Prayers for Pastor Wolfgang Stahlberg, as he returns from Germany March 17!

Pastor Wolfgang Stahlberg continues to recover from surgery after a serious aortic aneurysm and flies home on March 17. We give thanks for his continued recovery!


On Saturday, March 19, at 2:00 pm Pastor Chris Davis will be installed as the pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Loveland, CO. Everyone is welcome! Rostered leaders: the color of the day will be purple. 3333 Duffield Ave, Loveland, CO 80538.

On Sunday April 10, at 3:00 pm 
Pastor Chad Kohlmeyer will be installed as the lead pastor at Atonement Lutheran Church in Boulder, CO. Everyone is welcome! Rostered leaders: the color of the day will be white. 685 Inca Pkwy, Boulder, CO 80303.

On Sunday April 24, at 3:00 pm 
Pastor Ann Hultquist will be installed as the pastor of Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver, CO. Everyone is welcome! Rostered leaders: the color of the day will be white. 5000 E Alameda Ave, Denver, CO 80246.

Prayer of the Day
O God of mercy and might, in the mystery of the passion of your Son you offer your infinite life to the world. Gather us around the cross of Christ, and preserve us until the resurrection, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Bishop Jim Gonia
  • Executive Committee
  • Shepherd of the Hills, Boulder
Pastor Ron Roschke 
  • Social Ministry Consultation
  • Companion Synod Committee WebEx
  • Assembly Planning
Pastor Sarah Moening 
  • Transitions Work
  • Faith Formation Conference Coordinators
Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • Mission Investment Fund
  • Camino de Vida, Albuquerque, NM
  • Well of Hope, Castle Pines
  • Christ the King, Denver
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • Assembly Projects
  • Transitions Administration
Erin Power, Diaconal Minister
  • Assembly Planning 
Ruth Hoffman - 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM  
  • Staff meeting
  • Health Care for all Coalition
  • Central United Methodist Church, Albuquerque
  • Legislative Finance Committee
Peter Severson- Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Legislative hearings
  • Colorado faith leaders media training
  • Hunger free Colorado Day at the Capitol

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2016 Synod Assembly 
Embassy Suites 
Loveland, CO

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Little America 
Cheyenne, WY



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Antlers Hilton Hotel
Colorado Springs, CO



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Westminster, CO



Is your congregation
missing from this list?

We are compiling email addresses of council members for our strategic planning process and to communicate more effectively with more people in the Rocky Mountain Synod! So far we have 98 congregations of our 164. Thank you!

Check if your congregation has submitted email addresses 

Assembly Registration 
Deadline is March 18

Registration deadline is March 16 for the 2016 Synod Assembly, which is April 28 to 30 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colorado.  Please review the FRIDAY late afternoon EXCURSIONS before registering. Some options have limited space so don't wait to register! Assembly information is at

NOMINATIONS deadline is March 18

Open positions and nomination information is posted online
, along with the nomination form. The nomination deadline is also March 18. 

We will be weaving together submitted videos of people throughout the Rocky Mountain Synod singing the song: "Oh Sing to the Lord." A link to a piano version of the song is posted at  so you may hear it to get the melody and tempo. It's hymn 822 in ELW. Metronome tempo of 70 beats per minute.

Go to 
for metronome tempo. Be creative with the song as you sing it. Feel free to submit just a couple verses, or the whole thing, in English, or Spanish! Submit your videos in one of two ways. Upload them to a Dropbox account and send a share link to Kent ( or send on a flash drive or disk to Kent at RMS, 7375 Samuel Drive, Denver 80221. We will return your flash drive. Deadline is April 1 for video submissions. 

Sanctuary Lamp available to any congregation

A sanctuary lamp was given
to Bethany Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs almost 40 years ago. When Bethany and Our Saviorıs merged to form Grace Lutheran Church, Our Saviorıs already had a lamp, so this one was no longer needed. We are now looking for the lamp to find a new home. 

If your congregation is interested, pleased email Duane at:

Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy Retreat is April 25-28 in Allenspark, CO

Whether you have two months or 20 years of sobriety, you will find inspiration, support, and guidance for your recovery journey. 

Our theme for the retreat is: "What I cannot do alone, we can do together, with the help of God."  During the retreat we will share about our experience and understanding of the steps, share about the unique combination of ministry and recovery that we have in common.  More information

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about the Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy contact Pastor Bohdan Vadis at 858-337-7353. 

