless .  They are requesting congregations bring the following items  (or monetary contributions) to Assembly:


water bottle (reusable & collapsible would be best, but we could use the normal type)

travel size wipes

travel size sunscreen

travel size insect repellent

travel size band-aids

lip balm

beef jerky

fruit snacks

lifesavers (or mint like item)

Questions? Email Lisa Mensinger:



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.




Dean Maloney, a youth members of Joy Lutheran Church, Parker, CO, has been appointed to a two-year term to serve on the Youth Core Leadership Team for the ELCA. Hannah Purkey of Evergreen, Evergreen, CO, is just now finishing up a term on the same team. We extend our gratitude to these two youth who are representing the Rocky Mountain Synod!


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?

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



RMS Lutheran Center: seeking a 5/hr per week

Facilities and Grounds Manager


This flexible position will involve more hours during spring and summer. Coordinate lawn service, HVAC, snow removal, custodial, sprinkler, alarm, garden, and other needs. Coordinate building and facility usage. Complete simple maintenance projects. Contact Kent Mueller for more information.


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



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.




Life is elevated in Utah, especially for Youth. 

POP QUIZ time.


Are you between 13-20 yrs. old?

Do you enjoy doing service projects? 

Can you doodle? 

Do you like to meet new people?  

OK, if you answered "Yes" to any of the above questions, please join us for some engaging conversations while we are busy assembling Grace Socks for the homeless and getting our fingers dirty with a Life Together Art project.  Did I mention that Sky Ranch & Rainbow Trail will be making this super fun?  Pst, come check us out - it's OK if you're shy.
Saturday, May 2, 3pm
Sheraton Hotel, Downtown Salt Lake City

Questions:  contact Lisa Mensinger:




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


First Lutheran Church Longmont, CO

Bluegrass Service & Concert 


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


9Health Fair at Holy Love on April 24

Holy Love Lutheran Church in Aurora is hosting a 9Health Fair on Friday, April 24 from 7am - 12noon.   This fair provides low cost bloodwork and free health screenings for anyone 18 years of age or older.  For more information on the screenings officered and to sign up to attend, visit and follow the prompts to find our fair.  If you would like more information, you can also e-mail    




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.



Invitation from Lutheran Campus Ministry - CU Boulder

  • Why work? [an interfaith conversation on the meaning of career]


    Wednesday, April 22, 7pm at CU-Boulder  in Eaton Humanities 1B50


    Do we work for the fortune and fame or just to pay back the loans we took out to get the job in the first place? Lutheran Campus Ministry at CU-Boulder is hosting an interfaith conversation on the meaning of career on Wednesday, April 22nd at 7pm on campus in Boulder in Eaton Humanities 1B50. 

Kent Mueller - Assistant to the Bishop
Maria Sutton - Communications Assistant 
Rocky Mountain Synod
800-525-0462 / 303-777-6700 / fax 303-339-4744

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