December 2021 — By the Numbers

December 2021 — By the Numbers

Our Gifts Blessing Others:

Please note:  CtK contribution statements are emailed quarterly from   Email with questions, corrections, or if you need a paper statement mailed.  Thank you.

Synod $  1,591
World Hunger $  2,815
Social Ministry $  1,840
Total Benevolence $  6,246
Synod $ 17,772
World Hunger $ 14,233
Social Ministry $ 19,731
Total Benevolence $ 51,736


Financial Update:


Gifts Received $ 23,123
Facility Donations $      500
Rental Income $      833
Expenses $ 29,297
Net Operating Income $(4,840)



Gifts Received $    255,205
Facility Donations $            590
Rental Income $        8,333
Expenses $    280,231
Net Operating  Income $     (16,103)
Endowment Fund Balance $    198,012
Building Fund Balance $       12,824
Love Fund Balance $       25,839



Worship Attendance:


Date Wed. 6pm Sun. 9am
November 3
12 P + 0 D
November 7
65 P + 31 D
November 10 0 P + 5 D 
November 14 56 P + 44 D
November 17 12 P + 2 D
November 21
67 P + 32 D
November 24 30 P + 6 D
November 28 68 P + 43 D
Monthly Totals  54 P + 13 D 256 P + 150 D

Note:    P = the number of People attending in-person worship at CtK.

              D = the number of Devices signed into Zoom or Livestream, NOT the number of individuals (since more than one person can watch service on a single device.)

December 2021 — Social Ministry News

December 2021 — Social Ministry News

Christmas is Coming!

 The Social Ministry Team invites you all to participate in the “alternate giving” program through the ELCA Good Gifts, online catalog. You can choose from more than 50 gifts that will not only help people around this world, during this Covid pandemic, but honor your family and friends, in giving a lasting gift that will make a difference in the lives of God’s children whom we never met.  Go to and help share God’s love.

 But there is MORE!!!!!!

 It’s almost here! Finally, what we have been waiting for, the Colorado Gives Day will be held on Tuesday, 12/7/21!  Remember, that if a nonprofit organization receives 10% of the total money raised on that day, that same nonprofit receives 10% of the $1 Million Incentive Fund that is powered by Community First Foundation and presented by 1st Bank.

Go to and see all the local nonprofits that we support like Durango Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Manna Soup Kitchen, Rainbow Trails, etc.

This is a wonderful way to hopefully increase our favorite nonprofit’s revenue this coming year!

 Habitat Update:

 Christmas is around the corner and many of you will be decorating your home for the event.  If you are interested in some new decorations to go with your old, beloved decorations, the Habitat Restore has recently received a big shipment of Christmas decorations, donated by Macy’s. Check them out!

 As always, Habitat needs donations to the restore as well as volunteers at the restore or on site to help with the construction of this year’s build.  If you have some extra time you can give to either, it would be greatly appreciated.

December 2021 Bible Studies

December 2021 Bible Studies

Circle of Contemplative Prayer

The Circle of Contemplative Prayer meets each Monday from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Silent meditation and prayer sessions are followed by a book discussion.  Currently, the discussion topics delve into the ways the contemplative path calls us to connect our inner search for transformational growth with the external realities of how we live and act, what we eat and wear, etc.

NOTE: Meetings are currently being held via Zoom. For the Zoom link and other pertinent information, please text Sharyn Butler at 970-759-6355.  Thank you.

Great Ol’ Broads of God (GoBoGs)

GoBoGs invites you to join them in study and fellowship each Monday from 4:00-5:30 pm. Share the Care, GoBoGs’ outreach mission, is addressed upon requests.  They are currently finishing a study based on “The Book of Longings” by Sue Monk Kidd.  The next study will focus on the book, “You Are Loved and Free” by Micah Ruth.  Also, during the Lenten Season, they are discussing contemporary reflection questions relating to this season’s Gospel scriptures, as posed by Father Kevin.

