Prayer of the Day

Sovereign God, you have created us to live in loving community with one another. Form us for life that is faithful and steadfast, and teach us to trust like little children, that we may reflect the image of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


All are invited to the
Ordination of
Daniel Tisdel
to the office of
Word and Sacrament
Sunday, October 11, 7 p.m.
Our Saviors Lutheran Church
915 E 9th Ave, Denver, CO
Reception following
Rostered leaders: vest and process, color red

2015 Prayer Cycle
Prince of Peace  Denver, CO 

Risen Lord  Conifer, CO  
Stefan Rickman 

Saint Peter 
Greenwood Village, CO      
David Risendal 

St. Philip  Littleton, CO     Nathan Doerr, Brad Doty


Colorado State University

University of Colorado 
Zachary Parris

University of New Mexico   
Anne Morawski 

New Mexico State University
Jared Carson

University of Northern Colorado
Debra Abbott 

University of Utah 

Utah State University
Scott Thalacker 

University of Wyoming

Bishop Jim Gonia
  • Staff Meeting
  • Conference of Bishops, Chicago, IL
Pastor Ron Roschke 
  • Staff Meeting
  • Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains Board meeting
  • Preach at First Lutheran, Longmont CO
  • Mustard Seed House Church, Northern Colorado, Review 
  • El Camino Colorado (Lutheran Campus Ministry at CU-Boulder)
  • Meeting with Lutheran Campus Ministry at University of Wyoming, Laramie
  • Companion Synod Committee WebEx
Pastor Sarah Moening 
  • Staff Meeting
  • Shepherd of the Valley, Grand Junction, CO
  • All Saints, Albuquerque, NM

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza
  • Staff Meeting
  • Mission congregation accompaniment and ministry reviews
Pastor Kent Mueller   
  • Staff Meeting
  • Lutheran Center & Call Process Administration
  • New website work
  • Region 2 Communicators WebEx
Erin Power, Diaconal Ministry
  • Staff Meeting
  • Mount Calvary, Colorado Springs, CO, Ministry Review
  • El Camino, CU Campus Ministry, Boulder, CO
Ruth Hoffman - 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM  
  • Staff Meeting
  • Christ, Santa Fe, NM
Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Rainbow Trail Grace Race 5K
  • Zion, Trinidad, CO
  • Social service agency visits, Pueblo, CO

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2015 Theological Conference

YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, Colorado


2015 Senior High Youth Gathering




Middle School Youth Gathering
Hotel Elegante
Colorado Springs, CO 

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


Rev. Judith VanOsdol named new RMS Director of Evangelical Mission
Rev. Judith VanOsdol is the new Director for Evangelical Mission (DEM) for the Rocky Mountain Synod. She is called to this work by the Congregational and Synodical Mission (CSM) Unit of the ELCA. Pastor VanOsdol has a passion for mission and is deeply excited to begin work with the congregations and missional leaders of the Rocky Mountain Synod. 

Most recently Pastor VanOsdol has been serving as the DEM for the Upstate New York Synod. Prior to that, she served as a mission redeveloper for El Milagro/The Miracle Lutheran Church-- a bilingual/Latino community in South Minneapolis, including work with the Latino Strategy for the Twin Cities. For many years, she served as an ELCA Missionary in Latin America, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, first in parish ministry and Synodical leadership with the Argentine/ Uruguayan Lutheran Church, (IELU) then as Continental Director for Women's Ministries and Gender Justice with the Latin American Council of Churches, (CLAI) in leadership development and strategic planning with teams in 21 countries, focusing on such issues as economic justice, human rights, and overcoming violence in all its forms. 

Rev. Judith VanOsdol is a published author in both English and Spanish, served on several ecumenical and international boards and as presenter at numerous international conferences, including a UN general assembly and summit meetings of the United Nations and UNFPA. In 2009, she was named Distinguished Alumna at Philadelphia Seminary for her international service and work in Human Rights. Prior to missionary service, Rev. VanOsdol served parishes in Chicago, IL, and Pittsford, NY. 

