August 11, 2021 + A Reconciling in Christ synod
Together we proclaim and embody God's unconditional love for the sake of the world.
survey deadline is August 13
Racial Justice Task Force seeks Rostered Minister Input
As the Racial Justice Tithe Task Force contemplates recommendations to the Synod Council for effective use of the RMS campaign tithe, designated for racial justice work and ministry, we are seeking some information that will help us better understand the current landscape of racial justice engagement in our synod’s congregations and ministries.

We invite pastors and deacons who are actively serving a congregation or ministry to complete this survey by August 13.
Excellence in Leadership Registration is OPEN!
Excellence in Leadership (EiL) is a transformational experience. We have now completed the first cohort in this two-year initiative and the reviews have proven this truth. EiL provides tools and resources to help strengthen both participants and the communities in which they participate, and to help create the courageous, resilient, faithful leaders that this world craves and needs.

Truly this initiative is helpful for not only congregations, but for all people who wish to improve their leadership skills and increase their capacity for emotional intelligence. Whether you would like to do it as an individual or would like to participate as a group, this initiative is for you!

Listen to this testimony from Will Johnson, a participant and trainer in the program:
Registration is open for the Fall cohorts of Excellence in Leadership, with options for both online and in person available. Classes start in September, sign up today!
eConnection Spotlight:
RMS in the Neighborhood
Worship resources for “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday
Prayers, hymn suggestions and considerations for preaching for use on Sunday, Sept. 12, the ELCA’s annual day of service, are available in PDF and Word formats.

The Lutheran Center, home of the office of the bishop, has some projects to accomplish that could be excellent for a "God's Work. Our Hands" group. Contact Tina Kvitek if you would like to volunteer.
3-Part video series tells the story of three small congregations doing vital ministry

A grant from the Lilly Endowment has made it possible for us to tell the stories of three Rocky Mountain Synod congregations who have discovered that meaningful ministry is happening in and through small congregations, often served by part time pastors and deacons
A Beautiful Tapestry

Our third story is of Zion's Lutheran Church in Trinidad, CO. The video is titled: "A Beautiful Tapestry: Ministries intertwined creating a community of faith."
Life-giving Change

Our second story is of Risen Lord Lutheran Church in Conifer, CO. The video is titled, "Live-giving Change: Two Separate Congregations - One Heart in Christ."
Beautiful Stubbornness

Our first story is of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in south Denver. The video is titled, "Beautiful Stubbornness: Faithful ministry through determination and perseverance." 
RMS & ELCA News and Events
Rocky Mountain Synod
"Finding a Way"
Little America, Cheyenne, WY + September 20-23, 2021

As we prepare for the Fall season, we find ourselves in the unknown environs of a collective trauma. We have yet to fully realize the implications of the pandemic, and we know that things are brewing! How are you doing?! Are you exhausted? Have you been able to rest or are the challenges increasing? How is your ministry? What are you experiencing as leaders?

Whatever is going on, you are not alone!

The 2021 Theological Conference will focus on creatively navigating current challenges in ministry. How can we become more resilient in our lives and ministry? What does it mean to be a "Hybrid Church?" Join us!

Registration deadline is September 10.
Cost is Single $660, Double $475, Commuter $275.
Single and Double includes three nights lodging and meals.
This year we are adding the convenience of paying by credit card for all registrants.
Getting Ready for the ELCA Youth Gathering 2022
Information Session Zoom calls on:
Thursday, August 12 and September 9 at 10:00 a.m.
This week, the ELCA Youth Gathering Team hosted its official kick-off event. That video can be viewed here:

