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Sky Ranch Annual Meeting
(*** with correct location ***)
Sunday, February 25, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Sky Ranch will host its Annual meeting on Sunday February 25th from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Dickens Tavern in Longmont. Join us for an opportunity to reflect on the blessings of 2017 and look forward to the adventure of 2018!

Dickens Tavern
300 Main St
Longmont, CO 80501

The February 7 issue of eConnection incorrectly listed Breakers Bar & Grill, 380 Main St, Longmont as the meeting location. Dickens Tavern is the correct location! For questions about the meeting please contact the office at 970-493-5258 or by e-mail at  

Save the date! Rostered Ministry Discernment Retreat Day
March 10, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Date correction, originally appeared in eConnection as March 9, should be March 10!

Are you feeling a nudge from the Spirit to consider rostered ministry in the ELCA? Come join local leaders, synod staff, and other conversation partners for a day of discernment. Our day of retreat will include worship, information on the candidacy process, prayer and reflection time with others in various stages of discernment. 

This retreat will take place in the Las Cruces, NM area. Exact location to be announced. Cost is $15 to cover cost of lunch. Please RSVP by March 3 to Rev. Leslie Welton at

If you are unable to join us at this time, future discernment retreat days will be scheduled in Denver Metro, and other areas of the synod. 

The Gallery of Living Art
Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 p.m.

First Lutheran Church
1515 N. Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO

Join First Lutheran in celebrating the 24th year of the Gallery of Living Art. As the audience sits in the sanctuary, the story of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection unfolds through live reproductions of 14 sacred works of art staged by a 75-member cast, narrative scripture, and music sung by First Lutheran choir. The art includes the well-known Christ in Gethsemane by Heinrich Hofmann, The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo’s Pieta. 

The public is cordially invited to attend this inspirational presentation of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection. Admission is free and childcare is provided. For questions, contact, Joan Kuehn, First Lutheran Church, at 719-632-8836.

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

Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains - Announcements

  • The refugee program is a charity partner with the Colfax Marathon in 2018! The race will happen Saturday and Sunday, May 19 & 20, 2018. Interested in running or donating in support of other runners to raise awareness of refugees in our city? Join the LFS staff as we #Run4Refugees in the 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon, and 5-person marathon relay! For more information or to register visit or contact Refugee Programs Volunteer & Community Relations Coordinator Kate Strebe at or 303-225-0199.


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.

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. 

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, or email!

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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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.

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