April 22, 2015


Bishop Jim Gonia

  • El Camino- CU Boulder
  • Holy Love, Aurora, CO
  • East Metro Conference Meeting
  • Assembly Preparation 
Pastor Ron Roschke 
  • El Camino Colorado (Lutheran Campus Ministry CU-Boulder)
  • Candidacy Work
  • Policy Development for Leader Support
  • Assembly Planning

Pastor Sarah Moening    

  • Conference Coordinator WebEx
  • Assembly Planning
  • Transition & Call Process

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Exit Interview
  • Assembly Planning

Pastor Kent Mueller   

  • Assembly Projects & Preparation
  • RMS Environmental Stewards
  • Prince of Peace, Forum Discussion Denver, CO

Erin Power

  • Synod Assembly Planning

Ruth Hoffman - 

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM   
  • United Methodist Women
  • Preparation for Synod Assembly
Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Legislative Hearings
  • Capitol Hill United Ministries Luncheon
  • Christ the Servant, Louisville-Adult Forum  


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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


No eCONNECTION will be sent the next two weeks. Instead, we will focus on communicating assembly advance information and follow up. 


Bishop Gonia's sermon for May 3 available soon

He was ill with a cough and cold so had to delay the videotaping of the sermon. It will be available as an online link, which also provides the opportunity to download the file if it will be presented in a place without an internet connection. A printed copy will be made available where a video sermon is not possible, for someone to read in you congregation on his behalf. The sermon is provided since clergy will all be at the Utah Synod Assembly May 3.


Bring your electronic device/

computer/phone to assembly!

If you have a tablet computer, we'll make it easy to review assembly materials on your device. You can also use your phone to track the schedule, room numbers, and hotel map. We'll also be voting for the nominated candidates using your electronic devices. You are encouraged NOT to print out materials if you'll have a computer or tablet with you. We will be using an app called GUIDEBOOK. Details to follow soon!

While the nomination information isn't yet ready, the 
HANDBOOKandFINANCIALS PACKETare ready for you to review.


Pastor John Refsell + 1927-2015

Estes Park resident and retired Lutheran Pastor, Rev. John Refsell died on Good Friday, April 3, 2015 at the age of 87. John's wishes were to have a "Celebration of Life Service" Memorial Service which will be Monday, April 27, 2015, at 2 PM at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Estes Park CO. He served six churches: Trinity Lutheran Church in South Milwaukee, WI, Edison Park Lutheran in Chicago, IL, Christ the King Lutheran in Denver, CO, St. Paul's Lutheran in Omaha, NE, American Protestant Church in Antwerp, Belgium, and Bethlehem Lutheran in Brush, CO. We surround his wife of 62 years, Dorothy, and his family and friends with our prayers as we give thanks for his life and ministry.


APRIL 2015 



St. Paul's, Cheyenne, WY
Ron Powers-Interim
Trinity, Laramie, WY
Rachel Larson
Trinity, Evanston, WY


Sunday April 26 - Fourth Sunday of Easter

Prayer of the Day

O Lord Christ, good shepherd of the sheep, you seek the lost and guide us into your fold. Feed us, and we shall be satisfied; heal us, and we shall be whole. Make us one with you, for you live and reign with the Father 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






Our Life Together

2015 Synod Assembly


May 1-3
Sheraton Hotel

Salt Lake City, UT 


Assembly Art Project
Volunteers Needed!

Thursday, April 29, 2-5pm
Friday, May 1, 9-11am
Downtown Sheraton Hotel, Salt Lake City

We are Church:  Better Together!  Help us put together our "Life Together" art display.  No artistic skill needed, just be able to use a stapler!  RSVP to Gloria Wurst:



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 made out  to Zion Lutheran Church - SLC) 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.  



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!  However, there will be no worship on 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!



The Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains Older Adult and Caregiver Services has an opening for a half-time Mental Health Counselor serving the Metro-Denver area.  We are looking to grow its mental health counseling program. With that in mind, this position requires someone with, not only counseling skills, but also someone with networking and outreach skills and is interested in growing this position from part-time to full-time within the first year. Also, position requires a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), LCP (Licensed Clinical Psychologist) or licensed psychologist to bill Medicare. An active NPI and CAQH number is preferred but not required.

