February 2021 — Social Ministry News

February 2021 — Social Ministry News


Thanks for Supporting CtK’s Guatemala Hurricane Relief Fund

We wanted to thank the congregation for your wonderful response for our special giving for one of our partner missions, the church in Zacaleu, Guatemala.  Both Guatemala and Nicaragua were hit hard in the late fall by two hurricanes.  Significant damage was done to vast areas of the country, including the village where Pastor Tim and CtK members have visited several times.  Property, crops, and infrastructure were damaged, and the recovery effort was hampered by these challenges.  CtK donated $3500 during November and December.  Pastor Karin and the whole ELCA church in Guatemala thanks you all for your compassion and generosity.  Please keep all in your ongoing prayers.


Jigger Staby

Social Ministry Team




Focus on CtK’s Love Fund and ELCA World Hunger

February is a short and busy month for Social Ministry.  First, it is the month for Valentine’s Day.  In honor of this day of courtly love, we stretch it a bit and try to remind everyone of Christ the King’s Love Fund.  This fund was established 10 years, no, 15, well many years ago to provide emergency monetary support for congregation members and frequent attendees who find themselves in temporary financial hardship.  We can help with rent or mortgage, car repair, medical expenses, or almost anything else that is causing temporary cash flow problems.  If you, or someone in the congregation you know is in such a position, let Pastor Tim know.  It will be handled confidentially.  There is no expectation of payback; it is an expression of Christ’s love from our church.  If, on the other hand, you find yourself enjoying God’s blessings in abundance, consider donating to the Love Fund.  Simply make out a check and put “Love Fund” in the memo.

The second thing that happens in February is the beginning of Lent.  This year, as we have for 10 years, no, 15, well many years, we are raising money for ELCA World Hunger.  We have set a goal for our congregation of $5000, a goal we met easily last year despite the intervention of the plague.  Here from the ELCA World Hunger Website:

More than 820 million people – that’s about 11 percent of people in our world today – are hungry. As members of the ELCA, we are called to respond. We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work–working with and through our congregations, in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Lutheran churches overseas and other partners, ELCA World Hunger is uniquely positioned to reach communities in need.  From health clinics to microloans, water wells to animal husbandry, community meals to advocacy, your gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible for the ELCA to respond, supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty.

Hunger facts

  • 821 million people around the world – that’s more than 1 in 10 – can’t access the food they need to live active, healthy lives.
  • According to the most recent estimates, 736 million people live in extreme poverty on less than $1.90 per day. That’s 10% of the world’s population.
  • At some point in 2017 (the most recent year available), more than 40 million people in the United States were unsure where their next meal might come from.
  • 39.7 million Americans were living in poverty in 2017. For a family of four, this means their annual household income was below $25,094.

Please help us support this cause.  Download the 40 Days of Giving 2021: Lenten calendar at https://www.elca.org/Resources/ELCA-World-Hunger.


John Condie

Social Ministry Team


February 2021 – Faith Formation

February 2021 – Faith Formation

My own words utterly fail to express my gratitude for CtK calling me as a Deacon. I’m humbled and proud all at once. We’ve worked toward this goal for a long time, you and I.  All of your inquiries, prayers, mentorships, brainstorming sessions, smiles, and kind words have helped get us here together.

I love you all.


Psalm 111

 1Hallelujah! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
  in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.
2Great are your works, O Lord,
pondered by all who delight in them.
3Majesty and splendor mark your deeds,
and your righteousness endures forever.
4You cause your wonders to be remembered;
you are gracious and full of compassion.
5You give food to those who fear you,
remembering forever your covenant.
6You have shown your people the power of your works
in giving them the lands of the nations.
7The works of your hands are faithfulness and justice;
all of your precepts are sure.
8They stand fast forever and ever,
because they are done in truth and equity.
9You sent redemption to your people and commanded your covenant forever;
holy and awesome is your name.
10The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who practice this have a good understanding. God’s praise endures forever.

February 2021–In Other News. . .

February 2021–In Other News. . .

