Bishop Jim Gonia

  • ELCA Youth Gathering, Detroit, MI

Pastor Ron Roschke 

  • Office catch-up
  • Memorial Service for Pr. Glenn Niebling
  • ELCA Worship Jubilee, Atlanta

Pastor Sarah Moening 

  • Call process interviews and implementation
  • Church Development Institute planning


Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza

  • Mission congregation accompaniment and ministry reviews

Pastor Kent Mueller   

  • St. Paul's/Peace Installation of Rev. Madelynn Johnston, Las Vegas, NM
  • Lutheran Center & Call Process Administration

Erin Power, Diaconal Ministry

  • Theological Conference planning
  • Ministry Reviews

Ruth Hoffman - 

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM  
  • Fairness Coalition
  • Interfaith Leadership
  • Legislative Health & Human Services Committee
  • NM Assoc of Food Banks
Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • ELCA Youth Gathering, Detroit, MI


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In This Issue

ELCA Youth Gathering begins today!

We lift up our RMS youth and adults this week as they Rise Up! together with 30,000 other ELCA youth in Detroit. We have youth participating from forty-four RMS congregations representing all ten conferences that will be present. Bishop Jim Gonia and Peter Severson, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry CO director, are attending from the Office of the Bishop.

Our Prayer:
Dear Gracious God, let the beauty and favor of you be with our ELCA youth, youth leaders, Gathering staff and volunteers, and the city of Detroit. May our youth know the life-changing power of You working through their
hands in Detroit. Bless the people and city of Detroit with the work You are doing through our youth's hands. Establish your Work in our hands.

Better Together Fund

Video: We are Church. Better together!


Paul & Lorraine Rumpeltes from Highlands Lutheran Church in Denver attended our Synod Assembly for the first time this past spring in Salt Lake. Hearing Bishop Eaton speak, seeing the mass of green shirts throughout Temple Square, and learning more about our wider expressions of Church were among the highlights. After experiencing how we are Better Together, Lorraine has responded with a gift of her time and gift for details, volunteering to be a part of the 2016 Assembly Elections team!  How will you be Better Together in the Rocky Mountain Synod? 

Consider a gift to the Better Together Fund

The Scriptures remind us that we are the Body of Christ, woven together for the sake of our witness to God's love and grace. As members of the ELCA we claim the power of being Christ's Church-Better Together.  

At our Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly in May the Synod Council announced the Better Together Fund, an opportunity for those passionate about our shared ministry as a synod and as a global church to set aside one dollar a day (or more) for the foundational work we do together.Learn more and give a gift online.


2015-16 RMS Events Poster: Many Voices. One Song.

Download and Print (11x17) this poster to display in your congregation. One color copy was mailed to each congregation in early July. 

Call or email for additional color copies. Download the Word version to copy/paste information into your congregation bulletins and newsletter! 


Download the .pdf version.

Register for the 
2015 RMSWO Fall Gathering


The RMSWO 2015 Fall Gathering is Sept. 18-20, 2015, in Colorado Springs, CO at First Lutheran Church. The theme will be "Walking Side by Side-Part 2"-Mark 6:7.

Please use the Gathering Registration form above which includes the correct mailing address. Further information is included on the Walking Side by Side Registration Explanation sheet above, such as the early bird deadline of JULY 31 and recommended hotels. See you in Colorado Springs September 18-20, 2015!

Your sister in Christ,
Anna Thompson
President, RMSWO

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.

Christ the King mission congregation in South Jordan, Utah, to close August 23

The Rocky Mountain Synod Council has made the difficult decision to close the mission congregation currently served by Pastor Emily Ewing in South Jordan, Utah. For the past nine years, this unique "storefront" ministry has faithfully witnessed to the Good News of Christ in the unique Utah context, and we give thanks for Pastor Emily's ministry.

The Service of Holy Closure will take place on Sunday, August 23 at 5 p.m. at 10318 Redwood Rd #16, South Jordan, UT 84095. All are invited to join with Bishop Gonia in giving thanks for this ministry as it comes to a conclusion.
Prayer Cycle
JULY 2015



Lutheran Church of the Servant Santa Fe, NM
Sonnie Erickson
Messiah Albuquerque, NM
Chris Heller
St Luke Albuquerque, NM
Russ Sorenson
St Paul Albuquerque, NM
Pat Holman



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

Pastor Todd Hawkins
Augustana Lutheran Church
5000 E Alameda Ave
Denver, CO
July 25 at 11:00 am

Pastor Christine Higuera Street
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
2654 West Builders Drive (5200 S. and 2700 W.)
Taylorsville, UT 
August 2 at 4 p.m.
Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your word. By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy, live according to it, and grow in faith and hope and love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


"God's work. Our hands." Sunday
is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America-one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.


The date for the 2015 dedicated day of service is Sunday, September 13. Mark your congregation's calendar today! In speaking about his congregation's 2014 experience, a 10-year-old member from St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Whittier, Calif., puts it best: "It feels good to give." More information at this link.

