A Reconciling in Christ synod
Church for the Life of the World: Responding to reunited families
It is with deep gratitude that we share an update on the RMS Border Emergency Fund. When we learned of additional support was needed by our ministries welcoming their neighbors, we set an initial goal to offer $10,000 of support.

As of Tuesday, August 7, the Rocky Mountain Synod has received over $19,000 in contributions to support our work on the Border. $7,500 has already been released to Cristo Rey, Peace/Border Servant Corps, and Lutheran Family Services. We are working with these ministries to assess and support on-going needs.

We also know that at least $8,000 was given directly to our Border ministries!

Thank you for your generosity, your witness, and your commitment to being Christ's Church, Better Together!
The Fall Missional Gatherings are now the

This fall, conference "missional gatherings" throughout the Rocky Mountain synod will take place under a new name: CONFERENCE BETTER TOGETHER SUMMITS. Bishop Gonia will be present at all 11 Conference gatherings. The focus will be: Money & Church: For the Life of the World.

A team of the rostered minister/s and congregational leaders from every congregation will meet together. Please "save the date" as noted below. Watch for details and registration.

Boulder/Broomfield Conference           
SAT 9/15 Atonement, Boulder, 9 a.m. to noon

Metro East Conference      
SAT 9/22 All Saints, Aurora, 9 a.m. to noon

Mountain West Conference  
SAT 10/6 Good Shepherd, Glenwood Springs, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Metro South Conference           
THUR 10/11 Abiding Hope, Littleton, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Wyoming Conference        
SAT 10/13 Grace, Casper, noon to 4 p.m.

Border Conference          
SAT 10/20 Peace, Las Cruces, noon to 3:30 p.m.
North Colorado Conference         
SUN 10/21 Our Savior's, Greeley, 2 to 5 p.m.

Southeast Colorado Conference           
SAT 10/27 First, Colorado Springs, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

Utah Conference
SUN 11/11 Our Saviors, Salt Lake, 3 to 6 p.m.  

North New Mexico Conference
SAT 11/17 St. Paul, Alb,, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Metro West Conference
SAT 12/1 Holy Cross, Wheat Ridge, 9 a.m. to noon
eConnection Spotlight: RMS in the Neighborhood
Where is God In Immigration Court?
Our Summer intern Katie Kries has headed back to Iowa, but we will continue to share her stories from her time with us!

Each Monday, St. Paul Denver opens their doors to feed their neighbors.

Grant Avenue Street Reach is an amazing organization that assists our friends and neighbors who are part of the homeless community. I wasn't even able to sit down to talk with the people we served (we were just that busy!), but many of the volunteers greeted them by name. It was truly a sense of community. If you're interested in volunteering,  see their website .

Read More about Katie's experience at Grant Avenue Street Reach
RMS-ELCA News and Events
"God's work. Our hands." Sunday Project
An invitation to serve at the RMS Lutheran Center
“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is Sunday, September 9, 2018. This day is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

The Rocky Mountain Synod Lutheran Center (Bishop's Office location) invites a congregation to perform service here. We are in need of some fence staining and other landscape projects, as well as installing LED light bulbs. We already have a Thrivent action grant for supplies. Contact Pastor Kent Mueller if you are interested in this project. (It can take place any time, not just September 9.)

You work every day to make your community a better place. Let us continue doing this work together in 2018! View the  video  and access  resources  to guide your congregation’s planning, promotion, and more.
Hearing for the draft social statement "Women and Justice: One in Christ"
Wednesday, August 15, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
A hearing on the “Women and Justice: One in Christ” Draft Social Statement will be held on Zoom for anyone who cannot attend an in-person hearing, on Wednesday, August 15 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. You will need a computer with a camera, microphone and speakers to fully participate. You can join the hearing from a PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android by going to this link: https://zoom.us/j/203565131 Or by telephone: US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656. Please use meeting ID: 203 565 131. If you have never used Zoom, please allow time to download the app, or to get your system set up.

