September 2, 2020
A Reconciling in Christ synod
In 2019, RMS congregations and ministries gave $462,252.30 above and beyond regular mission support giving to support ELCA World Hunger, Global Mission and Lutheran Disaster Response.

From Bishop Gonia: "Concern and support for our neighbors both in our local community and across the globe is one of the many ways we proclaim and embody God’s unconditional love. Thank you for your generosity, for supporting ELCA World Hunger, Lutheran Disaster Response, and our ELCA Global Missionaries above and beyond your regular mission support. Thank for being church for the sake of the world."

From Victoria Flood, ELCA Mission Support: Thank you for the incredible financial generosity that you—as individuals and as congregations—shared last year to support ELCA ministries. Your gifts make a difference in God’s world! Your financial gifts to ELCA World Hunger in 2019 made it possible to address hunger and poverty in over 60 countries, including here in the United States.
Living Faith: Church in Society
a New Adult Forum/Small Group Discussion Guide
In the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, our practice of serving our neighbor and our world flows directly from our experience of God's grace in the sacraments. It is part of our ELCA "D.N.A.", a grateful response to God's work in our lives. For us, it is not something we do to "win" God's favor and love - after all, you cannot earn something that is already freely given! Instead, service is an answer to the question, "Now what?"

A major aspect of this service in the world is our work as a public church, where we are called into the arena of social and political questions about how we govern our common life. As a church, we do not hesitate to enter into the public sphere, to speak to those in power and to advocate with and on behalf of those dealing with poverty, alienation, and injustice. This is how we respond to God's free gift of grace and love for us.

Martin Luther said, "Freed by God's grace, we turn to the neighbor in love." Our neighbor is always our answer to "Now what?" We will always wrestle with the specific answers to this question as it is lived out in the policies and structures that govern our common life. But God does not leave us alone in this, and we will always rest on the living word of the Gospel amid even our most difficult deliberations. I encourage you to use this Living Faith series to explore how you and your community might open up holy space for this kind of deliberation together, and in the process be faithfully formed and transformed.

In Faith,
Bishop Jim
eConnection Spotlight:
RMS in the Global Neighborhood
All Saints ABQ Establishes a COVID-19 Relief Fund
In August, the congregation council at All Saints, Albuquerque, approved the Development Committee’s recommendation for a COVID-19 Relief Fund. Establishment of this $25,000 fund is possible because of increased giving and anticipated new revenue sources. The Fund will be used to give to programs providing housing or food assistance for New Mexicans, or COVID-19 response overseas.

Funding will be provided from the Church’s general fund ($12,500) and a 2019 bequest ($12,500.) Members of the Congregation will be offered the opportunity to contribute to the Fund as well. Distributions will be made based upon requests from members and church committees, with final approval being made by the Congregational Council. All Saints has been blessed during this time, and we are glad to be able to share our blessing with people in need.
International Women Leaders Grads:
Where They Are Now
Graduates from the International Women Leaders (IWL) program have gone on to use their gifts around the world — from creating a hand-casting business in Suriname to working in migration ministry in Mexico to teaching for a nonprofit in Malaysia.

“I continue to do the work of the ELCA and the IWL program [by using] my gifts and talents,” said IWL scholar Sarah Abendanon. “And I pass it on by helping [my] neighbors wherever I can. No matter where we are and where we are from. We are one.” Read more stories in this Living Lutheran article.

The IWL program will welcome five new students to ELCA colleges and universities this coming academic year. The 2020 scholarship awards have been offered to excellent applicants from companion churches in Brazil, Nicaragua, Poland, The Gambia and Zambia. These incoming scholars will join 21 continuing IWL students, as well as 115 other ELCA scholars studying around the world.
RMS & ELCA News and Events
Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Join Rev. Sarah Moening for this free, one-day workshop.
Register online at UCSJRIDGWAY.ORG
Synod-wide Faith Formation Meetings
Third Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.(MT)
September 17, October 15, Nov 19, and Dec 17
Join the RMS Faith Formation Network for a check in on the third Thursday of each month! We share resources, uplift each other and share what we've been up to. Hope to see you this month! All are welcome.

Please note, this is a new zoom link:

Like our Facebook page for reminders, updates, and events:
Rick Steves, guidebook author and travel TV host; the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA); and the Rev. Shelley Bryan Wee, bishop of the ELCA Northwest Washington Synod, invite you to an online benefit — the first of its kind — for ELCA World Hunger. Our goal is to raise $250,000 to confront hunger in the time of COVID-19.

