August 2021–In Other News

August 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 ( 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.

Mission Endowment Fund News

During the January meeting of CtK’s Mission Endowment Fund Board, we awarded a number of grants, including one to La Esperanza Granada.  This is an organization focused on improving the lives and education of impoverished children living in Granada, Nicaragua.

We recently received this email update from them and wanted to share it with you so you would know and see how your endowment fund donations can affect the world.

Thank you all from the CtK MEF Board.

This email is to thank once again for the donation we received last March but also to inform you that we have used the donation for what it was requested.

200 elementary school children received a visual exam. Of all the children examined, 76 children needed glasses and thanks to your donation each of these children received their glasses. I attach some photos.

Also, today a post was made through Facebook about it.

To see the post click here:

On behalf of the children and their families we thank you for this blessing received.


ROBERTO PICADO, Operations Manager


News You Can Use

CtK’s Post-pandemic Opening

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.  There will also be an opportunity to sign up for any and all of our volunteers spots during CtK’s Rally Day — “God’s Work. Our Hands.” to be held on Sunday, September 12th.  Stay tuned for further details.

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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—all are welcome!

The Ctk Garden

The new CtK Garden is producing.  Potatoes and onions from our garden have gone home with congregants, and more is growing in our garden right now!!  The soil around CtK is not particularly suitable for tilling and growing, but with our hands and our work, God is producing.  So, congratulations to all the volunteers who put their hands to the shovels and plows to make this garden a reality.   They are truly an example of “God’s Work. Our Hands.”

It is our hope that this garden project will continue to expand.  Your ideas and energy would be most welcome. Please contact Carla Gonneville or Kayla Hefner to share your ideas and plans, AND to volunteer!  

Thank you–CtK’s Membership Team.

Rally Day Is Coming. . . ,

Sunday, September 12th — get ready to learn all about the operations of CtK and the committees and the people who make the wheels run.  There will be displays and sign-up sheets for the various volunteer positions available to you to help CtK “re-open.”  Prayerfully consider how you might take a more active roll in your/our church to get it rolling again.  So much energy is put forth by CtK’s “M Teams” to make the activities of our church happen–energy that needs to come from you and me too to make our church strong again.  So please join and help us push forward to our “new normal.”  I’ll be looking for you!

Beverly Dittmer

CtK Council Member & Membership Team Liason


Save the Dates–August

CtK’s Noisy Offering designee for the month

of August is Habitat for Humanity.

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, August 13th — 14th  CtK Youth “Lock-In.”  5:00 pm Saturday the 13th through 11:00am Sunday the 14th.

Looking Ahead

Sunday, September 12th –  CtK’s Rally Day –“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. 



August 2021 — In Our Prayers

August 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 at Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA–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
  • Pete Olson
  • Dave Mitzlaff
  • Laura Stransky
  • Stella Welcher
  • 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!
August 2021 Fellowship Group News

August 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, August 12th, we’ll discuss “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig, and on September 9th, Stephanie Marie Thornton’s “American Princess” will be our book focus.  Then in October, on Thursday the 7th, we’ll talk about Kristin Hannah’s book, “Four Winds.”  “The Only Woman in the Room” is our book discussion for Thursday, November 11th, and we’ll finish out the year on Thursday, December 9th, with a discussion of “Let Him Go” by Larry Watson.

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. 


August 2021 Bible Studies

August 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 and discussing the topic, “Rooted: Our Christian Heritage.”  Attendees can choose to meet for class in-person OR via Zoom. The link to access these meetings via Zoom is:

If you ever misplace this link, you can also find it on our website at

The “regular password” is needed to access the meeting via Zoom.  If you need the password, contact the church office at 970-247-5310.  We gladly invite and welcome any and all to join the class.   I look forward to seeing each of you!!!

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 meets from 3:00pm-4:30pm each Thursday in the CtK Welcome Center.  For more information, contact Aurora Rose. 

August 2021 — Social Ministry News

August 2021 — Social Ministry News


Check out the website for the Family Center’s annual Back-to-School supply drive.  They are currently collecting school supplies and there are ways to shop a list they have on the site, do a cash donation and find how to drop off the supplies.  Christ the King has participated with them for many years and it is so wonderful to have children receive their backpacks with supplies on August 14th as the new school year starts.

Thanks for your help!!

Social Ministry Team