A Reconciling in Christ synod
Knitted Together in Prayer Project
Our Saviour's, Fort Collins is doing a series this summer on being knit together. One part of this is a prayer loom. Each week worshippers are invited to add a prayer on a small piece of colored fabric and tie it to one of the cords.

They invite your prayers from across the synod. On a 8 inch by 1 inch piece of fabric write a prayer and send it to: 

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church 
2000 South Lemay
Fort Collins CO 80525. 

They will add it to their prayer loom. Alone our prayers look tattered and imperfect. Together they look beautiful.

Office of the Bishop Hospitality Volunteer
The Office of the Bishop is exploring new ways to support the mission and ministry of the Rocky Mountain Synod. We are looking for a team of Hospitality Volunteers to support the work that happens day-to-day at the Lutheran Center.

Hospitality Volunteers would staff our front desk Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., on either 2.5 or 5 hour shifts. The Hospitality Volunteer will greet, welcome, and direct visitors; notify staff of visitor arrival; assist staff with projects as needed; maintain basic database information; and assist with other administrative tasks.

Volunteers should have knowledge of the Rocky Mountain Synod, basic proficiency in Word and Excel, and ability to maintain confidentiality. 

Ideally, volunteers would work 1 shift a week, beginning the week of August 14. 

Questions and completed applications can be directed to Deniese Estrada, RMS Finance Administrator. 
RMS-ELCA News and Events
Pastor Zach Parris - 2017 Hess-Pierson Award Recipient!

Zach Parris is recognized as a creative and dynamic Campus Pastor for the University of Colorado at Boulder who encourages students to develop their leadership skills, and to use their gifts and talents for the sake of others. Join us in congratulating Pastor Zach Parris as the recipient of Lutheran Campus Ministry’s 2017 Hess-Pierson Award.

The Hess-Pierson Award was established to honor Rhonda Hess and Roy Pierson, two students who served as Volunteers in Campus Ministry in California and who died in an automobile accident while driving to a Lutheran Student Movement retreat in 1985. It is given annually to a Lutheran Campus Ministry professional who shows exemplary dedication and service to Lutheran Student Movement-USA (LSM-USA). 

Join Bishop Eaton for Conversation and Lunch on July 28
Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton is visiting the Rocky Mountain Synod in late July. 

There is still plenty of room, so all are welcome to join us for a general Q&A!

Join us Friday, July 28, at Lutheran Church of Hope in Broomfield for a conversation with her  at 11 a.m., followed by a light lunch provided by the ELCA Campaign at 12:15 p.m.

Register here by Friday, July 21. 
Bishop Election Process - 2018 Synod Assembly

The 2018 Synod Assembly, May 3-5, 2018 in Westminster, CO will include an election for Bishop of the Rocky Mountain Synod. In the coming months, Bishop Jim Gonia will continue to discern whether or not he is open to the possibility of serving another term. He will have completed one six-year term in 2018 and there are no term limits in the Rocky Mountain Synod. He will communicate his discernment in early September. 

A Bishop Election Taskforce has been meeting to outline the process. The election process is carried out the same way whether or not a current bishop is open to serving another term. An “Ecclesiastical Ballot” is the nominating ballot at the assembly. Each voting member will write down the name of whomever they would like to nominate (any rostered minister in the ELCA), followed by subsequent ballots requiring certain percentage majorities for an election, as the number of candidates decreases for each ballot. 

A process for identifying potential candidates will be carried out in the months prior to the assembly. That process is for informational purposes only and does not limit the “Ecclesiastical Ballot” to those identified in advance of the assembly.

September 18-21, 2017
Marriott Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO 
-- Keynote Speaker --

Rev. Sarah Ciavarri is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator-Consultant and a Lutheran (ELCA) pastor. Sarah has a huge passion to support healing and transformation within churches by making the connections between faith in Christ and The Daring Way™/Rising Strong. Sarah has led workshops and events nationally in synods, campus ministries, Luther Seminary, and congregations. She conducted a research project comparing ancient monastic spiritual disciplines with Brown’s encouraged practices. Sarah received a Pastoral Study Project grant through the Louisville Institute to reflect on shame, vulnerability, and authenticity within church settings.  

Registration Deadline is August 17 ---   Register now!
Church Development Institute

People who confess a Trinitarian God are people who believe that God is all about the relationship. Our congregations need leaders who can navigate and practice healthy relationships. 

The RMS can host a modified version of the Church Development Institute, which has been used extensively in the Colorado Episcopal Diocese and has equipped many congregations to find renewed meaning and purpose in their life together. 