When: Thursday, Sept. 24, 6:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Where: Zoom virtual event

We are called by God to share hope in this time of challenge. Join us to face this global hunger crisis head-on and to continue moving toward a just world where all are fed. Join us for this online event that will raise funds for ELCA World Hunger!
Fall 2020 Abide
Registration is now open!
Registration for Fall 2020 abide is NOW OPEN for individuals AND groups at the link below!
This community is for everyone 18-35 looking for affirming young adult community and dynamic faith conversation.
Groups meet weekly Oct 5 - Nov 20.
DM with questions. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Abide serves as a ministry of ELCA Young Adult Ministries. ELCA YA is a program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's churchwide office and cooperates with several ministries such as YAGM, LVC, Dream Chasers United, Campus Ministry and more. Please visit the ELCA website for Young Adult Ministries for more information and opportunities for further involvement.
For Your Bulletin

Rev. Sara L. Wilson
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Berkeley, CA
10:00am MDT, Wednesday, Sept 9
Color of the day:  Green
Rostered leaders are invited to wear green stoles and add an * to the front of their Zoom name.
Bishop Gonia will invite you to introduce yourself at the beginning of the service.

All are welcome to join via Zoom:

RMS Prayer Cycle


- Week of September 6-

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

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

Atonement - Lakewood, CO
Kristi Beebe

Bethany - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Gary Sandberg
Nate Preisinger

Centennial - Englewood, CO

Sunday, September 6
Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Prayer of the Day
O Lord God, enliven and preserve your church with your perpetual mercy. Without your help, we mortals will fail; remove far from us everything that is harmful, and lead us toward all that gives life and salvation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

In God's Hands:
Ecumenical Prayer Cycle from the World Council of Churches
06 - 12 September: Ghana, Nigeria - Intercessions and Prayers

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.
Around the Synod
Faster Pastors Outrun World Hunger
Flaming Foliage Relay September 11 - 13, 2020
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
                     ~2 Timothy 4:7
For 9 years pastors, rostered leaders, and friends and family of the Rocky Mountain Synod have been participating in Ragnar style team relays for many hours and many miles and MUCH elevation in the Colorado mountains. These runners have been supported by volunteers and the desire to raise money for various areas of needs in our world from hunger to supporting refugees.

This year 10 pastors and friends are running in a real way and as a team in a virtual way due to our challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rocky Mountain Synod team is registered with the Flaming Foliage Relay and we are raising money for the ELCA’s World Hunger appeal. More than 820 million people - that's about 11 percent of people in our world today - are hungry. As members of the ELCA, we are called to respond. We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. This God’s Work, Our Hands weekend is the time for all of us to engage as Church…better together for the sake of the world. Please consider making donations through your church or donate online at Thank you for your distant cheers and prayers.
Conversations for Connection
Thursdays via Zoom, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

"Choosing Joy and Creativity in Difficult Times: Possible or Pipe Dream?" with Sue Brightman and Sam Glover
Thursday, September 3, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
In a global pandemic, with anxiety everywhere, dashed plans, hopes on hold, we will consider: How do we choose joy in the middle of loss? How can we embrace beauty and creativity without entering toxic positivity? What does radical joyous self-care look like while not denying the challenges of this moment? Sam will share his story of finding peace through creativity. Sue is a business and personal coach, interfaith chaplain, and author of A Call to Further Becoming, interviews with 100 women over age 50. She advocates spiritual practice as part of mental health. Sam Glover is a professional sound engineer, podcast producer, musician and visual artist who uses creative expression as a means of maintaining wellness and peace. Find him on Instagram at Samuel.8.Glover.
"Sleep in the Time of CoVID" with with Richard C. Williams
Thursday, September 10, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
In chaotic times, sleep becomes victim to the anxiety, grief, and depression that inevitably come from change. Amidst the see-sawing of medical advice and flip-flopping of politicians on the virus, there are some proven practices and understandings about sleep. Sleep is vital to our physical and mental health and in the face of a world of political, social, economic and psychological turmoil, sleep is something we can do to help ourselves be mentally and physically well. Led by Richard C. Williams, LCSW. Rich is a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker and medical social worker. Rich is a therapist at Mental Health Partners in Broomfield, CO. Hosted by Atonement Lutheran Church, Boulder, and INMI (Interfaith Network on Mental Illness.)
Our Life Together
from Saint Peter Lutheran Church
Christianity 101: A New Online Course For Those On The Edge Of Faith
Starting Thursday, September 10, Saint Peter Lutheran Church in Greenwood Village, Colorado, will host a five-session online course specifically designed for those who have lost their faith, contemplating whether to keep their faith or have not had a Christian faith and are curious about what it's like.
If you have a friend, co-worker, neighbor or family member who has questions about Jesus, the Christian church or Lutheranism, please share this link with them: for more information and so they can register. We are intentionally not inviting leaders or members of other Lutheran churches so we can keep the group small and less intimidating to newcomers.
We appreciate your help in spreading the word about the new series! We are excited to see where it takes us. If you have questions, contact Pastor Dave Risendal (
PLU’s 2020 Annual
Lutheran Studies Conference
Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US with author Rev. Lenny Duncan 

