October 2, 2019
A Reconciling in Christ synod
Limited Office Hours Next Week!
Office of the Bishop staff will be out of the office next week, October 6-10, for our Fall Theological Conference. Staff will have limited availability to respond to email next week.

The office will be CLOSED Monday 10/7, Tuesday 10/8, and Friday 10/11 next week. Janice Ladd-Horkey & Deniese Estrada will be in the office Wednesday and Thursday.
Welcome Rev. Dana Peterson, Interim Director for Evangelical Mission (DEM)
In partnership with our churchwide colleagues, we welcome Dana Peterson as our Interim Director for Evangelical Mission. Dana is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, and founder of Fresh Thinking Strategic Leadership. He is also a Coach/Consultant for the Capital Campaign Services division of the ELCA Mission Investment Fund. Dana served on the RMS Synod Council for eight years, including six on the Executive Committee. Dana also has been part of the RMS strategic planning team, has worked with the RMS 3E program, and has “produced” the audio/visual at synod assembly since 2010. 

Dana will serve in this role half-time, beginning October 1. Dana can be contacted via email:  dpeterson@rmselca.org.
Sanctuary Church Webinar
Thursday, October 24th,5:00pm 

Rostered and lay leaders are invited to a Zoom webinar with Bishop Gonia, Peter Severson, and Mary Campbell (ELCA AMMPARO) to continue conversation around the ELCA's decision to declare itself a sanctuary denomination. They share some history of our immigration work, offer updates on current priorities, and address questions regarding sanctuary. Please share with members who would find this forum helpful in their discernment.

Questions will be received in advance. Submit specific questions or topics to  Deacon Erin Power

Resources, videos, and discussion guides can be found on the  RMS website. 
eConnection Spotlight:
RMS in the Neighborhood
Shanah tovah (good year) to our Jewish cousins in the faith this Rosh Hashanah.
The Multifaith Volunteer Initiative invited Metro East Conference congregations and ministries to volunteer alongside Muslim volunteers for each other's sacred celebrations. Thank you Augustana Lutheran Church, Auraria Campus Ministries, Messiah Community Church, and Our Savior Lutheran Church!
RMS-ELCA News and Events
Madagascar 2020
RMS Companion Synod Trip, May 26 - June 10, 2020
Walk with our siblings in Christ in Madagascar and celebrate God's love around the globe. This trip will start late in May 2020 and travel for 16 days through much of the north of the country. 

This is not a sightseeing trip or a service trip but participants will be ambassadors from the Rocky Mountain Synod walking alongside with our friends, building relationships with seminarians, and experiencing the work of the church through our companion synods.
Download the application [ here ] and return it by October 31. The cost of the trip is estimated to be $5,000 per person. Refer to those listed on the documents if you have further questions. This is one of those life-changing opportunities that you should prayerfully consider and take the leap to experience.

Questions can be directed to the 2020 Madagascar Trip Planning Team:
2019 Model Constitution for Congregations is now available
The 2019 Churchwide Assembly of the ELCA adopted a number of changes to the Model Constitution for Congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and it has been posted to our website here . The 2019 Amendments to the Model Constitution for Congregations document is here.

The synod will provide guidance in the coming weeks about how to amend your current congregation's constitution to the new model.
Rocky Mountain Synod Middle and High School Youth Gathering
Saturday, January 18 - Monday, January 20, 2020
YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO
Saturday, January 18, 5:00 p.m. to Monday, January 20, 11:00 a.m.

Get ready for a fun and faith-filled weekend as we delve into the transforming love of God and what it means to take that love into our everyday lives.

Get more information and register here. Get $10 off when your group registers by Oct 1.
For Your Bulletin

Rev. Chris Hjelmstad
Shepherd of the Hills,
Cañon City, CO
10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 5
Color of the day: Green
RMS Prayer Cycle

- Week of October 6 -

Colorado State University
Paul Judson

University of Colorado
Zachary Parris

University of New Mexico
Bre Roberts

New Mexico State University
Jared Carson

University of Northern Colorado

Utah State University

University of Wyoming
Nathan Keith

Auraria Campus Ministry
Ihoby Rakotomalala 

Colorado Mesa University
Kaila Armbruster

University of Denver
Liz Hanson
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, October 6
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day

Benevolent, merciful God: When we are empty, fill us. When we are weak in faith, strengthen us. When we are cold in love, warm us, that with fervor we may love our neighbors and serve them for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

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

06 - 12 October : Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama - Intercessions and Prayers
Around the Synod
Rainbow Trail's 13th Annual Grace Race is this coming Saturday!
Saturday, October 5, 2019
RAINBOW TRAIL is hosting its 13th Annual Grace Race to benefit the ELCA World Hunger appeal on Saturday, October 5, 2019 with a 4:00 pm start. All proceeds and donations will be given to ELCA World Hunger. This is a 5K run/walk around beautiful Sloan’s Lake in south Denver. There will be food and refreshments for all participants following the race. The entry fee is $35 and you can register online. You can also register the day of the race; however, we can’t guarantee you’ll get one of the cool long sleeve tech shirts from the race. You don’t have to be a runner to make a difference. Parents with baby strollers, grandparents with grand kids, and runners and walkers of all types participate.