You will need a copy of the social statement in front of you as we will be addressing the language, intent and interpretation of specific sections and lines of the draft social statement. You can find the draft here: http://www.elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Current-Social-Writing-Projects/Women-and-Justice/Draft. Please RSVP to Pastor Brigette Weier at brigette@bethany-denver.org by August 14. 
Apply now for ELCA Domestic Hunger Grants!
The deadline to apply for ELCA Domestic Hunger Grants is rapidly approaching! These grants from ELCA World Hunger help accompany congregations and their partners throughout the United States and Caribbean as they draw on the strengths of communities to address local issues such as food security, housing, job readiness, clean water, human rights, policy change, leadership development and more. Together, these ministries are part of a comprehensive approach to breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger – for good. Apply no later than Monday, August 13!
Ambassadors for World Hunger wanted!
The Ambassadors for World Hunger will conference by Zoom/WebEx on Tuesday evening at 6:30 August 21, 2018. 
Ambassadors for the Denver metro Area, East, West and south Conferences in addition to the northern New Mexico and Utah Conferences are still needed. If you are interested in learning and spreading the news of what the ELCA World Hunger Campaign is doing in the USA and throughout our World you may want to become an Ambassador for World Hunger. For further information contact: Carol McDivitt, mcdivittc@mindspring.com, 970-689-2569 or Barbara Ripperger, bripperger2@gmail.com, 719-248-9615. 
For Your Bulletin

Rev. Pamela C. Stofferahn
United Church of the San Juans
Ridgway, CO
Sunday, August 12, 10:00 a.m.
Color of the Day: Green
RMS Prayer Cycle

 Week of August 12

Immanuel - Greeley, CO
Jose (Abe) Gonzales

King of Glory - Loveland, CO
Ruth Ann Loughry

Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer - Fort Morgan, CO

Our Savior’s - Greeley, CO
John Knutson
Korra Looschen
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, August 12
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day

Gracious God, your blessed Son came down from heaven to be the true bread that gives life to the world. Give us this bread always, that he may live in us and we in him, and that, strengthened by this food, we may live as his body in the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

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

12 - 18 August 2018 :  Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger - Intercessions and Prayers
Around the Synod
Golf Tournament at The Club at Ravenna
Monday, August 20, 2018 at 8 a.m.
St. Philip, Littleton is holding its 7th annual golf outing at The Club at Ravenna on Monday, August 20, 2018. This fun event is open to golfers of any ability who would like to play this magnificent, private course in southern Jefferson County. Go here for more information and registration.
Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp Senior High Retreat
November 16-18, 2018
Join us in the mountains for a weekend of songs, games, and learning! The annual RTLC Senior High Retreat welcomes speaker, Deacon Erin Power, the Assistant to the Bishop for Synodical Life in the Rocky Mountain Synod. Our theme for this year is "Radically Relevant – What Can We Offer the World?" With this theme, senior high students will explore and claim the gifts we as individuals and communities of faith have to offer for the sake of a world in need of love, grace, and healing.

The RTLC Senior High Retreat fee includes lodging, food, all programming, time with your favorite RTLC staff, and an event t-shirt! Spots are limited! Info and registration here.
Our Life Together
Border Servant Corps #ChurchBetterTogether
What an outpouring of generosity from St Tim's Lutheran Church to support the hospitality ministry for refugee families seeking asylum! An amazing crew made a one-day trip to bring items that will be shared with Border Servant Corps, Peace Lutheran Church, and Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey as, together, we provide hospitality to our neighbors in our midst. What a blessing to be #ChurchBetterTogether.
A Great Community Awaits!
Is your congregation sending high school graduates into the world? A great community awaits them on colleges and universities. Lutheran Campus Ministry supports young adults during those critical years when they are asking, “Who am I and what am I doing here?” These questions are surrounded in worship, bible study, retreats, small groups, trips, mentoring, peer support, and individual (coffee shop) conversations with a pastor.

