A Reconciling in Christ synod
Christ’s Church, Better Together with Australian Lutheran World Service
Monday was World Food Day. A day when millions of people around the world come together in the commitment to end hunger – for good.

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. With this confidence, we boldly participate in God’s work in the world. Today, I’m writing you to go above and beyond, and join what God is up to in Indonesia.
In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we’re partnering with our friends at Australian Lutheran World Service in the ambitious goal of raising a combined $500,000 toward our jointly supported work in Indonesia. Our deadline is Oct. 31.
Lutherans in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and the United States are working together, following the teaching of Jesus to love our neighbors in the practical and life-giving way that Martin Luther encouraged.
Your gifts will help fund this cooperative work in Indonesia focusing on sustainable agriculture, education, safe water and sanitation. Any support beyond the goal will go toward other programs where we partner with Australian Lutheran World Service – in Burundi, Cambodia, Kenya, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and South Sudan.
If we each help as we are able, every dollar you give up to our target will be paired with one from our friends in Australia, so we can make maximum impact – together.
This challenge ends Oct. 31. Give now to make this opportunity a reality
Reformation Commemorations!
The seventh and final RMS Lutheran-Catholic Prayer Service commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation was held in Utah on October 8. Bishop Oscar Solis of the Diocese of Salt Lake City and Bishop Jim Gonia presided over the multi-lingual service to a full house at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Help us share your Reformation event!
  1. Post pictures and stories on your ministry’s Facebook page and either tag Rocky Mountain Synod or share to the Rocky Mountain Synod page.
  2. Invite Erin Power to “like” your Facebook ministry’s Facebook page so she can share your news and events.
  3. Do you have a Facebook event? Invite Rocky Mountain Synod to co-host it so we can share it with others!
  4. After your event, send 1 picture and a 2-3 sentence summary to epower@rmselca.org so we can feature it in a Reformation summary in eConnection and our RMS in the Neighborhood Blog.

Christ's Church, Better Together!
eConnection Spotlight: RMS in the Neighborhood
Ascension Lutheran Church Commemorates the Reformation!
Pastor Rebecca and Confirmation students from Ascension Lutheran Church don tams in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. On Oct. 11, the group visited with Pastor Rebecca at Christ Lutheran to learn about some of the similarities and differences between little Christ Lutheran and larger Ascension Lutheran. Vicar Katelin Bingner, next to Pastor Rebecca, is a seminary intern at Ascension from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA.
RMS-ELCA News and Events
2018 Synod Assembly: For the Life of the World
May 3-5, 2018
Westin Hotel, Westminster, CO
Information regarding the Bishop Election Process in now online.
Conferences are invited to gather for conversation and discernment regarding this and other elections that will take place.

For your 2018 budget planning --- Voting Member registration is $300. Hotel is $109 per night with an option to add on a breakfast voucher for $12/person
Have You Claimed Your Money?
There is still time to earn Wellness Dollars with Portico by participating in your Health Assessment and Retirement Planning.
45% of those eligible have completed the Health Assessment (worth $150), and 22% have completed the Retirement Planning ($250). Take advantage of this incentive and enjoy the benefit of $400 in your Wellness Account. You'll not only receive money, you'll learn more about your wellness both physically and financially. 
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.
Refugee 101 Training - Colorado Springs

This is the first step to volunteering with our refugee programs. During this session you will learn about the current refugee situation, what it takes to get involved, the application process, and about advocacy. Parking is available on the SE ...

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AMMPARO Guardian Angel Program needs only 10 more volunteers!

We are looking for ten more volunteers  to be part of the  Guardian Angel Program in Denver  . We are looking for volunteers who are willing to support unaccompanied migrant children and single parent families through their immigration court process in Denver, providing: 

  • Spiritual Accompaniment - To provide spiritual support and prayer for them at court hearings
  • Physical Accompaniment - To be a visible sign of the church in immigration court to watch and document the court process, especially as the cases are subjected to a possible “rocket docket”
  • Court Watch -To monitor and document the court process, especially if there are violations of the process
  • Resource Sharing - If requested, to provide information about local resources to assist migrants in their transition to life in the United States. 

