June 26, 2019
A Reconciling in Christ synod
Young adults claim camp as church home
Alive in the church from Living Lutheran
Editor’s note: “There are no young people here” is a common refrain as some worry about the future of the church. But young adults are indeed active across the ELCA and have powerful faith stories to share. This series will highlight young leaders who are boldly pursuing God’s call and extending the ministry of the church.

We offer our deep gratitude for Rainbow Trail and Sky Ranch offering a faith community for our young adults! Christ's Church, Better Together!
Theological Conference Registration Open
What does it mean to be a healthy, transformed leader in a rapidly-changing, stressed world? How do we have more productive conversations that will create the communal accountability and life-giving commitments we affirm as public leaders in the church?

Guided by the framework of Theory U: Leading from the Future as it Emerges, we will explore together our assumptions, our understanding of relationships, and possibilities for new ways of being community. Using Vision & Expectations and the recent draft of Trustworthy Servants as a starting point, our time together will seek to create a deeper understanding of healthy leadership and name life-giving commitments for leaders of the Rocky Mountain Synod. Together we will ask: What is the community we want to create? What is it we want to be accountable for?

Grounded throughout will be reflections on restoration, resilience and community building by Rev. Tracy Howe to center ourselves in the creative, redeeming, active love of God.
Visit the Theological Conference website for more information, registration, and financial assistance information.
eConnection Spotlight:
RMS in the Neighborhood
Building Momentum and Spring Wells
Leaders at Grace, Colorado Springs are building passion and momentum for ELCA World Hunger in their congregation. Their original goal in 2018 was $714. But through the work of their Hunger Team and generosity of individuals and the congregation, they raised approximately $2124!

Inspired by those gifts, for 2019 they set a goal of $2500 to pay for a spring well through ELCA Good Gifts. Extending their campaign through Pentecost, they received over $5000, enough to pay for two spring wells! Hunger Team co-chair Jan Whittet shared that " as a team and as a church we are so excited!". The team is hoping to partner with other congregations in Colorado Springs to increase engagement in ELCA World Hunger.

We are Christ's Church, Better Together for the sake of the world!
RMS-ELCA News and Events
Church Together Ambassador Check-in!
Wondering how to use the toolkit?  Have questions or need some ideas? Have a great idea you want to share?

Join Deacon Erin for one of two Zoom conversations to share best practices or ask you questions!

Monday, July 1, 5:00pm
Join Zoom Meeting
Or join by phone:
    +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 669 065 204

Friday July 12, 1:00pm
Join Zoom Meeting
Or join by phone:
    +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 128 489 081

If you can't make it for either conversation, you are welcome to reply to this email with questions/comments, or call Deacon Erin at 303-777-6700 to chat!
Sign up today for the Excellence in Leadership program today!
Excellence in Leadership is focusing on five schools of thought/thinkers to engage our imaginations for effective and meaningful leadership in the church and in our lives. So far, we have introduced Emotional Intelligence and Family Systems Theory. Here is a short synopsis of a third topic, Adaptive Leadership:

  • The world we live in is changing rapidly and the church is not immune to that change. Adaptation to these new environments are key to maintaining a healthy system. Adaptive leadership is a framework developed by Dr. Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky to help individuals and organizations adapt and thrive in just these circumstances. By deciding what is essential and what is expendable, the usage of this theory assists in helping leaders meet the future boldly through taking smart risks, experimenting with new ideas, and innovation.

Throughout the program, Excellence in Leadership will invite participants to become familiar with use the skills of adaptive leadership to explore, experiment, and implement new ideas within their own contexts. 

Sign up today for the Excellence in Leadership program to begin this journey of healthy leadership. The Early Registration deadline is July 15. Visit the EIL website here and to register go here.

For more information contact Dana Anderson at danderson@rmselca.org.
RMS Digital Book Discussion Series
Across our Rocky Mountain Synod we gather in many ways. Our changing church, growing technological capacity, and creative questions are leading us to consider how we gather as the Church Together, what matters, and what new opportunities we might explore:
  • How do we gather and why does it matter?
  • What does it mean to create community in a digital world?
  • What makes a gathering meaningful, impactful, and transformational?
  • How do we create gatherings that are transformational, both as a synod and in our local ministries?
  • What makes a gathering meaningful, impactful, and transformational?
  • What might we need to be doing differently? What are the essential elements in being the Church Together? 
Four will books to guide our conversation:
How will we gather for conversation?
  • An on-going conversation via a digital discussion board on Basecamp
  • Live conversations via ZOOM
  • In-person conversations at the fall Theological Conference
  • Invite Deacon Erin Power to an adult forum, Bible Study, or small group in your congregation or ministry!

