A Reconciling in Christ synod
CORRECTION! In the previous eConnection, Pastor Kevin Cho's installation was incorrectly listed for Prince of Peace. Pastor Cho has been called to Mount Calvary in Colorado Springs and his installation will take there. I apologize to Pastor Cho and we celebrate with the people of Mount Calvary as they begin this new chapter!

Additionally, the On the Move for Hunger video was incorrectly linked to our synod assembly materials. The video is posted below. Sorry for any confusion, call it post-assembly brain fogginess! - Deacon Erin Power
RMS in the Neighborhood

When Highlands Lutheran in Denver became an official drop-off site for the local food bank, they let the neighborhood know by distributing reusable shopping bags with a note to houses around the church. Now they are partnering with the Rocky Mountain Diaper Depot to stock Bienvenidos Food Bank with diapers and wipes, as these items cannot be purchased with SNAP funds.

How is your faith community "In the neighborhood"?
2017 Synod Assembly Highlights
This past weekend, 480 voting members, visitors and exhibitors gathered in Colorado Springs under the theme, ReFormation: Then. Now. Always. Over the next few weeks, we will share highlights!
Offerings collected:
Betela Seminary in Madagascar: $1,954
RMS Seminary Scholarships: $1,919
RMS Youth Leadership: $2,719
ELCA World Hunger: $4,229
Opening Worship took place at First United Methodist Church, with Bishop Rob O'Neill of the Episcopal Church in Colorado presiding. We also received greetings from Colorado Council of Churches, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, and United Methodist Church. Christ's Church, Better Together embodied!
What's a Deacon?

A decision made by the 2016 Churchwide Assembly combined the three lay rosters (Deaconess, Diaconal Minister, and Associate in Ministry) into one roster: Minister of Word and Service, called Deacon. Share this video to learn about the ways this ministry is lived out across the RMS!
Claiming our Gifts

Bishop Gonia led four sessions about Claiming our Gifts, including the gift of our Ecclesiology, our structure and how we are connected as different expressions of one church. Videos of these sessions will be posted soon.

500 Years on the Move for World Hunger!
Join the Rocky Mountain Synod's Hunger Network and get  MOVING in 2017 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation!

What is this campaign?

The work of ELCA World Hunger grows firmly in the soil of Martin Luther's Reformation. Caring for our neighbors is what we do and what Lutherans have done from the beginning! To commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, do something  NEW to honor this long tradition.  
Lost & Found at the Assembly:
A set of two house keys, with a Smith's Rewards card attached. Contact Erin Power if they're yours!
RMS-ELCA News and Events
Synod Assembly:  Now What? 
Synod Assembly is over- Now what? How do we carry what we learned and experienced back into our congregations and ministries? Below are reports and resources to help share the stories and equip you for new ministry!

The word “amparo” in Spanish means the protection of a living creature from suffering or damage. The ELCA’s strategy to Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities (AMMPARO) was envisioned after witnessing the plight of children who are forced to flee their communities because of complex and interrelated reasons, including chronic violence, poverty, environmental displacement and lack of opportunities in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. 
2017 Ministry Magazine

The Rocky Mountain Synod Ministry Magazine tells the stories of how God is at work in the world through the ministries of the Rocky Mountain Synod and ELCA. Both the full magazine and individual pages can be accessed here. 

Contact Deacon Erin Power to order additional printed copies (over 5, must pay for the cost of printing)

The Travel Equalization Form is available here

Roman Catholic & Lutheran Prayer Services to Mark Reformation 500 Years
Roman Catholics and Lutherans are joining together in prayer 500 years after Martin Luther’s 95 theses triggered the Reformation in 1517.

Bishop Jim Gonia will be present at seven Services of Common Prayer in conjunction with seven Roman Catholic Diocese. The aim is to express the gifts of the Reformation and ask forgiveness for the division perpetuated by Christians from the two traditions.

There are two more services:

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 3 p.m.
Sacred Heart Cathedral​
Pueblo, CO

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 3 p.m.
Salt Lake City, UT

For Your Bulletin
Bulletin Blurbs
Connecting with our Ecumenical Partners
Our Synod Assembly featured some of the many ways we are connecting with our full-communion and ecumenical partners including pastors serving in full-communion settings, joint congregations, and congregations partnering for ministry in the community.

How is your congregation partnering with ecumenical congregations for the sake of ministry and witness? 


Pastor Kevin Cho
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 11 a.m.
Mount Calvary Lutheran Church
Colorado Springs, CO
Color of the Day: White

RMS Prayer Cycle

May 2017
Metro East Conference

Week of May 14 -

Cross of Glory - Denver, CO
Mike Lemke

Peace in Christ - Elizabeth, CO
Father Tinnon (ECUSA)

Epiphany - Denver, CO
Elizabeth Reinking

HKBP - Denver, CO

Holy Love - Aurora, CO
Matthew Bolz-Weber

Join us in daily prayer:
Download  ELCA Prayer Ventures  for daily prayer petitions and resources for Sunday prayers.