NOTE:  During the health crisis, they are conferencing via Zoom at 592-847-8387; the password for this meeting is Testify.  The Zoom meeting ID is 966-5642-4190.  Please join them for study sessions that are deeply rewarding. For more information, contact Kayla Hefner at 970-759-1636.

Midweek (Thursday) Bible Study led by Pastor Tim

Bible Study class meets on Thursdays from 12:00-1:15 PM.  We are studying and discussing the topic, “Rooted: Our Christian Heritage.”   Attendees can choose to meet for class in-person OR via Zoom. The link to access these meetings via Zoom is:

If you ever misplace this link, you can also find it on our website at:

The “regular password” is needed to access the meeting via Zoom.  If you need the password, contact the church office at 970-247-5310.  We gladly invite and welcome all to join the class. I look forward to seeing each of you!!!

Khuvara (“Circle of Friends”)

The Khuvara Women’s Group current book discussion focuses on “Book of Joy” by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams.  All women are encouraged and welcome to attend and we gladly invite new members to join us.  We meet each Thursday from 1:00pm-2:30pm outside in the CtK Columbarium.  For more info, call Stella at 970-903-9327.

Spiritual Study Group (SSG)

Currently, the Spiritual Study Group meets on Thursdays from 3:00pm-4:30pm via Zoom. We’re reading “Love Is The Way” by Bishop Michael Curry and we have moved on to a study from Gather Magazine on the Gift of the Holy Spirit. For more information, or the Zoom link, contact Aurora Rose. (970-382-1848)

December 2021 — In Our Prayers

Military Prayer Requests

Please keep the following Military men and women in your prayers…

(To add or remove names from this list, please contact Jared)

  • 1st Lt. Mitch Bugaj stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA—Nephew of Ronnie Zaday
  • Major Ryan Bankhead—Brother of Eryn Orlowski
  • Sgt. John Dee—Son in-law of Wendy Krull
  • Sgt. Chris Gomez—Nephew of BJ and Danny Pierce
  • Staff Sergeant (SSgt.) Airman Paul Herr—Nephew of Gary & Carol Orlowski
  • Hugh Jones, Jr. Sailor—Son of Rick & Janeann Jones
  • Sgt. Brandon Minser —Son in-law of Wendy Krull
  • LCDR Andy Schaaf—Son of Merilee and Mark Fleming
  • Major Clayton Stransky—Nephew of Kip and Laura Stransky
  • Master Sargent Stephen Van Dover—Nephew of Nancy Van Dover 

CtK family & friends in need of prayer…

 (To add or remove names from this list, please contact Jared) 

  • The Family of Jeff Wince
  • Stetson Keegan
  • The Family of Tom Duft
  • The Family of David Smith
  • The Family of Ann Duft
  • Pete Olson
  • Dave Mitzlaff
  • Stella Welcher
  • Laura Stransky
  • Roger Landgren                                                                                         
  • Darlene Warring
  • Bonnie Rossmiller
  • Bev Brown
  • Lori Lachelt
  • Kayla Hefner
  • Carol Gunderson
  • CtK’s ministry and partnership with both the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission in Rock Point, AZ and San Juan Bautista Lutheran Church in Zaculeu, Guatemala.
  • CtK’s Homebound Ministry and all those who serve our homebound members through this ministry.
  • All those battling mental illness and addictions.
  • Each person in our CtK church family.
  • All K-12 and college students, their families, and their educators as they begin the new school year in the midst of the Delta variant outbreak in our community.
  • All the front-line workers who continue to keep Durango and our surrounding communities safe, healthy, fed, educated, and mentally and spiritually fulfilled during the Covid-19/Delta variant crisis. May God bless and protect EVERYONE!

To add or remove names from this list, email Jared in the Church office or call: 970-247-5310.

