November 2019 In Our Prayers

November 2019 In Our Prayers

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

To add or remove names from this list, please contact Janeann Jones

  • 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
  • Technical Sgt. & Special Air Force Agent Stephen Van Dover—Nephew of Nancy Van Dover

CtK family & friends who are in need of prayer…

To add or remove names from this list, please contact Linda White

  • Veronica Rice (Mother of David Gonzales)
  • Clark Lagow & Sandy Newman
  • The family of Frederick Steinbach (father of Gary Steinbach)
  • Matthew Burnett, son of Tom & Marna Burnett
  • Larry & Lauren Rardin
  • Beverly and Paul Dittmer
  • Mary Southworth
  • Darlene Warring
  • Bonnie Rossmiller
  • Shirley Buslee
  • LuLu Mae Hess
  • Lucille Ball
  • Paul Schnackenberg, brother of Carroll Groeger
  • 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.
  • Mandy Gardner, CtK’s Director of Faith Formation. She was approved for Endorsement by the RMS in March, 2019.
  • All those battling mental illness and addictions.
  • Each person in our CtK church family.
November 2019 Social Ministry News

November 2019 Social Ministry News


The Social Ministry team is sharing some important input as you prepare for the season of giving.  Over the years, we have helped the congregation consider the option of doing “alternative giving,” donating to a cause or organization in honor of the person who normally receives a gift from you.  In the more recent years, we have provided the ELCA Good Gifts catalog in the Welcome Center, to help you shop for your family and friends.  Those catalogs are there now and ready for your use.  Please take one, or you can go to and place your order there.

Also in the past few years, we have shared about a distinctive opportunity in Colorado to support the non-profits you may support throughout the year on one special day.  This program is called ColoradoGives and will happen on one day only:  December 10th.  The Community First Foundation and First Bank each donated $500K to this effort in order to celebrate and increase philanthropy throughout the state.  The non-profits who are approved to be a part of this program receive a pro-rata share of the $1 million incentive fund, based on the total donations for that day across the state.  Some of the organizations who are in the mix for this year are:  Manna, Rainbow Trail, Boys and Girls Club, La Plata Family Centers, KSUT, San Juan Symphony, for example.  You can browse the local and statewide organizations and schedule your donation to happen automatically 12/10.  The website is:

We hope you may consider these opportunities to honor family and friends in this way at Christmas .  Blessings to you as you prepare for the birth of our Lord.




Hello everyone,

First, we would like to thank everyone who wrote letters to congress for Bread for the World.  We took them to Washington, where they were graciously received.  Between emails and letters, we sent 113 messages to Congress in support of hunger legislation.

Second, we are moving into a busy season for all of us, so the Social Ministry Committee would like to remind you of the things we always do in November and December so you can have them on your calendars. 

  • Tuesday, November 26 (the Tuesday before Thanksgiving for John Condie), we will have our annual Stuffing Making Party to produce enough stuffing for more than a thousand people at the Durango Community Thanksgiving Dinner. We need a few onion and celery choppers at 4:00 and then hordes of bread rippers at 5:00.  It will take place a Manna Soup Kitchen.
  • December 9-15, we will be ringing the bell for Salvation Army at the North Door of Wal-Mart. Sign-up sheets will be out mid-November, so be looking for them.
  • Finally, as always, we will be doing our Angel Tree in conjunction with Project Merry Christmas. We hope to have the Angels up on the board by Sunday, December 1 (the Sunday after Thanksgiving).

Thanks for reading to the end.  As always, we exist to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”

The Social Ministry Committee.


November 2019 Fellowship Group News

November 2019 Fellowship Group News

CtK Piecemaker Quilters

The Piecemaker Quilters would like to invite all those interested in quilting (or wanting to learn how to quilt) to join us. You’ll find us a warm and accepting group who makes quilts for baptisms, the sick and elderly, as well as for various mission projects for those in need here at home and abroad. If you would like more information, please give Judy Danielson a call at the Durango Quilt Company: 970-247-2582.  The Piecemakers regularly meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 9:30 am until 2:00 pm in the CtK Community Hall.   We look forward to seeing you!


CtK Book Club

The CtK Book Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at 3:00 pm in the CtK Library. Our next meeting is on Thursday, November 14th , we’ll focus on a book by Tara Westover entitled,  “Educated.” We’ll skip our regularly scheduled meeting on December 12th to participate in our annual Holiday Luncheon.  Then on Thursday, January 9th, 2020 we’ll kick off the new year with a discussion of the book, “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate. Our February 13th discussion will be “My Dear Hamilton” by Drae & Kamole.  Then on March 12th, we’ll discuss “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles.  A popular book, “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker will be the topic of our discussion on April 9th, and then another popular book, “The Sun Also Rises,” by Ernest Hemingway will finish out our discussions on May 14th .  We’ll be on Summer Break until September 12th (so stay tuned for our book line up coming in the Fall).

