Houston Food Bank May 9

food bank may 9Our third outing of the year is right around the corner! We will be volunteering on Saturday, May 9 at 8 a.m., and we hope you can join us.

The March volunteers had a great time doing their part in putting together almost 900 senior boxes! (Those boxes provide two weeks’ worth of food to seniors who qualify for meal assistance.)

If you are able to join us on Saturday, May 9, please email us so we can provide the Food Bank staff with an estimate of volunteers.

If you plan to come and wish to carpool to the Food Bank, please mention that in your response so we can be sure to organize a group if needed. We would be happy to facilitate a carpool, but if it is requested, it will leave Christ the King’s parking lot at 7:30 am (not the usual 7:45 time).

Remaining 2015 HFB volunteering dates:
Saturday, July 11; Saturday, September 12; Saturday, November 14

Thank you for all of your hard work!
Yuricel Mondragon and Justin Schneewind, HFB coordinators

Mothers’ Day May 10 Offering of Letters and Postcards

bread for the world logoJoin members and friends of Christ the King Lutheran Church for a Mother’s Day offering of letters and postcards on Sunday, May 10. We will be advocating in partnership with Bread for the World by writing letters to Congress urging reauthorization of the Childhood Nutrition Act, and with Texas Impact, by signing postcards to the Texas state legislature urging expansion of Medicaid coverage. Tables will be set up in the cloister, ready with sample letters, stationary, pens and stamps.

The 2015 Bread for the World Offering of Letters focuses on the Childhood Nutrition Reauthorization Act, which includes funding for such programs as school lunches and breakfasts, summer food service, WIC (food for pregnant women & young children), and the child care food program. The Texas Impact postcard campaign urges the Texas legislature to expand Medicaid coverage so that the one million Texans without access to affordable or employer-sponsored coverage could be covered by Medicaid. Our synod, The Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the ELCA, is a member of Texas Impact.
texas impact

 


Tell Congress to Feed the Future
April showers bring May corn, sweet potatoes, and beans. Yet, throughout the world, millions of people still go hungry.

The rainy season has begun in East Africa – and so has the planting season for farmers there. If the weather cooperates, in just a few short months, these farmers will have produced enough corn, sweet potatoes, and other crops to feed their families – and some extra to sell at the markets for a profit.

Smallholder farmers in poor countries are very dependent on the weather. When all you have is a small plot of land, a turn from the normal weather patterns to drought or floods can spell disaster for you and your family. While hope is planted for many as crops go into the ground this season, 805 million people around the world are going hungry today.

But this can change – and our Congress can do something about it. The U.S. government plays an important role through Feed the Future, a global hunger and food-security program. This initiative operates in 19 countries. In 2013 alone, seven million small farmers grew more crops, and 12.5 million children received nutritious food. Improvements in food processing, production, and selling have made a significant difference in the lives of many farmers.

Feed the Future can save lives. But it’s important to act right now to ensure it continues. Call 800-826-3688 or email your representative to support the Global Food Security Act (H.R. 1567).

 

Compassion Week April 12-18

compassion week 2015Mayor Parker’s designation of Houston as a Compassionate City is being celebrated through Compassion Week from April 12-18, 2015 and YOU can be part of it!

Compassion Week offers Houstonians the chance to look around, reflect, and ask ourselves, “Are we co-creating the kind of city we want to call our own and pass on to our children? During this week, what can each one of us do to focus on compassion and make our city come alive with a spirit of togetherness?

Compassion is about noticing how we treat ourselves and others–and then doing whatever we can, individually and together, to raise that bar.  Each person can make a difference.  Here are some suggestions for how you can participate in Compassion Week at Christ the King Lutheran Church:
Feed the Homeless Monday, April 13 and 27, 5:45 p.m. (CTK Parish Hall)
Serve Breakfast at SEARCH Wednesday, April 15, 7:30 – 11:00 a.m.
For more opportunities, check out the Compassion Week Calendar

Additional times of the month when you can participate in compassion with Christ the Lutheran Church are:

Feed the Homeless
Join us on the 2nd and 4th Monday evenings of each month at Christ the King Church to make sandwiches and prepare meals, and then deliver them to downtown homeless individuals. Members and friends of all ages are invited to join in this ministry hosted by the young adults of Christ the King Church. Volunteers are welcome to help out with meal preparation, downtown delivery, or both! We will meet on Monday, April 13 and 27 at 5:45 p.m. Contact Anne Morrow.

