Prayer of the Day

Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the preaching of John, that, rejoicing in your salvation, we may bring forth the fruits of repentance; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

50th Anniversary
Atonement Lutheran Church, Lakewood, CO, is celebrating 50 years of ministry on December 13. Celebration worship with Bishop Gonia will take place at 9:30 a.m. at 6281 W Yale Pl, Lakewood, CO 80227

Bishop Jim Gonia
  • Mobility Conference, Pacifica Synod
  • Atonement 50th Anniversary, Lakewood
  • Synod Council WebEx
Pastor Ron Roschke 
  • Candidacy conversations and committee support
  • Global Mission committee support
  • Website development

Pastor Sarah Moening 
  • Mobility Conference, Pacifica Synod
  • Faith Formation Network
  • Christ, Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Messiah, Denver CO

Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • Prison Ministry  
  • Our Savior's, Denver CO
  • St. Matthew's, Taylorsville, UT
  • Christ the King, UT
Pastor Kent Mueller   
  • New website work
  • Interim Pastors
  • Environmental Stewards WebEx
  • Zion, Limon, CO
Erin Power, Diaconal Minister
  • Middle School Youth Gathering Planning
  • Assembly Planning
Ruth Hoffman - 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM  
  • NM Conference of Churches Judicatory Leaders' Retreat
  • Legislative Finance Committee
  • Interfaith Hunger Coalition
  • St. Paul, Albuquerque, NM
Peter Severson- Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Together Colorado Racial Justice gathering
  • All families Deserve a Chance Coalition meeting 
  • CCHI Policy Committee

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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


New RMS website goes live TODAY!

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.

SPECIAL THANK YOU to Andy Nakatani for the MANY hours he spent as a volunteer moving content from the old site to the new site and working with the content. Thanks also to Deb Elstad, Ruth Hoffman, and Jan Miller for their assistance with creating pages.

If all goes as planned, the new site will be fired up sometime in the afternoon on Wednesday, December 9. Visit and check it out!

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

Colorado Springs, Colorado 

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.

CO Faith Advocacy Day is Saturday, Feb. 20

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-Colorado invites everyone to join us for Colorado Faith Advocacy Day 2016 on Saturday, February 20. Mark your calendars now! More details will be announced this month and registration will open in early January.

Cristo Rey-El Paso seeks donations for annual Christmas Basket project

Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey and CEPCO (Central El Paso Community Organization) are putting together 90 Christmas food baskets for the families in the After School Program, our church, and families of the surrounding community that need assistance to enjoy this holiday season when work is scarce. 

We are also planning our Biggest Christmas Celebration for our Community: "The Posadas" on December 13th where 200 to 300 people come to reenact the journey of Mary and Joseph and later celebrate with Mariachis, the traditional Mexican Christmas meal, the Piñata for the kids and more.

Finally we are collecting gifts or gift cards to buy present for the kids in the After School Program and our church community.
We need your support for these Christmas projects as Cristo Rey wishes to bless our community during the holidays. Please send your donation or gift cards to Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey and put in the memo: "Christmas Projects." We will use your money where most needed for the projects. Our address is 1010 East Yandell Drive El Paso, TX 79902

Thank You for any assistance you can provide! If you have any questions please contact Rev. Rose Mary Sánchez-Guzmán at 915.422-6545 (Pastor), Ceci Herrera (Director for Central El Paso Community Organization) at 915.544-6545, or Hannah Drewes at 915.584-1383.

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. 


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. 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.

Rostered leader transitions and openings
Rostered leaders include pastors, diaconal ministers, associates in ministry, and deaconesses. View the list of congregations in transition at this link on the new RMS website:

Visit the RMS Global Missions Facebook Page

The Global Mission Committee has a Face Book page.  You are invited to visit and like the page to get the latest information on our ministry and mission we are doing together all around the world.

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.
View more positions at this link on the new RMS website


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.
Frohe Weihnachten!
Ökumenischer Weihnachtsgottesdienst in deutscher Sprache
(Ecumenical Worship in the German language) 
20. Dezember 2015 um 17 Uhr
Messiah Community Church, ELCA
Denver, Colorado 

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