A Reconciling in Christ synod
Christ's Church, Better Together: Rainbow Trail South
Last week the staff of Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp took their show on the road to host Rainbow Trail South with the congregations of the Border and North New Mexico conferences. Rainbow Trail and congregations rented space at Aspendale Baptist Camp in Cloudcroft, NM so our southern congregations could experience camp life closer to home.

Already there are conversations about "when we do this next year...". We are grateful for the creative leadership of our New Mexico & El Paso leaders and commitment of Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp to being Christ's Church, Better Together!
RMS in the Neighborhood - Sitting in the Holy Space
Last week, I had the opportunity to worship with the Old Town House Church in Fort Collins, which is a part of the Mustard Seed House Churches in the Northern Colorado Area. If I’m being completely honest, I had no clue what a House Church looked like, who was in them, what you did at a House Church; I was completely ignorant. > More
Conversation with Bishop Eaton this Friday!
Join Presiding Bishop Eaton via Facebook Live this Friday, July 28 from 11:00 to 12:15 for a general Q&A with leaders of the Rocky Mountain Synod. The conversation will take place at Lutheran Church of Hope in Broomfield but will be streamed via the RMS Facebook page for leaders outside the Denver Metro area. 
RMS-ELCA News and Events
Office of the Bishop Hospitality Volunteers
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. 
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 
New this year!  All are welcome to gather for a time of restful and rejuvenating prayer. Using contemplative prayer as our foundation we will make space for the work of the Holy Spirit through different group prayer experiences including praying with images, walking prayer, group spiritual direction and praying with seed mandalas. Pastor Sonja Sandquist from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Littleton, Colorado is a certified spiritual director, trained at the Shalem Institute and she will lead the prayer experiences. This is a time for beginners and seasoned spiritual people. All are welcome.Cost is $12 to cover lunch, as well as an extra night hotel stay for those who would need to travel on Sunday. 
Register today- there is still room for 15 people. 

Additional highlights:
  • Welcome reception and opening remarks from Bishop Gonia 
  • Daily Eucharist Worship
  • Afternoon sessions will offer 2 different tracks: Vulnerability or Financial Matters
  • Evening fellowship: Beer & Hymns night and RMS Improv 

Updated Schedule available online here.  

Registration Deadline is August 15. Scholarships available.

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. 

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For Your Bulletin
Your Offering Supports our Partners in the Malagasy Lutheran Church

Betela Seminary Madagascar 

Your Mission Support, along with funds from the RMS Seeds of Hope Companion Synod fund, provides $10,000 to Betela Seminary, and is 1/4 of their operating budget. Our partnership supports their work of training new leaders for the Malagasy Lutheran Church, one of the fastest growing Lutheran Churches in the world! 


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 30 

Companion Synods in Fiangonana Loterana Malagasy (Malagasy Lutheran Church) 

Boeny Mahajanga
Avaratra Atsinanana


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 30 
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day
Beloved and sovereign God, through the death and resurrection of your Son you bring us into your kingdom of justice and mercy. By your Spirit, give us your wisdom, that we may treasure the life that comes from Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. 

Global Church Prayer
God of all eternity, whose gift of faith is greater than anything we can imagine and who does not allow anything to separate us from your love, empower us to live lives of service resting in your eternal and unconditional love. Praise to you for the work of the ELCA and Lutheran missionaries in preventing new cases of malaria throughout the world. Send your Spirit of power to inspire all who work to end this preventable disease and give us all faith that your love may be shown, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 
Around the Synod
Fireweed Bluegrass Band Concert - No tickets Required!
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Outdoor Event from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

All are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy an evening of Bluegrass music, neighborly friendship, and food. Food will be available starting at 6, music will begin at 7 p.m.

This is an outreach event sponsored by both LCOR and Bethlehem, Brush, with support from Thrivent. There will be a Free Will offering in support of Rising Up, a local Fort Morgan resource for hungry,  homeless and the needy. 

In addition, there will be a special worship service at 9:00a.m. featuring Fireweed on Sunday, August 13 at
Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer. 

Details available here, get a flier here
Bright Stars of Bethlehem - Growing Hope in Palestine

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, August 11 and Monday, September 11

Join us to show support for Bright Stars of Bethlehem - hear what is happening in the Bright Stars projects, view two short films by Dar al-Kalima students. Meet Bright Stars VP Beth Nelson Chase - hearty appetizers. RSVP by email to Margaret Hinchey or text/call 303-667-5671. 

