December 2019 CtK Council’s Corner

December 2019 CtK Council’s Corner

News from CtK Council & M-Teams

Bowling at Sky Ute

A goal of this year’s Membershp Team is to offer a monthly activity that CtK’ers can take part in.   For November, several CtK’ers got together for some friendly bowling competition at Sky Ute.  Pictured below left are (front l –> r)  Roger & Cora Landgren, Louise Clark, Patty Dione, Holly Landgren, Janeann Jones, Wanda Ellingson; (back l –>r) Doug Crinklaw, Randy Hawk, John Condie, Rick Jones, and Catherine Hawk.  Below right is the group having fun as Janeann and Randy each get ready to hopefully make that strike!



Ring in the Christmas Season at FLC’s Holiday Program  

For CtK’s December fellowship activity we’ll be attending the Fort Lewis College Music Department’s Holiday Program at 7:00pm on Friday, December 6th.  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.  The plan is to meet in the Lobby of the Community Concert Hall and try to sit together.  What a great way to ring in the Christmas season!  For more information, contact Janeann Jones at 480-201-5593.


Community Outreach

The Commission team is seeking your help with outreach within the community. There are business cards available with contact information for the church and service times. Please grab a few cards and hand them out to friends, neighbors and new people you meet–especially invite them to Christmas Eve worship services at CtK! Here’s what the card (front/back) looks like:


December 2019 In Other News. . .

December 2019 In Other News. . .

CtK’s Annual Art Gala

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this year’s 4th Annual Art Gala a wonderful success. There was a wide variety of magnificent artwork and talent on display to wow the attendees.  So now, before your sparks of creativity fade away, start planning for next year!  The  theme will be Daniel, and the Gala will be on Saturday, November 7th, 2020.

And a very special shout out to Manna Soup Kitchen Culinary Arts Program for their delicious and thoughtful contributions to the Art Gala. In case you missed it, here is their Psalm-themed menu:

Taydn Muniz
Blue corn cakes, juniper ash, custard, candy cap mushroom dust, paired with Grapefruit sage salted sparkler
Psalm 102:9
For I eat ashes like bread, and mingle tears with my drink

McKenzie Sparby
Psalm 104: 14-15
You cause the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for people to use, to bring forth food from the earth, and wine to gladden the human heart, oil to make the face shine, and bread to strengthen the human heart.

Desiree Champlin
Cocoa dusted monkey bread with berry coulis dipping sauce
Psalm 78:25-29
Mortals ate of the bread of angels; he sent them food in abundance. He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens, and by his power he led out the south wind; he rained flesh upon them like dust, winged birds like the sand of the seas; he let them fall within their camp, all around their dwellings. And they ate and were well filled, for he gave them what they craved.

Shanise Graves
Honeycomb, blue cheese, and apple on winter squash sesame cracker with honey peanut brittle crumble
Psalm 19:9-10
The ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.


Alternative Giving Options

For instructions on how to designate Christ the King Lutheran Church—Durango as the recipient for your City Market Community Rewards and AmazonSmile Rewards programs, please go to CtK’s Give page under the following link:


Please consider giving a Children’s World donation before the end of the year to offset the remaining $10,000 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!


Important December Events:

M, T, W, December 2nd, 3rd, 4th – Annual Ladies’ PEO Poinsettia Distribution at CtK.

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

Friday, December 6th — For CtK’s December fellowship activity we’ll be attending the Fort Lewis College Music Department’s Holiday Program at 7:00pm on Saturday, December 6th.  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.  The plan is to meet in the Lobby of the Community Concert Hall and try to sit together.  What a great way to ring in the Christmas season!  For more information, contact Janeann Jones at 480-201-5593.

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 hosted by First Presbyterian Church, 1159 E. Third Avenue, Durango

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 25thMerry Christmas!  (There are no services this day to allow everyone to spend time with family and friends.)  Have a blessed and peaceful day!

Tuesday, December 31st — Join fellow CtK’ers as we ring in the New Year with a game night on New Year’s Eve from 7-10pm.  Please bring your favorite appetizer and games to share.  See Holly Landgren for more info.

Plan Ahead:

Sunday, January 12th, 2020 — Epiphany Sunday









December 2019 — Faith Formation

December 2019 — Faith Formation


This year it will be held on December 22nd at 10:30am. We need people of all ages to be carolers and shepherds and angels and animals (including family DOGS to dress up like cows and camels and such) and Mary & Joseph and Wise Men and we need YOU!

We’ve done this enough that we really don’t need rehearsal time – just show up at 9:30am on 12/22 to get your part and costume. Sign up on the bulletin board in the Welcome Center so we know how many human and dog actors we can expect. We also need extra treats for fellowship that day, so there’s a signup sheet for that as well.


December 2019 By the Numbers

December 2019 By the Numbers

Our Gifts Blessing Others:

Synod $1,327
World Hunger $   415
Social Ministry $2,671
Total Benevolence $4,413


Synod $16,253
World Hunger $8,503
Social Ministry $19,708
Total Benevolence $44,465


Financial Update:

Gifts Received $26,539
Facility Donations        —
Expenses $30,123
Net Operating Income ($3,583)


Gifts Received $278,504
Facility Donations $    1,550
Expenses $283,207
Net Operating Income ($3,153)
Endowment Fund Balance $166,103


Worship Attendance:

Wednesday, Oct 30, Behold 8
Sunday, Nov 3, 8am 50
Sunday, Nov 3, 10:30am 47
Weekly Total 105


Wednesday, Nov 6, Behold 7
Sunday, Nov 10, Combined 9:30am 88
Weekly Total 95


Wednesday, Nov 13, Behold 5
Sunday, Nov 17, 8am 51
Sunday, Nov 17, 10:30am 69
Weekly Total 125


Wednesday, Nov 20, Behold 4
Sunday, Nov 24, 8am 39
Sunday, Nov 24, 10:30am 59
Weekly Total 102


Now Collecting First-Aid Items for NELM

Now Collecting First-Aid Items for NELM

For the past several years, we at CtK have supported the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission in Rock Point, AZ, for their annual Christmas Quilt Giveaway. This event draws people from all over the regional chapter of NELM to get quilts to sustain them through the long, dark, cold winter months.

This year, we will continue our support of the mission for this event. If you have any quilts or blankets that can be donated for their annual event, then please bring them. But we are also looking to collect ADDITIONAL items of great importance for them: first aid kits.

The Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission is located about 50 miles from the nearest health clinic in Chinle, AZ. If a medical emergency arises, even waiting for EMS personnel can take close to an hour. So, having some first aid items on hand for the community can be a vital ministry.

We will be collecting any first aid items or kits at the church in the Welcome Center until Sunday, December 8th. I will be delivering any quilts and/or first aid items later that week. If you have any questions, or would like to know more about what kind of items might be needed, contact the church office or see the list printed in the Welcome Center.

Thanks for your support of these, our ministry partners!

Pastor Tim