Prayer of the Day

Almighty and ever-living God, increase in us your gift of faith, that, forsaking what lies behind and reaching out to what lies ahead, we may follow the way of your commandments and receive the crown of everlasting joy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


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

Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp
Brad Abbott
Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp
Dave Jarvis

Frazier Meadows
Boulder, Colorado
Robert Ritzen, AIM
Shepherd of the Valley Care Center
Casper, Wyoming
Marvin Skogen

Bishop Jim Gonia
  • California Lutheran University
  • Missional Gathering, Cheyenne, WY
  • Bethel, Windsor, CO
  • Dan Tisdel Ordination, Denver, CO
Pastor Ron Roschke 
  • RMS Global Mission Committee WebEx
  • Utah State Lutheran Campus Ministry Consultation
  • Preach at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Logan UT
Pastor Sarah Moening 
  • Faith Formation Network
  • Trinity, Hobbs, NM
  • Peace, El Paso, TX

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza
  • DEM transition
Pastor Kent Mueller   
  • King of Glory, Loveland, CO
  • Environmental Stewards Webex
  • Call process administration
  • New website work
Erin Power, Diaconal Minister
  • Reformation 500 trip to Germany
Ruth Hoffman - 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM  
  • Legislative Health & Human Services
  • Fairness Coalition
  • Medicaid Coalition, Albuquerque, NM
Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • CCLP Pathways from Poverty breakfast
  • AFDC Coalition meeting
  • King of Glory, Arvada, CO

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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


South Carolina Synod:
Message from Bishop Herman Yoos on Flooding

"The psalmist writes: "Therefore we will not fear though the waters rage and foam...for the Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our stronghold." These words express all too well the devastating floods that have inundated our state these past few days. Homes have been destroyed, cars have floated away, roads and dams have been broken, bridges have fallen and some lives lost.

The ELCA South Carolina Synod is deeply grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers for the people of South Carolina in the midst of severe flooding..."

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.

Cross of Christ, Broomfield, CO, raises funds for World Hunger at "Dive In" Sunday!

Pastor Kathy Armstrong takes her turn in the dunk tank to raise funds for world hunger!

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. 
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.

LFSRM Seeks a Manager of Special Events
and Community Relations

Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains is seeking an experienced Manager of Special Events and Community Relations for our Resource Development Program. This working manager position is responsible for directing all aspects of special events as well as managing relationships with local churches, and corporate partners to encourage giving. This person will be responsible for securing sponsorships, fundraising, campaigning and outreach. If this sounds like you or someone you know, please visit for more information!

Youth Ambassadors invited to partner with LFSRM to gain skills and assist the vulnerable
Attention high school and college students! Are you interested in pursuing a career in the nonprofit world? Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains (LFSRM) is looking for Youth Ambassadors to become advocates in their community by partnering with LFSRM staff. The Ambassadors will gain vital business knowledge and skills while learning the value of philanthropy in assisting the vulnerable in our communities. For more information please visit:

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!

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.

Outlaw Ranch in South Dakota presents Vibrant Faith Training School, April 10-15, 2016

Outlaw Ranch welcomes you to attend the Vibrant Faith Training School kickoff, April 10-15, 2016 in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.  Vibrant Faith First Third Training School  is a life-changing, faith-shaping experience that draws out the gifts and passions of students and channels their efforts toward creating a culture of spiritual vitality that enriches young and old alike.  

The tuition of $1,995 includes; a kick-off week retreat at Outlaw Ranch, nine months of learning experiences, and one-on-one personalized coaching.  Once completed, you'll earn a certificate in First Third of Life Ministry Leadership.  Visit to register today!     

Luther Seminary offers Lay School classes
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 at this link (corrected).

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.  

Part-time Custodian Needed
Augustana, Denver, CO

Augustana Lutheran Church is in need of a part-time custodian.  The position encompasses maintenance, cleaning, set-up and tear-down, and other duties as assigned. The expected working hours are 5:00 - 10:00 pm, four nights per week. If you are interested in finding out more about the position and/or are interested in applying, please contact Lisa Mikolajczak at (303) 388-4678 x103 or email your cover letter and resume to

2015 Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM
Advocacy Conference is November 7

The 2015 Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM Advocacy  Conference will be Saturday, November 7 at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Albuquerque (211 Jefferson NE 87108). The conference will take place from 9:00 am until 1 pm and the cost is $15 per person, including lunch. Our lunch speaker will be state Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino and breakout session topics will include advocacy basics, hunger, predatory lending and more. Plan now to attend and learn more about advocating for our many neighbors living in poverty. 

To register or for more information, contact Ruth Hoffman at or 505.984.8005.  Registration deadline: Nov. 3. 

St. Peter Pumpkin Patch now open 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 Pumpkin Patch is open daily through October 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

St. Francis:
Face to Face
A one-man "reader's theater" play
on the life and spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi
Tuesday October 27, 2015 at 7 pm at Cross of Hope Lutheran Church
6104 Taylor Ranch Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120
Free - please bring canned food for the Storehouse
So, was Francis crazy? Was he a fool? Crazy with Love? A fool for Christ embracing lepers and preaching to the birds? And just a bit mad to believe that God was proposing peace and non-violence as a way of life?  Come and decide for yourself!!! David Hoover brings to life this inspiring spiritual teacher from the past.
Hosted by Luther House & Lutheran Campus Ministry at UNM and CNM, Inscape Ministries, Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, and Campaign Nonviolence.  For more information contact Pastor Anne Morawski at or go to

Register Now for the 
Congregational Vitality Series
with the Rev. Scott Anderson
Oct 23 & 24

Leading Change in Congregations: 
Reaching Out & Avoiding Common Mistakes

Friday, Oct. 2
3 * Reception and Open House * 6 - 9 pm
NMCC's office, 
1019 2nd St. NW, Albq.
Cost is $50 per person
Rev. Anderson will discuss the Wisconsin Council of Churches' project with Parker Palmer, "Season of Civility"
Saturday, Oct. 24 *  9 am - 3 pm * St. John's UMC, Albuquerque
Lunch will be provided 
Cost is $35 per person

"Moving Back into the Neighborhood: Initial Steps in Transitional Work"
"Leading Change in Congregations: Some Common Mistakes"
Information and tickets 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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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! 

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 $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 and tickets at


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.

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.