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New Faith-Based Volunteer Program in Denver for Retirees

Your most important work may be after you retire! The Ignatian Volunteer Corps is recruiting for this Fall! 

IVC is an opportunity for adult men and women to offer their skills, wisdom and life experience in direct service to those in need. In return for a commitment of 1 or 2 days a week with a local nonprofit, the IVC program provides monthly guidance for personal reflection and prayerful conversations with fellow IVC volunteers. Together, we hope to see the face of Christ in those we serve. Call IVC Denver Regional Director, Erin Benson at 303-394-2997 or email her if you are interested in the program or want to have the program come to your church. 
Visit their website! Share your lifetime of experience - Get the experience of a lifetime!

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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.
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Contact Hunger Team leader Contact Barbara Ripperger at 719-248-9615 or for more information.

Project Homeless Connect 2017

Working with Denver's Road Home, Project Homeless Connect is a free resource fair for homeless and at-risk individuals and families. During this one day event clients are able to access an array of services ranging from ID services, housing services, resume workshops, clothing banks, vision check and healthcare to veterans services, childcare, petcare and much more. We expect to see 1,000 clients at this years event and need nearly as many volunteers to make the day a success. Please join us on September 19th as we help our most vulnerable population access the resources they need to become self-sufficient for themselves and their families.

Volunteer registration for Project Homeless Connect 2017 is now open! For more information and to register click  here . The volunteer recruitment flyer is here .

Joyful Celebration - FREE Community Concert and Picnic
Sunday, September 17, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Joy Lutheran Church is hosting its annual FREE Community Picnic and Concert -- a Joyful Celebration! The celebration includes live music by the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, picnic, games and fun for ALL. Bring your family, friends and neighbors because everyone is welcome! 

We are located at 7051 Parker Hills Court in Parker and the festivities will be in the parking lot.

Worship at 9:30 with the free concert and activities to follow at 11:00 am. The worship service will be translated by a sign language interpreter. 

Reformation Fest at Trinity Lutheran, Fort Collins!
Saturday, September 23, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church
301 E. Stuart St., Fort Collins CO

Celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! An all ages event including: workshops, food, German beers from Zwei Brewing, a hymn sing, musical groups, children's events and games.

Special guest speaker Mary Jackson, author of Daughter of the Reformation: A Historical Perspective of the Life and Times of the Wife of Martin Luther. Sponsored by FOCOLU.

Oktobeerfest Celebration this month!

Friday, September 22, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 23, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join Lutheran Church of Hope ( 1305 West 10th Avenue, Broomfield CO) for our annual Oktobeerfest celebration! 

This year we are also celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Local craft brews, brats and burgers, and BINGO are the highlights of the evening! Join us for this family-friendly event. We'll also have face painting, kid's games, local vendors, live music and even polka dancing! Entrance is free; game and meal tickets are available at the door. More info is available here , here , and here !

Lutherans Outdoors in South Dakota hosting Buffalo Roundup and Lakota Culture Retreat

September 25-30, 2017 - 
Monday 4:00 p.m. through Saturday breakfast. 

Outlaw Ranch, Custer, SD

Enjoy the Buffalo Roundup and Lakota Culture Retreat, a program for adults over 45, in the Black Hills of South Dakota learning about buffalo and their importance to the Native American culture. Hear from Lakota people about life on the reservation. Pastor Larry Peterson, a retired pastor who has spent many years on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, will join us for the week as worship leader and program staff. In addition to programmed activities, there will also be time for relaxing, shopping, and sight-seeing. 

This week includes a visit to Mt. Rushmore National Monument and a drive on the spectacular Needles Highway. Stay at Outlaw Ranch in the Vision Quest Lodge or the Barn Retreat Center, surrounded by ponderosa pine forests and the peaks of the Black Hills. Delicious home-cooked meals are served in the dining hall.

Website for registration and info is  here or email with questions. 

Ecumenical Vespers for the Preservation of Creation
Wednesday, September 27 - 7:00 p.m.

Regis University Chapel
3333 Regis Blvd., Denver, CO

This service, based on the Eastern Christian service of Evening Prayer, will also draw on the liturgical traditions of Western Christians in a common act of praise and adoration as we intercede for the preservation of the creation given to us by God.

Come join with a variety of Christians and other people of good will as we ask God for the wisdom and courage to fight for this earth and ecological justice!

You may contact Intern Nicole Garcia at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (720-936-9873 or via email) if you have questions or want to join the Vesper Choir. 

Ecumenical Church Potluck Dinner on Friday, Sept. 29, 6:00 p.m.

Join us for a time of Christian praise, food and fellowship as we come together to explore how our diverse churches can build relationship. This event builds on our previous "Soulful Sunday" potluck lunch and pie social.

Please dine with someone you don't know, get to know them, and starting thinking about ways that your congregations can build relationship. We'll have some suggestions for you, but we'll leave it up to the congregations to decide what will work best. We will end with reflections on how we further unify the Body of Christ.


