Saturday, July 23, 11 a.m.
Ascension St. Matthew, 
Price, UT
Pastor Jim Locke 
Color is: red (this is the practice in Episcopal congregations)

Sunday, August 21, 1 p.m.
Cheyenne, WY
Pastor Rebecca Aardahl
Color is: green

Prayer of the Day

Almighty and ever-living God, you are always more ready to hear than we are to pray, and you gladly give more than we either desire or deserve. Pour upon us your abundant mercy. Forgive us those things that weigh on our conscience, and give us those good things that come only through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Bishop Jim Gonia
  • St. John, Riverton, WY
  • Executive Committee
  • Installation of Jim Locke, Ascension St. Matthew Price UT
  • St. Matthew, Taylorsville, UT
  • Zion, Idaho Springs, CO
  • Strategic Planning Team
Pastor Sarah Moening 
  • Trinity, Laramie, WY
  • Transitions meetings & interviews
Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • Christ the King, Denver
  • Cristo Rey, Denver
  • Well of Hope, Castle Pines
  • Pre-screen interview for Developer/ Redeveloper
  • St. Paul, Denver
  • Aurora Area Ministry Strategy
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • RMS Administration
  • Candidacy meeting preparation
  • Communication Strategy
Erin Power, Diaconal Minister
  • St. Paul, Denver, CO
  • Theological Conference Arrangements
Ruth Hoffman - 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM  
  • Health Care for All
  • Revenue Stabilization Committee
Peter Severson- Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • AIDS 2016 Conference, South Africa

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Wildfire causes Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp evacuation

Last week, Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp was evacuated after the Hayden Pass Fire came within 1.5 miles of the camp. Camp is taking place this week at Horn Creek, and it's going great, even if at a different site.

Camp Director Dave Jarvis said, "We heard from the Custer County sheriff and if all goes well this week, we have a great chance to be back on our site by the weekend.  Prayers are appreciated!"

Advocacy Team Training is Saturday, October 8

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 (

Women's Fall Convention is
September 16-18 in Cheyenne

Women of the Rocky Mountain Synod, the latest Views of the Rockies is now available. Download it now and share with other women who may not have access. This issue has further information about the upcoming Fall Convention in Cheyenne on September 16-18, 2016. Are you planning on attending?  

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:

Growing Home School Supply Donations

The Growing Home outreach that support family literacy and education in the neighborhood of the Lutheran Center, invites donations of school supplies that will fill backpacks. 
They can use donations of school supplies: notebooks, pens/pencils, sticky notes, kleenex, colored pencils, markers, highlighters, etc. They don't need the actual backpacks, just the supplies to fill them with. Bring items to the Lutheran Center by August 1.


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!  

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:

ELCA Physician Missionary in Tanzania will be at Bethany, Denver, 7/24 for worship & lunch

Dr. Mark Jacobson, an ELCA physician missionary at Selian Hospital in Tanzania, is coming to Bethany  Lutheran Church to speak on 7/24/16.  The ELCA & partners in S Sudan are developing a new Lutheran Center and Clinic in Juba, the capitol, which will provide education, health care, and the Gospel to very impoverished  & traumatized people who have been ravished by the war.  Dr Jacobson, along with 2 former Lost Boys of Sudan who were from warring tribes but who came to the US as asyllees and are now ELCA pastor missionaries in Sudan, are the major developers of this Lutheran Center, which brings hope & healing to these people.  
Dr Jacobson will have a Ministry Minute at both services at Bethany on 7/24, and then will speak more in depth about this mission at lunch.  Lunch will be in Room 301 of the Great Hall at Bethany starting at 11:45-12 or so.  We invite members or pastors from other churches in the Metro area or RMS to join us if they are interested. Bethany is at 4500 E Hampden Ave, Cherry Hills Village, Colo. 80113.

We will need a head count for lunch, so if you would like to join us, please contact Arlis Adolf at, or phone: 303-759-3947, by Wednesday 7/20/16, to let us know how many will be coming.