District News

Summer Events with the Denver Society of Creation

The Denver Society of Creation has put together an outstanding  lineup of events for August and September!

We’ll be doing two more “Hot Dog, It’s Movie Night”s in August, on Wednesday the 23rd and the 30th at Ascension Lutheran Church in Littleton.  We’ll be showing “Uncovering the Truth About Dinosaurs,” a four-part series from the Institute of Creation Research.   This should be a great series for children as young as fourth grade all the way to children with gray hair!  We’ll also have an age appropriate movie in the Nursery for younger children, so bring the whole family!  We’ll be serving hot dogs and dinosaur (chicken) sandwiches.  Bring a dish to share!  It’s a fun evening of fellowship!  We start at 6:15PM!

In September, we have four great events coming up!

07 September – Our first monthly meeting of the 2017-2018 year, featuring Mr. Martin Barlau, a former LCMS teacher and principle at Bethlehem Lutheran, who will talk about a creation worldview class he has designed for junior high/high school students.  His presentation is entitled “Did God Really Say…?”  We’ll meet at 7PM at Ascension Lutheran in Littleton.

09/10 September – We will partner with the Rocky Mountain Creation Fellowship to bring you several events with Dr. Steve Austin, a leading creation scientist who was one of the scientists featured in the movie, “Is Genesis History?” and has done research at Mt. St. Helens and the Grand Canyon.  If you were at our last movie night, you saw his DVD, “Mt. St. Helens.”

09 September – Dr. Austin will lead a “Safari” to the Colorado Springs area.  We will caravan through several interesting geological sites in the Garden of the Gods area and see evidence of Noah’s flood.  We’ll also see the great unconformity.  This tour meets at Cave of the Winds parking lot at 10:00 A. M. You’ll need to bring water and a sack lunch.  Cost is $10.00, payable at the event.    To Register, send an email to  johnbrowning12@comcast.net with  your email address and phone and indicate if you agree to be a driver.  The tour will only take 32 people, so get your reservation in early!

On Sunday, 10 September, Dr. Austin will speak to the adult class at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran in Centennial  on the topic of “Great Earthquakes of the Bible.”  The adult class is held in the school gym at 9:30 AM.

Also on Sunday, the 10th at 2:00 PM, Dr. Austin will speak on the topic of “Mt. St. Helens: Explosive Evidence for Creation” at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  His talk will be held in the Benson Earth Sciences Room 180.  Parking is available at University Lutheran Chapel, or, for a minimal fee, in Lot 360, which is close to the Benson Earth Sciences Building.

It is a rare opportunity to have Dr. Austin here for these events!  We hope you will join us!

More information on any of these events is available at www.denversocietyofcreation.org, click on Special Events or, for Dr. Austin’s events,  at www.youngearth.org and may also available via flyers posted on the bulletin board at your church.


Women’s Leadership Institute National Conference

An invitation is extended to all Rocky Mountain District men and women to attend WLI’s upcoming National Conference, Gifted to Influence, September 29-Oct 1, 2017. Gifted to Influence is based on 1 Peter 4:7-11, a great passage about serving Christ with your gifts in a complex world. Hundreds of women will grow in skill and confidence by developing the gifts God has given them through interactive workshops centered on the themes of Character, Confidence, Connection, and Communication.  Engaging Bible studies, stories of women who serve with courage, and opportunities to grow with other women of faith are just some of the reasons to support this conference.

For more information or to register, visit www.wlicuw.org/gifted, or contact Darcy Paape (wli@cuw.edu, 262-243-2300).

A pre-conference Friday event entitled Pressure Points for both men and women in the workplace as well as local university students will be hosted. This event will focus on four topics that can be a point of struggle for Christian professionals:  Leveraging Christ-Like Leadership in the Secular World; Identity and Work; Conflict Management in the Workplace; and Bringing your Whole Self to Work.

