December 2022 – In Other News

December 2022 – In Other News

December 2022 – In Other News. . .

Worship Information

Sunday, 9:30 AM – INDOOR & LIVE STREAM 

We hope you’ll join us in the CtK Sanctuary and online. All are welcome!

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

We are having dinner before Behold! Come and join us for food and fellowship @ 5:26pm prior to the Wednesday evening service.

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

News You Can Use

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
    • 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 Deacon Mandy 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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The Chancel Choir is filling the Sanctuary with their melodious voices. The choir meets for rehearsals on Monday evenings from 6:30pm – 7:30pm.

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 newly formed Handbell Ensemble is ringing out the good news and praises!

This group practices on Sunday mornings @ 8:30am. Please contact Jared Wright, Choir/Music Director or Anita Ashby if you would like to ring. Jared can be reached at 970-759-1834 or email  – All are welcome!

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Welcome Kristian!

CtK Welcomes our newest staff member, Kristian Sigloch. Kristian serves as our Tech. Specialist and we are so glad he’s here. Be sure to say hi and welcome him to CtK!

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Save the Dates – December

CtK’s Noisy Offering designee for the month of December: CEAC (Community Emergency Assistance Coalition)

Sunday, December 4th – Birthday Sunday! Join us after our 9:30am service for fellowship and cake as we celebrate the CtK November Birthdays! Cheers!

Saturday, December 24th – Christmas Eve Services at 5:00pm (In-Person and Livestream) / 7:00pm In-Person – Join us for our annual Christmas Eve Services!

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Thank you to everyone who helped the Altar Guild decorate the church for Advent! Many hands made light work and the Sanctuary is so beautiful! Yay CtK!!

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

December 2022 — In Our Prayers

December 2022 – In Our Prayers

Military Prayer Requests

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

(To add or remove names from this list, please contact Jared)

  • Codey Roy (US Air Force) & Jared Peterson (US Army), Great-Nephews of Megan Reid
  • 1st Lt. Mitch Bugaj stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA—Nephew of Ronnie Zaday
  • Major Ryan Bankhead—Brother of Eryn Orlowski
  • 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 In Need of Prayer…

(To add or remove names from this list, please contact Jared) 

  • Cheryle Brandsma
  • The Family of Larry Rardin
  • The Family of Ardys Daniels
  • The Family of Li Miller
  • Pastor Art Meyer & Family
  • Ken Zipperer
  • The Family of Dan Graves
  • The Family of Dave Mitzlaff
  • Brigitte Cunningham
  • The Family of Jeff Wince
  • Stetson Keegan
  • The Family of Tom Duft
  • The Family of David Smith
  • The Family of Ann Duft
  • Pete Olson
  • Stella Welcher
  • Laura Stransky
  • Roger Landgren
  • Darlene Warring
  • Bonnie Rossmiller
  • 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.
  • All those battling mental illness and addictions.
  • Each person in our CtK church family.
  • All K-12 and college students, their families, and their educators as they continue their fall semester. Keep them safe and help them remain studious during the school year.
  • All the front-line workers who continue to keep Durango and our surrounding communities safe, healthy, fed, educated, and mentally and spiritually fulfilled during the Covid-19/Delta variant crisis. May God bless and protect EVERYONE!

To add or remove names from this list, email Jared in the Church office or call: 970-247-5310.

December 2022 – Fellowship Group News

CtK Piecemaker Quilters

The CTK quilting group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 10:00 A.M. in the community hall. We make Baptism and prayer quilts for members of our congregation as they are needed. We also make quilts for our local nursing homes and the Navajo Nation through NELM. This year we are also making new paraments for our sanctuary. If you would like to work on the paraments but not quilt, contact Carol Orlowski at 248-245-3541. If you are interested in quilting, please join us. If you would like to quilt, but don’t know how, join us and we will teach you.

  judy_olson   651-303-8450.

This past year members of the Altar Guild and Piecemakers Quilting Group have collaborated to create new altar and baptismal paraments and banners to enhance our worship experience. So far, 6 sets of paraments have been completed with plans for additional sets to come. Each set has been purposefully crafted following guidelines from the ELCA. As each new set has been presented, an explanataion of the meaning of the colors and symbols has been included in that Sunday’s bulletin. But if you worship online or missed the week that a new set was used, you missed reading that explanation. Therefore, we are reprinted the colors and symbols for you.

The Days after Pentecost: The Tree of Life growing from the Father’s creating hands recalls the tree of life in the garden of Eden, (Genesis1:9) Italso recalls the tree made into a cross on which Jesus was crucified. By His death our sins are forgiven and we receive new life in Him. The words “COME BE MADE NEW” recall Revelations 21:5 where John writes of his vision of anewheavenand earth andGod proclaims”Behold,I ammakingallthingsnew.!The predominate color si green symbolizing growth.

