July 17, 2019
A Reconciling in Christ synod
Bishop Eaton, " We belong to the Truth" - Living Lutheran
In her July column for Living Lutheran, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton asks: “How do we live as people of Truth in a time of spin?” In deep humility, profound gratitude and real joy. Read her column in English and in Spanish and download in Word/ PDF.
"Big Dreams" fight hunger - Living Lutheran

Inspired by the creativity and bold thinking of anti-hunger ministries in the church, ELCA World Hunger launched the Big Dream Grants program to support ministries that are building and designing innovative and lasting solutions to hunger,...

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eConnection Spotlight:
RMS in the Neighborhood
A Day in Campus Ministry

It started out like my typical Wednesday as a campus ministry practitioner at a large public university. Every week I drag my cart across campus, set up a display table, and prepare to greet a few hundred incoming freshman and their parents.

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St. Peter, Carlsbad, NM Hosts 5-Church VBS
Christ's Church-Better Together!
During the week of July 8-11, St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carlsbad NM hosted its annual 5-Church Ecumenical Vacation Bible School. Working together with local partners: Grace Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Christian Church, and Carlsbad Mennonite Church, all shared resources, and manpower. The ELCA World Hunger, God's Good Creation VBS curriculum was used for this ALL-AGES Vacation Bible School. Each evening began with a shared meal, then all attended an opening worship. There were activities for everyone, including an adult Bible study. It was a great time of fellowship, learning and sharing!

stpeter@splcnm.com, www.splcnm.com, and Facebook: St. Peter Lutheran - Carlsbad, NM
RMS-ELCA News and Events
Candidacy Discernment Retreat Day
August 21, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Are you or someone you know discerning a call to rostered ministry as a deacon or pastor in the ELCA? The Office of the Bishop will be hosting a discernment day for conversation, information, and worship to help answer questions and explain the candidacy journey. 

Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Please RSVP to 303-777-6700 by Aug 5 if you plan to attend. For more information contact Leslie Welton at lwelton@rmselca.org.
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.
Excellence in Leadership - Introducing Theory U
Much has been written about leadership in multiple realms of our society. 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. In past weeks we have introduced Emotional Intelligence, Family Systems Theory, Adaptive Leadership, and Vulnerability. Here is a short synopsis of another of those areas:

Theory U

Change is a fact of life. It is also something that we are often reluctant to do and that is challenging to do smoothly. Dr. C. Otto Scharmer has constructed a framework to help individuals and institutions through this process – for change is more often than not a process and not a sudden occurrence. 

His “Theory U” is grounded in something called Presencing, which is to say being present with the process of what change entails through every step. We must be acutely aware of what is going on within us and within the environment around us in order to effectively move into the future change we are attempting to bring about.

In the program that Excellence in Leadership provides, you will be encouraged to use this process observe your own context and to enact a plan for how you all may meet the future with boldness and integrity.

Visit our website here and sign up today for the Excellence in Leadership program to begin this journey of healthy leadership. Sign up today for Excellence in Leadership. The classes will be starting before you know it!
Celebrate the work done together in Christ’s name
At recent synod assemblies, we celebrated the collective work we have done as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This video was shared with each assembly, and now we offer it for you to share in your congregation. We hope this video will inspire our ministry moving forward.
For such a Time | ELCA Synod Assembly 2019

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton shares what it means to be called, "For such a time as this," in her 2019 message to ELCA Synod Assemblies. Download: http://bit.ly/SynodAssembly2019 "Cloud Gate" by Anish Kapoor is featured in the background of...

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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
RMS Prayer Cycle

JULY 2019

- Week of July 21-

St. Paul - Albuquerque, NM
Kristi Koppel

St. Paul’s/Peace - Las Vegas, NM
Madelynn Johnston

St. Timothy - Albuquerque, NM
Rachael Powell

Trinity - Farmington, NM
Larry Davis

Valley - Los Lunas, NM
Ken Vogler
Offering Connections
(to include in your offering portion of worship)
August 4:  Your generosity has been life-changing in the Rocky Mountain Synod. You have supported  all  matching dollar requirements to expend Lilly grant dollars. Your continued generosity means that the blessings of 3E can extend for another 3 years starting in 2020.

August 11:  Your mission support means that 60% of Rocky Mountain Synod congregations will participate in Stewardship for All Seasons, helping change the root culture of stewardship to radical generosity in our giving.

August 18:  Educate, Equip, Enact helps part-time pastors and deacons live out their vocational integrity and find suitable sources of additional income. Because of your support for 3E, we received an additional small grant to design a program assisting part-time rostered ministers and smaller congregations.

August 25: Your financial support for Educate, Equip, Enact has helped send 25 rostered ministers to California Lutheran University’s Executive Skills for Church Leaders course, helping pastors and deacons learn MBA level church management skills.

