March 13, 2019
A Reconciling in Christ synod
What We Get To Do Together: Next Faithful Step
I recently shared with you a vision of what we get to do together as Christ’s Church here in the ELCA Rocky Mountain Synod. That vision includes:

·      celebrating the generosity of congregations and individuals that helps fuel our ministry;
·      growing as leaders in Christ’s Church through our new Excellence in Leadership initiative;
·      expanding our vision for outdoor ministry through Messiah Mountain Retreat Center;
·      concluding our current Educate, Equip, Enact (3E) initiative and applying for an new Lilly Grant;
·      claiming our distinctive ELCA gifts within the larger church so that our grace-centered gospel experience informs our engagement with the world;
·      supporting new and innovative ministry as we live into the church we are called to become.

In order to actively step into this vision of what we get to do together, your Synod Council recently approved a draft Strategic Plan 2.0 for the Rocky Mountain Synod and endorsed a feasibility study to determine the energy and capacity for a possible synod mission campaign. As part of this study, interviews and surveys will be conducted by our colleagues from GSB (Gronlund, Sayther & Brunkow) this spring so that our 2019 Synod Assembly can choose how to take the next faithful step into the Holy Spirit’s ever-unfolding future. I pray that if you are asked, you will agree to participate in this time of shared discernment.

I believe with my whole being that our calling to be the Christ’s Church today – including our call to live from the particular gifts of our part within Christ’s Body – matters more than ever. Thank you for your part in helping us take the next faithful step as God’s people of the ELCA Rocky Mountain Synod.

Yours in Faith,
Bishop Jim Gonia

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RMS in the Neighborhood
RMS Campus Ministry Winter Retreat!
Jaen Emmanuel Ugalde Becerra, University of New Mexico

Thirty young adults from eight campus ministries, along with our leaders, gathered in February to enjoy the snowy mountains and pine trees at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp. Led by friends from Colorado State University, we were able to sing songs of freedom and joy as a community. Our Saturday morning was particularly special with a delicious breakfast followed by time with representatives from five ELCA seminaries from across the country. They led our group through an activity called Faith Road, where we mapped out our faith journey and answered questions like, "Who are some of your faith role models?" Thank you to those who made this retreat possible for us, especially Bethany Lutheran Church Foundation, Cherry Hills Village, and Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Fort Collins. Without your support of campus ministry, we would not have these transformational journeys and ways of knowing.
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 Week of March 17

Cross of Christ - Broomfield, CO
Kathleen Armstrong
Will Johnson

Grace Lutheran - Boulder, CO
Janice Kibler
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. 
Sunday, March 17
Second Sunday in Lent 
Prayer of the Day

God of the covenant, in the mystery of the cross you promise everlasting life to the world. Gather all peoples into your arms, and shelter us with your mercy, that we may rejoice in the life we share in your Son, 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

17 - 23 March  Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania - Intercessions and Prayers
Around the Synod
"Lasting Hope", A Lenten Retreat
Augustana Lutheran, Denver
Saturday, March 16, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dovetailing the devotion book of the same name, "Lasting Hope," based on the Psalms with the work of other scholars, the pastors will lead a time for deepening faith in Jesus and connecting with each other through Lenten practice and study. 

Cost is $10 for lunch and materials; make checks payable to Augustana Lutheran Church, memo: Lenten Retreat . More information h ere .
Please plan to attend regardless of cost-- scholarships are available. Deadline to RSVP is Thursday, March 14 at 4:00 p.m.

E-mail  Lyn (  or 303-388-4678 ) as well as any dietary restrictions.
World Down Syndrome Day
Boondocks Food and Fun
Thursday, March 21 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Join Rejoicing Spirits Denver at Boondocks Food and Fun and E-470 and Parker Rd. ( map ) from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. to raise awareness for World Down Syndrome Day!