You are invited to drop in at any time and join us for some lively and enriching literary discussions—new members are always warmly welcomed! For more information about any of our reads or activities, please contact Stella Welcher at 970-903-9327.

November 2019 In Other News. . .

November 2019 In Other News. . .

REMEMBER — November 10th 9:30am worship followed by the Congretational Meeting and Potluck — See you there!




Please consider giving a Children’s World donation before the end of the year to offset the remaining $12,000 deficit following the January 2019 closure of our Early Learning Center.  Children’s World donations given anytime during 2019 will qualify for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit.  If you have questions, please see Beth Stelz or call her at 970-247-5310.  Thank you!



Shirlee Buslee’s 91st Birthday–October 31st

Shirlee had an early surprise birthday celebration with a visit from Ken & Linda Hartlein and, of course, Jake.  Oh happy day!  Congratulations Shirlee!  (ph. cr. ~ Linda Hartlein)

Carol Godlin’s 90th Birthday–November 13th

Stop by the table in the Welcome Center Sunday, November 3rd to write Carol a note of birthday wishes for her 90th birthday.  Congratulation Carol!


Important November Events:

Saturday, November 2nd – CtK’s 4th Annual Art Gala; 5-7pm; Community Hall

Sunday, November 3rd – All Saints’ Sunday

Sunday, November 3rd – Daylight Savings Times ENDS at 2am  – “Fall Back” 1 hour.

Sunday, November 3rd – Gala After Party during Intergenerational Sunday School, 9:30-10:15am

Sunday, November 10thONE, 9:30am worship; Congregational Meeting and Potluck

Sunday, November 17th — Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services guest speaker at both 8am and 10:30am worship

Tuesday, November 26th — Thanksgiving Stuffing Party at Manna Soup Kitchen 4-5:30’ish

Wednesday, November 27th — Thanksgiving Eve Ecumenical Worsihp & Pie Fellowship at 6pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 495 Florida Road, Durango

Thursday, November 28th — Happy Thanksgiving Day!  Church Office CLOSED

Thursday, November 28th — Annual Durango Thanksgiving Day Meal at the LPC Fairgrounds 11:30am–1:30pm


Plan Ahead:

M, T, W, December 2nd, 3rd, 4th – Annual Ladies’ PEO Poinsettia Distribution at CtK. This is a “pre-sale” event, so if you would like to

purchase poinsettias, contact CtK’ers Louise Clark (928-710-8558) or Judy Danielson (970-247-2582) no later than November 8th.

Wednesday, December 4th — Ecumenical Advent Evening Prayer & Soup Supper hosted by St. Columba Catholic Church, 1830 E. 2nd Avenue, Durango

Wednesday, December 11th — Ecumenical Advent Evening Cantata & Soup Supper hosted by First United Methodist Church, 2917 Aspen Drive, Durango

Sunday, December 15th — CtK’s Annual Holiday Hoopla & Gingerbread-making Contest 12–2:00pm

Wednesday, December 18th — Ecumenical Advent Worship & Soup Supper (location TBA)

Sunday, December 22nd — Retirement Celebration for CtK’s Joyful Noise Director, Aurora Rose 9:15-10:30am

Sunday, December 22nd — CtK’s Annual Live Nativity Presentation during the 10:30am Worship

Tuesday, December 24th — Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship at Christ the King Lutheran:  5:00pm and 7:00pm

Wednesday, December 25th — Merry Christmas!  (There are no services this day to allow everyone to spend time with family and friends.)  Have a blessed and peaceful day!


November 2019 Worship Assistants

November 2019 Worship Assistants

8:00 10:30
Usher Larry & Margaret Hjermstad

Doug Crinklaw,

Dominique Holling

Worship Assistant Dale Wingeleth Molly Bodewes
Communion Assistants Denise Dey, Gary Rollstin, Dale Wingeleth Carol Orlowski, Jigger Staby
Sound Board Operator Bruce Wongstrom Charlie Hakes


Usher Carol Orlowski, David Smith
Worship Assistant Molly Bodewes
Communion Assistants Dominique Holling, Janeann Jones, Jigger Staby
Sound Board Operator Bruce Wongstrom


8:00 10:30
Usher Jeff & Donn Wince Richard Gjere, Dominique Holling
Worship Assistant Dianne Milarch Eryn Orlowski
Communion Assistants Brigitte Cunningham, Jo & Dianne Milarch Janeann Jones, Carol Orlowski, Jigger Staby
Sound Board Operator Bruce Wongstrom Charlie Hakes
8:00 10:30
Usher Roger & Cora Landgren David Smith
Worship Assistant Holly Landgren Eryn Orlowski
Communion Assistants David & Wendy Gonzales Carol Orlowski, Jigger Staby
Sound Board Operator Bruce Wongstrom TBD


Usher Roger & Cora Landgren
Sound Board Operator Holly Landgren