A Reconciling in Christ synod
Welcoming Congregations and Guardian Angels

AMMPARO is a holistic, whole church commitment by the ELCA, as a church in the world, to accompany children today and in the future.

The Rocky Mountain Synod in partnership with our leaders and ministries are committed to on-going accompaniment with migrant minors, immigrants, and refugees.

Welcoming Congregations
A new map highlights AMMPARO connected synods and ELCA Welcoming Congregations. The RMS currently has 4 welcoming congregations: Cristo Rey, Denver, Peace in Christ, Elizabeth, Peace, Las Cruces, and Cristo Rey, El Paso!

Learn more about becoming a Welcoming Congregation HERE!

Guardian Angels
A team of Guardian Angels in Denver show up to accompany children through the immigration process, offering presence and prayer. Immigration court for children is on the first Wednesday and Thursday of the month from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Guardian Angels let these children know that they are not alone, that God and the Church is with them as they go through this often scary and totally foreign process. Watch this introduction to the Guardian Angels, first shown at the SW California Synod Assembly in March, 2016. and read an overview of the program here . Spanish speakers are greatly needed.

The next Guardian Angel training will be on Saturday, October 20, from 10 a.m. to noon at Bethany, Denver.
Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery

As part of our on-going commitment to deepening our repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery, we have toolkit of resources for congregations and ministries.

In addition, Bible Studies from the conference included a study on lament, Jesus and the Renewal of Community, Centering Prayer, Race Relations, and Hungering for Justice. These studies and resources will be shared as they become available on the Theological Conference webpage.
eConnection Spotlight:
RMS in the GLOBAL Neighborhood

Thanks to your incredible generosity,  ELCA World Hunger  has met its matching goal of $515,000 for the Global Farm Challenge! Together, we’ve raised more than $1 million for the agricultural work of ELCA World Hunger. But the need continues. Learn more and participate through the end of the year at  ELCA.org/GlobalFarmChallenge .
RMS-ELCA News and Events
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.


A team of the rostered minister/s and 4-6 congregational leaders from every congregation will meet together. Prior to the gathering each attendee will be asked to complete a "money autobiography' and also to meet with the group from your congregation. Download, print, and prepare the advance materials at this link.
Each person attending is asked to register with his or her email address so we can be sure attendees receive the advance materials.
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
3 to 6 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, Albuquerque
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Metro West Conference
SAT 12/1 Holy Cross, Wheat Ridge
9 a.m. to noon
For Your Bulletin

Rev. Jennifer Shadle (EC-USA)
Holy Cross/St. Andrew, LaJunta and St. Paul's Episcopal, Lamar, CO
Location: Hasty Campground, John Martin Reservoir State Park, CO
Saturday, October 6, 2:00 p.m.
Color of the Day: Green

Rev. Inga Oyan Longbrake
Messiah Community, Denver, CO
Sunday, October 7, 2:30 p.m.
Color of the Day: Green
RMS Prayer Cycle

 Week of October 7

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
Debra Abbott

Utah State University

University of Wyoming
Nathan Keith
Christ Blessing the Children
Cranach, Lucas, 1515-1586

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 7
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day

Sovereign God, you have created us to live in loving community with one another. Form us for life that is faithful and steadfast, and teach us to trust like little children, that we may reflect the image of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

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

07 - 13 October 2018 :  Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama - Intercessions and Prayers
Around the Synod
Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition Meetings
Saturday, October 13, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 3, noon - 5:00 p.m.
The Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition is inviting ELCA Churches interested in the Sanctuary movement and defending immigrant rights to join in our all-coalition meetings. If you have any questions or want to discuss one-on-one, contact Joshua Stallings at joshstallings@yahoo.com or Jennifer Piper at jpiper@afsc.org.

Metro Denver Sanctuary ALL Coalition Meeting – What does the Future Hold?
  • October 13, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: TBD
Professional Facilitator will lead us in reflecting on the successes of the past four years, how to embody an immigrant led structure, evaluating the sanctuary model moving forward and developing a vision for the future. Please invite and promote to all members of your immigration group!
RSVP ( here) to receive more details.

Metro Denver Sanctuary ALL Coalition meeting
  • November 3, noon to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: TBD
Putting in place the steps to transition into our vision – this meeting will focus on the process of getting us where we want to go by identifying the resources and the steps we need to grow
Fall Mini Retreat, Embracing Oneness... Renewing our Contemplative Life, featuring Susan Rush
Saturday, October 13, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (cont.b-fast & lunch included)
The contemplative journey is the ever increasing appreciation of who God is and also knowing that God is unknowable. Borrowing from the Psalms (Nan Merrill translation), scripture, chant and Sacred poetry, we will explore the Spirit of Oneness as it forms our contemplative life. Susan's recent service in the world carries a strong spiritual care aspect. Her clinical pastoral education, certification through Shalem Institute, and Formation for Contemplative Service assist her in supporting others through spiritual inquiry. Join us for a day of growth in your contemplative life!

