Prayer of the Day

Almighty God our Father, your generous goodness comes to us new every day. By the work of your Spirit lead us to acknowledge your goodness, give thanks for your benefits, and serve you in willing obedience, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

2015 Prayer Cycle

ELCA Churchwide Ministries and Staff
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and the staff of ELCA Churchwide Ministries
Bishop Jim Gonia
  • Dean's WebEx
  • Preach-Tabor Pueblo
Pastor Ron Roschke 
  • Vacation
Pastor Sarah Moening 
  • Dean's WebEx

Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • DEM transition
  • Dean's WebEx
Pastor Kent Mueller   
  • Call process administration
  • New website work
  • Faith Formation Conference Coordinators
Erin Power, Diaconal Minister

Ruth Hoffman - 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM  
  • Medicaid Advisory Committee
  • Vacation
Peter Severson- Lutheran Advocacy
Ministry, CO
  • SPPO Conference Call


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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


Observe Refugee Sunday in Advent
read Bishop Gonia's letter and use the Litany for Refugees 

The Rocky Mountain Synod Council, upon the request of our Synod's Global Mission Committee, has asked congregations to declare one Sunday in Advent 2015 as "Refugee Sunday." Please select a Sunday in Advent to use the
Litany for Refugees, Immigrants, and Asylees. The Litany can be customized for the specific day in which you use it. 
Sentences for the day, linked to the propers from the Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary, are provided in the document. 

On the Sunday you select as Refugee Sunday, read the letter from Bishop Gonia in worship. Additional worship materials, bulletin inserts, videos and other resources are available from Lutheran Refugee and Immigration Services. 

Please encourage your congregation members to donate to Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service or to Lutheran Disaster Response to alleviate the suffering of refugees and migrants through Lutheran partners in Hungary, Serbia and the Lutheran World Federation. Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains has provided additional information on Syrian Refugees. You may donate to Refugee resettlement specifically on the RMS territory through a gift to LFS designated for refugee and asylee services. 

Invite congregation members to sign a petition addressed to President Barack Obama to accept Refugee Council USA's recommendation to our government to admit 200,000 refugees, including 100,000 refugees from Syria, in 2016. The petition can be signed online or downloaded for handwritten signatures.

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

Colorado Springs, Colorado 

Missional Gathering "Sister Act"
resources and more available online

Those who attended our fall Missional Gatherings under the theme, "Many Voices, One Song" enjoyed the opportunity for conversation, especially around the clips from the "Sister Act" movie. 

The PowerPoint presentation with the embedded clips, as well as the scripts and questions, are available for download. Go to this link for access to the documents in a shared Dropbox folder.

Advent 2015 Resources from "LEAD"

"LEAD" equips leaders and churches with coaches, immersions, and resources. During Advent 2015 "LEAD" has created a series of resources for Advent, including weekly Advent worship resources with bulletin covers that can be colored by participants and then merged together to create a colorful small mural when complete. Take part in coloring as a unique spiritual practice.

Find all of the resources at this link. Be certain to scroll down the page to find the worship resources and also various graphics for reproducing.

If you're shopping anyway...

We certainly aren't encouraging you to focus on the commercial aspect of Christmas... but if you're likely to purchase some items online from Amazon anyway, a small percentage will be donated by Amazon to the Rocky Mountain Synod if you use this link as your entry point to Amazon. 

Bethany Lutheran Church presents - The European Reformation, June 10-21, 2016

This very special tour will focus on the life and impact of Martin Luther and the Reformation. We'll stop at all the Luther sites and more - Wittenberg, Leipzig, Eisleben, Erfurt, Cologne, Mainz, Works, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Augsburg and Munich. Land tour price is $2369 per person based on double occupancy includes most meals, accommodations and the services of a professional Tour Director. Travel Protection is available for an additional $209 per person. Group air can also be purchased for $2083 per person or make your own arrangements. If you'd like to join us on this tour contact Sarah at or 303-758-2820. For more information, visit
Join us and see the Reformation come to life!