Because the best learning happens when interacting with peers, we will only move forward with this class if we have a minimum number of people and congregations. Our deadline for registration is August 25, 2017. Please visit our website for information and to register, see our flyer, and let us know as soon as possible so we can confirm the class. 

For Your Bulletin
Office of the Bishop Eucharist, Wednesday, August 2
Our monthly Eucharist has been moved to the first  Wednesday this month, August 2 at 11:30 a.m.

All are invited to join in this 30 minute worship. Our August preacher will be Kaari Von Bernuth, our Office of the Bishop Summer Intern! Come hear the Gospel from one of our young adult leaders in the church.

Your Offering Supports our Lutheran Global Communion
With passion for the church and for the world, t he LWF is a global communion of 145 churches in the Lutheran tradition, representing over 74 million Christians in 98 countries.


Liberated by God’s grace, a communion in Christ living and working together for a just, peaceful, and reconciled world

Our Core Values

  • Dignity and justice
  • Compassion and commitment
  • Respect for diversity
  • Inclusion and participation
  • Transparency and accountability


Pastor Debra Jimenez
Trinity, Hobb, NM
Saturday, August 5, 2:00 p.m. 
Color of the day: Green
RMS Prayer Cycle

July 2017

Week of July 23  

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 

Correction from July 16 --

Lutheran Church of the Servant - Santa Fe, NM
Pat Mohr-Kelly (interim)

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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 23
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day
Faithful God, most merciful judge, you care for your children with firmness and compassion. By your Spirit nurture us who live in your kingdom, that we may be rooted in the way of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. 

Global Church Prayer
Ever-present God, who continues to speak in our world, open our ears to listen to your word, through the work of your Spirit. Praise to you for the work of our Young Adults in Global Mission and all the people and congregations that support the work of accompaniment in which these young adults participate. May our ears be open to hear the stories of these young adults and may these stories shape us, through faith, to see how you continue to work in our world, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 
Around the Synod
Give the Gift of Family
Imagine everything you know about migrants and refugees forced to flee from war, gang violence, persecution, abuse. The loss of home and loved ones. Fear and uncertainty. Survival often means a dangerous journey.

Now imagine that person fleeing for freedom is just a child. He or she might be 14 and on the run from turmoil in El Salvador. Or he or she might be 8 years old, alone after losing parents to military conflict in Africa, Southeast Asia, or the Middle East.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) partners with a network of heroic agencies across the country to provide foster homes which allow unaccompanied children to find refuge, safety and support with a loving family. LIRS is one of two organizations in the world that provides foster care services for resettled unaccompanied refugee children. Each year, thousands of children embark on dangerous journeys seeking shelter, after being torn from their families due to war, abuse, natural disasters or conflict in their home countries. A significant fragment of our client profile includes children from around the world, with a higher need to place males between ages 14-17, from Central America’s Northern Triangle.

We believe that the best way to make sure these children are both safe and equipped for a brighter tomorrow is to place them with a foster family, though consequently more foster families are urgently needed.

There are Central American children and youth in the Rocky Mountain Synod, specifically in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO that are in great need of either short or long term family foster care. These children and youth may have had family members in the US but for a variety of reasons, can’t be united with them.

It’s no small thing to ‘give the gift of family.’ It takes an open heart to accept a child or young person into your home from another culture. It takes time to provide an environment in which that young person can thrive. It takes passion for nurturing a young person into independent adulthood.

You might welcome a child into your family for a few weeks or several years. There will be challenges and there will be joys. Most importantly, the child will be better equipped for the future and your life will be forever enriched. Please get in touch with LaMar RiceProgram Manager for Foster Care. 

Interfaith Gathering: Celebrating 150 Years of Faith in Cheyenne

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, August 6

Join faith communities all across Cheyenne for an Interfaith Gathering. This event will kick off a week of celebrations. This service will include songs, prayers, a performance by a community choir, and a message from The Rev. Warren Murphy about the History of Faith in Cheyenne. You can lend your voice to the community choir by joining in the rehearsal on August 6 at 8:00 a.m. at the Civic Center. More info available at our Facebook Event pageCome and join in as we celebrate 150 years of faith!

Our Life Together
Lilly Grant Initiative: Embracing Stewardship
Embracing Stewardship, by Charles Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy, is an engaging read that helps us place stewardship at the heart of our response to God's grace. Coming from different generations and different backgrounds, the two authors give plenty of practical help and encouragement for congregations in 2017. Another reason for reading the book is that Grace Pomroy will be at our Theological Conference this year in her capacity as a resource developer for Portico, where she focuses on financial education for rostered ministers. Check out the book, and plan on meeting her in September. 
Faith & Science Workshop -
Ethical Issues in Human Germ-line Editing

October 6-7, 2017

Episcopal Conference Center of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Early Bird Registration is Open Now Through September 1st

The focus of the dialogue will be "Ethical Issues in Human Germ-line Editing".  We will be presenting on the current science of CRISPR Cas-9 technology, and the ethical issues surrounding its application from a theological perspective.  

