March 10, 2021
A Reconciling in Christ synod
Statement on anti-Asian Racism from the ELCA
CHICAGO (March 4, 2021)
The Asian and Pacific Islander Association of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued a statement addressing the increase in violence directed toward Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The ELCA Conference of Bishops affirmed the statement during their virtual meeting.

The statement begins:

The COVID-related surge in anti-Asian violence is physically and spiritually assaulting Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. This violence re-emerged from America's historical and pervasive sin of racism. Asian American and Pacific Islander children and adults are facing assaults with racial slurs, bullying, spitting, physical injury, and even death. These are not new in communities where Peoples of Color live. These violent acts of racism have and are happening in cities and towns across the United States. The virus of racism cannot be allowed to run rampant.
eConnection Spotlight:
RMS in the Neighborhood
...for an Easter Vigil Service from PLTS!
PLTS will be recording an Easter Vigil Service of the Word that will be available by March 31 for your use. And they will host a watch party on April 3 at 7:00p.m. Pacific Time. More information coming soon!
RMS & ELCA News and Events
2021 Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly
April 29-May 1
Location: ZOOM
Resolutions and Memorials

Resolutions are requests for action by the Synod Council or Office of the Bishop. Memorials are passed on for consideration by the Churchwide Assembly.

To help the Assembly planning team anticipate the plenary time needed to address resolutions by the Assembly, the Committee on Reference and Council requests any congregation or team complete a Resolution Intent Form by Friday, February 19.

The final deadline for submitting Resolutions and Memorials is Friday, March 19, 2021.  Resolutions and Memorials should be emailed to Kristen Lee:
At this year's assembly, we will be electing our Synod Vice President, as well as voting members for the 2022 Churchwide Assembly.

The Nominating Committee of the Rocky Mountain Synod invites members of congregations to prayerfully consider if God is calling them to serve as the Vice President of our Synod. Important information about this office is attached here.

All nominations must be received by the end of the day, Friday, March 19.

Specific openings and the nomination form can be found on our website.
Urban Servant Corps Palm Sunday Prayer Walk
Sunday, March 28 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Drop-by 1:00 p.m. Prayer with Bishop Gonia via Zoom
We traditionally gather on Palm Sunday as a way to enter into Holy Week with communal connection and deep meaning -- praying for those who are most vulnerable in our communities.

This year, we invite you to drop-by (masked) between 9-11am for a self-guided tour of the neighborhood with your household. You will be warmly greeted outside of the USC Ogden St. house (1660 Ogden Street, Denver, CO 80218) and offered a prayer booklet, and walking route. You also have the opportunity to register for QUICHE and COFFEE CAKE, safely prepared by USC staff and volunteers, to take home for your Palm Sunday Brunch!

Also, join us in a Prayer Service at 1:00 p.m. with Bishop Gonia via Zoom at:

May this time be an act of faithful support for the justice that we seek in our neighborhoods!
Carrie Newcomer Concert
Online event with the Rocky Mountain Synod
Sunday, March 28, 4:00 p.m.
Carrie Newcomer is a much-loved singer and songwriter. Her music speaks to the heart of what it means to be people together on life's journey.

Join Carrie Newcomer, Gary Walters, and Allie Summers for an evening of music that acknowledges the very real challenges we face, while affirming the resilience and resources found in our individual inner work and our community and collective work. Carrie will perform songs that stir the spirit, open the heart, laugh out loud and create a sense of connection and shared community.

A portion of ticket sales will be donated back to the Rocky Mountain Synod in support of our ministry together.

Ticket Options:
$20 | Single Ticket
$30 | Family/Household Ticket
$10 | Student Ticket

How to Purchase a Ticket:

  1. Once you make an online purchase by clicking on the button below, you will receive an electronic "ticket" from the Mandolin platform by email.
  2. You will then go to the Mandolin website to create a Mandolin account with your name and email. You can opt out of email marketing.
  3. You will log back into Mandolin to view the live show at the appointed time. (Mandolin help site)
from the RMS Veteran Servant Corps Project
Veterans Community Project
Veterans Community Project in Longmont, CO is asking for donations of items for homeless veterans. YOU can help!
Click here or on the document to download the list of items needed.
For Your Bulletin