You do not need to speak Spanish though we do need some Spanish speakers.
If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please contact Alena Lamirato at  pastoralena@yahoo.com  or 720-256-3007.
Community - Conversation - Fellowship - Worship
Reformation month events are a collaboration between Colorado Council of Churches, Rocky Mountain Synod ELCA, Wartburg College, St. John’s Cathedral, and Iliff School of Theology as part of the Rocky Mountain Synod’s 500th Anniversary Commemoration.  Download poster here.

October 18: Together by Grace: A reading by Kathryn Kleinhans
6:30 p.m. - Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church
920 Kipling Street, Lakewood
Together by Grace: Introducing the Lutherans tells the stories of Lutherans over the past 500 years. Edited by Wartburg College Professor Kathryn Kleinhans, this volume weaves together two dozen writers to take us on a journey through history leading us into the future.

October 25: Reformation Repast
6:00 p.m. - St. John’s Cathedral
1350 N Washington St, Denver
A time of food and fellowship led by Colorado Council of Churches Executive Director and James Beard Award-winning Author Adrian Miller. Bring a dish to share for this community potluck!

October 29: A Reformation Hymn Festival: Then, Now, Always
4:00-5:30 p.m. - Augustana Lutheran Church
5000 E Alameda Ave, Denver
Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, join the Augustana Lutheran Church choir and the choir of Cross of Christ, Broomfield, along with organ and orchestra in a festival of hymns and music. Bishop Gonia will present brief homilies on “Then,” “Now,” and “Always.”  
For Your Bulletin
Lutheran Services in America
Video on the Reformation and Lutheran Social Ministry
As Lutherans, caring for our neighbor is deeply rooted in our belief that we are saved by grace thus freeing us from being focused on ourselves and opening us up to care for others. Our call to care for all is as relevant—and important—today as it was 500 years ago.
Website of Lutheran Services in America (includes links to video and brochure: 
RMS Hunger Network - October Daily Bread
The October 2017 Daily Bread flyer, perfect for printing and sharing with your congregations, is now available in color or b&w.
RMS Prayer Cycle


Week of October 22 -

U.S. Army  - Ft. Belvoir, VA
Lawrence Closter

U.S. Navy  - Port Orchard, WA
Michael Greenwalt

Poudre Valley Hospital  - Ft. Collins, CO

San Juan Medical Center  - Farmington, NM
Arthur Meyer

Presbyterian Health Care  - Albuquerque, NM
Janet Morse

Presbyterian Main Hospital  - Albuquerque, NM
Donald Thurn

Sky Ridge Medical Center  - Centennial, CO
Laurie Jeddeloh

Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center  - Lafayette, CO
Jennifer LaVie, DM

Mercy Regional Medical Center  - Durango, CO
Pastor Josh Magyar

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 22
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Prayer of the Day
Sovereign God, raise your throne in our hearts. Created by you, let us live in your image; created for you, let us act for your glory; redeemed by you, let us give you what is yours, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Global Church Prayer
God of all the nations, you remind us that you have given us everything and that we will return all we have been given to you. Thanks be to you for the work of ELCA missionaries who return your good gifts to you, in their work, through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Around the Synod
The New Order of the Sacred Earth
A Joint Ecumenical Service with Renowned Theologian Rev. Matthew Fox
Sunday, October 22 - 9:30 p.m.

Join the congregations of Shepherd of the Hills and Pardes Levatot, a Jewish Renewal Congregation, as they come together in prayer and reflection for a joint ecumenical service with Rev. Matthew Fox. The service will honor each of their traditions and culminate in praise and glory to the Lord the Living God, reflecting our unity as diverse and connected worship communities. Download the flyer here.
Global Gift Fair at Atonement Lutheran
Sat. Nov. 4 & Sun. Nov. 5, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Atonement Lutheran Church, at 6281 W Yale Ave in Lakewood will is holding their annual Global Gift Fair in their Fellowship Hall! Come and buy your holiday gifts from around the world....and Denver. Any questions, you can email them here.
Reformation Hymn Festival in Boulder
Sunday, October 29 -3:00 p.m.

