January 27, 2021
A Reconciling in Christ synod
Rostered Ministers and council leaders are invited to join a conversation January 28 (tomorrow!) as we navigate together worship as the COVID-19 vaccination becomes available.

Join us on ZOOM:

COVID Conversations February 4 and 11 will be on both ZOOM and Facebook.
Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/rmselca
Webinar TODAY!
Wedensday, January 27, 2:30pm MT / 4:30 pm ET
What does Christian nationalism look like in our world today? How can we use our faithful witness to uphold a more just and inclusive society?

eConnection Spotlight:
RMS in the Neighborhood
Aaron's Match: ELCA World Hunger
By Aaron Carson, 7 years old

I was looking in a magazine from the ELCA. I saw a picture of a church feeding hungry people. In the middle of the magazine was an envelope. My dad told me it was for sending money to the ELCA, and I decided to give $6 that I had leftover from my birthday. I wanted to give to ELCA World Hunger, because I want to help feed hungry people. I told my dad that we have enough food every day, and other people do not.

My dad shared this story on Facebook, and my $6 has turned into over $1000 for ELCA World Hunger.

RMS & ELCA News and Events
First Call Process Webinar for Candidates
Tuesday, February 2, at 3:00 p.m.
Attention, all candidates for rostered ministry! Do you have questions about how the new process for first call works? Would you like more information?

Attend this webinar with key people representing churchwide and the RMS, including Regional Candidacy and Leadership Manager Deacon Laura Gifford, and Office of the Bishop Staff, for an overview and discussion about the new first call process for candidates for rostered ministry. This webinar will be recorded and available for later viewing if you are unable to attend.

Meeting ID: 964 9180 6277
Passcode: 491513
Despite the many challenges faced in 2020, Christ's Church continues to proclaim God's unconditional love across the Rocky Mountain Synod. Thanks to your continued participation and financial generosity we are learning anew not only what it means to be Better Together, but to be Christ’s Church for the life of the world.

Thank you for YOUR part in our shared ministry and witness and for YOUR gracious support of our life together as Christ’s Church, for your investment in all that it means to be God’s people in the ELCA Rocky Mountain Synod!  

Your faithful investment in our life together allows this vision to become reality. As you finalize your congregational spending plans for 2021, we ask you to give prayerful consideration to your congregation’s mission support for 2021, knowing that your generosity not only funds our work as a synod but contributes to the impact made by our vast churchwide ministries. Our goal next year is to share 47.5% of all congregation support with our ELCA Churchwide organization.
Lenten Discussion Series:
Struggling with Our Stories of Race
About the Lenten Discussion Series

This discussion series is intended to create an experience for each of us the chance to think about our personal stories of race and faith. This discussion guide includes a guided timeline experience and individual journal prompts. Participants are encouraged to engage as much of the materials as they are able. Synod Assembly Voting Members are specifically asked to engage this work as part of the preparation for the assembly, though anyone in the RMS is invited to participate. 

How to Participate

  • As a Congregation: Gather as a congregation small group to view the specified parts of the timeline and discuss the journal prompts from that week.
  • With the RMS group: Join either Sunday or Wednesday evenings throughout Lent to view the timeline with folks from around the synod. This can be as an individual or congregational group. 
  • As an Individual: While the journal prompts are meant to be done individually, you may also view the timeline on your own as well. If you select this option, it is strongly encouraged you find a conversation partner to process your learnings with.


