September 2022 – In Other News

September 2022 – In Other News

September 2022 – In Other News. . .

Worship Information

Sunday, 9:30 AM – INDOOR & LIVE STREAM 

We hope you’ll join us in the CtK Sanctuary and online. All are welcome!

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

We are having dinner before Behold! Come and join us for food and fellowship @ 5:26pm prior to the Wednesday evening service.

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

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 Deacon Mandy a call (970-247-5310) or touch base with him between Sunday services. Training will be provided for all volunteers. Thanks for your consideration.

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The Chancel Choir is once again filling the Sanctuary with their melodious voices.

We have also begun ringing the bells! Our new handbell ensemble will begin rehearsals and performing soon! 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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CtK Book Review Group

Sept 18th after worship

Answering the question, “How do we move forward in a Deeply Formed Way?” 

Save the Dates – September

CtK’s Noisy Offering designee for the month

of September: Volunteers of America (VOA)

Sept. 4 – Birthday Sunday – We are reviving the tradition of celebrating everyone who has a birthday this month. Join us for cake and fellowship….and cake! Woohoo! Amen! 

Sept. 11 – Rally Day – After the 9:30am Worship Service 

Sept. 25 – Pastor Tim returns from his renewal leave. Please join us in the community hall for a special celebration!

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A Special Thank You Message

Deacon Mandy and all at Christ the King,

Sharing the Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County mission is one of most our treasured times, and we cannot possibly thank you enough for your warm welcome this past Sunday.  Looking out at the congregation was a clear reminder of the support provided by Christ the King for many years.  When asked if any in the room had volunteered the show of hands was heartwarming and humbling. We toss the word “grateful” about a lot, but this was a moment of pure gratitude for us.  The strength of Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County is the result of many hands, many hearts, and much love, and the faith family at the Christ the King is a shinning model.

Bless You All,

Curt Johnson, Faith Relations, Hammer Club, Board of Directors

Rachel Taylor-Saghie, Executive director

Opportunities to Volunteer in Your Community

Alternative Horizons (Email:

Alternative Horizons has a 24/7/365 hotline.  We staff the hotline with volunteers.  Right now our numbers are down and we are in need of volunteers.  It takes 15 or more volunteer to fully staff the hotline.  Was wondering if there might be a chance for AH to talk with church members about the volunteer position. A lot of time with direct contact people get what they need to know about the volunteering more so than on a flyer.  Or maybe you could get an announcement in the Newsletter.  Really anything would help.  If an individual would just like to come and do the training, that would be fine too.  They would just have to let me know that they want to come.  No commitment necessary.

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

September 2022 — In Our Prayers

September 2022 – 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)

  • Codey Roy (US Air Force) & Jared Peterson (US Army), Great-Nephews of Megan Reid
  • 1st Lt. Mitch Bugaj stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA—Nephew of Ronnie Zaday
  • Major Ryan Bankhead—Brother of Eryn Orlowski
  • 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 Ardys Daniels
  • The Family of Li Miller
  • Pastor Art Meyer & Family
  • Ken Zipperer
  • The Family of Dan Graves
  • The Family of Dave Mitzlaff
  • Brigitte Cunningham
  • The Family of Jeff Wince
  • Stetson Keegan
  • The Family of Tom Duft
  • The Family of David Smith
  • The Family of Ann Duft
  • Pete Olson
  • 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 their summer season. Keep them safe in their travels and ready for a new school year to come.
  • 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!
  • Tim Orlowski as he continues his renewal leave. Help him to carry your message of love and to be refreshed and renewed during this time of rest and reflection. For the Orlowski family in their travels and to all our congregational families during this time. Amen!

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

September 2022 – Fellowship Group News

CtK Piecemaker Quilters

The CTK quilting group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 10:00 A.M. in the community hall. We make Baptism and prayer quilts for members of our congregation as they are needed. We also make quilts for our local nursing homes and the Navajo Nation through NELM. This year we are also making new paraments for our sanctuary.

If you would like to work on the paraments but not quilt, contact Carol Orlowski at 248-245-3541.

If you are interested in quilting, please join us.  If you would like to quilt, but don’t know how, join us and we will teach you.  judy_olson   651-303-8450. 

CtK Book Club

Our Book Club meets in the Community Hall at 3:00 PM on the 2nd Thursday of the month. On September 8, we will be discussing The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams.

The following months we will be reading:

October – The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro

November – Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

December – Christmas Luncheon

January 2023 – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

If you like to read and discuss books, please join us.  We would love to have you.
Judy Olson at or 651-303-8450.


September 2022 – 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. our new study is on Julian of Norwich, a 14th century English anchoress and mystic. We will be using readings, videos, the book “Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in a Time of Pandemic- and Beyond” (Matthew Fox) and discussions to guide our study. For more information contact:  Sharyn Butler and/or Dian Jenkins

*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 Deacon Mandy

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”)

We are a group of ladies that get together every Thursday at 1:15 P.M. In the community hall. We start a check of how everything one is doing and say a prayer for all of those in need with our group, our congregation and friends.  We are discussing The Deeply Formed Life by Rich Villodas. It is the same book that the church is reading and discussing with Deacon Mandy on Sundays. If you can’t meet on Sundays and would like to know more about the book, please join us. Judy Olson or 651-303-8450. 

Spiritual Study Group (SSG)

Currently, the Spiritual Study Group meets on Thursdays from 3:00pm – 4:30pm on-site in the Chapel. (Unless Covid case numbers rise, in which case we will go back to Zoom). We’re studying “The Difficult Words of Jesus” by Amy-Jill Levine. For more information, or the Zoom link, contact Aurora Rose. (970-382-1848)

September 2022 — 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 $  1,917
World Hunger $     460
Social Ministry $  1,814
Total Benevolence $  4,191


Synod $  13,129
World Hunger $  11,523
Social Ministry $  13,958
Total Benevolence $ 38,609


Financial Update:


Gifts Received $   27,701
Facility Donations $        225
Rental Income $        833
Expenses $   26,636
Net Operating Income $      2,123



Gifts Received $     189,873
Facility Donations $         1,514
Rental Income $         5,833
Expenses $     194,074
Net Operating  Income $          3,146
Endowment Fund Balance $     166,767
Building Fund Balance $        15,010
Love Fund Balance $       28,518



Worship Attendance:


Date Wed. 6pm Sun. 9:30am
August 3
11 P  
August 7
  60 P + 23 D
August 10
13 P
August 14 57 P + 31 D
August 17
11 P
August 21
  64 P + 30 D
August 24
8 P
August 28
  68 P + 27 D
August 31
10 P
Monthly Totals 53 P
249 P + 111 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.)