A Reconciling in Christ synod
Her-stories: Lutheran World Federation Storytelling Project
Tell HER-story. Women have always led and participated in the reformation of the church, but we only know a handful of their stories. Join the Lutheran World Federation in sharing women’s stories through the global Lutheran storytelling project, Her-stories. 
RMS-ELCA News and Events
2017 Theological Conference
September 18-21, 2017
Marriott Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO 

Speaker information, schedule, and registration information is now available for the 2017 Theological Conference. 

Registration Deadline is August 17.

RMS Events & News are now at their own website!
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We've created a new website that lists Events & News which made a brief appearance here in eConnection, but haven't yet happened and we want you to be able find information about them without having to dig through archived issues. Go to the synod homepage, and under it find a link to Events & News. Enjoy!

For Your Bulletin
Young Adults in Global Mission 
The Rocky Mountain Synod is blessed to be sending four Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) abroad this August to engage in an intentional year of service around the world. I reached out to them in hopes that I could share their stories and the amazing ministry that they’re about to start with the rest of the Synod.

Katharine Jones is one of the YAGMs leaving in August; she will be serving in Jerusalem/West Bank for a year. Read her story here!

Help Students Transition to College with LuMin!

Many high school graduates among us are preparing to leave behind the congregations that raised them up and depart for the great unknown of college life. In this time wouldn't it be great if there was a life-giving resource to help them make that transition? Well, we have great news! LuMin is the network of over 250 Lutheran campus ministries across the United States. When you submit the names of incoming students they'll receive a friendly welcome from a campus minister and be connected to a life-giving resource on campus-- use the LuMin Referral form or send an email


Pastor David Ryder (RCA)
Spirit of Joy, Fort Collins, CO
Service of Welcome
Saturday, June 24, 5:30pm
Color of the day: White
  Silver Pagoda Grounds, Cambodia
- J. Gonia
RMS Prayer Cycle

June 2017
Southeast Colorado Conference

Week of June 25 

Shepherd of the Hills - Canon City, CO
Robert Kippley

St. Paul - Calhan, CO
Tim Bettger

St. Paul’s - Sugar City CO

Tabor - Pueblo, CO
Stacie Dougherty

Trinity - Monument, CO
Tyg Taylor
Sandra Hanawalt
Missie Bonser

Trinity - Fowler, CO
Wayne Josephson

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, June 25
Third Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day
God of power, you uphold us in times of persecution and strengthen us to meet the trials of faithful witness. As you delivered us from death through our baptism in Christ and the victory of his resurrection send us forth to proclaim that glorious redemption, so that the world may claim the freedom of forgiveness and new life in you. Amen.

Global Church Prayer
God our mother, brother and advocate, knowing that you call us to proclaim your gospel in public, we trust that your grace will grant us the will and strength to your work. Thanks to you for the witness of Young Adults in Global Mission working alongside our global companions. May the good work of all people who serve you be a light to the world that knows much darkness, through God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Around the Synod
St. Philip Fine Arts Academy
Monday, July 10 through Thursday, July 13, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.

St. Philip Lutheran Church in Littleton is hosting a Fine Arts Academy for incoming 5th through 12th grade students. Each student will participate in Bible Theme and Music (choir and bells), as well as two electives. This year's electives include needlework, photography, puppetry, watercolor painting, or woodworking. Students will share their creations at a Thursday evening program. Information and registration forms are available here.
New Mexico Conference of Churches Invites You!
The New Mexico Conference of Churches cordially invites you to a statewide Ecumenical Vesper Service of Song and Prayer in Albuquerque from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 29, 2017, location TBD . Save this date, more information will follow. There are concurrent services planned in Las Cruces and other cities. 
Our Life Together
Lilly Grant Initiative:
Rostered Ministers Retirement Savings - Let Us Help You
Did you know? In the RMS, 74% of our rostered ministers have contributions to their retirement fund at Portico at 10% or less. In order to avoid a retirement income crunch, Educate, Equip, Enact is offering an incentive to raise contributions up to 12%. If the congregation/ministry/minister will increase the contribution by 1%, we are ready to match that. Want more information? Inquire at here, or contact Janice Kibler.
Wartburg College Expanding Digital Ministry Program to Church Leaders
Starting in Winter Semester (January) of 2018, Wartburg College will open up its Digital Ministry program to outside participants. In-person and online options will be available.  

