Bishop Jim Gonia

  • Missional Gathering Planning
  • Asher O'Callaghan Ordination
  • Installation-Asher O'calleghan

Pastor Ron Roschke 

  • Candidacy Meetings and projects
  • Asher O'Calleghan Ordination
  • Missional Gathering Planning
  • St. Paul, Denver CO-Preach

Pastor Sarah Moening 

  • Missional Gathering Planning
  • Continuing Ed


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  
  • Kids Count Conference
  • NM Coalition End Homelessness Advocacy Committee
Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • SPPO Network conference call
  • ELCA Youth Gathering Preparation 


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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


"..beset by change, but Spirit-led"

2-candles-sm.jpgFrom the challenge that has arisen to confront the sin of racism, to a new definition of marriage throughout our land, to the questions about climate change, our prayer is that we be "Spirit-led" in our context and conversation.

The text of the hymn "The Church of Christ, in Every Age" names the reality that challenge and change will continually confront society and the church.... and that the church must "keep on rising form the dead."


Bishop Gonia writes, "During the last week I've been pondering the tragic events in Charleston in which a young white man who was raised in an ELCA congregation shot to death nine people gathered for Bible Study and prayer at Mother Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Yesterday I was grateful to see our Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton at the service for Rev. Clementa Pinckney representing our faith community with those who were mourning, as President Obama preached a powerful word about grace...."


Bishop Eaton writes, "Last week the U.S. Supreme Court rendered its decision announcing the right of same-gender couples to have equal access to marriage. For many members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, this decision is a welcome sign of hope and a time for celebration. Other members of this church do not agree with the court's decision and remain deeply concerned because of their understanding of Scripture..."

"We have no mission but to serve
in full obedience to our Lord;
to care for all, without reserve,
and spread his liberating word."
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.

Prayer Cycle
JULY 2015



All Saints Albuquerque, NM
Bethlehem Los Alamos, NM
Bruce Kuenzel
NicolÚ Ferry
Camino de Vida Albuquerque, NM
Guillermo Yela
Christ Santa Fe, NM
Joene Herr





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




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

Almighty God, we praise you that your blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified you by their martyrdoms. Grant that your church throughout the world may always be instructed by their teaching and example, be knit together in unity by your Spirit, and ever stand firm upon the one foundation who is Jesus Christ our Lord, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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.



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


Nominations sought for new RMS Mental Health Team, as called for at the 2015 RMS Assembly

Nominations (including self-nominations) are being solicited for both clergy and lay members of the new RMS Mental Health Team.  fuzzy-green-plant2.jpg


The 2015 Synod Assembly unanimously approved a resolution creating the Mental Health Team, which is tasked with identifying and providing resources for mental health education and advocacy to congregations and ministries of the Synod. Our hope is to convene the Team yet this summer. 


If you and/or someone in your ministry community is passionate about this issue and interested in being part of this Synod Ministry Team, please email Rev. Nelson Bock  with names and contact information. 


It is intended that much-if not all-of our meeting will take place by internet in order to save on travel time and money, so that people in outlying parts of the Synod may participate. 


ELCA responds to Pope╣s encyclical on creation


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 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.

Read Bishop Eaton's statement


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

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


Urban Servant Corps is seeking applicants who seek a life of simplicity while exploring their faith through serving those most in need and living in intentional community! If you know someone who would be interested in serving at Empowerment Program (alternative to jail program), Urban Peak (shelter for youth experiencing homelessness), or Warren Village (early childhood education center), please have them contact today!



Flood recovery construction manager needed

The Larimer County Long-Term Recovery Group is looking for a new construction manager dealing with long-term recovery from the floods of 2013 and also the Hyde Park fire. The funding currently in hand for this position goes through mid-December, but will likely be extended for a total of 18 months. If you know of someone who might be interested in this position, please contact Phyllis Kane at or 970-646-8794 as soon as possible or contact Ron Roschke at to see the job description.



Eben Ezer is seeking LPNs and RNs

All Shifts available. Eben Ezer is an independent, non-profit provider located on a beautiful campus in Brush offering long term care, short-term rehab, memory care, assisted and independent living. Located in Brush!, CO; an easy trip East of Denver on I-76  Click here for more information  


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



Hops for Hunger in Fort Collins July 18 benefits childhood hunger


Mustard Seed House Churches presents the third annual Hops for Hunger food drive and fundraiser for childhood hunger! 


Join us on Saturday, July 18 from 1-5PM at Pateros Creek Brewing Co. and CopperMuse Distillery (242 N. College Ave. in Fort Collins) for this family-friendly event. 100% of all food and funds collected will benefit KidsPak  and Mcbackpack, organizations that provide food for children living in food insecure households. 


Dunk tank, bouncy house, face painting, special cocktails, beer tapping, live music, and more! $1 from every beverage sold goes directly to feeding hungry children in our community. More info at this link.  Or email Pastor Andy.