Wednesday, February 17, 4:00pm: Opening Conversation with Bishop Gonia, Rev. Ron Roschke, & Assembly Keynote Speaker Dr. Edward Antonio

Session 1: Sunday, February 21st, 6pm OR  Wednesday, February 24th, 3pm
Session 2: Sunday, February 28th 6pm OR Wednesday, March 3, 3pm
Session 3: Sunday, March 7th 6pm OR Wednesday, March 10, 3pm
Session 4: Sunday, March 14th 6pm OR Wednesday, March 17, 3pm
Session 5: Sunday, March 21st 6pm or Wednesday, February 24th, 3pm

For Your Bulletin

Chelsea Achterberg
(at: St. Stephen's, Northglenn, CO)
Called to: Pastor, All Saints, Aurora, CO
Wednesday, January 27, 4:30 pm
Color of the Day: Red
Meeting ID: 929 2999 6200
Passcode: 951963


Ruby Narucki
Senior Pastor
Tabor, Pueblo, CO
Sunday, January 24, 1:00 pm
Color of the Day: Green

Rebecca Aardahl
Ascension-St. Matthew's, Price, UT
Sunday, January 24, 5:00 pm
Color of the Day: Green
Meeting ID: 892 2974 7190
Passcode: 961247

Chelsea Achterberg
All Saints, Aurora, CO
Saturday, January 30, 3:00 pm
Color of the Day: Green
Meeting ID: 941 629 8167
Passcode: 2020ASLC*
YouTube stream link: https://youtu.be/dQJN_OCU8JQ

Debra Jimenez
Ascension, Ogden, UT
Saturday March 13, time TBD
Color of the Day: Purple
RMS Prayer Cycle

- Week of January 31-

St. John's - Thornton, CO
Wesley Dunbar

St. Stephen's - Northglenn, CO
Mandy Achterberg

United Church of the San Juans - Ridgway, CO

Zion - Idaho Springs, CO

Zion - Montrose, CO
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

Prayer of the Day
Compassionate God, you gather the whole universe into your radiant presence and continually reveal your Son as our Savior. Bring wholeness to all that is broken and speak truth to us in our confusion, that all creation will see and know your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

In God's Hands:
Ecumenical Prayer Cycle from the World Council of Churches
31 January - 06 February : Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Western Sahara, Tunisia - Intercessions and Prayers

Join us in daily prayer
Download ELCA Prayer Ventures for 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.
Around the Synod
Conversations for Connection: Supporting Mental Health
Hosted by Atonement Lutheran Church, Boulder and the Interfaith Network on Mental Illness

“Radical Curiosity As An Antidote to Political and Spiritual Polarity”
Thursday, January 28, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
We live in a remarkable time in so many ways, full of promising developments as well as profound, multi-leveled dangers--including fragmentation in our government. How can we as individuals actively help this situation, instead of possibly making it worse, despite our good intentions. We invite you to a discussion where we may freshly question and explore our assumptions related to world view and politics. Our intention is to invoke the further recognition that we, all of us, are the voices of a system that’s expressing something--and that expression needs to be heard in order to invite the emergence of an evolution beyond our current state of highly polarized political and spiritual conflict.
Chuck Knapp, M.A., L.P.C., a graduate of Naropa University, worked for many years in the public mental health sector. In 1990 he co-founded Windhorse Community Services in Boulder, Colorado, where he served as a Co-Director until 2019, and currently works as a senior clinician. He is co-founder and Editor of the Windhorse Journal.

“What the Widows Have Taught Me”
Thursday, February 4, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Widows were honored by Jesus as revealers of great blessing. Their “grief glasses” have super powers, like gratitude, storytelling, seeing old things anew, crying in real time, befriending animals and finding humor in dark places.
Join Rev. Heather Haginduff in a pandemic discussion of how we can implement the widows’ gift in our daily mental health. She has been spending the pandemic learning how to garden, playing the ukulele and educating the public on and advocating for Reproductive Health and Justice. She is energized by cooking and pulpit supply (preaching on Zoom). She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Heather lives in Colorado Springs with her TikTokking 'tween daughters, and her girlfriend.

Join Zoom Meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4264420220
from Augustana Arts Concert Series
What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love!
Sunday, February 14, at 6:30 p.m.
Join us for our second Culinary Concert featuring jazz musicians Neil Bridge and Karen Lee Bridge and guest chef Andrew Hudson. “What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love!” is the perfect way to enjoy Valentine’s Day with your family, spouse, friend, or partner. The Bridge’s will perform classic love songs while you treat yourself to delicious recipes from Spain in the comfort of your own kitchen!

