A Reconciling in Christ synod
Register today for your Conference Better Together Summit!
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 leaders from every ministry will meet together.

PLEASE REGISTER at least 5 days prior to your conference event.

There is pre-work for you and your congregation/ministry to engage in individually and as a community.
Vacation and Office Closure
Bishop Gonia is on vacation through September 11. If you require immediate assistance, please call the Office of the Bishop: 303-777-6700. For After Hours Rostered Minister Emergencies, please TEXT: 303-218-2468.

Please note the Office of the Bishop will be closed Monday, September 3.
eConnection Spotlight: RMS in the Neighborhood
2018-2019 Border Servant Corps
Yearlong Service in the Borderlands
The 2018-2019 Border Servant Corps year of service began last week! We pray for all yearlong BSCers as they begin their service in the borderlands:

(LtoR: Name, College/University, Home State):
  • Maura Rasmusson (Montclair State University - NJ)
  • Haley Plucheck (Augustana University - CO)
  • Daron Mulligan (Temple University - PA)
  • Katie Studer (St. Olaf College - IL)
  • Rachel Pape (Wartburg College - IA)
  • Michael Saulnier (Texas A&M University - TX)
  • Mairead McCarthy (Gettysburg College - NH)
  • Ricardo Centeno (University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee - FL)
  • Christa Kuck (St. Olaf College - MI)

RMS-ELCA News and Events
Office of the Bishop Eucharist, Wednesday, September 12
Our monthly Eucharist will be held at the Lutheran Center on Wednesday, September 12 at 11:30 a.m.

All are invited to join in this 30 minute worship.
Faster Pastors Running for Refugees
The Faster Pastors of Rocky Mountain Synod (ELCA) are at it again!  Faster Pastors is a team of 10 pastors and church leaders to run the Flaming Foliage Relay, which is a 165 mile relay race from Idaho Springs to Buena Vista. The team will run over Guanella, Georgia, and Fremont Passes, reaching almost 12,000 feet in elevation. They choose to run because there are many people who are forced to run for their lives, from their homes and families and everything they know. They are refugees.  Specifically, the Faster Pastors have chosen to target their efforts toward the Syrian Refugee crisis. 

Lutheran Disaster Response of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has been providing, and will continue to provide, basic humanitarian aid for those fleeing war and oppression. They do this in partnership with agencies and companion churches in or near Syria to ensure food security, establish shelter, and provide better access to water and sanitation facilities, among other activities.  They also bolster livelihoods by providing microloans and skills training to provide jobs and knowledge for health and wellness. Finally, they provide critical psychosocial support needed for the atrocities that many have experienced personally or witnessed. 

The Faster Pastors run for our neighbors who need who run for their lives. If you care to support the team, their run, and this great cause, you can make any contribution in one of three ways: 

  1. Directly to Lutheran Disaster Response
  2. Send a contribution to Rocky Mountain Synod, marked clearly for "Faster Pastors" 
  3. Send a contribution to the congregation of any of the team members, marked clearly for "Faster Pastors" 

The Faster Pastor Team this year: 
Matthew Bolz-Weber- Holy Love, Aurora
Gus Brockmann- First, Longmont
Nicole' Ferry- Bethlehem, Los Alamos
Brenda Frelsi- Grace, Casper
Nate Gerhardt- St. Peter, Greenwood Village
Wendy Kalan- Shepherd of the Valley, La Salle
Joel Pancoast- Zion, Loveland
Sonja Pancoast- Zion, Loveland
Rick Reiten- Trinity, Fort Collins
Daniel Smith- Ascension, Colorado Springs
For Your Bulletin

Rev. Asher O'Callaghan
Highlands, Denver, CO
Sunday, September 16, 3:00 p.m.
Color of the Day : Green
RMS Prayer Cycle

 Week of September 2

Abiding Hope - Littleton, CO
Doug Hill
Laura Bostrom
Jay Gamelin 

ALMC/Cristo Rey - Denver, CO
Quirino Cornejo (ECUSA)

Atonement - Lakewood, CO
Kristi Beebe
Le Cantique des cantiques III (detail)
Chagall, Marc, 1887-1985

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, September 2
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day

O God our strength, without you we are weak and wayward creatures. Protect us from all dangers that attack us from the outside, and cleanse us from all evil that arises from within ourselves, that we may be preserved through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