It's not about the money... it's about making positive, healthy change

Rostered Leaders (and applicable spouses): Time to take the annual health assessment!

Take the health assessments by logging into their My Portico accounts. Completion of the assessment earns you $150 in wellness dollars, with the opportunity to earn $250 more in follow up activities. Taking the assessment also helps the synod reach its 65% participation goal, saving your congregation 1% in health contributions. When you have taken the assessment, log it here. If applicable, have your spouse take it and log it, too!

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:

Monthly RMS Eucharist

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


Salt Lake City Organ Recital

Sunday, March 20, 7:00 pm at Zion Lutheran Church
1070 Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City UT 84108

Colorado Bach Ensemble Performs Bach's St. John Passion

The Colorado Bach Ensemble will give three concert performances of Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245) on March 18, 19 and 20. The March 18 concert will be performed at Saint John's Cathedral in Denver. The March 19 concert will be performed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village. Both performances will begin at 7:30 pm. On March 20, the ensemble's final performance  will be at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Collins, beginning at 4:00 pm. For more information and to purchase tickets online go to . Tickets will also be available at the door for each concert.

California Lutheran University Alumni Social is April 8

CLU, Pastor Melissa Maxwell-Doherty, and Desta Goehner are hosting a CLU Alumni night. Join your fellow alumni on April 8 beginning at 6:30pm, at the Breckenridge Brewery and Farm House, 2990 Brewery Ln,   Littleton, CO 80120. Come meet other alumni from the area, while catching up with old friends.  We hope to see all our front range alumni there! Questions contact: or Maryalice Marston -

California Lutheran University hosts vocation discussion for high schoolers

Celebrate Wartburg West's 30th year with the Wartburg Choir

As part of the 30th Anniversary celebration for the Wartburg West Urban Semester program, the renowned Wartburg Choir, along with members of the Denver School of the Arts choir, will present a concert at Saint Johnıs Episcopal Cathedral in Denver on Friday, April 22, at 7:30 PM. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
Harvard Glee Club Concert on March 18 at St. Paul, Denver

On Friday, 18 March 2016, at 7:30 pm, the Harvard Glee Club will present a diverse program of sacred and secular music, including the Messe Cum jubilo (Op. 11) of Maurice Duruflé, under the leadership of Andrew Clark, Harvard Director of Choral Activities, and Harris Ipock, Resident Conductor, as one of five concerts comprising the 2016 Glee Club annual spring tour. Visit

Workshop for Council Members in North Colorado

Council Workshop is Saturday, April 9, at Faith in Eaton, CO, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be made available for approximately $10 a person. This is a great opportunity for Councils and pastors to share in the role of Council in congregational life. There's is much we can learn from one another. If you have more questions, you can contact Sarah Moening at

Clergy Renewal:  JS Bach - A Journey into Joy / A Fortress Found
Join others in ministry for our unique 'day retreat' format as we let the music of Johann Sebastian Bach open areas of music, beauty and renewal.  Through his cantatas, we will explore that which seems to rob us of safety, joy and love. Through Bach's loves, humor and genius we will be guided by this mystical musician who gloried in the Word of God and mathematical marvels. Each participant will take home means and methods to expand personal areas of beauty, joy, genius, happiness and creativity all while keeping our feet on the firm foundation of our fortress.  Ministers from all settings are welcome!
Dates: Friday, April 15, 2016 & Saturday, April 16, 2016
Time: Day 1, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.,  Day 2 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Faculty: Schawn Kellogg, MDiv, RN, Kelby Cotton, MDiv
Cost:  $60

Emotional Intelligence Training: May 2-6

The Center for Emotional Intelligence and Human Relations Training Presents their core Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Humans Relations (HR) workshop May 2 thru 6, 2016, located at Cathedral Ridge, Woodland Park, CO.
Recommended for all faith-based leaders seeking to maximize their potential
in their ministry settings!
  • Tuition, ESCI 360 survey and lodging is $1,330.00.
  • The EQ-HR 5 day Schedule - The workshop begins at 1 PM on Monday and ends after lunch on Friday. Evening sessions go to 9 p.m.
  • Deadline for registrations is April 8, 2016.
For more information go to the EQ-HR website>Our Workshops and Upcoming Events at

