A Reconciling in Christ synod
One Family's Story of Faith, Gospel, and Immigration

Pastor Steve Klemz of Zion in Salt Lake City, recently shared his family's story with the Deseret News, a Salt Lake City newspaper.

During a recent round-table discussion on the need for immigration reform, the attendees shared their respective interests in the issue.

Some people were business owners who struggle to maintain a workforce, some of them executives in the high-tech world, one of them a farmer. Others championed immigrants' innovation and entrepreneurship.

Then came the Rev. Steve Klemz' turn: his wife, Norma, has twice been in deportation proceedings.

Although standing for social justice "is a part of my DNA," his wife's and family's experiences have made the issue of immigration intensely personal, said Rev. Klemz, pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Salt Lake City.

"There's always been the sense how the church, how our faith, how the gospel makes room for people," Rev. Klemz said.

But when people talk about immigration in terms of "'those people are like this,' I say, 'You're talking about my wife.'" 

Read Full Article on Deseret News website
ELCA Presiding Bishop Issues Statement Addressing Dakota Access Pipeline
P residing Bishop Elizabeth Eaton released a statement regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline: 
"I recognize there are people of deep faith on all sides of this issue with varied perspectives, and I pray that we use this time wisely. We need to be in prayer, to express solidarity, and to build relationships. We also need to take seriously the concerns of the American Indian community, initiate and/or continue local efforts to strengthen and expand partnerships, and deepen cross-cultural understanding."

RMS-ELCA News and Events
RMS Fall Gatherings

Advocacy Team Training

Saturday, October 8
Office of the Bishop

Fall Conference Gatherings:
Grace, Casper
Saturday, October 29, Noon-4:00 p.m.
Metro South
Renewal of the Church
Bethany, Denver
Sunday, November 6,1:30-4:30 p.m.
Missional Gathering
Mount Hope, El Paso
Saturday, November 12, 10:00-2:00 p.m.

New Mexico Advocacy Conference
Saturday, November 5
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
Albuquerque, NM

Rainbow Trail 
Senior High Gathering
November 18-20
Spring Re•Formation Events

Lutheran-Roman Catholic
Joint Prayer Services

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 3 p.m.
Albuquerque, NM

Sunday, March 12, 2017, 3 p.m.
Colorado Springs, CO

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 3 p.m.
Bethany Lutheran Church
Denver, CO

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 4 p.m.
Casper, WY

Date to be determined for Salt Lake City, UT upon new  Roman Catholic bishop

Locations for these joint events coincide with 5 of the 7 Roman Catholic Dioceses that overlap the RMS.

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Workshop:  Boundaries, Borders, and Better Relationships
Boundaries Workshop
Office of the Bishop Rocky Mountain Synod
7375 Samuel Drive, Denver, CO 80221
Tuesday, October 11 from 8:30- 4:00 PM 

As people who work with people, we know the importance of relationships. We also know that healthy relationships depend upon clear and respectful boundaries. Rostered leaders especially need thoughtful and consistent training about boundaries because of the variety of their relationships. Cost is $25 for lunch and materials.  All rostered leaders, congregational staff, and ministry professionals are encouraged to attend. 

Two Offerings from Portico
Portico Overview of Benefits
Abiding Hope, Littleton, CO
Wednesday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m.

Do you have questions about Annual Enrollment and your Portico Benefits? Join Andrea Arey of Portico Benefit Services for an overview of benefits. Please RSVP to Andrea so there are enough resources for all.
Pre-Retirement Seminar
November 10, 9:00-6:00 p.m.
Long Beach, CA

If you're over age 50 and within 15 years of retirement, our pre-retirement seminars and webinars are a great way to get planning off to a strong start or keep the momentum going. Hosted by Portico and a certified Ernst & Young financial planner, the seminars and webinars answer the important questions you may have about retirement. 
For Your Bulletin
Bulletin Blurb
New President Elected in Madagascar Lutheran Church
The Fiangonana Loterana Malagasy (FLM), the Malagasy Lutheran Church, held their National Assembly September 6-14. During this assembly they will elected their church leadership: National President, General Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President and Vice General Secretary.  We are waiting to hear from the Global Mission Unit for official results of the election.