The class is a collaboration between the Religion and Journalism Communication departments at Wartburg, an ELCA sponsored college and is taught by Rev. Wil Ranney, who created it in partnership with Wartburg’s Campus Minister, Rev. Brian Beckstrom. Wil is a professional “digital minister” who consults nationwide with churches and church organizations and he describes digital ministry as “All the ways in which the church can leverage technology, with a strong emphasis on social media, and with a strong sense of theological purpose.” He says, “the class uses techniques pioneered by internet startups to demonstrate how churches can leverage technology to create exciting new ministries and to enhance existing ministry, while managing the risk associated with change.”

The class is intended for pastors who want to deepen their effectiveness, for church communicators and technologists, and for lay leaders who wish broaden their discipleship. Interested persons should visit their website to learn more about the program and to take a short survey to show their interest and to help refine the class offerings. Ranney believes the class will help most ministry professionals meet their continuing education requirements. 

Faith and Grief Weekend -
Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center
F riday, June 23, at 7 p.m. to Sunday, June 25, after breakfast

Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center of Allenspark CO, in partnership with  Faith and Grief Ministries is offering this new program for those who have experienced the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, or friends.

As summer approaches, we may find ourselves reflecting on how we have spent fun-filled summers in the past with loved ones and friends. For many who have lost a spouse, parent, sibling, child or friend, these memories can be painful.

Highlands and Faith & Grief Ministries are combining their respective gifts to make this retreat available, providing you a safe venue to wrestle with the dynamics of grief and to experience significant measures of hope and encouragement. Whether you are standing in raw grief, navigating the chaos of grief’s confusion, or recovering from a recent ambush of grief, this retreat is designed for you. Plan to experience comfort through scripture, spiritual practices, and interaction within a compassionate community of men and women who “get it”—get the heartache, get the lingering sorrow, get the continual yearning to be with your loved one, and get the longing for peace.
Scholarships are available. Here are links to a  brochure, and  costs and registration information. Please contact  Steven Bohn, Registrar for questions.
Earn College Credit, Lead, and Serve at the Wartburg College High School Leadership Institute in Denver
Do you know any dynamic students entering their senior year of high school? Invite them to apply for the High School Leadership Institute (HSLI) in Denver, CO (July 31-August 5, 2017) or Waverly, IA (June 25- July 1).

We now have a limited number of tuition waivers available for the Denver-HSLI! That means that we may be able to help cover the cost of the Denver-HSLI for interested students. Apply to the Denver program here or the Waverly program here . 

Now in its twelfth year, the HSLI is presented by Wartburg College, an ELCA college based in Iowa with programs in Denver, CO. It's an opportunity for students to:

  • Earn college credit (3.5), learn leadership theory, and practice leadership skills. They work with professors and mentors who are current Wartburg College student to learn about leadership, getting out of the classroom and into the community 
  • Give back: Students participate in service opportunities in the local community. At the end of the week each student will propose a service project to implement in their own communities, pursuing issues they're passionate about. We encourage students to draw on the help of community organizations, friends, clubs, teammates, youth groups, etc. to be successful. From art exhibits and dog parks to a fundraiser that lives on today as a nonprofit, students have done incredible work in the past and created a ripple effect that extends far beyond them. 
  • Spend a week in Denver, CO or Waverly, IA. Students stay on the Wartburg College campus or in student apartments in the heart of Denver (Capitol Hill). They'll explore the campus, the city, or the mountains.
  • Get a taste of college life: Students will have the option to present on their projects in a scholarly event on Wartburg's Campus in the fall. Those who attend Wartburg get a $1,000 scholarship annually for 4 years ($4,000 total)
  • Meet people and have fun: Meal, housing, and field trips are included. We'll provide airport or train station pick up in Denver.

For more information about the HSLI visit our website. Please contact Ashley Lang at Wartburg or their general email address with any questions. 
Faith and Science Workshop on Ethical Issues in Human Germ-line Editing
Friday, October 6, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Saturday, October 7, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What is our shared mission as people of science, ethics, and faith? What is the role of recent dialogue regarding germ-line editing of human embryos and in the development of regulations that both promote the alleviation of suffering, and protect the inherent diversity of our planet? 