The Boulder-Broomfield Conference invites you to this event celebrating in hymns, readings, and reflections, the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reforming Movement within the Church Catholic.
Reformation 500 Commemoration & Tabor 125 years Celebration
Sunday, October 29, 2017

Worship 9:30 a.m. - special guest preacher,The Rev. Mark Meyer; special guest from the Office of the Bishop, The Rev. Leslie Welton; choir and special music. Clergy invited to vest and process. Meal following Worship.

We will be joined at 12:30 p.m. by our brothers and sisters in Christ from King of Kings for a Reformation Hymn sing, followed by fellowship and dessert. Please join us!
A Reformation Lessons & Carols Festival
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 6:30p.m.

In honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Holy Shepherd has invited musicians from area churches to present a Reformation Lessons and Songs Festival. Our Pastors will be teaching about Martin Luther's ideas on vocation and the music will be provided by a 50-voice combined choir as well as Holy Shepherd musical ensembles.Flyer here.
St. Martin's Chamber Choir
"A Mighty Fortress: The Reformation and Music"
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., Saint Paul Community of Faith
This concert, presented by a 16-voice St. Martin's Chamber Choir traces the influence of the Reformation on music with compositions from the earliest Lutheran composers such as Johann Walther and Johann Crüger, and through the Baroque masters Heinrich Schütz and J.S. Bach, the Classical successors like Homilius, and the Reformation’s apotheosis in the music of the Romantic era, Felix Mendelssohn. Tickets for this performance are available here.

St. Martin's Chamber Choir will also performing this concert on:
Saint Paul Lutheran and Catholic Community of Faith -
October Highlights

Sunday, October 29 at 10:30 a.m.
Reformation and Reconciliation Worship Service
Participants: St Paul Lutheran Church, the Rev Penni Walsh; Messiah Community Church, the Rev Bev Piro; St Paul Catholic Church, Fr Don Sutton; Pax Cristi, Fr Micheal Nicosia, Regional Vicar, Ecumenical Catholic Communion.
Preaching: Bishop Jim Gonia. Liturgy from Luther's Mass.
Sunday, October 29 at 4:00 p.m.
Reformation Festival: Hymns of Martin Luther
Featuring: Young Voices of Colorado, Rocky Mountain Bell Ringers, Denver Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
Open to everyone, no cost, a wine and cheese reception will follow
Lutheran Chorale Concerts
October 28 and 29
October 28 - 7:30 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church
4500 E. Hampden Ave, Cherry Hills Village, CO

October 29 - 7:30 p.m.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
2100 Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood, CO

Join The Lutheran Chorale as they celebrate God’s grace through wonderful music, artwork, and a retelling of the history of the Reformation. This concert features J.S. Bach’s Magnificent Cantata 80: A Mighty Fortress. Joining their talents with The Chorale will be a chamber orchestra from the University of Denver Lamont School of Music, Lutheran High School’s Jubilate Choir, and guest musicians from area churches. 
Christ Lutheran Church, HIghlands Ranch Celebrates -
500th Anniversary Kickoff Worship!
October 21-22, 2017

You Know the Old Saying… Behind Every Great Man, Is a Very Remarkable Woman.
Meet Katie Luther, portrayed by Pastor JaneAnn Settergren

Come join us for a special sermon called “Katie Remembers – Martin Luther’s life from Katie’s point of view,” at all the weekend services - Saturday 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 8, 9:30 & 11:00 a.m. services.

Then, come to a special presentation, at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, October 21, directly following the Saturday 5:00PM worship service, entitled “Entirely Devoted – A look at Katie’s life; the extraordinary faith life of an ordinary woman in an extraordinary time.” Pastor JaneAnn will dig deeper into Katie’s life, as well as give a concise primer on the meaning and implications of the Reformation and why as Lutherans we celebrate it today.
Katie Luther – Amid the tumult of Reformation Europe, Katharina von Bora became the wife of Martin Luther, reformer and theologian. During this 500th Anniversary Year of the Reformation, Pastor JaneAnn Settergren brings Katharina to life, portraying Katie Luther in full authentic costume and character. This program is sponsored by the CLC Worship Team.
St. Peter 13th Annual Pumpkin Patch - NOW OPEN!
Daily: October 7 - October 31

Mon-Fri: 3:00-6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00-7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Admission is FREE! This year ALL pumpkin sale proceeds will be equally shared with: Packs for Hunger, Carlsbad Transitional Housing & Homeless Shelter Inc., and Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey, ELCA (EL Paso TX). Pumpkins grown by Navajo Nation, Farmington NM.