Pastor VanOsdol was graduated from Cornell University (languages/ linguistics) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, with further studies at LSTC and Luther Seminary, as well as studies in Human Rights in Latin America. She is the mother of two (nearly) grown children, Daniel and Lia Hansen, and is joyful about beginning this new chapter of ministry together with God's people and faith communities of the Rocky Mountain Synod.

Portico Health Plan Overview is October 5

You are invited to attend a Portico Benefits 2016 Health Plan Overview, presented by Regional Representative, Andrea Arey. This is a great opportunity to learn about the health plan and how your benefits work together to enhance your well-being.
Where: Abiding Hope, 6337 S Robb Way, Littleton, CO 
When: Monday, October 5, 2015
Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Please RSVP by emailing Andrea Arey so we can be sure to have enough resources.

Worship resource provided for RMS "Church Together" Sunday on October 25

Our "Church Together" Sunday is an invitation for Rocky Mountain Synod congregations to worship in unity with one another, sharing together their Many Voices in One Song. You will use your typical worship experience, sharing words of the provided "Narrative Eucharist" throughout the liturgy, as a replacement for the Sunday sermon. The document includes some suggested hymns.
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. 




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 12/5Community of Joy
Rio Rancho, NM
10 a.m.-noon



Campus Ministry Retreat is October 9-11 at Sky Ranch

ALL college students in the Rocky Mountain Synod are invited to attend the Lutheran Campus Ministry Fall Retreat Oct. 9-11 at Sky Ranch.  This year, we will be talking about vocation with conversations led by Rev. K. Monet Rice, Chaplain at Wake Forest University.  Cost of the retreat is $15 and we can help organize transportation to Sky Ranch.  We are especially interested in reaching out to students without an organized LCM presence on their campus.  For more information contact Pr. Zach Parris at 


Senior High
Youth Gathering 
November 20 - 22, 2015
Denver Marriott West
West Denver, Colorado

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.
"Cornerstone" volunteers needed for youth gatherings
Cornerstone is an important piece of the High School and Middle School Youth Gatherings held each year by the Rocky Mountain Synod. As Cornerstone you will help facilitate the gathering experience from setting up for the weekend, leading a bible study, setting a safe environment for participants or simply being a good listener and friend.  

Cornerstone is the foundation for the gathering and their help is greatly appreciated by the planning team and those at the gathering.  If you are interested in being apart of the Cornerstone Team for the Senior High Youth Gathering, November 20-22, please e-mail Eric Plothow at or Kathryn Seyfarth at for the application.

Middle School
Youth Gathering
January 15 - 17, 2016
Hotel Eleganté
& Conference Center

Colorado Springs, Colorado 


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. Currently the amount raised is $35,670.

Seeking two RMS youth to represent us at the ELCA Youth Leadership Summit, Nov 5-8

We are seeking two RMS youth to represent the RMS at the ELCA Youth Leadership Summit Nov. 5-8 near Omaha.  Cost will be covered by the RMS. The ELCA Youth Leadership Summit is an annual gathering for youth leaders and adults from across this church.  

This summit focuses on leadership development, faith formation, and building connections for high school youth in the ELCA. The Youth Leadership Summit is a shared ministry between ELCA Youth Ministry and SYMBOL Networks. Participants are expected to share their experience at the Youth Discipleship Team gathering Thursday night before the Sr. High Gathering.  If you know someone who is interested, contact Melanie Ferraro by Oct. 1. More info.

Calling Awesome Youth Leaders for the new RMS Youth Discipleship Team!

From Nov. 19-20 we will kick-off the first official gathering of the Youth Discipleship Team (formerly LYO) for the RMS!  

YDT is meant to empower youth as current leaders in the Church, to provide a space for youth voice, and to show youth the greater Church.  If you have awesome youth leaders in your congregation, please encourage them to come!  Room and board will be provided and we are seeking funding to cover transportation costs.  For more information contact  Melanie Ferraro.  Deadline to register is Nov. 1!