Holy one, You raise up leaders to serve the church around the world. Send your spirit of wisdom to all who gather for the FLM National Assembly as they elect new leadership. Bring peace to all who are anxious during this time of transition. Give strength to all who are called to lead your church in Madagascar. Amen.  

Pastor Eric Allert
Sunday,September 18
8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 services
Christ Lutheran Church
Highlands Ranch, CO

Color of the day: green

Pastor Julie McNitt
Called to serve at Well of Hope in Castle Pines, CO
Sunday, September 18 at
2:00 p.m.
Abiding Hope Lutheran Church Littleton, CO
Color of the day: green

    Celebration of Ministry

    Pastor Kevin Maly
    Sunday, September 18 at 10:30 a.m.
    St. Paul Lutheran Church
    Denver, CO
    All are invited to join with Pastor Kevin and St. Paul as they celebrate 15 years of ministry together coming to a close.

    RMS Prayer Cycle

    September 2016
    Metro South Conference


    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

    Prayer of the Day
    God among us, we gather in the name of your Son to learn love for one another. Keep our feet from evil paths. Turn our minds to your wisdom and our hearts to the grace revealed in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  
    Around the Synod
    Workshop: Israel/Palestine: Beyond the Headlines
    Saturday,October 15, 9:00am– 4:30pm
    South Broadway Christian Church 

    The ELCA just passed two memorials supporting a just peace in Palestine and Israel, including the one passed at our own Synod Assembly. Come to this workshop to learn the latest about the current situation in Israel and Palestine. Hear from Palestinian Christians and others who are working for a just peace. Make connections with issues of race and global social justice movements. Connect with others and learn how you and your congregation can make a difference!

    Andrew Romanoff to Moderate Suicide Prevention panel at St. Paul Lutheran & Catholic Community of Faith
    Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m.
    St. Paul, 1600 Grant St.
    Denver, CO

    Panelists include Lt. John Copperidge from Denver Police Department; Heidi Lightenburger from Carson J. Spencer Foundation, Capt. John Grothe from West Metro Firefighters and Dr. Marjorie Laird from Second Wind Fund.

    The panel marks the beginning of a current events series titled In the City for Good Symposium Series. The symposia take place on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. This event is free and open to the public.

    If you're concerned about anyone, please join us and talk about how to help save their lives. You could be the difference for them.

    Questions and more information
    Our Life Together
    Rainbow Trail’s 10th Annual Grace Race for World Hunger Registration Is Now Open!
    Sloans Lake Park in Denver, Colorado
    Saturday, October 1 at 4:00 p.m.

    RAINBOW TRAIL is hosting its 10th Annual Grace Race to benefit the ELCA World Hunger appeal on Saturday, October 1 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 $30 until September 23rd and $35 after that date. 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. Encourage the members of your congregation to participate. If your congregation is interested in being a sponsor of the race, please contact Dave Jarvis at (719) 276-5233. They’ll get your church logo on their race shirt! Come join us for a great day in the park for a great cause. You can register on-line! Bring your friends and family or your whole youth group. Over the past 9 years, RTLC has raised over $40,000. Help RTLC raise another $10,000 for ELCA World Hunger this year! See you October 1st!
    Information and Registration
    Men's Fly Fishing Retreat at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp
    Thursday, September 22- Sunday, September 25

    Attention all men: Experience a weekend of faith renewal, fellowship and fishing. Hearty meals, worship, and camaraderie around the campfire will be woven into the weekend so all can come away renewed spiritually, mentally and physically.
    The Arkansas River is only minutes from Rainbow Trail and offers world class fly fishing. Ark Anglers, a local guiding company, will give a presentation on current river conditions at the beginning of the weekend.
    Fishermen from novice to expert are encouraged to come for this fabulous weekend. Rental equipment and professional guide services are available.