Visit the website for more information and to sign-up! Join for 1, 2, or all of the books!
Office of the Bishop Summer Hours
The Office of the Bishop will be open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On Friday the hours are 9:00 a.m. to noon.
For Your Bulletin
- Installations -

Rev. Wade Brinkopf
Bethlehem, Brush, CO
2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 30
Color of the day: Green

- Ordinations -

Rev. Brenda L. Greenwald
Bethany, Cherry Hills Village, CO
3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 14
Color of the day: Red
RMS Prayer Cycle

JUNE 2019

- Week of June 30-

St. Paul’s - Sugar City, CO

Tabor - Pueblo, CO
Karen Matuska (Interim)
Kristen Saathoff

Trinity - Monument, CO
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 30
Third Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day

Sovereign God, ruler of all hearts, you call us to obey you, and you favor us with true freedom. Keep us faithful to the ways of your Son, that, leaving behind all that hinders us, we may steadfastly follow your paths, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

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

30 June - 06 July Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda - Intercessions and Prayers
Around the Synod
Ken Caryl Concerts presents "An All-American Evening"
Wednesday, June 26, 7:00 p.m.
Join us at St. Philip for an evening of folk, classical, patriotic and rock songs celebrating America and American composers performed by Kristen Celusniak (voice) , Bryan Chuan (piano), Karen Donaho (flute), Don Williams (trumpet), the Ken Caryl Concerts Children's Choir and special guest the Tivoli Brass Band.

This is a free concert and family friendly. Apple pie and ice cream will be served following the performance. Donations benefit future concerts and Piano Pathways of Colorado .
For more information visit: http://www.stphilip-co.org/concerts/
Zero Waste Potluck Lunch
Sunday, June 30, 11:00 a.m, to 1:30 p.m.
Visitors are invited to join members of Holy Cross, 4500 Wadsworth Blvd., Wheat Ridge ( map ) at a Zero Waste Potluck Lunch on June 30 in our fellowship hall.

Pack your picnic basket with a potluck item to share, your own table service, and cloth napkins, rags, or kitchen towels. Beverages will be provided. Bring your own plate, bowl, and cup or glass. Plan to take home leftovers and wash and reuse any utensils as there will be no trash can provided.

The new, 75-minute, environmental movie “From Paris to Pittsburgh” will be shown at about 12:15. This potluck will follow our 9:30 a.m. church service.
Friday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m., and Sunday, July 28 at 12 noon
Featuring Stratus Chamber Orchestra performing music to highlight the "Colors of Summer"

Sit within an orchestra. Sit next to a musician! Come to a FREE Family Summer Concert Event featuring Denver’s very own Stratus Chamber Orchestra July 26, 27 and 28. Splash into Arts at any of the three concert events in Douglas, Adams, and Denver Counties. (no water is involved unless it rains!) The event doesn’t stop with music. Musical Crafts, Life Art Dance Ensemble, Hawkquest (Sat. only), and more will also be there to make the day EXTRAORDINARY! 

This Immersive Concert Event is FREE for EVERYONE and no tickets are required. Bring your Entire Family & Splash into Arts this summer! This concert event is made possible through a grant of the National Endowment for the Arts and Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. Visit www.AugustanaArts.org for more information.

Friday, July 26, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
19600 Mainstreet
Parker, CO 80138 ( map)
Crafts begin at 5:30 p.m.; Concert at 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. followed by more crafts. 

Saturday, July 27, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The Lutheran Center 
7375 Samuel Dr
Denver, CO 80221 ( map)
Crafts begin at 11:00 a.m. Concert at 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p,m, followed by more crafts. 

Sunday, July 28, 12 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Augustana Lutheran Church
5000 E. Alameda Ave.
Denver, CO 80246 ( map)
Crafts begin at 12 noon; Concert at 12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m. followed by more crafts. 
Our Life Together
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains welcomes new CEO, James Horan!
This month will be the last for outgoing president and CEO Jim Barclay at Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains . Jim has served this ministry faithfully since 2001, and we will miss his leadership while knowing that he'll continue to be a part of the throng of supporters that makes LFS' work possible. We look forward to welcoming incoming CEO James Horan!