December 2021–In Other News

December 2021–In Other News

Worship Information 

Sunday, 9:00 AM – INDOOR & LIVE STREAM

We hope you’ll join us in the CtK Sanctuary. All are welcome! (Masks are recommended) 

Wednesday “Behold!” 6:00PM – IN-PERSON—CtK Community Hall + Zoom 

Click Here to zoom-in.  If you need the password, please contact Pastor Tim

NOTE:  For the time being, we will NOT be having dinner with our Behold! worship service. 

Thank you for your help in making in-person worship a safe experience for all.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Tim

News You Can Use 

CtK’s Post-pandemic Opening

As CtK begins to open post-pandemic, we are calling on everyone to prayerfully consider how you might use your time and talents to help propel CtK forward in this new hybrid in-person/techno-based way of doing church. We have the technology. Now, we need YOU! Currently, we are seeking to fill ALL categories of worship volunteers:

  • Altar Guild Assistants
  • Worship Assistants
    • Ushers
    • Readers
    • Communion assistants
    • Soundboard/camera operators
    • Presentation computer operators
    • Online church host. This person would be basically acting as a “virtual greeter/online chat person” for worship services

If you feel you might be interested in any of these volunteer positions and/or if you have any questions, please give Pastor Tim a call (970-247-5310) or touch base with him between Sunday services. Training will be provided for all volunteers. Thanks for your consideration. There will also be an opportunity to sign up for all of our volunteer spots during CtK’s Rally Day — “God’s Work. Our Hands.” to be held on Sunday, September 12th.  Stay tuned for further details. 

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Chancel Choir is once again filling the Sanctuary with their melodious voices. Please contact Jared Wright, Choir/Music Director if you would like to sing. Jared can be reached at

970-759-1834 or email  – All are welcome! 

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Salvation Army is looking for bell ringers again this year. The system is different, however. If you are interested in ringing, go to their sign-up website. They are ringing through Dec. 24th. 

There, you can pick a date, time, and location to ring. CtK has always been very supportive of the Salvation Army’s Christmas campaign. Let’s do the same this year. 

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Mission Endowment Fund

The Mission Endowment Fund Committee of Christ the King Lutheran Church is now accepting grant applications for projects that support the mission of Christ the King. The mission is “To love and serve God by proclaiming Christ’s gospel, strengthening worship, deepening discipleship, and serving our congregation, community and world.”  The application deadline is December 15, 2021.  The Mission Endowment Fund Grant Application may be found online at  You may file it electronically or print it and submit a hard copy. For further information contact the Mission Endowment Fund at, or you may talk with any of us. 

Yours in Christ, the CtK Mission Endowment Board.

Holly Gonzales, John Condie, Gary Rollstin, Lynn Mitzlaff, and Megan Reid 

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Save the Dates–December 

CtK’s Noisy Offering designee for the month

of December is the Community Emergency Assistance Coalition 

Looking Ahead 

Holiday Hoopla! – Sunday, December 12 at 10-ish am (after 9am Worship)

Build a “Gingerbread” “House” (we use graham crackers, and you certainly don’t have to build a house) with your family and friends. You can build whatever you want with the candy building blocks provided. It always gets everyone into the Christmas Spirit! Let Pastor Tim know if you are planning to join us. 

Live Nativity – Sunday, December 19th at 8:30am

Throw on a costume and be a part of CtK’s annual re-creation of the Nativity Story. Show up at 8:30am to be assigned a role and a costume. No memorization or acting experience required – we basically push you out onto the front lawn when your part of the story is told. It’s super easy and super fun for ALL ages. Bring your well-behaved dogs and we’ll put them in costumes, too. Let Deacon Mandy know if you can be a part of the holy hilarity. 

Christmas Eve Services – Friday, December 24th at 5:00pm & 7:00pm

Be sure to join us on Christmas Eve for our live, in-person worship services. We will live-stream the service at 5:00pm. Join us in-person or online @ 5:00pm. Come celebrate this very special time of year with us here at CtK!

For all events and activities, please check the CtK website for the most current updates.