Contact Pastor Brigette Weier for more information!
Newcomers — A Gathering with Helen Thorpe and Lutheran Family Services
Saint Peter Lutheran Church, Greenwood Village
Sunday, March 24, 1:00 p.m.
First Lady Helen Thorpe will be presenting at Saint Peter ( map ) for a conversation about welcoming the newcomers and will center around her new book, The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in America. . We invite you and your congregations to join us for this event. We’ll gather for a light lunch at 12:30 p.m. (there is no cost to you, but we would appreciate a rough estimate of how many might be coming from your congregation to help us plan for lunch and seating, click here ), and Helen and Lutheran Family Services will present afterwards.

The purpose of the event is two-fold:
  • To raise awareness of refugee issues in Colorado
  • To collect household items needed by 11 refugee families who have recently arrived in Colorado

Our flier, pictured below, is available for download here . We can create custom fliers for you if your congregation wants to focus on collecting a particular household item.

Saint Peter has created a Facebook Event . Feel free to respond, or use it to create one of your own.

If you have specific questions, please reach out to  Jeanne Maloney  or  Karne Beighle .
Grandview University 2019 Music Choir Tour
Sunday, March 17 at 4:00 p.m.
The Grand View University Choir will perform at Zion Lutheran Church, Salt Lake City ( map ) on Sunday, March 17 at 4:00 p.m. as part of its eleven-day 2019 Spring Tour through Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Montana. They will perform their Home Concert on Sunday, April 7 at 3:00 p.m. at Luther Memorial Church, Des Moines, IA ( map ) . The Grand View Choir tours extensively throughout the United States as well as regularly in Europe. Wherever they sing, they have been praised for their excellence in musicality, blend, programming, and attention to detail. 

The tour program, O Day Full of Grace , proclaims that all of our days are in God’s hands. The themes of the pieces cover all aspects of our day – morning, work, leisure, struggle, joy, and evening, and then usher in that greatest of days – eternal day.
Our Life Together
Germany 2020: Study Tour and Oberammergau Passion Play
Pastor Jared Carson from Peace Lutheran Church, Las Cruces is organizing a study tour to Germany in June 2020. This trip is open to anyone in the Rocky Mountain Synod. The trip includes the Oberammergau Passion Play, which occurs every 10 years. Because of the popularity of the Oberammergau Passion Play, he is asking people to reserve their spot for the study tour now. The bulk of the tour will highlight Lutheran Reformation sites. Don’t miss this chance to dive into Reformation history first hand! If you are interested in the trip, brochures and more information are available online:
Or contact Pr. Jared at , 575-522-7119, ext 12.
Bridges Not Walls Holy Land Delegation 
Friday, July 26 through Tuesday, August 6, 2019 
Young Adults, ages 17 to 35 join an alternative pilgrimage of peace and justice in the Holy Land!

Visit key sites in and around Jerusalem (including Bethlehem and Nazareth). Deepen faith and develop peace-building, leadership and advocacy skills while building relationships with local Palestinians and Israelis, including active youth and young adults of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), and others engaged in the pursuit of peace and justice in the Holy Land.

Cost is approximately $1,350 (lodging, meals, transportation, tour guide fees, entrance fees, tips). Airfare to Tel Aviv not included in price (approximately $1,000-$1,200). Registration & Deposit of $350 due by March 15, 2019. Trip Leaders: Trena Montgomery and Jessica Morton Smith. 
The Summit 2019: Learning to Support our Youth with Mental, Emotional, and Social Health Issues
Monday April 8, 11:00 a.m. through Wednesday April 10, 11:00 a.m.
You know how hard your youth ministry staff works for your congregation. Well, Rainbow Trail wants to give them a little bonus for all that they do. The Summit, RTLC’s youth ministry retreat, is for your youth and family ministers. And it is absolutely FREE. The Summit will be held April 8-10, 2019 at camp and is free to church personnel who work with youth in the Rocky Mountain Synod. Our keynote speaker, Julie Miller, will be talking about “Learning to Support our Youth with Mental, Emotional, and Social Health Issues.” Julie is an expert in this area and is excited to share her knowledge around MESH issues and youth. We look forward to offering a time of personal renewal, professional development, continuing education, and networking with other Youth Directors, Pastors, and Christian Educators. Contact Daniel at for more information and details. Registration is open!