And we are excited to start thinking about traveling to Minneapolis next summer! Bryan Jaster is serving as our synod coordinator for this gathering cycle, and we are hosting some monthly events to help adult leaders and youth ministry professionals be as prepared as possible.
Join us on ZOOM for important information sessions on Aug 12 and Sep 9! The webinars will be recorded. For more information contact: or
from the ELCA Advocacy Network...
Advocacy Summer School: What Is Faith-Based Advocacy?
Through advocacy, the ELCA community can create lasting, systemic change. If you want to get involved in faith-based advocacy but aren’t sure where to begin, sign up for Advocacy Summer School. This five-part, online series is being offered by ELCA Advocacy in collaboration with ELCA Peace Not Walls. The first session, on Aug. 11, will paint a picture of advocacy and explore how it is shaped by a faith foundation, especially in members and affiliates of the ELCA. Future sessions will cover ways to carry out advocacy work and specific policy issues where the Lutheran community can make an impact. Join one session or all five, and learn how we can lift our voices together to advance the common good.
3E Stewardship programs
- Registration is open through August
There's a stewardship program for every congregation in 2021!
How can we address stewardship amid the continuing challenges of COVID-19?
Generosity doesn’t take a break in a pandemic. In 2020, 3E had 57 congregations and 254 ministers and lay leaders engaged in active Rocky Mountain Synod 3E stewardship programs. In nearly every congregation we polled after their 2020 appeals, they reported increases in giving, either in the number of people giving statements of intent or in their donations. The pandemic doesn’t take away our commitment to God’s love in the world or our investment in ministry – it increases it!  Like best long-term efforts, it’s a journey. And 3E is here to support your work building a culture of generosity.
Register for Beginning a Culture of Generosity for six Zoom one-hour sessions with accompanying materials to plan your fall appeal. Sessions begin August 14 and end December 4. The $150 cost per congregation is $150. If you joined BCG last year, please join us again at no cost. Everyone still needs to register.
For congregations that participated in Stewardship for All Seasons (SAS) in any past cohort, sign up for the SAS Refresher. There is no cost for this program and we encourage congregations to include old and new stewardship and congregational leaders.
Register for SAS Refresher six one-hour Zoom sessions beginning August 7 and ending January 11. Topics for individual sessions include: spirituality of fundraising, governance, volunteerism and gratitude.
Questions? Visit or or contact Deb Elstad, 3E Associate Director of Stewardship at:
Fall 2021 Session: September 8-October 22
FAB's 6-week Fall Session begins on September 8 and will include both an in-person course and virtual courses! Registration is now open. Courses will explore subjects such as the history of the U.S. through the lens of baseball, an exploration of how the holidays we celebrate today were driven by historical forces, a look at the work of Vincent van Gogh and his influences, rock art in the ancient world, and more! Join us for these stimulating courses. 50+ are welcome, please share with your friends and family! Virtual courses are $35 each, and the In-Person course is $50.

For more information about Fifty and Better, see flyer here, and visit:, and join our contact list to receive updates as they are announced.
For Your Bulletin
Around the Synod
Free outdoor concert featuring the Colorado String Band!
Wednesday, August 11, 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Join us for an evening of outdoor family fun, music and food! Free outdoor concert by the Colorado String Band, The Cravings food truck, homemade desserts, and a bounce house for kids! Bring your own chairs or sit out on the lawn. 15625 E Iliff Ave Aurora, CO 80013.

More information at:
Splash, Slither, Stomp, and Soar into Arts!
Saturday, August 14th at 10 a.m. and Sunday, August 15th at 12 p.m.
“Splash, Slither, Stomp, & Soar Into Arts” at the Denver ZOO on Sat., Aug. 14 at 10 a.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church (5000 E. Alameda Ave., Denver) and on Sun., Aug. 15 after worship at noon.

