July 2021–In Other News

July 2021–In Other News

Summer (through August) Worship Information

Sunday, 9:00 AM – INDOOR-IN-PERSON and LIVE STREAMED from the CtK Sanctuary.  Those who wish to join us for our IN-PERSON worship service in the Sanctuary must sign up in advance. You can do so by navigating to our sign-up hub on our website (https://www.ctkdurango.org/signup/). If you do not have access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone to sign up on your own, please notify Pastor Tim or the Church Office of your intent to be present.   At this time, we can accommodate up to 50 people in the Sanctuary.  Masks are not required if you are vaccinated; however, if you are not vaccinated, you are encouraged to wear a mask.  We continue to practice physical distancing between households for all households.

Sunday, 10:30 AM – IN-PERSON, OUTDOOR (front lawn/parking lot)

Sign-up is not required; however, if you choose to sit on the front lawn and HAVE NOT been vaccinated, masks are strongly encouraged; and physical distancing between households is required for everyone.

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

Click Here to zoom-in.  If you need the password, please contact Pastor Tim.

NOTE:  For the time being, we will NOT be having dinner during our Behold! worship service.

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


Clean Up Day at CtK

On June 12, 2021, at 9:00 in the morning, interested members and friends arrived at CtK to participate in a major cleanup endeavor of the campus and facility. Various members and friends used their skills to beautify and ready the church for the summer outdoor season. Outside temperatures were high, but they were not higher than the enthusiasm of the group to “get the job done.”

Dirt from the front driveway, left there earlier from previous garden work, was cleared away and distributed around the grounds so that the pavement could be swept and cleaned. Flowerbeds and rock beds were weeded and readied for summer growth. The sides and back of the church grounds that were too steep to mow were cut with a weed eater. The yard was mowed, and inside cleaning was done too. With CtK’s campus now ready for summer, the volunteers were ready for a few refreshments and lots of water after which everyone returned to their own Saturday activities.

Many thanks go out to the following people who gave of their time and energy to help with the cleanup:

Kayla Hefner, Beverly Stacy Dittmer, David Parr, Molly Bodewes, Dan Graves, Bob Harms, Carla and Don Gonville, Dave Mitzlaff, Catherine Hawk, Joan Forry, and Pete Olson.

(There may be others who lent a helping hand that I do not know about, and I apologize up front if I missed anyone.)

Thanks to all who participated, and thanks to the Membership Team for leading our group.

Respectfully submitted by Beverly Stacy Dittmer

News You Can Use

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 (“clicking” slides/power points that are displayed on the screen during worship), and lastly, a NEW and exciting kind of volunteer position — an 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 Pastor Tim 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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Chancel Choir is once again filling the Sanctuary with their melodious voices.  Please contact Jared Wright, Choir/Music Director if you would like to sing.  Jared can be reached at 970-759-1834 or email chancelchoir@ctkdurango.org—all are welcome!


Save the Dates–July

CtK’s Noisy Offering designee for the month

of July is Rainbow Trail.

Monday—Friday, July 12th—16thCtK’s Day Camp: 8:30am through 12:30pm

Sunday, July 18th“Christmas in July” worship—both services–9am and 10:30am!  After service, join the CtK Youth during fellowship for some “yummy” Christmas treats!  

Sunday, July 25thSpecial CtK Youth-led worship service at 9 and/or 10:30am.  Come, see what the Youth have in store as they express their faith.

Saturday/Sunday, July 31st-August 1st – CtK’s Annual Campout at Chris Park/Haviland Lake.  Stay tuned for details. . .


Looking Ahead

Sunday, August 8th & 15th – CtK Quilters’ Fall Quilt Sale in the CtK Community Hall. The quilts will be displayed in the CtK Community Hall for your shopping convenience between  8:30am—11:30am on both dates.

Sunday, September 12th“God’s Work. Our Hands” Sunday.  Stay tuned. . .

Saturday, November 6th – CtK’s Annual Art Gallery & Gala.  The theme is “The Parables.”

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



July 2021 — In Our Prayers

July 2021 — In Our Prayers

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

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

  • 1st Lt. Mitch Bugaj stationed in Germany–Nephew of Ronnie Zaday
  • 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
  • Master Sargent 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

  • The Family of Tom Duft
  • The Family of David Smith
  • The Family of Ann Duft
  • The Family of LuLu Mae (Sue) Hess
  • Laura Stransky
  • Stella Welcher
  • Carol Orlowski
  • Roger Landgren
  • Julie Williams
  • Dottie Johnson
  • Larry & Lauren Rardin
  • Darlene Warring
  • Bonnie Rossmiller
  • Bev Brown
  • Lori Lachelt
  • Kayla Hefner
  • Carol Gunderson
  • Deacon Mandy Gardner who was Ordained and Installed by Bishop Gonia on May 23rd.
  • 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 the front-line workers striving to keep Durango and our surrounding community safe, healthy, fed, educated, and mentally and spiritually fulfilled during the Covid-19 crisis.  May God bless and protect EVERYONE!