LFS is a leading provider of critical social services in Colorado, New Mexico and beyond, including adoption, foster care, respite care, older adult services, refugee resettlement, and more. Jim Barclay was recognized publicly for his service at the Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly in Albuquerque last month, and LFS was honored for its emergency relief work for asylum seekers along with border congregations in New Mexico and El Paso, Texas.
Urban Servant Corps: Emeritus
We eagerly announce this opportunity to apply to Urban Servant Corps: Emeritus

This program is intended to "match the joy of freedom with the need for purpose" in your emeritus, golden, encore, retirement years!
We are now accepting applications for folks interested in a part-time (16 hours per week) volunteer position who will serve at a Denver non-profit organization that matches the gifts and interests of each individual. Participants will also engage with a community cohort for faithful reflection and conversations around social justice issues during this year-long commitment of service AND will overlap with the current young adult USC program for some inter-generational connection! See more information at here!
Resource Corner
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RMS Part-Time Ministry Guidelines are now available
The Rocky Mountain Synod has provided Part-Time Ministry Guidelines, prepared by the RMS Congregational Ministries Board and the Part-Time Ministry Steering Team, and adopted by the Synod Council on May 2, 2019, as a guide and resource. Because each ministry context is different, and the ministry needs of each congregation will vary, we hope it will encourage comprehensive, thoughtful discussion among all parties involved towards the goal of establishing and sustaining effective part-time ministry.
Employment Opportunities
New Listings 
Part-Time Music Minister
Holy Cross Lutheran Church - Albuquerque, NM
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, a vibrant Christian community undergoing a redevelopment process, seeks a motivated and joyful person of faith to enrich our journey of renewal by leading the musical portions of our worship experiences, directing and accompanying a vocal choir, and equipping others to use their musical gifts for our life together. Holy Cross seeks someone with keyboard proficiency comfortable leading from both the piano and the organ. Visit our website at  www.holycrossabq.org , and go  here for a full job description  with primary duties, qualifications, and compensation. Please send cover letter and resume to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6901 Wyoming Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109, 505-821-4676, and/or  worship@holycrossabq.org .
Executive Administrator
Rocky Mountain Synod, Office of the Bishop - Denver, CO
The Rocky Mountain Synod Office of the Bishop is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Administrator. The Executive Administrator serves alongside ten other members of synod staff. Primary duties include offering support for synod Bishop and supporting staff in the areas of Congregation Transition, Candidacy, Event Support, and Roster Maintenance. Additional duties include general office management and hospitality. A Provisional Job Description, subject to change, is available here. This is a full-time position with benefits.

Resume’s and a cover letter should be submitted to Rev. Kent Mueller, kmueller@rmselca.org, by July 20. The approximate start date is October 1.
All Non-Rostered Listings 
Part-Time Music Minister
Holy Cross Lutheran Church - Albuquerque, NM

Executive Administrator
Rocky Mountain Synod, Office of the Bishop - Denver, CO

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

Communication Specialist (part-time)
Well of Hope Worshipping Community - Castle Rock, CO

Youth Ministry Coordinator (part-time)
Well of Hope Worshipping Community - Castle Rock, CO

Children, Youth, Family & Outreach Minister
Evergreen Lutheran Church - Evergreen, CO

Community Relations and Special Events Coordinator
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains - Denver, CO

Peace in Christ Episcopal Lutheran Ministry - Elizabeth, CO

Preschool Teachers & Aides
Let Me Shine Christian Preschool - Salt Lake City, UT

Choir Director (part-time)
Zion Lutheran Church - Salt Lake City, UT
Office of the Bishop This Week
  Bishop Jim Gonia
  • Sabbatical until August 5

Pastor Matt Barnhouse
  • Vacation June 24-27
  • St. Matthew's, Taylorsville, UT

Ruth Hoffman
  • Kids Count Conference
  • NM Conference of Churches

Peter Severson
  • Staff Meeting
  • Lutheran Disaster Response Conference Call
  • Colorado Social Legislation Committee

Tina Kvitek
  • Staff Meeting
  • 1-1 Meetings
Pastor Sarah Moening
  • Continuing Ed, June 24-27
  • In-office appointments

Pastor Kent Mueller (1/2 time)
  • Staff Meeting
  • Installation Rev, Wade Brinkopf, Bethlehem, Brush, CO
  • Vacation July 1-8

Deacon Erin Power
  • Staff Meeting
  • Theological Conference Planning
  • Church Together Ambassadors Meeting
  • Vacation July 2-10

Pastor Leslie Welton
  • Staff Meeting
  • Messiah Denver, CO
  • In-office appointments
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