May 27, 2015


Bishop Jim Gonia

  • Liturgical Spanish-Seminary of the South
  • Cristo Rey, Denver, CO
  • Sky Ranch
Pastor Ron Roschke 
  • Companion Synod
  • Candidacy
  • Severance Policy Projects

Pastor Sarah Moening    

  • Sky Ranch
  • Council Retreat, Logan UT
  • Preach at Prince of Peace Logan UT

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Ministry Reviews 

Pastor Kent Mueller   

  • Lutheran Magazine Supplement
  • Website work
  • Administration

Erin Power, Diaconal Ministry

  • Theological Conference
  • MSYG Planning
  • Ministry Review, Peace, Sterling, CO

Ruth Hoffman - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM

  • SNAP outreach meeting
  • Coalition to End Homelessness
  • Border Conference Youth
Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Colorado Consumer Health Initiative Voices for Coverage Conference


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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!

More assembly videos in the works

Additional assembly videos are in process, such as the assembly sermons and more. Because of the way we received the footage, it's a labor-intensive process to get them edited and usable. Thanks for your patience. Online links will be provided. 




MAY 2015




Saron  Strasburg, CO

  Julie Brooks

St Mark  Aurora, CO

  Inga Oyan Longbrake

St Matthew  Aurora, CO

  Marcel Naruki

St Paul  Denver, CO

  Kavin Maly

  Mark Filbert


Prayer of the Day

God of heaven and earth, before the foundation of the universe and the beginning of time you are the triune God: Author of creation, eternal Word of salvation, life-giving Spirit of wisdom. Guide us to all truth by your Spirit, that we may proclaim all that Christ has revealed and rejoice in the glory he shares with us. Glory and praise to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever.




Youth will participate in revitalizing Detroit at youth gathering

Living on a block with an abandoned home or two is common for Detroiters, and the city has precious few resources for dealing with such a widespread problem. Neighborhood blight is a health and safety risk to residents, attracts crime, and depresses property values. 

This summer, during the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering, youth will participate in Detroit's neighborhood revitalization efforts by boarding up abandoned properties, making neighborhoods safer and healthier for the residents who remain.

While youth will provide the labor, we are in desperate need of supplies. If you know of a building supply company that could donate 4 X 8 OSB boards, please contact You can also donate toward the purchase of supplies by going to


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.  



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:


Tables to give away

Augustana Lutheran Church (5000 E Alameda Ave, Denver) has 31 rectangular tables (22 six-foot, 9 eight-foot, not light-weight) to give away. Those interested would be responsible for transporting them. Please contact Finance Administrator Lisa Mikolajczak ( or 303-388-4678 ext. 103) by Friday, June 19.  Thank you!




St. Phillip Director of Music

Littleton, CO


St. Philip Lutheran Church is currently looking for a Director of Music to lead our congregation and its musicians in worship and praise of God.  This is a part-time position with a minimum of 15 to 20 hours per week.  Hours may vary during the peak and summer periods.


Well of Hope Music Director
Castle Pines, CO

Music Director/Musician

10-15 hours per week, hours will vary each week. Weekly hours must include Sundays at church between 8AM-noon.

Job summary

Mt Calvary Lutheran Church, Boulder, CO
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 




Ten Commandments Hike
in Ogden, UT

On Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, Scouts and leaders of the Mountain View District of the Trapper Trails Council BSA held the "Ten Commandments Hike."


In this photo, nearly 200 Scouts and leaders fill the Sanctuary of Elim Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 9, 2015, to learn what Lutherans believe about "Thou Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me," presented by Elim's BSA Troop 54 Charter Representative David Thomas.


(Photo courtesy Trapper Trails chairperson Shane Osguthorpe.)






6th Annual Eben Ezer Legacy Community Golf Event


Fun events for all! This is not your ordinary golf tournament. This is a community event where the whole family can participate in the fun. We will be serving lunch at 11:30am followed by an adult 2 person scramble with a shotgun start at 1pm. During the tournament we will have fun activities including casino games, pin prizes, games for the kids, and the ever popular ball drop.

For more information and Registration



Young Adult Trip to the Holy Land

4 students from CU-Boulder Campus Ministry are currently traveling with other young adults in the Holy Land.  Follow their experiences:







Lutheran Center Film Festival: Saturday, June 20 

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. 


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



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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