April 7, 2021
A Reconciling in Christ synod
Office of the Bishop Staff Transitions
Welcome…

On February 1, Rev. Quirino Cornejo (Episcopal) began serving in a partnership role with both the Rocky Mountain Synod and the Episcopal Church in Colorado. As Latino/Hispanic Missioner for the Episcopal Church, Father Quirino will also provide leadership in our synod as Minister for Multicultural Witness in collaboration with the Director for Evangelical Mission.

On March 1, Rev Barbara Berry-Bailey began serving 15 hours/month as Special Assistant for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Pr Barbara’s role is focused on accompanying and advising the bishop and key synod leadership groups, including the Synod Council, in our commitment to address systemic racism and foster authentic diversity in our synod.

On April 1, Ms Tina Kvitek began serving full-time as our synod Director of Development. Rooted within our synod’s commitment to a life of gratitude and generosity, Tina’s focus will be on promoting the financial well-being of our synod, providing leadership in the areas of gift planning, stewardship, campaign management and mission interpretation. She will also manage the resource of our Lutheran Center and help us develop its full potential for ministry.
Farewell…

Deacon Erin Power will conclude her ministry as Assistant to the Bishop for Synodical Life on May 5. Having begun in the Office of the Bishop as an intern in 2013, she has faithfully served in a variety of areas in our life together, including hospitality, communications, global church and gratitude/generosity. Her innovative leadership has re-shaped how we experience Synod Assemblies and Theological Conferences. With deep gratitude for her service, we pray the Spirit’s blessings on her next venture in ministry and life.
eConnection Spotlight:
RMS in the Neighborhood
Quilters needed for Sky Ranch!
Sky Ranch needs to replace all its bedding due to smoke damage. We are looking for over 50 quilts (3-4 per room each matching in color, style or pattern) for rooms in the lodge, Ruth, and other buildings. Can you help? Even if your quilt group works from donations with a small budget, let’s talk!
Please contact Ruth Ann Loughry at 303-854-4737 or through King of Glory Lutheran office at 970-669-5983. Email is great as well: Ruthann@aplace2grow.org Thank you!
RMS & ELCA News and Events
2021 Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly
Registration Deadline!
The registration deadline is April 9. Due to the time needed to assemble and mail out materials, we will not be accepting late registrations. 

All assembly materials will be sent out after the registration deadline.
Region 2
Service of the Word for Second Sunday of Easter
The Region 2 Service of the Word for the Second Sunday of Easter is ready for sharing with/through your congregation’s ministry the weekend of April 10-11. 
 
 
The Spanish Transcript of the sermon will be available later this week. This and all other links will be on the RMS website
 
You can also find the worship service on YouTube or Vimeo.
 
Use the settings for the YouTube video to choose English or Spanish subtitles if desired.
 
These files and videos are embargoed until the weekend of April 10-11. Please do not share the videos or publish the material on your website, or on social media platforms, until then. 
 
We understand that some congregations are printing and delivering worship materials to people who do not have technological capabilities – if that is your practice, please do so, but in an effort for the whole synod to have a common worship experience, we do ask that you not release these publicly until next weekend.
 
We hope this worship service is a blessing to you, your staff and volunteers, and your people.
 
We wish to thank the congregations, pastors, musicians and staff members, and members of the congregations and ministries of our Region 2 for their assistance in providing this service. We especially wish to thank The Rev. Dr. Shauna Hannah for serving as our preacher for this service and Pr. John Bost of Holy Cross Lutheran in Livermore, CA for his assistance in editing and producing the worship service.
Pre-Assembly Financial Meeting
Zoom Link for the April 22 Pre-Assembly Meeting:

For Your Bulletin
RMS Prayer Cycle

April 2021
Wyoming Conference

- Week of April 11 -

Grace Lutheran
Casper, WY
Rev. Teri Hermsmyer
 
Mount of Olives Lutheran
Rock Springs, WY
Rev. Levi Powers
 
Our Saviour's Lutheran
Casper, WY
Rev. Jo Ann Neal
 
Prince Of Peace Lutheran
Gillette, WY
Deaconness Colleen Teeuwe
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Second Sunday of Easter