For more information or to register, visit www.wlicuw.org/pressurepoints, or contact Darcy Paape (wli@cuw.edu, 262-243-2300). Pressure Points is a pre-conference to the WLI’s Gifted to Influence weekend conference. Learn more about Gifted to Influence at www.wlicuw.org/gifted.

Click here for conference invite card

Click here for Pressure Points invite card


Childhood Development and Education Gathering

Thanks to a generous grant from the Lutheran Church Extension Fund, several early childhood educators in the Rocky Mountain District were able to obtain or renew their credential with the Gesell Institute at a greatly reduced cost.  The mission of the Gesell Institute is to promote the principles of child development as the basis for all decision making for young children.  The educators completed 3 days of  training in using the developmental observation tool created by Gesell.  Thanks to Cheryl Gilbert and Immanuel Lutheran in Loveland for serving as the host site.  Thanks to DALECA (Denver Area Lutheran Early Childhood Administrators) for providing refreshments for the event.  Pictured above are:  Teckla Coerber (Redeemer-Ft. Collins), Lisa Sarr (Immanuel-Loveland), Chris Schnegelberger (Immanuel), Sally Keller (Gesell trainer), Cheryl Gilbert (Immanuel), Gwen Marshall (Trinity-Denver), Teri Reck (Zion-Brighton) and Linda Grein (Zion).  Not pictured are Kristin Stelling and Heidi Andrews from Peace with Christ – Aurora.


Retired Rocky Mountain District Educator’s Gathering

Twenty-three Retired Rocky Mountain District Educators (RRMDE) and spouses met for lunch at Lutheran High School Parker on Thursday, June 29th.  The luncheon was a Thrivent Action Team event which assisted in raising $1,057 for the Henry Hermann Memorial Fund.  Mr. Hermann taught at Denver Lutheran High School for more than 40 years.  Although he primarily taught German, his service extended into numerous areas at Lutheran High.  Unfortunately, Henry and his wife Mary were severely injured when a truck struck them while walking their dog.  Henry passed away in December, 2016. The contributions from the retired educators for the Henry Hermann Memorial Fund will help to furnish the foreign language classroom at Lutheran High School, Parker, Colorado.

Mr. Dan Gehrke, Executive Director of the Colorado Lutheran High School Association, spoke to the group about the challenges in providing facilities for the rapidly increasing student body at LuHi.

The 4th Annual Reformation RRMDE Luncheon will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Franktown, CO, on Thursday, October 26th. beginning at 11:30am.



Concordia Publishing House Launches New App

CPS has launched the Portals of Prayer App.  Take your daily prayer on the go.  Click here to learn more and download the app.


Continuing Education Opportunities

Continuing Education Opportunity—Denver, Colorado

Continuing education is a great way to refresh and renew for both pastors and laypeople. Consider taking advantage of this Continuing Education course offered in Denver, Colorado, by Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana:

Denver, Colorado
August 21-25
Trinity Lutheran Church
4225 W. Yale Ave.
Denver, CO 80219-5710

The Gospel in Philippians

Dr. John G. Nordling
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Written to thank Christians at Philippi for their generous gift to him, Paul gives hearty utterance in the letter to the Gospel of Christ Jesus: his thanksgiving to God for the Philippians’ partnership in his ministry (1:5), his being torn between going on and living in the body or departing to be with Christ (1:21–24), his joy amid the imprisonment (throughout), the Christ hymn (2:5–11) and the nature of their gift itself and its implications for their life together (4:14–19). The course covers all these themes and then some, while relating them to practical considerations in the parish and ministry. (3.0 CEU)

Please click here for more information about this course, as well as a list of suggested reading material.
Online Registration:
Active Pastors and Church Workers
Retired Pastors, CTSFW Students and Laypeople
Coordinator: Rev. Adrian Sherrill
Email: pastorsherrill@gototrinity.com
Phone: 303.548.1495

For information concerning all Continuing Education offerings from CTSFW, go to www.ctsfw.edu/CE, email CE@ctsfw.edu or phone 260.452.2103.

