March 2023 – In Other News

March 2023 – 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 her during the week. 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 Director if you would like to sing. Jared can be reached at 970-759-1834 or email  – All are welcome!


The CtK 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 the church office or email  – All are welcome!

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CtK’s Noisy Offering Recipient for March is ELCA World Hunger!

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Save the Dates – March

Sunday, March 5 – Dr. Suess Sunday! We hope you’ll join us, yes we do. Bring a friend, how ’bout two?

Sunday, March 5 – Birthday Sunday! Be sure to join us after our Sunday worship service for cake and fellowship as we celebrate all the birthdays of the month! Cheers!

Saturday, March 18 – Join us for a day of snow shoeing at Little Molas. Meet at the church at 9:00am and carpool. Make sure to bring water and a snack! Contact Holly Landgren for more info.

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

Despite not being able to get together for our Annual Ash Wednesday Service, folks were encouraged to attend online and participate in their own Imposition of Ashes. Enjoy!

March 2023 – Fellowship Group News

CtK Piecemaker Quilters

The Piecemakers are a group of ladies that make quilts for Baptisims, for members of our church that are ill, for The Navajo in Arizona and others as they needed. We meet on the third Tuesday of the month in the Community Hall. This year we are also making new paraments for our Sanctuary. If you would like to be involved with that, please contact Carol Orlowski at (248)245-3541.

If you have any other questions, you can contact Judy Olsen at (651)303-8450 or


CtK Book Club

Our Book Club meets in the Community Hall at 3:00 PM on the 2nd Thursday of the month. In March we will be reading “Ladies Midnight Swimming Club” by Faith Hogan. We will be reading the following books in the coming months:

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

May – The Art Forger by Barbara Shaprio

June – The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

July – The Tea Girls of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

August – The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict

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


March 2023 – Bible Studies

Circle of Contemplative Prayer

The Circle of Contemplative Prayer meets each Monday from 2:00pm-4:00pm. 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:  We are currently 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 Pastor Tim & 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 begin with a check-in to see how everyone is doing and to see if there are any prayer requests for family members, church members, or friends. We are currently reading & discussing “How to Be Here” by Rob Bell. If you are interested in getting together with some compassionate ladies, please join us. 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)

March 2023 — Social Ministry News

March 2023 — Social Ministry News

Lenten ELCA World Hunger Focus

Christ the King will again focus some of our energy during Lent on the work of the ELCA to help fight World Hunger.

Our goal during Lent this year is to collect $6,000 to help feed the over 811 million undernourished people in the world.

To help us meet this goal, we will be handing out coin boxes, with a Piggy Bank theme, to be used during the 40 days of Lent. If you fill it up just add it to the Noisy Offering can.  We will make sure to have extras available so you can continue to help meet our goal.  Banks are now available in the church office.

People around the world are suffering from Covid, inflation, climate change, droughts, flooding, inflation, war and so much more.  As brothers and sisters in Christ we have heard the call to serve and support those whose basic needs are not met—whether locally, in our country or throughout the world.

Please join us for this time of reflection, prayer and praise as we journey toward the blessings of Easter and God’s fulfilled promises.

We are happy to share with you a letter from our partner congregation ILA San Juan Bautista in Zaculeu, La Libertad:


November, 2022

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ from Nuestro Salvador Stillwater Cristo Rey in Minnesota, we send greetings, wishing you success in your daily work.

  1. We wish that peace remains with each one of your families and homes, and that God fullfiles you with blessings, knowing that we all have you present in our prayers.
  2. We thank ILAG for the support that they have provided to our congregation, especially Pastor Karen and the pastoral team, as well we want to thank you, our brothers and sisters in Christ, for the support you have given us in order for our activities to continue here in Guatemala.
  3. We would like to share that after struggling with some health issues, Pedro Angel Martin Chamán Choc past away two months after his surgeries, his parents and us as members of the church thank everyone who stood by this family despite de grieve and absence of Angelito, his parents remain strong in faith with Jesus Christ.
  4. Brothers and sisters in Christ, thank you for the economic support that you have provided us regarding the electric power project, according to Pastor Karen’s report, funds are available from you and all of us here in the community are very thankful, we would like to let you know that from now on we are going to start coordinating this project in DEORSA or ENERGUATE (this are the electricity companies) in Santa Elena Petén.
  5. Our hopes are that by the end of this year this project has concluded.
  6. The citric plants that we planted have been growing little by little, because the red

    ants have been slowing the growing process.

  7. We have been experiencing a critical moment, because of the rain and in the region

    there has been a lack of corn and the basic grains are expensive.

  8. We are very thankful with all of you, may God bless you and we will be waiting for

    your next visit if God allows it. Here in the community we haven’t had deaths by COVID-19, God has protected us.

The members of Iglesia Luterana Agustina San Juan Bautista. La libertad, Petén.

March 2023 — By the Numbers

Our Gifts Blessing Others:

Please note:  CtK contribution statements are emailed quarterly from   Email with questions, corrections, or if you need a paper statement mailed.  Thank you.

Synod $  1,604
World Hunger $     435
Social Ministry $   2,498
Total Benevolence $  4,537



Synod $   1,604
World Hunger $      435
Social Ministry $  2,498
Total Benevolence $  4,537


Financial Update:


Gifts Received $   23,161
Facility Donations $        225
Rental Income $        833
Expenses $   28,901
Net Operating Income $    (4,681)



Gifts Received $        23,161
Facility Donations $             225
Rental Income $             833
Expenses $       28,901
Net Operating  Income $       (4,681)
Endowment Fund Balance $      166,967
Building Fund Balance $        17,806
Love Fund Balance $       30,636



Worship Attendance:


Date Wed. 6pm Sun. 9:30am
Feb 1
9 P
Feb 5
84 P + 39 D
Feb 8
12 P 
Feb 12
72 P + 34 D
Feb 15
15 P
Feb 19
73 P + 33 D
Feb 22
47 D
Feb 26
  73 P + 34 D
Monthly Totals 36 P
302 P + 187 D

Note:    P = the number of People attending in-person worship at CtK.

              D = the number of Devices signed into Zoom or Livestream, NOT the number of individuals (since more than one person can watch service on a single device.)