This year's Lutheran Studies Conference focuses on systemic racism and will involve opportunities for reading, reflection and commitment to action for individuals and their faith and/or educational communities. We will be guided in this work and reflection by Rev. Lenny Duncan, an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Church of America (ELCA). The conference will include:

  1. Keynote Address on October 1st at 7:00pm. Rev. Lenny Duncan will be speaking on his book, Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US (2019). This webinar will be held virtually via Zoom.
  2. Adult Forum book discussions for Congregations on September 20th & 27th at 9:00am. Forums will focus on Chapters 1, 9 and 10, and will be facilitated by Dr. Marit Trelstad, PLU Chair of Lutheran Studies. Please encourage your congregation to read ahead!
  3. PLU Chapel on September 30th at 10:30am. Rev. Lenny Duncan will be preaching with University Pastor Jen Rude. 

We invite you to read Rev. Duncan’s book with us in preparation for the conference events.

The conference is free and open to the public and is made possible by the generosity of the anonymous donors who endowed the University Chair in Lutheran Studies.

Registration for all events is required. Please join us!
Wouldn't you love to join an area-wide Lutheran Virtual Choir?!
Hello, I am Peyton Strouth, Director of Worship and Music at Christ Lutheran in Highlands Ranch. During this time of physical distancing when singing together in person is not an option, it has become common for choirs to create virtual choir videos for online worship services. I hope that, perhaps, we can join forces and work together to create an area-wide Lutheran Virtual Choir. If we combine forces we would benefit from have more voices and sharing the work load of creating such videos. 

My current plan is to have weekly Zoom gatherings for learning the music, creating a video for Reformation Sunday, maybe a video for All Saints Sunday, and hopefully several videos for Advent and Christmas.

I would like to have a Zoom on September 2 at 7:00 p.m. with all interested Directors and music leaders to discuss all the details – if this date doesn't work, we can find one that does. I love collaborating with other creative types - so I am anxious to work together and come up with a process and schedule.

If you are interested in a project like this, please reach out to me at so we can discuss how we can accomplish it! 
You are invited,
All Faith Community Nurses/Parish Nurses!
Tuesday, September 8 at 5:00 p.m.

To a Meet & Greet hosted by: Evangelical Lutheran Parish Nurse Association, Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Who: All ELCA Region 2 Faith Community Nurses/Parish Nurses in the Sierra Pacific, Southwest California, Pacifica, Grand Canyon, and Rocky Mountain Synods

When: Tuesday, September 8, 2020, Happy Hour!
 5:00 p.m. MDT

Where: Zoom meeting in the comfort of your home or office!

How: RSVP for an email Zoom link to Call in number will also be provided with Zoom link.

Why: To network with fellow FCNs/PNs in Region 2; share pandemic status and resources; meet our ELPNA President; & LEARN more about our ELPNA website,, resources, and ELPNA Face book page at

Let your light so shine before others that they may see
your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
of California Lutheran University
invites you to Founders' Day
Online via Zoom Webinar
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
9:00am PT/10:00am MT - Gathering of Community
9:30am PT/10:30am MT - Welcome and Distinguished Alum Awards
10:00 am PT/11:00am MT - Lecture with Q&A
11:00am PT/Noon MT - Worship
 Zoom Link Coming Soon