"Empty Arms:" 
A Grandparents Grief Group
New this fall will be a grandparent's grief group called "Empty Arms" at Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village.
If you are a grieving grandparent, or know of someone who has experienced the loss of a grandchild through stillbirth, miscarriage, or infant loss, no matter if recent or years ago, please consider joining this 5 week group.
The facilitators are Pat Guittar & Pat Birznieks, who are also grieving grandparents.
The group will meet at Bethany Lutheran in the Library on Monday evenings starting on October 5 through November 2 from 7:00 -8:30 p.m. A second session is scheduled in 2016 for Mondays February 22 through March 21.
For more information or to register, please e-mail Pat Guittar.

"Lift Up Your Hearts:" A new Support Group for those with heart disease and loved ones

If you are well-acquainted with words like cardiomyopathy, ablation, ICD, cardioversion, tachycardia, and atrial-fibrillation and you would like to gather with others for conversation, encouragement, learning, and support, a new group is being formed in the south Denver area.

Send an email to
Kent Mueller to express your interest and to note which days of the week (Monday through Thursday) you would be available to meet. The group is being formed by Kent and his wife, Elizabeth Izant--who knows way too much about those "heart" words above. 
RTLC Confirmation Retreat, November 6-8!

Bring your Confirmation class to Rainbow Trail for a fulfilling weekend together in the mountains. The theme for the weekend will be "Holy Humor: Our Lord, Our Life, Our Laughter."  Pastor Russ Britton of Bethany Lutheran Church in Denver will be leading large group sessions and small group discussions, allowing for great conversation and meaningful takeaways for these youth.  "Pastor Russ will help us look at our lives of faith through the joy God wishes for us. We'll explore how the confirmation promises might equip our joy and prepare us for the less joyful parts of life.  It seems to Pastor Russ that smiles, laughter, and times of joy are all a part of that."

Prices for the weekend are $85/youth ($25 non-refundable deposit), and $60/adult leader.  

Register online, or contact Ben Jarvis at or 719-276-5233 with any questions.

Rainbow Trail's Ninth Annual Grace Race: Registration Is Now Open

RAINBOW TRAIL is hosting its 9th Annual Grace Race to benefit the ELCA World Hunger appeal on Saturday, October 3, 2015 with a 9:00 am start.  

This is a 5K run/walk around beautiful Sloan's Lake in south Denver. There will be food and refreshments for all participants following the race.  The entry fee is $30 before September 25th and $35 after that date.  

You can register for the race after that date and even on the day of the race; however we can't guarantee you'll get one of the cool long sleeve tech shirts from the race after September 25.  You don't have to be a runner to make a difference. Parents with baby strollers, grandparents with grand kids, and runners and walkers of all types participate. 

Encourage the members of your congregation to participate.  Come join us for a great day in the park for a great cause.  You can register on-line!  To learn more and to register, go to Bring your friends and family or your whole youth group.  They are hoping for 300 participants. 

Over the past 8 years, we have raised almost $38,000.  Help RTLC raise another $10,000 for ELCA World Hunger this year! If your congregation would be interested in being a sponsor of the race, please contact Dave Jarvis at 719-276-5233.  They'll get your church logo on our race shirt!  See you October 3rd!


Women of the ELCA - RMS Fall Gathering
By Susan Mitchell 

Women from WELCA units in 3 Rocky Mountain Synod states (New Mexico, Colorado & Wyoming) met in Colorado Springs Sept. 19-20 for their Fall Gathering Event, held at First Lutheran Church. We were Church--Better Together!

There were worship and fellowship opportunities, and offerings were received to support 3 areas: 1) Sarah's Home, a Colorado-based group home for young girls ages 13-17 who have been rescued from human trafficking, 2) the Solar Project for Phoebe Hospital in Liberia, a WELCA Churchwide project which every Synod is supporting, and 3) an offering to benefit various ministries in the Rocky Mountain Synod.

Some of the workshops presented were: Immigration Issues led by Attorney Anastasia DelCarpio of Lutheran Family Services - Rocky Mountains (Denver), Biblical Storytelling by Pam Faro of Broomfield, CO, a Prayer Walk around the First Lutheran neighborhood led by Cathie White of Grace Lutheran in Colorado Springs, Caregiving by Kent Matthews , Program Director of Family Caregiver Support Center at the Pikes Peak Council. Nine fleece blankets were also cut & tied--and delivered to the 9 young women living at Sarah's Home.