More information here, registration form here, or call 303-698-7729
New Beginnings Chow Hall Gala
Friday, October 19, 5:00 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E Hampden Ave.
Cherry Hills Village, CO ( map )

Come and learn about and celebrate the ministry of New Beginnings, a Congregation Under Development that worships inside the walls of the Denver Women's Correctional Facility. Hear stories from the women of New Beginnings, learn more about our Rocky Mountain Synod prison ministry, and help support the ministry through a live and silent auction. Visit http://www.newbeginningswc.org/ to purchase tickets or to learn more.
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM
2018 Advocacy Conference
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Save the Date!

Keynote speaker:
The Rev. Amy Reumann, Director of ELCA Advocacy

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Albuquerque, NM
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$15 per person
(materials & lunch included)
Registration will open soon
Our Life Together
Seminary Challenge - an invitation for ELCA seminarians
The ELCA’s Peace Not Walls campaign is putting on a Seminary Challenge this year- an opportunity for ELCA seminary students (at an ELCA seminary or at a non-ELCA seminary) to create a practical project for use in ministry contexts related to the focus of the PNW campaign: accompaniment, awareness building and advocacy in pursuit of peace with justice in Palestine and Israel.

PNW Seminary Challenge Flier ( here)
PNW Seminary Challenge FAQ ( here)

For more information, contact: Karin Brown at Karin.Brown@elca.org.
2018 Advent Retreat at Sky Ranch
Friday, November 30 through Sunday, December 2
Guests of all ages are invited to join us for the 2018 Advent Retreat! We invite you to take advantage of this important season and grow closer to God with your family through reflection, fellowship, activities and music. Begin this Advent at Sky Ranch in a time of reflection and preparation for the birth of our Savior.
$80/adult, $50/child, max of $250/family

Register here. Questions? Call our office at 970-493-5258.
Resource Corner
check back each week for a new or featured resource for your congregation
Living with Hope from Fortress Press
The Living with Hope series provides comfort, companionship, wisdom—and hope—for individuals dealing with life’s struggles and offers guidance for clergy, family, and others who care for them. It is an essential library of accessible and artful books to help individuals and pastors deal with issues of unemployment, chronic illness, parenting, or the pain of broken relationships. Written for both individual readers and pastoral care providers, the series presents compassionate, emotionally honest guidance through authentic insight and personal narratives.
Employment Opportunities
New Listings
Choir Director (part-time)
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church - Fort Collins, CO
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Fort Collins is seeking a Choir Director to plan and implement liturgical worship services and to facilitate participation of musical ensembles in the worship setting and in outreach opportunities. The position is part-time, exempt, and should average 10 hrs. per week. More information can be found here or you may send email to  diane@sothfoco.org.
All Non-Rostered Positions 
Choir Director (part-time)
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church - Fort Collins, CO

Parish Administrative Assistant (part-time)
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church - Salt Lake City, Utah
Office of the Bishop This Week
Bishop Gonia
  • Seminary Visit: Wartburg Seminary
  • Metro West Mountain Better Together Summit, Glenwood Springs, CO
  • Lord of the Hills, Dillon,CO
  • Installation of Rev. Inga Oyan Longbrake, Messiah, Denver
  • Staff Meeting

Pastor Kent Mueller (1/2 time)
  • Lutheran Center Administration
  • Installation of Rev. Jennifer Shadle, Holy Cross/St. Andrew LaJunta, CO
  • Staff Meeting
  • Interim Pastors
  • Healthy Leaders Team

Ruth Hoffman
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM
  • Fairness Coalition
  • Staff meeting

Peter Severson
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-CO
  • Housing Colorado NOW conference
  • Metro West Mountain Conference Gathering, Glenwood Springs, CO
  • Augustana, Denver, CO
  • Staff Meeting
  • CU-Boulder Campus Ministry

Deacon Erin Power
  • RMS Communications long range planning
  • RMS Glocal Church Network
  • Rainbow Trail Grace Race
  • Staff Meeting

Pastor Sarah Moening
  • Congregational Transition work
  • CDI NM (Zoom)
  • Nativity, Commerce City, CO
  • Staff Meeting

Pastor Leslie Welton
  • Christ the Servant, Louisville, CO
  • Ordination for Ben Hogue, Grand Junction, CO
  • Youth Gathering Planning
  • Staff Meeting

Pastor Matt Barnhouse
  • Begins Oct. 8
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