A Reconciling in Christ synod
March for Our Lives: Lutheran and Episcopal Gathering
Hosted by The Office of Advocacy and Social Justice and Saint John's Cathedral, Denver
Join Bishop Gonia and the Episcopal Church in Colorado for the March For Our Lives on Saturday, March 24th. We will gather at St. John's Cathedral in Denver at noon for an informal lunch immediately followed by a prayer service with Bishop O'Neill and Bishop Gonia at 12:40. The service will conclude with a sending out, after which we will walk over to the Capitol for the march. 

Event information and RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/156652411665004/ 

If you would like to participate in the lunch portion of the program, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/xVctQM7Acj8OQdFm2 - cost for lunch is $6/person and must be reserved by March 21.

Congregations are responsible for their own permission slips and media permissions.
If you have questions please contact Deacon Erin Power:  epower@rmselca.org.
March for Our Lives New Mexico Locations

10:00 A.M.  Albuquerque.
Old Town Plaza, 200 N Plaza St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

10:00 A.M.  Rio Rancho.
Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Blvd. SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124

12:00 Noon  Santa Fe.
Roundhouse Santa Fe Legislature, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501

12:00 Noon  Las Vegas.    6th St. and Friedman Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701

10:00 A.M.  Clovis 2300 N Main, Clovis, NM 88101
10:00 A.M.  Roswell N Main between 4th and 5th, Roswell, NM 88201

eConnection Spotlight: RMS in the Neighborhood
Public Church for the Sake of the World
On March 16-17, a group of Lutherans from nearly a dozen RMS congregations gathered at All Saints in Aurora for Organizing to Thrive, a faith-based community organizing training.

The training involved one-on-ones, understanding power dynamics, the differences between charity & justice, and researching for public actions. Attendees left with invitations to engage more deeply with Together Colorado and Lutheran Advocacy Colorado.

Christ's Church, Better Together for sake of the world!
RMS-ELCA News and Events
Bishop Election

Biographies for potential bishop candidates are now published on the Bishop Election page of the website.

Identifying candidates in advance of the assembly is in no way binding on the nominating “Ecclesiastical Ballot” on the opening day of the assembly. This process is for informational purposes only. See the website for full election information.
Assembly Deadlines this week!

  • Registration
  • Nomination for Boards and Committees
  • Resolution and Memorials
  • Ministry Booklet Page

For Your Bulletin

RMS Prayer Cycle

 MARCH 2018:

Week of March 25

Shepherd of the Hills - Boulder, CO
Janet Kettering 

Mount Calvary - Boulder, CO
Sara Wirth

Trinity - Boulder, CO
Mark Twietmeyer
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 25
Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday
Prayer of the Day

O God of mercy and might, in the mystery of the passion of your Son you offer your infinite life to the world. Gather us around the cross of Christ, and preserve us until the resurrection, 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
Around the Synod
Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends Seminar begins Thursday, April 5
Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends, begins on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, CO. The 10 week seminar meets from 6:30 to 8:30 PM each Thursday, and offers education and support for individuals experiencing a divorce or the loss of a love relationship. Complementary child care is available. To Register and for more information please contact Beth Walker at 720.352.9915 or bethdwalker@gmail.com .
Family Promise of Denver in Need of Two Partner Congregations 
Family Promise is a national organization that provides shelter, meals, and hospitality to families experiencing homelessness. We currently have 24 dedicated congregations but are in the need of 2 more to continue to serve families experiencing homelessness.

Contact Courtney Jensen at 303-675-0713, or by email, or visit the website to learn about our organization and how your support could make a world of difference to these families. Together, we can end homelessness, one family at a time! 
Our Life Together
The Summit - Youth Ministry Retreat
Monday, April 16 through Wednesday, April 18
Join Rainbow Trail and speaker, Tammy Devine, Deacon and Wellness Manager for the ELCA, for some time in the mountains with fellow youth ministry workers! The schedule includes time for learning, Holy Yoga, fellowship, and exploring. This retreat is for any ministry professionals working with children, youth, and/or families. Better yet, the event is FREE for anyone working within the Rocky Mountain Synod! Register NOW for your retreat in God's creation.

