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The Poor People's Campaign in New Mexico
National Call for a Moral Revival
​May 14 - June 21, 2018

Be prepared by reading the basic primer of Fundamental Principles.

More information from the national Poor People's Campaign here.

Ecumenical Alert from the New Mexico Conference of Churches here.

Non-Violent Moral Fusion Direct Actions are being planned for the six Mondays from May 14th through June 18th.

Monday, June 18
Theme: Immigration, Refugees, the Border
Location: Las Cruces---details forthcoming

Somebody's Hurting Our People: Children, Women, and...
It's time to break the silence about America's war on the poor. The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival launches 40 days of moral action TODAY with Week One-Somebody's Hurting Our People: Children, Women, and People with...

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Lutheran Family Services NEW Friendly Visitor Program

Are you interested in reducing isolation and enriching the life of an older adult with limited to no social support? Join our NEW Friendly Visitor Program and LFS will carefully match you with a participant in our Guardianship or Care Management programs. Visits may include conversation, card playing, crafting, or helping with practical tasks. Volunteer orientations are on June 9 and July 14 from 10-11:30 a.m. and will include an introduction with the person you will be visiting. For more information or to apply please contact Shilo Christiansen at 303-217-5835 or visit our website at

Each year in Colorado, thousands of kids are unable to live with their biological parents because of abuse or neglect. We need families who can provide temporary care until children reunify with their parent as well as families willing to adopt children and teens in foster care if they can't return to their families. An informal Q & A session for foster care will be held on June 13 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the LFS Denver Metro office (363 S. Harlan Street, Suite 105, Denver, 80226). Please register with Anne at or 303-217-5869. One-on-one meetings can also be arranged to work around your busy schedule.

LFS needs Temporary Care for Children

Each year in Colorado, thousands of kids are unable to live with their biological parents because of abuse or neglect. We need families who can provide temporary care until children reunify with their parent as well as families willing to adopt children and teens in foster care if they can't return to their families. An informal Q & A session for foster care will be held on June 13 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the LFS Denver Metro office (363 S. Harlan Street, Suite 105, Denver, 80226). Please register with Anne at or 303-217-5869. One-on-one meetings can also be arranged to work around your busy schedule.

Episcopalians and Lutherans at Denver Pridefest 2018
​Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17

Episcopalians and Lutherans are organizing a presence at Denver Pridefest 2018, the weekend of June 16 and 17, and invite you to come and help us spread the great news about our welcoming churches. Last year we had over 2 dozen volunteers from 8 area Lutheran and Episcopal congregations, including Holy Trinity in Littleton.  

We have a booth space and we will bring the canopy and supplies, so the only thing volunteers need to do is to sign up for a 2-hour shift on either Saturday or Sunday and come and greet visitors to our booth. We have a Signup Genius page here. We also have an information webpage here.

Volunteers can sign up individually or claim one or more shifts for your group. We will also have lists of RIC congregations and welcoming Episcopal churches to give out. Additionally, St John's Cathedral will be marching in the parade on Sunday morning and have extended an invitation to all area Lutherans and Episcopalians to join them. You can find contact info for the parade on the website.

New ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant Application

ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants support ministries that accompany people experiencing poverty and hunger in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These grants go beyond meeting immediate needs to address the root causes of hunger – in addition to relief programs, ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants support projects in advocacy, community development, and community organizing that strengthen the foundations of communities affected by hunger and poverty.

For the first time, these applications will be completed through the new ELCA granting platform, ELCA GrantMaker.  To learn more about Domestic Hunger Grants and the new ELCA Grantmaker system, we invite you to attend one of two webinars that will review our granting priorities and cover the basics of applying. Simply click on the date of your choice below for instructions on how to call in. A reminder with the link will be sent when the application is open.

Timeline for 2019 Domestic Hunger Grants

  • June 12-Aug. 13: Domestic Hunger Grant application is open
  • September-October: Synod teams review applications
  • November: Review and award decisions
  • Late November/early December: Awards announced

Email if you have questions. Keep checking the Hunger Network’s website at for updates!

Retirement of Pastor Frank Philipp!
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Join us on June 24 to celebrate the retirement, following 40 years of ministry, of Pastor Frank Philipp.

Reception from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Advent Lutheran Church, 7979 Meade Street, Westminster, CO. Directions here. (No RSVP needed)



This Changes Everything - 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering
June 27 through July 1, 2018

Volunteers Needed:
Would you like to volunteer at the Gathering and help our young people grow in faith and encounter Christ? Serving the youth of this church is a vocational calling that requires careful discernment. Every volunteer must agree to follow the terms of a volunteer code of conduct and submit to a background check by the ELCA. There are four volunteer categories: Local Volunteers, Community Life, Gathering Volunteer Corps, and Servant Companions. The responsibilities vary, and all volunteers (except Local Volunteers) must commit to being in Houston for one week. Volunteers arrive on Monday, June 25, and depart Sunday, July 1, 2018More information and online application

All ELCA congregations are eligible to register for the Gathering. Youth eligible to attend the Gathering are in 8th-12th grade at the time of registration. Adult leaders planning on attending the Gathering must be at least 21. Congregations should select one adult to be the primary adult leader, the one who coordinates registration, payments, transportation and rooming lists for the group. Registration opens Sept. 15, 2017, and closes May 15, 2018. The registration portal is live and online from Sept. 15 through the end of the Gathering.  Registration worksheets are available (here) and with much more information on the resources page

The Youth Gathering's Getting Ready Resources have been created for your use by a group of dedicated youth ministers who, like you, are committed to making the experience of the Gathering fulfilling and Christ-centered. The resource is a youth ministry curriculum ramping up for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. 