Join with clergy, theologians, scientists and bioethicists for presentations and conversations in Salt Lake City next October as we engage in a multi-disciplinary exploration of these and other questions facing us today. Keynote speakers include: R. Alta Charo, JD, University of Wisconsin; David Grunwald, PhD, University of Utah; Ted Peters, PhD, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA; and the Very Rev. Mark Richardson, PhD. the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and Graduate Theological Union; C. Matthew Peterson, MD, University of Utah, Janet L. Williams, MD, LGC, Geisinger Health System, Danville, PA, Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, PhD, Arizona State University.

Early Bird Registration is open now through September 1st. There is a maximum capacity for the workshop, so early registration is encouraged. More information and registration available here.
Resource Corner
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Global Church Guest Speaker
Interested in having a guest preacher or presenter?
Is your congregation celebrating the Global Church this year? Would your congregation like to have a visiting preacher or presenter come and share stories from the Global Church? An ELCA churchwide organization staff member or speaker would be happy to visit. Please email requests to  globalchurch@elca.org.
Child-size Chairs Available
Bethany Lutheran Church has some child-size chairs in various sizes that they are willing to donate to another church. First come, first serve! If you're interested, contact Laura Romig by email or call her at 303-758-2820. 

The selection includes:

  • 22” back with 11” seat  7 blue, 1 red, 16 yellow, 21 green
  • 17” back with 8” seat  8 yellow
  • 21” back with 12” seat  18 yellow, 1 red
  • 25” back with 14” seat  7 red, 1 blue
  • 26” back with 15” seat 1 blue, 4 green, 4 brown, 3 red
Employment Opportunities
New Listings 
Office Administrator (part-time)
Holy Love Lutheran Church is looking for a part-time (25 hours per week) Office Administrator. A position description is available here. To apply, please submit a resume via email to Pastor Matthew Bolz-Weber.   
Cross of of Christ Lutheran Church in Broomfield, CO is looking for a full-time Director of Youth Ministry to provide a diverse array of opportunities for youth, grades 6 - 12, to live into their faith through relationships, service, worship, fun, events, and spiritual giftedness. Please see job description for more details and submit resumes or inquiries to Pastor Kathy Armstrong . 
All Non-Rostered Positions 
Office Administrator (part-time)
Holy Love Lutheran Church - Aurora, CO

Director of Youth Ministry
Cross of Christ Lutheran Church - Broomfield, CO

Choir Director and Coordinator of Special Music (part-time)
St. Andrew Lutheran Church - Arvada, CO

Faith Formation Director of Youth
Bethany Lutheran Church - Cherry Hills Village, CO

Faith Formation Intern (part-time)
Bethany Lutheran Church - Cherry Hills Village, CO

Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry
All Saints Lutheran Church - Albuquerque, NM

ELCA Regional Gift Planner
Rocky Mountain Synod - (home office)

Trinity Lutheran Church - Boulder, CO

Kindergarten Director
Cross of Christ Lutheran Church - Broomfield, CO

Looking for Compassion, Faith and Nursing
Faith Lutheran Church - Golden, CO

Community Care Coordinator
Faith Lutheran Church - Golden, CO

Faith Community Nurse (Parish Nurse)
Augustana Lutheran Church - Denver, CO

Choir Director and Accompanist (part-time)
Highlands Lutheran Church - Denver, CO

Augustana Arts - Executive Director
Augustana Lutheran Church - Denver, CO

Building Resources Coordinator (part-time)
Faith Lutheran Church - Golden, CO

Director of Children's Education (part-time)
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church - Fort Collins, CO
Office of the Bishop This Week
Bishop Gonia
  • Better Together Relationship Team
  • Staff meeting
  • Installation of Rev. David Ryder, Spirit of Joy, Fort Collins, CO
  • Holy Trinity, Littleton, CO
  • Conference Deans Webex

Pastor Kent Mueller

  • Lutheran Center Administration
  • Candidacy meetings
  • Staff meeting
  • Conference Deans Webex

Ruth Hoffman, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM

  • NM Conference of Churches Board
  • Vacation

Peter Severson, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-CO

  • In-office appointments
  • Staff meeting
  • AMMPARO Group Meeting
  • Together Colorado
Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • Aurora Area Ministry Strategy
  • Synod Council WebEx
  • Better Together Relationship Team
  • Administrative work for New Starts
  • Staff Meeting 

Deacon Erin Power

  • RMS Communications
  • Staff Meeting
  • Hunger Network 
  • Conference Deans

Pastor Sarah Moening

    • Community of Joy, Rio Rancho, NM
    • Risen Lord, Conifer, CO
    • Staff Meeting
    • Out of office: Continuing Education
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