Prayer of the Day

Sovereign God, you turn your greatness into goodness for all the peoples on earth. Shape us into willing servants of your kingdom, and make us desire always and only your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

2015 Prayer Cycle

U.S Army
Ft. Belvoir, Virginia
Lawrence Closter
U.S Navy
Port Orchard, Washington
Michael Greenwalt
Poudre Valley Hospital
Ft Collins, Colorado
Michael Lundgren

Presbyterian Health Care
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Janet Morse, Don Thurn
Sky Ridge Medical Center
Centennial, Colorado
Laurie Jeddeloh

Exempla Good Samaritan Center
Lafayette, Colorado
Jennifer LaVie, DM

Mercy Regional Medical Center
Durango, Colorado
Pastor Josh Magyar

Bishop Jim Gonia
  • Synod Council
  • 50th Anniversary - Faith in Eaton
  • Visit to LSTC
Pastor Ron Roschke 
  • Staff meeting
  • Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Vocation Conference (Lily Foundation), Indianapolis, IN
  • Endorsement panels at Luther Seminary, St. Paul MN
  • Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago IL
Pastor Sarah Moening 
  • Interim Pastors Gathering
  • Installation for Youth at Advent/St John's
  • Synod Council meeting

Pastor Stephanie Quick Espinoza
  • DEM transition
Pastor Kent Mueller   
  • Call process administration
  • New website work
  • Synod Council meeting
Erin Power, Diaconal Minister
  • Reformation 500 trip to Germany
Ruth Hoffman - 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM  
  • Fairness Coalition
  • Medicaid Coalition
  • Affordable Housing Task Force
  • Synod Council
Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Housing Colorado Now Conference
  • Synod Council meeting
  • Peace, Sterling, 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. Download the document now for use on the October 25.

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. 




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



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.

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!     


115 Chairs Free to a Good Home!

Holy Shepherd, Lakewood, CO, has 115 mostly new, metal chairs with blue fabric seat and back. You may take all or a few. Please pick up here at Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church, 920 Kipling Street, Lakewood, CO 80215. Call the office for information, 303 233-2740 - .

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.  

Seeking LPNšs and RNšs at Ebenezer Care Center

Ebenezer Care Center, Brush, Colorado is seeking LPNs and RNs to Join the Eben Ezer Team. We offer new grades an exciting place to start their career with a reputation for the highest quality of care for over 100 years. We offer consistent assignments and great benefits. Apply by October 15, 2015 to qualify for a Sign-on Bonus. For more information and to apply please go to or stop by 122 Hospital Road, Brush, CO 80723.  Contact Carolyn Mickey, Nursing Home Administrator at (970)842-2861, ext. 213 or .
Director of Music (part time)
Shepherd of the Hills, Fort Collins

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, Colorado is seeking a Director of Music (part-time) to plan and implement liturgical worship services  and to facilitate participation of musical ensembles in the worship setting and in outreach opportunities. For more information please visit

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
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

this weekend!
RMS Night at the Orchestra! RMSELCA $5 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


Parish House Baroque: Tapestries of Harmony

Friday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.       
Sunday, October 25, 4:30 p.m.

In the First Lutheran Parish House travel back to the golden age of music with Parish House Baroque, Colorado Springs' early music ensemble, and enjoy a feast of musical treasures by Purcell, Gibbons, Boyce, Bertali, Handel, and Pergolas. Featuring Elisa Wicks and Terri Moon, baroque violin; Pam Chaddon, baroque cello; Nancy Andrew, baroque flute; and Eric Wicks, harpsichord. 
Tickets are available at the reception desk at First Lutheran Church during the week (8:00 am to 5:30 pm.)  They will be available at the door the day of the performance as long as tickets are still available.

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.
Conversations about Religious Freedom

Gather with leaders from across the state to hear from National Director of The Interfaith Alliance, Rabbi Jack Moline, and to discuss what is happening with this issue at the national level, and here in Colorado.
What: Clergy Lunch to explore Religious Freedom
Where: Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St., Denver
When: Wednesday, October 28, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Email with questions:
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

This week! - 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.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Fort Collins
Alternative Giving Fair and Market
Saturday, November 7, 9:00 to 4:00
Sunday, November 8, 9:00 to 12:00
Please join us for the annual Alternative Giving Fair and Market at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1200 South Taft Hill Road, Fort Collins. Every purchase you make
gives someone hope for a better life. The Alternative Giving Fair supports Fair Trade and provides an alternative to traditional Holiday gifts. Beautiful, handcrafted items created by people around the world- give a gift this season that gives back to the world!
Free Admission. Coffee, soup and baked items available for freewill donations to benefit Homelessness Prevention.

1200 South Taft Hill Road
Fort Collins, Colorado
Every purchase you make gives someone hope for a better life. All "Fair" participants are non-profit organizations.