Don't forget there is the Fleetest Flock Traveling Trophy for the congregation with the most participants. Cross of Christ in Broomfield won last year with 43 participants, narrowly beating Augustana Lutheran in Denver. That was Cross of Christ's second year in a row to win the trophy. Encourage the members of your congregation to participate. Bring your friends and family or your whole youth group.

We are hoping for 300 participants. RTLC, with your help, has raised over $61,000 during the first 12 races. Help us raise $10,000 for World Hunger and push it over $70,000!

Come join us for a great day in the park for a great cause. To learn more and to register, go to http://www.rainbowtrail.org/special-events/the-grace-race-5k/ . See you October 5th!
Augustana Arts presents...
Intermezzo! Lighten it Up with Puccini & Mascagni
Music holds all things together, it’s the connective tissue. With the help of the Ars Nova Singers, the Stratus Chamber Orchestra will perform for you magnificent and famous music written specifically to connect: Intermezzo from Mascagni’s Cavaleria Rusticana and Puccini’s Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly. As these pieces served to connect acts and scenes, Randall Thompson uses music to connect text, music and the human heart, setting music to the poetry of Robert Frost. Get your tickets here !

Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (Immersive Seating)
1st Plymouth Congregational Church
3501 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO ( map)

Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. (Traditional Seating)
Augustana Lutheran Church
5000 E. Alameda Ave., Denver, CO ( map)

Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. (Immersive Seating)
First United Methodist Church
1421 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO ( map)
Augustana Arts presents...
Beguiling the Dance Immersive Concert with Harpist, Dani Bash
Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m (Immersive Seating)
1st Plymouth Congregational Church
3501 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver ( map )

Join us for an evening of great music inspired by dance in Stratus’s signature immersive format where the audience sits within the orchestra, next to the musicians, enveloped in sound. Appalachian Spring, Aaron Copland’s iconic homage to Americana, Debussy’s light and beautiful Sacred and Profane Dances, and sultry tangos are evening highlights.
Get your tickets here !
The Urban Servant Corps invites you to...
LET'S EAT! + 10th Anniversary of Executive Director, Krista Kilgus
Thursday, October 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Roof Top Garden at The Gathering Place
1535 High St.
Denver, CO ( map )

At Urban Servant Corps, we believe that people need people – and it is in community that we are able to live more simple, faithful lives that are in service to others. As a way of expressing our mission and a human tendency to gather around food, we invite you to our LET’S EAT event!

You will have the opportunity to bid on specially-themed dinner parties and sample bites from the menus for you to EAT!

And a handful of restaurant gift cards will be available for bidding at the event. Our goal is to raise the budgeted amount our full-time volunteers are given for groceries for a year so they can EAT! Also, it’s the 10th Anniversary of Krista Kilgus serving as USC’s Executive Director. Let’s celebrate (and EAT)!

Go here for more information!
Dr. Mark Allan Powell, presents   Something to Savor: The Bible as our Book of Faith
Saturday October 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
3rd Ave and Terry St, Longmont CO (  map  )

Mark Allan Powell is a professor of New Testament Studies at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and theologian widely recognized for his work in spiritual formation, congregational ministries and author of 20 books. He will present on "Something to Savor: The Bible as our Book of Faith."

This Saturday event is free, a light lunch will be provided. Please let Maria Sutton know if you are able to attend (for a lunch count) at 303-776-2800 or email at maria.sutton@firstluth.org.

Mark will follow up by preaching Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, October 20 at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
2019 LAM-NM Advocacy Conference
Saturday, November 16, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
601 Montaño NW
Albuquerque, NM ( map )

This conference is open to everyone interested in learning more about advocating on public policies impacting our many neighbors living in poverty and experiencing hunger.

Breakout session topics will include advocacy basics as well as issues related to our Advocacy Agenda which are expected to come up during the 2020 New Mexico state legislative session.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Larry Rasmussen, a resident of Santa Fe. He is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics Emeritus at Union Theological Seminary. He is author of Earth-honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key(2013) and Earth Community, Earth Ethics (1996) and coauthor of Bible and Ethics in the Christian Life (1976, 1989, 2018).

$15 per person, including materials and lunch.
Register here, deadline is November 9.
Our Life Together
Foster Care Informational Meetings
Lutheran Family Services - Rocky Mountains
Each year in Colorado, thousands of kids are unable to live with their biological parents because of abuse or neglect. Lutheran Family Services needs families who can provide temporary care until children reunify with their parent, as well as families willing to adopt children and teens if they can't return to their families.