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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.



Congregations are stronger and
healthier through CDI training program


St. Makr's Aurora stained glass windowThe Church Development Institute (CDI) is a program for clergy and lay leaders focused on developing the spiritual community and organizational life of congregations to transform them by making them stronger, healthier, more deeply rooted in spirituality, more responsive to God, and more effective in their communities. CDI adpts research and experimentation of secular organizations to the Church's nature and mission through 110 hours of instruction delivered over eight weekends over the course of two years. CDI emphases the building of relationships in congregations and the wider church, demonstrating that we are "Better Together" especially since this is an opportunity provided to us through the Episcopal Church, USA.


Funding for scholarships is under consideration by the Rocky Mountain Synod Council. For more information, please contact Earline Bohling, Rocky Mountain Synod Vice President, at 


Church Development Institute Colorado


Church Development Institute Utah
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 9/20Augustana
1:30-3:30 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. 

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.

Prison ministry seeks donations of new greeting cards


One of the ministries that New Beginnings Worshipping Community in Denver offers is a Card Ministry. It ties many hearts together. Pastor Terry Schjang brings donated cards into the prison throughout the year. Women in the prison involved in the New Beginnings Card Ministry meet weekly to sort, stamp, and bundle cards. Three times per year, the women of the Card Ministry are honored to distribute 10,000-15,000 cards to the approximately 1000 women in the prison. The ministry continues as the women who receive cards then have the means to send them back outside to friends and loved ones, including their children. The circle continues as many hearts are tied together. If you are interested in donating new cards for this ministry, please email

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.



Director of Youth & Education Ministries 

Advent Lutheran Church Westminster, CO and St. Johnıs Lutheran Church ­ Thornton, CO

For questions or to submit resume: or


Augustana Vocal Ensemble



Urban Servant Corps, Denver, CO

Community Life Coordinator


Urban Servant Corps is hiring a part-time (20 hours/week) Community Life Coordinator! Please submit resume and cover letter to Executive Director, Krista Kilgus at: The position description can be found here:


Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator

Peace Lutheran Church, 1699 Belvidere St., El Paso, TX 79912. Complete job description available by contacting Peace Lutheran 915-584-1383 or email



Making Effective Decisions
in the Congregation

retro-blue-squares-banner.gifSaturday, August 8, 2015, 10 am-3pm
Community of Joy, Rio Rancho, NM

Tuesday, September 15, 3 to 8:00pm 
at the Lutheran Center, Denver, CO


Making effective decisions allows pastors, councils and congregations to work together to bring our many voices into the song of the Gospel. Understanding how we make decisions and how groups make decisions is a critical aspect of being church together-carrying out our Mission-and building God's kingdom. 

The workshop explores three key elements of effective decision-making:

  • Communications styles and how they affect understanding
  • The role of interests in individual and group decision-making
  • The importance of active listening in decision-making and problem-solving

Workshop leaders are Rev Sarah Moening, Assistant to the Bishop, RMSELCA, and Rich Nelson, a member of Community of Joy Lutheran Church in Rio Rancho, NM, with more than forty years experience in helping groups make effective decisions.The workshop is part of the Congregational Ministry Board's program in the Rocky Mountain Synod.


We are encouraging pastors, council presidents, church councils, and congregational leaders to attend. Please register with Rich Nelson:





 People need to call by August 1 if they plan on attending. C
all Alena Lamarato at 307.684.7872




"Soulful Sunday"

Presented by the Colorado Council of Churches and Capitol Hill United Ministries 

Sunday, August 2, 12:00pm

Park Hill United Methodist Church

5209 Montview Blvd, Denver


Soulful Sunday will be a time of fellowship and worship that will give a diverse group of people of faith an opportunity to get to know one another. The day will begin with a potluck lunch, followed by a brief worship service and communion, and concluding with additional time for fellowship and relationship-building.

The goal is for predominantly black and predominantly white congregations to enter into fellowship and commit to building a relationship. Congregations can decide what form that relationship might take.

Clergy are invited to bring yourselves, your congregants, and enough potluck food & drink to feed the number of people you're expecting to bring.

RSVP at this link: Soulful Sunday. Questions can be directed to Adrian Miller,





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.





So, What are You Doing with Your Life? And Why?

Sat., Aug 22, 2015, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

The Lutheran Center, Denver

Vocation is bigger than your job. It is your baptismal life in the world-the way you respond to God's call and grace. It is as big as your life in the world. Dr. Kurt Hendel, recently retired faculty member from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, joins Pastors Zach Parris and Ron Roschke to explore how we engage in this baptismal vocation. The workshop will offer tools and practices for discerning your vocation. This retreat is part of El Camino Colorado, the vocational discernment program of Lutheran Campus Ministry-CU Boulder. For more information, including registration, please visit this link.