CtK Currently Remains Closed. . .
(Below is a reprint of Pastor Tim’s letter to the Congregation March 19, 2020)
“Dear Brothers and Sisters at Christ the King Lutheran Church,
This has been a trying couple of weeks, requiring ingenuity and compassion as we navigate a new way of life. Yet I am so proud of the ways that you all have stepped up to the call of staying connected in spite of physical distancing. I’ve heard from some that this has made them feel more connected to this community than before. Keep up the good work, everyone! Your simple offering of time, words and relationship is the very work of the Body of Christ.
Unfortunately, though, this is going to be the way of life for a while. Orders from the governor’s office and recommendations from the Office of the Bishop have led us to the conclusion that we must extend our suspension of in-person worship services and meetings through May 10, 2020, at which point we will re-evaluate the safety of in-person gatherings. This obviously includes Holy Week and Easter worship services. I am currently offering these important services online in what I hope will be meaningful to you. (*Please refer to the webinar links list below).
Christ the King Lutheran Church continues to need your financial support, especially in this time of need. I will continue to offer online worship and Bible studies. We will be working in the coming days and weeks to organize other online meetings, too, for youth, children, Council and M-Teams, and other groups as needed. Mandy Gardner has been hard at work in curating and creating resources for faith formation at home that you can do yourselves (since you all have lots of time on your hands!). Giving financially to Christ the King Lutheran Church is vital to sustain these ministries that work to sustain and strengthen you and your faith in these trying times. You can give to Christ the King Lutheran Church in many ways. Visit http://www.ctkdurango.org/learn-more/give for more information and links to give online.
During this unprecedented time in our lives, let me encourage you to do whatever you can to promote the public health, especially for those who are most vulnerable. If you are healthy and are able to help with grocery shopping, to run errands, or help in any other way, please let me know by sending me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will do my best to connect those who have needs to those who have offered their help.
Finally, take care of yourselves. Go for walks. Laugh and talk with neighbors (from a safe distance). Wash your hands well and often. Enjoy the beauty of creation in which we live. Get off your computer and away from news and just read a book for a while. Play a board game. Take part in fun faith formation resources that we have available to you online. Be patient, kind, and compassionate as always. Remember that this hardship will come to an end. Pray that it comes quickly.”
* Webinar Links
Each Sunday until further notice, at 9:15am please join Pastor Tim for Sunday’s Worship Webinar and Fellowship. You can access Sunday’s worship webinar by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/530311237
Fellowship Time after ALL of our worship services (Wednesdays and Sundays) can be accessed by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/3445934929.
Each Thursday at Noon please join me for our Thursday Bible Study, where we are just finishing up our study on 2 Thessalonians. You can join me for that Bible Study by clicking this link: https://zoom.us/j/698922754.
If you have any trouble accessing these meeting sites, please let me know. You can email me at email@example.com, or call at 970-426-9681.
Important April Events:
(Unless otherwise noted, all April worship services, including Holy Week and Easter, will be via webinar — see above “Webinar Links” for more info, or contact Pastor Tim.)
Sunday, April 5th – Palm Sunday at 9:15am
Thursday, April 9th – Maundy Thursday at 6:00pm
Friday, April 10th – Good Friday service at 6:00pm
Sunday, April 12th – Easter Worship at 9:15am
Sunday, April 19th – “Earth Day Sunday” (actual Earth Day date is April 22nd)
Sunday, April 26th –Sunday Service at 9:15am
NOTE: Given the current pandemic crisis, the following dates are “tentative” at this time. Please continue to check our CtK Website for updates. Thank you!
Friday/Saturday, May 1st/2nd — Rocky Mtn. Synod Assembly, Albuquerque, NM
Sunday, May 17th — Congregational Semi-annual Meeting & Potluck luncheon; NOTE: ONLY ONE WORSHIP at 9:30am THIS DAY. Worship music will be led by CtK’s Joyful Noise.
Sunday, May 31st — Pentecost Sunday. Remember to wear RED!
Saturday, June 6th thru Sunday, June 14th – Love Out Loud Week–THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTY OF THE PANDEMIC CRISIS. FOR MORE INFORMATION email BETH STELZ AT firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, June 26th thru Sunday June 28th – CtK’s Church-wide Campout at Chris Park;
ONE 10:30am Worship at CtK on Sunday, June 28th.
Monday, July 6th thru Friday, July 10th – CtK Day Camp