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 21
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day

Eternal God, you draw near to us in Christ, and you make yourself our guest. Amid the cares of our lives, make us attentive to your presence, that we may treasure your word above all else, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord

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

21 - 27 July Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda - 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. 
Impacted by Addiction: Loss and Recovery
Thursday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Have you been impacted by addiction? Someone in your family, extended family, friend, neighbor or yourself? This program will bring three experienced presenters to engage us with about how they have come to know about addiction as well as respond to questions that you bring. Personal testimony, professional insight, both the loss of a loved one from an overdose and a story of recovery from addiction. Jenn is a mom in recovery, Karen is a psychiatrist who focuses on substance use disorder, and Marsha is a mom and author who tells her journey from her son's heroin overdose to her own grieving which leads to hope. 

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 3485 Stanford Court, Boulder ( map )

No cost and resource people and tables with resources present. Presented by the Interfaith Network on Mental Illness (INMI). More info at www.inmi.us.  
Bicycles, Bluegrass, Beer and BBQ a fundraiser for Matthew Weber
Saturday, August 10 at 10:30 a.m.
Join us at Holy Love on August 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Please join us for a bike ride followed by some bluegrass, barbecue and a beer from dry Dock brewery. Together we will celebrate our good friend Matthew and try to raise some money to help cover his medical expenses...

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Film Screening of "Wild Hope" documentary, with Executive Producer Suez Jacobson at CTK Denver
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Are you concerned about climate change and the future of our planet? On Wednesday, August 14th at 6:00 p.m., Christ the King Lutheran Church in Denver, together with Grow Local Colorado, is hosting a potluck dinner and screening of the documentary, “Wild Hope.” This new film tells the story of our deep spiritual connection to the natural world, a connection that has the power to rewire our brains, take us back to our deepest roots, and change how we think and act in a world needing our care. Please join us and the executive producer of the film, Suez Jacobson, for a night of learning, conversation and hope. More information about the film is available at http://www.wildhopefilm.com.

Christ the King Lutheran Church is located at 2300 S. Patton Court, Denver, CO 80219 ( map). For more information, please contact the CTK office at office@ctkdenver.org.
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains invites you to...
Lutheran Family Services invites you to their 26th annual golf tournament to raise funds for Adoption Services, Foster Care, Refugee & Asylee Services, Older Adult and Caregiver Services and Prevention Services.

When: August 15th, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. (Shotgun Start) 
Where: Hiwan Golf Club, 30671 Clubhouse Lane, Evergreen, CO 80439 ( map)

We are a human service agency helping children and families during their most challenging times. LFS offers help and hope to all people from the newborn infant to the most elderly person. We strive to accomplish this mission through our programs that assist more than 30,000 individuals annually. Approximately 80% of the people we serve are children.

With your Sponsorship, Foursome or In-Kind donation, we will be able to help more people than ever in 2019. Our golf tournament will include prizes awarded for winning teams, individual contests, Church Cup Competition and $40 Bonus Tickets which includes entry into all contests, two mulligans, prizes and more!

Registration Fees are only $185 per individual and includes green fees, golf cart, polo shirt, breakfast, lunch and more! Put your own team of 4 together or register individually to be placed on a team and make some new friends. Register at HERE . It's sure the be an event you won't "FOREget"!

Contact Jessica Yoss (Community Relations & Special Events Coordinator) at Jessica.Yoss@lfsrm.org with any questions. 
Rejoicing Spirits Training for Congregations
Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The Rejoicing Spirits team is offering training, in conjunction with the Star Institute, for ministry with people with disabilities. Tips and tools for accessibility, communication, environment and relationships will be provided by the Star Institute and the Rejoicing Spirits team will provide Safe Haven training, to ensure the safety and protection of all people who participate.
This training is open to all who would like to expand their ministry capacity and is mandatory for adults wishing to participate in the Rejoicing Spirits mission development.

Lunch is provided. A freewill donation to offset the cost of training and lunch is a appreciated. We will gather at the Office of the Bishop at 7375 Samuel Dr. Denver 80221 and Zoom will be available. 

For more information, please contact Pastor Brigette Weier at weierbrigetter@gmail.com.
Rick Steves Headlines Bright Stars of Bethlehem Event
Saturday, September 14, 6:30 p.m.
Come celebrate 15 years of raising creative leaders and growing hope in Palestine! at Bethany Lutheran Church, 5000 E Hampden, Cherry Hills Village ( map ).

Funds raised will directly support the work of Bright Stars of Bethlehem and its initiatives through Dar al-Kalima University of Arts and Culture, promoting peace and justice in Palestine through education in the arts and culture.

Rick Steves, travel writer, author, activist and television personality will give a travel show with slides. Travel as a Political Act, the title of Rick Steves’ latest book, will also be the theme of his presentation.

Tickets: $40 in advance; $50 at the door. More information here.
Our Life Together
The Enchanting Rhine 2020 with Guest Speakers Kirsi Stjerna & Brooks Schramm
You are invited to join Lutheran scholars Kirsi Stjerna and Brooks Schramm on The Enchanting Rhine River Cruise in the Fall of 2020, 10/25-11/2/2020.

Our itinerary takes us to Germany, France, and Netherlands. Our program includes exploration and fellowship, learning and enjoyment in a most beautiful setting.

