May 20, 2015


Bishop Jim Gonia

  • St Marks
  • St Peter, Carlsbad, NM
  • Liturgical Spanish-Seminary of the South
Pastor Ron Roschke 
  • Region 2 Campus Ministry Consultation
  • Vacation

Pastor Sarah Moening    

  • Conference Coordinator

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Ministry Reviews 

Pastor Kent Mueller   

  • Lutheran Magazine Supplement

Erin Power, Diaconal Ministry

  • Theological Conference
  • MSYG Planning

Ruth Hoffman - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM

  • Dental Therapy Planing meeting
  • Staff Meeting
Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Colorado Consumer Health Initiative Legislative wrap-up
  • Colorado Social Legislation Committee Legislative wrap-up
  • Together Colorado- Metro Denver faith leaders caucus.


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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


View the 2015 Assembly
Video Summary and More!

This 7 minute 30 second video captures highlights of the 2015 Assembly in Salt Lake City, Utah:

Click here for a list of assembly links, including videos shown at the assembly, photos, the Landscape two-page summary, and more!




MAY 2015




Messiah Denver, CO

  Wolfgang Stahlberg

Nativity Commerce City, CO

  Kristi Beebe

New Beginnings Aurora, CO

  Terry Schjang

Our Savior's Denver, CO

  Paul Carlson


Prayer of the Day

Mighty God, you breathe life into our bones, and your Spirit brings truth to the world. Send us this Spirit, transform us by your truth, and give us language to proclaim your gospel, through 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.



ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grant Applications now available


ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants support ministries that offer hope and assistance to thousands of people who experience poverty and hunger in the United States. In 2015, World Hunger funded 324 projects across the US for a total of $739,075.  Projects range from congregational food pantries to weekend backpack programs for children to job training and living wage advocacy campaigns.  


Grants are available for organizations that provide direct relief or assist with community development, community  organization, or advocacy.  More information and the application are available at  If you have any specific questions about the application itself, please contact Joe Young ( or Johnnie Thompson (

Due date for the application is 
July 10, 2015.





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 June 21-27, 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.  



New Beginnings has a new website!

The new website is interesting, informative and interactive. Check it out at at  New Beginnings is a worshipping community at the Denver Women's Correctional Facility led by Pastor Terry Schjang.


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!  


Luther Tour is Fall 2015

October 27 through November 7 are the dates for a fall 2015 Luther Tour to Germany. It is sponsored by Barbara Condon, an ELCA pastor in the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod. If interested, please request more information from Pastor Condon at this email:





Mt Calvary Lutheran Church
looking for a organist/pianist


We are looking for an organist/pianist part time. Guitar and openness to various styles of music

is also welcome. Our candidate will have freedom to organize special music.

Please contact

Mt Calvary Lutheran

1318 North Circle Drive

Colorado Springs, CO 80909


send resume to




Director of Youth & Education Ministries  

Advent Lutheran Church Westminster, CO St. John's Lutheran Church Thornton, CO


The goal of the Youth and Education Director (YED) is to develop youth and children in their faith formation and to help them mature as Disciples of Christ.  The YED will do this by developing comprehensive youth ministry and Christian Education programs for the congregations.  The Director will work to guide leaders for the ministry teams and assist with the creation and conduct of activities in Youth Ministry helping to ensure these ministries live out the Mission and Vision of Advent Lutheran and St. John's Lutheran Church. To request a full job description and to submit a cover letter and resume, please email




Preschool Director

Joy Lutheran Church, Parker, CO


Joyful Mission Preschool (JMP), established in 1979 and accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International, is a mission outreach of Joy Lutheran Church in Parker, CO. JMP is seeking a detail-oriented State of Colorado Director Qualified leader who will perform a variety of duties associated with the day-to-day operation and administration of the Preschool Program. Must have a BA, BS Degree, or Master's in Early Childhood Education or education with at least 5 years of experience teaching at preschool or elementary school level. This is a full-time position. If interested, check our website for a more detailed job announcement. Please submit your resume, a cover letter, and salary requirements to



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


The Bob Marshall Experience


The ELCA campus pastor at the University of Montana in Missoula invites you to join a Bob Marshall Wilderness trip this summer as continuing education for clergy and lay people through the Northern Rockies Institute for Theology.  Still have room for 4-5 more people.  

View the syllabus.









Lutheran Center Film Festival: Saturday, June 24 

Invite Peter Severson to your congregation 

The Colorado legislative session is over: as of May 6, 2015, legislators completed their 120th and final day in assembly. Interested in knowing more about how our hunger and poverty priorities fared? Invite Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-Colorado to give a presentation at your congregation! Director Peter Severson is available to preach, lead adult forums, and host workshops. Contact him at to learn more.

State policy on pain prescription drugs

Are you or someone you love dealing with chronic pain? Interested in bringing this issue before your congregation? Marjorie Orthman at Prince of Peace, Denver, is available as a resource and speaker on this issue and others related to pain medication policies within the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. Contact Marjorie by e-mail ( to find out more. 


Concordia Bell Choir to play in Colorado Springs May 22 

The 2014-2015 Alleluia Ringers of Concordia University, Wisconsin, will present a free

concert at First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, Friday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m.  The bell choir is comprised of 14 undergraduate students who ring 6 octaves (73 bells) and 6 1/2 octaves of handchimes (79). The group is chosen by audition each fall. This is the 29th year under the direction of Dr. John Behnke.

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



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Maria Sutton - Communications Assistant 
Rocky Mountain Synod
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