Tomas Bayou
Saturday, June 4, 5 p.m.
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Denver, CO

50 years of ministry 

All are invited to join in celebrating 50 years of ministry served by Pastor Paul Peel
June 19, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
First Lutheran Church
Colorado Springs


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

Saturday, 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)

Sunday, June 26, 3 p.m.
Bethany, Cherry Hills Village, CO
Pastor Gary Sandberg 

Saturday, July 9, 5-6 p.m.
Ascension, Cheyenne, WY
Pastor Wes Ardahl

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

Saturday, July 23, 11 a.m.
Ascension St. Matthew, 
Price, UT
Pastor Jim Locke 

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

Merciful Lord God, we do not presume to come before you trusting in our own righteousness, but in your great and abundant mercies. Revive our faith, we pray; heal our bodies, and mend our communities, that we may evermore dwell in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord 

Bishop Jim Gonia
  • Ordination of Bruce Burbank, Zion-Loveland
  • Bethlehem, Longmont
  • Opening Worship, Rainbow Trail
Pastor Ron Roschke 
  • Visit with Campus Ministry Board for University of New Mexico and Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque NM
  • Transition work
  • Meeting with Lily Grant Task Force
  • Retirement!!
Pastor Sarah Moening 
  • Congregations in Transition 
Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • New Beginnings Board
  • Boulder Broomfield Conference
  • Christ the King Colorado Springs
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • RMS Administration
  • Lutheran Magazine Supplement
  • Transitions Administration
Erin Power, Diaconal Minister
  • Theological Conference Arrangements
Ruth Hoffman - 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM  
  • Medicaid Advisory Subcommittee
  • Courts, Criminal Justice Interim Committee
Peter Severson- Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Capitol Hill United Ministries
  • 9 to 5 Members meeting

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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



Thanks, Ron!
Pastor Ron Roschke is retiring from his position as Assistant to the Bishop in the Rocky Mountain Synod, effective June 1, and we extend our gratitude to him! He will be continuing "on contract," however, to spearhead a Lily grant-funded project addressing the challenges to those in church vocations to fund seminary education and pay off educational loans.

In our life together as the Rocky Mountain Synod, Pastor Roschke has been responsible for:
  • Candidacy & First Call Theological Education
  • Shared Ministries (agencies, educational partners, disaster relief)
  • Campus Ministry
  • Global Mission
Bishop Gonia is currently envisioning a new staffing plan that will "reboot" the Office of the Bishop staff and address initial findings in the strategic planning initiative. Details are still under development.

At our recent synod assembly, Bishop Gonia thanked Pastor Roschke for his many years of ministry, and his passionate vision and work.

Pastor Roschke said, "I want you all to know how deeply I have appreciated these past three-and-a-half years and the opportunities to serve Christ in such a different way so late in my pastoral career. I have valued working with our Bishop and  my colleagues on staff, as well as the dedication of the Synod Council and standing committees which work sacrificially for carrying out our synodical ministry."

So to Ron we say "thank you" but not "farewell!" Ron will remain a key participant and leader in our work and mission.

Webcast with Presiding Bishop Eaton

Please mark your calendars for the next live webcast, "A Place for All," on Wednesday, May 25, at 7 p.m. (CDT). As we continue the conversation on racism in the United States, we must look within our congregations and communities.

Tune in to the live webcast on May 25 by visiting, where a link to the recorded video will be made available after the broadcast. A live stream also will be available at If you would like to submit a question to be considered during the live webcast, please send it to and provide your name and your congregation's name, city and state.

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.


Videos from the assembly are posted online. You may download the videos by clicking on the "download" button when on the viewing site. Click below on the graphics 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: 

Save the Date!
2016 Fall Theological Conference 
September 19-22, 2016
Little America Hotel, Cheyenne, WY
The Rocky Mountain Synod Theological Conference will take place in Wyoming for the first time, ever! This is the first in a series of events on the theme of RE*FORMATION.

Dr. Kathryn Johnson, director of Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations of the ELCA
"Working for Christian unity has been one of the deepest joys of my vocational life. This aspect of the church's calling is inextricable from the other tasks of Christian discipleship; it strengthens their witness and is undergirded in turn by common work for justice, search for interfaith understanding, (and more)," said Johnson.

"I am excited especially to be joining Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations as we look toward 2017. A range of ecumenical relations can be focused through this lens of thankfulness for reformation and continuation of it. Moreover, the complex interactions of interfaith and ecumenical encounters challenge us all toward growth in faithfulness," said Johnson.
Dr. Andrew Root, Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary

He is most recently the author of Christopraxis: A Practical Theology of the Cross (Fortress, 2014) and Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker (Baker, 2014).  Andrew's perspective will help frame our Re-Formation conversation through the lenses of faith formation & identity.

