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August 3, 2022



Excellence in Leadership - It is for YOU!

This May at Synod Assembly, the Excellence in Leadership initiative was blessed to be able to offer a session using two of the many tools offered throughout the whole 18-month experience. We hope that many of you were able to bring those tools back home to your contexts.


If you found value in those tools and would like to explore more, we would love to invite you to participate in the next cohorts of Excellence in Leadership beginning in late September. One cohort will gather in Albuquerque for their in-person sessions. We will also have 2 online cohorts - one will meet on Monday mornings (9:00am-12:00pm) and one on Tuesday evening (6:00pm-9:00pm). These cohorts will meet 1 or 2 times per month, depending on the month. Registration is now open!

Excellence in Leadership is an experiential journey for any who wish to become more resilient, healthy, and creative in their lives and in their leadership. It is meant for people of all ages and in all stages of life: lay or rostered, council member or back pew sitter. As we navigate what the future may hold as people of faith, Excellence in Leadership provides opportunities to think adaptively and meet that future boldly.

For more information, please visit: rmselca.org/excellence-in-leadership

Register for Excellence in Leadership

Messiah Mountain Dedication Videos

Our celebration on July 23 gave thanks for the gift of Messiah Mountain and those who have made its renewal possible.

Words of gratitude were extended to all those who made this exciting renewal possible through gifts to the Next Faithful Step campaign!

Thank you! to these congregations who have given to the Next Faithful Step campaign!

In addition to the 120+ individuals/families who have contributed to the campaign, making the Messiah Mountain Retreat Center renewal possible, we celebrated the RMS congregations who have shared campaign gifts of generosity:

Congregational Endowments & Foundations

Augustana Lutheran Church Foundation, Denver, CO

Bethany Lutheran Church Foundation, Denver, CO

Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church Endowment, Dillon CO


First Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs CO

Lutheran Church of Hope, Broomfield, CO

Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Greeley CO

Shepherd of the Mountain Lutheran Church, Estes Park, CO

St Paul Lutheran Church, Albuquerque NM

St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Arvada, CO

St. Marks Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO

Zion's Lutheran Church, Trinidad, CO

Gifts from Holy Closure Congregations

Christ Lutheran Church, Cheyenne WY

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Boulder CO

More information about the campaign and how to give.

RMS & ELCA news and events

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Congregations invited to pledge to the RMS Campaign

Having already raised over $1 million to fund the First Step of our campaign, let's journey together into the future and top our Next Faithful Step Campaign goal of $1.57 million through gifts from congregations, foundations, endowments, and individuals!

In order to boldly and effectively continue our vital witness to the gospel as we journey together into the future, the Rocky Mountain Synod Council is investing in four ministry initiatives that form our Next Faithful Step, along with our Racial Justice Tithe.

Watch a video about each initiative
Campaign Information & Resources


2022 Theological Conference

Sept 19-22, Park City, Utah



Need a break?

This year’s Theological Conference is for you! Join us Monday, September 19 at 4:00 p.m. until Thursday, September 22 at 11:00 a.m. at the DoubleTree in Park City, UT, and Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church--three miles away by bus, bike, or walk!

Our program will focus on the power of connection and community; none of us makes it through life and ministry alone! We will learn about the effects of collective trauma on our communities and how to be resilient leaders. We will also have time to enjoy the beauty and opportunities of Park City.


The registration deadline is August 15, so register today. After August 15, refunds will not be possible for any reason. Registration includes hotel room, most meals, and program costs:

Single Room - $660.00

Double Room - $475.00

Commuter - $275.00


If you need a grant in order to be able to attend, or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate! Please contact Deacon Sarah Bjornebo at sbjornebo@rmselca.org or 303.970.025.



We are not providing transportation from Salt Lake City to Park City, but we encourage you to connect with colleagues and share rides as much as possible. Post a message on the RMS Colleagues Facebook page, work out transportation with your conference, coordinate flights with others, and consider public transportation from the Airport, which is $10.

Taking a train and two busses from the airport to Park City, takes about 1:45 to 2 hours. Leaving on a Green Line train from the airport at these times (at the latest) connects with Bus 902 Downtown and then connects with a White 10  or 101 Bus to Park City at the Kimball Junction Station. Use Google Maps on your computer to type in SLC to Airport, and clicking on the public transportation option. Kent Mueller will provide a public transportation guide with more info prior to the event, including which apps you'll need to purchases tickets online.