Recipes and a shopping list will be shared ahead of time. This is a virtual event and a link will be sent 24 hours prior to the concert showtime. This online event is free, but your donations are appreciated in lieu of admission in support of Augustana Arts.

Our Life Together
Apply for a year of service and intentional community at Urban Servant Corps!
At Urban Servant Corps (USC), we believe that service is transformational. It offers connection from one human to another and when we are of service to one another in the context of intentional community, simplicity and faith, we become more deeply aligned with our own purpose.

Please consider joining the USC intentional community for a year of service to our vulnerable neighbors, simple living and faith formation.
Learn more and apply at:
Resource Corner
check back each week for a new or featured resource for your congregation
a recommendation from the Christian Education Network of the ELCA:
Where in the World Are You? Connecting Faith and Daily Life
by Norma Cook Everist, Nelvin Vos
Everist and Vos challenge congregations to take a new look at and mission -- to see themselves as God's people in the world. Explore exciting new understandings that come from starting with people in the world rather than with church structures. Professors Everist (clergy, Wartburg Theological Seminary) and Vos (laity, Muhlen-berg College) bring their insights to bear on how people's daily struggles, needs, and hopes can connect to God's mission through practical steps.

A Story to Tell: Devotions for Lent 2021
by David L. Miller, Harvard Stephens Jr., Lydia Posselt, and Rebekkah Lohrmann
This beautiful, full-color Lenten devotional highlights readings from the Gospel of Mark with 46 entries, one for each day from Ash Wednesday to Easter. Each reading is accompanied by a photo, a quote to ponder, a reflection, and a prayer. This accessible and colorful format makes it easy to incorporate a simple Christian observance into your Lenten journey.

A Story to Tell focuses on texts from the Gospel of Mark that show Jesus' journey from baptism to the cross. The gospel writer has a story to tell, moving quickly from one scene to the next. The urgent tone of the story grabs us and pulls us in, but all the action comes to a halt when those who see the empty tomb tell no one about this. Is this the end of the story?

Also available in Large Print and as an ebook (Kindle, Google Play, Nook, Kobo, and Apple Books). You can order the devotional from Augsburg Fortress, Amazon, or IndieBound. The button below will take you to a page with all three options.

Note: To ensure timely delivery before Ash Wednesday, we suggest selecting a shipping option other than Media Mail. We are hearing from the post office that Media Mail orders are currently taking 3-4 weeks for delivery.
from ELCA Advocacy
Advocacy 101 for young adults: When faith meets public policy
A new guide written by ELCA Hunger Advocacy Fellows brings clear-eyed questions, reflections and practical information for use by individuals and groups of many ages interested in getting started with faith-based advocacy by juxtaposing background, activities and the personal experience of advocates in light of Lutheran convictions.
from Administration Matters, January 2021
ELCA Federal Credit Union increases ministry loans to $100K, offers ministry credit cards
The ELCA Federal Credit Union now offers ministry loans of up to $100,000 to congregations — doubling the previous maximum amount. Ministry loans at favorable interest rates can be used for building repairs, vehicle purchases, small projects and supplemental operating income. The credit union also offers a ministry credit card. With unique benefits, the cost-effective card has no annual fee and is an alternative to standard business cards. Ministry loans and credit cards are another way the credit union assists congregations financially, allowing you to focus on your ministry. Find out more about these financial opportunities at https://www.elcafcu.org/personal/ministry-solutions under “Credit Cards and Loans.”

