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

Prayer of the Day

Eternal God, you draw near to us in Christ, and you make yourself our guest. Amid the cares of our lives, make us attentive to your presence, that we may treasure your word above all else, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord
Bishop Jim Gonia
  • Mountain of the Holy Cross-Vail
  • Dean's WebEx
Pastor Sarah Moening 
  • Congregations in Transition
  • Vacation 
Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • Vacation
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • RMS Administration
  • Candidacy Meetings
Erin Power, Diaconal Minister
  • Madagascar Network 
  • Theological Conference Arrangements
  • Vacation
Ruth Hoffman - 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM  
  • Medicaid Coalition 
  • ELCA World Hunger Leaders Gathering
Peter Severson- Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • AIDS 2016 Conference, South Africa

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Wildfire causes Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp evacuation

Yesterday afternoon, Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp was evacuated after the Hayden Pass Fire came within 1.5 miles of the camp.

About 118 campers and 65 staff members were bused out of the area and taken to the high school in Westcliffe.
From there, parents were able to reach the campers.

The Forest Service triggered the evacuation as a precautionary measure. Our prayers are with the firefighters, camp staff, and campers. 

Christ's Church, Better Together

Last week, a document of agreement was signed between Slovak Lutherans residing in Slovakia, Serbia, Romania, Croatia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Bishop Klatik, left, serves at the General Bishop of the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovakia.

Pastors Gail and Randy Mundt from the Rocky Mountain Synod are currently serving the Bratislava International Church in Slovakia.
Pastor Gail was honored at last week's gathering  "for help supporting the ministry of the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Slovakia by providing pastoral care in the English language for foreign Evangelicals living in Slovakia."
Learn more about the Bratislava International Church 

SAVE THE DATE: Advocacy Team Training, Saturday, October 8th

Want to develop an advocacy or justice team in your congregation, but unsure where to start? Want to learn more about how to integrate real-world advocacy tools into the life of your ministry? Then this training is for you!
Join fellow advocacy & justice-minded individuals for a day of equipping for action. Attendees will learn how to integrate meaningful conversations about politics, policy, and advocacy into the life of a ministry, and how to effectively start and maintain an advocacy or social justice team in their congregation. Lay or rostered leaders, experienced or novice, Lutheran or non-Lutheran: all are welcome!
Leaders of the event will be Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-Colorado and New Mexico, experienced advocates in RMS congregations, and staff from the ELCA Advocacy Office in Washington, DC. The event will take place at the Lutheran Center, 7375 Samuel Drive, Denver.
Registration will be available in the fall.
For more information, contact Peter Severson (

Thanks to all who helped with the Lilly grant surveys!

A sincere thank-you is extended to all the rostered and congregational leaders who participated in the online survey for research being used for the Lilly grant application. The Grant Application Team received returned surveys from over one-third of the invited rostered and congregation leaders. This provides the team with statistically significant results and will help guide the planning for the possible half-million dollars the synod would receive from Lilly Endowment to address economic challenges fainting congregations and rostered leaders. 

The Grant Application Team will now be analyzing the results and designing the proposal, which will be due by August 19. Because the survey came at a time when there were lots of summer vacations taking place-and because the congregation survey required coordination between various congregation leaders-the team has decided to keep the congregation survey open through the end of July. Congregation leaders will be able to access the survey through July 31.
Once again, we extend our sincere thanks!
The Lilly Grant Application Team-
Ron Roschke: Project Director, Denver, CO
Ron Bockhaus: Pastor, Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church, Estes Park, CO.
Deb Elstad: Synod Council member, Salt Lake City, UT
Kirsten Sauey Hofmann: Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Hobbs, NM
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 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

Minister of Music - Children's and Youth Music Director
Lutheran Church of Hope, Broomfield, Colorado

Director of Youth and Household Ministry
Trinity Lutheran Church - Boulder, Colorado

Choir Director (part time)
St Andrew, Arvada

Choir Director (part time)
Grace Lutheran Church - Boulder, CO

Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church, Dillon, CO

Preschool Teacher
Joy Lutheran Church, Parker, CO

FREE resource for congregations in Denver metro area & Larimer county.

The Older Adult and Caregiver Services (OACS) program of Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains in partnership with the Colorado Health Foundation is pleased to offer faith leaders and their communities an opportunity to participate in our Advance Care Planning (ACP) Initiative.  This can include:
  • One-hour educational presentation on the importance of Advance Care Planning covering how to move through the ACP process, discussion of the various Advance Directive documents and guidance on how to select who will be your Power of Attorney.
  • Hands-on assistance following the presentation allowing participants an opportunity to create or review/revise Advance Directives such as Living Will, Medical Power of Attorney as well as education about the CO Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) form.
  • For more complex needs, one-on-one consultation appointments are available.
  • All of these services are provided at no cost to the participants or faith communities.
For more information email:

Free Concert at St Philip Lutheran, July 17
The Columbine Music Teachers Association teams up with the newly organized "Ken Caryl Concerts" at St Philip Lutheran Church to present a free concert for the community.  The program will offer a wide variety of musical selections by CMTA teachers, students, and friends, including Lisa Downing, a founding member of the group who now performs her original piano compositions world-wide with Grammy Award winning musicians such as Liz Story, David Lanz, Suzanne Ciani, and Peter Kater.  The concert will be held at St Philip Lutheran Church - 7531 S Kendall Blvd, Littleton - on Sunday, July 17 at
2:30 pm. For more information on the concert and the series, visit

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.