Depart the SLC airport on Light Rail Green Line at these times (or sooner!) to make connections to Park City. Green lines depart the airport towards downtown every 15 minutes.


5:35 - 722

6:50 - 8:37

7:50 - 9:49


1:05 - 2:52

3:20 - 5:22

4:20 - 6:22

5:50 - 7:52

We'll provide similar info for the return to the airport.

Free parking is an amenity of the hotel, and Park City offers excellent public transportation; the bus stop is right in front of the hotel, and there is a bike/walk path the three miles to our church site. City bikes are next to the bus stop, and the golf course is located across the street.

More information on visiting Park City

More information about our hotel: The DoubleTree - Yarrow

Please register by August 15

Register for the Theological Conference

Announcing the next Generosity Watch Parties

Two more events on August 27 and September 24

Join in for resources and connections that inspire and empower a culture of generosity!

The Watch Parties are on Zoom from 10:00am to 11:15am on these three Saturdays:

July 30: "Practice Gratitude"

August 27: "Not Stewardship in a Box"

September 24: "Abundance Mindset"

Our time together is led by RMS staff, GSB Fundraising consultants, 3E leaders, EiL leaders and invited guests. Each presentation also provides a curated follow-up packet of relevant online resources on these topics from the Center for Generosity. Please register and you will receive the Zoom link prior to the session. Watch Party Registration

Questions? Contact Deb Elstad, 3E Associate Director for Stewardship at deb.elstad@gmail.com or Tina Kvitek, RMS Director of Development at tkvitek@rmselca.org.

Register for Generosity Watch Parties


"Thirsting for Water"

Saturday, September 17

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Are you wondering exactly what to think about the climate crisis and widespread drought whose stories fill our headlines almost daily? Where is God in all this news? What are the actual facts of the situation? What is a holy response we can undertake?

The Rocky Mountain Synod has an event coming up that will help you learn, discuss, ponder and consider personal actions to address this crisis and its impact on food production and hunger. You're invited to Thirsting for Water: At the Intersection of Climate, Water, and Hunger. It will take place September 17 from 9 am to 3 pm at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, CO, and via Zoom.

The registration link is live now at rmselca.org/events/thirstingforwater. Cost is $25 per person on-site (includes lunch) and $15 for Zoom participants. Register now!

Register for Thirsting for Water!

Take Action and Take our Congregational Survey!

The Hunger Network submitted a resolution at the 2022 RMS Synod Assembly and it passed unanimously! The resolution calls upon congregations to take concrete steps to: increase their support of local hunger ministries, increase their awareness of hunger and poverty issues through educational resources developed by ELCA World Hunger, and to increase opportunities to financially support the work of ELCA World Hunger.

Here is a flyer with suggestions for how to implement this resolution in your congregation. AND click the button below to take the Congregational Hunger Ministry Survey

Hunger Ministry Congregational Survey

September 11 is God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday


On Sunday, Sept. 11, congregations of the ELCA will join for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, our dedicated day of service. As you explore opportunities to participate, visit ELCA.org/DayOfService for planning resources including a tool kit, worship material, videos, posters, social media graphics and a special hymn for the day. As we continue our tradition of service to our neighbor, we remember the words of Martin Luther: “Our faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing.” Plan your day of service.



" We Are All Here"

“Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” Recently, I read these words from Acts 16:28 as part of the reading during worship for the 7th Sunday of Easter. I kept re-reading them as I practiced. In my role as the Executive Director of the Veteran Servant Corps Project (VSCP), I have been thinking about the phrase “we are all here”, especially in terms of the 18+ Veterans who complete suicide daily in our nation. Raising awareness about this issue is one our VSCP tenets. Are you and your congregation interested in joining in conversation around this important issue? Contact me, Vicky Daub, at Director@veteranservantcorps.org.

Or are you interested in being part of our “We Are All Here” initiative by donating? Click here then select the General Fund Gift option, enter "Veteran Servant Corps Project" in the note/memo line. If you prefer to mail a donation, send it to the Rocky Mountain Synod, 7375 Samuel Drive, Denver, CO 80221, adding Veteran Servant Corps Project to the note portion of your check.

Upcoming VSCP Events

Aug 7 & Sept 4

Vicky Daub will be serving as Pastor of the Day at Bethlehem Lutheran in Brush, Colorado. The worship service begins at 9:00 am.

Wheelchairs for Vets

A variety of wheel and motorized chairs are available for veterans. If you are interested, send email to Vicky Daub.