July 2021 Fellowship Group News

July 2021 Fellowship Group News

CtK Piecemaker Quilters

The Piecemaker Quilters continue to meet regularly on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 10 am until 2 pm in the CtK Community Hall.  During the Quilters June meeting, those in attendance had a “show and tell” from everyone about the projects they are working on for their upcoming Fall Quilt Sale which will take place on Sunday, August 8th and 15th before and after worship services (~ 8:30am—11:30am).  The quilts will be displayed in the CtK Community Hall for your shopping convenience.  Shoppers can peruse and purchase a variety of quilted items such as quilts, placemats, table runners, and towels, along with several smaller items.  There’s sure to be something of interest that you would want to purchase for someone special or simply to purchase as a gift just for YOU!  What’s more, ALL money received from the sale of these items goes back into buying more supplies and fabric to continue the quilters’mission of making and donating more quilts!  Just this past June, despite the “pandemic year,” the group has worked diligently and been able to donate seven quilts to Mancos Nursing Home, in addition to donating quilts to CtK’s graduating seniors: one to each of two high school graduates, and one to a college graduate.

New members are warmly invited to join the quilters and help create these quilts for baptisms, graduations, pray quilts for those who are ill or homebound, long-term care residents (Four Corners and Mancos Nursing Homes), and for the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission (NELM) in Rock Point, AZ.  If you need a sewing machine, two extra machines were donated to the group—you are welcome to use one.  And, if quilting is a craft that has often interested you, but you don’t know how to quilt, there are quilters who will gladly teach you.  They will help ensure you that your creation will be one you can feel proud about giving to someone in need.  So, do consider coming to our next meeting on July 28th—you’ll be surprised at what we do and the fun and camaraderie we all share.  We look forward to seeing you!

For more information about the meetings and/or the quilt sale, please call Stella Welcher at 970-903-9327.  

CtK Book Club

The CtK Book Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at 3PM outside in the CtK Columbarium. On Thursday, July on the 8th, we’ll discuss “Circling the Sun” by Paula McLain; “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig is the discussion for August 12th; and on September 9th, we’ll discuss Stephanie Marie Thornton’s “American Princess.”  In October, on Thursday the 7th, Kristin Hannah’s book, “Four Winds” will be our focus for discussion.

You are invited to join us–anyone can attend one or more book discussions.   If you are interested in attending, please call Stella Welcher at 970-903-9327. 


July 2021 Bible Studies

July 2021 Bible Studies


Bible Studies

Circle of Contemplative Prayer

The Circle of Contemplative Prayer meets each Monday from 5:30pm-7:00pm in the CtK Sanctuary. 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.  For more 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 in the CtK Welcome Center.  Share the Care, GoBoGs’ outreach mission, is addressed upon requests.  They are currently finishing a study based on “The Book of Longings” by Sue Monk Kidd.  The next study will focus on the book, “You Are Loved and Free” by Micah Ruth.  Please join them for study sessions that are deeply rewarding. For more information, contact Kayla Hefner at 970-759-1636.

Midweek Bible Study led by Pastor Tim

Bible Study class meets on Thursdays from 12:00-1:15 PM.  We are studying the Petrine Epistles (1 & 2 Peter) and currently reading the first chapter of 1 Peter.  We are meeting in-person AND via Zoom. Click https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83113251991 to access these meetings via Zoom.  If you ever misplace this link, you can also find it on our website at  https://www.ctkdurang.org/worship.

You will need the “regular password” to access the meeting.  If you need this password, contact the church office at 970-247-5310.  Invite others to join us if you would like!

Khuvara (“Circle of Friends”)

The Khuvara Women’s Group current book discussion focuses on “Book of Joy” by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams.  All women are encouraged and welcome to attend— we gladly invite new members to join us.  We meet each Thursday from 1:00pm-2:30pm outside in the CtK Columbarium.  For more info, call Stella at 970-903-9327.

Spiritual Study Group (SSG)

Currently, the Spiritual Study Group meetings are suspended until further notice due to Covid-19.  For more information, contact Aurora Rose.  

July 2021 — Social Ministry News

July 2021 — Social Ministry News

Habitat for Humanity Thanks YOU! 

A big THANK YOU to Larry Rardin, Pete Olson, and John Condie for volunteering for CtK’s Habitat Build in June.  It was a nice, sunny, and hot day, and the three men did indeed do framing.  They joined 9 other volunteers from AmeriCorps in putting up the fire wall between the two units of the duplex.  And as a change of pace, Habitat provided lunch for us!  Thanks, guys.

Rap Fairley

Social Ministry Team