Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, your sovereign purpose brings salvation to birth. Give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world, trusting that your kingdom comes and your will is done through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

2015 Prayer Cycle

ELCA Global Missions
Chicago, Illinios
Erik Roth, Japan

Region 2
Margy Schmitt Ajer

California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, California
Christopher Kimball 

Iliff School of Theology
Denver, Colorado
Rev. Tink Tinker

Pacific Lutheran Theological seminary
Berkeley, California
Rev. Shauna Hanna

Wartburg College West
Denver, Colorado
Rev. Bonita Bock,
Rev. Nelson Bock

Colorado Council of Churches
Denver, Colorado
Adrian Miller

New Mexico Conference of Churches
Bernalillo, New Mexico
Rev. Dr. Donna McNiel

Wyoming Association of Churches
Sheridan, Wyoming
Douglas Goodwin

Bishop Jim Gonia
  • Faith Formation Network
  • Missional Gathering-Border Conference
  • Cristo Rey, El Paso, TX
Pastor Ron Roschke 
  • First Call Theological Conference-Malibu CA
  • Operation One Nation Fund Raiser, Bethany, Cherry Hills CO
  • Preach at Well of Hope, Castle Pines, CO
  • Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp Board of Directors
Pastor Sarah Moening 
  • Interim Pastors Gathering
  • Faith Formation Network
  • Church Development Institute-Utah
  • St Matthew, Taylorsville, UT

Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • DEM transition
Pastor Kent Mueller   
  • Call process administration
  • New website work
  • Peace in Christ, Elizabeth, CO
Erin Power, Diaconal Minister
  • First Call Theological Conference-CA
  • Middle School Youth Gathering Planning 
Ruth Hoffman - 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM  
  • Medicaid Coalition
  • Vacation
Peter Severson - Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Colorado Social Legislation Committee Fall Forum
  • LAM-CO Policy Committee Meeting
  • Building a Better Colorado Forum
  • Together Colorado Metro Denver Caucus

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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



Celebrate with the ELCA in preparation for observances of Reformation 500 years

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is an opportunity to rejoice in the life-giving, liberating power of the gospel. As part of the observance, we invite you to attend the Grace Gathering, in partnership with the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. This will be an opportunity to experience the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) when gathered as the ELCA Churchwide Assembly, prepare for further observances of the 500th anniversary and reflect on how the Reformation can continue to guide us today. More information.

Two remaining conference gatherings

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. 



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

Not too late to register! Fee is now $160.
"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.

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

The kick-off retreat for the Youth Discipleship Team (formerly the LYO) is almost here!  The retreat will take place Nov. 19-20th, the Thursday night/Friday day before the Sr. High Gathering, at the Marriott West Hotel in Denver.  

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 youth displaying leadership in your congregation, please encourage them to attend!  The retreat is free for participants (the only costs will be dinner Friday night and seeing the midnight showing of the final Hunger Games movie).  For more information contact. Melanie Ferraro.  
You can fill out an online registration form here.  Registration is due this Friday, November 6th!
During the final months of your, many of our organizations invite special gifts. In Colorado, December 8 is a special day of giving. Be watching for additional organizations registered to receive gifts on that day!

Support the ministries of
RAINBOW TRAIL LUTHERAN CAMP through the Community First Foundation on Colorado Gives Day, December 8, 2015.  You can make a huge difference in this ministry by providing funds for camperships, summer staff salaries, site improvements, and much, much more. Mark your Calendars: December 8, 2015.  24 hours to Give Where You Live!  You can schedule your gift now at



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 11:30 am 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.  

Office Manager
Zion Lutheran Church, Loveland, Colorado

The congregation is seeking a full time, exempt office manager.  This position coordinates the administrative functions of the congregation with a focus on efficient and effective operations and procedures.  Zion has a strong tradition and network of office volunteers, so the office manager is expected to delegate many responsibilities, while holding the primary responsibility of office technology and communication, congregational records, budget management, and building coordination.  For more information, call the Zion office at 970-667-1836 or email  
invitation from Peace Lutheran Church, Las Cruces, NM



Mark your calendars for the November 12 CSLC Fall Forum:
Can We Afford to Live in Metro Denver Anymore?
A Showcase of Initiatives and Programs of CSLC Members
While the need for low income and affordable housing dwarfs the resources of any one organization or effort, many are trying to address this crisis.  Learn about what CSLC member organizations are doing related to renters organizing, transit oriented development, permanent supportive housing, rental vouchers, faith based initiatives, senior housing needs, and funding sources for housing developments.

When: Thursday, November 12, 2015
4:00- 6:30 p.m.
Where: Augustana Lutheran Church
5000 E Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80246

Free, no RSVP necessary. Food and refreshments will be served
There will also be information tables by our supporting cosponsors.
Download a flyer with event information.
Have something to share? 
Sign up to have an information table at the event.
For questions, contact Katy Fleury  or  Chaer Robert (303) 573-5559 x307 or

My Neighborhood/Homefront
from Sheikh Jarrah, an East Jerusalem neighborhood
Short films, chronicling the human impact of Israeli settlements and nonviolent efforts to prevent the displacement of Palestinian families
Saturday, November 14
4:00 pm - at the Lutheran Center
7375 Samuel Drive (near Boulder Turnpike and Pecos)
The stories of these Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers help us better understand how Israeli settlements are related to today's news. My Neighborhood tells the story of Mohammad El Kurd, a teenager whose family is forced to give up part of their home and live under the same roof as Israeli settlers and the unexpected support his family finds from Israeli allies.

Homefront includes three connected stories: an Israeli mother who becomes involved in the demonstrations when her children are arrested for protesting; a former Israeli soldier who takes on a leading role in the protests; and a Palestinian community organizer who spearheads the involvement of local women, even as her own home is threatened. 

--Sponsored by Rocky Mountain Synod Peace Not Walls 

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.