November 2020–In Other News. . .

November 2020–In Other News. . .


Canaan Olive Oil Project

Thank you to the 30 congregational members who purchased olive oil. Almost $1000 was raised to empower marginalized rural Palestinian  communities so they can sustain their livelihoods and culture despite being caught in conflict. Canaan promotes cross-cultural, interfaith, and multi-ethnic connection of all participants in the production and trade process with the goal of creating one community connected by the fair exchange of goods in a cross-cultural setting. Thank you for your support!

-Wanda and John

The La Plata Family Centers Coalition named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate

The La Plata Family Centers Coalition is CtK’s Garden Suites tenant.   Recently, they received an exemplary endorsement as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate and wanted to share the news with the CtK Community.

About the Blue Ribbon and the Parents as Teachers Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process
Parents as Teachers Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process helps ensure that Parents as Teachers affiliates are achieving fidelity to the Parents as Teachers model and facilitates continuous quality improvement.

Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that La Plata Family Centers Coalition is a nationally-recognized leader in the home visitation and parent education field and among the very top programs implementing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity and quality.

To earn the designation, programs engage in a rigorous self-study and review process from the National Center. Those earning Blue Ribbon status are truly exemplary programs, delivering highest quality services to children and families.

Congratulations to the La Plata Family Centers Coalition Team for this exemplary designation and recognition!


Memories of the Corona Virus-19 Project

As the Covid-19 Pandemic rages on, it has become obvious that the CtK ComMission Team’s project to collect memories of the affect this pandemic has had on our church community should carry on; perhaps without a deadline.  In case you missed the first notification of the project, here is a brief synopsis and an invitation to join us in our effort to preserve something about this huge, historic event.

Covid-19 has changed all of our lives in some way: how we work (or don’t work), how we spend our free time (if we are not first responders or caregivers who don’t seem to get much free time), how we worship, how we stay in touch with each other, and so much more.  State and local rules to help us stop the spread of this infection, for which we have no cure and no vaccine, seem to change daily if not hourly.  The ComMission Team wonders how it has affected you and your family, how you have been coping with the circumstances, maybe even what new and wonderful things you have learned or decided to try during this challenging time.  So, send us your stories, poems, drawings, photography – anything that can be kept in a binder/book format in our Church Library.  Share your stories – happy, sad, funny, innovative, thoughtful, or insightful.  We welcome your input.

Please email your contributions to Megan Reid or regular mail to: 2403 Thomas Avenue, Durango, CO 81301.  Be sure to sign and date your contribution and let us know the best way to contact you if we have any questions.  Megan can also be reached at 970-247-2577.

Christmas Season  Project

As the Covid-19 virus continues it looks like we will be attending some or all of our Advent and Christmas Services on Zoom.  The ComMission Team would like YOUR HELP in celebrating this special time of the year.

Do you have an interesting Nativity?  Anything from a group of actual figures to wall hangings, art works, etc.  We would love to have you TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH OF YOUR NATIVITY (NATIVITIES) AND EMAIL IT (them) TO Pastor Tim NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 20, 2020.  These photographs of Nativities will become a part of our Advent and/or Christmas services.

What a wonderful way to show how Christians throughout the world portray the birth of Christ.  If you have any questions contact Megan Reid.

“New” Communion Services Beginning November 1st

With weather beginning to get colder, we will be offering only two communion times each Sunday.

The first will begin at Noon.  This will be an in-person, in the Sanctuary, Rite of Holy Communion.  There is a limit of 30 people in the Sanctuary (masked, distanced by household, etc.), and we will do the Rite similarly as we have been doing for the last several months — a little bit of music by our musicians, prayer requests, prayer, distribution of Communion, and dismissal.  WINDOWS IN THE SANCTUARY WILL BE OPEN,  AND FANS WILL BE ON so that the Sanctuary may be well-ventilated.  SO, DRESS ACCORDINGLY AS IT WILL BE COLD!!!

The second time for Communion will begin at 1:00pm, and this will be a drive-in Communion Service for those who do not want to or cannot come inside with others.  Attendees to this service may stay parked in the warmth of their cars, and the Sacrament will be brought to you.  The Rite will follow the same pattern as that of the in-person Sanctuary service, and thanks to Paul Staby, there will be a way for you to listen to the service via your car radio.  For those interested in either of these Communion services,  click on this link to sign up:

Save the Dates

Sunday, November 1st — Daylight Saving Time ENDS at 2 am this morning.  Remember to set your clocks BACK one hour before bedtime on Saturday evening.
Sunday, November 1st – “New” Communion Service times:  Noon — In-person, in the Sanctuary (30 person limit);  1:00pm — Drive-in style.  Communion will be brought to you in your car.  (See more info and sign-up link above).
Saturday, November 7th — CtK’s Annual Art Gala 6-7 pm via Zoom.  RSVP here. Keep your items at home to be shown via Zoom on the 7th.  After the 7th, drop your art off at the Church by Wednesday, November 11th.   Art will be displayed outside for people to see (or inside if it can be done safely–more details to follow.  If you have questions, please call Pastor Tim at 970-426-9681.
Saturday, November 14th — CtK Membership/Fellowship hike along the Animas River Trail.  All interested hikers are to meet at the CtK parking lot for a 9:00 am departure. Remember to bring along water/snacks.  And yes, do “mask up.”  If you have any questions, email Kayla Hefner or call her at 970-759-1636 or call Beth Stelz at 970-903-8354.
Sunday, November 15th – CtK’s Congregational Meeting at 10:30 am via Zoom.  To join the meeting, click
Saturday, November 21st — Enneagram Workshop at 9am led by Pastor Tim.  Click this link to register:
Thursday, November 26th — Happy Thanksgiving Day Holiday!