July 3, 2019
A Reconciling in Christ synod
Child Detention: What Can We do?
On June 6, 2019, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and other faith leaders issued a statement on children in detention:

Our houses of worship and agencies have welcomed, engaged and served many migrant families that have recently arrived in the U.S. These migrants have left their communities to provide safety for their children and protect them from harm. Sadly, as a nation we have denied them safety, instead placing them in detention facilities, sometimes long after the mandated 72-hour limit. Many detention centers are overcrowded and lack sanitation, further elevating the risk of serious health issues for migrants already stressed and weakened by their journeys.

We believe our nation and its leaders have both the moral and legal responsibility on behalf of those who seek safety in our land.”     (Read full statement)

In the weeks following Bishop Eaton’s statement, many more stories have emerged about this ongoing humanitarian crisis. As awful details about the conditions in detention centers have filtered into public consciousness, many people of faith are rightly filled with sadness and anger, as well as a determination to take action. Just as God has shown grace and mercy to God’s people, we also seek to reflect that grace and mercy into the world, reaching out with hope to those suffering in our midst. Below are several ways in which you can respond in faith to this crisis:

1)    Our border and immigration ministries are continuing to offer temporary hospitality to families released from detention.  Support the on-going work of  Border ServantCorps Peace Las Cruces Trinity Las Cruces Cristo Rey El Paso , and  LutheranFamily Services Rocky Mountains  through financial gifts. Volunteer through Border Servant Corps.

2)    Follow  ELCA AMMPARO ELCA Advocacy , and  Lutheran Immigration andRefugee Service  on social media for updates and action alerts.  Respond to action alerts and share in your networks.

3)   Contact your elected officials in Congress and ask them to end child detention by exercising legal oversight.   https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

4)      Know Your Rights.  Learn what rights you have when you interact with immigration agents or the police. Share and post this information openly in your buildings.

5)    Connect with organizations in your community supporting immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers such as the  New Mexico Faith Coalitionfor Immigrant Justice Annunciation House El Paso Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition , and the  American Friends Service Committee                 

 "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs" (Matthew 19:14).

God of love, we give thanks for the people and communities opening their doors to welcome refugees and asylum seekers. Sustain them in their work. God of comfort be present to the children living in detention centers crying out for justice. Let them know your peace. Stir up compassion in the employees and administrators in charge of their care.God of mercy, help us find the courage and compassion to end child detention and bring about a system rooted in your love for all humanity.We offer prayers that come in the form of tears, with sighs too deep for words, Amen
eConnection Spotlight:
RMS in the Neighborhood
Throwing a party to meet their neighbors
Messiah, Denver, threw a parking lot party this past weekend and invited their neighbors for food, trampolines, music, and free resources like skin cancer screenings.

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

JULY 2019

- Week of July 7 -

All Saints - Albuquerque, NM
Kristen Schultz

Bethlehem - Los Alamos, NM
Nicolé Ferry
Scott Thalacker 

Camino de Vida - Albuquerque, NM
Guillermo Yela

Christ - Santa Fe, NM
Joene Herr

Christ the King - Durango, CO
Tim Orlowski

Community of Joy - Rio Rancho, NM
Paul Schick

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, July 7
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day

O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, you are the city that shelters us, the mother who comforts us. With your Spirit accompany us on our life’s journey, that we may spread your peace in all the world, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

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

07 - 13 July Eritrea, Ethiopia - Intercessions and Prayers
Around the Synod
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. 
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Free choir robes from Shepherd of the Hills, Ft. Collins!
Available now from Shepherd of the Hills, Fort Collins are 54 choir robes in various sizes, full cuffed sleeves, maroon polyester with cream and white accents. Call 970-482-9692 for more information.
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
  • In-office appointments

Ruth Hoffman
  • 1st Presbyterian-Las Vegas, NM
  • CYFD Child Care hearing

Peter Severson
  • Vacation July 4-7
  • In-office appointments

Tina Kvitek
  • Shepherd of the Valley, Grand Junction, CO
  • 1-1 Meetings
Pastor Sarah Moening
  • St. Phillip, Littleton, CO
  • Congregation Transition

Pastor Kent Mueller (1/2 time)
  • Vacation July 1-8

Deacon Erin Power
  • Vacation July 2-10

Pastor Leslie Welton
  • In-office appointments
  • St. Mark's, Aurora Day Camp
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