Prayer of the Day
Almighty God, with joy we celebrate the day of our Lord’s resurrection. By the grace of Christ among us, enable us to show the power of the resurrection in all that we say and do, 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
11 - 17 April :
Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania - 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

When Bad Things Happen to Good People"
Thursday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Borrowing the line from Rabbi Kushner's seminal work, we will reflect with one another on questions of human fragility, the trauma of violence, and how our religious and wisdom traditions help us make meaning of atrocity. How do we transform our experiences of shock, grief and lament into narratives of resiliency and wholeness? And how do our spiritual practices across traditions lead us from despair into hope?
Rev. Jason Hays collaborates and co-conspires with those working in fluid gender identities, postmodern anti-racist practices and contemplative theologies. Jason is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, working at Montview Presbyterian Church in Denver.

Join Zoom Meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4264420220
Resistance as Resilience: Building the Barricades of LGBTQ Mental Health"
Thursday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
What are cultural challenges that LGBTQ young people face each day and how resilience has created an astounding generation of changemakers? LGBTQ mental health resources are available and what are the best practices for caring for ourselves and those around us in the age of COVID and beyond? We will speak about conversion therapy as a transition from resistance to resilience. From the warning signs of suicide to stories about stilettos in the White House, this is gonna be a way for each of us to know how to save lives - including our own.

Sam Brinton is one of the world’s leading advocates for LGBTQ youth. They are the founder of the 50 Bill 50 States campaign at The Trevor Project to end the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy, first in the United States and then around the globe. As a survivor of conversion therapy, Sam has spoken before the United Nations and Congress as well as testified on legislation from coast to coast to protect LGBTQ youth across the country. Sam uses they, them, or their as their pronouns as a genderfluid person.

Join Zoom Meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4264420220
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 https://www.augustanaarts.org/tickets. This is a FREE virtual concert, but your donations are always appreciated in support of the arts.
Together We Grow: LFSRM Annual Gala
Friday, May 7, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate growth and hope with Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains for our 27th annual gala, held virtually. Join us for a silent auction, paddle raise, and stories directly from those we serve throughout Colorado and in New Mexico and Utah. Never had the chance to attend? This is the perfect year for you to tune in and learn more about the work we do! For the first time ever, we are offering a First Time Attendee Complementary Ticket. Pour a glass of lemonade and join us from the comfort of home!

Our Life Together
April Creation Care Meeting
Saturday, April 10, 10:00 a.m.
Monthly meeting for the Creation Care Team. We will be focusing on the Earth Day worship service and sharing news with one another.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83008940316
Questions, write to: rmscreationcareteam@gmail.com
Earth Day Worship Service
April 22 at NOON
Join the Creation Care Team for a special worship service for Earth Day. The prayer service will include readings, music, and prayers from all across the synod. It will be live on https://www.facebook.com/rmselca at noon.

Questions, contact: rmscreationcareteam@gmail.com
Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp
April 19-21, 2021
Attention youth ministry and faith formation professionals! Registration for THE SUMMIT is open! Join us virtually or residentially on April 19-21st to be led by Kinna Marie, Jay Gamelin, Bryan Jaster and your very own Rainbow Trail staff as we REBUILD BETTER. Find more info and to register go to rainbowtrail.org/retreats/the-summit/. Send your questions to daniel@rainbowtrail.org.
PLU Lectures, Presentations & Workshops
"World Balance vs. Personal Salvation: An American Indian Postcolonial Perspective"
with Rev. Dr. George "Tink" Tinker
Tuesday, April 20, 8:00pm Mountain via Webinar
Rev. Dr. George “Tink” Tinker (wazhazhe, Osage Nation) is Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Tinker will address the differences between the genuine equality of American Indian peoples and the hierarchical worldview of the eurochristian West. Given the eco-devastation threatening life today, and the historical trauma experienced by American Indian nations, the survival of American Indian cultures and values may make the difference for the survival of the Earth.

