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.

Sunday, June 5, 3 p.m.
Glory of God, Wheat Ridge, CO
Pastor Emily Cardin

Sunday, June 11, 2:30 p.m.
Peace, El Paso, TX
Pastor Diana Linden-Johnson

Sunday, June 12, 3 p.m.
St. Peter, Carlsbad, TX
Pastor Marty Singleterry (UMC)

Saturday, July 9, Time TBD
Ascension, Cheyenne, WY
Pastor Wes Ardahl

Sunday, July 10, 4 p.m.
St. Andrew, Arvada, CO
Pastor Claire Cassell


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

God our creator, the resurrection of your Son offers life to all the peoples of earth. By your Holy 
Spirit, kindle in us the fire of your love, empowering our lives for service and our tongues for praise, 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
  • Lord of the Mountains
  • St Luke, Albuquerque Installation
  • Church of the Servant, Santa Fe, NM
  • Border Servant Corps Fundraiser
Pastor Ron Roschke 
  • Candidacy meetings 
  • Retirement transition
  • Rejoice, Erie CO
Pastor Sarah Moening 
  • Congregations in Transition
  • Interim Pastors
  • Zion, Limon
  • Faith Formation Network
  • Christ, Highlands Ranch
  • Zion, Idaho Springs
Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • Presbytery of Santa Fe, NM
  • Camino de Vida, Albuquerque, NM
  • St. Timothy's, Albuquerque, NM
  • St. Paul's
  • Rejoice, Erie, CO
  • Aurora Area Ministry Strategy
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • Post-Assembly projects and videos
  • Transitions Administration
  • Bethany Lutheran
Erin Power, Diaconal Minister
  • Sky Ranch
Ruth Hoffman - 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM  
  • Medicaid Advisory subcommittee 
  • Interfaith Hunger Coalition Advocacy Committee
  • St.Luke Installation
  • St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church
Peter Severson- Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Final Legislative Hearings
  • 2016 Session Review meetings ( CCLP,CCHI, AFDC, CFI )

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Synod Assembly Resources & Recap


We have been in our current location for two years, but an outdated copy of the Assembly Travel Equalization form was distributed at the assembly. Our apologies. If you sent in that form using the "455 Sherman St" address, it won't reach us.  The correct address is listed at the bottom of this email newsletter. Travel equalization is available to assist those who travel more than 300 miles round trip, 150 miles each way.


The opening of the assembly featured a Celebration of Creation in music, word, art, and dance. The video of the opening is now available. Click below on the graphic to view it:


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:


Gary Schmidt, Bethel, Windsor, was the assembly song leader and he composed a theme song for our assembly. Gary has granted permission for congregations to use the song in congregations.


Additional resources continue to be posted at this web page: 

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

Children's Music Ministry Director

Zion Lutheran Church in Loveland, Colorado, is excited to announce a new part time position of Assistant Director of Music to develop and lead the children's music ministry.  This ministry will be a comprehensive year round program for children's music, which teaches children a love and appreciation for worship and music, and to be lifelong worship participants.  For a full description, go to  Questions or resumes may be sent to

Zion Lutheran Church and King of Glory Lutheran Church of Loveland, Colorado have formed Loveland Lutheran Faith Formation for the purpose of jointly addressing the development and promotion of active faith formation within their congregations. We are hiring two staff (a full time Faith Formation Coordinator at Zion and a part time Faith Formation/Cross+Generation Minister at King of Glory) to share in this ministry together.  Both job descriptions can be viewed and downloaded at  For the part time position, send a resume to For the full time position, send a resume to .  

Community of Joy Lutheran Church
Part-time Summer Piano Accompanist

A part-time summer piano accompanist is needed at Community of Joy Lutheran Church. Music is 70% Christian contemporary.  Must be able to read and play music as written and from Lead Sheet/Chord Chart. 
6-8 hours per week plus personal rehearsal time.  Position is available now through August 31, 2016 (possibly longer). For more information, please contact Earlene at (505) 896-2543 to arrange for interview and audition.  

Urban Servant Corps
Community Life Coordinator

The Urban Servant Corps community would like to offer gratitude for the mentorship and grace that Erin Power, our Community Life Coordinator, shared with our full-time volunteers this year. As she moves to her next vocational call, we support her in this transition, and she will be missed!

As we look ahead, please consider this opportunity and/or send it along to someone who comes to mind when you think "Community Life Coordinator" and embodies the values of service, simplicity, spirituality and intentional community.

Responsibilities: Collaborate with Executive Director and USC volunteers in program planning and community life. More information.

Please submit resume and cover letter to Executive Director, Krista Kilgus at: Priority consideration will be given to those submitted by June 3

Intercession Episcopal Church
Director of Music Ministry
3101 E 100th Ave, Thornton CO 80229

The Music Ministry at Intercession recognizes that music is an essential component to worship and may be used as a conduit for praising and glorifying God and may help lift people spiritually. The Music Ministry is dedicated to serving the community by developing musical opportunities, inspiring artistic expression, and creating a nurturing environment that will bring people closer to God through music. Pastor Kim Gonia serves this congregation.


 St Philip Lutheran Church

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 go to

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.

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

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 15, please email Pastor Terry Schjang at