On Saturday, May 14, at 5:00 pm, Pastors Breonna and Ryan Roberts will be installed as the pastors of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Albuquerque, NM. Everyone is welcome! Rostered leaders: the color of the day will be white or red (yet to be determined).  9100 Menaul Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112.


A celebration honoring Pastor Penni Walsh will take place on Sunday, June 5, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 11040 Colorado Blvd., Thornton, CO 80233. Bishop Jim Gonia will be present for the celebration. Worship is at 9 a.m. and the celebration follows at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome.

Prayer of the Day

O God, form the minds of your faithful people into your one will. Make us love what you command 
and desire what you promise, that, amid all the changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed 
where true joy is found, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Bishop Jim Gonia
  • Pacifica Synod Assembly
  • First, Longmont CO
Pastor Ron Roschke 
  • Sky Ranch & Rainbow Trail board meetings
  • RMS Global Mission Committee WebEx
  • Candidacy meetings 
  • Lily Endowment Grant planning
  • Retirement transition
Pastor Sarah Moening 
  • Congregations in Transition
  • First, Longmont
Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • Cristo Rey, Denver
  • Aurora Area Ministry Strategy
  • Our Savior's, Denver
  • St. Mark's/ILIN
  • Pre-screening Interview
  • Mustard Seed, Fort Collins, CO
  • Well of Hope, Castle Pines, CO
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • Post-Assembly projects
  • Transitions Administration
Erin Power, Diaconal Minister
  • Vacation 
Ruth Hoffman - 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM  
  • Consumer Finance Protection Bureau
  • Medicaid Advisory Committee & Subcommittee 
  • NM Coalition to End Homelessness Advocacy Committee
Peter Severson- Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Legislative Hearings
  • Our Savior's, Denver CO
  • CSLC noon meeting

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Synod Assembly Recap

The 2016 Assembly in Loveland, Colorado, was engaging in it's energy and spirit. The recap of the assembly takes the form of a two-page Landscape reproducible newsletter. Voting members and rostered leaders are invited to share stories and impressions of the assembly with their congregation. Videos, photos, and PowerPoint resources will be made available for your use as well as they become available. Click on the image below to read and reproduce the 2016 Assembly Edition of Landscape:

Additional resources are posted at this web page: 

Bishop Gonia is attending
the Pacifica Synod Assembly

The Pacifica Synod is electing a new bishop at their assembly, May 5-7 in Irvine, California. The Region 2 bishops, including Bishop Jim Gonia, are in attendance to prayerfully share in this important process in the life of the church. Please join in offering your own prayers on behalf of the people of the Pacifica Synod as they discern the election of their next bishop. 

2016 Churchwide Assembly: attend as Congregation Observer or a "Grace Gathering" participant

Each congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America may register with the secretary of this church one congregation observer for the Churchwide Assembly prior to May 31. The assembly takes place in New Orleans August 8-13, 2016. Transportation costs, housing, other meals, and related expenses are the responsibility of the registered observer or sending congregation.
The registration fee for congregation observers is $100. Please note the meal package is not included in the registration fee, but may be purchased separately when registering. Online registration will open in April at Please contact the assembly hotline at 800-638-3522 ext 2911 or the registrar via email to if you have any questions.
Or, attend portions of the assembly as well as other companion events and workshops as a part of the ELCA Grace Gathering, overlapping some of the assembly dates. More information at .

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:

A variety of opportunities are being planned for visiting Germany as the 500-year observance of the Reformation approaches. Please submit additional opportunities.

Come join Pastor Scott & Pastor Kristi Beebe on an inspirational trip as we look ahead to observe the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation!  The journey begins in Berlin on September 23 and ends in Munich on October 4, 2016, with pre-tour and post-tour options.  The tour also includes Wittenberg, Torgau, Leipzig, Eisleben, Erfurt, Eisenach, Coburg, Mainz, Worms, a Rhine Cruise, Heidelberg, Wurzburg, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Augsburg, Dachau, & the Linderhof Castle in the Ammergau Alps.  Cost: $ 2,416 per person, double occupancy, land only, based on minimum of 36 passengers;  Single Supplement = $458;  Triple Reduction = $66.  Additional $94 for Pre-Paid Gratuities (Tour Director, Motor Coach Driver & Local Guides).  Travel Insurance Recommended.  Group Round Trip Air Fare Available.  Deposit: $250 per person required to hold your space on the tour, due May 26, 2016; non-refundable.  Final payment due: July 20, 2016.  For further questions, or to sign up, Contact: Dr. Jan Kief, Cruise Planners at; 303-317-6669.