Savor the last days of summer with this Augustana Arts’ family-friendly concert featuring Stratus Chamber Orchestra and Guest Conductor, Catherine Sailer. Music includes the well-known “Carnival of the Animals,” “Flight of the Bumblebee,” Haydn’s Symphony no. 82 “The Bear,” and more animal favorites! Learn more by visiting A Classical experience that is sure to enrich, inspire, and uplift the entire family - young, active, or older! Join us!
Tee Off for Hope with Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains!
Monday, August 16 at 9:00 a.m.
7:30 -8:45 AM: Registration & Breakfast
9:00 AM: Shotgun Start
Luncheon & Awards
Join LFSRM for our annual Tee Off for Hope golf tournament, held at Red Rocks Country Club in Morrison, CO! This is a fun-filled day of golf, community, prizes, and supporting the work that we do in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. Come with a friend or a foursome to one of Colorado's most beautiful private courses for a great cause!
Questions? Email
First Lutheran Colorado Springs completes Major Renovation of Historic Jewett Mansion / Peel House
Ribbon Cutting and Rededication August 22, 2:00 p.m.
In recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the founding of Colorado Springs, 127-year-old First Lutheran Church is orchestrating a mini-street parade and a ribbon cutting and rededication event to mark the completion of its $3.6 million privately funded renovation of the historic Jewett/Peel mansion.

Retired First Lutheran Church Senior Pastor Dr. Paul R. Peel, who for 48 years stewarded ministry in what was once the Jewett mansion, and his wife Lois, will be transported to Peel House by horse and carriage Sunday, August 22 for a 1:00 p.m. ribbon cutting and rededication event. Current pastor of First Lutheran Church, Reverend Travis Norton, will arrive in a 1910 Speedwell vintage American automobile. A mini-North End Neighborhood street parade will precede the event.

Our Life Together
Creation Care Team - Book Discussion
Saturday, Aug 14, 10:00 a.m.
Join Todd Wynward as we discuss his book Rewilding the Way: Break Free to Follow an Untamed God.

Todd Wynward is a public school founder, small-scale farmer, wilderness educator and Mennonite organizer for watershed discipleship in the Mountain States region. He has been engaged in education reform and social change movements for twenty years, and has spent more than a thousand nights outdoors. He and his wife Peg founded a wilderness-based public charter school in 2001 and are now creating TiLT, a discipleship co-housing community emerging in Taos, NM.

When did we become so tame? How has “the good life” come to mean addiction to screens and status, fossil fuels and financial fitness? Can we break free to become the joyful and prophetic people God calls us to be? Trek along with wilderness guide Todd Wynward as he “rewilds” the Jesus Way. Seek the feral foundations of Scripture and the lessons that the prophets and disciples gleaned from wilderness testing.

Packed with inspiring stories of how contemporary people and groups are caring for the land and each other, Rewilding the Way issues a call to action. Read about how reskilling and local food covenants are transforming churches, and how place-based activism and creative housing are nurturing communities. Learn from those who are recovering from affluenza, replacing visions of personal wealth with the commonwealth of the earth and restoring their humble place in the community of creation. Do you despair about life on our changing planet? Join the hopeful band of seekers of God and makers of change who are rewilding the Way.

Richard Rohr calls Wynward’s novel, The Secrets of Leaven, “a spiritual roller-coaster that skewers everything we think we know about organized religion, social change, and human potential.” More of Todd’s writings and doings can be found at and his Author Page on Facebook.

Border Update
Thursday, August 19 at 3:00 p.m.
Join AMMPARO for an update on what is happening at the border on Thursday August 19 at 3:00pm.

Speakers will include:
  • Alicia Vasquez-Crede, LIRS
  • Allyson Pryor, Southwest Texas Synod
  • Rosemary Sanchez Guzman, Iglesia Cristo Rey, El Paso
  • Kari Lenander, Border Servant Corp, Las Cruces
  • Giovana Oaxaca, ELCA AMMPARO

Link will come out in early August, for more information:
Resource Corner
Review the Rocky Mountain Synod's recommendations on worship as the pandemic takes hold again.

...from Luther Seminary
A Cosmic Adventure Through Science & Faith
Go on a Cosmic Adventure!
Journey through the barrier between science and faith in an engaging online course.
Science and faith are mutually exclusive ideologies that cannot be reconciled!
At least, that's what astrophysicist Paul Wallace concluded when he walked away from Christianity as a teen. Years later, Paul began to look at science and faith from a new perspective and found that they are not competitors, but work in tandem.

