Bishop Jim Gonia

  • Vacation
  • Dean's Webex

Pastor Ron Roschke 

  • Missional Gathering Planning
  • Campus Ministry and Candidacy Meetings
  • RMS Hunger Network Retreat
  • Immanuel, Bethune CO

Pastor Sarah Moening 

  • transition ministry appointments and meetings


Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Mission congregation accompaniment

Pastor Kent Mueller   

  • Lutheran Center & Call Process Administration
  • Preach at Prince of Peace, Denver, CO

Erin Power, Diaconal Ministry

  • Theological Conference planning
  • Ministry Reviews

Ruth Hoffman - 

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM  
  • Solitary Confinement Conference Call
  • Revenue Stabilization & Tax Policy Committee
  • Vacation
Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Together Colorado Statewide Gathering
  • Denver VOICE Rise & Thrive breakfast
  • Family Leadership Training Institution commencement  


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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



Bishop Gonia's participation in Methodist conference is a sign of how we are "Church Together"

Bishop Jim Gonia was invited to participate in the 47th Session of the Rocky Mountain Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church last weekend in Estes Park, akin to our annual Synod Assembly. 

He was privileged to participate in their closing worship, which included ordinations and commissionings. The United Methodist Church is a full communion partner with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, making it possible for Bishop Gonia to participate in the laying-on-of-hands for the ordinations and commissionings for ministry. Bishop Gonia is pictured along with the UMC Bishop 
 Elaine Stanovsky. Their theme this year is "Renewal of Creation."

The ELCA and UMC have been full communion partners for five years. This convention was the first demonstration of that new relationship. Additionally, an ELCA pastor, the Rev. Claire Cassell, will soon being serving a two-point UMC parish in southeast Colorado, our first Rocky Mountain Synod ELCA pastor serving a UMC parish.


2015 Leadership Retreat / Theological Conference is September 21-24 at Estes Park, CO
Registration will be open soon for the annual gathering for leaders in the Rocky Mountain Synod. The registration deadline is August 20.

Information about the event is posted online. Additional information, including the preliminary schedule, will be posted soon.

Those who have been participating in the Journey of Renewal program will gather one day early for the program closing retreat.

JUNE 2015 
Southeast Colorado Conference



Our Savior Wild Horse, CO

King of Kings Pueblo, CO
Dirk Robert Stadtlander
Mount Calvary Colorado Springs, CO
Jim Hytjan- Interim
Prince of Peace Colorado Springs, CO
Dave Cruson


In Memoriam


Alvoy F. Ekblad


We give thanks for the life and vision of Alvoy F. Ekblad, who died on June 1. Alvoy (Al) was one of a small group of enthusiasts who conceived, purchased, and built what then became Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp in Roosevelt National Forest. Al and Irene in their passion for helping others continued their support of Sky Ranch into recent years.

A celebration of his life took place on Saturday, June 6 at Trinity Lutheran church in Fort Collins. In consideration of Al's longtime devotion to Sky Ranch, the family would like donations in his memory to be directed to any of the following: Sky Ranch Lutheran Bible Camp, Larimer County Alzheimer's Support Group, or the Good Samaritan Society Loveland Village all in care of Bohlender Funeral Chapel, 121 W. Olive, Fort Collins, Colorado 80524.



The Rev. John Hoeger 


The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society mourns the loss of a past president, the Rev. John Hoeger, who died May 25 in Louisville, Colorado.

He served as a parish pastor in Kansas and California, before engaging in the Societyıs work for much of his adult life. One of Johnıs three sons is the Rev. Daniel Hoeger of Prospect Heights, Illinois, who previously served in the Rocky Mountain Synod in Louisville. Johnıs wife, Katherine, died in 2012. We give thanks for Pastor Hoegerıs faithful ministry, and we surround his family and friends with our prayers. A funeral service took place May 30 in Kissimmee, Florida.





Asher O'Callaghan  

House for all Sinners and Saints, Denver, CO

(St. Thomas Episcopal Church)  

2201 Dexter St, Denver, CO

Thursday, July 2 at 7 p.m.

Rostered leaders: red




Pastor Paul Bodin

Prince of Peace, 

203 Flying Circle Drive

Gillette, WY

June 27 at 3 p.m.

rostered leaders: green


Asher O'Callaghan

Zion Lutheran Church

1936 Riverside

Idaho Springs, CO 

July 5 at 10:30 a.m.

rostered leaders: green 

Pastor Rodney Hank

Joy Lutheran Church, 

7051 E Parker Hills Ct

Parker, CO

July 11 at 5:30 p.m.

rostered leaders: green


Prayer of the Day

O God of creation, eternal majesty, you preside over land and sea, sunshine and storm. By your strength pilot us, by your power preserve us, by your wisdom instruct us, and by your hand protect us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. 

Tell the story of the 2015 RMS Assembly

A variety of resources are now available (with more to come) to help tell the story of the Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly, May 1-3 in Salt Lake City.

RMS Assembly Choir: Utah Conference
RMS Assembly Choir: Utah Conference

RMS Sermon: Bishop Eaton
RMS Sermon: Bishop Eaton

Rocky Mountain Synod 2015 Assembly Children's Sermon
Rocky Mountain Synod 2015 Assembly Children's Sermon


RMS young adults visited the Holy Land


Five young adults from the Rocky Mountain Synod recently visited the Holy Land in May: Melanie Ferraro, Natalie Walter, Ashley Ross, Sean Kinney and Emily Kisser. Learn from their travels on two blogs:

WELCA awards grant to La Clinca Tepeyar in Denver


The churchwide organization of Women of the ELCA has awarded a $2000 grant to La Clinica Tepeyar in Denver, which addresses a growing need for depression support in Denver's underserved Latina community. The WELCA grants support the needs and the development of women since 1990.

Rostered leader transitions and openings
Rostered leaders include pastors, diaconal ministers, associates in ministry, and deaconesses. View a list of congregations in transition at this link.

RMS employment opportunities

Congregations and agencies are seeking non-rostered positions, such as office administrators, musicians, faith formation staff, and more.  View positions at this link.

Eucharist is second Wednesday of each month

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!  

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


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.




Annual Holy Cross Pilgrimage is Saturday, July 11 at Vail     


Again this year Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vail, Colorado, will sponsor a pilgrimage hike climbing Notch  Mountain (13,237), in order to view the Mount of the Holy Cross (14,005).  Because of the popularity of this hike and due to U.S. Forest Service regulations which limit the group to no more than 15 persons at a time, reservations are required.


The date is Saturday July 11, 2015. The event will last from approximately 6:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  This is a fairly strenuous hike and requires proper hiking gear for a trek in the back country.



Lutheran Center Film Festival: Saturday, June 20 at 4 p.m.