Bishop Jim Gonia

  • Installation of Paul Bodin, Prince of Peace, Gillette, WY
  • Grace, Casper, WY
  • Mobility Conference, Sierra Pacific Synod

Pastor Ron Roschke 

  • Candidacy Meetings and projects
  • LCMNet (Lutheran Campus Minstry)

Pastor Sarah Moening 

  • Transition ministry appointments and meetings
  • St Paul, Cheyenne
  • Mobility Conference, Sierra Pacific Synod


Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Mission congregation accompaniment and ministry reviews

Pastor Kent Mueller   

  • Lutheran Center & Call Process Administration

Erin Power, Diaconal Ministry

  • Theological Conference planning
  • Ministry Reviews

Ruth Hoffman - 

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM  
  • Vacation
Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Child Nutrition Reauthorization strategy meeting


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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



Eleven fall gatherings throughout
the RMS invite your participation

This year's Missional Gatherings in each conference will help us explore our theme for the year, "Many Voices, One Song." The church is made of many voices, and each voice is as distinctive as the person or the community that sings it. The wonder of the project is how the voices all come together to make one song. 

But really, the voices don't make the song; the song invites the voices to take up the project of making God's music. That is because the song is God's-God's love song for this world loved so deeply and always unfolding in Jesus' good news. We come together this fall to listen for the song and join our voices to the "Gospel music" God is making in the world. 


A registration link will be provided soon. 


Mountain WestSat 9/19Good Shepherd
Glenwood Springs
2-4 p.m.
Metro EastSun 9/20TBD1:30-3:30 p.m.
Metro WestSat 9/26Holy Cross
Wheat Ridge
10 a.m.-noon
North ColoradoSun 9/27TBD2-4 p.m.
WyomingSat 10/10Grace
Noon-3 p.m.
SE Colorado
Sun 10/25
Colorado Springs
2-4 p.m.
Sat 10/31Church of Hope
10 a.m.-noon
Metro South
Sun 11/1
Christ the King
1:30-3:30 p.m.
UtahSat 11/7Zion
Salt Lake City
10 a.m.-noon
Sat 11/14
St. Mark
10 a.m.-noon
N New MexicoSat 12/5TBD10 a.m.-noon


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

Information about the event is posted online, including the registration link.

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



Shepherd of the Hills Canon City, CO
  Robert Kippley
St. PauCalhan, CO
  Tim Bettger
St. Paul's Sugar City CO
Tabor Pueblo, CO
  Stacie Dougherty
Trinity Monument, CO
  Tyg Taylor
  Sandra Hanawalt
  Missie Bonser
Trinity  Fowler, CO
  Wayne Josephson




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

Pastor Madelynn Johnston (ECUSA)
St. Paul's Peace
Las Vegas, NM
July 19 at 10 a.m.
rostered leaders: green
Prayer of the Day

O God, you direct our lives by your grace, and your words of justice and mercy reshape the world. Mold us into a people who welcome your word and serve one another, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


Exciting changes for SHYG, November 20-22

sunrise-illustration.jpg We have big changes in store for the High School Synod Gathering this 
November 20-22! If you have been doing the gathering for years or this is your first time, this is going to be a great retreat. This year's theme is "The Pursuit." We will be focusing on our individual giftedness and how those gifts fit into and help to forms the greater community of faith.


There are a lot of new surprises this year! Here's what's in store.

  1. The gathering will be held at the Denver Marriot West. It is 2-3 hours closer to our southern and western congregations with no travel difference for those up north.
  2. Added service component. We will be heading out to Denver in congregational groups on Saturday for service in the community.
  3. Fun activities in the hotel and surrounding area!

Some of the tried and true things that we always do will still be the


  1. Small Groups
  2. Large Group
  3. Congregational time
  4. Saturday night Party!

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us November 20-22 in Denver! Cost has not yet been finalized, but budget for between $135-155.



ELCA responds to Popešs encyclical on creation


Last week, Pope Francis issued a clarion call for the care of God's earth; for humanity to come together to protect the planet that God created, which sustains us and our fellow creatures.  In an encyclical, or Catholic teaching document, the Pope outlines the ecological challenges we face and calls on individuals, institutions and governments to take action.


In a statement released by ELCA, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton praised the encyclical, noting parallels to our own social statement "Caring for Creation" and calling for action: "he present moment is a critical one, filled with both challenge and opportunity to act as individuals, citizens, leaders and communities of faith in solidarity with God's good creation  and in hope for our shared future.


Read Bishop Eaton's statement


You can send a message to U.S. leaders now, calling for a strong climate agreement!

Sign an interfaith petition on climate change by clicking here  to urge President Obama and Members of Congress to take strong action to combat climate change before itšs too late. Add your voice to a growing chorus of people of faith who are holding our leaders accountable on this critical  issue!


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.

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!  
Non-rostered positions available

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



Organist/Keyboardist (part time)

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church

Fort Collins, Colorado 


Keyboardist for Contemporary Ensemble (part time)

Lutheran Church of Hope

Broomfield, Colorado 


Director of Music/Musician (part time)

Well of Hope

Castle Pines, Colorado 


Director of Music (part time)

Ascension Lutheran Church

Colorado Springs, Colorado


Director of Faith Formation

Bethany Lutheran Church

Cherry Hills Village, Colorado


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. If interested, please send an email to Pastor Scott Beebe at