Lectures and discussions pertaining to the regions visited and the topics of religion, reformation, and the bible will be offered. Come solo, come with a friend - or come with a group of your own! Special arrangements and benefits are available for group leaders. Also, Educational Opportunities offers special deals for international airfare, regardless of the departure city.

Interested, questions? Email kstjerna@plts.edu or bschramm79@hotmail.com.
Resource Corner
check back each week for a new or featured resource for your congregation
Your Stewardship Toolkit for Congregations - August 2019
Here's the August 2019 "Stewardship Toolkit" brought to you by Rev. Rob Blezard, Assistant to the Bishop Lower Susquehanna Synod.

This month's theme is Deceived by 'the lie of more, looking at how our culture pressures us to seek happiness by endlessly accumulating 'more" … more stuff, more money, more experiences. The result? Instead of finding peace, too many of God's people are miserable and drowning in debt.
Get your Stewardship Toolkit here!
From the July 2019 issue of Administration Matters
ELCA Annual Report
Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America share a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person — questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God’s work in Christ’s name for the life of the world. View or download the ELCA Annual Report – 2018 in Review video.
Employment Opportunities
New Listings 
Director of Communications
Bethany Lutheran Church - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, CO is seeking a creative person to manage print and digital communications. Primary responsibilities include weekly worship bulletins and email blasts, seasonal print newsletters, and regular social media and website management. Experience with Office Suite and WordPress are required. This position is 30 hours per week with benefits and a flexible schedule. The ideal candidate enjoys opportunities to be creative in helping us grow our communications network!

For questions, or to submit resume, contact Pastor Gary Sandberg at  gary@bethany-denver.org .
Choir Director (part-time)
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church - Cañon City, CO
SOTH  has an opening for a choir director, a part-time paid position. Worship is primary to our congregational life, and music is fundamental part of our worship.
The choir director shall select all choral anthems to be sung by the choir. Music should be appropriate for use in the liturgical service and, if possible, follow the theme or the lessons appointed for the day. Musical selections shall be made in consultation with the Pastor whenever possible and given to the organist/accompanist well in advance of their rehearsal and performance dates. Musical selections and practice schedules should be given to the office secretary in advance of the bulletin and newsletter information deadlines. Choral conducting experience is required for this position along with good skills working with choir members.
The start date is flexible, but hopefully in September. This paid position requires 4-6 hours a week. For questions contact Bob Erickson, at   boberick835@gmail.com . Please send resume and cover letter to  sothoffices@gmail.com .
High School Program Director
Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp - Fort Collins, CO
Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp  is hiring a new full-time High School Program Director. The High School Program Director is responsible for coordinating and overseeing all of our high school programming including our High Wilderness backpacking program, our off-site Four Winds service learning programs, and our on-site Rendezvous program. A part of this coordination includes working with the different congregations and groups that will participate in these programs, as well as marketing and outreach for these programs. Job description is available  here . If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Brad Abbott, Executive Director, at  brad@skyranchcolorado.org .
Executive Director
Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, 7415 E. Elbow Bend, Carefree, AZ
Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center  (SITD) is inviting applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director. In 1993, the retreat center was donated to the Grand Canyon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who developed the retreat center as a separate 501(c)(3) organization. The Executive Director will magnify the mission of Spirit in the Desert to be a holy place where people experience hospitality and renew their callings in the world.
A brief overview of the position, including procedure for nominations and applications, is available  HERE .
A complete search profile with information about Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center and the desired attributes for the Executive Director will be available July 26 at  www.spiritinthedesert.org  on the home page.
Are there people who come to your mind who you believe might be called to this leadership position? If you would like to confidentially nominate a candidate for consideration, please contact Melissa Maxwell-Doherty at  revmmmd@callutheran.edu  or by phone at 805-493-3330 with the candidate’s name and contact information.
Posted July 11, 2019
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 .
All Non-Rostered Listings 
Director of Communications
Bethany Lutheran Church - Cherry Hills Village, CO

Choir Director (part-time)
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church - Cañon City, CO

High School Program Director
Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp - Fort Collins, CO

Executive Director
Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center - Carefree, AZ

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
Office of the Bishop This Week
  Bishop Jim Gonia
  • Sabbatical until August 5

Pastor Matt Barnhouse
  • In office appointments
  • Christ the King, Denver, CO

Ruth Hoffman
  • Invest in Kids Now Coalition
  • In-office work

Peter Severson
  • ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering, Minneapolis, MN

Tina Kvitek
  • ELCA Foundation All-Staff Meetings, Chicago, IL
  • 1-1 Meetings
Pastor Sarah Moening
  • Excellence in Leadership Planning
  • Conference Dean's Zoom
  • Theological Conference Planning

Pastor Kent Mueller (1/2 time)
  • Lutheran Center Administration
  • Conference Deans Zoom

Deacon Erin Power
  • Continuing Ed, Executive Skills for Church Leaders, CLU
  • Conference Deans Zoom
  • Theological Conference Planning

Pastor Leslie Welton
  • Vacation July 16-29
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