May 6 bread baking workshop in person and online

IN PERSON and ZOOM WORKSHOP: Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m (MOUNTAIN DAYLIGHT TIME).
ZOOM PARTICIPANTS IN ADDITION TO SATURDAY WORKSHOP––FRIDAY ADVANCE PREP: Join in a bonus Zoom on Friday, May 5 at 5 p.m., OR follow provided instructions to mix up dough (with provided ingredient list), let rest two hours, and then refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.
IN PERSON is at Messiah Mountain Retreat Center: no prep needed the day before; prepared dough and all ingredients will be provided; lunch provided.
COST: $20 for Zoom participant (providing your own ingredients); $40 in person and includes all ingredients and lunch.

Bread is beautiful because it is simple and nourishing. It nourishes our body. It unites us in community. Join us in person or online to meditate on the beauty and mystery of bread while gaining experience, confidence, and know-how. We'll bake together fougasse, which is a light, open textured bread typically associated with the Provence region of France. Topped with herbs, it is a wonderfully crusty and savory bread to tear, share, and dip. While the fougasse is rising, we'll bake a nicely textured flat gluten free communion bread––a taste of the Bread of Heaven with honey, molasses, and more.

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Your workshop leaders are Pastor Ron Glusenkamp who will be leading the fougasse sessions, and Pastor Kent Mueller, who will be sharing tips and tricks for making his signature gluten free communion bread recipe--developed after months of testing during the pandemic lockdown.

May 1 registration deadline. Limited to 12 participants in person. 
Zoom registrants will receive ingredient list, instructions, and Zoom link several weeks before the event.

Register for Breaditation by May 1


Amazing renovation of the Lodge!

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Made possible through gifts to the Next Faithful Step campaign, the Lodge at Messiah Mountain has been beautifully renewed! We look forward to welcoming you to experience this beautiful place and setting, just eight minutes from C-470 and Highway 285, a short drive into the foothills! We invite your gifts to enable us to complete the renovation projects to make the Lodge even more inviting and  tomove on to updating the cabin!

Messiah Mountain Rates

The Lodge is available year around with the understanding that a snow emergency could result in closure.


  • Monday through Thursday is $200 per day
  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is $300 per day

The Cabin is available May 1 through October 31 with current bunk bed accommodations for up to 24.
(After anticipated renovation in Spring of 2023, the accommodations are expected to be up to 21.)

  • $25 per person, per night, paid in addition to the Lodge Fee. 

Booking Inquiries

MMRC Booking Information


Welcome to your escape to the mountains!

Messiah Mountain Retreat Center is a ministry of the Rocky Mountain Synod thanks to Messiah Community Church, ELCA, in Denver gifting the site to the synod in 2020. Our 27 acres of pine forested hills just west of Denver invite you to wander our hiking trails, relax in the mountain air, and enjoy the outdoors.

Messiah Mountain Retreat Center is perfect for meetings, family gatherings, and spiritual retreats. The address is:

5200 Parmalee Gulch Rd.
Indian Hills, CO 80454

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Our Facilities


The Lodge is the heart of our retreat center, providing meeting space for up to about 50 people and containing a large fully equipped kitchen for cooking your own meals.

The lodge has a gathering space with a flexible space for presentations, meetings, and dining. We provide flat screen TV, internet connection, a white board and easel, piano,and music stand. Enjoy the electric fireplace inside and the large decks with picnic tables and gas grill. The large kitchen is equipped with all the standard amenities including a dishwasher, and we encourage you to use our dishes to conserve paper and be kind to our environment.


The Cabin provides overnight sleeping accommodations for up to 25 people with additional mattresses available. Five rooms are outfitted with bunk beds. The sixth room is set up with a double bed and dresser. There are shower rooms for men and women. Please remember to bring your own linens or sleeping bags. The cabin also has a common room, a small meditation chapel and deck for additional small group gathering space. The cabin is available April 1 through October 31.



Day Retreats: Available All Year

Send an email to for booking questions.

Facilities included: 27 acres of outdoor recreation in the mountain air and complete use of the Lodge facilities.

The maximum number of persons for a day event is 60.  A group over 32 will have to bring additional seating and tables for a larger outdoor event.

Bring with you:

Food and Ice

Cooking oil & seasonings

Drinks (coffee, tea, milk, etc.)

We encourage you to use provided dishes. You may bring your own disposable paper meal products, if desired, including paper napkins  (we have reusable dishes and a dishwasher)

Firewood for Outdoor Fire (subject to seasonal fire bans)


Overnight/Multiday Retreats: May 1 through October 31

Facilities included: 27 acres of outdoor recreation in the mountain air, use of the sleeping Cabin, and complete use of the Bock Lodge.

Bring with you:

Bedding & Pillows

Bath Towels


Cooking oil & seasonings

Drinks (coffee, tea, milk, etc.)

We encourage you to use provided dishes. You may bring your own disposable paper meal products, if desired, including paper napkins  (we have reusable dishes and a dishwasher)

Firewood for Outdoor Fire (subject to seasonal fire bans)


Questions and Payment

Start the booking process by going to the Messiah Mountain Booking Information page. If you have questions not addressed there, please contact the Messiah Mountain by email at

If you need to make a payment, you may do so through PayPal.






Indian Hills––a place of ponderosa pine forests and flowery meadows with elevations between 6,800 feet and 8,500 feet––was once a summer campground for Ute Indians.

Messiah Mountain is the site of the former Stonecrest summer theater group in the 1920s and subsequently was a writer’s colony, sorority camp, and a summer camp for at risk school children from Jefferson County schools.

In 1969, Messiah Community Church acquired the 27 acres of mountain property. In 2020, Messiah Community Church gifted this beautiful gift of nature and community to the Rocky Mountain Synod of the ELCA.

The Lodge

The lodge provides meeting space for up to 50 persons.

The lodge kitchen is equipped for you to prepare your own meals and snacks.

The Cabin

The cabin is available during spring, summer, and fall, for overnight lodging.

Currently, camp bunk lodging is provided for up to 24 persons. With a planned renovation, this may be reduced to 20.