March 18, 2020 (update)
A Reconciling in Christ synod
A Pastoral Message from Bishop Gonia
2020 Synod Assembly Update
Our synod assembly theme seems particularly fitting in these uncertain days where we are, out of necessity, exploring new and different ways to be church in a time of physical distancing. The RMS Council voted last night to move our five location regional assembly to an all-digital format. The fact we were were already planning to conduct business via ZOOM means we were well-poised to make this adaptation!

The council agreed it was important to gather as a synodical community in this way, but knew we needed to make some modifications to the programming. Instead of gathering for two days of business, worship, and programming, we will gather individually via ZOOM for a half-day assembly that will still include many of those elements

What does this mean? Great question!

Date: Saturday, May 2 only
Time: TBD. Approximately 8:30 a.m. - noon
Location: ZOOM

  • Worship and morning prayer
  • Passing the 2020-2021 Budgets
  • Approving updates to the RMS Constitution 
  • State of the Synod from Bishop Gonia
  • Keynote Address and other programming, TDB!

Voting members
Congregations will still need to elect/appoint voting members. Rules state that all participants must be able to communicate in real time, so participants will need to join ZOOM via computer or tablet that has audio and video. We will not be providing a phone number, as we need to be able to see participants who want to speak.

Registration for voting members and visitors will be $25. Registration information can be found here: For voting purposes, we need the email address for each voting member. Please also include their home address, so we can mail materials directly to each voting member.

If you have already registered, we will be working in the next few weeks to issue adjusted invoices and/or refunds as needed. Please be patient as we make these adjustments.

Registration deadline is now April 14, with a payment deadline of April 21.

We are seeing now more than ever how important our life together as church - congregations, ministries, and synod- is. A number of opportunities to participate in our life together are available on our boards and committees. The nomination deadline has been extended to March 30.

We have cancelled all room blocks. If you have made an individual reservation, please contact the hotel directly.
eConnection Spotlight:
RMS in the Neighborhood
Blood shortages
Wondering how to support your neighbor? Consider donating blood if you are healthy. They anticipate a blood supply shortage during this time of physical distancing. Contact your local blood bank or use the link below.

RMS-ELCA News and Events
Help Guides for ZOOMING!
ZOOM Opportunities
RMS ZOOM Thursday, March 19, 4:00pm
Leading Worship and Faith Formation opportunities via ZOOM
Join us for conversation, brainstorming, and tips for leading worship or engaging in small group conversation via ZOOM.

Meeting ID:898 069 638

Phone: 1 669 900 9128
Meeting ID: 898 069 638

RMS ZOOM Friday, March 20, 2:00pm
Leading Worship via livestream/Facebook live
Join us for conversation, brainstorming, and tips for leading worship via livestream.

Meeting ID:898 069 638

Phone: 1 669 900 9128
Meeting ID: 898 069 638

RMS ZOOM Wednesday, March 25 3:30pm
For rostered ministers, council leaders, and finance administrators.  Join our 3E Lilly Grant staff, along with the consultants leading Stewardship for All Seasons for conversation around finances and encouraging generosity during this time of gathering in person for worship.

Meeting ID: 933 036 592
Phone: 1-669-900-6833 
Meeting ID: 933 036 592
Faith Formation ZOOM connection
Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. beginning March 26
Faith formation leaders are invited to join a weekly check-in via zoom each Thursday at 10 for connecting and sharing resources:

Meeting ID: 136 905 151

Phone: 1-669-900-6833
Meeting ID:136 905 151
Connecting in New Ways: share your story!
We're all doing things differently for worship, council meetings, faith formation activities, care ministries, etc. in our efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Use the link below to let us know how you've adapted your normal practices or even have begun new ones so we can share best practices and post your worship and connecting opportunities on our website.

One response per ministry please! Go here to see the current list of your stories!
COVID-19 Resource Page
We are constantly updating our  COVID-19 Resource page with more topic-specific resources regarding technology, finances, worship, faith formation, etc. Check back often!

And let's not all re-create the wheel! If you have a great resource or article to share, please submit it here:  .
For Your Bulletin
RMS Prayer Cycle

MARCH 2020

- Week of March 22 -

Lutheran Church of Hope - Broomfield, CO
Scott McAnally

Rejoice - Erie, CO
Phillip Kettering

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 22
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Prayer of the Day

Bend your ear to our prayers, Lord Christ, and come among us. By your gracious life and death for us, bring light into the darkness of our hearts, and anoint us with your Spirit, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

In God's Hands: Ecumenical Prayer Cycle from the World Council of Churches

22 - 28 March : Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia - Intercessions and Prayers
Around the Synod
Third Annual Heart for the Arts Gala – Night in Vienna
-- Postponed!
The Augustana Arts' Heart for the Arts Gala "A Musical Night in Vienna" previously scheduled for Saturday, March 28 has been postponed to a date yet to be determined.