Reformation Sunday: Red is the color for this day as we celebrate the Holy Spirit’s reforming power at work in the church not only in the middle ages but also today. The Luther’s Rose is composed of several symbols that Luther himself used as his personal seal but has come to represent the Lutheran Church globally. In a letter to Lazarus Spengler, written on July 8, 1530, Martin Luther explained what each element of this seal meant to himself.
“Grace and peace from the Lord. As you desire to know whether your painted seal, which you sent to me has hit the mark, I shall answer most amiably and tell you my thoughts and reason why my seal is a symbol of my theology. The first should be a black cross in a heart which retains its natural color, so that Imyself should be reminded that faith in the Crucified saves us.
“For one who believes from the heart will be justified” (Romans 10:10). Although it is indeed a black cross, which mortifies and which should also cause pain, it leaves the heart in its natural
color. It does not corrupt nature, that is, ti does not kil but keeps alive. “The just shall live by faith”(Romans 1:17) but by faith in the crucified. Such a heart should stand in the middle of a
white rose, to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace. In other words, ti places the believer into a white joyous rose, for this faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives ( J o h n 14:27). That is why the rose would be white and not red, for white is the color of the spirits and the angels. (Cf. Matthew 28:3, John 20:12). Such a rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that such joy in spirit and faith is a beginningof the heavenly future joy,which begins already, but is grasped in hope, not yet revealed. And around this field is a golden ring symbolizing that such blessedness in Heaven lasts forever and has no end. Such blessedness is exquisite bevond all joy and goods, just as gold is the most valuable, most precious and best metal. This is my compendium theologian [summary of theology]. Ihave wanted to show it to you ni good friendship, hoping for your appreciation. May Christ, our beloved Lord, be with your spirit until the life hereafter. Amen”
For Al Saints Sunday: The paraments for Al SaintsSunday are solid white.
The color white represents light, joy, and celebration of our Lord. These paraments may also used for other festival Sundays. On All Saints Sunday we remember those who have completed their earthly journey among us. We also recall John’s vision and recounted in Revelations 7 of the saints dressed in white robes who nowappear before the throne singing their praises to our God.
For Christ the King Sunday: Our new paraments for today, Christ the King Sunday, feature a symbol very familiar to us as Christ the King Lutheran Church members, the Cross and the Crown. Onthis last Sunday of the church year we celebrate the Kingship of our Lord Jesus.
ForAdvent: The first Sunday in Advent is the beginning of a new church year. The background color of dark blue is used to represent hope. Advent is the season when we anticipate the arrival of the long awaited Messiah and hope for his reign of peace. During Advent we are encouraged to prepare for the coming of God’s Son at Christmas just as the Old Testament prophet Isaiah encouraged the people of his time to prepare themselves for the coming of God’s kingdom in Isaiah 40:3, ” A voice of one calling: In the desert prepare the way for the Lord, make straight a highway for our God.” Years later, Matthew echoes Isaiah’a quest in Matthew 3 when he identifies John the Baptist as the voice calling to the people of his time
that Jesus is the long promised Messiah.

CtK Book Club

Our Book Club meets in the Community Hall at 3:00 PM on the 2nd Thursday of the month. We will not be meeting in December but will have a Christmas luncheon.

The following months we will be reading:

January 2023 – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

February – We Begin at the End by Chris Whitker

March – Ladies Midnight Swimming Club by Faith Hogan

April – Mesa Verde Victim by Scott Graham. (Scott is a local writer)

If you like to read and discuss books, please join us.  We would love to have you.
Judy Olson at or 651-303-8450.


December 2022 – Bible Studies

Circle of Contemplative Prayer

The Circle of Contemplative Prayer meets each Monday from 5:30pm-7:00pm. 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.

NOTE: Meetings are currently being held via Zoom. For the Zoom link and other pertinent 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. Share the Care, GoBoGs’ outreach mission, is addressed upon requests. our new study is on Julian of Norwich, a 14th century English anchoress and mystic. We will be using readings, videos, the book “Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in a Time of Pandemic- and Beyond” (Matthew Fox) and discussions to guide our study. For more information contact:  Sharyn Butler and/or Dian Jenkins

*NOTE:  During the health crisis, they are conferencing via Zoom at 592-847-8387; the password for this meeting is Testify.  The Zoom meeting ID is 966-5642-4190.  Please join them for study sessions that are deeply rewarding. For more information, contact Kayla Hefner at 970-759-1636.

Midweek (Thursday) Bible Study led by Deacon Mandy

Bible Study class meets on Thursdays from 12:00-1:15 PM.  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 all to join the class. I look forward to seeing each of you!!!

Khuvara (“Circle of Friends”)

We are a group of ladies that get together every Thursday at 1:15 P.M. in the community hall. We start a check of how everything one is doing and say a prayer for all of those in need with our group, our congregation, and friends. We are currently discussing “Love Wins” by Rob Bell. If you can’t meet on Thursdays and would like to know more about the book, please contact Judy Olson or 651-303-8450.