Dear CtK Family,

We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for the generous love offering gifts you have given to us this year.  You are so kind, and we thank God for you and for making us feel so special and loved.  What an honor it is for us to serve you.  Thank you!

God’s peace be with you always,

Your CtK Staff

Communion Sign-Up

Keeping in line with the La Plata County Health Department Covid recommendations, we have discontiued our option for INDOOR Communion services until further notice.  However, we will still have the OUTDOOR DRIVE-IN Communion service. Please sign up HERE so we can ensure we have adequate communion supplies on hand.

Procedures for the 1:00pm OUTDOOR DRIVE-IN Communion Service:

  • Participants are to remain in their cars for the duration of the service.
  • For convenience, please write down any prayer requests you have on a piece of paper. These will be collected once you arrive at the church parking lot.
  • Sound for the communion service will be transmitted to your car radio on 96.5 FM.
  • The communion elements will be brought to you in your car.

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


Save the Dates–February

CtK’s designee for Noisy Offering donations collected during the month

of February will be our mission partners in Guatemala.

Sunday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day

Sunday, February 14th — Trivia Night Youth Fundraiser at 6pm on Zoom. *

Sunday, February 14th at 9pm through February 21st at 12pm — Silent Auction Youth Fundraiser *

* All Zoom links, payment links, bidding process, and everything else you need to know to support our Youth in these two fundraising endeavors can be found at https://www.ctkdurango.org/youth-events/, with links updated closer to the week of February 14th.

Wednesday, February 17th – Ash Wednesday (Details TBA)

Looking Ahead

Sunday, March 28th – Palm Sunday

Thursday, April 1st – Maundy Thursday

Friday, April 2nd – Good Friday

Saturday, April 3rd – Easter Eve

Sunday, April 4th – Easter Sunday


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


February 2021 – Youth Group News

February 2021 – Youth Group News

February Fundraisers

Trivia Night – February 14th at 6pm on Zoom. RSVP here. Our Youth have written the questions and want to test your knowledge on a variety of subjects! Plus you’ll get to know them a bit better as they will each host the category they wrote. You’ll need one device (like your phone) to answer the questions and another with which to Zoom (like your computer). Youth Matt Pane explains it all in the video below. Fabulous prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Suggested donation to play: $5 

Silent Auction – February 14th at 9pm through February 21st at 12pm. Our Youth are putting together baskets of awesomeness from local businesses for you to bid on! They chose local to support our community; our Trivent members gave them money to spend so we didn’t have to ask for donations during this uncertain time for small businesses. I’m very proud of the thoughtfulness of our Youth and thankful for the generosity of our congregation!

All Zoom links, payment links, bidding process, and everything else you need to know to support our Youth in these two fundraising endeavors can be found at https://www.ctkdurango.org/youth-events/, with links updated closer to the week of February 14th.

Thanks for playing!

February 2021 Fellowship Group News

February 2021 Fellowship Group News

CtK Piecemaker Quilters

The Piecemaker Quilters continue to meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 10 am until 2 pm.  Everyone is welcome to join us.   For more information and meeting location, please call Stella Welcher at 970-903-9327.  We look forward to seeing everyone soon! 

CtK Book Club

The CtK Book Club currently meets on the second Thursday of each month at 3PM via Zoom.

This month, we’ll meet on Thursday, February 11th, to discuss “Dear Edward” by Ann Napolitana.  Our focus on Thursday, March 11th, will be a book by Victoria Schade, “Who Rescued Who.”  Then on Thursday, April 8th, we will discuss “The Vanishing Half” by Britt Bennett.  During our May 13th meeting, we’ll discuss  “The Lost and Found Bookshop” by Susan Wiggs.   Our last book discussion for this season will be a book by Charlotte McConaghy, “Migrations,” on Thursday, June 10th.  We will take a break for the summer months and return to meet again in September, 2021.

We hope you will join us — anyone can attend one or more book discussions.    If you are interested in attending, please call Stella Welcher at 970-903-9327 to get the Zoom link information.