Riverton, Utah
August 28-29, 2017
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
13249 S. Redwood Rd.
Riverton, UT 84065

Christian Initiation and Catechetics

Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr.
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana

This course will examine the post-baptismal catechesis from the classical age of the catechumenate and the liturgy of Baptism. Baptismal catechesis instructed the newly baptized concerning their initiation into the Christian faith, functioning as an act of pastoral care. The role of the pastor will be examined by investigating the catechetical writing of St. Cyril of Jerusalem, comparing his catechesis to that of St. John Chrysostom, Theodore of Mopsuestia and St. Ambrose of Milan. (1.5 CEU)

Please click here for more information about this course, as well as a list of suggested reading material.

Online Registration:
Active Pastors and Church Workers
Retired Pastors, CTSFW Students and Laypeople

Coordinator: Rev. Al Borcher
Email: pastor@holytrinityut.org
Phone: 801.860.6412

For information concerning all Continuing Education offerings from CTSFW, go to www.ctsfw.edu/CE, email CE@ctsfw.edu or phone 260.452.2103.

Albuquerque, New Mexico
July 31–August 4, 2017
Grace Lutheran Church
7550 Eubank Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87122

Dr. Dean O. Wenthe
Concordia Theological Seminary
Fort Wayne, Indiana

The prophet Jeremiah, next to Moses, has been called the epitome of the Old Testament prophetic movement.  His prophetic corpus is not only the largest, it also communicates many details about his prophetic mission and his own personal reflections about his calling.  Jeremiah’s life and witness occurred in an historical context where both the religious and political cultures were abandoning Moses’ Torah and in free fall away from Jeremiah’s predecessors.  His fidelity to God’s calling, in the midst of multiple challenges and much personal sacrifice, will instruct, and by God’s grace, inspire—pastors and laity alike—in our contemporaneous setting to serve the blessed Holy Trinity with clarity, integrity and confessional conviction.  (3.0 CEU)

Please click here for more information about this course, as well as a list of suggested reading material.

Online Registration:
Active Pastors and Church Workers
Retired Pastors, CTSFW Students and Laypeople

Rev. Warren Graff
Email: wwgraff@gmail.com
Phone: 505.823.9100

For information concerning all Continuing Education offerings from CTSFW, go to www.ctsfw.edu/CE, email CE@ctsfw.edu or phone 260.452.2103.


Summer LCMS Electronic CPE Program

Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) ACPE Center – with financial backing from the Office of National Mission – will host an all-electronic, full credit CPE program starting the week of July 10, 2017 and ending the week of December 11, 2017. Class hours will be 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Central Time. The day of the week is to be determined.

Rev. Jeffery Scheer, LSS CPE Administrator and Rev. Joel Hempel, Interim Director LCMS Specialized Pastoral Ministry will serve as supervisors.

Classroom work will include devotions, presentations with discussion, written verbatim accounts of pastoral care visits, interpersonal relations group, and in-class, supervised ministry with each other.

The program includes 14 hours per week of required ministry, seven of which must be in one-on-one pastoral care. The ministry context may include one’s current place of ministry. A ministry covenant with one’s place of ministry will be among the requirements.

Tuition: $1,500.00. Scholarship assistance is available up to $1,000.00 from the Office of SPM, LCMS. Apply by completing and submitting a SPM Scholarship Form linked at www.lcms.org/spm.

To apply for the E-CPE program, go to http://lssliving.org/pastoral-care/clinical-pastoral education/. An online interview using the Zoom platform will be part of the application process.

For more information, please contact Rev. Jeffery Scheer at Jeffery.Scheer@LSSLiving.org,    314-446-2425, or Rev. Joel Hempel at Joel.Hempel@lcms.org, 314-996-1388.


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Rocky Mountain District LWML

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Rural and Small Town Ministry Newsletter

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