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 .
Join Tomas Bayou in a 2017 trip to Ethiopia

In January, 2017 you are invited to celebrate  Epiphany and the Baptism of Christ in Ethiopia. Join some of the people from Our Savior's Lutheran church Denver and Tomas Bayou on a trip to his home country of Ethiopia.   
Dates for the trip are January 11 through January 20, 2017. The tour will begin in the capital Addis Ababa, going on to the very green and coffee growing area of the Omo Valley in the southern part of the country, then going back to Addis, moving onto Gonder on the first day of Timket (the baptism of Christ) and Lalibela the second day of Timket. This is a very major festival -- Epiphany and the Baptism of Christ are major observances in the Church of Ethiopia, observed more than Christmas. For more information contact Tomas Bayou tel (562)290-2004 or email
"Motorcycles for Madagascar
  becomes a reality...."

ELCA Global Mission wired $17,538 on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Synod to the churchwide headquarters of the Malagasy Lutheran Church. This grant represents the efforts of hundreds of Rocky Mountain Synod members who have been working over the past two years to amass funds for Motorcycles for Madagascar

Thank You from Madagascar!
The Antsiranana Synod expresses our warm thanks for the gift of motorcycles! Please send our thanks to all members of our sister synod who has collaborated to get that gift. May God bless our fellowship as sister synods. Thank you!
In Christ
Synod President
Pastor Razafinarivo Robelison

Greetings from the FLM Head Office Antananarivo:
This is to acknowledge with thanks receipt of the copies of your mails
sent to your four companion synods in the north of Madagascar,
regarding the transfer of funds for equipment in motorcycles. Thank you!


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:

Books for sale, including complete Luther's Works
Penni Walsh is retiring and needs to get rid of books, there will be an on going sale at St John's 11040 Colorado Blvd, Thornton M-F anytime 9 to 2 each day until June 3.  I also have a complete set of Luther's Works with the dust jackets in pristine condition with the exception of 4 books that have been underlined.  New the set sells for $4000.  I'm open to negotiations.  Call Penni at 303 718 6401 with questions

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

Director of Youth Education (Part-Time)
Lutheran Church of the Master, Lakewood, Colorado

Lutheran Church of the Master (LCM) is seeking a part-time Youth Education Director.  The position is for 15 hours per week and the director will oversee the pre-school through 6th grade Sunday morning youth education ministry.  This includes choosing curriculum and training and supporting volunteers. The director will also plan lead and coordinate volunteers for the church's annual Vacation Bible School program.  The director will work closely with LCM's Youth Ministry Cabinet.  Prior youth ministry or education experience is preferred.  Please submit resume and direct all questions to Council Vice President, Karl Feth, 303-877-9559 or

Bethany Early Childhood Center seeks Director and Teacher

Bethany Early Childhood Center is seeking a full-time director and a full or part-time early childhood teacher for the two-three year old room. Please send all inquiries and resumes to Pastor Brigette Weier, Pastor of Faith Formation at More information is posted at

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 .  


Service of Word and Sacrament
In Thanksgiving for 50 years of Ministry 
Celebrating the Rev. Dr. Paul R. Peel
Ordained June 16th, 1966

June 19th, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
First Lutheran Church
1515 N. Cascade
Colorado Springs
All are invited to join us for this festive worship service celebrating 50 years of ministry served by Pastor Peel.  We will be led in worship by Bishop Jim Gonia, presiding, our preacher for the service will be Bishop Emeritus Allan Bjornberg, and Pastor Paul Peel will be celebrant.  A dessert reception will follow worship.
All rostered leaders are invited to vest and process and to participate in a laying of hands. The color of the day is red.  We will have a reception for rostered leaders beginning at 3:00 p.m. 

Faith and Grief™ Brunch in Coal Creek Canyon
Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 10:00 am
31528 CO-72, Golden, CO 80403

On June 18 Spirit of the Mountain LC will host a Faith and Grief Brunch at the Coal Creek Canyon Improvement Association (CCCIA) Hall on Colorado Highway 72 at 10:00 to 11:00 am.
This brunch comforts the bereaved through fellowship and breaking bread together. The speaker will  share where Faith intersected with Grief in their experience.

For more information regarding this ministry go to
No charge, but reservations are required. RSVP to Jim or Cathy Monkman at (303)731-5803.
Contact  Jim Monkman, at (303)731-5803.

Outdoor BBQ and Concert at Our Savior's on June 17

Our Savior's Lutheran Church (915 E 9th Street in Denver) will host an outdoor BBQ and concert on Friday, June 17 beginning at 6:00 pm. This will be a benefit fundraiser for one of their members who is facing a kidney transplant and her medical costs are mounting. Some of the many talented musicians from OSLC will perform. Hot dogs, chips, etc will be available. Not only will this raise funds for her but also help raise awareness of organ donation. Hope to see you there.

Sky Ranch benefit at Spirit of Joy, Fort Collins, on June 4 at 5 p.m.

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.