Office of the Bishop in Transition:
New communication strategy and staff

Pastor Kent Mueller has been the Rocky Mountain Synod communicator for thirteen years. On August 1, Diaconal Minister Erin Power will be the primary RMS communicator as her call to the Office of the Bishop ministry transitions from half-time to full-time. Pastor Mueller will now be responsible for Candidacy (accompanying those discerning a call to church vocations and attending seminary) and matters of rostered leader support, taking over at the retirement of Pastor Ron Roschke. Maria Sutton, receptionist and communications assistant, will continue to work with compiling the email newsletter.

Kent and Erin have been at work this summer in collaboration and conversation about the RMS communication strategy. Watch for some new formats in the coming month! To make the process more efficient, we have a new submission form for news, events, and job posts. Note the deadline is Monday at noon for the Wednesday edition. You will find a link to the submission form at  or just remember this: .

In Memoriam
Pastor Benz served as a professor of Old Testament at Wartburg Theological Seminary, and most recently resided in Loveland, CO. A memorial service will take place at Trinity, Loveland, CO, Saturday, July 30 at 4 p.m. Rostered leaders are invited to vest in white and arrive at 3:30 p.m. Rostered leaders are also asked to RSVP 970-667-5700.


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

Prayer of the Day

Benevolent God, you are the source, the guide, and the goal of our lives. Teach us to love what is worth loving, to reject what is offensive to you, and to treasure what is precious in your sight, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Bishop Jim Gonia
  • Region Two Bishops Retreat
Pastor Sarah Moening 
  • Transitions meetings & interviews
  • Trinity, Hobbs, NM
Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • Well of Hope, Castle Pines
  • Iglesia Luterana Jesus de Nazaret, Aurora
  • Mustard Seed, Fort Collins, CO
  • Developer/Redeveloper
  • Our Saviors Lutheran, Denver CO
  • Cristo Rey, Denver, CO
Pastor Kent Mueller  
  • RMS Administration
  • Candidacy meeting preparation
  • Communication Strategy
  • Evergreen, Evergreen, CO
Erin Power, Diaconal Minister
  • Theological Conference Arrangements
  • St. Luke's, Buffalo, WY
Ruth Hoffman - 
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, NM  
  • Legislative Health and Human Services Comm.
  • Mortgage Finance Authority Oversight Comm. 
Peter Severson- Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO
  • Vacation

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Little America 
Cheyenne, WY



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2017 Synod Assembly
Antlers Hilton Hotel
Colorado Springs, CO



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Marriott, Colorado Springs, CO




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2018 Synod Assembly
Westin Hotel
Westminster, CO



Pastor Laurie Jeddeloh honored with Outstanding Local Leadership Award

The Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) presented its 2016 Outstanding Local Leadership Award to Rev. Laurie Peterson Jeddeloh BCC of Centennial, CO. The award was presented on June 24 during the 2016 APC Annual Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The Outstanding Local Leadership Award is given to a member or members of the APC who exhibit outstanding dedication to the association and promotes professional chaplaincy through active involvement and initiative at the local or regional level.  Laurie is the Director of Pastoral Care at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, CO.

Lutherans represented at historic Orthodox Church council meeting
During the last week in June, the ELCA joined Christians from around the world as the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Christian Church convened on the island of Crete. This was the first time the council had met in more than 1,200 years. It was attended by 220 Orthodox bishops and archbishops and 70 advisers. Throughout the week, the council met and spoke of the importance of unity within the church, lifted up the importance of inter-religious dialogue and talked about its commitment to human rights and religious freedom.  

In his keynote address, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, leader of the worldwide Orthodox Christian Church, stressed the importance of unity among the 14 churches that comprise the Orthodox Christian Church. Ten of the 14 churches attended the council meeting.

"The voice of the Comforter calls all to unity and calls us to turn our attention and widen our heart toward all people, lovingly embracing the vital problems that concern them, preaching the good news of peace and love to those near and afar," said Bartholomew.


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.

Non-rostered positions available

Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church, Dillon, CO

Lutheran Church of Hope, Broomfield, CO
Jubilate! Sacred Singers looking for new members
Jubilate! Sacred Singers
Music - Service - Fellowship

Jubilate! Sacred Singers offers its members an opportunity to sing beautiful sacred music under professional leadership, enjoy fellowship and serve the community. The organization is self-funded, service-oriented and welcomes singers of all ages and spiritual disciplines to join.

Rehearsals are every Thursday evening from 7:00 - 9:00 PM in Louisville and there are a few public performances a month. We are flexible with our members and understand the many challenges individuals face balancing work, families and other commitments. For additional information, check out our website at or contact

8th Annual Selian 5K Walk-Run
St. Peter, Greenwood Village
Sunday, August 21 from 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
Registration forms are available in the Narthex at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Greenwood Village, CO, or at www. Every participant is asked to make a donation. If you donate between $25 and $49 you will receive a water bottle. $50 to $90 and we'll add a drawstring backpack. $100 or more will get you a water bottle, a drawstring backpack and a Selian Hospital golf shirt.
This year's proceeds will contribute to the development of Selian Hospital's new Nursing School near Arusha, Tanzania. Please join St. Peter Lutheran Church in support for our ministry partners in Tanzania.

Faith and Grief™ Brunch in Coal Creek Canyon
Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 10:00 am
31528 CO-72, Golden, CO 80403

On July 30th, 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.

Voter Education Resource:  Amendment 69
Because healing is a sacred activity and central to the ministry of Jesus, ColoradoCare - Amendment 69 - on the November, 2016 ballot is an issue that Christian communities around the state are discussing.
The web address below contains information about ColoradoCare - a bulletin insert, a video link, Q&A, and discussion questions - that can be used for an adult education class or for a Bible study group.