You are also invited to join PLU Chapel on Wednesday, April 21st at 10:30 a.m. PDT via Zoom to hear Dr. Tinker deliver the message. For more information and to register for either opportunity, please visit plu.edu/religion/2021-knutson-lecture.
Join the Evolving Faith Book Club!
Wednesday, April 28 at 1:00 p.m.
The Evolving Faith Book Club will be discussing the book, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery by Dr. Sarah Lewis. This book club meets on Zoom on the 4th Wednesday of each month for one hour beginning at 1:00 p.m. Mountain Time. We will be discussing one chapter each month. If you would like to be added to the list to receive monthly emails with the zoom link, please sign up at www.purposefulpastor.com/evolving-faith-book-club. All are welcome!
Embrace Your Neighbor Through Language Access: Build Bridges for A Diverse Church
An excellent 'why', 'how to' and best practices conversation on language access and Interpretation for your online event.

This event has already happened and we think it was excellent and worth sharing for others to watch and share: http://bit.ly/EmbraceLanguage

English and Spanish flyer attached.
Co-Creating the Post-COVID World
Join a conversation about the role of the church in the transformation of our communities.

  • The world is different
  • Leaders and congregations need to adapt and discern what the Spirit is doing
  • Collaboration is crucial
  • Developing life-giving patterns of ministry and ways of engaging our communities

One of the goals of the Thriving Leadership Formation program is to equip church leaders to creatively respondto the needs of their communities by connecting more deeply with their ministry context.
 
Conversation facilitated by Rev. Dr. Ray Pickett, Rector at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and Desta Goehner, Director of Congregational Relations at Cal Lutheran.

2 separate conversations with the same content. You only need to attend one.

Tues., April 27, 11 – 12:30 am, MDT

Wed., April 28, 7:30 – 10 pm, MDT
(Spanish Interpretation available/ Interpretación al español disponible)

Webinars will be not recorded. English and Spanish fliers attached.
Resource Corner
check back each week for a new or featured resource for your congregation
NEW River of Life VBS Curriculum!
Tuesday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m.
Brooke DeJonge, ELCA World Hunger Education,
will explore the theme, Bible verses, and general structure
of the 2021 VBS curriculum that guides children
down the river to learn about God’s gracious gift of water.
She will also lead us in a virtual game to experience the home-use adaptations available for this and previous VBS curricula.

ZOOM:

Bring your questions for Brooke to answer!!
Employment Opportunities
New Listings
Director of Development - Seminary Relations
California Lutheran University and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Thousand Oaks, CA
California Lutheran University and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) invite applications for the position of Director of Development – Seminary Relations. Reporting to the Vice President of Mission and Identity, the Director is responsible for the cultivation and stewardship of congregational and donor relationships for the development of the seminary and university. The Director advances the university’s mission by building relationships and effectively communicating its mission to donors and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America synods and congregations of the western United States. This position is headquartered on the Thousand Oaks campus of California Lutheran University.

Additional information about California Lutheran University may be found at: www.callutheran.edu, and additional information about Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary may be found at: www.plts.edu. Information about California Lutheran University, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, and the desired attributes for the Director of Development - Seminary Relations can be viewed here.
More information available here.
Evergreen Lutheran Church is seeking a team player to support the Pastor of ELC and participate with the staff in providing meaningful music for all worship experiences that enhance the congregation’s spiritual life in keeping with Lutheran tradition. This important position is a part-time, salaried position and reports directly to the Pastor of ELC. Salary and other details will be discussed when an interview occurs. Please contact Rev. Vera Guebert-Steward at PastorVera@evergreenlutheran.org or at 303-674-4654, the church office phone number. The job description is attached here.
Audio/Visual and Social Media Coordinator
King of Glory Lutheran in Loveland, CO is taking applications for an Audio Visual and Social Media Coordinator. This position is part-time, paid, with one weekend off a month. Responsibilities include recording/live-streaming worship and keeping social media platforms up to date. Please see job description here.
For additional information contact: ruthann@aplace2grow.org
Director of Children, Youth and Family
St. Philip Lutheran Church is seeking a full time Director of Children, Youth and Family (CYF Director). The CYF Director is a congregational leader. The CYF Director’s purpose is to build relationships between and among and walk alongside St. Philip’s children, youth, young adults, and families with youth as they develop their faith, walk their faith journey and share the experience of God’s love with each other and the community. They will do this while upholding St. Philip’s mission of intentionally building relationships through Christ to grow and serve. The essential job duties include working with our children's ministry team, confirmation program, sr. high youth program, young adult ministry, family ministry, the St. Philip Early Learning Center, milestone ministry, and outreach ministry.