It was an inspiring time, and over 40 women participated. We hope to have 100 women come to the 12th Biennial Convention (September 16-18, 2016) at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Items available for free
St. Paul's Lutheran, Cheyenne, has fluorescent lights that fit in a Kone elevator, shorter in length than the T-10s and 12s that are used as lighting in rooms and hallways.

They also have several dozen choir robes, mostly blues (some cottons, and some iridescent blues of different intensities), a couple maroon colored and a couple black.  There are also satin collars to go with the darker iridescent blue robes. Contact Molly at for details.

Lay School classes offered by Luther Seminary

Luther Seminary has developed a series on Lutheran theology and the Lutheran church designed especially for training and education prior to the observance of the 500th year of the Reformation. Several of these classes are available online/webcasts. Information:

Faith Formation webinar is November 5

The Lutheran Campus Ministry Network (LCMNet) has scheduled a webinar entitled "Faith Formation in Young Adults" for Thursday, November 5, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. The webinar will be led by Dr. Roland Martinson, and is designed for Lutheran Campus Ministry staff and other professionals who work with young adults. Please contact Don Romsa ( for more information on this free webinar.


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 Maria Sutton 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.  

Faith Formation/Cross+Generational Minister 
(part time)
King of Glory Lutheran Church, Loveland, CO
The Faith Formation/Cross+Generational Minister will be responsible for helping develop a cradle to grave Faith Formation Ministry.  While the emphasis and majority of work will be on the first third of life (overseeing Sunday morning children and youth programming), we are looking for a passionate leader to also work with our families and seniors to plan cross+generational activities.  Request a full job description from or call 970-669-5983. Website:
Lutheran Social Service of Utah Is Disaffiliated
from the ELCA Social Ministry Network

Lutheran Social Service of Utah, which has carried on social ministry on behalf of the ELCA for over twenty years, was disaffiliated as a social ministry organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America effective August 14, 2015.  

In a letter to the organization, Ms. Josselyn Bennett, Director for Justice and Poverty Ministries for the ELCA, also informed the agency of its termination as a member of Lutheran Services in America which networks the social service ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The agency's affiliate status with Lutheran Disaster Response was also ended. 

The termination came after a ninety day probationary period during which the Executive Director and Board of LSS Utah were encouraged to address issues that rendered the agency out of compliance with ELCA policies for social ministry organizations, including a recent reorganization under the name Mosaic Inter-Faith Ministries which was carried out without the required consultation with the agency's corporate members. The ELCA congregations of Utah, which founded LSS Utah under the name, Utah Lutheran Social Ministry Organization, were the organization's corporate members.  

Despite disaffiliation and a new identity, the agency has indicated it may continue to do business under the name Lutheran Social Service of Utah. However, this does not change that fact that the agency no longer represents the ELCA, the Rocky Mountain Synod, or the congregations of the Utah Conference.  

While we mourn the loss of this agency as part of the largest faith-based social ministry organization in the United States, the RMS Office of the Bishop and Synod Council, together with our colleagues in the Churchwide offices, will be working with the Utah Conference to envision a path forward for carrying out social ministry in Utah on behalf of our whole church.


St. Peter Pumpkin Patch opens October 3 in Carlsbad, NM
The St. Peter Pumpkin Patch is a charitable fundraiser with all proceeds being donated to local not-for-profit organizations in Carlsbad, NM, as well as mission-partner, Iglesia Luterana Christo Rey in El Paso, TX.  This year's local recipients include: Packs for Hunger (a local group that sends backpacks, filled with food items, home with school children every Friday, who would otherwise not have food to eat over the weekend, or holiday breaks), and the Carlsbad Teen Court.  Thrivent Financial also provides matching funds.  The pumpkins are provide, on consignment, by the Navajo Nation in Farmington, NM.
The unloading of the pumpkins has become an annual community event with dozens of volunteers from local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Club, the Carlsbad Fire department, other area Youth Groups, and many more! Unloading of this year's pumpkins will take place at 8:00 am, October 3. - ALL ARE WELCOME to come out and help unload; a cook out lunch is provided for all volunteers!  
The Pumpkin Patch will be open daily October 3 - 31.  Story-time for area Pre-schools is offered every Tuesday & Thursday morning during the month of October (please contact St. Peter Lutheran Church 575-887-3033 to make a reservation!)
LOCATION: St. Peter Lutheran Church
       1302 W. Pierce Street
       Carlsbad NM 88220
HOURS: Monday ­ Friday: 3:00 ­- 7:00 pm
           Saturday: 10:00 am ­- 7:00 pm
           Sunday: 1:00 ­- 5:00 pm