Lutheran Men In Mission Retreat is April 22-24

"One Year to Live" is an opportunity for men to explore the difference their Christian faith can make in their lives as they relate to families, people at work and others in the Christian community. The retreat is April 22-24 at Camp Santa Maria in Colorado. For brochures and registration:  Questions, contact Randy McNitt  303-910-4008, email:

Colorado Faith Leaders Media Training is March 17

Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 9:15 AM to 11:30 AM
Beloved Community / Columbine Unitarian Church
6724 S Webster Street 
Littleton , CO 80128 
As faith leaders, one way we can impact public debates on crucial issues like immigration and minimum wage is by speaking out prophetically and strategically in the news media. But to make sure our witness comes through loud and clear, it's important to know how to craft a compelling message, interact with reporters, and organize events that they want to cover. 
That's why we're offering a MEDIA TRAINING with experts from our national partners at Faith in Public Life (FPL), based in Washington, DC on Thursday, March 17th, from 9:15 to 11:30 AM. FPL's trainers have worked with hundreds of clergy nationwide -- including Evangelical Immigration Table and Together Colorado--on a broad range of justice issues. Together, we'll explore the strategies, tactics and best practices behind effective messaging and media relations. Please make time to join us for this innovative, important workshop.  There is no cost, but please RSVP using the link below.

Meet others interested in recovery ministry in Springs event

Nadia Bolz-Weber, Dr. Matt Russell, Dale Ryan, Gregg Taylor, Scott McBean and others will lead us in challenging discussions focusing on the messiness of ministry, particularly in the field of recovery, with thought-provoking suggestions and challenges for change. Dates are July 18 to 22, 2016, in Colorado Springs, CO. This event is intended primarily for recovery ministry leaders and pastors who are working in the local church context. Our focus this year will be on practical strategies for sustainable ministry development. More information:

Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy Retreat

A retreat of the Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy will take place April 25-28, 2016, at the Highlands Presbyterian Camp &  Retreat Center. The agenda is a discussion of the Twelve Steps, fellowship, worship, and prayer. Cost depends on the housing arrangements. For information and registration, please contact Bohdan Vadis at 858-560-8688 or email:

Issues of Race & Mass Incarceration: TODAY!

Criminal justice speakers available on May 15 for your congregation

One of New Beginnings' Partners in Ministry is Prison Congregations of America (PCA).  Their next board meeting will be on May 15 in Denver.  The board, that is quite fluent on the subject of Criminal Justice from a faith perspective, has offered themselves to area congregations that Sunday.   
There are four ordained pastors, and one lay leader who also can do pulpit supply. Additionally, two lay leaders would be happy to lead an Adult Forum on Criminal Justice, the work of PCA, and how New Beginnings fits into that model in our synod. If you are interested in having one of these as a guest in your congregation on May 15c0j, please email Pastor Terry Schjang at


Saturday April 16, 2016 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Library 21c
1175 Chapel Hills Drive Colorado Springs, CO

Featuring Pastor Tim Bettger, Linda Slothower, the "Revelators"
Conference materials "The Return of the Prodigal Son: A story of Homecoming" 
available for purchase for $5.00
e-mail for copy or check out at your local library or book store.
Registration fee of $45 includes two meals.
Women ages 15-30 may attend free when accompanied by a registered guest!
Register by 4/1/16 on line here  you could also email 
or mail to: Carolyn Gardner, 1055 Golden Street, Calhan, CO 80808

Urban Servant Corps Palm Sunday Prayer Walk

Palm Sunday Prayer Walk and Open House
Sunday, March 20 at 1pm
1660 Ogden St. Denver, CO 80218

As Holy Week begins, you are invited to gather, learn, pray, and respond! Urban Servant Corps volunteers will lead walking tours around the neighborhood and placement sites where they serve to share more fully about the mission of Urban Servant Corps, a ministry of the Rocky Mountain Synod, ELCA. Please join us! 

You are encouraged to ask for "pledges" from friends, family, co-workers for this walk and bring those contributions with you on Palm Sunday! This is an event designed to share about the ministry of Urban Servant Corps and to ask for support in working to fulfill its mission! We are grateful to have Bishop Gonia join us for this event!