Debra Jimenez
Ascension, Ogden, UT
Saturday, March 13, 2:00pm
Color of the Day: Purple
Meeting ID: 714 8395 3483
Passcode: Grace
RMS Prayer Cycle

March 2021
Boulder/Broomfield Conference

- Week of March 14 -

First Lutheran, Longmont, CO
Rev. Garrett Struessel
Rev. Katie Emery

Grace Lutheran, Boulder, CO
Rev. Matthew Weber
Sunday, March 14, 2021
Fourth Sunday in Lent

Prayer of the Day
O God, rich in mercy, by the humiliation of your Son you lifted up this fallen world and rescued us from the hopelessness of death. Lead us into your light, that all our deeds may reflect your love, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

In God's Hands: Ecumenical Prayer Cycle from the World Council of Churches
14 - 20 March : Ireland; United Kingdom: Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden - 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, Boulder and Interfaith Network on Mental Illness

Grieving Young: Spiritual Care for Young Adults of All Abilities Amid COVIC 19"
Thursday, March 11, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Young adults face unique challenges in grieving loved ones’ loss and missed life milestones amid the pandemic. Those living with mental health challenges and neurodevelopmental differences are particularly affected. Come share how faith communities can provide connection, hope, and resources to young adults of all abilities dealing with profound loss.
Rev. Amy Petre Hill, JD, is the Spiritual Care Fellow at JFK Partners, Colorado’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in the CU School of Medicine and founder of Mental Health & Inclusion Ministries, a new community chaplaincy serving individuals and families living with mental health challenges and neurodiversity.

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Looking at Immigration through a Different Lens"
Thursday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Immigrants documented and undocumented, predominately those from Latin America, have traditionally received a harsh welcome by a portion of our society. Join in a conversation on how faith communities can help advocate and assist immigrants and how our country has had a hand in the disruption and chaos that caused many to flee into this nation, encountering ensuing mental health obstacles.

Jon Gilbert Martinez, M.Div. serves as a designated-term pastor at Christ Church UCC Des Plaines, IL. He also serves the Colectivo de UCC Latinx Ministries as their communications consultant, vice-moderator of the Chicago Metropolitan Association of the United Church of Christ, and vice-chair of the UCC Mental Health Network.

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Heart for the Arts 2021: Voyage on the Waves
Saturday, March 20 through Monday, March 29, 7 p.m. each day
Join us for our 2021 Heart for the Arts: “Voyage on the Waves” from March 20-29. In lieu of our annual in-person gala, this 10-day fundraising journey will feature mini musical excursions that will highlight the talent of Stratus musicians, with the “New Dawn String Quartet” - Stratus’s principal string musicians - opening night with Handel’s Water Music. You can enjoy these mini-concerts each night at 7pm via VIMEO (link on our Facebook and website).

Our goal for this fundraising journey is to get 200 people to donate $20 to reserve a virtual Stateroom seating ticket. Tax Deductible Stateroom Seating Donations will benefit all programs of Augustana Arts including Stratus Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Women’s/Men’s Chorales, and Music Encounters. These donations can be made via our website or our GoFundMe. Help us keep music buoyed on the waves during these difficult times!
Celebrate Music Encounters:
An Evening of Uplifting Music & Inspiring Stories about Music Teachers
Friday, April 16, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate the music teachers in our life who inspire and encourage young lives in the arts! Join us for an evening of uplifting music as the teachers from City Strings share their stories of their early encounters in music followed by a favorite composition or two. This virtual presentation will debut on Friday, April 16 at 7:00pm.

Let us know you can attend by making a reservation at This is a FREE virtual concert, but your donations are always appreciated in support of the arts.
Our Life Together
Free Webinar!
Addiction & Motivational Interviewing
A Conversation with Dr. William R. Miller
co-founder of Motivational Interviewing
Thursday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. MDT
Dr. Miller is one of the world's leading addiction researchers and co-creator of 'Motivational Interviewing.' He has dedicated his life and career to understanding how and why people change and the connections between psychology and spirituality.

Join us for a conversation about this important evidence-based approach to addressing addiction. Miller's research applies to far more than just problematic behaviors but is helpful and inspirational for anyone interested in encouraging the process of personal and spiritual transformation.

