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RMS in the Neighborhood Blog
We have found so many great stories of our leaders, ministries, and congregations embodying God's love in the world, we needed a place to share them! Check out our new blog: RMS in the Neighborhood.

Have a story to share? Email Erin Power to add it to our blog!
Lutheran Campus Ministry at Utah State
Fall means a busy few weeks for our campus pastors as they participate in welcome week activities and resume regular programming. Pastor Scott Thalacker serves Prince of Peace and campus ministry at Utah State in Logan Utah, and joined the Day on the Quad to help welcome new students.
2 Churches, 1 Building
Risen Lord Lutheran and St. Lawrence Episcopal in Conifer, CO began a new partnership to share space at St. Lawrence. The groups officially began sharing the St. Laurence facility the end of July 2017 with both congregations celebrating the accomplishment with a joint full communion service (Lutheran music, Episcopal wording, shared paraments, banners and communion ware)  Read the full story
God's Work. Our Hands
Congregations across the RMS joined together to serve their neighbors as part of God's Work. Our Hands Sunday. The 6 congregations in Colorado Springs held a joint event- watch their story!

Check out the RMS Facebook page to see more pictures from around the synod! Tag Rocky Mountain Synod in your congregation's post to add yours to the story!
Responding to Disaster
The 4 congregations of FOCOLU (Fort Collins Lutherans) challenged each other to raise money for Hurricane Harvey Relief. So far Shepherd of the Hills, Trinity, Our Saviour's, and Spirit of Joy have raise $13,000. Read the press release of their joint efforts.
RMS-ELCA News and Events
Theological Conference Next week!
All of the Office of the Bishop Staff will be attending the Theological Conference in Colorado Springs next Monday-Thursday, September 18-21. Staff will be slower to respond to email and voicemail during this time.

For urgent or emergency matters, please email Janice Ladd-Horkey, who will be monitoring her email closely throughout the week.
Office of the Bishop Eucharist, Wednesday, September 13
Our monthly Eucharist will be held at the Lutheran Center on Wednesday, September 13 at 11:30 a.m.

All are invited to join in this 30 minute worship.
Seeking RMS World Hunger Ambassadors!
Passionate about ELCA World Hunger? We need you!
Through a partnership with ELCA Hunger, the RMS Hunger Network is launching the Hunger Ambassadors Network. Hunger Ambassadors will provide leadership and support for Congregation Hunger Leaders and share about World Hunger across their conferences. One day training will take place in early November.

Contact Hunger Team leader Contact Barbara Ripperger at 719-248-9615 or bripperger2@gmail.com for more information.
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For Your Bulletin
ELCA Global Church Partnership: Witness in the Holy Land.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land is responding to God’s call for peace, reconciliation and love through education, reliable access to health care, interfaith dialogue and recognition within the international community. The ELCA is working with the church to provide  leadership training  for youth and adults.

Pastor Kristi Beebe
Atonement, Lakewood CO
Sunday, September 17, 4:00pm
Color of the Day: Green
RMS Prayer Cycle


Week of September 17

Faith  - Golden, CO
Jane Jebsen

Holy Shepherd  - Lakewood, CO
Richard Thompson
Michael Tekrony

Holy Trinity -  Littleton, CO
David Palma-Ruwe
Sonja Sandquist

Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit  - Centennial, CO
Gordon Sandquist

Lutheran Church of the Master  - Lakewood, CO
Robert Moss
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 17
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day
O Lord God, merciful judge, you are the inexhaustible fountain of forgiveness. Replace our hearts of stone with hearts that love and adore you, that we may delight in doing your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Global Church Prayer
Redeeming Christ, you give us courage and strength. May we use these gifts to serve our brothers and sisters around the world, including those we encounter through the ELCA’s global ministries. Guide us through your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Around the Synod
Anima Concert Opens the Augustana Arts Anniversary Season
Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Because we are "Better Together" in the Rocky Mountain Synod, Augustana Arts is extending a 25% discount to all Rocky Mountain Synod members attending Augustana Arts events as they celebrate their 20th anniversary!

The Anima Chamber Ensemble presents MY SPIRIT SINGS on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 7:30pm. The concert takes place at Augustana Lutheran Church , 5000 E. Alameda Ave., Denver, CO . General admission tickets are $25 Adult, $10 Child/Student.

This elite, 16-voice ensemble based in Denver specializes in choral music from across the centuries. They will be joined by Arvada West and Rocky Mountain High School singers. Come and have your spirit lifted by this extraordinary concert!