Are you looking for more information about the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering? Here is the Synod Hospitality Package and information about the Sky Ranch Bus Trip.  If you have questions, or need even more information, please contact Beth Rogers, Gathering Synod Coordinator or call her at 303- 842-6549.

Financial assistance available for ELCA Youth Gathering:
The ELCA Youth Gathering wants everyone to have an opportunity to attend. The Gathering offers financial assistance to youth participants based on the financial needs of an individual and their family. Assistance will be offered to applicants on a rolling basis, and adult leaders are encouraged to apply early. Leaders will begin receiving email notifications of financial assistance offers on Aug. 15. Applications for 2018 are open and are available here.

Community Summer Camp Help!
Monday - Friday, July 9 - 20
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

St. Mark’s Lutheran - Aurora
111 Del Mar Circle
Aurora, CO 80011

We are in dire need of snack food donations, monetary donations, but even more so, ADULT VOLUNTEERS for our annual Summer Camp! I already have 90 kids registered, and have to cap it at 100 because we need more adults!!!! I need adults who love children, who can shepherd them from one activity to the next. We do crafts, games, water days, field events, mini worship, Zumba, POUND Fitness, etc. You would be in charge with another adult and youth volunteers to shepherd a group of around 20 kids. We provide snacks throughout the day since we live in an area where 75% of the kids are on free or reduced lunch. We are also in need of some camp-like musicians from 9:30-10:30 each day!

Thank you for anything you can help us with! If you can help or have questions, call 303-366-9702, email , or MissKinna Kemp on Facebook!

Executive Skills for Pastors Events

California Lutheran University is offering a week of continuing education with faculty from the School of Management. In the complex environment of congregational management, we all can use new tools for ministry. This continuing education event for pastors will explore how concepts from a MBA program can be applied to the arena of congregational life. Each day, we will explore a different theme.

This event is hosted in two different locations at two different times of the year. 
July 16-20, 2018 at  the Cal Lutheran Campus in Thousand Oaks, CA. Details here, and below.

Level 1 and Level 2 run at the same time. This is due to our desire to create synergies between the participants as they join together in housing, meals and breaks while participating in different classes. Level 1 is the prerequisite to Level 2. 

(Class content is subject to change.)
Level One: Finance; Marketing; Leadership; Information Technology; Entrepreneurship; Strategic Questions
Level Two: The Customer Experience; Organizational Development; Advanced Leadership Skills; Vision and Mission.

This dynamic continuing education event is limited to 20 registrants for each level. Participants will be invited to bring a particular project or issue that they will focus on during the week. Through lectures, group work, and one-on-one learning participants will gain valuable and needed skills for their work as pastors in congregational settings. The participants will live, learn, worship, and work together throughout the week.

Cost (subject to slight change): $799.00 (includes classes, materials, room and board)
Cost Commuter fee: $625.00 (includes classes, materials, snacks and lunches) Will include dinner if evening sessions are scheduled.
Time: The event will begin on Monday and concludes at noon on Friday.
Travel: For those who are traveling, housing may be arranged for the nights of Sunday, and Friday. Cost is $20 per night and can be reserved through registration. 

Essential Skills for Youth Workers
August 2-4, 2018
California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA

Essential Skills for Youth Workers

Volunteer? Full time? Part Time? Paid? We've got a personal and professional development program for you or your youth workers! 

  • Connect more deeply to your own context or ministry setting
  • Go home with resources and plans
  • Find space for renewal and rest. Build relationships and a network

The format of the event will include three rounds of:

  • TED-style talks on various aspects of work with children, youth and families
  • Round table discussions with the speakers
  • Small groups of participants to "translate" content from speakers to your context
  • Workshop time/space to draft and/or collect resources to use back your context

Information and registration here , flyer here . Cost: $250 (includes program, meals and housing)

Commuter fee: $200 (includes program and meals)

There is a $50 non-refundable deposit included in your registration fee. If you need to cancel before July 15, $200 will be returned to you. After July 15, your $250 registration fee is non-refundable.

Save the Date - Candidacy Discernment Retreat
August 15, 2018, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come spend a day in reflection, prayer, discernment, and fellowship as you learn about rostered ministry in the ELCA. Whether you are just beginning to think about public ministry or you are ready to start the candidacy process, we would love to have you join us. For more information, contact Leslie Welton.


Save the Date for the 2018 Theological Conference

2018 Theological Conference

September 17-20, 2018
YMCA of the Rockies
Estes Park, CO

Double: $350
Commuter: TBD

Continuing the Assembly theme of "For the Life of the World" our time together will focus on the relationships between economic life, justice, power/privilege, and faith - and tools for engaging these critical topics as communities of faith in our local contexts.

