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Church Together: Experiencing the Border

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SYNOD COUNCIL AND STAFF:  FALL MEETING IN EL PASO
By Susan Mitchell, Rocky Mountain Synod Council Member 

On November 2, weeks of planning resulted in twenty members of the Rocky Mountain Synod Council and members of the Synod Staff driving from Denver to El Paso in two church vans.The journey brought them to the Border for their fall business meeting.The vans took time to make stops along the way at several of our synod congregations.We were greeted with warm hospitality, snacks, hugs and restrooms!This was a great way to connect with members across the state lines from Colorado to New Mexico to Texas.We were welcomed at King of Kings in Pueblo, CO, St. Timothy’s in Albuquerque, NM, Desert Springs in Truth or Consequences, NM, and finally at Cristo Rey in El Paso.Valley Lutheran of Los Lunas, NM and Zion of Trinidad, CO gave hospitality on the way home.We spread out for our three-night stay.  Staff and council members spread out between hosts from Peace and Mount Hope, b…

Living for our Neighbors

As someone who was raised outside of the Lutheran Church, I’ve been amazed by the impact that Lutheran communities have had in my young adult life.From attending Luther College, to participating in a service year with Urban Servant Corps, to interning with Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp, to now creating church-to-community partnerships through Lutheran Family Services, God has presented me with incredible opportunities through the Church and the ELCA.
As we reflect on and celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation this year, I’ve had the opportunity to think deeply about the impacts that Christianity, Lutheranism, and the ELCA have had not only in my life, but in the world in which we live.Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses and the Reformation they sparked brought turmoil, change, and hope to a religiously, politically, and socially diverse Europe.
In these last 500 years many things have changed, but our churches continue to live and serve in the midst of turmoil, change, and hope …

Called Forth To Serve

This week, we hear from Pastor Doug Hill, Abiding Hope Church in Littleton about why he serves with and supports Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains. 
In his final address to the disciples prior to his arrest and crucifixion, Jesus asserts, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40) This “last will and testament” of Jesus reveals his heart and calls us to be as passionate for “the least” as he is. Jesus understood that when we build relationships with and serve “the least”, not only are they blessed, but we also are blessed. Nothing fills us more than when we love and serve others. Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains takes Jesus’ words seriously as we seek to “walk with the vulnerable through services that heal, strengthen, and provide hope.” As members of the ELCA Rocky Mountain Synod, we are each called to participate in the important and necessary work of LFSRM.

As a board member, I have h…