Purchase Tickets a this link and u se coupon code RMS25.
Joyful Celebration - FREE Community Concert and Picnic
Sunday, September 17, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Joy Lutheran Church is hosting its annual FREE Community Picnic and Concert -- a Joyful Celebration! The celebration includes live music by the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, picnic, games and fun for ALL. Bring your family, friends and neighbors because everyone is welcome! 

We are located at 7051 Parker Hills Court in Parker and the festivities will be in the parking lot.

Worship at 9:30 with the free concert and activities to follow at 11:00 am. The worship service will be translated by a sign language interpreter. 
Catholic-Lutheran Common Prayer Service
Sunday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Lord of the Mountains in Dillon, CO is hosting a joint prayer service with Our Lady of Peace, Silverthorne and St. Mary's, Breckeneridge commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
A Taste of Campus Ministry with LuMin CU Boulder
Saturday, Sept 30, 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Learn about what's happening on campus, meet real live students, and support student travels with the fourth annual campus ministry beer tasting! Join in for good food, good beer, and lots of fun with supporters and friends of campus ministry.

T ickets - $30, are available at www.lutheranbuffs.org, can be purchased anytime, payment by Pay Pal. Scroll down to the announcement for the beer-tasting, then click buy tickets now. 

Fliers for you to share, here! Questions? Contact Megan Sawyer at lcmprogramassistant@gmail.com
Ecumenical Church Potluck Dinner on Friday, Sept. 29, 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a time of Christian praise, food and fellowship as we come together to explore how our diverse churches can build relationship. This event builds on our previous "Soulful Sunday" potluck lunch and pie social.

Please dine with someone you don't know, get to know them, and starting thinking about ways that your congregations can build relationship. We'll have some suggestions for you, but we'll leave it up to the congregations to decide what will work best. We will end with reflections on how we further unify the Body of Christ.

  • At least one clergy member, one elder (we're nervously saying this is someone over 65 years old) and one person (under 25 years old).
  • Enough food or drink to feed 4 people.
  • Volunteers to help with set-up and clean-up

WHEN : Friday, September 29, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. We'll wrap up around 8 p.m.
Questions : Contact Adrian Miller at  adrian@cochurches.org  or 303-825-4910.

RSVP  here !
Reformation Fest at Trinity Lutheran, Fort Collins!
Saturday, September 23, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! An all ages event including: workshops, food, German beers from Zwei Brewing, a hymn sing, musical groups, children's events and games.

Special guest speaker Mary Jackson, author of Daughter of the Reformation: A Historical Perspective of the Life and Times of the Wife of Martin Luther. Sponsored by FOCOLU.
Oktobeerfest Celebration this month!
  • Friday, September 22, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 23, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join Lutheran Church of Hope ( 1305 West 10th Avenue, Broomfield CO) for our annual Oktobeerfest celebration! 
This year we are also celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Local craft brews, brats and burgers, and BINGO are the highlights of the evening! Join us for this family-friendly event. We'll also have face painting, kid's games, local vendors, live music and even polka dancing! Entrance is free; game and meal tickets are available at the door. More info is available here , here , and here !
Martin Luther - The Idea That Changed the World
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Metro East Conference invites one-and-all to a showing of the new Martin Luther movie to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Bring friends, neighbors, and confirmands. Short discussion time will follow the movie. 

Go here to purchase your ticket ($12) by September 26 (100 tickets sold is minimum for movie to run).
Register for the 2017 Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM Advocacy Conference
Saturday, October 14 - 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Craig Nessan, Wartburg Seminary

$15 per person 
(materials & lunch included)

Breakout session topics will include advocacy basics, hunger in NM, the state budget, theology of advocacy, and more. The conference is open to everyone interested in learning more about advocating on public policies impacting our many neighbors living in poverty and with hunger.

To register: send an email with your name, contact information, and your congregation/organization to ruth@lutheranadvocacynm.org. Deadline is October 9.
Our Life Together
Urban Servant Corps 30th Anniversary Fall Festival Celebration
Thursday, October 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Please join the Urban Servant Corps community in celebrating their 30th Anniversary of ministry and service at their Fall Festival, Silent Auction, and Reunion offered by dedicated full-time volunteers living in intentional community!

