April 15, 2015


Bishop Jim Gonia

  • Price, Utah, Service for Jim Drury
  • Executive Committee
  • Atonement, Boulder, CO
  • El Camino, CU Boulder 
Pastor Ron Roschke 
  • First Call Theological Education, Phoenix AZ
  • California Lutheran University Convocator's meeting, Thousand Oaks, CA

Pastor Sarah Moening    

  • Joy, Parker, CO
  • Consultation with Adjudication team WebEx
  • Interim Pastor Refresher
  • Lord of the Hills Executive committee
  • Preaching at First, Longmont, CO

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Christ the King, CO Springs, CO
  • Exit Interview

Pastor Kent Mueller   

  • Interim Pastors Refresher
  • Assembly Projects & Preparation
  • Lutheran Center & Call Process Administration
  • Prince of Peace, Denver, CO

Erin Power

  • Assembly Planning
  • First Call Theological Education
  • St Matthew's, Taylorsville, UT
  • Prince of Peace, Logan UT

Ruth Hoffman - 

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM   
  • NM Conference of Churches
  • Central United Methodist Church, Albuquerque.
Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Fight for $15 Rally
  • Legislature Committee Hearings
  • Voices for Justice 


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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



A service to give thanks for Pastor Drury's life and ministry will take place at Ascension St. Matthew's in Price, Utah

The service will take place Thursday, April 16, at 1 p.m.  Rostered leaders are invited to vest. The color of the day is white. Bishop Gonia will be preaching, and Bishop Hayashi of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah will be presiding. All are welcome.



Assembly Nominations Needed

(deadline extended until April 20)

The categories below have no nominees for our upcoming Synod Assembly elections. Please consider a nomination. You  may nominate yourself.
Complete the form at this link.



Border Clergy

Utah Lay Female

at Large Person of Color Clergy

at Large Person of Color Lay Male

At Large Youth or Young Adult (Age 15-28) Lay Male


at Large Lay or Clergy



Border Lay or Clergy

Colorado (outside Denver)

Wyoming Lay or Clergy

at Large (2)



Utah Lay or Clergy



Denver & Suburbs Lay or Clergy

at Large Lay or Clergy



Utah Lay or Clergy

Colorado (outside Denver) Lay or Clergy

at Large Lay or Clergy







James R. Crumley Jr., bishop of the former
Lutheran Church in America, dies


The Rev. James Robert Crumley Jr., bishop of the former Lutheran Church in America, died April 7 of complications from a fall. He was 90. The Lutheran Church in America is a predecessor church body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  "To hear him tell the story of his life, the Rev. Dr. James R. Crumley was convinced that God always was full of gracious surprises," ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton said in a tribute to Crumley. See more.


APRIL 2015 



Prince of Peace Gillette, WY
Paul Olsen, Interim
Prince of Peace Casper, WY
Michael Struck
St. John Riverton, WY
Scott Jorgenson
St. Luke's Buffalo, WY
Alena Lamirato


Sunday April 19 - Third Sunday of Easter


Holy and righteous God, you are the author of life, and you adopt us to be your children. Fill us with your words of life, that we may live as witnesses to the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.



Faith Community Nurse Foundations Course

The Faith Community Nurse Foundations Course will be offered at Glen Eyrie, in the back yard of the Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  It is a designated National Natural Landmark located at the base of Pikes Peak, the mountain that inspired "America the Beautiful".  This beautiful retreat setting will be inspirational. The course will provide trained FCN faculty, whole health experience and training with the new 2015 FCN curriculum.

Wednesday August 19 at 4 p.m. to Sunday, August 23rd at 
3 p.m., ending with a commissioning service.

$750, which includes the course fees, 4 nights lodging and meals. Contact

See for more information about Faith Community Nursing.


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 ( TODAY. 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:





After 38 years of faithful service, the Shower house at Sky Ranch is being replaced! Come join us for a brief decommissioning service at 2:00 this Sunday April 19 at Sky Ranch. Thunderpup Construction will begin formal demolition on Monday, but Sunday is our chance to say good-bye to this relic. We will celebrate with light snacks and for a small donation individuals can help give the current building a "love tap" (sledge hammer and goggles provided). Help make room for the new shower house coming this summer as  part of Sky Ranch's 50th Anniversary appeal.


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.  



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 May 13




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!


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.



Position: Senior Executive & Resource Development Assistant


Description: The Senior Executive & Resource Development Assistant is a full time position that provides administrative support services for the President/Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors and helps the Vice President of Development create and cultivate authentic ministry partnerships with congregations and clergy. For the full job description please refer to; under About: Employment Opportunities.


If you are interested, please submit your cover letter and resume to 



Communications Director

Trinity Lutheran Church, Fort Collins, CO


Trinity Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, CO, is seeking a part-time Communications Director to join the staff of a growing 540-member congregation, acting as the primary strategist for communications and marketing efforts. The Director of Communications works together with church leadership and volunteers to promote Trinity's mission, ministries, and events to congregation members, partner congregations and groups, and the local community. More information at



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:





Wartburg College organist present concert April 24 in Denver  


Dr. Karen Black will be featured in concert at Saint John's Cathedral in Denver, Colorado, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. The cathedral is located at 1350 Washington St. This concert will include works by J. S. Bach, Bernhard Bach, Mendelssohn, Hakim, Conte and Vierne.

Black is the Rudi Inselmann Endowed Professor of Organ at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa. She teaches organ and church music; music theory and aural skills; serves as organist for weekday chapel and Sunday worship services; and conducts the St. Elizabeth Chorale.

Centering Prayer:
An Introductory Workshop Deepening 
our Relationship with God

Saturday, May 16, 2015 
Registration 8:15am 
Workshop 9am-Noon 
Includes light refreshments and materials 

Free Will offering 
Lord of the Hills Lutheran Church
 21755 E. Smoky Hill Rd.
Centennial, CO 80015
For more information view the retreat flyer



Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church


Live Music by Jerusalem Road

BBQ & Bluegrass

Saturday, June 6 @ 5:30pm

4501 S. Lemay Ave.,

Fort Collins

Proceeds Benefit Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp

Tickets: $12 (5 and over) or $30 (family), under 5 free



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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