Our conference guests will include:

  • Prairie Rose Seminole, ELCA American Indian-Alaska Native Ministries
  • Rev. Dr. Ray Pickett, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • Rev. Ranaivomanana Albert, Betela Seminary, Madagascar

Registration will open June 12 and more information will be available soon on the RMS Website . Stay tuned for more information!

Addiction & Faith Conference, September 28, 29 & 30, 2018

Addiction and Faith Conference
For Congregations, Clergy & Care Givers

at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Opioid addiction is taking 115 lives a day, and when you add alcohol deaths the number more than doubles. Opioid overdose is the number one killer for those under 50.

This as an opportunity to help teach, inspire, and equip other clergy and congregational care givers to address the serious and growing problem of addiction. This is help we need.

Open to anyone interested in exploring the devastation of addiction and the remarkable healing process of faith. Together, we'll enhance our knowledge about addiction recovery, share stories of learning and hope, and celebrate our faith in God’s abiding grace. Featuring: Internationally-known keynote speakers and interactive workshops and breakout sessions. CEU's Available for nurses and health care professionals.

Please register and attend the conference here .
An Early Bird special rate is good through the end of June.

Hotel not included. To book a room, go to:  DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington, Minnesota.

2018 Israel Trip with Instructor, Dr. Monte Luker, (O.T. Prof. at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary) and Group Leader Pastor Dave Pederson, Bethel Lutheran, Windsor, CO
September 28 through October 11, 2018

You will deepen your understanding and perspective of the Bible by actually being where it all happened. Visit Bethlehem, the Shepherds field, Church of the Nativity, Armageddon, Sepphoris, the Sea of Galilee, Bethsaida, Capernaum, the traditional site of the feeding of the 5,000, the Mount of Transfiguration, 1st century Nazareth village, Jordan, Nebo where Moses overlooked Jericho, Petra, Eilat, Timnah, 2 nights in a Kibbutz at En Gedi, Dead Sea, cave David hid in away from Saul, Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus' birth place and more. Plus we will tour a Jewish settlement and talk to a Jewish leader and tour a Palestinian school and talk with Archbishop Elias Chacour its founder.

Cost is $4,398 and includes flight from Denver, hotels, bus, breakfast and dinner. Lunch on your own. For questions, contact Pastor David Pederson ( email ) or call 503-999-1443.

Clergy Pilgrimage to Spain: Walking the Ancient Camino to Santiago De Compostela
November 6 - 16, 2018

For more than a thousand years, millions have made their way through the varied landscape of Spain, traversing what’s known as the Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James. The Episcopal Church in Colorado invites clergy to make this journey November 6-16, 2018. 

Designed especially for clergy, we will experience the spiritual renewal of walking the Camino firsthand, share a unique opportunity to deepen relationships with diverse clergy colleagues, and learn how to lead our own parish group pilgrimages. Participants will join in preparation ahead of the journey and gain valuable pilgrimage resources. Clergy traveling on this Familiarization Pilgrimage to Spain will be awarded a discount on a future Camino pilgrimage of 20 or more participants when arranged through Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries for travel in 2019 or 2020. This clergy pilgrimage is not just a great backpacking trip, but a chance for pilgrims to experience their faith and calling like never before.

View the  Pilgrimage Itinerary  for a more detailed overview of our time together.

Trip leader: The Rev. Canon Greg Foraker, Missioner for Faith Formation, The Episcopal Church in Colorado.

Trip cost: $2,839-$2,999 depending on the number of travelers.

To register, please download and complete the  Spain Pilgrimage Reservation Form , and mail it to Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries along with:

  • A copy of your passport. Please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after your return date.
  • A nonrefundable deposit check for $800 made out to Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries.

Mailing address for registration materials: Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries, 1131 N. Laura St., Jacksonville, FL 32206-3296.

Space for this inspiring journey is limited. To reserve your place, send your materials and deposit by June 15, 2018.

Questions? Contact the Rev. Canon Greg Foraker, at

Educational Tour of the Holy Land
Saturday, December 29, 2018 - Thursday, January 10, 2019

Tour the Holy Land with former Vice President of the RMS, Dr. Rod Schofield, Sharie Schofield and Palestinian Christian, Elias Nawawieh.

Beginning in Galilee, visit ancient OT and NT sites throughout Israel and Palestine and experience a deeper connection to the roots of Christianity and gain greater understanding of the current situation in the Holy Land. Rod has represented the ELCA with the schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) for the past 13 years and has co led groups of clergy and lay people to the land we call holy.

Cost is $3,490 for the entire trip, including RT airfare from Chicago. Contact Rod for more information and an itinerary brochure.

New Online/Text/Automated Giving Platform

The ELCA is launching a partnership with --- the online giving platform we use in the RMS. This new partnership means a reduced processing fee, and some additional custom features- as well as LOTS of support, which is great if you haven't engaged online giving yet! & our Churchwide office are looking for 10-15 ministries from the RMS to help pilot this- contact Deacon Erin Power if you would be interested!

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