Help us know that they are coming and we will welcome them with great care. Simply submit their names and contact information at this link and we will do the rest. If you have questions about campus ministry contact any one of the campus pastors listed on the Rocky Mountain Synod website under Faith Formation.
Take faith outside - Living Lutheran

If we want our children to recognize God at work in their ordinary lives, we need to talk about God in ordinary places. Our church is trying something new this summer-we are taking vacation Bible school (VBS) on location. That's right!

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Resource Corner
check back each week for a new or featured resource for your congregation
RMSWO August Newsletter -  Views from the Rockies
Rocky Mtn Synodical Women's logo
Enjoy the  August 2018 issue of Views from the Rockies, the Rocky Mountain Synodical Women's Organization newsletter. We'd love to hear your stories too, share them with us at  rmswoelca16@gmail.com.

ELCA Administration Matters: from the July 2018 Issue
Tips for building projects
Have a building project in mind? Check out this link from Church Mutual Insurance Co. to learn more about what you need to know. Also, consider the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA for your building financing needs.

Employment Opportunities
New Listings
Director of Family Ministries (part-time)
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 280 Vine St, Denver CO 80206
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church seeks a Part-time Director of Family Ministries who is called to sustain and expand family programs with our congregation. The Director of Family Ministries creates a welcoming and nurturing environment, in which our families experience community and develop spirituality, and are able to build trusting relationships and the sense that the church is home. The director will recruit and develop an engaged team of volunteer leaders, oversee all related youth curriculum, programs, and activities, and create meaningful connections with youth members of the church, leading them into a deeper relationship with God and one another, and into service in the world. 

Salary is based on competitive positions and will be commensurate with related experience and education. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to StB.DFM.Search@gmail.com. Applications will be reviewed until August 13.

Lead Preschool Teacher/Assistant Preschool Teacher
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - Littleton, CO
Our faith-centered preschool and childcare facility provides high quality, NAEYC accredited preschool and enrichment care. We are looking for an enthusiastic teacher or assistant to join our team for our 3- or 4-year-olds. The Preschool staff member is responsible for providing a safe environment for the children, helping students reach developmentally appropriate learning goals, and to contribute to a positive team spirit with fellow colleagues. 
For more information, please see the full job description at http://www.holytrinity-lutheran.com/jobs/ or contact Preschool Director, Tracy Seul at 303-797-6345 or director.holytrinitypreschool@hotmail.com.
All Non-Rostered Positions 
Director of Family Ministries (part-time)
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church - Denver, CO

Lead Preschool Teacher/Assistant Preschool Teacher
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - Littleton, CO

Early Childhood Teacher (part-time)
Joy Lutheran Church - Parker, CO

Early Childhood Enrichment Teacher (part-time)
Joy Lutheran Church - Parker, CO

Early Childhood Assistant Teacher (part-time)
Joy Lutheran Church - Parker, CO

St. Philip Lutheran Church - Littleton, CO

Praise Singers Director (part-time)
Faith Lutheran Church - Golden, CO
Office of the Bishop This Week
Bishop Gonia
  • All day staff meeting
  • Sky Ranch Closing Worship
  • Installation of Rev. Pamela Stofferahn, United Church of the San Juans, Ridgeway, CO
  • In-office appointments

Pastor Kent Mueller (1/2 time)
  • All-day staff meeting
  • Zion, Limon, CO

Ruth Hoffman
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM
  • Legislative Health & Human Services Committee
  • Criminal Justice Reform subcommittee
  • Food Depot

Peter Severson
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-CO
  • All day staff meeting
  • Colorado Social Legislation Committee Retreat
  • Highlands, Denver,CO
  • YAGM Orientation, Chicago, IL
Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • Vacation

Deacon Erin Power
  • All day staff meeting
  • Theological Conference Planning
  • RMS Communications

Pastor Sarah Moening
  • Sabbatical until August 14

Pastor Leslie Welton
  • All day staff meeting
  • King of Kings, Pueblo, CO
  • In office appointments
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