The position is full time; 40 hours a week with benefits. Salary will be commensurate with experience and education within range of $42,000-$55,000 annually.
Go to https://www.stphilip-co.org/employment/ for the CYF Director Job Description and information on how to apply.
We are looking for a technology admin individual to support our live streaming Worship services on Sunday mornings 8:00am - 11:00am. Prep work required. Compensation for work. Ability to work with others necessary. Creative license is a asset. For more information and to apply write to: pa@gloryofgodchurch.net.
Adminstrative Assistant/Bookkeeper
The Administrative Assistant is responsible for sharing in the day-to-day operations of the church office, providing support to all staff and church members, maintaining confidential church records, preparing printed materials, and scheduling facility use. Additionally, the Administrative Assistant will maintain accurate accounting records of the church, including the general ledger, payroll and financial statements. Please follow this link for complete details and how to apply.
Assistant Preschool Teacher
Joy Lutheran Church in Parker, CO, is seeking two Assistant Preschool Teachers. The persons selected for this position must be experienced in working with young children and must be sensitive, mature individuals, able to relate well to both children and adults. They should have an understanding of Joyful Mission Preschool’s mission statement and philosophy, as well as Joy Lutheran Church’s vision statement.
A full job description is available here.
For questions or additional information, write to: preschool@joylc.org
Joyful Mission Preschool in Parker, CO, is seeking a Lead Teacher. The individual selected for this position must meet the requirements of the Department of Human Services of Colorado with a minimum of Lead Teacher qualifications required; be a sensitive, mature individual, able to relate well to both children and adults; have the personality and ability to provide leadership and stability for the program; and be able to lead the classroom education program through both the Christian and academic curriculum.
A full job description is available here.
For questions or additional information, write to: preschool@joylc.org
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
All Non-Rostered Listings
Director of Development - Seminary Relations
California Lutheran University and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary - Thousand Oaks, CA

Minister of Music
Evergreen Lutheran Church - Evergreen, CO

Audio/Visual and Social Media Coordinator
King of Glory Lutheran Church - Loveland, CO

Director of Children, Youth and Family
St. Philip Lutheran Church - Littleton, CO

Technology Administration
Glory of God Lutheran Church - Wheat Ridge, CO

Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper
First Lutheran Church - Longmont, CO

Assistant Preschool Teacher
Joy Lutheran Church - Parker, CO

Preschool Teacher
Joy Lutheran Church - Parker, CO

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

Interim Director of Faith Formation
Trinity Lutheran Church - Loveland, CO
Office of the Bishop This Week
 Bishop Jim Gonia
  • White Privilege Conference
  • 1-1 Appointments

ELCA DIRECTOR FOR EVANGELICAL MISSION
Pastor Dana Peterson
  • 1-1 Appointments

LUTHERAN ADVOCACY MINISTRY NEW MEXICO
Kurt Rager
  • White Privilege Conference
  • New Mexico First, Hunger Working Group

LUTHERAN ADVOCACY MINISTRY COLORADO
Peter Severson
  • Urban Servant Corps Day at the Capitol
  • Colorado Social Legislation Committee
DIRECTOR FOR CONGREGATIONAL TRANSITION
Pastor Sarah Moening
  • Congregational Transition
  • Excellence in Leadership

ASSISTANT TO THE BISHOP FOR LEADERSHIP SUPPORT
Pastor Kent Mueller (1/2 time)
  • White Privilege Conference
  • Lutheran Center Administration

ASSISTANT TO THE BISHOP FOR SYNODICAL LIFE
Deacon Erin Power
  • Assembly Planning

ASSISTANT TO THE BISHOP FOR FAITH FORMATION & CANDIDACY
Pastor Leslie O'Callaghan
  • Off April 5-11
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