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