2015 Catholic Immigrant Integration Conference

October 2, 2015
9:30am - 6:30pm Conference
6:30pm - 8:30pm Dinner
Cathedral High School, 1309 N. Stanton Street, El Paso, Texas 79902
Free Event
Linda Hartke, President and CEO, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, is one of the presenters on the topic of Rethinking the Border from the Faith Perspective. The conference is presented by The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS), Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR), Hope Border Institute, and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).

More information at this link:

To attend this free event in El Paso, Texas, register at


The Original Faith-Based Enrichment Program
Helping Married Husbands & Wives Find Greater Joy Together

Your church can help married couples find more joy together by making them aware of our Fall 2015 Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend in Sheridan, Wyoming.
November 13 - 15, 2015  -  Sheridan, Wyoming
Married husbands & wives can apply at
Contact John & Nancy Orwig  307-684-2700 for more information. But hurry! Pre-registration is required and Weekends fill fast!
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Or download our FREE print-ready Bulletin Insert, Hallway Poster, or Video Board Slide 
to use in your church bulletin, hallway bulletin boards, or worship services!
RMS Night at the Orchestra! RMSELCA discount!
"Stratus Chamber Orchestra" is at Augustana October 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Did you know that the Rocky Mountain Synod has its own amazing orchestra? Formerly the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, Augustana Arts is proud to announce the orchestra's new name: Stratus Chamber Orchestra! A very enjoyable concert is planned to kick off the season, with a special invitation to RMS congregations to enjoy "RMS Night at the Orchestra" with a special $5 discount. Use coupon code RMSELCA at checkout! You are guaranteed to have your spirits lifted and be surprised what a top notch musical experience awaits you! Info at


Urban Servant Corps Fall Festival & Silent Auction is October 1

Thursday, October 1 from 6-8pm
Mercury Cafe (2199 California St.) in Denver

Urban Servant Corps thrives because of community support -- and YOU are that community! Please join us for an evening of celebrating 28 years of service offered by dedicated, inspiring Urban Servant Corps volunteers at this Silent Auction event! You will be supporting this mission: Urban Servant Corps is faith-based, intentional community of full-time volunteers who seek to live simply while serving and accompanying those most in need at non-profit partner agencies in the heart of Denver. Many desirable auction items will be up for bid (restaurant gift cards, day trips, mountain get-aways, and more)! Food and beverages will be provided. Tickets: $20.

This event is sponsored by Thrivent. If you are a Thrivent member, bring a non-Thrivent member along and both of your tickets will be paid for! You'll also have the opportunity to hear about Thrivent Choice Dollars and Action Teams! Please RSVP to:

Faith. Hope. Abundant Life.
Ascension, Colorado Springs, hosts two workshops  October 10

On Saturday October 10 at Ascension Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs,  Dr. Johnson, a psychologist and specialist in Spiritual Formation for adults (boomers, builders and elders) will offer two separate workshops available to the public. The following workshops will be provided:

9:30 AM - 12 PM: The 12 Keys to Nurturing Faith
Dr. Johnson will focus on the 12 keys to nurturing and living a vibrant faith in Christ, especially as it pertains to maturing adults.

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM: Retirement as a Spiritual Journey
This workshop approaches retirement from a totally different viewpoint than any other Retirement preparation/enrichment workshop, in that it begins and ends with the solid conviction that the primary purpose of retirement is to maximize life by developing an ever-enriching relationship with Jesus.

Dr. Johnson has written many articles and 40 books all focused upon God's expansive grace in the maturing years of life and spirituality. His fresh ideas and enthusiasm on the spiritual aspects of adult development and aging have inspired scores of maturing adults to follow their hearts and live more abundant lives in Christ. He is a dynamic, engaging, and compassionate teacher who delights in seeing all he works with grow personally and spiritually. 