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

02 - 08 September 2018 :   Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo - Intercessions and Prayers
Around the Synod
Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends Seminar
Thursday, September 6, 2018 through Thursday, November 15, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends Seminar begins Thursday September 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm in Highlands Ranch at 9203 S University Blvd. This 10-week seminar promotes healing for those who are going through a divorce, or the ending of a love relationship. Offers education, support, and optional social activities. Complimentary child care provided with prior registration Flyer here , more information here , and to register please contact Beth Walker at 720-352.9915 or bethdwalker@gmail.com.
Introduction to Centering Prayer Workshop
Saturday, September 8, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Are you looking for a way to explore or deepen your relationship with God? In our introductory workshop to Centering Prayer, you will discover a centuries-old prayer method. Centering Prayer consists of simply sitting in silence with God—beyond thoughts, words, and emotions – and opening your mind, heart and whole being to the Ultimate Mystery. In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of Centering Prayer, experience it in a guided setting, and be able to ask questions and share experiences with the presenter and your fellow initiates. More info at www.contemplativeoutreach-co..org or call 303-698-7729
12-Step Introductory Workshop to Centering Prayer
Saturday, September 15, 9:0 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
When applied as an 11th Step prayer practice, Centering Prayer draws us closer to the healing we desire from the Higher Power. In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of Centering Prayer practice, experience it in a guided setting, and be able to ask questions and share experiences with the instructor and your fellow initiates. More info at www.contemplativeoutreach-co..org or call 303-698-7729
Lutheran Family Services
Foster Care Information Meeting
September 12, 12:30-1:30 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Each year in Colorado, thousands of kids are unable to live with their biological parents because of abuse or neglect. We need families who can provide temporary care until children reunify with their parent as well as families willing to adopt children and teens in foster care if they can’t return to their families. 

An informal Q & A session for foster care will be held on September 12 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. and from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the LFS Denver Metro office, 363 S. Harlan Street, Suite 105, Denver, 80226 ( map here ) . Please register with Anne at anne.hamilton@lfsrm.org or 303-217-5869. One-on-one meetings can also be arranged to work around your busy schedule.
United States Air Force Academy Band - Falconaires
at Augustana Lutheran Church
Thursday September 20 at 7:30 p.m.
The United States Air Force Academy Band Falconaires arrives in Denver for an inspiring and uplifting concert. In their own unique fashion, the Falconaires will present a program of jazz favorites! In recognition and dedication to our veterans and those currently serving, this FREE concert is sure to bring honor to the women and men around the globe who protect the freedoms we all enjoy!

JOIN US as we celebrate our HEROES! This is concert is FREE and open to the public. Please reserve tickets ( here ) to confirm your attendance.
Our Life Together
Sky Ranch Coyote Howl Confirmation Retreats
Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30
and Friday, October 5 - Sunday, October 7
Coyote Howl Confirmation Retreats create sacred space for confirmation students to build upon a foundation which will travel back with them to their home congregations. Coyote Howl retreats offer community building, Bible study, worship and fellowship with youth from throughout the Rocky Mountain Synod. Alongside our dynamic, energetic and passionate staff, youth will explore the way that God is at work in their individual communities along with how their connection to one another essentially shapes their journey of faith. This program is designed to support congregational confirmation curriculum with time for congregations built in throughout the weekend.

Coyote Howl weekends fall during the peak season of changing colors. This creates a unique setting for youth to experience their faith away from the distractions that can often distract us from the beauty around us. Each member of your group is a valuable gift. Coyote Howl is a space created to recognize the gifts each person brings; when we allow space for the members of confirmation classes to be authentically themselves and truly hear their story, the wonders of God’s love and grace can truly be recognized.

Brochure here, register here.
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.
Living Lutheran
Worship as one - Ames, Iowa

Glenda Eggerling wanted a different experience. A member of a predominantly white ELCA congregation, she began attending additional worship services at an ethnically diverse congregation to gain new insights. Eggerling's journey took her to Body...

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Resource Corner
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Bible Study/Adult Forum/Cross-Gen Resources
Coming Soon: Conversation guides and Bible Studies for engaging hard conversations!

As part of our Theological Conference, attendees will participate in 3-session Bible Studies around some challenging topics: racism, Doctrine of Discovery, hunger, power, and renewal of community. These conversation guides will be available following the conference!
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Mount Calvary/Boulder has hymn books to give away!
"Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord." Ephesians 5:19.

Mount Calvary has 106 Gather hymnals and 103 Lutheran Book of Worship hymnals available to whoever wants them - free of charge. If would be great if they could be picked up! If they need to be mailed/shipped, please contact Beth at office@mountcalvary-boulder.org to negotiate arrangements.
Employment Opportunities
All Non-Rostered Positions 
Executive Director for Domestic Mission

Director of Gift Planning

Accompanist/Choir Director
Highlands Lutheran Church - Denver, CO

Director of Family Ministries (part-time)
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church - Denver, CO

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

MIF Regional Manager, Colorado

Part-time Intern Choir Director
Christ the King Lutheran Church - Colorado Springs, CO

Worship and Music Minister (part-time)
King of Glory Lutheran Church - Loveland, 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
  • Vacation through September 11

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

Ruth Hoffman
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM
  • Health Action
  • Staff meeting

Peter Severson
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-CO
  • SNAP Coalition
  • Colorado Social Legislation Committee
  • Staff meeting
Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • Developer Meetings
  • In-office meetings
  • Vacation

Deacon Erin Power
  • Theological Conference Planning
  • Companion Synod Commitee
  • Word & Service Summit Conversation
  • Staff Meeting

Pastor Sarah Moening
  • In-office appointments
  • Shepherd of the Hills, Fort Collins, CO
  • Staff Meeting

Pastor Leslie Welton
  • Vacation
  • Staff Meeting
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