The Social Ministry team is sharing some important input as you prepare for the season of giving.  Over the years, we have helped the congregation consider the option of doing “alternative giving,” donating to a cause or organization in honor of the person who normally receives a gift from you.  In the more recent years, we have provided the ELCA Good Gifts catalog in the Welcome Center, to help you shop for your family and friends.  Those catalogs are there now and ready for your use.  Please take one, or you can go to and place your order there.

Also in the past few years, we have shared about a distinctive opportunity in Colorado to support the non-profits you may support throughout the year on one special day.  This program is called ColoradoGives and will happen on one day only:  December 10th.  The Community First Foundation and First Bank each donated $500K to this effort in order to celebrate and increase philanthropy throughout the state.  The non-profits who are approved to be a part of this program receive a pro-rata share of the $1 million incentive fund, based on the total donations for that day across the state.  Some of the organizations who are in the mix for this year are:  Manna, Rainbow Trail, Boys and Girls Club, La Plata Family Centers, KSUT, San Juan Symphony, for example.  You can browse the local and statewide organizations and schedule your donation to happen automatically 12/10.  The website is:

We hope you may consider these opportunities to honor family and friends in this way at Christmas .  Blessings to you as you prepare for the birth of our Lord.




Hello everyone,

First, we would like to thank everyone who wrote letters to congress for Bread for the World.  We took them to Washington, where they were graciously received.  Between emails and letters, we sent 113 messages to Congress in support of hunger legislation.

Second, we are moving into a busy season for all of us, so the Social Ministry Committee would like to remind you of the things we always do in November and December so you can have them on your calendars. 

  • Tuesday, November 26 (the Tuesday before Thanksgiving for John Condie), we will have our annual Stuffing Making Party to produce enough stuffing for more than a thousand people at the Durango Community Thanksgiving Dinner. We need a few onion and celery choppers at 4:00 and then hordes of bread rippers at 5:00.  It will take place a Manna Soup Kitchen.
  • December 9-15, we will be ringing the bell for Salvation Army at the North Door of Wal-Mart. Sign-up sheets will be out mid-November, so be looking for them.
  • Finally, as always, we will be doing our Angel Tree in conjunction with Project Merry Christmas. We hope to have the Angels up on the board by Sunday, December 1 (the Sunday after Thanksgiving).

Thanks for reading to the end.  As always, we exist to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”

The Social Ministry Committee.