A Reconciling in Christ synod
ELCA Youth Gathering: This Changes Everything!
Our Rocky Mountain Synod youth and adult leaders have just returned home from the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, TX. If you have been following the RMS on Facebook, you have seen some of our favorite moments!

If you are feeling left out of the fun, check out the links below for a taste of our time together as the Church Together with 31,000 of our siblings in Christ from across the church!

RMS Leaders on the Main Stage!
We are proud to say that 3 RMS leaders shared their gifts and stories as part of the Mass Gathering:

Joy Emenyonu, St. Mark's Aurora was one of 3 young adult emcees that guided the show each night.

Deacon Erin Power, Office of the Bishop, shared a short Bible study and reflection.

Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, House for all Denver, shared how God's grace changes everything.
Youth Gathering Synod Day Sermon
On Saturday, June 30, RMS participants at the ELCA Youth Gathering joined together for Synod Day. Led by our youth leaders, we joined together for conversation, worship, and play. With great joy I shared my reflections on the story of the day, The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)

Beloved of the Rocky Mountain Synod …

So did you catch the hope talk in this reading we just heard? It wasn’t actually very positive – in fact, it was hope disappointed.

We had hoped ...  that’s what Cleopas and his friend told the stranger as they were walking along the road to Emmaus:  we had hoped …

eConnection Spotlight: RMS in the Neighborhood
PRIDE Re-visited: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness
The three terms LGBTQ, youth and homelessness upset me when put together. Last week, the  Colorado Coalition for the Homeless  hosted a panel on LGBTQ youth homelessness as part of their education series, bringing light and resources to a struggling community.

Sitting in the room as a straight, cisgender woman surrounded by allies and advocates, all I felt was support for those who were not privileged enough to be in that room too. Those in attendance sought resources for  LGBTQ  youth and asked difficult questions that some of the panelists could not fully answer. My peers were educated on these issues, and sometimes knew more than the panelists did.

Read more from summer intern Katie about the work of Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
RMS-ELCA News and Events
Save the Date: 2019 Word & Service Summit
More information will be available in late August, but mark your calendars for this important conversation! send email to Deacon Erin Power with any questions.
For Your Bulletin

Rev. Matthew A. Powell
Holy Cross Lutheran Church,
Albuquerque NM
Saturday, July 28, 4:00 p.m.
Color of the Day: Green
RMS Prayer Cycle

JULY 2018:

 Week of July 8

Christ the King - Durango, CO
Tim Orlowski

Community of Joy - Rio Rancho, NM
Tom Anderson

Cross of Hope - Albuquerque, NM
Adam Berndt
Holy Cross - Albuquerque, NM
Matt Powell
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 8
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day

God of the covenant, in our baptism you call us to proclaim the coming of your kingdom. Give us the courage you gave the apostles, that we may faithfully witness to your love and peace in every circumstance of life, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

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

Around the Synod
Worship, Art, and Music Camp: "Fired Up" by Allan Pote
Monday, July 9 – Sunday, July 15, 2018
All community children who have completed grades 1–7 are invited to a week of Worship, Art, and Music Camp at Augustana Lutheran Church (5000 E. Alameda Ave., Denver). Participants will learn how to create scenery, backdrops and props, explore their dramatic side, and sing and discover great music!

Every day includes breakout sessions in art, dance, drama and music; participants are expected to participate each day. On Sunday, July 15 at 10:30 a.m. worship, we will present the musical, "Fired Up," by Allen Pote, a lighthearted re-telling of the story of Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego.

WAM! camp hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon, and Sunday morning worship, 10:30 a.m. Cost is $75 per child or a maximum of $125 for families. Information and registration is here.