News and updates will be forthcoming as soon as we are able to secure a location and other logistics. Please contact if you have any questions
Urban Servant Corps Palm Sunday Prayer Walk
-- Postponed!
The Urban Servant Corps is postponing this event as part of our nationwide effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. A new date will be announced when it is availalbe.
For more information, you may contact:
Urban Servant Corps, 1660 Ogden Street, Denver, CO
Two Bishops Talk About Young Adult Ministry
This event has been canceled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Worship and Music Workshop !
-- Canceled, as precaution against COVID-19
Trinity Lutheran Church
135 Crescent Drive
Sheridan, WY ( map )
This workshop has been canceled as a precaution against spread of COVID-19, and due to a local case of coronavirus.
Our Life Together

by  Susan Barreto  | Mar 15, 2020
Last month was the 211th birthday of Charles Darwin, and while we reviewed the disagreements over evolution last month with Ted Peters, emeritus professor of systematic theology and ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, we are not yet done with...
Resource Corner
check back each week for a new or featured resource for your congregation
Stewardship Toolkit for April 2020
Here is the April 2020 monthly "Stewardship Toolkit" that consists of an original newsletter article and weekly RCL-based "stewardship snippets" that you can cut and paste into your publications. This month's theme is "Steward the Earth, our only home," and has some excellent resources for you to explore Creation Care.
from ELCA Administration Matters - March 2020
ELCA presiding bishop addresses concerns about COVID-19
A caring response in times of public health concerns, resources and guidelines for worship and church gatherings, as well as Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s letter to the church can be found  here .

Political activity and tax status
It is important for each congregation and its leaders to understand what political activity is permissible to maintain the congregation’s tax exemption. Being a Public Church is a guidance for churches and clergy participating in the electoral process, an effort to expand the role of the church in encouraging faithful and non-partisan voter participation by providing faith-based resources around voting. As a leader in your ministry, make sure you know what to say and do to protect yourself, your congregation and your nonprofit status. > More

ELCA technology discount program
This new resource describes discounts from trusted vendors for a variety of your congregation or synod technology needs: online giving, websites, mobile apps, messaging, church management, Microsoft software, PCs, laptops, tablets, peripherals, printers, copiers, scanners and faxes. > More
Employment Opportunities
New Listings 
Organist/Music Coordinator
Trinity Lutheran Church - Fort Collins, CO
Trinity is an active, ministry-driven ELCA congregation located in Fort Collins, a vibrant university community in Northern Colorado. We are currently looking for an Organist/Music Coordinator to help lead the congregation through music ministry during worship, as well as to provide overall coordination of the music program in conjunction with the chancel choir/bell choir director and the Saturday evening musicians.

The Organist/Music Coordinator position is a part-time position requiring approximately 25 hours per week including personal practice time.

For more information, or to submit resumes, please contact Pastor Rick Reiten at 970-482-1226, or Erik Elliott, Worship and Music Chair, at 970-391-8998
Lead Servant for Financial Resources
Abiding Hope Lutheran Church - Littleton, CO
Abiding Hope Church in Littleton, Colorado is seeking a Lead Servant for Financial Resources. Abiding Hope Church’s mission is to equip all to be the heart, hands, and feet of Jesus in the world. Abiding Hope is a radically inclusive congregation supporting ministries that transform lives in our community, throughout Colorado, across the United States, as well as in Haiti, India, and Mexico.
Please see this document for more details.
Office Administrator (part-time)
St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Centennial, CO
St. Timothy’s is a growing, engaged, and loving community of faith in the Episcopal tradition. Our staff is committed to a work ethic that is collaborative, creative, and fun.
The Office Administrator is a key position in our shared work together. The Office Administrator is responsible for helping manage the offices of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church through daily tasks of communication and welcome.
Interested candidates should submit resume, contact information, and references to the Rev. Nick Myers,
Director of Youth & Family Ministry
Christ Lutheran Church - Highlands Ranch, CO
Seeking a dynamic Director of Youth & Family Ministry, with a heart for Christ to lead our thriving ministry with the youth, children, young adults and families of Christ Lutheran (CLC).This is an amazing opportunity to share the Christian faith, help create sustaining relationships, be innovative, have fun and demonstrate the value of a Christ-centered life. CLC proudly supports this ministry and those volunteers and staff working with it. A degree in ministry, teaching, counseling and/or significant experience in working with youth is required as we continue to grow God's ministry in Highlands Ranch and beyond. This salaried position requires frequent evening, weekend and occasional overnight support. Please contact Pastor Gail Mundt ( for a full job description and to send your resume.
Non-Rostered Listings 
Organist/Music Coordinator
Trinity Lutheran Church - Fort Collins, CO

Lead Servant for Financial Resources
Abiding Hope Lutheran Church - Littleton, CO

Office Administrator (part-time)
St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Centennial, CO

Director of Youth & Family Ministry
Christ Lutheran Church - Highlands Ranch, CO

Minister of Music (full-time)
Augustana Lutheran Church - Denver, CO

Missional Youth MInistry Leader (part-time)
Faith Lutheran Church - Golden, CO

Bookkeeper (part-time)
Christ Lutheran Church - Highlands Ranch, CO
Office of the Bishop This Week
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Pastor Dana Peterson (3/4 time)

Kurt Rager

Peter Severson

Tina Kvitek
Pastor Sarah Moening

Pastor Kent Mueller (1/2 time)
  • Family Leave

Deacon Erin Power
  • RMS Communications
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