Prayer of the Day

Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming give to all the people of the world knowledge of your salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives 
Bishop Jim Gonia
  • LFS Board Meeting
  • North NM Missional Gathering
  • All Saints, Albuquerque, NM
  • Mobility Conference-Pacifica Synod
Pastor Ron Roschke 
  • RMS Candidacy Committee 
  • RMS Global Mission Committee

Pastor Sarah Moening 
  • Congregational Ministries Board WebEx
  • Bethlehem, Brush CO
  • Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Fort Morgan, CO
  • Mobility Conference- Pacifica Synod

Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • Well of Hope, Castle Pines
  • Aurora Area Ministry Strategy 
  • Mustard Seed House Churches, Fort Collins
  • Aurora Area Ministry Strategy 
  • Abiding Hope, Littleton, CO
Pastor Kent Mueller   
  • New website work
  • Vacation
Erin Power, Diaconal Minister
  • Albuquerque Assembly Scouting 
  • El Camino, Colorado
Ruth Hoffman - 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM  
  • Solitary Confinement Coalition
  • Medicaid Coalition
  • North NM Conference Missional Gathering
Peter Severson- Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • CSLC Lobbyist Luncheon
  • AFDC advocacy training
  • Together Colorado Racial Justice Gathering


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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 

Aurora Area Ministry Strategy starts NOW!
Cindy Robles (Diaconal Minister), left, is pictured with Deb Cote, new mission developer at Jesús de Nazaret in Aurora
I would like to announce that we have officially began work on the Area Ministry Strategy in Aurora, CO. The purpose of the Area Ministry strategy is to work with the local congregations and the community to develop a strategy that will result in transformation of the lives of all who are involved. 

The goal will be to reach out to our neighbors and create community partners in order to serve others as we are called to do. The hope is that in doing this our congregations will be renewed and the immigrants in our communities will be connected with resources they need to feel welcome and loved by their neighbors and by God. 

The Greatest Commandment is to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. In doing so, our lives will be enriched, as well. The area ministry strategy will focus on issues of justice, poverty and hunger. These are important issues for all people in our communities. We look forward to what God has in store for us and what might come out of our working together. 

Cindy Robles
Diaconal Minister

New RMS website to go live next week!

Internet records show that the website address "" was created on February 2, 1998. Now 18 years later, the Rocky Mountain Synod is almost ready to unveil a new dynamic website that will work as well on a mobile phone as on a computer screen.

"We are light years ahead with this new platform both in terms of the user experience and in terms of the ability to easily update the site," said the Rev. Kent Mueller, assistant to the bishop. "Studies now show mobile devices are used for visiting websites more than computers."

On the new site, the same information is presented in different formats depending on the size of the screen, so the experience on a mobile phone is much improved.

If all goes as planned, the new site will be fired up next week.
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.


You don't have to live in Colorado to give on COLORADO GIVES DAY: December 8!

During the final months of the year, many of our organizations invite special gifts. December 8 is a special day of giving sponsored by the Community First Foundation. While it's called "Colorado Gives Day," you can give from anywhere in the world! 


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

Pianist for Worship

Peace In Christ Episcopal Lutheran in Elizabeth, CO (SE of Parker) is seeking a pianist for Sunday morning worship service. Music Team practice is at 8:30 a.m. and the one service is at 9:30 a.m. The position will be paid $85.00 per rehearsal and service. If interested, please call Mike Delk at 303-328-7514.


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.

Myrna Evert has sewn 3,426 quilts over the last thirty years!

Good Shepherd Lutheran in Casper will dedicate the last of our "Quilt Angel's" handiwork as Myrna Evert retires after three decades of serving our church outreach. Myrna's creations are given away in our annual Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to needy families in the community, as well as to Shepherd of the Valley Healthcare Community, Seton House, Wyoming Medical Center, and several Sioux reservations.

We will dedicate some of the last of her 3,426 quilts during our 9:30 AM worship service on Sunday, December 20. Our church is located at 51 Primrose Street in Casper. For more information, click on, or call the church office at (307) 237-3503.

Faith leaders to gather for Racial Justice on December 9
Join us for a multi-faith conversation on racial justice.

We will consider together a Moral Document on Racial Justice, creation of a faith leaders' action network, and how to support one another when there are racist incidents in our communities. You will leave knowing how to stay connected and how to participate in upcoming events.
Reserve your spot today by clicking here.
11:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch will be provided by Together Colorado. 
Shorter Community AME Church
3100 Richard Allen Court
Denver, Colorado 80205

The Office of the Bishop Eucharist has been moved one week later to accommodate this important gathering.

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!