Journi — reveal your path to leadership
When someone feels God is calling them to make a difference in the world, the sheer number of questions and options can be overwhelming. Coming in early 2021, Journi is a digital tool for everyone who feels called to leadership in this church. Journi will equip future leaders with tools to discover their gifts, practical resources to learn more about opportunities within the church and next steps to move them forward in their leadership journey. Watch this video to learn more about our vision for Journi, which we are hard at work making a reality. Be among the first to learn how it’s going — sign up for updates at Journi.faith.
Employment Opportunities
Interim Director of Faith Formation
Trinity Lutheran Church - Loveland, CO
Trinity Lutheran Church, Loveland is seeking an Interim Faith Formation Director. This interim position has been developed to assist in continuing the energy found in Trinity Lutheran Church's youth and family activities. The Interim Faith Formation Director will work a flexible schedule -- no more than 20 hours/week for $400/week, and for approximately 6 months. The committee is seeking an experienced individual who can be organized, energetic, a positive problem solver, a good listener and actively engage with the following youth at Trinity: Elementary, Middle School, High School, and families of all types! Go to https://sites.google.com/view/trinitylovelandjobs/home for the full job description and application!

Chancel Choir Director, Praise Band Leader, Organist/Collaborative Artist, and Director of Music and Worship!
Zion Lutheran Church - Loveland, CO
Zion Lutheran in Loveland is seeking musicians to fill the following responsibilities: Chancel Choir Director, Praise Band Leader, Organist/Collaborative Artist, and Director of Music and Worship. Compensation may range from $10,000-42,000, depending on the responsibilities included upon hiring and the candidate's experience. Go to https://zionloveland.com/2021-music-staff-application/ to more information about each position, fill out an application, and download a resume. For full job descriptions or questions, contact Noelle at jobs@zionloveland.com. Zion's worship is grounded in Lutheran liturgical tradition, while encouraging creativity and engaging worship with all the senses.
Lay Ministry Coordinator
First Lutheran Church - Colorado Springs, CO
First Lutheran, Colorado Springs is hiring a Lay Ministry Coordinator. This person coordinates volunteers for worship, service projects, funerals and other church events, and oversees visitor follow-up and the new member process. They manage and coordinate use of the new Elexio database (church mgmt software) and liaison with the church’s outreach ministry partners. Full time. 40K-50K salary. Retirement and Health Benefits. For a full job description and information on how to apply send email to Pastor Travis at pastortravis@flccs.net.
Community Curator
Lakewood United Methodist Church
1390 Brentwood St Lakewood, CO 80214
Lakewood UMC is seeking a part time "Community Curator" who will aid the church in growing in relationship with the people of Lakewood, and the organizations doing important work in our neighborhood. This is a part-time, (20 hour/wk) position. Download job description here.

Part-time: $20K-$23K/yr

If interested, please contact Rev. Ben A. David Hensley, ben@lumc.net.
Community Connection Ministry
St. John's Lutheran Church - Thornton, CO
St. John's Lutheran Church in Thornton, Colorado is seeking a bi-lingual candidate for our Community Connection ministry to develop relationships in our local community through our Early Learning Center and technology ministries. We're a welcoming and inclusive community that fosters connection to God, each other and the community.
This part-time (20-25 hrs/wk) position reports to the Pastor and works with the Office Manager, ELC Director and Technology Team to support the congregation’s ministry.

Job description here. For more info, write to: gracepastor2@gmail.com.
Office of the Bishop This Week
 Bishop Jim Gonia
  • 1-1 Appointments
  • Ordination and Installation of Chelsea Achterberg
  • COVID Conversation Webinar

Pastor Dana Peterson
  • Westview Church, Boulder, CO
  • Well of Hope, Castle Rock, CO
  • Holy Cross, Albuquerque, NM

Kurt Rager
  • New Mexico First Working Group
  • Peace, El Paso, TX
  • NM Legislative Session

Peter Severson
  • Lutheran Disaster Response Consultation

Tina Kvitek
  • 1-1 meetings
Pastor Sarah Moening
  • Congregational Transition
  • Excellence in Leadership

Pastor Kent Mueller (1/2 time)
  • Campaign Advisory Team
  • Lutheran Center Administration

Deacon Erin Power
  • ELCA Committee on Appeals
  • Synod Assembly Planning

Pastor Leslie O'Callaghan
  • Candidacy Appointments
  • Administrative work
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