One final conference gathering!

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. 




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


Consider an end-of-the-year 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 over $36,000!

Gifts may be given online, or send in a check made out to Rocky Mountain Synod. Gifts of appreciated stock are also welcome, providing a smart gifting strategy. Send an email to Kent Mueller to receive information about giving a gift of stock.

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!


You can make a huge difference 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

Today, at Lutheran Family Services, our Foster Care case managers will visit with children who have been abused and neglected. They will visit with unaccompanied refugee minors who have come to the U.S. without parents. Today, our employees will be a host to people from all over the world who have been uprooted by persecution. They will welcome the refugees, help secure employment, teach cultural education, but most importantly, work towards self-sufficiency.  Today, at Lutheran Family Services, we will walk with the vulnerable.

Through these programs and many others, we provide services that heal, strengthen, and provide hope. We need YOU to walk along with us. On Colorado Gives Day December 8, please consider supporting LFS and the most vulnerable in our communities by donating. You can schedule your gift now at Today, you can make a difference.


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.  


Deutscher Weihnachtsgottesdienst
German Christmas Service
Service in German with Traditional Christmas Hymns
Sunday, December 20, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
A German language Christmas Service will be at Community of Joy Lutheran Church in Rio Rancho, New Mexico on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. The Rev. Michael Bastian, German born Pastor at Community of Joy, will deliver the sermon and lead through the service in the German language.  Traditional Christmas hymns and music will be provided.
We welcome all visitors to our church for this special event and fellowship after the service.  Invite your parents, bring your children.  Spread the word to any of your friends who have connections to Germany and the German language and join us for this wonderful Christmas celebration.

Border Conference Youth Retreat
On November 13-14, twenty youth and nine adult leaders came together for a Retreat in Roswell, NM in conjunction with their Missional Gathering.  Youth in 6th-12th grade had an opportunity to learn about their Spiritual Gifts under the theme "Many Voices, One Song".  There were also opportunities for games, worship, food, movie, conversations, participation in the Missional Gathering, and hearing about more Conference Youth Ministry opportunities.

In the coming year, the Border Conference is planning a joint Summer Mission Trip, and on January 2nd, youth and leaders will gather in Alamogordo for the 2nd annual "Amazing Race Borderlands".  If you would like more information or to become involved in Border Conference Youth Ministry, 
please contact Laura Carson (Faith Formation Conference Coordinator).


Ten Thousand Villages Shopping benefits Urban Servant Corps
Wednesday, December 9 from 5pm-7pm
2626 E. Third Ave., Denver, CO 80206

Ten Thousand Villages

When you shop at Ten Thousand Villages on 12/09/12, Urban Servant Corps will receive a donation from your purchase! Holiday shopping is so much fun at this non-profit, fair trade retailer of home decor, personal accessories, and unique gift items from around the world!  Ten Thousand Villages provides vital, fair income to Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America. 
Urban Servant Corp


Bikes needed for Urban Servant Corps

bicycle-man-sm.jpg Urban Servant Cops is one of the two service year ministries here in the Rocky Mountain Synod.  Can your congregation help support these volunteers?  Our current needs are:
  • 1 adult-size bike
  • 2 bike helmets
Your donation or financial contribution will ensure our volunteers safely navigate downtown Denver!  Please contact Erin Power if you are able to help

Global Mission Gift Bazaar at Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E Hampden Ave, Cherry Hills Village, CO
Sunday, December 6, throughout the morning in the Fellowship Hall
This will be a great opportunity to contribute globally and do some Christmas shopping!  God's Garden will again be selling gift/tithe opportunities for school uniforms and Bibles for the orphans of God's Garden specific to your holiday gift recipient.
One Mother will have a creative assortment of hand crafted items made from recycled saris, and Ten Thousand Villages will be amply represented as well as others. Plan on some holiday shopping that gives back!