Discover how science can illuminate and expand your faith in an online course from Luther Seminary, A Cosmic Adventure Through Science and Faith. See what renowned scientists such as Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton have to say about God, the Bible, and the way we view the world around us.

Go here for more info, register, and to start your free course now and learn more about the ways that science and faith enhance and confirm each other.
Employment Opportunities
Director of Music Ministry (part-time)
The Director of Music Ministry plans and coordinates the music ministry of Cross of Hope Lutheran Church. They are a member of the worship team and bring music, interpersonal and administrative skills necessary for leading worship, choirs, Praise + Team, and new opportunities in striving to fulfill the mission of Cross of Hope. This position is part-time – under 20 hours per week.

  • B.A. Degree in Music or equivalent experience.
  • Two professional and one personal reference.
  • A clear background check.
  • A demonstrated competence in musical leadership and experience in all aspects of this position.
  • Ability to work well with others.

For a complete job description, email Please send your resume and references to or mail to Cross of Hope Lutheran Church, 6104 Taylor Ranch Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120.
Sunday School Teacher/Coordinator
Trinity Lutheran Church, in collaboration with St Paul's Episcopal Church, are seeking to hire a Sunday School teacher/coordinator who will foster Christian Formation on Sunday mornings for children of St. Paul’s and Trinity Lutheran age pre-school – 5th grade. The successful candidate for this position will be someone who connects well with children, enjoys teaching and is committed to creatively building the faith of children. The Sunday School Teacher/Coordinator will work closely with the clergy of Trinity and St. Paul’s to identify and teach a curriculum that fosters age-appropriate faith formation. 15 hours a month, including Sunday mornings. See the job description for more information.
Office Administrator/Financial Secretary/Tech Coordinator
Advent Lutheran Church in Westminster Colorado is looking for an Office Administrator. 30 hours per week. Job includes entering financial data, updating social media accounts, and secretarial duties. Hours are flexible, $15 - $20 per hour commensurate with experience. For detailed job description or for questions contact Advent Lutheran Church -, or leave a message at (303) 428-7501.
New Promise Lutheran in St. George, Utah seeks Music Director, in a part-time position. Call 435-628-9740 for application information. Compensation based on education and experience; negotiable – PT (15 hrs/wk); 2 wks paid vacation. Detailed job description here.
Good Shepherd, a vibrant congregation in Centennial, is seeking a Youth Director. The successful candidate will lead and grow the youth ministry program and will embody the values of Good Shepherd, which include fostering an environment that is supportive, accepting, inclusive, and open. The successful candidate will also build relationships with the youth, the congregation, and the Episcopal Church in Colorado, and will work to broaden the experiences of the youth beyond our suburban location and will provide opportunities for the youth to live out their baptismal covenant within the larger community.
This is a year-round position, with an expectation of a 19-hour work week. Salary range would be dependent on education and experience, ranging from $21,700 - $23,700 per year. For a complete job description and contact information, please visit:
Office of the Bishop This Week
 Bishop Jim Gonia
  • California Lutheran University Zoom
  • Region 2 Bishops
  • Candidacy Committee
  • Installation: Vicki Daub, Veterans Ministry, Bethany, Denver
  • Installation: Brittany Baurle Kooi, Holy Love, Aurora, CO

Pastor Dana Peterson
  • Cristo Rey, Denver, CO
  • Christ, Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Rejoice, Erie, CO
  • New Paradigms working group

Kurt Rager
  • Vacation Time

Peter Severson
  • Sabbatical
Pastor Sarah Moening
  • Excellence in Leadership Admin
  • Transitions Work

Pastor Kent Mueller
  • Vacation Time
  • Campaign Event Preparation

Tina Kvitek
  • Grace Lutheran, Casper, WY
  • First Lutheran, Longmont, CO
  • Messiah Community, Denver, CO
  • Donor Meetings
  • RMS Campaign
  • Lutheran Center

Pastor Leslie O'Callaghan
  • Candidacy Committee 2-Day Meeting
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