This webinar will be presented in interview format by the Center of Addiction & Faith. It will be co-hosted by Tim McMahan King and Pastor Ed Treat.
Urban Servant Corps: Accepting Applications!
Service! Intentional Community! Simplicity! Spirituality! If these values are important to you (or someone you know!), consider joining the Urban Servant Corps community! At USC, we believe that service is transformational and that it makes a difference for how we show up in the world.

Full-time volunteers live in an intentional community house in downtown Denver. Food, housing, health insurance, a monthly stipend and an annual "growth and development" allotment are provided. Additionally, Spiritual Direction, alumni mentorship, and professional development opportunities are offered as part of this experience. Are you a young adult dedicated to social justice and a simpler way of life? Are you someone who hopes to explore or deepen your faith? Are you seeking experience in the non-profit/ministry field? Join us! Go to for more information and to apply!
Rocky Mountain Synod Creation Care
Monthly Meeting
Saturday, March 13, 10:00 a.m.
Do you love the environment? Care for creation? Then join us on the second Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. This month our focus will be the upcoming Synod Assembly and an Earth Day celebration.

And find us on the RMS Creation Care FaceBook page and post your ideas - - or email us at
NLC Virtual Hymn Festival: Hope Lives!
Sunday, March 14 @ 4:00 p.m. CDT
Join the National Lutheran Choir and guest artists, the Keith Hampton Singers, for a FREE virtual program blending spoken reflections, songs and familiar hymns of joy and hope with new music that speaks to our present time, inviting all people of faith to sing in joy together! More info here.

Sunday, March 14 @ 4pm (Central Daylight Time) @

This online presentation is FREE for all.
For a Virtual Subscription to exclusive content ($10/month), visit
Employment Opportunities
New Listings
We are an ELCA and Reconciling in Christ congregation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, seeking a part-time Director of Music (averaging 15 hours per week). The role of this position is to lead, seek out, encourage, and coordinate the music ministry to enrich the worship and spiritual life of the congregation and the community. Full job description, and submission information here.

Candidates must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in music, while a Master’s degree in music is preferred.

Application deadline: 1 April 2021 Start date: 1 May 2021
The Facilities Manager will ensure that the building and infrastructure is in good working order, maintain a high level of cleanliness and follow all safety guidelines. The Facilities Manager will maintain appropriate relationships with necessary vendors, staff and community partners, and will supervise the custodial staff. Additionally, the Facilities Manager will serve as chairman of several facility support committees. This is a part-time position working 20 hours per week. Compensation range, $17.00-19.50 per hour.
For a full job description & application, please go to:
Interim Director of Faith Formation (updated)
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 for the full job description and application!
All Non-Rostered Listings
Director of Music
St. Paul Lutheran Church - Albuquerque, NM

Facilities Manager
First Lutheran Church - Longmont, CO

Director of Music Ministries
King of Kings Lutheran Church - Pueblo, CO

Church Business Administrator
St. Philip Lutheran Church - Littleton, CO

Interim Director of Faith Formation
Trinity Lutheran Church - Loveland, CO
Office of the Bishop This Week
 Bishop Jim Gonia
  • First Call Regional Consultation
  • Messiah Mountain Advisory Team
  • Installation of Rev. Debra Jimenez, Ascension, Ogden, UT
  • Vacation, March 14-22

Pastor Dana Peterson
  • 1-1 Appointments
  • St. Matthew's, Taylorsville, UT

Kurt Rager
  • New Mexico Ethics Coalition
  • Weekly Legislative Update

Peter Severson
  • LAM-CO Policy Committee
  • Colorado Fiscal Institute
  • Colorado Social Legislation Committee
Pastor Sarah Moening
  • Congregational Transition
  • Excellence in Leadership

Pastor Kent Mueller (1/2 time)
  • Finance Committee
  • Messiah Mountain Advisory Team

Deacon Erin Power
  • Struggling with Our Stories of Race Webinar and Discussion Series
  • RMS Communications
  • Assembly Planning

Pastor Leslie O'Callaghan
  • Candidacy Appointments
  • Administrative work
  • Zions, Trinidad, CO
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