Tickets are $30, which includes food, drink, as well as parking if RSVP is received before October 2. More information about their 30th Anniversary activities are here . Registration, parking info are here . If you are unable to attend the event, we invite your generous contribution in celebration of the USC mission!
This Changes Everything - 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering
June 27 through July 1, 2018
The Youth Gathering's  Getting Ready Resources have been created for your use by a group of dedicated youth ministers who, like you, are committed to making the experience of the Gathering fulfilling and Christ-centered. The resource is a youth ministry curriculum ramping up for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. 

Are you looking for more information about the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering? Here you can find the Synod Hospitality Package as well as the Sky Ranch Bus TripIf you have questions, or need even more information, please contact Beth Rogers, Gathering Synod Coordinator or call her at 303- 842-6549.
Resource Corner
check back each week for a new or featured resource for your congregation
The Ministry of Money Matters
Wednesday, October 18, 10:30 a.m and 1 p.m.
It's "Stewardship Season" in many congregations, when many in church leadership focus on money and church administration. To help with the work, Educate, Equip, Enact is pleased to provide two free workshops led by Bonnie Johnson from CLU. The morning workshop is on stewardship and mission, and the afternoon workshop is on the "nuts and bolts" of church accounting. Church treasurers, bookkeepers, council members and rostered ministers will all learn something.

You may participate via webex or "live" at The Lutheran Center. Lunch is provided for those at The Lutheran Center participating in both workshops. A flyer is here, for questions contact Janice Kibler, register at https://www.rmselca.org/lilly-money-matters-registration.
Resource for Worship Teams and Musicians
The ELCA Worship Blog and Facebook page are your places to connect with what's going on in worship across our church.
The Facebook page shares prayers, events, updates, blog posts and "liturgy grams," a short, weekly infographic on the definitions and practices of things we see in worship every week.

The Worship Blog is regularly updated with more in-depth information and stories. Follow it for updates from the worship office and pictures, resources, reflections and happenings from pastors, musicians and worshipers across the church.

We'd love to include your voice too! If you have a story of how worship is meaningful and engaging in your context or want to share something your congregation has particularly loved, send it to worship@elca.org with the subject "For the blog," and don't forget to include a related picture and where you are writing from.
Employment Opportunities
New Listings
Wartburg West Academic and Program Director
Titled Faculty Position based in Denver Colorado
Employed by Wartburg College, Waverly, IA
Serve as the lead faculty member for academic programs, responsible for teaching and overseeing classes, internships and programs. Qualifications: Terminal degree in an academic field represented at Wartburg College. Experience in teaching and internship placement. Experience in student-life functions.

Required: Master’s degree and significant teaching experience. Desire to engage with internship placement and student-life responsibilities. 

Interested candidates submit materials through the posting on Wartburg College HR site: http://info.wartburg.edu/Employment.aspx
All Non-Rostered Positions 
Wartburg West Academic and Program Director
Titled Faculty Position based in Denver Colorado
Employed by Wartburg College, Waverly, IA

Faith Formation Administrative Assistant/Evangelism Coordinator
Bethany Lutheran Church - Cherry Hills Village, 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

Preschool Director
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church - Casper, WY
Office of the Bishop This Week
Bishop Gonia
  • Staff Meeting
  • Theological Conference Preparations
  • Bethlehem, Brush and Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, Fort Morgan, CO
  • Theological Conference, Marriott Hotel Colorado Springs, CO

Pastor Kent Mueller
  • Lutheran Center Administration
  • Staff Meeting
  • Theological Conference, Marriott Hotel Colorado Springs, CO

Ruth Hoffman, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM
  • Medicaid Coalition
  • NM Conference of Churches
  • Theological Conference, Marriott Hotel Colorado Springs, CO

Peter Severson, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-CO
  • Staff Meeting
  • St. Paul Denver, CO
  • Theological Conference, Marriott Hotel Colorado Springs, CO
Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • Lord of the Mountains, Dillon, CO
  • Mission Sites: Administrative work
  • In-office appointments
  • Staff meeting
  • Theological Conference, Marriott Hotel Colorado Springs, CO

Deacon Erin Power
  • Theological Conference Preperation
  • Global Mission Committee
  • Theological Conference, Marriott Hotel Colorado Springs, CO

Pastor Sarah Moening
  • Staff Meeting
  • Church Development Institute, Albuquerque, NM
  • Theological Conference, Marriott Hotel Colorado Springs, CO

Pastor Leslie Welton
  • Staff Meeting
  • Faith Formation Network
  • RMS Youth Gathering Planning
  • Theological Conference, Marriott Hotel Colorado Springs, CO
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