For more information and to register go to:
LFS' 25th Annual Gala on April 26 - Mark your calendars!
The LFS Gala is our premier fundraising event which features a night of dinner, entertainment, an auction, and companionship. More information here! Silent auction item donations are still needed - can you or a group of friends put together a gift basket, or donate a gift certificate or item to help raise funds for our human service programs? For more information or to schedule a pick-up, contact Katie Scherr at
Resource Corner
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Stewardship Toolkit for Congregations - April 2019
Here's your April 2019 "Stewardship Toolkit" from the Lower Susquehanna Synod, comprising an original newsletter article and RCL-based "stewardship snippets" that you can cut and paste into your publications. It also has resources to explore the theme set out in the newsletter article. This month's theme is "Stewardship of God's 'very good' creation." Click here to download, and save this link where you'll always be able to get the current toolkit.
Employment Opportunities
Updated Listing
Minister for Pastoral Care (part-time)
Abiding Hope, Littleton, CO
Abiding Hope, Littleton, CO is in search of a Minister for Pastoral Care. The contracted position is 10-15 hours per week and open to both Pastors and Deacons. All inquiries should be directed to Pastor Doug Hill at .
Organist/Accompanist (part-time)
St. Andrew Lutheran Church - Arvada, CO
St. Andrew, Arvada is looking for an organist/accompanist interested in a year-round, part time position supporting our Sunday worship environment and accompanying our small, fun, volunteer choir, on both organ and piano. Responsibilities include Sunday morning worship, weekly rehearsal with the choir (Sept-May), a brief warm-up rehearsal prior to worship, and occasional special services, including Christmas Eve, mid-week Lenten services and Easter. See job description for more details and see our website for more info about St. Andrew. Please contact Lynn Kimbrough with questions or to share a resume at 720-641-1961; 
Office Administrator (part-time)
Holy Love Lutheran Church - Aurora, CO
Holy Love Lutheran Church  is seeking an experienced Office Administrator to support staff, volunteers and congregation members. This is a part-time hourly position averaging 20-25 hours per week. The successful candidate will have a positive attitude, be self-motivated and have a professional work ethic with excellent organizational skills. Knowledge of office computers and software (Microsoft Office Suite) and previous work experience using Microsoft Publisher is a plus. 

Interested and qualified applicants,  please click here  to see a more detailed job description, requirements, fill out a short application, and upload your resume.  Only applications through this portal will be considered.  This position will be filled as soon as possible, and we will move quickly through the process.
All Non-Rostered Positions 
Minister for Pastoral Care (part-time)
Abiding Hope, Littleton, CO

Organist/Accompanist (part-time)
St. Andrew - Arvada, CO

Office Administrator (part-time)
Holy Love Lutheran Church - Aurora, CO

Administrative Assistant (part-time)
First Lutheran Church - Longmont, CO

Preschool Director, South Table Mountain Preschool
Faith Lutheran Church - Golden, CO
Office of the Bishop This Week
  Bishop Jim Gonia
  • In office appointments
  • Candidacy Committee
  • Augustana, Denver, CO
  • Northern Colorado Retired Pastors Gathering
  • RMS 3E Meeting

Pastor Matt Barnhouse
  • El Paso Office: March 13-22

Ruth Hoffman
  • Legislative Session

Peter Severson
  • Legislative Session
  • FAMLI event rally
  • Evergreen Lutheran
  • King of Glory, Loveland, CO
  • Faithful Tuesdays

Tina Kvitek
  • 1-1 appointments
  • Shepherd of the Valley
Pastor Sarah Moening
  • ACT4RMS Anti-racism team
  • Interim Pastors
  • St. Paul, Calhan, CO
  • Congregation Transition
  • Trinity, Monument, CO
  • Trinity, Boulder, CO

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

Deacon Erin Power
  • RMS Communications
  • Synod Assembly Planning

Pastor Leslie Welton
  • Candidacy Committee
  • In-office appointments
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