No-cost, no-obligation, informational meetings are held throughout the Denver Metro area. Come find out if foster care is the right path for your family! Please register with Nicole at nicole.brown@lfsrm.org or 303-217-5852. One-on-one meetings can also be arranged to work around your busy schedule.
Wednesday October 2
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Ross-Cherry Creek Library
305 Milwaukee St.
Denver, CO ( map )

Wednesday October 9
Two sessions!
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Lutheran Family Services
363 S. Harlan Street Suite 105
Lakewood, CO ( map )

Tuesday October 15
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Koelbel Library
5955 S. Holly St.
Centennial, CO ( map )
Monday October 21
5:30 p.m - 7:00 p.m.
Central Recreation Center
18150 E. Vassar Pl.
Aurora, CO ( map )

Tuesday October 29
5:45 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Woodbury Library
3265 Federal Blvd
Denver, CO ( map )
Lutheran Summer Music 2020
June 28 - July 26
Valparaiso University
Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) is the nation’s premier faith-based music academy for high school students. In addition to advanced musical instruction and numerous performance opportunities, LSM students form an intentional community, living together for four weeks on a Lutheran college campus. Since 1981, this unique and immersive program has guided the lives of young musicians, who credit LSM as the starting place for their future careers and vocations.

Click  HERE  to download a digital brochure or  email  to request hard copies from the admissions office.
You may also  nominate a student  online.
Germany 2020 Study Tour
Pastor Jared Carson from Peace Lutheran, Las Cruces NM has organized a trip to Lutheran Reformation sites, like Wittenberg, Eisleben, Erfert, Eisenach, Coburg, Augsburg, and the Oberammergau Passion Play for June of 2020.

There are still 9 spots available for this trip. The Oberammergau Passion Play only occurs every 10 years. Reserve your spot for the study tour now. Don’t miss this chance to experience reformation history first hand! If you are interested-- brochures, registration info, and more are available online here. Or contact Pr. Jared by email, or at 575-522-7119, ext 12.
Women of the ELCA
Registration for the Gathering 2020 is open!
Registration for the Gathering 2020 in Phoenix, Ariz., July 16-19, is open. You can register online or download a registration form and mail it it.
Early-bird registration is $325 through January 6, 2020. After that, registration is $375. Day registration is $200.
We can’t wait to see you! Visit welcatg.org to register and learn more.
Resource Corner
check back each week for a new or featured resource for your congregation
Disability Ministry Grants now available
ELCA Disability Ministries introduces a new grant opportunity for ELCA congregations in diverse and divested communities for an Accessibility Reinvestment Grant. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 15, 2019, at  https://elca.fluxx.io  for up to $25,000 for small-scale property and large-impact programmatic plans. Questions can be directed to  Disability.Ministry@elca.org .
...from Administration Matters - September 2019
Valuable tips to protect your identity

Identity theft has become a common problem in the United States, with an estimated 9 million people affected annually, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Here are important tips to protect your identity. Read more here .
New tools for congregations
Has your congregation struggled to manage membership data?

Does your website need a fresh look?

Are you looking for easier ways to connect with members and the community?

In March 2018 the ELCA introduced Tithe.ly as an ELCA preferred vendor for electronic giving. Featuring online, mobile and text giving options, Tithe.ly is now expanding its product line to offer website services and church management software to ELCA congregations at a low cost. Learn more by joining us for a webinar.

Thursday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. Central Time
Click here to learn more information about Tithe.ly as an ELCA preferred vendor.
We look forward to having you join us for the introduction of these new services!
Employment Opportunities
New Listings 
Director of Economic Justice
Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, Denver, CO
The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado is seeking passionate, qualified candidates for Director of Economic Justice. The right candidate will bring an entrepreneurial, asset-based, grassroots spirit to building economic, housing, and racial justice; a strong appreciation for faith communities and the gifts they bring to community transformation; a spirit of collaborative creativity and openness to emergence in a dynamic work environment; and a particular set of skills and passion for developing affordable housing. Primary responsibilities will include the Congregation Land Campaign and managing our Catalyzing Social Change initiatives. Job description, compensation, qualifications, and application process are available here
All Non-Rostered Listings 
Director of Economic Justice
Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, Denver, CO

Director for Leadership and Candidacy - Domestic Mission Unit
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Sound Production Minister
Lutheran Church of Hope - Broomfield, CO

Musicians for Ministry!
Zion Lutheran Church - Loveland, CO
Office of the Bishop This Week
  Bishop Jim Gonia
  • Staff Meeting
  • LAM-NM Director Interviews
  • Installation of Rev. Chris Hjelmstad
  • First, Longmont, CO
  • Theological Conference, Estes Park, CO

Ruth Hoffman
  • Staff Meeting
  • Theological Conference

Peter Severson
  • Staff Meeting
  • Faithful Thursdays Planning
  • LAM-NM Director Interviews
  • Rainbow Trail Grace Race
  • St. Mark's Aurora, CO
  • Theological Conference

Tina Kvitek
  • Staff Meeting
  • Theological Conference
Pastor Sarah Moening
  • Staff Meeting
  • Centennial, Englewood, CO
  • Grace, Casper, WY
  • Theological Conference

Pastor Kent Mueller (1/2 time)
  • Extended Medical Leave

Deacon Erin Power
  • Staff Meeting
  • Theological Conference Prep
  • Theological Conference

Pastor Leslie Welton
  • Staff Meeting
  • Western Mission Network Meeting
  • RMS Youth Council Retreat
  • Theological Conference
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