Sunday, May 14
Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life with all the world, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Global Church Prayer
Risen One, who always makes a place for us where we go, guide us to witness to your triumph over death in our daily lives. Counsel Lutheran missionaries as they provide educational opportunities for students in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russia. Give to them the knowledge that you go where they go ahead of them, making a way, in the name of your risen Son, our Lord, Jesus the Christ, we pray. Amen.

Around the Synod
Colorado Council of Churches Ecumenical Church Choir Project
We're looking for people who are interested in spending one Sunday each quarter singing with a choir at a church that belongs to the Colorado Council of Churches. We will designate these churches within our covenanting denominations, and alternate between diverse churches and predominantly white churches.The only caveat: Singers must adhere to the choir rehearsal schedule of the church to which they are assigned. If you are a singer, musician, or music director who would like to participate in this project, please email us  here. Depending on the interest level, we may schedule an organizational meeting. 
Our Life Together
Youth Ministry Training Event at California Lutheran University
August 3 through August 5, 2017
- noon to noon

Full time? Part Time? Volunteer? Paid? If you're a youth director have we got a professional development program for you!

To cover the many aspects of youth ministry, our program offers several unique levels of training. Each track has its own focus. All join together for meals, worship, keynote sessions and socializing. Some topics are engaged in joint sessions.

More information and registration link are here
Spirit of the Mountain hosting a Faith and Grief (SM) Brunch

Spirit of the Mountain LC will host a Faith & Grief Brunch at the CCIA Hall. This brunch comforts the bereaved through fellowship and breaking bread together. The speaker will share where in her experience her Faith has intersected with Grief. 

No charge to attend, but reservations are required. RSVP to Jim or Cathy Monkman at 303-731-5803.
Resource Corner
check back each week for a new or featured resource for your congregation
10 Financial Tips for Young Leaders
Bishop Mike Rinehart of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod 

Let’s face it; most of us didn’t get very good advice from our parents about money. After all, money is taboo in our culture. It feels awkward asking anyone. So before you put any of these recommendations into practice, it’s probably a good idea to find a financial planner that will help you think through things. Here are some things that will save your bacon and help you be a good steward of your God-given resources.

Employment Opportunities
Non-Rostered Positions 

Director of Youth Music
Bethany Lutheran Church - Cherry Hills Village, CO

Community Care Coordinator
Faith Lutheran Church - Golden, CO

Faith Community Nurse (Parish Nurse)
Augustana Lutheran Church - Denver, CO

Bethany Lutheran Church - Cherry Hills Village, CO

Communications Manager (part-time)
Bethany Lutheran Church - Cherry Hills Village, CO

Choir Director and Accompanist (part-time)
Highlands Lutheran Church - Denver, CO

Augustana Arts Executive Director
Augustana Lutheran Church - Denver, CO

Building Resources Coordinator (part-time)
Faith Lutheran Church - Golden, CO

Director of Children's Education (part-time)
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church - Fort Collins, CO

Volunteer and Care Coordinator (part-time)
Christ Lutheran Church - Highlands Ranch, CO

Nursery Care Lead (part-time)
Christ Lutheran Church - Highlands Ranch, CO

Organist/Pianist and Accompanist (part-time)
King of Glory - Arvada, CO
Office of the Bishop This Week
Bishop Gonia
  • Installation of Pastor Kevin Cho, Prince of Peace, Colorado Springs, CO
  • St. Paul Denver, CO
  • Well of Hope, Castle Rock, CO
Pastor Kent Mueller
  • In-office appointments
  • Vacation

Ruth Hoffman, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM

  • Medicaid Coalition
  • NM Association of Food Banks

Peter Severson, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-CO

  • Lutheran Disaster Relief Western Region
  • LAM-CO Policy Committee Meeting
  • Together Colorado Annual Meeting
Pastor Judith VanOsdol

  • Latino Worshiping Community West Denver
  • Aurora Area Ministry Strategy Planning team
  • Staff meeting
  • St. Paul’s, Denver, CO
  • All Saint’s Aurora, CO
  • Well of Hope, Castle Rock, CO

Deacon Erin Power

  • RMS Communications
  • Vacation

Pastor Sarah Moening

    • Trinity, Fort Collins, CO
    • Congregation Development Institute, WY

    Andy Sprain

    • Faith Formation Network
    • Rainbow Trail Board Meeting

    Quick Links
    Share the News
    Erin Power   Assistant to the Bishop
    Rocky Mountain Synod
    800-525-0462 / 303-777-6700 / fax 303-339-4744

    Announcements for eConnection are due before noon on Monday for the issue the following Wednesday. Event announcements are included for about two weeks and should be submitted via the eConnection Submission link above.