A Reconciling in Christ synod
ELCAvotes is an initiative which calls us to conversation and prayer in our roles as U.S. residents and as people of faith to ensure our election systems promote dignity and respect for all.
We are reminded of our call to act by speaking out as advocates and engaging in local efforts to guarantee the right to vote to all citizens.
Colorado Voter Guides Now Available from Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-Colorado!

Check out our new voter guides! Each guide contains a summary of the nine measures that Colorado voters will see on their ballots, as well as resources for thinking about these issues faithfully. Download a digital copy today, or contact Peter Severson to order free printed copies for your congregation. Vote faithfully!

 ELCA Endorses Presidential Debates Standards

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has joined faith-based groups and other organizations in endorsing standards of conduct for the upcoming U.S. presidential debates. The standards are proposed by the National Institute for Civil Discourse.

The institute created standards for the presidential candidates, audience members and moderators. The standards for the candidates expect that they be respectful of others in speech and behavior, and make ideas and feelings known without intentionally disrespecting others.

Standards for the audience include when faced with incivility, speak against it by reminding candidates it is not acceptable. Moderators are expected to hold candidates accountable by challenging each candidate to speak the truth and act with integrity.

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton addressed civic discourse in her May 2016 column for Living Lutheran magazine.

“I understand that the world is a dangerous place; I understand that many in our country feel left behind and left out,” Eaton wrote. “There are legitimate security, foreign policy and domestic policy concerns. Candidates and political parties have the duty to speak to these concerns and make the case for their platform.”

Eaton emphasized, though, that “political speech that doesn’t ensure that the ‘other’ is treated with the same respect and care that we would wish for our own brother or sister or father or mother is not what God intends for God’s beloved community.”

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RMS-ELCA News and Events
RMS on the Road!
Pastor Rob Moss, Lutheran Church of the Master in Lakewood, CO is on the road this week.  He will be joining the leaders of the Minneapolis Area Synod speaking at their fall conference.  He will share about his book: The Neighborhood Church: God’s Vision of Success
Lutheran Advocacy Team Training

Saturday, October 8, 2016
9:00 am - 3:00 pm (breakfast/registration open at 8:30 am)

Lutheran Center - Office of the Bishop
7375 Samuel Drive, Denver, CO

Advocacy and justice-minded individuals from RMS congregations and beyond will gather for a day of equipping for action, learning how to integrate meaningful conversations about politics, policy, and advocacy into the life of a ministry, as well as how to effectively start and maintain an advocacy or social justice team in their congregations. Hosted by the Lutheran Advocacy Ministries (LAM) of Colorado, New Mexico, and the ELCA LAM office in Washington, D.C. Everyone is welcome! Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration fee is $5 per person, payable in cash or check at the door. For more information, contact Peter Severson.


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. 

Coming in 2017: A New Way to Deliver Health Benefits

Portico is taking its next wellness reformation step — introducing Care Coordinators to help ELCA-Primary health plan members navigate the complicated health care landscape and purchase care with an eye to both quality and cost. This innovation is helping Portico keep the 2017 ELCA-Primary baseline health contribution increase the lowest in four years.

Watch a free webinar to learn more about 2017 changes
For Your Bulletin
Bulletin Blurb

Border Servant Corps invites partner congregations to support BSC, volunteers, and service sites through intentional prayer.
Each month, they will share a prayer petition that may be used, if desired, during worship services. They are grateful for your continued partnership and support of BSC during the 2016-2017 year of service. 

October 2016 Prayer Petition: For Angie O’Brien, Border Servant Corps volunteer serving as a Removal Defense Unit Caseworker at Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, Inc., an immigration law clinic providing free or low cost legal services to eligible immigrants who wish to immigrate to or become citizens of the United States.


Pastor Libby Reinking
Saturday, October 1, 10:00 am
Epiphany Lutheran Church
Denver, CO
Color of the day Green.

    RMS Prayer Cycle

    October 2016
    Campus Ministries
    Colorado State University
    Paul Judson

    University of Colorado
    Zachary Parris

    University of New Mexico
    Anne Morawski

    New Mexico State University
    Jared Carson

    University of Northern Colorado
    Debra Abbott

    Utah State University
    Scott Thalacker

    University of Wyoming
    Rachel Larson

    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. 

    Around the Synod
      Seeking Spiritual Directors -- Urban Servant Corps

    Are you a Spiritual Director who is willing to walk the journey with a young adult who is engaging in a year of full-time service with Urban Servant Corps? We'd love to have you as part of the team! Please contact: Sarah if you are interested and/or for more information.
    New Beginnings Worshipping Community's 2nd Annual Chow Hall Gala

    The women of New Beginnings Worshipping Community cordially invite you to the 2nd Annual Chow Hall Gala. Join us for dinner and jazz entertainment by Second Acts and Fellowship. The event is graciously hosted by Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver, CO. Advanced ticket price is $50 and may be purchased by September 30th. Ticket Price at the door will be $60. 
    All proceeds benefit the New Beginnings Worshipping Community 
    We thank you for your generous support and additional donations to this important ministry! 