Visit our website, call 575-887-3033, or email stpeter@splcnm.com.
Commissioning Service for Pastor Anne Morawski
Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
Pastor Anne Morawski will begin serving as an Associate in Global Mission for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in November.
Join us for worship at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6901 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM when she will be commissioned for this new ministry.

The Riverside Brass will play. All are welcome to share the festivities. Pastor Anne will volunteer with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary. She will work with Bishop Tamas Fabiny in Budapest, do some bilingual Bible studies with college students, help out at the seminary, and do after school tutoring with students learning English in Dabas-Gyon. She will also explore the possibilities for other volunteers to come to Hungary to help with English tutoring.
Reformation Celebration to benefit Border Servant Corps and Young Adults in Global Mission

Download the poster here, and see the Facebook Event!
New Mexico Council of Churches
One Body–Many Members, One Spirit–Many Gifts
Sunday, October 29, 2017, 2:30 p.m.to 5:00 p.m.

The NMCC invites ALL residents of New Mexico to a Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, " One Body–Many Members, One Spirit–Many Gifts," an Ecumenical Vesper Service of Song and Prayer followed by a Community Dialogue. More information here, or www.NMChurches.org, or call 505-243-6234.
St. Paul's Women's Ministry Team presents GIFTS OF THE WORLD BAZAAR
Saturday, November 4 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Come join us for a fair-trade fair. Many and varied products from all over the world. Spread peace and justice provide opportunity, send children to school, and empower women through your purchases. Sample soups and salsas from the Women's Bean Project as well as fairly traded coffee and tea. Be sure to bring your gift list as the products you find will be unique and each gift purchased will 'give twice.'  Many and varied products will be available such as jewelry, chocolate, bath and body products, home décor, Christmas, and much more!

Flyer here, for more information, contact Regina 214-9344
Our Life Together
Annual Veteran's Appreciation Dinner and Concert
Saturday, November 4 - 5:30 p.m. Dinner ; 7:30 p.m. Concert
The Veteran's Ministry of Bethany Lutheran Church will host an Italian dinner catered by Romano’s from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The suggested cost of the dinner is $10, with Veterans and children 12 and under free. To RSVP for the dinner, please contact Janet Mortinsen at janet@bethany-denver.org or call 303-300-3317. Dakota Blonde will entertain us with a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. There will be a free will offering during the concert.
Sky Ranch Advent Retreat
Friday, December 1 through Sunday, December 3
Sky Ranch new logo
Join us at camp for a wintry weekend for the whole family! Enjoy fellowship, devotions, worship, and activities for people of all ages as you take some time to prepare for Advent. All are welcome for this fun and intentional retreat at Sky Ranch!

Cost: $80 per adults, $50 per child, maximum of $250 per family. More info here, or contact Ally@SkyRanchColorado.org with questions or to register.
Register Your Group for a Bridging Borders trip with RTLC
Summer 2018
If you're looking for a service opportunity for your youth or adult groups in your congregation, register for a Bridging Borders trip today! Bridging Borders provides domestic and abroad service trips throughout the summer months, as well as other times throughout the year for your congregational groups to serve a community other than your own in a week of service. These weeks are all about sharing God's love, and building relationships with each other and with those whom we serve. In 2018, Bridging Borders will be serving in Ecuador, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and doing hurricane relief in Texas. For more information, go to rainbowtrail.org, or email ben.jarvis@rainbowtrail.org!
Resource Corner
check back each week for a new or featured resource for your congregation
Join the RMS Facebook Communicator's Group
We invite all of our congregations' administrators, website managers, newsletter editors, etc.to join the Rocky Mountain Synod Communicators Group on Facebook. Go here to join!
LEAD's 2017 Advent Resources Now Available
LEAD's Advent Resources, promoted by the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod comprises four contemplative prayer liturgies, accompanied by coloring pages, a free gift available to those who register online.