  • At least one clergy member, one elder (we're nervously saying this is someone over 65 years old) and one person (under 25 years old).
  • Enough food or drink to feed 4 people.
  • Volunteers to help with set-up and clean-up

WHEN : Friday, September 29, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. We'll wrap up around 8 p.m.

WHERE : Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church , 1980 Dahlia St, Denver, CO 80220

Questions : Contact Adrian Miller at  or 303-825-4910.

RSVP  here !

A Taste of Campus Ministry with LuMin CU Boulder

Saturday, Sept 30, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

St. Aidan's Episcopal Church
2425 Colorado Ave, Boulder, CO

Learn about what's happening on campus, meet real live students, and support student travels with the fourth annual campus ministry beer tasting! Join in for good food, good beer, and lots of fun with supporters and friends of campus ministry.

Tickets - $30, are available at, can be purchased anytime, payment by Pay Pal. Scroll down to the announcement for the beer-tasting, then click buy tickets now. 

Fliers for you to share, here! Questions? Contact Megan Sawyer

Click on the Reformation 2.0 graphic, or here for a copy you can print!

Celebrate Global Church Sunday!

This October, as we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, join us for Global Church Sunday by celebrating and supporting our church’s missionaries! No matter who they are or where they serve, every missionary needs your prayers, support and gifts to live out their ministry. 

Each year, more than 225 ELCA missionaries, including Young Adults in Global Mission, serve in more than 40 countries around the world. They are sent by the ELCA in response to invitations from our companion churches and serve in a variety of roles, working alongside our companions to proclaim the gospel, raise up leaders, care for those in need and develop new ways of being church together. 

If each of the ELCA’s 9,300 congregations made a gift of $500 or more to Missionaries and Young Adults in Global Mission in commemoration of the 500th anniversary, we could raise nearly $5 million for these life-changing ministries. This is a historic milestone for the Lutheran church and an exciting opportunity to participate in the ongoing Reformation. Will you join us?  

Your congregation received a packet with a Global Church Sunday booklet and other materials earlier this month. View the Global Church Sunday booklet, poster and bulletin insert to get started today! 

Contemplative Outreach Mini-Retreat Day:  Protestant Mysticism
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Center for Contemplative Living
3650 Yates Street, Denver, CO

Join us for this day of prayer, silence and spiritual enrichment.

Stephen Hatch, author of The Contemplative John Muir, will share his wisdom on the topic of " Protestant Mysticism", including the mystical side of Martin Luther and the spiritual theology of Lutheran mystic Jacob Boehme. Stephen has trained with Father Thomas Keating in Centering Prayer, has taught at the Center for Contemplative Living, and is an adjunct professor at Naropa University in Boulder. 

There will be instruction for those who are not acquainted with Centering Prayer, which is 20 min. of meditative prayer which we will do as a group.

A continental breakfast, beverages, and a light lunch will be served. Cost is $60 (includes lunch.) Payment must accompany registration, which may be done online with your credit card here, or through mail with a check sent to Contemplative Outreach of Colorado at the above address. Include: Your name, address, phone, & e-mail with the registration and indicate if you need a gluten free lunch. Register early, space is limited to 150 participants. The program and registration info, and a printable registration form are all available here. For questions or assistance call 303 698-7729. 

Martin Luther - The Idea That Changed the World
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

UA Colorado Center Stadium 9 & IMAX
2000 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO

Metro East Conference invites one-and-all to a showing of the new Martin Luther movie to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Bring friends, neighbors, and confirmands. Short discussion time will follow the movie. 

Go here to purchase your ticket ($12) by September 26 (100 tickets sold is minimum for movie to run).

Roman Catholic & Lutheran Prayer Services to Mark Reformation 500 Years

Roman Catholics and Lutherans are joining together in prayer 500 years after Martin Luther’s 95 theses triggered the Reformation in 1517.

Bishop Jim Gonia will be present at seven Services of Common Prayer in conjunction with seven Roman Catholic Diocese. The aim is to express the gifts of the Reformation and ask forgiveness for the division perpetuated by Christians from the two traditions.

The last service will be on Sunday, October 8, 2017, 3 p.m. in Salt Lake City, UT. 

Urban Servant Corps 30th Anniversary Fall Festival Celebration
Thursday, October 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

@Regis University
Mountain View Room
3333 Regis Blvd, Denver, CO

Please join the Urban Servant Corps community in celebrating their 30th Anniversary of ministry and service at their Fall Festival, Silent Auction, and Reunion offered by dedicated full-time volunteers living in intentional community!

Tickets are $30, which includes food, drink, as well as parking if RSVP is received before October 2. More information about their 30th Anniversary activities are here . Registration, parking info are here . If you are unable to attend the event, we invite your generous contribution in celebration of the USC mission!