Bright Stars of Bethlehem supports the ministries started by the members of Christmas Lutheran Church, Bethlehem, and their pastor Mitri Raheb, under the umbrella of the Diyar Consortium. The K-12 school, after-school activities, senior program and Dar al-Kalima University bring hope to the people of Bethlehem, increasingly surrounded and cut off from other communities in the West Bank by Israel's wall. Come learn more about this beacon of hope! Related information is also here

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
Hear Bishop Eaton Share Call Story

Wednesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. 

Bethany Lutheran Church

Cherry Hills Village, CO

Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will be our guest preacher as she shares her call story. This summer we have heard the call stories of staff and seminary students at Bethany and are delighted to have Bishop Eaton share her call story. All are invited to share in this vesper service with Holy Communion.

Prayers for 2016-2017 BSCers
As 2016-2017 Border Servant Corps full-time volunteers complete their year of service with BSC, we ask for prayers in their transition. We celebrate this past year as they have walked with people in the borderlands and wish them well as they continue their journeys: Geoff Blackwell, Emily Bowen, Michael Dickson, Erica McDowell, Martha McKinley, Angie O'Brien, Pairsa Shirazi, and Hannah Whitelock-Wolff. 
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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Lilly Grant Initiative: Equip - Grants Team Meeting August 7

In Educate, Equip, Enact, "Equip" is for the grants program, where a small team has the fun of giving money to encourage and support our rostered ministers who have applied for the grants for credit card debt relief,
retirement savings, school loans, emergency debt, etc. Thank you to those who have applied, and are the "early adopters" helping to develop the program.

On August 7, the Grants Team (Pr. Brian Bergum, Pr. Steve Klemz, Pr. Diana Linden-Johnson, Julie Nelson, Marti Weber) will meet to consider the first requests, and checks will be in the mail right after that. If you are willing to let the Grants Team encourage you in that same way, complete the initial inquiry at rmselca.org/lilly. Let Educate, Equip, Enact help keep debt from distracting you from ministry.

Administration Matters -  from the July 2017 Issue

Financial best practices for congregations

Creating an environment with financial controls and best practices ensures that the resources entrusted to the church are handled in the best possible ways. It also ensures compliance with accountings rules and regulations. The Financial Best Practices for Congregations presentation highlights key aspects of separating financial duties, safeguarding offerings, handling expenditures, among other items, to ensure proper controls and compliance and assist in reducing the risk of misconduct and audit findings. >More

Independent Contractor or Employee?

Correctly classifying employees and independent contractors is crucial for each congregation and church entity. Here is a checklist that could help you review employment classification. >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. 

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Faith Outside the Box

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Employment Opportunities
New Listings 

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Preschool/Child Care Center is seeking to hire a caring, energetic, organized, and knowledgeable Director immediately. 

This is a full-time, year-round position. A degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field is preferred; and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education and minimum of 2 years supervisory experience is required.

The applicant must possess strong leadership and decision-making skills; effective communication skills; and be able to create professional and positive relationships with staff, children, and families, while collaborating with the Preschool Board and church clergy.

All necessary state requirements for Director must be met.

The salary is competitive and includes paid vacation and other benefits, including free child care for employees.

Responsibilities include: overseeing daily operations, staff guidance and trainings, ongoing communication with parents, goal setting and follow through, and student recruitment and enrollment.

Please email your resume to dlwebb0634@gmail.com or call Dianna at 307-577-4006. 

All Non-Rostered Positions 
Pre-school Director
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church - Casper, WY

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

ELCA Regional Gift Planner
Rocky Mountain Synod - (home office)
Office of the Bishop This Week
Bishop Gonia
  • In-office appointments
  • Conversation with Bishop Eaton
  • Fund for Leaders Event
  • First, Colorado Springs 125th Anniversary Celebration
  • Holy Shepherd, Lakewood, CO

Pastor Kent Mueller

  • Lutheran Center Administration
  • Candidacy meetings
  • Bishop Eaton Conversation

Ruth Hoffman, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM

  • Medicaid Advisory Committee
  • Interim Legislative work

Peter Severson, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-CO

  • Vacation
Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • Mustard Seed, Fort Collins, CO
  • Cristo Rey, El Paso, TX
  • Mt. Hope, El Paso, TX
  • Leadership/ Discipleship workshop, El Paso, TX
  • Planning meetings for Developer/ Redeveloper training, Denver

Deacon Erin Power

  • RMS Communications
  • Theological Conference planning
  • Hunger Network Webex
  • Bishop Eaton Conversation
  • Vacation

Pastor Sarah Moening

    • Congregation Transition
    • Vacation
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