Resource Corner
check back each week for a new or featured resource for your congregation
ELCA Directory Now Online!
The 2018 ELCA Yearbook is now online and known as the ELCA Directory. Just as the printing press changed the world during Martin Luther’s time, so are the digitization of data and the internet changing the way we publish and access information. This digital, online solution will provide the same content as the ELCA Yearbook with added features of accessing the information from any computer (including mobile devices), filtering and annual reporting. Find this free resource at  https://directory.ELCA.org .
Employment Opportunities
All Non-Rostered Positions 
Chaplain Residency at CSU
Fort Collins Clinical Pastoral Education (FCCPE), an ACPE Accredited program, is seeking to fill the Spiritual Care Resident position at Colorado State University (CSU) for the August 6, 2018- August 2, 2019 program year. The 12-month residency will consist of 3 units of Level I/II CPE. The salary is $35,000, plus eligibility for benefits at employee rates. Tuition will be $ 150 for each of the three CPE units. CSU’s Spiritual Care Resident provides care primarily to students, and secondarily to staff and faculty. CSU’s Resident is a member of the integrative health team in the CSU Health Network. Contact the CPE Director, Peter Strening (Peter.Strening@columbinehealth.com) for application requirements. Pastor Paul Judson, Lutheran Campus Pastor at CSU (pastor@lcmcsu.org) can also provide insight.

Director of Elementary School Ministries
This person will work as a team member with the pastors in developing and implementing a cohesive and compatible Elementary School ministry that is centered in proclaiming Christ and feel called to lead a group of dedicated teachers and assistants.
Interested applicants please find the Job Description and Employment Application at  www.crossofhope.org

Leader of Faith Formation Ministries
Saint Peter Lutheran Church - Greenwood Village, CO

Office Administrator (part-time)
Lord of the Hills Lutheran Church - Centennial, CO

Early Learning Center Director
St. John's Lutheran Church - Thornton, CO

Early Learning Center Assistant Director
St. John's Lutheran Church - Thornton, CO

Early Childhood Teacher
St. John's Lutheran Church - Thornton, CO

Director of Early Learning Center
Augustana Lutheran Church - Denver, CO

Office Manager (part-time)
St. Andrew Lutheran Church - Arvada, CO
Office of the Bishop This Week
Bishop Gonia
  • In-Office Appointments
  • March for Our Lives, Episcopal Diocese, Denver
  • Nativity, Commerce City, CO
  • Urban Servant Corps Palm Sunday Prayer Walk
  • Conference Deans
  • Synod Council

Pastor Kent Mueller (1/2 time)
  • Finance Task Force
  • Lutheran Center Administration
  • March for Our Lives, Denver
  • Conference Deans

Ruth Hoffman
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM
  • Legislative meetings
  • Kids Count Conference

Peter Severson
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-CO
  • Legislative Hearings
  • AMMPARO Guardian Angel Training
  • Congregational Land Initiative Launch
  • Urban Servant Corps Palm Sunday Prayer Walk
  • Together Colorado
Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • North Colorado Conference, Loveland
  • Missional Gathering team
  • Our Savior’s Denver
  • New Beginnings Prison Ministry
  • Cristo Rey, Denver
  • Dean’s meeting

Deacon Erin Power
  • Global Mission Committee
  • First, Ault/Faith,Eaton
  • Synod Assembly Planning
  • Congregational Land Initiative Launch
  • AMMPARO Guardian Angel Training
  • March for Our Lives, Episcopal Diocese, Denver
  • Conference Deans

Pastor Sarah Moening
  • Leadership Development Planning
  • Holy Cross/St. Andrew, La Junta, CO
  • Nativity, Commerce City,CO
  • Conference Deans

Pastor Leslie Welton
  • Out of Office until April 27
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