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

We are looking for a fun, energetic person who wants to work with a fun, energetic church and pastor! Primary responsibilities of this 32 hour a week position is to oversee all administrative functions within the church and building in an efficient and timely way so that the pastor is free to minister to the members of the congregation. Interested in learning more, go to and view the job description or send your resume to

Atonement Lutheran Church, Boulder, CO, is seeking an organist/pianist to play for worship services and to accompany the Sanctuary Choir. This part-time position will also include directing one small ensemble, either handbells or vocal.  For more information visit the church's website at

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - Littleton, Colorado

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is seeking to fill a full time Administrative Secretary position starting in June or July.  Previous experience is desirable.  Some benefits will be included.  Resumes are being accepted now until the position is filled. For more information or to submit a resume, contact Pastor Dave Palma-Ruwe (303 798-1356 ex.14) or Bob Zermuehlen (303 781-4107).  Fax number: 303 798-1366.
Email: Holy Trinity is located at
6322 South Lakeview Street, Littleton, Colorado 80120.

King of Glory, Arvada

Want to work in a fun and dynamic environment?  Want to help people use their God-given gifts?  To help our ministries grow and the people of KOG to connect? King of Glory, Arvada, is hiring a Volunteer Coordinator, approx. 5 hrs/wk.  If you are interested, the complete job description is on the front page of our website,   Please contact Pastor Todd,, for more information or to apply.


Two Special Opportunities with John Philip Newell on Celtic Spirituality

Nature & Grace Presentations, Meditative Practices in the Celtic Tradition, and SharingFriday,  May 6, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Saturday May 7, 9 a.m.-Noon
Friday, May 13, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Saturday May 14, 9 a.m.-Noon
Shattuck Hall
Iliff School of Theology
2323 East Iliff Avenue  *  Denver, CO 80210
Preview event at Highlands Church: 
Preview event on May 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Highlands Church, 2644 W 32nd
Ave, located at the historic Holiday Theatre
Ken Caryl Concerts at St. Phillip, Littleton
The musicians of St Philip Lutheran Church are pleased to present an exciting new concert series, "Ken Caryl Concerts."  Please join us for the "Kickoff Concert" on Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 pm at St Philip Lutheran Church - 7531 S Kendall Blvd. Littleton.  The concert will feature a wide variety of musical talents from our church family including our choir, handbells, bluegrass band, and small ensembles and soloists performing sacred and secular selections.  Free admission.  For more information visit

Register now for a music seminar in your area!

GIA invites all ages, denominations, and levels of experience to join us as we celebrate of the rich tradition of music in African American worship, sing the songs of faith, and explore the profound history of American sacred music.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Iliff School of Theology
Shattuck Hall
2323 E. Iliff Ave.
Denver, Colorado 80210

For information and registration  click here

Annual Holy Cross Pilgrimage is July 16
Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church banner
Again this year Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vail, Colorado, will sponsor a pilgrimage hike climbing Notch Mountain (13,237), in order to view the Mount of the Holy Cross (14,005).  Because of the popularity of this hike and due to U.S. Forest Service regulations which limit the group to no more than 15 persons at a time, reservations are required.
The date is Saturday July 16, 2016.  The event will last from approximately 6:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  This is a fairly strenuous hike and requires proper hiking gear for a trek in the back country. While there are NO fees, pre-registration is required.  Call (970) 476-6610 for a registration form or for more details you can log on the church web page, and click on the Pilgrimage link. Pastor Scott Beebe is the hike leader.

Family seeking housing in north metro area

A large family who are members of Nativity Lutheran Church, Commerce City, CO, is urgently seeking housing. Pastor Kristi Beebe says the family is willing "to live in just about anything someone might have ... a small house, a fixer-up'er, an apartment, a mobile home, or even a heated barn!" If possible, they would prefer the area of Commerce City, Brighton, Thornton, Northglenn, Firestone, Aurora, and surrounding areas.. Contact Pastor Kristi Beebe, at , cell 303-246-6995, church phone: 303-288-1212. Call Kristi for more information and the details.  

Lutheran Chorale Concert is May 15 in Littleton
The Lutheran Chorale will sing to the glory of God with joyful and thoughtful music, including F. Melius Christiansen's 'Celestial Spring II Exaltation,' John Rutter's 'The Peace of God,' and Morten Lauridsen's 'Sure On This Shining Night.'  Come join us for this uplifting concert! Both concerts are Sunday, May 15, 2016. Free will offering.

Hosanna Lutheran Church
10304 W. Belleview Ave
Littleton, CO 80127

7:30 pm
St. Philip Lutheran Church
7531 S. Kendall Street
Littleton, CO 80128

New Resource for Congregational Discussion of Death Penalty

The death penalty has been a source of much controversy in recent years. A new, high-quality resource is now available for the faith community to study this issue from the faith perspective. This four session video study features some of the top faith leaders in Colorado (including Rocky Mountain Synod Bishop Jim Gonia) and can be downloaded for free. Although the presenters are Colorado faith leaders, the study is not Colorado-specific.
This 2.5 minute video explains the video study series:
You can download that video to use for promotion by going to
May God bless the groups in your congregation as they explore this important moral issue.
Rev. Dr. Jim Ryan
Doing Justice, LLC

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:

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