    TANHO CENTER launch - Conference and Workshops
    First United Methodist Church
    Boulder, Colorado 
    October 21-23

    Keynote speakers: John Dominic Crossan, Ann Graham Brock, Hal Taussig. Ten lectures and workshops. The Center will combine art, spiritual practice, theology, and research with texts like the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Phillip, The Thunder: Perfect Mind, and countless new writings from the first and second centuries. Led by a combination of young innovators, passionate thinkers, and seasoned scholars, Tanho intends to make the world outside and the depth of the inner life become alive and open-hearted. First United Methodist of Boulder initially will provide office and research space.

    The Lutheran Book of Worship (Green Hymnal)

    First Lutheran Church, Colorado Springs has 250 copies of the 1978 edition of The Lutheran Book of Worship (Green Hymnal) available for the cost of shipping.
    Please contact Teri Swanner in the Senior Pastor's Office 719.632.8836 ext. 104 or by email: teri@flccs.net
    Resource Corner
    check back each week for a new or featured resource for your congregation
    Resource:  Let's Talk About WORSHIP!
    Can We Talk:  Engaging Worship and Culture

    You might be part of a congregation that talks about worship and that plans and evaluates what happens in worship on a regular basis. You might have a keen sense of your assembly’s particular strengths and challenges. This resource is for you, a tool to help broaden and deepen these conversations.

    You might be part of a congregation that has found itself in conflict. Perhaps a line has been drawn in the sand between “contemporary” and “traditional” worship. Many might desire worship renewal, yet are struggling to find a way through labels and assumptions. This resource is for you, a tool to frame difficult conversations.

    You might be part of a congregation that faithfully worships each week but doesn’t gather regularly to talk about it. You might wonder how initiating such conversations might both affirm and challenge you. This resource is for you, a tool to open you up to new possibilities. 

    Download Resource Here
    RESOURCES:  Talking Politics in Church
    As we head into another hotly-contested election season, we tend to see a rise in questions about permissible versus impermissible political activities. Tom Cunniff, Associate General Council for the ELCA offers resources to help guide conversation and answer questions:
    Employment Opportunities
    Non-rostered positions available

    Youth and Outreach Program Director
    Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp

    High School Program Director
    Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp

    Choir Accompanist 
    Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Littleton, CO

    Part Time Office Manager
    St Mark Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO

    Early Learning Center Director
    Christ the King Lutheran Church, Durango, CO

    Office of the Bishop This Week
    Bishop Gonia
    • Strategic Planning
    • Staff meeting
    • Synod Council Webex
    • First, Colorado Springs
    • RMS Women's Organization Conference
    • Pastor Eric Allert Installation
    • Pastor Julie McNitt Installation
    • Theological Conference
    Pastor Kent Mueller
    • Staff meeting
    • Lutheran Center Administration
    • Theological Conference

    Ruth Hoffman, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM

    • Revenue Stabilization & Tax Policy Interim Committee
    • Medicaid Coalition
    • Theological Conference

    Peter Severson, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-CO

    • Meeting with candidates for House District 32, Senate District 21
    • Staff Meeting
    • CSLC Executive Committee
    • UNC Campus Ministry
    • Theological Conference 
    Pastor Judith VanOsdol
    • Latino ministry start in West Denver
    • Aurora Area Ministry Strategy
    • Iglesia Luterana Jesus de Nazaret
    • All-staff meeting
    • Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Denver
    • Well of Hope Pastor/ developer installation at Abiding Hope
    • Theological Conference

    Erin Power, Diaconal Minister

    • RMS website and communication
    • Staff Meeting
    • Theological Conference Planning
    • Theological Conference

       Pastor Sarah Moening

      • Staff Meeting
      • First, Colorado Springs
      • Theological Conference

      Andy Sprain

      • Staff Meeting
      • Theological Conference

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      Rocky Mountain Synod
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