Ascension Lutheran Church is located at 2505 North Circle Drive, Colorado Springs. There is no cost for these workshops. Please direct any questions you may have to Mary Stoneback. Cell: (303) 475-4886 or send an email to Please note lunch is not provided. You are welcome to bring a sack lunch and eat on-site. Brochures with local restaurants and fast food options will also be available.

New Beginnings Chow Hall Gala is October 9

The women of New Beginnings Worshipping Community at the Denver Women's Correctional Facility invite you to their Chow Hall Gala. Although the women are not allowed out to attend, they will be present in spirit! You are invited to come and learn more about this ministry that transforms shattered lives from fearful isolation to restored wholeness.
The Chow Hall Gala is at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda, Denver, on Friday, October 9, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per seat or $280 for a table of 8.  Reserve seats or a table at OSLC915@gmail.comor call 303-831-7023.

CROSS+GEN Conference at Estes Park, October 5-8

If you're tired of recruiting Sunday School teachers, get in on the conversation and design of Cross+Gen Worship and Faith Formation for the post-television generation! The Faith Inkubators Foundation is hosting its second annual conference on replacing Sunday School with Cross+Gen faith communities on Oct 5-8 at Estes Park's YMCA of the Rockies.
90% of the Case Studies presented are from ELCA churches across the country who have pioneered methods, models and materials to bring "the wisdom of the elder and the wonder of the child into the same sacred space every week at church." Check out for information

Annual Global Gift Fair is Nov 7 & 8 at Atonement, Lakewood, CO

Atonement Lutheran Church will be hosting its annual Global Gift Fair this year. Dates will be Sat. Nov 7 & Sun. Nov. 8. Times: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Location: Atonement Lutheran Church, 6281 W. Yale, Lakewood, CO 80227. Phone: 303 985-1122. The church is located on the north side of Yale Ave.
between Sheridan & Wadsworth. The parking lot is on the north side of the church.

Nov. 7 Symposium on Food, Religion, Culture, and Social Justice

Join the Colorado Council of Churches for Just Food, an inaugural symposium lifting up issues at the intersection of food, religion, culture, and social justice. The goal is to move congregations along the journey from food charity to food justice through a deeper understanding of the root causes of hunger. Christian perspectives on food and culture will be offered, but anyone is invited!
When: Saturday, November 7, 2015, 8:00am-4:00pm
Where: Iliff School of Theology, Shattuck Hall, 2323 E Iliff Ave
Cost: $15 per person by October 15. Register at this link.

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-Colorado is offering six (6) scholarships for this event (max of 2 per congregation). If you are interested, please contact Peter Severson: 303-777-6700 or

October 11-18: Week of Action on Food

Get ready for Churches' Week of Action on Food, October 11-18! ELCA World Hunger invites congregations and hunger teams to join this opportunity for Christians around the world to act and speak out on food justice issues. More information can be found here.

How can you get involved?
Activate your congregation in urging Congress to support the Global Food Security Act of 2015. Consider fasting on World Food Day (Oct. 16) and pray for those who go hungry each day. Visit the ELCA World Hunger blog to find resources you can use with children, youth and adults in your congregation to learn more about faith, food, and caring for God's world. Coordinate a food drive in your congregation with the help of ELCA World Hunger's Road Map to Food Drives. Become informed through the Zero Hunger Challenge. Take a special offering on Sunday, Oct. 18, and support ELCA World Hunger's commitment to fighting hunger in nearly 60 countries, including the United States.

Seeking team: social message on gender-based violence

Interested in helping your congregation fight gender-based violence in your community? The ELCA is in the process of developing a Social Message on Gender Based Violence that will come before the ELCA Church Council this November. All expressions of the ELCA, including synods and congregations, will be encouraged to address the issues identified in this statement.

The Rocky Mountain Synod is putting together a team to develop a strategy for addressing these concerns. If you are interested in learning more about this team and/or joining us, or know someone in your congregation who would be interested, contact Judy Lounsberry, , 303-347-2158, or Linda Jantzen,, 303-794-4489.