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Rainbow Trail Confirmation Retreat
2019 Theme "Breathing Boldly"
October 18-20, 2019

Martin Luther once said: “The fewer the words, the better the prayer.” Some of the most powerful prayers have been like breathing in and breathing out… breathing in knowledge of God while reading Scripture and breathing out praise.

Breathing in God’s love and breathing out possibility that is in alignment with God’s will. Although breath and breathing seem very simple to all of us, do we really slow down in this fast-paced, high-tech world to listen to God’s Spirit? How do we establish ways to “be still and know that God is God”? Join us for this retreat time, and gathering to live into the breath and stillness of God.

Our keynote speaker Pastor Nicolé Raddu Ferry really believes in breathing! She is co-pastor at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Los Alamos, New Mexico. She has been blessed to work primarily with youth in the public and non-public sectors as well as with many churches in Maryland and New Mexico.

For more info and to register, go here .


Dr. Mark Allan Powell, presents  Something to Savor: The Bible as our Book of Faith
Saturday October 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m.

First Evangelical Lutheran Church
3rd Ave and Terry St, Longmont CO ( map )

Mark Allan Powell is a professor of New Testament Studies at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and theologian widely recognized for his work in spiritual formation, congregational ministries and author of 20 books. He will present on "Something to Savor: The Bible as our Book of Faith."

This Saturday event is free, a light lunch will be provided. Please let Maria Sutton know if you are able to attend (for a lunch count) at 303-776-2800 or email at

Mark will follow up by preaching Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, October 20 at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

2019 LAM-NM Advocacy Conference
Saturday, November 16, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
601 Montaño NW
Albuquerque, NM ( map )

This conference is open to everyone interested in learning more about advocating on public policies impacting our many neighbors living in poverty and experiencing hunger.

Breakout session topics will include advocacy basics as well as issues related to our Advocacy Agenda which are expected to come up during the 2020 New Mexico state legislative session.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Larry Rasmussen, a resident of Santa Fe. He is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics Emeritus at Union Theological Seminary. He is author of Earth-honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key(2013) and Earth Community, Earth Ethics (1996) and coauthor of Bible and Ethics in the Christian Life (1976, 1989, 2018).

$15 per person, including materials and lunch. Register here, deadline is November 9.

Rainbow Trail Senior High Retreat
2019 Theme "Fully Known"
November 22-24, 2019

Understanding ourselves helps us understand one another. Join in a weekend of exploring who you are in the safety of a community that trusts we are all created and beloved as God’s children- no exceptions.

We will explore the personality tools of the Enneagram and Meyer’s Brigg’s Type Indicator (MBTI). These will be used to deepen our self-awareness and how we can grow deeper in our relationships with God and one another. In small groups we will get a chance to allow ourselves to both know/and be known by one another. All of this takes place in the context of the beauty of God’s creation at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp. Trusting God fully knows us and loves us, we get to be courageous and vulnerable as we learn, play, sing, dance and celebrate

Our keynote speaker Pastor Margot Wright serves the fantastic folks of Lord of the Hills Lutheran Church and Preschool in Centennial, Colorado. Pastor Margot is fueled for the journey of following Jesus by a variety of spiritual practices including time with her dogs, quieting her busy mind with yoga, and writing out gratitude lists in the midst of joys, sorrows and all the in-betweens.

For more info and to register, go here .

Youth Ministry Extravaganza! registration is now OPEN
January 31 - February 3, 2020

Registration is now open for Extravaganza 2020!

The ELCA Youth Ministry Network's main event for connection, learning, and continuing education, this time is valuable for all working in youth ministry and faith formation. If you would like to support a participant's attendance, please contact Leslie Welton in the office of the bishop. For more info, go here!  

Madagascar 2020
RMS Companion Synod Trip, May 26 - June 10, 2020

Walk with our siblings in Christ in Madagascar and celebrate God's love around the globe. This trip will start late in May 2020 and travel for 16 days through much of the north of the country. 

This is not a sightseeing trip or a service trip but participants will be ambassadors from the Rocky Mountain Synod walking alongside with our friends, building relationships with seminarians, and experiencing the work of the church through our companion synods.

Download the application [ here ] and return it by October 31. The cost of the trip is estimated to be $5,000 per person. Refer to those listed on the documents if you have further questions. This is one of those life-changing opportunities that you should prayerfully consider and take the leap to experience.

Questions can be directed to the 2020 Madagascar Trip Planning Team:

Lutheran Summer Music 2020
June 28 - July 26
Valparaiso University

Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) is the nation’s premier faith-based music academy for high school students. In addition to advanced musical instruction and numerous performance opportunities, LSM students form an intentional community, living together for four weeks on a Lutheran college campus. Since 1981, this unique and immersive program has guided the lives of young musicians, who credit LSM as the starting place for their future careers and vocations.

Click  HERE  to download a digital brochure or  email  to request hard copies from the admissions office.

You may also  nominate a student  online.

The Enchanting Rhine 2020 with Guest Speakers Kirsi Stjerna & Brooks Schramm

You are invited to join Lutheran scholars Kirsi Stjerna and Brooks Schramm on The Enchanting Rhine River Cruise in the Fall of 2020, 10/25-11/2/2020.

Our itinerary takes us to Germany, France, and Netherlands. Our program includes exploration and fellowship, learning and enjoyment in a most beautiful setting.

Lectures and discussions pertaining to the regions visited and the topics of religion, reformation, and the bible will be offered. Come solo, come with a friend - or come with a group of your own! Special arrangements and benefits are available for group leaders. Also, Educational Opportunities offers special deals for international airfare, regardless of the departure city.

Interested, questions? Email or

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