    Please visit our website for more information 

    Urban Servant Corps Fall Festival at Vine St. Pub and Brewery
    Tuesday, October 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    Urban Servant Corps thrives because of community support -- and YOU are that community! Please join us for an evening of celebrating 29 years of service offered by dedicated, inspiring Urban Servant Corps volunteers at this Silent Auction event! You will be supporting this mission: Urban Servant Corps is a
    faith-based, intentional community of full-time volunteers who seek to live simply while serving and accompanying those most in need at non-profit partner agencies in the heart of Denver. 

    Many great items are up for bid: a weekend at a condo in Keystone, restaurant gift cards with Comedy Works tickets, admission to History Colorado, gorgeous art work (paintings and photos), cutsie baskets of goodies, and much more!! Tickets: $20. Contact: Krista to RSVP

    Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM:  2016 Advocacy Conference
    Saturday, November 5 at 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
    St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, Albuquerque, NM

    Join us for the 2016 Advocacy Conference.  The cost is $15 per person, including lunch. Dr. Nicholas Natividad from NM State University will be our keynote speaker. Dr. Natividad teaches in the Criminal Justice Department and will talk about the historical context of race and criminal justice in New Mexico. Breakout session topics will include advocacy basics, poverty and hunger, criminal justice and other topics. Plan now to attend! Breakout session topics will include advocacy basics, poverty and hunger, criminal justice and other topics. Plan now to attend! To register or for more information, email Ruth Hoffman or 505.984.8005. Registration deadline: November 1.

    Our Life Together
    RTLC Confirmation Retreat Registration Open!

    The annual Rainbow Trail Confirmation Retreat is on November 4-6, 2016. Don't forget to register your group online at confirmation-retreat. The weekend will be full of a great study led by Kristen Baltrum, fun camp activities, great food, warm fires, and fresh mountain air! Registration closes on October 21st! If you have any questions, please email Ben, or call 719-276-5233.

    RTLC Senior High Gathering, November 18-20, Registration Open!

    Registration is now open for the RTLC Senior High Gathering! Be sure you've registered your group online at Rainbow Trail. After you've registered, and once RTLC can confirm your housing on their site, the staff will email you to finish your registration and payment. The deadline for registration is the end of October. If you have any questions, please email Ben, or call the Rainbow Trail business office at 719-276-5233.

    Faster Pastors Run4Refugees

    Two teams of 10 pastors and church workers ran the Flaming Foliage Relay on September 9 to 10. Each relay team ran 165 miles from Idaho Springs to Buena Vista. We committed to not only running but raising funds for Lutheran Family Services immigration and refugee services, a Run4Refugees. While we chose to run, refugees often are running for their lives with only the clothes on their backs. Our goal was to raise $20,000 and we have already raised $15,000. If you would like to donate to the Run4Refugees follow this link and choose any one of the pastor teams to donate to Faster Pastors. You can also send contributions directly to Lutheran Family Services at:

    Attn: Jaime Koehler Blanchard
    1600 Downing St #600
    Denver, CO 80218

    Please write “Faster Pastors” or “Run4Refugees” on the note line of the check so that it gets counted towards the total, otherwise it will just go into the general fund and might not be applied to the refugee program.  
    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

    Resource Corner
    check back each week for a new or featured resource for your congregation
    World Hunger Daily Bread Resources
    In the most recent issue of Daily Bread, links were shared for online resources:
    Employment Opportunities
    Non-rostered positions available

    Part-time Evening Custodian
    Augustana Lutheran Church

    Music Director
    St. Philip Lutheran Church

    Preschool Director 
    St Mark's Lutheran, Aurora

    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

    Office of the Bishop This Week
    Bishop Gonia
    • Conference of Bishops
    Pastor Kent Mueller
    • Candidacy Meetings
    • Shepherd of the Hills, Boulder, CO

    Ruth Hoffman, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM

    • Preparation  for special legislative session
    • Meeting with Policy Committee members

    Peter Severson, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-CO

    • Holy Cross, Wheat Ridge, CO 
    • CSLC Fall Forum, Augustana, Denver, CO
    • Ban the Box Stakeholder meeting 
    Pastor Judith VanOsdol
    • Latino Mission Developer Training, Nashville, TN
    • Mustard Seed, Fort Collins, CO
    • Our Savior's Redevelopment team, Denver, CO
    • Generosity Project, Fort Collins, CO
    • Aurora Area Ministry Strategy, All Saints, Aurora, CO

    Erin Power, Diaconal Minister

    • RMS Communications
    • Rainbow Trail Grace Race

       Pastor Sarah Moening

      • Installation for Libby Reinking
      • Risen Lord, Conifer, CO

      Andy Sprain

      • Faith Formation 1-1 meetings
      • Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Vocation, Indianapolis, IN

      Quick Links
      Erin Power   Assistant to the Bishop
      Maria Sutton , Communication Assistant 
      Rocky Mountain Synod
      800-525-0462 / 303-777-6700 / fax 303-339-4744

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