Climate Justice, Racial Justice and Divestment: The Call of the Church
Our moment in time is pivotal. Movements around the globe are aligning for powerful action toward climate justice, holding racial justice at the heart of the struggle to protect Earth’s fragile climate. Bill McKibben is recognized around the globe as a foremost leader in that struggle. His address will draw the links between racial justice, climate well-being, divestment/reinvestment, and the call of the church.
Bill McKibben is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign and the Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. He was a 2014 recipient of the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel,’ and the Gandhi Peace Award. He has written over a dozen books about the environment, including, The End of Nature, published 30 years ago, and his most recent, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
Rev. Dr. Melanie Harris is professor of Religion and Ethics at Texas Christian University. She teaches in the areas of African American religion, environmental ethics, social justice, interfaith dialogue and womanist ethics. Rev. Dr. Melanie Harris lectures and conducts leadership and empowerment workshops throughout the country for faith based and non-profit organizations. Rev. Dr. Melanie Harris is also a professional performing artist and ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.​
College Freshman at Holy Cross ABQ writes Anthropology Paper on Peoples' Experience of Digital Worship
Karen Sabol, member of Holy Cross Lutheran, Albuquerque New Mexico, is a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. While returning home to study online during the spring semester due to the pandemic and quarantine she wrote a paper on how people in this congregation are adapting to digital worship. She made some surprising discoveries in this paper!
Resource Corner
check back each week for a new or featured resource for your congregation
from ELCA Worship
Thanksgivings for the Word updates
The newly written Thanksgivings for the Word have been updated with additional content. PDF and DOC versions can be found at These prayers supplement what is currently found in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 220.
Celebrate the Season of Creation 2020 in your Congregation
Tuesday, September 1 through Sunday, 0ctober 4, 2020
The ecumenical Season of Creation lasts from September 1, Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation until October 4, Feast day of St. Francis. This is an invitation to engage in a month of prayer, symbolic acts, and campaigns to give thanks for creation and renew our human vocation to care for it. The 2020 theme, “Jubilee for the Earth”, invites us to consider the integral relationship between rest for the earth and ecological, economic, social and political ways of living. This particular year, the need for just and sustainable systems has been revealed by the far-reaching effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The LWF Celebration Guide contains liturgical resources, prayers and meditations, and calls to action and advocacy. It can be used by individuals or congregations to nurture the moral imagination to restore right, just, and sustainable relationships with the Earth and among all species. Young adults and others in the academic community have appreciated the church's focus on caring for the earth and all creatures. Check it out!

Join our Rocky Mountain Synod Creation Care Team Facebook group at:

Caring for Creation
Online Worship Service for September 20th
Lutherans Restoring Creation is busy preparing a creation-focused worship service utilizing the lectionary texts for Pentecost 16 (September 20, 2020) that congregations can download and use however they wish. It will include participants from all over the country including Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, The Rev. Dr. Barbara Rossing, Rev. Lenny Duncan, Rebekah Bruesehoff, as well as numerous parish pastors and members of the Lutherans Restoring Creation Board of Directors. Music will be provided by Marty Haugen, the Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, and Pastor John Tirro. 

CLICK HERE for the details and to register:
Employment Opportunities
New Listing
Office Coordinator
Christ Lutheran Church - Highlands Ranch, CO
Christ Lutheran Church is seeking a friendly, outgoing, and detail-oriented individual to fill the role of Office Coordinator. In this important role, you will be the face of CLC to our members and the public by being the first point of contact for the church. In addition, you will provide office services for church staff and various committees, organize communications, act as a receptionist for the church, and keep church records. We are looking for someone with strong organization, computer, and communication skills. This is a part-time position that will average 30 hours per week.

Resumes should be sent to, and job descriptions can be obtained from, Executive Pastor Gail Mundt, Christ Lutheran Church, 8997 S. Broadway, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126, *Covid restrictions are in currently in place. Please contact Pastor Gail Mundt at for additional information.
Preschool Staff
Joy Lutheran Church - Parker, CO
Joy Mission Preschool, 7051 Parker Hills Ct, Parker
Joyful Mission Preschool, a ministry of Joy Lutheran Church, in Parker, Colorado, has three open positions: a Lead Teacher, a Floating Teacher, and an Office Administrator. Applications and resumes are due by August 26th. Full job descriptions may be found at:
All Non-Rostered Listings 
Office Coordinator
Christ Lutheran Church - Highlands Ranch, CO

Preschool Staff
Joy Mission Preschool - Parker, CO

Faith Formation Coordinator for Children and Families
Atonement Lutheran Church - Boulder, CO
Office of the Bishop This Week
 Bishop Jim Gonia
  • VACATION: August 24- September 6

Pastor Dana Peterson
  • Excellence in Leadership Planning Team
  • Conference Check-ins

Kurt Rager
  • New Mexico Ethics Coalition

Peter Severson
  • Colorado Social Legislation Committee
  • Bread for the World Meeting

Tina Kvitek
Pastor Sarah Moening
  • Congregation Transitions
  • Excellence in Leadership Planning Team
  • Tabor, Pueblo, CO
  • 1-1 Appointments

Pastor Kent Mueller (1/2 time)
  • Vacation August 27-September 5
  • Lutheran Center Administration

Deacon Erin Power
  • Theological Conference Planning
  • ELCA Committee on Appeals
  • RMS Communications

Pastor Leslie O'Callaghan
  • Faith Formation ZOOM Check-in
  • Conference Check-ins
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