Spiritual Study Group (SSG)

Currently, the Spiritual Study Group meets on Thursdays from 3:00pm – 4:30pm on-site in the Chapel. (Unless Covid case numbers rise, in which case we will go back to Zoom). We’re studying “The Difficult Words of Jesus” by Amy-Jill Levine. For more information, or the Zoom link, contact Aurora Rose. (970-382-1848)

December 2022 — Social Ministry News

December 2022 — Social Ministry News

Navajo Christmas Angel Project

This holiday season we will be collecting items for our brothers and sisters at Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission. (NELM) This important partnership humbly serves the Navajo community of Rock Point, AZ. Every day, Navajo staff feed the hungry, prioritize Christian and cultural learning, focus on community engagement, and work towards fulfilling basic community needs. In their spiritual and social work, they strive to embody and teach the grace of Jesus and listen to the call of the gospel to serve one another in love.

Beginning December 4th, please pick up a NELM Angel in the Narthex. There is no need to wrap the item, just return it to the box in the narthex. Items will be collected until December 24. They will be delivered with the 20+ quilts made by the Piecemakers. Below is a list of items that we will be included on the NELM angels. Thank you for your generosity and spirit of giving to our NELM partnership.

  • Medical supplies
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Layette kits
  • Winter clothing
  • Socks
  • Children’s underwear
  • Pajamas for all ages
  • Men’s clothing
  • Backpacks
  • Canned vegetables
  • Packaged dry goods
  • Condiments

The Noisy Offering Recipient for December is CEAC (Community Emergenty Assitance Coalition) – Thank You CtK!!

Christ the King Mission Endowment Fund

Grant Application Deadline –   15 December, 2022

What is the Mission Endowment Fund?

The fund was designed to support Christ the King Lutheran Church in its mission.  The Fund receives unrestricted gifts and bequests from congregation members and their families, and friends of Christ the King.

This is a permanent endowment fund that is separate and distinct from the everyday operating funds of the church.  The assets are held by the ELCA Endowment Fund Trust to provide for their long-term stability and growth, so donors can be confident that their gifts will endure to continue God’s work within our congregation, the community of Durango, and the world.

How do I apply for a Mission Endowment Fund Grant?

Applications can be made at any time of the year, but the Board meets once a year, in January, to review all applications that were received prior to December 15st of the previous year.

The application form can be found on the Christ the King website at in a fillable .pdf format.

To submit it, you may email to

Or it can be mailed to the church at

Mission Endowment Fund

Christ the King Lutheran Church

495 Florida Road

Durango, Colorado  81301-4730

If you have questions about filling out the application, or what kinds of projects or agencies might be appropriate, feel free to contact the board at  Or, of course, you may talk with any of us at church.

Yours in Christ,

The MEF Board

John Condie, Lynn Mitzlaff, Megan Reid, Renate Widder, and Gary Rollstin

Christmas is coming!!!!!

The Social Ministry Team invites you all to participate in the ELCA Good Gifts program that keeps on giving.  Using the online catalogue, you can choose from more than 50 sustainable gifts, in honor of family and friends, to give to people throughout the world who are in desperate need.  Go to to start shopping.

There is Still More!!!!!!

Don’t forget to put Colorado Gives Day on your calendar!  This will be held on Tuesday, 12/6/22.  Community First Foundation and 1st Bank have partnered with sponsors around the state to provide $1 Million Incentive Fund that will make your donation more powerful for local nonprofits.  Go to website to donate.

Let’s spread the love!

Social Ministry Thank You from “Shelter from the Storm” Event:

One of Christ the Kings community partners, the Volunteers of America, held their signature annual fundraising event, “Shelter from the Storm”, back on November 9th.  I served as one of the table captains, representing CtK and on behalf of the VOA and myself, wanted to thank each one of my table guests.  It was a triumphant return after the event had been suspended for a couple of years due to the pandemic.  From initial indications, the 2022 event was a tremendous success.  

The very first non-profit organization that I became involved with when I transferred from Denver to Durango in 1998 was the VOA.  Their work with the Durango Community Shelter and Southwest Women’s Safehouse has been near and dear to me for all these many years since.

My heartfelt thanks to each of my table guests:

Phil Campbell (my dear friend and neighbor),

Jigger Staby and her sister, Kathie Adkins (Kathie and I actually served together on the VOA board many years ago), Beth Stelz, Barbara and Paul Wirsching, Robert Maple, Carol Orlowski, Louise Clark, Donn Wince and Kathy Boike.

Lastly, I’d like to thank Christ the King!  One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be part of a church that continually displays incredible generosity and support for our beloved Durango community.

Peace & Love,

David Smith