Job description for more information 



Position: Senior Executive & Resource Development Assistant for LFSRM


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 


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.




Assembly Art Project Volunteers Needed!
Thursday, April 29, 2-5pm
Friday, May 1, 9-11am
Downtown Sheraton Hotel, Salt Lake City

We are Church:  Better Together!  Help us put together our "Life Together" art display.  No artistic skill needed, just be able to use a stapler!  RSVP to Gloria Wurst:


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:




LFS Honors Saint Timothy's Lutheran Church in Albuquerque


Congratulations to St. Timothy's Lutheran Church and Pastor Rachael Powell! They were honored at the Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains gala Saturday night. Saint Timothy's has been integral in supporting programs by offering its facility as a center for various refugee classes.

St. Tim's, as it is lovingly known, has hosted summer school programs, adult ESL classes, Job Smart classes, Cultural Orientation and the annual winter party. More than a dozen congregational volunteers have assisted with the winter parties and sponsored pillow drives in the last year alone. In addition, several church members volunteer at LFS to assist with office administration, apartment set-ups and cultural mentoring teams 





Augustana Arts: Chamber Orchestra and Storytelling concert April 24 and April 25

The Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra joins with the denver-based Narrators, a group of storytellers, to bring a one-of-a-kind musical experience to life. Stories from the heart along with companion music, are woven together for a unique experience. Friday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. at Augustana, and Saturday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. at the McNichols building near the Civic Center building downtown.
More information and tickets.

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.

Pikes Peak Ringers present concerts May 8 and 10


Pikes Peak Ringers, an auditioned community handbell choir in Colorado Springs, will perform two identical concerts in the Pikes Peak Region.  On Friday, May 8 at 7:00 PM their concert will be at Monument Presbyterian Church, 238 Third Street in Monument.  On Sunday, May 10 at 3:00 PM their concert is at First Christian Church, 16 East Platte at Cascade Avenue.  A free-will offering will be taken at each concert.  

Pikes Peak Ringers was established in 1991 by its director, Kevin McChesney, to provide an outlet for advanced handbell ringers and to create performances that showcase the instrument of handbells with the highest quality of presentation and musicianship.  In addition to performances throughout the Pikes Peak Region, they have been the featured group at national handbell events.  They have made six performance CD's and a DVD featuring the "Ring of Fire concerto for Handbell Choir and Orchestra."  They also sell an instructional DVD on musical presentation, titled "Music in Motion."

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


Lutheran Chorale in Lafayette and Longmont on May 17

Each May, we take a moment to pause and remember'a cherished friend, an important event, music composed or dedicated to remember loved ones.  On May 17, the Lutheran Chorale (a community Christian choir) will present a variety of gospel,  bluegrass, folk, patriotic, and classical pieces, including a composition written to honor the Civil War during this, the 150th year since the end of the war. Come join us May 17, 2015, at 3:00 pm at Eternal Savior Lutheran Church in Lafayette, and 7:30 pm at Messiah Lutheran Church in Longmont.  Tickets are $15 adult, $12 senior, $25 family.


Eternal Savior, 2688 Northpark Dr., Lafayette, CO 80026 

Messiah Lutheran Church, 1335 Francis St, Longmont, CO 80501

Run/Walk June 6 benefits Selian Lutheran Hospital in Tanzania

7th Annual Selian Lutheran Hospital 5K Run/Walk 1K Fun Run for the Kids!  Face Painting, Jumpy Castle, Door Prizes and more!

Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m.

To Benefit Selian Lutheran Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania

Location:St. Peter Lutheran Church

                9300 E. Belleview

                Greenwood Village, CO  80111


For additional information and to register, please visit or contact Carol Mayer at



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 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

Announcements for eConnection are due before noon on Thursday for the issue the following Tuesday. Event announcements are included for about two weeks. Please submit your announcement at the time it should appear, ready to copy and paste into the newsletter, with a link to your website for more information.