Serve Breakfast at SEARCH
Christ the King Church members and friends volunteer on the third Wednesday of each month to serve breakfast and assist with the preparation of the noon meal for clients of SEARCH Homeless Services. Our next outing will be on Wednesday, April 15, 7:30 – 11:00 a.m. Contact Beverly Davis.

Montrose Grace Place April 9
Montrose Grace Place offers vulnerable youth ages 13-21 a hot meal and a safe, welcoming shelter from the street every Thursday evening from 6 to 10 p.m. Of course, we can always use more volunteers to cook, set up, and serve the meals. Volunteers are also welcome to help with our bimonthly meals. Christ the King Church night is the 2nd Thursday of the even months! The next date is Thursday, April 9, and servers are needed between 5:15 and 7:45 p.m. to set the tables, dish up the food, and load the dishwashers. Contact Rebecca Shields.

Houston Food Bank
Join our enthusiastic, fun-loving and hard-working volunteers at the Houston Food Bank on Saturday, May 9. In March our group put together 898 Senior Boxes. Those nearly 900 boxes equal a year’s worth of food for 75 senior citizens who qualify for this type of assistance, and it would not have happened without Christ the King Church members and friends.  We hope to see you (aged 8 and up)  at the next outing to the Houston Food Bank!  Please email for information and to RSVP for this outing—and let Justin and Yuricel know if you would like to meet in the church parking lot at 7:45 a.m. and carpool to the Food Bank.

Feed the Homeless June 9

feed the homelessJoin us on the 2nd and 4th Monday evenings of each month at Christ the King Church to make sandwiches and prepare meals, and then deliver them to downtown homeless individuals. Members and friends of all ages are invited to join in this ministry hosted by the young adults of Christ the King Church. Volunteers are welcome to help out with meal preparation, downtown delivery, or both! We will meet on June 9 at 5:45 p.m. Contact Anne Morrow .

Mother’s Day Offering of Letters May 11

bread for the world logoA simple act of service may be performed by all worshipers on May 11 by writing letters after both Sunday morning services as part of Bread for the World’s annual Offering of Letters. Tables will be set up in the cloister, ready with sample letters, stationary, pens and stamps. Thanks, Phil Dahlberg, for leading the effort.

 

Bread for the World’s Campaign to Reform U.S. Food Aid
For many decades, the United States has been a global leader economically, diplomatically, and militarily. The same is true in the humanitarian arena. Our federal government often sends assistance in the form of food aid. Now there is an opportunity to reform the federal government’s food-aid programs so that funds are used more effectively and efficiently.

It is time to update the government’s 1950s practices to enable it to respond more flexibly and faster in a 21st century, globalized world. Changes to the food-aid programs would allow food aid to benefit 17 million more people each year — at no additional cost to U.S. taxpayers.

This year’s Offering of Letters focuses on much-needed reform to U.S. food aid. Learn about our role in global aid, and why reform is so critical at www.bread.org. Then, write to Congress and urge your representatives to enact much needed reforms to our global food aid programs.

Together we can change policy and ensure continued, improved assistance to millions of hungry people around the world.

Help U.S. Food Aid Reach More People, More Quickly
As part of the 2014 Offering of Letters, Bread for the World members are urging members of Congress to reform U.S. food aid in response to famine, natural disasters, and humanitarian emergencies.

With smart improvements, our nation can respond more quickly when disaster hits. We can also provide more nutritious food, especially to women and children in the critical 1,000-day window between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday. By buying food closer to where it is needed, we will support small-scale farmers in developing countries.

You can be part of this historic effort to reform the food-aid programs so that funds are used more effectively and efficiently.

Please take time to write or call your senators and representative in Congress. Urge them to reform U.S. food aid and support these hopeful efforts to end hunger. Drop by the Bread for the World table in the courtyard on Sunday, May 11.