Teenagers and adults are needed to help with art, drama, serving snacks, and moving kids from one class to another. To help, or for additional information on WAM!, contact Cindy Lindeen-Martin (303-388-4678 ext. 117 or lindeen-martin@augustanadenver.org).
BorderLinks Experiential Exploration Of Immigration Issues Workshop
Saturday, July 21 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p m.
Shepherd of the Hills 
Presbyterian Church (map)
11500 W. 20th Avenue
Lakewood, CO

Why Don't People just come into the country legally from Mexico? This is a day exploration that will invite a broader understanding of the complicated issues. The Presbytery of Denver (PC-USA) Immigration Task Force invites you to this BorderLinks workshop. Flyer in English/ Spanish. Registration info is here.
African Children's Choir performs in Denver!
Thursday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Augustana Arts is pleased to bring the African Children’s Choir to a Denver stop on their US Tour. They will be performing at Augustana Lutheran Church (map) on Thursday, August 2 at 7:00 pm.
Come and experience a performance that shows the beauty, dignity and potential of each African child! The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and rhythmic Gospel favorites. Nearly every performance is concluded with a thunderous standing ovation! In spite of the tragedy that has marred their young lives, these children are radiant with hope, musically gifted and always wonderfully entertaining. Admission will be free for all ages; a free-will offering will follow the Choir’s concert. Flyer here, for tickets and more information visit www.AugustanaArts.org.
Resource Corner
check back each week for a new or featured resource for your congregation
Synod Assembly videos are now available
Here are links to selected presentations from the Synod Assembly, which are also available here along with other Assembly resources.

Cynthia Moe-Lobeda
  • Keynote 1 - For the Life of the World:God's Gifts of Justice- Seeking Neighbor Love
  • Keynote 2 - For the Life of the World: Oh No! Controversy will Divide the Church!
  • Keynote 3 - For the Life of the World: Reflecting on the Doctrine of Discovery
  • Keynote 4 - For the Life of the World: Roots of Hope and Moral-Spiritual Power

Employment Opportunities
New Listings
Joyful Mission Preschool - Assistant Director and Administrative Assistant
Joy Lutheran Church - Parker, CO
Assistant Director
Joyful Mission Preschool , a ministry of Joy Lutheran Church, is seeking an Assistant Director for 12-15 hours per week. This position requires the individual to be preschool director qualified. Job description here . If you are interested, please email cover letter and resume to Council President, Joe Fangman, at joefangmanpt@gmail.com .

Administrative Assistant
Joyful Mission Preschool is seeking an Administrative Assistant for 16-20 hours per week. This position requires the individual to be preschool director qualified. Job description here. If you are interested, please email cover letter and resume to Council President, Joe Fangman at joefangmanpt@gmail.com .
All Non-Rostered Positions 
Joyful Mission Preschool - Assistant Director
Joy Lutheran Church - Parker, CO

Joyful Mission Preschool - Administrative Assistant
Joy Lutheran Church - Parker, CO

Praise Singers Director (part-time)
Faith Lutheran Church - Golden, CO

Music Director (part-time)
St. Paul Lutheran Church - Albuquerque, NM

Trinity Lutheran Church - Laramie, WY

National Coordinator
Lutheran Peace Fellowship (LPF)
Seattle, WA

Administrative Assistant
Epiphany Lutheran Church - Denver, CO

Program Director, Advocacy Engagement
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Washington, D.C.

Faith Formation Director
Trinity Lutheran Church - Laramie, WY
Office of the Bishop This Week
Bishop Gonia
  • Vacation
  • In-office appointments
  • ELCA Churchwide Office, Chicago, IL

Pastor Kent Mueller (1/2 time)
  • Vacation
  • Lutheran Center Administration

Ruth Hoffman
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM
  • NM Conference of Churches
  • Interim legislative work

Peter Severson
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-CO
  • Vacation
Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • Cristo Rey, Denver
  • Developer/ Redeveloper meetings
  • In-office appointments

Deacon Erin Power
  • Theological Conference Planning
  • In-office appointments
  • RMS Communications

Pastor Sarah Moening
  • Sabbatical until August 14

Pastor Leslie Welton
  • Sky Ranch Family Camp
  • Shepherd of the Valley, Grand Junction, CO
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