The Middle Way Retreat

This is a no-cost retreat for veterans, August 19-21 in Fairplay, CO. Space is limited! To sign up call 970-315-2897 or email to Jake.LaRue@ManWithAHorse.com. Visit 

themiddlewaysanctuary.org for more information. 

in our prayers

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

August 7, 2022

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, you sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your church. Open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may be ready to receive you wherever you appear, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

In God's Hands:

Ecumenical Prayer Cycle from the World Council of Churches

07 - 13 August: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea

Intercessions and Prayers

Join us in daily prayer

ELCA Prayer Ventures are daily guides to prayer for the global, social and outreach ministries of the ELCA, as well as for the needs and circumstances of our neighbors, communities and world.

ELCA Prayer Ventures (monthly)

Prayer Ventures, Living Lutheran (daily)

Prayers for the Churchwide Assembly

(August 7 Sunday before the Assembly) Six weeks of prayer prior to the Assembly, Daily Prayers during the Assembly and a prayer for the Sunday after the Assembly

Let us pray for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and its members who gather this week in its Churchwide Assembly. Inspire the celebration of God’s varied works throughout the church. Instill your peace in the midst of the work you have called us to and the deliberations that will take place. Shape the work of the church according to your will for the whole world. Merciful God, receive our prayer.


For those traveling to the assembly.

O God, our beginning and our end, you kept Abraham and Sarah in safety throughout the days of their pilgrimage, you led the children of Israel through the midst of the sea, and by a start you led the magi to the infant Jesus. Protect and guide us now as we set out to travel. Make the ways safe and the homecomings joyful for those traveling to the Churchwide Assembly and bring us all at last to our heavenly home, where you dwell in glory with our Lord Jesus Christ and the life-giving Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

RMS Prayer Cycle

July 2022 North Colorado

Week of August 7

All Saints Lutheran Church

Brush, CO

Deacon Ro Fesser, interim


Bethel Lutheran Church

Windsor, CO

Rev. Dr. Joe Natwick


Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Brush, CO


Faith Lutheran Church

Eaton, CO


First Lutheran Church

Ault, CO

Rev. Erin Dunlavy


Monthly Prayer Cycle

around the synod

Daryl Mosley in Concert

Saturday, August 13th at 5:00 pm

Grace Lutheran Church

1128 E Boulder St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Join us on Saturday, August 13th at 5:00 pm for a concert featuring Daryl Mosley. Daryl performed for many years as part of the world famous Grand Ole Opry. He has shared his music on stages ranging from the Bluebird Café to West Point Military Academy and from churches that range from small, rural churches to mega churches like First Church of the Nazarene in Denver .

He released a solo album in 2020 (“The Secret of Life”) and another in 2021 “(Small Town Dreamer”). Both albums are filled with story songs about life, faith, traditional values, and nostalgia and each of the albums cracked the Top 10 on Billboard Magazine’s album chart.

He has enjoyed a career spanning over 30 years. His songs and stories feel like old friends. Daryl says, “I am so thankful that God has allowed me to make this my life’s journey. Using my songs and my story to share His story and message is my life’s greatest joy. (You may preview some of his songs on his website – Darylmosley.com/music.

Please come and share an afternoon with Daryl on August 13th at 5:00 pm. The concert is free – a free-will offering would be appreciated!

darylmosley.com >


Blessed Youth: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness with Children and Teens

Thursdays: Aug 25, Sept 22 - 7:00-8:00 pm

“Our kids are not okay. Our children and youth are hurting!” Those who know this are also hurting. You are invited to join a series of Thursday Evening Connections about the book, Blessed Youth: Breaking the Silence on Mental Illness and Teens and Children, and the “Survival Guide” by the Rev. Sarah Lund.

This book shakes up any lethargy about the plight of our youth’s mental health. It is a crisis. These Connections will be at 7 pm on zoom and are free. The facilitator is Deborah Berghuis, PhD, a trauma-informed, gender-affirming therapist who enjoys working with the members of the LGBTQA+ community, faith leaders, clinicians, and healthcare professionals. Rev. Lund will be in Boulder in person on Oct. 9-10. Her books are available online.

Join the zoom conversations: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4264420220.

This series is hosted by Atonement Lutheran Church, Boulder, Mental Health Ministry, and the Interfaith Network on Mental Illness (inmi.us). Questions, contact revalan2004@comcast.net.