Register for the 2017 Lutheran Advocacy Ministry-NM Advocacy Conference
Saturday, October 14 - 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

St. Luke Lutheran Church

9100 Menaul NE, Albuquerque, NM

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Craig Nessan, Wartburg Seminary

$15 per person 
(materials & lunch included)

Breakout session topics will include advocacy basics, hunger in NM, the state budget, theology of advocacy, and more. The conference is open to everyone interested in learning more about advocating on public policies impacting our many neighbors living in poverty and with hunger.

To register: send an email with your name, contact information, and your congregation/organization to Deadline is October 9.

2017 Leadership Program in the Holy Land
October 16-29, 2017 - 14 days

Hosted by the Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb and the Diyar Consortium, inviting pastors, church leaders, educators, and other professionals committed to the struggle for a just peace in Israel/Palestine to participate in this leadership experience. The aim of this program is to gain a deeper understanding of the current realities in Israel/Palestine as well as to view the Holy Land through a new, biblical/theological lens. This opportunity is open for people already interested in the region, who are committed to making a difference and investing in hope.

The study tour will explore the question: Where do we go from here on the journey toward peace, human rights and building bridges of understanding? 

Cost $3999, including airfare from DC.  Program details, registration info, and day-by-day itinerary is available in this brochure

Then + Now + Always: Reformation Hymn Festival

Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver is the location of a Denver area Reformation Hymn Festival on Sunday, October 29 at 4 p.m. Resources will also be made available for others who would like to gather on Reformation Sunday for "church together" events throughout the Rocky Mountain Synod; we hope to have them available for you in July. For those in the Denver area, please mark your calendar and begin to publicize this opportunity!














Planning a Reformation Hymn Festival

Many congregations and conferences throughout the Rocky Mountain Synod are planning Reformation 500 observances in late October. Kent Mueller, assistant to the bishop, has created a draft resource (here) for planning a "Reformation Hymn Festival: Then, Now, & Always." Missing pieces will be provided later. Bishop Gonia will be preparing three brief homilies for your use.  

You are free to use this material as is, or simply as a guideline and be creative from there. Consider including children, youth, and adults as readers, and integrate choirs and other musicians. You may substitute parts or find choir arrangements, such as “Now Thank we All Our God” and “The Church’s One Foundation.” Hymns could be presented in creative ways, with soloists, choirs, and instrumentalists. Verses can be designated for "all" and "higher voices" and "lower voices." Make this your own production!

New Mexico Conference of Churches Invites You!

The New Mexico Conference of Churches cordially invites you to a statewide Ecumenical Vesper Service of Song and Prayer in Albuquerque from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 29, 2017, location TBD. Save this date, more information will follow. There are concurrent services planned in Las Cruces and other cities. 

Faith and Science Workshop on Ethical Issues in Human Germ-line Editing

October 6-7, 2017
Episcopal Conference Center of Utah 
Salt Lake City, UT

Early Bird Registration is Open Now Through September 1st

The focus of the dialogue will be "Ethical Issues in Human Germ-line Editing".  We will be presenting on the current science of CRISPR Cas-9 technology, and the ethical issues surrounding its application from a theological perspective.  Join with clergy, theologians, scientists and bioethicists for presentations and conversations in Salt Lake City next October as we engage in a multi-disciplinary exploration of these and other questions facing us today.  

 More information and registration link are available here. 

The Ministry of Money Matters - Wednesday, October 18 at 10:30 a.m.

Educate, Equip, Enact is pleased to announce a workshop for rostered ministers and church councils on " The Ministry of Money Matters" in the congregation. Bonnie Johnson from California Lutheran University will lead two workshops at the Lutheran Center , and also available via webex-- Stewardship: Why Numbers Matter (10:30-noon) and Church Financials - Accounting 101, Understanding the Technical Side of the Process (1-2:30).

Registration is required ( go here) so that a chair is ready for you. Lunch is provided for those at the Lutheran Center. Treasurers, financial secretaries, bookkeepers, presidents, rostered ministers - there will be something for all. Come and learn!

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. 
January 8-12, 2018 at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, Carefree, AZ. Details (information, pricing, and registration) available here.
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.

Deacon Epiphany Gathering for Region 2

Bishop Election Process - 2018 Synod Assembly

The 2018 Synod Assembly, May 3-5, 2018 in Westminster, CO will include an election for Bishop of the Rocky Mountain Synod. In the coming months, Bishop Jim Gonia will continue to discern whether or not he is open to the possibility of serving another term. He will have completed one six-year term in 2018 and there are no term limits in the Rocky Mountain Synod. He will communicate his discernment in early September. 

A Bishop Election Taskforce has been meeting to outline the process. The election process is carried out the same way whether or not a current bishop is open to serving another term. An “Ecclesiastical Ballot” is the nominating ballot at the assembly. Each voting member will write down the name of whomever they would like to nominate (any rostered minister in the ELCA), followed by subsequent ballots requiring certain percentage majorities for an election, as the number of candidates decreases for each ballot. 

A process for identifying potential candidates will be carried out in the months prior to the assembly. That process is for informational purposes only and does not limit the “Ecclesiastical Ballot” to those identified in advance of the assembly. 

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.


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