More information and registration are available at LEAD's website.
ELCA Worship - Frequently Asked Questions
The worship staff receives a number of similar inquires on worship-related topics from across the church.

The responses you find at this website are not the final word on the topic, but are useful guides to be considered with sensitivity to the local context. Many of the responses link to other Frequently Asked Questions that may be useful as you dig deeper into a particular response.
Administration Matters - from the September 2017 issue
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Employment Opportunities
New Listings
Contemporary Worship Coordinator
Faith Lutheran Church - Golden, CO
Faith Lutheran Church is looking for a worship leader who will skillfully combine God’s Word with music, thus motivating the gathered church to proclaim the good news, treasure God’s presence, and live for God’s glory. To that end, the Contemporary Worship Leader (CWL) is a primary leader of worship at Faith. They will, along with the pastor, help recognize and create a unique culture of worship connected to the FAITH community. They will provide vision, communication and pastoral leadership for the teams connected to contemporary worship at FAITH, cultivating authentic community as well as developing people’s gifts and talents in order to serve not just Faith, but the Kingdom at large. Read the part-time (15 hours/week)  job description , requirements, and where to apply in the link  here .
Minister of Music
Epiphany Lutheran Church - Denver, CO
Epiphany Lutheran Church is an active Washington Park neighborhood ELCA church in southeast Denver. We are seeking an individual with strong musical leadership who is skilled at organ and/or piano, who might also direct our small, but mighty choir. We are looking for a creative musician and music director who will collaborate with Pastor and Worship Team to present worship music that will encourage an atmosphere of excitement and enthusiasm, through the use of traditional and also other musical genres and styles. Position description available here. Questions and resume may be submitted to epiphanylutherandenver@gmail.com.
All Non-Rostered Positions 
Contemporary Worship Coordinator
Faith Lutheran Church - Golden, CO

Minister of Music
Epiphany Lutheran Church - Denver, CO

Administrative Assistant (full-time)
Joy Lutheran Church - Parker, CO

Church Administrator (part-time)
Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church - Dillon, CO

Office Administrator (part-time)
Highlands Lutheran Church - Denver, CO

Music and Worship Director
Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church - Fort Collins, CO

Youth Ministry Coordinator (part-time)
Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church - Denver, CO

Administrative Assistant
Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church - Denver, CO

Nursery Ministry Coordinator (part-time)
Lutheran Church of Hope - Broomfield, CO

Director of Youth and Family Ministries (part-time)
Holy Cross Lutheran Church - Wheat Ridge, CO

Office Administrator (part-time)
Holy Love Lutheran Church - Aurora, CO

Wartburg West Academic and Program Director
Titled Faculty Position based in Denver Colorado
Employed by Wartburg College, Waverly, IA

Preschool Director
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church - Casper, WY
Office of the Bishop This Week
Bishop Gonia
  • Visit to LSTC, Chicago, IL
  • Cross of Glory, Denver, CO
  • Metro West Conference Retreat

Pastor Kent Mueller
  • Lutheran Center administration
  • Dean’s Webex

Ruth Hoffman, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM
  • NM Conference of Churches Board
  • Lutheran Family Services New Mexico
  • St. Peter, Carlsbad, NM

Peter Severson, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-CO
  • Lutheran Disaster Relief Consultation
  • Renter’s Protections meeting
  • Income Inequality meeting
  • Together Colorado caucus
Pastor Judith VanOsdol
  • Aurora Church Together Strategy (ACTS)
  • Better Together Relationship Sub team
  • Latino Worshiping Community (Former Cristo Rey) Denver, CO
  • Ministry of Money Matters
  • Dean’s WebEx

Deacon Erin Power
  • Reformation Event: Author reading, Holy Shepherd Lakewood
  • RMS communications
  • Christ, Highlands Ranch, CO Reformation event
  • Shepherd of the Hills, Boulder, CO
  • Dean’s Webex

Pastor Sarah Moening
  • Congregation Transition meetings
  • Wyoming Conference Gathering
  • Dean’s Webex

Pastor Leslie Welton
  • Endorsement Interviews, Luther and LSTC
  • Campus Ministry Retreat, Sky Ranch
  • TEEM Conference, PLTS
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