Register here (or click QR code) for Blessed Youth


DOTSERO Jazz & Launch the Season Party!

Sunday, August 28, 2022

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Augustana Lutheran Church

Join us for the ultimate end-of-summer party as we “Splash into Arts” and launch into our 25th season of arts and music! Bring your family, friends, and a blanket to sit on as you enjoy music by Colorado’s own DOTSERO jazz band. Beer, wine, sodas, and snacks will be available to purchase with all proceeds going to Music Encounters.

Tickets are $10 per person ($15 with an included drink coupon!). Children under 12 are free. Prices go up by $5 after August 25th.

In addition to music, snacks, and drinks, this is your final chance to bid on a stand from The ArtiStandza Project! Also, find out what’s in store for the 2022-23 Stratus Chamber Orchestra season, and meet our new conductor, Maestro Adam Torres!

Tickets available at augustanaarts.org/tickets. More info here, download flyer here.

our life together

Marshall Fire Relief - help!

Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer to help our community members and neighbors affected by the Marshall Fire? Churches can offer specific skills/help here: 


Current Volunteer Opportunity: Debris removal, which will happen August 13 and 14. Sign up a group from your church by August 7 at: 



One Small Thing...


ZERO FARE FOR BETTER AIR is an August program being offered by RTD. What a great time to ride any of the RTD vehicles for no cost! Plan your ride to work, school, or shopping. Take your kids downtown on the lite rail! Ride Bustang to Ft. Collins for lunch? Just hop on the rail to DIA from Union Station to go out and visit the construction? (probably not) or have lunch at the Westin!

This collaborative initiative is the result of Senate Bill 22-180 and is designed to increase future RTD ridership and reduce ozone during August, Colorado’s high ozone season. WHY RTD? Save money on car expenses. Save gas! Reduce the stress from driving in traffic. Reduce traffic which reduces air pollution. (Using public transit creates less carbon emissions than driving a car!) Save time, catch up on reading, emails, or just sit back and relax.

Visit Zero Fare for Better Air!



with Rev. Dr. Shauna Hannan

Sundays, October 2, 2022 - January 8, 2023

This is a lay leadership education offered by the office of Congregational Relations from California Lutheran University.

Send email to Desta Goehner, Director of Congregational Relations at California Lutheran University at desta@callutheran.edu for more information.

Register at this link. Download poster here.



Grand Canyon (2D)

There are approximately 89 congregations in the Grand Canyon Synod, including new mission starts. The territory of this synod is the State of Arizona; the counties of Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln, and Nye in the State of Nevada; and New Promise Lutheran Church, in St. George, Utah. 

The synod is served by Bishop Deborah K. Hutterer. Visit gcsynod.org.

Click here for a map of our 65 ELCA synods and 9 regions.

office of the bishop this week

Bishop Jim Gonia

SPECIAL NOTE: Bishop Jim is currently recovering from Covid, and he is expecting the birth of his first grandchild today, August 3! Prayers for him and his family!

  • Tabor, Pueblo, CO
  • Churchwide Assembly


Pastor Dana Peterson

  • 3E Mini-sabbatical


Pastor Diana Linden-Johnson

  • Ethics & Boundary Training
  • Candidacy Meeting Prep
  • ELCA Churchwide Assembly, Columbus, OH


Peter Severson

  • Healthy School Meals coalition
  • RMS Disaster Response Team
  • Vacation


Kurt Rager

  • Food/Hunger/Water/Ag Policy Workgroup
  • Vacation: Rainbow Trail Family Camp


Pastor Kent Mueller

  • Campaign Projects
  • Lutheran Center Projects
  • Finance and Administration


Tina Kvitek

  • Zion Lutheran Church, Limon, CO
  • CU Campus Ministry
  • Southeast Colorado Conference Meeting
  • Excellence in Leadership
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employment opportunities

Accompanist / Organist

Cross of Christ Lutheran Church - Broomfield, CO


Peace in Christ Episcopal Lutheran Ministry - Elizabeth, CO

Children, Youth and Family Minister

Evergreen Lutheran Church - Evergreen, CO

Office Manager

Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church - Lakewood, CO

Associate in Music - Handbell Director (full-time)

First Lutheran Church - Colorado Springs, CO


St. Philip Lutheran Church - Littleton, CO

Director of Communications and Membership (full-time)

Lutheran Church of Hope - Broomfield, CO

Bells of Hope Handbell Choir Director (part-time)

Lutheran Church of Hope - Broomfield, CO

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