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.  

 More information and registration link are available here. 

Soul Shop for Youth Leaders
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

Abiding Hope Church

Soul Shop is a one-day training to equip teachers, educators, youth pastors, youth leaders, servants who walk alongside youth (like confirmation guides) and quite frankly any adult who cares deeply about young people, to minister to youth impacted by suicidal desperation. Special attention will focus on youth specific issues of impulsivity and contagion. The training includes the creation of resources, training congregation and community members in suicide awareness and basic conversation skills, and the invitation to those who have been suicidal in the past to share their stories. Flyer available here, register here

  • $25 Registration Fee includes seminar materials, continental breakfast and lunch.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available upon request.
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Administration Matters -  from the July 2017 Issue

ELCA Federal Credit Union

As we celebrate our one-year anniversary today, we are excited about the positive financial impact the ELCA Federal Credit Union is having on our members’ lives. We invite you to watch our new video that explains how credit unions operate—and how we are helping our members do more with their money. Please feel free to share this video with members or employees of our congregations, synods and ministries; they are also eligible to enjoy the many great benefits of belonging to our credit union. 

Congregational Ethics Policy

The highest degree of stewardship and fiduciary responsibility is expected of all employees, including the receiving, reporting, and use of funds, property, and time. Employees are responsible for complying with laws, regulations, and congregation’s policies and procedures. >More

Administration Matters is a bimonthly e-newsletter for ELCA congregational and synodical leaders. It addresses common, practical issues including finance, governance, risk management, tax, legal concerns and topics of interest about day to day operations and management in church settings. 

Employment Opportunities
New Listings 
Director (or Associate Pastor) of Children's & Family Ministries
Kaw Prairie Community Church (ELCA-PCUSA)
9421 Meadow View Dr, Lenexa, KS 66227

Develop servant-hearted adult and teen leaders who create safe, joyful, discipling environments on Sunday mornings and in midweek ministries, for children birth through 6th grade and their families--while serving in a high-energy, good-humored, and growth-minded staff! 

Kaw Prairie is a 13-year-old ELCA-PCUSA church in the western Kansas City suburbs that's a mix of family-types, professions, ages, politics, and faith backgrounds, united by a common mission to change lives with Jesus' love, refueling weekly with contemporary band-led worship music, weekly eucharist, and exegetical and topical messages. We're seeking a gifted director/pastor to help revitalize and raise the bar for our children’s and family ministries who’s comfortable with high-capacity volunteers and passionate for helping grow children and families in faith and mission. AND you'd finally get to move to Kansas!

Bachelor's degree, experience in children’s ministry or education preferred. Additional information is available here. Send resume & cover here or questions to Pastor Dan McKnight

Preschool Director/Teacher
Grace Lutheran is seeking a Preschool Director/Teacher who must be able to design a developmentally appropriate play-based curriculum beginning with the 2017-18 school year, and is required to meet DFS licensing regulations.  A draft position description is here. To apply, fill out our  application and send it with a  resume here . Deadline for applications is July 24. 
All Non-Rostered Positions 
Director (or Associate Pastor) of Children's & Family Ministries
Kaw Prairie Community Church (ELCA-PCUSA) , Lenexa, KS 

Preschool Director/Teacher
Grace Lutheran Church - Casper, WY

Director of Youth and Household Ministry
Trinity Lutheran Church - Boulder, CO

Director of Worship and Music
Mount Calvary Lutheran Church - Boulder, CO 

Contextual Education Coordinator
Iliff School of Theology - Denver, CO

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

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Office of the Bishop This Week
Bishop Gonia
  • Vacation
  • First, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Better Together Team Retreat
  • Dean's Webex

Pastor Kent Mueller

  • Vacation
  • Candidacy meetings
  • Dean's Webex

Ruth Hoffman, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM

  • NM Conference of Churches
  • Medicaid Advisory Committee 

Peter Severson, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-CO

  • Hunger Webinar
  • Social Legislation Committee
  • Renter's Rights
  • Vacation
Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • Cristo Rey, Denver, CO
  • Lutheran Church of the Master, Lakewood, CO
  • Our Savior's Denver, CO
  • Better Together Team Retreat
  • Dean's Webex

Deacon Erin Power

  • RMS Communications
  • Theological Conference planning
  • Vacation
  • Dean's Webex

Pastor Sarah Moening

    • Our Savior's, Casper, WY
    • Congregation Transition 
    • In-office Appointments
    • Dean's Webex
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